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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson

 

Arts Council Artists Showcase Awards Ceremony Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council’s 30th Annual Artist’s Showcase will open up Sunday April 3rd at Lee Academy for the Arts. There will be a public reception and awards ceremony at 2pm where winners will be announced. The Art will remain on display until April 28th.

Rotary Club Members "Ham it Up" for Country Ham Breakfast

Paris, Tenn.- Rotary Club Country Ham breakfast co-chairs Randi Allen French, Michelle Atkins, and Donna Craig "ham it up" to promote upcoming ticket sales for the the breakfast. The Rotary Club Country Ham Breakfast will be held on May 14th and Rotary President Dan Jackson presented a musical presentation and worked with the ladies to promote the sales of tickets. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Rotarian. (David Jackson Photo)

CON Concerns At This Legislative Session on Healthcare Front

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting and Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee explained that there has not been much done in relations to healthcare during the current legislative session. Gee said the proposal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee was defeated and will not come up again in this session and not again until next year.

The other hot button issue is the Certificate of Need, or CON, which will be voted on in the next few days as several changes are proposed. Gee said some conservative legislators have proposed eliminating some key provisions of the law to have a more open market approach to the implementation of costly technology and construction.

As proposed, a CON would not be required for services like MRI, diagnostic services, bed additions, and overall construction. Gee said since rural hospitals don’t really operate on a free market system, this idea poses a major problem and has potential to damage access to care in rural facilities. Gee said in Texas they have done away with CONs and in the Dallas area alone there are 97 free standing emergency rooms and cost for patients have gone thru the roof.

Sentinel Events Report for 2015 Discussed at HCMC BOT

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting Human Resources Director Ed Ledden discussed the Sentinel Events Report for HCMC in 2015.  A sentinel event is an unexpected occurrence that involves death or serious physical injury such as loss of limbs that is not related to the patient’s original illness.

Ledden said there have been no new lawsuits brought forth and the four incidents he discussed had already been discussed with the board. One of the cases is likely to be dismissed because of attorney issues and another will be dismissed in the near future.

In another case, the family is in discussion on whether or not to continue with the case and attorneys may also be dismissed.

The Cancer Care Center year end financial report was given to the board of trustees on Thursday night as well. Gee said volume has picked up and good performance is starting to be realized this year already.

Search is Nearly Done for New Chief Nursing Officer at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Gee told board members that will be completing interviews in the next few days for a new Chief Nursing Officer. Gee said there are two outside candidates along with two community candidates, one of those being a current HCMC employee. Gee said they hope to be down to a final candidate next week.

Hosp. to Take on 3rd Year Medical Students For Rotations

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s Hospital Board meeting saw the board learn that HCMC will take up to four, 3rd year medical students from Debusk Medical School for rotations during the 2016-17 school year. Gee said the students will rotate though pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, and OB at HCMC. Medical staff will be given adjunct faculty appointments and be paid a small stipend for allowing the students to work for them. The hospital will also be given an administrative fee for supporting the program.

3 West Construction Nearing Completion at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The construction on the 3 West for Lake Haven is nearly complete and should be so in the next week to 10 days. Gee informed the board that they have requested a final inspection from the state but due to a shortage of inspectors the final inspection has not been scheduled yet. There will be some new flooring and paint to the unit after they are allowed to occupy the new unit. Gee said the new unit will be very attractive and should be a great new resource for gero-psychiatry in the area.

Gee also reported to the board of trustees that all the candidates are available for the hospital to staff the anesthesia service in house. The medical center was able to keep 90% of the current staff and plan to add 1-2 excellent providers from outside. The contract will come in house sometime this summer.

Board of Trustees learned that the medical center is continuing a search for another psychiatrist. They had a candidate from Murray that showed interest but HCMC was unable to match was he was receiving from the VA in Bowling Green.

The Board of Trustees also welcomed new attorney Shon Johnson to the board meeting. Johnson introduced himself and told of his previous experience as the board welcomed him to the team.

Snake Possible Cause of Breaker Failure at India Rd. Sub

Paris, Tenn.- About 2600 BPU customers experienced a loss of power for about 45 minutes on Thursday and General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said a snake is a possible cause of the power outage.

Etheridge said a Breaker failed at the India Road Substation and with the creek near the substation up because of the recent heavy rains, they think a snake could have possibly slithered into the breaker seeking warmth.

The blown breaker caused a fire and about $20-24K worth of damage. Etheridge said they have already begun the process of seeking bids for a new breaker and it would take several weeks to get one ordered and shipped.

He said the loads should be fine and no further power outage issues should be caused by the breaker being out at the India Road Substation.

Grand Jury to Hear Kevin Smothers Case in July

Paris, Tenn - Kevin Smothers of McKenzie appeared in front of Judge Vicki Synder in Henry County Court Thursday, on charges of solicitation of a minor to commit statutory rape by an authority figure, and the solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor and exploitation of a minor by electronic means from charges that was placed on him in October 2015 while he was employed at Henry County High School as a teacher in Paris.

Representing Smothers is attorney Mark Donahoe of Jackson who requested that the case be set for a public hearing, and Smothers requested that the case to be heard by a group of his peers. Donahoe stated “my client is waiving his right to a preliminary hearing”. Mark Donahoe is a law partner with Hardee, Martin, Donahoe, Owens & Wright P.A. out of Jackson and Trenton.

Judge Synder informed Smothers and his attorney that the Grand Jury convenes on July 5th and Smothers case will be heard on July 11th at 9am with the Honorable Judge Parrish being over the proceedings here in Henry County. “You are not to be in violation of any of the  restrictions that are in place concerning your bail, or you will be held in jail until the court date, do you understand Mr. Smothers” asked Judge Synder. Smothers replied, “yes”.

Judge Synder read the stipulations of Smothers bail, that if he violates he will go to jail. “Bond is the same as long as it is not violated. You are not to have any contact with any of the alleged victims, unrelated minors, no contact on Henry County School property or faculty, and you are not allowed to leave the state without first notifying your attorney” stated Judge Synder.

Smothers posted bond of $100K in October 2015 and remains released.

Update: BPU Restores Power After Breaker Failure

BPU Crews working on the India Rd. Substation (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A breaker failure occurred at the India Road Substation around Noon on Thursday that caused a large part of the county to experience loss of power. The outage didn't last long as BPU crews had all power restored within a 30-45 minute time frame.

India Road Substation Catches Fire After Small Explosion

Smoke seen in the distance as the India Rd. Substation. (Nicki Marr photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A small explosion occured around Noon Thursday at the India Road Substation as it appears something blew at the site. Power is out around the substation and BPU crews are currently on scene to repair the issue. Paris Fire Department firefighters extinguished the fire that occurred after the explosion. There was no injuries from the incident and the cause at this time is unknown. WMUF/WLZK will continue to update this as things develop this afternoon.

Suspect Caught After Kicking In Back Door of Business

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department responded to a burglar alarm at the Vape Hut, at 211 Tyson Avenue Wednesday night. He observed a red pickup truck attempting to leave from behind the business.

Sgt. Frey stopped the vehicle and had the driver, later identified as Adam Lampkins, age 36, of 1425 Lone Oak Road, place his hands on the patrol unit. Lampkins was patted down for weapons and admitted to Sgt. Frey that he kicked the back door of the business in because the owner had made him mad. Lampkins was charged with burglary and placed on $5K bond.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Shamar Samuel, age 39, of 706 Mandalay Road with aggravated domestic assault after he allegedly threatened an ex girlfriend with a gun.

The report said the victim said she and Samuel had gotten into an altercation at her house and he held up what looked like a rifle and said he was going to shoot the place up.

Investigation led to Samuel’s residence who told Ptl. McClure it was an AR pellet gun and he threw it into the woods after the argument. Samuel was charged with aggravated domestic assault and the gun was found when the victim went to Samuel’s home to get her stuff and move out.

Three vehicles were burglarized at a home on North College St. Items stolen include about $17-18 in loose change and a Tom Tom GPS. Police continue to investigate with no suspects.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Paris, Tenn.- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Henry County’s Carl Perkins Center is joining the nationwide effort to bring awareness regarding child’s safety.

The Henry County Exchange Club and Carl Perkins center along with law enforcement and DCS has fielded over 300 cases of severe child abuse in Henry County alone this fiscal year. The mission of the center is to provide support to families in prevention and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and help both parents and children meet practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.

This year’s theme is “A Person is a Person, No Matter How Small” by Dr. Seuss. The center will address the issue of child abuse from a Dr. Seuss Theme to protect children. Several events are planned for the month.

There will be blue bows around town to present those who have died as a result of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse. Any business willing to put up a ribbon can contact the center.

The first event scheduled is Thursday April 7th as the Center will host a family Movie Night featuring Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who. The movie will start at 5pm and popcorn and punch will be provided, children must be accompanied by an adult.

EMA Hosting Childcare in Disasters Training Workshop Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Emergency Management Agency and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the next meeting of the West Tennessee Childcare in Disasters Training Workshop. The workshop will be Thursday March 31st(tonight) from 6:30-8:30pm at the 911/EMA complex located at 204 N. Brewer Street. Local childcare providers are encouraged to attend for the latest emergency preparedness information.

The workshop training includes: a state program childcare evaluator presenting updates to the childcare license checklist; reviewing a template of an emergency plan that DHS is providing daycare operators; and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department will provide training on active shooter/child abduction aimed for daycare providers and what law enforcement will be doing.

The event is free for all local childcare providers to attend.

Athena Delphian Club Prepping for Bazaar and Bake Sale

Items are being set up for the Bazaar and Bake Sale. (Marie Berryman photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Club will host its annual Bazaar and Bake Sale this Saturday April 2nd from 8am to 5pm at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds. Club members have been selecting household items, furniture, baby and children’s goods, and other unique accessories to include in this year’s sale.

In addition to the home décor and bazaar items, the ladies of the club will have a variety of baked goods for purchase to enjoy onsite while shopping or to take home. All monies raised goes back into the community through civic projects and scholarships for local students. There will be $1 and $2 tables and many one of a kind items.

The Club has been stocking the Enoch building will plenty of items for Saturday's event.

Grand Opening for Cross Creeks NWR Visitor Center April 9th

Paris, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold the Grand Opening of the Office and Visitor Center for Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday April 9th from 10am to 3pm.

Boyscout Troop 501 will present the colors at 10am on April 9th and dignitaries from the community as well as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be speaking briefly before the ribbon cutting.

Members of the public are invited to tour the visitor center and experience the exhibits which focus on the area’s wildlife resources and the mission of the refuge. The new facility will be open to the public Monday-Friday 7:30am to 3:30pm.

During the Grand Opening April 9th there will be many family friendly activities going on with several partners and visitors can fish in an impoundment newly stocked with large catfish. Visitors can also canoe or kayak the waters of the refuge and there will be an archery range on hand as well. There will also be turtle races, building bluebird boxes, playing a laser shooting game, identifying local fish, mammals, and ducks, as well as animal tracks.

Food and drinks will be available for sale provided by the Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge. The Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge Office and Visitor Center is located at 643 Wildlife Driver in Dover and encompasses almost nine thousand acres of water, forest, farmland, and grassland along the Cumberland River.

PML Relay Team Presents Jimmy Church Band in Concert

Paris, Tenn.- PML’s Relay for Life Team will have the Jimmy Church Band in concert on Saturday April 2nd at the Quality Inn Paris Convention Center. The concert starts at 8pm and its Bring Your Own Beer. Tickets are available at the front office of PML or by calling 642-7398 ext. 221. You can also call Kelly Cherry at 336-0314 after 4pm. Tickets are $20 per person and for 8 or more advance tickets can have a reserved table.

Deputies Busy with Drug Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department cited two people into court for possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Kylie M. Allen, age 21, of 716 Memorial Drive #35 and Joshua Wayne Ferguson, age 32, of 716 Memorial Drive, were both cited for possession of drug paraphernalia after K9 Herrum alerted on the vehicle and two syringes were found on the passenger side floorboard.

Dep. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office observed a Chevy pickup with Jared S. Ainscough, age 29 of 1920 Lone Oak driving the vehicle. Dep. Williams knew that Ainscough had a prior suspended driver’s license and made a traffic stop. Ainscough was arrested and put on $7500 bond.

Patriots Sweep Season Series With Northwest; Updyke Ks 5

Paris, Tenn.- Behind another complete game, this time from Hunter Updyke, the Henry County Patriot baseball team completed the season sweep at Northwest Tuesday night, defeating the Vikings 8-1.

Updyke only allowed 1 earned run, while striking out 5 in the complete game victory. Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh pitched a complete game 2-1 victory on Monday night at home.

Hayden Walker was 1-3 at the plate with 3 RBIs to lead the offensive attack. Cody McSwain had a hit and 2 RBIs and Woodrow Young and Perry Atkins both had 1 RBI apiece.

The Patriots compete in a tournament Friday and Saturday in Mufreesboro. They are 6-2 on the season and 4-0 in District 10-AAA play.  

Highway Dept. Opens Two Roads; Several Still Closed

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has opened up Pettijohn Creek Road and Freeland Road that were both closed due to flooding from heavy rains earlier this month. Roads that remained closed include Coleman Branch, Holley Fork, Charlie Wynn, Whitlock, New Boston, and Old Caldwell.

Easter With Renaissance Planned For April 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Easter with Renaissance will be this Sunday April 3rd at 6pm. The event features all aspects of the Renaissance Program and will be held at the Crisp Arena of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on McKenzie’s campus.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. To reserve tickets call the Renaissance Office at 352-6980.

Community Calendar Launched for Henry County Residents

Paris, Tenn.- Paris and Henry County citizens now have a way to get community events on an online community calendar. One was launched by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Henry County Alliance, Henry County, City of Paris, Downtown Paris Association, Office of Emergency Management, and other agencies. It’s available online at www.parishenrycountytn.com.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said, “this is a community service and we hope everyone will use it, both to publicize and promote their own events and to help all of us do a better job of scheduling. The web address is a portal page shared by multiple agencies featuring local information for both visitors and locals."

The Paris Henry County Community Calendar is free and open to the public for local events of community interest. Submissions may be made by clicking the “submit an event for consideration” button and completing all necessary data. You can request additional assistance by emailing pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

Items not eligible for submission include for profit yard sales, events that are discriminatory against any person or group, events that are commercial in nature and are attempting to advertise, promote, or sell products or services of an individual or an individual business unless it is for a Community Sponorsed or sanctioned event; items that promote, exhibit, illustrate, or manifest hate or obscene content; events that don’t comply with state, municipal, or federal legislation; any event deemed inappropriate.

Chamber executive assistant Monica Smith said submissions are already being received and citizens are checking the calendar for upcoming events. The calendar will be included in a soon to be released application being developed by the DPA.

Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Ravioli Lunch and Dinner on Thursday March 31st at Holy Cross Catholic Church, located at 1210 East Wood Street.

The meal includes Ravioli with homemade sauce, salad, drink, and desert. Tickets are $9 for adults, and $20 for family with parents and children. You can also purchase a bag of homemade raviolis for $25. You can dine in or take out.

Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more during lunch. Lunch will be from 11:30am to 1pm and dinner will be 5:30-7pm. Money raised benefits Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic. Call 642-0600 for more information.

UT Martin Dept. Of Music Schedule April 3-9

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music will continue its spring concert season with performances by Studio D, the tuba/euphonium ensemble and the annual lyric opera during the week of April 3. All performances will take place in the UT Martin Fine Arts Building’s Blankenship Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.

Music enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a performance by UT Martin’s Studio D, an ensemble featuring saxophone and double-reed instruments such as the oboe and bassoon. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., April 3.

Those drawn to brass bands will enjoy the UT Martin Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble’s spring recital at 7:30 p.m., April 5. The ensemble will present works by American composers such as John Stevens, Stephen Bulla and Winston Morris.

The group will also perform three classic hymns arranged by Daniel Scott, a local high school student, with the assistance of Dr. Bill Waterman, UT Martin instructor of music. Dr. Roberto Mancusi, associate professor of music, will provide vocal accompaniment for this piece.

The spring concert series will continue with a faculty trombone recital at 7:30 p.m., April 7.

The week concludes with the annual Lyric Opera Theatre at 7:30 p.m., April 8-9, in the university’s Fulton Theatre. This year’s performance, “Once Upon A Fairy Tale,” will highlight the stories of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”

The opera version of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” was arranged by composer John Davies, who uses music to address childhood concerns and help children develop an interest in opera. This piece addresses the issue of bullying.

“Little Red Riding Hood” presents the classic tale of a little girl and the big bad wolf with a comical twist. These performances are perfect for children and families.

Lyric Opera tickets are $6 for adults. Children and students, with student ID, are admitted free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

For more information on these and other music events, contact the UT Martin Department of Music at 731-881-7402.

Semi Over Turns at Hwy 79 & Pioneer Drive in Henry

Semi overturns on Pioneer Drive in Henry Tuesday morning (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry, Tenn - Around 9:30am Tuesday morning a semi over turned at the intersection of Hwy 79 and Pioneer Drive in Henry. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Forsythe, the driver was attempting to make the turn onto Pioneer drive, and the load that the driver, Johnny Baker, 46 of Trenton, was hauling possibly shifted, causing the semi to overturn.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The semi was transporting 41,000 pounds of scrap metal to InSource Material recycling building (Mark I building) in Henry. Baker informed Trooper Forsythe that the load was palletized in the center of the trailer, and believes that the load shifted in midst of the turn causing the truck to overturn. Johnny Baker only receives a few cuts and scratches and was treated at the scene by Henry County Medical Center ambulance personnel.

(Cheryl Allen photo)

The semi is owned by Wheel Wheels Trucking of Trenton. Trooper Forsythe stated that it is a possibility that the load shifted, but it would not be completely determined until the investigation is completed.

Plus Endowment Hosts March Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System and Plus Endowment hosted the March Chamber Coffee. The Coffee was held at Grove School Tuesday morning. Pictured is Steve Blount representing Plus Endowment. (Chamber Photo)

Drug Arrest Made; Thefts Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department observed a silver Kia travelling down the road. He stopped the car on a routine stop and revealed the driver, Juwan Cortez, Lebeau, age 21, of Louisiana had no license. Lebeau was placed under arrest. Ptl. Jamie James and K9 Herrum came to the scene and Herrum alerted for drugs. Ptl. James found a baggie of marijuana in the back passenger side floorboard. Lebeau was charged with simple possession of schedule 6.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a home on Highland Street was entered and a gas hot water heater was stolen. The home is in the process of being remodeled and the hot water heater was valued at $550. Neighbors witnessed a man peering thru the windows a couple days earlier and gave officers the description.  

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. James Higgins responded to a home on Van Dyck Road where someone has removed the refrigerator and dish washer over the weekend. The value of the items is $1700 and there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Haley Ramos responded to a theft on County Home Road where an 18 carat 21 inch gold necklace bracelet and a gold UT necklace were stolen. The value of the items is around $2900.

Pugh Pitches Complete Game; Pats Win 2-1

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Northwest 2-1 Monday night at home behind a complete game from senior southpaw Jared Pugh. Pugh finished the game with 8 Ks and gave up only one run, striking out the last batter of the game.

Henry County threatened early, loading the bases in the first with only one out. Parker Piskos was thrown out on a force play at home as the throw barely beat him. Piskos was also thrown out at another close play at home two innings later.

Piskos had two hits as did Woodrow Young. The Patriots trailed 1-0 after 3 innings but scored their runs in the 4th on some bunt singles and a SAC fly RBI. The Patriots look to sweep the season series with the Vikings in Clarksville on Tuesday night. The Pats are now 5-2 on the season, 3-0 in District 10-AAA.

Athena Delphian Bazaar and Bake Sale Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Club will host its annual Bazaar and Bake Sale this Saturday April 2nd from 8am to 5pm at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds. Club members have been selecting household items, furniture, baby and children’s goods, and other unique accessories to include in this year’s sale.

In addition to the home décor and bazaar items, the ladies of the club will have a variety of baked goods for purchase to enjoy onsite while shopping or to take home. All monies raised goes back into the community through civic projects and scholarships for local students. There will be $1 and $2 tables and many one of a kind items.

The Athena Delphian Club began in Henry County in 1963 and its 30 members work actively to improve and promote social economic, educational, civic, and cultural conditions within the community.

For more information and sale item updates please like the Athena Delphian Bazaar and Bake Sale Facebook page.

Bethel U. To Hold Intern and Career Fair Thurs.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will hold an Internship and Career Fair for its students and alumni this Thursday, March 31 in the Student Activities Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Bethel’s McKenzie campus. The fair will be from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Companies in attendance at the Career Fair include: A Place Called Home, Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC, Asera Care Hospice, Becker Professional Education, Carey Counseling Center, Inc., Centennial Bank (formerly Farmers & Merchants Bank), CCA-Whiteville Correctional Facility, Dot Foods, Edward Jones, Enterprise Holdings, Fastenal, Generations Mental Health; Gaither’s Inc., Green Dot Public Schools, Jackson Police Department, Magnolia Regional Health Center, Memphis Theological Seminary, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi Mid America, R.E.A.L Hope Youth Center, Regions Financial, Sherwin- Williams, Stanley Black & Decker, Tennessee Dept. of Revenue Audit Division, Transamerica Agency, Union University Master of Social Work Program, United States Probation Office, Women’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), and Youth Villages.

Those attending are asked to dress in professional attire and to bring resumes. For more information, contact Heather Stone at stoneh@bethelu.edu.    

Library to Have Help Sessions for Electronic Devices

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will begin Open Lab Help Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April. The Tuesday sessions will be 11am to Noon and on Thursday from 4-5pm. Jocelyn, the library tech, will be available to people with questions about using their different devices.

This will not include repairs to electronic devices, but just teaching you how to get the most from your devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more. Reservations are required call the library at 642-1702 for more information.

HCHS Track Competes at Marshall County Meet

Madison Aiosa in the 1600 meter. (Larry Evans photos)

Marshall County, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track team competed with 28 other teams and over 900 athletes at the Invitation of the South meet at Marshall County High School this past weekend.

In men’s result, the team finished 11th overall at the meet. In the 1600 meters Javan Winders came 1st with a time of 4:18. His brother Titus finished 3rd overall with a time of 4:32.

Javan also finished 1st in the boys 800 meters with a time of 1:19. Titus came in 8th with a time of 2:12. Other Henry County finishers for the boys included Ryan Patrum, 16th in the 3200 meters; Hayden Hargett, 22nd in the 200 meters; Blake Boyson, 16th in the 100 meters; and Nathaniel Owens finished 5th in the discus throw.

For the ladies’ team, Madison Aiosa came in 15th in the 1600 meter race with a time of 6:22. She also did well in the 800 meters; Nylah Stephenson ran in the 200 meters and 100 meters.

Javan Winders heading to the finish line.

Man Charged with DUI, Violation of Implied Consent

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Mark Garcia, age 54, of 55 Bucy Lane with DUI and violation of implied consent after several reports came into the Sheriff’s Office of him walking unsteadily down the roadway. Dep. Scott noticed him walking and pulled into a parking lot and got Garcia to come to him. There was an odor of alcohol and Garcia failed the field sobriety test.

Another report at the Henry County’s Sheriff’s Office stated that a cabin on Porter Norwood Road was broken into with several items stolen. There was no forced entry and items stolen included several forks, spoons, and plates, a lock on a deer stand, and more.

Vandalism was reported at Hoofbeats of Hope in Cottage Grove where someone spray painted lewd comments on the tractor and barn. Deputies also noticed every road sign in the community was spray painted with similar paint as well. Police have no suspects.

Arrests include Amanda Fay Schafer, age 30, of 945 Clayton Town Road in Buchanan for two counts of identity theft, criminal simulation, and theft greater than $1K; Shontonique T. Moore, age 20, of 813 N. Market Street, for possession of schedule 6 with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

HCTA Approves Requests Early Monday Morning

HCTA looks over requests during Monday morning meeting. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - The Henry County Tourism Authority met early Monday morning approving several requests. The first item approved was Enough Grace Ministries for the Women’s Retreat that is held at Paris Landing. Chairman County Mayor Brent Greer stated that last year women representing 7 different states attended the conference, but the majority was made up by Henry County. The amount allotted to Enough Grace Ministries was $2,000.00

Kentucky Lake Triathlon is scheduled for July 9th at Paris Landing. Greer stated that in previous years, they requested higher amounts, and with each passing year their request has been lower. This year they are requesting $8,000.00 and with all the tourism that this event brings to Paris and Henry County we  need to continue to show them support, and the request was approved.

The World’s Biggest Fish Fry events will be held beginning April 23rd. Chairman Brent Greer stated “ the amount of $20,000 is allotted in the budget and this is the amount that is given each year and we need to continue to support this for Paris and Henry County”.

Two items on the agenda were Undisclosed Events with the first being scheduled for August 1-6. David Hamilton stated that they are not at will to announce what the event is, but that both events draw in a huge crowds. The amount to be given will range from $7,500 to $25,000 as soon as the contracts are finalized. Further information on this will be announced as soon as a formal press release is given.

Chairman Brent Greer stated that Holly Fork Shooting Range will be hosting the Junior Olympics this year and requested $37,500. Greer informed the council that $12,500 will go towards that shooting event and $25,000 will go towards the note.

“We are very proud of how well that Holly Fork has done. Last year they hosted an additional 14 events, bringing shooters in for competitions which are a great for tourism for Henry County. These kids do a great job and if you have never been to one of their events, you should make time and go, you will not be disappointed”, stated Greer.

On April 16 & 17 Holly Fork will be hosting a Wobble Trap Shooting event. “This is yet another shoot that is fun for not only the kids but the adults as well", commented Greer.

The Collegiate Fishing event will be held again this year. The event hosted over 435 anglers and Henry County has a 3 year contract with them to continue to host this event.

“Another item that was a great success was that of the Kayak event. “Last year the event hosted 200 and this year over 300 participated. “I feel that this event will be one that will also become a regular at Paris Landing, stated David Hamilton.

Greer stated at the close of the meeting that TVA will be hosting their Quarterly Board Meeting in May in Henry County.

PLFD Egg Hunt Well Attended

Several people were on hand for the Easter Egg Hunt Sat. (Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Paris Landing Fire Department and Paris Landing State Park was a huge success this past Saturday. Hundreds of children and parents were on hand for the event.

Approximately 8000 eggs were hidden and all eggs were accounted for in less than 5 minutes when hunt began. Numerous prizes were given away with one lucky girl winning a new bicycle. 

The Air Evac Helicopter was on hand with Pilot Dan Abbot, Flight Paramedic Cody McMahan, and Flight Nurse Kimberly Williams showing the aircraft to children and parents. Gina Lowery from the State Park was also on hand to show one of the Park’s Owls from their bird program.  Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said the department sends a special thanks to Air Evac and all our volunteers and sponsors for their support.

Hope Case, daughter of Woody and Angie Case, sits in the Air Evac Chopper. (Reggie Coles photo)

Paris Man Caught With Copious Amount Of Marijuana

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department Sgt. Josh Frey pulled over a black car on a routine traffic stop on North Market Street with the cause being the headlights of the vehicle not being on. When talking to the driver of the vehicle, who couldn’t produce a license when asked for one, a strong odor of marijuana was permeating the vehicle and apparent marijuana shake was found in the lap of the driver. Sgt. Fry received the drivers name and date of birth; James Dumas age 25 of Paris; which came back valid after running it.

Dumas became very “mouthy” and wanted to record the stop, which was agreed upon; Sgt. Frey handed the phone to the passenger; Shontanique Moore age 20 of Paris. While trying to detain Dumas after he approached Sgt. Frey during a search of the vehicle, Dumas began to resist and flee the scene when Sgt. Frey tazed Dumas; Ptl. Carper and Sgt. Frey began to cuff him and Dumas began to start fighting which resulted in being tazed again.

Dumas was yelling at Moore to get the bag out of the car the whole time this was going on. When searching the bags that were in the vehicle, multiple bags of marijuana were found along with digital scales. The 265 grams of marijuana was claimed by neither Moore or Dumas resulting in the both of them being arrested for possession of Schedule VI with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia, the $1,310 on his person was seized due to alleged drug proceeds. Dumas has a $3,500 bond and Moore a $700 bond.

BlueCross Offering New PE Program To Tennessee

Paris, Tenn.- BlueCross is offering Tennessee Middle Schools a new program if they are looking to add a spark to their physical education programs. This new PE curriculum, training for their teachers, and equipment for their students is available through the Shape the State TM program of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation.

This program which is in its sixth year has awarded one hundred Shape the State grants, valued at $10,000 each to Tennessee schools serving middle grade students. The application period for the Shape the State grants opened March 21st and will run thru April 21st. There will be 20 more schools selected this year, so if you have a middle school student now is the time to get your school involved in this program.

In addition to supplying the acclaimed SPARK physical education curriculum, teacher training and equipment, schools earning the grants get an additional $1,000 to spend at their discretion on their health, nutrition and wellness programs.

Large Marijuana Bust In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department Corporal Jeramye Whitaker stopped a white vehicle on South Market Street for a brake light that was out and also a window tint violation. When approached Cpl. Whitaker made contact with a Trey Cowan who was driving the car which had a strong odor of marijuana inside.

Cowan was asked about the smell and in response he stated that he had just smoked and that Cpl. Whitaker could search the car and wouldn’t find anything. Cowan was asked to exit the vehicle, upon exiting the odor of marijuana followed. Cpl. Whitaker began to pat down Cowan and felt an abnormal, large bulge in the groin area.

 Cowan was told to take out the bag of drugs; he reached in his pants and pulled out a bag of marijuana that had a field weight of 81.2 grams. Cpl. Whitaker then arrested Cowan for possession of a Schedule VI drug with intent to mfg/ sell/ deliver and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

A set of digital scales was found in the vehicle and $1,352 in Cowan’s pant pocket was seized as possible drug proceeds. Cowan also received a verbal warning for the window tint violation (17%) and also for the light law violation, his bail was set at $5,000.

Over 320 Kids At Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Paris, Tenn.- The 31st annual WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and Peddler Advantage Easter Egg hunt was held in beautiful weather on Saturday Morning at Ogburn Park. There were approximately 325 children in attendance to “hunt” down eggs and candy.

Thirty Easter baskets were given away in each age group to the lucky kids able to find the foam eggs that were hidden. The egg hunt is held every year on the day before Easter.

Hannah Robison Named Grand Marshall; Book Dedicated To David Brown

Paris, Tenn.- A beautiful Saturday morning with the sun shining and great weather brought a huge turnout for the grand opening of the 63rd annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters. The General Manager Loria Plunk set the scene by thanking all of the sponsors and everyone that showed up on Saturday morning.

Hannah Robison named Grand Marshall  (Barron Robinson photos)

Plunk named Henry County's own Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee, the Grand Marshall of the Fish Fry Parade. Plunk then gave a heartfelt speech about the late David Brown which the souvenir book was dedicated to this year. Brown was a longtime supporter of the Fish Fry and many local organizations, Brown’s family was there to honor him.

The late David Brown's family to honor him which the souvenir book was named after

The 63rd annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is set to have a huge turnout this year with many great sponsors supporting it. The Fish Fry will run April 23rd thru 30th.

Ribbon cutting with all sponors

Sheriff Offering Reward Leading To Arrest For Stolen Items

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office a stolen property report was called in by the Holly Fork Shooting Club located at 6133 Hwy 79 N. Sometime between Tuesday evening March 22nd and the morning of March 24th someone stole 21 marine batteries from the sporting clay skeet throwers. Batteries missing were from stations 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 with three taken from each station.

Fresh vehicle tracks entered the property from the far North East corner of the property. The tracks lead off the property to the driveway located at 125 Buchanan Rd. All batteries stolen were either Interstate or Econo Power, all valued at $100 a piece. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. You can call the hotline at 731.642.0929.

"Dig It" Garden Program To Launch In 33 Tennessee Schools

Paris, Tenn.- Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, has launched “Dig It,” a school garden pilot program designed for students in the kindergarten through fifth grade across Tennessee. Tractor Supply awarded $500 to 33 schools to either start or sustain a school garden program.

Tractor Supply partnered with the National Agriculture in the Classroom, an organization which promotes agricultural literacy, to create a curriculum centered on providing enriched, hands-on learning opportunities that reinforce responsibility and teamwork, while deepening the students’ connection to where food comes from.

“We live in a world where more than three out of four Americans believe children are more likely to know where Justin Bieber is from than where their food comes from, and that shows us the opportunity we have in our communities to help children learn more about their food source,” said Tractor Supply’s Director of Store Marketing Lisa White. “Dig It gets kids outside and out of the traditional classroom setting, using their hands and minds in different ways that we hope will nurture a growing curiosity about what is on their own dinner tables, while encouraging a budding interest in how the world around them works.”

“Dig It” is designed around the growing season and lasts through the end of the school year. Each participating student receives a kid-friendly garden tool set and a Master Gardener Certificate from Tractor Supply upon completion of the program curriculum, which culminates in a ceremony for family and friends at their local Tractor Supply store.

Suspects Caught After Aggravated Armed Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Ptl. Dereck Greenhill responded to shots fired at West Wood Warehouse, a witness flagged down Greenhill and advised the suspect was in a gold Impala with a temp tag on Atkins St. When pulling onto Atkins St. a male jumped out of a vehicle matching the description and took off running. Greenhill chased the suspect on foot up to Lee School as Sgt. Myrick from the Sheriff’s Department pursued in a vehicle.

The subject then turned and ran onto North Porter St. When the subject didn’t comply with voice commands to stop a taser was deployed that was unsuccessful due to only one barb hitting the male. He then ran into a fence and was tackled by Sgt. Myrick, after a short resistance the officers were able to detain the suspect identified as Anthony Cooper. During the search of Cooper an orange flare gun and $260 was found on his person. Other units made contact with the car that was involved finding Carol Curtis in the vehicle. She then went on to say that she drove Cooper to B and B Quick Stop where he was planning on robbing until he noticed it was closed and then decided to rob the West Wood Warehouse.

According to witnesses and video footage Cooper fired a flare gun inside the store and demanded the clerk to open the drawer, he then took the cash and fled the scene. Recovered from the scene was the shot flare and wad from the flare gun. After permission a black shirt with a white faced design matching the video footage and two cell phones were taken as evidence. Cooper and Curtis were charged with aggravated armed robbery, Cooper’s bond was set at $100,000 and Curtis’s set at $25,000.

Houston, Benton Counties Among Worst Unemployment Rate

Nashville- County unemployment rates for February were released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday and while the rate has decreased in 93 of the state’s 95 counties, two counties in our listening area continue to have the highest rates in the state.

Houston County’s unemployment rate for February came in at 8.0%, ranking it dead last of all 95 Tennessee Counties. That is down from 9.1% in January and 9.7% from February of 2015. Of Houston County’s estimated workforce of 3260, 260 are unemployed as of February.

Benton County came in with the 88th highest rate in the state at 7.2% for February. That number is down from January’s rate 8.3% of and last February’s rate of 8.2%. Benton County’s estimated work force is 6890, with 490 seeking employment in February.

Henry County’s unemployment rate for February was 5.8%, down a full percent from January’s 6.8% and also down from February 2015 when it was at 7.5%. 820 of Henry County’s estimated work force of 14,090 were looking for work in February.

Carroll County had 760 people looking for work in February. That equates to 6.2% of the estimated work force of 12,250 being unemployed. That rate has decreased from 7.7% in January and 9.3% at this time last year.

Stewart County’s February unemployment rate is 6.9%, down from January’s 7.7% and last February’s 8.8% rate. The numbers mean that of Stewart County’s estimated work force of 5,210, that 360 of them were looking for work in February.

HCSS Accepting Pre-K Registration March 28-April 1

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is accepting applications for Pre-K enrollment for children to attend the 2016-17 school year. If your child will be 3 or 4 years old by August 15th of this year, you may complete an application during registration days.

Registration days will run March 28th thru April 1st and applications will be available at Harrelson Elementary, 143 Country Club Road in Puryear. Deanna Robinson is the teacher and applications can be picked up 7:30am to 2:30pm. Harrelson does not accept 3 year olds.

Applications can also be picked up at Henry Elementary School, 937 Pioneer Road in Henry. Teacher is Maureen Boyd and the applications can be picked up from 7:30am to 2:30pm; Lakewood Elementary, 6745-A Hwy. 79N., Buchanan, from 7:30am to 2:30pm, Christy Hendricks is the teacher.

Applications are also available at the Henry County Board of Education Office located at 217 Grove Blvd. between the hours of 8am to 4pm.

RFL Events Coming Up in Early April

Paris, Tenn.- PML’s Relay for Life Team will have the Jimmy Church Band in concert on Saturday April 2nd at the Quality Inn Paris Convention Center. The concert starts at 8pm and its Bring Your Own Beer. Tickets are available at the front office of PML or by calling 642-7398 ext. 221. You can also call Kelly Cherry at 336-0314 after 4pm. Tickets are $20 per person and for 8 or more advance tickets you can have a reserved table.

Another Relay Event coming up is the First United Methodist Church’s Relay for Life Yard Sale will be held Saturday April 9th inside the Christian Life Center and will be held rain or shine. To donate items call Elaine Martin at 642-3052.

For more information on Relay for Life Events, to start up a team, or to get involved call Joyce Bass at 707-0506, Tracey Beasely at 225-1729, or Dana Allen at 336-3719.

Chamber Golf Tourney Planned for April 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Membership Appreciation Golf Tournament will be held Friday April 1st at the Tennessean Golf Club in Springville.

The format is a four person scramble and cost is $250 per team for Chamber members and $300 for non chamber members per team. Price includes lunch, golf fees, and cart.

Lunch will be served at 11am and tee off is at Noon. There will be team prizes of $600 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd, $200 for 10th and $200 for Last Place. Individual prizes of longest drive and closest to the pin wins. Joe Mahan Ford will also sponsor a Hole in One vehicle giveaway.

For more information on the golf tournament call the chamber at 642-3431.

The Chamber is also collecting items for door prizes and goody bags for the Membership Appreciation Golf Tournament. Any business that would like to donate items for goody bags need to do so by this Friday March 25th.

MSU Women's Center to Host Take Back the Night Rally

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Women’s Center will host the annual Take Back the Night rally on Monday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at the CFSB Center. The event brings together students, faculty, staff and community members in a collaborative effort to stand against sexual violence.  

During the rally, two survivors will share their experience of sexual violence and urge attendees to support individuals in their own lives who have been impacted by sexual violence. A moment of silence and a musical performance will be held in honor of survivors as a show of support for their healing. Murray State president Bob Davies will give the Call to Action, addressing how each person in attendance can be a part of stopping sexual violence.

Immediately following the rally, a resource and activism fair will be held on the track around the CFSB Center. Attendees will connect with campus and community resources such as the Title IX Office, University Counseling Services, the Women’s Center, the Merryman House and the Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center.  Additionally, attendees can engage in activism activities such as writing a letter of support to survivors, dedicating a ribbon to a survivor, decorating a t-shirt for the Clothesline Project, and more. 

Through education, advocacy, prevention programming and support, the Women’s Center strives to reduce sexual violence on Murray State’s campus and provide a safe environment for those who have been impacted by violence to seek help.  

All attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of art supplies in support of the Purchase Area Sexual Assault Center (PASAC).  Expressive therapy incorporates a variety of art techniques to help the survivor process and communicate about their trauma.  

For more information regarding these activities email msu.womenscenter@murraystate.edu or call 270-809-3140.

 

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