From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Tickets Still Available for Hairspray
The cast of "Hairspray". (Traci Shepherd photo)
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Bethel University Renaissance program will present "Hairspray" at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, TN on April 5, 6, 12, and 13. All of the shows will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinee the 6th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at www.dixiepac.net or at the door.
With arguably one of the most upbeat and catchy scores of all time, “Hairspray” includes tunes such as “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop The Beat,” “Big, Blonde and Beautiful,” “It Takes Two,” “Welcome to the 60’s,” “I Can Hear The Bells” and more.
For ticket information contact the Dixie Box Office at (731) 986-2100.
Three Men Arrested for Theft Following Wild Chase
Paris, Tenn.-Three men were arrested for theft after a wild high-speed chase along Hwy. 54 and Gate 3 Rd. Thursday night. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched on a report that subjects in a silver truck had just stolen a trailer and were headed down Hwy. 54.
While en route to the scene, dispatch said the subjects were now on Gate 3 Rd., then later reported the vehicle had turned back the other direction after unhooking the trailer from the truck and leaving it in the middle of the road.
Off-duty Trooper Josh Wade flagged down deputies to report the subjects had just sped past him and driven on Townsend Rd. Deputy James Higgins, Trooper Wade and Sgt. Dennis Vaughn caught up to the truck on Townsend when the truck was in the process of once again speeding in the opposite direction.
All three men in the truck were told to lie down on the ground and a passenger, Larry Harper, age 36 of Martin, was reportedly uncooperative and said he wanted to invoke his 5th Amendment rights.
Another passenger, Jared Taylor, age 23 of Greenfield, said he had been drinking and was asleep in the back and had thought they were going fishing. Harper also claimed he had medical problems and was taken to the hospital by EMS and later released to the jail.
The owner of the trailer arrived at the scene to confirm that the trailer was his.
Driver Lawrence Britton, age 40 of Reves, Tenn., Taylor and Harper were arrested for theft over $1,000 and bonds of $7,500 were set for each of them. Britton also was charged with reckless driving.
A witness who lives on Hwy. 54 reported that the men had earlier pulled in to his driveway, still hauling the stolen trailer, and then drove behind his house, spun around in his backyard and headed back onto Gate 3 Rd.
Ogburn Park Vandalisms Reported
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will increase patrols through Ogburn Park after dark after reports of vandalism to both the men’s and women’s restrooms over the past two weekends.
In the women’s room, the mirror was ripped down, the partition around the toilet was removed and thrown under the pavillion and a four-foot flourescent light was damaged.
Total cost of the damage was $140.
Park employees reported that the men’s room had been vandalized the same way the previous weekend.
Two Arrested for Simple Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Patrolman Amber Roaten arrested two Paris men on simple possession charges after she stopped their car for driving on the wrong side of the road. She saw someone throw a bag from the car and found it to be a baggie with marijuana.
Both men denied throwing it from the car. Arrested were Demetrius Porter, age 20 of 1105 E. Blythe St., and Harold Cowan, age 22 of 217 Irvine St. Cowan’s bond was set at $1,000 and Porter’s was $750.
Paris Commission Approves Resolution Allowing Electronic Meetings
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City commission met in regular session on Thursday and approved a policy to allow the commission to have electronic meetings either via email, conference call, and other ways. Finance Director Kim Foster said there is no current policy in place that allows the commission to have electronic meetings and there have been times where it would be easier to use this option when different people have been in different areas and a special meeting was needed.
Foster said the state policy and Sunshine Law allows the use of electronic meetings as long as there is adequate public notice to allow citizens to be able to attend or take part in the meeting. She said should there be such an electronic meeting in the future, anyone who would like to take part could call city hall and get information on how to take part. For example, if it was a conference call, the public could be given a code to enter to become part of the call, or be included in an email list as well. The commission approved the policy to allow the use of electronic meetings in the future and its one adopted from the state.
On a related topic, the commission deferred another resolution establishing a policy regarding charges for cost compliance with the Open Records Laws. Foster told the commission that state statue requires municipalities to have a written policy to charge someone who wants copies of records.
The state policy lays out a charge per page for copies of open records and Foster said logically someone could come in and request multiple pages of things that would be very labor intense. She said if we don’t have a policy in place, we can not legally charge for that. Foster did note that for minimal or incidental requests charges could be waived, but a policy for charges still needed to be in place stating that as well.
The commission wanted to know what the state policy said about the amount charged per page or document and how it was broken down. City Attorney Fred McClain advised them to table the resolution this month and they would bring the cost break down for copies of records and minutes next month, which they did.
Landfill Superintendant Trainee Position Established
Paris, Tenn.- More from the city commission meeting on Thursday saw the commission approve a temporary Landfill Superintendant Trainee Position. The current superintendant plans on retiring in the near future and City Manager Carl Holder had sent the commissioner an email saying due to the unique nature of the position he thought it was a good idea to develop a temporary position for a trainee to learn under the current superintendant.
The commission approved the position with acknowledgement that there was no need for the position to be included in the Personnel Rules and Regulation Policy due to it being temporary.
Later in the meeting, the commission also approved a related amendment to the Personnel Rules and Regulation in regards to the Landfill Superintendant position. Finance Director Kim Foster told commissioners these word mostly word changes and housekeeping measures to update job descriptions that had been around forever and changed some.
Commission Hears Updates on Various Projects
Foster updated the commission on various projects that the city was undertaking. She said the construction part of the Pedestrian Bridge from Bethel to the HCMC was all but complete. She said they did discover some leaks in the walkway that will be sealed soon.
The start of the Joy Street and Tyson Avenue Signalization project has been pushed back to mid April because of all the wet weather that we have had just the same as the Collinwood Drainage project start date is dependent on drier weather as well.
Foster relayed to commissioners that pipe had been delivered on the Annexation projects the city is undertaking. She said the plan is to start digging on Monday and the first part up is the water project on highway 79 in the process.
An engineering study has been done regarding the drainage problems in the Valleywood area of the city. Foster said the plan includes natural fixes and not involving concrete structures. They will remove some of the trees and replant other trees to help stabilize the bank. Also natural rip rap could be used to help ease flooding in the area.
Several Relay for Life Events Planned for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life in Henry County is set for early June, but events are ramping up as teams try to raise money ahead of the event. On Saturday April 6th there are several Relay events planned.
From 7am to 2pm First United Methodist Church will have an Indoor Yard Sale at the Christian Life Center. For more details contact Elizabeth Craig at 642-4986.
The Four Seasons Relay for Life Team will present the Miss Paris Relay for Life Pageant at Krider Performing Arts Center this Saturday beginning at 10am. The pageant is open to all girls ages 0 to 21. Entry fee is $25 and contestants may enter several sub categories as well. Participants can register at the door Saturday morning. For more information call 363-4173 or 336-7177.
Saturday evening from 8pm to midnight PML’s Relay Team presents the Jimmy Church Band at the Hampton Inn/Paris Convention Center. Tickets are $20 each and reservations are accepted for purchase of 8 or more tickets in advance. Call 336-0314 for more information.
Hazelwood ECO Presents Fishing events in April
PLSP Ranger Jeff Utley talks with Kathy Visser of the
Hazelwood ECO about the upcoming events in April.
Deadline to register is April 9th.
Paris, Tenn.- The Hazelwood Every Child Outdoors Center or ECO, will offer two days of programs aimed at encouraging family fishing outings Saturday and Sunday April 13-14.
The programs will be called “Gone Fishing,” and “Learning that Lasts a Lifetime” and is open to everyone. State Park Ranger Jeff Utley will teach the workshops which start at 10am on Saturday April 13th. Skills like casting, rigging the rod, baiting the hook, and finding the fish will be revealed. On Sunday April 14 beginning at 1pm participants will learn about raising worms for bait and for gardening, methods of safe and healthy cooking for fish and then will make a trips to the banks of Kentucky Lake to try to bring home some fresh fish for supper.
The program is free but participants are asked to register in advance by calling the Henry County Alliance at 642-3431. School age children are invited to join their parents at the event. You may bring your own fishing gear but equipment will be provided. The event is limited to 40 participants and the deadline for registration is Tuesday April 9th.
Patriots Baseball Game with Paducah Tilghman Cancelled for Today
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s scheduled baseball game with Paducah Tilghman has been cancelled for today. There is no make up date scheduled as of yet for this game. The Patriots will play at Murray on Friday at 5pm, at Northeast on Monday at 6:30pm and be back home on Tuesday against Northwest at 6:30pm.
First-Ever Ladies with S.W.A.G. Pageant a Success
Queen Brandi McDonald, middle, flanked by Second Maid Page Farmer and First Maid La'aniiah Sewood.
Paris, Tenn.-The first pageant for the new organization, Ladies With S.W.A.G. was a definite success, with a number of young ladies, their mentors and many ladies who definitely believe in S.W.A.G. participating.
Ladies with S.W.A.G. stands for Sisters with a Goal and it is dedicated to teach young ladies etiquette, life skills, money matters, and entrepreneurship. We strive to nurture social skills, self-esteem, and self-respect to empower our young ladies with confidence to become future leaders of tomorrow. S.W.A.G. encourages girls to pursue uniqueness, seek responsibility, identify purpose, exemplify leadership, and excel in education.
At last weekend's pageant, Brandi McDonald, a senior at Henry County High School, was crowned Queen of the 2013 Lady with SWAG contest. She is the daughter of Angela McDonald and Tony Burton. First Maid was La'aniiah Sewood, a junior and her parents are Shante and Dante Foster. Second Maid was Page Farmer, a sophomore who is the daughter of Mary Jane Webb.
In the Little Lady with Swag contest, La'Coria Herron was crowned Queen. She is in the second grade and her parents are LaWanda and Correy Herron. First Maid was Courtney Teague, a fourth grader whose parents are Mary Jane Webb and Thomas Teague. Second maid was Arie Long, a third grader and her parents are Crystal and Derrick Long.
During the pageant, Paris' First Lady Gayle Tharpe asked the top five finalists questions and she also crowned both queens.
Named Miss Congeneality by the other contestants was La'Aniiah Sewood.
Mistress of Ceremony for the pageant was Hannah McFadden, a senior at Henry County High School, and Third Maid in the World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Court.
Entertainment was provided by Alexis Ward and the Jabbawalkees, a dance group from the high school and Divine Divas of Murray. The pageant was hosted by Women of Distinction, the women who work with the girls of Ladies with SWAG.
Queen La'Coria Herron, middle, with Second Maid Arie Long and First Maid Courtney Teague.
For the Love of Math: Taking a Pie (Pi) in the Face
Taking one in the face is Teacher Melissa Chambers, while Student Chris Cudworth does the honors.
Puryear, Tenn.-It was a day full of pie--not to mention Pi--at Harrelson School's recent Math Pep Rally. Principal Beverly Fridy said the event was a culminating celebration of the school's first annual Math Week, as well as a reward for an ongoing schoolwide challenge focusing on fluency of math facts.
Over 20 teachers volunteered to take a pie in the face, along with both of the administrators. In addition, the school gave away approximately 20 gift certificates.
Smiling through the pies in their faces are Principal Beverly Fridy, left, and Assistant Principal Maria Cox.
"Swift Justice" for Three Charged in Armed Robbery
Kez Graff Chelsea Lancaster
Paris, Tenn.-Three young Henry Countians were arrested for the early-morning armed robbery of a Frito-Lay delivery man at the Tackle Box on Hwy. 79N on Wednesday. Henry County Sheriff's Captain Damon Lowe attributed the quick investigation and arrest of the three to "good work by all involved", which he noted led to "swift justice" for the three.
Arrested were Kez Graff, 19, 321 Walnut Street, Paris; Chelsea Lancaster, 19, 105 Hutson Lane, Paris; and a 17-year-old juvenile.
According to Lowe, the three attempted to rob the delivery man at gunpoint. Witnesses said the two males threatened the deliverman while holding a rifle-type weapon and first demanded money, then jewelry. When that was unsuccessful, they took food from the truck.
Lowe said Lancaster was the driver of the car they used for the robbery. The three were tracked across the highway to 140 Morgan Lane, Apt. X-6 (behind Clayton Apartments), where all three were arrested.
The juvenile was transported to the juvenile facility in Dyersburg.
All three were charged with aggravated robbery and are being held in the county jail on bonds of $150,000 each. Graff also was arrested on a failure to appear warrant from another charge and on that is being held without bond.
Paris Masonic Lodge #108 Fundraiser Lunch Set for Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Masonic Lodge number 108 will have a Rib-eye or Grilled Chicken Sandwich Fundraiser Friday April 5th from 11am to 2pm at 100 West Blythe. Money raised benefits the Paris Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund. It’s $8 for a sandwich, chips and drinks.
They will deliver for orders of three or more, but pre-order are due no later than 4pm Thursday. Fax pre-orders to 642-1686. For more information call 363-9690 or 415-3346.
Heritage Center Seeks Civil War Memorabilia For Upcoming Exhibit
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center is seeking Civil War Memorabilia for loan to be exhibited during the Hoofbeats in the Heartland exhibit that will run from April1 14th thru May 11th. The Hoofbeats in the Heartland Exhibit deals with Calvary during the Civil War in Tennessee. If you have any memorabilia from the civil war and would like to loan it to the Heritage Center bring it to the center by this Saturday April 6th. For more information call 642-1030.
Large Cheering Section on Hand for 31st Annual Special Olympics
Jennifer Nichols and Olivia Bowen give it their all in their quest to be the first to cross the tape during a race. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd of students, teachers, administrators, and parents were cheering on the competitors at Wednesday morning's 31st annual Special Olympics at Henry County High School.
The event is sponsored by Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club and was spearheaded from the beginning by retired special education teacher Jack Watkins, who still is on hand to oversee the event with Grove Teacher Jammie Page.
All the students in grades 9-12 attend the event each year and provide plenty of encouragement for the athletes, who come from all the county and city schools.
Judy Goad of the Family Resource Center, left, is among those cheering on the athletes from the sidelines. (McFarlin photo).
Hedges Honored on Her Retirement from HCMC
Becky Hedges, Public Relations Coordinator for HCMC, left, listens as Henry County Commissioner David Webb reads a proclamation proclaiming Friday, March 29 as Becky Hedges Day. She was also recognized with the Henry County Patriot award.
Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center Public Relations Coordinator Becky Hedges was honored with a reception Friday, March 29, to recognize her retirement after 16-plus years service to the hospital. Hedges worked as both a pharmacy technician and Public Relations Coordinator. She also served as the Volunteer Coordinator and Senior Stars Coordinator for the organization.
A large crowd was on hand for the reception. She was recognized by the Henry County Commission, the City of Paris, and by the State of Tennessee for her work not just at HCMC but throughout the community.
“It is sad to see Becky leave HCMC because she has been a big part of the organization for 16 years,” according to Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “But I am so excited for her to be able to relax, spend time in her yard, and to paint. I cannot wait to see what she creates.”
HCMC Carevan to be at Farm Bureau Thurs. Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be at Henry County Farm Bureau at 406 N. Poplar Street on Thursday from 8:30am to 11am. The screening will take place inside the caravan. There will be free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressure checks. Finger Stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and full lipid panel is offered for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.
Healthy Henry County Finale Set for Saturday
Healthy Henry County Chair Tony Lawrence and Co-Chair Tory Daughrity
with some of the prizes to be given away this Saturday for participants.
Paris, Tenn.- The 12 week Healthy Henry County Mayor’s Challenge is set to conclude this Saturday at the Paris Civic Center with many events planned and over $2,000 worth of prizes given to participants. On Saturday, those participating in Healthy Henry County will have a post-free screening to see how they’ve done during the challenge. Other events scheduled Saturday include the 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Cumulative Half Marathon, and a huge awards ceremony with medals, trophies, and prizes such as bikes, an Xbox Kinect, exercise equipment and more.
The post screening is free to those that have participated in the program and will be held from 7-9:30am Saturday morning. Henry County Medical Center staff will be on hand to give the screenings and adults and children must attend to be eligible for winnings. The screenings are come and go and fasting for 8 hours is required for the best results.
Things checked for adults include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, hip to waist ratios, and BMI while children will only have their BMIs and hip to waist ratios calculated. All participants are asked to bring their exercise and nutrition logs and points will be awarded for completing them.
The 5K Run/Walk will begin at the Civic Center at 9:30am Saturday morning, with registration starting at 8:30am. All Healthy Henry County participants don’t need to register for the 5K, but those who didn’t participate will need to.
The Kids Cumulative Half Marathon will begin at 10:45 Saturday morning and the awards ceremony will start around 11:30am. For more information on Saturday’s Healthy Henry County 2013 Challenge Finale call Tory Daughrity, co-chair of Healthy Henry County, at 644-8266.
Patriots Baseball, Softball Teams Defeat West Creek
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County defeated West Creek in district baseball action on Tuesday night by a final of 11-6. Drake Walker started the game and got the win and Jake McElroy pitched three innings of solid relief. Several Patriots had multi-hits as well. Henry County is scheduled to play Paducah Tilghman on Thursday night at 6:30pm. We will carry the ballgame beginning at 6:15 on WLZK 94.1FM. The forecast for Thursday does call for a 80% chance of rain. Keep checking back for updates if rain does fall on Thursday on whether the game had been postponed.
The Lady Patriots Softball Team also won their district game at home with West Creek on Tuesday night. The final score was 6-2 Henry County.
Archives in Process of Move to Weston Hall
Genealogy Room to Move in Next Phase
County Archivist Stephanie Tayloe welcomed members of Leadership Henry County to the new location of the archives recently. (Chamber photo).
Paris, Tenn.-With the Henry County Archives in the process of being moved to its new location in the former Weston Hall, anyone seeking to look through the archive portion of the genealogy room at the W.G. Rhea Library will have to make an appointment.
County Archivist Stephanie Tayloe said anyone needing to send anything to archives should use its new address: 215 Grove Blvd #A, Paris, Tennessee 38242.
"We are still in the process of getting everything moved over from the old Archive on Jones Bend Rd to the new place and getting set up so that we can accommodate visitors and reopen the Archive with published, regular hours again," she said.
The genealogy portion (books and microfilm) is still open regular hours (9 am to 5 pm, Mon-Sat) at the library.
Tayloe said, "The eventual goal is to have both the archive and genealogy Room both under the same roof at 215 Grove Blvd.Those plans are coming along, and relocating the Archive portion is our first phase."
Man Charged in Drug Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged a Benton man with drug possession after a traffic stop recently. The report statedthat Cpl. Whitaker had pulled over a vehicle for a brake light being out and noticed the passenger was very fidgety and nervous. Whitaker ask to search his person and the passenger, identified as Brandon Williams, age 31 of Benton, Kentucky, was found to have a pill bottle with Loritabs in it in his waistband. Williams was charged with simple possession of schedule three drug.
Still Time to Enter Arts Showcase; Deadline is April 4
Paris, Tenn.- Plans are underway for the 28th Annual Arts Showcase sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Wieck and the Paris Henry County Arts Council. The show will be opened with a reception on Sunday April 7 at 2 pm at W. G. Rhea Library, 400 W. Washington St., Paris. The show will run from Sunday April 7 through Thursday, May 2. There are also cash awards and ribbons for the winners. For further information, rules and entry forms go to www.phcarts.com. The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 4.
Thefts Investigated Around the County
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is investigating some thefts that occurred in different parts of the county the last couple of days. One report stated that a boat was vandalized and several items were stolen off it at Cypress Bay Loop. Over $1K worth of items including a trolling motor, two batteries, six poles and rods, a dock pole, fish basket and depth finder was stolen from the boat. Another report stated that several parts for a truck engine were stolen from a front yard on Harmon Cemetery Road. The victim said he was working on the truck in the front yard trying to change out and engine. The total value of parts stolen was around $600. A trailer parked on Point Pleasant Road was also stolen recently. The report said the trailer was left there because the tire went flat while they were using it. When the victim came back the trailer, rust in color, was missing. Police have no suspects in any of these thefts.
Personal Emergency Response Available From HCMC/Home Health
Public Help Sought Naming the Program
Paris, Tenn– Falling is the leading cause of accidents affecting the elderly population. Thirty percent of people over the age of 65 and fifty percent of seniors over the age of 85 will fall this year. The vast majority of these falls will occur in the home.
An increasing number of seniors are living alone and the probability they will survive a fall has declined significantly. The first hour following an incident, such as a fall, is known as “the Golden Hour”. Response time can literally be a matter of life and death, so a personal emergency response system is imperative to ensure the safety of our seniors.
For twenty years, Henry County Medical Center was affiliated with “Life Line” care services. Devices were worn around the neck, which were connected to the home’s telephone system. When the owner pressed a button, a call went automatically to the 911 Service in Henry County. In December 2012, that service became obsolete.
To replace this system, Henry County Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice now provides a service with new technology from VRI. The plan includes cellular and cable TV telephone/VOIP reliable medical alert units along with medication adherence solutions.
As part of the launch of this program, the hospital is asking the community to help us name this new system something that will be memorable to our new membership. All entries for names can be mailed to HCMC Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 1030, Paris, TN 38242. The winning entry will receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. All other entries will be put into a drawing for a $25 Wal-Mart gift card.
VRI’s three core services are:
1. Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS)
2. Medical Adherence Solutions
3. Vitals Monitoring
How they work:
In a potentially hazardous or risky situation, our members are encouraged to press their help button and tell the Care Representative what they are doing. We will monitor the activity to make sure they are safe and secure. If help is needed due to an emergency, we will call the local police or sheriff’s department or EMS to request assistance and provide a courtesy call to a caregiver or loved one.
For more information on the emergency response system and other solutions provided by HCMC Home Health & Hospice, contact:
Jackie Bush or Audrey Dean
Hairspray Coming to the Dixie Next Two Weekends
2012 HCHS Graduate Alexis Ward to Star in the Show
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre Program will present Hairspray at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon the next two weekends, April 5th and 6th and 12th and 13th. All shows will be at 7pm with a Saturday matinee this week on April 6th at 2pm. There will be a Bethel only production Thursday night April 4th at 7pm and students and faculty of Bethel can show their ID and receive free admission.
Hairspray will delight audiences by sweeping them away to 1960s Balitmore, where you meet Tracy Turnbal, a big girl with a huge heart. Tracy’s desire to be a dancer comes to fruition as she earns a spot on the local TV program. The show will have one of the most upbeat and catchy scores of all time with tunes such as “Good Morning Baltimore,” “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” “It Takes Two,” “Welcome to the 60s,” “I Can Hear Bells,” and more.
Hairspray has a large cast including some Henry County flavor with 2012 graduate of Henry County High School Alexis Ward starring in the show. The show has extravagant choreography, heart wrenching themes, and great comedy.
For tickets to see Hairspray call the Dixie Box Office at 731-986-2100 or go online at dixiepac.net
Pats Lose on the Road to Rossview, Host West Creek Today
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Patriots lost on the road in district baseball action Monday night to Rossview by a final of 8-5.
Henry County will host West Creek tonight for a district 10-AAA baseball contest. The Patriots look for a big crowd and a big win to keep pace in district standings. The game is set for 4:45pm and we will broadcast it on WLZK 94.1FM beginning with a 4:30 pregame show. The Patriots are also scheduled to play Paducah Tilghman on Thursday night at home.
BPU Hard at Work
Paris, Tenn.-Workers with the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) were busy early Monday morning replacing an electric pole at the intersection of Corbin and E. Blythe Streets. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Woman Wanted for Theft by Sheriff's Office and Paris Police
Paris, Tenn.- Both the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department have issued warrants for theft on the same woman. A report at the Sheriff’s Office stated that a woman on Osage Crossland Road had let her mother borrow her car. Hours later, the mother informed her that her cousin Dawn Burt, from Cottage Grove had driven off in the vehicle without permission. The car was located a brief time later on Lois Street.
The Paris Police Department received a call from Lois Street where Burt had stolen a wallet, some cash, and a tablet from an another woman after they had gone shopping earlier in the day. The victim said she woke from a nap and found Burt gone and the wallet with around $300 cash along with the tablet valued at $100 missing. As of broadcast time neither agency had arrested Burt for theft yet.
Some arrests from the weekend include Ronald Keith Allen, age 42 of 112 Countrywood Drive for DUI 1st offense and violation of implied consent and Ghazi F. Hassoubah, age 28 of Murray for DUI.
Softball Tournament Fundraiser Planned for Garrett Spence
Paris, Tenn.- The First Annual Garrett Spence Co-Ed Softball Tournament will be held this Saturday at Camden Industrial Park. The tourney starts at 9am and entry fee is $100 per team. An incredi-ball will be used and ladies will hit hard softballs. Three homers per game will be allowed with the option to buy 2 additional homeruns per game at $5 a piece. Ladies are allowed to hit unlimited homeruns. All proceeds go to Garrett Spence and his family for more information call 441-6258.
Library To Have Kindle Class April 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will have a free Kindle Class next Wednesday morning April 10th from 9:30-11:30 taught by Shelton Maye. The class will help Kindle users be able to use their device in more ways and learn about some things they didn’t know. The class is limited to 10 people. Call the Library to sign up for the class.
Antioch Methodist Church to Hold Pancake Breakfast April 6
Springville, Tenn.- The Antioch Methodist Church on East Antioch Road will have a Pancake Breakfast Saturday April 6th, from 7-10am. Its pancakes, sausage or bacon, juice and coffee with the cost only $6 for adults and children under three for $3. All proceeds benefit local ministries.
Henry County Observes Easter Sunday
Paris, Tenn.-Churches and church-goers all over Henry County are observing the Easter Sunday holiday today, with sunrise services, special sermons and other reminders of the day, such as this decorated cross on the front lawn at First Presbyterian Church in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
WBFF Hostess Princess Announces Community Service Project
Hostess Princess Ali Davis at Saturday's headquarters' opening. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-At Saturday's opening of the World's Biggest Fish Fry headquarters, 2013 Hostess Princess Ali Davis announced the Hostess Princess Court this year will embark on a community service project.
Knowing that Miss Tennessee had chosen the weekend backpack program as her project, the local court selected the Henry County Schools backpack program for their project, as well.
The court will be soliciting items to be donated to the project so that low-income children will have enough to eat each weekend.
The weekend backpack project is operated by the Family Resource Center, which provided a list of items that are needed. They include: small box cereal (individual size), diced peaches fruit cup, cups of applesauce, individual four-packs of peanut butter and crackers, boxes of pop tarts, juice boxes, ravioli (pop top cans), individual packages of raisins.
The public may drop off the items at the WBFF headquarters on E. Wood St. during regular hours.
"Brainstorm" Inspires New WBFF T-Shirts
Paris, Tenn.-This year's design for the World's Biggest Fish Fry t-shirts was inspired by a 'brainstorm' by Avary Wood, nine-year-old Paris Elementary student. WBFF General Manager Andrea Lamb, right, presented Wood with her special t-shirt based on her design: a fish and hook with the inscription, "Bite Me at the World's Biggest Fish Fry", shown below. Wood is the daughter of Paige Wood. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Burglary Reported at Local Florist
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Paula Kelley’s Florist at 411 E. Wood St. on a report of a burglary. When employees arrived at the store Saturday morning, they found that the premises had been entered and the cabinet drawers and the cash register were opened. Approximately $400 in cash and checks was missing from the money bag.
The basement door had been pried open. Police do have a suspect and are seeking the same man who attempted to enter the basement earlier in the week.
More Fake $20 Bills
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police also were called to Commercial Bank and Trust on a report of three more fake $20 bills being found recently. According to the police report, bank officers said one fake had been deposited from a local business; one was found in the Mineral Wells branch ATM and another was detected by a teller.
Henry County Unemployment Decreases to 11 Percent
Nashville, Tenn.-State unemployment statistics for February show Henry County decreasing from 12 to 11 percent, while our neighboring Carroll County is still on the list of the counties with the highest unemployment rates, with 12.3 percent reported. Still, that is down from 13.2 percent in January.
Benton County is the lowest of our area, with 10.6 percent, down from 11.3, while Obion continues to be high with 12.4 percent, down slightly from 12.8. Obion County has been on the list of counties with highest unemployment rates for quite some time.
In Tennessee, the county with the lowest unemployment rate is Williamson, with 5.3 percent. The county with the highest is Scott, with 17.4 percent.
Friends of Library Annual Meeting Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.-The Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library will hold its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library. Election of officers will be held and the slate of officers to be presented are: President Donna Winders, Vice President Judy Williams and Treasurer Oma Bass. All of those are re-elections. Nominations for Secretary will be taken from the floor.
Memberships are due and payable at the meeting.
WMUF/WLZK Easter Egg Hunt Draws Large Crowd
Paris, Tenn.-Despite cool temperatures and soggy ground, some 500 children hunted for eggs in the 28th annual WMUF/WLZK Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. Eggs and special treats were scattered all over Ogburn Park by WMUF/WLZK employees and volunteers. Thirty Easter baskets also were given away to children in all age groups this year. (Cheryl Allen photo).
WBFF Headquarters Opened; Book Dedicated to Loria Plunk
Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer to be Parade Grand Marshal
The Hostess Princess Court, General Manager Andrea Lamb, Loria Plunk and State Rep. Tim Wirgau stand in front line of local dignataries at the WBFF headquarters. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-An emotional Loria Plunk thanked the Paris-Henry County Jaycees for dedicating this year’s souvenir booklet for the the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry to her. “That got me,” she said. “That got me good. I can’t begin to tell you what an honor this is.”
The announcement of the book dedication was but one of the highlights of Saturday morning’s official opening of the fish fry headquarters Saturday morning. A large crowd was on hand for the opening and ribbon-cutting for the headquarters, located on E. Wood Street next to Tin Roof Tobacco.
Plunk told the crowd after Jaycee Tater Hayes made the announcement, “The Jaycees have been my life for the last few years and I love you. This is like family, supporting you, no matter what and giving back more than people know.”
Plunk has served as Jaycee President, General Manager of the fish fry, treasurer and secretary. Hayes said she is a tireless and knowledgeable worker and plays the role of ‘mother hen’ to all that work for the fish fry.
Grand Marshal of the parade this year is Verne Troyer, star of the Austin Powers’ movies in the role of Mini-Me. This year’s General Manager Andrea Lamb said Troyer and his parents enjoy visiting Paris, where they have close friends, every year.
While in Paris, the Troyers enjoy spending time outdoors, grilling out or seeing the town and spend time fishing on Kentucky Lake.
The 2013 Hostess Princess Ali Davis announced the court this year will do a community service project, by soliciting items to be donated to the Henry County Schools backpack program.
Items can be donated at the headquarters.
At the opening, everyone remarked on this year’s t-shirt design, which shows a fish hook with the inscription, “Bite Me at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry”. Lamb said the design was the brainchild of Avary Wood, age 9, daughter of Paige Wood. Lamb presented a special t-shirt to her.
The fish fry runs from April 18-28.
Loria Plunk reacts when she realizes this year's souvenir book is dedicated to her. (McFarlin photo).
News from past weeks here.