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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin


Metro Crime Unit Makes Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Two arrests were made by the Metro Crime Unit Thursday when a search warrant was executed at 1513 Caledonia Rd. Extended in Paris. According to the report filed by Deputy Jamie Myrick, items found during the search included loose marijuana and rolling papers.

Arrested were Mariann Hagy, 59, and her son, Sebastian Black, 26, on charges of simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Traffic Stop Ends In Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris residents were arrested by Paris Police following a traffic stop on Memorial Drive. Patrolman Jeremye Whitaker observed a car driven by Pamela Barnhart, 52, 716 Memorial Dr., make an improper turn. During the stop, he determined that her license was suspended and during a subsequent search, he found a large bag of marijuana and pills.

She was cited for failure to signal and violation of financial responsibility. Her husband, Ronnie Barnhart, 49, was cited for simple possession.

A local resident came to the Henry County Sheriff’s office to report that he had been robbed in gunpoint. He told deputies he was riding in a truck with a friend and another man he did not know when they stopped on Perkins Mill Rd. He said his friend gave the third man a shotgun, which was then used to hit the victim in the head. Deputies said the victim did show signs of swelling and redness on the side of his head.

The victim said the two then told him to run, which he did. He said they took $50 from him. The suspect is from Milan and deputies were in the process of searching for him.

A Springville woman reported that when she came to Buchanan Resort to open up her camper for the season, she discovered that someone has been living in it and trashed it. The lock was broken and several items had been stolen. Additionally, she said there was a lot of damage in it which totaled around $400.


Decker Formally Charged In Bus Incident

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s deputies have formally arrested Steven Anthony Decker, 28, 4080 Guthrie Rd., Paris, for entering a county school bus and threatening to blow it up. Decker has been at the Western Mental Health Institute since the incident, was released and is now at the county jail on $250,000 bond. He was charged with 8 counts of kidnapping and 12 counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.

City Commission Approves Residency Requirements

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session Thursday night and passed a resolution that will require all new hires of city employees to live in Henry County, or be prepared to move into the county within 60 days of being hired. The new resolution goes into effect starting April 15th. Current employees as of April 5th are grandfathered in and may still keep domicile outside of the county if they currently have it outside the county.

The resolution also states that any employee who moves their domicile out of the county shall be considered to have resigned as a city employee and shall be terminated. Employees will not be allowed to use a temporary or part-time residence in Henry County to circumvent the requirements of the resolution.

In other business Thursday night, the commission heard updates on the Henry County Medical Center and Bethel Project. City Manager Carl Holder told the board that the good weather as of late has allowed good progress on the building and project overall. Holder said there are no new issues to report, but they are still waiting on getting an air space permit to construct the pedestrian bridge.

Holder also updated the commission on the signalization project. He said construction estimates and the need for a daily inspector as required by law have increased the cost to more than the 500 thousand dollars allotted. Holder said the city could do some of the paving work to cut their portion of cost down. Alternate bids will likely be taken later on. There is no timetable on when construction will begin.

Holder also explained that the next leg of the 218 bypass project is in the three year state plan, but it has to be appropriated by the legislature year to year. In the next budget year, Holder said they will budget purchasing right of ways for the continuance of the project.

Commission passes building codes, recognizes promotions

More from Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, saw commissioners pass the building code ordinance on 2nd and final reading. This item has been discussed the last couple of months as the city is adopting the 2012 building codes.

City Manager Carl Holder told the commission that changes appear in the offing with the pension system to lessen the financial burden on participating cities and counties and to address the long term solvency of the system. The Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System personnel are continuing to keep track of the bills that could become aw offering four options to local governments. Holder said this will not affect current employees, but would effect new hires if and when the bills become laws. It will likely cut pension benefits for future employees.

Holder told commissioners that application for the landfill expansion has been completed. He said it would likely be about 5 to 8 years before spending money starts with this expansion.

The commission also recognized two promotions in the Paris Fire Department. Chuck Wade was promoted to Fire Marshall and Fred Reed was promoted to Lieutenant. Chief Micheal Williams swore both men in at the meeting.

Sales Tax Revenue up 12% in January from last year

Finance director Kim Foster reported good news to commissioners concerning financials. She said retail sales for January 2012 were up 12.01% from January of 2011. Revenues and expenditures are trending on target and all department heads have been doing a great job in reviewing the financial information they are given and being careful with spending towards the end of this fiscal year.

In other business the city approved the sale of surplus property at 245 Fairview Street, approved a request from Tim Boyd and his lawyer to refuse the right of first refusal on the current property where Regions Bank is sitting. Boyd wants to purchase the entire tract, and the city has to waive its right and allow the Mayor to sign all necessary documents, which they did Thursday night.


Qualifying deadline passes for August Election

Reimold not seeking reelection on school board; new road board chairman to be elected; Wes Bradley seeks 8th district seat

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday was the qualifying deadline for several offices that are up to grabs in the August election. Here’s the rundown of those who qualified for what office.

In state races, incumbent Tim Wirgau, and Steve Wright (D) have qualified for the 75th district House of Representatives for their respective parties primary. Also qualifying on the independent ticket was James Hart

The US House of Representatives 8th district is also on the August ballot. Stephen Fincher, republican currently holds this seat and qualified to run for reelection among some others. Henry Countian, Wes Bradley, who currently serves on the county commission, also qualified to run in the democratic primary in August for the 8th district seat.

With Ronald Brown deciding not to seek reelection as road board chairman this year there will be a new chairman elected. Qualifying for the office were Hugh Tyler, who has been on the board in the past, and current board member and vice chairman Bobby Milam.

All five districts on the county road board are up in the August election as well. Qualifying in district one, two, four, and five respectively were incumbents Cody Craig, Don Norwood, Keith Hopkins, and Vic Mallard, all running unopposed. In district three James Allison and Wayne Hicks have qualified for the spot, the only contested race for a seat on the road board.

Three districts are up for grabs in the county school board. Rod Frey qualified for district one on the county school board. Current board chairman Tricia Reimold picked up papers, but didn’t turn them back in before the deadline. District 3 incumbent Tom Beasley and District 5 incumbent Robert Sleadd, both qualified and are running unopposed.

Four spots on the Paris Special School district board of education will be on the August ballot. Qualifying for those four spots are all incumbents Richard Edwards, Christy Minor, Robert Sleadd, and John Steele.

One spot in district three on the county commission is also on the August ballot. It was the seat vacated by Mary Warren a few months back. The only person who qualified is Monte Starks, who currently serves on the commission after the commission elected him to fill the vacant seat.

Others who qualified to run for a seat in August included John Krezinski, for 2nd district constable, Neely Owens for 3rd district constable, and James Chappell for 5th district constable.


Historic T.F. Rice and Company Store To Reopen

A familiar sight to many will reopen next week on Hwy. 69N.

Springville, Tenn.-We’ve all heard the quote, “Everything old is new again” and that is nowhere more true than at the T.F. Rice and company store at 11620 Hwy. 79N, which is being reopened next week.

For generations, the original T.F. Rice store was a general store, which provided just about everything that was needed for the community which surrounded it: groceries, hardware, dry goods, farm supplies. There was even the occasional tooth-pulling that was handled by the store’s proprietors.

In its new incarnation, however, the store will be a haven for home décor, gifts and arts and crafts by local artists and craftsmen. Cindy Rice, whose husband’s family operated the store for years, said the public should “expect the unexpected. We have just about everything you could want here”, including pottery, stained glass, metal work, jewelery, candles, art prints, fine arts, woodworking, candy “and treasures.” Unique garden items, such as bottle trees, also will be for sale.

Rice said, “We have so many talented people in our county and we wanted to showcase that talent here and we wanted a store that also promotes local goods.”

Crafts and art work by familiar local artists will be on display and for sale at the store, including Doreen Bates, Lee Hickman, Sandee Green, Christy French and many others.

With all the work the Rices have put into the remodel, the store provides a tasteful and creative display for the unique items for sale.

The store will open Tuesday, April 10. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday throughSaturday in April through October. During the months from November through March, the store will be open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Cindy and Terry Rice talk things over as they contemplated what still needed to be done in the store a few weeks ago. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

A large variety of locally-made stained glass are among items sold at the store. (McFarlin photo).

Shankle Honored With Leadership Award

Mike Shankle, center, with his award, along with (L) David Kelly, sponsor of the L. Gale Allen Leadership Award and Tennessee ASA President, Brandon Ward. (HCMC photo).

Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center's Emergency Service Director, Mike Shankle, recently received the L. Gale Allen President’s Leadership Award at the 2012 Tennessee Ambulance Association’s Annual LifeFlight Award Ceremony.

The award, named for the late Gale Allen, former Sevier County EMS director and founding member of TASA, is open to anyone and any service deserving recognition for leadership and dedicated service to EMS in Tennessee, as chosen directly by the sitting President of TASA.
Awards were presented at the Mid-Winter TASA EMS Conference, held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Easter Buffet To Be Served At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Don't forget to join Tennessee State Parks this Easter Sunday – combining great food with the great outdoors – and the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends. All eight Tennessee State Parks restaurants will be open on Sunday, April 8, 2012, serving a traditional Easter Sunday Buffet. Buffet selections and prices will vary from $12.95 to $15.95. Price does not include drink, tax or gratuity. Special prices for kids and seniors over 62 also are available. The Easter Buffet will begin at 11 a.m. and will remain open until closing at state park restaurants across Tennessee.

If you want to treat yourself or your family to an Easter weekend or an overnight stay,  the Paris Landing Inn also is offering a variety of special packages from one- and two-night stays and featuring meals for two, along with other amenities. Easter weekend packages range from $75 to $150 depending on the location and length of stay, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, please contact the inn directly.


Gov. Haslam Announces Comprehensive Campaign to Combat Meth

Nashville- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam rolled out a comprehensive statewide campaign designed to inform Tennesseans about the consequences of violating the “I Hate Meth Act,” which took effect July 1st of 2011. The announcement took place in coordination with the Tennessee’s Sheriff’s Association meeting being held in Nashville this week.

Haslam said the goal of the campaign is to communicate the harsh consequences of violating the anti-meth law. He said we want to deter people from making and using meth in Tennessee and that will help save lives, protect our children, save taxpayer dollars, and make Tennesseans safer overall.

“The Meth Stops Now” campaign is an action step in the administrations pubic safety action plan and specifically addresses the portion of the anti meth law that increases the penalties for making or using meth in presence of children and for purchasing pseudoephedrine products for non medical uses.

The communications campaign targets the counties in Tennessee where there have been the highest number of children removed from homes due to meth related incidents and the greatest number of meth lab seizures. In 2011, the department of Children’s services removed 321 children from their parents custody due to meth use or meth manufacturing. Law enforcement also seized 1,687 meth labs in Tennessee last year, that number is 2nd highest in the country.

The governor also announced 750 thousand dollars in the budget for the TBI to assist local governments with training and equipment costs related to meth clean-up. This no longer requires matching funds for local governments of 25%, so many more should be able to use the funds available.


Paris PD Nabs Elusive Tharpe

Paris, Tenn.-After searching for him for some three weeks on other charges, Paris Police finally caught up with Michael Tharpe, 41, 401 Lee St., and in the process, arrested him on a new set of charges.

Tharpe had been wanted on several other charges, including a hit and run of a BPU pole, domestic assault and burglary, when Patrolman Steve McClure engaged in a foot pursuit of him on Sunday morning.

McClure said he was responding to another domestic assault call, this one on Pitt Street, when he was informed that Tharpe was involved and had left the scene on foot.

McClure then observed Tharpe getting out of a parked car on Pitt street and ran after him, ordering him to halt and get onto the ground. Tharpe then allegedly tried to run past him, at which point McClure tasered him, ending the pursuit.

Tharpe was arrested for domestic assault, evading arrest, resisting arrest, burglary, and violation of probation. Bond of $10,000 was set.


Paris Man Charged with Two Counts of Rape

              Mark Washum

Paris, Tenn.- Investigator Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department has charged a Paris man with two counts of rape following incidents that occurred in mid March and the first of April. Mark Washum, age 46 of 605½ Curtis Street was charged by Investigator Frey, after police went to the home on a domestic call. The call was due to some issues involving a 14-year-old girl at the residence. Washum was brought into city hall for questioning and was taken into custody a short time later. He was placed on $50,000 bond.

Other arrests include Ronnie Lee Barnhart, 716 Memorial #9 for simple possession of schedule six and three drugs, and Pamela V. Barnhart, of the same address for driving on a suspended license.

According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office,  a few items were stolen from a home on Jackson Street in Puryear. Two end tables, two televisions, and some lamps were taken. The value of the items were less than $500 and a possible suspect has been named.

Deadline to Qualify for August Election is Noon Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday at noon is the deadline to qualify to run for office in the upcoming August election. Offices up for grabs include Districts 1, 3, and 5 on the county school board, four spots on the Paris Special District board of education, all five spots on the road board, road board chairman, and county commission district 3. Also offices of U.S. Senate and House, along with state senate and house are up for election as well. We will have a full report of who has qualified for what offices after the deadline passes.


Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a battle of the badges blood drive Thursday from noon to 6 pm at the First United Methodist Church. All donors will get a battle of the badges T-shirt and cap and will get to vote for which public service department they like best, the Paris Police Department, Paris Fire Department, or Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The department with the most votes will get a plaque to hang on their wall. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood.


Can You Hear Me Now? Verizon Tower Installed

Paris, Tenn.-High up in the sky, workmen were at work Tuesday installing the Verizon cell phone tower on Lake Street. The project, which was approved by the Paris city planning commission several weeks ago, will improve cell phone coverage in the area. The tower is being installed near the Henry County Medical Center/Bethel project, but the projects are separate. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Removing The Barges At Buchanan Resort

Buchanan, Tenn.-A familiar sight at Buchanan's Resort will soon be no more. The barge that was placed in Kentucky Lake at Buchanan's several years ago is being removed. The barge was placed there as a windbreak, but with its age, has has become rusted and the owners of Buchanan's have decided it's time for the barge's removal. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

"Poetree" Placed At Library

Paula Kelley decorates the 'poetree'. (Submitted photo).

Paris, Tenn.-In celebration of “April Poetry Month” W. G. Rhea Public Library and Paula Kelley’s Flowers and Gifts will providing a nesting place for community poems on the “poetree” in the library.

Library Director Connie McSwain said, " We know that Henry County has gifted artists and authors, this is the time to show off our poets. Please write or type your poems on ½ sheet of 8X10 paper in size 14 or more font for easy reading. We will put a ribbon through the paper and put on the tree."

Hal Holbrook To Appear In Mark Twain Tonight! This Weekend

Huntingdon, Tenn.- It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theatre. Nearly 50 years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theatre and introduced the world to a man they'd never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook. The man was Mark Twain.

Now, Holbrook will return to The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center, Home of the Hal Holbrook Theatre to perform “Mark Twain Tonight!” on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket price for performance is $30 per person plus tax.

A Fundraising Event to honor Hal Holbrook will be held on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in the Upstairs Ballroom at The Dixie. Before the 8:00 p.m. reception there will be photos taken with Hal Holbrook and following the reception The Dixie’s Children’s Chorus will perform. During An Evening With Hal Holbrook, Hal will give us an intimate view of some of the photos he chose for the display of Dixie Carter in the upstairs ballroom. This reception will occur the evening before Hal Holbrook’s performance of “Mark Twain Tonight” at The Dixie and does require a separate ticket.

Holbrook was married to the late Dixie Carter and still resides at their home in McLemoresville much of the year.

Ticket price for reception is a $100 donation/per person. All proceeds for this event will go towards The Dixie’s events and educational opportunities including The Dixie Youth Theatre and The Dixie’s Schooltime Performance series.

Annual Jewelry Sale At HCMC This Week

Paris, Tenn. – The Masquerade jewelry sale event has been such a success for the Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary over the past couple years, it is returning just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day.

The company caters only to hospital auxiliary groups across the south. Masquerade will have many new items in stock this year including purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves, key chains, college sports memorabilia, and more.

The sale will be held in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 and 7a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted and 20% of all sales go to the hospital’s Auxiliary.

 This is the primary fundraiser sponsored by the Auxiliary at HCMC. All other monies are donated from sales at the Pink Petal Gift shop, a profitable endeavor, manned by several volunteers each week. The shop is open during the week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Rosie Baker Memorial Benefit Bash is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2012 Rosie Baker Memorial Benefit Bash will be held this Saturday April 7th at the Hampton Inn Convention Center. The admission is ten dollars and monies raised go to the Rosie Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund. Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks will be entertaining from 7-11pm.

You can obtain tickets bay call 336-2750 or 642-7600. Tickets are also available at the Henry County Medical Center Home Health and Hospice at 311 East Wood Street or at the Cancer Care Center at 1290 Kelley Drive.

Also Rosie Baker Memorial Benefit Bash T-shirts are on sale now as well. Get yours at the Hospice office or call 642-7600. The shirts are available in pink and black, with the front saying “The Battle of a Lifetime” and the back saying “She’s been there, and that’s why we’re here. Cost for T-shirts are 12 dollars for adult sizes, big and tall sizes $15 and kids sizes $10.

Big Sandy Masonic Lodge to present play

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Big Sandy Masonic Lodge #754 announces the hosting of the Masonic play, “Rose Upon the Altar,” by Carl Claudy. This is an impressive production by the Memphis Scottish Rite will be performed at the Big Sandy School on April 14th at 2pm. The play is open to the public and is free of charge.

Big Sandy Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge to hold scholarship dinner

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Big Sandy Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #130 and the Big Sandy Masonic will sponsor a scholarship fund raising dinner April 14th from 4 to 7pm at Big Sandy School. Proceeds are used to fund the Chapter’s and Lodge’s scholarships for the Big Sandy graduates.

Central School to hold athletic awards banquet April 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The Central High School Hall of Fame will observe its first athletic awards banquet Friday April 27th at 6pm at the Hampton Inn Convention Center. Tickets are limited and may be reserved by calling 642-4812. No tickets will be available at the door.


Gov. Haslam rolls out proposed budget for FY 12-13

Food sales tax reduced; Family Resource Center funding put in

Nashville- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam rolled out his proposal for the 2012-13 fiscal year budget on Monday afternoon to reflect new estimates on increased state revenues. The supplemental appropriations will include funding that was not part of the budget the governor presented in January, which was based on earlier revenue projections.

Haslam said it is state government’s job to provide services that citizens can’t get on their own and our budget proposal earlier reflected a thoughtful and strategic process to allocate taxpayer dollars to serve Tennesseans in the most customer focused, efficient and effective way possible.

Notable funding priorities in the governor’s budget include: 3.3 million to reduce the sales tax on food from the current rate of 5.5% to 5.25%, which is actually lower than then original proposal to reduce it to 5.3%.

Another 4 million is in the budget to increase the daily per diem payment to local jails from 35 to 37 dollars per day; 1.4 million for Mental Health peer support centers across the state; 1 million for continued statewide family support services through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in addition to 4.5 million of restoration of the initial budget proposal.

Other funding priorities include $300 thousand for maintenance of the West Tennessee River Basin Authority; 3 million dollars to fund family resource center; 375 thousand to fund a poison control center that provides statewide services, and 122 thousand to fund legislation that requires unemployment recipients to verify their job search efforts.


North Carroll Relay for Life Bake Auction nets over $2100 on its first day

McKenzie, Tenn.- Remember the North Carroll Relay for Life Cancer bake auction is going on all week in McKenzie. You can listen to the coverage on WHDM 98.9FM and AM 1440 starting around 1pm each day and online at whdmradio.com by clicking on the North Carroll Relay for life icon. Monday a total of 2,117 dollars was raised, which is down from over 23 hundred raised on the first day last year. On Tuesday, 2,241 dollars were raised, up from 1,551 dollars last year.

Eagle Creek RV Resort And Campground Opens

KOA Campground Has New Owners, New Name

Lisa Broset stands on the porch of one of the cabins. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Buchanan, Tenn.-The former KOA campground at 6290 Antioch Rd. has had a make-over, with new owners, a new name and a new look. And, its amenities such as swimming pool and miniature golf are now open to the public.

It’s now called Eagle Creek RV Resort and Campground and it’s open year-round, with new owners Carl and Lisa Broset of Shreveport, Louisiana, at the helm. The Brosets have been working pretty much around the clock since they purchased the campground in September, fixing up the facilities in time for the spring.

The Brosets lived along the Gulf Coast and the recent hurricanes wreaked havoc on their mobile home business. “We looked online for what else we could buy,” Carl said, “and we found an RV park in Lake Fork, Texas. Well, that’s when the drought hit that area. So, we went from too much water to not enough.”

Again, seeking business opportunities online, the Brosets found one they thought fit what they were looking for: the KOA campground in Buchanan had been for sale for some time and after checking the place out, the Brosets purchased the property the last day of September.

The campground provided a good opportunity--but also has meant a lot of hard work--for the Brosets and they have approached it full throttle. “We want to be part of the community and make this place the best it can be,” Carl said.

For those unfamiliar with the campground, it boasts both RV sites and eight wood cabins, complete with front porches with swings. The cabins come in two sizes: six have two rooms and two have two rooms, but both sizes are roomy. The cabins also have spaces for grilling and small campfires.

There is a building in the campground which contains a café, game room with pool and games, roomy restrooms with hot showers and laundry room. In addition, there is a swimming pool with outdoor lounge and eating area, and a nine-hole miniature golf course. And Wi-fi is available on site, too.

A picnic area also is near the swimming pool and golf course.

“We’ve just been fixing up everything, just giving the whole place a big re-do,” Carl said. “We’ve redone the pool, the kitchen, the floors, the laundry, the putt-putt golf, everything.”

And after all that hard work, the Brosets want to share what they have with the public. For $5 a day, the public can play on the miniature golf course--which is the only one available locally--and for $5 a day, can swim at the pool. “For $7 a day, they can do both the pool and the golf course,” Lisa said.

The putt-putt course is getting a renovation, with a few new obstacles, new carpet and new boards, “and one obstacle we’re looking for is an Eiffel Tower--we thought that would be a nice addition,” Lisa said.

RV sites are available there, too--19 with water and electric hook-ups and 20 full hook-ups with sewer. There also are primitive camping sites available, as well. With room to grow at their facility, the Brosets are looking to expand and provide 10 permanent RV sites on the property at some point. “I think that would make a good place for people on fixed income or seniors who are retired,” Carl said.

And, don’t forget the ice cream. The KOA campground was always known for its ice cream and that tradition will continue, too, with the café kitchen ready at all times to whip up flurries and strawberry, fudge and peanut butter swirls, as well as cones and sundaes. “Any toppings we have can be made into a swirl,” Lisa said. And the freezer in the office area always contains ice cream for sale.

The café also serves breakfast, sandwiches, pizza, and a variety of homemade snacks and Lisa can deliver to the lake area.

The KOA campground used to shut down every year from October to April, but no more--Eagle Creek will be open year-round. “We really want to welcome the public here,” Carl said.

The one-room cabins cost $38, while the two-room cabins cost $41 a night, plus weekly and monthly rates are always available.

For more information, you can call the Brosets at 731-642-6895.

Carl Broset out by the pool, which now will be open to the public.


Two views of the cabins, inside and outside.

Patterson Arrested In Vehicular Homicide, Hit And Run

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department on Monday arrested Dalton Patterson, 46, 960 Mays Bridge Rd., Springville, for vehicular homicide and hit and run of a person following the ATV fatality which killed Cheri Tanner, 42, of Paris last week.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Patterson was driving the ATV on Mays Bridge Rd. with Tanner as a passenger and the ATV ran off the roadway and overturned. Patterson reportedly took off on foot following the accident and was eventually taken to the local hospital with some injuries.

Patterson is in Henry County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Rent One Donates FITNESSGRAM To Schools

Rent One CEO, Larry Carrico, talks to Harrelson physical education students about staying fit and healthy. (Susan Burton photos).

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson School hosted Rent One company administrators as they donated FITNESSGRAM software to the Henry County School System to use in their elementary schools. "We are very excited that Henry County schools are visionaries and want to measure the positive effects this program can have on student achievement and behavior," Rent One CEO, Larry Carrico, said, emphasizing the importance of good health and physical fitness as one of his company's philanthropic activities.

"The key to success for everyone is good health and wellness and the Henry County schools have been just tremendous to work with. We plan on visiting often to check on student progress," he said.

Created more than 20 years ago by The Cooper Institute, FITNESSGRAM is research-based an the only health-related fitness assessment to use criterion-referenced standards, called Healthy Fitness Zones, to determine students' fitness levels based on what is optimal for good health.

FITNESSGRAM was developed to provide physical educators with a tool that facilitates communicating fitness testing results to students and to parents. The assessment measures three components of health-related physical fitness that have been identified as important to overall health and function:1)aerobic capacity; 2) body composition; and 3) muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Coordinated School Health Director, Stephanie Winders, said the program meets the components of her program as well and is excited to have Rent One as a partner in health. You may call Winders at 731-642


Bottom row, left to right, student standing, Jasmyn Webb, kneeling, Allison Evans, Will Washer, Zach Salmon, Jacy Guarino, Ryan Mayros, and Javon Winders; back row, Puryear Mayor, Kenny Paschall; Lakewood PE teacher, Lance Winders; Harrelson PE teacher, Benji Bona; Henry PE teacher, Larry Ingle; Rent One CEO Larry Carrico; Paris Rent One Store Manager, Keith Webb; manager-in-training, Ashley Arrington; Coordinated School Health Director, Stephanie Winders; Rent One President, Trent Agin; Rent One Regional Manager, Russell Law; Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Executve Director, Jennifer Wheatley; and Coordinated School Health secretary, Kristina Mayros.

HC Fair Association Dubs Larry Ray as Executive Director

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair Association announced Monday that Larry Ray has been named as its new Executive Director. In the new position, Ray will be in charge of marketing and promoting the buildings and facilities of the fairgrounds. He was a business consultant and past executive director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.

The Fair Association is a non profit corporation that owns all the land and buildings at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Fair Association arranges and coordinates the annual Henry County Fair and provides facilities for the Worlds’ Biggest Fish Fry, and many other activities and events.

In a press release, Ray said, “The Henry County Fair is well respected and was chosen as the #1 AA County Fair in the state last year. We already have great facilities for rodeos, carnivals, and circuses, but we also want to promote these outstanding buildings for weddings, conventions, receptions, civic meetings, and other things.

Ray said his goal is to create more revenue for future growth and provide better year round utilization of this valuable property. There is covered parking, a stage, electric hookups, kitchens, and outside cooking facilities. The facilities and buildings can be arranged for any type of event, large or small at a very affordable cost.

Anyone interested in a space to hold an event can call Larry at 642-1833. “My wife Kathy and I love this community and enjoy being involved in the DPA, Chamber, and other groups. I am very excited the Fair board has given me the opportunity to attract more business to the Fairgrounds and I look forward to working with our community,” Ray said.

Friends of the Library to hold annual meeting Tuesday night

Paris, Tenn.- The friends of the WG Rhea Library will have their annual meeting at 5pm tonight at the Library on Washington Street. Agenda items include the 2012 budget, election of officers, and year in review. Membership dues are also due and payable, $10 for individual, and $5 for students and senior citizens.


Artists Showcase Honors Local Artists

Arts Council members Karen Sinn and Claire Brown help set up art works Saturday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Artists Showcase sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council opened Sunday and winners of the various categories were announced at a reception. The showcase this year is being held at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center on N. Poplar Street and will be on exhibit through the end of the month.

During the reception, the public was introduced to the new Arts Council Director Michael Murphy and Assistant Director Joy Ledden Stubblefield.

Best of Show was “Older But Wiser” by Tuva Stephens.

Other winners:

Oil and Acrylics: first place, Richard Milam, "Bound"; second place, Dr. David Carrico," Summer Farm".

Drawings: first, Greg Chandler, "Winter Solstice"; second, Claire Brown, "Just Like My Dad".

Watercolors: first, Barbara Montgomery, "December Nandina"' second, Filliz Griffin,"Mardi Gras".

Mixed Media: first, Tuva Stephens, "Kinet Konnection"; second, Thomas Britten, "The Beginning."

Fiber: Mary Lacey took first and second place for her embroidery and quilted hanging.

Pottery Janice Wright took both first and second place for "Spirals Out of Control" and "Quiet Peace Bowl".

Youth: first, Mary Kate Bell, "Crawfish Delight"; and second, Bobby Kirk, "Hatter".

Honorable mentions: Diane Shaw, Richard Milam, Tuva Stephens, jan Blankenship, Chelsea Lodge, Judith Putman, Robin Newbauer, Andy Pillow and Elliot Goldstein.

Some 80 entries are in the show, which will continue at the Paris-Henry Co. Heritatge Centeer through the end of April.

Warrant Issued For Man Using Neighbor’s House

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued a warrant for William Daniel Sensing, 73, 1211 Brown st., on a charge of aggravated burglary. One of his neighbors came home from vacation to find the T.V. on and someone in the house. Another neighbor told her that Sensing had been coming into her home while she was gone. The victim told police that Sensing used to have a key to the house, but she thought he didn’t anymore.

Officers found a cable cord going from the victim’s house to Sensing’s that connected her television to his home.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Hunter Hughley, 18, 256 Camp Tyson Rd., and charged him with possession of marijuana following a search of a car in which he was sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot Saturday morning.

Patrolmen Jeff Smith and Eric Long had contact with him while he was sitting in the car and saw marijuana sitting beside him. Two other males came toward the car while they were speaking with Hughley and the owner gave permission to search the car. A plastic container with synthetic marijuana was inside, which will be sent to the TBI lab for confirmation.

A juvenile in the car also was cited for possession of alcohol.

WBFF Headquarters Officially Opens

The ribbon is cut, officially opening fish fry headquarters for another year. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-The countdown to the 59th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry officially began Saturday morning with the opening of the fish fry headquarters on East Wood St. This year’s souvenir booklet was dedicated to long-time Jaycees member Chris Martin and the grand marshals of this year’s parade will be the Henry County High School state champion football team.

Martin has been active with the fish fry for several years and in announcing his selection, fellow Jaycee Brian Ray French said, “Anyone who knows him would say he has a heart of gold. Others would simply say he is a Good Samaritan.”

During his years with the Paris-Henry County Jaycees, the organization that sponsors the fish fry, Martin has served in many leadership positions, including as president and general manager and has been involved with the shopping tour, fireworks and is chapter president of the Henry County Random Acts of Kindness.

An emotional Martin thanked his wife, mother and daughters and said, “I can’t say much more than that because I get emotional.”

A large contingent of the Patriots’ football team was on hand for the announcement and Head Coach James Counce said, “Those of us who are from Henry County know how high of an honor this is. We will represent you very well in the parade.”

General Manager Micky Eaton said the team is well deserving of the honor.

Presentations were made to the Jaycees from sponsors Peppers Automotive and TransCanada. TransCanada donated $10,000, while Peppers donated $7,500.

A number of local dignitaries were on hand for the ribbon-cutting that officially opened the headquarters, which is located next to Paint Plus. As always there is a large amount of fish fry memorabilia for sale at headquarters, including t-shirts, necklaces, hats and other items. The fish fry runs from April 21-29.

Free copies of the souvenir booklet also are available at headquarters.

The souvenir booklet was dedicated to Chris Martin, who was fixing some free steaks and chicken for everyone.

Second Maid Kaylee Clark hands out souvenir booklets to members of the Patriots' football team.

Cherry Held For Sex Offender Violation

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for violating the sex offender registry and is being held in the Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Steven Cherry, age 55, 303 Memorial Dr., was arrested by the Henry County sheriff’s department on Dunlap St., after he had been observed driving to the playground at Paris Landing State Park and watching children.

Cherry has a history of similar violations. He will appear in General Sessions Court on April 3.


Jennifer Cody Arrested On Eight Counts After School Zone Incident

              Jennifer Cody

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police arrested Jennifer Cody, age 36 of 512 Wynn St., and charged her with two counts of aggravated assault, revoked driver’s license, evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless driving, lack of insurance, and disobeying traffic signals early Friday morning following an incident that began in the Paris Elementary school zone. Bond of $10,000 was set.

Cody reportedly tried to run over two police officers when she was stopped in the school zone and fled the scene. Paris Police tasered her twice after she reportedly would not follow instructions and became belligerent.

According to the police report, Patrolmen Eric Long and Tony Elkins were patroling the school zone and stopping cars which were making improper turns.

They observed Cody make an improper turn, stopped her and asked for her license and insurance ID. She said she had no insurance and that she left her license at home. Elkins said she became agitated and he asked dispatch for more information. He determined her license had been revoked, which she denied.

Elkins asked her to step out of the car and she accelerated and sped into a dead end, with Elkins barely getting out fo the way. Long tried to get spike strips out of his car to put them on the roadway, but she sped toward him and he jumped out of the way.

She then ran through a stop sign at a high rate of speed in the congested morning traffic. The officers sped to track her down, asking dispatch for her address. In the meantime, Elkins found her vehicle unoccupied on E. Blythe St.

A few moments later, officers found her walking along E. Blythe, talking on her cell phone. They pulled in front of her and Elkins told her to get on the ground several times and she did not comply and kept walking. Elkins tasered her the first time and when she fell to the ground, he tried to handcuff her but she kept trying to get up and said she was going to kill him. Elkins then tasered her a second time and she remained on the ground.

After the EMS was called to determine she was cleared to travel, Cody was taken to jail.


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