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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Cross Creeks Visitor Center Open House Saturday

Dover, 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.

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 Drive in Dover and encompasses almost nine thousand acres of water, forest, farmland, and grassland along the Cumberland River.

AmVets Ladies Auxiliary Hosting 2nd Chance Prom Sat. Night

Paris, Tenn.- AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 45 will be hosting a 2nd Chance Prom on Saturday April 9th at 6pm at the Post. There will be food, dancing, prizes, and music. A King and Queen will be selected. Tickets are $10 per person and profits go to John Tracy Clinic to benefit hearing impaired children. Wear formal attire or come as you are, call 642-8690 with questions. Event goers must be age 21 and over.

Reminder: 2nd Annual Dancin' and Desserts Is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Dancin’ and Desserts presented by the Henry County Band Department will be held April 9th at the Paris Convention Center #2 at 7:00pm. The Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble and Paris/Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble will both be performing while finger foods, desserts, and beverages are being served.

Guest artists this year are Michael Holden and Dr. Todd E. Hill. Both are Henry County High School alumni and are active performers and educators in our region. Music selections will be from the Great American Songbook and by such artists as: Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, along with many others.

Tickets are $10 in advance from any Henry County Jazz member and Beasley Antenna, and $12 at the door. You can also contact Sherry at 731.336.8928 or Tina at 731.644.1519 and 731.363.4571 for individual or table ticket purchases. All proceeds benefit the Henry County Band Department.

Donkey Basketball Fundraiser Set for April 18th

Paris, Tenn.- A Donkey Basketball game will be held on Monday April 18th at the Central Community Service Center at 7pm. Advanced tickets are $6 and tickets at the door that evening will be $8.

Money raised will benefit the “Crusaders” boys high school travel basketball. The team is trying to raise funds to travel to tournaments in Tennessee and the surrounding states.

There will be a silent auction 50/50 raffle, concessions, and the Henry County Sheriff’s will have a K9 Demonstration at half time. Some local celebrity riders of the donkeys include Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Mike Weatherford of Mike’s Mufflers, Steven Scott of Take Me Back Café, and some WMUF personalities as well.

Advanced tickets can be bought at Take Me Back Café in Paris. For more information call 731-535-2016.

HCSO To Put on Scam Seminar Monday April 11th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and UT Extension Office will be conducting and educational program on various scams for citizens on Monday April 11th at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Class will begin at 9am and will conclude at noon. Breakfast will be provided free of charge at 9am by McDonald’s and the Sheriff’s Office will provide steak or chicken sandwiches for lunch. Anyone wanting to attend should RSVP the UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

The Sheriffs’ Office reminds citizens the IRS will always send written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail and will never ask for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the telephone.

Reminder: FUMC RFL Yard Sale Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- First Methodist Church Relay for Life Team will hold their annual Relay Yard Sale this Saturday April 9th. The yard sale will be inside at the Christian Life Center and will be held rain or shine. To donate items or for more information 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.

Art Show Winners Announced At Grove

Winners of the 6th Annual Art Show at Grove Thursday morning. Back row, (L-R) Amanda Mason, Scarlett Orr of First Bank, and Mr. Buttrey also of First Bank Paris. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - The E.W. Grove 6th Annual Art Show Award Winners were announced Thursday morning in the Library at Grove School.  Amanda Mason stated that this year along with the student who participated in the art show, teachers also displayed their art abilities as well.

“Many of the students at Grove have no idea on the abilities that some of the teachers here have, so we decided to add a special touch to the show this year by displaying their art as well, but they are not participating against the students”, stated Amanda Mason.

“Mr. Chandler, the art teacher at the high school was the judge for the event, and he took over two hours judging each and every piece that was entered. He is excited to see what potential the students have that will be coming to the high school next year that will be in his class” stated Mason.

A total of 47 entries were entered in this years event in the categories of drawing, 3-D, Paint, and Multimedia. Also an award of free ice cream for a week was a prize for the Student Choice Award.

Scarlett Orr of First Bank in Paris handed out a total of $300.00 in checks to the winners. Also representing First Bank was Mr. Buttrey.

Winners were:


1st Place – Cassalyn Callahan

2nd Place- Kayleigh Vessells

3rd Place – Hannah Hutson


1st Place – Olivia Gogarn

2nd Place – Cassalyn Callahan

3rd Place – Amber Jenkins- who was absent for the presentation


1st Place – Taylor Petty

2nd Place – Ginny Byrd

3rd Place – Olivia Gogarn


1st Place Cassalyn Callahan

2nd Place Billie Lassiter

3rd Place – Taylor Petty

Student Choice Award winning free ice cream for a week was Billie Lassiter

Each winner was told that their exhibited will be on display at First Bank in Paris in the lobby through the week of Fish Fry. Everyone is invited to go by and look at all the talent of these winners.

Qualifying Deadline Passes for August Election

Paris, Tenn.- Noon Thursday was the deadline to turn in qualifying papers for the August State Primary and County General Elections. The Henry County Election Commission will meet April 18th and officially qualify candidates.

Here is the final list of who turned in papers on time.

For the 75th District House of Representatives race, Incumbent Tim Wirgau does have a challenge. Wirgau and James “Jim” Poe both qualified on the Republican ticket and will face off in August. Daniel Powell turned in papers on the Democratic side and James Hart turned in papers as an independent. Wirgau and Poe will face off in August, with the winner going up against Powell and Hart in November in the State General Election.

Turning in papers for the Henry County School Board of Education are the following: incumbent Rod Frey and Scarlet Orr in District 1, incumbent Tom Beasley, and James Hart in District 3, and running unopposed, incumbent Jill Coker for District 5.

Five seats are up on the Paris Special School Board of Education. Those turning in qualifying papers include incumbents Richard Edwards, John Steele, and Missy Klutts. Newcomers Jon Davidson and Troy Barrow also turned in qualifying papers. Jon Davidson is running for a two year term in a seat to fill the unexpired term of Kim Foster. The others are all running for full four year terms.

One current member of the PSSD board, Harry Cowan, picked up qualifying papers but didn’t turn them in before the deadline passed and will not be seeking re-election. Christy Minor, who currently is on the board, didn't pick up or turn back in papers.

Also turning in papers for August were Road Board Chairman Bobby Milam, seeking re-election and road board commissioners Kyle Norwood and Vic Mallard, both incumbents seeking re-election in Districts 2 and 5 respectively. All road boar candidates are running unopposed.

James Hart also turned in papers to run as an independent in the U.S. House of Representatives 8th Congressional District.

USDA Partners With TARP to Help Disabled Citizens

Paris, Tenn.- U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Area Specialist Mary Hickman held an informational meeting Monday at the Training, Advocay, Referral, and Peer Support Center for Independent Living to discuss Rural Development Single Family Housing programs that could assist with TARP’s disabled clients.

“Today, we celebrate a proud partnership between RD and TARP that will make a significant impact to disabled individuals in our rural communities,” Hickman said.

TARP needed labor funds to build handicap ramps and complete repairs to their clients’ homes. Earlier this year, Hickman met with TARP Executive Director Denise Wardle at the organization’s quarterly “Spring Fling” meeting to discuss a potential partnership with USDA RD and TARP. This partnership will allow disabled individuals obtain necessary repairs to their homes and the accessibility to leave and enter their homes independently through affordable means.

At the informational meeting, Hickman discussed the Single Family Housing Repair, Loans and Grants, and Single Family Housing Direct Loans programs with TARP clients.

USDA RD’s SFH Repair Loan or “Section 504” money was available at 1 percent fixed interest for up to 20 years to TARP clients who owned their homes and were in at the very-low-income level. Hickman met with TARP clients at the informational meeting to discuss eligibility requirements and the application process to apply for such loans.

The Section 504 program provides loans to very- low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very- low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.

USDA RD’s SFH Direct Home Loan or “Section 502” program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability.

TARP is a non-profit charitable organization with the State of Tennessee. The organization is the first true rural-based center in Tennessee, serving eight counties in Northwest and North-Middle Tennessee.  TARP is a cross-disability organization that serves people with various significant disabilities.

USDA Rural Development is moving investments to rural America with housing, business and infrastructure loans and grants to create jobs and strengthen rural economies with an emphasis to assist areas of persistent poverty.  Since 2009, the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 230 communities in all 95 counties of Tennessee, investing more than $6.6 billion through affordable loans, loan guarantees, and grants.

For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Northwest Tennessee, contact the Union City Area Office at 731-885-6480 x 4, or 800-342-3149 x 1497.  Visit us online at www.rd.usda.gov/TN.

Correction on Agg. Assault Story

Paris, Tenn.- A story WMUF reported Wednesday did have a mistake. The story said Douglas E. Brockwell, age 33, of 35 Pleasant Hill Road pulled a gun on the victim in the truck twice. The report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office involves two officers getting different reports and Dep. Brian Davis talked to the victim at the Tacklebox and received the account of what happened from him while Dep. Blake Jenkins and Cpl. Kemp received information at Brockwell Auto Sales.

In our original story, we reported Brockwell pulled the gun on the victim again at Tacklebox. The gun was only pulled at the dealership one time. WMUF apologizes for the error in the story. The charge of aggravated assault on Brockwell as originally report is still correct.

HCSS Awarded Re-Accreditation by AdvancED

Dr. Zimmer presents the accredidation to HCBOE Chairman Jim McCampbell. (Dr. Susan Burton photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County School System was awarded district accreditation from AdvancED, formerly the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) making this the 101st year of continuous accreditation.

At a called Henry County School Board meeting, AdvancED Chair Dr. Sharon Zimmer explained to a large crowd of educators, that her team interviewed 123 stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, students, board members, and parents and looked at hundreds of documents to determine the rating they would give the district. Henry County School System was rated on the same scale as used for 32,000 organizations in the United States and 70 other countries.

Zimmers stated, " Wow, we have never seen this high of a score as a district! You need to let everyone know what a great job you're doing in Henry County Schools!" The district and schools scheduled a three day interview process with AdvancED's external review team, discussing demographics, leadership, resources, support systems, instruction, and student services. The accreditation report will help the system build on its continuous improvement model.

3rd Annual Carl Perkins Center-Tosh Farms Crappie Tourney April 16

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Third Annual Carl Perkins Center-Tosh Farms Crappie Tournament will be held at Paris Landing State Park Marina on Saturday April 16th. Weigh ins will be at 4pm with hooks coming out of the water at 3pm.

There will be a free kids fishing rodeo for ages 5 to 14 starting at 7:30am and going until 11am. Kids need to bring bait and their own fishing pole and must be accompanied by an adult. Food, live music, and raffles will also be part of this event for spectators at the weigh-in.

The Center is seeking Fishermen, sponsorships, and product sponsors and money raised helps with Child Abuse Prevention in our area. For more information call the center at 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org.

Carl Perkins Center to Host Movie Night Thurs

Paris, Tenn.- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Paris Henry County Carl Perkins Center will host a family movie night featuring Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who Thursday April 7th. The movie starts at 5pm and popcorn and punch will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reminder: HCMC Free Health Screenings At Farm Bureau Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Community Health Screenings by the Henry County Medical Center will be offered at the Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street on Thursday, April 7th, 8:30am – 11:00am.

There is no appointment necessary free finger stick screenings to check Blood Sugars and Blood Pressures will be offered. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Lipid Panel for $10 each. You will have your results available at the time of the screening, fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Committee to Elect Jim Poe Plans Event Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Committee to Elect Jim Poe will host an event on Thursday at the Paris Civic Center at 7pm on the issue of refugee resettlement and the impact on our state. Guest speaker will be Joanne Bregman who has been involved in tracking this issue in Tennessee from a 10th amendment perspective for several years. State tuition is also another issue to be discussed. Everyone is invited.

Exercise Equipment Donated to E.W. Grove School

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Michelle Webb, Community Fitness Leaders Founder Ogie Shaw, and Rotary Club Member Walt Peterson examine the Isorobic Exercise Equipment donated by the Oregon based company earlier this week at E. W. Grove School. 

Shaw, who recently spoke to the Paris Rotary Club is a part of the national network of medical and fitness professionals who were trained to be the exclusive marketing agents and instructors for this exercise program.

Shaw created Community Fitness Leaders training as a way to share his findings with other medical and fitness leaders who shared his commitment to fitness.  The Isorobic exercise program is designed using a small inexpensive isokinetic rope friction exercise device that was thoroughly researched by NASA and used by our astronauts in the Apollo 11 moon landing. 

Shaw spends a majority of his time speaking to civic organizations encouraging the purchase of the equipment and placing them in local schools for the benefit of youngsters across the country.

Shaw conducted a short training session for Rotarians in attendance and will also return later to instruct P.E. teachers in the use of the equipment.

Aggravated Assault Charge Issued After Disturbance

Paris, Tenn.- A man came to Brockwell Auto Sales to discuss payments and the owner advised the man to leave the vehicle. The man got in the truck and started to leave. The owners of Brockwell attempted to stop him with Douglas E. Brockwell, age 33, of 35 Pleasant Hill Road in Springville, came out and pulled a gun pointing towards the truck. Cpl. Kemp observed this action on the business’ surveillance video.

At the Tacklebox, the victim was confronted again about leaving the truck and Douglas Brockwell again pulled out a gun pointing towards the truck. The victim said he was in fear with the gun being pulled. Brockwell was charged with aggravated assault and placed on $10K bond.

Sgt. Lance Perry and Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher E. Archie, age 31, of 1175 Pleasant Hill Road in Springville, for outstanding warrants. Two bottles with several pills were found on Archie and he couldn’t provide a prescription at the time of arrest. He was charged with two counts of simple possession of schedule 2.

Man In Stable Condition in Vandy's Trauma Unit After Truck Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was flown to Vanderbilt by helicopter after escaping a fire that happened while he was inside of his pickup truck on East Antioch Road. Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said the department was dispatched to 4480 East Antioch Road near Russwood Baptist Church for a report of a truck on fire with occupants possibly inside the vehicle.

As units arrived on scene the Ford pickup had left the roadway and impacted a large tree behind Russwood Church and was engulfed in flames. The driver, Ken Steele, of Paris, had managed to get out of the truck and was lying beside of it when firefighters and bystanders moved him a safe distance away from the burning truck. He was treated by Henry County EMS and then flown to Vanderbilt. Steele was listed in stable condition in Vanderbilt's Trauma Unit as of 6:30am Wednesday morning.

One truck and three firefighters were on scene for about an hour to extinguish the truck fire Tuesday afternoon. (Reggie Coles photos)

Patriots Whip Kenwood 9-0; Updyke Throws CG

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots Baseball team defeated Kenwood 9-0 at home Tuesday night to remain perfect in District 10-AAA play at 6-0 on the season.

Hunter Updyke pitched a Complete Game shutout, giving up no runs, only two hits, and striking out 9 Kenwood batters.

Evan Harrison and Parker Piskos were on base several times at the top of the order scoring and driving in runs. Cody McSwain had a two-RBI single, and RBIs came from several other Patriot hitters on the night.

Henry County is back in action Thursday at Calloway County.

Henry County Archives Collecting Info on County Vets For Memorial

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Archive and Genealogy Library, located in Weston Hall on the Grove School campus, is collecting picture and biographies of those from Henry County who served during the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars.

The purpose is to establish a free, permanent memorial of all veterans from Henry County and display at the Archive. If you or someone in your family served in any capacity, submit a short biography and/or picture to add to the Memorial. All pictures will be copied and promptly returned.

For more information on the project call Charlene Carter at 731-333-4248 or Jean Peterson at 642-3407.

"Battle of Badges" Blood Drive April, May

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday April 7th from Noon to 6pm. There is a current special need for O positive, A negative, and B negative blood types.

April and May blood drive will be the “Battle of the Badges,” where blood donors can give in honor of their favorite group: the Paris Fire Department, Paris Police Department, or Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The group with the most donors at the end of both months will receive a plaque. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when giving blood.

April is Rabies Vaccination Month In TN

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Health has dubbed April as Henry County Rabies Vaccination Month. All veterinary clinics in Paris and Henry County will offer Rabies Vaccination Clinics in house. Cost is $6 plus a $1.50 license fee per dog or cat to be vaccinated for rabies.

The clinics run all month during regular business hours at the Animal Doctor, Lakeway Animal Clinic, Mineral Wells Animal Clinic, and Paris Veterinary Clinic. Tennessee State Law requires all dogs 3 months of age and cats 6 months of age to be vaccinated against rabies. Call your Vet for more information.

Easton's Angels Glow Walk To Be Held Sat. April 9th

Paris, Tenn.- The first annual Easton’s Angels Light up the night one mile glow walk and memory lantern release will be held Saturday April 9th at First United Methodist Church, located at 101 East Blythe St.

Registration starts a 7pm, the walk begins at dark. Entry fee is $20, $25 for Entry Fee and to release a memory lantern. There will also be a bake sale and raffle. For more information visit the Easton’s Angels One Mile Glow Walk Facebook page or email eastonsangelstn@gmail.com.

State Archives Takes Major Step to Digitize WWI Memoribilia

Paris, Tenn.- Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of north Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle in 1917, eventually mobilizing more than 4 million soldiers and countless civilians who provided support for the war effort on the home front.

Now the Tennessee State Library & Archives is launching a major effort to collect digital records of how World War I affected Tennesseans. Archivists will be traveling throughout the state to digitally scan and photograph documents, maps, photographs uniforms and other artifacts related to World War I that are owned by private citizens.

The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from the owners, but will provide tips on how to care for these rare treasures. The first event will be held at the Library & Archives building, located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville. Items will be digitally recorded from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 15 and from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on April 16. Liimited public parking is available around the building.

People living in the Nashville area are encouraged to bring in letters, photographs, diaries, military records, maps, sketches, weapons, uniforms and other items related to the war. All items must be original – no photocopies or reproductions – and owned by the person bringing them to the event.

To reserve time with an archivist on one of those dates, e-mail WorldWarI.tsla@tn.gov or call (615) 741-1883.

Similar events will be scheduled for other parts of the state. The project, called “Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War,” is similar to one the Library & Archives has been conducting to digitally record Civil War memorabilia.

“We were overwhelmed by the response to our request for Civil War items, so we hope this project will help us create a rich record of World War I history as well,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Creating digital records of historical artifacts makes them easily.

Paris Police Dept. Burns 114 Pounds of Marijuana

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department disposed of 95 bags, or over 114 pounds, of high grade marijuana at the Paris Henry County Landfill Tuesday morning. The marijuana is from a large bust in May 2015 where Issac Conger, of Phoenix, Arizona, was stopped for a headlight violation. The Metro Crime Unit did a drug search and found the marijuana which had a street value of $500K.

During the bust $2493 in cash and the vehicle Conger was driving was seized. To date this is the largest seizure of processed marijuana in Henry County History. Landfill Supervisor Chris Mosley assisted in the destruction of the marijuana. (Chief Elizondo photos)

Update: More Qualifying for August Ballot

Paris, Tenn.- A few more candidates have turned in their qualifying papers to the Henry County Election Commission office as of Tuesday morning. Representative Tim Wirgau has now turned in his papers to seek re-election for his seat on the 75th District Tennessee House of Representatives.

For the Henry County School Board in District 3, Tom Beasley turned in his papers Monday afternoon to qualify and Missy Klutts turned in papers to qualify for the Paris Special School District Board of Education. Kyle Norwood picked up papers on Monday for the Road Board Commissioner District 2 seat, which he currently holds but as of Tuesday mid morning has not turned those back in. The qualifying deadline is Noon Thursday.

Medical Corps Volunteer Training Tues. Night at 911 Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Health Henry County Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers will hold training Tuesday at 6pm at the Henry County 911/EMA Center at 204 N. Brewer St. Topics include deployment to a Point of Dispensing; Basic Incident Command Structure; Job Action Sheets.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Health Department for medical reserve corps can attend the meeting. For more information call Lori Barker at 731-886-1552.

Patriots Beat Kenwood 11-6; Look to Sweep At Home Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot baseball team defeated Kenwood on the road Monday night 11-6 to remain unbeaten in District 10-AAA action. Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh had a great night on the mound and at the plate.

Pugh allowed no earned runs and struck out 10 in 6 innings. He also had two hits and drove in a run. Knox Davis and Parker Piskos both had 2 RBIs apiece for the Patriots. Henry County looks to sweep the season series with the Knights at home Tuesday night. Varsity is set for 6:30pm, our broadcast begins at 6pm on WLZK 94.1FM.

HS and MS Jazz Ensemble Competes in Murray

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble and Paris Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble both earned Superior Ratings this past weekend at Murray State’s Jazz Festival. The Middle School group has students represented from Lakewood, Harrelson, Henry, and Inman. Students worked with renowned jazz clinicians, had sectionals with MSU students, took an improvisation class with Jamey Aebersold and performed a concert in Lovett Auditorium.

Qualifying Deadline for August Election Is Thurs. At Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The qualifying deadline for the August 4th County General and state primary Election is this Thursday April 7th at Noon.

Incumbent Tim Wirgau will have a challenge in the upcoming State Primary for his seat as Representative of the 75th District, if he gets his papers back in before the deadline. James F. Poe, Jr., has turned in qualifying papers on the Republican ticket. Wirgau has picked up papers but as of Monday hadn’t turned them back in yet to qualify for the seat he currently occupies.

On the Democrat side, Daniel Powell has picked up and turned back in qualifying papers to run for the 75th District seat in the state House.

Three seats are up for grabs in the Henry County School Board of Education and as of now incumbent Rod Frey has turned in papers for District 1, incumbent Jill Coker has turned in papers for District 5, and two people have picked up papers in District 3, but as of Monday, only 1 has turned them back in. James Hart has turned in his qualifying papers to run for the District 3 seat on the County School Board of Education. Incumbent Tom Beasley has picked up papers but has not turned them in as of Monday afternoon.

The Paris Special School District Board of Education has five spots open for the August County General Election. Four of those spots are 4 year terms and one is a two year term to fill the unexpired term left when Robert Sleadd vacated the seat.

Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said as of now, Richard Edwards and John Steele have both turned in qualifying papers to run for the PSSD board, 4 year terms. Three others have picked up papers, incumbents Harry Cowan and Missy Klutts, along with Troy Barrow. None of them have turned the papers back in to qualify for the seats as of Monday.

Vic Mallard has turned in qualifying papers to run for his seat on the Road Board in District 5, with no one else picking up papers as of now. Current Road Board Chairman Bobby Milam has picked up qualifying papers for the Chairman seat, but hasn’t turned them back in as of yet.

HC Sluggers 10U Win Jackson Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- The HC Sluggers 10 u team won 6 six games this past weekend in the DoubleTree by Hilton Baseball Blast held at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex in Jackson,TN. The Sluggers beat the Mid South Patriots from Collierville, TN to win the Gold Division.        

Kroger Team Wins 1st at Chamber Golf Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The team from Kroger won the Chamber of Commerce's Annual Membership Golf Tournament held on Friday April 1st held at the Tennessean. (Chamber photo)

Man Charged After Meth Found in Colostomy Bag

Paris, Tenn.- A traffic stop for tags not matching a vehicle led to drug charges for a Paris man after a bag of meth fell out of his colostomy bag. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Jamie James ran tags on a Chevy Van and they came back to a white Dodge.

Ptl. James then activated his blue lights and at first the car didn’t stop. Finally when it did, Ptl. James found the driver, Steven B. Trent, age 30, of 1118 Belmont St., to be nervous. Ptl. James asked Trent to step out of the vehicle and when he did Trent’s colostomy bag fell out and when it hit the ground, a bag of meth fell out of it.

Ptl. James placed Trent under arrest and continued to search finding three hydrocodone pills and more methamphetamine in his pockets. In the van a meth pipe, white powder were also found. Trent also admitted to having another bag of meth in his colostomy bag as well.

Trent was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule 2, and was placed on $10K bond.

Thefts Reported in County Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Hayley Ramos of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated two different reports of money missing from men’s wallet’s over the weekend. One report said a man on Henry Cemetery Lane had $516 missing from his wallet, as he noticed it when he woke up. The man did gave Dep. Ramos some possible suspects.

Another report stated a resident of Hill Road woke up to find his wallet missing from his pant’s pocket. The wallet was found inside his truck in the seat but $800 in cash was missing from the wallet. He also gave a possible suspect.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft of four tires and rims from a home on Hwy. 641 N. The report stated a chain was cut on a pole where the tires and rims had been chained to and the tires stolen. The value of the tires and rims is around $400.

Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated a theft of three large glass jugs of change from Upchurch Drive. The value of change missing is around $700 and possible suspects were given by the victim.

Ptl. Dean Graduates from TLETA

Nashville- Paris Police Officer Steven Dean, Jr., has completed the requirements and graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, according to Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo.

Ptl. Dean went thru the course from January until this past Friday April 1st and graduated basic law enforcement school. Ptl. Dean is the son of Steve Dean, Sr., who is a Lt. with the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

HCHS Marching Patriots Visit New York City

New York- The HCHS Marching Patriots Band spent time in New York City during Spring Break this year. They gave a special performance on Liberty Island in front of the Statue of Liberty. The band visited the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, The Empire State Building, and viewed a performance of the Lion King on Broadway.

Prior to the trip, the band competed in Jackson on March 18th to perform at the WTSBOA Concert Festival. They earned superior ratings in every category during performances from the judges. It is the highest rating a band can receive in the state of Tennessee. They qualified to perform at the Tennessee State Concert Festival to be held at Austin Peay State University on April 28-29. Only the top 32 bands in the state are selected to perform at this event.

Harrelson Band Does Well at UTM Festival

Martin, Tenn.- Several Harrelson Band students competed last Thursday at the WTSBOA Solo/Ensemble Festival at UT-Martin. These students performed solos by themselves and were critiqued by a panel of judges.

14 students received Superior ratings and 4 received Excellent Ratings. Superior is the highest rating a student can achieve. Congratulations to: Landen Dougherty, Levi Wayne, Saquoia Corbin, Briley Barrett, Sam Arnold, Kayla Edwards, Bradley Barrett, Nicholas Valle, Emma Walters, Kassity Bechard, Cheyenne Thornton, Landen Marshall, Madison Edmonds, Questen Judy, Thomas Holcomb, Olivia Pierce, Trent Ball, David Mewes, and Sam Spicer!

UTM Approves Decrease in Out of State Tuition

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a decrease in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s out-of-state tuition rate during its spring meeting March 31-April 1 on the UT Martin campus.

“This decrease was strategically designed to make UT Martin competitive with the in-state tuition rates of universities in surrounding states,” said Dr. Bob Smith, UT Martin interim chancellor. The 33 percent decrease will take effect in the fall 2016 semester and make UT Martin a more viable option for out-of-state students.

Students who meet additional academic requirements may qualify for the Explorer Scholarship, a value of $5,000 per year, provided they remain in good academic standing, are enrolled full-time, live in UT Martin on-campus housing and purchase a qualifying meal plan each semester.

With these changes, out-of-state students could potentially save $12,000 or more as compared to previous years – a savings rate of approximately 56 percent. The tuition decrease and scholarship apply to both new and current out-of-state students, beginning with the fall 2016 semester.

“When it comes to prospective students and families selecting a college or university, cost is often a major factor in that decision. For a long time, UT Martin has been an institution of choice for students in our state. Now we are positioned to be very competitive for out-of-state students and families,” said Dr. Jamie Mantooth, executive director, UT Martin Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement. “We look forward to introducing our excellent academic programs and vibrant student life to many who may now consider us as an affordable out-of-state destination.”

These changes do not apply to online or international students.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu.

31st Annual Artist Showcase Opens At Lee Academy

Paris, Tenn.- The 31st Annual Artist Showcase was open to the public on Sunday, April 3rd for the first time and awards were presented. With pulling a large turnout of local artists and supporters of the arts it shows how the art community is growing in Henry County.

(photos by Barron Robinson)

With categories like watercolor painting, pottery and 3D art, oil and acrylic painting, mixed media, fiber arts, drawing, and a youth category it was easy to see why this event has been going so long and will continue to.  The large amount of entries gave judges plenty to consider on whom to give commendations to.

The winners are as follows;

Youth: Hon Men Taryn Jones with Spring Dancers, 2nd Riley Burks with Blue Bird, 1st Emily Harper with Just Breathe.

Drawing: Hon Men Jessica Hernandez with Amy Lee, 2nd Bobbi Kirk with Untitled, 1st Greg Chandler with Artist’s eye.

Fiber Arts: 2nd Doreen bates with Butterfly Away, 1st Judith Putnam with Autumn.

Mixed Media: Hon Men Jenni Wimberly with The Dove, 2nd Brice Snow with Untitled, 1st Lela Asay with Picket Fence.

Oil and Acrylic: Hon Men Egan Snow with Diamond, 2nd Sam Knowles with Wright Sailing, 1st Dan Knowles with Memories of Tomorrow.

Pottery and 3D art: Hon Men Betty Watkins with Red Rose, 2nd Janice Wright with Sand to Sea Bowl, 1st Martin Paschall with Pot #3.

Watercolor Painting: Hon Men Betty Watkins with Eagle, 2nd Filiz Griffin with At the Country Fair, 1st John Monroe with First Light.

With Best in Show going to Martin Paschall with Pot #1.

Drug Fraud Charge In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to report from the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to East Wood Pharmacy regarding a possible drug fraud. After making contact with a pharmacy tech who stated they received a prescription from Laura Majchszak, and it appeared to be altered from how it was originally written.

Ptl. Roaten called HCMC ER and had them look up the accurate script that was written the previous day. After finding out that Majchszak had obviously altered the prescription and that she had another prescription that had also been altered in attempt to receive a refill early. Laura admitted that she was guilty of this and was placed under arrest for Drug Fraud with a bond set at $5k.

Fugitive Apprehended By K9 Droid

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department assisted THP with serving a felony warrant for Tommy Wilson on April 1st.

Wilson was issued a felony warrant by Trooper Jeremy Byars after a traffic stop on March 31st where Tommy Wilson sped away in the middle of the traffic stop. Wilson traveled at high rates of speed to evade officers, and the vehicle found a short time later but Wilson had already fled on foot into the woods.

Officers received a tip that Wilson was hiding out at 196 Cook Street, The officers were able to verify this fact with a female living at the residence and that he locked himself in a bedroom. Officers tried for 20 minutes with Wilson to get him to come out, but he either would not answer or refused to open the door.

Entry was finally made into the bedroom and due to his refusal to come out and not knowing if he had a weapon; K9 Droid was sent in to apprehend the fugitive. Tommy Wilson refused medical treatment at the scene after receiving three bites from K9 Droid. Sheriff Belew stated “K9 Droid did exactly as he was trained. He took a dangerous felon into custody and kept officers out of harm’s way. Atta boy goes to Droid!”

Tommy Wilson was also charged with driving on suspended, seat-belt law, and financial responsibility and has a $10k bond, court date is set for April 5th.

Second Annual Dancin' And Desserts Set For April 9th

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Dancin’ and Desserts presented by the Henry County Band Department will be held April 9th at the Paris Convention Center #2 at 7:00pm. The Henry County High School Jazz Ensemble and Paris/Henry County Middle School Jazz Ensemble will both be performing while finger foods, desserts, and beverages are being served.

Guest artists this year are Michael Holden and Dr. Todd E. Hill. Both are Henry County High School alumni and are active performers and educators in our region. Music selections will be from the Great American Songbook and by such artists as: Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, along with many others.

Tickets are $10 in advance from any Henry County Jazz member and Beasley Antenna, and $12 at the door. You can also contact Sherry at 731.336.8928 or Tina at 731.644.1519 and 731.363.4571 for individual or table ticket purchases. All proceeds benefit the Henry County Band Department.

Health Screenings Held For the Public By HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Community Health Screenings by the Henry County Medical Center will be offered at the Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street on Thursday, April 7th, 8:30am – 11:00am.

There is no appointment necessary and will offer free finger stick screenings to check Blood Sugars and Blood Pressures. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Lipid Panel for $10 each. You will have your results available at the time of the screening, fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Country Music Movie Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is auctioning off a piece of entertainment history whether you like country music, or movie memorabilia or you’re a Tom Hiddleston fan it’s an impressive collector’s item to have.

Autographed chair back from the Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light,

signed by Tom Hiddleston; donated by actress Cherry Jones a Paris, TN native

Paris native, Cherry Jones the winner of two Tony Awards and one Emmy, played Hank William’s mother in the biopic, I Saw the Light, which is currently in theaters. Jones was on set in the Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium, the former home of the Louisiana Hayride radio show..

“That auditorium had to double as the Grand Ole Opry in the film,” said Jones, “so they created these exact replicas of the Opry chair covers from the period when Hank played the Opry.” She admired the cream and red covers because “they were beautifully made and transformed the venue.”

The prop mistress asked if the Tennessee actress would like to have a couple of the covers. “Realizing that they were a real treasure, I asked Tom Hiddleston to sign them both. That makes this one of only two autographed, Opry chair covers from the movie in existence,” said Jones. “The other was auctioned at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center fundraiser last year.”

“The autographed cover is approximately 17.5W x 12.25”H x 1.75”D and is in mint condition. It is being auctioned on eBay under Entertainment Memorabilia – Tom Hiddleston, and the bidding closes at midnight April 10th,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “With Cherry being from Henry County and Hank Williams, Jr. living here, this item is tied to our county in a number of ways. We expect lots of bids,” said Ray.

“We have benefitted from Cherry’s generosity before, and we hope that this is a start of a new mode of fundraising for the DPA,” said Ray. In 2009 Jones who played President Allison Taylor on the TV drama “24” raised $25,000 for five local charities. The DPA was one of the recipients.

Jones, whose family owned Jack Jones Flowers on the court square in the small West Tennessee town, is a big fan of the Downtown Paris Association. “They do such a marvelous job keeping events going in our bustling downtown throughout the year. When I’m home I always try to take part in whatever they are doing, because it’s guaranteed fun.”

Grand Opening Of The Historical Archives And Military Hall

Paris, Tenn.- The Grand Opening of the Genealogy Library, Military Hall and Historical Archives in the old Grove auditorium was held Friday, April 1st. City and County Mayors, Carlton Gerrell and Brent Greer, welcomed visitors and helped hand out applications for individuals to be included in the permanent memorial of all veteran’s in the Henry County area.

City and County Mayors left to right, Carlton Gerrell and Brent Greer  (photos courtesy of WMUF Staff)

The Charles Barham Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century, which are all able to trace their lineage prior to 1699, were in attendance to help promote this new opportunity to help trace back your own lineage. The archive will allow volunteers to help you trace your own lineage in the Historical Archives room, a vast improvement from years past of searching through the attic of the courthouse.

The Military Hall

Volunteers helped put together refreshments for those in attendance. The Military Hall, Genealogy Library and Historical Archives are open to the public and will greatly assist those interested in tracing your own roots deep into the history of Henry County.

Charles Barham Chapter Colonial Dames XVII century

Road Closed Due To Construction

Paris, Tenn.- Foundry Hill Road will be closed Monday, April 4th for culvert replacement. The closure will be at the 911 address number 2700 and should be open for afternoon traffic.

McClennan Found With Marijuana on Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Puryear Police Department did conduct a traffic stop on Marcus McClennan, age 33, of 813 Gwen Street.

While on the stop officers detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Sheriff Monte Belew advised that K9 Si came to the scene and conducted a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to narcotics.

Officers located approximately one pound of high grade marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. Officers also determined there to be an active arrest warrant out for possession of schedule VI marijuana and pick-up mittimus issued out of Henry County Juvenile Court. McClennan was placed on $7500 bond and given a court date of April 5th.

(photos courtesy of Henry County Sheriff's Office)

E.W. Grove 6th Annual Art Show Opens Up Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The E.W. Grove 6th Annual Art Show will be ready for public viewing on Monday April 4th. The items will be judged and an awards ceremony will be held at a later date. The show will be on display in the Grove School Library until April 21st. On April 22nd, the winning pieces will be moved to the First Bank downtown lobby, where the winners will be on display for public viewing during Fish Fry week.

First Bank sponsors the show, providing $300 in prize money and Sign and Trophy Express provides the ribbons.

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.

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.


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