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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Planning Commission Approves Development; Site Plans

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission approved a Site Plan for a proposed development on Industrial Park Road, submitted by Dave Hilton. A 6K square foot building is proposed and the building is set to be used as a warehouse/fulfillment type of facility. The city’s Zoning Ordinance does not have definite parking requirements for this type of use, but staff recommended using the International Code which requires 1 space per 500 gross feet for parking, which would be 12 adequate parking spaces.

The planning commission also approved a minor site plan for Enoch’s Auto Sales, located at 2476 East Wood Street. It will be a 20 by 20ft addition to the east side of the existing office space.

Planners also approved a minor subdivision plat for the City of Paris. The city acquired property on East Washington Street across from the existing Public Works Property. The property is zoned B-2 and all utilities and easements were included in the plat.

Patriots Bats Come Alive as They Down Camden 11-5

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County scored runs in bunches on Thursday night to defeat Camden 11-5 on the diamond in a non district matchup. The Patriots jumped out early with four runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a two-run double off the bat of Josef Neumair.

Camden battled back to take the lead briefly 5-4, but the Patriots came right back with two runs to take a 6-5 lead, then added on to win it 11-5. Hunter Bethune started for the Patriots and Knox Davis finished the last three innings for the win.

Henry County will be back in action against Northeast Monday at home.

HCBOE Approves Calendar, MS Softball Consolidation

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session Thursday afternoon discussing several items including the adoption of a 2014-2015 school calendar, clarification of the system's upcoming differentiated pay plan, and the proposed consolidation of Henry County middle school softball.

The board unanimously approved the adoption of a school calendar for next year which, again, will start later than usual due to construction timelines at Harrelson and Henry Schools.

As soon as school lets out for summer in May, construction crews will begin the process of retrofitting tornado safe spaces at Harrelson and Henry, just as they did at Lakewood last summer.

Some important dates in the school calendar are as follows: Henry County schools will begin session August 12, 2014 (after the Henry County Fair has concluded) and will end May 21, 2015. Fall break will be October 16 and 17, with spring break from March 30 to April 3, 2015.

The board also voted Thursday to consolidate Henry County's softball teams at Henry, Lakewood, and Harrelson into a single team for the upcoming school year. Mike Bell said, after itemizing equipment at the three schools, the only estimated system expense will be student uniforms. The athletes will play in Fall 2015 and will practice and play their home games at Patriot Park at Henry County High School. This now means football, baseball, and softball are all consolidated with one middle school team, instead of individual teams.

Possible Changes to System's Electronic Devices Policy Discussed

Paris, Tenn.- Assistant Director Brian Norton and Supervisor of Technology Denton Jordan also spoke to the board about several potential changes to the Henry County School System's policy regarding electronic devices. The current policy, which prohibits students from interacting with any personal electronics, was described by both men as overbearing – one that could potentially inhibit advances in education.

The new policies, proposed at first reading at Thursday's meeting, would allow students access to a personal electronic device “while under the direct regulation and supervision of the classroom teacher”; for educational purposes. Students would also be allowed to use the devices before and after school and on school buses both in the mornings and afternoons, currently prohibited by board policy.

Jordan assured the board that inappropriate use of these devices was clearly defined and would be as strictly punished as ever, with a 30 day confiscation on first offense and a school year confiscation on second offense.

Miles cautioned the board to wait until second reading to make any decision on the policy change; the board is expected to address the issue at May's meeting.

SCOPE Participants Share Their Experience with Board Members

Katie Maupin discusses the SCOPE conference she attended. (Alex AuBuchon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Two Henry County High School students were on hand at Thursday's school board meeting to share their recent experience at the Tennessee School Boards Association's Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) held last month at MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Aubrey Buttrey and Katie Maupin both spoke highly about the program, which serves to give delegates a hands-on understanding of how school boards develop policy by holding mock board sessions, debates, and a congress.

Both girls were honored and presented with certificates of appreciation.

HCSS Continues to Develop Differentiated Pay Plan

The school board also heard further discussion about a new differentiated pay scale required by Tennessee state law. According to Director Sam Miles, the current plan scaling pay based on the amount of experience and level of degrees held is no longer sufficient to meet state regulations.

The Board, through special committee, has proposed to add consideration of faculty members' extra duties and responsibilities, such as Department Chairs and Grade Level Leaders, as a factor in the pay scale.

The committee also proposed a change to the way advanced degrees are compensated. All degrees beyond a bachelor's that are to be compensated are to be in fields that benefit the school and district in some significant way; those beyond a master's degree will require pre-approval from the Board.

Miles and the board are still hammering out details regarding the pay plan, but the Tennessee Department of Education dictates a final design must be in place no later than June 30.

Patriot Night Live Set for April 26-27

Practices April 13, 14, 21, 24th

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd annual Patriot Night Live will be held at Henry County High School Saturday and Sunday April 26th and 27th and everyone is invited to take part in the event and help raise money for the graduating seniors at HCHS.

Students, parents, and faculty will be performing the first half of the show and the last half will be a tribute to the decades with 30 second song performances.

Participants can decide to perform a 30 second portion of the song or the whole song. You can incorporate wigs, costumes, and instruments into the performance.

Performances will be Saturday April 26th at 7pm and Sunday April 27th at 2pm. Once you pick a song from an approved song list of the decades, you must attend one song to allow Rick Morgan to arrange the music for the performance.

Practice dates at the Little Theatre will be Sunday April 13th 3:15pm, Monday April 14th at 3:15pm, or Monday April 21st at 3:15pm. Everyone must be at dress rehearsal on Thursday April 24th at 7pm at HCHS.

For more information or to join the Patriot Night Live call the high school at 642-5232 and leave a message with Ms. Velvet Arnold or email Lisa Fitzsimmons at fitzsimmonsl@henryk12.net or Pam McCord at mcordp@henryk12.net.

Speech Team To Hold Fundraisder April 14th

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Speech Team invites the public to an evening of award-winning performers as they showcase their first place district champions in humorous, dramatic, and duo interpretation. The fundraiser for nationals will be held Monday April 14th at 7pm at the Little Theatre. Admission is $5.

At some point during the evening, all 30 team members will be on stage to join forces with 13 members who qualified for the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League State Tournament at Ravenwood High School which will be held April 12th. Also the National Forensic League State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation Griffin Paschall will perform the selection with which he qualified for Nationals, which will be in Overland Park, Kansas.

Hushpuppy Dash Kicks Off Fish Fry April 19th

Pre-Registration Is Due April 14th

Paris, Tenn.- The 61st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is just around the corner and the first event to kick the weeklong celebration is the Hushpuppy Dash 5K Run/Walk at Henry County High School.

The race will begin at 8am on Saturday April 19th. In order to guarantee a t-shirt, pre-register by April 14th. The cost to pre-register is $15, race day registration is $20. You can call Fish Fry Headquarters for more information at 644-1143.

Be Local Scavenger Hunt Starts Monday

Prize of $1K Goes to Winner

Be Local chair Carlton Gerrel and Chamber Executive Assitant Holly Barker show the Scavenger Hunt signs that will be in local businesses next week. (Chamber photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local Committee will launch a Scavenger Hunt for Clues on Monday, April 14th for a $1000 prize. Players will be able to collect clues for four weeks in different businesses and turn in the completed answer sheet to the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce by 4:30 pm on May 13, 2014. The winner will be drawn from all the correct submitted entries on Friday, May 16th.

Week 1, April 14-19, clues will be at Moon Jewelry and Repair, the Board of Public Utilities, Hulme Sporting Goods, Dodd’s Country Store and B and G Equipment.

Week 2, April 21 – 26, players must visit The Toggery, Joe Mahan Ford, Maggie’s, Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast and Lakeway IGA.

Week 3, April 28 – May 3, clues will be at My Favorite Things, K and B Supplies for Success, Butler and Harber, Boyd’s and Merison’s.

Week 4, May 5 – 10, stops will include the Iron Place, Great Wall Buffet, A la Mode Sweet Shoppe, Tomorrow’s Hope Thrift Store and Street Dynamics.

All twenty clues will be available after they are posted until the end of the contest. One entry may be entered by each competitor. Participants must visit the business to locate the clue, no phone calls. Contest is not open to Be Local committee members or families. Must be 18 to play. No purchase is required to play. Clues will be available during each participating business’ normal operating hours. The decisions of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local Committee are final in all matters relating to this contest.

Sponsors include Tennessee Valley Community Church, Board of Public Utilities, B and G Equipment, Hulme Sporting Goods, Henry County Medical Center, Dodd’s Country Store and Moon Jewelry and Repair.

Committee Chairman and City Commissioner Carlton Gerrell said “This is a fun way to highlight the diversity of shopping opportunity and service providers in Henry County. Each clue will be on a board inside the store, the game is easy and someone will win $1000 for supporting the Be Local campaign.”

The player sheets, complete rules and list of stops are available at the Chamber’s website, www.paristnchamber.com.

Patriots Edge Springfield 3-2 To Get District Win

Paris, Tenn.- Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh kept Springfield batters guessing all night on Tuesday and pitched a complete game in the 3-2 victory for Henry County. Pugh struck out 6 Yellow Jackets in route to the win.

The Patriots scored two runs in the first inning and then one more run in the third, and played outstanding defense to get the district win.

Evan Pugh led off the game with a double and scored the first run and then doubled again in the third to score the eventual winning run.

Henry County is back in action on Thursday night at home against Camden with first pitch for varisty set for 6:30pm.

Dems to Host Bean Supper Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party and Democratic Women will hold the annual Bean Supper and fixn’s at the Greystone of Paris on Thursday April 10th at 5:30pm. A minimum donation of $5 is asked for and drink and dessert will be included in the supper. There will also be a silent auction for cake’s and pies.

Lisa Wade Campaign Rally Thursday at Enoch Building

Paris, Tenn.- Lisa Wade, a candidate for Circuit Court Clerk in the upcoming May primary, will hold a campaign rally on Thursday April 10th from 5-8pm at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be free BBQ, beans, potato salad, slaw, and brownies.

Entertainment will be provided by Vince Dodd, Mark and Tabitha McWherter, and Randall and Alley French. There will be a silent auction and bake sale and they will be taking up donations for Veterans’ Relief Services.

Owen Turns Himself Into Henry County Sheriff's Office

Paris, Tenn.- After a search by deputies throughout the night, Jason Owen turned himself into authorities just after 6am this morning. Warrants were issued for Owen in connection to the shooting of Guy Biggs on Swan Bay Estates Road after 11pm Tuesday night.

Owen will be charged with for Criminal Attempt to commit First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt of Aggravated Kidnapping, and Aggravated Burglary.

Warrants Issued On Jason Owen in Swan Bay Shooting

Sheriff's Office Photo of Jason Owen

Buchanan, Tenn.- Warrants have been issued for Jason D. Owen, 38, of 607 Park Street, for Criminal Attempt to commit First Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt of Aggravated Kidnapping, and Aggravated Burglary after a home invasion and shooting late Tuesday night.

A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a call was received around 11:18pm Tuesday night of a shooting at Swan Bay Estates Road in Buchanan.

The call came in that a white male named Jason D. Owen had entered the home and before fleeing the area had shot Guy Biggs, white male, age 37, in the upper chest area. It was reported Owen had fled the home and it was unknown whether he was on foot or in a vehicle.

Guy Biggs was transported by ambulance to Paris Landing State Park and a life flight helicopter then transported him to Vanderbilt. When Biggs was transported he was in stable condition, suffering injuries in the upper right chest and shoulder area.

Investigators arrived on the scene and discovered that Owen did enter the home thru the front door and had a weapon drawn at that time. He demanded Joyce Biggs get her stuff and come with him. A verbal confrontation between Owen and Guy Biggs ensued and Joyce Biggs managed to exit the area. Seconds later she heard shots and then found Guy had been shot.

A search of the area by authorities and other possible locations was done but Owen was not found.

Anyone with any information on Owen or a possible location of his whereabouts should contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Hot Line at 642-0929.

Henry Mayor Joe Qualls Receives Hometown Hero Award

Mayor Joe Qualls accepts Hometown Hero Award. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Henry, Tenn.- Mayor Joe Qualls was honored during the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting Tuesday night as Tony Boyd, of Modern Woodman of the World presented him with the “Hometown Hero” award. Boyd said Qualls has put in about 35 years of service thru being Mayor, volunteer work and more. Mayor Qualls was presented with an American Flag and a plaque among other things.

Sewer System Woes Still Stinging Citizens In Henry

Town's Website Now Accepting Paypal Donations

Alderman Faye Lowery speaks on concerns with the Henry sewer system.

Henry, Tenn.- The sewer system and continuing litigation was once again on the mind of concerned citizens at the April meeting of the town of Henry Mayor and Alderman Tuesday night. During the citizen’s forum, a couple of citizens expressed their discontent about the high sewer and water bills they are facing.

Mayor Joe Qualls answered the complaints by saying, “we understand all of our citizens concerns and I promise we are working nearly every day to try to find some relief.” Mayor Qualls said he continues to talk with state legislators and congressman among others to try to find some help. He said we’ve been in a mess because the state had to come down and set the rates after we operated in the red for two plus years.

Alderman Faye Lowery spoke up and said the main issue now is the depreciation of the sewer and that is reflected on the bills Henry citizens are seeing. Alderman Lowery also reminded citizens to go to the website, www.henrytennesse.com and encourage their friends to spread the word about the website.

Alderman Roger Graham said the website has not cost the city a dime, but it was all paid for by him and alderman Lowery. The website has an option for anyone to use paypal to be able to help the town pay down it’s debt. Graham said if two million people would give $1 we’d be out of this mess, or as the website says if one million people gave $2. He said, “I know that sounds crazy, but the more people share and spread the website around, hopefully we can get some people donating to the cause.”

Graham said so far, they haven’t received any money from donations to the website. He said they had some issues with it working at first, but everything is fixed now and its up and running ready to take payments.

Koch Takes Vacant Seat on Henry Board of Alderman

Mayor Qualls swears in Carl Koch to serve as alderman in Henry as board members Faye Lowery and Roger Graham look on.

In business Tuesday night, the board voted to appoint Carl Koch to fill the vacant seat left when former alderman Rex Buford resigned and moved out of the city. Koch will serve on the board until the November Election.

The board also approved spending $5,742 and getting local business Universal Coatings to clean both Water Tanks. Public Works Director Ed Bush said both tanks had to be cleaned this year. The state mandates water tanks be cleaned once every five years.

The board approved a request from Henry Baptist Church to deed them half the alley way that runs from Church Street to Elm Street behind the church. Public Works director Ed Bush said the city had stopped deeding land during the construction of the sewer but now there is no need for the city to keep the alley. Bush said the church has been keeping the alley up for several years anyway.


Smoke Alarms To Be Installed by Henry Fire Department

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls told the board during his report that the smoke alarms from the state this week and they plan on beginning the process of installing them in the next week or so. Qualls spoke about the state’s push to curb fire deaths and made it available for citizens to receive smoke alarms with a ten year lithium battery for free. A member of the fire department must install the smoke alarm in the home.

Qualls said between 40-50 alarms were received which should get most of the Henry citizens who have already signed up for the free smoke alarms taken care of. He said they will be able to get more from the state, so any citizen that hasn’t signed up for the free smoke alarms can still do so. Citizens can call or come by Henry City Hall or sign up for the smoke alarms at Joe’s Grocery or Henry Trading Post.

Cottage Grove Holds Routine April Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and the first Proposed Budget hearing for the General Fund accounts for 2014-2015 was held and motion made by John Weiher and seconded by Melinda Thatcher to accept.

Proposed Income is estimated at $56,028 and Proposed Expenses are $56,028. The State Street Aid Proposed Budget for 2014-2015 hearing was also held and motion to approve was made by John Weiher and seconded by Sue Cal. Proposed State Street Aid Income is estimated at $2,502.36 and Proposed Expenses are $2,502.36, with both budgets balanced. Both were unanimously approved.

The board learned that revenues of just over $5K were reported for March and expenses for the month came in at $737.

Leisa Wimberley  Hosts Campaign Rally

A large crowd enjoys live music and food at Leisa Wimberley's campaign rally Thursday inside the Commercial Building at the Fairgrounds. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Leisa Wimberley, current first deputy in the Henry County Trustee's Office and candidate for the office in the May primary, held a campaign rally event Tuesday at the Fairgrounds.

There was face painting and inflatable jumpers for the kids, along with burgers, bbq, hot dogs, and chips.

People of all ages could also have fun in the photo booth and several campaign materials like buttons, signs, and other things were available to the large crowd.

In just the first hour plus of the event, an estmiated 450-500 people had come out in the rain and gloomy weather to the rally.

Several youngsters enjoy the inflatable jumper and slide at Leisa's campaign rally. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Snyder Voter Appreciation Dinner Well Attended

Judge Vicki Snyder shakes hands with one of several citizens that came out to show her support on Tuesday evening. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder held an appreciation event Tuesday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Many braved the gloomy skies and ran and attended the event.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and homemade desserts were served, and Vince Dodd and Friends will be playing live music at the event.

Judge Snyder said, "I just wanted to let everyone know how much I appreciate their support and how much I enjoy my job."

The crowd enjoys burgers, hot dogs, and live music at Judge Snyder's event.

Vengeance Support Teammate Elizabeth Cronin

Finish as Runners up in Fish Fry Fling Tourney

Pictured Left to Right, first row, Abby Taylor, Abby Gilstrap, Leslie Green, Carley Jackson; second row: Kinsley Nichols, Blair Putman, Avery Cox, Shelby Summers, Mary Smith; back row: Coaches Eric Jackson, Dwight Gilstrap, and Lance Smith

Paris, Tenn.- The Vengeance 10U softball team was the runner up in the USGF Fish Fry Fling softball tournament held in Paris this past weekend. The entire team of 10 young ladies is made up of all Henry County ladies, including Elizabeth Cronin. Elizabeth was recently diagnosed with cancer and the team wore gold wristbands with Elizabeth’s number, 10, embroidered on the wristband to honor her.

The team sold gold bracelets embossed with “Fight Like a Girl, Elizabeth #10,” with all proceeds going to Elizabeth and her family. Bracelets are still available from any team member.

Helping Hands Funds Dispersed

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Helping Hands organization met this week and dispersed the funds that were raised during the annual event. The total amount raised was $351,663.

Those organizations raising the most money were Security Bank, with over $35K raised, First United Methodist Church over $33K, First Baptist Church over $29K , TN Valley Community Church raised over $20K, and Educators raised over $8700.

The communities that raised the most during Helping Hand this year were Pleasant Hill over $21K, Whitlock at over $10,500, Cottage Grove at over $10,100, Clifty Community raised over $6K, and Van Dyke/Routon raised over $5K.

Helping Hands money will go to over 80 groups including all county fire departments and more.

HCHS Baseball Game for Tuesday moved To Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s scheduled baseball game for Tuesday night against Springfield has been postponed because of the chances of rain and the wet field. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 5pm.

Reminder: April is Rabies Month in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- April is Rabies month in Henry County and every Vet office is offering special rate during this month only. Participating Vet Offices will hold rabies vaccination clinics in house, those offices are The Animal Doctor, Lakeway Animal Clinic, Mineral Wells Animal Clinic, and Paris Veterinary Clinic.

Dog and cat owners can get their pets vaccinated for $6 plus a license fee of $1.50. Tennessee state law requires all dogs 3 months of age and cats 6 months of age to be vaccinated against rabies. For more information on rabies clinics at local Vet offices this month, contact your vet. 

Benefit for Darren Webb Will Be Saturday In Henry

Henry, Tenn.- Friends and Family of Assistant Mansfield Fire Chief Darren Webb will be holding a benefit this Saturday April 12th at the Henry Civic Center. Webb sustained injuries after falling about 30 feet from a tree in March and all proceeds will go to help pay medical bills during his recovery process.

There will be BBQ plates for $7 from 11am to 1pm. Wire and Wood and Just Us will provide live music and Beecham Auction will start a live auction at 1pm.

Darren’s wife Cheryl said, “We have lots of items to be auctioned off like furniture, clothes, gift certificates, and much more, and we are still taking donations right on up until the event.”

Everyone of all ages is invited to come out to the Benefit this Saturday at the Henry Civic Center. For more information or to donate items for auction call Ronnie at 363-3129 or Cheryl at 363-4489. You can also give money to help Darren’s recovery at Regions Bank in Paris.

Friends of Library Seek Fish Tale to Go with Racing Catfish

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Library will be entering a Fish in the annual Catfish Races on Saturday April 26th during World’s Biggest Fish Fry Week and they are asking the public to help by writing a story that can be included with the fish that enters the races. The deadline to enter the Fish Tales for the Friends of the Library’s Catfish is Wednesday April 16th. You can turn your fish tale into the circulation desk or email them to kaylanation@rheapubliclibrary.org. The winning entry will receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card and the winner will be announced April 21st. 

Henry County Loses At Springfield in A Slugfest

Springfield, Tenn.- The Patriots dropped a District 10-AAA game at Springfield on Monday 13-9. The Patriots had a 3-0 lead after one inning and scored 6 runs in the top of the 3rd inning to lead 9-3. Springfield came back with 8 runs int he bottom of the 3rd and went on to win 13-9. Drake Walker had two hits and 5 RBIs for Henry County in the loss. The Patriots are scheduled to host Springfield Tuesday with first pitch set for 5pm.

Leisa Wimberley Campaign To Host Event Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Trustee 1st Deputy Leisa Hayes Wimberley is hosting an “Early Voting Kickoff Cookout” from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th at the Commercial Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Barron’s will provide live music.

There will be FREE hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ, chips, drink and dessert.  Leisa will be on hand to meet you and of course hand out campaign materials, buttons, yard signs etc.  There will be an inflatable bouncer, cupcake bar, face painting for the kids and a photo booth for fun for everyone!  This is a family event so absolutely no alcohol. 

Wimberley is currently filling in as Trustee.  She has worked in the Trustee office for almost 8 years and has a degree from UT Martin in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.  Leisa Hayes Wimberley is running for Trustee in the May 6 Democratic Primary.  Wimberley says “I humbly ask for your vote on May 6th.  Vote for experience, education and dedication.”

Man Caught Fishing With Stolen Rods and Reels

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Henry County man in connection with a slew of thefts, mostly rods and reels, from Buchanan Resort.

Several reports at the sheriff’s office stated rods and reels, tackle boxes, and various other items were stolen from several boat slips over the last few days.

Sgt. David Powell finally got a call over the weekend that a man was fishing off the dock at the resort with one of the stolen fishing rods. Sgt Powell came up to the man, who identified himself as Blake Hunt, 27, of Red Top Hill Road. Hunt was charged with theft in the incident. Two other men were discussed as have being with Hunt, but no other charges have come forth so far in the incident.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated a 4-wheeler was stolen from a shed on Eakers Camp Road over the weekend. The homeowner heard dogs barking during the early morning hours on Sunday, but didn’t get up to see what was going on. The next morning he found the 4-wheeler missing from the shed. It’s value was $1200. Police have no suspects at this time.

Other arrests from the weekend include Joshua Scott Parker, 35, Clayton Village Road for DUI 1st offence, Kevin DeSean Blackman, 29, of Memphis, for driving on a suspended license and simple possession of schedule 6, James L. Dumas, Jr., age 23, of 706 Caledonia Road for felony evading, and Jessica L. Lemonds, 22, of 102 Indian Creek Drive, for violation of probation and felony escape. Lemonds was placed on $50K bond.

Lady Patriots Win Play it Again Tourney In Clarksville

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County High School Lady Patriots Softball team won the Play it Again Tournament in Clarksville this past week. The Lady Patriots defeated McGavock High School 16-0, East Lutheran 8-0, Clarksville Academy 10-0, Lebanon 2-0, and Union City 4-0.

HCHS Track Compets at MSU High School Invitational

Murray, Ky.- Henry County’s Track teams compete at the Murray State High School Invitational this past Saturday. For the Lady Patriots, Kaity Beth James placed 6th in the 3200 meter run with a time of 13:02 and she also placed 8th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:44.

The men’s team placed 10th overall out of 16 teams at the meet. Individual top finishes for the men included Javan Winders 1st place in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:34, which sets a new meet record. Javan Winders also finished 1st in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:05.

Nathan Condeelis came in 4th place with a time of 10:56 in the 3200 meter, Jarritt Beasley placed 6th in the long jump with a jump of 18’6”, and Jared Adkisson finished 10th in the long jump with a jump of 17’11”.

Knoxville's Jay Emmert Wins Big Bass Bash

Bethel University's Jay Dyer Second, Murray State's Cody Santel Third

Jay Emmert of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville shows off his tournament-winning 8.85lb largemouth bass (Photo provided by the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series).

Buchanan, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's Jay Emmert walked away with well over $2,000 in prizes after landing the single largest fish in this weekend's Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash.

His 8.85lb largemouth bass, caught on an Alabama rig and weighed in during the first session of Day 2, knocked off Ty Dyer of Bethel University's 7.42lb bass to take top honors for the weekend.

Dyer's second place overall finish netted over $1,000 in prizes.

Cody Santel of Murray State University rounded out the top 3 overall with a 6.84lb bass.

All in all, 80 bundles of prizes were given away to the nearly 200 anglers from universities across the country competing in this weekend's tournament.

The next major Association of Collegiate Anglers event will be the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship May 22 and 23 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.

Over $20,000 in prizes were awarded in the weekend's tournament (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Full results from the final day of the Collegiate Big Bass Bash are as follows:

Top Overall:

1st: Jay Emmert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 8.85lb

2nd: Ty Dyer, Bethel University -- 7.42lb

3rd: Cody Santel, Murray State University -- 6.84lb

Weigh-in 1: 9:00 AM

1st: Jay Emmert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 8.85lb

2nd: Wesley Anderson, University of North Alabama -- 5.37lb

3rd: Alex Fulkerson, Kansas State University -- 4.95lb

4th: Matt Roberts, Bethel University -- 4.87lb

5th: Devin Bargatze, Bethel University -- 4.73lb

6th: Matt Lipscomb, University of Alabama - Birmingham -- 4.69lb

7th: Tyler Watson, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga -- 4.47lb

8th: Jackson Blackett, University of Louisiana - Monroe -- 4.21lb

Weigh-in 2: 11:00 AM

Results not available at this time

Weigh-in 3: 1:00 PM

1st: Dan Schult, Murray State University -- 5.44lb

2nd: Blake Alford, University of Louisiana - Monroe -- 5.29lb

3rd: Christian Peake, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 5.01lb

4th: Tyler Craig, University of Louisiana - Monroe -- 4.94lb

5th: Jay Emmert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 4.64lb

6th: Jeff Roman Clayton, Mississippi State University -- 4.51lb

7th: Cody Barham, University of Georgia -- 4.38lb

8th: Dylan Powley, University of Tennessee - Martin -- 4.33lb

Weigh-in 4: 3:00 PM

1st: Austin Keeton, Calhoun Community College -- 6.72lb

2nd: Nick Uebelhor, University of Evansville -- 6.16lb

3rd: Nick Friedrich, Kennesaw State University -- 5.11

4th: Brian Kirt, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point -- 4.89lb

5th: Daniel Schult, Murray State University -- 4.70lb

6th: Payton McGinnis, University of Alabama -- 4.60lb

7th: Justin Graben, Murray State University -- 4.54lb

8th: Colt Kelso, University of North Alabama -- 4.09lb

9th: Bryce Owen, North Carolina State University -- 4.05lb

10th: Scott Davis, University of Louisville -- 4.04lb

W.G. Rhea Library Holds 29th Annual Artist Showcase

Martin Paschall stands behind his Best in Show piece "Diversity" (L) and 2nd place pottery piece "Midnight at Seaside" (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris - Henry County Arts Council, W.G. Rhea Public Library, and Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Wieck officially opened the 29th annual Artist Showcase Sunday afternoon with a reception and awards ceremony.

30 artists submitted over 60 entries in this year's showcase, in media ranging from pottery and sculpture to watercolor, oils, and even fiber arts.

15 artists were selected for cash awards, with $50 and $35 prizes for first and second place in each category, as well as a Best of Show award of $100.

This year's Best of Show entry was "Diversity", a pottery piece sculpted by Martin Paschall. The piece is a mottled blue vase with four sculpted faces in varying shades of unglazed clay.

His pieces "Elegant Twist" and "Midnight at Seaside" also won 1st and 2nd place in the pottery category.

Paschall teaches wheel throwing and other pottery and ceramics techniques at the Lee Academy for the Arts.

All entries to this year's Artist Showcase will be visible at the W.G. Rhea Public Library through the end of April.

Hannah Medlock's painting "Splashed Apple" earned first place in the youth division of this year's Artist Showcase (Alex AuBuchon photo).

A full list of results for this year's Artist Showcase is as follows:

Best in Show:

Martin Paschall "Diversity"

Mixed Media

1st: Tuva Stephens "Kinetic Rhythm"

2nd: Doreen Bates "On the Wings of a Song"

Honorable Mention: Jane Baars "Blocked"

Fiber Arts

1st: Jane Baars "New Growth"

2nd: Doreen Bates "Afternoon Tea with Miss Violet"


1st: Becky Hedges "Mandala Zentangle"

2nd: Claire Brown "I really do love Kitty"

Honorable Mention: Becky Hedges "Pamela"


1st: Tuva Stephens "Forgotten Warrior"

2nd: Filiz Griffin "Decay"

Honorable Mention: Filiz Griffin "Carefree"


1st: Martin Paschall "Elegant Twist"

2nd: Martin Paschall "Midnight at Seaside"

Honorable Mention: Robyn Neubauer "Kermit Cup"

Oil & Acrylic

1st: Jennifer Russell "Tic-toc"

2nd: Ann Stapp "When the Cows Come Home"

Honorable Mention: Donna Revelee "Heron in autumn"


1st: William Lynn Scott "Full Sail"

2nd: Becky Hedges "Ostrich Egg Zentangle"

Honorable Mention: Donna Anderson "Winter"


1st: Hannah Medlock "Splashed Apple"

2nd: Jesse Wells "In memory of Bo"

Honorable Mention: Bobbi Kirk "Blue"

Dozens mill through the Artist Showcase exhibits, on display at W.G. Rhea Public Library through April 30 (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Chamber Golf Tournament a Huge Success

Jennifer Hayden of Hamilton-Ryker (L) presents a $600 winners' check to team sponsor Jim Herndon (C) and team member Gary Barker (R). Herndon donated the $600 back to the Chamber of Commerce (Photo provided by the Chamber of Commerce).

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris - Henry County Chamber of Commerce held their annual membership golf tournament Friday afternoon at the Tennessean Golf Club.

Despite a cool, rainy and windy start to the day, 19 teams of 4 participated in this year's tournament sponsored by Hamilton-Ryker.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office was on hand to provide lunch for all participants, on a grill donated by Tosh Farms.

In addition to the cash prizes awarded to several teams, Joe Mahan Ford offered a brand-new car to anyone able to hit a designated hole-in-one; no participants were able to win the vehicle.

All prize money was graciously donated back to the Chamber of Commerce.

Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley explained that the Chamber aims to put on one of the first golf tournaments of the year, driving early business to area golf courses, and thanked all the participants, helpers and sponsors for an extremely successful tournament.

Captain Damon Lowe and Sheriff Monte Belew prepared lunch for everyone at Friday's tournament on a grill donated by Tosh Farms (Photo provided by the Chamber of Commerce).

Dyer, Bethel On Top in Day One of Collegiate Big Bass Bash

Ty Dyer (L) of Bethel University shows off the biggest catch of the day, a 7.42lb largemouth bass. His teammate Brian Pahl (R) placed second in Weigh-in 1 with a 6.32lb catch (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Buchanan, Tenn.- Bethel University has put together an impressive showing in Day One of the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake, with the top overall fish and five total bass in the top 10 throughout the day's weigh-in periods.

The Big Bass Bash is primarily an individual tournament, with each of nearly 200 collegiate anglers competing for over $20,000 in prizes, but participants also earn points for their respective universities in a School of the Year competition.

Murray State University and Bethel University, ranked 4th and 8th in the country respectively, turned in some impressive fish during Day 1 of the competition.

The Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash will resume Sunday with weigh-ins at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM with final results and awards announced at approximately 3:30 PM at the Paris Landing Marina.

Lance Freeman of Murray State University placed 8th in Weigh-in 3 with a 4.79lb catch (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Top results from each weigh-in of Day 1 are as follows:

Weigh-in 1: 9:00 AM

1st: Zach Parker, Bethel University -- 6.62lb

2nd: Brian Phal, Bethel University -- 6.32lb

3rd: Evan Horne, University of North Alabama -- 5.38lb

4th: Dylan Powley, University of Tennessee - Martin -- 5.29lb

5th: Reece Ellerbusch, McKendree University -- 5.19lb

6th: Burke Broadfoot, Arkansas Tech University -- 4.93lb

7th: Dalton Wilson, Bethel University -- 4.81lb

8th: Mike Huff, Georgetown University -- 4.54lb

Weigh-in 2: 11:00 AM

1st: Adam Brookman, McKendree University -- 6.13lb

2nd: Kyle Albers, East Carolina University -- 5.39lb

3rd: Burke Broadfoot, Arkansas Tech University -- 4.95lb

4th: Shawn Combs, Georgetown University -- 4.87lb

5th: Jordan Backus, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 4.78lb

6th: Sam Abernathy, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 4.46lb

7th: Joseph Grassi, University of Louisiana - Monroe -- 4.35lb

8th: Gunner Pollitt, Murray State University -- 4.29lb

Weigh-in 3: 1:00 PM

1st: Jay Emmert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 6.53lb

2nd: Ryan Brown, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 6.10lb

3rd: Jay Conrad, Eastern Kentucky University -- 5.67lb

4th: Sydney Taylor, University of Tennessee - Martin -- 5.56lb

5th (tie): Dalton Wilson, Bethel University -- 5.21lb

5th (tie): Michael McDermott, Kennesaw State University -- 5.21lb

7th: Cody Santel, Murray State University -- 4.90lb

8th: Lance Freeman, Murray State University -- 4.79lb

Weigh-in 4: 3:00 PM

1st: Ty Dyer, Bethel University -- 7.42lb

2nd: Cody Santel, Murray State University -- 6.84lb

3rd: Jeff Roman Clayton, Mississippi State University -- 5.96lb

4th: Alan Horwatt, Clemson University -- 5.47lb

5th: Jay Emmert, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 5.11lb

6th: Sam Mughal, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga -- 5.08lb

7th: Justin Berger, Murray State University -- 4.89lb

8th: Ricky Mallory, Middle Tennessee State University -- 4.64lb

9th: Wade Brown, University of Louisville -- 4.56lb

10th: Ryan Brown, University of Tennessee - Knoxville -- 4.53lb

With nearly 200 anglers competing in the Big Bass Bash, space to dock for weigh-ins is at a premium (Alex AuBuchon photo).



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