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

Henry County HS, Bethel Partnering Up for Dual Credit Courses

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday and Betsy Allison, supervisor of secondary curriculum and instruction, informed the board about new possible dual credit courses that can be offered at Henry County High School thru a partnership with Bethel University beginning in the fall.

Allison said this year 18 students are currently enrolled in dual credit psychology class with Bethel, and next year the high school and Bethel have partnered to possibly offer up to 12 more dual credit classes. Those classes include the areas of history, English, psychology, sociology, business, computer information systems, and philosophy.

Qualifications to enroll in the dual credit courses include: the student must be a junior or senior and in good standing; minimum of 3.0 GPA; 19 or higher on PLAN test or 21 or higher on the ACT, or 980 or higher on the SAT; and have earned a minimum of 14 credits already by the end of this current school year.

Students will be turning in their interest form on Friday so the system can gage the interest level in the classes to be potentially offered. In order for Bethel and HCHS to offer the dual credit course at least ten students must indicate their interest in taking it.

Allison said with scholarship money being used from the lottery the cost for students for a dual credit course will only be $25 per class plus a one time application fee to Bethel University for $25. She told the board they would know by next month’s meeting which courses would be offered for dual credit next year.

In other business on Thursday, the Henry County board of education approved the use of school buses for the 4-H camping trip to Columbia this summer and approved new reading textbooks from McGraw-Hill titled “Reading Wonders.”

Dr. Susan Burton, director of Federal projects told board members that the system had recently had its audit of federal programs. In a letter she presented to the board, it was stated that, the district’s programs were found to be in substantial compliance with laws and regulations. Dr. Burton also told the board the audit of the booking for federal programs had no findings.

Food Commodities to be Distributed Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will be distributing food commodities next week. Distributions will be from 8am to 1pm on Wednesday April 17th and Thursday April 18th at the Central Community Building on Jones Bend Road in Paris.

In order to receive food commodities you must have a Blue Card and no applications will be taken on the days of distribution. The last day applications for April distributions will be taken is Tuesday April 16th at 3pm.

Once you’ve turned in applications if your last name begins with the letters L thru Z you will come on Wednesday and last name with letters A-K will come on Thursday. For more information call April Perry at 642-3132.

Big Day at State Capitol for Hostess Princess Court, Madrigals

Governor Bill Haslam signs a Tennessee Blue Book for members of the Hostess Princess Court. (Andrea Lamb photo).


Nashville, Tenn.-It was a big day Wednesday for the World's Biggest Fish Fry (WBFF) Hostess Princess Court and the Henry County High School Madrigals, both of which visited the State Capitol in Nashville.

For the Hostess Princess Court, it's an annual event to visit the Capitol Building once the court has been chosen and the World's Biggest Fish Fry headquarters has officially opened.

The court met Governor Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and other legislators. The court toured the Senate, House, Supreme Court and visited Legislative offices.

WBFF General Manager Andrea Lamb said it was a good day for the group, which included Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Wheatley. "The court got to do things this year we haven't done before, like the visit to the Supreme Court," Lamb said. "We got to sit in while they were arguing a case there."

The court also sat in on a House committee meeting.

A House proclamation for the WBFF and Hostess Princess court was presented to the local contingent. The Madrigals also toured the House and Senate and were honored by performing on the House floor.


Melinda Perkins Elected as Secretary of State FFA

Melinda Perkins, third from right, joins her newly elected 2013-2014 TN State FFA Officer team in tapping the gavel to signify the beginning of their year of service. Melinda will be promoting agriculture and FFA members during the upcoming year.

Gatlingburg, Tenn.-Melinda Perkins, a senior at Henry County High School was selected during the 85th annual TN State Convention of the Future Farmers of America to hold the office of secretary for the 2013-2014 year. The state convention was held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Perkins was selected by a committee made up of 12 people including businessmen, former state officers, and FFA students from all across Tennessee. Melinda is one of eight members on the state officer team and was selected from a field of 25 delegates from all across the state.

She was selected based on FFA involvement, an essay, a test of FFA knowledge and agricultural knowledge, personal interview, group interview, and an agricultural issues interview. Melinda will travel the state of Tennessee as an ambassador for the FFA and for agriculture.

Currently Perkins also serves as the Paris FFA Chapter President and the Western Region FFA President. She is the daughter of John and Paula Perkins of Buchanan.

She is the 9th FFA member elected from the Paris FFA to serve as a student leader for the State FFA. She is honored to be included in an esteemed group that includes many influential leaders of the local agriculture community.

Ribs, Riding and Rock for Relay

Paris, Tenn.-The Lawnmasters Relay for Life team will be hosting a day-long event covering Bike riding, BBQ and Classic Rock on Saturday, April 13 at the Paris Convention Center (Hampton Inn).

A 203-mile bike/motorcycle ride/poker run  will begin around 9:30-10 a.m. and travel from Paris to Big Sandy around to Dover and back to Paris. Riders should be arriving back in Paris around 5 p.m. or after.

Riders are asked to sign up from 8-9 a.m.

BBQ will be served from noon until all the events are over.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, the Allen Warren Band will perform. Event T Shirts are available, $15.00 in Pink, Black, and Relay Purple. Event origin and return will be from the Paris Convention Center at Hampton Inn, get a room and make a day and night of it. Entry for Bike Ride $20.00 per bike, $10.00 passenger. Rock Show $10.00 admission. Poker Hand Prizes will be $150.00 best hand, $100.00 2nd, $75.00 worst You can go to our website by clicking here http://www.lawnmastersllpc.com/ribs_ridin__rockin_for_relay and pre register, order event T Shirts, Jacket Pins or concert tickets.

Organizer Greg Pierce said, "We will have lots of freebies donated by Four Rivers Harley Davidson, and other businesses around the area. We will have a silent auction to bid on some nice items, as well as all you can possibly eat. This is an adult event and you are welcome to bring your adult beverage."

Colder March Brings Record Sales to PHCPUD

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of directors met on Tuesday and learned from general manager Tae Eaton that the district had a record month in sales during March. Eaton said that more gas was burned in March 2013 than any March in the last five years.

The district took in a net profit of $224K for March and it helped put them in the black for the fiscal year. Last year at this time they were $174K in the red but thanks to big March sales they now set at $167K in the black. Eaton said this March was 25% colder based on heating degree days than last year which saw much warmer temperatures.

With record profits, the gas company used all its gas that was held in storage up and set at 0% in storage currently. Eaton said this is a good thing and will allow the district to purchase more gas at cheaper prices over the next couple of months to get the storage numbers back up.

The Natural Gas Truck arrived the district bought a couple of months ago and the refuelling station was installed on Monday. Plans are to have the media out for a demonstration on the refilling of the truck at the station with natural gas in the next few weeks. They also plan to have the truck wrapped and have it in the upcoming Fish Fry grand parade. Currently the equivalency to price per gallon of gas this truck uses is around $1.70 and fluctuates as the price of gas goes up and down.

During the parade the CNG Truck will pull a trailer full of employees and families while other employees will walk beside the truck and hand out Paris Henry County Utility District Coloring Books. The coloring books are part of the public awareness the district does every year and tells about the history of natural gas and more.

More from Tuesday’s Gas board meeting saw general manager Tae Eaton say the Natural Gas Vehicle Expo in Nashville last week was well attended with 10 people from Paris going and over 320 visiting from around the state.

Eaton also provided the board with a copy of a memorandum of understanding that several governors have signed in an effort to get Detroit to push the production of more Natural Gas Vehicles. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam along with governors from Kentucky, Texas, Arkansas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Ohio, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Utah, and Maine all signed the memorandum stating their state government agreed to purchase more natural gas vehicles to include in their fleets and urge municipalities and utilities in their state to do the same.

The board agreed to hire some summer help or co-op with Murray State students to help with operations and in the office. They also learned that survey cards have been developed and Eaton said they plan on passing these out to customers for feedback to see how they are performing.

Buger Bash to Help Paris Danger Soccer Thursday 5-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- McDonalds in Paris will host a Burger Bash Thursday April 11th from 5-7pm where 20% of sales will support the Paris Danger Soccer team. If you would like to help eat supper at McDonalds from 5-7pm Thursday.

Correction on Henry Water/Sewer Rates Story

Henry, Tenn.- Some numbers were mixed up in an earlier story we reported from Tuesday night's Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting concerning rates residents will pay on water and sewer after the board voted to accept the rate structure set forth by the state mandate. Residents will experience a 10% water rate increase and a 40% sewer rate increase, meaning the average bill of a customer who has both could reach around $80. The average base rate of a water bill will increase about $3 while the average base rate of a sewer bill will increase almost $14, with additional charges coming for number of gallons used each month.. Mayor Joe Qualls said the rates will be in effect for two years.

Public Hearing on Federal Projects Set for 4:30pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A public hearing pertaining to the design, planning, and implementation of four federal programs under the Elementary Secondary Education Act is set for Thursday at 4:30pm. The meeting will be held at Grove Tower prior to the Henry County Board of Education meeting and is open to all school personnel and parents of students in Henry County Schools.

Comments may be made on the different programs under the Act, formerly known as the No Child Left Behind Act. The district parent involvement plan will also be discussed. The plan is posted in the Central Office bulletin board and the Federal programs website at henryk12.net/federal.

For more information contact Dr. Susan Burton, federal programs director at 642-3101.

Signalization Project Begins Monday, April 15; Road Closures Set

Signs already are placed on Joy Street informing motorists of the upcoming road closure. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The long-awaited traffic signalization project for the Hwy. 79N-Joy Street intersection will begin Monday, April 15, which will necessitate some road closures and detours for motorists.

Paris City Manager Carl Holder said traffic on Hwy. 79 (Tyson Ave.) will be re-routed around Hospital Circle, as it was when the pedestrian bridge was being constructed over Tyson Ave.

Neither Joy Street nor Lake Street will be used as alternate routes this time, however.

The project will be "weather-contingent", Holder said, but should last "no less than two and a half months and no more than four months."

Joy Street will be shut down beginning at Dr. Griffey's clinic to the Henry County Health Department, he said.

Law requires that if a state highway is tied to a federal highway, "there has to be a T-intersection," Holder said. In addition to placing overhead traffic signals at that insection, he said, workers also will be creating "a true T-intersection at that location."


First Farenheit 101 Murder Trial Set

         Tevin Lumpkin

Paris, Tenn.-A trial for one of the three defendants charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in August of 2012 of a Paris man at the Fahrenheit 101 nightclub has been set for September.

Tevin Dominique Lumpkin, 21, Milan, is one of four men who were arrested in connection with the shooting death of Eric Kinley, 41, of Paris. Two of the men, Jiles Yarbrough, 22, Huntingdon, and Cody Harmon, 24 of Lexington, were charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault.

A fourth man, Charles Liphford, 23, Milan, was charged with possession of a handgun in the case.

Lumpkin's trial will begin September 11 in Henry County Circuit Court and is expected to last two or three days. He is represented by Paris Attorney Andy Clark.

The Yarbrough, Harmon and Liphford cases will be discussed again by the court May 7.

Lumpkin, Yarbrough, and Harmon are still being held in the Henry County Jail. Liphford is free on bond.


Puryear Awards Bid for "Safe Route" Grant Project

Puryear, Tenn.-At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen awarded the bid for the upcoming "Safe Route to School" grant project to TLM Associates of Jackson.

TLM was the lone bidder for the project, which is a joint city-school undertaking that will improve sidewalks around Harrelson School in Puryear. Work on the project is expected to begin this summer.

In other business:

--The panel approved an updated Henry County Multi-Judicial Hazardous Mitigation Plan.

--Barker Brothers representatives were present to begin discussion of the upcoming refuse contract. They will put together a proposal to bring to the panel for its review later.

CG Eyes City Recycling Plan

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Henry County Solid Waste/EMA Director Ron Watkins presented a recycling plan for the city at Tuesday night's meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council. The city is still in the beginning stages of starting the plan.

Council also held first reading for the 2013-2014 proposed budget; first reading was approved.

John Weiher is working on a newsletter for the city.

Two Dem Meetings This Week

Paris, Tenn-Members of the Henry County Democratic Party will be busy this week, with two meetings set.

The annual Party Convention will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Henry County Courthouse. Local Democrats will elect a new chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and executive committee. Each will serve two-year terms.

For more information, call John Thomas at 1-731-707-1599.

The Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Paris City Hall. Speakers will be Brenda Sue Autry and Glenda Carter from the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women.

State Sets Water/Sewer Rates In Henry

10% Water and 40% Sewer Increase to Take Effect April 20th

Henry Mayor and board of alderman discuss the issue involving

the state setting rates for water and sewer at their meeting

Tuesday night. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry, Tenn.- Citizens in Henry are faced with 10% water and 40% sewer rate increase starting April 20th after the Mayor and board of alderman reluctantly passed the ordinance to raise rates. It is something that has to be done to be in line with state requirements that prevent water and sewer departments from operating in the red for consecutive years.

There was much discussion on the issue, and Mayor Joe Qualls told the board the city’s only choices was to raise the rates set by the state or spend money fighting in court and likely having to do it anyway.

While none of the alderman agreed to the rates, they finally passed them on first reading due to the fact of knowing the city can’t afford court cost to fight the issue in court either. Mayor Qualls said these rates set by the state will be in effect for two years.

There will be a public hearing on April 18th where citizens can come and express concern or talk about the issue, but its likely the 2nd reading of the ordinance will come then and rates will be in effect April 20th.

Board Accepts Herndon's Formal Resignation
Andrews now official chief of Police for Henry

In other business Tuesday night the Henry board accepted the formal resignation of Mark Herndon as police chief as of March 19th and acting chief David Andrews was officially recognized as the chief of Police for Henry. Herndon has been out for numerous months after he was injured in an automobile accident.

Henry Clean Up Day Set for May 4th

Henry, Tenn.- More from the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman saw the city set the annual Henry Clean up day for Saturday May 4th. There will be a dumpster set at Henry City Hall for those within the city to use. Non hazardous materials only are to be put in the dumpster. The dumpster will be emptied one time with no charge to the city over that weekend.

Mayor Joe Qualls also reported that the water department’s final loan payment to the general fund was made in the amount of $15,310 and the money came from the sell of the bull dozer.

Parts of Lone Oak Road Closed for Water Main Repair Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will close a portion of Lone Oak Road from Sycamore Lane to Hamlin Drive on Wednesday April 10th from 8am to 3pm to repair a water main. During this time the water will be off for short periods on Hamlin Drive and at the Cherokee Plains Mobile Home Park.

Helping Hand Releases 2013 Totals

Paris, Tenn.- Numbers from the 2013 Helping Hand Radio Auction have come in recently and over $291 thousand was raised in total from efforts this year. The top five organizations that raised money this year were First United Methodist Church raising $26,680; First Baptist Church at $21,602; TVCC at $12,783, Holy Cross Catholic Church at $9,436, and Security Bank and Trust at $7,847.

The top five communities raising money in 2013 were Pleasant Hill at $11,352; Whitlock at $8,391; Van Dyke, Springhill, and Routon at $6,944; Cottage Grove at $6,836; and Clifty Community at $6,428. The funds from Helping Hand will help 74 different organizations in Henry County.

Bratton Sentenced to Two-Year Term

Paris, Tenn.-Following his guilty plea to statutory rape by an authority figure, Timothy Bratton of  Old McKenzie Highway, Henry, was sentenced in Henry County Circuit Court Monday to serve two years with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Bratton had originally been charged with two counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, but with the negotiated plea, the charge was reduced to one count.

Judge Donald Parish ordered that 90 days of that sentence be served in jail and the balance be served under supervised probation, with no fine. Judge Parish further ordered that Bratton have no contact with the victim and he register with the sex offender registry. He also ordered that Bratton undergo psychosexual assessment and follow any treatment recommended.

Bratton is represented by Attorney Nathan Spencer of Brownsville.

Kidd Case Again Continued

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish on Monday approved a request by Cheryl Kidd, Perkins Rd., Puryear that her case be continued to May 7 to allow her more time to consider a pre-trial diversion application and possible agreement.

Kidd earlier pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large. Deputies were called to her property on reports that she was running a puppy mill and allowing dogs and puppies to live in unsanitary conditions with no shelter or water. Dozens of canines were seized from the property and are being cared for at the sheriff's office animal shelter pending the outcome of the case.

Kidd again appeared without counsel. Judge Parish also ruled that she does not qualify for appointed counsel after reviewing her affidavit of indigency.

During the appearance, Kidd met with the Assistant District Attorney to discuss a possible agreement in the case.


Twenty-Five Teams Play in Chamber Golf Tourney

Enjoying the day: from left, Chief Deputy Randy Gean, Sheriff Monte Belew, Jamie Orr and Captain Damon Lowe on Orr's team. (Chamber photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Twenty-five teams enjoyed the beautiful weather for the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament Friday at The Tennessean golf club.

Winning first place was the team of Dan Heiroimus of St. Louis, while second place team was the Edward Jones team helmed by Jamie Orr, chair of the event.

Lisa Ellison of Consolidated Insurance won the prize for ladies' longest drive and Dan Paschall won for senior longest drive.

Paris City Commissioner Gayle Griffith once again provided his grilling services for the event.

Paris City Commissioner Gayle Griffith, left, provided the grilling, while former Chamber President Butch Powers assists.


Peter Yarrow Presents Free Anti-Bullying Workshop, Concert

Murray, Ky. — Peter Yarrow, a member of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary and co-writer of the hit song, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” will conduct a day-long educational workshop at Murray State University for Kentucky professionals and will perform a free concert at Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium on Wednesday, April 10.

Yarrow and Mark Weiss, director of education for Operation Respect, will lead a professional development workshop on Operation Respect’s goals, strategies and implementation of anti-bullying and anti-violence techniques. Operation Respect is a nonprofit organization, founded by Yarrow.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Curris Center Ballroom. It is free and open to all. Lunch will be provided, and each participant will receive free teaching materials. Individuals interested in attending can register online at www.kycss.org/index2.php.

Once the workshop is complete, everyone is encouraged to attend the free concert at 6:30 p.m. in MSU’s Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium to listen to a variety of Yarrow’s top hits. Audience members are invited to support Needline by bringing a canned food item.

For more information on the workshop or concert, contact Baust at jbaust@murraystate.edu.


Budget Panel OKs Paying Audit Fees for Treece Theft Investigation

Paris, Tenn.- At a short meeting of the Henry County Budget Committee on Monday evening, the committee approved some changes in the general fund including one paying for additional audit services relating to the Deanna Treece theft investigation.

Treece, a former deputy in the circuit court, has been bound over to the grand jury after investigation revealed that she had stolen funds amounting to around $29K over a nearly five year span.

The Budget Committee approved a transfer from unappropriated fund balance in the general fund to the account entitled "Audit Services" in the amount of $26,304.00.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer informed the budget committee that they have filed an employee dishonesty claim on their insurance and between that and court restitution hope to retain most of these funds over time.

The budget committee also approved a transfer in the Veteran’s Service budget where a new monitor had to be purchased. Director Bob Nolan moved $200 from transportation to office supplies line item to pay for the monitor so no new money was needed here.

The board also approved extensions of presenting department budgets to May 2 for all departments, May 9th for the highway department, and June 3 for the school board.

Road Board Approves Pickup Truck and Dump Truck Bids

Paris, Tenn.- At its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, the Henry County Road Board approved bids for a new pickup truck and dump truck after some discussion on both items.

Four bids came in for a new pickup truck and the board finally decided to go with the low bid of $16,141 from Joe Mahan Ford in Paris. Other bidders included James Corlew of Clarksville for $18,206, Parker Ford of Murray for $19,432, and Mid-Tenn Ford in Nashville, for $20,290.

The road board also approved a low bid from Tri-State International in Murray for a dump truck to use in the county. It was one of two bids with the other coming from Mid-Tenn Ford. The board deemed the Mid-Tenn Ford bid didn’t meet specifications so they went with the bid from Tri-State International in the amount of $81,439. The board also decided to add the following options on the truck for extra cost; driver controlled locking differential, electric rollover tarp, and automatic transmission.

Patriots defeat Northeast on the Diamond, host Northwest Tues.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Patriots Baseball team defeated Northeast 7-1 on Monday night in Clarksville behind a solid pitching performance by Drake Walker. Henry County hosts Northwest in District 10-AAA baseball action tonight. The first pitch is set for 6:30pm and we will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:15pm with the pregame show.

Lady Patriots Softball Suffer 1st District Loss at Northeast

Clarksville, Tenn- The Lady Patriots Softball Team suffered their first district lost to Northeast Monday night in a pitchers duel 2-1. Justice Birmingham pitched a complete game for the Lady Pats with 4 Ks and 5 Walks allowed. The Lady Patriots are 4-1 in the district and will host Northwest at 5:30 this afternoon.

Park It 8K Race Held at PLSP Raises Money for HCMS CC Team

Award Winners are shown for this past Saturday's Park It 8K held at PLSP. Photo submitted

by Lance Winders.

Buchanan, Tenn.- An 8K or near 5 mile race was held at Paris Landing State Park this past Saturday in a fundraising effort for the Henry County Middle School Cross Country Team. The top three overall finishers for males were Lance Winders, age 50 with a time of 30:51, Donovan Davis, age 15, with a time of 31:29, and Sam Branham, age 15, with a time of 35:20.

The top three overall Female finishers were Jennifer Davis, age 43 with a time of 43:33, Cindy Turner, age 48, with a time of 49:44, and Brenda Bertshci, age 65 with a time of 51:33. Organizer Lance Winders said there were 29 finishers in the race and some money was raised for the middle school cross country team.

Cottage Grove Mobile Home Burglarized

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a mobile home on highway 69N in Cottage Grove was broken into this weekend as someone entered forcefully thru the front door. Stolen from the trailer were two light bulbs, a clock radio, glass cleaner, and Lysol spray. Police have no suspect in the incident so far.

An arrest sheet at the HCSO, stated Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department charged Bradley Darren Scott, age 43, of 822 Lois Street with aggravated criminal trespass and simple possession of schedule 6 drug over the weekend. Scott was placed on $5K bond.

In another incident, Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department charged Thomas L. Burgess, age 49 of 1860 Pop. Grove Road in Springville for DUI 4th offense, driving on revoked license, simple possession of schedule 6, and violation of registration.

Dodge Test Drive to Help Spring Sports Teams at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Race Team is hosting a Dodge Test Drive on Tuesday April 9th from 3:30-6:30pm at the HCHS Tennis Court Parking Lot. Each Spring Sport will receive ten dollars per test drive when that sport is mentioned at registration. Proceeds will benefit the Race Team, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, and Track All parents, family members, friends or anyone else interested in helping support spring sports is invited to the test drive. You must be 18 years old or older to test drive a vehicle.

Friends of the Library Seeks Story to go with their Racing Catfish

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Library will enter a fish into the annual catfish races on Saturday April 27th at this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry. They are asking the public to write a story to include with their fish. The winning story will receive a $25 Wal-Mart Gift card. Deadline to enter is Friday April 19th and the winner will be announced April 23rd. Turn entries into the Circulation Desk or email to kaylanation@bellsouth.net.

New Arts Council Director Welcomed to Henry County at Reception

New Director Kathleen Tolley straightens a painting for the annual showcase. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-New Paris-Henry County Arts Council Director Kathleen Tolley was officially welcomed to Henry County at Sunday's reception for the 28th annual Artist Showcase.

Born in Plainfield, NJ and spending her formative years in San Diego, Calif., Tolley said, "Even a small child I was interested in the arts, growing up listening to music from Broadway shows and showing an aptitude to draw. Anything creative and imaginary I was into. I enjoyed being around creative people and still do today."

Tolley met her husband, Ed in San Diego at the USO where she was a volunteer. After he retired from the Navy, the couple moved to Appleton, Wisc., where her husband was born.

"After 5 cold winters we decided to look further South for a place and found out about Paris, TN on a website called " Find Your Spot.com"," she said. " We came down one weekend and fell in love with the city and its active community."

The Tolleys have lived here seven years and consider Paris their home. "We are blessed to have wonderful neighbors and a vibrant and busy community to live in. We look forward to spending the rest of our lives in Paris and I personally look forward to making a difference in my new 'home' town through the job as Executive Director with the Arts Council."


Arts Showcase Winners Announced

Volunteers Reginald Caldwell and Brian Stubblefield help set up paintings Saturday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the 28th Annual Artist Showcase were announced Sunday at a reception at the W.G. Rhea Library, where the exhibit will be on display until May 2. The showcase is sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Wieck.

Best of Show was won by Tuva Stephens for her painting, “Kinetic Commotion”. A total of 34 artists entered 72 artworks. Thirty of the entrants were adults and four were youth. Here are the winners:

Adult Categories 
Oil & Acrylic
1st Place: David Carrico “Lemon and Pears”
2nd Place: Jennifer Russell “Ocean Beauty”
Honorable Mention: Donna Revelee “Shaded Knees”

1st Place: Linda Haag “Beat goes on”
2nd Place: Casey Russell “Fab Four”
Honorable Mention:

1st Place: Tuva Stephens “Memphis Blues”
2nd Place: Barbara Montgomery “January Sparkles”
Honorable Mention: Felix Griffin “Untitled”

Mixed Media
1st Place: Linda Haag “Visionary”
2nd Place: Doreen Bates “Sweet Life”
Honorable Mention: Jane Baars “Reaching for the Stars”

Fiber Art
1st Place: Doreen Bates “Through the Looking Glass Darkly”
2nd Place: Mary Lacey “Springtime”
Honorable Mention: Judith Putnam “Hibiscus”

1st Place: Martin Paschall “Grecian Urn”
2nd Place: Kris Gulish “Regret”
Honorable Mention: Robin Neubauer “Barking up the Wrong Tree”

Youth Division Name Title
1st Place: Jesse Wells “Country Store”
2nd Place: Hannah Paschall “Hidden Garden”
Honorable Mention: Hope Parrish “The Doctor”

Paris Artist Ann Stapp submits a painting for the showcase Saturday. (McFarlin photo).

MSU Student Dies in 641N Fatality

Hazel, Ky.- A Murray State University student died in a single-vehicle collision around 3 p.m. Saturday on Hwy 641N, north of Hazel.

 Daniel M. Milam of Memphis was pronounced dead on the scene by the Calloway County Coroner.  The roadway was blocked off for quite some time Saturday afternoon following the wreck.

Preliminary investigation shows that his 1999 Ford Taurus ran off the right side of the road for an unknown reason. The vehicle overturned before coming to final rest against a tree. Milam was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Kentucky Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Duvall is continuing the investigation.

Bounty Hunter Arrested for Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Paris Inn and Suites on E. Wood Street Friday afternoon to check that there was a bounty hunter there possibly in trouble and in the process, officers arrested him for simple possession.

When Investigator Josh Frey arrived, he found the man standing outside his room and said he was fine, but Frey could smell marijuana coming through the door. With consent to search, Frey found a bag behind a wood panel in the wall and also found rolling papers, an empty pill bottle, empty sinus can and a black case inside which was marijuana.

Arrested was Jeff Buchanan, age 38, whose address was listed as Paris Inn and Suites.

Paris Police made another simple possession arrest Friday evening at 822 Lois Street, while serving a warrant for criminal trespass on Brad Scott, age 41 of that address. Officer Dereck Greenhill was escorting Scott through his home and saw a bag of marijuana on his table.

Healthy Henry County Challenge Concludes With Activities

Paris, Tenn.-Ella Mathis, 5, gets a ribbon from Barbara Kelly after completing one of the running events Saturday at the Paris Civic Center. With her is her mother, Jessica Mathis and looking on are Henry County Medical Center public relations officer Tory Daughrity and W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain. The 12-week Healthy Henry County Mayor’s Challenge concluded Saturday with many events held and over $2,000 worth of prizes given to participants. Those participating in Healthy Henry County were given free screenings to see how they’ve done during the challenge. Other events held were the 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Cumulative Half Marathon, and a huge awards ceremony with medals, trophies, and prizes such as bikes, an Xbox Kinect, exercise equipment and more. The list of winners will be published on our website Monday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Good Day for Working Up a Sweat

Paris, Tenn.-Saturday was a picture perfect day and many people around Henry County took full advantage of it in various ways. At First United Methodist Church, a group could be found doing yard work. From left, Joan Stevens, Dan Veazy, Curtis Jones and Jim Bundy. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Police Investigate Theft of Van, Trailer and Mower

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating the report of a theft of a 2011 Chevy van, trailer and John Deere mower. According to the police report, the owner of the items reported that they were stolen from a locked building on Fairview Dr.

The van has “Patriot Carpet Care” painted on both sides. The trailer is 6 feet wide and black and the mower is red.


Paris Man Arrested on Sex Offender Registry Charge

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies on a charge of failure to report to the sex offender registry. Arrested was Frank Brown, age 57, of 401 N. Brewer St. A bond of $20,000 was set.


Counterfeit Bills Continue to be Circulated

Paris, Tenn.-The counterfeit $20 bills continue to be circulated locally. The latest report comes from Foundation Bank, where two fake $20 bills were found. Those bills also were confiscated by Paris Police, as have all of the other fake bills that have been found in recent weeks.


Crochet Class to be Held at Library

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library is offering free beginning Crochet classes for anyone aged 10 years old and up. The class does have a limit of ten people, however. The classes are taught by Linda Bean and will be held Mondays April 16 and 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the library.

Anyone interested is asked to call the library at 642-1702.


Paris Landing Tourism League to Meet

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Paris Landing Tourism League will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 6 pm in the Senior Citizen Center of the Paris Landing Emergency Complex on Highway 79 N adjacent to Paris Landing State Park.

New 75-Foot Ladder Truck Arrives at Paris Fire Department

Custom-Built for Local Department

Fire Chief Michael Williams and Assistant Chief Jeff Hamlin, middle, look over controls of truck while firemen look it over top to bottom. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Paris, Tenn.-A new 75-foot ladder truck with both a remote-control high-powered water nozzle and rescue capabilities arrived at the Paris Fire Department Friday morning.

Fire Chief Michael Williams, Assistant Chief Jeff Hamlin and members of the fire department eagerly greeted the arrival of the truck, which was custom-made especially for the local department by the Pierce Manufacturing Co. in Wisconsin.

The new truck has a 2013 Impel Chassis equipped with a 1500 gallon per minute pump. The truck has capabilities similar to the Telesquirt equipment from the Calloway County Fire Department that was used to help the local department battle the Market 414 fire.

But Williams noted, “We have rescue capabilities with this one. The Telesquirt doesn’t have a ladder, but this one does and with this we could put someone on top of a tall building. That will increase our capabilities considerably.”

Williams said cost to Paris for the truck was $662,000. Original ticket price was $708,000, he said, “but because of the way we financed it, we saved $46,000.”

The department has been eagerly-awaiting the truck, which was purchased in September of 2012. “The contract was signed,” Williams said, “and then the truck was built especially for us and our specifications.”

And, actually, that’s exactly what the logo on the new truck’s steering wheel says: “Custom Built for Paris Fire Department.”


Assistant Chief Jeff Hamlin shows how the remote control works with the nozzle. (McFarlin photo).


Logo on steering wheel states the truck was custom built for the Paris Fire Department.


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