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

Thieves Caught In The Act

Henry, Tenn.-Two men driving down Bunn School Road near Henry inadvertently caught two thieves in the act of stealing a boat and trailer from a home. When the witnesses drove up, they saw a boat and trailer loose in the road and when the driver of a Chevy Z-71pickup truck who was trying to haul the boat saw them, he drove away at a high rate of speed.

The witnesses got out of their vehicle and tried to get the boat out of the roadway and noted it was damaged on the bottom, motor, trailer and that the wooden runner was broken in two. Around the same time, a woman drove by and said the boat and trailer were hers and that they were supposed to be in her garage.

Some $1,000 in damage was reported and Henry County Sheriff’s deputies said they would increase patrol in that area.

State Strawberry Crop Looks Strong Despite Recent Frosts

Nashville, Tenn. – Thanks to a mild winter and a warm, sunny spring, Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop looks good despite the recent frosts. “We had a pretty good frost in many areas of the state,” says Tammy Algood, fruit and vegetable marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “However, temperatures in many places did not get as low as was predicted. The actual temperatures will vary depending on air drainage, ground cover and topography, but it’s fairly certain that some sites saw temperatures below freezing.”

“Our strawberry growers have ‘close calls’ every year, though,” says the specialist, “so they are set up and can react to cold events.” One benefit of having such warm temperatures earlier in the year, according to Algood, is that the closer the fruit is to being ripe, the more tolerance it might have to cold, due probably to the increasing sugar levels in the fruit.“We didn’t experience any winter damage to the state’s crops that stay in the ground year round, like strawberries,” Algood said.

“Warm early spring temperatures pushed development, bloom, and fruit set far sooner than we normally see in Tennessee. It still looks like we’re going to have the best fresh strawberry season we’ve seen in years.” Tennessee’s strawberries are anticipated with high expectations and anxiety. Tennessee has a long, famous history with strawberries—in fact, Tennessee was at one time the strawberry capitol of the world—but wide-ranging temperature variations keep strawberry farmers and customers wary until the last chance of a hard freeze has passed.

Depending on the location in Tennessee, that date could range from mid March in the southwestern tip of the state to mid May at the northeastern end. Weather conditions, locations and varieties of strawberries combine to create a Tennessee strawberry season that can stretch from the last week or two of April all the way to the first part of June, according to Algood. “That’s why there is no substitute for calling ahead to a strawberry patch before visiting. There are so many variables. A patch filled with ripe berries on Friday could be picked clean by Saturday afternoon, then ready for another crowd by Tuesday morning,” says the specialist. Strawberry lovers can find a directory of Tennessee farms with strawberry patches and farmers markets with strawberries at www.picktnproducts.org. Each farm or farmers market listed includes complete contact information. Seasonal recipes for strawberries are also available at the Pick Tennessee Products website.

Planners Approve Boyd Site Plan

Paris, Tenn.-At its regular meeting Thursday evening, the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved a site plan for Tim Boyd, who is planning to display portable buildings for sale on Memorial Drive, next to Merison’s furniture store, which Boyd owns.

Boyd told planners he does not plan to have a sales office on the lot, but that Merison’s will serve as the sales location for the business. Seven parking spaces are proposed for the lot.

In addition, planners required that a five-foot landscape strip be placed behind the right of way and that screening between the property and the residential property in the rear be in place. A minor sticking point arose when planners pointed out that city rules require a fence be placed between the business and adjacent businesses. Boyd pointed out that other businesses seem to not have to adhere by that rule and planners determined that a more uniform policy on that issue needs to be enforced.

All 3 County Elementary Schools Approved for FEMA Grant

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday evening and Director of School Sam Miles explained that all Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood Schools all were approved for retrofitting of storm shelters. Miles said the TEMA and FEMA grant finally came through and the process is now underway to get with architects and county Mayor Brent Greer to discuss plans and options. Miles said that local money required in the grant equals about 12 and a half percent, which for all three schools, totals around $400 thousand.

Miles told board members, the county has agreed to help with that project, just as they did with the Inman Safe Space project with the Paris Special School District. The capital expenses will be spread over a two year budget plan and construction of the retrofitting is tentatively scheduled to start when school lets out for summer in 2013.

Miles explained that the money will impact next year’s budget in order to start paying preliminary work and architects fees, but he knew everyone would agree its money well spent. He told board members that more details would be brought up during the budget process over the next couple of months.

The board approved a recommendation Thursday evening to spend just under 124 thousand dollars on the state approved textbook list and purchase some new textbooks for CTE, Theatre Arts, Music, Art, and driving school. Miles explained the total budget for textbooks is around 230 thousand dollars and they usually renew on a 6 year rotation basis.

He told them however, new textbooks that are directly related to common core curriculum standards are likely to come out in 2013. So while meeting with the textbook committee, they decided it was a good idea to have money that wasn’t used this year, in an account for next year to purchase some of those common core curriculum textbooks. The board approved his request and set aside over one hundred thousand dollars of this year’s money, for that purpose.


Lakewood 8th grader, Eagle Scout, heading up project to clean up outdoor trail at school

Student Johnathan Beasley speaks to school board. (Susan Burton photo).

Lakewood Eagle Scout Johnathon Beasley spoke to the Henry County Board of Education during its meeting on Thursday. He explained that he wanted to head up a project to clean up Lakewood’s outdoor adventure trail. 

Johnathon is an 8th grader at Lakewood Middle, and he said as a younger student, he used to have lots of fun on the outdoor adventure trail and learned a lot about the area.

He said many weeds and trees have grown up over the former trail and he along with a couple of teachers and some volunteers have agreed to put in the work and effort to chop down weeds and clean up the trail. He also wanted to put together some learning centers at certain parts of the trail and tree identification plaques or cards as well. The board thanked him for heading up the project.

In other action on Thursday, the board approved a form for evaluating director of schools Sam Miles. Board Chairman Tricia Reimold worked to develop a form that fits the five year plan and needs for the school system. She asked board members to get the forms filled out and back to her by June.

The board also learned of important dates in May, like graduation, top ten, and other things, discussed having a July retreat somewhere around July 12th or 13th, and learned some legislative updates and more from Miles.

Search for HCHS boys basketball coach ongoing

After the board meeting, Miles told WMUF/WLZK news that many applications have come in for the Henry County High School boys basketball head coaching position. The position has been vacant since former coach Mitch Wilkins resigned from it in March.

Miles said that he, Athletic Director Mike Poteete, and Principal Lennis McFerren would likely meet sometime next week and look over the applications. From there, they will decide how many to interview and begin conducting those interviews in a few weeks. There is no definite timetable of when a hire will be made.

Highway Department Wants Clean Used Clothes

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is asking citizens to donate used clean clothing in bags, to the Henry County Litter Program. The program is part of the idea to make a difference in the community. Bringing these used clean clothes will help reduce the impact on landfills, decrease the clutter in your home, bring in funds for the recycling center, and keep the roadsides clean as well. Citizens can bring all your used clean clothing to the Henry County  Highway Department Monday thru Saturdays from 8am to 5pm thru mid May. For more information call 642-3162.


More Information Released on Vehicular Homicide Arrest

                       John Reynolds

Paris, Tenn.-Sgt. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department arrested John Clinton Reynolds, age 30, of 302 West Washing Street on some warrants. Reynolds is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.

More information on the arrest of a Paris man for vehicular homicide has been released by Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo.  John Clinton Reynolds, 30, 302 W. Washington, was arrested in connection with the 2011 death of Lisa Sowers, 43, Pittsboro, Ind. Reynolds was driving when his vehicular crashed into hers in an accident on E. Wood St.

One of the vehicles crashed into the Escape Day Spa.  The case was heard in the most recent Henry County Grand Jury, but the name wasn't released until Reynolds was arrested.   Sowers died in a Nashville Hospital a few days after the accident.

In other incidents, Cpl Jeramye Whitaker and Sgt. Mike Ramos of the Paris Police Department went to 1101 Belmont Street on a drug tip. A search found several marijuana pieces, pipes, a grinder, and other drug paraphernalia. Arrest was Tyson L. Quinn, of the address for possession of schedule six drug with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police department was on routine patrol at Memorial Park and noticed two cars parked at the tennis courts. Due to previous drug activity in the area, she went over and ended up finding some pills in one of the vehicles. Arrested was Adam David Lowe, age 26, of 305 Whiskey Ridge Road for simple possession of schedule four.

Applications for Junior Fair Board Being Accepted 

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair Board is excited to announce the formation of a Junior Fair Board. The purpose of the Junior Fair Board will be to help with activities during the week of the Fair, suggest ideas for activities and make recommendations, and to train young adults as possible members of the Fair board in the future.

The Junior Fair Board will be made up of 11 members ranging in age from 16 to 21. Additional information and applications are available at the Henry County UT Extension office or the downtown office of Commercial Bank. Applications for the Jr. Fair board will be accepted until April 23rd.


REAL Fun Weekend Planned This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The REAL Hope Youth Center and Dad’s Dock will have its 1st annual “REAL Fun Weekend” with presale tickets benefiting the REAL Hope Youth Center. The event is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and discount tickets are on sold now for $12 per day for unlimited attractions at Dad’s Dock. This ticket includes free entry to competitions like laser tag, miniature golf, treasure hunts for different age groups, and a cannon ball throw and door prizes.

They are giving away an airplane ride for two at the event. Also dress up as a pirate and get a special prize. Local Emergency and Agriculture vehicles will be on site for up close viewing and Tango the balloon lady will be there Sunday afternoon so you can get a balloon animal.

Tickets are available at REAL Hope Youth Center, Dad’s Dock, the Chamber of Commerce, Foundation Bank, Lakeway IGA, and Jack Jones. Visit realhopeyouthcenter.com for more information.

Special Olympics Greeted With Enthusiasm

Sidney Pinson is all smiles as she crosses the finish line. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Patriot Stadium was filled with cheers for the student-athletes who participated in the 30th annual Special Olympics Wednesday morning at the high school. Students and parents alike rooted for the participants who competed in a variety of contests, from wheelchair and foot races to throwing.

The opening ceremonies began with Seniors Cody Pinion, Thomas Persivale and Anthony Young bringing in the Olympic torch, while the Henry County sheriff department's honor guard escorted the athletes and volunteers onto the field. The High School Madrigals sang the national anthem.

Moderator for the annual event was Retired Teacher Jack Watkins, who brought the Special Olympics to the county 30 years ago. The entire student bodies from the high school and Grove Middle School were in attendance to cheer the athletes on.

A standing ovation greets the student athletes as they enter the stadium.

The sheriff department's honor guard escorted the athletes onto the field.

NYC Hot Dogs Open For Business

Paris, Tenn.-Good news for hot dog enthusiasts--the NYC Hot Dog stand has reopened for the season on the courtsquare. Owner Brian Shaw, left, and Harry Moon will be serving hot dogs to the hungry Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for special events. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

We Can Fly If We Try

Paris, Tenn.-It was quite a sight to see: In the early hours Wednesday morning, members of the Henry County Patriots football team were using parachutes in their strength and conditioning workouts. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Couple Sentenced For Rape Of Child


Paris, Tenn.-Following their guilty pleas in Henry County Circuit Court, a Buchanan couple was sentenced to prison on charges of rape of a child and incest.

Kimberly Lynn Tucker, 40, and Jason Michael Pace, 30, both of 315 Dale Cemetery Rd., Buchanan, were arrested in March of 2011. At a recent hearing, both pleaded guilty to amended charges.

Tucker pleaded guilty to attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison as a range 3 offender on that charge. She also pleaded guilty to incest and was sentenced to 10 years on the charge. Judge Donald Parish additionally sentenced her to register as a sex ofeender and be placed on community supervision for life.

Pace pleaded guilty to attempt to commit aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to three years as a range one offender. He also was ordered to register as a sex offender and be placed on community supervision for life.

Bumpus Case Resolved; No Hearing Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A planned evidentiary hearing on Friday in Henry County Circuit Court on the case against former Sheriff David Bumpus has been vacated following a resolution in the matter.

Bumpus served time in prison and was ordered to pay the county  $160,000 for his part in a conspiracy to purchase firearms, ammunition and other items with county money and keep the goods for himself.

Since his release from prison, however, Bumpus had filed for personal bankruptcy, which placed the issue in limbo. County Attorney Lee Greer filed a motion for amended judgement or possibly a new trial in the matter, which had been set for Friday.

In the interim, Greer has reported to the court that the hearing will not be necessary since the question of dischargability of the county's judgment was resolved in bankruptcy court.

In a consent order, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruled that "the total outstanding debt and obligation owed" by Bumpus to Henry County "is in the amount of $160,000 and Henry County is authorized to file a proof of claim for said amount."

Additionally, of that amount, a total $23,451 (as of March 1) is "court-ordered criminal restitution arising out of a criminal conviction and/or plea" in the bankruptcy court "and is accordingly non-dischargeable with no payments to be made by the Trustee."

Paris Students visit Bethel

Rev. Peter Jeffrey Executive Director of The Renaissance Program works with the Mass Choir.

McKenzie, Tenn.-Some 115 students from the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System visited Bethel University on Tuesday, April 10th to work with the Renaissance Choir. The students spent the afternoon working with the choir and the directors in preparation for a major fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund that they will be performing in this Saturday night April 14th at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, TN.

This third annual event consists of a performance by the Renaissance Choir, a combined performance with a community youth choir with over 100 members, and an Art Gallery that will illuminate the art of Henry Country’s Youth.

The Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund provides money for meaningful projects both in the classroom and in the community, private lessons for undergraduate level students, capital expenses (ex. keyboards, lighting, microphones, paint supplies, etc), bringing artists into the schools to provide workshops, art related field trips, and endeavors that further a youth’s art education. Over the past three years the group has awarded $29,900.63 in funds.

The Art Show/Reception will start at 6:00pm and the Concert will start at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students 18 and under. Sponsors of this event are State Representative Tim Wirgau, Bethel University, Paris Lakeway Kiwanis, ICI, Paris Pediatrics, Merison’s, First Bank, Radio Station WENK WTPR KFKQ, Paris Optimist Club, & WBBJ TV. Ticket can be purchased from the Arts Council Office, Merison’s, or the Renaissance Office in McKenzie, TN. For more information contact the Arts Council at 731-642-3955.

Free Dump Day

Paris, Tenn.-A free dump day will be held at the Paris-Henry County Landfill on Saturday, April 21 from 7 AM until 3:15 PM.

HCMC Cafeteria Now Accepts Credit Cards

Janice Melton, accepts a credit card payment. HCMC began offering this payment option the end of March. (HCMC photos).

Paris, Tenn. –Henry County Medical Center realizes that sometimes circumstances bring you to the hospital totally by surprise and you may be unprepared for what might occur during that visit, including needing cash to pay for food in our excellent cafeteria.
At the end of March, Henry County Medical Center updated our check-out process in the Cafeteria to include credit card payments for meals. We now have the capacity to take Discover, Mastercard or Visa credit cards with a minimum order of $3.
In the past, HCMC did not accept credit card payments and would send visitors to the Emergency Department to access the ATM. When the ATM machine became out of order with a long lead time to replace, HCMC decided it was time to make it more convenient for our customers and visitors. There is still an ATM at the Emergency Department, but the added service helps those who need to eat, but who do not have cash on hand, be able to stay on site for their families.
Our cafeteria is open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Dinner is only served Monday through Friday between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. To find out what is on the day’s menu, call the menu line at 731-644-8440.

Youth For Arts Fundraiser Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Join the Paris Henry County Arts Council and the Renaissance Choir as they raise money for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund Saturday April 14th 2012 at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The evening will consist of a performance by the Renaissance Choir, a combined performance with a community youth choir with over 100 members, and an Art Gallery that will illuminate the art of Henry Country’s Youth.

“We are excited to bring the remarkable Renaissance Choir back to the Krider and we expect to raise over $10,000 that night!”, according toTravis McLeese of Paris, who is the founder of Youth for the Arts.

The Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund granted $9,552.73 to local students and organizations through their March Grant. The major recipient of those funds was the Henry County High School Band Program receiving funds for the purchase of a new $4,000 Marimba. Since the Spring of 2011 the group has awarded $24,609.17 to over 40 recipients. For a list of students, organizations and projects that have been funded contact the Arts Council Office.

The Art Show will start at 6 pm and the Concert will start at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students. Sponsors of this event are State Representative Tim Wirgau, Bethel University, Paris Lakeway Kiwanis, ICI, Paris Pediatrics, Merison’s, First Bank, Radio Station WENK WTPR KFKQ, Paris Optimist Club, & WBBJ TV. Ticket can be purchased from the Arts Council Office, Merison’s, or the Renaissance Office in McKenzie, TN. For more information contact 731-642-3955.

Knowles and Hot Band To Appear At Wrather

Murray, Ky.-Dan Knowles and his Hot Band will appear at the Wrather Western Kentucky Museum on the Murray State campus at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

Tickets are $10. Call 270-978-7849 for info.




HCMC Carevan Screenings Thursday at Farm Bureau

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will have its care van at the Henry County Farm Bureau, at 406 North Poplar Street Thursday from 8:30am to 11am. The screenings will include free finger stick blood sugar checks and blood pressure checks. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and full lipid panels for $10 each. Results will be available at the time of screening. Fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results.

Cottage Grove Council Plans Upcoming Events

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-There is a lot going on in the small town of Cottage Grove, with upcoming pet clinics, beauty pageants and square dancing planned, all of which was discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council.  

The council also is researching information on a photo enforcement for traffic violations in the city limits and reports will be given at future meetings.

Cottage Grove will sponsor a rabies vaccinations clinic with Dr. Michael Boley of the Animal Doctor clinic in front of the Security Bank in Cottage Grove. It will be held on Friday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. Cost will be $7.50 per animal. Any one welcome.

The Cottage Grove Red, White and Blue Pageant will be Saturday, May 12,at 2 p.m. at Harrelson School in Puryear. Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. Age categories are Boys from birth to 4 years of age. Girls from birth to adult. There will be two special categories, 18 and up, Miss Cottage Grove and a 18 and up, Mrs. Cottage Grove. Pre-registration is $15.

Registration at the door will be $20.00 Forms will be in the Paris P-I.  Rocky Lane invited everyone to come to the Cottage Grove school gym on Saturdays at 7 p.m. for Square Dance lessons.  Lane and Austin Cane are sponsoring the events.  2010 late property taxes were discussed.

The council approved only sending one tax card notice for property taxes. No further notices will be send to Cottage Grove residences. Dorothy Miller made the motion and Pat McConkey seconded the motion. Revenues of $7566.02 and expenses of $2110.03 were reported for March 2012.   The Proposed 2012-2013 General Fund and SSA Budgets were read and approved. 

Henry Sets Clean Up Day, Cookout, For May 4th

Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and board of alderman meeting, the board decided to set Friday May 4th as the annual Spring Clean Up day for the city. The board had discussed this in detail back in March, and city recorder Sonya Clayton brought good news to the board, that Barker Brothers wasn’t going to charge the city for bringing a big dumpster and leaving it at city hall for the weekend.

As the board begin to discuss the date for which to set the Spring Clean up day, Interim Police chief David Andrews informed them he had talked with the highway department about possibly getting the litter crew out to the city to help with some cleanup. It was learned that the highway department has a litter grant, and told chief Andrews they would like to partner up with the city for a national clean up day.

Chief Andrews also suggested perhaps having a fun day along with the clean up day, where the city could grill burgers and hots dogs, and the litter crew would have several t shirts and other things to give away. The board decided to allow chief Andrews to send a letter to all the local businesses and groups in Henry and see if they want to donate some money or supplies to doing a cook out on Friday May 4th as well. The board also thought since Barker Brothers didn’t charge them for the dumpster, they would use funds in that account to buy whatever the donations don’t cover.

The dumpster will be placed at city hall from late Thursday evening through Monday of that weekend for citizens to bring garbage, debris, old furniture, and other items to throw into it to clean up their homes and yards. Public Works Director Ed Bush also suggested the city put their trailer beside it as well, for citizens to dump old fridges, paint, and things not allowed in the dumpster.

In other business the board authorized Mayor Joe Qualls to sign agreement and negotiate a settlement as the city continues litigation in the Klaunch Construction case involving the sewer construction from years back. Mayor Qualls told board members this would allow him to sign into negotiations and save the city from certain fees they are paying now and save some money in the litigation process. He told them more information on the settlement would be available at the May meeting.

Safe and Healthy Henry day planned for April 21st

More from Henry’s board meeting on Tuesday evening saw Mayor Joe Qualls discuss the Safe and Healthy Henry Day, which will be held at Henry School on Saturday April 21rst from 10am to Noon. The mayor explain that the school had been awarded a grant that will allow them to put on the event on the 21st, which will include a variety of booths, with health information, including a health fair sponsored by Bethel University, booths from Tendercare, the Family Resource Center and others. 13 schools across the state were awarded the grant to promote safety and healthy living ideas in the school and community.

Booths are still being added and Henry Police chief David Andrews said the Henry Police Department will be present for traffic issues before 10am that day and also have a booth set up at the health fair. Others with booths include the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, Smokey the Bear with the Forestry Department, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office drug trailer.

Also during the event a one mile run/walk is planned along with sack races, basketball games, jump rope, inflatables, hula hoops, and other games and activities. The event is free to citizens.

In action Tuesday evening the board allowed public works director Ed Bush to purchase one hundred dollars of pea gravel to place around the swingset at the park. Bush said the pea gravel was twenty dollars per bucket and no new pea gravel had been placed in those areas in at least twelve years or so. The board told him to start with the five buckets for one hundred dollars and if he needed more, let them know next month.


Helping Hand Distributes Funds To Local Charities

Helping Hand President Fred McLean, right, hands the check for $2,500 to Neeley Owens for the Paris-Henry County Boxing Club. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-With all the hard work that goes into the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction, the most satisfying moments occurred Monday night with the distribution of funds to the local charities which the auction is designed to help.

Helping Hand President Fred McLean told the crowd on hand at the Tennessee Technology Center for the presentations, "This is a happy time. We had a very good year. We broke a record this year, even in a time when the economy is not real good. We're always worried that the auction is going to suffer with the economy, but you all have proved us wrong and proved us right at the same time in terms of the generosity of the people of Henry County. That's what makes this auction and Henry County special."

This year, the auction raised $285,553, which is distributed to 72 public service organizations which cover a wide field of services such as health, youth, senior citizens, education, community improvement, and safety organizations.

Recognized last night were the top five communities and top five organizations which raised the most during the auction.

Top five communities: Pleasant Hill, which raised $13,562; Whitlock, $8,246; Cottage Grove, $7,282; Clifty, $6,191; VanDyke, Springhill, and Routon communities, $5,774.

Top five organizations: First Baptist Church in Paris, $25,054; First United Methodist Church in Paris, $22,186; Rotary Club, $11,724; Tennessee Valley Community Church, $10,280; Henry County Medical Center, $8,920.

Tammy Wood of Cottage Grove, left, accepts a plaque from McLean recognizing the Cottage Grove community as one of the top five fund-raising communities, while Helping Hand Treasurer Susan Bell looks on (middle at podium).

Jess Hedges of the Paris-Henry Co. Soccer Club, left, accepts a check for $3,500 from McLean.


Theft of clothes reported from laundry room at apartment complex

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that about 150 dollars or more worth of clothes were stolen from the Colony Square Apartments laundry room. One of the apartment dwellers was doing some laundry and come back about half and hour later and noticed someone had picked through the laundry and taken various socks, shirts, and some khaki shorts. Police have no suspects in the incident so far.

Some arrests from overnight include Marian Barnett Hagy, age 59, of 1513 Caledonia Road for possession of schedule six, possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested by Deputy Jim Sanders. While in the booking process, 11 adderral pills and 14 xanax pills were found on her person so she was also charged with possession of legend drug.

Other arrests include Sebastian Black, age 24 of highway 69 South for simple possession of schedule six drug and possession of drug paraphernalia and Sommer Lee Snyder, of Gibson for delivery of schedule three drug and delivery of schedule two drug. Snyder was placed on thirty thousand dollar bond.


Hostess Princess and Court Meet Governor Haslam

Nashville, Tenn.-In what has become an annual tradition, the World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess and her court traveled to Nashville for a trip to the Statehouse. During the trip, the group visited with Governor Bill Haslam and State Rep. Tim Wirgau. From left in photo: Fourth Maid Shelby Beloate, Second Maid Kaylee Clark, Hostess Princess Katelyn Hamlin, Governor Haslam, First Maid Rachel Edwards, and Third Maid Hannah McFadden. (Governor's office photo).

Paris To Be Included In 400 Mile Sale

On Thursday May 31st – June 3rd, hundreds of yard sales will set up all along historic Hwy 68 from the Ohio/Kentucky border near Old Washington to Sharpe Kentucky just south of Paducah near the Illinois/Kentucky border. And this year, we have expanded the route to include a section of Hwy 641 which starts in Paris Tennessee and travels north through Puryear, Hazel and Murray before connecting with Hwy 68 in Aurora.

This year, in the far eastern section of the Sale, Mayslick promises a huge sale in its community with over 50 people contributing items. And Elkton KY is once again hosting a city-wide yard sale through their community. And nearly every antique shop along the route will be offering special discounts and sidewalk sales. Go to 400mile.com and click on yard sale locations to learn about other sales all along the route and some of the items people will be selling. To get your yard sale listed FREE, just e-mail us at sale@400mile.com.

Last year we had shoppers from over 40 states, Canada and British Columbia. We have met shoppers from New York, California, Florida and many other states who come back every year just to “shop til they drop” on Kentucky’s 4-Day 400 Mile Sale. So mark your calendars for May 31st – June 3rd and help spread the word. And do plan to set up a yard sale along Highways 68 and 641. It is a great way to meet people for all over and a wonderful fundraising opportunity for youth groups, scouts, sports teams, non-profits, churches. Last year, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding for children with disabilities out of Bowling Green raised nearly $5,000 in four days all from donated items. A wonderful opportunity for buyers to find treasures, sellers to make a little money and for everyone to have a great time.

Ag Enhancement Applications Available

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has released the 2012 application for the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered June 1 – 7. Do not postmark prior to June 1.

An important change for this year is that requests for funding will now be approved based on applicant determined priorities instead of on a first come, first serve basis.

“Governor Haslam recognizes the importance of the Ag Enhancement program and has again proposed full funding of the program,” Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “This year, we’re putting more emphasis on helping farmers make strategic investments by asking them to prioritize their farm projects. This will help us reach more farmers and help us to be more deliberate about which projects get funded.”

Through TAEP, farmers can qualify for 35 or 50 percent cost share, ranging from a maximum of $1,200 to $15,000 depending on the project. This year’s program will again offer cost sharing opportunities for genetics, livestock equipment, hay storage, feed storage, grain storage and producer diversification opportunities. In addition to the new approval process, other changes this year include:

Genetics - Cost share funds are now available for Goats/Sheep Genetics in addition to Cattle Genetics.
Hay Storage - Applicants can no longer receive funding for Hay Storage in two consecutive program years, and a maximum reimbursement amount per square foot has been established.
Producer Diversification – All industry sectors are now eligible for 50 percent cost share.

Applications are available at most farm agencies including USDA Farm Service Agency, UT Extension and Farm Bureau offices, as well as most farm supply stores.To ensure accuracy, producers are encouraged to work with their local extension agent or local TDA representative when completing the application.

Gov. Haslam Declares Natural Areas Week

Nashville- Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed this week as Natural Areas week in Tennessee and some special activities are set to commemorate the state natural areas preservation act. The act was passed 41 years ago and signed into law by former governor Winfield Dunn. The legacy today encompasses more than 120 thousand acres of land, endangered or unique plants and animals and its all protected for future generations to learn about and enjoy.

The State Natural Areas Program provides long term protection for rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal life. The program also protects ecologically sensitive areas, areas of geolocical and archaeological interest and areas of great scenic beauty. Tennessee now has 82 natural areas.

There are many events planned this week including areas close to our listening area like Dunbar Cave in Montgomery County, Reelfoot Lake, and Montgomery Bell in Dickson County. For a complete schedule of events go to tn.gov and search for Natural Areas week.


Hoof Beats of Hope benefit set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope will hold their benefit auction this coming Saturday April 14th at the commercial building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be a supper at 5pm that includes Ribeye Steak, Baked Potato, Salad, roll, drink, and dessert. A silent auction will run until 6:45pm, the live auction begins at 7pm.

There will be antiques, gift certificates, baked goods, oil paintings, handmade items and much more. Tickets are only fifteen dollars and can be purchased at Jack Jones, Security Bank, and Foundation Bank. For more information call 782-6141.


Public Hearing on No Child Left Behind Set Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the Henry County board of education meeting on Thursday, there will be a public meeting at 4:30pm at Grove Tower’s conference room where all school personnel and parents of students in the Henry County School System are invited to make comments pertaining to the design, planning, and implementation of four federal programs under the No Child Left behind act. The district parent involvement plan will also be discussed. For further information contact Dr. Susan Burton, Federal programs director, at 642-3101.


Paris Police Arrest Man for Trying to 'Swallow' Cocaine, Other Drugs

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department observed a black Cadillac in front of a closed gate on Powell Street at the entrance of the old city dump. The car was still running and as she walked up towards the vehicle, she saw the driver, reach into the back seat and get a jug of water and begin to drink the water, apparently trying to swallow something.

Ptl. Roaten told him repeatedly to stop trying to swallow whatever was in his mouth and he refused and fought her when she tried to physically make him stop. Cpl. Jerayme Whitaker arrived on scene to assist and warned the driver, later identified as Ross A. Mortensen, age 26, of 722 Dunlap, he would use the taser on him if he didn’t comply. Cpl. Whitaker did finally use the taser on Mortensen and he spit out a baggie.

The baggie contained smaller baggies with cocaine, morphine and xanax pills, and inside the car a set of digital scales and $720 dollars were seized. Also Ptl. Roaten noticed text messages on Mortensen’s phone appeared as if he was selling the xanax. Mortensen was charged with two counts of possession of schedule two with intent, possession of schedule 4 with intent, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest. He was placed on 25 thousand dollars bond.

In a separate incident, Ptl. Roaten charged John W. Selby, the 3rd, age 23, of Post Oak Road was charged with simple possession of schedule two drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Ptl. Roaten clocked him doing 58 mph in a 40 mph zone on Tyson Avenue and after a check, found the drugs.


Paris Is Blooming All Over


Paris, Tenn.-Paris and Henry County are blooming all over, including these flowering trees and azaleas putting on a pretty display at the home of Eli Winstead on Washington St. next to the W.G. Rhea Public Library. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

PD Seeking Men Who Trashed Drive-In Restroom

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are looking for three men who trashed the men’s restroom at the Sonic Drive-in Friday night. The manager of the Sonic reported that the garbage can had been busted and trash thrown all over, the soap dispenser was broken, the paper towel dispenser was ripped off the wall and the suspects also tried to rip the mirror off the wall.

Surveillance tape showed three white males in their late teens or early 20s entering the restroom together about 11:15 p.m. and leaving again about three minutes later. They were driving a black four-door hatchback with blacked out wheels. If you know who might be involved in the incident, call the police at 642-2424.

In another incident, Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker arrested Nicholas Nickey, age 27, of 4450 Old Paris-Murray Rd., for DUI. Whitaker saw Nickey crossing the center line on India Rd. several times, and noticed an odor of alcohol. Nickey said he had drunk two shots and failed the field sobriety test.

When the passenger, Holly Smith of Puryear, agreed to allow her purse to be searched, police found two pills for which she had no prescription. Smith was cited for simple possession.

Paris Police arrested Paul Wallace, age 33, 1217 N. Market Street, for domestic assault after officers were called to the house on a report of a fight which started over an argument about ownership of a couch. During the fight, Wallace shoved the victim and threw her off of the porch.

Based on witness statements and the evidence at hand, Police determined Wallace to be the primary aggressor in the fight.

First Poem Placed On 'Poetree'

Paris, Tenn.-In honor of April being poetry month, the W.G. Rhea Library has put up a ‘poetree’ on which everyone is invited to put copies of their favorite poems or poems they have written themselves. The first poem on the tree is titled “To Frankie” and was written by Library Director Connie McSwain in memory of the late Franklyn Thompson, a former director of the library, who died just recently. The tree was decorated and put up in the library by Paula Kelley’s Flowers and Gifts and a photo of the tree was on our website earlier.

Candy, Children Everywhere At Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Children made good hauls of candy during the hunt. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Sunshine and pleasant temperatures helped to bring out a large crowd of candy-loving children to the 27th annual WMUF/WLZK Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning. Ogburn Park was crowded with children of all ages and their parents, who went home with baskets full of candy. 587 children participated this year. The park was festooned with 6000 eggs filled with candy, not to mention thousands more pieces of candy. And the lucky children who found the glittery stars on the ground were given special Easter baskets filled with toys.

Avelina Kahl, age 4, shows how to dress for an Easter egg hunt.

Demonstrating the proper way to rip open bags of candy for the hunt are: from left, Tim Alsobrooks, Bob Holland, Elizabeth Cook and Andy Windsor.

North Carroll Relay Raises $13,128 For Cancer

McKenzie, Tenn.-The North Carroll Relay Radio Auction just ended on Friday and a total $13,128 was raised this year, up $1,800 from last year’s total. The auction was aired on our McKenzie station, WHDM, and was held from Monday through Friday. It was held at the McKenzie Church of Christ on Highland Ave.

Helping Hand Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Helping Hand plans its annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Tennessee Technology Center on Wilson Street in Paris. The funds collected during the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction will be distributed to local charities and the top organizations collecting the most funds will be recognized.

The Eaglets Have Landed

The eaglets look over the edge of the nest while their mother looks on. (Susan Hawkins photo).

Dover, Tenn.-Two baby eaglets have been born at Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park and are drawing crowds from far and wide. The births are especially good news, because the eagles’ nesting place was destroyed during last spring’s storms and park rangers were unsure whether the majestic creatures would return.

They indeed have returned and gave birth to the eaglets about a month ago. Park Ranger Susan Hawkins said the babies are standing tall and looking over the edge of their nest. She said their nesting spot is in a pine tree near the picnic area close to the Confederate fort.

“We’ve had a lot of people, some in groups, coming to the park to look at the eagles” and their babies, Hawkins said. “People from as far away as Nashville, Memphis and Bowling Green. It’s a regional phenomenon!” A photo of the eaglets is on our website.

Big Sandy Masonic Lodge to present play

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

Big Sandy Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge to hold scholarship dinner

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

Central School to hold athletic awards banquet April 27th

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

News from past weeks here.


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