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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Local Woman Charged with Felony Meth Charges, DUI

Paris, Tenn.- A traffic stop by the Metro Crime Unit led to the arrest of a local woman on felony methamphetamine charges and DUI charges. The press release said MCU officers conducted the traffic stop on India Road Thursday as they saw Summer Sullivan, age 39, of 9500 Old Paris Murray Road driving by and knew she had active warrants on her for failure to appear charges.

Officers made contact with Sullivan and she attempted to lock her car door and told MCU officers she didn’t want anyone in the car. They placed her under arrest and K9 Si was called to the scene and alerted positive to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, a blue sunglasses case was located that contained about a quarter ounce of ice methamphetamine packaged in several different baggies for re-sale. Sullivan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule two controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver. Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers also charged Sullivan with DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Bond was set at $75K and the vehicle was seized because it was being used to transport narcotics.

Paris Police Investigate Attempted Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a woman Thursday evening as she was walking home from work. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to Irvine Street where the alleged victim said as she was walking down West Blythe Street, a black male started walking behind her. The woman said as she neared College Street, the man ran up and grabbed her purse straps and demanded she give him the purse. She then stated she was calling police and he took off running towards Wood Street.

The suspect was described as black, approximately 30 years old, short clean cut hair and goatee, wearing a black hoodie and dark blue jeans. The man was about 6 feet tall. Paris Police combed the area for some time but couldn’t find anyone matching the description.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Hwy. 77 was broken into as pry marks were found at the door and glass was broken in the rear door. There is no definite word on what if anything was missing.

TN Unemployment Rate for March 4.5%

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for March was 4.5 percent, four-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the February revised rate of 4.9 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for March was 5.0 percent, increasing one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month.

Economic Summary

  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.0 percent to 4.5 percent while the national rate declined from 5.5 percent to 5.0 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment decreased 700 jobs from February to March. The largest decreases occurred in government, leisure/hospitality, administrative/support/waste services & mining/logging/construction.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 91,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, education/health services & professional/business services.

General Assembly Reduce's UTM's Match for STEM Bldg.

Proposed STEM building

Martin, Tenn.- A highly sought-after Science and Engineering Building is closer to reality at the University of Tennessee at Martin, thanks to a change in the university’s required match to fund the project. The match reduction from 25 percent to 10 percent was led by State Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) and is the first of its kind in Tennessee government.

State building projects at public colleges and universities require a 25 percent match by the institutions to begin construction.

The STEM building is projected to cost $65 million, with $50 million originally funded by the state plus a 25 percent match by the university. UT Martin now has a one-year opportunity to match 10 percent or approximately $6.5 million of the cost to construct the 120,000-square-foot building.

The building will house the university’s departments of engineering, computer science, chemistry and physics, mathematics and statistics, and an entrepreneurial center. The plans include classrooms and teaching laboratories, as well as dedicated student laboratories and project work spaces. The latter will be created in a way to encourage innovative, cross-disciplinary research and design.

“The Tennessee General Assembly has given UT Martin a unique opportunity to make a significant, positive difference for our students and West Tennessee’s economy,” said Dr. Bob Smith, the university’s interim chancellor. “We’re grateful to Senator Stevens for his heartfelt commitment and leadership in making this reduction possible. Now, it’s our job to raise $6.5 million to assure that this building becomes a reality.”

Smith added, “The senator’s vision to invest where the economic need exists is a historic change in how state buildings are funded.”

University officials see the building as a cornerstone for providing the STEM education needed to develop the region’s workforce. A recent economic impact study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International in Moscow, Idaho, showed the proposed building’s overall economic impact at $56.3 million in added income and the creation of 901 jobs from initial construction through the first 10 years of graduates.

The study also showed that West Tennessee will gain an additional $1.6 million in annual added income from the impact of its graduates and building operations. The city of Martin, Weakley County government, Weakley County Economic Development Board, USDA, Northwest Tennessee Development District, Southwest Tennessee Development District and the university partnered to sponsor the study.

The building is planned for construction on the east side of the university’s academic quadrangle. Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) sponsored the bill in the house.

Planning Commission Approves First Bank Major Site Plan

Planning commission members discuss items at Thurs. meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met on Thursday and attended to a lengthy agenda including a major site plan for an addition to First Bank, at 1068 Mineral Wells Avenue.

The plan calls for a 1,938 square foot addition to their existing building. The new addition will be preceded by partial demolition and relocation of the drive thru window and ATM. There is an area under the proposed canopy that is 1,184 sq. ft., and the ingress/egress on Russell Street will be moved further to the west or rear of the property.

Changes in parking were noted on the site plan and all information is available on the site plan with the exception of contours as required by ordinance.

Revisions to AT &T Retail Store; Hunter's Point Sub Approved

Paris, Tenn.- Site Plan revisions for an AT&T retail store on Mineral Wells Ave., were approved by planners Thursday night. This site plan was originally approved in late 2015 and since that time the size of the development has changed because the developer didn’t obtain all three properties as originally proposed. The only changes in the development are ingress/egress location and the building orientation.

Planners approved Phase 3 of the Hunter’s Point Subdivision plat on Lone Oak Road. The plan proposes 17 lots on a cul-de-sec. Since the inception of the subdivision 27 lots have been developed by the developer Lonnie Noble. . Plans have been submitted to a third party engineer for review with regard to MS4 requirements. All utilities, street profiles, drainage, and floodplain information required is present. The street name is not on the plat. The developer is working with 911 to get the street name approved. The planning commission approved the plat once a few minor things were addressed.

Request Denied to Purchase City Right of Way

Paris, Tenn.- The Planning Commission discussed a request to purchase City Right of Way at Hwy. 641 S. and Fairview Street. The property is located between the former Wildwood Nursery property and the entrance to Hwy. 641 S.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said if the right of way is conveyed to the adjoining property owner, a fair market price should be determined since improvements do exist on the property. The City has previously installed rip-rap on the property. Morris said the property owner would be responsible for maintenance of the ditch and any type of modifications in the future must be approved by the Planning Commission. After discussion, the planning commission denied the request to purchase City Right of Way.

Planners Approve Site Plan for Walmart Accessory Building

Paris, Tenn.- A minor site plan for an accessory building at Walmart was approved by planners Thursday evening. The proposed 3,075 square foot building will be located in the parking lot southwest of the existing building. The building will be utilized for training purposes. Drainage will not be affected as the structure will be located in an area that is currently covered with asphalt. Parking will be adequate even with the loss of spaces in the area of the proposed building.

Planners approved a rezoning request for Moody Investments at 2971 East Wood Street. The request is to rezone from Residential Mobile Home to Planned Business. The property is currently vacant and at the time of annexation and the zoning of the property in the early 90s, the property was occupied by manufactured homes.

The commission also approved a site plan renewal for Jackson Storage Buildings on Hwy. 641 N. This plan was originally approved in 2006 and 2008 and submitted again in 2013 for the fourth and final building, but that building has not been built as of yet. Dan Jackson is resubmitting the plat to build the fourth building at this time.

A minor site plan for Bridge of Hope Church, located at 1575 Hwy. 641 S. was approved Thursday night as well. Bridge of Hope, currently located at Lakeway Circle is combing with First Assembly of God Church located on Hwy. 641 S. The new congregation will be remodeling some portions of the building, but no additions or major renovations are proposed at this time.

HCBOE Learns of SCOPE Conference

HCHS teacher David Huber discusses some of the events students who went to the SCOPE conference participated in. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday for April and recognized students who had attended the Tennessee School Boards Association SCOPE conference. The SCOPE conference allows students to participate in discussion like board members and more.

Mr. David Huber, who took the students to the SCOPE conference, discussed some of the events that they participated in. The students were excited to learn how the legislation and everything works. Mr. Huber thanked the board for providing the funds to go on the trip. He said it was a great leadership opportunity for the four students who attended.

Board Approves Student Athlete Code of Conduct

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton discussed the Schools Student-Athlete Code of Conduct on Thursday at the school board meeting. Dr. Norton said a committee comprised of coaches, teachers, community members, board members, and administrators helped formulate the code of conduct. He said we wanted to make sure we had procedures and policies in place to address athlete misconduct; promote consistency across the district; not handcuff coaches from doing their job; and show that there is a sense of pride to wear a Henry County Athletic uniform.

Dr. Norton said the Code of Conduct stresses that athletes should do the right thing 24/7 whether at games or not. The athlete should be respectful in wins and losses, and obey all state, local, and other laws. The board passed the student-athlete code of conduct Thursday night.

The board approved a 4-H Program request as well Thursday evening. The week of June 6-10th the 4-H asked to use some county school buses to transport students to the 120 County 4-Hers to 4-H camp in Columbia.

HCBOE Sends Volunteer; Student Nominations to TSBA

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norton informed board members that the TSBA recognizes Volunteers at their regional TSBA meeting. Dr. Norton said he thinks we should nominate someone in the community who has volunteered to help the HCSS. Becky Holland with the Family Resource Center suggested Bill Bailey, who works with the Weekend Backpack program to help stuff backpacks and deliver them to the schools. Holland also distributes food to the local food bank. Dr. Norton said he would be considered to be recognized at the conference.

Dr. Norton said TSBA does a student recognition as well and HCHS staff recommended Collin Harris and Gracie Clayton. These students will be nominated at the TSBA fall conference as well.

Dr. Norton said the last opportunity to review the system’s science standards is coming up. He said its important for parents and other members of the community to be able to look at the standards. Typing Tennessee Education Standard Review in a search bar will get you to the proper place to review the standards. The science standards will be finalized by the state in July and come into play in 2018.

Dr. Norton advised the board that the Director’s Evaluation will be at the May board meeting.

Reminder: Vintage Chevys Downtown Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Vintage Chevrolet Club of America will be in downtown Paris with 55 vintage Chevrolet's on tour. They will be parked in the First United Methodist Church parking lot from 10am to 2pm on Friday, April 15th. 

Chevrolet's from 1912 through 1954 will be on display for any and every one to peruse the vehicles. Perry’s BBQ mobile unit will be in the lot during those hours. Motorcycle escort will bring the group from the Eiffel Tower to downtown starting at 9:45 am. Sgt. Ricky Wade will give the group a tour of the Court House at 10:30 am. Kathy Ray will provide a Downtown Walking Tour at 1:00 pm.

Man Charged by PPD and HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Clyde Sulcer responded to Carpet World on Hwy. 641 N., where a man was sitting in front of the building. On the way to the scene, Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department, advised that the Paris Police Department had warrants on Edwin A. McLucas, age 36, of 1001 Caledonia in case that is who it was at the business.

Sgt. Sulcer found a man, later identified as McLucas, walking in the middle of the southbound lane of the highway. Sgt. Sulcer activated his blue lights and demanded the man to stop walking. McLucas refused and Sgt. Sulcer threated use of a taser if he continued to walk away. Finally a taser was used to subdue McLucas and he was handcuffed.

McLucas was charged by the Paris Police Department for domestic assault warrants and charged by Sgt. Sulcer for resisting arrest and pedestrian in the roadway.

An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Michael Anthony Reinhard, age 26, of 1195 Hwy. 641 N. was arrested for two counts of violation of community supervision, and violation of the TBI sex offender registry. Reinhard was placed on $5K bond.

Stolen Boat Located in Stewart County

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Scarbrough Hill Rd concerning a stolen boat. Dispatch later received word the boat was recovered in Stewart County on Old Paris Landing Road, but several items, including reels, rods, tackleboxes, and more were missing. The value of items stolen is over $1K, and the victim did give a possible suspect.

Patriots Move to 8-0 in District Play With Road Win at Springfield

Springfield, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot baseball team swept the season series from Springfield on the road Wednesday night beating the Yellow Jackets 11-4.

Henry County scored two runs in the 1st, but Springfield touched Patriot starter Hunter Updycke for three runs in the bottom of the inning. The Patriots then scored six runs in the 2nd inning, one in the 3rd, and two more in the 7th. Updyke settled down only giving up one more run in the 7th inning to pick up the victory.

Updyke struck out eight, walked two, and gave up four hits and four earned runs. Cody McSwain and Jared Pugh had two-RBI doubles for the Patriots in the victory. RBIs also came from Parker Piskos, Woodrow Young, and Perry Atkins. The Patriots are now 8-0 in District 10-AAA and 11-7 overall. The play Milan at home Friday with the varsity start at 5pm.

Cottage Grove Seeks Tenants for Boyd's Building

Cottage Grove , Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday night and decided to keep the state mandated tax rate the same for the next fiscal year starting July 1st.

The council also approved the Release of Lease from Boyd’s and will now advertise the retail building for lease. All interested parties will need to meet with the council at the May meeting for approval, setting the rent amount and requested insurance needs.

First Presbyterian Church Indoor Rummage Sale this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- First Presbyterian Church, located at 105 S. Market St. in Paris, will be holding a fund raiser inside rummage sale this weekend. The sale will be Friday April 15th 9am-3pm and Saturday April 16th 9am-1pm. There will be lots of items.

Arts Council to Present Frankenstein April 23

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to Frankenstein on Saturday April 23rd at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The Murray State University Department of Theatre will present the play.

The play is based on the novel by Mary Shelly and R.N. Sandberg has written this modern rendition of the classic story of the Doctor and his monster. Come and relive this tale of love, lost love, murder, and compassion as they visit the many countries of Europe where the play is set.

General admission tickets are $15 or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased now at the Art’s Council’s website, www.phcarts.com, from any Arts Council Board member, at Merison’s, Lura Lee Gifts, and Commercial Bank on the court square. All proceeds from the event benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955. Suggested viewing for this production is PG-13.

PLSP Seeks Volunteers for Trail Work

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park is seeking volunteers ages 16 and over to help with trail maintenance, which includes removal of invasive species, removal of trash, fallen logs, spreading mulch along the trail, adding bird houses, amphibian houses, signs, and trail markings.

Anyone interested needs to wear appropriate clothing for being outside in the woods on the trail including pants and closed toe shoes. If interested meet at 8am on Saturday April 16th at the Park Office at 16055 Hwy. 79 N. For more information call 641-4465.

PHC Landfill Free Dumping Day April 23

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Landfill will hold a Free Dumping Day on Saturday April 23rd. Brush, demolition debris, and yard trimmings must be separated from solid waste. No construction waste, household garbage, or tires will be accepted on Free Dumping Day.

The Landfill will be open from 7am to 3:30pm and no admittance is allowed after 3pm. All vehicles should have contents securely covered, tarped, chained, roped, or otherwise secured or confined. If you have any questions call the Landfill at 644-1737.

W.G. Rhea Library Hosting TEL Workshop Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library is hosting a free, hands-on TEL workshop on Monday April 18th for the general public. The workshop will introduce the Tennessee Electric Library and many free online resources available to all Tennessee residents. The workshop will run from 5-7pm, call the library at 642-1702 to reserve your place.

Henry School Presents Lion King Jr. Sat., Sun. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Elementary School students will be presenting “The Lion King, Jr.” at the Krider Performing Arts Center this weekend. Showtimes are 7pm Saturday April 16th and 2:30pm Sunday April 17th.

MSU Rifle Team Receives Recognition

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State rifle team has received a NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award for the 2014-15 academic year, the governing body announced Wednesday.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. 

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. It includes four years (this year's numbers included the school years of 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 and 2014-15). High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 983 to a perfect 1,000.

This marks the first award for rifle and head coach Alan Lollar. Rifle is now the seventh different team to earn the awards since it began in 2004-05. This also marks the sixth time in seven seasons that an MSU team has won the award.

"We are tremendously proud of our rifle team for this outstanding accomplishment," said Director of Athletics Allen Ward. "Coach Lollar continues to have great success on the field of competition, but this award proves he is successful in the classroom as well. He has truly embraced our 'Four Years. Two Goals' concept by ensuring we continue to produce high-quality student-athletes that will do great things beyond Murray State, thanks to their degree.

Senior Associate Athletics Director Matt Kelly echoed Ward's sentiments, "Alan is a long-time coach at Murray State that has a great understanding of what we try to accomplish as a department on a day-to-day basis. Over the years, he has consistently turned out student-athletes who are leaders on the range, in the classroom and in the community. We are extremely proud of Coach Lollar and his continued commitment to the student-athlete."

Conference-wide 26 teams from nine different institutions were honored this year. Those numbers are up from 2013-14 when 15 teams from eight schools were honored. The Racer rifle team was the only OVC rifle team to earn the award this season and just one of eight rifle teams nationwide to do so.

"This award is indicative of the commitment our program and Murray State University has to ensuring our student-athletes stay on track to graduate," said rifle head coach Alan Lollar. "At MSU, academics truly does come first and with the leadership of Allen Ward, Matt Kelly and their staff, our student-athletes have had tremendous academic success to go along with their successes on the range. This is the first such award the rifle program has received here at Murray State and it just shows the type of student-athletes we have been able to bring into the program on a consistent basis."

This year 1,071 teams (649 women's teams, 422 men's or mixed teams) were publicly recognized for high academic achievement. This year schools combined indoor and outdoor track and field teams into one team score, which slightly reduced the overall number of teams earning awards. In all, 290 Division I institutions placed at least one team on the list.

All HCHS Students Testing Tues. April 19th

Paris, Tenn.- Thanks to a grant obtained thru the County Mayor's Office and City of Paris Mayor's Office, every 10th, 11th, and 12th grader at Henry County High School will be taking the ACT test, or a variation thereof, this coming Tuesday April 19th. The grant provides the funds to offer the tests to all students free of charge.

Sophomores will take a retired, full length practice ACT, juniors will take the regular ACT test, and seniors will take the National Career Readiness Certificate Exam, which is a product of the ACT.

The County and City have also partnered to provide seniors with prizes and lunch for all students and staff. Seniors who participate in the NCRC and receive the certification, will have an advantage over those seeking employment over non-NCRC applicants in the future. Seniors who receive a silver rating on all three portions of the NCRC will graduate in May with distinction.

HCHS will run on its normal schedule on April 19. It will be a regular school day and attendance will be taken. Students are encouraged to get a good night’s rest on Monday night so that they will be focused and ready. They should dress comfortably but within dress code. It is also strongly advised that the students eat a healthy breakfast at home, or take advantage of free breakfast at school.

Juniors are asked to have their student IDs to present at the start of testing. All students should also bring sharpened Number 2 pencils. Appropriate calculators will be provided to students who are allowed to use them. Due to ACT testing security requirements, students will be required to power off their cellphones and put them away.

“Since the ACT is crucial to our students’ future, we are happy to share these testing opportunities with our community,” says Mr. Lennies McFerren, Principal of Henry County High School.

Woman Charged With Felony Shoplifting

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was charged with Felony Shoplifting by Sgt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department after she put what she was attempting to steal back and tried to leave the scene.

The report stated that a Walmart loss prevention officer called the Paris Police Department and advised that the woman had several merchandise items and they were afraid she was going to leave when they confronted her about the items.

By the time units arrived, she was fleeing on foot, then got into a white Toyota Camry. Sgt. Reed pulled over the vehicle on Hwy 77 as it was leaving the Walmart parking lot. He asked Walmart prevention loss employees to identify the woman.

Shanda M. Bomar, age 32, of 327 Hwy. 77, said she left all the items back at the store. Employees did find the merchandise which totalled over $1400. Bomar was wearing a necklace that the loss prevention officer did say belonged to the store as well. Bomar was charged with felony shoplifting and restitution owed to Walmart was just over $60.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that the Hollow Rock Police Department called and advised a subject they had active Domestic Assault warrants on was going to be in Paris. Sgt. Ean Reed found a man matching the description at Walmart. Jackson Turner Smith, age 24, of Hollow Rock was arrested and turned over for Hollow Rock Police to come pick up.

UTM's Spring Rodeo Set for This Weekend

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin proudly hosts the 48th annual spring college rodeo starting on Thursday, April 14 and going through Saturday, April 16 at the Ned Ray McWherter Agricultural Complex and NW (Doc) Robinson Arena.

Action starts at 7:30 p.m. on all three dates. All tickets are $6 on Thursday while adult tickets are $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday. Tickets for ages 6-12 and UT Martin students with a valid ID are $7 for both Friday and Saturday. A $20 weekend pass is also available for all three nights. Ages 5 and under are free with a paid adult.

Saturday’s event can be viewed online, free of charge, courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network at this link: http://www.ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=3448. Action from all three nights can also be heard locally on WCMT 101.3 FM or online at this link: http://streamdb6web.securenetsystems.net/v5/WCMT.

The UT Martin rodeo has been named the Ozark Region “Rodeo of the Year” for 10 consecutive years. The event serves as a platform for the upcoming College National Finals Rodeo, which will be held in Casper, Wyo. on June 12-18.

Along with UT Martin, teams from the University of Arkansas-Cossatot, University of Arkansas-Monticello, East Mississippi Community College, Missouri Valley College, Murray State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Tennessee, Three Rivers College and University of West Alabama will take part in the festivities.

The UT Martin men’s team currently ranks amongst the top-15 nationally with 4,140 points. The UT Martin women’s squad currently ranks sixth in the Ozark Region with 1,055 points.

EQyss Grooming Products is sponsoring a crawfish supper at the American Legion building on Wednesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available in addition to corn on the cob and new potatoes. Tickets are $10 per person and $25 per family.

Thursday night is Tyson, Obion County Complex Performance night. Timed events and rough stock events – including bull riding – will be featured while fans can enter a drawing for a chance to win an MTD riding lawnmower. The Weakley County 4-H Mounted Drill Team will conduct the opening.

Friday is Tennessee Tractor, LLC Performance night. Timed events and rough stock events (including bull riding) will be featured. A second drawing for an MTD riding lawnmower will take place while Friday also serves as “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Saturday is Martin Paving Company Championship Finals, where the top-10 Ozark Region NIRA contestants will compete in a battle of the best of the best. Edward Jones Investments is also holding a free barbecue lunch at 11 a.m. at the downtown Martin Festival Park while a scholarship auction will follow at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds will go to the UT Martin Rodeo Scholarship Fund.

Pugh Throws 1 Hitter; Pats Move to 7-0 in District Play

Paris, Tenn.- Behind a one hitter from Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh and excellent defense, the Henry County Patriot baseball team defeated Springfield 2-0 Tuesday night at home in a quickly played pitchers duel.

The starter for Kenwood was on point as well as Henry County only managed runs on two RBI Sac Flys, one from Knox Davis in the 4th inning and one from Woodrow Young in the 6th inning.

Pugh tossed a 1 hit complete game shutout. He also singled, stole a base, and score one of the two Patriot runs. The Patriots played excellent defense behind their starter all evening long. They are now 7-0 in District 10-AAA play and will travel to Springfield, seeking the season sweep Wednesday.

Lady Pats Softball Whips Kenwood 19-0

Paris, Tenn.- The top ranked team in the state on some rankings is continuing to roll. The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team beat Kenwood in less than an hour Tuesday night at home 19-0. The Lady Pats only have one loss on the season. They play Springfield at home Wednesday night.

First Preserve Paris Event Set for Sat. In Lee Neighborhood

Paris, Tenn.- The first Preserve Paris event is scheduled for this Saturday April 16th as a Clean Up Day in the Historic Lee Neighborhood beginning at 9am. Residents and volunteers are welcome to come and clean up the area around Lee School. There will be trash removal and yard work along with other things to help clean the area up. Anyone wishing to help should meet in the parking lot of Lee Academy at 9am on Saturday.

The City will place dumpster buggies in the area for use on Saturday and the following week. Anyone who comes out to help should remember to wear good shoes, gloves for working in the yard, and yard tools if possible.

In addition to the Clean Up Day on Saturday, the following week will be Reuse Days. On the Clean Up Day, residents of the Lee Neighborhood will be able to put items they no longer want such as couches, refrigerators, chairs, tables, and such, on the sidewalk. During the Reuse Days April 17-21, other citizens can come by and pick up any of those items to keep themselves.

On April 22nd, the City of Paris Public Works Department will come by and remove all dumpster buggies and items on sidewalks that no one wanted and dispose of them all.

To help this Saturday during the Preserve Paris event or for more information call Mayor Carlton Gerrell at 641-8822 or City Hall.

Public Hearing for Federal Programs at HCSS is Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A public hearing pertaining to the design, planning, and implementation of four federal programs under the Elementary Secondary Education, (No Child Left Behind) Act, is set at 4:30pm on Thursday April 14th, prior to the Henry County School Board of Education regular April meeting at 5pm. The hearing and meeting will be held at the Grove Tower conference room.

The hearing is open to all school personnel and parents of students in the Henry County School System. Comments may be made on all the programs and district parent involvement will also be discussed.

The plan is posted on the Central Office bulletin board at Grove Tower or can also be found on the HCSS website, www.henryk12.net. For more information contact Dr. Susan Burton, Federal Programs director, at 642-3101 or email burtons@henryk12.net.

Cottage Grove FD Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast at the Whitlock Fire Department Station on Saturday April 16th from 7-9am. Donations are accepted and proceeds benefit the Cottage Grove, Whitlock, Jones Mill, and Airport Fire Stations.

Budget Committee Handles Routine Business

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session on Monday night approved budget transfers in many departments. No new money was asked for and all transfers were within the budgets of the departments asking.

The Budget Committee voted to accept a $25K grant in the Election Commission budget to reimburse the county for the March 1st Presidential Preference Primary.

Transfers were also approved in the Solid Waste Department totaling $9K for repairs to the baler, and in the Drug Fund where the County paid the City their share of $9500 in drug seizures.

More Charges Possible After Drugs Turned Into Police

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department is pursuing more possible charges on a man after another citizen found and turned in some drugs to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated that calls had come into dispatch about a silver Ford truck around the Lake and Wood Street areas transporting drugs over the weekend. Ptl. Klutts investigated the area and found a truck matching that description with Mississippi tags. He observed the truck pull away and eventually go down the wrong way of a street at Ogburn Park so Ptl. Klutts then activated his blue lights.

Capt. John Brewer of the Paris Police Department arrived for backup and they found Shotne Sims, age 25, of 600 Howard Lane driving, and LaQuan McFerren, age 22, of 506 Lankford Road in the passenger seat. They advised the men that calls had come in about the truck transporting drugs. Sims denied search and Dep. Terry Williams arrived with K9 Droid. Droid alerted and search was done but no drugs were found. Sims was cited for driving the wrong way and then both men were released.

Later in the afternoon, Chief Randy Gean of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office called Ptl. Klutts after a citizen brought in a Oakley Sunglasses bag that contained about 64 grams of crystal meth, 2 grams of marijuana, and some pills. The bag of drugs was found in the Morton and North Lake Street areas. Ptl. Klutts knew that during the incident, the truck Sims was driving passed thru this intersection. The drugs and bag were sent to the TBI crime lab to determine finger prints and see if more charges are pending.

Deputies Investigate More Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- More reports of theft came into the Henry County Sheriff’s Office the last few days including a residence on Lakeview Manor Road where over $6K worth of items were missing from the metal storage building on the property. The report stated that entry was made into the south window and several items were stolen including several depth finders, 12 crappie poles, 18 reels, 10 spinning rods, lawn mower, weed eater, leaf blowers, and much more.

Another home on Old Union Road had two bicycles stolen from the front yard. Neighbors say they observed a older model pickup truck pull into the driveway and a kid got out and threw the bikes into the pickup and it pulled off.

City Commission Hears Update on Veterans Service Office

Henry County Veterans Service Officer Bob Nolan discusses some of the duties his office takes care of for Veterans in Paris and Henry County. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for April on Monday night and Veterans Service Officer Bob Nolan gave a presentation on the Veterans Service Office which the City donates money to each year.

Nolan said the office is an advocate for veterans and their dependents, providing assistance to veterans in many ways. Services provided by the VSO includes service connected disability, war time pension and widows pension, health care benefits, and education and training to name a few.

Commissioners learned that there are just over 3300 veterans in Henry County and compensation benefits for FY 2014 was over $15.1M and Educational Benefits totalled more than $1.3M in the same time frame.

This calendar year alone, Nolan reported the Veterans Service Office had 116 office appointments, 5 home visits, 492 phone assist, and 54 walk ins. Several office assists have been taken care of as well. The Henry County Veterans Service Office is located in the basement of the Henry County Courthouse.

City Moves Forward Seeking Facade Grant

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster discussed the resolution involving the Community Development Block Grant for a Façade Grant. The City and NWTDD is working on the grant and Foster said one of the requirements is that the downtown must be declared as blighted and pass a resolution stating such.

Foster said the Federal Government defines the term “blighted” in a very general way and the City of Paris qualifies as blighted based on having 25% or more of our downtown showing deterioration. This is aided by the buildings for the most part being around or more than 100 years old. Foster did say if the grant is awarded and repairs are done which improve the condition of downtown buildings, the resolution declaring the downtown “blighted” can be rescinded.

The local match would be 25% and Foster said these type of grants do not come along very often and several business owners downtown are very excited about the possibility of the city obtaining the grant.

January Sees Dip in Retail Sales for City

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow informed the Paris City Commission on Monday night that retail sales for January showed a slight decrease of below one percent compared to January of 2015.

The City has received 42% of payments for 2015 property tax billing during the month of February, which brought total collections to 88% of the amount billed. General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by over $332K for the month of February. Revenues also exceeded expenditures for the fiscal year to date in the amount of $396,811. Solid Waste Fund revenues were also ahead of expenses for the month of the February, however revenues are behind expenditures year to date due to the Transfer Station construction.

Ordinance To Require ADA Compliant Sidewalks/Driveways Passed

Paris, Tenn.- The commission passed an ordinance to require developers to replace or modify any sidewalks or driveways on redeveloped areas to be in compliance with the American’s With Disabilities Act. The ordinance states any construction, reconstruction, relocation, alteration, or modifications of property in the city in reference to sidewalks or driveways.

Commissioners passed on 2nd reading an ordinance to enact the Paris Municipal Code dealing with the MS4 program involving storm water drainage. City Manager Kim Foster said plans must be reviewed by a Level II Certified Engineer to insure compliance with the MS4 regulations. The City must send out plans to a qualified engineer and in doing so will incur a cost, but plan to pass that on to the developer.

Other Business Approved By City Commission Mon. Night

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Monday night, the Paris City Commission approved Mayor Carlton Gerrell’s proposed appointment of Stephanie Tayloe to the board of Historic Zoning. She will replace Norma Steele who has submitted a resignation.

Commissioners also approved an LPRF grant for the replacement of the dehumidification system of the Civic Center Pool on behalf of the Parks Department.

The City Commission also passed a resolution supporting the creation of Paris and Henry County being an affiliate with Keep Tennessee Beautiful. Some local citizens have partnered with the Henry County Highway Department’s Henry County Litter Program to propose the affiliation.

Commissioners approved a rezoning request by Moody Investments for their property at 2971 East Wood Street. The request is to rezone the property from residential mobile Home to Planned Business. The property is currently vacant. Commissioners passed the rezoning request on first reading and refer it to the planning commission for a recommendation at their regular May meeting.

Signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Moves Ahead

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster gave an update on several projects the city is currently involved with. The Alley Drainage project is set to begin construction work in mid-May as meetings have been held with downtown property and business owners. The project will disturb buisness in the area at certain times, but the city plans to keep everyone informed on the process as it goes along.

The contract with TDOT has been signed concerning signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. The city has chosen TLM Associates to manage the project. Foster said they're on a time crunch to not run out of funds and it is moving along in the right direction.

Juveniles Admit to Break-ins at 7 Residences

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders, Dep. Stacey Bostwick, and Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary in progress this weekend at a residence on Antioch Cove Road. The report said the resident had pulled into his driveway and noticed three juveniles and managed to detain two of them and call for officers.

The door to his cabin was open and a flat screen TV and a jar of change was missing. Deputies found that the trailer next door had also been broken into and further investigation revealed 7 residences in the area along Antioch Cove, Sullivan Road, and Holiday Acres Road, were all broken into and had some items missing that evening.

All four juveniles involved were talked to by police and admitted to the break-ins. Items were recovered and returned to their owners. The juveniles were turned over to their guardians.

Warrants Issued After Stolen Items Destroyed In Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s has issued warrants on Jessica McCoy, age 29, of Mansfield after she was involved in a vehicle crash and items she apparently stolen were destroyed in the crash.

Items found in the vehicle at the crash scene, according to the report, included two television sets and a Black and Decker Drill along with a checkbook. After investigating, Dep. Andrews met the possible victim of theft at his home. The door was kicked in and two TVs and the drill were missing.

McCoy was flown to Vanderbilt and her condition is stable as of Monday morning.

More Burglaries Investigated by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- A boat kept in storage on West Antioch Road had several items taken from it over the weekend according to another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Three Zebco Rods and Reels and two other fishing poles along with a tacklebox, toolbox, lifejackets, and more were reported missing. Police currently have no suspects at this time.

Other burglaries were reported on Kirks Trading Post Road where two electric extension cords, an ax, and a kitchen sink were missing, and a car motor to a 1977 Nissan was stolen on Pineview Road. Deputies continue to investigate.

Members of HCHS Track Team Competes at Germantown

Germantown, Tenn.- Three members of the Henry County Track team competed this past weekend at the Houston Track Classic in Germantown. In the boys 3200 meter run, Javan Winders came in 1st overall with a time of 9:30. His brother Titus finished just behind him in 2nd place at 9:41. Jack Nichols also ran well in the meet, finishing in 10:36.

MSU All Campus Sing Set for April 13

Murray, Ky.- Each year on Murray State University’s campus, one of the biggest and most anticipated University events takes place, uniting students, faculty, alumni, staff and community members. Sigma Alpha Iota’s All Campus Sing will be held on Wednesday, April 13 as the pre-show will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by the event at 3:30 p.m. All Campus Sing has taken place each April since 1958.

Participants typically consist of student groups including fraternities and sororities, residential colleges and a number of other student organizations and clubs who choreograph and perform a brief musical number on the steps of Lovett Auditorium. The groups come together to raise funds and awareness for the philanthropy with which Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) associates itself: the People to People Project. 

The People to People Project takes resources, music, instruments, teachers and performers to developing countries. The goal of this project is to spread music education by starting programs and schools which teach music. 

“The idea behind bringing musical opportunities to these areas allows the people to become knowledgeable and passionate about music and to use it as a tool to uplift and encourage the people,” said Jennifer Roberts, SAI All Campus Sing Chair. “The project encourages the playing and writing of culturally traditional music to bring the people together and preserve the culture.”

Approximately 2,000 people flooded the quad last year for the event and an impressive additional 3,000 viewers followed the event online. While competition is a factor in this one-of-a-kind event, the sisters of SAI intend for All Campus Sing to remain an event focused on bringing the University and Murray community together to share a love of music. 

The event is partially sponsored by the Murray State Alumni Association and the Office of Student Affairs.

The Vintage Chevrolet Club Of America On Tour In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Vintage Chevrolet Club of America will be in downtown Paris with 55 vintage Chevrolet's on tour.  They will be parked in the First United Methodist Church parking lot from 10am to 2pm on Friday, April 15th. 

Chevrolet's from 1912 through 1954 will be on display for any and every one to peruse the vehicles.  Perry’s BBQ mobile unit will be in the lot during those hours.  Motorcycle escort will bring the group from the Eiffel Tower to downtown starting at 9:45 am. Sgt. Ricky Wade will give the group a tour of the Court House at 10:30 am.  Kathy Ray will provide a Downtown Walking Tour at 1:00 pm.

National Prescription Take-Back Day Is April 30th

Paris, Tenn.- National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30th; the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, in association with the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Office of Diversion Control are encouraging all Tennesseans to do their part to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse.

On Saturday, April 30, in communities across the state, Tennesseans have the opportunity to take part in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs from homes and offices.

“This is a chance for everyone to contribute, and become part of the solution to our state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic that has hurt so many of our loved ones, friends, and neighbors,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “Every person in our state has been touched by this epidemic, in one form or another. We have lost too many to this disease of addiction. If you have unused medications, do your part and join in Take-Back Day. Ask others to do the same.”

In 2015, the Tennessee Department of Health released some very sobering statistics on the impact of substance use in Tennessee revealing: The number of Tennesseans who die each year due to drug overdoses increased again in 2014. The total number of overdose deaths rose by nearly 100, from 1,166 in 2013 to a record-setting 1,263 in 2014. If those numbers are hard to comprehend, consider this:  more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee last year than were killed in motor vehicle accidents.

Fashion Luncheon To Be Held At Paris Country Club

Paris, Tenn.- The April in Paris Fashion Luncheon event is at the Paris Country Club on Friday, April 22nd from 11 to 1. Tickets are $20.  This is a fundraiser for the Downtown Paris Association.

Fashion sponsors in the show are, Boutique Mari Mac, Maggies, Southern Roots Boutique, and The Toggery.  Other sponsors with merchandise include Lura Lee’s of Paris, Merle Norman Cosmetics, The Travel Agency, Good for You Tea, and The Iron Place. 

Our own 2015 Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison will be there to meet and greet as well. The MC for the event will be Mark Johnson while Karen Geary is scheduled to be the event photographer. There will also be door prizes from the sponsors.

Large Numbers Show Up For Glow Walk For Easton's Angels

Paris, Tenn.- The Light the Night event pulled in an amazing group of people in large numbers at the First United Methodist Church for the glow walk for the Easton’s Angels Non-Profit Organization. Easton’s Angels mission is to lend aid to the families of children in Henry County who have fallen victim to a life-altering illness.

(photos by Barron Robinson)

With over two hundred people pre-registering, there ended up being around three hundred total people that came together for a great cause. While there was still more people showing up after 7pm to register, a live band played while people conversed and checked out the bake sale. The night wrapped up with a sky lantern send off in remembrance of Easton’s Angels.

Relay For Life Yard Sale A Success

Paris, Tenn.- The beautiful weather Saturday brought everyone out to the First United Methodist Church for the Relay for Life yard sale. All proceeds from the yard sale go directly to the Relay for Life.

photo by Barron Robinson

 While everything that was left over goes to the Habitat for Humanity, First United Methodist Church is working towards building a Habitat for Humanity house in 2017. As they are continuously holding fundraisers and more they will surely get that done as their main goal of 2017.

Updated: "We had a wonderful sale and made $1637.14 today to help save lives of cancer patients," Elaine Martin stated, "we are grateful for those people who work to help us, and for those who help us by participating in our events."

Spring Ride For Junior Livestock Association

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County junior livestock association is having a spring ride April 23, with gates opening at 8am and the first ride out is at 10am. The ride will be at Sutton Farms in Henry, 590 Perry School House Loop. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per car load. Afternoon rides start at 1:30pm, lunch will be a whole hog bbq with all the trimmings.

Mock Crash Brought New Information To HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- Operation Deadly Mistake, a program showing the students of Henry County High School the most realistic simulation possible. This is put on before graduation and prom to reiterate what is taught to kids at a young age how dangerous drinking and driving can be. It’s a new age way to bring information to kids compared to what was taught just even a few years ago.

Mock Crash showing the devastating reality of drinking and driving    (photo by Barron Robinson)

Henry County’s first responders had all the students fully engaged in how a slight lapse of judgment could lead to the worst of consequences. Even showing how buzzed/drunk driving could change your own and your friends lives forever. The mock crash shown by the Henry County Sheriff’s office, THP, HC Rescue Squad, Ambulance Service, Air Evac, and Ridgeway and McEvoy Funeral Homes showed the students the real life facts of what a deadly mistake drinking and driving can be.              

Out Of State Fugitive Apprehended In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Cpl. Jerayme Whitaker advised Sgt. Ean Reed during shift change that they were working with a female subject who was in contact with Michael Rutunno, an escaped convict from the state of Florida. Sgt. Reed was advised that Rutunno had warrants elsewhere and could possibly be in a stolen vehicle headed to Paris to meet with the female subject, who was an ex-girlfriend of Rutunno.

The female subject who was frightened for her life went to City Hall for safety. A short time later Rutunno called and advised he was 40 minutes outside of Paris. Initially Rutunno was to meet at a local business at Sgt. Reed’s request; afterwards Reed contacted HCSO and THP and advised them of the impending contact to be made with the wanted Fugitive. After the area was set up the female subject received a call stating that Rutunno had taken a wrong turn and ended up in the Martin, Union City area. At the request of Sgt. Reed the female subject was able to get Rutunno to meet if she purchased a motel room if he came to town and Rutunno agreed to meet.

Ptl. Jamie James went to Swiss Villa and spoke with management who agreed to allow the PPD to use a room for the meet.Ptl. Tyrail Jackson, Deputy Terry Williams and his K9 Droid, and Sgt. Ean Reed waited in the room requested for Rutunno to arrive. Rutunno was directed by the female subject the directions to Swiss Villa, once Rutunno arrived, Ptl. Jackson and Sgt. Reed exited the room quickly to apprehend Rutunno. Rutunno attempted to flee on foot but ran into a parked boat on the parking lot and Deputy Williams released K9 Droid which initially made contact with Sgt Reed, but finally made contact with Rutunno and he shortly gave up after initially resisting.

The vehicle Rutunno drove was discovered to be stolen out of Harrison County, Texas. Rutunno was charged with being a Fugitive from Justice and Theft of Property over $10k. Judge Snyder set Rutunno’s bond at $250,000.

Runners Needed for Hushpuppy Dash 5K

Paris, Tenn.- The World’s Biggest Fish Fry is quickly approaching and runners are needed for the event that kicks everything off on Saturday April 23rd. The 5K Hushpuppy Dash will be held at the field house at Henry County High School. Registration begins at 7am, the race starts at 8am. Registration is $15 before the race and $20 on race day.

Pre-register by April 16th to guarantee you get a T-shirt and to be entered into door prizes that will be given away. Awards will be given for Overall Male, Overall Female, Overall Masters Male and Female. Age groups range from 10 and under to 65 and over.

For more information on the Hushpuppy 5K call Kelly Biggs Corbitt at 731-333-2551.

Donkey Basketball Fundraiser Set for April 18th

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

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

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

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

Henry County Archives Collecting Info on County Vets For Memorial

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

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

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


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