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


Sheriff's Office Investigates Illegal Cable

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office was called to 5200 Hwy 79S on a report of illegal cable service. A technician from the Charter company showed a deputy that a cable was coming from the end of a window in one trailer and had been trenched into the ground to go into a second trailer. When questioned, both residents denied knowledge. The illegal service was disconnected.


Shoplifter Arrested

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a man for shoplifting from the Dollar General Store on W. Wood Street. Tony Thomas, 49, 7501 Hwy. 69 N, was charged with shoplifting after police viewed a video showing him putting items in his pants. When he was confronted by the store manager, Thomas also pushed her out the door of the store and ran out, according to the police report.

Thomas was apprehended on Garland Ave. and requested EMS take him to the hospital. At the hospital, he refused treatment and said he wanted to go to jail. Bond of $500 was set.


Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Going on Fri-Sat on Ky. Lake
Public Invited to View Weigh-ins at Marina at 3pm Fri., Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Anglers are on the water for the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open today to kick off the two day tournament sponsored by the Henry County Alliance. Colleges and Universities from across the country are on Kentucky Lake competing with the team with the most amassed weight of fishing by the end of fishing on Saturday winning the event.

The public is invited to weigh-in Friday and Saturday at 3pm at the Marina at Paris Landing. Also you can follow the event by logging into to collegiatebasschampionship.com, the collegiate bass championship facebook page, and televised coverage will be seen on NBC Sports Outdoors. This is the fourth year in a row the open has been held on Kentucky Lake, but the first time in April to coincide with the start of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.

60th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Events Start Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Speaking of the fish fry, the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry officially kicks of on Saturday with several events planned. The 5K hushpuppy dash will start at 8am at Henry County High School, with registration beginning at 7am Saturday morning. The entry fee to run the day of the event is $20.

The horse and mule pull will be held at the arena at the fairgrounds Saturday morning. The weigh ins will be from 7-9am and the event starts at 10am with admission being $5.The demolition derby will be held at 7pm at the arena. The car entry fee is $35 and the gate admission is $10. More events will be held all next week. Keep listening to our stations for updates, pick up a fish fry souvenir book, or visit worldsbiggestfishfry.com for schedules of events.

Jammin for A Cure Event to Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The first annual Jammin for Cure event will be held from 2-4pm this Saturday April 20th at Eiffel Tower Park. It’s a fund raiser for Relay for Life and put on by the Henry County Junior Committee and HCHS Musical Arts Department. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the high school.

There will be several musical performances by award winning groups including the HCHS Band Concert, Jazz Band Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Clarinet Ensemble. Vocal performances will come frm the Madrigals, Concert Singers, and various small groups and soloists from the HCHS Music Department.

The event is a student driven fundraiser and admission will be by donation only. Relay Teams will sell refreshments. A variety of times will be for sale also included Relay T-shirts and even a limited number of Jammin for a Cure event shirts. All money raised will benefit Henry County Relay for Life.

Cottage Grove Begins Curbside Recycling Program

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The city of Cottage Grove has partnered with Henry County Solid Waste to bring Cottage Grove Residents curbside recycling service.

Mayor Mike Waddey said in order to benefit from this new program you MUST first sign up and buy your special bags from the City of Cottage Grove. You will receive a list of items that are being accepted. If you would like more information simply message Waddey. This is only for Cottage Grove City residents at this time. In the future, items from outside the city may be accepted.

The money generated from this program will be used to bring residents Family Fun Nights in the Park. http://www.henryco.com/publicworks/solidwastedept/recycling.htm

S&R Feedstore Fills A Local Niche

Pam Hinson Ragan waits on Sherry Steele. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-Since it opened a few months ago, S&R Feedstore-Tack and More has not only filled a niche that was lacking locally--by offering pet supplies, feed and tack supplies--but has become a gathering spot for its customers.

Maybe it’s the friendly service provided by Owner Pam Hinson Ragan or maybe it’s because their customers know they can also visit with Ragan’s baby Nanny goat Tucker and her toy Australian shepherd dog Tuff. “Tuff and Tucker are at the store with me every day,“ Ragan said, “And it's so funny...literally, every single day, I have customers who come in just to see Tuff and Tucker. And that's okay with me. Whether they buy something or not, I love that they come to visit and we have been able to make them smile.”

Ragan comes by her friendly customer service naturally, since she learned from her parents Gary and Bettye Hinson, who owned and operated Eastside Auto Repair for 23 years before retiring. Her brother, Kerry, took over the business about two years ago.

S&R Feedstore is located at 45 Muzzall Street, behind Eastside and in the building which formerly served as the body shop for the business.

Ragan noted that her family also is at home around animals. Her son, Shawn Ragan, showed cattle during high school. Ragan said he reached his goal of showing the Tennessee State Grand Champion and the Reserve Grand Champion in one season and went on to compete at the Southeastern Regional in Louisiana where his heifer received Reserve Champion in her division. Her daughter, Rachel Ragan, has been riding horses since she was about 8 years old. She is now a competitive barrel racer and reached one of her goals in receiving the Champion 1D AND the Champion 2D NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) belt buckles for our region in one season.

After living away from Paris for several years, Ragan wanted to use the knowledge of animals and livestock in her hometown and came up with the idea of opening the feed store. “There's not another store in all of Paris and Henry County like S&R Feed Store ~ Tack and More. It‘s very unique . I found a niche in the community that allowed me to be back home with my family and I found something that my children and I can do together. For these reasons, I feel blessed beyond measure,” she said.

Since its opening, the store has been well-received, she said, and welcomed in the community. “I am able to offer competitive prices on feed, tack and pet supplies - but my strength is in the customer service. My customers and their wants and needs truly matter to me. I want to love them with the love of the Lord and show them that good old fashioned honesty and integrity and friendliness has not gone by the wayside. I deeply appreciate the community's support of local small business.”

Ragan said since she has a relatively small retail space, she is more able to listen to what folks are looking for. “ I've said before -- if you need it or feed it, we want to stock it -- and I really try to make sure I work hard to find what they're looking for and then keep it in stock for them. Thus my tag line, ‘Chomping at the bit to serve you!"‘”

That was the impetus behind the store’s first Animal Trade Day held over the weekend. “Every week someone comes in and asks if I know where they can find 'xyz'. And every week someone comes in and in the course of our conversation they will ask me to let them know if I hear of anyone looking for a 'xyz', because they have one to sell. After a while I realized that I needed to do something to bring these two groups of folks together,“ and the first event was a huge success.

The next one is scheduled for May 18, beginning at 7 a.m. and going all day, and the store will hold them regularly.

The store is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Phone number is 731-407-7124.

Ragan holds her pygmie Nanny goat Tucker at last weekend's Animal Trade Day, while Russ Wimberly and Justin Byars look on. (McFarlin photo).


Free Kids Fishing Derby Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-A new event for kids begins this year, with a Kids Fishing Derby Saturday morning, April 20.

Sponsored by the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with Friends of Tennessee NWR, the event will be held from 9:30 am to 12 pm at 3815 Foundry Hill Road near Puryear, at a private pond brimming with largemouth bass and bluegill to insure a full stringer! Derby registration will begin at 9:30 am with fishing from 10 a.m. – noon. All hooks out of the water at noon, at which time prizes will be awarded.

This event will be free for kids ages 12 and under, but children must have an adult with them. On the walk to the pond refuge staff and Friends members will host a Fishing Clinic in which kids will be able to learn how to cast, the best knots for tying on hooks, the best ways to hold a caught fish and safely remove the hook, as well as local fish identification.

It is recommended that participants bring their own fishing gear and tackle, however, fishing gear will be provided for those who don’t have any available. Bait will also be provided by the Friends group. It is also recommended if you want to keep the fish you catch, to bring a stringer or a bucket to take the fish home. For those that don’t want to keep the catch, we will have a cooler to donate your catch to help feed the critters at the LBL Nature Station.

Studies have shown that a person will likely not take up the fun sport of fishing if they have not been exposed to it before their teenage years. So come on out, bring a chair and a pole and help your child get hooked on fishing!

To get to the Kids Fishing Derby from Paris, take Highway 641 N. At mile marker 19 turn left onto Park Hill Road. At the end of the road, turn left onto Foundry Hill Road. At the fork, bear left and the derby location will be .5 mile past the fork on the right. Directional signs will be available leading your from Highway 641.

To RSVP, or for more information on this event or other activities at Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please call the refuge office at 731-642-2091, or email at Joan_Stevens@fws.gov.

Lego League Meets Saturday at Library

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host its second Lego League session from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20. Lego builders will meet once a month to read books and design their own themed creations. Their works will be displayed in the children's room and Legos are provided by the library. The event is free.

The next meeting after Saturday will be May 18, same time.


Bethel Renaissance Choir Teams with Arts Council for Fundraiser

Renaissance Choir during performance last year at KPAC.

Paris, Tenn.- Join the Paris Henry County Arts Council and the Bethel University Renaissance Choir as they raise money for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund Saturday April 20 at the Krider Performing Arts Center.

Starting at 6 pm, an Art Gallery in the Paris Elementary Cafeteria will feature numerous pieces of art of all media. Youth from all schools in the county have submitted art to be put on display. The concert will begin at 7 pm and feature the world renowned Renaissance Choir from Bethel University. During the concert the Renaissance Choir will be joined by 70 of Henry County’s youth to perform two numbers, “The Circle of Life” and the Garth Brooks' hit “We Shall Be Free”. These two numbers will be directed by Keith Christopher, who arranged the two songs for the esteemed Hal Leonard Publishing Company.

The Enrichment Fund provides money for meaningful projects both in the classroom and in the community, private lessons for undergraduate level students, capital expenses, art related field trips, and more.

The Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund is awarded three times throughout the year with the intent to engage youth in learning more about the arts, empowering them to grow as individuals and providing them with opportunities for self-expression.

Since the spring of 2011 over $40,000 has been awarded to approximately 60 recipients from monies in the Enrichment Fund. Tickets for Saturday’s Show are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council Office or at the door the night of the show.

HCMC Carevan At Paris Pharmacy 9-11 a.m. Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer free health screenings at Paris Pharmacy, located at 1025B Mineral Wells Avenue on Thursday April 18th from 9am to 11am. The screening will take place inside the caravan and free blood sugar and blood pressure checks will be available. Finger stick cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and full lipid panel tests for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Camp Hazelwood One of 3 Finalists for Proposed 4-H Camp Site

Canoes await riders at Camp Hazelwood during an event last year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Camp Hazelwood has been designated as one of three finalist as the site for the proposed 4-H Youth Education and Conference Center, according to Paris City Manager Carl Holder. Hazelwood will be in competition with a Hardeman County site which is currently an active cattle farm, and a private site on the new Carroll County Lake. The three sites were narrowed down from among 19 proposals.

Holder, chairman of the Hazelwood proposal committee, said the hard work begins now as we assembled a short list of winning proposal by allowing the features of the camp to sell itself. Holder went on to say, “Now we need to focus on every detail of the expanded presentation to the selection committee.”

Mayor Brent Greer stated he had been informed that a major factor in Hazelwood making the finalist list ‘was the tremendous support of the county and city and more importantly strong support from Henry County’s citizens.’

The planned development will feature 4-H facilities, attendant natural agricultural developments, as well as a corporate conference center. The project is estimated at $37 million dollars. Holder said on site presentations will be made to the committee in late June, with offical decisions coming sometime after that.

TEMA Conducting Training at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Members of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) from throughout the state are shown moving through a decontamination line as they conduct hazardous materials training this week at Paris Landing State Park. The "Train the Trainer" program is a 10-day operations course conducted by TEMA, according to Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins. Fifteen student-instructors from various fire departments across the state are participating, he said, and the Henry County EMA and Paris Landing Fire Department are assisting with logistics.


Collegiate Anglers "Spirit Parade" is Thursday; Route Listed

Paris, Tenn.-The Collegiate Bass Fishing Open will kick off this week with a 'Spirit Parade' through various Paris streets on Thursday, April 18.   The college anglers will pull their boats with their trucks decked out in college colors, reminiscent of a big pep rally.

The parade begins at 4:30pm and moves along Volunteer Drive, Memorial Drive onto Mineral Wells Ave. and from there across Tyson/Veterans' Drive intersection and onto Wood Street and back again to the fairgrounds.

At the fairgrounds, they will be treated to a fish fry and have registration. During the social and registration on Thursday from 5-7pm the public is invited to come and meet and greet the anglers.

The tournament begins early Friday morning at Paris Landing State Park.


Fish Tales Fundraiser Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Arts Council is presenting the 1st Annual Fish Tales Fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Tennessee Dixter (home of Jimmy and Peggy Williams) at 1315 E. Blythe St., Paris.

The event is sponsored by boutique Mari Mac, Paris Realty Company, Wildwood Nursery and the Paris P-I.

Planned for the event is music by Elaine & Larry Conger, Martin Paschall & Jason Wade, The Shepherd Family and Joy Stubblefield. Storytelling will be offered by Bob Valentine, Bill Williams, Mark Johnson and others, while garden tours and gardening expertise will be shared by Jimmy Williams.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, while preschool and younger get in free. Tickets can be purchased at boutique Mari Mac, the Iron Place, Jack Jones Flowers, Merison’s, Wildwood Nursery and Wofford’s Nursery or purchased at the event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Arts Council office at 731-642-3955 or phcarts@gmail.com.


Bobby Knight to Appear at Bethel Friday Night

McKenzie, Tenn.-Legendary Basketball Coach and ESPN Analyst Bobby Knight will speak at Bethel this Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the school's McKenzie campus.

Knight currently serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN. He retired as the winningest coach in NCAA history with 902 wins-mostly coming at Indiana University and Texas Tech University. He also coached at West Point....

The event will serve as an athletic fundraising event to ensure the continued growth of the 30 Bethel athletic programs. This past year these programs involved the university providing over 800 students an opportunity to earn a top notch college education as a student athlete.

Tickets can still be purchased in the Bethel University Bookstore, via phone at (731) 352-6445. Fans can pay by cash or check. Most credit cards will also be accepted.

Ticket prices include: Floor seats-$125(includes seat at table with meal), Chairback Seats-$20, Bleacher Seats-$10, Student Bleacher-$5

For more information call Myra Carlock at (731) 352-4090, or Brad Chappell at (731) 352-6432.

Weakley Industry Adds 225 Jobs

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with MTD Consumer Group Inc. officials in Martin announced this week the company will expand operations at its Martin, facility, adding 225 positions in Weakley County.

“I want to thank MTD Consumer Group for their investment in Tennessee and for the new jobs they are creating in Weakley County,” Haslam said. “Our Jobs4TN strategy includes a focus on existing businesses already operating in state, and today’s announcement from MTD is a step toward our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“MTD has been an important part of Weakley County’s business landscape for over 25 years, and a leader in the global market for 80 years,” Hagerty said. “The Martin expansion underscores the significant job creation incumbent industries bring to our state, and I appreciate MTD’s continued confidence in the area’s superior workforce.”

MTD is a global manufacturer of residential and commercial outdoor power equipment. The MTD Martin campus consists of a manufacturing facility with stamping, welding and assembly, along with logistics.

Spring Dancefest Set Saturday

Murray, Ky.-The Jackson Purchase Dance Company is concluding their 21st performance season at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 with a very special concert of dances entitled, Spring Dancefest. This production will be presented at Murray State's Lovett Auditorium. The choreography is set to a wide range of music. Audience members of all ages will delight in the magic on stage brought forth by the incredible dancing, music and costumes. Audience members are invited to a reception honoring JPDC's graduating seniors following the performance.

The 2012 - 2013 Jackson Purchase Dance Company production season is funded in part by Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non- profit funding organization.

Admission is $8.00 for Adults; Students under age 16, $6.00, children under three are free. No reservations are needed. For further information, contact JPDC Artistic Director, Karen Balzer at (270) 767 - 0579.

PSSD Board Hears About Several Personnel Moves

McGill Retires; Gray Hired as PES Principal

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendant Mike Brown started off Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting by going over many personnel changes for the system that will take effect on July 1st.

First, he introduced the new principal of Paris Elementary, Chip Gray, who currently serves as an assistant principal and athletic director for Calloway County High School in Murray. Current principal of Paris Elementary, Howard McGill, will be retiring at the end of this year after several years of service with the PSSD serving two stints as principal sandwiched around several years as assistant principal.

Brown then introduced David Kibbler, who will be the assistant principal at PES next fall. Kibbler comes from Grove where he currently serves as guidance counselor.

The board also welcomed Renea Lassiter as the new assistant principal at Inman Middle School. Lassiter currently serves as the assistant principal at Henry County High School.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew was on hand at Tuesday’s PSSD meeting to introduce the new School Resource Officer at Inman for next year, Sgt. Dennis Vaughn. Eddie Crosser will remain SRO at Paris Elementary and Michelle Brewer stays on as SRO at Rhea Elementary.

Brown also told board members three new teachers have been hired but not placed in a certain school yet. Those teachers are Olivia Smith, Ashley James, and Kristin Nichol.

Board Approves Salary and Benefits Adjustments for Brown

Paris, Tenn.- Chairman of the board Richard Edwards recommended making some salary and benefit adjustments for superintendant Mike Brown to the PSSD board at their meeting Tuesday night. Edwards researched other directors’ salaries and benefits for systems comparable to PSSD and recommended to give Brown a $200 a month adjustment to his salary and a $200 a month increase on vehicle allowance.

Brown will be entering his 7th year as PSSD Superintendant on July 1st and besides salary increases each year from the state hasn’t received any type of adjustments. Brown drives his own vehicle and pays for his own gas on all PSSD business. The board unanimously approved the adjustments which come to $4800 per year before taxes.

PSSD Ponders Switching to Contracted Custodial Services

The PSSD board received information from Brown and Maintenance Supervisor Richie Chilcut about contracting out custodial services for the system next year. The low bid came from SSC Service Solutions for $268,701 for the year. This beat out another bid that came in over $296K. The company is nationwide with an office headquartered in Tennessee and provides all equipment and materials. By switching to this contracted custodial service, the system would save over $51K per year. SSC Service Solution is the same company the Henry County School System uses for custodial services. The board will look at this again at the May board meeting

In other business, the board kept its same officers with Richard Edwards as chairman, Bill Jelks as vice chair, and Amy Cathey as Secretary and also learned the price for replacing the roof at Inman came in lower than they had budgeted. Henson Construction, of Jackson, got the bid for $130K, coming in over $20K under what they placed in the budget for this project.

Patriots Can't Overcome Early Deficit Against Wildcats

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County lost 13-11 on the diamond Tuesday night in district action against Clarksville High. The Patriots fell behind early and were down 13-4, but battled back with a valiant effort just falling short of a comeback. Henry County is scheduled to play at Martin Westview Thursday with the first pitch set for 4:30pm. We will broadcast the game starting at 4:15pm with the pregame show.

New Dollar General Store Now Open

Paris, Tenn.-The new Dollar General Store on Hwy. 641N opened Monday. The store is across the highway from Park Village Apartments and is the fourth Dollar General Store to open in Paris. A store spokeswoman said this morning a grand opening will be held April 27 and there will be plenty of giveaways that day. Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Collegiate Bass Fishing Open to be Held On Ky. Lake this Weekend

UNC-Charlotte won last year's open and looks to repeat again this year on the waters of Ky. Lake.


Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will once again be host of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open and teams from colleges and universities from across the country are already doing some practice fishing on Kentucky Lake preparing for the two day event.

The tournament is a true team format which allows teammates to share information and work together to amass the largest amount of weight possible over the competition, with the college or university with the most weight of bass winning the event.

This is the fourth year in a row Henry County will host the event, but the first year the event has been held in April and will kick off events of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.

On Thursday, anglers will participate in a ‘spirit parade’ where they will pull their boats with their trucks decked out in college colors, reminiscent of a big pep rally. The parade will start at the fairgrounds at 4:30pm and take the same route as last year ending back at the fairgrounds where the college anglers will be treated to a fish fry and have registration. During the social and registration on Thursday from 5-7pm the public is invited to come and meet and greet the anglers.

The tournament starts at safe light Friday and continues until 3pm when weigh-in begins at the Marina at Paris Landing. The same schedule will follow on Saturday for the final day of the tournament. The public is also invited to the weigh-ins at the marina at 3pm Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Fans, family members, and friends can follow the fishing action by logging into to collegiatebasschampionship.com and televised coverage will be seen on NBC Sports Outdoors.

Tomorrow's Hope A Finalist in State Farm Neighborhood Assistance

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center is one of 200 Finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assistance Program and are eligible to win $25,000. Tomorrow’s Hope asks you to join the cause and help win by visiting www.state-assist.com/cause/2508/tomorrows-hope, give the application permission and then click the vote button.

Voting phase runs until April 22 and you can vote up to ten times per day everyday for the cause. Winners will be announced on April 29th. Please spread the word and vote often for Tomorrow’s Hope.


HCMC Hospice Sponsors Giant Yard Sale April 20 at FUMC

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center’s Hospice program will host a giant yard sale to benefit hospice patients in need.

The sale will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at First United Methodist Church’s Family Center. The fun will end at 1:00 p.m.

Please bring your items to the HCMC Home Health & Hospice at 311 E. Wood St. during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or to the church on Friday, April 19.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to assist hospice patients with uncovered needs related to their care.

For more information on the sale or how you can help, please call 731-642-7600.

Patriots Loses on Diamond at Dickson, hosts Clarksville High

Dickson, Tenn.- Dickson County swept Henry County on the diamond in softball and baseball Monday night in Dickson. The Lady Pats lost a pitcher’s duel in extra innings 3-2. Dickson County scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th.

The Patriots baseball team lost 10-0 to Dickson County last night as well. It was scoreless for the first three innings, but Dickson County scored in the 4th, 5th, and 6th inning and the 10 run rule was called.

County hosts Clarksville High in District 10-AAA baseball action tonight.The first pitch is set for 6:30pm and we will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:15pm with the pregame show. The Lady Patriots softball team’s varsity game with Clarksville High will start at 5:30pm this afternoon.

County Commission Honors Marsalis Teague

Mayor Brent Greer and Sam Tharpe present Marsalis

Teague with honors and acknowledgement during

Monday night's commission meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a short meeting of the Henry County Commission on Monday night, county mayor Brent Greer and Paris mayor Sam Tharpe both honored and acknowledged one of Henry County’s most famous and talented young men, Marsalis Teague.

The commission approved a resolution to congratulate and honor Marsalis Teague, who played four years of high school football at Henry County and also four years of college football at the University of Tennessee.

Mayor Greer read the resolution out loud and presented Marsalis with a copy of it for his records. Mayor Greer also presented Marsalis with the Loyal Patriot

Award, the highest honor the commission can give to one of its citizens and a framed copy of a recruiting magazine he made the cover of his senior year of high school. The resolution also named Marsalis Teague as an ambassador at large for Henry County, Tennessee.

Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe also presented Marsalis with the Marquis de Paris, an acknowledge and prestigious award presented by the city of Paris to its citizens.

Some of Teague’s accomplishments over the last few years included the Gatorade Player of the Year, Class 4A Mr. Football Back Awarded, twice named as the Region 10 4A MVP, the 2008 Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association All State Team, Super Prep All American, and MVP of the Toyota All Star Classic. Marsalis also finished high school with a 4.0 grade point average.

During four years of college, he played in 42 games, starting 24 of them for the Vols and recording 82 tackles as a defensive back during his final three years of college.

Marsalis thanked the mayors and the commissioners for continued support saying “I’ve been blessed and could have never done everything I’ve done without support of this community to me and my family.”

In other business on Monday night the commission approved recommendations on budget transfers from the budget committee and approved the submission of the litter and trash collecting grant.

Tyson Ave, Joy Street Signalization Project to Close Joy St. Only

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo clears up some points regarding the closing of roads involved for the signalization project at Tyson and Joy Streets that began today (April 15).

According to the press release, the J.R. Hayes Construction Company has been contracted by the City of Paris for the realignment of Joy Street.  "We will be closing Joy Street and only Joy Street, April 15 until the project is completed," the release states. J.R. Hayes Construction Co. estimates the project is expected to last two months. Access will be maintained to homes and businesses. Joy Street will be closed from Tyson Ave. to west of Lake Street.                  

Thefts Investigated Around County, Vandalism at Maplewood Cem.

Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff Deputies charged Elizabeth Tucker, age 29, of 145 Lipps Drive with aggravated burglary after an incident where a home on Lipps Drive had several items stolen from it over the weekend. The report said investigation and witness accounts from neighbors led to Tucker who admitted stealing some items. Another woman was also involved in the theft but police haven’t made contract with her yet and continue to investigate the incident.

Deputies are still investigating another theft that occurred on Perry Schoolhouse Loop Road were some scrap metal was stolen. Items stolen include metal lawn chairs, an old metal hospital bed, an antenna, and more. Police have no suspects in this incident.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that more vandalism had been done at Maplewood Cemetery this past weekend. The report stated that 14 headstones were pushed over at the cemetery. Police have no suspects in the vandalism so far and continue to investigate.

Animal Trade Day to Become a Regular Event

Paris, Tenn.- There were plenty of critters to see and pet at the Animal Trade Day Saturday at S&R Feedstore at 45 Muzzall Street, Paris (off of Hwy. 79N). Owner Pam Hinson Ragan, in photo cuddling her baby Nanny goat Tucker, said the event was so successful, she is planning more of them. People had the opportunity to see and trade roosters, hens, turkeys, kitties, puppies, dogs and more.

Ragan said, "The first Animal Trade Day was a huge success. It was an amazingly beautiful day out and the fellowship was just awesome! I hope folks were blessed in some way by being a part of it. After today, I received multiple requests to continue the event, so I have decided that I will host them on a regular basis." The next event will be Saturday, May 18, she said.


Chamber to Host Smartphone Seminar Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will offer a seminar on “How to Use Your Smart Phone for Business” at 9 am  Tuesday, April 16,  at the Chamber office, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris.

Representatives from AT&T, MobileNation and American Cellular Verizon Wireless will serve as facilitators.

“We were asked by a member to create this seminar and are grateful our member providers were so willing to teach,” according to Chamber Vice President of Membership Development and Training Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker.

The class is free, but please call 642-3431 to reserve a seat.


Rain Brings High Water at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-With all the rain Henry County has received lately--especially last week's marathon rainfall--the water levels at Paris Landing State Park are currently quite high, which attracted fishermen from all over during the weekend. In photo, water is right at the level of the piers, but that didn't deter fishermen--or geese. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Springville Home Destroyed by Fire

Springville, Tenn.-A Springville home was destroyed by fire Saturday morning and firefighters remained on the scene from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., as it rekindled twice during the day.

Springville Volunteer Fire Chief Melvin Wilkinson said when his men arrived, the home at 80 Atchison Rd. already was engulfed in flames. The fire was caused when a lit candle caught curtains on fire. “A girl in the home lit the candle and fell asleep and the curtains caught fire,” he said.

When firefighters arrived, “The whole bedroom was involved and when it broke through to the ceiling and the attic, there was no stopping it,” Wilkinson said.

The home is a doublewide mobile home and Wilkinson said the family lost everything. “We were able to save a few clothes, but that was it,” he said.

Wilkinson called for mutual aid from Big Sandy, Oakland and Paris Fire Departments. The Paris department provided water at the scene.

The fire rekindled a few hours after firefighters left and then rekindled again later in the day, “so we were there all day”, Wilkinson said.


Bradley Elected Party Chairman

       Wes Bradley

Paris, Tenn.- Wes Bradley of Cottage Grove was elected Chairman of the Henry County Democratic Party at Saturday’s party convention held at the Henry County Courthouse. Bradley is a county commissioner, representing District 1, and is a deputy at the county sheriff’s office.

Other officers elected were: Vice Chairman Teresa McCadams, Treasurer Karen Hehn, and Secretary Reggie Caldwell.


PD Makes Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a 19-year-old for simple possession following an incident in the Tri-County Family Medicine parking lot on Adams Dr. Police were called there on a report that drug activity might be taking place in the lot. Dalton Wilson of 283 E. College St. told police he had crushed a Loratab and put it in a piece of paper concealed in his glove box, according to the report.

Grove Students Get View of Different Jobs at Career Day

It's not often you see someone smile while they're handcuffed, but it was all in fun at Grove Career Day as Xavieara Maye was shown how you handcuff someone by Deputy Janna Alexander. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Friday's annual Career Day at E.W. Grove School was a definite success with 26 businesses, area universities and public sector organizations participating to share college and career ready information to students. Every Henry County elected official was on hand at some point during the day, as was the Henry County Sheriff's office, Paris Police and Fire Departments and all of the area universities. Personalities from WMUF/WLZK also participated in the event.

Tiny Tina Clark, a miniature horse, gets attention from Tamara Wimberly, while Thumbelina the rabbit gets love from Shawna Brodel and Laura Bates at Friday's Career Day. Wimberly and Dr. Michael Boley brought animals from The Animal Doctor. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Henry County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Dennis Vaughn (in red) shows students a display of tactical gear. (McFarlin photo).

Volunteers Needed for Cancer Patient Transportation

Paris, Tenn.-Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation.

Right now, the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program needs volunteers from Henry County to drive cancer patients to and from their treatments.

If you have a car and insurance, safe driving skills, and can drive as little as one morning or afternoon a month, you can give someone peace of mind and the chance to get to their potentially lifesaving treatments.

To volunteer, contact Christy Futrell, the Society’s local staff partner based in West Tennessee at 731-512-5017 or Christy.futrell@cancer.org. Starting May 1, those needing transportation assistance or cancer information should contact the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345.

Road to Recovery ensures that patients have transportation when they need it the most,” said Mac Caldwell, Volunteer Road to Recovery Coordinator for Henry County, “For these patients, our drivers are a lifeline. It’s a valuable service, but one that requires tremendous volunteer manpower, which means we’re always looking for new people.”

Some patients simply do not have a vehicle or may be too ill to drive. Family and friends can sometimes help provide transportation. At other times, a patient’s lack of transportation may prevent them from receiving potentially lifesaving cancer treatment.

Road to Recovery reduces the burden felt by many patients and allows them to focus on getting well,” according to Christy Futrell.

Volunteers may drive as frequently as their schedules permit them to transport patients to and from area treatment centers.


"Hoofbeats in the Heartland" Exhibit Opens Sunday

Paris, Tenn.-"Hoofbeats in the Heartland", a travelling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum, will open at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center with a reception from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 14. The exhibit examines the exploits of the calvary soldiers during the Civil War. The exhibit will run locally until May 11.

Collegiate Bass Tourney Registration Deadline is Monday

Buchanan, Tenn.-Only days remain for collegiate anglers to register for the upcoming Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake. Registration numbers are strong and the 2013 event is shaping up to be a spring slugfest on Kentucky Lake. Anglers may sign up now through 5 pm Monday, April 15. Students wishing to register in person at the event location will need to notify staff in advance.

The Henry County Alliance is serving as host for the fourth consecutive year and Paris Landing State Park Marina will be tournament headquarters.

The tournament has been moved up on the schedule to showcase the fantastic spring fishing opportunities on Kentucky Lake. Competition takes place April 19-20, with the onsite registration, dinner, and activities to be held Thursday, April 18.


Rhea Library To Host Smart Money Week, Shredding Service

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be a busy place next week as it hosts Smart Money Week from Monday to Friday, April 15-19.

The week will feature free workshop for kids through seniors that will cover such topics as Establishing Credit, Identity Theft, Couponing, and Estate Planning. Call the library at 642-1702 for more information and to register.

On Monday, Secure Shred Day will be held at the library, at which the public can get any paper items they need shredded for free. That will be held from 3-7 p.m.

The week-long event is sponsored by the local banks, Commercial Bank and Trust, Regions, Security Bank and Trust, First Bank, Foundation Bank and Holley Credit Union.

Richter Named Quotarian of the Year

Quotarian of the Year Suzanne Richter

Paris, Tenn.-At a busy meeting this week, long-time member Suzanne Richter was named Quotarian of the Year by the Paris Quota Club. A new member was installed: Brooksie Wimberley, employed by Henry County Medical Center, was sponsored by Martha Simpson and installed by Stephanie Tayloe.

Tayloe presided in Janice Teas’ absence and the club voted to make a donation to the Literacy Council during Fish Fry. Geraldine Sykes and Elizabeth Craig chose to donate the February pocket change to the W. G. Rhea Paris-Henry County Library.

Sinnema told members that the recent Easter Bonnet Bake Sale was a huge success and thanked everyone for their participation. Tayloe also thanked Sinnema for her work in organizing the bake sale. Proceeds went to the club’s scholarship fund. Suzanne Richter told the club that there have been 18 scholarship applications received and recipients will be announced in May.
Heritage Center Director Norma Steele invited members to attend the Civil War display, “Hoofbeats in the Heartland” at the Center. This is a traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum and officially opens on Sunday, April 14 with a reception from 1-4 pm, which includes refreshments.

District Governor, Sykes, announced that the Paris Club is the only club in the 23rd District to meet the membership goal of five new members and she will be proud to take that to District Conference in West Memphis, Arkansas on April 19-20. She said it is already on the Quota International website.

Emily Walker told the group of the special service project being conducted by the 2013 Hostess Princess court of which her daughter (Katlyn Drummond) is a member. They are collecting food for the Family Resource’s Weekend Backpack Program. Items may be dropped off at the Fish Fry Headquarters, Commercial Bank downtown, Mineral Wells Commercial Bank, brought to the April 24th Quota meeting or given to any member of the Fish Fry Hostess Princess court.

Items suggested are juice boxes, peanut butter and crackers, pop tarts, individual cereal boxes, applesauce cups, peaches or fruit cups, small boxes of raisins and ravioli (pop top cans). This program insures that children in Henry County who have a need have something to eat on the weekends.

Martha Simpson pins new member Brooksie Wimberley as Stephanie Tayloe looks on.


New Subway of Paris Landing Opens

Buchanan, Tenn.-After months of construction, the Subway of Paris Landing has officially opened at 14201 Hwy. 79 near Paris Landing State Park. The new franchise restaurant is owned by the brother-and-sister team of Anne Shackleford and Brent Smith. A ribbon-cutting was held at the new location with members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and local dignitaries on hand. The restaurant is in the strip mall adjacent to Foundation Bank. (Chamber photo).


Healthy Henry County Winners Announced

Pictured are the Healthy Henry County Mayors’ Health Challenge winners including from left to right: Lilin Pinksten, individual youth winner; Roger Crane, individual adult winner; and the Cain Family – Melody, Corey, Bennett and Caden, the family winners.

 Paris, Tenn– For 12 weeks, Healthy Henry County participants have been busy working on increasing their exercise and improving their nutrition. At the conclusion of the event, over 70 returned to have their final screenings to see how much they had improved. A total of 256 lbs. was lost by the adults who returned for their screenings, which averages out to approximately a 4 lb. reduction per adult participant.

Over 80 participated in the 5k Run/Walk following the screenings and approximately 25 children participated in the Cumulative Half Marathon. Over $2,500 worth of prizes were awarded to those who attended the finale. Medals were awarded to our 5K Run/Walk winners, all our Cumulative Half Marathon participants, and trophies to our overall challenge winners. Everyone who attended received a free t-shirt.

The winners of this year’s Healthy Henry County Challenge were exceptional. Roger Crane won the adult individual award with a 5.6 reduction in his BMI and 38 lbs. lost. Lilin Pinksten had a 1.2 reduction in her BMI to win the youth individual award. Our family award went to the Cains – Corey, Melody, Bennett and Caden. Total weight loss was 7.4 lbs. with a total BMI reduction of 2.16.

Winners of the 5K Run and Walk were as follows:

Overall Winners Time
Female - Karen Boase 24:10:00
Male - Tanner Williams 23:07
Overall Masters Winners Time
Female - Nicci Winston 24:53:00
Male - Dan Hassell 23:25

9 & Under 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Addyson Kemp Bethany Smith
Male Hunter Lawrence Caleb Cain Ashton Kemp

10 to 14 1st 2nd
Female Kylee LaGrange Abby Webb
Male Scott Wallett Caden Martin

15-18 1st 2nd
Female Jasmine Jackson
Male Hunter Guess Ian Smith

25-29 1st 2nd
Female Jasmyn Pinkston-Allen Elizabeth D. Smith
Male Brian Winston

30-34 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Kim Kemp Melody Cain Shanna Morris

35-39 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Amy Lawrence Tricia Trull Lisa Green
Male Bart Croasmen Carey Cain Scotty Winston

40-44 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Sharon Sabin Cathy Robbins Catherine Herrera
Male Chris Guess

45-49 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Julie Coleman Toni Gordon Traci Pillow
Male Kerry Pat Ray Roger Crane

50-54 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Elizabeth Lott Sylvia Greer Janine Kemp

55-59 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Debbie Simmons Mary Chandler Pat Web

60-64 1st 2nd 3rd
Female Liz Pressey Mary Kathryn Moore Ellen Wynn
Male Larry Simmons

65-69 1st 2nd
Female Dianna Martin
Male Jack Pressey Gary Kenney

70+ 1st Female Jan Foster

Some of the prizes awarded included memberships to Paris Civic Center, personal training sessions with Loral Burke, bikes, inline skates, Xbox Kinect and Exercise Games, iPod touch, exercise equipment, and iPod shuffles.

Fake Bills Continue to Circulate

Paris, Tenn.-Fake $20 bills continue to be circulated locally. The Security Bank and Trust branch on Mineral Wells Ave. reported to the police they had received three counterfeit bills, which were seized by the Paris Police.


Window Tint Leads to Other Charge

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker stopped a car on a window tint violation Friday on Hwy. 79S and found that the driver was driving on a revoked license. Actually, it was determined that Brian Parker, age 29 of Gates, Tenn., had been arrested four other times for driving on a revoked license, in Lauderdale, Dyer, Crockett and Madison Counties.

According to the police report, Parker’s license had been revoked for failure to pay child support. Whitaker cited him for his fifth offense and gave him a verbal warning on the window tint.

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