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

Girl Scout Exhibit At Library

Librarian Kathy Collins adjusts uniforms in the exhibit. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-In honor of the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, the W.G. Rhea Library is hosting an exhibit put together by the Reelfoot Lake Girl Scout Council, which is collecting memorabilia and stories of former local scouts. The exhibit features old Girl Scout uniforms worn by local women. Library Director Connie McSwain said the library always has Girl Scout information on hand for anyone interested in the program.

The exhibit is in the library’s main circulation area and can be viewed whenever the library is open.

NYT Spotlights Carroll Academy

Huntingdon. Tenn.-The Carroll Academy in Huntingdon is being featured in a five-part series in the New York Times which began on April 15. The Carroll Academy, which was in danger of losing its funding just recently, profiles the program, which provides a second chance at education for students who are in the local court systems.

According to an article in the McKenzie Banner, the Carroll County juvenile court and the academy itself gave the New York Times unrestricted access to the program to provide an unvarnished look at its success with the students. Several administrators, parents and students were interviewed for the stories, which can be accessed on the New York Times website.

It is not the first time the New York Times has spotlighted a local program. Last year, newspaper wrote an article about Lauren Stamps of Paris and the successes of the Bethel University fishing team.

PSSD Board OKs Phase One Of Rhea Project

Drawing of the Rhea project, with Phase One in pink, Phase Two in green and Phase Three in light blue.

Paris, Tenn.-At a special early-morning meeting Friday, the Paris Special Schools board of education approved Phase One of a three-phase plan that will renovate, upgrade and enlarge Rhea Elementary School.

Originally built to accommodate 600 students, Rhea School currently serves 711 students, including the pre-kindergarten and daycare students, and is suffering from overcrowding.

Phase One of the project will be accomplished this summer and will involve enclosing the courtyard area that is in the center of the school. Director of Schools Mike Brown said that space eventually will house the library once all phases are complete, but in the interim could be divided into small classroom spaces and teacher work area.

Cost of Phase One is estimated at $959,263 and Brown said that part of the project can be paid with system funds. Phase Two of the project will involve a classroom and administration addition and will cost some $5.5 million. That addition will be built in front of the Wilson Street building. The third phase of the project will add a new kitchen, cafeteria and new canopy over the entrance of the building and will cost some $1.2 million.

Altogether, the project will cost an estimated $8.5 million if completed by June 2016, and Brown said the district probably will have to assume some debt for the final two phases. He also said the school will apply for a grant in the third phase to help finance a tornado-safe space.

Brown reiterated that the project is designed to cause as little disruption to the school operation as possible.

Board President Richard Edwards said the Paris district is in the same situation that the county system was in some two years ago when it was faced with a similar situation at Grove middle school. “They just had to bite the bullet and put a new addition and we’re just going to have to bite the bullet, too.” More from the meeting is on our website.

ICI Donates Desk To Grove

Paris, Tenn.-Institutional Caseworks Incorporated in Paris donated a circulation desk to the Grove Middle School library.The desk was engineered and designed at the company's Paris headquarters. In photo is Grove Librarian Amanda Mason, with ICI engineer Wayne Cathey. ICI earlier donated the new circulation desk to the W.G. Rhea Library in downtown Paris. (Susan Burton photo).

Cemetery Floral Thefts Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a rather bizarre situation in which it appears a Paris man has been taking floral arrangements at cemeteries and moving them to other gravesites.

The sheriff’s department received a call from a local cemetery caretaker to report that a floral arrangement worth $450 had been taken from a grave at the cemetery and that she saw the same arrangement on a grave at Memorial Cemetery.

She told officers that a man who provides flowers for local cemeteries appears to be reusing arrangements for other services. She provided officers with a description of the man, along with the description of his truck and license plate number. Deputies were able to track the license to a man who lives on Cook Street in Paris. The local cemetery involved will be put on extra patrol and the Paris Police were notified about the individual who is suspected of moving the arrangements.

Farmer's Market Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Fair and the University of Tennessee Henry County Extension Service will be hosting the Annual Farmers’ Market meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 24,  at the Henry County UT Extension Service office.

This year’s meeting will include: Market Dates and Times, Local and State Guidelines for 2012, and Certificate of Registration. For questions, call the UT Henry County Extension Service at 731-642-2941.

Officers Busy With Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-A Mansfield man was arrested for public intoxication in front of RJ’s Lounge at 103 S. Brewer early Friday morning. A friend of his notified Paris Police that Matthew Jay Ruddell, age 29 of 5110 Hwy. 77 had been intoxicated and trying to fight everyone in the bar.

When Patrolman Derrek Colley arrived, he found Ruddell to be intoxicated, unsteady on his feet and smelling of alcohol and arrested him.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies have issued a warrant for the arrest of Mathew Mead of 1895 French Rd. after he allegedly slapped and hit a woman and pointed a shotgun at her at his home. The victim did have bruises from the encounter, according to the police report, and told deputies that he jabbed her in the neck and thighs with the shotgun.

Deputies removed two shotguns from his home.

Ronald Dwight Ward, Jr., age 33, of 6210 Hwy 140N, Cottage Grove, was arrested for shoplifting after he stole an item from a shelf at Daily’s convenience store on E. Wood St. when the clerk’s back was turned. When officers arrived, Ward was standing in the parking lot with Daily’s personnel.

Paris Police also arrested Alena King, 44, 5115 of Old Paris-Murray Rd., Paris, for shoplifting from Wal-Mart. According to the police report, King took several items without paying for them, including make-up, clothes and fruit, totalling some $110.

59th Annual WBFF Activities Start on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 59th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is just around the corner, with activities kicking off on Saturday. The 5K hushpuppy dash will be at Henry County High School Saturday morning, the Horse and Mule Pull will start at 10am Saturday, and the night will end with the demolition derby. Gates open at 5pm, the derby starts at 7pm, and entry fee is only ten dollars. The Fish Tent will open at 5pm on Wednesday for the first time and run 5-9 Wednesday and Thursday nights and 11-9 Friday and Saturday of next week. For a complete schedule of events visit worldsbiggestfishfry.com.

Camp Hazelwood to hold Family Weekend this weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- Camp Hazelwood’s Family Weekend will be held this Saturday and Sunday with many activities planned. Events run from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 7am to 2pm on Sunday.

On Saturday, event goers will learn about cool weather gardening and have a greenhouse tour, hike to orchard and homestead archaeology, learn how to set up a campsite including tent, building campfires, and learn some easy campfire meals.

On Sunday, there will be a birding hike, nature trail and water front hike, and learning how to break down a campsite properly without leaving a trace you were there.

Visitors can either spend the night in their own tent, or in the cabins at the camp. Bathroom and hot showers are available. All ages are welcome, but children should be accompanied by an adult. The program is free, but food is not provided, so coolers of food and drink should be brought. Visitors do not have to spend the night, and can come and go to programs as they please.

Camp Hazelwood is asking anyone who is interested in coming to register by calling 641-4465 so they can prepare in advance.

Dodge Test Drive Event Monday to Benefit HCHS Sports Teams

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Dodge test drive fundraiser on Monday from 4-6 pm at the C building parking lot at the high school. Proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit the Girls’ softball, boys’ baseball, and the Race Tam at Henry County High School. Dodge will donate money for each person 18 years or older that takes a short test drive around the parking lot. There will be several new dodge vehicles on hand to look at and test drive.

Unemployment Rate Drops for 8th Consecutive Month

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the March Unemployment rate Thursday, showing that the rate had dropped for the 8th consecutive month. The March rate fell to 7.9%, down from the February rate of 8.0%. The national unemployment rate for March 2012 was 8.2%, also down slightly from the February rate. Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said Tennessee’s rate is the lowest its been since 2008.

Three Injured in Plane Crash in Houston County

McKinnon, Tenn.- A small plane crahsed in Houston County early Thursday afternoon trying to land at the McKinnon Airport, near Kentucky Lake. Authorities said the plane crashed about noon Thursday at the end of the runaway.

Three people on board were taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt Medical Center, but according to Houston Co. Sheriff Darrell Allison, they appeared to have non-critical injuries. The three people injured were identified as 81 year old Joe Purdue, 58 year old Jay Perdue, and 58 year old Andrea Holinstein.

Charges Upgraded In Medlock Death

       Guy Wiggins

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Department has issued a warrant for Guy Wiggins, age 39 of Big Sandy, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter following the death on Tuesday of Richard Medlock, age 49, of Springville.

Medlock was allegedly run over in his yard by Wiggins in June of 2011, and Wiggins was initially charged with aggravated assault while Medlock was hospitalized. Medlock died of his injuries on Tuesay at the Bordeaux Long Term care facility in Nashville.

According to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Wiggins ran over Medlock with his SUV after he found Medlock and Wiggins' wife arguing in Medlock's yard.

After Medlock's death, the charge against Wiggins was upgraded by District Attorney Hansel McCadams. Wiggins will appear in court on the new charge on May 1. He has been out on bond since his original arrest.

Medlock judged rodeos for years and was a professional bull rider. Ridgeway Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and his obituary is published on the obituaries page on our website.

Odom Arrested For Indoor Marijuana Operation

Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo and Sheriff Monte Belew with some of the haul from Thursday morning's drug arrest. (Sheriff Department photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Lt. Scott Wyrick led an investigation with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Paris Police Department Thursday morning that yielded a drug arrest. They executed a search warrant at 2019 West Wood Street, were a large indoor marijuana growing operation was found inside an outdoor shed.

Chris Odom, 59, of that address, was taken into custody and charged with manufacture of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.Ten large marijuana plants were seized in active growth, along with threesmaller plants. All materials including an air conditioner unit, hydrator, growing lamps, and miracle grow were seized.

Sheriff Monte Belew said this was a very active marijuana producing facility. Odom will appear in general sessions court on Tuesday April 24th.

           Christopher Odom

McKenzie Police Chief Seriously Injured

McKenzie, Tenn.-McKenzie Police Chief Bobby Pate is listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident Monday night.

Pate underwent hours of surgery on Tuesday and it is reported that he suffered broken ribs along with injuries to his neck, back and head. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Pate ran off the road and into the median of Highway 22 in McKenzie on Monday night.

Pate reportedly was on his way to escort the Bethel University in-line hockey team home after winning a national championship. It was a single-vehicle accident, with no one else injured.

"Poet-Tree" Taking Shape

Paris, Tenn.-The 'poet-tree' at the W.G. Rhea Library is taking shape more and more, as Director Connie McSwain places another poem on the tree. McSwain is encouraging countians to put hand-written or favorite poems on the tree. The first to be placed on the tree was a poem for the late Library Director Franklyn Thompson, written by McSwain. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Think Fast Presentation Given

Paris, Tenn.-In conjunction with the Governor's Highway Safety Organization, the Henry County Sheriff's Department and Henry County High School presented a game show trivia event Wednesday with a focus on student safety.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the mock game show asked students about topics like music and movies, but also seat belt safety, underage drinking and drinking and driving. "It was a fun way to educate youth in a timely fashion, with graduation and the end of the school year coming up soon," he said.

Girls Night Out Planned

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library is planning a "Girls Night Out" event that will occur over four Monday nights with the purpose of education and entertainment for local young ladies.

Registration for the event is required by Friday, April 20, by calling 642-1702.

The topic for Monday, April 30, will be car maintenance for ladies presented by Mike's Muffler. Topic for May 7 will be hair and skin care presented by Janna Brown, director of cosmetology for Tennessee Techn. On May 14, the topic will be preventing STDs presented by Health Educator Barbara Kelly, and on May 21, a fashion show will be presented by Mary Kate Ridgeway.

Dinner will be provided all nights by Paris! magazine.

The presentations will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. each night.

Baby Bash Set At HCMC

Paris, Tenn.-Whether you're thinking about having a baby or already expecting one, the Women's Center at Henry County Medical Center invites you to its first-ever Baby Bash.

The event will educate participants about giving birth at the hospital and the services offered throughout pregnancy, including childbirth classes, pain management options and the hospital's new breastfeeding classes. Physicians and pediatricians will be on hand to answer questions.

There also will be numerous vendors and participants, including several physicians, Family Resource Center, the sheriff's department, health deaprtment, My Favorite Things, Upstairs at Butler and Harber, the W.G.Rhea Library, Head Start, Mrs. Natalie's Childcare and Maggie's.

The event will include refreshments, door prizes, giveaways and games. It will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the hospital.

LBL Educational Field Trip Grants Available

GOLDEN POND, KY –Are you an educator interested in planning a field trip to experience Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s “outdoor classroom”? If so, take advantage of LBL’s Educational Field Trip Grant for the 2012-2013 school year. Be sure to apply before April 29, 2012.

Public school districts within 100 miles of the National Recreation Area can apply for the Educational Field Trip Grants. The grant assists schools in covering costs for transportation, facility admission fees, program costs, and dorm rental during the 2012-2013 school year. Grants are based on the school’s matching funds, number of students, and programs in which the school participates.

Professional staff designed programs support the Kentucky and Tennessee State K-12 curriculum guidelines for science, social studies, and arts and humanities. “The programs offer students a hands-on experience to connect with nature, the stars, and history,” said Richard Lomax, LBL Environmental Education Specialist. “On an environmental education field trip students gain an appreciation for science, history, and the outdoors while having fun. Adults often share with me their memories of Land Between The Lakes and the teachers who made it all possible.”

The grant program is supported by the U.S. Forest Service,Friends of LBL, Swift & Staley, Calloway County Homemakers, and the Bicentennial Volunteers, Inc. For more information about LBL’s Educational Field Trip Grant, visitwww.friendsoflbl.org and click on Education Resources, or call 270-924-2091.


Teams needed for "You be the Judge" BBQ cookoff

Paris, Tenn.- The downtown Paris Association is seeking entrants for the second annual “You be the Judge” DPA Barbeque Cookoff. The event takes place on Saturday, May 12th on the lawn of the Henry County Courthouse. The competition runs from 11am to 1pm and it’s the highpoint of the first annual Downtown Paris Week, which runs May 7th thru 12th.

“You be the Judge” benefits Hoof Beats of Hope, a therapeutic horseback riding program designed for individuals with physical and mental challenges and one of three premier accredited centers in Tennessee. It also benefits DPA, which promotes prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area.

Kathy Ray, DPA president said “This event is unique because teams can cook any meat that is commercially available. The other Fun twist is that the public chooses the winners by stopping by the booths, tasting the meat and casting their ballots. Last year, we had an enormous, fun crowd and a lawn full of awesome cooks.”

Ray encourages backyard barbeque enthusiasts as well as barbeque aficionados to sign up for the event. The cost per team to enter is only $25 dollars and the grand prize is a huge trophy and bragging rights.

Entry Forms and rules are available at downtown businesses, the Chamber of Commerce, Paris City Hall, the WG Rhea Library, the PI office, and online at visitdowntownparis.com. Complete entry forms must be sent to the DPA, P.O. Box 95, Paris, TN, 38242 or dropped off at First Bank in downtown Paris.

Pat Summitt steps down as Lady Vol head coach


KNOXVILLE- Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, retired Wednesday as head coach of the University of Tennessee women's program, according to the school.

Summitt, an Ashland City, TN, native, announced last August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

The school said she will now take the title of "head coach emeritus" after coaching the program for 38 seasons and amassing 1,098 victories.

Summitt will continue to work with the women's basketball program and remain involved in on-campus recruiting in her new role, said the school.

Holly Warlick, an assistant on the Tennessee staff for 27 seasons, has been named Summitt's successor and will assume head coaching duties.

"I've loved being the head coach at Tennessee for 38 years, but I recognize that the time has come to move into the future and to step into a new role," said Summitt in a news release. "I support Holly Warlick being named the next head coach, and I want to help ensure the stability of the program going forward. I would like to emphasize that I fully intend to continue working as head coach emeritus, mentoring and teaching life skills to our players, and I will continue my active role as a spokesperson in the fight against Alzheimer's through the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund."

"If anyone asks, you can find me observing practice or in my office. Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student-athletes and help them discover what they want. I will continue to make them my passion. I love our players and my fellow coaches, and that's not going to change."

Herrera Hired As Perkins Director

   Catherine Herrera

Paris, Tenn.-Catherine Herrera of Paris has been hired as director of the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, overseeing Benton, Henry and Carroll Counties. She replaces long-time director Tracy Connell, who resigned earlier.

Herrera has served the past two years as the first director for the REAL Hope Center in Paris.

One of the major tasks that will face Herrera in her new position is opening a Perkins center in Paris, which has been in the planning stages for several years. There is a small office for the Perkins center located in the Central Services building on Jones Bend Rd., but its main office is in Huntingdon, where Herrera will be working.

"I am sad to leave REAL but am very excited about all the possibilities especially starting Henry County's own independent center and learning from the amazing work done in the Huntingdon office," Herrera said. "One of the reasons I accepted the position at the Perkins Center," she said, "is to be able to help bring a full center to Henry County."

Herrera has a master's degree in special education from Bethel University, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science.

"We created a great program at REAL Hope and I felt like I achieved a second master's degree just working there," she said. "I learned so much about grants, non-profit organizations, federal regulations and all that and I know that will be helpful in my new position."

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, who is co-president of the Perkins board along with Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo, said the group will be moving forward with finding a permanent Perkins center in Paris. "In the meantime, we will have some space in the new 911 building" at the former Reeves Drapery store on Brewer St. in Paris.

All Smiles At REAL Event

Paris, Tenn.-Some 400 children and adults had a good time over the weekend at the REAL Hope Family Fun Day held at Dad's Docks in Paris. In photo are Julie Buckley, Marianne Dale, Calista Hererra and Philip McCain. REAL Hope is located in the Central Services Building on Jones Bend Rd. in Paris. (REAL Hope photo).

Oakland FD Visits REAL Hope

Paris, Tenn.-Timothy Davis takes his turn at using a firehose at a recent visit to the REAL Hope Youth Center by the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department. The department showed the kids all the equipment involved with being a firefighter and told them about their volunteer jobs. (REAL Hope photo).

TVA, TWRA Open House Thursday night

Paris, Tenn.-The TVA and TWRA will host a public open house from 5-8pm Thursday night at Henry County High School. The meeting will focus on an upcoming West Sandy dewatering project in which TVA and TWRA workers will drain the swamp in the Springville Bottom area in order to do maintenance and repair work on the Springville pumphouse.

Sportsmen who have hunted waterfowl in that area will see the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons affected and likely shut down. All interested citizens should come tothe meeting for more information.

County Health Rankings Released; Carroll, Benton At Bottom

Madison, Wisc.-The 2012 County Health Rankings have been published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Henry County has been ranked 73 out of 95 counties in the state. Henry County ranked higher than other nearby counties, with both Benton and Carroll Counties ranked at the bottom. Benton County is ranked 94th and Carroll County is 91st.

According to the survey, the five healthiest counties in Tennessee are: Williamson, Sumner, Rutherford, Blount and Moore. The five listed as having the poorest health are Grundy, Benton, Campbell, Clay and Carrooll.

The annual survey examines health issues such as alcohol and tobacco use, diet and exercise and unsafe sex practices. It also factors in education levels, employment rates, income, community safety, access to health care and each county's overall environmental quality.

The 2012 survey includes new factors, such as how many fast food restaurants are in each county and physical activity (and inactivity) among residents.

PSSD Board looking at additions/renovations to Rhea Elementary

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met on Tuesday evening and heard a presentation from Ben Witt and Cary Henson, with Henson Construction about proposed additions and renovations with Rhea Elementary. Superintendant of the PSSD Mike Brown, set the stage for the discussion, telling the board some decisions and visions need to be laid out for the future of the building.

Brown said they had some issues with Rhea that needed to be addressed, such as new carpet and plumbing in the oldest part of the building, and before spending significant funds on the existing building, they should look at options. Brown also told the board that all available space at Rhea is currently being utilized. There is no extra storage space, very limited restroom facilities, and some major issues with energy upgrades, kitchen plumbing, and other things.

Brown said Henson Construction would present doing the additions and renovations in three phases. He said the first thing that needs to be decided if we choose to do this is whether or not to start phase one this summer. He told the board they do have enough in fund balance to cover the cost of the first phase. Brown explained that phase two and three were a different story and he wouldn’t feel comfortable right now going ahead with those without a tax increase.

He said he didn’t want to recommend a tax increase, and felt no board member really wanted that either. He did remind the board however, that some of their debt will come off the books in 2015-16.

Witt and Henson, then presented blueprints and numbers to the board for the possible project. The project would basically include a combination of new additions, enclosing the courtyard area between buildings, and demolitions of older parts of the building, once those additions are done. Some relocating of current kitchen areas and library areas would be redone as the phases continue down the road.

Phase one would be enclosing the courtyard with a new addition that would eventually be the library, teacher workshops, music areas, library storage.

Phase two would be new administrative areas, 28 new classrooms, guidance areas, and more. Phase three of the project would include a new kitchen area, new cafeteria, which would be a tornado safe space, and a canopy.

The oldest part of Rhea, built in the 1960s, would eventually come down, bringing with it 21 classrooms down, meaning they would add 7 total new classrooms when everything was finished. The total projected cost of the project is just under $9 million dollars.

Witt and Henson explained that they felt they could get the majority of phase one done this summer, before school gets back in session in the fall. The board decided to mull things over for a few days, and meet back Friday morning at 8am in a special called meeting to decide whether or not to go ahead with phase one of the project.

PSSD board applies for energy efficient grant

More from the PSSD board meeting on Tuesday night saw the board approve applying for some more energy efficiency grants to replace the lighting in the gym at Paris Elementary. Superintendant Mike Brown and Maintenance Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said the total cost of replacing the lights in the gym at PES would be around 36 or 37 hundred dollars.

Between the energy efficiency grant and some TVA grants that are available, they would get 25 hundred dollars in grant money. That brings the local cost to get the lights upgraded to around 11 hundred dollars. Brown told board members that the energy savings alone would be about two thousand dollars per year.

The board also approved, supervisor of curriculum, Dr. Norma Gerrell’s recommendation to adopt all the approved textbooks on the state’s list. Dr. Gerrell told board members that this is the year to upgrade literature textbooks for 6th thru 8th grade. She said we are under obligation to adopt some, but with the common core standards coming down the pike in the next couple of years, changes new textbooks may be needed. Dr. Gerrell said by adopting all the textbook on the state’s list, it would allow the system the freedom to chose which one fits the best. She said they do not have to buy any just because they adopt the list.

During the superintendant’s report, Brown told the board that five teachers have decided to retire at the end of the year, and six members of the support staff wouldn’t be returning. He also said he had hired two of the three known open teaching positions already.


Fire Destroys Parole Offices

Paris, Tenn.-A fire destroyed a city-owned structure that housed the state parole and probation offices early Monday morning and Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Hamlin is still hospitalized with the effects of smoke inhalation from the blaze.

The structure at 410 W. Wood St. is two doors down from the Paris Fire Department, which was called to the scene with a report of smoke coming from the building.

When fire personnel arrived, heavy smoke was visible and firefighters began an offensive attack, but as the fire broke through the roof of the structure, units switched to a defensive attack.

In the process of fighting the blaze, the county's emergency medical services was called to the scene to administer and evaluation Hamlin, 47, at the scene. He was taken to the emergency room of Henry County Medical Center and later admitted to the hospital, where he remains a patient.

Fire Chief Michael Williams said Hamlin may be released from the hospital later today. He also said investigation continues into the cause of the fire.

The Paris department was aided by the Oakland Fire Department. The structure is a total loss, with $65,000 in loss of property assessed, and $6,000 in contents.

City Manager Carl Holder said the building had been housing the state parole and probation offices.

Hoofbeats Fundraiser Collects $15,000

Paris, Tenn.-County Commissioner Dan Paschall, right, is one of many who attended Saturday night's Hoofbeats of Hope benefit dinner and auction at the county fairgrounds. Hoofbeats Organizer Jan Foy said the event collected $15,000 for the organization, which is a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with challenges. Foy said afterward, "have just fed the horses and told them they would eat well this year. Thanks again to all who helped. Henry County is the best ever!" (Brenda Owen photo).

Man Tries To Evade Capture By Hiding Inside Business

Paris, Tenn.-Sheriff’s deputies finally apprehended a Murray man after he ran inside of a local business to avoid getting arrested on Monday. Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Christopher A. McCuiston, of Murray, for violation of parole and fugitive from justice charges from Kentucky.

When trying to apprehendMcCuiston, he ran into Brockwell Auto Sales, located on highway 79, locked himself in a closet, and climbed up into the attic. He was finally arrested; no new charges were brought forth.

Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police department charged three women with drug charges. Amy L. Yoke, of Murray was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 drug, simple possession of schedule two; Kristin Danielle Yoke, of Murray,was charged with simple possession of schedule two, four, and six drugs, and drug paraphernalia, and Shirley May Overby, of 711 Gwen Street was charged with simple possession of schedule two drug.

Deputy Michelle Brewer arrested Andre B. Easley, age 47, of 401 Lee Street on several charges. Easley was arrested at 523 Irvine Street for theft, domestic assault, assault, and aggravated burglary. There was no incident report to go along with the arrest.


Man Arrested In Shooting Incident

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Roosevelt Traylor, 34, Michigan City, was charged with attempt to commit murder, aggravated robbery, evading arrest and possession of marijuana following a footchase by two police officers. Patrolmen Mitch Gallimore and Derrek Colley chased Traylor on foot through the Harrison Meadows-Vernon Place area after hearing a report of shots fired in that area.

Colley saw Traylor hiding behind a shed and after a chase, Traylor was ordered to stop, which he did not and Gallimore tasered him with both barbs.

On Traylor's person were found items that he stole from an apartment at Harrison Meadows and some marijuana.

The victim told police Traylor had pulled a gun on him and forced him into his apartment, made him crouch on the floor and kicked him. In the process, Traylor also shot his gun and police found shells in the hallway and bullet holes in the room

Barrow Chosen As Exemplary Educator

Patsy Barrow is surrounded by some of her math students as they calculate a problem. Pictured from bottom left are Henry Elementary School students Kaitlyn Jones, Heather Odom, Madison Aiosa, Ashley Singleton, and Lucas Murray. (Susan Burton photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Patsy Barrow has been chosen as an exemplary educator by the Tennessee Department of Education's Common Core Leadership Council. Barrow, a grades 6 and 7 math teacher at Henry Elementary School, will facilitate summer training on Common Core Standards' implementation this July throughout Northwest Tennessee.

“The transition to Common Core State Standards represents a tremendous opportunity to ensure every child finishes high school college- and career-ready. It is a significant undertaking and a project that can support educators across the state,” said Emily Barton, the department’s assistant commissioner of curriculum and instruction. “We have a rich pool of talented teachers and leaders to help us make this work in Tennessee, and we look forward to working together during this important time of transition.”

When asked about the opportunity, Barrow said, "I'm so excited about training other educators and learning from them as well. The Common Core Standards allow educators and students to understand the math curriculum much better." Barrow was recommended by the Henry County School System to apply for the position and she was chosen based on an interview and student and workshop lesson plans she submitted along with her application.

Barrow will attend trainings in April, May, and June and begin regional workshops in July.

SR 220 in Carroll County to Close on Monday, April 23rd


Jackson, Tenn. –The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will close SR 220 at log mile 10.9 in Carroll County beginning at 9:00 a.m. April 23, 2012 to perform repairs to a culvert. The roadway will reopen April 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

During the closure, TDOT crews will replace the culvert, which clogs and creates flooding during heavy rains, with a larger drainage structure to handle large amounts of water.

Motorists are asked to plan ahead and seek alternate routes around the closure. Portable message boards will be placed on each end of the project to assist motorists.

For more information on travel conditions and TDOT construction project activity across Tennessee visitwww.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or dial 5-1-1 from any land line or cell phone. Travelers can also follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel information orwww.twitter.com/Memphis511 for traffic information in the Memphis area. Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.

Volunteers Needed For Boating Class

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County needs volunteers to attend a Boating License Training Class taught by Betsy Wood with TWRA.

This class would allow you to become a Volunteer instructor for the Spirit of America, a youth boating safety program, set to begin this spring.

Training will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 4 PM at Camp Hazelwood in the Barbara Mann Office Building. You will need to bring a sack lunch for dinner.

If you are interested please call 731-642-3431to sign up and call 731-697-3022 for directions to the Barbara Mann office.

County Commission Tables Setting Speed Limit on Forsythe Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday night after some discussion, decided to table the issue of setting a speed limit on Forsythe Road.

The Henry County Road board, explained to the first citizen to complain about the issue, that in order for a speed limit to be set, everyone who lives on that road must file a petition, bring it to the road board, and then the road board send it to the full county commission for their approval. All of those things were done, hence the resolution was brought forth Monday evening.

At the beginning of discussion, commissioner Paul Mathenia said he and Commissioner Paul Neal had rode down Forsythe Road and said there really is only one bad curve on the road and they thought 25 miles per hour was too slow. They also explained to other commissioners that most houses were a pretty good distance away from the roadway along Forsythe.

More discussion ensued, with some commissioners thinking this is a potential pandora’s box waiting to be opened up if they start setting speed limits on county roads. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood was on hand and said speed limit signs cost twice what road signs cost and if we start setting speed limits on all county roads, there would be no way for the road board to pay the bill.

Also Sheriff Monte Belew spoke up and said its very hard for his officers to enforce a county road, especially ones that are hardly traveled.

Commission David Webb suggested that there be a more precise way of going about the process of setting speed limits on county roads. County Mayor Brent Greer suggested the road board could have studies done on certain roads to see the traffic information, number of wrecks, and such. Commissioner Webb voted to table the resolution of setting the speed limit on Forsythe Road and the commission unanimously adopted it. The issue now is basically in limbo.


Appointments made to boards, redistricting boundaries approved

In other action at Monday night’s commission meeting, the commission approved recommendations by the nominating committee for the board of equalization and the committee on aging.

County Mayor Brent Greer informed the nominating committee at their meeting, held prior to the commission meeting, that all four citizens serving on the board of equalization had agreed to be appointed again. Those citizens are Albert Wade, Jr., Brenda Hosford, James E. Hamilton, and Ralph Anderson, who were duly reappointed to serve another two year term.

Ann Brewer has decided to retire from her position on the committee on aging, so Mayor Greer presented the nominating committee with Helen White, as an interested citizen who wanted to serve on that committee and they approved her to do so.

The commission also passed a resolution last night to designate the new legislative district boundaries, since the county had redistricted a few months ago. This was a basic housekeeping issue, in order to set the boundaries for the upcoming August Election.


Patton arrested for marijuana, over $20K seized

Markia Patton

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office this morning where details of a marijuana bust were given. Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Paris Police Department executed a search warrant at 602 Jackson Street. Officers did locate a felony amount of marijuana bagged for resale at the residence. Officers charged Markia D. Patton, with possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

A model year 2003 Mercury was seized from Patton as a result of the search. Officers also located $20,453 dollars at the residence during the search. The money was seized as alleged drug proceeds. Patton will appear in General Sessions court on May 1st. Bond was set at two thousand dollars.


Volunteers needed in Henry County for Boating License Training

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County needs volunteers to attend a Boating License Training Class taught by Betsy Wood with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The class will allow you to become a volunteer instructor for the Spirit of America, a youth boating safety program, set to being later this spring.

Training will be held on Tuesday at 4pm at Camp Hazelwood in the Barbara Mann Office Building. Be sure and bring a sack lunch with you. Anyone interested can call the chamber at 642-3431 to sign up. Call 697-3022 for directions to the Barbara Mann Office.

County Commission to meet tonight at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session tonight at 7pm at the Courthouse. It appears to be mostly routine business on the agenda for tonight’s meeting. The commission will consider a resolution to adopt a plan of redistricting, vote on whether or not to set a speed limit on a county road, and other things. The meeting is open to the public.

All Dressed Up--And Somewhere To Go

Paris, Tenn.-David Flowers, left, and Andy Collins of Commercial Bank and Trust display the proper way to dress for golf, as they prepared for Friday's annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. (Submitted photo).

Wreck Draws DUI Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Paris man for DUI first offense after he crashed his truck into a ditch on East Wood St. Police were dispatched to the scene following a call from the Super 8 Motel at 1309 E. Wood St. that a guest’s truck was stuck in the ditch.
Police arrested Michael Mitchell, age 22 of 780 Booth-McSwain Rd., following the accident. In the process of hitting the ditch, Mitchell hit a gas meter and both the gas company and Fire Department were called to the scene.
According to the police report, Mitchell was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol and due to the level of his intoxication, the field sobriety tests were not performed. Mitchell refused to submit to a blood alcohol test and after first being taken to the emergency room, he was transported to jail.

Paris Man Arrested After Altercation

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for simple assault after an altercation in the weight room of the Paris Civic Center. John Santulli, age 45, 1202 Lone Oak Rd., was cited by Sgt. Tony Elkins after being called to the civic center on a report of a fight.

It was determined that the altercation began when the 61-year-old victim made a joke to Santulli about how he set down the weights instead of dropping them on the floor like other people do. Both Santulli and the victim told police that they had had problems in the past but that they had been resolved, but apparently Santulli became offended by the joke and the two had words.

Santulli reported knocked the victim to the floor, knocking his hearing aids off. Santulli told police that the victim was standing too close to him and that he was just trying to push him away. A witness told police that the victim has trouble hearing and probably did not hear Santulli tell him he did not like the joke.

After Santulli was arrested, he was escorted off the premises.

In another incident, Paris Police were called to 717 Caledonia St. and a report of a domestic assault. Patrolman Derek Colley arrested Eddie Gene Ray, 50, of that address, on a charge of aggravated domestic assault after it was determined he hit a couple of other residents of the house, one of whom he hit in the head and came after with a hammer.

Chick-Fil-A To Come To McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.-A Chick-Fil-A restaurant will shortly be opening in McKenzie, on the campus of Bethel University.

Bethel University Vice President Steve Prosser said restaurant officials visited the campus five times and after interviewing administration, faculty, staff and students, decided to open the restaurant on the campus.

Prosser said the Atlanta-based restaurant chain chose Bethel because it appareciated the university's values, operational strategies and educational philosophy.

Under the agreement, Bethel will own and operate the restaurant and expects to hire some 25 employees. The restaurant is slated to open in the new Vera Low Student Enrichment Center on July 19. A job fair will be held in mid-May to hire employees for the restaurant.

Manager of the restaurant will be Daniel Morgan, who currently is assistant manager of the Chick-Fil-A in Jackson.

The McKenzie restaurant will seat 75 and although it is to be located on campus, it will be open to both students and the public.


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