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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson

 

TRA Stepping Up Inspections

Paris, Tenn - The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of commissioners met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton told commissioners that it appears the Tennessee Regulatory Authority seems to be stepping up their inspection process and becoming more rigid as more and more government regulations are coming down on utilities.

Eaton said the TRA, which regulates Natural Gas, used to warn systems and work with them to fix any issues, but he knew of three other systems: Clarksville, Dyersburg, and Newbern; who didn’t get any type of warning. Eaton said the systems received a notice of their violation along with a fine at the same time.

Eaton said the fact that the TRA seems to not be working with utilities is concerning and its causing the District to implement a new culture and change the way they are doing some things. Eaton said we are having meetings and making sure employee know to document all their work and processes for future review.

PHCPUD Has Good Report Financially

Paris, Tenn - The PHCPUD board of commissioners also learned that thanks to a decent March, the district had gotten into the black financially and should finish the fiscal year there. Eaton said they will not have the same profit margin this year as in the last few primarily because of a warmer winter and early spring. The district was over $200K in the black currently, compared to over $600K in the black as this time last year. He said the work of our employees is the main reason we will be able to make it to the black again this year. Employees have managed cost and reduced expenses to help ease the brunt of warmer weather and less sales of Natural Gas.

The gas board approved several payments at their board meeting including a change order in the amount of $7669.75 to CG Underground. Eaton said this is in part to extra boring that the district did and extending the days because of the wet weather in March. The board also approved payments of $426 and $1,575 to James Plus and Association for engineering services. A payment to the Federal attorneys in Washington DC who are representing the district and other utilities in the ANR rate filing suit was approved in the amount of $7,117. 44.

5K Hushpuppy Dash Saturday At HCHS

Paris, Tenn. - The 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry will officially get underway with activities on Saturday. The 5K Hushpuppy Dash will be held at Henry County High School. Registration begins at 7am and the race starts at 8am. $20 is the entry fee and awards will be given out.

Also Saturday evening the Demolition Derby will be held at the Fairgrounds. It starts at 7pm and admission fee is $10, children 6-10 get in for $5 and anyone under age 5 is admitted free.

MSU Presents 'Frankenstein' At KPAC

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

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

General admission tickets are $15 or $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased now at the Art’s Council’s website, www.phcarts.com, from any Arts Council Board member, at Merison’s, Lura Lee Gifts, and Commercial Bank on the court square. All proceeds from the event benefit the Paris Henry County Arts Council.

For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955. Suggested viewing for this production is PG-13.

Sketch of Prowler Released; Citizens Urged to Pay Attention

Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailing a case that has gone on for the last three weeks where a suspect has entered two homes in the Sunnyside and County Home Road areas.

In the two residences, the suspect has not used forced entry, and gained access to the homes thru an unlocked door. The suspect entered the homes between 7:25am and Noon, both times running into juveniles who had either not gone to school for the day, or not left for school yet that morning. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said it is possible the suspect has entered more unlocked homes in the area. So far nothing has been damaged or reported stolen in regards to residences in Sunnyside or County Home Road.

In one of the instances running into the juvenile, a brief conversation was held with the suspect, who quickly left the area. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s sketch artist came and did a sketch based on description the juveniles had given to authorities.

The suspect is described as being somewhere between 45 and 60 years old and he is a white male with blondish color hair and stands about 6 feet tall. The suspect is medium build but a little on the muscular side. He has a medium complexion.

Sheriff Belew said a road block was put into place early Thursday morning on both ends of County Home Road and a sketch of the suspect was given to motorist coming thru. People were informed to be aware of their homes and neighbors homes and to lock doors.

Criminal Investigators have gone door to door, officers in plain clothes are around the area, and extra patrol has been going on the last several days. Capt. Damon Lowe said the Sheriff’s Office is also using new technology with a Eye in the Sky camera device system in the investigation. Capt. Lowe said this new technology will be used in further investigation but will not be used in any kind of speed limit enforcement.

Sheriff Belew added that, “we don’t want residents to panic, but take safety precautions and lock doors and be aware of their neighbor. The motive of the suspect is not known at this time and they believe the man is entrenched in the area and could possibly even be a resident somewhere.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672, the anonymous tip line at 642-0929 or Sheriff Belew at 336-4699.

Sheriff Monte Belew and Capt. Damon Lowe hold TBI renderings of the suspected prowler. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Woman Charged With Meth On Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated Sgt. Jamie Myrick observed Summer W. Sullivan, age 39, of 9500 Old Paris Murray Road, driving down Jackson Drive. Sgt. Myrick knew that Sullivan had active warrants for Failure to Appear Charges. He observed her speeding and crossing the yellow line several times and finally conducted a traffic stop.

Sgt. Myrick placed her under arrest for the active warrants and began to talk to her as he had prior information about Sullivan being involved in meth. She admitted to Sgt. Myrick she did have a meth problem.

Sheriff Belew arrived with K9 Si and Si alerted positive on the vehicle. A search was done and four large individual wrapped baggies of a substance believed to be methamphetamine "ice" along with a pipe.

Sullivan was charged with possession of schedule two with intent.

Renderings for Rhea School Addition

Paris, Tenn.- Earlier this week the Paris Special School District board of education met and approved the bond issue and go ahead with the Phase 2 and 3 additions at Rhea Elementary. The original building is around 50 years old and the renovations will include 26 classrooms, office and guidance areas, newly renovated bus drop off areas, and a new library inside the previously enclosed courtyard.

HCJLA Trail Ride and Lunch Saturday in Henry

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association will sponsor a trail ride and lunch on Saturday April 23rd. The ride is open to all who want to ride their horses or wagons. Cost is $10 per person or $30 max per vehicle. 1st ride out will be at 10am, lunch is served at Noon and 2nd ride out is at 1:30pm.

Lunch of whole hog BBQ with the trimmings is included and door prizes will be given away during lunch. The ride will be held at Sutton Farms, 590 Perry School House Loop in Henry. Gates will open at 8am.

Current Negative Coggins is required and will be checked. For more information call John Sutton 731-571-5890 or Brenda Ables at 731-782-3244. All proceeds go to the Henry County Jr. Livestock Association Scholarship Fund.

DPA April in Paris Fashion Luncheon To Be Held Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The April in Paris Fashion Luncheon fundraiser for the Downtown Paris Association will be at the Paris Country Club on Friday from 11am to 1pm. Tickets are $20 and includes lunch.

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

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

Kevin York Memorial Ride Will Be Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Third Annual Kevin York Memorial Ride will be held this Saturday, April 23rd. Registration begins at 10am at the Jera Building on Dupont Road in New Johnsonville. The Shack BBQ will be selling lunch and T-shirts will also be for sale. Money raised benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There will be live entertainment as well. For more information call 731-441-1373.

W.G. Rhea Kindergarten Spring Show Thurs. Night at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Elementary School Kindergarten Spring Show will be held Thursday April 21st at the Krider Performing Arts Center with two showtimes, one at 6pm and one at 7pm. The show is called “Mighty Minds.”

FUMC RFL Paint Your Own Canvas Party Set for Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church Relay for Life will hold a Paint your own canvas party Sunday April 24th from 2-4pm at the Christian Life Center. Cost is $30 to pre-register or $35 at the door. RSVP by April 20th by calling 642-3761 or 642-3052.

Warrants Drawn for Theft on Sonic Employees

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department has drawn warrants for theft on two Sonic employees after they were caught on video footage stealing cash from the money bag. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Carper responded to Sonic and spoke with the shift manager who observed Joe Paul Hayes, age 25, of 109 S. Porter and Michael Etheridge, age 19, of 301 W. Washington St, take the money bag, turn the security camera around, then turn it back around. It was found out that the $674 in cash was missing. Warrants were drawn on Hayes and Etheridge for theft.

Man Charged With Agg. Assault

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Dep. Stacey Bostwick responded to a man pointing a gun at another subject on Dunlap. Dep. Bostwick found Christopher Allen, age 42, of 86 Atlantic Avenue walking down the street. During a pat down and search, a Crossman BB pistol was found in his waist band under his coat. Allen was nervous and talking out of the side of his mouth and finally admitting to being under the influence of meth and pain pills.

Further investigation revealed that Allen had pulled into a driveway earlier and threatened a man with verbal arguments and a gun was shown at the time. Allen was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Forrest Kemp responded to a call of a strange person in a house on County Home Road. Several units and Dep. Bostwick with K9 Rowdy responded and searched the area but no one was found.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department responded to a call on Sparks Street of bullet casings found in the roadway. Once on scene, a neighbor’s house on Yates Street had several holes in it from what appeared to be bullet holes. The neighbour found bullets in the master bedroom and told Ptl. Smith that she observed two younger black males, one wearing a gray hoodie and one wearing a black hoodie, running down the street. Investigation is continuing into the incident.

HC Election Commission Approves Springville Precinct Change

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Election Commission had a special called meeting on Monday afternoon and approved a precinct change for the Springville voting precinct after some discussion. Starting with the August election, the precinct will be moved from the Springville Community Center to the Springville Church of Christ, located at 2740 Poplar Grove Rd.

Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said the state comptrollers office and Division of Election has to get all paperwork approved before new voting cards can be sent out to each voter. More information will be released in a few weeks and as the Election draws near.  

They also approved the ballot names for the upcoming election. None of the candidates who qualified by the deadline have withdrawn so the ballot was approved.

McNeil Park All Star Plaques Renovated

Paris, Tenn.- Leon Ridgeway of Ridgeway Funeral home is seen putting the final touches on a project to restore and revive the All Star plaques at McNeil Park. Ridgeway used his expertise in restoration and painting over the winter months to revive the plaques. The City of Paris furnished the materials. Some of the plaques are over 25 years old. (Jess Hedges photo)

HC Sluggers Win Swing into Spring Tournament

Mayfield, Ky.- The Henry County Sluggers 10U baseball team won 3 games and tied 1 beating the SEMO War Eagels in the Championship game 5-3 of the Swing into Spring USSSA Tournament this weekend. Brice Donaldson and Carter Hedges launched homeruns and Carson Tucker, Truitt Webb, Jesse Klutts, Seth Green, and Hayden Hixson pitched great in the tournament. (Jess Hedges photo)

Belview Rd. Mobile Home Destroyed in Fire

Paris Landing Firefighters Woody Case, Rebecca Flood and Jon Crenshaw cooling down hot spots (Fire Chief Reggie Coles photos)

  Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded to an unoccupied house fire at 130 Belview Rd. around 3pm on Tuesday. Mutual aid was requested from Puyear Fire and Paris Fire Departments due to the close proximity of the burning house to other structures.

As units arrived, they found a single wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. The structure couldn't be saved and the suspected cause of the fire was a neighbor burning leaves. The mobile home belongs to a man from Indiana and no one was inside the home. The damage is valued at $2500 and units were on scene for about 3 hours.

Paris Firefighters Jamie Hinson and Roger Clendenin looking at the damage while Rookie Paris Landing Firefighter David Alsup watches from the back of the truck

Pats Hold On to Beat Wildcats 9-8; 10-0 in District

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots swept the season series against Clarksville High for the first time in 5 years with a win at home 9-8 on Tuesday night. The win put the Pats at 10-0 in District 10-AAA, holding a 3 game lead in the District with four district games left to play.

Henry County's starter, Hunter Updyke gave up a run in the first, and wiggled out of a base loaded 1 out jam. The Patriots started their scoring in the second inning with 3 runs. Clarksville High tied it up in the third inning with two runs and a solo homerun over the right field wall by Jared Pugh in the bottom of the third gave the Pats a 4-3 lead.

Henry County came across with four, two out, runs in the bottom of the 5th and another run in the 6th to lead 9-3. Clarksville High came back with a vengeance scoring 5 runs as the Patriots made a couple errors in the field in the top of the 7th. The last out was recorded with the tying run on 2nd base.

Updyke pitched six innings giving up 3 runs. At the plate Jared Pugh went 3-4, only missing a triple to hit for the cycle. Knox Davis went 2-4 with two RBIs and Tyler Bomar chipped in two singles and a double with two RBIs. RBIs also came from Parker Piskos, Cody McSwain, and Hunter Bethune.

The Patriots wil host Union City at home on Thursday night with the varsity first pitch at 6:30pm. WLZK 94.1FM will broadcast the game starting with the pregame show at 6pm.

TBI Study Shows Overall Decrease in Crime

Paris, Tenn.- Earlier this week the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2015 Crime in Tennessee report, revealing an overall decrease in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

The annual study complies data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System or TIBRS. The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place since 1997, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the success and challenges facing communities across the state.

Among the findings in the 2015 report: the total number of incidents decreased by 2.1% year to year. Homicides increased by 9.4%, forcible rape cases reported by law enforcement agencies increased by 2.4%.

The number of drug narcotic, prostitution, and burglary offenses all decreased in the 2015 study. Reported methamphetamine offenses increased from 4362 in 2015 to 6,276 in 2015, an increase of almost 44%. The report also showed that simple assault accounted for 67.3% of all reported Domestic Violence offenses.

The full report is available online at tn.gov/tbi.

Reminder: Landfill Free Dump Day Sat. April 23rd

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

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

TARP Art in April Set for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living will hold an Art in April event on Thursday April 21st from 11am to 1pm at the T.A.R.P. Center. There will be a group painting and each person will have fun creating their own piece of art. All art supplies will provided as well as some instruction if needed. Refreshments will be available as well.

T.A.R.P. is the first truly Rural-based Center in Tennessee serving Benton, Dickson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Stewart, and Weakley Counties. For more information call 644-1116.

FUMC RFL Paint Party Sun. April 24th

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church Relay for Life will hold a Paint your own canvas party Sunday April 24th from 2-4pm at the Christian Life Center. Cost is $30 to pre-register or $35 at the door. RSVP by April 20th by calling 642-3761 or 642-3052.

Paris Police Investigating Wynn St. Shooting

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred Monday at 5:09pm where a man was shot four times.

A press release at the Paris Police Department stated officers received dispatch of shots fired at 514 Wynn Street and found a 32 year old black male, Mareka S. Curtis, lying in the driveway at 514 Wynn Street.

Henry County 911 dispatched an ambulance to the scene and Curtis was transported to Henry County Medical Center and later flown to Vanderbilt.

Paris Police have secured evidence and continue to investigate the shooting. Any witnesses are encouraged to come forward with any information they may have on the shooting incident by calling Lt. Ricky Watson at 642-2424.

Thefts Reported In the County

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s is searching for suspects in a couple of burglaries that occurred throughout the county. One report stated items in a storage building on Fairgrounds Road where some coins valued at over $1K where stolen and several things were strewn about.

Another report stated that a home on Lampkins Road was broken into and over $1500 worth of items were stolen. A safe with over $2200 along with an Xbox and several games were missing according to the report. The front door to the home was kicked in and both bedrooms were gone thru. There are no suspects at this time.

Charlie Wynn Road Back Open

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has opened Charlie Wynn Road, which was originally closed due to flooding in March.

Pats Beat Clarksville High 7-3 in 9 Innings; 9-0 in District Play

Clarksville, Tenn.- It took extra innings and a complete game effort, but the Henry County Patriot baseball team moved to 9-0 in District 10-AAA play with a win at Clarksville High Monday night 7-3.

Patriot hurler Jared Pugh pitched a complete game, all 9 innings of the extra inning affair. He had 6Ks on the night and only allowed three runs in 9 innings. Pugh also had 4 hits and two RBIs on the night at the plate. Hunter Updyke had two hits and two RBIs on the evening as well.

The game was back and forth for the top two teams in the District. Clarksville High came in at 7-1 on the season in District Play. Henry County scored a run in the of the first, but the Wildcats jumped on Pugh for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Patriots tied the game up at 2-2 with a run in the top of the third, Clarksville High then scored a run in the bottom of the fourth. The Pats tied it up at 3-3 in the top of the 5th. The score remained tied until Henry County broke loose for four runs in the top of the 9th.

Henry County will host the Wildcats Tuesday night, with the varisty first pitch at 6:30pm. WLZK 94.1FM will broadcast the game starting at 6pm with the pregame show.

PSSD Approves Bonds on Phase 2-3 of Rhea Project

PSSD Board Members hear from Rick Delaney of Raymond James on the bond issue. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session on Monday night and approved a resolution issuing the bonds for the Rhea Construction Project. Superintendent Mike Brown introduced Rick Delaney of Raymond James Financial Services who gave an update on bond ratings, and the process for a 20 year note for $10M.

Delaney said the system has done a great job and it should be recognized by Standard and Poors later this week when they reissue the credit rating for the system. He said next week they should be able to sell the bonds and close in the first week of May. Delaney said this is a good time to step into the market place and issue the bonds.

Ben Whit and Cary Henson, of Ross Engineering and Henson Construction respectively, discussed the status of the project as the pre-construction phases with permits, approval from fire marshal, and more is complete.

Henson Construction presented a budget of $10.756M for Phase 2 and 3 of the Rhea Project. As of now, the budget doesn’t include the Safe Room addition, but it can be added later. If the Safe Room Grant comes thru, it would reduce the cost of the project by about $750K. Brown said whatever over $10M is spent on the project would be absorbed by the PSSD.

Technology cabling bids for the Rhea Project were also approved Monday night by the PSSD board. The cabling was not bid with the other parts of the project because the Federal Government has a specific process for systems to go thru concerning grants for technology upgrades with new construction. This is for cables and technology wires in the new building. Institutional Network Communications, of Kentucky, had the best score and a 2nd lowest bid of over $173K and the board approved the bid.

PSSD Board Approves New Hours for School for Next Year

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board also discussed changing school start times for PSSD students for the 2016-17 school year. 

Superintendent Mike Brown said due to construction that will be going on at Rhea Elementary as school begins next year combined with timely arriving of buses, especially at Inman, they looked at tweaking the start and end times of the school day.

The relocation of loading and unloading at Rhea School thanks to the construction will hinder this process even more. Brown said administrators met with staff and they have suggested the following start and end school times: at Rhea 7:40am to 2:40pm, which is 5 minutes earlier than now; Paris Elementary would remain the same from 7:50am to 2:50pm; and Inman times would be 8:15am to 3:25pm. Brown said Inman would continue to open at 7:30am each morning to allow early drop off of students if parents are used to doing that. After discussion, the board approved the new hours for school days in the PSSD.

Brown Asks PSSD Board For Another Technology Position

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard an update on specialists for Instructional Technology for Grades 3-8 Math. Brown said thru the process he learned how far behind the system is concerning technology and 3-8 Math. He told board members on Monday night he was coming back asking for a 10 month teacher position in addition to the 12 month specialist position he asked for last month. He said the teacher position would help with training and work with the 12 month position to help improve the system’s Instructional Technology and Math in grades 3-8.

Brown said no new dollars are needed for the position at this time as grants could be utilized for this position. He promised the board there would be no cuts to anything the system needs or uses at this time. Brown said he has screened and interviewed candidates and would be making offers by the end of the week.

PSSD board members were introduced to some projects from the Paris Elementary ALPS program. PES Principal Chip Gray said the Advanced Learners and Problem Solvers meet twice a week before school and showed of some of their projects. The ALPS is for students in grades 4-5 who have been identified as gifted and talented.

Contract to House Stewart County Inmates Comes to Close

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew discusses the money generated from housing Stewart County inmates the last few years. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday night and Henry County Sheriff’s Monte Belew updated the commission on the conclusion of housing Stewart County inmates from 2010 until this year.

Stewart County recently constructed their own jail facility that was finished this year. Sheriff Belew said this partnership was a win win situation with Stewart County being able to house inmates with us, and Henry County adding over $1M in revenue to the General Fund from 2010 until March of this year.

Sheriff Belew gave a break-down of the amounts generated for housing Stewart County inmates each fiscal year and he said this will hurt our revenue as its money we’ve counted the last few years we will no longer have.

Commissioners also approved a couple of resolutions concerning the litter grant contract and forming an affiliate with Keep Tennessee Beautiful. The annual litter grant was approved and just as the City Commission did last week, the County Commission approved a resolution that Paris Henry County become an affiliate with Keep Tennessee Beautiful. The Litter Program is dedicated to changing the way people think about litter, recycling, and greenery and is passionate about the approach because it seems to work.

Commission Recognizes 30+ Club from HCHS

Students were recognized at Mon. Night's Commission meeting for scoring 30 or higher on their ACT. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Class of 2016 30 plus Club was recognized by commissioners Monday night as well before the meeting started. This group of students earned at least a 30 score on their ACT test. County Mayor Brent Greer said on Tuesday the entire High School will be taking test including the seniors who will be taking a National Career Readiness Certificate Exam. The County and City will provide seniors who finish the exam prizes as businesses have partnered and $2K in cash prizes will be given away with one student winning $500 and 30 more winning $50 apiece.

Those students who reached the 30 plus Club were given a standing ovation.

Executive Director of County Comm. Assoc. At CC Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Executive Director of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association Charlie Curtis was in town on Monday night at the County Commission meeting. He serves as the lobbyists of all 95 counties in Tennessee at the state level. Curtis said this county is blessed with many things including Mayor Greer and its greatest asset is its children. Curtis urged commissioners to call him anytime if he could help or answer any questions for them. Henry County’s Paul Mathenia currently serves as President of the TCCA.

K9 Cisco Tracks Down Burglary Suspect

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit burglary and placed on $10K bond after he attempted to break into Cash America on Tyson Avenue and El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant in the early morning hours on Sunday.

A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that an alarm call came into the Paris Police Department from El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant, located on Spruce Street, on Sunday morning after 4am.

Sgt. Ean Reed and Ptl. Jamie James responded and started checking the business. Cpl. Wayne Fuqua with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was in the area and responded to give assistance as well. Sgt. Reed found the doors on the patio busted. Cpl. Fuqua could hear someone running thru the woods behind the restaurant and he and Ptl. James entered the woods to look for the subject.

More officers from the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with Tennessee Highway Patrol officers responded to the alarm and a perimeter was set up behind the restaurant and a search for the suspect, identified as BJ Harper, of 5645 Elkhorn Road was done. A couple of articles of clothing were found. K9 Cisco was called to the scene and was shown the clothing. Cisco was able to track and locate Harper hiding in the woods under some briars. This makes approximately 50 finds for K9 Cisco on his career.

Earlier in the morning hours, a man matching the description of Harper was caught on video attempting to throw a brick into the door and break into Cash America, at 314 Tyson Avenue. Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department responded to the scene and viewed the video and later found out that Harper attempted the same technique at the Mexican Restaurant.

Harper was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit burglary and placed on $10K bond.

Third Annual Crappie Tournament Raises $6K

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse had the Third Annual Carl Perkins Center-Tosh Farm Annual Crappie tournament for April 16, 2016 at Paris Landing. Below are the top seven winners:

Big Fish: Edd Foulkes/Amanda Rich 2.02 lbs.
1st Place:Edd Foulkes/Amanda Rich 11.12 lbs.
2nd Place: TJ Todd/Landen Todd 7.99 lbs
3rd Place: Everett Agee/Shannon Mayo 7.59 lbs
4th Place: Larry Parker/Vanice Parker 7.29 lbs
5th Place: Billy Ross/Ted Todd 6.38 lbs
6th Place: Donald Barnes/Terry Peoples 5.73 lbs
7th Place: Darrel Foss/David Wagenkenecht 1.59 lbs

Total Payouts were $750 with $750 donated back to the Center.
Center Director, Carly Wheat said, “We made over $6000 which was good considering several events scheduled within the community that day. We had our first Free Kid’s Fishing Rodeo, live fishing demonstrations from US Fish and Wildlife Services, and music by Ervin and Andrea Dutton. It was a beautiful day to be out on the lake enjoying the warm springtime weather. Next year’s tournament will be scheduled for next Spring with a few extra add-ons to encourage children to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.”

The mission of the Carl Perkins Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life. The Center’s goals are two-fold. We provide services to strengthen families to prevent abuse and provide services to put families back together and literally save the lives of children. The overall objective is to break the cycle of abuse now and for future generations thus treating the cause rather than just the symptoms of the problem. We collaborate with many agencies in our community including DCS and law enforcement.

Services we currently offer are victim advocacy, forensic interviews, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, evidence-based national parenting programs, relative care provider services(in home and support groups), Stewards of Children (national sexual abuse prevention training), Forever Parents Divorcing Parent classes, hygiene closet, parent aid/mentor programs(in home), 24-hour crisis hotline, and community awareness programs. Our goal is to take our current services and assist the many organizations that Henry County already has in place to expand our work with families to give them the tools to be strong and successful.

The Center is excited to help host this tournament with Event Sponsor: Tosh Farms, our Reel Sponsor: Edward Jones Financial and our Big Fish Sponsors: Foundation bank, Tennessee Valley Community Church, HCMC, Tennessee Tractor, and Wells Tractor Company.

Woman Tased, Charged with Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Frankie Scott responded to numerous calls of a female breaking into houses and finally tracked her down as she was kicking a gate closed on some property to keep Dep. Scott from coming behind her. He told her to show her hands and she began to get on her hands and knees and began to growl at the officer. She rolled around the porch and blood was on her hands from where she had busted a window out of a home earlier.

Eventually Dep. Scott had to taze the woman, identified as Sonya Woods, age 33, of 138 Jones St. She was charged with public intoxication, aggravated burglary, and criminal attempt to commit aggravated burglary. Woods was placed on $10K bond.

MSU Professor Brings Historic Mammoth Cave Photos to Light

Murray, Ky.- A project five years in the making is surfacing as a Murray State University faculty member prepares to release his collection of subterranean 3D photos, paying homage to the first images of its kind in America and the groundbreaking photographer who created them.

William Gross Magee, Graphic Communications lecturer within the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, decided to publish a book filled with re-photographed images of Mammoth Cave that were originally taken in 1866 by photographer Charles Waldack.

“That’s a really tough question. There’s no simple ‘why’,” said Magee. “I really fell in love with the collodion wet plate process that Waldack used to develop his images, but I think what drove me to pursue the actual book was the opportunity to promote historical Kentucky photography and within a natural Kentucky park.”

After being granted access to the cave in 2011, Waldack began a one-year process of shooting the 3D images. From July 2011 to July 2012, Magee would visit the national park approximately 150 miles away from Murray, a total of eight times, eventually amounting to 23 hours spent re-photographing Waldack’s historic images. The 43 photographs Magee worked to re-create showcase the cave’s key locations and the seemingly unchanged views of the more than 400 miles of Mammoth Cave. 

“Cave time moves on a geological scale. The locations Waldack and I photographed will probably remain unaltered for thousands of years. It’s when man intervenes that things become subject to change.” explained Magee.
These same views, originally captured by Belgium-born Waldack in 1866, utilized burning magnesium ribbon to record the first known photographs taken under the Earth’s surface in the United States.

“My goal was to contrast and compare the changes in photography and in the cave in the last 150 years.” said Magee. 

After capturing the images, Magee continued to edit and composite them alongside Waldack’s, while gathering research on Waldack included in the limited edition fine arts book. Mammoth Cave Photographic Company, Then & Now will be offered in two different formats, a printed and autographed version including electronic media, 3D stereo glasses and a free online e-book version. 
Since the start of his creative project, Magee has gained support and notable respect from the campus community. 

“This is a really exciting project. It’s the type of creative work that deserves a lot of credit from members of our faculty.” expressed Dr. Bob Lochte, Journalism and Mass Communications Department Chair. “What Gross is doing is every bit as important as major peer-reviewed publications, and we applaud him for his dedication to his work.”

Being made available on the same day Waldack photographed his first image in the cave, June 14, the book’s release also coincides with several anniversaries important to both Magee and the national park. The year 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of guided tours at Mammoth Cave, 150th anniversary of Charles Waldack’s capturing of the first subterranean image in America, 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service and the 75th anniversary of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Now that Magee’s work is complete and his book being published, he has no plans to cut ties with the cave or his fascination with it and Waldack. 
“Honestly I feel a little sad that it’s all done,” said Magee, explaining that he plans to revisit his cave work in two or three years. “Work like this is like taking a photograph with a really long shutter speed; things tend to move and be blurry. As things inside of the cave change, I can’t imagine not being there to capture it.”

UTM Vanguard Theatre To Have Spring Production April 21-23

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts will present “Angels Without Wings,” an original play by Dr. Jamie Cutler, a regional playwright, at 8 p.m., April 21-23, in the Fine Arts Building’s Vanguard Little Theatre.

This play tells the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots program of World War II and the women who gave their lives to defend the United States. The production has a personal touch as the playwright remembers her mother and others who were the first women to join the American military as pilots.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door. The Vanguard box office opens two hours before each performance and is located in the Little Theatre lobby of the Fine Arts Building.

Support the Arts contributors may reserve seats in advance by calling the Department of Visual and Theatre beginning April 18.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 731- 881-7400.

Routine Traffic Stop Turns To Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Sgt. Ramos observed a black Ford Ranger traveling on Wood Street, Sgt. Ramos being already familiar that the tint on the truck was illegal and that the owner of the pickup had a suspended license. The owner of the vehicle quickly pulled into the Medical Pharmacy parking lot taking up two parking spots after noticing a squad car behind them.

The owner of the vehicle, April Woods age 31 and the passenger quickly entered the pharmacy. While Sgt. Ramos and Cpl. Whitaker waited outside for Woods to exit the building an employee approached Sgt. Ramos stating that both Woods and the passenger were acting suspiciously. Sgt. Ramos approached Woods inside the pharmacy asking if she would step outside to speak with him; once outside Sgt. Ramos advised Woods of the complaint made by the employee and of the illegal tint on the windows of the truck. When asked for her license she stated she only had an identification card.

A check through dispatch revealed Woods license was suspended in Benton County for failure to pay fines. While Cpl. Whitaker began filling out the citation, Sgt. Ramos ran K-9 Kenzee around the vehicle, K-9 Kenzee alerted on the passenger side door. A makeup bag had been strewn out on passenger side of the floorboard, a dirty hypodermic needle/syringe was found on the driver side, behind the plastic panel.

Woods and the passenger Marsha Raymer denied ownership of the needle, Sgt. Ramos advised Woods due to the location of the needle she would be charged with it. Woods was cited for Driving on Suspended and Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia.

SpringTime Shopping In Paris Kicks Off

Paris, Tenn.- The Springtime Shopping in Paris at the Paris Convention Center brought in a large amount of vendors ranging from clothes, popcorn, jewelry, and even local honey. With concessions and all the vendors, hundreds of Paris residents roamed through the convention center with just about everything with reach for them to purchase. This will help promote local businesses which are always great to support within our community.

Carl Perkins Crappie Tournament Starts With A Splash

Paris, Tenn.- The Carl Perkins 3rd Annual Crappie Tournament for the prevention of child abuse brought a huge crowd out for the child's rodeo and fishing tournament. The US Fish and Wildlife Federal Officers put on a show/clinic for the kids to teach and let them learn how to measure/identify and catch fish.

Every child was able to choose a prize for their participation, with prizes for the largest and smallest fish won a medal and bicycle. A grill out by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office had burgers for all the kids.

Preserve Paris Starts In Historic Lee Neighborhood

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

The City will place dumpster buggies in the area for use on Saturday and the following week. Anyone who comes out to help should remember to wear good shoes, gloves for working in the yard, and yard tools if possible. There will be trash removal and yard work along with other things to help clean the area up.

Vintage Chevrolet Club Of America Shows Off In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Friday the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America was in Paris, the beautiful afternoon drew a very large crowd of all ages. Chevrolets from 1912 through 1954 was on display for everyone to peruse over. The club was in Dover the day before which also brought in a large crowd.

(photos by Barron Robinson)

When perusing over the vehicles it was noticeable that many of the license plates were all throughout the Midwest states.

When talking to the owners from the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America, they mentioned how nice everyone was that came to look over all of the great vehicles, and how clean Paris is and it was great to be here.

Donkey Basketball Game April 18th

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

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

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

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

Thirty-Wonderful To Play At Fish Fry

Paris, Tenn.- Jennifer Weems and Tony Burriss - the acoustic duo, Thirty-Wonderful, will be playing at The Paris Winery Saturday, April 30th, 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Come top off your Fish Fry weekend at the Paris Winery.  Relax to the acoustic sounds of soft, classic rock and folk rock. The Paris Winery is located at 2982 Harvey Bowden Road in Paris, Tennessee.  Their phone number is (731) 644-9500.

Jennifer Weems and Tony Burriss, AKA Thirty-Wonderful, have been playing at various events for over 10 years.  They can play all types of genres from rock to folk to contemporary Christian.  You can catch them at coffee houses, cafes, private events, festivals, and even television.  Jennifer’s music can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby.  Their name Thirty-Wonderful, is derived from their hometown of Trenton’s unique speed limit – 31. 

Arts Council to Present Frankenstein April 23

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

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

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

PHC Landfill Free Dumping Day April 23

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

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

All HCHS Students Testing Tues. April 19th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runners Needed for Hushpuppy Dash 5K

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

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

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

Henry County Archives Collecting Info on County Vets For Memorial

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

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

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

 

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