From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Grand Parade Highlights Friday's WBFF Events
WRQR 97.5FM AM 1000 Will Broadcast Parade
Paris, Tenn.- The 61st annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry Grand Parade will roll down Wood Street starting at 10am this morning and weather forecast call for a great day with plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid 70s. If you can not make it to the parade today join us for a live broadcast and parade coverage on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 beginning at 9am. This year’s parade has around 70 car entries, approximately 30 floats and 5 marching bands.
In addition to the parade, there is plenty to keep you busy Friday at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry including the Fish Tent being open from 11am to 9pm, the carnival will be running from 11am to midnight with $20 armbands to ride all the rides you want from 11am to 5pm, then tickets from 5pm to midnight.
Other events Friday include the IPRA Rodeo at 7:30pm at the arena with gate admission being $10. The Arts and Crafts will be on display at the Enoch Building until 8:30pm.
Busy Night Thurs. At WBFF
Trey Moore of Andalusia, Ala. explodes out of the gate on a bronco
which he managed to ride for nearly 10 seconds. (Alex AuBuchon photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The World's Biggest Fish Fry was in full swing at the Henry County Fairgrounds Thursday evening, with the Fish Tent serving up catfish and all the trimmings, an arts and crafts show with dozens of vendors at both the pavilion and Enoch Building, and the first night of the IPRA Pro Rodeo.
The Paris – Henry County Jaycees received nearly eighty vendor entries to this year's arts and crafts show, with products ranging from clothing and home décor to face painting, psychic readings and even a mechanical bull.
Numbers at the Family Night Rodeo were 613 tickets sold and over 900 people came thru the Fish Tent as 890 adults and 27 children bought fish dinners.
Despite intermittent showers, a large crowd milled through the Belle City Carnival as well.
Also, Thursday night was the first evening and Family Night for the IPRA Pro Rodeo. Despite the rain and threat of thunderstorms, a crowd of several hundred came out to the fairgrounds arena for the reduced gate prices to see cattle roping, bull riding, barrel racing, bronco busting and much more.
The IPRA rodeo will continue Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30; the Fish Tent will serve catfish from 11 to 9 PM Friday and Saturday, and the Belle City Carnival will remain open through Sunday afternoon.
The Hostess Princess and court (From L: Fourth Maid Madeline Hosford, Second Maid Addi Cate, Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett, First Maid Alex Reagor, Third Maid Rachel Wilson) open up Thursday night's rodeo in a truck provided by Joe Mahan Ford and driven by 2014 WBFF General Manager Chris Martin. (AuBuchon photo)
Margaret Kline of Green Castle, Penn. tries her hand at a mechanical bull at the carnival Thursday. (AuBuchon)
Seniors Walker, Pugh Come Thru on Senior Night for Comeback Win
Paris, Tenn.- In a back and forth affair, Henry County had the last at bat at home Thursday night and as the rain began to fall harder, the Patriots mounted a huge comeback. Trailing Calloway County 9-7 with two outs, the Patriots strung together four hits in a row, including an groundout that senior Evan Pugh reached safely on an errant throw to drive in the winning run.
Pugh also pitched three plus innings keeping the game close as Calloway County fought back after trailing in earlier innings. Patriot first basemen, and senior Drake Walker went 3 for 4 with three big doubles in the game and made some great stops at first base on defense. Pugh and Walker along with the only other senior on the team Jackson Harrison were honored with their parents in a ceremony before the game.
Henry County will play West Creek on the road Saturday, then at home on Monday. The district tournament will start on Friday May 2nd.
Lady Patriots Win 1-0 Over Kenwood in Last At-Bat
Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team are still jockeying for position in the district standings as the tournament draws near and got a big win Thursday night at home. A scoreless game ended in the Lady Patriots half of the 7th as they scored a run to defeat Kenwood 1-0.
Trustees Approves to De-License 14 Beds at Healthcare Center
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, the board approved a recommendation to de-license 14 beds at the Henry County Healthcare Center, creating 14 more private rooms, each having their own private bathroom. Once completed, the private rooms with the private bathrooms will be the only facility in the area that offers that to patients.
The notion first came up in March’s board meeting about de-licensing the beds. Due to the recent economy and the continuing increase of patients choosing long term care at home, the healthcare center has seen continued decrease in census and long term stays.
By de-licensing 14 beds it creates 14 more private rooms, bringing the total number of private rooms up to 21. Director of the Healthcare Center Sandy Ray said having more private rooms should be more attractive to potential patients. De-licensing the 14 beds also saves the hospital money in fees as well.
Hospital To Get Increased Rates for Outpatient Care
Paris, Tenn.- Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee advised the board during his administrative comments Thursday night that the medical center has completed the contract with TennCare MCOs and will be getting increased rates for outpatient care under the variation adjustment. Gee said the increased rates could be retroactive to July 1st, 2013.
Gee updated the board on continuing physician recruitment saying they were close to having a psychiatric candidate but he was lured back to Vanderbilt, so Gee said it’s back to the drawing board and they are pursuing another candidate at this time.
Gee told the board design work is ongoing for the Operating Room Construction. He said staff has presented an overview to the Healthcare Foundation board in hopes of them taking on a portion as a fund raising project.
Camden Woman Cited for Cocaine Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department cited a Camden woman for simple possession of schedule two drug after finding a rock of cocaine in her vehicle. The report said that Sgt. Frey was on patrol and noticed a vehicle on Sparks Street near a house known for drug activity. The vehicle pulled away and eventually into a parking lot. Sgt. Frey pulled up beside the car and asked the woman if she was lost. She said a little bit, then gave consent to search her car. Sgt. Frey found a white rock that tested positive for cocaine in the back floorboard. The woman, Vicki Carol Thomas, 47, of Camden was cited and released.
Drug Arrests Made by PPD, HCSO
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop after noticing a driver not wearing their seatbelt and ended up charged the drier, Dakota Helms, 18, of 221 Reynoldsburg Rd with possession of drug paraphernalia. K9 Herrum alerted on the car after the Helms was very nervous while talking with Ptl. James. Helms was placed on $1K bond.
Sgt. Jamie Myrick and the Metro Crime Unit made a couple of drug arrests on Wednesday on Poplar Street. Brian Long, 30, of 53 Yates Street was charged with felony simple possession of schedule 6 and drug paraphernalia and placed on $5K bond. Marcus McClennan, 31, of 813 Gwen Street was charged with felony possession of schedule two, drug paraphernalia, and violation of financial responsibility law. McClennan was placed on $3500 bond.
In a separate arrest Lt. Scott Wyrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Donnie Hutcherson, Jr, age 28 of 245 Railroad Avenue, with simple possession of schedule two and six drug. He was placed on $3500 bond.
Great Weather Continues, Fish Tent Numbers Up From Last Year
Several volunteers help fry up hushpuppies just before the Fish Tent opened up Wednesday afternoon. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Over 600 people bought fish dinner tickets on Wednesday night to open up the World's Biggest Fish Fry Fish Tent as another beautiful day of weather helped create a large turnout. 645 Adult plates and 29 kids plates were bought at the Fish Tent Wednesday night. Those numbers are up from 517 adults and 34 kids plates bought on the first night last year.
The Christian Concert, featuring People of the Earth was also well attended and the Jaycees want to thank the Western District Baptist Association Brother Jim Twilbeck and Brother Josh Escue for organizing the event.
Fish Tent, Rodeo Family Night Highlight Thurs. WBFF Events
Paris, Tenn.- Thursday is full of events at this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry with all activities happening at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Fish Tent will be open from 5-9pm, the arts and crafts will be on display 5-8:30pm at the Enoch Building, the IPRA Rodeo Family Night will start at the arena at 7:30pm, with admission only $5. At the carnival Thursday night, it’s ten rides for $10 from 5pm-11pm.
Reminder: Paris Moose Lodge to Hold Free Child ID Event
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Moose Lodge will hold a Free Child Identification Event at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry at the arts and crafts exhibits inside the Enoch Building. Times for the Free Child Identification event will be Thursday April 24th from 5-8pm, Friday April 25th from Noon to 6pm, and Saturday April 26th from 1-7pm.
The event will allow parents to have their children electronically finger printed, photographs and records of pertinent information about your child and it will all be burnt to a CD for you to store for safe keeping. In the event, your child ever becomes missing, the CD can be given to law enforcement for immediate airing on local media, radio, and shared with other law enforcement agencies in the area. For more information on this event call 644-3364.
Early Voting Totals Nearing 1300
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting is continuing this week, from 8:30-4:30 at the Election Commission office and a good turnout is continuing as well. On Wednesday, Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson said 194 people cast their ballot. That brings the total so far during the early voting period to 1275.
Lady Patriots Softball Team to Host 5K
Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriot Softball Team will hold a Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk on May 3rd at 8am at Paris Elementary School. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers and top three finishers in each age bracket. Pre-registration is due by Friday April 25th and that is the only way to guarantee a T-shirt. You can also register the day of the race, May 3rd, at 7:30am at Paris Elementary. For more information contact Tracy Lacy at 336-6267. Entry fee is $20 and benefits the Lady Patriot Softball team.
Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett Opens Fish Tent
Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett's younger sister Arabella was the recipient of this year's Hushpuppy Toss which opened up the fish tent Wednesday (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
David "Tater" Hayes thanked several Jaycees and other individuals before Wednesday's hushpuppy toss (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Pennsylvania Couple First in Line at Fish Tent
Paris, Tenn.- George and Meg Lane of Hershey, Pennsylvania were the first ones in line Wednesday as the Fish Tent will open at 5pm for the first time this year. The fish tent will be open 5-9 Wednesday and Thursday evening and 11 to 9 Friday and Saturday.
The Lanes have spent the winter in Florida; they heard about the Fish Fry and decided to make it a stop on their journey back home to Pennsylvania.
Estate Auction to Benefit St. Jude's To Be Held Saturday
Springville, Tenn.- There will be an estate auction to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Saturday April 26th at 10am at 1238 Antioch Harbor Road in Springville. The auction will be held rain or shine Saturday.
Auctioneer and Affiliate Real Estate Broker, Junior Staggs invites the public to come out to the event. JD Goodman of Springville, passed away recently and has bequeathed his entire estate which includes a Kentucky Lake area home, 2009 Ford F150, vintage “Benjamin Franklin” bb pistol, tools, furniture, firearms, vintage fishing lures, and the signature item, a Toonerville Trolley, circa 1922, to St. Jude’s.
Staggs said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” and likened this auction to a “Field of Dreams moment.” For more information about the St. Jude’s benefit auction for the home of JD Goodman located in Springville, visit dougtaylorauction.com.
Pictured left is a small Tooner Trolley and on the right is the house at the site of the Estate Auction to Benefit St. Jude's. (Photos from dougtaylorauction.com)
BPU Board Approves Bids for Concrete, Overhead Doors
Paris, Tenn.- At the Paris Board of Utilities Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, board members hired John Allen Construction, LLC, to pour the concrete foundations and the switch house for the North Paris Substation. John Allen Construction submitted the lowest bi, of just over $82,300.
Board members then approved the bid from Gerald’s Garage Doors, of Paris, to supply the overhead doors for the new electric warehouse. The bid was for $55K and was the lowest of three bids received.
The BPU board also agreed to declare the following items surplus: 2008 International Digger Derrick, a 2004 Three Phase 75 kW Caterpillar generator. Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards explained to the board after crews were restructured last fall there was no longer the need for the digger derrick and the generator is being replaced with a larger model.
General Manager of BPU John Etheridge presented a report showing the increase in use of the kiosk and mobile app. He also explained that BPU is ready to implement the prepay program by this fall.
Jean Reagan Wins Library's Fish Tale Contest
Paris, Tenn.- Jean Reagan was the winner of the W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Fish Tale which will be read during the Catfish Races on Saturday at the courthouse lawn.
The friends of the library’s fish, Dr. Reading, will be one of the many participants at this year’s Catfish Races. Jean won a $20 Walmart Gift Card for submitting the winning story, or tale, to go along with Dr. Reading.
Chamber Van Gets Makeover
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's van has been wrapped to promote local attractions. It will be featured in the Grand Parade of the World's Biggest Fish Fry on Friday. Abbott's Print Shop did the vehicle wrap.
Great Weather Equals Great Turnout at WBFF Events Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- A beautiful evening Tuesday set the stage for great turnout at events at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Tuesday. The country dance had 204 people, which was up from last year and the carnival was packed as well. Great weather is forecast tonight with highs today in the low 70s with plenty of sunshine.
Kids Eat for $8, Not $10 at Fish Fry
Paris, Tenn.- Kids ages 6-12 will only be charged $8 at the Fish Tent during the World's Biggest Fish Fry. The Souvenier Booklet listed th price as $10, but it is only $8. Adult plates are $12.
It's Time, Fish Tent Opens Wed. at 5pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Tent opens at 5pm Wednesday for the first time at the 61st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry. Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett will officially open the fish fry with the hushpuppy toss at 5pm and the Fish Tent will remain open until 9pm. It’s all you can eat fried catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw, French fries and white beans and drink for only $12. Children ages 6-12 can eat for only $8. The Fish Tent will be open again Thursday 5-9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
Other events at the WBFF on Wednesday include the carnival with $20 armbands to ride all the rides and the Christian Concert, featuring People of the Earth, will start at 7pm with admission only $4.
Tharpe Turns Himself In To Paris Police
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo sent a notice to media Tuesday afternoon saying that Marquice Tharpe has turned himself in to authorities after this morning's press conference. Tharpe was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder after the incident that occurred at Ogburn Park April 13th where three people were injured in the shooting.
Chief Elizondo said Tharpe is currently being held in the Henry County Jail under $500K bond.
HC Archives Receives $1500 Grant
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Archives has received a $1,500 grant to improve storage conditions for city and county government records.
"This funding will be very helpful for the Henry County Archives," Sen. John Stevens said. "This money will provide new equipment and furnishings to protect these valuable records."
"Archivists are the unsung heroes in our community," Rep. Tim Wirgau said. "The work they do seldom attracts a lot of attention, but they provide us with links to our past that might otherwise be forgotten."
"It is very important that these types of records are preserved for future generations," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I commend Henry County officials for applying for this grant. I'm sure it will be put to good use."
Since 1999, the Secretary of State's office has made $50,000 available each year to support archive improvement projects at about 10 to 15 locations around the state. The grant funds are used to buy supplies, equipment or furnishings used to help salvage, restore, and preserve permanent government records and to make those records more accessible to the public.
Two Suspects Named In Ogburn Park Shooting Incident
Paris Police Urge Men to Turn Themselves In
Markia Deonte Patton Marquice Ramone Tharpe
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department held a press conference Tuesday morning and has identified two primary suspects in the shooting incident that occurred April 13th at Ogburn Park and urging Marquice Ramone Tharpe and Markia Deonte Patton to turn themselves into authorities.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said at Tuesday’s press conference that arrest warrants have been issued for criminal attempt to commit murder on both Tharpe and Patton after an intensive investigation after the shooting occurred on April 13th.
Chief Elizondo said the three victims in the shooting were Marquice Tharpe, who was treated for a gun shot wound to the shoulder at Henry County Medical Center and released, Timothy Van Dyke, who was treated and released from HCMC the same night, and Kevin Dodd, who was airlifted to Vanderbilt and treated and released the same night.
Attorney General Hansel McCadams said there has been a lack of cooperation in this investigation, but some brave citizens have already stepped up and come forward with information. General McCadams is urging any citizens that have any information or may have small injuries from the shooting incident to contact Paris Police.
Lt. Tom Lankford said the two men were associated with gang’s but investigators are not sure whether the incident at Ogburn Park was directly related to gang activity or a personal conflict between the parties. Lt. Lankford did say, “gang related activity in the city and around parks will not be tolerated and the Paris Police Department is actively and will continue to work hard to make sure of that.”
Investigation in the shooting incident at Ogburn Park is still ongoing and Lt. Lankford said there could be more suspects and more victims as a large number of people were there when the incident did occur.
Chief Elizondo said both Patton and Tharpe should be considered to be armed and dangerous and any citizen with any information on there whereabouts should contact the Paris Police Department. Authorities said they believe both men are around the area and again urged them to turn themselves in.
Chief Elizondo urges the men to turn themselves in at Tuesday's press conference. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Chief Elizondo said with this week being World’s Biggest Fish Fry Week there will be a greater police presence in the city and county around all events including the carnival and the Grand Parade. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Crime Unit, Tennessee Highway Patrol, 24th Judicial Drug Task Force, and officers from the Martin and Humboldt Police Departments will be in full force around Fish Fry events this week.
Lt. Lankford added that in the spring the patrol division of the Paris Police Department increases their presence in the parks and we have redoubled our efforts after this incident.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo along with Lt. Tom Lankford and DA General Hansel McCadams at Tuesday's Press Conference. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Winders Brothers Finish 1-2 at Murray Middle Race
The start of the race at Murray Middle. (Photo submitted by Lance Winders)
Murray, Ky.- Henry County Middle School Track competed in the Murray Middle School Tiger Invitational on Monday and the Winders brothers finished 1st and 2nd in the 1600 meter race. Titus Winders came in 1st setting a new meet record with a time of 5:05 and brother Silas was just seconds behind, finishing 2nd with a time of 5:23. There were 15 runners in the race.
Rossview Edges HC on the Diamond in District Contest
Clarskville, Tenn.- Henry County fell to Rossview in district baseball action 3-2 on Monday night in Clarksvillle. Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh pitched 6 innings, with two Ks in the loss. Patriot shortstop Evan Pugh had two hits in the loss. Henry County will host Rossview Tuesday at home with a first pitch at 6:30pm.
Lady Patriots Beat Northwest in District Softball
Henry County defeated Clarksville Northwest 5-3 Monday night in softball action at Clarksville. Henry County struck early with 3 runs in the top of the first.The inning was highlighted by a 2-run single by Madison Horan. Northwest was able to tie the score with three runs in the bottom of the third. Back to back doubles started the inning for Northwest. Celie Hudson ended the rally with two strikeouts that left the game tied at 3-3.
The Lady Patriots responded in the top of the fourth with two runs to regain the lead. Ashley Underwood’s leadoff single was followed by a Hannah Gwaltney two-run homer to left center field. Henry County threatened to score in the sixth and seventh but left the bases loaded in both innings. Northwest only managed two base runners over the last four innings against Hudson. Hudson threw a complete game in the 5-3 win.
The Lady Patriots will host a varsity double header on Tuesday night at home against Rossview.
Kick Off Dance Draws Great Crowd at Fairgrounds
The Ray Lewis Band, featuring Steve Greer on drums (L), Ray Lewis on guitar (C), Marty Allison on bass (C), his son Andrew Allison on guitar (R), and Lloyd Lewis on keyboards (not pictured), kept dancers on their feet for two hours Monday night (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Fish Fry Week started off with a bang Monday night thanks to the Kickoff Street Dance, held this year at the pavilion of the Henry County Fairgrounds due to the threat of inclement weather.
Well over 200 people came out to enjoy the music and atmosphere, with live entertainment provided by the Ray Lewis Band, who played two hours of country, classic rock, and bluegrass favorites -- with a few current radio hits thrown in for good measure.
Fortunately, despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms, the pavilion stayed relatively dry -- barring the threat of flying water balloons. Event organizers also held a water balloon toss and hula hoop contest at Monday night's dance, which drew almost as big a crowd as the band.
The Hostess Princess and court, as well as other 2014 pageant winners, were on hand and often on the dance floor, along with dozens of Fish Fry veterans who showed the crowd how line dancing is really done.
Several eventgoers brought their lawn chairs out to the pavilion to enjoy Monday night's dance and concert (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Carnival Opens for First Time Tuesday at WBFF
Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s events at the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry include the carnival opening up for the first time from 5-11pm. It’s $20 armband night, but with a $5 off coupon from school, you can ride all the rides for just $15 Tuesday night. Also the Country Dance, featuring the music of James Greer and Friends will be held at the Enoch Building from 7-10pm and admission is $5. For coverage of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry, visit our website at wmufradio.com. We will have pictures on the main page and then for more click on the Fish Fry link on the left side of the page.
County Commission Quickly Runs Thru April Session
Paris, Tenn.- It was very short, routine April session of the Henry County Commission Monday night as they approved budget transfers that were okayed by the Budget Committee last week. In other business the commission approved a statutory bond for county budget director, Pat Hollingsworth.
The board also approved a recommendation from the Nominating Committee to appoint Ralph Anderson, James Hamilton, Brenda Hosford, and Albert Wade, Jr. to the Board of Equalization for another two year term.
Safety a Top Concern at World's Biggest Fish Fry Parade
Paris, Tenn.- According to a recent memo released by the Paris Police Department, eventgoer safety will be the top priority at the upcoming World's Biggest Fish Fry Parade on Friday morning.
Police Chief Chuck Elizondo briefed officers on certain things to look for to ensure safety, such as ensuring that all vendors have proper permits, keeping private drives and intersections clear, and having ATV officers on scene who can easily assist festivalgoers.
The memo also laid out several rules that will be strictly enforced by Paris Police Department officers. No pets will be allowed on the parade route unless participating in the parade; nor will any bikes, ATVs, skateboards, mini bikes or other vehicles be allowed unless specifically authorized by law enforcement or officers or the Paris - Henry County Jaycees.
Poppers and other noisemakers will be prohibited, and parade entrants will not be allowed to throw candy to spectators.
Event safety is of paramount concern to the PPD, and officers will appreciate cooperation both during the Grand Parade and other events during the World's Biggest Fish Fry.
Landscaping, Rehab of Fish Fry Sign Ready for Fish Fry Week
Community supporters of the rehabilitation of the catfish sign included (seated from left) Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Mandy Hamlin, Wofford's Nursery; Chamber President Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank; Brody Hemingway, Lowe's of Paris; (standing) Ryan Hamlin, Wofford's Nursery; Chamber Vice President of Tourism Development Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks and Recreation; Jose Oviedo, Tri-Turf Sod; Tina Pooler, Tri-Turf Sod; Alberto Oviedo, Tri Turf Sod; Jo Ann Christopher, Lowe's; Terry Wilkerson, Lowe's; Tony Wheatley, Lowe's; and Alex Woeste, Lowe's. The project started early last week and was completed quickly and efficiently. (Chamber photo)
Big Turnout Monday for Early Voting In Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting totals so far continue to improve each day as 233 people cast their ballots on Monday for the Henry County May 6th democratic primary. That brings the total so far to 837. The Election Commission office will be open all this week 8:30am to 4:30pm and 9am to Noon on Saturday.
Kick Off Dance Moved Under Pavilion at HC Fairgrounds
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees have decided to go ahead and move Monday night's Kick Off Dance to Under the Pavilion at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Kick Off Dance will still run 7-9, but with the threat of rain throughout the evening, they have decided to move it from downtown and hold it under the pavilion at the Fairgrounds.
Fairgrounds, Carnival Crews, Prepping for Fish Fry Week
Paris, Tenn.- It's early in the week, but there's a lot of work that goes into the World's Biggest Fish Fry all year round, especially the week of the event. While no events were scheduled at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Monday, crews from the Myers International Midway, Pepsi Crews, volunteers and inmates, cleaning the area, and more were working hard during the afternoon.
The carnival crews were sitting up rides, the Pepsi crews were getting the soft drinks ready for the opening of the Fish Tent Wednesday, and some were on scene wiping down tables. The carnival opens up on Tuesday night for the first time, the Fish Tent opens on Wednesday night at 5pm. (photos by Tim Alsobrooks)
One of the rides at this year's WBFF Carnival is the mechanical bull, always a favorite among all ages.
Nearly 350 Kids Participate in WMUF Easter Egg Hunt
Hundreds of kids enjoyed the beautiful weather Saturday morning at the 29th annual Easter Egg Hunt (Tammie Garner photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The 29th Annual WMUF / WLZK / WRQR / Peddler Advantage Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday morning at Ogburn Park in Paris.
348 kids turned out along with parents and family members to enjoy the beautiful morning and grab all the candy and easter eggs they could.
Kids from newborns to 10 years old were eligible to participate in the event, and were divided into three separate age groups; 0-3, 4-6, and 7-10.
In addition to the piles of candy, thirty Easter baskets were given away to kids in each age group thanks to several area sponsors.
Participants had the opportunity to register for these baskets in the sponsors' store locations leading up to the event.
Sponsors and event organizers were pleased with the turnout, and are already making plans for next year's 30th annual hunt.
Saturday's hunt drew a huge crowd to Ogburn Park (Tammie Garner photo).
Stormwater Monitoring Public Awareness Campaign Launched
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder announced Monday the commencement of a public awareness campaign regarding stormwater pollution. Holder stated that the City of Paris has recently met the population level requiring participation in the MS-4 program (Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems). Under the program the City is required to conduct a broad public educational campaign regarding the need to limit and monitor stormwater discharges in the City.
We want the public to understand the purpose behind the program and the steps we must take to implement the standards. Traditionally most property owners have sought to establish the quickest and most effective means of removing stormwater from their property with little regard to pollutants it might collect. The new requirements will change that scenario, property by property, via development or redevelopment.
The City of Paris is the first group that must become complaint with the new standards.
Paris Police Seek Suspect Who Broke into Cash Express Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are continuing to look for a suspect that broke into Cash Express, located at 414 Tyson Avenue over the weekend and stole $6.95 from the cash register.
The report at the Paris Police Department said the money was missing from the drawer and it appeared the back door had some damage where perhaps someone broke in. The manager of the store finally sent Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker video footage, but in the report, Cpl. Whitaker said the footage isn’t very clear.
According to the report from the video footage, the suspect appears to be a white male between 5’5 and 5’8 with short hair and a possible mark or tattoo on his left cheek.
In another report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Dereck Greenhill arrested Anthony Bomar, 43, of 200 Yates Street on active warrants and charged him with simple possession of drug paraphernalia after finding a marijuana roach on his person.
Arrests from the weekend include Cheryl Ann Hendley, 907 Riggins St., for possession of crystal meth, Kent Earl Young, 907 Draper St., for escape, Shawn Patterson Bradley, Huntingdon, for aggravated burglary and domestic assault and Garron Crafton, 1600 Springhill Road for violation of financial responsibility and leaving the scene of an accident.
Early Vote Totals Above 600 So Far
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting totals for this past Saturday saw 97 people come to the Election Commission office and cast their ballot. Also two more absentee ballots were received, bringing the day’s total to 99 and the total so far for the May 6th primary to 606. Early voting continues each weekday this week from 8:30-4:30 and 9am to noon on Saturday.
HCHS Track Competes in Murray
Murray, Ky.- The Henry County High School Track team competed in Murray this past Saturday at the Jimmy Harrell Relays. For the girls, Kaity Beth James came in 2nd place in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:51. In the 4 x 100 meter relay, the Lady Patriots team of Mary Peyton Boyd, Arizeth Hernandez, Haley McDonald, and Kayla Osbron finished 3rd with a time of 58.91 seconds. In the 800 sprint medley relay the team of Mary Peyton Boyd, Haley McDonald, Kayla Osbron, and Kaity Beth James came in 3rd place with a time of 2:10.
In boys action, top finishers include Jared Adkisson, 2nd place in the long jump, Tanner Williams, Cayden Hernandez, and Clay Wyrick came in 2nd place in the 3 x 100 meter shuttle hurdle relay; in the 4 x 100 meter relay the team of Jarrett Beasley, Jared Adkisson, Joemarri Ray, Rodney Tharpe finished in 3rd; the team of Pierce Atkins, Harrison Robbins, Clay Wyrick, and Nathan Condeelis finished in 3rd place in the 4 x 800.
Two new meet records were set by a couple of Patriot teams. In the 800 Sprint Medley Relay, Jarrett Beasley, Jared Adkisson, Rodney Tharpe, and Javan Winders came in 1st place with a new record time of 1:40.30. In the Distance Medley Relay the team of Nathan Condeelis, Dallas Abraham, Harrison Robbins, and Javan Winders set a record coming in 1st place with a time of 11:54.
4-Wheelers, ATVs Prohibited on Henry County Roadways
Low Speed Vehicles Now Subject to Several Requirements
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office announced a new policy recently, to comply with state and federal law. As of last Friday, any low speed vehicle, such as a 4 wheeler, ATV, UTV, or golf cart, caught on a roadway without meeting certain requirements will be subject to a citation, fine, arrest, and / or a seizure of the vehicle.
Low speed vehicles to be driven on Tennessee roadways must have basic safety equipment such as headlights, tail lights, front and rear turn signals, at least two mirrors, a windshield, seat belts, and other stipulations defined in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Vehicles must also be titled and registered for use on Tennessee roadways and will be restricted to roads and streets where the posted speed limit is 35mph or less.
4 wheelers and ATVs, however, are prohibited from being on any street or roadway at any time.
The Sheriff’s Office views citizen safety as its top priority, and officers feel that enforcing these laws will be an improvement in safety for all citizens and especially Henry County motorists.
Any questions regarding the new law enforcement strategy may be directed to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.
Stolen ATV Recovered, Returned to Rightful Owner
Springville, Tenn.- A stolen Polaris ATV was recently recovered and returned to its owner, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
While on patrol, Sgt. Brian Hall found a green Polaris Sportsman 500 parked behind the Trading Post Store in Springville, which has been closed for several months.
Hall spoke with a neighbor who told him the vehicle had not been there the day before. The 4-wheeler was stuck in the mud behind the store and the key was missing.
Hall had the vehicle towed to the Sheriff’s Office and managed to track down the owner, Thomas Bell of Springville.
Bell said there was no damage to the 4-wheeler and the only thing missing was a tie-down strap.
The Sheriff’s Office has no suspects in the theft.
Demolition Derby Packs Fairgrounds Arena Saturday Night
Michael Holmes and David Willett (C) spew smoke from their car while Corey Parish and Jeremiah Stinson (R) try to slip away (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- A capacity crowd was on hand at the Henry County Fairgrounds Saturday night for the World's Biggest Fish Fry Demolition Derby presented by Brad Doublin Promotions.
19 cars in total competed for a prize pool of over $3,000.
A bowl track was prepared at the arena by Norwood Construction of Paris with equipment provided by Wells Tractor, and Eric Hicks of Brad Doublin Promotions commented that the track was one of the safest and best-constructed environments he'd seen.
Among the competitors at this year's derby was Paris Fire Marshal Chuck Wade; he placed 6th in the Old School division.
Paris Fire Marshal Chuck Wade finds himself against the arena wall in the final heat of Saturday's derby (Alex AuBuchon photo).
In addition to the derby itself, organizers also held a Power Wheels derby for children up to 8 years old in Power Wheels or similar vehicles. Each car was outfitted with balloons, with participants trying to pop one another's balloons. Several local kids participated in the event.
Overall winners of this year's derby were Edward Walton of Marion, Ky. in the Compact division, Matt Lancaster of Wingo, Ky. in the Smash-It division, and Colby Lyell of Murray, Ky. in the Old School division.
Full results as well as a list of participants in the Power Wheels derby are as follows:
#442 Addison Garfield -- Paris, Tenn. 3 y/o
#49 Levi Rabey -- Paris, Tenn. 8 y/o
#312 Kinsley Beale -- White Bluff, Tenn. 4 y/o
#5 Brayden Pensyl -- Dickson, Tenn. 8 y/o
#42 Dathan Sanderson -- Mayfield, Ky. 3 y/o
#2 Brayton Manning -- Murray, Ky. 4 y/o
#6 Hunter Doughaday -- Murray, Ky. 4 y/o
#14 Brayden McGarity -- Paris, Tenn. 5 y/o
#24 Chance Harrison -- Mayfield, Ky. 4 y/o
#44jr Paxton Sullivan -- Boaz, Ky. 6 y/o
Noah Espinosa -- Paris, Tenn. 3 y/o
1st: Edward Walton -- Marion, Ky. $500
2nd: Donald Smith -- Benton, Ky. $200
3rd: Shane Watkins -- Benton, Ky.
4th: David Sullivan -- Boaz, Ky.
5th: Chris Evans -- Louisville, Ky.
1st: Matt Lancaster -- Wingo, Ky. $1,000
2nd: Michael Holmes and David Willett -- Fancy Farm, Ky. $500
3rd: Corey Parish and Jeremiah Stinson -- Fancy Farm, Ky.
4th: John Smith -- Puryear, Tenn.
5th: Devin Veazey -- Paris, Tenn.
6th: Dillan Madden -- Paris, Tenn.
1st: Colby Lyell -- Murray, Ky. $1,000
2nd: Dustin Vance -- Murray, Ky. $500
3rd: Cody Leonard -- Mayfield, Ky.
4th: Justin Stubblefield -- Paris, Tenn.
5th: Dustin Martin -- Waverly, Tenn.
6th: Chuck Wade -- Paris, Tenn.
7th: Paul Parrish -- Murray, Ky.
8th: Richard Ballard -- Mayfield, Ky.
Paxton Sullivan, Addison Gafford, Levi Rabey, Brayden Pensyl, Hunter Daughaday and several other kids try to navigate a pileup in Saturday's Power Wheels derby (Alex AuBuchon photo).
McDaniel Brothers Win Horse and Mule Farm Pull
This Year's Event Dedicated to Memory of Terry Moon
Pictured are Ted Cox (L), Michael McDaniel (C), and Jason McDaniel (R), who presented a plaque to Judy Moon (C). The plaque reads "In memory of Terry Moon, gone but not forgotten" (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds of spectators and several teams from multiple states gathered at the Henry County Fairgrounds arena Saturday morning for the annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Horse and Mule Farm Pull.
Ten teams competed in this year's pull; six teams of mules and four pairs of horses. Competitors traveled from as far as Madisonville, Ky. and Rienzi, Miss. to participate.
At a special ceremony before the event began, Jason McDaniel spoke to the crowd about Terry Moon, a former horse and mule logger with Cox, Moon and McDaniel and longtime advocate of the event who passed away in September 2013.
Event organizers presented Moon's wife, Judy, with a plaque honoring Terry's memory.
Jason McDaniel and his mules (L) and Michael McDaniel and his horses (R) both won their respective events (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Full results are as follows:
1st: Jason McDaniel, Paris, Tenn.
2nd: Johnny Dixon, Rienzi, Miss.
3rd: Brance Jenkins, Dickson, Tenn.
4th: Ted Cox, Springville, Tenn.
5th: Michael Sensing, Charlotte, Tenn.
6th: Larry WIlliams, Dickson, Tenn.
1st: Michael McDaniel, Paris, Tenn.
2nd: Allen Smith, Sardis, Tenn.
3rd: Jeff Fergie, Somerville, Tenn.
4th: Tom Sisk, Madisonville, Ky.
Dozens Participate in WBFF Hushpuppy Dash 5K
48 runners set off from the starting line at Henry County High School on a 5K route winding throughout the Lone Oak and Volunteer Drive area (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The World's Biggest Fish Fry kicked off Saturday morning with its first official event, the Hushpuppy Dash 5K run.
Nearly 50 people participated in this year's event, which was chaired by Kristian Elliot and Kelly Biggs.
Henry County High School track and field and cross-country coach Lance Winders kept official time for the 5K along with members of the track team.
The overall winners at this year's Hushpuppy Dash were Bobby Baker with a 5K time of 20:22, and Anna Johnson with a time of 20:40.
Full event results and photos from the 5K Hushpuppy Dash can be seen on our Fish Fry 2014 page.
Anna Johnson crosses the finish line as the top overall female in Saturday's 5K with a time of 20 minutes, 40 seconds (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris - Henry County Special Olympics Set for April 23rd
Paris, Tenn.- This coming Wednesday, the 32nd annual Paris-Henry County Special Olympics will be held at the Henry County High School.
Qualifying students age 8 and up from the city and county school systems will participate in several track and field events, including 10, 25, 50 and 100 meter dashes, wheelchair races, standing long jump, and a softball throw.
The event will be coordinated by retired HCSS teacher Jack Watkins and current E.W. Grove teacher Jamie Adkisson.
The local Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the event, and will be assisting in running and scoring the competitions and handing out ribbons, as well as working with Kroger to provide lunch for all the athletes.
The entire student body of the Henry County High School as well as select classes from other city and county schools will also be in the stands at Patriot Stadium to cheer on the athletes.
E.W. Grove also plans to hold a pep rally on Wednesday morning as a send-off for the Grove athletes competing.
All participants will also march in Friday’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry Parade alongside the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.
News from past weeks here.