From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
For more photos of the WBFF 2013, see our link to "FISH FRY 2013" at left
Ready For the Grand Parade
Paris, Tenn.-Despite the downpour at Friday's World's Biggest Fish Fry grand parade, most kept smiles on their faces even as the rain was beginning to drizzle at the start of the event. Top photo is Penny Lane Bowden and Taloula Larsen, who brought their blanket and their toys for the event. In bottom photo, good friends Jasmyn Webb, Trinity Davis and Jade Strong were ready for a good time Friday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Mt. Zion To Host Family and Friends Day
Paris, Tenn.-Mt. Zion Baptist Church will hold a Family and Friends Day 2013 at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at KPAC.
The Afternoon guest will be Pastor Michael V. Graves of the Crystal Fountain Church of Nashville, TN. A catfish dinner will be served. The theme will be "God's Loving Family" All are invited to attend.
Dr. Michael V. Graves is the Pastor and Founder of The Crystal Fountain Church and Outreach Ministries. Pastor Graves founded the Crystal Fountain Church and Outreach Ministries on December 31, 2002 at the Shelby Avenue location and after only three years God saw fit to expand his ministry.
Small Fry Parade Rescheduled, Catfish Races Cancelled
Paris, Tenn.-With the heavy rain steadily pouring down, this morning's downtown events for the World's Biggest Fish Fry--the Small Fry Parade and Catfish Races--are off.
But there is good news for all the children and parents who have worked hard on their entries for the Small Fry Parade. Small Fry Parade Chair Stephanie Cooper said the event will be rescheduled for next Saturday at 10 a.m. in downtown Paris.
Junior Fishing Rodeo Prizes to be Given Out Today
Paris, Tenn.-Loria Plunk of the WBFF has announced that the Junior Fishing Rodeo is relocating to the room in the back of the Fish Tent to draw for prizes. "The weather is not going to let us fish today but we have goodies we want the children to have so join us at 11 a.m., " she said.
Band Winners Announced
The Henry County High School Marching Patriots perform in Friday's grand parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the Band Competition were announced at the Band Master Luncheon immediately following the World's Biggest Fish Fry grand parade Friday.
Ten bands performed in the parade. Winners were:
Junior Red Class: Humboldt Middle School took the honors for best band, color guard, drum major and sweepstakes.
Senior White Class: first place, Camden High School; second, Chester Co. High School.
Senior Red Class: first place, Glencliff High School, Nashville; second place, McKenzie High School; third, Riverside. McKenzie High School also won best drum major, color guard and overall sweepstakes.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard at the front of the parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
WLJT-TV To Air Parade
Martin, Tenn.-The World's Biggest Fish Fry parade will be on WLJT-TV twice. The parade will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, as well as next Sunday, May 5, at 3:30 p.m.
WLJT-TV can be found on Channel 11 on Charter Cable.
Rain Dampens Parade, But Not Spirits
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander made a surprise appearance in the parade in his familiar red flannel shirt, walking the whole route despite the rain. State Sen. John Stephens of Huntingdon is in middle, with State Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris, at right. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Despite weather predictions for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s on parade day, the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry parade was instead greeted with a downpour Friday morning.
Thousands of people lined the parade route and with temperatures being chilly in the early morning, many had brought blankets and coats. As the time for the parade drew near, the blankets came in handy as the temperatures stayed chilly and a steady drizzle began to fall. That drizzle turned into a downpour as the parade progressed, but that didn’t stop the marching bands, floats, and other parade entries from moving on down the parade route with smiles on their faces.
A highlight of the parade was the appearance of Grand Marshal Verne Troyer, who has appeared in the Austin Powers’ movies as “Mini-Me”. Troyer has ties to Henry County, as his family vacations here regularly. Troyer also came to the fish tent Thursday night and visited with people and posed for photos.
The Budweiser Clydesdales, along with their Dalmation dog Brewer, drew a lot of applause as they moved down the parade route, too.
Making a surprise appearance in the parade was U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, wearing his famous red flannel shirt. Alexander said the shirt may not fit the same as it did years ago, but he still wears it. Alexander marched along with State Senator John Stephens of Carroll Co. and State Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris.
General Manager’s Choice this year was handed out to the Choo Choo Cuties, whose float was decorated like a train. In the category of Most Original, winners were: first, Junior Prince and Princess; Second, Tiny Tot royalty; and third, Bethel University.
In the Best Club or Church Float category, first place was Cub Scout Pack 22; second place, Fairview Baptist Church and third place, Friendship Baptist Church.
In the Most Beautiful Float category, first place was Junior Queen Royalty; second place, Miss Pre-Teen; and third place, Miss Teen.
Best Out-of-Town Floats were: first place, Lil Mr. and Miss McKenzie; second place, Cruzin the Clouds and third place, Sisters to Sisters.
Brewer, the Budweiser Clydesdales' dalmation dog, allows himself a yawn from atop the Budweiser wagon. (McFarlin photo).
They came prepared: Darrin Thompson, his children Carter and Sadie and wife, Christie, were glad they brought their blankets with them. (McFarlin photo).
The General Manager's Trophy was given to the Choo Choo Cuties. (McFarlin photo).
The congregants of the Friendship Baptist Church were drenched by the end of the parade, but they did go home with a Third Place trophy in the Best Club or Church Float category. (McFarlin photo).
The Hostess Princess float made for an impressive display this year. (McFarlin photo).
The Henry County High School cheerleaders kept smiling, despite the rain. (McFarlin photo).
Verne Troyer Visits Fish Tent Thursday night
Will be Grand Marshall of Friday's Parade
Paris, Tenn.- In the photo above, Sam and Ben Branham, of Big Sandy, pose with this year's Grnad Marshall of the 60th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Verne Troyer. Troyer spent some time at the fish tent Thursday night and enjoyed the good food and meeting lots of people. (Jennifer Wheatley photo)
Grand Parade Starts at 10am Friday
Plenty of Activies Left as Fish Fry Draws to a Close
Paris, Tenn.- The Grand Parade starts at 10am on Wood Street this morning as the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry continues. Our broadcast coverage of the parade can be heard beginning at 9am on WRQR 97.5FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.
After the parade there are several events as the Fish Fry continues, including the opening of the Fish Tent once again. It’s $12 for all you can eat catfish, white beans, fries, cole slaw, hushpuppies, and drink. The Fish Tent will run from 11am to 9pm this evening and again on Saturday from 11am-9pm.
The Belle City Carnival starts at 11am Friday and Saturday and runs till midnight. It’s $20 armbands from 11-5 both days and then tickets from 5-midnight. The carnival will be open again Sunday from 1-5pm with $15 armbands.
The IPRA Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm with admission $9 for adults, $8 for children. Viewing of arts and crafts run for several hours Friday and Saturday as well.
The World’s Biggest Fish Fry closes out Saturday, but there will still be plenty of events going on such as the Small Fry Parade at 10am around the court square, the catfish races at 10:30am, and the Jr. Fishing Rodeo from 11am to 1pm at Williams Lake.
Titans Caravan to Make Stop Tuesday at Clifty Farms
Paris, Tenn.- The 2013 Academy Sports and Outdoors Titans Caravan will be in Paris Tuesday April 30th at 3pm at the main offices of Clifty Farms Country Hams on highway 641 S. The public is invited to meet and greet Titans players Akeem Ayers and Jurrell Casey along with the “voice of the Titans” Mike Keith and mascot T-Rac. The Titans caravan will stop at 22 schools during the caravan stops in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.
HCHS Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Honorable Mention Announced
Natalie Applebaum Sarah Cathey Michelle Culley
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School has announced its Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the 2012-2013 school year.
Valedictorian is Natalie Jean Applebaum, GPA of 102.0417; daughter of Dave and Linda Applebaum
Salutatorian is Sarah Elizabeth Cathey, GPA of 101.1579; daughter of Marty and Amy Cathey
Honorable Mention is Michelle Elizabeth Culley, GPA of 101.0556; daughter of Rusty and Catherine Culley
Rounding out the Top 7 students for the senior class are:
4. Samuel Albert Sulcer son of Clyde and Donna Sulcer
5. Amber Rumi Upton daughter of Ed and Mary Upton
6. Savanna Leigh Rose daughter of Todd and Teresa Rose
7. Wesely Carter Eaton son of Michelle Eaton and Micky Eaton
Graduation is May 17 at the high school.
Opening Night of Fish Tent Down from Last Year
Paris, Tenn.- With the cooler weather and clouds Wednesday, there was a drop in the opening night attendance at the Fish Tent. 550 people were served catfish Wednesday night, which is down over a 100 from last year’s opening night in which the weather was warm and sunny. Attendance at the carnival dipped a bit too because of colder temperatures overnight.
Thursday events at the 60th Annual Worlds Biggest Fish Fry include the Fish Tent opening up again from 5-9pm, serving catfish and all the trimmings for $12, all you can eat. Its Family Night at the IPRA Rodeo with special $5 admission price per person when it starts at 7:30pm. The Carnival is open from 5-11pm where its ten rides for $10. The Arts and Crafts will also be viewable at the Enoch Building from 5-8:30pm this evening.
For continuing coverage and pictures of Fish Fry events, visit our website, wmufradio.com. Also be sure and visit Fish Fry Headquarters on Wood Street to purchase souvenirs and for more information on events call headquarters from 10:30am to 5:30pm at 644-1143.
Queen's Hush Puppy Toss Officially Opens Fish Tent
Hostess Princess Queen Ali Davis tosses the first hush puppy to her father, Andrew Davis, to officially open the fish tent. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Hostess Princess Ali Davis officially opened the Fish Tent for the first time this year with the hushpuppy toss Wednesday. Hundreds of hungry people didn’t let a cool afternoon stop them from lining up for fresh hot delicious fried catfish and trimmings. Good crowds stayed in line throughout the evening and many also rode rides at the carnival and listened to the Tim Harvey Band during the Christian Concert, as well as visited the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Breading the fish fillets in the fish tent Wednesday night were (left to right): Robert Albrecht, Chris Jones, Nathan Morris and Sterling Albrecht. (McFarlin photo).
Donald Dunning works one of the fish fryers. (McFarlin photo).
General Assembly Amends TN Voter Photo ID Law
Nashville- A press release from Secretary Tre Hargett announced the General Assembly has amended Tennessee’s voter photo identification law during its recently concluded legislative session.
Voters may no longer use photo IDs issued by other states as acceptable forms of identification when voting in person. This change mirrors similar laws in other states, including Indiana, which had its law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The amendments also clarify the General Assembly’s original intent in passing the law by explicitly excluding photo Ids issued by counties and municipalities. These changes took effect when the amended law was signed by Governor Haslam this week.
Secretary Hargett stated “the General Assembly continues to enact laws that protect the integrity of the ballot box and I am grateful that our legislators continue to seek out policies to ensure that only eligible voters may cast their ballots in Tennessee.”
Farrier Gets Clydesdales Ready for WBFF Parade, Rodeos
John Soto is farrier to the Clydesdales. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-John Soto of Connecticut travels to wherever the Budweiser Clydesdales are to perform his farrier duties on the Clydesdales' hooves. Wednesday night he could be found in the livestock barn at the Henry County Fairgrounds, where the Clydesdales are being housed for the World's Biggest Fish Fry.
The livestock barn has been a popular place while the Clydesdales (and their dalmation dog Brewer) have been living there this week. It has been open for stable viewings all week, which will continue today from noon-3 p.m. The Clydesdales will perform tonight at 7 p.m. for the IPRA Rodeo and will be in Friday's grand parade which begins at 10 a.m. The Clydesdales will have stable viewing from 1-9 p.m. Friday and will make a rodeo entrance at the IPRA Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, stable viewing is from 9-10 a.m. and they will perform again at the IPRA Rodeo at 7:30 p.m.
Soto compares the size of the Clydesdales' shoes to that of other horses. (McFarlin photo).
Waving to All from High Atop the "Big Fish"
Paris, Tenn.-The World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Court had a chilly start to their morning Thursday when they waved to one and all from high atop the big catfish that greets visitors at the intersection of Tyson and Mineral Wells Ave. The court was interviewed live on the Tim in the AM show on WMUF. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris Native Dr. Jay Morgan Selected as MSU Provost
MURRAY, Ky. — Dr. Joseph (Jay) Morgan has been selected to serve as Murray State University’s next provost by Dr. Randy J. Dunn, MSU president. He was selected from a national pool of 84 candidates and was one of four finalists who interviewed for the position.
Morgan, who is a graduate of Murray State and has spent much of his career on campus, is eager to take on this new opportunity. “I am humbled by the university community’s confidence in me to serve as the next provost. MSU has a high-quality faculty and staff, as well as great students and a loyal alumni base. I very much look forward to working collaboratively with everyone within the university and with all areas of the service region,” Morgan noted.
Morgan holds the B.S. degree in agriculture science and business, and an M.S. in agriculture science from MSU. He earned his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in agricultural education.
He has been the associate provost for graduate education and research at Murray State since 2010. Morgan began teaching at MSU in 1997 in the Hutson School of Agriculture. He worked his way through the academic ranks, becoming a full professor in 2008. Morgan also served as graduate coordinator for agriculture for six years, and was the director of the Agriculture Leadership Development Program for nearly a decade. Prior to beginning his career at MSU, Morgan spent several years teaching and coaching at the high school level.
Current provost, Dr. Bonnie Higginson, has held the position since 2010. She is retiring from the provost’s office on June 30. Morgan will begin his new duties on July 1.
Youth Orchestra Concert Moved to May 5
The Paris-Henry Co. Youth Orchestra concert has been moved to Sunday, May 5, KPAC, 3:00pm. Thank you for your support! It had been set for Sunday, April 28.
Hazelwood ECO's May Event is "Make the Most of Your Summer"
Event to be held May 3-4, Deadline to Register April 30th
Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Refuge Ranger Joan Stevens (left) talks with Barron Crawford, Refuge Manager about using binoculars and a bird guide book as part of the bird watching session that will be taught at the “Making the Most of Summer” Event.
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Hazelwood Every Child Outdoor Center will offer two days of programs aimed at encouraging families to “Make the Most of Summer.” Programs will include an optional overnight camping stay on Friday and Saturday May 3rd and 4th.
The program will start at 2:30pm on Friday May 3rd with an Open House at the Hazelwood ECO. The Open House will include the Spring Plant Sale as students from Lakewood and Harrelson Schools sell plants they have raised this year. Tours of the ECO greenhouse, gardens, and grounds will be available.
Participants will enjoy crafts, dinner, a bonfire, and a program called “Make the Most of Twilight.” Overnight campers will make camp and prepare for the evening.
Non campers can return at 8:30am Saturday May 4th when Refuge Ranger Joan Stevens will lead a “Bird Watching Basics” Nature Hike. Participants will learn to use binoculars and try their hands at bird identification.
Also Saturday ECO’s Kelsea Reagan will present a program called “Making Sense of Fast Food Menus,” to help eat healthier during the summer when fast food is a have to option. After lunch, Vicky Stevens-Valentine will lead event goers in “Making the Most of Your Garden.”
The event is once again free, but you must register by Tuesday April 30th. Call the Henry County Alliance at 642-3431 to register for this great family fun filled weekend at Hazelwood.
Paris Duo Charged in McKenzie Arson
Christien Radford Spencer Underwood
McKenzie, Tenn.-Two people from Paris are charged in the arson of a downtown McKenzie business. One of the two arrested is the owner of the store.
The Impressions gift store, located on Broadway St., was completely destroyed in a massive fire on December 10, 2012, that also threatened nearby buildings.
Arrested were: Christien D. Radford, 40, Castleton Cove, Paris; and Spencer Underwood, 23, 1450 N. Market Street.
According to the McKenzie Banner, a warrant signed by Investigator Ricky Sawyers of the McKenzie Police Department, states that the pair intentionally set fire to the store.
The case is still under investigation by the Tennessee Arson and Bomb Division.
Underwood is being held in the Henry County Jail on charges of illegal possession and fraudulent use of a credit card. He will be arraigned on the arson charge in Carroll County on May 2.
Radford is free on bond and her arraignment will be held May 24 at Carroll County General Sessions Court.
WMUF/WLZK Crew to Broadcast from Fish Fry Today
Goodie Bags to be Given Away
Paris, Tenn.-The WMUF/WLZK crew will be broadcasting live from the World's Biggest Fish Fry today from 4-6 p.m. for the opening of the fish fry tent. Tim Alsobrooks and Lance Pierce, top, are displaying some of the goodie bags that will be given away to Henry County residents and out-of-town visitors who drop by the radio station's spot near the entrance of the fish tent. The crew will be interviewing people who come to the fish fry tonight, as well as WBFF dignitaries. In the goodie bags are bottles of wine from Paris Winery, candy from Sally Lane's Candy Farm, Allegro products, and Henry County Medical Center freebies, including laptop bags and insulated containers. The remote is sponsored by Henry County Medical Center. The broadcast will be aired on WLZK 94.1 FM. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Metro Crime Unit Arrests Man on Controlled Buy Bust
Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested Wednesday in a controlled buy bust coordinated by the Metro Crime Unit, Sheriff’s Office, and Paris Police Department.
Arrested was Willie Tharpe, age 23, of 716 Memorial Drive Lot #6. Tharpe sold a controlled prescription medication to an undercover informant. Tharpe was charged with delivery of a schedule two narcotic in a park area. Tharpe has a court date for April 25 and bond was set at $75,000.
Rhea Kindergarten Fish Fry Parade Adds New Twist This Year
The "Happy Days" gang, otherwise known as Linda Mitchell's class, pose outside Morningside after their parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-One of the biggest days of the year for W.G. Rhea Elementary School each year is the Kindergarten Fish Fry Parade Day. But that event got even bigger this year with the addition of two smaller parades at Paris assisted living centers.
The brainchild of Teacher Fran Jenkins, the kindergartners' took their parade to Morningside Assisted Living and Paris Healthcare Tuesday morning before the school's big parade outdoors at Rhea School in the early afternoon.
Each year, each kindergarten class dresses up with unique themes and conducts a parade around the school. The day also includes other activities at the school.
Brooke French takes photos of her students before the parade at Morningside. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Morningside Resident Virginia Collins gets a closer look at a student's t-shirt during the parade. (McFarlin photo).
Turner Sentenced to Federal Prison for Paris Bank Robbery
Jackson, Tenn.-A Paris man found guilty of robbing a Paris bank was sentenced to six years and five months in federal prison in a Jackson federal court hearing.
Nichole Turner was also ordered to repay the almost $3,000 he stole from the branch bank of Commercial Bank and Trust on E. Wood Street in June of 2011. He pleaded guilty to the robbery in February of last year.
During the robbery , Turner slipped a teller a note, saying he had a gun and wanted all the money she had.
He was arrested the next day inside a Paris pawn shop.
Library Closings Announced
Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The library also will be closed Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, due to plumbing problems.
4-H Honor Club Initiates New Members
New Honor Club Initiates of 2013: (front row l to r) Delia McDevitt, Sydney Heath, Gabby Pack, Kimberly Lee, Honor Club President Brigitte Passman, current Honor Club member Brooke Daniels, Steele Schoeberl. (Second row) Laura Whitby, Mae Whitby, Jeffery Allen, Dallas Ables, Clay Durham, Natalie Clark, Lexi Daniels, Anna DiVito, Billee Lassiter, Hannah Hutson, Maddie Rogers and Jillian Smith. (Staci Foy photo).
The Henry County 4-H Honor Club initiated 20 new members into their club last month. New members were welcomed by current Honor Club members in a special candlelit ceremony. They then enjoyed some ice breakers and team-building games. The following 4-H members were welcomed into the Honor Club: Dallas Ables, Jeffery Allen, Natalie Clark, Lexi Daniels, Anna DiVito, Clay Durham, Graci Ellis, Sidney Heath, Hannah Hutson, Billee Lassiter, Kimberly Lee, Delia McDevitt, Gabby Pack, Maddie Rogers, Steele Schoeberl, Jillian Smith, Alden Strickland, Lexi Watkins, Laura Whitby and Mae Whitby.
The 4-H Honor Club is the first step in recognition for a Tennessee 4-H member. 4-H members are required to fill out an application form with all of their 4-H participation, leadership and citizenship activities since they became a 4-H member. Honor Club members are required to earn a specified amount of points in each section of the form. Becoming an Honor Club member is truly a great honor, as it recognizes 4-H members that have been dedicated in their participation in 4-H.
A 4-H member is eligible to apply for the Honor Club in the sixth grade. Honor Club members that reach the ninth grade can then apply to become a 4-H All Star, the second step in Tennessee 4-H recognition. The third and final step is Vol State, which is bestowed upon members in the eleventh and twelfth grade during State 4-H Roundup.
Locally, the Henry County 4-H Honor Club meets monthly during the school year. They have an elected group of officers that work with the 4-H Agent to conduct community service projects, continue ongoing education of Honor Club members, assist with local 4-H events, and promote opportunities to the club members.
Fish Tent Opens at 5 pm Wednesday as 60th WBFF Rolls On
Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Tent officially opens at 5pm this evening with the hushpuppy toss from 2013 Hostess Princess Ali Davis as the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry continues in Paris. The fish tent will be open from 5pm till 9pm or the last person is served. It’s all you can eat boneless fried catfish, fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, and white beans and drink for $12. The hours for the Fish Tent the rest of the week are 5-9pm Thursday and 11am to 9pm Friday and Saturday.
Other events at the Fish Fry Wednesday include $20 armbands from 5-11pm at the carnival. The Tim Harvey Band will perform a Christian Concert at 7pm Wednesday with admission being only $4.
Sequestration, Affordable Care Could Mean HCMC Staff Reduction
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Tuesday night and hospital administrator and CEO Tom Gee painted a bleak picture of possible future staff reduction along with program and service cuts to balance a budget due to sequestration cuts. The federal budget cuts, which started April 1, will add up to $492,000 over the course of the next year, in addition to more cuts coming when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect.
Gee said with continued light patient volume and the failure of the legislature to act on the Medicaid expansion question he fears the Henry County Medical Center may have to act in ways along with other hospitals in the area that have already done things to stay under budget. Murray Calloway County announced layoffs recently and Vanderbilt has reduced benefits to their employees.
Gee also told board members that several entities have contacted the medical center about providing cardiology services to Paris including Jackson General, Vanderbilt, and Centennial. Two of the hospitals have expressed interest in possibly providing a full time cardiologist in Paris. Gee said they will continue to evaluate options and see how interested these groups are and determine if this will have any impact on the medical center’s relationship with St. Thomas.
No final decisions have come yet regarding the soft drink contract at the hospital. Last month the board discussed in some detail whether to go with Coke or Pepsi for the cafeteria and vending services. Gee said they have decided to take the next 90 days and gauge impact of the decision on employee and cafeteria sales and also review options thru the Tennessee Hospital Association.
Cold March Equals More KiloWatts Sold From BPU
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager John Etheridge said a colder March this year has equated to higher sales for the electric department. BPU sold about 21% more kilowatt hours this March compared to last March, which was much warmer. Etheridge said the electric department has a nice cash position and a positive net income.
Etheridge also talked about the dramatic improvement BPU has seen in bad debt. He told board members that higher deposit requirements and diligent work by the office staff on focusing on collections of bad debt has seen the debt drop off significantly from the same time period last year.
In the water department, sales were flat for March, but still up around $34K for the year and they continue to be in a good position. The wastewater department also see sales up $39K year to date and a better cash position and positive net income.
Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly told board members that 30% of the AMR water meters have been installed and are working. He said they have been able to read meters by driving by which is saving time and money. The next batch of AMR meter installs would begin during the week of May 6th and project should be complete by mid August.
Etheridge and Electric Supervisor Barry Brogdon also briefly discussed updates on the Electric Warehouse. Etheridge thanked board member Bill Culley for working with them and providing his expertise during the process. Culley then made a motion to allow Etheridge to hire an architect to work on some plans, negotiate to buy some property, and provide a financial plan and present back to the board. Culley said this is the right time to get the project moving along because it needed to be done. The board approved the motion and
Etheridge then told them he would present a financial plan at May’s board meeting.
Brodgdon told the board they are also moving along on the North Paris Substation. He said we have talked to a property owner for a potential spot for the substation but have not gotten into any deep negotiations with prices so far.
It's WBFF Carnival Time Again!
Paris, Tenn.-Jonathan Crosno of Paris, left, and Chris Range of Maysville, Ky. were busy at work this morning cleaning one of the rides for the World's Biggest Fish Fry carnival which opens tonight at 5 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The carnival runs from 5-11 p.m. tonight through April 25 as part of many fish fry activities. (Shannon McFarlin photo)
Paris Police Issue Warrant After Plants Taken from Kroger
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police have issued warrants for Gloria Hudspeth, age 57, of 2303 India Road, for theft of property involving some plants being stolen from outside of Kroger. The report said that an employee witnessed Hudspeth put some plants from the front of the store in a dark blue GMC Jimmy and then drive over to another location in the parking lot. She then took the plants out and placed them in a buggy. After a couple minutes, she placed them back in the vehicle and drove off.
Officers caught up with her at KFC on Mineral Wells Avenue after spotting her leaving Sav-A-Lot in Paris on Jim Adams Drive. After escorting Hudspeth back to Kroger she explained to officers she had taken the plants from her car to the buggy to take them in and pay for them, but then decided they looked too sickly to purchase. Officers then asked her about the plants in the back of her vehicle and she said she bought them somewhere else.
Hudspeth wasn’t charged at the time, but a later in the day, Paris Police found plants taken from Kroger near the air coniditioning unit behind Sav-A-Lot and issued a warrant for her for theft of property. The value of the stolen plants is $60.
Hostess Princess Court to Promote Dog Adoptions During Fish Fry
Paris, Tenn.-The World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Court is taking the opportunity this week to publicize the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter and the importance of adopting dogs and puppies. Shelter Spokesperson Melissa Bomar said the court came to the shelter for a visit Saturday and said they would be publicizing the shelter this week at all the Fish Fry functions they attend. The young ladies adopted a puppy while they were there and will be carrying it with them during the week's activities. Bomar said one of the ladies will keep him after the fish fry concludes. In photo, left to right: Hannah McFadden, Rachel Wilson, Queen Ali Davis, Katie Drummond and Shelby Beloate. The sheriff's office shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Rd. and is a no-kill shelter. The phone number is 641-8090. (Animal Shelter photo).
Local Career Center To Relocate to Carroll County
Paris, Tenn. – People in Henry County who are unemployed or seeking new job opportunities will now have to drive to Carroll County under a restructuring plan unveiled by Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips over the weekend.
Phillips announced that the department is restructuring its career center network to "more effectively serve Tennessee citizens within current budget constraints. Thirty-four career centers will permanently suspend job services in order to continue job placement activities with fewer federal dollars."
Under the plan, Henry County's Career Center, located at 1023 Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris, will close and its services will be relocated to the Carroll County Center in Huntingdon. The Carroll County Center will now serve Benton, Carroll, Henry and Weakley Counties.
Local Career Center Director Alane Paschall was not available to comment on the impact the restructuring will have on employees of the local center or its services.
According to the press release issued by the Department of Labor, career centers were operating at a deficit and more than $32 million in one-time federal funding was used to supplement the program since 2004. "When that funding ran out, the governor included $5 million of state funding in last year’s budget to give the department an opportunity to work on a plan to run the career centers efficiently and effectively moving forward," Phillips said.
“Citizens across the state will continue to have convenient access to career center services,” Phillips said. “We understand the importance of providing support to job seekers and take that responsibility seriously. This plan allows us to rightsize the program and continue services to all 95 counties.”
The press release does not provide a timeline underwhich the restructuring will take place and a call to the Department of Labor was not returned. Under the plan, there will be 23 Career Centers in Tennessee.
Passman Honored with 4-H Award
Tina Passman, center, receives the award from Western Region All Star Advisor Tonya Bain and 4-H Specialist Neal Smith. (Staci Foy photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Tina Passman was recently honored with the Brooks-Jacocks Award for outstanding volunteer work with the Western Region 4-H All Stars. Ms. Passman received the award at the All Star banquet held at Paris Landing in March. She is active as a 4-H volunteer on the local, regional and state level. She also serves on the State Committee of 4-H Volunteer Leaders.
World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales in Town For Fish Fry
One of ten Clydesdale that have taken residence at the
Livestock building at the fairgrounds. The hitch has eight
horses but each team travels with 10 and swaps
out horses at different events. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are in town this week for the 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry. There will be plenty of chances to see them up close. The Clydesdales will be open for stable viewing at the Henry County Fairgrounds Livestock building from 2-8 pm Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday they will be open for stable viewing from Noon to 3 pm, then will perform Thursday at 7:30 pm in a full hitch performance at Family Night at the IPRA Rodeo at the Arena.
The Clydesdales will also be in full hitch performance during the Grand Parade on Friday. They will be available for stable viewing from 1-9pm Friday, and a one horse viewing from 6:30-7:30 pm at the arena Friday evening before the Rodeo.
Saturday will be the last chance to see the Clydesdales. You can view them 9-10am in the stables, and one last full hitch performance Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Rodeo.
Each Clydesdale can eat up to 50 pounds of
timothy hay per day. (Alsobrooks photo)
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch must be at least three years old and stand approximately 18 hands or six feet at the shoulder. The average Clydesdale weighs around two thousand pounds and must be bay in color have four white stockings, a blaze of white on the face, and a black mane and tail.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 25-30 quarts of feed per day, 40-50 pounds of timothy hay, and 30 gallons of water each day. Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian Dog. In the early days of brewing beer, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the drive went inside to make deliveries.
This is Brewer, the Dalmation for this particular hitch. He
second trip to Paris. Last time he
was here for the Fish Fry he was
just over a year old; he will be turning
three later this year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Each Clydesdale hitch makes about 300 appearances per year and have five travelling hitches. The first Clydesdales were bought to America in the mid-1800s by Canadians of Scottish descent.
This is one of three semis that brought the Clydesdales from St. Louis to Paris
Tuesday Events at WBFF
Paris Tenn.- Other events tonight at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Tuesday include the country dance at the Fairgrounds featuring the group Branded Country. Admission is only $5 and the dance runs from 7-10 pm. Its discounted arm band night at the Belle City Amusement Carnival, where you can ride all the rides you want for $15 as long as you have a $5 off coupon from school. The carnival is open from 5 pm to 11 pm. For any questions about fish fry events, call the Fish Fry Headquarters at 644-1143. The headquarters is staffed from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Patriots Football Team to Hold Lift-A-Thon Tuesday Evening
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Football Team will hold a Liftathon on Tuesday April 23 at Patriot Stadium beginning at 6:30pm. The Henry County Football team will be training for the public to view in the events such as 40 yard dash, standing broad jump, weight lifting and agilities. The pubic is invited to attend, admission is free.
April 22 Declared Lisa Beechum Day in Henry County
Sheriff Monte Belew and Cpt. Damon Lowe present Lisa Beechum, center, with an award at the Henry County High School this morning. Today was declared Lisa Beechum Day. Cafeteria Manager Peggy Upchurch is far left. (Photo submitted by Peggy Upchurch).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer has declared Monday April 22 as Lisa Beechum Day. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Cpt. Damon Lowe presented Lisa Beechum an award on the student news Monday morning at Henry County High School. Beecham works in the cafeteria and immediately responded with the Heimlich Maneuver after cafeteria manager, Peggy Upchurch began choking on April 17 in the cafeteria.
Morning Wreck at Busy Intersection Causes Delays
Paris, Tenn.-A two-vehicle wreck at the busy intersection of Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenues caused delays for drivers Monday morning. (Photo submitted by Chuck Raymer).
Good Start to 60th Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry
Paris, Tenn.- The 60th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is underway and events this weekend had great participation and turnout. The Horse and Mule Pull was held Saturday morning at the arena and winners in the mule class were 1st place Jason McDaniel, 2nd place Johnny Palmore, 3rd place tie Johnny Dixon and Wilbur Gray, and 4th place Brance Jenkins.
In the horse class, Alan Smith came in 1st, Micheal McDaniel finished 2nd, Ronnie Smith 3rd, Jeff Ferge 4th, and Royce Abernathy finished 5th.
The 5K Hushpuppy Dash was held Saturday morning at Henry County High School. Over 50 participated in the 5K and many more came out to cheer them on during the chilly weather Saturday morning. Participants varied in age from nine years old to over 60. Event chair Kristian Elliott said “we even had a couple of little ones in strollers accompanying their parents during the walk.”
Lance Winders crossed the finish line first and took the trophy for overall male with a time of 18:22. The overall female trophy went to Lexi Daniels, who finished the 5K run at 24:10.
Medals were also awarded to the first three places in each age group male and female. T-shirts were provided for all participants compliments of Hulme’s Sporting Goods and water was donated to the event by Dr. Wes Medlin at Henry County Chiropractic.
The kick-off dance will be held from 7-9pm this evening on the streets of downtown Paris. The Ray Lewis Band will provide plenty of great entertainment for you to dance to as the 60th World’s Biggest Fish Fry gets up and running. Admission to the kick-off dance is free.
Several Thefts Reported in County
Paris, Tenn.-There were many reports of thefts around the county being investigated by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office today. A home on Mays Bridge Road reported a utility trailer valued about $1,000 was stolen. Other burglaries were reported on Eagle Road where two shotguns valued at $150 apiece, and over $2500 worth of items including metal shelves, an air compressor, nail gun, freezers, a small fridge and more were taken from Manleyville Road. There are no suspects in any of these thefts.
Bethel Wins Collegiate Bass Fishing Open
Bethel's winning team (left to right): Matthew Roberts, Zach Parker, Cody Ross and Dewey Swims. (Cabela photo).
Buchanan, Tenn.-Bethel University in McKenzie won the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open 2013 at Paris Landing State Park over the weekend after dominating the entire tournament.
Bethel’s fishing team has already made a name for itself nationally and will be drawing attention even more after this win. Bethel sent five teams in all to the tournament and Bethel’s Team Number 5, which was made up of Matthew Roberts, Zach Parker, Cody Ross and Dewey Swims won the tournament with a final weight of 52.78 pounds.
Bethel’s team Number 1 came in second, with a final weight of 51.33 pounds. Coming in third was Murray State University’s Team 2, with a final weight of 46.24. Murray State sent three teams to the tournament.
In all, 160 anglers from some 50 universities from all over the United States competed, including The Ohio State University, Southeast Missouri State, the University of Arkansas, the Universith of North Alabama, Oklahoma State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of North Texas, Carnegie Mellon, Kansas State, Illinois State, Morehead and Louisiana State.
The winning Bethel team got off to a big jump on the competition Friday when Cody Ross caught a 10.44 pound monster, a big part of the team’s six fish limit of 31.42 pounds that first day.
When asked about the giant he caught, Ross said, “Dewey pitched into a bush and set the hook on a three pounder pretty early in the day. I glanced down towards where he cast and wham, I felt a huge bite, and the whole bush I was fishing shook. When I set the hook I knew immediately I had tied into a monster. There we were doubled up on two fish…a good one and a giant one. I told Dewey to get the net and forget about the fish he was fighting; I was going to need some help.”
The tournament was hosted by the Henry County Alliance. The tournament series is sponsored by Cabela’s. The activities included a ‘spirit parade’ through town and fish fry for the anglers the night before the tournament began.
Here is the link for the final results: http://www.collegiatebasschampionship.com/uploads/2013%20Results/2013Open_FinalResults_20Apr13.pdf
Winning Team Wins Big
Buchanan, Tenn.-The winning Bethel team from this weekend's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open will go home with some nice hardware, but also will win cash and prizes valued at $2,100 including cabelas gift cards, temple fork outfitter rods, and cash, according to a Cabela spokesperson.
Mules and Horses Put on Quite a Show
Paris, Tenn.-A mule team gives their all, top photo, pulling concrete blocks during Saturday morning's Horse and Mule Pull at the Henry County Fairgrounds, one of the weekend's events for the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Bottom, Jason McDaniel's team of mules Jack and Jim pull their weight. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
First Annual "Fish Tales" Event Well-Attended
Paris, Tenn.-A good-sized crowd was on hand for the first-ever "Fish Tales" event held at the home and gardens of Jimmy and Peggy Williams on E. Blythe Street. Those attending were treated to luxurious strolls on the huge gardens, where storytellers and musicians could be found. Top photo, the Shepherd family entertains, while bottom, Bob Valentine tells stories. (Jean Owens photos).
Hostess Princess Court Has Busy Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-Hostess Princess Queen 2013 Ali Davis and her court were busy Saturday attending all the events for the first day of the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Top, the ladies took time during the Horse and Mule Pull to pose for the photo. They also attended the HushPuppy Dash 5K, Fish Tales, Demolition Derby and even found time to go to the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open weigh-in. In photo, from left: Hannah McFadden, Rachel Wilson, Katie Drummond, Queen Ali David and Shelby Beloate, (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris PD Makes Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Henry County Medical Center on a call of a disorderly subject on the grounds. When Patrolman Nicholas Oatsvall arrived, he found Michael Salmon, 38, 805 Hershel Sykes Rd., Puryear, disoriented and talking to himself.
Nurses told him that Salmon had been discharged at 2 a.m. and he had been walking around the property, urinating on things and that nothing was medically wrong with him.
Salmon was arrested for public intoxication.
In another incident, Officer Ean Reed arrested a Camden man for DUI 2nd offense after he was seen speeding and driving recklessly along Memorial Drive at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Reed spotted him driving at a high rate of speed and crossing the centerline and the man nearly collided with Reed. When Reed turned around to catch him, he saw him attempt to turn onto Greenvalley Drive and almost run through a yard.
During the traffic stop, Reed observed an odor of alcohol and slurred speech. The man failed sobriety tests. Arrested was Steven Benson, 50. His vehicle also was seized.
Bethel Teams Ahead in Collegiate Bass Tourney at End of Day One
A fine mist hovered over Kentucky Lake as boaters launched Saturday morning for Day Two of the tournament. (Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing photo).
Paris, Tenn.-It may have been chilly Friday morning at Paris Landing for the first day of fishing in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament, but that didn't stop the fish from biting. Bethel University is ahead as of Friday afternoon's weigh-in. There are 50 teams from all over the country competing and Bethel has five teams in the tourney. Two of Bethel's teams came in first and second and one of Murray State's teams came in third after the first day.
There's no shortage of people taking photos at the tournament. (Cabela's photo).
Bobo Search Called Off; Purse Wasn't Hers
Darden, Tenn.-The intensive ground search that had been planned today for Holly Bobo has been called off. Bobo disappeared two years ago from her family’s home in Darden. The Henry County Sheriff’s office had been asked to join in the search today, but Sheriff Monte Belew received a call Friday afternoon informing him that the search had been called off.
The search for Bobo has been reinvigorated with the discovery of a purse Thursday by a neighborhood dog, apparently in a wooded area.
But Holly Bobo’s mother on Friday said the purse was not hers.
The area was originally searched by volunteers after Bobo went missing on April 13, 2011.
Holly Bobo would now be 22 years old and her family has said they still hold out hope that she is still alive. The search for Bobo has reached far outside of Decatur County. You can find fliers with her photograph and description on them throughout Tennessee and in neighboring states; many are posted at businesses right here in Henry County.
Anyone with information can call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The reward fund for information has grown to $250,000.
It may have been chilly Friday morning at Paris Landing for the first day of fishing in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Tournament, but that didn’t stop the fish from biting. Bethel University is ahead as of Friday afternoon’s weigh-in. There are 50 teams from all over the country competing and Bethel has five teams in the tourney. Two of Bethel’s teams came in first and second and one of Murray State’s teams came in third after the first day.
Henry County Sheriff's Office Joins Holly Bobo Search
Darden, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s office will be traveling to Decatur County Saturday to join in the intensified search for Holly Bobo, who disappeared two years ago from her family’s home in Darden in nearby Henderson Co.
The search for Bobo has been reinvigorated with the discovery of her purse Thursday by a neighborhood dog, apparently in a wooded area.
A search with K-9s was underway adjacent to the Bobo's property Thursday and today.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said there will be an intense ground search Saturday and county full-time and reserve deputies will be taking part.
The area was originally searched by volunteers after Bobo went missing on April 13, 2011. Saturday was the two year anniversary of her disappearance, and friends held a 5K and a balloon release in her honor.
Holly Bobo would now be 22 years old and her family has said they still hold out hope that she is still alive and being held by someone against her will. The search for Bobo has reached far outside of Decatur County. You can find fliers with her photograph and description on them throughout Tennessee and in neighboring states; many are posted at businesses right here in Henry County.
Anyone with information can call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The reward fund for information has grown to $250,000.
Rotarians Learn About K-9 Officers
Deputy Terry Williams and his K-9 Droid demonstrate a procedure. (Linley White photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Rotary Club Thursday learned all about the K-9 officers (and their handlers) from the Henry County Sheriff's Office during its noon meeting at the Lee Academy for the Arts Lunchroom. K-9s perform a multitude of duties, including people searches, drug enforcement and apprehension.
Wayne Fuqua and his bloodhound Cisco at Rotary.
Sheriff Monte Belew presents information on the K-9 officers to Rotary members.
AMVETS Writing Contest Winners Announced
Paris, Tenn.-Each year AMVETS post 45 in Buchanan hosts a writing contest for E.W. Grove students and they have announced that Harrison Robbins won 1st place and Sam Palmer won 2nd place. The faculty and staff of E.W. Grove School have expressed their congratulations to these two young men. And they also issued a big thank you to AMVETS for their continued interest and support of education. In photo is AMVETS Official Ken Byford with Robbins and Palmer. (Submitted photo).
News from past weeks here.