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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Huge Crowds Come To Thurs. WBFF Events

Paris, Tenn.- Beautiful weather Thursday evening led to huge crowds at the events surrounding the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Over 1300 people came to the Fish Tent Thursday evening, doubling the amount that made it out Wednesday night to eat.

General Manager Loria Plunk said over 750 people also came out to Family Night at the IPRA Rodeo Thursday. Plunk said the rodeo was also awarded a plaque by Pam Treadway for being with IPRA for 25 years.

Grand Parade Highlights Friday's Events at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Friday’s events at the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fry include the Grand Parade which begins at 10am on Wood Street. WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 will broadcast the parade coverage beginning at 9am.

The Fish Tent opens at 11am Friday and runs until 9pm, arts and crafts will be on display from 10am to 8:30pm, the Carnival opens at 11am Friday and its $20 armbands from 11am to 5pm, then tickets 5pm to midnight. The IPRA Rodeo will begin at 7:30pm Friday night and admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Rodeo Big Success At WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The great weather brought a whopping crowd that showed up at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry carnival, with numerous Parisians making their way to the The Treadway Rodeo Company event that had seven events, including bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding, steer wrestling, team roping, calf roping and barrel racing.

Rider takes down calf in calf roping.  (photos by Barron Robinson)

The rodeo opened with Chrity’s Drill Team riding with flags, then followed up with a prayer and the National Anthem. This being one of the premiere rodeo companies in the world, it brought hundreds of spectators with the tickets only being $5 on family night.

The drill team, handlers, and riders make their rounds at the beginning of the rodeo.

HCMC BOT Hear Information Technology Presentation

Pam Ridley, IT Director, gives the HCMC BOT an update on the information systems the hospital uses. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting Information Systems and Technology director Pam Ridley gave on presentation on how upgrades with information technology are working for the medical center.  

Ridley said the medical center has grown on several aspects of the information technology during the last few years from software systems to clients. The Operation budget has increased from $2.1M in FY 14 to $2.7M this coming year. Ridley said that will fluctuate depending on when they purchase new equipment for IT.

Stage 3 of the process for meaningful use mandate by the Federal Government is coming up soon, beginning in January 2018. Ridley said the medical center is ahead of schedule passing Stage 1 and 2. The whole point of this is to have complete electronic medical records. HCMC is in line with other hospitals across the state or ahead of many of them.

Ridley went into great detail on the security of information technology saying the medical center has new firewalls now in place to help block hackers from getting on the network. Money is spent each year to help fight cyber-attacks on the network. Over 50K spam emails are blocked each month.

Ridley said HCMC was recognized as a finalist in the Best Hospital IT Department in the country in a recent medical magazine. She said the department was treated to lunch for the accomplishment.

The board of trustees approved capital requests in the amount of $791,029, including the purchase of a new Ford 350 Ambulance at a cost of $148,500 on Thursday night. Gee told board members that we have 5 ambulances and a couple are getting older and it’s a good idea to purchase one at this time. The building of the ambulance takes about six months, so it won’t likely be in operation until October but we have to order it now. The capital request also included a Digital Portable Xray system at a cost of $156K.

Board of Trustees Learn of New CNO for HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- During his administrative comments on Thursday night, Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee said Cynthia Whitaker, RN, MSN, has accepted the position of Chief Nursing Officer for Henry County Medical Center. She was the first choice of the four candidates interviewed and most recently served as CNO at the Swedish Health System Issaquah Campus, a surburban Seattle hospital of 144 beds. Whitaker started her career as a critical care nurse and has a broad experience in quality of care areas, team building, labor relations, and patient experience areas. She will begin her duties on May 16th.

Gee said the medical center has completed its conversion of the anesthesia contract to an in house service with the consummation of employment agreements with ten CRNA providers. The current contract will end June 30 and the service will be operated internally after that.

Gee told trustees that Speaker of the House Beth Harwell announced a selected committee of Republican legislators to begin looking at development of an alternative to Insure Tennessee. Gee said nothing will happen before the next legislative session in January of 2017.

Gee reported that United Healthcare announced it is pulling out of the Tennessee Health Exchange due to high cost. United is pulling out in most of the southeastern states and in states where Medicaid expansion hadn’t occurred. Gee said United was not a big player in the Affordable Care Act and will not likely impact the law.

Paris Surgical Specialist Not Looking to Expand

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Surgical Specialists notified Gee that they are seeking a better balance in their lifestyles and will not be expanding their practice in the future. They expect that call coverage will need to be at least 1 in 4 in order for them to consider remaining in the call schedule despite our call pay plan which they say is fair.

Gee said they will cooperate and urge the medical center to recruit an additional general surgeon to the community. Two of members, Drs. Compton and Lundberg have requested to drop from active staff to courtesy staff in order to be in position to drop their call requirement. However, medical staff bylaws require active staff with more than 12 admissions in a calendar year remain on the active staff for the remainder of the year. Both doctors have either exceeded that number or are very close to it.

HCMC had a good visit with a female psychiatrist who seems interested in our opportunity. Gee said they’re answering questions from her about on call coverage and other issues and are hopeful to attract her. She is currently finishing her residency at the University of Maryland.

Pats Baseball Cancels Huntingdon Game; Will Play Rossview Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team was set to play Huntingdon in a non District game on Friday evening, but they have cancelled that game and will now play at Rossview, varsity only, at 5pm. The game at Rossview was scheduled for 3pm Saturday, but weather forecasts call for rain most of the day Saturday. Head Coach Brian Welp said "we want to get the Distrtict game in and not have to play back to back so we're moving it up to Friday at 5pm."

The Patriots will host Rossview Monday with the varsity scheduled to start at 6:30pm. A split or sweep of the series with Rossview will guarantee the Patriots to host a bracket in the upcoming District 10-AAA tournament.

Job Training Grant Awarded to Pepsi MidAmerica

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced the department has awarded $3,000 in Incumbent Worker Training Grants to Pepsi MidAmerica in Paris.

Incumbent Worker Training Grants assist employers with upgrading skills to avoid layoffs of their employees. “By helping employers throughout the state provide the necessary training and education for their employees, Tennessee companies can remain competitive in an ever-changing marketplace,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “So far this year, we have awarded more than $509,000 in Incumbent Worker Grants to 27 Tennessee businesses benefiting 1055 workers,” Commissioner Phillips said.

“Since the program’s inception, Incumbent Worker Grants have assisted 700 businesses by providing nearly $17 million to train approximately 55,000 employees.” The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least five full-time employees, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations.

Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills. In their application for the grant, Pepsi MidAmerica stated this grant would provide 22 workers with a proactive, procedural and awareness mindset. Employees will be trained on improved methodologies that will increase existing skill sets with more advanced concepts in store execution. Dyersburg State Community College played a key role in awarding the grant to Pepsi MidAmerica.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

Woman Arrested for Meth Possession, Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Paris Police Department stated that officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Puryear Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted a search warrant on Jackson Street Wednesday.

During the search, officers located Janice Brown, of Peppers Drive, who had active warrants for Failure to Appear and violation of sentence. Brown was also charged with possession of schedule II with intent as she was found to have crystal methamphetamine. Brown is being held without bond on violation of sentence charges and $5K bond on other charges pending a court appearance.

Thursday's Events at WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday’s events at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry include the Fish Tent opening up again at 5pm and running until 9pm. It’s all you can eat catfish fillets, fries, hushpuppies, slaw, and drink for only $12. Kids ages 6-12 can eat for $8.

Also Thursday night it’s Family Night at the IPRA Rodeo. Admission is $5 for adults and children under 6 are admitted free. The Rodeo starts at 7:30pm. The Arts and Crafts show will be on display as well as the Enoch Building from 5-8:30pm Thursday. It’s also ten rides for $10 at the Carnival which runs from 5-11pm.

DPA Chalk Crawl Begins at 10:30am Saturday at Court Square

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will sponsor another event for this Saturday’s action on the courtsquare during the Fish Fry. There will be a chalk crawl for kids beginning at 10:30am, immediately following the Small Fry Parade. Children will receive free chalk to create a colorful fish on the sidewalk on the east side of the courthouse. The Chalk Crawl will be led by local artists Joe Snow, Donna Revelee, and Ann Stapp.

Class of 76 40th Anniversary Organizational Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1976 will hold a 40th reunion organizational meeting on Tuesday May 3rd at 6pm at the Henry County 911/Communications building. All 1976 graduates are invited to attend.

Poe Officially Announces Campaign for 75th District Seat

Paris, Tenn.- Jim “Sonny” Poe, longtime resident of Springville, has entered the race for State Representative in District 75 against Incumbent Tim Wirgau.

Poe is a retired Captain (30 years) in the United States Navy and served as a Chaplain in the Marine Corps and Navy. After graduating from E.W. Grove High School, Jim obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Bob Jones University. He later achieved his Master of Divinity at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is married to the former Jane Lipford (48 years) and has six children and 10 grandchildren)

Jim returned to Springville after his distinguished military career and became a small businessman and cattle farmer. He has been active in his local church and state and national conservative issues.

“I am delighted to be in this race and look forward to meeting as many people in the 75th District as I can,” said Poe. “Tennesseans want principled conservative leadership. That is the kind of leadership I am prepared to give.”

Poe has served as the President of the Associated Gospel Churches providing vetting for the Armed Forces for competent chaplain services. He has also served as Chairman of the International Conference of Evangelical Chaplain Endorsers (ICECE) and numerous Christian ministries. Prior to entering the race for State Representative, as Chairman of ICECE, he was actively engaged with the Department of Defense and Congress on behalf of active duty military service men and women.

“I do not shrink from the principles that have guided my life through ministry and service to my country,” said Poe. “I support the right to life, God ordained “traditional” marriage, and the importance of keeping government as small and as accountable to the people as possible.”

Poe continued, “For too long, elected officials have gone to Nashville and made alliances with people they don’t even represent and have forgotten their real constituents. My family has lived here for generations and I will not confuse my responsibility to them for commitment to a political party or a group of other legislators.”

Poe concluded, “Once voters get to know me, they are going to see a genuine conservative who wants them to thrive in their own communities, who will defend their values and who will never abandon their interests.”

Fish Tent Serves 600 on First Night

Despite a thunderstorm rolling thru near the opening time of the Fish Tent, several folks were out in line ready to eat. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager for this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry Loria Plunk said Wednesday night was a great turnout for the Christian Concert and Fish Tent. The Fish Tent opened for the first time and over 600 people came and bought a plate, despite the thunderstorm that moved thru early on.

The Christian Concert was packed as well with about 400 people enjoying the entertainment from Daniel Doss. Plunk thanked all the Jaycees, everyone that served fish and everyone that came out to eat. The Fish Tent opens again from 5-9pm Thursday.

The 2016 Hostess Princess Court ready to serve fish.

Holley Credit Union sponsors this year's Fish Tent.

Daniel Doss Fills Enoch Building for Christian Concert at WBFF

Daniel Doss Band (L-R) Richard-bass, Alex-guitar, Daniel Doss, Kenny-drums(Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn -With the rain making its way out of the area, it made for a wonderful night to be at the Henry County Fairgrounds celebrating the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry. With the savory smell of fish being fried coming from the Commercial Building, people of all ages made their way to the Enoch Building to hear Daniel Doss and his band perform at the Christian Concert.

(L) Bro. Jim Twilbeck being introduced by (R) Loria Plunk GM WBFF (Cheryl Allen photo)

The Enoch building was almost filled to capacity Wednesday evening, and Bro. Jim Twilbeck stated that church groups from Huntingdon, McKenzie, Martin and Paris all came out to hear such a wonderful man and his group, praising God in music as Daniel.

Loria Plunk, General Manager for the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry, welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked them for showing their support for the concert. “Bro Jim works so hard every year to bring a quality group for the Christian Concert, and this year is no different. We all appreciate everything he does as well as the locals churches in the area for their contributions to the fish fry. Without them, I really don’t know what we would do” stated Plunk.

The 2016 Hostess court introduced them and Hostess Princess Tori Starks explained about the group that is their mission, and that is of Easton’s Angels. Starks explained that Easton’s Angels is a wonderful mission for herself and her court to be a part of. The mission is to help bring awareness and this group provides financial help, whether it is in form of a gas card or whatever the family needs while their child is sick and needs to have special medical attention. This mission will help those here in Henry County to let them know that we care.

Plunk stated that the Hostess court decided years ago that each year, they will work with a special group to help bring awareness and this is something that they have come up with and the tradition has continued each year with different groups every year, and that is what makes being a Hostess Court so special in Paris and Henry County.

Daniel Doss performs at Enoch Building for WBFF Christian Concert Wednesday evening. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Bro. Jim Twilbeck of the Western District Baptist Association introduced the entertainment of Daniel Doss, who was welcomed with a warm round of applause from people of all ages.

Daniel Doss and his  band has opened for Casting Crowns and Daniel  is a  Worship leader and Christ-follower first, Chart-topping Christian recording artist second.  The Daniel Doss Band has always been deeply grounded in the church. He stated when he was asked to come to the fish fry and perform for the Christian concert, he said after some prayer on the matter, he knew this is where he needed to be.

“There was a reason God wanted us here tonight, and I do believe we all, (speaking of the band), knows what the reason was. And that is, for the fish!! Yall know how to have a fish fry and I know some restaurants that need some lessons from the cooks here in Paris Tennessee" stated Doss.

Carnival Goers Enjoy A Cool Evening At WBFF

Paris, Tenn - With another threat of rain Wednesday, the rain passed before the opening of the Belle City Amusement Carnival making for a nice evening to ride the variety of thrills for young and old.

(Cheryl Allen photos)

Fish Tent Opens for First Time at 63rd Annual WBFF

Paris City Manager Kim Foster serves fish to the first few people coming thru the line as the Fish Tent opened Wednesday. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Cloudy skies and rainy weather at times didn’t deter several people from making it to the opening of the Fish Tent at this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry on Wednesday evening. The Fish Tent was packed with customers anxiously awaiting fish, dignitaries, elected officials, and more as the prayer, and some words were said about how hard the Jaycees work each year to put the Fish Fry on. David “Tater” Hayes spoke along with this year’s General Manager of the orld’s Biggest Fish Fry Loria Plunk.

hostess princess Tori Starks tosses the hushpuppy to her dad, Monte Starks.

2016 Hostess Princess Tori Starks officially opened the Fish Tent with the hushpuppy toss Wednesday evening to her father, Jaycee and County Commissioner Monte Starks. The Fish Tent will be open again Thursday 5-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm. It’s all you can eat catfish fillets, fries, white beans, slaw, hushpuppies, and drink for only $12. Kids age 6-12 eat for $8. For continuing coverage of this year's World's Biggest Fish Fry visit the link on the left top side of our website.

Donald Dunning checking on the first few batches of hot fried catfish fillets.

This year's GM Loria Plunk speaks to the crowd before the hushpuppy toss Wednesday.

Paris Police Release Rules for WBFF Grand Parade

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo issued a reminder of rules concerning this Friday’s Grand Parade during the 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry. Chief Elizondo said the Paris Police Department will be enforcing rules to make sure we have a safe parade.

Rules include: parking is allowed on the South Side of the parade route at midnight on Thursday and a cell phone number should be left on the vehicle dashboard and the PPD will call before they tow in the case of illegal parking. No bikes, ATV’s skateboards, skates, or minibikes are allowed on the parade route unless part of the parade or authorized such as Jaycees, EMS, Rescue Squad, and Law Enforcement.

Other parade route rules include: No pets, no candy to be thrown from parade entrants, but it may be carried to spectators, no poppers, private drives and intersections must be kept clear, and when the parade ends all vehicles need to be moved.

Vendors must have a permit to sell on the parade route and backpacks will be checked for content on the parade route. Parade entrants must also have a valid Driver’s License.

Wednesday's Events At WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Tent officially opens at 5pm Wednesday for the first time at this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry. It’s all you can eat fried catfish, fries, white beans, slaw, hushpuppies, and drink for only $12. Kids ages 6-12 can eat for $8. The Fish Tent will stay open until 9pm Wednesday night, or the last person is served. The Fish Tent opens again at 5pm Thursday and at 11am Friday and Saturday.

The Carnival continues Wednesday evening at the Fairgrounds as well. It will run from 5pm-11pm and $20 armbands lets you ride all the rides you want to. The Christian Concert will also be held at 7pm Wednesday. Daniel Doss will provide the entertainment and the admission is only $5.

Stewart, Houston Counties Benefit From Federal Grant

Nashville- The Tennessee State Library & Archives is distributing more than $30,000 worth of federal grant funds to 15 organizations across the state to help preserve important historical records.

These funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including purchasing storage equipment such as shelving and boxes, hiring temporary staff for specialized records preservation projects, training archives personnel, or creating digital versions of records.

The funding for the grants comes from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which is part of the National Archives. The Tennessee Historical Records Advisory Board reviews grant applications to determine which groups receive awards each year. "When historical records are lost, they are irreplaceable," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "That's why the projects these 15 organizations are undertaking are so important. They are taking steps to ensure the historical treasures in their communities are properly preserved. I commend the work that the grant recipients are doing on behalf of our state's shared history."

The grant recipients are: Blount County Archives, Maryville, $1,900 Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, $2,500 C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, Memphis, $2,500 Dyer County Archives, Dyersburg, $925 Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, $2,500 Houston County Archives, Erin, $925 Lincoln County Archives, Fayetteville, $2,000 Museum Center at 5ive Points, Cleveland, $2,500 Overton County Archives, Livingston, $2,500 Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, $2,400 Sam Davis Home, Smyrna, $1,900 Stewart County Historical Society, Dover, $2,000 Southern Baptist Library and Archives, Nashville, $2,500 Travellers Rest Historic House and Museum, Nashville, $2,250 University of Memphis Special Collections, Memphis, $2,450.

UTM Business, Counseling Programs Earn National Rankings

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s bachelor’s degree program in business and master’s degree in counseling have been nationally ranked this semester.

Collegevaluesonline.com ranked the UT Martin Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, with a major in management, 18th on their list of best-value online business degrees in 2016. UT Martin is the only Tennessee institution included in the top 30 programs.

According to the ranking page, “A four-year, online degree in management from UTM covers all the core competencies of business leadership—from finance and information systems to management and marketing— all of which can swiftly open the door to administrative careers in government, retail, manufacturing, and service/hospitality.”

The UT Martin business program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The complete online ranking can be found at www.collegevaluesonline.com/rankings/business-degree-online-more-best-values/. 

Affordablecollegesonline.org ranked the university’s master’s degree program in counseling 35th nationally on their list of the “Best Online Master’s Degrees in Counseling: 2016.” Colleges and universities were evaluated based on a variety of criteria, including online tuition rate, student-faculty ratio, job placement rates, and financial aid options.

The UT Martin master’s degree in counseling offers concentrations in addictions counseling, and student affairs and college counseling, as well as licensure options for clinical mental health counselors or school counselors.

“It's necessary to highlight the nation’s most influential and top-ranked programs that offer online graduate counseling degrees” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder, Affordable Colleges Online. “There is no limitation to what impact a counselor can make on an individual, and these programs show just that.”

In order for universities to qualify for this ranking they must be public, not-for-profit institutions and offer at least five online master’s degrees.

The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, formerly the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information, contact the College of Business and Global Affairs at 731-881-7208 or bagrad@utm.edu, or the Department of Educational Graduate Studies at 731-881-7128 or edstudserv@utm.edu.

MSU Receives Gift of $210K for Business Scholarships

Murray, Ky.- The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business recently received a generous gift from the estate of the late Gary R. McLemore, a member of the 1983 and 1988 Murray State graduating classes.

McLemore gave instructions to his mother, Mary Ann McLemore of Calvert City,  Ky., that upon his death, $210,000 was to be given to Murray State University to establish a scholarship endowment (The Gary McLemore Business Scholarship) for Marshall County High School (Ky.) graduates pursuing a degree in any major within the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State.

McLemore passed away in November of 2015. He was a graduate of Marshall County High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration in 1983 along with his MBA in 1988 from Murray State. Following graduation, he began a 25-year career with Wal-Mart Corporation. He managed stores in eight different states and was very well-respected within the company.

“Gary was proud to have been a graduate of Murray State University. He thought Murray State had a great business program. The business department helped him to have a very successful career and he wanted a Marshall County High School graduate to have an opportunity to attend his alma mater,” said Mary Ann. 

“It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of Gary McLemore.  His wish of bestowing his estate to help future Marshall County High School students attend Murray State University and major in one of the areas of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business is truly admirable.  We will honor him, his memory and his legacy for years and years to come in being able to award scholarships to deserving students from Marshall County,” said Tim Todd, Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. 

Man With Montgomery County Warrants Arrested

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department arrested a man who had active warrants from Montgomery County and also charged him with marijuana possession Tuesday. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Roaten was on patrol in the Walnut Street and South Highland Street area and observed a male run out of the house and jump into a Ford Expedition. Ptl. Roaten followed the Expedition to Spruce Street and asked the driver who the passenger was and the passenger identified himself as Rodriquiez Arnold, age 25, of 414 Harrison Lane.

Dispatch revealed the active Montgomery County warrants and Ptl. Roaten arrested Arnold. A search of the vehicle then provided rolling papers and a green leafy substance to which Arnold admitted to being his. Arnold was charged with the warrant and possession of schedule VI. He was placed on a combined $40K bond.

Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department responded to the theft of a purse from a car parked at the Southwood Apartments, located on Hwy. 641 S. The alleged victim stated that someone entered her vehicle and stole her purse while she was inside the apartments. The vehicle was unlocked and the windows were rolled down at the time of theft. There are no suspects.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a yellow steel wagon wheel was stolen from a driveway on Point Pleasant Road. The value of the wheel is around $75 and there are no suspects at this time.

‘Just Us’ Rocks Out Enoch Building For The Country Dance

People of all ages two-stepped their way around the Enoch Building Tuesday evening. (Nicki Marr photo)

Paris, Tenn - A huge crowd was at the Enoch Building for the Country dance Tuesday evening. People danced the night away to the country tunes of ‘Just Us’. With a wide genre of music, everything from Merle Haggard, to Brooks & Dunn, to today’s country music filled the building, with line dancing, two-stepping, and the occasional "yee haw".

Musical entertainment 'Just Us' warms up before people took to the dance floor Tuesday evening. (Nicki Marr photo)

The band ‘Just Us’ is from East Tennessee and the band formed in 2006. They showed their experience with the ability to perform different styles of music. ‘Just Us’ shows pride with strong vocals, tight harmonies and solid picking, making for a wonderful evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Country Dance was sponsored by WMUF radio.

(Nicki Marr photo)

The first night of the carnival, with weather issues had to shut the rides down for safety reasons for sometime. Overall, another great night was had by all who ventured out to the Henry County Fairgrounds for a night of family fun, celebrating the 63rd Annual World's Biggest Fish Fry.  

Patriots Take 2nd Straight District Loss to Northeast

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team lost to Northeast 8-3 at home Tuesday night, giving the Eagles the season sweep of the series and dropping the Pats to 10-2 in District 10-AAA play with two games remaining.

Patriot hurler Hunter Updyke didn't pitch bad but bad hops and poor defense increased his pitch count and he only last four innings giving up 7 runs, most of those unearned. The Patriots scored runs late but fell 8-3.

Henry County still controls their own destiny with two district games left: at Rossview on Saturday, then at home vs. Rossview Monday night May 2nd. A sweep of the Hawks give the Patriots the District 10 regular season championship.

BPU Begins Process of Fixing Sewer Violations with TDEC

Rate Increases to Come July 1st 2016, 2017, and 2018

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met on Tuesday and approved a resolution and a rate increase plan to begin fixing violations with the Wastewater System that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has informed BPU of.

Director of Water and Wastewater Services Terry Wimberley discussed a consent order agreement that the BPU and TDEC have been working on since May 1 of last year. The BPU has had specialty environmental lawyers work with TDEC lawyers to put the final touches on the consent order and it was finally agreed upon just minutes before Tuesday’s April BPU meeting.

Wimberley told board members in April 2014 the BPU received Notice of Violations from TDEC, which the BPU self-reported. Wimberley said there was nothing abnormal or anything new with violations and most occurred with the system during heavy rainfall events. Violations include when manholes overflows among other overflow issues at the Wastewater Treatment plant.

The Consent Order highlights a plan to go about fixing these issues with the Wastewater System. TDEC is requiring permit violations at the WasteWater Treatment Plant to be eliminated in three years and in the collection system within five years. The Consent Order doesn’t have any restrictions on any future sewer connections with residential or industry. Wimberley said that was negotiated on between the two parties. BPU must also pay a $4185 penalty along with other possible penalties if benchmarks aren’t met along the way.

Wimberley then began discussion about how customers will be affected with increased wastewater rates. He said the rates will increase July 1st for the next three years starting in this July 1st. On average, the 5K gallon residential user will see an increase of $7.80 per month over the first three years including $2.55 per month in Year 1; $2.75 per month in Year 2; and $2.50 per month in Year 3.

Wimberley said there could be more rate increases after these first three years, but he didn’t see them being as significant as the ones beginning this July 1. He said, “we are putting a fix in place to give us a buffer to go out and do a major fix and completely rehab this wastewater system in the next couple of decades.”

The BPU board approved send the resolution on the Consent Order with TDEC to the City Commission for their approval along with the rate increase plan for the next three years. The board also approved an agreement with Jacobs Engineering for work associated with plant and system improvements. The cost for the work is $1.947M, with $1.250M evaluation and camera work for all four of the sewer basins.  

Overall this Consent Order with TDEC will cost the BPU $12M over the five year period. Funding sources will come from State Revolving Fund loans, and GM John Etheridge said they continue to search out all sources of free government money that is available.

One Application Turned in For BPU General Manager Position

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU Board revealed that one application was received for the GM position. Current GM John Etheridge announced his intent to retire this fall at the last board meeting and the application period ended April 15th.

The board approved the Chairman and board enter into contract discussions with official announcements to come in the next couple of months.

Yoder's Country Store Hosts April Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- James Yoder and Yoder Country Store served as host for April's Chamber Coffee Tuesday morning. Formerly Miller's Country Store, the store, located off Hwy. 54 features a deli, candy, and several speciality items. (Chamber photos)

HCHS FCCLA Member Wins At State

Chattanooga- Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) member Colby Duke recently won a first-place medal in the Promote and Publicize FCCLA event at the 2016 Tennessee State Leadership Conference. The medals were awarded March 30 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. In the event, Colby used his Family and Consumer Science related occupational skills to develop a promotion and publicity campaign to raise awareness and educate the school, parents, and members of the community about the importance of FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences education. Colby is freshmen at Grove School.

He will compete July 2-8 in his STAR event at the national leadership conference in San Diego, CA. It is a great opportunity for any of our members to attend a leadership conference with members from all 50 states as well as the Dominican Republic and Costa Rico! There are several days filled with competitive events, dynamic speakers and astonishing leadership sessions.

Colby is the son of Jason and Cassia (C.J.) Duke of Mansfield.

Donations are being accepted at First Bank via Colby's savings account and online at his go fund me account at  https://www.gofundme.com/ybyb4zmc.

McCartney’s Truck Overturns in Henry

McCartney's box truck over turns early Tuesday morning (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry, Tenn - Early Tuesday morning, a McCartney’s Produce box truck overturned near the intersection of Pioneer Road and Hwy 79 in Henry in the southbound lane. The driver, Matthew D. Forrest of Hollow Rock was uninjured according to Trooper Byars of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Wreckers from Allen's Towing and Wrecker Service line up to flip the McCartney's box truck upright. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Traffic was stopped for a short time while workers of Allen’s Towing and Wrecker Service of Union City were working to get the box truck upright.

Workers begin the process of strapping the box truck to raise it up. (Cheryl Allen photo)

At the time of the report, exact details were unavailable as to how the accident occurred, and the accident is currently under investigation by the THP. Trooper Byars did state that the truck was fully loaded at the time of the accident.

This is the second accident that has occurred at the location in less than a month.

Tuesday's Events At the WBFF

Paris, Tenn.- The 63rd Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry kicked off with a great crowd at the Kick off Dance Monday evening. Tuesday there will be plenty of activities as the Country Dance, sponsored by WMUF 104.7FM will be held at the Fairgrounds from 7-10pm. The band, Just Us, will perform great country music and admission is only $5.

Also on Tuesday the Carnival will open for the first time at this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry. Tuesday night it’s $15 armband night with a $5 coupon to ride all the rides you want from 5pm-11pm. For continuing coverage of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry visit our website at wmufradio.com for stories on the front page and click on the Fish Fry link on the left side for more photos.

Pats Suffer 1st District Loss of the Season; Seek Revenge Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot baseball team suffered their first district loss of the year Monday night at Northeast by a final of 2-0. Jared Pugh pitched six solid innings allowing two runs, one earned, and striking out two. The Patriots only managed two hits off of Northeast’s starter. Henry County will try to avenge the loss Tuesday night as they host Northeast at home. First pitch is set for 6:30pm, with our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6pm. Even with the loss as of now Henry County still remains in first place in the District 10-AAA standings with three district games remaining.

Bail Bondsman Scam Being Investigated by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating reports that people recently released from area jails are receiving calls from unknown persons claiming to be their bail bondsman. The unknown person is telling the alleged victim that they have to pay an additional $1500 or their bond will be revoked and they will be jailed again. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.

Henry County Archives Collecting Info on County Vets For Memorial

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

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

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

Kick Off Street Dance Brings Out Huge Crowd

Paris, Tenn.- The great weather brought out a large crowd of well over 100 with the Ray Lewis Band playing admission free for the public. The Fish Fry homecoming court was there in fashion dacing along with the crowd.

The first dance of the Fish Fry with a crowd this large is sure to set the pace for one of the biggest Fish Fries to date.

For more Fish Fry updates and pictures check the Fish fry 2016 Link on the left hand side of the screen!

Fish Fry Closings Set For Week Of Fish Fry

Paris, Tenn.- The Fish Fry kicking off is full of events and activities throughout the week and through the weekend. With knowing that it will also be good to know what all will be closed due to the Fish Fry.

City Hall will be closed Friday, April 29th; all emergency services will be on regular schedule.

The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed Friday, April 29th.

The Landfill will be closed Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th. It will reopen at 7am Monday, May 2nd.

The Animal Shelter will be closed Friday, April 29th and Saturday April 30th. It will reopen at 11:30am Monday, May 2nd.

The Paris Civic Center will be closed Friday, April 29th; it will reopen at 8am on Saturday, April 30th.

For more Fish Fry updates and pictures check the Fish fry 2016 Link on the left hand side of the screen!

Squirrel Hunting Season To Start At Land Between The Lakes

Paris, Tenn.- The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area’s 2016 spring squirrel hunting season will open May 14th – June 12th in Tennessee and May 21st – June 17th, in Kentucky.

Hunters must have a valid Kentucky or Tennessee state hunting license for the state in which they are hunting. Hunters age 16 and older must also have a Land Between the Lakes Hunter Use Permit. These are available online, 24/7 at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/reservations/ or North and South Welcoming Stations, Golden Pond Visitor Center, and wherever Kentucky and Tennessee state hunting licenses are sold.

Hunters must abide by all applicable regulations and stay within legal hunting areas. The Tennessee daily bag limit is 10 with a possession limit of 20, and in Kentucky the limits are 6 and 12, respectively. Hunters are strongly encouraged to use a tick repellent containing permethrin during these seasons.

To find out more information about Land Between the Lakes, log onto the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000.

Battle Of The Badges Held By Lifeline Blood Services

Paris, Tenn.- The Battle of the Badges will be held Thursday May 5th. Join others in the Paris Fire Department and save a life during the Battle of the Badges, held by Lifeline Blood Services. Help the Fire Department win the Battle of the Badges! Don’t forget that your family and friends can give blood to the Lifeline Blood Services.

Everyone who donates blood will receive a t-shirt, help save a life of someone in need of blood. Your help will make a difference! The Battle of the Badges will be held at the First United Methodist Church from 12 noon to 6pm.

Paris Fire Department Responds To Clothing Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Fire Department responded to a call about clothes being on fire in the bed of a pickup truck on East Wood Street. Upon arrival, 226 crew found the clothes had been moved to the street and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries or value of damages reported.

Local Call In Tip Leads To Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, the PPD received a call of drug activity on S. Highland Street. The caller advised that a silver Dodge Durango was sitting on the side of the road with the subjects inside smoking marijuana. Reporting Officer Sergeant Joshua Frey responded to the area and observed a vehicle matching the one called about and approached the vehicle.

When approaching the vehicle, Sgt. Frey observed Edwin Hall, age 36 of Mansfield in the driver’s seat and had marijuana shake on his pants. The odor of marijuana was also present; Hall was asked to exit the vehicle and was advised of the complaint received and what Sgt. Frey had observed.

Hall was asked if he had any marijuana on him; Hall being compliant reached in his front pocket and handed Sgt. Frey a bag of marijuana weighing 36.1 grams. Mr. Hall was placed under arrest for possession of Schedule VI with intent and transported to the Henry County jail without incident.

Swimming Lessons To Be Held At Civic Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Civic Center will be offering swim lessons May 9th – 13th.The swim lessons offered will be Red Cross Level 1 classes. Monday – Friday 6pm – 7pm. The cost for the Red Cross Level 1 swimming classes will be $35, call the Paris Civic Center to sign up at 644-2517.

Rotary Club Held Largest Group Of Paul Harris Awards

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club held an historical event with the largest group ever to be given the Paul Harris Fellowship. The Rotarians receiving Paul Harris Fellowships:  Donna Craig, Michele Atkins, Tory Daugherty, Carlton Gerrell, Rob Martin, Gary Kenney.  Rotarians receiving a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1:  John Etheridge and David Flowers.

(photos by Linley White)

Paul Harris being one of the original members founding the Rotary International in Chicago Illinois in 1905, this award only goes out to people for outstanding achievements. Top students in Henry County also received scholarships.

Community Health Screenings To BE Held AT HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center staff members will be offering community health screening and educational materials Tuesday, May 3rd from 10am – 12pm at Wesley Pine Ridge, 119 Wesley Pine Drive.

The following screenings will be offered: Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and the Dexa Heel Scan are free, with a Total Cholesterol costing $3 and a Lipid Panel costing $10. There is no appointment necessary for the community health screenings, but fasting is required for the Blood Sugar, Total Cholesterol and Lipid Panel.

For more information contact Lori Laser, RN, BSN, Community Educator at 731-644-8269.

Relay For Life Fish Painting Makes A Splash

Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life fish painting was held at the First United Methodist Church hosted by Elizabeth Craig. Everyone was able to paint their own fish just in time for the Fish Fry.

(photos by Barron Robinson)

There was just around thirty people that attended with Melinda Hearn from Jackson who walked everyone through how to paint the fish, which all turned out a little different with their own rendering making it their own. The Relay for Life was able to raise just over four hundred dollars with this fish painting seminar.

For more Fish Fry updates and pictures check the Fish fry 2016 Link on the left hand side of the screen!

Demolition Derby Kicks Off Fish Fry

Paris, Tenn.- The great weather brought a huge crowd out to the Henry County Fairgrounds, for the first night of Fish Fry events.

The derby started off with a derby for the kids with six entries, with an array of different tiny vehicles for them to destroy.

The Fish Fry hostess court consisting of Tori Starks , Aleece Passman, Victoria Page, and Madison Lovelace made a round in the back of a truck after the tyke derby for the national anthem.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office, EMS, and Fire Department were all in attendance to help cover the event.

(Barron Robinson photos)

Legal Services Sessions Held At W. G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- There will be free legal services sessions presented by West Tennessee Legal Aid and local attorneys.

The event is open to the public, of all ages at the W. G. Rhea Public Library Meeting Room at 400 W. Washington Street.

The free legal services sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Hushpuppy Dash 5k Kicks Off Fish Fry Week

Paris, Tenn.- The crisp morning air didn’t deter people from participating in the Hushpuppy Dash 5k. Saturday morning kicked off the Fish Fry with a large number of people running, jogging, and walking in the 5k. With more than 50 people involved, this event just gets larger each year.

For more Fish Fry updates and pictures check the Fish fry 2016 Link on the left hand side of the screen!

Measles Cases Found In Tennessee

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Health and the Shelby County Health Department are investigating two cases of measles after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday afternoon confirmed positive tests for the illness in two Memphis-area residents. At this time there is no known connection between the two individuals and the source of the virus has not yet been identified. TDH, SCHD and the CDC anticipate additional measles cases to be confirmed in the Memphis area.

While the investigation is currently centered in Shelby County, all Tennesseans should have heightened awareness about measles and its symptoms. These symptoms may include a blotchy rash, runny nose, fever, aches, watery eyes and white spots in the mouth. Nearly one in three patients will develop ear infections, diarrhea or pneumonia.

The measles virus is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for up to two hours. Recently infected people may not have any symptoms of illness, but can transmit the virus for about five days before the typical measles rash appears.

Paris FFA Chapter Recognized In West Tennessee

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris FFA Chapter was recognized as the 3rd place chapter out of the 48 chapters in West TN FFA Tuesday night at the 67th Annual West TN FFA Awards Banquet.  This was the culmination of a year's hard work and dedication to FFA activities, Supervised Agriculture Experiences and classroom work.

In addition to a 3rd place overall finish, the chapter was recognized as the District 2 Champions, 3rd in the SAE Division, 3rd in the Instructional Division and 4th in the Leadership Division.

The Chapter's members participated in 8 top 6 Regional competition teams, 2 State winning teams and had 6 Regional winning proficiencies that resulted in 3 State Winners.  Jack Paschall was selected as the West TN Star in Agribusiness and Katie Plowman and Allie Jo Shankle respectively are the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Regional Vice Presidents.

Truancy Leads To Drug Paraphernalia Citation

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to a call at 1202 Brown Street, upon arriving Ptl. Roaten made contact with Kimberly Noble age 34, of Paris and her son, a juvenile. The two were having an argument about the juvenile going to school. The juvenile was then transported to Inman School for the day. While at school the juvenile told a guidance counselor about drug use in the home, and DCS was contacted.

That afternoon DCS and Ptl. Roaten went to the residence to speak with Noble about the drug use. Noble gave consent to search her house and a blue pill crusher was found in her bedroom. The blue pill crusher did have green residue in it and Noble did admit to using it to grind up marijuana. The blue pill crusher was confiscated and Noble was cited into court for Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

BZA Approves Tower Lease

Paris, Tenn - The Paris Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday and approved a special use permit for Cleartalk Wireless Tower Lease at 2971 East Wood Street.

Cleartalk Wireless submitted an application for a tower located here. The tower is 100 by 100 ft., with a 40 ft. compound which would be composed of a 6 foot fence with 3 strand razor wire, inside the compound would be the 285 ft. tower.

Currently a rezoning request is under consideration by the City Commission rezone the property from Residential Mobile Home to Planned Business. The property will be leased by current property owners Moody Investments.

The BZA approved the special use permit and the building inspector will require foundation designs and construction plans prior to issuing the building permit.

Beer Board Approves Permit For Woody's Hand Tossed Pizza

Paris, Tenn - The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday night and approved a new Beer Permit for a new eatery that is coming to Paris. The permit was approved for Luke McEvoy the designee for Woody’s Hand Tossed Pizza for a class B, on premise permit.

The business will be locating in the new strip mall shopping center on Volunteer Drive across from Fred’s.



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