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WMUF/WLZK News                                                                          

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

Huntingdon Police, TBI Investigating Deaths

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are investigating the discovery of two bodies found in a vehicle in the back yard of a residence on Northwood Drive.

The bodies of Tony Gordon of Huntingdon and Euline Jenkins of Trezevant were found by a deputy conducting a welfare check.

The bodies were sent for an autopsy and the matter is under investigation.

Haslam to Seek Storm Damage Aid for Stewart, Henry Counties

April 26 flooding caused scenes like this at Paris Landing State Park, where the fishing piers have been underwater. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Nashville, Tenn.- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has requested assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help individuals and businesses in Stewart, Henry and other contiguous counties recover from the severe storms and flash flooding that occurred on April 26.

The additional that are eligible for SBA loans are Benton, Houston and Montgomery as damage to homes and businesses occurred in multiple locations.

Of those counties, Stewart was the hardest hit on this latest storm. A joint Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and SBA damage survey shows more than 72 homes and businesses in Stewart County sustained uninsured losses of 40 percent, or more, of their estimated pre-disaster fair market value.

“An SBA declaration will make needed assistance available that can help Tennesseans in these communities put their lives and businesses back together,” Haslam said.

The damage survey in Stewart County identified 40 homes with major damage and 19 homes with minor damage. There were eight businesses identified with major damage and two businesses with minor damage. Damage assessment teams also identified three other structures in Stewart County with major damage.

The SBA provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, non-profit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, inventory and business assets that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster.

From April 26, to April 28, 2013, a severe weather front brought heavy precipitation into middle Tennessee and parts of west and east Tennessee. The National Weather Service reported heavy rainfall totals of up to six inches that resulted in localized flash flooding.

Paris Man Charged with Domestic Assault, Kidnapping

Paris, Tenn.-Sheriff's Deputies arrested a Paris man on charges of domestic assault, kidnapping, and aggravated burglary Friday after he reportedly beat a woman at a Swor Rd. residence and took her in a vehicle.

Arrested was Jerry Wayne Patterson, 42 of 1108 Depot St.

According to the report, deputies were called to Swor Rd. near Springville on a report that Patterson broke in, took the woman and left with her in a car. Deputy Wayne Fugua met the car on Hwy 641 on the way there and, according to the report, Deputy Adam Jenkins was able to get the vehicle stopped and Patterson out of it.

The woman had several marks on her and clumps of her hair out, her teeth hurt and her nose was bleeding. According to the report, deputies were told that Patterson got mad, hit a dog and said he wanted to go home and when she said she didn't want to go dragged her outside and began hitting her.

An EMS unit was called and the victim was transported to the hospital.


Rotary Ham Breakfast is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-WMUF/WLZK Owner Gary Benton, right, is buying tickets from fellow Rotarian Darrin Thompson, County Elections Administrator, for Saturday's Country Ham Breakfast. The breakfast is scheduled for 6 to 11a.m. Saturday May 11 at Paris Elementary School. Proceeds from the breakfast help fund community programs for youth and scholarships. The breakfast includes country ham, eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy.

Stuck Vehicle Results in DUI Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were called to 361 Mockingbird Lane at 3 a.m. Thursday night on a report of a stuck vehicle. When Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker arrived, he found a truck stuck in the ditch and the driver racing the engine, spinning tires trying to get out.

Whitaker told her to cut off the engine and he said she looked at him blankly and turned the wheel and started spinning the tires again. Whitaker said he was finally able to get the engine turned off and noticed an odor of alcohol and slurred speech on the driver. The driver then failed a series of sobriety tests.

Arrested on a charge of DUI was Elizabeth Barton, 57, of that address.

PD Makes Public Intoxication Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Pearl Street on a report of a prowler knocking on windows and doors at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived they found Daniel David Orr, 29, 1017 Cowan St., sitting on the porch and noted an odor of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication.

In a separate incident, Paris Police were called to Irvine Street on a report of a disorderly person who had tried to start a fire at a residence. Police found the man passed out behind the storage shed at the West Paris Baptist Church at 501 Irvine St. with an almost-empty bottle of whiskey.

Arrested for public intoxication was Johnny Staggs, 52, 710 Morton St.

Search Warrant Results in Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Myrick executed a search warrant at the home of Sonia Davis, age 44 of 1017 Madison St., Paris, earlier this week. Myrick informed her of information on possible drug activity at her residence and she agreed to the search. Found in the residence were a bag of marijuana, rolling papers, burnt roach and pill container.

According to Myrick, she claimed ownership and was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

She is set to appear in General Sessions Court June 4.

Planning Commission Approves Amendment to Sign Ordinance

Amendment will allow Eats and Treats to Have Small Sign

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met on Thursday evening and approved a request to amend the sign ordinance for Eats and Treats in the Kroger Parking Lot to eventually put up a sign.

Jeff Foster, who operates Eats and Treats, was on hand at the meeting and told planners he is at a real disadvantage because his building stands alone in the parking lot, on the opposite side of where the sign is for the Kroger Shopping Plaza. Foster said it is very hard to even see his business during the nighttime hours. He asked for an amendment to allow a small 4 x 8 sign on Mineral Wells to identify his business.

The sign ordinance prevents buildings to attach signs to their roofs and also has regulations about signs in shopping center. Foster said his business is probably the only one in the county that has the unique situation of where it lays in the shopping center.

City Attorney Fred McLean told planners to allow a sign, they would need to create a provision for free standing structure in parking lots of zoned shopping centers to have a sign. The board made a motion for McClean to draw up such an ordinance and present it to them at the next meeting for approval.

In other business on Thursday night, the planning commission approved a request from the Tennessee Technology Center for a minor site plan for addition to an accessory building at 312 South Wilson Street. It will be built alongside an existing building and meets all requirements.

Planners also approved a request to rezone property at 103 McClain Road to R-2, a minor site plan for a beauty salon at 1012 East Wood Street, and a rezoning request for Garland Avenue Annexation.

Mock Crash Demonstration at HCHS Friday at 2pm Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition and Sheriff’s Office was supposed to hold a mock crash demonstration called “Operation Deadly Mistake” at Henry County High School’s Patriot Stadium this Friday May 10 at 2 pm. Due to the forecast which calls for rain and thunderstorms the event has been cancelled. Students will be shown videos of previous mock crashes in the classroom.

Relay for Life Events For This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life Events on Saturday include the Mini Carnival at Studio A behind Sears on Mineral Wells Avenue where there will be family fun including bag toss, inflatables, potato sack races, a silent auction and food. The event will run from 10am to 4pm.

Also First United Methodist Church’s Schwan Sale will be from 10-3 on Saturday at the corner of Tyson and Mineral Wells in the former Dairy Queen location.

The Dana Corporation Team for Henry County Relay for Life will host a Car and Bike Show on Saturday May 11 in the Dana parking lot across from the National Guard Armory in Paris. The event will run from 8am to 3pm and trophies for 1st thru 3rd place and survivors choice will be handed out.

Tornado Safety Program Well Attended

Charlie Neese, NewsChannel5 Meteorologist, discusses

the safest places to be in your home during

tornadoes. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd was at Maplewood Baptist Church Wednesday evening to see the Tornado Safe presentation by NewsChannel5 Meteorologist Charlie Neese. Neese showed video from tornadoes from the last few years both in Tennessee and around the nation.

Neese said even with as much warnings as we have about tornadoes today, the death toll after tornadoes is actually going up. From 2000-2010, Tennessee lead the nation in tornado deaths, and currently rank 3rd because of recent violent tornadoes that struck in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.

Neese said one of the primary reasons for the high death toll in the Volunteer State is because so many of the storms occur at night when people are sleeping and tornadoes aren’t easily visible.

Neese also went over areas of your home to stay safe during a tornado. He said the lowest level of home, like a basement is the best place. If that is not an option, an interior closet or bathroom are also good. Neese said to stay away from crawl spaces, garage doors, and windows.

For more information on Neese’s presentation and ideas for tornado safety, visit his website, charlieneese.com.

Crowds on Hand for 2nd Annual Senior Expo

Office on Aging Director Kayla Wallace, left, talks things over with Veterans Services Director Bob Nolan and Paris City Commissioner Carlton Gerrell at the Senior Expo. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Perfect weather drew crowds to the 2nd Annual Senior Expo on the Henry County Courthouse lawn Wednesday. The Office on Aging brought its activities, such as bingo, to the lawn, for all to enjoy and several booths were set up with information on the library, NW Tennessee Economic Development, veterans' services and assisted living. 

Patsy Thompson and her dog, Sugar, visit with Freda Reddick at the W.G. Rhea Library booth at the Senior Expo. (McFarlin photo).

Paris Woman Arrested with Marijuana, Guns

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman was arrested with marijuana, scales and handguns in her possession by the Metro Crime Unit after it executed a search warrant at her home on Harrison Street Wednesday.

Arrested was Chynna Hayes, 345 Harrison Street, Apt. D-4, and charged with possession with intent in a park area and possession of a weapon in the commission of a felony.

Participating in the search and arrest were members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department and Henry Police Department. Found during the search was 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, scales and handguns.

Bond was set at $5,000 and her court date is June 6. Assisting in the search was K-9 Merlin and his handler, Paris Police Sgt. Mike Ramos.


Domino's Armed Robbery Defendant Sentenced

Other Defendants' Cases Pending

Paris, Tenn.-One of the men involved in the armed robbery of Domino's Pizza in Paris pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Henry County Circuit Court Tuesday.

His co-defendants' cases still are pending. All three were arrested in March.

Pleading guilty to a charge of facilitation of the commission of aggravated robbery was Kyle Wayne Riley, 23, Gleason. Judge Donald Parish sentenced him to serve three years in the State Department of Corrections, to be served with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation. He also received 45 days credit for time already served.

Also arrested was Chapell Dain Cissell of Paris, who did not accept a plea bargained agreement and whose case will be re-presented to the grand jury July 1. David Ingram was arrested with the other two and his case also is pending. 

One Defendant in Delivery Truck Robbery Sentenced

               Kez Graff

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was sentenced Tuesday in Henry County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to an armed robbery of a Frito-Lay delivery man at the Tackle Box on Hwy. 79N in April.

Kez Neil Graff, 19, pleaded guilty to the charge of robbery. Judge Donald Parish sentenced Graff to serve four years in the State Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $20 in restitution. He also was given credit for 35 days already spent in jail.

A co-defendant, Chelsea Lancaster, 19, 105 Hutson Lane, Paris, also appeared in court Tuesday, but her case was passed to July 8. She was charged with accessory after the fact.

A third co-defendant is a 17-year-old juvenile.

According to Sheriff's Deputy Captain Damon Lowe, the three attempted to rob the delivery man at gunpoint. Witnesses said the two males threatened the deliverman while holding a rifle-type weapon and first demanded money, then jewelry. When that was unsuccessful, they took food from the truck.

Lowe said Lancaster was the driver of the car they used for the robbery. The three were tracked across the highway to 140 Morgan Lane, Apt. X-6 (behind Clayton Apartments), where all three were arrested.

The juvenile was transported to the juvenile facility in Dyersburg.

Graff also was arrested on a failure to appear warrant from another charge and on that is being held without bond.


Mammogram Fundraiser is Today, Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A jewelry sale/fundraiser will be held May 9 and 10 at the Henry County Medical Center for women who cannot afford mammograms. Jewelry will be $5.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Will Be Saturday

Citizens Can drop off materials at Recycling Center 8am-1pm

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are preparing for the annual Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday May 11th from 8am to 1pm at the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive.

The event is free and open to any household to allow a safe means of disposal for household hazardous waste. Henry County Solid Waste Director Ron Watkins said the mobile collection program was established some years ago to allow citizens a chance to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Items accepted include household cleaners, oil based paint, aerosols, pesticides rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and many more products that are no longer useable.

Additional items accepted are old mercury thermometers and thermostats, TV’s, computer equipment, and electronic equipment. Scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and plastics will be accepted.

No tires will be accepted at this year’s event due to elimination of the waste tire program. Tires can be taken to the Paris Henry County Landfill for disposal.  Citizens should remember no medical and infectious wastes, ammunition and explosives, radioactive wastes, including smoke detectors, and wastes from non household sources will be accepted either.

For more information on Saturday’s Henry County Household Hazardous Waste day call 642-5170 or visit their website at henrycountytn.org.

Paris Police Department To Hold Safety Checkpoints

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will be conducting safety and sobriety checks starting this week through Memorial Day. These checkpoints will be located within or near the city limits of Paris. The checkpoints will be targeting impaired drivers and to ensure vehicle safety laws are met. All moving violations will also be strictly enforced.

Former VP Candidate for Constitution Party to Speak Thurs. Night
Darrel Castle to Address Rights of Juries at Civic Center Tonight

Paris, Tenn.- Former Vice Presidential Candidate on the Constitution Party’s ticket Darrel Castle will be speaking on Jury nullification and the rights of juries at the Paris Civic Center on Thursday May 9th at 6:45pm. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.

U.S. Sen. McConnell to deliver MSU Commencement address

Students Launch 'Ditch Mitch' Campaign

Murray, Ky. — When Murray State University hosts its May 2013 graduation ceremony, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will deliver the Commencement address. The event is scheduled for May 11 at 10 a.m. in the CFSB Center on the MSU campus.

McConnell is the longest serving U.S. senator in Kentucky’s history and is currently the Republican Leader. He is a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees. McConnell is married to Elaine L. Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush.

“I am honored for this privilege to address Murray State University’s graduating class of 2013. President Dunn, the faculty, staff and students are helping to move our commonwealth forward through innovative teaching, groundbreaking research and a commitment to excellence in service,” McConnell noted.

“Sen. McConnell has been a longtime advocate for Murray State University and a champion in advancing our efforts in Washington,” said Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president. “We are excited to welcome him back to campus to deliver the 2013 Commencement address.”

Approximately 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students are May 2013 degree candidates.

Several hundred MSU students have launched a "Ditch Mitch" campaign in protest, distributing petitions around campus which encourage the administration to cancel McConnell's appearance.

Farmer Speaks at Bethel Women's Conference

Candise Moody Farmer of Paris was keynote at Bethel conference.

McKenzie, Tenn. –More than 100 women gathered together in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment for the First Annual Bethel University Women’s Conference recently.

Paris Native Candise Moody Farmer, a Bethel graduate, author, and founder of Enough Grace Ministries, was the event’s keynote speaker.

Before the conference, attendees had the opportunity to eat lunch and fellowship as they browsed through tables set up by local vendors. Plans are underway to bring more events like this to Bethel in the future.

David Johnson Chorus Appearance Set

McKenzie, Tenn.-The David Johnson Chorus will present "Songs of the Common Man" on Saturday, May 11, at the McKenzie Church of Christ. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm. No admission will be charged.

For more information on the concert or other DJC events, contact DJC general manager, Gail Dyer, at 731-514-0167, or visit their website, www.davidjohnsonchorus.com. The chorus can also be followed throughout their season on Facebook.

Paris Landing Inn Offers Mother's Day Buffet

Buchanan, Tenn. –Tennessee State Parks announce that all eight state park restaurants will serve a Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 12. Buffet selections vary with a wide array of specialties and all priced at only $14.95 (plus beverages & tax). Group reservations are recommended.

The Mother’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until closing at the following state park restaurants:

-Cumberland Mountain State Park (931) 484-7186

· David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg) (931) 762-9541

· Fall Creek Falls State Park (423) 881-5241

· Henry Horton State Park (931) 364-2222

· Montgomery Bell State Park (615) 797-3101

· Natchez Trace State Park (731) 968-8176

· Paris Landing State Park (731) 642-4311

· Pickwick Landing State Park (731) 689-3135

Junior Livestock Trail Ride Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Junior Livestock Association’s biannual trail ride.
is set for Saturday, May 11, at Laurel Hill Cattle Co. (Dr. Gulish’s farm) located in Puryear..

The first ride out begins at 10 am, lunch will be at noon (hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ bologna w/all the trimmings will be provided), door prizes will be given away during the lunch break.

The second ride out begins at 1 pm.

Cost: $10 per person or $30 per vehicle/family. Current coggins are required and will be checked by the state inspector.

Master Gardeners to Hold Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.-The Master Gardeners are having a fund raiser on Saturday, May 11, from 8 am until noon in front of Trolingers. The group will have a variety of perennials and other plants.

Henry County Schools' Abbreviated Days

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County School System has scheduled abbreviated days on Friday, May 17th and Monday, May 20th. The following are dismissal times for those days:

10:45am Harrelson, Henry & Lakewood
11:15am Grove
11:30am HCHS

Church Youth Group Sets Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris First United Pentecostal Church youth group will be selling grilled hot dogs, drinks and baked goods in front of Sav-A-Lot in Paris from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. It is a fundraiser for the youth group.


MSU Regents to Vote Again on Dunn's Contract

Dr. Randy Dunn

Murray, Ky. — The Murray State University public information office has released the following statement from MSU Board of Regents' President Dr. Constantine W. Curris Wednesday afternoon regarding the vote to not renew MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn's contract:

“In the days following the March 15 meeting when the board of regents voted not to extend the president’s contract beyond its June 30, 2014, expiration, questions have arisen as to whether that decision was hastily or improperly considered.

In order to reinforce the board’s responsibility to act with integrity and in as open and transparent a manner as personnel issues permit, I am asking the board at its May 10 meeting to vote anew on the question of extending the president’s contract beyond its expiration date.”

The Regents' vote not to renew Dr. Dunn's contract drew much backlash from the public, alumni and students and the Kentucky Attorney General ruled that the board violated Kentucky’s open meetings law when a quorum of the board attended a social gathering at the home of Regent Sharon Green on March 14. 

The Attorney General’s opinion states the open meetings law was violated because a quorum was present at the social gathering and university business was discussed.


Judge to Make Ruling Shortly in Puppy Mill Case

Sheriff Monte Belew and Deputy Ricky Ford with some of the dogs seized from Kidd's property. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish will shortly issue a ruling in the case of animal cruelty filed earlier this year against Cheryl Kidd, 68, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear.

Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff's Office seized some 60 small-breed dogs and puppies from her home after they were found without proper shelter and water. The puppies are still being held at the sheriff's office animal shelter awaiting the outcome of the case. A few of the dogs were pregnant at the time of their seizure and new litters have been born since then.

Adoptions of the dogs is on hold while the case moves through the court system;
there is a waiting list of some 80 people wanting to adopt the canines.

A grand jury indicted Kidd on charges of cruelty to animals and allowing dogs to run at large. A trial already had been set for March 28 in the case, at which time the pre-trial diversion option was proposed. Kidd earlier filed motions, asking to suppress evidence and citing malicious prosecution.

At a hearing Tuesday in the local court, Kidd again appeared without counsel. Kidd has been told by the judge the 'great need' for her to acquire counsel at previous hearings.

A pre-trial diversion option earlier appeared in the works between Kidd and the state.

At the outset of Tuesday's hearing, Kidd asked the judge how he makes decisions. She asked what happens when motions are filed. "Do you use the written information and make your decisions," Kidd asked.

Judge Parish said how he makes his decisions depends on the case the the evidence.

She then asked whether she can cross-examine witnesses. Judge Parish said yes, when he calls witnesses to the stand.

Judge Parish then noted the pre-trial diversion proposal, noting she had agreed to have pre-trial diveersion and that she was eligible for it. "Then I was advised recently that you decided not to accept the conditions of the pre-trial diversion, is that right?", the judge asked.

Kidd said, "Yes, because I would have to give up my animals."

Judge Parish said, "I've never had a situation where a defendant asked for pre-trial diversion, the state agreed and then the defendant said they do not want it." The judge then asked both Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing Jr. and Kidd whether they would agree that he would set the conditions of the pre-trial diversion.

Both the state and Kidd agreed.

After a recess, the hearing was resumed in the afternoon and Deputy James Sanders testified as to the conditions that the dogs were living in when deputies seized them and other particulars of the case, including the date and address.

Kidd did not take the stand in her own behalf.

A trial already had been set for March 28 in the case, at which time the pre-trial diversion option was proposed. Kidd earlier filed motions, asking to suppress evidence and citing malicious prosecution.


Nightclub Murder, Treece Cases Continued

Paris, Tenn.-In hearings in Henry County Circuit Court Tuesday, the cases against the four men charged in the shooting death of Eric Kinley, 41, of Paris, were continued to future dates.

Jiles Yarbrough, Huntingdon, and Cody Harmon, Lexington, were charged with first degree murder and aggravated assault, and Tevin Lumpkin, Milan, was charged with first degree murder, and Charles Liphford, Milan, was charged with possession of a handfun while under the influence in the case.

Kinley was killed at Fahrenheit 101 nightclub in Paris in August of 2012.

Motions in Lumpkin's case will be heard June 11, while motions in the other three cases will be heard July 8.

Attorneys for Yarbrough and Harmon informed the court they do not wish to exercise their rights to speedy trial.

Yarbrough, Harmon and Lumpkin are still being held on $500,000 bonds each. All appeared in the courtroom for the hearings.

In the case of Deanna Treece, 63, Springville, motions will be heard July 8. She is charged with theft of property and official misconduct. She had been employed as a clerk in the civil division of the circuit court and was indicted by a grand jury on one count of theft of $10,000 and one count of official misconduct.


TBI Arrests Former McKenzie Police Chief on Theft and Misconduct
Property valued at $10K went missing from department from 2010-13

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested the former police chief of McKenzie after he was indicted by the Weakley County Grand Jury on Monday following investigation by the TBI.

Bobby Pate, 64, of McKenzie, was indicted on one count of theft and one count of official misconduct. In January of 2013, the 24th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate allegations of theft of property from the McKenzie Police Department.

As part of the investigation, the TBI executed a search warrant on Pate’s property and recovered the missing city property that included a John Deere Tractor, two street sweepers, a portable trestle hoist, and two laptop computers. The property was valued at over $10K and went missing between 2010 and 2013 while Pate served as chief of the McKenzie Police Department. Pate retired in December of 2012.

The 27th Judicial District Attorney’s General’s office is handling the persecution of the case. The McKenzie Police Department and Weakley County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation. Pate was booked into Weakley County Jail and is set to appear in court June 13th.

Dems To Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The monthly meeting of the Henry County Democratic Women will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at City Hall in Paris.

The Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women met this past weekend at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, and Secretary Stella Waddell will report on it for the members.


Healthcare Foundation Geranium Sale Set for Thurs and Fri

Paris, Tenn.- Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation will offer a chance for you to get some geraniums for mom.

The Annual Geranium Sale will be held Thursday and Friday May 9th and 10th from two locations, the Henry County Medical Center parking lot near the elevators and the First Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. The sale will start at 8am both days and close at 4pm Thursday and around 3:30pm on Friday unless they sell out earlier.

“The project begins in December”, stated Tommy Barrow,  Henry County High School Greenhouse Management and FFA advisors. “We got the flowers as plugs and we’ve pinched them back a couple times to make sure the plants are hardy and vigorous and so they bloom heavily by May and color choices are more abundant.”

The Foundation will have about 600 plants to sell at the two locations Thursday and Friday and Geraniums will be $7. The funds will go towards health related activities in the community as well as equipment needs at Plumley Rehabilitation and to fund the Plumley Scholarship.

Woman on Bicycle Injured on Market Street

Paris, Tenn.- A 50 year old Paris woman was injured after the bicycle she was riding ran into the side of a vehicle on Tuesday morning. The report at the Paris Police department stated the cyclist, identified as Charlotte Karasek, of Old Union Road in Paris and the vehicle were headed northbound on Market Street. The driver of the vehicle was merging to the center o the roadway with the flow of traffic to go around the cyclist. The cyclist entered into the lane of travel striking the passenger side of the vehicle.

The report says Karasek was transported by EMS to Henry County Medical Center. The extent of injuries is not known at this time and the medical center could not release any information.

Little Caesar's is One Step Closer to Opening

Paris, Tenn.-Workers are busy today installing signage for the Little Caesar's pizza and Paris Pharmacy that will be sharing a building on Mineral Wells Ave. The new signage will include signs for both Paris Pharmacy and Little Caesar's, as well as a neon LED sign for Little Caesar's. The pizza shop will be opening soon and is currently hiring. Paris Pharmacy has been open for a few months. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Local Iron Kids Qualify for National Championship

Pictured are (left to right): Hunter Lawrence, Gracie Pendelton, Emma Hill and Cole Davis. (Amy Lawrence photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Competing at a National Ironkids event in New Orleans, three Paris youngsters qualified for the National Championship set for August 31 in Des Moines. A fourth Tennessee youngster also qualified.

The three Paris youngsters were: Hunter Lawrence, who came in third, 10 years old; Emma Hill, fifth place, 11 years old; and Cole Davis, third in his event, 12 years old. Also qualifying was Gracie Peldelton, first place, 12 years old, from Christiana, Tenn.

Distances for 11 and under in this race were - 150 yd swim, 4 mile bike and 1 mile run

Distances for 12 and over in this races were 300 yd swim, 8 mile bike and 2 mile run.

All four plan to attend the national championship. There were youngsters from 15 different states competing in the Series

The Paris Tri Club will be competing in Nashville, May 19; they are anticipating 1,000 participants for the Nashville Kids Tri that is Co-Sponsored with NFL play 60.


Rotary Club Ham Breakfast Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-One of the more popular events locally, the Paris Rotary Club Country Ham Breakfast, will be held Saturday May 11, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. This event will be the Club's 40th annual Al-You-Can Eat Country Ham Breakfast at the Paris Elementary School and includes ham, eggs, grits, homemade biscuits and more. The money raised goes for community projects and scholarships. $8.00 per ticket.


Patriots Defeat Springfield in District Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Springfield 6-1 on the diamond in the district 10-AAA tournament Monday. The Pats will play Northeast Tuesday afternoon at 4:30pm at Clarksville High School. The winner of the game will play Clarksville High at 7pm.

HCHS Track Team Does Well in Union City Last Week

Union City, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County High School Track Team competed this past week in the 53rd Annual Rotary Relays in Union City. In ladies competition, Kaity Beth Jones won the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:52 and teammate Savannah Rose came in 2nd with a time of 6:06.

Kayla Osbron finished 6th in the 100 meter hurdles and the 4x800 meter relay saw the ladies team take 5th place with a time of 12:56.

The HCHS men had several competitions and placed well throughout. Javan Winders took 1st place in the 1600 meter with a time of 4:35 and teammate Shawn Poole came in 6th with a time of 5:40.

Other finishers for the men include Chris Latham, 6th in the 3200 meter run, Jarrett Beasley, 6th, and Austin Brown 11th in the 100 meters, Conte Johnson 4th in the 110 meter hurdles, Henry Medlock 7th in shot put, and in the long jump Patriots Conte Johnson and Jarrett Beasley finished 7th and 8th respectively.

Hazelwood ECO to Offer Youth Boat/Water Safety Program

Two sessions will be held in June for youth water safety. Hazelwood photo.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Hazelwood Every Child Outdoor Center and the Spirit of America Foundation will offer boating and water safety training for youth ages 12 to 14. There will be two training periods offered in June with a cost of $25 which includes the TWRA boating license. Participants will also receive this boat license when they pass a test issued by the TWRA.

Project coordinator at Hazelwood ECO, Vicki Stevens-Valentine said “This is a great opportunity for young people to get supervised experience with canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and power boats. Also thanks to the coast guard, Henry County Youth will have experience with a large vessel, which is something very few people get to enjoy.”

The Spirit of America Boating Program will offer two sessions of training June 4-8 and June 18-22. The program was developed in 1995 by skilled water enthusiast to ensure that young people can enjoy boating and fishing activities safely. The Henry County event is one of dozens being held around the nation this summer.

Phase one of the recruiting program has been completed and some participants and their families have already met with officials to discuss scheduling and events. Phase Two of the process is open now to all interested families, and more information is available from the Henry County Alliance, or through the Hazelwood ECO Center Facebook site.

Registration for the boat and water safety program is limited and the deadline is May 17th. Early registration is urged by organizers. For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.

2nd Annual Senior Expo Set Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The 2013 Senior Expo will be held Wednesday on the Henry County Courthouse lawn. Office on Aging Director Kayla Wallace said the second annual event will be a "fun filled day consisting of activities that take place day to day in our senior center. Vendors and partners that we have worked with in the past will be present to hand out information and souvenirs for the public to take home."

Hamburgers and hotdogs will be grilled to sell as well with a sack lunch and drink.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and everyone is invited.


County GOP to Hold Re-election Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County GOP has called a special re-election for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the Henry County Courthouse for the purpose of electing a chairperson for the party.

According to a letter sent to GOP members by Acting GOP Chair Kert Blackwood, the State Republican Party and its State Executive Committee ruled that the election previously held in Henry County for officers of the Henry County Republican Party was invalid.

Blackwood said an early arrival is advised (in order to be checked in) from 6-6:30 p.m.

The requirements for eligibility to vote in this re-election is be a registered voter in Henry County who has voted in two of the last four Republican primaries. However if one has not fulfilled the voting requirement they may sign an affidavit and still vote in this re-election.


Carroll Academy Featured on ESPN

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Carroll Academy girls high school basketball team has not won a game since 2005 – a streak of 213 straight losses. But winning isn't what landed them a featured spot on ESPN--its curriculum did.

Carroll Academy is a day-treatment facility with an educational component and it uses sports to help kids stay in school and out of state custody. The piece that ESPN did on the Academy features its history and its personnel, as well as spotlighting individual students.


Greer Resigns As Patriots Head Basketball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Patriot Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Greer announced to his team and others this morning that he was resigning as head basketball coach at the end of the year. Greer stated distance from home and commute were the primary reasons for resignation. Greer was head coach for only one year for Henry County and took the Patriots to the 2nd round of the regional tournament.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said once an official letter of resignation has been received, the system will start the process of searching for a new head basketball coach.

Three Arrested for Wallet Theft Incident
Stolen Wallet, Drugs found

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department arrested three people after receiving a call of a stolen wallet on Sunday. Cpl. Whitaker received a call from Daniel Bell, age 30 of Big Sandy, saying Feheem Harris had stolen his wallet. Earlier in the day, Cpl. Whitaker had cited Bell for drug possession charges after seeing him standing at Johnson Park. A used syringe and burnt spoon with meth residue was found on his person.

told Whitaker that Harris had gotten into a green station wagon and was pulling out of Lepanto’s parking lot. The vehicle was tracked down and pulled over on Chickasaw Drive shortly thereafter.

The driver of the car was identified as Micheal Trent, age 22 of 575 Clearview Drive and Feheem L. Harris, age 21, of 1450 North Market Street was in the back seat and was breathing heavily. A check thru dispatch revealed Harris to have active warrants for violation of probation at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office so he was immediately placed under arrest.

Another passenger of the vehicle, Rachel Kreitz, age 21, of 10465 Highway 641 N. in Puryear, was asked to step out of the vehicle and a search of her person revealed a bag of marijuana in her bra. Officers found the stolen wallet and some white powder substance during a search of the car and after discussion with the three parties found that Harris had stolen the wallet and Trent drove off once he got back in the car.

Charged in the incident was Harris, for robbery, theft under $500, and violation of probation; Kreitz, for simple possession of schedule six drug; and Trent for accessory after the fact.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a residence on Jackson Drive had several items stolen from a shed in recent days. Items missing from the shed include a weed eater, jig saw, 100 foot of extension cord, four cans of oil and a garden hose. Police have no suspects.

Some medication was stolen from a home on Edgar Cemetery Road when someone forced their way into the front door. The victim said about 35 pills in all were taken from two different medications. Police continue to investigate.

Good Weather for WBFF Small Fry Parade (Finally)

Griffin and Gavin Strang won First Place in the Best Decorated Float category. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Organizers of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry small fry parade were thankful for good weather Sunday afternoon for the parade, which had been rescheduled from last weekend, when it was washed out.

A good crowd was on hand downtown for the parade as parents and on-lookers were busy taking photos and videos of the kids decked out in their creative outfits. Winners were:

In the Best Decorated Bike category, first place James Lacy; and second, Kaisyn Dempsey.

In Best Character/Costume, first place went to Landyn Raines and Drew Weatherly. Second place went to Andrew and Levi Pealse; and third, Griffin and Gavin Strang.

Best Decorated Float, first place went to Griffin and Gavin Strang; second was won by Jack, Jude and Joyce Hendricks and Max Burns; and third went to, Laydyn Raines and Drew Weatherly.

Best Marching Unit was won by Joyland, with the Hutson kids winning second place and First Presbyterian Church coming in third.

Chairpersons of the small fry parade this year were Stephanie Cooper and Kayla Vassar.

The kids from Joyland won Best Marching Unit. (McFarlin photo).

Everybody loves Legos, as do the Hutson Kids who won Second Place in Best Marching Unit and Third Place in Best Character/Costume. (McFarlin photo).


And The Winner Is...Hoste, the Puppy

Paris, Tenn.-The luckiest puppy in Henry County this week was Hoste, who was rescued from the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter by the WBFF Hostess Princess Court. The court has been taking him to fish fry events to focus attention to the shelter and the need for animal adoptions. From left are: Queen Ali Davis; Shelby Beloate; Hannah McFadden and Rachel Wilson. The puppy is living with Wilson now. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Gafford Benefit Raises $11,477

Volunteers who helped with the benefit line up for a photo. (Photo by Carol Tedford).                  

Oakland, Tenn.- Saturday’s benefit for 19-year-old Shawn Gafford, who is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center following a paddle boat accident, was a huge success. Gafford is a volunteer fireman at the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department, which has now raised $11,477 to help with Gafford’s medical expenses.

A Fire Department spokesperson issued a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped serve and cook and to those who went all over the county collecting donations. A $50 raffle for a truck was held at the winner was James Martin. The truck was donated by Firefighter James DeBoef.

Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Randy Gean were among those helping grill. (Carol Tedford photo).


Rotary Scholarship Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Rotary Club Scholarships were handed out late last week. The Rhea $1,000 Scholarship winner is Amber Upton. Kayla Hargrove won the $500 Manier Scholarship and a $400 Rhea Scholarship. Austin Conger won a $500 Manier Scholarship and Holly Hodge won a $600 Rhea Scholarship. (Rotary photo).

Couple Arrested on Illegal Gun Charge

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris residents were arrested by Paris Police Officer Amber Roaten early Saturday morning for illegal possession of a firearm during a traffic stop.

On patrol on West Wood Street around 1:30 a.m., Roaten noted dark window tint on their car and after stopping them asked for consent to search their vehicle. The request was denied, so Patrolman Jamie James' K-9 Herrum walked around the vehicle and positively alerted to it.

During the search, officers located a loaded Browning 9MM handgun under the seat. Roaten's report said there were scratches on it as if someone tried to mark the serial number out. Both the driver and passenger said it was not theirs.

Roaten charged both with illegal possession and charged the driver the window tint violation.

Arrested were: Driver Larenzo Higgs of 17 Lillian Fountain Rd., and Passenger Jeanae Smith of 203 Jean Street.


Passenger Charged with Possession

Paris, Tenn.-On patrol on South Market St., Paris Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker noted a passenger without a seatbelt and as he approached the vehicle, he saw the passenger throw a backpack into the backseat.

According to his report, Whitaker asked whether he was trying to hide anything and the passenger said no, but he was on state probation for selling pills. A search of the backpack revealed a small bag of marijuana.

Arrested was Chauncey Cowan, age 29 of 504 Pitt St., Paris, for simple possession and seatbelt violation.


Tennessee Ranks 2nd in Bicycle-Friendly List

Nashville, Tenn.-In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest Bicycle Friendly States ranking. In the sixth annual assessment, Tennessee ranked 2nd in the southeast region, while placing 17th nationally. Tennessee has improved its national ranking from 26th in 2012.

“With all the competing transportation needs we have, Tennessee is proud to be making gains in the area of bicycle friendliness,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. “The network of bike lanes across the state is growing each and every year and we will continue to dedicate funding for important programs such as Safe Routes to School.”

Tennessee’s ranking was based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; educational programs that promote cycling, and passage and enforcement of bicycle friendly laws that increase safety for riders of all ages. The League of American Bicyclists commended TDOT for developing a statewide bicycle plan, and for including a bicycle safety emphasis in its Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

Our state’s ranking is much better than our neighbors to the north. Kentucky ranked 47th out of the 50 states, faring only better than North Dakota, Alabama and New Mexico in bicycle-friendliness.


Rhea Students Rewarded for Exceeding Boxtop Goal

Paris Fireman Richie Bomar reads to students at Rhea School Friday, while fellow Fireman Roger Clendenin looks on. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-As a reward for exceeding the goal of collecting 50,000 boxtops this school year, the kids at Rhea School were treated with outdoor picnics and visits from the Paris Fire Department over their lunch breaks on Friday.

Students at the school actually collected 57,623 boxtops which will produce $5,623 for the school. Rhea PTO Secretary Kim Patterson told the kids that with the money they raised, the school will be able to pay for all their field trips and purchase a new popcorn popper.

During Friday’s visit, Firemen Richie Bomar and Roger Clendenin read to children and told them about fire safety.

Earlier in the year, the students were visited by Sheriff Monte Belew, the Drug Task Force and the Forestry Service.

Bomar told the kids if there is a fire in their house, “Get out and stay out” and let the firemen retrieve their pets and favorite items. “Our first priority is life safety and the second is property,” he said.

"We are very proud of the work of our parents, teachers, and students at Rhea School this year on Boxtops collections. We set an original goal for Boxtops collections at the beginning of the school year, but exceeded that goal at the beginning of 2013, so we decided to set an even higher at that time goal, which we have now exceeded as well," Patterson said.

Rhea is currently ranked number 15 in the state in Boxtops collections, but as soon as the latest submission of boxtops is made, we could move up to number 7. Boxtops Committee members are: Annette Young - committee chairperson; Shannon Daigle - co-chair; Penny Holmes - school coordinator; and Patterson.


Rhea student enjoy their picnic lunch. (McFarlin photo).


Library to Host Mother's Day Craft Days

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library will host Mother's Day craft days for children 5-11 and for teens 12-18 years old.

The special programs will allow young people to make craft items for Mother's Day for their mothers, favorite aunts, sisters or whoever.

The craft day for children 5-11 years old will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday May 7 and that will feature bookmarks and tissue paper flowers. The teen craft day will be held from 6-7 p.m. Thursday and that will feature crayon art.

Both programs are free. Space is limited, so call the library at 642-1702.


Patriots Lose Friday, Play Again Monday in District

Paris, Tenn.-In District Baseball action, HCHS baseball team lost to Clarksville NE 3-1. HC will play its next District Tournament game on Monday, weather permitting. Time and place unknown at this time. The schedule depends on the outcome of the other games. But the game will be held in Clarksville at the highest-seeded school.


New Curbside Trash Pickup Begins Monday in Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning Monday, May 6, the city of Paris will implement a change to curbside pickup of trash. What this means is that residents will need to place trash within three feet of the street or curb.

According to a notice issued to city residents, trash needs to be out by 7 a.m. on the day of pickup and no more than 24 hours prior to your pickup day.

With this change, some residents’ pickup days will change. Residents will receive a door hanger indicating to which day their pickup has been changed.

According to the notice, if a resident is handicapped and there is no one living in your home who can take trash to the curb, the city is requiring a current doctor’s excuse stating you are unable to take trash to the curb. Under that condition, the city will pick up your trash in front of your house. The city will keep the doctor’s excuse on file at the city street department.

If there is an alley behind your house, the city will continue to pick up your trash in the alley, but they must be able to reach the trash from the pavement in the alley.

Anyone with questions may call 642-0473 or 0476.


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