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

Fourth Dollar General Approved For Paris

Pictured is the approximate location of the new Dollar Store on N. Market St. (City of Paris photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris will have another Dollar General Store in its future, as the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved a rezoning request Thursday night which will allow another Dollar Store to be constructed on N. Market St.

In all, the city of Paris now has three Dollar Stores, with two more located elsewhere in the county: one in Puryear and another by the lake on Hwy. 79N.

The commission approved the request from Sam Ware of Ware Property, which is the developer for the store chain in West Tennessee. Ware has the option to purchase property at 1517 N. Market St. for development; that property is directly across from Park Village Apartments and the ICI industry.

In other business at Thursday’s meeting, the panel also approved a site plan which will allow Paint Plus Flooring to construct a new building at the Lakeway Village Shopping Center on E. Wood St.

Paint Plus currently is located 1332 E. Wood St., but the new location will allow the company to expand into its own 8,500 square foot building. It will be constructed in the parking area next to the Security Bank branch.

The commission gave the okay for the Servall company to construct a 6,000 square foot building next to its existing property on Tyson Ave.

Offenders Banned From Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris is taking a hard line on rowdy, drunken and drugged behavior at Ogburn Park and banished three more people from the park after their arrests there Thursday night.

While on routine patrol in the park, Corporal Michael Ramos observed three males under the pavilion and when the men saw the patrol car, they split in opposite directions. Ramos pulled back around and found them there again. When he exited his car, he said he observed a strong odor of alcohol and saw two beer bottles lying on the ground and observed one man with a bottle in his jacket. Ramos also said one of the men also began pretending to play basketball.

When he asked them for IDs, Mickey Dabbs of Benton, Ky., said you might as well put the cuffs on me now because I’m wanted in Kentucky. Dabbs was placed in the backseat of the patrol car while Ramos was questioning the other two.

Ramos also found a 12 pack of beer they were drinking from in the bathroom and arrested Shawn Nieves, age 20 of 542 E. Washington St., Paris, for underage consumption. Both Nieves and Ryan Morrissey, no age or address given, were banned from the park, by signature of Parks Director Tony Lawrence who told police he wanted all of them banned from the park in the future.

Dabbs was taken to the jail and placed on $25,000 bond as a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Christopher Faughn, age 30 of 138 Boat Dock Rd., on charges of DUI second offense after catching up to him on India Rd. after he had been reported weaving in and out of traffic along Hwy. 79N.

Cpl. Ricky Wade said he waited for Faughn on the median and observed him running off the road and swerving all over the roadway. When he finally caught up to him, he asked him if he had been drinking and Faughn said no, but that he was on medication. Faughn failed several field sobriety tests.

Junior Livestock Trail Ride Set

The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association will have its annual Spring Trail Ride and Lunch this Saturday May 12th. The first ride out will be 10am, lunch is at noon, and 2nd ride is at 1:30pm. This event will be held at the ranch of Dr. Gene Gulish, 1200 Heather Lane in Puryear. The ride is open to all who want to ride their horses or wagons.
Cost is $10 per person or $30 per immediate family. Prizes will be given away during lunch. Current negative coggins is required for the horses and will be checked at the gate. For more information call Andy Paschall at 336-4137 or John Sutton at 571-5890. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

Section of 1-24 Closed In Downtown Nashville This Weekend

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close a three mile section of I-24 near downtown Nashville this weekend for a major bridge rehabilitation project over Main and Woodland Streets. I-24 eastbound and westbound will be closed from the I-24/I-65 split north of downtown to the I-24/I-40 split east of downtown beginning Friday May 11th, at 9:00 p.m.

The interstate will open no later than Monday May 14th, at 5:00 a.m. In addition, Main Street and Woodland Street, from South 5th Street to Interstate Drive, will be closed to perform bridge repairs. Detours will be in place. This is the project’s third closure and workers will be removing deteriorated concrete from the bridge decks and setting pre-fabricated deck panels in place. The repairs are part of an $8.7 million project to rehabilitate bridges that were built in 1961.

The project will require the total closure of a section of I-24 for 13 weekends this spring and summer. Drivers passing through downtown Nashville will follow detour signs instructing them to take the west loop around downtown. Project closures and detour maps are available at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/i24bridges/maps.shtml. An East Nashville specific map, along with other maps to access downtown have recently been added. TDOT will use its overhead Dynamic Message Signs to direct motorists around the closure. Drivers are

New Member Installed At Quota

Janice Teas at Quota meeting.

Paris, Tenn.-Quota started off the new club year with the installation of a new member at the May 9th noon meeting at Lee Academy Lunchroom. Vice-President and membership chair, Stephanie Tayloe, installed Virginia Waggoner, who is sponsored by Connie Anthony. May birthdays were celebrated with President Janice Teas presenting the birthday gift to Wanda McCord.

Conference chair, Suzanne Richter gave a report on the District Conference which was held May 4th and 5th at Lee Academy Lunchroom. She thanked the steering committee, registration and hospitality committee and those who decorated and helped in any way with the conference.

The club voted to make a donation to the Salvation Army Summer Camp for children to be held June 18-23, 2012 and to the Literacy Council in lieu of participation in the catfish race during the Fish Fry.
Teas asked members to send any yearbook updates to Beverly Wood. Yearbooks should be available at the May 23rd meeting. She also asked 2011-2012 committee chairs to share any information they may have with the 2012-2013 committee chairs.

The club voted to present one additional scholarship this year, due to income from Pecan sales, Bake sales and Auctions. Scholarship chair, Pamela Conger announced the recipients of this year’s awards: Megan Meketi, Bruce Hooper, Andrew Bigham (Meals medical scholarship), Emily Revel, Donna Winders, Brea Schoubye, and Jeanne Crowder (Meals medical scholarship). Meketi, Hooper and Bigham are returning scholarship recipients.

The club will provide refreshments at the G.E.D. reception, following graduation on Thursday, May 31, 2012 and the Paris Elementary Cafeteria. Members are asked to provide cookies and serve at the reception.

HC BOE Accepts Grant to Help Curb Alcohol and Drug Use

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday and heard from Josh Greer and Stephanie Winders on a Developing Coalition Grant that the system received. The grant is in line with alcohol and drug prevention and will be used to create environment change in the school system with students.

Josh Greer said it will target underage drinking and underage tobacco use along with community wide prescription drug abuse. They will work with local law enforcement and many other agencies to see the issues that are facing students and the community as a whole when it comes to alcohol and drugs.

The grant comes in at $40 thousand this year, $50 thousand next year, and $60 thousand in the third and final year. The board accepted the grant.

Director of Henry County Schools Sam Miles also explained to the board many of the system’s teachers and the Paris Special School District teachers had been working with Joan Stevens, park manager at Paris Landing State Park, in regards to the new wildlife center that is currently being constructed at the West Sandy area of the refuge.

Stevens had informed the board that some grant money had been received to help with being able to bring students to the wildlife center once its building and tie in with science and math curriculum. More on this grant will become available later on.

The board recognized the top three graduating seniors at Thursday night’s board meeting. Honorable Mention was Katelyn Evans, daughter of Daryl and Virginia Evans. She had a GPA of 100.173. Her plans after graduation include going to Austin Peay and majoring in psychology.

This year’s salutatorian was Brooke Rose, daughter of Todd and Teresa Rose. Brooke’s GPA was 100.830 and she will be going to Rhodes College in the fall.

The 2012 valedictorian was Julia Reimold, daughter of Peter and Tricia Reimold. Julia’s GPA is 101 and she plans to attend UT-Knoxville in the fall and major in chemistry. More from the school board meeting is on this afternoon’s news, or you can read it at wmufradio.com.

School Board Hears Updates on Common Core Standards

More from the Henry County Board of Education meeting on Thursday saw the board hear from director Sam Miles concerning the Common Core standards that the state of Tennessee is transitioning too. He said that 44 states have adopted these and next year Tennessee will implement the math standards in K-8, followed by language arts standards in K-8 the next year, and all high school standards the following year.

He said that supervisors of curriculum Dr. Renea Wade and Betsy Hudgins will be attending some workshops and training sessions regarding common core standards this summer to help prepare teachers better in the coming months. Miles said basically these common core standards are suppose to get students more college and career ready.

The board set their summer retreat for June 12th and 13th. The director’s evaluation will be done on the June 12th meeting as part of their retreat and meeting.


Paris Police Seek Suspects in Tin Roof Break-In

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is still looking for the person or persons responsible for the breaking and entering of a local business during the over night hours. The Tin Roof Tobacco Co on Eastwood street, was reported by  the owner that someone threw a brick through a back window and gained access into the business. While officers where there, it was reported by a private citizen that he witnessed a red sports car with three white males leaving the parking lot when the alarms where going off. Nothing was reported missing at the time of the report.

A local man reported at the Henry County Sheriffs Dept that forged checks were being passed, on his account.  The subject reported that a check in the amount of $20 was written to Kirk’s on Hwy 79 in Springville. The man had an affidavit from Foundations Bank in McKenzie stating the check was forged. Police are still investigating the incident.

Puryear chief Dale Paschall arrested Lionel House, 53 of 210 School Street Puryear at the Mini Mart. They charged him with being a Fugitive from Justice and he is being held on a $10,000 bond.

A vehicle was reported broken into at Pockets while the owner was working her shift. The owner contacted the Paris Police when she went to her vehicle at the end of her shift and noticed that the stereo was taken and the hood had been unsecured but there was no noticeable damage to the car.

Nothing else was noted as being missing from the vehicle. The vehicle was unlocked at the time of the incident.

More Teams Needed for "You Be the Judge BBQ Cookoff"

Paris, Tenn.- Teams are still being sought for the Downtown Paris Association “You Be the Judge” BBQ cookoff that will surround the courthouse on Saturday. The event runs from 11am to 1pm and benefits Hoof Beats for Hope, a therapeutic horseback riding program designed for individuals with physical and mental challenges.

The “You be the Judge” BBQ cookoff allows teams to cook any meat that is commercially available, from bologna to brisket and everything in between.

The public gets to stop by booths and taste test, and then by popular vote, declare a winner. It’s only five dollars for a wristband that allows you to taste test as many meats as you want.

The cost per cooking team is $25 dollars and the winner gets a huge trophy and bragging rights. Entry forms and rules are available at downtown businesses, the chamber, Paris City Hall, and the Library. Complete entry forms must be dropped off at FirstBank in downtown Paris.

Free Child Safety Event Set for Saturday in Murray

Murray, Ky.- There will be a DNA Lifeprint Child Safety Event on Saturday from 9:30am to 2pm at Toyota of Murray, located off highway 641. The program, endorsed by John Walsh, of America’s Most Wanted, will provide parents with the vital tools recommended by the FBI and Department of Justice in case of child abduction.

This event will offer parents free FBI certified Biometric 10 Digit Fingerprint Profiles of their children, free high resolution full color digital photograph of their child, a free child safety journal which provides law enforcement with the vital information about your child that they will need immediately if they are reported missing, and a free home DNA Identification Kit that is easy to use and lasts through generations.

No records are kept on file, so parents will have the only information provided at this Child Safety program with detailed instructions on how to use the DNA kit. All the information is recommended by child safety experts and law enforcement officials to be updated every six months.

For more information on this free DNA child safety event call Andy Foley at 270-753-4961. There will be raffling off of bikes, and other events surrounding the program for the kids to enjoy.


Rural Post Offices To Remain Open; With Shorter Hours

The Cottage Grove post office will remain open, along with Mansfield and Como offices. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Washington, D.C.-In a move that will save the Cottage Grove, Mansfield and Como post offices from closing, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of rural and branch post offices.

The new plan will instead cut hours at 13,000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year.

The Postal Service is responsing to a backlash against massive closures--which included a march and petition-signings in Cottage Grove, among other smaller communities. The Service said Wednesday it will cut hours at the targeted post offices, which would remain open between two hours and six hours a day.

Paris Postal Supervisor Jonathan Hampton said late Wednesday afternoon, "We received a notice saying the same thing that the news wires are saying. It didn't give us any details other than to say hours would be reduced at the rural post offices, but will stay open."

Hampton said, "I'm assuming it will be up to each post office to determine which hours they want to be open, based on high volumes times at each office."

Some postmasters may decide to retire at the rural offices, Hampton said, or simply begin working part-time.


In addition, thousands of employees will be impacted when jobs shift from full-time to part-time positions.

The announcement is part of a broader plan that aims to save rural post offices from closing.

The Post Office plans to allow rural communities to choose whether their local post office will remain open with shorter hours, become a "village post office" that's operated through a private company, or close altogether.

Veterans' Outreach Event a "Definite Success"

Paris, Tenn.-Jacob Vandiver of the Tennessee Homeless Solutions Agency in Lexington, Tenn., takes information from a client at Wednesday's first-ever Veterans' Outreach event in Henry County. Assistant State Veterans' Affairs Commissioner Mark Breece said with the large turnout for the event, "We are definitely committed to be here again. This has been a definite success". Veterans were invited to the event, where they could receive help filing a variety of claims. There also were booths set up throughout the Enoch Building at the fairgrounds to inform veterans of the wide variety of local services available to them. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Suspected Equine Herpes Cases Reported in Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has received reports of suspected cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection in horses that participated in a recent trail ride in Tennessee.

Six to 8 suspected cases of the neurological form of EHV-1 have been reported to the state veterinarian’s office. Horses are being treated, isolated and monitored by their attending veterinarian.

The horses may have been exposed to EHV-1 during the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23–30 in Humphreys County. The event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states. The movement of horses that attended the event is being restricted on a case by case basis.

TDA animal health officials are working with event organizers, neighboring state veterinarians and private veterinarians to identify other horses that may have been exposed or are exhibiting symptoms.

As a precaution, State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher recommends that horse owners who participated in the Bucksnort event work with their veterinarian to restrict movement and to monitor their horses. Hatcher also recommends that isolation and monitoring continue for 28 days if any clinical signs of disease are observed. Veterinarians should report suspected neurological cases of EHV-1 to the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.

Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The symptoms in horses may include a fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness, dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated. The virus can cause aborted foals and can be fatal in some cases.

The State Veterinarian also recommends that horse owners practice good biosecurity such as using your own trailer and equipment, not letting your horses touch other people’s horses, disinfecting shoes and equipment, washing hands after helping others with their horses and limiting access to your farm. A downloadable brochure about horse biosecurity is available from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services athttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/animal_health/content/printable_version/HorseBioSecurity_final.pdf.

Haslam Issues Reward in Bain Kidnapping Case

Nashville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a reward for information in the Bain Family kidnapping case out of Hardeman County, Tenn.


Haslam is offering $15,000 for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction or the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the kidnapping of JoAnn Bain and her three children Kyliyah, Alexandria and Adrienne Bain.


In addition, should another party issue a reward for information leading to a conviction; the state will match the reward up to $5,000. Twenty-Fifth Judicial District Attorney General Mike Dunavant made the reward request.


“It is my sincerest hope that this reward will lead to new information that brings those responsible for this crime to justice,” Haslam said.


JoAnn, 31, and her daughters were reported missing from their Whiteville, Tenn. home on April 27, 2012. The central suspect is Adam Mayes, who was considered a friend of the family, and he was with them in their home early that morning. He is considered armed and dangerous.


Mayes was last seen in Guntown, Miss. on May 1, 2012. On May 5, 2012 the bodies of JoAnn and Adrienne, 14, were discovered buried in a shallow grave behind the house of Mayes’ mother Mary in Guntown. Alexandria, 12 and Kyliyah, 8, are still missing and are believed to be with Mayes. Investigators have information that Mayes may have changed his appearance as well as that of the missing victims.


Mary Mayes, 65, and Mayes’ ex-wife, 31-year-old Guntown resident Teresa Ann Mayes, were charged Tuesday for their roles in the kidnapping.


The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is requesting that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mayes, Alexandria and Kyliyah call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The TBI has added Mayes to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list and a $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts and arrest. The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.

Student Advisory Council Helps Community

In back row, left to right: Florence Lanzi, Caleb Grissom, Mariah Purcell, Houston Haws, P.J. Moran, Caity Purcell, Jessica Davenport, Casey Fullington, Daniell Miller, Faith Roberts, Courtney Morris; front row in chairs, left to right: Kaitlin Moran, Brandi McDonald, Alayna Russell

Paris, Tenn.-The Family Resource Center gives a thanks to its Student Advisory Council, which has been participating with food drives for the Weekend Backpack Food Program, collecting hygiene items for the homeless shelter and many community projects.

There are 20 students on the council, which volunteers to help meet the needs of students and families in Henry County.

Cottage Grove Council Has Routine Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At Tuesday night's routine session of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council, the second reading of the Proposed 2012-2013 General Fund and SSA Budget was read and approved.   Revenues of $4461.49 and expenses of $690.80 were reported for April 2012.  Council Member Dorothy Miller will contact TDOT for needed repairs to Hwy 140.

Jr. Livestock Association Spring Ride Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association will have its annual Spring Trail Ride and Lunch this Saturday May 12th. The first ride out will be 10am, lunch is at noon, and 2nd ride is at 1:30pm. This event will be held at the ranch of Dr. Gene Gulish, 1200 Heather Lane in Puryear. The ride is open to all who want to ride their horses or wagons.

Cost is $10 per person or $30 per immediate family. Prizes will be given away during lunch. Current negative coggins is required for the horses and will be checked at the gate. For more information call Andy Paschall at 336-4137 or John Sutton at 571-5890. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.

Birding Bonanza Set At LBL

Golden Pond , KY –Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area invites all bird lovers to Woodlands Nature Station for a Birding Bonanza on Saturday, May 12. Enjoy guided walks, learn to identify common birds, get tips on attracting birds to your backyard, build your own nest, go on a scavenger hunt, enjoy face to face encounters with Nature Station’s raptors, and more!

Meet at the Nature Station for a variety of family friendly activities and programs focused on learning all about birds:

· 9am Early Bird Walk

· Ongoing, 10am-4pm Backyard Bird Scavenger Hunt

· 11am Truly Talon-ted

· 1pm Attracting Orioles

· 2:15pm From Hummingbirds to Hawks: Backyard Birding for Kids

· 3:30pm Home Tweet Home: Discover Birds’ Nests

All programs are free with Nature Station admission. For the Early Bird Walk wear comfortable walking shoes and bring an extra layer for a cool spring morning. Binoculars will be provided if you do not have your own.

Henry To Hire Third Officer With Grant Money

Henry, Tenn.- The city of Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met on Tuesday evening and decided to hire a third police officer, one that will be paid ten dollars per hour, for an average of around ten hours per week.

Chief David Andrews told the board that the city applies for and gets a Governor’s Highway Safety Office grant each year for high visibility. The grant can be used for overtime and equipment and is for five thousand dollars. Chief Andrews said that Henry’s part time officer, William Mellon is working 38 hours per week, and some of his pay comes from the grant. But there is no way to keep Mellon under 40 hours and use the grant money.

Andrews said if they don’t use all the grant money, they can’t reapply for it next year. He proposed to the board that a third police officer be hired, at no cost to the city. His salary, later determined by the board to be ten dollars per hour within a base of ten hours per week, would come from the GHSO grant.

Andrews said he would set forth in the applications that the person must be post certified with his own equipment, boots, etc. Andrews said the officer would work one or two days per week, and fill in for Officer Mellon in case he ever needs to be off or is sick. The board saw this opportunity as a win-win situation to hire a third officer at no cost, and decided to go ahead and start the process of taking applications.

Henry Passes Open Container Ordinance on First Reading

In other business on Tuesday evening, the Henry board passed an ordinance that many thought was already on the books. Chief Andrews explained that there was no ordinance regarding the open container law in the city of Henry. Mayor Joe Qualls said its something nearly every town or city has, and after all these years, he thought Henry would have passed it years ago.

The ordinance was passed on first reading, and prohibited possession and consumption of beer and other alcoholic beverages on public property, property the city owns, the street, or in vehicles. They set the penalty for first offenders at fifty dollars and will have to pass this on 2nd ordinance at the June meeting.

Henry OKs Speed Limit Change; Facebook Page

More from Tuesday night’s city of Henry Mayor and board of alderman meeting saw the board approve Police Chief David Andrews request to change the speed limit on Mockingbird Lane from 15 miles per hour to 25. He said after a few people had complained that people were going over the speed limit and too fast, he patrolled the area several times. He said nearly all cars were clocking in around 20-25 miles per hour on the road.

He said with the hill on that road just coast your usually doing at least 20-25 and 15 mph on the road is really too slow. Andrews said 15mph zones are usually reserved for schools when school is in session. The board decided to approve his request and increase the speed limit on Mockingbird Lane.

The board also approved the purchase of two exterior bullet proof vests. The current ones have worn out and Andrews found some that wear like a shirt and look very niece for $75 apiece.

Andrews also asked permission to start a Henry Police Department Facebook page. He told the board that so many people use social media, especially facebook, and it’s a great way to get out notices to the public. He said he would start the page, keep it up, and make sure all content on there is appropriate. The board approved the request.

The board also approved the purchase of a new cordless phone for city hall in the amount of 89.99 from Howard D. Happy. The old phone went out after several years and city recorder Sonya Clayton explained due to working around the building, a cordless phone is very important to have.


Reminder: Veterans Outreach Program set for Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- Remember there is a Veterans Outreach Program scheduled for 10am to 2pm Wednesday at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. All veterans, dependents, and survivors living in Henry, Benton, Carroll, and Weakley Counties are invited to get free service in filing claims for disability compensation, agent orange, veterans exposed to radiation, and non service connected pension.

While there, veterans can also receive information on benefits for burial at Veterans Cemetery, healthcare, survivors, Ex-POWs, and much more. There will be free food and refreshments served. For more information call 642-5055.


Man Arrested For Driving Scooter Intoxicated

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl Derek Colley of the Paris Police Department  charged Christopher W. Neely 29, of 105 Hidden Acres Drive, for 1st Offense DUI . The charge stems from Colley observing Neely operating a scooter down Eastwood Street with no license plate. After a stop was made, Colley smelled a strong odor of alcohol and the speech of Neely was slurred. Neely failed a field sobriety test that was given by Colley.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s was made after a person reported that a vending machine had been broken into at Paris Landing Grocery on highway 79 north. The cash box had been pryed out and 25-30.00 had been taken with damage done to the machine was estimated to be $1000.00 according to the owner. This was the only damage done to the store. There are no suspects at this time.

A woman on Crutchfield Lane reported to Henry County Sheriffs Office that someone broke into her car and slashed the tires. She noticed that the window was taken off its track as well. Her purse and medication were missing. Police have no subjects and investigation is ongoing.

A homeowner on Old McKenzie Hwy reported to the Henry County Sheriffs Office that she came home to find several items missing with a value of $375. The Sheriffs Office has no suspects at this time.

Some arrest from over night include Kevin M. Porter, 22, 915 Travis Boyd Rd Mansfield- Driving on Suspended Driver License Andre Easley, 46, 401 Lee Street Paris- Aggravated Assault Jennifer E. Edwards, 44, 253 Curtis Paris- Theft of Property over 500.00


Geraniums For Sale For Mother's Day

FFA Seniors Buck Gore and Mary Kate Bell are watering the young crop of geraniums grown at the HCHS greenhouse. (HCMC photo).

Paris, TN – Mother’s Day makes us think about spring and flowers and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation once again will sell geraniums that were grown by the Henry County High School Ag Department.

“We began the project in January and we have a beautiful crop this year,” according toTommy Barrow, HCHS Greenhouse Management instructor and one of the FFA advisors. “We will have the ever popular red color as well as some pink, white and a coral or salmon color.”

“We got the flowers as plugs,” FFA Senior Buck Gore said. “We’ve pinched them back a couple of times to make sure the plants are hardy and vigorous and so they will be blooming more heavily by May.”

The Foundation will have approximately 600 plants to sell at two locations on May 10 and 11: the First Bank parking lot on Mineral Wells and the HCMC parking lot near the elevators leading to the hospital.

“The sale will begin at 8 a.m. on both days,” according to Becky Hedges, Public Relations Coordinator at HCMC. “On Thursday, we will close at 4 p.m. and on Friday, a little earlier at 3:30 p.m., unless we sell all our geraniums before this time.”

Geraniums will be $6 again this year and will be available just in time for Mother’s Day.

The Healthcare Foundation will utilize the funds raised from this project for health related activities in the community as well as equipment needs and to fund the Plumley Scholarship.

Huge Crowds Show For Garden Tours

Paris, Tenn.-Huge crowds were on hand for the annual Athena Delphian garden tours held Sunday afternoon at three local home gardens. Top photo shows part of the crowd at the home of Pat and Rachel Terrell on Walnut Street. In bottom photo, Sharon Kummerow of Athena Delphian wipes off her brow in the heat at the Terrell's, where the organization offered refreshments. Other gardens on the tour were those of Jimmy and Peggy Williams on E. Blythe St. and Gaines and Becky Hedges on Head St. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Thompson Throws Hat In Ring For Senate Seat

Martin, Tenn.-Brad Thompson, a longtime aid to former Congressman John Tanner, has formally announced his candidacy for State Senate District 24, citing his career of strengthening the area’s infrastructure and growing the local economy.

The district includes Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, Obion and Weakley counties.

A civic leader, farmer, educator and Bible class teacher, Thompson said he will focus on results for working families, and he’ll work across party lines to ensure that each county in the district has the best opportunity for jobs growth.

“People have seen enough partisan bickering,” Thompson said. “I’ll put politics aside to make progress on what really matters — getting people back to work and making sure our children can get a high-quality education so they can compete for the jobs of the future.”

Thompson says he will consider a good idea from anyone “because good ideas are just that — good ideas — and they don't come with a party label.”

A native of Obion County, Thompson served for many years as a top aide to Congressman John Tanner. During this time, he worked extensively on every major economic development project in Northwest Tennessee in recent years, including Interstate 69, the Port at Cates Landing, the Everett Stewart Regional Airport, the Spillway Project, Highway 79 from Paris to Dover/Clarksville, and Highway 79 from McKenzie to Milan.

Additionally, Thompson worked on a Rural Broadband Initiative with the Rural Utility Service for portions of Gibson and Carroll counties.

Thompson was instrumental in securing water and sewer line projects in the district during his tenure with Congressman Tanner, including a project in the Springville Community of Henry County that expanded access to clean water.

Art Show and Sale This Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee River Fine Arts League will host a Spring Art Show & Sale with a twist--the public is invited to find hidden objects in special works created by TRFAL members for a chance to win a $100 cash prize.

League President Doreen Bates invited everyone to join them for an evening of family fun at Lee School Academy for the Arts on Friday, May 11 from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

May 2012 Commencement Set At Murray State University

Murray, Ky. – Murray State University’s May 2012Commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the CFSBCenter, and will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the Murray State ArmyROTC Color Guard.

 Sooyeon Kim, the Outstanding Spring Graduate, will lead incandidates for degrees. Kim, who majored in pre-medicine/biology, will deliverthe valediction. She is the daughter of Tae-Jo Kim and Joung-Ae Ea of Seoul,South Korea.

MSU President Randy J. Dunn will preside over the ceremony. Approximately1,363 undergraduate and graduate students are May 2012 degree candidates.

Ample general guest parking is available in the StewartStadium parking lot, east of the CFSB Center, off of Hwy. 641. Shuttle bussesare available to transport guests from the parking lot to the front doors ofthe CFSB Center beginning at 8 a.m. Busses are also available until 1:30 p.m.to transport guests from the CFSB Center back to the parking lot.

The top two rows of chair seating in the arena is reserved for guests with limited mobility. Limited mobility guests may have twoadditional guests sit with them. Special seating areas will also be located oneach side of the arena. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.

Guests with disabilities who require special assistanceshould note the parking lot located off of Gilbert Graves Drive is availablefor a drop-off zone. A handicapped parking tag or special permission will berequired to park in that location.

Special requests regarding disabilities may be directed tothe office of equal opportunity at (270) 809-3155, or the CFSB Center at (270)809-5577 or TDD (270) 809-3361.

The event will be streamed online for those who can’t attend.

Early Squirrel Season Opening at LBL

Golden, KY –Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s 2012 spring squirrel hunting season will open in Tennessee from May 12-June 10 and in Kentucky from May 19-June 15.

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 an LBL Hunter Use Permit. LBL Hunter Use Permits are available at North and South Welcome 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.

Mother's Day Buffet Offered at Paris Landing Inn

Buchanan, Tenn.-Tennessee State Parks is pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be serving a delicious Mother’s Day Buffet on Sunday, May 13. Buffet selections and prices will vary, ranging from $12.95 to $15.95. Group reservations are recommended.

The Mother’s Day Buffet will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until closing. Locally, the buffet will be offered at the Paris Landing Inn.

Reward Offered for Tips in Corn Crop Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the owner of the corn field whose crop was damaged this weekend is offering a $700 reward for information leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism. The incident occurred on highway 140 North in which someone did donuts in the corn crop. The estimated loss because of the damage to the crop is around $$10,000. For anyone who might have information, please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.

Household Hazardous Waste Event Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Solid Waste and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are preparing for their annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, which will be held from 8 am to 1 pm this Saturday May 12. The event will be at the Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive, off East Wood Street in Paris, and its free to any household.

Henry County Solid Waste Director Ron Watkins said the mobile collection program was established to provide a safe means of disposal for household hazardous waste. One reason is that improperly stored hazardous products in the home may increase the risk of poisoning or injury. Also disposing of hazardous waste in ordinary trash may injure sanitation workers and may cause fires in dumpsters and garbage trucks.

Examples of these materials that will be taken on Saturday are household cleaners, oil based paints, aerosols, pesticides, rechargeable batteries, used automotive fluids, pool chemicals, and others that are no longer usable in the home. Also old mercury themometers, TVs, computer equipment, and other household electronic equipment will be accepted.

The usable recyclables such as used motor oil, antifreeze, aluminum, scrap metal, old appliances, cardboard, paper, and plastics will also be accepted on Saturday.

No tires will be accepted at the Household Hazardous waste event due to changes in the waste tire program. Tires should be taken to the  landfill for disposal.

Excluded wastes includes medical and infectious wastes, ammunition, explosives, radioactive wastes, including smoke detectors, any empty containers, and wastes from non-household sources.

Watkins stated that Henry County is very fortunate this year to be awarded a household hazardous waste collection event this year. He said due to buget constraints, TDEC is conducting fewer of these events and taking a more regional approach. Citizens from surroundings counties may also bring their items to the Henry County Recycling Center on Saturday from 8-1 for this event.

Watkins said past collection events have been very successful and we appreciate the community being mindful of the environment by participating in recycling and hazardous waste collection events. Recycling saves our natural resources and landfill space.

For more information call the recycling center at 642-5170 or visit their website at henrycountytn.org.

Local Law Enforcement Has Busy Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Bryan Hall of the Sheriff’s Office charged a man with DUI and drug charges after responding to a one vehicle accident on highway 69A this weekend. Cpl Hall found Johnathan T. Greene, age 30, of 280 Bobby Lane, walking near the scene of the accident, which involved the car he was driving. He said he was trying to get a better cell signal.

Greene was unsteady, and an odor of alcohol was detected on him by Cpl. Hall. Greene was handcuffed and charged with DUI. During a search of his person, a baggie of marijuana was found in his pocket. Greene was also charged with violation of implied consent, and possession of schedule six with intent.

Two other people were charged with drug charges over the weekend from officers with the Paris Police Department. Ptl. Nick Oatsvall charged Catherine Megan Cashman, age 31, of 4 Bound Brook Drive with simple possession of schedule six and possession of drug paraphernalia. Inv. Josh Frey, charged Christopher Matthew Owens, of Puryear, for simple possession of schedule two drug.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated that Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to Perry School House Loop to a house that was broken into over the weekend. The victim stated he believed the three subjects that broke in were sitting in a parking lot of a church just up the road from the home.

Deputy Jenkins and the victim went to the subjects at the church, and found several items with them that belonged to the victim. Arrested were William R. Johnson, age 26, of Ashland City, Joseph E. Johnson, age 28, of Ashland City, and Kelli J. Cottrell, age 28, of Pleasant View. All three were charged with burglary and theft of property, and Cottrell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after some was found near the car they were in.

Two campers at Crappie Drive in Buchanan had some items stolen from them over the weekend. The campers are side by side and belong to a family. One camper had a foot locker, valued at twenty dollars and some silver Tiki Torches, valued at eighty dollars stolen. The other camper had a Smoker grill valued at $250 stolen. Police did find a notebook at the scene with some phone numbers in it. They believe it could belong to the person or person who stole the items. Investigation is continuing in this incident.

Deputy Tyler Norris responded to a farm on highway 140 North where vandalism was reported. The victim said that sometime this weekend, someone had driven through his one and a half acre corn crop, turned several donuts and destroyed everything he had planted. The crop was valued around $10,000 and is likely completely ruined from the damage.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated $500 worth of frozen meat was stolen from a freezer in a shop on Reynoldsburg Road. The victim found the door open to the shop and water everywhere from the freezer being left open. There are no suspects.


Everyone Has Good Time At Spring Fling

Tomorrow's Hope Board Chair Jack Pressey gives Sheriff Monte Belew the first of several dunkings Saturday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Having the chance to dunk a sheriff, a priest and a lawyer may sound like the beginning of a funny joke, but it also was reality for everyone who showed up for Tomorrow’s Hope Spring Fling Saturday in downtown Paris.

Numerous people lined up for the chance to dunk Sheriff Monte Belew, Father Mike Morgera and others, as well as being entertained with games, good food, and a noon walk for life. A 911 phone booth was set up to teach children how to use 911 as well as the sheriff department’s drug trailer and K-9s and a Paris fire truck for children to tour.

Little Zane Martin felt like a big guy behind the wheel of a Paris fire truck, as Fireman Timothy Myerick looks on. (McFarlin photo).

District Quotara Conference Held In Paris

Officers for the Twenty-Third District of Quota International
Governor Geraldine Sykes, Paris; Lt. Governor Nadine Lakey, East Memphis and Secretary-Treasurer Martha Smith, Paris. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The 58th annual conference for the 23rd District of Quota International was held in Paris at the Lee Academy for the Arts over the weekend.

The weekend was a busy one, with meetings and banquets held for the group. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer welcomed Quotarians from Magnolia, Arkansas, West Memphis, Arkansas, and  Memphis,Tenn. to Henry County

The conference opened with a fish fry and barbeque Friday evening. At the Saturday luncheon, Peggy and Jimmy Williams shared a virtual tour of London gardens, with their son, Tim, helping with the presentation.

Paris’ Geraldine Sykes was installed as Governor and Nadine Lakey of East Memphis will be installed as Lt. Governor.

County Mayor Brent Greer greets Quotarians.

Traffic Stop Ends In Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-A traffic stop for a seatbelt violation on Powell Street ended in the arrest of a Paris woman for possession with intent to sell drugs.

Paris Police arrested Charli Rae Eggers, age 20 of 905 Pierce St., after searching her car during the course of the arrest. Patrolman Jeremye Whitaker noticed she was shaking and kept trying to stuff something in her seat while he was speaking to her. Upon consent to search, Whitaker found a bottle of 30 Loritabs in an unmarked pill bottle. He also checked her cell phone and discovered she had been texting people about selling the pills. She told Whitaker she had sold 10 pills for $5 each.

The car she was driving in belongs to Aaron LaBlanc, who Whitaker said appeared to be helping her set up some of the buys through text messages. His vehicle was seized and police also seized $66 in drug proceeds they found on Eggers.

Paris Police arrested Charles Patton, age 50 of 113 College St., on a charge of domestic assault after they were called to 512 Wynn St. on a report of an assault in progress.

They found the victim with visible injuries and she told officers that Patton had hit her in the face several times.

Wirgau Ends the 107 General Assembly on a Positive Note

State Rep. Tim Wirgau with Lakewood students at the capitol.

Nashville, Tenn.- State Representative TimWirgau (R-Buchanan, TN) ends the 107 General Assembly by being honored with theWest Tennessee Legislator of the Year Award. Representative Wirgau is coming off a very successful session. One of the major highlights was guiding a Fast Track Economic Bill (House Bill 2344) through the House with a 96-0 vote following a back and forth debate.

“Iam just doing my job, and representing the folks in my District,” commented Wirgau when asked about the award.

The bill repurposes the FastTrack economic development program, which would providegrants and loans to local governments or to their economic developmentorganizations, to be used to facilitate pro-job growth activities. In passingthe bill, it is the intent of the General Assembly that these economicdevelopment funds will only be used in exceptional circumstances when the funds will make a significant financial impact on economically distressed parts of Tennessee such as Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties.

“Although my first term in office has flown by, it has made a major impact on not only mycareer, but my life. I have worked dayand night and seen both the ups and downs of being a State Representative” Wirgau said. He added, “Although this job may be difficult, I can come home after abusy session and know I have made a difference for District 75.”

Benton County has been a big topic during this session. We have been working on a Bill that will shut down the landfill in Benton County due to improper disposal methodsthat could deem harmful to the citizens in the community.

He added, “Although the landfill will remain open, we are continuing to apply pressure to thelandfill to be incompliance with Tennessee Department of Environment andConservation (TDEC). If those compliances are not met, we will push to have the facility closed.”

He also helped Stewart County get ECDBG grant money to replace a fire station that was destroyed by a tornado. They hope to break ground and begin construction on theproject later this year.

In March, Wirgau passed a bill to allow Cottage Grove, TN to continue to do theirbookkeeping the way they are accustomed to. If the bill had not passed the citywould have had to hire a Community Municipal Officer or lose their incorporatedstatus, which would result in an abrupt increase in taxes.

Wirgau serves on the Consumer Employee Affairs and Commercecommittees. He also serves on the 11 Person Job Task Force Committee that spent the summer interviewing business owners to aid with job creation for the state.

Yoder's Produce Open For Season

Paris, Tenn.-Yoder's Produce, located in front of 54 Lawn and Garden on Hwy. 54, is now open for the season with a large selection of produce, live plants and flowering baskets. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Rowlett Arrested On Paris City Theft Charges

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-Former Assistant City Finance Director Lisa Rowlett was arrested Thursday night on two theft charges from the city of Paris that allegedly occurred while she worked for the city of Paris.

Rowlett turned herself in to the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and was released after posting the $5,000 bond on the charges. Specifically, she is charged with two counts of theft of property over $1,000 each and will appear in General Sessions court on the charges on May 15.

The charges were brought by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm said the TBI was requested to investigate a theft from the City of Paris by the 24th Judicial District Attorney General. She said the investigation showed that Rowlett committed the thefts between the dates of March 25, 2010 and November 10, 2010.

The affidavit states that Rowlett “wrote insufficient checks to the city of Paris. When checks were returned from the bank, defendant put other persons’ names on the notices.” The value of the checks for the two charges is listed as $2,735.61.

Rowlett’s arrest follows an internal investigation by the city which branched out into the TBI investigation and which resulted in both Rowlett and former City Manager Jack Tarkington losing their jobs in January of 2011.  The city has since hired Kim Foster as City Finance Director.

Current City Manager Carl Holder said the situation stemmed from two issues: “neglectful accounting systems employed by the city at that time which involved negligence and poor performance and the criminal activity” by Rowlett. He said there is no evidence that Tarkington was involved in the criminal activity.

Holder said, “Money was lost from the city coffers and that is a criminal act and should be prosecuted. You can prosecute fraud, but unfortunately, you can’t prosecute negligence. The city spent tens of thousands of dollars to get our accounting system back up to standards.”

As for the possibility of further charges, Helm said the TBI “investigation will remain open to receiving new information. But I do not know of any other immediate charges forthcoming.”

Prayers Offered At Courthouse Service

Jennifer Paschall sings the national anthem, flanked by Rev. Fred Shackleford, left, and County Court Clerk Mike Wilson, right. The sheriff's department color guard is in front. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A small gathering of city and county officials, religious leaders and private citizens was on hand for the National Day of Prayer service Thursday at the courtsquare.

Rev. Fred Shackleford of Spring Hill Church was moderator, Jennifer Paschall sang the national anthem and several ministers offered prayers for the military, education, the economy and the media. The Henry County Sheriff's department color guard presented the colors.

The sheriff's department color guard stands at attention: from left, Lt. Steve Dean, Lt. Stan Pinson, and Sgt. Dennis Vaughn. (McFarlin photo).

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