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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Walk for All Cancers Will Be Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Caring Hearts Fund and Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will present a walk for all cancers on Saturday May 17th at 9am at the Paris Civic Center. Since cancer affects 11 million Americans, the Caring Hearts Fund and Healthcare Foundation decided to have a walk to raise awareness for all cancer and help raise funds for those with a financial need.

Caring Hearts Fund Liason Casey Brown said, “Cancer doesn’t just affect those who suffer from the disease but also their loved ones and we want to recognize all cancers and help raise money so the Caring Hearts Fund offers help with things like transportation, co-pays, insurance premiums, and medication.

Cost to walk in the Walk for All Cancers is $10 and registration will be at 8am on

Saturday morning at the Paris Civic Center. The walk will begin at 9am. The cost of the walk also includes breakfast following the walk. T-shirts will e available for $15 and various colored ribbons representing various cancers will be available for $1. A ballon release in memory or honor of cancer patients will be held at 8:45 and balloons will be available for purchase now at the Cancer Care center or at the registration Saturday morning.

For more information on the Walk for All Cancers call 644-3522. All money raised at the event go to the Caring Hearts Fund.

Vicki Hoover Campaign Rally Set for Tuesday May 20th

Paris, Tenn.- Vicki Hodge Hoover, candidate for Circuit Court Judge in the August Election, will hold a meet and greet on Tuesday May 20th from 5:30pm-8pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Events Center. There will be free whole hog BBQ and the trimmings, a silent auction, and live entertainment. Everyone is invited.

National Public Works Week Slated for Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- National Public Works Week is May 19th thru 25th and the city of Paris joins in with the celebration to honor the tens of thousands of individuals throughout the country who provide and maintain infrastructure services known as public works throughout the country. The city of Paris specifically acknowledges their staff at the Paris Public Works Department.  

Paris City Commission to Hold Budget Hearing Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will hold a public meeting in the city hall meeting room Monday May 19th at 6pm to conduct a review of the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The public is welcomed to attend.

HC Highway Department Opens Whitlock Road

Red Top Hill Road Still Closed

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has opened Whitlock Road as of Thursday. Red Top Hill Road is still closed until further notice. Red Top Hill Road is closed four tenths of a mile east of Blood River Road for bridge repair.

Dartin Downtown 5K Will Be Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church’s Relay for Life Team and the Downtown Paris Association will present the Dartin Downtown 5K run and one mile fun walk Saturday May 17th. Entry fee before Saturday is $15, with race day registration $20.

Registration on Saturday will be at First United Methodist Church at 101 East Blythe Street from 7-7:45am. There will be special door prizes including two handmade quilts and medals will be given in the top 3 finishers in each age division. For more information call Sharon Sabin at 336-8579. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

Reminder: Wounded Soldier Bass Tourney Will be May 17th

Registration Open Now

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 5th annual Wounded Solider Open Bass Tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake Saturday May 17th and registration is open now for the event.

The tournament is a three fish limit, with a guaranteed first prize of $2000. The cost is $110 per boat, with a two angler maximum. The tournament benefits the Wounded Soldier Program and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.

The TWRA serves as one of the sponsors of the event and the tournament will be presented by Smyrna Ready Mix.

To register for the event or for more information, go to the Foundation website, www.twrf.net, or contact Todd Spann at 615-642-6670.

King Campaign Rally Well Attended

Michael King with former Henry County Clerk Jerry Bomar at the Rally Thursday. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of supporters came out Thursday night to the Quality Inn Convention Center as Michael King, candidate for Chancellor, held a Henry County Campaign Rally.

King is currently a lawyer with King and Thompson Attorneys at Law in Huntingdon with partnerNeil Thompson. King has practiced law since graduating with honors from the Mississippi College School of Law in 2000. King has litigated over 2K cases in his career throughout the area.

In 2009, King was selected by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a Hearings Officer for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. In 2010, King was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Board of Professional Responsibility.

The Chancellor, or Chancery Court Judge, hears many cases including lawsuits and divorce among others. The position serves the five counties in the 24th Judicial District: Henry, Benton, Carroll, Hardin, and Decatur. Voters will elect a Chancellor between King and Carma McGee in the August election.

BBQ was served at the rally and the band Risky Business enteratained the crowd.


Sgt. Josh Frey Named Paris Police Officer of the Year

Sgt. Josh Frey was named Officer of the Year in a recent ceremony (Photo provided by the Paris Police Department).

Paris, Tenn. - Thursday is recognized as National Peace Officer Memorial Day and the Paris Police Department honored the day by naming the Officer of the Year at a ceremony at City Hall. Sgt. Josh Frey was named as Officer of the year for the Paris Police Department.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the day was set aside to honor fallen officers who have died while in the line of duty and we decided to honor our department for the hard work they do every year.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo speaks about National Peace Officer Memorial Day and the ceremony to honor Sgt. Josh Frey as Officer of the Year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Lt. John Brewer announced the officer of the year saying that Sgt. Josh Frey had came back to patrol in 2013 after serving several years in the Criminal Investigation Division. Lt. Brewer said several patrol officers said that Josh’s expertise and knowledge have helped make them better officers.

Sgt. Frey was actually on vacation this week and sent regrets for not being at the ceremony in person. Sgt. Ean Reed accepted the plaque on Sgt. Frey’s behalf.

Josh started working at the Henry County Sheriff’s in 1997 and started at the Paris Police Department in 1999. He was K9 officer from 2000-02 and Investigator from 02-2013, before moving back to patrol. Josh and his wife Kelly have four children Ethan, Blake, Stormie, and Aiden.

This memorial was set up in the city hall courtroom to commemorate

National Peace Officers Memorial Day. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Mark Rudy Named as PPD's Dispatcher of the Year

Mark Rudy shows off his plaque for being named Dispatcher of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Elizondo also said that in addition to honoring the officer of the year, the Paris Police Department honors the dispatcher of the year, to commemorate National Telecommunication’s Week, which was held in April. Chief Elizondo said we take time to publicly thank and acknowledge dispatchers for the job they do.

Supervisor of Dispatch Angie Case said dispatchers have to be on top of several different things at once in a very stressful environment at times, many times with multiple scenarios going on at once. She praised all the dispatchers at the Paris Police Department and said while its very hard to pick one for dispatcher of the year, she was given the honor to Mark Rudy.

Rudy has served in dispatch for 17 years. The dispatch staff at the Paris Police Department is Mark Rudy, Lynn Steffes, Kelvin Redditt, Heather Carter, David Smith, Amanda Curnell, Calvin Manning, and Cindy Edwards.

Marijuana Seized from Porter Street Residence

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 115 N. Porter Street and found 9 baggies of marijuana that were packaged for resale along with a set of digital scales and $249 in cash. The cash was seized as drug proceeds and charged Greg Kendall, 21, of the address with simple possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Stacey Bostwick responded to Old Paris Murray Road on a theft call. The resident advised while he was in jail for theft, someone had stolen several items out of his shop. He did give Deputy Bostwick a possible suspect and investigation is ongoing.

Career Coach to Be in Dover Friday 9-1

Dover, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be working with the Stewart County Visitor Center, at 117 Visitor Center Lane on Friday May 16 from 9am to 1pm. The Career Coach will be on site assisting people with their resumes and helping people register with jobs4TN.gov, where over 90K jobs are available.

HC Office On Aging Senior Expo is Today

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Office on Aging will have the 3rd Annual Senior Expo at the Central Community Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road Thursday May 15th from 9am to 2pm.

The 2014 Senior Expo is a fun filled day consisting of activities that take place day to day in the 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.

They will have hamburgers and hot dogs as well with a sack lunch and drink for no charge. This will also be the May Pot Luck Luncheon so everyone is invited to bring a dish.

Tom Frommel Will Be Grand Marshall of Puryear Day Parade

Puryear, Tenn.- The Puryear Lions Club will sponsor the 35th Annual Puryear Day on Saturday May 17th with activities and fun for all ages all day long in Puryear. The parade will be held at 10am, with registration from 8:30-9:30am and there is no fee required to be in the Puryear Day Parade.

The grand marshall of this year’s Puryear Day Parade is Tom Frommel, a citizen of Puryear. Puryear Alderman Mackie Gallimore said Frommel is very active in the community from attending board meetings, helping plant and water flowers around city hall and helping with the Puryear Volunteer Fire Department.

Frommel and his wife Bridget moved to Puryear from Clarksville years ago.

Other events include free inflatbles from 11am to 5pm, a mechanical bull, arts and crafts, and you can win a chainsaw if you guess the weight of a log, which is sponsored by Middleton Lumber.

There will be music groups performing from Noon to 4pm and the Great River Road Band will perform at 6pm for you entertainment. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks at 5pm and free birthday cake while it lasts. The cake auction will be at 7:15pm. For more information on Puryear Day call Wanda Gallimore at 247-5489.

Puryear Volunteer FD To Hold Fundrasier Friday Night

Puryear, Tenn.- On Friday night, the Puryear Volunteer Fire Department will have a fundraiser event at the Puryear Civic Center. Starting at 5pm, there will be food such as smoked shoulders for 3.50, burgers for $3 and hot dogs for $2. A plate that includes baked beans and slaw is available for $6. There will also be cupcakes and drinks for sale. The Golo Shine Band from Mayfield will provide entertainment and there will be a drawing for a quilt at 8pm. Tickets for the quilt drawing are available for purchase at Puryear City Hall. All money raised at the event Friday night benefit the Puryear Fire Department.

Heavy Rains Swell Creeks Wed. Morning

The creek beside our studios is already out of its banks this morning. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Rain, which  fell very heavy at times Wednesday morning, is causing creeks and streams to swell and exceed their banks. The creek beside the WMUF studios is already over its banks and into the grass. The forecast calls for a 90% chance of rain this afternoon. At this time, there are no watches or warnings issued for our area, but some reports of 1 and a half and near 2 inches of rainfall had already occurred in parts of the county Wednesday morning.

Markia Patton Case Continued to May 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The case against Markia D. Patton was continued to May 20th at General Sessions Court during the arraignment hearings on Tuesday. Patton was represented by attorney Chad Cox and an old charge of simple possession of schedule six drug was added to the charge of attempt to commit first degree murder.

Patton was placed on $500K bond and will reappear in court next week. He was arrested Friday in Rutherford County by U.S. Marshalls and extradited to Henry County Friday evening. He is the main suspect in the April 13th shootings at Ogburn Park that injured three people.

Chancellor Candidate Michael King To Have Campaign Rally

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Henry County campaign rally for Michael King, who is running for chancellor of the 24th Judicial District in August. The campaign rally will be held on Thursday May 15th at the Paris Convention Center. The event will be held from 6-8pm and there will be free BBQ and desserts. The band Risky Business will perform live music.

Cottage Grove Approves Lease Agreement With Boyd's

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Cottage Grove Legislative Council meeting, Mayor Mike Waddey went over the legal contract between the city and PMB Boyd’s for the eventual General Store that will be housed in the former Security Bank Building. The board agreed to accept the lease agreement for one year.

Boyd’s will have a store similar to the one in the Kroger Shopping Center in Paris, but on a smaller scale.

The council also learned that Cottage Grove Baptist Church has agreed to allow city hall to be housed in the basement of the church building on a temporary basis.

Final plans were also made Tuesday night for the joint venture of the city and Cottage Grove Fire Department for the annual Freedom Festival on July 4th. They approved hiring the Great River Road Band to perform along with reimbursing the Fire department for the fireworks.

Council members also approved the second reading of the proposed 2014-15 budget and approved the financial report which showed revenues of over $4600 and expenses of $798.

Street Lights, Unmowed Yards Concern Henry Citizens

Henry Public Works Director Ed Bush discusses turning off street lights while Police Chief David Andrews listens. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- Citizens spoke up to the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman at the May meeting Tuesday night with concerns ranging from street lights to unmowed yards, voicing their concerns on issues.

Citizen Charlie Parker, who owns property in Henry, then emphatically asked the board instead of raising taxes as the budget process goes in to cut back. He said he had talked to a couple of alderman about one thing to be cut was just turn all the street lights off. Parker said if a resident or business wanted a street light they could pay to have it. He said there is no law that says you must have street lights.

Alderman Carl Koch, Jr. said the issue with turning out lights is that crime would go up and lots of residents like to have street lights near their homes.

Public Works director Ed Bush said he hasn’t gotten around to turning off the 13 street lights the board decided to get rid of last month, but should have it done now that days are getting longer and they are catching up on other things. The board decided to see what savings come from cutting those lights off and look at other lights that could be cut in the future.

Henry resident Brad Goodman, who lives on Mockingbird Avenue,  then questioned what could be done about neighbors who weren’t keeping their yards mowed. He said he had filed complaints but wanted to know the process of what could be done.

Henry Police Chief David Andrews said this year property owners will get one letter if they haven’t been keeping their yard mowed. After failure to mow it when the letter is received, local residents will be issued a citation and anyone out of town will be sent a notice to appear in court.

Andrews said we are trying to be stricter this year, but there are issues with property owners that live out of state. Andrews said it’s a violation of a city ordinance and about the only thing he can do is cite them into court.

Henry Approves Repairs to Big Water Tower

Board members discuss issues with the water tower. (Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- Public Works Director Ed Bush told the Henry Mayor and board of alderman that they have gotten into the big water tower and began cleaning it and it was found that some of the coating has come off and has to be repaired before the water tower can be filled back up.

Bush said that in addition to that there are spots on the outside that need fixing along with the climb bar and ladder needs replacing. The cost for the repairs is $5125 and since it was dubbed an emergency situation to be able to fill the tank back up, they didn’t have to bid out the work and went with Universal Coating, who was the company hired to clean the tanks in the first place.

Bush said the money was in the budget and the board approved to make the necessary repairs.

The board also set the date for the Annual Clean Up day for the weekend of June 14th. The city will set a dumpster in the city hall parking lot from Friday June 13 until Monday June 16th. The city gets the dumpster at no cost. Public works will pick up trash for any elderly citizen or those can’t get out but those citizens must call city hall to schedule the pick up.

Alderman Faye Lowry informed the board the 2nd annual city wide yard sale will be Saturday June 7th. They will accept a voluntary donation of two dollars from anyone that wants to set up at city hall to help pay for advertising. City recorder Sonya Clayton also said they can print out maps with dots depicting who in the city and outside the city will participate in the yard sale.

Farmers Market Permits Available Now at UT Extension Office

Paris, Tenn.- Permits for the 2014 Henry County Farmer’s Market are now available at the Henry County UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris. Office hours are from 8-12 and 1pm to 4:30pm. The permit is $35 and checks should be made out to the Henry County Fair.

Hours for the Farmer’s Market this spring and summer will be Tuesdays and Fridays 3pm until sell out. There will be some special market days in downtown Paris and additional locations with dates and time announced later dependent on participation. For more information call the Extension office at 642-2941.

Tweens and Teens Tea Planned 2-4pm Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center Women’s Center, the Spirit of Women, and UT Extension Office will hold a Spirit Girls Tweens and Teens Tea Saturday May 17th from 2-4pm at the Diagnostic Center/Bethel University Paris Campus Atrium.

Young women in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are invited along with their role model whether its mom, grandma, a teacher, or another female to have a sit down tea with a presentation of the history of tea and tea etiquette.

There will be demonstrations on hair and make up by Paris Queens and making lip gloss and bath fizzes to take home. Kristian Elliott, FNP, will present on HPV, cervical cancer and the Guardasil vaccine along with discussions on young women’s health concerns. Information booths will be set up and goodie bags and prizes will be given out as well. Cindy’s Catering and Women’s Health Advisory Council will provide food.

The event is free but seating is limited so pre-registration is required by calling 644-3463 or online registration at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Paris Predators Baseball Wins Jackson Tourney

Jackson, Tenn.-Predators Baseball 11U AA won 1st place in the Buffalo Wild Wings 2 Days 2 Glory Baseball tournament this past weekend (5/9 – 5/10) at the Jackson Sportsplex in Jackson, TN.  Players are Front Row: Kaine Gallimore, Rodney Littleton Jr, Cale Ellis, Rylan Perry, Matthew Parker.  Second Row:  Connor Andrews, Kenneth Ray Duncan, Janson Cook, Mathis Hutson, Cayden Chambers.  Coaches:  Chris Hutson, Gervis Gallimore, Lance Perry, and Clint Ellis.

Cold Winter Continues to Impact County Budget

Natural Gas, Utilities Line Items Short to Finish Out Fiscal Year

Paris, Tenn.- The unusually cold winter Henry County experienced this year is still costing the county more money and it prompted budget committee members to approve moving $28K from unappropriated fund balance to help pay the bills at their meeting Monday night.

County Mayor Brent Greer said that we seen three of the coldest months in a row we’ve seen in years in January, February, and March and Natural Gas and Utilities line items have been hit hard because of higher bills. Mayor Greer also pointed out at Monday night’s budget committee meeting that communications costs were running higher in county buildings with both phone and internet so some of the money moved from unappropriated fund balance was put in that line item as well.

The County Mayor’s Office also requested moving $600 from the Postage Line Item to Custodial Supplies in a transfer as Mayor Greer said we spent a lot more on removing ice this winter, so that custodial supplies line item is depleted as well.

In other transfers in the general fund, budget committee members approved moving money around in the Clerk and Master budget to pay to lease a new copy machine. Clerk and Master Mary Burns was at the meeting and said the current copy machine is 7 years old and she decided leasing a new machine was the cheapest way to go. There was no new money needed as she moved items around to properly pay for the lease of the machine.

In the Sheriff’s Department, revenue was increased over $26K to pay for an inmate’s medical bills from HCMC and Vanderbilt. This was a state inmate and the state will be reimbursing the cost of the medical bills minus $1K the county is required to pay.

The sheriff’s office is also in need of a new lawn mower and monies were moved around in the budget to purchase one for the amount of $4K.

Transfers were made in the Office on Aging Budget as well, where director Reggie Caldwell transferred monies to finish out the current fiscal year which ends June 30th. Caldwell reported to the budget committee the office on aging recently took a trip to Discovery Park in Union City and is serving close to 550 people now on a regular basis.

Proposed Budgets for FY 2014-15 Passed Out Monday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Budget Director Pat Hollingsworth passed out the proposed budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Monday night at the Henry County Budget Committee meeting. The budgets for the Highway Department and General Purpose school fund weren’t included as those departments continue to work to finalize their budgets.

County Mayor Brent Greer discussed the budgets briefly Monday night, as the budget process takes shape the next few weeks. He told budget committee members one area the county has seen a big loss of revenue in is the Wholesale Beer Tax. Mayor Greer said with Murray and McKenzie both selling liquor now, we lost around $100K in revenue from the beer sales tax.

He also told the committee right now, without cuts and looking deeper at line items, the budget is about $300K short of being balanced. He said we will cut some of that down I’m sure during our budget hearings process over the next month and half, and we do have a good fund balance that can be partially used to balance a budget if need be. The current budget does not include any Cost of Living Adjustments for County employees, other than step raises.

Greer said the solid waste budget needs about $100K to balance, just looking at it first hand. He said about 2 cents or using some fund balance would help to make it self sustaining.

Mayor Greer advised that Property Tax Assessor Charles Van Dyck didn’t have final numbers as to what the property tax collections would be and what a penny would equal yet, but they should have that by the June meeting. The budget committee will likely pass a continuation budget in June, have the budget hearings, and continue with that process until final numbers are available in mid July.

Road Board Approves Trailer Purchase

Paris, Tenn.- After a couple months of discussion, Henry County Road Board members finally approved the purchase of a trailer to haul the excavator on at Monday night’s regular May Road Board meeting.

The board received three bids, with the lowest being from TPD Trailer Sales out of Dexter, Ky. The price was for $19,257 and was set for a 6-8 week delivery. The board also received bids from McKeel Equipment in Murray and Century Equipment in Dyserburg.

The board questioned which options were available in TPD’s bid and Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said they would make sure which specs were included in the bid for $19, 257 before they agree to go ahead and purchase the trailer.

In other business at the meeting Monday night, the board approved sending a recommendation to the county commission to include the road that runs thru the Arrowhead Subdivision in the county road system. Norwood said for years it seemed this has been overlooked and owner Bob Cathey was on hand at the meeting saying they pay both county and city taxes at the property and was informed it was indeed a county road. He just wanted it included in the county road system so, when needed, repairs and work could be done to it. The county commission will have to approve at their meeting later this month.

Chamber Van Rides Thru Strawberry Festival Parade

Humboldt, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce's newly wrapped Chamber van was one of the many entries into the Strawberry Festival parade on Friday May 9th. (Chamber photo)

Warrants Issued For Theft on Old Paris Murray Road

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has filed warrants for aggravated burglary on William McCoy, 40, 1271 Old Paris Murray Road after neighbors said they observed him stealing several items from his father’s home on Highway 641 North.

The report at the sheriff’s office where the home owner had been gone for a few weeks and come to find several thousand dollars worth of items missing including a riding lawn mower, 48 inch TV, 12 gauge shotgun, an electric hedge trimmer, a saw, two watches, and more. Sgt Wade found that McCoy had pawned the riding lawn mower. Warrants for aggravated burglary have been issued but McCoy hasn’t been arrested as of broadcast time.

There were three other incidents where theft were reported throughout the county including a 50 inch television from Pleasant Hill Road. The TV was valued at $600.

Two thefts were reported on Guthrie Road, one home had two TVs and two DVD players stolen, a total value of over $2K. Another home on Guthrie had four cell phones stolen, a total value of over $500. Police have no suspects in any of these thefts.

Metro Crime Unit Nets Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested Tommie Blackman, 921 Dunlap Street, for possession of schedule four with intent, possession of schedule two with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of the home was done and marijuana, over $2200 in drug proceeds, and several pills packaged for resale were found. Blackman was placed on $7500 bond.

Winders Takes 1st in 1600 and 3200 Meters at Sub Sectionals

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County competed in the TSSAA Section 3 North Sub Sectional and Javan Winders placed 1st in both the 1600 meter and 3200 meter run. Javan finished the 1600 in 4:36 and 10:07 in the 3200 meter. He will now advance to the Section Finals at Brentwood.

Other top finishers at the Sub Sectionals included Jarritt Beasley finishing 8th in the Long Jump with a leap of over 19 feet 5 inches and 8th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.66 seconds, both personal records for Jarritt.

Nathan Condeelis came in 9th place in the 1600 meter and set a Personal Record with a time of 4:55.

The team of Jared Adkisson, Jarrit Beasley, Joemarri Ray, and Rodney Tharpe finished 8th in the 4 x 100 relay at a time of 46.61 seconds.

Medical Reserve Corps Training Thursday, May 22

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Health have an upcoming training program for those interested in entering the Medical Reserve Corps.

If you've ever wondered what you could do to help your community, or have considered volunteering but weren't sure where to donate your time and skills, the Medical Reserve Corps may be a perfect fit.

The MRC is a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response, and resiliency of their communities. Both medical and non-medical professionals are needed to help train, educate, mentor, and to respond to public health efforts and emergencies.

In the event of a disaster, MRC volunteers may be called upon to serve alongside public health and emergency service professionals. Volunteers are trained to provide assistance with the mass distribution of antibiotics or vaccines, assist with non-medical emergencies such as mass sheltering operations and / or participate in emergency preparedness exercises in local communities.

If you would like to become a volunteer for the West Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps, make plans to attend the Henry County MRC training Thursday, May 22 at 6 PM and register online at tnmrc.org.

The training will be held at the Henry County EMA office located at 204 N. Brewer Street in Paris.

For additional information, contact Lori Barker at 731-886-1552 or e-mail lori.barker@tn.gov.

Crash Investigation Leads to Chase, Arrest

Henry, Tenn.- A routine crash investigation on Camp Tyson Road Saturday led to a foot chase and arrest, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.

Deputy Tyler Norris was dispatched to reports of a vehicle accident on Highway 79S near Camp Tyson Road Saturday at approximately 4:11 PM. Dispatch advised Norris the vehicle hit a guard rail and kept driving onto Camp Tyson Road.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department found the vehicle stopped on Camp Tyson Road, and said the driver had run off into the woods. Norris then saw a man that fit the driver's description walking down the shoulder of the highway.

Norris identified the man as Daniel A. White, age 38 of McKenzie. While Norris spoke with White, one of the other three passengers of the vehicle identified White as the driver. At this time, White ran away back toward the crashed vehicle.

Norris then deployed his taser, striking White in the right shoulder. He was then apprehended and charged with evading arrest.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, who worked the accident, also has charges pending against White.

Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff's Office Investigate Thefts

Mansfield, Tenn.- A motorcycle was reported stolen from a home on Highway 77 in Mansfield Friday, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.

The vehicle is an orange Kawasaki KTM 80 dirt bike belonging to the complainant's son.

It went missing from an attached garage while the complainant was away on business.

The motorcycle is valued at approximately $1,000.

Numerous other valuable items were lying around near the motorcycle at the time of the theft and were undisturbed.

The complainant believes the theft may be an act of retribution in an ongoing feud between him and another individual.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the incident.

Also, a boat was stolen from a home on Rider Street in Paris recently, according to Paris Police Department reports.

The 12 foot aluminum boat had been stored on a trailer in the home's backyard. The complainant discovered the boat missing at around 9 AM Wednesday, May 7. The boat had been taken off the trailer and apparently lifted over a fence in the back yard.

The watercraft has a 110V plug in the back left side.

The Paris Police Department has the Tennessee registration number on file, but other serial numbers were unavailable.

There are no suspects at this time.

FUMC Youth "Give Freely" At Saturday's Block Party

SPZRKT, a Christian vocalist from San Antonio, Texas, performs inside the First United Methodist Church during Saturday's Block Party (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- After over a year of planning, the First United Methodist Church youth group presented a massive block party on Saturday featuring a BMX show, two concerts, and an improv comedy performance.

What’s more – the entire event was completely free to the public.

Performers included:

Outcast BMX, a group of some of the best professional and amateur BMX riders in the country, based in Nashville, who travel the US performing stunt shows and offering ministry.

Fish Sticks Comedy, an improv troupe from Milwaukee who specialize in squeaky-clean short-form improvisational comedy.

SPZRKT, a Christian vocalist from San Antonio, Texas.

And Dream Junkies, a hip-hop trio featuring rappers Beleaf, Ruslan, and John Givez.

The block party got its start with the April 2013 FUMC youth council, which wanted to provide something for the Paris community. According to youth director Steven Heit, the group was inspired by Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received; freely give.”

The youth group proceeded to fundraise for the entire year in order to host the event. According to council member Brittany Martin, youth group members performed odd jobs in the community, held a yard sale and an ice cream parlor, organized a disc golf tournament at Memorial Park, and much more.

Martin was also in charge of logistics and hospitality for the event, coordinating artists and performers as far-flung as California, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Several local businesses were also instrumental in hosting the block party, both through monetary donations as well as providing products to be given away during the event.

Neal Heary, emcee for Outcast BMX, commented that in his 10 years of travel and ministry work, Saturday’s block party was the first event he had ever attended that was organized entirely by a youth organization.

Heit was extremely proud of his youth group and what they were able to accomplish, and looks forward to see what they can do in the future.

Several youth group members get in on the act alongside Andy Burgmeier, Dave Rust and Whit Shiller in one of Fish Sticks Comedy's improv sets (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Dana Relay For Life Hosts Second Annual Car and Bike Show

Art Johnson's hand-built '65 Shelby Cobra replica was named Best Car in Show at Saturday's Dana Relay for Life Car and Bike Show (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Dana Plumley’s Relay for Life Chapter hosted its second annual Car and Bike Show Saturday as a fundraiser for the cancer organization.

Due to the inclement weather early Saturday morning, entry was significantly lower than last year, but the vehicles that did brave the rain were outstanding.

15 vehicles entered this year’s show, ranging from vintage cars to hot rodded trucks to cruiser motorcycles.

Several awards were presented at the event, including Best in Show awards for Car, Truck, and Motorcycle as well as a Work in Progress award and a Survivor’s Choice award, voted on by members of the Dana Relay for Life team who are cancer survivors.

The Survivor’s Choice Award went to a 2003 Corvette Z06 owned by Steve Martinez of Dover.

This heavily customized Corvette Z06 won the Survivor's Choice Award at Saturday's show (Alex AuBuchon photo).

This year’s Best Car in Show was a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica, hand-built by Art Johnson of Paris. Johnson said he built the car himself over a period of 11 months, and it was “really not that hard”. Saturday’s show was the 13th car show Johnson participated in.

The Best Truck in Show this year was a 1968 Chevrolet C10, heavily modified by Bob Key of Paris. Modifications included an air ride suspension and a Chevy 350 motor.

The Best Motorcycle in Show was a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner owned by Jackie Owen of Paris.

In addition to those awards, all participants received a small trophy with a pink ribbon honoring Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

This '68 Chevy C10 was customized by Bob Key of Paris. Key owns two local businesses, Key Rod and Kustom and Key Automotive, both on Reynoldsburg Road (Alex AuBuchon photo).

HCSO, Prevention Coalition Host Drug Takeback Day

Ed Reagor drops off some prescription medications at Saturday's drug takeback day while Chief Randy Gean, Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Jamie Myrick look on (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition and Henry County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Kroger to hold a Prescription Drug Takeback Day outside Kroger from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Sheriff Monte Belew, Chief Randy Gean, and Sergeant Jamie Myrick of the Sheriff’s Office and Director Josh Greer of the Henry County Prevention Coalition cooked and provided free hot dogs, chips and drinks while providing safe disposal of unwanted prescription medications.

In addition, a drawing was held for a free Mother’s Day gift basket, with items donated by Kroger.

According to Sheriff Belew, somewhere between 60 and 75 pounds of medication was recovered during the 3-hour event.

If you would like to dispose of any unwanted medication, you can call an officer to collect it at either 642-2424 (PPD) or 642-1672 (HCSO) (Do not call 911) or drop it in the locked boxes at either the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The Henry County Prevention Coalition meets on the third Monday of every month at noon in the conference room of the Paris Civic Center.

Markia Patton In Custody; Transferred to Henry County Jail

Markia Deonte Patton, the primary suspect in the April 13 Ogburn Park shooting, is currently in custody in Rutherford County and is being transported to the Henry County Correctional Facility.

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- According to law enforcement sources, Markia Deonte Patton, wanted for criminal attempt to commit murder in connection with a shooting at Ogburn Park April 13 that left three men injured, has been taken into custody.

Patton was apprehended by the US Marshals in Rutherford County, Tenn. on Wednesday and has been held at the Rutherford County Jail. Officers with both the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Department plan to transport Patton from that facility to the Henry County Correctional Facility Friday evening.

He is being held on $500,000 bond and will appear in court Tuesday, May 13.

Charges were dropped earlier this month against a second suspect originally named in the April 13 shooting.

Cottage Grove School To Hold First Graduation in 45 Years

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove School will graduate its first senior class in 45 years later this month.

The high school closed in the spring of 1969, with students transferring to Henry County High School – Cottage Grove School then became a K-8 facility until that, too, closed in the spring of 2004.

But in Fall 2004 the school reopened as a private, classical Christian academy. Beginning wtih a small nucleus of students and continuing to expand each year, Cottage Grove School now serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It offers a small, family-type setting with one-on-one activities for all ages.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the new school, and on Thursday, May 22, they will graduate two students – Manuel and Katherine Jimenez – the first graduates since the closing of the high school in 1969.

A graduation celebration will be held at the school at 6:30 Thursday, May 22 to commemorate the school’s ten year anniversary as well as Manuel’s and Katherine’s graduation.

Students of the Cottage Grove School will participate in their annual recitation, reciting scripture, poetry and foreign languages and demonstrating skills they’ve acquired over the school year.

Also, a slide show celebrating the school’s ten years of service to the families of the Cottage Grove community will be shown.

School Headmaster Jacqueline Jackson would like to invite everyone to come celebrate this community milestone. Said Jackson,

"My staff and I are so excited to celebrate the first senior graduation at Cottage Grove School in 45 years. This is such an important occasion for our school and our community. Please join us for the recitation, the anniversary, and the graduation."

Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the evening’s ceremonies.

Summer Youth Tennis Program Starts Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the Summer Youth Tennis Program starting Tuesday, May 13th.

The Youth Tennis Program will be held at the Memorial Park Tennis Courts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The tennis program will be split into two age groups: Children 10 and under will meet from 4 to 5pm on Tuesday and Thursdays and 11 to 13 year olds will meet from 5 to 6 PM. Cost for four sessions is only $25.

Equipment will be provided if needed, but there is limited availability for the program, so anyone interested is asked to sign up as soon as possible.

There will be a tournament at the end of the sessions for the kids to participate in and game schedule will depend of the number of children participating in the program.

J.F. Kirk will be the program instructor -- he has over 40 years of teaching experience and was a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association for 30 years.

For more information on the Summer Youth Tennis Program sponsored by the Paris Parks and Recreation Department, call Tony Lawrence at 644-2517.


35th Annual Puryear Day Set for May 17th

Puryear, Tenn.- The Puryear Lions Club will sponsor the 35th Annual Puryear Day on Saturday May 17th with activities and fun for all ages all day long in Puryear. The parade will be held at 10am, with registration from 8:30-9:30am and there is no fee required to be in the Puryear Day Parade.

Other events include free inflatbles from 11am to 5pm, a mechanical bull, arts and crafts, and you can win a chainsaw if you guess the weight of a log, which is sponsored by Middleton Lumber.

There will be music groups performing from Noon to 4pm and the Great River Road Band will perform at 6pm for you entertainment. There will be free hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks at 5pm and free birthday cake while it lasts. The cake auction will be at 7:15pm. For more information on Puryear Day call Wanda Gallimore at 247-5489.


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