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

Wiles Awarded $5,000 Richardson Scholarship

Randi Wiles and Dr. Bobby Richardson. (photo submitted by Linley White).

Paris, Tenn.-Randi Wiles of Paris was awarded the $5,000 Richardson Family Henry County Educational Foundation Scholarship at a presentation at the Paris Rotary Club meeting Thursday.

Wiles is the daughter of Rusty and Lisa Wiles and is a student at UT Martin, majoring in nursing.

The Scholarship was founded in 1997 to honor Dr. John Richardson. Dr. Richardson was a lifelong educator and held a Doctorate in Education from New York University. The
Paris Rotary Club administers the scholarship. Representing the Richardson
Family for the presentation was Dr. Robert "Bobby" Richardson.

Criminal Impersonation Arrests Made

Two Henry Countians were charged with criminal impersonation in two separate incidents in recent days.

At a traffic stop Thursday, a Paris man gave another man’s name to Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jamie Myrick. Myrick arrested the passenger in the vehicle, Evan Warren, age 23 of 410 Irvine Street, for criminal impersonation. A bond of $1,000 was set.

In the other incident, Paris Patrol Officer Amanda Forrest responded to a wreck at Wood and Market Streets. One of the drivers told her she did not have her driver’s license with her and gave Forrest her name. The name came back from dispatch as having a valid license, but the age was listed as 52.

Forrest told the driver that she did not look 52 and the driver told her that she gets that a lot, according to the report. Finally, Forrest told her that she didn’t believe her and the driver gave her real name, which dispatch showed as having a revoked license for failure to satisfy a judgment in a car accident.

Arrested was Jennifer Bullington, age 31 of 1101 Grove St., Paris, for driving on a revoked license, third offense, and criminal impersonation. Bond of $5,000 was set.

CID Investigates Scam, Threats

Paris, Tenn.-The Criminal Investigation Division of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a scam and threats. According to the police report, a local man received a call that he had won $1 million and a Mercedez Benz and that he should go to the Paris Wal-Mart service counter. The man did go to Wal-Mart, but the employees said they knew nothing about it.

He then called the phone number he had been given and finally reached the man who had called him, whose last name was Malone. According to the victim, Malone started threatening him and said he was going to put a gun to his head and blow his house up.

Library Meetings, Career Coach Set

W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain has announced the library Trust Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in the Genealogy Room, and the library board will meet at 4 p.m. in the same location.

McSwain also said the Career Coach will be at the library on May 23 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. The service is free to the public and is set up in a mobile unit outside the library.

HCHS Track Members Compete at Sectionals

Clarksville, Tenn.- HCHS Track team member Javan Winders (pictured above) competes in the TSSAA Region 3 Sectional Championships at Kenwood High School Thursday. Javan took 5th place overall in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:02, just a second behind 4th place. He was set to run in the 1600 meter later in the evening. Kaity Beth James was set to run in the ladies 1600 meter as well. (Photo submitted by Kaity Beth)

Scene of Horror Flick to be Filmed on Court Square

Locals needed as extras for scene on June 7

Paris, Tenn.- Film producers of the company AGS Production, have selected West Tennessee and Western Kentucky as the primary shooting locations for a horror movie that is currently in the works. The director, John Holt, writer Jason Turner, and producer Chris Bower haved called the area home for the last decade and decided there was no better landscape for the flick to be filmed.

The movie, “The Dooms Chapel Horror,” is set for production at the end of May and the crew will be traveling the area filming scenes in several locations in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The movie will feature local actors Austin Madding, Abby Murphy and Josh Cornelius, along with actors Bill Oberst, Jr. and Shaun Gerardo.

AGS Production will be needing several local extras to film a scene at the end of the movie where the town sheriff addresses the townspeople to quell fears after a monster has killed innocent bystanders. This scene will be shot on Friday night June 7pm beginning at 8pm.

They will block off the courthouse square in Paris to shoot the scene. They are asking for a large crowd to come out for the filming of the scene around the courthouse to make the scene as real as possible. So if you’d like to be an extra in the movie scene, be at the courthouse square Friday June 7th before 8pm.

For more information on the movie, like The Dooms Chapel Horror page on facebook.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Business of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce is still seeking nominations for the business of the year, which will be announced along with the person of the year, at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Banquet in June. Nomination forms can be obtained from the Chamber’s website, paristnchamber.com or by going to the chamber office at 2508 East Wood Street.

The form asks you to tell WHY your choice should be picked as business of the year and has some criteria listed such as be a good standing member of the chamber, been in business in Henry County for at least three years, must demonstrate a commitment to good and ethical business practices, must demonstrate innovation in products or services, must demonstrate community leadership or involvement, must maintain responsible and rewarding workplace environment, and must demonstrate extraordinary customer service. For more information call the chamber at 642-3431.

TRRA Board Approves Upcoming Tournaments

Triton Owners Coming Back Next Three Years

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met on Wednesday afternoon and approved more fishing tournaments to be held on the waters of Kentucky Lake in the coming years.

The TRAA board approved the Triton Boat Owners, which has been very successful, for the next three years. The board agreed to spend $27,500 in the first year, 2014, then have committed $30K the next two years. The Triton Owners tournament seems to be the best for the buck according to many businesses in the area that benefit from them being in town. The board also agreed to try to recruit Benton and Stewart Counties into helping with some of the cost on the tournament in the next three years.

The TRRA board also approved two tournaments for April 2014 for a total of $30K. The Collegiate Big Bass Splash and Ranger Boat Owners tournaments submitted interest and the board approved them both for the $30K for next April. The dates on those tournament are not set yet.

The board did decline the B.A.I.T. Bass Anglers tournament at their meeting Wednesday.

Highway Department Opens Up Chandler Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has opened back up Chandler Road after repairs were made on it due to April’s flooding. Motorist can now use Chandler Road as they normally used to.

Henry County Democratic Party to Hold Bean Supper
Fundraiser set for Saturday at Old Central School

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Party will hold its Spring Fundraiser on Saturday May 18. It will be an old-fashioned Bean Supper, with cole slaw, cornbread, pork, desserts, and country style beans. The Bean Supper will be held at the Old Central School Cafeteria from 4:30-7pm and donations of $7 are appreciated.

Country Singer T. Graham Brown To Appear at Big Sandy

Big Sandy, Tenn.-Country Music Association Award winner T. Graham Brown, whose hits “Hell and High Water” and “Come As You Were” put him at the top of the charts will serve as headliner for a concert celebrating Big Sandy, Tennessee’s 40th annual Spring Festival, at 7 pm on May 23.

Along with his radio hits, touring schedule with Kenny Rogers and Christian hits, T. Graham Brown has been the voice of various commercials for companies such as McDonald’s and Taco Bell. His distinctive sound is a combination of Nashville honky tonk, Memphis soul, New Orleans funk and now Big Sandy special.

“The Spring Festival has been a staple in Big Sandy for so long and we thought the 40th anniversary was the perfect time to celebrate our community with a star,” according to Benton County Chamber President Dennis Watson. “We hope everyone will come out for a very unique opportunity to hear a great singer right here in our home town.”

Big Sandy also will celebrate with its annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party Set for Saturday

A scene from last year's Fancy Nancy Tea Party.

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Fancy Nancy Tea Party will be held at 2 p.m. May 18 at the W.G. Rhea Library. At 3 p.m. the young ladies will go to the Lunchroom at Lee Academy for the Arts for their tea party.

Each year, the Fancy Nancy Tea Party is a chance for local girls to get all dolled up and attend a fancy tea, where they are waited on and pampered.

To be honored this year is Lynn Whitfield, a long-time volunteer at the library.


Tennis, Anyone? Time to Sign Up for Summer Program

Paris, Tenn.-The Summer Tennis Program sponsored by the Paris Parks and Recreation department will be held June 3-27 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The program will be held at Eiffel Tower Park.

The program will incorporate three different age groups: 5-8 year olds, from 8-9 a.m.; 9-10 year olds from 9-10 a.m.; and 11-14 year olds, from 10-11 a.m.

Cost this year is $35. Equipment will be provided if needed. Space is limited, so sign up early. Call Tony Lawrence at the Civic Center for more info, 644-2517.

There will be a tournament the second week in July for the kids, July 8-12.


Paris Quota Welcomes Five New Members

Quota President Janice Teas sports her 'blue hand' award. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The High Five blue hand award was presented to Janice Teas for the club getting five new members in the 2012-2013 club year. This award was received at the 23rd District Conference in West Memphis, Arkansas in April.
The club received an invitation to the G.E.D. Graduation to be held at 7 pm on May 23 at Krider Performing Arts Center, with a reception to follow in the Paris Elementary Cafeteria, where refreshments will be provided by Quota’s Community Service Committee.

A thank-you note was received from Nancy Rogers at Western State Mental Hospital for the candy-filled Easter Eggs that were sent to the patients at Easter.
McCord and Joni Hofmeyer chose to contribute the April Pocket Change to the Family Resource Center’s Weekend Back Pack Program. Rena Barker and Martha Simpson will choose the recipient of the May Pocket Change.

A list of 2013-2014 committees was distributed and Suzanne Richter announced that the club will be presenting nine scholarships at the May 22nd meeting. Five are returning college students and four are graduating high school seniors.

A book is donated to the W.G. Rhea Library each year, in honor of the Quotarian of the Year. At the April meeting, Richter was selected as Quotarian of the Year and she has chosen “The Travis Family History” as the book to be donated.

President Teas announced that the 2013-2014 Bylaws Chairperson will be presenting some changes to the current bylaws and standing rules to get them up to Quota International’s standards. These will be printed in the yearbook.
Martha Smith, Chairman of Hog Killing, reminded members that the Hog Killing party will be the third Tuesday in October and everyone needs to be feeding their pigs each week so they will be fat for the party.

Colley, Carter Take Top PD Honors

Patrolman Derrek Colley, right, listens as Paris Police Lt. John Brewer presents his Officer of the Year Award. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Paris Patrolman Derrek Colley was Named Officer of the Year and Heather Carter was named Dispatcher of the Year at Wednesday's annual gathering at Paris City Hall.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo reminded everyone that the department was celebrating May 15 in honor of National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, which also coincides with National Police Week. National Telecommunicators Week was held in April and the local department combines all three to honor its law enforcement officers and emergency telecommunicators.

In naming Colley as Officer of the Year, Lt. John Brewer noted that Colley has shown leadership and maturity that was evident to his fellow officers, who chose him for the honor. Colley joined the force in 2008.

Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case named Carter as Dispatcher of the Year, noting that she was hired by the 911 office in 1999 and joined Dispatch in 2011. Carter has done exemplary work, Case said, joining a 'great bunch' of dispatchers. The dispatch department has "really stepped up" this year, working with a huge change in the telephone system at the department, she said.

Case also read a piece about first responders by Craig Peevyhouse, which she tweaked a bit. It speaks of stressful careers of law enforcement, EMS, firefighters, emergency room staff and other first responders. "But when I think about extreme stress, I think of 911 dispatchers. They are in the front line of emergency services.

They are often our eyes and ears of what is going on...Their eyes, ears and that God-given sixth sense is functioning at `20 percent. If they miss a call or don't page out the right responder, someone may die or be further injured. Dispatchers, on a while are under paid and even worse, under appreciated by many in the public. They deserve our highest respect and recognition," she said, giving a big thank you to the staff of the local 911/dispatch office

Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case, left, presents Dispatcher of the Year to Heather Carter. (McFarlin photo).

HCSS, PSSD Announce End of Year Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County School System has scheduled abbreviated days on Friday May 17th and Monday May 20th. Dismissal times for Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood will be 10:45am, Grove at 11:15am, and Henry County High School at 11:30am. Graduation will be Friday evening at Patriot Stadium.

The Paris Special School District will have their last full day on Friday May 17th. Monday May 20th is a Teacher Administrative Day, students will not be in school. Report cards will go out on Tuesday May 21st and students can come pick them up between 8-11am. Buses will not run on Tuesday.

Sheriff's Office Hands Out Tickets (the Good Kind)

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Buford Taylor, center, hands out $10 gift cards to High School Students Brigette Passman, left, and Dakota West, on Tuesday at the high school. The sheriff's office gave the students tickets as rewards for wearing their seat belts. Taylor, Sheriff Monte Belew and deputies called out winning ticket numbers later in the morning and the tickets were redeemed for gift cards ranging in value from $10 to $100. (Candy Norwood photo).

Wounded Warrior Fishing Tourney Set for Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.-Registration is being accepted for the Fourth Annual Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament to be held at Paris Landing State Park, Saturday, May 18.

The tournament format will be a 3-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize of $2,000. Cost of the tournament is $110 per boat and those who register by the end of the day on May 1 will receive a free T-shirt. Cost of the tournament is $120 per boat after May 1.

The tournament benefits the Wounded Warrior Program and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency serves as one of the sponsors of the event.

To register for the event or for more information, go to the Foundation website at www.twrf.net or contact Bill Terry at (615) 878-5099 or by email: billterry@bellsouth.net.

Paris Student Receives Scholarship to UT-Martin

Martin, Tenn.- Jacob DB Wilson, of Paris, received the B.G,.G.H. Weems Memorial Scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences during a recent departmental awards banquet. Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Jerry Gresham, professor and interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; Wilson and Lt. Col. Michael Johnson.

Puryear Day is Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.-The 34th Annual Puryear Day will be held all day Saturday, May 18, with a parade, games, music, good food and arts and crafts.

The parade begins at 10 a.m., with registration from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Free inflatables will be available downtown from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with various singing groups performing from noon to 4 p.m.

Arts and crafts will be available all day. The Great River Road band will perform at 6 p.m., free hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be served at 5 p.m. and the cake auction at 7:15 p.m., with free birthday cake served to the public.

Once again, the Middleton Lumber Co. will have their 'guess-the-weight' contest, with the winner receiving a new chainsaw.

United Methodist Church is having annual Puryear Day pancake breakfast from 7:00-9:00 am in the Christian Life Center the morning of Puryear Day. Pancakes, bacon, sausage & a drink for $5. There will also be a bake sale.


Recycling Program in CG Off to Good Start

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Mayor Mike Waddey reported at Tuesday night's Legislative Council meeting that half of the citizens of Cottage Grove are participating in the new recycling program. Residents inside the city limits may participate by the year, six months or by the bag, he said.

In other reports:

TDOT has repaired the sidewalks, streets, and cleaned out drains. The Maple Street sign was relocated to better visibility.

Property owners that have not paid taxes will be charged interest.

The 2013-2014 Proposed Budget was presented for the second reading. It was approved.

Puryear Holds Routine Session

Puryear, Tenn.-The Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen held a short and sweet session Tuesday night, with Water Superintendent Ricky Hughes reporting that the city's pumps flooded during the recent heavy rains.

Hughes said the repairs already have been made.

Councilman Mackie Gallimore reported on the upcoming Puryear Day activities.

Henry Seeks Answers For Dog Problems

Henry, Tenn.- Lots of discussion about the city’s dog problem dominated several minutes at Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman Meeting. A couple of citizens talked about how dogs are running around and killing their chickens and also running around all over town and it was becoming a safety concern as some are vicious at times.

The board discussed the dog issue along with input from Public Works Director Ed Bush, Chief of Police David Andrews, and police officer Micheal Gertsch. Mayor Joe Qualls asked for input on what the city can do to help tackle the ongoing problem.

Chief Andrews said the dog traps needed to catch these larger dogs are about $400 apiece, and there is really not room in the upcoming budget to buy to many of these traps. Also the chief said we don’t have enough room at the dog kennel in the city to keep to many of these animals for log, but building an addition to the pound would cost around $2,000 or more for materials.

Officer Gertsch chimed in saying they’ve had the traps before, but they’ve been stolen. He went on to say dogs being kept in the pound have been taken out by their owners by cutting the fence among other things. Going door to door, doesn’t work either because citizens usually don’t want to cause friction with neighbors and won’t tell police whose dogs are whose. He said said for us to get the problem under control we need help from citizens of Henry.

Mayor Qualls said the three of them and himself will sit down at a later date and discuss the dog issue at a later date and see if they can come up with a solution.

In business Tuesday night, the board voted to accept Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500K for housing rehab. The target area is on Maple Street in Henry and citizens in the area have already applied for assistance through the grant.

Mayor Qualls also asked the board to approve the recommendation of appointing Beth Farmer Belew as their delinquent tax attorney. The county and other cities in Henry County have also appointed her as delinquent tax attorney.

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Tennessee Residents

Disaster Center Opens May 15

Washington, D.C. –Tennessee residents and businesses affected by severe storms and flooding on April 26-28, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.

Administrator Mills made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Bill Haslam on May 8, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers Stewart County and the adjacent counties of Benton, Henry, Houston, and Montgomery in Tennessee; Calloway, Christian and Trigg in Kentucky.

“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Tennessee with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes with federal disaster loans,” said Administrator Mills. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. SBA’s customer service representatives are available at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program, explain the process, issue and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and opens as indicated:

Stewart County
Stewart County Public Library
102 Natcor Drive
Dover, TN 37058

Opens: Wednesday, May 15 at 9 a.m.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 through Tuesday, May 21
9 a.m. to 1p.m., Saturday, May 18
Closed: Sunday
Closing: Tuesday, May 21 at close of business

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Individuals and businesses unable to visit the Center may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the Center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is July 9, 2013. The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 10, 2014.


Henry Student Receives Award from UT-Martin

Martin, Tenn.- Katherine Dicus, of Henry, received the Outstanding Meteorology Student Award from the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences during a recent departmental awards banquet. Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Jerry Gresham, professor and interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences; Dicus; and Dr. Michael Gibson.

Farmers' Market Opens Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The 2013 Farmers’ Market will open this Friday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Farmers Market will be open on Friday afternoons until products are more plentiful after which additional days will be announces.

Products available this week are local, pasture raised poultry, beef, brown egg, baked goods, canned peppers and applesauce and possibly strawberries beginning this week.

McKenzie RN Indicted for Fraud, Theft

McKenzie, Tenn.-A registered nurse in McKenzie has been indicted for TennCare Fraud and theft of property more than $10,000, according to an investigative report released by the McKenzie Police Department.

The Jackson Sun reported that Gene Dougherty, 31, is allegedly to have stolen more than $9,800 in narcotics on at least 876 occasions between February 2011 and December 2012.

The McKenzie police report said when Dougherty, of 165 Carroll Street, reported to work and appeared to be intoxicated, hospital administration asked him to submit to a drug test, according to the Jackson newspaper. The report said Dougherty complied, but it was discovered he used another employee’s urine.

Afterward, the report said, Dougherty dmitted that he had taken medication from an automated medication dispensing machine.

According to The Jackson Sun, Dougherty has been indicted by the Carroll County Grand Jury on theft of property over $10,000, one count of obtaining a scheduled II controlled substance by fraud, one count of obtaining a scheduled IV controlled substance by fraud and TennCare fraud in the amount of $9,881.93.

Rhea 5K and Fun Run is a Family Event

And they're off--racers charge off at the beginning of the 5K race. (Kim Patterson photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The third annual Rhea Elementary School 5K and One Mile Fun Run was another success, with 87 runners in the 5K race and 73 in the fun run.


The Winders family had a great showing in the races. Lance Winders was the overall 5K winner with a time of just under 18 minutes. In the one mile, Titus Winders was the overall male winner and Dinah Winders was the overall female winner. Silas Winders managed to secure first place in the nine to eleven year old age group. Kelley Lassiter, Rhea School kindergarten teacher, was the 5K winner in the female category. Medals were also awarded to male and female winners in 9 different age categories in both the 5K and 1 mile runs.

"It was heartwarming to see so many friends and family members running together, supporting one another, and cheering each other on. There were brothers, sisters, cousins, best friends, church groups, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and students. We even had many first time racers who ended up winning medals during the day. It was a great day of family fun," PTO Secretary Kim Patterson said after the event.

Medals were awarded at the end of the event by Rhea Principal Scott Owens and Rhea PTO President Stacy Hayes.


Wes, Marty Anne, and Briley Medlin rounding the corner together in the 1 mile run. Wes finished second place overall in the 5K race and first in his age division. Marty Anne finished first in her age division during the 1 mile run. (Kim Patterson photo).

Jessica Mathis and Daugher Sara finishing the 5K race together. This was Sara's first 5K race, and she finished first in her age group . Jessica finished second in her age group. (Kim Patterson photo).

Local Residents Receive Degrees from UT-Martin

Martin, Tenn. – Several Henry County residents were among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during the recent spring commencement held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus.

The students receiving undergraduate degrees were:

· Henry – Christina Ann Milan;

· Paris – Anthony Duane Bond, Arianna Jean Dicus, Ricky L. French, Dakota B. Halstead, Jessica May Phelps, Justin T. Reed, Jason R. Steadman, Janna L. Stubblefield, Courtney Ann Van Dyke, Jake Andrew Vanderburg, Callie J. Wagner, Amber Laine Watson, Amber Lane Wood;

· Springfield – Sarah M. Milam, Lacy Lynnette Wade.

The students receiving graduate degrees were:

· Paris – Darrell L. Sapp, Natalie Ann Wade.

GOP Women to Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris/Henry County Republican Women will be meeting at Ace’s Pizza at 11:30am on Wednesday, May 15.


Budget Committee Approves Budget Transfers

Process of Cleaning up Budgets Before June 30th Begins

Paris, Tenn.- At its regular May meeting on Monday night, the Henry County Budget Committee transferred monies to began the process of tidying up budgets as the end of the fiscal year draws near.

The committee approved changes in the general fund that included the airport purchasing $60K more worth of fuel. Airport manager Don Davenport said there was an unanticipated temporary spike in prices and they sold more gas than he had budgeted. Once all the gasoline is sold, Davenport said the airport would probably see $22K in profit on the purchase of the purchased fuel.

Also in the general fund, transfers were approved in the Henry County Health Department budget. Monies were moved around in the amount of $5300 for maintenance and repair on the building upgrades going on. Mayor Brent Greer updated the committee on the improvements and said that Institutional Caseworks, Inc., or ICI, had donated the medical cabinets for the project which helped defray some cost.

Several transfers were also approved by the budget committee for the general purpose school fund as they try to sure up numbers before June 30th. A total of around $57K was transferred around to help continue to pay for a couple of projects the Henry County School System has going on with digitizing student records and helping the HCHS band defray uniform costs. Business Manager for the system, Judy Kee, said this is from a restricted reserve account that can only be used for one time expenditures.

Other transfers in the budget for the general purpose school fund include some insurance claims on damages caused by lightning, salary adjustments, and a line item that will be rolled over into next year.

Lack of Information on Affordable Healthcare Act Delaying Budgets

Paris, Tenn.- Budget director for Henry County Pat Hollingsworth also told the budget committee the school system had asked for an extension to June 30th of presenting their budget for next year. They are trying to piece together expected costs related to the start of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Kee said there is just a lot of unknowns right now, and 80% of the system’s $25 million budget is salaries and benefits so they want to get more concrete figures.

Mayor Brent Greer said the Affordable Healthcare Act will likely impact the county budget some as well. He said many entities are passing half year budgets to run from July 1st to December 31st, and then pass another budget to start January 1, 2014 when the Act is set to go into effect. Greer said being a government we can’t do that, but there may be several transfers coming once everything is ironed out with the Act, especially in the school system’s budget.

Pete Angelos Introduced as New Patriot Basketball Coach

Pete Angelos talks with parents citizens at

HCHS Monday. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Pete Angelos was introduced, as Henry County's new head basketball coach, to a crowd of players, parents, and other citizens at the commons area of Henry County High School Monday night. Angelos comes to Henry County from Greenfield, where he’s coached since 2006. He previously coached the girls and then the boys teams at Stewart County High School and then was boys coach at Gleason, before his stint at Greenfield.

Angelos has a B.S. in Social Studies with a History emphasis at Bethel College, where he graduated in 1993. During his years at Bethel, he also played for the Wildcats on the hardwood. Angelos also obtained his Master of Arts in Teaching with a certification in History, grades 7-12.

Angelos introduced his wife, Ginger, and three kids Grace, who is in 9th grade, Olivia, who is in 6th grade, and Samuel, who is in 3rd grade, to the crowd on hand at the high school Monday night.

Angelos said he will talk the schedule over with Patriot assistant coach Wes Malone and move on from there. He said he plans on holding open tryouts as soon as school is out for the summer.

In discussion about his basketball philosophy, Angelos said he will implement a motion offense with lots of cutting, screens, and moving to create chances at baskets. On defense, Angelos said he would run man to man 90% of the time.

TSSAA allows 15 contacts days during June for high school basketball and Angelos said he plans to use all 15 of them for the team. Once tryouts are held again and the team is finalized the will have practices and might try to have camp this summer as well.

Crafton Wanted By Paris Police After Attacking Another Man

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are currently searching for Garron Crafton, age 26, of 1600 Spring Hill Road, after he jumped a man, beat him, and stole his wallet on Brewer Street Sunday afternoon.

The report a the Paris Police Department stated that the victim was walking down the street and Crafton came out of RJ’s Lounge and began walking behind him, then jumped him and beat him. Crafton took the man’s wallet, which had $43 in cash among other things. Before Crafton left, the victim did manage to take a pocket knife out of his pocket and stab Crafton in the back for self defense. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Crafton is urged to call Paris Police at 642-2424.

Arrested over the weekend in other incidents, were Jesse David Brinkley, of Tanglewood Lane for DUI 3rd offense and evading arrest, Jerry W. Patterson, age 42, of 1108 Depot Street for domestic assault, kidnapping, and aggravated burglary, and James W. Stavely of McKenzie, for simple possession of schedule six drug.

HCHS Track Team Competes at Kenwood

Pictured above are Javan Winders, Coach Lance Winders, and Kaity Beth James.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Track Team competed in the Section 3 Sub State North Championship this past weekend at Kenwood High School in Clarksville. Kaity Beth James placed 3rd overall in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:55 and 11th overall in the 800 meters with a time of 2:42. For the men, Javan Winders finished 1st in the 1600 meters with a time of 4:33 and 4th overall in the 800 meters with a time of 2:09. Both of these young athletes qualified for the Sectional Championships this week.

HCMC Care Van to Offer Health Screenings Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will have community health screenings on Tuesday at two different locations. The Care Van will be at the Paris Landing Community Center from 8:30-10:30am and then at the Sparks Street Church of Christ from 4-6pm. They will offer free finger stick blood sugar tests and blood pressure checks. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a fee of $3 and full lipid panel will be offered for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results and the results will be available at the time of screening.

Body Recovered Several Miles from Bridge

Buchanan, Tenn.-The body of the Clarksville woman who jumped off the Ned McWherter bridge at Paris Landing State Park Saturday afternoon has been recovered.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the body of Janice Francis, age 54, was recovered in the area of Boswell Landing in Stewart Co. several miles from the bridge Sunday evening. He said a passerby spotted her body, which was partially lying on shore.

The body was positively identified as Ms. Francis, he said, and Henry County Coroner Danny Tucker pronounced her dead at the scene.

With the discovery, members of the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad were pulled off the water, where they had been searching for Ms. Francis since a witness reported she had jumped from the bridge around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Belew said Saturday that Ms. Francis had left a suicide note.

Search Update:

Buchanan, Tenn.-Sheriff Monte Belew has provided an update on the ongoing search for the Clarksville woman who reportedly jumped from the Ned McWherter bridge at Paris Landing State Park Saturday afternoon. He released her name: Janice Francis, age 54, and said the search continues, as of 3 p.m. today. Her family has been onsite at the scene, he said.

Belew said the high water and extremely strong currents are making the search more difficult. Involved in the search are Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad, several surrounding counties' squads, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. "They are working tirelessly," he said.

Belew also said a reliable witness saw Ms. Francis jump from the bridge and into the water. If the search is still ongoing Monday, Belew said, "We're hoping that the Tennessee Highway Patrol will use their helicopter for an aerial search upriver."

Recovery Efforts Resume Today at Paris Landing Bridge

Buchanan, Tenn.-Henry County rescue crews are back at Paris Landing State Park this morning, resuming their search for the woman who jumped off the Ned McWherter bridge around 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The rescue crews were not successful in finding her body before dark Saturday. Sheriff Monte Belew said Friday night the woman is from Clarksville and left a suicide note before jumping.


Rain Doesn't Dampen Reading Celebration

These girls were all smiles at the Rhea Reading Celebration. (Kim Patterson photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The rain could not dampen Friday's Reading Celebration at Rhea School. "A Carnival of Reading Fun" was the theme for the day's activities, and children enjoyed many carnival-related activities throughout the day. The day's activities were to have been held outdoors, but the all-day rains necessitated moving the event indoors.

Principal Scott Owens kicked off the day by announcing that the students at Rhea School exceeded their 2012/2013 goal by reading over a half million books throughout the school year. After  Owens' announcement, students were entertained by performances from some of their favorite teachers and magician Rudy Ray.

Later in the day, the children and their parents enjoyed a picnic in their classrooms followed by popcorn and cotton candy to support the carnival theme. The petting zoo, which was set up in the dry under the school's awning, was a big hit, and kids also enjoyed many indoor activities led by the school's PE teachers Kim Denman and  Stephen Springer.

Fred Shackleford mans the grill in the rain Friday. (Kim Patterson photo).

Paris PD Arrests Three for Possession

Paris, Tenn.-Three men from Georgia were arrested at the Super 8 Motel over the weekend after an employee smelled marijuana coming from their room. Paris Police were called to the motel at 1309 E. Wood Street at 1:30 a.m. Saturday and Patrolman Derrek Colley said he could smell the strong odor coming from the room when he arrived.

He asked the man who answered the door if the people inside were smoking marijuana and the man said yes and handed him the bag they had. Arrested for simple possession were: David Yoder, Nicholas Yoder and Lawrence Hostetler, all of Montezuma, Georgia.

Paris Police also were called to Burger King on Mineral Wells Ave. Friday night on a call of theft from a customer in the parking lot. According to the report, someone took a $20 bag from the bed of a truck parked in the lot.

Woman Jumps Off PL Bridge; Recovery Efforts Underway

Buchanan, Tenn.-Recovery efforts are currently underway for a Clarksville woman who jumped off the Ned McWherter bridge at Paris Landing State Park around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said she left a note "and it was an apparent suicide attempt." A witness saw her jump off the bridge and called 911.

"Deputy Terry Williams was the first on the scene and he arrived within seconds because we were here directing traffic after the Austin Peay bass tournament," Belew said.

As of 7 p.m., recovery efforts were still underway by the Henry County Rescue Squad and Henry County Sheriff's office, Belew said.

Large Crowd Enjoys Rotary Ham Breakfast

Paris, Tenn.-Harold Bass, Dr. Eugene Gulish and Bruce Reed, top, were among several Paris Rotarians helping to prepare and serve Saturday morning's country ham breakfast at the Paris Elementary School. As usual, a large crowd was on hand throughout the morning for ham, biscuits and gravy, eggs, and grits. Bottom photo, Matt Spellings and Larry Miller were among the servers. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


A Good Day for Plant Shopping

Paris, Tenn.-A steady crowd was on hand Saturday for the Master Gardeners' plant sale in the Trolinger's parking lot. The group featured a wide range of plants for sale, including herbs, tomatoes and flowering plants. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Youngstown State Hires Dunn as President

Youngstown, Ohio--The Youngstown State University board of trustees has selected Dr. Randy Dunn as the university's eighth president today, according to a report from The Vindicator in Youngstown. Dr. Dunn currently is Murray State University President.

The Youngstown board voted unanimously, 8-0 to hire Dunn.

Dunn's hiring at Youngstown happened the same day as a re-vote by the Murray State University Board of Trustees not to renew his contract at Murray State.

The MSU Trustees had taken flack for its earlier vote. The Kentucky Attorney General had ruled that the board violated Kentucky’s open meetings law when its members met at a social gathering prior to its earlier vote.

TBI, Drug Task Force Arrests 18; Three from Henry County


     Amy Winchester                 Melissa Haynes             Larry Wilcox

Paris, Tenn.-Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force, Henry County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies arrested more than a dozen people early Friday in an illegal drug operation, according to a news release from the TBI.

The persons were arrested in Henry, Benton, and Carroll Counties. The three from Henry County were: Melissa Haynes, 46, Henry, sale of Schedule II and VI drugs; Larry Silcox, 28, Henry, sale of Schedule II, and Amy Winchester, 33, Paris, sale/delivery of Schedule VI.

The agencies conducted a round-up Friday morning and arrested 18 Henry, Benton and Carroll county residents charged with various drug offenses after a multi-county, joint investigation. 

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We all know that criminals know no boundaries, so why should we? Law enforcement in our area is working cooperatively and hopefully we put a dent in the drug trade locally with this round-up.”

The joint investigation began in June 2012, and targeted individuals selling controlled substances, including cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills in and around Carroll County.

The Carroll County defendants were indicted by the Carroll County grand jury on Monday and the Henry County and Benton County residents had warrants issued for their arrest, according to the TBI.

All 18 people are charged in selling illegal drugs in the undercover operation which recovered marijuana, cocaine and prescription pills.

TBI, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, TennCare - OIG and Tennessee Highway Patrol as well as the Benton, Carroll, Decatur and Henry County Sheriff’s Departments and Huntingdon Police Department all had officers and agents who assisted making the arrests.


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