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

TBI releases Crime in Schools Report

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released information last week regarding crime in Tennessee schools. The annual study that spans a three year period shows that between 2009-2011 crimes decreased by 5.5% from 2010 to 2011. In 2011 12,435 crimes were report in schools compared to 13,155 in 2010.

Of all the crimes reported in the state, 2.2% of the total crimes were reported at school. Simple assault was the most frequent crime reported with 4,593 offenses and that most crimes occurred on Friday more than any other day of the week, and most resulted in no injury to the victim. Most of the reported arrestee was male at 73%.

To help schools, policy makers, law enforcement and the public learn howto better combat crime, you can view “School Crimes Report” for 2011 in its entirety by going to www.tbi.gov and clicking on “Crime Statistics” from the homepage.


Relay for Life Poker Run Set  Saturday at Hidden Creek

Springville,Tenn.- There will be a Relay for Life Poker Run on Saturday May 19th starting at Hidden Creek Campground. The event will be held Rain or Shine and the first bike out will be at 11am and the last bike in will be at3pm. Its ten dollars per rider and passenger and one free shirt will be given out per bike.

The best poker hand wins $150 and 2nd place wins $75. Stops include the 641 Club, Blondie’s, JR Silver Dollar, Three Oaks, and Hidden Creek. All money raised benefits relay for life. Call 731-514-2806 for more information.

33rd annual Puryear Day set for Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.-The 33rd annual Puryear Day will be held Saturday and a full day of activities for young and old are planned.

The grand parade begins at 10 a.m., with former Harrelson Principal Beth Taylor to preside as grand marshal. Registration for the parade is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Cherry street.

Through the day, free inflatables and a rock wall, as well as arts and crafts will be available. Middleton Lumber Co. will hold its annual contest in which onlookers can guess the weight of a huge piece of lumber and win a chainsaw.

Singing groups will entertain from noon-4 p.m., with the Great River Road Band performing at 6 p.m., a cake auction at 7:15 p.m. Free birthday cake, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be served beginning at 5 p.m.

All the activities will be held near Puryear city hall.


TWRA, Sheriff's Office team up for Boating Education Class

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a boating education class Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday of next week from 6-8:30pm. The boating education class will be held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Tennessee State Law requires any Tennessee resident born after January 1st, 1989 must show the TWRA issued wallet Boating Safety Education Certificate as proof of successful completion of the TWRA Boating Safety exam when operating a vessel on Tennessee Waters.

For more information call TWRA boating officer Joe Campbell at 615-339-5581 or go tnwildlife.org.


McKenzie Third Grader Raising Money for Project Peanut Butter

Huntingdon, Tenn.- There will be a special fund raiser from 4-8 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Joe’s Deli in Huntingdon. Ten percent of the profits will go to Richard Clay Wilson for Project Peanut Butter. Richard is a third grader from McKenzie who has been raising money for Project Peanut Butter for quite some time. The organization has a formula of peanut butter with other ingredients to create a supplement that helps starving children in Africa, and $30.00 can save the life of one child. For more information on Project Peanut Butter go to http://www.projectpeanutbutter.org

James And Manning Named Officer, Dispatcher of Year

Patrolman Jamie James with his wife, Ashley, and their children, Parker and little Macie. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- At a Wednesday afternoon ceremony at Paris City Hall, Patrolman Jamie James was named Police Officer of the Year and Calvin Manning was named Dispatcher of the Year.

Police Chief Chuck Elizondo noted that both James and Manning were nominated for the honors by their peers and are but two examples of the fine personnel that work at both the police and dispatch departments.

James began working for the police department in 2008 and currently serves as a K-9 officer with his partner Herrum. He and his wife, Ashley, have two children, two-year-old Parker and two week-old Macie. He served in the Marine Corps for four years.

"We have a lot of great officers here, who are self-motivated and truly enjoy their jobs," Elizondo said.Statewide statistics over the past few years show that "our crime is down in Paris and we score better than other cities in Tennessee and it's because of our deligent officers. We've made a difference on drugs, thefts and traffic enforcement."

Manning began dispatching for the department in 2008, after a 20-year career with the U.S. Army. When he retired he was an ROTC instructor and sergeant first class. Manning lives in Cottage Grove with his wife, Teresa, and three children.

Elizondo said, "This is basically Calvin's second career. Nothing bothers him, he just goes on and on," noting all of the awards and medals he received from his military career.

City Manager Carl Holder told the group of department personnel present for the ceremony, "I never miss an opportunity to tell our police and dispatchers that they've done a good job."

911 Director Mark Archer complimented the departments, noting, "I'm grateful that you put your lives on the line for our citizens every day. It takes a special kind of person to do what you do."

Calvin Manning, left, accepts his plaque from Chief Chuck Elizondo and Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case. (McFarlin photo).

Colley, Gallimore Cited For Bravery In Duty

Patrolman Derrek Colley, left, and Patrolman Mitch Gallimore. (McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Patrolmen Derrek Colley and Mitch Gallimore were cited for bravery and professionalism in their handling of a foot chase and apprehension of a suspect for attempted murder on April 14.

Sgt. John Brewer presented both with certificates at Wednesday's ceremony at city hall. He said, "These two officers did engage in a foot pursuit of the suspect who had moments before been firing shots with a 9 mm pistol. They did this without hesitation, putting themselves in imminent danger, to bring a safe conclusion to a very dangerous situation."

Brewer said both men "showed restraint and sound judgment when apprehending the suspect, affecting an arrest without serious injury to themselves or the suspect."

Cottage Grove Soldier Injured in Afghanistan

Presented Purple Heart By President Obama

Washington- A soldier from Cottage Grove was seriously injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan on May 1 and is being hospitaled at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Specialist Orry Bush, 26, was injured along with three other soldiers during a routine clearance mission.

While still hospitalized in Afghanistan, he was personally presented with a Purple Heart by President Barack Obama, who was there to deliver a speech to American soldiers. The other soldiers injured in the attack also were presented with the medals by the President.

Bush is the son of Ed and Sharee Bush. Ed Bush is an employee of the city of Henry. His family is with him at Walter Reed, where he is recovering and still will be requiring surgeries. Anyone wishing to send him cards may sent them to Specialist Orry Bush c/o Walter Reed National Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Blvd., building 19 ICU, Bethesda, MD 20889.

Juvenile at Arrested With Drugs at Grove

Paris, Tenn.- According to press release from the Henry County Sheriffs Department, Henry County Schools Resource Officer Sgt. Calvin Dumas arrested a student for drug related violations at Grove School. The student was charged with Possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of legend drug.

While in the course of the investigation, Sgt Dumas discovered that the pills the student had in possession were in fact stolen from a family member and they had a valid prescription for the pills. The juvenile will appear in Henry County Juvenile Court on June 6, 2012.

Drug Drop-Off Box At Sheriff's Office

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office urges anyone that has unwanted, expired, or unused pharmaceuticals, to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office has implemented a drug “drop box” program in which someone can deposit any unwanted or expired medication in the “drop box”.

The Sherriff’s Office currently has the drop box located in the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office lobby at 210 Forrest Heights Paris TN and will have a mobilized at various locations throughout the month of June at Wal Mart and Kroger on Saturdays. The mobile “drop box” will be at Puryear Day on May 19th.

Paris Police Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- A report was filed at the Paris Police Department from a resident on North Caldwell Street in Paris that 15 minutes prior to the call, and unknown person/s stole a 22” Snapper push mower from the side yard of the residence. The resident claimed they were inside the home and did not hear anything and when returning to the yard, noticed that the mower was missing. The value of the mower was placed at approximately

$ 381.00

In other news, a call to the Paris Police Department from a local retailer stating Lora J Pope, 33 of West Tanglewood was observed concealing items on her and exiting the store without paying. She was arrested by Sgt. Ramos for shoplifting, items totaling $81.00

FastTrack Program Expanded

Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has signed legislation to expand the state’s FastTrack program to specifically support economic development in rural communities and for exceptional projects. 


The governor proposed the legislation, HB 2344/SB 2206, in January to create the FastTrack Economic Development Fund, an expansion of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s (ECD) current infrastructure and job training program. 


The legislation resulted from a 12-month review of ECD’s incentive programs with input from companies, site selection consultants and economic development stakeholders.


By making reimbursable grants to local industrial development boards, the fund provides additional grant support for companies expanding or locating in Tennessee, and the legislation stipulates that the fund will only be used in exceptional cases where the impact of the company on a given community is significant.


“Tennessee is recognized as one of the best places to do business in the country, and this legislation gives us another tool in the toolbox to help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs by focusing on our rural communities and recruiting and growing significant jobs,” Haslam said.  


The FastTrack Economic Development Fund will aid companies in a variety of ways, including relocation expenses, temporary office space, capital improvements, retrofitting and other expenditures not previously covered by FastTrack infrastructure or job training grants. 


“I want to thank the General Assembly for their support of the FastTrack Economic Development Fund,” ECD Commission Bill Hagerty said. “A more flexible FastTrack  grant program will be extremely helpful to local governments, chambers of commerce and economic development professionals around the state as  we work  together to encourage existing industry expansions and recruit new companies to Tennessee.”


Sponsors of the FastTrack Economic Development Fund include Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Rep. Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) and Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan). 


A View From The Top--Of The Courthouse Clock Tower

Tim Berry, left, and Jeff Charles getting a lift up to the tower. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-It's been 20 years since the clock tower on the Henry County Courthouse has been painted and sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do.

County maintenance crews are currently in the process of performing the tricky job of repainting the clock face and tower. And since that is a sight you don't see every day, it is drawing attention from onlookers.

With a crane and a bucket lifting them to the tower, Jeff Charles and Tim Berry have been getting a bird's eye view of Paris from atop the courthouse this week.

Charles and Berry said the job should be accomplished by Wednesday or Thursday. "We're getting a chance to see something not too many people see," Charles said.

WMUF reporter and photographer Shannon McFarlin was allowed inside the clock tower to take photos, but due to insurance liability concerns was not allowed to take the ride to the top inside the bucket, about which McFarlin was secretly relieved.

Inside the courthouse clock tower.

A view from the window in the clock tower--the First United Methodist Church can be seen.


Bethel Renaissance Entertains Local Students

Bethel Students at their Paris Elementary performance Tuesday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre program concluded their 2012 Summer Southeast Tour with four performances in Paris Monday May 14 and Tuesday May 15 at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Produced by the Paris Henry County Arts Council and sponsored by First Bank, the performance was available to 1,800 students from Harrelson, Henry, Paris Elementary, Inman, and the High School.

“It’s always great to perform in Paris!”  Brian Hill, Director of the Renaissance Theatre Program, said. “We love the opportunity to expose that many students to the arts. We just hope to spark an interest and appreciation for what the arts have to offer.”

This variety show style production takes audiences through many forms of theatre. During the 55-minute performance students will encounter everything from the classical literature of Anne Frank to the 60’s style choreography in “You can’t stop the Beat” from the hit Musical Hairspray. Improv, solo performances and audience participation allow this show to incorporate a wide variety of learning styles.

PSSD Okays Permanent Fix to Wheelchair Lift Issue at Inman

Paris, Tenn.- At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Paris Special School District board of education was informed by Superintendent Mike Brown of an issue that needed to be addressed concerning the wheelchair lift at Inman School. He stated that it has not been working correctly and needed a new computer board. He went on to say that even replacing the board that would cost $10,000 there was no guarantee it would operate correctly

He suggested replacing it with a ramp that would cost $28,000 and it needed to be done before the next school year for there would be at least 1 handicap student attending Inman in August. Some of the labor would be done from inmates at the Henry County jail which would defer on the cost of the project.

Ben Whitt, the leading architect with the Rhea Renovation project stated that the ramp would be completed by the end of June. Whitt explained that they had to have approval from the State Fire Marshall to do a project like this because it dealt with a handicap device at a school.

Maintenance Supervisor Richie Chilcutt, said they would start the project next week after school was out for the summer and once completed, this would be a permanent fix.


PSSD increases lunch prices ten cents starting in Aug.

The board also passed a .10 cent increase on the lunch prices for students in order to stay in compliance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which is a federal regulation.  Those students on reduced lunch will not see an increase, nor will there be an increase on breakfast prices. Visitor and adult prices will also remain the same. Meals will now be $1.80 beginning in August. Brown informed the board that if they didn’t raise the price, they would have to reimburse the school nutrition almost $ 9,900 from the general purpose funds.

Board Hears Updates on Rhea Renovation Project

More from Tuesday nights Paris Special School District board meeting, saw presentation from Ben Whitt regarding the Rhea Project, Phase One he gave details, and he spoke about how they were in the process of the site construction, and that they were unable to proceed much further than that until they had approval from the State Fire Marshal.


He went on to say that all plans should be ready by the 18th to turn over to the State Fire Marshal.  He also stated that they should have approval, and be able to begin work on Monday, May 28th. Whitt stated that all bids on the project were expected to be in by June, and for all three phases of this project, they were $5,000 under budget as of time of this meeting.

 Universal Contractors of Union City are doing the demolition and should have this part of the project done within the next 7 to 10 days. Richie Chilcut, project supervisor, stated that contractors are now working during the night due to school still being in session, but as of Monday morning, the contractors will be working on a day shift schedule.

Also in regards to the Rhea Project, the board approved a transfer of just under $ 960,000. The money will be moved from the General Purpose School fund to the Educational Capital Projects fund. The money shall remain in the Capital Projects Fund and be used for the sole purpose of the enclosure of the courtyard area at W G Rhea elementary.


PSSD board approves Federal Projects Plan

Dr. Norma Gerrell, Supervisor of Instruction and Curriculum said the district will be able to add two more teaching assistants, with one being added at Paris Elementary and one at Rhea because of more allocations on the Federal Programs. She went over a summary of what the money would be used for in the Federal Programs for the 2012/13 school year.

One of the programs that will benefit will include a Kindergarten Academy during the summer for two weeks for those who have not had any previous pre-k, day care interaction. Dr Gerrell stated this would help them get acquainted with kindergarten and school routines.


Herron and Wirgau Thanked for 11th Hour Save on Start Dates

At the end of the meeting, Board Chairman Richard Edwards publicly thanked Senator Roy Herron, and Representative Tim Wirgau for their work in stopping legislation regarding school start times being no sooner than the fourth Monday in August.

Brown and Edwards informed board members that the legislation had been put in to a group of information on the last day of the session and was tried to be slid through. The TSBA informed superintendents to get in contact with their state representatives to stop that legislation from passing.

The legislation regarding later start school start dates has been brought up on the legislative floor for the past few years. Its major push comes from East Tennessee where legislators are seeking universal later start times in hope to add more tourism dollars during the early parts of August.

Paris Police Celebrate National Police Week by Honoring Two

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will celebrate Wednesday May 16th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in conjunction with this week being National Police Week. National Telecommunications week was held in April. The Paris Police Department will combine the two and honor Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Telecommunicators.

A special ceremony honoring  one Emergency Telecommunicator and One Police Officer will be held on Wednesday at noon. The two that will be honored were chosen by their peers.

The Peace Officers Holiday was created on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the President to designate May 15th to honor peace officers. President Kennedy signed the bill into law the next year. Much of the holiday now centers on the National Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., whose walls feature the names of 19 thousand law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Dems To Meet Over Cornbread and Beans

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Democrats will hold a cornbread and bean supper at the Lee Academy for the Arts lunchroom beginning Thursday evening beginning around 5:30 p.m.

Several elected officials and candidates will be on hand. A $10 offering is accepted.

Evening of Chocolate Delight A Success For HCMC

Pam Rockwell and Shelby Freeman from Sally Lane's Candy Farm. HCMC photo.

Paris, Tenn.-The HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation hosted their first ever Evening of Chocolate Delight to raise funds for a newborn hearing screener for the HCMC Women’s Center. The event was held at Inman Middle School gym on Tuesday, May 1. Inman Middle School is HCMC’s Partner in Education.
Tickets were $10 each and ticket holders were able to sample chocolate desserts and drinks from approximately 20 vendors at the event. Money raised from ticket sales as well as sponsorship money from Quota Club of Paris, Lions Club—Paris, Paris Kiwanis Club, and Paris Lioness Club helped to make the event a success. Vendors and others donated silent auction items which also contributed to the proceeds of the event, raising approximately $2,500 towards the equipment purchase.
The Inman Middle School Strings Program played at the event and approximately 150 people attended the event.
“We are so very thankful to our chocolate vendors and sponsors for helping us raise these funds,” Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC said. “We are very glad to work with Inman, our Partner in Education, and we are so thankful to all those who came out to support the event, making it a very successful and complimented fundraiser. We are looking forward to next year.”

Henry County Teen Killed In Two-Car Crash

     Zach French

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County High School senior, scheduled to graduate this Friday night, lost his life in a two vehicle accident Monday afternoon on Reynoldsburg Road. Zach French, age 17, was killed when his car crashed into the side of an oncoming truck.

According to the fatality report from the THP, French was driving a late model Toyota when he went off the side of the road. He overcorrected and caused the vehicle to cross the center line and crash into an oncoming truck. The truck was driven by M.F. Cannon, age 69 of Reynoldsburg Road. Cannon was carried to the ER by ambulance. There is no word on his condition at broadcast time. French was prounced dead at the scene. Ridgeway Funeral home is in charge of Zach French’s arrangements.

County Health Department Eyes Expansion

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s budget committee meeting, Tracy Byrd of the Henry County Health Department was on hand to pass out information to members on the prospect of expanding the health department. The building, which is over 20 years old, is owned by the county, and thanks to some money in the Women's Infants and Children (WIC) program, the state has agreed to pay up to $175,000 on a 255 square foot expansion.

Byrd explained according to best estimates from TML, that would require about $58,000 from the county. The purpose of the building expansion would be to hold wellness classes for new and expectant mothers and children on the WIC program. She said that they would have training areas where breast feeding, serving food in daycare, and other things could be taught to WIC parents.

County Mayor Brent Greer informed her that the county is very early in the budget process, but they would take the information under consideration. The money would be for the next fiscal year.

In the budget committee meeting, the committee did approve some budget transfers for the health department. They moved some line items around in order to due to maintenance to the existing building. They plan on replacing some of the cracked tile with new floor tile and need to get some areas completed before new desk and other things can be moved in. No new money was requested here. More from the meeting is elsewhere on our site.

Haslam Unveils New Jobs Database

Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis today announced a new jobs database to help connect job seekers with Tennessee employers.

Jobs4TN Online is a virtual recruiter, automatically notifying job seekers when jobs they may qualify for are posted and notifying employers when candidates who fit their needs register.

The online database contains positions from job orders placed directly by Tennessee employers, from corporate Internet sites, and from major job search engines. Jobs4TN Online also identifies available green jobs.

“The unemployment rate for Tennessee is at its lowest since November 2008 and has fallen below the national rate, but it is still too high,” Haslam said.

Jobs4TN Online makes available labor market information, including demand occupations, education requirements and salaries for positions, labor force projections, and training program graduates. Information can be tailored to focus on specific communities, metro statistical areas or statewide. Employers and job seekers are encouraged to log in to Jobs4TN Online atwww.jobs4tn.gov.

Jobs4TN Online can be accessed anywhere with a computer and Internet access. Tennessee Career Centers across the state have free computer resource rooms with guidance on job searching. For anyone not comfortable with using a computer, referrals can be provided in person at the center once they have registered for services. To find the nearest Tennessee Career Center visithttp://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/cccounty.shtml.

HCMC Installs Fuel Tank For Energy-Efficiency

Paris, TN – Today, contractors began excavating across the driveway from the new Central Energy Plant at HCMC for the installation of a 20,000 gallon fuel oil tank that will be set in place on Thursday, May 17.
This underground diesel fuel storage tank will handle all of the boilers for the facility. Heat from the boilers will also be recaptured and reused as another of the state of the art efficiency systems installed by the hospital.
“We hope to limit disruptions to parking and the loading dock to the best of our abilities,” said Stan Seay, Director of Plant Operations at HCMC.
Projected finish date is still set for July 2012 for the Central Energy Plant.

HCHS Graduation Set Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School Class of 2012 will graduate Friday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Patriot Stadium. Three hundred forty-five students are on the tentative list to graduate. Speakers will include Valedictorian Julia Grace Reimold, Salutatorian Miranda Brooke Rose, Honorable Mention Kaitlin Fay Evans, Senior Class President Robert Alexander Hartsell, and Senior Class Vice President Eric Vincent Ofinowicz.

A DVD of the entire ceremony will be available for $20. These can be pre-ordered at the school or at the field before the ceremony.

Fancy Nancy Tea To Honor Joy Kriesky

Paris, Tenn.- W.G. Rhea Public Library  will host the third annual Fancy Nancy Tea Party from 2 to 4 pm for young ladies ages 5 years to 8 years old accompanied by an adult female guest.

This year Joy Kriesky will be honored and crowned  “Queen for the Day” in thanks for all her dedication to the Library for many years. She will read a book to the girls and crown each with a tiara. Each girl will receive the book titled Marvelous Me written by Dee Ann Culbreath. Copies of the book were donated by the author.

Tables of jewelry will be available for the young ladies to select their accessories from along with people ( we hope that the Fish Fry Court will be here to help) to paint nails and apply makeup. Fancy Nancy computer games will be up and running for the girls’ entertainment.

After all are finished with their activities at the library, the limousine will pick up the young ladies (around three o’clock) drive them around the square and drop them off at the Greystone. They will be served punch, cupcakes, and fruit at the Greystone. During the tea, the girls will walk the red carpet and show off their finery.

Helping to fund this event were Project Round Up and several members of the sorority alumni of Chi Omega.


Registration Still Open For Wounded Warrior Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.--- Registration is still being accepted for the Third Annual Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament to be held at Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake, Saturday, May 19.

The tournament format will be a 3-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize of $2,500. The top 10 finishers will receive prize money.

The 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

HCMC Volunteer Program Set To Begin

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center will provide volunteer opportunities for teens this summer, which promoters of the program say will help teens with personal development, provide them with an opportunity to contribute to their community and provide them with valuable experience in the health care field.

Interested teens must attend the following meetings:
Parent Meeting – Applications & Summer Program Overview
Thursday, May 24, 5 p.m.
HCMC Education Rooms 2 & 3;

Student Orientation
Tuesday, May 29, 9 a.m.
HCMC Education Rooms 2 & 3.

Positions are limited. Please call the HCMC Volunteer Coordinator at 731-644-8267 for more information. Must be at least 14 years of age with a GPA of C or better. Must provide copy of grades at Student Orientation.


Budget Panel Okays Transfers; $36K Needed from Balance 

Paris, Tenn.-In other business at the Henry County Budget Committee's lengthy meeting on Monday evening, budget members approved a plethora of transfers and requests, in all requiring $36, 220 dollars from unappropriated fund balance.

Many departments are truing up line items and balancing budgets to finish out the fiscal year, ends June 30. The biggest amount of new money asked for from unappropriated fund balance came from the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Monte Belew requested that $21,000 be taken from fund balance and placed in the gasoline line item. The sheriff said they’ve done the best they could, but gas prices just went up too much for them not to have to ask for extra money.

Another area that needed money from fund balance was the county coroner and medical examiner. County Mayor Brent Greer said that it now cost the county $75 each time a person dies for both the medical examiner and county coroner. Basically, meaning that $150 is spent per death in the county. Because of this, $6,000 was moved from unappropriated fund balance to cover those cost.

The office on aging requested over $4800 from fund balance various services and another nearly $3400 was put into the general fund from fund balance for additional cost to the annual audit and mosquito spraying.


Budget Committee Moves Money Around for SUD Project

In other business on Monday evening, the budget committee approved a resolution that moved some money around for the continued progress the Springville Utility District is making in laying pipe. Mayor Greer said that work is really progressing on their water project and the money moved around in the resolution comes at no cost to the county. The Springville Utility District received a grant in the amount of $200,000 from the Delta Regional Authority and this basically is a housekeeping issue to allow them to continue to work on the project with the grant money.

DPA Float Wins Award at Strawberry Festival

Humbolt, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association Float that won First Place for Most Original Float in the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Parade on April 27th took Third place in the Out of Town Float Category at the Strawberry Festival parade in Humboldt last Friday. Jennifer Morris and Jennifer Wheatley were responsible for entering the Float in the Parade.


Lawn Mower Stolen from Paris Home

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department responded to a call at  a Thompson Lane residence in regards to a stolen push mower. The resident explained to Elkins that his Black Handle, Gray Deck, 20”  push mower was last seen beside his back porch on Wednesday May 9th at approximately 12:00pm. Sgt. Elkins checked with local pawn shops but no further leads are available at this time. Investigation is still ongoing.

Point Pleasant Baptist Church to have Cemetery Work Day

Springville,Tenn.- The Point Pleasant Baptist Church near Paris Landing will be conducting a Cemetary Work Day starting at 9am this coming Saturday, May 19th . There will be plenty of work they ask for you to bring your shovels, rakes, weed eaters, wheelbarrows, mowers, yard tools and gloves. They are also asking for dirt; for they have several large tree root hole that need to be filled in due to last Spring’s storms. They ask that all dirt be dumped at the North end of the cemetery on the hill. For more information contact Jerry Scarbrough at 642-6369 or Tommy Scarborough 642-0615.

Market Goat Show Added to Junior Livestock Show

Deadline Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-4-H and FFA members have a new livestock show to participate in at the Henry County Fair. A market goat show has been added to the junior livestock show and sale. Fair board members, FFA Advisors and Extension Agents are excited to offer another opportunity for the youth of Henry County to be involved in a livestock project.

The weigh-in for the market goat show will be held on Tuesday, May 22, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Youth wishing to show a goat should notify the UT Extension office by Friday, May 18.

The following rules will apply to the goat show:
1. Participants must be present at weigh-in.
2. Participants must attend one of two informational meetings, held on Friday, July 27 and Thursday, August 2, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
3. Exhibitors will be allowed to weigh-in and show two kids, but will be limited to sell one kid of their choice in the junior livestock sale.
4. Exhibitors may show any combination of livestock species, but will be limited to sell one animal of their choice.
5. All kids must have been weighed-in at the initial weigh-in approximately 75 days before prior to the show. A $30 tie fee will be collected from each exhibitor. Kids should weigh a suggested minimum of 35 pounds at initial weigh-in.
6. Any purebred or cross breed of meat goat can show (no dairy breeds). All classes will be shown by weight. There will be a suggested weight of 75 pounds or more for goats at the show.
7. Wether kids and doe kids must have all milk teeth at the final weigh-in.
8. Wether kids must not exhibit any testicular tissue.
9. All goats must be polled or dehorned.
10. All goats must have a federally approved scrapie tag permanently attached in its ear. Exhibitors must comply with livestock health requirements in Tennessee and health papers are required for all animals.

Please notify the UT Extension office of intent to show by calling 642-2941, email at sfoy@utk.edu, or visit the office at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris.

Police Seek Imaginative Thief

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued a warrant for a Paris man who--with the help of a female accomplice- received a refund from a local retail store for an item that he had not purchased.

Officers were called to the Wal-Mart Supercenter and viewed a surveillance tape showing that the man and a female accomplice entered the store separately and a few minutes apart. The female went directly to the pool section of the store, while the man came in and went to the front bathroom.

The female then picked up a pool filter, placed it in a cart and met the man by the returns department near the bathrooms. At that point, he returned the pool filter to the store and received a $251.24 gift card in exchange. For the transaction, he showed his driver’s license and signed for the item and in that way officers were able to identify him.

Police have issued a warrant for Aaron Kinley, age 40, of 303 Sandra St., Paris, for theft.

Kenny's Meat Market Wins You Be Judge Contest

Lisa Wiles Fitzsimmons, center, serves up BBQ with the rest of the Kenny's Meat Market team. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-  Despite overcast skies, rain stayed away for the You Be The Judge BBQ sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association Saturday and several hundred people attended. Proceeds will go toward the Hoofbeats of Hope program.

Kenny's Meat Market won the contest and will have the honor of displaying their trophy for a year.

For a $5 ticket, the food served by the world-class chefs included ribs, pulled pork shoulder, barbecue sliders, buffalo shrimp, red beans and rice, gumbo, pork nachoes, brisket, slaw, tenderloin, and biscuits.
Other teams entered in the contest were the A$$ Kickers Grilling team made up of Brian Ray French, Chris Martin, and Micky Eaton; the Chief Cooks, made up of Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and the police department; and Meo Mio’s Cajun Grillers headed up by Mark Berg. Lakeway IGA sponsored the Chief Cooks’ team.

With the A$$ Kickers team: left to right, Brian Ray French, Micky Eaton, and Chris Martin. (McFarlin photo).

Crowds Pour In For Rotary Country Ham Breakfast

Paris, Tenn.-Troy Buttrey, foreground, and Jimmy Madison, serve a country ham breakfast to Robert Sleadd, right, at the 39th annual Paris Rotary Club country ham breakfast Saturday morning at Paris Elementary School. As always, hundreds of people enjoyed the breakfast, which included ham, eggs, biscuits, gravy, and grits. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Doing Wrong Things 

Paris, Tenn.-Being in the wrong place at the wrong time doing wrong things landed two local residents in jail.

Paris Patrolman Jamie James was on routine patrol and observed Adam Lampkins, age 32 of 1425 Lone Oak Rd., standing in front of 526 Pitt St. James said he knew that Lampkins already had three active warrants on him and he noticed the woman he was speaking with stuff something in her pants.

When James stopped, he asked the woman if he could see what she had and she gave him a bag with a rock substance that tested positive for cocaine. He placed Mechica Nored, age 39, of 526 Pitt St., on arrest for simple possession. He also placed Lampkins on arrested on the felony warrants for forgery. Bond for her was set at $2,000 and for him at $2,500.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Maurice Lee Lawrence, age 19, of 405 Wynn St., for aggravated burglary after he allegedly broke into a home on W. Blythe St. The homeowner confronted him and did find some of the several items he took from her in his home before police were called. After the police were called, Lawrence admitted taking her things and showed police where all of it was and it was returned to the victim. Bond of $7,500 was set for Lawrence and he was taken to jail.

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