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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Graduation Ceremony Planned for 7:30pm Patriot Stadium

Paris, Tenn.- The 48th graduation ceremony of Henry County High School will be held Friday evening May 19th at 7:30pm. HCHS Principal Michele Webb stated that all plans are to have graduation ceremonies outside at Patriot Stadium, even in the rain. If storms occur at the time of the graduation, it would be moved inside and each graduate will be given 4 tickets for family members.

Lady Pats Are State Tourney Bound

Paris, Tenn.- In a season full of rainouts, issues with the home playing field, cancelled games after making long road trips to get there, the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team has persevered to say the least. The Lady Patriots have advanced to the State Tournament Spring Fling in Mufreesboro after beating Dickson County in the Sectionals 6-1 Thursday night. Just as winning the Region Championship was a first, this is the first ever trip to the State for a Lady Patriots Softball team.

Beer Board Approves Permit; Holds Violation Hearing

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Thursday and approved one of the two new beer permit request on the agenda. The first was for Kevin Hamlin at the Paris Moose Lodge #1915, located at 3003 Dinkins Lane. The permit is a class B on premises permit and is due to a change in management.

The 2nd on premises permit was not approved by the Beer Board Thursday night and was for Mizu, Paris, Inc.. Owner of Miso, En Lin, is changing the name of the restaurant to Mizu, Paris, Inc., and becoming a corporation. No one was on hand at the beer board meeting for the permit approval so the board passed on it.

The Beer Board also held a violation hearing for T-Bone’s Tavern, located at 3845 Hwy. 641 S., in regard to selling beer to a minor. Employee Lorie Thomason sold a 6-pack of beer to an underage undercover operative working with Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Dale Paschall of the Puryear Police Department and Metro Crime Unit. The operative was 20 years old.

The business was given the option to pay a fine of $1000 or take a suspension of 30 days were they can’t sell beer. The business has 7 days from Thursday to decide on whether to pay the fine or take the 30 day suspension. If the fine is not paid to the City of Paris within 7 days, they will automatically begin a suspension of beer sales.

Kroger Relay Team Holding Cookout and Bake Sale Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Kroger Relay for Life Team will be having a bake sale and grill out this Saturday May 20th beginning at 8am at Kroger. All proceeds will go towards Henry County Relay for Life. Anyone wishing to donate baked items can bring them to the store on Saturday morning.

Relay for Life is also still collecting canned food items to be used in the luminaria bags the night of Relay, which is Friday June 9th. The food items collected will be donated to the local food bank after Relay. Canned food items can be dropped off at Bass Realty on Tyson Avenue or Campbell Therapy on Commerce Street.

Tryouts for HCHS Golf Team To Be Held May 25th

Buchanan, Tenn.- Tryouts for the Henry County High School Golf team will be Thursday May 25th at 5pm at Paris Landing State Park for any 9-12 grade students going into next school year. For more information and to receive the appropriate paperwork email head coach Brian Welp at welpb@henryk12.net.

Closures Start May 22nd at Busseltown Unit of TNWR

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge has announced that the Busseltown Unit of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge outside of Parsons, TN will be experiencing some road closures from May 22nd, through July 7th for road improvements and construction of new impoundments.

The Service will be continuing a partnership project with Ducks Unlimited to create additional impoundments on the Busseltown Unit that will increase the percentage of flooded habitat we can provide to wintering waterfowl. Once this project is complete this closure will enhance the benefits of these impoundments and provide more food resources for wintering waterfowl in the area.

This closure will impact some anglers and visitors that utilize this area to access the Tennessee River and existing impoundments through refuge boat ramps. The refuge staff hopes for public understanding that this closure is necessary to ensure that we meet out stated waterfowl requirements for the refuge and continue to provide good road access into the unit.

If there are any questions call the refuge office at 731-642-2091. The Service regrets any inconvenience this may cause the visiting public.

KY Lake Quail Forever Chapter Holding Fundraiser Sat. at Holley Fork

Paris, Tenn.- Kentucky Lake Quail Forever Chapter is having a Sporting Clays Shoot “Busting Clays for Quail!” at 6133 US 79N in Paris at the Holly Forks shooting complex this Saturday May 20th. Rain date is Sunday May 21st”. Times are from 9 A.M. till 2 P.M. Sporting Clays tickets are $50, (12 stations Totalling 100 clays). There will be a Gun Raffle, Side Games, and mulligan fun. Lunch is also available on site. Early Registration is $45. For more information please contact Clint Ellis at 731-693-9146 or go to quailforever.org.

Auditions for Rats and Singin' in the Rain Set for May 19, 20

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Young Artists Summer Theatre Auditions for Rats: The Story of the Pied Piper and Singin' in the Rain are coming. Auditions for the play Rats: The Story of the Pied Piper for kids ages 5 to10 years old will be held on Friday, May 19th at 3:30pm and on Saturday, May 20 at 10am. The cost to participate is $40.

Auditions for Singin' in the Rain for kids ages 10 to18 years old will be held on Friday, May 19th at 5:30pm and  on Saturday, May 20th at 1pm. The cost to participate is $45. For more information just go to www.kridercenter.com and choose "Programs for You" tab.

Lady Patriots Win First Ever Region 5 Championship

Paris, Tenn.- For the first time in history, the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team are Region 5-AAA Champions, after beating Mt. Juliet 11-1 on Wednesday night. Henry County moves on to the Sectionals, formerly known as substate, and are one win away from State in Mufreesboro. Henry County will host arch rival Dickson County in the Sectionals Thursday night at 6:30pm.

Harrelson Apex Fun Run Moved to Thursday

Puryear, Tenn.- The May Day and fun run scheduled originally for Friday will be held Thursday because of rain chances Friday and Monday.

Lankford, Roaten, Smith Honored; Watson Promoted at Ceremony Wed.

Ptl. Amber Roaten awarded officer of the year by Capt. John Brewer (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A ceremony honoring the Paris Police Officer of the Year, Amber Roaten, and Dispatcher of the Year, David Smith,  was held Wednesday Afternoon at Paris City Hall in conjunction with National Peace Officer Memorial Week, which is this week, and National Telecommunications Week, observed in April.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, getting emotional at times, also recognized and honored retiring Police Capt. Tom Lankford, who made it to the ceremony Wednesday. Capt. Lankford worked in the Paris Police Department for 32 years, and has been off work since suffering a stroke in October of 2016. He officially retired April 30th of this year.

Chief Elizondo gives Capt. Lankford a retired Capt. badge.

Chief Elizondo presented Capt. Lankford with a plaque, a frame with signatures from the entire department, and a pair of sunglasses. Capt. Lankford cracked several jokes and then spoke saying, “I’d work with you all 32 more years if I could, and Eli, he has every officer and every citizen in Paris at heart as he does his job every day.”

Capt. John Brewer presented Ptl. Roaten with the Officer of the Year honor, saying, “she is a bulldog, she is ready to jump in on anything, and she has set the bar very high”.

Ptl. Roaten has served in the Air Force and worked as 911 dispatcher at the PPD before becoming patrol. She is married to Paris Firefighter John Roaten and they have two children Caleb, 8, and Seth, 20 months. Ptl. Roaten received lifesaving award for actions during a medical emergency in 2012. She is also a certified First Responder.

Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case presented David Smith with the Dispatcher of the Year Award. Case said, “it is never easy what our guys and gals are doing on a daily basis, and this year already has been a tough one with several dangerous calls. We want to make sure our officers and responders go home safely each night, and we have a great crew.”

Chief Elizondo, Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case presenting David Smith with Dispatcher of the Year.

David Smith has worked in dispatch since 2005 after working at Tecumseh when the robotics line was started in 1989. Smith helped to start the Henry County First Responder program that helps EMS serve sick and injured people quicker. He is a HCHS graduate.

Ricky Watson was also promoted at Wednesdays ceremony as he takes over in Capt. Lankford’s position, moving from Lt. to Captain. Capt. Lankford said, “Watson is ready and he will be great.”

Ricky Watson promoted from Lt. to Capt. (Alsobrooks photos)

Cake at Wed. Ceremony.

Quick Work By Emergency Responders Stop Possible Suicide Attempt

Buchanan, Tenn.-Quick work by some of Henry County’s finest resulted in possibly stopping a suicide attempt of a woman in Buchanan. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Chad Lowery responded first after dispatch had received several 911 calls from numerous people about the woman sending goodbye notes on Facebook.

Dep. Lowery found the woman in a hammock on a screened in back porch and she told him as he got closer, “Don’t come on the porch,” and showed him he that she had a pistol in her hand. Dep. Lowery stopped and talked to the woman thru the screen door.

Next on scene was Dep. Stacey Bostwick, working with EMS at the time of the incident, and Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and Cpl. Jim Sanders later arrived on scene.

Dep. Lowery slipped Bostwick his pocket knife and whispered to him to cut a hole in the screen, so he could slip his taser thru it. Bostwick did and Dep. Lowery managed to push his arm thru the cut in the screen and deploy the taser, causing the woman to fall to the ground. Officers then quickly secured the gun. The woman was taken for evaluations by EMS to HCMC.

Man Arrested For Counterfeit Bills, Resisting Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were dispatched to McDonald’s to a man attempting to pass a counterfeit $100 bill Tuesday and after a description of the subject, Lt. Tony Elkins made contact with him, Charles Teague, age 28, of 1190 Mill Creek Road. Ptl. Steven McClure and other units arrived to find Lt. Elkins and Teague in an altercation on the playground as Teague was attempting to resist arrest. Ptl. McClure came to assist and managed to deploy a taser to Teague and he went to the ground. Teague was charged with resisting arrest, criminal simulation, and active warrants.

Two More HCHS Track Athletes Advance to State

Clarksville, Tenn.- Two more Henry County High School Track Athletes qualified for the State Championships Tuesday at the Sectionals at West Creek. Titus Winders finished 3rd in the 3200 with a time of 9:48 and brother Silas came in a second later to finish 4th. Both will advance to the State on May 26th in Mufreesboro.

City of Paris Seeks PSSD's Help in Dehumidifier for Civic Center Pool

Paris City Manager Kim Foster discusses the dehumidifier issues at the Civic Center Pool. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met in regular session for May on Tuesday evening and discussed the idea of assisting the City of Paris with costs of the dehumidifier at the Civic Center pool. Paris City Manager Kim Foster was on hand at the PSSD board meeting and discussed the upgrades and maintenance the City has done on the pool, including resurfacing the floor and other things.

Foster said this piece of equipment was designed to never have to be replaced but here we are and the cost projected for the dehumidifier was over $500K.

She described the Trane Energy Efficiency Project work and how some savings there will help the City pay for portions of the dehumidifier, and the bid process suggests it is still in the half million dollar range.

Foster said stats show 2/3 of the usage of the pool comes from the PSSD students and the other third comes from the community at large. Foster said we felt like it was fair to ask the PSSD for help.

Superintendent Mike Brown said Mrs. Foster approached me about a year ago and asked about the PSSD helping with the cost of the project. Brown said contractually the PSSD is not obligated to help with the cost, but our students use that pool every day.

Board chairman Richard Edwards said the board needs to think about what direction they want go to help the City with the cost. Foster said, the system can agree to payments over a ten year period, make a lump sum, or whatever is easier for their budget.

Edwards suggested that Brown and Dr. Gerrell come back with a recommendation of which way to go at the June PSSD meeting and then get back with the City.

Read to Be Ready Grant To Give 20 PSSD Students Enriched Summer Reading Camp

Sandra Paschall tells board members about the Summer Reading Camp. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norma Gerrell discussed the Read to Be Ready Grant which the PSSD has received. The Department of Education and Department of Human Services came up with $30M in grants to distribute and every school district was encouraged to apply and the PSSD received almost $30K in grant money. Dr. Gerrell said we hope it is funded for the next 4 years.

Rhea Principal Sandra Paschall and Oliva Smith discussed plans for the grant is to host a Summer Reading Camp at Paris Elementary School from June 15th thru July 14th. 20 kids will be involved in the Summer Reading Camp which runs from 8am to Noon with breakfast and lunch provided.

Dr. Gerrell said this is for students grade K-2 to help them improve their reading skills and students get to experience art at Lee Academy, Wildlife Refuge, and other areas around town. The students get to keep the books as well. The transportation will be provided by the PSSD as well.

PSSD Increases Lunch Prices

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Tuesday, the PSSD board made price modifications on the School Lunch programs. Brown said the PSSD is required to meet the $2.15 mark according to Federal guidelines.

Prices are currently $1.80 and the system has filled out waivers every year to keep the prices lower than the $2.15 benchmark. Brown said this year the funds won’t be able to be used and in order to be compliant we have to raise prices some. The system is only required to raise an additional 10 cents at a time. Brown said this would bring in about $7-8K extra to the balance. The board agreed to raise the prices to $1.90 for school lunches for students. 2012 was the last time lunch prices were increased. There are no changes in adult prices or breakfast prices which are .85 cents.

PSSD to Mail Out Rhea Report Cards Because of Construction

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown discussed the end of the year activities. The last day for students is May 23rd. Thursday May 25th will be report card days for Inman and PES, between 8am and 11am, or students can bring a self-addressed stamped envelope and have it mailed out. No buses will run May 25th.

Since demolition will begin at Rhea Elementary immediately, the system will mail out all report cards for Rhea students. Students at Rhea will not be allowed to come to school on Thursday because of the demolition.

No One Injured in Mansfield Road House Fire on Tuesday


Firefighters working to extinguish the fire that destroyed a Mansfield Road home on Tuesday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mansfield, Tenn.- Firefighters from the Mansfield, Henry, Paris and Oakland Fire Departments responded to a house fire at 2365 Mansfield Road in Mansfield early on Tuesday morning. According to Deputy Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office the house is a total loss, but fortunately no one was injured in the fire.


Firefighters working to extinguish the fire. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Firefighters were still at the scene at 10am trying to extinguish the fire.  The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but police believe the fire appears to be accidental. No further information is available at this time.

Some Arrests from Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Charles E. Teague, age 28, of 1190 Mill Creek Road, with theft, resisting arrest, and criminal simulation. He was placed on $8K bond.

Another arrest from overnight was Desman LaMont Howard, age 22, of 511 West Wood Street, for driving on revoked, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

HC Office on Aging Going to US Space Center Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging along with West Tennessee Motor Coach Company is going to the U.S. Space &Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This is a once in a lifetime experience! Included in your adventure is Entrance to the US Space and Rocket Center, Shuttle Park, Rocket Park, Public Museum Simulators, Science on Orbit exhibit and featured exhibitions.

The day of the trip will be on Thursday, May 18, 2017. They will be leaving around 6:30 A.M. from the Central Community Building. They should be back between 4 and 10 P.M. on that date. The cost is $63 per person; this includes transportation and cost admission, but does not include meals or any extras. For more information call Reginald Caldwell at 731-642-2919 , Barbra Pearson- 731-644-3193.

Two HC Track Athletes Advance to State

Clarksville, Tenn.- Two Henry County Track Athletes have advanced to the State meet after competition in the TSSAA Section 3 Championships at West Creek on Tuesday. Jordan Harrod and Nathaniel Owens finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Discus with throws of 134’ 1.5” for Harrod and 130’ 8” for Owens. Since the top four from the Sectionals advance to the State, both young men will compete at MTSU later this month. Tuesday’s action at the Sectional meet includes Madison Aiosa running the 1600 meters and Titus and Silas Winders in the 3200 meters.

Lady Patriots Advance in Region Tournament with 14-2 Win

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team defeated Portland 14-2 in the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament at home on Monday evening. The Lady Patriots will now host Mt. Juliet in the 2nd round of the Region Tourney on Wednesday evening.

County Commission Approves Resoultion Aimed at Cleaning Up Some Property

Commissioners listen as the resolution concerning regulations for rubbish and garbage control is discussed by County Attorney Rob Whitfield. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday night and approved a measure to “put some teeth” into an resolution relating to rubbish and garbage regulation in the county in efforts to begin cleaning some areas up.

County Attorney Rob Whitfield said the resolution gives the Codes Enforcement Officer more leeway to begin enforcing regulations for litter control including on public or private property. The resolution also establishes a $500 fine for violations.

County Mayor Brent Greer said our Codes Enforcement officer goes out based on complaints from neighbors and such and this resolution backs him up even more and allows the County to charge fines for violations.

Commissioners also accepted a report from the Audit Committee showing for the 2nd straight year, the County had a great, clean audit, with only one small finding relating to bookkeeping at the Henry County Board of Education.  

In other action Monday night, Commissioners approved budget amendments as approved by the budget committee last Monday night.

Commissioners approved recommendations from the nominating committee to appoint the following to the Committee on Aging for 3 year terms: Helen White, Mary Ann Melton, James Travis, Paul Neal, Greg Carter, Betty Akers, John Spencer, Ruth Laird, and Kay Andrews.

Other nominations for committees included Harry Cowan to the Civil Service Board, Susan Pemberton for the Regional Library board, and Ken Walker to the Volunteer Committee.

The Commission also approved the sale of delinquent tax property. County Attorney Whitfield said there were three parcels and the price to sell was $1250 on the unimproved or improvements with no value pieces of property. Whitfield said, “we’re glad to have this back on the tax roll now.”

HC Receives $42 Million in Funding from the IMPROVE Act, As Widening 641 on the TN Side Will Be Completed


Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The IMPROVE Act project investment will include eleven projects in Henry County with $29,567,300 being allocated to Henry County. And Henry County will receive an additional $42,068,341 in the next 15 years.

The largest project will be the widening of US-641 from Smith Road to the Kentucky State Line. A total of $24,363,300 have been allocated to complete the project within 15 years. The road will be widened from a two lane highway to a four lane highway with turning lanes.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Currently the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road is already funded and according to Henry County Mayor Brent Greer and Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said that they will begin taking bids to start construction on the widening of 641 will begin this year in Fall 2017.

Chilcutt said,” The area between Rison Street and Smith Road was going to widen the road to five lanes, but problems with two lakes between Logan Road past the 2nd lake will only be widened to three lanes.”

TDOT funds for the widening of 641 between Rison Street and Smith Road have already been allocated, so this project was not included in the IMPROVE Act.

IMPROVE Act Promises Grocery and Property Tax Cuts for HC


Shelley Courington of AARP explaining the IMPROVE Act's impact on Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee held a press conference at the Henry County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Shelley Courington of Advocacy Director of AARP discussed the IMPROVE Act’s projects specific to Henry County’s transportation infrastructure. The IMPROVE Act cuts more than $500 million in taxes each year at its full implementation and in 2018 nearly $300 million in tax cuts will be realized.

According to Courington all of the projects that are included in the IMPROVE Act included 59 years of backlogged road projects and this act hopes to cut that down to a 13 to 15 year period since the state was able to find the funding for the projects through passing the IMPROVE Act. The IMPROVE Act will create a long term source of funding to fix outdated infrastructure projects, while providing tax cuts on grocery, business and Hall income taxes.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

These include a $113 million reduction in business taxes on manufacturers and a 20% decrease in sales tax on groceries will equal $125 million savings throughout Tennessee. Courington said,” Tennesseans will notice an immediate reduction in grocery tax and the increase in the gas tax will be more of a steady increase.”

Most of the funds from the IMPROVE Act projects for Henry County have been allocated for bridge work. Henry County Highway Department Road Superintendent Richie Chilcutt said, “Out of the 962 road and bridge projects for the IMPROVE Act about 550 of these project are allocated for bridge projects.”

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said that since the IMPROVE Act passed funding for road and bridge projects will grow  and even though the general fund for the county may decrease, the county should still come out on top because they won’t have to fund these road projects.

Since the IMPROVE Act projects are supposed to be completed in 15 years, concerns about projects in the IMPROVE Act that would be not be funded when a different governor comes in were also addressed. Courington said that even when another governor takes office in Tennessee these projects should still be funded because TDOT is the deciding factor in what projects get funded and when those projects are funded.

Other items that are included in the IMPROVE Act to help residents of Tennessee include property tax relief for eligible elderly, disabled homeowners and service- disabled veterans. The Hall income tax cuts, previously approved by state legislature will also now be implemented.

The press conference was part of a statewide 95 county media tour that started on Monday to discuss specific projects in every county of the state. Henry County was part of the first 20 counties that heard on Monday how the IMPROVE Act will help in tax relief and road and bridge repair through the county.

Woman Charged After Two Poles Broken on Chickasaw

Paris, Tenn.- An accident that knocked over two utility poles on Friday evening resulted in the arrest of a Henry County woman, Margaret Ann Hammond, age 52, of 3703 Hwy. 79 N. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to the 1100 block of Chickasaw Road where the vehicle left the roadway ran up the curbside and took out two poles. BPU crews were called to the scene and were still working on repairs Monday morning.

Hammond was charged with DUI, driving on revoked driver’s license. The report also stated the owner of the vehicle knew of Hammond’s revoked driver’s license and said she took the car while he was asleep and he will file charges of theft at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Tyrail Jackson observed a 2008 Chrysler run a stop sign at Dale St. After a traffic stop, Tanisha Shantrell Williams, age 23, of 716 Memorial Drive, was cited for violation of running the stop sign, violation of open container when Ptl. Jackson found an open bottle of Patron, and possession of schedule 6 after some marijuana was found.

Busy Weekend for Local Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol on Antioch Harber Road and noticed a red Dodge Dakota pass with a broken taillight. Cpl. Sanders conducted a traffic stop and knew the driver and passenger were known drug offenders and one had felony warrants.

Michael Jason McBee, age 38, of 675 Buchanan Resort Road, was charged with simple possession of schedule two and drug paraphernalia and Donald W. Washum, age 52 of 203 Sloan Road for simple possession of schedule two after meth was found on their person and in the vehicle.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Nathan R. Jordan, age 19, of 9595 Hwy. 641 N. Puryear with two counts of simple possession of schedule two. Cpl. Jenkins found Jordan passed out in his vehicle at Tom’s parking lot, according to the report. Inside the car was a container with .6 grams of meth ice and some pills.

In a separate report, Cpl. Jenkins charged Dustin A. Kreitz, age 28, of 125 Buchanan Resort Road, for simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cpl. Jenkins pulled over Kreitz on a broken taillight and found marijuana in the vehicle.

A report of theft from a home on Locust Drive in Cottage Grove detailed where a spool of electric wire and assorted outlets that were bought to renovate the property were missing. The side door was busted and entry was gained there.

Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Charges After Fleeing Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police assisted by the HCSO arrested Brian Long, age 33 of College Street of Paris, on Saturday  for evading arrest, failure to appear and violation to serve jail sentence and tampering.

Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten chased Long while Officers with PPD and the HCSO managed to catch Long where he was arrested on multiple charges. Long was placed on $32,000 bond.

Rhea's Computer Classes Continue on May 23 and 24

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be offering their Computer Basics II Class on Tuesday, May 23rd from 6pm to 7pm, and on Thursday, May 25th from11:30am to12:30pm . The classes are free to the public and cover basic computer skills. To sign-up for the classes just call the Library at 642-1702.

Police Arrest Several People on Drug Charges Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Blake  Swayne, age 29 of Sweet Oak Ridge of Hendersonville, TN, on Saturday for aggravated burglary, simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of a schedule VI substance with intent. Swayne was placed on $15,000 bond.

Paris Police Lt. Ian Reed arrested Jenson McGarity, age 20 of Clifty Village Lane of Paris, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent. McGarity was placed on $2,500 bond. 

 Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested William Frazee, age 50 of Ballard Road of Camden, on Sunday for DUI, possession of a schedule II and schedule IV substance. Frazee was placed on $2,500 bond.

Springville, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Donald  Washam, age 52 of Sloan Road of Springville, on Saturday for possession of a schedule II substance. Washam was placed on $2,500 bond.

Murray Man Arrested on 20 Counts of Sexual Abuse After 5 Hour Standoff With Police


Joseph Lawerence booking photo

Murray, KY- On May 14th, Kentucky State Troopers have arrested Joseph A. Lawrence, age 55, of Murray, Kentucky in reference to an investigation into sexual offenses. KSP Post 1 received a report on May 13th involving the sexual assault of a minor. Preliminary investigation has shown Lawrence, between 2014 and 2016 engaged in numerous sexual encounters with a child under the age of 12.

Joseph A. Lawrence was located on May 13th at approximately 8:30pm on Peach Orchard Road. After an approximate 5 hour standoff, Lawrence was taken into custody without further incident.  He was charged with twenty counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse and one count of First Degree Sodomy.  Lawrence was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

KSP Post 1 was assisted on scene by the KSP Special Operations, KSP Special Response Team and Calloway County Sheriff Department.

The investigation is continuing by Detective Michael Robichaud. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Good Turnout for Cottage Grove Fire Dept. Fundraiser


(Amanda Allen photos)

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- It was a sunny day, as crowds and crowds of people came out to support the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday.


(Amanda Allen photos)

The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department and Party, Bounce, and Jump held a Family Fun Day at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove on Saturday as kids and adults got to socialize and play while helping raise money for the Volunteer Fire Departments.

Lady Pats Take Home District 10AAA Championship

The Lady Patriots Softball team won the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship on Saturday night. The Lady Pats Lost to Clarksville High 5-1 in first game, but since Clarksville High handed the Lady Patriots their first loss and it's double elimination, they played again. In the second and final game the HCHS Lady Patriots defeated Clarksville High winning 9-2.

The Lady Patriots Softball team will host Portland in the Region 5-AAA Tournament at home Monday, May 15th.

Honoring the Cancer Survivors of Henry County


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life held their Annual Survivor’s Dinner on Saturday, May 13th at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. The Paris Elks Lodge hosted the Survivor’s Dinner for more than 17 years and the dinner was free to every survivor and one guest.


Member of the Paris Elks Lodge preparing the meal for the HC Relay for Life Survivor's Dinner. (Cassie Walsh photos)

At the Survivor’s Dinner there were over 175 survivors along with their guests who attended the dinner. At the dinner survivors got to talk with other cancer survivors while enjoying live entertainment and food provided by the Paris Elks Lodge.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Henry County Relay for Life Survivor’s Dinner is held every year to honor all of those who have survived and persevered past cancer in order to celebrate another birthday and help others who are fighting to defeat cancer. This is what the Relay for Life tries to accomplish every year by fundraising and holding events to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their battle to cancer in order to find a cure to defeat cancer.

A special thanks goes out to the Paris Elks Lodge, the First United Methodist Church, the HC Relay for Life and all of the volunteers who helped put on the Henry County Relay for Life Survivor’s Dinner.

Two Paris Men Arrested for Possession with Intent

Paris, Tenn.- According reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Rodney K. Avant, age 39 of Wynn Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent and driving on a revoked license. Avant was placed on $3,000 bond.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins also arrested Brice W. Lockhart, age 19 of Irvine Street of Paris, on Friday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent. Lockhart was placed on $2,500 bond.

Two Henry County Men Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the HCSO, Cpl. Blake Jenkins also arrested Nathan R. Jordan, age 19 of Hwy. 641 North of Puryear, on Friday for two counts of simple possession of a schedule II substance. Jordan was placed on $1,000 bond.

Springville, Tenn.- In another report, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Dustin A. Kreitz, age 28 of Buchanan Resort Road of Springville, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kreitz was placed on $750 bond.

Riding to Support the Henry Volunteer Fire Department


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry, Tenn.- Nearly two dozen people turned out to support the Henry Volunteer Fire Department at their Ride to the Fire Fundraiser on Saturday May 13th. The ride started at the New Life Baptist Church in Henry and continued as riders visited fire departments throughout Henry County. Some of the fire departments riders visited included: Springville, Paris Landing, Como and other fire departments in Henry County.


Nearly two dozen people turned out to support the Henry Volunteer Fire Department. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Each rider picked up fire cards along the route that entered them for a chance to win prizes at different locations. There were also arm wrestling competitions and a free spaghetti dinner after the ride. All of the proceeds go to support the Henry Volunteer Fire Department.

This was the first time the Henry Volunteer Fire Department held a Ride Fundraiser in order to raise money for the department. The Henry Fire Department is a self-sustaining department and they have raised all of the funds for the department in order to buy the trucks and equipment they need. The fire department even built the building they are currently housed in.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

The City of Henry does pay for the insurance for the department and they paid for part of the building that the department leases from them for a small fee, but the City of Henry doesn’t pay for the gear or equipment the department uses in fighting fires.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department is a community built fire department and continues to ask the community to support them as they build and grow a better, stronger fire department to keep the residents of Henry safe.

Getting Bargains at Atkins Porter Yard Sale Event


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Crowds and crowds of people turned out on Saturday morning to get great bargains at the annual Atkins Porter area Yard Sale on May 13th. The Atkins Porter Yard Sale Event will be held on East Wood Street, Dunlap Street and all the way to Veterans Drive and Tyson Avenue Saturday, May 13th.  The yard sales began at 8am and most of the yard sales will go until 1pm.             

Two Women Arrested For Theft After Evading Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Candace D. Bush, age 29 of Hinchey Cemetery Road of Henry, and Carol R. Thompson, age 34 of Gore Road of Puryear, on Thursday for theft of property.

On Thursday morning, Sgt. Powell received a call from Sheriff Monte Belew who said that Paris Police Units were at scene in connection with the theft of a truck from a business in Henry.

When Sgt. Powell arrived at the scene he spoke with Lt. Josh Frey, Sgt. Greg Underwood and Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department, who stated that they observed the missing truck around the Depot Street area in Paris and the vehicle was stopping at several places where drugs were known to be sold.

Ptl. Colley stated that he saw the vehicle and was in pursuit of the vehicle as it speed away in an attempt to evade police. The truck then turned down Lydia Street, which is a dead end, in an attempt to evade other Paris Police Units.

Officers located and detained Bush and Thompson until Sgt. Powell from the HCSO arrived at the scene. Bush and Thompson were then arrested on theft charges and they were each placed on $10,000 bond.

American Legion Hosts Pork Tenderloin Meal on Fri. May 19th

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road Paris Landing, will hold a breaded pork tenderloin meal to raise money for the “Sons of the American Legion” on Friday, May 19th beginning at 5pm. The meal cost $8 per person and consists of breaded pork tenderloin, corn, green beans, biscuit, dessert, a drink, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Summer Tennis Camp Enrollment Now Open

Paris, Tenn.- Sign-ups are now being accepted for the 2017 Summer Tennis programs for kids and adults in Paris. Beginning classes for kids ages 6-8 years of age are designed to have fun while learning the basics of the game. For more experienced players, ages 14-18 there are the Junior Team Tennis events which include high performance training and team competitive events.

For adults who have always wanted to learn the game, or reinforce skills once required, there is Cardio Tennis. This will teach the basics of the game and burn off calories.

All classes will be held at the Paris Parks Tennis facility located on the campus of Henry County High School. To assure your spot call Linda at 731-441-2155 or email kirkscourt@gmail.com. Programs are sponsored by the United States Tennis Association, the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club and the City of Paris Parks and Recreation Department.

Dates for the Summer Tennis program begin June 5th and costs ranges from $60 for youth to $90 for Adult Cardio Tennis. U.S. Professional Teaching Pro J.F. Kirk will teach the classes.

 

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