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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Kroger RFL Team Having Cookout Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Kroger Relay for Life Team will be grilling hamburgers in front of the store from 10am to 2pm this Saturday. Burgers, chips, and drink will be available for purchase during that time.

WBFF Demolition Derby Set for Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Demolition Derby that was scheduled to kick of the World’s Biggest Fish Back in April was postponed and is set for this Saturday May 27th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Entry fee per car is $40. Gates open at 5pm, derby begins at 7pm. There will also be a power wheel derby for ages 2-8 beginning at 6:30pm. Entry fee for the derby is $10 or 5 canned food items for the Food Bank.

HCMC Approves Budget for FY 2018

HCMC BOT discuss budget items in length Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday night and approved budgets for the upcoming 2018 FY. Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel went over the budgets in detail with the board and some of its highlights include average cost of living adjustment of 2%, recruiting incentives for nurses and staff, holding benefit costs at current year costs, and the elimination and combination of 25+ positions.

Casteel said we are not having a hiring freeze and we definitely need nurses, but we are watching things closely and seeing how we can combine some jobs and not fill openings on a few positions. Gee added, “we’re trying to figure out how to be more efficient, how to do the same amount of work with less people.”

The budget includes supply savings of near $200K in Supply Chain and Pharmacy Programs, changes in the IT Infrastructure to a hosted system, and a reduced capital spending plan with New Debt Assumption.

CEO Tom Gee discussed the trends and regulatory environment with several west Tennessee hospitals. Gee shared some data dealing with market share, profit margins, and census. Gee said the rural hospitals in the state are really struggling, but Henry County is doing everything it can to survive for the long term. HCMC ranked 3rd behind Jackson-Madison County and Hardin Medical Center in profit margins and census. Of the 21 hospitals on the list, 5 have closed including Gibson General and Brownsville.

Casteel said “last year I told you we’d be great if we broke even, and that just didn’t happen, this year I feel a little better about our budget.” She said they will emphasize marketing on Orthopedics, Behavioral Health, Urology, OB/GYN, Home Health, and HCHC to hopefully see increases in volume.

Casteel said she has budgeted for growth in Hospital Services such as imaging, emergency services, surgical services, and others. The budget also shows regulatory improvement payments for EMS, collections improvement with Denials and Payment after insurance.

Casteel said the budget is dependent on how all our programs work and the volume, but we are good at what we do and hopefully can see good numbers this time next year. The budget projects a .5% total profit margin growth with a stretch goal of 2% total profit margin growth.

Casteel said, “the budget is a plan of what we want to happen and there is possibility to increase cash flows, revenues, by our programs working along our plan.” There are no fee increases in the budget on any services.

Physician Recruitment and Contracts Discussed by HCBOT

Paris, Tenn.- Physician contracts were discussed during the administrative comments Thursday night at the Hospital Board meeting as two doctors will be leaving Dr. Hamm, whose contract wasn’t renewed for behavioral services, and Dr. Crigler who has accepted another position and will conclude her practice in Paris in September. Gee said they are actively looking for OB coverage options until Dr. Tucker can be contracted next spring. Gee did tell board members Dr. Wieck will be back full time in June and Dr. Locus will moving his practice into the MAB come June as well.

Gee explained to board members that the medical center has discussed how to improve the consistency of their customer service scores by increasing employee engagement. Brian Lee of Custom Learning systems has worked with HCMC and Gee said he has given them a road map to use in the process of trying to improve. Lee is trying to get his company involved to hardwire the process with the medical center but Gee said the return of investment doesn’t justify the expenditure at this time. Gee got input from the board, since they participated in the educational program and decided to keep the options open with how to implement these ideas with employees with less cost involved.

Cancer Center Partnership Status Still Unknown

Paris, Tenn.- Gee updated the board on the progress with the Cancer Center as HCMC is trying to renew the agreement with another partner after Dr. Permenter passed away earlier this year. Gee said his representatives have at least three interested parties that would like to acquire Dr. Permenter’s stake in the Cancer Center. Gee said it might take months to figure out who the preferred partner will be.

The board learned that Kelly Winston is the new executive assistant in Administration and will begin June 5th. Gee reported that the new Chief Financial Officer will begin around that same time frame. During the next couple weeks other secretaries will be handling duties.

Lady Patriots Win Elimination Game Again, One of 3 Teams Left

Murfreesboro- Henry County, facing elimination for the third straight game, defeated Coffee County 14-4 Thursday afternoon and advanced in the State Tournament at the Spring Fling. Henry County is now one of three teams left vying for a State Championship. The Lady Pats scored 7 in the 2nd inning and had RBIs from 5 different girls on the day.

The Lady Pats will play the loser of the winner's bracket game between Powell and Gibbs, at 9am on Friday morning. A win Friday morning, puts the Lady Patriots in the Championship game at 3pm. They would have to beat the team in the winner's bracket twice in the championship round, and the 2nd game of that would be played around 6:30pm Friday, should they win the first.

Lady Pats Win and Advance in State Tournament; Play Again Thursday at 4pm

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots won their 2nd straight elimination game at the State Tournament against Ooletwah High School 3-1. The Lady Patriots will play the winner of the Brentwood vs. Coffee County game at 4pm Thursday afternoon.

HCMC Holds Open House at New MRI and CT

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees and Administration held an Open House and Chamber Ribbon Cutting for the new MRI and CT at the Diagnostic Center from 2-4pm Thursday. Director of Imaging Billie McKee showed off the new equipment and refreshments were served. (Chamber photos)

BPU Board Gets First Look at Proposed Budgets for FY 2018

BPU board members look over the proposed budgets. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Thursday and were presented the proposed 2018 fiscal year budgets.

General Manager Terry Wimberley gave the board the highlights of the departmental budgets. Wimberley said the Electric Department budget is similar to last year and projected revenues continue to be flat for the 4th straight year, of course they could fluctuate depending on weather. The Electric Dept. hasn’t had a rate increase since 2013 and Wimberley said the next projected rate increase wouldn’t be until October of 2018. He said the budget reflects making sure they get to that date without need of rate increases.

The Electric Department budget showed $215K revenue from Dark Fiber Optic leases and that number continues to grow. The budget includes a 2.4% cost of living adjustment for employees, money for the removal of old transmission lines between Murray and Paris and Paris and Camden. There is money in the budget for the possible land purchase for the Eagle Creek Substation as they prepare for a new TVA power access point. Wimberley said they are looking at a possible site on Hwy. 140 between Hwy. 79 and Buchanan.

The Electric Department budget also includes money for a possible new position of a community coordinator/specialist with BPU. Wimberley said they made a list of possible jobs for this type of position and it went for two pages. He said, “we’re not ready to hire this position at the beginning of the fiscal year, but we want to be ready later in the year if we find them some office space.”

The water department budget included the 2.4% COLA and shows an increase of revenue due in part to the third year of five straight years of water rate increases to help pay for the Water Treatment Plant. Wimberley said it should generate an extra $70K in revenue. Operating and Maintenance cost in the water department are up because of the Water Treatment Plant construction and other things.

The wastewater department budget shows an increase in projected revenue based on the 2nd year of a 3 year rate increase plan as part of renovations at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Wimberley said the budget includes $900K in work at the plan as part of the consent order from TDEC. Also Johnson Park rehab will be done in the next fiscal year, but most of its budgeting has come in prior years. The 2.4% COLA is also included.

The BPU board will look over the budgets and pass them at the June board meeting.

BPU Board Sends Next Round of Loans for City Comm. Approval

Paris, Tenn.- BPU Board members also approved three SRF Loan resolutions to send to the City Commission for continued work on the Water Treatment plant. Wimberley said this is the next loan, totalling $2.5M, but broken down into three separate loans. Work includes overage from Phase 1 and purchasing the water treatment equipment in order to plan the building specs for Phase 2 construction. The loans are 20 year and 1.8% in terms.

The BPU Board also approved a motion to approve Street and Parking Lot Lighting Contract between BPU and the City of Paris. This was a formalization of an agreement that has been talked about for a few months. The City will purchase undepreciated assets in the amount of $137K plus and the facilities charge they currently pay BPU will end. The City will pay a utilization fee, BPU will continue to work on lights and fix them when need be. Wimberley said this is a win-win situation for the City and BPU.

Woman Charged After Sleeping in Car At Gas Station

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Josh Frey responded to a call at Murphy’s where a car had been sitting at the gas pump for over two hours. An employee had went to check on the vehicle and told Lt. Frey before arrival a woman was asleep in the driver’s seat and children were asleep in the back seat.

Lt. Frey arrived and found the car still running and saw the woman, identified as Jacqueline Pierpoint, age 26, of Big Sandy and the two small children. Lt. Frey opened the door and turned the key off. As Pierpoint got out of the vehicle, he noticed a bulge in her pockets and during search she had pills and a plastic baggie with meth ice. Pierpoint was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, DUI 1st Offense, and two counts of child endangerment.  

Lady Pats Win 2nd Game, Advance in State Tournament

Murfreesboro- The Henry County Lady Patriots wrapped up a long day at the Spring Fling with a win in an elimination game against Brighton 8-4 just before 11pm Wednesday night. The Lady Patriots are now scheduled to play Ooletwah at 11:30am Thursday. If they win that game, they will play again about 4pm Thursday afternoon.

PLSP Pool to Open Up Sat.; Swimming Lessons, Water Aerobics Offered

Buchanan, Tenn.- The pool at Paris Landing State Park will open this Saturday May 27th for the 2017 season. Hours of operation for the pool are Wednesday thru Sunday from 11:30am to 5pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission to the pool is $5 per person. Pool passes are available for $115 per family and $55 per individual and can be purchased at the park office during regular business hours.

Paris Landing Pool will be offering some swimming lessons and water aerobics this summer and pre-registration is required by calling 641-4465. Swimming lessons will be offered June 6-16 from 5:30pm-6:30pm Tuesday thru Friday. The cost is $50 per child, $90 for two children from the same household, $25 per child with a pool pass, and $45 for two children from same household with a pool pass.

Water Aerobics will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 20th thru July 13th at PLSP pool. The classes will be 5:30pm-6:30pm. The cost is $32 per person and $16 per person with a pool pass.

The pool is also available for rental for $100 for two hours and $45 each additional hour. To rent the pool call 642-0118.

In addition to the pool, Paris Landing State Park offers a public swimming area but there are no lifeguards on duty. The swimming area is protected with picnic area and restrooms nearby.

Benefit for Coach Reggie Thompson Set for June 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Grove Football Coach Reggie Thompson on Saturday June 3rd from 11am to 3pm at the Henry County High School Fieldhouse. Ribeye sandwiches, chips, and drink will be available for $8, donations will also be accepted. Money raised goes to help offset medical expenses.

Coach Thompson suffered a stroke on May 10th. He is expected to make a full recovery but has a long road ahead. Pre-orders of sandwiches for the benefit can be made by calling 336-2146 or 363-8635 or by email coachrthompson2017@gmail.com. You can follow along with Coach Thompson’s progress in recovery by liking the Friends of Coach Reggie Thompson Facebook page.

PLSP Summer in the Park Concert Series Opens Up Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park’s Summer in the Park Concert Series begins this Saturday May 27th with a free concert outdoors at the amphitheatre overlooking Kentucky Lake. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the band Flashback from McKenzie as they play 50s, 60s, and 70s Classic Rock. The Summer in the Park Concert Series runs from 7-9pm.

Lady Pats Fall to Powell 6-1 in First Game at State

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- After waiting about 7 hours, the Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team finally took the field after 5pm Wednesday and lost to Powell 6-1.

The game was supposed to start at 10am but rain in Murfreesboro kept failing and after attempts to start at 11am, Noon, 2pm, and 3pm, they finally moved to another field and played just after 5pm.

Powell had two solo homers and led the game 2-0 until the top of th 5th when Gracie Osbron doubled in a run to cut the lead to 2-1. Powell broke it open in the bottom of the 6th with 4 more runs.

The Lady Patriots will play again around 9:30pm Wednesday evening against the loser of Brentwood and Brighton. The tournament is double elimination.

12 $1K Scholarships Given out by Paris Quota Club

Paris, Tenn.- Quota International of Paris presented twelve $1,000 scholarships at the noon meeting at Lee Academy Lunchroom on May 24th, 2017. Recipients pictured L-R are:  Rachelle Hale, Madison Bickerstaff, Justin Ramos, Brianna Ross, Nathan Robertson, Whitney Rawls, Savannah Walker, Kendall Wimberley and Hunter Lacy.  Not pictured are: Mallory Norwood, Imari Thompson and Peyden Valentine. (Martha McFadden photo)

TN Rescue Squads Recognized for Life-Saving Volunteerism

Nashville- Tennessee Rescue Squad Week is May 21 to May 27, 2017, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is honoring the dedication of the hundreds of men and women in rescue squads across the state for their vital assistance and service.

“Tennessee’s rescue squads risk their lives to save the lives of others every day,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan.  “We are fortunate to have such extremely-qualified, well-trained, and unselfishly-dedicated professionals in communities across the state promoting the organized rescue and first aid movement.”

The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS) says there are 95 rescue squads with 3,700 individual members in the state.

Since its initial charter in 1955, TARS accomplishments include the development of regional teams specializing in specific rescue disciplines, the expansion of rescue training from basic courses, such as vehicle extraction, to advanced work in swift-water rescues, and the acquisition of equipment and resources available for regional or statewide deployment.  

“As we celebrate Tennessee Rescue Squad Week, I would like to thank all TARS members for their commitment and dedication to serving their fellow man, “said TARS Executive Director Stacy Rhodes. “Living in the Volunteer State our members are the true definition of volunteers as they serve this state every hour of every day all year long.”

Kingsport, Tenn. organized the state’s first rescue squad in 1948, and received its state charter in 1950.   Johnson City, Tenn. followed in 1949 and also received its state charter in 1950.  Members from these squads were instrumental in organizing many other Tennessee rescue squads.

On Jan. 14, 1955, representatives of rescue squads from the Tennessee cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Greeneville, and Oak Ridge, met to organize a statewide association to promote rescue and first aid work.  TARS is now in its 62nd year as a voluntary, non-profit organization of rescue squads.

About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and, at www.tnema.org

About the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads: TARS is an association of life saving, rescue, and first aid units with members organized, trained, and equipped, for various types of rescue and first aid work.  TARS members voluntarily give their time and effort without compensation to the development of accident prevention and first aid procedures, the widespread education of the public in such procedures, and to necessary rescue and first aid work.  More information is at www.tnars.org

TDOT Halting Construction Work for Memorial Day Weekend

Nashville- Motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 26 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.  This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

“With nearly 700,000 drivers expected to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend, we want to do what we can to help them reach their destinations safely,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “We are suspending construction-related lane closures during this holiday weekend to reduce congestion and delays on our major highways.”

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums. 

"Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner David W. Purkey said. “Currently, we are seeing an increase in distracted driving crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. We hope that drivers will make safe choices when traveling on our roadways. State Troopers will do their best to enforce the traffic laws and keep all Tennesseans safe.”

AAA estimates 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday, a 2.7% increase over last year’s numbers.  This marks the highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday.  The total number of Tennessee travelers is estimated to top 785,000, with nearly 700,000 expected to travel by automobile.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.

As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel. 

HCSO Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department took a report of a possible stolen trailer and pool from a home on Foundry Hill Road. The victim told Capt. Jenkins that her soft sided above ground pool, valued at $600 was sitting on her uncle’s 6ft. trailer with lift gate, valued at $500 and she noticed the trailer, with pool, was missing. Investigation is continuing.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cpl. Brian Davis took a report of theft of a battery off a lawnmower at West Antioch Road. The value of the battery is $50, there are no suspects at this time.

HC 9U Team Qualifies for USSAA World Series Play

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots 9U Baseball Team finished in 2nd place in the Gold Division at the Jet's Pizza Global Vet Support World Series Qualifier USSSA Tournament held in Jackson, TN, this past weekend. The Patriots defeated the Memphis Tigers – Edwards 9U (ranked 3rd in the state of Tennessee) in the semifinal to advance to the championship, but the team came up short in the championship game against the Tomahawks 9U. With this finish, the Patriots are now qualified for USSSA World Series play.

Pictured: Bottom Left to Right: Denzel Young, Braden “Bam” Thompson, Brysen Whitaker, Noah Harber, Luke Stephens

Top Left to Right:  Evan Flood, Carter Swalley, Jack Todd, Carson Greene, Miles Allen, Connor Fowlkes

Not Pictured:  Philip Myrick and Coaches:  Neil Thompson, Clint Fowlkes, Travis Todd

Summer School for HCHS Begins Tues. May 30th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School students that need credit, or have failed a class can attend “Summer School/ Credit Recovery 2017” from May 30th through June 23rd. Registration is Tuesday, May 30th 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Lab 69 at HCHS (Enter/ Leave through E Building doors across from Patriot Field House).

When you go for registration you must pick a session for Summer School. Session times are 8:00-10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-noon, Noon-2:00 p.m. There are only 100 openings per Session and registrations are FREE, so get signed up FAST!!!!!

The courses that will be available are English 1-4, Bridge Math, Algebra 1&2, Geometry, Alg/Trig, Precal, Calculus, Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Earth Science, Physical Science, World History, US History, Geography, Economics, Government, Wellness, PE, Foreign Language: Spanish/French/German, Personal Finance, and Other subjects may be available upon request.

All Summer School/ Credit Recovery sessions will be held in Lab 69 at HCHS. Each day, the students must enter through E building doors across from Patriot Field House, and report directly to Lab 69.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. Beginning on June 5th, FREE breakfast will be served in HCHS lunchroom beginning at 8 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. Call the high school for more information.

Big Sandy Spring Festival Set for Fri., Sat.

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The 42nd Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival is set for Friday and Saturday in and around downtown Big Sandy and the Park. The carnival will run Friday from 5-10pm and its $10 armbands to ride all the rides. Also Friday evening the Tennessee River Band will perform from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Saturday is full of events including a Car Show around City Hall with registration at 8am and awards at 3pm. The parade is at 10am. There will also be a petting zoo, the carnival starts at 11am, a horseshoe tournament, BINGO, and musical talent throughout the day. The festival ends with a Memorial Day Fireworks Celebration at 9:30pm. For more information contact the Big Sandy Community Chamber.

Triple Tower Plunge Slide Opens at Gerald Howard Pool

Parks Director Tony Lawrence is the first one in the pool from the slide. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting and dedication for the newest addition to Eiffel Tower Park as the Triple Tower Plunge Water slide was dedicated.

Parks Director Tony Lawrence thanked Lowe's for their help donating materials and time to not only the pool and slide, but bathrooms as well at the Gerald Howard Municipal pool. Lowe's has also donated a grill to the Park to be used.

Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said this is the first of many things to come as we try to improve the quality of Eiffel Tower Park. Mayor Gerrell said, "the City has a very big plan going forward that will enhance tourism and family fun."

After the ribbon cutting, Mayor Gerrell, Lawrence, and City Manger Kim Foster each went down the slide, followed by a few kids that were on hand as well. The pool officially opens to the public Saturday May 27th. Hours are 10-6 Monday thru Saturday, 1-6 on Sundays, and admission is $6.

Whipped Cream Anyone, as PPD and HCSO Gets Pies to the Face

PFD Chief Williams laughing as he throws pies in PPD Chief Elizondo and HC Sheriff Belew's faces. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Department Chief Michael Williams got to throw whipped cream filled pies in HC Sheriff Monte Belew and PPD Chief Charles Elizondo  faces on Tuesday afternoon after the HCSO and the PPD lost this year’s Battle of the Badges to the Paris Fire Department earlier this month. Sheriff Belew’s K9 Si even got in on the fun and tried to get a piece of the pies for himself.

PPD Chief Elizondo laughing as Sheriff Belew gets some assistance from Si after being pied in the face by Chief Williams. (Cassie Walsh photo)

In the Battle of the Badges bloodrive for Lifeline, the  Paris Fire Department had 39, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department had 36 and Paris Police Department had 20.

Lady Pats Are State Tourney Bound

Cpl. Brian Davis in the patrol car and Sheriff Monte Belew on the bike were part of the escort as the Lady Patriots pulled out Tues. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots were sent off in style Tuesday afternoon with a large crowd of supporters at HCHS and along the route on Hwy 641 S. at Hulmes Sporting Goods. The Henry County Sheriff's Office gave the Ladies a police escort as well.

Henry County will play Powell High School Wednesday at 10am in their first game at the State Tournament as 8 teams are left to vye for a state championship. If they lose the first game, the play again at 4pm, if they win they play again at 5:30pm Wednesday.

Admission price is $10 per day at the Spring Fling and cost of parking is $5 per day, according to the TSSAA website. You can follow along via Twitter @tssaasoftball for live scoring updates.

Top photo: Members of the Lady Pats softball team before getting ont he bus. Bottom photo: large crowd of supporters at HCHS Tues. (Kim Gwaltney photos)

Gee Qualifies for World Cycling Championships

Jacksonville- Paris resident, Tom Gee, was awarded one of three automatic age group berths on the U.S. Cycling team to compete in the UCI (Union Cycliste International) World Road Race to be held August 24-27 in Albi, France. Gee placed third in the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo this past Sunday, May 21st in Jacksonville, Al. 

The event was the only North American qualifying site and included riders from the United States, Mexico and Canada.  The Cheaha event at 100 miles in length and with 9500 ft. of mountainous terrain is considered one of the most difficult distance events in the United States. Gee credits his success to his two teammates, Justin Lowe of Dover and Terry Boxx of Greenfield with helping to pace him to his podium spot. The race was won by Tom Doughty of Aurora, IN. followed by Richard Mull of Malibu, CA. who both will join Gee in France. Gee is also expected to compete in the time trial event in France also.

Additional information about the event can be found at www.uci,ch/cyclingforall/uci-gran-fondo-world-series/  and at www.cheahachallenge.com.

HCSO to Increase Manpower, Have Checkpoints for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff's Office wanted the advise the public that there will be safety and sobriety checkpoints will start Friday and continue thru Memorial Day. The Sheriffs Office will also have increased manpower for holiday traffic.

Hibbet's Robbery Suspect Arrested by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department arrested Anthony Micheal Cooper, age 35, of 301 N. Brewer Street, for attempted first degree murder and aggravated robbery in connection with the incident that occurred at Hibbet’s last Thursday night.

The suspect was spotted by the employee who was inside the store according to the report in the Taco Bell parking lot. Ptl. Jackson arrived and found a man wearing similar boots and hat to the ones he had on during the robbery.

Ptl. Jackson arrested him and during search, found several flare gun rounds on his person. Cooper was placed on $250K bond. Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department thanks for the public for the calls they received and the victim in the case for being so alert and noticing the suspect.

Memorial Bench Dedicated to Jimmy Pollack at Lakewood

Paris, Tenn.- Mickey Thurmond, instructor of the Residential Building and Maintenance Program at TCAT, and his students built and donated the bench in memory of Jimmy Pollack, Lakewood student killed in the house fire earlier this year. The plaque noting this memorial was donated by Sign and Trophy Express.  8th grade students are pictured behind the bench. (Lakewood Photos)

Sgt. Myrick Makes Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s office arrested two men at Twice Daily’s after a traffic stop and charged them both with marijuana possession.

Dylan M. Oakley, age 20, of 1132 Chickasaw Road, was charged with driving on a revoked license, possession of schedule of 6 with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $8K bond.

Justin D. Blankenship, age 36, of 601 E. Wood St., was charged with  possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of schedule 2 with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $6K bond.

City of Paris Announces Memorial Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced the following closing for Memorial Day. City Hall will be closed Monday, May 29th all emergency services will be on regular schedule. The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed on Monday, May 29th. Monday’s and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will run Tuesday, May 30th.

The Landfill will be closed Monday, May 29th and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 30th.The Animal Shelter will be closed Monday, May 29th and will reopen 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30th.

Paris Civic Center will be closed Monday, May 29th and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30th.

The Gerald Howard Municipal Pool in Eiffel Tower Park will be open Saturday, May 27th from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 28th from 1-5 p.m. and Monday, May 29th from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.

Inman Chorus Spring Trip and Concert Recap

Inman Chorus in Cincinnati. (Kim Patterson photos)

Cincinnati- One Hundred and Twenty members of the Inman Chorus group and over 40 chaperones traveled to Cincinnati on the last weekend in April to perform at the King’s Island Amusement Park.

The group performed three songs, “Dream On” by Aerosmith with soloist Marley Trosper, “Lost Boy” with soloists Anna Hefner and Amelia Hart, and “Sing” with soloists Wyatt Jones and Shamaya Humphreys. Trip participants spent the day at the park after their performance. During their trip, they also visited the Newport Aquarium, and had a “behind the scenes” tour of the Cincinnati Reds ballpark and museum. This group is led by Chorus teacher, Mrs. Jessica McLeese who is assisted by Mr. Allin Montford.

On May 15th, the 6th-8th grade chorus groups held their spring concert. In the concert, they reprised their performance from Cincinnati with the addition of the songs “Sesere Eeye” and “He Lives in You” from “The Lion King”.

Mrs. McLeese started the chorus concert with an inside look at some of the exercises that she does with the students in class to get everyone focused and ready to sing. Soloists in the 6th grade concert included Caris Roberson, Cera Orlovich, Katie Grace Arnold, Phoebe Culpepper, Riley Killen, and Tristen Cox. Soloists in the 7th and 8th grade performance included Izzy Arthurs, Sophie Harrison, Mary Raye Smith, Emily Nanney, and Paige Craig.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will have a Lunch to Learn Seminar on Short Stay Outpatient Total Knee Arthroplasty on Friday May 26th at Noon in HCMC Classrooms 2 and 3.

Dr. Heather Melton, MD Orthopaedic Surgery, of Innovative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will host a seminar focusing on short stay and outpatient total knee arthroplasty. Dr. Melton will discuss new advances and treatment plans that will allow you to return home sooner without long hospital stays or rehab stays.

Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am. The event is free but you are asked to bring a gently used or new book to donate to the children’s library on 2 East.

Seating is limited so you must pre-register at 644-3463 or online at www.hcmc-tn.org

MSU Volleyball To Hold Summer Camps in June, July

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University Volleyball will hold multiple volleyball camps this summer at Racer Arena. June 12-13, MSU will host a Junior Racer All Skills Camp for ages 9-13. The camp will run from 10am-4pm both days, cost is $120 per camper.

Another camp will be held June 14-16, the Elite Racer All Skills Camp, for ages 14-18. This camp will run 10am-4pm daily and cost is $180.

In July, the Racers will host a team camp from the 10th-12th which is open to all junior varsity and varsity high school teams. Cost of the camp is $220 per camper and teams must have a minimum of 8 players. Cost includes a T-shirt.

For more information about MSU Volley Summer Camps visist abcsportscamps.com/racervb or call MSU Assistant Becca Lamb at 618-520-7291.

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.

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.

Downtown Cruise-in Set for Tuesday

(DPA photos)

Paris,Tenn.- The Downtown Cruise-In will be tomorrow on the east side of the Court Square from 5:30pm to 7pm. All classic cars are welcome and owners can register to win prizes.

Wire and Wood will be the entertainment providing bluegrass music. Perry’s BBQ will have delicious food available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the good times and classic cars.  

Lakewood School Gives Out Smoke Alarms

Pictured are Sheriff Monte Belew, Chief Deputy Damon Lowe, Captain Adam Jenkins, Sgt. Bruce Alexander (Lakewood SRO), Principal Amy Veazy, Principal Mike Bell,  Students – Nikki Kreitz, Lexie Barnes, Logan Singleton, Dawson Thoreson, James McCarty (HCSO photo)

Paris, Tenn- In a joint effort between the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Lakewood School, and BR Supply, an initiative was created to see that every family at Lakewood had a smoke alarm.

The push was to promote safety in homes and raise awareness. Following the tragic fire that struck our community earlier this year, the first annual Jimmy Pollack Memorial Dodgeball tournament was held at Lakewood. Jimmy, one of the 5 people to perish in the fire, was 14 and a student at Lakewood.

Proceeds from the Dodgeball tournament and a generous donation from BR Supply helped to fund the project of giving smoke alarms to Lakewood familes. Any family that needs help installing the smoke alarms can call the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

Warrants Issued on Higgs for Evading

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for evading arrest and driving on a revoked license on Larenzo D. Higgs, age 25, of Joy Street after an incident that occurred over the weekend. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Frey observed a maroon Chevy run a stop sign at the intersection of Ogburn and Park St. Lt. Frey then activated his blue lights and began to follow the vehicle.

Once the vehicle arrived on Joy St., the driver, identified as Higgs, jumped out and ran behind the houses. Another passenger, who couldn’t be identified also ran from the vehicle. City and County units searched the area but neither of the men were found. Warrants were issued on Higgs.

Man Flees Cops, Charged with Criminal Impersonation

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Dalton Watson observed a black male run on Ogburn Street near East Wood after seeing the patrol car. Dep. Watson found the man laying on the ground and he identified himself as Stafford Worles. Dep. Watson could smell alcohol and the man’s speech was slurred and arrested him for underage consumption. During a search of the man’s pocket’s an EBT card was found with the name Terrell C. Teague. Thru dispatch it was revealed Teague, age 19 of 1102 Depot St., was the man in custody. He was also charged with criminal impersonation.

Lady Patriots Play Wed. 10am at State Tournament

Mufreesboro, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team, 28-9 on the season, will start play in the TSSAA AAA State Championship Spring Fling at 10am on Wednesday in Mufreesboro. The Lady Patriots drew Powell High School, 34-6-1 on the season in their first game. The tournament is double elimination for the 8 teams left. If the Lady Patriots win, they play at 5:30pm Wednesday against the winner of Brentwood vs. Brighton. If they lose, Henry County plays the loser of Brentwood Brighton at 4pm Wednesday. Full brackets are available at www.tssaa.org.

Donations to help send the Lady Patriots to Mufreesboro are being collected Monday and Tuesday. You can donate at any Security and Bank and Trust Office or thru the drive thru.

Local Gov't to Benefit the Most from the Improve Act

Paris, Tenn.- The final legislative briefing with Rep. Tim Wirgau and Senator John Stevens took place on Monday morning as both men talked about legislation that was past during this session.

The biggest accomplishments that the TN House and Senate passed was the Improve Act. Rep. Wirgau said that the money from the Improve Act was used to help the local side so more road funds came to local governments to fund the projects that they need to complete. Currently Henry County is set to receive over $700K this year with an additional $500K to start or complete the road projects in Henry County.

Senator John Stevens said that the county is one of the groups that benefit from the Improve Act. Stevens said that the county road bill passed and with previous years the county had to match the state 20% in order to get funds to do road work, now that match for the county will go from a 20% match to a 2% match which allows counties to get road work done without using their entire budget to do so.

Rep. Wirgau also said that they were able to put more money back for the veterans, which is an important subject that the TN House and Senate wanted to pass.

Asian Carp Solution Coming Soon, More Money Stays on Waterways

Rep. Tim Wirgau (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The state also got property tax relief passed for farmers and some tax relief for marinas, so that the comptroller can assess taxes that are more reasonable for them to pay. Rep. Wirgau said that originally taxes for marinas went up from around $2,800 to paying $20,000 in taxes, so they passed the bill to ease taxes on businesses and marinas in order to get some tax relief for these business owners.

Rep. Wirgau said that over $2 million is spent in fuel tax collection on the waterways and only $500K would stay on the waterway. Now with the new bill all of the fuel tax that is collected on the waterways will stay on the waterways for improvements that are needed.

Wirgau also said that in a matter of a few weeks the Asian Carp Task Force will be set to release a plan for taking action in getting rid of the Asian Carp that is in the TN River.

State Has Millions in Unclaimed Property

Paris, Tenn.- Rep. Wirgau also wanted to let the public know that in his district there is currently over $2.5 million in unclaimed property and if anyone wants to find out if they have unclaimed property they can call Wirgau’s office at 615-741-6804.

Protecting Elders, Clamping Down on Illegal Immigrants and High Speed Broadband for Rural Communities

Senator John Stevens (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Senator John Stevens said that this session they managed to pass a balanced budget and the state has no new debt and the state currently has very little debt which is a good thing.

Stevens also spoke about how Governor Haslam got a bill passed for rural communities to get access to high speed broadband. Stevens spoke to the group about how the state is working on a state opioid abuse program where the health department will try to identify high risk prescribers so that Tennessee start to cut down on the state’s prescription drug abuse problem.

The state also passed a bill that helps with elder abuse and if a bank recognizes that someone is a victim of elder abuse the bank has the authority to contact someone else in order to protect elders from financial abuse.

The state also passed a bill making it a class E felony for illegal immigrants to stay in Tennessee. This is a way to clamp down on those who are here illegally in the state.

State Helps Teachers and Adults Can Apply for Lotto Scholarship

Paris, Tenn.- The state also passed changes to the lottery scholarships. Adults can now apply for the lottery scholarship and they can essentially go to community college for free.

On the education front, Senator Stevens said that the state has doubled the amount that teachers can spend on classroom supplies. So teachers will now be able to spend $400 instead of $200 on classroom supplies, which helps teachers not having to dip into their own pockets to pay for the supplies they need.

The Basic Education Program will get a teacher salary increase and the state also passed that students in elementary schools will get 130 minutes of exercise and students in secondary schools will get 90 minutes of exercise per day.

April Unemployment Rate Decreases in TN

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 4.7 percent for April, dropping from the revised rate of 5.1 percent in March.

This decrease is greater thanthe tenth of a percentage point fall the national rate experienced in April, which put the U.S. preliminary rate at 4.4 percent for the month.Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has not declined this much since January of 1984. “It’s great to see fewer Tennesseans were out of workduring the month of April. Every drop in the unemployment rate, even a few tenths of a percent, represents a person who is back in the workforce and a family who is resting a little easier at night,” said Commissioner Phillips.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate experienced a slight uptick of a tenth of a percentage point, increasing from 4.6 to 4.7 percent. The national rate decreased by six-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.0 to 4.4 percent.

“It is the goal of everyone in this department, and that of our workforce partners across the state, to do everything possible to help Tennesseans go back to work, so when we compare year-to-year numbers, we see progress there as well,” added Commissioner Phillips.

Comparing March and April’s nonfarm employment, totals declined by 5,900 jobs. The largest decreases occurred in government, leisure/hospitality, and professional/business services. Nonfarm employment has increased by 57,000 jobs throughout the year, withthe largest increases occurringinthe trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and education/health services.

No Joking Matter as Buchanan Woman Arrested for Theft

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Officer,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Kelsey Light, age 26 of Highway 119 of Buchanan, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license and  theft over $1,000 but under $25,000.

Sgt. Powell heard from dispatch that a truck was stolen from a house in Henry. While driving  to the scene, Sgt. Powell observed the stolen vehicle heading inbound on 79S. Sgt. Powell and Deputy David Andrews Sr. both turned around to conduct a felony stop of the vehicle. Deputy Andrews pulled up to the driver’s side to distract Light, while Sgt. Powell pulled up to the passenger side where they were able to safely conduct a traffic stop.

A check of Light’s license revealed that she was driving on a revoked license. Light was then arrested. After Sgt. Powell read Light her Miranda rights and asked if she had a statement. Light told police that “it was only a joke”. Light was placed on $3,500 bond.

Winders Sets Record at State Championship on Saturday

Clarksville, Tenn.- At the TMSAA Middle School State Track Championship at APSU in Clarksville on Saturday,Dinah Winders won 1st overall in the Girls Class A 1600 Meter Race with a time of 5:25, breaking the class A state meet record by 23 seconds.

Dinah Winders also placed 2nd overall in Girls Class A 800 Meter Race with a time of 2:31, just under the old meet record by 10 seconds.

Buchanan Man Arrested for Tampering

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Bryan McLeese, age 25 of Kendall Road of Buchanan, on Saturday for tampering with evidence. McLeese was placed on $10,000 bond.

Camden Man Arrested at HC Jail on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Sgt. David Powell arrested Joshua W. Ferguson, age 33 of Vicksburg Avenue of Camden, at the HC Jail on Saturday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and two counts of possession of a schedule II substance with intent. Ferguson was placed on $28,000 bond.

Quinn Chapel Annual Pancake Breakfast is Sat. May 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The Men of Quinn Chapel, located at 216 East Church Street in Paris, will hold their Annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 27th beginning at 7am.

An $8 donation will be taken at the breakfast and children under 5 eat for free. For more information call 731-642-8445.

Three Men Arrested on Drug Charges Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Alvin D. Hassell, age 20, and Dylan M. Oakley, age 20, both of 3703 Hwy 79N. of Paris, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Hassell and Oakley were each placed on $1,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Jim Sanders arrested Braden M. Roney, age 23 of Mark I Drive of Henry, on Saturday for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent. Roney was placed on $3,500 bond.

Plenty of Crawfish to Go Around at BC Crawfish Boil

Camden, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Benton County Fair Crawfish Boil will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 5pm to 7pm at the Benton County Fairgrounds, located at 187 Natchez Trace Street in Camden.

Tickets cost $10 per person at the gate and you get 1.5lb crawfish with all of the trimmings. Hot dogs, chips and a drink will be available for $3. Take- outs will also be available.

For more information contact Keith at 731-571-7772 or Scotty at 731-441-0171.

Promoting Wildlife Conservation at KY Lake Quail Forever Fundraiser

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The KY Lake Quail Forever Chapter held its Annual Sporting Clays Shoot “Busting for Quail” fundraiser at Holly Fork Sporting Complex on Saturday.

The KY Lake Quail Forever is dedicated to promote youth education and conservation to help boost the bobwhite quail population, which has decreased by 80% throughout the country. The Kentucky Lake Quail Forever is a local chapter of the National nonprofit organization, Quail Forever, that was created in 2013 that is dedicated to help the bobwhite quail's habitat.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

 The KY Lake Quail Forever holds their annual sporting clays shoot as an interactive and fun way for people to donate, while educating the public on the importance of wildlife conservation and helping boost the bobwhite quail population.

The KY Lake Quail Forever holds this annual fundraiser as their main fundraising event so that the chapter can get money for fire fighting equipment that is used to perform controlled burns in fields and CRP lands that is used to help promote wildlife habitat that was native to the area and has since declined due to other predatory animals and lack of habitation.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The burn not only helps to try and restore the bobwhite quail population, but it also helps animals like deer and turkey thrive while helping boost pollinators populations increase. The chapter also uses the funds from Saturday’s fundraiser to educate students about the importance of wildlife conservation especially promoting the quail population.  

The KY Lake Quail Forever also has received national recognition after  the National Quail Forever Magazine published an article about how the KY Lake Quail Forever Chapter is helping to benefit the bobwhite quail population with controlled, prescribed burns.

Shop Till You Drop at Springtime in Paris on Saturday

Wine tasting samples from the Paris Winery at Springtime in Paris. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Springtime in Paris event will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 10am to 6pm at the Paris Convention Center, located at 1510 East Wood Street in Paris behind the Quality Inn.

Browsing through some of the vendors at Springtime in Paris. (Cassie Walsh photo)

There will be over 20 vendors and door prize drawings at the event. Paris Winery will be on hand to give out free samples, while Party Bounce and Jump Inflatable will have a free bouncy house that all of the kids will enjoy. At the Springtime in Paris event there will be something for the entire family to enjoy.

Embarking on a New Journey as the Class of 2017 Graduates

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Almost 300 students from HCHS graduated on Friday night as friends and family celebrate a night of accomplishments. Speakers of the evening spoke about how the class of 2017 was a family and that even though friends will be going in different directions they will always be connected through the friendships and bonds they had in high school.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Some students will go into the workforce while others will continue higher education by attending a technical school, community college or a 4 year university. But the Class of 2017 now has the chance to make a positive impact in the community and grow into successful adults. Good luck to the HCHS Class of 2017 from all of us at WMUF, WRQR, WLZK and WHDM.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Woman Arrested After Police Find Meth in Her Bra

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Deputy David Andrews arrested Carol A. Quillin, age 39 of North 12th Street of Murray, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Andrews conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle for speeding 54mph in a 40mph zone. When Deputy Andrews spoke to the driver identified as Quillin’s he found that the registration was expired and Quillin refused a search of the vehicle. Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kenzee came to the scene and Kenzee alerted to the car.

Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten then searched the driver and found a pipe with meth concealed in the Quillin’s bra. Quillin was given a citation for speeding and violation of the registration and insurance laws. Quillin was then arrested for possession and she was placed on $1,500 bond.

Springtime in Paris Shopping Event is Saturday, May 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Springtime in Paris event will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 10am to 6pm at the Paris Convention Center, located at 1510 East Wood Street in Paris behind the Quality Inn.

There will be over 20 vendors and door prize drawings at the event. Paris Winery will be on hand to give out free samples, while Party Bounce and Jump Inflatable will have a free bouncy house that all of the kids will enjoy.

The Crusaders Travel Basketball team will be providing concessions and will receive all of the proceeds from the food sale. They will be selling BBQ sandwiches, BBQ nachos, Nachos, fried Oreos, Twinkies and much more. At the Springtime in Paris event there will be something for the entire family to enjoy.

Police Make Two Theft Arrests on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  Deputy James Higgins arrested Phillip L. Nelson, age 19 of Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for burglary and theft of property. Nelson was placed on $10,000 bond.

In another report, Cpl. Jerry Wilson arrested Jasmine M. Allen, age 28 of Morningside Village of Paris, on Thursday for theft over $10,000. Allen was placed on $10,000 bond.

Harrelson Elementary Celebrates Getting a New Walkway

Kid's Corner Director, Shelia Glisson and Assistant Principal, Amber Ryan and the rest of the students help cut the ribbon opening the new walkway at Harrelson Elementary.

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Elementary School has a new walkway around the school thanks to a Project Diabetes grant funded through the Tennessee Department of Health. Kid's Corner Director, Shelia Glisson and Assistant Principal, Amber Ryan, celebrated by having a ribbon cutting and a healthy lifestyle awareness event.

The Henry County Medical Center provided health screenings and Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center, Coordinated School Health, Head Start, and Family Resource Center representatives were available to hand out information and prizes for walking the track.

Over one hundred students, staff, and parents were able to walk the track and enjoy healthy snacks. The walkway will be open to the community and the after school program, Kid's Corner will be competing with community members for the most miles walked.

Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at HCMC Kelley Clinic

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The HCMC Kelley Clinic officially opened on Friday as the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting.

The Kelley Clinic is located at 1015 Kelley Drive in Paris at the HCMC Surgical Specialists Center. The primary purpose of the HCMC Kelley Clinic is to combine all of the orthopedics into one facility to make it more convenient for doctors and patients.

Physicians at the clinic include Surgical Specialists Barton Water, MD General Surgery, Mark Cutright, MD Orthopedic Surgeon, Lindsay Foust, DPM Podiatrist, Heather Melton,MD Orthopedic Surgeon,  Jill Cutright, FNP, and Kris Guilish, PA.

Murray Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking

Clifton Jones booking photo (KY State Police photo)

Murray, KY.- On Friday, May 19th, the Kentucky State Police’s Drug Enforcement and Special Investigations (DESI), along with KSP Post 1 Troopers, and KSP Special Operations K9  served a search warrant on First Street in Murray this morning at 5:30 a.m.  The warrant was issued as a result of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

During the search, Troopers located various drugs inside the residence along with a large sum of cash believed to be proceeds of drug trafficking.

Clifton D. Jones, age 37, of Murray, Kentucky was arrested and charged with First Degree Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Meth), First Degree Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Trafficking Marijuana 2nd Offense, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jones was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

The investigation is continuing by KSP DESI. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police DESI at 270-746=7834 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.

Police Asking for the Public's Help to Identify Armed Robbery Person of Interest

Police are looking for this man in connection with armed robbery at Hibbett's

Paris, Tenn.-In a press release from the PPD, On May 18th at approximately 9:15pm, Officers with the Paris Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Hibbett's store located in the Walmart Shopping Center.

Sgt. Jamie James was the first on the scene and upon entering into the store  noticed that  the store computer was  on fire and he quickly extinguished it. Officers with the Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol, began to look for a suspect that had just attempted to rob the store with a flare gun.

During the robbery, the suspect fired the flare gun at the clerk and caught the computer on fire damaging the computer and then left the store with no money.  K-9 Droid and handler Sgt. Terry Williams with the Sheriff’s Department began to track the suspect and lost scent of him in the area behind the store.

Officers are looking into a person of interest and needs the public’s help in possibly identifying this person? If you know who he is, we would like to talk with him. Please Call Captain Ricky Watson 731-641-1478 or Sargent Jeramye Whitaker at 731-641-1437.  

Suspect Still At Large After Attempted Robbery

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still looking for a suspect in an attempted armed robbery that occurred Thursday evening at Hibbet’s, located in the Walmart Shopping Center.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Jamie James arrived on scene after the suspect, described as black male with purple hat, yellow shirt pulled out a flare gun and fired it at the employee. He had picked up some items inside the store first, and had entered the store right before closing time.

The flare didn’t hit the employee but did hit the cash register, which caught it on fire, while other employees ran out the back door yelling about the incident. Sgt. James retrieved the fire extinguisher in his patrol car and extinguished the fire when he arrived on scene. The suspect tried to get the employee to give him cash, but couldn't because the cash register was on fire. The suspect then fled the scene.

Lt. Ean Reed and Capt. Ricky Watson also came to the scene. Lt. Reed found video of the suspect in Walmart and a flare gun missing from the store during investigation.

Paris Police and K9 units arrived on scene and searched the area for awhile but could not find the suspect.

Man Arrested After High Speed Chase Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- A press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed the high speed pursuit of a man with outstanding warrants on Thursday that ended when spike strips were deployed and the man wrecked the stolen rental car he was driving.

Cpl. Brain Davis and Lt. Lance Perry found themselves in pursuit as the silver 2015 Toyota Corolla was spotted down around the lake area and tried to flee Cpl. Davis. The chase begin in the Anitoch Harber Road area and ran thru the entire East and West Antioch Road area and finally the vehicle turned on Hwy 79N.

The driver, identified as Matthew Palmer, age 33, Paris, turned around on the road and struck Cpl. Davis’s patrol car and continued on the wrong side of the highway and turned on Bull Durham Road and then came thru the 4-way stop in front of the 4-way grill.

Lt. Perry had set up at the intersection and deployed the spike strips in attempt to end the pursuit. Palmer drove over the strips, but continued and made it back to Hwy 79N. Shortly thereafter, the tires blew out and Cpl. Davis and Dep. Frankie Scott, who joined the pursuit, stopped the car in the median of Hwy 79.

Palmer had several outstanding warrants including evading arrest from a pursuit earlier in the year. Palmer was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of reckless driving, three counts of driving on a suspended driver’s license, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation out of circuit court. Palmer is currently being held without bond and will appear in court Tuesday at 9am.

HCHD Closing Fairgrounds Road Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will be closing Fairgrounds Road Monday May 22nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be .3 tenths of a mile west of the Hwy. 218 bypass. Hwys. 79 N. and 69 S. may be used to access the Hwy. 218 bypass.


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