From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Barron Robinson
HCSO Investigating Possible Home Invasion
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Cpl. Jim Sanders, Sgt. Clyde Sulcer, and Dep. Stacey Bostwick, along with K9 Rowdy, responded to a home on Old Paris Murray Road where a man thinks someone entered the house while he was upstairs and may have opened the refrigerator.
The report said the homeowner was upstairs and heard someone enter the home and possibly go thru the house, opening the fridge. The homeowner couldn't find anything stolen or missing.
Officers noticed a screen of a window off around the back, then a bathroom window opened where the suspect could have gotten inside the home. Officers also found a bicycle that didn't belong to the homeowner in the back yard. Rowdy tracked a scent from the bicycle to the open window. Investigation is ongoing.
Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office charged a man for his 18th driving on a revoke license offense. John Bucy, age 50, of 320 Rabbit Creek Road was charged with driving on revoked, 18th offense after Dep. Jenkins witnessed him driving a vehicle and knew of prior charges.
Man Apprehended After Fleeing Police
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Cpl. Eric Long observed a purple Nissan with two occupants not wearing their seatbelts as he was patrolling Depot St. He conducted a traffic stop and the driver, Benjamin Fields, age 19, of 1875 Old Paris Murray Road couldn't produce a license. After checking thru dispatch, Fields was found to have active violation of probation warrants with the county and as Cpl. Long attempted to cuff Fields, he pushed away and took off in the woods. He was later apprehended.
April County Unemployment Rates Released
Nashville- April County Unemployment numbers were released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday and two counties in our listening area have the some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.
Houston County currently comes in with the state’s highest unemployment rate at 6.8% for April 2016. The rate means that 220 of Houston County’s Estimated Labor Force of 3,220 was out of work in April. The rate of 6.8% in Houston County this April is still down from 7.3% in March and 8.1% in April 2015.
Benton County came in 88th out of 95 counties for the April 2016 unemployment rate. Benton County’s rate for this April was 6.0% which is down from in March 6.4% and also down from 7.3% in April 2015. Of Benton County’s estimated Labor Force of 6,790 the rate means that 410 were out of work in April.
Henry County has a 4.8% unemployment rate for April of 2016 meaning 670 people were looking for work last month. Henry County’s estimated labor force is 14,000. This April’s rate is down from 5.5% in March and down from 6.1% in April of 2015.
Carroll County’s unemployment rate for this April is 5.4%, which equates to 660 of the estimated work force of 12,150. This April’s rate is down from 5.9% in March and down from 8.1% in April of 2015.
Stewart County’s rate came in at 5.6% for April of 2016 and Weakley County’s rate was 4.6%, both down from March of April of last year.
Big Sandy Spring Festival Set for Fri., Sat.
Big Sandy, Tenn.- The 41st Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at and around City Park. The carnival will run from 5-9pm Friday night and beginning at 11am on Saturday. Entertainment Friday evening at 6pm will be the Tennessee River Band.
On Saturday Car Show Registration begins at 8am, with awards at 3pm, the parade is at 10am, there will be a petting zoo, horseshoe tournament, bingo, musical acts throughout the afternoon and evening, a ventriloquist show, and fireworks will end the celebration at 9:30pm.
Library And Archives Launches Digital Collection of WWI Items
As Memorial Day approaches, the Tennessee State Library & Archives is commemorating the 100-year anniversary of World War I by launching a new digital collection on TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive).
The Tennessee World War I Gold Star Records, 1918-1924 is a memorial collection honoring Tennessee servicemen who died during the Great War. Soldiers' records offer insights into early 20th century life and the loss experienced by servicemen and their families. The gold star tradition began after the United States entered World War I in 1917.
While men boarded trains and ships bound for military camps or foreign shores, their families proudly hung small flags with blue stars in windows to announce that they had loved ones who were in the service. In less than two years, around 4,000 Tennesseans’ blue stars were exchanged for gold ones as families received notice of their loved ones' deaths.
After the war ended, Americans incorporated the gold stars in their commemorative efforts at home and abroad. As a part of these efforts, more than 1,000 records of “gold star boys” were collected by the Tennessee Historical Committee, the Library & Archives, and county “mother-chairmen.” The records collected include a broad range of materials, such as soldier portraits, family histories, and battlefield correspondence.
"Thanks to the work of the historical committee, the volunteers in each county and the staff of the Library & Archives, we have a strong record of Tennesseans who sacrificed their lives in World War I," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "We owe a debt of gratitude to those who had the foresight years ago to preserve those records. The material contained within Tennessee's gold star collection gives us so much insight into one of the bloodiest conflicts in our country's history."
People who access the new online collection can search for information in a number of ways - by soldier names, cities, counties or service information. One notable feature is the "browse by military branch option," which allows users to easily find records of servicemen in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Air Service (a precursor to the Air Force).
Genealogical researchers will find information such as the names of soldiers’ parents and next-of-kin useful in reconstructing information from the 1890 Census, the records of which were almost completely lost in a 1921 fire.
Historians will discover valuable primary source material in correspondence from the homefront and the battlefront. The digital collection currently provides access to 601 soldiers’ records with surnames 'A' through 'H,' which represents about half of the total collection. Files can be downloaded directly from the site for research purposes. The collection is projected to be completed by Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day in honor of the ceasefire that ended World War I. Access TeVA at: http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/
PHCPUD Board of Directors Approve Budget
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District met last week and approved the budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year which begins June 1 for the PHCPUD. General Manager Tae Eaton said himself and managers spend over 40 hours preparing a budget that includes possible main line extensions into eight areas of the county in the next year.
Eaton said we have put costs into the budget to continue to extend the main line extension in several places, the largest would be a 7 mile stretch on Rabbit Creek Road, and other areas like Palestine Road, McIntosh Road, and others. Eaton said that potential customers in that area will be mailed surveys to see if they are interested in Natural Gas before they begin construction on the new main line extensions.
The budget included several other capital projects and equipment requests and over one thousand Automated Meter Readers to spread out over the district. The budget shows an increase of 9.3% compared to this current year’s budget and does include a 4% raise for employees. Eaton said the district did see several dollars in savings in fuel this year as gas prices were down.
Gas Board Approves Contracts with TDOT for Relocating Lines
Paris, Tenn.- The Gas Board approved contracts with TDOT for relocation of the utility lines and easement for the widening of Hwy. 641 North from Rison Street to Smith Road. Eaton said this project has been on hold for some time but finally is getting ready to begin. The district will be reimbursed for the work, minus the betterment money to the tune of $150K. The overall projected cost is $1.9M.
In other action the board approved, bad debt for the FY 2015-16 in the amount of $22,327. 94. Eaton said they are attempting to collect parts of the debt that would help knock that down some.
Some customers of the PHCPUD will see due date changes over the next couple months as the number of customers have increased and they had to set up new account numbers in the software system. Eaton said they will group account numbers together in close areas and some customers due dates will change, but they will be notified in the mail.
Afternoon Thunderstorm Drops Rain, Knocks off Power Again
Buchanan, Tenn.- Just as it did Wednesday afternoon, a thunderstorm came thru Paris and Henry County Thursday and dropped heavy rain, filling ditches once again. The storm had some wind behind it as well as trees were reported down in Henry, Buchanan, Paris, and other areas by citizens.
The northern part of Henry County got hit especially hard with 3-4 utility poles broken and several spans of wires down in the lake area. BPU Crews have already restored some power and will continue to work thru the afternoon and evening until all power outage issues are fixed. Power outages were also reported in the Henry area and other areas across the county, but the lake area seemed to be hit the hardest.
TNWF Gives Award to Deputies for the Hungry
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received an award from the TN Wildlife Federation for their outstanding achievement in the “Hunters for the Hungry” program.
Sheriff Belew stated “This past deer season the sheriff’s office was able to process 226 deer which produced approx. 9,000 lbs of meat that was given away to the citizens of Henry County. The “Hunters for the Hungry” program and the “Deputies for the Hungry” program go hand in hand and that’s why we were able receive the “Sharing the Harvest “ award this year from the TN Wildlife Federation. “
Sheriff Belew also stated since this programs inception there have been a lot of people that have helped make this program a success. Some of those people are retired Captain Rod Frey, Skip Hale, Ricky Ford and John McElroy, just to mention a few. We would also like to thank our sponsors this year, Jamie Orr with Edward Jones and Hulme Sporting Goods.
FOP Scholarship Winners Announced
Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge No. 17 has announced 2016 scholarship winners. Each student will receive $500. Winners are Ashton Thompson, Colton Wyrick, William Gean, Savannah Stewart, Jessica Alexander, Clay Wyrick, Mason Crosser, Jenny N. Howard, Justin Ramos.
Wed. Evening Storms Drop Heavy Rain, Cause Power Outages
Paris, Tenn.- Thunderstorms that moved thru early Wednesday evening dropped heavy rains on Henry County with rainfall measure a little over an inch in some spots to over 2.7 inches in others. Rain fell hard and quickly, causing some roads to pond over such as Fairgrounds Road and Cowpath Road.
Strong winds accompanied the thunderstorms and brought down a large tree on highway 69. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations for the Board of Public Utilities, said the District Substation had some issues and went off line for about 30 minutes. Around 4K people lost power during that, but BPU crews restored the majority of power very quickly. Edwards said there were other scattered outages until about 8:30pm Wednesday evening.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Church Break Ins
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a couple of church break-ins that occurred in the last couple of days. One report stated Sgt. Lance Perry responded to Manley Chapel Church on Reynoldsburg Road where entry was made thru the side door. Suspects went thru several cabinets at the church and things were strewn about. It appears silverware is missing and damage done is around $500.
Sgt. Perry also responded to New Hope Methodist Church on Vale Road where someone broke in and stole a computer, smartphone, electric guitar, and amplifier. The entry was possibly made on the side door using a pry tool as all other doors were secure. The value of the items stolen is over $1100. Investigation is continuing into both break-ins.
Two Men Charged With Intent, Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s office arrested two for drug paraphernalia possession after a traffic stop Wednesday. The report said Dep. Jenkins got behind a black mustang and ran tags that came back to a different vehicle.
Dep. Jenkins asked the driver, Chris Price, age 38, 2073 Van Dyke Road, for consent to search as Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department got the passenger out the vehicle, Kevin L. Doede, 34, of 305 Cedar Street. Doede was found to a have a pipe used to smoke meth in his pocket and Dep. Jenkins searched the car and found some pills that neither suspect admitted to having.
In the back seat, Dep. Jenkins found a backpack with a container that had C. Price on it and several small zip lock baggies and a set of digital scales. A .45 pistol was also found. Doede and Price were both charged with drug paraphernalia possession and possession with intent and placed on $5K bond.
Football Parent Meeting Set for Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School and Grove football parents need to attend a mandatory meeting on Thursday at the Testing Center at Henry County High School at 6pm. Coach James Counce has requested at least one parent of every football player on the roster be in attendance.
Splash and Dash Set for June 11th at Eiffel Tower Park
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with USA Triathlon for the Splash and Dash at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday June 11th. The cost is $25 for USAT members and $35 for non USAT members.
The event will be held entirely within Eiffel Tower Park and will have chip timing and participant medals. Top 3 racers in each age group will also get an additional prize.
Racers 7-10 years old will swim 100 meters and run 1K, or 6 tenths of a mile. Racers age 11-15 will swim 200 meters and run 2K, or 1.2 miles.
For more information on Splash and Dash call Parks Director Tony Lawrence at 644-2517. Participants can register online at parissplashanddash.racesonline.com.
Memorial Day Lemonade Stand to Benefit Darkhorse Lodge
Paris, Tenn.- Eight year old Allie Carter will be holding an Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand on Memorial Day to help raise funds for the Darkhorse Lodge. According to her mother, Allie has a strong desire to honor our nation’s past and present heroes at any chance and she will have old fashioned homemade lemonade for sale for $1 at Trolingers on Monday May 30th, Memorial Day, from 8am to 3pm.
Monetary donations will be accepted as well. 100% of proceeds will go to the Darkhorse Lodge, which will be a retreat for combat veterans of all branches. The Darkhorse Lodge will not cost Vets anything. Any veteran or active military personnel will receive free lemonade on Memorial Day from Allie’s stand.
PSLP Pool Opens; Concert Series Begins Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park’s swimming pool opens for the season on Saturday May 28th and will be open Tuesdays thru Sundays until July 31st from 11:30am to 5pm. The pool is closed Mondays and admission is $4, with kids two and under admitted for free with paying adult.
The park offers pool passes for $115 per family and you can add a babysitter for just $15 more. Pool passes for individuals are $55. The pool can be rented as well, price is $100 for two hours and $45 for each additional hour. For more information call 641-4465.
Swim Lessons and Water Aerobics classes are also offered at Paris Landing State Park’s pool in June and July. Call the park for more information.
In addition to the pool opening up on Saturday at Paris Landing State Park, the Summer in the Park Concert Series begins with Michael Holden, performing country music at the amphitheatre near the beach area. Concerts will begin at 7pm.
TBI Arrests McEwen Clinic Owner On Drug Diversion, Presc. Fraud
McEwen, Tenn.- A
joint investigation with Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation and investigators with the McEwen Police Department has
resulted in the arrest of the owner/operator of a clinic in McEwen on
charges related to drug diversion and prescription fraud.
At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on March 23rd, TBI Special Agents, working alongside detectives
with the McEwen Police Department and Tennessee Department of Health,
began investigating a complaint of drug diversion and prescription fraud
at the Coleman Family Care Clinic in McEwen. The clinic is owned and
operated by nurse practitioner Juelda Coleman. During the course of the
investigation, Agents developed information that since October 2015,
Coleman had been writing fraudulent prescriptions for controlled
substances, and distributed controlled substances in exchange for cash.
Wednesday, Agents and investigators executed a search warrant at the
clinic location at 9437 US Highway 70 East in McEwen. As a result of
this investigation, Juelda Coleman, 44, was arrested Wednesday
afternoon. She was charged with three counts of Unlawful Dispensing of a
Controlled Substance, one count of Illegal Sale of Schedule II
Controlled Substance, and one count of Identity Theft. At the time of
this news release, Coleman was being booked into the Humphreys County
Jail, where she will be held on a $100,000 bond.
DAV Mobile Service Office To Set Up In Camden Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will visit Camden this Friday May 27th from 8am to 4pm. The DAV Mobile Office will be set up in the Camden Walmart Parking lot.
This is a non-profit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1M veterans in positive life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700K rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists vets with more than 300K benefit claims annually. The DAV also host job fairs and provides resources to ensure vets have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream.
Any and all veterans, regardless of age or period of service, are encouraged to come to the Mobile Service Office to get answers about benefits, pension, or any problems with claims.
Vet Clinic Break In Investigated by PPD
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Ean Reed responded to a break in at Paris Veterinary Clinic, located on East Wood Street. The report stated a window on the back side of the building busted and entry was made into the dog kennel area. Forced entry was used to get into the office area and the key to the lock box was found and $1500 in cash was stolen. There are no suspects at this time.
An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Tyler B. Vaughn, age 28 of 441 Buchanan Resort Road was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1K. Vaughn was placed on $5K bond.
Dana RFL Yard Sale Set Friday Thru Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- Dana Corporation Relay for Life Team will host their annual huge yard sale Friday May 27th thru Sunday May 29th. The yard sale will be held at the VFW Post 1889, on Hwy 79. There will be clothing, books, home décor, toys, and more. Concessions will be sold as well all money raised benefits Relay for Life. The Yard Sale begins at 6am each morning.
TDOT to Halt Construction 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 27 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
“We’re expecting nearly 700-thousand drivers to travel on Tennessee’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “To help travelers reach their destinations safely, we are suspending construction-related lane closures 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 focus is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “Currently, we are seeing an increase in unrestrained fatalities. We hope seat belt enforcement will help positively affect driver behavior and increase voluntary seat belt compliance across the state.”
AAA estimates more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, a 1.8% increase over last year’s numbers. This marks the second-highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday and includes a record setting 89% travelling by automobile. In Tennessee, AAA predicts that 690,180 will travel by automobile and 56,876 by air.
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.
Great Weather, Turnout for DPA's May Cruise-In
Paris, Tenn.- Comfortable weather helped a good crowd show up at Tuesday's May cruise-in on the court square. Several classic cars and trucks were set up and Rockin Randall French provided the entertainment. Perry's BBQ sold bbw sandwiches and there where vendors set up around the area as well. The next cruise-in will be the 4th Tuesday in June beginning at 5:30pm.
HCSS Summer Food Program Begins June 1
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will begin its Summer Food Program on Wednesday June 1st and will continue thru July 22nd, with the exception of no meals on July 4th.
All meals must be consumed at a location listed and can’t be removed from the premises. Meals will be served at the following locations each weekday and there are no income requirements or registration. Any child under 18 may come and eat.
Student can eat breakfast at Henry County high School only from 8-10am during the Summer Food Program dates. Lunch will be served at HCHS from 11am to 12:30pm.
Lunch will also be served at Crestview Manor from 11:30-12:30; Central School from 12-1pm; Church of the Living God from 11:30-12:30; Cottage Grove Baptist from 12:15-1pm; and Puryear Methodist Church from 12:30-1:15pm.
For more information about the Summer feeding program open for all students under 18 in Henry County call 642-7956.
Swimming Lessons to Be Offered at Paris City Pool
Paris, Tenn.- With swimming season upon us, the Paris City Pool will have several swimming lesson sessions available for the summer. Lessons are first come first serve and there must be at least 6 participants in each session. In case of rain classes will be held at the Paris Civic Center Pool.
Lessons include Level 1 Introduction to Swimming from June 6-10th from 6-7pm; June 20-24th from 9-10am; June 27-July 1 from 6-7pm; July 5-8th from 9-10am. Cost is $40 for the 5 day sessions and $35 for the 4 day session in July.
Level II courses will be taught June 13-17 from 6-7pm; July 11-15th from 9-10am. Students must pass Level I before taking Level II. Cost for Level II is $50.
Private lessons will be considered on request and one hour, one on one training is $30 per hour. Call Amanda White, City Pool Manager for more information at 644-2698.
There is also an introduction to swimming Infant swimming lesion class from June 27 to July 1st from 6-6:30pm. Cost is $35.
Wimberley To Be Next GM of BPU
Paris, Tenn.- Terry Wimberley will be the next General Manager for the Paris Board of Public Utilities, effective October 1st, as confirmed by the action of the BPU board of directors at their May meeting Tuesday morning.
Wimberley will take over the seat when John Etheridge enters retirement October 1st and will be only the 4th General Manager of BPU in the last 6 plus decades.
Wimberley has been with BPU for 20 years and is currently the Director of Water and Wastewater Operations, a position he has held for the last 11 years. He has been serving as assistant general manager for the last several months also. The board approved hiring Wimberley for the position and the contract. BPU Board Chairman David Flowers said, “it’s great to be able to promote from within, and Terry will do a great job for the BPU.”
BPU Board Receives 2016-17 Budgets
Paris, Tenn.- The board was presented with proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year at the meeting. Wimberley briefly went over each department’s budget. The budgets include a 1% wage increase for employees at BPU; continuing money for right of way clearning; capital expenditures include two bucket trucks, and software improvements in the Electric Department, Water plant phase 2 design work in the Water Department, and $5.1M in improvements to the Wastewater plant and system in that department.
Wimberley said each department has a slight decrease in expenses and increases in revenue from rate increases in the water and wastewater department. The board will look over the budgets and contact Etheridge or Wimberley with questions. If no major issues arise they will approve the budgets at the June board meeting.
In other business on Tuesday the board approved a resolution to terminate both the Voya and Mass Mutual Financial Group 457B retirement plans. General Manager John Etheridge said they are not utilized by many current employees; those who have used them are mostly retired now.
Etheridge reported that 640 customers are now on the BPU prepay system for electricity. It’s been in operation since this past December and continues to grow. Etheridge also reported that demolition to the old Electric plant is ongoing with the building reduced to rubble. Wimberley said that process will continue with some of the concrete used to fill as the next phase of the Water Plant construction will begin later this summer.
Paris Police Give Tips on Cutting Down Burglaries from Cars
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department has been working an increase of auto burglaries within the city limits recently and Chief Chuck Elizondo said some of the burglaries could have been prevented by doing something as simple as locking your vehicle.
Chief Elizondo said items stolen include purses, lap tops, cell phones, wallets, guns, cash, GPS, and prescription medication. The Paris Police Department issued a list of tips to preventing vehicle burglaries such as locking vehicles, secure your valuables, close windows and sunroof, don’t park where others can’t see your vehicle, don’t park in all day unattended parking areas.
HCHS Golf Tryouts Set for Tues. May 31
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Men’s and Women’s Golf Team will hold tryouts on Tuesday May 31st at 9am at Paris Landing Golf Course. Anyone interested in trying out for the team should email physical and tryout forms to Coach Brian Welp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Tree at Rhea Comes Down as Construction Moves Forward
Paris, Tenn.- If you've driven by Rhea School in the last few days, you've might notice the changing landscape. Principal Scott Owens captured the last tree being brought down in the front of the building as the addition project kicks into high gear since school is out.
Woman Charged With Agg. Arson Apprehended By HCSO
Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff's Office have located and arrested Valerie Morgan, age 30, of 80 Replogle Road in Henry after the Paris Police Department issued warrants for her arrest last week.
Morgan is charged with aggravated arson and aggravated burglary after an incident where she threw food from the refrigerator and then poured gasoline on the porch of a home on Lake St. and set it on fire. The victim inside escaped with no injuries.
Nearly 200K Jobs Available at Jobs4TN.gov
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development (TDLWD) reported Friday almost 200,000 jobs were posted on the Jobs4TN.gov website in April, 2016. That marks a record number of job opportunities employers across the state have advertised on the site.
“As the unemployment rate in Tennessee declines, we continue to see job postings go up. Employers need workers and the Jobs4TN site is the best source for jobseekers to find jobs,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. Middle Tennessee recorded 96,503 openings, almost half the total job openings for the state. West Tennessee had just over 60,000 openings and East Tennessee reported 42,000 job openings.
The occupations represented by these openings include health care, computer and mathematical occupations, management positions, sales jobs, transportation occupations, business and finance, food preparation and serving jobs, personal care, building/grounds cleaning and maintenance jobs. There are a variety of job openings across the state, representing a wide range of educational and skill level requirements.
Jobs4TN.gov was initiated by Governor Bill Haslam to help Tennesseans streamline the process of finding a new career. Employers in both the public and private sectors post job opportunities on the site.
Jobs4TN.gov is a free service for job seekers and employers and also offers job seeker career resources. The button below will take you to the Jobs4TN.gov website.
Reminder: DPA's First Cruise-In Tuesday May 24th
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Cruise In season begins Tuesday May 24th at 5:30pm. BPU sponsors the entertainment which will be Rockin’ Randall French this month. All classic cars are welcome and everyone is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and enjoy great music, craft vendors, prize giveaways for classic car owners and all kinds of fun. Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ sandwiches. Downtown Cruise Ins will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month May, June, August, September, and October. July’s Cruise in is combined with the DPA Ice Cream Social on Saturday July 30th.
For more information on DPA events visit their website at www.visitdowntownparis.com
Broken Headlight Leads to Numerous Charges
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Blake Jenkins was on routine patrol and noticed a car without a headlight traveling down Hwy 79 N. He turned around to follow the car, which turned into a business on Hwy. 79, then shot thru the grass and back out the highway.
Dep. Jenkins activated his blue lights and began to pursue the evading vehicle which turned down Buchanan Road and turned into a residential area and cut thru some grass. Due to heavy fog, Dep. Jenkins lost sight of the vehicle.
The report stated that Dep. Jenkins and Dep. Brian Davis went to the owner’s home on East Wood Street after running the tags and she advised that Charles Delk, age 36, 622 Powell St, was the one who had the car. She advised she didn’t really want to press theft charges, but he wasn’t supposed to be in the vehicle.
Later in the evening, Dep. Davis and Jenkins found the vehicle at a home on Mt. Sinai Road and found Delk inside hiding on the floor between the bed and wall. Delk was charged with driving on revoked license, evading arrest and it was found he also had active warrants for felony robbery, aggravated assault and assault. Delk was placed on $10K bond.
Howard Road Closed Again Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Howard Road again Tuesday for culvert replacement. It was originally supposed to open this afternoon but will now remain closed thru Tuesday. The closure is 1/10 of a mile north of Hammond Lane. Phillip Duncan Road and Valentine Road will be open for alternate routes.
Dep. Jenkins Investigates Weekend Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins responded to numerous thefts over the weekend according to several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Thefts from vehicles occurred on Lake Access Road and Beach Drive with items such as change, cash, and electronics stolen. Another report of theft occurred at Oak Grove Road South where several items were stolen from a shed including a cub cadet lawn mower, tools, and fishing equipment. The amount stolen from the shed was around $5K. There are no suspects in any of the thefts so far.
Camden Man Cited for Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff's Office cited Joshua W. Ferguson, age 32, of Camden into court for simple possession of drug paraphernalia with other charges pending after checking on a car parked at an abandoned home on Hwy. 77 this weekend. Dep. Davis found Ferguson and a female in the vehicle and Ferguson refused consent to search, after Dep. Davis saw a pill sitting on the console. Dep. Terry Williams and K9 Droid came to the scene and Droid alerted to the presence of narcotics. Small bags of white powder and green leafy substance were found along with syringes, pills, and other items. More charges are pending from the results of TBI crime lab tests.
Paris Rotary Club Presented 5 HCHS Graduates Scholarships
Left to right front: Kasey Pickle, Kendall Wimberley, Joslyn Ellis
Left to right back: Jackson Griffey, Dakota Noble
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club presented Henry County High School graduates a total of $5500.00 in scholarships Thursday. Kasey Pickle, who plans to attend UT Martin and major in Ag Business, was presented the Betty Paschal Perseverance award of $500.00. Kasey has held several offices in the FFA. She can spend the donation, made by Dan Paschal in Honor of his wife Betty, in any way she would like. Dan and Betty have been long time members of the Cottage Grove farming community, members of the Farm Bureau and strong supporters of the Helping Hand. Dan is a member of the Paris Rotary Club.
Three scholarships totaling $2000.00 were distributed to three outstanding seniors selected in the W. G. Rhea Merritt Scholarship. These scholarships are presented to students in the top 5% of the class who exhibit leadership skills, accountability, and participate in extracurricular activities other than athletics.
Winners were Joslyn Ellis, ranked 15th in the class of 325 graduates. She plans to attend Belmont University and major in classical voice. Joslyn has been a Madrigal and received $400.00.
Kendall Wimberley, ranked 12th in the class will be attending University of Tennessee Knoxville majoring in Engineering. She too was a madrigal and received $600.00.
Dakota Noble, ranked 11th was a member of the band and is an Eagle Scout and already on the dean’s list at Murray State University. He plans on majoring in music education and completing his Doctors degree. Dakota received a $1000.00 scholarship
The final scholarship of the day was presented by former director of Henry County Schools, Sam Miles on behalf of the W. O. Inman Scholarship for $3000.00. This year’s recipient is Jackson Griffey, who also was a madrigal at HCHS. He is 6th in the class and plans to attend Rhodes College in Memphis.
Track Results For The TSSAA Class AAA Section 3 Finals
Brentwood, Tenn.- 1600 Meters - Javan Winders 2nd overall with 4:17.86 (personal best)
800 Meters - Javan Winders 2nd overall with 1:57.13
3200 Meters - Titus Winders 4th overall with 9:23.87 (personal best)
Javan qualified for the 1600 meters and 800 meters for state. Titus qualified for the 3200 meters for state. The top four in each race advance to the state meet.
Memorial Day Closings
Paris, Tenn.- City Hall will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016.
All emergency services will be on regular schedule.
The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, Monday’s and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will run Tuesday, May 31st.
The Landfill will be closed Monday, May 30th and will reopen at 7am Tuesday the 31st.
The Animal Shelter will be closed Monday and reopen at 11:30am Tuesday the 31st.
Paris Civic Center will be closed Monday, May 30th and reopen at 6am on Tuesday the 31st.
The Gerald Howard Municipal Pool in Eiffel Tower Park will be open on Monday, May 30th for 10am until 6pm.
Click It Or Ticket Goes Into Full Effect
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase seat belt enforcement from May 23 to June 5, surrounding of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
“If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up,” said Chief Chuck Elizondo. “The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job. There is no good excuse for not wearing a seat belt.”
This year, Tennessee celebrates its 30 year anniversary of seat belt legislation. The state first enacted a mandatory seat belt law in 1986. The law was updated in 2004 to make seat belt violations a primary offense. In 2015, the law was again updated to more than double the fine for seat belt citations.
Tennessee’s current seat belt use rate is 86.2 percent. This classifies Tennessee as a “low use” state on a national level. According to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, 343 individuals killed in traffic crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt. This group makes up over forty-eight percent of all those killed in passenger vehicles.
“We are putting an emphasis on nighttime seat belt enforcement,” said Tennessee Highway Safety Office Interim Director Jason Ivey. “The problem of unbelted vehicle occupants becomes worse at night. Nationally, 59 percent of vehicle occupants who were killed in traffic crashes overnight in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, compared to 43 percent during daytime hours. We are observing a similar trend at the statewide level. Looking at the last five years of data, there are significant differences in restraint use at night versus during the day.”
For more information on seat belt safety, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.
Relay For Life Dinner Has Great Turnout
(Barron Robinson photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Relay for Life Dinner held Saturday evening brought out around 200 people for the survivors dinner. With Relay for Life going on for 18 years here in Paris this is the 16th year that the dinner has been hosted and it’s still going strong.
Evrin and Andrea Dutton singing for the extent of the dinner was a great uplift to the atmosphere with all the survivors around to share their stories. With Deborah Stoop, Joyce Bass and Elaine Martin to name a few this dinner will surely continue to help benefit those diagnosed and to help find a cure.
P Town Showdown Car Show Brings Great Crowd
(Barron Robinson photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Beautiful weather at the P Town Showdown car show brought a nice crowd out to check out all the cars Saturday morning. With newer make vehicles to the old classics there was something there for everyone to marvel at.
With a raffle, bounce house and other activities it was a great place to bring out the whole family. A tyke category of vehicles was on display as well with the kids proudly displaying their own vehicle.
Farm Bureau Women, Joe Mahan Ford Hosted Food Drive Sat.
(Barron Robinson photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Fill a Ford canned food drive at Lakeway IGA was steady filling up the back of a new Ford pickup truck Saturday morning. With a prize wheel to spin for your donation, Crystal Norwood was taking in great donations and giving out prizes.
The canned food taken in by the Henry County Farm Bureau Women and Joe Mahan Ford goes to the Henry County Food Bank and also items to help fill backpacks for the PSSD and Henry County School System’s weekend backpack program. Any more donations can be dropped off at Farm Bureau later in the week.
More Scenes Of 2016 HCHS Graduation
(Tim Pharr photos) Grads making the walk onto the field
HCHS Madrigals singing Alma Mater
All sides of the football field completely filled up
HCHS Graduation Commencement Friday Night
(Barron Robinson photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The early morning rain did not hinder the graduation planned for the Henry County Patriots on the football field Friday evening. “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the concert band while the graduates walked from the school to the football field while family and friends waited to see their graduates take the next step in life.
The Alma Mater was sung by the Madrigals followed by opening remarks from Sr. Class & Student Council President Jackson Griffey, who spoke of how the turmoil’s of high school are over and how the class of 2016 will flourish. With the song “Uncontained” commissioned by the HCHS Madrigals was sung next.
The Honors students’ address by Valedictorian Aubrey Buttrey, Salutatorian Shan Patel, and Honorable mention Andrew Minor built up to the presentation of graduates by Mr. Lennies McFerren Principal of Henry County High School. Mr. Jim McCampbell Chairman of the Henry County Board of Education and Dr. Brian Norton Director of Henry County Schools presented the diplomas. Mr. Lennies McFerren handled the conferring of diplomas in a very dignified manner.
Once all seniors received their diplomas, the point of the entire day, which they have waited for, for 13 years of their life, finally came true, with all their hard work and dedication, the Class of 2016 was announced high school graduates. The football field broke out in applause and cheers, as the graduates tossed their caps with much joy and relief of all the hard work done to finally become high school graduates.
Road Closure For Culvert Replacement
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Howard Road on Monday May 23rd for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile north of Hammond Lane. Phillip Duncan Rd, and Valentine Rd., will be open for alternate routes. Howard Road should be back open for late afternoon traffic.
Tennessee Unemployment Rate Drops
Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced this week that the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, two-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the March revised rate of 4.5 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.0 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.9 percent to 4.3 percent while the national rate declined from 5.4 percent to 5.0 percent.
Total nonfarm employment increased 1,300 jobs from March to April. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, wholesale trade, & leisure/hospitality.
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 83,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, education/health services, & professional/business services.
Summer Rec Tennis Program Begins June 6th
Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club is partnering with the USTA Pacific Northwest RecTennis Program and the Paris Parks and Recreation Department to roll out a summer tennis program for kids, teens, and adults of all ages. NWTRC Tennis Director and USPTA teaching pro J.F. Kirk and his trained staff will provide instruction and the program is open for experience players or if you just want to play as a family or group of friends for fun.
There will be a free fun play day on Saturday June 4th at Eiffel Tower Park from 11am to 2pm. All equipment will be furnished and there will be fun, games, and giveaways as you learn more about the program.
To see the full Summer RecTennis menu, register for the summer sessions, information on costs of the camps, and more visit www.RecTennis.com/Paris. Sessions are set to begin June 6th and run thru the end of July.
Joe Routon Memorial Painting To Be Unveiled
Paris, Tenn.- All community members are invited to the unveiling of the portrait of Joseph Senter Routon, Superintendent of Henry County Schools. A presentation will be made on the life of Joe Routon and his significant contribution to education in Henry County during his 33 years as superintendent at the meeting of the Paris Henry County Historical Society on Thursday May 26th.
The oil painting will be hung permanently in the Henry County Courthouse. The portrait unveiling will be on Thursday, May 26th at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center beginning at 6pm.
HCHS Class of 1990 To Hold Mini Reunion June 4 at PLSP
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1990 will hold a mini reunion June 4th at 6pm at Paris Landing Inn Restaurant. No advance reservations required adults and children welcome. Email email@example.com the number who plan to attend to give the restaurant an estimate to the number of people. It’s pay at the door for the all you can eat buffet which is $12.95 per person with children ages 6-12 half price. The class of 1990 will hold mini reunion’s each year the first Saturday in June until the 30th reunion in 2020.
News from past weeks here.