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


Pancake Breakfast for Senior Center is Place to Be

Paris, Tenn.-The place to be for good food this morning was the pancake breakfast at the Office on Aging, as you can tell from the smiles on the four county officials' faces in the photo above. From left are County Elections Director Darrin Thompson, Sheriff Monte Belew, County Clerk Donna Craig and County Register Pam Martin. The breakfast benefitted the senior center and sheriff's deputies helped with the cooking. In photo below, Center Director Kayla Marr and Sgt. Ricky Ford share pancake duties. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Spring Fling is Cancelled, but Walk Still On

Paris, Tenn. The Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Clinic Spring Fling has been cancelled for tomorrow, due to the rainy forecast. However, the group still will hold its Walk for Life.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk will be held at the First Baptist Church, on the indoor walking track.


Police Pursuit Ends in Crash

An intoxicated driver drove into the brick dumpster enclosure at the Bethel-Paris campus on S. Lake Street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Following a pursuit through a residential neighborhood by Paris Police, an intoxicated driver from Indianapolis ran his car into a light pole and building at the Bethel-Paris campus at 405 S. Lake Street. After he was treated and released at Henry County Medical Center, he was arrested on multiple charges.

The incident began when an off-duty deputy called dispatch to report a possibly intoxicated driver at Pocket’s on Mineral Wells Ave. When Patrolman Derrek Colley caught up to him, he was on E. Wood St., pulling onto E. Blythe St. As Colley activated his lights and got out of his vehicle, the suspect drove through the grass headed onto S. Lake Street. After a short pursuit, the driver ran off the road, striking the light pole and building.

The EMS and Paris Fire Department were called to the scene. The driver first gave the name of Dustin Silva but couldn’t say what his birth date was. Colley found his ID, which gave his name as Chad Johnson, age 26. Johnson was treated at the emergency room, where he admitted drinking whiskey, according to Colley.

Colley charged him with DUI second offense, felony evading, driving on a suspended license, criminal impersonation and lack of financial responsibility.


Knife Incident Draws Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were called to Paris Inns and Suites on E. Wood Street on a call that a fight was in progress. The caller first reported a gun was involved and later changed that to a knife was involved.

Patrolman Eric Long and Cpl Tony Hutcherson responded and found one man yelling at another through a doorway and another man holding him back. Witnesses told officers the men were arguing and it became physical and one man threatened another with a knife.

Officers questioned the suspect, who had blood on his mouth, and who denied the altercation, according to the report. He showed them a knife, but said he used it to cut food. Witnesses told officers that he had gone toward the victim in an aggressive manner.

Police arrested Terry Duncan, 24, 1102 Depot St. on a charge of aggravated assault.


Metro Crime Unit Makes Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-The Metro Crime Unit arrested two people on drug charges Thursday on Copper Springs Rd. Arrested were Larry Black, 37, 175 Rushing Rd., Springville, and Bryan Harris, 30, of Paris. Both were charged with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for Harris was set at $1,000 and bond for Black was set at $2500.

Officers involved in the arrests were Deputy Jamie Myrick of the sheriff's office and Investigator Ricky Watson of Paris Police.


Henry County Relay For Life Activities Going on This Weekend
Relay for Life Event Set for June 14th at the Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is just two weeks away and there are some events coming up this weekend to help continue to raise money for relay and the fight against cancer.

The third annual Relay for Life Poker Run will be held Saturday June 1 with registration starting at Hidden Creek Campground. The 1st bike out will be at 10:30am and the last one in is a 3:30pm. The cost to enter is $10 per bike and $10 for extra rider. The bike with the best poker hand wins $150 and 2nd place gets $75. Shirts will be sold for $15 and there will be food and door prizes as well and a silent auction. Stops for cards include Blondie’s Rainbow Club, 641 Club, Boondocks, extra card stops at Pitbull Biker Shop, Meo Mio’s, and Matt’s Pub. For more information call 731-514-2806.

On Sunday June 2, the First United Methodist Church’s Paint Party will be held from 2-4pm. The cost to enter is $30 and they are painting the Eiffel Tower and need 40 people to come out and paint for a great cause. Call the church for more information.

The Annual Survior’s Dinner will be held next Saturday June 8 at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building. The dinner starts t 6pm and is open to all cancer survivors in Henry County. For more information contact Alonna Tosh at 731-676-4551.

Henry County Relay for Life will be held Friday night June 14 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be teams with plenty of food varieties, events, activities for all ages, and more. The gates will open at 4pm on the 14th and there will be fun for the whole family so make plans to be a part of Relay for Life.

Six Inmates Graduate from Nurturing Parents Program

Graduates Meshica Nored, Bethany Turnbow, Brittani Easley and Brandy Mianoway with Sheriff Monte Belew, Deputy Steve Dean, Corrections Administrative Sgt. Rob Camper and Director Catherine Herrera.

Paris, Tennessee -The Exchange Club- Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse graduated six ladies from the Henry County Jail Wednesday night during a ceremony held in the General Sessions Court of the Henry County Court House.

Graduates Christy Rorie, Kathleen Rogers, Brandy Mianoway, Brittani Easley, Meshica Nored, Bethany Turnbow all completed the 12 week, evidence based Nurturing Parents Program, designed to enhance protective factors against child abuse for families.

In addition to completion of the 12 week program, they also received certification in the Stewards of Children (Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for Adults).

Under the direction of County Director Catherine Herrera, four AmeriCorps workers, Alex Matlock, Monica Stepp, Nikki Barnhill, and Janean Clayton participated in the facilitation of each lesson from inside the Henry County Jail.

The Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, as well as the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, was very proud to honor these ladies for their completion of the Nurturing Parent Program, according to Herrera. As a part of the graduating process, the women were allowed time to visit with family members at the ceremony.

"We are so glad to have the privilege to reach these mothers who were eager to learn new ways to parent from a nurturing, non-violent, structured approach," Herrera said. "We are grateful for all the assistance of Captain Page, Lt. Dean and Sheriff Belew and look forward to starting our next group in June."

The Center extends a special thank you to Captain Stephen Page, Lieutenant Steve Dean and Sheriff Monte Belew for reaching more than just the ladies but the families of our community.

Tomorrow's Hope Spring Fling and Walk for LIfe Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Clinic will hold their Spring Fling and Walk for Life this Saturday June 1st. The Walk registration will begin at 8:30am at the center, located at 211 N. Brewer Street.

There will also be a number of other events that begin at 10am around the court house square in downtown Paris. There will be inflatables, face painting, a cake sale, games, miniature horses, donkeys, and mules, booths, music and more.

Several different musical groups will also perform from 11am to 4pm. All money raised will benefit the center.

Heritage Center's Grapes and Gourment Is Saturday Evening

Silent Auction and Wine Tasting Highlight Event

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will hold its 13th annual Grapes and Gourmet fundraiser this Saturday June 1st. There will be a silent auction at 6pm and live wine auction at 7pm.

There will be delicious appetizers prepared by the members and friends of the Heritage Center and a fine assortment of wine for taste testing donated by the Loft. Wine donated by supporters will be auctioned off starting at 7pm.

Tickets are $25 each and are available from the Heritage Center, Maggies, Merrison’s, or any board member. For more information call the Heritage Center at 642-1030.

Office on Aging to Hold Pancake Breakfast

Furry Friends from HC Animal Shelter Also Available for Adoption at Event

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging and the Conger Senior Center will be hosting an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Friday May 31st from 7:30am to 10:30am. The cost is $6 per person and all money raised will benefit the Conger Senior Center.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and other officers from the Sheriff’s Office have been recruited to cook up this delicious breakfast and serve to hungry customers.

There will also be some furry friends from the Henry County Animal Shelter and anyone wishing to adopt a furry friend can do that on Friday morning. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by contacting the office on aging at 642-2919. The breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at the Central Community Service Building.

Books are Fun Fair at HCMC Friday June 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will hold its Books are Fun Book Fair Friday June 7th from 7am to 4pm at the Classrooms 2 and 3 on the Terrace Level. Sales from the book fair benefit the Henry County Healthcare Foundation.

There will be over 250 titles at unbelievable prices and you will be able to find a book for yourself or just about anyone.

Josh Martin Benefit to Be Held on Saturday in Camden

Camden, Tenn.- There will be a benefit for Josh Martin at the Armory Building in Camden on Saturday from 4pm until the food is all gone. Josh was involved in a motorcycle accident this year and money raised will go towards medical expenses incurred from the accident.

There will be BBQ plates with all the trimmings as well as burgers. There will also be a live auction at 6pm. The cost per plate is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information on the benefit call Sandra Waters at 593-3006 or Opal Robbins at 697-2368.

MSU Presidential Search Panel Appointed

Search process to begin for next president of Murray State University

Murray, Ky. — Dr. Constantine W. Curris, chairman of the Murray State University board of regents, has appointed the membership of the Presidential Search Committee. The nine members are:

Kevin Binfield, professor of English and president of the Faculty Senate

Don Chamberlain, professor and chair of accounting

Susan Guess, board of regents

Jeremiah Johnson, board of regents and president of the Student Government Association

Martha Lewis, alumna

Jerry Sue Thornton, board of regents

Harry Lee Waterfield, board of regents

Roslyn White, associate director of enrollment management

Steve Williams, board of regents

Williams will serve as chair of the search committee. An organizational meeting of the committee is tentatively scheduled at the conclusion of the special board of regents meeting on Friday, June 7.

Grand Opening of  Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail is June 1

Golden Pond, KY-- It’s time to slip on your hiking boots or grab your bike and get out on your favorite trails at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area to celebrate the 21st Annual National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, and celebrate the official opening of the Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail.

“Trails are a great way to enjoy America’s Great Outdoors,” according to Kyle Varel, Assistant Trails Manager at LBL. “Land Between The Lakes offers hikers, bikers, and riders, both four-legged and four-wheeled, hundreds of miles of scenic trails.”

Join in the celebration by biking or hiking a section of the 11-mile Central Hardwoods Scenic Trail that runs east to west across LBL. Trail staff will be available at the Golden Pond Visitor Center from 8am-12pm to introduce you to all the new trailheads along this route and answer any questions. “The new LBL Trails bracelets will also be available for purchase at the Visitor Center. These bracelets are made from parachute cord, cost $10, and proceeds support trail maintenance and enhancement projects,” according to Emily Schmadeke, Friends of LBL Volunteer Coordinator.

Another opportunity to support your local trails is to log some volunteer hours and help clean up the trails along the way. “Volunteers are very important to public lands, and we welcome anyone who is interested. This is a wonderful way to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and learn more about LBL and other volunteer opportunities that are available here,” she said.

Visitors can also celebrate National Trails Day by joining Woodland’s Nature Station staff for a ½ mile bird walk around Empire Point in the new Woodlands Nature Watch Area. In addition, The Homeplace will be hosting Children’s Day on the farm. Let the kids experience what chores were like in the 1850s.

Paris City Commission to Hold Budget Meeting Monday at 6 pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will hold a public meeting in the City Hall Meeting Room at 6 p.m. Monday June 3 to conduct a review of the proposed FY 14 Budget. The public is welcomed to attend.

Heavy Law Enforcement Presence Remains in Puryear

Search Continues for Bank Robbery Suspect

Puryear, Tenn.-Puryear resident Stephanie Gallimore Zuckschwerdt took this photo of the heavy police presence around the Security Bank in Puryear that was robbed this morning. Law enforcement officials continue to search for the suspect, who fled on foot. The Henry County Sheriff's office has been joined by K9 units, Puryear Police, FBI and Calloway County Sheriff's officers.


Security Bank in Puryear Robbed Wed. Morning

Surveillance photo of suspect.

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and FBI are currently looking for a suspect who robbed the Security Bank in Puryear Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the 911 call came in around 9:22 Wednesday morning and a white male with a slim build in his mid 20’s to early 30’s entered the bank. He was wearing a black mask, maroon sweatshirt, and blue jeans with black gloves on his hands.

The suspect was seen leaving the bank on foot travelling in a southerly direction. It is believed the suspect could have gotten into a car behind the bank area around South McDonald Street.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua and K-9 Cisco were called to the scene and the FBI is heading to the area as well. Sheriff Belew said they are asking any citizens of Puryear with any information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929. Sheriff Belew said no matter how insignificant it may seem to citizens, anything they saw could help crack the case.

Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day Events

All 54 State Parks Will Host Hikes Saturday, June 1

Paris Landing State Park is always busy, but especially so in the warm weather months. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Nashville, Tenn. – In conjunction with National Trails Day, Tennessee State Parks will host free, guided hikes on Saturday, June 1, encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to participate in several planned activities across the state. Each state park will host its own special hike, offering a variety of family-friendly activities including historical hikes, educational programming, re-enactments and wildlife watching.

“Tennessee State Parks will offer a variety of interesting hikes across the state and we encourage everyone to join us on this great day to fully appreciate what our 54 state parks have to offer,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

From Fort Pillow to Standing Stone to Warriors’ Path and every state park in between, the National Trails Day hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length and tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look into planned National Trails Day events in your area, please visit www.tnstateparks.com.

In addition to the variety of events planned throughout the weekend, an official Tennessee State Parks’ hiking stick medallion will be given away to the first 1,500 participants statewide.

All events are scheduled for Saturday, June 1, and all times are local. Participants should bring water and food, and wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Some activities require reservations, so please call to ensure an opportunity to participate.

The upcoming National Trails Day hikes represent the third in a series of statewide hiking events for 2013 – joining Tennessee State Parks’ First Hikes effort in early January, and Earth Day celebrations in April. Tennessee State Parks will hold an additional hiking event this fall during National Public Lands Day on September 28.

“National Trails Day helps signal the outdoor season and these hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to connect with these special outdoor places, get outdoors and just enjoy what nature has to offer,” added TDEC Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill.

Special Population Fishing Tourney Set at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky. – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area hosts the annual Special Populations Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 1, at Honker Lake off Road 135. Registration for the free tournament begins at 8:30am, and fishing is from 9am until 12pm.

The tournament, in its 36th year, is sponsored by Kentucky Lake Bass Club, and is designed to develop the fishing skills of children and adults who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Pre-registration is preferred to make sure adequate supplies are on-hand. For more information call 270-924-2046.

“This is a fun day for the volunteers, parents, caregivers, and especially the anglers,” according to Bob Strode with Kentucky Lake Bass Club. “We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this special event!” Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest string of fish.

Registration Open for Canning College

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Extension Office will offer a two-day Canning College 101 for the novice canner in June and July.

Session One: Tuesday, June 11, High Acid Canning and Jellies; Thursday, June 13, Low Acid Canning and Pickling.

Session Two dates are Tuesday, June 25 and Friday, June 28, with the topics being the same.

Session Three dates are Tuesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 18, with topics being the same.

Registration for one day of class is $40. Two days costs $65. Classes will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. all sessions. 642-2941 to register.


REAL Hope Center to Host Open House, Registration

Paris, Tenn.-An open house will be held at the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, for parents who desire an after-school enrichment program for their children starting the first full day of school, August 9.

Center Director Becki White said, "Come see our Center and learn how your child can be in a safe, fun, educational environment. The Paris schools drop your children right off at our door, and you pick them up after work by 6:00. (5:30 on Friday) If you like what you see, you can register your child for the fall. Spaces are limited, so sign-up while there is space. Come to the Open House or call 731-333-1320 for more information."

Consultant Gives BPU Board Perspective on Rates

Proposed Rate Increase To be Considered

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors meeting, rate consultant Chris Mitchell presented a detailed analysis of a proposed rate increase in the electric department that, if approved by the board in June, would take effect October 1 of this year.

General manager John Etheridge told the board that 7 and a half million dollars in capital projects coming up is the reason for a proposed rate increase in the electric department. The last rate increase was in October of 2010. Those capital projects include building a new warehouse for the electric department and a new North Paris Substation.

Mitchell’s presentation showed the background for the decision on a proposed rate increase is to raise retail revenue in the amount of $550K to cover new debt costs. The average retail customer would see a 1.8% increase in rates.

Mitchell said the financial health of the BPU is good but sales volume has slowed because of uncontrollable factors like the weather and the economy. Mitchell pointed out that analysis expects sales to grow, but at a slow rate thru 2017.

The proposed rate increase will see a bigger percentage increase in rates during the spring and fall months, when bills are generally lower. It will also see bigger industrial and commercial customers of BPU see a slightly smaller increase based on percentages.

Etheridge did not ask the board for a decision at Tuesday’s meeting, but as the proposed budgets were passed out for the upcoming fiscal year explained to the board that the budgets did include the rate increase that was proposed starting in October.

The board decided to take the budgets with them and look them over and contact Etheridge with any issues. They will discuss the budgets in detail at June’s meeting and approve them then.

Etheridge also gave the board information on the bond pro formas in dealing with the upcoming borrowing of $7.5M for the warehouse and new substation project. He asked them to think about this and be ready for a decision at June’s meeting.

BPU Board Hears Updates on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s BPU board meeting saw General Manager John Etheridge update the board on some projects going on currently. He said they are moving forward in looking for a construction manager for the building of a new electric warehouse. He said they have three tracts of land in mind for the warehouse as well.

Etheridge said they are waiting for an offer on a possible site to build the new North Paris Substation. If that doesn’t work out, he informed the board that they do have other options.

The work next door to BPU that will eventually be a drive up window is going slow because of some issues with weather and other things. Etheridge said it is noticeably warmer in the BPU offices now because the building is gone and he has talked with architects about some issues there.

Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly said that they are currently in phase two of the AMI metering project with water. So far to date, Wimberly said they have probably done almost 2K of the 5100 meters in the system.

Cooler March Equates to More Electric Sales

Paris, Tenn.- During discussion of financials at Tuesday’s meeting, Etheridge told the BPU board that sales increased in the electric department about 10% due to March’s cooler weather. Year to date sales are up overall 2.9%, and Etheridge said its all weather related during the first 10 months of the fiscal year. He said cash has improved year to date by $481K and they are close to levels of cash that auditors suggested they have for expenses. Etheridge did remind the board however some of the cash would be used in upcoming purchases of digger derrick trucks and other capital equipment. He also told the board that bad debt was down over $30K year to date thanks again to higher deposits and good work of the office to collect payments.

Sales were down for both the water and wastewater departments because of the very wet spring we’ve had this year. There were no unusual expenses and hope to finish in the black in both departments when the year ends June 30th.

PD Investigates Boy's Death

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating the death of a nine-year-old boy who was found dead in his apartment Tuesday morning.

According to a press release issued by the department, officers responded to a 911 call at 10:32 a.m. reporting a child not breathing at 1412 N. Market Street. Sgt. Josh Frey responded four minutes later and discovered the body of the boy lying on the bedroom floor of the home.

There were no signs or indicators of foul play noted during the investigation, according to the release. County Coroner Danny Tucker has directed an autopsy be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. The investigation remains open until the cause is determined.

Officers responding were Frey and Officer Ryan French. Criminal Investigation Officers involved are Investigator Greg Underwood and Sgt. Ricky Watson.

Thieves Target Copper in Thefts Across the County

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating some vandalism and theft that occurred at a home on Barnett Road recently. Entry was made into the basement and the hot water heater was knocked over causing water to spill over the basement floor. The copper wiring was ripped from the water heater as well. Also two Lennox HVAC units were stolen and a well pump was taken as well. In all, almost $7,000 worth of items were taken and over $1,000 worth of vandalism was done. Police have no suspects.

More copper wiring and copper pipes were stolen from a residence on Travis Road over the weekend along with a Turkish 8MM gun. Police have no suspects in this incident either.

Another report stated a cattle head catch tool valued at $4100 was stolen from a home on Highway 140. The victim said the catch tool worked well except the wheels were a little warped. There are no suspects in this theft and it appears to be the only thing from the farm that was taken.

Some arrests from the Holiday weekend include Quinton E. Harris, age 29, of 700 Cooper Street for possession of schedule 6 with intent; and Melanie D. Denton, age 43, of 311 Jackson Drive for simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia.

DPA Cruise-In Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will have their monthly Cruise-In this evening around the court square in Paris. All classic and muscle cars are welcome and citizens are welcome to come out and enjoy as well.

HCMC to Host Women's Health Event Wed. at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center and Paris Women’s Center will hold a women’s health event on Wednesday May 29th at 12 noon in classrooms 2 and 3 at the medical center. Dr. Dennis Wiecks will present the program about Hysterectomies. The seminar is in recognition of Women’s Health Week and is free but space is limited. Lunch will be proviced call to pre-register at 644-3463 or pre-register online at hcmc-tn.org

Memorial Day Service Honors Veterans

Blair Chadwick, foreground, leads the Henry County High School Madrigals in patriotic songs. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for the Memorial Day Service at the Henry County Courthouse Monday morning. The weather was perfect for the service as all of the veterans organizations in Henry County observed Memorial Day with prayer, laying of wreaths at the veterans’ monument on the courthouse lawn and a military salute by the Tennessee State Guard. The Henry County Madrigals, under the direction of Blair Chadwick, performed the national anthem and “America the Beautiful”, Ed Smith performed “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes and Pfc. Cassandra Toole played ‘Taps’ on the bugle.

Guest speaker was Retired Navy Captain Debra McGuire, who has returned to Paris after having served 25 years as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. She is the daughter of Tommie Faye McGuire of Henry County and the late Billy Joe McGuire.

McGuire has had an illustrious career, which included service in Washington, D.C., as well as in the field during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. She received the Legion of Merit from the Marine Corps Reserve Command in New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.

In her address, she spoke of the importance of chaplains and the spiritual service they provide to our veterans and their families. She said, “Chaplains make a difference in peoples’ lives. Whether you’re in the battlefield, the sea, air or in an office space, you are providing spiritual direction. Chaplains touch lives in unique ways, one of which is the ministry of presence.”

She described providing counselling on navy bases or in the field, on aircrafts or on the beaches and said her highest privilege was standing before veterans hearing them tell their stories.

McGuire asked everyone to remember the service of the chaplains and noted, “There is someone out there with the troops today, touching the lives of the veterans, someone who cares and is in the fight with the servicemen.”

Jason McCord of Paris, right, and James Phillips of Martin, of the Tennessee State Guard. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Pfc. Cassandra Toole of Henry plays "Taps". (McFarlin photo).

Guest speaker Retired Navy Captain Debra McGuire.


Making a Splash at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Carol Tedford was on lake patrol this weekend with the Henry County Rescue Squad when this plane landed at one of the beaches at Paris Landing State Park. Tedford said the plane had traveled all the way from Florida. She said the squad travels up and down the river on holidays. "We want to be close in case we're needed on the river and it also gives new members a chance to train with the boats." (Photo submitted by Carol Tedford).


Former Educator John Underwood Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Retired West Tennessee Educator John Underwood has died. For 36 years, he was a coach, teacher, counselor, principal and superintendent in the Humboldt, Paris, Trenton and Covington Schools. He was the last principal at Grove High School and first principal at Henry County High School. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home. For the full obituary, see our obituaries section.

Former Puryear Police Chief Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Former Puryear Police Chief Jimmy Ray has died. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at Ridgeway Funeral Home. For the complete obituary, see our obituaries section.


Car Burglaries are Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a series of car burglaries that occurred in the area of Hooper and Oliver Streets over the weekend. The burglaries occurred in unlocked cars parked in their driveways. Stolen were numerous items, including GPS units, tools, car chargers, medications, and radar devices.


Quota Hands Out Nine Scholarships

Quota Scholarship recipients were honored. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting this week at the Lee Academy Lunchroom, the Paris Quota Club introduced its nine scholarship recipients.

Andrew Bigham and Jeanna Crowder received the Meals Medical Scholarship. Bigham is attending Murray State University and was accompanied by his mother, Pam.  Crowder , a Biology major, was accompanied by her mother, grandmother and two friends.

Emily Revel, who will be attending Union University, was accompanied by her mother, Jenniffer. Kayla Hargrove will be attending UT Martin and was accompanied by her mother. Donna Winders will be a senior at Bethel and was accompanied by her husband, Lee.

Ashley Ramos was unable to attend the luncheon, but her mother  accepted for her. Others not present, but receiving scholarships were: Jaelan Mustain, attending Bethel, Katie Drummond, attending UT Martin and Shannon Evans who will be a guest at the next Quota meeting.

Martha Smith presented changes to the Standing Rules and Club Bylaws, which includes a $1 increase in club dues.

Reminder: Memorial Day Service is Monday

Paris, Tenn.-Memorial Day services will be held at 8 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Henry County Courthouse. Guest Speaker will be Navy Capt. Debra McGuire and the laying of the wreath at the courthouse veterans' memorial will be performed by local Post Commanders.

The prayers will be led by Carlene "Chick" Robertson.


Bethel Team Claims 2013 Championship Title

National Champions: Zack Parker and Matthew Roberts. (BoatUS photo).

Florence, Ala.-A Bethel University two-man team has won the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship at a tournament at Lake Pickwick in Florence, Alabama.

The winning team of Zack Parker and Matthew Roberts rallied from sixth place to overtake their Bethel teammates Cody Ross and Dewey Swims, who had begun the second day of the tournament as the leaders.

According to the BoatUS website, Parker and Roberts brought in their win with the heaviest catch of the event, 25.88 pounds. Their two day total was 46.76 pounds, a new BoatUS record.

According to Parker, the key to their success was their research with electronics. "We spent nearly all of our practice idling and scanning structure. When we did find a school, we'd just make enough casts and catches to figure out the size of fish that were holding there." Apparently the strategy worked, as Partner Roberts said, "We ended up with about four or five different schools and we just kept rotating through them. We felt like they were always biting somewhere, so we'd hit a spot for 15 or 20 minutes. If they weren't firing at that time, we'd move on to the next one until we hit on the right fish at the right time."

Their haul netted them a $5,000 first place prize, a new Hydrowave, the Daily Berkley/Abu Garcia Big Bass Award, as well as the Costa Overall Big Bass Award.

Coming in second place was Joe Slagle and Cliff Dye of Tennessee Tech University. Despite finishing second, their catch was worth over $7,500 in cash and prizes.

The rest of the Top 5 included:

3rd Place: Bethel University - Cody Ross and Dewey Swims; 4th Place: Tennessee Chattanooga; and 5th Place North Carolina State

Full results can be found at



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