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

Coordinated School Health urges teens to look for summer work

Paris, Tenn.- With school out for the summer, coordinated school health encourages teens to look into getting a summer time or part time job. Its important to students who are the proper age to get a job to have their own spending money, plus it teaches valuable life lessons and responsibility that will only help down the road in life.

Coordinated School health reminds teens that getting a job can be tough, because of competition from other high school and college students, retirees, and those who are unemployed. Its important not to get discouraged if you don’t land a job immediately because its likely not a rejection of you, just that employers need someone with more experience.

Volunteering is a great way to get a job for the summer, even though you aren’t earning a pay check. Volunteer work earns you a reputation as a go-getter and it makes people familiar with you and your willingness to work, which bodes well down the road. Ideas for volunteer work include veterinarians, babysitting for friends and neighbors, and many others.

Coordinated School health reminds our teens that most paying jobs require you to be 15 or 16, with some exceptions like yard work, running errands, and baby-sitting allowing younger teens to get work for pay. If your hiring yourself out for yard work or baby sitting start cheap your first year and as you add experience increase your fees.

Fast Food restaurants are where the most opportunity lies as they will often hire people with no experience. Some of them even offer college scholarship for hardworking student employees.

Coordinated School health says to fill out several applications. Be honest and clear and watch for spelling errors. Be prepared with personal references, names and phones numbers. Dress appropriately when going into a business to put in an application as first impressions count. For any questions or comments call 644-3916.


LBL volunteer saves Eaglets life

Golden Pond, Ky.- On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, the Wildlife Department at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area received a call from Ray Stainfield, one of their dedicated volunteers who monitors many of LBL’s eagle nests.  While monitoring the Duncan Bay area, Stainfield discovered that the eagle nest had fallen to the ground since his last visit. 

In checking the area, he found a nestling on the Description: Description: C:\Documents and Settings\rroby\My Documents\NRs-temp-photos\photos2012\eaglet.JPGground that still needed 2 to 3 more weeks of development before it could fly.  With the help of Kentucky State wildlife officials, the Forest Service determined that the eaglet would be too vulnerable to predators and not able to survive. 

It needed to be rescued. Curtis Fowler, a wildlife manager at Land Between The Lakes, worked with Woodlands Nature Station staff, Brooke Gilley and Shannon Brockway, plus volunteer Ray Stainfield, to capture the scared eaglet. 

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources coordinated the transfer of the eaglet to a wildlife rehabilitator near Louisville, KY.  If the young eagle survives, it will be brought back to Land Between The Lakes and released near Duncan Bay again. 


Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" set for June 9th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 13th annual Steve McCadams “Casting for Cure” Kids fishing rodeo returns to Carroll Lake next Saturday June 9th for a fun filled morning where even little fish bring big smiles.

Girls and boys ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the Free event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year Steve teams up with the TWRA.

More than 37 hundred kids from five states have been introduced to the great sport of fishing since the rodoes conception. Special plaques and bikes will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in four age brackets. Age brackets will be 5 and under, 6-9, 11-12, and 13-15.

Participants are asked to arrive early and check-in at the registration tent where each contestant will receive a bag of goodies. Onsite registration will be from 7-9am on Saturday with the competition running from 9-11am except for the young age bracket of 5 and under who will just fish for one hour and weigh in at 10am.

Loaner rods will be available courtesy of TWRA so every kid will have a chance to fish. However, kids are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle. Some bait and terminal tackle will be for sale onsite during the fishing rodeo.

The event will coincide with National Fishing Week across America and June 9th is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. Carroll Lake is located on highway 22 one mile east of McKenzie. For more information on the Kids Fishing Rodeo visit www.stevemccadams.com or call 642-0360.

Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Club holding car wash Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Gym is trying to raise money to go to competition over the course of the next couple of months. They will have some regional competition in Memphis later in June and Nationals will be in Kansas City in July. To help raise money, they will be having a car wash at Auto Zone in Paris starting at 9am on Saturday. Any donations will be accepted and appreciated.

Farmers Market back open Friday at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open for today at 3pm at the Fairgrounds. They will have tomatoes, squash, greenbeans, peppers, peaches, and onions available. More dates and times for the Farmer’s Market will be announced when more produce becomes available on a consistent basis.


641 N. sprinkled with yard sales, more expected to join party over the weekend

Paris, Tenn.- There was a couple yard sales along the newest route for the 400 mile sale, stretching from just north of the Terrace Woods Travel Lodge in Paris, to the streets of Hazel. Expected rain on Thursday has likely hampered many in deciding whether or not to put their stuff out. It's likely that several others will join the track over the weekend as the weather improves with sunny skies and cooler temperatures. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

TN Dept. of Health urges tobacco users to use quitline for help in quitting smoking

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health encourages Tennessee who use tobacco to take part in World No Tobacco Day which is today by calling the Quitline and starting on a journey to a tobacco free life. The Tennessee Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW provides free personalized, confidential counseling to help each caller set a plan for quitting use of cigarettes or other tobacco products. Residents can also visit tnquitline.com for help in quitting.

According to the World Health Organization, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year and is also responsible for the deaths of more than a half million people who die from exposure to second hand smoke. In Tennessee, heart disease is the leading cause of death and cancer and stroke rank in the top five. Tobacco is a contributing factor in all these illnesses. Smoking causes death to nearly 97 hundred Tennesseans each year.

Research shows it takes most smokers at least seven attempts to successfully quit smoking. Many Quitline clients say their quit coach was a huge factor in their success.

Paris Predators Baseball team fundraiser set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Predators travel baseball team will be having a carwash and cookout this Saturday June 2nd from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Napa Auto Parts in Paris. The team has won three tournaments and has a chance to go to the World Series in Kingsport, Tennessee. The World Series will start July 4th and it’s a 5-day tournament.

Also during the car wash and cookout on Saturday they will be raffling off a 12 gauge shotgun worth one thousand dollars. For more information contact Marty Valentine at 336-9317.


Still spots left for 400 mile yard sale, weather will improve after Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the 400 mile yard sale has begun today. Weather might be an issue for some setting up as we do have storms and rain moving into the area this afternoon. However Friday thru Sunday the forecast calls for mostly sunny and cooler on Friday and Saturday.

There are still a few spots available if you want to set up for the weekend. Call the chamber at 642-3431 or Jennifer Morris at city hall. Visit 400mile.com for more information, the items at different spots and to list your items. The sale runs thru Sunday and strechtes up and down highway 641 and connects to Kentucky highway 68/80.

Heritage Center's Grapes and Gourmet set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will have its 12th annual Grapes and Gourmet wine tasting and auction this Saturday June 2nd on the lawn of the historic Cavitt Place, home of the Heritage Center. The tasting and silent auction starts at 6pm, with a live auction to follow at 7pm. A wide range of summertime varietals will be featured alongside a gourmet tasting dinner. Specialty wines and spirits will be auctioned off.

Tickets are only $25 and proceeds will benefit the museums restoration fund. For more information or to reserve tickets call the Heritage Center at 64-1030.


Triton Owners Tourney to award scholarship this year

Paris Landing, Tenn.- The 13th annual Triton Owners Tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake June 1st and 2nd with anglers starting from Paris Landing State Park. This year, Triton is excited to announce that former Parisian Tom Moody will have a scholarship bearing his name at this year’s Triton’s Boat tourney.

The Tom Moody Scholarship will be awarded to the highest youth angler finisher, between the ages of 16-19. The scholarship opportunity is for $5,000 each year at Bethel University. Along with winning the scholarship money, the top finishing youth angler will be awarded a spot on the Bethel University fishing team during their collegiate career.

Triton Founder Earl Bentz said “We are incredibly excited to offer this scholarship for young anglers. Tom served Triton Boats for many years and we want to forever remember his dedication to the work he did with Triton and his community. Tom spent much of his free time on Kentucky Lake, he had a passion for fishing and introducing it to younger generations.”

Entry into the Tom Moody Scholarship can be completed at the time of registration for the Triton Owners Tournament. The registration fee for the tournament is $200 and the Tom Moody Scholarship opportunity is included for eligible participants ages 16-19. For more information visit tritonboats.com and follow the links.

Girls Night Out at Library informative and entertaining

Paris, Tenn.- The Girls Night Out program that was held at the WG Rhea Library over the past few weeks was a big hit for a few ladies. Each Monday night for many weeks, the ladies met for dinner and to discuss several topics such as fixing a flat tire, with Mike's Mufflers to skin and nail care, to STDs, and more. The girls also took a trip to the Salvation Army to learn how to shop smartly.

Pictures below are courtesy of Library director Connie McSwain:

Olivia Wilson and Breanna Blakemore were instructed by Derek Melton of Mike's Muffler of how to change a flat tire during the W. G. Rhea Public Library's "Girls Night Out".  This program is for young ladies from the ages of twelve to seventeen where they experience knowledge to help them grow in self -esteem and safety.  The program ran for four Monday nights with dinner provided by Paris Magazine and an informative program to follow.

Hair care seems to be the topic covered here, during Girls Night Out at the WG Rhea Library.

Paris Police arrest man for assault, drug charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Adrian Herrod, of Willowbrook Drive was arrested after an incident where he chased and hit his wife and son with a tennis racket. The report said officers went out on a domestic call and found a window broken. The wife explained that she had seen some marijuana and pills fall out of Adrian’s pocket and she hid them from him. He was intoxicated on drugs and alcohol and became irate.

She showed officers the drugs and Herrod was arrested for two counts of aggravated domestic assault, simple possession of schedule 6 and simple possession of schedule four.

Ptl. Amber Roaten and Ptl. Jordan Klutts are looking into an incident were some glock magazines and metal tubes were found in a vehicle. Ptl. Roaten had observed a dark colored two door car speeding down Hardy Street. She got behind the car and noticed it run a stop sign so she activated her lights and pulled it over.

There was a driver and two passengers inside. During a search, four black glock magazines and two metal tubes were found rolled up in a towel. They belonged to one of the passengers who said he bought the magazines for $150 earlier in the day and the tubes were given to him for free, he wasn’t sure what they were for and really didn’t want them.

Police took the evidence as are continuing to investigate. They did inform the passenger that if the tubes were found to be silencers, a warrant would be drawn for his arrest.

400 mile yard sale starts on Thursday

Bargain seekers should plan ahead for the 4-day 400 mile yard sale that will include highway 641 from Murray to Paris, for the first time ever. The 400 mile yard sale has been a staple in Kentucky for many years and now the route has been expanded.

The Eggners Ferry Bridge has reopened to give great access to cover the sale and the weather will cool down after some rain moves out of the area on Thursday. For more information on the sale, visit 400mile.com. The sale runs from Thursday thru Sunday.


Benefit lunch for Charlotte Loines to be held Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have a benefit lunch for Charlotte Loines on Friday from 10am to 2pm at the Jaycee Building on Industrial Road. Charlotte is a Harrelson teacher who is currently fighting cancer. All money raised will benefit her hospital bills.

You can get steak or chicken sandwich with chips and drink for only eight dollars. The pre-order deadline is noon on Thursday, and it’s the only way to guarantee a meal. Walk up orders are accepted while supplies last. Call Cathey Williams at 693-9086 for more information.

DARE graduates getting a pool party on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office have joined forces to provide 2012 DARE graduates with a pool party. The fifth grade DARE graduates will be treated to food, drinks, swimming, and other entertainment this Thursday May 31st from 6-8pm at Eiffel Tower Park Pool. For more information contact the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Dana expands operations in Paris, 49 new jobs on the way

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced late Tuesday that Dana Holding Corporation has decided to expand its Paris manufacturing operation, creating 49 new full time jobs in the process. The expansion represents $3.8 million investment.

Dana currently employs around 500 at the plant, and this new expansion will add 49 more full time jobs, at a time when many are looking for work.

Bill Hagerty, ECD Commissioner said “I congratulate Dana on its latest expansion and thank them for the continued commitment they are making in Henry County.”

Dana is a leading automotive supplier of axle, driveshaft, and structural, sealing and thermal-management products, whose customer base includes virtually every major vehicle producer in the world. The Ohio based company operates more than 90 major facilities in 26 countries and ships original equipment and aftermarket products to customers in more than 125 countries.

In the press release from ECD, president of Dana’s Power Technologies Group, Dwayne Matthews said “Our customers continue to develop higher performing engines of the same or reduced size that generate more power, often using less fuel. These engines require more advanced sealing and thermal-management technologies, and our Paris operation has been a leader in sealing products since the 1960s.”

“With support from state, county, and city leaders, the new equipment and jobs in Paris will allow our local team for the first time to expand beyond sealing products to thermal solutions, Matthews stated.”

Job seekers should visit www.dana.com to apply to any opening at Dana.

Afternoon storms knock down trees, power lines in Puryear

Puryear, Tenn.- Although the rain was much needed and welcomed, things got a bit hairy in Puryear Tuesday afternoon as some thunderstorms with heavy winds brought down tree limbs, tore off shingles, and knocked down power lines in the area. Conyersville Road and Main Street in Puryear seemed to get the brunt of the damage. Road crews and deputies with the sheriff's office were out with chainsaws clearing roads. Part of 641 North was blocked for a short time. Photos below submitted by Stephanie Gallimore Zuckschwerdth.

This photo (above) is of Conyersville Road. Trees were downed and power lines came with it after Tuesday's storm.

Below is a picture of Spanky's Restaurant Sign, knocked down by high winds.


Ramps nearing completion at city hall

Paris, Tenn.- Crews having been working on completing ramps on the side entrance of city hall (also Paris Police entrance) and the front. Starting the day Tuesday, things were getting closer to completion. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).


Tip leads officers to meth manufacture operation

Paris, Tenn.- A press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s stated officers performed a knock and talk at 808 Pettijohn Creek Road in Henry after a tip that a meth lab was being operated at the residence. During their search, officers found methamphetamine and components used in the meth manufacture process.

Metro Crime Unit Officers and West Tennessee Meth Task Force did assist with the removal of toxic chemicals. John William Forrest, of 808 Pettijohn Creek Road was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal attempt to commit aggravated child abuse due to an infant child living in the home where the meth was being manufactured. The property was placed under quarantine and the Department of Children Services is assisting with the investigation.

Local law enforcement busy over holiday weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to Replogle Flooring on highway 79 south in Henry for a break in. The back door was damaged and entry was made to the business. The file cabinets were bent up and locks broken, and desks were ransacked in the area. It didn't appear asa much was missing, but just under two thousand dollars in damage was reported. Police are still looking for possible suspects. Mangement did inform them that an employee was recently terminated and he was very irate about the issue.

Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged a Sharon man with possession of marijuana after stopping a vehicle leaving from a vacant home on Wynn Street. The report stated that Sgt. Ramos got behind the car that pulled out of the vacant home’s driveway and after noticed the brake light was out, activated his blue lights and pulled the car over.

He found a driver and two passengers, and asked the driver what she was doing in the area and she stating picking them up. He informed her that the house beside her was known for drug activity. After a search of the car and the passengers, one of them, Jordyn T. White, of Sharon was found to have baggies with marijuana on his person. White was charged with possession of marijuana with intent.

The Metro Crime Unit charged two people with drug related offenses over the long holiday weekend. Steven Thomas Miller, of highway 77 was charged with driving on a revoked driver’s license, simple possession of schedule six, simple possession of schedule four, and simple possession of schedule two drug. Miller was placed on five thousand dollar bond.

James Larz Lemonds, of 345 Harrison Lane was charged by the MCU with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule six, and was placed on $500 bond.

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Johnathon M. Owen, of 705 Spruce Street with simple possession of schedule two, three, and four drugs over the weekend.

TWRA officers arrested two boaters for BUI charges on the lake this Memorial Day Weekend. Jeft T. Woodruff, age 29 of Old Paris Murray Road was charged with BUI, violation of implied consent, and driving without lights after sunset and Benjamin McGee Francis, of Clarksville was charged with BUI.


Farmers Market now open Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will now be open at 3pm on Tuesdays and Friday at the fairgrounds. Today there will be blackberries, plums, and squash. On Friday, there will be cabbage, tomatoes, squash, green beans, peppers, peaches, and onions available.


Three Graduate From Patrol Academy


Josh Wade                               Adam Prince                       Josh Page

Nashville, Tenn.-Three former Henry County police officers were graduated Friday from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy. Josh Wade, Josh Page and Adam Prince were among the newest class of 44 state troopers to take their oath of office at a Nashville church.

Both Wade and Page were deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Wade has been assigned to the patrol’s Jackson district, while Page will be working at the Nashville district. Adam Prince was a patrolman at the Paris Police Department and he will be working in the Jackson district.

The fathers of Wade and Page also are deputies at the sheriff’s department.

They have spent the past 18 weeks undergoing extensive law enforcement instruction at the department's Training Center. The more than 890 hours of classroom training included criminal and constitutional law, patrol procedures, professional ethical conduct, crash investigation and firearms. The new graduates will now advance to a maximum of 12 weeks of field training.

"The Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers' Creed says ‘Many are called, but few are chosen'," Gov. Haslam said. "Thousands applied after the announcement was made of a new trooper cadet class. The 44 cadets who are here with us this morning are those chosen few. You have firmly applied yourselves through 18 weeks of training and are now part of the elite group of law enforcement officers known as the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Congratulations."

The Trooper Cadet Class began on January 22 with 54 cadets. The 44 graduating cadets include 19 with previous law enforcement experience and 16 former military members. Two cadets are female.

"I am proud of these men and women and the commitment they have already made during their training to serve in the community," Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. "Tennessee State Troopers act as more than just law enforcement officers on our highways. They are servants of the people. I am honored to call the 44 before us today, the newest members of Tennessee's finest."

Memorial Day Service Attracts Large Crowd

Col. James Harding, left, of Huntingdon was speaker at Monday's Memorial Day service. Seated are post commanders, from left:  Darwin Webster, VGW Post 1889; David Meketi, American Legion Post 89; Ricky Wilson, American Legion Post 164; Glenn Fowler, Amvets Post 45; David Holt, DAV. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for Monday morning’s Memorial Day service on the Henry County Courthouse lawn.

Decorated retired pilot Col. James Harding of Huntingdon was speaker, noting the solemn occasion of the day. "I'm so very proud of these people and what they have done for us in these wars," Harding said, speaking of the country's fallen soldiers.

"This is the greatest country in the world because ordinary men with extraordinary ideas put together a Constitution and Declaration of Independence that have stood the test of time," he said. The U.S. Constitution, Harding said, "is a wonderful concept that has worked through the ages and will continue to work--if we let it."

The Tennessee State Guard conducted a service for fallen soldiers and the Henry County High School Madrigals sang the national anthem. The program was closed with ‘taps’ performed by a state guard bugler and “Amazing Grace” performed by Ed Smith on the bagpipes, a flag-folding ceremony and a three-gun salute by the guard.

Ed Smith played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. (McFarlin photo).

Members of the Tennessee state guard fold the flag. (McFarlin photo).

Busy, Hot Holiday Weekend Comes To End

Paris, Tenn.-Despite the heat, the local area--especially around Kentucky Lake--was a busy place over the holiday weekend. At Paris Landing State Park, top photo, boaters anxious to get in and out of the water crowded the marina, while bottom photo shows a sampling of swimmers trying to get relief from the heat. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Fire Destroys Reynoldsburg Road Home

Fire engulfes the Reynoldsburg Rd. home. (Cheryl Webb photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Fire destroyed a home at 7945 Reynoldsburg Rd. Sunday morning. The one-story vinyl home is owned by Steve and Rhonda Green and was deemed a total loss.

Cheryl Webb, secretary-treasurer of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department said 11 firefighters from that department battled the blaze, assisted by the Paris Fire Department and Sandy River department in Benton County.

Two of the Mansfield firemen saw the blaze from a nearby road and were working on it when the dispatch was called.

Cause of the fire has not been determined, she said.

Webb said the Midway Café donated cases of water and snacks to the firemen, who were on the scene for several hours. "We really want to thank them for that," she said.

Firemen were on the scene from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then returned later in the afternoon when the fire rekindled.

A fireman enters the home. (Cheryl Webb photo).

Pawn Shop Employee Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-A former employee of Pyramid Pawn shop at 314 Tyson Ave. is under suspicion of stealing money and merchandise from the store. According to Paris Police, an audit of the store’s books found $1,516.92 in merchandise not accounted for and included over 222 video games and 48 DVD movies.

Managers at the store investigated and found that one of the employees had made double invoices on the items. When the employee was called in to the office, she admitted taking the money and was fired.

Sgt. Tony Elkins asked the managers for hard copies of the invoices and when he returned to the store Friday, the managers said they also had video surveillance tape of the employee removing the merchandise from the display case and going to the cash register, filling out invoices as if the items were purchased at the store and taking money out of the cash register and putting it in her pocket.

The investigation continues and the former employee has not yet been formally charged.

A/C Stolen From Window

Paris, Tenn.-It’s a sad state of affairs when someone steals another person’s air conditioner, while the victim is in the hospital. That’s what happened at a trailer park on Lone Oak Road in Paris a few days ago. Someone broke into the victim’s bedroom and stole the air conditioner, an 1850 BTU Frigidaire air conditioner worth $450.

In another incident, residents of a home on Ellis Street in Paris reported the theft of a motorcycle from their garage, which is attached to their home. The 2006 Yamaha 650 V-Star motorcycle is black and blue in color and missing a windshield.


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