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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

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County Unemployment Rates Decrease in April

Nashville- Tennessee County Unemployment data for April was released last week and the unemployment rates decreased in all 95 counties, according to reports from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

For our listening area Henry County’s rate for April of this year was 4.3% down from 5.6% in March and down from 5.2% last April. Numbers show that and estimated 600 people out of a labor force of 13,850 were looking for a job in April in Henry County.

Carroll County’s April rate was 5.1%, down from 6.3% in March and down from 5.9% in April of 2016. Of Carroll County’s estimated labor force of 11,780, about 600 were unemployed in April.

Benton County’s unemployment rate for April was 5.2%, decreasing from 6.6% in March and 6.2% last April. Weakley County’s rate came in at 4.2%, down from 5.3% in March and 4.8% last April. Stewart County’s unemployment rate for April of this year is 5.4% and Houston County’s came in at 5.5%, both relatively high as compared with the rest of the state, but both decreased from March of this year and April of last year.

HCSS To Offer Free Lunches This Summer

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System provides free meals to children 18 years of age or younger while school is out for the summer. Starting June 5th thru July 28th, meals will be served at Henry County High School, Puryear Methodist Church, Church of the Living God, Crestview Manor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Cottage Grove Baptist Church.

Both breakfast and lunch will be served at the high school.  Breakfast hours are 8am to 10am and lunch is 11am to 12:30pm. Other locations vary lunch time so check with that particular location for more information on the exact time. There is no cost to attend and more information can be found by calling 642-7956 or 642-5232.

Each year the Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like the HCSS to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Anyone age 18 or younger may come eat.

Reminder: Benefit for Coach Reggie Thompson is Sat.

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

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

Four Seasons Hosting Job Fair Tues. June 6 Noon-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Four Seasons Sales and Service will hold a Job Fair Tuesday June 6th from Noon to 7pm at their location at 2350 Lakeway Circle. There are several positions open at Four Seasons and in the Pinkpro Beauty Department. Be sure and bring a resume. Benefits include vacation and holiday pay, health plans, employee stock ownership plans, and more.

10 Cent Tax Hike Approved By Paris City Commission

Commissioners discuss a property tax hike Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy Paris City Commission meeting on Thursday night Commissioners discussed a property tax increase for the City of Paris. City Manager Kim Foster presented an ordinance with a suggested a 15 cent property tax hike on first reading. Discussion has gone on the last few years about the need to raise property tax to continue to offer City services at the level they are, but the rate hasn’t been changed for over two decades. The Commission did raise the rate briefly a couple of years ago, then rolled it back after the local option sales tax referendum passed. Foster said, 15 cents is sort of in the midst of where discussion has been held about where the tax rate needs to be.

City Manager Kim Foster said, “the local option sales tax increase has been great and allowed the City to get back on scheduled with their deferred capital purchases and much needed improvements, but it hasn’t allowed the City to provide for a “rainy day fund” and we are roughly a million dollars short in this fund today.”

Foster said, “we can’t put all our eggs into one basket like sales tax revenue, because it can always go backwards.”

Commissioner Gayle Griffith made a motion to approve the 15 cent tax hike as presented, but it died for lack of a 2nd. Commissioner Sam Tharpe began discussing how the City should think about a more reasonable rate at this time and not go a full 15 cents. Tharpe said, “we’ve done well and balanced a budget with no increases, lets not jump 15 cents all at once.”

Foster said if we jump to .78 cents we will still be in the bottom 20% of property tax rates in West Tennessee. She said, “no one has expressed issues about the proposed tax hike, but a couple have said, it’s about time.”

Commissioner Griffith said, “I’ve been talking about the need to do this for years due to our streets needing work, other services have to be paid for as well.”

Commissioner Terry Fuller spoke up as well saying, “we’ve discussed this numerous times and with losing the Hall Income Tax in the next few years, we need to do something, maybe instead of 15 cents, we should do a 10 cent property tax increase.”

Commissioner Tharpe made a motion to increase the property tax 10 cents Commissioner Jackie Jones 2nd the motion. The motion passed 3-2, with Jones, Tharpe, and Fuller voting yes and Mayor Gerrell and Commissioner Griffith voting no.

The property tax will increase from .63 cents per $100 of assessed property to .73. This will need to be approved on 2nd reading later in June.

Budget Approved on First Reading

Commissioners discuss and approve the budget. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The budget was also passed on first reading on Thursday night and some of the highlights include a continuation of salary adjustments from two years ago and a cost of living adjustment of 2%; a 7.9% increase in health insurance; two additional employees in the street department, a full-time Codes Enforcement officer, which is an increase in the current position at 29 hours per week; provisions of beginning of a take-home car program for the Paris Police Department where full implementation will take 6 years; a 2% increase in the Library’s budgeted donation; and a 20% reduction to the State Income Tax revenue to accommodate for the legislated abolishment of the tax by 2023.

Trane Gives Details on Investment Grade Audit; City Moves Forward

Trane Rep. Russ Phillips goes over some details from the IGA with the City Comm. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Representatives from Trane were on hand at Thursday's City Commission meeting and discussed some of the details of the Investment Grade Audit. The program is expected to produce a calculated value of $4.2M in guaranteed energy and operational savings over the proposed 20 year term, which will offset the City of Paris operating budget by helping fund nearly $2.5M in real property improvements.

Trane Reps said the proposed solution addresses the following civic issues the City is facing including updating aging infrastructure, reducing capital expenses from fund balance, reducing operating costs, reduction of the carbon footprint, and improving visibility and public perception for the City of Paris.

Some of the highlights of the energy conservation improvements include upgrading all the streetlights to LED lights, upgrades to LED lighting at Atkins Porter School, LED upgrades at the Animal Shelter, City Hall, Civic Center, the Downtown Minipark, Ogburn Park, and the Landfill. The replacement of the dehumidifier at the Civic Center Pool. The project should take about 9 months to finish with a projected end date in the spring of 2018.

The Commission approved the program and gave the Mayor authorization to execute the agreement with Trane. The City plans to pay for the project thru savings in energy cost, which is estimated at nearly $200K per year.

Zoning of Comm. Lots Ordinance Passed, Begins Sept. 1

Paris, Tenn.- A public hearing and 2nd reading on an ordinance to amend the zoning of commercial lots was discussed. After some discussion, local attorney Chad Cox asked that the produce stand at Napa be given until September 1st to sell out their inventory.

City Manager Kim Foster clarified that she has spoken with this particular business, letting them know this ordinance was coming June 1st. Commissioners agreed however to start enforcing the ordinance on September 1st to give this business and any others ample time to make preparations.

Retail Sales For March Show Growth

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow went over the financials for March as retail sales showed an increase of 2.43%. Year to date, retail sales are also up 2.05%. General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by $107,397 in April. Revenues are also ahead fiscal year-to-date by over $958K. Pillow reported there were no out of ordinary expenses in April but revenues will likely be behind expenditures in May due to $361K in principal payments on bonded debt.

Solid waste revenues exceeded expenditures by $44,863 in April and revenues are ahead by $364K year to date. The Commission learned two new full-time employees were hired in the Police Department to replace recent retirees Tom Lankford and Gerry Cagle. Six new business licenses were issued in April for Paris Fresh Market Produce, Splattered Ink Tattoos and Piercings, C&M Used Tires and Auto Detail, Stoddard Flooring and Electric, Shotokan Karate Fitness.

Street and Parking Lot Agreement with BPU Approved

Paris, Tenn.- In other business, Commissioners approved a Street and Parking Lot Lighting Maintenance Contract with BPU as the City will be in ownership of the lights and contracts with BPU to be the service provider. The contract transfers BPU assets to the City, and details how billing will be handled and how BPU will be reimbursed for their work in the future on the lights.

An ordinance was approved on first reading regarding zoning with Home Occupations as recommended by the Planning Commission. Items included in the new ordinance state: No article shall be sold or offered for sale on the premise, any retail items must be delivered or sold off-site, examples of typical businesses allowed by Home Occupation Permits include typing or drafting services, consulting services, etc, and Home Occupations also include businesses which only a telephone and mail services are used and all business license must be issued to a physical address.

Stormwater Management Fees Approved By City Commission

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a fee scheduled for stormwater management on Thursday night. The City adopted the original ordinance relating to stormwater in November 2013 as part of the MS4 requirements. City Manager Kim Foster reminded Commissioners that the City didn’t adopt a fee schedule at the beginning as they were getting the MS4 program off the ground but now they are at a point where they can’t avoid implementation of a fee schedule.

The residential property rate will be $2.50 per month and the rate for other developed property is based on total acreage ranging from $5 to up to $25 for property with more than 50 acres.

Signalization Project at Jim Adams and Volunteer Begins Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster gave commissioners a sheet of updates to various projects going on in the City. The signalization of Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive is set to begin next week; building modifications are continuing at City Hall where Police records will be moved and an easier access for the public will eventually be finished.

The Alley Drainage project continues beside BPU with less issues then the previous alley and plans are to be complete by the end of June.

HCHS Speech Team Hosting Cornhole Tournament Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech team will host a Corn Hole Tournament at the HCHS soccer field this Saturday June 3rd to raise money for expenses to go to the National Tournament. The team has two National Speech and Debate Association State Champions who qualified to represent Tennessee in Birmingham during the week of June 18-23 at Nationals. Natalie Clark and Charlie Raymer will be competing in the week-long event and the team is in need of sponsors to help finance their trip.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the upcoming corn hole tournament will have their name on a sign at the tournament for a $25 donation. A $50 donation includes the sign and their name on a sponsors listed Nationals T-shirt the team will wear. A $75 donation includes those things and free entry into the Corn Hole Tournament.

More teams are needed for the Corn Hole Tournament and cost of registration is $20 for each 2-man team, and you can pre-register by contacting Skye Prince at Rillaskye@gmail.com or by calling 336-7804. Check-ins begin at 9:30am June 3rd and registration that day is $25. Competition will be held at Gamlin Gym in case of rain on Saturday.

Eiffel Tower to Be Lit in Gold for the Predators Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Eiffel Tower will be lit in Blue and Gold Thursday evening and the City of Paris is asking all Predators fans to wear their gear and show up for a picture that will be sent to the Predators Organization. City Officials said this is the way we can show the Predators that Paris and Henry County support them in the Stanley Cup Finals. All fans are encouraged to wear the gear, bring their rally towels, or show up in blue and gold attire to be part of the photo. Fans are asked to be there by 8:15pm Thursday night.

Paris BZA to Hold Public Hearing Mon. June 5th 11am

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at the City Hall Courtroom Monday June 5th at 11am to consider a request for variance for property located between 410 and 414 Hooper St.

Triton Owners Tournament Begins Friday at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- Tents were going up Wednesday at Paris Landing State Park for the Triton Boat Owners Fishing Tournament Friday and Saturday on Kentucky Lake. Weigh-ins are scheduled for Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 2pm. A full field of 400 anglers of Triton owners begin pre-fishing on Wednesday. A dinner will be held Thursday evening and the tournament starts at sunrise Friday morning. There will be cash prizes awarded to the winner and one lucky angler will win a new Triton Fishing boat in a drawing. (David Jackson photo)

Street Closures For Water Treatment Plant Work June 5-9

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the utility and storm drain work at the new BPU water plant, some streets will be closed Monday June 5th 7:30am thru Friday June 9th at 4pm. West Blythe Street between the railroad and Jenkins St. and South Caldwell Street at the W. Blythe intersection. Closure of streets is for thru traffic, access to residences and businesses will remain open.

PLSP Hosting Spirit of America Boating Program June 5-9

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Spirit of America Boating Program will hold camp at Paris Landing State Park June 5-9th. This is a 5 day program were students will learn to operate small boats, canoes, kayaks, and sailboats and receive a TWRA boating certification. The program is open for students age 11-17 and includes two safety days and three boating days.

Session will be from 9am to 2:30pm Monday June 5 thru Friday June 9th with graduation at 2:30pm Friday followed by a cookout. Students must commit to all camp days. An adult will always accompany students and children will wear life jackets at all times during on the water and dockside classes.

The class maximum size is 27 people and openings are first come, first served. Cost is $50, with two checks payable, one for $40 made to Henry County TDA and one for $10 made to the TWRA. For more information on the program contact Paris Landing State Park.

R.E.A.L. Fun Golf Tourney Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will hold their REAL fun Golf Tournament this Saturday June 3rd at the Paris Country Club. Registration begins at 7:30am, shotgun start at 8am. Cost is $60 for a round of golf, including golf cart and lunch will be provided. For more information or a registration form call 731-333-1320. Even if you’re not a golfer, there are events for everyone at the Tournament. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center which is an after-school enrichment program for all kids in grades 1-5 and a junior volunteer program for grades 6-12 that need service hours.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday from Noon until 6pm. During the months of June and July anyone who gives blood at the donor sites will be entered into a drawing to win a Polaris Ranger 500. To be eligible for the ATV, you must be 18 years old. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.

Man Charged After 3.5 Pounds of Marijuana Found

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested and charged with marijuana and weapon possession after a traffic stop Tuesday. Jordan Deveon Henry, age 25,of 206 Wynn St. was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon during a felony.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr, observed red Chevy Trailblazer with expired tags while he was on patrol. Ptl. Dean, Jr., activated his blue lights and the vehicle pulled into a driveway and the driver, later identified as Henry, jumped out and stuck his hands in the air.

Ptl. Dean, Jr. could smell marijuana on Henry’s person and in the vehicle so a search was conducted. The search found 6g of marijuana in a baggie, .380 caliber handgun, a backpack with 152g of marijuana and a scale, and a trash bag located in the cargo area with around 1400g of marijuana. Total weight of marijuana was 3.5lbs. $296 in cash was also seized in the incident. Henry was placed on $4K bond.

Woman Charged With Public Intoxication at Puryear Church

Puryear, Tenn.- Cpl. Forrest Kemp has charged Maria Hart, age 38, of Washington Courts Apt. #3, with public intoxication following an incident where she was found at Puryear Baptist Church on Hwy 641N. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cpl. Blake Jenkins, off duty at the time, called the office and said he was with Hart and would stay until officers arrived. Hart struggled with directions and was placed under arrest for public intoxication.

HCSO Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Chad Lowery responded to a report of theft on Hwy 77. The victim’s outboard motor, trolling motor, tacklebox, fuel tank, and marine battery had all been stolen from his boat. The total value of items stolen is $2700 and there are no suspects.

Cpl. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft on Jim Merrill Road where a dirt bike was stolen. The victim said he found tracks thru the garden and noticed some tracks also going back towards Old Paris Murray Road. There is a possible suspect in the theft.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department charged Christie N. Garrett, age 27, of 580 Fairgrounds Road, with DUI and violation of implied consent.

Gas Board Approves 2017-18 FY Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Directors met earlier this month and General Manager Tea Eaton presented the budget for them for the new fiscal year. Eaton said this budget was an increase of just $18K over the current fiscal year and was a flexible budget. He said projections of revenues are $5.5M and expenditure projections are at $5.4M.

Some of the highlights of the budget include $150K for a fast fill gas compression station. The District currently has 4 NGV Trucks and a slow fill station and they decided to add a fast fill station that can fill 30 gallons of Natural Gas per hour.

The budget includes $424K in main line extension projects that will add 12.3 miles of extensions to the main gas line. Some of the areas they plan to work on in the new fiscal year for extensions include Hwy 77, Hwy 140, Briarpatch Lake Road, Whitlock Road, Cow Road, Reynoldsburg Road, and Kendall Road. Eaton said we’re focusing on extensions and improvements in the western half of the county with main line extensions next year. The budget also includes a 2 and a half percent COLA for employees.

Cuts By Employees Help Keep Budget in Black at PHCPUD

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton told the board this year’s budget will be in the black thanks to employees cutting over $50K in expenses the last couple of months. Eaton said, “they’re to be commended because they’ve worked really hard to make this budget year a success, and department managers and I worked the same numbers into next budget year, only increasing by $18K.”

The board learned about the TDOT Relocation project and Utility Easement saying TDOT is now fast tracking the widening of the Hwy. 641 N. project and plan to have the bid letting in August. Costs in gas utility relocations are estimated at $1.4M and the district will be reimbursed by TDOT.

The board of commissioners approved write-offs for the year in the amount of $11,909. That is down from $22K in write-offs from last year. Eaton said, without a colder winter, bills were cheaper, and some who do budget billing requested their refund even. The write-offs are .002% of the total revenue.

Two employee’s children received scholarships from the Tennessee Gas Association for $2000 each. Only 19 scholarships were awarded across the state and Paris received two, Andrew Polanco and Jordan French.

PHCPUD Receives Gold Level SOAR Award

Paris, Tenn.- The District also received a very distinguished award, being recognized as Gold Level winner of the SOAR award, or System Operational Achievement Recognition, by the American Public Gas Association. Eaton said this is an excellent award and not many districts across the country receive it. It shows hard work by employees to get every facet of everyday work correct, document work, and see that safety procedures are met. The award will be presented to the District at the APGA Annual Conference in July in San Francisco.

Paris Cardiology Outreach Clinic Hosts May Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- The May Chamber Coffee was held Tuesday morning at the Paris Cardiology Outreach Clinic. The Clinic is located at 1006 Cornerstone Drive Suite B in Paris. (Chamber photos)

Kirksey Man Killed in Mon. Motorcycle Accident

Paris, Tenn.- Details have been released in the motorcycle fatality accident that occurred at the Hwy 69, Stewart Road Intersection Monday afternoon. The fatality report from Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated Benjamin C. Newton, age 35, of Kirksey, Kentucky was killed when his motorcycle, which was northbound on State Hwy 69N crashed into a 2008 Chevy SUV driven by Amy L. Floyd, age 49 of Paris when her vehicle pulled out of Stewart Road onto State Hwy 69N in front of the motorcycle.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Brittany L. Jackson, age 32, of Benton, Ky was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville and she was listed as critical, but stable condition this morning.

Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop for registration issues and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger handed Dep. Watson a lock box with 31g of marijuana, a digital scale, rolling papers, and a rolling machine.

The driver, Elijah Kane Corrado, age 18, of 710 Dunlap Street, admitted to the items being his and the passenger not knowing of them being in the car. Dep. Watson charged Corrado with felony possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle, a 1974 Monte Carlo, was seized in the incident.

City Comm. Likely to Pass 15 Cent Tax Hike Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- A lengthy agenda awaits the Paris City Commission when they convene for regular June session on Thursday at 5pm. One item on the agenda includes the likelihood of a 15 cent property tax hike for Paris residents.

The current tax rate is .63 cents per $100 of assessed property and commissioners have discussed this year and previous years how they’ve not raised property taxes in about 25 years. The Commission increased property taxes a couple of years ago, but then as promised, rolled them back once a referendum to raise the local option sales tax passed. The new rate would be .78 cents per $100 of assessed property.

Other items on the agenda Thursday night include passing the proposed budget on first reading for next year, Energy Efficiency Project summary presentation by Trane representatives, and approving a street and parking lot maintenance contract with BPU. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 5pm Thursday.

Paris Moose Lodge Hosting Darkhorse Lodge Benefit Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Moose Lodge will host a fundraiser for the Darkhorse Lodge this Friday June 2nd beginning at 5pm. There will be BBQ plates for sale, a bake sale, auction, and live entertainment. BBQ plates are $10 and include BBQ pork, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad and runs until 7pm or plates run out. Entertainment begins at 8pm and includes Vince Dodd, Randall French, The Drunken Poets, and The Old Spirits. Proceeds benefit the Darkhorse Lodge, a peaceful retreat for combat Veterans.

One Person Killed in Motorcycle Accident on 69N

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Shortly after 3:30pm on Monday, Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, EMS and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to a motorcycle accident on 69N and Stewart Road.

According to THP, one person was killed in the accident. One person was also airlifted to Vanderbilt. No further information is available asof news time.

Traffic on Highway 69A is currently being diverted.

T.A.R.P. Paint-n-Sip Fundraiser is Thurs. June 8th

Paris, Tenn.-The T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living will be hosting a non-alcoholic Paint-n-Sip fun time fundraiser on Thursday, June 8th from 6pm to 9pm.

This is a fundraising effort for direct assistance to people with disabilities in our community. This assistance may be a ramp, assistive technology, durable medical equipment or communicative devices.

For ticket and location information please call 731-644-0026. The event is presented by the T.A.R.P. board of directors.

Paris Man Arrested as a Fugitive and Another Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Marquis L. Hilliard, age 25 of Hwy. 641N of Paris, on Saturday as a fugitive from justice.

Cpl. Jenkins was pulling into the HCSO when he saw Hilliard’s vehicle sitting in the parking lot. Cpl. Jenkins did have prior knowledge that Hilliard had felony evading warrants out of Murray, KY. Hilliard was then arrested and placed on $5,000 bond.

In another report from the HCSO, Paris Police Ptl. Johnathon Baxter arrested Joe Reynolds, age 22 of Thompson School Road of Huntingdon, on Sunday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Reynolds was placed on $700 bond.

Never Forgetting to Honor and Remember Our Veterans

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-  Crowds of people gathered at the Memorial Day Service at the Courthouse on Monday morning, as we remember all of our veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made to serve and protect of country.

U.S. Army Veteran Chester Harrison speaking at the HC Memorial Day service. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Dr. Chester Harrison of Booneville, Miss was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day Service sponsored by the Henry County Veterans Services. Harrison served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a member of the 1st Infantry Division in 1969 and a member of the 101st Airborne Division in 1970 to 1971. Harrison also received Combat Infantry Badge, three Bronze Stars, the Air Medal with Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal and a Unit Citation for his service to our country.

Harrison spoke about the unimaginable sacrifices that veterans make in service to our country and he said, “What an honor it is to serve in the United States of America Military.” Harrison spoke of loss of friends and other veterans during the war and how so many people today get wrapped up in daily life and they forget to remember those who are fighting for our freedom.

HCHS Madrigals performing songs that thank our veterans. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The program also include a more somber note as veterans layed wreaths at the county war memorial on the courthouse lawn and military honors were conducted by the Tennessee State Color Guard.

Laying of the wreaths at the memorial. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The service also included a veteran funeral reenactment to remind everyone to remember the sacrifices that our veterans make everyday and we cannot forget to honor, remember and thank our veterans in our community and around the world.

Tennessee State Color Guard presenting arms. (Cassie Walsh photos)

 “I was not a Rambo or a hero. I just did my job as a soldier,” said Harrison. Harrison also spoke about how men and women sign up to be a soldier and that is an honor to die protecting and serving our country, but it should be all of us to support our veterans and their families. Harrison said, “I wasn’t given the honor to die for my country…. Today isn’t just Memorial Day for us. Everyday for a solider is a memorial day for us to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Most of us will never know the sacrifices that the veterans of our country have endured in times of war in trying to defend our country especially those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice when they died protecting the United States of America, but what we can do is never forget about our veterans and make everyday a day to remember and thank our veterans for their service.

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall Coming to Paris in August

Paris, Tenn.- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial the Moving Wall will be coming on its first trip ever to Paris during the week of August 31st to September 4th of this year. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall is brought to you by the Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the Vietnam Combat Veterans, LTD.

For more information about the Moving Wall, please contact the Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-6165 and you can visit themovingwall.org.  Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the Chamber.

Memphis Man Arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder

Paris, Tenn.-According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department,  Paris Police Inv. Jeramye Whitaker arrested Mario Threatt, age 36 of Travis Street of Memphis, on Saturday for criminal attempted 1st degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James responded to the HCMC ER in reference to a victim who had been stabbed multiple times. A witness to the stabbing brought the victim to the ER and she told police that Threatt was the one who stabbed the victim.

The witness and victim stated that there was an argument and Threatt got out of his vehicle and when the victim and Threatt got in an argument Threatt pulled out a knife and started stabbing the victim.

Police then went to Wynn Street where the crime occurred, and  they were able to located Threatt and they found his vehicle covered with a large amount of blood inside and on the outside of the vehicle. Threatt was then arrested for attempted first degree murder and tampering with evidence. The victim was transported to Vanderbilt for injuries he sustained in the stabbing.

Threatt was placed on a total of $270,000 bond.

Show Your Support at the June 3rd Benefit for Coach Thompson

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Benefit for Coach Reggie Thompson this Saturday, June 3rd from 11am to 3pm at the Henry County High School Fieldhouse, located at 315 S. Wilson Street in Paris.

Ribeye sandwiches, chips and a drink cost $8 and donations will also be accepted. Money raised at the event will go to help offset medical expenses for Coach Thompson who suffered a stroke on May 10th. He is expected to make a full recovery but has a long road ahead.

Pre-orders of sandwiches for the benefit can be made by calling 336-2146 or 363-8635 or by email coachrthompson2017@gmail.com. You can see how Coach Thompson’s recovery progress is going by liking the Friends of Coach Reggie Thompson Facebook page. Please join us in helping support Coach Thompson and his family.  

Puryear Man Arrested for 2 Counts of Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Richard M. Payne, age 40 of North Cherry Street of Puryear, on Sunday for two counts of simple possession of a schedule II substance. Payne was placed on $1,000 bond.

Mud, Sweat and Tears at the Demolition Derby

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Second time is the charm for the Demolition Derby to take center stage after it was postponed at the World's Biggest Fish Fry back in April.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Despite thunderstorms, power outages across the county, heavy rainfall and a rain delay on Saturday night nothing would stop the Demolition Derby from entertaining Henry Countians.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Crowds of people showed up to see a muddy good fight in order to become the last car standing at the demolition derby, where more than 40 participates competed in the Demolition Derby on Saturday.

BPU Crews Working to Restore Power to More Than 700 Residents

Henry County, Tenn.- BPU crews across Henry County are actively working to restore power to 747 residents across Henry County who lost power due to strong winds and lighting from the thunderstorm on Saturday night. The majority of the outages are near Henry, where 432 homes are reported to be without power.

To report a power outage just call BPU at 642-1322.

Woman Saved from Car Fire by Cpl. Jenkins and Deputy Bostwick of the HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday, May 27th 2:32am Cpl Blake Jenkins and Deputy Stacey Bostwick responded to a vehicle crash at the Highway 79N and India Rd intersection.

Prior to their arrival the 911 caller stated that the vehicle was on fire and the driver was still inside. When they arrived on scene they found the 1999 red Pontiac Grand Am fully engulfed. The driver, Christina Hollingsworth, was unconscious and still inside the vehicle. Cpl Jenkins was able to break the passenger side window and the two officers began to pull her out of the vehicle.

Once they were able to obtain a good grip on Hollingsworth they were able to successfully pull her out of the burning car. Both Cpl Jenkins and Deputy Bostwick are to be commended for this act of heroism and will be eligible for the “life saving award” which is given out at the annual Henry County Sheriff’s Office Christmas Party.  

Ms. Hollingsworth was flown out by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The entire Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Ms. Hollingsworth and her family and also for a speedy recovery.

Kids Fishing Derby is Saturday, June 3rd

Puryear, Tenn.-  The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge along  with Friends of Tennessee NWR will host a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 3rd from 9:30am to 12pm at 3815 Foundry Hill Road near Puryear. 

The derby is free to patricipate but kids kids must be 12 and under and they must be accopanied by a parent. All participants must pre-register by Thursday, June 1st at the refuge office located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, by calling 731-642-2091 or emailing them at  Joan_Howe@fws.gov.

Derby registration will begin at 9:30am, fishing is from 10am to12pm and all of the hooks out of the water at 12pm which is when prizes will be awarded.

Participants should bring their own tackle, but for those who don’t have fishing gear it will be provided to them.  Friends of Tennessee NWR  will also provide bait for the tournament.  It is also recommended that if fisherman want to take their fish home they should bring a  bucket with them and for those that don’t want to keep the catch, there will be cooler for fisherman to donate their catch to help feed the critters at the LBL Nature Station.

To get to the Kids Fishing Derby from Paris take Highway 641 N and at mile marker 19 turn left onto Park Hill Road.  At the end of the road, turn left onto Foundry Hill Road.  At the fork, bear left and the derby location will be .5 mile past the fork on the right.  Directional signs will be  from Highway 641 will lead you to the derby.

Winders Brothers Finish 2nd and 3rd in State Championship

Titus Winders finishing 2nd in the 3,200 meter at the state championship.

Mufreesboro, Tenn.- Titus and Silas Winders finished in the top three in the 3,200 meter at the TSSAA Division AAA Track and Field state championships at MTSU in Mufreesboro on Friday afternoon.

Titus Winders finished  2nd place with a time of 9:18 and his brother Silas Winders, finished in 3rd place with a time of 9:27. Both brothers made the All State Team.

Silas Winders finishes 3rd in the 3,200 meter at state championship.

 Nathaniel Owens finished 11th in the Boys Discus with a distance of 128' 2".

Nathaniel Owens finished 11th in the Boys Discus at the state tournament.

65th Annual Quinn Chapel Pancake Breakfast is Sat. May 27th

The Men of Quinn serving up pancakes for their annual pancake breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The 65th Annual Quinn Chapel Pancake Breakfast hosted by the men of Quinn is happening on Saturday morning on May 27th at Quinn Chapel, located at 216 East Church in Paris.

Dr. John Dandridge enjoying the Quinn Chapel Annual Pancake Breakfast. (Cassie Walsh photo)

 It is all you can eat pancakes, sausage and more. Tickets cost $8 for adults and children 6 to 13 eat for $4 and children 5 and under eat for free. So stop by Quinn Chapel on Saturday morning for some good food and conversation.

One Arrested for Shoplifting and Police Investigate Burglary

Springivlle, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy James Higgins investigated a case of burglary at a home on Olde Tennessee Trail in Springville on Friday.

When Deputy Higgins arrived at the scene, the victim stated to police that her and her husband left last July to return to Texas and last week the neighbor who mows their lawn called them to report that someone had broken into their shed. Items that were taken from the shed include: a propane tank, ladder, toolbox with various tools and a set of golf clubs. More than $1,000 worth of items were taken from the home.

Police have no suspects in this case.

Madison County, Tenn.- In another report, Sgt. Dan Powell of the HCSO arrested Alan V. Finch II, age 30 of Sundown Drive of Jackson, on Thursday for shoplifting. Finch was placed on $4,000 bond.

Lee Academy First 2D Camp Begins Monday, June 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts is holding its first 2D summer camp on Monday, June 5th through Friday June 9th at Lee Academy located at 402 Lee Street in Paris.  

At the 2D summer camp kids will learn drawing, painting, collage work, and more. Your child will learn about several different elements of art, famous artists who used that technique, and practice the skills they learn.

Each camp costs $100 per student and includes materials and a t-shirt. The full $100 is needed in order to reserve your childs spot in the class. Students must have completed kindergarten by June 1st of this year.

Scholarship applications are available for pick up at Lee Academy or online at schoolforthearts.org/scholarship-form.

Please direct any questions about art camp to leeacademyartcamp@gmail.com.

Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic Now Open

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Fast Pace Urgent Care officially opened on Friday. The Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic is located at 1297 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris and you can contact them at 731-227-6120. No appointments are needed.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Fast Pace Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 8am to 6pm and on Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Lady Patriots Finish 3rd in State Tournament

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots road to be the 2017 Class AAA State Girls' Softball State Champions ended on Friday morning as the Lady Patriots lost to Powell 3-2.

The Lady Patriots ended a great season finishing third in the 2017 Class AAA State Girls' Softball Tournament.

Rotary Club Awards $10K in Scholarships Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club awarded $10K in scholarships at their meeting Thursday. Alma Hernandez, daughter of Jesus and Veronica Hernandez was this year’s recipient of a $5K scholarship from the Richardson Family Henry County Educational Foundation. It is the 4th time Alma received the scholarship as she is currently attending the University of Tennessee majoring in biochemistry.

Also receiving a $5K for the third time was Ryan Mahan, son of Jeff Mahan and Mel Mahan. Ryan is attending the University of the South in Sewanee as a biochemistry/pre-med major. He will also be serving an internship this summer at Yale University as a research assistant in the medical field.

The Richardson Family Henry County Educational Foundation Scholarship was founded in 1997 with a gift from Dr. Bobby Richardson to honor Dr. John Richardson, a Henry County native. Dr. John was a lifelong educator and held a Doctorate in Education from New York University. The Paris Rotary Club administers the scholarship.

Farmers Market Seeks Vendors; Opens Up June 9th

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association, Henry County Fair Association, UT Extension Office, and City of Paris will host the Henry County Farmers Market in downtown Paris for the 2017 season on Tuesdays and Fridays beginning at 3pm until products are sold out. The first Farmers Market of the season will be Friday June 9th and the location is the City parking lot located at the Northwest Corner of Market and Ruff Street.

The location is closed off during afternoons on Tuesdays and Fridays except for Farmers Market vendors. There is a parking area to the side and across the street from the Farmers Market Location for shoppers. Any vendors that want to take part in the Famers Market need to sign up and receive a Market permit at the DPA office, located at 203 N. Fentress St. For questions call DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or email downtownparis@outlook.com.


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