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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


McKenzie Man Pleads Guilty of Sex Charges

Paris, Tenn - Kevin Smothers of McKenzie appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday, on charges that were placed on him while employed as a teacher with Henry County High School.

Judge Donald Parish, after Smother plead guilty of sex charges brought on him concerning four students at the high school, sentenced Smothers to one year in Department of Corrections on each count of solicitation charge, with no fines Range 1. On the charge of criminal attempted statutory rape, Judge Parrish sentenced Smothers to three years, with no fines, Range 1.

Smothers will be serving the sentences concurrently, as well as being on supervised probation by the state. He was also ordered to register as a sexual offender, and he will remain on the list for 10 years.

Charges stem from an investigation that took place in October of 2015, when reports of Smothers having inappropriate relations with a female student while employed at the high school. As the investigation continued, further charges were brought on Smothers.

After criminal information was revealed, Smothers appeared in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a special session, where he plead guilty and was arraigned.

Heritage Center Home Tour Set for Sunday June 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host a Historic Home Tour this Sunday June 5th from 1-4pm. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Herron and Wills and Maggies.

Homes on the tour include Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast, owned by Bailey McSwain, located at 108 N. College Street; the home of Jim and Fiona Jackson, 510 Hudson Avenue; the home of Sandee Green, 504 Hudson Avenue; the home of Carol Mannon, 310 Lee Street, and Lee Academy, at 402 Lee Street. A reception and tour of Lee Academy will conclude the Historic Home Tour from 3pm-4:30pm with refreshments. For more information call the Heritage Center at 642-1030.

Reminder: CHAMPION A Cause With Color 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church in Paris is sponsoring the “Champion a Cause with Color” 5K and 1 mile color run/walk on Saturday June 4th to raise funds for Relay for Life and combat Malaria in Africa.

The run will be held at Eiffel Tower Park and registration opens at 7am on race day. At 7:30am, local fitness instructors will help walkers and runners warm up with Refit and Zumba dances. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8am and the 1-mile run starts at 8:15am. There will be an end of the race party at 9:15am.

Participants will walk thru bursts of color along the course and the t-shirt will become an attraction at the end of the race. Participants may want to wear eye protection and bring something to protect your car’s interior for after the race.

Register before May 29th to save money and guarantee a T-shirt. Cost is $25 per person before May 29th with the cost increasing to $35 per person on and after May 29th. Registration forms are available at FUMC office and Paris Family Chiropractic. Online registration can be found at www.GetMeRegistered.com/Championacauserun.

Active Shooter Training Session Held at HCHS This Week

Paris, Tenn.- Just because school is out for the summer does not mean that school resource officers and local law enforcement go on vacation.

Wednesday morning, Henry County High School was back in session and the students were members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry County High School Administration, Henry County Ambulance Service, Paris Fire Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

All were in attendance for training on active shooter and the teachers were agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This training was a coordinated effort between all agencies and was the first time that all emergency responders have been able to work together. The training was just the first step in preparing for everyone to work hand in hand should the tragedy ever occur. The exercise lasted until the afternoon and everyone involved felt that it was a good learning experience and gained valuable knowledge of what each agency’s roll would be.

Sheriff Monte Belew said “in the past we have trained to stop the shooter. Today we are training with all responders, to not only stop the shooter, but to stop the dying.”  Having everyone involved, that would respond to this type of incident, made this training a huge success. 

We want to thank the FBI for putting on this training and for each agency participating in what was a great community effort.

Sheriff Belew also wanted to thank the 10 students from Dianne McCord’s Criminal Justice class and Tamera Dicus Health - Science class for missing a day of summer break to help with the training. The students were painted with assorted injuries and played the role of victims.

Youth Villages To Hold Adoptive Parent Info Session June 6

Paris, Tenn.- Youth Villages, located at 412 Tyson Avenue, will hold a free foster and adoptive parent information session on Monday June 6th at 5:30pm. The session is open to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent. Call Catherine Herrera at 731-641-4148 for more information.

Commissioners Approve Same Tax Rate, New Budget on First Reading

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met on Thursday night and approved the budget and property tax rate on first reading for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year with no tax rate increase on residents at this particular time.

During discussion, Commissioner Gayle Griffith said everything is getting behind due to lack of funds in the budget and he feels its time to increase the tax rate for the first time in 24 years. "We can't catch up, without some extra revenue coming in via the tax rate, and it's hard for us to attract new industry if infrastructure like streets and other things go down," Griffith said.

Commissioner Sam Tharpe said he didn't disagree with Commissioner Griffith but wanted a plan in place over the next 6-7 years on where the tax rate needs to be. Tharpe said, "If we are going to raise taxes, lets inform citizens of where the money will be used to improve things around the city." Commissoiner Tharpe asked City Manager Kim Foster to get a plan together between now and the special called meeting later in June before officially passing a tax rate.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell said everyone in the city and everyone on this commission has ideas of where more money should be spent. City Manger Kim Foster said she wants to hear from all commissioners on what they want to spend more money on for the city and she can put a budget together to show what kind of tax increase would be needed to get things done.

Commissioner Jackie Jones said when and if we do increase property tax rates on citizens, we have to educate them on where the money is going and what it will be used for. She also talked about last year's Local Option Sales Tax Increase, and how it has helped with revenues some, but it's not been implemented very long as of yet.

After the lengthy discussion, commisioners passed the current tax rate of 63 cents per $100 of assessed property, with no increase at this time. Foster told commissioners she will work on getting everyone's wish list of what they would like to see in the budget and present it at the special called meeting later in June. It is possible commissioners could vote for an increase in the tax rate before June 30th.

Commissioners were presented the budget ordinance for the upcoming Fiscal Year which begins July 1st. Foster went over in some detail some of the highlights of the budget.

Foster said the budget presented is balanced, with $120K budgeted to go towards building back up the ‘rainy day fund’ in the General Fund. The budget also continues FY 2016’s plan to incrementally increase salaries across the City. The budget also includes a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment and shows a 9.35% Health insurance increase starting in January.

Foster said another $50K is in the budget for street paving, which adds to the $50K added in the paving line item during last year’s budget process. Plans are to try to get caught up on some street paving in this upcoming fiscal year.

Capital purchases in this budget include a tractor with a boom mower, two patrol units for the Paris Police Department, a ¾ ton pickup for the street department, repairs to the basketball courts at Ogburn Park, improvements at McNeil Park including baseball bathroom renovations, improved fitness equipment at the Civic Center, and a new roof over the south end of City Hall. In total these capital purchases and improvements add up to a little over $575K.

Community Development projects budgeted for the upcoming fiscal year include Downtown Alley Drainage project, Signalization at the intersection of Jim Adams and Volunteer, HOME Grant for home repairs, and Façade Grant for downtown businesses. Foster said if the grants don’t come thru, the projects will not be pursued.

The Paris City Commission will meet again before June 30th and approve the budget and tax rate on 2nd reading.

McCampbell St. Residents Share Concerns with City Comm.

Vincent Nolan, resident of McCampbell St, speaks to the commission. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At the beginning of the City Commission meeting Thursday night, Vincent Nolan, a citizen of McCampbell Street, spoke on behalf of many of his neighborhood residents who were at the meeting, concerning old dilapidated homes on McCampbell and other streets that need to be demolished. He said there has been an issue with this for several years.

City Manager Kim Foster spoke saying the ball is rolling and the city’s hands were tied more but have been freed up thanks to the tax sale held last month. She said next week there will be a meeting with the Chancellor to start addressing these issues. Foster said it will still likely take 2-3 months for all the legal issues to be taken care of, but the processes is closer now to fruition than ever.

Other residents in the area said groundhogs, field mice, snakes, raccoons, and other animals are running rampant in the area as some areas are grown up and not been mowed and cleaned up. Trash, houses falling in, and other problems were brought up as well. Nolan also said drug traffic is bad in the McCampbell Street and other neighboring streets.

Each commissioner briefly spoke telling citizens they are hearing their concerns and will begin to put together plans of action to help clean up the areas and hopefully get some of the dilapidated houses torn down soon.

McCampbell St. resident Nona Moore talks about the wild animals that are running rampant in the area. (Alsobrooks photo)

March Retail Sales Have 10% Inc. Compared to Last Year

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported to commissioners on Thursday night that retail sales for March showed another huge increase from the previous year. Pillow said there was an increase of 10.49% this March compared to last March and the retail sales are showing a 6.93% increase calendar year to date.

Revenues in the General Fund exceeded expenditures by over $131K for the month of April and revenues are head for the fiscal year to date by almost $554K. Solid Waste revenues exceeded expenditures by nearly $41K for April but lag behind year to date by $125K due to transfer station construction in this fiscal year budget.

Ordinance Approved to Update Floodplain Regs

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved an ordinance to update Floodplain regulations as ordered by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency on first reading. Staff and city Attorney Fred McLean have reviewed and amended the model ordinance to update the current floodplain regulations. This helps the city maintain eligibility in the National Flood Insurance Program. City Building Inspector Mike Brown said there is some minimum wording changes and no major changes on any policies in the regulatory side of how the program works. The city commission will approve the ordinance on 2nd reading in July’s meeting.

Internal Controls Policy Est. By Paris City Comm.

Paris, Tenn.- In other business city commissioners established an internal control policy for the City of Paris as director by the State Comptroller’s office. Internal controls are comprised of plans, methods, policies, and procedures used to fulfill the mission, strategic plan, goals, and objectives of the entity. Commissioners were presented a draft of the City of Paris’s Internal Control Policy. City Manager Foster said the City has been doing the majority of these practices for awhile, but this makes it official with the State Comptroller.

Commissioners also approved a certificate of compliance for Kalpesh Patel to operate Paris Liquor and Wines. All proper paperwork has been turned in and background investigation has been done.

They approved a rezoning request on first reading for property on Tyson Avenue as owners are requesting rezoning two parcels from R-2-M to B-1. Commissioners sent this to the Planning commission for their approval when they meet next week.

Comm. Approves Plans to Streamline Minor Sub. Plat Approvals

Paris, Tenn.- The city commission also approved a new procedure to help streamline approval of minor subdivision plats at Thursday’s meeting. It is a change to the municipal code to approve minor subdivision plats with the signature of the Planning Commission Secretary as opposed to having these minor subdivision plat be put on Planning Commission agendas when they meet the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said this will streamline approvals of minor subdivision plats as currently a plan will submitted and approval must wait until the next planning commission meeting, which often delays the closing process in property sales. The County Mayor and County Planning Commission follow this procedure currently and it works well for them.

Foster Updates Comm. on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- Foster updated commissioners on various projects going on throughout the City at Thursday’s meeting including saying that work began in mid May on the alley drainage project as asphalt has been removed from Washington Street to Wood Street and replacement of utilities is nearly complete as well.

Foster said the HOME Grant from THDA has been approved for the city for the amount of $350K. They will do a formal check presentation over the next few weeks and in the long run this will help some low income home owners with repairs.

The Back Alley Paris Project is continuing as art work with the last grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission is complete on the Hessing wall. The DPA will now apply for the grant again in the next grant cycle.

Renovations at City Hall are basically complete except for the new sign out front in which a company is working on a design right now for the new sign. The clean sweep day for the AP neighborhood in the next phase of Preserve Paris is being considered for July.

Puryear Baptist Church to Hold VBS June 5-9

Puryear, Tenn.- Puryear Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School June 5-9 from 6-8:30pm. Registration and kickoff meal will be Sunday June 5th at 5pm. A meal will be served each night for Bible schoolers. Transportation is provided to those who may need a ride to and from church. For more information call Bro. Mike Rhodes at 247-3782.

Paris Police Make Drug Related Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department observed Larenzo Higgs, age 24, of 480 Replogle Road, driving a truck and had prior knowledge that Higgs’s license were suspended. According to the police report, Cpl. Whitaker pulled Higgs over and Sgt. Michael Ramos and K9 Kenzee came to assist. Kenzee alerted positive on the driver’s side of the truck.

A search of the vehicle found a bag of marijuana weighing around 12.8 grams and some digital scales. Higgs was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Sgt. Michael Ramos charged a woman with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after she was caught attempting to shoplift some items from Walmart. Alta M. Brandt, age 38, of Buena Vista was stopped by loss prevention at Walmart and when Sgt. Ramos arrived he searched her person and found a small metal container with marijuana residue. Brandt was charged with shoplifting and drug possession charges.

Downtown Paris Week Set for June 5-11

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will celebrate downtown Paris, which might be 193 years old but still is vibrant and thriving, with a weeklong celebration June 5-11th. Downtown Paris Week 2016 will have something for everyone including food, sales, music, art, and more.

Sunday June 5th, is worship downtown day, a chance for you to come and visit one of the six historic churches located in downtown Paris which include First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist, Grace Episcopal, First Presbyterian, and Quinn Chapel AME Churches. The Paris Henry County Heritage Center’s Historic Home tour also takes place Sunday afternoon 1-4pm.

Monday June 6th is Dine Downtown day and patrons are encouraged to visit one of the downtown eateries such as Take Me Back Café, Linda’s Uptown Pizza, LL’s Bar and Grill, Perry’s BBQ, or enjoy a snack from Jack’s Java. At each restaurant, register to win prizes from the Downtown Paris Association. After lunch, get in some exercise with the Downtown Art Walk as several local artists will have their wares in downtown shops throughout the week.

Tuesday June 7th is Music on the Square night as the Old Spirits will play country, rock, and bluegrass music on the courtsquare from 5:30-7pm. Perry’s BBQ will sell food Tuesday evening, just bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening.

Wednesday June 8th is Heritage Day during Downtown Paris Week as Ray Harding leads two, free, 30-minute walking tours of downtown Paris. Just meet at Jack’s Java as the tours leave at 11am and Noon.

Thursday June 9th is Songwriters on the Square as local songwriters go round robin with tunes they’ve written. Vince Dodd and Mark Johnson will be a part of the evening which runs from 6-7:30pm. Perry’s BBQ will sell sandwiches and sides.

Friday June 10th is Government Day and Downtown Extra Value Days. Merchants will have special sales just in time for Father’s Day and thank a city or county employee for the jobs they do.

Saturday June 11th, Extra Value Days continues as shops will be open for customers to browse in. Live models will be in many of the fashion shops on Saturday. Also on Saturday the Downtown Farmer’s Market will open for the first time at 8am Saturday morning. All future Farmer’s Markets will be at 3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer and into the early fall.

DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “It’s our 4th annual Downtown Paris week and we feel it encompasses everything that is wonderful about our downtown.” For more information on Downtown Paris week and all DPA events like them on Facebook or go to visitdowntownparis.com.

BPU, PLSP Hosting 19th Annual Lineman Rodeo June 9-11

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will host the 19th Annual Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo next week June 9-11th and the public is invited to watch and be a part of the event.

Lineman from Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Indiana will compete in different events testing their excellence in safety, skill, and knowledge. Local lineman from BPU will be well represented in the competitions as well.

A shuttle bus will take event goers from parking areas to the different events going on and this year’s rodeo at Paris Landing has the largest number of competitors to have ever registered for a TVA Lineman Rodeo.

Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations for the Board of Public Utilities, said over 1000 people are expected to attend and all hotels in the area are full. There will be a kid’s zone available on June 10th and 11th with things such as face painting, climbing, and more. Local food vendors such as Perry’s BBQ, Mama’s Kitchen, Cash’s Pizza, the Jaycees, and Friends of Paris Landing State Park will be selling food during the Lineman Rodeo.

Opening Ceremonies will be at 1:30pm on Friday June 10th as Alley French sings the National Anthem. Competitions will continue Friday afternoon and again beginning on Saturday June 11th in the morning hours.

In conjunction with the Lineman Rodeo there will be a Motorcycle Ride on Thursday June 9th. The ride will start at Paris Landing State park and go thru LBL’s backroads. The tour includes a ferry ride across Kentucky Lake and will be a four hour, 100 mile scenic route. Lunch starts at PLSP at 11:30am and kickstands go up at 1pm. For more information on the ride call Josh McCaslin at 642-1322 or email jmccaslin@parisbpu.org.

A golf tournament will be held also on Thursday June 9th and it’s open to the public. It starts at 11:30am at Paris Landing State Park’s Golf Course. To register contact Charlie West at 336-0870.

R.E.A.L. Hope Fun Golf Outing Set for Friday June 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- The R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will hold a Fun Golf Outing Friday June 3rd at the Tennessean Golf Club in Springville. This is not your usual golf game with a giant sling shot hole, the Happy Gilmore hole, and many other fun surprises will make this day one you won’t forget. Golf Carts, green fees, and lunch is provided. Registration begins at 7:30am Friday with a shotgun start at 8am. Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. Call for more information at 731-333-1320.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday June 2nd from Noon to 6pm. There is a current urgent need for O and A negative blood types. Be sure and bring a photo ID when coming to give blood.

Ann and Dave's Sat. Breakfast Proceeds to Benefit RFL

Paris, Tenn.- Ann and Dave’s will give a portion of their proceeds to Henry County Relay For Life this Saturday June 4th for breakfast from 6-11am. There will be a bake sale going on to benefit Relay also during this time.

Fairview Baptist Church VBS June 5-9

Paris, Tenn.- Fairview Baptist Church will hold its Vacation Bible School June 5th thru 9th from 6-8:30pm each night. The theme is “No Such Thing as Impossible” and family night will be a pool party at Memorial Park beginning at 6pm. Fairview Baptist Church is located at 114 Memorial Drive. Call 642-2191 for more information.

Toby Carter Murder Trial Moved to October

Paris, Tenn.- Due to a joint motion from the defense and prosecution, the Toby Carter trial which was set to begin on July 18 was rescheduled for Monday October 24th, 2016 in Henry County Court. Court Clerk Mike Wilson said material witnesses for the case are unavailable in July and Judge Donald Parish approved the motion to move the case to October on Tuesday.

Carter, 38, of Springville, was indicted by a Henry County Grand Jury in March of 2015 for first degree murder charges stemming from the shooting death of Bobby Dozier, 80, of Clarksville in September of 2014. Dozier had a home in the New Concord area and was found dead near Olde Tennessee Trail in Springville.

Man Charged with Criminal Impersonation

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Steven McClure observed a 1988 Chevy Pickup on Powell Street with the passenger not wearing a seatbelt and conducted a traffic stop. The passenger identified himself as Jerry Mobley, but Ptl. McClure had dealings with him before and thought him to be Jeffery Mobley, age 53, of 307 Gwen Street.

Thru dispatch, Jeffery’s identity was confirmed and Ptl. McClure charged him with criminal impersonation. It was also revealed that Jeffery had active felony warrants for shoplifting. Mobley was placed on total $3500 bond.

Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating thefts including about $500 worth of tools and other items from a shop on Browning drive. The victim suspects the guys he had working on his house might have stolen the items. Another theft was reported from a shop on Hwy. 140 where three chainsaws and a battery charger were taken. There are no suspects in this incident.

Arrests from the last couple of days include Dorothy M. Mazza, age 26, of 260 Nobles Road for possession of schedule 2 with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed on $10K bond. Gabrielle N. Bustos, age 23, of Paris, was charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect.

Luminarias For RFL On Sale Now

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is set for Friday June 10th at the Fairgrounds. Luminarias are on sale for $5. Luminarias bags will be lit and will line the track the night of Relay in honor of or in memory of a cancer survivor. The luminarias can be purchased in honor of care givers also. For more information on purchasing luminarias, contact Tracey Beasley, Joyce Bass, or Dana Allen.

HCMC to Hold Health Screenings Thurs. at Rhodes Ins.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a Community Health Screening at Rhodes Insurance, located at 1020 Tyson Avenue, from 8:30am to 11am on Thursday June 2nd. There is no appointment necessary and checks for blood pressure, blood sugar, and dexa heel scans will be offered for free. There are total cholesterol tests for $3 and full lipid panel for $10.

Fasting is required for accurate results and they will be available at the screenings.

Wed. First Day to Register for W.G. Rhea Library's SRP

Paris, Tenn.- Registration begins Wednesday for the W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is On your Mark, Get Set, Read. The Summer Reading Program is open for ages birth to adult and Monday June 13th is the first day to check out books for the program. Programs are scheduled throughout the remainder of June and into July, call the Library at 642-1702 for more information.

UTM Kid College Offered at PES June 20-24

Paris, Tenn.- Kid College, a five-day learning experience for children who will be in kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2016, will be held June 20-24 at Paris Elementary School.

Hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin, Kid College is an interactive program that allows children and parents to choose from a variety of course topics. Each child may register for up to five courses. Registration is $30 for the first class and $25 for each additional course, which includes a camp T-shirt. Some courses include additional supply fees which must be paid to the course instructor on the first day of camp.

Courses for those in kindergarten through second grade include bowling, Spanish, art, karate, space camp, storytelling and wildlife. Topics for children in grades three through five include acting 101, French, wildlife, ocean animals, gardening and superheroes.

An open house will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m., June 24. Parents, family and friends are welcome to meet the teachers, view displays and watch demonstrations during this time.

Students must be registered in advance and paid in full before the first day of camp. More information will be sent to parents via email the week before camp begins.

For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies at 731-881-7082 or visit the course website at www.utm.edu/departments/ecos/courses/children/kidcollege.php.

State Legislature Has Some Movement on Insure TN

Board members discuss issues with budgeting regarding Medicare at Tuesday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustee’s meeting CEO and Administrator Tom Gee explained that the state legislature has set up a committee to try to modify Insure Tennessee so some type of action can be taken on it when the next session gets back to work. Gee said we won’t know for sure what will happen for weeks or months down the road but at least there is some movement on the issue.

Gee told trustees that the hospital will continue to see declining reimbursements in TennCare and Medicare until something like Insure Tennessee comes into effect. The declining reimbursements are creating havoc with the budget process for the medical center as they are only expecting a 1% increase in Medicare and no increase in TennCare. Gee said the nursing home is working with an outside group on their coding to improve reimbursement there. It appears to be possible that some funds could be recouped here.

Trustees Welcome New CNO to HCMC

Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, RN, listens as CEO Tom Gee goes over his report at Tuesday's HCMC board of trustees meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board welcomed Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, R.N., as the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer. She began her duties on May 16th with HCMC. Gee said we are pleased to have someone of her knowledge and experience base in the organization. Dr. Whitaker spoke of her life and career, being born in Nebraska and starting in healthcare in community hospitals in Nebraska. She most recently worked in a large healthcare system in the Seattle area. She said, “I was very grateful to this position and get back to community based healthcare.”

Gero-Psych Unit Construction Complete

Paris, Tenn.- The HCMC board of trustees learned at Tuesday night’s meeting that construction on the gero-psych unit on 3 West was completed and a tour was given after the meeting. The final clinic survey was completed Tuesday and they can see patients this week.

Gee told board members that earlier in May the medical center held an awards reception that recognized 100 partners with over 1200 years of experience. Dianna Bevill, Director of Surgical Services was named Manager of the Year and Jo Ann Hoffman, purchasing agent, was named partner of the year.

EMS Budget Approved for FY 16-17

Paris, Tenn.- In the quarterly EMS Board meeting on Tuesday night, EMS Director Twila Rose said three paramedics will be newly certified in critical care as they are finishing school the next couple of weeks. Rose said this means they will be with us for at least two years. This fall, more paramedics will apply for an accelerated training and certification school. Henry County Medical Center will have the most trained and certified paramedics in Critical Care of anyone in West Tennessee and even the Nashville area.

The new ambulance has been ordered and should be here by the end of September and should be in use two or three weeks later. She said even with LifeFlight and AirEvac the ambulances continue to make almost as many trips to Nashville and the surrounding areas.

CFO Lisa Casteel said currently EMS is setting in the red, which is not abnormal and bad debt is a major issue once again. She said they will work with the collection agency to try to see what opportunities are available to collect some of that.

The board approved the EMS budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year which begins July 1st. The budget shows an estimated loss over $300K. There is no price increase proposed at this time for use of EMS as the survey of surrounding agencies showed HCMC is in line or just a little higher than other EMS agencies. Casteel said a price increase wouldn’t really generate extra revenue for us right now.

Gee said we are going to have to have some honest discussion in the near future with the county on what is the role of the community in supporting EMS service vs. the role of the hospital in supporting and subsidizing ambulance services. Gee said the EMS losses are becoming a real burden on the hospital. Most counties in the state subsidize their ambulance service, while HCMC is the lone hospital in the region that does.

Casteel said since 2005, HCMC has subsidized over $4M to EMS, an average of about $350K per year.

HCMC Earns ACR Accreditation

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Diagnostic Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement. .

“This is accreditation reaffirms the dedication and commitment to excellence by the partners and physicians at our facility” says Billie McKee, Director of Imaging. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services

The Henry County Diagnostic Center is a 10,000 square foot facility which integrates state-of-the-art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure that patients have the best experience possible. This technically advanced Imaging facility is a place where our exceptional Radiologists read images from the most advanced digital imaging equipment available. This means that images are viewed electronically rather than on traditional film.

Digital imaging provides clearer, more detailed images. Patients are now able to have their outpatient exams done in a timely manner with easy access thanks to a patient drop off and close parking.

Services offered at the facility include:

• CT Scan


• Ultrasound

• Diagnostic X-Ray

• EKGs

• Laboratory

• Pre-admission Testing

• Specialized Women’s Imaging

• Diagnostic Mammography

• Screening Mammography

• Breast Ultrasound

• CAD: Computer-aided

• Bone Densitometry Detection

The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, and certified by the FDA. All Radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology.

Paris Police Charge Woman with Agg. Rape

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated that Paris Police have charged Shelia Caldwell Howard with aggravated rape, two counts of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on or about April 18th when Howard did have sexual penetration with a mentally challenged 14 year old male in the presence of a 10 year old child.

The press release said that Howard did allow the two children to watch sexually explicit video while allegedly giving them cigarettes and alcohol. Lt. Watson said other charges are pending as the investigation continues. Howard is currently being held on $250K bond with a court date of June 6th.

PLSP Pool Opens for Summer

Lifeguards for this year at PLSP are Front row, left-right: Kylie Underwood, Hannah Nichols, Katlyn Killion, Brandy Wolfe Back row, left-right: Conner Boley, Nate Hart, CJ Smith, Sam Sulcer, Adam Bell (PLSP photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The pool at Paris Landing State Park opened for the 2016 season on May 28. Hours of operation are 11:30am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $4 per person ages three years and older.

Pool passes are available for $115 per family and $55 per individual. Swimming lessons are available June 7-June 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

The cost is $50 per child, $90 for two children from the same household, $25 per child with a pool pass, and $45 for two children from the same household with a pool pass.

Water aerobics are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 21-July 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $32 per person and $16 per person with a pool pass. Pre-registration is required for swimming lessons and water aerobics.

The pool is available for rent for $100 for two hours and $45 for an additional hour. Contact the park office at (731) 642-0118 to register for swimming lessons, water aerobics or pool rental.

There is a public swimming area on Kentucky Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty however it is a protected swimming area, with a picnic area and restrooms nearby. The pool closes on July 31. The swim beach will be temporarily closed on July 4 in the early afternoon to allow for preparation for the fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Law Enforcement Has Busy Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Daniel R. Herndon, age 71 of 311 Hackberry Lane for criminal trespass and unlawful possession of a weapon, after an incident where Herndon was found by his neighbors, outside with his pants down, defecating on their cabin.

According to the report, the homeowners pulled up and saw Herndon with his pants down and noticed he was defecating on their lawn and cabin. He noticed them pull up and ran into the woods. Dep. Lowery responded and learned that Herndon appeared to move a propane tank from the grill and also eat a burger off the grill. Herndon admitted to be a felon and gave consent to search his home. Two guns were found inside the home, thus the unlawful weapon possession charge.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged James Anthony Turner, age 59, of 13450 Old Paris Murray Road with two counts of aggravated assault and domestic violence after an incident in which he pointed a handgun as his wife and son. Officers arrived at the scene and after confrontations with others, Turner turned himself into police.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department charged a Dover woman with prescription drug fraud after she tried to obtain a prescription refill of oxycodone for a man who is deceased. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Smith went to Perkins Drugs after Jennifer Cobb, age 33, of Dover, attempted to get a refill for a man whom she said she gets his medicine all the time. A call of the doctor who prescribed the pills informed pharmacists that the man was deceased. Cobb was placed on $7500 bond.

Other arrests from the holiday weekend include Dustin G. Irby, age 30, of Greenfield, for driving on suspended license, and possession of schedule 6, Logan Ryan Batte, age 22 of Bruceton, for reckless endangerment, felony evading, DUI, and violation of implied consent; Batte was placed on $10K bond; and Mitchell A. Claunch, age 55, of Florida, for public intoxication.

Allie's Lemonade Stand Raises Nearly $1600 For Darkhorse Lodge

Paris, Tenn.- Allie Carter spent Memorial Day raising money by selling lemonade and other goodies to benefit the Darkhorse Lodge.

Allie, with the help of her friends and family, raised $1579.70 on Memorial Day at her stand.

The Darkhorse Lodge is a retreat for Combat Veterans of all military branches. Vets received free lemonade at Allie's stand on Monday. Allie is pictured above with Kirk Catherwood, who will help run the Darkhorse Lodge.

Follow Up For the Dana Relay For Life Yard Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Marsha Carlton stated, "after the last long four days, flooding thunderstorms, sweat, fussing, tension, pain, tears, more sweating, tiredness, and frustration...we take great pride in announcing that the Dana Corporation Relay for Life yard sale raised $4,778.45. It took an army to pull this off. We had obstacles, but we overcame them.

We appreciate the hundreds that came and supported us. Whether buying treasures or just making donations, we could have not done this without you. We have made new friends, seen ol friends, even seen relatives that came in from out of town. We heard cancer stories, shed some tears with cancer survivors and hugged folks we had never seen before.

This, to say the least, has been a very heartwarming experience, again this year. To all that came out and helped, you are SO appreciated!! Thanks for all your hard work!"

Man Charged With Marijuana In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, units were dispatched to the North Market area on account of someone looking through vehicles, the caller advised that the suspect had taken off towards the court square. Sgt. Reed arrived and observed a person matching the description the caller had called in. Sgt. Reed made contact with the subject Ozell Macklin Jr. age 34 of Paris and advised him the reason for the stop.

Macklin was patted down for weapons because he became very confrontational and quickly reached into his pockets and pulled a pocket knife and threw it on the ground stating that was all he had on his person. Sgt. Reed could tell there were several items in Macklin's pockets and cargo pockets, Ptl. James and Ptl. Beauvis were there as backup officers and numerous attempts were made to get Macklin to comply with the pat down. Sgt. Reed grabbed Macklin by the left wrist and James grabbed him by the right wrist and placed him in handcuffs due to his resistance and demeanor, for his safety and the officers safety.

During the search a baggie of marijuana was felt in Macklins cargo pocket and a skull marijuana grinder found in another pocket. Macklin was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. Macklin did have a failure to answer summons on his driving history and was transported to HCSO. At the jail Macklin was argumentative with the corrections officers and was placed into the restrain chair. Macklin was jailed with a $2000 bond, the marijaunaa was field tested and weighed, with a field weight of 5 grams.

Lemonade Stand At Trolingers To Benefit Darkhorse Lodge

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Eight year old Allie Carter held an Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand on Memorial Day to help raise funds for the Darkhorse Lodge. According to her mother, Allie has a strong desire to honor our nation’s past and present heroes at any chance and she will have old fashioned homemade lemonade for sale for $1 at Trolingers until 3pm.

Monetary donations will be accepted as well. 100% of proceeds will go to the Darkhorse Lodge, which will be a retreat for combat veterans of all branches. The Darkhorse Lodge’s Mission is honoring our nation’s heros by providing a peaceful atmosphere for combat veterans to enjoy rest, relaxation and recreation. The Darkhorse Lodge will not cost Vets anything. Any veteran or active military personnel will receive free lemonade on Memorial Day from Allie’s stand.

Memorial Day Ceremony Held At Court Square

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The beautiful weather brought a crowd of just around 100 people out to the court square for the remembrance of the POWs on Memorial Day. The Commanders throughout Paris took the stage up front to each make a speech. The HCHS Madrigals sang two beautiful songs for the Memorial Day event. Elmer Scott Welsh, a highly decorated bomber pilot from the 379th and a veteran from WW2 made a speech about how a strong military is essential to keeping our freedom. Starting with the first war with the British to win our freedom to D-Day, they’re great examples of our strong willed army.

A POW flag was raised by Ms. Woods and a wreath ceremony was presented. Afterwards a recreated military funeral took over showing the meticulous work put into one; no part of it was rushed and made sure to be done right. All was done in remembrance of our POWs.

The Opening Remarks were by Ann Smith, March on Colors by Rich Eckenrode, Opening Prayer by Debra McGuire, Pledge of Allegiance by Glenn Taylor, with the Madrigals singing the Patriotic Music. Post Commanders from Paris; Disabled American Veterans David Holt, Commander of Amvets Post 45 Rich Eckenrode, Commander of VFW Post 1889 Dale Routon, Commander of American Legions Post 89 Leo Horne, Henry County Service Officer Bobby Nolan.

LBL Hosting National Get Out Doors Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Center will be waiving admission fees Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. The Nature Station is open 10am-5pm.

Come experience native gardens and rescued animals in the Nature Station’s backyard. Visitors may observe snapping turtles during creature feature programs from 11:30am-12pm.

Discover the “Jedi” skills of Mother Nature’s finest students during May the Forest Be With You programs from 2:30-3:15pm. Watch the Parade of Raptors at 4:30pm, as staff escort the owls and hawk to their night time enclosures. Additional animal programs take place throughout the day.

The Nature Station’s experienced naturalists also offer a guided sunset canoe trip , from 6-8:30pm. Those interested will paddle a scenic bay in search of wildlife. Pre-registration required. Call 270-924-2020 to make reservations, $25 per canoe.

TSSAA State Track Final Finishes Up

Paris, Tenn.- The results from the TSSAA State Track and field Championships finished up with Javan Winders finishing third overall in the 1600 meter race with 4:15 and fourth overall in the 800 meter race with 1:56. Titus Winders finished 6th overall in the 3200 meter race with 9:38. With both making the All-State Team there were 16 runners in every final.

Park Pools Opened For Summer Fun

(photo Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn,- The Eiffel Tower Park opened up for the summer this Saturday. The hours are from 10am - 6pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm - 6pm on Sunday. The Paris Landing Pool also opened up for the summer, so be sure to take all your family and friends out to cool off and have some summer fun.

National Trail Day Set For June 4th

Paris, Tenn,- Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 4.
The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and much more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged back country trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone.

“Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country and you won’t be disappointed at any one of our state parks,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill. “From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail.”

This event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Tennessee State Parks will also host a photo contest on National Trails Day. Hikers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #findyourtrailTN. Submissions are required to incorporate the National Trails Day sticker, which will be available to hikers at all Tennessee State Parks for no charge on June 4 while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and food, and wear long pants and appropriate footwear. To find a hike near you, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-event-cards/national-trail-day.

Erratic Driving Leads To Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Tyrail Jackson was patrolling Mineral Wells when he observed a 1999 gold Chevy Lumina leaving McDonald's. The vehicle crossed all 5 lanes and cut off Ptl. Jackson in his lane causing him to brake to avoid a collision.

At that time Ptl. Jackson made a stop on the vehicle in Wendy's parking lot. When contact was made with the driver Brad Stacy Langley age 47 of Gleason, Ptl. Jackson ran his license. His license came back revoked out of Weakley county TN. Langley was convicted of a DUI second offense on October 7th, 2015 and revocation notice was sent out October 14th, 2015.

At that time Langley was arrested for driving on on suspended. After arresting Langley was asked if he owned the vehicle. Langley stated that one of his friends paid for the vehicle in an agreement that Langley pays his debt. He stated the friend had gave him the title and it was in the the vehicle but we were unable to find it. At that time Langley was transported to HCSO without incident. Langley's bond was set at $200 and is to appear in general secession court on May 31st.

41st Big Sandy Spring Festival Brings Great Crowd

(photos Barron Robinson)

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The 41st Big Sandy Spring festival Friday and Saturday brought hundreds of people with the great weather over the weekend. Over 200 vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles were entered into the car show. The festival included a parade, petting zoo, carnival rides, food, vendors, and games. With five different bands and fireworks culminating the two day event that were enjoyed by all who attended.

Dana Relay For Life Team Holding Yard Sale Through Sunday

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Dana Relay For Life is holding a yard sale from Friday until Sunday at the VFW Post 1889 on Hwy 79. The proceeds benefit and go to the Relay For Life and to help find a cure. The annual huge yard sale starts at 6am each morning through Sunday. There are books, toys, name brand clothes for $2 and under, home décor glassware, pictures, handbags and much more.

This is the largest fundraiser held by Dana for Relay For Life each year. During the set up on Thursday over 50 families donated towards the yard sale. Marsha Carlton who is heading this event stated that they raised $400 from people just stopping by shopping and donating to the Relay For Life.

During this yard sale Dana and the Relay For Life team is also taking in canned food donations which will weigh down the luminaries for the Night of Relay Walk that is going to be held on June 10th.

Class Of '76 To Hold Organization Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1976 will hold another reunion organization meeting on Tuesday June 7th. The meeting will be held at the Henry County Communication Center at 6pm. All 1976 grads are encouraged to attend.

Splash and Dash Set for June 11th at Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with USA Triathlon for the Splash and Dash at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday June 11th. The cost is $25 for USAT members and $35 for non USAT members.

The event will be held entirely within Eiffel Tower Park and will have chip timing and participant medals. Top 3 racers in each age group will also get an additional prize.

Racers 7-10 years old will swim 100 meters and run 1K, or 6 tenths of a mile. Racers age 11-15 will swim 200 meters and run 2K, or 1.2 miles.

For more information on Splash and Dash call Parks Director Tony Lawrence at 644-2517. Participants can register online at parissplashanddash.racesonline.com.

HCHS Class of 1990 To Hold Mini Reunion June 4 at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1990 will hold a mini reunion June 4th at 6pm at Paris Landing Inn Restaurant. No advance reservations required adults and children welcome. Email hchs1990@yahoo.com the number who plan to attend to give the restaurant an estimate to the number of people. It’s pay at the door for the all you can eat buffet which is $12.95 per person with children ages 6-12 half price. The class of 1990 will hold mini reunion’s each year the first Saturday in June until the 30th reunion in 2020.


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