From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Three Arrested on Drug Charges
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested three Paris residents on multiple charges following a traffic stop on Mineral Wells Ave. Arrested were Kera Freeman, 35 of 3563 Old McKenzie Highway; Mitzi Barker, 40, 102 Fairview Dr., Paris; and Walter Bowden, 38 of 630 Clifty Village Rd.
Patrolman Jeremye Whitaker stopped the car for having a tail light out and noticed the driver and passenger were fidgeting.
In a search, loaded syringes, glass pipe with residue, bags of marijuana, a spoon and various pills were found. The three were charged with possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Man Caught Inside Henry Residence
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Dossie Melton, 52 of 1390 Lumber Rd., Henry, on a charge of aggravated burglary after he was caught inside a house on Guilkey Rd. by Cpl. Ricky Wade.
After Wade told him to lie on his stomach with his hands behind his back, Melton told him he was running from a serial killer. When Wade found him, he was cleaning up broken glass from the home’s French doors. Wade was responding to an alarm at the house.
Movie Producers Seek Extras for Tonight's Shoot
Paris, Tenn.-Downtown Paris will be turned into a movie set Friday night for the filming of a scene from "The Dooms Chapel Horror". Producers have issued a statement to people interested in serving as extras.
"We will have a sign-up table at two of the entrances to the square, where anyone who is participating will have to sign an extra release, allowing us to use your face on film. Any minors under the age of 18 who are coming must have a guardian with them.
— There is no acting experience required, although your reactions will be taped.
— Wardrobe is easy: Wear whatever you would normally, but try and steer clear of corporate logos, so we don't have any licensing issues in the film.
— If you have a camera that takes video, and are willing, please bring it to the scene. Anything that will get us a new angle, or can be taped in the crowd, has the potential to be used in the movie."
City Commission Passes Budget, Tax Rate on First Reading
No Tax Increase Proposed for Coming Budget Year
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, the commission passed the budget ordinance and tax rate on first reading, and found out some good news concerning the health insurance costs.
Finance Director Kim Foster said that as she had hoped, the administrator of the health care was able to trim cost down and the increase was going to come in at 4.62% instead of the anticipated near 11%. That difference saved the city around $30K. Later in the meeting, Holder recommended the city keep that $30K in the budget and put it towards the Valleywood Drainage project, which has caused numerous concerns this spring. The rest of the budget remained the as discussed at the budget meeting earlier in the week.
The commission also passed the tax rate on first reading with no tax increase, keeping the rate at 65 cents per $100 of assessed property. The budget will now be published and will be passed again on 2nd and final reading at a special called meeting of the city commission on Thursday June 20th at noon.
Work on Valleywood Drainage Issues to Start Late August
At the end of the meeting, Holder told commissioners the proposed schedule for the Valleywood Drainage project. He said a first look of the plan has been discussed with engineers and they will look at the high priority areas first where soil loss and yard and tree issues are occurring. Holder said they will work on the project on a piece by piece basis and be able to save time and money.
The work will include removing some of the current trees and planting new trees with better root systems to help with absorbing some excess water. There are parts where soil will be removed and other areas in the project where it will be added. Finally rip rap will be installed to help with possible future flooding issues as well.
The final plans will be submitted to the state by July 15th and the work will require a state issued permit, which could take about 30 days to get back to the city. Holder said work could start late August or early September. All of this will be dependent on weather of course
City Commission Approves Change for 457K Provider
More from the city commission meeting saw commissioners approve a recommendation to change service providers for the city’s 457K plan. City Manager Carl Holder said the company the city was using the preferred service providers for the US Conference of Mayors because of Nationwide’s preference for featuring their own mutual funds over more productive offerings.
The current service provider, Great Western Retirement Services approached the administration and a series of meetings was set up with people participating in the plan. Holder said the decision to switch should be two fold, consider current participants, and long term implications. The commission did approve changing service providers.
Holder also informed the commission that the Federal Highway Administration has announced a significant amount of funds for STP projects. He said they are not sure of the amount Paris will receive yet, but he suggested a substantial portion will go to reimburse the cost of Joy Street overrun and then look at other possible projects.
The commission also heard updates on various projects including looking at issues involving Bethel Univerisity and financial issues with the HCMC project. Bethel has had issues with Venture Construction and plans to settle those soon.
The Joy Street signalization project is going well and the change over to curbside service trash pickup had some switchover projects at first but seems to be going smoother now.
Downtown Paris Now Featured on Virtual Tour Website
Shopmainstreet.com Showcases Merchants and City
Paris, Tenn.- Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray Updated the Commission on Downtown Paris week will begin on Sunday and talked about some of the events planned during the celebration of the city.
Ray also told commissioners that the DPA is very proud of a recent project that has come to fruition. Thanks to 10 merchants downtown that signed up to be part of it, the city of Paris is now one of the featured towns on a virtual tour site known as shopmainstreets.com. Ray said you can take of virtual tour of the merchants and more of downtown Paris and several cities across the state and country are featured on the website.
New Approach in Search for Missing Henry Co. Mother
Paris, Tenn.- A team of Criminology students from Townson University are coming to West Tennessee to continue working the case of local missing mother, Rachel Conger, this weekend.
According to Chris Williams, Director of Operations for Southeast Canine Search and Rescue (SEK9SAR), “We have been working on and off behind the scenes looking for Rachel for over a year.” Conger has been missing from her Como, home for five years.
Williams said Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew has been very helpful in the planning of the search and that Captain Damon Lowe has been active in coordinating with the team prior to the search.
On Friday, Sheriff Monte Belew will speak to the group at Bethel University, followed by a phone conference with Amber Simmons, Conger’s now 18-year-old daughter. Rachel Conger’s mother, Louise Younger, will also be in attendance. Simmons said from her Georgia home, “I appreciate everything that all of these people are doing. I am happy they are coming in and searching again. I hope this opens up new possibilities in the case and I hope that they are able to find some answers.”
The Townson students chose Conger as someone they felt could use the help due to the limited exposure that her case has received. Williams said, “Everyone deserves resolution. That includes Rachel and her family. We feel that although all this time has passed, Rachel can still be found. She will only be found if she is searched for. ”
The field search will be Saturday and Sunday at Land Between the Lakes. Williams emphasized that although Southeast Canine Search and Rescue is directing the search that it is a multistate, multiagency endeavor. The searchers will include Southeast K-9 Search and Rescue, Jodi Powers Search and Rescue from KY, Smyrna Rescue, and many volunteers working alongside the students. They are not requesting volunteer searchers at this time, however, Williams stated volunteers may be needed at a later date. Williams stated, “We will be hosting more searches over the next several months for Rachel if she is not found. The public will be allowed to participate. They can sign up at www.southeastk9sar.org. In the registration link type: Rachel Conger.”
Southeast K-9 Search and Rescue is a Non-Profit Organization that provides specially trained Search and Rescue Personnel, K-9 Units, and Equipment to most of the United States. SEK9SAR holds awards and recognition from the TN State Senate and House, Presidential Volunteer Service Awards from President Obama, The National Points of Light Award from Former President George W. Bush, and awards from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation . They currently have K-9 Teams based in McEwen, TN, Dickson, TN, Clarksville, TN, Smyrna, TN, and Madisonville, KY.
Websites and Contact information: http://www.southeastk9sar.org/ www.bringrachelhome.blogspot.com
Citizens Upset with BPU Form Facebook Page
BPU GM Etheridge Says He'd Talk with Representatives
Paris, Tenn.- A representative of a group of Henry County Citizens that state they are frustrated with the Paris Board of Public Utilities sent a letter to WMUF/WLZK news saying they have created a facebook paged titled “Citizens Opposed to the BPU Electric Rate Increase.”
Statements made in the letter from a representative of the group say the proposed rate increase has angered many citizens along with money being unwisely spent. The letter states the last project to expand parking at the office was completely unnecessary.
The letter goes on to state issues citizens in the group are concerned with include extremely high deposits for service, and the difficulties getting those deposits returned, along with what the letter calls as ‘unjust service cutoffs particularly in winter and no written policy allowing those in crisis situations to make payments. The letter also says there is a rudeness and indifference to BPU customers by employees.
The facebook page was started and nearly 200 people had joined within its first 24 hours, according to the letter.
BPU General manager John Etheridge said he “would love to have the opportunity to talk, in person, with a couple of representatives of this group.” Etheridge said he has not been approached by anyone regarding the matters addressed in the letter that WMUF/WLZK received.
Etheridge said plans are currently in the works at BPU to bring in budget billing and other methods of helping customers pay their bills along with other servicesthat will benefit customers.
BPU is seeking a rate increase that would start October 1 to help pay for some big capital projects planned like a new electric warehouse and a new substation north of Paris. The BPU board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1pm.
City Commission Meets at 6pm Thursday
The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday evening at 6pm in the city hall courtroom. The commission will look at some rezoning request at McClain Road, look at recommendations of change service providers for the 457K Plan, and talk about the budget and tax rate and pass those on first reading. The meeting is open to the public.
14th Annual Casting for a Cure Kids' Rodeo is Saturday
Organizer Steve McCadams and young anglers at a past Casting for Cure event. (Photo submitted by Steve McCadams).
McKenzie, Tenn.-Calling all youngsters who want to catch fish and win prizes at the same time!
The 14th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo returns to Carroll Lake on Saturday, June 8th for a fun filled morning where even little fish bring on big smiles.
Girls and boys ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the FREE event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year McCadams teams up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the big event is fast approaching.
More than 3,900 kids from five states have been introduced to the great sport of fishing since the rodeo’s conception.
Special plaques and bicycles will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in four separate age brackets. Age brackets will be 5 and under, 6-9, 11-12, and 13-15 years of age.
“Returning to my hometown and hosting this rodeo is my favorite fishing day each year,” said McCadams, nationally known outdoorsman who lends his name to the event. “Thanks to the help of a TWRA, lots of volunteers and donations, the festivity will build some self-esteem in these future fishermen as they fight fish and cancer at the same time.”
“With the help of donors who open their hearts and pocketbooks each year we send each youngster home with a prize and fond memory. I know we’ve made a positive impression on these kids over the years and in so doing we helped fight cancer at the same time,” continued McCadams, who grew up fishing Carroll Lake and participated in rodeos there in days gone by.
Participants are asked to arrive early and check-in at the registration tent where each contestant will receive a bag of goodies. Onsite registration will be from 7-9 a.m. with the actual competition taking place from 9-11 a.m. except for the young age bracket of 5 and under who will just fish for one hour and weigh in at 10 AM.
Loaner rods will be available courtesy of TWRA so every kid will have a chance to fish. However, kids are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle. Bait and some terminal tackle will be available for sale onsite. Concessions will be available courtesy of McKenzie Relay For Life teams.
“It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn about the great sport of fishing while sharing some time with their family and friends,” said McCadams, himself a cancer survivor. “I wanted to do something to help fight this terrible disease that affects so many people. It’s especially sad to see young kids stricken with cancer but with events like these we can give them hope as we work together to find a cure.”
The event will coincide with National Fishing Week across America. And, June 8th is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee.
Carroll Lake is located one mile east of McKenzie, TN and five miles west of Huntingdon, on U.S. Highway 22. For additional information log on to www.stevemccadams.com or call 731-642-0360.
To support the event or perhaps honor someone special send your tax deductible donation to: Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo, 655 Anderson Drive, Paris, TN 38242.
Extras Needed for Movie Scene Friday Evening at Court Square
Scene to be Filmed at 8pm Friday on Courthouse lawn
Paris, Tenn.- Remember you can be part of a movie scene that is being filmed Friday in downtown Paris at the courthouse. The film, The Doom’s Chappel Horror is currently in the works with several scenes shot in west Tennessee and West Kentucky including many around Kentucky Lake.
The scene to be filmed Friday night will be the set in the fictional town of Kaler Mills at the courthouse as the sheriff addresses the townspeople after a monster has killed some bystanders. The company shooting the film, AGS Production will block off the court square and shoot the film at 8pm and are asking for a large crowd to come be part of the movie to make it look as real as possible.
Rumblin for Relay Set for Saturday
The 6th annual Rumblin for Relay Motorcycle Ride will be held this Saturday June 8th starting at Trinity United Methodist Church at 409 N. Wilson Street in Paris. Registration starts at 7:30 and the last Bike out is 9am. The cost is donations only and all money goes to the Henry County Relay for Life. There will be door prizes and awards given out for oldest rider, oldest bike, and more. There will also be grilled ribeye steak sandwiches for $6. For more information contact Larry Wilson at 336-8946 or Mike Wimberley at 336-3500.
Allegro Relay Team to Sell Specially Labeled BBQ Sauce at Relay
Bottles labeled with your favorite sports
teams will be available for sale at the
Allegro Booth at Relay for Life. (Allegro photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life is set for next Friday night June 14th at the Henry County Fairgrounds and several teams will have booths set up and be selling food. The Allegro Relay for Life Team will sell a limited edition, licensed special BBQ sauce on Relay night. They will label the sauces at the booth with the buyer’s favorite team such as the Tennessee Vols, Kentucky Wildcats, and numerous others are available.
This will be great for all sports fans, memorabilia collectors, and BBQ fanatics. The cost of the bottle will be $2.50. Gates open at Relay next Friday at 4pm with opening ceremonies scheduled for 6:30pm.
Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thursday 12-6
Critical Need for Blood Types in the Area
Paris, Tenn.- The LIfelline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church from noon to 6pm Thursday and there is a critical need for blood. Types O negative, A negative, and B positive blood are in short supply so all eligible donors are encouraged to give blood Thursday. All donors will be able to win a Destin, Florida vacation trip at the month’s drive. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.
Benefit for Gafford to be Jammed with Activities
This puppy dog is being donated for the benefit and will be raffled off as part of the activities Saturday. (Photo submitted by Pam Hinson).
Paris, Tenn.-An all-day benefit for Shawn Gafford and family will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at S&R Feedstore. The event will include grilled lunch plates, demonstrations and a raffle.
A Professional Dog Trainer will be on hand to demonstrate the use and training techniques for hunting dogs. At 10 a.m., a live quail demonstration will be held, followed by shed antler search demo at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. a basic obedience and home manners demo.
Raffles will be held for a HoundHunter and GPS tracking system. Grilled hamburger plates will cost $5 and smoked pork loin sandwich plates will cost $8; includes chips and drink and dessert is available.
Also to be raffled off is a Great Pyrenees/Border Collie pup, which is being donated for the benefit. The public can go to S&R anytime M-F 8-6, or Sat 9-2 and put your name in the pot for the puppy. They are $10 chances.
The puppy is 3 1/2 month old and up to date on shots and worming. The winning ticket will be drawn at noon Saturday (you don't have to be present to win).
Gafford was seriously injured when he nearly drowned in an accident recently. He is a volunteer fireman with the Oakland Volunteer Department.
S&R is at 45 Muzzall Street behind A-1 Auto Sales and Eastside Auto Repair.
Calling All 'Blue Devils': Grove Reunion Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The second annual Grove High School Homecoming will be held from 1-5 p.m. at The Lunchroom at Lee at the former Lee School. This is a homecoming for all classes who went to Grove.
The annual Homecoming event began as the reunion for the Grove Class of 1952 and was expanded to include all classes. Last year, many from all over the country attended.
If you are planning to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the E.W. Grove website, some 50 people have indicated they are attending.
The Grove Class of 1952 is holding its 61st Reunion at 6 p.m. at Paris Landing Inn.
Survivors' Dinner Set Saturday Night
Paris, Tenn.-The annual Relay for Life Cancer Survivors Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Commercial Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds. The dinner is for survivors and spouses and is sponsored by the Paris Elks Lodge.
Produce, Eggs, Baked Goods at Farmers Market Friday
Paris, Tenn.-Ranson Goodman, UT Agriculture Agent reminds everyone that the Henry County Farmers Market will be open at 3 p.m. this Friday, June 7, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Products available this week are local, pasture raised poultry, beef, brown egg, baked goods, strawberries, tomatoes, and canned peppers and applesauce.
Farmers Market will be open on Friday afternoons until products are more plentiful after which additional days will be announced.
Beer Board to Meet Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Beer Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the courthouse to hear a request for a beer license for Stateline Bar and Grille, 8765 Stateline Rd., Cottage Grove.
Owned by Brandy Newell, the business was formerly called Stateline Cash and Carry. Newell is seeking a license for on and off premises consumption.
REAL Hope Open House Set
Paris, Tenn.-The REAL Hope Youth Center has set an open house from 8-10 a.m. Saturday for parents interested in enrolling their children in the after-school program (kindergarten through sixth). The center is located in the Central Services building at 55 Jones Bend Rd.
The program will resume the first full day of school August 9. Because space is limited, parents need to sign up their children early, according to Director Becki White.
For more information, call 333-1320.
Henry County Airport Receives Grants of $200,000
A familiar sight at the airport: people board planes there numerous times every day. (Photos courtesy of Don Davenport).
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Henry County Airport has received three state grants totalling $200,000 for maintenance and upgrading, available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.
The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's diverse public aviation system.
The county airport will receive a $90,000 grant to fund an Airport Layout Plan; $75,000 for REIL upgrade; and $35,000 for Airfield Pavement Strength Analysis. For the $90,000 grant, $85,500 will come from the state and $4,500 from the county; for the $75,000 grant, $71,250 comes from the state and for the $35,000 grant, $33,250 comes from the state.
Airport Manager Don Davenport explained the Airport Layout Plan is a 10-year plan required by the FAA. "We have to have a specific plan for our airport because the FAA plans their funding several years in advance," he said.
The REIL upgrade involves runway identification lights and it will fund an upgrade to LED lighting for the runway, Davenport said.
The pavement strength analysis will be performed on the whole airport, he said, to determine how strong each part of the pavement is so that managers know how much money it would take for improvements, Davenport said.
Davenport said the local airport is an "essential part of the county's infrastructure just like railroads, highways, utilities etc."
He said the airport is constantly improving and will be needing to strengthen the parking areas because the facility is handling bigger planes nowadays. The airport also will be redoing a secondary runway in the near future.
Exterior of Henry County Airport.
Annual Cops' Camp Opens This Week
Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Officer Steve Brewer speaks to youngsters at this year's Cops' Camp Tuesday morning at Paris Elementary School. Enrolled youngsters will received hunter safety certification after they have completed the lessons in the hunter safety course. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the annual event is a joint effort by the sheriff's office and TWRA. "It's a fun event, but also useful for the kids who are in it. We take them on fun activities, like fishing, but also show them the equipment we use in law enforcement," he said. The youngsters on Wednesday will be fishing at either Holly Fork shooting range or Paris Landing. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Little Caesars Opens; Presents Check to County Schools
Left to right, Burton, Jones', and holding the giant check are employees Deaton Mullins, Jacob Scott, Christian Peach, Maurice Cowan, Jared Presson and Devin Warrall.
Paris, Tenn.- A $1,000 donation was made to Henry County School System by Little Caesars owners Anthony and Taga Jones during the restaurant's grand opening Tuesday at 1025 Mineral Wells Avenue.
Anthony Jones said, "We've hired close to 35 high school students and graduates. We want to thank you for educating our workers by presenting the system with this check." He said they received hundreds of applications and hired over forty staff positions.
County Schools Federal Projects Director Susan Burton accepted the check for the system. "We're so thankful for their generous donation and also very happy that Little Caesars has hired so many of our high school students."
Little Caesars had a great opening Tuesday, with customers lined up for their first bites at the new local eatery.
Arraignments in Murder Case Held Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.-The suspect in the murder of a 52-year-old Paris man over the weekend appeared in Henry County General Sessions Court for his arraignment Tuesday.
John Eric Childress, 31, 314 High Lander Rd., Camden, was appointed a public defender and his next appearance was set for July 9. Childress is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father, Timothy Childress at his home on Hwy 641 S.
Childress is being held on $1 Million bond.
In a related appearance, Robert Earl Watts, 55, 115 Rushing Rd., was given until June 13 to fill out paperwork to request a public defender. He was released on his own recognizance. Watts is charged with being an accessory after the fact in the Childress case.
Daniel Boone Trail 100th Celebration Set
Murray, Ky.-The Wrather West Kentucky Museum at Murray State University will host a 100th celebration of the marking of the Daniel Boone Trail by the Daughters of the American Revolution will an appearance at 4 p.m. Monday, June 10 by Author Randell Jones. jones wrote, "In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone".
The appearance is free to the public.
3rd Annual Tower Tri Set for Saturday Morning
Still Time to Register for Saturday's Event
Paris, Tenn.- The Third Annual Paris Tower Tri Race will be held this coming Saturday June 8th beginning at 7:15am at Eiffel Tower Park in Paris. The event is open to girls and boys up to age 14 with participants grouped in different age groups.
Participants age 8 and under will swim 50 yards, bike 1.5 miles, and run 6 tenths of a mile, those ages 9-11 will swim 100 yards, bike 3 miles, and run 6 tenths of a mile, and ages 12-14 will swim 200 yards bike 6 miles and run one mile during competition.
There is still some time to register for the event, but it must be done by this Thursday June 6th at 4pm. For more information and registering your youngster visit towertri.racesonline.com. The cost to register is $30 and participants will all receive a T-shirt and medal for completing the race. The top three in each age division will receive additional awards.
Evidence Search in Homicide Case is Productive
Local law enforcement agencies joined in the search Monday. (Capt. Damon Lowe photo).
Camden, Tenn.-A search for more evidence in the first-degree murder case against John Eric Childress, 31, 314 High Lander Rd., Camden, produced a shovel that local law enforcement believes Childress used to possibly bury other evidence.
Childress was arrested early Sunday morning by Henry County Sheriff's deputies for the murder of his father, Timothy Childress, 52, 11770 Hwy 641S. The elder Childress was found dead at his home several hours before.
Sheriff Monte Belew said sheriff's deputies, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, TWRA and State Forestry officers helped with the search Monday in a remote, wooded area of Benton County.
"Our search was successful because what we found does corroborate other statements we've received in the case," Belew said Tuesday morning.
John Childress is being held in the Henry County Jail on $1 Million bond. His first hearing is today in the local courtroom.
Countian Arrested on Accessory Charges in Murder Case
Robert Earl Watts
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Robert Earl Watts, 55, 115 Rushing Rd. on a charge of being an accessory after the fact in the first-degree murder case involving John Eric Childress.
According to Sheriff Monte Belew, Watts was charged as an accessory for 'aiding the suspect'.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Childress early Sunday morning as he was walking along Rushing Rd.
Pool at Paris Landing State Park to Be Closed Wednesday
Buchanan,Tenn.- Park Officials at Paris Landing say due to some mechanical issues with the switchboard, they need to close the pool at the state park on Wednesday for repairs. They should have everything back in operation by Thursday.
State Free Fishing Day is Saturday
Families enjoy fishing on the piers at Paris Landing State Park on a recent weekend. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee's annual free fishing day is coming up this weekend.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will allow fishing without a license for everyone in public waters in the state on Saturday, June 8.
Even better, children ages 13 through 15 will able to fish without a license through June 14.
The TWRA stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events associated with the free fishing day.
A basic one-day fishing license for state residents costs $5.50, while an annual hunting and fishing license costs $28. No permit is required for children younger than 13.
The annual event is part of an effort aimed primarily at youngsters to increase interest in fishing in the state. Finding a place for children to fish is easier than ever. Starting now, the public can go to www.tnwildlife.org to view the 2013 Kid's Fishing Events. There you will find a variety of activities planned across the state with details as to locations and times.
Anglers and would-be anglers should check the events list often since more fishing rodeos are frequently added. Whatever you do, don’t miss the fun!
Free Fishing Day and Week apply to Tennessee’s public waters, Agency owned and operated lakes, and state park facilities. Some privately owned pay lakes continue to charge during this special day and week. Please consult with lake operators if you have any questions about the status of a particular facility.
Book Sale Set at HCMC Friday
Paris, Tenn.-A Books Are Fun Book Fair will be held at the Henry County Medical Center from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 7. It will benefit the Henry County Healthcare Foundation.
Over 250 titles will be available including Children's Story Books, Cookbooks, General Interest Books, New York Times Best Sellers, Stationery & Scrapbooking, Music Collections, Gifts for all ages, Early Learning Products, and Children's Educational Products.
Miller is Recommended as Interim MSU President
Murray, Ky.-Chairman of the Murray State Board of Regents Dr. Constantine Curris announced Monday he will recommend Dr. Tim Miller as interim president of the University while the board searches for a new president.
WKMS in Murray is reporting the appointment would go into effect the date that Dr. Randy Dunn, now President-elect of Youngstown State University, resigns from the Murray State presidency and lasting until the next President of Murray State assumes this position.
Miller spent 17 years as Chair of the Department of Accounting and over 20 years as Executive Director of the Murray State Foundation.
Curris announced last week nine members will serve on a search committee for MSU’s next president. An organizational meeting of the committee is tentatively scheduled at the conclusion of the board’s special-called budget meeting this Friday, June 7, according to WKMS.
AmVets Post 45 Hog Roast Is Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The AmVets Post 45 will hold their annual Hog Roast on Saturday from noon to 4pm with live music from Ricky Gallimore from 2-5pm. They are asking for a donation of $8 for the meal and money raised goes to help their yearly programs and more.
City's Budget Numbers are Down as Fiscal Year Comes to Close
Sluggish Retail Sales Causing Revenue Loss
Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the city of Paris met on Monday evening in a budget meeting and were presented the proposed budget for the upcoming 2013-2014 Fiscal Year, which starts July 1.
City Manager Carl Holder and Finance Director Kim Foster went over proposed numbers with the commission and discussed different aspects of the proposed budget, which will likely be passed on first reading this coming Thursday night at the June City Commission regular monthly meeting.
Holder started off discussion saying with the budget currently, the city is about $220K out of balance. He contributed most of that to very sluggish growth in retail sales along with decreases in beer and liquor sales as well. Holder said he guesstimated that by June 30, the city would be around $300,000 out of balance.
He explained that they have looked at state numbers and although the nation as a whole has seen retail sales tick up about 5% on average the last 27 months, the state of Tennessee has seen some decreases in retail sales and there is no real great explanation.
Looking at the city of Paris proposed budget for next fiscal year, Holder said they have a 2% increase in operating and maintenance expenses from two years ago. Health insurance premiums and salaries have been the majority of that.
For the coming fiscal year, Foster and Holder pointed out they have budgeted an 11% health care cost increase. Foster did say that they have asked their carrier of health insurance to look at ways to trim that down and hopes are that it could be cut down, perhaps to as low as only a 4% increase.
The proposed FY 14 budget for the city has no major capital expenses in it except a knuckle boom truck which Holder said is desperately needed, even though it isn’t used very often.
Holder also said there is no increase included for employees in the upcoming fiscal year. He said with the numbers down this year I just don’t see how we can include one. He did suggest to the commission that the city absorb the cost of the healthcare increase completely and not pass that on to employees, which would show good faith to them and help them out some.
New Software System Allowing City to Recoup Past Due Taxes
As the board of commissioner dived deeper into the proposed budget for next year on Monday night at the budget meeting, City Manager Carl Holder and Finance Director Kim Foster discussed some things in detail about what was going on with the current budget, and places to cut back in the proposed budget.
Holder said property taxes have seen a 1% growth and that could actually increase. With the new software system the city upgraded to, it allows them to print out past due notices for property taxes. Foster said they went thru and mailed out several past due notices and have picked up $10K from that in just the last week.
Neighboring Cities Alcohol Referendums Hurting City Revenues
Local option sales tax has seen a increase this year but was very sluggish and Holder says that could continue. The first few months of the budget year were very good, but that has dramatically slowed over the last half of the year.
Beer and Liquor Sales have decreased as well. Commissioners acknowledged that the referendum passed in Murray last summer and McKenzie also passing liquor sales is more than likely the main cause of the drop.
Some highlights of the departmental budgets include about a 1% increase in the police department budget. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the price of tires and ammunition have increased greatly and that is taking its toll on budget numbers. The price of tasers have also increase, with it costing about $25 every time an officer has to use the taser. The police department had originally requested a new patrol car to keep up with the buying of new ones every so many years, but Holder said with the budget being down that was taken out of the police budget.
In the Animal Control budget, public works director Phillip Jesse said they could make it another year without a newer vehicle, so the requested one was taken out of the upcoming budget. He did say the current vehicle, which is a 2005 model is starting to nickel and dime the city with repairs and maintenance.
The WG Rhea Public Library had requested an increase in funding in the upcoming budget from the city to help with some cost increases and employee raises. The city and county both help fund the library and the city put in $138K in the fiscal year 13 budget for the library. The request this coming year is just over $142K.
Commissioners thought since they weren’t giving any employee increases to city employees they didn’t want to give any extra money for that for the library. They finally suggested putting in $140K for the library, a slight increase from last year, a slight decrease from the requested amount.
Henry County School System Sponsoring Summer Food Program
HCHS, Henry School, Cottage Grove Baptist Church Sites for Program
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will sponsor the 2013 Summer Food Service Program which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services under an agreement with USDA. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. The program starts today and runs weekdays until August 2nd. There will be no meals served on Thursday July 4th.
Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same regardless of race, color, origin, sex, age, or disability. Students can get meals from 8-10 for breakfast at Henry County High School and lunch from 11 to 12:30 at the high school or Henry Elementary School. Also Cottage Grove Baptist Church will offer free lunch students as well from Noon to 1pm each weekday.
The meals are free to anyone under the age of 18. Adults can eat for only $3 as well. For more information contact the Henry County School System Central Office at 642-9733.
Florida Man Arrested For Marijuana Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police arrested a Florida man on drug charges after finding drugs in his RV that was parked on Brewer Street over the weekend. Dispatch received a call that there was some drug activity going on in the RV and officers could smell marijuana coming from the RV went they got near it.
They knocked on the door and Trevor W. Franks, age 32 of Florida, came out to talk with officers. K-9 units were brought in and four bags of marijuana were found along with some pills, grinder, two pipes, and other drug paraphernalia.
Franks was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, simple possession of schedule 4, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $5K bond.
Other arrests from the weekend include Charles J. Delk, age 34, of 622 Powell Street for driving on a revoked license, vandalism over $1K, vandalism over $500, and reckless driving and Stephanie Dawn Hoffman, of 706 Mandaly Road for possession of schedule 6 with intent, and possession of a weapon during a felony. Hoffman was placed on $5K bond.
Man Charged With First-Degree Murder of Father
John Eric Childress
Paris, Tenn.-Following a manhunt, a Benton County man was arrested early Sunday morning by the Henry County Sheriff's Office for the first-degree murder of his father.
John Eric Childress, 31, 314 High Lander Rd., Camden, is being held at the Henry County Jail on $1 million bond.
Sheriff's deputies, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), Tennessee Highway Patrol and the District Attorney's office were still working the scene of the murder at 11770 Hwy. 641S on Sunday morning. The residence is near the Benton County border.
According to Sheriff Monte Belew, Deputy Clyde Sulcer was called to the scene around 4 p.m. Saturday and found Timothy Childress, 52, of that address, deceased inside the house of an apparent gunshot wound.
Further investigation led investigators to begin searching for the younger Childress. Belew said alerts and teletypes were sent out to law enforcement all over the state for John Childress, who was finally found at 2 a.m. Sunday walking along Rushing Rd. by Deputy Corp. Bryan Bennett.
The elder Childress was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Danny Tucker and the Henry County EMS transported his body to Nashville for an autopsy.
Childress' first hearing is set for the local courtroom on Tuesday.
Belew said the investigation will be ongoing for weeks.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Springville man on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell after several bags of it were found in his car during a traffic stop.
Patrolman Jamie James stopped a car driven by Justin Long, 29, of 5875 Elkhorn-Nobles Rd. on Friday on Wynn Street, after James noticed his brake light was out. Along with a passenger, two children were in the car and James noted that Long was shaking and breathing heavily.
After James checked Long for weapons he said Long became angry and was pacing and said he had his family with him. James asked for consent to search and Long gave no answer, according to the report. James’ K9 Herrum alerted to the car and James found the bags hidden under the passenger seat.
James seized the vehicle and $474 in cash found in the vehicle. Bond was set at $1500.
Hit and Run Draws Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.-A hit and run accident produced multiple charges against a Paris man. Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to a call from a driver who said his vehicle had just been hit at the Tyson and Mineral Wells Ave. intersection. He said the van hit him and took off and that he was following it. The victim followed the van to Belmont Lodge Apartments where the driver ran out of the van and between a couple of buildings. Roaten said three small children were in the van.
Contacted later, the man admitted hitting the car and said he ran because he was afraid of losing his license.
Terry Lynn Johnson, 26, 509 Cherry St., Paris, was charged with three counts of child neglect, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license and lack of financial responsibility. Bond of $10.000 was set.
Kentucky Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.-A Hopkinsville woman was arrested on multiple charges after she was stopped for speeding at 3 a.m. Saturday on East Wood St. Patrolman Amber Roaten noticed the driver was nervous and she gave her name as Icling Green. The woman first gave consent to search and then said Roaten could not look in a diaper bag.
Roaten called Patrolman Jamie James and his K9 Herrum, who alerted to the diaper bag. A plastic bag of marijuana was found and the woman was arrested for simple possession. Bond was set at $1500.
A short while later, the jail called Roaten to report that the woman had given her a false name. The driver’s real name was Porche Slappy, age 25 and she said she was using her cousin’s license because she had warrants out on her and no license.
Slappy was then also charged with criminal impersonation and driving without a license. Bond was changed to $2500.
400 Mile Sale to Begin This Week
Hazel, Ky.- The tenth annual 400 Mile Sale next week and weekend will again include Hazel and Murray.
The four-day event begins Thursday, June 6 and ends Sunday, June 9. It invites visitors from all over the country to travel along historic Highway 68 and shop at state-wide yard sales and antique shops that populate the region.
Organizers said the 400 Mile Sale endeavors to bring economic opportunity to small communities.
“People were forgetting that these communities existed, so we were trying to entice people to go back into these small communities, see what they had to offer, and we thought the best way we could do that is to have a 400 mile sale across the state," Organizer Debby Spencer said in a press release.
This is the second year that coordinators are including Murray and Hazel along the route, which will be a draw for many Henry Countians, too. There are many antique shops in Hazel and Murray, and they, along with other businesses such as restaurants and gas stations were able to take advantage of the event last year.
The route begins in Maysville in northern Kentucky and stretches through 35 towns all the way down to Aurora and Kenlake Resort, where it moves down Highway 641 to Murray and Hazel and upward towards Paducah.
Gnewikow is Triton Tourney Winner
Buchanan, Tenn.- David Gnewikow of Mt. Juliet won the weekend's Triton Boat Owners Tournament. Sharon Seaton, owner of Fishtale Lodge, said Gnewikow "is considered a local as he fishes here a lot on Kentucky Lake. He has won several tournaments and won the Wounded Warrior Tournament last month."
Triton Boat Owners Power on Despite Torrential Rains
Houston County Student Wins Bethel Scholarship
Buchanan, Tenn.-These hardy fishermen were among the 350 Triton Boat Owners who participated in Saturday's tournament, despite torrential rains on and off all day. Wesley Banks of Houston County High School was the lucky winner of the Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship at the tournament. With it he received a $5,000 per year to Bethel University and a position on the Bethel Fishing Team. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Relay Poker Run Postponed Due to Stormy Weather
Paris, Tenn.-The 3rd annual Relay for Life Poker Run set for today has been moved to Sunday. The ride will leave from Hidden Creek Campground tomorrow. First riders out at 11:30 a.m. With heavy rain and thunderstorms ongoing today, safety of the riders was the main concern and reason for this decision, according to organizers.
The cost to enter is $10 per bike and $10 for extra rider. The bike with the best poker hand wins $150 and 2nd place gets $75. Shirts will be sold for $15 and there will be food and door prizes as well and a silent auction. Stops for cards include Blondie’s Rainbow Club, 641 Club, Boondocks, extra card stops at Pitbull Biker Shop, Meo Mio’s, and Matt’s Pub. For more information call 731-514-2806.
Triton Owners Tourney Weigh-in is Saturday Afternoon
Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship to Bethel will be awarded
Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 700 people gathered at Paris Landing State Park Convention Center last night for the opening meal of the Triton Boat Owners tournament, where they were welcomed by Mayor Brent Greer.
Some 350 boat owners are registered for the tournament this year, which will be held at Paris Landing State Park, and Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Wheatley said, "Having these folks here to fish is great for our local businesses and community".
Check-in for the tournament will begin at 4 a.m. Saturday morning and the weigh-in will be held at 2 p.m.
Triton Boats has also announced that it is partnering with Bethel University to offer the Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship at the tournament. The scholarship will be awarded to the highest finishing eligible team. Bethel University will offer a $5,000 per year scholarship and a position on the Bethel University Fishing Team to the winner. The scholarship opportunity is open to anyone ages 16-19 fishing the Triton Owners Tournament.
Three Killed in Two Fatal Crashes on Hwy 641 Friday
Murray, Ky.-Two fatal crashes occurred on Hwy. 641 this morning during the heavy rainfall. Both occurred across the state line in Calloway County, near Murray, and both crashes caused the highway to be closed for extended periods of time.
The Kentucky State Police has now released all the names of the victims. According to WPSD-TV, in the first accident, 38-year-old Bobby Alexander, of Camden, Tennessee, died at the scene after losing control of his car and sliding sideways. Two others involved in the accident were hospitalized and their names are Jennifer Thompson, 25, no address listed, and Kyle Robertson, 30.
In the second accident, the KSP is reporting that Melanie Stockham, 59, of Murray, and Perry Adams, 61, of Kirksey, Kentucky, died following the crash. Ali Adams, 22, also of Kirksey, was injured.
Adams's vehicle hydroplaned and crossed into the southbound lane, striking Stockham's truck head-on, according to WPSD-TV.
Ali Adams and Perry Adams were taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital, where Perry was pronounced dead. Ali Adams was reportedly airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.
Neither Ali nor Perry Adams was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, while Stockham was wearing hers, according to KSP.
News from past weeks here.