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Over $1800 Raised for Plus Endowment at Summer Kickoff

Paris, Tenn.- Over $1800 was collected for Plus Endowment Thursday night in a benefit dinner held at the Mule Barn. Miss D’s Kitchen catered the event with delicious food and around 150-160 attended. Plus Endowment is a non profit organization that awards grants to teachers in the Paris Special School District and Henry County School System. Members of the Plus Endowment board helped serve the meal and event goers enjoyed the classic cars and other activities around the Mule Barn venue. (Plus Endowment Photos)

DQ Grill and Chill Opening Tuesday at 6am

Paris, Tenn.- Paris’s latest restaurant will be opening on Tuesday June 13th at 6am for breakfast and the first 100 customers who purchase a breakfast combo will receive a card for two free blizzards per month for one year.

The new DQ Grill and Chill, owned by Dairy Queen’s largest franchisee, Fourteen Foods, decided to bring Dairy Queen back to Paris and put a heavy emphasis on a fast-casual restaurant model, with the Grill and Chill.

Will Connell, Community Marketing Manager, said “the DQ will be open 6am-10:30pm Sundays thru Thursdays and until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The menu will feature Dairy Queen Classics like Dip Cones, Dilly Bars, Blizzards, and other unique menu items you won’t find anywhere else.”

HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary Awards Scholarships

Pictured from left to right:  Barbara Skelley, HCMC Auxiliary; Madison Demorato; Danielle Stafford; Carnell Browning, HCMC Auxiliary; Trent Wilson; and Patsy Thompson, HCMC Auxiliary.  These three students received this year’s HCMC Auxiliary scholarships to pursue medical degrees at the university or college of their choice in the fall.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary awarded three, $2,000 scholarships to Henry County High School students during its May meeting, where the recipients and their parents were special guests.   

The three recipients are Trent Wilson, Madison Demorato, and Danielle Stafford.  The three students are graduating seniors from Henry County High School and will be attending a college or university in the fall studying a medical field.  The students will be pursuing the following:

  • Wilson, son of Wayne and Emily Wilson and Lisa Wade, will be attending University of TN at Chattanooga in the fall pursuing a degree in physical therapy
  • Demorato, daughter of Joelle Hallisey and Michael Demorato, will be playing softball at Murray State University, pursing a degree in physical therapy
  • Stafford, daughter of Annette Gloss, will be attending Union University, pursuing a 2 year pharmacy tract for her doctorate.

“We are thrilled to be able to award three graduating seniors from Henry County High School a scholarship this year,” said Carnell Browning, HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary member who introduced the scholarship winners at the May Auxiliary meeting.  

HCMC Welcomes New Human Resources Director

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Marshall, MHA, ACHE to the position of Director of Human Resources.  Marshall joined the team at HCMC in mid April 2017 and is already seen as an advocate for partners at HCMC.

Marshall comes to HCMC from Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center/Toppenish Hospital in Yakima, Washington where he served as the Human Resources Director/Talent Acquisition.  He also served as the Director of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for Cypress Health Care in Nashville, TN as well as Lake Area Medical Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana. 

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Marshall received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and a master’s in Health Administration from Grand Canyon University.  He has been in healthcare for 18 years and most enjoys being able to serve the communities he lives in.

Marshall is married to Alison, and has three children:  Ridgley (age 7), Rowan (age 12) and Ransom (age 13).  In his spare time, Marshall enjoys hiking, climbing, and fishing and has 4 dogs.  He also serves for the Marshall Legacy Institute, a Virginia-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed in 1997 to extend the vision of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall by alleviating suffering and promoting hope, growth, and stability in war-torn countries.  For many nations, a primary obstacle to achieving sustainable progress is the deadly legacy of landmines, the relics of armed conflicts that often ended long ago.  Programs like the Mine Detection Dog Partnership Program (MDDPP), provides Mine Detection Dogs (MDDs) to accelerate the pace of landmine clearance operations.  Marshall began as a Corpsman with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force and finished with the 4th Marine Division, this effort is near and dear to his heart.

 “I am very excited about the opportunity to serve our community,” said Marshall.  “I want the people of Paris, TN and the region to understand that we are here to serve them and they are our ultimate customers.  I can’t wait for the opportunity to interact with our customers on a daily basis outside the hospital and for our partners to know I am an advocate for them.”

"We are lucky to have someone of Brett’s experience and expertise to help us move our organization forward during changing times in healthcare,” said Tom Gee, CEO of HCMC.  “We expect that he will help lead or workforce to bigger and better accomplishments.”

Another Great Turnout for Songwriters on the Square

From L to R: Caleb Clark, Haleigh Martin, and Casey Clark perform for the crowd.

Paris, Tenn.- Another evening of low humidity and cooler temperatures helped bring out a great crowd to watch Songwriters on the Square Thursday evening, part of Downtown Paris Week. Several artitsts performed some tunes they have penned themselves and Perry's BBQ served food. (Kathy Ray photos)


A great crowd showed up for Songwriters on the Square; Vince Dodd, Alan Knowles, and Evann Dodd perform.

TBI Releases Studies on Hate Crime, Crimes Against Officers

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports last month detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and violence against the State’s Law Enforcement Officers. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to the TBI by the State’s Law Enforcement Agencies thru TIBRS.

Among the findings from ‘Tennessee Hate Crime 2016’ the study shows the overall number of offenses in which the bias was known decreased 32% from 2015 to 2016. Males were victimized at higher rates than females 53% to 46%. Simple assault was the most frequently reported bias-motivated offense in 2016, with 63 victims or 33.5% of hate crime victims. Nearly 29% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.

 The findings in ‘Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted’ showed the number of victims increased slightly by 1.3% with over 1800 victims reported. In 2015, there were two Law Enforcement Officers reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty in Tennessee and the most frequently reported offense against Law Officers was simple assault at 54.8%.

Full reports are available at the TBI’s website, www.tn.gov/tbi

Downtown Paris Week Continues With Government Day, Farmers Market

Paris, Tenn.- Friday is Government Day during Downtown Paris Week as we salute all the government workers who serve our community. DPA ask you to take a minute and thank a City or County employee for their work and dedication. Also Friday at 3pm the Farmer’s Market will open for the first time at its location at the corner of Ruff and Market Street. Many vendors will be on hand with several different items of produce, baked goods, jellies, and more. The Farmer’s Market will be open Tuesdays and Fridays all summer long beginning at 3pm.

On Saturday, Downtown Paris Week concludes with the West Alley Art Walk with artists and their artwork displayed and for sale form 10am to 2pm. Perry’s BBQ will sell food and drinks. Tales from the Crypt will take place in the Paris City Cemetery with stories of famous and infamous Henry County families from 1-3pm. The admission is a $5 donation and funds benefit revitalization of the cemetery.

Fairview Baptist to Hold VBS June 11-15

Paris, Tenn.- Fairview Baptist Church invites everyone to their Go Fish Victory Pep Rally Vacation Bible School June 11-15. The vacation bible school is for PreK-12th grade and runs from 6-8:30pm. Saturday June 17th is VBS Family Night and there will be a pool party from 6-8pm at the Eiffel Tower Park Pool. For more information call 642-2191.

Casting for a Cure is Saturday, June 10th in McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 17th Annual Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday, June 10th at  McKenzie's City Park Lake, located at 570 Como Street in McKenzie.

The event is free to kids ages 15 and under. Registration on the day of the event will held be from 8am to 9am and the competition will be from 9am to 11am.  

Special plaques and bicycles will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in the four separate age groups. Age groups include: 5 and under, 6 to 9, 10 to12, and 13 to 15.

 The Carroll County Relay for Life teams will provide concessions for the event. Money raised at the event will benefit the American Cancer Society.

For additional information you can contact Steve McCadams at 642-0360 or you can email stevemc@charter.net.

Car Totaled After a Wreck on Volunteer Drive

Paris Police Ptl. Amanda Forrest cleaning up after a vehicle wrecked on Thursday afternoon on Volunteer Drive in Paris. (Jason Corbitt photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police responded to a crash that totaled one vehicle on Volunteer Drive in Paris on Thursday afternoon.

UTM Offering Summer Piano Camp Next Week

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will host a summer piano camp from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 12-16, in the UT Martin Fine Arts Building. Intermediate and advanced-level piano students who have completed the seventh through 12th grades are invited to participate.

Registration is $275 per student, and activities include piano lessons and ensemble coaching from camp director Dr. Elaine Harriss, UT Martin professor of music, as well as musical theory classes and organ lessons, an introduction to the harpsichord and daily sight-reading instruction. Lunch will be available on campus in the Skyhawk Dining Hall.

Special topics will include a study of sonata form using composer Franz Schubert’s “Fantasie in F Minor” for piano duet, a look at the life of Franz Joseph Haydn and a performance by the UT Martin University Trio.

Participants will present a public program of solo and ensemble performances at 4 p.m., June 16, for parents, family and friends.

Scholarships are available for a limited number of students based on application. Those wishing to apply for a camp scholarship must contact Harriss before June 1. This is a commuter camp, and on-campus housing is not provided with registration. If campus housing is needed, contact Harriss as early as possible.

Slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and early registration is advised. Additional information and registration forms are available online at utm.edu/departments/piano/pianocamp.php.

For assistance, contact Harriss at 731-881-7411 or by email at elaineh@utm.edu.

Library's Computers Down for Maintenance Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Library’s public computers will be down for maintenance the entire day on Friday June 9th and will be unavailable to use. The check out computers will be up and running and so checking our materials will still be possible on Friday.

HCHS Color Guard Car Wash Sat. 10-2

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Color Guard is offering a Free carwash this Saturday at Advanced Auto Parts on Mineral Wells Avenue from 10am-2pm. Donations are appreciated and 100% of donations will go towards the Marching Patriots 2017 production.

Olivia Perry Selected to Intern at Disney

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's own Olivia Perry, who's family owns Perry's BBQ, has been selected to be a full-time paid intern at the Food and Beverage Department at Walt Disney World Resort. She is a student at the Randy Rayburn School of Culinary Arts and once she finishes the 8-month internship she will be an official Chef.

Plenty of Activities, Food at Friday's RFL in HC

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is set for Friday June 9th and with plenty of activities and food planned from opening to close. The gates will open at 4pm and a silent auction and survivor registration begins then as well also. DJ Landon will provide some music during the opening timeframe.

The opening ceremony will start at 6pm with the presentation of the colors, National Anthem, Survivor Lap, Caregiver Lap, and recognition of sponsors, teams, and committees. The fight back ceremony will commence then as well.

Entertainment throughout the evening includes Ervin, Andrea, and Marley at 7pm and the Longshot Band at 8pm. The Silent Auction closes at 8:40pm, lighting of the luminarias is set for 9pm, the Remember Ceremony and Empty Chair Presentation begins at 9:30pm.

At 10:30pm, the digital scavenger hunt starts and there is a Relay Dance Party with music by DJ Landon. A lip sync battle begins at 11pm, and the closing ceremony and awards starts at midnight.

Several campsites will be set up for Relay on Friday night with many different kinds of food available for sale. Some of the delicious food that will be available from different campsites include grilled burgers and hotdogs, smoked turkey sandwiches, deep fried oreos, homemade fruit cobblers, pies, and ice cream, root beer floats, bbq fried pies, bbq ribs, and much more. 

Songwriters on the Square Set for Thurs. 6-8pm

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday’s activity during Downtown Paris Week is Songwriters on the Square and showcases local musicians going “round robin” with favorite tunes they’ve penned themselves. Vince Dodd will lead the group and music lovers can enjoy the entertainment from 6-8pm. The lineup includes Casey Clark, Caleb Clark, Evan Dodd, Alan Knowles, Haleigh Martin, and Vince Dodd. Perry’s BBQ will be selling BBQ and sides and drinks.

Man Charged After Running Over Fire Hydrant

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Michael Ramos charged Shane K. Tharpe, age 32, of Mansfield, with DUI, financial responsibility violation, and leaving the scene of an accident after he ran over a fire hydrant. City Units were dispatched to Dunlap Street where a vehicle struck a fire hydrant and a witness told Lt. Ramos he helped the man, later identified as Tharpe, get his vehicle off the fire hydrant and then Tharpe drove off. Ptl. Dereck Greenhill later found a vehicle matching the description of the one involved in the incident on Hardy Street and made a traffic stop on Irvine St. Tharpe was arrested on scene and charged.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that several items were stolen from a home and shop at a Dale Road residence in Henry. Entry points were possible in the house and items stolen included a dresser, table, vacuum, dry erase board, and minifridge. The total value of items is around $900.

Deputies are also still investigating a stolen truck from a home on Hwy. 641 N. The report stated the utility trailer was unhooked from the truck and it was driven thru the neighbors yard and on towards Puryear. The value of the truck is around $4K.

Tyler J. Ashby, age 25, of Hollow Rock was arrested for theft, drug paraphernalia possession, evading arrest. He was placed on $7K bond.  

THP and TDOT Preparing for Bonnaroo

Nashville- It’s that time of year again!  The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will soon take place in the city of Manchester, Tennessee.  Since its inception in 2002, the four-day, multi-stage event has become one of the most popular live music festivals in the country, attracting thousands of attendees. To fully enjoy the varied lineup of performers and musical styles that Bonnaroo has to offer, festivalgoers from all over the country camp out on a 700-acre Middle Tennessee farm, making it their temporary home for four days.  As in years past, tens of thousands of music lovers are expected to attend the 2017 Bonnaroo festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 8, and winds down Sunday night, June 11.

During the Bonnaroo Festival, the area in and around Manchester sees increased traffic volume as festivalgoers make their way into the festival site.  As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area.  TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destination.

“As in the past, TDOT has again coordinated with our partners at THP and other agencies to make sure that everyone gets safely into and out of the festival site, while keeping through traffic on I-24 moving efficiently during the Bonnaroo Festival,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer.  “We are confident that we can successfully minimize traffic delays during the festival period because of our advanced planning.”

This year, Bonnaroo will officially open all its gates on Wednesday evening June 7 at 8:00 p.m. CDT to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds.  State Troopers will be on-the-job 24 hours a day, beginning Wednesday evening, patrolling on the ground and by air.  Also, drivers should keep in mind that if they need the assistance of a state trooper while traveling anywhere in Tennessee, they can simply dial *THP (*847) from their cell phone.  They will be automatically connected to the nearest THP dispatch office and the operator will send a state trooper to their location.

“We welcome the visitors that will be attending the Bonnaroo Festival,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.  “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is committed to reducing crashes and saving lives on Tennessee roadways.  Our troopers will continue to take a zero tolerance approach as they enforce the laws during this event.  We strongly believe that the efforts of THP along with TDOT and our public safety partners are contributing to reducing traffic related incidents and fatalities.  Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, always wear your seatbelt, and do not drive distracted.”

During Bonnaroo 2016, Troopers logged nearly 6,900 man-hours, worked 13 traffic crashes (1 fatal, 2 injury, and 10 property damage crashes), and wrote 626 citations and issued 1 warning.  A breakdown of all THP-issued citations during last year’s festival period is included in this release. 

TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance.  In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning Wednesday, June 7 through Monday, June 12:

  • Efforts will be concentrated on keeping I-24 traffic flowing.
  • Exit 111 (SR 55) will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112 (temporary exit on westbound side only), 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
  • TDOT maintenance units will be posted throughout the festival region, and maintenance personnel will be on call all weekend.
  • TDOT will provide variable message signs to warn drivers of delays.
  • There will be no construction-related lane closures on I-24 near the Bonnaroo festival area between 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 7 through 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12.
  • Median crossovers will be guarded to prevent motorists from parking in the crossovers and blocking emergency vehicles.
  • Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and/or on the shoulder of the interstate, allowing through traffic to utilize the left travel lane unimpeded.
  • Emergency vehicles will use county roads that will be kept at low volume.
  • Bonnaroo promoters issued early news releases to the trucking industry and other sources to alert the traveling public to festival times, location, and alternate routes.
  • Temporary communication towers are in place to improve emergency communications.

During the festival, motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes.  From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest traffic information and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic.  TDOT is also on Twitter.  For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511

City of Paris Changing Signalization at Wood & Porter St.

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is currently in the process of a change in signalization at the West Wood Street and Porter Street intersection. The intersection is currently served by a red, yellow, and green traffic light and it will be converted to a flashing yellow caution light. Signs will be placed at the intersection for a period of time to warn motorists of the change. The light will begin flashing on Monday June 12th. Please use caution when traveling in that area.

Relay Group Photo Planned at Eiffel Tower Wed. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Eiffel Tower will be turning purple beginning Wednesday evening thru Friday as Henry County Relay for Life is set for Friday night. There will be a Relay group photo in front of the Tower just as it turns dark Wednesday and everyone involved in Relay is asked to come out at 7:15pm Wednesday evening.

Great Crowd Hears Old Spirits at Music On the Square Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Shade on the East Side of the Courtsquare and cooler, less humid temperatures helped bring a large crowd out Tuesday for Music on the Square, part of Downtown Paris Week. The Old Spirits performed great tunes and Perry's BBQ sold event goers some BBQ sandwiches as they enjoyed the great music. (Tim Alsobrooks and Kathy Ray photos)


TNWF Presents Turtle Races at RDS Event on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is excited to present a brand new program in their Refuge Discovery Series featuring visiting critters from the Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. “Turtle Races” will be held at the Visitors Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville this Saturday June 10th at 1pm.

The program will discuss what types of turtles are common to our area and you can cheer on your favorite in the race. The newest hiking trail adjacent to the Visitor’s Center is now open so feel free to come early and take a stroll on it as well.

For more information about the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and its programs call 642-2091 or visit the website www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee.

Wednesday is Heritage Day as Downtown Paris Week Continues

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is Heritage Day as part of Downtown Paris Week and Ray Harding will lead two, free, 30- minute walking tours of downtown Paris. Participants need to meet on the corner in front of Jack Jones Flowers. The free tours depart at 11am and Noon and be sure and wear comfortable walking shoes. Visitors will see vintage downtown photos and other historic documents.

HCMC To Offer Health Screening at Paris Civic Center Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer a Community Health Screening at the Paris Civic Center on Thursday June 8th from 8:30am to 10:30am. No appointments are necessary. There will be free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressure checks. Finger Stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee and full lipid panel for $10 each. Results are available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Chamber To Host Membership Appreciation Event Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a Membership Appreciation event on Thursday June 8th at 6:30pm at the Gerald Howard Municipal Pool at Eiffel Tower Park. It’s a family night of fun for all Chamber members so come check out the new Water Slides. At dark, Disney’s Moana will be shown on the big screen outdoors. Free hotdogs and hamburgers will be served along with popcorn. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie. The event is open to all chamber members.

TUMC Annual Auction Planned for Sunday June 11th

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church will have their annual auction on Sunday June 11th at 4pm. The church is located at 409 N. Wilson St. Baked items will be for sale and hamburger and hot dog meals will be available for purchase as well. Come out and support the Methodist Men’s fundraiser. For more information call 363-3371.

HCMC Issues Statement After Physician Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- THe Henry County Medical Center has issued a statement following a Monday arrest of one of their physicians, Dr. Robert Hamm, age 39 of Countrywood Estates, for reckless endangerment.

Sheriff Monte Belew said Hamm was arrested for firing multiple gunshots in the yard of his home in Countrywood Estates. Hamm had been warned a few times not to fire in close proximity of other homes.

The Henry County Medical Center's statement:

“HCMC had decided several months ago not extend a new contract to Dr. Hamm for psychiatric services,” said Lisa Casteel, CFO at HCMC.  “Administration and staff had already been planning for Dr. Hamm’s departure, so HCMC will execute the coverage plan they had been working towards for mental health service needs earlier than anticipated so that patients have the continuity of care they deserve with limited disruptions.  It is unfortunate that this situation has occurred, but the safety and wellbeing of our patients is top priority, and we are moving forward with the plan.”  

“HCMC is dedicated to the mental health of our community and region,” said Tom Gee, CEO at HCMC.  “We want our patients and their families to know that we will be here for their needs and we have a plan to take care of them.”  

Any patient who needs to be rescheduled for an appointment will be contacted by the Paris Mental Health Clinic staff.  If you have questions or would like to speak to the staff at the clinic, call 731-644-8441.  For more information about Lake Haven Behavioral Health Center, call 731-644-8420.  

Law Enforcement Busy with Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Richard DeWayne Perkins, age 49, of 1015 Depot. Street, for sexual battery. Perkins was placed on $15K bond.

Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Trenton Wayne Wilson, age 18, of 1607 Lone Oak Road, for simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of drug paraphernalia, and underage consumption of alcohol.

Trooper Jeremy Byars charged Charlotte Michelle Jones, age 52, of 635 Inver Lane, for DUI, implied consent, due care, and violation of financial responsibility.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on James N. Wilson, age 37, of Humboldt for theft. The theft stems from Wilson renting a crane floor roller back in February and never returning it, according to the report at the Paris Police Department.

Registration Underway for Library's Summer Reading Program

Paris, Tenn.- Registration is ongoing now at the W.G. Rhea Public Library for the 2017 Summer Reading Program and this year’s theme is “Build a Better World.” The first day to check out books is Monday June 12th and the first event is also scheduled then at 4pm, Hampsted Stage production of Beauty and the Beast. Tuesday June 13th is the first day to record books for the summer reading program.

More programs and professional entertainers are planned this year than ever with programs several nights during the week including shows, movies, animal demonstrations and more. The Summer Reading Program is also open to adults again this year so everyone can join in on the fun.

For more information like the WG Rhea Library on Facebook, visit their website at www.rheapubliclibrary.org. You must register before Monday June 12th to begin Summer Reading by calling the Library at 642-1702.

T.A.R.P. Paint N Sip Fundraiser Is Thurs.

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

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

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

Relay Meeting Scheduled for Tues. 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will hold their last meeting Tuesday evening June 6th at the Quality Inn at 6pm. All money you have to turn in is requested for teams and bring luminaries as well. There is still a need for canned goods for bags as well.

New Water Slide Packing the Pool At Eiffel Tower Park

Parks Director Tony Lawrence discusses the new water slides. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday afternoon and Parks Director Tony Lawrence and told the board the new Triple Tower Plunge Water Slide is a huge attraction at the Gerald Howard Pool at Eiffel Tower Park.

Lawrence once again praised Lowe’s for their local hero’s grant and work they’ve done with the pool and area around it. Staff worked hard with Lowes crews and it really looks nice. Attendance has increased and exceeded expectations so far.

Lawrence gave the board updates on some capital items included in the 2017-18 budget which should pass on 2nd reading by the City Commission later this month. Some of the highlights include purchasing land around the parks to help add parking or for other things; surfacing courts at Ogburn Park; purchasing an infield groomer which will replace the 4-wheeler that has been grooming the infield for years. The budget also includes upgrades on fitness equipment at the Civic Center and a new floor in the meeting room.

The Parks Board learned the Tourism Enhancement Grant has been awarded and the restrooms will be installed over the summer at the Downtown Park. Lawrence said we hope to pour concrete this fiscal year, before June 30th and construct the building in July and August.

Parks Board Learns of Possible Grant for BMX Pump Track

Paris, Tenn.- The Parks Department has submitted a request for a National Parks and Recreation Association for a $50K grant and if it is awarded they plan on putting in a BMX Pump Track. Lawrence said they want Parks Department to use the grant money for something different so we figured this type of track would be a good thing to add to our Parks Department. Lawrence said if they don’t get the grant, they will try to include this in next year’s budget.

The pump track would be constructed across the road from Eiffel Tower Park in the grassy area. City Manager Kim Foster said this is the first year of these types of grants and Disney is a partner with the NPRA. Foster said it’s a shot in the dark with any National grant it’s a shot in the dark but with it being the first year of availability we hope it will be awarded.  

The Friends of McNeil Park used some Helping Hand money and ordered some Sun Shades for the Henry County Little League program. Lawrence said they ordered two and they are $3500 apiece and covers the bleachers area to give some relief from the heat and sun on fly balls. One will go at the baseball field and one at the softball field.

Lawrence said the tennis courts at HCHS were resurfaced with the Parks Department and School System splitting the cost. Coach Kirk has had some blocks donated and they will put up a hitting wall in the back corner to allow people to practice by themselves.

The McNeil restrooms are complete just lacking the asphalt around the building to complete the project completely. Lawrence said we are on the list, but it might still be awhile before the paving around the restrooms are done.

Lawrence told the board the Paris Parks Department Fish Fry Car Show had 98 entries back during Fish Fry week and was very well attended. The event has grown in the last few years.

Lawrence introduced the Parks Board to intern Scarlett McSwain, who is currently enrolled at the University of Tennessee and plays softball for the Lady Vols. She is majoring in Sports Management. Kelly Conger, who has graduated Ole Miss with a Parks and Recreation degree is also interning this summer.

Planning Commission Approves New Building for "The Shed"

Planning Commission members approve the new structure at the HCSO. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a special called meeting of the Paris Planning Commission on Monday morning a site plan for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was approved. The site plan was for a new 50ft. by 30ft. building to be constructed on the east side of the property located on Forrest Heights Road. The new structure will be used for “The Shed” which is a projected started by Sgt. Michele Brewer to get donations, clothes, and other items to store and give to needy families. Due to the fact the building will be constructed on an existing asphalted area, it doesn’t fall under the MS4 review.

Another amended site plan was approved for the Henry County Board of Education Bus Garage on S. Market Street. A site plan on this was approved earlier in the year and this amended plan was presented Monday. No pervious surface will be created and no MS4 is necessary.

Morris shows planners the proposed parking lot of the Ole West Steakhouse. (Alsobrooks photo)

Planners also approved a parking lot site plan for Ole West Steak House on East Wood Street and Marilyn Avenue. The plan is for additional parking for Vicki Noles and her proposed restaurant in the former Lalo’s building. The plan adds 20 additional spaces for this business location. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris discussed the needs to be addressed before formal approval. The plan was approved contigent on engineers determing the issue where a curb will be installed where a new driveway is planned, proof of ownership for the lots the parking lot will be constructed in, and screening or fencing for the new lot that is adjacent to residential lots. The building was orginally a fast food restaurant and not a dine-in, so is the reason for adding the parking spots.

Prior to the planning commission meeting, the Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance for 410 Hooper Street. The variance has been looked at for over a month now as presented by Matthew Goetz to place a double-wide manufactured home oriented differently than the original ordinance states. Staff recommended a section of the code which states granting ordinances should be allowed when necessary to overcome some obstacle preventing an owner from using the property as the Zoning Ordinance intended.

One In Custody, Investigation Continues After Shooting Sun. Night

Paris, Tenn.- One man is in custody and Paris Police are still investigating an incident where shots were fired at a business on Mineral Wells Avenue on Sunday evening. The press release from Capt. Ricky Watson said the caller said shots were fired between two vehicles and both cars had left the scene. City units searched the area and were notified of a possible shooting victim that had come to the Henry County Medical Center.

Investigators began to work the case and investigation led officers to a Dresden address where they located one of the cars involved with the shooting incident, while the other vehicle, belonging to the victim had already been located.

The shooting suspect, Axel Javier Rivera was found to be at another location in Carroll County and Investigators contacted the 24th Judicial District Task Force early on in the investigation. Officers with the 24th JDTF were able to apprehend Rivera after discovering he was in Carroll County. He was place into custody for felony violation out of Carroll County. Investigation is continuing and several charges are pending with other arrest possible.

Deputies Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an aggravated burglary on Jim Hunt Road were entry was made and over $2200 worth of items were stolen. The report stated that items stolen included a PlayStation 3 and four controllers, 37 PS3 games, a Sony Wii, a DVD player, a 12 gauge shotgun, and a compound bow. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft on Rabbit Creek Road where a 5 x 8 tilt bed utility trailer and a Honda 450 ATV sitting on the trailer were both stolen. The total value of items is over $7K and there are no suspects at this time.

Two Teens Arrested on Drug and Alcohol Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Treyvion Currie, age 18 of North Caldwell Street of Paris, on Sunday for simple possession and driving under the influence first offense. Currie was placed on $1,500 bond.

In another report, Trooper Cooper also arrested Emily Chamness, age 18 of Tharpe Lane of Paris, on Sunday for possession of drug paraphernalia and underage consumption. Chamness was placed on $1,000 bond.

Music on the Square is Tuesday, June 6th

Paris, Tenn.- At the Downtown Paris Week on Tuesday, June 6th stop by for Music on the Square  with The Old Spirits bringing rock and roll music to the east side of the court house lawn from 5:30pm to 7pm.

And because music calls for great food, Perry’s BBQ will be on site serving their BBQ. Just bring a chair and enjoy a fun time with delicious food and music by The Old Spirits. 

Plus Endowment Summer Kick Off Benefit is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Miss D’s Kitchen and the Mule Barn are hosting  the Plus Endowment “Summer Kick Off” Benefit  on Thursday, June 8th at 6pm  at the Mule Barn located at 600 Scarborough Lane.

Tickets cost $10 per plate which includes: pork loin or ribeye, potato salad, baked beans, and beverage.You can purchase tickets at Lura Lee’s Gift Shoppe of Paris, from any Plus Endowment board member or through the Plus Endowment Facebook page.

On Thursday bring your own lawn chair and listen to music by Michael Holden.

Huntingdon Man Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Abriel Quinones, age 28 of Green Allen Springs Road of Huntingdon, on Sunday for theft of property. Quinones was placed on $1,000 bond.

Jackson Man Wins 21 TrX Boat at 18th Triton Owners Tourney

Gary Singleton and Jonathon Caldwell won this year's Triton Owners Tournament with a weight of 33.12lbs. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Buchanan, Tenn. - Over 400 anglers took part in the 18th Annual Triton Owners Tournament at Paris Landing State Park on Friday and Saturday. Anglers from Tennessee to Kentucky, Alabama and across the country came to participate in the tournament. Gary Singleton and Jonathon Caldwell won this year's Triton Owners Tournament with a weight of 33.12lbs.

Angler Luke showing off his big catch to the other Anglers. (Cassie Walsh photos)

All 400 anglers awaited the announcement of who the winner of the 21 TrX Boat at 18th Annual Triton Owners Tournament was and Johnny Brantley of Jackson, Tennessee won the 21 TrX Boat.  

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Triton Boats partnered up with Bethel University to offer the Tom Moody Memorial Scholarship at the tournament, which was awarded to the highest finishing eligible team at the tournament. Bethel offered a $5,000 per year scholarship and a position on the Bethel Fishing Team to the winner. The scholarship opportunity was open to teens ages 16-19 who were fishing in the Triton Owners’ Tournament.

Good Turnout for the R.E.A.L. Fun Golf Tournament

(Linley White photos)

Paris, Tenn.- It was all fun and games and a little competition as a good crowd showed up at the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center REAL Fun Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Paris Country Club. 

Chase Bell was the winner of the longest drive in the male category. (Linley White photo)

The winners of the longest drive were Chase Hill and Paula Bell. The winners of the longest putt were Martin Paschall and Paula Bell. The winner of the closest to the pin was Dylan Phillips and the overall championship team was the Jim Herndon team.

The winner of the longest putt and drive in the female category was Paula Bell. (Linley White photo)

Money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center, which is an after-school enrichment program for all kids in grades 1-5 and a junior volunteer program for grades 6-12 that need service hours.

(Linley White photos)

PPD Arrest Three People on Drug Charges on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker arrested Wrangler Ward, age 26 of Dunmore Drive of Nashville, on Friday for driving on a revoked license, simple possession of a schedule II substance and simple schedule III substance.

Investigator Whitaker also arrested Tiffany Turner, age 27, and Timothy Jones, age 24, both of Lone Oak Road of Paris, for simple possession of a schedule II substance and simple possession og a schedule III substance.  Ward, Turner and Jones were each placed on $1,000 bond.

Dine Downtown Paris Day is Monday, June 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris week continues on Monday, June 5th, so stop by the Dine Downtown Day to try out all of the eateries in downtown Paris. Enjoy a delicious meal at Take Me Back Café, Perry’s BBQ, A La Mode Sweet Shoppe, Golden Dragon, Uncle Billy’s Downtown Eatery, LL’s Bar & Grill, or try coffee at Jack’s Java.

Top off that meal with a little exercise and culture with the Downtown Art Walk. Throughout the week, a number of artists will display their work in downtown shops.

Paris Man Arrested for Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Higgins arrested Michael Tharpe, age 46 of Lee Street of Paris, on Thursday for assault. Tharpe was placed on $1,000 bond.

Fishing and Fun at the Kids Fishing Derby

All of the kids who participated in the Kids Fishing Derby. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Puryear, Tenn.-  The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge along  with Friends of Tennessee NWR hosted a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, as more than 30 kids participated in the derby.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Friends of Tennessee NWR  will also provide bait for the tournament. All of the fish that participants caught and didn't want to keep to was able donate their catch to help feed the critters at the LBL Nature Station. Kids who won first and second place in each of the age groups took home rods, reels and tackle boxes and all of the kids got to take home baggies filled with fishing goodies.

$7,300 Raised for Coach Reggie Thompson at Sat. Benefit

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris, Tenn.- There was a benefit for Grove Football Coach Reggie Thompson on Saturday at the Henry County High School Fieldhouse. A total of $7,300 was raised at the benefit to help offset medical expenses.

They had more than 50 pre-orders and twice as many people came out to buy a meal or a sandwich or just show their support to Coach Thompson by donating.

All of the money raised will go to help Coach Thompson and his family with his medical expenses.

Three Arrested on Drug Charges in Two Days

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Lt. Lance Perry arrested Lacey B. Day, age 18 of Rabbit Creek Road of Buchanan, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Day was placed on $10,000 bond.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested Bruce Pinson, age 54 of Jackson Drive of Paris, on Wednesday for simple possession of a schedule II substance, six counts of fraudulent use of credit cards and escape. Pinson was placed on $7,500 bond.

Sgt. James also arrested Traci Lackey, age 40 of McFadden Street of Paris, on Wednesday for two counts of simple possession of a schedule II substance. Lackey was placed on $4,000 bond.

Downtown Paris Week Begins on With Worship Downtown Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Week Celebrating 194 years will be held this coming week on Sunday, June 4th through Saturday, June 10th.

On Sunday, June 4th there will be Worship Downtown Day, where its an opportunity for our community to visit one of six, historic downtown churches for Sunday services. Whether it’s First Baptist, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal or Quinn Chapel AME, the churches  of downtown Paris are welcoming and inspiring.

“Many of these historic churches have been in the downtown area since the mid-eighteen hundreds,” said Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA. “They are the cornerstones of downtown Paris and they are the perfect place to begin Dowtown Paris Week.” For more information, stay tuned to the DPA Facebook page, visit VisitDowntownParis.com, download the FREE Downtown Paris App, or call 731-653-7274.

Fire Causes Major Damage to a Home on Elkhorn Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a smoke at a home located 3450 Elkhorn Road in Paris on Thursday. Upon arrival fire crews found smoke inside the structure and in the attic.

It was determined that a storm had blown part of the antenna down, which also knocked part of the electrical service wire off the house. Fire crews were able to determine that the source of the fire came from some electrical wires and duct work that was burning under the house. The smoke had traveled through the plumbing and wiring chase throughout the house and attic. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire.

There was approximately $90,000 worth of damage to the home.

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

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

Street Closures For Water Treatment Plant Work June 5-9

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

Farmers Market Seeks Vendors; Opens Up June 9th

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

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


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