From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Evans Speaks to Quota
Shannon Evans at the podium. (Photo submitted by Martha McFadden).
Paris, Tenn.- Shannon Evans, a scholarship recipient, who was unable to attend the May meeting with the other recipients, spoke to the Paris Quota Club. She expressed her appreciation for her scholarship and told the club that she will be entering UT Martin in the fall, majoring in Criminal Justice. She was accompanied by her grandmother, Carolyn Scarborough. Sharon Hale had as her guest, her mother, Jeweldean from California.
The club voted to contribute to the Family Resource’s Back-to-School Blast, which will be August 6th and to the Salvation Army toward a child attending camp.
Thank you notes were received from recent scholarship recipients and the 2013-2014 Quota budget was approved. President Janice Teas reminded 2012-2013 committee chairpersons that year-end committee reports are due.
The club approved a change to the Standing Rules, which will change the contribution of the Pocket Change to every three months instead of every month. This will allow for a larger contribution to the chosen recipient.
Another change to the Standing Rules that was approved is that no new non-Quota project can be presented to the club without first being approved by the Board of Directors. Any event can be announced; but tickets cannot be sold.
Jane Sinnema thanked members for helping with the G.E.D. reception on May 23rd and Teas told members that the new yearbooks are at the publisher.
The next meeting will be June 26th.
Farmers Market to be Open Tuesdays and Fridays
Paris, Tenn.-Farmers Market will now be open on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:00 pm at the fairgrounds.
Products available will be squash, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, tomatoes, baked goods, canned applesauce, and also local farm raised pork, beef, poultry, and brown eggs.
Career Coach at Library Tuesday
The Career Coach will be at the W. G. Rhea Public Library on June 18, 2013 beginning at 9:30 am until 2:30 pm.
Songwriter Night Spotlights Downtown
Paris, Tenn.-John Lankford, left in top photo, waits for his introduction by Mark Johnson to begin his session Thursday night at the Songwriter Night on the courtsquare. Johnson was chair of the event, which was part of ongoing Downtown Paris Week activities sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Bottom photo, Johney and Denise Barnhill brought their Great Dane Jackson to enjoy the music provided by several tunesmiths. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris Man Arrested for Child Exploitation
Paris, Tenn.-A 28-year-old Paris man was arrested by U.S. Marshals and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department Thursday night on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor. Edward Wood, 204 Elizabeth St., Paris, is being held in the county jail on $100,000 bond.
Deputy Gary Vandiver said Friday morning that the arrest stemmed from a private citizen finding a cell phone in a parking lot on May 24. In the cell phone were found images of children. The cell phone was turned in to the sheriff’s office and the investigation began, Vandiver said. “There were over 100 images of children in the phone.”
Vandiver said Wood evaded arrest so the sheriff’s office contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which tracked him to a trailer at 270 Payton Dr., Buchanan, where he was arrested.
Also arrested at that location was James Edward Drinkard, 25, who Vandiver said was the resident of the trailer. Sheriff Monte Belew arrested Drinkard for simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for him was set at $1000.
Vandiver said the sheriff’s office would like to thank the U.S. Marshals, the Martin Police Department and the citizens who helped with the investigation.
Search on Foot, Air, Ends in Tragedy
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said law enforcement officers, including deputies, the Henry County Rescue Squad, the County Equestrian Search team and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter made a vain attempt to search for a man who had left a suicide note Thursday.
Belew said the wooded area around Perry Schoolhouse Loop was searched all day and around 4:30 p.m., members of the equestrian team heard a gunshot and found Christopher Hayes dead of a single gunshot wound.
Belew commended all those involved in the search and said, "Unfortunately, the search did end in tragedy."
Drug Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-The Metro Crime Unit made two arrests of people who were staying in a room at the Paris Landing Inn. Arrested were Joshua Ellis, 28, Camden, charged with possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Shanon Garrett, 29, Camden, charged with simple possession.
Warrant Issued for Paris Man
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of James Travis, who fled the scene of an arrest despite being tasered by a police officer. Patrolman Eric Long stopped a car on Routon Street for running a stop sign.
The driver, Wayne Travis, 48 of 406 Rison St., was driving on a revoked license. Officers also were aware that the passenger James Travis had active warrants on him and in the process of the arrest, James fled on foot. Patrolman Tony Hutcherson told him several times to stop or he would be tasered, according to the report, but he did not stop.
Travis was tasered in the back, but pulled the prongs out and kept running.
Farmers Market Location Changed
Paris, Tenn.-Today's Farmers Market will be held the Extension Office, 1120 Tyson Avenue due to Relay for Life activities at the Fairgrounds. It will open at 3 pm.
Over $500K Still Missing From County Governments from Thefts
Henry County still has over $73K unpaid in thefts from local offices
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from state comptroller, Justin P. Wilson, stated that more than $500K stolen from county governments in Tennessee remains uncollected as we prepare to start another fiscal year July 1.
In the 2012 Report of Cash Shortages, auditors found that over $563K of funds stolen from county governments, some dating back several years, had not been recovered.
The auditors did report that new thefts of $106K from county governments was actually down from over $213K that was stolen the year before.
Wilson said in the press release, “It’s important for our local government officials to constantly remain on guard against the potential theft of taxpayer money, which means they must have good checks and balances and internal controls of how money is collected, recorded, deposited, and spent.”
Henry County has not been spared from theft of taxpayer money in government offices. The division of county audit report shows Henry County still is missing over $103K in dollars that was stolen in two separate county offices.
Over $73K remains unpaid in thefts that occurred in the sheriff’s office during former sheriff David Bumpus’s term and more recently almost $30K was stolen from 2007-2011 in the office of General Sessions Court Clerk.
Friday, Saturday Extra Value Days for Downtown Paris Week
Paris, Tenn.- Friday has been set aside as Government Day during Downtown Paris Week as the DPA wants to be sure and recognize our local elected officials for the county and city. Friday and Saturday are also extra value days in downtown Paris as the merchants will have special Father’s Day sales and you can register for door prizes as well.
On Saturday several live models will grace the downtown apparel shops from 11am to 2pm as Extra Value Days continues. Get downtown this weekend and celebrate Downtown Paris Week before it all ends.
104.7FM's 2nd Annual Bids for Bargains Starts Monday at 11am
Paris, Tenn.- WMUF 104.7FM’s 2nd Annual Bids for Bargains begins on Monday with daytime auctions all week starting at 11am and one night auction Thursday night June 20th at 5:30pm. Bids for Bargains is where our listeners can tune in and bid on items from area businesses such as furniture, gift certificates to stores and restaurants, jewelry, and more.
Items start at half the retail price and when we sell the item, the high bidder simply comes to the station to collect the winnings. A list of each day’s items will be placed on our website at wmufradio.com.
Monday's Items for Bids for Bargains
Black Oaks Marinade 6 Pack- 3 sets $22 ea.
Mikes Mufflers- Two Oil Changes, retail value: $28 ea.
Morgan Furniture- Best Balmore Rocker Recliner (Blue or Tan)- $330
Healthy Thyme- Ion Foot Cleanse- $20
Healthy Thyme Gift Certificate for In Store Purchase- $25
Southside Café- Two $10 Gift Certificates
Nana’s Treasures- $20 gift Certificate
DMT Furniture- Queen Berkley Mattress Bed- $550
Black Oaks Gallon Jug Regular Marinade- $19
Take Me Back Café- Four $10 Gift Certificates
Furniture Exchange- Leather Tailgate Rocker Recliner- $530
The Cabinet Corner- Two $300 Gift Cert. towards kitchen countertops
Earl’s Boat World- Winterization- value $350
Medlin Furniture- Living Room Set $700 value
Serenity Salon and Wellness Spa- Facial $25 value
DK Kelley- $50 Gift Certificate
West TN Electric and Industrial Supply- Ceiling Fan $164 Value
54 Lawn and Garden- Echo Trimmer value $390
Sheriff's Office Issues Warrants for Domestic Assault
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Milton Webb has placed warrants for domestic assault on Trey Cowans, age 18 of 480 Replogle Road after an incident where he tackled and hit a woman and then stole her car.
The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated both Cowans and the woman were spending the night at a local hotel and she left in the morning and was afraid Cowans was going to hurt her. He came out and asked for a ride home. Once inside the car Cowans become aggressive and the victim stopped the car and fled on India Road.
The report said Cowans chased her, tackled her and then hit her a couple of times and then stole her car. Deputies are continuing to search for Cowan.
Paris Police are still investigating an incident where $400 was stolen from a man’s wallet when it was left at the Hampton Inn in Paris. The report stated that the man called the hotel after he realized he left his wallet and the front desk said they had it. He returned to retrieve it and found $400 was missing.
Video shows a female employee take the wallet and go into the restroom, then come back and put the wallet on a table in the lobby and put something in her purse. The employee goes on to resuming work and calls a friend who comes to the hotel. This friend, a white male, sits at a table in the lobby and goes thru a wallet, then hands it to another employee who places it behind the front desk. Attempts to contact the female employee have been unsuccessful.
Learning More About Downtown Paris
Paris, Tenn.-Ray Harding points to the location where Spicer Funeral Home used to be on Washington Street during Wednesday morning's downtown history tour. The tour was part of this week's Downtown Paris Week festivities. With temperatures and humidity soaring Wednesday, the tour was guided into as many shady spots as possible. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Songwriters on Square Set for Tonight
Paris, Tenn.-Music will be heard on the courtsquare tonight as Songwriters on the Square will be celebrated as part of the Downtown Paris Week activities. The entertainment begins with a variety of local songsmiths performing from 6-8 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse lawn. Bring chairs, blankets and bug spray. Call Chair Mark Johnson at 336-3702 with questions.
Henry County Relay For Life Set for Friday Night
Joann Riggins, left, and Jenna Barnes prepare for the Survivors' Lap at last year's Relay. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is set for Friday night and Saturday morning at the Henry County Fairgrounds, and as always, has plenty of activities and good food choices to go with helping fight cancer.
Gates open at 4pm Friday and survivor registration is held at the tent while a silent auction begins inside the Enoch Building.
The opening celebration ceremony will be at 6:30pm with the prayer, pledge, national anthem, and then the survivor and medical caregiver’s lap starting first.
There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the evening including the Band Seven, Airborne Gymnastics, Zumba, the group Trifekta, and more. The silent auction will close at 9:45 and the remember ceremony with “The Empty Chair starts at 10pm.
For the first time at Relay this year’s late night activities will include themed laps each hour for Relay walkers and prizes will be given during each lap for the best portrayal of the theme.
Themes include Tribute Lap at 11pm, Buddy Lap at Midnight, Tacky Tourist Lap at 1am, Celebrity Look-a-like Lap at 2am, Limbo Laps at 3am, PJ Lap at 4am.
There will also be a Rooster Crowing Contest, Digital Scavenger Hunt, Oreo Eating contest, cheese puff toss, three legged race, and more.
Henry County Relay for Life will also feature 20 vendor campsites set up around the fairgrounds with many activities and food choices for event goers.
Some of the food choices this year include bugers, hot dogs, corn dogs, ribeye steak sandwiches, funnel cakes, eggs and pancakes, BBQ bologna sandwiches, Muffeletta sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, watermelon, corn on the cob, BBQ nachos, BBQ fried pies, baked potato bar, ice cream, snow cones, and more.
There will also be several T-shirts, jewellery, hats, and more items for sell at the different campsites. Awards will be given to campsites as well for different criteria.
The forecast for Relay night looks great with temperatures for the most part being in the mid to upper 60s with clear skies.
Variety of Produce, Baked Goods at Farmers' Market
Paris, Tenn.-Ranson Goodman, UT Agriculture Agent reminds everyone that the Henry County Farmers Market will be open this Friday at 3:00 p.m. at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Products available this week are cabbage, cucumbers, squash, 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.
HCMC Auxiliary Awards Three Scholarships to HCHS Seniors
Pictured left to right are Taryn Marter, Alyssa (Allie) Guarino, and Ashley Upton. All three graduating seniors from Henry County High School recently received scholarships from the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary. (HCMC photo).
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 Alyssa (Allie) Guarino, the daughter of Jimmy and Tiffany Guarino; Taryn Marter, the daughter of Cary and Amber Marter; and Ashley Naomi Upton, the daughter of Edward and Mary Upton. Guarino and Marter will be attending the University of TN at Martin and Upton will be attending Mississippi State in the fall. All three are majoring in nursing.
“We are thrilled to be able to award three graduating senior from Henry County High School a scholarship this year,” according to Marjorie Blackwood, HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary member who introduced the scholarship winners at the May Auxiliary meeting.
Every year the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee selects graduating seniors from Henry County High School for a scholarship. These students must be attending a college or university to pursue a degree in a medical field.
Fire in Hazel Claims Life of Young Mother
Hazel, Ky. - The cause of an early morning fire in Hazel is under investigation by Calloway County officials. Firefighters responded to the home at 820 3rd Street around 5 a.m. Wednesday. Officials told WPSD-TV that foul play was not suspected.
Crews controlled the fire within 30 minutes and a short time later the body of a young female was discovered in a bedroom. The victim has been identified as Patty Bohne, 32, who had recently moved to Hazel with her boyfriend and two children.
The children were not in the home at the time. The woman's boyfriend told WPSD that he was taking out the trash when he heard a boom and saw the home on fire.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday in Madisonville.
Murray State is Team to Beat in School of Year Race
Bethel Anglers in Top Ten
San Antonio, Texas - The 2013 Cabela's School of the Year Race is drawing to a close and it will go down to the wire. Although the program dates run July 1 - June 30, the last sanctioned event to take place is June 14-15. The final showdown is to take place in Florence, Alabama on Lake Pickwick, a body very familiar to collegiate anglers across the country.
This week's Bassmaster Carhartt College Series Wild Card is the last chance of 2013 for collegiate anglers to make the Bassmaster Carhartt College Series National Championship, as well as the last chance for anyone to dethrone current Cabela's School of the Year leaders, the Murray State Racers.
The Racers currently sit atop a list of 210 active college fishing programs spread across the United States and Canada. This year they have amassed 810 points and maintain a 37 point lead over Georgetown College and the University of Louisiana Monroe, who are locked in a tie for second place with 773 points heading into the final event.
The Racers of Murray State have their work cut out for themselves. Due to summer schedules, they can only send one two-angler team to Florence for the last available points of the season. To challenge Murray State, both Georgetown College and the University of Louisiana Monroe (tied for second) are sending two boats to maximize their point totals. As if that isn't enough pressure on Murray State, other teams are sending three boats so they can cull their lowest point totals. These other teams could certainly get it done as well.
The sixth place Bethel Wildcats are also sending three teams, and they should certainly be feared anywhere on the Tennessee River this year. These red-hot anglers dominated in the ACA Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake and then backed that up with first and third place finishes on Pickwick less than one month ago in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.
When asked in an earlier interview how it has all come together for the Racers, club president, Justin Graben commented, "I mean, it's really about camaraderie. We hang out as a team, we've got guys that are roommates at school, and really we are all just good friends working together. We've got something special working and we're all really enjoying ourselves."
It won't boil down to teamwork for the Racers in Florence this week. It'll boil down to Ian Heskett and Andrew Mohlenbrock with the weight of their entire club on their shoulders, and two days on the water to protect their coveted lead. Should the Racers succeed in closing out the season on top, they will be the first collegiate team in the nation to hold the distinction of being both National Champions and the Cabela's School of the Year.
The current Top 10 includes:
1.Murray State University (Murray, KY)
2.Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY)
3.University of Louisiana Monroe (Monroe, LA)
4.Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR)
5.University of North Alabama (Florence, AL)
6.Bethel University (McKenzie, TN)
7.North Carolina State (Raleigh, NC)
8.Dallas Baptist (Dallas, TX)
9.University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR)
10.University of Tennessee Martin (Martin, TN)
7Sisterz Flea Market and 'Mantique' Sale Will Be Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- 7Sisterz annual Flea Market and Mantique sale will be held this Saturday June 15th. To rent a space for the flea market call 336-8703. 7Sisterz is open this week from 9-4 and is located at 2035 County Home Road just two miles off the 218 bypass.
Deputies Investigate Theft, Vandalism Incidents
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the sheriff’s office stated over $3700 worth of damage was done to a couple of the boats at the Rescue Squad Building on highway 218 when sand was poured into the gas tanks of the boats. Police have no suspects.
Another report at the sheriff’s office stated almost three thousand dollars worth of items were stolen from a home on Whitlock Road. The items missing include a central A/C unit, refrigerator, and cooler. There are no suspects in this incident either.
City Commission to Hold Special Called Meeting June 20th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will have a special called meeting on Thursday June 20th at Noon to pass the FY 2014 budget ordinance and tax rate on 2nd and final reading. The commission met earlier in June and passed both on first reading. The tax rate of 65 cents per $100 of assessed property will remain the same for the new fiscal year which starts July 1. The called meeting is open to the public.
Young and Old Enjoy Downtown Movie Night
Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain entertained a crowd of youngsters last night before the showing of "The Cat in the Hat" at the Downtown Movie Night on the courthouse lawn. The event is part of Downtown Paris Week sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. Free water and popcorn were available as young and old watched the movie from their lawn chairs and blankets. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Denisa Cate Awarded "Lifetime Achievement" Honor
Denisa Cate, center, receiving the "Lifetime Achievement" award. She is director of food and nutrition services at Henry County Medical Center. (Photo submitted).
Louisville, Ky. – The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) has announced that Denisa Cate, director of food and nutrition services at Henry County Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2013 AHF Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was presented at the AHF Annual Conference in New Orleans June 8.
The AHF Lifetime Achievement Award is AHF's highest award. It recognizes members who best exemplify the leadership and spirit of Jacques Bloch and Angelo Gagliano, the founders of its legacy organizations. This award is selected by past recipients.
Tory Daugherty, Director of Marketing for the hospital, said, "We are so very proud of Denisa and her accomplishments."
Cate has served on the AHF Board of Directors from 2009 to present, including a term as president. Cate has received the NAFEM Doctorate of Foodservice Award, is involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the West Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has served as the internship and undergraduate student preceptor for the University of Tennessee and Murray State University since 1993. Additionally, Cate serves on the General Mills Advisory Board, the FoodService Director Advisory Board, the Henry County Coordinated School Health Advisory Board and the Henry County Healthcare Board.
Cate has served as director of food and nutrition services at Henry County Medical Center since 2001. During her tenure, café sales have tripled; patient satisfaction scores have improved from the 45th percentile to the 96th percentile; she has overseen a major café, dishroom and storeroom remodel and new build. She has also revamped the catering program and developed an employee wellness program that later expanded into a benefits program.
Puryear Honors Departed City Workers
Puryear, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, the Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen took several moments to honor three men who served the city and who have recently passed away: former Police Chief Jimmy Ray, former Fireman Marcus Alexander and former Water and Sewer Supervisor JT Burton.
Mayor David Varner said all of the men were appreciated for their service.
Varner updated the panel on the Safe Route to School grant. He said the city has completed all its requirements and is waiting for the bid date.
He also thanked Plaunch Construction, the NE Development District, and all city employees who helped with the water line leak on Howard Rd. recently.
In other business, a budget workshop was set for 5 p.m. Thursday at city hall. A special called meeting to consider the budget was set for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 27.
Paws for a Cause Will Help Our Furry Friends
Paris, Tenn.-You can have fun and help our furry friends at the same time at the Paws for a Cause Vendor Fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Paris Convention Center (Hampton Inn).
The Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter will be at the event with animals that are available for adoption. You can also bring by some items to donate to the shelter: Dog food, treats, toys, plastic swimming pools for bathing larger animals, large cans/barrels/drums to store food in, laundry detergent, or cleaning supplies.
The Piddlepops Clowns will be there doing $5 face painting and $3 balloons for the kiddos, Cajun Sno-balls will be set up outside with their yummy treats. And some 30 vendors will be there from which to shop.
A raffle for $1/ticket to win great products from the vendors as well as gift certificates from El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Paris Wheels Skate, Paris Winery, Gary Center Bowling Alley, and Prater's Taters.
Vendors signed up so far include Ace, Scentsy, Everyday Errands & Gifts, Temptation Parties, Grace Adele, Avon, Slumber Parties, Premier Designs Jewelry, Paparazzi $5 Accessories, It Works Body Wraps, Rodan & Fields Dermatology, Cindy's Stuff (designer clothing), Tupperware, Mary Kay, Body By Vi, Thirty One, Park Lane Jewelry, Velata, Plexus Slim, Miche, Lemongrass Spa, Initials Inc., Nerium, and Jamberry Nails. That is wh
The local businesses that have donated are El Vallarta ($15 gift certificate), Paris Wheels Skate (2 free passes), Gary Center Bowling (4 free games), Paris Winery ($20 Gift Certificate In A Bottle), Praters Taters (1 free tater).
Man Arrested for Falsely Accusing Cop in Bobo Case
North Webster, Ind.-An Indiana man has been arrested after authorities say he falsely accused North Webster, Ind., police officer of killing Holly Bobo, the young Parsons woman who has been missing for two years.
Michael Roy Wiggins, 32, was being held Tuesday on $100,000 bond in the Kosciusko County Jail.
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette reports that Wiggins was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of obstruction of justice and false informing.
Police said Wiggins sent an email to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation alleging a police officer took his squad car to Tennessee, abducted and killed nursing student Holly Bobo and then buried her body at a farm in northern Indiana in April 2011.
Police say a possible motive is that the officer had recently arrested Wiggins.
No Meet for Cottage Grove Council
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Legislative Council did not meet last night. The panel's June meeting will be held Tuesday, June 18.
63rd Annual Chamber Banquet Set for June 27th
Paris, Tenn.- The 63rd Annual Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet is scheduled for 6 pm Thursday June 27 at the Event Center of the Henry County Fairgrounds.
The theme for this year’s event will be “Paris-Henry County Then and Now: A Celebration of Community.”
Mark Johnson, of Paris Realty, and Bob Valentine will speak about Henry County’s past. The chamber’s Business of the Year and Person of the Year will be recognized along with the installation of officers and the graduation of this year’s Leadership Henry County Class.
The chairman of this year’s banquet, Robert Newcomb, First Bank, said “We want to celebrate the community, look back at old photos, hear our favorite stories, and celebrate accomplishments of those who are moving us forward.
Tickets to the chamber’s banquet are $25 each or a table of six is $140. Call the chamber for more information at 642-3431.
No Quorum In Henry
Henry, Tenn.- No business was conducted by the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman at its meeting on Tuesday night. Two of the Alderman were absent so a quorum wasn’t established. The board will reschedule the meeting for another date.
Wednesday is Heritage Day as Downtown Paris Week Continues
Tour Planned with Ray Harding at 11am, Heritage Center Exhibit Opens at 10am
Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday marks Heritage Day during the DPA’s Downtown Paris Week that continues through Saturday. Ray Harding invites locals and visitors to tour some of the historic buildings in downtown Paris and find out some things you might not know. Anyone wishing to tour historic buildings in downtown should meet at Jack’s Java at 11am Wednesday.
Also the new exhibit, “Downtown Paris History” opens up Wednesday at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. The center opens at 10am Tuesdays through Saturdays for viewing of this exhibit.
Road Board Approves Materials Bids, Road Plan
The Henry County Highway Department met on Monday evening and approved materials bids for the coming fiscal year as they do each June. They also approved the official road plan for next year that has 10.3 miles of road needing tar and chip and over 23 miles of road needing hotmixed.
With pricing at $52K per mile for tar and chip and $71K per mile for hotmixing, the total cost of the road plan is almost $2.183M. The plan could take awhile for completion as most of the money the department had is tied up in a loan taken out a couple of years ago.
The board also discussed the possibility of BPU building a substation on property the county owns behind the highway department. BPU would maintain the area, keep the substation built in, and it wouldn’t interfere with anything at the highway department.
Tower Triathlon Participation Grows
Posing in front of the Eiffel Tower are local participants in Saturday's meet. (Photos submitted by Amy Lawrence).
Paris, Tenn.-The Tower Triathlon this year drew 118 total participants, up from 74 last year. Thirty-three of the participants were from the Paris Tri Club. Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence said organizers were very pleased with the turnout by both participants and onlookers. The triathlon was held at Eiffel Tower Park.
Top performers from Paris in the contest:
6 yr female- 1st place Audrey Hill
7 yr male 2nd place Jack Shackelford
7 yr female 2nd place Kylee Perry
9 yr male 2nd place Gunner Jones
9 yr female 3rd place Abby Taylor
10 yr old male 2nd place Hunter Lawrence
11 yr male 1st place Rylan Perry
11 yr male 2nd place Will Singleton
11 yr female 2nd place Emma Hill
11 yr female 3rd place Izzy Arthurs
12 yr male 1st place Cole Davis
12 yr male 2nd place Keaton McFarland
12 yr male 3 place Caden Martin
13 yr female Gabby Pack
Downtown Movie Night is Tonight
Paris, Tenn.-As part of Downtown Paris Week, the movie "Cat in the Hat" will be shown on the courthouse lawn tonight. The Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks and popcorn and the Paris Police Department will crank up the projector. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets to sit own.
Registration Begins for Summer Reading Program
Paris, Tenn.-Registration has begun for the Summer Reading Program at the W.G. Rhea Library and there will be plenty of good books, activities and prizes this year.
The first day to check out books is next Monday, June 17. A carnival kickoff will be held in the library parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 19, complete with pony rides, inflatables, balloon animals, games and more.
There are two age categories for teens and younger children. Teens will have the opportunity to win great prizes for registering and also for each teen activity they attend or book review they turn in! Kindle, $50 Walmart gift card, Family Video Gift Cards, Apple product portable speakers and more.
Tickets on Sale for Gospel Show
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Guy Penrod, formerly of the Gaither Vocal Band, will perform at the Gospel Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at The Dixie Performing Arts Center.
During the early 1980s, Penrod became a successful studios session singer, backing up a star-studded line-up of country and gospel music’s best. He eventually became a regular performer on the weekly television program, Music City Tonight until he joined the Gaither Vocal Band in 1994.
After stepping in as the Vocal Band’s lead singer, Guy became a defining influence for the group. His larger-than-life presence and powerhouse vocals endeared him to audiences all over the world for more than 13 years.
Tickets are $20 plus tax per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, stop by The Dixie box office, call 731.986.2100, or visit our website at www.dixiepac.net
TDOT and THP Prepare for 2013 Bonnaroo Festival
Paul McCartney will perform at Bonnaroo this year.
Nashville– For over a decade, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival is a four-day, multi-stage music festival held on a 700-acre farm that this year will feature headliner Paul McCartney.
Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June. As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 13, and winds down Sunday night, June 16.
With 80,000 festivalgoers converging on an old farm site in Coffee County, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic throughout the festival. 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.
“TDOT has once again coordinated with THP and other agencies to ensure safe, efficient travel during the Bonnaroo festival,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The main objective is to keep through traffic moving smoothly on I-24 while getting festivalgoers safely into and out of the Bonnaroo site. Because of advance planning, we feel certain that we can successfully minimize traffic delays throughout the weekend.”
This year, Bonnaroo will open its gates on Wednesday evening June 12 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 night, patrolling on the ground and by air.
TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance. Also, for the first time, the speed limit on I-24 in the festival area will be reduced to 55 mph for the duration of the festival. The speed reduction will be in effect between mile marker 104.6 (just west of Exit 105) and mile marker 129.4, where the speed limit currently drops to 55 mph to go over Monteagle Mountain. After the festival is over, the speed limit will be restored to its normal level.
In addition to having HELP trucks on-site, TDOT and other agencies will be taking the following steps beginning June 12 through June 17:
•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 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12 through 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17.
•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.
Budget Committee Members Get First Look at Proposed Budget
Decisions Coming on COLA vs. One time Bonus for County Employees
Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy budget committee meeting on Monday, the committee approved pages of budget transfers as line items are being fine tuned as the fiscal year comes to a close at the end of the month.
Most of the transfers involved just moving monies around from one line item to another, without taking anything from the unappropriated fund balance.
In the general fund, under county buildings, $7K was used from the fund balance to help cover estimated expenses in communications, natural gas, and utilities for the remainder of June. Another $10K was moved from unappropriated fund balance to cover fees and services involved in the medical examiner and county coroner line items, where costs have dramatically increased the last couple of years.
Budget Director Pat Hollingsworth then passed out the proposed budget for the 13-14 fiscal year as the process continues with department hearings in a couple weeks. County Mayor Brent Greer said that this was still a working budget and changes could be made, but he wanted committee members to have some time to study it and be ready to ask questions of department heads.
Mayor Greer said overall the budget is extremely healthy, with some minor concerns with the highway department’s budget and the need for future considerations in the solid waste and debt service budget in the coming years.
A summary sheet about numbers showed the committee what the difference in cost of a one time bonus for employees vs. a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment would mean. The cost for a one time bonus, given in December would be a one time cost of $62,703. The cost for a 2% COLA would be $81,761 and would be a reoccurring cost each year. The bonus would be on a sliding scale based on number of years of service.
When it comes to balancing the budget, with numbers presented Monday night, the county would need to take $83,299 out of fund balance to balance if they decided to give employees a one time bonus. If they went the route of a 2% COLA, then over $102K would be needed from fund balance to sure up the proposed budget.
County Seeking Better Returns on Investments
Presentation to come at next Monday's County Commission Meeting
During the Budget Committee Meeting on Monday night, Mayor Greer explained that the investments for county money are not seeing great returns right now as he and County Trustee David Stone and Country Clerk Donna Craig have discussed many options.
He told budget members that there is a program that is aimed to help smaller county governments pool in money and resources in order for better returns on investments. There will be a quick presentation of this next Monday night to the full body of the county commission when they meet at 7pm.
Greer said in the past the county has always invested locally, but now, there isn’t much of an appetite for investments and hopes are this new program will allow the county to see some more return on investments in the future.
Weekend Thefts Impact County Residents
Paris, Tenn.- Deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were busy over the weekend with several reports of thefts throughout the county.
$1100 and lots of food was reported stolen from the Henry Station Café this weekend. $900 was missing from the bank bag and $200 from the register. The report also stated several cases of food was stolen including a case of eggs, steak, cheese, French fries and more.
A garage on highway 140 in McKenzie had been entered and almost $500 worth of items were stolen from it including a wet/dry vacuum, a set of golf clubs and golf bags, and some hand tools.
A golf cart was reported stolen from a home on Antioch Road this weekend as well. The cart is a 1988 model and was valued at $1K.
Another report at the sheriff’s office stated someone was stealing water services on Old Paris Murray Road. Deputies went and spoke with a maintenance man from the Northwest Henry Utility District and he took officers to the address where the water had been shut off and the meter locked because the resident hadn’t paid their bill. The valve had been removed and the water turned back on. The cost of damage to the meter was $225 and the theft of water services was valued at $50.
Springville Residents Arrested for Meth Manufacture
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Springville residents for manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful drug paraphernalia charges this weekend. Freda H. Wolf, age 56 and Micheal D. Wolf, age 47, both of 1290 Lakeview Manor in Springville. Freda Wolf was placed on $50K bond and Micheal D. Wolf was placed on $100K bond.
Casting for a Cure 2013: Another Success
Henry County youngsters are winners
Casting for a Cure winners: bottom row, left to right: Joseph Sawyer, McKenzie, Courtney Rhodes, Buchanan; Taylor Waddell, McKenzie, Shannon Sawyer Dresden; top row, Steve McCadams, Ashley Hillard, Buchanan; Corey Gibson, Jackson, Joseph Wert, Cedar Grove; and Brady Heath, Paris. Photo by Linda McCadams.
McKenzie, Tenn.-Mix great weather with hungry fish and the ingredients are there for a successful recipe for the army of young anglers who lined the shores of Carroll Lake last Saturday for the 14th Annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo.
Some 156 young boys and girls ages 15 and under participated in this year’s event, helping make it another success. Each year the event introduces youngsters to the great sport of fishing while benefitting The American Cancer Society in the process.
“We’ve been so fortunate over the years to have great weather for this special event. No doubt someone is watching over us,” according to Steve McCadams, professional guide and outdoor writer who helps host the big fishing day each year with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
“I look forward to this each year and I know we’re helping put some big smiles on these young faces. A lot of these kids are making their first fishing trip of their life and we hope it’s not their last,” McCadams said, and he is himself a cancer survivor.
"Thanks to the support of sponsors we make sure every young angler goes home with a nice door prize so they all leave winners. For those catching the biggest fish and most fish in four separate age brackets we also present them with a special engraved plaque and a nice new bicycle,” he said.
"The fishing was good this year and I think it was one of our better weigh-ins as the future fishermen landed some nice stringers of channel catfish and bluegill. Thanks to TWRA’s stocking efforts a lot of catfish were testing the tackle of the young anglers who were up to the challenge," McCadams concluded.
Kids from several surrounding counties were on hand for the rodeo and McCadams traditionally awards the angler who traveled the longest distance with a rod and reel combo. This year two young fishermen from northern Illinois won the long distance award and went home fond memories and big smiles.
McCadams also made a special award to 15-year old Hunter Smith of McKenzie who has participated in all fourteen events since the rodeo started. Smith said even though he would be too old to fish in next year’s event he still planned to help out as he has enjoyed the rodeo very much over the years.
Catching the most fish in the age 5 and under bracket was Courtney Rhodes of Buchanan. Biggest fish went to Joseph Sawyer of McKenzie. In the 6-8 year old age bracket it was Taylor Waddell of McKenzie winning the most fish award followed by Shannon Sawyer of Dresden for the biggest fish.
Catching the most fish in the 9-12 year age bracket was Ashley Hillard of Buchanan. Biggest fish went to Corey Gibson of Jackson. In the 13-15 year age bracket the most fish award went to Joseph Wert of Cedar Grove. Biggest fish went to Brady Heath of Paris.
“I appreciate all the parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts who took the time to bring these kids out to the rodeo again this year too. To make this event a success it takes a lot of time and effort from a lot of people to pull it off.”
The rodeo will be making a contribution to the Jackson office of The American Cancer Society through the Carroll County North Relay For Life.
Plans are already under way for next year’s event which will be held every year on the second Saturday in June.
Brandon Pugh of Paris shows off the catfish he caught. (Steve McCadams photo).
S&R Feedstore Holds Benefit for Gafford
Paris, Tenn.-Norman, the English pointer, top photo, performed tricks for visitors to S&R Feedstore Saturday during the all-day benefit for Shawn Gafford. Gafford was seriously injured in a near-drowning accident in April; he is a member of the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department. Norman was under the direction of Trainer Terri Marinier. $1500 was raised during the event, which featured several raffles and canine demonstrations. Raffled off during the day was Hope, a puppy beind held in bottom photo by Brigitte Wills of Paris. Hope was being cuddled by her sister Sierra and Tuff, who is owned by S&R Feedstore owner Pam Hinson Ragan. The Azbell family won the puppy. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris Was Ready for Its Closeup: Movie Scene Shot Here
Steve Crowley, as fictional Sheriff Ed McManus, gives a rousing speech in a run-through of last night's scene. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was in downtown Paris Friday night for the filming of a scene from “The Dooms Chapel Horror“. A call for extras to appear in the scene, which was filmed outside the Henry County Courthouse, was sent out a few weeks ago by AGS Productions, which are producers of the film. From the amount of interest shown on the WMUF/WLZK Facebook page, it was evident ahead of time there was a great deal of excitement about the project locally.
Some 400 local people were used as extras in the film, which Lead Actor Austin Madding of Symsonia, Ky., said will have something of a ‘found footage’ feel. Madding plays the lead role of Kyle.
Producers and actors said they were very appreciative and pleasantly surprised at the number of people on hand for the shoot.
It was a long night for everyone, with sign-ups for the extras beginning around 5:30 p.m. and the filming lasting until around 11 p.m.
Many of the extras said it is an experience they will remember all their lives and gave them a close-up opportunity to see how much hard work goes into shooting even a single scene, as the filmmakers were doing here.
The producers selected West Tennessee and Western Kentucky as the primary shooting locations for the horror movie. The director, John Holt, writer Jason Turner, and producer Chris Bower have called the area home for the last decade and decided there was no better landscape for the movie to be filmed.
Actor Josh Cornelius, who plays “Henry” in the movie, said pre-production began about two weeks ago. The crew has been traveling the area filming scenes in several locations in West Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
The scene that was shot Friday night shows fictional Sheriff Ed McManus giving a rousing speech to the crowd, trying to motivate people to go into the woods and find out what is killing the townspeople. Playing the sheriff is Steve Crowley. Crowley, the other actors, the director and production personnel spent time milling around with the extras, making them feel comfortable and posing for photographs.
Police Chief Chuck Elizondo and Patrolman Mitch Gallimore, who were on duty, were incorporated into the scene.
Crowley speaks to extras before filming the scene. (McFarlin photo).
Assistant Director Wendy Keeling talks things over with (from left): Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, Patrolman Mitch Gallimore and Sheriff Monte Belew before the filming. (McFarlin photo).
Long lines waited for hours to sign up as extras.
Downtown Paris Week is This Week with Special Events
Paris, Tenn.-How do you celebrate a downtown that is alive and thriving after 190 years? The Downtown Paris Association is throwing a weeklong party that includes food, a movie night, historic tours, exhibits, live music, great sales, giveaways, and more. Downtown Paris Week 2013, is Sunday through Saturday, June 9-15 in the “Crown Jewel of West Tennessee,” downtown Paris.
June 9 –The week begins with an opportunity to worship in one of Downtown’s eight vibrant churches, including Quinn Chapel AME, Grace Episcopal, First Baptist, First Christian, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Freedom Fellowship and First United Pentecostal. “Many of these historic churches have been in the downtown area since the mid-eighteen hundreds,” said Ray. “They are the cornerstones of downtown and are the perfect place to begin Downtown Paris Week.”
June 10 –Dine Downtown Day shines the spotlight on eight fantastic, home-owned eateries that specialize in everything from Chinese to pizza to bar-be-cue. Ray reminded diners to “register to win $100 in Downtown Paris Bucks when enjoying delicious meals and treats at these eateries: Paulette’s, Pi Pizza, Golden Dragon, A La Mode Sweet Shoppe, Jack’s Java, Take Me Back Café, Perry’s Barbeque & Catering, Big City Dogs, A La Mode Sweet Shoppe, and Kuppiecakes.
June 11 - Everyone loves the movie The Cat In the Hat, but watching it outdoors on the courthouse lawn under the stars is a special treat. The Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks and popcorn as the Paris Police Department cranks up the projector. The fun starts at 5:30 pm. Bring chairs or blankets and some bug spray.
June 12 - “As locals we tend to take our town’s marvelous architecture, historic buildings and stories for granted,” said Ray Harding, tour guide for Heritage Day. Harding invites locals and visitors alike to find out what’s so cool about downtown during his free, 30-minute tour. Participants should be at Jack’s Java by 11:00 am. Please wear comfortable shoes for this free event.
Heritage Day also includes the kick off of “Downtown Paris History”, the new exhibit at The Henry County Heritage Center. The center is opens at 10 am and is located at 614 North Poplar Street. Call 731-642-1030 for more information.
June 13 –Thursday is an evening of musical celebration with Songwriters on the Square. “We have so much talent in our area,” said Songwriter Night Chair Mark Johnson. “This is a great way to spotlight it.” Music lovers can enjoy a variety of talented songsmiths from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the east side of the court house lawn. Bring chairs or blankets and bug spray. Call Johnson at 731-336-3702 with questions.
June 14 – With the Henry County Court House and Paris City Hall located in downtown, the DPA wants to celebrate our outstanding city and county employees for their service to our community. Friday has been set aside as Government Day in Downtown Paris; thank one of these fine civil servants for their work today.
Friday is also the first day of Downtown Paris Extra Value Days. Special Father's Day Sales and other sales abound at the many apparel, home decor, jewelry, and gift stores. Register for prizes in participating stores.
June 15 - Live models grace many of the windows of downtown apparel shops today from 11am to 2 pm when Paris Extra Value Days and a chance to win in-store prizes continue.
Conger Search Update:
Capt. Lowe Speaks to Search Group Friday Morning
Paris, Tenn.-The search for Rachel Conger, who has been missing from her Como home for five years, will resume this weekend. The field search will be Saturday and Sunday at Land Between the Lakes.
Henry County Sheriff's Capt. Damon Lowe spoke to the search group this morning at Bethel University in McKenzie. He said he reviewed the case details with them.
The search is being directed by Southeast Canine Search and Rescue and 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.
The group will be searching Saturday and Sunday in the LBL area.
"Atta-Boys" Handed Out to Cisco, Fuqua for Tracking Suspects
Two Arrested in Country Club break-in
Clinton Mobley Jason Lee
Paris, Tenn.-An ‘Atta-Boy’ was given to K9 Cisco and his handler Deputy Wayne Fuqua by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew for tracking down two suspects in the attempted burglary of the Paris Country Club early Friday morning.
Cisco and Fuqua tracked the suspects a half-mile which led to the arrests of Clinton Mobley, 21, of 1224 Dunlap St., Paris; and Jason Lee, 21, of 1603 Edgar Cemetery Rd. of Paris.
Sheriff Belew said, “It was a good job by our officers in tracking down these suspects and Cisco gets a special Atta-Boy from the sheriff’s office.”
Dispatch was notified at 2:45 a.m. that the motion alarm at the Country Club had gone off. When deputies arrived, the manager told them he found the basement door open. Deputies found a set of two footprints leading away from the basement. A call to Fuqua was made and he and Cisco picked up the trail of the two, eventually finding them in a wooded area a half-mile away.
Two flashlights and a folding knife was found on or around the suspects and Mobley told officers at the scene, including the sheriff, that he was on probation and needed $90 and he and Lee were looking for something to help with that. Lee told officers he saw the door partly open and pulled it open with his hands.
According to the report, however, the door had been pried open with a tool and there were at least nine marks on the door’s interior which were an exact match for the knife tip.
The two were arrested and charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and vandalism.
Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his bloodhound Cisco.
News from past weeks here.