From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
First South Bank Insurance Opens
Paris, Tenn.-First South Bank Insurance has opened offices on Memorial Dr. (in the former Merle Norman shop). Chamber of Commerce officials were on hand for a recent ribbon-cutting. (Chamber photo).
Calling All Blue Devils For Grove Homecoming
Paris, Tenn.-Calling all Blue Devils. The Grove High School Class of 1952 is opening the doors of its reunion wide open to all graduates of Grove. A 60th reunion of the 1952 class had been planned this summer but organizers decided it would be a good time to get together with all of the Blue Devils that attended Grove.
Lindell Chrisman said Grove Homecoming celebration is open to anyone that went to Grove and a guest. It will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday June 30 at the Lee School cafeteria and Chrisman said, “It is just a meet and greet with no food or drink involved.” Chrisman also said organizers are trying to get the former Grove School—which now is used as county school headquarters—opened for couple of hours so former students can tour the buildings.
There is no registration fee, Chrisman said, but organizers are trying to get a good idea of how many will attend. Anyone planning to be there is asked to register at the Grove High website at www.ewgrove.com. And while you’re on the website, stay awhile and look at the other information, photos and stories that have been compiled on the site by webmaster Buddy Dancy.
The Class of 1952 is planning to have a supper the night before the get-together, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Paris Landing Inn.
Chamber Banquet Tickets On Sale
Paris, Tenn.-Tickets for the 62nd annual Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce membership banquet are on sle now. The banquet will be held Saturday, June 23, at the county fairgrounds, with social hour beginning at 5 and dinner at 6 p.m.
The Person of the Year and Business of the Year will be announced and the incoming Chamber President will be inducted and the Leadership Henry County class will be graduated.
Tickets are $25 each and $140 for a table of six. For tickets, call the Chamber office at 642-3431.
Shoplifting Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested two people for shoplifting at Wal-Mart Supercenter on successive days.
Sharon Crocker, age 56 of 230 Volunteer Dr., was arrested for stealing some $120 over three separate occasions. According to the police report, she entered the store, selected merchandise and took it to the service desk for refunds as if she had paid for the items.
On the first occasion, she received $46.76, on the second occasion received $33.20 and on the third, received $34.80.
The next day, officers arrested Kodie Hensley, age 18, of 316 Dale St. for walking out without paying for several items that totaled $67.17.
In an earlier incident at Wal-Mart, Judy Ledlow, age 53 of 140 N. Market St., was arrested for stealing 34 items totaling $241.57. With her was a 12-year-old girl who was banned for a year from entering the store.
Those three incidents were not related.
Several arrests were made by both sheriff’s deputies and Paris Police for various incidents.
They include Jean Galvan, 1350 Lumber Rd., Henry, was arrested for public intoxication. Bond was set at $250.
Lindsey Evans of 160 Porter Switch, Paris, was arrested for DUI 1st on Wilson St. Bond was set $500.
Michael Clement of 1217 N. Market St., Paris, was arrested for simple possession and shoplifting at Wal-Mart. Bond was set at $1500.
Vaughn Andrews of 1408 Valleywood, Paris, was arrested for simple possession, two counts. Bond is set for $750.
Quota To Contribute To Community Projects
Paris, Tenn.-Connie McSwain, Librarian at Paris-Henry County W.G. Rhea Library, was a guest at the Quota meeting on June 13 at Lee Academy the Lunchroom. June birthdays were celebrated with the birthday gift going to Carmen Wright whose birthday was June 11. Five Quota anniversaries were recognized, totaling 50 years of service.
Jane Sinnema thanked those who helped serve at the G.E.D. graduation on May 31st.
Members voted to contribute to the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the Family Resource Center’s Back-to-School Blast which will be held from 10am – 2pm on July 26 at the Central Community Center
Bids for Bargains starts Monday on WMUF 104.7FM
Paris, Tenn.- Starting on Monday, WMUF 104.7FM will have a real treat for our listeners. A program called “Bids for Bargains” will start at 12:30pm. We have over 11 thousand dollarsworth of items from area businesses that we will auction off. We will have a live auction each day and items will start at half the retail price. You call in your bid for an item, if you are the highest bidder when we decide to sell, you win. Just come pay for your item at the station and go pick it up at the business.
Auctions will air each day next week only on WMUF 104.7FM starting at 12:30pm, except on Thursday June 21st, when the auction will be held in the evening starting at 6pm. For each day’s items, listen to our stations for promos telling you what is coming on particular days. Also click on the link at the top of our website, wmufradio.com for a list of that day’s items for you to bid on.
Planning Commission approves everything on its agenda
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session Thursday night and approved all items on their agenda including an addition at Triple T Tire Pros at 2845 East Wood Street. The site plan submitted by Jeff Tucker of Triple T Tire Pros shows they plan and building a 960 square foot addition to the rear of their building. All qualifications were met so the planning commission approved the request.
The planning commission also approved a site plan for Tennessee Tractor, located at 3675 Hwy 641 South. Their plan is for a 5210 square foot addition to their building after approving their original site plan in Spring of 2011.
The Tennessee Technology Center submitted a site plan to connect the main entrance of their complex with an existing parking lot. The proposed drive is 24 foot wide allowing for two 12 foot travel lanes. The drive is approximately 175 foot in length. Staff informed the planning commission that the only item missing from the information was the current zoning which is R-1 and should be noted. The planning commission approved it with the zoning notation added. Dr. Brad White of the Technology Center said this was basically to help ease traffic flow and for safety. He said where the current road leads traffic is right by two busy shops students are working in.
The property is currently zone R-1-M, which is single family medium and the prospective buyer plans to subdivide the property to place a duplex on the newly formed lot. Staff recommended to the commission that the exisiting R-2 zoning should encompass Gobel Drive to be extended to include those properties to the east fronting on Fairgrounds Road. The commission did approve the request.
More from Thursday’s planning commission meeting saw the commission approve a rezoning request for Lone Oak and Harding Road. Lonnie Noble requested that the area be rezoned from R-1 to R-3. Noble proposes to continue his subdivision development currently underway off of the Foxfire Subdivision.
Noble had developed his subdivision with single family homes but needs the rezoning to develop the remaining portion. Some concerns the planning commission looked at is the Stonegate Subdivision as well as the residential area found along Harding Road. Some residents of the area expressed concern about allow the area to be rezoned R-3 which would allow multi-family dwellings such as apartment complexes.
After some discussion, City Attorney Fred McLean advised that changing the density from medium to high and leaving it zoned R-1 would both address Mr. Nobles plans for building off the FoxFire subdivision and keep it a single family dwelling area. The planning commission made motions to change the setbacks slightly, keep the area R-1 and change it to high density.
Theft reported at former meth lab site
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sherriff’s Office stated that a home on Pettijohn Creek Road had some items stolen from it recently. The home was quarantined as a meth lab a couple of weeks ago and when the victim returned he found that the caution tape and quarantine stickers were all ripped down from the area.
The window was busted in the front of the home and the door was standing wide open. Stolen from the inside of the home was a TV/VCR combo, two other TVs, a microwave, and a coffee pot. All items were valued at $360 and police have no suspects.
Another report at the sheriff’s office stated that a vehicle parked on highway 77 had a Colby DVD player valued at $150 along with $4 in change. Police have no suspects.
Charis that Care set for Saturday evening
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and Caring Hearts fund will be having a “Chairs that Care Auction and Social this Saturday at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. The event will run from 4-7pm. Many people have donated chairs to the cause that have been decorated and painted and they will be auctioned off Saturday evening.
There are over 30 chairs that are available for viewing at the Heritage Center now during their normal business hours. The silent auction will run from 4-6:30pm, drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 4:30pm, and the people’s choice awards and live auction will start at 5:30pm.
Tickets to the event are only 10 dollars and are on sale now at the Cancer Care Center, Pink Petal Gift Shop, and My Favorite Things. All money raised will benefit the Caring Hearts Fund.
Downtown Paris Week Continues, winners of Dine Downtown announced
Downtown Paris Week continues with Thursday being recognized as heritage day. Ray Harding will lead two 30 minute walks around town telling of Paris's historic tales. Walks will start at Jacks Java at 11am and 12 noon today.
Thursday evening, the east side of the courthouse will be alive with folk music from the group the Jackson Purchase from 6:30-8:30. Downtown Merchants will be open till 8pm Thursday evening for shopping so remember Sunday is Fathers Day. For more information on downtown Paris week, call 642-8000 or go to visitdowntownparis.com.
There was a drawing for those who experienced Dine Downtown on Monday. Winners for Downtown Paris Bucks were Corey Cain, Robert Vaughn, Amy Turner, Barbara Allison, and Wendy Fisher.
There was also a drawing for Downtown Paris Bucks for those who participated in the Drive Downtown Tuesday evening and the winner was Larry Ainscough. There will also be registration to win Downtown Paris Bucks at the Concert on the Square Thursday 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Downtown Paris Bucks may be used at any participating Downtown Paris Association Member’s business.
FBI formally commends two PPD officers
From left to right: FBI special Agent Stepen Champine, Sgt. Josh Frey, Sgt. Ricky Watson, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Eric McCraw.
Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris Police Officers were formally commended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday for their work in securing the apprehension of the man who robbed a local bank in June of 2011.
Investigators Josh Frey and Ricky Watson were presented with "Director's certificates" signed by FBI director Robert Mueller in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at city hall. Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Eric McCraw of the Jackson TBI office said it was due to Frey and Watson's "diligent efforts" and their "knowledge of their community" and their sources that led to the arrest of Nichole Turner, 403 Powell St., for the robbery last June 22. Turner has since pleaded guilty and is in jail awaiting sentencing.
The robbery was at the East Wood Commercial Bank branch. After working with the two on the case, McCraw said he recommended the two for the citation, telling his superiors he felt they were "worthy of Director's certificates".He told those in attendance at the ceremony, "You can be proud of the role these officers played in the investigation."
Frey said, "We can't take all the credit," noting that the patrolmen on the scene assisted, as did the tellers who stayed calm and provided good witness statements and
the witnesses who lived nearby who provided good information.
"We just helped put the pieces together," Frey said. McCraw said, "It was a good team effort and a job well-done by everybody."
Also in attendance were Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, Assistant Chief Tom Lankford, City Manager Carl Holder, Mayor Sam Tharpe, other police officers and city hall employees, as well as FBI Special Agent Steven Champine, who is formerly from Paris.
Carevan screenings at Paris Civic Center 9-11 Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings from 9-11 Thursday morning inside the Paris Civic Center. Free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressures will be available. Finger stick cholesterol test will be offered for a three dollar fee and lipid panels are available for only 10 dollars. Results will be available at the time of the screenings and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.
Downtown Car Show Draws Crowd
John Nichols of Erin shows an interesting feature of a car to Nicky, Olivia and Robbie Kenworthy (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-It was a perfect night to stroll about downtown and take a gander at classic cars as Downtown Paris Week continued Tuesday night with a car show. A good-sized crowd took advantage of the perfect weather and opportunity to look under the hoods of some 21 cars. Downtown Paris Week continues today with professionals day--a time to honor the many professionals who work locally. On Thursday, downtown historic tours will be held at 11 a.m. and noon, beginning at Jack's Java. Sidewalk sales will be held Friday and on Saturday, the Farmers' Market will be set up downtown, beginning at 9 a.m. (Photos by Shannon McFarlin).
David and Tammy Copeland talk about their 1922 Model T with Laura Daughrity, center.
Tennessee Quality Healthcare Holds Ribbon-Cutting
Paris, Tenn.-Chamber President Butch Powers assisted with the ribbon-cutting at the new East Wood Street location of Tennessee Quality Healthcare while members of the Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce look on. (Jennifer Wheatley photo).
Canning Classes To Be Held
Paris, Tenn.-Canning 101 classes will be taught at the Henry County Extension Office and space is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to call now.
The class schedule is: Tuesday, June 26 - High Acid Canning and Jellies; and Thursday, June 28 - Low Acid Canning and Pickles.
Registration for each class is $40.00 or $65.00 for both
classes. Classes will be held from 5-8 p.m. both evenings
at the extension office and will be taught by Michele Atkins, family and consumer science agent. Call 642-2941.
Henry Okays Budget with no Property Tax Increase
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met on Tuesday evening and discussed the budget for the upcoming fiscal year which was presented with no property tax increase. Mayor Joe Qualls went over some of the revenues and expenditures in the budget. Alderman Faye Lowry brought up an issue regarding pay raises.
The budget presented by the mayor had two dollar an hour pay raises included for police chief David Andrews and newly hired police officer Micheal Gertz. Lowry first questioned the reasoning of giving a raise to Gertz since he’s only been hired for about three weeks. Lowry then pointed out that the other employees didn’t have raised included in the budget for next year.
Mayor Qualls said that City recorder Sonya Clayton and Public Works Director Ed Bush both deserved a raise. But he thought for this year the bigger issue is the ability to retain manpower in the police department. He said we keep hiring officers and have them leave for better pay in other cities or departments. Its actually costing us money putting ads together to hire more employees for ones that have left. We have to get more in line with what other police departments are paying if we want to keep guys around.
The mayor also pointed out that the raise to the police officers was made available by chief Andrews cutting money from his own budget to make that happen. Chief Andrews explained he knocked several thousand dollars off of travel and training for the upcoming year as he did in the maintenance line item.
The board approved the budget ordinance on first reading. The tax rate will remain the same at 84 and half cents per $100 of assessed property.
Henry Citizens To See Rate Hikes
Henry, Tenn.- Citizens of Henry will be hit with some increases however, even though property taxes aren’t going up. The board passed on first reading an ordinance to raise water and sewer rates $4.25 each on the base charge of residential bills. Mayor Qualls said unfortunately there is no way around this because of increased costs to the city. He also informed the board that if some things don’t come thru regarding the ongoing litigation with Klaunch Construction over the sewer, that may have to be amended and raised again, perhaps another four dollars.
Mayor Qualls did say that the city is currently looking into a grant that would trim $125,000 from the $300,000 they’ve been ordered to pay Klaunch Construction from the lawsuit. Also public works director Ed Bush is working with trying to get some of the yearly depreciation costs off the books that are past its statute of limitations. The water and sewer rate hikes were passed on first reading reluctantly by the board.
The board also passed along a 5% increase from Barker Brothers to residents of Henry for garbage pick up. This has become the normality over the last several years as Barker Brothers usually increase each year. This increase means the residential bills will go up from $14 to $15.
The board will meet again late in June to have discussion, make possible changes, and pass all ordinances on second and final reading.
Downtown Paris Week Heats Up Tuesday
Robert Sorell with his '62 Chevy at last year's downtown ice cream social. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-With "Drive In Downtown", Downtown Paris Week heats up on Tuesday, June 12, with classic cars arriving at 5:30 pm. Whether you own a classic car or simply appreciate them, you’re invited to come downtown, park in a shady spot and enjoy a blast from the past.
Food and drinks will be available on the square, and the Golden Dragon and Pi Pizza also will be open. JC Ramos will provide music. Merchants are encouraged to stay open later.
Movie Night At Library Friday Evening
Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library Summer Reading program will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday night with a showing of "How
to Train Your Dragon" .
Viewers must be ages 6 to 12 and bring their own
drink with a secure top. It is recommended to bring a pillow or blanket to
sit on. Popcorn will be provided. Library Director Connie McSwain said children must be picked up by 8:30.
The first day to check out books is June 18 and the first day to write down books for the summer is June 19. There will be weekly programs on Wednesday mornings. A complete list of programs will be published later.
Budget Committee Receives FY 13 Budget
Budget, as presented, needs $95K to balance it out
Paris, Tenn.- A lengthy Henry County Budget Committee meeting on Monday saw the committee presented with the first, very rough draft of the budget for the upcoming 2013 fiscal year. County Mayor Brent Greer discussed the budget in short detail and explained that they are much further along in budget process this year than they were last year. He said that they have revenues thru May 31st of this year and have presented a conservatively placed revenue this coming year.
The budget includes a 3% cola for county employees and step raises that are due to certain employees. Mayor Greer informed the budget committee that they took significant steps last year to address some issues in the general fund, in the long run passing a 15 cent tax increase. Greer said that because of the cola, some new positions being asked for, and some data processing upgrades around the courthouse.
With all that said, the budget was presented as is, and no cuts to department budgets have been addressed. Greer said that currently, in order to balance the budget 95 thousand dollars would be needed from either cuts or the fund balance.
Greer said that about 40K of the 95 was because the penny generated about $600 less than they had projected due to the reappraisal. Greer said he is continuing to look at reducing the healthcare costs for the county without reducing the benefits. With some issues, Greer said the budget committee still don’t have as big a hill to climb as they did last year.
The budget committee, after some discussion, decided to once again have budget hearings with all department heads on Friday from 8-noon and next Monday starting at 8am until all departments have been looked at. Decisions will have to be made on whether or not to cut in places or find other sources to make up the 95K dollar shortfall.
County Eyes Investing Funds into Intermediate Fund
Two-pronged approached to lower tax burden on citizens
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s budget committee meeting, County Trustee David Stone presented the committee with some information regarding recent legislation passed by congress. Senate Bill 3337/House Bill 3276 now authorizes a county legislative body to allow the trustee to invest county funds into a state of Tennessee intermediate term investment fund.
The state intermediate investment fund is a maximum of three years and produces a higher yield than regular investments. These investments meet the 110% pledging requirements and are managed by a state authorized overseer. The total amount that can be invested by each county will be determined by the Treasury department. Stone said its based on population and/or that particular county’s tax aggregate.
Stone said he and the investment committee, made up of County Mayor Brent Greer and County Clerk Donna Craig had met and looked with local banks to try to use the county funds in the best way for taxpayers. Local banks urged them to seek out this pool, to benefit citizens the most.
Stone said this is a two pronged approach to lowering the tax burden on citizens of Henry County. First, 100% of all interest earnings from county investments have to be used to lower the county’s debt. Second, the increased interest earnings has the potential to lower the impact of a property tax increase for debt service.
Since Henry County has a very healthy reserve, they will be able to invest the full maximum amount allowed by the treasury and increase our interest earning potential. Stone said that although government is a non for profit entity but in a stale economy its his job to assist in finding ways to lowering debt and to increase assests or revenues by means other than property tax increases.
Stone said there are still a few minor details on the intermediate investment fund being worked out, one of those includes whether or not counties can take out a percentage of what they put in, without penalty. The budget committee passed a resolution Monday night to allow the investment committee to continue to seek more information on this pool. It is likely to be brought before the whole commission next Monday night.
Road Board Approves Materials' Bids for FY 2013
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department board of commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday evening as well. The meeting was the annual bid opening for all their materials for the coming fiscal year. The board approved the following JR Hayes Construction, for the Tar and Chip Bid. It was the only bid received.
The board approved both bids it received for patching materials. Bids were received from Murray Paving, Inc. and Delta Contracting of Paris. Both bids were for $65 per ton of hot mix. The board gives the department the ability to choose which company to go with depending on the vicinity of the county they are in.
The board also approved both bids it received for liquid asphalt at Monday night’s meetings. The bids were from Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc. out of Parsons and Marathon Petroleum Company out of Kuttawa, Kentucky. Prices were similar with the different types of asphalt so both were approved and discretion was once again given to the department.
The board accepted both bids for churt, presented by M and M Gravel Co. in Big Sandy and Camden Gravel based on the location of where the work was going on and the cost to deliver it vs. picking it up themselves. Both Dixie Piping and Contech Engineering Solutions were accepted as the only bidders for the highway department’s metal piping for the year.
Other winners of bids include Vulcan Materials in Jackson for limestone, being the low bidder of three bids and JR Hayes Construction won the red gravel bid, being the only one to submit.
Thefts Reported in County Throughout Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate several thefts that occurred throughout the county over the weekend. One report stated that a cabin on Hughes Road had a well pulled up and the pump was stolen. The piping is damaged and the estimated cost to replace the pump and fix everything is around one thousand dollars. There are no suspects and the cabin’s owner hasn’t been there since Memorial Day so he’s not sure exactly when this was done.
A green jeep Cherokee was taken from a home on Holiday Acres. The victim told police that the family that lives with his family is was gone we they got back home for the weekend, along with the keys to the jeep and the jeep. Police are still investigating.
A .410 shotgun was reported stolen from a Hayes Road home. The gun was a present to a young man who was serving some time in the army. He left the gun with his uncle at the Hayes Road home, but when he returned to get it, the uncle couldn’t find it. There are no suspects as of yet.
Some arrests from the weekend include Bryan Jackson Younger, age 23, 1100 Country Club Lane for child abuse and neglect. Younger was placed on $75 hundred dollar bond. Gilbert Ryan Ybara, age 29, of 1705 India Road was charged with DUI 1st offense and violation of the implied consent law.
Mary Will Cavit Gardner, Longtime PSSD Teacher, dies at 101
Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe presents Mary Will Gardner with a certificate during a celebration of her life a few years ago. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Trinity Funeral home is serving the family of Mrs. Mary Will Cavitt Gardner, age 101, of Paris who passed away Friday evening. Mrs. Gardner taught first grade in Paris Special School District for over 43 years before she retired. Mrs. Gardner was a member of Quinn Chapel AME Church were she also taught Sunday School, a member of the Eastern Star, and the Retired Teachers Association.
Visitation will be from 5-7pm tonight at Trinity Funeral Home.
Goodgine Signs With Bethel Baseball
Henry County's Blake Goodgine has signed with the Bethel University Baseball program. The Athletic Training/Education major is the son of David and Lorie Goodgine of Paris, Tennessee.
While at HCHS he was a member of the Patriot, Pals, and Leo Club. He was also a member of the Henry County State Championship Football team.
He feels his strengths are his work ethic and desire to improve.
Bethel Head Coach Rusty Thompson stated. "We are happy to sign Blake. He is a hard worker and knows how important it is to keep trying to improve. He will be an asset to our program and school."
Milliken Wins Coffee With Cherry Jones
Paris, Tenn.-Thanks to the Relay for Life auction Friday night, a local woman will have the opportunity for a private coffee with Tony and Emmy-Award winning actress Cherry Jones.
Marsha Milliken was the high bidder for the one-on-one with Jones, whose home is in Paris. Jones also said she would record a cell phone message for Milliken, if she wanted. The time for Milliken’s coffee klatch with Jones hasn’t been firmed up yet, since Jones is currently filming a movie in Connecticut.
Baby Elk Begin Arriving At LBL
Two-day old baby elk. (Photo by LBL).
Golden Pond, Ky.-It ’s that time of year again! Female elk are starting to have their calves at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area’s Elk & Bison Prairie. Bugle Corps member, Gary Travis, spotted a young female calf being fed by its mother on Sunday, June 2.
Although several elk calves are roaming throughout the Elk & Bison Prairie, seeing one during this time of year is a rare event.
These elk calves will stay hidden from view for much of the summer until they are old enough to keep up with the adults. To view elk and bison in the prairie during the summer, it’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the evening when animals take advantage of cooler temperatures for grazing.
Interested in getting up close to baby elk? Join the Bugle Corps, a volunteer organization that monitors wildlife in the Elk & Bison Prairie at LBL. To find out more, contact the Friends of LBL volunteer coordinator at 270-924-2007.
McKenzie To Have All-New Look
The city of McKenzie will have an all-new look following the unveiling of the master redevelopment plan for downtown. The redevelopment will include green spaces, larger sidewalks, new parking and traffic patterns and will include decorative brick portals that will provide 'gateways to downtown'.
Mayor Jill Holland said at a public forum that major aspects of the plan will include relocation of the downtown gazebo to the city's historic railroad depot, construction of an amphitheater where the gazebo is now, wider sidewalks around Veterans' memorial park in the heart of the city, and more green spaces. The Park Theater will be restored to provide a performing arts center, meeting space and cinema. A splash pad for children will be located across from the depot and a skateboard park will be developed.
Holland said the development will be accomplished over several years as more grant monies are available.
PD Investigates Theft, Assault
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a breaking and entering at a home on N. Market St. Someone mowing the yard behind the home noticed a rear window broke and the rear door open. He told police the homeowner was elsewhere, caring for an elderly person.
After the homeowner arrived, she determined that a full-screen t.v. was missing, along with other items.
Paris officers also are investigating a possible domestic assault that happened in the parking lot of Burke’s store on Mineral Wells Ave. The victim reported that her ex-boyfriend jumped into her car and became aggressive, taking her keys and tossing them out of the car. She said he kept her from trying to call the police on her phone and covered her mouth when she tried to yell for help. Police are still looking for the man to hear his side of the story before possible charges.
Relay Raises $93,605; Award Winners Announced
Survivors make the first lap of the relay (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-This year’s Relay for Life raised $93,605 and a tired Chairperson Joyce Bass said early Saturday morning the event was a definite success for all involved.
Among the activities during the all-night relay, prizes were awarded and people honoured for their achievements.
This year’s Gary Powley Award was presented to Autumn Pugh and the Rosie Baker Award was given to Joyce Bass. The My Hero Award was given to Greg Pierce and Landon Davidson, while the Bass/Lipford family team won first place for the Most Luminarias with 231. In the luminarias category, First United Methodist of Paris came in second with 172, while Henry County Health Care came in third with 107.
Raising the most money this year was First Methodist, with $14,000, while Henry County Healthcare came in second with $10, 291.99 and Four Seasons came in third with $6,001.75 raised.
Voted the best campsite was Henry County Healthcare, while Lawnmasters was the popular choice for best food served during the event.
Joann Riggins, left, and Jenna Barnes prepare for the survivors' lap. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Casting For A Cure Draws Junior Anglers
Organizer Steve McCadams surrounded by winners. (Cheryl Allen photo).
McKenzie, Tenn.-One could not ask for a more beautiful day like the one at the 13th Annual Casting for a Cure at Carroll Lake Saturday. Approximately 125 children, ages 15 and under were registered to see who could catch the Most Fish and the Biggest Fish in their age category.
Organizer Steve McCadams said how great it was to see such a wonderful turn out. With himself being a Cancer Survivor of 14 years, he said he wanted to give back to the community and share his true love, which was fishing.
The big prize was a bicycle for each age group that won Most Fish and Biggest Fish caught. Frank Fritz of the TWRA Fishery in Nashville spoke of how beautiful the lake was and how friendly everyone was and that he was proud to be a part of such a grateful cause.
The Longest Drive Winners were: Zach, Grayson, and Trent who are from Hawaii, and are visiting their grandparents who live in Buchanan TN. They each received a Rod/Reel Combo.Fishing Category Winners:5 and Under – Biggest Fish- Matthew Langley Most Fish- Courtney Rhodes6-8 year old- Biggest Fish- Ethan Wiseman Most Fish- Taylor Wiseman9-12 year old- Biggest Fish- Harleton White Most Fish- Ashley Hilliard13-15 year old- Biggest Fish- Brandon Neely Most Fish- Chris Cowan.
Anglers and their families line the banks of Carroll Lake. (Cheryl Allen photo).
Perry Signs With Bethel
Phillip Perry with his mother, Deanna. (Bethel photo).
McKenzie, Tenn. -Big Sandy baseball player Phillip Perry is the latest baseball player to sign with the Bethel University Baseball program. He was a starter for the Red Devils dating back to his eighth grade year. The Education major is the son of John and Deanna Perry of Big Sandy.
Phillip was the team Defensive Player of the Year his sophomore year. He led the Red Devils in batting average each year and was all-district every year. He hit .509 and drove in 29 runs his senior season.
Bleary-Eyed and Tired--For a Good Cause
Cancer survivors release purple and white balloons after their survivors' lap. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of cancer survivors, family members, and caregivers turned out for the annual all-night Relay for Life event that began Friday evening and will continue into the early morning hours at the fairgrounds.
Fourteen campsites were set up as cancer survivors and others walked laps around the track all night long in the fund-raising activity. There was plenty of music and a wealth of activities to keep everyone energized and awake through the night, from silent and live auctions, grapefruit polo, musical chairs, dancing, a scavenger hunt and a family-friendly t-shirt contest.
There also was plenty of good food, from BBQ, fruit, fried pies and walking tacos. Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson read the survivors names, afterwhich they walked the first lap and then released purple and white balloons into the sky. During the Luminaria ceremony, names were read by Paris! Magazine Publisher Susan Jones and General Sessions Court Judge Vicki Snyder.
Lillian Allen and Jordan Easterwood serve a heaping helping of 'walking taco' at the Four Seasons site.
Survivor Nellie Bass and her granddaughter, Alexis Brandon.
Mike Wilson reads out the names of survivors with Relay Chair Joyce Bass.
News from past weeks here.