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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin

Robison Wins Miss Tennessee Swimsuit Competition

Contest is Saturday Night

          Hannah Robison

Jackson, Tenn.- Miss Tennessee Valley Hannah Robison stepped into the winners’ circle at the Miss Tennessee Pageant on Thursday night, winning the second round of the preliminary swimsuit competition.  

Robison, 19, is a junior at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and the daughter of Rusty and Pam Robison of Buchanan.

She wore a black two-piece to capture the award.  

The final round of preliminaries take place Friday night and the big contest is Saturday night, at which time Miss Tennessee 2012 Chandler Lawson will crown her successor.


Animal Trade Day is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-S&R Feedstore is hosting another of its popular Animal Trade Days beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. Full Blooded Male Angora Pygmy Goat, Baby Giant Flemish Rabbits, Guineas, and more will be on hand. The store is located at 45 Muzzall Street along Hwy. 79 (near Lakeway IGA). Phone number 407-7124.

Paris Opry Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Opry is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at KPAC, with local talent performing. The event is sponsored as a fund-raiser by Tomorrow's Hope Pregnancy Center. Tickets are $7 and gates open at 6:30 p.m.


Big Sandy Woman Arrested on Drug Charges


Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Big Sandy woman following a traffic stop on North Market Street. Arrested was Brandi Brewer, age 22, and she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a legend drug.

After Patrolman Jamie James stopped the vehicle, he found the driver and two passengers appearing nervous. According to his report, he asked them all for Ids, but Brewer could not produce one.

He asked for and received consent to search the vehicle, but Sgt. Michael Ramos and his K-9 Merlin found nothing inside the vehicle. However, the report indicates that James saw Brewer put something down her pants. Found were four syringes and a bottle of pills.

Paris City Commission Approves Budget, Tax Rate on 2nd Reading

Interal Financial Contrls Policy also passed

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in special called meeting Thursday and passed the FY 2014 budget ordinance and tax rate on 2nd and final reading. The ordinance was passed at the regular June city commission meeting and a public hearing was held prior to the commission meeting on Thursday.

The budget includes proposed revenues in the 14 fiscal year for $10.75M and expenses of $10.9M in the general fund. The tax rate will remain the same it has for the last several years, 65 cents per $100 of assessed property.

The commission also passed amendments to the current budget on first reading and will have to meet again before June 30th to pass them on 2nd reading. City Manager Carl Holder said state comptroller Justin P. Wilson has been strictly sticking to the law and informed they to make sure it was passed on two readings before July 1. The amendments include increases of plumbing, heating, and electric for city hall in the amount of $87 hundred, telephone and fax increases of $25 hundred, electric increases in parks and recreation of $22K, grants to the library increasing by $950.

The commission also approved a resolution relating to internal financial controls policy. In response to increasing public fraud and theft in local governments, the General Assembly passed a resolution helping to watch monies more closely. Finance director Kim Foster said the city is doing all this already, but this resolution makes it more official.

Henry County Hosts 2013 Cal Ripken Tourney

Starts Friday, two Henry County Teams involved

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host the 2013 Western Tennessee Cal Ripken Baseball Roookie SE District Tournament starting on Friday. Two Henry County teams are in the tournament with the 7 year old team playing Bruceton on Friday at 6pm and the Henry County 8’s will be playing Huntingdon Friday at 7:30pm. Other teams in the tournament include Benton County and two teams from Decatur County. For more information on the tournament call Ray Summers at 333-4280. 

Friday Final Day for Bids for Bargains

Paris, Tenn.- It’s our last day for Bids for Bargains on WMUF 104.7FM. We start at 11am Friday and everything must go, so deals and discounts will be deeper and more plentiful. Tune in to listen and be sure and visit our website for a complete list of items by clicking on the Bids for Bargains link at the top of the page.

Bethel Head  Retires; Interim Bethel President Named

        Dr. Robert Prosser

McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel President Dr. Robert Prosser has announced his retirement effective July 31, and Business Manager Walter Butler, of Huntingdon, will serve as the interim president beginning August 1.

Butler is the former mayor of the county of Carroll, former trustee of the county, and former Tennessee commissioner of personnel, serving during the Governor Sundquist administration. He holds a Bachelor of Science and MBA degree from the university.

According to a press release issued by Bethel Thursday afternoon,  Judge Ben Cantrell, Chair of the Bethel University Board of Trustees, made the official announcement of Prosser’s retirement plans at a Bethel University dinner held in Murfreesboro at the 183rd General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening, June 18.

Prosser completes a 15-year term as the leader of Bethel having assumed the role in July of 1998, first as Interim President and then becoming the 39th president of the 171-year-old Cumberland Presbyterian school in February of 1999.

According to the press release, "Prosser is credited with building the school back to prosperity after it almost had to close its doors in the 1990s due mainly to a string of years of poor enrollment. Under Prosser’s leadership, enrollment went from just over 200 students in fall 1998 to more than 5,000 students in fall 2012. Prosser’s visionary approach to leadership led to the implementation of a number of programs that attributed to increased enrollment."

The press release goes on to state: "Prosser positioned Bethel as the first school in Tennessee to incorporate the IBM ThinkPad Program where every full-time student received a laptop computer as part of tuition. Another of those programs was Success, a degree program that geared bachelor’s level classroom experiences toward the needs of adult learners with full-time jobs and family responsibilities. The program has now grown to include satellite campuses in six locations across Tennessee, and adult learners now have the option of face-to-face classroom learning or online learning."

Under Prosser's tenure, several programs have been initiated, including Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, a three-pronged performing arts program that offers scholarships that are patterned the same as athletic scholarships, and a number of new academic programs including: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, an online bachelor’s and master’s criminal justice degree program that is one of only 14 anywhere endorsed by the FBI National Academy Associates, an MBA program that has grown to number one in enrollment in Tennessee in just a few short years, an online Master of Arts in Education program, and most recently, an associate degree program.

During Prosser’s tenure, the school added a new football stadium, new tennis courts, a new soccer field, three new residence halls, a new state-of-the-art science building, a new student center and a new basketball arena.
During his time as President, Chick-fil-A opened a franchise on the school’s campus as well.

One of Prosser’s most significant endeavors was changing the school’s name from Bethel College to Bethel University in 2009 – a name change Prosser said better reflected what the school was at that point in time and a name change that would allow the school to maintain the momentum it had in terms of growth.

Prosser was innovative in the sporting arena as well reaching out to a greater number of student-athletes through non-traditional sports programs like bass fishing, archery, bowling and in-line roller hockey. Prosser holds the distinction of being the first and only Bethel University President to claim athletic national championship honors during his tenure with a Men’s Soccer National Championship in 2008 and an Inline Roller Hockey National Championship in 2012.

Upon Prosser’s retirement the Bethel Board of Trustees Chairman announced that Prosser will become President Emeritus in recognition of his 15 years of progressive leadership.

"Bob Prosser defined the term The Entrepreneurial President," said Chairman Cantrell. “Under his leadership Bethel College, a sleepy little liberal arts college in McKenzie Tennessee, became a vibrant University with students on the national stage doing vastly different things. His spirit and energy will be missed."

“I have never missed an opportunity to point out that many, many people are responsible for the success of Bethel,” Prosser said. “For 170 years, Bethel has been meeting the education needs of students. That service will continue. I have been fortunate to be a part of a tremendous venture, and I look forward to more exciting things to come at Bethel University.”

Bethel is headquartered in McKenzie, with a campus in Paris.


Thursday's Henry County BOE Meeting Postponed

Paris, Tenn.-Tonight's planned meeting of the Henry County Board of Education has been postponed until next week. The meeting has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the board offices in Grove Tower.


Reading Program Kicks Off With Carnival

Joan Stevens of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge, left, shares her critter knowledge. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A large number of youngsters and parents crowded the W.G. Rhea Library parking lot and back yard for a carnival to kick off the summer reading program. There was plenty to do for the kids, with inflatables, games, wagon rides, and prizes ongoing during the morning event.

The reading program includes many activities which begin Friday morning with popcorn and a movie at the library for youngsters and families at 10 a.m., a craft session for teens at 6 p.m. and another movie, "The Hobbit", for teens at 7 p.m.

Activities are planned several times a week while the reading program is ongoing. Activities are free, but registration is required for some. Call the library at 642-1702 for schedules and more information.

Lucas Norman gets a wagon ride with Jag, 13-year-old miniature stallion and Kathy Visser at the carnival. (McFarlin photo).

Library Director Connie McSwain shows Hallie Thorn the finer points of archery. (McFarlin photo).


Paris Police, HC Sheriff's Deputies Make Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police department charged a woman with drug possession charges after a traffic stop made Wednesday. Brandi N. Brewer, age 22 of Big Sandy was charged with drug paraphernalia and possession of legend drug.

Other drug arrests recently include George Armstrong, age 63 of 870 Lakeview Road in Springville for possession of schedule two with intent. Micheal D. Tayloe, age 33 of 607 Brewer St., for simple possession of schedule 6 drug.

2014 Project Graduation Fundraiser Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School 2014 Project Graduation kicks off its fundraising this Saturday June 22nd with a car wash at Peppers Automotive on East Wood Street. Students and parents will be washing cars and accepting donations from 8am-3pm.

Refuge Sections to be Closed for Improvements

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for some road improvement projects in the next eight weeks. At different times, small sections of roads will be closed for safety reasons during this project. Those areas include Mt. Moriah Road off Birdsong Road; Refuge Lane and Lawrence Creek Road in the Duck River Bottoms area; Nix Landing Road in the Tie Yards area; and Pace Point Road on the Big Sandy Peninsula. At all times refuge staff will attempt to keep boat ramps open, but the public might have to access those ramps from different directions throughout the project. Morgan Creek Boat Ramp and Nix Landing Boat ramp are due to have new gravel added to the parking lot areas which will close those ramps on that day.

These refuge road improvement projects are included in funds received from the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) which was granted to the refuge for flood damage received from several significant floods in recent years. Especially two years ago in May, this area experienced an epic flood causing tremendous damage to refuge roads. The president declared this area of the country a Federal Disaster Area in 2011 opening the opportunity to apply for relief funds for road improvement projects.

The refuge regrets the inconvenience to visitors and will strive to keep road closures brief. Please call the refuge office at 731-642-2091 or visit our website at www.fws.gov/TennesseeRefuge for updated information on these area road closures.

Registration Open for Photo Workshop

Paris, Tenn.-Registration is open for next month's photography workshop to be conducted by Dyersburg photographer Jeff Roush at the Lee Academy for the Arts. The workshop will be held July 20, from 9 a.m. to sunset and includes lecture, demos, lunch and afternoon field trip.

Cost is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more info, call the Paris-Henry County Arts Council at 642-3955.

Carroll County Property Rezoned for 4H Camp Review

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Carroll County Lake Board of Zoning Appeals agreed last week to allow governmental use on appeal of land under review for a $37 million 4-H camp site and convention center.

The land is owned by Don Bush and it adjoins the newly-opened Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake near U.S. Hwy. 70.

That site is one of three being considered: the other two include Camp Hazelwood in Henry County and a farm in Hardeman County.

The Carroll County action was taken at a special meeting, called in advance of a visit from the 4-H camp selection committee on June 26.

Buttrey Awarded Plumley Scholarship

President of the Healthcare Foundation Connie McSwain presents Chesney Buttrey with the 2013 Plumley Scholarship as her parents, Troy and Kristy look on. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation awarded the 2013 Harold and Opal Plumley Scholarship to Chesney Buttrey, daughter of Troy and Kristy Buttery of Paris, during its May board meeting.

Chesney plans to attend the University of Tennessee Chattanooga this all, where she will be a member of the cheerleading squad. She plans to pursue a career as an orthopaedic surgeon.

Ranked 8th in the 2013 Henry County High School graduation class, Chesney was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America, and served as project chairman for Health Occupation Students of America. She was also a member of the Fellow Christians of America and Tennessee Scholars.

The Harold and Opal Plumley scholarship is given annually to a student who plans to pursue a healthcare career. The scholarship is a four year $6,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior at HCHS.

HCSS Continues with Summer Food Program thru early August

Paris, Tenn- The Henry County School System is sponsoring the 2013 Summer Food Service Program which is administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services under an agreement with USDA. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. The program runs thru June until August 2nd. There will be no meals served on Thursday July 4th.

Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same regardless of race, color, origin, sex, age, or disability. Students can get meals from 8-10 for breakfast at Henry County High School and lunch from 11 to 12:30 at the high school or Henry Elementary. Also Cottage Grove Baptist Church will offer free lunch students as well from Noon to 1pm each weekday.

The meals are free to anyone under the age of 18. Adults can eat for only $3 as well. For more information contact the Henry County School System Central Office at 642-9733.

Bids for Bargains Begins at 5:30pm Thursday evening

Bids for Bargains starts at 5:30pm Thursday evening, to give listeners who work daytimes a chance to bid. Visit our website at wmufradio.com and click on the bids for bargains link on the top of the page to see a list of Thursday’s items. Bids for Bargains is on 104.7FM WMUF.

Forum For Proposed 4-H Center to Be Held June 27th

Site selection committee to be on hand at 1:30pm at fairgrounds event center

Paris, Tenn- The Site Selection Committee for the proposed West Tennessee 4-H Youth Education and Conference Center will be presented at a forum conducted by the local Hazelwood Site Marketing Committee. The forum will be at 1:30pm Thursday June 27th at the Henry County Fairground Events Center/Commercial Building.

Carl Holder, Chairman of the local committee, explained the format would be that the selection committee wants to hear from a number of community leaders who would possibly interact with the facility such as city, county, school systems, scouts, business leaders, and more. Anyone interested in seeing Hazelwood become the site for the proposed facility are encouraged to attend and demonstrate their support for the project. The proposed project is estimated as a $37 and half million dollar project.

HCHS Receives School Safety Grant

Students from Dyer, Gibson, Haywood, Henry, and Madison counties participate in an engagement exercise lead by Pat Conner (hidden). Photo by Susan Burton.


Jackson, Tenn.-Henry County High School is a recipient of a Tennessee Department of Education grant that improves school climate areas such as engagement, safety, and environment. The high school has presently improved the safety of their school using Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) funds to provide gates and security cameras in the parking lots, as well as other supplies to increase student engagement and improve the academic environment.

Henry County Schools representatives Deborah Arnold, Susan Burton, and student Liz Burton attended a Safe and Supportive Schools (S3) Regional Meeting held at UT- Agricultural Experiment Station on June 14.

The meeting was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and also provided leadership from Vanderbilt University and Nashville STARS.

Kimberly Daubenspeck, Director of Safe and Supportive Schools Pilot stated,
“We have asked STARS to lead Youth Summits in the Fall of 2013 and the Spring of 2014. These Summits are designed to educate youth leaders on school climate related topics, helping them understand how they can constructively make a difference and impact change in their schools. Sessions are designed to stimulate youth leaders and adults in a collaborative process to develop strategies and action plans to help build a positive school climate.”
Henry County High School will host a Youth Summit meeting on August 17.

CG Changes Meeting Site; Approves Budget

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Meeting Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council changed the site for its future meetings to the Cottage Grove School. The panel has been meeting at city hall.

Mayor Mike Waddey brought the proposal to change the site from Mark Atkins, operator of the Cottage Grove School, and after discussion, Member Matthew McClure moved the proposal be accepted and Sue Call seconded.

The final reading of the proposed 2013-2014 budget was brought to council and approved. Total budget is $55,532, which is itemized this way: $2107 in state street aid and $53,425 for all other accounts. Revenues of $1985.28 and expenses of $7045.77 were reported for May 2013.  

Member John Weiher presented the first newsletter, The Town Crier, for the city. To contribute news to the newsletter, send info to CG.TownCrier@gmail.  


Paris Tri Club Competes in Missouri

Columbia, Mo.-Four youngsters from the Paris Tri Club participated in the Iron Kids Series competition in Columbia Mo. Rylan Perry finished 5th in 11yr old boys, Sydney Anderson 1st in 8 yr old girls and Kylee Perry 1st in 7 yr old girls.
Rylan, Sydney and Kylee qualified for the National Championship in Des Moines Iowa on Saturday August 31. They will be joining Cole Davis, Hunter Lawrence and Emma Hill, who qualified in New Orleans in April. Six kids will represent Paris in the upcoming Iron Kids Championships in Des Moines Iowa. Pictured are Craig Anderson, Rylan Perry, Sydney Anderson and Kylee Perry. (Photo submitted by Amy Lawrence).


Paris Landing State Park Hosts Backyard Campout

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park invites the public to spend the first day of summer at the Great American Backyard Campout Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. The campout is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warm weather while also spending time with the entire family.

The campout will be held at the Little Eagle Group Camp beginning Friday at 1 p.m. through Saturday at 9 a.m. Several special events and programs are planned including nature hikes, outdoor cooking, birds of prey and campfire stories.

Rain or shine this is a great event for the entire family, even if you have never spent a night in a tent before. It is also an opportunity to meet other families that share the same desire to camp and spend time in the great outdoors. Families will need to bring their own camping gear. Registration is required and there is a $15 charge for families, which covers dinner on Friday. Reservations are required by contacting the park office at 731-641-4465.

For more information about Paris Landing State Park, please call (731) 641-4465 or visit www.tnstateparks.com/ParisLanding.

DPA's Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Set for July 27th
Applications for booths being accepted now

Molly Jackson explains the rules of the ice cream eating contest at the 2011 event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The 4th annual Downtown Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show will be held on Saturday June 27th and booth applications are currently available and being accepted according to Kathy Ray, president of the Downtown Paris Association.

The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s Caring Hearts Fund will be the co-beneficiary of funds raised during the event, along with the DPA. Ray said,

“The DPA is proud to partner with this energetic group which assists cancer patients in Henry County who receive treatment at either the Cancer Care Center or Medical Center.”

Booth Partners are invited to promote their businesses and organization and will sell wristbands for the Ice Cream Social which are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

Car enthusiasts also can enter the Antique Car Show for just $10 which includes a free bracelet for them for all you can eat ice cream. Peoples Choice trophy will be awarded to the vehicle with the most votes during the event as well. There will also be fun games and activities going on.

For more information or to download and application for a booth vendor go to visitdowntownparis.com. You can also call 731-653-PARIS for more information.

Men's Health Seminar to be Held June 27th at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center and Dr. Joe Mobley III will be presenting a Men’s Health Seminar on Thursday June 27th in classrooms 2 and 3 of the medical center. The program is sponsored by the American Medical Systems, Inc. and is held in recognition of June being Men’s Health Month.

The event will begin with a cookout at 6pm for men in attendance and all participants will have a chance to win a door prize, which includes a portable grill, thermal tote, and two HCMC tumblers.

At 6:30pm, Dr. Mobely will discuss treatment options for such Men’s Health Issues as erectile dysfunction, male stress urinary incontinence, and symptoms and side effects on low testosterone. Space is limited for the free seminar, RSVP by calling 644-3463.

Bids for Bargains Day 3 Starts at 11am Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF 104.7FM’s Bids for Bargains starts again at 11am today. We’ve got lots more items going on the bidding table today and you can listen, call in and get a great deal on gift certificates, food, furniture, and a lot more. For a full list of Wednesday’s items visit wmufradio.com and click on the bids for bargains link on the left side of the page.

Paris Commission Special Called Meeting Thursday at Noon

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.

Car Crashes into Napa Auto Parts; No One Injured

A local tow truck company prepares to haul off the car that drove through the front windows at Napa Auto Parts (Photo submitted by Tyler Prokop).

Paris, Tenn.-Staff, management, and lots of extra help were busy cleaning up broken glass and other debris at Napa Auto Parts on Mineral Wells Avenue Monday afternoon after an elderly man drove his car through the front plate glass windows. According to Troy Crawford of Napa, the driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake and crashed into the store. He said store managers have no cost estimate on repairs and Tuesday morning are still cleaning up. He said no one was injured and the store is reopened Tuesday, with boarded up front windows. There is no report available yet at the Paris Police Department.

Broken Glass scatters the area where a large window used to be at

Napa. Workers and helpers worked feverishly Monday afternoon to

get the store cleaned up.


WBFF Donates $1000 to Shelter

Paris, Tenn.-The World's Biggest Fish Fry (WBFF) donated $1,000 to the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter. The shelter is a no-kill facility located at 622 Jones Bend Rd. The donation will be used to purchase new dog pens. Pictured from left to right are Sheriff Monte Belew, Sgt Ricky Ford, WBFF Official Dwayne Baldwin, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Shelter Worker Jeff Jones with one of the dogs up for adoption at the shelter. The shelter can be contacted at 641-8090. (Sheriff's Office photo).

Reading Program Carnival Set Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-A carnival to kick off the W.G.Rhea Library Summer Reading program will be held Wednesday, June 19, in the library parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon.

Pony rides, inflatables, balloon animals, games and more will be at the carnival, which is free.

Books can be checked out and written down starting this week. The theme of the program this year is "Digging into Reading" and activities will be held each week. Schedules are available at the library.

Register for the program at the front desk or calling 642-1702.


County Commission Approves Investing $5M with FTB

Henry County to Serve as pilot program for other rural counties

Representatives from FTB and Trustee David Stone make a presentation to the county

commission about earning more on investments at Monday night's county commission

meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy Henry County Commission meeting on Monday night, the commission voted to invest up to $5M with First Tennessee Bank to help get a better investment return with taxpayer money.

Trustee David Stone and representatives from First Tennessee Bank, Pete Stringer and Bryan Bell, discussed an opportunity to allow Henry County to become the a pilot for this program among rural counties with First Tennessee.

Stone, who sits on the county investment committee with county clerk Donna Craig and county mayor Brent Greer, said First Tennessee has been granted permission by the state comptroller to try this program with Henry County, the first for a rural county. Larger metropolitan areas such as Davidson, Shelby, Knox, and Hamilton Counties already participate in the investment opportunity.

The program takes the money and basically invests in a pool of banks and financial institution across the country. All of the banks are insured and the amount invested by all involved allows the county to get a better rate of return.

Stone said with today’s economy its important for Henry County to be change agents and not react to change. He said FTB has a presence in the community already and they allow the county to have great liquidity and have money in a safe environment. Stone stated it’s a blessing from the comptroller to restructure this program to allow Henry County to take part in it.

The return on investment not only helps pay debt, Stone said, but also could help generate enough money to prevent big property tax increases down the road. Stone finished by saying we are in a great position to take full advantage of the program and do the taxpayers a great service in Henry County.

Commission Hears HCMC Budget, Approves Continuation Budget

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission heard a long presentation from CEO and Administrator of Henry County Medical Center Tom Gee and Chief Financial Officer of the medical center Lisa Casteel concerning the medical center’s budget.

The budget, passed and discussed in full length in late May by the hospital board of trustees, was presented to the commission. Gee and Casteel discussed some of the issues the hospital is facing and they wanted commissioners to be aware of them.

In other action on Monday night, the county commission approved a continuation budget in order to operate in to the new fiscal year which starts July 1st. This is something done everything while the budget process continues.

The commission also approved on first reading the non profit commitments in the proposed budget for FY 14. The current list, which can be amended before final approval of the budget, was presented with 16 organizations and all the county volunteer fire departments receiving donations totaling just over $94K for the next fiscal year. That number is down slightly from a couple of years ago when it was over $100K.

HC Communications Building Just About Ready

Final Preparations Taking place this week

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 board met on Monday evening and Scott Stephens, with S & G Stephens Construction updated the board on the renovations at the Henry County Communications Building, which will be home to the admin services of 911, Carl Perkins Center, and EMA offices.

Stephens said they are just about 100% complete with all left to be finished is a generator being delivered this week and some ceramic floors installed in the bathroom. Stephens said they stayed under budget on the project and everything went well.

911 Board Approves Budget, 2% COLA for Director

The 911 board also reviewed and approved the proposed budget for the new fiscal year which starts July 1 and debated on the amount of cost of living adjustment to give director Mark Archer.

The budget presented came with an almost 4% increase, for Archer, who serves as the director for 911, without an assistant. Board member Micheal Williams questioned the amount, saying the county and city may not give anything this year and the 911 director had gotten a COLA last year of around 3%. After some discussion, the board voted to amend the budget to include a 2% COLA for the director.

The budget included spending lots of money on capital equipment, mainly to supply furniture into the new communications building when it opens up. Furniture for the facility is estimated to cost around $60K. Other big expenditures for 911 include a powerphone response system for $35K, law enforcement laptop mounts for $5K, and new computers in dispatch at $20K.

Other action from the 911 board meeting on Monday saw director Mark Archer report that Henry County 911 will receive additional state funds of around $40K before June 30th. He said several 911 districts in the state are struggling and the state is trying to put money in to helping them out. Part of the money also comes from a reimbursement with Charter.

In his staff report, Archer said he plans to purchase 10 tough book laptops from the homeland security grant to go in law enforcement vehicles in the city and county. Henry County 911 will be responsible for GIS fees to connect to the internet and also some mounting structures for the vehicles which is in the proposed budget for next year.

The board also approved funding for sending dispatch supervisor Anige Case and dispatcher of the year Heather Carter to some training at the TENA conference in September. Archer said $12K has been approved once again for training and he has asked for an additional $8K to help train dispatchers at the sheriff’s office.

Stolen Car Ends Up in Weakley Co. Ditch
Suspect faces charges in both counties

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate an incident in which a vehicle was stolen from a Dunlap Street resident over the weekend. The vehicle was found wrecked in a ditch in Weakley County and authorities there will be filing charges on aggravated assault involving that the theft of the vehicle. The investigation is continuing with no suspects named yet.

In other incidents, arrests from the weekend include Jennifer R. Eads, age 27, of highway 54 West with failure to appear, theft, and four counts of forgery. Her bond was placed at $50K. Joshua Wayne Williams, age 25, of Hollow Rock was charged with DUI 1st and violation of implied consent law.

Relay Winners, Top Teams Announced

Will Powers and Levi Hamilton lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance during opening ceremonies. They are members of Boy Scout Troop 28. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Relay for Life Chair Dana Allen has announced the list of winners and top teams for the 2013 event.

Best food -

1st place Four Seasons for their strawberry shortcake.

2nd place - First United Methodist Church for their muffelatta sandwiches.

3rd place - Henry County Educators for their homemade ice cream.

Best Overall Team Theme-Henry County Educators

Relay Team Work Award - Dana Corporation Team

Perseverance Award - Four Seasons Team

Our Hero Award - Junior Committee Team, a group of Teens and Youth the Relay group has been coaching to one day continue service to their community and hopefully Relay for Life.

Allen said, "This year they began what they hope and we believe will be an annual event with the HCHS Musical Arts Dept called Jammin for a Cure. Total these youth raised this year exceeded $3200."

Most Luminarias - 1st place with 234 luminarias - First United Methodist Church. 2nd place with 198 luminarias sold - Bass Lipford Team. 3rd place with 143 Luminarias sold - First Baptist Church.

Rookie Team of the Year - Bake Away Cancer.

Rosie Baker Award--Melissa Carpenter of Henry County Healthcare

Allen said, "The Rosie Baker Award always goes to someone who is the definition of Relay for Life, going above and beyond for Relay."

Top 5 Teams funds raised:

First place: Dana Corp $25,341.17
2nd place: FUMC $12,865.00
3rd place: Four Seasons $9,468.39
4th place: HC Educators $8849.00
5th place: Committee Team $7828.18

Last year Relay started a Team Spirit Award, however this year it was given the name of the Steigleiter Team Spirit Award and it went to Dana Corporation. Allen said, "That is appropriate because the namesake of this award was a Dana employee who lost her battle with cancer just a few short years ago and is greatly missed by those of us who were blessed to have known her."

"On behalf of the 2013 Relay for Life Committee, we would like to thank our teams, our sponsors, all the wonderful volunteers who helped set up, and our community for their continued support," Allen said.

"Cancer used to be a death sentence, but through the work of the American Cancer Society and funds raised at Relay for Life, lifesaving research is being performed every day, in the state of Tennessee at St Judes, University of TN, and Vanderbilt. Today two of every three people with cancer are surviving so we are making a difference," she said. "I feel very blessed to live in such a caring community that has been a significant part of helping finish the fight against cancer."

Even before Relay began, there was a long line at the Bake Away Cancer booth, which won Rookie Team of the Year. (McFarlin photo).


Paws for Cause Draws Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-Melissa Bomar of the Henry County Sheriff's office animal shelter, left, cuddles a puppy while Ashley Lee of Paris, cuddles another at the Paws for a Cause fund-raiser Saturday. Lee and her husband were at the event, looking over the dogs and puppies available for adoption. Bomar said four of the nine canines taken to the event were adopted and the Lees ended up adopting the puppy that Ashley is holding. The event included a vendors' fair, clowns and Cajun Sno-Balls. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Two Arrested, Property Quarantined After Meth Lab Found

Paris, Tenn.-Two people were arrested and a home at 822 Lois Street is quarantined after Paris Police, Henry County sheriff’s deputies, a Henry police officer and the Metro Crime Unit found a meth lab at that address Friday morning.

Arrested were Christopher Triplett, age 50 of 514 Franklin Dr., Paris; and Mitzi Barker, 40 of 102 Fairview Dr. Triplett was charged with manufacturing meth, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession. Barker was charged with manufacturing meth and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the police report prepared by Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker, he and the other officers performed a search warrant at the residence and found numerous items, including five spoons with residue, coffee filters but no coffee machine around, salt, gallon container of muric acid, one morphine pill in Triplett’s pocket, a used syrine, wet coffee filters, a straw with residue, and small bottle of muric acid.

Additionally, a jar of liquid fire was found in Triplett’s SUV, for which he claimed ownership, according to Whitaker. A box of burned ‘meth trash’, a bottle of unknown pills, a container of salt and empty cold pack wrapper was found in the shed behind the house.

Also found was a bottle of liquid fire, Coleman fuel, gassing bottles, tubing and other ‘meth trash’ behind the residence in trash bags.

According to Whitaker, a meth clean-up truck was called to the scene to take possession of all hazardous materials and the property was quarantined, including the house, outbuilding and SUV.

Big Sandy Woman Airlifted after Accident

Paris, Tenn.-Information has been released by the Paris Police Department on an accident that occured last week on N. Market Street which resulted in one of the drivers being airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

According to the report, Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Jason Mounts requested assistance and Sgt. Michael Ramos responded, finding two heavily-damaged vehicles near 1416 N. Market street. EMS was called.

A white pickup was found with the driver, Linda Markham, 43, of Big Sandy, trapped inside. Ramos said she was disoriented and slurring her words and a large number of medication bottles were found in the car. EMS began working to remove her from the car.

The second driver, William Blakemore, 48, of 155 Logan St., Paris, was able to get out of the passenger side with help from EMS.

Both were taken to the Henry County Medical Center, with Markham then airlifted. Ramos was able to have blood taken from Markham before she was airlifted.

Mounts told Ramos that he was driving behind Markham when the wreck occurred and that she drove head-on into Blakemore's vehicle and that the accident is on video.

No condition report was available on Markham.


Perfect Weather Graces This Year's Relay Event

$136,422.25 is Raised

A group of volunteers waiting to release balloons during opening ceremonies. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-It was a long, but productive night at the Relay for Life activities at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday night, with $136,422.25 raised. Perfect weather graced the event, bringing in a large crowd way into the night.

This year’s event was even more special in that it also was a celebration of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday. There was plenty to do to keep everyone entertained--and awake--into the wee hours of the event. Entertainment was provided by Airborne gymnastics, Zumba classes, and musical groups. As the night progressed, the activities included contests for rooster crowing, oreo eating, cheese puff tossing and a scavenger hunt.

An activity that kept everyone interested was the Relay Jail, sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. A small fenced-in area served as the jail and inmates’ uniforms were on hand to make things authentic.

Chief Deputy Randy Gean explained deputies would ‘arrest’ the person of your choice, put them in inmates’ stripes and place them in the jail. For a $5 fee, he or she would be released. Through the evening, there was always someone or more than one person in the jail.

As always, a highlight of the event was the opening ceremonies, which includes the survivors’ lap and medical caregivers’ lap and releasing of the balloons over the fairgrounds.

Relay Chairman Dana Allen thanked everyone who donated and participated in this year’s event. Speaking to the crowd, Allen said, “We’re all tired of cancer. It affects our families. It affects our loved ones. We’re all tired of it. It’s time for us to come together as a community and fight. Progress comes when we all speak out.”

Allen said further, “The next 11 hours we’ll go on a life-affirming journey. Cancer never sleeps and neither do we.”

On Saturday morning, a very tired Allen said, "It was a wonderful night. The weather was perfect and our wonderful community really came out to support us. We have such amazing volunteers that everything just came together perfectly! Our teams served everything from pork chop sandwiches to cupcakes and one team even served breakfast. Yes, we had eggs, bacon, sausage and pancakes at 3:00! Lots of silly games, dancing and Karoake ensued."


Chris Minnis doesn't look too sad about being in "Relay Jail" last night. He said his girlfriend had him 'arrested' and would hopefully be paying to have him released soon. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Relay Chair Dana Allen getting ready to speak. (McFarlin photo).


Printing Capabilities Limited at Library

Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Public Library Director Connie McSwain announced that the printing capabilities from the library computers are extremely limited at this time. The State Techs are working on a solution to the printing problem, she said, noting the problem is not limited to this library. Other libraries are facing the same printer problems. “We hope this will be resolved soon,” she said, “but we just wanted the public to be aware.”


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