From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Miles Receives Positive Evaluation From Board
FRC Staff Becky Holland and Judy Goad present the annual report to the board. From left: Board Member Jim McCampbell, Holland, Karen Wilson, Goad, and Board Attorney Lee Greer. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Schools Director of Schools Sam Miles received a glowing evaluation from school board members at a Friday morning meeting of the board of education, with Board President Tricia Reimold saying, “Our school district is in better shape than it’s ever been” since Miles was hired two years ago.
Reimold said Miles came to the position already knowing state requirements and coming trends that the district was lacking. She also noted that Miles had a big job ahead of him when he was hired, such as having to create a budget and hire a football coach. “There was a lot going on that April when he came into our system,” she said.
A survey of board members on key areas was extremely positive for Miles, with Reimold noting the highlights. With the top ranking at 5, she noted that he ranked 4.76 in director-board relations; 4.76 in community relations; 4.4 in staff relations; 4.4 in finance; 4.76 in vision and 4.54 in student achievement.
“You can see what he has achieved in two years,” Reimold said. “Sam consistently exceeds expectations from this board.”
Miles thanked the board and said working at Henry County “has been a wonderful opportunity for me. I’m blessed to have this job. I’m lucky to be in a place that values public education.”
Board members agreed with Reimold, with Doug Braden saying that Miles “did an especially good job of getting a football coach”.
The board will act on Miles’ contract at its next meeting.
There was plenty for the board to be pleased with following the annual report of the Family Resource Center by Becky Holland and Judy Goad. Despite a state funding scare earlier this year, FRC continues to make progress, do good work for local students and their families and serve as a model for other programs in the state.
Judy Goad said the FRC is the only one in the state that has presented the state with measurable outcomes as required since 1993 and because of that has become a model at the state level.
Goad provided a report that itemized the programs provided and the students served in each. A total 218 students were served in case management, 120 by the weekend backpack program, 113 in the mentoring and tutoring program, 516 students were provided with school supplies, 731 students were served by the Foodbank, with 672 families served.
Staff conducted 139 parent meetings and 75 home visits, for a total of 2,987 students served, 1.232 families served and 116 volunteers donating time to the program.
Goad and Holland said the program can always use more volunteer help and donations for its programs, notably the backpack program which provides needed food for students and their families over the weekends when they don’t have access to school breakfasts and lunches.
They said they have received overwhelming support from the local community, with $22,000 donated for the backpack program.
The board approved a trip by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to its national leadership conference in San Antonio, Texas. Advisor Angela Yearry said she will be taking three students to the conference: Patrick Martino, who placed first in the state in customer service; Brigitte Passman, first place in job interview and Katie Drummond, who placed second.
“We’re real proud of our students this year and we expect good things in San Antonio for them,” Yearry said.
Board member Doug Braden said, “I know we talk a lot about our football team winning state, but these kids are state champs, too, and we’re very proud of them.”
School Nutrition Supervisor Karen Wilson reported that a food buying cooperative that the school has belonged to has disbanded and she needed approval for bids she has acquired for the next school year. The board approved Gordon Foods and Sysco for good supplies; Hostess for bread; Prairie Farms for milk; Turner dairies for ice cream and McCartney for produce.
The annual board retreat was set for July 12 and 13 at Paris Landing.
Paris Man Arrested For Rape, Incest
Paris, Tenn.- A Reynoldsburg Rd. man was arrested for rape and incest Thursday following an investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the County Department of Children Services.
Robert Dale Woodard, 35, 2250 Reynoldsburg Rd., was arrested by Investigator Gary Vandiver following the investigation into an allegation that Woodard engaged in unlawful sexual activity with a child under 15 years of age.
Woodard is being held under $100,000 bond pending his arraignment in Henry County General Sessions Court on June 26.
Businessman Charged With Scamming Elderly Woman
Paris, Tenn.-Following an investigation by the Paris Police Department Criminal Investigation unit, Randall Dena Damesworth of Camden, owner of Mid-State Termite and Pest Control, was arrested for theft over $60,000.
According to a press release issued by the Paris Police, Damesworth had been scamming an elderly resident of Paris out of money since 2006. Investigator Josh Frey said Damesworth sold the victim false insurance and charged the victim for repairs to the victim’s home but never did any work.
Frey said since 2006 until the present, Damesworth has stolen over $160,000 from the victim.
Damesworth was arrested today for theft and booked into the county jail. Bond was set at $150,000 and he will appear June 26 in General Session Court.
Marijuana Found In Bathroom
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating how marijuana ended up in one of the women’s bathrooms at the Dana Corporation at 100 Plumley Dr.
Deputy Blake Jenkins was called to the company and was informed that an employee found a green leafy substance in the bathroom. The substance was confirmed to be marijuana.
Henry Police Make DUI Arrest
Henry Police Officer Michael Gertsch arrested a Paris woman for driving under the influence first arrest and possession after receiving a call of a reckless driver on Hwy. 79S. Gertsch found the vehicle and observed it driving recklessly. He turned on the police vehicle’s blue lights but the driver of the vehicle under question drove for one mile before stopping.
Arrested was Cindy Snider, 218 Fieldwood Dr. According to Gertsch’s report, she admitted being under the influence of several pain pills.
Paris PD Restrain Woman With Chemical Spray
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Carey Counseling at 408 E. Virginia St., Paris, on a report of an unruly patient and in the course of trying to restrain her ended up using chemical weapons on the woman twice.
Upon arrival at Carey Counseling, police found several males trying to restrain a female who was bleeding from the wrist because she had broken a picture frame and cut herself. According to the report, the woman became belligerent and combative and kept kicking officers when they tried to place handcuffs on her. The police placed leg cuffs on her ankles, but she continued to fight.
Police called EMS to transport her to the hospital for her self-inflicted injuries . While trying to put her on the cot, she tried to spit on Patrolman Greenhill twice and Patrolman Jordan Klutts used a chemical spray on her. According to the report, she became calm enough they could load her in the ambulance.
At the hospital, they put her in a room in front of a fan to help her with the effects of the spray and she became belligerent again and tried to spit on Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker, who then used chemical spray on her again.
At that point, officers restrained her to the bed at the hospital.
Search Reveals Weapon, Marijuana
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police conducted a search at 719 W. Blythe Street and arrested Carlos Cowan, 5304 Barbara Court, Murfreesboro, for simple possession. Upon entering, officers found four people inside and during a search, they found a bag of marijuana. Sgt. Michael Ramos found a weapon and ammunition hidden in the ceiling.
Cowan claimed ownership of the marijuana, but no one claimed ownership of the weapon and ammunition.
In a separate incident, police were called to Little General at 1111 N. Market St., on a report of juveniles under the influence. When they arrived, they found Shawn Gafford, 18, 360 Old Union Rd., visibly intoxicated and arrested him for underage drinking.
Friday Lasy Day for Bids for Bargains: Everything Must Go!!
Paris, Tenn.- WMUF's first ever 'Bids for Bargains' Event will come to an end today. The auction starts at 11:30am Friday and everything on the docket must go. Great deals will be abundant and our listeners have a chance to get a real steal on something. Call in and bid and when we decide to sell, if your the high bidder you win. Things will go quickly and some even cheaper than they have all week.
TDOT Approves Pedestrian Bridge Over Tyson Ave.
Paris, Tenn.- The planned pedestrian bridge over Tyson Avenue that will connect the under-construction Henry County Diagnostic Center with the Henry County Medical Center is one step closer to approval, with the okay from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
That was the news delivered by Hospital Administrator Tom Gee Thursday night to his board at its regular monthly meeting. He said the bridge plans next go to the TDOT commissioner and then to the federal Department of Transportation.
The new Diagnostic Imaging Center which is being built across the street from the hospital will also contain the Bethel University Paris Campus.
In other business, Gee said the hospital has obtained a copy of the certificate of need for the Huntingdon Medical Center's application for a psych unit at its hospital. Henry County Medical Center will be opposing that application, along with operators of other psych units in the area on the grounds that there already are several being operated locally and none of the beds in those units are full.
HCMC Board Recognizes Casteel, O'Neal for WestStar
Paris, Tenn.- More from the Hospital board meeting saw Gee report that Finance Officer Lisa Casteel has graduated from the latest WestStar Leadership Class. She is only the second person from HCMC and a select few other Henry Countians to be selected for that program.
Nursing Director Stephen O'Neal will graduate this weekend from Leadership Henry County, which is the local leadership development group and feeder program for WestStar.
Gee said O'Neal was selected to give the address for his class to the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on Saturday night., Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Kirk Nienaber reported that these are the new medical staff officers for the coming year: Chief of Staff will be Andrew Lundberg; Vice Chief Dennis Wieck; Secretary Debra Selby, with two other members being Joe Mobley and Kirk Nienaber.
The board approved $231,956.34 in capital expenses. Itemized, that total represents $228,235 in imaging equipment; $2,517for an ice machine for the Healthcare Center, and $1,204 for four chairs and a task stool for the Women's Center.
In her financial report, Casteel said volumes for May were mixed compared to bdget and prior year. Admissions were under budget by 14 percent and the hospital's occupancy rate was 39 percent with a budget of 44 percent.
She said the Surgery Center acquisition added 170 cases for the month and that the Hospitalist Program averaged 29 total patients per day. This represents 240 admissions of which 34 were new patients.
Occupancy rate at the Henry County Healthcare Center for the month was at 85 percent, she said, and EMS volumes for the month were above bdget by 3 percent. In summary, she said, HCMC is above budget for net patient revenues due to the increase in volumes, while EMS is under budget due to volumes.
Also at Thursday night’s meeting the board elected the same officers for the year, Phil Wichlan as chairman and Beverly Neighbors as vice chair.
Blueberries Are Ready For Pickin' At Blueberry Acres
Diane Schultz fills her gallon bucket with blueberries. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Como, Tenn.-In the mood for fresh blueberries? We know a place where there are rows and rows, just ready for pickin'. Blueberry Acres, at 2060 Herrondale West Rd., has been opening its rows to everyone who likes to pick their own since its first crop in 2008.
Tom and Loretta Kinney are in their fourth year of growing blueberries on their farm and are open six days a week (closed on Sunday) from 5:30 a.m. ntil dark. "There's usually someone here picking all day long", Loretta said.
The Kinneys started with 30 plants and now have over 800, planted with wide rows so there's plenty of room for crowds.
The Kinneys also have plenty of animals for children (and adults) to look at, including their llama, Tarzan, and several sheep and their babies.
For more information, you can call 243-3190.
But now is the time for a visit. "The berries are just falling off the vines," Loretta said.
Tarzan the llama surveys all and keeps the lambs protected.
Boat Parade To Kick Off College Bass Tourney
Paris, Tenn.-Remember the "spirit parade" which will kick off the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open this weekend at Paris Landing State Park.
The boat parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the county fairgrounds, move west onto East Wood Street, head on to Volunteer Drive and then onto Memorial Drive before winding back onto Mineral Wells, Tyson Ave and on back to the fairgrounds.
An article on the tournament appears elsewhere on this website.
Metro Crime Unit, PD, Deputies Make Drug Arrest on Harding Rd.
Pictured are Corporal Jamie Myrick and Officer Rodney Littleton of Metro Crime Unit. Approximately two pounds of marijuana, baggies, scales, firearms, prescription pills, and $462. (Henry County Sheriff's Office photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit, Sheriff’s Office, and Paris Police Department conducted an investigation at 319 Harding Road that led to a drug arrest. Officers searched the residence and found about two pounds of marijuana, scales, baggies, and prescription pills. Firearms were also found stored with the illegal drugs.
Officers charged Matthew S. Matheny, 25, of that address, with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of schedule three drugs, possession of schedule four drug, and possession of a firearm during a felony. Officers also seized $462 in cash as alleged drug proceeds.
Lunch to Learn Seminar: "Urology Issues" Set Friday at HCMC
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will have a lunch to learn seminar with Dr. Joe Mobley, Jr. regarding prostate cancer, and other urology issues on Friday at noon in classrooms two and three. The seminar is free and lunch is provided starting at 11:30am. You must pre-register by calling the find line at 644-3463 or by registering online at www.hcmc-tn.org.
AmVets Post 45 Annual Hog Roast set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- AmVets Post 45 will have their annual hog roast this Saturday from 12-4 with music from 2-6. The band Shannon and the Regulators will perform. They are asking for a nine dollar donation for a plate.
Safari Greg Entertains At Library Program
Paris, Tenn.-As he always does, Safari Greg entertained and excited the kids on hand for the W.G. Rhea Library's summer program kick-off presentation Wednesday morning. Safari Greg has been a feature of the library's summer program for several years and is a favorite of the kids with his show-and-tell approach to his critters, such as the snake in the photo. The special programs are presented at 10 a.m. each Wednesday during the summer reading program, except for Wednesday, July 4. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin).
Stanton Retires After 41 Years
Janice Stanton, left, accepts a gift basket from Hospital Administrator Tom Gee and Administrative Secretary Nancy Moore on her retirement. (HCMC Photo).
Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center’s Compliance Officer Janice Stanton is retiring from the hospital for the second time in her long career with the organization.
Stanton first began her career at HCMC when she was only 19 years old, working in the Medical Records Department for 30 years before retiring. After a short break, she then returned to take on the position of Compliance Officer, which she has held for the last 12 years.
“It has been a really good life at the hospital,” Stanton said. “I started at the hospital at the age of 19, so this place is like a home to me.”
Stanton plans to spend some quality time with her family while enjoying her hobbies of gardening, being on the farm, and just relaxing and enjoying the days.
Hospital Administrator Tom Gee had only kind words to say: “Janice has been an integral part of our organization in two different roles. She was an outstanding medical records administrator and most recently she helped define the new healthcare role of compliance officer. She has always exemplified integrity, loyalty, and teamwork in everything she does. She will certainly be missed by all of us.”
Bids for Bargains: Thursday evening session starts at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- Bids for Bargains continues Thursday with a special evening auction. To give listeners who haven’t had a chance to listen during the lunch time hours this week, we will start the auction at 6pm Thursday on WMUF 104.7FM. For a complete list of items that will be on Thursday’s Bids for Bargains, visit the link at the top of our website, wmufradio.com.
Billy M. Cary Walking Horse show to be held Saturday
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Billy M. Cary Walking Horse show will be held on Saturday June 23rd at 6pm at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. It is a double point show and there will be concessions and a cow plop contest. All money raised benefits the Carl Perkins Center which serves Henry, Carroll, and Benton Counties. Call the Carl Perkins Center in Huntingdon for more information on the Walking Horse.
West TN Trustee of the Year Recognized
Memphis, Tenn.- Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has been named Trustee of the Year for the West Tennessee grand district by the Tennessee County Trustee Association. The award was presented by David Stone, Henry County Trustee and President of the West Tennessee Trustees Association. Stone is slated to be next year's president of the statewide Trustees association. The statewide association recognizes one trustee from each of thestate’s three grand divisions; a statewide winner is selected from those three. Mr. Lenoir has been active in the state association since coming into office in 2010.
Tickets On Sale For Holdsclaw Appearance
Paris, Tenn.-Former Lady Vol Basketball Star Chamique Holdsclaw will make an appearance locally and tickets are on sale now.
The U.T. Alumni Chapter will host the event on Wednesday, July 18 at the Lee School Lunchroom. The event will begin at 11:30 am and end at 1 pm. A box lunch will be catered by Cindy's Catering. Tickets are $12.00 and must be sent to Susan Bell at 280 Kesterson Lane, Paris, by July 11.
Holdsclaw was a standout for the Lady Vols, afterwhich she became a professional basketball player with the Women's National Basketball Association, playing for several teams.
Her new book “Breaking Through: Beating The Odds Shot After Shot” aims to inspire others to find the strength to face their own adversity, life challenges and personal obstacles in their lives to strive to become their best despite their circumstances. Holdsclaw has revealed that she has suffered on and off with clinical depression. She also wants to empower others who have struggled with mental health to go seek the professional help they need.
Collegiate Bass Tourney Opens This Weekend; Boat Parade Set
Paris, Tennessee - Collegiate anglers throughout the country are preparing for Kentucky Lake and the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, presented by Pepsi. Serving as host for the third consecutive year, the Henry County Alliance of Paris, Tennessee, and the Paris Landing Marina will be tournament headquarters.
Fishing takes place June 23-24, with the registration, dinner, and pre-tournament activities to be held Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
To kick off the event, anglers will participate in a "Spirit Parade" which will feature the trucks and boats. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday As of now, the parade is set to begin at the fairgrounds and continue westward along E. Wood St. turning on Volunteer Drive continue down Memorial Drive to Mineral Wells Ave. It then will move straight across Tyson to where it necks down to Market Street then right on E. Wood Street back to fairgrounds, where a fish fry for the public will be held.
The boat deemed to have the most spirit by a panel of judges will win $250 in Cabela's gift cards.
Daily weigh-ins will be held at Paris Landing Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. They are free and open to the public.
Larry Crawford, CEO of the Henry County Alliance, said, "We are excited about hosting the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open for the 3rd year. We are adding some new events to encourage additional community participation, while continuing to ensure the students have a great experience in Henry County."
Cabela's Pro Angler, Clark Wendlandt, will serve as the Grand Marshall of the parade. Clark is in town fishing for upcoming television episodes of Americana Outdoors, as well as Fishing Texas.
Tournament Director, Wade Middleton, commented, "The parade, the fish fry, and the seminars and social are the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series' version of a pep rally the night before the big game. The anglers have a blast in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, Presented by Pepsi, and it's certainly a big game for the teams."
Shots Fired? No One Claims It
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Patrolman Derrek Colley responded to a call of shots fired at 514 Wynn St. and found several people standing outside the residence. When questioned, they said they hadn't heard any shots.
While there, Colley noticed Lowell Foster standing in the group and knew he had active warrants for robbery. After arresting him, officers found several .32 caliber spent shell casings on the ground and found a KEL TEC P32 in the bushes. No one claimed ownership of the weapon.
In another incident, Colley observed Mario Allen, 23, 117 N. Blakemore St., walking on Cooper St. He asked if he could talk with him a few minutes and received permission to frisk him for weapons.
Colley found a large round object in his left cargo pants pocket, which Allen said was candy. In fact, it was a large pastic sack with 16 individually-wrapped bags of marijuana. And in his backpack, Colley found eight pound bags of marijuana.
He was arrested for possession and intent to sell and bond was set at $5,000.
CG Approves Budget
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At its third and final reading Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council approved the 2012-2013 budget.
Revenues of $4,342.65 and expenses of $8315.55 were reported for May 2012. This reflects a twice-yearly payment for the post office building.
Upon motion by Dorothy Miller, council renewed the audit contract with Vance CPA, of Belvidere, Tenn.
Chamber's Memebership Banquet set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of commerce will hold its membership banquet this Saturday night at 5pm at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The chamber will once again recognize a business of the year and a person of the year.
Chamber President Butch Powers said “we want our banquet to focus on our membership so we decided to not have a speaker, but instead recognize the contributions businesses and individuals make to the community.
City Manager Carl Holder will serve as master of ceremonies and new officers and new chamber president will be installed. Tickets are $25 each or a table of six will be $140. Call the chamber office at 642-3431 for tickets and visit paristnchamber.com for more information.
DARE Pool Party Rescheduled
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has announced the DARE pool party that was cancelled earlier due to a thunderstorm has been rescheduled.
All Paris City and Henry County students who graduated from the
D.A.R.E. program in 2012 are invited to the D.A.R.E Pool Party Friday June 22, 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Swimming Pool at the Eiffel Tower Park.
HCHS baseball Coach Brian Whelp Sets Youth Clinics Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Baseball coach Brian Whelp is holding a youth baseball clinic this Thursday from 9am to noon at the HCHS baseball field. It's open to anyone ages 8-14 and registration will begin Thursday morning at 8:30 am. The fee is $30. Interested youngsters should bring their equipment and some swim trunks, as they will get out the slip and slide later in the afternoon.
Murray man charged with cocaine possession
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated Cpl. Lance Perry pulled over a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria on Monday for speeding on highway 79 South. The driver of the vehicle was Willie T. Ransey, of Murray and he admitted to having illegal drugs on his person. Cpl. Perry searched the vehicle and then found about two ounces of cocaine and crack cocaine on Ransey’s person.
Ransey was charge with possession of schedule two controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver. Ransey’s 1999 Ford Crown Vic was seized along with alleged drug proceeds of $2980. The TBI assisted during the search and arrest.
Temporary Closures at Refuge Locations Announced
Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National WildlifeRefuge and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge announce several upcoming temporary road and area closures due to ongoing habitat restoration projectsin the next few weeks. These closures will be short termed, but exactscheduled closures will be according to specific weather conditions suchas rain or wind, therefore a range of dates will be given for each closure.
On Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, the following closures will be due to Aerial Spraying for herbicides:
· DuckRiver Bottoms area south of New Johnsonville will be closed Wednesday through Friday, June 27-29, including all the bottoms area and the New Johnsonvillepump station.
· BrittonFord/Sulphur Wells area near the Elkhorn community will close Swayne PointPeninsula Monday – Tuesday, June 25-26, including Swayne Point Boat Rampand Swamp Creek embayment.
On Tennessee NWR, the followingclosures will be due to Habitat Restoration work:
· DuckRiver Bottoms area will close sections of Refuge Lane and Lawrence Creekroad for several weeks beginning Tuesday, June 19 – Wednesday, July4.
On Cross Creeks National WildlifeRefuge just east of Dover, the following area closures will be due to Aerial Spraying for herbicides:
· Upperpool 4 and Pool 4D and a portion of South Cross will be closed Monday –Tuesday,June 25-26. However, no boat ramps will need to be closed for aerialspraying.
The refuge regrets the inconvenience to its visitors. However, these temporary closures are necessary for public safety during these refuge habitat management projects. For more information on these area closures please contact the Tennessee refugeheadquarters at 731-642-2091 or Cross Creeks headquarters at 931-232-7477.
Seussical Jr. To Be Presented by Bethel’s Camp Renaissance
Bethel University Camp Renaissance participants learn choreography for Seussical Jr. (Bethel photo).
McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University’s 2012 Camp Renaissance participants will present Seussical Jr., this Saturday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the Bethel Performing Arts Center. Participants in Camp Renaissance began camp on Thursday, June 14, preparing for the production.
In its third year, Camp Renaissance brings campers together for a time of fun and focused learning as they explore the many aspects of theatre. Camp Renaissance Acts One and Two are two separate camps that are held simultaneously for ages 9-12 and ages 13-18 respectively. Daily classes and activities guide campers through instruction in basic skills and challenges in creativity. Camp Renaissance Onstage is an audition camp where students ages 13-18 from all over the southeast take part in presenting a theatre production. Camp Renaissance is affiliated with Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre program, which is committed to the arts and to teaching others about the art of theatre.
The goal of Renaissance Theatre is to produce Broadway quality shows for the community and to provide a great learning environment for students who are passionate about the arts and theatre. Renaissance Theatre students earn significant scholarships that are patterned the same as athletic scholarships. For more information about Camp Renaissance or about the Bethel University Renaissance Theatre program, contact Brian Hill at 731-393-0405, ext. 204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilkins Hired At McKenzie High
McKenzie, Tenn.- John Wilkins has been hired as the new head coach for the McKenzie High School Rebel Boys basketball team. He had previously been an educator and assistant coach for Henry County High School System for the past six years. Wilkins will also teach Wellness and Physical Education at McKenzie High School along with his coaching of Basketball. Wilkins and his wife Lauren, who are expecting their first child, reside in Paris.
County Mayor informs commission of Earl Anderson's failing health
Commissioner Anderson and family decide its best to resign from seat in July
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday evening’s Henry County Commission meeting, County Mayor Brent Greer informed the commission and audience that Commissioner Earl Anderson continues to see deterioration in his health. Commissioner Anderson and his family have thought it best that he resign his fifth district commission seat and plans to do so in July.
County Mayor Brent Greer said the Tennessee County Commissioners Association has said it would be appropriate for Henry County Commissioners to allow the seat, once vacated, to be filled in the upcoming November general election. Greer told them they could go ahead and fill the seat but, whoever they choose would have to run in the November election anyway. Greer said commission Anderson also said that it would be better to let the people of the fifth district decide in a vote come November.
Commission Oks Nonprofit Resolution on 1st Reading
During the citizens forum, Jeremy Schultz of Puryear said he would like to see the resolutions that are coming before the commission on the website prior to the meeting. He then said in regards to a resolution the commission would look at during Monday meeting’s regarding non profit contributions, he didn’t feel it was right to use money from citizens to pay for some of these services. He said it’s almost like holding them at gunpoint.
Later in the meeting, the commission did vote to approve an amended resolution regarding the non profits. Commissioner Dell Carter, of the non profit committee, asked the commission to consider adding the First Responders request to the non profits in the amount of $4,000. That brought the total up to $104,540, which is the same total from last year regarding the non profits. This was passed on first reading. It will be printed and brought back up for second reading before being formally adopted.
Commissioner David Webb spoke briefly on the issue of non profits and said if the county funded all these projects itself, the amount would be much greater. He said we are getting a great ‘bang for our buck’ with all the work our non profits and volunteers do especially considering how many citizens these non profits serve.
The commission also passed a continuation budget last night to allow departments to operate as the FY 2013 year starts July 1st. This is a basic housekeeping issue that is done in June every year. Greer informed the body that the budget committee is farther along in the budget process and might be ready to present a budget to them at the July commission meeting. There are no plans for a tax increase of any kind in the upcoming budget.
E-911 Seeks Construction Manager for Renovations Of Future Office
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met on Monday evening and took a few steps towards possibly moving into their new administrative offices by the end of the year. The board had agreed months back to purchase the old Reeves Drapery building and renovate for new 911 admin along with offices for EMA director Ron Watkins, Carl Perkins center, and training facilities.
Since that time, not much has been done with the building. Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer brought up the idea of hiring a construction manager to oversee the renovations and make the proper procedures to bid out all the work that needs to be done regarding the building involving HVAC, Roofing, wiring, and more.
The board discussed options for several minutes and finally decided to look into hiring a local contractor for the job of construction manager on the renovations of the building. Archer is suppose to check qualifications and bring back a recommendation to the board at a later date.
In other action at the meeting, the 911 board approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year which included some new upgrades for the CAD and mapping in the amount of $150 thousand, tablets for mobile CADs for EMS, where they can take them in and out of a scene for $6000, and Powerphone Emergency Dispatch Software which pops up questions for dispatchers to ask regarding certain life threatening situations in the amounty of $34 thousand dollars.
Archer said the budget has guesses at utility cost, since they aren’t sure when they will move the admin offices to the new building and what they will run once they get there. It also includes a 3% cost of living adjustment.
During the meeting, Archer gave updates on several technology upgrades going on for dispatch at city hall along with upgrades to the backup 911 center at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He said they are all moving along nicely and many are done and working ahead of schedule.
County Commission Okays 'Housekeeping' Resolutions
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County commission also passed a continuation budget last night to allow departments to operate as the FY 2013 year starts July 1st. This is a basic housekeeping issue that is done in June every year. Greer informed the body that the budget committee is farther along in the budget process and might be ready to present a budget to them at the July commission meeting. There are no plans for a tax increase of any kind in the upcoming budget.
The commission also approved appointments recommended to them from the nominating committee to fill various boards. The approved the recommendations of Carol Huston to serve on the Civil Service Board, Kenneth Humphries to serve on the library board, and Bobby Myrick and Danny Robbins to serve as Judicial Commissioners.
During Monday’s commission meeting more housekeeping resolutions that are common each June were approved by the commission. One of those dealt with a contract regarding housing state inmates at the Henry County Jail. The contract lays out that the county will be paid 37 dollars per day per inmate, for up to 60 inmates.
County Mayor Brent Greer informed the commission that the jail has been holding more than 60 inmates for quite some time. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Randy Gean presented some numbers to the commission showing how revenue generated from housing state prisoners now along with some Stewart County prisoners has really increased since 06-07. At the end of this fiscal year, Henry County is projected to receive about $1.3 million from state prisoners, which as an increase of over $487,000 in revenue from last year.
In other action Monday, the county commission decided to table the resolution regarding changing the speed limit sign to 40mph on Forsythe Road. Henry County Road Supervisor Ray Norwood suggested it be studied a little more before action is taken. This was brought up a few months back and commissioners were reluctant to start setting speed limits on county roads for fear of the pandora’s box it would open up.
The commission also approved a resolution for probationary services between the county and Northwest Alternative Corrections. In the resolution, it states that NAC, will remit $3000 per month to Henry County in regards to probation services and more. Judge Vicky Snyder said this is a good relationship her and sheriff work on with Northwest Alternative.
Former Paris Mayor Richard "Dicky" Dunlap III passes away
Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris Mayor Richard "Dicky" Dunlap III passed away Friday evening. He was mayor of Paris in the early 90s and is a longtime businessman and attorney. Ridgeway Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
Chairs That Care A "Definite Success"
Organizer Casey Brown looks over the unique chairs to be auctioned. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Chairs that Care fund-raiser was such a success Saturday night that organizers said it definitely will become an annual event.
Organizer Casey Brown said $3,071 was raised just for the chair auction alone “and that isn’t including the ticket sales, which we haven’t counted up yet.”
“I’m very pleased and very happy at the way everything went. It was a definite success," Brown said. “The community came together to support a great cause, raising money for our Cancer Center.”
The event drew a huge crowd to the Paris-Henry Co. Heritage Center, where the auctions were held, and Brown said, “It went way beyond our expectations.”
Two auctions were held--a silent and live auction--for chairs that were decorated in a variety of imaginative ways and donated by people from Henry, Benton and Carroll Counties. “We thought we’d have 30 chairs, but we had 70 chairs donated,” Brown said.
Auctioneer was Mike Wilson, who kept the evening lively. The chairs were displayed on the lawn and inside the Heritage Center and a light dinner was served.
The chair which received the highest bid was an Adirondack chair donated by Kenny and Audrey Boyd, which went for $150. The Peoples’ Choice chairs were a lady bug chair donated by Roxanne Hendricks and a giraffe high chair donated by Billy and Angela Dortch. The Peoples’ Choice chair donated by a group was that made by the Lakewood special needs program.
Among those enjoying the evening were (left to right): Megan and Willie Huston and Rick and Pam Conger.
Checking out the chairs are Henry Co. Medical Center Administrator Tom Gee and his wife, Tedra.
Warrants Issued For HCMC Theft Suspect
Paris, Tenn.-Warrants are pending against Erin Fuqua, age 20 of 1030 Manley St., Paris, for stealing items from a work site at Henry County Medical Center.
Patrolman Nicholas Oatsvall was dispatched to the hospital, where he was informed by Maintenance Supervisor Stan Seay that a maintenance employee saw a female walk out of the work area carrying a plastic bag full of items stolen from the second floor storage area.
Seay said the items were recovered and she was escorted from the premises.
The police report did not include a dollar amount or a list of items that were taken.
Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker will speak to the district attorney about filing reckless operation charges against a Wal-Mart employee. Paris police were called to Wal-Mart after another driver called 911 to report the reckless driving. Whitaker said he met the other driver, who was visibly shaken and crying. She reported that the employee had passed her on the median, throwing rocks at her car and then passing on the shoulder, almost causing a wreck with another vehicle.
Whitaker spoke to the employee who admitted passing on the median but said he did so because the other driver was texting and not driving well.
Patrolman Amber Roaten will file domestic asssault charges against Markia Patton, age 27 of 80 Short Rd., following an assault of a pregnant female at 602 Jackson St.
Ribbon-Cutting for New AT&T
Paris, Tenn.-State Rep. Tim Wirgau of Paris, right, was on hand for the ribbon-cutting for the new location for AT&T, along with members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. (Chamber photo).
Summer Reading Program Begins
Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library summer reading program begins Monday, running from June 18 through July 19. You can register until June 30. The first day for participants to check out books is Monday, June 18, and the first day to write down your books is Tuesday.
All through the summer, on all Wednesdays except the Fourth of July, there will be special programs for the kids who participate.
The programs will be educational, but entertaining, too, and begin at 10 a.m. Programs will feature a variety of topics from animals to cool science. The always popular Safari Greg will kick off the action this week, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, to entertain with his animals. Others will include Magda the Story Spider on June 27; Mr. Bond with his Too Cool Science Experiments on July 11, and Runaway Puppets on July 18. On July 19, the program will conclude with a special program and night hunt at the Eiffel Tower Park, beginning at 8 p.m.
Downtown Paris Week Concludes With Sales, Produce
Paris, Tenn.-Treva Tayloe, owner of Paris on the Square, puts out some merchandise for the sidewalk sales in downtown Paris, in top photo, while Rick Owens of Paris purchases some produce from Wayne Brown of Cottage Grove at the Farmers Market on Saturday in bottom photo. The sidewalk sales and Farmers Market were the concluding events of this week's Downtown Paris Week. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
New Name Of Carroll Lake Draws Objections
A lone fisherman on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreation Lake on a recent day. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
McKenzie, Tenn.- The formal re-naming of Carroll Lake to Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreation Lake has drawn some fire from Carroll County Commissioners.
Commissioner Steve Parker said the new name is not a name, but merely a description. He said people will still shorten it to Carroll Lake.
Other commissioners objected to Countians being charged daily and annual user fees to use the lake since they are the ones who paid for its development. The lake naming and new rules were through the Carroll County Watershed Authority.
Continental Loans Welcomed To Paris
Paris, Tenn.-Continental Loans was welcomed to Paris with a ribbon-cutting by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. In middle of photo are Jeff Seaton and Jennifer Hayden representing the Chamber.
Junior Rangers' Program Set Next Week
Paris, Tenn.-For kids who love fun and adventure, exploring and discovering nature’s secrets, or just spending time outdoors – Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger programs offer excellent educational opportunities, designed to foster a love of nature and to encourage healthy lifestyles. There are two ways to become a Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger. Interested kids ages 6-14 may attend a Junior Ranger Camp or complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide, located on Tennessee State Parks’ website.
Programs are designed with flexibility in mind so that participants can choose their own path and set their own pace. Upon completion of the program, participants will take the Junior Ranger pledge, receive a badge, and be sworn in as official Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Rangers!
To get started you can sign up for a Junior Ranger Camp by contacting Paris Landing State Park at 642-4465. For a free Junior Ranger Adventure Guide, stop by any state park or download a copy from Tennessee State Parks’ official Junior Ranger website at: http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/junior_ranger/. Tennessee State Parks offering Junior Ranger programs in West Tennessee include:
Downtown Tours, Music Attracts Crowds
Paris, Tenn.-Ray Harding, left, hosted two Downtown Paris tours on Heritage Day Thursday, as part of Downtown Paris Week. Large crowds were on hand for the tours, exhibits at the Heritage Center and a musical performance by the band "Jackson Purchase" Thursday night on the courthouse lawn. Downtown Paris week continues Friday with sidewalk sales and on Saturday with the Farmers' Market. The following products are reported as being available at the Farmers Market: Cucumbers, onions, garlic, green beans, pak choi, peppers, potatoes, lettuce, zucchini, yellow squash, candy onions, blackberries, peaches, apples, plums, tomatoes, cabbage, and baked goods (Shannon McFarlin photo).
News from past weeks here.