From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Saturday Storms Cause Downed Trees, Flooding
Paris, Tenn.-Saturday night's severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc around Henry County, causing downed trees and washed out roads. According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, washed out roads included Forrest Lane, Rabbit Creek and Kay Lawrence Road. Roads that were blocked by trees during the storm included 140W, West Antioch and Buchanan Rd. All the roads are now clear.
Search For Missing Man Called Off
Paris, Tenn.-The search for missing Paris man Michael Hendley, 30, of 5200 79S was called off mid-afternoon Saturday by the Henry County Sheriff's Department and no success in finding him.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the department is investigating other leads and would continue the search Sunday and Monday, if necessary.
Hendley has been missing since Thursday and the search was concentrated around the area of Old Springvillle School Rd. and Winsett Rd., where his vehicle had been located earlier.
More details on the search are in the article posted early Saturday morning on our website and the WMUF/WLZK Facebook page, which includes a description of Hendley.
Kids, Adults Enjoy Puppet Show Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- A large number of children and their parents found a fun way to spend a Friday evening at the W.G. Rhea Library. Puppeteer and Ventriloguist Gene Cordova entertained the crowd with his act and some kids even were invited to get involved. (Photo submitted by Kayla Nation).
Search and Rescue Underway for Missing Man
County equestrian units search for missing Paris man this morning. (Sheriff's Office photo).
Springville, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department is coordinating a search for a 30-year-old Paris man who has been missing since Thursday afternoon.
The search is underway Saturday morning in the area of Old Springville School Rd. and Winsett Rd., where his vehicle was located.
Sheriff Monte Belew said Michael Hendley of 5200 79S may be a danger to himself. "We believe he left his vehicle off the side of the road and left on foot sometime between 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday."
Belew said Hendley made statements that indicated he may be suicidal.
The Paris-Henry County Search and Rescue unit, along with the equine team and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter piloted by Lee Russell is helping the Henry County Sheriff's Office with the search.
"He's not dangerous," Belew said, "but we believe he may be a danger to himself. We're trying to locate him in a timely manner."
Hendley is white, 5'4" tall, 185 pounds, wearing a black shirt with red flames on it, blue jeans and dark blue Nike hat.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 642-1672.
Jury Trial Set in Puppy Mill Case
Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Ricky Ford look over a few of the dogs seized in the Cheryl Kidd case. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish has set a trial date of July 17 for the Puryear woman who was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large in January. One day was set aside for the trial.
Cheryl Kidd, 68, 1749 Perkins Rd., had filed several motions for the court to consider in her case and Wednesday was the deadline for the court to answer them. Kidd is representing herself; Judge Parish has cautioned her several times on the need for to acquire an attorney in the matter.
Judge Parish ruled against Kidd's motion to suppress evidence collected by deputies at her property when they were called on a report that puppies and dogs were running loose.
The judge further ruled that observations the deputies made to the conditions in which the dogs were kept were permissible because the conditions were in plain sight.
Deputies seized Kidd's dogs and puppies, citing unsanitary conditions of no shelter and little food and water. The dogs remain at the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter awaiting the outcome of the court case. A few of the female dogs were pregnant when seized and have since given birth.
Parish also indicated that a motion filed by the district attorney's office asking that Kidd reimburse the shelter for the cost of caring for the animals, saying the shelter is not chartered by the state.
However, he did give Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing time to prove that the shelter is a chartered facility and would qualify for the reimbursement. A court spokesperson said Hessing can present that evidence up until the jury trial.
Judge Parish also ruled against Kidd's request for a change of venue.
The jury will be asked to appear at 9 a.m. on the day of the trial to begin jury selection.
Just Chillin' at Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Among those who were relaxing while watching the grand parade at the 38th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival on Thursday, July 4, were County Commissioner Dan Paschall and his wife, Betty. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Oakland Home Destroyed in Early Morning Blaze
Paris, Tenn.-A two-story brick home on Harvey-Bowden Rd. in Oakland was destroyed by fire early this morning, despite the best efforts of personnel from four fire departments.
The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department received the call that a home at 1980 Harvey-Bowden Rd. was on fire around 1:30 a.m. today. The home is owned by Dan and Jane Murphey. According to Assistant Chief Mike Canady, the fire started in the garage and spread to the house.
Paris Fire Department Assistant Chief Randall Jones said his department was called for assistance around 2 a.m. and sent two firefighters and one pumper.
Other departments called for assistance included the Mansfield and Springville Volunteer Fire Departments. The Mansfield department brought their water tanker along with manpower to the fire scene, as well.
Canady said firefighters remained at the scene for some three to four hours.
Sheriff's Cruiser Damaged in Arrest
Buchanan, Tenn.- A window in a Henry County Sheriff’s Office cruiser was destroyed during an arrest of an intoxicated individual at Breakers’ Marina in Buchanan on the Fourth of July. Deputies also used chemical spray to subdue the subject.
Arrested was Matthew McAllister, 25 of Murray.
The sheriff’s office was called to the marina around 10 p.m. on a report of a possible stolen boat. McAllister’s father reported his boat stolen and when deputies approached McAllister, they found him smelling of alcohol, unsteady on his feet and belligerant, according to Deputy Derrico Hornbuckle.
McAllister admitted taking the boat and while deputies were putting him in the car, he began hitting his head on the seat and kicked the left window of the cruiser through the glass. When his girlfriend tried to calm him down, McAllister spit in her face.
According to Hornbuckle, chemical spray was also needed to subdue McAllister.
Deputies also are investigating a theft of a radio, CD and booster pack reportedly stolen from a pontoon boat at the Buchanan Resort boat dock on July 3 in the afternoon. No other items were reported missing from the boat, which belongs to a man from Ripley, Tenn.
Underage Drinking Arrest Made at Downtown Business
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to the Third Floor skate park at 1 a.m. Friday on a report of a large crowd of juveniles outside the business.
Sgt. Michael Ramos arrived and did find a large group that dispersed. Patrolman Dereck Greenhill also arrived and the two did a walk-through outside and found a large amount of empty beer bottles and cans outside, several open beer cans inside, along with numerous broken beer bottles. According to the report, they also detected an odor of marijuana.
The business owner also was called for the walk-through and said he was unaware that that was going on.
Police arrested an 18-year-old Paris girl for underage drinking at the scene.
PSSD Committee Meeting Called
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Special Schools District has called a committee meeting for 11 a.m. Monday, July 8 to discuss the Affordable Health Care Act, salary schedule changes, salary/benefits and the 2013-2014 budget.
The meeting will be held in the PSSD central office board room at its headquarters on Hwy 641S.
Trader Days Flea Market Set in Big Sandy
Big Sandy, Tenn.-A Trader Days Flea Market will be held at the Big Sandy campground Saturday and Sunday July 6-7. Vendors and buyers are being sought for the celebration which will include free campfire party; free food Saturday night. Bring your campers or tents. Call 731-924-2251 for camping and vendor rates. The campground is at 1624 New Hope Rd.
Cottage Grove Celebrates Fourth of July
Mayor Mike Waddey and his children were in the Fourth of July mood. With Waddey are (left to right): Lydia, Joshua and Rebecca (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Everyone had a grand time at the 38th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Thursday, celebrating the 4th of July the old-fashioned way, with a parade, hot dogs and burgers, ice cream, music and lots of fun activities. The weather was perfect for this year’s event.
The day-long activities included performances by bluegrass artist Eddie Pennington, gospel music, as well as hayrides, a country store, cake walk and all manner of kids’ games. The National Guard brought their climbing rock wall, which was a big hit with young and old and there was soaker island if you wanted to cool off.
The country store and other games were located along the scenic and shady walking trail in Cottage Grove park.
New activities included a Muddiest Truck or Jeep contest, basketball shootout, ham drawing. At the end of the day, everyone could sit down for a good supper at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The annual event is sponsored and organized by the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department as a fund-raiser for the department.
Grand marshals for this year’s parade were the ministers of Cottage Grove: Mike Waddey of the Baptist Church, who also is the Mayor of Cottage Grove; David Jackson of the Church of Christ, Kenneth Humphreys of Cedar Hill Baptist Church and Mike Wimberly of the Methodist Church.
Named the Best of Parade were Dallas and Dakota Ables, who drove through the parade in their very own Mystery Machine.
Other parade winners were: Best floats were first place, Oak Hill Union Church; second place Cottage Grove School; and third, Cottage Grove United Methodist Church.
Best bicycles were: first place, Elisha Caldwell; second place, Benjamin Waddey; and third, Joshua and Lidia Waddey.
Best vehicles were: first place, Wes Bradley; second, Sarah Webb.
Best horses were: first place, Kendall Miller; second place, Sonja Miller; and third, Bobby Jo O’Daniel.
Best wagons were: first place, Brenda Lou and Kendra Miller.
The West Tennessee Cruisers for Christ Post 1002 of Paris started the day with a 50-mile motorcycle ride that took them through Kentucky and back and a trap shoot was also held.
In one of the Cottage Grove VFD trucks before the parade: Tyler Middleton at wheel, Sam Villarreal and little Joshua Mosier. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Best of Parade was the "Mystery Machine" driven by Dallas and Dakota Ables. (McFarlin photo).
Grand Marshals this year were the Cottage Grove ministers (left to right): David Jackson of the Church of Christ; Kenneth Humphreys of Cedar Hill Baptist; Mike Waddey of Cottage Grove Baptist and Mike Wimberley of the United Methodist. (McFarlin photo).
Learning Science the Fun Way
Paris, Tenn.-Mr. Bond, the Science Guy, teaches the packed house at the W.G. Rhea Library Wednesday the way gravity works. Mr. Bond--whose real name is Keith Trehy--was one of the guests at this summer's reading program at the library. Trehy is a native of England who now lives in Nashville and gives science demonstrations through the Tennessee State Library. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Sign Up Now for TWR Canoeing Program
New Johnsonville , Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to the next Refuge Discovery Series program: Canoeing on the Refuge. The event will be led by Refuge Ranger Joan Stevens and will be held Saturday July 13th from 9-11:30am at the Duck River Bottoms area of the refuge just south of New Johnsonville. Canoes, paddles, and life vests will be provided and no previous canoe experience is needed for the event.
To attend the event, participants will meet at the parking lot at the intersection of highway 70 and Long Street in New Johnsonville before 9am on July 13th. Those attending should wear comfortable summer clothing with shoes you don’t mind getting wet along with sunscreen and a hat. Bottled water will be provided courtesy of the Friends group.
The event is free but space is limited. To sign up or for more information call the refuge at 642-2091 or email Joan Stevens at Joan_Stevens@fws.gov.
Reminder: Free Meal Program Suspended for Holiday
Paris, Tenn.-A reminder of a story we published earlier: there will be no summer feeding program Thursday or Friday because of the 4th of July Holiday. The program will pick back up on Monday and continue weekdays until August 2nd.
The program allows all kids age 18 and under to get a free meal by simply going to one of the locations. Locations are Henry County High School for breakfast and lunch, Henry Elementary for lunch, and Cottage Grove Baptist Church for lunch.
For more information on the program, call the location or the Henry County Schools Central Office.
Fresh Corn Time at Yoder Produce
Paris, Tenn.-The crew at Yoder's Produce have been busy sorting fresh corn for sale at their stand which is located right outside 54 Lawn and Garden on Hwy. 54. The corn sells for $3.50 a dozen. Call 336-4131 for an order or stop by the produce stand. (Photo submitted by Everett Yoder).
Henry County 8 Year Old All Stars are State Champs
Newbern, Tenn.-Henry County has still another state championship team with the victory Tuesday night by the Henry County 8-Year-Old All Stars in the Cal Ripken State Championship tournament in Newbern. The Henry County team beat Martin in extra innings by a score of 24-19. The team plays next in the Southeast Regionals in Virginia. The Henry County 12-Year-Old Girls All-Stars Softball Team also won its state championship this week and that story is published elsewhere on this page. (Photo submitted by Ray Summers).
Paris Landing to Host Fireworks, Other Activities for 4th of July
Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park will host activities and events from Wednesday through Sunday for this year’s Fourth of July Holiday and everyone is invited to join the fun.
Ranger Cory will be in the hotel lobby from 1-3 on Wednesday with several skulls, fur pelts, and other items from critters to touch and learn about. He will also be travelling around the campground, picnic area, and hotel lobby with some wacky wildlife from 5-6:30pm on Wednesday evening. From 8-9:30pm on Wednesday Ranger Cory welcomes everyone to the campground campfire to hear cool stories and be sure to bring marshmallows to roast.
Thursday at Paris Landing State Park there are several events planned before the night culminates with the fireworks show around the bridge area. From 10am to noon the hotel pool will host fun nature games with Ranger Rebecca Davenport for guests staying at the hotel or cabins at the state park.
Ranger Chelsey will be at the lower bath house in the campground from 10-11am Thursday where you can paint your very own duck and learn about camouflage. Be sure to wear old clothes to this event.
Other events Thursday include park mysteries from 10am until noon around the picnic area, make your own water cycle bracelets from Noon to 1pm in the hotel lobby, learn about turtles from 1-3pm in the lobby, while you can learn about fossils and the prehistory of Tennessee at the public swim beach from 1-3.
There will be volleyball and horseshoes by the upper bathhouse from 2-4 Thursday afternoon, and face painting from 5-7pm by the large shelter.
Thursday prior to the fireworks display the Tim Lynch Band will play some great southern rock and country beginning at 7pm and the fireworks display will begin at dark, put on once again by the Paris Henry County Jaycees.
Even after the Fourth, events continue all weekend at Paris Landing State Park such as a critter hike, fishing rodeo, pool games, swim beach fun, learning about snakes, birds of prey, and campfire stories during the day and into the evening Friday.
Saturday at the park, there will be a Tree ID hike, yarn dolls and old toys informational session, park mysteries, shore stomp, shore walk, owl prowl, and more.
On Sunday you can see another presentation of birds of prey, slithering snakes, and end things Sunday evening with a campfire and great stories. Call Paris Landing State Park for more information about all of the events going on Wednesday thru Sunday.
Construction Won’t Slow July 4th Travelers in Tennessee
No Construction-Related Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways July 3 - 8
Nashville– Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, through 6a.m. on Monday, July 8 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“We anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes all the way through the July 4th holiday weekend,” according to TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures until next week will help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”
Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
“If you and your family are traveling during this holiday period, please buckle up and observe the rules of the road,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “Drivers will notice an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee’s roadways throughout this week and weekend in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”
According to AAA projections, more than 40 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. That figure is down .7% from 2012. AAA estimates 723,973 Tennesseans will hit the roadways, and a total of 34.4 million Americans will drive to their July 4th destinations. July 3rd and July 7th are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday period.
Travelers are reminded to dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone to access valuable information about travel conditions anytime, or log on to . TDOT is also on Twitter. For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511 . Smart phone users can use the new TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras and messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs.
Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.
City Commission Passes Resolution For Marketplace Fairness Act
City of Paris Losing $250K in taxes per year to e-commerce sales
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, commissioners passed a resolution in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which generally speaking, seeks to charge sales and use taxes for online and catalog purchases.
Mayor Sam Tharpe said the resolution was presented at the TML conference he recently attended and is something very important as local retailers have been hurt by purchases made online, via telephone, or through catalogs because consumers usually aren’t charged sales taxes.
The resolution states the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research suggests state and local governments lost over $11.4B nationwide in sales tax on e-commerce in 2012.
Mayor Tharpe told commissioners this resolutions shows support to legislation currently going thru the state and federal assemblies which if passed would allow sales and use taxes on remote transaction attributable to the state its purchased in, just like brick and mortar retailers already do.
City Manager Carl Holder said he estimated that the city of Paris alone was losing $250K per year to e-commerce purchases.
Holder to Negotiate with TDOT on Purchase of Property on 641 N.
The commission also approved city manager Carl Holder to negotiate with the Tennessee Department of Transportation for the purchase of city property located at the intersection of highway 641 North and North Poplar Street.
TDOT has offered $6500 for the piece of property with is the triangular property where the “Welcome to Paris” sign and landscaping currently are located.
Holder said he wants to try to negotiate some more for the property in order for the city to recoup moving the sign and landscaping monies. The commission approved the request to try for a better offer, but to not take less than $6500.
More action taken by the Paris City Commission on Tuesday saw them approve the issuance of $8.3M in Electric Revenue Bonds for the Board of Public Utilities. General Manager of BPU John Etheridge was at the meeting and explained to commissioners this was the final piece to the puzzle as the BPU is undertaking some major capital projects in the coming fiscal year.
Etheridge said the BPU board already approved an electric rate increase to help with the payments of the bond and these projects are necessary. The projects include the building of a new substation North of Paris and building of a new electric warehouse.
Paris Must Soon Start Plan to Monitor Storm Water
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder also informed the commission that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently acted to introduced cities that do not already develop and adopt a storm water monitoring plan to do so and Paris falls into the category. Holder said we must commence the process of beginning to have a plan in place for storm water and he has talked with an engineer to get together a generalized cost. He said there will be a initial cost and a recurring cost for this plan and its implementation. He plans to bring a ballpark figure back to the commission at a later date.
Holder also updated the commission on various projects pointing out the 4-H site selection committee that visited last week was extremely impressed by the amount of cooperation that goes on in Henry County with all forms of government and the community. They also said they have not seen the kind of support from community members and leaders as they witness at the Events Center last week, which speaks volumes about our community Holder said.
The commission learned the Joy Street and Tyson Avenue Signalization project was going very well and they are hoping to be nearly complete later in the month. Also Holder pointed out the last pay request from the architects in charge of the Bethel/HCMC project submitted their last pay request of $330K. Holder said all parties have met their obligations so far and he hopes to settle all accounts and close the project out in a couple of weeks.
HC 12U Softball Team Wins State Championship
Team Goes Undefeated on the Season
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Girls 12U Softball team (pictured above) won the USFA State Championship this past weekend. The team finished the season undefeated and beat Portland in the championship game 5-3 in extra innings. The team qualified for the World Series in Panama City Beach, Florida, but declined the invitation due to conflicting schedules with family vacations and other things. Congrats to the team on winning the state championship. Photo by Jason Raines.
Child Sex Cases Among Grand Jury Indictments
Richard Glisson Terry Lewis
Paris, Tenn.-Meeting all day Monday, a Henry County Grand Jury handed down 29 indictments out of 29 cases presented to them by prosecutors.
Individuals indicted included two who were charged with sexual conduct toward children and two who were involved in the Domino's Pizza burglary in March of 2013.
As usual, the bulk of the indictments involve drug cases.
Among those Indicted were:
Richard Anthony Glisson, 52, 103 Hidden Acres, Paris, indicted on a charge of rape of a child between the ages of three and 13. Glisson was arrested in March and charged with touching a child inappropriately and resisting arrest.
Terry Reed Lewis, 62, 515 N. Wilson St., indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual battery involving a child less than 13 years of age. The indictment alleges the incidents occured between Jan. 1, 1999, and Sept. 2001.
David Ingram, 22, last known address Walnut Street, Paris, aggravated robbery of Domino's Pizza in Paris in March.
Chapelle Dain Cissell, 19, 4350 Shady Grove Rd., Paris, aggravated robbery of Domino's Pizza in Paris in March.
Matthew Steven Palmer, Paris, indicted on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, driving on a suspended license and theft of property involving an incident in May on Elkhorn Rd.
David Paul Lovett, Jr., Paris, indicted on a charge of aggravated burglary involving a West Wood St. residence in May.
Paris Karate to Hold "Kata Thon" for St. Jude Hospital
Paris, Tenn.-The children's classes at Paris Karate have been
chosen for the 17th year to participate in a Karate event to raise money
for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Paris Karate Owner Rick Conger said a week-long "Kata Thon" will be held the entire week of July 8-13. All students at Paris Karate will participate and the students will perform their kata to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.
Conger said, "This year you may raise money on the Paris Karate page on StJude.org. There also is a link on both pariskarate.com and Paris Karate's Facebook page. This is a great way to raise $ especially with out of town friends and family."
Science Guy, Movie Night This Week at Library
Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library will be hosting events this week as part of its ongoing Summer Reading Program.
At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Mr. Bond, the Science Guy will be on hand to demonstrate his cool science experiments.
On Friday, July 5, there will be two events at the library. In the morning, at 10 a.m., the movie, "The Journey to the Center of the Earth" will be shown and popcorn will be served.
On Friday night, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Gene Cordova, a puppeteer will perform.
The events are free to the public.
City Commission Meets Tuesday at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular July session on Tuesday at 6pm in the city hall courtroom. Items on the agenda include appointments to boards, authorization of $8.3M in electric revenue bonds for the BPU, and a presentation of the excellence in municipal government award.
July 1 Signifies Start of New Laws in Tennessee
Handgun Carry Permit Holders Now Can Transport/Store Gun in Vehicle
Nashville, Tenn.- Monday was not only the start of a new fiscal year, but also a day were several new laws, known as public chapters, start that the Tennessee General Assembly passed in their last session.
Senate Bill 142 went into effect Monday and it allows persons with a valid handgun carry permit to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately owned vehicle in public or private parking areas under most conditions.
Senate Bill 1161 allows school systems to be able to grant students with a parent in the active armed forces up to 10 days of excused absences cumulatively within the school year for visitation during the member’s deployment cycle.
Starting this coming school year, a new law will allow home school students to participate in extracurricular athletics if certain standards are met. Student who are home schooled can now try out for and play on a sports team with the school system they live in.
House Bill 315 authorizes a charter school sponsor to apply to a local education associations to convert an existing public school to a charter school to serve the students zone to the school and revises other various provisions regarding charter schools.
Another law that went into effect Monday now requires all convicted DUI offenders in Tennessee to use an ignition interlock on their vehicle. This would mean the person would have to breath into the apparatus to check the blood alcohol level on their breath before they can start their vehicle and drive.
For a full list of laws that went into effect on July 1, visit tn.gov and search for public chapters with start date of July 1, 2013.
Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Wednesday 12-6pm
Day Early Because Thursday is Holiday
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris on Wednesday July 3 from Noon to 6pm. They are looking for 100 donors this month and there is a special need currently for O negative blood donors, but all blood types can donate. Last year statistitics show over 27K units of blood were needed in West Tennessee alone.
Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you go to give blood as the bloodmobile will be at the FUMC Wednesday from 12-6pm.
Hazel Man Arrested on Solicitation Charges
FBI Agent Randy Pope, left, stands while Sheriff Monte Belew pats down Wyatt during his arrest at his residence Friday. Investigator Gary Vandiver is at right. (Sheriff's Office photo).
Hazel, Ky.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have announced the arrest of Billy Ray Wyatt, 53, 576 Tyler Rd., of Hazel Kentucky, on a federal complaint alleging child exploitation. Wyatt is accused of using social media and text messages to solicit minor females in the Henry County, Tennessee area.
The Henry Co. Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) began an investigation after being notified by Henry County High School Resource Officers Sgt. Buford Taylor and Deputy Matt Liota that some female students had been contacted through the social media site meetme.com by an adult male.
CID contacted the Jackson Office of the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for assistance. The Calloway Co. Ky Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation and arrest.
Wyatt was arrested at his home on Tyler Rd. in Hazel on the afternoon of Friday June 28 by officers of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Calloway County Sheriff’s Office and Agents with the FBI.
Wyatt is expected to make an initial appearance in federal court in Jackson, Madison County Tennessee on Monday July 1.
Sheriff Monte Belew said, "We believe this individual is a dangerous predator and with the assistance of the other agencies Investigator Gary Vandiver is prosecuting Wyatt federally. We hope to keep this dangerous individual off the streets for a long time."
Anyone believing they might have information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Investigator Gary Vandiver at 731-642-1672.
Billy Ray Wyatt
Sheriff's Deputies Busy with Several Incidents this Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Wayne Fuqua arrested a Alamo, Kentucky man over the weekend on two counts of fugitive from justice after the man was reported at a home on Mason Lane. Carl Skinner, Jr., age 39, of Alamo, Ky, was reported at the home on Mason Lane and officers went to apprehend him because of two outstanding warrants from Kentucky. They found Skinner and he attempted to run out the back door but was detained by deputy Fuqua. Skinner was placed on $20K bond.
Another report at the sheriff’s office stated a Henry man was arrested on aggravated burglary and assault charges this weekend. Montavious D. Finch, age 22, of 1291 Atlantic Avenue in Henry was arrested by officers and charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and public intoxication. Finch was held on $5K bond.
Deputy Haley Ramos responded to a report of vandalism to a home on highway 79N. The home had wires underneath it cut and the pipes to the hot water heater cut. There are no suspects.
Deputies continue to investigate some thefts throughout the county from the weekend as well. A bike valued at $150 was reported stolen from a home on Old McKenzie Highway. An older model Ford Fairmont valued at $400 was taken from some property on highway 54 this weekend. Another report stated a 10 foot single axle trailer valued at $500 was stolen from Haglers Ridge Road. Police have no suspects in any of the incidents.
Details Released on Fatal Accident
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department has released details on the fatal accident that killed 35-year-old Robert Kirstein of Paris early Sunday morning.
According to Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, the accident occurred at 5:21 a.m. Paris Police Officers responded to Valleywood Drive in reference to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Upon arrival officers observed a one vehicle one person accident involving a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Robert Kirstein, Elizondo said.
Kirstein’s vehicle was exceeding the posted speed limit while traveling east on Valleywood Drive, according to Elizondo. The vehicle left the roadway while negotiating a right curve. Kirstein hit a utility pole and two mail boxes before colliding with a tree.
Paris Man Killed in Accident
Paris, Tenn.-A 34-year-old Paris man was killed in a fatal car accident Sunday morning on Valleywood Dr.
Robert Kirstein was dead on arrival at Henry County Medical Center following the accident. No details on the accident were available from law enforcement Sunday, but will be reported as they are available.
$1,634 Raised at Breakfast for Babies
Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder is busy bussing tables while Firefighter Richie Bomar takes a break to eat with his father, Dickie Bomar in background. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-There was a great turnout for the Breakfast for Babies March of Dimes fund-raiser Saturday morning at Ann and Dave’s and $1,634 was raised at the event.
At the annual fund-raiser, celebrity waiters--which includes several county officials such as Sheriff Monte Belew, Juvenile Judge Vicki Snyder, and local firemen and law enforcement officers--wait on tables and draw large tips.
March of Dimes Community Director Jeannie Patrick of Jackson said the event was the best yet and organizers were really happy with the turnout.“It was great,“ she said, “And Bernice Holt really worked hard getting all the waiters and organizing the bake sale. It was a great day.”
Patrick said a March of Dimes Ambassador Baby will be chosen later. Upcoming events include the Jail and Bail, which will be held at First Bank in August, she said.
Paris Economic Development Director Jennifer Morris waits on Jerry and Anita Berry. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Get Your Fireworks--Fourth of July is Almost Here
Paris, Tenn.-You know when you see the fireworks tents pop up locally, that the Fourth of July is near. Hazel Brewer, top, and her husband, Doug Brewer, have been operating their fireworks tent at the same location on Hwy. 79 for 22 years. She said they have been open since June 20 and will close for the season on July 5. "We stay open 24 hours a day," she said. The stand is located near the intersection with the 218 bypass.
Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Set for Fourth
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The ministers of Cottage Grove will be grand marshals this year for the grand parade at the 38th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival on Thursday, July 4. As always, the parade begins at 10 a.m.
There will be plenty of new activities to add to the old favorites for the day-long festival, which benefits the Volunteer Fire Department. New events include a Muddiest Truck/Jeep contest, a Basketball shootout, a 50/50 drawing and ham drawing.
The day begins with the trap shoot at 9 a.m. and motorcycle rides at 9:30. Right after the parade, at 10:15, there will be a bicycle show for ages one through 12, with judging right after the show.
From 10:30 to noon will be the cake walk and kids’ games and from 10:30 to sundown, there will be hayrides and the country store on the walking track. At noon, an auction is planned and at 1 p.m. soaker island will be a good way to stay cool. The shootout begins at 2 p.m., with entries for the muddiest truck contest starting at 4. At 5 p.m., buckets will be collected, with the fullest bucket winning $100.
The winner of the muddiest truck will be announced at 5:00 p.m., followed by supper at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church at 6, the ham drawing and 50/50 drawing.
Organizer Larry Neimi said due to circumstances beyond the fire department’s control, there will be no fireworks this year.
Springville Man To Return As Doctor for HCMC
Dr. Kyle Stephens with his wife, Jennifer, signs his contract to come to Henry County Medical Center in 2015, as HCMC Administrator Tom Gee looks on.
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center has announced that that Dr. Kyle Stephens--from Springville and a graduate of Henry County High School--has signed a contract to practice medicine and join the medical staff in the Fall 2015, after completion of his residency and fellowship.
Dr. Stephens is an orthopedic surgeon who attended David Lipscomb University, receiving his BA in Biology and Biblical Studies and his MA in Biblical Studies. He also received a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University in Abilene.
Currently, he is completing a residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital with plans to graduate in June 2014. From there, he has signed a letter of intent to complete an Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.
With completion of his fellowship in the Summer 2015, Dr. Stephens and his wife, Jennifer, plan to do missionary medical work in Africa until he comes to practice in Paris in Fall 2015.
“We are very excited about the return of Dr. Stephens to Henry County and we look forward to him growing his orthopedic and spine surgery practice at Henry County Medical Center,” according to Hospital Director Tom Gee. “He will be an asset to the community and the medical staff.”
Dr. Stephens has three sons with his wife: Garrett, six; Luke, five; and Bryan, three.
Dr. Stephens said, “We are so thrilled to be coming home to live, work, and raise our family in Henry County.”
Promotions, New Hires, Retirements at Sheriff's Office
New Lieutenant Calvin Dumas, center, is all smiles as he receives his new stripes courtesy of (from left) Capt. Damon Lowe, Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Randy Gean. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.- There are a lot of changes at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, with three new deputies, one of whom is the department’s second female patrol deputy; numerous promotions and job changes and two retirements. All the changes are effective Monday, July 1.
The changes were announced at a promotion ceremony Friday at the sheriff’s office and while most of the promotions were already known, there was one surprise: When Sheriff Monte Belew announced that Sgt. Calvin Dumas will be promoted to Lieutenant and will be supervisor over all eight School Resource Officers.
Dumas is a 26-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has worked in corrections, patrol, and as supervisor of warrants. Belew said he is the first African-American officer to be promoted to lieutenant in the local department.
New patrol deputies are: Hayley Ramos, Stacy Bostwick and Frankie Scott. Ramos is the second female road deputy after Michelle Brewer and will be attending the academy this fall. She earlier worked on dispatch and administration. Bostwick is leaving the Forestry Service and currently works part-time for the department. Scott is being promoted from corrections to patrol.
Other promotions are: Corporals being promoted to Sargeants include: Ricky Wade, Bryan Hall and Lance Perry. Deputies being promoted to Corporals include: Clyde Sulcer and Jim Sanders.
Others in the department who will be transferring to different positions are: Scott Wyrick will transfer from Metro Crime Unit to Lieutenant over the patrol unit. Eddie Forrest will transfer to Shift Sargent over the Warrants Division. Cpl. Forrest Kemp will transfer from warrants to Corporal of a shift. Corrections Officer Greg Carter will transfer to dispatch.
Scott Wyrick had been in charge of the Metro Crime Unit, but Belew said Sgt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department will now be in charge of that unit.
Retiring are Deputy Stan Pinson and Dispatcher Jean Doyle.
The eight School Resource Officers will cover all schools, for both city and county. These will be their locations: Michelle Brewer, Rhea School; Eddie Crosser, Paris Elementary; Dennis Vaughn, Inman; Jeff Smith, Harrelson; Rodney Littleton, Henry School; Bruce Alexander, Lakewood; Buford Taylor, Henry County High School and Calvin Dumas, Grove.
The county's School Resource Officers: (from left) Michelle Brewer, Calvin Dumas, Bruce Alexander, Jeff Smith, Buford Taylor, Rodney Littleton. Absent from photo are Eddie Forrest and Dennis Vaughn. (Shannonn McFarlin photo).
Summer Feeding Programs to Close July 4-5
Henry County Schools Federal Projects Director Dr. Susan Burton announced that the summer feeding programs will be closed at all locations both the Fourth of July and July 5 this week. The programs are located at Henry County High School, Henry Elementary and Cottage Grove Baptist Church.
News from past weeks here.