From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Local Persons Appointed To State Boards
Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 165 Tennesseans to 62 state boards and commissions. Among them were two people from Henry County: Marianne Dale of Henry was appointed to the State Rehabilitation Council and Robert Leonard of Henry was appointed to the State-wide Independent Living Council.
Earlier this year, the legislature passed Haslam’s recommended reforms to many of the state’s boards and commissions, and most of those changes take effect between July and October.
“I appreciate the willingness to serve the state and the commitment of these men and women,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions, and I look forward to continuing our review to make sure Tennesseans have a government responsive to them.”
Grass Fire Extinguished
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firemen were called to a grass fire on the hillside between Carey Counseling Center and Tyson Ave. and 10:35 p.m. Thursday evening. When firemen arrived, the hillside was on fire and they extinguished it and left the scene at 10:55 pm.
Kelley Named Bethel AD
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University President Robert Prosser has announced the appointment of Dale Kelley of Huntingdon as the athletic director for Bethel University.
Kelley, who presently is mayor of Huntingdon, will succeed Glenn Hayes who announced his retirement in June. "Dale Kelley is a Bethel graduate who has done extremely well," Prosser said. "Perhaps he is best known for officiating nine consecutive NCAA playoffs and selected for three final four NCAA basketball tournaments but more impressive is his career in sports, business and politics. Dale Kelley knows how to lead and will be a worthy successor to the exemplary leadership given Bethel by Athletic Director Glenn Hayes."
Kelley has served three Tennessee governors: as Commissioner of Employment Security and as Commissioner of Transportation under Lamar Alexander; on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission under Don Sundquist; and as Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to Governor Bill Haslam. Kelley has also served as Coordinator of Officials for the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, the Sunbelt Conference, the Southland Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference.
Dangerous Heat To Continue Through Weekend
Memphis, Tenn.- The area remains under a heat advisory thru Saturday as highs above 100 and heat index values up near 115 will be possible from now thru Sunday. This type of heat is very dangerous and can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Please take precaution if you must be outside for long periods of time. Take plenty of breaks and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also check on neighbors and be sure your pets have shade they can get to and plenty of cool water to drink.
The extended heat and dry weather also makes fires a continuing caution so please take precaution if camping with a camp fire and don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your car window. Some relief appears to be coming on Monday with better chances of rain several days next week and highs in the upper 80s to 90 degrees.
City Eyes Agreement with County on Fire District Responses
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday and City Manager Carl Holder and City Attorney Fred McClean told the commission they thought it was best to be proactive on an issue that occurred a few weeks ago concerning Paris Fire fighters responding to ESN 122 area fires out in the rural parts of the county.
Holder told commissioners that a few weeks ago a fire in the ESN 122 district occurred in the rural part of the county and when the Paris fire department arrived on scene, the homeowner, didn’t want them to fight the fire and tried to get back in the house to call for a county fire department, likely because of fear of fees imposed on them for not paying the ESN 122 fee.
Holder and McClain stated that it needs to be understood that anytime a trained fire service person arrives on the scene of a fire in the ESN 122 area they are in complete command and no civilian should ever be allowed to enter the structure. Holder said this posses a liability threat to the city.
McClean said the city needs to have a clear determination that the city of Paris is the department in charge of fires that occur in the ESN 122 district and they should approach the county commission about an Interlocal agreement regarding the matter. The commission gave them authority to begin that process.
Tax Map Typo Causes Overcharge to N. Caldwell St. Resident
The commission also discussed in some detail an issue in which the property owner at 403 N. Caldwell Street had been overcharged on taxes because the tax map shows the property line to be at 85 feet, when it is drawn at 65 feet. The property owner had bought the property in 2010 and had come to ask the city commission to quit claim him the 20 feet that someone had been paying taxes on for several years, him since 2010.
City attorney Fred McClean said the deed calls for 65 feet, and either by typo or mismarking, the tax map shows 85 feet on the property. But after investigation, there appears to be no 20 foot of property to quit claim in that area which borders Lipps Park on Caldwell Street. McClean said the city would need a complete re-survey of the area to determine if there is loss ground to be recovered. He did say that it appears the property owner has paid a little over two dollars extra in taxes.
Mayor Sam Tharpe told the property owner the city would pay him back for the taxes, but couldn’t quit claim the property due to not actually having 20 feet of property to do so with. The owner said there was no need to worry about the two dollars.
Pedestrian Bridge OK Nears; Signalization Behind Schedule
At Thursday night’s commission meeting, city manager Carl Holder explained that construction with the Bethel/HCMC project is going along nicely with just a final approval for the pedestrian bridge needed from government. TDOT has already signed off on the construction of that bridge. If all continues to go well a target completion date of October 1 should be met.
The news wasn’t so good with the Joy Street and Tyson Avenue Signalization project. City Development director Jennifer Morris explained that the bid letting was delayed and perhaps is coming this month. That pushes the start of the project to at least the first of August. Holder said Morris is working with the state to try to push the project forward a little quicker. Mayor Tharpe asked her to stay on top of it to hopefully get it done at the same time the imaging center project is complete.
DPA Week a Hit: More Car Shows, Music Planned Downtown
Paris, Tenn.- DPA president Kathy Ray spoke to the commission during the citizens forum on Thursday night and thanked them for their continued support of all the DPA events and projects throughout the year. She said that DPA week in June went very well and many merchants saw increased business during the week.
Ray said due to the popularity of the car show and the downtown music they are going to try to have a car show once a month and also some music performances once a month starting in August. Ray said they will try this out during the warmer months, likely April thru September or October for awhile to see how it works.
Family Resource Center Accepting Applications Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be accepting applications for free school supplies on the July 10th, 11th, or 12th from 10am to 2pm. Families must show proof of income and meet eligibility requirements. Call 642-2938 for more information.
Breakfast for Babies Set Saturday at Ann and Dave's
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a March of Dimes fundraiser at Ann and Dave’s Kitchen, located at 2613 East Wood Street in Paris on Saturday from 6am to 11am. It’s the annual breakfast for babies where local celebrity waiters and waitresses will be working hard to earn tips for the March of Babies Campaign. All tips they earn and a portion of the breakfast proceeds will go to the March of Dimes.
Union City man arrested for incidents at PLSP
Buchanan, Tenn.- Local law enforcement officers had several calls over the Fourth of July as well. One sent officers to assist park rangers at the Paris Landing Inn where a man and his girlfriend were reportedly engaging in intercourse in the swimming pool and then again on the balcony at the Inn. Park Rangers got several calls of complaints about the couple and went to the room of Teddy W. Hill, age 49 of Union City and could smell burnt marijuana in the room.
Officers arrived and found marijuana and some pills. Hill was charged with public intoxication, indecent exposure, simple possession of schedule six drug and was placed on one thousand dollar bond.
A resident of Old Paris Murray Road called police Wednesday after someone drove by and shot fireworks into the newspaper mailbox. The fireworks exploded and caught the paper on fire, which caused the mailbox to melt. Other residents in the other reported someone shooting fireworks into their yards and mailboxes, but no other fires or damage was reported from the incidents.
In a separate incident, Marvin Long IV, of 9325 Hwy. 77 in Mansfield was arrested for sale of counterfeit controlled substance over the fourth of July. His bond was placed at 15 thousand dollars.
John Wesley Crockett portrait to unveiled Friday
Portait to hang permanently in the Henry County Courthouse
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Historical Society and the National David Crockett Direct Descendants organization will be unveiling a portrait of John Wesley Crockett at the Paris-Henry Co. Heritage Center at 10 a.m. Friday morning. That event will be preceded by a ceremony at 9 a.m. at the city ceremony by the graves of Petonia Crockett and John Wesley Crockett.
The descendants' organization is meeting at Paris Landing State Park this week. David Webb of the Historical Society said the national group is meeting at the state park from today through Saturday and will have a busy schedule while here. They also will be visiting David Crockett's cabin at the David Crockett state Park and touring Casey Jones Village in Jackson.
After its unveiling, the portrait will be taken to the descendants' banquet at Paris Landing on Saturday night and then will be moved to the Henry County Courthouse where it will be permanently displayed. The artist is anonymous, he said. The public is invited to both events: the unveiling at the Heritage Center and the ceremony at the Paris city cemetery.
Fireworks, pool the big attraction at PLSP on the 4th
Buchanan, Tenn.-The Fourth of July fireworks display at Paris Landing State Park Wednesday night went off without a hitch and Park Manager Joan Williams said a large crowd was on hand.
With the excessive heat Wednesday, crowds at the park were not as big as usual for an Independence Day, she said. "We had good-size crowds all day for all the activities, but not as busy as normal. Although, the swimming pool was really busy!".
She said the crowds seemed to hold off until after dark as the time for the fireworks drew near. "That's when the biggest crowd showed up," she said.
Cottage Grove Celebration: Hot, But Fun
Dallas and Dakota Ables won Best of Parade with their float. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Everyone had a hot--but fun--Fourth of July celebration all day Wednesday in Cottage Grove. There were plenty of activities to keep everyone busy--and plenty of good ice cream and cool soft drinks and water to keep everyone hydrated in the hot temperatures.
Sheriff Monte Belew was grand marshal of the morning’s grand parade and walked the route throwing candy for the kids. After the parade, the always-popular cake walk was a busy place and the newest additions to the day were a big hit: a trail of kids’ games and a country store game that were crowded with people young and old. The games were located through the shady part of the walking trail and were decorated in red, white and blue.
Later in the afternoon, water games cooled people off and live music and a chicken supper followed. This year’s fireworks were cancelled due to the continuing drought conditions, but organizers of the day--which is sponsored by the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department--said the event was a success.
Best of Parade winner was Dallas and Dakota Ables and their float. Other parade winners were: in the float category, first place was Pack 226 followed by Oak Hill Union Church and Cottage Grove Methodist. In the bicycle category, first place was Laura Waddey and second was Elijah Caldwell.
In the vehicle group, first place was Buddy Kemp, followed by Sarah Webb and Wes Bradley. In the horses group, first place was Brendaloy Miller, followed by Kendra and Kendall Miller.
In the wagons category, first place was Tyler Miller, followed by Brody Warbritten and Justin Miller. Joshua Operia won the walking category.
Sheriff Monte Belew was grand marshal and walked the parade route.
Edwin Ables and Shorty found some shade after the parade.
Theft From Car Investigated
Paris, Tenn.-Deputies were called to The Bargain Place at 8345 Hwy. 79N on a report of a theft. The owner of the used car lot removed someone removed the door side headlamp assembly from a 2000 Ford Mustang. The damage totalled $200.
Deputy Matthew Liotta lifted latent fingerprints from the hood, the warrant card and the door and will submit them for possible identification of the culprit.
For WMUF/WLZK, I’m Shannon McFarlin
Newborn Hearing Screener Purchased For Women'sCenter
From left to right: Margaret Spann, Women's Center Director Rhonda Carnell and Rachel Davis. HCMC photo.
Paris, TN – The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation have completed the purchase and funding of the newborn hearing screener for the HCMC Women’s Center after a two year process of raising funds for the $20,000 piece of equipment.
The new infant hearing screener replaced the old screener that had outdated technology and, thus could not catch hearing problems as well as the new equipment. The new screener has helped reduce the number of false positive hearing tests in the last six months.
This newborn screener was purchased through the help of donations, Helping Hand funding, Operation Roundup funding, and participation in fundraisers. Although the screening is mandated, the state does not allocate funds to hospitals to keep the screening technology up-to-date.
LBL Quota Hunt Applications Available Until July 31st
“We are so glad to have the latest technology to screen the hearing of all of our newborns, since this is vital to the development of communication in the growing child,” Director Rhonda Carnell said. "We are grateful to all the people who worked so hard to help purchase this vital piece of equipment.”
Golden Pond, Ky.- Applications for the 2012 Quota Deer Hunts at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area may be submitted until July 31, online at www.lbl.org or by phone at 270-924-2065. The application fee is $5 online, or $7 by phone. After applying, applicants can check back in late-August to see if they were drawn.
Quota hunts provide unique recreational opportunities within the LBL region. Deer harvested on LBL are bonus deer and do not count toward statewide bag limits. All quota hunt permits will be either-sex permits, and there is an LBL-wide one (1) antlered buck limit.
Both adult and youth hunts will be available, along with a limited quota bow hunt in the Kentucky portion. The Youth Hunt is for hunters under age 16 in the Kentucky portion, and 6 through 16 years old in Tennessee.
Youth hunters must possess a state-approved hunter safety card according to state regulations. Youth not required to have a hunter safety card must carry a signed safety verification form available on LBL’s website. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old who meets hunter safety requirements.
Tennessee DARE Golf Tourney Set
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Tennessee DARE officers association will have a four man scramble golf tournament on Monday July 9th at Paris Landing State Park. It’s a shotgun start at 8am. All money raised benefits the Tennessee DARE officers Association and Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center. Entry fee is $240 per team or $60 per person. Prizes include 1st place $400, 5th place $300, 10th place $200, 15th place $200, and a random draw of $300 will be awarded. You can purchase mulligans during the tournament for five dollars each. For more information or to sponsor a hole call Trevor Smith at 731-415-1684.
Refuge Headquarters Project Stalled
By Shannon McFarlin
Springville, Tenn.-The $7 million construction project for the new Tennessee Wildlife Refuge headquarters has been stalled and will delay completion of the project for some three months.
Refuge Manager Barron Crawford said Tuesday the general contractor for the project filed for bankruptcy, but the contractor is committed to seeing the project through to completion.
"We're contracted with Shaw Groups engineering firm, which hired a general contractor to oversee construction. That would be TG Constructors out of Nashville and they filed for bankruptcy. The original plan was for us to open the headquarters in October, but now that will be delayed until at least the end of December," Crawford said.
The project began several months ago "and we've already got external walls and roof rafters up", he said. The headquarters will be built within the refuge, with a lake view, and will include a main building with both interior and exterior exhibits, a large deck, entrance road and storage facility. The headquarters is located on Wildlife Rd., near the Britton Ford observation deck area.
"This is unfortunate," Crawford said, "but overall, it's going to work out fine. Shaw is committed to finishing in a timely fashion."
Mt. Zion Restoration Drive Is Underway
Singing "Amazing Grace" during Mt. Zion Homecoming Sunday. (Candi Norwood photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
Springville, Tenn.-Despite the sweltering 105 degree heat, some 50 hardy souls attended the annual Mt. Zion Homecoming reunion Sunday afternoon.
People with ties to Mt. Zion Baptist Church--the only structure left standing in the Old 23rd District--have been attending the reunions since the church closed in the 1940s. As many as 150 people have gone to the reunions, but this year's heat wave likely kept that figure down.
Friends of Tennessee Wildlife Refuge are presently organizing a fund drive to help restore the church. The building’s frame structure is deteriorating and will be unsafe for visitors in the future if the restoration is not completed soon. The church is registered as a historical landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, making it necessary to repair it according to landmark standards, according to Spokesperson Candi Norwood, whose family attended the church. The beginning and secondary stages of restoration will cost roughly $25,000 - $30,000.
A pledge drive is underway, as are plans for a "Back to the Old 23rd" fundraiser at the site on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 27. The afternoon will include burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, hayrides and old-fashioned games. We'll have more information on the event closer to Oct. 27.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the drive can write to Norwood at Mt. Zion Restoration, c/o Candi Norwood, 4455 County home Rd., Paris. For more information call 642-2091.
Grand Jury Indicts 60
Paris, Tenn.-After an all-day session Monday, a Henry County Grand Jury issued 60 indictments on cases involving a wide variety of crimes, from vehicular homicide, extortion, statutory rape by an authority figure, and aggravated robbery, as well as numerous drug cases and burglaries.
Here are the highlights of the session:
Dalton Patterson, 960 Mays Bridge Rd., Springville, was indicted for vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and DUI. Patterson is charged with the motorcycle accident that resulted in the death of Sherry Tanner on March 28 and leaving her at the scene.
Michael Jason McFee, 675 Buchanan Rd., was indicted for aggravated sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a minor.
In two cases that are related, Jimmy D. Dutton, 382 E. Maple St., Dresden, was charged with child abuse and neglect and attempted extortion and William T. Bratton, 2393 Old McKenzie Highway, Paris, was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure.
Roosevelt Traylor, Michigan City, MS, was charged was aggravated robbery.
Jennifer Denise Cody, 712 W. Wood St., was charged with aggravated assault on Paris Police Sgt. Tony Elkins.
Fundraiser Set For Counseling Center
Paris, Tenn.- A fundraiser for the new Kurt Ostrom counseling center will be held Wednesday, July 4, at Paris Landing State Park, beginning at 9 a.m. The counseling center, for youth and teens, will be opening in Paris in August.
Northeast HC Utility District Asks For Water Conservation
Springville, Tenn.- The Northeast Henry County Utility District is asking customers to conserve water by reducing their consumption. The NEHCUD is experiencing very low levels of water due to the drought we are experiencing. They ask customers to refrain from watering lawns and gardens if at all possible and if you must water, they ask you do so between the hours of midnight and 5 am to help meet the crisis. The reduction of water for customers in the NEHCUD is in effect until further notice.
Cottage Grove, Paris Landing Plan July 4 Activities
Cottage Grove and Buchanan, Tenn.- Although dry weather has put a hinder on some of the festivities surrounding this year’s Fourth of July Holiday, there are still many activities going on in Cottage Grove and Paris Landing.
Cottage Grove’s 37th Annual Freedom Festival kicks off with a motorcycle rally Wednesday at 8:30am. The turkey trap and shoot starts at 9 am and the parade, with Sheriff Monte Belew as the Grand Marshall will roll at 10 am.
From 10:30 am to 1:30 pm there will be game booths, outside concessions, hay rides, and cake walks. The country store will open at 11 am and an auction runs from noon to 1:30 pm. Soaker Island Water games will kick off to keep even goers cool around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.
There will be several live bands performing in the afternoon, a pet pageant, a BBQ or Cajun chicken supper at the Baptist Church Hall at 6 pm. The supper costs $7 for adults and children 6-12 eat for $4. At 7 pm there will be a DJ with live music and dancing. The fireworks show for Cottage Grove has been cancelled due to the dry conditions.
Paris Landing State Park has not cancelled its fireworks show Wednesday evening and it will culminate a day full of activities near the swim beach area starting at 9pm.
Events on Wednesday start at noon at Paris Landing State Park with a Happy Birthday America event at the large shelter area. At 2 pm, there will be games around the large shelter area, 3 pm at the hotel lobby there will be a chance to meet some box turtles and learn about them. They will make turtle crafts afterwards.
At 4 pm at the hotel lobby, David Haggard and his birds of prey will keep you entertained as you learn about many different feathered friends of the park. There will be a patriotic face painting at 6 pm in front of the hotel. All these activities are free to the public, anyone age 15 and under must have adult supervision.
Thefts reported over weekend; drug arrests made
Paris, Tenn.- Several thefts were reported at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office from the weekend including an asphalt seal coating unit valued at $3500 from a home on county home road. The unit had been left and when the owner returned to get it was missing police have no suspects in the incident.
Other reports of theft in the county from the weekend include an 80cc 4-wheeler valued at $1200 from Macedonia Road. $500 in damage was done when someone attempted a theft of a radio out of a boat docked at Buchanan Resort. Police are still investigating both incidents.
Cpl. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a vehicle traveling down highway 69 south that was all over the roadway. Cpl. Wade pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver who stated she didn’t have a driver’s license. He noticed needle tracks on her arm. He then asked for consent to search the vehicle and asked the driver and passenger to step out.
Inside the purse of the driver two syringes and a spoon with residue on it were found. Also some pills were found in the seat. Arrested were two Big Sandy women, Christina Marie Moore, age 27 and Betty McCall, age 51.
Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department also arrested Toby Dean Bequette on drug related charges in a separate incident. Bequette was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent and drug paraphernalia.
Construction Won't Slow motorists during July 4th Holiday
NASHVILLE – Road construction won’t slow traffic 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 noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“There will be increased traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes during the July 4th holiday period,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures over this busy few days is one way to ensure that travelers don’t face construction-related delays as they travel across our state.”
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 so you’ll arrive safely at your destination,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “During this coming week drivers will notice an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee’s roadways in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”
According to AAA projections, more than 42 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. That figure is up 4.9% over 2011 and up 42% over 2009, which had the least amount of holiday travelers over the last decade. AAA estimates 753,824 Tennesseans will hit the roadways, while another 36,121 are expected to fly to their destinations.
Auto travel will make up 84% of all holiday travelers across the U.S. this year.
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, 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.
Staying Cool--Despite The Heat
Paris, Tenn.-Steven Pendledury, proprietor of Steve's Produce on Mineral Wells Ave., found a way to stay cool while working outside all day at his produce stand. Saturday was a good day to take the shirt off, but he kept on a tie around his neck. His produce stand has become so popular that Pendledury said he will be moving into the building behind his stand. "I'll have fruit and vegetables on display inside and outside, both," he said. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Large Crowd Attends Quinn Retirement Celebration
Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for Adult Education Director Sue Quinn's retirement celebration Saturday. Quinn is retiring after 49 years in education. This has been a big week for her, since she was named Person of the Year last weekend by the Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce.
Dover Man Arrested For DUI, Leaving Scene
Paris Police arrested Jeremy Taylor, 28 of Dover for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. A confidential informant notified police that Taylor had left RJs on Brewer Street and hit a vehicle in the process.
Police found the vehicle--a flat bed truck owned by PML--damaged to the left side lift gate and the headlights and side mirror were on the ground. Officers received another call from a witness who said they saw Taylor driving into Maplewood Trailer Court.
When found at the trailer park, Taylor failed sobriety tests.
In all, four officers worked on the call, including Patrolman Derrek Colley, Patrolman Jordan Klutts, Patrolman Derrick Greenhill and Sgt. Michael Ramos.
New Hospitalist Hired At HCMC
Paris, Tenn.-Kevin Wheatley, MD, will join the Hospitalist Team and the medical Staff at Henry County Medical Center in July. HCMC is pleased to welcome Dr. Wheatley to Paris in the service of inpatient care.
Dr. Wheatley is the sixth hospitalist physician to join HCMC, specializing in caring for patients in the hospital, without having an outpatient medical practice.
The son of a Methodist minister, Dr. Wheatley had lived in Western KY and Northwest TN, moving with his father’s position. Dr. Wheatley graduated high school from Lone Oak and then attended Lambuth University in Jackson, where he met his wife, Susan. After graduating from Lambuth, Dr. Wheatley attended Quillen College of Medicine East TN State University. He did his internship and residency at the University of TN Family Medicine Residency Program and Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
“I am excited to be coming to work at Henry County Medical Center,” said Dr. Wheatley. “I very much enjoy working in a community hospital environment and look forward to contributing to the quality healthcare being delivered in this area.”
Dr. Wheatley is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of the TN Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Wheatley resides in Huntingdon with his wife. They have three children: John, 22; Lisa, 19; and Thomas, 16.
Dr. Wieck Speaks To Quota
Paris, Tenn.-Dr Dennis Wieck, OBGYN in Henry County since 2009, spoke at the June 27th Quota meeting at the Lee Academy Lunchroom. Dr Wieck addressed women’s health issues. Topics that he touched on were mammograms, PAP tests, heart disease and hormone replacement. He told the group that mammograms and PAP tests are necessary. Women should check with their doctor on how often they should be done. There are different timelines, depending on the individual’s health history.
Peggy Adams and Emily Conroy will choose where to donate the May pocket change and Rena Barker and Mary Alice Campbell are in charge of the June pocket change.
Diabetic chair Martha Simpson, announced that the young man who is to attend the TN Camp for Diabetic Children, July 15-28, is very excited about attending. This will be his first year to attend. TCDC is located on Lake Chickamauga in Soddy Daisy, TN, just north of Chattanooga. The camp is committed to teaching children with diabetes how to live a normal and active lifestyle. TCDC is staffed by carefully selected, qualified and responsible counselors, most of whom are diabetic.
Community Service Chair Jane Sinnema, announced that that committee will be hosting a birthday party at Henry County Nursing Home on July 24 at 10:30 am. Quotarian Virginia Wagner will be bringing her little shih-tsu dog who is a trained therapy animal and will also be visiting with those who are not able to attend the group event.
2012-2013 yearbooks are complete and available to Quotarians for $5.00 each.
Dems To Meet
The Henry County Democratic Party will hold a meeting on July 5, 2012 at Anne & Dave's from 5:30 to 7:30. Several topics will be discussed. If you need more information call 707-1599.
Spontaneous Combustion Causes Fire
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-If anyone doubts just how dangerous the excessive heat is, consider this hay bale fire that happened Saturday afternoon in downtown Cottage Grove. Spontaneous combustion is being blamed for the fire, which witness Mike Waddey said also caused a small grass fire nearby. "All were quickly contained," he said, but the Cottage Grove volunteer fire department. (Mike Waddey photo).
Over 200 Grove Alumni Gather For Homecoming
Mac and Sue Luckey speak with Nancy Corley, left, at the homecoming. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Even 105 degree heat can’t keep the Grove Blue Devils down. Over 200 Grove High School alumni from all over showed up for Saturday’s Grove Homecoming held at the Lee School Lunchroom.
Don Laster, one of the organizers of the get-together, said the showing far exceeded expectations. Some 70 alumni had indicated they would be attending. “But we’ve run out of name tags for everybody,” he said.
Alumni came from far and wide for the Homecoming, including Kentucky, Oklahoma, Illinois, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Washington State, and Florida.
The Class of 1952 held its reunion Friday night and decided to expand their get-together into a wider homecoming for all Grove alumni.
Talking things over are (from left): Robert Adams, Andy Hooper, Lindell Chrisman and Charles Byrd.
Paris Man Charged For Drugs, Firearms
A Paris man was arrested for possession of drugs and a weapon following a search of his home conducted June 29 by officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, and the TBI.
Armed with a search warrant, officers went to the home of David Kimbrell
on Brown Street. During the search, officers found three ounces of marijuana, digital scales, a variety of pills, smoking paraphernalia, a hand gun, five rifles and a sawed-off shotgun. Officers charged Kimbrell with two counts of drug possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a prohibited weapon.
Bond of $12,500 was set and he will appear in General Sessions Court on July 3.
Officers were assisted by Paris Police K-9 Handler Jamie James and his K-9 Herrum.
News from past weeks here.