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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson



Church Youth Groups Collecting School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Nazarene will be collecting school supplies at Wal-Mart on Friday July 8th from 2-5pm. The Sulphur Wells Church of Christ youth group will be collecting school supplies from 5-8pm on Friday at Wal-Mart and the Eastwood Church of Christ youth group will be collecting school supplies at Wal-Mart on Saturday July 9th from Noon to 3pm also. The school supplies collected will be distributed to income eligible students by the Family Resource Center.

Yard Sale/Cookout to Benefit Family that Lost Everything in Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A fundraiser to benefit Josh and Tauryannah Fortner will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, located at 1210 East Wood Street, Saturday July 9th from 7am to 1pm. There will be a yard sale under the pavilion and plate lunches will be served from 11am to 1pm in the gym. The plate lunches will be grilled burgers or hot dogs, chips, drink, and dessert, only $5.

All money raised will help the Fortners and their 4 children whose house burned over Memorial Day weekend and they lost everything. For more information call 642-4681.

FUMC Yard Sale Sat. Will Benefit Habitat for Humanity

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church will hold a gigantic yard sale on Saturday July 9th at the Christian Life Center building from 7am until noon. All money raised benefits Habitat for Humanity’s next house. Any donated items may be brought to the Christian Life Center on Friday July 8th between 2-6pm.       

Tri-Pepper Salad Samples at Friday's Downtown Farmer's Mkt.

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm Friday and have a large selection of fruits and vegetables available for purchase once again. USDA packaged meat, chicken, and pork that is all natural grass fed is also available. This week’s sample recipe is Tri-Pepper Salad and it will be given away between 3-4pm.

City Commission Hears About PHC Arts Council

Arts Council Director Amy Jones discusses the programs the Arts Council programs and events. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for July on Thursday night and Amy Jones, Director of the Paris Henry County Arts Council gave an update on some of the events and activities the Arts Council has been engaging in recently.

Jones said this is the beginning of the 2nd year of her serving as Director. She said the mission to promote and stimulate the practice of the arts in Paris and Henry County. Jones said, “our Arts Council has been known to show that non-urban areas can have great arts communities.”

Jones said the Arts Council has played a role in the Paris Players, Lee Academy, and for the past 30 years sponsored a trip for every 5th grade student in the county to go see a play at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. She said we are passionate about continuing to do this for our students, because it is thru this that the arts sometimes truly clicks with our students and they began to appreciate and love it more.

Jones added, “we want to spark interest in our students and be a place where artists who are looking for a community can grow and thrive.” Jones said the Arts stimulate business activity, help tourism, and thanked the city commission for their support year after year.

April Retail Sales Down Slightly, Still Up YTD

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported to commissioners that even though there was a slight decrease in retail sales for the month of April this year, overall calendar year to date retail sales are still ahead by almost 5% compared to the same time frame last year.

Revenues in the General Fund were under expenditures by over $52K for the month of May, but still ahead of the expenditures by over $500K year to date. Solid Waste Revenues did exceed expenditures by over $38K for the month of May, but still behind by $87K for the fiscal year to date due to the construction at the Transfer Station.

Foster Updates Commission on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on various projects going on with the City of Paris including the alley drainage project continues to roll on as all utility work in the initial section of the alley is complete and all concrete has been poured. Plans are to start installation of pavers within the next week or two.

Foster reported that the signage on City Hall is complete as renovations continue with the building. Foster said bids will be taken next week on replacement of the roof at city hall.

The next Clean Sweep Day for the ongoing Preserve Paris project is set for August 27th in the Thompson, Aden, and Blakemore Streets area of the Atkins Porter neighborhood. More information on this will come in the next few weeks.

Foster reported the vacant lot next the Hessing building will be sold to attorney Neil Thompson, who submitted a bid of $1K to purchase the lot as is once the alley project is finished.

Foster said the City is waiting on response from environmental phases in the signalization project at at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drives as this phase of the project continues.

City Comm. Makes Changes on Sick/Vac. Days for Employees

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster also presented to the City Commission a change to the personnel rules and regulations regarding vacation and sick days for city employees with over 20 years of service. The resolution allows these employees to accrue 16 hours of vacation leave per month and 12 hours of sick leave that can be accrued per month. The maximum number of sick leave hours that can be accrued changes from 480 hours to 720 hours. Another change the resolution lays out is that employees can now take sick and vacation days in one hour increments. Commissioners approved the resolution.

Commissioners also approved a resolution to amend job descriptions for the rank structure of the Paris Police Department. This comes after last Thursday’s ceremony where some officers moved up from Ptl. To Lt. and from Lt. to Sgt. Another job description change is for Lead Operator in the Public Works Department.

Charlie West, Richard Edwards Named to Boards

Paris, Tenn.- Several appointments to boards were made at Thursday night’s Commission meeting, many proposed members keeping seats on various boards and committees. Some changes included Charlie West being appointed to the Planning Commission, to take Terry Wimberley’s position, who has decided to resign as he begins to take over the reins at BPU in the next few months. Richard Edwards will also replace Danny Veazey on the Planning Commission as was approved by the commission Thursday night.

Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the Northwest Tennessee Development District to be the administrator of the HOME grant the City of Paris recently received. The grant is for $350K and will be used to help those citizens who meet requirements be able to make improvements on their homes. A press conference will be held later in July to make the program known to all citizens and eligibility requirements will be decided.

Funding for Water Facilities Project for BPU Approved

Paris, Tenn.- The City Commission approved a resolution authorizing and providing for funding for a Water Facilities Project for the Board of Public Utilities. This is from the State’s Revolving Loan Fund as the BPU prepares to begin Phase 2 design work for the new water treatment plant that is being built. The loan is in the amount of $500K. There is no rate increase needed for BPU customers for this portion of the project.

2016 Fair Book Dedicated to Linda Mangrum

Paris, Tenn.- At a meeting Tuesday night, the Henry County Fair Board dedicated the 2016 Fair Book to Linda Mangrum. Linda joined the Fair Board in 1989 after several years volunteering while her husband Bud served on the board. She has served as Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Secretary, the role she currently has. Linda has also ran and been the backbone of the Fairest of the fair pageants for many years.

Linda is married to Luther “Bud” Mangrum. They are the parents of two daughters, Paula (John) Perkins and Tracy (Tommy) Hayes. They have seven grandchildren; Morgan (Justin) Chilcutt, Melinda and Murray Perkins, Jordan, Jamison, Jarrett and Jackson Hayes.  Growing up both Paula and Tracy were involved in fair activities. Now the family involvement at the fair has been continued with the next generation as all seven of the grandchildren are involved in the fair.      

The 2016 Henry County Fair moves to September this year and will be held from September 11-18. 

HCHS Baseball Banquet Held Last Week

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriot Baseball team held their banquet last week at Buchanan Resort and said goodbye to Head Coach Brian Welp as he submitted his resignation from the head coaching position after this year's team won the District 10-AAA Tournament Championship in May.

Pictured L to R are Cody McSwain, who won Patriot and Offense Awards; Hayden Walker, Varsity Academic Award; Jared Pugh, Pitcher and MVP Awards; Tyler Bomar Infield Award; Hunter Bethune, Most Improved; Perry Atkins, Outfield Award; Cole Davis JV Academic Award; Wesley Bomar, Rookie of the Year Award.

Strong Storms Cause Power Outages, Closures at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- Power is out across Land Between the Lakes due to strong storms that moved through the area last night.

All facilities will be closed until power is restored, including:

  • Cravens Bay Campground
  • Elk & Bison Prairie
  • Golden Pond Visitor Center and Planetarium
  • Homeplace 1850s Farm
  • North and South Welcome Stations
  • Turkey Bay OHV Area
  • Woodlands Nature Station
  • Wranglers Campground

Roads and trails may be blocked by fallen trees, high water, or damaged by the heavy rain. Please keep driving to a minimum on all roads across the recreation area so staff may assess damage and begin cleanup efforts.

Check the Alerts page on the official Land Between the Lakes website for updates, www.landbetweenthelakes.us/alert-notices; follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofLandBetweenTheLakes/; or on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl.

TBI Issues Warning About Spike in Fake Percocet Pills Being Sold

Nashville- Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are warning the public about a recent dramatic increase in the prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee.

In recent days, Agents in the Middle Tennessee area have seen a spike in adulterated Percocet pills being sold on the street and are warning users that these counterfeit pills have deadly consequences. Active and ongoing investigations continue into the source of these pills.

These counterfeit drugs have a very similar look and appearance to legitimate Percocet pills, but contain potentially lethal ingredients that cause law enforcement officials immediate concern. Numerous overdoses across Middle Tennessee are being attributed to this batch of dangerous drugs, and Agents are warning users that more overdoses and deaths are likely as these pills make their way to users.

“We want to make the public abundantly clear that these pills being made in clandestine labs present a very real and life-threatening danger to anyone who takes them,” says TBI Deputy Director Jason Locke. “We can’t stress enough that the pills people buy on the streets can and do contain deadly elements.”

In the last year, dozens of case submissions from counties across Tennessee have shared a common, concerning trend: Pills shaped, colored, and stamped to look like a particular type of prescription medication have proven to be something different in laboratory analysis.

For example, in May 2015, a Tennessee law enforcement agency recovered what appeared to be several 30mg pills of oxycodone during a traffic stop. Each was the same size and featured the signature A/215 stamp characteristic of oxycodone. However, laboratory analysis performed by TBI Forensic Scientists indicated the pills were counterfeit and did not contain oxycodone. Instead, they contained fentanyl, a pain killer 50 times as potent as heroin that can be deadly in high doses.

Woman Arrested For No Trespass, Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Lt. Tony Elkins responded to 607 Alexander Street to a woman who was asleep in an SUV in on the property who was not supposed to be there. Lt. Elkins arrived and found Olivia D. Parsons, sleeping, and found she had a no trespass warrant for the property active for one year. Parsons was arrested on trespassing charges, then a search revealed three glass pipes and a grinder and she was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia also.

In another incident, Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Jeremy Alan Barnes, age 33, of Georgia, with simple possession of schedule 6, simple possession of schedule 4, and simple possession of schedule 2 drug along with drug paraphernalia possession.

UT Extension Office to Offer Arthritis Exercise Program

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office will offer a free Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program beginning on Tuesday July 12th. The program will run for 6 weeks and is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability.

Arthritis sufferers of all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course and extension educators design each class to meet the needs of all participants. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday for 6 weeks from 9-10am at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. Michele Atkins, UT Extension Director will be instructor for the course. For more information or to sign up for the program call the UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

Arthritis affects 1.5M Tennesseans and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joints and common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling.

PSSD and HCSS to Hold Open Meeting for Private and Home School Parents

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District and Henry County School System will hold an open meeting for all private school and home school parents to discuss available services for children with disabilities ages 3-21. Regulations pertaining to this requirement and types of services available will be discussed.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday July 13th at 8am in the Conference Room at the Paris Special School District Central Office, located on Hwy. 641 South. For more information call Sherry Wagner at 642-9322.

Clayton Homes to Hold Darkhorse Lodge Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Clayton Homes of Paris will host a Fish Fry Fundraiser for the Darkhorse Lodge on Saturday July 9th from 11am to 2pm. There will be fresh caught catfish and all the trimmings and donations of $5 will be accepted at Clayton Homes, located at 2850 East Wood Street in Paris. Money raised will go to the Darkhorse Lodge, which will be a retreat for combat veterans of all branches to come and relax, enjoy time with others, fish on Kentucky Lake, and enjoy other activities at no cost to them or their guests. 

FRC Accepting Applications for Free School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road, will accept applications for free school supplies and backpacks from 9am to 1pm July 7th and 8th. Families must bring proof of income to meet eligibility requirements. Call 642-2938 for more information.

Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Paris Landing State Park will host the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon this Saturday July 9th and the race course is excellent for beginners and veterans alike.   

Competitors will swim 500 meters, bike 14 miles, and run 3 miles at the event which begins at 7am on Saturday. Registration can be done online at paristntri.racesonline.com, just remember online registration closes at midnight July 7th. You can also register on race day at the state park office prior to the start of the race.

There will be “top 50” finisher medals for those who finish in the top 50 overall, along with finisher medals to all who finish the race. An awards ceremony will be held directly after the event.

Friends of the Library Book Sale July 11-16

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Friends of the Library will hold their Semi-Annual Book Sale July 11 thru 16th with hundreds of books to choose from. The sale will be held at the Friends of the library bookstore and the store will be open on Monday July 11th just for the sale.

Books available for sale include books on history, gardening, cooking, mystery, romance, arts and music, inspirational, religion, sports, biographies, non fictions, and many more. Non members get 25% and Friends of the Library members will receive 50% off during the sale. If you would like to become a Friends member, do so during the sale and save an additional 5% on all event sales.

The sale goes from 9am to 4pm during the week and 9am to 2pm on Saturday July 16th. For more information call 642-1702 ext. 106.

Money raised helps programs and other things at the W.G. Rhea Public Library.

Health Screening at Farm Bureau Thurs. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a Community Health Screening at Henry County Farm Bureau on Thursday July 7th from 8:30am to 11:30am. Farm Bureau is located at 406 North Poplar Street. There is no appointment necessary. There will be free blood pressure and blood sugar checks along with dexa heel scans. Total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panel tests for $10. Fasting is required for accurate results.

Bloodmobile at FUMC Thursday Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church on Thursday July 7th from Noon to 6pm. All eligible donors should give blood as there is current need for all blood types. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.

Grand Jury Returns Indictments on All 35 Cases Heard Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury finished up their lengthy session late Tuesday afternoon and handed down true bills on all 35 cases they heard. A true bill means the Grand Jury found enough evidence for indictment.

Indictments were handed down for two individuals for the aggravated robbery of West Wood Wines back in March of this year where a flare gun was used. The grand jury indicted Anthony Cooper, of Porter Street for aggravated robbery as he used the flare gun to rob the store and they also indicted Carol Curtis, of Porter Street, for criminal responsibility for another, as she drove the getaway vehicle for the robbery.

Andrew Dunmire, of Market Street, was indicted for DUI, vehicular assault, and aggravated child neglect. Dunmire was arrested back in March and charged with several charges after he was intoxicated while driving an SUV which had three passengers, including two children, and he ran into another vehicle at the Peppers Drive India Road Intersection.

Other indictments handed down from the grand jury include: Chad Evans, aggravated assault with an automobile, July 2015; David Virva, aggravated burglary, April 2016, Michael Anthony Tharpe, aggravated burglary, Derek Starnes, Theft; Shamar Samuel, child neglect, for leaving a child alone; A. B. Prince, Jr., rape of child between the ages of 3 and 13; Ashley Jones, aggravated child neglect, and Thomas Watson, aggravated sexual battery for offenses that occurred to a child less than 13 between April 1, 2012 and Sept of 2013.

Arraignments will be held in court on Monday July 11th.

Man Arrested on Felony Warrants Found with Meth

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins, along with Dep. Brian Davis and Sgt. Lance Perry found Eddie Ray Bryant, age 24, of 369 Sloan Road, sleeping in car, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and knew that Bryant had active warrants. He was apprehended and methamphetamine “ice” was found on his person. Bryant was charged for the felony warrants, possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated several pieces of jewelry and a chainsaw have been reported missing from a metal building on Point Pleasant Road. The victim said the rings and necklesses belong to his wife and the chainsaw was his. The value of the items missing is around $3500.

Investigation Continues Into Car Fire on Williams St.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to car on fire in a driveway at 816 Williams Street on Tuesday. Firefighters arrived on scene and found the front and back parts of the car in the driveway on fire and the fire was beginning to melt the siding on the house. The fire was quickly extinguished. The resident said she was asleep and was awakened by a noise and noticed someone running down the road. She also saw a black Pontiac G8 leave near the scene of the fire. Investigation is continuing.

Reward Offered for Hay Bale Arson

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in the arson and vandalism incident that occurred on Sunday June 26th on Loop Road in Henry County. During the incident three hay bales were set on fire, and made to look like the shape of a 'smiley face'.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division is actively working the case and any tips or information could be very helpful in the case. Tips can be called into the Sheriff's Office at 642-1672, the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929 or Sheriff Monte Belew at 336-4699.

"No Fly Zone" Trap Shoot Team Places In State And Region

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County No Fly Zone Rookie trap team competed in regional and state competition. They finished third in regional and second in state on June 23 in Nashville.
Top shooters at regional and state were: Wardlaw, Ceparulo, Tosh, Jackson, Taylor, and Stephens.

Pictured front row left to right: Will Wardlaw, Levi Rabey, Carson Summers, Lane Parrish, Jessica Visser.Back Row: Coach Tom Jenkins, Hudson Ceparulo, Brayden Tosh, Jacob Jackson, Eric Taylor, Garrett Stephens, and coach Jamie Orr.Not pictured are Aden Scott, Garrett Brewer, Paul Tusa, and Ben Davis.

Warrant Issued For Male After Running From Questioning

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Roaten was on patrol on Depot Street when she passed a male walking down the street and detected the odor of marijuana. Ptl. Roaten noticed there was no one else around, and no houses at that point. Ptl. Roaten turned back around to speak with the subject and again detected the odor of marijuana. The subject, who was wearing a McDonald’s uniform, did admit that he just finished smoking a joint.

Ptl. Roaten advised him to stop so she could speak with him, at which point the subject began to run away East on Depot Street. Ptl. Roaten followed the subject trying to keep eyes on him until other city units arrived in the area. The subject ran into some bushes behind Taylor Tire and contact was lost.

Ptl. Roaten then went to McDonalds and spoke with the manager about the subject. The manager at McDonalds stated it would have to had been Marcus Etheridge age 25 of Paris. Dispatch printed out a picture of Etheridge and Roaten did positively identify Etheridge as the subject that ran. A warrant will be filed on Etheridge for Resist/Risk/Halt.

Motorcycle Stolen From Carport During The Night

Paris, Tenn.- According to report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Patrolman Brian Davis responded to a theft call on Shiloh Church Road. Ptl Davis spoke with the victim in reference to the theft, it was stated that sometime after midnight someone took the victim’s 2006 Honda VTX motorcycle from their carport. The motorcycle is burgundy with black saddle bags and has speakers mounted on the handle bars. There are no suspects at this time.

National Suicide Prevention Day Set For Downtown Paris Park

Paris, Tenn.- National Suicide Prevention Day is Saturday, September 10th, the Downtown Paris Park will hold the first “Build a Bridge of Light” event. There will be luminaries for $5 to remember a family member or friends lost to suicide. Shirts will be $12. You can contact Lydia Wofford at 731.333.3058 or Patti Owen at 731.333.3430 and visit the website suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Paris Landing Stayed Full Through Inclement Weather

Paris, Tenn.-The inclement weather didn’t deter thousands from staying at Paris Landing State Park for the Independence Day festivities. Everyone stayed out grilling and enjoying the warm, slightly rainy weather. The fireworks started promptly at 9pm with a great show put on that lasted for a full 30 minutes of fun.

(photos Barron Robinson)

Firecracker 5k In Illinois With Local Finishers

Paris, Tenn.- The 18th annual Firecracker 5k was held in McLeansboro, Illinois on Saturday. Some of our local runners competed in the 5k in Illinois, the results are as follows:

Javan Winders – 1st overall – 15:53 (New course record)

Titus Winders – 2nd overall – 16:50

Silas Winders – 3rd overall – 17:23

Jack Nichols - 5th overall – 17:35

Lance Winders – 9th overall – 18:56

Dinah Winders – 2nd female overall – 21:28 (This was her first 5k. She was 5 seconds behind the first female.

Wreck On Hwy 79 And Chickasaw

Paris, Tenn.- A 4 door sedan and SUV collided head on at the intersection of Hwy 79 and Chickasaw. It was stated that everyone was in decent condition at this time. Will update when more is available.

Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Celebrates Independence Day

(photos Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- The unpredictable weather didn’t deter a large crowd from attending the 41st annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival Monday morning. The Turkey/Trap shoot started off the morning at 9am with the parade kicking off shortly after 10am. Serving as Grand Marshall's for the Freedom Festival Parade were Freddy Wade and Homer Maddox; both are former Cottage Grove/Whitlock Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chiefs. Engine One was also in the parade in memory of Bill Pullen, who served as a former Fire Chief.

Other activities at the Freedom Festival include, concessions, hay rides for $1, cake walk, dunk booths, bounce castles, the new zip line, European food cuisine, and a water slide. The Country Store opened at 11am which had a spin wheel for $1 for homemade, homegrown and canned farm goods. There were arts and crafts and game booths set up for a ticket which cost $.50. Over 20 motorcycles showed up and were on display for the Freedom Festival.

An auction was held from Noon to 2pm, Archery Shoot, from 1-2pm, and acoustic band “Platform” and bingo at the pavilion from 2-4pm. Live Music and Dancing featuring T.R. Crooks will be from 6-9pm, and at 8:45pm a 12-gauge shotgun will be given away via a drawing held; also a 50/50 drawing. The Freedom Festival wraps up at 9pm with a spectacular fireworks show.

The winners from the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival are as follows:
Future Firefighters won Best of Parade,
Sarah Webb won Best Decorated Car
Memorial to Clovis Ables won Best Float

UT Martin Receives $20,000 Scholarship For Nursing Program

Martin, Tenn.- Genex Services, a provider of managed care clinical services, has awarded the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Nursing $20,000 in scholarship funding through its fifth annual Case Manager Scholarship Program.

Each year, Genex Services asks case managers, supervisors and branch managers within the company to nominate nursing programs at colleges and universities which they believe deserve additional funding. Susie Moore, a 1987 UT Martin alumna, nominated the UT Martin program for the award.

“The Department of Nursing at UT Martin has a proud and successful history in nursing education,” wrote Moore in her nomination letter. “I am very proud of my alma mater.”

Five programs are selected each year, and the funds are intended to “recognize program alumni, strengthen awareness of the case management profession and invest in a new generation of graduates to fulfill a growing industry need.” Genex Services focuses primarily on handling workers’ compensation claims and managing the care of injured workers.

“The scholarship award is very special to Genex because it’s through this initiative that we’re really helping to develop the future professionals who will continue our mission to help injured workers return safely to their jobs,” said Delphia Frisch, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Genex Services. “We’re very proud of this program and our case managers.”

The UT Martin Department of Nursing’s scholarship award committee will accept student applications in the fall semester, and awards will be announced in the spring for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year. Award criteria and amounts have yet to be determined.

“All college students can benefit from financial aid, of course, but nursing majors have the added expenses of uniforms, shoes, stethoscopes and other equipment, as well as travel to various clinical sites. This gift will be very beneficial in helping them cover these costs in addition to tuition and books,” said Dr. Mary Radford, chair, UT Martin Department of Nursing.

Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.; the University of San Diego in San Diego, Calif.; the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., also received awards from Genex Services this year.

Business And City Closings Set For Monday Independence Day

Paris, Tenn.- There will several public service offices and businesses closed today for Independence Day but will reopen on Tuesday, closings will be as followed:

Henry City Hall

Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Office

Rhea Public Library

Puryear City Hall

Henry County Courthouse and Courthouse Annex

Offices at Paris City Hall

Henry County Health Department

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Campus

Paris Public Works, Street and Sanitation Departments (Monday garbage routes will resume on Tuesday)

Paris-Henry County Animal Shelter

Paris-Henry County Landfill

Paris Civic Center

Social Security Office

Henry County Recycling Center

Paris Driver Services Center

Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Service Center

Northwest Tennessee Human Resources Nutrition Center

Henry County Office on Aging

Windows at the Paris Post Office

U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center

Henry County Extension Service Office

Nashville Pastor And Associate Indicted In State Grant Money Theft Case

Nashville, Tenn.- Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Nashville area pastor and his associate, accused of securing state grant money for an addiction treatment program that did not exist.

At the request of 20th District Attorney Glenn Funk, and with the assistance of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, TBI Agents began investigating Clinton Lewis and Andre Trice on June 15, 2015. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between 2011 and 2015, Lewis, a pastor at Mt. Hopewell Baptist Church, and Trice fraudulently received more than $60,000 in grant money from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for an addiction recovery program they operated as part of the Mt. Hopewell Community Development Corporation. The investigation further revealed the clients on the list submitted to the state did not actually receive any program services during the time frame, and in some cases were determined to be deceased or incarcerated. Investigators further determined the subjects listed as active counselors in the program were unaware the program was still in operation.

On June 20th, the Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging Lewis, 48, of Hermitage, and Trice, 38, of Antioch, with four counts of Theft each. Today, authorities booked both men into the Davidson County Jail on $10,000 bond each.

Temporary Closure of SR 128 in Hardin County

Jackson, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close a short section of SR 128 in Savannah/Hardin County for crews to safely excavate and replace a pre-cast box culvert. The closure will last approximately 10-14 days. A signed detour will be posted. Beginning Tuesday, July 5 at 7:00 a.m. SR 128 between Water Street and Malcomb Street will be closed. This work is part of a $21.2 million project to widen a two mile section of SR 128 from two lanes to five lanes. The estimated completion date is May 31, 2018.

National Guard Force Protection Act Of 2016 Improves Security At Armories

Nashville, Tenn.- The National Guard Force Protection Act of 2016 was signed into law on June 10th in a ceremony at the War Memorial Building in Nashville.  The Act provides 1.5 million dollars to improve the security of National Guard facilities throughout the state.  This bill requires the department of military to implement force protection enhancements at national guard facilities to include AI Phones, shatter resistant film, cameras, magnetic locks, barriers and mobile ballistic shields among other security enhancements.

The bill was initiated following the tragic shootings in Chattanooga at military Recruiting Stations and the Naval Reserve Center, leaving 4 Marines and 1 Sailor dead in 2015.

"We are very pleased that the Legislature took action to better protect our Tennessee Soldiers and Airmen", said Maj. Gen. Max Haston.  "This will give us the resources to bolster the  security at our armories, bases and maintenance and training facilities across the state."

Murray Freedom Fest Set For Monday July 4th

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, Town & Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert on Monday, July 4 at 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State campus. As part of this year’s Freedom Fest in Murray, the free concert is open to the public and will last for approximately one hour.   

The 95-member community band is under the direction of Murray State’s Todd Hill, associate professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. The band is comprised of various community members including Murray State students. The program will open with “The Star-Spangled Banner” and includes well-loved marches such as “Americans We” and “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

Guest conductors during the band’s performance will include Russell V. Gross, Jr. along with Dennis Johnson, Murray State director of bands.    The chorale repertoire includes selections such as “God Bless America” and “Song for the Unsung Hero”. Both choirs will join the band for select numbers during the program as well. 

“The July 4 concert will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy a wonderful evening of music prior to the city’s Freedom Fest fireworks display,” said Carol Brunn, Murray State Town & Gown coordinator. “We’re very thankful for our Town & Gown partners who allow us to provide these cultural events.” 

Houston, Benton County May Unemployment Rate Some Of States Highest

Nashville, Tenn.- The Department of Labor and Workforce Development released County Unemployment rates for May were released last week and found the rate decreased in 58 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, increased in 11 counties, and remained the same in 26 counties.

Two counties in our listening area continue to have some of the highest rates in the state, with Houston County actually coming in with the highest rate in the state for May at 6.6% unemployment. That means 210 of Houston County’s estimated workforce of 3,230 were looking for work. The 6.6% rate is down from 6.8% in April and also down from 8.8% in May of last year.

Benton County’s unemployment rate for May came in as the 8thhighest rate in the Volunteer State at 5.8%. That numbers means of the estimated labor force of 6800 in Benton County, 390 were looking for work in May. The rate for this May is down from 6.0% in April and down from 7.8% in May of last year.

Henry County’s May unemployment rate is 4.5%, down from April’s rate of 4.3% and down from May of 2015’s rate of 6.6%. Of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,020 the number looking for work in May was 620.

Carroll County’s May unemployment rate remained the same as April at 5.4% with 660 people looking for work. The estimated workforce is 12,200 in Carroll County. The rate for May is down from 8.9% at this time last year.

Stewart County’s unemployment rate was 5,4% for May, which is down from 5.5% in April and 7.5% in May of last year. Weakley County’s rate for this May was 4.6%, down from April and last May as well.


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