From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Deadline to Register for Farm Tour is Thurs. at Noon
Middleton Lumber One of the Stops on This Year's Tour
Paris, Tenn.- Thursday at Noon is the deadline to enter the Farm Tour that the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will have on Thursday July 17th. The Farm Tour is free to anyone age 18 and over and breakfast, Lunch, and snack will be provided at no charge. The Farm Tour will leave at 8am on July 17th from the Henry Farmer’s Coop and return around 4pm. For more information or to register for the Chamber’s First Annual Farm Tour call Kayla at the chamber at 642-3431.
One of the stops on the first annual Farm Tour is Middle Lumber Company. Middleton Lumber was started in 1965 by Elmer and Margaret Middleton and is currently being run by 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation family members.
Middleton Lumber produces hardwood lumber and are wholesale manufacturers of kiln dried hardwood lumber. Middleton Lumber produces 8 million board feet of lumber per year. This is attained throughout timber purchased in Henry County and across West Tennessee. Middleton’s lumber is marketed domestically as well as internationally in countries such as Germany, Sweden, and China.
Middleton Lumber employs over 35 people and works closely with log suppliers and other wood related businesses in Henry County and West Tennessee.
Fundraiser for Jesse Dean at PLSP on Sunday
Buchanan, Tenn.- There will be a fundraiser for Jesse Dean Sunday July 13th from 1-6pm at Paris Landing State Park. Jesse is battling cancer and all money raised will go to help offset medical costs for Jesse and his family. There will be live music, a silent auction, face painting, and much more. Everyone is invited to come and attend and have fun and support Jesse and his family.
Fundraiser for Paris Downtown Boxing Will Be Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Club will hold a fundraiser at Auto Zone in Paris on Saturday July 12th. The boxers will be washing cars and having a bake sale starting at 8am. They will sell grilled hot dogs, burgers, and pulled pork for lunch as well. Money raised will help with expenses for sending 9 boxers to the Ringside World Championships in Missouri at the end of July.
Cottage Grove Looks to Sell Bank Vaults, Door, Teller Window
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session Tuesday night and decided to accept sealed bids for two bank vaults, an entry door, and a bank teller window, from the old Security Bank Building, which was remodelled into Boyd’s Cottage Grove General Store. In addition to accepting sealed bids, the council will put the items on Craig’s list and in the paper. Deadline for sealed bids is October 10th.
The Council learned that the recycling program is making plans for a free concert in the fall. A jazz ensemble, family night and tailgating event was discussed among the council and more discussion will come in the next few months.
Discussions on possible permanent city hall locations were held Tuesday night but no action was taken and they will continue to look into were to locate city hall permanently.
State Mandates Henry Water/Sewer Rates to Be Raised 30%
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met Tuesday night and reluctantly approved an ordinance on first reading that will raise water and sewer rates on Henry residents another 30%.
Henry Mayor Joe Qualls said this was all part of the mandate from the State of Tennessee’s Water and Finance Board in order to make sure Henry operated their water and sewer department in the black two years in a row.
The city had operated in the red for three straight years, in part due to issues with the original construction of the sewer system, which was in litigation for some time. The state will not allow a city to operate their water or sewer system in the red for more than two years without taking action.
With the 30% increase, Henry residents, on average, will be paying a base rate of about $103 a month for water and sewer combined. That is up from about $89 a month combined they have been paying since rates increased 40% in July of 2013.
The board discussed the issue wanting to know if this would for sure bring the city into the black for sewer and water. Mayor Qualls said the projections from the state board of water and finance and M-TAS say it should, but many circumstances could happen between now and then.
Qualls said, “last time we passed a large rate increase, the first couple of months we had several people move out of Henry, that will probably happen again. Over the course of time though, some moved back in, evening out the number of people who pay water and sewer.
The ordinance will have to be passed on 2nd and final reading before July 20th. The city did not set a date for a special meeting Tuesday night, but will do so in the next few days.
Henry Board Approves New Radar System
Handheld Devices Will be Used by Officers to Detect Speeding
Henry, Tenn.- In case you didn’t already know it, the city of Henry wants you to slow down when driving thru. And starting this week, they will have newer technology to make sure you do it.
The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman approved contracting with a new Radar System on Tuesday night and will implement the program later this week.
Henry Police Chief David Andrews and Alderman Carl Koch have been proponents of the system in order to reduce the number of speeders in the city of Henry, especially in school zones and to provide more safety for pedestrians and motorists in the town.
The Henry Police Department will begin using LIDAR technology that includes a camera mounted to a handheld device that officers will have with them. The device allows officers to capture a photo of traffic violations including speeding and issue citations by mail if need be. Drivers who are issued civil citations will not have them reported to their insurance company as it is with a uniform citation.
Officers will still have authority to conduct a traffic stop and issue a uniform citation, however if the camera captures the violation, a photo citation fine will only be $50 compared to $119 for a uniform citation.
Henry will begin the new radar system this week, starting July 10th and allow a one week warning period to motorists. Citations will be issued during this week long warning period, but they will not contain a fine, but rather serve as notice that the program is underway.
The goal of the new system is to slow drivers down and reduce accidents in the city of Henry. The program starts July 10th with a one week waiting period.
Henry Board Votes to Keep Street Lights On
Henry, Tenn.- In other business on Tuesday night the Henry mayor and board of Alderman decided to not cut off any street lights, after Public Works Director Ed Bush presented them a detailed list of street lights in the city, how much money they cost and ones he thought could be cut off to save money.
Bush had originally proposed 13 lights around town that he felt like could be cut off, saving the town a few dollars a month. A citizen a meeting a couple of months ago suggested cutting all the street lights off to save money. Bush said as Public Works Director and working out at night, he highly suggested they stay away from that. After some discussion the board decided to just leave the street lights like they are and not cut off any at this time.
USDA Tells Henry to Upgrade City Hall Handicap Access
Henry, Tenn.- More from the Henry board meeting saw Public Works Director Ed Bush tell board members that USDA is requiring the city upgrade the handicap accessibility to city hall. He said they have been talking to us about it for a few years and now its time to make the upgrades in order to become compliant and receive grants in the future. Bush said the cost to do the upgrades would be around $1K.
The board voted to cut ties with Carroll Insurance as their insurance agent in order to save money. City recorder Sonya Clayton said that by cutting out the middle man and going straight with TML. She said Carroll Insurance has been great but in order to do what is best for the city and saving $5K a year is more important.
Fire Chief Keith Qualls reported to the board that they made an offer to Madison County for a used pumper truck as the one they had was going bad. He said Madison County accepted the offer on the used truck with 31K actual miles and it should be here next week. Qualls said this will help keep the city’s ISO rating down.
Ky Lake Hometown Universities Do Well in Cabela's School of the Year Final Standings
Buchanan, Tenn.- Kentucky Lake’s three home team Universities did exceptionally well in the Cabela’s School of the Year competition which ranks fishing teams from universities as they compete in 30 events across the country.
Bethel University in McKenzie finished third overall in the 2014 School of the year standings and Murray State University was right behind them finishing fourth overall in the standings. UT Martin also did well coming in 16th. The University of North Alabama won the 2014 School of the year followed by Louisiana Monroe 2nd and University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the top 5.
Murray State also won the Gemini Custom Apparel team jersey giveaway winners from the recent BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. During the tourney, G2 Gemini held a contest to see which school could enter to win free jerseys for the entire team and with over 360 anglers and 80 schools in attendance; Murray State came out victorious winning new team jerseys.
Grand Jury Indicts 34 after Deliberations Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Grand Jury returned true bills on all 34 cases they heard on Monday as deliberations lasted into the late afternoon.
Some of the highlights of the indictments included one for Guy Biggs, for the criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and filing a false report. Biggs and his wife Joyce lured an ex boyfriend of Joyce’s into their home in Buchanan an attempted to kill him, then told police he tried to kill them.
Markia D. Patton was indicted on charges of aggravated assault and two counts of selling a controlled substance. This stems from the shootings that occurred at Ogburn Park that occurred in April where three people were injured.
The four people involved in the Smith Tire Barn arson were also indicted by the grand jury on Monday. William Tomlin was indicted for arson while the other three Diane Tomlin, Michael Allred, and owner Joseph Smith were indicted with criminal responsibility for the conduct of another.
Arraignments in these and all indictments handed down by the Grand Jury Monday will be heard in court Monday July 14th beginning at 9am.
Reminder: Chamber Seeks Volunteers for Saturday's Triathlon
Paris, Tenn.- Triathletes from around the region will be competing in the first ever Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon on Saturday July 12th beginning at 7am in and around Paris Landing State Park.
The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce is seeking 60 volunteers to help put on the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon. Volunteers are need on Saturday July 12th from 5:30am to 10:30am and will get a free T-shirt. Call the chamber at 642-3431 to sign up to be a volunteer.
Paris Rotary Club Honors Wells, White, and Tusa
Rotarian Linley White shows off his plaque as Outoing President of Rotary Rob Wells stands by his side.
Paris, Tenn.- In a recent meeting, the Paris Rotary Club presented Linley White with the first annual Herman Jackson Rotarian of the Year award. Linley is a full-time volutneer at R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center and serves many other service agencies in Henry County. He has been a rotarian since the mid 90s and has ten years of perfect attendance, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Also at the meeting, outgoing president Rob Wells was presented with a plaque from incoming president Brian Tusa. Wells received his Past President's pin from his father Bob Wells who was also a Past President.
Brian Tusa become the new Paris Rotary President starting July 1st and received his President Rotary Pin from his wife Suebo. (Photos sent by Linley White)
Incoming Rotary President Brian Tusa, presents outgoing President Rob Wells with a plaque honoring him for serving as Rotary President the past year.
Tuesday Last Day to Register to Vote for Aug. 7th Election
Early Voting Runs July 18th thru Aug. 2nd
Paris, Tenn.- The August 7th County General and State Primary is quickly approaching and Tuesday July 8th is the last day to register to be able to vote in that election. Citizens must make sure their mailed in voter registration is postmarked by July 8th, or can go to the Election Commission office inside the courthouse annex on Washing Street to register during business hours.
The ballot in August is a big one and Henry County voters will have to make a decision on several offices that are contested. Voters in district one will have to choose three people from five candidates that are running for the district one county commission seat. Those candidates are incumbents Don Jones and Wes Bradley, along with , Randy Gean, Jeremie Schultz, and Michael White.
In district two for the county commission, incumbents Kreg Kyle, Paul Neal, and Bobby Freeman are seeking re-election along with Kert Blackwood. Voters in district two will also vote for a constable. Incumbent is John Krezinski is running against challengers Rocky Menard and Jon Coley.
Voters in district five will choose three county commissioners from four people. Incumbents David Webb, Greg Carter, and Connie McSwain will seek re-election. Also on the ballot for district five commissioner is Torrance Atkinson.
The office of trustee is up for grabs in August. Randi Allen French won the democratic primary in May and will now face Cindy Hart Hopkins, independent candidate.
Henry County voters will also be voting on circuit court judge part two for the 24th district. Incumbent Donald Parish is opposed by Vicki Hodge Hoover. The seat of Chancellor is up for grabs as Carma McGee, who has served as Chancellor since the death of former Chancellor Ron Harmon, will be opposed by Michael King. District Attorney General is on the ballot and incumbent Hansel McCadams is opposed by challenger Matt Stowe.
In August voters will also vote in the state primary for Governor, US Senate, US House of Representatives, and State House of Representatives. Winners of each primary will face off on November 4th.
Early voting for the August 7th Election will start Friday July 18th thru August 2nd at the Henry County Election Commission Office.
An Evening with Sammy Goldstein Set for July 19th
Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will present Cabaret Master Sammy Goldstein in concert on Saturday July 19th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Lee Academy, Jack Jones Flowers, Leach’s Music, and Merisons. The concert, “An Evening with Sammy Goldstein,” is a fundraiser for Lee Academy. Call the school for more information at 642-3411.
Running Winders Clan Does Well at Firecracker 5K
The young Winders' men line up at the start of the race.
McLeansboro, Ill.- Henry County’s running Winders’ men competed in the 16th annual Firecracker 5K run this past weekend in McLeansboro, Illinois. Out of 74 runners Javan Winders came in 2nd overall with a time of 17:16, beating his brother Titus by less than a minute. Titus finished 3rd overall with a time of 18:02. Their other brother Silas came in 12th overall, 2nd in the 10-14 age group with a time of 19:22.
The boys’ father Lance Winders finished the race 4th overall and placed 1st in the 50-54 age group with a time of 18:22.
Drug Arrests, Thefts Keep Officers Busy over Holiday Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of Poplar Grove Church and as he pulled into the parking lot, the vehicle quickly turned on hits lights and began to pull out.
Dep. Bostwick stopped the car and noticed the driver, Jeremy M. Lamb, age 40, of 160 Porter Switch Road, had a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Dep. Bostwick also noticed a cellphone bag with a green leafy substance on the floorboard. Lamb was charged with simple possession of schedule six.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident on Vandyke Road where a resident had all 34 of his chickens and hens killed and left in the yard.
Investigation revealed that an animal could have gotten into the cage. The owner did advise deputies that someone in the neighborhood had two dogs that they let run loose all the time. No charges have been filed at this time and investigation is ongoing.
A home on Hill Road reported theft over the weekend with a video camera, piggy bank with change, and jewelry stolen from it. There are no suspects and deputies are still investigating.
A report at the Paris Police Department stated a resident of North Brewer Street woke up to her front door shutting. She found her purse on the table and items from her purse scattered about. Missing from the purse was about $260 in cash and some gift cards. Police have no suspects in the theft and continue to investigate the theft.
Caring Hearts Fund Selling Stepping Stones
Paris, Tenn.- The Caring Hearts Fund and Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation is selling stepping stones in honor or memory of loved one who has battled cancer. Stones are $30 and will be used to decorate the new flower garden in front of the Cancer Care Center. Call 644-3522 for more information.
Warrants Issued in Wal-Mart Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Two warrants have been issued in theft by deception cases after two Wal-Mart shoppers received cash back on items they never purchased in the first place.
According to Paris Police Department reports, video evidence shows Jeffrey Snider, age 29 of Henry, Tenn., entering Wal-Mart, picking up a small safe, and carrying it directly to the service desk to “return” the item for store credit. Snider showed employees his driver’s license in order to receive the $55 gift card.
Surveillance footage also shows Sharon Hawkins, age 33 of Antioch, Tenn., similarly grabbing an air conditioner in the store and taking it to the service desk for nearly $350 in store credit. Hawkins then went back through the store and purchased several items with her gift card.
The Paris Police Department has issued warrants for the arrest of both Snider and Hawkins for theft by deception.
Driver Arrested for DUI at Manley’s Chapel Church
Mansfield, Tenn.- A woman was arrested for DUI recently after falling asleep at the wheel at Manley’s Chapel Church, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Officers responded to reports of a suspicious car parked close to the church building, and found a woman asleep in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with the keys in the ignition and the rear passenger window broken out.
Officers woke the woman, identified as Kayla Lowe, age 25 of Bruceton, and asked her what she was doing there and if she was OK. According to reports, Lowe was extremely confused and seemed to be unaware of her surroundings.
Lowe was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, which she failed, and was placed under arrest for her first offense DUI.
She consented to a blood draw, which was performed at Henry County Medical Center.
Storage Unit Robbed at Lakeway Storage
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft of dozens of power tools and other items from a storage unit at Lakeway Storage in Paris, according to PPD reports.
The complainant told investigators that he had gone to check on his storage unit when he noticed a new lock placed on the door. He was informed by a manager that the lock had been missing, and so it had been replaced.
Upon accessing the unit, the complainant noticed approximately $2500 worth of items were missing, including 4 handheld power saws, lots of saw blades, a marine battery, and several other items.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time.
Truck Burglarized at Cedar Street Residence
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft of several items worth nearly $1,000 from a pickup truck outside a Cedar Street home Friday, according to PPD reports.
The complainant stated her truck was robbed while parked at her home. Missing from the vehicle was $350 cash as well as personal checks totaling $100, two sterling silver rings valued at $100, various CDs, a tackle case valued at $125, and a Verizon data card, as well as personal items such as her driver’s license and credit / debit cards.
The truck was locked at the time of the burglary, but the complainant told officers that the driver’s side window was left partially open and later found damaged.
Paris Police Department investigators are currently looking into the burglary and have no suspects at this time.
PPD Investigates Grove Street Burglary
Paris, Tenn.- A home on Grove Street in Paris was broken into recently and several thousand dollars’ worth of cash and other items were stolen, according to Paris Police Department Reports.
The complainant told officers that someone had stolen into his house and stolen his methadone medication, which was kept in a lockbox in a closet. He also advised officers that a Seiko watch valued at $500 and approximately $2500 in cash was taken from the residence.
The complainant believed that the thief entered his residence through a garage window that had been previously broken, and said it likely happened between 8 AM and 11 AM Thursday, July 3.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.
HCSO Investigates Several Recent Thefts
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is busy investigating a variety of thefts that have occurred recently throughout the county, according to HCSO reports.
A trailer was stolen from a home in Buchanan recently. The complainant told investigators that sometime between Thursday, July 3 and Saturday, July 5 someone had cut the lock off a 16 foot tandem axle trailer and stolen the trailer from the front yard.
The trailer is valued at approximately $1,000. Investigators have no suspects at this time.
Officers are also investigating the recent theft of a motorcycle from a Buchanan residence.
The complainant informed officers that he had been storing the motorcycle in the basement of his grandmother’s house. He was sure the basement door had been locked at the time of the theft.
The motorcycle is a yellow and black 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600 with an aftermarket exhaust system, valued at approximately $8,000.
Investigators have the VIN number for the vehicle but have no suspects at this time.
Officers are also looking into the disappearance of a lawnmower from a home on Charlie Wynn Road in Paris.
The mower is a Cub Cadet riding lawnmower with a weld on the cutting deck and brown paint spilled on several surfaces.
Investigators have no suspects in this theft either.
Sumners Dairy Farm Featured on Chamber Farm Tour
Elizabeth Sumner of Trihope Dairy Farms feeds one of their Holstein dairy herd (Photo provided by Henry County Alliance).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is home to the most dairy farms of any county in West Tennessee, and one such dairy farm will be featured on the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Farm tour on July 17th.
The tour is open to all adults and is completely free of charge. Lunch, transportation, and snacks will be provided.
Trihope Dairy Farms is a family-owned Holstein dairy farm run by Michael and Betsey Sumners and their daughter Elizabeth, a recent graduate of Virginia Tech University. They have operated the farm in Henry County since 2001, previously farming in Middle Tennessee.
Elizabeth, who is the Dairy Herd Manager at the farm, will serve as the tour guide for the stop. She showed her interest in dairy farming at a young age, showing cattle in both 4-H and FFA.
The dairy cattle at Trihope Dairy Farms are fed twice a day and milked 3 times a day. 30 cows are milked at once using automated machines, carefully recording the amount of milk each cow yields.
Milk is picked up fresh every day from the farm, and each tank is tested to ensure quality, as well as on an individual cow basis every two months. Milk is the most tightly regulated food in the country.
The Sumners also grow their own feed, producing corn, wheat and other crops to care for their cattle.
If you’re interested in touring the Sumners’ Trihope Dairy Farms, contact the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce by Thursday, July 10th at 642-3431 to reserve your spot.
Chamber Water Fun Run July 19th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled their annual Water Fun Run, themed this year as “Cheeseburger in Paris-dise” for Saturday, July 19th on Kentucky Lake.
Sponsoring resorts for the fun run include Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island Resort, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park Marina, Leatherwood Resort, and Cypress Bay Resort.
Registration for the event will begin Monday, July 7 at the Chamber office on East Wood Street in Paris.
Participants in the fun run will pay $20 apiece (or $25 on the day of the event) to collect stamps at participating area resorts. Players are required to collect at least five stamps – cards will be dealt at the end of the event based on the number of stamps collected and the best poker hand will win $1000 in cash.
A “Fun Run Pontoon” will also be travelling around Kentucky Lake throughout the day and will be giving out an extra stamp.
All watercraft are welcome to participate in the fun run, and all players must be checked in at the Paris Landing State Park Marina by 4 PM July 19th.
For more information or to register for the fun run, contact the Chamber office at 642-3431.
Registration Open for DPA Ice Cream Social, Car Show
Paris, Tenn.- The All-You-Can-Eat Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is now accepting entrants for ice cream booths and classic cars for the celebration July 26th from 3 to 6 PM on the Court Square downtown.
The event already has several confirmed ice cream booth sponsors as well as a number of classic cars entered for display. Ice cream contests will be sponsored by Comer Farms and WMUF / WLZK / WRQR will be holding frozen T-shirt contests.
Said Downtown Paris Association Director Kathy Ray, “This event is a wonderful opportunity for businesses, churches, and even political candidates to meet and greet new friends as they help these worthy nonprofits”, referring to event beneficiaries R.E.A.L Hope Youth Center and the Downtown Paris Association.
Said Ray, “Homemade ice cream is encouraged, but not essential. The group is also looking for sponsors who will specialize in sugar-free treats. And as always, we want a court square full of awesome classic cars!”
Entry forms for an ice cream booth or car entry are available online at www.VisitDowntownParis.com, at the Downtown Paris Association office at 203 North Fentress St., Paris City Hall, and the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the event, contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or Vicky Muzzall at 731-642-8900.
Great Turnout for 39th Cottage Grove Freedom Festival
"Lil' Firecrackers" featuring DJ and Gavin Perkins and their dog won the Best of Parade award at the 39th annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Sunny skies and unseasonably cool temperatures made for a great day in Cottage Grove for the 39th annual Freedom Festival.
Games, concessions, a country store, the traditional turkey and trap shoot, a mechanical bull and a pedal tractor pull dotted Cardinal Park throughout the day, and the celebration carried into the evening with live music from the Great River Road Band and a huge fireworks display to cap off the event.
The highlight of Friday’s Freedom Festival, though, was a larger-than-usual parade winding through town, featuring everything from fire trucks to antique cars to lawnmowers and bicycles.
The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade was a memorial for Kate Rainey, a former schoolteacher and Cottage Grove alderman. Rainey passed away July 5 of last year, and was memorialized on a heavily decorated Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department engine at the front of Friday’s parade.
This Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department engine was heavily decorated to memorialize Grand Marshal Kate Rainey (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Cash prizes were awarded for three floats for Best of Parade, Best Float, and Most Patriotic.
The Best of Parade award went to Lil’ Firecrackers, a large lawnmower pulling Gavin Perkins and a dog dressed in full Fourth of July regalia.
Best Float went to Oak Hill Union Church, celebrating 130 years of fellowship, and Most Patriotic went to the Aiosa family.
Turnout for Friday’s Freedom Festival was extremely high, with eventgoers lining Church Street for the parade and filling up Cardinal Park for the rest of the day’s festivities.
The Country Store in Cardinal Park was a popular destination during Friday's festival (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Cottage Grove Boyd's Now Open
The former Security Bank location in Cottage Grove is now home to Boyd's General Store (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Boyd’s General Store’s new location in Cottage Grove is now open for business, and the Cottage Grove locals couldn’t be happier.
Boyd’s, occupying the former Security Bank building at the corner of Main and Church Streets, is the only store in town and the first store to open in several years.
According to store owner Tim Boyd, their hope is to become a one-stop shop for Cottage Grove’s citizens, to save the 15 mile drive to Paris as much as possible.
Though the store is significantly smaller than Boyd’s Paris location, they have a wide variety of items in stock including fresh and frozen groceries, hardware, outdoor supplies and household items. Also, Cottage Grove customers can order any items that might be available at the Paris store and not in the smaller store, and they will be delivered the next day.
All customers during Boyd’s opening weekend have been asked to sign the top of the store counter, which will be clearcoated and preserved.
The store will be open from 8 AM to 7 PM Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 PM on Sunday until the 2014-2015 school season begins, at which point their hours will shift to 7 AM – 7 PM.
Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Set for July 12th
Chamber Seeks Volunteers to Help with Event
Paris, Tenn.- Triathletes from around the region will be competing in the first ever Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon on Saturday July 12th beginning at 7am in and around Paris Landing State Park.
Competitors will swim 500 meters, bike 14 miles, and run 3 miles and the course will be a great one from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Each finisher of the event will receive a medal and souvenir T-shirts will be available as well.
Online race registration is still going on until Thursday July 10th by visiting paristntri.racesonline.com. Cost is $75 to register for the race. So far 125 people of different ages have registered for the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon.
The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, a sponsor of the event, is seeking 60 volunteers to help put on the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon.
Volunteers are need on Saturday July 12th from 5:30am to 10:30am and will get a free T-shirt. Call the chamber at 642-3431 to sign up to be a volunteer.
News from past weeks here.