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WMUF/WLZK News                                                                      

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin

Routine Session For CG Council

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-It was a short and sweet session Thursday night for the Cottage Grove Legislative Council. Meeting for the second time this week--the first session had no quorum--the council accepted a letter from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) at the University of Tennessee-Martin (UTM) informing the council there will be no changes to the charter with the city.

Council also accepted the treasurer's report showing $7,694.76 in revenues and $567.47 in expenses for June.


Planning Commission Approves Another Dollar General Plat

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday evening and approved all things on their agenda. The commission looked at a site plan for Ware Properties for a Dollar General Store on highway 641 North at the corner of Old Paris Murray Road. The building will be 9100 square feet with the total site consisting of 11.5 acres, with the development itself consisting of just under two and a half acres.

Staff recommended that before the plat be fully approved a few things be added include details of ingress and egress, notation of zoning, proposed finished floor elevation, and location of any proposed landscaping in addition to a couple of other minor things. The new Dollar General had been discussed at a previous meeting.

Also on Thursday, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for BPU for a parking lot at Washington and Brewer Streets. BPU has acquired the property adjacent to their main office downtown. They propose to provide an area for parking as well as a payment drop box. Plans are to demolish the existing building. The plat was approved with some points that will be addressed. The parking area will provide three spaces for parking making it handicapped accessible for the BPU office.

Miles Tells  Board Tornado Safe Retrofitting Moving Ahead

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday and director of Schools Sam Miles updated the board on the storm safe shelters retrofitting that will be going on Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood Schools. Miles told board members that they have three years to complete the project of retrofitting the schools with FEMA and TEMA paying 87 and half percent of the project.

The county commission agreed to help fund the project as they did with the Inman Community safe shelter last year. Miles said once the three schools are retrofitted every single school in Paris and Henry County will be tornado safe.

Miles said he and County Mayor Brent Greer will be meeting on Monday along with TLM Associates and Lashlee Rich, the architects and construction companies that will be doing the work. Miles expects to have a timeline of when monies will be needed and when work will begin by the August school board meeting. He will also have the architects come to a future meeting to answer any questions board members might have.

The board approved a request from the parent organization at Lakewood School to build a pavilion between the playground and the bus loading area. Maintenance Supervisor for the system John Akers has been working with the group and plans include pouring a concrete slab and building a 12 by 10 pavilion for students and others to enjoy. The parent organization at Lakewood plans on funding the project, they just needed board approval to build something on the campus.

The board also approved a request to recertify buses that have been on the road 10-12 years in order to continue using them again. A couple of years ago, the state expanded the life span of buses for schools to use because the cost of purchasing new ones had gotten so high. Buses have to be recertified every so often but can be driven more years. Miles also told board members that they have been in the process of purchasing four buses a year, and this past year, the managing to get a fifth bus at a cheaper price.


Metro Crime Unit Locates Meth Lab on Henry-Midway Road


              Joshua Vaughn                                     Kez Graff

Paris, Tenn.- Three men were arrested after a search warrant was executed by the Metro Crime Unit, Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, and Henry Police Department  at 6870 Henry Midway Road on Wednesday.

Officers had received information of meth being stored at manufactured at the residence. Officers located chemicals and ingredients used for meth production along with components used in meth manufacture. Arrested at the home were Kez Graff, of 6870 Henry Midway Road, Joshua Vaughn, of 280 Travis Road, and Robert Grady, of Jackson.

All three were charged along with a juvenile for manufacturing methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was released to parents while the three men were scheduled to appear in General Sessions court today. They were placed on $75,000 bond.

The Tennessee Meth Task Force did respond and assist in the removal of hazardous waste and property of 6870 Henry Midway was quarantined.

      Robert Grady

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated that a barn on Rice Humphries Lane had over $10,000 worth of items stolen from it recently. The resident had been away from the area but was called by a neighbor last week saying his barn door was open. He arrived to find several items missing including T-posts, T-post drivers, battery chargers, a floor jack, and many more items. Police have no suspects and are still investigating.


Golf Cart Parade Raises $800 For Shop With A Cop

Former Henry County Clerk Jerry Bomar, foreground, wears a patriotic headdress in the parade, accompanied by Larry Gregson. (Mary Kate Bell photos).

Buchanan, Tenn.-Despite last weekend's excessive heat, 45 golf carts were entered in last Saturday's annual golf cart parade at Buchanan Resort. Buchanan Spokesperson Pam Robison said the event raised $800 for the Shop with a Cop program.

The golf carts were decorated with a patriotic theme and winners were: first place, Michelle Rose; second, Sue Banks; and third, Daryl Thorton.

Sheriff Monte Belew lead the parade, with Capt. Damon Lowe.


Memorial Brick Program Set For Diagnostic Imaging Center


Paris, Tenn – The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is launching its newest fundraising program that allows you to leave a legacy for healthcare. The new Diagnostic Center is going to be an opportunity for our community to be a part of history. To celebrate and establish a lasting dedication, people will have the opportunity to purchase dedication bricks tobe displayed at the new building, which is under construction on Tyson Ave. across from the hospital.

A onetime donation can allow your dedication to last forever. Each brick is one time only fee of $100, and Hospital Public Relations Officer Tory Daughrity said it is the perfect way to honor a loved one, celebrate a life, or just to commemorate a special occasion. "You pick what your brick will say," she said.

Each brick is 4”X8” and will be laser engraved up to three lines of text, 13 characters per line; larger sizes available for additional price.

Your contributions will go towards projects and initiatives of the Healthcare Foundation, helping to develop funding for the Diagnostic Center including equipment needs as well as development of programs for the Women’s Center. 

Current donors will be receiving a letter about the program, and information is also available on our website.

There will also be naming opportunities available throughout the new facility aswell. For more information about thebrick program or naming opportunities, contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266.

Executive Order Suspends Hay Transport Rules

Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced an executive order in response to drought conditions and extreme heat impacting Tennessee farmers that allows haulers of hay to carry larger loads as long as they observe other safety requirements.

The order allows for an increase in gross vehicle weight to 95,000 pounds, not exceeding 20,000 pounds per axle load, for semi-truck/trailers. The order also increases the height of trailer loads to 13 feet, 6 inches and the width to a maximum of 14 feet during daylight hours. The increase in width allows haulers to transport standard six- to seven-foot round hay bales side by side, increasing the capacity being hauled per truck without a permit.

The order is valid for 60 days and expires on September 8, 2012.

CG Council Meets Thursday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Legislative Council will meet for its regular monthly session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at city hall. No quorum was present at its regular meeting time Tuesday night.

Early Voting for Primary Starts Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the August 2nd primary begins on Friday and voters have several decisions to make. Early voting in Henry County will run from Friday July 13 to Saturday July 28. You can early vote at the Henry County Election Commission office, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street in downtown Paris.

Early voting times will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 9 am to noon on Saturdays. There are three Saturdays in the early voting period this time.

Voters have several contested races to vote in coming up whether they decide to vote early or vote on election day. Henry Countians will decide on a new road board chairman as Bobby Milam and Hugh Tyler are running for the position.

Another race that is contested is commissioner for the road board in district three as Marty Allison and Wayne Hicks are vying for the spot.

In the republican primary, five are running for U.S. Senate including incumbent Bob Corker, Fred Anderson, Mark Clemens, Brenda Lenard, and Zack Poskevich. Stephen Fincher is being opposed by Annette Justice in the U.S. House of Representatives 8th district in the republican primary as well. Another opposed race on the republic primary ballot is for 24th district Tennessee Senate, formerly held by Roy Herron. Danny Jowers and John Stevens are running for the position.

On the democratic primary, Henry County’s own Wes Bradley is running against Timothy D. Dixon and Christa Stoscheck for U.S. House 8th district spot. Several are also running for U.S. Senate on the democratic primary, none appear to be local. Winners of the republican and democratic primaries will face each other for the seat come November. There are other offices on the ballot as well, none of the rest have any opponents.

School Supply Donations Acccepted Friday at Paris Wal-mart

Paris, Tenn.-The Family Career Community Leaders of America students will be collecting school supplies at Wal-mart this Friday July 13th from 10am to 1pm. Sulpher Wells Church of Christ Youth will be collecting school supplies at Walmart Friday afternoon from 3-7pm. Person can purchase items to donate for the Family Resource Center Back to School Blast which will be held later in July.

Chick-Fil-A Express Opens Next Thursday at Bethel University

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10am July 19th at the Chick-Fil-A Express on Bethel's Campus. Store hours will be 10am-10pm Monday thru Saturday. (Bethel photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- Chick-Fil-A Express will have its grand opening at the Bethel University Campus next Thursday July 19th at 10am. The restaurant will be located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Wildcat Lane, just off University Drive.

Ruth Carroll, manager of Auxiliary Enterprises said this was a momentous occasion for Bethel University, as it was the first chain restaurant to open on one of its campuses.

Restaurant hours are 10am to 10pm Monday thru Saturday and closed Sunday. Chick-Fil-A at Bethel University will feature in restaurant dining for approximately 78 people and take out is open for students and the public.

The local menu will feature the original chicken sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, salads, nuggets, waffle fries, as well as Chick-Fil-A’s famous hand squeezed lemonade.


Judicial Task Force Audit Reports Released

24th Judicial District shows cash shortage

Paris, Tenn.- Audit reports on all judicial district drug task forces in the state of Tennessee were released by the state comptroller’s office on Tuesday afternoon. According to the report from the 24th judicial drug task force, which serves Henry, Carroll, and Benton Counties the task force had a cash shortage of just over $5500 as of June 30th, 2011.

The cash shortage includes just under $4100 which was reported in findings from months back involving former director Steve Lee and wrongdoings in the department.

The audit recommended that officials should take steps to liquidate the 55 hundred dollar cash shortage. The mangement’s response to the findings mention that they agree funds are indeed missing but also feel that all steps available to us to locate the funds have been exhausted.

Additionally Attorney General Hansel McCadams reported that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the special prosecutor are continuing to investigate the loss of the funds and other matters. The trail involving former director Steve Lee is set for next Monday in Carroll County.


Carevan Offers Free Screenings at Farm Bureau Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street, on Thursday from 8:30am to 11:30am. They will offer free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Also they will have total cholesterol tests for a $3 fee or a full lipid panel for $10 each. Results will be available at the time of the screening, fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Paris Man Charged for Aggravated Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- Timothy W. Overcast, 24,  495 Perry Cemetery Road, Paris, was arrested on a charge of  Aggravated Child Abuse, along with two drug charges.

According to Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson, the child abuse charge stems from an incident in which Overcast allegedly assaulted a two-year-old child.

While Overcast was being stopped by officers to question him on those charges, they found an amount of marijuana on him, Watson said. Overcast also was charged with simple possession/casual exchange and unlawful drug paraphernalia.

A bond of $150,000 has been set and he will appear in General Sessions court on July 12th.

Sulphur Well Community Fish Fry Set

Springville, Tenn.-The Sulphur Well Church of Christ will host its annual community fish fry from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the church at 1760 Oak Grove S. It is open to the public at no charge, although offerings are accepted.

Brother Randy Stephens said fish with all the trimmings will be served, along with ice cream and watermelon. Water games will be available for the kids and the River Road Band will perform and the evening will be capped off with fireworks.

"Bring your lawn chairs," he said. "It will be a good old-fashioned relaxing evening."

Puryear Board Approves PD Resolution

Puryear, Tenn.-At a short and sweet meeting of the Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday night, the board approved the annual matching safety grant program resolution with the Tennessee Municipal League (TML).

The program provides matching funds for police department expenses.

No Quorum For CG Council

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-There was no quorum at Tuesday night's meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council. Secretary Carolyn Kaminski said council will look at meeting later this month, if necessary.

Road Board Hears Presentation on Recycling Old Asphalt

Jeff Minatra, with Gallagher Asphalt showed several slides on the hot mix recycling. Minatra is pictured next to board member Vic Mallard in the background, while board members Bobby Milam and Keith Hopkins look on in the foreground. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday evening, the Henry County Road board listened to a presentation from Jeff Minatra will Gallagher Asphalt Corporation of Waynesboro, Tennessee. Minatra discussed the idea of hot in place recycling of asphalt to help stretch the highway department’s budget for resurfacing roads by about 30%.

The process heats asphalt that has been in place for about 8-12 years, then remixes and recycles that asphalt and lays it back down. Minatra’s presentation showed that this is a greener, more economic way to resurface roads that have been paved for awhile. It takes the old rock, asphalt, and other things already in place and using machines and technology prepares a surface that can be driven on ten minutes after its completed.

Minatra says this gets all cracking out of older paved roads and restores them almost to original new form. You can resurface over 13 miles of road on a budget for 10 miles. The only issue is that there must be 3 inches of asphalt on the road for the process to work.

Road Board Chairman Ron Brown and Road Supervisor Ray Norwood explained they weren’t sure how many county roads had that much asphalt on them. Minatra asked them to get together a list of roads that need work done badly and he would come back and look them over to see if they were good candidates for hot in place recycling. He said they will be doing some projects in Lawrenceburg and Henderson in the next couple of months.

Local Sports Legend Chick King Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Former Major Leaguer Charles "Chick" King, 81, died Monday night in Paris and he leaves behind many memories in the minds of Henry Countians who remember his athletic heroics, both locally and on the national level.

King was a member of the legendary 1949 Grove High School football team, which was undefeated. But that was not all he did while at Grove, where he played baseball, basketball and ran track.

It was the baseball talent that propelled him to the major leagues and he signed first with the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago Cugs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Arrangements at Ridgeway Funeral Home are incomplete and will be announced later.

Utility Bill Assistance Scam Reported in region

Regional utilities reporting scams recently

Paris, Tenn.-Citizens in the area should be aware of a scam going involving people that are pretending to be with the government and offering federal aid to help pay utility bills this summer. A couple of utility companies in the region have reported issues where scammers will explain this is a bailout from President Obama with federal money available to them to pay utility bills.

The victims are given a bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but they are asked to register by surrendering their social security number and other personal information.

An article from MSN details were two thousand people were tricked in Tampa, Florida last week and other reports from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and recently in our region of West Tennessee. The scammers are being successful because many people are seeing higher bills recently due to the major summer heat wave that encompassed most of the Midwest and southeast over the last 3-4 weeks.

Citizens need to be aware there is no such federal assistance to pay utility bills in this form where people claiming to be from the government come to your door and offer you a bank account to use.

For citizens who do need help with higher energy bills, the Northwest TN Economic Development office, located inside the Central Services building on Jones bend road may be able to help. Call their office or visit them for more information. Please inform neighbors of this informatoin to prevent innocent victims from being scammed.

Henry County 10-year-old All-Stars Advance to State

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 10 year old all star team won the district championship on Monday evening defeating Huntingdon 13-7. They had to defeat Huntingdon twice to accomplish the feat. They will now begin play in the state tournament in Huntingdon on Friday evening. Go out and support them if you can.

Local Business Man Harlan McCartney Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Long-time Businessman Harlan McCartney, 90, Paris, died Monday at his residence. He owned and operated McCartney Produce from 1947-1980.

McCartney also was a long-time Rotarian and a former Commercial Bank and Trust director. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial at Maplewood Cemetery.

Ladies Bass Anglers' Association Tourney Is This Weekend

Fish Tale Lodge Is Hosting

Buchanan, Tenn.-Have you been seeing a larger number than usual of women fishing at Kentucky Lake lately? That's because the women of the Ladies Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) are here pre-fishing in preparation for their tournament Thursday and Friday, July 12-13.

The tournament is called the Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament, in honor of the deceased husband of pro angler Emily Shaffer, who said, “I owe my success to Larry and all the women that have supported the different women’s tours that we have had."

Shaffer, who avidly enjoyed fishing, tournament fishing, and hunting, was known everywhere for his expertise in the marine electronics and boat rigging fields.

Many stories fondly remembering Shaffer will be shared both on and off the waters of Kentucky Lake this week as the anglers and staff of the LBAA have converged upon the Paris, Tennessee Kentucky Lake-South area to compete.

Pro anglers may bring up to five legal bass in to the weigh-ins this week and co-anglers may bring three legal bass into the scales on competition days.

On Saturday, July 14, the Lady Bass Anglers Association Angels Community Clinic Charity Tournament will take place. This tournament is open to the public with proceeds going to Angels Community Clinic. Entry fee is $100 per team and has a guaranteed 1st Place prize of $1,000. A $100 bonus will be paid to the highest finishing team with a female team member and the highest finishing team with a child age 12 or under. Membership in the LBAA is not required.

Launches and weigh-ins will be at the Paris Landing. Launches will occur all three days at “safe light” and weigh-ins will get underway at 3 p.m. each day.

At the conclusion of the weigh-in, drawings for raffle items will take pla

e adding another level of support for the Angels Community Clinic charity. Many national and local organizations contributed items for this raffle.

The Angels Community Clinic fills a critical gap and a helping hand by providing free basic medical and dental care to the working, uninsured of Calloway County. The Angels Community Clinic is located at 1005 Popular Street Murray KY 42071 and is available by calling 1-270-750-2223. They also have a presence on the World Wide Web at http://www.angelscommunityclinic.com/index.html

Fishtale Lodge 14275 Highway 79 North Buchanan, TN 38222, is the host lodging for the 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament. Their phone number is 1-731-642-7113 and they are on the World Wide Web at http://www.fishtalelodge.com/Home_Page.html

Dr. Gulish Performs Life-Changing Surgery

Dr. Gulish examining a 12-year-old Dominican youth, offering Kasiann Ravlier the chance to walk with a stump modification and a prosthesis. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center’s own Dr. Gulish is known for his humanitarian work and he travels worldwide to offer his expertise in places where help is not always accessible. This year, a patient traveled to him for his expertise.

In June 2012, Dr. Gulish performed a stump modification on a 12-year-old Dominican youth, offering Kasiann Ravlier the chance to walk with both legs for the first time since she was four years old, in hopes of changing her life.

Gwen Ferdinand-Jacob, an instructor with the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program, first met Kasiann at a church where she attended. Gwen felt God pulling her towards Kasiann to help.

Kasiann came to West Tennessee the beginning of June and will stay in the states until September to ensure that her modification and the prosthesis are ready for her return to her village of Cast Bruce.

Kasiann was injured by a trap, where concrete fell on her leg crushing it and causing the need for an amputation. Although she has been injured, she has strived to overcome her circumstances.

Dr. Gulish performed the surgery at HCMC for free and got the hospital to donate its resources as well. Kasiann is here with her mother who is expecting. Her mother has even received pre-natal care from Dr. Pam Evans while staying in West Tennessee, and will go home with the knowledge that she is having a baby boy.

Calling Ice Cream Booths Entrants and Classic Car Owners

Paris, TN- Registration has begun for the All-You-Can-Eat, Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show, which fills the Henry County Courthouse lawn annually on the last Saturday in July. The event will take place July 28 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The beneficiaries are Youth for the Arts and the Downtown Paris Association.

The event already has 10 confirmed ice cream booth sponsors, plus a number of classic cars entrees. Crazy ice cream contests and bouncers are also on tap for the youngsters. “This is a great opportunity for businesses, churches, even political candidates to meet and greet new friends as they help these worthy non-profits,” DPA President Kathy Ray said.

“Homemade ice cream is encouraged, but not essential,” she said. “The group also is looking for booth sponsors who will specialize in sugar-free treats. And as always, we want a court square full of the awesome cars!”

Entry forms are available online at www.Visit Downtown Paris.com, www.phcarts.com, at First Bank Downtown, City Hall or Chamber of Commerce. For more information on ice cream booths call Kathy Ray at 731-642-8000 or email her at kray@firstbankonline.com. Car enthusiasts may call Vicky Muzzall at 731-642-8900.

Dems To Hold Picnic

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Party and Democratic Women's Club will hold its annual picnic at the Hampton Inn on July 14,  from 11 to 3. Keynote speaker will be David King, a Nashville attorney and minister. Several local and area candidates will be on hand. There will be food and a silent auction.

2012 Hay Directory Available for Tennessee Livestock Producers

Nashville, Tenn. – The 2012 Tennessee Hay Directory is now available to help livestock producers source locally grown forages. The directory is produced through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and provides a listing of hay available for sale by county.

“With record temperatures and drought conditions, many Tennessee livestock producers are feeding hay at a time when they are normally cutting it for winter use,” state Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “Although this is a service that we provide every year, it will be particularly helpful to farmers this year who are looking to buy or sell hay.”

The directory is available by visiting the Farm Bureau’s website atwww.tnfarmbureau.org. The directory provides information on hay quantity, variety and bale type. Growers listed in the directory may also list hay quality, including percent of dry matter, protein and other nutritional values as tested through the University of Tennessee Extension.


Auditions Set July 30th for Paris Players Community Theatre

Paris-Henry County Arts Council Director Mike Murphy has announced that Paris will once again have its very own community theatre group.

After many requests, Murphy said, the Arts Council will sponsor “Paris Players” as they become a staple in this year’s calendar of events. "In order for this to be successful, we need you!," Murphy said, noting that the Paris Players will be holding open auditions for their first show, which has been selected to be the play "Our Town". The performances will also open the Arts Council’s season.

Auditions will be held at Paris City Hall at 7 pm on Monday July 30. There are around 30 parts available for men, women and children of all ages. "Please come out and be a part of our first show!," Murphy said.

"Our Town" is a three-act play by Thornton Wilder. The Paris Players will present it September 7-8, at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

Years ago, Paris was home to a thriving community theatre program in which many local people participated.


Tom's Restaurant is open for buisness

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF news regrets an error that was reported over the weekend on the radio broadcast and also posted on our website regarding Tom's Pizza and Steakhouse being closed after a fire occurred Friday evening. The report stated that Tom's would be temporarily closed after the fire, but the restaurant never closed for business. We apoligize for any issues that the error may have caused for customers and mangement of Tom's. They are open regular hours for business.

Parents: Check  Immunization Records As School Draws Near

Nashville– Parents working on checklists to get their children ready for the start of school have an important health item to include:  required immunizations. In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into 7th grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had immunizations necessary to protect them and their classmates from serious vaccine-preventable diseases.


Most insurance plans, including TennCare, fully cover recommended and state-required childhood vaccines, as well as the cost of annual well child examinations through the age of 21. Insured children are encouraged to visit their primary healthcare provider or other provider who can administer vaccines and bill insurance for any services they might need. TDH strongly recommends a visit to the child’s primary care provider so the child can have an annual well child physical exam at the same time. Annual wellness visits are important to keep children healthy through all the changes of the pre-teen and teenage years, but many don’t get these important preventive health services.


Local health departments have vaccines available for all uninsured children, those whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines, and any child who has difficulty getting in to see a healthcare provider to get a required vaccine. Local health departments can issue immunization certificates and transcribe immunization records for any child if the family isn’t able to get a certificate from their healthcare provider for any reason.


It is important to note that certain important vaccines are recommended, but not required, for pre-teens and teens, and that most teens are missing at least one vaccine recommended to protect their health.

These include a vaccine against certain types of meningitis and the HPV vaccine against viruses that cause cervical cancer in women and other cancers in men. Many teens have missed out on getting a second dose of chickenpox vaccine or the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster shot (Tdap), both of which are now required for 7th graders. Parents should talk to their healthcare provider about vaccines their child may need to stay healthy, even if not required for school.


The complete list of Tennessee Child Care and School Immunization requirements is available on the TDH website at:  http://health.state.tn.us/TWIS/requirements.htm. Questions about school policies on when or how immunization certificates must be provided should be directed to local schools.


Paris Police Charge 21-year old with Statutory Rape

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department charged Ethan Edward Evans, age 21, of 307 Edgewood with statutory rape after incidents involving a 16 year old girl. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that dispatch sent officers to Routon Street on the call and officers spoke with the 16 year old’s mother who discovered text messages between her daughter and Evans.

The report said that thru the text messages, it was revealed the two had sex. Evans and the 16 year both acknowledged that they did indeed have sex in the past. The report also said Evans appeared to have been sneaking into the home without consent to see the daughter. Due to the age difference between the two, Evans was charged with statutory rape and was placed on fifteen thousand dollar bond.

Weekend Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Arrests from the weekend include William F. Castleberry, age 39 of 108 Carter Road for possession of schedule six, possession of drug paraphernalia; Gary Allen King, of Murray for BUI and violation of the fire extinguisher law on a watercraft; Linda T. Teague, of 150 Kent Road for DUI, driving without a license, and violation of implied consent law. Teague was placed on 35 hundred dollar bond.

Fair Book Dedicated to Leon Rogers

Paris, Tenn.- The 2012 Fair Catalog is dedicated to a true “Henry County Fair Worker”.  Born and raised in the Buchanan area, he is known to be a hard worker and able to turn his hand to do whatever job needs to be done.  That still holds true today for this hard-working man as you just give him a job and he will get it done.  “Hey Leon, I have a job for you!”  is often heard at the Fairgrounds.    


Leon Rogers is a 1968 graduate of Buchanan High School where he was a star basketball player.  He and the former Shirley Cox were married on July 11, 1970.  Leon and Shirley have two sons and daughter-in laws, Brian and Joannah, and Brad and Mandy.  They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren: Garrett, Madison, Elaina, Parker and Julia.


Leon has been a director of the Henry County Fair Board for thirty plus years.  He has served in several positions including President, Vice-president, Give-A-Way committee chairman, Grounds committee chairman and committee, Jr. Steer committee, and much more.  It would probably be easier to list what Leon hasn’t done as a Board member and volunteer than what all he has contributed.  Leon was an active parent in the Jr. Livestock program when both Brian and Brad showed animals. Leon is a past recipient of the Friend of Jr. Livestock Award presented by the Junior Livestock youth.  Leon also served a three year term as a Director on the Tennessee Association of Fairs Board. 


Today Leon stays busy farming in the Buchanan area raising tobacco, corn and soybeans. In his spare time he likes to fish and enjoy the grandchildren.  


Motorcyclist Injured In Accident

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County man is in stable condition in the trauma unit of Vanderbilt Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries following a motorcycle accident Saturday.

John McComsey, age 65, was traveling on Hwy 69S when the motorcycle he was driving reportedly began to shake. He shut it down and ended up traveling down an embankment and into a ditch.

A family member said McComsey has several fractures and broken bones. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt following the accident.

PD Busy With Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Robert Lee Tracy, age 41 of 35 Casey Lane, Paris, and charged him with DUI 1st after he reportedly struck another car in the Wal-Mart parking lot early Saturday morning. Patrolmen Derrek Colley and Ryan French reported that Lee said he was unaware he had hit another vehicle. Their report indicated he was unsteady on his feet and failed sobriety tests.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Michael Marciniak, age 55 of 902 Glisson Rd., Paris, and charged him with DUI 1st and violation of implied consent laws after an accident. Police were dispatched to an accident in which a car was reportedly backed into a ditch and when officers arrived, Marciniak was leaning against his running truck. He told officers he was trying to pull another car out of a ditch. He admitted he had been drinking but said he would "plead the fifth" when Patrolman Mitchell Gallimore asked him what kind of alcohol and how much.

Friday Night Storm Causes Damage

The Swiss Village Inn sign on E. Wood St. in Paris was toppled by strong winds. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County needed the rain that moved through Friday night, but it came with a price. Strong winds knocked down trees, snapped utility poles and toppled several business signs around Paris and tore the roof off a barn on Winchester Road. A large tree was uprooted on Royal Oak Rd. across from the entrance of the county fairgrounds. Scattered power outages were reported as a result of the storm, but no injuries.

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins estimated the winds at 60 miles per hour and said the storm came from the northeast. “Usually we get storms moving from the southwest here, so that was unusual. In Paris, a lot of the damage was to the east side of town," he said.

Along East Wood Street, business signs at Swiss Villa Inn, Pepper’s Automotive and Volunteer Homes were toppled. The tops of several big trees were knocked down along Chickasaw Rd.

A large tree was uprooted at 520 Royal Oak Rd.

The Volunteer Homes sign was toppled and the time and temperature sign broken.

Breakfast for Babies Attracts Crowd

Paris Fire Department Lt. Richard Bomar and Judge Vicki Snyder pause to speak with customer Bill Bussey. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for the Breakfast for Babies event at Ann and Dave’s Restaurant Saturday morning. A number of celebrity waiters were working at the restaurant, waiting on customers and bussing tables and all their tips and a percentage of the breakfast proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes, raising a total $1,520 for the morning.

Several county officials, including Sheriff Monte Belew, General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder, Clerk Donna Craig, Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Paris Firemen Lt. Richard Bomar and Assistant Chief Randall Jones donated their time. This year’s March of Dimes baby Eli McClure was at the event, along with his parents Amy and Joseph McClure and their other son, Noah. Eli is six months old.

This year's March of Dimes baby, Eli McClure, with his parents, Amy and Joseph McClure and big brother, Noah.

Tom's Restaurant Damaged By Fire

Paris, Tenn.-Some $3,500 worth of damage was caused to the roof of Tom’s Restaurant at 2835 due to a fire around 7 p.m. Friday night. Three Paris fire units responded to a fire on the roof which was caused by an arcing of an electric wire that set the rubber roof on fire.

Crockett Portrait Unveiled

Portrait is unveiled by Crockett Descendants Chris Daigle, White Castle, La., and Joy Bland of Paris. Daigle is president of the national Crockett descendants organization. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-With descendants of David Crockett from all over the country on hand, a portrait of his son, John Wesley Crockett of Paris, was unveiled Friday morning at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. The unveiling coincided with the meeting of the national Descendants of David Crockett and his Kin at Paris Landing State Park this weekend.

The portrait--which was painted by an anonymous artist based on the only known likeness of Crockett--will have a permanent spot in the Henry County Courthouse. But first it will be taken to the descendant group's banquet Saturday night at Paris Landing Inn.

Before the unveiling, the descendants gathered at Paris City Cemetery, where Crockett and his daughter, Peytonia Crockett Davis and other family members are buried. The group placed flowers on their graves.

At the Heritage Center unveiling, County Historical Society President David Webb said the portrait was commissioned by the Society and sponsored by Bob and Joy Bland, Suzanne Brooks, Irma Brooks, Martha Norwood Crowder, Teri Howard, Kenneth, Brad and Paul Norwood and Charles Robertson of the descendants organization.

John Wesley Crockett practiced law in Trenton and Paris and served in Congress in the seat vacated by his father. While in Paris, he practiced law with his father-in-law Judge John C. Hamilton, Jr., and lived at a home at the corner of West Wood and Fentress Streets, where his father visited many times. That house was torn down in 1957. According to Webb, David Crockett also stayed at a house on N. Poplar Street (later the home of Gov. Thomas Rye), the Trevathan home and the Jesse Mathis home in the Palestine community.

John Wesley Crockett died in Memphis in 1852 and was buried at the Paris city cemetery. The gateway to the cemetery includes two iron posts from his home in Paris, Webb said.

At the unveiling and cemetery ceremony, a David Crockett look-alike, played by Larry Brenneman of North Carolina, was on hand.

A David Crockett look-alike was on hand for this morning's ceremony at the Paris City Cemetery, along with Joy Bland of Paris. In the Crockett garb was Larry Brenneman of North Carolina.

Business Owner Arrested

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Gary Center bowling alley at 1118 N. Market St. on a report of a disturbance this morning at 12:30 a.m.

When officers arrived, the complainant told them the owner of the business had been drinking all night and began throwing items around inside the business and trying to start fights with everyone.

The complainant also told officers several people had tried to take the owner home but he refused.

Police arrested Gary Houston, age 43, of 4891 Hwy. 641 N, Puryear, for public intoxication and transported him to jail.

Break-In Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Police investigated a break-in at the United Methodist District office at 810 E. Wood St., Paris.

According to the report, the glass was broken out on the side door and alarge chunk of asphalt was found on the interior. Nothing inside appeared to be disturbed.

PD Arrests Man in Hit And Run

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Jared Ainsough, age 25 of 1920 Lone Oak Rd. and charged him with aggravated assault and driving on a revoked license after he allegedly hit a pedestrian who was walking across Pebbles' department store parking lot on Mineral Wells Ave. and then left the scene. The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Police tracked his car to N. College St. and he and his passenger told police he took off because he was scared after hitting the woman.


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