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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Larry Ray Talks Civil War History At Thursday's Rotary

Paris, Tenn.- Local Civil War historian for our area Larry Ray was the guest speaker at Thursday's Paris Rotary Club meeting. Ray discussed the Porter family's service during the Civil War. (Linley White photo)

Tomato Bruschetta Free Sample at Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer’s Market will have Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Friday as their sample recipe for this week. The free samples will be available from 3-4pm and other giveaways will be available as well. Items at the Farmer’s Market include tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, onions, green beans, local honey, local canola, and USDA packaged meat that is grass fed. The Farmer’s Market is downtown Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until items are sold out.

HC Genealogical Society to Meet Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Genealogical Society will meet on Monday July 18th at the new Genealogy Library in Weston Hall at Grove. The board of directors meeting will start at 4pm with general meeting at 4:30pm. Everyone is invited and be sure and visit the “Military Memorial Wall” which highlights citizens of Henry County who have served in various wars. It is an ongoing project. For more information call 642-1406.

Highway Dept. To Close New Boston Rd. Monday July 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close New Boston Road in the Osage area on Monday July 18th for culvert replacement. The closure will be eight tenths of a mile southwest of Cowell Road. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

Site Plan for BR Supply Approved by Planning Commission

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday evening and a major site plan for BR Supply on East Wood Street. The site plan is for a new development at the corner of East Wood Street and Jane Street, former home to the Avalon Restaurant. The total development is a 1.74 acre tract and proposed building is 90 by 110 or 9900 square feet.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said all required information is present and no fencing is noted in the plan. The plan should have a notation for a dumpster pad and proposed screening. The plan has been submitted for additional review for MS4 requirements. The plan was approved contingent on addressing a few minor points such as noting the dumpster pad and screening and MS4 approval.

A minor site plan was approved for Paris Liquor and Wines, located at 1417 East Wood Street. The existing development is about 1.18 acres. The business has had two entrances to their parking lot for years both from East Wood and Fairgrounds Road. Recently they have added curbing restricting the entrance from Fairgrounds Road and moved the dumpster slightly to a different location. The changes in ingress and egress require a site plan to be submitted and it doesn’t conflict with the Zoning Ordinance. The site plan was recommended contingent on screening added to the dumpster pad.

Also at the meeting, new board members Charlie West and Richard Edwards were introduced and Rachel Terrell was elected as the new chairman, after Terry Wimberley resigned his position.

BZA Board Approves Variance on Floodplain Regulations

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Zoning Appeals met prior to the Planning Commission on Thursday evening and approved the only item on the agenda which dealt with the variance of the Floodplain Regulations regarding Peppers Property management at 2324 Lakeway Circle.

The regulations say existing structures located in the floodplain that submit applications for improvements to exceed 50% of the pre-developed property value shall conform with all existing floodplain regulations. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said in this case, it would impose extreme hardship as the floodplain is 5 and half feet above the existing floor elevation.

Morris said the issue with sanitary sewer has been addressed and resolved by design and imposed no threat to either sanitary sewer or storm sewer. The BZA granted the variance.

Reminder Early Voting Begins Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember Early Voting for the August 4th primary begins Friday and runs thru July 30th. Early Voting is at the Election Commission office, located inside the Henry County Courthouse Annex. Early voting runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to Noon on Saturdays.

TBI Seeking Public Assistance In Ongoing Stewart Co. Homicide

Nashville- Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released surveillance video in an effort to seek the public’s assistance in an ongoing Stewart County homicide investigation.

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the homicide of Donnie Cooksey, DOB 4-1-65. Authorities found him deceased from an apparent gunshot wound on June 7th at his home at 219 Wallace Street in Cumberland City.

The surveillance video, captured around 1:45 AM (the approximate time of the crime), shows three individuals identified as persons of interest in this investigation. The video also shows a pick-up truck that may belong to one of the individuals. The video is available for view and download on the TBI’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN2V0F0PsjM.

There has not been an arrest in this case, and the TBI would urge anyone who might have information about the individuals or the truck in the video, or the case in general, to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Man Charged with Criminal Trespass

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Chad Lowery responded to pond on Hwy. 641 S., to where a man was naked and swimming in the pond. Dep. Lowery arrived and the owner of the property said the man had left the area but had defecated on the pond bank and himself.

A few minutes later, Dep. Lowery found a man walking down Hill and Travis Roads and found he to be wet and smell. The man was identified as Thomas E. Toler, age 29, of 56 Herman Roger Road and he appeared to be strung out on something according to the report. Toler said he had used the bathroom on himself and jumped in the pond to clean himself. Toler was charged with criminal trespass.

In a separate incident, Capt. John Brewer of the Paris Police Department charged Gregory F. Panos, age 21, of Washington Courts, with aggravated burglary, criminal impersonation, and domestic assault, according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

City of Paris Awarded $350K Grant for Housing Rehab

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has been awarded a $350K grant from the Tennessee Housing Development agency to assist local families with much needed home repairs. An official announcement ceremony will be held at Paris City Hall on Tuesday July 19th at 3pm.

The funding is specifically for families of low income, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities who cannot afford to bring their homes up to code. City Officials anticipate helping ten or more households with issues such as leaking plumbing, unsafe flooring, faulty wiring, damaged roofs, and more.

All homeowners approved for the program will be required to contribute at least $500 of their own money toward the repairs to help ensure they are emotionally and financially invested in the upkeep of the home. The total value of home repairs is limited to $33,400 per household.

City Officials will host a public meeting to hear from potential applicants before finalizing the rule and requirements of the program. The date for that meeting has not yet been scheduled.

Friday Last Day to Register for HC BBQ Cook Off

Paris, Tenn.- Friday July 15th is the last day to register for 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook set for August 5th and 6th at Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. Entry is $160 per team whether you enter one category or all categories. Categories include Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Chicken, and Ribeye. Cash prizes will be available for 1st thru 4th in each category and Grand Champion wins $1000, Reserve Champion $500.

Chairman of the event Donna Milam said 18 teams have confirmed to be at the cook and 8 more are tentatively scheduled to appear as well. Friday night, there will be a Pitmaster Challenge. Also Friday the Old Spirits will perform live music from 8pm to midnight and the public can come for a $2 cover charge. There will be food for sale for the public Friday evening as well. Saturday turn in begins at 11am with awards later in the day. For more information contact Donna Milam at 336-1966.

DPA, HCYP Prepping for Ice Cream Social July 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual All you can eat Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is set for Saturday July 30th from 4-7pm and registration is open now. Money raised at the event will benefit the Downtown Paris Association and their partner this year, the Henry County Young Professionals. The Young Professionals group will donate a portion of their share of the money raised to the Henry County Imagination Library, which is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.

Entry forms for the ice cream social or cars are available online at www.visitdowntownparis.com or at the DPA office at 203 N. Fentress Street, Paris City Hall, or the Chamber of Commerce. Arm bands are being sold for $10 for the all you can eat ice cream, contact any DPA member or Henry County Young Professional for more information.  Call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 for more information.

Herrera Meet and Greet Thursday at Paris Inns and Suites

Paris, Tenn.- Catherine Herrera, candidate for Henry County Property Tax Assessor, will host a meet and greet Thursday from 5-7pm at Paris Inns and Suites at 1297 East Wood Street. There will be live music and free BBQ and everyone is invited to come out and meet the candidate.

Sulphur Well Church VBS Begins July 18

Paris, Tenn.- Sulphur Well Church of Christ will hold their Vacation Bible School July 18-22 from 6-8pm nightly. This year’s theme is FROG, Fully Rely on God. The public is invited to attend.

For more information call the church at 644-0419 or visit the website at www.sulphurwellchurch.com. Sulphur Well Church of Christ is located on the corner of Oak Grove Road and Sulphur Well Academy Road in Springville.

4-H Horseshow Fundraiser Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County 4-H kids are having a fun horseshow on Saturday July 16th to help send them to the Southern Regional Horse Championships in Perry, Georgia which will be held July 27th thru 31st. The show will have foot games and games on horseback. Foot games are $5 and horseback games are $10. There will be concessions for sale also. The show begins at 6pm. For more information call Vicky at 731-707-3423 or Judy at 731-697-3466. The show will be held at the Henry County Saddle Club, located at 100 Park Drive in Henry.

MSU Announces New Peace Corp. Program to Begin in Fall

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has announced a new partnership with the Peace Corps that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for an international career. Murray State is the first academic institution in the state of Kentucky to offer the Peace Corps Prep program.

Although completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance nor require a commitment into the Peace Corps, the program will help Murray State graduates build on key competencies that the Peace Corps looks for in their applicants. Students will be able to apply for enrollment to the new Peace Corps Prep program beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. The program is open to all Murray State undergraduate students with any major and pairs selected courses with leadership and community service opportunities. 

Students interested in participating in the Peace Corps Prep Program are required to meet with the program coordinator. An application process for students will be reviewed by the Peace Corps Prep advisory board. Applicants are asked to articulate their personal goals that will lead to the completion of preparation courses, foreign language skills, intercultural competence, and examples of leadership development. 

“Empowering personal, community and global change through experiential learning, outreach and international learning opportunities is central to both the Murray State University experience and Peace Corps Prep,” said Dr. Renae Duncan, Murray State University acting provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Therefore, bringing Peace Corps Prep to Murray State is a win for the University, our students, and our community.”

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” said Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps director. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, students at Murray State University can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.”

More than 25 leading academic institutions nationwide offer Peace Corps Prep programs. Established in 2007, the program aims to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. 

“Because we consider internationalization and experiential learning to be central to our university culture, we believe that the experiences of students working toward earning the Peace Corps Prep certificate will help them grow as people while also helping them learn the powerful impact they can have on both local and international communities,” said Duncan.

“Students who successfully complete the Peace Corps program will not only position themselves for an international service career, but will be assisted greatly in terms of both personal and professional development,” said Katie Mantooth, internship coordinator with Murray State University Career Services.  

For more information on Murray State’s new Peace Corps Prep program, please call (270) 809-3744 or email rduncan@murraystate.edu

UT Extension Office Needs Volunteers for Poverty Simulation

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office needs volunteers to assist with a poverty simulation on Wednesday July 20th at Inman School from 8-11am and on Monday July 25th at Grove School from 7:30am to 11am and again from 11:30am-3pm. The simulation will be a “Reality Store.” Please contact Michele Atkins at 642-2941 or email matkins1@utk.edu if you can assist.

HC Republican Party to Host Candidate Forum

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will host a candidate forum on Friday July 15th at the Krider Performing Arts Center beginning at 6pm. The candidate forum is for candidates running for the 8th District U.S. House of Representatives being vacated by Congressman Stephen Fincher. There is no admission fee and the public is invited to come early and meet the candidates.

UTM to Host TN Reconnect July 19th

Martin, Tenn.- Anyone considering finishing a degree or going back to college is encouraged to attend the Tennessee Reconnect event July 19 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The event will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Welcome Center, located on the first floor of the Boling University Center.

Attendees will receive information on their academic records and financial aid options, as well as meet with academic advisers and discuss online and extended campus course options.

The admissions application fee will be waived during this event, so those in attendance can apply to UT Martin and get instant feedback on their admissions status. Those accepted can have their previous transcripts evaluated, apply for financial aid and register for fall semester courses – all in the same evening.

Dinner will be provided.

Tennessee Reconnect is an initiative from Gov. Bill Haslam to help Tennessee adults finish their degrees, gain new skills, advance in the workplace and increase their earning potential. For more information on this program, visit tnreconnect.gov.

For more information on the UT Martin Tennessee Reconnect event, contact Beth Edwards, event coordinator, at 731-881-7701 or by email at bedwards@utm.edu.

Forget Me Not Affair Set for Saturday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- A Place Called Home will host an evening of entertainment, dancing, silent auctions, and socializing to raise funds to help end Alzheimer’s this Saturday July 16th. The evening, Forget Me Not Affair, will begin at 7pm and semi-formal attire is requested. Tickets are $50 per couple or $30 per single and tables can be purchased for $250. For more information call 731-676-5970 or 731-571-1880.

Hill Road Closed for Culvert Replacement Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hill Road one half mile Southwest of the 218 Bypass for culvert replacement on Thursday July 14th. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be Monday July 18th.

Food Commodities to Be Handed Out Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will distribute commodities to eligible area residents July 19, 20, and 21st.

The food will be distributed at Central School, located at 55 Jones Bend Road, between the hours of 9am and 1pm those days.

Seniors age 60 and older will come Tuesday July 19th, those with last names beginning with letters A-L will come Wednesday July 20th, and M-Z last names will come get their commodities Thursday July 21st.

All applicants should have a PINK commodity card and if you do not, you must sign up no later than Monday July 18th to get your card. On the days of distribution, they ask you not to line up cars before 8:30am and there will be no need to come inside.

Eligibility is based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. Anyone receiving assistance from SNAP, SSI, Low Income Energy Housing, or documented residence in public housing is eligible.

For more information call 642-3132 or visit the Henry County Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road.

T.A.R.P. To Celebrate ADA Signing This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- T.A.R.P. Inc., Center for Independent Living will celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act with food, fun, games, a silent auction, and bake sale this Friday and Saturday July 15th and 16th at their office at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue Suite 3.

On Friday from 11am to 3pm Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and the Sheriff’s Department will be grilling burgers and hotdogs and on Saturday Perry’s BBQ will be on hand and grilled hotdogs will be available as well. Everyone is invited to attend and all proceeds benefit T.A.R.P. and its programs.

HC Youth Football Signups July 16th and 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Football signups will be held from 11am to 1pm at the Paris Civic Center the next two Saturdays July 16th and July 23rd. Players must be 9 years old as of September 1st and weigh at least 70 lbs. All 9 year olds and 1st year players must present a copy of birth certificate at sign up. Cost is $40 for first child, $20 each additional child. Call Bernie Sleadd for more information at 336-0313.

Early Voting for Aug. 4th Primary Begins Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the August 4th primary begins Friday July 15th and runs until July 30th. Registered voters can vote weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm and from 9am to Noon on Saturdays. Early Voting must be done at the Election Commission office only, located inside the Courthouse Annex on Washington Street in Downtown Paris.

10 Year Old All Star Team Wins West TN State Championship

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 10 year old All-star team won the Cal Ripken West Tennessee State Championship Monday evening over Union City by a final score of 16-10. Henry County now moves on to the Southeast Regionals which begin Tuesday July 19th at Franklin. To donate to the team to help cover expenses contact Jess Hedges at 363-3708. (Jean Owens photo)

Trinity Church Rebuild Continues

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church continues to take shape on Wilson Street after it was destroyed by fire in April of 2015. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

HCHS Open House Set for July 26th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will hold an open house on Tuesday July 26th. All 10th grade students and parents, as well as any transfer-in students are asked to attend an information session to be held in the Little Theatre. HCHS staff will be introduced and school policies and procedures will be reviewed.

Sophomores with last names A-E can report at 5pm, last names F-J at 5:45pm, last names K-O at 6:30pm, last names P-T at 7:15pm, and last names U-Z at 8pm.

Attendees are invited to attend their assigned session, walk around the school and meet teachers.

Juniors and seniors and their parents are welcome to attend a session if desired and/or come tour the school that evening as well.

Additionally, student schedules are available for pickup for HCHS students as follows: seniors Thursday July 21st from 9am to 1pm, Juniors Friday July 22nd from 9am to 1pm. Sophomores can pick up their schedules at the open house. For more information call the office at 642-5232.

Gwen St. Shed Theft Investigated by PPD

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police continue to investigate burglary from a shed behind a home on Gwen Street after the lock to the she was cut and several items were stolen. There is no value of all the items stolen but they included a Mercury motor, four weed eaters, grass catcher for a lawn mower, tackle boxes, battery chargers, air tank and other items. Police have no suspects.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Zachariah Carper stopped a vehicle for a taillight being out and ended up arresting the driver, Paige D.Wesley, age 37, of 1175 641 S. Apt. B4, for DUI 1st Offense.

Sims Turns Himself In Monday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- Victor Tyrone Sims, age 30, of 408 Routon Street, turned himself in at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office just before 4pm Monday. Sims had been wanted by Paris Police in the shooting that occurred Friday evening at Ogburn Park where one female was injured. Sims was charged with three counts of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder. He is being held on $50K bond.

Road Board Holds Routine July Meeting

Road board members look over wages and expenses. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board had a quick routine meeting for July on Monday evening. They approved the 30 day work plan and approved the meeting dates for the next 6 months which is the 2nd Monday of the month, except in October, which is Columbus Day.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood told the board they have been bush hogging, grading, and patching roads but the rain has but them wy behind. Board members did comment that the spraying for weeds has looked really good, even around crops.

Chamber's Water Run Set for Saturday July 16th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has their Water Fun Run set for this Saturday July 16th where players have three chances to win $500.

The theme this year is “Lucky on the Lake” and sponsoring resorts include Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park Marina, Leatherwood Resort, Breakers Marina, and Cypress Bay.

Players pay $20 each, or $25 on Saturday, to collect stamps at area resorts. Five stops are required and cards will be dealt based the number of stamps collected. The best hand dealt at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm will each win $500.

Two “Fun Run” pontoons will be traveling the water during the day where an extra stamp can be collected. All watercraft are invited to participate and all players must be check in at the dock at Paris Landing State Park by 4pm, but extra playing times of 2pm and 3pm are available.

Packets are available now at the Chamber office, visit their website at paristnchamber.com, or call 642-3431 for more information. T-shirts are also available for $12 each.

Wirgau to Hold Campaign Rally Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau will hold a meet and greet at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 5-7pm. Enjoy live music along with free hamburgers and hot dogs. Wirgau is seeking re-election for his seat on the Tennessee House of Representatives 75th District which serves Henry, Benton, and Stewart Counties.

TWRA Hunter's Safety Class Begins July 18

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a Hunter’s Safety Class beginning Monday July 18th. Sessions will begin at 6pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Students can register that first night at the class or can pre-register online at www.tnwildlife.org. After classroom work a live firing session will be held July 25th.

Woman Charged With Child Neglect

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Dep. Chad Lowery responded to the Dollar General Store on Hwy. 79 N., in reference to a child left unattended in the backseat of a car. Dep. Lowery made contact with the young boy who was crying and wet from sweating. He removed the child from the car and went into the store and found the mother, Chardonnay Corely, age 34, of Springville. She told Dep. Lowery she left the child inside the car to buy him a toy inside the store and surprise him. Corely was charged with child neglect and placed on $5K bond.

Trooper Caleb Cooper has charged David Wayne Leonard, age 35, of 6124 Guthrie Road for DUI 2nd Offense, Driving on Revoked License, and violation of implied consent.

Terri L. Priddy, age 33, with residence listed at large, was charged with theft over $1K, aggravated burglary, and vandalism. She was placed $7500 bond.

Dep. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to theft of a 16 Ft. trailer at a West Antioch Road residence. Items on the trailer included aluminum, tools, and other items. The total value of items stolen is around $2500.

Warrants Issued for Man Who Jumped Out of Back Seat of Car

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrek Colley of Paris Police Department has issued warrants for Antonio Rulford, age 18, of 812 Memorial Drive after jumped out of the backseat of a car that Ptl. Colley had pulled over. Ptl. Colley found Rulford’s driver’s license in a backpack in the backseat along with a small amount of marijuana. Rulford will be charged with evading arrest and simple possession of schedule 6.

Paris Police Still Looking for Ogburn Park Shooter

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate the shooting that occurred at Ogburn Park on Friday evening that injured a woman and continue to look for the suspect, Tyrone Sims, age 25, with a Routon Street address. Sims was last seen driving a black and gold chevy with large wheels. Lt. Ricky Watson, of the Paris Police Department urges citizens to call the PPD with any information at 642-2424.

HC 10 Year Old All Stars Moving on To Regionals

Teammates swarm Carter Hedges after he hit a homerun in the 7th inning against Huntingon. (Jess Hedges photo)

Union City, Tenn.- The Henry County 10 year old all star team continued in the Cal Ripken West State Tournament on Saturday in Union City. Henry County beat Martin 10-0 in the first game, then won the 2nd game 10-6 over Huntingdon in extra innings. Henry County will play for the championship on Monday night at 6pm in Union City.

The win in game 2 Saturday, guaranteed the team a berth in the Southeast Regionals which will be held July 19th in Franklin. To donate to the team to help offset expenses for the upcoming Regional Tournament contact Jess Hedges at 363-3708.

Pat Summit Celebration Of Life Service Set For Live Webcast July 14

Martin, Tenn.- The public is invited to attend a live webcast of a celebration of life service honoring the life and legacy of Pat Head Summitt beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 14, in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Watkins Auditorium. The auditorium is located on the first floor of the Boling University Center.

The event will be webcast from Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus. Summitt, head coach emeritus of the UT Lady Vols, passed away June 28 at the age of 64 following a five-year battle with early onset dementia. Summitt played college basketball and earned her undergraduate degree at UT Martin.

Parking is available in lots on either side of Wayne Fisher Drive outside the Boling University Center and Paul Meek Library on Mt. Pelia Road. Chris Brinkley, voice of the UT Martin Skyhawks, will offer brief remarks to open and close the webcast.  

A reception will be held in the university’s new welcome center following the webcast. Photos and memorabilia from Summitt’s life and coaching career will be displayed. The welcome center is located just outside the Watkins Auditorium lobby. The reception is also open to the public.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Development, 731-881-7620, or the Office of University Relations, 731-881-7615.

HCHS Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- The great weather brought a huge turnout for the 2016 annual HCHS golf tournament fundraiser by Security Bank. The tournament was able to raise over $2500 for the HCHS golf team.

Investigation Of Counterfeit Pill Leads To Arrest Of Murfreesboro Man

Nashvillle, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other Middle Tennessee law enforcement agencies into the distribution of fake Percocet pills has resulted in the arrest of a Murfreesboro man.

TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division joined detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in tracking the source of pills that have contributed to multiple drugs overdoses that have occurred in the Murfreesboro area in the past week. Counterfeit Percocet pills laced with Fentanyl have resulted in the deaths of three individuals, and have accounted for as many as 15 other drug overdoses in Rutherford County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Johnny L. Williams, 30, was an individual responsible for selling the fake pills.

On Friday night, Agents arrested Williams at his home on Mason Pike in Murfreesboro. Williams was charged with one count of Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance and was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges and subjects are anticipated.

Clayton Homes Hosting Fish Fry To Benefit The Darkhorse Lodge

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Clayton Homes of Paris is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser for the Darkhorse Lodge today from 11am to 2pm, there are tables and corn hole boards set up to bring the family out to. There will be fresh caught catfish and all the trimmings with a minimum donation of $5 its all you can eat 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.

Update: Shooting At Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police has issued warrants for Victor “Tyrone” Sims in the shooting that happened at Ogburn Park Friday evening.

According to the report from the Paris Police Department Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker responded to a call on North Lake Street at Ogburn Park in reference to a shooting. Upon Sgt. Whitaker’s arrival, he spoke with the victims one of which being the girlfriend of the known shooter. According to the victims, they went to Paris Inns and Suites to make contact with Sims because his girlfriend wanted to see him. It was stated that when she got there Sims was with another girl. Sims came outside to talk and an argument took place.

The victims then left in a 2009 Nissan Altima. Sims followed them in his black and gold car, possibly a Chevy Capris with big wheels. The victims said that Sims was driving recklessly while he was behind them, swerving back and forth. The victims then pulled into the parking lot of Ogburn Park on North Lake Street hoping that Sims would go around them. Sims pulled up beside them and started firing shots into the passenger side of the victim’s car. The victims stated they laid down in the car while the shots were being fired in an attempt to avoid being shot. Sims then fled the scene, North on Lake Street. Officers did locate six bullet holes in the vehicle. Two were in the rear bumper, one in the rear passenger side tire, one below the passenger rear door, and two below the passenger side front door. Officers also located five bullet fragments in the parking lot in close quarters to the vehicle.

While PPD were still on the scene it was stated by one of the victims that someone just drove by in one of the suspect’s vehicle’s. Ptl. Roaten then stopped the vehicle on Blakemore Street and Jasmine Tharpe was driving it. She did give consent to search the vehicle and a consent form was signed. Nothing related to the crime was located. Tharpe denied any knowledge of the crime. She stated that Sims went outside while they were at the hotel room and never came back in, so she went looking for him. That’s when she got stopped. Tharpe did agree to come to City Hall. Tharpe was interviewed while at City Hall, and released a short time later.

Capt. Brewer was contacted about the incident and made him aware that Sims could be in the hotel room, according to the hotel staff. Members of the F.A.S.T. Team was then assembled. Entry was made into the room, but no one was in the room.

Warrants for Sims has been issued, with the charges being three counts of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder.

FUMC Yard Sale To Benefit Habitat For Humanity House

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The First United Methodist Church is holding a yard sale from 7am until noon, with anything ranging from clothes to books. All proceeds from this yard sale are going towards building a Habitat for Humanity House, with the church needing to raise a total of $40,000 from different fundraisers this will surely be a great start.

Paris Landing State Park Triathlon Has Great Turnout

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Paris Landing State Park hosted the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon this Saturday July 9th and the race course is excellent for beginners and veterans alike. With a great turnout from competitors and supporters alike this event will hopefully continue in this area. Competitors ranged from all ages that completed the 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run.

Holy Cross Catholic Church Yard Sale To Benefit Fortners

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church is holding a yard sale and luncheon from 7am until 1pm to help raise money for the Fortners who lost their house burned over Memorial Day weekend. The $5 plate lunch included a grilled burger or hot dog, chips, drink, and dessert.

"No Fly Zone" Group Heads To National Championships

Paris, Tenn.- The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation National Championships will be held July 9-16, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Among approximately 3,000 competitors, 10,000 coaches, parents, grandparents, siblings, and other spectators during championship week will be 35 representatives from the McKenzie Shooting Sports group and the Henry County “No Fly Zone” group.  The McKenzie group is an open group allowing individuals from neighboring counties to participate as well as Carroll County students.  Young men and women will be competing in Trap, Skeet, Sporting Traps, and Pistol and Rifle competitions.  The Carroll County and Henry County representatives are programs that were initially begun around 2002, making them the oldest in the state.  Tennessee has nearly 600 participants and the largest program in the U.S.

According to Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, who will be attending with family as his son Will, who is a defending National Champion.  “Sport shooting has really taken off in the last few years.  We are fortunate to have a wonderful facility in our Shooting Sports complex to host the Southeast Regional Championships for the last two years.  We’ve had teams from Texas A & M, Eastern Kentucky, Michigan State, Eastern Illinois and our own local Bethel University compete here.”

This event is, of course, the culmination and the celebration of all the hard work put forth all season long by the athletes, coaches, parents, and state advisors.  Updates on the competition can be found online by going to the www.sssfonline.org site.

Shooting At Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police continue to investigate a shooting that injured one person at Ogburn Park in Paris late Friday afternoon.
This being an ongoing investigation, more to this story will be updated as we receive information.

Update: Lt. Ricky Watson stated that there were minor injuries to the parties involved that were shot, and more information will be given about the suspect as the investigation continues.

Tri-Pepper Salad Given Away At Farmers Market

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Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmers Market opens at 3pm on Friday afternoon and has a large selection of fruits and vegetables available for purchase. USDA packaged meat, chicken, and pork that is all natural grass fed is also available. This week’s sample recipe was Tri-Pepper Salad along with a traveling cutting board and the recipe to make it.

Perfect Attendance Awarded At Paris Rotary Club

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. David Jackson attended the Paris Rotary Club to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary.President Darrin Thompson also presented Walt Peterson with a perfect attendance pin at the Thursday Rotary Club meeting.

Job Fair To Be Held in Dresden

Dresden, Tenn.- At least nine employers with more than 140 positions to fill will participate in a job fair at the Tennessee National Guard Armory in Dresden from 9 a.m.-1 p.m on Thursday, July 14.

Goodwill Career Solutions will host the hiring event at 6525 State Route 22. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has provided job training and job placement for fifty five years free of charge to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment through the sale of donated items. In 2015, Goodwill served 36,081 people in Middle and West Tennessee and placed 15,412 people in jobs.

Employers include the Tennessee National Guard, Hamilton-Ryker, Northwest Correctional Complex, Manpower, Greenfield Products, Senior Community Service Employment, Cracker Barrel, MVP and A Place
Called Home. Openings include welder, material handler, painter, fabricator, production, manufacturing, clerical, personal care attendant, forklift and other positions. Rates of pay reach $15 per hour.

Representatives from these companies will be on-site and interviews are possible, so job-seekers should dress for success. Job candidates are encouraged to bring a resume, photo ID and their Social Security card or birth certificate.  

The Tennesssee Career Coach and Bethel University will also be on hand to provide resources to job-seekers.

TDEC Accepting Applications to Support Recycling, Waste Reduction Effort

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is now accepting applications for Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants, as well as Recycling Rebates. The application period began July 1, 2016 and applications are due October 3, 2016.

“Recycling directly impacts manufacturers in Tennessee who reuse materials collected in their manufacturing process,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The manufacturing industry is an essential element of our state’s economy, and we’re happy to help them reach their financial goals while protecting our environment. It’s a win-win.”

There are three separate offerings: Recycling Equipment Grants, Used Oil Grants and Recycling Rebates. TDEC is contacting local communities about the grant availability and will host workshops during the month of July to help communities understand the application process.

The grant programs were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and funded by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund. The fund, which is administered by the TDEC, receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of municipal solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee collected from new tires sold in Tennessee. The used oil grants are authorized by the Used Oil Collection Act and funded by the Used Oil Collection Fund. The Used Oil Collection Fund receives its revenues from a $0.02 fee on each quart of oil sold at wholesale.

Arrest Made After Pursuit

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office Deputy Blake Jenkins attempted to stop a black PT cruiser on E. Antioch due to the driver Chris Price having active felony warrants on him for weapon possession and violation of probation.

Deputy Jenkins activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the suspect. The PT cruiser started to flee down Hwy 79 North. The pursuit went down several roads and came to a stop at the intersection of Applegate and Harrison Dr. in Kentucky. At the end of the pursuit the driver Mr. Price exited the vehicle and ran into a wooded area. After a foot pursuit Dep Jenkins was able to take Mr. Price into custody.

Price is being charged with felony evading, resisting arrest, reckless driving along with felon in possession of a weapon and the violation of probation. The passenger Joseph Coleman was also taken into custody for violation of probation out of circuit court. Calloway Co Sheriff’s Office transported both subjects to their jail and charged them with fugitive from justice due to the chase ending in KY.

Sheriff Belew stated Dep. Jenkins did a great job controlling the pursuit and getting both subjects into custody. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the pursuit by Trooper Byars, Paris Landing State Park Rangers and the Calloway Co Sheriff’s Office.

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.

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.


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