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


HCMC To Cut Salaries and Benefits By over $1M

Layoffs Are a Possibility at the County's Largest Employer

Paris, Tenn.- During the financial report at Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustees meeting, Administrator and CEO of the hospital Tom Gee laid out a plan of action to the board to help the hospital cope with loss of revenue they have seen. The plan includes $1M to $1.2M in reductions of salary and benefits, which could include layoffs, to come within the next couple of weeks.

Gee said that hospitals around the country have seen a large drop in volume since April. He said part of those reasons include the shifting in healthcare cost preparations as the nation’s insurance companies, hospitals, and citizens prepare for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Gee told board members that how people use the hospital is changing because how and where they get insurance is changing and regulations are as well within their insurance as we prepare for the healthcare act to begin.

That drop in volume, along with built in cuts from sequestration and the affordable care act are hurting hospitals all over, and Henry County Medical Center is no exception.

Gee and Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel laid out a plan of action to the board and reductions in salaries and benefits are a key part and are set to come within the next couple of weeks. Gee said it has not been completely determined what will be cut, but layoffs at the hospital, the county’s biggest employer, is a definite possibility.

Other things the medical center plans to do to cut expenses and increase revenue are built into the budget like the in-house pharmacy, expansion to the sleep lab, cardiology services, and more. Gee told trustees that there is no plan to cut any programs or services the hospital offers at this time, but if conditions don’t improve that could be a possibility as well.

Gee said we are trying to be proactive and act quickly in the budget year so we aren’t too far behind by mid year. He pointed out other area hospitals like Murray and Vanderbilt recently announced reducing staff and cost to help combat loss of volume and revenue and prepare for the uncertainties of the Affordable Care Act.

Gee Gives Administrative Report to Trustees Thursday Night

More from the hospital board of trustees meeting on Thursday night saw Administrator Tom Gee explain that TennCare is planning to introduce episode of care by next January, but planning three different episodes than originally anticipated. Gee said the first three planned are asthma with the hospital as the gatekeeper, knee and hip replacement with the orthopedic surgeon as the gatekeeper, and prenatal care with the ob/gyn as the gatekeeper. Gee said they will experiment with these three areas to see what kind of impact there is and who payments will be dealt with.

The board learned that physician recruitment is going well and Dr. Crigler’s office is taking shape and she hopes to begin taking patients around August 19th. Gee said they plant to interview one or two psychiatric candidates within the next month and there is interest from a local medical student in coming back to Paris to practice physiatry. The student is two years from graduation so the medical center will be evaluating the need for this specialty between now and then.

St. Thomas
representatives have also begin making preparations to provide everyday cardiac clinic coverage in Paris. They will expand in August and hopes to have five day a week staffing in place by September, which will help add to the medical center’s bottom line.

Kidd Still At-Large

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's deputies are still on the look out for Cheryl Kidd, 69, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear, who was a no-show at her Henry County Circuit Court jury trial that had been scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.

Kidd was set to stand trial on charges of animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large after deputies found what they believed to be a puppy mill at her home. Deputies seized dozens of small-breed dogs from her home which they found in extremely unsanitary conditions with no shelter, little food and water.

After she did not show up for the trial, an arrest warrant was immediately issued for Kidd. Captain Damon Lowe said early Thursday morning that Kidd is not at her home and deputies have not been able to locate her.

Court officials also issued a 'scire facias' to be served on the bonding company to revoke Kidd's bond and ordered she be held without bond on her arrest.

The dogs are being cared for at the sheriff's office animal shelter, where a long list of potential adoptive owners is awaiting the outcome of the court case.

Thefts Investigated by Sheriff's Department

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a couple of thefts in the county. One occurred at Patrick Drive where a man’s retirement watch valued at $750 was stolen. He did name a suspect that could have possibly taken the watch.

Another theft was reported on Briarpatch Lake Road when a 4-wheeler was stolen from a front yard. The 4-wheeler was valued at $2500 and no suspects have been identified.

Tearing Down Market 414 Building Rubble

Workers have been busy clearing rubble left over from the winter fire. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-As we reported on the air over the weekend, work has begun on clearing the rubble left from last winter’s fire at the former Market 414 Antiques Building on N. Market Street.

Brown said the contractors are working beginning in the back of the building and moving to the front to remove the hazard. Owners of the property are Ajax Properties of Clarksville. He said they plan to also tear down the two little buildings on either side of the main structure.

The historic three-story building was destroyed by the fire. Paris City Fire Marshal Chuck Wade said Friday the cause of the fire was ruled undetermined by he and the State Bomb and Arson squad, which cleared the way for the rubble to be cleared off the property.

Summer Program Finale: Good Ole' Muddy Fun

Paris, Tenn.-The finale of the summer reading program at the W.G. Rhea Library Wednesday was a real rip-snorter, with both Safari Greg and a mud party for the excited youngsters. Safari Greg is one of the most popular acts that appears at the library each summer and the mud party afterward featured a lot of mud-sliding and other muddy activities. Top photo shows Safari Greg twirling Brayden Martin while Gykeriah Jones (back to camera) looks on. Bottom photo shows Kayla Nation pouring more water to make even more mud for the kids. (Top photo by Shannon McFarlin; bottom photo submitted by the library).


ADA Celebration Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The annual anniversary celebration for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds Pavilion and Commercial Building. The event is sponsored by the local TARP Center for Independent Living.

The goal of the annual event is to bring community awareness about the needs of people with disabilities.

Activities planned include bingo, line dancing, cake walk, pick-up ducks, bouncy house and more; a motorcycle and car ride and show with trophies, local vendors with disability-related products, food, fun and fellowship. Also there will be a display of local emergency services vehicles from the sheriff's office, ambulance, fire department, etc.

Many of the games will be modified to enlighten the general public about the challenges faced by people with various disabilities. Examples: cake walk on crutches/wheelchairs/walkers; pick-up ducks with grabbers.

All Stars Teams Advance

Paris, Tenn.-Teams in the Cal Ripken All-Star League have advanced. The 13 yr old All Stars defeated Union City last night 5-4. They play in the championship game tonight at 6 p.m. against Lexington. The winner advances to Southeast Regionals.

The 15 yr old All Stars start their state tournament tomorrow in McKenzie at 6 p.m. They play Humboldt.

Trustee's Office Announces New Website and Services

Citizens Can receive E-bills, print tax bills, pay property taxes online

        HC Trustee David Stone

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County’s Trustee’s Office has announced a new improved website offering new services for citizens of Henry County. One of the most fascinating new service offered is E-billing.

E-billing is an efficient, safe, and convenient way to receive E-bills. Sign up for E-billing is simple, just visit the website, www.henrycountytrustee.com and follow the prompts to begin receiving the E-bills. The website will allow you to enter up to three email addresses and receive property tax notifications via them.

Also from the website, taxpayers may print duplicate tax bills and paid receipts. Citizens can also pay their property tax from the website with an E-check for a .50 fee. Trustee David Stone said in a press release that the E-check option is safe and dependable and it is our hope citizens of Henry County will take advantage of all the new features the website has to offer.

Stone said the goal of the Henry County Trustee’s Office is to continue to be on the cutting edge of technology and offer services our citizens deserve. It’s our hope that these new services will not only be customer friendly but also save taxpayer dollars. With the E-billing, printing tax receipts and paid receipts online, the Trustee’s office will save on postage, paper, and printing services.

Stone encourages any citizen that has any questions on the new website or new services offered to contact him at the Trustee’s Office in the courthouse annex or call the office at 642-6633.

Farmers Market Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Farmers Market continues to be open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00 until sell out at the Henry County fairgrounds.

Now available: seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local farm raised pork, beef, poultry, and brown eggs

Surveillance Photo in Hazel Robbery Released

Hazel, Ky.-The Kentucky State Police have released a surveillance photo from inside the BB&T Bank in Hazel during this morning's bank robbery. Henry County deputies are helping with a road block along the state line in the search for the suspect who got away on foot after the robbery. Deputies are looking for a black man that is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He was wearing a mask, gray jogging pants, a checkered red long sleeve flannel shirt and had a silver revolver. If you have any information, you may contact the Calloway County Sheriff's Office at 753-3151 or email tips@callkyso.com. You can also call KSP at 856-3721.


Puppy Mill Defendant a No-Show; Arrest Warrant Issued

               Cheryl Kidd

Paris, Tenn.-The defendant in the local puppy mill case was a no-show at the Henry County Circuit Court jury trial that had been scheduled to begin Wednesday morning.

An arrest warrant was immediately issued for Cheryl Kidd, 69, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear, by court officials.

Court officials also issued a 'scire facias' to be served on the bonding company to revoke Kidd's bond and ordered she be held without bond on her arrest.


In January, Kidd was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large after Henry County Sheriff's deputies seized dozens of mostly small-breed dogs and puppies, citing extremely unsanitary conditions at Kidd's property, which included no shelter and little food and water.

The dogs remain at the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter awaiting the outcome of the court case. A few of the female dogs were pregnant when seized and have since given birth, adding to the number of canines still being held at the shelter. There is a long list of people who would like to adopt the dogs once the case is over.

Breaking News: Hazel Bank Robbed Wednesday Morning

Hazel, Ky.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies have joined with Calloway County Sheriff’s department to search for a suspect after a bank was robbed this morning in Hazel.

The BB and T Bank, located at 405 Main Street in Hazel, was robbed at gunpoint this morning. Deputies are looking for a black man that is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He was wearing gray jogging pants, a checkered red long sleeve flannel shirt and had a silver revolver.

The suspect left on foot and authorities are searching the area this morning. Anyone with any information should contact the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office.

No Sleeping on the Job Here

HCMC Sleep Disorders Center Expanded

From left, Scott Farlow, Butch Sinclair, and Jeremy Lemonds of Henry County Medical Center Plant Operations constructing the new room in the Sleep Disorders Center. Construction should be completed by September 1. (HCMC photo).


Paris, TN – The childhood tune “Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?” may be running through your head now. Hopefully, it won’t keep you awake at night.

Many Americans don’t sleep well or aren’t sleeping enough. And, about 41 million American workers sleep less than the average recommended seven to nine hours a night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There may be a reason you aren’t sleeping at night and find yourself wanting to fall asleep on the job. You may be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Henry County Medical Center has announced the expansion of the Sleep Disorders Center. This expansion will allow patients to schedule tests faster thanks to the addition of rooms to accommodate the needs.

“When we first started this service in 2006, we had two rooms, one technician, and were booked 6-8 weeks out,” said Tony Fry, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center. “We now have 4 rooms, 3 technicians, and are better equipped to reduce the wait time for our patients, who are very important to us.”

The goal of the HCMC Sleep Disorders Center is to help patients understand their sleep problems, the impact those problems have and their health, and what they can do to help solve those problems in a comfortable testing environment. With this new expansion, they will be able to do all of this a little quicker.

“Sleep Apnea can compound any illness or disease you have,” Fry said. “When you don’t reach REM sleep, which is the deep sleep your body needs to fully recharge, you are allowing yourself to become more susceptible to further deterioration of your health.”

HCMC offers an online test that you can print and go over with your physician to see if you could use a referral. For more information or to access the online test, go to http://www.hcmc-tn.org/Services/Sleep-Disorder-Center/Default.aspx

The Sleep Disorders Center is located on the ground floor of the Henry County Medical Center, next to Cardiac Rehab. If you have any questions about sleep disorders or if you need a sleep study, please contact Tony Fry, RRT at 731-644-8274. If you need to schedule a physician referred test, call 731-644-8486.

Quota Club Plans Patriot Kitchen, Nursing Home Party

Paris, Tenn.-The Quota Club met at noon at Lee Academy Lunchroom on July 10.

Members were reminded that Hog Killing is October 15th and will be held at the home of Tommy and Melanie Townsend.

The club will host the Patriot Kitchen on July 18th with sandwiches, fruit salad and cookies. Members may take food to First Presbyterian Church before 4pm and it will be delivered to Patriot Kitchen. Members who are available to work need to contact Mary Kathryn Moore.

The Board elected Pat Bailey to fill an unexpired term of Treasurer and Peggy Owen to fill an unexpired term of Director. President Teas expressed appreciation to Moore and Beverly Wood for filling in during the Treasurer’s illness. She also expressed appreciation for the publicity on the WMUF website.

The Community Service Committee will host a birthday party for residents at Henry County Nursing Home at the end of July. Jane Sinnema will have more information at the next meeting, which will be on July 24th.

PD to Conduct Checkpoints

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department will be conducting safety and sobriety checks starting next week through July 28. These checkpoints will be located on Tyson Ave. and other points within the City of Paris.

The checkpoints will be targeting impaired drivers and to ensure vehicle safety laws are met. All safety and impaired driver violations will be strictly enforced.


Season Tickets Available for Dixie Season

New Season to Include Ringwald, Eubanks

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Dixie’s 9th Season will have something for everyone and season's tickets are available for sale now.

Some of the upcoming events this season include:

Bob Eubanks in the Not So Newlywed Game on Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 pm

Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac - RUMOURS on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm

An Evening with Molly Ringwald on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 pm

Dixie Live Concert Series featuring John Anderson on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 pm

Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles on Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 pm

The Official Blues Brothers Revue on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 pm

The Dixie Players and Dixie Youth Theatre will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8

For more information please call 731-986-2100, or go by The Dixie Box Office.

Former McKenzie Police Chief Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Dresden, Tenn.- During an appearance in Weakley County Circuit Court, former McKenzie Police Chief Bobby Pate pleaded guilty to theft charges. The charges are a Class C felony, since they involve more than $10,000 but less than $60,000.

As part of the investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) executed a search warrant on Pate’s property and recovered the property that was reported missing by the city that included a John Deere Tractor, two street sweepers, a portable trestle hoist and two laptop computers.

Pates plea was granted for judicial diversion and was sentenced to three years supervised probation as long as conditions that were set by court were followed or he could have to serve the full sentence.

In the meantime, Kim Barker continues to serve as interim chief until Craig Moates will take over the department as chief of police on July 22nd.

PSSD To Implement New Standards Based Report Card For Rhea

Scores of 1, 2, or 3 given based on performance for grades K-2

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School district board of education meeting, Rhea Principal Scott Owens gave a presentation to the board about a new grading and reporting assessment program that will be in place at Rhea staring with the new school year in August.

Owens said instead of letter grades, students will get scores of 1, 2, or 3 each grading period in different standards which will help define which areas the students are doing well in and which they need more help in as the year goes along. In the grading system a 1 will represent the student is below grade level expectation, a 2 means the student is developing but not yet consistent in understanding concepts, and a 3 equates to a student being proficient and consistently demonstrating understanding of concepts.

Owens said 1’s in the first couple of grading periods shouldn’t send any alarms to parents or teachers, as the key to the system’s success is for students to have all 3’s by the end of the school year.

Each grading period, parents will receive this report card and be able to see which areas their children are needing some extra help. Owens said overall it’s a win-win situation for parents and teachers. Superintendant Mike Brown said one of the big keys, especially in the first couple of years of this new grading system is explaining how it works to parents and communication.

Dr. Leah Watkins, the supervisor of curriculum and instruction for the PSSD, said teachers will have criteria to follow to determine if they give a score of 1, 2, or 3. She said that this will be a very explicit document and help teachers hone their instruction to make sure students are getting individual help in areas they need it. Dr. Watkins said it is a lot of work on teachers, but the benefit for students is great.

Brown told board members he didn’t need an official approval for the board, but they did give a vote of confidence saying they agreed with moving Rhea Elementary to the new grading and reporting assessment system


PSSD Plans to Give Bonuses, Pay Off Debt in Current Fiscal Year

Paris, Tenn.- More from the PSSD board of education meeting on Tuesday saw Superintendant Mike Brown go over strategies for the upcoming budget as the budget committee had discussed last week. He told the board they will be putting in a 1% bonus for certified employees at a cost of approximately $73K to the system. Brown said this will create a pool of money to help prepare for paying salary schedules to teachers in the future once the differentiated pay scale goes into effect.

The budget will also include a $200 bonus for full time support staff in the system, and a $100 bonus for part time support staff. This will cost the system about $20K. Of the $93K in cost, the PSSD will receive $57K from the state in BEP funds, meaning locally the system would have to put in $35K. The bonus will be given to employees in November.

Another big item included in the upcoming budget for the current fiscal year will be paying off some of the system’s debt. Brown said they believe they can pay off all the current debt by the 15-16 fiscal year and at the same time, make plans to move up the next phase of the Rhea project as that debt is paid off.

The system will pay off the PES addition debt this as soon as the budget is approved in August. They managed to add some money to the general fund at the end of the fiscal year which ended June 30th and by paying off the PES addition this year will save $84K. The system will then pay off the Rhea Pre-K debt and the two PSSD bonds in subsequent years.

Brown Updates Board on Registration and First Day of School

Brown updated the board on the registration process for the coming school year. He said they will make phone contacts to returning students July 29th thru August 5th. For kindergarten and new students to the system, registration at schools will be held on August 5th from 8-11am.

The system decided to have parent orientation before school starts for those parents who want to meet and greet teachers. Orientation at Rhea will be held on August 5th from 5-6pm, at Paris Elementary on August 5th from 6:30-7:30pm, and at Inman on August 6th from 5-6pm.

The first day of school for the PSSD will be August 8th and will be an abbreviated day. Rhea will dismiss at 12:30pm, PES at 12:35pm, and Inman at 12:45pm and lunch will be served.

Board Thanks McGill for Years of Service to PSSD

Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the meeting on Tuesday night, PSSD board chairman Richard Edwards thanked retiring principal of Paris Elementary Howard McGill who’s last day with the system will be Friday. McGill has spent 22 years as a principal, assistant principal, and then another stint as principal this past year with the system. Edwards said, on behalf of the board, he can’t say enough about what Howard has meant to the PSSD in all capacities he has served in. McGill said he appreciated all the support of the employees in the system, the board, and the community over the years during his service with the PSSD.

"A Night at the Opera" Tickets on Sale

Paris, Tenn.-"Night at the Opera" will showcase an evening of music Saturday night, July 20, from Dr. Hope Thacker of McKenzie, a mezzo-soprano who is at home on the opera, concert and recital stage and has won numerous awards.

Dr. Thacker is Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Paris, and is on the adjunct faculty at Murray State University, Union University and Bethel University.

The unique show will feature an entertaining introduction to the roles of opera’s mezzos: seductresses, scorned lovers, heroines, pants roles, and old women.

The evening will be a Black Tie Dinner, Dessert & Wine Theater at 6:30 pm
at Lee Academy for the Arts Lunchroom, in Paris. Tickets are $25 per person.

Dr. Thacker will be accompanied on piano by Keith Herris and Michael Holden of Paris will serve as emcee.

For tickets and information, call Hope Thacker - 336-554-5533 or hfthacker@gmail.com; Michael Holden - 731-676-2772 or mholden2646@charter.net. Sponsored in part by the Paris Winery.

Proceeds from this event will sponsor Dr. Thacker’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall on Dec., 20, 2013, which will feature several local artists.

Dr. Thacker's recent roles include Angela in Colaner’s He Cried Uncle (World Premiere), Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Zita in Gianni Schicci, Mercedes in Carmen, Cupid in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and the Witch in Into the Woods. Oratorio and concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Schiffman’s Alma (NC premiere), Vivaldi’s Gloria, Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and Handel’s Messiah.

Dr. Thacker has multiple upcoming engagements, including a recital at the University of Southern Mississippi  and a Carnegie Hall debut solo recital presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York in 2013. She has served as a faculty member at Guilford College, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

A native of Mississippi, she resides in McKenzie, Tennessee with her husband Dr. Brian Thacker, and their sons Hartley, Robert, and Joseph.


Animal Cruelty Jury Trial Set Wednesday

A few of the dogs seized from the Kidd property after they were cleaned up at the sheriff's office shelter in January. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The long-awaited jury trial of a Puryear woman accused of operating a puppy mill will be held Wednesday, July 17, in Henry County Circuit Court.

Cheryl Kidd, 68, 1749 Perkins Rd., was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large in January. Judge Donald Parish has set aside one day for the trial on the court docket.


Kidd is representing herself; Judge Parish has cautioned her several times on the need for her to acquire an attorney in the matter.


Deputies seized dozens of mostly small-breed dogs and puppies, citing unsanitary conditions of no shelter and little food and water at Kidd's property. The dogs remain at the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter awaiting the outcome of the court case. A few of the female dogs were pregnant when seized and have since given birth.


The jury will be asked to appear at 9 a.m. on the day of the trial to begin jury selection.

Reminder: Food Commodities Distributed July 17-18
Urgent for Customers to Bring their Own Boxes/Containers this time

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest TN Economic Development Council will be distributing commodity foods on Wednesday July 17th and Thursday July 18th at the Central Community Building on Jones Bend Road.

The center is urging citizens who come to pick up the food commodities to bring their own boxes or containers to place their food in this time. There is a shortage of packing boxes and it is urgent for customers to bring their own this time. Also any citizens who have good sturdy boxes they would like to give to the Northwest TN Economic Development Council can do so.

People with the last names that begin with letters A-K will come pick up commodities on Wednesday July 17th and those with last names L-Z will come Thursday July 18th. Everyone picking up commodities must have a Green card.
For more information contact April Perry at 642-3132.

Safari Greg and Mud Party Set for Summer Program Finale


Paris, Tenn.-The grand finale of the W.G. Rhea Library's summer reading program will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, with an appearance by the popular Safari Greg and a Mud Party. Organizers remind youngsters to wear clothes they can get dirty and wet if they plan to attend the Mud Party. The program is free.


Soybean Scout School Set Friday

Mansfield, Tenn.-The Henry County Extension Service will be sponsoring a Soybean Scout School at 9 a.m. July 19 at Norwood Farms, 645 Norwood Rd., Mansfield. The event will be a field-side, hands-on training in crop and pest management presented by Dr. Larry Steckel, Dr. Scott Stewart, Dr. Angela McClure and Dr. Heather Young Kelly.

Certified Crop Advisor and Commercial Pesticide points available. The event is free.

HC Commission Accepts Budget, Recesses Until July 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission received the proposed budget Monday night at their meeting and then recessed to think it over and publish it before convening again July 29th to approve it on final reading. County Mayor Brent Greer said the budget committee and his staff has worked long and hard on the budget and he said he has a great amount of confidence in this budget.

Greer said in the future, the commission may have to look at ways to help the debt service fund and solid waste fund because they are struggling slightly. Also if the state share of dollars continues to dwindle for the highway department, they may have to look at another penny or two going there as well in the future. Greer said the county did exceed 94% in property tax collections this tax year.

The budget proposed for this year includes a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment for county employees and no tax increase this year. The budget includes non profit contributions of just over $101K as well. The commission will have time to look over the budget and the public can have time to look at it and make comments before the commission meets again July 29th to pass it on final reading.

Spirit of America Program Well Attended at Camp Hazelwood

Also at Monday night’s commission meeting, commissioner Marty Visser said the Spirit of America program that was held at Camp Hazelwood last month was well attended and a very good program. It allowed kids to get trained in boating safety and was supported by the Coast Guard. Commissioners Visser and Connie McSwain helped out during the event and both were very glad the county decided to have it and hopes to do it again next year.

Mayor Greer said the leadership with the Spirit of America program said they were pleased with the turnout. He said they handed out 17 diplomas for graduation from the program. Greer also said they had about as many students as the program allowed based on number of volunteers. Greer said next year they can hold the program on consecutive Saturdays instead of weekdays to hopefully allow more volunteers and participation.

Other action taken Monday night by the county commission included approving the recommendation of the nominating committee to appoint Jackie Holland Jones to be on the Airport Committee. Jones will take the place of Virgil Wall who has served on the board for many years.

Commissioners also voted to declare a 1995 Ford van at the office on aging as surplus and sale it and to quit-claim a portion of Cold Corner Road.

Thefts, Drug Arrests Keep Officers Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cajun Snoball located at 5122 E. Antioch Road was broken into over the weekend. The report said the windows were taken out and entry was made. Items inside were scattered about and about $56 in cash was stolen from the register. Police have no suspects at this time.

Paris Police are investigating bicycle thefts that occurred in the past couple of days. A report stated that a Walnut Street resident had returned home one evening to find her child’s bike, valued at $130 was stolen. While speaking with the victim, the officer had another woman come up and say she had a bicycle stolen from her home on South Highland Street. It was valued at $77. There are no suspects and no word on whether or not the thefts are related.

Arrests from the weekend include Melissa C. Woods, age 33 of Murray, for simple possession of schedule 6, Regina Graff, 33, of 705 Maple Street in Cottage Grove for two counts of possession of schedule two with intent and public intoxication, and James L. Wilson, age 59, of 3510 Old Paris Murray Road for DUI 1st offense.

Updated with New Information:

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in High Speed Chase



Michael Raymer took this photo as police officers and a THP trooper investigate the early-morning accident. Raymer owns the Big Tow company, which was called to tow away the vehicles in the accident.


Paris, Tenn.-A high speed chase that began in Benton County ended in a serious accident in Paris in which the speeding motorcyclist was lifeflighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in the early morning hours Sunday.

According to dispatchers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, local law enforcement officers were notified by Benton County authorities they were chasing an individual on a motorcycle and he was on the way into Henry County around 2 a.m.

Henry County sheriff’s deputies and Paris Police officers took up the chase, which brought them along Memorial Drive and onto Mineral Wells Ave. Sheriff’s dispatchers said local officers had already backed off from the chase when the motorcyclist crashed into a truck in front of Pocket’s gas station near the intersection of Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenues.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Prince said Sunday the motorcyclist injured in the accident is Randy May, age 40 of Memphis. He said May initially was transported by ambulance to Henry County Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized before he was lifeflighted to Vanderbilt.

Prince said Camden Police apparently initiated a traffic stop with a motorcyclist around the Wal-Mart on Hwy 641 in Camden and the driver took off. Prince said, “We’re not exactly sure it’s the same motorcyclist at this point; we’re still investigating that.”

Henry County law enforcement officers were notified and initiated a traffic stop with a motorcyclist on Memorial Drive, but the driver kept going at excessive speeds, he said.

The motorcycle driver then sped onto Mineral Wells Ave. and crashed into the front tire well of a pickup truck in front of Pocket’s, he said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Christopher Coleman of Paris, escaped with a minor injury to his knee, Prince said.

Charges are pending as the investigation into the accident continues, Prince said. No condition report was available from Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon.

Orange police markings show where the early-morning crash occured. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Yard Sale Entries Being Accepted for Bargain Highway

Camden, Tenn.-The Bargain Highway is just right around the corner--on the long Labor Day weekend. The Benton County Chamber of Commerce will once again be printing out the maps for yard sales this year.

According to a press release from the Chamber, the cost to put your yard sale on on the Official Bargain Highway map is $25 and included will be a 20 word classified ad on the map about your yard sale (example: pontoon, golf clubs, toddler clothes for sale).

If you would like more than 20 words to describe your yard sale, it will be $1 per word over 20. Also, when you register to be on the map, your yard sale becomes a location for folks to register for the $1000 give away. Call 731-584-8395 for more information and to register your location!

Started in 1998, the yard sale event spans 30 miles across Benton County in West Tennessee. The Benton County Bargain Highway typically has 150 to 200 participating yard sales.


Canning Classes Start Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-Michele Atkins UT Extension FCS agent is offering canning classes at the UT Extension office at 1120 Tyson Ave. in Paris.

The Tuesday, July 16, class will be high acid canning and jellies and on Thursday, July 18, will be low acid canning and pickles.

One day class will be $40 or two days will be $65. Classes will be from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm both evenings.

To register call the Extension office at 731-642-2941.


Library Meeting Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Public Library Board will hold its regular meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the library. 


State Medical Examiner Still Investigating Child's Death

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department has reported that the State Medical Examiner's Office is still investigating the death of 10-year-old Teaisa Renee Somerville earlier this week.

Paris Police responded to her home at 1004 Dunlap Street at 10:39 p.m. Tuesday July 9, in reference to a 911 request for an ambulance to treat a 10 year old female who was discovered unresponsive.

According to a press release issued today by the Paris Police, "The victim was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Nashville for an autopsy. The Medical Examiner’s office is conducting an investigation at this time. No results have been released as of Friday July 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM from their investigation. Further details will be released in the future as the investigation proceeds."

The little girl's obituary is published on our obituaries page. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Funeral Home.

New Building Being Constructed at Former Nightclub Site

Workers were busy Friday clearing interior of former nightclub. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Workers are beginning to clear out the interior of the former nightclub at the corner of Brewer and Wood Streets in downtown Paris with an eye to constructing a building inside the gutted-out structure.

In the summer of 2011, the roof on the building collapsed and city officials had been worried about the integrity of the building. Paris City Building Inspector Mike Brown said Friday that property owner Bruce Wilson is working currently on clearing out the interior of the property and plans to construct a building inside the brick facade that is still standing.

Brown said Wilson brought designs to city officials for the new structure, which will be secured onto the brick façade. “That’s the only thing he has a permit for right now,” Brown said. “He won’t be tearing down the brick façade, but constructing a building inside the brick veneer of the old building.”

Once the building is constructed, Brown said Wilson plans to lease it out.

Arrest Made in Fraudulent Use of PSSD Debit Card

Memphis, Tenn.-Memphis Police arrested a 28-year-old Memphis man for fraudulent use of a Paris Special Schools District PTO debit card to purchase items from the Sears store in Memphis worth some $2200.

According to the report at the Paris Police department, the cardholder of the debit card reported there were four fraudulent charges on the card and that three of the four came from the Memphis Sears store.

She called the Chief of Security at Sears, who told her one of the charges had been caught in time and was not processed. He also said one of the items, a television set, had already been picked up by someone. He said that person had said he would be coming back to the store to pick up the second television set. He also told her a third television set had been ordered but not picked up yet, either.

The security officer called her later and said the person had returned to the store and picked up the TV and he had detained him for the Memphis Police Department, which came later and arrested him.

Arrested was Jimmie Rayford, age 28 of 1121 Whitaker Dr., Memphis.

PD, Deputies Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of several items worth some $1450 from a home on Edgar Cemetery Rd. According to the report, the resident left the home for awhile to go to town and when she returned, she found several items taken from the house, including a DVD player, CD player and CDs, vacuum cleaner, paper towerls, meat from the freezer, several prescriptions, wedding ring set, gold chains, weedeater and chainsaw.

In other news, Paris Police are investigating the theft of wiring and the components of an air conditioning unit from a rental home on S. College Street.

The property owner reported that a tenant had left the home and stolen the wiring from inside the house, along with a motor, compressor and fan from the air conditioning unit. The wiring was estimated as worth $800 and the air conditioning components at $2,700.

According to the police report, a witness said the tenant took the items to Copeland’s.

Paris Police are investigating the theft of a weapon from a vehicle on Jackson Street. According to the report, someone allegedly entered a parked car and stole a Taurus PT 709 from inside a pants holster that was in the console. The gun is a 9MM and has been entered into the NCIC computer as stolen.

BBQ Cookoff Contest Held Once Again at HC Fair

Teams must enter by July 22nd

Kevin Cole and Joe Mancell making ribs at last year's BBQ cook-off. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair is right around the corner and once again a Barbecue cook-off will kick things off August 2-3 at the fairgrounds. They are continuing to accept teams and vendors, but teams must be pre-registered and entry forms must be in by Monday July 22nd.

The entry fee is $100 and covers any and all categories which include whole beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder/boston butt, chicken, sauces, and chef’s choice.

Contestants will be allowed to enter the cooking area at the fairgrounds anytime Friday August 2nd from 9am to 5pm. All vehicles must be removed from the cooking area by 6pm Friday with teams in place ready to begin cooking.

Fires shall be of wood, wood pellets, charcoal, or gas and electrical accessories such as spits, augers, or forced drafts are permitted. Water and electric service will be available but teams must provide their own cords, water containers, etc.

All meat must be inspected before cooking and in original store wrapping maintained at 40 degree temperature or below. Chicken and chef’s choice meats my be pre-marinated prior to cooking Friday night but will still be inspected.

After cooking, competition meat must be maintained at 140 degrees or higher and in a covered container. Decisions of Judges are final.

There will be cash prizes for each category first thru third places and a Grand Champion will be determined by total points accumulated in all categories and will win $500 plus a trophy.

For more information on the BBQ cookoff at this year’s Henry County Fair contact Donna Milam at 336-1966.

HCHS Football Season Tickets On Sale Starting July 22

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is selling season tickets for this year’s football games starting on Monday July 22nd. They will be on sale from 8am to 2pm Monday thru Friday at Henry County High School. Cost if $40 per ticket and that allows you to park in the reserve parking lot area behind Patriot Stadium. It also allows chairback seating.

If you decide to not renew your season tickets this year please call Judy Henson at 642-5232 and let her know. The Athletic Department says there is a long waiting list of people who want tickets and they want to serve those people as quickly as possible.


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