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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Nicki Cronkright

Beer Permited Granted For West Wood

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday evening and granted a new beer permit for Piyush Patel at Westwood Warehouse, located at 1220 Westwood St. The permit if a Class A permit for off premise sales. This new permit is required because of the change in ownership.

HCHS Baseball Tryouts Tuesday, Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- New Henry County Head Baseball Coach Doug Barner will hold tryouts for current Patriot baseball players on Tuesday July 26th at 6pm at the HCHS baseball field. Tryouts for incoming freshman and any other students interested in playing baseball next year will be on Wednesday July 27th at 6pm.

State Unemployment at 4.1%

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, unchanged from the May revised rate of 4.1 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.7 percent to 4.1 percent while the national rate declined from 5.3 percent to 4.9 percent. Total nonfarm employment increased 11,200 jobs from May to June. The largest increases occurred in leisure/hospitality, local government, & other services. Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 66,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in education/health services, trade/transportation/utilities, & manufacturing.

County Unemployment rates will be released next week.

Corn Relish Salad Samples at Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer’s Market will have Corn Relish Salad 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 Youth Football Signups July 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Football signups will be held from 11am to 1pm at the Paris Civic Center on Saturday 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 Totals Finally Top 1K

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday’s Early Voting turnout was 190 at the Election Commission Office. Of that, 152 voted Republican, 35 Democrat, and 3 General. The total number of votes cast so far during Early Voting is 1037. Early voting continues each weekday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and 9am to Noon on Saturdays at the Election Commission Office until July 30th. Election Day is Thursday August 4th.

Eaton to Gas Board: TRA Increasing Comprehensive Inspection Visits

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of directors met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board that the Tennessee Regulatory Authority is changing their comprehensive inspection schedule. He said they used to hold the comprehensive inspections every three years, but they are changing it to once a year now.

Eaton said it seems that they are digging for violations and discrepancies as he had talked to Jackson Energy Authority had recently had a visit from four TRA officials. He said they went back 5 years on records, went with hourly employees to see how they did their job, and really investigated every aspect of the utility.

Eaton said the TRA is expected to come do the comprehensive inspection for the PHCPUD in October and staff is double and triple checking work and updating records to make sure they are ready for the inspection. Eaton said our staff has seen this coming and started to try to improve our way of keeping reports and on the job activities to prepare.

Gas Board Agrees to Waive Fees to Attract Restaurant

Paris, Tenn.- The Gas Board approved a request to waive tap and hook up fees for a potential national chain restaurant to locate in Paris. Eaton said it was around $2500 worth of fees that the district could waive for the restaurant. Eaton said that CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton requested the district to waive fees for incentives for the chain restaurant as he is pursuing Applebees to finally go ahead and build their building in the Wal-mart area. Hamilton said if Applebees doesn’t agree then he will pursue other chain restaurants.

TDEC Offering Grants to Use NGV Trucks

Paris, Tenn.- More from the Gas Board meeting this week saw General Manager Tae Eaton inform the board that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is offering $2.5M in grant money for municipalities, schools, utilities, for trucks that run primarily on Natural Gas. The district itself has two NGV Trucks, but these grants are for trucks that are at least 14K lbs. not lightweight trucks like the PHCPUD has in their fleet. Eaton said $25K would be awarded which would go a long way to purchasing a NGV vehicle and he was going to share the grant information with the school systems, City and County to see if any entity might be able to use it.

Gas Board Approves Payments for Services

Paris, Tenn.- In other action at the board meeting, the Gas Board approved a retainer payment for CG Underground in the amount of $9025.38 for main extension work. This completes the project. The board also approved payment for James Plus & Associates in the amount of $1027.10 for work on the main extension projects. 

The board approved engineering services from James Plus & Assoc. for work on main extension projects in this fiscal year, agreeing not to exceed the cost of $49,500. Eaton said the surveys sent out show that the district’s idea of expansion could equate to around 200 new customers. Eaton said this would be about a half million dollar overall project, but it could be depreciated for 47 years and return on investment with adding more customers would outweigh the cost.

Eaton reported to board members that the annual Audit was performed by Alexander Thompson Arnold and there were no findings as a clean audit was presented.

Fenton Boat Ramp at LBL Temporarily Closed Starting Mon.

LBL, Ky./TN.- Starting at 1am, Monday, July 25, the Fenton Boat Ramp, dock, and jetty will be closed to any use until demolition work is completed on the old Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Photos available on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/sets.

Bank Vehicle Vandalism Probed by PPD

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to Commercial Bank’s Downtown branch in reference to vandalism to bank vehicles. The tailgate of a pickup truck owned by the bank was apparently stolen along with the bumper and license plate. Later it was determined that another bank vehicle had the trim on the back glass window cut, causing the glass to fall out and break. Ptl. Forrest attempted to seek out video from the alley but none was available. Investigation is continuing.

Alleged Assault, Theft Incidents Turned Over to CID

Paris, Tenn.- A case involving alleged assault and theft has been turned over to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, according to a report. Dep. David Andrews responded to a home on 641 N., where the victim said he was installing a dead bolt and found a piece of knife blade stuck in the door frame. He explained to Dep. Andrews that another man had entered his home the other night and shoved him and argued with him then left. The victim said this alleged assaulting has gone on between the two for some time and the suspect also had stolen $29K in cash in the last 6-12 months.  

Rhea, Harrelson Pre-K to Sponsor Free Movie for Kids July 28

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea and Harrelson Pre-K Head Start are sponsoring a free showing of the “The Secret Life of Pets” movie for children that will turn 3 or 4 by Augsut 15th. The free movie will be shown at 10am on Thursday July 28th at the Parisian Theatre, 161 Jim Adams Drive. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shady Grove Cemetery Assoc. to Meet Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Shady Grove Cemetery Association meeting will be held at 10am Saturday July 23rd at the Memory Garden in the cemetery on Shady Grove Road. All persons with family or friends buried in the cemetery are encouraged to attend. Donations for cemetery upkeep can be mailed to Carolyn Nored, 975 Jim Merrell Road, Paris, TN 38242. For more information call 642-4000.

KPACYA To Present Legally Blonde, Jr. this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center Young Artists will present Legally Blonde, Jr., this upcoming weekend. Shows are at 7pm Friday and Saturday evening and tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students.

State Parks to Host TN Students on TN Promise Sat. This Week

Nashville- Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, July 23.

“TN Promise Saturday is a way for our parks to connect students to the outdoor opportunities available here in Tennessee while supporting their academic goals,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “We’re excited to get as many students as possible outdoors and involved in hands-on activities.” 

All 56 Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events, which include clearing brush, limbs and invasive plants; planting flowers; building trails; assisting with fun community events; or maintaining historic features. Projects are designed to beautify Tennessee’s parks and natural areas, as well as provide meaningful outdoor experiences for volunteers.

“tnAchieves is grateful for Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas for its efforts to ensure TN Promise students cultivate a culture of giving back to their communities,” said Krissy DeAlegandro, executive director of tnAchieves. “This is another great example of how all Tennesseans are aligning for increased student success.”

The Tennessee Promise, part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiatives to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-secondary credential to 55 percent by 2025, provides tuition-free community and technical college to recent high school graduates. All Tennessee Promise students utilizing the program this fall are required to complete eight hours of community service by Aug. 1, 2016.

View a current list of TN Promise events being held at Tennessee State Parks and register at www.tnstateparks.com/about/special-event-cards/tn-promise-saturday or contact Nancy Schelin at (615) 532-5249 or nancy.schelin@tn.gov.

HC 10 Year Old All Stars Lose First Game of SE Regionals

Franklin, Tenn.- The Henry County 10 year old All Stars lost a battle with Fort Caroline, Florida's team in the first game of the Southeast Regional Tournament by a score of 7-6. The team will play around 9am Thursday in their 2nd game against a team from North Carolina.

Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday July 23rd at the Paris Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

The format for the tournament is a 3 man scramble with a Calcutta Flight and Main Flight. Entry fee is $350 per team. Start time for the Calcutta Flight is 8am, depending on the number of entries start time for main flight is either 8am or 1pm. Lunch will be served and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in both flights.

There will be musical entertainment for the day Haleigh Martin from 1-3pm in the clubhouse then from 3-5pm poolside. Olivia Faye will perform from 6-8pm in the clubhouse. Each golfer will receive a free pool pass to use themselves or for a guest. Normal fees apply to additional guest.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 each. For more information call the Paris Country Club at 642-0591, Dan Jackson at 336-3620 or Christ Martin at 697-1585.

Benefit for Izzy Polin Set for Saturday at PUMC

Paris, Tenn.- Puryear United Methodist Church will host a Cancer Benefit for Izzy Polin this Saturday July 23rd from 11am to 7pm. The church is located at 114 West Chestnut Street in Puryear.

There will be grilled burgers, hot dogs, BBQ bologna, or Boston Butts to choose from along with chips dessert, and drink. Donations are accepted. There will be a cake walk, kids games, live music, and a silent auction going on as well.

Izzy is a 7 year old cancer patient at St. Judes and 100% of the proceeds will be help Izzy and her family. For more information on the benefit call Karen Wilson at 731-697-0304 or Tammy Wimberly at 270-978-2533.

FCCLA Club to Collect School Supplies Sat. at Walmart

Paris, Tenn.- FCCLA will be collecting School Supplies at Wal-Mart on Saturday July 23rd from 10am to 2pm. School supplies that are collected will be distributed to the income eligible students by the Family Resource Center.

Fall Soccer Signups Set For July 23rd And 30th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Soccer Club signups will be held July 23rd 9 am – noon and July 30th 9 am – 2 pm at Hulmes Sporting Goods. Participants must be four years old by August 31st through seventeen years old. Registration fee is $45 and will include jersey and socks.

150 Cast Ballot During Wednesday Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections DeLania Green said 150 Henry Countians cast their votes during Wednesday's Early Voting. Of those, 107 were Republican, 39 Democrats, and 4 General. The total number of Early Votes cast so far during the Early Voting period is 847.

Routon Home Destroyed in Early Morning Fire

Henry, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Chad Lowery responded to house on fire at 6825 Hwy. 79 S. just past midnight on Wednesday morning. The home was fully involved and the Henry Fire Department was on scene attempting to extinguish the flames. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office tanker was dispatched to assist in the fire along with the Mansfield Fire Department. (Photos by Debbie Tummins)

Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls said crews arrived on scene around 12:33am and were out until just before 7am this morning and came in to get a bite to eat and then some were called back out there after 8am. He said some firefighters continue to monitor the area for hotspots and they try to salvage what they can for insurance purposes.

The home belonged to Casey Crosser and no one was at the home at the time it caught fire. The home was deemed a total loss and the Henry Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of it.

Man Charged With Agg. Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Jordan Henry, age 24, of 206 Wynn Street with aggravated assault after he admitted to striking a man with a bat. The report stated Sgt. Whitaker was dispatched to Eagle Food Store in reference to a fight and the victim said Henry hit him with a bat several times. The store gave Sgt. Whitaker a copy of the tape where the fight was caught on film. The victim said Henry accused him of stealing marijuana from him.

Later Henry admitted to hitting the victim with the baseball bat, but said it was in retaliation for the victim pulled a gun on him at Ogburn Park. Henry was charged with aggravated assault and investigation continues into the incident.

Tuesday Early Voting Totals

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting numbers for Tuesday saw 195 people cast their ballot for the August 4th Election. The turnout was 162 Republican, 26 Democrat, and 7 General. The total number of Early Votes cast so far in Henry County is 697. Early Voting continues until July 30th.

Pete Valentine Rd. To Be Closed Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Pete Valentine Road off Hwy. 641 N. on Wednesday for the replacement of two culverts. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

PSSD BOE Receives Budgets for 2016-17 FY

The PSSD board listens to Sup. Mike Brown go over the healtcare inc. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and members were presented with the budgets for the fiscal year which began July 1. Superintendent Mike Brown went over the numbers in the budget for the board Tuesday evening.

The proposed budget for the 2016-17 year for the PSSD shows and increase in state BEP funds of $572K. Some of the highlights of the budget include a 1% bonus at a cost of $107K, 3% raise at a cost of over $321K. This is for all employees and is on their total salary.

One of the largest impacts to the budget is a 6.1% increase in Healthcare cost which will cost the system nearly $50K. Brown said the GAP plan is gone and other plans have increased. He said he anticipates for many employees will migrate back to the PPO plan. Brown said the state is planning to add a little more money to the BEP formula again in January to help offset the GAP plan going away. Brown said open enrolment is October 1, so we need to know exactly what we can offer by then to let employees have more choices.

Brown said “for our employees I’m going to continue to work as hard as possible to find the best plans to have minimum impact on their take home pay and we will continue to provide good benefits for them.”

The budget also includes a brand new bus at a cost of $111K, a new technology position with benefits at $81K. The project at Inman for the Athletic Facility is included at $496K in the budget as well. Brown said he is comfortable and thinks the system should pay for the Inman project out of fund balance and not add to debt service. The board approved a motion for approving the 3% raise, 1% raise, and the Inman Athletic building at a cost not to exceed $500K from fund balance.

The board also approved the Coordinated School Health budget. Director Sherry Wagner said we will increase nurses’ salaries and pay half a PE teacher at Rhea. The money also allows the purchase of equipment in the mini grants. She said the budget is basically in personnel and equipment. The Special Education budget of over $13K was approved as well.

Board Policy Approved for Service Animals

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board approved a board policy Tuesday night dealing with service animals in district facilities. The state has made a policy to allow animals inside schools with students. Only animals such as dogs and miniature horses have been approved by the TSBA as the only animals allowed. The animals must be trained and ten day’s notice must be given to the district and the student must be able to control the animal. The policy does allow the animal to be removed if a disturbance develops from having the animal.

Rhea Construction Update Given to PSSD Board

Paris,Tenn.- Jimmy Henson, of Henson Construction, was on hand Tuesday night at the PSSD board meeting and gave an update on the progress of the construction going on at Rhea Elementary. Domestic water lines and underground connections are being done this week along with some other landscaping issues. Henson said that building blocks should start going up I October if not sooner. The building pad should start been worked on next week.

Bids Due Next Tuesday for Inman Athletic Complex Project

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Facilities Richie Chilcutt gave an update on the proposed athletic facility that different sports will share and use for practice and training. Bids are due next Tuesday at 2pm and Chilcutt said he is bidding this as a turnkey project and we are trying to find a contractor to handle the whole package. If that doesn’t work we will have to go back and bid the project in packages. He said so far there are 7 bids for the project. He said the project should take about 90 to 120 days at the most.

STEM Camp Well Received Last Week

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Norma Gerrell, Supervisor of Instruction and Curriculum gave the board a presentation on the STEM, or Science Technology Engineering and Math camp which was held this last week. Dr. Gerrell said the students created stop motion videos using clay while some students built catapults. Dr. Gerrell said the camp had about 29 students attend and was another success. Dr. Gerrell said we utilized the free lunches from the Henry County School System which provides for students throughout the summer.

An annual report on bullying was given to PSSD board members at their meeting Tuesday night. Brown said there were 11 cases determined by principals that rose to the level of bullying. That number is up from 7 cases last year, down from 14 cases two years ago. The report is required by the state.

PSSD Registration Information for Upcoming School Year

Paris, Tenn.- Registration for students new to the PSSD will be held Friday July 29th between 8am and 11am at their respective school. All returning students should receive a call from their teachers next week. If parents do not receive a call for returning students they should come to the orientation for their child’s school.

Parent orientation and open houses for schools in the PSSD are as follows at  8-9am for Kindergarten 5-6pm for 1st and 2nd graders and  will be held August 1st, PES August 1st 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Inman August 2nd from 5 to 6:30pm.

Rhea Principal Scott Owens reminded the board and the public Rhea’s new entrance will be at the gym because of the construction going and the stadium lot will be open for parking at Rhea during registration night.  August 5th is the first day of school for students in the PSSD and it is an abbreviated half day.

City of Paris Receives $350K HOME Grant

Commissioner Terry Fuller, City Manager Kim Foster, Commissioner Jackie Jones, Mayor Carlton Gerrell, and Commissioner Gayle Griffith were on hand for the check presentation from THDA. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A formal check presentation was held at Paris City Hall Tuesday afternoon as City Officials accepted the $350K HOME grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency which will allow the city to assist eligible individuals with some home repairs. Amy Schaftlein, with THDA was on hand to present the check.

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.

Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson Earns CPA Designation

Paris, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee has honored Mike Wilson, Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, as a Certified Public Administrator at a recent graduation event hosted at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee.

To achieve the designation, Wilson completed 80 credit hours in the County Officials Certificate Training Program (COCTP).  The course is administered by the UT County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) and is made available to county officials.

“This is a unique program that offers a broad spectrum of training to county officials to provide them with the knowledge to better serve their constituents,” said Robin Roberts, executive director of CTAS.

Each course in the program is designed to provide specialized, technical and managerial training to help run local government offices more effectively.  Classroom topics include ethics, compliance and audit principles, budgeting, records management, leadership, risk management, and a host of other applicable subjects for county government administration.

“I have always taken the responsibility of my specific duties as court clerk very seriously.  State law, regulations and expectations are ever changing so I believe in a continuing effort to learn as much as I can when the opportunity is presented,” said Wilson.

“This certification is one that I am very proud of.  I appreciate the effort of my office staff and family, which made it possible for me to dedicate the time to attend these classes over the last several months,” commented Wilson.

“One thing I have learned during my nearly six years in office is, good government requires great effort, and I’m proud to represent Henry County,” added Wilson.

UTM End of Summer Bash Set for July 29th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is throwing a party July 29, and high school students from all areas are invited.

The 2016 End of Summer Bash will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by an official welcome at 1:30 and campus tours at 2. Students who have already taken a campus tour are still invited to Recreation Rampage from 3-5 p.m. in the UT Martin Student Recreation Center.

Students and their families are invited to learn more about UT Martin programs of study; meet faculty, staff and current students; and participate in a variety of recreation activities.

Join in the fun by registering at utm.edu/summerbash. There is no charge to attend.

For more information about UT Martin or the admissions process, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu.

MSU Human Resources Track Prepares Students for Success

Murray, Ky.- The Human Resource Management track within Murray State University’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business prepares students for success in the classroom and beyond graduation. In fact, the program boasts an 87.5% pass rate on the National Assurance of Learning Assessment (AOL), compared to a national average of 62% as publicized by the Society for Human Resources Management.

The industry exam covers the information an HR professional needs to know to succeed in an entry-level position. Murray State’s HR Management faculty encourage graduating seniors to take the assessment to get a step ahead in the field. 

Though the assessment does not provide a certification, “it is however a third-party evaluation of student qualifications that can be an indicator of the strength of an HR program, which is essential under the AACSB guidelines for a business school to maintain its accreditation,” said Sandy Miles, Professor of Human Resource Management.

“This exam is not mandatory to enter the HR profession, but it does distinguish recent graduates who are pursuing HR jobs that they do indeed have the required knowledge,” added Miles. 

One such graduate is Liz Dodd, who returned to Murray State in 2014 to receive a concentration in HR Management. Nearing graduation, she was encouraged by her professors to take the AOL exam, and she credits HR Management courses for her success.

“I am confident that my completion of HR graduate-level classes at Murray State and my passing score on the SHRM Assurance of Learning Assessment will help prove my expertise to both my current and future employers,” said Dodd. 

For students interested in becoming certified, the program’s faculty recommend taking the aPHR or PHR exams, which are offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). The aPHR is designed for recent graduates who are starting their career, while the PHR is intended for those who have mastered HR law and practices. 

Courtney Payne, who graduated from Murray State University in fall 2011 with a degree in Business Management–Human Resources, took the PHR exam to set herself apart from her peers. 

“The exam is by far one of the hardest exams I have ever taken — which makes passing it that much sweeter! I passed the exam on my first try and did well on it. I contribute that largely in part to being well prepared by the HR Program and its staff,” said Payne. 

Now, Payne works as an HR Generalist at Mizkan America, a 400-employee food manufacturing facility that produces Ragu and Bertolli sauces, in Owensboro, Ky. During her time with the company, she has been involved in a divestiture, a layoff, an acquisition and a merger. 

When faced with company changes or evolving federal laws — like the overtime rule recently introduced by the U.S. Department of Labor — HR professionals must be able to adapt. Payne said the HR track prepared her for such changes, but more importantly, it helped her to become confident in the field. 

“Each course that's part of the program taught something important; however, I strongly believe that the most important knowledge you get comes from outside the classroom and a text book,” said Payne. “Murray State’s HR Program does just that. It immerses you in the field and allows you to apply what you've learned from the classroom while gaining invaluable experience. Beyond all else, the HR Program teaches you to teach yourself, which is a crucial skill in the ever-changing HR field.”

Payne attributes her ability to succeed in the position to her HR professors, who encouraged her to take the industry exam and who continue to support and guide her — even four years after she graduated.
To learn more, please contact Joy Roach Humphreys at (270) 809-4259 or jhumphreys4@murraystate.edu.

Registration and Important Dates for HCSS

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will be starting school soon and registration for students new to the system will be held next week. For elementary and Middle School students the registration is Friday July 29th 9am to 3pm. For new students to the system that will go to E.W. Grove or Henry County High School, registration will be Tuesday July 26th and Wednesday July 27th from 8am to 2pm. All new students to the system should attend the registration and be sure to bring student’s birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, and proof of address.

In addition to registration, the system has planned several open houses for the various schools.

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.

Grove's open house is set for Thursday July 28th at 6pm for all incoming freshmen and their parents.

Harrelson School will host an open house at 5pm on Thursday July 28th, Henry Elementary will have their open house at the same time as well. Lakewood Elementary and Middle will host a meet and greet on Thursday July 28th from 4pm-5:30pm.

School supply lists for elementary and middle school students is available on the district website and at local businesses who sell school supplies.

Illinois Fugitive From Justice Apprehended

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Denna Gallegus, age 38, of 2335 Swor Road with being fugitive from justice from Illinois. Ptl. Roaten responded to 814 Curtis Street to where unwanted persons were staying around the residence. After checking thru dispatch, Gallegus was found to be wanted in Illinois and was on $250K bond and they would extradite.

HC Commission Holds Quick July Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday night with very light business to take care of on the agenda.

Prior to the business being handled, Commissioner Connie McSwain said around 300 kids participated in the W.G. Library’s Summer Reading Program this year and at the final event swim party, there was around 175. It was a big success.

Commissioners approved recommendations from the Nominating Committee including reappointing Danny Tucker as County Coroner for two more years, and M.L. Bailey as assistant County Coroner also with terms expiring in 2018.

The commission also approved a resolution approving an interlocal agreement between the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County Emergency Communications District for dispatching services, and whereas the HCSO is the backup 911 center it allows the agencies to share equipment as well.

911 Director Mark Archer and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew both spoke on the great working relationship that they have with each other and was glad to be a part of the inter local agreement.

209 Vote on Monday for Early Voting In HC

Paris, Tenn.- The third day of Early Voting for the August 4th Election came to close Monday with 209 people voting during the day. The break down for Monday was 167 Republican, 36 Democrat, and 6 for general. The three day total number of votes cast during Early Voting is now up to 499. Early Voting will continue until July 30th from 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and Saturdays 9am to Noon at the Election Commission office.

HCHS FB Season Tickets Now on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Season tickets for the Henry County High School Patriots Football season are on sale now at Henry County High School. Cost is $40 for 5 home games in 2016.

Tickets will be on sale from 8am to 2pm each weekday at the HCHS main office. Fans are asked to purchase season tickets as soon as possible if they are going to continue being a season ticket holder so others on waiting lists can be informed of ticket availability. For more information or questions call Judy Henson or Velvet Arnold at 642-5232.

Barner Picked as New Pats Baseball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County graduate and former Patriot baseball player Doug Barner has been dubbed as the new head baseball coach for Henry County, according to Athletic Director Mike Poteete. Barner will take over after Coach Brian Welp resigned from the position at the end of this season in May, where the Patriots won the District 10-AAA tournament championship.

Barner played baseball, basketball, and football at Henry County High School during his freshman season in 1989-90 and was named District 10-AAA MVP in baseball as a junior and senior. He was chosen as All District 10-AAA team in football his senior season as well.

Barner received a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University and played on OVC Conference Championship teams in 1993, 1995, and 1996. Barner was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1996 and played some minor league baseball in the Tampa Bay organization.

Barner played Shortstop and pitcher in High School and 3B at MTSU and was drafted as a 3B by the Rays organization.

In phone interview Monday morning with News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Barner said he was excited to come back home and felt like he had some unfinished business. Barner said, “I played for some really good baseball teams at HCHS, but we never made a state tournament and now is my chance to get there by coaching.”

Barner said pitching and defense will be keys to success and he is the type of coach to really focus on that part of the game. “Hitting is contagious, sometimes you score 10 runs, sometimes the other pitcher shuts you down, but we will pitch to miss barrels, and we will play hard nosed defense every single time.”

Tryouts will be held after school starts back in August and he said “we will find a way to win, just because we might be young, it doesn’t mean we can’t get wins on the field and be good.”

Thefts Investigated By HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins responded to a theft of a stolen vehicle from a home on Guthrie Road this weekend. The vehicle was taken while the victim was asleep, according to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. There are no suspects at this time.

Another theft occurred on Conyersville Road where a power inverter, CB radio, and steering wheel was taken from a broken down semi on the property. The value of the items stolen is around $1700 and there are no suspects.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Metro Crime Unit arrested William B. Clayton, age 63 of 1312 N. Market Street for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule two with intent. Other arrests include Jason J. Kennon, age 39, of 367 Woodland Acres, for aggravated assault.

Local Shooting Clubs Do Well at National Competition

Marengo, Ohio- The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation National Championships was completed over the past week in Marengo, Ohio. Local competitors from the Henry County No Fly Zone team and from McKenzie Shooting Sports squads did very well in the competition.

Notably in the Scholastic Clay Target competition Henry County No Fly Zone members Shelby Summers finished 4th in Intermediate Girls, Skye McClain finished 15th in Senior Girls. Dalton Dodd 20th and Braden Tosh finished #1 in the Rookie Division. McKenzie Shooting Sports members Shooter Nelson finished ninth in Rookie division, Emily Bell 12th in Senior Girls, and Drew Beeler finished 5th in Intermediate boys division. The National Competition attracted teams from all over the country from Junior High through College levels.

UpChurch Drive Closed for Culvert Replacement Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close UpChurch Drive for culvert replacement on Tuesday morning July 19th. The road will be back open for late afternoon traffic.

Palestine Church Revival Going on This Week

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church, located at 4059 Palestine Road is holding their revival this week. The Revival will be held each evening at the church beginning at 7pm Monday thru Wednesday. Pastor Emily Walker will speak and different musical acts will perform. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tennessee To Step In On Fantasy Sports Gambling

Nashville, Tenn.- The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming has a new name. Effective July 1, it’s now the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming. The division's new title is a result of the Fantasy Sports Act of 2016 approved by the General Assembly and signed into law in April.

The new law requires fantasy sports operators to obtain a license with the division. The license requirement applies to fantasy sports operators who offer daily and season-long contests that charge players an entry fee to assemble imaginary teams and subsequently offer prizes as a result of the outcome of those games. Examples include DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo! Sports.

There is no requirement for players to register with the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming. Free games where players do not pay an entry fee to win a prize are also excluded from the law.

"Tennessee is one of the first states to enact legislation specifically addressing fantasy sports contests. We look forward to ensuring operators follow the law to offer a new level of consumer protection for Tennesseans who choose to play these online games,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

Licensing includes submitting financial documents as well as maintaining segregated player funds. Complaints submitted to the division will be investigated. The division will work in conjunction with the Tennessee Attorney General & Reporter's office, Tennessee Department of Revenue as well as various law enforcement and state agencies to enforce the Fantasy Sports Act. Violators could face civil penalties.

A copy of the law, application and complete set of rules can be found at sos.tn.gov/fantasysports. Anyone with questions can email fantasy.sports@tn.gov or call (615) 253-6658 for more information.

Vaccinations Ready As New School Year About To Start

Paris, Tenn.- Another school year will soon begin for many students in Tennessee and now is the time to make sure they receive the required immunizations for school attendance.

‘’Vaccines are critical protection for our own children and help keep other kids around them safe from many diseases,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. "The measles outbreak we just emerged from in Memphis should serve as a vivid wake-up call and remind us how lucky we are to have vaccines that protect us. Please make sure you and yours have the vaccines you need."

In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had all the immunizations necessary to protect them and their classmates from serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

‘’Immunizations will keep children from getting sick and spreading infections to other students, so it’s very important that each child receives the required and recommended vaccinations now for a healthy start to the school year,’’ said Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, director of the Tennessee Immunization Program.’’

Requirements for school vaccinations in Tennessee:

• Kindergartners and other children enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time must provide schools with a complete Official Tennessee Immunization Certificate before classes begin. The certificate must be signed by a qualified healthcare provider or verified by the state’s Immunization Information System.

• All current students entering seventh grade are required to give the school a limited Official
Tennessee Immunization Certificate showing they have had a second dose of chickenpox
vaccine (or a history of the illness) and a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The
HPV cancer vaccine and first meningococcal meningitis vaccine are also recommended, but not
required for school, for this age group.

• Incoming college students in Tennessee public colleges who will live in on-campus housing must provide proof of immunization against meningococcal meningitis after age 16. Most private colleges also have requirements for this vaccine and some schools require it of all new students. Check with your college for details.

‘’The HPV vaccine is one of the recommended vaccines and we strongly urge girls and boys to get this vaccine because it’s an important part of lifetime cancer prevention,” said Dr. Moore. “ The HPV vaccine is proven safe, effective and long-lasting.”

Immunizations required for school are readily available from most healthcare providers across the state, including county health departments. Children younger than age 19 may be eligible for free vaccine if they have no insurance, are enrolled in TennCare, have private insurance that does not cover vaccines or are American Indian or Alaska Native.

The complete list of Tennessee child care and school immunization requirements is on the TDH website at www.tennesseeiis.gov and https://www.kidcentraltn.com/. Kidcentral tn also has additional information about the importance of immunizations. Local schools and school districts can provide information about when and how immunization certificates need to be provided.

Early Voting Numbers Update

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the August 4th General Election began at 8:30am Friday at the Election Commission Office. As of Saturday a total of 291 has already cast their ballot, with 195 Republican, 79 Democrat, and 19 General Voters.

Early Voting continues each weekday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to Noon until July 30th. Early Voting is at the Election Commission Office.

Over 300 Compete In Chamber's Water Fun Run

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The great weather brought out a huge crowd of over 300 for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Water Fun Run. A total of 5 dealers, Wayne Powers Sr., Tony Wheatley, Wayne Powers Jr., John Wambles, and Angela Jones were handing out the cards, including card gurus Brenda Powers and Kevin Buie, which supervised the dealers and helped people out with finding the best hand they could possibly get. Taking care of the leader board was Mark Johnson, while Monica Smith, Randi French, Stacia Puckett, Carole Strobl, and Allison Reagor worked the check in station; and Jennifer Wheatley was the executive director of the event.

The winner of the first round was Charlene Garrett with a 5 – 9 spades straight flush. The winner of the second round was Leslee Quinn with four 10’s and a queen kicker. The winner of the third round was Carney West with four queens and a jack kicker. All the winners won a five hundred dollar check, and the Water Run was once again a huge success.

Open House At E.W. Grove School Thursday July 28th

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School would like to invite all incoming freshmen and parents to a Back to School Open House on Thursday, July 28th at 6 pm.

Open House will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session on policies, procedures, and how to prepare for the first day of school. Attendees can then take a tour of the school and become familiar with programs offered at E.W. Grove School. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents.

For more information, call E.W. Grove School at 642-4586.

8th Congressional District Candidate Forum Held At KPAC

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Republican Forum held Friday evening for the 8th Congressional District had a decent turnout filling up half the auditorium in support for the Candidates campaigning for the vacated seat left by Stephen Fincher. The forum opened up by first introducing the Moderator of the Forum, the Honorable Vicki H. Hoover and then the panel which consisted of Ms. Pam Hughes, Dr. Andrew Lundberg, and Ms. Elizabeth Phillips. Ms. Pam Hughes graciously said the prayer, followed by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew starting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vicki Hoover started off by stating that it was the first time certain local seats were being contested by Republicans Catherine Herrera and Richie Chilcutt. All of the Candidates but two, Brian Kelsey and Dave Bault, were able to make it to the Forum Friday evening. Vicki Hoover went over the rules of the Forum, explaining to the Candidates and the citizens that each Candidate would have a minute and a half for an opening statement, and a minute and a half to answer questions from the panelists, with an additional seven seconds to finish their sentence if they went over their allotted time.

With each Candidate answering the questions competently and straight forward, the 8th Congressional District will have a great chance to be represented in Washington.

Important dates to know:

July 15 – 30 Early voting for August 4th Primary and General Election

August 4 Primary and General election

August 10 First day to request Absentee Ballot for November 8th General Election

Octobern11 Last day to register to vote in November 8th General Election

Oct. 19 – Nov 3 Early voting for November 8th General Election

November 8 General Election

T.A.R.P. Celebrating ADA Signing

(Barron Robinson photo)

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

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.

Multiple Vehicle Burglaries Under Investigation

Paris, Tenn.- Local law enforcement continues to investigate thefts from automobiles that happened in the city and county. Several reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed the thefts.

A JVC stereo was stolen out of a pickup truck on Walnut Street.

On East Wood Street a Walther PPX 9mm pistol was stolen out of a pickup truck.

Two handguns, a Smith & Wesson 9 MM Auto and a Smith & Wesson 9 MM along with both pistol clips with ammo on Sullivan Drive.

Another pickup truck on Sullivan Drive had a 22 Cal Rev. pistol along with 50 rounds of ammo stolen.

Another pickup truck on Sullivan Drive had an old cell phone LC 2 along with a bottle of painkillers.

Officers are unsure if these thefts are related and investigation is continuing.

Early Voting Off to a Good Start in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the August 4th General Election began at 8:30am Friday at the Election Commission Office. As of around 9:45am, nearly 30 people had already came in to cast their ballot in the County General and State Primary Election.

Early Voting continues each weekday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to Noon until July 30th. Early Voting is at the Election Commission Office. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

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.

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.



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