From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Judge Snyder Speaks To Quota
Paris, Tenn.-At the recent meeting of the local Quota Club, General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder spoke to the group about her duties, which include as juvenile judge.
On Mondays, she hears suits which used to be more credit card cases and now are unpaid medical bills, due to the economy. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she has criminal court. On Wednesdays, she has juvenile court, which includes mainly drug abuse and shoplifting cases. She said a child has the same constitutional rights as an adult. Juveniles who get into trouble are on supervised probation and must do community service, such as collecting trash after ball games and doing yard work for businesses in town. They don’t do work for anyone in government, any probation officer, any judges or individuals.
She said probation should be miserable, as she doesn’t want any repeat offenders; but if they do repeat their crime, they have to write a paper on whatever they did and they get only cheap salty crackers and water. She sometimes sends parents out with them on community service projects, depending on the crime. If they are disrespectful to teachers or other adults, they must write a 10-page paper on being respectful. If a juvenile is brought in for speeding, they have to go to Ridgeway Funeral Home and plan their funeral from beginning to end. They have to pick out everything, plan their service, who speaks, who sings and the songs they sing and where they will be buried. She makes them do this because she does not want to pick up the newspaper and see their vehicle wrapped around a tree. She said there are few repeat offenders on speeding.
On the second Wednesday, she has child support cases, which can average 200 per day. On the 4th Wednesday, she hears child abuse cases and she works closely with the Department of Children’s Services. She helps families with parenting classes so young mothers can keep and take care of their babies and also helps place children in foster homes when necessary. She works with mental patients, to help them find the appropriate place to live. She visits the Lakehaven facility at Henry County Medical Center and works with troubled patients to assist in getting them ready to go home or to another facility. She also travels to other counties to hear cases. Judges do not hear cases for family or close acquaintances and sometimes ask a judge from a neighboring county to step in for them.
She said she starts her day with prayer and things work out from there. Her goal is to change people, places and things.
Cutline: Pictured are Patsy Kemp, her son Nicko and Lori Billingsley, Patient Representative at HCMC. Kemp was the lucky winner of a $100 Wal-Mart gift card for responding to our Community Image Survey 2012.
Kemp Wins $100 Gift Card for Survey Entry Drawing
Patsy Kemp, left, her son Nicko and Lori Billingsley, Patient Representative at HCMC. (HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center always wants to provide the opportunity for the community to let them know how they are doing with their services, what services they should expand on, and how our community gets its information. So, this year, we mailed out 10,000 community surveys to Henry County and the surrounding area. We had an outstanding response of almost 1,200 surveys returned.
Half of those respondents included names and addresses to be included in a drawing to win a prize. The prize winner’s name is Patsy Kemp from McKenzie and she won a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart.
Lori Billingsley, Patient Representative for HCMC, was asked to present the gift to the Kemps. Patsy Kemp’s experience at HCMC was made great by Lori Billingsley, so we included her in this winning experience.
“I am really excited and this could not have come at a better time,” Kemp said. “I don’t know what we would have done without Lori Billingsley’s help, either, when we utilized HCMC,” she added. “She is just wonderful and she helped make our experience excellent.”
10th Grade Open House This Week
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School will host an Open House for incoming 10th grade students 5:00-7:00 pm Thursday, August 2nd. Students can meet their Homeroom teacher and will receive information about the first day of school.
Back To School Blast Draws Huge Crowd
Tori Starks, left, applies face paint to Nevaeh Alexander. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd of children and parents attended the Back to School Blast at the Central Services building on Jones Bend Rd. Thursday. Hundreds were drawn to the event, which was an opportunity for parents and their kids to receive free backpacks, educational materials and other items they will need for the coming school year. Family Resource Center Family Advocate Becky Holland said nearly 500 children were signed up.
Some 32 vendors set out their wares and/or exhibits for the children to look at, which Holland said is the largest number they have had for the annual event.
Fort Donelson Park Ranger Debbie Austin explains what the national battlefield offers.
Becky Holland leans in for a peek at the critters on display by Ellen Hudson of the Paris Landing raptor rehabilitation crew.
Ice Cream Social Contest Times Announced
Paris, Tenn.-These are the times for the Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show contests for Saturday, July 28, on the courtsquare. The adult ice cream eating contest is at 3:15 p.m; the kids ice cream eating contest is at 4:15 p.m. and the frozen t-shirt contest, sponsored by WMUF/WLZK is at 5:15 p.m. The Peoples' Choice for best car will be announced at 5:55 p.m.
Some 75 cars have already been signed up for the show.
Warrant Issued For Springville Man
Paris, Tenn.-An outstanding warrant has been issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department for John Peppers, 22, 48 Sloan Rd., Springville, following an alleged assault at Kirk’s Trading Post at 14350 Hwy. 79 N on Thursday.
According to the police report, Peppers became belligerent and unruly and broke the cash register and tried to grab the manager of Kirk’s during an altercation. The incident reportedly began when Peppers brought a 12-pack of beer and cigarettes to the counter and said he didn’t have money and that he also needed gas. He asked for credit from the store.
The clerk told him he could only get gas and the report said Peppers began to yell and swear, at which point the clerk removed the items from the counter and called the manager. The manager asked Peppers to leave and Peppers hit the cash register, causing it to fall apart. He then tried to grab the manager’s arm.
Autopsy Conducted To Determine Cause of Death
Paris, Tenn.-An autopsy and toxicology reports are being conducted to determine the cause of death of a 32-year-old Paris woman. Jessica Brouilette of 1304 E. Blythe St., died at home on July 25. According to the police report, Brouilette at 6 p.m. was reported to be suffering from severe headaches and EMS was called around 8 p.m. when she was found to be lying in bed in a pool of vomit.
Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “We are calling for the toxicology reports to determine the cause of death given her age.”
Spaghetti Supper Set
Paris, Tenn.-The 4th Annual Boy Scout Troop 28 Spaghetti Lunch & Dinner
will be held Monday July 30, at First United Methodist Church Gym.
Lunch 11-1 Dinner 5-7 $ 8.00.
All you can eat Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad, Breadsticks, Dessert & Drink
Eat in or take out. Deliveries for 6 or more meals
Bethel Logo Affixed
Paris, Tenn.-Workers at the under-construction Henry County Medical Center/Bethel University imaging center project this week affixed the Bethel logo to the side of the building. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Car Crashes Into BPU Building
Paris, Tenn.-Minor damage was caused to the Board of Public Utilities building Thursday after a car driven by Brian Bizeau, 34, 1220 Hwy. 77, Paris, had a flat tire. Bizeau's car first struck another car in the rear bumper and then continued into the BPU building on Washington St.
Sex Offender Arrest Made
Paris, Tenn.-A Mansfield man was arrested by deputies for violation of the sex offender registry. Curtis Nutting, 43, 400 Foust Rd., was placed on $20,000 bond.
Men Who Cook Sought
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Caring Hearts fund is looking for "Men Who Cook" for the Healthcare fundraiser to be held on Saturday, August 18 from 5 to 7 pm with entertainment by John Austin from 7pm to 10pm at the Paris Convention Center.
Participants should prepare a sampling of their dish to feed 100 people to taste.
Sponsors are also needed. For information and forms, stop by the
hospital Marketing Department or the Public Library. All
proceeds benefit programs provided by the Foundation and Caring
ADA Celebration Event Set Saturday at Fairgrounds
Paris, Tenn.- An Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration and Fundraiser will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday starting at 11am. There will be events inside the Enoch Building and outdoor events as well. There will be live music, bingo, cakewalks, motorcycle ride and show, and games and vendor booths.
Door prizes will be given away including a drawing for a 37 inch TV and the day celebrates the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans Disabilities Act. Last year over 400 people attended the event. For more information contact Matt Wermer at 707-5285.
Early Voting Winding Down
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting continues until 4:30 pm Friday at the election commission office and one more time from 9am until noon on Saturday. In case you didn’t get a chance to vote during the early voting period, all precincts will be open next Thursday August 2 from 7am to 7pm across the county for Election Day. Early voting numbers across the state have seen records broken, but that is not the case in Henry County or Carroll County compared to previous elections.
HC 10 year old All Stars Win Both Games Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County 10 year old all star team won its first game 10-0 over East Nashville on Thursday at the Southeast Regionals in North Carolina. They then beat Western North Carolina 14-4 in the second game Thursday afternoon. We will continue to keep you posted on how they do at the tourney.
Lady Patriots Soccer Car Wash Fundraiser to be held Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer team will hold a car wash fundraiser on Saturday from 9am to Noon at the First Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. The money raised will help them pay for uniforms and travel. Please donate if you can.
Rape, Kidnapping Charges Brought Against Paris Man
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Curtis Watson, 37, 1204 Lincoln St., of Paris, on Wednesday on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping following an incident that occurred earlier in the day.
Sgt. Ricky Watson said officers were at the emergency room of the local hospital July 25 working a different case when the rape victim came in for treatment. She told officers that Watson struck her in the head with an object and forced her to have sex with him on two different occasions during the day.
"During the commission of this felony, Mr. Watson did commit false imprisonment of the victim, as he restricted her freedom of movement," Sgt. Watson said.
During the day, Watson took the victim's cell phone from her and wouldn't let her out of the house by herself. After several hours, the victim talked the suspect into taking her to the emergency room.
Watson was placed on $75,000 bond and given a court day of July 26.
Crime Spree Arrests Made
Gary Thompson Justin Johnson Phillip Hutcherson
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with Puryear Police Department has made the arrest of three persons from an ongoing crime spree.
Arrested were Justin Johnson, 21, Dover; Phillip Hutcherson, 19, 706 Cooper St., Paris; and Gary Thompson, 19, 1296 Forsythe Rd., Buchanan.
Johnson has been charged with five (5) counts of burglary of an auto, Aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Johnson has a bond set at $2,500 and will appear in court on 07-26-2012.
Hutcherson has been charged with burglary of an auto. Aggravated burglary and two (2) counts of theft. One is theft over $500 and the second theft is for theft over $1,000. Hutcherson has a bond set at $25,000 and will appear in court on 07-26-2012.
Thompson has been charged with five (5) counts of burglary of an auto, Aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. Thompson has a bond set at $2,500 and will appear in court on 07-26-212.
The trio is charged with the recent crime spree that occurred in the Northern end of Henry County and involved several vehicle burglaries and home burglaries.
Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We are glad to have these thieves off the street and behind bars”. He added that these people have been terrorizing Henry County and we are pleased to have put a stop to it. Belew went on to say, "We believe they may be involved in other crimes in Henry County and the investigation is still active and he ask that anyone that has any additional information to please give the Henry County Sheriff’s Office a call at 731-642-1672 or call the Henry County Hot Line at 731-642-0929."
Stalking Charges Draw Arrest
Paris, Tenn.-Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office have arrested and charged Jason Cheek, 32, 190 Neeley Rd., Paris, with two (2) counts of Stalking, one of which was for Aggravated Stalking.
The aggravated stalking charge is due to the fact that Cheek was stalking a prior victim that he has been charged with in the past.
Cheek has a bond set at $50,000 and will appear in court on 07-26-2012 to answer to the charges.
Cheek does have a past criminal history of stalking charges along with indecent exposure charges in Henry County.
HCHS Offers Free Breakfast
Paris, Tenn.-Enjoying breakfast are: from left, Band students Blair Barber, Riley Winchester, Katey Dunlap, Chelsee Smith, Tia Byars, Shantil Haynes, Derrick Jermayne and Shelby McMurray enjoy a free breakfast at Henry County High School during the Summer Feeding Program, ending July 27. Due to the popularity of the free breakfast promotion, Henry County School System's Food Service Supervisor Karen Wilson, along with the Board of Education, want to continue the free breakfast program throughout the upcoming school year. The Summer Feeding Program served over 650 meals each day at different locations in the community during the summer months. "Research shows that when our students are eating a good breakfast, they perform better in school. Our school system wants to make a free breakfast available to all students before they begin their school day," Wilson said. Students will have an opportunity to enjoy their first free breakfast on August 6, the first full day of school. (Susan Burton photo).
Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Set for Sat. Afternoon
Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show are set to cool down things around the court square in downtown Paris Saturday. The event which includes contests, inflatable jumpers, a rock wall, and live entertainment will run from 3-6pm Saturday all around the court square. Money raised from the event benefit the Youth for the Arts and the Downtown Paris Association.
Wristbands for the all you can eat ice cream and afternoon of fun are ten dollars for adults and five dollars for children 12 and under are available from booths on the day of the event.
DPA President Kathy Ray said 23 booths will be serving a great variety of cool creamy desserts. The selections run the gamut from homemade ice cream to milkshakes to fried oreos and shaved ice.
Contests scheduled for the afternoon include the ice cream eating contest, the Frozen T-shirt contest, and more. Around 75 cars are set to line the court square. All classic cars are welcome with the entry fee being only ten dollars. Spectators can vote on their favorite cars for a quarter per vote and at the end a People’s Choice Winner will be announced.
Newly added things this year include inflatables for the kids and a rock wall.
Children must have a wrist band in order to play on the inflatables and rock wall. For more information on the Downtown Ice Cream Social and Antique Car show call DPA President Kathy Ray at 642-8000.
Boy Scout Troop 28 to Hold Spaghetti Lunch/Supper Monday
Paris, Tenn.- Boy Scout Troop 28 will hold their Spaghetti Lunch and Dinner at the First United Methodist Church Gym on Monday July 30th. They will have lunch from 11-1 and Dinner from 5-7pm. The price is 8 dollars for all you can eat spaghetti, meatballs, breadsticks, salad, drink and dessert. You can get tickets from any boy scout or get them at the door for lunch or dinner. Call 693-3333 for more information.
Henry County Fair Runs August 3-11
Old favorites and brand new events included this year
Paris, Tenn.- The 2012 Henry County Fair is right around the corner, with activities kicking off Friday August 3rd and running thru August 11th. Fair books are out now throughout the county at different businesses so pick one up to see all the upcoming events.
This year’s fair book is dedicated to Leon Rogers, who was born and raised in the Buchanan area. He graduated Buchanan High in 1968 and played basketball there. He has been a director of the fair board for over 30 years.
The theme of this year’s fair is “We’ve got a good thing growing.”
Events this year will include some old favorites and some brand new events that are sure to stir excitement. Friday August 3rd starts the fair with a BBQ cookoff that runs into the next day. There will be tractor shows and royalty revues on the 4th and 5th.
Other activities and events include a farm equipment rodeo at 7pm on Monday the 6th, a hot pepper eating contest at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 7th and celebrity night games on Tuesday that include a milking contest, ice cream eating contest, and potato peeling contests.
The livestock shows and auctions, the carnival, demonstrations, and entertainment will be vibrant each night as well. Fair goers will also be treated to bull riding and barrel racing presented by Parsons and Milam Rough Stock Contractors and Promoters August 4th at 8pm and then the next weekend there will a demolition derby Saturday August 11th. During the course of fair week, you will also have five chances to win $2,000 in cash. Pick up tickets at different locations for chances to win. The ticket locations are inside the fair book.
Buyers Appreciation Dinner set for Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The annual reception held for the buyers of the animals during the livestock auction of the fair will be held on Monday July 30th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Enoch Building at the fairgrounds. Its come and go and sponsored by the Henry County Jr. Livestock and exhibitors.
Hunter Safety Course to be held next week
Paris, Tenn.- TWRA is putting on a Hunters Safety Class at Springhill Baptist Church next week for all kids ages 9 and up. The church is located on Springhill Road off of highway 77. It’s the 2nd road to the right after crossing railroad tracks. The class will be July 30th, 31st, August 2nd and 3rd from 6-9pm. Anyone interested in taking the hunter’s safety course should bring the social security number.
Participants must attend classes each night and all material will be provided. The test and live fire will be held Friday August 3rd. The Hunter’s Safety Course is now required for all Tennessee residents born after January 1st, 1969. For more information call 1-800-372-3928.
Orry Bush Fundraiser event to be held Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fund raiser for Orry Bush and his parents this Saturday July 28th at 4pm at the National Guard Armory in Paris. He is the son of Ed Bush, public works director for the city of Henry and his wife Sharee. Orry was injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is recovering at a naval hospital in Maryland.
The fundraiser will assist with travel and bills for when he comes home. There will be BBQ plates for $7 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under. There will also be an auction held and all donations are being accepted for the auction and can be dropped off at the National Guard Armory from 12-4. For more information or to donate baked goods or items call David Andrews or Sonya Clayton at 243-4091.
Items so far for the auction include deer hunting trip, duck hunting trip, fishing trips, strike King Lures, overnight stays in area hotels, items from Hulmes Sporting Goods, and gift certificates from many places in the community.
Also Saturday morning there will be a Poker Run that will benefit Orry as well. Contact the armory for more details on the poker run.
HCMC "Goes Live" With New Documentation Process
Crystal Mitchell, RN, on the Women’s Center Unit, utilizing the new computer system, TraceVue. (HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center’s OB department recently “went live” with a new specialized documentation process with our electronic medical record. They are now up and running with the new TraceVue system.
The new computer system is designed to ensure complete coverage across the obstetrical care field—from the first visit to delivery, then to newborn records, discharges and follow-up visits. TraceVue was developed by Philips, who worked with the OB Department and the Laboratory of Computer Science of the Massachusetts General Hospital. These two practices incorporated their knowledge, experience and expertise in the field to produce one of the most developed systems available.
OB TraceVue can be accessed wherever patient information is needed; it can be accessed at the patient’s bedside, the delivery room, the main station, nurse’s lounge, or a physician’s home or office.
Rhonda Carnell, MSN RN, Director of Women’s Clinic, said, “The system is tailored to what we do. It would be hard for the patients to see a big change in the process, but it will revolutionize how we document records.”
A doctor no longer has to come in just to look at a file; he or she can access the medical records in the office or at home. It is helpful on both ends; a nurse new to the field or a nurse on a night shift can receive help from a doctor without the doctor having to be called in.
“This is a big deal to us,” Carnell said, “We hope that it will improve patient safety and allow us to be more pro-active in Real Time.”
Who’s the Fairest of Them All? Registration Open Now
Paris, Tenn.-The 2012 Henry County Fair Royalty Revues are fast approaching and with them, the opportunity for one young woman to become the Fairest of the Fair. This brings the possibility of becoming the TN Fairest of the Fair like the 2010 Queen, Hannah Robinson and our reigning Fairest of the Fair, Mary Kate Bell. The revues will be held Saturday evening, August 4.
To become eligible for these honors and for those of all the age categories, contestants must come to registration on Sunday, July 29th from 1-4pm in the Commercial Building at the Fairgrounds. The young ladies will draw for their contestant numbers and have time to practice on the stage.
They will also have the opportunity to turn in a photograph for the Most Photographic competition which is an optional but popular competition.
Registration fees are $20 for ladies ages 16-21 competing in the Fairest of the Fair and $10 for Ms Teen (ages 13-15), Ms Pre-Teen (ages 10-12), Little Miss (ages 7-9) and Junior Queen (ages 4-6). To enter a photo for Most Photogenic is an additional $5.
Late Registration will be accepted until 6:00pm the evening before the respective pageants for a $5 late fee. There is no guarantee that the late registering contestant’s name will appear in the program although every effort will be made.
As every year, the dress code is different than that of other pageants in our area. Junior Queen and Little Miss contestants will be judged in Sunday dress while Ms Pre-Teen, Ms Teen and Fairest of the Fair will be allowed to wear formal attire.
Please refer to the Henry County Fair books that are located at several businesses throughout the county. If you have any more questions after reading the Fair catalog, please contact Laura Moss at 731-336-8304.
Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team, NWS Session Set
Jackson, Tenn.-This Saturday (July 28) at Union University in Jackson, TN, the Dixie Alley Storm Chase Team, in conjunction with the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management Agencies, will be putting on a regional severe weather workshop that is free and open to the public. DASCCON-1 runs from 8 am-5:30 pm and features SKYWARN spotter training classes, exhibits and demos of weather instrumentation and radar products, keynote addresses by nationally-known storm chasers Tim Samaras (Twistex) and Chris Chittick (TornadoVideos.net), a storm chaser car show, amateur radio license testing, a technology expo, and more!"
BPU Sees Increase in Insurance Premiums
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Board of Public Utilities met in regular session on Tuesday afternoon and approved going with TML for the company’s insurance. The rate will $237,998 for the year, which General Manager John Etheridge shows a net increase of just over 13 thousand dollars, or about 5-6%. Etheridge said most of the increase actually came in property insurance. TML was the low bid, and had been the issuer of insurance for BPU before.
The board approved just over $13 thousand in write offs for the last quarter which ended in June. The write offs represented 67 accounts, compared to 113 accounts last year at this time. Etheridge said the deposit policy the BPU has installed and rate moderation has helped in write-offs over the last couple of quarters.
BPU board members also gave the go ahead for the BPU to apply for a Safety Grant thru TML for the amount of two thousand dollars. This will be to help purchase safety equipment such as first aid kits, hardhats, and such. The city commission approved to apply for this grant at their meeting earlier in the month as well.
The board also ratified the city commission’s reappointment of Ralph Anderson to the BPU board. The board then voted to keep the same officers as they’ve had which included David Flowers as Chairman, Bill Culley as Vice Chairman and Gini Roberts as Secretary/Treasurer.
BPU Ends Fiscal Year With Good Financials Overall
Paris, Tenn.- Etheridge went over financials with the board at their meeting on Tuesday and said all three departments finished in the black for the fiscal year, which ended June 30th. In the electric department, June saw a loss of nearly $200K, but its because of the volatility of the wholesale rate structure they currently operate under.
He said they bought lots of kilowatt hours of power, but sales hadn’t been realized for that yet, so it skews the income statement. Etheridge said things will even themselves out over the fall and winter months again. For the year, the electric department did a little over $500K better than expected in net income.
Sales were down 18 thousand year to date in the water department, but they finished the year in the black. Water and Waste Water Supervisor Terry Wimberly said with all the dry and drought conditions this summer, they’ve been pumping lots of water lately, and sales would likely show that in the coming months.
For the wastewater department, Etheridge said they were right on track with sales and the net income is healthy.
Camp Tyson Book Complete; Publishers Sought
An old postcard depicts a barrage balloon aloft over the former Camp Tyson.
Paris, Tenn.-The locally-produced book on Camp Tyson has been written and publishers are being sought for it. With financing and the support of the Henry County Tennessee River Resort Act (TRRA) board, the book was written by Shannon McFarlin of Paris. McFarlin is a long-time professional writer with a master's degree in public history from Murray State University. She also is a reporter and weekend news editor for WMUF/WLZK.
It is the first book about Camp Tyson, which was the only WWII barrage balloon facility in the country. It includes extensive research and interviews with some 100 people, including former soldiers at the camp and others who housed soldiers and their families there or who had experience with the camp, including during its time as a POW facility for Italian and German prisoners.
The title is "As If They Were Ours: The Story of Camp Tyson, America's Only Barrage Balloon Training Facility." The book includes information on Camp Tyson that was gleaned from documents from the Library of Congress and other sources that has never before been published--from its construction through its dismantling and later purchase by the Spinks Clay company.
Camp Tyson was significant for several reasons, not least of which that it was the only barrage balloon facility in the country. It also was the training ground for the segregated all African-American 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion whose members were the first soldiers on the beach on D-Day and who used the training and balloons from Camp Tyson in that action. McFarlin interviewed soldiers who were at D-Day from that battalion.
It also is significant because of its use as a POW camp and the book contains never-before-published interviews and information on that aspect of the Camp Tyson story. McFarlin also has collected dozens of photographs of the Camp for use in the book.
The book was submitted to the TRRA board early in 2011 and members of the board and Chamber of Commerce officials have copies of it.
McFarlin and TRRA Board Member Connie McSwain are working, along with several others, on getting the book published. "We're trying to get it published through university presses and it had been submitted to a couple already and has been going through that process. If it cannot be published through a university press, we'll seek other avenues. We are working diligently on finding just the right publisher for the book. Publishing a book is a very lengthy, often tedious and frustrating process."
"I really can't wait for people to be able to read it," McFarlin said. "The Camp Tyson story is a compelling and exciting one. The book contains a lot of information that will be familiar to Henry Countians, but also much that will be new to them."
El Vallarta Construction Heats Up
Paris, Tenn.-Construction of the new location for the El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant on Mineral Wells Ave. has begun in earnest in the past week. The restaurant presently is located in the Kroger shopping center, also on Mineral Wells, and owners are building their own larger facility. Ground was leveled for the project several months ago followed by a lengthy period of no activity. City Manager Carl Holder said the lull in construction occured because there was not an adequate water supply and the city worked on extending the line. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Buttrey Exits Foundation Board; McSwain Is New President
At his last meeting, Troy Buttrey received a plaque of recognition from new President Connie McSwain. (HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center is thankful for the time that Troy Buttrey, outgoing president and long-time member of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation gave to our community.
In his six years of service, with three of those serving as President, he accomplished several things for healthcare in the community including re-establishing the Great Pretenders Show fundraiser, helping to raise funds for the Newborn Hearing Screener, increasing board membership, and assisting with other equipment purchases to improve the health of the citizens of Henry County.
Taking his place as president is Connie McSwain, who has served on the board since 2007. Other officers of the PHCHF board are Vice Chair, Dustin Forrester, and Secretary/Treasurer, Janie Mobley. New board members are Brian Bradberry and Kay Foust.
“When people like Troy Buttrey take part in our Healthcare Foundation efforts, it allows us to play a large role in the health of our community,” said Tom Gee, CEO of Henry County Medical Center. “He was a big reason for our successes in our goals and objectives.”
Registration Open For Wool and Woolies Revue
Paris, Tenn.-The Wool and Woolies revue is one event you will not want to miss at the Henry County Fair. It will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 6 p.m. in the livestock arena. Youth in grades kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated seniors can enter the revue. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE YOUR OWN LAMB TO PARTICIPATE. You may use an exhibitor’s lamb. Entrants must wear a garment of wool or wool blend fabrics and the garment does not have to be constructed by the entrant. Youth will model their outfit, while leading a market lamb.
Entry forms are available at the Henry County Extension Office. Pre-registration is required by August 8th. Trophies and monetary awards will be given.
Farmers' Market Today, Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The Farmer's Market will be held today at 3 p.m. at the county fairgrounds, with plenty of locally-grown produce available. The market also will be held in downtown Paris on Saturday morning.
Walking Horse Show Set For Perkins Center
Paris, Tenn.-The Billy M. Cary Walking Horse Show will be held at 6 p.m. June 23 at the Carroll County Civic Center in Huntingdon. It is a double point show, and there will be concessions and a Cow Plop contest. People can call Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in Huntingdon for more information. All proceeds benefit the Center for Henry, Carroll and Benton counties.
E.W. Grove Open House Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School invites all incoming freshmen and their parents to a Back to School Open House this Thursday July 26th at 6pm, beginning in the new Grove gymnasium. Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet principal Sam Tharpe, assistant principal Michelle Webb, and the Grove Staff.
Parents and students will gather information that will be helpful for students on the first day of school on August 6th. Attendees can also take a tour of the school and become familiar with programs offered at Grove. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents. For more information call 642-4586 or visit the school’s website at www.henryk12.net/grove
Downtown Fountain Soaped Again
Paris, Tenn.-This makes the third time the downtown fountain has been soaped, with the last two times happening over the weekend. The fountain was soaped the first time shortly after its dedication last year. City Parks Tony Lawrence and his crew were on the scene each time to clean it, which Lawrence said costs $250 each time. "This is destruction of city property and we will prosecute anyone doing this", Lawrence said. (Kathy Ray photo).
Murray Man Arrested for DUI; Gas Thefts Reported
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a white truck on highway 641 North in the early hours Saturday morning after dispatch said the truck was tailgating someone. He found the truck, but it appeared to be obeying traffic laws at the time. He pulled the vehicle over to check on things and noticed a strong smell of alcohol from the truck. The driver, Jody D. Tucker, age 35 of Murray, was eventually arrested for DUI.
Three reports of stolen gas from vehicles came into the sheriff’s office this weekend from homes on highway 140 N. Amounts of 30, 20, and 15 dollars in gas were stolen from vehicles over the course of the weekend. There is no word on whether or not these incidents are related.
A home on Shady Grove Road reported 140 dollars in cash missing from a wallet that was placed in a desk. The victim said he was outside working on some things and went back in and noticed the cash was missing. Also some Xanax pills and Vicodin pills were missing. Police are continuing to investigate the incident with no suspects at this time.
Jeff, not Ernie, wins Water Run
Paris Landing, Tenn.- The story about the winner of the Chamber’s Water Run was announced as Ernie Hernandez this morning on the radio, as reported to WMUF. The winner’s name was actually Jeff Hernandez, who won the $1000 for having the best poker hand. Almost 500 people played in the annual event and it was deemed another big success.
Motorcyclist In Critical Condition
Paris, Tenn.-A 43-year-old Buchanan man is in critical but stable condition in Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville following a two-vehicle accident Saturday evening on East Wood Street in Paris.
John Christopher Rowlette was driving his motorcycle east at an apparently high rate of speed and struck another vehicle near the Highland Street intersection, according to Sgt. Gerry Cagle.
Rowlette was transported to Henry County Medical Center and from there airlifted to Vanderbilt. Rowlette struck another vehicle and that driver was taken to the hospital with reportedly minor injuries.
Sgt. Cagle said Sunday night that the accident report wasn’t complete but would be available Monday morning. Investigating Officer was Patrolman Derrek Colley.
Large Turnout For Fun Run
Former Chamber President Butch Powers, right, deals a hand to Dalton Cooksey of Cypress Resort, while his father Timmy Cooksey looks on. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Buchanan, Tenn.-It may have been sultry outdoors Saturday afternoon, but that didn’t stop over 400 people from participating in the annual Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce Water Fun at Paris Landing State Park.
Lucky Jeff Hernandez won the $1000 and Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley said she and the team of volunteers dealt 445 hands of cards during the evening. Eight resorts participated in the poker run.
Galia Greer, Loria Plunk and John Wambles (right side of table) deal cards. (McFarlin photo).
Early Voting Turnout Very Low
Paris, Tenn.-So far, local voter turnout has been very low during the early voting period for the August primary, totalling around 550. County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson said turnout this year compared to last year “isn’t even close. In August of 2010 at this point, we were right at 999 and in November 2010 we were at 3,026. As for the presidential primary in March, we were at 877.”
Thompson said, “The turnout, as you can see, has been slow at best. We don't have very many contested races at the local level and the federal/state races don't seem to be sparking any interest.”
Paris PD Makes Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested two people following a traffic stop on Joe Street. Patrolman Eric Long noted Phillip Hutcherson driving and knew he had a suspended license. After checking with dispatch to verify the license was still suspended, Long placed Hutcherson in the back of the patrol car and noted an odor of alcohol.
Speaking to the female passenger, Long also detected the odor of alcohol and asked her if she had anything illegal. The passenger handed him a marijuana pipe. Long found three bottles of liquor, one half-empty in the car.
Long arrested Katelyn Gordon, age 21 of 155 Logan Rd., Paris, for possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing alcohol to a minor. He arrested Hutcherson, age 19 of 305 Sparks St, Paris, for driving with a suspended license and underage consumption.
Courthouse Historical Marker Installed
Unveiling the marker (left to right): Colonial Dames Honorary State President Ailene Roberts of Sharon; Daughters of American Colonists Chapter Historical Landmarks Chairman Janice Webb of Mansfield and County Mayor Brent Greer. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Courthouse has been the center of the county for over a hundred years and is the oldest working courthouse in West Tennessee. It has been a gathering place for political rallies, court trials, and personal milestones such as marriages. It is where people have gathered to talk and play dominoes and it is the spot where famous people have come, such as Andrew Jackson, James Polk and David Crockett.
The courthouse has been where infantry units have been organized for various wars and it was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War. It is where we now honor our fallen soldiers, with two monuments on the lawn.
On Saturday morning, a historic marker for the courthouse was installed on the lawn, thanks to the efforts of the Captain Charles Barham Chapter of the Colonial Dames 17th Century and the Colonel Gideon Macon Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists.
Joy Bland, Colonial Dames Chapter President, said the marking process began in 2010 and credited Beverly Wood, honorary Colonial Dames state president, with much of the detailed work that went into the installation.
County Historian David Webb recounted the history of the courthouse, which was built in 1896. The county’s first murder trial led to the landmark “state vs. Grainger case in 1830 which set the national precedent for self-defense being used as the basis for appeal. When Union troops occupied the building, he said, several of the soldiers scrawled their names in the ledgers which still are housed there. Martial law gripped Paris for most of the war and the U.S. flag was raised by the Union 5th Iowa regiment over the courthouse, Webb said.
The county's first courthouse was a dogtrot cabin in the community of Clifty, Webb said. The court business took place on the north side of the cabin, while pies and liquor were sold on the south side. There were frequent adjournments from one court's bar to the other bar, he said.
The bell in the clock tower is a symbol of community unity, as citizens donated their silver dollars which were melted on it. In peace and war, he said, the courthouse has remained the center of our community.
County Mayor Brent Greer accepted the marker with pride on behalf of the county, lauding the work of the two organizations.
Addressing the assembled crowd was Chapter President of Colonial Dames Joy Bland of Paris.
Plaster Separating From Downtown Building
Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris has placed caution cones around an unoccupied building at 214 West Wood St. in downtown Paris due to plaster that has been separating from the building. Paris City Manager Carl Holder said the cones were placed there as a precaution "because of potential danger and to keep the public from walking in front of the building." Additionally, a tree is still growing from the back of the building, causing some structural damage there, too. Building owner E.C. Wallin, who lives in Murray, has asked a contractor to look at the building, Holder said. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Domestic Assault Arrest Made
Springville, Tenn.- A Springville man was arrested by Henry County sheriff’s deputies for domestic assault following an incident at Hidden Pine Lane. Deputies received a call from the victim, who by that time was at another address, reporting the assault. Officers found her with injuries to her stomach and back and she was taken to the emergency room of Henry County Medical Center.
Timothy Allen Jones of 119 Hidden Pine Lane was found to be intoxicated when deputies arrived. He was placed under arrest for the assault.
Shoplifting, Thefts Draw Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Two separate shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Paris resulted in arrests by Paris Police. Police were called to the store on a report of a shoplifter trying to leave with a 42 inch VIZIO television. Police were shown a surveillance video of the man, who ran out of the store, leaving the t.v. behind and drove off in a white Lincoln. Police were able to track him down to 404 Porter Street, where residents positively identified him from a video photo.
Police arrested Randall Conner, age 22, 821 Old Paris-Murray Rd. for shoplifting and his bond was set at $1,000.
Police were also called to the store on a call of a young woman trying to leave with some $40 worth of clothes without paying. Police arrested Sarah Rumley, age 18 of Bruceton and her bond was set at $200.
Police were called to Crowder Auto Sales on Locust Street in Paris on a call of trash being found all over the parking lot. A name and address was found in the trash and officers traced the bags to an address in Whitehall Circle. Residents there told police their two vehicles had been ransacked during the night. Nothing was missing from one vehicle, but a bag was missing from the second one.
Police are still investigating the incident.
Deputies are investigating the theft of copper tubing from an air conditioner that was installed in a window in a home on Shady Grove Rd. The owner is in the process of moving in.
News from past weeks here.