From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
City Commissioners Discuss New Landfill Transfer Station
Landfill Superintendent John Berry informs the Board of Commissioners of the various issues with the landfill's current transfer station (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Commissioners for the City of Paris met Thursday in a special called session, discussing several items including potentially planning to construct a new transfer facility at the Paris City Landfill.
The current transfer station at the landfill is approximately 20 years old and in rapidly deteriorating condition due to high volume; landfill superintendent Johnny Berry told commissioners that problems had become significantly more apparent in the last 6 months, and that in his opinion, the facility is beyond rehabilitation.
The City of Paris’s solid waste removal contract is scheduled to expire next year, by which point City Manager Carl Holder recommended the city have a new option in place.
Holder presented the commission with three scenarios; either accept bids for the construction of a new transfer station, build the station and then lease it to a bidding company, or own and operate the station independently.
Berry recommended that the city at least build the station itself, as he said having private ownership of the station provides the owning company an unfair advantage for future contract bids.
Joe Buchanan of Freedom Waste Services, the current contractor operating the Paris station, agreed, adding that whichever route the board chose, his company would be more than willing to fulfill whatever role is available.
The Board will analyze the economic impact of each course of action at next month’s meeting.
City Board Examines Financials, Makes Appointments
Paris, Tenn.- Also on the agenda at Thursday’s City of Paris board meeting was the appointment / re-appointment of various board members.
David Flowers was re-appointed to a 4-year term on the Board of Public Utilities, Beth Belew was re-appointed to a 3 year term on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Bruce Reed was reappointed to a 6 year term on the Industrial Development Board, and Doris Whitfield was appointed to a 3 year term on the Henry County Volunteer Center Board, filling a seat recently vacated by Willie Ruth Pearson.
Commissioners also discussed the most recent financial outlook for the City of Paris. According to City Manager Carl Holder, retail sales were extremely strong for April 2014, over 2013 by nearly $1.2 million. However, as of May 31, total city expenditures have outpaced total revenue by nearly $300,000.
The city is due to receive the final Joy Street Project payment very soon, totaling nearly $146,000.
Holder also informed board members that wholesale liquor revenue is currently down 21%, over $57,000 from 2013, which he attributed directly to the new availability of liquor in several nearby towns.
The board also discussed an impending agreement with both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District regarding the remittance of mixed drink tax revenue.
The City of Paris had inadvertently misappropriated that revenue, which by law is intended to go toward schools, and is now drafting an agreement to pay a lump sum to both districts. City Attorney Fred MacLean advised the board to allow the HCSS and PSSD to decide between themselves how the money will be appropriated between the two districts.
An agreement will be put in place and submitted to the state comptroller by August 31.
The board also heard a progress update on the Highway 218 Bypass project; the State of Tennessee and railroad are close to resolving their legal dispute, and some utilities in the area are already being moved to make way for the development.
Cottage Grove Boyd's Opens Up July 4th
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove residents will have a new place to shop as of Friday July 4th when Boyd’s General Store Opens for the first time during Cottage Grove’s Freedom Festival.
Tim and Vickie Boyd, owners of Boyd’s worked with the city of Cottage Grove, who were looking to fill the vacant Security Bank building. Boyd’s General Store will be similar to the Boyd’s in the Kroger Shopping Center in Paris, but Vickie Boyd said the food selection will be greater in the Cottage Grove Boyd’s.
Boyd’s will be open 8am to 7pm Monday thru Saturday and then starting August 10th when schools are back in session, Boyd’s will open at 7am. Sunday store hours will be Noon to 6pm.
Man Charged With Cocaine Possession
Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit Executed a search warrant at 722 Caledonia Street on Wednesday and upon entry, resident Tremaine Tidwell, age 25, took off running towards the bathroom with his hands in his pockets. Police finally apprehended Tidwell and has he was being arrested, money fell into the floor from his pockets. A white powder substance believed to be cocaine was found and the money, totalling $525 was seized as drug proceeds.
In other report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to an accident on Lone Oak road and found a gold ford pickup truck in a ditch. While talking with the driver, Kasey Neal Crosno, 20, of 2220 Sycamore Street, an odor of alcohol was detected. Crosno failed the sobriety tests and was charged with DUI 1st offense, underage consumption, and resisting arrest as he tried to get away when officers put the cuffs on him.
Paris Police To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoints All Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will conduct safety and sobriety checkpoints thru Monday July 7th. The safety checks will target impaired drivers and to ensure vehicle safety laws are met. All safety and impaired driver violations will be strictly enforced.
The Paris Police department is a partner with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office in efforts to reduce DUIs, injury accidents, and fatalities through extra enforcement. The funds received from the GHSO program allow the Paris Police Department to put extra officers in the field with the specific goal of saving lives.
City Denied NEA Our Town Funding for Back Alley Paris Project
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder issued a press release Wednesday, announcing that the city of Paris and Downtown Paris Association did not get the joint grant funding from the NEA-Our Town Program for this fiscal year. The application was to help fund Back Alley Paris, a project that was to feature artwork and physical restoration of some of the downtown alleys to recreate images from the early 1900s.
Holder stated that notification was received by email earlier this week. This denial along with the failed Artplace application places the Back Alley Paris project in serious jeopardy because of lack of funding. The city had pledged at a city commission meeting where the project was discussed that no city funds would be used in the project due to tight budget constraints.
Director of the DPA, Kathy Ray, said, “I’m the eternal optimist, and this is too good of a project to let fall by the wayside. We may have to scale back our plans temporarily, but I believe we need to keep seeking out possible funding sources.”
Holder added that Community Development Director Jennifer Morris and Ray will be requested to review resubmittal options on the two grant sources as well as other possibilities. Holder stated, “As disappointed as I am, I’m not ready to throw in the towel.”
Mr. Bond Entertains at WG Rhea Library's SRP on Wed.
Kids who attended Mr. Bond the Science Guy got to help out in interact experiments. (Kayla Nation photo)
Paris, Tenn.- W. G. Rhea Library had Mr. Bond Science Guy from Nashville to entertain kids on Wednesday as part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program - FIZZ, BOOM, READ! Kids were able to help Mr. Bond with his experiments learning about sound waves using a slinky and special microphone to manipulate their voices to sound different, dry ice and water fun and using a air gun to shoot styrofoam cups of participants heads. Mr. Bond, Science Guy (a.k.a. Keith Trehy) has devoted over 15 years to inspiring kids to love science via his inspirational programs that Make Science Fun! Website for more info: http://www.mrbondscienceguy.com
Registration for the Summer Reading Program at WG Rhea Library ends Thursday July 3rd and the library is open 9am-7pm. Upcoming programs include NHECM (National History Educational Company of the Midsouth) animal show on Wednesday night, July 9th from 6 - 7 p.m. called Animal Appetites. The program will exhibit a range of avian, mammal and reptile or amphibian wildlife exhibits, as Bob Tarter will explore all aspects of the food chain! With each exhibit we discuss how the animal hunts (or avoids being hunted!), how it adapts to its unique habitat and its status in the wild, as well as how humans’ impact these animals’ ecosystem, from a conservation standpoint. Exhibits plan to include our new Eurasian Eagle Owl, our Caiman, Fennec Fox and Black-headed Python, among other favorites!
A huge crowd of youngsters was on hand at the WG Rhea Public Libray Wednesday for Mr. Bond, the Science Guy. (Kayla Nation Photo)
Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon Set for July 12th
Chamber Seeks Volunteers to Help with Event
Paris, Tenn.- Triathletes from around the region will be competing in the first ever Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon on Saturday July 12th beginning at 7am in and around Paris Landing State Park.
Competitors will swim 500 meters, bike 14 miles, and run 3 miles and the course will be a great one from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. Each finisher of the event will receive a medal and souvenir T-shirts will be available as well.
Online race registration is still going on until Thursday July 10th by visiting paristntri.racesonline.com. Cost is $75 to register for the race. So far 125 people of different ages have registered for the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon.
The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, a sponsor of the event, is seeking 60 volunteers to help put on the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon.
Volunteers are need on Saturday July 12th from 5:30am to 10:30am and will get a free T-shirt. Call the chamber at 642-3431 to sign up to be a volunteer.
BBQ Teams Gearing Up for HC Fair BBQ Cookoff
Registration Closes Friday July 25th
Paris, Tenn.- Several teams have already entered the 4th Annual Henry County Fair BBQ Cook Off which will be held on Friday and Saturday August 1st and 2nd and more cooking teams are invited to enter the contest for chances to win cash prizes. Entry fee is $100 per team, whether entering one event or all events and teams must be registered by Friday July 25th.
Contest categories include whole beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder/Boston Butts, chicken, dessert, and chef’s choice, which is defined as any variety of meat except those listed above, so it could be turkey, fish, and bacon wrapped items are allowed.
All meat must be inspected before cooking and in original store wrapping in a cooler, maintained at 40 degrees or below. Chicken and chef’s choice entries may be marinated Friday prior to cooking but will still be inspected. After cooking, competition meat should be maintained at 140 degrees or higher and in a covered container.
Each category will pay three places and receive trophies. The Grand Champion will win $1000 and a Trophy and Reserve Champion will take home $500 and a trophy. Winners will be announced at 3pm on Saturday August 2nd.
For more information on the Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff, to register your team, or see the official rules, contact Bobby or Donna Milam with the Fair Board at 336-1966 or email email@example.com. Entry forms are available at www.tbabbq.org.
TDOT Halts Construction for 4th of July Travel
Nashville, Tenn.- Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7 to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.
“We always anticipate heavier than normal traffic on Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this time of year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Suspending lane closures for the July 4th holiday travel period will help travelers reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays.”
Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects. While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
“Please buckle up and observe the rules of the road,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “Drivers can be assured there will be an increased law enforcement presence on Tennessee’s roadways throughout this week and weekend in an effort to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.”
According to AAA projections, 41 million Americans, that’s 1.9 percent more than last year, will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday weekend. Nearly 85 percent of them will drive. AAA estimates 742,000 Tennesseans will hit the roadways. July 3rd and July 6th are expected to be the busiest travel days of the holiday period.
Travelers are reminded to dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone to access valuable information about travel conditions anytime, or log on to . TDOT is also on Twitter. For statewide traffic tweets follow TN511 or for regional traffic information follow Nashville511, Chattanooga511, Memphis511 and Knoxville511 . Smart phone users can use the new TDOT SmartWay Mobile website at http://m.tdot.tn.gov/SmartWay/ to access TDOT’s SmartWay cameras and messages displayed on overhead Dynamic Message Signs.
Motorists are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly. Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle. TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for their destination.
8 Year Old All Stars to Resume Postponed Game Wed. Night
Humboldt, Tenn.- The Henry County 8 year old all star team defeated McKenzie 8 to 7 Tuesday night and were tied with Newbern 10-10 going into the 5th inning as storms came thru postponing the remainder of the game. Henry County and Newbern will resume action in Humboldt Wednesday night at 6:30pm. A win will put Henry County in the championship game on Thursday night.
2nd Session of 85210 Summer Camp Slated for Late July
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center, Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital had a great turnout for their 8-5-2-1-0 Summer Camp in June and have decided to hold a second session Monday July 28th thru Friday August 1st.
The camp is for students in elementary and middle school grades 1st thru 8th and is focused on simple guiding principles related to health- 8 hours of sleep, 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, 2 hours or less of screen time per day in front of electronic devices, 1 hours of exercise per day, and 0 sugar drinks and more water.
The Second Session of the Summer Camp will be held at Atkins Porter Gym offering a free breakfast from 8:30am-9am and camp activities from 9am to 10:30am each day.
Applications are due by Friday July 25th and enrollment is on first come, first served basis and can be found online at hcmc-tn.org. Campers should were comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes and are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.
Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Blood Mobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday July 3rd from Noon to 6pm. There is a current very special need for O negative and B negative donors. The goal is 100 donors for the month. Be sure to bring your photo ID with you when you go to give blood.
HCMC Care Van to Be at Farm Bureau Thurs.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be at Farm Bureau on Thursday July 3rd from 8:30am to 11am offering free health screenings. There will be free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure checks. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and a full lipid panel will be offered for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results and results are available at the time of screenings.
City Commission Meets at 5pm Thursday for July Session
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session on Thursday for their July meeting. The meeting will be held one hour earlier than normal at 5pm instead of 6pm. The agenda is a short one with a motion for the mayor to sign the Arts Builds Communities Grant as one of the main items on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public.
Strong Winds Bring Down Trees, Utility Poles
BPU Crews Worked Throughout Tuesday Evening and Night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County got hit with some thunderstorms Tuesday evening and very strong winds caused some damage and power outages for several residents.
Storms rolled through starting around 7pm and wind gusts broke tree limbs and power poles in many parts of the county. At one point Tuesday evening, several residents were without power as the 69 switch burnt up causing three substations: India Road, Puryear, and Tecumseh to go out. Several residents were back on within minutes as BPU crews worked quickly to get the substations powered back up.
There were several smaller outages were broken poles took crews longer to fix but as of late Tuesday night the majority of residents had power restored.
New Laws for Tennesseeans Started July 1st
Nashville- In addition to being the first day of the fiscal year for state and local governments, July 1st also is the start date of laws passed by the Tennessee General Assembly. From meth, to electric chairs, to drugs during pregnancy there are a few laws that could impact citizens, especially those breaking the law.
The Anti-meth law went into effect Tuesday, which limits the maximum yearly supply of pseudoephedrine medication, such as Sudafed people can buy to 28.8 grams, or about 5 months worth of dosage. Pseudoephedrine is the main component for the manufacture of meth. The law passed after deliberation and is more lenient that the 14.4 gram limit that Governor Bill Haslam suggested.
Also going into effect July 1st was the reintroduction of the Electric Chair in Tennessee as an acceptable means of capital punishment. The state will use the electric chair if prisons can’t obtain lethal injection drugs and prisoners will not be given an option.
Senate Bill 1391 went into effect Tuesday and it will allow women to be charged with misdemeanour criminal assault if they use illegal drugs during pregnancy and the child is harmed as a result. Women who are convicted may avoid jail time by agreeing to going thru a rehab program.
The Tennessee Department of Children’s services will be required in case of investigation of a child’s death, starting this year, to publicly release within 5 business days, a child’s age, gender, and whether the department has history with a child. This is known as the DCS transparency legislation.
The General Assembly also made it legal for cities and counties with liquor by the drink laws or package stores will be grant authority to hold voter referendums to allow wine in supermarkets. The earliest wine sales could be introduced to supermarkets by the summer of 2016. In addition, package stores which had been restricted to only alcohol sales will now be allowed to sell mixers, glasses, corkscrews, food, beer, and cigarettes as of July 1st.
Mr. Bond the Science Guy at Library's SRP
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing and Mr. Bond the Science Guy will be part of the program on Wednesday July 2nd from 10-11am. The entire family is invited to watch cool science experiments and more. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and events scheduled contact the library.
Free Concerts, Fireworks Planned This Week at PLSP
Buchanan, Tenn.- Several events are planned this week at Paris Landing State Park for the July 4th celebration, starting with a performance by the 129th Army National Guard Band performing Wednesday July 2nd at 6:30pm at the park amphitheatre alongside of Kentucky Lake. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy free patriotic music. For more information call 641-4465.
Michael S. Williams will perform for free on Friday night July 4th at the parks large shelter area beginning at 5pm. He will perform a free concert with great country music getting you ready for the fireworks display which will start at 9pm out over the waters of Kentucky Lake.
Paris Landing State Park Restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner on Friday July 4th and serve their buffet for only $9.95 per person from 11am to 8:30pm. The buffet will have southern fried catfish, hamburgers and hot dogs, potato wedges, seasoned fresh veggies, baked beans, salad bar, watermelon, and the park’s signature banana pudding, fruit cobblers and soft serve ice cream.
Farmers Market Opens at 3pm Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm Tuesday with lots of items in stock. Veggies available at the Farmer’s Market Tuesday include squash, okra, green beans, sweet corn, bell peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and zucchini. The Farmer's Market is at the pavilion at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Woman Charged with Theft by Paris Police
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated officers were called to Lowe’s to an employee embezzling money from the register. The report said that employee, Samantha S. Thompson, 33, of 1220 Shady Grove Road, was seen on video tap taking small amounts from the cash register over the last four weeks. Thompson was charged with theft by Paris Police.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate several thefts that have occurred in the county in the past few days. One report said a BushHog ATV was stolen from a on home on Highway 119. The ATV was valued at $10K.
Another report stated that $1K worth of copper wire was stolen from an attic on Reynoldsburg Road and yet another report said two air compressors and a generator was stolen from a home on Swor Still Road as the owner lives out of town. There are no suspects in any of these thefts and police are still investigating.
8 Year Old All Stars Whip Trenton, Play McKenzie Tues. Night
Humboldt, Tenn.- Henry County's 8 year old all star team is on a roll after defeating Trenton 24-0 Monday night. They will play McKenzie at 5;30pm and if they win will play again at Thursday. Two wins Tuesday night means a trip to the championship game on Thursday. Pictured is Truitt Webb applying a tag to a runner at third base. (George Puckett photo).
PHCPUD Sends Proposal to Army Corp. of Engineers
Secondary Gas Line at Fort Campbell Sought by Corp.
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of directors met last week and the board approved a recommendation from General Manager Tae Eaton to send a bid proposal to the Army Corp. of Engineers for gas line to the Fort Campbell Army Base.
Eaton said the Corps is seeking a secondary line to feed the main gas line at the base and they have sent out requests for proposals to all the utilities within a 100 mile radius of the base. Eaton told board members essentially the project would mean they would have to run 6 inch line 40 miles to Fort Campbell.
Eaton said the Corps is looking at bids in two phases. The first will be the technical side of how the utility company plans to run the lines to the army base. They will then narrow the companies with the best technical approach to a short list and accept cost proposals from them.
Eaton said if the district is chosen to the Corps, short list and requests for costs are asked for he would let the board know and they could meet to discuss it further.
In other business the gas board approved a professional service agreement with James Plus and Associates for the main extension projects. James Plus and Associates have worked with the district on several projects. Eaton said the cost would be somewhere around $25K as 14 sections of lines would go out for bids next week.
The board approved awarding GNC Pipe and Consolidated Pipe for the work of pipe, tape, wire, valves, valve boxes and fittings for the main extension projects. Each company had the lowest bids on different aspects of the projects.
Eaton said the district is staying busy with requests for new service lines and have about 22 on back order as of last week. He said the crew has been working hard to catch up since we’ve had some drier weather, but they are continuing to get 2-3 request per week it seems. Eaton said the extension of the main line and the shortage of propane this winter are aiding in the increased service line requests.
Sheriff, Rep. Wirgau Warn Public of Phone "Spoofing"
Captain Damon Lowe, Sheriff Monte Belew, and State Representative Tim Wirgau review a popular phone spoofing service widely available over the Internet (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and State Representative Tim Wirgau held a press conference Monday to warn the public of the dangers of phone “spoofing”, after Wirgau’s phone number and personal information were faked and used by criminals to call local citizens.
According to Sheriff Belew, “spoofing” a phone number tricks the receiver’s Call ID into displaying a different number and, sometimes, different caller information than the true originator of the call. The technology used makes these spoofed calls remarkably difficult to trace back to the individuals responsible.
Belew stated that criminals have been using the technology for some time in order to collect personal information for credit card fraud and identity theft, and it now appears that high profile and elected officials are being specifically targeted.
In the past two weeks, several Henry County citizens have received calls from a number purporting to be State Rep. Tim Wirgau’s personal phone – the caller attempted to solicit personal information from the victims.
Wirgau stated that, although he and his office do regularly call constituents, they will never be asked for any personal information over the phone.
Sheriff Belew advised citizens never to give out any personal information, especially social security numbers and credit card numbers, over the phone, and to save that for face-to-face meetings.
According to investigators, many of these spoofing cases lead to individuals out of state and even outside the US – the Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the FBI in investigating the recent calls impersonating Rep. Wirgau.
McKenzie Man Charged With Assault and Kidnapping
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a McKenzie man with domestic assault and kidnapping after an incident occurred over the weekend where he refused to stop his vehicle and let his girlfriend out of the car.
The report said that a call came into dispatch late Saturday night and the woman was very frantic saying her boyfriend was trying to kill her. She said they were in the car traveling at a high rate of speed on Macedonia Road. Dispatch stayed on the phone with her and heard her ask the driver to stop and let her out several times.
The woman finally advised that they came out near Tosh Farms on highway 79 and were heading towards McKenzie. The sheriff’s office advised McKenzie Police of the vehicle and asked them to stop the car which they did just inside the city limits.
The woman was taken by ambulance to the ER and treated for some minor injuries. She said that at one point the man, identified as Brett W. Garland, 23, of McKenzie, had opened the door and tried to push her out. Garland was charged with domestic assault and kidnapping.
Deputy Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff charged Timothy W. Forrest, 27, of Puryear with DUI, violation of implied consent, and violation of open container law, and violation of implied consent. The charges stemmed from Deputy Bostwick observing Forrest driving his yellow mustang thru the court square with no lights and rev up his motor several times. Once he was stopped, Forrest had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was duly charged.
Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Wins Championship Belts
Hot Springs, Ark.- Five members of the Paris Downtown Boxing traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas and not only competed in the Title National Tournament, but brought back national championship belts for their age and weight division. The club will now travel in late July to Independence, Missouir and the Ringside World Championships. There will be a fundrasier for the team on Saturday July 12th at Auto Zone in Paris. Pictured above are Front Row L to R: Cortavious Patton, Cam' Ron Patton, and Katie Crabtree. Back Row L to R: Juan Barrios, Clinton Phifer. (Miranda Moon photo)
Skip Johnson Wins Walmart FLW Tournament
Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam Places Second
Skip Johnson shows off his trophy after winning the Walmart FLW Tour event at Kentucky Lake (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Walmart FLW Tour event at Kentucky Lake wrapped up Sunday afternoon with tons of fanfare, including a country music concert and another full day at the FLW Expo, and weigh-ins from the top 10 anglers still in competition.
When the dust settled, Skip Johnson of Goodells, Mich. took first place, weighing in 5 bass totaling 24 pounds, with a total of 88 pounds, 10 ounces for the duration of the tournament. Johnson won $100,000 in prize money and ensured his spot in the Forrest Wood Cup championship in mid-August.
Just behind Johnson was Pickwick Dam, Tenn. native Jason Lambert. Lambert came in only 1 pound and 2 ounces behind Johnson, hauling in 87 pounds 8 ounces of bass over the duration of the tournament. Lambert’s second place finish earned him a $30,000 prize pool. He was also named FLW Rookie of the Year during yesterday’s weigh-in.
Also honored at Sunday’s final weigh-in were David Hamilton of the Henry County Alliance and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer. Both Hamilton and Greer were presented with plaques to honor their contributions in putting on the event.
Hamilton took the opportunity to praise FLW Outdoors, describing the company as “extremely organized” in all aspects of hosting a tournament.
David Hamilton of the Henry County Alliance receives a certificate of appreciation during Sunday's weigh-in (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Jennifer Wheatley of the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce echoed that sentiment, saying, “The FLW Tour is a well-respected event that brings us not only the immediate reward of anglers and their families staying in Henry County and spending money, but also tremendous television and other media coverage”.
The anglers in competition were equally complimentary of Paris and Kentucky Lake, with Counce, Tenn. native and 4th place finisher Randy Haynes saying “I love Paris” and “Kentucky Lake is my favorite deep-water fishing lake in the country”.
The FLW series will continue with a Rayovac FLW tournament on Lake Champlain near Plattsburgh, N.Y. July 17 through 19.
Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn. struggles to load his fifth bass into the aquatic scale. Lambert finished second in the tournament (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Henry County Sheriff's Office Investigates Several Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff's Department are currently looking into several thefts throughout the county, according to HCSO reports.
Several items were stolen from Holly Fork Shooting Complex over the weekend, according to reports.
The complainant, an employee at Holly Fork, told investigators that he left work at around 7 PM Saturday. When he returned Sunday, he noticed several items were missing. Six 100 foot trap / skeet cords were taken from a spool, and a Stihl weed eater was missing as well.
Total value of the items stolen is just over $2000. The Henry County Sheriff's Department is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.
Investigators are also working a burglary that occurred in Puryear on Friday. The complainant told officers that her house was entered through the unlocked front door while she was at work and stole several boxes full of items. The victim was in the process of moving and had packed the majority of her belongings.
The boxes taken contained nearly all her clothing, several pairs of shoes, a jewelry box with multiple items of jewelry, pots and pans and other items totaling approximately $3,000 in value.
Officers found two Murphy's receipts in the victim's bedroom that did not belong to the victim and are currently investigating the theft.
HCSO investigators are also pursuing two suspects in the theft of several well components from a Springville home. An employee for a company that makes repairs on foreclosed homes recently informed the Sheriff's Department that the previous owners of a home they were working on likely stole the well pump, cover, and catch tank from the home's well.
Investigators have two suspects in the case and are currently pursuing leads.
Redington Leads FLW Tournament After Day 3
Cody Kelley Wins Co-Angler Championship
Tom Redington of Texas heads into the final day of the FLW Tour tournament holding onto first place for the second consecutive day (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Day 3 of the Walmart FLW Tour Event at Kentucky Lake Saturday saw tons of excitement and various end-of-year awards presented as the stage was set for a top-ten Day 4 showdown Sunday.
Tom Redington of Royse City, Texas sits atop the leaderboard for the second consecutive day with 15 fish totaling 65 lb 12 oz; he will be competing Sunday against 9 more of the best anglers in the world, including Jason Lambert of nearby Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
Lambert currently sits in 3rd place in the tournament after Day 3, and received a massive honor Saturday afternoon as Ranger Boat founder Forrest L. Wood presented Lambert with the FLW Rookie of the Year award.
Forrest L. Wood presents Jason Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn. with the FLW Rookie of the Year award (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Finishing up their competition Saturday were the Walmart FLW Co-Anglers, and Cody Kelley ended up on top for the tournament with 15 fish weighing 54 lb 9 oz. Kelley will be taking home $20,000 and a brand new Ranger boat to his home in Conway, Ark.
Fishing fans had plenty to enjoy Saturday in addition to the weigh-in; dozens of sponsors had booths set up in the Walmart parking lot from noon to 4 PM for the FLW Expo, featuring items such as Evinrude motors, Livingston lures, an expansive Chevrolet Truck Tour, Ranger boat simulators, and several other attractions.
Also on hand were members of the Calloway County High School and Dickson County High School fishing teams; those students volunteered behind the scenes to help coordinate the weigh-ins and learn a few tips from the pro anglers as well.
The top 10 fishermen in the tournament will launch Sunday at 7:30 AM from the Paris Landing State Park marina, and the FLW Expo will run from noon to 4 PM again Sunday in the Walmart parking lot with a concert from country musician Michael Ray at 3 PM on the weigh-in stage.
Cody Kelley of Conway, Ark. won the co-angler championship in this weekend's FLW tournament (Alex AuBuchon photo).
UT Martin Rifle Shooter Wins National Championship
Earns Spot on International Championship Team
Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee at Martin rifle shooter Dacotah Faught has earned a spot on Team USA at the upcoming World Championships after winning the national championship in women’s air rifle at the USA Shooting National Championships held in Fort Benning, Ga.
The national championships is part two of an intensive qualification process that began for junior competitors during the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) back in April. The top three junior team members were identified following a rigorous selection process at both the NJOSC and this week’s national championships.
Faught won the Open title in junior women’s air rifle with 832 points and also won the junior silver medal. She will be joined by junior national champion Sonya May (rising sophomore at University of Kentucky) and Minden Miles (incoming freshman at Texas Christian University) on the Team USA roster at the Junior World Championships held in Granada, Spain this September.
“I am extremely proud of Dacotah,” said UT Martin head rifle coach Bob Beard. “She has achieved immense accomplishments in the very short period of time since she has joined the program.”
This accomplishment wraps up a remarkable year for Faught. The Amenia, ND native became the fourth Skyhawk shooter to bring home Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year accolades while also garnering All-OVC smallbore first team, All-Newcomer smallbore, All-OVC air rifle second team and All-Newcomer air rifle honors.
Faught was one of two female shooters to represent UT Martin at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships. She fired the second-highest score out of all 46 shooters in the first air rifle relay, which earned her a spot in the finals. She would eventually finish eighth nationally in the event.
HCMC Announces TOPS Department of the Quarter
The Plant Operations and Environmental Services staff at Henry County Medical Center were named the TOPS Department of the most recent quarter (Photo provided by HCMC).
Paris, Tenn.- As part of the Treating Our Patients and Partners Superior program at Henry County Medical Center, the organization awards a Department of the Quarter award where each department submits ways the partners have improved patient care and treated our partners and patients TOPS.
Recently, the HCMC Plant Operations and Environmental Services staff was recognized as the Department of the Quarter, because of the extraordinary service they provided during the March snow and ice storm.
Patient care was not interrupted, because the plant operations team went out early each morning and picked up vital staff. Approximately ½ of the nurses on 3rd tower on Monday following the ice storm were picked up by the plant operations department and 1/3 of the staff on Tuesday. Without them, patient care could truly have been jeopardized.
Safety hazards such as slippery parking lots, sidewalks and building entrances were cleared as quickly as possible by plant operations employees through long hours, cold and hard work.
Operations issues such as maintaining power, communications and assuring a safe environment for employees to sleep over were addressed by the plant operations team.
They were persistent, diligent and excellent about their work.
“There is a consensus among the nursing leaders that we would not have been able to operate without the wonderful display of professionalism, team work and excellence by our plant operations team,” said Jackie Wyatt, Director of 3rd Tower.
The departments of the quarter will receive a free lunch in recognition of their contributions to HCMC.
New Events Planned for Cottage Grove Freedom Fest
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The 39th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival and Fireworks Display will be held on Friday July 4th with activities from 8:30am to after 9pm, and some new events are planned for 2014.
Starting the day off on the 4th of there will be a Motorcycle Rally and Ride from 8:30-9:30am. Registration for the annual parade will be from 9-10am with the Cottage Grove Lions Club; the parade will start at 10am.
The sounding of the tornado siren will signal the start of this year’s Freedom Festival Parade and the Grand Marshall will be In Memory of Kate Rainey. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department will have the color guard presentation during the parade as well.
Cash prizes for best of parade, best float, and most patriotic will be given to those floats that are the most decked out.
Another popular event at the Freedom Festival, the Turkey/Trap Shoot will start at 9am.
Other activities set for this year include game booths, outside concessions, hay rides, cake walks, and a new event this year, the mechanical bull will be on hand for people to ride.
The Country Store Opens from 10:30-1, there will be an auction from Noon to 1:30pm, a Children’s Bike Show at Noon and the Peddle Tractor Pull at 1pm along with Archery, which is a new event this year.
From 3-4:30pm event goers can play Bingo, which is new to the Freedom Festival this year and from 6-7pm they will have Corn Hole, another new event. The Country Ham Giveaway drawing will be at 6pm, the 50/50 raffle, yet another new draw this year, will be at 8:30pm.
Live music from the Great River Road Band will start at 6pm and everything will culminate with the fireworks display at 9pm.
For more information on this year’s Cottage Grove Freedom Festival call John Weiher at 782-3657, Larry Niemi at 782-3559, Tammy Wood at 782-3922, or Shannon Bomar at 642-8270.
News from past weeks here.