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

Stolen Golf Cart Recovered; Arrest Made


Investigator David Doyle inspects the recovered golf cart while Sheriff Monte Belew and Captain Damon Lowe reviews the serial numbers on the reovered DVD player and TV. (Sheriff Dept. photo).

Springville. Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest and recovered stolen property from the Country Junction area of Springville.

An investigation has been ongoing in that area due to the recent theft of a couple of golf carts and the break in of a residence, along with several other acts of vandalism and miscellaneous activity.

The arrest was made late Thursday afternoon after receiving a tip through the Henry County Hot Line of a possible suspect and location of possible stolen property.

Arrested and charged with Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property over $500 and Theft of Property over $1,000 was Tyler Gross, w/m, 19 yrs old of Summerwood Estates Springville TN. Gross had moved into the area less than two months ago from the Mt Juliet area in Middle TN.

He has a bond set at $50,000 and will appear in General Sessions court on Tuesday August 7.

The tip that helped break open the investigation was from a concerned citizen that had heard about the theft. The information turned out to be very helpful in putting the investigation in the right direction and resulted in an arrest and recovery of stolen property.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We would like to thank the people that called and gave us information on these thefts. The hot line is a great way to relay information to us without having to reveal your identity. Tips from the public are very important to us.”

Belew added that the $1,000 reward that was offered by the department for the information for the arrest and recovery will be paid.

         Tyler Reed Gross

Tennessee First Lady To Appear At Library

Paris, Tenn.-The First Lady of Tennessee Mrs. Crissy Haslam will be visiting the W. G. Rhea Public Library at 2:45 p.m.  Wednesday, August 8, to share information about her book club named “Read20”. Her goal is for every Tennessee family to read together each day for 20 minutes.

Library Director Connie McSwain said, "Drop by and share a glass of Southern Ice Tea and a cookie. Show her what Henry County hospitality is all about."

Crowd Braves Heat For Trifekta

Paris, Tenn.-Some 100 people--and at least one dog--braved the heat Thursday night for the concert on the square featuring Trifekta (Tabitha Myrick, Mark McWherter, Jim Merrell). Top photo is Terry Baggett and his canine friend, AnnaBelle, with Kay and Jack Walton directly behind and Bo Caldwell on chair at right. Bottom photo is Trifeckta. The concert was sponsored by FirstBank.

Seven To Compete For Fairest

Paris, Tenn.-Seven local girls will compete for this year's Fairest of the Fair contest at the Henry Co. Fair Saturday night.

According to Fair Board Member Laura Moss, the girls who will be competing are: Hannah McFadden, Kathleen Paschall, Shelby Beloate, Shelby Beecham, Laura Nash, Brigette Passman, and Erica Little.

Moss said 12 girls will compete for the Miss Teen contest.

The contests begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Commercial Building, with Miss Teen occurring first.

Planning Board Approves Site Plans

Paris, Tenn.-At a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission approved two site plans, one of which will allow for an expansion of a local business.

Approved was a plan for Paris Building Supply for an addition to one of their buildings on their site located between n. Poplar Street and Highway 641 N.

Paris Building Supply is proposing a 960 square foot addition to one of the buildings on the n. Poplar side of the site.

Additionally, the commission approved a minor subdivision plat for the Community Action Network for poperty in the West Blythe/Routon/Sparks Street area.

Break-Ins Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating break-ins occurring over the past few nights.

A break-in was reported on Jackson Dr. in which the homeowner reported hearing glass breaking at 2 a.m. and he thought it was the wind blowing something since he left a window open because of not having any air conditioning. In the morning, he found his shorts in the driveway, without the wallet that was in it, along with $50.

On N. Cherry St., Paris. someone reported that while she was a work, an unknown person entered her home through a window and stole items from the fridge and detergent and soap.

Diesel Fuel Stolen

Puryear, Tenn.-Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of $349 worth of diesel fuel from a business in Puryear. The owner of K & K Paving on Wall Streeet reported someone took the caps off two trucks and stole 50 gallons of diesel fuel. Deputies said the area will receive extra patrols.

Public Intoxication Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.-Two men were arrested for public intoxication by Paris Police in separate incidents.

Customers reported an intoxicated man walking by Lalo's Mexican Restaurant with his shirt off and that he set his drink down and came into the business. When police arrived, he was leaving the bathroom, staggering. He told police all he needed was a ride home. Police asked him for his ID and he said he didn't need an ID. Police arrested Richard Riggins, age 22 of Clarksville.

In the other incident, Kambron Allen, age 29 of 1450 N. Market St., was arrested in the Pocket's parking lot and charged with public intoxication.


Voter Turnout Just Under 10% for Election in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County voters didn’t break any voter turnout records for Thursday’s election, in fact, it appears they barely showed up at all. Only 2,358 registered Henry County voters voted in the state primary and county general election, which equates to just under 10% of the registered voters in the county.

Debate can ensue whether it was lack of contested races, or the heat, but early voting totals were low and were comparable to Thursday’s turnout. The total of early and absentee votes were 1,119, while 1,239 voted on Election Day.

Milam Wins Road Board Chair, Allison Wins 3rd district road seat

    Bobby Milam

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County overwhelmingly elected Bobby Milam as the next Road Board Chairman. Milam defeated Hugh Tyler taking 1,453 votes or just over 72%. Tyler finished with 561 votes.

Another contested race for the road board was for a seat in district three. Marty Allison defeated Wayne Hicks by taking 63% or 366 votes. Hicks finished with 212 votes. All other road board members who were running were unopposed for their seat.

Wirgau, Wright Set to Battle in November for 75th District

The race for 75th district State House will really heat up in November, but Henry County voters support Tim Wirgau on the Republican side, with almost 99% of the vote with a total of 1138 votes cast. Wirgau was running unopposed on the Republican side.

Steve Wright, the Democratic nominee took 99.6% of the vote with no opposition, totaling 805 total votes. District wide numbers, according to the Secretary of State website showed Wirgau getting 2889 total votes while Wright garnered 2458 total votes. The two will battle for the seat in November.


Bradley Wins Henry County, loses close race for 8th House District

In the democratic primary for US House of Representative 8th district, Henry County supported its native son, Wes Bradley. Bradley won the county with 71% of the vote or 542 votes. Finishing 2nd in the county was Timothy Dixon with 129 votes, and 3rd was Christa Stoscheck with 89 votes. Bradley lost the overall district bid however in a very close race to Timothy Dixon. Dixon finished with 6,123 votes, Bradley totaled 6,083 votes district wide according to results at the secretary of state website.

On the republican ticket for US House 8th district, incumbent Stephen Fincher won took almost 84% of the vote in Henry County with 988 votes compared to Annette Justice’s 191 votes. Fincher also took the district by a wide margin. Fincher and Dixon will battle for the seat in the November 11th.

Stevens Wins HC, district for 24th seat on Republican side

Henry County voted in favor of John Stevens in the Republican primary for the State Senate 24th District, the seat Roy Herron is retiring from this year. Stevens finished with 698 votes, compared to Danny Jowers who finished with 386 votes. Stevens also won the overall district and will face Brad Thompson in November. Thompson, who won the democratic primary, was running unopposed.

Henry County supports Corker's Reelection bid

In the race for US Senate, incumbent Bob Corker won the state and won Henry County by a wide margin, taking nearly 74% of the total vote in Henry County. In November, Corker will face Mark Clayton, who won the democratic nod and also took Henry County in the democratic primary.

Commission Backs BPU's Move For Meter Reading Upgrades

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday night and tackled a list of items on their agenda in around an hour. The Commission approved a request from the Board of Public Utilities which will help them start the infrastructure improvements of changing out they way they read water meters.

General Manager of BPU, John Etheridge and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly were on hand at the city commission meeting and Etheridge explained to the commission that BPU is recommending a two phase conversion from manually read water meters to drive by radio read meters, or an AMR system. Etheridge said this change would help the BPU to be more efficient and keep rates down in the future for rate payers.

Wimberly pointed out that some of the meters in the ground are 25-30 years old, and the older they get, the slower they read how much water is being consumed. As talked about in BPU board meetings, they expect at least a 3-5% revenue increase thru more accurate readings with the AMR system.

Etheridge told city commissioners Thursday that the BPU has $300,000 prepared to start this project, which is estimated to cost around $950,000. But as he told his board in previous months he didn’t want to spend that $300,000unless the financial backing and approval of the city was there.

After more discussion the commission agreed to approve the BPU to borrow $800K in capital outlay notes by July 1, of 2013 to complete the AMR project. Etheridge said the BPU would likely seek a 10-12 year note, with the equipment lasting around 20 years.

The commission also approved BPU to raise water rates by 7% effective July 1, 2013. The equates to a 75 cent increase on base rates and about $1.20 on residences with five thousand gallon consumption.

City Commission Increases Tire Disposal Fee at Landfill

The city commission also approved a recommendation from city manager Carl Holder in regards to disposing of tires at the Paris-Henry County Landfill. Holder said they’ve put off the decision long enough and now the county has dropped out of the Waste Tire Grant Program due to state cuts of 7% to the counties in partnership with it. Solid Waste director Ron Watkins has suggested utilizing Liberty Tire as the primary disposal source.

With that, the commission decided to go with Holder’s recommendation to increase some of the fees regarding disposing tires at the landfill to the rates that Liberty Tire charges. Effective September 1, anyone disposing of tires in the county’s landfill will see increases of 50 cents on tires under 15 inches, $1.50 on heavy truck tires of 17-25 inches, and $3.00 on rims.

Retail Sales see increase for month of May, year to date

City Finance Director Kim Foster reported good news to the commission for revenues for the city. The general fund added a little over $450 Thousand to fund balance as the FY 2012 finished out. It decreased some in the Solid Waste Fund due to the city paying in full for the Track Loader for the Landfill. The county will pay the city back for their portion over the next five years.

Foster reported May retail sales came in at 5.84% ahead of the same month last year and 7.8% ahead of year to date totals.

City Manager Carl Holder withdrew one item on the agenda Thursday night regarding authorization of a ladder truck and sewer extension on Mockingbird. Holder asked the commission to meet next week to allow proper public notice of these items and to possibly save around $30,000 by pre-purchasing the fire truck. The commission agreed to meet in a special called session Wed. August 8th at noon to take up this item specifically.

Commission passes formal agreement with HCMC, Bethel on Imaging Center; hears updates

The commission also passed a formal three party agreement with Bethel University and the Henry County Medical Center in regards to the final development with the Imaging Center.

Earlier in the meeting, Holder told commissioners the progress with work on the imaging center is moving along nicely with the project still slated to be completed no later than October 1. He said the overhead bridge still needs Federal approval and some loan monies aren’t available quite yet either which are being worked on.

The Signalization project for the Joy Street/Tyson Avenue intersection is being pushed back again with the state just now approving the plan amendments. Holder said as soon as the Feds notify the city those are complete, they will let bids, likely later in August.


Save on clothes, shoes, school supplies, computers during state sales tax holiday which runs Friday-Sunday

Remember the Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday goes from now until 11:59pm Sunday night. Tennesseans can purchase school supplies, art supplies, shoes, and clothes, priced less than one hundred dollars per item or computers and laptops priced at $1500 or less per item and be exempt from sales taxes on those items. You can purchase in store, via the phone, email, or the internet and save paying taxes. For more information visit tntaxholiday.com.

Sheriff's Office and Paris Police make drug related arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s office charged Antiono White, age 26, of Sharon with simple possession of schedule two drug after finding cocaine in his possession. Deputy Jenkins was serving a warrant on White for other charges and searched his vehicle and  person and found a small container with two baggies that had cocaine in them.

Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department made two drug related arrests. James A. Travis, age 33, of 712 Manadaly Road was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent. Shedrick T. Tharpe, age 34, of 826 Lois Street was charged in a separate incident with simple possession of schedule six drug.


PSSD and HCSS to hold open meeting Friday for home school and disabled students

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System and the Paris Special School District will hold an open meeting with all private schools and home schools to discuss available services for children with disabilities ages 3-21. Regulations pertaining to this requirement and types and availability of services will be discussed.

The meeting will be held this Friday August 3rd at 8am in the conference room of the Paris Special School District Central Office, located at 1219 Highway 641 South. For more information call Sherry Wagner at 642-9322 or Jennifer Allen at 642-0381.


Pet Show at HC Fair set for Sat. Aug. 11th

Paris, Tenn.- Many new events and programs surround this year’s Henry County Fair which kicks off Friday at and around the fairgrounds in Paris. One event for pet lovers is the pet show, slated for Saturday August 11th at 9am at the farmer’s market pavilion.

All animals are welcome and must be under the control of the owners at all time. Pets must be on a leash or carrier, except when they are on stage. Pets can win prizes in the following categories most obedient, terrific pet tricks, most original costume, best pet/kid team, least obedient but most loved, best vocal performance, most glamorous, and best tail/booty wagg.

You can pre-register you pet at Mineral Wells Animal Clinic by August 8th or register at 9am on the 11th prior to the show starting at 9:30am. For more information call Michelle Hopkins at 642-5699.

Polls open 7a-7p across Henry County for Election Today

Paris, Tenn.- Polls across Henry County will be open from 7am to 7pm today for the state primary and county general election. Early voting totals for Henry County were low, while being up across most of Tennessee. You can vote at your precinct today only, not at the election commission office. Full results of the election will be on our website at wmufradio.com late Thursday night and on Friday morning’s newscast.

HCHS Open House for 10th graders set for Tonight from 5-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will host an Open House for incoming 10th grade students from 5-7pm this Thursday night August 2nd. Students can meet their home room teacher and will receive information about the first day of school, which will be August 6th.

DPA Court Square Concert Series begins Tonight at 6:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association presents Concert on the Square this Thursday evening August 2nd from 6:30-8pm. FirstBank’s First Thursday will be a musical event featuring the group TriFekta with Tabitha Myrick, Mark McWherter, and Jim Merrell. Bring your lawn chair an sit back and enjoy the hometown entertainment. The concert is free to the public.

TBI Releases "Crimes Against the Elderly" Report

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its first ever study of crimes against the elderly as reported by Tennessee Law Enforcement agencies from 2009-2011. The report is an analysis of Group A offenses, classified as crimes against person and crimes against property where the victim of the crime was age 65 or older.

The reported showed a slight increase in the number of elderly victims each year over the three year period even though the total number of victims of crime decreased over the same three year period. Four offenses were analyzed: robbery, burglary, assault, and fraud. According to the 2010 census documented the elderly population in the United States represents 13.4% of the total population.

Highlights of the “crimes against the elderly report” were printed in the TBI’s press release. The report said just over 6% of all victims reported in incidents between 09-11 were elderly.

Burglary is the most often reported offense committed against the elderly followed by vandalism and theft. One in ten burglary victims were 65 years or older accounting for more than 20% of all crimes committed against the elderly. More than 46% of robbery offenses against the elderly occurred at home during the three year span.

Other stats from the report include over 62 hundred fraud offenses reported were reported as having an elderly victim which accounts for nearly 13% of all fraud victims. It also showed that of the 2,896 assault offenses, 41% were committed by family members. In addition to that, the report found that a total of 65,220 offenders committed crimes against the elderly between 09-11 and in those offenses, males were two times more likely to be the offenders than females.


McDonald's Big Bass Splash Set For Aug. 18-19 on KY Lake

Guaranted $75,000 in cash and prizes to be given out for amateur anglers

Buchanan, Tenn.- Sealy Outdoors and McDonald’s have teamed up to bring the World’s Largest Amateur Bass Fishing tournament to Kentucky Lake August 18th and 19th. Anglers can fish in boats or even off the banks and you can win your share of more than $75,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes. Some of the prizes anglers can win include a 2012 Triton Bass Boat for being the top overall finisher during the event.

2nd place will win $2500 in cash, 3rd place wins $2000, 4th place takes home $1500, and 5th place is guaranteed to win $1000 in cash for the five single heaviest bass over the two day tournament.

There will be hourly payouts from 6am to 2pm as well with nearly $25,000 total paid out. The angler who ways in the heaviest bass each hour will win $500 in cash, followed $400 for 2nd place, $300 for 3rd place, $200 for 4th heaviest, and $150 for 5th heaviest bass per hour.

Each day of the tournament the first amateur angler that brings a bass weighing exactly 4 pounds will win $1,000 in cash.

The two day event will have several drawings for prizes for anglers and spectators who show up at Paris Landing for weighs and to see all the vendors on hand. All contestants will be eligible to win a Titan UTV and the
Early Bird bonus will allow contestants who pre-register by August 8th a chance to win one of five $200 gift cards to Academy Sports and Outdoors. Spectators as well as participating anglers, ages 18 and up, will also be in the drawing for a $1500 Academy Sports and Outdoors shopping Spree.

The Big Bass Splash also has the Little Anglers Division where children ages 12 and under may fish and catch bass, perch, crappie or catfish and win certificates and gift prizes. Entry fee for the youngsters is $10 per day.

The Tournament Entry fee is $135 for One day and $185 for both days and you can pre-register by picking up a Big Bass Splash Booklet at the following locations, the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, McDonald’s throughout the area, or at WMUF/WLZK studios at 110 India Road in Paris. Entry forms are located in the booklet.

You may also register Friday August 17th from Noon to 8pm or each morning from 5-6am on days of the tournament. For more information visit www.sealyoutdoors.com. Proceeds of the tournament benefit the Ronald McDonald House and Select McDonald’s Charities.


2nd annual Paris Tower Triathlon a big success

Paris Tri Club showing off their wares after the 2nd Annual Paris Tower Triathlon on Sat. Amy Lawrence photo.

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd annual Paris Tower Triathlon was held at Eiffel Tower Park this past Saturday and was again a huge success. 78 kids ages 6-14 registered for the competition and raced, biked, and swam against their peers. Full race results for each division can be found at www.besttimescct.com/results/Towertri2.txt.

6 yr boys- 1st Devan Reilly - Madison, TN 2nd Bennett Cain - Paris, TN
3rd Jack Shackleford, Paris TN

7 yr girls- 1) Kaitlyn Laduc - Murfreesboro, TN 2) Alexis Laduc - Murfreesboro, TN 3) Maya Reilly - Madison, TN

7 yr boys- 1) Landon Wells, - Grandview IN 2) Lance Franks - Jackson, TN
3) Will Douglas - Camden, TN

8 yr girls- 1) Abby Taylor - Paris, TN 2) Ellison Reynoldson - Camden, TN

8 yr boys- 1) Caleb Cain - Paris, TN 2) Jackson Guthrie - Jackson TN
3) Will Wardlaw - Buchannan, TN

9 yr girls- 1) Sophia Harvey - Franklin, TN 2) Taylor Dunagan - Paris, TN
3) Abby Gilstrap - Paris, TN

9 yr boys- 1) Hunter Lawrence - Paris, TN 2) Caden Kellow - Nashville, TN
3) Austin Dunagan - Paris, TN

10 yr girls- 1) Makeena Rielly - Madison, TN 2) Emma Hill - Paris, TN
3) Izzy Arthurs - Paris, TN

10 yr boys- 1) Cody Browning -Paducah, Ky 2) Will Singleton - Paris, TN
3) Craig Anderson - Paris, TN

11 yr girls- 1) Gracie Pendleton - Christiana, TN 2) Alexis Daniels - Paris, TN

11 yr boys- 1) Caden Martin - Paris, TN 2) Keaton McFarland - Paris , TN
3) John Vinson - Franklin, TN

12 yr girls- 1) Gabby Pack - Paris ,TN 2) Caroline Singleton - Paris, TN
3) Taylor Beth Nanney - Paris, TN

12 yr boys- 1) Zack Freels - Franklin, TN

13 yr boys- 1) Issac Falwell - Murray, KY 2) Nathan Condeelis - Pairs, TN

14 yr boys- 1) Trofim Meyer - Franklin, TN

Secretary of State Tre Hargett to deliver Bethel Summer Commencement address on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn.- Tre Hargett, Secretary of State for the State of Tennessee, will deliver Bethel University’s Commencement address during the school’s summer exercises on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Hargett was elected by the Tennessee General Assembly to serve as Tennessee’s 37th Secretary of State in 2009. Secretary Hargett is the chief executive officer of the Department of State with oversight of nearly 400 employees. He also serves on 15 boards and commissions, and as the presiding member of the Tennessee Local Development Authority and the Public Records Commission.

Since elected Secretary of State, he has made it his priority to increase transparency in state government by working with his colleagues in making the proceedings of numerous boards and commissions more accessible to the public. In his office he promotes a culture that places a premium on customer service, and leveraging technology to create efficiencies that cause savings for the taxpayers and those individuals and businesses who conduct business with the Department of State.

In 2010, Secretary Hargett was chosen as a Henry Toll Fellow, an honor given to 40 of the nation’s top state government officials. Additionally, he is a member of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) where he serves as Treasurer and serves on the board of directors of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Secretary Hargett has also been recognized for his support of National History Day.

Previously, Secretary Hargett served as chairman of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Prior to joining the Tennessee Regulatory Authority he was regional vice president for a publicly traded emergency services provider. It was in this role that he had oversight of more than 500 employees and $50 million in revenues.

Secretary Hargett also served for 10 years in the Tennessee House of Representatives, during which time he was twice elected Republican leader by his colleagues. Secretary Hargett sponsored or co-sponsored numerous bills over the course of his service. He was a driving force behind several measures to increase transparency in government, including increased electronic disclosure of campaign contributions and increasing the requirements of officials’ public statements of interest. He also co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution One, which allowed for a statewide constitutional amendment permitting local governments to initiate property tax relief for senior citizens.

Secretary Hargett earned a B.B.A. in Accounting with honors from Memphis State University and his M.B.A. from the University of Memphis where he was recently honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Commencement exercises will be at 2 p.m., in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus.

Seating for Commencement will begin at 1 p.m. and the processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will also be at 1 p.m. Guest entrance is through the main doors of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment adjacent to Crisp Arena and graduate entrance will be through the main doors of Crisp Arena.


HCMC getting reimbursed on outpatient TennCare rates

Paris, Tenn.- At the board of trustees meeting for the Henry County Medical Center Monday evening, CEO and administrator Tom Gee reported to the board that they were notified that the medical center was one of the hospitals identified through the variation task force to receive an adjustment in the TennCare rates. The task force, which Gee served on, identified hospitals which were under paid for their service compared to others which were getting significantly higher rates.

Gee said the Henry County Medical Center’s inpatient rates were judged to be appropriate but they will be getting a 3.5 percent increase in outpatient rates for TennCare. They will also see a significant increase next year.

Gee also informed board members that the medical center will be getting a $38,000 credit on our land purchase for the imaging center now that the exact size of the property and a deed has been completed. They own approximately thirty-one percent of the site. An agreement between the hospital, city of Paris, and Bethel has been completed.

The imaging center is still on track for an opening sometime in September. New imaging equipment should begin being delivered in mid to late August.

The board was also informed at Monday night’s meeting that some representatives of Baptist Hospital of Huntingdon met with HCMC regarding their planned psych unit and requested Henry County Medical Center not to oppose their unit.

Gee said that they want to initially only work with patients over the age of 65. The medical center’s percentage of over 65 make up only about 25% of the unit they continue to be concerned that once they have the unit it could easily be converted to an adult unit serving younger patients. Gee said Huntingdon also has not shown a strong case for the need of the third unit within the primary service area of the HCMC.

Hospital teams up with Spirit of Women's health network

Paris, Tenn.- More from the HCMC board of Trustee meeting on Monday dealt with discussion of the new marketing effort by the hospital to promote women’s health and to generate new patients around these services. Gee explained that the hospital is partnering up with the Spirit of Women’s Health network as its first Tennessee Hospital.

The group provides support and marketing materials on a wide range of women’s health issues from cardiac, breast, newborns, pelvic health, and others. Tory Daugherity will be heading up the activity which will emphasize health screenings and health education programs.

Gee announced to the board that Dr. Kevin Wheatley has joined the medical center as a fulltime hospitalist. Dr. Wheatley comes from a private practice and worked as a hospitalist in Huntingdon for many years. Most recently he has been an attending physician in the primary care residency teaching program at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

The board also learned Joshua Roberts, an MBA student at Bethel is serving this summer and fall as an administrative intern at HCMC. Josh will be doing special projects and learning about hospital organization and functions. He will be attending various meetings as an observer.

Henry County splits with Rossview on golf course

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County shot a 155 in golf to defeat Rossview who shot a 181 this past weekend. Individual scores for the boys were Evan Todd who shot a 38, Chase Hill, Jordan Hayes, and Jamison Hayes all shot a 39. In ladies action, Rossview defeated the Lady Patriots Golf Team by shooting a 72 compared to their 94. Individual scores for the Lady Pats included Brittany Martin shooting a 44 and Holly Dial a 48.

Taste of Paris on Tuesday to benefit HC Relay for Life

Paris, Tenn.- Paulettes and Pi Pizza Kitchen have partnered with Henry County Relay for Life for the first ever Taste of Paris event. The restaurants have generously agreed to donate a portion of their proceeds on Tuesday to help Relay for Life create a world with more birthdays. Have lunch or dinner at Paulettes and Pi Pizza Kitchen during a Taste of Paris to benefit Relay for Life.

Murray State ranked #1 nationally for its financial aid packages

U.S.News recognizes MSU as top school for providing undergraduate students merit awards 

Murray, Ky- A hallmark of Murray State University’s accessibility to students is its affordability and it robust financial aid/scholarship program. U.S.News just released its “Short List” of rankings that finds Murray State at the top of the 10 schools where merit aid awards are most common.

According U.S.News, Murray awarded non-need-based scholarships and grants to nearly 77 percent of its undergraduate students. MSU is far above the national average of 13 percent. In fact, the percentage of students receiving merit awards at Murray State tops that of the #10 ranked school by over 30 percentage points. 

Murray State University’s high rate of financial aid through scholarships/grants is particularly noteworthy given the national debate on both the high cost of attending college in the U.S. and the increasing national student debt load. 

“Obviously, we’re delighted to receive this recognition which again firmly establishes Murray State University as a national benchmark institution for quality and affordability” Dr. Randy J. Dunn, president of Murray State University, said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work of our faculty and staff and the generosity of our alumni and donors with whom we share this distinction.”    

The university is concluding a multi-year comprehensive fundraising campaign for the benefits of student scholarships, academic programs and campus enhancements at the end of 2012. To date, more than $67 million has been raised. “Approximately 50 percent of that total has established scholarship endowments,” said Dr. Bob Jackson, associate vice president of development and governmental relations at MSU and campaign director.
“These new scholarship gifts during the campaign have caused our annual scholarship awards to double to more than $1.6 million.” 

The national rankings looked at students who did not qualify for financial aid; however, those students may still be in need of assistance in paying for college. U.S.News conducted the research using information on schools it recognizes in its yearly “America’s Best Colleges” rankings — MSU has been ranked on the list for its quality for 21 consecutive years.


Paris Lading Vol. Fire Department busy over the weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible arson of an all around ATV type vehicle on News Road in Buchanan from Saturday afternoon. Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire and extinguished it, but no serial number or color of the ATV could be determined. There is a possibility that the ATV was stolen and someone could have burned it on purpose. Officers have no suspects at this time.

The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department also responded to Howell’s Resort to a camper trailer that caught on fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. Chief Reggie Coles said a couple was staying inside the trailer but no one was hurt in the blaze. The couple had been grilling earlier and the fire started from the grill, which caught the back deck on fire, then the camper.

Meth arrest made over the weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Some arrests from the weekend include Bryan L. Watson, age 37 of Old Paris Murray Road for possession of drug paraphernalia and promotion of manufacture of meth. Watson was placed on six thousand dollars. Jason D. Gordon, age 29, of 718 Dunlap Street was charged with two counts of simple assault.

Jason D. Booth, age 39, of 1201 Dunlap Street, was arrested by Trooper Jackson after leaving the seen of an automobile accident. Booth was charged with driving on revoked driver’s license, leaving the scene, failure to notify of accident, and violation of the due care law.

Henry County High School to host 10th grade open House Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will host an Open House for incoming 10th grade students from 5-7pm this Thursday night August 2nd. Students can meet their home room teacher and will receive information about the first day of school, which will be August 6th.

Early Voting Ends; Primary Is Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The early voting period is now over and the total of the county’s early voters is much lower than usual. County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson said 77 people voted the last day Saturday, bringing the total over the entire period to 1,107.

The primary election is Thursday, August 2, and voters can cast their ballots at their respective polling places on that day.

Unlocked Car Burglarized

Paris, Tenn.-An unlocked vehicle in a wooded area on Cooper Street in Paris was burglarized and $585 worth of items was stolen from it. According to the police report, the victim said he was logging trees and left his vehicle in the woods. When his father came back to retrieve the vehicle four hours later, some $30 worth of tools, $40 cash, as well as gift cards, debit cards, his driver’s license, hunting license and boat registration were missing. In addition, checks that had been made out to him were gone.

In a separate incident, Paris Police arrested Thomas Sassion, age 20, of 1003 Cowan St., for domestic assault following an incident on Powell Street. According to the report, the victim and Sassion were arguing and Sassion pulled on her and took her phone. While police officers were talking to the victim, Sassion reportedly came out from behind the bushes wearing only underwear and refused to answer officers’ questions.

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We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ice Cream Eating Winner Matthew Burt celebrates with the spoon still in his mouth. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd of ice-cream lovers found a way to beat the heat Saturday at the annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show in downtown Paris. Some 75 cars lined the streets of the courtsquare while 23 vendors were there to serve their creamy cool desserts, many of which were homemade.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and half of the proceeds go toward the Youth for the Arts program.

Winner of the adult ice-cream eating contest was Matthew Burt, who ate a quart of ice cream without getting a headache, while Jordan Shepherd won the kids ice-cream eating contest. Winners of the frozen t-shirt contests were: in the youth category, first place, Will Whitfield; and second place, Talia Salmon. In the adult category, first place, Lydia Williams and second place, Hannah Barnhill.

Family Video won Best in Show for its booth, while Best Ice Cream was won by the Henry School Teachers and Best Theme was Ascera Care. The Peoples’ Choice in the antique car show was won by the family of the late Zach French, which entered French’s truck.

Casey Brown is given encouragement by her son, Tyler, and daughter, Caitlyn (in red) during the ice-cream eating contest. (McFarlin photo)

Susan Burton enjoys homemade ice cream from the Henry Teachers booth, which won best ice cream. (McFarlin photo).

Jeremy Linn and Nikki Barnhill of Family Video serve up ice cream. Their booth won Best in Show. (McFarlin photo).

All-Stars Are On Way Home

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County 10-year-old All-Star Team is on the way home after losing its last two games in the double elimination Cal Ripken Southeast Regional tourney in Matthews, N.C., but for them it has been a dream season.

The All-Stars qualified for the regional tournament by winning the State Championship last week. Once the team arrived in North Carolina, it had been zipping right along, decisively beating its opponents. In games Saturday, the team lost to South Florida 12 to 1 and then to North Carolina 12-2. WMUF/WLZK congratulates the team and their coaches, Clint Davis, Tracy Tharpe and Lance Smith, on an exceptional season.

TARP Festival Draws Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-Jennifer Barker, standing on chair, center, gives volunteers instructions before the start of the  TARP Center for Independent Living festival at the county fairgrounds Saturday. The event commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the passage of the Adults with Disabilities law. A large number of people enjoyed the music, bingo, cakewalks, games, vendors and motorcycle and car show. Barker was co-event coordinator with Marianne Dale. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


HC 10-Year-Old All Stars Claim Another Victory

Owen Webb stretches to catch a ball at first base. (Brad Ridgeway photo).

Matthews, N.C.-The Henry County 10-year-old All Stars are zipping right along. The team beat Virginia Friday, 8-4, in the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional Tourney in Matthews, N.C. The team already beat West Nashville and Union City, N.C., decisively.

The team plays South Florida at noon Saturday and we will keep you updated. According to Angie Ridgeway and Ray Summers, brackets will be released soon for the next round. 

Brad and Angie Ridgeway's son, Eli, plays second base on the team and the following is Brad's commentary on the first two games.

"1st game!!!!
Henry County 10 All-stars offense too much for West Nashville,TN in 10-0 rout
Henry County 10 All-stars jumped out to an early lead on West Nashville,TN and captured a 10-0 victory on Thursday at Matthews,NC.
With nine runs in the first three innings, Henry County 10 All-stars left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
An RBI single by Wesley Bomar, a passed ball, a passed ball, and an RBI single by Owen Webb in the first inning and a passed ball, an RBI single by Paul D. Atkins, an RBI triple by Will Parrish, and an RBI single by Webb during the second inning supplied the early offense for Henry County 10 All-stars.
Bomar went a perfect 2-2 at the plate for Henry County 10 All-stars.
Henry County 10 All-stars' Parrish kept West Nashville,TN off the scoreboard for all four innings he was on the hill. He pitched a shutout, allowing no opposing players to cross the plate on two hits while ringing up six.
Henry County 10 All-stars brought home one run in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fourth. In the third, Henry County 10 All-stars scored on an RBI single by Chase Wyrick, bringing home Bomar.

2nd game!!!!!
Early lead gives Henry County 10 All-stars easy victory over Union Co. WNC, 14-4
Henry County 10 All-stars refused to relinquish the lead after grabbing it early against Union Co. WNC, recording a 14-4 victory on Thursday at Matthews,NC.
Seven runs in the first three innings allowed Henry County 10 All-stars to put the game away early.
An RBI double by Ethan Thompson during the first inning and a fielder's choice in the second inning supplied the early offense for Henry County 10 All-stars.
Paul D. Atkins boosted his batting average thanks to a perfect 4-4 day at the plate to pace Henry County 10 All-stars. He singled in the first, third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Thompson got the win for Henry County 10 All-stars. He allowed two runs over four innings. He struck out six, walked five and surrendered two hits.
Henry County 10 All-stars pounded Union Co. WNC pitching, as six hitters combined for 14 hits, six RBIs and 10 runs scored.
Henry County 10 All-stars closer Chase Wyrick put away the final three outs to record the save.
Henry County 10 All-stars answered Union Co. WNC's top inning with five runs of its own in the third. Henry County 10 All-stars scored on an RBI single by Will Parrish, a groundout by Owen Webb, an RBI single by Paxton Pierpoint, a passed ball, and a groundout by Cooper Smith.
Union Co. WNC scored two runs in the top of the fifth to cut its deficit to three. An RBI triple by #6 and an RBI single by #3 triggered Union Co. WNC's comeback. Henry County 10 All-stars' Wyrick induced a groudout to close things out.
After a quick strike from Union Co. WNC, Henry County 10 All-stars responded with seven runs in the fifth. Henry County 10 All-stars scored on a passed ball, , an RBI double by Thompson, an RBI single by Atkins, a passed ball, a sacrifice fly by Webb, and an RBI single by Samari Rack."

Dem Headquarters To Open

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Democratic Headquarters grand opening will be held from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, August 2, in the dining room of the Greystone of Paris on West Washington St. Phone 707-1599 for more information.

LBL Target Range To Close For Clean-Up

Golden Pond, Ky.- Beginning August 1,  the Golden Pond Target Range at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be closed on Wednesday mornings until 11am for clean-up.

“The Golden Pond Target Range is extremely popular with visitors and is getting a lot of use,” stated LBL’s Recreation Program Manager, Gary Hawkins. “Closing the target range for a few hours each week will give our staff a chance to safely mow and pick up trash and leftover shells.”

To reduce maintenance costs, visitors are encouraged to dispose of all trash and spent shells in the dumpster just outside the target range area. The national campaign of "Pack It In. Pack It Out!" helps keep our public lands free of litter by everyone packing out their own trash and properly disposing of it.

The target range was updated in 2010, and is almost twice as long as before. It includes two ranges for simultaneous shooting—a 175-yard rifle range containing six shooting benches and a 50-yard pistol range containing four shooting benches. The accessible target range is open from dawn to dusk. Use is on a first-come, first-served basis with capability for multiple shooters. The archery range will remain open during target range closures.


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