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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Nicki Cronkright

 

Cantaloupe Salad at Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer’s Market will have Cantaloupe Salad Friday as their sample recipe for this week. The free samples will be available from 3-4pm and other giveaways will be available as well thanks to a grant from the UT Extension office. Items at the Farmer’s Market include tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, onions, green beans, local honey, local canola, and USDA packaged meat that is grass fed. The Farmer’s Market is downtown Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until items are sold out.

Reminder: Public Invited To HC BBQ Friday and Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cookoff will be held this weekend at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane. Friday evening, gates open at 6pm and the public is invited to come meet and greet the 26 cooking teams from several states that are on hand at the event. The teams will compete in the Pitmaster Challenger Friday evening where they will be given a couple of ingredients they must use in preparing a dish.

The Old Spirits band will perform from 8pm to midnight Friday and it is a $2 per head cover charge with all proceeds benefiting the Henry County Food Bank. Food will be available for purchase at the Backwoods Mobile Unit.

On Saturday, gates open at 9am and there is no cover charge as the official competition runs from 11am to 3pm for the team as they compete in chicken, ribs, ribeye, and butts. Winners will be announced between 3:30pm and 4pm.

Reminder: Plus Endowment Fundraiser Sat. and Ann and Daves

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Plus Endowment Board will serve as wait staff at Ann and Dave's from 6am to 11am Saturday August 6th. A portion of the breakfast sales and all tips earned by the board members will go to the Plus Endowment fund, which is an organization that awards grants to teachers in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District.

In addition to being wait staff, board members will have a bake sale going on as well with money raised going to Plus Endowment. Earlier this week County Mayor Brent Greer declared this month Plus Endowment Month in Henry County.

Henry County Elects Wirgau, Chilcutt, VanDyke

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County elected incumbents for the 75th District House of Representatives in the State’s Republican Primary and also for local offices in the County Property Tax Assessor and two districts on the Henry County School Board, along with a new Road Supervisor for the first time in three decades.

Hot, humid weather may have affected turnout on Election Day as 2,221 voters turned out Thursday. That was less than the 2,415 total of Early and Absentee Voters in this Election. Overall the voter turnout was 4,636 or almost 21% of the registered voters in Henry County.

Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said that number is down some from the last August Election, but up from all the others in the several previous years.

In the Republican Primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives 75th District Incumbent Tim Wirgau received 57% of the vote, or a total of 2023. Challenger Jim Poe received 1499 votes or almost 43%. Wirgau will face off against Daniel Powell for the seat in November. Powell ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary for the seat and received 689 or 99% of the votes.

Since Ray Norwood is retiring from his seat as Road Supervisor, voters had to between Richie Chilcutt and Brian Solowey. Chilcutt received 70% of the vote with 3,144 votes and Solowey received 1336 or nearly 30%.

For property tax assessor, incumbent Charles Van Dyke won with 2,508 votes or about 57% and challenger Catherine Herrera got 1899 votes or about 43%.

In other contested races, two incumbents on the Henry County School Board were re-elected. In District 1, Rod Frey retained his seat with 442 votes and challenger Scarlett Orr received 345 votes. In District 3, incumbent Tom Beasley beat James Hart by a 765 to 302 vote margin.

In non-contested races, Road Board Chairman Bobby Milam received 3558, or 99%; Road Board District 2 Kyle Norwood received 683 votes or 99%; Road Board District 5 Vic Mallard received 797 votes or 99%; County School Board District 5 Jill Coker received 799 votes of 99%; Paris Special School District Board, four year term (4 seats)- John Steele, 898; Richard Edwards 892; Missy Klutts 873; and Troy Barrow 795 votes; PSSD Board unexpired, two year term, Jon Davidson, 1037 votes.

City Commission Approves Application for TN Main St. Program

Commissioners discuss the TN Main St. Program (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, Commissioners approved a resolution authorizing participation and obtaining designation in the Tennessee Main Street program.

City Manager Kim Foster said staff has been preparing an application for participation in the TN Main Street Program and a requirement includes passing a resolution endorsing the submission of the application and pledging support for the local Main Street program, or the Downtown Paris Association. Foster said in the past since the DPA didn’t pay a director, we couldn’t seek these grants, but now since they do, we can use DPA to help obtain the grant.

Foster said the DPA has already passed a similar resolution pledging their support to the Tennessee Main Street resolution. Plans are to have the application approved before the deadline for submission of the Community Development Block Grant Façade Improvement Grant which is August 26th. The goal of the Tennessee Main Street program is economic revitalization of the downtown within the context of preservation and rehabilitation of its historic buildings. In conjunction with the resolution, the Commission appointed Commissioner Jackie Jones to serve on the DPA.

May Retail Sales Dip; City Finishes FY on High Note

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow gave City Commissioners an update of May’s retail sales at Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting. Pillow said there was a slight decrease for May compared to last May but retail sales remain 3.67% ahead for the calendar year to date.

The city’s General Fund Revenues were over expenditures by over $62K for the month June. Solid waste revenues were just slightly over expenditures by less than $200.

Pillow reported that the City finished the fiscal year on a high note, with General Fund revenues over expenditures by $564K for the fiscal year which ended June 30th. Solid Waste revenues were under expenditures by $87,475 but there was only $253K received this year from the bond for expenses totaling over $524K for construction of the Transfer Station.

The City’s Property Tax and Wholesale Beer/Liquor Tax revenues were down slightly from FY 2015 but there was a significant increase in the Local Option Sales Tax, Business Tax, and State Shared Taxes. Pillow reminded commissioners fiscal year end number are unaudited and may change a little once the audit is completed.

City Manager Kim Foster gave kudos to all the department heads for tightening their budgets as the Fiscal year drew to a close.

Commission Changes Due Date on ESN 122 to Sept. 30th

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved an ordinance changing the due date for ESN 122 Fire service subscription fees from September 1 to September 30th. City Manager Kim Foster said an increased workload at the fiscal year end has caused them to push back the date to the 30th of September the last few years. This ordinance aligns the code with the current practice.

Fees Decreased for Fines on Handicapped Parking Violations

Paris, Tenn.- Another ordinance passed Thursday night was an amendment in the municipal code reflecting the appropriate correction to the allowable fine amount for violation of handicapped parking. The ordinance currently reads the fine for a violation of the handicapped parking law is $100, but to be in compliance with current State Law, the amendment sets that fine at $49. City Manager Kim Foster said this will allow the City to keep the offender in City Court.

The following people were reappointed to their respective boards by Mayor Carlton Gerrell and the City Commission Thursday night: Ricky Searcy to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; Jen Snow to the P-HC Library Board; and Charles Wilson to the Industrial Development Board.

Commission Hears from Carl Perkins Center About Programs

Carly Wheat, Director of the CPC, discusses some of services the Center provides. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission heard from Carly Wheat, Director of the Carl Perkins Center, whom the City gives money to each year. She said we served over 500 children alone and we have two other staff members. The Center does victim advocacy, parenting classes, stewards of children training. Wheat said the City’s donation helps fund different program and the Center helps make sure children have proper hygiene products and presents at Christmas time. Wheat said the Circles of Hope telethon is next week and the Henry County time slot is from 3-4pm.

Wheat said the Cheeseburger in Paradise fundraiser was successful next week and the next fundraiser will be Pancake Day in the fall. The Center also has a Crappie Tournament in April and is planning more fundraisers in the future.

Easement, Rezoning Request Approved By City Commission

Comm. Development Director Jennifer Morris shows Commissioners the areas on the map. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission approved a request for Easment from the City across the City Park Property on Jim Adams Drive. The request is from Charlie Douglas is in the process of developing property located on Mineral Wells Avenue, specifically located between the Kroger Shopping Center and Commercial Bank. The rear of the property extends almost to Jim Adams Drive with the exception of a narrow strip that is portion extends almost to Jim Adams Drive with the exception of a narrow strip that is a portion of the City’s Park Property. The planning commission will review the request.

The City Commission approved a rezoning request for property located on East Washington Street and sent it to the Planning Commission for review and approval. The request came from Dan Hassell for the old Mid-South Lumber property requesting it to be rezoned from B-2 to either B-1 or PB. Hassell is proposing to develop the property as a mini Storage Facility, this use is not allowed in a B-2 district.

The case is that the B-2 District extends outside of the downtown area footprint. Some businesses such as Knott’s, Paris Public Works, and the PHCPUD warehouse are in the area and are non conforming regarding zoning.

Foster Updates Commissioners on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.-

City Manager Kim Foster updated the Commission on the status of various including the Alley Drainage Project which saw phase 1 complete with new brick laid this past week. She said all that is left is trash receptacles and steps, and labeling them. We have received several compliments on the alleywork. Phase 2, the alley to Fentress, has begun and utility work is ongoing and has been behind schedule because of rain nearly every day the last week or so.

Foster said the City is waiting for the federal highway administration to sign off on the environmental phase of the signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. She said they hope to get into the construction phase before the end of September or some of the funding could be pushed back. The plan is to have it complete in the spring of next year.

The City did not get approved for an LPRF grant which would have replaced the Dehumidifyer at the City Pool. Foster said Parks Director Tony Lawrence and her are working on other ideas for this issue.

The city and DPA is awaiting announcement of awards for the Arts Builds Communities Grants to continue work on the Back Alley Paris Project which could come this month.

The City has demolished four dilapidated structures in July and four more this week using city resources as often as possible. The next clean sweep Day has been set for the Aden, Thompson, and Blakemore Street areas of the Atkins Porter Neighborhood on August 27th. 

Paris Police Make Potential Burglary Arrest

Paris Police Patrolman Jeff Smith and Steven McClure arrested Charles Delk, age 37 of 622 Powell St. Apt of Paris, for attempted burglary, resisting arrest and failure to appear. Ptl. Smith and McClure responded to a call on Wednesday from a business on East Washington Street, about a potential burglary in progress.

McClure and Smith found Delk under the business in a hole that the owner of the business had dug for plumbing repairs. Ptl. Smith and McClure gave verbal commands to the suspect to exit from under the building. The suspect refused and identified himself as Charles Delk to Ptl. McClure and Smith. McClure advised that if Delk did not exit then McClure would deploy a can of gas. Delk refused and Ptl. McClure deployed a can of gas. Delk exited the hole and was placed under arrest for burglary and resisting arrest.

After care was provided to Delk and he was placed into the back of the patrol car, Delk stated to the officers that he had used crystal methamphetamine on August 2nd, and he had been running from his brother. McClure advised dispatch that Delk had an active failure to appear warrant out of Henry County, Tennessee. Delk was transported to HCSO without incident and was served with a criminal trespass form to the business on E. Washington St. Delk was placed on $5,000 bond from the failure to appear warrant. Delk also was placed on $10,000 bond for the burglary and resisting arrest. A use of force report was filled out and placed in the case report.

Police Still Investigating Theft of a Truck

Cpl. Jim Sanders of the HC Sheriff’s Department investigated a theft of a vehicle taken from a home on Lakeview Drive in Springville. The homeowner stated that he parked the truck in his driveway and when he woke up the next morning he checked his driveway the homeowner saw that his truck was missing. The homeowner stated that he never heard the truck crank and the truck was not a quiet truck. Police are still looking for the stolen vehicle.

High School Bass Fishing National Championship Begins at PLSP

Paris, Tenn.- Thunderstorms greeted the 340 anglers that hit the waters of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes Thursday morning as 170 teams came to Henry County for the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Tourism Authority, stated “we’re thrilled to once again host the Costa Bassmaster High School Championships and the Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket at Paris Landing. Kentucky Lake is one of the top lakes for bass fishing in the nation and these anglers are glad to be here.”

The full field of high school anglers will fish Thursday and Friday with weigh-ins at Paris Landing State Park at 1:45pm each day. The top 12 teams will compete Saturday for the Championship with the Weigh-ins Saturday to be held in Downtown Paris between 2:30pm and 3pm. Weighs will be held on the East Side of the Courthouse. The public is invited to all weigh-ins. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are up for grabs in the three day tournament.

In addition to the High Schoolers, the top 8 collegiate anglers from across the country will battle head to head in a single elimination bracket competition as well. The prize is a bert in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Houston and a fully rigged and wrapped truck and boat combo.

Polls Open 7am-7pm; Springville Voters Remember Location Change

Paris, Tenn.- Polls will open across Henry County at 7am Thursday for the State Primary and County General Election. Early Voting was high across the county and hot weather and chances of rain could impact Thursday’s voting turnout. Polls remain open until 7pm. You do not vote at the Election Commission Office on Election Day, you must vote at your precinct.

Just a reminder for voters in the Springville Voting District your voting location has changed to the Springville Church of Christ, located at 2740 Poplar Grove Road instead of the Springville Community Center where the precinct used to be.

After the polls close at 7pm, we will have live Election Return Coverage on WLZK 94.1FM throughout the evening and you can also follow along on our website at wmufradio.com.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm on Thursday and all eligible donors are encouraged to give blood. All negative blood supplies are critically low at this time. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.

Chief Elizondo: Be Safe and Patient As School Starts Back

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo issued a press release reminding citizens about increased traffic as schools for the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District start back in session this week.

Chief Elizondo stated, "I want to remind everyone that the Paris Police Department will be in full force to ensure the safety of our students.The speed limit in the school zones is 15 MPH unless otherwise marked. These school zones will also be marked by yellow flashing signs at the beginning of the school zone and a sign at the end of the school zone."

Drivers should pay special attention to signage prohibiting left hand turns before and after school sessions. These signs are designed to keep traffic from bottle necking at peak times.

Also make sure you and your passengers are properly seat belted in the vehicle.  Be patient and allow yourself plenty of time. It will be congested at all schools, especially these first two weeks.  Once traffic evens out, we will have officers checking child safety seats and seat belts so be sure all passengers are correctly secure.

Chief Elizondo encourged citizens to be safe and patient as we start another school year.

Numerous Burglaries From Automobiles Probed by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed many reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles throughout the county. Three residences on Rolling Meadows Road had their unlocked vehicles gone thru with various items stolen from cell phone car charges, cigarette packs, spare keys, and stereo equipment.

An unlocked truck on Old Cypress Road at a bar was entered and a Keltec .22 pistol along with a box of .380 ammo was stolen. The value of items is around $600.

More reports of vehicle burglaries came from Old McKenzie Highway where one residence had their vehicles locked, but the motorhome was unlocked. Suspects entered the motorhome, took spare keys to the vehicles, then entered the vehicles. Three guns valued at over $1K were stolen from this residence.

Another home on Old McKenzie Highway saw two vehicles gone thru and the side door to the garage opened. A utility knife, mag light, three six packs of colas, loose change, and dollar bills were all stolen. There are no suspects in any of the thefts.

Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Robert A. Jumper, age 38, of 655 Rison St., with aggravated burglary and assault after he admitted to kicking in a door and assaulting a resident at Lumber Road. Jumper was still on scene when Sgt. Hall arrived to the initial call from dispatch. Jumper was placed on $5K bond.

MSU To Host Hemp Education and Field Day Aug. 4th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will host and participate in a Hemp Education and Field Day held at the Curris Center on Thursday, August 4. The event is free and no pre-registration is required. The educational program will begin at 1 p.m. and consist of hemp program updates from CV Sciences, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and other key individuals within the industry, including a keynote presentation by Stuart Tomc of CV Sciences that speaks of the value of hemp-based products. 

Following the education program, the event will include field day visits of the 2016 Murray State hemp crop on the West Farm beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Participants are asked to park at the Cherry West Kentucky Exposition Center and tours will proceed from the parking area to the field site. At this site, two plots of Futura 75 and Fedora 17 that were planted on May 9 will be available for viewing and agronomic discussions.

“The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture is proud to provide support for this event, in conjunction with the continuing sponsorship of CV Sciences,” said Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture. “Murray State University planted the first legal agricultural hemp research plot on May 12, 2014. Since that time, we have hosted field days and continually worked with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, local farmers, researchers and many other companies and partners to assist in the development of this industry in Kentucky.”

Ky Lake Waterfowl Festival Sat. at Big Sandy Park

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Ducks Unlimited Chapter will host the 19th Annual Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival on Saturday August 6th in conjunction with the TWRA Duck Blind Drawing at Big Sandy City Park. Registration begins at 7am on Saturday.

The event will have exhibitors from several states on hand with displays including new calls, motion decoys, ammo, clothing and footwear, taxidermist, ATVs, boats, and much more. The event usually draws a very large crowd. There will be a gun raffle at the event as well. 

Booth space is $100 for uncovered spaces and $125 for covered spaces. Admission is free, festival hours will be from 7am to 3pm and exhibitors may set up Friday afternoon between the hours of 2-6pm. For more information on booth space contact Michael Culley at 336-3866 or Justin Rawls at 693-8617.

The Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s duck blind drawings for TWRA’s wildlife management areas. The drawings will begin at 10am. Drawings for the Springville Bottoms, or West Sandy management area will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday and drawings for the Camden bottoms, Gin Creek, Big Sandy, and Harmon’s Creek will be drawn at Big Sandy’s City Park during the Kentucky Lake Waterfowl Festival.

Plus Endowment Board To Hold Breakfast and Bake Sale Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Plus Endowment Board will serve as wait staff at Ann and Dave's from 6am to 11am Saturday August 6th. A portion of the breakfast sales and all tips earned by the board members will go to the Plus Endowment fund, which is an organization that awards grants to teachers in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District.

In addition to being wait staff, board members will have a bake sale going on as well with money raised going to Plus Endowment. Earlier this week County Mayor Brent Greer declared this month Plus Endowment Month in Henry County.

Lady Patriots Soccer To Hold Alumni Game Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- With school back in session, sports season will soon start as well. The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer Season will begin on August 9th against Calloway County and Collierville in preseason tournaments on the road. The team will have a game against Alumni this Saturday August 6th at the HCHS Soccer Field at 7pm.

August 13th Last Day for Youth FB Sign-Ups

Paris, Tenn.- The last day for sign-ups for Youth Football will be Saturday August 13th at Barton Field starting at 8am. If it rains that day, sign-ups will be at Atkins Porter Rec Center with tryouts to follow at 9:45am. Cost is $40 and tryouts are required for all new players to the league.

Lee Academy Fundraiser Saturday 9am to 2pm

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts will hold a fundraiser and auction on Saturday August 6th from 9am to 2pm. All money raised will benefit and fund ongoing programs at Lee Academy.

Virus Fatal to Horses and Humans Detected In West TN

Nashville- A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.

Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.

“Although Tennessee has never had a documented human case of EEE, it is important for the public to remember mosquito-borne diseases including EEE and West Nile virus can occur each summer,” medical entomologist Dr. Abelardo Moncayo said. “Fortunately, the prevention measures are similar for EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases.”

EEE kills up to 90 percent of the horses infected. The horse in Madison County did not survive. Although there is no vaccine for humans, the EEE vaccine for horses is particularly effective to protect horses against the virus.

“Horse owners should vaccinate their livestock annually and always watch for signs of illness,” state veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said. “If your horse is lethargic, loses eyesight or is unable to swallow, contact your veterinarian immediately.”

Standing water provides an ideal location for mosquitos to breed. Mosquito control should include “tip and toss” and “drain and cover” to eliminate standing water around the barn and home, and use of mosquito “dunks” to eliminate larvae in water troughs and ponds.
TDH recommends the following to protect people from mosquito bites:

·         * Apply repellants to skin often. These can include lotions, liquids or sprays. TDH and the Centers for Disease Control recommend the use of repellants which contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol and IR3535. Duration of protection varies by repellant. Read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection. To learn more about insect repellants, visit http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/.

·         * Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks. Tucking shirts in pants and tucking pants into socks will help form a barrier. Wear closed shoes or boots instead of sandals. 

·         * Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase clothing pretreated with permethrin.

·         * In remote locations lacking window screens and/or air conditioning, the use of bed nets is advised. These should reach the floor or be tucked under the mattress.

·         *Avoid perfumes, colognes and products with fragrances that might attract mosquitoes.

We encourage Tennesseans to use preventive measures to avoid mosquito-borne diseases, ‘’ Tennessee Department of Health Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD said. ‘’With ongoing threats like EEE and West Nile virus, and new diseases like Zika virus, it’s important to protect yourself and your family.”

The state veterinarian is responsible for monitoring for and preventing the spread of animal disease, as well as promoting animal health in Tennessee. The office works with private veterinarians, animal pathologists and disease diagnostic laboratories to identify diseases and determine the cause of animal deaths.  

The Tennessee One Health Committee seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health of humans and animal species by enhancing the cooperation and the collaboration among the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Department of Agriculture. See more at http://tn.gov/health/article/one-health-committee#sthash.wiJqCIZs.dpuf.

Paris Downtown Boxing Does Well at Ringside World Championships

Independence, Mo.-,Paris Downtown Boxing traveled to Independence, Missouri last week to attend the Ringside World Championships. The gym took twelve fighters to compete in the four day tournament. Of the twelve boxers, four advanced to  the Championship Bouts: Cam’ron Patton, Cortavious Patton, Steve Howe and Katie Crabtree. Steve Howe won the Championship Bout in the Masters Division. Coach Derik Moon said “ We are so proud of how all of our boxers preformed. We are very thankful to the community for their support as our team continues to grow.” (Miranda Moon photo)

Parks Board Hears Updates on Plans for McNeil Park Fields

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department board met on Monday Parks Director Tony Lawrence gave an update on McNeil Park fields to the board at Monday’s meeting. He said the staff has taken on a big chunk of work they hope to get done by next year’s baseball and softball season. They will be putting in a T-ball field for softball as the softball hasn’t had its own T-ball field before now. They will also work and improve the Babe Ruth Backstop and install nets and replace the fence.

He said there is an individual that wants to do some work on the T-ball field and there are plans to expand and upgrade the baseball restroom and concession area. Lawrence said these projects with our small staff is a large undertaking for the fall and winter but we hope to get as much done as possible.

The Parks Board learned it was a great year for the Gerald Howard Pool at Eiffel Tower Park. The pool will be closing August 13th and Peanut has worked some magic on the pumps at the pool. Lawrence said this super hot summer has kept the pool busy since day 1.

New treadmills have been ordered for the Civic Center as some of the oldest ones will be retired.

Lawrence informed Parks Board members that the Eagle Scouts have planned to do a project at Maplewood Cemetery. Will Powers has approached the Parks Department about putting some pipe in the ground so flags can be put in the ground easier during holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. Plans are to have this project done in the next month or two.

The Parks Board learned that KPAC Young Artists shows of Legally Blonde Jr, were well attended and the KIX exercise program has been completed and was well attended as also. The Children’s Theatre program has been a huge success.

Lawrence said the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon was a great community event with help from our law enforcement, chamber and others. The Paris Tri Club has expanded from youth to adult and some of the members completed in a National competition in West Chester, Ohio. 

Parks Dept. Honors JF Kirk For Volunteer Service

Parks Board Chairman Jerry Pearson, JF Kirk, and City Manager Kim Foster (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Parks Board presented JF Kirk, Tennis Coach at Henry County High School with a Volunteer Award for his service and work this summer with the Summer Youth Tennis Program. Chairman Jerry Pearson presented a plaque to Kirk for his service.

Parks Director Tony Lawrence said Kirk has been a true blessing to work with our youth tennis program.

Trio Charged With Meth Poss., Theft After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was following a G6 Pontiac on Hwy. 140 and observed the car speeding and finally initiated a traffic stop at the 140, Old Paris Murray Road intersection Monday. According to the report, Sgt. Myrick was speaking with the driver and smelled marijuana in the vehicle. He then noticed the passenger becoming extremely nervous.

Dep. Terry Williams and K9 Droid arrived on the scene and Droid did alert to drugs in the vehicle. A search was then conducted and a .9MM semi G2 loaded pistol and 12 rounds were found in the back within arm’s reach of the all the occupants. Some “ice” methamphetamine was also discovered during the search. The pistol came back stolen from Benton County.

Arrested were William E. Archie, age 25, of 7105 Old Paris Murray Road, for simple possession of schedule two and theft, Jessica C. Perry, 26, 5000 Manleyville Road, simple possession of schedule two and theft, and Jennifer L. Hisey, 31, of Lobelville, for simple possession of schedule two, and theft.

Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department took a report of a John Deere HP 48 inch cut mower and trailer hitch that were stolen from Tennessee Tractor, on Hwy 641 S. The value of the mower was just under $4K and the trailer hitch was stolen from a truck parked in the business’s parking lot.

Public Invited to 6th HC BBQ Cook This Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cookoff will be held on August 5th and 6th at The Mule Barn located at 600 Scarborough Lane in Buchanan.  Gates open at 6pm on Friday August 5th. The PitMaster Challenge begins at 8pm. The Old Spirits, Evan Dodd & Company, will be the feature band. There will be a $2 per head cover charge, with all proceeds benefiting the Henry County Food Bank. The “Backwoods Mobile Unit,” featuring Alan Knowles with Backwoods Grillin’ Sauce, will provide food that is available for purchase.

The HC BBQ Cookoff continues on Saturday August 6th, with gates opening at 9am. The official competition runs from 11am to 3pm. The final results will be revealed at 4pm. First Bank, First Bank Investment, Lakeway IGA, Milam Farms, Backwoods Grillin’ Sauce, Peppers Automotive, Elliott Tool, Snows Alternator and the Tackle Box will sponsor the event. Teams will be judged on chicken, shoulder/butts, ribs, and ribeye. There will be payouts for each category of four places. The grand champion will win $1000 and a trophy and the reserved champion will win $500 and a trophy.

8th Annual Sportsman Night To Be Held Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Ironman Fellowship will be holding their 8th Annual Sportsman’s Night on Thursday August 4th. The event will be held at the Covenant Ranch, 8759 Hwy 79 N in Buchanan. Doors for the event will open at 5pm. A free meal will be held at 6:45pm followed by a speech from feature speaker, Brad Jerman. Sportsmen should bring their bow, shotgun, shells and a friend. The event will be a night of outdoor fun including 3D archery shoot, sporting clays, youth .22 shoot, turkey shoot and much more. There will be a free gun giveaway and other prizes at the end of the night. For more information call 731-642-2099.

MSU Named "Great College to Work For"

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has been distinguished as a “2016 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education after receiving top ratings from employees on collaborative governance and confidence in senior leadership. This marks the seventh year since 2009 in which Murray State has been recognized. This year's list included 93 institutions nationwide.  

“As employees of a nationally recognized, student-centered university, the faculty and staff at Murray State University have a shared mission to ensure student success,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “Each of us recognizes the vital role we play in making Murray State the ‘finest place we know,’ and we remain committed every day to this vision. We take great pride in ensuring the future success of our Racers.”

Since its beginning in 2007, The Chronicle’s “Great Colleges to Work For” list has grown into one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country.
 
The list was created through a survey of more than 46,000 people at 281 institutions. The assessment had two components: a questionnaire about institutional characteristics and a faculty/staff questionnaire about individuals’ evaluations of their institutions. The assessment also included an analysis of demographic data and workplace policies, including benefits, at each participating college.  Results were reported for small, medium and large institutions, with Murray State included among large universities with 10,000 or more students. 

The two categories in which the University was recognized aligned strongly with survey statements pertaining to collaborative governance, which reflected that faculty members play significant roles in decisions on academic programs and are meaningfully involved in institutional planning. Confidence in senior leadership indicated that leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the University.

To view all results of the “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, visit http://chronicle.com/interactives/greatcolleges16

UTM to Host Mid South Ag Financial Conference Aug. 3rd

Martin, Tenn.- The 16th annual Mid-South Agricultural Finance Conference will be held from 8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Aug. 3, in the University of Tennessee at Martin Boling University Center. Seats are still available, so submit registration materials as soon as possible.  

The conference, a service of the UT Martin Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, is designed to serve the lender/producer team by providing the most up-to-date and relevant information needed to grow farm operations' bottom lines. Agricultural lenders, farmers, producers and farm-related business owners are encouraged to attend.

The 2016 conference will begin with check-in and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., with the official welcome at 8:20 a.m. Four speaker sessions will focus on success in the economic reset, traits of top managers, agricultural policy issues, and commodity prices and marketing trends. A luncheon is included in the price of registration.

Dr. David Kohl, professor emeritus, Virginia Tech; Dr. Matthew Roberts, associate professor, Ohio State; Dr. Bob Young, chief economist, American Farm Bureau; and Richard Brock, owner and president, Brock Associates, will serve as session speakers.

Registration is $150 for lenders and agricultural service providers, $75 for farmers and producers, and $25 for students and spouses. Registration forms can be found online at utm.edu/departments/cbga/agconference/registration.php and should be faxed to 731-881-7323. Payment will be taken at the door.

For more information or help with registration, contact Jennifer Schlicht, Office of the Dunagan Chair of Excellence in Banking, at jschlicht@utm.edu or call 731-881-7324.

FOP Donates $500 to Rhea Elementary

Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police TN-KY Lake Lodge #17 doanted $500 to Rhea Elementary School on Monday. The donation will  be used to buy school supplies for underprivileged children. Pictured is Ptl. Jordan Klutts, Guidance Counselor Sylvia Humphreys, Sgt. Jermaye Whitaker, and Rhea Prinicipal Scott Owens. (Photo by Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo)

Paris Police Searching for Suspect in Car Chase

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still looking for a suspect Monday morning after a car chase that occurred yesterday. Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department observed a stolen vehicle and went in pursuit. Lt. Frey saw the suspect turn off Hwy 641 South onto Manleyville Road towards Mays Bridge Road. Frey was in the area of 69A and Mays Bridge Road and headed down Mays Bridge Road. Lt. Frey saw the vehicle and turned on his lights in pursuit. Frey pulled into a blocking position, but the vehicle did not stop and ran off the road onto the grass.

Lt. Frey attempted to stop the pursuit by striking the suspect vehicle with his patrol car in the rear tire area. Due to the movement of both vehicles, Lt. Frey did strike the vehicle on its front driver’s side. This blew out the suspect’s tire and disabled steering on Frey’s patrol vehicle, rendering both vehicles unsafe to operate.

The suspect did continue for 3/4 of a mile and ran off the road into a corn field. A K9 unit was called to the scene and did track the suspect for over a mile from the scene. The scene and investigation for the operator was turned over to Lt. Frey. Frey will have charges pending as this investigation is ongoing.

McCain Road in Como-Henry Area Will be Closed Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close McCain Road in the Como-Henry area on Tuesday August 2nd, weather permitting for culvert replacement. The road will be back open for afternoon traffic.

Henry Countians Compete in USI Night Flight Race

Evansville- Some Henry Countians competed in USI Night Flight 4 Mile Road Race in Evansville, IN. Silas Winders finished 2nd in the 15 and under age group. His Brothers, Javan Winders came in 9th overall and Titus Winders came in 10th overall. Their father Lance Winders came in Overall Masters. The race was a fund raiser for the University of southern Indiana’s Cross Country program where Javan will be attending this fall.

Paris Police Make Arrests for Unlawful Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Patrolman Zachariah Carper arrested Justin Rich, age 26 of 103 Hidden Acres Lot #2 of Millington, for simple possession of a schedule IV substance and placed on $1,000 bond. Rich was also charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia and failure to appear with a $1,500 bond.

Patrolman Derrek Colley of the Paris Police department arrested Tony Martin Reed, age 20 of 65 Bain Road Extended of Big Sandy. Reed was charged with unlawful drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule II substance. Reed was placed on $2,500 bond.

Local Man Apprehended/ Facing Multiple Charges

 Antonio Rulford (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department, units were dispatched to the area of India Road in reference to a black BMW, with two black male occupants that had been breaking into vehicles in the parking lot at Jones Chapel Church.

Patrolman Amanda Forrest did not locate the subjects on India Road, and then proceeded to check TVCC, which is also located in the vicinity.

Patrolman Forrest observed a black BMW parked with someone in the car. After a run of the tag through dispatch, the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Murray, KY. Ptl. Forrest glanced in her rear view mirror and observed two males running away from the vehicle. After a search of the area by several city units neither subject was located.

Dispatch received a call that advised they had seen a subject matching the males description on Ashli Lane heading toward the cemetery. City units were able to locate one subject hiding in the cemetery. This subject was taken into custody and listed in the report as a juvenile.

Ptl. Forrest located a woman’s purse and a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun under the passenger seat of the BMW. Dispatch advised the weapon had not been reported stolen, but a victim at the church on India Road had one stolen. The purse and stolen weapon were turned over to Deputy Blake Jenkins to return to the respective owners.

The THP helicopter was activated and flew over the area THP Russell advised that he saw the second subject hiding by a track hoe. The second male was taken into custody and identified as Antonio Rulford, age 18 of 812 Memorial Drive in Paris. Rulford was transported to the Henry County jail without incident.

The BMW was further inventoried and a small bag of a green leafy substance was found in the driver’s door. The weight of the bag was 20 grams. Rulford was charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug and also charged with simple possession of a schedule IV drug after Patrolman Smith located a Xanax bar in his pocket. Rulford was also charged with theft over $1000, theft under $500, evading arrest and charged by Henry County on burglary.

The juvenile was cited into court for theft over $1000, theft under $500 and evading arrest. And bond was set for Rulford at $100,000. The vehicle was released to the owner.

HCHS Marching Patriots Holding Annual Car Wash

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band will be having a Car Wash Saturday, August 13th at Joe and Jerry’s on Mineral Wells Ave in Paris. The students will be there from 9am to 3pm. The funds raised through the event will support the HCHS Marching Patriots band program.

The Marching Patriots are selling tickets in advance, or you can purchase a Car Wash on Saturday, August 13th for $5.

In case of rain, the Car Wash will be held on August 20th same place, same time.

County Unemployment Rates Released Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- County Unemployment Rates for June 2016 were released on Thursday July 28th, and showed the rates increased in all 95 counties.

Houston and Benton counties ranked among the highest with Houston at 7.8 percent and Benton at 7.2 percent. For the month of June, Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.8 percent, increasing from 2.9 percent the previous month. Knox County was 4.3 percent in June, increasing from 3.2 percent the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 4.9 percent, up from 3.7 in May. Shelby County was 5.8 percent, up from 4.4 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, remaining the same from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point from May.

Camden FUMC to Hold Gospel Concert

Camden, Tenn.- The First United Methodist Church in Camden, TN will hold a Gospel Concert/ Silent Auction on Saturday August 13th, beginning at 6pm. The concert will feature The Emeralds, The Caltons, The Jubilaires, and Ivan and Jamie Hodge.

All proceeds benefit the FYI Pregnancy Center, in Camden. The suggested $5 donation at the door and a love offering will be received. Doors open at 5pm. For more information call 731-584-1717.

August Is Hummingbird Month at LBL

Paris, Tenn.- August is peak hummingbird viewing season at LBL. Optimal hummingbird viewing begins in mid-July and lasts throughout August. The Nature Station provides a unique opportunity for up to 10 people during Early Morning Hummingbird Photo Session. The early photo session begins at 9am on August 13th and August 27th. The cost is $10 per person. Call 270-924-2020 for reservations.

Great Turnout for the 7th Annual DPA Ice Cream Social

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual All you can eat Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show was Saturday. Money raised will benefit the Downtown Paris Association and their partner this year, the Henry County Young Professionals. The Young Professionals group will donate a portion of their share of the money raised to the Henry County Imagination Library, which is currently funded 50% by state match and 50% by local contributions.

(Photo by Cassie Walsh)

(Photo by Cassie Walsh)

The Ice Cream Social and Car Show was a great chance for kids and adults to socialize with friends and neighbors, play games, look at antique cars and most importantly eat ice cream all for a good cause.  The Many of the kids enjoyed bouncing and sliding down the inflatables along with eating lots of ice cream.

(Photo by Cassie Walsh)

The Ice cream eating contests started off with the youth starting at 4:30. Each youth contestant had to eat as many individual ice cream cups as they could within the three minute time limit. The winner was Maverick Amon who managed to eat 8 cups of ice cream.

The adult ice cream eating contest began shortly after the youth ice cream eating contest ended. Each adult contestant had to eat a pint of ice cream within the three minute time limit. The winner of the adult ice cream eating contest was Brian Tower who won a basket full of ice cream goodies. Even after Tower was announced the winner he still got every last drop of ice cream from his pint just to be sure. The ice cream eating contest was sponsored by Comer Farms.

Winners:Maverick Amon and Brian Tower (Photo by Cassie Walsh)

The Youth Frozen T-shirt Contest became a race to the finish to see which kid could get their frozen T-shirt on first sponsored by WMUF/WLZK/WRQR. Mary Allison Griffey won 1st place and is the winner of the $25 prize for the Youth Frozen T-shirt Contest. The 2nd place winner was Alison Danielle Price who won the $15 prize. And Nate Case won third place winning the $10 prize.

Winners: Mary Allison Griffey, Alison Danielle Price and Nate Case (Photo by Cassie Walsh)

The Adult Frozen T-shirt Contest provided lots of entertainment as well for the crowd. Curt Oliver came in 1st place and won the $25 prize. Joseph Brunzel came in 2nd place winning the $15 prize. And Sheryl Coleman came in 3rd place winning the $10 prize. T-Shirts for the contest were donated by Hulmes Sporting Goods.

Winners: Sheryl Coleman, Joseph Brunzel and Curt Oliver (Photo by Cassie Walsh)

Final Day Totals for Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- After Early Voting was ended Saturday a total of 2409 Henry Countians have cast their votes during the period at the Election Commission Office.

Saturday saw 134 vote of that 134 the breakdown was, 101 Republican, 31 Democrat and 2 for the General ballot. The overall total for early voting is 2409 of that 2409 the breakdown was, 1839 Republican, 493 Democrat and 77 for the General ballot.

Countrywood Drive Closure August 1st

Paris, Tenn.- Countrywood Drive will be closed Monday August 1st, if weather permitted, at the intersection of Elkhorn road for culvert replacement. Elkhorn Road will be one lane traffic at the intersection or you may travel through the Countrywood subdivision on Forrest Drive off Elkhorn Road or Hunter Drive off County Home Road. Please use caution when traveling through the work zone. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Contraband Seized at HC Correctional Facility

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office Sgt. Martha Ferguson has charged Holly R Crosno, age 23 of 1109 E Wood Street, with contraband at the Henry County Correctional facility. Sgt. Ferguson also charged Lisa Ventrice, age 32 of 1109 E. Wood Street, with contraband at the Henry County Correctional facility. Both Crosno and Ventrice were placed on $20,000 bond.

(Lisa Ventice HCSO Booking Photo)

Paris Police Investigating Counterfeit Money

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson investigated a case of counterfeit money that was used at a local department store. The cashier said the money appeared to be the wrong color and was suspect in the light. A suspect was listed in the report, but no arrests have been made.

Great Turnout For Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Farmer's Market had a great turnout Friday handing out samples of green bean salad. Items at the Farmer’s Market include tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, squash, cucumbers, onions, green beans, local honey, local canola, and USDA packaged meat that is grass fed. The Farmer’s Market is downtown Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until items are sold out.

(Photo by Cassie Walsh)

( Photo by Cassie Walsh )

( Photo by Cassie Walsh)

HCHS FB Season Tix Remain on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Football Season Tickets remain on sale at the high school front office from 8am to 2pm each weekday. Current season ticket holders are asked to renew their commitments for the upcoming season as soon as possible. Tickets cost $40 and are good for all five home games this season. Any fans that do not wish to renew their season tickets are asked to contact the school to those on the waiting list can have opportunity to purchase tickets. Call 642-5232 for more information.

KY Lake Girls' Softball Registering Players This Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Kentucky Lake Girls’ Softball League will be registering players ages 6-10 for a fall season in August. Registration will be held August 1st and 2nd from 6-8pm at McNeil Park. Players can also sign up at Hulme’s Sporting Goods, on Hwy. 641 S., on August 6th from 10am to 2pm.

Cost per player is $35 with league play beginning the first of September. For more information call Steve Eaton at 336-0617.

 

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