From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Good Economic News at City Commission Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Kim Foster provided some more good economic news to the Paris City Commission on Thursday night. Foster said Retail Sales continue to show strong growth as May sales were up 4.3% from 2013 and 2.55% from 2012. This was the sixth straight month of positive growth for the city of Paris.
Foster told commissioners the city finished the fiscal year, which ended June 30th, only having to use $150K from fund balance to balance the budget. They had projected on using up to $300K from the Fund Balance. Foster said this was attributable to prudent spending by department heads as well as not getting as far along on a couple of community development projects such as Annexation related items and the Back Alley Paris Project.
Commissioners also approved on first reading an ordinance which will raise various city fees upon its passing.
City Manager Carl Holder told the board Thursday that he recently surveyed several cities of similar size to Paris and found that Paris’s fees overall were “considerably lower”.
Fees for building permits, moving a building, demolition and grading fees are all slated to be on the rise, as well as residential and commercial inspections, rezoning requests, and various plats and site plan reviews.
The ordinance will be up for final reading at September’s meeting, and will be preceded by a public hearing.
The city commission also approved an agreement with the State Board of Regents Thursday night to help remediate flooding issues in the Collinwood Subdivision.
City Manager Carl Holder said there is a plan that calls for a detention pond located at the north end of the property occupied by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Paris. City Attorney Fred McLean prepared an agreement for the development of the detention facility and the commissioner approved the agreement.
The commission approved a resolution authorizing the city to apply for the Loss Control Matching Grant with Tennessee Municipal League. Either the Paris Police Department or Fire Department will identify eligible items they’re in need of and the city will try to obtain 50% funding.
Commissioners also approved a resolution authorizing the city to participate in TML’s Risk Management Pool Driver Safety Matching Grant Program.
Toyota of Murray Donates to HCHS Athletics
Joey Cooper (L) and Jeff Taylor (R) of Toyota of Murray present Quarterback Club president John Davidson with a $500 check (Photo provided by Toyota of Murray).
Paris, Tenn.- Toyota of Murray held a fundraiser in July to raise money for the Henry County Quarterback Club and Henry County General Athletic Fund, and recently presented both organizations with $500 checks.
Jeff Taylor and Joey Cooper of Toyota of Murray contributed a donation to HCHS athletics for every Henry County resident that test-drove a new Toyota during during their fundraising weekend.
The Henry County Quarterback Club is a private booster organization supporting the HCHS football team, and the General Athletic Fund is a school fund that supports all HCHS athletics.
David Stone Submits Resignation
County Commission to Appoint French to Fill Unexpired Term
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee David Stone officially submitted his resignation effective Thursday, according to a media release from County Mayor Brent Greer's office.
According to the release, the Henry County Commission will address the remainder of his term at their August 18 meeting. Mayor Greer hopes that Randi Allen French, the Trustee-elect who defeated Cindi Hart Hopkins in the August general election Thursday evening, will be cleared by the election commission by that date.
Assuming she is cleared for the office, the County Commission is expected to appoint French to fill the remainder of Stone's term until she officially takes office on September 1.
Friday's Slate at the HC Fair
Paris, Tenn.- The 2014 Henry County Fair is winding down, but Friday still has plenty of action. The Henry County Retiree Afternoon is at 2pm today with the Ice Cream Social and other activities.
The Old Country Store will be open and selling goods from 4-8pm. Starting at 5pm, it's Pay One Price Night again, $10 to get into the fairgrounds and then you can take part in several activities such as the Lego Building Contest at 5:30pm and the carnival at 6pm. Other activities Friday night include the Commercial Heifer and Jackpot Steer Show at 6pm, Planting Demonstration at 6:30pm, a night with Elvis at 7pm, the Tractor Pull at 7pm and another cash giveaway at 8pm.
Steer Sale Champions Announced
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair was in full swing Thursday night and the Jr. Livestock Sale and Woolies Revue was a big draw at the Livestock Barn.
There were 30 steers in the Jr. Steer Sale and Reserve Champion was Katie Plowman, daughter of Dee Plowman. Katie’s steer weighed 1260 lbs. and was purchased by Henry Farmer’s Coop for 3.90 a pound for a total of $4914.
The Grand Champion Born and Bred for steers was Alexa Gladwell, daughter of TJ Gladwell and Heather Gladwell. Her steer weighed 1400 pounds and sold for $3.60 per pound to Laurel Hill Cattle Company for a total of $5,040.
Reserve Champion Born and Bred Steer was raised by Savannah Gulish, daughter of Jesse Gulish. Her steer weighed1420 and sold to Henry County Orthopedics for $3.50 per pound for a total cost of $4970.
At the end of the steer auction, First Bank upped the price of any steer to a minimum of $3.50 per pound.
56 Hogs Sold at Livestock Auction Thursday Night
Paris, Tenn.- 56 Hogs were shown during the Jr. Hog Sale and the Grand Champion was Katlyn Killion, daughter of Adam and Beth Killion. Her hog weighed 270 pounds and sold for $5.25 per pound. Anderson and Company bought the hog for a total of $1417.50.
The Reserve Champion Hog belonged to Jamison Hayes, son of Tommy and Tracy Hayes. Jamison’s hog weighed 262 pounds and sold for $4.40 per pound to Mineral Wells Animal Clinic for a total price of $1152.80.
The Grand Champion Born and Bred hog was raised by Devin Valentine, son of Marty and Melissa Valentine. Devin’s hog weighed 209 pounds and was sold to Mr. Dyer for $3.75 per pound for total of $783.75.
The Reserve Champion Born and Bred Hog belonged to Hannah Hutson, daughter of Tommy and Crystal Hutson. Her hob was purchased by Tosh Farms at $3.50 per pound for a total of $836.50. At the end of the hog sale, Carroll Bank raised the minimum price to $4.05 per pound.
Lamb, Goat Sale Champions
Paris, Tenn.- In the Lamb Sale, overall Grand Champion was shown by Murray Perkins, son of John and Paula Perkins. His lamb was purchased for $20 per pound by Perkins Drugs for a total of $2760.
The Bred and Born Reserve Lamb was shown by Kara Barnhart, daughter of Michael and Wendy Barnhart and was sold to Clark and Cox Attorneys for $1526 at $14 per pound.
There were eight entries in the Goat Sale. The Overall Reserve Champion and Born and Bred Grand Champion was shown by Elijah Caldwell, son of Tracie Baker. The Andersons purchased the goat for $915, or $15 per pound.
Woolies Revue Winners Announced
Paris, Tenn.- The Woolies Revue was held Thursday night at the Livestock Barn as well. In the Pre 4-H Division 1st Place went to Logan Barnhart, daughter of Michael and Wendy Barnhart. 2nd place Ann Claire Collins, daughter of Andy and Susanne Collins, and 3rd place went to Ally Paschall, daughter of Amanda Paschall.
In the Jr. Division at the Woolies Revue: 1st place was Leah Marie Sutton, daughter of John and Priscilla Sutton; 2nd place was Marly Kate Latta, daughter of Todd and Tiffany Latta; 3rd place went to Braden Claire Denman and McKenna Thrower.
Winners in the Junior High Division were 1st Kara Barnhart, daughter of Michael and Wendy Barnhart, 2nd Anna Divito, daughter of Mark Divitio, and 3rd Alyssa Wade, daughter of Albert and Renea Wade.
French Wins Trustee; 31% Voter Turnout for Aug. Election
Randi Allen French gets a hug from her husband Jimbo after results confirn she won the Trustee's race Thursday night. (Tim Pharr photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County voters combed thru a large ballot on Thursday night and when all was said and done 6,166 of the registered voters came to the polls for this August Election. That equals almost 31% voter turnout, a number that Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson said he was happy to see after May’s primary which generated around 11-12% voter turnout.
Most votes were cast during Early voting seeing over 3500 votes cast then. On Election Day Thursday, 2,568 showed up to the polling precincts to cast their ballots.
In local contested races Randi Allen French defeated Cindy Hart Hopkins to become the County Trustee. French took over 64% of the vote with 3819 and Hopkins had almost 36% of the vote with 2125 votes.
Incumbents Retain Seats on County Commission
Randy Gean Wins Seat Dan Paschall Holds
Paris, Tenn.- Three of the five county commission districts had contested races. In District 1, the leading vote getter was Chief Deputy at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Randy Gean. Gean had 740 votes to win a seat on the county commission in district 1. He will take the seat currently occupied by Dan Paschall who didn't seek reelection. Incumbents Wes Bradley and Don Jones won their re-election bid as Bradley had 561 votes and Jones had 558 votes. Mike White grabbed 300 votes and Jeremie Schultz had 291 votes.
District 2 voters re-elected all three incumbents to the county commission with Kreg Kyle getting 655 votes, Paul Neal had 645 votes and Bobby Freeman had 530 votes. Kert Blackwood was seeking a seat but fell short in his bid with 419 votes.
All three incumbents seeking re-election for a seat on the county commission in district 5 won Thursday night. David Webb had 931 votes, Connie McSwain had 911 votes, and Greg Carter had 621 votes. Torrance Atkinson had 471 votes, but fell short of winning a seat on the county commission.
In District 2, voters choose a new constable as Chris Coley defeated incumbent John Krezinski. Coley took 68% of the vote with 691 votes and Krezinski ahd 324 votes or about 32%.
24th Judicial Races Tallied: Parish, King, McCadams Win Henry County
Hansel McCadams tallies numbers Thursday night. (Tim Pharr Photo)
Paris, Tenn.-In races involving the 24th judicial district Henry County overwhelmingly supported Donald Parish in his re-election bid for Circuit court judge. He took 61% of the vote with 3,664 votes. Challenger Vicki Hoover took 2269 votes or just over 38%. Overall in the 24th Judicial District Parish grabbed 13,912 votes and Hoover finished with 10,657 according to the state’s election website.
For Chancellor, Michael King won Henry County taking 3280 votes to Carma McGee, who was the incumbent, 2372 votes. King had nearly 58% and McGee had almost 42% of Henry County’s votes. District wide is was an extremely close race with Carma McGee keeping the seat as Chancellor. McGee had 12,222 and King was right behind her with 12,120 votes.
District Attorney General Hansel McCadams was seeking re-election and he took a large majority of votes in Henry County with 3280 or about 58% while challenger Matt Stowe grabbed 2100 votes in Henry County or nearly 42%. The state’s election website showed Stowe winning the district with 13,062 votes to McCadams 11,484.
Totals for Non Contested Races in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- Here are totals for uncontested races in Henry County: County Mayor Brent Greer 4797 votes; General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder 5038 votes; Sheriff Monte Belew 5248 votes; Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson 4744 votes; County Clerk Donna Craig 4920 votes, Register of Deeds Pam Martin 4809 votes;
District 3 County Commission race:
Monte Starks 1017 votes, Marty Visser 805 votes, Paul Mathenia 789 votes; District 4 county commission race: Kenneth Humphreys 504 votes, James Travis 408 votes, and Dell Carter 378 votes
Road Board Commissioner District 1: Cody Craig 916 votes; Road Board Commissioner District 3: Marty Allison 1265 votes;
County School Board District 2: Doug Braden 890 votes; County School Board District 4 Jim McCampbell 509 votes
Constable District 1: Jason McCord 866 votes, Constable District 3: Charles Jacques Jr 998 votes; Constable District 4: Neely Owens 508 votes; Constable District 5: James Chappell 949 votes.
Paris Special School District Board of Education: Bill Jelks received 1419 votes, Kim Foster and Amy Cathey each got 1277 votes.
Henry County Sides with Incumbents in State Primary
Wirgau, Bradley move on to November Election to Vye for Respective Seat
Paris, Tenn.- In the state primary races here is how Henry County voted Thursday: for governor Henry Countians who voted in the republican primary overwhelmingly selected incumbent Bill Haslam with 2493 votes or almost 88%. Haslam will face Charlie Brown, who won the Democratic Primary taking the state and Henry County Thursday night.
In the republic primary for US Senate Lamar Alexander carried Henry County with 52% of the vote or 1504 votes. In the US House of Representatives 8th District Incumbent Stephen Fincher carried Henry County with 2048 votes and won the primary overall. He will now face Henry County’s very own Wes Bradley who won the Democratic Primary for the US Senate 8th District in November. Bradley finished with 10,589 votes. Bradley took 1153 votes in Henry County.
For Tennessee House 75th District, Republican Primary, incumbent Tim Wirgau, Henry County’s own, took Henry County with 2683 votes and the district with 5746 votes. Wirgau will face off in November against Randy Patton who won the Democratic Primary with 3075 votes in the district and 1081 in Henry County.
August '14 State Primary, County General Election
All results posted here are unofficial.
24th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge
||Vicki Hodge Hoover
||Donald E. Parish
|Total - Henry Co.
|Total - Carroll Co.
|Total - Benton Co.
*Results pending for Decatur and Hardin Counties
24th Judicial District District Attorney General
||Hansel J. McAdams
|Total - Henry Co.
|Total - Carroll Co.
|Total - Benton Co.
*Results pending for Decatur and Hardin Counties
24th Judicial District Chancellor
|Total - Henry Co.
|Total - Carroll Co.
|Total - Benton Co.
*Results pending for Decatur and Hardin Counties
Henry County Trustee
||Randi Allen French
||Cindi Hart Hopkins
County Commission - District 1
County Commission - District 2
County Commission - District 5
Paris Police Search for Robbery Suspect
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is continuing to search for a suspect in a robbery that occurred Wednesday night at 933 John Lee Drive. The resident said a black male with gray hair, wearing dark cloths came to her door after 11pm Wednesday and asked to use her phone. She let the man inside and told police he had come to her door before asking for food and money.
The man put his hand under his shirt and told the woman this was a stick up. He took two purses which had various cards and some cash in them and left. The resident said she thought the man might live on a street close to her home. Police currently have no suspects and are continuing to investigate.
A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said some Methadone was stolen from a lock box in a truck. The truck belongs to a Puryear resident but the report said he had been to Clarksville in the last couple of days. Police have no suspects.
Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has charged Michael S. Dean, 22, Seymore Road in Paris, with possession of schedule 6 and drug paraphernalia.
HC Fair Corn Hole Tournament Winners Announced
1st Place: Max Easley and Russell Tabers
Paris, Tenn.- At the first ever Corn Hole Tournament at the Henry County Fair on Wednesday night 15 teams competed for cash prizes. Winners were: 1st Place $75: The Sharp Shooters- Max Easley & Russell Tabers from Murray, KY 2nd Place $50: Team Hart- James Hart & Cody McClain 3rd Place $25: Team McClain-Randy McClain & Jenny McClain.
City Commission Meets at 5pm Thurs.; Special Called Meeting Aug. 13th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet at 5pm Thursday night instead of the normal 6pm start time for their regular August meeting. Items on the agenda include resolutions authorizing the city to participate in some TML programs, and amendments to ordinances among other things. The meeting is open to the public.
The Paris City Commission has also called a special meeting on Wednesday August 13th to discuss several items. The agenda for this special called meeting includes Review Long Term financial projections, the transfer station plan, city hall proposals for renovations or building a new structure, bond sizing, and local option sales tax referendum. The public is invited to attend.
Polls Open 7am to 7pm Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Polls across Henry County will be open from 7am to 7pm Thursday as citizens cast their ballot in the state primary and county general election. Early voting numbers totalled around 3500, which surpassed early voting totals in the last two August elections.
You must vote at your precinct only today, there is no voting at the Election Commission Office. If you have questions were your precinct is, call the Election Commission office at 642-0411.
Our coverage of Thursday’s Election will start at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM.
News Director Tim Alsobrooks and Lance Pierce will be at the Election Commission Office bringing you live results as they come in after polls close at 7pm. Assistant News Director Alex AuBuchon will provide up to date totals on our website, wmufradio.com.
John Etheridge and Dan Jackson will be in studio providing totals from Henry County, surrounding counties, and commentary.
Thursday at the Fair: Full Slate of Activities All Day
Paris, Tenn.- In addition to being Election Day, Thursday is a very busy day at the Henry County Fair. Some of the events on Thursday morning include Swine Grooming Demonstrations at 8am, Jr. Market Hog Show at 9am, Jr. Market Goat show at 11am.
After Noon on Thursday continues to be filled with activities at the Fair including, Steer Grooming Demonstrations at 12:30pm, Jr. Market Lamb Show at 1pm, Jr. Market Steer Show at 2pm, the Old Country Store is open 10am to 8pm, Commercial Exhibits are available for viewing from 5-9pm.
The carnival will be open at 6pm Thursday and its $15 armband night to ride all the rides. Thursday night’s activities include Woolies Revue and Livestock Auction, which we will broadcast on WRQR 97.5FM, a Tennessee Product Eating Contest, A night with Elvis at 7pm, and more.
Another Muggy Night at the Fair: Cornhole Tourney Big Hit
Austin Buffington and Joey Williams practice their cornhole skills prior to the start of the tournament. 15 teams competed in the tourney. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- A muggy, humid afternoon gave way to sprinkles by just after 8pm Wednesday night, but a good crowd still ventured out to the Henry County Fair.
It was another pay one price night and several events were going on.
One of the biggest hits was the Cornhole tournament. 15 teams entered the tournament, a brand new one this year at the Henry County Fair. At publish time the winners and amount of cash won was undetermined. Teams got some practice time on the corn hole boards and then were pitted against in each in a tournament format.
Jessie Williams follows thru during practice for the cornhole tournament as Tyler Boyd gets ready to toss next. (Alsobrooks photo).
Also on Wednesday for the first time at the fair the commercial exhibts opened up and several businesses, organizations, and products were on display for everyone to come and see. The Old Country Store and entries were over in the Enoch Building and the WSMV's Snowbird was on hand to meet and greet. The Fair continues until Saturday. For more pictures and coveage click here.
This year's carnival at the HC Fair has plenty of rides and food choices. (Alsobrooks photo)
The commercial exhibits opened Wednesday night and several enjoyed the air conditioning and went thru the many exhibits. (Alsobrooks photo)
Wednesday Night Full Slate at HC Fair
Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is another pay one price night at the Henry County Fair. $10 gate admission lets you in and to see and do everything. Events Wednesday night include an appearance by WSMV’s Snowbird from 5-7pm, Carnival rides start at 6pm, musical entertainment by the Strummingbirds beings at 6pm.
There will also be a corn hole tournament at 6:30pm, Lamb Shearing Demonstrations at 6:30pm, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull at 7pm, and a little britches rodeo at 7:15pm with activities such as stick horse races, barrel racing, and cow milking.
HC Fair Hosts Chamber Coffee
David Jackson, ServPro, Vic Adams, with the HC Fair, and John Etheridge, BPU talk during the Chamber Coffee.
Paris, Tenn.- The August Chamber Coffee was held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning as tradition when the fair is going on. Chamber president Chip Anderson presided over the coffee. (Chamber photos)
Ironman Fellowship Sportsman Night Is Thurs. At Covenant Ranch
Paris Tenn.- Covenant Ranch will host their 6th annual Ironman Fellowship Sportsman night Thursday August 7th starting at 5pm. There is a free meal which starts at 6:45pm and there will be competitions and giveaways throughout the evening.
There will be a 3D Archery Shoot and Turkey Shoot and drawings for free gun giveaways and more. Pro Bass Fisherman Mark Rose will be a special guest. For more information on the Ironman Fellowship Sportsman Night at Covenant Ranch call 642-2099.
Marching Patriots to Hold Car Wash Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will have a car wash on Saturday August 9th from 9am to 2pm at First Bank on Mineral Wells Avenue. They are asking for a $5 donation and tickets can be purchased from any band member.
Lifeline Bloodmobile To be at FUMC on Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm Thursday August 7th. There is a critical need for A negative, B negative, and O negative blood types. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood and be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you go to give blood.
Muggy Night Slows Carnival Crowd at HC Fair on Tuesday
Humid, muggy weather pushed people indoors Tuesday night for the most part. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A muggy, humid night and open house at Grove on Tuesday night might have kept the crowds down some at the Henry County Fair. There was plenty of activities: the carnival, Royalty Revues, mud bogs, and cash giveaways to keep people busy.
The carnival seemed to take the biggest hit in attendance as vendors said it was slow night for them. Temperatures on Tuesday reached the low 90s and even around 9pm Tuesday night, it was still very muggy outside.
Good Crowd on Hand to See Royalty Revues Tuesday Night
A large crowd filled the air conditioned Commercial Building during the Royalty Revues. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The best crowds came inside the air conditioning at the Commercial Building and watched the pageants on Tuesday night.
In the Junior Queen, Aubrey Chambers was crowned queen. She is the daughter of Tiffany and Brian Rhodes. Addyson Littleton won 1st Maid, daughter of Jeremy Littleton and Amber Ham. 2nd maid in the Jr. Queen was McKennon Miles, daughter of David and Ashley Miles. Ellie Grace Hamlin won Miss Photogenic in the Jr. Queen. Ellie Grace is the daughter of Ryan and Mandy Hamlin.
For the Little Miss Pageants, Gracie Williams, daughter of Chris and Jennifer Williams was crowned queen. 1st maid was Taylor Grace French, daughter of Josh and Julie French. 2nd maid was Arabella Guilfoose daughter of Brett and Edit Guilfoose.
From Left to Right Taylor Grace French, 1st Maid; Queen Gracie Williams; 2nd Maid Arabella Gulfoose. (Tim Alsobrooks Photo)
Mattie Grace Vermillon was crowned queen in the Miss Preteen category. First maid was Lakin Williams and 2nd maid was Alyssa Wade.
Nearly $400 Grabbed By Woman in Money Machine
Shannon Browning grabbed more cash than anyone on Tuesday night, $388. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Five people got a chance to get into the money machine and grab all the cash they could as it whipped around them. Shannon Browning of Henry County grabbed the most of the night on Tuesday a cool $388. Rebecca Bullion, of Henry County netted $225 and Houston County’s Karen Mathis snatched up $216 from the money machine. There are money chances to win cash from the machine on Friday and Saturday nights.
Rebecca Bullion snagged $225 in the Money Machine.
Man Charged with Possession After Several Substances Found
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that officers from the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Henry Police Department and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant at 60 Whispering Pines. Prior to the search K9 Kenzie was brought in and alerted on several different areas throughout the home and on a search officers located a felony amount of methamphetamine and numerous types of other controlled substances all packaged for re-sale hidden in the home.
Over 100 prescription pills such as Xanex, Lortabs, Oxycodone, and more were found in plastic baggies, packaged for resale. Officers also located digital scales and smoking paraphernalia and some marijuana.
The home owner Ronald T. Carter, aka Randy, was arrested on scene and charged with possession of schedule two, three, and four controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver. Carter was also charged with possession of schedule 6 and drug paraphernalia. Over $400 in cash was seized as drug proceeds and stolen property was recovered from the residence as well. Carter was placed on $125K bond.
Thefts Reported in City and County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker responded to Brentwood Street for a burglary. The home owner advised that about $1500 was stolen from his home since Saturday night. Some money was taken out of a wallet that was on the kitchen counter. The wallet was left on the counter. A bank bag with several hundred dollars in cash was also stolen from the bedroom of the home. Police have no suspects at this time.
More reports of theft came into police in the last few days. An office on Market Street was broken into and a cable box, cash box with $30, and a bottle of Jim Beam was stolen. The back door to the office was pried open. A vehicle parked on Old Paris Murray Road had handgun missing from the console. It was a.380 pistol and was loaded.
Reminder: Farmer's Market At UT Extension Office This Week
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open Tuesday and Friday of this week, but the location will be different than normal. Due to the Henry County Fair going on this week at the Fairgrounds, the Farmer’s Market will be at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. They have a wide variety of produce available.
Cam'ron Patton Brings Home World Title Belt
Independence, Mo.- Eight boxers from Paris Downtown Boxing travelled to Independence, Missouri last week and competed in the 2014 Ringside World Championships and once again came away with a World Champion.
Cam’ron Patton won the World Championship Belt in his age and weight division. Also during the weeklong tournament three boxers from Paris Downtown Boxing advanced and fought in the semifinals and two fought in Championship Bouts. Congrats to Cam’ron Patton for winning the World Championship and to all the boxers with Paris Downtown Boxing Gym for great showings at the World Championships last week.
Carnival, Mud Bog, Pageants Highlight Tues. At HC Fair
Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday is another pay one price night at the Henry County Fair. Gate admission is only $10 and gets you into all the events for the evening including rides at the carnival. The Old Country store will be open 4-8pm Tuesday, the Carnival starts at 6pm. There will be a DARE mascot appearance from 6-8pm, the Jr. Queen, Jr. Miss, and Miss Pre Teen pageants will start at 6:30pm, there’s a mud bog at 7pm, and another cash giveaway at 8pm.
Reminder: Grove to Hold Open House Tues. Night at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- School gets started soon in the Henry County School System and Grove will hold it’s Open House at 6pm Tuesday night. Registration for new students to the area at Grove and Henry County High School is from 8am to Noon this Friday August 8th. Registration is only required for students new to the area that have moved here during the summer.
Monday Night Busy At HC Fair
The carnival opened for the first time at the Henry County Fairgrounds Monday night (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The fairgrounds were bustling Monday night for the opening of the carnival as well as several other Henry County Fair events.
Dozens of girls competed for the title of Fairest of the Fair in Monday night's pageants as well as Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen. We will post those pageant results as soon as they become available.
A mud bog was held at Civitan Park; Chief Randy Gean of the Henry County Sheriff's Department was the official timekeeper while several participants of all ages tried to set the fastest time on a very muddy drag strip.
Michael Hobby came out on top in the adult's mud bog, followed by Austin Wilson and Sam Arnold in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
We will provide much more coverage of the Henry County Fair throughout the week. You can also click on the Fair link on the left side of the page for more photos and coverage of the 2014 HC Fair.
Mitch Hobby (L) and Austin Wilson (R) came in first and second place respectively in Monday's mud bog (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Stolen RV Found in Weakley County
Paris, Tenn.- Captain Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said this RV was stolen from Little Eagle Campground last week and was recovered in Weakley County and brought back to Henry County Monday. In the photo Sheriff Monte Belew Investigator David Doyle and Gary Vandiver look over the RV.
Capt. Lowe said more investigation is ongoing in this theft and they are close to possibly making an arrest soon.
Audrey Hill Wins National Championship in USAT Event
Audrey Hill- 7 Year Old National Champion
West Chester, Ohio - Members of the Paris Tower Tri team competed this past weekend at the USAT National Championship in West Chester, Ohio and seven year old Audrey Hill brought home the National Championship for her age group.
The event featured over 800 racers from all 50 states and other top 20 finishers included Cole Davis, who came in 14th in the 13 year old boys age group and Hunter Lawrence, who finished 18th in the 11 year old boys division. Kylee Perry finished 14th in the 8 year old girls division.
Other members of Paris Tower Tri team that competed in the National Championships included Kylee Perry, Emma Hill, Gunner Jones, Sydney Anderson, Rylan Perry, and Craig Anderson.
Paris Tower Tri Team members that competed in Ohio this weekend. (Tony Lawrence photo)
Interim President Butler Named as 40th Bethel President
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Bethel Interim President Walter Butler as the 40th President of the school during its Summer 2014 Trustee meeting.
Butler has served as Interim President since Aug. 1, 2013 after long-time President Robert Prosser retired.
“We are so fortunate to have Walter Butler as the leader of this institution,” said Judge Ben Cantrell, Chair of Bethel’s Board of Trustees. “The combination of his educational qualifications, his management skills and his university experience would be hard to find anywhere else in higher education.”
Butler, who holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Bethel, was recently presented an honorary doctor of humane letters by the school’s trustees.
Butler’s Bethel career actually began in 1975 when he began work as an admissions counselor – a position he held for three years until he ran for the Office of Carroll County Trustee and won. At 24, Butler was the youngest county-wide official ever elected in Carroll County. He served as Carroll County Trustee for 16 years, being re-elected in 1982, 1986, and 1990. In August of 1994, he ran successfully for the Office of Carroll County Executive (now Carroll County Mayor).
Butler served in this capacity until 1996 when Governor Don Sundquist asked him to become Tennessee’s Director of State Parks. As Director of State Parks he oversaw 54 parks, 1,600 employees and a budget of more than $57 million. Under his leadership, Tennessee was recognized as one of the top four managed park systems of the 50 states by the Sports Foundation. Governor Sundquist went on to appoint Butler the Deputy Commissioner of Personnel for Tennessee’s 38,000 employees, and then as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Butler went on to serve as Commissioner of Personnel, a position he held to the end of Governor Sundquist’s term in office.
At this time, Butler returned to Bethel as the Director of Business Affairs. He later held positions at Bethel as Executive Vice President for the College of Liberal Arts and as Vice President for the College of Criminal Justice. After a brief time away from Bethel, Butler returned as Director of Business Affairs until August 2013 when he was appointed Interim President.
“I am honored to serve the students, faculty, administration and our vast family of alumni and friends in the role of President of Bethel University,” Butler said. “To have the privilege to work for your alma mater is special.
“Bethel University serves a very important role in higher education. We have students from over 40 states and several foreign countries. We literally reach around the world, and we are proud of the impact we make.
“We are also proud of our heritage that dates back to 1842 in McLemoresville, Tenn. Through the foresightedness and continued support of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethel University is on track to help thousands of people with their higher education goals. I am excited to play a small role in that endeavor.”
Thefts Reported Throughout County; BUI Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.- Deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate some more thefts that have occurred recently. A semi automatic pistol was stolen from a vehicle parked on Caleb Drive in Springville over the weekend. There was no forced entry into the car.
Another theft was reported on Mark I Drive as someone broke in and went thru the drawers and cabinets ransacking the home. Windows and doors were busted and broken and $15 in cash was missing. Police have no suspects in either theft and are continuing to investigate.
Some arrests from the weekend include Kevin S. Weatherspoon, of Charlotte for simple possession of schedule 6; Timothy L. Cunningham, of Cumberland Furnace, for Boating Under the Influence and simple possession of schedule 6; and Robert D. Lewis, of Missouri, for Boating Under the Influence.
Monday Night Fair Schedule: Pay One Price Night
Paris, Tenn.- There’s lots of action tonight as the Henry County Fair is in full swing and its only $10 to get into the gate. The gate admission prices lets you see and do everything at the fair Monday night including ride the carnival rides, which opens at 6pm. There will be a Cookie Decorating Demonstration at 6:30pm, Miss Teen and Fairest of the Fair pageants will be held at 6:30pm, there’s a kid’s mud bog at 7pm, a 4-wheeler mud bog, 4-H horse demonstration at 7pm and the first of many cash giveaways at 8pm Monday night.
Reminder: Burger Bash for HCHS Band 4-7pm Monday
Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s in Paris will host a Burger Bash Monday afternoon from 4-7pm to help raise money for the Henry County High School Band Marching Patriots. During this time period 20% of sales will go to the Marching Patriots.
FOP Scholarship Winners Announced
Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 17 recently awarded some students $500 scholarships for college for the Fall 2014 semester. Winners include those pictured above Front Row: Jenny Howard and Jessica Alexander. Back Row: Justin Ramos, Colton Wyrick, Trevor Wallace. Other winners of FOP scholarships not pictured are Paige Elizondo and Ashley Ramos.
Winders Clan Dominates Williamson County 5K
Front Row: Silas Winders, Dinah Winders. Back Row (from L): Harrison Robbins, Cameron Cooper, Garrett Robbins, Lance Winders, Javan Winders, Titus Winders (Photo provided by Kim Cooper).
Marion, Ill.- Henry County Track and Cross Country Coach Lance Winders along with four of his children and other members of Henry County's cross country team competed Saturday in Marion, Ill. for the 5th annual Williamson County Fair 5K Run.
Rising junior Javan Winders won the 5K with a time of 15:51.
Lance Winders placed 1st in the Masters division at 17:35.
Younger brother Titus Winders finished 1st in the 14 and under division with a time of 17:48.
Both Javan and Titus are on the Henry County High School cross-country team.
Henry County High School cross-country athletes Harrison Robbins, Garrett Robbins, and Cameron Cooper, who runs for Calloway County Cross Country also competed.
Harrison finished at 18:31, Cameron finished at 18:51, and Garrett finished at 21:39.
In the 1 Mile Run for younger competitors, Silas Winders finished first overall with a time of 6:03, and Dinah Winders was the 1st female and 2nd overall with a time of 6:57.
Silas Winders is on Henry County Middle School's cross country team, and according to Lance Winders, "Dinah is in the 5th grade and just runs".
Wrong-Way DUI Arrest Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- A Puryear man was arrested for driving under the influence Sunday after travelling on the wrong side of Highway 641 North, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Deputy Frankie Scott of the HCSO responded to a complaint of a reckless driver on Guthrie Road headed toward Paris. Scott began following the white Mitsubishi sedan on Highway 641 just outside of paris; he noted the vehicle was on the wrong side of the road and initiated an immediate traffic stop.
Scott identified the driver as William Mellon, age 37 of Puryear. According to reports, Mellon repeatedly dozed off in the driver’s seat while Scott attempted to talk to him.
Scott attempted to administer a series of field sobriety tests, but Mellon was unable to even stand up straight and nearly fell twice while Scott explained the tests.
Mellon was arrested for driving under the influence and did consent to a blood draw as per Tennessee’s implied consent law.
Truck Stolen from Golf Course Parking Lot
Buchanan, Tenn.- A Dover man had his truck stolen while playing golf at Paris Landing recently, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The complainant told officers that he’d parked his truck at the course at approximately 2:30 PM; when he finished his round of golf at around 5:30, the truck was nowhere to be found.
The complainant did leave his keys in the floorboard of the truck with the doors unlocked.
The truck is a white 2007 Chevrolet extended cab pickup with 20” aftermarket wheels and a chrome grill and running bars, valued at approximately $16,000.
The Sheriff’s Office put out a BOLO alert to surrounding agencies and entered the vehicle information into the NCIC.
HCSO investigators are also looking into the theft of a Ruger pistol stolen from a vehicle in Springville.
The Ruger .380 LCP pistol, valued at $400, was stolen from a vehicle parked outside a residence.
As of now, there are no suspects in either theft.
Warrant Issued for Wal-Mart Wallet Theft
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department officers have issued a warrant in the theft of a wallet at Wal-Mart Friday.
A man notified Paris Police that his wallet had been stolen at the Wal-Mart pharmacy. He accidentally left the wallet on the counter; when he returned a few minutes later, the wallet was gone.
Wal-Mart loss prevention staff reviewed video evidence showing a woman, identified as 41 year old Christi Martin of Travis Road in Paris, take the wallet off the counter and place it in her purse.
The wallet contained $80 cash as well as $30 in lottery tickets, a debit card, driver’s license, social security card, and insurance information.
A warrant has been issued for Christi Martin’s arrest on charges of theft.
Bethel’s Parker Makes Cut, Heads to Bracket Semifinals
Bracket Semifinalists (From L) Bentley Manning of Tennessee Tech, Zach Parker of Bethel, Brett Preuitt of ULM and Robert Giarla of Tennessee Tech (Photo by Shaye Baker / Bassmaster).
Young Harris, Ga.- The top 8 anglers in the Bassmasters College Series National Championship competed again Sunday in a solo bracket tournament, and Bethel University’s Zach Parker made the cut; he’ll be heading to the Bracket Semifinals.
Parker will be joined in the semifinals by Bentley Manning and Robert Giarla of Tennessee Tech University as well as Brett Preuitt of the University of Louisiana – Monroe.
Zach Parker was the only fisherman in Sunday’s field to catch a full limit of bass; his 10 pound 13 ounce string knocked out Jackson Blackett of Louisiana – Monroe, who was unable to find a keeper.
Parker’s teammate, Matt Roberts, wasn’t as fortunate on Sunday. He only scored a single bass weighing 2 pounds 5 ounces, while his competitor Brett Preuitt, also of Louisiana – Monroe, turned in 4 bass weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
The anglers in the Classic Bracket aren’t just competing for bragging rights; on the line is a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, a full-fledged professional tournament with a top prize of $300,000.
The top 4 will head back out on Chatuge Reservoir Monday; Zach Parker will be competing against Robert Giarla of Tennessee Tech, who hauled in 5 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday.
Big Bubba’s BBQ Wins Fair Cook-Off
Phillip Childrey of Big Bubba's BBQ is presented his grand champion trophy by Donna Milam (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- 24 grilling teams gathered at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday for the Henry County Fair’s 4th annual BBQ Cook-Off, and Big Bubba’s BBQ of Ridgely, Tenn. was named grand champion.
Phillip Childrey of Big Bubba’s BBQ was thrilled with the tournament win, and said he always looks forward to coming to competitions in Henry County. Along with the championship trophy, Big Bubba’s BBQ took home a $1000 top prize.
The reserve champion this year was Boom Boom Q of Nashville, Tenn. Garland Stone and Jesse Doeinck of Boom Boom Q are in their first year of cooking competitively together and said they loved the facilities, atmosphere and management at the event and would definitely be back next year.
In addition to the $500 reserve champion title, Boom Boom Q was also named the top team in a separate Tennessee Barbecue Association Top 5.
Henry County teams fared well in the competition as well; Grillin n’ Chillin of Springville won 2nd place in pork shoulder and the Paris Ash Kickers took home 2nd in ribs as well as 4th place in the overall TBA awards.
Event organizer Bobby Milam was thrilled with the level of competition at the event. He told teams during the awards ceremony that a very experienced judge in the cattle industry approached him after adjudication and said that each brisket box he judged was some of the best he’d ever eaten.
Milam is already looking forward to next year’s Cook-Off, and said that he plans to host the 2nd annual Tennessee Barbecue Association State Championship at the fairgrounds as well.
Full results from the 2014 Henry County Fair Barbecue Cook-Off are as follows:
Big Bubba’s BBQ, Ridgely, Tenn. $1000
Boom Boom Q, Nashville, Tenn. $500
Tennessee BBQ Assoc. Top 5
1st: Boom Boom Q, Nashville, Tenn.
2nd: Double A’s BBQ, Dickson, Tenn.
3rd: Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em, Nashville, Tenn.
4th: Ash Kickers, Paris, Tenn.
5th: Rooters ‘n Tooters, Columbia, Tenn.
1st: Big B’s, Springfield, Tenn. $150
2nd: Double A’s, Dickson, Tenn. $125
3rd: Big Bubba’s, Ridgely, Tenn. $75
1st: Big Bubba’s BBQ, Ridgely, Tenn. $200
2nd: Ash Kickers, Paris, Tenn. $150
3rd: Bubba’s BBQ, Trenton, Tenn. $100
1st: Blue Springs BBQ, Franklin, Tenn. $200
2nd: Grillin ‘n Chillin’, Springville, Tenn. $150
3rd: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Nashville, Tenn. $100
1st: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Nashville, Tenn. $200
2nd: Boom Boom Q, Nashville, Tenn. $150
3rd: Blue Springs BBQ, Franklin, Tenn. $100
1st: Hawg County Cookers, McKenzie, Tenn. $125
2nd: Rooters ‘n Tooters, Columbia, Tenn. $100
3rd: Heavy D Smokers, Dyersburg, Tenn. $75
1st: Big B’s, Springfield, Tenn. $50
2nd: Blue Springs BBQ, Franklin, Tenn. $25
3rd: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, Nashville, Tenn. $15
Garland Stone and Jesse Doeinck of Boom Boom Q show off their hardware (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Bethel Team Places 2nd in Bassmaster Championship
Two Bethel Teams in Top 10 of Bassmaster College Nat’l Championship
Zach Parker (L) and Matt Roberts (R) show off their catch on Day 2 of the Bassmaster Collegiate National Championship (Photo by Shaye Baker of Bassmaster)
Young Harris, Ga.- Bethel University’s Zach Parker and Matt Roberts placed second this weekend in the 2014 Bassmaster Collegiate National Championship held on Georgia’s Chatuge Reservoir.
The two were leading the tournament by 3 pounds at the end of Day 2 on Saturday, but came up just eight ounces short of a duo from UNC-Charlotte for the top spot when all was said and done.
But while the tournament might be over, the fishing certainly isn’t – both Parker and Roberts qualified for Bassmaster’s Classic Bracket which begins Sunday. Both fishermen along with qualifying anglers from UNC-Charlotte, University of Louisiana – Monroe, Tennessee Tech University and New Mexico State University, will fish solo in an elimination tournament wrapping up August 5th.
There’s a good chance that roommates / teammates Parker and Roberts may find themselves competing against one another on the final day; each of the past three years has seen teammates fishing against one another for the title and a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.
Another Bethel duo, Cody Ross and Dewey Swimms, finished in 6th place, just one spot shy of qualifying for the bracket event.
Five teams from Bethel University competed in this weekend’s National Championship event. One team from Murray State University competed; Lance Freeman and Seth Brock finished in 70th place out of a field of 84 teams.
For more information on the Bassmaster College Series National Championship and Classic Bracket, head to www.bassmaster.com.
Henry County Fairgrounds Smoking for BBQ Cookoff
Pirate Pork from McKenzie, Tenn. cooks out of a custom-built pirate ship trailer (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair may not officially start until Monday, but the fairgrounds was bustling Friday night as 24 barbecue teams set up and started cooking for the Henry County Fair’s 4th annual BBQ Cookoff.
Teams from all over the state as well as right here in Henry County showed up to compete, with setups ranging from a canopy and a grill all the way up to custom-built trailers featuring multiple grills and smokers.
Paul Keltner of Rooters ‘n Tooters BBQ out of Columbia, Tenn. boasted one such set-up; his custom trailer had plumbing and electricity inside and a 10 foot covered porch on the back so he never has to unload any equipment at competitions. Keltner has been grilling competitively for approximately 6 years.
Keith Webb and Brian Feezor of Pirate Pork BBQ in McKenzie, Tenn. took a slightly different approach to their cooking setup. True to the theme, they constructed a pirate ship complete with mast and gangplank to house their array of barbeque equipment. Webb says he’s been grilling competitively for over 10 years, and the pair took the pirate ship to 10 competitions last year.
Teams turned in a dessert item as well as a chef’s choice entrée for judging Friday night. The chef’s choice submissions ranged from shrimp to pork tenderloin to the Paris Ash Kickers’ bacon-wrapped filet mignon and jalapeño bites, to name a few.
Saturday, teams will submit pork shoulder, brisket, pork ribs and chicken for judging. An awards ceremony will be held at the fairgrounds at 3 PM.
The Grand Champion will receive $1000 and the Reserve Champion will take home $500. There are also cash prizes for first, second, and third place in each category of the competition.
Monte Stark of the Paris Ash Kickers shows off his bacon-wrapped filet mignon and jalapeno bites (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Deputies Arrest Several Involved in Recent Thefts
Over $24K worth of items have been recovered
Investigators Adam Jenkins, David Doyle, and Gary Vandiver look over recovered 4-wheelers from recent thefts. (Sheriff's Office photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Deputies have been investigating thefts throughout the county in recent weeks and have managed to recover items valued at over $24K to their rightful owners.
During the weeks of July 21st thru August 1st several items have been recovered and four different suspects have been charged in conjunction with the thefts.
The Wednesday arrest of Andrew Adams and Blake Roberts did result in the recovery of 5 different stolen 4-wheelers. Three of the recovered 4-wheelers were recently reported as stolen from various locations throughout the county. One was reported stolen from the city of Paris and one from Puryear in 2010. Both Adams and Roberts are currently being held on $15K bond.
Tuesday night Travis Etherton was arrested in Calloway County Kentucky. Ehterton has been suspected of numerous thefts throughout the county namely around the Paris Landing and Buchanan area. After being arrested in Kentucky investigators did interview him and charges will be filed on some of the thefts.
Etherton is still suspected in several of the thefts in which charges are still pending.
On July 23rd, Lonnie Singleton was arrested on charges of burglary and theft. Later on, during the course of the investigation, four more charges of theft and two more charges of burglary were filed on Singleton. These charges did lead to recovery of several items including two utility trailers, a horse saddle, craftsman riding mower, a refrigerator, a mercury outboard motor and multiple assorted tools.
If anyone has any information on any thefts or crimes call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672.
News from past weeks here.