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

Military Unemployment Benefits Expanded

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis is announcing changes to unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment benefits if they quit their job. In most cases voluntarily quitting a job makes an applicant ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“This expansion of eligibility for unemployment is the right thing to do in supporting Tennessee’s military families whom are often affected by military transfers,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “Lawmakers and the Governor have created this temporary assistance and protected employers from additional tax burdens, which is ideal for everyone involved.” Typically employers pay higher taxes when they lay off a worker and unemployment insurance is approved.


The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects more than 70 families could take advantage of the benefits during this fiscal year. Funding for these benefits is paid from the state’s General Fund rather than from the state’s unemployment trust fund.

The only exception to the new eligibility laws are assignments outside the United States, Canada, or any United States territory. Federal law prohibits the payment of unemployment benefits to claimants outside these areas.

Claims can be filed on the Internet at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd or by the phone. A dedicated phone line has been established to take initial claims for military spouses. The number is 1-866-331-1271 ext 7590.

McCadams On Committee

Nashville, Tenn.-District Attorney General Hansel McCadams, representing Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry Counties, has been elected to serve as a member of the executive committee of the Tennesse District Attorneys General Conference.

As a member of executive committee, McCadams will participate in oversight of the conference administration, including budgeting, accounting, payroll, personnel and property management for all da offices through the state.

McCadams has served as DA since 2006.

Umm...That's Good Eatin': Corn-on-Cob Eating Contest Satisfies

Paris, Tenn.-Donna Craig, center in top photo, explains the rules for the 'corn-off' that was required to determine the winner of Thursday night's corn-on-the-cob contest at the Henry County Fair. Two people tied for top place, requiring a one-on-one 'corn-off', at the end of which Rick Rudman of Paris, in green shirt in foreground, was declared the winner. Rudman also won last year's contest.

In bottom photo, Cpl. Kyle Waldron and James Twilbeck do their darndest to eat as much corn as they can while a crowd encourages them.
(Shannon McFarlin photos).

Woolies' Revue Draws Crowds

Paris, Tenn.-McKenna Thrower was one of several young ladies who participated in Thursday night's Woolies Revue. Thrower looked especially spiffy in her beret and Scottish kilt, while her goat looked smart in his scarf. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris Man Arrested For Assault

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for domestic assault after he allegedly threatened someone with a gun.

Paris Police were called to an apartment at 1450 N. Market St. on a report of an assault. The victim told officers that Michael Perry, Jr., age 26, was in the bedroom with a gun. Perry came out of the bedroom with his hands visible and officers found a .22 rifle on the floor. They also observed several items destroyed in the room. The victim said Perry had hit her in the mouth and head and she was bleeding. Perry's foot also had a deep cut from broken glass.

After determining that Perry was the primary aggressor, officers arrested him.

Burglaries Investigated

Several items and cash were taken during a burglary at a business at 10951 Hwy. 79N. Deputies were called to Star Visuals on a report of the burglary alarm sounding. The owner said when he arrived, he heard someone outside running into the woods and heard something breaking.

Officers determined that someone broke the lock on a door to the crawl space and that a ladder and shovel also had been used to break in. Miscellaneous items and cash were stolen.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 were called to the scene and tracked a scent all the way to Joe Milam Rd. In the meantime, deputies recovered some items in the woods.

Several car parts were stolen from a property on Brogden Cemetery Rd. The owner said he stores old vehicles and car parts there and over the past 6 weeks, someone stole a 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer body as well as some engine blocks, transmissions and radiators.

He already checked with Copelands and a similar firm in Murray and told deputies the property may be at the Carroll Co. Wrecking Yard.

Local Students Attend FBLA Conference

At the general session: Patrick Martino, Katie Drummond and Brigette Passman.

Paris, Tenn.-Three students represented Henry County at the 2012 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in July.

Students who advance from Regional and State Conferences are able to attend Nationals. Henry County advanced in the first and second place positions for the state of Tennessee in Job Interview and first place in the Client Service competition.

Students gain valuable leadership, communication, and service skills while in FBLA that prepare them for post-secondary education or the workforce.

Annual Junior Steer, Hog Show Draws Crowds

Paris, Tenn.- As always, the annual Junior Livestock sale drew in the crowds Thursday night as part of activities for this year’s Henry County Fair. There were 44 entries in the steer sale and nearly 60 in the hog sale.

The Grand Champion Steer Born and Bred belonged to Oliva Cox, daughter of Sammy and Kim Cox. The steer sold for $5,186.50 to Sandra and Larry Crawford. The Reserve Champion Steer was raised by Brooke Smith, daughter of John and Angie Smith. Ag Ventures bought the steer for $4,407.

The Reserve Champion Born and Bred steer sold to Bio Base for just over $3800 -- it belonged to Dallas Norman, the son of Andrew and Sherry Norman.

Peyden Valentine raised the hog that was crowned Grand Champion Thursday night. Peyden’s parents are Danny and Genese Valentine. The grand champion hog sold to Wilson Farm and Dozer for $1834.

The Reserve Champion hog belonged to Bryan Valentine, son of Marty and Melissa Valentine. Tosh Farms bought the hot for $921.

Savannah Jones, daughter of William and Patty Jones raised the hog that was crowned born and bred grand champion. It sold to security bank for $1,545.
The Born and Bred Reserve Champion hog sold to Middleton Lumber for $915 and was raised by Brandon Edwards, son of Micheal and Alicia Edwards.

Lambs, Goats Bring Dollars at Livestock Sale

A view into the arena where an exhibitor is showing his lamb, while others in the foreground wait their turns. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn- The top selling lamb belonged to Kara Barnhart, daughter of Micheal and Wendy Barnhart. Kara’s lamb sold for $2400 and was bought by Henry Farmer’s Coop. The Overall Grand Champion lamb belonged to Brooke Smith, daughter of Angie and John Smith. The Overall Reserve Champion belonged to Murray Perkins whose parents are John and Paula Perkins. Perkins Drugs bought the reserve champion lamb for a total price of $2,160.

The Overall Bred and Born Champion lamb was Caleb Grissom’s, son of Chris and Vikki Grissom. Farm Credit Services bought this lamb for $1,102. Oliva Cox’s lamb was the Bred and Born Reserve Champion.

The Overall Grand Champion in the junior market goat sale belonged to Brooke Smith, the Overall Reserve Champion belonged to Anna Devito, daughter of Mark Divito. Anna’s goat sold to Como Grain for $883.50.  Born and Bred Champion goats belonged to Caroline Hudson, daughter of John and Ginny Hudson and her sister Celie Jean Hudson also had a goat crowned born and bred champion. Henry County Farm Bureau bought Caroline’s goat for $836, while Bill Williams bought Celie’s goat for $680.

Friday's Events at the Fair


Paris, Tenn.- Friday’s events at the Henry County Fair include the Century Farm Picnic where farms that have been operating in the county for 100 years are honored and recognized. The Chamber of Commerce will have their ice cream social and Henry County Retiree afternoon at 2pm at the community building on Friday.

The FCE will be running the old country store from 4-8pm, the commercial building exhibits will be open from 5-9pm, and the beef cattle show will be at 5pm. At 5:30pm, it's Pay One Price Night, where ten dollars get you into the fair and all events, including riding all the carnival rides. There is also a cobbler contest at 5:30pm, cowgirl boot strut at 6:30pm, the Four on the Floor Concert at 7pm, and another $2,000 cash drawing at 8pm.


Planning Commission Approves Everything on Agenda

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission welcomed new board member Terry Wimberly to their meeting on Thursday and proceeded to approve everything on their agenda.

The commission approved some site revisions for the site plan for Ware Properties for a Dollar General Store on Highway 641 North. The revision was for the finished floor elevation and landscaping area. There are some issues with what will happen with the impending widening of Highway 641 in the future. The total acreage is 12.99, but only about 2.7 is proposed for the actual building. More revisions to the plan may be looked at during future meetings.

Planners also approved a minor site plan for Knott’s Foods, located at the corner of Blakemore and East Washington Street. The plan calls for an addition of a cooler on the south side of their existing building. The cooler will be placed on an 875 square foot concrete pad. The property is located in a B-2 Business District and doesn’t have setback requirements.

Site plan revisions for the Board of Public Utilities parking lot were approved at the planning commission meeting Thursday as well. Plans are to demolish the building next door to BPU and add a drive thru window and parking lot next to BPU. Planners approved this at the July meeting, but some revisions to the original plan was submitted.

Those revisions include chert as a possibility for base stone and striping the entrance near Jack’s to allow for motorcycle parking. Revisions also show the exisiting sidewalks along the building being removed and replaced. The new sidewalks will match the way they are now except for areas where the new drives are being installed. Another revision includes the width of the pad for the payment drop box being reduced from eight feet to five feet.

Planners approved a site plan for Peppers as they propose to demolish the existing Toyota location and redevelop the Chrysler dealership, and another minor site plan for the city and county for an addition at the UT Extension Office building located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. Plans here are to add a 720 square foot building near the Driver License station.


Juvenile Arrested for Attack on Another Juvenile at the Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Paris city units responded to a fight at the Henry County Fair involving some juveniles past 8pm Wednesday. The report said that victim had been hit in the back of the head and then kicked in the mouth, knocking out three teeth and misaligning another. The suspect asked the victim to fight for money and when the victim refused, he knocked him in the back of the head.

Witnesses state the victim didn’t provoke and was just attacked by the suspect. Police have issued a juvenile petition on the suspect for aggravated assault. Sheriff’s Deputies went to the juvenile’s home and arrested him. He was sent to Dyersburg for juvenile detention and has a court date set for Friday.

Munford Man Arrested for Public Intoxication during Movie

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were called to the Parisian Theatre in reference to a man who was talking to himself and causing disturbances during a showing of the new Batman movie. Officers arrived and found the man passed out in the theatre seat. They tried to wake him several times before succeeding and took him outside the theatre to talk.

He had a very strong smell of alcohol and theatre personnel said he left a bag with a bottle in it at the front desk because they wouldn’t let him take it inside the movie. The man was identified as Johnny Franklin Rivera, age 28 of Munford. He was arrested for public intoxication.


Thefts Reported throughout the County

Paris, Tenn.- Some reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office told of thefts in the county from the weekend. Nearly $3500 worth of items were stolen from a home on Buchanan Resort Road where the door was pried open and items were taken. Stolen items included a total gym workout machine valued at $1800, a DVD player valued at $150, a 32 inch TV valued at $350, and an electric fireplace valued at $300 among other things.

A home on Sandy Circle reported thefts near $1,000 including a .22 caliber pistol, a small flat screen TV, and other things. Another report stated over $500 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home on Old Springville Road. Police have no suspects in either incident.


Kiddie Tractor Pull, Cowboy Olympics Make for Fun Night at Fair

Wednesday night's Kiddie Tractor Pull saw plenty of interest from kids

of all ages. (Alex AuBuchon photos)

All participants were awarded toy tractors, seen here on the right.

Fourth Maid Hannah McFadden drops off her stick horse and runs to meet her teammates during Wednesday night's Cowboy Olympics.


Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday evening's heat couldn't slow down the festivities at the Henry County Fair. The Kiddie Tractor Pull kicked off the evening, with participants pulling a weighted sled on a pedal tractor.

The bigger kids (of ALL ages) took to the arena next during the Cowboy Olympics, a 5-man relay featuring water carrying, a wheelbarrow slalom, hay stacking, dummy steer roping, and a sprint while atop a stick horse. The final event was intended to be sheep dressing, but event organizers felt it was too hot to wrangle sheep; instead, contestants dressed one of their teammates entirely in women's clothing as quickly as possible.

Last year's champion Sheep Herders put on a strong showing, but were narrowly edged out by the slightly older and much wiser Rough Stockers for the Cowboy Olympics Gold medal.

But the event's real draw was a surprise appearance from Fairest of the Fair Shelby Beloate and three of her four maids -- Laura Nash, Brigitte Passman, and Hannah McFadden -- along with some help from ringers Chris Beloate and Leon Rogers.

More photos from the events as well as the official results for the Cowboy Olympics are available on the Henry Co. FAIR page on the left-hand sidebar.

Thursday is Busy at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday is a busy day at the Henry County Fair with several livestock shows planned throughout the day. The FCE Club will once again open the Old Country Store from 4-8pm inside the Enoch Building. At the farmers market pavilion there will be karaoke from 5-9pm, Snow bird will be around from 5-7pm, and the Relay for Life BeDazzle your bra and boxers event starts at 5pm Thursday.

There is no gate admission on Thursday and you can ride all the carnival rides you want for $15 armbands. There’s a corn on the cob eating contest at 6pm and the Woolies Revue and Livestock Auction will be at the Livestock arena starting at 6pm. We will broadcast coverage of that on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6pm.

First Lady Talks About Reading At Library

Greeting First Lady Crissy Haslam, center, is Library Director Connie McSwain. Left to right are: Theresa Carl, Governor's Books from Birth Director, Bill Williams and Lynn Whitfield. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam talked about the importance of reading to children during an appearance at the W.G. Rhea Library Wednesday afternoon, as she launches her Read20 Family Book Club across the state.

For Haslam and her staff, it was a busy day yesterday as they visited public libraries and in Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Carroll Counties, as well as the Benton County Fair. She donated copies of the book, "Charlotte's Web" to the libraries during the visits--"Charlotte's Web" is the August Book of the Month.

Haslam has made literacy the centerpiece of her work as First Lady and said she wants to highlight the importance that parental involvement has in a child's academic life. She is encouraging families to read together at least 20 minutes every day.

A good-sized crowd was on hand to greet Haslam at the library and Library Director Connie McSwain presented Haslam and her staff with local products to take back to Nashville with them.

While at the library, Haslam toured the facility, including the Friends of the Library bookstore and genealogy and computer rooms.

Haslam said children "learn to read from birth to third grade and after that they are reading to learn". That is why early reading, even at birth, is so important. "If they get behind early, it is a real struggle for them. They can catch up, but it is a struggle."

Tennessee is in the bottom 10 in education in the nation and less than half of the state's students are reading proficiently, she said.

With Haslam was Theresa Carl, president of the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation, the organization that is responsible for sustaining Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in the state.

Haslam said Tennessee is the only state which provides the Imagination Library in each county "and other states are trying to copy us."

To learn more about Read20 and to keep up on the books of the month, visit www.tn.gov/read20.

In the genealogy room, Volunteer Mary Hershey, right, and McSwain tell Haslam of what is offered.

Qualifying Deadline for November Election: Noon August 16

Paris, Tenn.- Even though the August Election is just a week behind us, qualifying deadlines for the November 6th election are quickly approaching. The November ballot will not only feature the presidential election, some state senate and house races, but several local elections in Henry County as well.

The deadline to qualify is Thursday August 16 at noon. Each municipality of the county will have seats up for grabs on their respective boards, and citizens in the 5th district will be voting for a county commissioner to fill the seat being vacated by Earl Anderson.

Picking up papers so far for that seat on the county commission 5th district are Brian Foster, Durante Pryor, Greg Carter, and Torrance Atkinson. None of them have actually turned the papers back in yet as of Wednesday.

Two spots will be up for grabs on the Paris City Commission in November, seats currently occupied by Gayle Griffith and Neil Buettner. Griffith has already picked up and turned his qualifying papers back in. Others who have picked up and turned in papers to be on the ballot for those seats include Terry Fuller and Torrance A. Atkinson. John R. Jernigan, Catherine G. Herrera, and Robert B. Sleadd have all picked up papers, but have yet to turn them back in completed.

Puryear residents will be electing a mayor, recorder, and three aldermen, one of those to fill the vacant seat of Bryan Hall for two years. David P. Varner has picked up and turned back his papers to run for mayor and Billy J. Robinson and Robert J. Hughes have picked up and returned their papers to run for alderman. Incumbent Verla Smith has picked up papers for city recorder, but not yet turned them back in.

In Henry, residents will elect a mayor and two aldermen. Current mayor Joe Qualls will seek reelection and has already turned his papers back in. The two alderman seats currently up for grabs are occupied by Rex Buford and George Owens. Buford has picked up papers, but has not yet turned them back in.

Cottage Grove
residents will elect a mayor and all members of its alderman board. Incumbent Machelle Operia has picked up papers to run for reelection as Mayor of Cottage Grove, but she hasn’t turned them back in yet. Mike Waddey has both picked up and turned in papers for the mayor seat. Dorothy Miller also picked up papers for the mayor’s seat, but has yet to turn them in.  John Wieher, Matthew McClure, and Melinda Thatcher have all picked up papers for the alderman race.

Sally Lane's On TV

Paris, Tenn.- Sally Lane’s Candy Farm will be featured on Tennessee Crossroads on Thursday, August 23, and Saturday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. each evening. The show airs on WLJT-DT, Channel 11.

The business is owned and operated by Bobby and Shelby Freeman and their daughter, Pam Freeman Rockwell. The business is a local institution and the Freemans recently re-opened it at its original location on Hwy. 79, on weekends and holidays.

The main operation for the business is adjacent to the Freemans' home on Gum Springs Rd.

"The Hunger Games" Showing At Library

Paris, Tenn.- Teens may want to mark their calendars for a special Movie Night at the W.G. Rhea Library. "The Hunger Games" will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 18. It is for teens only, 13 to 17 years old, and they are asked to bring their own drink with a secure top and pillow, as well as a new canned food item. Popcorn will be served. The event is free of charge.

Paris PD To Hold Vehicle Auction

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is auctioning the following vehicles on internet auction, www.govdeals.com.

2001 Crown Vic Police Admin car, 83895 miles.
2004 Nissan Sentra, seized, 90725 miles.
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan, seized, 105636 miles.
2000 Ford Taurus, seized, 272372 miles.
1998 Mazda Van, seized, 242464 miles.
1999 Buick LS Sedan, seized, unknown mileage.

Auction ends 08-16-12. Photos and full description posted on govdeals.com web site. Any questions, contact Sgt. Mike Lanius at 721-641-1453.

Armed Robbery Suspects In Custody


             Jeremy Littleton                                                  Terry Beard

Paris, Tenn.- Two Paris men are in custody upon their arrest for armed robbery at an East Wood Street motel on Tuesday morning.

According to Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson, officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at Swiss Villa Inn in which a victim had money taken from him and was beaten. The victim's injuries were not serious, Watson said.

Speaking with the victim, officers were able to pinpoint a possible location of the two suspects and set up surveillance at the location, Watson said. A short time later, officers observed a vehicle pull into the address and leave the residence.

Paris Police and Metro Crime Unit officers conducted a traffic stop on West Wood Street and arrested Jeremy Littleton, 25,  1320 E. Blythe Street, Paris, and Terry Beard, 39, Mason Lane,  on aggravated robbery charges.

A female driver of the vehicle was question and released. While searching the vehicle for the weapon used in the robbery, officers also located a quantity of marijuana with Beard.  Beard also had active warrants on him out of Milan for theft.

Beard also was charged with possession with intent and theft of property. A bond of $100,000 was set on each man and both have August 9 court dates.

First Annual Pepper-Eating Contest Is A Hot One

Craig Milton, middle, was winner of the hot pepper-eating contest. In photo, Deniecia Gregson hands out cold milk to contestants before the event, while Michele Atkins waits for her milk. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A handful of hardy souls sat down in front of platefuls of hot peppers, aiming to be the winner of the Henry County Fair's first hot pepper-eating contest Tuesday night, but in the end, only one could claim the prize.

Winner was Craig Milton of Paris, who currently lives in Martin. He seemed to shrug off the heat and didn't even require the glasses of cold milk handed out before the contest by Fair Board President Deneicia Gregson. And what did he win? What else but a gift box of hot sauce.

Even the staff of the UT Extension Office get in on the action. Staci Foy, left, and Michele Atkins sample peppers, while Atkins' daughter Emma Kate, looks on in awe. (McFarlin photo).

Cookout Menus Set

Paris, Tenn.-The following are the menus for the remaining cookouts during the fair:

Wednesday: Hoofbeats of Hope will supply cajun chicken dinners for $10.

Thursday: Henry County Livestock Assn., steak and pork sandwich dinners.

Saturday: Junior Livestock Assn., ribs.

Striker Shows His Stuff During K-9 Demonstration

Paris, Tenn.-Cpl. Ricky Wade of the Henry County sheriff's department puts his K-9 Striker through his paces during a K-9 demonstration at the fair Tuesday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Showing Their Livestock

Paris, Tenn.-Tyler Miller of Cottage Grove was one of several youngsters on tap during the junior high showman show in the livestock barn Tuesday night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

TVA Issues Low Interest Rate Bonds

Knoxville- The TVA is offering $1 billion worth of 10-year global power bonds below 2 percent interest, the lowest rate ever on a TVA long-term bond.

In fact, records indicate that the TVA is the first investment grade borrower other than the U.S. Treasury to price a 10 year bond with a yield below 2 percent.

According to TVA CFO John Thomas, “Achieving a record low interest rate allows us to keep power rates low while we continue to deliver reliable power to our customers.” The bonds were issued on Monday, and will mature on August 15, 2022.

TVA plans to use the income to pay down short-term debt – the corporation receives no money from taxpayers, and pays its own way using revenue from power sales and program financing. TVA has already reported strong investor demand for these bonds both in the U.S. and worldwide, and an application has been made to list the offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

Crissy Haslam to visit WG Rhea Library Wednesday Afternoon

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

Wednesday Night Fair Activities

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday night activities at the Henry County fair include the Old Country Store from 4-8pm, commercial exhibits open for viewing from 5-9p, and live entertainment at the farmer’s market pavillion with Jason Wade and Jimmy Tubbs and Friends. It's Pay One Price Night, where ten dollars gets you into the gate and all the activities. It includes riding all the carnival rides you want as well when the midway opens at 6pm.

Other activities Wednesday include a Kiddie Tractor Pull, Cowboy Olympics, and another two thousand dollar cash giveaway.

Computers, TV Stolen from Building at DANA

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that someone had entered building 18 at DANA and stole two computers valued at $3500 apiece and a 32 inch Sony TV valued at one thousand dollars. Employees at DANA said they heard some noises and noticed a truck they didn’t recognize Monday afternoon, but didn’t see anyone take the items. Police have no suspects so far in the incident.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a storage shed on Cedar Street was broken into and several items were stolen. The lock was broken off the shed and over ten thousand dollars worth of items were stolen including computers, firearms, jewelry, tools, and vehicle parts among other things.

Highway Department to close Guthrie Road Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Guthrie Road on Wednesday from 7am to Noon as they cut road side limbs. Guthrie Road will be closed from the city limits on the 641 end to Jackson Drive.

Kallie Searcy Crowed Miss Pre-Teen

Queen Kallie Searcy with her First Maid Olivia Jane Harber, left, and Second Maid Abigail Lee Wilson.

Paris, Tenn.-At Monday night's Royalty Revues, Kallie Searcy, 12, was crowned Miss Pre-Teen. She is the daughter of Corey and Demetria Searcy. Her First Maid: Olivia Jane Harber, 11 yr old daughter of Lydia Flowers and Paul and Danyel Harber; and Second Maid: Abigail Lee Wilson, 12 yr old daughter of Tony and Amy Wilson. Most Photogenic: Elizabeth Paige Alexander, 10 yr old daughter of Monica and the late Levi Alexander.

Other contests last night:

Junior Queen ages 4-6
Queen: Aubrey Chambers, 4 yr old daughter of Brian and Tiffany Rhodes
First Maid: Taylor Grace French, 6 year old daughter of Josh and Julie French
Second Maid: Danilynn Fletcher, 4 yr old daughter of Danny and Brandi Fletcher
Most Photogenic: Abbigale McBride, 5 yr old daughter of Farley and Amy McBride

Little Miss ages 7-9
Queen: Bryleigh Cate Hayes, 7 yr old daughter of Chuck and Cheri Hayes
First Maid: Paris Shay Schoeberl, 8 yr old daughter of Richard and Mitzi Schoeberl
Second Maid: Marley Elizabeth Trosper, 9 yr old daughter of Jon and Jennifer Trosper
Most Photogenic: Jordan Alane Nance: 8 yr old daughter of Gary and Deena Nance


Crowder Wins First Cash Giveway

Paris, Tenn.-The first $2000 Cash Give Away Winner of this year's fair is Jenna Crowder, Buchanan, who bought her  winning ticket from Joe Mahan Ford. She will be using money for college tuition this fall at UTM.

Men Who Cook for Healthcare Event Set August 18

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Caring Hearts Fund are looking for a few good men for next Saturday’s Men who Cook for Healthcare event. Categories include Best Appetizer, Side Dish, Entrée, Dessert, and Healthy Dish. Winners will receive not only bragging rights, but prizes.

If you’d rather just come eat and check out the entertainment, armbands are now available at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County, the Pink Petal Gift Shop at Henry County Medical Center and My Favorite Things, as well as the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Entertainment-only armbands are $10 in advance, Food-only is $15, and $20 gets you food and live entertainment. For more information or to register for the event, call 644-8266 or 644-3522.

BBQ Grand Champs: Hawg County Cookers

Paris, Tenn.-The Hawg County Cookers from McKenzie were Grand Champions of the second annual BBQ Cook-Off Saturday at the fair. The group also won Best Sauce and Chef's Choice awards. Winner of the Best Booth Award was Ash Cookers of Paris, made up of Chris Martin and his pals.

Organizer Donna Milam said the event was a tremendous addition to the fair, drawing 15 teams from all over the region. "This is something we'll build on for the future," she said.

Tuesday's Fair Events

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday's activities at the fair include the FCE Club’s Old Country Store, running from 4-8pm, watermelon eating at 6 pm, a hot pepper eating contest at 6:30pm, canine demonstrations at 7pm with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and celebrity night games that include a milking contest, ice cream eating contest, potato peeling and more. Its pay one price night again and $10 gets you into the gate and lets you ride as many carnival rides as you want. Another $2,000 cash drawing will be held at 8pm Tuesday as well. The WLZK remote crew will be at the fair from 4-6 pm on Tuesday broadcasting live.

Bedazzle Your Bra/Boxer Items due at fairgrounds Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life association will be hosting their 2nd annual Bedazzle your Bra or Boxers event at the Henry County Fair this Thursday night. Items to be submitted need to be at the fairgrounds NO LATER THAN Tuesday at 6 PM. There’s a 10 dollar fee for entry; all proceeds will go directly to Relay for Life.

HCSO Responds to Several Weekend Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s office responded to several thefts in the county from the weekend. One report stated that a home on Cabana Drive was broken into and several items were stolen. No one was living in the residence at the time of the theft, but a family member was watching it for them.

Items taken from the residence include a window air conditioning unit, stove, and a washer and dryer. The items were valued around $1500 and police have no suspects at this time.

Another report of theft stated some chrome wheels and tires were taken overnight from a home on Bear Creek Road. The victim heard his dog barking and looked out and noticed a truck driving off. He then noticed the wheels and tires were missing. The value of the wheels was placed at $1250.

A home on Lake Shore Drive reported the theft of a 15 horsepower Evinrude motor from a boat on the property. Nothing else was tampered with at the residence. Police are continuing to investigate with no suspects at this time.

Some arrests from the weekend include Aldens Matthew Fox, of 507 White Street was found in possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule six, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Fox was arrested by a TBI agent and placed on two hundred thousand dollar bond.

Also arrested over the weekend were Steve A. Martinez from Dover, for BUI and violation of implied consent; Jeffery L. Mobley, of 1302 Edwards Street for robbery.

Tonight's HC Fair Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair continues tonight and it's Pay One Price Night, with ten dollars getting you into the gate. Once inside, you can check out the farm equipment rodeo, royalty revues, and ride all the carnival rides as the Myers International Midway opens up at 6pm for the first time at the fair. Tonight is also the first chance to win $2,000 in cash at 8pm at the grandstands.

Accidents Produce DUI Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry man was arrested Saturday night for his third DUI after he hit a telephone pole on Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris.

Patrolman Derrek Colley was called to the scene and found that Geraldo Torres, age 34 of 150 Mimosa St. in Henry had pulled his Dodge truck into the parking lot of Murphy’s Express gas station after he struck a nearby pole.

Colley said he could smell the odor of alcohol and that Torres had difficulty finding documents. Torres then failed the sobriety tests given to him by Colley. Torres was taken to jail and bond of $1,200 was set.

In another accident, a Paris man was arrested for DUI after he hit a brick mailbox on Patriot Ave. Patrolman Mitchell Gallimore arrested Tony Lynn Johnson, age 57 of Paris, after he failed sobriety tests.

Johnson initially told Gallimore that he hit the mailbox because he had dropped a glass with ice in it and was picking it off the floor. En route to jail, Johnson told Gallimore he had taken cocaine, morphine and codeine in the past few days. Gallimore then took Johnson to Henry County Medical Center to draw blood. A $5,000 bond was set and the owner of the mailbox said it would cost $500 to repair.

In still another incident, Patrolman Colley spotted a car without its tail lights on driving on E. Wood St. and in the process of the traffic stop, smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car. He arrested David Carper, age 36, of 5130 Stewart Rd., Paris, for simple possession and driving on a revoked license.

Paris Police also arrested Teresa Michelle Gehle, age 34, of 575 Hwy. 119, Buchanan, for simple possession and two counts of possession following a report of a drug exchange occurring in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn.

Two cars drove off, but police were able to track Gehle’s car to the Trolinger’s parking lot, where marijuana and numerous pills were found in her car.


Shelby Beloate Crowned Fairest Of Fair

Queen Shelby Beloate, center, bends down to receive the crown from last year's Fairest of the Fair Mary Kate Bell. Sheis flanked by her court, left to right: Third Maid Brigette Passman, First Maid Laura Nash, Second Maid Erica Little and Fourth Maid Hannah McFadden. Bell also was State Fairest of the Fair and emceed last night's pageant. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

This year’s Henry County Fair got off to a busy start Saturday with good-sized crowds on hand for the BBQ Cook-off, dairy cattle show, tractor parade, Royalty Revues and bull riding activities that kicked off the annual event.

Shelby Beloate will reign over this year’s event as the Fairest of the Fair. Shelby is 17 and is the daughter of Chris and Missy Beloate. Her court is: First Maid Laura Nash, 20, daughter of David and Tonya Nash; Second Maid Erica Little, daughter of Eric and Lisa Little; Third Maid Brigette Passman, 17, daughter of Gary and Tina Passman; and Fourth Maid Hannah McFadden, 17, daughter of Mark and Susie McFadden. Beloate was also named Miss Photogenic.

Earlier in the evening, Grace Hassell was crowed as Miss Teen. She is 15 and the daughter of Dan and Misty Hassell. Her First Maid is Hanna Claire Keech, 14, daughter of Celinda Keech; and Second Maid is Alexandria Reagor, 15, daughter of Susan and Eddie Reagor. Named Miss Photogenic in that contest was Rachel Wilson, 15, daughter of Tony and Amy Wilson.

Miss Teen Grace Hassell is center, with First Maid Hanna Keech, left, and Second Maid Alexandria Raegor. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

2nd Annual BBQ Cook-Off Draws 15 Teams

Paris, Tenn.-Kevin Cole, left, and Joe Mancell of the Henry Farmers' Co-op were cooking up some baby back ribs Saturday morning, along with 14 other teams that competed in the second annual BBQ Cook-Off. The teams were from all over the region and Organizer Donna Milam said it was a "tremendous" event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

BBQ Cook-Off Winners

Class 01 - Chicken
Lot 01 - Chicken
1st The Spice Is Right # 03313 $150.00
2nd Ash Cookers # 03308 $125.00
3rd Smokin-N-Turnin # 03312 $75.00
Class 02 - Ribs
Lot 01 - Ribs
1st Cookers Custom # 03304 $200.00
2nd Rub-Won-Out # 03310 $150.00
3rd Healthcare Martin # 03300 $100.00
Class 03 - Shoulders
Lot 01 - Shoulders
1st Rub-Won-Out # 03310 $200.00
2nd Cookers Custom # 03304 $150.00
3rd Big Bottom Grilling Team # 03307 $100.00
Class 04 - Sauce
Lot 01 - Sauce
1st Hawg County Cookers # 03090 $25.00
2nd Cookers Custom # 03304 $15.00
3rd Henry Farmers Co-op # 03302 $10.00
Class 05 - Chef's Choice
Lot 01 - Chef's Choice
1st Hawg County Cookers # 03090 $150.00
2nd Grillin & Chillin # 03305 $125.00
3rd Rub-Won-Out # 03310 $75.00
Class 06 - Best Booth Award
Lot 01 - Best Booth Award
1st Ash Cookers # 03308 $100.00
Class 07 - Grand Champion
Lot 01 - Grand Champion
1st Hawg County Cookers # 03090 $250.00

Fair Kicks Off Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.-James Leach of Cottage Grove, left, judges the performance of Laura Bell of Dresden during the senior high showmanship competition at Saturday morning's dairy cattle show at the Henry County Fair. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Tractor Parade Gets Fair Moving

Paris, Tenn.-Jerry Bomar of Paris gets the big wheels of his tractor looking spiffy to prepare for Saturday's tractor show and parade at the fairgrounds. A number of new and older tractors drove around the grounds and through some city streets to kick off the fair. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Pre-School Screenings Set

Paris, Tenn.-Beginning August 6, the preschool program for Henry County Schools will conduct screenings for the new school year. Preschoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills.

Parents of children ages 3,4 and 5 living in the Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood districts are asked to call the school to set an appointment for their student to be screened: Harrelson, 247-3153 (Gay Gore); Henry, 243-7114 (Lane McIntoch); and Lakewood, 644-1600 (Kimberley Nance).

These services are provided free of charge.

"Our Town" Cast Set, But Extra Parts Still Available

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Players' first production, "Our Town", had a successful audition this week, with most of the parts now cast.

Directors Peggy Williams and Jerry Joyner were very pleased with the talent level of those who came, and had to make some tough decisions when casting, according to Paris-Henry County Arts Council Director Michael Murphey.

Rehearsals will begin immediately and there are still small men’s roles available and women’s "extra" type roles available. Murphy said they are also looking for those interested in set work, tech work, costume work, or prop work. Call the Arts Council office at 642-3955.


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