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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr

Reminder: Edwards Jones FB Challenge Set for Friday At Patriot Stadium

Paris, Tenn.- The Edward Jones Football Challenge will be held on Friday Night August 14th at Patriot Stadium. The Henry County Patriots along with other area teams will compete and play two quarters of football.

The schedule is West Carroll vs. Stewart County at 6pm, Paducah Tilghman vs. Westview at 7pm, Paducah Tilghman vs. Henry County at 8pm, and Dresden vs. Milan at 9pm.

Admission charge is $7 for the entire night and concessions will be sold. The regular season starts on Friday August 21st as the Patriots host Liberty with a 7pm kickoff.

Election Commission Narrows Field for Administrator Position

Paris, Tenn.- At a special called meeting on Thursday, the Henry County Election Commission took another step in the process of hiring a new administrator of elections for Henry County. The board decided to interview two candidates after receiving 9 resumes for the position so far.

Current Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson, who turned in his resignation last month, said after looking at the 9 resumes, the board narrowed it down to a top 5: Connie McSwain, Cathy Herrera, Lisa Wade, Betsy Phillips, and current Deputy Administrator of Elections DeLania Green.

While board chairman Steve Goggans was ready to give the position to Green, since she has been there since the beginning anyway and knew how things worked, other board members wanted to look at other candidates. The board finally settled on interviewing their top two Green and Phillips. They will meet again on Tuesday August 18th at 4:30pm to interview and possibly make a decision on who the next Administrator of Elections will be. Thompson said that resumes for the position are still being accepted thru the end of business on Friday.

6th Annual VFW Car Show Sat. In McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- The 6th annual VFW Post 4939 Car Show will be held during the McKenzie Southern Fried Foods and Sweet Tea Festival in downtown McKenzie Saturday August 15th from 9am to 2pm.

The First 30 cars will receive a limited edition veterans’ trophy, goodie bag, and window plaque. Entry fee is $25. Call 731-352-9976 to RSVP. There will be free music, great food, and amazing cars.

There will be door prizes and classes include stock cars and trucks, modified cars, custom cars, muscle cars, and more.

Amvets Ladies Auxiliary To Hold Western Night Friday

Buchanan, Tenn.- Amvets Ladies Auxiliary #45 will hold a Western Night to support Veterans on Friday August 14th at 6pm at the Amvets Post 45 in Paris Landing. The admission is $9 per person and includes a Tex-Mex Dinner, entertainment by The Piano Man, costume contest, door prizes, silent auction, and games. Jail will be open at the event and you can arrest your friends for $1. Proceeds are used for veterans, sending Christmas boxes to soldiers overseas, Christmas for residents in Veterans Nursing Homes and VA hospitals, and for Honor Flight to send veterans to the WWII Memorial.  

HCHS Golf Competes at Camden

Top photo Sydney Williams prepares to tee off. Bottom Photo: Cole Culpepper is about to make a shot at the event. (Coach Brian Welp photos)

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Golf team competed against Camden and McKenzie on Thursday at Camden. In men’s action, Henry County was edged by one stroke as McKenzie shot a 180, Henry County a 181, and Camden shot a 240. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jacob Watkins 42, Cole Culpepper 45, Hunter Bethune 45, and Eli Todd 49.

The Lady Patriots won their match with an 86, besting McKenzie’s 105. Leah Bell shot a 41 for Henry County and Sydney Williams shot a 45.

Chamber to Hold Send Off for Miss TN Hannah Robison on Sun.

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them in a send off party for Henry County’s very own Hannah Robison, who won Miss Tennessee a few weeks ago. Robison will be heading out to compete in the Miss America pageant and the send off party will be held this Sunday August 16th at Buchanan Resort from 2-4pm.

Everyone is invited to come out and wish Hannah luck and sign the banner as she prepares to leave town in preparation for competing to become the next Miss America. The reception will be in the Annabel Room at Buchanan Resort. The resort is located at 785 Buchanan Resort Road in Springville.

The Miss America Pageant will be held on September 13th in Atlantic City, New Jersey and will be aired on ABC. You can also vote via social media for America’s Choice in the pageant. You are allowed to tweet one vote per day on twitter and post one vote per day on Facebook until September 10th. To vote for Hannah Robison just tweet or post Tennessee#MissAmericaVote once per day.

Jaycees to Host Benefit Lunch for Jason Beecham

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will host a Benefit for Jason Beecham on Friday August 21st. It will be Ribeye or Chicken Sandwich with chips and drink for $8. The event will be held from 10am until 2pm at the Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Road.

Jason is 38 years old and has Polycystic Kidney Disease and currently only has 8% kidney function. He is on the transplant list at Vanderbilt, but the wait could take up to 5 years to get a donor. He plans on doing home dialysis to continue to work to pay insurance. Money raised at the benefit will go to the family to help with medical and travel expenses.

Walk-ins are welcome but in order to guarantee an order, you must pre-order by the end of the day on Friday August 14th. There will be free delivery offered on orders of 5 or more. For more information call Kelly at 731-333-2551 or Jessica at 731-227-0873.

Nashville Man Arrested After Pursuit

Paris, Tenn.- A press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that the Metro Crime Unit arrested a Nashville man on numerous felony charges and traffic violations.

Christopher Curtis Love, with a local address of Clifty Street, was arrested after taking officers on a pursuit that lasted several miles and ended on Hwy 641 N. in Puryear.

MCU officers attempted to stop Love on a traffic violation on N. Brewer Street and he accelerated and began to evading police. During the pursuit, Love ran through several stop signs and past numerous vehicles at speeds that, at times, reached over 100mph. Love barley missed running head on into a patrol car and continued evading and at times passed vehicles in improper passing lanes and running off road and passing vehicles to avoid being arrested.

Love was finally taken into custody and a felony amount of marijuana was recovered that was believed to be thrown out of his vehicle during the pursuit. Love was charged with aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading, reckless driving, speeding, seat belt violation, failure to drive in lane of travel, running stop signs, and possession of schedule 6 controlled substance with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver.

Love’s 2003 Jaguar was seized along with $80 believed to be from drug proceeds. He was placed on $100K bond. Officers from the MCU, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Puryear Police Department all assisted in the pursuit and arrest.

Law Enforcement Busy with Thefts In Recent Days

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Officers responded to Dollar Tree, for a report of a shoplifter in custody.

Angel F. Wimberly of 101 Daniel Cove, was charged with theft of property and taken into custody. A check revealed that Wimberly had outstanding warrants out of Calloway County and Jefferson County, KY.

It was advised that Jefferson County, KY would expedite Wimberly. Wimberly was also booked on charges of Fugitive from Justice. She was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $2500 bond.

Another report at the Paris Police Department, a call was placed in regards to a man that was intoxicated and left his home on a motorcycle. The caller stated that the man left traveling toward Tyson Avenue on a black motorcycle and wearing a white tank top.

The man was located on East Blythe Street, traveling down the middle of the road. The officer got behind the man to observe his driving before initiating a stop. The mad ran off the road, down a driveway, almost striking a van, before stopping.

The man was asked to turn off his bike and step off. He was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and glassy, blood shot eyes. When asked for his license, the man reached into his front pocket and advised he had a loaded weapon. The officer grabbed his hand and took possession of a loaded, Glock model 26. 

The man, identified as Christopher M. Jackson, age 33, of 305 East Wood Street, was taken into custody and charged with DUI 1st offense, violation of implied consent and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a theft was reported at 320 Peppers Drive. Sometime during the evening of August 10th, an unknown subject stole a 20” Sylvania flat screen television, which was wrapped with a chain and a lock, 3 Bose speakers, 1 stereo, and a dvd player. All of the items were under an open carport area at the residence.

The value of items stolen was listed at $675.

Two persons of interest were named in the report, but no arrests have been made at this time.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to a report of a hit and run at 175 Buchanan Road.

The victim was weed eating next to the road and a white car, unknown make and model, struck him in the leg and continued towards Hwy 79N. The victim refused EMS and there are no suspects at this time.

HCMC Announces Partner of the Month

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Partner of the Month of August in the Stars of Excellence Program is Robin Bruckman, HCMC Food and Nutrition.

Bruckman received two nominations for the award for her overall wonderful and professional attitude.

HCMC also awards Star Partners each month. The Star Partners for August are Shante’ Foster, Observation Unit; Betty Beaulac, HCMC Food & Nutrition; and Debra Perry, Environmental Services.

City of Paris Awarded Water Infrastructure Loans

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau announced that two communities and three utility districts have been approved to receive more than $12.1M in low interest loans for water infrastructure improvements and the city of Paris is one of the recipients.

The City of Paris will receive $2.5M for Water Treatment Plant Improvements and Volunteer Drive water tank rehabilitation. The project will be funded with a 20 year, $1.875M loan with an interest rate of 1.29%, and $625K in principal forgiveness that will not have to be repaid.

The City of Paris also received a traditional drinking water loan in the amount of $950K for Water Treatment Plant improvements and Volunteer Drive water tank rehabilitation. This loan will be funded with a 20 year term with an interest rate of .73%.

 The Paris Board of Public Utilities has began the process of building a new Water Treatment plant to replace the 60 year old structure that is currently in operation and this will allow phase one of the project to get underway soon.

The State Revolving Fund Loan Program provides low interest loans that help communities and utility districts and water and wastewater authorities finance projects that protect Tennessee’s ground and surface waters and public health.

Dr. Lindsay Foust To Begin Practicing At HCMC In December

Lindsay Foust, DPM, Podiatrist signs her contract to come to HCMC in December 2015. (HCMC photo)

Dr. Foust, her husband Marshall, and CEO Tom Gee. (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Lindsay Foust, DPM, Podiatry has signed her contract to practice medicine and join the medical staff in December 2015, establishing her practice at Henry County Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Foust, a native of Paris, attended Murray State University for her undergraduate degree and received her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.   She did her Podiatric Surgical Residencies at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, OH and Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Fall, OH.  She comes to Paris from Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists where she was a foot and ankle surgeon and clinician.  She also has a passion for wound care and plans to offer this in her practice.

She and her husband Marshall, who is also from Paris, along with their two year old daughter Annabelle, will be moving to Paris in October and begin practicing in December.  She and Marshall are expecting a baby boy and they want to get settled and adjusted before she begins her practice in Paris.

“It has always been my goal to come back to Paris and we finally have been given that opportunity,” said Dr. Foust.  “I hope to make Paris and Henry County proud.”

In their spare time, Dr. Foust and her husband enjoy traveling and being outdoors.  They also enjoy spending time with their daughter and can’t wait to be closer to family.

Located in Paris, TN, Henry County Medical Center is a progressive, integrated healthcare organization committed to serving the healthcare needs of Henry County and the adjoining region. Including a 142-bed hospital and other facilities, the medical center provides a variety of outpatient services, as well as inpatient care. Henry County Medical Center is a county-owned and operated nonprofit institution. For more information: www.hcmc-tn.org.

Dr. Rob Martin Of FUMC Dyes Hair In Effort To Eliminate Malaria

Dr. Rob Martin of FUMC in Paris after his hair is dyed red. (Jane Etheridge photo)

Dr. Rob Martin of FUMC gets his hair dyed at Harrison & Co. Full-Service Salon. (Jane Etheridge photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Paris First United Methodist Church has joined in the effort to eliminate malaria, a preventable, treatable, beatable disease that takes the life of an African child every sixty seconds. This disease was virtually eradicated fromthe U.S. in the 1950’s yet it remains deadly in other parts of the world. Malaria is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito and it continues to claim 655,000 lives each year with more than 90% of the victims in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of a global partnership entitled “Imagine No Malaria,” United Methodist Churches worldwide have already raised 66 million dollars towards a 75 million dollar goal.  100% of the funds raised go to the distribution of treated mosquito nets, improved education about malaria, establishment ofcommunity-based malaria control programs, conduction of outreachthrough local means and the media, and the revitalization of hospitals and clinics across the continent.

It only costs $10 to save a life and in late spring, the Paris First United Methodist Church set a goal to save 500 lives (raise $5,000) during the month of August.  The pastor, Dr. Rob Martin, and Youth Director, Andrea McFarland, added an incentive to exceed that goal.  They agreed to dye their hair red if church members were able to save 750 lives and Dr. Martin went further still,  if 1,000 lives are saved before the end of 2015, he will shave his head.  Their incentives are evidence of their commitment to the project and the incentives have proven successful.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to help eradicate malaria can text 27722 to give $10 or can stop by the Paris First United Methodist Church and leave a donation in the church office.  The church is also planning to raise more awareness in the community in the coming months. 

City Of Henry Appoints City Attorney At Board Meeting Tuesday

J. Brent Bradberry discusses his appointment at the Henry Board Meeting on Tuesday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Henry, Tenn. - The City of Henry Board Meeting was held Tuesday evening, at Henry City Hall.

As the meeting was called to order, the first and only item addressed was the Tabled Business of appointing the City Attorney.

A motion was made by Faye Lowery and a second given by Joe Qualls to appoint J. Brent Bradberry, of Bradberry Law, which has offices in McKenzie and Dresden.

Bradberry noted that his firm has been dealing with municipal law for years and his colleagues also represent several other cities, including Dresden, as its City Attorney.

Due to uncontrollable obligations, the meeting was adjourned after this motion and reset for Tuesday, August 25th.

Saturday Is Last Day To Sign Up For Paris-Henry County Youth Football

Paris, Tenn. - Saturday is the last day to sign up for Paris Henry County Youth Football. Signups will be at Barton Field on Saturday August 15th from 8:30am to 9:30am. Try outs will be at 9:45 a.m. and cost is $40 per participant. Players must be 9-12 years old as of September 1st and 9 year olds must weigh 70 pounds.

Henry County Office On Aging Celebrates Elvis With Trip To Graceland

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is celebrating Elvis Month, during August and the center will be going on a tour of Graceland on Thursday August 27th. Visitors will see the mansion and other parts of Graceland never seen before in public.

The cost is $38.50 per person and the deadline to go on the trip is Friday August 21st. For more information see Reginald Caldwell, Director of Office on Aging, or Barbara Pearson, Senior Center Coordinator or call 642-2919 or 644-3193.

The bus to Graceland will leave Central Community Building at 7am on August 27th and stop in Brownsville for breakfast. Tour of Graceland starts at 10:30am and should last about 2 and half hours. After the tour the group will visit a local Memphis restaurant for lunch and head back to Paris.

UT Martin Receives Grant to Fund STEM Scholarships

Dr. Robbie Montgomery, associate professor of chemistry, teaches her students through hands-on learning. A recent grant from the National Science Foundation will allow students at UT Martin to focus on their studies in STEM areas and alleviate the stress of educational loans. (UTM Photo)

Martin, Tenn.- The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Tennessee at Martin a $586,000 grant to fund scholarships and academic support for students studying in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based areas. The five-year grant is funded through the Division of Undergraduate Education: Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Program.

“I am excited about the opportunities this grant will create for our students, and I certainly appreciate the work of Dr. (Robbie) Montgomery and her faculty colleagues who prepared this winning proposal,” said Dr. Jerald Ogg, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “These innovative programs will mean better-prepared students graduating with less debt, and I am pleased the NSF evaluators agreed this would be a smart investment in our nation’s future.”

The funds will be used to help students lighten the burden of educational loans and outside jobs and allow them to focus on their studies. Incoming freshmen planning to major specifically in chemistry, engineering, geology, computer science and mathematics can apply for the grant scholarships beginning in the spring 2016 semester. The first awards will be distributed the following fall.

“One of our main goals is to increase retention,” said Montgomery, associate professor of chemistry and one of five faculty members listed on the grant proposal. “We’re implementing a STEM Academy over the summer – a two-week period where students will get extra help in coursework to fill any gaps in the academic areas. … We’re trying to create a cohort of students to go through together so they have the support not only of faculty but of other students. We want to make sure they are prepared to be successful in a STEM field.”

Students will also have increased opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and field-specific internships.

Interested students must submit two letters of recommendation from high school teachers, one of which is from a STEM area; an essay outlining their interest and career plans in a STEM area; a minimum ACT score of 24 and a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0. Students must also have taken high school biology, chemistry, and algebra I and II; those who have completed calculus are preferred.

Transfer students will also be considered if they have enough college credits to qualify for junior class status.

For more information, contact Montgomery at 731-881-7445 or by email at rmontgomery@utm.edu.

HCHS Golf Team Competes at PLSP

Patriot Golfer Brady Mustain prepares for a putt in action against

Calloway County. (Coach Brian Welp photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Men’s and Women’s Golf Team competed in their first match of the season on Monday against Calloway County at Paris Landing State Park.

For the men, Calloway County shot a 172 and Henry County a 186. Individual scores for Henry County were Cole Culpepper with a 45, Eli Todd with a 46, Jacob Watkins with a 47, and Hunter Bethune with a 48.

For the women, Henry County shot an 87 and Calloway County shot a 79. Leah Bell finished with a 43 for the Lady Patriots and Sydney Williams had a 44.

Road Board Hears Concerns About Spraying Again

Board member Marty Allison explains that after seeing what spraying has done in other counties, it takes some time to witness desired results. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, a citizen of Rabbit Creek Road was on hand to express her discontent and concern with the spraying of the roadsides that the board is experimenting with. It is not the first time this summer, a citizen has been unhappy about the spraying and came to a meeting to discuss it.  

She said the spraying has made a mess out of the sides of Rabbit Creek killing off some grass and other things and not taking care of Johnson grass. She said the road still needs mowing on one side and worried about some of the materials in the chemical that is sprayed that could cause harm like cancer to  people in addition to causing harm to animals like horses and cows near right of ways.

Board member Cody Craig, who serves the district Rabbit Creek Road is in, reminded the citizen this is a trial run that the board is doing with spraying right of ways this summer. He said he agrees there are areas that look bad, but other areas look good.

Board member Marty Allison chimed in saying he believed the applications just take time. Allison said he has been to Obion and Weakley Counties on the backroads that this same person has treated and he said they are some of the most well maintained and best looking ditches and right of ways he has seen. He said the applications on the chemical take more than one or two spraying, but when done right will work and save taxpayer dollars on mowing.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said the board will take the complaint of the citizens into consideration as they decide where to go in the future with chemical spraying. Board Chairman Bobby Milam added, “we did this for the summer as a pilot program because neighbouring counties have had a lot of success with the spraying and saving costs on mowing each year.”

Milam said these companies have used weed control and grass retardant, which slows down grass growing, to reduce their costs each year on mowing. He went on to say, with the state not looking like it is going to give county highway department extra money anytime soon, we have to be good stewards of taxpayer money and save where we can.”

Specs for New Tractor, Pickup To Be Brought to Road Board

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Monday night, the road board approved having Supervisor Ray Norwood get them some specs for the purchase of a new tractor and a new pickup truck. Norwood said the 1998 Adco Tractor is starting to cost more in repairs and he feels its time to buy a new one and keep the Adco for a backup.

Norwood suggested the board go after a four wheel drive tractor and at least one with 100 Horsepower. The current tractor is used to pull a mower along with other things. He told board members he will bring specs back for a tractor and a pickup truck, along with money spent the last couple of years in repairs to the tractor.

Norwood told the road board that crews were working hard as the season is beginning to wind down in the next couple of months. Currently they have 5 bushhogs running, two patching machines, and have spent time recently in the northern end of the county repairing the base to many county roads that took a hard hit from last winter’s snow and ice cover.

Paris Tri Club Competes at Union Univ.

(Miranda Miller photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club competed at the Hub City Kids Tri at Union University. Participants swam 100 meters, biked 1.5 miles, and ran .6 miles.

Pictured are Front Row: Charlotte Coulson 5th in the 10-11 girls, Sara Mathis 1st 8-9 girls, Amelia Hart 3rd 10-11 girls, Kyleigh Miller 2nd 8-9 girls, Ella Mathis 5th 8-9 girls, Charlie Davis 3rd 10-11 boys.

Back Row: Cael Mathis 4th 6-7 boys, Olivia Hart 1st 6-7 girls, Fisher Lawrence 1st 8-9 boys, Garrett Cagle 2nd 8-9 boys.

Man Arrested After Evading Briefly

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. David Powell responded to a truck in the middle of the road on Hwy. 77 that was running with its lights on. Sgt. Powell arrived and a man was sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck and appeared to be asleep. Numerous attempts to wake the man up finally worked and Sgt. Powell asked him to turn the truck off. The man eventually put the truck in drive and drove off on Hwy. 77.

Sgt. Powell then got back into his patrol unit and activated blue lights and sirens and followed the vehicle, finally getting it to stop down the road. Deputy Terry Williams had come to the scene to assist and gathered ID from the driver who was determined to be Derek Charles Cannon, age 24, of Bruceton. Cannon ended up being charged with DUI and evading arrest. He was placed on $25K bond.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker responded to a theft on Brown Street. The homeowner has been deceased and a family member reported several items had been stolen since the last time she visited the property. A power washer, two and a half gallon gas can, trailer hitch, lawn mower, and other items were taken. The lawn mower was recovered down the street. Police are continuing to investigate the theft.

Arrests from the weekend include Raymond W. McCarraher, age 24, 1960 Old Paris Murray Road for aggravated assault, aggravated child abuse. He was placed on $20K bond. Megan T. McCarraher, age 29, of Florida, for aggravated assault and domestic assault; Tyler Michael Martin, age 22 of Arkansas, for Boating Under the Influence, David A. Phillips, age 35, of Mufreesboro, for BUI, and Robert C. Mauldin, age 31, of Trenton, for DUI, and violation of implied consent.

TDEC Issues Administrative Order Against TVA

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) issued a Commissioner’s Order on Friday to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) directing the investigation, assessment and remediation of all coal ash disposal sites across Tennessee. This Order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) rule, and not only ensures the state is kept abreast of TVA’s progress in complying with the federal rule, but also goes beyond what the federal rule requires.

The Order is intended to establish a transparent, comprehensive process for the investigation, assessment, and remediation of coal combustion residual disposal sites at TVA’s coal-fired power plants in Tennessee. The Order also establishes the process through which TDEC will oversee TVA’s implementation of the federal CCR rule to insure coordination and compliance with Tennessee laws and regulations that govern the management and disposal of CCR.

“Our goal in issuing this Order is to ensure that historical coal ash disposal sites are addressed in a manner that is fully protective of both the public health and the environment, as well as meeting state and federal requirements,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The Order addresses all CCR disposal areas in the state, even those not under the jurisdiction of the federal rule.”

Significantly, the Order goes far beyond the requirements of the federal CCR rule by requiring TVA to study and appropriately address all “CCR disposal areas” including all permitted landfills, all “non-registered” landfills (landfills that existed before they were subject to regulation), and all current and former surface water impoundments that contain CCR. 

The Order also requires TVA to provide public notice and an opportunity to comment on each Environmental Investigation Plan and each Corrective Action/Risk Assessment Plan at its sites across Tennessee.

“The public participation component is key,” said TDEC Deputy Commissioner Shari Meghreblian. “Allowing the public input into the site investigation, assessment and remediation process is important to the quality of the final outcome at each site.”

TVA must pay all costs associated with the TDEC’s oversight of the implementation of the order. If TVA does not meet the requirements of this order, TVA is subject to pay penalties of $5,000 per noncompliance and $1,000 for each day until the noncompliance is remedied. The order also reserves the right to further assess TVA additional civil penalties or damages incurred by the State. The right to order further investigation, remedial action, and/or monitoring and maintenance is also specifically reserved. 

Medical Reserve Corps Family Emergency Training Offered

Henry County, Tenn. - The West Tennessee Department of Health Public Emergency Preparedness Program is offering free Family Emergency Preparedness Training for Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers in Henry County.

This training is designed to teach families how to prepare for emergencies and be self-sufficient in a disaster until relief is available. Topics covered during training include: Impact of an area-wide disaster for individuals and the community, workplace and home safety, building an emergency kit, developing a family communications plan, and how to “shelter in place.”

The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of medical and non-medical volunteers committed to improving the public health, emergency response and resiliency of their communities.

All registered Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and any resident interested in becoming Medical Reserve Corps volunteers are encouraged to attend the training on Thursday, August 13th, at 6 p.m. The training will take place at the Henry County Emergency Management Agency, located at 204 North Brewer Street.

For additional information, please contact Lori Barker at 731-886-1552.

Paris Man Arrested For Public Intox After Falling From Truck

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Clyde Sulcer responded to a call of a man that fell out of a truck on 140 Norman Drive. The man was highly intoxicated and could not get up on his own.

The man, identified as Frederick L. Hall, age 50, of 126 Tamworth, in Paris, was taken into custody, after it was determined he was a danger to himself and charged with public intoxication.

UT Martin Online MBA Program Ranked 11th Nationally

Martin, Tenn. - Onlinecoursereport.com has ranked the University of Tennessee at Martin’s online Master of Business Administration program 11th nationally on its most recent top-50 list. UT Martin is the highest-ranked program in Tennessee.

Onlinecoursereport.com used three factors to determine each institution’s rank. Each school was evaluated for affordability (average cost per course hour), flexibility (program design) and academic prestige (based on other prominent rankings). The University of Memphis was the closest Tennessee university, coming in at number 16.

This recognition follows others earned earlier this year, including a tie for 18th place for best online programs overall and a 16th-place ranking for best online programs for veterans, both from U.S. News & World Report. The program is also ranked 15th in the South, 33rd among public schools and 39th overall by onlinembareport.com.

“UT Martin's online MBA program is highly regarded and surprisingly affordable,” said Dr. Ross Dickens, professor and dean, College of Business and Global Affairs. “It is an excellent combination of quality and value.”

The UT Martin program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For more information, contact the College of Business and Global Affairs at 731-881-7208 or bagrad@utm.edu.

Standing Room Only For Derby At HC Fair On Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - It was sunshine and a big crowd, as the Henry County Fair kicked off its final evening.            

The evening events included a visit from Sheriff Monte Belew and Si, and K-9 Cisco and Deputy Wayne Fuqua, the Power Wheels Derby, standing room only for the Demolition Derby and the Cash Giveaway.

Awards were also given away Saturday to the exhibitors at the Commercial Building.

Most Entertaining was awarded to Tennessee State Park. People’s Choice to Cash Express. Best Use of Theme went to Commercial Bank and Trust Company. The President’s Award went to the Paris Post Intelligencer.

Two special recognition awards were given to HCMC and the Downtown Paris Association for terrific booths and their outstanding service to the community.

For more photos of the evenings events, please visit the link to the top left of the page.

Sheriff Monte Belew and his partner Si visited with patrons of the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

Buchanan Hay Barn A Total Loss In Fire Early Saturday Morning

Buchanan, Tenn. - According to a statement released by Reggie Coles, Fire Chief and Paramedic for the Paris Landing Fire Department, units were dispatched to a hay barn on fire at 75 Tower Lane in Buchanan.

The call was placed around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Arriving unites found a large, hay barn fully engulfed in flames and already falling in. Inside the barn were 400 bales of hay, 2 tractors and 2 trucks. Another tractor and truck parked nearby also received damage.

While the exact cause is still undetermined, it is believed to be accidental and the estimated losses are approximately $250,000. This fire resulted in a total loss.

Paris Landing had 4 trucks and 12 firefighters on the scene approximately for a total of 2 hours. Puryear Fire Department also responded with a truck and 4 personnel. Paris City Fire Department also responded with a truck and 2 men.

(Paris Landing Fire Dept photo)

(Paris Landing Fire Department photo)

Paris Landing Fireman Jonathan Flood (PL Fire Dept photo)

Jewelry And Coins Valued at $16,000 Stolen From Paris Home

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Hayley Ramos responded to a call at 5510 Hwy 79 South, when the resident noticed that the safe key was missing from a key chain.

The resident got the other key and opened the safe, and realized a gold coin and two pinkie rings were missing. The resident then checked a lockbox and noticed that several more items of value were missing.

The list of items stolen were two gold necklaces, a white gold diamond bracelet, a ring with 4 different color stones, a ring with 3 different color stones, a gold Rolex watch, male horseshoe ring, a diamond ring with a 9 diamond cluster, another diamond white gold cluster ring, and a gold coin.

The value of items stolen was listed at $16,825.

A person of interest was listed in the report, but no arrests have been made at this time.

Springville Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while on routine patrol on Earl Harris Road, a vehicle was parked in the roadway, blocking part of the road.

The passenger, identified as Jessica E. Vallery, age 36, of Shady Grove Road, was asked for consent to search the vehicle, to which she declined.

Deputy Terry Williams and K-9 Droid were called to the scene. Droid alerted on the vehicle and deputies found a prescription bottle containing approximately 2 grams of marijuana.

Vallery was placed under arrest, charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vallery was placed on $5000 bond.

DUI Arrests Made Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Mark A. Barrow, of 66 Blood River Church Road was charged with DUI 2nd and violation of implied consent. Barrow was placed on $5000 bond.

Another DUI arrest was made over the weekend, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel B. Taylor, of 270 N. Lake Street was charged with DUI 1st offense and violation of implied consent. Taylor was placed on $1500 bond.

Rotary Club Held Weekly Meeting At Henry County Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Rotary Club held its weekly meeting at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Rotarians enjoyed the fair events and the Junior Livestock Association provided the meal.

Savana Gulish, granddaugher of Dr. Eugene Gulish, welcomes the Paris Rotary Club. (Linley White photo)

Lady Rotarians, Randi French, Donna Craig, Pam Martin, Michele Atkins and Jennifer Hayden enjoy the fair activities during the Paris Rotary Club meeting. (Linley White photo)

Henry County Fair In Full Swing Friday Night

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Fair was in full swing Friday, as the day kicked off with the Henry County Retiree Afternoon and Ice Cream Social that was held at 2 p.m., at the Community Building.

A great crowd filled the fairgrounds for Friday night activities, including the Lego building contest, commercial heifer show, Point Pleasant Baptist Church Puppet Show, and Tractor Pull.

Saturday is another Pay One Price Night of $10 beginning at 5 p.m. Carnival rides open at 6 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Henry County Sheriff’s Department will have Drug Dog Demonstrations. The Power Wheels Demolition Derby will begin at 6 p.m. and the Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Arena. The Cash Giveaway will once again take place at 9 p.m.

For more pictures from Friday night events, please visit the Henry County Fair link at the top left of the page.

Fairest of the Fair 2015 Winner Rachel Wilson serves at the Ice Cream Social on Friday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Tractor Pull included in the line up for Pay One Price Night on Friday. (Nicki Marr photo)

View from the Ferris Wheel at the Henry County Fair on Friday night. (Nicki Marr photo)

Resumes Being Accepted For HC Administrator Of Elections

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Election Commission met Friday afternoon to set the deadline for applicants who wish to seek the position of Henry County Administrator of Elections.

After more than six years on the job, current Administrator Darrin Thompson gave his resignation on July 20th.

Applicants must submit a resume by no later than Friday, August 14th. A description of the duties of Administrator can be found at TCA 2-12-201. Candidates must also have advanced computer skills and work efficiently with the public.

Resumes may be hand delivered to the Henry County Election Commission, located at 213 West Washington Street or mailed to P.O. Box 967, Paris, TN,  38242.

The Henry County Election Commission will meet next week to review resumes.

Paris Man Arrested For Possession Of Cocaine Following Crash

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, officers responded to East Wood Street, near the Catholic Church, on a crash scene.

Patrolman Dereck Greenhill, observed a silver canister, in plain view. The canisters are commonly used for transporting narcotics.

Ptl. Greenhill requested and was granted consent to search. .8 grams of a white rock, believed to be and later tested positive for crack cocaine was located in the canister.

The driver was taken to HCMC for his injuries and a warrant filed for possession. 

The driver, identified as Landon K. Chapman, age 52, of 4720 Guthrie Road, was later arrested by Deputy Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent and his bond was set at $20,000.

Smartt To Address Chamber Women's Luncheon

Lisa Smartt (Chamber photo)

Paris, Tenn. - Author and motivational speaker Lisa Smartt will address the first Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Women’s Luncheon at 11:30 am on Friday, August 21st at Tom’s Restaurant, sponsored by Air Evac. Cost is $15, which will include lunch. Seating is limited. Call the Chamber at 731.642.3431 for more information or to reserve a seat.

Known for her funny, upbeat topics and the “Doug and Carlie” series of books, Lisa is based in Dresden, Tennessee, and travels nationally. She is also the author of “The Smartt View,” a weekly newspaper column.

Chamber Vice President of Membership Development and Training, Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker, said “Lisa will provide a humorous and uplifting message for our first women’s luncheon and we are so pleased to have her as our speaker.”

Also serving on the luncheon committee are Tory Daughrity, Henry County Medical Center; Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank; and Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension.

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