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

Big Bash Splash Opens Today, Continues Sunday

Buchanan, Tenn.-Bright and early at this morning's first weigh-in (at 7 a.m.) for the first annual Big Bash Splash at Paris Landing State Park, fishermen were already lined up for the chance at top prizes. The tournament is sponsored by Sealy Outdoors and we are airing a remote from the tournament today and tomorrow from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. on all of our radio stations with on-air personality Susan Hrachovina. On Sunday, spectators can participate in a drawing for a $1500 Academy Sports and Outdoor shopping spree. (Susan Hrachovina photo).

Metro Crime Unit Makes Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-The Metro Crime Unit arrested a rural Paris woman and charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia on East Wood Street Thursday. Details in the arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department were sketchy, but according to the report, Michelle Holderfield, 27, 1610 Edgar Cemetery Rd. was arrested and charged with possession.

Participating in the arrest were Deputies Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Lt. Scott Wyrick, and Rodney Littleton and Paris Detective Josh Frey.

PD Issues Warrant For Michael Tharpe

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Michael Tharpe, 41, 401 Lee St., Paris, after a video reportedly showed him stealing some $2,500 worth of items from JNS Skateboard at 205 E. Washington St.

Police were called to the business Friday, where proprietors told them that the business had been broken into and items stolen from both the flea market and skateboard areas. Two windows at the back of the business were broken.

A video showed a black male with a t-shirt pulled over his face taking items and he was identified as Tharpe, who reportedly had been hanging around the business the past several days. Included in items stolen were a Magnovox stereo, cameras, sunglasses, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, shoes and sheets.

In another incident, officers arrested Colton Wood, 20, 1034 Manley St., Paris, and charged him with underage consumption and domestic assault. They were called first to the hospital where the victim had gone after she said Colton hit her and she passed out. When officers went to the Manley Street apartment, they found Wood passed out on the bed and arrested him.

Free Movie Night At Library Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember Saturday night is free movie night at the W.G. Rhea Library for teens 13-17 years old. "The Hunger Games" will be shown. Just bring a new canned goods item to donate, plus your own drink with a secure top and pillow. Popcorn will be served.

HCHS Golf Teams Take On Clarksville High

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots and Lady Patriots golf teams competed against Clarksville High School at Paris Landing State Park Golf Course on Thursday. The boys' team finished 12 strokes behind Clarksville overall, with a score of 168 to the Wildcats' 156. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jordan Hayes with a 39, Evan Todd with a 41, Jamison Hayes with a 41 and Hunter Dye with a 47.

The Lady Patriots posted an 88 overall, just eight strokes behind Clarksville's 80. Individual scores for the Lady Patriots were Brittany Martin with a 40 and Holly Dial with a 48.

Ballot set for November, Four running for two spots on Paris Commisssion

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to qualify for seats coming up in the November election was noon Thursday and Henry Countians will have many choices to make for representation on various councils and boards.

residents will have to pick two city commissioners out of four candidates as incumbent Gayle Griffith along with Terry Fuller, Torrance Atkinson, Robert Sleadd, and Catherine Herrera have all qualified to run for the seats. Incumbent Neil Buttner is not seeking reelection on the city commission.

Qualifying to run for the open seat on the county commission 5th district were Greg Carter and Torrance A. Atkinson. Brian Foster and Durante Pryor picked up papers but didn’t turn them back in.

In Puryear, David P. Varner has qualified to run for mayor and will be running unopposed for the office. Qualifying for an unexpired two year term of alderman was Leo Huff. Puryear residents will also have to pick from three who qualified to run for the four year alderman seat, they were Billy Robinson, Rebecca Haynes, and Robert Hughes. Verla Smith qualified to seek reelection of city recorder for Puryear.

Cottage Grove
residents will have to pick and entire mayor and alderman board as each seat is up for grabs. Qualifying for mayor of Cottage Grove are Dorothy Miller, Mike Waddey, and incumbent Machell Operia. Qualfying for alderman at Cottage Grove were John Weiner, Matthew McClure, and Melinda Thatcher. There are four alderman seats up for grabs, only three have qualified.

Mayor of Henry Joe Qualls will seek reelection as he qualified to run once again. Two alderman spots are also up in Henry, but no one qualified to run for either spot. The seats currently belong to George Owens and Rex Buford. Buford picked up papers but didn’t file.

Reimold Gives Tearful Goodbye To Board

Outgoing Board President Tricia Reimold hugs Director of Schools Sam Miles after being presented with a plaque recognizing her service. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-At a busy meeting of the Henry County Schools board of education, an emotional Board President Tricia Reimold said goodbye to the panel on which she has served for eight years. Reimold was attending her last meeting, having not to run for re-election, and told everyone, “It’s been a pleasure to serve with wonderful board members” over the past eight years.

Reimold said she is especially proud of several achievements that the district has made: the student resource officer program with the Henry County sheriff’s department; the district’s summer lunch program and free breakfast program; nurses in each district building, the Family Resource Center programs; the Adult Education program; the Camp Hazelwood project, the capital building projects in the district and the district’s financial status. “We have a $25 million budget and no major findings. That’s a credit to our financial officers,” she said.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said the entire district has benefited from Reimold’s direction and Board Member Tom Beasley said, “She has a heart of gold and the next board president would do well to model their character after her.”

Incoming Board Member Rod Frey was on hand at the meeting and he will be installed at the September meeting. Election of new officers also will be held at that time.

In other business, the board expanded the School Resource Officer program and members were introduced to new High School Basketball Coach Mike Greer and his assistant Wes Malone.

Sheriff Monte Belew and School Resource Officer Buford Taylor presented a new Text and Tip program that will be implemented this school year. The program encourages students to text Taylor at a special phone number if something is amiss. “We want to know about it if a student notices a weapon or drugs or hears someone talk about commit a crime,” Belew said.

Other sheriff departments have implemented similar programs, he said, “and they’ve seen a great deal of success with program. Kids will tell you something a lot easier in a text than they will face to face. It’s a lot harder for them to go knock on Buford’s door and say someone has a weapon or drugs in his locker. And it’s especially hard for them to stop in him the lunchroom or somewhere and tell him something.”

Both Miles and Belew said the program will not affect the district’s policy banning cell phone use during school hours

Belew said the texts will come in to a sheriff’s department cell phone operatedby Taylor and there will be no expense to the district. “Other sheriff departments have had very few prank texts with this program and hopefully we will have increase in cases with this program.”

The sheriff also said anyone can text the number with information, not just students. Taylor said, “We already have a tip line, but we want to keep this focused on the school. If someone brings a weapon to school I want to know about it as soon as I can.”

The board was introduced to new basketball coach Mike Greer from Camden, who introduced Wes Malone, his assist coach.

Both said they have ties to Henry County and Malone was an assistant at Jackson State with Greer. “We’re grateful to the administration for the chance,” Greer said, and Malone added, “We excited to get started.”

Miles and Jennifer Allen reported on the newly-implemented substitute training program which provides training for substitute teachers so they feel more comfortable before going in the classroom.

Allen said areas covered in the training are: crisis prevention, safety procedures, basic day to day school procedures, instructional practices, how to fill down time, and basics of behavior manaagment. She said it was “well received from the folks who attended” and another session will be held later.

Nutrition Supervisor Karen Wilson said there have been lots of changes with dietary guidelines for the new school year. “They’re very conscious of calories; the meals can’t exceed 750 calories per meal.”

She also said local lunch prices will stay the same this year: $2 for pre-school through 5th grade and $2.50 for 5th through 12 grade. Breakfast will be served to students at no charge.

Reimold announced that High School Senior Melinda Perkins has been awarded the NW District Award of a $2,000 scholarship, one of eight students to receive the award. She will represent Henry County at the state convention.

New Basketball Coach Mike Greer and Assistant Wes Malone.

Sheriff Monte Belew, left, and School Resource Officer Buford Taylor speak to the board.

Actress Cherry Jones Visits Bethel Campus

Cherry Jones signs an autograph for Student Faye Taylor. (Travis McLeese photo).

McKenzie, Tenn.-Two-time Tony Award Winning Best Actress and Emmy Award-winning Best Supporting Actress Cherry Jones visited the Renaissance Theatre Program on Wednesday August 15.

Students--including several from Henry County--asked questions about her favorite role, favorite person to work with and even her favorite food. Encouraging the studentsto never give up and to try for anything, Jones told stories about many of her colleagues in the industry that have overcome outstanding obstacles.

“It is not everyday that you get an actress like CherryJones to speak to your students and motivate them to go after their dreams,”said Brian Hill, Director of Renaissance Theatre. "She is such an inspiration. Her humbleness and her passion are qualities we need more of in our society."

Jones is a native of Paris, TN and is home for two weeks visiting. She is a 1978 Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Jones, middle, with (left to right): Allin Montford, Travis McLeese, Sabrina Saveh and Morgan McKinney.

Man Kicks Out Patrol Car Window; Charged With Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- A Springville man arrested for domestic assault was also charged with vandalism last night after kicking out a patrol car window, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Gary Grimes, 32 of Springville, was arrested by Deputy Matthew Liotta following a domestic disturbance and placed in the rear of Liotta’s patrol car. As Liotta obtained the victim’s statement, Grimes kicked out the rear passenger window of the patrol car and attempted to climb through the broken window. Liotta repeatedly ordered Grimes to stop, but was forced to use a chemical weapon to subdue the man. Grimes was charged with attempted domestic assault and vandalism.

According to a Paris Police Department report, a pit bull was stolen from Williams Street  home yesterday. The victim let the dog out, and after an hour of failing to locate it, called the police. Neighborhood children claimed they saw someone in a greenish brown car take the dog and drive off. Police reports valued the dog at $300.

Darren Sturdivant, 47 of Wynn Street, was arrested outside Take Me Back Café recently by members of the Metro Crime Unit after failing to appear to serve a jail sentence, according to a Sheriff’s office report. Sturdivant was also charged with simple possession of Schedule VI.

Bert Charles Fundraiser Set for Tuesday

There will be a fundraiser for Bert Charles on Tuesday August 21st at 5pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. They will have hamburgers and hot dogs, and all donations are appreciated.

Men Who Cook for Healthcare This Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Caring Hearts Fund will be hosting Men Who Cook for Health Care event this Saturday from 5-10pm at the Paris Convention Center. Entertainment for the evening will be John Austin and Randall French. Event goers can taste test dishes and judge winners in best appetizer, side dish, entree, dessert, healthy dish, and people's choice award for overall winner and booth.

Armbands are $20 for food and entertainment in advance or $30 at the door. For food tasting only from 5-7pm armbands are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For entertainment only from 7-10pm, armbands are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Armbands are availble at the Cancer Care Center, HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, My Favorite Things, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Big Bash Splash set for Saturday, Sunday

Registration Friday 12-8, 5-6am Sat. and Sun

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 1st Annual Big Bass Splash presented by Sealy Outdoors is this weekend, and they’re looking for amateur fishermen to come take their share of over $75,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes in what National Geographic named the World’s Largest Amateur Big Bass Fishing Tournament.

Overall prizes include a brand new Triton bass boat for 1st place, with a Mercury motor and equipped by Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics, and Power Pole, as well as $2500 for 2nd overall, $2000 for 3rd, $1500 for 4th, and $1000 for 5th. There are also cash payouts every hour from 6 AM to 2 PM each day for the five single heaviest bass weighed in during that hour – those prizes range from 100 to 500 dollars. Also, the first person to weigh in a bass at exactly 4.00 pounds will win $1000 each day of the tournament.

The Big Bass Splash also features a Little Angler division for children 12 and under – winning catches of bass, perch, crappie, and catfish will earn gift cards from Academy Sports and Outdoors.

All contestants will also be entered into a drawing to win a Titan UTV, and spectators can get in on a drawing for a $1500 Academy Sports and Outdoors shopping spree. Everyone at the tournament on Sunday will be eligible to enter that drawing.

Registration will be held at the marina on Friday from noon to 8 PM, as well as each morning of the tournament from 5 to 6 AM. The entry fee is $135 for one day and $185 for both days; Little Anglers registration is $10 per day. Entry forms are available from the Chamber of Commerce, our studios at 110 India Road, and area McDonalds locations.

Hourly weigh-in updates will be broadcast live on WMUF, WHDM, and official radio station WLZK from 6 AM to 2 PM each day of the tournament.

Bethel Office of Residence Life Prepares for New School Year

McKenzie,Tenn.– Members of Bethel University’s Office of Residence Life have been preparing for the new school year with residence halls opening for traditional undergraduate students this Sunday, Aug. 19. Several Henry Countians are involved with the Office of Residence Life.

Those who work within the Office of Residence Life include front row l to r: Autumn Starks of Dyersburg; Sam Pyron of Brownsville; Logan Pyron of Brownsville; Zachary Sanders of Murfreesboro; Rachael Perrault of Clarksville; Danyell Spry of Buchanan; Kayla Hall of Granite City, Ill.; Christopher Cain of Vinemont, Ala.; Daniel Potter of Brighton; Sarriah Johnson of Milan; Kennon Holder of Huntingdon; Alyssa Hassell of Paris; Nathaniel Funk of Millport, Ala.; Kelly Dupree of Silver Springs, Fla.; Courtney Frazier of Munford; Curtis Hardy of McKenzie; Bryan Dickens of Charlotte; Triosha Webster of Nashville; Andrew Deason of Vanleer; Zach O’Kelley of Florence, Ala.; Artomie Dixon of McKenzie; Tim White; Christy Hampton of McKenzie, Shaniece Bond of Jackson; Savannah Cooper of Paris; and Peggy Carter of Huntingdon. Back row l to r includes: Samsideen Singhateh of Gambia; LaShara Mickens of Memphis; Mishel Castro of Jackson; Jasmine Porter of Paris; Devin Bargatze of Murfreesboro; Jose Paniagua of Pahokee, Fla.; Kerrick Owens of Memphis; Melissia Madden of Jamaica; Billy Sampson of Palatka, Fla.; Alex Emelyanov of Russia; Kristian Takac of Serbia; Lia Agee of Kenton; Krysani Hogg-Boyd of Memphis; Renee Story of McKenzie; Taylor Lawley of McKenzie; Bo Morrison, Richard Gilliam of Memphis; Vinicius Kerchner of Brazil; Joe Dickinson of Dyer; and Michael McNeely of Memphis.

Quota To Host Patriot Kitchen

Paris, Tenn.-At its regular monthly meeting, the Paris Quota Club voted to send a donation to the Holy Cross Catholic Church Oktoberfest in lieu of sponsoring a booth this year.

The club will host the Patriot Kitchen at Ketchum Hall on October 18 and again on January 31, 2013. The October 8 meal will be spaghetti.

The club received a thank you note from Justin Bond, who attended the Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children. He said that he enjoyed the camp so much that he wants to attend again next year.

The club voted to send a donation to the Holy Cross Catholic Church’s Oktoberfest in lieu of sponsoring a booth.

A book on genealogy was presented to W.G. Rhea Library in honor of Stephanie Tayloe, 2012 Quotarian of the Year.

The McDonald’s Burger Bash will be September 27th from 5-7 pm. The club receives 20% of all sales during this time.

Bethel To Celebrate 170 Year Birthday On Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn– Bethel University will celebrate its 170th birthday this Saturday, Aug. 18, with a concert featuring Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, and fireworks by High Tech Special Effects. The event is being called “How Sweet It Is to Celebrate 170 Years.”

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Bethel’s McKenzie campus adjacent to Baker Fieldhouse.
Sweet treats will also be a part of the evening.
The concert is free and open to the public. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

The concert also kicks off the school year for traditional undergraduate students who will begin fall classes on Monday, Aug. 20.

Out of more than 40 schools in the state of Tennessee (both public and private) only five institutions are older than Bethel. Bethel University has been around longer than some of Tennessee’s most prestigious institutions including Vanderbilt and Sewanee: The University of the South. Compared to some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the U.S., Bethel University has been in existence longer than the Ivy League Cornell University and Duke University and it is celebrating its 170th birthday with the University of Notre Dame.

In its 170 years it has grown from a college to a university with distinct colleges that serve students in very specific ways. It operates from its main campus in McKenzie and has satellite campuses in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Jackson, and it offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a number of learning platforms.
For more information about this event, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

CG Discusses Repairs, Surplus

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At a short and sweet regular meeting, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council Tuesday night discussed city maintenance and surplus issues.

The council discussed repairs that are needed to Poplar Street and Council person Dorothy Cox Miller said she will contact repair companies for bids.

Also discussed was the surplus equipment in storage and a motion was passed to sell maintenance items.


Henry Board approves K9 program, part time help for office

Henry, Tenn.- At the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting on Tuesday, board members decided to allow police chief David Andrews to institute a K9 program for the Henry Police Department.

Andrews told board members that the city is missing out on possible revenues that a K9 would bring. He said when you make traffic stops and the driver refuses to allow a search, their hands are tied. If a drug dog alerts on a vehicle, its gives officers probable cause to search a vehicle for drugs or illegal proceeds from drugs. More drug arrests and drug, cash, and vehicle seizures lead to more revenues coming in for the police department and city.

Andrews said the military has a drug dog program and he could get a dog for the city at no upfront cost. The dogs are usually labs and are very gentle, and come trained as drug dogs. Andrews said four hours per week of training is required but the officers will work that into their regular hours. The dog would stay at the officers residence at night and any monies for food, water, and vet care would come from the drug fund.

The board of alderman also approved to allow city recorder Sonya Clayton to call in Jessica Lucas for some part time help in the office whenever needed.
Mayor Joe Qualls said the workload on Clayton has become very heavy and some part time help is needed certain days of the month and to allow backup for sickness and vacation for the city recorder.

Lucas has worked with the city part time before, and was called in a couple of weeks ago when they really needed some help. Lucas never quit or was terminated, but the new budget never allowed for the part time help so she didn’t come back on a regular basis.

The part time help will be at the city recorder’s discretion, brining her in an average of a couple days per week and training her on court paperwork, water bills, deposits, and all aspects of the office. This will be part time, temporary help for the rest of this budget year. It would be up to the city whether or not to budget it again once the new budget year starts next July.

Henry approves USDA RD grant to help pay litigation costs

Henry, Tenn.- More action from Henry on Tuesday night saw the board approve applying for a grant resolution from USDA rural development in the amount of $125,000. Mayor Qualls said the money was owed to the city from some cost overrun on the sewer project from years back and this money will be used to help with the settlement dealing with Klaunch Construction on the ongoing litigation with that sewer project.

The board tabled a couple of items until next month in order to find more information and costs on certain issues. One of those items included changing the city’s accountants.

Mayor Joe Qualls told the board it would work better for the city to have their auditors, Vance CPA, out of Belvedeere, TN, to also be their accountants. City Recorder Sonya Clayton explained that Vance would do more detailed reports, audits throughout the year internally, and more detailed accountants. Alderman questioned how the city would pay for it and after some discussion the board agreed to get more concrete costs on these services and come back next month to make sure there is money in the budget for making the decision.

The board also tabled buying a lawn mower for the public works department. The current mower is 8-10 years old and is constantly leaking oil and needing around two thousand dollars in repairs. Public Works Director Ed Bush said its been a good mower, but its got some age and wear and tear on it. The board looked at purchasing a new mower from B and G Equipment, but wanted to make sure money in the budget would handle the purchase. They tabled it till next month and will have to bid it out since the price is over $2500.

Traffic Stops Lead to Weekend Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Routine traffic stops led to drug arrests over the weekend, according to Paris Police Department reports.

Patrolman Jamie James pulled over a grey car on East Wood Street recently due to a busted tail light. He observed the passenger, Zachary Evans, 19, of Nobles Road, had a beer in his lap, and when searching the driver, Jacob Connely, also 19 of Nobles Road, James found a bag of marijuana in his pocket. Connely was charged with simple possession of Schedule VI, and Evans was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Patrolman James also pulled over a gray Chevrolet on a routine traffic stop after he noticed the driver wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. James observed driver Nick Tozzi, 18, of Old Union Road shaking and breathing heavily, and asked for consent to search the vehicle. Tozzi complied, and James found a bag of marijuana in the car. Tozzi was charged with simple possession of Schedule VI.

A Georgia man was arrested recently on charges of indecent exposure, according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. David Buckner of Marietta, Ga., was taken into custody at the Paris Landing State Park Inn. There was not an additional report for this incident.

Jeremy Littleton, 25, of East Blythe Street, was recently arrested for violation of probation. Littleton was arrested last week on aggravated robbery charges and is currently being held without bond.

Golf Teams compete in Clarksville

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots Golf teams competed against Rossview and Northeast in Clarksville on Monday. The Patriot’s men’s team shot a 169 overall bettering the scores of Rossview and Northeast who shot 181 and 237 respectively. Individual scores for the Patriots on the men’s side were Evan Todd with a 41, Jamison Hayes with a 41, Jordan Hayes with a 42, Hunter Dye 45, and Chase Hill 45.

The Lady Patriots lost the team competition to Rossview as the Lady Red Hawks shot an 88 while Henry County shot a 103. Individual scores for the lady Pats were Brittany Martin with a 47 and Holly Dial with a 56.

New MRI Arrives At HCMC Diagnostic Center

Pictured is the new wide bore MRI arriving at the HCMC Diagnostic Center. The new center is set to open October 1 for patients.

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center’s new Diagnostic Center seems to be progressing right on schedule, according to Billie McKee, Director of Imaging Services. The center--which is under construction on Tyson Ave., across from the hospital--is set to open on October 1 to begin seeing patients.

On Monday morning , the new 1.5Tesla 450W Wide Bore MRI (specifically for larger body types) arrived on site and was carefully lifted by a crane and workers into the new center. This GE MR is only the second 450W model to be installed in Tennessee, with the other being located in Memphis.

Other imaging equipment is scheduled to begin arriving over the next few weeks including a new 20-slice Siemens Cat scanner and GE P500 diagnostic radiology equipment. A new Hologic Digital Bone Densitometry unit combined with existing Digital mammography and ultrasound machine will complete our Women’s Center within the facility.

Other services that will be offered include Pre Admission Testing for surgery patients, Lab and EKG testing.

HCMC plans to have several events in October for the community to view the new facility and a grand opening in conjunction with Bethel University has been set for Sunday, November 11.

Bill Anderson and Friends To Appear At The Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for the Country Family Reunion Road Show at The Dixie Performing Arts Center this weekend. To appear on the stage are Bill Anderson, who will be hosting, along with Jimmy Fortune, Jan Howard and Buck Trent.

The format will include music and story-telling by the group. Tickets are $35 each. For more information contact The Dixie’s box office at 731-986-2100 or order online at www.dixiepac.net.

The show is at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 28, at The Dixie in downtown Huntingdon.

Brown, Norwood Honored at Road Board Meeting

Henry County Highway Commission Supervisor Ray Norwood (C) admires Chairman Ronald Brown's (L) and District 2 Commissioner Don Norwood's (R) commemorative plaques.

(Alex AuBuchon photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Chairman Ronald Brown and District 2 Commissioner Don Norwood conducted their final Road Board meeting on Monday night.

Both men served on the Henry County Highway Commission Board for over 20 years. In fact, Norwood took over Brown’s seat as District 2 Commissioner when Brown was elected Chairman; the two have worked together ever since.

Chairman Brown stated that his primary goal as Chairman was to be able to maintain civil discussion, and spoke highly of the board’s performance over the past twenty years. He also stated that any time he needed more information on issues from Supervisor Ray Norwood or administrative assistant Diane Mallard, both were always quick to respond to any of his questions.

also spoke very highly of his Road Board compatriots, stating that they had always “been of one accord”.

Both men were presented with plaques for the dedication and years of service to the Henry County Highway Commission.

At the board’s September meeting, Bobby Milam will take over as board chairman and commissioners for Districts 2 and 3 will be sworn in.

In business Monday night, supervisor Ray Norwood told board members that work is scheduled to begin on the Howard Road bridge on Wednesday. Detour signs are already up, and culverts are in place.

also mentioned to other board members that the widening of Wyninger Road was complete, and the ditching and culvert were in place at French Road.

The highway department is continuing to work with local utilities on Bear Creek Road improvements. They also have plans to stripe Shady Grove Road and Cypress Road over the next month, as well as fix some standing water issues on Paris-Murray Road and Henry-Mansfield Road.

Supervisor Norwood also instructed all commissioners to compile a list of roads that still need improvements originally laid out in last month’s plan.

Chairman Ronald Brown and 2nd District Commissioner Don Norwood both received plaques to honor their decades of service to the Henry County Highway Commission.

American Legion Hosting Weekend Meals

Paris,Tenn.-American Legion Post 89 at Paris Landing will be serving an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday morning from 8 to 11 AM. Plates are $6 for anyone 12 and over, $2.50 for children 4-11, and free for children under 4.

They will also be having a ribeye steak supper on Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 8 PM for only $12. Attendees need to RSVP no later than this Wednesday by signing up at the post, located at 4326 E. Antioch Road in Springville.

For more information on either event, please call 644-1922.

Patriots Season Opener Kickoff Time Moved

Jackson, Tenn.- The Patriots' season opening game against the Liberty Crusaders this Friday night has been slightly rescheduled. The game is now scheduled to begin at 7 PM instead of the normal 7:30 kickoff time.

For those unable to make the trip to Jackson, WLZK 94.1 will be broadcasting the game live. You can also tune in online by clicking the Henry County Patriot link on the right-hand sidebar.

Weekend Speeding Violation Leads to Gun Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. Ricky Wade stopped a car for speeding on Peppers Drive over the weekend. The driver of the car was identified as Myron L. Montgomery, age 25, of 103 Hidden Acres Road. Cpl. Wade asked to search the vehicle, but Montgomery refused to consent to a search.

Cpl Wade then brought in his K9 unit, Striker, to assist. Striker alerted on the driver’s side door of the vehicle, at which point Wade asked Montgomery if he had anything illegal. Montgomery replied that he had been smoking pot earlier. Wade’s search of the car found a purple bag under the driver’s seat; the bag contained a pistol. Montgomery was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in the incident.

Sheriff’s deputies also arrested a man wanted on warrants after a brief chase at Howell’s Resort over the weekend. Deputies Wayne Fuqua and Blake Jenkins responded to Howell’s Resort over the weekend to locate Willis J. Overby, age 29 of 1250 Guthrie Road.

Overby had active warrants on him and once they found him, he attempted to evade arrest. Deputies Fuqua and Jenkins gave chase and eventually apprehended Overby. He was charged with violation of probation, domestic assault, simple possession of schedule six drug, and evading arrest.

Several thefts were reported throughout the county over the weekend:

Some decorative ornaments were stolen from a home on Girl Scout Road. The value of those items were around $100.

A laptop was reported stolen from a home on Foundry Hill Road. The victim stated that she left it on the counter and hadn’t seen it in several days. The value of the laptop was just under $300.

An iPod was stolen from inside a pickup truck at a home on Atlantic Avenue over the weekend.

Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for suspects in each of these incidents.

Ridgeway Funeral home is serving the family of Mrs. Hilda Coleman, age 71 of Paris, and Mr. Billy Joe Walton, age 74 of Henry.

Paris Woman Faces Charges In Hit-And-Run

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman was arrested on multiple charges after she confessed to hitting a man and leaving him in the middle of the road on Depot Street the previous day.

Amanda Clayton, 22, 105 Rison Street, was arrested by Paris Police on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment. She remained in Henry County Jail Sunday morning on $50,000 bond.

The incident began around noon August 7 when police responded to a report of a black man found lying in the middle of the road who appeared to have been assaulted. The victim could not remember what happened to him and was transported to Henry County Medical Center for treatment.

The next day, Clayton went to city hall to report that she had hit a black male around noon the previous day while driving a Northwest Tennessee Transportation van. According to the police report, she made a voluntary statement and that after she was Mirandized, she said she wanted a lawyer.

According to the report, a check with NW determined that it has a policy that employees be drug-tested within eight hours after an accident in a company vehicle, but that Clayton did not come to city hall until after eight hours had passed.

Officers called District Attorney Hansel McCadams who advised them to charge her with tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment. When Clayton came back to city hall on Friday, August 10, she was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. She is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Tuesday, August 14.

300 Acres Burning In LBL

View from boat on Kentucky Lake of smoke rising from LBL fire. (WPSD-TV photo gallery).

Grand Rivers, Ky.-WPSD-TV in Paducah is reporting that nearly 300 acres of land burned Saturday during a fire in the northern part of the Land Between the Lakes. According to latest reports, it ignited from a hay cutter.

The fire broke out near the Nickell Branch area of LBL, on the Kentucky Lake side, and continued to spread as multiple fire crews tried to put out the flames.
According to WPSD, crews executed what's called a 'control burn' to lead the fire towards the lake.

There reportedly are no injuries reported.

Demolition Derby Winners

As always, the Henry County Fair went out with a bang Saturday night, with the demolition derby attracting an appreciative crowd. Here are the winners:

Big Car Derby

Heat 1
1st David McDade # 01609 $50.00
2nd Joseph Totty # 03534 $50.00
3rd Michael Holmes # 02837 $50.00

Heat 2
1st David Willett # 03062 $50.00
2nd Jeremy Sweat # 03538 $50.00
3rd Stephen Gafford # 01998 $50.00

Heat 3
1st Billy Page # 03038 $50.00
2nd Dillon Madden # 03541 $50.00
3rd Alan Presson # 01985 $50.00

1st Michael Holmes # 02837 $1,200.00
2nd David Willett # 03062 $500.00

Figure 8
1st Chuck Wade # 03037 $300.00
2nd Derek Weatherford # 03543 $200.00
3rd Francis Sanders # 03034 $300.00

2012 Henry County Fair Exhibit Winners
Department DD2 - Saturday Demolition Derby
Total Premiums Awarded : $2,950.00
Report Summary
Total Exhibits : 14

Traffic Stops Result in Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Traci Lackey, 35,1415 McFadden St., Paris, was arrested for driving on a revoked license, from a DUI 2nd during a traffic stop on Paris Police. Her vehicle was seized and towed.

Brian Scott, 29, 503 W. Wood St., was stopped after he performed a U-turn on Warren Street and it was determined he was driving on a revoked license, also for DUI. His vehicle was released to its owner.

Four-Legged Friends Show Their Talents

Where does a 280 pound Mastiff sit? Anywhere he wants to. Reddick was one of several unique pets at the show. His owner, Dennis Irby and Irby's granddaughter, Lauren Johnson, were with him. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

If you love pets, the Henry Co. Fair was the place to be Saturday morning for the Henry County’s Got Talent-Pet Version show. Dozens of four-legged critters and their people were on hand for the show, which featured an impressive assortment of tricks both by the pets and the owners.

Sponsored by the Mineral Wells Animal Clinic, the show featured several categories, including Most Original Costume, Most and Least Obedient, Terrific Pet Tricks, Best Kid-Pet Team and Best Tail Wagging.

The pets displayed a wide variety of talents, from lying down and playing dead to break-dancing and the costumes included everything from feather boas and sunglasses to showgirl outfits.

And the pets came in all shapes and sizes from a 280-pound Mastiff to a long-haired chihuahua and everything in between.

Blaze, a black pit bull, won judges' favorite and least obedient/most loved. The results, along with other photos, can be seen on the Henry Co. Fair section which you can access on the top left of this page.

Don Lancaster and Tater do some break dancing. (McFarlin photo).

Pets and their people watch the action. (McFarlin photo).

Playing dead is Roscoe, the corgi, with his owner Erica Carroll.


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