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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Kentucky State Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

Mayfield, Ky.- Kentucky State Police continue to investigate an officer involved shooting in Mayfield, Kentucky. At 3:00 a.m. KSP Post 1 dispatch received a report of an armed man walking in the 200 block of West Lee Street. Officers from the Mayfield Police Department responded to the area and located a man in a nearby yard believed to be the reported armed person.  

Shortly thereafter, shots were fired and the suspect was hit. The suspect was taken by Mayfield-Graves EMS to Jackson Purchase Medical Center. He was then flown by Air Evac to another hospital for continued treatment.  

The Kentucky State Police have secured the scene and activated their Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).  

The suspect is Andrew R. Chamberlain, a white male, age 23, of Hickory, Kentucky. He is in stable condition at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana.

The investigation is continuing by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Pats Travel to Haywood County to Open 2017 FB Season

Brownsville, Tenn.- Henry County begins play in the regular season on the gridiron Friday night as they travel Haywood County. The kickoff is set for 7pm if you plan on making the trip. If you can’t make the trip you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show. If you are away from a radio you can also listen online via streaming from our website, www.wmufradio.com or by calling and listening via your phone at 563-999-3349. That is a different phone number than previous years. Also remember message and data rate apply when listening via your phone.

Beer Board Approves 3 Beer Permits

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met Thursday evening and approved three new requests for beer permits. The first was for Vickie Noles at Old West Steakhouse, for an on premise permit at the restaurant at 1123 East Wood Street, formerly Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant.

The other two permits approved were for off premise sales, Fred’s Stores of Tennessee, Inc., at 850 Volunteer Drive and Cash Savers, formerly E.W. James and Sons Supermarket, at 1301 West Wood St.

HCMS Cross Country Competes in Dresden Race

Dresden, Tenn.- The Henry County Middle School Cross Country team competed in the Dresden Middle School Jamboree on Thursday. Top finishers include Saddie Adams, 9th in the 6th grade girls race with a time of 7:10; Adian Swisher, 15th in the 6th grade boys race with a time of 6:57; Blaise Payne, 20th in 6th grade boys with a time of 7:05.

In the 7th grade boys race Mason Elliott placed 7th and Will Wardlaw came in 10th with times of 6:20 and 6:24 respectively.

Dinah Winders finished 1st in the 8th grade girls race with a time of 5:41. Dinah was also awarded Fastest girl of the day award. Kaitlyn Napier came in 9th with a time of 6:52.

Hayden Bostick finished 3rd in the 8th grade boys race with a time of 5:46 and Sam Bruce came in 6th at 5:48.

HCOOA Taking Trip to Patti's Aug. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is going to Patti’s Settlement Restaurant in Grand Rivers, Kentucky on Friday August 25th. They will leave from the Central Community Service Building at 55 Jones Bend Road around 10am and eating around 1:30pm at Patti’s. The bus will return between 4-8pm. The cost of the trip is $17 per person and doesn’t include lunch or spending money. 50 people are needed to make the trip if you need more information or want to secure your spot call 642-2919 or 644-3193.

HCHD To Close Old Paris Murray Road Section Monday

South Hazel, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Old Paris Murray Road Monday August 21st for culvert replacement. The closure will be 250 feet North of Perkins Road in the Hazel area. This portion of the road is north of Hwy. 140 East. The road will be open for evening traffic on Monday.

KSP Arrest Local Officer on Warrant in Mayfield

Mayfield, Ky.- Troopers with the Kentucky State Police Post 1 have arrested a local police officer on a warrant Thursday, August 17. The warrant was issued in McCracken County on August 10 for Failure to Pay or Appear. The original charges related to this were filed by Paducah Police Department in February of 2017 and included Third Degree Forgery and Impersonating a Peace Officer.  the time of the original offenses, Blakney was not employed as a police officer.

At the time of his arrest by KSP Post 1 on August 17, 2017, Blakney was employed as a Police Officer for the City of Hickman, Kentucky. Blakney was taken into custody in Mayfield at approximately 1:00 p.m. He was lodged in McCracken County Jail.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Aaron Jestes.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Paris Housing Corp. Hears Updates on HOME Grant

Tim Belton discusses the HOME Grant updates. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Housing Corporation met Thursday afternoon and Tim Belton, Historic Preservation Planner with Northwest Tennessee Development District, gave the board an update on the HOME Grant.

Belton said they picked the top 10 houses out of 32 applications and three have been inspected. Two of the three have been rejected because repairs would cost more than allotted with the federal grant. The third house is still being worked on and Belton said after that is over the other 7 homes will be inspected as well.

The HOME Grant is a partnership with the City and Tennessee Housing Development Agency in which a $350K grant will assist about 10 families with some home repairs. The funding is for very-low income, senior citizens, and individuals with disabilities who can’t otherwise bring their homes up to code.

The grant was first awarded about a year ago and should help families with repairs such as leaky plumbing, unsafe floors, roofs, and wiring issues. Any homeowner approved for the program will be required to contribute at least $500 of their own money towards the repairs and total value of repairs is limited to $40K per household.

The City and THDA has a deadline to use the HOME grant and City Manager Kim Foster said there is so much red tape to deal with the process has taken a very long time. She thanked Belton for all the work he has done and continues to do. Belton said he would check on the deadlines and what needs to be done before it is reached as far as allocating or spending the money.

Foster gave the PHC updates on the financials with a restricted amount of $82K restricted for neighborhood stabilization and demolitions. Foster said demolitions are underway. The balance is around $54K as of July 1st and four requests have come in for the emergency repair program in which the PHC uses matching funds.

Chairman Terry Fuller also said he wants to look at the Federal Government’s definition of neighborhood stabilization and that way the money could be used in more circumstances. He said we hope to get clear definition on that soon.

USDA-RD Presents Paris Housing Corp. With Plaque

Mary Hickman, USDA-RD, presents chairman Terry Fuller with a plaque. (Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Mary Hickman, USDA-Rural Development, discussed an Emergency Repair Program with the group Thursday afternoon as well. She thanked the PHC for putting money into the program and it’s a tremendous asset to the community. Hickman said since mid-2013 13 families have been assisted with a total of over $32K in this program and it has meant the world to those families and their neighbors. Hickman said this is the only program like its kind in the state of Tennessee. She presented a proclamation and plaque to the PHC for the partnership. Foster echoed Hickman’s statements and thanked her for the partnership thru USDA-RD and we are very proud of this program.

Next Preserve Paris Event Planned for Sept 30th on N. Porter

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated the PHC on the Preserve Paris Program and the date has been set for the next event. She said it will be September 30th in the North Porter neighborhood. Foster said the Henry County Medical Center plans to partner with Preserve Paris in the Good Neighbor week to help clean up.

Foster also said the Atkins Porter Neighborhood has been awarded a grant thru USDA to build a neighborhood green space.

HCHS Men's Cross Country Finishes 1st at Dresden Meet

Dresden, Tenn.- Henry County’s Cross Country teams competed in the Dresden Cross Country Invitational and the men’s team won 1st place out of 14 schools. Titus Winders came in 1st overall in the Boys 5K at a time of 18:41, Silas Winders finished 2nd at 18:42, Cole Davis took 3rd at 18:43, and Cooper Smith took 4th place at 18:43. Hunter Lawrence, Devin Pritchett, Jesse Evans, Ryan and Dylan Patrum also competed.

In girls action, Madison Aiosa, finished 3rd out of 85 runners at a time of 24:10 in the girls 5K. Madison Caldwell finished 13th overall.

Drug Take Back Day Planned at Kroger on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Henry County Prevention Coalition will be hosting a “Drug Take Back” day from 9am to 1pm at Kroger in Paris this Saturday. Everyone can bring their unsused, unwanted, or expired medication for safe disposal. The first 100 participants will receive a personal medication lock box. The project is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

DUI Arrest Made After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr., observed Ashley Fenstermaker, age 18 of Dover, run over the curb at Twice Daily and conducted a traffic stop. Fenstermaker failed several sobriety tests and was found to have 2.4 grams of marijuana, digital scales, and other items and was charged with DUI, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Another arrest from overnight was Ronda S. Dotts, age 32, of 1115 Belmont St., for driving on a suspended license, simple possession of schedule 4.

Buchanan Home Damaged By Fire Wed. Evening

Buchanan, Tenn.- A home on TVA Access Road in Buchanan was heavily damaged with fire and smoke Wednesday evening. Paris Landing Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said units were dispatched to 21 TVA Acess Road around 7:30pm Wednesday evening and found a fire in the kitchen and quickly extinguished it.

The home is owned by Paris Landing State Park and is home of the Golf Course Manager and his wife Keith and Natalie Hickman. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental but is still being investigated. No one was home at the time of the fire. Paris Landing sent four trucks and had 16 fire fighters on scene for around two hours. Paris Fire Department assisted with one truck and two fire fighters. (Reggie Coles photos)

Cross Creeks NWR To Host Eclipse Viewers

Dover, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Office and Visitor Center will be closed on Monday for the Eclipse. The public is invited to Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge at 643 Wildlife Drive in Dover to come and view the eclipse in a quieter, peaceful setting.

Refuge staff, volunteers, and friends of Cross Creeks NWR will be on hand to assist with parking, information, and to warn visitors that special glasses are needed to view the eclipse.

Visitors to Cross Creeks can view the eclipse near the Visitor Center or back patio deck. They can also park along a 9-mile wildlife viewing road that runs along the Cumberland River.

The eclipse partial phase is set to begin at 11:56am and the totality portion set to happen around 1:25pm. At Cross Creeks, totality will last around a minute. The Refuge will have solar viewing glasses for $3 as well as glow in the dark t-shirts and bottled water for sale. Money goes to Friends of Cross Creeks NWR. For more information call 642-2091.

Patriots Swim Team Fundraiser Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots Swim Team will hold a splash and go race at the Gerald Howard Pool Saturday August 19th as a fundraiser for the team. The event begins at 9:30am and you can win a Yeti Cooler or $300 in cash. Purchase ping pong balls to sponsor the team, slide the balls down the Triple Tower Plunge Slide and if your ball crosses the finish line first you’ll win a choice of one of two coolers or the cash. Buy 1 ping pong ball for $5, 3 for $10, or 8 for $20. Money raised helps the swim team.

Reminder: HCBOE Special Called Meeting 1pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education will meet in a special called session at 1pm Thursday to approve a resolution authoring the issuance of a bond not to exceed $9.5M for the proposed high school project.

HC Officials, TDOT Discuss Improving County Roads

Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff Monte Belew, Chief Dep. Damon Lowe, County Mayor Brent Greer, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt, and EMA Director Ron Watkins met with TDOT at the Highway Department on Wednesday to discuss ways to improve roads with signage or markings to help reduce traffic crashes. TDOT officials provided statistics and which roads and areas need some special attention to help reduce traffic crashes. Federal dollars dispersed thru TDOT will fund the signage. (HCSO Photo)

Man Charged with Drugs After Search Executed

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department executed a search warrant at 511 Irvine Street and ended up making an arrest for drug and weapon possession. Marcus Williamson, age 28, was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Sgt. James found a small bag of pot containing 185 grams, digital scales, and four guns. Williamson was placed on $2500 bond.

In a separate report, Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a theft from a home on Cowpath Road. The resident had been serving weekends in jail and recently asked someone to drive her to the jail and bring her car back. Someone went to check on her animals while she was gone and found all the lights in the house on, a dirt bike, machete, and jewellery missing from the home. The value of items missing is around $10K. Investigation is continuing, no one has been charged yet.

HCSS, PSSD Planning Experiments, Interacting on Eclipse Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District and Henry County School System will both be in session this coming Monday August 21st for the total eclipse of the sun, the first of its kind since 1918 in our area. Both systems do have approved ISO glasses for students and parents were sent home waivers to sign to allow their children to go outside and view the eclipse.

Several classrooms have plans to do projects and experiments during the day to commemorate the event. The science students at Inman Middle School will be listening to our AM radio stations throughout the day and during the eclipse to see if it affects our broadcasts any, which is likely to occur.

Henry Principal David Kibbler said all grade levels at Henry have designed math, science, and English Language Arts lessons around the solar eclipse on Monday. Students will be reading and writing about Solar Eclipses, completing math problems associated with them, and there are several science lessons. Kibbler said there are many fun activities planned out and cafeteria staff are working hard to develop an “eclipse themed” menu for lunch that includes Moon Pies.

Superintendent of the PSSD, Dr. Norma Gerrell said the system was set to partner with Lenior City Schools to share experiences, experiments, and discuss the different viewpoints in West Tennessee and East Tennessee but their county has cancelled school for the day. Dr. Gerrell said they are planning to find another system in a different area of the state to skype with to share their experiences.

Rhea Students will view a special indoor eclipse during PE classes, have races to spell out words with lettered tennis balls, and many more activities. Dr. Gerrell said, “you can follow along the PSSD’s Facebook page and website for updates and pictures on our day of “fun with no sun”.

Paris Landing Welcomes Citizens for Eclipse Viewing

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park welcomes everyone to come and view the Solar Eclipse at Paris Landing on Monday. There will be music, food vendors, crafts and activities, face painting, birds of prey exhibits, and more. Paris Landing is on the edge of the totality and will have 14 seconds of total darkness. The event is free to the public call 641-4455 for more information.

Budget Approved by PSSD Board, Plans to Expedite Process Next Year

Board members discuss the budget and plans to move the process ahead next year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session for August Tuesday evening and approved the 2017-18 budget. The budget includes a 2% raise and 1% bonus for teachers and staff, a new sports court gym flooring at Rhea, possible additional construction at Rhea, and a health insurance increase of $147K to start in January.

Dr. Norma Gerrell, Superintendent of the PSSD, said four positions were not filled due to a decrease in the BEP Funds. The budget includes one new bus and making the final payment of Paris Elementary School which was a 20 year note. The system will use $699,340 from fund balance.

Board chairman Richard Edwards said he has talked to Dr. Gerrell and they are planning on trying to approve the budget next year by the start of the fiscal year July 1st. Edwards said all other government entities have their budgets approved by July 1st and we are going to try to do the same. If we have to make amendments throughout the year, so be it, everyone else is approved by July 1st and I think we shouldn’t wait till mid-August to approve our budget.

Next Phase of Rhea Consturction Includes Cafeteria, Classrooms

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard an update on the Rhea Construction Project from Ben Witt who said we walked the interior of the building and produced a final checklist of some things to complete. The next phase of the project will begin now and by the end of the calendar year most of the main things will be complete and should be complete by May. The next phase includes the new cafeteria, and four classrooms that will make up the new storm shelter.

PSSD Welcomes New Teachers

New teachers were recognized by the PSSD Board Tues. night (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- New teachers were introduced at Tuesday night’s meeting and then a reception was held for them. At Inman Middle School Sarah Hampton, 7-8th special education, Ms. Zulekya Valdes, Emily Hoffman, Justin Stutzman, intervention and boys basketball.

At Rhea Gini Hudson will teach 1st grade and Coleen Dunn will teach Pre-K. Paris Elementary welcomes Julie Webb has left Rhea and will teach 3rd grade.

New teacher Justin Stutzman talks with board member Amy Cathey during a reception at Tuesday's board meeting.

Dr. Gerrell's Report Covers Promotional Flyer, "Fun with No Sun"

Paris, Tenn.- In her report, Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell showed the board an informational flyer about the system that was designed and created and will be put at the Chamber, area real estate agencies, and other places to help promote the system. The PSSD’s mission is to educate the whole child thru providing opportunities for excellence in a diverse community. PSSD will operate under SCORE, or Safety, Community, Opportunity, Relationships, and Excellence. A flyer is pictured on our website.

Dr. Gerrell said the eclipse glasses are approved by NASA and ISO certified and they will be having many exercises and experiments during the day this coming Monday for the solar eclipse. Dr. Gerrell said they will Skype will different classes and hopefully different areas of the state. She said it will be a "day of fun with no Sun" and the system is in session all day.

Dr. Gerrell said 1723 students are enrolled in the PSSD this school year as of Tuesday. Inman has the largest population, then PES, the Rhea Elementary. Enrollment is up overall from last year slightly.

In his report, Chairman Richard Edwards told the board they will have their annual retreat at the October board meeting and discuss facilities, the five year plan, and other things.

Ivy Apprehended by Puryear Police Chief

Puryear, Tenn.- Puryear Police Chief Dale Paschall arrested Bruce Ivy, age 52, Monday night after he managed to evade authorities since last Thursday evening.

Ivy was first spotted last Thursday by Cpl. Blake Jenkins, and after a brief standoff left the trailer he was in and run thru a cornfield. K9s, drones, officers, choppers, all searched the area Thursday night and into Friday but didn’t find Ivy.

Ivy faces charges of failure to appear, evading arrest, assault on an officer, and two counts of violation of community supervision.

HCHD Discusses Possible Use of E-Scrub in the Future

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Commission met on Monday evening and Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt introduced the board to E-scrub pavement preservation which is being used by many highway departments in the region. Chilcutt explained that E-scrub is a product that seals the roads and costs about $18K per mile while hot mixing costs about $80K per mile.

Chilcutt presented the board with a packet of information on how Benton County used the E-scrub system and saved taxpayers over $295K and the road continues to look good after the treatment. The board agreed to study over the packet and possibly look at using E-scrub in the future to help save money instead of hot mixing.

In other business, the security system has been installed at the Highway Department and seems to be working. They will also take a bids for a new pickup truck on Thursday.

Bethel Student Advances in Carhartt Bassmaster Classic Bracket

Cole Floyd (purple jacket) advanced to Tuesdays semi-finals. (Bassmaster photo)

Deerwoood, Mich.- Cole Floyd, of Bethel University, has moved on to the 2nd day of fishing and currently leads at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket in Deerwood, Michigan. Over the weekend the National Championship took place with Bryan College crowned as top team, and then Monday the top 4 teams were split into eight individual anglers and battled head-to-head in the first leg of the Classic Bracket.

Floyd caught the biggest bass of the day at 4.0lbs. His Bethel teammate Carter McNeil eliminated in the head-to-head matchup. The four top anglers will compete until 3pm Tuesday and then the top two will move on to a championship battle on Serpent Lake Wednesday.

Patriots Beat Rossview in District Golf Action

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Rossview in Golf on Monday after shooting a 181. Rossview shot a 191. Individual scores for Henry County included Jameson Robbins, 42 (bottom pic); Eli Ridgeway 43; Cameron May 47; and Chase Wyrick a 49. Leah Bell (top pic) also shot a 39 but the girls didn’t compete as a team.

High School Project Discussed at Lengthy Work Session

Slide showing the main entry renovations planned at HCHS. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission and Henry County Board of Education held a nearly 2 hour joint work session at the Courthouse Monday evening and once again discussed the scope and funding for the high school project which comes in with a price tag of $8.74M.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton, and TLM and Associates Architect Jerry Hartsfield went over a power point presentation on the many points of the project that includes renovations, improvements, and additions at the 48 year old Henry County High School.

Jerry Hartsfield of TLM discusses some of the plans on the project.

Hartsfield began with the new addition at the front office which would be in front of the current offices and bring all student services like nursing, school resource officer, guidance, and other services to the front of the building. This part includes new safety upgrades for entrance to the building as well. This portion of the project also includes 140 new classrooms doors, new windows, new ceiling tiles, and more aesthetic looks and is estimated to cost $3.9M

Library upgrades include a complete renovation with new entry and furnishings, at $395K; improvements at Gamlin Gym includes a new a/c unit, new gym floor, new sound system, and restroom upgrades at $1.09M.

Dr. Norton shows where the additions in athletics are planned.

Hartsfield then showed the outer additions that are included in the overall scope of the project. They include a new free standing building for the band, that can serve up to 180 students at a cost of $979K, renovations to the existing band rooms to be used for other purposes at $150K; additional 25 ft. on each side of the field house for expanded weight room space and a visitor dresser facility, spring sports dressing areas with locker room and equipment storage; new concession stand and restrooms at Patriot Stadium, new visitors bleachers, and resurfacing the track. All the athletic improvements are estimated at $1.425M.

Mayor Greer discusses funding for the project.

County Mayor Brent Greer then discussed funding options for the project in which the total price tag is $8.749M. Mayor Greer said, “we have very few resources to fund projects and they are property tax, wheel tax, or combination of both.”  Mayor Greer said $750K would be needed to service the debt.

Proposals include a wheel tax increase of $25 as each $5 on the wheel tax generates $150K. Property Tax increase of 13 cents, as 1 cent equals $58K in new revenue. The other proposal is a combination $20 wheel tax and 2.5 cents property tax increase.

Mayor Greer said, “the wheel tax can have a sunset and would be able to come off in the Fiscal Year 24-25, just like we did when we paid off the jail a few years ago.” Mayor Greer also said the wheel tax could be taken to a referendum of voters if 10% of voters who voted in the most recent election sign a petition and present it to the election commission. If commissioners commit to funding the project, Mayor Greer said if the wheel tax gets voted down, the property tax would have to be included to fund the project.

Rick Delaney of Raymond James Financial spoke about the process of obtaining the bonds and said, it would need to be done by December 31st and the interest rate should be between 2 and 2.5%.

Mayor Greer said to send the proposal of a wheel tax to the legislative body, it would need to be passed by 2/3 of the county commission on two consecutive meetings. Mayor Greer said as long as its passed by October, they can get it finalized and to Nashville before the end of the year. The legislative body would take it up in January and then get it back to see if citizens choose to have a referendum.

No matter what direction commissioners choose to go, no tax, property or wheel, would increase until at least July 1st, 2018. Mayor Greer also said because this money is going for only the high school, it doesn’t have to be shared on property tax with the Paris Special School District.

More discussion will continue on this next Monday night when the full County Commission meets. They are likely to vote on this in September and October’s meetings.

The Henry County Board of Education will meet this Thursday at 1pm in special called session to approve a resolution to move forward with issuance of the bond not to exceed $9.5M for the project and to take over payments with funds once their existing debt drops off in 2026.

Slide showing the wheel tax possibility.

HCHS Graduate Megan Tozzi Receives McDonald's Scholarship

Nicholas Svitak and Kristine Kenworthy presenting Megan Tozzi with the scholarship. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- On Monday, Local McDonald's Owner and Operator Kristine Kenworthy and McDonald's regional staff were on hand to award McDonald's crew member Megan Tozzi with a $2,500 college scholarship from the McDonald's Awards College Scholarship.

Through the McDonald's Archways to Opportunity program, Paris crew member Megan Tozzi received a $2,500 scholarship to attend Suffolk University in Boston this faII. The Henry County High School graduate is one of 51 students nationwide to receive the award in 2017, and is the only recipient from Tennessee.

Tozzi said, "Getting this scholarship is a huge relief since college is so expense and any help in paying for college is great, because getting and education is important to me."

Archways to Opportunity awards scholarship money to a select group of students who work in McDonald's brand restaurants. Winners are selected based upon their academic achievements, community involvement and job performance. An independent panel of educators reviews all completed applications  and elects winners.

Megan Tozzi next to all of her McDonald's team members. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tozzi has worked at the location on 1019 Mineral Wells in Paris since March of 2015, earning high accolades from her superiors, including local Owner and Operator Kristine Kenworthy.

"We are so proud of Megan. She works hard in school and here at McDonald's," Kenworthy  said. "She is always friendly, willing to work and gives great customer service. Although Megan will be in Boston at school this fall, she will remain a crew member here in Paris and will be able to work during her Christmas and summer breaks."

Local McDonald's Owner/Operator Kristine Kenworthy and Megan Tozzi after she opened up her presents from McDonald's which included a new HP laptop. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tozzi plans on majoring in history and she hopes to use her degree to be a curator or an archivist in a museum. But she will also major in education, because for Tozzi she wants to have a backup plan.

Paris McDonald's General Manager Dani Arrowood said, "We love Megan. She's been an amazing asset and we will miss her, but she will always been a part of the McDonald's family in Paris."

McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity offers multiple programs to help corporate and  franchise employees to learn and grow. Programs include: helping completing high school, earn an Associate's or Bachelor's degree or even learn English.

Debbie Falberg, Jeremy Godwin, Kristine Kenworthy, Christopher Stanley, Nicholas Svitak and Executive Director Chris Grant all from McDonald's were on hand to congratulate Tozzi on her scholarship from McDonald's.

Man Furloughed from Jail Escapes Rehab Center in Dickson

Paris, Tenn.- A statewide BOLO in Tennessee and Kentucky has been issued for a Henry County man who escaped a rehab center in Dickson. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated the rehab center informed the Sheriff’s Office Phillip M. Jackson, age 45, of 190 Jackson Estates, was about to be expelled from the center for failing a drug test. Before Henry County deputies could get to Dickson and bring him back to Henry County per the judge’s orders, Jackson left the facility.

He is now facing warrants and charges of escape. Agencies from around the region are looking for Jackson, who was on furlough from the Henry County jail.

Suspect in Animal Cruelty Incident Sought

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in an incident of animal cruelty where five dogs were found malnourished on Wilson Road in Puryear. There was no food or fresh water when Dep. Steven McClure went to the scene. Dispatch found the owner of the home, but it appears to have been rented to another party. Investigation is continuing.

The Metro Crime Unit charged Jason Watkins, age 33, of 212 Routon Truck Stop Rd., with simple possession of schedule 6 and drug paraphernalia. Watkins was placed on $2K bond.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated over $1400 in cash and some medication was stolen from a home on Rabbit Creek Road while the homeowner was in the hospital. The report stated the resident had several people inside his home right before he went into the hospital and the cash and meds were in a lockbox in his bedroom that he forgot to lock. Investigation is continuing.

Two People Arrested for DUI and One Arrested for BUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Cpl. Amanda Forrest arrested Sarah Cole, age 26 of Reynoldsburg Road of Paris, on Friday for driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law and leaving the scene of an accident. Cole was placed on $5,000 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Tyrail Jackson arrested Vernon Moore, age 33 of Hwy. 190 of McKenzie, for driving under the influence 2nd offense and driving on a suspended license. Moore was placed on $5,000 bond.

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, TWRA Officer Greg Barker arrested Daniel Pheil, age 41 of Renee Road of Dover, on Saturday for boating under the influence. Pheil was placed on $1,500 bond.

Don't Miss Out on Broadway at Lee on Saturday and Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be hosting Broadway at Lee on Saturday, August 19th at 6pm and on Sunday, August 20th at 3pm in the beautifully restored Lunchroom at Lee Academy.

You won’t want to miss this evening of entertainment featuring fantastic local talent, directed by Peggy Williams. On Saturday you will get to enjoy a lovely dinner theater at 6pm and on Sunday you can enjoy a delightful dessert matinee at 3pm. The show will include many of your favorite tunes from years gone by as well as a few new numbers from the hottest shows on Broadway.

Tickets for the August 19th  Dinner Theater show cost $25 and tickets for tickets for the August 20th  Dessert  Matinee show cost $15. You can now purchase tickets for the shows at The Iron Place, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, or by contacting the Arts Council Office at  www.phcarts.com or you can call their office at 642-3955.

Paris Woman Charged With Drug Possession After Being Arrested for FTA

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Janice Manning, age 54 of Point Pleasant Road of Buchanan, on Saturday for introduction of drugs into a penal institution and failure to appear. Manning was placed on $3,000 bond.

Minor Injuries Reported After Two Car Accident in Buchanan

(Reggie Coles photos)

Buchanan, Tenn.- At approximately 8pm on Saturday night,  Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s officers, Paris Landing Fire Dept and THP were dispatched to the intersection of Highway 79N and Oak Grove Road South for a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle accidents with possible injuries and fuel leaking from the vehicle.  

(Reggie Coles photos)

Arriving units found a white car and a brown truck in the roadway with significant damage to both vehicles. Only minor injuries were reported and no one was transported to the hospital.  A small amount of fuel was found leaking from the truck and was contained.  All units were on the scene approximately 1 hour.

Springville Man Arrested on Two Counts of Solicitation of a Minor

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Mark Accomazzo, age 49 of Courtney Circle of Springville, on Friday for two counts of solicitation of a minor. Accomazzo was placed on $300,000 bond.

Two People Arrested for Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Shontel Thompson, age 20 of Travis Street of Paris, on Friday for evading arrest and possession of a schedule VI substance. Thompson was placed on $7,500 bond.

In another report from the HCSO, Officers with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Jason Watkins, age 34 of Routon Street of Paris, on Friday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was placed on $2,000 bond.

TN Wildlife Refuge Holding Amphibian Fun Day on Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be holding an Amphibian Fun Day and Fairy Houses on Saturday, August 19th from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. For more information anout this and other events at the Refuge, please call 642-2091.

Watermelon Fun on a Summer Day at TUMC

Having a friendly watermelon race at TUMC Watermelon and Cantaloupe Social on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd came out and chowed down on some watermelon and cantaloupe while enjoying some good conversation at the Trinity United Methodist Church's Watermelon and Cantaloupe Social on Saturday afternoon at the church's new pavilion.

The next scheduled community event at Trinity United Methodist Church will be the Community Social on Sunday, September 17th at 5:30pm. There will be hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, brownies and cookies at the September 17th Community Social.

Serving watermelon race at TUMC Watermelon and Cantaloupe Social on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Revival on Sunday, September 24th through Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm. David Allbritten will be speaking and a potluck will be served at 6pm prior to the revival service. On Monday Mike Wimberley will lead and LaTricia Trull will lead the revival on Tuesday.

Flying and Fun With the Sweetest Bird in Tennessee

Mitz, a volunteer from the TN National Wildlife Refuge, lets a boy release one of the hummingbirds which had just been banded. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville, Tenn.- Hundreds of people came out to learn and watch a bird that weighs as much as a penny or a nickel  at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge’s Annual Hummingbird Banding event on Saturday.

Participants look on as Cyndi Routeledge explains how they band a hummingbird at the Hummingbird Banding Event on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Cyndi Routledge, Founder of the non-profit Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville and  a Federally licensed Master Bander, led demonstrations on banding as well informing people on hummingbirds specifically the Ruby-throated Hummingbird that is native to our area.  

Cyndi Routeledge taking measurements of a hummingbird before she puts a band on it to be released back into the wild. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas and in North American there are 16 species of hummingbirds which includes 1 species found West of the Mississippi, called the Ruby-throated Hummingbird,  and 15 species of hummingbirds found East of the Mississippi.

Routledge also talked about feeding, migration and nesting habits. Routledge told everyone who feeds hummingbirds that you should not use red dye in the water to feed hummingbirds, as this may be harmful to the bird. When you feed a hummingbird you should use 4 parts water to 1 part sugar and you should keep the water clean and clear.

Mitz, a volunteer from the TN National Wildlife Refuge, shows a group of people an up-close look at a hummingbird. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Routledge also recommends that when its hot you should change the water every 2-3 days in order to prevent mold from growing in the water which can kill the hummingbird. Routledge said, “If you wouldn’t drink the water that is in your hummingbird feeder then why should you ask your hummingbird too.”

In nesting hummingbirds will use moss and spiderwebs to build their nests and as the babies grow the nest will expand along with them because they are made of spider webs. Also hummingbirds only lay two eggs in a nest and the size of the eggs are about the size of a Tic Tac. Eggs will be layed two days apart so when they hatch the size of the hummingbirds will be different, because one bird is two days older than the other.

Making hummingbird paper crafts at the Hummingbird Banding Event on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

When banding hummingbirds the band does not transmit information instead the unique number assigned to the bird is used to determine how the bird has grown. If the hummingbird was banded as a hatchegg then the Bander can tell exactly how old that specific hummingbird is. The Bander must recapture the hummingbirds by using traps to catch the bird in order to get the measurements they need.

All measurements were recorded and all information will be turned into the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, the central database for all North American bird banding information. The research helps gain information about the lives and habits of hummingbirds such as migration routes, longevity, nesting habits, and more. More than 50 hummingbirds were banded at the event.

A TN National Wildlife volunteer showing kids how to make a hummingbird pencil at the Hummingbird Banding Event on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

For more information on hummingbirds or other birds you can visit the Southeastern Avain Research website at www.southeasteravainresearch.com.  For more information on other events at the TN National Wildlife Refuge please call 642-2091.

Mark Johnson Dismissed After 7 Months as Chamber Executive Director

Paris, Tenn.- Mark Johnson who served as Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce since January of this year was dismissed Friday by the Chamber Executive Board.

 Mark Johnson said on Facebook on Friday, “I can honestly say that I have always been devoted to the mission of the chamber, and I felt like we were headed in a very positive direction. So needlesss to say the decision took me quite by surprise. But I also believe everything happens for a reason. I gave it my best so I have no regrets! I just want to thank all of you guys who have been so supportive from the beginning, and the chamber membership for supporting what really is a great organization.”

Chamber Executive Board President Kevin Buie said in a statement this morning, “Our official comment is that Mark Johnson is no longer at the Chamber and we do not comment on personnel matters.”

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping and Assault

Christian County, KY- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Dex Haynes, of Hidden Acres of Paris, on Thursday for aggravated assault, especially aggravated kidnapping and violation of an order of protection. Haynes was placed on $25,000 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Robbery and Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the HCSO and the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Johnathon Baxter arrested Jerry Finch, age 28 of Memorial Drive of Paris, on Thursday for robbery and theft of property.

On Thursday, Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to a call on Harrison Lane regarding an armed robbery that had occurred. Ptl. Roaten spoke to the victim who stated that Finch had stolen from money from her earlier and Finch told her that if she wanted her money back she needed to meet him.

Finch and the victim later met, where Finch pulled an automatic pistol on the victim and demanded all of the victim’s money. Finch and another man began hitting the victim before they stole her purse. Both Finch and his accomplice managed to get away before police arrived at the scene.

Ptl. Roaten then issued warrants for Finch’s arrest and Ptl Baxter later arrested Finch. Police did recover the victim’s purse. Finch was then placed on $11,000 bond.

Rhea Library Holding Free Teen Escape Room Game on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding their free monthly Teen Escape Room Game on Tuesday, August 15th from 4pm to 8pm at the library, located at 400 West Washington Street in Paris. 

You must call the library at 642-1702 Ext. 0 to register your group before the game begins on Tuesday.  At the Teen Escape Room Game participants will solve riddles and puzzles in order to find combinations and keys to multiple locks that will help you break into the box.

Wanted Man Still on the Run After Standoff, Search in Puryear

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to search for a wanted man after a stand-off and search that started before 7pm Thursday evening in Puryear.

According to the press release, Cpl. Blake Jenkins went to a house on School St. in Puryear and observed Bruce Ivy and Carol Thompson in the front yard of the house and knew both had warrants on them. Ivy quickly moved around the side of the house and ran into a trailer. Cpl. Jenkins began to go after Ivy and he yelled he had a gun and would shoot. Cpl. Jenkins backed off and set up outside the trailer.

Ivy later ran out of the trailer and into a nearby cornfield, Cpl. Jenkins asked for assistance and officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Puryear Police Department, and other Henry County Deputies arrived on scene. K9 units Droid and Rowdy searched the area along with the department’s drone from the air. As of early Friday morning at 5:30am, Ivy has not been located and the search continues.

Thompson was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Additional charges are pending on Ivy along with his original charges of failure to appear and violating the sex offender registry act.

The Nursing Home in Puryear was put on lockdown for a short time Thursday evening as the incident unfolded but there were no issues. We will have more information on this as it develops.

Chamber Prepping for "The Moving Wall" At Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will be bringing “The Moving Wall” a Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Paris for Labor Day Weekend.

The Moving Wall will be on display at Eiffel Tower Park, available 24 hours a day from 1pm Thursday August 31st until 1pm Monday September 4th. There is an opening ceremony at 5pm August 31st and a closing ceremony at Noon September 4th. The exhibit and ceremonies are open to the public.

Local Veterans organizations, National Guard Members, and community members will serve as volunteers.

Chamber Executive Director Mark Johnson said, “this will be a very moving and fulfilling event which will offer our community an experience that many otherwise would never have. We’re excited about the educational value it will bring to our youth.”

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has helped to organize and fund the event, but couldn’t do it without help from volunteers from our veterans and military organizations in the community and region. Johnson said it takes a large volunteer effort and anyone interested in volunteering can call the Chamber at 642-3431 no later than August 15th.

For more information on the moving wall, visit www.themovingwall.org. For more information on the local event visit the chamber’s website at www.paristnchamber.com

Pet Show Planned Again for HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Mineral Wells Animal Clinic will sponsor a pet show once again this year at the Henry County Fair. The pet show will be held Monday night August 28th at the livestock barn. Registration is 5:30pm that night, show begins at 6pm. The pet show is open to all animals. Categories are as follows: Beginning and Advanced Obedience, Best Tail Wag, Best Smile, Best Owner Pet Look A Like (no costume), Biggest and Smallest Pet, Best Trick or Talent, and Best Costume.

There will also be a Best in Show, Jr. Handler for owners 10 and under and a Best in Show for adults as well. Goody bags will be available for the first few people who come and register. Entry into the Pet Show is free. For more information call Mineral Wells Animal Clinic.

Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament August 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Jeff Hamlin Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Saturday August 19th at the Paris Country Club with proceeds set to benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

The format is a three man scramble with both morning and afternoon flights. Entry Fee is $300 per team prior to August 16th and $350 after that date. Morning flights begin at 7:30am, afternoon flights start at 1pm, or immediately following the morning. Lunch will be served, sponsored by Kroger. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 5th place in both flights.

JC Educational and Office Supply will sponsor music during the day and the lineup includes Arista Manning Band from 2-4pm, Ray Lewis Band, from 5-8pm, and Rockin Randall French starting at 8pm. Each golfer at the tournament will receive a free pool pass to use themselves or for a guest.

Hole sponsorships are $100 each. Event t-shirts are $12 each. For more information or to sign up contact the Paris County Club at 642-0591. To make a donation, or become a sponsor call Chris Martin at 697-1585 or Dan Jackson at 336-3620.

Jeff Hamlin was a longtime member of the Paris Fire Department and was serving as assistant chief when he was killed in a vehicle accident in July of 2014.


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