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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Nicki Cronkright

 

Pats Travel to Liberty to Open 2016 FB Season

Jackson, Tenn.- Henry County kicks off the 2016 High School Football Season Friday night on the road at Liberty. Game time is 7pm as is the scheduled game time for all games this season. If you can’t make the trip to support the Patriots our broadcast will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at our website, wmufradio.com. You can also listen to the game over your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates will apply.

Henry County Defeats West Creek in Volleyball

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots JV and Varsity teams defeated West Creek in District 10-AAA Volleyball on Thursday. In JV action, the Lady Pats won the match two of three winning game 1 25-21, dropping game 2 25-19, and winning game 3 15-7. The Varsity swept West Creek 25-22, 25-14, and 25-11.

HC Cross County Has Top Finishers at Dresden Meet

Kaitlyn Napier about to cross the finish line. (Larry Evans photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Middle School Patriot Cross Country team competed in the Dresden Middle School Jamboree Thursday and came away with some top finishes.

In the Girl’s 7th grade race Dinah Winders came in 1st with a time of 5:59 and Kaitlyn Napier had a 12th place finish.

Hayden Bostick and Sam Bruce came in 1-2 respectively in the Boy’s 7th grade race with times of 5:49 and 6:01.

Other competitors for the HC Middle School team included Will Wardlaw, Gavin Farris, Mason Elliott, Brooklyn McClain, Kylie Guynn, Taylor Berry, Lexi Barnes, Lance Adams, and Collin Smith.

Inman Cross Country Doing Well to Start Season

Dresden, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Cross Country Team has done well in their last two events. Last Saturday at Jackson’s West Tennessee Jamboree, 7th grader Abby Taylor was top overall female out of 120 runners. 8th grader Hunter Lawrence was 2nd overall out of 170 runners.

Ten racers for Inman placed in top 20 in the Dresden Middle School Jamboree, including Abby Taylor, 2nd in girls' 7th grade race, Emma Hill, 3rd in 8th grade girls' race, and Hunter Lawrence, 2nd in 8th grade boys' race.

Apple Salad Free Sample at Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market will start at 3pm Friday and thanks to a two week extension of the Fresh Market Grant, Apple Salad will be the free samples and recipes for this week from 3-4pm. Items available at the Farmer’s Market include several varieties of corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, USDA Farm Raised meat and poultry, local honey, local canola, and more. The Farmer’s Market is downtown at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until its sold out.

Holy Cross Catholic Church Holding Special Yard Sale Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church will have a special summer sale this Saturday August 20th between 9am and Noon inside the Family Life Center.

There will be decorative items for home and office, tasteful art works, framed prints, special books, and items come from estates of church members or from carefully decorated homes of parishioners who are moving or downsizing.

There will be a food court offering beverages, breakfast food, and light snacks at the sale also. Drawings for pieces of china will be held every half hour and everyone who attends will receive a ticket to participate in the drawing for the free china.

Rate Survey Shows PHCPUD Has Best Rates in Region

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors of the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton showed the board the results of a Residential rate survey where PHCPUD ranked as the lowest prices among several other gas companies in the region.

PHCPUD came in with a rate of $6.26 per 1000 cubic feet of gas sold in the most recent residential survey. Eaton said that is a testament to how well our employees keep our operational costs down and do our jobs well on a day to day basis. The board also gave Eaton credit for the management strategies he has in place at the district.

Other area gas companies scoring in the residential rate survey were Gibson County Utility District at $7.21 per 1000 cubic feet of gas sold; Clarksville Gas and Water at $7.43: Humphreys County Utility District at $7.47; West Tennessee Public Utility District which serves Huntingdon and Dresden has an average cost of $8.49 per 1000 cubic feet of gas sold; and Greater Dickson Gas Authority, serving Dickson and parts of Houston County came in with rates at $9.54.

PHCPUD Wins Two Safety Awards

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton informed the board that the District has won two safety awards recently and it was a very big honor for the company and its employees as it meant there were zero safety issues. One of the awards was a Nationwide award from the American Public Gas Association PHCPUD is one of 46 districts out of a possible 1000 to win the safety award. A state safety award from the Tennessee Gas Association also awarded the Paris Henry County Public Utility District a Safety Beacon Award for 2015.

ANR Settlement Increases Fees on PHCPUD

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton told the Gas Board the ANR settlement had recently came down from Federal Court and the ruling gave ANR an 34.8% increase in their transportation rate charges. ANR had went into the rate case suit seeking over a 78% increase.

Eaton said the increase will cost the district about $33K more per year on the transportation charges with ANR. He said we didn’t have that in the budget officially, but we can manage the increase without problem. He also reported part other ruling said ANR would be refunding $39.4M to all customers and the PHCPUD would get a little money back thru that settlement. The board approved paying the Federal attorneys $4012 and another $4982 for the case to be taken care of.

Gas Board Approves New Health Insurance Plan for Jan. 1

Paris, Tenn.- The gas board heard a presentation from Alan Cary of Cary Insurance on the health insurance plan for the district. Cary said after working hard, he believes this plan is good for the district and for its employees. Cary suggested for the board to stay with the current policy for the remainder of the calendar year and then switch to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plan as of January 1. Cary said HRAs are similar to Health Saving Accounts, or HSAs, except with HRAs, any money not used by employees goes back to the gas company. Cary said on average each employee on uses about 70% of their HSAs each year.

Cary said basically the federal government is moving to an Essential Health Benefit plan and it allows children under age 18 vision and dental to be included in medical portion of the plan.

The board approved participating in the upcoming Jr. Market Livestock auction at the Henry County Fair as a buyer, and learned that 14 service lines were on backlog. Eaton said it’s been a busy summer working on service lines, wet weather has kept them behind at times.

Houston County Grand Jury Indicts Three McEwen Men

Erin, Tenn.- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of three Humphreys County men, after they were indicted for a 2015 aggravated assault.                                  

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on June 2, 2015, TBI Special Agents began investigating a report of an aggravated assault that occurred on Judy Branch Road in Houston County. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that 46-year-old Edward Daniel Schuller,  25-year-old Zachary Wade Smith and 50-year-old Anthony Wade Smith, all of McEwen, were the individuals responsible for taking the victim to a remote area and attacking him on May 31, 2015.  

On Monday, the Houston County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Edward Schuller, Zachary Smith and Anthony Smith each with one count of Aggravated Assault. On Tuesday, the three were arrested by TBI Agents. They were each booked into the Houston County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Memphis Man Arrested For Agg. Assault, Stolen Handgun

Paris, Tenn.- A Memphis man was arrested after allegedly threatening people with a gun at Harrison Street apartments according to a report at the Paris Police Department.

Ptl. Derrek Colley arrived on scene after a call came in about a black male with a pistol in the complex. Sgt. Eric Long and Lt. Josh Frey also arrived on scene and Sgt. Long advised the man saw him and went deeper into the woods. The man was later found by Lt. Frey and identified as Desmond R. James, age 32, of Memphis.

Ptl. Colley spoke with the complainant who stated James came up to him and some friends who were outside and began to yell and pulled two small pistols out of his waistband and threaten the men. They ran inside their apartment and called police. Officers were able to locate a small .380 pistol in the woods in a ditch near where James was taken into custody. The pistol came back stolen from Calloway County Kentucky.

James was charged with felon in possession of a handgun, possession of stolen property, armed dangerous felonies. He was placed on $50K bond.

Crafton Charged With Meth Possession

Paris, Tenn.- In another report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Derrek Colley observed someone riding a bicycle on Powell Street carrying two bags. Ptl. Colley stopped the man because of the rash of vehicle break ins in the area. The rider was identified as Garron Crafton, 33, 1590 Springhill Rd.

Ptl. Colley could smell marijuana but Crafton denied having any. He emptied his pockets and pulled out a small container. Ptl. Colley asked to see the container and Crafton opened it and tried to conceal a baggie that was inside of it. Ptl. Colley found meth in the baggie. Crafton was charged with possession of schedule two with intent and placed on $500 bond.

McKenzie Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival Kicks Off Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival will be held Thursday thru Saturday in downtown McKenzie and surrounding areas. Events kick off Thursday at 7pm with a show at the Park Theatre titled “Southern Fried Funnies.”

Friday on the main stage, opening ceremonies begin at 6pm and several musical acts will entertain the crowds until after 9pm. Kids Zone Jumpers will be on main street 6-8pm.

Saturday has events both downtown and at Veterans Park. There will be Crafts in the Park from 8am to 8pm, a VFW Car Show from 9am to 2pm, and the Kids Zone will be open 10am to 8pm and will include jumpers, petting zoo, face painting, and circus performances on Main Street.

At Veterans Park on Saturday entertainment starts at 1pm and continues with many acts until after 3:40pm when the last act performs. On the Main Stage, acts begin at 4pm and continue until 10pm, when Bethel University will present a firework show.

There will be several vendors and of course all kinds of Fried foods and goodies. For more information log onto www.southernfriedsweetteafest.com.

Quinn Chapel AME Church to Host Summertime in the Park Sun.

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will sponsor a summer time in the park this Sunday August 21st. There will be food, fun, and softball games. The P-Town Players will entertain and game time starts at 4pm Sunday afternoon. Concessions will be sold and everyone is welcome to attend.

Grove vs. South Gibson Game Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The Grove vs. South Gibson Football game scheduled for Thursday evening has been cancelled. There is no makeup date announced as of yet.

UTM Fall Classes Being Mon. Aug. 22nd

Martin, Tenn.- Classes for the fall 2016 semester at the University of Tennessee at Martin will begin Aug. 22.

Many students, including members of varsity sports teams, the Skyhawk marching band and residence hall assistants, have already returned to campus. The new freshman class will arrive on campus for “Move-in Mania” on Aug. 19.

Community and campus groups are traditionally asked to help these new students move into their residence halls and on-campus apartments beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. Groups wishing to participate can check in with event organizers outside campus residence halls that morning.

Returning upperclassmen and transfer students will begin moving into on-campus residences Aug. 20.

Students can continue to enroll and register for classes until Aug. 26.

For more information about UT Martin courses, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu. For more information about Move-in Mania, contact the Office of Housing at 731-881-7730 or email houseme@utm.edu.

PLSP Has Several Events Planned Next Several Days

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park has many programs this month for people of all ages to enjoy and take part of. Thursday August 18th, a Stencil Art program will be held at 1:30pm and everyone is invited to learn about stenciling and its origin while creating your own stencil art. The Stencil Art program will be held at the Picnic Area Beside the Swim Beach and last about an hour.

Friday August 19th at 6pm, Birds of Prey, will be on display at the Hotel Lobby and people of all ages can come learn about native birds to our area and learn about their feathers and why different birds have different feathers.

Saturday August 20th at 7pm in the Hotel Lobby, Ranger Jeff Utley will lead an intro to fishing program. Event goers will discover different styles of fishing and types of lures used. The program will last about an hour.

Sunday August 21st at 11am guests are invited to Craft an Owl using feathers and discover interesting facts about the nocturnal animal. This program will be held at the program area beside the Park Office.

Chamber to Host Employment Law Seminar Tues. Aug. 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will present the Wimberly Lawson 2016 Employment Law Update Seminar from 9am to 12:45pm on Tuesday August 23rd. The program will be at the Chamber office, located at 2508 East Wood Street in Paris.

Wimberly Lawson Seale Wright and Davis, PLLC, will provide speakers and seminar is free to Chamber members. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Specific topics include effective communications, dispute resolution and documentation; EEOC update; enforcement trends; workers’ compensation update; and more.

Reservations can be made by calling the Chamber at 642-3431 or emailing Monica Smith at monicasmith@paristnchamber.com.

Artists Sought for Arts Round the Square Sept. 24th

Paris, Tenn.- Arts Round the Square will be held as part of Eye Full of Paris weekend on Saturday September 24th. Any artist or fine crafter is invited to come and be a part of the event to show off and sell your wares. Entry forms and rules are available at the Paris Henry County Arts Council’s website, www.phcarts.com, or at the Arts Council Office at City Hall. There are awards for winners in each category. For more information call 642-3955.

Court Grants Restraining Order for Bethel

Nashville- The State of Tennessee Chancery Court for Davidson County issued a Restraining Order today in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Bethel University against the State of Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Board of Education and others, including the State Commissioner of Education, Candace McQueen. The Court’s Order immediately restrains and prohibits the defendants in the lawsuit from acting in any manner to either enforce or assist in the enforcement of any aspect of a State Board of Education’s decision regarding Bethel’s School of Education made by the Board’s at its meeting on July 22, 2016.

Bethel brought the court action in response to a Board of Education vote, recommended by the Education Commissioner, which would have had the immediate effect of revoking Bethel’s longstanding approval and accreditation to prepare college students to take Tennessee’s teacher licensure test.  Bethel’s students have achieved a one hundred percent (100%) passage rate in three of the last five years on the Praxis® Principles of Learning and Teaching examination test, which applicants for teacher licensure are required to take by the State of Tennessee.  In the other two years, Bethel students achieved a ninety three percent (93%) and ninety eight percent (98%) passage rate. Bethel alleges that it already holds all necessary approval and accreditation to train teacher licensure candidates until the fall of 2017, at which time it would have been up for a regularly scheduled review.  Bethel alleged that the State Education Department had previously approved its program until the fall of 2017.  Further, last May Bethel received additional accreditation for the same time period from a national accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education to accredit educator preparation providers currently known as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.   

In response to the State’s surprise revocation of Bethel’s approval, Bethel sued the Education Department and the State Board of Education stating that the defendants’  actions are in violation of Bethel’s due process rights under Article I, Section 8 of the Tennessee Constitution; that the policies being used by the Defendants to harm Bethel are null and void as they are outside the scope of the authority proscribed and granted to the Department and Board by the Tennessee General Assembly;  that the actions by the Department and the Board were arbitrary, capricious and void; and that the Board policies that formed the basis for the Board’s revocation action are null and void because they were implemented unlawfully and outside of the express procedures required by the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act. 

The Court’s Order stated that Bethel’s Complaint was sufficient to suggest that the rights of Plaintiff Bethel University have been, are being and will continue to be violated by the Defendants Tennessee State Board of Education, Tennessee Department of Education, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, Board of Education Executive Director Sara Heyburn and State Board of Education members B. Fielding Rolston, Mike Edwards, Allison Chancey, Carolyn Pearre, Wendy Tucker, Lilian Hartgrove, Cato Johnson, and Dr. William Trout.

A further hearing in the matter will be scheduled to consider whether Bethel is entitled to a permanent injunction and additional relief.

Tazers Used in Separate Incidents by Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. David Powell responded to East Antioch Road to assist Trooper Josh Wade at an accident scene. Trooper Wade said a male had walked away from the scene and was extremely intoxicated.

Sgt. Powell found the man located behind a building beside the AmVets Post on East Antioch and the man jumped out when he saw the patrol car. Sgt. Powell exited the vehicle and the man began to scream obscenities and walk towards him. Sgt. Powell told the man to stop and he walked faster and put his arms down and after warning him to stop several times Sgt. Powell tazed the man.

After falling to the ground, the man, identified as Jeremy E. London, age 33, of 75 Girl Scout Camp Road in Springville, was told to place his hands behind his back, which he didn’t do and on the third warning, Sgt. Powell tazed him again. He was finally handcuffed and charged with resisting stop and arrest and public intoxication.

Another report at the Sheriff's Office stated Cpl. Wayne Fuqua responded to a domestic situation on Lipps Drive and ended up having to taze a man three times. After seeing his combative nature and noticing the female with cuts and marks on her the man David S. Cavette, age 45, 181 Lipps Drive, was charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest after having to be tazed.

In a separate incident, Steven Hampton, of Buena Vista, was charged with DUI 2nd offense, resisting arrest, violation of implied consent, and violation of open container law. Hampton was placed on $10K bond.

HC Men's Cross Country Wins Dresden Meet

Dresden, Tenn.- The Henry County Cross Country Team competed at the Dresden High School Cross Country Invitational on Tuesday and the Men’s team won the meet with 24 points. Individually for the Men Titus Winders came in 1st in the Boys 5K with a time of 17:20, followed by his brother Silas who finished 2nd with a time of 17:26. Cole Davis was 4th with a time of 17:54. Other finishers were Zach Cutright 8th, Cooper Smith 9th, Jarrett Hayes 11th, and Devin Pritchett 16th.

In the girls 5K Madison Aiosa finished 7th with a time of 25:24 and Madison Caldwell came in 27th.

HC Alliance Forms Higher Education Committee

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Alliance has formed a Higher Education Committee to pursue offering higher education classes in Henry County and the initial meeting was held this week.

CEO of the HC Alliance David Hamilton said, “It is important for the future growth of Henry County to provide higher education opportunities to citizens in our community. Many jobs of the future will require some sort of post-secondary education or training and offering these classes in Henry County will make access to those classes easier and more affordable.”

“At this week’s meeting of the Higher Education Committee, an outline of higher education needs was done and focus was to work with Jackson State Community College to develop a broad offering of classes to meet needs of students, as well as the business community,” stated Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell.

Members of the committee had prior discussions with JSCC administrators outlining the goals the committee has set forth and they have been well received and they are eager to assist Henry County in achieving it’s need for Higher Education opportunities.

County Mayor Brent Greer stated, “In an effort to support the Governor’s Drive to 55 initiative, we believe securing higher education classes in our community will help our efforts to meet the Governor’s vision for the state.”

Current members of the Alliance’s Higher Education Committee include Carlton Gerrell, Brent Greer, Sam Tharpe, Dr. Brian Norton, Troy Buttery, Linley White, and David Hamilton. More members are likely to be added as efforts to bring higher education classes to Henry County progresses.

The Henry County Alliance is the umbrella organization made up of the Chamber, Industrial Committee, and Tourism Authority.

534 Acre Farm Donated to MSU Foundation

Murray, Ky.- Long-time District Judge, attorney and farmer, Jimmy Don Robinson, donated his 534-acre farm and two homes in Ballard County, known as Eagle Rest Plantation, to the Murray State University Foundation, Inc. to benefit the Hutson School of Agriculture, students, faculty, staff, and regional and state agricultural initiatives.  The farm is donated in honor and memory of Judge Robinson and his late wife, Dr. Charlene Robinson, a long-time and well-respected family physician in Ballard County.

“I am very pleased to make this gift to benefit Murray State University.  I have enjoyed working with the Murray State officials during the past year as we addressed the details and future of Eagle Rest Plantation. This is a large, historic farm and it means a great deal to me and my family,” said Judge Robinson.  “In addition, this gift will benefit Ballard County, regional and state agricultural programs and students for many years to come.  It will be exciting to have Murray State’s physical presence in Ballard County as an educational, agricultural and economic development driver.”

“Eagle Rest Plantation is valued at $2.6 million and is one of the largest gifts ever made to benefit the university and our agricultural programs,” said Dr. Bob Jackson, president of the Murray State University Foundation. “I’ve known Judge Robinson for many years, and we are very grateful for his generosity and vision. In addition, this will be a wonderful legacy for Judge and Dr. Robinson as a marker to recognize their lives of public service in Ballard County and the region.”
Eagle Rest Plantation was originally settled by the Scott family around 1845. In 1998, it was recognized by National Cattleman’s Beef Association as one of the oldest cattle ranches in the United States under continuous family ownership. It has been designated as a Kentucky Landmark and Kentucky Sesquicentennial Farm. Since 1978, it has been the home of Judge Jimmy Don Robinson & the late Dr. Charlene Robinson. 

“The gift of this historic farm will allow us to expand our research and numerous agricultural initiatives.  It will enhance our many agricultural programs and affords a tremendous opportunity for our students, faculty and staff. This is an institution-changing gift and we are extremely appreciative to Judge Robinson as we continue to advance Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture as a national leader in agricultural education and research,” said Dean Tony Brannon.
Murray State University President Bob Davies stated, "I sincerely appreciate the generosity and the foresight of Judge Robinson for his commitment to Murray State University, the Hutson School of Agriculture and the region. This gift will afford our students immense opportunities for scholarship and research, working together with our faculty and staff on research projects and other hands-on educational experiences which make Murray State a leading student-centered university.”

Judge Jimmy Don Robinson will live in his home at Eagle Rest Plantation for his lifetime. Murray State University will begin work on advancing its agricultural programs and initiatives at Eagle Rest Plantation in the months to come.
A celebration of this gift will be held in Ballard County in the weeks ahead. A notice of this event and location will be made very soon and everyone is invited to attend.

UTM to Offer Korean Course for Community

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will offer beginning, intermediate and advanced-level courses in Korean language and culture on Mondays, Aug. 29-Dec. 5. Current students and community members alike are welcome to attend.

Beginning-level courses will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with the intermediate course following from 6:30-7:30. Advanced students will meet from 7:30-8:30. Registration is $30 per person and includes a necessary textbook and all printed handouts.

Participants will be introduced to the Korean alphabet and basic conversation skills. Students will also be invited to participate in the annual Korean New Year party and Kimchi festival to experience Korean culture and food during one of the year’s most important celebrations.

Jisun Collier, a consultant with the UT Martin Hortense Parrish Writing Center, will instruct the course. No classes will meet Sept. 5.

To register or for more information, visit utm.edu/connect and select non-degree programs, or contact the UT Martin Office of Educational Outreach (formerly the Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies) at 731-881-7080.

PSSD Board Says Goodbyes to Board Members, Chilcutt

Board Chairman Richard Edwards presents Dr. Christy Minor with a plaque thanking her for her 16 years of service to the PSSD board.

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night's Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting, Board chairman Richard Edwards presented Dr. Christy Minor with a plaque and thanked her for her years of service to the PSSD board. She didn’t seek re-election this time after serving on the board for 16 years. Edwards said “your dedication and knowledge has been a real asset to this board and we will miss you.”

The board also said goodbye to Harry Cowan, but due to circumstances he wasn’t at the board meeting Tuesday night. Edwards said we appreciate Harry’s service.

Jon Davidson and Troy Barrow will be sworn in as new board members at the September meeting.

The board also officially said goodbye to Richie Chilcutt after serving as director of facilities for 22 years. Edwards said, “Richie has cleaned snow out of parking lots to get us in school the next day, served as construction manager, and we wish you the best in the new position.”

Jason Coffield was introduced as the new director of facilities for the PSSD by Superintendent Mike Brown. He has and will continue to work with Richie Chilcutt for the remainder of August. Coffield comes from Houchens Industries, which own Sav-A-Lot grocery stores in the region. Chilcutt will be leaving the position after being elected Road Supervisor earlier this month.

Bid Awarded for Inman Athletic Complex Construction

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown said 5 companies placed bids on the Inman Athletic Complex. Brown said since it was a design and build, when had several different numbers on HVAC ton units and other differences. He said we took the two lowest bids, gave them specific specs and asked to resubmit the bids.

Universal Contractors had the lowest bid on the building, at $328K, and even when adding the flooring and other things inside the numbers are well below the $496K budgeted for the project. Universal Contractors will use E & W Electric and Ellis Heating, two local companies, in the work. The board approved the bid.

Rhea Construction Moving Along Despite Rainy Weather

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson of Henson Construction gave an update on the Rhea Project, saying the building pad is complete and we are ready to lay out the building and will startlaying foundation and pouring concrete next week. He said the rain has hindered us some, but we continue to look for economic ways to do the project including possibly buying a backhoe for about $40-45K instead of renting one then selling it after the two year project is over if the system wishes to do so.

New Teachers Introduced Tues. Night

Teachers were treated to cake and punch at the board meeting. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Teachers new to the system for this school year were introduced at Tuesday night’s board meeting and a reception was held for them. At Rhea Principal Scott Owens introduced Miranda Miller and Denise Outen, at Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray introduced Elizabeth Cope, Beka Lee, and Leah Sarver. New teachers at Inman introduced to the board by Principal Jason Scarbrough are Mary Margret Ulderich, Cassie Hassell, Dana Mead, Janet Esch, Sandy Bigham, and Tanya Smith.

The PSSD approved the budget officially for the 2016-17 year as was present in July’s meeting. It included using $496K for the Inman Athletic complex, a 1% bonus to be given to employees in November and a 3% raise across the board. Brown said it’s a good budget and one we are confident in going forward for the year.

Year Off to Good Start, Enrollment Down Slightly for PSSD

Paris, Tenn.- Brown said in his report that the school year is off to a good start and traffic was a slight issue at first but we’ve made some adjustments and fixed that within the first couple of days.

Brown said the enrollment is down slight, about 35 students from last year. He said Kindergarten is down the most on average, there is no other obvious trend of concern.

Inmate Tracked Down By K9 Cisco After Leaving Work Detail

Paris, Tenn.- An inmate who walked away on work detail was tracked down by Cpl. Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco on Monday afternoon and was charged with vandalism and escape.

A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cody Darling, 19, was on work detail at the Henry County Recycling Center and had been going to the center for a couple of weeks. Monday afternoon, he walked away from the grounds. A search of the area was done immediately and Darling was not found.

Darling was in jail for non compliance on misdemeanor assault charge and had been sentenced to 120 days and was scheduled to get out of jail in mid-September. Darling is a Henry County resident and has ties to the Mayes Bridge Road area of Springville.

The press release said a call from a resident came in Monday evening on Manleyville Road in Springville where a young white male was standing beside the carport and he told the resident he was just out walking after being dropped off down the road.

Officers arrived and found that someone had gained entry into the complainant’s tool shed. K9 Cisco and Cpl. Fuqua were then called to the scene to locate a trail and after tracking the scent approximately one half mile, Darling was located hiding under a barn and taken into custody without incident. Darling was set to appear in General Sessions Court.

HCHS Men's Golf Wins Match at Swan Lake

Senior Cole Culpepper putts Monday at the match at Swan Lake.

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County men’s golf competed against Rossview and Northeast at Swan Lake on Monday and defeated both District rivals. Henry County shot a 184, Rossview a 196 and Northeast a 215. Individual scores for Henry County were Eli Ridgeway with a 41, Cole Culpepper 42, Eli Todd 47, and Jameson Robbins 54. Henry County is set to play Stewart County at the Paris Country Club Tuesday afternoon at 3:30pm.

UTM Chancellor Search Down to Four Candidates

Paris Native Jay Morgan Among the Finalists

Knoxville- Four higher education leaders, including Paris native Jay Morgan, have been selected as finalists in the search for the next University of Tennessee at Martin chancellor. On-campus interviews will begin Aug. 29.

The finalists will visit Martin to meet with campus leaders and key faculty, staff, student, alumni and community members. The finalists also will speak at public forums while on the UT Martin campus. Each forum will be webcast live and archived for later viewing. The job description and resumes for finalists are available at tennessee.edu/execsearch/utm-chancellor/. Links to webcasts of the public forums will be added soon.

“UT Martin serves a distinctive and vital role within the University of Tennessee System and for the students, families and communities it serves in West Tennessee and beyond,” UT President Joe DiPietro said. “My priority is on selecting the highest-caliber leadership possible to help advance the campus’ mission, and I’m confident that we’re on track to do that. All four candidates have extensive higher education experience and excellent qualifications.”

The finalists are Dr. Keith Carver, executive assistant to the president of the University of Tennessee; Dr. Mary Holz-Clause, dean of the College of Agriculture at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, Calif.; Dr. Joseph Morgan, chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs and student success with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education; and Dr. Jerald Woolfolk, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Carver has served as executive assistant to the president of the University of Tennessee since 2011. Carver’s 19-year career at UT also includes various leadership positions at three of the system’s campuses. He served as interim vice chancellor for development and alumni affairs at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis in 2010 after spending four years at UT Martin as assistant vice chancellor for development.

He also served more than 10 years in various positions at UT Knoxville, including as director of development and alumni affairs for the College of Law. Carver earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Memphis State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from UT Knoxville in college student personnel and educational leadership and philosophy.

Holz-Clause has been dean of the College of Agriculture at Cal Poly Pomona in Los Angeles, California, since 2014. She previously served as vice president for economic development at the University of Connecticut. Her career in higher education also includes 25 years at Iowa State University, where she served in several positions including associate vice president of extension and outreach.

Prior to beginning her career in higher education, she spent almost 8 years with the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Holz-Clause earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in agriculture education and extension—all from Iowa State University.

Morgan has served as chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs and student success with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education since 2015. He previously spent almost 20 years in leadership roles at Murray State University in Kentucky, including serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs and as associate provost for graduate education and research.

Before beginning his career in higher education, he served as program director for the Agriculture Leadership Development Program in Kentucky for 10 years. Morgan earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture science from Murray State and a doctorate in philosophy from Oklahoma State University.

Woolfolk has been vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the State University of New York at Oswego since 2014. She also serves as the interim chief diversity officer and inclusion officer. She previously spent almost 10 years at Mississippi Valley State University, where she served in several positions including vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and diversity.

She has also served as vice president for student affairs at the College of Staten Island and as the dean of students at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Woolfolk earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She earned a master’s degree in counselor education from Iowa State University.

The selected candidate will serve as a member of the UT System leadership team, reporting directly to the UT System president, and as chief executive officer of the Martin campus. The chancellor is responsible for promoting continued development of the campus and its academic, research and service programs—while maintaining a commitment to access and diversity and striving to build a national reputation of excellence.

To learn more about the search, read more about the finalists and download their photos, visit tennessee.edu/execsearch/utm-chancellor/finalists/.

For more information, contact Gina Stafford, assistant vice president and director of communications for the UT System, at 865-974-0741 or stafford@tennessee.edu, or Ellie Amador, assistant director of communications, at 865-974-1177 or amador@tennessee.edu.

County Comm. Sets Rules for Road Board Elec. in September

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses rules for special election for the Road Board 4th District seat. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular August session on Monday night and commissioners approved a resolution establishing the procedure for conducting a special election at the September Commission meeting to fill the office of 4th District Road Board member. Keith Hopkins has served on 4th District Road Board for 20 plus years, but chose not to seek re-election this year, leaving the seat vacant.

Any member of the community living in the 4th district that has interest in serving on the Road Board, should inform their County Commissioner in the next couple of weeks. At September’s County Commission meeting, nominations will be made and then each candidate will have a chance to speak to the commission. Votes will be taken and the candidate to receive a majority, or 8 votes, will win the seat. If no one receives the 8 votes at first, the candidate with the least number of votes will be eliminated and voting will continue until someone receives an 8 vote majority.

Resolution Approved Changing Amounts on CDBG Grant

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission approved a resolution changing the amounts on an application for a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $525K to help with improvements to the water system. The County is applying for the CDBG on behalf of the Paris Board of Public Utilities, as they continue work towards construction of a new Water Treatment Plant. County Mayor Brent Greer said the cost of the project came in higher than anticipated so the local match numbers had to be changed for the CDBG to go thru.

The local match is $218,998, to be provided thru a State Revolving Fund loan via BPU, making the total project cost almost $744K. There is no cost to the County, they are just a facilitator of the grant.

Commission Increases Library Board Members

Paris, Tenn.- The County Commission approved a resolution Monday night to increase the number of members the County appoints to the Library Board from 4 to 5. The City of Paris has increased their number of appointments to the Library from 3 to 4. The total number of members on the Library Board will be 9 with staggered terms. The County Commission also appointed Susan Pemberton to serve on the Library Board.

A resolution to approve the capital outlay notes not to exceed $131K for various capital projects for this fiscal year was approved by the County Commission on Monday night as well. Some of the projects include airport improvements, building improvements, furniture and data processing upgrades in county buildings, heating and AC repairs upgrades, and law enforcement equipment.

HCSS, Comm. to Discuss Facilities at Work Sesssion

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton was on hand at Monday night’s County Commission meeting to formally invite commissioners to a light dinner and joint work session on Tuesday August 23rd at 5pm at the Board of Education office. Dr. Norton said, “even being on the job a short time like I have, I understand that a partnership between the County Commission and School Board is invaluable.

Dr. Norton said the purpose of the work session is to discuss facility needs for the system and possible plans and see what commissioners may have to say as the school system tries to plan to move forward with future budgets. Dr. Norton said if we are going to make something happen we want to involve the commission from the start of the process.

Ray Norwood Thanks Commission For Support

Paris, Tenn.- Road Supervisor Ray Norwood thanked the County Commission for all their support and help over the years as his 34 years of serving as Road Supervisor is coming to a close August 31st.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “Ray it has been a great joy to work with you and you are a true public servant.” Mayor Greer also invited everyone to a reception at the Highway Department on August 25th from 11am to 2pm to honor Ray.

Boy Scout Attends Comm. Meeting to Earn Badge

Paris, Tenn.- Boy Scout Troop 28 member John Wayne was on hand at Monday’s County Commission meeting as he is working towards his citizenship and community badge. He took notes on the meeting and set up at the table with commissioners and was recognized for being present.

TSSAA Board of Control Approves Pitch Count for Baseball

Hermitage, Tenn.- The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control held their monthly meeting Monday and approved a pitch count for Middle and High School baseball to go into effect with the upcoming season in 2017.

The National Federal of State High School Associations, or NFSH, Baseball Rules Committee had passed a policy earlier this summer where all state associations had to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during the game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.

The guidelines include: a team cannot use the same pitcher three days in a row regardless of the pitch count; a pitcher hitting his end pitch number, may finish pitching to the batter currently in the box; it is recommended that coaches confer with opposing coaches to make sure the pitch counts are the same at the end of each half inning where their player has pitched; home team count is the final pitch count; JV pitch count and Varsity pitch count are linked together for the player.

The policy breaks down the pitch count per days of rest for players based on grade level. For 7th and 8th graders, it is a maximum of 85 pitches per appearance and that is with a full four days of rest in between his last appearance. If a pitcher appears with less days of rest they are allowed to throw less pitches and breaks down as follows: 0 days of rest: 1-19 pitches, 1 day of rest: 20 to 35 pitches; 2 days of rest: 36 to 55 pitches; 3 days of rest: 56 to 84 pitches.

For JV pitchers or High School Freshman, a maximum of 100 pitches are allowed on four full days of rest between appearances. With 0 days of rest they are allowed 1 to 25 pitches; 1 day of rest: 26 to 40 pitches; 2 days of rest: 41 to 65 pitches; 3 days of rest: 66 to 99 pitches.

Varsity High School pitchers are allowed 125 maximum pitches per appearance with four full days of rest. With 0 days of rest they are allowed to pitch 1 to 25; with 1 day of rest: 26 to 55 pitches; 2 days of rest: 56 to 75 pitches; and 3 days of rest 76 to 119 pitches.

A form tracking pitches for the pitchers will be kept for each school and signed by opposing coaches at the end of each game. These rules apply for regular season and postseason games.

Paris Tri Club Does Well at Nolensville Race

Nolensville, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club competed in the last kids race of the season in Nolensville on Sunday and did well against 350 racers.

Pictured above are 14 kids from the Paris Tri Club

1st row left to right: John Evan McSwain 1st place, 6 yr boys, James Coulston 4th place 7yr, boys, Ceal Mathis 1st place 7yr. boys,Olivia Hart 3rd place 8yr old girls, Wade Hayes 9th place 6yr boys.

Second row left to right: Ella Mathis 7th place 8 yr. girls, Turner McSwain 1st place 8 yr boys, Carter Thompson 9th place 10 yr boys

Third row left to right: Paul Tusa 18th place, 11 yr boys, Fisher Lawrence 13th place 11 yr boys, Hunter Lawrence 2nd overall male 12-15, Charlotte Coulston 3rd 11 yr. girls, Ameilia Hart 4th 12 yr girls, Sarah Mathis 2nd, 11 yr girls.

Etheridge Arrested on Sunday for Active Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Marcus D. Etheridge, age 25 of 15 Morningside Village #11 of Paris, on Sunday for active warrants.  McClure and Lt. Tony Elkins were conducting the Governor’s Highway Safety Office traffic enforcement on North Market Street, when McClure saw a green truck heading South bound on N. Market St. and both the driver and passenger was not wearing seatbelts. .

McClure conducted a traffic stop at a gas station on N. Market and the passenger got out of the vehicle and started walking to go inside the gas station. Lt. Elkins advised the subject to stop twice, but the subject entered the gas station. McClure identified the subject as Marcus Etheridge who he then made contact with inside the store.

After warrants check Etheridge was arrested for three active warrants for failure to appear, violation of probation and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in property damage and the HCSO had the warrants in hand. Lt. Elkins cited the driver of the vehicle for seatbelt violation. Etheridge was transported to the HCSO without incident.

At HCSO, Etheridge was also cited for seatbelt violation and his court date is set for Thursday August 18th. Etheridge’s bond was set at $12,500.

Police Look for Suspect in Auto Break In

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven Dean Jr., responded to a call on Sunday about an intruder breaking into a vehicle on East Blythe Street. According to the victim, her boyfriend went outside and he noticed someone was in the victim’s car. Dean Jr. then spoke to the boyfriend who said that he saw the passenger door close and that’s when he saw the subject and chased the intruder 100 yards before he lost sight of the subject.

The complainant said nothing was missing from the car. Police are still looking for the suspect.

Police Investigate Vandalism on Royal Oak Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith responded to a call on Royal Oak Drive in Paris about a report of vandalism. When Smith arrived he spoke to the victim who said sometime between Thursday and Sunday some had busted the rear sliding window of his truck. The value of the damage was not available at the time of the report. Police are looking for the suspect.

Springville Woman Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

Springville, Tenn.- HC Sheriff Deputy Blake Jenkins arrested Jennifer L. Blackard, age 39 of 221 Lampley Circle of Springville on Saturday for cruelty to animals. Blackard was placed on $2,500 bond.

It's a Stall World Seminar August 16th at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will be offering a seminar on Tuesday, August 16 at 12 Noon in Classrooms 2 & 3 in hopes of spreading awareness about the symptoms and treatments for Overactive Active Bladder. It’s a Stall World will be presented by Joe Mobley, III, MD, Urologist at Kentucky Lake Urologic Associates and can help you make informed decisions for you and your family members in regard to living a healthy lifestyle. It’s a Stall World is a great starting point for discussing and creating a health and wellness plan with your physician.

The event is free to the public, but there is limited seating so you must pre-register.  Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to sign up for the seminar, call the HCMC Find Line at 731-644-3463 or go to our website, www.hcmc-tn.org, and select classes and events to sign up.

Paris Police Arrest Three Suspects After Search on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Police from the Paris Police department arrested three suspects Saturday on multiple charges. Axel J. Rivera, age 18 of 2110 Rolling Mills Rd Buena Vista, TN, was arrested for simple possession of a schedule II substance and for evading arrest. Michael C. Clark, age 19 of 205 Arlie Neely Road of Hollow Rock was arrested for simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Austin James Bond, age 19 of 21 Farmwood Rd. of Medina was arrested for underage consumption.

Lt. Josh Frey was patrolling the area around HCHS when he noticed a black car with Tennessee tags and Frey proceeded to check the tags. The tags came back to 1997 truck with tags were expired. Frey turned around to catch the vehicle and observed the vehicle park in the driveway of a home on North Wilson Street.

Two of the suspects got out of the car and went behind the house. The third suspect got into the driver’s seat and drove away. Frey attempted to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued just past Jane Street when it finally stopped and the driver bailed out of the car and ran through the woods towards a clinic on East Wood Street. Frey stayed with the vehicle while other city units looked for the suspect.

HC Sheriff Deputy Stacey Bostwick showed up to the scene with his tracking dog to find the suspect, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The abandoned vehicle was towed away and Frey stayed in the area looking for the three suspects. Frey noticed a white vehicle and ran the plates and discovered the plates were expired. Frey stopped the vehicle on Oak Road and as he approached the vehicle he smelled the odor of marijuana.

Frey looked inside the vehicle and found the suspect Rivera who evaded police earlier. Frey placed Rivera under arrest for evading police and possession of a schedule VI substance. Ptl. Derreck Colley placed Michael C. Clark under arrest for possession of a schedule VI substance. And Bond was arrested for underage drinking.

After Frey read Rivera his rights, Rivera said he understood and wanted to talk. Rivera said the person he dropped off earlier in the night before Frey stopped him was Latoya Wilson, who Frey found out had active warrants out of Montana, but they wouldn’t pick her up. However Wilson does have a warrant out of Carroll County, TN but police were unable to find her.

Rivera’s was place on $1,000 bond, Clark’s bond was placed on $1,000 bond and Bond’s was placed on $500 bond.

Good Turnout for Saturday's Hummingbird Banding Event

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, hosted a hummingbird banding event on Saturday afternoon.

Federally licensed Master Bander, Cynthia Routledge of Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville lead the banding demonstrations.

Using specially designed tools, Routledge banded each to capture a hummingbird with a band that has a number unique to each bird, sort of like a bird social security number. She then tookl a series of measures to determine age and sex of the bird and it will be released.

All measurements were recorded and turned into the Bird Banding Lab in Laurel, Maryland, the central database for all North American bird banding information. This information has allowed researches to gain valuable insight and information about the lives and habits of hummingbirds thru banding such as migration routes, longevity, nesting habits, population trends, and more.

Banding took place on the center’s back deck patio throughout the day and Routledge also presented a program on hummingbirds from 11am to 1pm. The day included fun for the whole family such as arts and crafts, coloring tables and more.

Reminder that the Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host their 3rd Annual Wildlife Awaits Photo Contest. The contest to submit photos began on August 1, 2016 and the entry period will end September 15, 2016.The winners will be announced on Thursday, September 15 at 11am in Springville, TN. Please see the contest entry form at the Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge facebook page.

McFerren Father and Son Arrested for Drugs, Child Abuse

Lennies L. “Junior” McFerren and son Laquan McFerren were arrested Friday on felony drug charges in a drug free school zone and felony child abuse and neglect charges at a home on Lankford Road near the Henry County High School. Lennies L. McFerren, age 48 of 507 Lankford Rd of Paris, and Laquan McFerren, age 22 of 507 Lankford Rd of Paris.

                      Lennies L. McFerren (HCSO booking photo)    Laquan McFerren (HCSO booking photo)

Metro Crime Unit Officers along with officers from the Paris PD, Puryear PD and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office did execute a search warrant at the home of Lennies “Junior” and Laquan Mcferren.

Officers after a search of the home located felony marijuana packaged in four separate baggies believed to be for re-sale. Officers also found vacuum sealed baggies, digital scales and other items used to weight package narcotics for re-sale. Both Lennies “Junior” and Laquan McFerren were charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver in a drug free school zone.

 The two were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony child abuse and neglect after officers located a small child inside the home. The child was living in an environment where illegal and dangerous narcotics were being used and package for re-sale and stored.

Lennies L. “Junior” McFerren and Laquan McFerren were placed on $30,000 bond for both McFerrens.

Mansfield Woman Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Stephanie K. Ballard, age 30 of 9070 Hwy 77 of Mansfield, Friday for possession of a schedule IV substance and possession of a schedule II substance. Ballard was placed on $1,000 bond.

Great Turnout for Friday's Farmer's Market

Paris, Tenn.- The Fresh Market Grant for the Downtown Farmer’s Market was extended for two weeks, due to a grant from the UT Extension Office. The free sample was Yogurt Blueberry Parfait on Friday. The last free sample giveaway will be Apple Salad on Friday, August 19th which is available from 3pm to 4pm.

Items available at the Farmer’s Market include several varieties of corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, USDA Farm Raised meat and poultry, local honey, local canola, and more. The Farmer’s Market is downtown at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until it’s sold out.

HC Sheriff Department Make Vandalism Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Department Deputy Blake Jenkins arrested Kevin George Jr., age 30 of Terrace Wood #107 of Paris, on Friday for vandalism. George Jr. was placed on $1,000 bond.

August 15th is Volunteer Day @ Paris Landing State Park

Buchanan, Tenn.- Monday August 15th is volunteer day at Paris Landing State Park. To make a difference just call the park office at 731-641-6611 and ask for the Ranger on duty to find out if there are any special projects going on for the day. Paris Landing State Park is located at 16055 Highway 79 N in Buchanan.

State Bomb and Arson Investigating Reynoldsburg Rd. Fire

Paris, Tenn.- The State Bomb and Arson Division was on the scene of a suspicious house fire at 698 Reynoldsburg Road as of 10am this morning as Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office have turned over the scene to them. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said “the Sheriff’s Office began investigating the fire in the early hours this morning as the fire was called in and the exact cause of the fire is not known, but indicators lead us to believe it to be suspicious.”

Sheriff Belew said the State Bomb and Arson squad will go into further investigation at the scene throughout the day.  

The Paris Fire Department received the fire call shortly after 3am and arrived to find heavy fire showing from the left rear corner of the mobile home.

Firefighters used an exterior attack on the blaze and managed to keep it from spreading to a garage addition and a pickup truck parked in the garage. Assistance of water from the Mansfield Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Water Tanker was used to fight the fire and it was finally extinguished just before 8am.

Hudson Crash Survivor to Speak @ Women's Conference

Paris, Tenn.- Vallie Smith Collins, a survivor of the US Airways crash into the Hudson River, will be the keynote speaker at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Annual Women’s Conference, scheduled for 11:30 am on Friday, August 19th at the Paris Country Club, sponsored by Air Evac.

“Our Women’s Conference was a success last year and we are excited to continue to bring great speakers to Paris and Henry County,” according to the Chamber’s Vice President for Tourism Development Michele Atkins, Henry County Extension, who serves on the steering committee. “Vallie lives in Maryville, TN, with her husband and three children. She shares her extraordinary experience and the impact it had on her life.”

The Henry County Medical Center’s Spirit of Women program will provide gift bags for each guest. Seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Reservations may be made by calling the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 731-642-3431 or emailing monicasmith@paristnchamber.com.

The Women’s Conference Committee includes Atkins: Andrea Lamb, of Firstbank; Tory Daughrity, of Henry County Medical Center, and Jennifer Wheatley and Monica Smith, Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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