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

It's Tailgate Time in Henry County

Tailgate regulars Teresa and Hansel McCadams serve up good bbq before the game. (Tim Pharr photos).

Paris, Tenn.-With the first home game also came the first opportunity for
tail-gating at Patriot Stadium this year. In recent years, tailgating
before the game has become as much of a ritual as the game itself,
with the smells of good barbecue on outdoor cookers wafting over the

Enjoying good food and fellowship before the game. (Tim Pharr photo).

McKenzie Loses To Westview

Martin, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels lost to Martin Westview 26-7 in their first game of the season at Martin. Some stats from the game: rushing yards, 159; passing yards, 117; and total yards 276.

Benton County Crash Is Fatal For Young Paris Man

Big Sandy, Tenn. - A Paris man is dead following an early morning crash in rural Benton County.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Christopher N. Albritton, 22, of Paris, was killed when the car he was a passenger in crashed on Old Homestead Road about three miles northeast of Big Sandy. The driver of the car, Thomas Stephens, age unknown, of Big Sandy, also was injured.

According to the patrol, Stephens was driving the car  east on Old Homestead Road and ran off the south side of the roadway. The driver then over-corrected, crossed both lanes of traffic and ran off the other side of the road,  striking a tree.

Neither of the car's passengers were wearing seat belts, according to the report.

Death Appears To Be Natural Causes

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson said Friday that nothing appears out of order in the death of a man at the Magnolia Apartments at 303 S. Poplar Street. A visitor to Napier’s apartment called Police after he said he went to check on him because no one had been able to reach him for a few days. When the visitor tried to open Napier’s door, he saw him on the floor, blocking entrance into the room.

Coroner M.L. Bailey and Watson were called to the scene and Bailey said Napier had been deceased at least for two days. Watson said Napier was in his 50s.

Haslam Appoints Local Persons To State Boards

Nashville, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of 109 Tennesseans to 48 state boards and commissions, which included three people from Paris and McKenzie.

“I appreciate the willingness to serve the state and the commitment of these men and women,” Haslam said. “Tennessee will be well-represented on these boards and commissions, and I look forward to continuing our review to make sure Tennesseans have a government responsive to them.”

Appointed to the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board was Christi Cross of Paris. Appointed to the Soil Conservation Commission was Tommy Surber of McKenze and to the Board of Social Worker Licensure was Barrett Horton of McKenzie.


Juvenile Arrested For Criminal Simulation

Paris, Tenn.-A 16-year-old juvenile at Grove Junior High was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Calvin Dumas on a charge of criminal simulation. The boy was taken to the office on a report of drugs in his possession. Instead, it was determined he was passing off a bag of a leafy material as marijuana when it was actually oregano and had a bag of white powder he claimed was cocaine, but was baking soda.

Police Investigate Attempted Assault

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating an attempted assault of a woman by a man during a test drive of a new vehicle.

According to the police report, the victim was upset and crying when she related how the man came to a local car dealership and asked if she could take him on a test drive. He told her he left his wife at a nearby cemetery and asked if she could pick them up over there. When the victim went to the cemetery, the man told her his wife had gone to the gas station and would be back.

The victim said he asked if she would drive and during the test drive, he began touching her arms and legs and asked her to party with him. She told police she tried to get on her cell phone but the man stopped her and said she wouldn’t like what would happen if she did that. She stopped the car at the Yates and Sparks Street intersection where the man got out and told her to wait right there. Instead, she hit the gas and drove to Grove Junior High where she called police.

She described the man as a white male in his early 40s, with long brown/blonde pony tail and clean-shaven, wearing a red polo shirt, khaki pants with work boots and with a tattoo on his right arm. Police were unable to locate him during a search of the area.

In an unrelated incident, Paris Police arrested Bobby Patton, age 45, of 514 Wynn Street on a domestic assault charge after the victim called police. She said during an argument that Patton had grabbed her by the throat and had to be pulled off of her.

In still another incident, after a traffic stop, police also arrested a man on an active warrant violation. Police stopped a black BMW for window tint violation and Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker saw Thomas Johnson, 32, of 202 S. Blakemore Street, in the passenger seat. Whitaker said he was aware that Johnson had an active warrant against him and arrested him.


Missing Man, Dog Found Dead In Tractor

Sheriff Monte Belew, foreground, with Chief Deputy Randy Gean, stand on the edge of the pond while members of the rescue squad prepare for recovery of the submerged tractor early this morning. (Captain Damon Lowe photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A case of a missing Henry County man and his dog had a
tragic end early this morning when his tractor was found submerged in
a pond at 2420 County Home Rd. with both dead in the cab.

Walter D. King, 69, 2420 County Home Rd., apparently had been
dirt-panning the edges of the pond on his property on Tuesday,
according to Sheriff Monte Belew, "and we believe he slipped off into
the pond. It was a steep and sudden fall and the tractor was recovered
in 20 feet deep water. The tractor was completely submerged."

Belew said the department had received a call Thursday night that King
was missing and the department responded to King's property, first
conducting a perimeter search of the pond area. "We called the rescue
squad to assist and they brought their underwater camera and a small
jon boat. They put them in the water and were able to have a visual
sighting of the tractor."

At that point, Reserve Deputy Monte Starks, who also is a rescue squad
member, dove into the pond with his scuba gear and was able to hook a
chain to the tractor. Belew said Crouch Logging Co. then pulled the
tractor out of the pond, using their equipment.

The recovery of King and his dog from the cab of the tractor was
accomplished around 1 or 2 a.m. this morning, Belew said.

Belew commended his deputies, the rescue squad and Starks. "Without
their work the recovery would not have been possible. They did an
excellent job."

Operation Safe Buses Ongoing

Paris, Tenn.-Deputy Michelle Brewer rides on a local school bus with Driver T.G. Sullivan on a recent morning as part of Operation Safe Buses, a program implemented by the Henry County Sheriff's Department that will be ongoing through August. Sheriff Monte Belew said deputies are riding along on buses at Harrelson, Henry and Lakewood Schools, with some squad cars following buses, "looking for reckless drivers, people running red lights and stop signs. Our deputies also are escorting students across the roads. We're just there to remind people of safety now that school is open." (Deputy Adam Jenkins photo).

Imaging Center To Be in Operation by October

Paris, Tenn.- At the Henry County Medical Center board of trustees meeting on Thursday, CEO and hospital administrator Tom Gee stated that the planned completion date of the Bethel/Medical Center Imaging Center is September 28th. Gee said plans are to start seeing patients on or around October 1 and a community open house will be held later in October. The only real issue continues to be the overhead bridge which is still waiting federal approval.

Gee also explained to board members that the medical center has not been contacted yet by the TennCare MCO’s prior to getting the outpatient rate increases in place. Once in place they will be back-paid until July 1. HCMC has received its second year payment from the State for our electronic medical record. This payment is a little over $200,000.

The board of trustees learned that Huntingdon’s Baptist Hospital Certificate of Need hearing for psychiatric services had been postponed for another month at the request of Baptist. Gee reassured the board that Henry County Medical Center plans to continue to oppose the project on the grounds that it would duplicate underused psychiatric services in the region, is understaffed with no fulltime physician coverage, and that it would have a potential devastating impact on our unit and the overall health of our hospital.

At the end of the meeting the board toured the power plant area, which was completed ahead of schedule and on budget.


County Unemployment Rates Still High in Area

Nashville- County unemployment numbers for July were released on Thursday and news continues to be grim for most of the state and unfortunately in our listening area. Rates increased in 59 of Tennessee’s 95 counties, decreased in 20 and remained the same in 16. Lincoln and Williamson County came in with the lowest July county unemployment rates at 5.9%, while the highest July unemployment rate in the Volunteer State was in Scott County, a whopping 21.7%.

Counties in our listening area saw increases in the unemployment rates from June to July. Henry County’s unemployment rate came in at 10.8% in July, up four tenths of a percent from June. That equates to just under 15 hundred of the county’s estimated labor force of 13,720 that were unemployed in July. While the rate is up from June, it is down from July 2011 when it registered at 11.7%

Benton County’s July unemployment rate also came in at 10.8% meaning 770 of the 7,110 estimated labor force were out looking for work in July. The rate is only up one tenth of a percent from June and down nine tenths of a percent from July of 2011.

Carroll County continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the tri-county area coming in a 12% for July. Of Carroll County’s labor force of 14,020 almost 1700 were looking for a job in July. The rate is up eight tenths of a percent from June, but still down eight tenths of a percent from last July.


Tennessee suspends WR Da'Rick Rogers from team

Knoxville- ESPN.com's Chris Lowe is reporting that Univeristy of Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley announced this morning that wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers had been indefinitely suspended from the team and his status for the remainder of the season is undetermined at this point. Rogers is a junior this year and had 67 catches and 9 touchdowns for the Volunteers last season.

Rogers had been in hot water with Dooley a few times last year because of attitude problems but just last week reports were he was having a great training camp. Tennesee will welcome back WR Justin Hunter from injury this year along with junior college newcomer Cordarlle Patterson. The season starts next Friday August 31st against North Carolina in Atlanta during the Chik-Fil-A kickoff series.

HC Quarterback Club Boston Butt sale is underway

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Quarter Back Club Boston Butt Sale is underway. Tickets can be purchased for $30 to reserve a cooked Boston Butt that will be 4-5 pounds. See any Patriot Coaches, players, parents, and quarterback club members. The Boston Butts can be picked up at the field house between 11am and 1pm Friday August 31st. It’s a great way to feed a crew over the Labor Day Weekend. You can also place orders via the Henry County Quarter Back Club facebook page or by calling club president Jon Davidson at 694-8995.

HCHS Marching Patriots Selling Patriot Flip Flops

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots are selling embroidered HCHS Patriot Flip Flops for $15 a pair. The flip flops feature a navy blue strap with red lettering reading “Henry County Patriots” with a  Patriot Logo on either side of the toe strap. The sole of the flip flop is black. To purchase a pair of Patriot Flip Flops contact any band member, Tracy Beasely at 731-225-1729 or Tina Passman at 731-644-1519.

Stevens To Speark At GOP Meeting Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-State Senate Candidate John Stevens of Huntingdon will be the speaker for tonight's meeting of the Paris-Henry County Republican Women.

The group will meet at the local GOP headquarters at 318 Tyson Ave. for "A Night in Italy" featuring a spaghetti supper and silent auction. Chairman Anita Berry said, "We are serving a spaghetti dinner with salad, hot bread and cold drinks. Dinner starting at 5:00 P.M with first come, first served. We will bid on homemade cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cobbler, or brownies to take home and enjoy."

The silent auction begins at 6:30, with the meeting at 7 p.m.

Historical Society To Hear About Civil War, Portraits

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Historical Society will have its regular quarterly meeting at 7 p.m.  Monday, August 27 at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. The program will be “The Forgotten Fort” given by Larry Ray on the history of nearby Fort Heiman. Ray has a regular column in the Paris! Magazine on the Civil War in and near Henry County.

Officers and board members for the 2012-13 year will be elected. Nominations will be sought atthis meeting.

Members will discuss andpossibly act on changing the time and/or regular meeting dates for the society.Currently, the group meets quarterly on the fourth Mondays of August, November, February, and May.

There will be a discussion about the Christine Reynolds, Howell Jackson, and Pearl Routon paintings that will be placed in the courthouse hallway. Joe Routon, Jr., has agreed to paint the “Miss Pearl” portrait.

Society members will view exhibits on the Civil War and Grove High School at the Heritage Center and learn about an upcoming exhibit slated to be in place on September 15th.

Annual dues of $5 are due and payable at the meeting or you may mail your dues toDonna Winchester, treasurer, at 715 Old Union Road, Paris, Tennessee 38242.

Teams Being Formed For UPS Relay Golf Tourney

Paris, Tenn-Teams are being formed for the Third Annual UPS Relay for Life
Golf Tournament.Saturday, September 8, at The Tennessean Golf Club with a shotgun start promptly at 8:00 a.m.

There will be lots of prizes and lunch will be provided by the UPS Grille.

Teams are still forming and sponsors are still needed.  You may contact Mandi Parish at 731-363-8335 or email to mandiparish@aol.com for additional information.


Gas Board Approves Expenditures on Main Line Upgrades

Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the Paris Henry County Public Utility district met on Tuesday and approved the low bid for construction on the main line extensions in the amount of just over $265 thousand dollars. The low bid was for Natural Gas Piping Company out of Dyersburg. Their bid came in lower than Revell Construction and CG Underground.

The board also approved to pay the engineering fees for the main line extension project in the amount of around $18 thousand for James Plus Engineering Services. General Manger Tae Eaton explained to board members once the main line extensions are complete the district should see some increase in customers and revenue.

Eaton also told the board that work on the Cottage Grove Metering Station is around 80% complete and should be done within a month or so. When that is complete the district will have a 2nd feed to Paris, which will allow them to serve their customers should the main line ever go down for any reason. The board agreed to pay Stigall Engineering for their work up to date on the Cottage Grove metering station in the amount of $121 thousand.

Gas Co.  installs Time Fill Station for Company Vehicles

Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s Paris Henry County Public Utility District board meeting saw General Manager Tae Eaton report the district will have a Natural Gas Time Fill station for the company’s vehicles in a few months. The time fill station is where the natural gas vehicle must be plugged in and filled for 8 hours, usually overnight. The expected startup cost for a time fill station is around $20,000, compared to over $700,000 for a fast fill natural gas station. A fast fill station allows instant filling up of natural gas vehicles but the cost to start it up is just too expensive right now.

The board has discussed before that perhaps in the future something could be looked at across the county and area where if several agencies would convert their fleets to natural gas a fast fill station could be a possibility in Paris or at least in West Tennessee. The average cost per gallon to fill up a natural gas vehicle right now in places like Nashville and Memphis is around $1.85 per gallon, compared to the $3.55 or so we are paying for gasoline right now.

PHCPUD to start Coop program with Murray State

The Paris Henry County Public Utility District is also in the process of starting a coop program with Murray State University. Eaton has talked with a engineering professor at Murray State and they would concentrate on students from the area that are majoring in Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering. Eaton said right now they are working on a two year program where the district would go and interview candidates at Murray State to coop with the district. He said the benefits are numerous for MSU and the district to get students excited about working in the Natural Gas industry.

Eaton also made mention of the Paris Henry County Public Utility District being awarded first place in the state in the 2011 Safety Award. He said the district has won that three years in a row.

The board also decided to put two trucks up on govdeals.com and try to sell as surplus. The trucks are a GMC ½ ton pickup and a Ford piping truck. Eaton said the goal is to purchase a Natural Gas vehicle in the future.

NFL Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick event, sponsored by the Paris Parks Department is scheduled for this coming Saturday at Barton Field starting at 10am. The event is for girls and boys ages 6-15 as they will compete in these different competitions. All participants must show proof of age at all levels of competition. Failure to provide a copy of a birth certificate or baptismal record will result in participant being ineligible to compete. No football shoes, cleats, or turf shoes on the field.

In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday September 8th. Parents or legal guardians must sign waivers. For more information call Tony Lawerence at 644-2517. Winners will move on compete in the regional Punt, Pass, and Kick at later dates.

Early Morning Fire Causes Major Damage

An early morning fire at Hudson's Body Shop on highway 79 caused major damage.(Susan Hrachovina photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a 2 Alarm Fire at Hudson’s Body Shop and Used Cars at 1795 Highway 79 South at around 4:30 Wednesday morning. Upon arriving, firefighters discovered that the fire had spread throughout the building, but was otherwise contained. Paris Fire Department managed to extinguish the fire by approximately 7 AM, and attempted to salvage the contents of the building. Losses were estimated at $55,000 structural and $25,000 in contents, an $80,000 total loss.

Traffic stops lead to arrest; vandalism reported

Paris, Tenn.- Corporal Jeramye Whitaker made two arrests on traffic stops recently, according to Paris Police Department Reports.

Whitaker stopped a black BMW on Ogburn Street early this morning on a window tint violation; he then noticed the vehicle’s passenger, Thomas Johnson, 32 of Blakemore Street, had an active attachment warrant for his arrest out of Juvenile Court. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Whitaker also stopped a gold Lexus for running a stop sign on Mandalay Road on Monday. The driver, Kimberly Pearson, 42 of Murray, informed Whitaker that her license was suspended for a DUI. 2 bags with a white powder residue identified as cocaine were also found inside the car. Pearson was arrested for driving on suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also in Paris Police Department reports:

Dr. Johnsonius Dentistry on Dunlap Street was vandalized earlier this week. An unknown assailant threw a rock through a back window sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning.

Also, there was an attempted burglary at Joe and Jerry’s earlier this week. A back door was forced open and lots of inventory was thrown around, but only one aluminum rim was reported missing.

Henry County edges Camden in golf Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots and Lady Patriots golf teams took on Camden yesterday at Magic Valley Golf Course. The Patriot boys edged Camden out by 2 strokes, 166 to 168. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jordan Hayes with a 38, Jamison Hayes with a 39, Mark Hendrix, 43, and Hunter Dye, 46. Lady Patriot individual scores were Brittany Martin with a 48, Madison Dillard, 53, Holly Dial, 54, and Shelby Beloate, 56.

The Patriots will host Dickson County next Monday at Paris Landing State Park.

"Men Who Cook" Raises Funds For Healthcare

Tennessee River Bottom Feeders took home several trophies: (left to right) Tony Fry, Stephen O’Neal, Kreg Kyle, Charles Dyer and Denisa Cate.

Paris, Tenn– The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation presented another successful evening fundraiser with Men Who Cook for Healthcare, Saturday, August 18.

There were 15 chefs who competed for Best Theme, Best Side Dish, Best Entrée, Best Healthy Dish, Best Dessert and Best Overall Dish. Attendees decided the winner of each division.

• HCMC’s Tennessee River Bottom Feeders took the trophy for their cooking outback shack. HCMC’s Tennessee River Bottom Feeders won Best Appetizer with Wild Turkey Stuffed Peppers.
• Kelly Green and Bo Weevil from The Farm 100.9 FM received First Place for their side dish, Baby Baker Potatoes.
• Carlton Gerrell won First Place for Best Healthy Dish with Citrus Tilapia with Pico De Gallo, Brown Rice and Black Beans.
• Duke of Orleans Team took away First Place for Dessert with Niemen Marcus Brownies.
• Team Allegro won the Trophy for Best Overall Dish with its Ribeye and Brisket.

“All of the food was so good,”  HCMC CEO Tom Gee said. “The Healthcare Foundation and volunteers did a great job with this fundraiser.”

Several items were donated for a silent auction and after the cooking event; John Austin and Randall French’s music entertained the attendees into the evening.

The evening ended with music from John Austin and Randall French.

“The event was very well attended,” Marketing Director Tory Daughrity said. “All of the proceeds will help the Healthcare Foundation as well as the Caring Hearts Fund for local cancer patients.”

Reminder: Sally Lane’s Candy Featured on WLJT

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

Bobby and Shelby Freeman and their daughter, Pam, own and operate the Paris-based business. The Jones family operated the candy business from the Highway 79, Paris address for years. The Freemans purchased the closed business and moved the operations to their home in the Gum Springs community of Henry County near the town of Henry. The family was able to purchase the original location and relocated the business to its long-standing home.

PSSD board Oks Budget With 3% Raise for Employees

Paris, Tenn.- At its regular monthly board meeting Tuesday, the Paris Special School District board of education  approved the 2012-13 budget which included a 3% cost of living raise for all employees of the system. Just under $180 thousand was used in local funds to go forth with that 3% while over $95 thousand comes from BEP funds. The budget also includes day care increases in the amount of $10K and longevity pay increases around $7500.

Superintendent Mike Brown explained to board members that they had budgeted over $157k from fund balance for work on the roof at the cafeteria and science lab at Inman. There was also a new bus in the budget, Brown said that came up to just over $100K. The proposed budget also includes a 9% increase in the health insurance starting in January which equates to $32,718.

Brown said the new school year was off to a great start and the system so far has 44 more students than what they ended May with. The PSSD has 1,715 enrolled in grades K-8 and 75 enrolled in daycare. The kindergarten class coming in this August was larger than the 8th graders who graduated in May.

The board also welcomed new teachers for the school year and had a short reception at the meeting Tuesday evening. New this year to Rhea Elementary are Maggie Fulcher-Kindergarten, Angela Binkley- 1st grade, Morgan Wilson- 1st grade, and Amanda Neumair-2nd grade. Paris Elementary welcomes Cassie Essary-4th grade, Jane Fiscus- 4th grade, Lauren Wilson- 4th grade, Ginny Hudson- Physical Education, Jessica Hart- Art and Laurie Cox, who shares time as a special education inclusion teacher with Paris Elementary and Inman. Inman’s new teachers for this school year are Becky Wilson-6th grade, Ashlee Dubruiel- 7th grade, and Jessica McLeese.

The PSSD board also approved a physical therapy contract with Henry County Medical center, something they do every year and also approved some slight changes to TSBA board policies they adopted last month.


Family Homeless After Mansfield Fire; Donations Accepted

The Long home was destroyed by fire Saturday. (Cheryl Webb photo).

Mansfield, Tenn.-The Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department is accepting donations for the family of Jeremiah and Stephanie Long, who were left homeless by a Saturday fire that destroyed their home.

The Longs have three children and the home at 315 Long Lane was a total loss.

The fire department was called at 10:43 a.m. Saturday morning and responded with two pumper trucks and 10 firemen. They were assisted by the Paris Fire Department, with one pumper and two firemen.

The family is in need of basic personal care items and clothes. The three year old girl wears clothes size 3t and the two  boys wear sizes 5/6 and 7. Donations can be dropped off at the Mansfield Fire Department on Mansfield Road. If you have any questions you can call Cheryl Webb, secretary/treasurer of the department, at 731-644-3987.

Henry County Prevention Coalition Ready to Move Forward

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition held its inaugural meeting at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon. The Prevention Coalition is an extension of the Henry County Drug Task Force, formed after the group received a $4500 Developing Coalition grant from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health. The group aims to bring together individuals from several Henry County sectors in an attempt to target and reduce underage drinking, tobacco use, and non-prescribed prescription drug abuse. Prevention coalitions such as this are part of a new Tennessee strategy, shifting from a primarily treatment-oriented model to a roughly equal split between prevention and treatment initiatives.

According to coalition director Josh Greer, the group’s first priority is to gather problem data in order to construct a plan of action to reduce underage substance abuse, as Henry County’s specific needs will likely differ from other Tennessee counties with coalitions already in place. Data will primarily be gathered from the Henry County Health Department, Henry County Medical Center, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the PSSD and Henry County School District.

The Henry County Prevention Coalition’s next meeting is scheduled for September 17 at noon at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Henry County Competes Against Dickson in Golf at Paris Landing

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots Golf teams competed against Dickson County on Monday at Paris Landing State Park. In women’s action, Henry County finished with a 92, Dickson County shot an 81. Individual Scores for the Lady Pats were Brittany Martin with a 40 and Madison Dillard with a 52.

On the men’s side, Dickson County finished with a 149 on the course while the Patriots shot a 163. Individual Scores for the guys include Jordan Hayes with a 38, Evan Todd with a  40, Jamison Hayes with a 40, and Hunter Dye and Mark Hendrix both shot a 45.


Longtime Commissioner Earl Anderson passes away; Services Set

Commission passes resolution to honor his 14 years of service to county

Paris, Tenn.- It was a somber Henry County Commission meeting Monday evening as County Mayor Brent Greer informed commissioners and the crowd on hand that long time commissioner and businessman Earl Anderson had passed away a short time before the county commission meeting started.

Plans were to honor Anderson for his 14 years of service to the commission at Monday’s meeting. After the commission learned of his passing, later in the meeting they did solemnly pass a resolution honoring Anderson. Anderson served over 14 years as a commissioner and spent a lifetime in the railroad industry and brought great benefit to Henry County by creating the KWT Railroad Short Line to serve southwestern Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.

has been ill for some time and had decided among family to resign from his seat as 5th district commissioner just a couple of months ago. Voters will elect a new 5th district commissioner in November.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Paris, with burial at Hillcrest Memorial. Friends may call at Ridgeway Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff's Department Offers Homemade Grill For Public Use

Sheriff Monte Belew, left, and Captain Damon Lowe try out the new grill and smoker. (Deputy Adam Jenkins photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A smoker and grill made by a former inmate and a former Henry County sheriff's deputy is now available for public use--for free.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the smoker and grill was made by former inmate Paul Wilson and former Deputy Capt. Rod Frey. "We're advertising this to the community that it can be reserved and used by anyone. It's a real good grill and it's superclean and all ready to go."

Belew said the grill would be a good thing for use at family reunions or local events. Reservations should be made through the department's business director, Patricia Byars, by calling 642-1672.

Register Now For Disc Golf Tourney

The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an event on the Bluegrass Disc Golf Series.
The Pis Open will be held on Sunday, September 9th starting @ 8:00 AM.
This will be the 6th year for the tournament and it is open to all different abilities of play.
The tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18 holes.
You can register onliine @ www.BlueGrassDiscGolf.org and also visit there website for more information.
For additional information please call Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks Director.

Woodmen of the World Present Flag of Honor to Courthouse

Members of the Woodmen of the World presnt the Flag of Honor during Monday's Commission meeting. (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Members of the Woodmen of the World were on hand at Monday night’s commission meeting to present the Flag of Honor to be hung somewhere in the courthouse. The Flag of Honor commemorates all the lives lost during the terrorists attacks on our country during September 11, 2001. Each name of the victims are immortalized in red and blue on the Flag of Honor to make it look like the flag of the United States of America.

All proceeds from the sale of the flags are being donated to various charities including the Voices of 911, the National 911 Museum at Ground Zero and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Flag of Honor, immortalizing all victims from the terrorist attacks of 9/11. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Norwood, Brown honored by Commission for Road Board Service

County Mayor Brent Greer reads a proclamation honoring Road Board chairman Ron Brown and 2nd district road board commissioner Don Norwood during Monday's Commission meeting. (AuBuchon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- In other action Monday evening, Mayor Brent Greer honored Ron Brown and Don Norwood for their years of service on the Road Board. He read a proclamation recognizing the men for the their 20 plus years of service and presented them with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor a Henry County citizen can receive.

The commission also approved budget transfer resolutions that dealt with accepting a $50 thousand dollar grant for the airport for improvements. The money will be used for reconciliation of the Taxiway Grant. Another budget transfer passed was for the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of moving $77 hundred dollars from unappropriated fund balance for the use of another K9 unit with the sheriff’s office.

County Commission passes Interlocal Agreement with City in regards to Fire Protection

More action from the Henry County Commission meeting Monday evening saw commissioners approve a resolution on an Interlocal agreement with the city of Paris in regards to the city being the primary agency in providing fire service protection to the ESN 122 district.

City Attorney Fred McClean briefly spoke to the county commission saying there has always been a gentlemen’s agreement in place regarding fire protection throughout the county, but due to an incident that occurred several weeks ago when someone who hadn’t paid the ESN fees to the city went back into his home which was on fire to call a county department, McClean said the city felt it was time to get something more concrete in place.

He told commissioners that potential legal issues exist along with threats to life and property should something ever happen at a fire. The resolution basically sets forth that Paris Fire is the primary agency for all fires that occur in the ESN 122 district.

Fire Destroys Crutchfield Lane Garage

The garage and pickup truck at 385 Crutchfield Lane still smoldering early this morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-An early-morning fire destroyed a garage at 385 Crutchfield Lane Monday.  Assistant Paris Fire Chief Randall Jones said the structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene and it also destroyed a 2002 Dodge pickup that was parked next to it. The garage and truck are owned by Gary Fields.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 7:16 a.m. and remained there for at least two hours. Three fire trucks were used.

Firemen were able to contain the fire to the garage and kept it from spreading to other nearby properties with animals in the yard and a barn filled with hay.

Man Apprehended during attempted break-in

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man is currently being held on $20,000 bond after a break-in Sunday, according to police reports. Derek Colley of the Paris Police Department responded to a Manley Street apartment over the weekend where a man attempted to break in by kicking out a bedroom window. Lonzie Dunlap, 21 of Hidden Acres Road, was arrested on aggravated robbery charges. He is currently being held on $20,000 bond and awaiting an August 28 court date.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, other arrests over the weekend include:

Joseph Beaty, age 52 of Bells, Tennessee, arrested Sunday for boating under the influence and violation of implied consent.

John “Trey” Moore, age 34 of Honey Locust Cove, arrested Sunday on a stalking warrant.

Jeremy London, age 29 of Springville, arrested on charges of aggravated burglary and vandalism.

Furniture Exchange suffered some vandalism this weekend; a BB gun was fired at their glass door, causing $400 in damages. The Paris Police Department is still investigating and has no suspects at this time.

Dover Man wins Inaugural Big Bass Splash

Ricky Hale, of Dover being congratulated by Ronald McDonald after winning the first ever Big Bass Splash on Ky Lake this weekend. Among 323 competitors representing 17 states competed in the tourney. (Chamber photo).

Buchanan, Tenn.-Ricky Hale of Dover brought in a 7.94 pound bass for the 8 a.m. weigh-in Sunday morning at the Big Bash Splash tournament at Paris Landing State Park. Hale finished with the biggest catch in the two day tourney and won the Triton boat pictured above. (Susan Hrachovina bottom photo).

Cantaloupes Are Source Of Salmonella Infections In Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee departments of Health and Agriculture are alerting Tennesseans about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella linked to cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana. Cantaloupes grown on one farm have tested positive for the same type of Salmonella causing illness in Tennessee and several other states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and affected states are collaborating in an ongoing investigation to identify all possible sources of contamination and prevent additional cases of illness. At this point no cantaloupes grown in Tennessee have been confirmed to be involved in this outbreak.

“Tennesseans should ask about the origin of recently purchased cantaloupes and discard any cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana,” said Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD. “We encourage anyone who has become ill after eating cantaloupe to see their health care provider and for providers to be mindful of patients who may have symptoms consistent with salmonellosis and report all cases to the local health department.”

Persons who recently purchased cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana are advised not to eat them and discard any remaining cantaloupe. Consumers can contact the store where they purchased cantaloupe to ask about the origin of the fruit. Based on the available information, consumers can continue to purchase and eat cantaloupes that did not originate in southwestern Indiana. Inquiring at the point of sale is advised. Many cantaloupes have the growing area identified with a sticker on the fruit. If no sticker is present, consumers should inquire about the source.

TDH has identified six cases of Salmonella infection associated with this outbreak. The Tennessee patients reside in several counties; three of the patients were hospitalized.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture officials are contacting retailers and distributors in Tennessee that may have received cantaloupes grown in southwestern Indiana. F

Persons with questions about Salmonella are encouraged to contact their local health department.

Magnolia Extra Patrols Sought

Paris, Tenn.-Residents at the Magnolia Apartments on S. Poplar Street have asked the Paris Police Department for extra patrols for their area after two recent fires were reported there in the past week. According to the police log, one fire occured inside the apartments and the other on the outside.

HC Golf Teams Lose to Clarksville

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School's golf teams lost to the Clarksville High teams at its recent match at Paris Landing State Park golf course.

For the boys team, Clarksville scored 156 to Henry Co.'s 168. Individual scores for Henry Co. were: Jordan Hayes, 39; Evan Todd, 41; Jamison Hayes, 41 and Hunter Dye, 47.

For the girls' squad, Clarksville scored 80 to Henry County's 88. Individual scores for the Henry Co. girls team were: Brittany Martin, 40 and Holly Dial 48.

Tickets For "Our Town" On Sale Monday

Rehearsing Act III are (left to right): Leland Jones, Doreen Bates, Jessica McLeese, Bonnie Horath and Samantha Murphy. (Michael Murphy photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Arts Council Director Michael Murphy has announced that the performance dates for “Our Town” have been changed to September 8 and September 9. “Our Town” will be the first production of the newly-formed Paris Players.

Tickets go on sale Monday, August 20 and are available at the Arts Council office and Merison’s. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Murphy said casting is complete and that the cast has been hard at work rehearsing, memorizing, and blocking. Directors are Jerry Joyner and Peggy Williams.

The Saturday, September 8 show is at 7 p.m. and the Sunday, September 9 show will be an afternoon matinee at 3 p.m.

Unemployment Picture in Henry, Nearby Counties, Is Bleak

Nashville, Tenn.-The unemployment picture in Henry County and the surrounding area continues to look bleak, mirroring the latest unemployment statistics released statewide. Across the board, July unemployment in Henry and its neighboring counties increased by at least 10 percent since June.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis has announced that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July increased to 8.4 percent, up from the June revised rate of 8.1 percent. The national unemployment rate for July 2012 was 8.3 percent, 0.1 percentage point higher than the June rate.

· Tennessee’s July unemployment rate is the highest since December 2011, but is still 1.0 percentage point below one year ago.

· Total nonfarm employment increased 6,400 jobs from June to July. There were increases in local government, education/health services, and durable goods manufacturing

· Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 32,900 jobs, with increases in durable goods manufacturing, government, and health care/social assistance.

Here at home, Henry County’s unemployment rate is now at 10.4 percent, which is almost a one percent increase from May’s rate of 9.5 percent. In other area counties the picture is the same. In Carroll Co., unemployment is at 11.1 percent, up from 10 percent in May; in Benton County, the rate is at 10.6 percent, up from 9.6 percent in May. Weakley County shows the largest unemployment rate of nearby counties, with 13.2 percent unemployed, up two percentage points since May’s rate of 11.3 percent.

Patriots Win First Game of Season, 36-26

Chase Henderson breaks a tackle during the Patriots' victory over Liberty Tech. Henderson scored on a two-yard run on the next play to clinch the Patriots' 36-26 win. (Tim Pharr photos).

Jackson, Tenn.- In its first game of the football season, the State Champion Henry County Patriots were victorious against Liberty Tech by a score of 36-26. The game was played at Liberty in Jackson. The game appeared bleak for the Patriots at half-time with a score of 20-14 but after another touchdown by Liberty, the Patriots began their battle into the winners’ circle. Next week’s game is at home against Beech; kickoff is set for 7:30 PM and WLZK pre-game coverage will begin at 7.

Storm Hilliard cuts back on a 20-yard touchdown run. (Pharr photo).

Jamari Curtis carries the ball. (Pharr photo).

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