From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Patriots Home Opener Against Houston Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County has their first home game of the 2016 Season on Friday night as the Patriots welcome Germantown Houston to Patriot Stadium. The Patriots look to bounce back after last week’s close loss on the road at Liberty.
The kickoff is set for 7pm and if you can’t make it out to the stadium, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 6:30pm. You can also listen online via our website, wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates do apply.
Golf Team Sweeps Matches at Camden
Eli Ridgeway prepares his shot. (Brad Ridgeway photos)
Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Golf teams swept matches in Camden with McKenzie and Camden Thursday. The men’s team shot a 173, beating McKenzie’s 177 and Camden’s 211. Individually for the men Eli Ridgeway shot a 40, Eli Todd a 41, Cole Culpepper a 45, and Cameron May a 47.
For the Ladies, Henry County shot a 90, beating McKenzie who shot a 94. Sydney Williams shot a 43 and Leah Bell a 47 for the Lady Pats.
Sydney Williams on the green.
Farmer's Market Opens at 3pm Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market will start at 3pm Friday. 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.
HCMC Acquires Paris Pediatrics; Seek to Designate It as RHC
Board members discuss Paris Pediatrics Acquisition. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO and Administrator Tom Gee updated the board on the acquisition of Paris Pediatrics and the move to apply for a Rural Health Clinic designation for Paris Pediatrics.
Gee said Paris Pediatrics was experiencing reductions in reimbursement and was hurt by the lack of Medicaid expansion. It was becoming difficult with the shortfalls to sustain the three physicians and one physician assistant that is employed there.
Gee said, “with facing a possible loss of this clinic, it would have resulted in no pediatric coverage for our nursery, and the loss of nursery would have jeopardized the entire ability of HCMC to provide OB services. We knew we had to try to do something.”
The Medical Center and Paris Pediatrics have been working and a solution may have been reached to help keep Paris Pediatrics open in the community for the foreseeable future. Back in April, Henry, Weakley, and Carroll Counties were all designated as low income counties and as a result, they can obtain federal funding for placing and retaining primary care clinics in rural areas.
To gain the federal funds, Gee said a clinic must be designated as a Rural Health Clinic (RHC) or Federally Qualified Health Clinic (FQHC). Both designations allow for cost based reimbursement for Medicaid and/or Medicare patients. Gee said the RHC works very well for a pediatric clinic due to it’s high number of TennCare patients.
Gee said the hospital plans to move forward with the RHC designation and employing their physicians and staff under this model. Ultimately, costs would be mostly covered under the RHC and very little risk is posed to HCMC. Gee did remind the board that cash flowing another practice will place a cash reserve burden on the budget, but at this time, they felt there was no other viable alternative to maintaining this needed service.
HCMC Hits 88.7 out of 100 in Yearly Strength Index Study
Paris, Tenn.- Gee and Chief Financial Officer for HCMC Lisa Casteel gave a presentation on the Vulnerability to Value, Tennessee Rural Hospital Strength Index at Thursday’s board of trustee’s meeting. The index is put out by the iVantage Corporation which tries to measure rural hospitals which are critical to their communities.
Gee said the report showed 73 rural hospitals closed across the nation since 2010, with 673 identified as vulnerable this year. In Tennessee, 7 rural hospitals closed in 2010 and 22 more are vulnerable now. If the state’s vulnerable hospitals were to close, the state could potentially face over 2K healthcare jobs lost, over 2800 community jobs lost, and $5.8B in loss to GDP over a ten year period.
The report shows that the Southeast, because many are subjected to lower reimbursement of Medicare and Medicaid, have the most distressed hospitals according to the iVantage survey and study.
HCMC got a 88.7 score out of 100 possible points, putting the medical center in the top 7 or 8 hospitals in Tennessee and top quarter percentile in the nation. Gee said it is great numbers, but he felt some of that would erode over this next year with all the financial burdens we have been facing.
HCMC’s Index rank beats the state and national average and the market share for the hospital is much better than other rural community hospitals. The hospital also ranked in the top quarter percentile for all other rankings from the survey as well. Gee said again, 2015 was better financial year, and these rankings may fall as numbers erode with financial burdens this year and in the future.
At the end of the presentation, Gee and board members discussed the financial burdens that rural hospitals face and that HCMC is not exempt. Board member James Travis said "it's like the Hospital has a perception problem, they hear numbers and think all is well, but there are struggles the community may not realize."
Gee agreed and discussion came up about seeing how things go the rest of the calendar year, but it could be time to begin discussion with the County Commission after Christmas or so about possibly seeking help with funding EMS since that continues to drain the medical center's bottom line. CFO Casteel said "if we are going to start those discussions, let's not wait until next April or May when the budget is about to be prepared, let's give everyone a few months to ponder ideas."
Index rank for HCMC was 88.7. (Alsobrooks photos)
Medical Center Meets With McKesson on EMR Future
Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s HCMC Board of Trustee’s meeting, Administrator Tom Gee explained that several members of the HCMC administrative staff traveled to Atlanta to meet with McKesson reps at the McKesson headquarters. McKesson is the company in charge of the electronic medical records at HCMC.
Gee said they met to determine what plans were as McKesson had discussed possibly moving their EMR to a separate corporate entity. Gee said we let them know our concerns with going forward with McKesson Paragon and share needs and concerns as a rural hospital for enhancements and cost containments within the medical record system.
Gee said we left with a positive feeling, but had no reassurances that McKesson might not merge or consolidate with other vendors. Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel said we feel like at least the next 3-5 years they are in good shape, if anything happens, they could be bought out and whoever buys them out would likely keep their same customers.
Hospital Seeking More Cardiology Services from St. Thomas
Paris, Tenn.- Hospital administrative staff held a meeting with St. Thomas officials regarding the medical center’s affiliation related to cardiology. St. Thomas has hired a nurse practitioner who will be on site in Paris every workday to add continuity to the St. Thomas services.
Gee said they discussed the need for everyday cardiology coverage, but St. Thomas said all they could do was 3-4 days at this time because of staff. The medical center expressed concern with the number of patients leaving the community for all services, but especially cardiology and they agreed protocols in place for the ER and Hospitalist programs could help retain patients. Gee said the medical center will continue to work towards having full cardiology services and will work with whichever group indicates a willingness to make it happen.
Gee also reported that Henry County Medical Center will not receive Value Based Performance rate bonus for the coming year thru Medicare and TennCare. Gee reported to trustees the medical center met the averages, but did not excel in performances. A high Medicare spend rate was the biggest detractor for HCMC as far as receiving the bonus. Gee said it seems to be related to orthopedics length of stay and post-acute care expenditures. Gee said HCMC did receive a bonus for OB TennCare patients for $40K.
The Healthcare Center did also receive a bonus payments for their long term care quality program. Gee said most hospitals have seen reduced bonuses and even penalties due to difficulty in achieving outcomes which are not always in control of the facilities.
Gee said construction continues on the 4th floor and the MRI is being demagnetized and a new one will be in and installed in November. A mobile unit will be used for CT while the MRI is being replaced and the new one installed.
Lady Patriots Volleyball Sweep Northwest
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Volleyball moved to 4-0 on the season with a sweep of District 10-AAA rival Northwest Thursday night. The Lady Patriots won all three games of the match 25-22; 25-15; 25-15.
More Accolades for Norwood at E911 Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- At a quick special called E911 board meeting Thursday afternoon after business was handled the board lauded retiring Road Supervisor Ray Norwood for his years of service on the board. Ray has been on the board since the very beginning, when the board was first created. Board Chairman John Etheridge present Norwood with a plaque for his service. (Angie Case photos)
Aug. 25th Proclaimed Ray Norwood Day
County Mayor Brent Greer presents Ray Norwood with the Loyal Patriot Award. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer proclaimed August 25, 2016 as Ray Norwood day in Henry County on Thursday at a reception for the Henry County Road Supervisor who will retire August 31st after 34 years on the job.
A large crowd of friends, family, county and highway department employees were on hand Thursday at the reception held at the Highway Department offices as Ray was honored for his years of service.
Mayor Greer read a proclamation honoring Ray, naming Thursday as Ray Norwood Day, and giving Ray the highest citizen honor a Henry County resident can hold, the Loyal Patriot Award.
Mayor Greer also presented Ray with a large framed photo of the Road Map of Henry County on January 19, 1982, the day Ray took office. Mayor Greer told the story on how an election was held in the Henry County Commission to appoint the Road Supervisor at the time because the position was vacant.
Mayor Greer said the election was supposed to be held on January 18, 1982, but a 6 inch snow fell and several county commissioners at the time and many of those considered for the position couldn’t make the meeting, so it was postponed until the next night. The vote went 7 rounds, eliminating the person with the least votes each round until Norwood finally received the majority of votes. There were 18 county commissioners at the time. The resolution copies were framed with the 1982 road map. (pictured below)
Ray thanked all of those in attendance and said “it has a been a pleasure to be your Road Supervisor, and I can’t thank all of you enough for your support.”
Ray said, “with our employees and Richie coming in as Road Supervisor, Henry County Roads are in good hands. It’s not a one person job, it takes the County, City, Utilities, and everyone here working together.”
Ray was presented with a Framed Tennessee Print from employees at the Henry County Highway Department and several cards, and other gifts from people coming to the reception.
Above: Former Rep. Don Ridgeway and Ray share stories. Below: The certificate of Election and Retirement Cake.
Soldier Arrested for Shooting at Other Soldiers on Fort Campbell Base
Fort Campbell, Ky.- According to several news outlets in and around the Clarksville area a soldier was arrested on Fort Campbell’s military base Thursday morning after firing five shots into a group of fellow soldiers who were doing training exercises.
The shooting occurred around 7am Thursday at the 1st and 2nd Brigade Headquarters on Fort Campbell’s post. Military Police were able to arrest the soldier a short time later. The soldier did have a non-military issued handgun on his person.
It is unknown whether the soldier belonged to the particular unit he fired upon or not. There were no injuries. The U.S. Army Fort Campbell Facebook page says there is no danger issue to the post community and all gates are open. More details on the identification of the shooter will be released later.
Warrants Issued on Man for Theft
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Sgt. Bryan Hall has issued warrants for theft on Ricky Glisson, age 33, of Camden, after he appeared to have pawned a drill for $55 that he stole from a man on Hwy. 69 S. The victim said that Glisson was doing some work for him at a house on Hwy. 69 S. and he had recently bought a new drill and noticed it was missing. Sgt. Hall recovered it pawned for $55 at a local pawn shop. Glisson will be charged with theft under $500.
Trooper Caleb Cooper arrested Hope Nicole Page, age 28, Nashville, for DUI 1st offense, and simple possession. She was placed on $600 bond.
Caitlyn P. Buie, age 21, of 1526 Old McKenzie Hwy, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident according to an arrest sheet at the Sheriff’s office.
Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program Offered at UTM
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin will offer a 90-hour phlebotomy technician training course from 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 8-Dec. 13, on the UT Martin main campus. Student tuition for this course is $1,799, which includes textbooks and supplies.
This program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will also develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely.
Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.
The National Healthcare Association certification exam is given at the end of the course and costs an additional $105. The instructor will arrange for the registration and payment of the exam. There is no outside externship rotation included with this program.
For more information or to register, contact the UT Martin Office of Educational Outreach at 731-881-7082 or visit utm.edu/connect and select non-degree programs.
HCHS Golf Splits With Clarksville High
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Golf team split with Clarksville High at Swan Lake on Wednesday. The Lady Patriots beat Clarksville High with a score of 85, as the Lady Wildcats shot a 91. Individually for the Lady Pats Leah Bell shot a 39 and Syndey Williams shot a 46.
The men’s team shot a 188, but were bested by Clarksville High’s 167. Individually for the men Eli Todd shot a 42, Eli Ridgeway a 44, Cole Culpepper a 50, and Ethan Taylor a 52.
The Patriots Golf team is set to take on Camden and McKenzie at Camden on Thursday.
2nd Preserve Paris Event Is Saturday for AP Neighborhood
Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Preserve Paris event will be held this Saturday August 27th. It’s a Clean Sweep Day in a portion of the Atkins Porter Neighborhood. Community volunteers, residents, and neighbors will converge in the areas of Thompson, Aden, Blakemore, and a portion of Blythe Streets, in the AP neighborhood to help with trash removal and yard work.
Volunteers can meet at 8am on Saturday morning in the parking lot on the southside of Henry County Medical Center Home Health and Hospice, located at 311 East Wood. Dumpster buggies will be placed throughout the neighborhood for use for the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday will be Reuse Days, were any unwanted items can be placed at the curb and can be taken by anyone that wants them. Only items on the curb may be taken and the City of Paris Public Works employees will be coming through on Monday August 29th to collect the dumpster buggies and remove all left on the curbs. Rain date for Saturday is Saturday September 10th.
Call Paris City Hall with any questions at 641-1402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Casey's 2nd Annual MDA Car Show Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Casey’s 2nd Annual MDA Car Show will be held Saturday August 27th at the Paris store located on Mineral Wells Avenue. Registration for the Car Show starts at 8am, registration fee is $20 and the first 20 entries will receive a dash plaque. People’s Choice Judging begins at Noon and trophies will be awarded at 1pm.
In addition to the car show, there is face painting from 10am to 4pm, a silent auction from 8am to 4pm, they will be selling grilled burgers and hot dogs with chips and drink for only $5 and there is also a bake sale. There will also be a Dunk Tank and more. All proceeds benefit MDA.
Lady Patriots Soccer Defeats Northwest 8-0
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Soccer team beat District 10-AAA foe Northwest at home on Wednesday night by a final score of 8-0. Many Lady Pats were involved in the scoring effort.
Reminder: Reception for Ray Norwood Thursday 11-2
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a cake and punch reception to honor Henry County Road Supervisor Ray Norwood as he is set to retire August 31st after 34 years on the job. The reception will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Henry County Highway Department Office, located at 575 Cedar Street. Everyone is invited.
HCHS ACT Scores Show Marked Improvement
Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton announced via press release Wednesday morning that ACT scores at Henry County High School have continued to show a steady increase since 2012.
The Class of 2016 ACT scores had a Composite average of 20.2, a 0.6 increase when compared to the previous graduating class. This is also the first year a graduating class ACT Composite average is above the state average, which is 19.9.
Dr. Norton said, "this is a significant improvement and is a result of the intentional focus of the ACT preparatory programs implemented over the past two years at HCHS. Monitoring and measuring every student's progress and providing appropriate intervention has generated improved ACT results."
There have also been increases in students enrolling in rigorous coursework such as Advanced Placement classes and Dual Enrollment classes.
Students must achieve a composite score of 21 to be eligible for the HOPE scholarship. Dr. Norton said, "we want all students to have a post-secondary plan that demonstrates readiness for the military, technical education, or a college or university path."
The district's plan for 2016-17, HC Succeeds, has a goal to improve ACT scores as they strive to reach an ACT Composite of 21.0 in the next few years. Dr. Norton said, "I'm elated that the fruits of the labor of our students and faculty are evident."
Dr. Michele Webb, HCHS principal, stated, "ACT preparation has become an important part of the culture of HCHS. Students who have higher scores often have more opportunities available to them and we are tremendously proud of this growth shown by the Class of 2016, and we have a great plan in place for HCHS to continue on this upward trend."
Man Who Calls Police Gets Arrested for Iowa Crimes
Paris, Tenn.- A man who called the sheriff’s office seeking help from an alleged person trying to shoot him and others were chasing him, was later arrested and charged with being a Fugitive from Justice out of Iowa.
The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Mark D. Jackson, age 47, 305 East Wood Street, called to report someone was trying to shoot him and others were chasing him. Deputies arrived to find Jackson laying in the driveway near the road on Guthrie Road. He was having the same side effects as someone who was on methamphetamine and warrants check revealed him to be wanted out of Iowa for robbery. He was arrested and placed on $10K bond. The accounts of someone chasing and trying to shoot him were deemed to be false.
Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas Toler, age 30, of Herman Rogers Road, with two counts of shoplifting and theft. He was placed on $2K bond.
Deputies also arrested Gabby N. Bustos, 24, 40 Oak Hill Road, for theft, aggravated burglary, vandalism, and placed her on $35K bond and Dee Vaden, 60, of 1104 King St., for burglary and theft, and placed on $5K bond.
Wednesday Deadline to Enter Racquet Club Championships
Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club will host the 7th Annual Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club Championships on Labor Day Weekend at the Tennis Courts at Henry County High School. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate and all proceeds from the tournament benefit the HCHS Varsity Tennis Teams. For more information call Tournament Director J.F. Kirk at 731-441-2155 or pick up entry forms at the Paris Civic Center. Entry fee is $20 per single or $20 per double.
HCHD to Close Old Paris Murray Road Thurs. Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Old Paris Murray Road on Thursday August 25th for culvert replacement. The closure will be one half of a mile north of Tanyard Hill Road. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.
HCSS Facilities' Needs Presented to County Commission
Drawings from TLM Assoc. show proposed additions at HCHS in the front. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- A work session to highlight and discuss facility needs of the Henry County School System was held Tuesday evening between the Henry County Board of Education and the Henry County Commission.
Dr. Brian Norton, Director of Henry County Schools, told commissioners the school board wanted them to be aware of some of the needs and desires for facility upgrades in the school system and to set thru it from the beginning. He said the goal is to work together and share ideas.
Jerry Hartsfield, (pictured above) architect with TLM Associates, gave a PowerPoint presentation with detailed proposals of facility needs the system has. One of the proposals included adding on to the front of Henry County High School. He said, “we will try to secure FEMA money to make this new addition at HCHS tornado safe.”
The new plans include a new, more secure, entrance at the front of the school between the front office area and the gym. Hartsfield said the system would be digitally wired with cameras. The front offices would basically stay the same at the High School. The new addition includes renovations for the library.
The plans at the high school also include new air conditioning at Gamlin Gym and a possible new entry way in the parking lot area in front of Gamlin Gym to allow buses to drop off teams, students, etc. The proposal takes away from the roundness of the gym with the proposed new entrance. Renovations to the bathrooms including making them handicap accessible were also in part of the plan.
New look of the front of HCHS with proposed additions.
Hartsifled said window replacement on some of the older buildings to make them more energy efficient is an idea in the process of renovations as well. He said this phase can be grandfathered in, but in the long run it would save money on heating and cooling.
Hartsfield also showed a presentation for possible new facilities near Barton Field that includes a Maintenance Shop and Bus Shop. The Maintenance Shop has some drive thru bays, office, breakroom, and tool storage areas. It will have concrete aprons on it. The shop is the same size and the old maintenance shop would be torn down during the project. The Bus Shop would include offices and a wash bay in addition to other regular bays.
Proposed facility upgrades at Henry County High School, a new Maintenance Shop, and Bus Shop comes with an estimated price tag at over $7.5M.
County Mayor Brent Greer reminded commissioners and school board members any project where capital funds are request for students would have to include a 34% increase in order to TVA shared education funds with the Paris Special School District.
Athletic Complex Renovation Ideas Discussed at Work Session
Highlighted areas show renovations or new facilities that would possibly be added at the Athletic Complex. (Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The County Commissioners also learned of a proposal of uprgrades and additions to the Athletic Complex on the campus of HCHS.
The proposal includes a new surface for the track that circles Patriot Stadium and adding lanes which would make the track 8 lanes, instead of 6. Adding the two lanes would allow the High School to host state meets because it matches regulations.
Look of new restrooms that would be near the concession stand at Patriot Stadium. The current restrooms would also still be utilized.
Included in the proposal of upgrades is new restrooms by the concession stand at Patriot Stadium, small additions to the field house, new bleachers on the visitor side of Patriot stadium, and an Indoor practice type facility to be used by all sports which include a practice field for sports and the band to be built on the current football practice field. The proposed indoor facility would be 160 by 160 and all sports could use it for different practices.
One of the options in renovating the area would be to do away with natural grass on the field at Patriot Stadium and use turf. Hartsfield said the life of the turf would be 10-12 years. The athletic complex design includes new dressing areas for baseball, soccer, and softball for ladies and men.
Projected costs for the Athletic Complex renovations would be $1.2M without adding turf and the 160 by 160 sports indoor complex. To add the turf field and the new building complex for all sports teams to use would run just short of $5M. The cost of the turf field itself is around $700K and possible options include doing the turf field or the Indoor Practice Facility but not both as well.
Dr. Norton said, “adding turf at the field at Patriot Stadium allows more use including more practices per week, moving soccer games there if need be, and there would be no worry about tearing it up.”
HCBOE chairman Jim McCampbell said "there are over 600 students who are competing in sports at HCHS, which is over half of the student body and we see where the indoor complex, turf field, new locker rooms for baseball, soccer, and softball is needed and will be utilized." McCampbell added, “as far as renovations to the high school, we all know we are dealing with a building that is 47 years old, some things are going to have to be fixed and improved.”
Dr. Norton said it didn’t take him long being here to see the pride Henry County has in facilities and the partnering the County and School System has done in the past.
Safety and security are the primary thoughts as the process moves forward as the safety of the students and staff is the number one concern as we look at facility needs.
Dr. Norton concluded the work session saying, the system is in good shape with fund balance and we are ready to do our part going forward with these possible upgrades. He said over the next few months we will continue to decide which direction to go with some or all of these renovations and upgrades and present the County Commission our intended plan.
Keep Paris HC Beautiful Officially Formed
Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful
The framed certificate officially naming KPHCB as an affiliate to KAB, Inc. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- A process that has been in the works for a number of years finally came to fruition on Tuesday as Paris and Henry County were welcomed as an official affiliate of Keep Tennessee and Keep America Beautiful.
Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful board members, County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, City Manager Kim Foster, and a host of others were part of a reception and certificate presentation at the Rescue Squad on Tuesday where Diann McGuire, director of the Henry County Litter Program, said, "this is something I've wanted to see happen for 20 years and it's worth of day of celebration."
Members of the KPHCB board of directors accept the certificate. (Alsobrooks photo)
Executive Director of the KPHCB board of directors Lisa Lemonds, said our mission as a community is to learn how to clean up and preserve our community through recycling, litter control, and beautification.
City Manager Kim Foster spoke at the ceremony saying, "this is exactly in line with what the City is trying to do thru our Preserve Paris neighborhood rehabilitation and stabilization program, especially the beautification part of it. I thank each of you for your volunteer efforts and the City of Paris is ready to work with Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful to preserve our community for the future."
KPHCB joins more than 1200 affiliates including 24 statewide affiliates and international affiliates as well. The network mobilizes an estimated 4M volunteers each year to take positive action on environmental concerns. As a result of that, litter is being reduced, solid waste is being managed responsibly, citizens are improving vacant lots, highways, and other public places. Trees and flowers are replacing trash heaps and mounds of scrap tires and recycling and composting efforts are expanding all over the country.
County Mayor Brent Greer said, "the county is thankful for all the volunteers that made this a reality and this association should work closely with our chamber, civic groups, and school systems and be a forefront of an overall effort to make our community beautiful. We need to educate our citizens how and what to recycle and be mindful that here in Henry County we have challenges with litter and trash, and that challenge might be as close as your neighbor."
For every $1 in government resources, mostly volunteering, the return on investment is about $14. KPHCB board members sat thru training and planned out ideas for the first six months of the affiliation.
Keep America Beautiful offers behavior changes that helps communities prosper with beautification and also allows KPHCB and the Henry County Litter Program to be eligible for grant money.
Diann McGuire said this is a day of celebration. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
BPU Board Approves Contract for Phase 1 of Water Plant
GM John Etheridge discusses financials with board members Tuesday morning. (Tim Alsobrooks)
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday morning and approved a bid for a contract of the Water Treatment Plant Phase 1 Construction in the amount of $2,627,860. The contract approved was for the lowest bidder, Miller Contractors, Inc., out of Jackson.
Assistant General Manager Terry Wimberley said costs for Phase 1 of the project have come in higher than anticipated originally, but part of it deals with moving some things from Phase 2 into Phase 1. Wimberley said in addition to moving the site electrical work and other parts of the project up into the phase, the bid environment also helped lead to higher bids at this time. Contractors are busier and can set higher prices for work.
Wimberley told board members that sometime in the near future he will come back to them to seek extra loan money to cover the overage costs in the bid for Phase 1. He said, “checking with the State Revolving Fund, we can get a $750K loan to cover the overage and to fit our current rate structure where no other rate increases would be needed.”
Wimberley also told board members with moving things around, costs for Phase 2, could be a little less than anticipated so there is still a chance to get the entire Water Plant Structure project cost in the range of the overall cost estimate.
In other business on Tuesday morning, BPU board members approved the bid for a new Dump Truck for the Water and Waste Water Department. The purchase was planned in the budget as one of the two dump trucks used by both departments was beginning to have some issues, so priority for a new dump truck moved up the list. Wimberley said they will sell the older dump truck they are replacing on govdeals.com and the other older one still has probably 3-4 years or more in it before another purchase would be required. The winning bid for the Dump Truck was for $79,531 to Tri-State International in Murray.
Wimberley also told board members, because of the rain, work fell behind on the Water Tower on Volunteer Drive. He said there is still a little more painting to do and lighting the sign before it's complete done.
HC Middle School Competes In Calloway County 3K
Murray, Ky.- The Henry County Middle School Cross Country team competed in the Calloway County 3K Opener on Monday and despite a trip up 50 meters into the start, Dinah Winders finished 1st in the Girl's One Mile Race, ahead of 41 other runners with a time of 6:15. Other finishers for the girls were Kaitlyn Napier in 15th with a time of 7:30, and Brooklyn McClain 20th at 7:47. Kylie Guynn and Taylor Berry also ran the race and finished.
In the Boy's One Mile Henry County's Hayden Bostick and Sam Bruce finished 3rd and 4th respectively with times of 5:49 and 5:56. There were 71 runners in the Boy's race. The following boys also ran and finished the race Lance Adams, Will Wardlaw, Mason Elliott, Collin Smith, and Gavin Farris.
Holley Credit Union Honored by Jaycees for Sponsoring Fish Tent
Paris, Tenn.- Lora Plunk, General Manager for 2016 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry, presented a plaque at the August meeting of the Holley Credit Union recognizing their sponsorship of the fish fry tent. Pictured L to R. Assistant Manager Linda Faye Neal, Loria Plunk, Manager Van Bowden.
Teams Sought for Boss Hoss BBQ Burnout Sept. 15-17
Buchanan, Tenn.- The 8th Annual Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off is set for September 15th thru 17th at Paris Landing State Park and cooking teams are being accepted now. The Boss Hoss Burn Out BBQ Cook Off is in conjunction with the 17th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss Rally. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League.
There will be a $500 guaranteed payout, and that is subject to increase depending on the number of sponsors and teams entered. Teams will be judged in 3 categories: Chicken, Ribs, and Pulled Pork. 1st Place wins $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50 and $50 and trophy goes to Best Team Spirit.
For more information log onto www.visitparislanding.com or call Sara Jo Sutherland at 731-819-6362.
Downtown Cruise-In Set for Tues. Aug. 23rd
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold the August Cruise-In Tuesday at 5:30pm. All classic cars are welcome and door prizes will be given away for car owners every 15 minutes. Entertainment on Tuesday includes Olivia Faye and Don Rachford and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the activities.
Paris Swim Team Tryouts August 30th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Swim Team will hold try-outs on Tuesday August 30th between 3-5pm at the Paris Civic Center. The try-outs are open for any swimmers ages 5-18.
For the try-outs, swimmers age 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and 25 yards backstroke unassisted. Swimmers age 9 and up must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle and 50 yards backstroke unassisted.
The Paris Swim Team is part of the Mid-South Swim Conference and they compete against teams in the Memphis area. The competitive season runs September thru February. There is one swim meet per month on a Saturday or Sunday. Dues are $25 each month.
The first practice will be Tuesday September 6th. Practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Swimmers ages 5-8 practice from 3-4pm and age 9-18 practice 4-5pm.
For more information on the Paris Swim Team like the team’s Facebook page or call Coach Sarah Luffman 615-202-3670.
Hunter Education Field Day Set for Saturday at Holley Fork
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Hunter Education Field Day this Saturday August 27th at 8am at Holly Fork Shooting Complex. Prior to the field day, you must take an approved online course and the printed voucher to the Field Day.
Register online at TWRA’s website, tn.gov/twra for the Field Day and follow links to the Hunter Education page. The Field Day consists of review, written test, and live firing exercise. Participants must be at least 9 years old. For more information contact Greg Barker, TWRA Officer for Henry County at 336-9665.
Lady Patriot Volleyball Sweeps Rossview
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Volley team swept District foe Rossview in Varsity action on Monday evening. The Lady Patriots won all three games 25-21; 25-22; and 27-25. The moved to 2-0 on the season and in District 10-AAA play.
Community Members Fill HCSO with Goodies
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was the recipient of several goodies Monday morning thanks to employees of Security Bank and Trust, Carroll Bank and Trust, and the Henry County Courthouse. Survival kit for law enforcement candy bags along with several baked goods including pies, cakes, breakfast dishes, and much more were delivered to the Sheriff’s Office showing thankfulness, support, and appreciation for deputies and staff at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Monte Belew said, “we are all extremely thankful for all these good eats this morning and thankful for all the support we receive from the community on a daily basis. There is no doubt we will have no problem taking care of sweet tooth cravings today around here.”
Man Charged With Aggravated Assault
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Tyrail Jackson responded to a possible assault at Pocket’s where a white male jumped out of a white SUV and demanded a shirt off the back of another man.
The report stated the victim said the man told him to take off the shirt or he would stab him, so he did. The suspect then cut the shirt to pieces and threw it away and got back into the vehicle. While continuing to talk to the suspect and witnesses, Ptl. Jackson observed the white SUV go by the area and alerted County and City units who tracked the vehicle down. Arnold Michael Sharbnow, age 44, of 1545 Hwy. 77, was in the vehicle and admitted tearing up the shirt and threatening the man. Sharbnow was charged with aggravated assault and placed on $2500 bond.
Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department charged Eric Hage, age 18, of Palmersville, with simple possession of schedule six, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Several reports of theft came into the Henry County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend. Four tires were stolen off the church van at Oak Grove Missonary Baptist Church. The value of the tires is $1880. A storage unit was broken into in the county with several items stolen including a 12 gage shotgun, camo pants, boots, hunting backpack, and camo bow. The items stolen were valued at over $1K.
Another report of theft came from storage units on Hwy. 641 N., where several units were broken into and over $16K worth of items were stolen. Deputies continue to investigate all of these thefts with no suspects at this time.
Lady Pats Soccer Win Smokey Mountain Cup
Gatlinburg, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Lady Soccer Team won the Gold Cup at the Smokey Mountain Cup tournament in Gatlinburg this weekend. The Lady Patriots swept the three games they played beating Knoxville West 2-1 Friday night, winning 5-0 against Rockwood Saturday morning, and then beating Munford 4-1 on Saturday night.
The Lady Pats will play at home Wednesday night in a district game against Northwest at 6pm.
Osage Crossland Road Closure Monday August 22nd
Paris, Tenn.- Osage Crosslands Rd in the Hico-Whitlock area will be closed Monday August 22nd for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The closure will be one tenth of a mile south of Grooms Road. Grooms Rd. may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.
Ratteree Road Closure Tuesday August 23rd
Paris, Tenn.- Ratteree Cemetery Rd in the Cypress area will be closed Tuesday August 23rd for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The closure will be one tenth of a mile north of Mills Lane. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.
Henry County Litter Program to Receive Affiliation
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Litter Program along with Paris and Henry County TN are going to receive a certificate of Affiliation as an Affiliate with Keep Tennessee Beautiful. The event will start at 12:15pm on Tuesday, August 23rd and the ceremony will take place at the Paris/Henry County Rescue Squad Building located on By Pass 218 Highway, where Paris/Henry County.
The Henry County Litter Program and Paris/Henry County have been working for over a year in training and organizing a board to become an affiliate. Every endeavor of Keep TN Beautiful is a means to make TN more clean, green and safe through their 3 main initiatives: Litter Prevention, Greening and Recycling.
If you have any questions, please contact Diann McGuire at 731-642-3162 or Lisa Lemonds at 731-363-7252.
Road Supervisor Retirement Celebration
Paris, Tenn.- Come celebrate the retirement of Road Supervisor Ray Norwood. The retirement party will have a cake and punch reception at the Henry County Highway Department at 575 Cedar Street in Paris. The event will take place on Thursday, August 25 from 11am- 2pm.
Paris Woman Arrested for Theft
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office, Deputy James Higgins arrested Jessica M. Perry, age 28 of 410 Walnut St in Paris, on Saturday for theft totaling $1,000. Perry was placed on $5,000 bond.
Great Turnout for McKenzie Fried Food/ Sweet Tea Festival
McKenzie, Tenn.- There was a great a turnout for McKenzie’s Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival that was held Thursday thru Saturday in downtown McKenzie and surrounding areas. Events kicked off Thursday at 7pm with a show at the Park Theatre titled “Southern Fried Funnies.”
(Cassie Walsh Photos)
Friday on the main stage, opening ceremonies began at 6pm and several musical acts entertained the crowds until after 9pm. Kids Zone Jumpers were on Main Street 6-8pm.
Andrew Arnold and Briley Arnold enjoying snow cones (Cassie Walsh Photos)
Saturday had events both downtown and at Veterans Park. There was Crafts in the Park from 8am to 8pm, a VFW Car Show from 9am to 2pm, and the Kids Zone was open 10am to 8pm and included jumpers, petting zoo, face painting, and circus performances on Main Street.
(Cassie Walsh Photos)
At Veterans Park on Saturday entertainment started at 1pm and continued with many acts until after 3:40pm when the last act performed. On the Main Stage, acts began at 4pm and continued until 10pm. The firework show that Bethel University was presenting got cancelled due to the weather.
Stephanie Stringer (Cassie Walsh Photos) (Cassie Walsh Photos)
Several vendors sold artwork and crafts, while the kids enjoyed the dunking booth, and of course vendors were selling all kinds of Fried foods and goodies such as funnel cakes, BBQ, homemade kettle corn, shave ice and of course there was lots of music playing at the festival.
Lily Ladig (Cassie Walsh Photos) Tammy & Fred Duke (Cassie Walsh Photos)
Police Make Theft Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Michael D. Owen, age 22 of Lone Oak Village, on Friday for theft of property x 4.
Owen was placed on $50,000 bond.
Paris Police Arrest Paris Man for VOP and Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested James D. Meadows Jr., age 54 of 105 S. College St. of Paris, on Friday for violation of parole and possession of a schedule VI substance.
Roaten was on patrol on Curtis Street when she saw Meadows Jr. walking in a yard on Curtis Street. Roaten did a warrants check and found Meadows Jr. had a VOP warrant.
Roaten was talking to Meadows Jr. when he dropped a rolled cigarette on the ground. That's when Meadows Jr. told Roaten it was just a joint and Roaten took possession of the joint for evidence. Roaten then placed Meadows Jr. under arrest.
Meadows Jr.was placed on $4,500 bond. His court date is set for August 30th.
Inman vs. Henry County Middle School Game Cancelled
Paris, Tenn.- The football game between Inman and Henry County Middle School scheduled for Saturday night August 20th has been cancelled. The Inman- Henry County Middle School football game is re-scheduled for Sat. September 24th at 6:30pm.
Highlights From Patriots-Crusanders Game
HCHS # 27 Josh Pruitt (Timothy Pharr Photos)
#27 Josh Pruitt hauls in a pass at the 4 yard line. Stewart scored his 2nd TD of the night on the next play.
HCHS # 42 Parker Piskos & #6 Clay McCord (Timothy Pharr Photos)
#6 Clay McCord and #42 Parker Piskos bring down a Liberty running back during Friday nights game.
HCHS # 2 Savon Stewart (Timothy Pharr Photos)
#2 Savon Stewart breaks free for a 42 yard touchdown run.
Patriot's Lose 20-16 to the Liberty Mustangs Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots came up short Friday night losing 20-16 to the Jackson Liberty High School Crusaders. The first quarter opened with Liberty winning the coin toss and electing to receive the football. Liberty’s #20 Christian Ballard carried for an 81yd touchdown. Extra point no good. Liberty led the Patriots 6-0.
HC’s #2 Savon Stewart answers with a 42 yard touchdown. Henry County attempts a 2pt conversion and the conversion is good. HC led 8-6 with over 10 minutes left in the 1st quarter. Liberty’s Corey Newbill sneaks in for a 3yd touchdown. Liberty then led HC 13-8 with just over 7 minutes left in the 1st quarter. At the end of the 1st quarter Liberty led Henry County13-8.
At the start of the 2nd quarter the Patriots got a safety after a great kick by HC #14 James King. Liberty still led HC 13-10 with over 11 minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Liberty’s #18 Rodney Castille scored on a 21yd touchdown reception. Liberty attempted the extra point but it’s no good. At the end of the 2nd quarter Liberty led HC 20-10. By the end of the 3rd quarter the score remained the same with Liberty leading the Patriots 20-10.
With over 11 minutes left in the 4th quarter Patriot’s #2 Savon Stewart rushed for a 4yd touchdown. HC goes for a 2pt conversion, but the attempt was no good. Liberty still leads HC 20-16 in the 4th quarter. The Patriots fall to the Liberty Crusaders 20-16.
The Henry County Patriots play the Houston Mustangs next Friday August 26th at Patriot Stadium at 7pm.
Impt. Jury Duty Notice from Circuit Clerk's Office
Paris,Tenn.- There was an Important Henry County Jury Duty Announcement from the County Clerk’s office, "All jurors currently serving on jury duty in Henry County are requested to call-in tonight (Friday) or over the weekend using the number given by the court to hear an updated jury notice announcement. This is not the same message you may have heard on Thursday, August 18th. It is an updated message as of tonight (Friday), August 19th at 6:00 p.m."
Hudson Crash Survivor Speaks @ Women's Conference
Paris, Tenn.- Great turnout for the Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Women's Conference where Vallie Smith Collins, a survivor of the US Airways crash into the Hudson River, was the keynote speaker at the the Annual Women’s Conference, held at 11:30am on Friday, August 19th at the Paris Country Club. The Paris Country Club provided lunch and dessert for each guest.
(Cassie Walsh Photos)
Collins spoke to the conference about her experience on the crash into the Hudson River, which was a flight going from New York to Charlotte. Collins said that when she boarded the plane she sat in the back of the plane. Collins said that there was a blue blanket draped over her seat, which she later found out to be the blanket of a baby on board.
Vallie Smith Collins (Cassie Walsh Photos)
Collins said she was glad to have an aisle seat and her fellow passenger sitting beside her got the window seat. Collins said she felt lucky that no one was sitting in the middle seat since the plane was fully booked. She later found out that the reason why they had an empty seat was because a mother of two children had a baby with her and the baby counted as a passenger even though the baby sat on the mother’s lap.
All of a sudden Collins said the plane had dropped only a little and she said that she saw fire coming from one of the engines. Collins asked her fellow passenger what happened and he said that the plane must have hit some geese. Vallie knew that the plane was going to crash and that on most plane crashes most of the passengers do not all make it out alive. Collins said that she took out her phone and texted her husband Steve that her plane was crashing, and that’s when her fellow passenger told her to put her phone away.
Collins said all types of people from all walks of life where on the plane and she thought at 37 years old is this how her life was going to end. Collins said from the moment the plane hit the geese till the moment the plane crashed into the Hudson, it was only 3 ½ minutes. Collins said that Captain Sully came over the speaker and in the calmest voice she ever heard, he said Brace for Impact, and that’s when the plane crashed.
Sully managed to get the tail of the plane down first in the water with the plane going 160mph. The plane landed safety in one piece. All of the passengers had to leave the plane over the wings since the rear doors were flooded. Vallie helped passengers get out of the plane by telling them to go to the wings to exit. Collins said it wasn’t heroism, but the fact that she wanted to get out of the plane and there were too many people in the way to and she wanted to get off the plane.
Vallie later helped the mother with the two children get off the plane safety. Vallie said that she thought it was a sign that the blue blanket was in her seat and she was meant to be on that plane to help the family. The five pieces of advice Collins said, “There is an importance of showing kindness to others, try to be more empathetic, learn perspective about not sweating the small stuff, be as physically fit as you can, and think about time because no one knows how much time we have.”
Vallie Smith Collins (Cassie Walsh Photos)
The event was sponsored by Air Evac. The Henry County Medical Center’s Spirit of Women program provided gift bags for each guest, full of pamphlets and other HCMC personalized items.
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.
No Contested Races On Nov. Ballot for Henry County Cities
Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to qualify for the November Election passed Thursday afternoon and in the end, there will be no contested races for any seat on any municipality for the Election.
Qualifying for the Paris City Commission seats include Gayle Griffith, for the two year unexpired term, and Jackie Jones and Terry Fuller for four year terms. All of these are incumbents and none of these are contested races.
In Cottage Grove, David Jackson is giving up his seat as alderman and running for Mayor, and he is the only one doing it. John Weiher and Matthew McClure are both seeking re-election to their seats as alderman. Two seats will remain open in Cottage Grove as no one qualified for them before Thursday’s deadline. The board will have to appoint someone after the November Election.
Henry Mayor Michael Gross seeks re-election and he is running unopposed. Two alderman seats were up for grabs, incumbent Todd Danielson qualified to run for his seat and Charles Barnes qualified to run for the other seat. Joe Qualls, current alderman and former Henry Mayor did not seek re-election this time.
In Puryear, David Varner will not face an opponent in his bid to win Mayor again. The same goes for all the alderman seats that are open, Mitch Sykes qualified for a two year term, currently occupied by Bryan Hall, who chose not to seek re-election. Billy Robinson and Rebecca Haynes both qualified for four year terms as alderman and Verla Smith seeks re-election as City Recorder for Puryear. All seats are unopposed.
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.
News from past weeks here.