From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Hear Fall Bugling and Enjoy Elk Calves at Elk & Bison Prairie
Golden Pond, KY – Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area invites everyone to experience the annual magic of elk bugling in the Elk & Bison Prairie. The bugle, which actually sounds more like a loud squeal, is the mating call of the mature bull elk.
“We’ve already heard a few bugles,” Curtis Fowler, LBL’s Range and Wildlife Technician, said. “The best is yet to come! The peak of bugling season usually occurs from mid-September to mid-October; this is one of the most exciting times to drive through the prairie.”
Since elk were introduced into the 700-acre prairie in February 1996, biologists eagerly anticipate the start of “bugling season” each fall. The prairie is home to 41 elk, including 16 bulls, 20 cows, and the newest additions, 5 healthy elk calves.
“Visit the prairie in late afternoon for the best chance to hear the unusual bugling sound and see the elk calves,” Fowler said. “Take some time to stop at the prairie's interpretive stops or along the road, turn off your vehicle engine, and listen for 15-20 minutes for the sounds of elk and other wildlife while remaining in your vehicle.”
It is important to remember elk and bison are wild animals--they should not be approached and should be given plenty of space if they begin to approach your vehicle. If large animals are nearby, remain inside your vehicle. Please do not attempt to feed them or coax them to come close to you. Also, do not leave your vehicle to take a closer look at the animals--this is very dangerous and causes the elk to run out of view, spoiling the experience for other visitors. Please observe the Elk & Bison Prairie rules so that everyone can enjoy a safe visit!
LBLs’ herd started in 1996 with wild elk received from Elk Island National Park in Alberta, Canada. Over the years, the thriving elk population has been closely monitored for diseases while maintaining the animal’s wild identity so that they can be reintroduced into the wild. Since February 2001, 90 elk from LBL have been used for elk reintroduction in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Elk & Bison Prairie is open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk. The prairie features a 3.5-mile paved loop road and interactive interpretive stops from which visitors can view wildlife and learn more about this native habitat. Prairie passes cost $5 per vehicle and are available at the Elk & Bison Prairie entrance or any LBL facility.
Patriots Dominate Kenwood
#32 Keshon Love runs for a touchdown against Kenwood. (Tim Pharr photos).
Clarksville, Tenn.-In its first district game of the season, the Henry County Patriots decidedly beat the Kenwood Knights by a score of 59-26 at Clarksville.
The Patriots dominated from the outset and the half-time score saw the Patriots at 28 and Kenwood 6. Storm Hilliard was on fire as he ran for four touchdowns, but everyone got into the act, with Colton Randolph and Keshon Love also making touchdowns.
The Patriots play Northwest next Friday night at home.
Storm Hilliard runs for one of his four touchdowns. (Pharr photo).
#17 Colton Randolph carries the ball for a touchdown. (Pharr photo).
Rebels Lose To Dresden
McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels lost to Dresden by a score of 35-14.
Fight In Henry County Jail Brings Injuries, Charges
Paris, Tenn.-A fight in a cell block at the Henry County Jail left one inmate with
a broken nose and eight stitches and another inmate with aggravated
assault charges filed against him Thursday night.
According to the report at the sheriff’s department, the Tower
operator advised other jail personnel there was a fight in a cell and
Cpl. Brian Bennett arrived and found an inmate standing outside the
cell with blood all over his face. He first was taken to the jail
medical center to be checked out and then onto the emergency room,
where they determined he had a broken nose and required stitches.
The injured inmate told deputies who had attacked him and they found
Anthony Trejo out of breath and belligerent. He told them they were
fighting over the bottom bunk. Deputies reviewed video tape which
showed Trejo head butting the other inmate and slamming his head into
a sharp corner of the wall.
In further questioning after his Miranda rights were read, Trejo
reportedly said he was taking another inmates’ medications and paying
for them with his commissary money. Trejo will appear in front of the
jail’s disciplinary board and be charged with aggravated assault.
Three Incidents Reported At One Address
Paris, Tenn.-A tip about stolen street signs in the basement of a home on Manley Street lead Paris Police to file charges on two other incidents
involving that address.
Police went to 812 Manley Street and told the person who answered the
door about the tip they had received. Katrina Taylor, age 23 of 812
Manley, admitted she did have the signs and agreed to a search.
Officers found 9 different street signs in the basement and the city
of Paris street department was called to determine which signs could
In all the signs were valued at $175: $75 for the street signs; $60
for stop signs; $20 for a dead end sign and $20 for a drive slow
While at the home, officers saw five young men walking out the back
door and said they could smell alcohol on them. Four of the five
admitted they had been drinking and were charged with underage
consumption: Joseph McNutt, 20, 1410 Wimberly Rd., Paris; Shawn
Rowland, age 19, 520 Henderson St., Paris; David Tanner, age 18 of 215
Clearview dr., Paris; and Cody Mitchell, 19 of 2112 Routon St.,
In another incident involving that address, Police were called to
Manley Street on a report of vandalism to a fence at a home down the
street. someone reportedly hit the fence and damaged two panels.
Another neighbor also told officers his truck had been hit by a car,
Officers located the broken headlight and other pieces from a Ford and
a neighbor said that a mustang usually parked at the 812 address.
Officers found that the piece of broken headlight did match the
mustang and that the indentation on the front bumper of the car
matched the indentation in the fence.
They questioned the owner of the car, Jesse Cole Maynard, 20 of Big
Sandy, who denied he was the one who did it but he said he would find
out who did. According to the report, Maynard did not show up to pick
up his citations and warrants were issued for his arrest for leaving
the scene of an accident and violating financial responsibility.
Tickets For Smokey Joe's Cafe On Sale
Tickets are on sale for the Bethel Renaissance Theater production of
Smokey Joe’s Café on Saturday, September 22 at 2 and 7 p.m. The
performances will be at the Dixie in Huntingdon.
Several performers from Paris are in the production, including Alexis
Ward, Jason Wade, Allin Montford and Elaine Conger of Paris is the
Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, Smokey Joe’s
Café is a musical revue set in the 50’s that explores the classic
themes of love won, lost and imagined. This production illuminates
the golden age of American culture by showcasing the music of Jerry
Leiber and Mike Stoller with songs like “Jailhouse Rock”, “There Goes
My Baby”, “Love Potion #9”, and “Yakety Yak”. Sure to be yet another
spectacular presentation by Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre.
Tickets are $10.00 per person
To buy tickets or for more information, stop by The Dixie Box Office,
call 731.986.2100, or visit our website at www.dixiepac.net
Counseling Center To Open
Paris, Tenn.-The Kurt Ostrom Counseling Center will be opening Tuesday, Sept. 4, at
105 Dunlap St. in Paris. It will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 to 5 p.m. It will
serve Henry and surrounding counties and is a non-profit Christian
counselling center for children, teens and their families, at no
charge. Phone number is 731-407-7330.
Paris Man Charged With Witness Coercion
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man who had been charged with stealing from a local business is now charged with trying to coerce a witness after he was reportedly seen by the judge and others in the court making threatening gestures and mouthing threats to a witness in General Sessions Court.
Michael A. Tharpe, 41, 401 Lee Street, was charged with felony coercion of a witness. According to the police report, Tharpe reportedly was making gestures, pretending to pull a trigger on an imaginery gun.
Bond has been set for $10,000 and he is set to appear again in court.
Patriots Play First District Game of Season Tonight
Paris, Tenn.-These Patriot cheerleaders won't be the only ones cheering tonight as the Henry County Patriots face Kenwood in Clarksville for the team's first district game of the football season. The game will be broadcast live on WLZK, 94.1 FM and can be streamed live from this website. Game time is 7:30, with air time beginning at 7 p.m. In photo are Patriot cheerleaders at last Friday's game: Shannon Evans, Kaitie Maupin, Ashlyn Brooke Johnson and Jenny Grace Reed. (Melissia Maupin photo).
LBL Archery Season Begins
Golden Pond, Ky. –The Kentucky portion of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area archery deer season is open Saturday, September 1, 2012, through Monday, January 21, 2013. The only exception is for quota hunt days and the day immediately before each quota hunt. The quota hunt days for the Kentucky portion are October 27-28 and November 17-18. The archery season for the Tennessee portion is September 22 to January 6. The quota hunt days for the Tennessee portion are October 20-21, November 9-10, and November 24-25.
Deer hunting provides a unique recreational opportunity within theLBL region and helps maintain a healthy deer population. LBL invites visitors to hone their archery skills on the archery practice range and field archery range trail at the Golden Pond Target Range. The range is located just off US68/KY80 and is open from dawn to dusk on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that the Target Range will be closed on Wednesday mornings until 11am for weekly clean-up.
During LBL’s 2012-2013 archery season hunters may harvest two white-tailed deer, including only one antlered buck per person. Hunters who harvest a buck on a quota hunt may not take a buck during archery season, and hunters who harvest a buck during archery season may not take a buck on a quota hunt. Deer harvested on both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of LBL are bonus deer; they do not count towards statewide deer bag limits.
Appropriately licensed archers can also harvest one turkey of either sex (requires state turkey permit), squirrels, woodchucks, coyotes, armadillos, and feral hogs. Hunters are not required to check in for deer archery hunting at LBL, but must have a valid state hunting license and big game permit. Hunters age 16 and over need to purchase an LBL Hunter Use Permit ($20) also.
A Hunter Safety Card is required as specified by state law. For youth hunters under age 16 who do not have a hunter safety card, see LBL’s website for additional safety requirements. Hunters must abide by regulations in the 2012-2013 Deer Hunting Information publication that is available at LBL visitor facilities, on the website, or by calling 270-924-2065 Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Additional hunting information, maps, and prescribed fire information are also available online.
"No Refusal" Campaign Aimed at Drunk Driving This Weekend
Nashville- The Tennessee Highway Patrol, Governor’s Safety Office, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving teamed up to make a joint announcement for Labor Day weekend involving a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign to stop drunk driving on the holiday weekend.
The effort will begin across the state at 6 pm Friday and conclude Monday night at midnight. The “No Refusal” campaign is the latest enforcement strategy aimed at deterring impaired driving and reducing fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways.
Preliminary numbers show that the number of alcohol related crashes in Tennessee has increased over 8% through the first seven months of 2012, compared to the same time last year. The THP has seen an increase of 29% in DUI arrests made during the first seven months of 2012 as well.
Last year during Labor Day, 12 people were killed in 11 fatal crashes on Tennessee highways, so this “No Refusal” campaign aims to lower that total.
Checkpoints will be set up all over the state all weekend long. Some in our area include on highway 79 North Saturday night in Henry County north of Eagle Creek Loop and highway 79 north of Enon Church road in Carroll County on Monday evening.
Road Closures to Impact Refuge for the Next Couple of Weeks
Big Sandy, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will have several upcoming temporary road closures on the Big Sandy Peninsula due to road improvements. The closures will be short term but exact dates for closures will be posted on site. The road improvement projects should run from September 4-14 dependent on road conditions.
The refuge regrets any inconvenience to visitors, but the temporary closures are necessary for public safety while workers upgrade road conditions. For more information call the refuge at 642-2091.
Set Free Ministry and Tomorrow's Hope Fundraiser Set Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- Set Free Ministry and Tomorrow’s Hope Ministry will be joining forces for a benefit auction Saturday, October 13, from 9 AM until all items are gone. Items to be auctioned include antiques, furniture, household items, glassware, appliances, and much more.
Doors at 125 Bucy Lane in Paris will open at 7 AM, and breakfast sandwiches and coffee will be served from 7 to 9. They’ll also be serving barbecue starting at 11 AM and are prepared to deliver to anyone who can’t make it out to the auction – just call 642-0600 or 363-7197.
The auction will be held indoors and it’s recommended that you bring your own personal chair. If you’d like to view some of the items for auction ahead of time, just head to sfm38242.org or supporttomorrowshope.net – or check out their facebook pages at Set Free Ministry and Tomorrow’s Hope.
Lady Pats, Pats Golf Teams Win at Paris Landing
Buchanan- Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots Golf Teams competed at Paris Landing on Thursday against Camden and McKenzie. For the Patriots, Henry County came out victorious with a 156, beating McKenzie’s 165 and Camden’s 191. Individual scores for the men saw Evan Todd shoot a 34, Jordan Hayes with a 39, Jamison Hayes with a 41, Chase Hill a 42, and Mark Hendrix shot a 50.
The Lady Patriots defeated McKenzie as they shot a 96, compared to McKenzie’s 118. Brittany Martin shot a 44 and Holly Dial a 52 for the Lady Patriots.
UPS Golf Tourney to Benefit Relay for Life Saturday
Springville, Tenn.- Friday is the deadline to register for the 3rd annual UPS Relay for Life 4-person Scramble Golf Tournament at the Tennessean Golf Club in Springville. The event will take place next Saturday, September 8th, and a wide variety of prizes are available including cash prizes for first, second, third, and last place as well as longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole in one awards. Lunch will also be provided by the UPS Grille.
Registration for the tournament is $75 for a single player or $285 for a team of four. To register or for more information, contact Mandi Parish at 363-8335 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TBI charges another in Paris Nightclub Murder
Huntingdon man 2nd arrested in as many days, Lumpkin still on the loose
Jackson, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yesterday charged a Huntingdon, Tenn. man with first degree murder for his involvement in last weekend’s shooting at a Paris, Tenn. nightclub. The TBI along with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and 24th Judicial District Attorney General’s office are investigating.
Jiles Yarbrough (top photo), 21, of 10190 Lexington Street, Huntingdon, Tenn. was arrested at a probation office in Carroll County on the charge, taken to the Henry County Jail and booked on a $500,000 bond. On August 25, 2012, a confrontation between several individuals broke out in Fahrenheit 101, a nightclub located on Highway 79 south, which resulted in the shooting death of 41-year-old Eric Kinley of Paris, Tenn.
Earlier this week, TBI added Tevin Lumpkin (bottom photo), 20, to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list after the Henry County Sheriff’s office obtained a first degree murder warrant for his involvement in the same incident. Lumpkin remains at large.
Lumpkin is described as a black male with brown eyes and black hair who is known to wear dread locks. He is 6’1” and weighs approximately 170 lbs. He was last seen in an older model white Pontiac Bonneville with black hubcaps and should considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tevin Lumpkin is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Paris Police Make Drug Arrests
The Paris Police Department made two drug arrests after routine traffic stops recently.
Steven Matheny, 25 of Harding Road, was pulled over by a PPD officer after running a stop sign at the intersection of Patriot Avenue and Wilson Street. Matheny repeatedly demanded that the officer just let him go as he was very close to home.
Merlin, Officer Ramos’s K-9 unit, was called in, and alerted on the vehicle. Officers recovered a small amount of marijuana and 60 hydrocodone pills packaged to sell. Officers seized Matheny’s 2010 Chevrolet Silverado for being used to deliver narcotics and arrested Matheny for felony possession of Schedule III with intent to distribute.
Officers also stopped Christopher Burton, 25 of Haymont Circle, Wednesday for texting while driving down Wood Street. Responding officers reported a strong odor of marijuana and alcohol from the vehicle, and called in a K-9 unit to search. The K-9 alerted on the driver door, and officers recovered approximately 10 grams of marijuana and 2 tablets believed to be amphetamines. Burton was arrested for simple possession of Schedule II, Schedule VI, and drug paraphernalia.
One Downtown Store Closes; Another Expands
Some of its first customers enjoy drinking their coffee drinks outside the newly-remodeled and expanded Jack's Java. (Jack's photo).
Paris, Tenn-You may have noticed something different in downtown Paris this week. The Paris On The Square store has closed and Jack's Java and Studio J have expanded into that space.
It meant a lot of hard work for employees of the Jack's Flowers and Gifts and Jack's Java, but it was accomplished after several long nights.
Paris On The Square Owner Treva Tayloe has retired, but has been helping out at Jack's. Lovers of her inventory should not fear, much of it is on display now at both Jack's Java and Jack's Flowers and Gifts.
Jack's Owner Kathy Robbins said Jack's Java offers the same coffee drinks and smoothies in a comfortable atmosphere, with chairs and a comfy couch for people to sit in and relax. The popular Studio J make-it-yourself pottery studio also will be located there.
At Jack's Flowers and Gifts, customers will see an expanded inventory and can expect the same quality service in both floral arrangements and deliveries. Both Jack's Flowers and Gifts and Jack's Java/Studio J are on Facebook, too.
HCMC's Diagnostic Imaging Center Nears Completion
Pictured is the new Siemens CAT scanner that arrived to be placed in the HCMC Diagnostic Center scheduled to open on Oct. 1. (HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn.– The new 20-slice Siemens CAT scanner arrived on site at the new Diagnostic Center of Henry County Medical Center. Coming soon will be the GE P500 diagnostic radiology equipment and a new Hologic Digital Bone Densitometry.
The center will be ACR, Medicare-certified and accredited by the Joint Commission. The dedicated outpatient focus of our new facility is designed to provide ease of access to these services and to reduce wait time for patients while we maintain our high standards for clinical quality.
Other services that will be offered include Pre Admission Testing for surgery patients, Lab and EKG testing.
“We now have two CAT scanners to expedite diagnostics much faster. I am very excited about the center’s equipment, technology, design and flow to really make a positive impact on customer satisfaction” said Billie McKee, Director of Imaging.
HCMC plans to have several events in October for the community to view the new facility and a grand opening in conjunction with Bethel University has been set for Sunday, November 11.
Wilson Is Speaker For Quota Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson was guest speaker for recent Paris Quota Club luncheon. He told Quotarians about his various duties in the courthouse. He is responsible for the business end of General Sessions Court and Juvenile Court.
He does the documentation and paper work. He participates in the setting of bonds and bail and is on duty 24/7, as people are arrested at all hours of the day and night. He also spoke on Jury Duty and why it should be an honor to be called to serve on a jury. He said that people want intelligent and capable individuals on their jury; so we should consider it an honor to serve.
Sharon Hale and Connie Anthony donated the July Pocket Change to the Ann Flowers Memorial Fund at First Presbyterian Church. This fund purchases shoes for children whose parents cannot afford them. Bethel Williams and Dr Elizabeth Craig will choose where to donate the August Pocket Change.
A book of choice was presented to Jane Sinnema to be donated to Paris-Henry County Library in honor of Sinnema being selected as 2008-09 Quotarian of the Year. The club also purchased and donated books to the library in honor of Ellen Smith – 2009-10 Quotarian of the Year and Lynnet McElroy - 2010-11 Quotarian of the Year .
McDonald’s Burger Bash will be September 27th and Quota’s annual Hog Killing Party will be October 16.
4-H In-School Clubs Begin Meeting in September
Paris, Tenn.-Parents of 4-H members can help their children get a head start on enrollment. 4-H clubs will begin meeting in school next month. Your child will be able to choose 2 projects that they can work on during the year. Go to the Tennessee 4-H website athttp://4h.tennessee.edu/projects/ to help your child in choosing projects. 4-H club membership is free and open to any child in the 4th -12th grades in Henry County. Your child will also need to know their mailing address and birthdate. For more information, please contact Staci Foy at the Henry County UT Extension office at 642-2941 or email@example.com.
Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Festival set for Sept. 8-9 at PLSP
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Lakeway Kiwanis Club is gearing up for its annual Arts and Crafts festival at Paris Landing State Park. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday September 8th and 9th from 10am to 5pm both days. Parking and admission are free and vendors are still being accepted for the annual event.
Last year the festival had 119 vendors and over 20 thousand visitors came to see the different vendors. This year’s list of vendors is still coming in, but its expected to have some of the usual favorites such as jewelers, wood crafting, yard decorations, iron works and more. Also many food vendors will be on hand with everything from prime rib sandwiches, funnel cakes, fried Twinkies and much more.
The money raised during the Arts and Crafts Festival supports the various charities the Lakeway Kiwanis Club serves. For more information or to reserve a vendor spot contact Bill McCutheon or Fred McClean.
Arrest Made In Murder Case
McKenzie, Tenn.-Officers with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the U.S. Marshal's office arrested an 18-year-old McKenzie woman and charged her with being an accessory after the fact following last weekend's shooting death of a Paris man at a local nightclub.
Arrested was Akilah Williamson, 18, 661 Walnut St., McKenzie, according to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew. "We believe that she was involved with the shooter, we believe he is her boyfriend, and that she has aided him since the shooting."
Williamson was transported to the Gibson County Jail where she is being held on $100,000 bond.
The alleged shooter in the case is Tevin Lumpkin, 20, last known address of 2057 Cedar St., Milan, wanted for first degree murder. He was placed on the TBI's 10 Most Wanted list yesterday.
He is wanted for the shooting death of Eric Kinley, 41, of Paris, at Fahrenheit 101 on 79 S. a few miles outside of Paris.
Also being sought is Charles Liphford, 22, of Milan, on weapons charges. Both of their mugshots are elsewhere on our website.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 642-1672 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
ESN 122 Letters Mailed; current ownership may not be reflected
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris mailed their annual Fire Protection Subscription bills for the ESN122 area of Henry County last Friday. The data was gathered from the State Division of Property Assessments and may not reflect current ownership, so anyone who owns property within ESN122 and did not receive a letter from the City, or received a letter and no longer owns the property referenced is advised to contact City Hall so they can correct their records. The deadline for enrollment is September 30th.
Patriots, Lady Pats Golf Teams Compete against Dickson, Rossview
Dickson, Tenn.- The Patriots and Lady Patriots golf teams competed against Rossview and Dickson County at the Greystone in Dickson yesterday.
The boys’ team beat Rossview 164 to 191, but was eight strokes behind Dickson County’s 156. Individual scores for the Patriots were Jordan Hayes, 35, Jamison Hayes, 41, Evan Todd, 42, and Mark Hendrix and Hunter Dye with a 46.
The Lady Patriots ended up with a 103 to Rossview’s 90 and Dickson County’s 78. Individual scores were Brittany Martin with a 49 and Holly Dial with a 54.
The golf teams will be back in action on Thursday as they host McKenzie and Camden at Paris Landing State Park.
Local Storm Chaser Tracking Hurricane Isaac
Gulf Port, Miss.-Henry County's Chris Brizendine is getting up and close and personal with Hurricane Isaac as he and two other storm chasers from West TN are tracking Hurricane Isaac. Brizendine took this photo at Gulfport as Isaac continued to pummel that area this morning.
"We are streaming live video through http://www.chasertv.com/ and sending GPS coordinates," Brizendine said. "I am also testing some damage assessment software for the emergency management community that I helped develop to speed up the damage assessment and gathering process.
The app also tracks our location so EMA directors can see the personnel in the field along with radar and warnings. It is based off the android operating system so no expensive hardware is needed. It also can be downloaded by out of county responding units if they have a droid, to help in a disaster situation." (Chris Brizendine photo).
Burning Trailer Fire Extinguished On 218 Bypass
Paris, Tenn.-Travis McLeese of Paris took these photos, top and below, of a trailer fire being extinguished by the Paris Fire Department around 9 a.m. today on the 218 Bypass near 79S. McLeese said the flames from the fire were at least 20 feet high when he approached the rear of the trailer and that traffic was limited to one-lane as firemen battled the blaze. Details were sketchy this morning, but Fire Chief Michael Williams said the department received a report of a trailer on fire travelling down the highway. "We had to chase it down to get it to stop so we could put the fire out". (Travis McLeese photos).
County 4-H Team Brings Home Honors
Melinda Perkins examines a class of Holstin cows. Melinda was the high scoing individual in oral reasons after making 2 perfect scores
By Laura Moss, Dairy Judging Coach
Paris, Tenn.-2012 has been a very successful year for the members of Henry County 4-H and after the State Dairy Judging contest, the winning ways have continued. August 23rd was a memorable day for four young ladies as they judged their way to a second place finish at a very competitive State contest.
Team members Melinda Perkins, Savannah Rose, Becca Schuchardt and Savannah Gulish took upon the challenge of learning how to judge dairy cows late this summer and have overcome huge hurtles. The team learned the parts of a cow, the essential components of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association scorecard and how to justify their placings of a class of four animals.
After traveling to the Wilson County Fair in Lebanon, the team set upon the task of placing 6 classes of Holsteins, Ayrshires, and Guernseys. They also had 3 sets of oral reasons, which are designed for the competitors to tell a judge how and why they placed the class the way they did.
After the dust settled and all scores were calculated, excitement started to build as the results were announced. Melinda Perkins was announced as the high individual of oral reasons after receiving 2 perfect scores. Savannah Rose was the 6th high individual in reasons.
Melinda was then announced as the 3rd high individual of the entire contest. Savannah Gulish and Savannah Rose were the 11th and 12th place individuals.
After announcing the top 3 teams were separated by only 5 points, the team was anxious to hear how they finished the day. With a score of 1098 points, the team realized that they were the second place team in the state by only 2 points.
This team will be joining the State winning Dairy Quiz bowl team at National Competition in November at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, KY. They are excited to have the opportunity to continue judging this fall!
The 4-H Dairy Judging team takes a second to pose for a picture after their second place finish at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest August 23 in Lebanon. The team will be traveling to Lousiville, KY in November for the National Contest. Team members are Savannah Gulish, Savannah Rose, Melinda Perkins and Becca Schuchardt. Coach Laura Moss joins them at right.
911 Board Hires Stephens as Construction Manager for Project
Paris, Tenn.- After a special called meeting of the Henry County 911 board Tuesday, a new home for administrative offices of 911 is closer to reality. The board briefly discussed contracts and hired Scott Stephens of S & G Stephens Construction to be the construction manager on the project.
911 Director Mark Archer went over the highlights of the contract drawn up by attorney Chip McClean and the board briefly discussed some of the issues. Stephens will be paid a fee of $45 hundred dollars for pre-construction services included design and bidding out jobs for sub contractors. The contract allows the 911 board the option of not proceeding with the project after this phase if they wish.
If they decided to continue with the project, the sum of $28,300 would be owed to the construction manager, to be paid in six monthly installments of just over $47 hundred each.
Stephens told the board the pre-construction phase of gathering bids and hiring subcontractors would take around two months, and once construction begins, it should be completed within six months.
The new home of 911 offices will eventually be in the old Reeves Drapery building in downtown Paris. Its over 77 hundred square feet and will house 911 admin, offices for Henry County Emergency Management Agencies, and the Carl Perkins Center.
BPU Board Discusses Issues with Regulator
Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday afternoon’s Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors meeting involved a lengthy discussion about a three-phase regulator at the BPU’s district substation. The regulator ensures that BPU customers receive consistent voltage by normalizing voltage swings from TVA. The BPU has had recurring issues with this particular regulator and hope to have it repaired.
Solomon Corporation, based in Solomon, Kansas, is currently testing the regulator core to ensure that it still functions; if the core is good, they can repair the regulator for an estimated cost between $60,000 and $70,000.
Southwest Electric in Nashville is also interested in potentially repairing the regulator. If the core doesn’t work, the BPU will have to purchase a new regulator, which would cost around $225,000 and take up to 14 months to install, according to Electric Supervisor Barry Brogdon.
The board passed a motion authorizing General Manager John Etheridge to spend up to $70,000 potentially repairing the regulator with either Solomon Corporation or Southwest Electric.
More from the BPU meeting saw a presentation from consultant Chris Mitchell, advising the board on upcoming changes with TVA’s wholesale rate schedules. Mitchell, who formerly held a position with the TVA and is now an independent consultant, advised the board to choose a modified time-of-use rate which varies seasonally and between peak and off-peak hours.
Mitchell’s presentation also demonstrated that the BPU performed very highly compared to his 42 other clients throughout the Tennessee Valley. The board voted to accept Mitchell’s recommendation, which will go into effect this October.
BPU Board Hears Financials for July
More from Tuesday afternoon’s Board of Public Utilities board of directors meeting saw general manager John Etheridge review last month’s financial figures. Electric sales showed a net income of around $37,000 for July, assisted greatly by a large fiber optic contract in which BPU was paid a lump sum of $156,000 with the Bethel / Henry County Medical Center project currently under construction. Etheridge they wanted to pay up front and lock in the rate for 20 years.
Water sales were helped by this summer’s dry conditions; the BPU is continuing to pump between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of water and showed a net income of around $32,000 for the month of July.
Wastewater is also in a good cash position, with a net income of $16,000 for July.
Etheridge commented that for the first month of this fiscal year, the BPU is in a great position.
The board also approved a contract with Tegrah Engineering of Milan, Tennessee, for some miscellaneous consulting work at the wastewater treatment plant. Consultation will include options for replacing the current chlorine feed system as well as various operational issues at the plant. The contract amount is not to exceed $5,000, and the BPU will only be charged when services are rendered.
As a housekeeping measure, the board also approved a resolution updating their Hartford retirement plans to better align with Hartford policy. This resolution involves no cost to BPU or its employees.
TBI Puts Lumpkin on Top Ten Most Wanted List
Man wanted in shooting at Local Club
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today put a Milan, Tenn. man on the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted List after he was charged with murder in Henry County for a fatal shooting that occurred last week.
Tevin Lumpkin, 20, last known address 2057 Cedar Street, Milan, Tenn. is wanted by the Henry County Sheriff’s office for first degree murder. On August 25, 2012, Lumpkin shot the victim, 41- year-old Eric Kinley of Paris, Tenn., at Fahrenheit 101, a nightclub located on Highway 79 south in Paris after Kinley was involved in a confrontation with several other people.
Lumpkin has a criminal history that dates back to 2010 and includes attempted criminal homicide, assault on a police officer, aggravated assault, multiple other assault charges, drug charges and resisting arrest.
Lumpkin is described as a black male with brown eyes and black hair who is known to wear dread locks. He is 6’1” and weighs approximately 170 lbs. He was last seen in an older model white Pontiac Bonneville with black hubcaps and should considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Tevin Lumpkin is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Long-Time Business Owner Perkins Dies
Paris, Tenn.-Hilary Perkins, 83, long-time owner of Perkins Drugs, died this morning at his Paris home. Funeral arrangements are in the charge of McEvoy Funeral Home and will be announced when completed.
Downtown Cruise-in Planned for 5:30pm on Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a downtown Paris cruise in for cars on the east side of the courtsquare starting at 5:30pm Tuesday evening. Everyone is welcome with their classic cars to come and sit and visit for awhile.
Two Local Schools Achieve Reward Schools Status
As the names of schools "E.W. Grove School, Lakewood Elementary" flashed on the screen, Education Commission Kevin Huffman makes the announcement, televised to the schools locally. (Susan Burton photo).
Nashville, Tenn.-Two Henry County Schools are among 169 schools in the state that have achieved status as reward schools. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced the list of the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement.
Included in that exclusive list are E.W. Grove and Lakewood Schools.
The Reward Schools are spread across 70 districts, located in major cities as well as rural areas, and 102 of the recognized schools serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations. A list of the schools can be found on the department’s website, at www.tn.gov/education/accountability.
Many of the state’s schools celebrated by tuning in for a special webcast featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam and Huffman and that included the local schools.
“Tennessee is leading the way in education reform, and these schools demonstrate two key focuses of education in our state: high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said at an event held at Kenrose Elementary School in Brentwood. “Job creation and education are inextricably linked, and continuing our momentum in education reform is important as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. We are proud of the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.
Nearly a quarter of the 169 schools on the Reward School list actually earned both designations--including both Lakewood and Grove Junior High--rising to the top 5 percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement, according to a new accountability system adopted through Tennessee’s No Child Left Behind waiver.
Patriots, Lady Patriots fall in close golf matchup with McKenzie
McKenzie, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots competed at Carroll Lake Golf Course on Monday. In men’s action, McKenzie shot a 157, edging the Patriots by one stroke as they shot a 158. Other teams in action were Huntingdon who shot a 192 and Bradford finished with a 199.
Individual scores for Henry County included Evan Todd with a 36, Jamison Hayes, 37, Jordan Hayes, 38, and Chase Hill, 47.
The Lady Patriots finished two strokes behind McKenzie 101 to 99 respectively. In ladies individual scores Brittany Martin shot a 50 and Madison Dillard shot a 51.
4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery Teams Turn Up the Heat
Allie Jo Shankle and Michael McVicker tend their grills at the Western Region 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery contest. Their team utilized a cowboy theme. (Staci Foy photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Three Henry County 4-H Outdoor Meat Cookery teams traveled to Jackson on Saturday to compete in the Western Region Outdoor Meat Cookery contest. They competed against more than twenty other teams from across the Western Region. All three teams garnered awards with several individuals taking home awards, as well.
In the senior high division for 9th through 12th grade members, the Henry County team consisted of Brance Bierly, Chandler Brachmann, Justin Miller and Nick Smetak. This team earned second place in the contest. Justin Miller had the top individual score in the lamb category, while Nick Smetak took home the second high individual award in poultry. The senior high team will now advance to the state outdoor meat cookery contest, held at UT Knoxville in October.
In the junior high division, for 6th through 8th grade members, Henry County was represented by two teams. The team of Colby Duke, Michael McVicker, Allie Jo Shankle and Daniel Thomas earned the first place team award. In the beef category, Michael McVicker earned the high scoring individual award. Daniel Thomas was awarded the second high individual award in the poultry category.
The junior high team consisting of Jeffrey Allen, Hunter Goodman, Trey Jones and Jacob Savage took second place team honors. Hunter Goodman earned the high scoring individual award in the poultry category. Jacob Savage and Trey Jones earned second high individual honors in the lamb and pork divisions, respectively.
The Outdoor Meat Cookery contest consists of teams of four youth, each cooking lamb, pork, beef or poultry. Competitors are judged on their ability to safely build and maintain a charcoal fire, food safety, recipe, meat preparation skills, palatability and appearance of their grilled product, and theme/presentation.
All three of the teams had a successful day at the contest. They worked hard with weekly practices for two months to prepare. Coaches Patty Jones and Dawn Brachmann have dedicated much time to helping the members to learn and grow. Parents and other family members have worked hard to get their grilling team members to practices; all the while hauling around grills, chairs, coolers and other equipment.
4-H is the Youth Development program for University of Tennessee Extension. 4-H teaches leadership, citizenship and life skills to more than 302,000 youth in grades 4-12. 4-H also has more than 15,000 adult volunteers. UT Extension is one of four units of the UT Institute of Agriculture. If you would like more information on 4-H or the Outdoor Meat Cookery teams in Henry County, please call the UT Extension Office in Henry County at 642-2941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Searches Required For Unemployment Claims
Nashville- Starting on September 1 the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will begin the implementation of the Unemployment Insurance Accountability Act of 2012 which will require all unemployment claimants in the state to demonstrate valid work search activity and maintain a work search log. Failure to comply with the new law will result in loss of benefits.
Notices are being mailed this week to all receiving Tennessee Unemployment Compensation informing them of new requirements to continue receiving those benefits. The department will also conduct random audits of one thousand claimants’ work search documentation each week to verify work search activity. If work search claims are found to be fraudulent, the departmet will stop a claimant’s benefits immediately and can suspend any payments for eight weeks.
Claimants are required to conduct three work searches each week. A valid work search activity is considered one of the following: registering at jobs4tn.gov and applying for jobs online, completing a job application in person or online, mailing a job application and or resume, making in person visits with employers who may have job openings, sending job applications to employers, interviewing with potential employers by phone or in person, registering for work with private employment agencies, placement services, or hiring unions, using the employment resources available at Tennessee Career Centers, and attending job search seminars. For more information visit www.tn.gov/labor-wfd.
HC Quarterback Club selling Boston Butts for $30
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.
US Marshall's Office Joins HCSO in hunt for suspects
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be teaming up with the U.S. Marshals Office in an attempt to locate the primary suspect in the murder of 42 year old Eric Kinley of Paris. According to Sheriff Monte Belew, the shooter has been identified as Tevin “Jay” Lumpkin, 20, of Milan, TN. He’s reported as a black male, 6’1, 170 pounds with dreadlocks, and is believed to be armed and dangerous. He was last seen driving a white Pontiac Bonneville with black hubcaps.
Police are also looking for Charles Liphford, 22, of Milan, for weapons violations. Anyone with any information should call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672, the Henry County Hot Line 642-0929 or the TBI hotline at TBI-Find. The Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1000 reward for Lumpkin’s whereabouts.
Shots fired at Crestview Manor over the weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Several 911 calls reported a fight in progress and shots fired at Crestview Manor in Paris Sunday night, according to Paris Police Department reports. However, responding officer Jeramye Whitaker reported that witnesses were uncooperative and no shell casings were recovered from the scene.
Arrests over the weekend include:Vernon Evans of Porter Street, arrested for burglary and placed on $15,000 bond.Shelia Hicks, 59, of Springville, arrested for driving under the influence and violation of implied consent.Jerome Shanklin, 53, of Hardy Street, arrested for burglary. Dalton Merrell, 18 of Edgewood Street, arrested for underage consumption of alcohol, possession of Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
K-9s and Handlers Receive Training
Marshia Morton, Scott Co., Mo., left, watches as Kim Mike of Graves Co., Ky., photographs a training session in a boat at Paris Landing. The scent machine is in the foreground. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Buchanan, Tenn.-Local and area K-9s and their handlers were all over at Paris Landing State Park over the weekend, undergoing training from the Southeast
Missouri search and rescue organization.
Handlers from as far away as Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky gathered
at the park with their K-9s for two days of training, especially in water and
underwater detection. Marshia Morton, SEMO Search and Rescue spokesperson, and others were using a scent machine and other methods of scent detection to train the dogs both on the water and off.
Chris Chitwood and Sonya from Poplar Bluff, Mo. were one of several K-9 handling teams who gathered at Paris Landing over the weekend. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Local Man Arrested For Meth Promotion
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department combined to
make an arrest for meth manufacture and promotion at McClain’s Trailer
According to Patrolman Jeremye Whitaker, officers were searching for a
runaway juvenile at the trailer park and smelled the odor of ether
coming from a trailer. After being granted access to search, officers
found numerous items in the bathroom, including liquid fire and a
gassing bottle under the sink. They found two people hiding under the
bed, one of whom told officers where other items were.
In the house, officers found a marijuana pipe, a meth pipe, rubber
tubing, a funnel with meth residue, coffee filters, salt, and cold
packs. In a backpack in a field behind the house, officers found vise
grips, wire cutters, lithium batteries, empty pill bottles, a cold
pack, rubber tubing, more coffee filters, knife and pill grinder.
Arrested was Joseph Coleman, age 36 of 716 Memorial Dr., Paris.
Juvenile Arrested Following SUV Accident
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a juvenile who was driving an SUV that rolled
onto its top in front of the Fire Department on West Wood during a
one-vehicle accident Friday night. Police arrested the juvenile female
for violation of curfew and leaving the scene of an accident and may
cite her on more charges after blood tests are completed.
When Patrolman Amber Roaten arrived at the scene two juvenile
occupants of the car were standing outside the vehicle and two others
had fled the scene. Patrolman Derek Colley located one juvenile in
front of the Greystone and the driver was located later at her home on
Inside the vehicle, officers found an open container of beer that had
spilled. The EMS unit was called to provide medical assistance to
those involved and two persons were taken to the hospital, including
the driver whose blood was drawn to test her blood alcohol level.
American Queen Moves Down Tennessee River
Buchanan, Tenn.-For Kathy and Larry Ray, it's days like this that they're especially happy to live on the Tennessee River. Larry took the photo as the American Queen from Memphis moved by their home. "
Larry saw it coming by and took the photo," Kathy said. "It was so beautiful with the wheel churning and the smoke coming from the stacks. It was amazing watching it going down the river."
DUI Arrest Follows Erratic Driving
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to East Wood Street where a driver was
driving his jeep on the shoulder of the road without headlights at 11
p.m. Friday. Patrolman Jordan Klutts said the driver slurred his
speech he smelled of alcohol was apparent and he refused a sobriety
Arrested was Damon Cooke, 55, Big Sandy, f or his DUI 2nd offense. Bond of $7,000 was set and he will appear in court August 28.
Purse-Snatching Results In Arrest
Paris, Tenn.-A man who stole a purse and phone from a car parked at a local funeral home and then ran off was apprehended and the items recovered.
According to Patrolman Amber Roaten, police were called on a report of
a purse-snatching from the parking lot of Ridgeway Funeral home. The
victim saw a black male walking from her car and saw the roof light on
inside the car and went inside to tell others. Witnesses then ran
after him and chased him down the street.
Jerome Shanklin, age 53 of 707 Hardy Street, was apprehended and
charged with theft. A bond of $5,000 was set.
Suspects Still At Large
Paris, Tenn.-As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, the suspects in the shooting death of a Paris man at a local nightclub are still at large.
Law enforcement is still seeking Tevin D. "Jay" Lumpkin, 20, Milan, for first degree murder, and Charles Liphford, 22, Milan, for displaying a handgun during the incident.
Eric Kinley, 42, of Paris, was shot to death at the Fahrenheit 101 nightclub early Saturday morning. A detailed article on the shooting is on the website below.
Special 911 Meeting Called
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer announced a special called meeting of the 911 board has been called to discuss and possibly approve a construction manager for the renovation at the new 911 building.
The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday August 28, at city hall. The new 911 building is the former Reeves Drapery store on Brewer St., Paris.
Paris Man Shot And Killed At Local Club
Tevin "Jay" Lumpkin Charles Liphford
Paris, Tenn.-A 42-year-old Paris man was shot and killed early Saturday morning at Fahrenheit 101, 3510 Hwy. 79 South and law enforcement is seeking the two suspects.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department received a call at 2:41 a.m. today of shots fired at the club and at least one person had been shot.
Officers responded to the night club and found Eric Kinley, 42, of Paris, had been shot several times and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigation by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation show that just before the shooting there was some type of confrontation near the bar area possibly between Kinley and at least three other persons.
An additional person came from out of the area and did open fire on Kinley, striking him three times with a semi auto 9mm round. Kinley was able to flee the shooter but did fall and collapse in the floor.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the shooter has been identified as Tevin D “Jay” Lumpkin, 20, off Milan TN. Lumpkin is known to wear dread locks and is 6’1” and weighs 170 lbs.
Warrants have been issued for his arrest for First Degree Murder and he is considered armed and dangerous. Lumpkin was last seen possibly in an older model White Bonneville with black hub caps.
A second suspect displayed a handgun during this incident and is sought for weapons violations. A warrant has been issued for Charles Liphford, 22, of Milan.
Anyone with addition information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Henry County Hot Line 731-642-0929 or the TBI hotline at TBI-Find.
A reward is being offered by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office of $1,000 for Lumpkin’s whereabouts.
Henry County Falls To Beech
#3 Trey Cowans returns a kickoff to the Patriots' 27-yard line. Cowans had over 160 yards in kickoff return yards during the game. (Tim Pharr photos).
Paris, Tenn.-At their first home game of the season, the Henry County Patriots lost to the Beech Buchaneers 55-41. Henry County got off to a slow start and was never able to catch up despite good plays and plenty of touchdowns as the game went on. Next week, the Patriots face Kenwood at Kenwood.
#70 Jaye Gore blocks a Beech defender. (Pharr photo).
#34 Kyle McKee tackles a Beech running back.
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.
News from past weeks here.