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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks




Man Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Puryear Traffic Stop

Puryear, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Jim Sanders responded to Parkhill Road in Puryear to assist Puyear Police Chief Dale Paschall with a traffic stop. The suspect, Christopher Patterson, age 26, of Big Sandy, pulled out of a parking lot and nearly struck Chief Paschall’s patrol car. Dep. Sanders immediately smelled and odor of marijuana on his person and Patterson failed several field sobriety tests.

Patterson was charged with DUI 2nd offense, violation of implied consent, and after two large bags of marijuana was found hidden in the center console, he was charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patterson was placed on $2500 bond.

Thefts Being Investigate in County, City

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded a report of theft on Smith Street. An owner let his renter borrow a chainsaw and weed eater and have not seen them since. Also items inside the home were missing including an Xbox, two laptops, a tablet, an a DVD player. Investigation is continuing.

Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from a home on Highland Street. It was the 2nd time the home was burglarized this week and this time two LG TVs and a wallet was stolen. There are no suspects at this time and police continue to investigate.

Pats Host Northeast in Region Game Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County takes on Northeast Friday night at home for the first Region game of the season. The Patriots are 1-1 on the year after Germantown Houston decided not to return to play last week’s game. Temperatures have cooled off and it should be a great night to get out to the stadium. If you can’t make it listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 415-325-0723. If you listen via your phone just remember standard rates do apply.

Reminder: NWTN Racquet Club to Host Tournament This Weekend

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.

NASI Meeting and Auditions at Jack's Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Nashville Songwriter’s Association International will hold meetings and auditions for writers round at 6pm tonight at Jack’s Pool room in Paris. It is free and open to the public. Writers in the Round will follow at 8pm.

Commission Hears Update on City's Streets

City Commissioners and staff discuss streets and paving. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, Public Works Director Phillip Jesse presented an update on all the streets that have been paved this year and paving plans for the future. Jesse said $325K came in from state street aid and they have spent about $270K paving about 10 miles of streets. He said some of the money went to several materials used to pave, mill, and otherwise take care of the streets.

City Manager Kim Foster said there is a plan the Public Works Department follows to a tee when it comes to taking care of the City’s Streets. Jesse said the foundation under the streets also seem to determine the time frame as to when it tears up. One of the problems that they are working on is the water that runs across Volunteer Drive near the Civic Center and Paris Elementary.

City Sees 4% Increase In June Retail Sales

Commissioners look over financials as Finance Director Traci Pillow discusses retail sales. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow reported to the City Commission Thursday night that June saw an increase of 4% in retail sales compared to June of last year. Pillow also said this brings the City up to a 4% increase year to date in retail sales as well.

Expenditures did exceed revenues in July in the General Fund by $38,341. She said, “a couple of large expenses were paid in July including Worker’s Comp Insurance, which was over $253K and liability insurance which came in at over $91K. We also paid out $111K in asphalt.”

Solid Waste revenues were over expenses by over $17K in July.

The City issued three business licenses in the month of July, but only one was a new business and the other two were changes that required issuing a new license. Two new employees were hired in July, a full-time employee for the Parks Department and part time for Animal Control.

Foster Updates Commissioners on Several Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over various projects at Thursday’s City Commission. Demolitions for dilapidated structures have been ongoing as 5 were done during August, two of those solely with City resources. Five more demolitions are pending. 

She said this past weekend’s Clean Sweep day in the AP Neighborhood went very well and about 60 volunteers in attendance this past Saturday. Foster said we are going to try to get one more Clean Sweep Day in another neighborhood before the winter sets in. Foster said they are considering the Wynn Street areas.

Foster said Wade Dortch Roofing was awarded the bid for the roofing the south end of City Hall and work would begin immediately weather permitting. She also told Commissioners a grant application for the ECD Façade Improvement Grant and the Main Street Application have been submitted and now the City awaits answers on both issues. The DPA has received the ABC Grant and more work will begin on the Back Alley Paris project. Phase 3, “Windows of the West Alley” will be the next phase.

Foster said TDOT is cracking down on cities across the state to put plans in place to become more ADA compliant by December. She said, "this is a big undertaking because all City owned buildings will have to have signage and a full plan must be documented. Just as we did for MS4 requirements, we may have to hire some outside consultants to help with these issues."

Commission Approves Resolutions, Board Appointments

Paris, Tenn.- The Commission approved a resolution allowing the City of Paris to participate in the Safety Partner’s matching grant program. Each year The Pool offers a 50/50 match grant for $2K and the City applies. The Paris Fire Department is submitting the application since they already planned to purchase many pieces of safety equipment in their budget for this year.

Commissioners also passed an ordinance on 2nd and final reading to amend the Paris Municipal Code regarding changing the date of collecting ESN 122 Fire subscription fees from a September 1 due date to September 30th. The change aligns with the City’s code and current practice due to workload.

Also passed on 2nd reading was an ordinance to be in compliance with State law regarding citations and the amount the City can charge for them, for the handicapped parking ordinance. It changes the fine from $100 to $49 plus appropriate state litigation taxes.

The City Commission approved a rezoning request for property on East Washington Street on 2nd reading rezoning the area from a B-2 to a B-1, Planned Business. Another rezoning request for property on Russell Street for a Transitional Residential Business was also approved on 2nd reading.

Appointments to boards were made Thursday night at the Paris City Commission. Laura Davis was appointed to the Paris Henry County Library Board to replace Teresa Townley; George Todd was reappointed to the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board; Matt Wermer replaces Jack Spencer on the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board; and Denise Wardle replaces Norma Steele on the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board.

HCSO Urges Citizens to "Park Smart"

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is urging everyone to “Park Smart”!  All across the county you will see signs that will be urging you to do three things:

1.) Secure your valuables

2.) Lock the vehicle

3.) Take the keys with you


Making your vehicle safe and secure will deter thieves and criminals from stealing something out of your vehicle.  In recent months, we have found most victims of auto burglaries have left their vehicles unlocked.  The Sheriff’s Office hopes that these signs will serve as a reminder to keep your vehicles locked and secured. 

Paris Police Dept. Conducting Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will be conducting safety and sobriety checks starting today through Labor Day weekend, and Tuesday September 5th.  The safety checks will target impaired drivers and to ensure vehicle safety laws are met.  All safety and impaired driver violations will be strictly enforced.     

The Paris Police Department is a partner with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in our efforts to reduce D.U.I.’s, injury accidents and fatal traffic accidents through extra traffic enforcement. The funds received from the THSO program allow us to put extra officers in the field with the specific goal of saving lives by focused traffic enforcement programs set by the Chief of Police.  

MSU Engineering Physics Program Receives Reaccreditation

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s flagship engineering degree program in engineering physics, administered by the Institute of Engineering through the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology, has received full reaccreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Murray State’s engineering physics program is a rigorous four-year engineering degree that offers tracks of study in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering and advanced physics. It is particularly strong in preparing students to work in cutting-edge technologies where traditional science and engineering disciplines overlap. The program has been continuously accredited since 1996 and is one of fewer than 25 such programs in the nation to be ABET-accredited.

As part of the accreditation process, Murray State’s engineering physics program was praised for its ability to be responsive to the changing global engineering environment, and its faculty members were recognized for their effective teaching and availability to students.

“This accreditation is a significant point of pride and affirms that our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates who are prepared to not only enter but also succeed in the global workforce,” said Steve Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “It is particularly beneficial for future engineers in Kentucky to graduate from an EAC/ABET accredited program, as this accreditation of a student’s engineering degree program is required in order for the graduate to pursue professional engineering licensure.”

A new, 85,000-square-foot engineering and physics building to house the program is now under construction on Murray State’s Gene Wells Ray Science Complex. Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017, the facility will contain state-of-the-art classroom and instructional spaces, a high bay area for engineering projects, multiple student design labs and faculty office and research suites.

Break In Reported at Halfway Market; Reward Offered

Video shows the suspects that broke into the Half-Way Market early Thurs. Morning. (HCSO photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Halfway Market on Hwy. 641 S. where someone broke the glass in the drive thru window and entered the business. Once inside the suspect broke the cash register and took a bag of change under the counter. The incident occurred around 2am and video surveillance shows a white male force his way into the building. Beer and cigarettes were also stolen.

A reward of $500 is being offered by the Sheriff’s Office for anyone with information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the crime. Call 642-1672 to leave any tips.   

Long Drive Contest to Benefit HCHS Cross Country

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a 2016 Henry County High School Cross Country Long Drive Contest September 5th thru 9th with the Championship September 10th. Money raise will benefit the HCHS Cross Country Teams. The contest will be held at the Paris Golf Driving Range, located at 1685 Hwy 77 South, in Paris.

For a $10 contribution, you receive 5 balls and one complimentary token for a basket of range balls. You have unlimited times to enter the contest. The top 8 drives during the qualifying rounds will advance to the Championship Round and receive prizes.

The Championship Round will be seeded based on distance of the final 8 in a match play format. The overall winner will receive a trophy and bragging rights as the Henry County Long Drive Champion.

Qualifying Rounds are September 5-9, excluding Wednesday September 7th, from 5-8pm. The Championship will be Saturday September 10th at 4pm.

For more information contact Cross Country Coach Lance Winders at 336-2421.

Labor Day Benefit For Campbell Therapy Employee

Paris, Tenn.- Employees of Campbell Therapy Center will hold a car wash and bake sale to benefit co-worker Lalia Winsett on Labor Day Monday September 5th. The fundraiser will be from 10am to 1pm at Campbell Therapy Center located at 109 Commerce Street. Lalia is currently battling cancer.

Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for $5 at the Center. T-shirts are available for $15 with all proceeds benefiting Lalia. Call 641-8111 to order a T-shirt or for more information. A special fund has also been set up for Lalia at First Bank.

HCHS Golf Competes at Swan Lake

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Golf team travelled Swan Lake Golf Course and competed against Clarksville Academy and Montgomery Central Wednesday.

The Men’s team shot a 178, but were bested by Clarksville Academy’s 160. Individually Eli Todd had a 40, Cole Culpepper shot a44, Eli Ridgeway 45, and Cameron May a 49.

The Lady Patriots shot an 82 and beat Clarksville Academy’s 86 and Montgomery Central’s 131. Leah Bell shot a 40 and Sydney Williams shot a 42.

U.S. FWS Seeks Public Input on Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddling

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting public review and comment on a use proposed for the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddle Boating. The draft compatibility determination (CD) is available for public review and comment by visiting the website at www.fws.gov/refuge/tennessee, the Tennessee NWR Facebook page, or paper copies are available at the Refuge Visitor’s Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. You may have a paper copy mailed to you by calling the Refuge at 642-2091.

Comments may be submitted by email at tina_chouinard@fws.gov, faxed to 731-736-2199, or mailed to Tennessee NWR, 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN 38256.

Comments must be received by Friday September 16th and your name and address should be included on your comments.

Kayaking, canoeing, and paddling allow the general public access through and around the refuge’s waterways for wildlife observation, wildlife photography, and recreation. Access to the refuge will be allowed during daylight hours when the refuge is open to the public, or after dark on a case-by-case basis, as authorized by the refuge manager.

The purpose of developing the draft CD is to ensure that only appropriate and compatible uses are allowed to occur on Tennessee NWR in compliance with the outlined stipulations to ensure the impacts of the proposed uses are minimized, that the proposed uses does not detract from or materially interfere with the purpose of the NWR, and that the proposed use contributes to the purposes of the NWR and management of the system.

Kustoff Campaign Tour to Swing Thru Paris Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Republican Nominee for the 8th Congressional District of the United States House of Representatives David Kustoff will swing thru Paris on Thursday as part of a West Tennessee tour. He will tour the Henry County Courthouse from 2:30pm-3:30pm Thursday.

Kustoff was born in Shelby County and graduate of the University of Memphis. In 2006, President Bush appointed Kustoff as U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Tennessee.

MSU Named Best Bang for the Buck University

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has again been recognized as giving students more bang for their buck. For the third consecutive year, Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Rankings has highlighted Murray State as a best value for students seeking a college degree. Murray State was the top-ranked public university in Kentucky within the Southern Schools category of “Best Bang for the Buck,” ranking 24th overall among 100 universities. 

The methodology for the “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings included specific measures such as loan repayment rank, graduation rate, net price of attendance, percentage of first-generation students and percent of Pell Grant students.

“Once again this year, we are honored to receive recognition from Washington Monthly that emphasizes the great value of a Murray State University education while reinforcing our mission to be the finest student-centered institution in the country,” said Murray State President Bob Davies. “Examples such as our new scholarship model will continue to provide a high-quality education that affords endless opportunities for our students.”

Earlier this summer, Murray State University received accolades as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes along with being named as a “2016 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

UTM Named Top-20 Southern Colleges By Washington Monthly

Martin, Tenn.- The Washington Monthly 2016 College Rankings name the University of Tennessee at Martin 17th in the “Best Bang for the Buck Southern Colleges” category. UT Martin is the top-ranked Tennessee institution, ahead of Tennessee Technological University (19th), Vanderbilt University (22nd) and Austin Peay State University (41st), among others.

Washington Monthly is known for ranking institutions based not only on price, graduation and retention rates, number of programs and other common factors, but also on qualities such as post-graduation earnings, student ability to repay educational loans, service to country and contributions to research.

Perhaps the heaviest factor in this ranking is the social mobility of enrolled students. Universities that make it a priority to help first-generation and lower or moderate-income students reach graduation and enter the workforce score well in these rankings.

Thirty-seven percent of UT Martin’s spring 2016 graduating class were first-generation college graduates, and 44 percent qualified for federal PELL grants. The fall 2015 overall student body consisted of 39 percent first-generation students and 48.6 percent PELL-eligible students.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.

Judges Snyder, Little Recognized by Juv. Judges Council

Memphis- Two juvenile court judges have been recognized by the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for their exceptional service in advancing juvenile justice.

Henry County Judge Vicki Snyder and Madison County Judge Christy R. Little were presented the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award at the annual conference of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (TCJFCJ) in Memphis this week. Both judges serve general sessions courts with juvenile jurisdiction.

The McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award has been presented every year since 1985 to a Tennessee judge or judges with juvenile jurisdiction who have demonstrated outstanding service dedicated to the improvement of juvenile justice in Tennessee for the benefit of the children and families served by the state’s courts.

Judge Little is a graduate of Lambuth University and Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. She practiced law in Jackson from 1988 to 1998, when she was elected as general sessions judge in Madison County. Her duties include all juvenile matters, probate and small claims civil matters.

Judge Little is past president of the General Sessions Judges Conference, serves on the executive committee of the juvenile court judges, and is a member of the Board of Judicial Conduct. In addition, she is the west Tennessee coordinator for the Three Branches Institute. She is also a board member for the University of Memphis School of Law.

Judge Snyder was elected in 2006. She is a graduate of Henry County High School, the University of Tennessee at Martin (with honors) and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Memphis School of Law in 1985. Prior to her election to the bench, Judge Snyder clerked for the Shelby County criminal court judges, was engaged in the private practice of law, served as assistant district attorney general and assistant public defender for the 24th Judicial District.

Judge Snyder serves on several boards and commissions, including the Tennessee Supreme Court Indigent Representation Task Force. She also is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Henry County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

The award was named in memory of Judge Elizabeth McCain of Shelby County, who was active in the council and served voluntarily as executive secretary of TCJFC for a number of years. In 1991, the membership voted to add Judge Jerome Abernathy’s name to the award. Judge Abernathy, of Giles County, served as president to the Council in 1989-90.

New Man in Charge of Henry County Roads

Paris, Tenn.- For the first time in 34 years, a new man is in charge of Supervising Henry County Roads. Richie Chilcutt, who won the Election earlier this month, was officially sworn in at the Courthouse by County Clerk Donna Craig on Wednesday. Chilcutt takes over for Ray Norwood who retires after 34 years on the job. (Suzanne Chilcutt photo)

Theft Reported on Hwy. 641 N

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Hwy. 641 N. was broken into recently. Items stolen include a window A/C and other small items. Also stolen was a 4-wheeler from the property. There are no suspects and police continue to investigate.

Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department responded to a domestic and ended up making an arrest. Leon Foster, age 38, of 209 Jenkins Street was charged with possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule six, and domestic assault.

Noon on the Square Kicks Off This Friday in Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.- A September tradition in downtown Paris returns this Friday as Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square kicks off. Noon on the Square runs from 11am to 1pm each Friday in September as times for entertainment has been expanded an hour. Lunch will be available to purchase every Friday and the Downtown Paris Association will provide drinks. Henry County Medical Center will also be giving blood pressure checks without charge every Friday.

This Friday September 2nd, the Local Strangers will be the band on display as they make their Noon the Square debut. Perry’s BBQ will have lunch available for purchase.

Friday September 9th, The Legends, will entertain will great country music and Cash’s Pizza will sell lunch to support the Quota Club.

Friday September 16th, the Ray Lewis Band will rock the square with classic rock, country, and blues. Perry’s BBQ will be on sale for lunch and the Boss Hoss motorcycle show and parade will roll into downtown this day.

The Chill Tonics will play a variety of music on Friday September 23rd, with Perry’s BBQ serving Lunch and John Austin McDaniel  will perform his hits on Friday September 30th. Johnny Mac will include tunes from classic country, southern rock, and original tunes as well. Cash’s Pizza will sell lunch.

Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chair and join in on the fun of this September tradition.

Lady Pats Soccer, Volleyball Lose in Clarksville Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Lady Patriots Soccer Team lost to Rossview on Tuesday evening by a final score of 2-0. The Lady Patriots are now 1-1 in District 10-AAA and will step out of District Play against Madison at home Thursday at 6pm.

The Lady Patriots Volleyball lost their first match of the season at Clarksville High Tuesday night. The Lady Wildcats won the set 25-14; 25-12; and 26-24.

Statewide Emergency Alert Test Set for Thurs.

September is National Preparedness Month

Nashville- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters, and its members, will conduct a statewide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to deliver a voluntary Emergency Alert System (EAS) message and a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) at 9:30am., CDT, on Thur., Sept. 1, 2016.

TEMA and TAB’s partnership and IPAWS test is a collaborative effort to raise awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness and in recognition of September 2016 as National Preparedness Month.

“This year, in Tennessee and across the nation, natural and human-caused disasters have taken lives, destroyed homes and damaged roads and infrastructure,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan.  “While we live in some of the safest times in history, these fires, storms, flash-floods, heatwaves, tornadoes, accidents, and active shooter tragedies serve as reminders of the importance of being aware of the potential threats around us and to prepare ourselves and our loved ones.  This statewide EAS test message will recognize National Preparedness Month and emphasize the importance of emergency preparedness.” 

TEMA will send the voluntary EAS and WEA test messages through IPAWS, allowing TEMA to assess its operational readiness to alert and warn the public during statewide disasters and emergencies.  The message will be as follows:

“This is a statewide test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.  September is National Preparedness Month.  The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and this station are reminding you how important it is to be ready for disasters and emergencies. Take some time to prepare an emergency kit for your home, office, and vehicle, and have an emergency plan so you and your family are ready.  Visit www.tnema.org for information.”

The EAS test is designed to have limited impact on the public and there is no Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulatory liability for stations that choose not to participate. 

“TAB’s radio and television membership is looking forward to partnering with TEMA to help bring awareness to families and businesses getting ready for the when, not if of an emergency or disaster,” said TAB President Whit Adamson.  “We know this statewide test is the perfect warmup for the national test scheduled on September 28, 2016, which will be coordinated with the FCC and Federal Emergency Management Agency.”

Also on Sept. 1, just after 2:30 p.m., CDT, Tennesseans, and those travelling through the state, will receive the following WEA, or text message, on their mobile devices:

September is National Preparedness Month, make sure you are ready for the next disaster.

Authorized alerting authorities can use WEA to send emergency text messages through mobile carriers.  WEA messages include a special tone and vibration, repeated twice, to alert callers.  The message also will display the type and time of the alert.  More information on WEA is available at www.fema.gov/frequently-asked-questions-wireless-emergency-alerts

Prepare for Emergencies

National Preparedness Month is designed to raise awareness and encourage Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, schools, organizations, businesses, and places of worship.

The first step in emergency preparedness is to create a written emergency plan for you and your family.  Basic emergency plans include information such as:

  • The evacuation procedure for your home, in case of fire or flood, so everyone will know which exits to take during a home emergency;
  • How family members should contact each other if they are separated in a disaster;
  • Where family members should meet after evacuating their home, or if your neighborhood is being evacuated; and,
  • The important contact phone numbers for work locations, medical providers, and insurance carriers.

Also, check the emergency plans and preparations for places where you and your family spend time such as schools, day cares, sports facilities, and faith organizations.  It is also important to have an emergency kit in every automobile your family uses.

Finally, make sure you exercise your plans with your family.  Practice a family fire drill or try out your communication plan on a day when you know family members will be separated.  

Emergency Kit Basics

The contents of a well-stocked disaster kit vary depending on household needs.  There are certain essentials for any kit:

  • Water – at least a gallon per person per day, for three to five days
  • Nonperishable food (such as dried fruit or peanut butter) – enough per person for three to five days
  • Pet supplies
  • Pet food and water
  • Baby supplies (formula, diapers)
  • Weather radio (battery-powered or hand-crank) and extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Dust mask (to filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cellphone (with charger, inverter or solar charger)
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap
  • Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils, paper towels
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Whistle (to call for help)
  • Can opener (manual)
  • Local maps
  • Extra batteries
More information on emergency plans and preparedness can be found at www.ready.gov, with sections that include family emergency communication plans and emergency plans for kids

Leadership HC Applications Available Now

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are available for Leadership Henry County, a community awareness and skill building program sponsored by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. You can print an application at the Chamber’s website, www.paristnchamber.com.

Leadership Henry County offers one-day classes to people who have demonstrated leadership potential. Each session is taught by a community leader. The sessions include team building, government, education, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. Cost for the class is $325. Scott Morrison, First Bank, is the program chair and vice president of Membership Development and Training for the Chamber.

Morrison said, “Leadership Henry County is a staple of community involvement, we are consistently building a group of leaders who go on to serve our Chamber and throughout Paris and Henry County.”

For more information call the Chamber at 642-3431.

PES Fall Kickoff Festival Friday 4:30-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School’s Fall Kick-Off Festival will be held Friday September 2nd from 4:30-7pm. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family including games, prizes, bounce houses, cotton candy, pizza, cake walk, face painting, photo booth, and more.

The community is invited to the Fall Kickoff Festival. PES students will be able to participate in a book swap that evening as well. New spirit wear shirts and other items will be available for purchase. Children under age 18 can exchange 5 box tops for 5 tickets. Tickets are 50 cents each and can be used for all purchases except spirit wear. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Jr. Livestock Buyers Meet and Greet Sept. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association and Exhibitors will host the Buyers Meet and Greet on Tuesday September 6th at 6pm. It is come and go and will be held at the Henry Farmer’s Co-op TN-KN building, the old Carburetor plant located across and up the road from the Co-op. There is additional parking in the back of the building. This is a different location than previous years. Everyone is invited. Call Tyler Miller with questions at 731-227-0135.

The Livestock Sale will be held Thursday September 15th. The Henry County Fair runs September 10-17 at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

PLSP Summer in the Park Concert Series Concludes Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park’s Summer in the Park Concert Series concludes this Labor Day weekend with a performance on Saturday September 3rd at 7pm. David and Lil Ricky will perform oldies hits so bring you lawn chair or blanket and enjoy great music while overlooking Kentucky Lake.  

TN Tourism Has Record Breaking Economic Impact Again

Sevierville, Tenn.- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett today announced Tennessee tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached an all-time high of $18.4 billion in 2015, up 3.7 percent over the previous year, as reported by the U.S. Travel Association. The announcement took place at the Sevier County Courthouse near the iconic Dolly Parton statue. Mountain Rukus from Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede provided music.

For the 10th consecutive year, tourism topped $1 billion in state and local sales tax revenue, reaching $1.6 billion, up 7 percent over 2014. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 157,400, an increase of 2.9 percent.

Top five counties include Davidson ($5.686 billion), Shelby ($3.196 billion), Sevier ($2.031 billion), Hamilton ($1.016 billion), and Knox ($1.014 billion), who were acknowledged during the event for all achieving more than $1 billion in travel expenditures. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures; 19 counties saw more than $100 million each.

Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel, with more than 105 million in total visitation, a 3.9% increase over 2014, as reported by D.K. Shifflet & Associates. 

“The hard work of Tennessee’s tourism industry, strategically led by the Department of Tourist Development and the Tennessee Tourism Committee, continues to produce record results,” Gov. Haslam said. “More travelers from around the world are visiting Tennessee each year, and the $1.6 billion in sales tax revenue and growth in jobs is good news for every Tennessean.” 

“It’s appropriate that today’s announcement takes place next to a statue of Sevier County’s own Dolly Parton, who graces the cover of this year’s Tennessee Vacation Guide,” said Commissioner Triplett. “Dolly’s music has played a major role in making Tennessee ‘The Soundtrack of America.’ People come to Tennessee for a variety of reasons including the music, but it’s the authenticity and Southern hospitality that our communities and partners deliver every day that keeps people coming back. The tourism industry’s continued economic impact growth is a result of visitor satisfaction.”

The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Committee is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort.

For more information, contact Molly Brown, public relations media manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-289-7495 c. or by email at Molly.Brown@tn.gov.

Thefts, Drugs Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department arrested Jakeil Daquon King, 21, of Dyersburg, for theft of merchandise after he appeared to have stolen some beer, wine, and a comforter set from Walmart.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated the loss prevention employee advised a man had walked out of the store with items and got into a White Dodge Caliber. Lt. Reed spotted the vehicle and made a traffic stop in Burke’s Parking lot. With a description from the loss prevention employee matching King’s Lt. Reed found the items that were not on a receipt and charged him with theft. He was placed on $750 bond.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated EMS requested assistance as they were providing medical assistance to a resident on East Wood. The EMS employee advised that drug paraphernalia was in plain sight. Ptl. Zachariah Carper and Ptl. Jamie James responded and found a spoon, syringe, and liquid in a coke can that appear to have been ingested.

Carol Bennett, age 50, of the address admitted the items were hers and she was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department arrested John K. Teague, age 28, of Murray at a wreck scene Monday after dispatch revealed him to have a suspended driver’s license. Teague was charged with driving on suspended and violation of financial responsibility law.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a resident of Lakeview Drive who had a laptop, State Championship Ring, and Class Ring stolen from his home. The value of items was $1850 according to the report. There are possible suspects and investigation is continuing.

Chamber Coffe Held at TN Valley Assoc. of Realtors

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Association of Realtors served as the Chamber Coffee host Tuesday morning. Executive Jennifer Owen and President Brian Foster welcome Chamber members to the Coffee. (Chamber photo)

HCHS Golf Splits in Murray

Murray, Ky.- The Lady Patriot and Patriot Golf teams competed against Calloway County and Stewart County on Monday at The Oaks Golf Course in Murray. The Lady Patriots defeated Stewart County by shooting an 81 while the Lady Rebels shot a 98. Individually for the Lady Pats Sydney Williams shot a 37 and Leah Bell a 44.

The Patriots lost the match against Calloway County and Stewart County. Henry County shot a 187. Stewart County won with a 164 and Calloway County had a 172. Individually for the Patriots Eli Ridgeway had a 43, Eli Todd a 47, Cameron May a 48, and Cole Culpepper a 49.

City of Paris Announces Labor Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming Labor Day Holiday. City Hall will be closed Labor Day, Monday September 5th and all emergency services will be on regular schedule.

The Public Works Department will be closed Labor Day. Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will be run Tuesday September 6th. The Landfill be will be Monday September 5th and reopen Tuesday at 7am.

The Animal Shelter will be closed Labor Day and will reopen at 11:30am on Tuesday September 6th.

The Paris Civic Center will close for Labor Day on Monday and reopen at 6am Tuesday September 6th.

Grove FCCLA Hosting School Supply Drive for La. Schools

Paris, Tenn.- Grove FCCLA is hosting a school supply drive this week to help several schools, students, and teachers in southeast Louisiana. Schools suffered major damaged not only were homes and personal belongings lost, but also school supplies. The drop off locations are E.W. Grove School, Lakewood Elementary, and the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The School Supply Drive last until Friday September 2nd.

Items needed include binders, loose-leaf paper, dividers, page protectors, pens, pencils, calculators, notebooks, crayons, colored pencils, markers, composition books, plastic folders with pockets and brads, pencil sharpeners, staplers, staples, dry erase markers and boards, sharpies, backpacks, tissues, Clorox wipes, paper towels.

Teacher supplies needed also include bulletin board borders and letters, stickers, rulers, classroom posters, file folders, tape, tape dispensers, etc.

For more information or to help with the drive contact Janet Pearce at Grove School at 642-4586 or by email a pearcej@henryk12.net.  

Entries Being Accepted for 3rd Annual FTNWR Photo Contest

Buchanan, Tenn.- Entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge “Wildlife Awaits” Photography Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Friends Group, Dr. Danny Kimberlin and Dr. Gene Guilish, to help raise awareness of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and the many photo opportunities it offers.

Entries will be accepted until September 15th and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Visitor’s Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive, Springville, TN. Winners will be announced at a reception to be held at the Visitor’s Center on Saturday October 8th.

The entry fee is $20 for up to 15 entries in 5 categories. There is a separate youth category and participants under 18 are free. Prizes paid out are $50 1st place; $30 2nd place; $20 3rd place in each category. Best of Show will win $100.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Visitor’s Center or obtained online at www.fws.gov/refuge/tennessee or from the Refuge or Friends of the Refuge’s Facebook page.

Proceeds from the entry fees are used to assist with funding projects and activities that take place on the refuge, such as trail projects, Discovery Series events, and awarding grants for busing students to the refuge for field trips. For more information call Vickie Miller at 731-247-3288.

Reminder: Paris Swim Team Tryouts Tues. Aug. 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.

W.G. Library Pre-School Story Hour Starts Sept. 8th

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Story Time begins on September 8th and will run on Thursdays at 10am. Preschool Story hour follows the Paris Special School District Calendar, only meeting when school is in session. There are always plenty of songs, fun, crafts, and games for the youngsters. Call the Library for more information at 642-1702.

Busy Weekend for Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are looking for suspects who broke into a salon on Hwy. 69 North over the weekend and stole over $1K worth of items. According to the report Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to the scene where the suspect entered the shop thru a previously broken window. The owner said the window had been broken before and she had put a board up over it to secure it. The board was pushed out and entry was gained into the business. Items stolen include 100 bottles of nail polish, several hair styling tools, shampoos and conditioners, and a police scanner.

Paris Police are also investigating a theft of a blue pitbull and a JVC stereo from a home on Hardy Street over the weekend. The victim advised he believed his ex-girlfriend may have taken the items and she could be in Clarksville. The dog and stereo are valued at over $300.

 A car parked at Maverick was entered and several items were stolen according to another report at the Paris Police Department. The vehicle was unlocked and the victim found her purse open and all its contents strewn about. Missing items included a credit card, $60 in cash, and some medicine. There are no suspects.

Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic issue on Kirks Trading Post Road and ended up later arresting Steven Dykman, age 28, of 220 Payton Drive for domestic assault and aggravated burglary. When Dep. Jenkins arrived, a woman said Dykman had kicked in the door of her home then left the scene. A neighbor said the two had been arguing and Dykman had tried to forcefully enter the home in the early hours of the morning. Dykman was later found and arrested.

Dep. Jenkins also responded to a theft on Buchanan Road over the weekend where a mega force generator, stainless grill, and two man ladder stand were stolen. The house was not being lived in and items were being readied for auction. The garage was broken into and items were stolen from there. There are no suspects.

Dep. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to two sets of storage units were the locks were cuts and some items were strewn about and missing. One unit at Hwy 641 N. had the lock cut and several pieces of furniture were taken along with other things. Another storage unit on Hwy. 119 had two units with the lock cuts, but it didn’t appear that any items were missing at the time. Investigation is continuing.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Smyrna

Ryan Patrum runs during the race on Saturday.

Smyrna, Tenn.- The Henry County Cross Country Team competed at the Voyles Classic in Smyrna this weekend. In the Men’s Varsity, Henry County’s Titus Winders placed 5th out of 267 runners with a time of 16:11. Silas Winders came in 22nd at 17:08 and other finishers for Henry County included Cole Davis, Zach Cutright, Jarrett Hays, Cooper Smith, and Devin Pritchett. The team placed 7th out of 37 teams.

The Lady’s Varsity Team competed and Madison Aiosa and Madison Caldwell competed against 206 other runners. The Men’s JV squad also competed.

Madison Aiosa running in the event.

Puryear Man Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brian Davis arrested Adam F. Kennedy, age 37 of 340 Morris Road of Puryear, on Saturday Aug. 27th for theft of property over $1,000. Kennedy was placed on $2,500 bond.

Rhea Library Closed Thursday Sept. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 1st for the Annual Regional All Staff Day workshop.

September is Library Card month. Each adult and each child who sign up for their first free Rhea Library card will get a chance to win a Walmart gift card worth $25.

Arts 'Round the Square Entry Deadline Wed. Aug 31st

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline for the Paris Henry County Arts Council’s Arts ‘Round the Square is approaching fast. The event is Saturday, September 24th and the deadline to register is Wednesday, August 31st. Entry forms and rules can be found on the Paris Henry County Arts Council website, www.phcarts.com or at their office at city hall. There will be awards for winners in each category.

For more information about this event of the arts council visit www.phcarts.com or contact their office at 731-642-3955.

Whitlock Road Closure Monday Aug. 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Whitlock Road on Monday August 29th for culvert replacement. The closure will be two-tenths of a mile east of Birds Creek Road. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Great Turnout for Lee Academy Arts Jam Benefit Concert

Paris, Tenn.- There was a great turnout for the Lee Academy for the Arts 2nd Annual Art Jam benefit concert which ran from 4- 7pm on Saturday August 27th.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Live performances from local musicians Izzy Arthurs of Paris, Derek Fields of McKenzie and Brinn Black of Nashville all performed at the event. Derek Fields, a McKenzie singer songwriter also performed at the event. Fields a soul, blues, rock and country musician has been performing music for the past 20yrs is currently cutting his 1st album.

Izzy Arthurs of Paris Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

Derek Fields of McKenzie Performing (Cassie Walsh photos)

The main headlining performance for the Art Jam benefit concert was a performance by the Bethel Bluegrass band from Bethel University's Renaissance program.

The event held booths that featured children's activities, which included a gymnastics course, face painting, a craft station, and a booth for kids to create pop art by throwing paint filled balloons at a canvas covered wall.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)                                      

Several other booths included a henna booth by Delia McDevitt who gave free henna tattoos and there was also a booth where free braids were offered by Jaspé salon. The Paris Landing group also had a booth where they showed live birds and animals.

Delia McDevitt giving a Henna tattoo (Cassie Walsh photos)

Perry's BBQ served the food for the event. And donations collected at Saturday’s 2nd Annual Art Jam went to the Lee Academy for ongoing programs and building projects.

Briarpatch Road Closure Mon. Aug 29th & Tues. Aug 30th

Como, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Briarpatch Lake Road between Midway Road and Hwy 40 N in the Cottage Grove-Como area on Monday August 29th and Tuesday August 30th for culvert replacement. The road should be opened on Wednesday August 31st.

County Unemployment Rates Released

Paris, Tenn.- County Unemployment Rates for July 2016 were released on Thursday August 25th, and showed that rates decreased in 73 counties, increased in 11, and remained the same in 11 counties.

Carroll, Weakley and Houston counties ranked among the highest with Carroll at 7.1 percent and Weakley at 7.9 percent and Houston at 7.5 percent. For the month of July, Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.7 percent, decreasing from 3.8 percent the previous month. Knox County was 4.2 percent in July, decreasing from 4.3 percent the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 4.9 percent, unchanged from the previous month.  Shelby County was 5.6 percent, down from 5.8 percent the previous month.

 Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, increasing two tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for July was 4.9 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, remaining the same from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two tenths of a percentage point from May.

1st Quarter Highlights from the Patriots vs. Mustangs Game

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots scored a touchdown in the 1st quarter, before the game was cancelled due to the weather conditions. The score at the end of the 1st Quarter was HCHS 7 and Houston 0. The game was cancelled, Houston declared no contest and the winner of the game will be decided by the TSSAA on Monday.

#2 Savon Stewart throws a pass during Friday nights game with Houston.
HCHS #2 Savon Stewart (Timothy Pharr photos)

#3 Lukas Reynolds cuts back on his way to a 17 yard touchdown run.

HCHS #3 Lukas Reynolds scores a TD (Timothy Pharr Photos)

A host of Patriot defenders smother a Houston back.
(Timothy Pharr Photos)

HCHS Patriots vs Houston Mustangs Football Game Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Patriots vs Houston Mustangs football game on Friday night was cancelled due to inclement weather. Germantown declared no contest and the game was cancelled and will not be made up.

The TSSAA will convene on Monday Aug. 29th to decide the outcome of the HCHS and Houston football game.

ESN122 Billing Notice for Fire Services to be Sent out Aug 31st

Paris, Tenn.- Property owners within the ESN122 area of Henry County, just outside the Paris city limits, should expect to receive their annual fire protection subscription billing from the City of Paris in the next few days.  The notices will be mailed on Wednesday, August 31st.  Payment is due by September 30th.

Fires in the ESN122 district, which is just outside the city limits, are covered by the Paris Fire Dept.  Unlike city property owners who pay city taxes, property owners in ESN122 pay no taxes for this service.  Annual fees have been established for residents in the ESN122 district based upon their appraised property values.  The amount charged for fire service is based on information from the Henry County Assessor of Property and from the State of TN Division of Property Assessments.

This year the billing amount will strictly follow the city ordinance as adopted in 2008.  A copy of the municipal code will be included with the billing or a copy can be picked up at the City business office at City Hall.

Property owners inside ESN122 who fail to get a notice from the city, or who get a notice and no longer own the property in question, are asked to contact the City of Paris business office at City Hall on 100 N. Caldwell St. or call the office at 731-641-1402.

Puryear Man Arrested for Aggravated Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy James Higgins arrested Kevin George, age 30 of Puryear, on Thursday Aug 25th for aggravated burglary. George was placed on $10,000 bond.

Good Turnout for Farmer's Market on Friday

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market started at 3pm on Friday even despite the cloudy afternoon skies. Items that are 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.

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.


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