From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Power To Be Shut Off To Parts of HCMC Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-On Saturday, September 8, at 7a.m. the Paris Board of Public Utilities will shut down the power to parts of Henry County Medical Center to relocate power lines that will be in the way of the new pedestrian bridge that will connect the main hospital with the new Diagnostic Center that is under construction on the North side of Tyson Ave.
Emergency power will be utilized inside the hospital as necessary and mandatory maintenance will be performed on hospital electrical systems
“Once BPU has completed the relocation of high voltage wiring feeding the building, Plant Operations will restore normal power and operations of the facility,” said Stan Seay, Director of Plant Operations at Henry County Medical Center.
The cafeteria will be closed for the breakfast meal but should be open by lunch. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Winds Bring Downed Limbs
Paris, Tenn.-Tree limbs fell all over Henry County after Thursday night's stiff winds--and some were still falling the morning after. Neighbors said this giant limb fell without warning Friday morning at 601 Walnut Street, which caused a momentary glitch in power for the neighborhood when it fell across power poles.
Murder Suspects Arrested in Virginia
Additional Suspect Arrested; Press Conference Set
Tevin Lumpkin Charles Liphford
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-The two suspects sought in the shooting death of a Paris man in a local nightclub two weeks ago have been tracked down and arrested in Virginia.
Tevin Lumpkin, 20, Milan, and Charles Liphford, 22, Milan, were arrested Thursday night by the U.S. Marshall's office in a convenience store in Northfolk, Va., according to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.
Lumpkin was charged with first degree murder and Liphford was charged with gun charges. A massive manhunt was launched for the two following the shooting at the Fahrenheit 101 Club on Hwy. 79S, Paris. Shot and killed was Eric Kinley, 41,of Paris.
Belew said the arrests followed an intensive investigation that linked communications between West Tennessee subjects with the two suspects in Virginia. He said the U.S. Marshall's agents were able to narrow the search down to a residence in Northfolk and they conducted surveillance there. The two left for a convenience store where they were arrested "without incident", Belew said.
Extradition procedures are underway to return the two to Henry County, he said.
A third supect is in the Henry County Jail today on a charge of first degree murder: Cody Harmon, 23, Lexington, Tenn. Belew said he was arrested yesterday and transported to the local jail and is being held on $500,000 bond.
Belew praised the work of Henry County Sheriff's Investigator Adam Jenkins and TBI Officer Joe Walker, who he said have been working on the case "day and night". He also thanked the TBI for placing Lumpkin on the state's Ten Most Wanted list, the Milan, Humboldt and Jackson Police Departments, the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force, the West Tennessee Violent Crimes Drug Task Force and the U.S. Marshall's service. "Without the Marshall's service, the subjects could not have been taken into custody," he said.
A press conference is set for 2 p.m. this afternoon at the sheriff's office.
"Our Town" Ready for Showtime This Weekend
Michael Murphy as George and Jessica McLeese as Emily in a scene during last night's dress rehearsal. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Players conducted a full dress rehearsal Thursday night for its first play, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town", which will be performed twice this weekend.
The familiar play spotlights the fictional town of Grovers Corners, N.H., and the lives of its townspeople. Starring in the lead roles are Michael Murphy as George Gibbs and Jessica McLeese as Emily Webb. Performing the role of The Stage Manager is Bill Williams.
Tickets are on sale at the Civic Center and the door for $10 adults and $5 children 12 and under.
Play times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center.
Bill Williams as The Stage Manager looks on at a scene involving (from left): Rachel Allison as Rebecca Gibbs; Doreen Bates as Mrs. Gibbs and Murphy.
Beer Board Approves Permits
Paris, Tenn.-Two beer permits were approved by the County Beer Board during last meeting last night. The Dry Dock Grill, 79N, permit holder changed to Shayne Harris; Rainbow Club, Hwy 69S, Jamie Brown permit holder.
Krider Idol Auditions Set For Saturday
Charlie Raymer, last year's Idol winner in the 9-12 age division.
Paris, Tenn.- Auditions forthe 7th Annual Krider Idol will be held Saturday September 8th from10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in Mrs. Minette Veazey’s classroom at Paris Elementary School, 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris, TN. As the primary fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund, Krider Idol brings students aged 9-18 to the stage to compete for the crown of Krider Idol 2012. The students are broken into two age groups 9-12 and 13-18. There is also a group category for any groups of two or more performers.
Mark your calendar for Krider Idol 2012 October 20th at the Krider Performing ArtsCenter. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit our website www.phcarts.com
Paris Commission Seeks to Limit Yard Sales
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Commissioners held their monthly meeting Thursday night, discussing several items including a new penal ordinance regarding yard sales.
City manager Carl Holder made clear that the city of Paris is in no way outlawing yard sales, and that this ordinance is intended to combat what he referred to as “perpetual” yard sales that have been the source of several complaints.
Under the new ordinance, Paris residents will be allowed to hold six yard sales per year, and each yard sale will be permitted to last no more than three consecutive days. Anyone can hold a yard sale; there’s no fee to pay or permit to acquire. Citizens just need to notify City Hall by phone, mail, e-mail, or in person with their name, address, and the date of their sale.
Anyone in violation of the ordinance will be subject to a $50 fine per day of sale AND per article sold.
While drafting the ordinance, City Attorney Fred MacLean researched similar laws in other Tennessee towns and found that most were considerably more restrictive than the proposed legislation.
The city commission passed the ordinance on first reading; a public hearing will be held at the October commission meeting at which the law will likely be passed on second and final reading.
More from the City Commission meeting saw an update on the Joy Street / Tyson Avenue traffic light construction project. Although approximately four months behind schedule, the state of Tennessee has approved amendments to the construction plan, and Holder is currently seeking funding from the federal government. Bids are expected to be let out later this month.
Final Steps Taken on Pedestrian Bridge Airspace Agreement
More from Thursday's City of Paris Board of Commissioners meeting saw commissioners approve the signing of a ten-year agreement with the state of Tennessee regarding air rights over Tyson Avenue.
The agreement allows the City of Paris to construct and maintain a pedestrian bridge over Tyson Avenue, using airspace at no cost for ten years, after which time the contract will need to be renewed.
The pedestrian bridge will connect Henry County Medical Center with the diagnostic center and Bethel University facility on the north side of Tyson Avenue, currently under construction.
The meeting also saw commissioners approve an amendment to a Tennessee Department of Transportation contract concerning construction of the Highway 218 bypass around the city of Paris. The original contract omitted a clause defining the city as being responsible for moving utilities during construction. TDOT threatened to shelve the project if the amendment was not passed. City manager Carl Holder advised the commission that very few issues were anticipated in moving utilities, and commissioners unanimously approved the amendment.
Commissioners also approved a BPU water rate increase, to be effective July 1st, 2013. This was discussed in detail at the August commission meeting.
City Commission Honors Anderson
Paris, Tenn.- Paris mayor Sam Tharpe presented an honorary resolution to the family of the late Earl Anderson at Thursday's meeting, recognizing his many achievements in the railroad industry and his dedicated service in county government and throughout the community. All in attendance gave Anderson’s family a standing ovation after the resolution was read.
Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray also spoke to the commission, thanking them for their support and previewing several upcoming events, including Noon on the Square throughout September, I-full of Paris Weekend at the end of September, and a new event planned for October 2nd coinciding with National Night Out Downtown, culminating in a free movie screening on the courthouse lawn.
Deputies Investigating Van Dyke Road Theft
Paris, Tenn.-A man on Van Dyke Road reported two thefts to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday and believes his next-door neighbor is responsible.
About 3 weeks ago, someone broke into the victim’s home and allegedly stole $1,000 from his wallet.
Then, a week ago, the victim came home and found two men loading his 10 horsepower Cub Cadet mower, valued at $1,000, onto a flatbed truck. One of the men was his next-door neighbor, who claimed they were taking the mower to be repaired.
The complainant reported that his neighbor has since moved and does not know where he can be reached. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident.
911 Call Reports Burning Car
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A 911 call at around 2 AM Wednesday reported a car on fire on Highway 140 in Cottage Grove. Reports stated the car was completely engulfed in flames, and a witness saw someone, assumed to be the driver, walking away from the car.
The Cottage Grove Fire Department responded to the incident at 2:20 A.M. and the Tennessee Highway Patrol was notified.
Free Food Distribution Set Friday
Paris, Tenn.-New Harmony Baptist Church on Hwy. 69S will be distributing free food to anyone in need beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. It will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis and includes a variety of perishable and non-perishable foods.
"Music Man" Auditions Begin
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The "Music Man" auditions for The Dixie Players' performance of the play are set for Monday, September 10 OR Tuesday, September 11 at 6:00p.m.
Dixie personnel said people interested only need to come to one of these auditions. Callbacks will be Thursday, September 13 if needed. Anyone can audition that is 6 years or older. If possible please come with a 16 bars of any song prepared, otherwise you will have the option to sing in a group one of the songs from the show. You may bring sheet music or a cd. Also be prepared for cold readings from the script.
You do not need to RSVP just show up at the main entrance of The Dixie in downtown Huntingdon. Scott Conley is the Director along with Stephen Watson the Music Director.
There is a need young and older males for this show.
Performance dates are: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Schlegel To Perform at Jack's Java
Paris, Tenn.-Jack's Java will be presenting an acoustic guitar performance by Christopher Schlegel of McKenzie at 4 p.m. Friday. Jack's is located on the courtsquare in downtown Paris and the public is invited to enjoy the music in a relaxed atmosphere.
Get Crafty with Fall Workshops at The Homeplace
Golden Pond, KY –Turn off the smartphone, take a break from the screen, and get in touch with your crafty side through fall workshops at The Homeplace. The 1850’s living history farm, located in the Tennessee portion of Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area, offers activities from sewing to baking–to help you rediscover hands-on fun.
“Fall workshops at The Homeplace are a great opportunity to learn about how families in the past came together to create family heirlooms and traditions,” stated LBL’s Special Events Coordinator, Cindy Earls. “Sign up for one of our workshops to unwind, spend some time with your family and friends, join other like-minded crafters for some creative fun, and take away a homemade memento.”
Want to learn how to sew? Sign up for thePin Cushion Workshop on Saturday, September 8, from 10am-12pm. In the mid-19th century kids learned to sew as early as 4 years-old. No matter your age, this workshop, which is $10 per person, is great for beginners.
Learn an ancient craft that is making a modern come back with theTraditional Rug Hooking Workshop on Saturday, September 22, from 10am-4pm. Rug hooking was once used as a thrifty way of recycling old fabric into beautiful rugs that are valued today as folk art. Instructor and rug hooking artist, RhondaThistlethwaite, will teach the basic technique and design of hooked rugs, and weave in the history of rug hooking. The workshop includes all supplies needed to make a 9”x13” pineapple design hooked rug. All supplies and instructions are included in the workshop fee of $75. Please bring a lunch.
Get your family in the holiday spirit with the1850 Holiday Decorations and Treats Workshop on Saturday, December 15, from 10am-3pm. Early Victorians loved to decorate and make sweets for the holiday season. They made decorations from natural or repurposed materials to make their home festive and bright during the darkest part of the year. Step back in time during this 5-hour workshop, which costs $50, and learn how to make three different decorations and one tasty, traditional, treat while discovering what the holidays were all about in the 1850s.
Registration and full deposit are required for all of the fall Homeplace workshops. Call 270-924-2020 for more information or to reserve your space.
Survey Winners Announced
Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center and the publishers of Health in Focus Magazine named the winners of three, $100 Wal-Mart gift cards offered to survey respondents this summer during our Readers’ survey.
Winners are Patsy Anderson, Donna Bowers and Lori Milam. These winners were drawn randomly by © McMurry Publishing from those who answered a questionnaire and mailed it to them by July 27.
Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Festival Expecting Big Crowd
Paris, 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 this 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.
Lifeline Bloodmobile visits Paris on Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris from noon to 6pm Thursday and all eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood this month. Lifeline must collect 500 units of blood each week to supply West Tennessee hospitals.
Anyone who gives blood in September thru Lifeline will be registered to win two tickets to the Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts game on October 28th at LP field in Nashville. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you go to give blood. The lifeline bloodmobile will also be at the Tennessee Valley Community Church on Wednesday September 19th from 2-6pm.
U-Haul Wreck Leads to Drug Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- A wreck in the parking lot of Pockets convenience store turned into a drug arrest, according to a Paris Police Department report.
Corporal Jeramye Whitaker responded to a wreck in the parking lot of Pockets, at the corner of Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenue, involving a U-haul truck. He reported the driver of the U-haul, Brittany Young, 27 of Reynoldsburg Road, appeared intoxicated and was driving on a suspended license. Young had been convicted twice before on suspended license charges.
Whitaker searched the vehicle and found 21 Clonazepam tablets, a small amount of marijuana, and a bag containing two used syringes. Young confessed she used the syringes to inject methamphetamines a month prior to the incident. Corporal Whitaker placed Young under arrest for her third offense of driving on a suspended license, simple possession of Schedule IV and Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Other recent arrests include:
Kendall Hurt, 39, of Hidden Acres Road, arrested for automobile burglary. Hurt is currently being held without bond.
James Hubbard, 47, of Country Club Road in Puryear, arrested for indecent exposure.
Backhoe Flips, Catches Fire
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded Tuesday afternoon to an incident on Echo Circle. A man was doing some work on his property with a backhoe when, around 1:45 PM, the backhoe flipped and caught fire. Two engines and the fire marshal responded to the scene, and the fire was extinguished by 2:40 PM.
Patriots, Lady Patriots Golf Teams Compete in Patriot Classic
Springville, Tenn.-The Henry County men’s and women’s golf teams competed in the Patriot Classic at Paris Landing with some of the best players and teams in the state.
For the Lady Patriots, Henry County shot a 188. Franklin Road Academy finished first with a 147 and Milan came in 2nd with a 152. Individual Scores for the Lady Patriots include Brittany Martin with a 84, Madison Dillard with a 104, Liz Burton, 111 and Holly Dial, 116.
The Patriots came in fourth during the tournament with a 315. Franklin Road Academy shot a 301, Dickson County a 302, and USJ shot a 311. Individual scores for the Patriot men’s team were Evan Todd with a 77, Jamison Hayes with a 77, Jordan Hayes with a 78, Chase Hill with a 83, Hunter Dye, 91 and Mark Hendrix, 94.
The Patriots and Lady Patriots golf teams will be back in action Thursday as they head to Union City to compete in the Goodyear Classic at Wingfoot Golf Course.
It's A Dog's Life
Doris Ellis, right, demonstrates with Nick the dog, while (from left) Pat Terrell and Trixie, Peggy Cassoday and Cheyenne Melton look on. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Atkins-Porter dog park was busy last night with dog obedience classes taught by personnel at the Paw Patch. Dogs (and owners) of all shapes and sizes were on hand for their first lessons in a seven-week session.
Doris Ellis of the Paw Patch said there still is room for more dogs in the classes, which are taught at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at the park, located at the corner of Highland and E. Blythe in Paris.
Helping with the classes are Peggy Cassoday and Selinda Steier.
Classes cost $50 and owners are asked to bring proof of vaccination, a training collar and 6 foot leash.
Cheyenne Melton and Nick romp after the class. (McFarlin photo).
"Branded Country" To Play At Noon On Square
Paris, Tenn.-The country band "Branded Country" will play at the season's first Noon on the Square this Friday from noon to 1 pm. on the courthouse lawn. Lunch begins being served around 11 a.m. and includes:
Hamburger, chips & dessert - $5.00
Cheeseburger, chips & dessert $5.50
Bottled Water - $1.00.
Lunch is served by Project Graduation and soft drinks are available from Downtown Paris Association.
Pre-School Story Hour Resumes Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library Pre School Story Hour will resume on Thursday, September 6 at 10 am in the Franklyn Thompson Children’s Room in the Library.
The story hour follows the Paris Special Schools calendar for vacation times and bad weather cancellations.
6th Annual Paris Disc Golf Tourney Registrations Open
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an event on the Bluegrass Disc Golf Series.
The Paris Open will be held on Sunday, September 9th starting at 8 AM.
This will be the 6th year for the tournament and it is open to all different abilities of play.
The tournament will consist of 2 rounds of 18 holes.
You can register onliine @ www.BlueGrassDiscGolf.org and also visit there website for more information.
For additional information please call Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks Director, at the Paris Civic Center at 644-2517.
Valentine To Portray Wells At MSU 90th Anniversary
Murray, Ky. — Murray State University observes its 90th anniversary with a special event on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. An outdoor celebration on The Quad next to Pogue Library will feature presentations on six of the original campus buildings — Wrather, Wilson, and Wells Halls, LovettAuditorium, Pogue Library and Oakhurst.
Founder and second president of Murray State Normal School, Dr. Rainey T. Wells, portrayed by well-known faculty member and re-enactor Robert Valentine of Paris, will deliver the keynote address. A reception will follow inthe Wells T. Lovett Grand Reading Room in Pogue Library.
Senate Bill 14, signed into law on March 8, 1922, by Kentucky Gov. Edwin P. Morrow, authorized the establishment of two teacher training or normal schools in the commonwealth. On Friday, Sept. 1, 1922, Murray waschosen as the site of the Western State Normal School by the new Normal SchoolCommission.
On Sept. 24, 1923, the Murray State Normal School officiallyopened, occupying four rooms and the auditorium on the first floor of the brandnew Murray High School on Main Street (now the Murray Middle School). The school had 87 students enrolled that afternoon and six classes were filled.
For more information on MSU’s 90th anniversary, including archival photographs, go online at www.murraystate.info/90th or contact Mark Welch at (270) 809-5706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paris Man Hit, Robbed
Paris, Tenn.-A 26-year-old Paris man was robbed outside RJ's at 103 S. Brewer St. after an unknown person reportedly hit him in the back of the head when he was unlocking his car.
Paris Police were called to the Henry Co. Medical Center emergency room where an injured man said he had been knocked out by the blow to his head and when he woke up his wallet was lying by his side and his watch was missing. Nothing was missing from his wallet, he said.
According to the police report, the man had a large cut on the back of his head and a cut over his left eye, but there were no witnesses.
Restaurant Employee Groped
A father of a 16-year-old girl came to the police station to report his daughter had been groped while she was working at Lepanto’s restaurant at 1305 E. Wood St. According to the police report, the girl had gone into the men’s room to change the paper towels and she forgot to knock before entering. A man was washing his hands and said something provocative to her, hugged her and kissed her on the cheek. He then asked her how old she was and she said 16. At that point, he told the girl he didn’t realize she was that young and to not tell anyone. Management at Lepanto’s said there was no video surveillance to determine the man’s identity, but he was described as a 6 foot tall black man around 40 years old.
Dover Woman Arrested For Drinking, Drugs
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Dover woman in her car outside Cosmos’ bar on Hwy 641N in Puryear and charged her with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A call to dispatch reported a woman passed out in a car and deputies found her unconscious with the sunroof open and rain falling on her. The driver’s side window also was broken out. She told deputies she was too intoxicated to go into the club and she went to sleep in the car. She reportedly became irate when asked about the window and said she had no idea how it was broken.
Deputies saw an open pill bottle on the floor of the car and when searching the car found baggies with marijuana residue, a straw, syringe and needle. Jessica Manning, age 29 of Dover was arrested for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In a separate incident, deputies arrested Clint Raymer, age 40 of 470 Atchison Rd., for DUI 2nd after he was stopped speeding on Hwy. 119. Deputies said he smelled of alcohol and offered to take a field sobriety test, which he failed. He also offered to have his blood tested for alcohol content. He was arrested and placed on $10,000 bond.
Paris Man Arrested On Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested David H. Wallace III of 300 Fairgrounds Rd., Paris, on multiple charges involving drugs and weapons.
Officers Amber Roaten and Jeramye Whitaker went to the home on a tip
that drugs were being sold there. Wallace answered the door and agreed
to speak with him. Roaten told him of the tip and after a few minutes,
he took them to his pickup truck and handed them a bag containing a
glass jar with marijuana inside along with a pipe.
Roaten told him about a tip that he also was selling drugs out of his
shed and he showed them another large bag of a green substance. After
receiving permission to search his truck, shed and home, several more
bags of marijuana were found, digital scales, two boxes of sandwich
bags, and containers with marijuana shake. In the home, several more
containers with shake were found and parts of scales, as well as eight
guns found in a cabinet and one pistol in the bedroom. According to
the report, the pistol was loaded with a magazine but no rounds in the
Officers called District Attorney Hansel McCadams who advised them to
seize the guns and charge him with possession of firearms during the
commission of a dangerous felony. Officers also charged him with
possession with intent to sell and unlawful possession of drug
paraphernalia. They also seized $620 in cash they considered possible
A bond of $20,000 was set and he will appear in General Sessions Court.
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