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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


TEMA Re-Launches ReadyTN Mobile Device

Nashville- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is reintroducing its ReadyTN preparedness application to Tennesseans today and announcing improvements to the app’s coding, design, and functionality.

“At all times, but especially in emergency situations, Tennesseans want to take care of their families and those in their communities,” said TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan. “ReadyTN puts contact information for local emergency management agencies and information on what to do before, during, and after disasters directly on mobile devices. Users have important information such as weather updates, traffic conditions and situation information from TEMA after a disaster. Tennesseans want to be prepared and informed and with ReadyTN, TEMA is providing the tools to help them.”

Tennesseans can download Ready TN and use on mobile devices running both the Apple and Android operating systems.

The Apple version of the application is available to users through a search for ReadyTN in the App Store on their phones or tablets.

Android phone and tablet users can search for ReadyTN in the Google Play store.

For almost six months, TEMA has worked with the State of Tennessee’s Strategic Technology Solutions (STS) group to re-design ReadyTN and re-work the code running the application to make it easier to use, and easier to add upgraded features in future app enhancements.

The updated content areas in the new ReadyTN include:  Expanded emergency kit checklists for special populations;  More detailed descriptions and information on the major hazards in Tennessee;  A regional list of local emergency management agency contacts by county;  A newsroom feature on ReadyTN’s home screen so important TEMA news and emergency updates are presented to users immediately at the application’s start-up; and, Immediate visual notification on ReadyTN’s home page as to TEMA’s operational status and whether a State of Emergency exists.

ReadyTN users will also receive National Weather Service notifications and alerts, can access traffic updates from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s SmartWay resource, and search for information on American Red Cross shelters that may be open near their locations in emergency situations.

A complete list of ReadyTN’s features, as well as direct links to download, is available on TEMA’s website at www.tn.gov/ready-tn.html.

Right now, ReadyTN users will receive National Weather Service alerts and warnings covering the entire state of Tennessee. TEMA is planning a future ReadyTN enhancement that will use a mobile device’s location services to target weather and alerts and information to a user’s specific location.

TEMA also has not enabled notification services in ReadyTN, and instead plans to launch this feature when the location service feature is added in a future application upgrade.

TEMA will be working with STS on other ReadyTN enhancements that may include expanding ReadyTN’s accessibility for special populations of individuals and allowing users to submit information such as storm damage through photos and geo-location data.

TEMA originally launched Ready TN in February 2012 and was the first State of Tennessee agency to provide a smartphone application to consumers running on both the Apple and Android operating systems.

Heritage Center Exhibit Celebrating 65 Years of HCMC to Open Tues. Sept. 11

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host on opening reception and launch for Henry County Medical Center’s exhibit, 65 years of serving the community on Tuesday September 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. Pictures and more from 65 years of HCMC and the Healthcare Center history will be on display.

Pats Travel to Liberty for Football Friday Night

Jackson, Tenn.- Henry County will travel to Jackson on Friday night for High School Football action to battle Liberty in a non-district matchup set for a 7pm kickoff. The Pats are 3-0 on the season so far and look to continue their winning ways Friday night. If you can’t make the trip to Jackson, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com, or by on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply.

HCHS Golf Teams Compete in UC Tourney

Union City, Tenn.- The HCHS Golf Team competed in a tournament in Union City on Thursday. The Ladies won 1st place with a 159 besting Union City’s 211 and South Fulton. Sydney Williams shot a 76, Bently Irby a 83, and Annie Veazy and Raven Page both had an 89. The men’s team finished with a 337, tied with Union City and ahead of Gibson County. Individually Eli Ridgeway shot a 70, Jameson Robbins a 87, Jack Foster a 86, Dalton Dodd 94, Chase Wyrick 96.

First Ever Citizen's Government Academy Recognized at City Comm. Meeting

The first ever group of Citizens' Academy grads along with City manager Kim Foster and Commissioners. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Graduates of the first ever City of Paris Citizen’s Government Academy Class were guests of honor Thursday night at the September Paris City Commission meeting. The class, made up of 17 citizens, has been meeting the last several weeks learning about all the aspects of city government. Each member was presented a pin and certificate for graduating the academy.

The academy was a brainchild of City Commissioner Jackie Jones who wanted citizens to become ambassadors for the City of Paris, once they learned a little more about how things worked.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell gives Mary Hickman her certificate for completing the Citizens' Academy.

City Manager Kim Foster said the academy went great and different employees and departments all took time to help teach citizens what their departments did on daily basis and during other times. Plans are to have another citizen’s academy next year.

Jack Spencer, a representative of the class, spoke on the behalf of the inaugural class saying he hopes future classes are well attended and citizens take advantage of the academy in the future. He thanked the commission and department heads and employees for helping discuss things during the academy.

Jack Spencer speaks on behalf of the Citizens' Academy graduates Thurs. Night.

Retail Sales Dip in June

Traci Shannon gives financial updates Thurs. Night.

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon gave the financial update to the commission Thursday night saying Retail Sales for the month of June decreased 2.56% compared to June of last year. She reported the City still had a positive ending to the fiscal year which ended in June with Retail sales overall showing an increase of 2.41% compared to FY ending June 30 of 2017.

The commissioners learned the fiscal year started with the General Fund revenues lagging behind expenditures for the month of the July, but Shannon explained that was not unusual because there are several large expenses that come out at the beginning of each fiscal year. The largest expense was for workers compensation and vehicle liability insurance to the tune of $334K.

Solid Waste and Drug Fund Expenditures were also revenues due to the purchase of a sanitation truck and new vehicle for the K9 unit. The City issued 7 new business licenses in July including for new businesses Everyone’s Attic, Voiptec, LLC, and Paris Christian Bookstore. Others were for existing businesses with new owners.

Commission Approves Applying for Grant, BPU Loan thru USDA-RD

City Manager Kim Foster shows off an old water pipe from some recent work and how corroded it was and some of the issues BPU is facing with an aging system. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In business Thursday night, Commissioners approved a resolution to allow the Paris Police Department to submit an application to participate in the TML’s Partners Driver’s Safety Grant for up to $2K. The grant is a 50/50 local match if awarded.

Commissioners also approved allowing BPU to pursue a loan thru USDA-Rural Development to fund Phase 2 of the Water Treatment Plant. The bond issuance is for $7.2M for this phase of the project. Phases of water rate hikes on customers have been implemented to fund the project.

The City Commission also approved a rezoning request on 1st reading for Kenny Denton for property at 191 Russell Street. There is a commercial building on the property however during annexation 10 years ago it was zoned residential. Denton requested commercial zoning designation. The Commission referred this to the planning commission which meets next week.

DPA, BPU, City Receive Grant Money for Back Alley Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Towards the end of the meeting, City Manager Kim Foster went over the status of various projects and announced good news concerning the Back Alley Paris project as the City and DPA have been awarded an $8K placemaking grant, an $800 ABC grant which will be used to paint the dumpsters that are in visible locations. $12K was also awarded in grant money from TVA to the BPU, City and DPA to paint artwork on the side of the BPU offices in the east alley.

The next Preserve Paris event is set for September 22nd, a clean sweep in the AP Neighborhood. The City is working with the Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association to determine exact locations A rain date is set for September 29th. The clean sweep event will begin at 9am at AP Recreation Center.

Foster also told commissioners the City is submitting an application for a multi-modal grant to replace signal controllers and make safety improvements to outdated traffic signals that are not being replaced with other funds.

Secretary of State's Office Holding Student Essay Contest

Nashville- The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is kicking off its third annual student essay contest. The project is part of a larger civics engagement initiative to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The 2018 theme for the essays is leadership with length requirements varying by grade level.

Schools may submit two essays for kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. All submissions can be submitted online beginning in September through Friday, Nov. 16.

Winners will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the State Capitol next spring. First place winners receive a $500 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100 respectively.

“It has been exciting to see the growth of the annual essay contest over the past two years. This along with our other efforts will have a long-term positive impact on young people becoming citizens actively engaged with their government as they become adults. The quality of the submissions always impresses me and speaks well for the future leaders of our state. I am pleased to have the participation of so many educators in promoting this opportunity to their students as we offer them this useful resource,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

The 2017 essay contest on citizenship garnered more than 1,000 essays, up from nearly 250 submissions in 2016. Essays were written from across the Volunteer State with top honors going to public and private school students in Davidson, Hamilton, and Knox counties.

The essay contest and the Student Mock Election are part of the office’s civic engagement program.

The program also offers lesson plans created by Tennessee teachers based on the Tennessee Blue Book. The goal is to offer an easy way for teachers to incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum. For more information, visit sos.tn.gov/products/essay-contest.

Noon on the Square Begins Friday with The Legends

Paris, Tenn.- A September tradition in downtown Paris begins on Friday as Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square will be held each Friday at lunch in September. Citizens, downtown workers, and all are invited to come enjoy lunch, free music from local bands, and fellowship from 11:30am to 1pm each Friday.

Friday September 7th the Legends will perform, Johnny Mac on September 14, the Old Spirits on September 21st, and the Ray Lewis Band on September 28th. Lunch will be sold by Perry’s BBQ and the Quota Club each week and the Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks for donations to help pay for their Christmas Electric bills.  

HC Health Dept., UT Ext. Offering Workshop on Chronic Conditions

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department and Paris UT Extension Office will be offering a free living well with Chronic Conditions program workshop at Carey Counseling Center in Paris beginning on Tuesday September 11th.

The Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Trainers.

The workshop series is designed to help community members manage their long-term health issues effectively. Chronic conditions can include asthma, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, and others.

The series will address issues such as finding effective and healthy ways to deal with pain and fatigue, help establish better nutrition and exercise choices, discover new treatment options, managing side effects, and leading a fuller life.

Participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the sessions and work together to find solutions and set healthy goals. Classes will be held each Tuesday for 6 weeks from 1-3pm beginning September 11th. For more information, or to be added to the list of participants call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025.

Henry County Awarded $5K Healthier TN Grant

Paris, Tenn.- In other health related news, Henry County has been awarded a $5K Healthier Tennessee Community Grant which was announced by the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness on Wednesday. The grant is to help sustain community-wide projects that encourage and enable physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco abstinence. The check will be presented at the UT Extension Office Monday morning.

To earn the grant, Henry County achieved: at least 50% of K-8 teachers using GoNoodle, an interactive, online tool that encourages exercise during the school day; at least 15% faith communities with 100 or more members using Small Starts at Worship Wellness programs; at least 20% of workplaces with 35 or more employees using Small Starts@ Work wellness programs.

In the state of Tennessee, one in five adults smoke, one in five high school students use tobacco. Around 34% of the population is classified as obese and an additional 34% are overweight and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at epidemic levels.

The Healthier Tennessee Communities initiative takes a local approach to improving Tennesseans’ health by engaging citizens and local leaders in cities, towns, counties, and neighborhoods across the state. To be designated a Healthier Tennessee Community, Henry County must initiate and sustain community-wide events and activities that support physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco abstinence, and then track and measure outputs and accomplishments of the program. For more information go to www.healthier.tn.com  

KSP Apprehends Escapee After Chase

Hickory, Ky.- Escapee Timothy R. Richardson was apprehended in Mayfield following a pursuit that initiated in Fulton County on the Purchase Parkway.  The Kentucky State Police was able to utilize stop sticks which deflated the tires of Richardson’s vehicle.  Richardson was taken into custody by the Graves County Sheriff’s Department for the pursuit and will have additional charges on him.  KSP has charged Richardson with Escape 2nd, Theft by Unlawful Taking –Auto $10,000 or more.  Other charges are expected as the investigation continues. 

Trooper John Holt is continuing the investigation. KSP was assisted by the Fulton County Sherriff’s Office, Fulton Police Department, Graves County Sheriff’s Office, and Mayfield Police Department.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play.

Warrants To Be Issued After Man Takes Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Johnathan Baxter of the Paris Police Department will be filing warrants for theft of services on Levi Craig, age 32 of Big Sandy, after Craig appeared to have stolen a vehicle from Scott’s Auto Country. The vehicle was later found stuck in mud where Craig had also done some illegal dumping. The theft in services is for $2300 worth of towing and cleaning to get the vehicle back. More charges may be pending.

Dep. John Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a mechanic shop on Henry Mansfield Road. Two 16 inch wheels were stolen. The value of the wheels is around $200 and there are no suspects.

Ptl. Brandon Steele and Ptl. Steven Dean, Jr. responded to a Cowan St. residence on a lawn mower battery being stolen this week. The cables were cut on the mower and the battery was removed. There are no suspects and investigation is continuing.

HC Rep. Party Hosting BBQ Dinner for First Responders on Patriot Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will host a BBQ dinner this coming Tuesday September 11th to honor the Paris Henry County First Responders on Patriot Day. The dinner will be held 5-8pm at the Paris Convention Center, located at 1510 East Wood St. U.S. Congressman David Kustoff will be the guest speaker and first responders from around the county will be recognized during the dinner.

Ticket cost is $20 or a table for 8 for $150; with half of the money from the dinner donated to Helping Hand in honor of First Responders. For tickets or more information email hcrppatriotdaydinner@gmail.com or call 336-4090.

Bloodmobile At FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm and all eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood as blood supply levels remain low. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood and remember giving with Lifeline helps Henry County Medical Center and patients in other West Tennessee hospitals.

HCHS Golf Teams Hosts Patriot Classic

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Golf competed in the Patriot Classic Tuesday. In men’s action Henry County shot a 376. Dickson County won the event with a 308, Clarksville High had a 333, and McKenzie a 341. Individually for Henry County Eli Ridgeway had an 82, Jameson Robbins a 102, Jack Foster a 94, Dalton Dodd a 98, and Chase Wyrick a 103.

In girls’ action, the Lady Patriots shot a 184 as a team. Franklin Road Academy had a 147 for 1st place, Clarksville High finished 2nd at 148 and Rossview came in 3rd with a 165. Individually for Henry County Sydney Williams shot an 89, Bentley Irby a 95, a Annie Veazey a 112.

KSP Searching for Escaped Inmate from Fulton County

Hickman, Ky.- The Fulton County Detention Center staff contacted the Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield at approximately 0425 a.m. in reference to an inmate that escaped from their facility today.

Timothy R. Richardson, 34 of Shepherdsville, KY is described as a white male, 5’11”, he weighs approximately 190 pounds, brown hair, and hazel eyes, normally wears glasses, has a beard and has numerous tattoos over his body.   Richardson was wearing a blue detention clothing.  Richardson is a state inmate serving time for various charges to include Wanton Endangerment 1st degree on a Police Officer, Fleeing and Evading, Auto Theft, and various drug charges. 

Richardson should be considered dangerous if anyone has contact with do not try to approach him, contact law enforcement immediately. It is unknown his direction of travel.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or 1-800-222-5555.

Applications for TN Civil War Sites Being Accepted by TWC

Nashville- The Tennessee Wars Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission announced that applications for the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Fund are now being accepted. The grant program, begun in 2013, is a key source of matching funding for the preservation of properties associated with the 38 most significant Civil War sites in Tennessee.

Additionally, grants can assist in funding the acquisition and protection of Underground Railroad sites eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or eligible for designation as a National Historic Landmark. “Since its debut in 2013, over $1.5 million in grant funds from this program has helped save over 137 acres of battlefield properties in the state,” notes Tennessee Wars Commission Director of Programs Tim Hyder. Last year, almost $700,000 in TCWSPF grants were used to preserve 17 acres of core battlefield associated with the battles of Fort Donelson, Brown’s Ferry, and Franklin.

Applicants must be a 501©3 non-profit, and only projects associated with the 38 most significant Civil War battlefields in the state -as defined by the National Park Service report- or Underground Railroad sites are eligible. After review, the applications will be scored, rated and ranked by staff members of the THC and TWC. The full Historical Commission will then have final voting approval of eligible grant projects. The grants will pay a 50 percent match and the grant recipient must provide the remaining 50 percent of the cost as matching funds from a non-state source.

This year, for the first time, the grant application process will be completely digital. Interested potential grantees can visit tdec.smartsimple.com to create an account and complete their grant application. This new online system will streamline the grant process and shorten processing times. Completed applications must be submitted by October 1, 2018.

For more information about the Tennessee Wars Commission, please visit http://www.tn.gov/environment/article/thc-tennessee-wars-commission or call (615) 770-1097.

HCHS College and Career Fair Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will hold its College and Career Fair this Thursday September 6th from 6-8pm. This year the fair is going high tech and students are asked to complete registration and get a barcode to present to each participating college or university to submit their contact information.

Students can access the website at www.gotocollegefairs.com and click on the Students Register Now button. Select the state and choose the fairs they will attend. Complete the form and submit then print and bring with them to the College and Career Fair.

The College and Career Fair will also allow students to have access to financial aid information, NCAA/NAIA eligibility for athletes, and more.

Five Arrested After Assault in Springville

Springville, Tenn.- Lt. Scott Wyrick charged five people in connection to an incident that occurred on Hilltop Road before 2am on Sunday. Dep. Kyle Waldron’s reported stated witnesses said three vehicles pulled into a private driveway and several people got out of the vehicles and attacked two occupants of the home. The two victims were found in the yard and were taken to be treated for their injuries. The two victims did identify some of the people who attacked them and Dep. Waldron’s report stated officers found those individuals at a home on Crossfield Road.

Those arrested on Monday were Travis Moore, 31 of McKenzie, Alan Myers, 35 of Paris, James B. Moore, 37 of McKenzie, all charged with aggravated assault and simple assault. Serena Moore, 33 of Springville, charged with aggravated assault, and Amy Papszycki, 45 of Paris, charged with simple assault. All were set to appear in court on Tuesday. All were placed on $15K bond except Papszycki who was placed on $2K bond.

Thefts Reported In County

Paris, Tenn.-Dep. Kyle Waldron took another report from the current owner of the Old Buchanan Elementary School on Claytown Road where vandalism and thefts continue to occur. The subjects had entered the building from two separate windows and cut pad locks off several things, but it is hard to tell what all might be missing. The area was placed on extra patrol.

Dep. Hayley French took a report of a Husqvarna Concrete Chainsaw valued at $4K that was stolen from a county resident. There are no suspects at this time.

TWRA Officer Joe Campbell charged Mickey J. Eaton, age 46, of 90 McGehee Lane for Boating Under the Influence, violation of implied consent, and violation of navigation light law.

HCHS XC Does Well in Memphis

Memphis, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed in the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic this weekend. Dinah Winders came in 1st overall at the girls varsity race 5K with a time of 18:38. Also competing for Henry County was Taylor Dunagan, Roberta Henriquez, and Madison Caldwell.

In the Boys Varsity 5K, the team placed 8th out of 51 teams, with Silas Winders finishing 3rd overall with a time of 16:02, Cole Davis came in 5th overall at 16:06. Also finishing was Jesse Evans, Hunter Lawrence, Sam Bruce, Devin Pritchett, and Hayden Bostick.

In the boys JV 5K the team placed 10th out of 29 teams with Cooper Smith finishing 4th overall. Connor Cox, Tyler Johns, Luke Nichols, and Austin Dunagan all ran well too.

City of Paris Board of Commissioners  to Meet Sept. 6

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Board of Commissioners are set to meet on September 6 at 5pm. The commission will discuss a resolution to authorize the city of Paris to participate in The Pool’s “Driver Safety” Matching Grant Program. They will also discuss financial reports and a rezoning request for 191 Russell Street. The board will meet in the city courtroom. The meeting is open to the public.

Former West Carroll coach Dies at Age 33

Spring Hill, Tenn.- Springhill assistant football coach Will Fisher died Sunday at age 33. According to officials, Fisher died of a heart attack but had no preexisting conditions which made his death  a shock to all that knew the former Camden and West Carroll Coach.  The school’s football program issued a statement on social media that read: Will Fisher was the epitome of what a man should strive to be. He was tough, intelligent, caring, and funny. He carried himself with a measured confidence all the while being completely approachable. He was a special man and his absence will be felt always.

5-K With the Law benifits Suicide Prevention

Paris, Tenn- The Henry County Sherriff office and Suicide Prevention and Awareness of Paris will hold a 5k with the Law on September 15, registration to begin at 7am with the race beginning at 8 am. The event will be held at Henry County High School and all proceeds will go to Tennessee Prevention Network Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. For more information contact Lydia Wofford at 731-333-3058.

Bethel Nursing Program Garners Success

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Bethel University Nursing Department announced today that it has achieved a 96% pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam for the 2018 graduating class. Director of Nursing Dr. Jenny Webb says that Bethel’s accomplishment attests to the dedication of the nursing faculty to upholding standards of excellence, along with the dedication of its nursing students to meet high expectations. For more information about Bethel’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing or RN to BSN programs, go to: https://www.bethelu.edu/nursing-program or contact the nursing department at (731) 352.6477.

Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club Hosts Arts and Crafts Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club is set to host a two day Arts and Crafts fair at Paris Landing State Park.  The event will welcome over 80 vendors with all items handcrafted with no flea market type booth. Bring the kids for free face and rock painting.  The event will take place September 8 and 9th from 10am-5pm both days. Proceeds benefit annual club, charities and organizations.

Scates Named Program Director of  Bethel University's PA Program

McKenzie, Tenn.- Trent Scates, former Admissions Director and full-time faculty member in Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program, has been named Program Director of the school’s PA Program. Scates began teaching in the Bethel University in September of 2014.

Bethel University’s PA program is located in Paris, TN, directly across from the Henry County Medical Center. To learn more about Bethel University’s PA program, go to https://www.bethelu.edu/physician-assistant-studies-pa-program.

Will the Thrill Set to Speak at UT Martin

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Wildlife Society will sponsor a dinner at 6 p.m., September 15, in the Boling University Center’s Duncan Ballroom to support the Phillip Trey Lindsey Scholarship Endowment. Will Clark, former first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals, will speak during the event.

Clark began his Major League Baseball career with the San Francisco Giants in 1986 and played 15 seasons in the MLB. Nicknamed “Will the Thrill,” he has received multiple athletic honors, including the Gold Glove Award, two Silver Slugger Awards and six All-Star recognitions.

The event will also include a silent auction featuring sports and celebrity memorabilia, as well as vacation and restaurant packages. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 each, and tickets for the VIP meet and greet are sold separately for $60 each. Table sponsorships are also available for full or half-tables. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact John Lindsey at 731-217-7187.

Paris Elementary’s Fall Kickoff and Book Swap

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary’s Fall Kickoff and Book Swap is set for Friday, September 14 from 4:30pm to 7pm. Kids can enjoy Games, inflatables, snow cones, prizes, cotton candy, and more. Students of Paris Elementary will also have the chance to participate in the "Book Swap". Everyone is welcome to come out and have fun with the students and staff of Paris Elementary School.

American Legion #89 Fish Fry set for September 7th

Paris, Tenn.-American Legion post #89 is sponsoring a Fish fry on Friday September 7th from 5pm until they run out of food. Catfish, Hushpuppies, Fries. Slaw, White Beans, tea, coffee, and Lemonade.  The event is open to the public

Labor Day events at LBL

Paris, Tenn.-Several events are going on over the Labor Day weekend at LBL. The Home place 1850’s Working Farm has a trade fair continuing today from 10 to 4. Local vendors will demonstrate everything from Knitting to horseshoeing.

A Sunset Canoe trip to Lake Barkley’s Scenic Bay will start at 5:30. There is a 25-dollar rental fee for the canoe. For more information on the trip call 270-924-2020.

Raptor-Riffic will feature real life raptors, and birds of prey that live at LBL. The event will take place at the Nature station through Monday. Kids will learn about the parks inhabitants through presentations, and activities including an obstacle course and games.

Soybean Festival in Full Swing

Martin, Tenn-The Tennessee Soybean festival continue today in Martin with the 5th Annual Guitar for Art in the Fine arts building at UT Martin. The event begins at 2.

The Soybean free Concert and Fireworks Spectacular is set for today. The concert featuring Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brother will take place on the main stage with fireworks following immediately after. The concert begins at 7pm in Festival Park.  

Tree seedling programs Taking Applications

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is accepting applications for the Trees for Tennessee and the Play, Plant, Preserve Tree seedling programs. The programs provide family forest landowners with free seedlings for forest sustainability and restoration.

Trees for Tennessee is an initiative aimed at increasing pine regeneration on recently harvested land or fallow fields. ProMark’s Play, Plant,  Preserve program works to ensure that the hardwood resources used for making drumsticks and mallets in Tennessee are sustainable. The program provides 75,000 hardwood seedlings for planting statewide on family forestland to restore existing forests and raise new ones.

To be eligible for the programs, landowners must have a reforestation prescription plan prepared by a professional forester and plant a minimum number of trees. Quantities are limited, so participants should place orders as soon as possible.

For more information about the programs, eligibility requirements, and online seedling sales, please visit  planttntrees.org/ or contact your local area forester through our website, www.tn.gov/agriculture/forests/staff.html.

McSwain Retired after 19-years of Service to Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- After 19 years as director of the W. G. Rhea Public Library, Connie McSwain retired today and retirement reception was held for her at 5 o’clock at the library. She was presented the loyal patriot award by county mayor Brent Greer and Marque de Paris by city mayor Carlton Gerrell. In her remarks noting the growth of the library and it services through the years she concluded with something she says she uses with all the children in the reading programs “We did it.”

Patriots Victorious Over Dyer County

Newburn, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots traveled to Newburn, to take on Dyer County for football action on Friday night. The Patriots were victorious with a final score of 49-16.  

Henry County open the game with a 97 yard touchdown by Ethan Thomas to give the Patriots a 14 to nothing lead. Dyer County remained scoreless until the third quarter, When they ran in a 15-yard touchdown and had a two point conversion making the score 21 to 8 going into the final quarter. They scored once more but could not catch-up with the Patriots with a final score of 49 to 16. Henry County travels to Jackson next Friday to face Liberty.

Wages Increased Last Year For Tennesseans

Henry County, Tenn.- Tennesseans took home a little more money in their paychecks last year according to the latest data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The median wage earned for all Tennessee occupations increased by 3.16 percent between May 2016 and May 2017 to just over 33 thousand dollar.  

The largest occupational groups in the state were office and administrative, sales and related, food preparation and serving, transportation and material moving, healthcare practitioners and healthcare support, and production occupations

The latest statistics show the value of having educational or postsecondary training.  The median annual wage for someone with a bachelor’s degree was over 60-thousand dollars, almost twice the average salary for a person with only a high school diploma or equivalent.  The difference in annual wages for someone with some college, versus no formal education, on average is 11-thousand dollars.

TEMA Announces September as National Preparedness Month

Henry County, Tenn.- The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is recognizing September as National Preparedness Month and reminding Tennesseans to learn how to be ready now before disasters happen.

TEMA Director Patrick Sheehan says it was just one year ago, TEMA was coordinating the deployment of emergency personnel to help with the hurricane response in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. He says, Tennesseans should not wait for the next disaster to strike and then hope for help to come.  Most likely, neighbors and friends will be the first help at the disaster scene before the first responders arrive. So, it’s important to prepare in advance in order to help yourself, your family, and your community.  

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.

Pedestrian Killed On Hwy. 69 Thursday Night

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle around 10:30pm Thursday night near Diggs Road on Hwy. 69. The fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated Thomas E. Toler, age 31 of Paris was walking in the southbound lane of hwy. 69 and was struck by a vehicle driven by Jessica Goodrum, age 26, of Cottage Grove.

Goodrum was injured, but the report didn’t state the extent of her injuries. Trooper Josh Wade worked the accident scene with assistance from Henry County deputies.


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