From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon
Noon On Square Attracts Large Crowd
Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for Friday's Noon on the Square, sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust every Friday in September. John Austin McDaniel performed and was joined by Rocking Randall French and little Ally French. Top photo shows McDaniel, while at bottom, people line up for sack lunches provided by Project Graduation. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris Man Arrested For Leaving Scene
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Ronald Tharpe, age 53 of 521 White St., Paris, for leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly hit a vehicle driven by a Big Sandy woman and drove off.
According to the police report, Tharpe pulled out of a parking spot near McCartney Produce on W. Blythe St., struck the vehicle driven by Bettie Mason of Big Sandy in the passenger side, pulled back around her car and made an obscene gesture at her and then drove off.
Tharpe’s vehicle was found later that day at his home with damage to the vehicle and he was arrested.
Possible Child Abuse Investigated
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a report of possible child abuse after a woman reported that a babysitter had reportedly whipped her children with a belt. She told police that her four-year-old told her the babysitter had whipped he and her 18-month-old. According to the report, a bruise was visible on one of the children’s legs.
The mother reported that the regular babysitter was unavailable and she had asked someone else to look after her children. Investigator Ricky Watson is investigating and the Department of Childrens’ Services hotline was notified.
Driving While Texting Draws Crash, Arrest
Paris, Tenn.-Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Jackson arrested a 24-year-old Atwood man on a variety of charges, including texting while driving after he reportedly caused a crash on Hwy. 79 near Taylor Rd.
According to the report, Cody Cunningham was arrested and charged with DUI 1st, violation of the due care law and texting while driving. There are no details about the crash, other than it caused damage to another vehicle. A bond of $1500 was set.
Duo Nabbed For Drugs, Firearm
Daniel C. Wilson Larry D. Morgan II
Paris, Tenn.-A traffic stop Thursday led to the arrest of two local
men on drug and firearms charges.
Daniel C. Wilson, 19, 319 Dale St., Paris; and Larry D. Morgan II, 18,
179 Crows Nest Loop, Springville, were charged with possession of
marijuana with intent and possession of a firearm during the
commission of a felony. Wilson faces an additional charge of underage
possession of alcohol.
According to the police report, Patrolman Jordan Klutts stopped the
pair on Mineral Wells Ave. due to a muffler violation and noticed that
Wilson was acting nervously and denied permission to search the
vehicle. Backup was called for and Cpl. Ricky Wade and his K-9 Styker
of the sheriff's department arrived and Stryker alerted to the
presence of illegal substances in the truck.
In the subsequent search, officers found marijuana in a bag and a
12-guage shotgun, open bottle of liquor and box of sndwich bags.
Morgan arrived later and told officers that all of the items belonged
to him.The truck and gun were seized. Bond of $1,500 were set for
Cemetery Nap Yields Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police arrested Brently J. Lowe, 19, of
Whiskey Ridge Rd. and charged him with possession of marijuana with
intent after he was found sleeping in the access drive at Maplewood
When Patrolman Nick Oatsvall asked him whether he had anything illegal
in his possession, Lowe handed him a bag of marijuana and officers aso
found four other bags of marijuana, 75 empty plastic bags and $40
inside a cooler. Bond of $1,500 was set.
Public Intoxication, DUI Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Gene Milliken, 65, 108 S. Porter St., Paris, for public intoxication after he was found staggering on Lake Street. According to the police report, he was first reported to be walking in the middle of Blythe and Corbin Streets and by the time police arrived, they found him staggering on Lake and that he almost fell into the front of the police vehicle.
In another incident, Patrolman Jordan Klutts saw a car in his rear view mirror spinning its tires and he turned around on Brewer St. and stopped Marie Burnett, 51, 1503 N. Market St., Paris, for reckless driving.
He asked her why she was spinning her tires and she said she had been arguing at JR's Silver Dollar with her boyfriend. According to the police report, she failed or could not perform a series of sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and reckless driving.
HC Board of Education Elects Chair, Discuss Insurance Increase
County Clerk Donna Craig far left swears in Rod Frey, middle, and Robert Sleadd as Director Sam Milesand secretary to the board Tiffany Latta look on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Paris, Tenn.- At a relatively quick Henry County Board of Education meeting on Thursday night, there was a changing of the guard so to speak as the board welcomed its newest member Rod Frey and elected Tom Beasley to serve as chairman of the board and Doug Braden as vice chairman. Tricia Reimold served as chair for the last several years but didn’t seek reelection in August.
Director of the system Sam Miles congratulated Rod Frey along with fellow Board Members Rob Sleadd and Tom Beasley for winning their elections and deciding to serve on the school board.
Much of the meeting centered around discussion of an impending increase in the system’s insurance. Miles told board members that the budget doesn’t have the funds for the expected increase which will be between 112 and 115 thousand dollars. He said they expected an increase to start in January, but didn’t budget for the large increase, which ranges from 9-11% depending on the type of plan employees choose.
He said that staff will have open enrollment in October where they can change policies, for example going from an individual plan to a family plan. Once everyone has picked a policy they will know how much exactly the increase will be. Miles said the state will be giving school systems some funds around Christmas to help with insurance increase in January, but the local systems still have to come up with some of the money. The board will look more at the insurance increase at the October board meeting on Oct. 18th.
Melinda Perkins, standing,
tells the board she is excited
for the opportunity to serve as
the student representative to
TSBA. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
The board also recognized Melinda Perkins (pictured above) for being named as the Tennessee School Board Association’s Northwest Student Recognition Award winner. Miles said Melinda was picked out of every system in northwest Tennessee and he knew would serve proudly as a student representative.
School Board Approves Family Life Curriculum
More from the Henry County Board of Education meeting saw Dr. Renea Wade ask the board to approve materials that will be used in the Family Life Curriculum. Dr. Wade said that state law requires districts that have greater than a 19.5 per one thousand teen pregnancy rate for four years in a row to approve and follow a Family Life Curriculum for students in grades 6-8. The board has approved the materials for the curriculum in the past.
Dr. Wade did inform board members that the teen pregnancy rate in Henry County actually fell below 19.5 per one thousand in the teen pregnancy rate this past year. In order to not have the Family Life Curriculum taught however, they must remain below that level for four years in a row. A public viewing of the materials that will be used in the curriculum will be on display at all schools during parent teacher conferences later in the school year.
Boat Fire Cause Investigated
Paris, Tenn.-The cabin of a $130,000 powerboat was destroyed following a fire Thursday afternoon at 350 Peppers Dr. Paris firefighters spent 90 minutes at the scene extinguishing the fire, which began in the cabin of the 38' Donzi powerboat.
The boat was parked in the driveway of the Granite Works business and is owned by John Rushing. According to Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Hamlin, the boat is insured. "We sent two units and four men to the fire," Hamlin said.
7Sisterz To Hold Tailgate Party For Animal Shelter
Paris, Tenn.-There will be a tailgate party at 7Sisterz from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The gang at 7Sisterz are donating the proceeds to the Henry County Animal Shelter. There will be hot dogs and other goodies and the Lebanon United Methodist Church is also going to have baked goods for sale. If you have never been to 7Sisterz at 2035 County Home Rd., this is a good time to go. It's a gift and antique shop which specializes in Paris items and it's located in a converted one-room school house.
LBL Honors Teachers with Free Admission to Several Facilities
Golden Pond, KY –Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area invites teachers to “come outside and play” for free at several day-use facilities this weekend Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16.
Admission to The Homeplace (HP), Golden Pond Planetarium (GPP), and Nature Station (NS) is free for current and retired teachers, home educators, and their immediate families on September 15 & 16. Be sure to bring a letter printed on your school letterhead, a school faculty ID card, or your home educator identification to present at each site.
Special programs scheduled for this weekend include:
· Sat., 10am-4pm Elk & Bison Prairie Celebration at Golden Pond Visitor Center; 11:30am In Cold Blood at NS; 1-3pm Wildlife in 1850 at HP; 2:15pm Bugle Boys at NS; Sat., 3pm IBEX at GPP
· Sun., 10am-2pm Wash Dayat HP; 1pm Prairie Prowlers at NS; 3pm Earth, Moon, & Sun at GPP; Sun., 3:30pm Puppet Show: Animals of the Pond at NS
There also are laser light shows both Saturday and Sunday and the planetarium.
Noon on the Square Today: John Austin McDaniel to Perform
Paris, Tenn.- The Commercial Bank- sponsored Noon on the Square will be held at noon on the court square today. John Austin McDaniel will be performing classic rock and country tunes, and Project Graduation will be selling lunch – a quarter pound hot dog, chips, and dessert for just $5.
Soft drinks will be available from the Downtown Paris Association, and Henry County Medical Center staff will be on hand to provide free blood pressure checks. Noon on the square continues every Friday in September.
Paris Woman Arrested for DUI
Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested for DUI after being stopped for reckless driving recently, according to Paris Police Department reports. Patrolman Jordan Klutts stopped Marie Ann Burnett, 51 of Market Street, after Burnett spun her tires near the intersection of Brewer and Washington Streets.
Burnett said she was angry after an argument with her boyfriend, and admitted to having four beers over the course of the day. Klutts administered a variety of sobriety tests, each of which Burnett either failed or declined to participate. She was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Henry County Medical Center for a blood draw before being admitted to the Henry County Correctional Facility.
Other recent arrests include:
Jeremy Cox, 19 of Whitlock Road, arrested for assault.
Brentley Lowe, also 19 of Whiskey Ridge Road, arrested for felony possession of Schedule VI with intent to distribute.
And Keith Bomar, 32 of Mason Lane, arrested for two counts of contempt of court.
Henry County Farm Bureau Goes Pink Against Breast Cancer
Paris, Tenn.- Farm Bureau Insurance is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The Henry County Farm Bureau will be offering refreshments this Friday, and donors can stop by anytime through the end of October to make a donation to the American Cancer Society and receive a pink Farm Bureau hat and bracelet.
Henry Pioneer Days Set for This Weekend
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Pioneer Days Fall Festival this weekend. The Henry County Saddle Club will kick things off Friday night with a variety of fun and games. Then, Saturday morning at 10 AM, the pioneer parade will wind through downtown Henry. After the parade, there will be a cake walk, bingo, and children’s games.
Saturday afternoon, there will be arm wrestling contest, 3-man team tug of war, and a cornhole tournament – cash will be paid to the winners of these events. Pioneer Day will wrap up at 6 PM with a dance featuring a live band inside the Henry Civic Center. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy Pioneer Days in Henry.
HCMC Care Van to be at Rhodes Insurance Thurs. Morning
Pairs, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be offering health screenings at Rhodes Insurance on Mineral Wells Avenue Thursday morning from 9 to 11. Free finger stick blood sugar tests will be available, as well as osteoporosis screenings and blood pressure checks. The Carevan will also be providing total cholesterol checks for $3 and lipid panels for $10 each.
Results will be available at the time of the screening. Please note that accurate results will require an eight-hour fast before testing.
Burger Bash, Thurs. from 5-7, to help raise funds for Golf Teams
Paris, Tenn.- The McDonald’s in Paris is hosting a Burger Bash from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday. 20 percent of all proceeds will go to benefit the Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots Golf Teams, who are scheduled to play in the regional championships next Monday at Country Hills Golf Course in Hendersonville.
Pep Bus to Take Patriot Fans to Springfield on Friday
Paris, Tenn.- Patriot fans interested in attending Friday night’s football game at Springfield need to know that there will be a pep bus going to the game. The cost to ride the pep bus is $20 per person and does not include the price of admission to the game. The bus will leave at 5pm sharp from the parking lot behind Patriot Stadium on Friday afternoon. There are only a limited number of seats left, so call 642-0860 if you want to ride the bus and reserve your seat.
And if you can’t make it to Springfield, keep in mind we will be broadcasting the game LIVE on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradioDOTcom.
Blakemore Street Burglary Still Being Investigated
Paris, Tenn.- A Blakemore Street man had several items stolen from his garage recently, according to Paris Police Department reports. The victim said a few weeks ago, someone stole his 22 inch push mower, but he didn’t report it as he thought a friend had borrowed it. Then he looked through his garage earlier this week and noticed more items missing, including a pressure washer and camping stove. According to police, the total value of items stolen is just under $600. The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and there are no suspects at this time.
Henry Board Enters into Settlement with Claunch Construction
City to pay lump sum of $350K, plus payments for ten years
Henry's attorney David Hessing discusses the settlement with
the board concerning Claunch Construction and the city's sewer.
(Alex AuBuchon photo)
Henry, Tenn.- Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting saw a major update in the Claunch settlement case. After a lengthy executive session between the board and city attorney David Hessing, Alderman Cindy Rainey motioned to enter into the settlement agreement and give Mayor Joe Qualls authority to negotiate the payments’ starting date; the motion passed unanimously.
The City of Henry will pay a lump sum of $350 thousand as well as an annual payment of $15 thousand for ten years. Alderman Faye Lowrie announced before the vote that “it galls [her] that the City of Henry has to pay money out on the sewer system installed in this town.”
More from the City of Henry board meeting saw the mayor and aldermen deliberate on adding Officer Michael Gertsch to full time payroll plus benefits. He had been working as a temporary part-time employee. Henry Police Chief David Andrews made a compelling case for Gertsch, saying he trusted Gertsch as an officer, saw him putting in more than his fair share of hours, and believed he deserved the promotion and benefits. The board largely agreed, but Alderman Rex Buford expressed concerns about the city’s budget.
After some discussion, Alderman Rainey moved to make Gertsch a temporary full-time employee, provided the city’s budget allowed for his salary. Otherwise, Gertsch will revert to part-time and lose full-time benefits.
Tony Boyd of the Modern Woodmen of the World was also on hand Tuesday night to present Alderman Faye Lowrie with their Hometown Hero award. Boyd explained that Lowrie exemplified community work and support, saying every time he heard about an event, he heard Faye Lowrie’s name attached. Lowrie was awarded a plaque and a U.S. Flag.
Alderman Faye Lowry presented with
the hometown hero award. (AuBuchon photo)
The board decided to go ahead and change accountants at Tuesday night’s meeting. City recorder Sonya Clayton explained last month and again Tuesday night that switching to Vance CPA, out of Belvedere, Tennessee would be better for the day to day internal process of city government. Vance CPA also does the audit for the city.
Simoneau Pleads Guilty; Trial Set for Lee In Task Force Case
Huntington, Tenn.-At a hearing Monday in the ongoing criminal case involving personnel from the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Leona Simoneau of McKenzie pleaded guilty to lesser charges of conspiracy to conduct oficial misconduct and one count of destruction of government records. The hearing was held in the Carroll County Circuit Court.
Simoneau, 41, could receive a sentence of 11 months, 29 days on the charges. Sentencing was set for Nov. 20 in the same court.
Simoneau was the secretary for the task force and she, along with former Director Steve Lee and his son, Michael Lee, both of McKenzie, were indicted in both Henry and Carroll Counties and charged with several charges involving theft and misuse of equipment.
For Simoneau, the plea agreement considerably reduces her original charges, which included two counts of theft, two counts of conspiracy, two counts of tampering with evidence, official misconduct and presenting a false instrument.
Michael Lee already pleaded guilty to theft of property and was placed on probation.
After months of hearings, a trial date for Steve Lee has now been set for October 29 at the Carroll County Circuit Court. Lee is represented by Huntingdon Attorney Mark Maddox.
He is charged with four counts of thefts, tampering with evidence, two counts of conspiracy and presenting a false instrument.
Both Steve Lee and Simoneau still face charges in Henry County once the legal case in Carroll County is completed
HCHS Criminal Justice Students Remember 9/11
Sheriff's Deputies present the flag during 9/11 ceremony. (Yearbook staff photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School presented a program on Tuesday honoring local emergency personnel as an observation of September 11. Hosted by HCHS Criminal Justice students, the program began with a video presented to the to the student body relating how it would feel to be a high school student that lost a parent in the attacks.
The students moved outside for the presentation of the flag by the HCSO honor guard. The madrigals sang "My Country Tis of Thee" followed by the memorial poem "We Are America" read by Darian French. Criminal Justice 3 students had created posters with information about victims. These were shown to the crowd while the poem was read. Following the program, all community members and emergency workers were invited in to enjoy a brunch provided by the criminal justice department.
Students show off their 9/11 posters. (Photo by yearbook staff)
Sheriff's deputies and Paris city police, including Chief Chuck Elizondo, at the reception after the ceremony. (Susan Burton photo).
CG Council Reviews Property Late Taxes
Paris, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Legislative Council held its regular business meeting Tuesday night and heard a report about 16 properties being announced as having late taxes with penalties. No further notices will be sent.
Revenues of $4992.14 and expenses of $2333.49 were reported for August 2012.
Councilwoman Dorothy Miller reported on financial figures for the possibility of selling surplus property.
Discussion was made of the Poplar Street road repairs. No decision was made.
Meet and Greet for Candidate Brad Thompson Set
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Party will sponsor a meet and greet for State Senate Candidate Brad Thompson from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Henry County fairgrounds (Enoch building).
Hot dogs, hamburgers, and desserts will be served. Donations will be appreciated
Car Backs Into McKenzie Raceway Gas Station
McKenzie, Tenn.-No injuries were reported after a car backed into the entrance of the Raceway gas station and convenience store in McKenzie this morning. Travis McLeese of Paris just happened to be there when the accident occured and took these photos which show, top photo, the car backed into the store and bottom, the car being towed. No details on the accident were available from McKenzie Police. (Travis McLeese photos).
Murder Suspects Waive Extradition; Arraignment Today
Paris, Tenn.-The suspects in the shooting death of a Paris man at a local nightclub waived extradition at a Monday hearing in Virginia and arrived at the Henry County Jail at midnight last night.
The pair--Tevin Lumpkin and Charles Liphford, both of Milan--will be arraigned in Henry County General Sessions Court this morning before Judge Vicki Snyder. Arraignments are routine initial court appearances at which defendants are presented with charges filed against them.
The arraignment will be by video hook-up with the jail, where the two will remain during the hearing, according to Sheriff Monte Belew.
Lumpkin is charged with first-degree murder and Liphford with gun charges stemming from the shooting death of Eric Kinley of Paris at Fahrenheit 101 three weeks ago.
The two were tracked down in Virginia following an intensive manhunt by the sheriff's department, TBI, U.S. Marshall's service and several local law enforcement departments. They were arrested late last week by U.S. Marshalls.
Cody Harmon of Lexington, Tenn., who also was arrested last week and charged with first-degree murder, was arraigned in the local court last Thursday.
In all five people have been arrested in the case, including Jiles Yarbrough, Huntingdon, also charged with first-degree murder, and Akilah Williamson of McKenzie, charged with accessory after the fact.
Patriots Golf Team Qualify for Regional Tournament
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County competed in men’s and women’s golf at the district golf tournament on Monday. The men’s team advances to the Regional Tournament after finishing third in the district shooting a 355. Dickson County shot a 304 and Clarksville High shot a 335.
Individual scores for the Patriots were Evan Todd with a 82, Jordan Hayes with an 84, Jamison Hayes with a 92, Hunter Dye with a 97, and Chase Hill with a 102.
The Lady Patriots just missed qualifying for the regional tournament but put up a good showing at the district at Swan Lake. Henry County finished fourth in the tourney with a 213. Clarksville High came in first with a 156, followed by Rossview 160 and Dickson County with a 163. Henry County Lady Patriots Brittany Martin and Holly Dial both qualified for the regional tournament as individuals. During Monday’s district tournament Martin shot a 101, Dial a 112, and Madison Dillard a 122.
Consumer Decision Making Team Chooses Wisely
Earns Second Place in Region
Aleece Passman, Brigitte Passman, Benton Co. Extension Director Heather Deckard, and Dora Klink. The team accepts their second place awards from the contest chairman.
Lexington, Tenn.-The Henry County 4-H Consumer Decision Making team competed at the Western Region contest on Thursday, September 6, in Lexington. The team placed second in the region, qualifying them for the state contest in October. They competed among ten teams and approximately 50 competitors in the contest. The team consisted of Dora Klink, Aleece Passman and Brigitte Passman. Brigitte and Aleece had the fourth and fifth high scores in the contest, respectively, with only a half point separating their scores.
Consumer Decision Making is a judging contest that consists of decision making scenarios that the average consumer may be faced with daily. Team members work individually on scenarios such as choosing the most affordable and convenient yogurt that also is high in calcium. The team also had scenarios dealing with hooded sweatshirts, luggage and produce. The team members had to deliver an oral reasons presentation on their placing in the produce scenario. As a team, they were required to work on a group think problem concerning movie rental options.
Consumer Decision Making is open to 4-H members in high school. A similar contest is held for junior high members called Life Skills. If you would like more information on Henry County 4-H, please call UT Extension at 642-2941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Classes Set At Library
Paris, Tenn.- Shelton Maye will hold a night computer class on September 18 and September 20 from 5 pm to 7pm at the W.G. Rhea Library. A refresher computer class will be on September 24 from 10 am to 12 noon. A basic computer class will be on September 27 and 28 (will need to attend both days’ classes) from 10am to 12 noon.
All classes will be held at the W. G. Rhea Public Library on 400 West Washington Street. All classes are free to the public. All classes do require prior registration by calling the library at 642-1702 or visiting at 400 West Washington Street, Paris.
TDOT Begins Project Tour in Paris
TDOT's Project Tour Bus carried state transportation officials across West Tennessee Monday touring various road projects. Paris was the first stop. (Tim Alsobrooks photo.)
By Tim Alsobrooks
Paris, Tenn.- City, County, and state officials welcomed Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) commissioner John Schroer and other transportation officials to Paris on Monday morning as TDOT kicked off their Projects Tour. The TDOT project tour bus made Paris its first of many stops this week as it tours road projects coming up in their three year plan.
Paris and Henry County has three projects that are currently proposed through TDOT: the continuation of the highway 218 bypass project, the widening of highway 641, or North Market Street in downtown Paris, and the Joy Street, Tyson Avenue Signalization project.
Commission Schroer said all the senior staff of TDOT came to Paris Monday and they enjoy working with their community partners on projects. Schroer said that TDOT was only one of five transportation departments across the nation that works as a pay as you go type department. Other state transportation departments borrow money they need and do one project, then don’t do anything for several years. In Tennessee, projects are done in segments and many are ongoing at the same time across the state.
Schroer said that increasing costs and dwindling federal funds are causing more difficulties with road projects throughout the state. He said communities like Paris who have great local involvement and commitment helps push those projects to the top of the priority list, such as the case in the next leg of the 218 bypass project.
Representative Tim Wirgau, who has been very vital to the continuing work of these projects, was on hand Monday morning and added that TDOT officials always respond quickly to his questions and he appreciated getting answers in a timely manner.
Representative Tim Wirgau speaks as city manager Carl Holder, County Mayor Brent Greer, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer, and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Whitney Sullivan, project manager for the state route 218 and state route 54, or North Market Street, projects spoke briefly about both projects to the crowd gathered on hand.
The highway 218 project is the last leg that has been approved and will connect highway 69 with highway 641 north. The completion of this project will help alleviate some of the big trucks from congesting downtown Paris. The cost of this project is $11 million dollars, and 80% of those cost is construction related.
Sullivan said that right of way purchases are going on now for this project and letting should come in December of 2013, which construction beginning in 2014.
Whitney Sullivan, project manager for state
route 218 and 54 projects speak about both
projects at Monday's event.
The widening of 641 north, or Market Street in downtown Paris, will likely take a little longer to complete. Sullivan said this project will cover 2.7 miles of highway and they will widen the road to have five lanes, including a center turn lane. The project will also include the installation of sidewalks and bicycle lanes for most of that 2.7 miles. There are 126 tracts that need right of way purchasing in this project and the estimated cost for the project is over $26 million, with only about 60% of that cost being construction. Letting will be held
in December of 2014, and construction would likely start the spring of 2015.
Brief discussions were also had on the Joy Street/Tyson Avenue Signalization project. Paris City Manager Carl Holder explained to TDOT officials the importance to the city and county of squaring up Joy Street and the need for the traffic light at the intersection. TDOT representatives said that notice to proceed with construction should come within the next week or so and all funding with the project seems to be in place.
Road Board Begins New Era
Bobby Milam took over the chairman
seat at Monday's road board meeting
as district 1 commission Cody Craig
looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At the regular monthly meeting of the Henry County highway commission on Monday evening, a new era of sorts was ushered in as Bobby Milam took the chair's seat and the board welcomed newly elected commissioners Kyle Norwood in District 2 and Marty Allison in District 3.
Last month the board said goodbye to longtime chairman Ronald Brown and District 2 Commissioner Don Norwood.
The board didn't have much business to discuss other than normal 30 day work plan items which supervisor Ray Norwood explained that several projects had been completed or were moved over to the next month from August. Some of the items that need to be tackled this month include limb trimming on Mt. Sinai, Mason Lake, and Perkins road among others, and fixing the shoulder on Oaklawn Estates drive.
Chairman Bobby Milam also asked supervisor Norwood to get a completed road plan to each board member by next month's meeting, to let the new commissioners see which roads will be worked on if some federal and state money comes down later this year. The board also elected commissioner Vic MMallard to serve as vice chair at Monday's meeting.
Sheriff's Deputies Look for Suspect in Bar Scuffle
Paris, Tenn.- A fight at Sandy’s Saloon, on highway 69 North,over the weekend sent three patrons to the hospital with head injuries, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports. Deputies responded to calls reporting a fight and found two men and one woman sitting in the parking lot, covered in blood. All three were very intoxicated, but each reported their injuries were caused by a short, bearded man with three missing fingers wielding a pool cue. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident.
Drug Arrests, thefts reported over the weekend
Paris, Tenn.- A car accident on Van Dyke Road led to a drug arrest over the weekend. Corporal Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a white Buick in a ditch on Van Dyke Road. Wade believed the driver, Amanda Lauritzen, 25 of Van Dyke Road, to be intoxicated – Striker, Wade’s K9 unit, searched the vehicle and alerted on the passenger door – Wade then found a small amount of marijuana, Schedule II painkillers, and a pipe. Lauritzen was placed under arrest for possession of Schedule II, Schedule VI, and drug paraphernalia.
An antique rifle was stolen from a home on Browning Drive recently. The gun, a “Brownie” .22 caliber rifle produced in 1900 by the WH Davenport Company, had been hanging on the complainant’s wall for 40 years. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office valued the firearm at $500 and is currently investigating the theft.
Clyde Brock of Stinnett, KY, arrested for 3 counts of violation of lifetime community supervision and violation of the sex offender registry act. Brock is currently being held on $7500 bond.
HCHS to hold College and Career Night on Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will be holding their annual College and Career Night Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 PM in the Commons Area. Representatives from colleges, universities, technical schools, and branches of the armed forces will be on hand to speak with high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Stormy Weather's Effects Still Felt
Paris, Tenn.-This tree that landed in the yard at the corner of Caldwell and Hudson Streets is just one example of the effects of stormy weather over the weekend. Tree limbs, large and small, were deposited all over Henry County. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Disc Golfers Throng To Eiffel Tower Park
Paris, Tenn.-Nathan Klassy of Evansville, Ind., right, tees off while Curtis Kunkel of Martin waits his turn at the 6th annual Paris Disc Golf Tournament Sunday. Over 60 competitors from Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois were on hand for the event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Rebels Trounced By Trenton
Trenton, Tenn.-In a game that was delayed by bad weather, the McKenzie Rebels were defeated by Trenton Peabody 44-21 Saturday night. The game was called at half-time Friday night due to the storms and was resumed the next night.
Public Intoxication Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Joshua Lee Conger, age 24 of 585 Mulderink Rd., Paris, on charges of public intoxication, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident at 2 a.m.
Saturday morning at Colony Square Apartments on Hwy. 641 S.
Police received a call of a fight, but when Officer Ean Reed arrived
he found things quiet, but witnesses said the trouble was caused by
Conger, who had run off. Patrolmen Jamie James and Amanda Forrest
found Conger lying on the ground next to the office and the report
indicated he smelled of alcohol and was crying that he was going to
jail. A subsequent search of Conger revealed marijuana and a pipe.
Bond of $500 was set.
In a separate incident, Paris Patrolman Jordan Klutts arrested Terri
Clark, age 34 of 304 Poplar St., for public intoxication in front of
RJ’s on S. Brewer St. Employees of RJ’s gave Klutts her shoes and
purse and said she was walking toward Blythe, where he found her
sitting on the ground and unable to stand. Bond of $1,000 was set.
Arts and Crafts Festival Draws Large Crowds
Buchanan, Tenn.- After Friday night’s storm gave way, cooler temperatures and less humidity brought out the crowds for the annual Paris Landing arts and crafts show, which has a perfect location with a front-row view of Kentucky lake. Over 100 vendors brought out their best yard decorations, iron works, canned goods, paintings and crafts for people to peruse, as well as a
large variety of goodies to eat, from kettle corn to fried Twinkies. The event is sponsored every year by the Paris-Lakeway Kiwanis. Top photo, the lake provides a perfect backdrop for browsing; bottom photo, James Bradley of Big Sandy displayed his wares while entertaining with his guitar. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Picking Up After The Storm
Paris, Tenn.-Most everyone in Henry County has been picking up or hauling off tree limbs following Friday night's storm and the people along Flower Lane had their hands full Saturday morning with a large limb across the fence surrounding the McCampbell Cemetery. None of the stones were damaged. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
TDOT Tour Begins In Paris Monday
Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer will begin his statewide “TDOT Projects Tour” next week in TDOT’s Region Four, which is based in Jackson. During this week-long tour,
Commissioner Schroer, elected officials and transportation officials
will travel by bus to view TDOT projects currently underway and those
listed on the department’s “Three Year Program.”
The Region 4 Tour kicks off in Henry County on Monday, September 10,
and will wind up in Madison County on Thursday, September 13. In Henry
County, the group will meet at city hall and from 9:30-11 a.m., will
tour State Route 218 from Rtes. 69 to 54 and then will go to Hwy. 54
from near Rison Street to near Smith Rd.
The group then will travel to Carroll County.
Car Theft Reported
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police took a report of a theft Thursday in the Burke’s parking lot at 1023 Mineral Wells Ave. According to the report, someone broke into a locked car in the lot. The victim said she locked the doors,
leaving the window opened a bit. When she returned, all four doors
were unlocked and items had been stolen, including CD cases, about
100 Cds and several medication bottles that had been in the console.
Let's Go, Red Swarm!
Paris, Tenn.-The Red Swarm was in action last night in the Henry County Patriots' student cheering section at Patriot Stadium during the game against Northwest. Red Swarm is what the Patriots' defense is called. (Tim Pharr photo).
Patriots Win Big in Weather-Shortened Game
#21 Chase Henderson runs for one of his two touchdowns. (TIm Pharr photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Threatening weather wreaked havoc on local football games Friday night, as the Henry County Patriots’ game against Northwest was called with five minutes to go on the clock. With lightning strikes getting closer and closer, game officials and coaches from both teams conferred and, with Northwest officials agreeing, the game was considered a complete game. Final score: Patriots 60, Clarksville Northwest 8.
So far on the season, the Patriots are 3-1, with two district game victories. Storm Hilliard ran for 90 yds and two touchdowns. Hilliard also passed for 75 yards on the night.
Chase Henderson ran for his first 100 yard game. He finished with 103 yds rushing and two touchdowns.
Keshon Love had 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
#41 Ashton Cate and a host of Henry County defenders tackle a Northwest runner. (Pharr photo).
Family Mourns Loss After Murder Arrests Made
Katrina and Aaron Teague spoke about their family's loss Friday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
Family members of the man killed in the shooting at a local nightclub
two weeks ago voiced relief, sadness and anger at the latest round of
arrests in the case after a press conference at the Henry County
Sheriff’s Department Friday afternoon.
Katrina Teague and her son, Aaron, talked to the media after the press
conference, at which local, state and federal law enforcement
officials provided more details in the three arrests made Thursday
Arrested were: Tevin Lumpkin of Milan, who was on the TBI’s 10
Most Wanted list and charged with first-degree murder; Charles
Liphford of Milan, charged with handgun violations, both of whom were
arrested in Virginia by U.S. marshalls; and Cody Harmon of Lexington,
Tenn., who was arrested by Henry County sheriff’s deputies and who is
also charged with first-degree murder.
Extradition proceedings are
underway to return Lumpkin and Liphford to Henry County and a hearing
is scheduled for Tuesday in Virginia. Two county investigators are on
their way there to testify at the hearing.
The Teagues are first cousins of Eric Kinley, the man killed at
Fahrenheit 101 on August 25. Katrina said Kinley was like a little
brother to her and that the arrests were “bittersweet” for her. “I was
excited, but still sad, still angry. This isn’t going to bring Eric
back. The pain is still there.” Kinley leaves two young children, she
said, and his death “has tore up a lot of families and I’m sure the
families of the ones arrested are torn up, too.”
Aaron Teague echoed the information provided during the press
conference, that the incident which led to the shooting was a minor
misunderstanding. “Life is short,” he said. “These guys are going to
spend the rest of their lives behind bars and our cousin is dead over
something so small.” He said he was at the nightclub the night of the shooting and witnessed the incident.
At the press conference, Sheriff Monte Belew and County Investigator
Adam Jenkins, along with TBI Agents Joe Walker and Jack Vanhooser and
U.S. Marshall Jeff Holt provided more details about the investigation.
Holt said, “This was a classic shoe leather case that led us to
Virginia to make the arrests.This is a perfect example of agencies
working together hand-in-hand.”
In all, five people have now been arrested in the case and three have
been charged with first-degree murder. In addition to the three arrested yesterday, they include Jiles Yarbrough of Huntingdon, who was charged with first-degree murder as well as possession of $2500 in counterfeit $100 bills; and Akilah Williamson of McKenzie, who Belew said is Lumpkin's girlfriend.
Belew said three of the five "are gang-affiliated, but this is not a gang-related murder." The investigation continues, he said.
The case represents the first time that a Henry County suspect has been placed on the TBI Most Wanted list, which provided increased publicity for the case, he said.
Fahrenheit 101 was holding a rap show the night of the shooting, Belew said, "and we're working with management to curtail these activities that are bringing unwanted people into Henry County." He said the incident evolved from "a minor disagreement that went awry."
Reward money will be distributed to individuals who provided tips, Belew said.
At Friday's press conference, from left: U.S. Marshall Jeff Holt; County Investigator Adam Jenkins, County Sheriff Monte Belew; and TBI Agents Jack Vanhooser and Joe Walker. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Large Crowd On Hand For First Noon on Square Of Season
Paris, Tenn.-Bill Jelks, left, and Rod Frey, show how it's done as they grill burgers for the first Noon on the Square of the season Friday afternoon. Branded Country performed to a large crowd. Next Friday's performer will be John Austin McDaniel. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
News from past weeks here.