From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon
BPU Board Ties up Loose Ends with RUS Loan for the City
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Thursday and approved a couple of issues to tie up everything with the RUS loan and grant with BPU. General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said that RUS had come back with a few minor stipulations that the BPU board needed to approve before the loan could be closed out and the city could receive monies that will pay for the pedestrian bridge that will eventually connect the hospital with the new Bethel addition.
The BPU board approved deferral on payment of the RUS loan for two years along with approving to allow the city of Paris to use any remaining balance from the loan once the bridge is paid in full to be used to cover other costs of construction. Etheridge explained basically this is a ten year loan, with no payments made the first two years. RUS issues the loan thru the BPU to the city. The city pays BPU, who then pays RUS. The amount of the loan is 1.1 million dollars. The estimated cost of the pedestrian bridge is just over $900K.
The BPU board also approved changing the company that handles the software in the office. Etheridge explained that the company they will be going with is NISC and they charge $2500 a month less in fees than the current company handling the software, which is CSA. NISC also committed to a five year no fee increase for services. Etheridge said there will be some penalties for leaving CSA, but the payback is quick and the difference in monthly fees is worth it. Plans are to have the conversion complete by this time next year.
BPU Financials Looking Good so far for Fiscal Year
Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday’s BPU board meeting saw General Manager John Etheridge go over financials for all three departments and so far two months into the new fiscal year, things are looking good. He said sales were down in the electric department, but they would realize better sales in the coming months and the cash position is still in good shape.
The water department showed sales up year to date around $25,000, primarily due to the hot and dry summer we have had in the area. Wastewater sales were also up about $15,000 for the fiscal year’s first two months. Also in news from wastewater and water, supervisor Terry Wimberly explained the last three rate of flow controllers had come in and install on them is expected in the next 4-6 weeks. Wimberly said this will complete the eight rate of flow controllers that the BPU set out to do a few years ago.
Ray Lewis Band, Boss Hoss Bikes, Ribeye Sandwiches Friday at Noon on the Square
Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the square continues Friday as the Ray Lewis Band performs country, classic rock, and blues music on the court square. Today the Boss Hoss Motorcycle parade will head into downtown Paris around 11am and the bike show awards presentation will be after the music around 1pm.
Project graduation will be selling lunch with many choices this week. Event goers can get a hamburger or quarter pound hotdog chips and dessert for only $5, cheeseburger for $5.50, or a Ribeye steak sandwich for $7. The Downtown Paris Association will have soft drinks and bottled water is available for $1. The Henry County Medical Center will also offer free blood pressure checks.
Power to be Down Saturday at HCMC
Paris, TN – Due to a storm which passed through Henry County on
September 8, the Paris Board of Public Utilities did not get to 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.
Instead, that event will take place Saturday, September 22.
Emergency power will be utilized inside the hospital as necessary and
mandatory maintenance will be performed on hospital electrical
“Once BPU has completed the relocation of high voltage wiring feeding
the building, Plant Operations will restore normal power and
operations of the facility,” according to 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. HCMC apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
Fire Victims In Need of Clothing
Henry, Tenn.-The victims of the fire that destroyed their home on Perry Schoolhouse Rd. on Tuesday night are in need of clothing and other items.
The family consists of the mother, Retha Hall, and two teenaged children and the following is a list of clothing sizes: sizes 3 X in Womens pants and shirts, shoe size 10 wide, X Large; Womens shirts and pants and size 9 shoe, and mens sizes 40 X 34 jeans, and size 13 shoe.
You can call 731 924 2579 for more information on where the items should be taken and what other items they may need.
Parent-Teacher Conferences Set For Monday
Paris, Tenn.-Parent-Teacher Conferences for both E.W. Grove School and Henry County High School will be held on Monday, September 24th. Grove conferences will be held from 3:30-6:30 pm. HCHS conferences will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm. All parents are encouraged to attend.
Burglary at First Baptist Church
Paris, Tenn.-The First Baptist Church was broken into Tuesday night and a few yard items were stolen, according to Paris Police Department reports.
Units responded Wednesday morning to a call from the First Baptist Church on Poplar Street. Workers at the church found a storage shed with a master lock cut off. They then discovered their Stihl leaf blower and Husqvarna weed eater missing. Total value of the tools is approximately $230.
Police determined that the burglars used bolt cutters to bypass the lock. The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft.
Gas Board Hears Updates on Cottage Grove Metering Station
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met on Tuesday, discussing various items including an upgrade of the master metering station in Cottage Grove.
Stigall Engineering provided the board with a notice of acceptability of work, indicating that the station upgrade was approximately 90% complete. The board also approved payment for the project of just over $25,000 to Sullivan’s Natural Gas Services in Covington, Tennessee.
The board also approved contracts for a gas main extension project that will provide natural gas services to seven new areas of Henry County. A pre-construction meeting for that extension project was held Tuesday afternoon.
The board also approved a motion to offer flu shots for Public Utility District employees.
Boss Hoss Rally, Burn Out BBQ Cookoff at PLSP this Weekend
There's always a large crowd for the downtown Boss Hoss rally, as can be seen from this photo taken at last year's rally. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Buchanan, Tenn.- The 13th annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss National Rally is taking place this weekend at Paris Landing State Park. Events kick off Thursday evening with a meet and greet and performance by the Tommy Akers Band in the Paris Landing State Park Inn.
Friday will include a Bike and Trike Show in conjunction with Noon on the Square in downtown Paris; several prizes will be awarded at that event. Also on Friday will be a $1000 Dice Run from Court Square to the Paris Landing Event Area, followed by a performance by Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks.
On Saturday, Boss Hoss will be offering factory demo rides all day, the Paris Landing Tourism League will host a barbeque cook-off competition, and a $2,000 Poker Run will take place starting and ending at the Paris Landing Event Area. Also on Saturday night will be a drawing for a brand new Boss Hoss Trike courtesy of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The 4th annual Burn Out BBQ cookoff allows taste testers to pick a people’s choice award, by paying five dollars and tasting all entries. Most votes will win the award.
All this and more is taking place this weekend at Paris Landing State Park. For more information or to register, check out www.bosshoss.com or www.midsouthbikefest.com, or call 731-286-4915. On-site registration is also taking place all day Thursday at the Paris Landing State Park Inn. For more information on the Burn Out BBQ cookoff log onto visitparislanding.com or call Sara Johnson at 731-819-6362.
HCMC Receives "Top Performer" Honors From Joint Commission
Chief Nursing Officer Stephen O'Neal, left, and Hospital Administrator Tom Gee look over the Joint Commission honor. (HCMC photo).
Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center today was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Henry County Medical Center was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.
Henry County Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. Henry County Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Pneumonia and Surgical Care.
Each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures met two 95 percent (95/95) performance thresholds on 2011 accountability measure data. First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital met or exceeded 95 percent performance on every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.
Job Coach To Visit Library
Paris, Tenn.-The West Tennessee Job Coach will be coming to the W. G. Rhea Public Library on September 26 from 9:30 until 2:30. Library Director Connie McSwain said, "Their last visit to the Library was a huge success. They helped many in resume writing, on line job applications and on line job searches." People needing help finding a job are encouraged to attend.
Henry Home Destroyed In Blaze; Family Homeless
All that remains of a home at 780 Perry Schoolhouse Rd. this morning is charred rubble. (Cheryl Allen photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
Henry, Tenn.-A home at 780 Perry Schoolhouse Rd. was totally destroyed in a blaze Tuesday night. Henry Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene around 6:45 p.m. and by that time, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Fire Chief Keith Qualls said, "When our first unit arrived, there was only one end of the house still standing."
Mutual aid was provided by the Mansfield and Paris fire departments.
The home is owned by Retha Hall and her two teenaged children and Qualls said the fire apparently started when an occupant in the home was cooking, it caught on fire "and got away from her".
Qualls said one person was transported to Henry County Medical Center from the scene. She did sustain some injuries from the blaze and reportedly is still hospitalized.
The single-story frame home is located at the end of a dead end road, which added to the congestion for firefighters trying to battle it, he said. Henry sent 10 or 11 firefighters to the fire, while Mansfield sent two trucks and 7 men and Paris sent its pumper and two firefighters.
Qualls said a car in a carport was destroyed in the blaze, but that firefighters were able to save outbuildings, including a shed and carport, and were able to keep the fire from spreading into the countryside around the home.
Safe Stolen from Travis Road Home
Paris, Tenn.- A safe containing a pistol and some other valuables were stolen from a residence on Travis Road Monday night, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The complainant reported that after he left for work at around 10 PM Monday night, someone opened his bedroom window and took a 2 by 2 foot black and gray Century safe containing a .45 caliber 1911 style pistol with wooden grips, valued at $300, various legal documents, and 56 Adderall pills prescribed and belonging to the complainant’s girlfriend.
The complainant was not able to provide the serial number for the weapon, but said it had been stolen and successfully recovered in 2008 so the serial may be on file. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.
Other recent arrests include:
Albert Hutchinson, 34 of Bell Avenue, arrested for driving under the influence.
Derrick Wade, 37 of Big Sandy, arrested for public intoxication.
Charles Carter, 39 of Big Sandy, arrested for simple possession of a Schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
PSSD Board Hears Construction Updates
Paris, Tenn.- Things were short and sweet at Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Meeting as everything on the agenda was taken care of in about ten minutes.
The board heard a construction update on the renovation and addition at Rhea Elementary. Ben White and Cary Henson said so far things are looking good and all subcontractors on the job are doing great work. All materials needed to finish this phase of the project at Rhea are onsite now. The board plans to have their October board meeting at Rhea to walk thru the new area. Henson said its about three weeks behind where they originally thought it should be, but waiting on materials stalled the project for over a month.
The board also approved extended contracts for the 12-13 school year at Tuesday’s meeting. Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Leah Watkins presented the board with a layout of the cost of federal and state costs of providing after school hour programs for students. The total amount of money needed to finish out the extended contracts was just over $36,000.
Superintendant of the PSSD Mike Brown informed board members that the final payment from FEMA and TEMA on the Inman Safe Space project was received by the system on August 30th. The payment was just over $151,000. He also informed the board that they were going to use about $25-30,000 for furniture in the new space Rhea once it was completed. Brown said they will use local vendors all they can and are planning a workspace area for teachers with new tables and chairs.
Jammin' for Jeremiah Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The Jammin' for Jeremiah fundraiser for St. Jude and Camp Freedom will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Henry County fairgrounds.. There will be a Cornhole Tournament, Bike show, Giant Rummage Sale, Silent Auction, Live Music, face painting and much more. ALL proceeds go to these two great organizations. If you can't attend the event, donations are accepted. With a cash donation of $50 or more, you will receive a free tshirt!
Carey Counseling , USDA Connects Doctors and Patients
County and state officials gathered for the USDA announcement.
Paris, Tenn. – The new era in healthcare was celebrated today as USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined Carey Counseling Center, Inc. Executive Director Robert Vaughn and other local leaders to announce federal funding for the Center’s new telemedicine network that will connect doctors with patients throughout Northwest Tennessee.
Vaughn said, “This expansion of services is designed to reduce what has typically been two to four hour travel time by providing web-based access and interactive evaluation of patients. Timely delivery of counseling services like these often results in reduced future hospitalization for many patients.”
According to the center staff, access to doctors and therapists with specialties in care for children and adolescence is very difficult to find in rural areas; however the technology this funding provides will bring those experts into the local offices and even the homes of the patients.
USDA is contributing a Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant of $195,000. An additional $200,000 is coming from the Carey Counseling Center. The funding will extend the telemedicine program direct to case-workers visiting the patient’s home and to offices in six localities; Camden, Huntingdon, Paris, Tiptonville, Trenton and Union City. Case managers out in the field, local clinics and hospitals, local sheriff departments and Western Mental Health Institute will have less expensive and easier access to needed services.
"Families in Northwest Tennessee should have the same opportunities for quality healthcare as they would have living anywhere else," said Goode. "Investments in healthcare infrastructure like this help foster the effective interaction between doctors and patients without asking people to take leave from work or miss a day of school for a consultation or follow-up."
Others participating in the event included Sen. Bob Corker’s Representative Jennifer Weems, Rep. Stephen Fincher’s Representative Heather Yarbro, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris-Henry County Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley, Henry County Deputy Sheriff Randy Gean, Paris City Manager Carl Holder, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development field representative Blake Swaggart, CCC Board member Dr. Walter P. Griffey, Jr., Dr. Constance Durbin, Henry County Medical representatives Nessa Clayton and Shelia Whitworth and RD Area Director Harriet Cannon.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
Give Blood at TVCC Wednesday from 2-6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the Tennessee Valley Community Church on Wednesday from 2-6pm. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood to help supply patients in West Tennessee hospitals. There is a current critical need for types O negative and A negative blood. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you come to give blood.
Chainsaw Stolen from McKenzie Business
Paris, Tenn.- Chainsaws valuing over $2000 were stolen from a McKenzie business’s equipment trailer, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
An owner of the business was finishing a job on Old State Route 76 on Saturday – he then left a trailer full of equipment in a nearby field until he could come back and pick it up on Monday. He noticed three Jon chainsaws missing from the trailer Monday, with a total value of $2253. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the theft; they have no suspects at this time.
Henry County Golf Competes at Regionals
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s Men’s Golf Team and individuals from the Lady Patriots team competed in the Regional Tournament at Hendersonville on Monday. The Patriots finished the tournament and the season shooting a 366. Hendersonville edged out a win over Mt. Juliet in the tournament with those clubs shooting a 309 and 310 respectively.
Individual scores for the Patriots include Jordan Hayes with an 86, Evan Todd shot a 88, Chase Hill a 94, Jamison Hayes a 98, and Hunter Dye a 101. In girls action for Henry County Brittany Martin shot a 94 and Holly Dial shot a 115.
Possible Health Department Expansion, Renovation Eyed
Director of the Health Department
Tracy Byrd discusses proposed
renovations and an addition at Monday's
County Commission Meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At a busy Monday night meeting of the Henry County Commission, additions and renovations to two county facilities were discussed and commissioners proceeded to move forward in the next step of the process to hopefully see them come to fruition.
The first one on the agenda was renovations and additions proposed at the Henry County Health Department; the second is the driver's license center, which is discussed in the article below.
Director of the Henry County Health Department Tracy Byrd explained the state had been awarded an Endowment Grant for $175,000 for the provision of renovating the county health department. The grant award is contingent upon a commitment of up to $58,000 from the county.
Byrd explained programs and services that will benefit from the proposed expansion and renovations which will add just over 1100 square feet to the existing building, include the WIC program which will see more breastfeeding classes and tobacco resistance education be held there. There will also be more education in the Nutrition program allowing registered dietitans to counsel individuals with special dietary needs such as hypertension, diabetes, and weight management.
Byrd also said the expansion and renovation would allow for more classes involving teaching of proper food preparation and sanitation at area establishments like restaurants, hotels, and childcare facilities.
County mayor Brent Greer advised that he and Byrd would be meeting with the county’s architect, TLM Associaties, on Tuesday to get more cost in consideration. He said he believes the county can keep the cost down and suggested going after a capital outlay note later on to help fund the work to the building. Commissioners approved the mayor to proceed with talking with architects and bring back final costs at a later date.
Driver's License Center Getting a Facelift and Expansion
After threatening to close center twice, state agrees to leave center in Paris
State Rep. Tim Wirgau tells commissioners of the work the city, county, and state did to keep the driver's license center in Paris.Also pictured are commissioners Kenneth Humphries and Paul Neal in the foreground.
The commission also moved forward with an expansion to the county’s Driver’s License Center, located at the back part of the UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue. State Representative Tim Wirgau was on hand Monday and told commissioners Mayor Greer had contacted him several months ago when the state had threatened to close the center because the building design didn’t fit the layout of the state’s plan.
Wirgau said thru the city and county’s partnership with the state the department of safety finally agreed to leave the center open in Paris. The center serves 7-8 counties in Middle and West Tennessee and is the busiest in this area outside of Jackson and Clarksville.
County Mayor Brent Greer said the overall expansion of the building would be around $42,000, with the city paying the initial funding and the county reimbursing them for half the expense later. Plans are for the county to do the work with assistance from inmate labor and the city as well. Greer asked commissioners to approve a resolution that would allow the county to fund part of the work with up to $25 thousand from unappropriated fund balance, which they did unanimously.
After Decades of Planning and Politics:
Highway 218 Bypass Finally Will Connect to 641 N.
Paris, Tenn. More from Monday evening’s Henry County Commission meeting saw approval of the state of Tennessee’s proposal for highway construction on state route 218 extension. County Mayor Brent Greer told commissioners this has been a long time coming and will finally connect 641 with highway 54, with the latest leg going from the airport and highway 69 to 641 just north of Paris.
Mayor Greer said that this project was started back in the mid 1980s of seeing a bypass around downtown Paris, that would help relieve some of the diesel congestion and bottlenecking that occurs in the downtown area because of thru traffic. Currently the city and county is purchasing right of ways, which only involves around 13-16 tracts, and this part of the project will require no relocation of any homes.
Mayor Greer said that while this completes the connection of 641 and 54, the overall project is not finished, because plans from the beginning were to take the bypass project all the way back to highway 79 northeast of Paris. Greer joked that that part of the project probably wouldn’t happen in his lifetime. None of that part of the project is even considered in any foreseeable plans at this point in time.
The commission also passed a resolution allowing the county to go after capital outlay notes for budgeted items in an amount up to $161,623. Greer informed commissioners that the county wouldn’t borrow the money until after Christmas and the first of the year, which saves money on tax issues and allows the local banks to get in on the bidding process. Capital projects for the year which will be funded include airport improvements totaling $25K, data processing for court offices in the amount of over $31K, and law enforcement vehicles and equipment for the sheriff’s office in the amount of just over $104,000.
Quota Welcomes Two New Members
Stephanie and Val Routon Linda Foulkes and Brenda Hosford
Paris, Tenn.- Two new members were installed at the September 12 meeting of the Paris Quota Club, held at the Lee Academy Lunchroom. Vice-President Stephanie Tayloe installed Linda Foulks, who was sponsored by Brenda Hosford. Tayloe also installed her mother, Val Routon. This was the first time for a daughter to install her own mother as a Quotarian.
Thank you notes were received from former member Lynnet McElroy for the book donated in her honor as a past Quotarian of the Year; from Janet Brazelton for the donation of pocket change to the Ann Flowers Memorial Fund at First Presbyterian Church; from the Girl Scouts for a recent donation and from Quotarian of the Year, Stephanie Tayloe for the book donated in her honor to the Genealogy Room at the library. A letter was also received from Bethel University in appreciation for the scholarship given to Donna Winders.
Members voted to make a donation to the Backpack Program in response to a request by the Family Resource Center.
Kathryn Moore announced that the Burger Bash will be held on Thursday, September 27th, from 5-7 pm at McDonald’s. Quota will receive 20% of all sales during that time.
There will be an in-house auction at the next meeting (September 26th) and members were urged to bring items for donation. Part of the proceeds from this auction will go to pay for a member to attend the South Area Meeting. By paying $5, a member can participate in a drawing where the winner will be given funds for the plane fare, registration and lodging to attend the meeting.
Juveniles Charged in Fight over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Patrolman Eric Long responded to a fight at Magnolia Apartments on Brewer Street recently, according to Paris Police Department reports.
A 911 call advised that 4 males were beating another male in the parking lot. The caller advised that one male appeared to be brandishing a pistol and they were entering a silver vehicle. Long stopped the car and held the suspects at gunpoint until backup arrived.
All four suspects were found to be juveniles, and upon searching the car, the pistol turned out to be a CO2-powered BB gun. Suspects were charged and released to their parents pending their court date.
Another juvenile suspect was arrested on DUI charges recently, according to
Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports. A deputy responded to a car stopped on the shoulder of Highway 79 North with its flashers on – as he approached the car, 2 men entered the car and drove off.
After stopping the car again, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol from the car – the driver, a 17 year old, admitted to drinking. The center console of the vehicle also had a glass water pipe and herb grinder in clear view. The driver was arrested for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Other recent arrests include:
Dana Lowry, 40 of Walnut Street, arrested for shoplifting, driving under the influence, violation of implied consent, and possession of Schedule IV substances.
Linda Gibbons, 54 of Marilyn Street, arrested for shoplifting.
Another Hawk Released Back to the Wild
(Paris Landing State Park photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- Jessie McNeel, a seasonal trainee at Paris Landing State Park, releases an immature hawk after its rehabilitation. Jack Foddrill, a volunteer who has been heading up the park's raptor rehabilitation center, has been caring for injured birds at the park for several years now and helps train others in caring for the birds, too.
Gallimore One of 250 DCS Success Stories
Nashville, Tenn.- Nearly 250 young adults formerly in the custody of the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) have enrolled in post-secondary education this fall with the help of the department. As of this week, 248 youth are enrolled in post-secondary programs this fall, and
the number is expected to ultimately increase to about 300.
Among those success stories is 22-year-old Paris man, Robbie Gallimore, who earned a 4.0 last semester at the University
of Tennessee-Martin while raising a 2-year-old. Robbie has maintained
an overall GPA of over 3.5 despite the deaths of his adopted father
and mother while he was in school. Gallimore, a senior, told us he is double-majoring in accounting and finance.
Gallimore’s adopted parents were Tony and Lisa McClain, both of whom
passed away since he began college. He’s been working his way through
school and said he’s the first in his family to go to college. What
saddens him most, he said, is that his daughter won’t remember
what amazing parents he had.
To achieve successes like these, the department’s independent living
specialists have worked with interested youth to earn
scholarships and apply to schools across the state. Most of the
students are former foster youth who aged out of care. The department is able to help them with tuition assistance, housing,
health care and jobs because the General Assembly voted
overwhelmingly this year to approve an extension of “Tennessee’s Transitioning Youth Empowerment Act of 2010”.
The program helps foster children who are in state custody to better
transition into adulthood. Services may be provided on a voluntary basis to anyone between 18-21 who was in custody of DCS at the time of their 18th birthday and who is in college, vocational school, secondary school, or is incapable because they are physically or mentally unable.
Sixty percent of DCS foster youth are teenagers and more than 800
turned 18 last year without a permanent family.
"While college isn't for everyone, when only 23 percent of Tennesseans have a four-year degree, it has to be for more people than it has in the past," Governor Haslam said. “This law helps young people who often need some
additional support continue their education and prepare for the
future. It is great for our foster children and great for the state.”
Crowds Flock To Henry Pioneer Days
Henry, Tenn.- Pioneer Days at Henry were in full swing Saturday morning with a parade and plenty of activities and games at the city park and civic center.
Top photo, Oogles the clown and her husband Oogie (in back) entertained children with their balloon-making skills. Bottom photo, people lined up to look at items for sale at a flea market. (Shannon McFarlin photos)
7Sisterz Tailgate Party Benefits Shelter
(Shannon McFarlin photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Kelli Zwayer, left, watches new arrivals at Saturday's tailgate party at the 7Sisterz shop as Doreen Bates signs up for a raffle. 7Sisterz hosted the party as a benefit for the Henry County Sheriff's Department animal shelter and served plenty of goodies, along with a sale at the shop, which is located at 3050 County Home Rd. in the former Sunnyside one-room schoolhouse.
Animal Swap is Popular Spot
(Shannon McFarlin photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Another popular place to be Saturday was the "Animal Swap" at Tractor Supply. All sorts of critters--including goats, ducks, geese, mules, puppies, dogs, and rabbits--were available for sale--or just petting.
Patriots Score Another Victory
With help from a few of his friends, #7 Nathaniel Godbott tackles a Springfield runner. (Tim Pharr photos)
Springfield, Tenn.- With the Henry County Patriots’ win over Springfield Friday night, the Patriots are now 4 and 1 on the season with three wins in district play. Final score was Patriots 23; Springfield 7, with the football season now at its halfway point.
The Patriots play West Creek at home next Friday night.
#21 Chase Henderson carries the ball on his way to his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game. (Pharr photo)
Rebels Beat Gleason
McKenzie, Tenn.- Down the road in Carroll County, the McKenzie Rebels decisively beat Gleason by a score of 31-10 for the team's first win of the season.
News from past weeks here.