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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon


The Felix Opens in Paris Saturday

The Felix opening for business in downtown Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.- A popular mainstay in Hazel, Ky., for many years, The
Felix has now opened in downtown Paris, just in time for this
weekend's Arts 'Round the Square festivities.

Customers who loved The Felix in Hazel will be especially enamored
with the Paris version, now that Owner Mollie McCartney has much more
space to showcase her antiques and specialty items. The Felix is
located in an especially historic downtown building. Built in 1899 by Commercial Bank (although never occupied by the bank),  the building housed the popular Howard and Jobe clothing store.

The larger space provides McCartney the display the large variety of
wares that she sells, from the Madame Alexander dolls to the Royal
Doulton pieces, Nao Lladro figuries, vintage dolls, Hummel figurines,
Gone with the Wind dolls and much more. She has the store organized
into sections, including an area for antique kitchen items, the
various types of dolls and their memorabilia, and even shelves of

With Howard and Jobe formerly in that building, there are ready-made
display cases and areas for linens, gloves, handkerchiefs, jewelry,
and other delicate items that she sell.

McCartney's brother, Jerry Beasley, also will be a fixture at The
Felix, just as he was in Hazel. Beasley is a master carver who makes
canes and other items right in the store.

McCartney named The Felix for her late husband, whose name was David
Felix McCartney.

The Felix in Hazel will continue to be open on a limited basis, she
said, for advertised sales or by appointment.


McCartney with Mademe Alexander dolls.       Beasley performs woodworking at Hazel store.

Patriots Fall to Northeast, Suffer First District Loss

A host of Patriot defenders make a play against the Northeast Eagles. (Tim Pharr photos).

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County lost its first district game of the year Thursday night at Northeast. The Eagles defeated the Patriots by a final score of 41-26. Henry County is now 5-2 on the season and 4-1 in district play. The Patriots will host Clarksville High next Friday night October 5th at home.

#2 Storme Hilliard runs for a touchdown. (Pharr photo).

#14 Dennis Tharpe returns an interception. (Pharr photo).

Last Noon on the Square Set Today, Kicks Off Eye Full of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Friday is the last Noon on the Square of the year as the Tommy Akers Band performs classic and southern rock at noon around the court square. Henry County High School Project Graduation will once again be on hand selling lunch. The menu for Friday will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or quarter pound hot dogs. Soft drinks and bottled water are available and the Henry County Medical Center will offer free blood pressure checks. Noon on the square will also kick start the Eye full of Paris Weekend that includes events all weekend long around the court square.

HCMC Board Approves Audit, Hears Updates on Diagnostic Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Thursday night and heard from representatives with LBMC of Nashville on the medical center’s audit for the past year. Representatives of LBMC, who have performed the audit for several years, told the board that they were giving and unqualified clean audit. They commented that working with Lisa Casteel, CFO of the medical center and other staff was a pleasure as always.

Some of the notes from the audit showed that cash flow for the medical center was up about $130,000 and cash reserves were up over $1.4 million. Operating revenue was up around four million, but expenses were up nearly the same. Two million of the increase in expenses was for employee healthcare claims at the medical center. The board did approve the audit.

Hospital CEO and administrator Tom Gee also informed the board that the diagnostic center is near completion and should be open for patients on October 8th. That is about a week behind the original completed date mostly because state licensure inspector couldn’t get down before October 1st for the inspection.

Gee also said construction of the pedestrian bridge is slowly beginning as well. There is some concern about possible delay in the steel fabrication by a mill in Chicago. The Joy Street traffic light is also well behind schedule and might not even start till around Thanksgiving or Christmas, and weather could then become a concern.

Medical Center Scores Well in Two Outside Surveys

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees also learned that Henry County Medical Center has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission. Henry County Medical Center is one of 620 hospitals to receive the distinction. The recognition is for performance on measures related to heart attack, AMI, pneumonia, and surgical infection control. HCMC was among the top 18% of all hospitals in performance.

HCMC also received a good rating in the IVantage Strength rating. The Tennessee Hospital Association will be providing this index to the 65 rural hospitals in the state two times a year. The strength rating measures a hospital’s overall health and ability to compete in its market. HCMC ranked in the 85th percentile of all hospitals nationwide. It also ranked in the 69th percentile in getting their market share. Gee said the one area that the concerns him is the growth and market size, where the medical center ranked in the 38th percentile. He said most rural hospitals would always struggle in this category.

HCMC to Work on Community Needs Assement

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees also learned that the medical center is developing a community health needs assessment for Henry County as required by the Affordable Care Act. Gee said they are using a data base of information partially funded by the Healthcare Foundation and this assessment must be complete by June of 2013. The resulting assessment should identify the unmet health needs of Henry County so that the strategic planning of the hospital can be directed towards a goal to address those needs.

Ace's Wild Run to Benefit St. Jude to be held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 4th annual Ace’s Wild run to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be held this Saturday. Sign ups will start at 11am at Jack’s poolroom and bikes will leave out at noon. The cost to enter is ten dollars and two additional cards can be purchased at least stop for $5 each. The best five card hand will win.

Ace’s are wild and can make you have a five of a kind hand. There will be prizes for the best hand and prizes for the worst hand. Stops include Sandy’s Saloon, Blondies, 641 Club, Matt’s Pub, and the last stop is Jack’s Pool Room with the last bike in at 4:30pm. They will have food, a 50/50 drawing, auction, and music by the Ray Lewis Band. Cars, trucks, jeeps, and all motorcycles are welcome.

Paris Fire Department Responds to Early Morning Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A large house on Sunnyside Drive in Paris was saved from burning completely to the ground Thursday morning, thanks to a joint effort from the Paris Fire Department and the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department.

The Paris Fire Department received a 911 call at around 2:30 Thursday morning from a man on Sunnyside Drive advising his neighbor’s house was on fire. When firefighters arrived on the scene, half of the 1500 square foot home was already engulfed in flames, but the Paris Fire Department and Oakland Volunteer Fire Department were able to contain the blaze to that half of the structure before finally extinguishing the fire at around 6:30 AM.

Officials have determined that the fire began in the home’s garage, but are still investigating as to the exact cause of ignition. Loss estimates are approximately $80,000 of the $200,000 property, as well as $40,000 of the $45,000 in contents. No one was injured in the fire.

Governor Haslam Visits Downtown Paris, Grove School

Haslam surprised Biology I students at Grove with an impromptu visit while teachers Rose Fekete and Mary Margaret Ulderich look on. (Susan Burton photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made a lot of people's day Wednesday when he visited merchants in downtown Paris and visited Grove School, stopping in classrooms to talk to students and teachers. He was in town to make an economic development announcement in Henry and made the downtown and school visits prior to the Henry announcement, which is covered in another article elsewhere on our website.

At Grove, Principal Sam Tharpe and Assistant Principal Michele Webb showed a brief power point presentation emphasizing how the county school system's district-wide initiatives helped Grove School achieve Reward School status. Haslam said to school staff, "We want to know at the state level what you are doing to make such great gains in student achievement and growth."

Federal Projects Director Susan Burton said, "The entourage toured the school facilities with Haslam making surprise visits into classrooms and encouraging students to continue to achieve at high levels, saying, 'I want to be able to come back next year!'"

At the end of his Grove visit, he got on the intercom to make an announcement to students and staff, telling them he was proud of the accomplishments made at Grove School and especially thanked the teachers for their great work. 

Lakewood Elementary School is also a Reward School but was not included in the governor's visit, due to time constraints.

While at Grove, the governor donned a Patriots' hat. (Burton photo).

Governor Haslam chats with students by their lockers at Grove. (Burton photo).

While downtown, Governor Haslam visited the A La Mode Sweet Shoppe, with Owners Sonja and Randy Byrd. (Submitted photo).

Henry Receives $500,000 For Housing Rehab

Governor Bill Haslam, left, presents an oversized check to (from left) Henry Mayor Joe Qualls, with State Rep. Tim Wirgau and State Senator Roy Herron. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Henry, Tenn.- Governor Bill Haslam came to Henry bearing a big gift Wednesday afternoon--an oversized check for $500,000 that will enable the city to rehabilitate homes in the downtown area.

With the Community Developent Block Grant (CDBG) monies, Henry will rehabilitate 10 homes, assist 25 low-income families with better housing and demolish three homes on Maple, Main and Railroad Streets.

Henry Mayor Joe Qualls said he was honored by the Governor's visit and that the CDBG monies enable small communities like Henry "to help their quality of life".

Governor Haslam said the CDBG block grant program "is one of the programs the federal government got right. Washington, D.C. in its widsom said this program will give the state the money and they make the decisions and we'll let all the communities in Tennessee apply."

There were a lot of good applications for the monies, he said, "which will allow communities do things they couldn't do on their own."

State Senator Roy Herron, D-Dresden, noted that rural Tennessee has been hard hit by economic woes and that Henry "is a special community. Your government is on your side. Sometimes people just need a little help. This is your money coming back to you."

State Representative Tim Wirgau, R-Paris, said, the monies "will help our community breathe new life" and praised the joint federal-state-local effort that was put into it.

Planner Randy Nelson of the Nelson-Thornton firm in Jackson said after the presentation said the grant application process was "very competitive" and that the city of Henry was "very responsive" to improving housing. "This will help to revitalize the downtown here", and at the same time bring construction jobs to the local area.

The governor took a few moments after the presentation to speak with people in the audience, including Art Highland of Paris Landing. (McFarlin photo).

Bethel University Accepting Applications for New Associate Degree

McKenzie, Tenn. – In order to recognize the growing demand for skill-specific degrees, Bethel University’s new School of University Studies will immediately begin accepting applications for the rollout of their new Associate Degree Program with classes beginning in January 2013. The new program will offer three majors: the Associate of Science in Accounting, the Associate of Science in Information Technology, and the Associate of Arts in General Studies (for those who are undecided on a major).

According to Associate Degree recruiter John Norwood, the interesting design of the program makes it unique for any potential student to choose from three different learning options based on their current weekly schedule.

“The Traditional learning option will be for those who wish to experience the full effect of being a college student,” Norwood said. “This method matches up to the traditional scheduling of classes and allows for participation in any sports or other extra-curricular activities on campus, and it allows students the option to reside on campus all while working toward a degree.

“The Hybrid option is for those who wish to experience as much of the traditional college experience as possible by mixing both the in-classroom learning experience with some online classes as well. This allows for the flexibility to better balance obligations in the classroom with practices, rehearsals, or even a part-time job.

“The Online-Non-Traditional option is for those who already have obligations which would prohibit them from attending class in a traditional setting. All classes are offered online with no requirement to attend a physical class,” Norwood said.

As with traditional Bethel students, laptops will be provided with tuition to all new students. “This will assist in reducing the need to purchase a big ticket item on the front end,” Norwood said.

For more information about the new Bethel Associate Degree, please visit www.bethelu.edu/associates or call John Norwood at (731) 415-6508 and learn how taking the step toward an Associate degree can be helpful in reaching your personal and/or professional goals. Interested individuals may also email norwoodj@bethelu.edu for more information.

Curtis Named Player of Week

Paris, Tenn.-Jamari Curtis, middle, was named Henry County Farm Bureau Player of the Week following his performance against West Creek last Friday night. With him are Agent Jeffrey Barker, left, and Agency Manger Emory Bradley. (Photo submitted)

Metro Crime Unit Seizes Massive Amount of Marijuana

Several law enforcement agents are seen alongside the 3.5 pounds of marijuana and SKS rifle recovered Tuesday.

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office joined forces for a massive drug recovery on Tuesday, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The Paris Police Department responded to a 911 call Tuesday in reference to a suspect running into a house with his vehicle and then exiting that vehicle with a gun. This incident occurred on Wynn Street. When officers arrived at the location, they searched the area and recovered an abandoned SKS rifle as well as three and a half pounds of marijuana bagged for resale.

The marijuana and firearm are being sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation crime lab for forensic analysis, and the case remains under investigation by the Metro Crime Unit, the Paris Police Department, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Governor Haslam To Visit Henry Co. Today

Henry, Tenn.- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will be appearing in Henry today to make an economic and community development announcement. The appearance will be at the Henry Civic Center, 55 Park Drive, at 2:45 p.m.

Fall Festival Set For Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29 in Cottage Grove, Tennessee. Events
include a car and motorcycle show, a mini parade, kids games, pet show and cake walk. Registration for the car show is from 8 am til noon. The mini parade will be held at 10 am (small, non-motorized entries only). The cake walk and kids games will begin following the parade.

The pet show will be held at 1 pm. Concessions will be available all day and there will be a chili supper at 5 p.m. There will also be a city-wide yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. and hosted by the Cottage Grove School. For more information on any of the Fall Festival events call 731-782-6141.

Patriots Play Thursday; Game To Be Televised

Clarksville, Tenn.-The Henry County Patriots football game will be held on Thursday night this week, as the Patriots face Northeast at Clarksville. The game will be televised on Nashville station UPN 30.

The game will have an earlier kick-off time, at 7 p.m. The game as always will be broadcast on WMUF/WLZK 94.1 and the pre-game show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Parents In Action Committee Meets

Renea Lassiter, Assistant Principal at Henry County High School,
answers questions as Teresa McCaddams and Angela James complete a parent survey during a Parents in Action Committee meeting held in the school's testing center Monday evening. The committe met for the first time to discuss its mission and goals to increase parent involvement at the seconday school level. McCaddams and James will co-chair the committee. (Photo submitted).

Paris Police Department, DPA to hold National Night Out Oct. 2

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Downtown Paris Association will join cities across the country for the 29th annual National Night Out downtown on Tuesday October 2nd from 5:30-8:30pm. There will be a free outdoor movie, “Scooby Doo”, shown on the courthouse lawn and the Paris Police Department and Fire Department will have free grilled hot dogs and popcorn.

The Paris Police Department will be handing out Halloween bags and anti-drug and crime prevention booklets. Event goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to be able to sit and enjoy the movie.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participate in, local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and police-community partnerships, and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. For more information on National Night Out downtown contact Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo at 642-2424.

Reminder: West TN Job Coach at WG Rhea Library Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The West Tennessee Job Coach will be at the WG Rhea Library Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm. He will be on hand to help with resume writing, online job applications and online job searches. 

Paris Man Sprints through Woods to Evade Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was transported to the Henry County jail recently after sprinting through the woods to evade arrest, according to Paris Police Department Reports.

Markia Patton, 27 of Blythe Street, was the passenger in a silver Ford Explorer stopped on Tyson Avenue due to a broken tail light. Officer McClure noticed that the passenger was hiding his face with his hands and looking away. McClure asked for his name, which he said was Carlos Teague.

Officer McClure finally convinced the passenger to look at him and recognized him as Patton, at which point Patton jumped out of the car and took off running into the woods toward Glendale Street. McClure notified patrolman Robbie Gallimore, who was on foot in the area, and Gallimore found Patton behind a house on Glendale Street.

Patton was placed under arrest and charged with criminal impersonation and evading arrest.

Hit and Run Driver Damages Fire Hydrant

Paris, Tenn.- Derricko Patton, 25 of Jenkins Street, was cited into court recently after wreaking havoc behind the wheel of a white Cadillac, according to police reports. Patton was accused of hitting a black Nissan Altima parked on Poplar Street, then leaving the scene of the accident. Officers then learned that Patton also hit and damaged a fire hydrant on Williams Street just prior to the hit and run.

The Cadillac belongs to a John Selby, who reportedly loaned Derricko the vehicle for the day in exchange for $40 worth of crack cocaine.

Patton was cited into court for leaving the scene of an accident.

Highway Grants Awarded To Local Law Enforcement

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced more than $18.1 million to support highway safety in Tennessee.

All of the law enforcement agencies in Henry County--Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department, Puryear and Henry departments--received $5,000 each in High Visibility Law Enforcement grants.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said his department's grant will pay for an in-car camera and overtime for officers to work during periods required by the state, including for the "Click It or Ticket" campaign and DUI roadblocks.

Sheriff Monte Belew said his department has been receiving the grant every year for the past three years and that it also pays for equipment and overtime.

The funds support the mission of the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination and program support in partnership with numerous public and private organizations.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for these GHSO grants.

The grants, totaling 398 for the 2012-213 funding cycle, are awarded to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need. Each year, the GHSO accepts applications from agencies across the state.

First-Ever Bowling For Cure Set Sunday

Paris, Tenn.-The first-ever Bowling for a Cure fundraiser will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Gary Center Bowl, 1118 N. Market St.

All proceeds will benefit the Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry Co. Healthcare Foundation. Organizers said the tournament will be held in memory of Crystal Banks Mai, a cancer victim who was a young mother of two children.

The entry fee is $20 per bowler and check-in begins at 1 p.m. that day. The tournament is for two age groups: 17 and under; and 18 and older.

To register or for more information, call Mai's sister, Megan Banks at 731-707-2814.

Eye Full of Paris Weekend Set Friday Through Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Eye Full of Paris Weekend is set for Friday thru Sunday in downtown Paris with lots of music, theatre, art, and good food on hand. The downtown Paris Association sponsors the annual event as visual and performing arts are celebrated.

On Friday, Eye Full of Paris kicks off with the last Noon on the Square of the year at noon around the courthouse lawn. The Tommy Akers Band will be performing classic and southern rock and Henry County High School Project graduation will be selling hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or quarter pound hot dogs for lunch. The Henry County Medical Center will also be on hand doing free blood pressure checks.

Friday evening, lovers of the outdoors can have a blast at the Wildlife Awaits show and sale at Lee Academy starting at 6pm. Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge sponsor the event which showcases the region’s beautiful creatures and scenery.

Saturday the annual Arts Round the Square event runs from 9am to 4pm with potters, painters, jewelers, metalworkers, woodworkers, basket weavers and more showcasing and selling their crafts. Also on Saturday a wide variety of musicians will entertain including Scott Myatt, Bethel Renaissance Bluegrass Band, the Madrigals, and Young at Heart Trio. More music will be at the Kidzone Live Stage as well.

There will be a Concert in the Vineyard at Paris Winery from 6-10pm on Saturday and the event ends with downtown choices rejoice Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church. All events are free and there will be plenty of food available at each day of the event. For a full schedule of events, go to visitdowntownparis.com.

Powder Puff Set Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The school government at the high school is hosting a Powder Puff football game this Friday night, 6:00 p.m. at Patriot Stadium.

There will be 5 total games. There are 2 teams per grade (12th, 11th, & 10th). Each team will play with single elimination. The final game will be the winning senior team vs the winning junior/sophomore team. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to 3 area organizations for the prevention of breast cancer at the next week's Pink-Out game.

Tickets are on sale in the cafeteria during lunch Tuesday through Thursday. Student tickets are $2 in advance and Non-students are $3 in advance. All tickets at the gate are $4.

Richard Marx To Appear At The Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Enjoy an evening with rock singer / songwriter Richard Marx, who became a fixture on pop and contemporary radio with hits including “Hold On To The Night”, “Satisfied”, and “Right Here Waiting” when he performs at The Dixie Saturday night, Sept. 29. See this Grammy Award winner perform and tell stories of his life and career that consists of thirteen #1 songs, and over 30 million albums sold.

Ticket price: $22/Adult - $18/Senior(+65)-Child(-12) (plus tax)

For more information contact The Dixie’s box office at 731-986-2100 or order online at www.dixiepac.net.

Republican Ribeye Dinner, Meeting Set

    Rep. Tim Wirgau                            Christi Cross

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Republican Women will host a ribeye sandwich dinner at the GOP Headquarters on Thursday, September 27 at 5:30 pm for $6.00 per plate .

The chef will be State Representative Tim Wirgau of Paris. The GOP Headquarters is located at 318 Tyson Ave. in Paris (former Curves).
Following the meal, a bake auction will provide
desserts to take home. At 7 pm the GOP will hold its monthly
meeting. Wirgau will speak briefly before attending another event.

Featured speakers for the evening are the Republican Committee Woman,  Christi Cross and the Republican Committeeman Kurt Holbert.
Cross is in her second term as State Executive Committeewoman. She was
recently appointed by Gov. Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Massage License Board. Cross has worked for the Tennessee Republican Party as well as the Tennessee House Republican Caucus. She formerly served as President and Vice-president of the Henry County Republican Women, as well as acting Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary for the Henry County GOP. Christi lives in Paris with her husband, Sam, and their seven children.

Kurt and Melanie Holbert have made a home for their two children in
Decaturville, TN. Mr. Holbert owns B&B Sawmill in Reagan, TN. Holbert is
in his second term as State Executive Committeeman. He serves on the two
most important subcommittees of the SEC. Holbert is Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee.

Cruise-In Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The monthly downtown Paris cruise-in will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Antique, classic cars and trucks will be on display around the courtsquare. Big City Dogs hot dog stand and Golden Dragon will be open for dinner. 

McFadden Named As West Tennessee State Royalty


Jackson, Tenn.-Hannah McFadden of Paris was named Second Maid in the West Tennessee State Fairest of the Fair contest held recently. Two Carroll County women also were named to the court.

Courtney Caton, senior at Huntingdon High School, was crowned queen, and Alexis Lane, a senior at McKenzie High, was named Third Maid. Caton will be in the State Fair pageant in Nashville. From left are: Fourth maid, Bethany Stout of Jackson; Third Maid, Lane; Queen Courtney Caton; First Maid, Anna Pinkerton of Milan; and Second Maid Hannah McFadden.

(Photo submitted)

Senate Candidate Meets With Local Teachers

Paris, Tenn.-State Senate Candidate Brad Thompson of Midway met with Henry County educators at the high school last week as part of his campaign swing. He called the group "a great bunch of professionals". Thompson is running for the open State Senate seat that was formerly held by Roy Herron of Dresden. Thompson's opponent is John Stevens of Huntingdon. (Photo submitted).

Man Arrested for Public Intoxication Trying to Serve DUI Sentence

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry man was arrested for public intoxication while attempting to serve his DUI sentence, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Geraldo Torres, 34 of Mimosa Street in Henry, reported to the Henry County Jail recently in order to serve his sentence for a previous DUI charge. While Corporal Waldron of the Sheriff’s Office was checking Torres in, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Waldron asked if Torres had been drinking earlier that day, and he confessed to having three or four beers.

Torres was given a field sobriety test at the jail, which he failed, and he was unable to provide a sufficient sample for a breath alcohol test. Torres was then placed under arrest for public intoxication.

Other recent arrests include:

Brittany Young, 27 of Richmond, KY, arrested for shoplifting and evading arrest.

Mark Baird, 56 of New Concord, KY, arrested for driving under the influence.

Marcel Williams, 18 of College Street in Paris, arrested for simple possession of Schedule III and VI as well as underage consumption of alcohol.

And Chloe Betts, 20 of Murray, arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Covenant Ranch Hosting Golf Tourney Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Covenant Ranch in Buchanan will be hosting their 2nd annual Mulligan 2 Man golf tournament this Friday at the Tennessean Golf Club. Prizes will be awarded to first and second as well as one other flighted team. They’ll also have a closest to pin and long drive contest, and every team will get one free mulligan on each hole. For more information or to register, contact Covenant Ranch at 642-2099.

Jammin' For Jeremiah Raises $1,000

Paris, Tenn.-Having fun at the Jammin' for Jeremiah fundraiser Saturday, top photo, were Tyla and Will Fowlkes. Dan Fowlkes said his son, Will, is six and also has severe hemophilia, like Jeremiah Quinn.

The Jammin' for Jeremiah fundraiser  raised $1,000. Held at the county fairgrounds, the event raised funds for St. Jude Childrens' Hospital and Camp Freedom. There were plenty of events, including a cornhole tournament, bike show,  rummage sale, silent auction, live music, face painting and more.

Organizer Julie Williams noted that all proceeds went directly to the two organizations. Bottom photo is Jeremiah Quinn and his brother, Michael. Jeremiah is the son of Julie and Casey Williams and Tyson Quinn. Top photo taken by Dan Fowlkes and bottom photo courtesy of Julie Williams.

McKenzie Man Faces Deportation

Paris, Tenn.-A McKenzie man faces deportation after he was stopped by a Paris Patrolman for reckless driving.

Jorge Caballero, age 19, 274 Magnolia St., McKenzie, was observed
driving recklessly on N. Lake Street at a high rate of speed by Sgt.
Michael Ramos. According to Ramos, Caballero came to an abrupt stop to
avoid a collision with the police cruiser. As Ramos turned, Caballero
stopped at the Little General parking lot on E. Wood Street.

Caballero told Ramos he had no driver’s license or ID and that he had
recently moved to Paris, but could not say where. Ramos could smell
alcohol and saw an open can of beer in the car. Caballero said he had
drunk 4-5 beers.

His car was towed and Caballero was taken to jail, charged with
underage consumption, driving without a license. The police department
also notified U.S. Immigration officials.

Madrigals Entertain At Homecoming Game

Paris, Tenn.-Director Blair Chadwick leads the Henry County Madrigals in song before Friday night's game. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Drug, DUI Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.-Two Big Sandy men were arrested by Paris Police after a traffic stop at Crestview Manor at 716 Mandalay Rd. Sgt. Michael Ramos noticed an open container and smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and at
first the driver Charles Carter III, age 39 of Big Sandy, said there
was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but then pulled a plastic baggie
with marijuana in it out of his front pocket.

Rolling papers also were found on Carter and in a subsequent
search of the vehicle by other police officers, a joint of marijuana was
found. Carter was charged with simple possession and possession of
drug paraphernalia and his passenger, Derrick Wade was charged with
public intoxication.

In another incident, a Paris man was charged with DUI after Paris
Police were called to a wreck in the Huddle House parking lot at 1502
E. Wood St. Dispatch was informed a pickup had hit a light pole and
sign and that the vehicle was upright in a ditch.

Police found Albert Franklin Hutchinson, age 34, of 215 Bell Ave., in
the vehicle and according to the police report, he seemed impaired and
had trouble standing. He told police he had taken an Ambien sleeping
pill 30 minutes before and that he was driving because he had awakened
and realized there was nothing to drink in the house and he was going
to the store to get some soda.

According to the report, Hutchinson failed sobriety tests and that he
consented to blood tests. He also was given a 12-step drug evaluation
by the highway patrol.

In yet another incident, Paris Police arrested Jason Lee Quinn, age 24
of 3875 Henry-Midway Rd., Henry, on several charges after Patrolman
Amber Roaten saw his car run a stop sign at Highland and Walnut

According to the report, Quinn had no driver’s license or insurance
and it was determined that his license had been revoked after his
second DUI. His car was seized and he was cited for stop sign
violation, driving on a revoked license and violation of the financial
responsibility law.

Counterfeit Bill Passed

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Wal-Mart Supercenter on a report of a counterfeit $10 bill being accepted by one of the cashiers. Patrolman Tony Elkins confirmed it was counterfeit and video surveillance tapes are being looked at to determine if the person who passed the bill can be identified.

Patriots Beat West Creek, 63-7

#18 Justin Ramos and #27 Gage Davis bring down a West Creek runner. (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.-It was a perfect Homecoming night at Patriot Stadium Friday night as the Henry County Patriots handily beat the West Creek Coyotes 63-7. The victory was never in doubt as the Patriots scored early and often during the game.

With the win, the Patriots move to 5-1 on the season and an undefeated 4-0 in district play. The team travels to Clarksville Thursday night for a televised game against Clarksville North East. The game will be televised on Nashville's Channel 30 (UPN).

#61 Houston Forsythe blocks a West Creek defender. (Pharr photo).

#8 Brandon Donaldson pulls in a 30-yard pass reception. (Pharr photo).

Marching Patriots In Fine Form

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Marching Patriots take the field before Friday night's game. It was a perfect Homecoming night for the Patriots, who beat West Creek by a score of 63-7. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Shelby Beloate Crowned Homecoming Queen

Queen Shelby Beloate and her escort Jordan Hayes. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Senior Shelby Beloate was crowned Homecoming Queen at Friday night's Henry County Patriots' football game against West Creek.

Beloate was escorted by Jordan Hayes and is the daughter of Chris and Missy Beloate.

Her court is: Senior Diana Hernandez, daughter of Enrique and Magdelena Hernandez and she was escorted by Ivan Hernandez; Senior Erica Myers, daughter of Kathy Myers and the late Doug Myers, escorted by Nate Buscuito.

Junior attendant was Whitney Rawls, daughter of Mark and Tina Rawls, and she was escorted by Evan Pugh. Sophomore attendant was Olivia Perry, daughter of Patrick and April Perry and she was escorted by Imari Thompson.

The Queen was crowned by 2011 Homecoming Queen Olivia Cox.

The Homecoming Court: (left to right) Whitney Rawls and her escort Evan Pugh; Erica Myers and Nate Buscuito; Queen Shelby and Jordan Hayes; Diana Hernandez and Ivan Hernandez; and Olivia Perry and Imari Thompson. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Chick King Honored At Homecoming

Paris, Tenn.-Local sports legend the late Chick King was honored at Friday night's Homecoming game and his family, including his wife Rosemary, center, was on hand to hear him lauded for the memories and contributions he gave to the community. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Rebels Lose To Humboldt

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels lost to Humboldt by a score of 28-7 at their Friday night game.

Boss Hoss Roars Into Paris

Terry Dunn of Sharon, Tenn., shows off his 15 1/2-foot purple Boss Hoss bike. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.-The Boss Hoss bike and trike show roared into downtown Paris to participate in the Noon on the Square Festivities. It’s always an impressive sight when the Boss Hoss vehicles parade into the court square, although Friday’s was dampened slightly by an off-and-on drizzle. The Boss Hoss parade was part of the 13th annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival and Boss Hoss National Rally that is taking place this weekend at Paris Landing State Park.

It’s the 5th year for the rally to be held at Paris Landing and Operations Officer Doug Zaricor told us that some 400 participants are here this weekend. “Everybody is so easy to work with here and we all really enjoy it,” Zaricor said. “It’s a real pleasure to come here.”

The Boss Hoss enthusiasts come from all over the country for the rally and Friday, license plates from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia, Missouri and Kentucky could be seen. Some of the Boss Hoss riders even brought their dogs with them.

Even with the rain, crowds came downtown to see the Boss Hoss vehicles, which parked all around the court square, and the Ray Lewis Band, which performed for the Noon on the Square festivities.

Myrna Sanderfur of Copper Canyon, Texas, rode into town with her dog, Scrappy. (McFarlin photo).


We weren't the only ones taking photos of the elaborate Boss Hoss bikes today, as you can see. (McFarlin photo).

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