From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Planning Commission Tables Site Plan for Tommorrow's Hope
Issues with Parking and Egress and Ingress Delay action on the plan
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Planning Commission held much discussion regarding a site plan for Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center, which hopes to build a near 2500 square foot building at the intersection of Cornerstone Drive and Tyson Avenue, and eventually decided to table the plan.
Community Development Director Jennifer Morris told board members that Cornerstone Group LLC had agreed to donate land to Tomorrow’s Hope so they can build a building in the Cornerstone Medical area, but problems exist with parking and ingress and egress on the plan.
The parking was adequate, allowing for 18 spaces, but part of the problem, as city attorney Fred McLean pointed out is that the ordinance does not allow parking on land owned by someone else.
Concerns also centered on issues with easements and members looked at many options, but some of the land is too steep to move plans around and Dr. Mobley had request the owner of the land to leave room for expansion of his building for the future. The planning commission finally decided there were too many issues with parking and access in and out in the area and asked the parties involved to review and rework the plan and bring it back in February.
Plans for Addition to Henry County Health Department Approved
In other business on Thursday night the Planning Commission did approve a plan for the addition to the Henry County Health Department. The minor site plan is for a proposed 840 square foot addition to their building at 803 Joy Street. The addition will be on the southwest side of the existing building on the Third Street side of the property. Staff noted that this will not change or increase drainage, the utilities are present and this particular section of the building will not extend further back into the setback than the existing building. The sewer for this section of the building will be accessed from Joy Street.
Legislative Panel Discusses Possible Resolution On Gun Laws
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Legislative Committee met Thursday afternoon and held discussion based around a motion made at the December Henry County Commission Meeting from Commissioner Dan Paschall. Commissioner Paschal made a motion at the commission meeting for the body to adopt a resolution and forward to the powers that be in Nashville and Washington, D.C. concerning the banning of assault weapons, violent video games, and to start a publicity campaign to focus on getting discipline back in our homes on schools in the wake of the tragedy in December’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The committee held much discussion on Paschall’s motion and County Mayor Brent Greer started it off by saying he has researched the idea of such a resolution and found some sample resolutions different bodies have passed in their areas. Mayor Greer reminded them that in every case where gun laws have been brought up, the Supreme Court has upheld the 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving the right to bear arms.
Mayor Greer also said that Vice President Joe Biden is heading up a Task Force on Gun Violence, that met with Walmart, the largest seller of firearms in the nation, and the NRA Thursday in order to work towards possible solutions to an ever growing school safety concern. He said this task force is supposed to have some sort of findings and ideas to present to Congress and the Presdient by the end of January.
County Attorney Lee Greer said that anytime a petition to the state or federal government has come from local government he has seen more success come when the local government has a specific bill or resolution in place to cite or reference.
After some more discussion, the Legislative Committee decided to take no action regarding Commissioner Paschal’s request for a resolution at this time, but look at the issue later after seeing what the Vice President’s Task Force comes up with towards the end of the month.
Fish Fry Pageants Begin January 26th
All Entry Forms Can be Printed from Our Website
Paris, Tenn.- The 60th Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is set for late April and promises to be a huge event. Events associated with the Fish Fry get started later in January as the royalty is crowned for this year’s Fish Fry during pageants.
The Hostess Princess Pageant will be held on Saturday night January 26th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Contestants for the Hostess Princess must be ages 16 to 20 by April 1 of this year and a primary resident of Henry County. Entry fee for the Hostess Princess Pageant is $30.
Commercial Bank and Trust in Paris is offering a $1000 scholarship to the winner of the Hostess Princess pageant once again this year.
On Sunday January 27th at 2pm, the Miss Teen pageant will be held at KPAC for ages 13-15. At 4pm on January 27th, the Miss Pre-Teen Pageant will be held with girls ages 10-12 welcome to enter.
The remainder of the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry Pageants will be held on Saturday February 2nd and KPAC. The Little Prince and Princess Pageant starts at 10am and is for boys and girls ages birth to 2 years. At 1pm, the tiny tot pageant will commence for girls ages 3-5, and things wrap up around 2:30pm with the start of the Junior Queen Pageant for girls ages 6-9. The entry fee for all pageants other than the Hostess Princess is $25.
Entry forms of all these pageants can be downloaded and printed off of our website, wmufradio.com. Click on the Fish Fry Link on the left side of the page and then find the form you need.
Fire Aftermath: Dousing The Hot Spots
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters T.J. Myrick and Brandon Bell, top photo, oversee dousing of hot spots this morning at the scene of last night's massive fire that destroyed the former Market Street Antique Mall. Bottom photo, part of the Antique Mall sign in the rubble, as city crews worked to clear the debris. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
State, Local Fire Marshals Begin Fire Investigation
Paris Landmark At Least 100 Years Old
The front door of the building originally came from Minnie Pearl's Restaurant in Nashville, according to County Historian David Webb. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-The State and Paris Fire Marshals are on site this morning at the scene of the fire which burned down the historic building that most recently housed the Market Street Antique Mall.
Personnel from the State Fire Marshal's office, as well as Paris Fire Marshal Chuck Wade are gathering evidence to point them to the cause of the fire which destroyed the Paris landmark that was built at least 100 years ago.
Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams said this morning he has no preliminary information to report. With the building being vacant for several years, trespassing has been an ongoing problem there and investigators will be checking to make sure there were no people in the building at the time of the fire.
Williams said the fire was one of the biggest that has occured in Paris. "I think the fire at Uncle Lee's was bigger. We had more fire load in that fire, especially since this building was vacant," Williams said.
The first call of fire at the building came in to the Paris Fire Department at 6:21 p.m. last night and the fire quickly spread throughout the three-story structure. All fire departments from the county and surrounding area were called in to assist, as well as all law enforcement personnel. The Murray-Calloway County Fire Department brought their telesquirt equipment, which is a tall pumper with a water tower which can blast water from above.
The flames were so high during the height of the fire that it could be seen for miles around. The heat of the fire was so intense it could be felt from two blocks away.
Despite the rainfall overnight, the fire rekindled in spots around 4:30 and 7 a.m. and the Paris Fire Department went back to the scene to extinguish the hot spots. Williams said that is nothing unusual. "The fire was never completely out and that is not that unusual. There were multiple layers of flooring and roofs and carpets that are involved with this fire."
Henry County Historian David Webb said the building was constructured at least a century ago and was one of the county's oldest treasures. Webb's aunt and uncle, Terry and Geraldine Sykes, owned the building for 37 years, operating the Market Street Antique Mall there.
Since the building was built, Webb said it housed the Lasater Lumber Co., the Co-Op, Market 414 Furniture and the Market Street Antique Mall. Until the fire, the name "Lasater" could still be seen on the back of the building.
The antique mall was a popular fixture in Paris for many years and Webb said he spent a lot of time there as a child. "It was three full stories and there were huge wooden beams and flooring that was oiled. We always speculated that if a fire started in that building it would spread quickly and that was proven true last night."
While the Sykes owned the building, it also was home to the Checkerboard Cafe, a popular eating spot which was well-known for its chicken and dumplings, Webb said. "And another popular feature was Terry's train set which was a hit with adults and kids. It was just an awesome building. I remember as children we used to love running down the ramps and riding the elevator. I spent a significant part of my life in there and I'll miss it."
Webb also said that the red front door to the building had originally been used at Minnie Pearl's Restaurant in Nashville.
The Sykes were unavailable for comment on the fire Thursday morning.
This is the moment when the front section of the building collapsed during Wednesday night's fire. (McFarlin photo).
PARIS LANDMARK DESTROYED BY FIRE
Two firemen pour water from the ground onto the blaze. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris landmark was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. The 414 Market Street building--which most recently housed a huge antique store--was a total loss as a result of the blaze that began around 6:20 p.m.
Firefighters from Paris and every county department, as well as the Murray-Calloway County fire department, were called to the scene and fought the blaze from every angle. The Murray-Calloway department brought their 'telesquirt', a tall pumper equipped with a water tower that can blast water into a fire from above. Other departments, including the Paris and Puryear departments, also used their pumpers to blast water onto the blaze.
The heat was so intense it could be felt from two blocks away and the flames flew so high in the sky they could be seen for miles.
The blocks around the huge structure were cordoned off and every law enforcement officer in the city and many from surrounding jurisdictions were called to the scene.
Large numbers of people stood and watched as the building burned, many taking photos, others calling friends.
As of 8 p.m., firemen were still on the scene. The cause of the fire is not yet known. More details will be reported Thursday.
A fireman is close to the fire as he pours water onto it from ground level.
Water is poured from three directions onto the building. In truck in foreground, Mitch Sykes of Puryear is atop Puryear fire truck.
The 'telesquirt' from Murray-Calloway County's fire department was called to the scene.
U.S. Marshals Nab Paris Fugitive
Jerry Clark in mug shot from previous arrest.
Paris, Tenn.-The U.S. Marshal's Service arrested a Paris man on federal probation violations Wednesday in Paris. Arrested was Jerry L. Clark, Sr.
Few details are available as of late Wednesday afternoon, but Paris Police Lt. Tom Lankford said the U.S. Marshal's Service would issue a press release with more information on Thursday. "Jerry Clark has had a lengthy criminal history and was wanted on federal probation violations," Lankford said.
Clark was taken by the U.S. Marshals to Memphis after his arrest, Lankford said.
Baxter Perry Sr. Dies
Paris, Tenn.-Long-time Paris businessman Baxter Perry Sr. died Wednesday, January 9, at Henry County Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Ridgeway Funeral Home.
Perry was a retired realtor, having operated Baxter Perry Realty for many years. He also was the operator of the former Swanee Castle and he built and operated the former Parisian Motel. He also worked at the former Camp Tyson during WWII.
Scam Going Around involving Foreclosed Homes
Paris, Tenn.- Henry Countians looking for deals on foreclosed homes should be aware of a scam that has been going on around West Tennessee as of late. Scammers are finding homes with out of state owners and are changing the locks on the homes and then placing an ad on craigslist to rent the home. Victims are then meeting the perspective owner who gives them keys to the home and collects first months rent and deposit. On average, victims have been scammed out of about $1500 and never hear from the person again and don’t realize it until the real owners or realtors show up to ask what they are doing there. Be sure and be aware of any ads on craigslist and do any research before committing to renting out homes.
Harlem Globetrotters to Appear at Murray
Murray, Ky.-The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters will return to Murray with an appearance Tuesday, January 15, at the CFSB Center. Tickets are on sale now for the show, which will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-$60.
You can purchase tickets at the CSFB box office, which is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Puryear CDBG Hearing Set
Puryear, Tenn.-The town of Puryear is considering submitting an application to the Community Development Block Grant program and a public hearing is set for 1 p.m. January 18 at town hall.
Purpose of the meeting is to discuss the program guidelines, discuss eligible projects and available funds and the community's responsibility in the application process, according to Mayor David Varner.
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen are seeking comments from the public in order to determine priorities for use of the funds to be requested.
Retired Paris Fire Chief George Atkins Dies
Paris, Tenn.-Former Paris Fire Chief and Fire Marshal George Atkins died last night at Henry County Medical Center. McEvoy Funeral Home has charge of arrangements, which were incomplete this morning.
Atkins retired in December of 2000 from the fire department. He also is well-known for his involvement with the local sports community, as both a referee for various local sports and a timekeeper for Henry County High School football.
Fire Department Capt. Barry Farmer said this morning a special ceremony will be conducted for Atkins at the funeral.
Refuge Hosts Annual Bald Eagle/ Waterfowl Auto Tour
Saturday January 12th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will once again host the annual Bald Eagle/Waterfowl Tour on Saturday January 12 with expanded hours from 12 – 5 pm. On this day the refuge will offer a free event for the public to enjoy an afternoon to view waterfowl and wildlife on the refuge at the Duck River Bottoms, just south of New Johnsonville. As in years past, the Blue Goose Boulevard interpretive wildlife drive will be open to offer a two mile self guided tour. In addition guided bus tours with refuge staff will once again be available this year. These buses will start and end at the main event parking lot off Refuge Lane beginning at 1:30 and 3:30 pm.
Some of the Duck River Bottom areas are seasonally closed during the winter to limit disturbance to the visiting waterfowl. However, for one afternoon only the refuge will open several of these roads up to the public, to offer our annual glimpse into the heart of the refuge during winter waterfowl season. An alternate date for bad weather is Saturday, January 26th from 12:00 – 5:00 pm.
Stop by the main event tent just past the entrance on Refuge Lane. Staff will be on hand to answer questions, hand out maps for the self-guided auto tour route, and direct you to the guided tour buses. At this heated tent, staff will also have several items of interest concerning waterfowl, managing their wetland habitats, and information about a current black duck research project happening at the refuge. The staff will also be explaining bird identification, refuge operations and management, and answering any questions you may have during your visit.
The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will also be offering complimentary hot apple cider and cookies to the visiting public, as well as telling folks about other wonderful opportunities happening at the refuge. Along the route several Friends members will be stationed with spotting scopes to allow the public better views of waterfowl and the bald eagle nest.
If you have a GPS unit to direct you to the location, you can use the address “550 Refuge Lane, New Johnsonville, TN 37134”. The refuge is located a little less than 2 hours drive from Nashville, and 2 ½ hours from Memphis.
The refuge at Duck River Bottoms is about 4 miles south of New Johnsonville. From Highway 70 in New Johnsonville, turn south on Long Street and continue for 2.6 miles to the intersection of old State Route 1 and Long Street. Turn left on State Route 1, go for 0.2 miles, then make a sharp right on Hickman Road. Follow Hickman Road for 0.6 miles to Refuge Lane. Turn left on Refuge Lane into the refuge. We will have signs posted to help you find your way.
If you have questions about the waterfowl tour, please call the Paris Headquarters at 731-642-2091, extension 302 or e-mail Joan Stevens at Joan_Stevens@fws.gov.
CG Looks At Road Repairs
At Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council, Mayor Mike Waddey said he will contact TDOT about repairs to a hole in the road on Hwy. 140, near the former mill, as well as a drain vent by the church building. Council authorized the repairs.
Vice-Mayor Melinda Thatcher inquired about a street sign for Hazel Cox on Maple Street. Waddey said he will check on the condition of the sign and possible replacement.
In new business, Waddey said he contacted Ron Watkins about the replacement of Recycling Bins at the city. After discussion about the bins being used as trash receptacles, no action was taken.
Waddey read a resolution of appreciation for the former council members .Revenues of $7,352.31 and expenses of $742.58 were reported for December 2012.
Lady Patriots Win, Pats lose a thriller at Northwest Tuesday night
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County split games Tuesday night at Northwest as the Ladies were victorious 45-37. Shelby Beloate scored 18 points to lead Henry County in the district 10-AAA victory. The men’s game was a thriller, but the Patriots came up a bit short, 63-60, falling to the Vikings. Scoring for the Patriots were Brandon Donaldson with 18, Amari Cook with 12, and Jordan Hayes with 11. Henry County is on the road again Friday night at Northeast.
Henry Approves MTAS Rate Study Agreement
Henry, Tenn.- The city of Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met in regular session on Tuesday night and, with reservations, approved a resolution to allow MTAS to begin the process of doing a rate study for the city’s wastewater rates.
Mayor Joe Qualls told board members that he and city recorder Sonya Clayton and spoken with the Water and Wastewater Finance board and agreed that it was best to bring representatives of MTAS in to do a rate study and help the city develop a plan of to show the State’s Water and Wastewater Finance board in March.
The state of Tennessee will not allow municipalities to operate their water or wastewater systems in the red for consecutive years. Due to unknown depreciation cost found by auditors for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal year along with continued litigation cost around Henry’s sewer, it was showed the city had not been in the black the last couple of years.
MTAS will now look over everything and suggest a rate for the city to raise its sewer to later in the year to reverse the loss and show profit for the system. Qualls said a plan has to be to the finance board by February 28th and with how busy city recorder Sonya Clayton is with other work, its best to go with MTAS.
The city will have to pay a fee of $50 an hour or max total of $3000 for MTAS to do the study. Qualls said they have decided to allow the city to pay whatever increase is suggested over a three year period.
In other business the board approved a resolution officially awarding the garbage service bid to Barker Brothers Waste Management. This was discussed at the December meeting and Barker Brothers had the lowest bid for the service. The contract is for two years.
Dana Going Strong After Pulling Out of Chapter 11 Filing
Paris Plant Innovater for parts sold worldwide
Local officials listen to a presentation at Dana on Tuesday
about what the company has done since pulling out of
bankruptcy. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- County officials, members of the Paris Henry County Industrial Development board and economic development, and media were invited to Dana on Tuesday afternoon for an informative session and tour of the plants to learn all that Dana has done and the way they have thrived after pulling themselves out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy a few years ago.
Dewayne Matthews, President of the Power Technologies Group portion of Dana, thanked everyone for coming and said there was no doubt that the government leaders of Paris and Henry County were 100% behind helping local businesses and adding jobs in the community. Matthews said Dana was able to pull themselves out of chapter 11 because of moves put in place by local government and continued support.
One major theme Matthews pointed out was that Dana has changed the way they make parts to keep up with the ever changing technology of the automobile industry. Dana is the maker of industry leading axels, shafts, transmission parts, sealing parts, plastics, and thermals for light vehicles, off highway vehicles, and heavy duty vehicles.
Matthews pointed out that after the chapter 11 filing; Dana reorganized its strategies, leadership, and operation. He said we are now a leaner and more flexible operation and filing for Chapter 11 was something that had to be done, and the business is better for it.
Dana hit $1.1B in sales in 2011 and currently operates facilities in 11 different countries. Some of their new products include a battery part for the all electric GM Volt. In 2012, Dana expanded its product with a cooling line and the Paris Plant made the first part for a Honda worldwide starting in 2012 as well. The Plastic Line that started in Paris has now expanded to their operations in Hungary, Brazil, and will eventually expand to include the Asia Pacific area.
Dana employs nearly 600 people currently and Matthews said there will be opportunities in the future to add a few employees here and there, especially in the mechanical engineer area. He said Dana currently has an engineer intern program thru Murray, UT-Martin, and Union University and they welcome home grown talent to come to work for them.
Matthews said when it comes to mechanical engineer jobs, Dana is the best kept secret in Paris and they hope to use area university engineering programs as feeders for possible employment down the road.
Matthews closed by saying we are proud of what we are doing and we continue to be quick at updating our technology to keep pace with the industry. We have state of the art facilities and programs and thanked local government for helping out in tough times to allow the company to be able to prosper now.
President of Dana's Power Techonology Group, Dewayne
Matthews goes over a power point presentation of Dana's
restructing and operations. (Alsobrooks photo)
Sheriff's Deputies Investigating Thefts in the County
Paris, Tenn.- Several items totaling over $5000 were stolen in a burglary on Robert Paschall Road in the past couple of days. Deputy Blake Jenkins stated in the report that someone appears to have broken in thru the back door of the home and stole a pair of night vision scope glasses valued at $2600, several clips and ammo, two guns, a wildgame camera and many more items. There are no suspects at the time and investigation is ongoing in the incident.
In a separate incident, deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s office have arrested one man and continue to look for a couple more that were involved with stealing scrap metal from a home on Shady Grove Road. The report at the Sheriff’s Office stated the victim found someone taking the scrap metal from his property as two people in white dodge drove away from the scene while one ran thru the woods.
Officers and K9 Droid combed the area and finally found Joshua Darren Scott, age 21 of 1770 Old Union Loop. He was charge with theft. Deputies continue to investigate the incident and search for the two that fled the scene.
HCMC Carevan to Offer Health Screeings in Huntingdon on Wed.
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will offer health screenings at the Huntingdon Missionary Baptist Church on Lexington Street on Wednesday afternoon from 4-6pm. The screening will be held in the Carevan. They will offer free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure checks. They will also offer finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for $3 and full lipid panel test for $10.
Results will be available at the time of the screening on Wednesday afternoon and for the most accurate result fasting for 8 hours is required.
Bridge Installation To Occur in Three Sections
Workers began the first stage of bridge installation Monday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn. – A crane utilized by Venture Construction Company began the process of bridging the gap between Henry County Medical Center and its Diagnostic Center located across Tyson Avenue on Monday morning. The ongoing project has prompted a partial shutdown of Tyson Ave. for four weeks. Detours are available around Lake Street and Hospital Circle, while trucks are being rerouted to the Hwy. 218 bypass.
Additional modifications to that intersection include installation of a traffic light on Tyson Ave. and realignment of Joy Street that will occur in the coming months.
The plans for the bridge were finalized and approved with help from the Paris-Henry County Economic Development Corporation, the Henry County and Paris City Government and with substantial financial assistance from the USDA, Rural Development Administration.
The Diagnostic Center opened in early October 2012. Bethel University has plans to offer some classes in the spring of this year.
According to Matthew Raleigh with Venture Construction, the crane is operated by Industrial Crane Service out of Memphis and is contracting with Tri-State Ironworks, also of Memphis, to set the bridge steel.
“The crane is a 200 Ton Liebherr Crane and will be setting three sections,” Raleigh said. “The first section will span Tyson Ave, and is 102 feet long and weighs 50,000 lbs. The second section is 68 feet, weighing 30,000 lbs. and the third portion is 51feet weighing 25,000 lbs. All of the work is being supervised by Venture Construction.”
Healthy Henry County 2013 Family Fitness Fun Day Set Saturday
Members of the HCMC walking group strolling through the halls at the hospital. The walking group are a part of the Healthy Henry County activities(HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The kickoff for Healthy Henry County 2013 Family Fitness Fun Day and Mayors’ Health Challenge will be held at 9 am this Saturday January 12 at the Paris Civic Center. It’s a free family friendly event that includes motivational speaker Rick Conger along with words from Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer.
Participants will receive give-aways, educational materials and coupons for free screenings to be held Saturday January 19th from 7-9am. You can also sign up for the Mayors’ Health Challenge and learn the requirements of the program. For more information on Healthy Henry County 2013 and activities visit hcmc-tn.org/services/healthyhenrycounty or call 644-3463.
Bethel Spring Semester Begins
Students returned to classes on Bethel University’s McKenzie campus on Monday, Jan. 7 – the beginning of the school’s spring 2013 traditional semester. Here, traditional undergraduate students got introductions from Dr. Audrey Sistler, Professor of Human Services and Psychology, during the first day of Psychology 330: Research Methods.
Students can still enroll in and register for spring 2013 traditional classes until Friday, Jan. 11 by calling 731-352-4030 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1842, Bethel is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. To learn more about Bethel University visit www.bethelu.edu.
Chamber's Small Business Basic Classes Begin January 22
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the USDA, will once again offer Small Business Basics, six classes designed to serve as a guide to small business development and entrepreneurship. The classes will be open to anyone interested in small businesses including startup businesses and existing businesses.
The sessions will be held at the chamber from 6-8:30pm Tuesday nights January 22nd thru February 26th. All materials needed for the classes will be provided. The cost is $50 to attend, but will be refunded if you have no absences. Class sessions include Writing a Business Plan, Your New Best Friend an Accountant and an Attorney, So How do you get the money, Human Resources, Marketing, and graduation.
Jennifer Hayden, of Hamilton Ryker and Kevin Buie and K and B Supplies for Success, will serve as co-chairs and facilitators for the sessions. Hayden said, “Last year’s classes were a tremendous success, we had 35 graduates, equally divided between those wishing to start up a small business and those who already run a small business.”
Applications for the Small Business Basics can be obtained at the chamber’s website, paristnchamber.com. For more information call the chamber at 642-3431.
Pedestrian Bridge Installation Begins
Paris, Tenn.-Motorists and onlookers were treated to a rare sight at mid-morning Monday, as the span for the pedestrian bridge was lowered onto the footings outside of Henry County Medical Center on Tyson Ave. The bridge will span the hospital with the new HCMC/Bethel facility across the street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris Fire Fighters Respond to Stove Fire Sunday Afternoon
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Fighters responded to a call of a fire at a home on 54 W after 1pm Sunday afternoon. The complaint card at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that the eye of the stove caught fire. Fire fighters managed to extinguish the blaze and were helped to remove smoke from the house. No one was injured in the fire and not much damage was done.
Paris, Tenn.-According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, two rear tires were slashed on a vehicle parked at Plumley along with the window was scratched. Police have no suspects so far and the damage is valued at just under $300.
Authorities arrested John Wyatt Selby, the 3rd, age 24 of 816 Williams Street for theft of property over the weekend.
Chamber to Offer Retirement Plans Seminar Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce is offering a free retirement plans seminar this Friday January 11th at 10am. The seminar will be held at the chamber office and Jerry Smith, CPA will walk through the different types of plans and advantages and disadvantages of each type. He’ll also offer the suggestions for using the plan to help increase productivity, cut training costs and improve customer satisfaction.
Jerry is the Partner-In-Charge of the Employee Benefits Plans Team with Alexander Thompson Arnold CPAs. Smith said, “Providing a retirement plan offers an employer tax advantages, encourages employees to save for retirement and can improve your business’s bottom line. Maximizing these advantages, while minimizing cost, is largely a matter of having the right retirement plan for your business.”
The seminar is free to chamber members, but reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the chamber at 642-3431.
Henry Countians Greeted by Frosty Morn
Paris, Tenn.-The fields at McNeill Park were covered in frost Monday morning, making for a pretty tableau. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris Landing EMS Facility Dedicated
The Henry County Sheriff's Department honor guard displays the colors as Ron Watkins, Mike Shankle, and Danny Tucker stand at attention. (Lee Owenby photos).
Buchanan, Tenn.-Despite chilly temperatures, a large crowd was on hand Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the newly-completed Paris Landing Emergency Services facility. The facility is located on Hwy. 79N, near the Paris Landing state park.
The facility was dedicated to the late Robert Sinclair, a long-time county commissioner who was a long-time advocate for such a facility being located in the lake area. He also was instrumental in the organization of the county's first ambulance service.
Several of his family members were on hand for the official opening of the facility. A marker in his honor is at the building.
A portion of the crowd at the dedication.
Tyson Road Set for Partial Closure Monday
Traffic signs are ready at both ends of Tyson Ave. for the closure set to begin Monday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Monday, January 7, is the day the city of Paris will begin the partial closing of Tyson Avenue to traffic. The closure will continue for approximately four weeks for the installation of the pedestrian bridge from the new Bethel/hospital facility to the main part of the hospital.
The closing will allow regular vehicle traffic to use Hospital Circle, Lake Street, or Ogburn Street as a detour route.
Truck rerouting should occur at the 218 bypass and intersections of 79 North and 79 South. If truck traffic must enter town, then Southbound on highway 79 should use 352 or East Wood to 641 South to 79 South.
Paris PD Makes Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Justin Martin, age 23, 716 Memorial Dr. for driving on a revoked license. Police were called to the address on a report of loud music and while there, they saw Martin pull in and officers were aware that his license had been revoked for a DUI conviction.
Officers agreed not to seize the vehicle he was driving as long as his mother not allow him to drive it again.
A warrant for the arrest of John Selby, age 24 of 317 Post Oak Rd. was issued by the Paris Police Department following investigation of a theft at Terrace Woods Apartments on N. Market St.
Police were called to the apartment building on a report of a television being stolen from one of the rooms.
Just Taking a Snooze
Buchanan, Tenn.-A Great Blue Heron sleeps on one of the beaches at Paris Landing State Park, unaware that people are just steps away. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Community Mass Choir Being Organized for MLK Day Performance
Paris, Tenn.-The organizing committee for this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day's activities is organizing a community mass choir that will sing at 7 p.m. Monday, January 21 at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC).
Chairman Rev. Andre Richardson is inviting all youth, ages 8-18 to come to KPAC the next three Sundays for choir practice. The group will meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) and the next two Sundays after that.
Rev. Richardson said this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day will include several special activities that will be announced soon.
Patriot Night Live Set for Next Weekend
Paris, Tenn.-Join the Henry County High School Class of 2013 as they present "Patriot Night Live" next weekend, which is described as a cross between The Great Pretenders Show and a Silent Auction.
The event is set for 7 p.m. Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12 at the high school gymnasium. Tickets are on sale now in the office for $8 in advance. At the door, tickets will be $10.
The seniors promise a night of comedy, lip sync and dance. And there will be many items at the silent auction, including Chicago Bears, Memphis Grizzles, Chicago Cubs, Tennesse Titans, Dallas Cowboys and Nashville Predators memorabilia, as well as two Terrace reserved tickets for a Cubs baseball game.
Henry Man Arrested for Public Intoxication
Paris, Tenn.-A Henry man was arrested at Wal-Mart for public intoxication at 11 p.m. New Year’s Day, after store personnel called Paris Police to
report a man was drunk at the store and causing problems.
Arrested was Jeremy Henderson, age 28, of 1291 Atlantic Ave. When
Patrolman Mitchell Gallimore arrived at the scene, he found Henderson
in the parking lot and according to his report, Henderson smelled of
alcohol and showed other signs of alcohol use.
Store personnel told Gallimore that Henderson had left the store
through a fire exit to urinate and when he came back in, personnel
stopped him to make sure he hadn’t tried to steal anything. At that
point, according to the report, Henderson became loud and obscene.
Henderson reportedly told Gallimore that he didn’t know where the
bathroom at Wal-Mart was and needed to go to the bathroom right away.
He also said he didn’t steal anything.
The police report indicated that Henderson was refusing the leave the
premises and he was arrested for public intoxication.
Patriots Boys, Girls Teams Defeated Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.-In Friday night action, both the boys and girls Patriots' teams were defeated in games against Kenwood.
For the girls, the score was Henry County, 31, Kenwood, 41.
For the boys, the score was Henry County 47; Kenwood 50.
TBI Accepting Applicants for Citizens' Academy
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now accepting applications for the 2013 TBI Citizens’ Academy open to Tennessee residents interested in learning more about the state’s lead investigative law enforcement agency.
The academy is scheduled for May 7 through May 28, 2012 at TBI Headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening during the month of May for three hours as well as one Saturday. It will offer citizens a look at TBI’s work including investigating crime scenes and cyber crime, tracking terrorism information, forensics examinations and other aspects of the bureau’s mission. The academy is designed to develop a better understanding and awareness in the community of TBI through an up close look at the bureau and its responsibilities across the state. Due to limited classroom size, the academy will be limited to 15 citizens.
Requirements for applicants include:
1) Must be 21 or older
2) No criminal history other than minor traffic violations
3) Physically able to meet training requirements
4) Must attend one night per week for a three hour session and one Saturday for firearms training with a minimum of 90% attendance
5) Must sign all required waivers and agreements
6) Applicants are accepted pending background investigations and approval by the TBI Director
To apply, residents should fill out the application located on the TBI website at www.tbi.tn.gov and submit it by February 28, 2013 to Assistant Director Richard Moore at the address listed on the application.
Kenworthy Arrested on Alleged Business Scam
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris woman wanted for operating a fake business out of her home has turned herself in to the Henry County Jail. A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Kari Kenworthy, 27, of 305 Owenwood Place, following
a search by the the Paris Police Department at her home last month.
The search warrant was executed for documents pertaining to an
alleged wholesale business she was operating from the home. During the
search, officers reportedly located documents, a phone and tablet that was used to help Kenworthy operate the fake business.
Investigator Josh Frey said this morning (Friday) that since the original story
appeared on the search warrant, seven people have come forward to
report that they purchased items from Kenworthy, gave her money for
the items but never received the goods they purchased.
Frey said further that Kenworthy had been operating the business for a
few months. Items sold ranged from clothing to high-end electronics.
She was officially charged with theft of over $10,000 and bond was set
for $20,000 for Kenworthy, who is currently on state probation dating
back to a 2008 conviction for passing forged prescriptions, Frey said.
Frey again asked if anyone has done business with her and feel they
were scammed, call him at 642-2424.
Open House and Dedication of EMS Slated
Buchanan, Tenn.-An open house and building dedication for the Paris Landing Emergency Services Complex is planned at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 5th. The
complex is located adjacent to Paris Landing State Park. Refreshments
will be served. A building tour will be available.
$17,490 in Vehicle Parts Stolen
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police also reported $17,490 in vehicle parts and accessories were stolen from a trailer on Mineral Wells Ave. According to the
report, access apparently was gained from the side door of the
Federal Unemployment Benefits To Continue Through 2013
Nashville, Tenn. – The American Taxpayer Relief Act, which became law late Wednesday, extends the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program through January 1, 2014. The federal benefits were slated to expire at the end of 2012 with claimants receiving their last payment the first week of January.
EUC08 is a federally-funded program providing unemployment benefits to approximately 30,000 Tennesseans who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum). The legislation only extends the deadline to receive existing federal benefits and does not add additional weeks. Tennessee claimants are currently allowed a maximum of 26 weeks of state benefits and an additional 37 weeks of federal benefits.
“This has been an uncertain time for those depending on unemployment benefits,” said Labor Commissioner Karla Davis. “I would encourage claimants to focus their job search by using our jobs database at Jobs4tn.gov and visiting a Tennessee Career Center.”
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development must still receive authorization from the USDOL to pay federal EUC08 claims. While the USDOL expects to have authorizations in place to provide a seamless transition, a delay of a week or more is possible. A retroactive payment would then be made to make up for lost weeks before resuming regular weekly payments.
Those presently receiving federal benefits should continue their weekly certification that notifies the department by phone or Internet they are still unemployed. If claimants stop their certification, they will have to contact the claims center to verify their unemployment status and could face a delay in their benefit resumption. Claimants should also continue to complete at least two work searches per week in order to meet the requirements for receiving federal benefits.
Claimants can check the status of their unemployment benefit deposit by logging in to https://ui.tn.gov with their personal identification number. If their account shows the benefit amount is “released,” the deposit will be available within 48 hours.
Additional updates will be provided on the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website at http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/2012_Unemployment_Update2.shtml.
News from past weeks here.