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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Planning Commission Mulls Bed and Breakfast Regulations

Paris, Tenn.- After much discussion on Thursday night, the Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission asked city attorney Fred McLean to draw up a set of regulations on governing Bed and Breakfasts in the city and bring it back to next month’s meeting.

Several minutes of the lengthy discussion centered on the concern of parking. Many of the planning commission members voiced concern that parking issues on streets in downtown, like Poplar were problematic. Board member Randy Scholes, said he thought there are many areas of downtown Paris that are not appealing because of people parking all over the place and old houses that have a ‘junky’ look and we need to step up and not tolerate it.

Rachel Terrell said parking in front yards is a big issue and really makes area neighborhoods look bad as well.

Development director Jennifer Morris told the commission the need to determine a table of uses for Bed and Breakfast starting with where they would be allowed.

Attorney Fred McLean said as of now, the regulations of a R-1 zoned area only allow single family dwellings. He said planners needed to decide whether to keep that in place, or change our philosophy and allow them in all residential zoned areas.

The planning commission finally asked McLean to draft up a potential set of rules to follow with some of the follow items lined out: allowing Bed and Breakfast Inns in R-1 zoned areas; make sure they have designated areas of parking and do not allow parking in the front yards of the B and B; require screening of parking area either with natural landscape or an appropriate fence proprietors of the B and B doesn’t have to live in the building, but must have someone living their that operates the business for them; the B and B must have no more than 3 sleeping quarters being operated in it and guests may only lodge for a maximum of 14 days.

Planners decided to wait until the city attorney brings this set of regulations back next month before final approval. They also opted to postponed discussion of group housing requirements until another time.

Planners Approve Minor Plat; Rezoning Request

Paris, Tenn.- The planning commission also approved a minor subdivision plat for DT Retail Properties at 1304 Mineral Wells Avenue to convey a .33 acre tract located to the rear of their property to J & K Rentals. All required information was present for the plat and planners approved the request contingent on the utilities being added and the owners signatures.

Planners also approved a rezoning request for Wayne and Emily Wilson at 401 East Wood Street from General Commerical to Medium Density Residential. The owners wish to construct duplexes on rear part of the property and duplexes are only allowed in R-2 and R-3 zoned areas. The Wilsons have no plans for expansion for their business, Nu Look Cleaners, therefore the commission approved the request.

Paul Jolley to Perform Jan. 24th at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that Palmersville native and American Idol Season 12 top nine contestant Paul Jolley. Paul Jolley will be performing at 7 pm on January 24th and the doors will open at 6pm. Also the local Paris group 24Seven will be opening for Jolley as well. Tickets can be purchased at Leach’s Music on Washington Street in Paris or at Merison’s located on Memorial Drive also in Paris. Tickets are $20 per person but can also be purchased at the door the night of the concert for $25.

Reminder: TN Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Tour Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will once again host the annual Bald Eagle/Waterfowl automobile tour Saturday January 11th with expanded hours this year from Noon to 5pm. On this day the refuge will offer a free event for the public to enjoy viewing waterfowl and wildlife at Duck River Bottoms, just south of New Johnsonville. The alternate date for bad weather will be Saturday January 25th from noon to 5pm.

The event was very popular last year as it opens up most of the bottoms to viewing for one day that are normally shut down and closed to the public in the winter time as to limit disturbance to the visiting waterfowl. The Blue Goose Boulevard interpretive wildlife drive will be open to ffer a two mile self guided tour and their will be guided bus tours with refuge staff as well. The bus tours will start and end at the main event parking lot off Refuge Lane at 12:30pm and 3pm.

About 500 people attended seeing tens of thousands of waterfowl and each tour bus counted around 15-20 bald eagles during their tour last year during the event. In addition to viewing the waterfowl, event goers will see white tailed deer, wild turkey, many species of hawk, great blue herons, and many other kinds of wildlife that visits the area in the wintertime.

Refuge staff will be on hand during the Waterfowl tour to hand out maps for the self guided tours and answer questions. There will be a heated tent opened up with several brochures and information about the refuge and wildlife in the area. The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will also offer complimentary hot apple cider and cookies.

For more information on the tour call the Paris Headquarters of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge at 642-2091.

The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 51K acres of water, forests, farmland, grassland, and was established in 1945.

Deputies Arrest Man on Warrants at Knights Inn

Paris, Tenn.- A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s stated several officers went to Knights Inn to serve an arrest warrant for Failure to appear in court on John W. Selby, III, age 25, of Tyson Avenue.

Officers received an anonymous tip that Selby was at the Knights Inn. Once on scene, officers found multiple syringes, spoons, and other drug paraphernalia was found in the room along with a semiautomatic pistol and bullets. Selby was charged with felony possession of schedule II, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Selby’s wife, Kimberly Selby, age 38, of Williams Street was also arrested on the scene for vandalism and domestic assault charges. She was also previously charged with possession of a contraband in a penal institution.

Several vending machines were vandalized in the city, according to reports at the Paris Police Department. Drink machines at Family Cash Advance, Dollar Store, and Kroger all had damage to them and police continue to look for suspects.

HCMC To Offer Lunch Seminar on Cervical Cancer, PAP Tests

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will offer a free lunch and seminar about pap testing and cervical cancer on Wednesday January 15 beginning at 11:30am. The seminar and lunch will be in the hospital’s classrooms 2 and 3. Anyone who would like to attend must preregister by calling 644-3463 or visiting the website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Lakisha Crigler, ob/gyn, will lead the seminar and topics include when to begin pap testing, how often tests should be performed, what any abnormalities in results mean, and when women can stop having the test. A free fact sheet about cervical cancer prevention is additionally available by calling the hospital or visiting the website.

HCSS, PSSD Close Schools Thursday for Icy Roads

Paris, Tenn.- Both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District have decided to close schools on Thursday because of icy roads this morning as sleet and snow have been falling in the last few hours. Please share and help spread the word.

HCMC Carevan Cancelled for Today

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center had schedule to offer health screenings thru with their CareVan at Farm Bureau in Paris this morning but they have cancelled the screenings due to the icy roads on Thursday.

Craig, Martin Both Qualified for May Election as Incumbents

Paris, Tenn.- On Wednesday’s story about candidates that had already picked up qualifying papers, the story left out that Donna Craig had picked up and turned back in qualifying papers for County Clerk, and Pam Martin had picked up and turned in back papers for Register of Deeds. Both are incumbents and so far, no one else has picked up papers for those offices.

Also Cynthia Hopkins has turned in her qualifying papers for County Trustee for the August Election. We regret the omissions in the original story.

Chamber to Once Again Offer Small Business Basics Classes

Classes run Jan. 21 thru Feb. 25 at Chamber Office

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture, will once again present Small Business Basics starting on Tuesday January 21st for six weeks. Small Business Basics is great for anyone that might be interested in starting a business, or even those who already own a business.

The classes will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday nights at the Chamber office, located on East Wood Street in Paris and will run January 21st thru February 25th. The cost is $50, and that cost is refundable with no absences in the class. All materials will be provided, Jennifer Hayden of Hamilton Ryker and Kevin Buie of K and B Supplies for Success will serve as co-chairmans and facilitators for the sessions.

Session topics will include What I Wish I had Known/Writing a Business Plan; Your New Best Friends, an accountant, and an attorney; So How Do You Get the Money; Human Resources; Marketing: and Return of the Faculty/Graduation. For applications to Small Business Basics, or for more information call the Chamber at 642-3431 or visit their website at paristnchamber.com.

Guns Stolen From Foundry Hill Road Home

Paris, Tenn.- A home on Foundry Hill Road was burglarized with over $2500 worth of guns being stolen and officers are still searching for suspects, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The report said that the suspect pushed a metal chair up to the window in the dining room and kitchen area and busted out the window and climbed inside. Officers found blood on the floor in the kitchen and throughout the home, as the suspect appeared to have cut himself on the broken glass. Guns were stolen from the hallway and bedroom and the value of all the shotguns and rifles is $2500. Investigation is continuing.

Big Sandy Man Arrested on Warrants, Cocaine Possession

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police Department arrested a Big Sandy man on warrants and also charged him with cocaine possession on Tuesday. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Ramos was at a call and learned one of the men in the home, Roger D. Bratschi, age 39 of Big Sandy, had warrants from North Carolina for being a fugitive from justice. Once Bratschi was arrested, a search found he was in possession of cocaine.

HC Splits District Games with Rossview Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Count split games with Rossview at home Tuesday night in district 10-AAA basketball action. The Patriots battled from behind to beat the Hawks 55-53, behind a big scoring night from Blake Houston, who paced the Pats with 23 points. The Lady Patriots fell to Rossview 67-27. Henry County is back in action Friday night at home against Northwest.

Races for 2014 Elections Already Shaping Up

Henry Countians Go to Polls In May, August, and Nov.

Paris, Tenn.- This year is shaping up to be a big year for elections all over the country and Henry Countians will go to the polls three times this year themselves, in May, August, and November.

The democratic primary will be held on May 6th and there are already some incumbents that have challengers that have picked up qualifying papers and turned them back in already.

The race for Henry County Trustee has two people that already have picked up and turned in qualifying papers. Incumbent David Stone is seeking re-election and Randi Allen French will also be running for trustee in May in the primary.

Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson has picked up and turned in his papers seeking a re-election bid in May. Daniel J. Powell has picked up papers for circuit court clerk, but as of this week had yet to turn them back in.

Other races in May so far only have incumbents picking up papers. Sheriff Monte Belew and General Sessions Judge Vicki Snyder have picked up and turned in their qualifying papers to seek re-election bids. Henry County Mayor Brent Greer has picked qualifying papers to run for county mayor again, but has yet to turn them back in.

Several people have also already picked up papers for upcoming elections on August 7th of this year. Races in August will include those in the democratic primary and races for constables and county commissioners in every district.

Cynthia G. Hopkins has picked up qualifying papers to run as an independent in the August Election for County Trustee, but she has yet to turn those papers back in. She would face off against the winner of the Democratic Primary in May between incumbent David Stone and Randi Allen French.

Others picking up papers already for the August Election include Jason McCord, for constable district 1, Jon Christopher Coley, constable district 2, James D. Chappel, constable district 5, Wes Bradley, for County Commissioner district 1, Don Jones, for County Commissioner district 1, Bobby Freeman, County Commissioner district 2, Bryan W. Carter, County Commissioner district 4, and Wes Bradley has picked up qualifying papers to run for the U.S. House of Representatives 8th district seat. So far, none of these potential candidates have turned their papers back in.

The deadline to turn in qualifying papers for the May Election is February 20th at noon and the deadline for the August Election is April 3rd at noon. Early voting for the May primary will run April 16th thru May 1st.

NWS Issues Winter Weather Advisory For Wed. Night

Memphis, Tenn.- The National Weather Service has placed our area under a Winter Weather Advisory starting tonight and until noon on Thursday. A relatively weak system will come thru starting this evening that could result in mixed frozen precipitation falling in the form of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Wednesday’s temperatures will finally get above freezing with a forecasted high of 36 today, but tonight, temps will dip back below freezing to the mid 20s. With cold temperatures in place, and a ground that is already cold, any precipitation that falls will start sticking almost immediately.

Roadways, especially bridges and overpasses, will become slick and could cause traffic problems late Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Temperatures on Thursday afternoon should warm into the upper 30s, changing any leftover precipitation back to all rain. Looking ahead into the weekend, temperatures will begin warming into the upper 40s Friday and into the mid 50s this weekend.

No Heat at WG Rhea Library Prompts Closing Early

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library closed at 11:30 Tuesday morning because the heat was not working in the building. There is no word whether or not the library will open up on time Wednesday or not.

Sheriff's Office Offers $500 Reward In Mailbox Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward to tips and information that leads to the arrest and conviction to whoever is responsible for a rash of mailbox vandalism in the Highway 69A, Clifty Creek area. Henry County Sheriff’s Monte Belew said it appears someone just went up and down the streets and knocked over mailboxes a couple of nights recently. The number of mailboxes that have been vandalized in the area is upwards of 50.

Sheriff Belew said anyone with any information that might have seen or heard someone in the area can call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline 642-0929.

Paris Fire Department Provides Mutual Aid Twice on Monday

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department sent mutual aid to a couple of fires in the Paris Landing area on Monday. The first was at 57 Bankey CV which occurred in the very early hours Monday morning and the second occurred just after noon at 85 Workman Drive in Springville. Both times, Paris Fire was sending mutual aid to the Paris Landing Fire Departments.

The fire on Bankey Cove was contained to a back deck and the one on Workman Drive was a fully involved structure fire. No one was injured in either fire.

TSBA Creates Website to Help Parents Learn About Public Schools

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee School Boards Association, or TSBA, has developed a website to help parents quickly find answers they may have about public schools.

The website, mytennesseepublicschools.net, has been designed to help parents find information quickly that should enable their children to succeed at school.

Topics like District and Individual School information will help get them started and the School System’s leadership will deepen a parent’s knowledge of understanding the role that various school personnel play in the operation of the educational process.

MyTennesseepublicschools.net was created by the TSBA to provide districts with a resource to help parents get acquainted with the Tennessee public school system. Though may of the specific questions parents have can best be answered by contacting their children’s school, the site presents general information about how to enroll, understand the school system, and get involved with their child’s education. The site aims to create a comfortable experience for those entering the Tennessee public school system by providing quick access links and various insights on how best to be prepared.

The site has been designed for parents who are new to the Tennessee public school system, such as whether your child is just beginning their school journey, transferring from out of state, transitioning from private or home school, or you simply wish to be more informed about your child’s educational experience.

HCMC Care Van at Farm Bureau Thursday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will offer health screenings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Poplar Street on Thursday January 9th from 8:30 to 11:30am. The screening will be inside of Farm Bureau.

They will offer free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis, and Blood Pressure Checks. Finger Stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee and Full Lipid Panel Tests will be done for $10. Results will be available at the time of screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

FUMC Hosts Trivia Night Saturday at 7pm

Fundraiser for Mission Trip to Africa

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris First United Methodist Church will host a trivia night fundraiser on Saturday January 11th at 7pm. Admission is $5 per person and all proceeds will be used to purchase medicines and medical supplies during the Pediatric Medical Mission Trip to Sierra Leone, Africa this spring.

Power Outage at MSU Cancels Classes Mon. and Tues.

Murray, Ky.- Due to a power outage, the main campus of Murray State University will close effective immediately and will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 7. This is effective for the main campus ONLY.

All MSU extended campuses will be open. Additionally, the university will host, as planned, the open house for tomorrow (Tuesday) at 3 p.m. for the new Crisp Center in Paducah, Ky., at the MSU Paducah Regional Campus. Everyone is invited to attend.

No School for PSSD Students on Tuesday

Teachers, Staff To Report to Work by 8am

Paris, Tenn.- PSSD students were originally scheduled to start classes on Tuesday, but will not go back until Wednesday because of the extremely cold weather that we are having. PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown said teachers and staff should report to work by 8am, but students will not be at school Tuesday, but would start on Wednesday. The Henry County School System wasn't scheduled to start back from Christmas Break until Wednesday anyway.

Other systems in our listening area that have already cancelled school for Tuesday include Houston, Stewart, Benton, Humphreys, and Dickson Counties.

Paris Downtown Boxing Competes in Arkansas Tournament

Pictured are front row: Cam'ron Patton, middle row L to R: Katie Crabtree,

Cortavious Patton; Back row L to R: Dillon French, Jacob Crabtree (photo

by Miranada Moon)

Hot Springs, Ark.- Paris Downtown Boxing travelled to Hot Springs, Arkansas for a tournament this past weekend. Four of the five fighters had matches during the tournament.

Cam’ron Patton retired Logan Hoskins of Hot Springs by a TKO in the first round of their bought.

Cortavious Patton defeated Camden Campbell of Hot Springs in a crowd pleaser.

Katie Crabtree won in a re-match against Aliyah Gillespie of Conway, Arkansas and Jacob Crabtree defeated James Green via a unanimous decision. Paris Downtown Boxing will travel to Conway, Arkansas this Saturday for another tournament.

Roots of Rhythm Concert Scheduled for Tuesday Cancelled

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee Martin Percussion band has decided to cancel and reschedule the Roots of Rhythm Concert tour that was scheduled to come to the Krider Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

Classes at UT Martin were closed Monday and possibly will be closed Tuesday because of the dangerously cold temperatures and several area schools were out as well. An email from UT Martin to the arts council said the best option for rescheduled dates would be April 21-23rd, but no dates have been confirmed as of yet.

Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Numerous Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate numerous calls of burglaries, attempted burglaries, and vandalism that occurred over the weekend. One report stated three guns were missing from a home on Old Union Loop. The owner of the guns had been away working with the railroad and came back to get some extra clothes and found they were missing. He did give police a possible explanation and suspect.

A camper trailer at Buchanan Resort was broken into over the weekend and almost $1400 worth of items were stolen. A wall mounted TV and 6 rod and reel combos, including some Abu Garcia reels were taken. There was lots of damage done to the camper trailer as well.

A home on highway 140 was broken into as the neighbor who watches the home for the owner came to check on things and found the garage door open and the door into the house kicked in. There was broken glass in the microwave, china cabinet, the TV was busted and in all over $5K worth of damage was done. Deputies aren’t completely sure if anything was missing and will have to wait to hear from the owner.

Deputies responded to 96 Clayton Road were the resident’s neighbor, Kent Young, age 30, of 325 Clayton Road, had forced his way into the home and secured himself in the back bedroom. The report at the sheriff’s office stated that the home owner got a gun and chased Young out the door. Deputies found him later in a field and he admitted to taken some pills. Young was charged with public intoxication and aggravated criminal trespass.

Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a car for speeding and found Christopher Robert Holmes, age 19, of 240 Jones Street in Puryear, in the back seat and it appeared he had been drinking. Holmes was charged with underage consumption, and when some marijuana was found in the seat next to him, he was also charged with simple possession of schedule 6.

Heavy Loads, Winds Cause BPU Crews Headaches

Paris, Tenn.- High winds and very heavy loads have caused some issues with BPU customers losing some power from Sunday evening into Monday morning. The Industrial Substation had and outage Sunday evening that caused several residents of South Paris to be without power for about 20 or 30 minutes Sunday night, and a jumper blew on Memorial Drive that put residents in the dark there for about an hour. Crews worked in bitterly cold and windy conditions to get power turned back on.

Monday morning, a feeder down highway 69 South toward Big Sandy went out and knocked power out for a short time in that area as crews responded quickly and restored powered. Also BPU crews are continuing to watch the Cypress Bay area as they’ve had intermittent issues with power flickering, but it had yet to go off completely as of 9am this morning.

General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said the heavy load is causing some of the weaker links in the electric grid to have some issues the last several hours. Etheridge said that 115 megawatts were being used by BPU customers early this morning and the highest total used in December’s coldest nights was 98 megawatts.  

Javan Winders Competes at SEMO Track Meet

Cape Girardeau, Mo- Henry County’s Javan Winders competed in the All Comers Track and Field Meet in Cape Girardeau, Missouri this weekend. He won the High School Mile Run finishing at 4:44. It was an indoor track meet and ran for the Team Mansfield Track Club as Tennessee High School athletes are not allowed to compete for their High School team out of season. Javan won the race by four seconds.

No Icy Roads in Henry County Monday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- All the main roads and most roads in general seem to be clear of icy spots Monday morning as no wrecks have been called into the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff's Office. Some backroads could have slick spots and getting to your vehicle may be the most treacherous path today. Any porches, sidewalks, or parking lots that have wet spots will be frozen so be careful. Tempatures at 5:50 Monday morning were 7 degrees with wind chills at -12. Tempatures aren't expected to get above freezing in the area until Wednesday afternoon.

Henry County/McKenzie Basketball Game Postponed Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots were set to host McKenzie in non district basketball action at Gamlin Gym Monday but the game has been postponed due to cold weather. No makeup date has been set yet. As of now, Henry County will have home games Tuesday and Friday night this week.

Area Schools Closing Monday for Bitter Cold, Icy Roads

Paris, Tenn.- Even though students in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District were originally out of school Monday because they were still on Christmas break, some other area schools were set to be back in session. Due to possible icy roads, and more importantly, bitterly cold temperatures several schools in our listening area have already cancelled school Monday including Houston, Stewart, Benton, Decatur and Humphries Counties.

More Vehicle Burglaries, According to PPD

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department reports indicate two more vehicles were broken into over the weekend, in addition to two we had previously reported.

A Mitsubishi Eclipse on Head Street was broken into and the stereo was removed, according to a report filed Saturday afternoon. This incident occurred nearby and in similar fashion to the two Walnut Street car stereo thefts reported Friday.

The complainant advised officers that the Eclipse's doors may have been unlocked at the time on the theft. A value of the stereo was unavailable at the time of the report.

In an unrelated incident, several items were stolen from a Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot of Henry County High School during Friday night's basketball game against Camden. Complainants indicate an iPod, valued at $200, was stolen along with $80 in cash and a set of keys to another vehicle.

Paris Police investigators are currently looking into all of these thefts and have no suspects at this time.

Cody Nance Competes in New York City Tournament

New York- Paris native and professional bull rider Cody Nance was in competition this past weekend in New York City for the Monster Energy Buck Off at Madison Square Garden, PBR’s first event of the new year.

In the first round of competition on Friday, Nance finished tied for 14th with a score of 83.75 for a successful ride on Kickeye.

Round two on Saturday was considerably better – Cody finished in second place with a score of 87.50 on King Buck.

However, Nance was unable to post a ride on Little Bighorn in Round 3 and was also bucked off Mississippi Hippy in the championship round of the event.

He finished the tournament tied for 10th place alongside Austin Meier, earning $3,400.

Fabiano Viera and J.B. Mauney tied for first place in the tournament; Viera earned nearly $31,000 while Mauney took home just over $27,500.

Nance has won 5 PBR events in his career.

Winter Weather, Wind Chill Advisories for Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County and the surrounding areas are under a winter weather advisory and a wind chill advisory for Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service in Memphis, two to four inches of snow accumulation is possible with this storm system.

Roadways are expected to become extremely slick and hazardous, so please exercise extreme caution when on the roads.

Beginning Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service, an arctic air mass will settle over the area, which will produce historically low temperatures for the next few days.

Forecasts estimate the coldest temperatures in the last 15 to 20 years, with wind chill values possibly dropping around 15 degrees below zero tonight and Monday night.

Temperatures this low can cause both frostbite and hypothermia, two potentially life-threatening conditions, so the American Red Cross advises to stay indoors if at all possible; otherwise, wear warm clothing in several layers especially a hat and gloves and minimize the amount of time spent outdoors.

The American Red Cross also advises to bring all pets indoors during winter weather, and to ensure that livestock and other animals are in sheltered areas with unobstructed access to food and water.

Also, the Red Cross advises to check on friends and family, especially elderly people living alone as well as individuals with disabilities.

Temperatures are expected to rise back above freezing by Wednesday.

Patriots, Lady Patriots Split Against Camden Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots and Lady Patriots basketball teams hosted the Camden Lions in their first regular-season basketball contest of the new year Friday night.

The Lady Patriots dropped a 67 to 52 game to Camden. The defeat puts them at 3 and 13 on the season with a 2 and 2 district record. They'll look to snap an 8-game losing streak Monday night as the Patriots host McKenzie.

Meanwhile, the boys' team won their 7th consecutive game Friday night with a 53 to 44 victory over the Lions. They are currently 9 and 3  on the season with a 3 and 1 district record and hope to extend their winning streak to 8 in a row against the Rebels on Monday.

Both teams' next contest January 6th against McKenzie will tip off at 6 PM and you can hear all the action on 94.1 FM WLZK as well as 98.9 FM and AM 1440 WHDM in McKenzie.

PSSD, HCSS Students To Participate in MLK Essay Contest

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris - Henry County Ministerial Alliance recently announced its countywide Essay Contest for grades K-12 in honor of 2014’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday which will be observed Monday, January 20th.

All students in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District, in all grades, are invited to enter the contest and prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place essay winners at each grade level.

For students in kindergarten through 11th grade, first place will be $50 and 2nd place will win $25. For this year’s high school seniors who write an essay, 1st place will receive a $300 scholarship and 2nd place wins a $150 scholarship that will be paid to the college the winner will attend this fall.

The 2014 theme for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest is, “Education: Our present about our past to secure our future,” for grades K-8; the theme for grades 9-12 is: “How to diminish the disparity of educational measures between the performance of groups of students.”

Each participant must complete an entry form and submit it with their essay. All students need to make sure not to sign their essay in any way or otherwise identify themselves in the essay. The Ministerial Alliance wants information of student identification on the entry form only.

All essays must be turned in to Elder James Travis no later than January 10th. Schools wishing for bulk pick up of essays may contact Elder Travis at 363-3217. Essays can also be mailed to 209 Oliver Street, Paris, TN 38242. Winners will be announced on January 16th.

The winners may choose to read their essays during one of the several scheduled activities on January 20th to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday.

FOP Elects New Officers, Honors Parker for Service

Paris, Tenn.- The Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 17, met on Thursday January 2nd at Tom's Steak House and during the meeting, elected new officers for the 2014 year. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo was elected president of the chapter, Chief Randy Gean of the Henry County Sheriff's Office was chosen as Vice President, and Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Bruce Alexander was elected secretary-treasurer. (Pictured above, Charlie Allen photo)

Also at the FOP annual meeting, the lodge honored Robert Parker (pictured below), of McKenzie who is a retired TWRA Enforcement Officer. Parker has served the lodge for 52 years and was presented a special award for that and being a charter member of Lodge 17. The dinner meeting had 45 people in attendance.

Chief Elizondo presents Robert Parker with an award for his

service. (Charlie Allen photo)

Paris Police Investigate Walnut Street Burglaries

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are continuing to investigate some burglaries from vehicles that occurred Thursday night on Walnut Street. Two different homes on Walnut saw their vehicles broken into, one a radio was stolen, and the other had a radio and license plate stolen.

In one of the reports, whoever broke into the vehicle knocked the truck out of gear and caused it to roll and strike another vehicle parked near it causing damage. Police have no suspects in the thefts and are continuing to investigate.

In other crime news, Paris Police issued a warrant for vandalism to Rachel M. Taconi, age 28, of 716 Memorial Drive. The report stated that Taconi had stayed at the Quality Inn, on Wood Street recently and the manager called Paris Police because there was damage to the room. Officers found the bottoms broken off the lamps, carpet ripped, and things strewn about in the room.

Markia D. Patton, age 28, of 1010 McSwain Drive was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 when over 5 grams of marijuana was found in the vehicle he was in. Police received a call about a person asleep in a vehicle in the McDonald’s Parking Lot and when they arrived on scene they found Patton in the car asleep. A search found the marijuana in the driver’s door handle.

Paris Commission Approves Back Alley Paris Project

Two Grant Applications Sought to Pay for project

Commissioners and staff listen as City Manager Carl Holder discusses the

Back Alley Project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Commissioners approved to proceed with what could eventually be what county historian David Webb coined as an “outdoor downtown museum” in the alleyways of downtown Paris.

The city, Lee Academy for the Arts, and the Downtown Paris Association are working together on the Back Alley Paris Project and presented the idea to commissioners Thursday night. The project involves emulating everyday events and advertisements of downtown Paris during the era of time from 1890 to 1910 with canvases for murals on the alleyways behind several businesses in downtown Paris.

City Manager Carl Holder explained the project would incorporate private foundation or Endowment dollars and has a proposed budget of between $400 and $475K. Two grants applications have been completed for two possible funding sources, the “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and a grant from the ArtPlace Foundation.

The ArtPlace Foundation Grant is for $200K and the “Our Town” grant from NEA is for $100K and requires a match from the city of Paris thru in-kind work. Holder said the in-kind work could include repaving the alleys with faux cobblestone, removal or consolidation of much of the overhead wiring, which BPU has agreed to help with, concealing modern features such as HVAC units with era appropriate fencing.

Holder explained to the commission that the alleyways were in need of repaving anyway, and with BPU’s help on the consolidation of overhead wiring, it’s almost like the grant was written specifically for Paris.

County Historian David Webb, City Development Director Jennifer Morris, and DPA President Kathy Ray are currently working on ideas for the Back Alley Paris project and are gathering pictures of events, businesses, and advertisements from the area to help develop ideas of murals that can be painted on the alleys. Any citizens that might have some old photographs of advertisements or businesses from the 1900 era and would be willing to share them can contact city hall or the DPA.

The grants require the artwork to be uniquely creative and they figure painting murals on the alleyways will be something that stands out from the norm and as Holder said, “has potential to be very great for Paris and future tourism to the area.”

The project will use local area artists and the grants both state the artists must be compensated for their work. Also Webb said there are some projects that can be suited for local art students in the schools and they can contribute to the project. Webb said our goal is to preserve the history and culture of the time frame. Ray added, “it’s very exciting and will be another reason to come visit downtown Paris.”

Holder said they should hear from the ArtPlace Foundation grant in April and the NEA grant in August and would keep the media and citizens up to date on the progress of this great opportunity for the city.

Retail Sales See Biggest Improvement Since September 2012

Dramatic Decrease in Beer and Liquor Sales Continues

City Finance Director Kim Foster discusses retail sales at Thursdays commission meeting. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Kim Foster told commissioners Thursday night that there was a significant improvement in retail sales in October 2013. Numbers showed a 3.25% increase compared to October 2012 and was the first significant increase in retail sales since September of 2012. She reminded commissioners that year to date, retail sales continue to be just under two and half percent behind last year, but hopefully a strong December of retail sales will help close the gap even further.

Foster pointed out the biggest deterioration in retail sales continue to be in Beer and Liquor receipts. The city is almost 5% lower in collections compared to the same time last year, and almost 12 and a ½ percent behind in liquor sales alone. The decrease can mostly be attributed to other cities and towns around the area opening up liquor stores in the last year such as McKenzie and Murray.

Commission Allows BPU to Apply for CDBG Grant

John Etheridge talks to commissioners about applying for CDBG grant for

improvements with the Water Treatment Plant.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission approved a request from the Board of Public Utilities to apply for a Community Development Block Grant in the 2015 year to help with upgrades and improvements at the Water Treatment Plant on Fentress Street.

General Manager of BPU John Etheridge explained that BPU is currently undergoing evaluations of the Water Treatment Plant and fully expect upgrades to be recommended by the firm group that is doing the evaluations. Etheridge said the upgrades and improvements will require significant capital expenditures and the goal of BPU is to minimize the impact of the improvements on water rate payers throughout the community and CDBG dollars is one effective way to do that.

BPU’s Water Treatment Plant provides water to nearly 7K people including around 4400 homes inside the Paris City limits. Once the commission approved the request to allow BPU to apply for the CDBG grant, Etheridge said they will get all the proper work done this year and be ready to submit the application for the grant in 2015.

City Seeks to Make Street Lighting Improvements w/ LED Lights

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder also discussed some proposed street lighting improvements with commissioners on Thursday night. Holder said it’s time to look at replacing the high pressure sodium street lighting  with more cost efficient, less energy utilization LED lighting.

Holder said they will look at the project at a broad based area and try to make it most cost efficient for the city to replace the street lights with LED lights over a period of time.

BPU GM John Etheridge spoke to the commission saying that three years ago BPU moved to LED traffic lights and not only are they brighter, clearer lights, but it has a great savings in cost. Etheridge said he was definitely in favor of the city moving in that direction with changing out the existing lights.

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