From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
HCBOE Approves New Student Management System
Paris, Tenn.- The board of education also approved a recommendation from staff and director Miles to adopt Edupoint, as their new student management system. Miles said this year all systems will have added extra cost because the program they used to use, STAR, is no longer valid as a management system. The program is used to help manage scheduling, keep up with attendance, disciplinary actions with students and a lot more.
Miles said with STAR, the state reimbursed the system on most of the cost, but this new system is going to cost about $28K to implement in the first year, then being an increased cost of about $9K per year to keep it going after implementation. Miles said the system has a reserve account that they will use to implement the Edupoint program before the start of the school year in August.
He said the costs includes implementing, converting STAR to this new program, and training staff on how to use it. Once its implemented, the program will be able to do much more than the older program including the equipment to scan, print, and put together student ID badges for kids at the high school.
Board Waits Another Month To Approve Verizon Lease Agreement
Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Thursday night, the Henry County board of education decided to think another month on the lease agreement with Verizon Wireless to put a tower up on the campus of Henry County High School. Miles said the tower will be behind the baseball field scoreboard and to the side of the football field concession stand.
Miles said the original lease offer from Verizon was to pay $7K per year to lease the property for the site, which would include a self supporting flagpole type tower, small brick building and a fence around the building and tower. The system sent back they wanted $10K for the lease and Verizon sent a final proposal of $9600 per year to lease the land. The lease agreement is for 5 years, but Verizon has the power to renew without the system, so Miles wanted to make sure the board new basically it was for 25 years. He also let the board new the lease amount would increase 10% every 5 year interval.
Board member Robert Sleadd asked for another month to read over the lease again and let an attorney look at the wording, just to avoid issues with the contract and lease and the rest of the board agreed.
BOE To See Who County Hires as New Attorney
Miles told board members that the school board will need to find another attorney since Lee Greer has resigned from the county and the school board. Miles informed the board of the county’s plan to hold a workshop Tuesday night prior to the county commission meeting, to go about selecting a county attorney and he was going to set in on that and told board members they could as well if they wanted to.
Miles said I thought we should see who the county will hire and then make our decision from there. He said the school board can extend an offer to whoever the county hires as attorney or go about their own search for an attorney later on.
Board Hears Updates on Storm Shelter Retrofits at Schools
Maintenance Supervisor for the system John Akers told board members Thursday night that final payment on the retrofit of tornado safe shelters at Lakewood is almost complete. They are waiting on FEMA to complete a few paperwork and checklist issues and Akers said they are still working on some hardware issues with the doors before being complete done.
Akers said the bids for Harrelson were opened this week and Henry’s bids for the retrofit project will be opened next week. Miles said plans are to start on those projects as soon as school lets out in May and be finished if possible before school starts back in August.
The board also recognized Whitney Rawls and Patriot Pride Designs for the design, printing, and mailing out of the system’s Christmas Card in December. Rawls’s design was the one of many submitted by students that was put on the BOE’s Christmas Card.
Kathy Ray Named Executive Director of DPA
Paris, Tenn.- Kathy Ray has been appointed Executive Director of the Downtown Paris Association. She has been an officer in the non-profit organization since 2007. As an officer, she has been active fulfilling the mission of the association which is to promote prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of Downtown Paris.
Kathy grew up in Paris and graduated from Henry County High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Memphis. She also graduated from the Mid-South School of Banking at the University of Memphis. Kathy has served on the Board of Trustees for Lee Academy of the Arts. She is a member of the Arts Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, and the Historical Society.
Kathy was chosen the 2013 Person of the Year by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce for her dedication to Paris and Henry County.
“Downtown Paris is my passion. This is a great opportunity to make a difference. I plan to use DPA’s incredible momentum to continue the growth of this important organization” Ray said.
Randy Scholes, Chairman of the DPA Board of Directors said, “I speak for the entire Board when I say that we see Kathy Ray as an investment in our Community. Downtown is one of the crown jewels of our County. With this appointment, we can take Downtown Paris to the next level”. According to Scholes, the Board of Directors include, John Etheridge, Susan Jones, Travis McLeese, Mike Key, Vicky Muzzall (Secretary-Treasurer) and Kathy Ray, President.
Ray’s background includes 22 years in Banking and Finance, most recently serving as Vice President of FirstBank, as well as 17 years in Marketing and Customer Relations. Fifteen years of Marketing and Customer Relations was in senior management with Maybelline Worldwide Headquarters.
Kathy is married to Larry Ray, Executive Director of the Henry County Fair Association. Their son, Chris Ray, his wife, Wendy and their grandson Jacob, live in Memphis. Kathy is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ted Callicott and the late Betty Callicott.
For more information about the Downtown Paris Association, go to VisitDowntownParis.com or call 731-653-PARIS (7274).
2014 River Conferece Tournament Bracket Set
Tourney to Be Broadcast on WMUF 104.7FM
Paris, Tenn.- The 2014 River Conference Basketball tournament bracket has been set and the tournament will begin Saturday at noon. Tournament games will be played at Henry County High School’s Gamlin Gym and all games will be broadcast on WMUF 104.7FM.
Saturday’s schedule will be Camden vs. Henry in girls action at noon; Camden vs. Harrelson in boys action about 1:15; Houston County vs. Harrelson in girls action around 2:30pm; and Henry vs. Houston County in boys action around 3:45pm. The pregame show will begin at 11:30 Saturday morning on WMUF 104.7FM.
The River Conference tournament will continue Thursday January 23rd as the #1 and #2 seeds will play the winners of these Saturday games. Airtime Thursday will be 4:30pm with the first game set for 5pm.
The tournament will conclude Saturday January 25th with the championship games beginning at noon; airtime will be 11:30am.
Genealogical Society to Meet January 20th
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Genealogical Society will meet on Monday January 20th at 4:30pm at Lee Academy. A program will be presented to the membership and guest at the meeting.
Man Arrested for Warrants
Paris, Tenn- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Sgt. Michael Ramos arrested George Edward Easley, age 29, of 706 Mandalay Road for two active warrants. Sgt. Ramos noticed a vehicle speeding and spotted Easley in the passenger seat. Dispatch confirmed Easley had two active warrants so a traffic stop was conducted and he was arrested without incident.
Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate a couple thefts in the county from the last few days. A Yeti 65 qt ice chest was stolen from a home. The value was $400. A rifle was reported missing from a home on Lunbar Road. Police have no suspects.
Reminder: MLK Day Events Set for Monday
Paris, Tenn.- There are several events planned to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this coming Monday January 20th. The prayer breakfast will be held the Central Community service center at 8am. After some speeches, event goers will then gather at Mt. Zion Church around 10am and march to the Courthouse for activities commemorating MLK Day at 11am. Festivities will conclude with an evening service at KPAC beginning at 6pm.
Relay Event Set with Allen Warren Band
Photo of Allen Warren band submitted by Relay for Life
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay For Life invites everyone out to a night of classic rock with the Allen Warren Band on Saturday January 25th from 8pm to midnight at the Moose Lodge, on Dinkins Lane in Paris.
Admission is $10 per person at the door the night of the event and all proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Henry County. The Allen Warren Band plays great music such as hits from Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, and a host of others and several members of the band have lost loved ones to cancer and are big supporters of Relay.
For more information on the concert call Melissa Hart at 363-2232.
HCMC Care Van To Be At Civic Center Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Care Van will offer health screenings at the Paris Civic Center, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris on Thursday January 16th from 9-11am. The screening will take place inside the Paris Civic Center and free finger stick blood sugar, Osteoporosis and Blood Pressure checks will be offered. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee and a full lipid panel will be offered for $10.
Results will be available at the time of screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.
Henry Seeks to Shut of Some Street Lights to Save Money
Henry County Medical Center’s Care Van will offer health screenings at the Paris Civic Center, located at 650 Volunteer Drive in Paris on Thursday January 16th from 9-11am. The screening will take place inside the Paris Civic Center and free finger stick blood sugar, Osteoporosis and Blood Pressure checks will be offered. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a $3 fee and a full lipid panel will be offered for $10.
Results will be available at the time of screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.
Paul Jolley to Perform at KPAC January 24th
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.
Henry Seeks to Shut Off Some Street Lights to Save Money
Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s night Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting, alderman Faye Lowery brought to the board’s attention that a citizen had suggested to her if the town could do away with a few of the street lights in hopes to save the town some money.
Public Works Director Ed Bush commented that some of the lights are not working now, and that he would be checking to see how many that was. He also stated that for safety reasons, which lights should remain around local businesses and suggested that every other light be shut off. It was asked approximately how much per month was spent on lighting for the town, Mayor Joe Qualls stated an average between 5 and 6 hundred a month.
Bush also informed the board, that sewer operator Darryl Green of Water Pro is retiring and that a replacement for the position is needed before February, when state testing is required to be performed. The contract with Water Pro has been up for a few months according to Bush. The board suggested Tom Price who has worked with the town of Henry previously, and Bush stated that he ( Tom Price) was willing to sign a 3 year contract to do all testing and sampling needed for the town at a price of $600 per month, locking this price in for the duration of the contract.
Price is a licensed operator, and with few licensed Natural Biological operators available, Price was nominated for the position. The nomination was given by Alderman Cindy Rainey, stating that to hire Tom Price if no request for proposal was necessary. If the proposal is necessary, a special called meeting will be called and the position will be placed in local newspapers.
HC Splits on Road at Clarksville High Tuesday Night
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Patriots got a district win on the road Tuesday night beating rival Clarksville High 54-51. Henry County’s Brandon Donaldson scored 27 points in the victory. The Lady Patriots lost to the Lady Wildcats 49 to 32 on Tuesday. Henry County is back in action Friday night as Kenwood visit Gamiln Gym with the Lady’s tip set for 6pm.
Nominating Committee Sets Procedure for Appointment of New County Attorney
Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County Nominating Committee met Tuesday and set the procedure to appoint the next county attorney at February’s Henry County Commission Meeting.
In December, Lee Greer submitted his letter of resignation to County Mayor Brent Greer and all 15 county commissioners. Greer had served as county attorney for 32 years.
Henry County Mayor Brent Greer told the nominating committee it was their duty to set the process of how to go about appointing the next county attorney and he said there was no need to make sure one was in place at the January county commission meeting, which is set for Tuesday night January 21st.
After several minutes of discussion, the nominating committee decided to let the entire commission hear from any attorney that is interested in serving as the next county attorney at a work session, prior to January’s county commission meeting.
Mayor Greer informed the nominating committee that four attorneys have sent him letters and resumes expressing their interest in serving as the county attorney. Those names are Shon Johnson, Albert Wade, Jr., William R. Neese, and Robert Whitfield, III.
The nominating committee wanted to make sure any attorney in the county that was interested knew they still had a chance to be considered, so they decided to let it be known publicly that the deadline to be considered for the position is 2pm Friday.
Any attorney, who hasn’t already shown interest, needs to notify the county mayor’s office by 2pm this Friday January 17th, if they are interested in the county attorney’s position.
All candidates will then come to the work session on Tuesday the 21st, prior to the 7pm county commission meeting. Mayor Greer said the exact time for that work session to begin will be announced Friday afternoon once it’s determined how many attorneys are interested in the position. At the work session, which will also be open to the public, each candidate will have about 5-10 minutes to talk with the entire commission.
Mayor Greer said he would invite the county road board and school board to the work session also because the county attorney also served as their attorney over the last three decades. Greer said neither board has to use the same attorney as the county, but they are used to doing that so he figured those board members would want to sit in on the process.
Nominating Committee members also decided not to put the discussion of the county attorney on the January County Commission Agenda. After talking about it for awhile, they all agreed it would be better to have a month to think about each candidate and then make a decision at February’s meeting.
Mayor Greer said if any situation where an attorney is needed arises, CTAS will assist the county until a county attorney is appointed.
Small Fire Starts in Vents at Southside Cafe Tuesday Morning
Southside Cafe's front door stands open to air out some smoke after a small fire started in the vents Tuesday morning. Southside will be closed the remainder of the week as they clean up from the fire. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Customers of Southside Café, located on highway 69A near the 218 bypass intersection, had to be evacuated while enjoying breakfast Tuesday morning after a fire started in the building’s vents around 9am.
Owners of Southside Café, Gayle Crouch, and Tara Hargrove, said the fire caused it to get very hot and smoke filled the building and customers were asked to evacuate as Paris Fire Department crews arrived to extinguish the blaze. Staff, friends, and family members were trying to clean up the mess and air out the building this morning.
Crouch said, “there is no structural damage to the building, but there’s a mess and a lot of cleanup, and we’re letting the smoke air out now.” She said they plan to keep the restaurant closed the rest of this week, and if possible open back up on Monday.
Insulation is torn out and the vents are blackened after the fire at Southside Cafe Tuesday.
Road Board Hears Citizens' Concerns At Lengthy Meeting
Clay Pazin speaks to the road board about issues where the construction company putting in the new NEHCUD water system is tearing up portions of the roads, culverts, and right of ways. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy Road Board meeting on Monday night, citizens from opposite ends of the county showed up and spoke of concerns that they are dealing with at the current time.
First off, Clay Pazin, who lives in the Buchanan area, told highway department commissioners that the Northeast Henry County Utility District is tearing up roads as they install new water system in the area, and there seems to be a run around of who is suppose to fix it.
Pazin showed pictures of some of the roadways that the construction crews have messed up putting in the lines in the NEHCUD service area and he felt it was going to cause a major problem such as a wreck.
Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said state law requires construction companies who dig up roads and right of ways to fix it back as good or better than when they started and it really was not the highway department’s job to fix the road, culvert, or right of way issues. Norwood said it would likely end up in the hand’s of the attorneys for the highway department, but he would try to have some discussions to see if something can be done about the issues.
Jan Foy, director of Hoof Beats of Hope’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program was on hand at the Road Board meeting Monday night to petition them to put up a 15mph speed limit sign near the Hoof Beats of Hope property on Osage Crossland Road.
Foy said that they have a lot of traffic that travels the road and they often go way to fast in the area where the ranch is located. Hoofbeats of Hope services around 35-40 per week plus volunteers so with that and horses there is potential for someone to wreck and people could get hurt.
Norwood told Foy that the county commission would have to make the final decision, but the road board would be glad to make a recommendation to put up a 15mph speed limit sign in that particular area of where Hoofbeats of Hope is located.
Pictured below, Jan Foy, of Hoofbeats of Hope, asks the road board to seek a speed limit sign of 15mph for the area on Osage Crossland Road, where the horseback riding program is located. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Highway Department Looks at Options for Maintaining Right of Ways
Adam Morgan, of ChemPro, speaks to road board members at Monday nights meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The board then heard a presentation from Adam Morgan, of ChemPro Services, on a possible herbicide plan to include in the county highway department’s road maintenance plan.
Morgan explained that ChemPro uses a selective herbicide on road right of ways to reduce mowing frequencies and help save costs in summer mowing budgets.
The chemicals used do not kill grass, but instead kills weeds by smothering them out allowing a carpet of Bermuda grass to eventually grow in the right of ways along county roads. Morgan said the herbicide causes the grass to grow sideways instead of in height, and it eventually overtakes weeds, Johnson grass, and other types of grass when a carpet of Bermuda grass consumes it all.
Morgan suggested hitting the right of ways three times a year, in the winter, such as December of January, Spring or early summer, and then again at the end of summer or early fall. Morgan said once the county is at the turf composition part of the program, he envisions cutting the grass in the fall or early winter, spraying with the product, and then not cutting it again until next fall.
Morgan said the average cost, to spray both sides of the road, is about $133 per mile.
He suggested to the board to let him come and do it once, about 60 to 100 miles and see what they think of how the herbicide treatment works. He said any money they spend on the program, will be offset in mowing cost in the long run. The board decided to look at the program further and get back with Morgan in the near future.
The road board also finalized specs for the hydraulic 10 ton excavator and trailer that included two buckets, a 24 inch digging bucket and a 40 inch ditching bucket. Bids will be taken accepted prior to the February board meeting on the 9th at 5:30pm and open up them.
Board chairman Bobby Milam said this is a piece of equipment we’ve never owned before and I wanted to make sure we look at all the specs and make sure we lay those out before we even send bids out to use taxpayer money wisely.
Budget Committee Approves All Business Monday Evening
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met on Monday evening and in quick fashion, approved all the business on their agenda.
Budget committee members approved a resolution in the general fund in the Circuit Court Clerk budget taking $2500 from unappropriated fund balance and placing into the Jury and Witness Fees line item.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson told the budget committee a few years ago the office had cut back on this line item because there hadn’t been as many trials held in Henry County. This year however, several more trials have been held and Wilson said there are already many more scheduled between now and the end of the fiscal year in June. Wilson said the $2500 was the best estimate going forward, but another request for more could come at a later date.
The budget committee also approved transfers in the Solid Waste Department where $4K was added from the sale of surplus equipment. Solid Waste Director Ron Watkins wanted the money moved to “Other Equipment” line item to purchase some bigger roll off recycle bins to replace ones in certain parts of the county that use smaller wooden boxes.
Also budget committee members approved $900 from unappropriated fund balance to the Drug Control Fund for the recertification dogs and a drug free event advertisement.
Sheriff Monte Belew and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer also wanted to make the budget committee aware of an employee that was moving from the Sheriff’s Office to the Highway Department. Patricia Byars, who currently serves as Director of Budgeting and Finance at the Sheriff’s Office will be going to the Henry County Highway Department in February as Diane Mallard is retiring.
Belew said” we’d like to hire someone to come work with Patricia for a couple of weeks so that person can be trained, and it may take some additional funds to get thru this transition phrase.”
Career Coach At Library on Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Career Coach will visit the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Wednesday January 15th from 10am to 2pm.
More Thefts Investigated by HCSO
Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating several thefts that occurred over the weekend throughout the county. A foreclosed home on Mayberry Road had the Central Heat and Air Unit taken from the outside and a refrigerator stolen as well. The report stated items were valued at $4K and police do have a possible suspect in this incident.
Another report stated a Golf Cart valued at $4500 was stolen from a carport at an Oakland Drive residence. Police have no suspects at this time.
Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Damon Pope, age 56, of 3087 Phillip Street with a DUI after seeing him swerve on East Wood street on conducting a traffic stop. Pope failed several field sobriety tests that were given.
Donations Accepted For Mansfield Family Displaced by Weekend Fire
Paris, Tenn.- A home in Mansfield was destroyed by fire Saturday night which displaced a couple and three children, all boys, ages, two, three, and five. The family lost everything in the fire and donations for clothing and shoes among other things are being accepted.
The Mansfield Community Volunteer Fire department is accepting donations at either of their two department buildings located on Reynoldsburg Road or at the 2600 block of Mansfield Road. Citizens can also bring donated items to the Paris Fire Department main office at city hall.
Sizes of clothing needed for the boys include size 2T in clothes, size 5 in shoes, and size 4 in diapers for the two year old; size 3T in clothes and 7 in shoes for the three year old; and size 5 in clothes and 12 in shoes for the 5 year old. The mother is a size small adult and size 7 in shoes. For more information on how to help, call Cheryl Webb of the Mansfield Fire Department at 644-3987 or 363-4489 or like the Mansfield Community Volunteer Fire Department page on Facebook.
Lakewood Speech Team Competes in Kentucky Tournament
The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Marshall County High School Invitational in Benton, KY over the weekend. Out of eight schools in competition, Lakewood was the only middle school; however, the team came away with six individual trophies.
Results are as follows:
Steele Schoeberl - 2nd place
Natalie Clark - 2nd place
Noah Hulbert - 4th place
Sylis Allen - 4th place
Steele Schoeberl and Drew Culbreath - 5th place
Natalie Clark - 6th place
The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team is coached by David Weatherly. They will be back in competition this coming weekend as they travel to Paducah, Ky. for the Tornado Alley Invitational High School Tournament at Paducah-Tilghman High School.
Heavy Rain Foils Burglary Attempt
Paris, Tenn.- Muddy conditions after Friday’s rain seem to have foiled a burglary, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
After a man on Trading Post Road in Paris reported a suspicious vehicle on his property, Officer Kemp of the Sheriff’s Department found John Willoughby, age 41 of Walnut Street, covered in mud next to a stuck white pickup truck near a work shed on the property.
Willoughby told the officer that a friend said he could pick up some scrap wood to burn; however, the complainant said no such permission was given.
The complainant noticed the lock on his work shed was broken; Officer Kemp investigated and found several items gathered together near the door inside and several more items thrown to the floor. Footprints were found inside the shed that matched Willoughby’s shoes.
Kemp placed Mr. Willoughby under arrest, charging him with criminal trespass, vandalism and burglary. He is currently being held on $5,000 bond and is due to appear in General Sessions Court tomorrow.
Puryear Woman Falls Prey to Publishers Clearing House Scam
Puryear, Tenn.- A Puryear woman appears to be the latest victim in a phone scam impersonating the Publisher’s Clearing House, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The woman recently received a call from a man who identified himself as a representative of Publisher’s Clearing House and informed her that she had won a brand new Mercedes which was currently being loaded on a truck for delivery from Nashville; however, he said they needed $575 to cover taxes and shipping.
The amount was paid on a prepaid GreenDot debit card, after which the caller said they needed an additional $950 for insurance. At this point, the complainant notified authorities.
The call appears to have originated from Jamaica, and similar reports have emerged across the country.
Keep in mind that the Publishers Clearing House or any legitimate sweepstakes will not require winners to pay ANY fees up front; if you receive a similar call, please notify local law enforcement.
Entry Forms Available for All WBFF Pageants
Paris, Tenn.- All entry forms for this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants are now available for download right here!
Anyone interested in entering their children in this year’s Tiny Tot, Little Prince and Princess, and Miss Junior Queen Pageants must mail a completed entry form along with a $25 entry fee to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry no later than January 29th.
Each of these pageants will be held Saturday, February 1st at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
Entry forms are also available for the Miss Preteen, Miss Teen, and Hostess Princess Pageants which will be held January 25th and 26th at KPAC. Deadlines for entry in these pageants are January 22nd for the Hostess Princess Pageant and January 23rd for the Miss Teen and Miss Preteen pageants.
Sheriff's Department Investigates Springville Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating a break-in that occurred Friday night at Russell Truck Stop in Springville.
According to reports, the burglar or burglars pried open the dead bolt on the back door of the building before ransacking the coin-operated machines. Four pool tables and a juke box were badly damaged, with all the change removed.
The cash register was also robbed, although it only contained $20 at the time of the burglary. The business’s security camera equipment was stolen from the office as well.
Investigator Jenkins attempted to lift fingerprints at the scene but was unsuccessful.
It is unknown at this time exactly how much money was stolen from the pool tables and juke box, but the damage to the business is estimated at over $2500.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are also looking into the theft of an ATV and trailer that occurred sometime between Thursday and Friday evening in Springville.
According to reports, the complainant indicated that a gray 1988 Yamaha 225 Moto 2WD 4-wheeler with a maroon seat was stolen from his residence along with a 5’x13’ single-axle Whitlock trailer with a drop-down tailgate.
Total value of the items stolen is around $2300.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating both of these thefts and has no suspects in either case.
Paris Police Department officers responded to Fred’s Pharmacy on Thursday after an employee reportedly found a loaded handgun while cleaning the restroom.
The employee reportedly found the loaded Springfield XD .357 handgun on the toilet paper dispenser in the restroom and notified police. An NCIC database search revealed that the gun had not been reported stolen.
The Paris Police Department logged the weapon into evidence to be picked up by its owner.
Charges Officially Filed in Liberty School Shooting
Authorities Seek to Charge 16yo Gunman As Adult
Jackson, Tenn.- As originally reported in the Jackson Sun, a 16 year old student has been officially charged in relation to Thursday’s shooting on the campus of Liberty Technological Magnet High School in Jackson.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, carrying a weapon on school grounds, and alteration of an item with permanent distinguishing numbers, as the handgun used had its serial number filed off.
The injured student reportedly received a single gunshot wound to the thigh and remains in Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in stable condition.
According to Jackson police and originally reported in the Jackson Sun, the altercation between the two students was likely prompted by an argument concerning a female classmate. They believe the student who was shot originally approached and antagonized the shooter, and do not believe the incident would have occurred otherwise.
Authorities will seek to try the accused 16 year old student as an adult.
Fish Fry Now Accepting Entries for Pageants
Paris, Tenn.- The first three pageants for this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry are right around the corner, and registration forms are now available RIGHT HERE.
Anyone interested in registering in this year’s Hostess Princess pageant has until Wednesday, January 22nd to mail a completed entry form with a $30 entry fee as well as a photo to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, P.O. Box 444 Paris, TN 38242.
Entrants in this year’s Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen Pageants have an extra day to register – their forms along with a $25 entry fee are due Thursday, January 23rd.
Age ranges for contestants are between 10 and 12 for the Miss Preteen pageant, 13 and 15 for the Miss Teen pageant, and between 16 and 20 for the Hostess Princess pageant.
The pageants will be held on the evening of January 25th and the afternoon of the 26th at Krider Performing Arts Center.
Thrilling Action in Henry, Carroll County Basketball
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Lady Patriots picked up a huge win Friday night in district competition as both teams hosted the Clarksville Northwest Vikings.
The 52 to 37 victory over Clarksville Northwest snaps the 9 game losing streak the Lady Patriots were carrying into Friday night’s contest – they have an opportunity to even up their district record to 3 and 3 when they travel to Clarksville High School on Tuesday.
The boys’ team, however, gave up an eight-game winning streak to the last-place team in District 10-AAA as Clarksville Northwest topped Henry County 60 to 51, despite a 26 point outing from forward Brandon Donaldson. The win is the Vikings’ first district win on the season; the Patriots will look to rebound against Clarksville High on Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Carroll County, the McKenzie Rebels swept Clarksburg in district play Friday night. A 62 to 38 victory improved the Lady Rebels’ district record to 5 and 4, while the boys’ team held on to their perfect 9 and 0 district record with a come-from-behind 44 to 40 win over the Clarksburg Rockets.
The Rebels will be in action today in Lake County in a non-district game.
News from past weeks here.