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Gean Retirement Reception Sept. 30th

Randy Gean (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn- There will be a retirement reception for Chief Deputy Randy Gean. Gean’s retirement reception with be on Friday, September 30th from 3-5pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds in the Enoch Building.

Jaycees Hosted Benefit for Jeri Green on Sept. 30

The Jaycees with Jeri Green (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jaycees held a benefit for Jeri Green on Friday, September 30th from 10am to 2pm at the Paris Henry County Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Road.

Jeri has been diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer and has no insurance. Chemo trips to Jackson occur two days back to back once a month. All money raised will go to the Green family to help with medical costs. There was more than 174 pre-orders for today’s benefit.

Sept. 30th Last Day for Noon on the Square

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- John Austin McDaniel performed for the season’s last Noon on the Square Friday from 11am to 1pm on the front lawn of the Henry County Courthouse. Johnny Mac performed a wide variety of classic country, rock, and his original tunes as well. Cash’s Pizza and the Quota Club sold lunch and the Downtown Paris Association will provide drinks for donations.

Cash's Pizza (Cassie Walsh photos)

Pair Arrested for Public Intoxication at Local Hotel

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey and Ptl. Zachariah Carper of the Paris Police Department charged Tyler S. Hughes, age 27, 1299 East Wood Street and Pamela K. Bowden, 42, of the same address with public intoxication after units responded to Paris Inns and Suites when someone called about people being intoxicated and causing problems.

Lt. Frey located Hughes as he was attempting to run away, but due to being heavily intoxicated he fell down and was placed under arrest. Ptl. Carper found Bowden behind the building with a strong odor of alcohol on her person as well.

Sgt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Larry Brisindine, age 72, of 9925 Shady Grove road with aggravated assault after he allegedly took out his pistol and shook it at a BPU employee that had come to the residence to advise they were going to cut the power if he didn’t pay. Brisindine said some threatening words to the employee as well. He was placed on $15K bond.

Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Hwy. 641 N. in reference to some kids clothes that appeared to have been stolen. There are no suspects at this time.

HCHS Selected as Advise TN Partner

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has been selected as a partner school for the new statewide Advise TN college advising program, coordinated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. HCHS is one of 38 schools across the state who will receive an Advise TN college advisor who will work full time to ensure that all students have the information and support needed to access college opportunities.

Mike Krause, Executive Director of the THEC said, “the Advise TN Partner schools are a diverse and exciting group of high schools and what each brings to Advise TN is a strong commitment to partnership and a relentless dedication to helping students access higher education opportunities.”

Director of HCSS Dr. Brian Norton said, “when our students walk off the graduation stage with diploma in hand, I also want each student to have a plan of action in place for life after high school. Whether a student chooses military training, a technical or vocational certification, or a 2-4 year college degree, having an Advise TN counselor will ensure our students have a post-secondary plan.”

Over 100 schools participated in the Advise TN application process, which included a proposal, letters of support from the community and a team meeting between key HCHS staff and THEC.

HCHS Principal Michele Webb said of the selection, “the community support behind our application has been astounding, including both mayors’ offices, the Chamber of Commerce, and many local businesses. We know strengthening our students will strengthen our community. HCHS is committed to preparing our students for life after high school and having an Advise TN college advisor to partner with us will help make that happen.”

The Advise TN college advisor will work closely with HCHS school counselors to provide services to students and build up on work already being done at the school.

Relay for Life Events Kick Off Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life events for the 2016-17 year kick off this weekend. The Jimmy Church Band will be performing at the Quality Inn and Paris Convention Center from 8pm to midnight on Saturday October 1. The PML Relay for Life team is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $20 apiece and reservations will be accepted for 8 or more people in advance.

Tickets may be purchased at PML’s Front Office on County Home Road or by calling 642-7398 ext. 221. After 4pm call 336-0314.

First United Methodist Church will also hold a yard sale on Saturday inside the Christian Life Center. The kick-off for Relay will Tuesday October 4th at 6pm at the Convention Center. There will be food and drink provided.

Salvation Army Interviews to Be Held October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- Salvation Army Angel Tree interviews will be held on Thursday October 6th from 10am to Noon on a first come, first serve basis at the Family Resource Center, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. You must provide proof of eligibility. For questions call 642-2938 or 342-4105.  

Quinn Chaple to Honor Dr. Dandridge

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold an anniversary service honoring pastor, Rev. Dr. John Dandridge and first lady Rev. Dr. Janie Dandridge this Sunday October 2nd at 11am. Pastor Dandridge and his wife have served the church for four years.

The theme of the service will be “A Willing Soul”, from Isaiah 52:7. The preacher for the service will be former pastor, Rev. Ottow W. Duncan, Jr., who currently serves as associate pastor. Quinn Chapel is located at 216 E. Church St.

Facilities Meeting Held at HCHS Thursday Night

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton goes over projected costs at the community meeting for facilities needs at HCHS Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- A community meeting was held at the testing center of Henry County High School on Thursday evening to allow discussion for facilities needs and project ideas for Henry County High School. School Board members, County Commissioners, educators, and some citizens were on hand.

Director of Schools for Henry County Dr. Brian Norton went over the facility needs for the high school. He said there have been conversations about facilities for about three years since he has been in the system. He said “we have wonderful facilities but there are some upgrades that could make them better and good facilities help breed a sense of pride.”

Dr. Norton said motivation behind the need for improvements at HCHS, include enhancing and improving student/staff security and safety because access is easy. Also aesthetic enhancement to update the school is a need since it was originally built in 1969.

In regards to the upgrades and enhancements with the athletic facility, Dr. Norton said we have 600 students now playing sports including being involved in band and there is a lack of dressing facilities, safety concerns, and community pride.

The project upgrades at the HCHS main building include an addition for all student services including nurses, student counselors, and others. Dr. Norton said, currently these type of services are all over the building and would be relocated towards the front of the building near the office.

The upgrades also include renovations to the current front office area of HCHS and more security would be added as well at the entrance. Dr. Norton said a buzzer system would be used with cameras and enhanced security systems. All doors around the facility would be improved as well and more energy efficient windows will be replaced as well.

The upgrades include adding air conditioning to Gamlin Gym and replacing the gym floor. Maintenance Supervisor for the system John Akers said because of humidity concerns, the floor and installing the A/C needs to be done at the same time to prevent bucks in the floor.

The current library at HCHS would also see upgrades in this facilities plan. Dr. Norton said the use of libraries have changed with technology and this plan will help created more modern and more technologically advanced.

A new entrance at Gamlin Gym is included to allow bus drop offs for teams and fans to enter for basketball games. It will be aesthetically pleasing. This part of the project also includes a new shop door, additional sidewalks, and restroom upgrades. The estimated project cost is around $5M.

Dr. Norton then went over the ideas for the HCHS Athletic Complex proposals. A multi-purpose indoor practice type facility built on half of the current practice field would include dressing facilities for soccer, softball, and baseball. The facility would also include 40 yards of an indoor type practice field that could serve football, soccer, track, baseball, softball, and band. The facility could include nets, mounds for baseball, and other things various sports could use. It would have heating, but no air conditioning.

The plan includes a new 1000-seat for visitor’s bleachers at Patriot Stadium, resurfacing the 6 lane track around the football field, an addition of restrooms that are attached to the current concession stand and expansion at the field house for visitors’ locker room and weight room.

Former Patriots Football Head Coach James Counce talked about the need for new visitor’s bleachers because they’ve been around since 1979 or earlier. Coach Counce also said, “I’m excited for new possible upgrades on the front of the building because when I came in 1979 and back in 2010, it was still the same.”

The plan also includes the current football field would be replaced with a turf field. Dr. Norton said, “this allows one sport or group after another to use the field without tearing it up.” Total project cost of the Athletic Facility upgrades with the turf field option is just under $5M.

Dr. Norton said if we choose to not go with a new turf field, then there would be no need for an indoor practice facility on the practice field and the cost would be $1.25M.

The system has already agreed to fund the bus garage and maintenance building thru current funds and plan on refinancing current debt that will result in financial savings. Dr. Norton said now we have to make some decisions of what all we want to include and go about with preparations.

A question and answer session was then held for a brief time after Dr. Norton’s presentation. Doug Braden, current school board chairman, said these drawings are preliminary and changes could come based on costs and feasibility.

Coach James Counce talks about the needs of the visitor bleacher upgrades and front office renovations. (Alsobrooks photos)

Lady Patriots Soccer Defeats USJ 2-1 on Senior Night

Paris, Tenn.- After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Lady Patriots Soccer team rallied thanks to two goals from Sophie Carter to defeat University School of Jackson 2-1 Thursday night at home on Senior Night. The Lady Pats will open up play in the District 10-AAA Tournament at home Monday night.

Johnny Mac To Perform at This Year's Final Noon on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- John Austin McDaniel will be performing for the season’s last Noon on the Square Friday from 11am to 1pm on the front lawn of the Henry County Courthouse. Johnny Mac will perform a wide variety of classic country, rock, and his original tunes as well. Cash’s Pizza and the Quota Club will sell lunch and the Downtown Paris Association will provide drinks for donations. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the event.

HCHS Students Get Registered to Vote

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said 25 stuents at Henry County High School completed registration forms to be able to vote in the upcoming November Election during a Voter Drive held at the High School on Thursday morning.

Green said even more forms were sent home with other students and the Election Commission Office made up flyers to promote early voting. (DeLaina Green photos)

OVC Announces ESPN TV Scheduled Games

Brentwood, Tenn.- The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN platforms for the 2016-17 season on Thursday.

The schedule includes seven total men's basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.

The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 4. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The schedule also includes a women’s basketball matchup on Thursday, January 5 as defending tournament champion Belmont hosts three-time defending regular season champion UT Martin at 4 p.m. CT on ESPNU. In addition, all seven games of the OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament will once again air on ESPN3 this year.

The package is part of a multi-year agreement with ESPN that was announced in October 2013.

The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 600 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 73 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

A complete television schedule with additional national exposure will be released soon.

2016-17 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 5 - WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
UT Martin at Belmont, 4:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 12

Belmont at Morehead State, 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 2
Belmont at Murray State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 16
SIUE at Murray State, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Morehead State at Tennessee State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 3
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #2, 9:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 4
OVC Men’s Tournament Championship, 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

Chamber's 3rd Annual Farm Tour Set for October 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their 3rd Annual Henry County Farm Tour on Thursday October 6th. Tours of several area farms will take place with lunch and transportation provided. Sulphur Wells Church of Christ is providing the transportation. The Farm Tour is free and breakfast, lunch, and an ice cream break are included.

The day begins at 7:30am at the Co-op meeting room on Hwy. 69 with coffee and sausage and biscuits provided by the Henry Farmer’s Co-op. Attendees will be provided tours of Yoder Farms, Tri-Turf Sod Farm, Outback Romagnola Farm, where a burger and hot dog lunch will be provided by the Co-op, and the Norwood Farm where ice cream will be provided by Henry County Farm Bureau.

Agriculture in Henry County is very diverse and one farmer feeds around 155 people on average according to statistics. Corn, soybeans, wheat, and tobacco, are the major crops in Henry County, but other fruits and vegetables are produced here. Dairy, beef, swine, poultry, and horse farm operations comprise the bulk of the animal industries.

To reserve your seat on the Farm Tour, call the Chamber at 642-3431. The event is free but space is limited.

Man Arrested for Agg. Assault After Threats with Machete

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for aggravated assault after an incident that occurred in August where he wielded a machete at an ex-girlfriend.

The report stated that the woman originally complained about her ex, Johnnie B. Watts, age 39, 30 Mays Bridge Road, when the machete incident occurred August 19th. Deputies responded at the time, but no evidence was found so a party separation was ordered. The victim said now that she was away from Watts and not scared for her life, she told Dep. Jenkins that her son had videoed the incident.

Dep. Jenkins watched the video which showed Watts slam the machete into the ground and then say, “the next one is between your eyes.” More threats were made from Watts on the video as well according to the report. Dep. Jenkins issued warrants for Watts for aggravated assault and picked him up later in the date and charged him.

Couple Charged With Agg. Arson and Drug Paraphernalia

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged a man and woman with aggravated arson and drug paraphernalia possession after responding the scene of a fire at 2317 Lone Oak Road Wednesday. The report stated that when he arrived Nicole Beale, age 43 of the address, was attempting to put the fire out and Christopher M. Fielder, age 40 of the address, was in the back yard with burns on his arms.

Fire Marshal Greg Andrews determined the fire was set after the Paris Fire Department extinguished the blaze. Beale blamed Fielder for pouring lighter fluid on the curtains and attempting to set the fire with her inside. Lighter fluid was found near the start area of the fire according to the report. Both were charged and placed on $101K bond.

In a separate incident, Dep. Chad Lowery charged Melissa Lynn Baker, age 34, of 10045 Hwy 641 N. with disorderly conduct, public intoxication, and filing a false report according to an arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Marching Patriots Do Well In Kentucky Competitions

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots competed for the 2nd time this season this past Saturday in Mayfield and Benton, Kentucky as they performed their field show, “The Greatest.” The Marching Patriots competed against 11 other bands and earned and 4th and 3rd place finish overall while receiving 1st in Class AAAA at both contests. The Marching Patriots also earned Best Percussion at Both Graves and Marshall County and Best Color Guard in Class AAAA at Marshall County.

Reminder: Holy Cross Catholic Church Oktoberfest is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris will host its 34th Annual Oktoberfest this Saturday October 1st at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 11am to 7pm. A $10 meal ticket will buy you a German meal or an authentic Mexican meal or can be used for a steak sandwich, hot dog, or hamburger. There will be games for the kids, live entertainment, a silent auction, bake sale, and several vendors selling different items. Go online to www.holycrossparis.org for more information.

Bethel U. Renaissance Bluegrass Director  Receives Award

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance’s Bluegrass Director Stephen Mougin has been named the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2016 Mentor Of The Year. This award is presented each year honoring a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry - musical and professional.

“We are thankful to have Stephen on our team at Bethel,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “His work with our students has taken the Bluegrass program to the next level. We are thankful for all he does, not only for the Renaissance Bluegrass Program, but for all of the young and aspiring musicians and singers in the entire Bluegrass World.”

In addition to working with the students in the Renaissance program, Mougin is a Guitar Player, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Label Owner, and Teacher.  His years of experience and diverse background make him a perfect fit for working with Renaissance Students. Mougin is most naturally a vocal teacher, having earned a degree in music education with a vocal focus from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst.  Through his teaching career he has released multiple instructional CD’s.  In 2005 he launched Dark Shadow Recording.  His company serves as a recording space, record label, and production studio. In 2006, Mougin began his role as Sam Bush’s main guitar player in the Sam Bush band.  Sam Bush is one of the most respected Mandolin players in the industry.

Stephen added, “This award means so much to me. Our beloved genre was built on the shoulders of the artistry and mentorship before. May that wonderful trend continue to engage, encourage, and foster the Bluegrass professionals of the future.”

For more information about the Bethel Renaissance program visit www.bethelrenaissance.com or contact their office at (731) 352-6980.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of Oct. 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown advises citizens that the Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of October 3rd. BPU customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water.

Customers should check for water discoloration prior to doing a load of laundry next week. If these conditions occur, run water through a faucet for several minutes. The water should return to normal in a short time, but if problems continue contact Brown at 642-1322 ext. 142.

Community Invited to Discussion on HCHS Facility Project Ideas

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education Facilities and Ground Committee will host a community wide discussion related to the proposed building project ideas for Henry County High School Thursday night at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at HCHS’s Testing Center across from the field house. The meeting is open to everyone.

Healthcare Foundation, Friends of Central School Hosting AED Fundraiser Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and Friends of Central School will host a benefit for an Automatic External Defibrillator this Saturday October 1st at Noon. The event will be at the Conger Senior Citizen Center at 55 Jones Bend Road. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will be held by the HCH Foundation so checks should be made payable to the Foundation.

There will be line dancing, Zumba, chair yoga, a cake walk, and a silent auction throughout the afternoon. For more information call 731-435-4735.

TWRA Field Day at Covenant Ranch Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will hold a Hunter Education Field Day at Covenant Ranch beginning at 1pm this Saturday October 1st. In order to participate you must take an approved online course first and bring the printed voucher showing proof of completion of the online course to the Field Day Event.

You must register for the Field Day online at www.tn.gov/twra. The Field Day consists of a review, written test, and live firing exercise. Call TWRA’s Region 1 Office at 1-800-372-3928 or TWRA Officer Greg Barker at 336-9665.

TWRA Classroom Course at Hulme's Starting Oct. 3

Paris, Tenn.- The TWRA will also hold a TN Hunter Education Classroom Course at Hulme’s Sporting Goods. The class will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights from 6-9pm each night. Students must register online at www.tn.gov/twra. Find the Hunter Education link and proceed to “Find a Class near you” tab to register for the course. Bring pen or pencil with you to the class.

Racer Baseball to Host Pair of Camps

Murray, Ky.- Murray State Baseball will be hosting a pair of camps this fall, beginning with the Racer Baseball Prospect Camp which will be held October 1 beginning at 9 a.m., at Reagan Field and the Pitcher and Catcher Winter Camp Series starts its four sessions beginning November 13.

Cost of the prospect camp is $130 for a pitcher or positional player and $165 for both positions. The pitcher and catcher camp is $180 for all four sessions.

The prospect camp will give players the opportunity to showcase their tools and abilities to the Murray State coaching staff, along with other coaches from the area that will be invited. Players will be evaluated both offensively and defensively in the morning. The afternoon portion will consist of a live game. Campers will split into teams and compete against one another to showcase their skills under live conditions. The camp is open to high school players entering grades 9-12.

The pitcher and catcher camp is directed toward teaching and developing the skills it takes to be a successful pitcher or catcher. The camp series will take place one day a week (Sunday) over a four-week span. Players will be instructed on different skill sets directly related to pitching and catching. The camp is open to ages 9-18.

For more information or if you have questions, email msu.baseball@murraystate.edu.

To sign up for the camps go to www.collegebaseballcamps.com/racers

Jaycees to Host Benefit for Jeri Green Friday 10-2

Paris, Tenn.- A Ribeye or Chicken sandwich benefit for Jeri Green will be held Friday September 30th from 10am to 2pm at the Paris Henry County Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Road.

Jeri has been diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer and has no insurance. Chemo trips to Jackson occur two days back to back once a month. All money raised will go to the Green family to help with medical costs. Walk-ups are welcome while supplies last and cost is $8 for sandwich, chips, and a drink. For more information call Kelly at 731-333-2551 or Jessica at 731-227-1143.

Lady Pats Lose to Northeast in Volleyball at Home

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Volleyball team battled to 5 games in a match against District 10-AAA foe Northeast Tuesday night at home, but fell 3-2 in the match. The Lady Eagles won the first and second set, then Henry County won games 3 and 4. Northeast took the 5th and deciding game by a final score of 15-6. The Lady Patriots will play at Grove on Thursday night against Clarksville High for senior night.

Lady Patriots Soccer Win on the Road at West Creek

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Soccer team won on the road at West Creek Tuesday night by a final of 3-2. Momoko Horiuchi scored one goal and Ansley Cate scored two in the District 10-AAA victory. The Lady Pats will be at home for Senior Night Thursday against University School of Jackson at 6pm.

Great Weather for September Cruise In

Paris, Tenn.- Fall like temperatures greeted those who came out to the September downtown Cruise-In Tuesday evening on the court square. It was probably the most comfortable weather of the year and the crowd was entertained by the Chill Tonics and Local Strangers. The last Cruise-In of the season will be the 4th Tuesday of October. (Kathy Ray photos)

Voter Registration Day Held Tuesday at Library

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Adminstrator of Elections DeLaina Green said a few people stopped by to register to vote during the Voter Registration Drive that was held at the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Tuesday. Green said several forms for registration and absentee voting were given out. (DeLaina Green photos)

Over $50K in Plus Endowment Grants Awarded

Paris, Tenn.- The Plus Endowment Awards Banquet and celebration was held at the Enoch Building on Tuesday night and the Plus Endowment Board awarded teachers in both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District with $50,314 worth of grants. (Photos by Tim Alsobrooks)

Steve Blount, Plus Endowment board member says after the August declaration by County Mayor Brent Greer and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell of being Plus Endowment month, more money was raised and 83% of the grants submitted were funded for this year. Blount said last year only about 42% of the grants submitted were awarded. The Plus Endowment Trust has awarded over $274K to PSSD and HCSS teachers since 1999.

The William Atchinson Large Plus Endowment Grants  awarded to the Paris Special School District included: Code to the Future: Increase Math and Technology through Robotics by Inman’s Sandy Bigham in the amount of $1876 and In the Zone, by Paris Elementary 3rd Grade teachers in the amount of $1476.

The large grants for the HCSS went to Bacon By Gosh by Faye Hooper and other HCHS Grove teachers in the amount of $1908; The Old New House by HCHS teacher Judy Cunningham for HCHS Interior Design in the amount of $975. The other large grant went to Harrelson teaches for Enhancing Science and Social Studies thru Art in the amount of $2000.

The Blended Grant winner was from Henry, Harrelson, Lakewood, and Inman Counselors for 8th grade Reality Day. The grant was for $1400.

K-2 grant recipients requested $10,173 worth of grants and Plus Endowment was able to award $8824 in grants. Grant recipients for this year in grades 3-5 requested $8967 with $6923 being awarded. In grades 6-8, the amount requested in grants were $9635 with $8850 being awarded. In grades 9-12, grants requested were at $10,075 and $9075 was awarded this year at the secondary level. Names of all the grant recipients can be seen on the Plus Endowment Facebook page.

Directors of Schools for Henry County, Dr. Brian Norton and Paris Special School District Mike Brown, spoke saying how blessed students were to have great teachers and how awesome Plus Endowment was for the community as no other area communities seem to have this type of trust for their teachers. They both encouraged their staffs to continue to submit for these grants every year because that is half of the battle to getting awarded one.

Paris Dubbed as Newest TN Main Street Community

Several people were on hand for the ribbon cutting as Paris was named as the newest TN Main Street Community Tuesday afternoon. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At a special ribbon cutting ceremony to open the alley on the west side of the court square to the public Tuesday afternoon, State of Tennessee Representatives were on hand to announce that Downtown Paris has received accreditation as the newest Tennessee Main Street Community making it the 33rd downtown part of the state’s Tennessee Main Street revitalization program.

Paris, according to one of the representatives, was a perfect choice for the Tennessee Main Street Program because of its beauty and history. It is already a thriving downtown and this Tennessee Main Street will only add to the revitalization efforts.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell speaks at the ceremony. (Alsobrooks photo)

Prior to the ribbon cutting, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said, “to be excited about an alley, you know things are going real good in the City of Paris.” Gerrell talked about the efforts of getting this project done once the commissioner saw an issue with drainage issues downtown in the alleyways and found a way to fix it.

City Manager Kim Foster also spoke at the ribbon cutting and thanked Building Inspector Mike Brown, the public works department, BPU, the PHCPUD, and all the business owners as this project has gone on during the summer.

Foster said, “many of our public works employees spent the majority of their summer in this alley as a milling machine would not be able to be used so it had to be done by hand.” Foster added, “this is the first of three alleys we plan on revitalizing and this one looks great.”

As part of the Tennessee Main Street program, Paris will have access to technical assistance and funding opportunities including more grants for art work as the Back Alley Paris project continues.

Paris’s accreditation is based upon a successful application submitted by the community. The Main Street Program requires communities to illustrate a commitment from local government and other local organizations, an adequate organizational budget, a strong historic preservation ethic, a collection of historic commercial buildings, and a walkable district.

City Manager Kim Foster thanks various people prior to the ribbon cutting. (Alsobrooks photo)

Deputies Finally Track Down Hilliard After Long Search

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office finally tracked down a man who called 911 saying he had been stabbed and left in the woods in the area of 292 Jim Hunt Road in Cottage Grove.

The press release stated that at 8:12am Tuesday morning, a man later identified as Demetrias Hilliard, age18, saying he had been stabbed. A little while later, Sabrina Hobbs, age 22, Hilliard's wife, called 911 to report she was on her way to the Emergency Room after Hilliard had assaulted her.

Both of them reside in an outbuilding behind 292 Jim Hunt Road.

Deputies, Investigators, and EMS personnel responded to 292 Jim Hunt Road and began a long search for Hilliard after it was learned the two had an altercation and Hilliard did cut Hobbs with a knife on the hand. Hobbs was treated and released at the HCMC.

Cpl. Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco and Cpl. Terry Williams and K9 Droid along with other deputies searched the area for several hours Tuesday morning. Pings from Hilliard's cell phone call showed him at one point to be deep in a wooded area between Cox Road and Hwy. 140. THP Helicopter Pilot Lee Russell also scoured the area with the chopper and finally just after noon the search was stopped briefly. 

Investigation appeared to show that Hilliard had not received any serious injuries during the altercation. After a couple more hours, Hilliard was finally found back around his residence around 2:15pm Tuesday and was arrested. He has been charged with aggravated domestic assault and placed on $10K bond.

Etheridge Given Loyal Patriot Award at Tues. Reception

County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys presents John Etheridge with the Loyal Patriot award on Tuesday. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A reception was held for BPU General Manager John Etheridge on Tuesday at the BPU office in downtown Paris. Etheridge will be retiring as of October 1st after serving 10 years as BPU GM and 35 years at the Board of Public Utilities.

County Commissioner Kenneth Humphreys, on behalf of County Mayor Brent Greer and the Commission, read a proclamation Tuesday morning honoring Etheridge with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor Henry County bestows upon its citizens. Also a resolution declaring September 27th as John Etheridge Day was read by Humphreys as well.

Etheridge also received accolades from the Tennessee Valley Authority for partnership for his 35 years with BPU. Representatives were on hand and presented him a metal engraving and some gifts. Several members of the community were on hand to congratulate Etheridge. During the BPU monthly meeting, held earlier Tuesday morning, Etheridge said he was overwhelmed for the support from the community in cards, calls, and texts since his retirement become public. He thanked the board and said the BPU has a great staff. Terry Wimberley will begin as the next General Manager October 1.

BPU Holds Quick September Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- During their regular September meeting, Tuesday morning, BPU board members approved the purchase of a vacuum trailer for the water and wastewater department in the amount of $69,655 from Vermeer Midsouth, Inc. Incoming GM Terry Wimberley told the board it was in the budget and would be put to use immediately.

The board approved several housekeeping issues as they prepare paperwork and such for Terry Wimberley to be a signee and Etheridge to be removed once he retires. The board approved a Drought Management plan as required by the State of Tennessee, a documentation change on penalty calculations they’ve been charging since the mid 1980s, and approved the main audit and BPU Project Roundup Audit which had no findings.

Etheridge also reported that 789 customers are now using the BPU pre-pay system. He said many customers like the pay as you go Electricity and it’s popularity continues to grow.

Board members all expressed their gratitude to Etheridge at this was his last meeting since he is retiring October 1st.

HCHS Celebrating College App Week

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has been participating in College App week so far this week and will continue the remainder of the week in an effort to promote college awareness and access. College App week is part of the statewide Path to College Initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and collegeforTN.org.

The goal of Tennessee College App week is to provide all Tennessee seniors the opportunity to compete and file college applications with the support of their school. Seniors will be encouraged to complete Tennessee Promise applications during the event.

School Counselors will be available to assist students and parents in filing college applications or completed the TN Promise online. These events take place Wednesday and Thursday in the HCHS computers labs from 3:15-4:30pm. For more information on College App week call HCHS at 642-5232. Students and teachers are encouraged to wear apparel from their favorite colleges and universities on Thursday for College Dress up day.

HCHS Men's Golf Wins District Tournament; Girls Take 3rd

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Men’s Golf team won their first District 10-AAA Tournament Championship in several years on Monday at Swan Lake and advance to the Regional Tournament next week in Hendersonville. The Lady Patriots finished 3rd and will also advance to the Regional Tournament.

The Patriots shot a 355, beating Clarksville’s 357 and Rossview’s 366. All three teams advance to the Regional. Individually, Eli Todd shot an 84, 3rd best overall and Eli Ridgeway came in 5th overall with an 86. Cole Culpepper shot a 92 and Cameron May a 93.

The Lady Patriots shot a 183 overall while Clarksville High shot a 152 to win the tournament and Rossview shot a 153. Individually for the Ladies Leah Bell shot a 91 and Sydney Williams a 92.

DPA Cruise-In Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s September Cruise-in will be held Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the East side of the Court Square. All classic cars are welcome and door prizes will be given away to car owners. The Chill Tonics will be performing along with special guests the Local Strangers. Perry’s BBQ will sell food. The DPA Cruise-In’s are set the 4th Tuesday of the month and the last one of the year will be in October.

Archer Recognized by State 911 Director for Service

State 911 Director Curtis Sutton was on hand at Monday's meeting to present Mark Archer with a plaque thanking him for serving on the State 911 Board for 4 years. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met on Monday evening and State 911 Director Curtis Sutton was on hand to honor 911 Director Mark Archer for his service on the state 911 board. Sutton said he appreciated Mark and his service and all he does for Henry County and the State 911 services. Archer served on the State 911 board from 2010 to 2014.

E911 Board Honors Bettye Carter for Service

E911 Board chairman John Etheridge presents Bettye Carter with a framed resolution Monday evening. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board presented Bettye Carter with a resolution for her service and dedication on the E911 board at Monday’s meeting as well. Carter decided to retire from the board earlier this year. Bettye came on the board in 2002 and served until this year. She said the “board is in wonderful hands and I appreciate the thankless job you do and I wish you my best.”  

Arcview Mapping Updated with Voting Districts and More

Paris, Tenn.- Director Mark Archer and IT Manager Chad Howard discussed Arcview Mapping with the board on Monday evening. Howard said the map will now show the public which voting district they belong to. He said after talking with Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green, she informed Howard this would be a huge help because her office fields calls all the time on which precinct people need to vote in.

Howard said all the labels of all fire hydrants are now also on the map and soon when updates come from the state, he will be able to add where healthcare facilities are in the community.

The map has fully interactive fire hydrants which allows fire firefighters to be able to see which hydrants are active and the flow pressure of each one. Howard said that will help fire fighters out during fires to see which hydrants are usable and which are out of commission at the time.

In business, the board approved the purchase of Equipment for Computer Array at a cost of $6656. The program will allow dispatchers to see all the programs in view all the time, whereas now they can’t see everything at once.

Dispatchers are going thru the MD training at the Paris Police Department currently. Archer said they can take the courses at their leisure and Mark gets notified when they are complete.

The board made a motion to allow Director Mark Archer to run for a seat on the West Tennessee TENA board. Mark said he hasn’t for sure decided to run for the seat, but wanted to get board approval in case he did.

Archer recognized 911 Dispatch Supervisor Angie Case for passing the Center Manager Certification Program this past July. UT Martin offered the course and Case went thru it and earned the certification.

Thefts Reported Throughout the County

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of theft on Camp Tyson Road. The report said a man observed two males walking down near the road with their hands full of items so he called the man living in the area to tell him he might want to check on his property. The victim did so and found tools missing, an air compressor, and a toolbox. Items were valued at $400 and investigation is continuing.

Dep. Jenkins also took a report of theft from Palestine Road. Pry marks were noticed on the door and a pressure washer, weed eater, and tool box were all stolen.

Winders Brothers Sweep at Marshall County Meet

Benton, Ky.- The Henry County High School Cross Country team competed in the Marshall County Invitational on Saturday and the Winders brothers grabbed 1st and 2nd place out of 184 runners. Titus Winders finished in 16:05 taking 1st and brother Silas came in 2nd at 16:29. Cole Davis finished 10th with a 17:31other runners included Jarrett Hayes, Devin Pritchett, Ryan Patrum, Dylan Patrum, Sam Gearin, and Josh Cutright.

The men’s team placed 1st overall out of 17 teams and were ranked 4th going into the meet.

For the girl’s Madison Aiosa finished with a time of 24:36, good for 61st among 155 runners. Madison Caldwell came in at 29:22.

HCMS Boys Team Advances to State Meet

Smyrna, Tenn.- The Henry County Middle School School Cross Country teams competed at the TMSAA Sectional on Saturday at Sharp Springs Park in Smyrna. The boys team place 3rd out of 8 teams and qualified for the TMSAA State Championship to be held in two weeks in Clarksville. Individually in the boys two mile race, Hayden Bostick came in 6th place overall with a time of 12:37. Sam Bruce finished 9th at 12:51, Mason Elliott came in 26th at 14:32, Will Wardlaw 27th at 14:33, Gavan Farris 28th at 14:34, and Lance Adams came in with a time at 15:35, 34th of 59 runners.

In the girls two mile race, Dinah Winders finished 1st at 13:02 besting 54 other runners. Kaitlyn Napier came in 23rd, and Brooklyn McClain came in 25th. The team placed 6th out of 8th and just missed qualifying for state. Dinah, Kaitlyn, and Brooklyn all qualified as individuals however.

Winners Announced for ARTS

Paris, Tenn.- Winners were announced for this past weekend’s Arts Round the Square event. In the Jewelry category 1st place went to Paul Sickles and 2nd Mary Buck. For Mixed Media 1st place went to Felicia Blaine, 2nd to Cat McGavin; Oil and Acrylic Painting Dan Knowles took 1st, John Monore 2nd, Martin Paschall grabbed 1st in Pottery and Emily Cole 2nd. In woodworking, Mike Foster took 1st and Curran Copeland grabbed 2nd.

French Road Closed Monday Sept. 26th

Mansfield, Tenn.- French Road in the Mansfield area will be closed Monday Sept. 26th for culvert replacement. French Road will be reopened for late afternoon traffic.

Police Make Several Driving Related Arrests this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, several driving related arrests were made over the weekend.

From a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, on Saturday Paris Police Ptl. Derrek Colley arrested Bryant D. Greer, age 25 of 411 Wynn Street of Paris, for driving under the influence 1st offense, driving without a license and violation of implied consent. Greer was placed on $1,000 bond.

A report from the HC Sheriff’s Department stated that Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Brian Elliot Hatch, age 41 of 70 Primrose Lane of Dyersburg, on Sunday for driving under the influence 1st offense and violation of implied consent.

Another report from the HC Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Hunter Boyd Frey, age 24 of 203 Glenhaven Road of Paris, on Sunday for driving under the influence 1st offense.

Voter Registration Drive Sept. 27th

Paris, Tenn.- The voter registration drive will be Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 9am to 1pm at W.G. Rhea Public Library located at 400 West Washington in Paris. The drive is open to all citizens of Henry County. If you have any questions, please call the Henry County Election Commission at 731-642-0411, Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. The registration deadline for the presidential election is Tuesday, October 11th.

Family Resource Center Workshop Thursday

Henry, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center will be offering a free monthly workshop on Thursday, September 29th to be held at Henry School for parents and guardians of preschool-aged children. Kindergarten prep workshops focus on a different of Kindergarten readiness skills each month. For more information, call the Family Resource Center at 731-642-2938.

Basketball Sign-ups Begin Sept. 26th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- HC Basketball league will begin having sign-ups at Atkins Porter on Monday Sept. 26th through Friday, Oct. 14th. The sign-ups will be Monday through Friday 5:00-7:30pm. You can also sign up at Eiffel Tower Park on the Saturdays of Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th from 8am to noon. Player Evaluations will be at Atkins Porter ages 9 and above only.  

Players only need to attend one session either on Tuesday, Oct. 18th or Thursday Oct. 20th. The schedule for both days is 5 pm, for both girls and boys ages 9 and 10, for girls and boys ages 11 -13 the time is 6 pm and 7 pm is the time for girls and boys ages 14 -17.

Players must reach the age of 5 on or before November 1st. Players cannot turn 18 before November 1st. The players fee is $30 for the 1st child, $25 for the 2nd child and $20 for the 3rd child. Coaches, referees and sponsors are needed. If you want to sponsor a team it will cost $150 per team. For more information, call 731-644-7932 and leave message.

Oktoberfest October 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris will be hosting its 34th Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1st, at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 11am to 7pm. A $10 meal ticket will buy you a German meal or an authentic Mexican meal, or it can be used for a steak sandwich, hot dog or hamburger.

There will be games for kids, live entertainment, a silent auction, and a bake sale plus a whole lot more! For more information, please visit the church’s website at www.holycrossparis.org.

Good Crowd for Arts 'Round the Square

(Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- On Saturday for Eye Full of Paris, the courthouse lawn hosted Arts ‘Round the Square, opens at 9am. The event was sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the DPA.

(Cassie Walsh pics)

The event had approximately 25 artists creating and selling their pottery, woodcarvings, jewelry, photographs, sculptures and so much more. The Arts ‘Round the Square on Saturday also featured a number of live musical performances.

(Cassie Walsh pics)

Great Turnout for Saturday's Paris Pediatrics Health Fair

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- On Saturday the Paris Pediatrics sponsored a Health Fair Today to give information on how live a healthier life, along giving crucial information about what to do in an emergency situation.

The event was sponsored by Paris Pediatrics and featured booths from Tomorrow’s Hope, Head Start, the Family Resource Center, the Tennessee Department of Health and the Henry County Health Department and more. EMS was also there to give tours of inside the ambulance and also give tutorials on the value of correctly knowing how to do CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

Bri Burg showing CPR (Cassie Walsh photos)

Saturday’s event not only gave information to parents, but it also showed taught kids some of the tools to have an active lifestyle. Kids also enjoyed pony rides, inflatables and Tim Caldwell from the Tennessee State Park also gave kids a treat with his two feathery friends.

Tim Caldwell showing his barred owl (Cassie Walsh photos)

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Mum-A-Palooza Big Hit Saturday

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At the 5th Annual MUM-A-PALOOZA sale for the Henry County High School FFA Chapter was a big hit today despite the heatwave that hit on Saturday. The FFA celebrated 100 years of Agriculture Education this year.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

All proceeds from sale will pay for each students FFA membership. The sale was Saturday Sept. 24th from 9:00-1:00 at the FFA greenhouse on Harding Rd. Located behind Patriot Stadium. At the sale more than 80 pumpkins were sold today and almost 200 mums sold, 30 kales were sold and plenty of straw was sold at today’s MUM-A-PALOOZA sale.

Not only did the public buy decorations that will make their homes more festive this season, but your purchases gave a student a free membership to an organization that has made Henry County and FFA students proud for 100 years!

Highlights from Patriots 38-0 Win Over the Wildcats

#43 LB Dustin Warman brings down the Clarksville returner at the 1 yard line. The Patriots stopped the runner in the end zone for a safety on the next play.

Dustin Warman (Timothy Pharr photos)

#7 RB Caleb McCutcheon turns the corner during Friday nights game.

Caleb McCutcheon (Timothy Pharr photos)

#24 PK Bailey Armas with the hold from #13 Gray Gardner kick a 39 yard field goal.

Bailey Armas and Gray Gardner (Timothy Pharr photos)

#1 Darren Russell lays out to block a Clarksville field goal attempt.

Bailey Armas and Gray Gardner (Timothy Pharr photos)

Farmer's Market to be Opened Last Two Fridays of Sept.

Paris, Tenn.- The Farmers Market will be open today and next Friday in September before they will close for the season. The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market is downtown at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3pm until its sold out.

Items available at the Farmer’s Market include several varieties of corn, peppers, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, USDA Farm Raised meat and poultry, local honey, local canola, and more.


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