From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Aggravated Buglary and Arson Result in Multiple Arrests
A husband and wife in Springville were arrested recently on charges including aggravated burglary and arson, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.
Jerry Patterson, 43 of Swor Road in Springville was arrested on October 11 and charged with aggravated burglary, arson, and theft of property exceeding $1000. His wife, Teresa Patterson, was also arrested and charged with theft of property over $1000. She is currently being held on $50,000 bond.
Kelsey Light, 22, from the same address on Swor Road was also arrested and similarly charged with arson, aggravated burglary, and theft of property over $1000. Both Light and Jerry Patterson are being held on $100,000 bond.
We will provide more details on these arrests as they become available.
Other recent arrests include:
Theodore Andrew DuBois, age 36 of Puryear, charged with possession of a Schedule II substance with intent, possession of drug paraphenalia, and possession of a firearm during a felony.
Thomas Ray Dunn, age 19 of Swinging Limb Road, charged with assault.
Henry County Marching Patriots Excel in Competition
The Henry County High School Marching Patriots performed in competition this past Saturday at the Gibson County Marching Invitational at Gibson County High School in Dyer. In the preliminary competition of 22 bands, the Marching Patriots were awarded 3rd place field commander, 2nd place color guard, 2nd place in percussion, 2nd place music performance.
In the finals of competition for 10 bands, HCHS placed 2nd in percussion and 8th place in Band performance. The Marching Patriots will be in competition this Saturday at Union City High School. On Friday October 25th the band will perform a special “Black Out” performance at the end of the football game between the Patriots and Northeast. Once the field is cleared the stadium lights will be turned off and the band will perform their field show with both instruments and marchers glowing in the dark.
HCSO to Hold Shred and Drug Takeback Event
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will have a document shred and drug take back day at Kroger in Paris Saturday October 12th from 9-2. Sheriff Monte Belew said they will have a commercial grade shredder on hand where citizens can come and shred documents you may need to dispose of. Belew said they are doing this to help prevent identity theft in the county.
Also any prescription drugs that citizens may have that they no longer use or are out of date, they can bring them to Kroger on Saturday as well to be properly disposed of. The sheriff’s office will also be grilling hot dogs at the event and have chips and drinks for free. There will also be a canine demonstration.
Hoofbeats of Hope Fall Festival in Cottage Grove on Saturday
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope, Henry County’s Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program, will have their annual Fall Festival on Saturday October 12th from 9am to 5pm. The event will be held at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove and there will be live music and great food served all day long.
Events this year include the car and motorcycle show from 9am to noon, a cake walk beginning at 10am, kids games from 10 to noon, a pet show at 1pm, car show results at 2pm, bingo at 2pm under the pavilion, and a chilli/chilli dog supper at 5pm. Money raised helps benefit Hoof Beats of Hope who serves several in Henry County and around the area. For more information call 782-6141
Henry County Jr. Livestock Association Ride on Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jr. Livestock Association will have their annual Fall Junior Livestock Ride Saturday at Laurel Hill Cattle Company and Gene Gulish’s ranch at 1200 Heather Lane. The first ride out will be at 10am with lunch at noon. The 2nd ride will go out around 1:30pm. Cost is $10 per person or $30 per vehicle. Lunch will be whole hog bbq and the trimmings. Proof of negative coggins is required at the gate and door prizes will be given out at the event.
TBI Law Enforcement Study Released
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its first ever study on law enforcement’s use of deadly force and shooting incidents in Tennessee while in the line of duty. The report takes an indepth look at officers who have used force or deadly force with a weapon while protecting Tennesseans and the effect that critical incident had on the officers, their department, and their communities.
The research study took a three pronged approach to the issues. First, law enforcement agencies across the state were surveyed about the number of times officers within their departments used deadly force between 2007 and 2011. Second, round table discussions were held where law enforcement leaders provided input on trends, causes, policy and costs of the use of firearms by officers in their respective regions of the state. Lastly, researchers interviewed a dozen officers who had been involved in a shooting incident to gain perspective of those officers and publish eight of those summarized interviews as case studies.
Some of the quick facts from the TBI report were released. Of the 295 agencies that responded to the survey, 206 were police departments, 75 were sheriff’s departments, and the other 14 were state departments.
Eighty-Four agencies experienced at least one officer involved shooting between 2007 and 2011 with a total of 234 officer involved shootings.
The majority of the shooting incidents at 140 or approximately 60% were large departments with more than 101 sworn personnel. Both small and medium sized agencies each reported about 20% of the shooting incidents.
Thirty-five of the officers involved in shooting incidents in Tennessee Law Enforcement agencies between 2007-11 are no longer employed in law enforcement. Also of the 234 incidents reported, lawsuits were filed in 20 cases and were evenly distributed between large, small, and medium sized agencies.
The study reveals several factors contributing to the use of deadly force incidents including mentally ill subjects, drugs, gangs, and disposal of seized weapons. Another common theme is the importance of firearms training including judgemental training to the law enforcement community as a whole. To read and view the whole report, visit the TBI’s website and search for the study.
Food Commodities to Be Distributed Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest TN Economic Development Council will be distributing commodity foods on October 16th and 17th from 8am to 1pm each day at the Central Community Building on Jones Bend Road. Eligible participants whose last name begins with the letters L thru Z will get their commodities on Wednesday October 16th and those with the last names letters A thru K will come on Thursday October 17th.
Everyone picking up commodities must have a green card and applications will not be taken on those days. The last day to turn in applications for October’s distributions is Tuesday October 15th at 3pm.
Northwest TN Economic Development Council is continuing to have a major shortage of boxes so customers need to bring their own boxes or containers to put their food in. Anyone in the community who has good sturdy boxes or containers to donate to the council may also do so. The council serves between 600 and 650 households in Henry County each quarter with commodity foods. For more information call 642-3132.
Jaycee's Annual Golf Tournament Set for October 19th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold their 17th annual Golf Tournament on Saturday October 19th at the Paris Country Club. The event is sponsored by State Representative Tim Wirgau and will have a shotgun start at 10am on the 19th.
Registration will open on the 19th at 9am and entry fee is $300, or $280 if paid by October 17th. The fee will include green fees, golf cart, goodie bags, and lunch.
Mulligans will be available for $20 per team or $5 per person and a Hole in One wins a brand new vehicle from Joe Mahan Ford. There will be prizes up to 4 places with pay based on number of teams that enter. There is also closet to the pin and longest drive contests.
Money raised in the Jaycee Golf Tournament will benefit the Children’s Shopping Tour. For more information contact a Jaycee member. Rain date for the tournament will be October 26th.
Powder Puff Football Game Set for Saturday at Patriot Stadium
Proceeds Benefit local charities
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Powder Puff Football game Saturday October 12th at Patriot Stadium at Henry County High School. Tickets are on sale during lunch in the commons area at the high school this week. Students prices are $3, non-students are $4 and tickets at the gate will be $5 on Saturday. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to local charities to help fight against cancer and muscular dystrophy at the next home football game on Friday October 25th.
Paris Boxing Club Competes in Jackson
Dillon French (hand raised) is delcared the winner of his bout.
(Miranda Moon photo)
Jackson, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing club traveled to the Golden Gloves Arena in Jackson to compete in a tournament recently. Seven out of ten fighters were in bouts.
Fourteen year old Dillon French won his very first bout against an opponent from Crossroads Gym. He won the bout with a TKO.
Jacob Crabtree, 14, won by unanimous decision against an opponent from Luxora. Katie Crabtree, 13, also won her bout when it was stopped by officials.
Cliton Phifer, age 20, dominated his bout with an opponent from Lexington and he was awarded the outstanding Boxer Trophy as well as the award for Best Bout of the night.
Fourteen year old Carter Goode competed against a Covington fighter in his debut bout but lost by split decision.
Twenty five year old Christopher Stephens lost his debut bout against a Suco Gym opponent.
Twenty one year old Travis Myles also lost his debut bout against a seasoned Memphis Police Gym opponent
A great crowd from Henry County turned out for the event, and Miranda Moon, of the Paris Boxing Club, said it was the largest crowd from Henry County to ever come to an event. The club will next compete in the annual Halloween Bash at the Golden Gloves Arena in Jackson on October 26th at 7pm.
Deputies Investigate Thefts, Make Drug Arrests
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that three dell computers were stolen over the weekend from a local business. The complainant said there were some people working overtime and when they left computers were there and the next night they were all gone. There was no forced entry and the value of the computers was $2800.
Arrests from the past few days include John Wyatt Selby III, 24, of 816 Williams Street in Paris for possession of schedule two drug, possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Selby was placed on $35K bond. Other arrests include Donald Ashby, 31, of 2805 Elkhorn Nobles Road for theft of property over $500, Zachary Farris, 25, of 116 Belmont Street, for delivery of schedule two and theft over $1K, and Reginald Wiseman, age 41, of 404 Wynn Street for Possession of schedule two with intent and possession of schedule 6.
HC Democratic Women to Meet, Hold Potluck Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Democratic Women will hold its October meeting and pot luck dinner at 6pm Thursday October 10th at Lee Academy of the Arts on Lee Street in Paris. Attorney Micheal King will be the speaker.
Twenty Four Participants to Compete for 8th Krider Idol
Money raised goes to Youth for the Arts program
Paris, Tenn.- The Youth for the Arts Program invites everyone to the 8th annual Krider Idol this Saturday October 12th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Krider Idol is the primary fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund and students ages 9-18 will come to the stage to compete for the crown of Krider Idol for 2013. This year’s program is in memory of William Gray. Event goers to Krider Idol this year will be entertained by 24 acts at Saturday’s event.
The Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund provides resources for youth art education by supporting both schools and community organizations that educate the youth through the arts. The Enrichment fund provides money for meaningful projects both in the classroom and the community. It also provides private lessons for undergraduate level students and money for capital expenses such as paint supplies, microphones, art related field trips and more.
Tickets to Krider Idol are $5 and can be purchased at the Arts Council office inside city hall, Leach’s Music, Paris Elementary School, or Henry County High School. For more information call the arts council at 642-3955.
Run Baby Run 5K Set for This Saturday
Benefits March of Dimes in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd annual March of Dimes Run Baby Run 5K will be held Saturday October 12th beginning at 8am. The race will be held at the Paris Civic Center and registration will begin at 7am.
The Annual March for Babies will follow at 10am on the 12th. Medals will be awarded for the top finishes in each age group and overall male and female runners. All proceeds raised will benefit the March of Dimes.
After the race there will be food, games, music, and more. For more information call Donna Craig at 642-2412.
Thefts Reported Throughout the County
Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff’s deputies are investigating thefts from a couple of boats parked in slips at Cypress Springs Marina over the weekend. One boat had several rods and reels and a couple of tackle boxes stolen. The value of items here were $1600. In another boat parked at the marina a lock on a hull was cut and several items were stolen out of the storage including several name brand rods and reels and life jackets. The value of items in this boat is well over $4K. Police continue to investigate theses thefts with no suspects at this time. The incidents could be related.
More thefts were reported in the county this weekend and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for leads in those. A home on Lumber Road in Henry had money and gold rings stolen from a gun safe and a home on highway 69 South had the door kicked in and medicine and an Xbox 360 and controller stolen from it. A trailer valued at $575 was stolen from a home on Crocket Lane over the weekend as well. Police have no suspects in any of the thefts.
Paris Fire Department Responds to Guthrie Road
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a fire at 11 Guthrie Road Sunday evening to a structure fire. The structure was fully involved when fire fighters arrived on scene after 10pm Sunday. The house was deemed a total loss and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was injured in the blaze.
Cross Country Competes In Kentucky
Russellville, Ky.- Henry County Cross Country competed in Russellville, Kentucky this weekend at the Logan County High School Cougar Run. In the high school boys 5K race the team placed 3rd and Javan Winders won the race placing 1st overall with a time of 17:28. Other finishers for the Patriots were Harrison Robinson at 14th with a time of 19:31, Nathan Condeelis finished 20th with a time of 20:00.
In the girls high school 5K race, Kaity Beth James finished 3rd overall with a time of 21:59. Also finishing were Ali Davis at 26th with a time of 27:57, Stormie Bratschi came in 34th and Olivia Olson finished 35th.
In the boys middle school division 3k race, the team finished 2nd overall and Titus Winders won the race with a time of 10:19. Silas Winders came in 6th place at 11:54, Murray Perkins finished 9th at 12:08, and Garret Robbins finished 10th at 12:10. In the girls middle school 3K race Lexi Daniels finished 4th overall with a time of 12:54 and Ashley Wright came in 7th with a time of 13:15.
Oktoberfest Draws Large Crowd
Paris, Tenn.-The venue may have changed, but the crowds had no trouble finding the 31st annual Oktoberfest at its new location at the Henry County Fairgrounds Saturday. A huge number of people were on hand for the event, sponsored by Holy Cross Catholic Church, and enjoyed the petting zoo, games food, live entertainment and arts and crafts booths. In top photo, Jackson Wray is helped on his pony ride by his uncle Ryan Lechler, both of Gallatin. They said their family is from Paris. Bottom photo is a view from one of the arts and crafts booths. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
State Parks Still Open for Business; Piney Campgrounds Closed
Government Websites Also Shut Down
Paris Tenn.-Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau has reminded the public that despite the federal government shutdown, all 54 state parks and 82 natural areas in the state are open for business.
All Tennessee State Parks are open regular park operating hours, which varies from park to park.
Paris Landing State Park Manager Joan Williams said the local parks are open and welcome visitors. “We have had calls from members of the public, who are not quite sure if we are still open and if the shutdown is affecting us,” Williams said. “They want to know if our boat ramp is still open, if the parks are open and the answer is yes.”
With last week’s federal shutdown, all National Wildlife Refuges including the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge were closed. Also closed was the Piney Campground, which is operated by the U.S. Forestry Agency.
Williams said some people who had planned to camp at Piney Campgrounds did call and reserve a spot at the Paris Landing state park campground.
Beyond the furloughed jobs and closed parks and government offices, the shutdown also has had a widespread effect on students and others, with several government websites also shutdown. Websites for the Federal Trade Commission and the National Park Service are among those shut down, as well as the Library of Congress and National Archives’ websites, which means students, scholars and just people wanting to do family research cannot do so.
Other websites that are functioning but with out-dated information include the Centers for Disease, the National Security Agency and the Secret Service. Websites that are still functioning include those of the FBI and CIA and the National Weather Service. Similarly, the United States Patent and Trademark Office could stay open for approximately four weeks.
Salvation Army Still Interviewing Angel Tree Clients
Paris, Tenn.-The Salvation Army in Paris has announced it is extending its interviewing of potential clients for the Angel Tree program. Clients will be accepted at the Salvation Army store on a first-come, first-serve basis until all of the slots are filled. The store is located at 304 W. Washington St. Original deadline was October 3.
Scenes from Patriots' Homecoming
Paris, Tenn.-Shelby Beloate, top photo, places the sash on newly-crowned Homecoming Queen Camille Ridley as her escort Patrick Fagan looks on in ceremonies before Friday's game. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin). On the field. bottom photo, #37 Isaiah Bronaugh carries the ball against Springfield. (Photo by Tim Pharr).
Small Business Expo Seeks Businesses, Individuals
The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is planning its annual Small Business Expo and is seeking businesses and individuals wanting to have booths at the event, which is set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m. October 29 at the Henry County Fairgrounds’ commercial building.
Deadline to register for a booth is Thursday, Oct. 11.
The theme for this year’s event is “Spirited” and it will include a fashion show, cooking demonstration, and more. Henry County High School Project Graduation will be serving lunch and vendors will dress in costumes. Call the Chamber at 642-3431.
Patriots Defeat Springfield 37-7
#17 Colton Randolph runs as a Springfield defender tries to strip the ball. (Timothy Pharr photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Big Red Machine continued to roll along Friday night, defeating Springfield by a score of 37-7. The Patriots had the Yellow jackets on the ropes from the beginning of the game, scoring touchdown after touchdown. By half-time, the score was 30-0.
Henry County is now 7-0 on the season, with four of those victories in district play. Henry County is ranked No. 1 in Division 5-A in the state.
The Patriots now will face Clarksville next Friday night at Clarksville.
#47 Tanner Beasley tackles a Springfield runner. (Pharr photo).
Camille Ridley Crowned Homecoming Queen
Paris, Tenn.-Senior Camille Ridley, top photo, was crowned Homecoming Queen in a ceremony before Friday night's Patriots' football game. Ridley is the daughter of Michael and Staci Ridley and was escorted by Patrick Fagan. In bottom photo, the entire Homecoming Court: from left, Junior Bria Woodruff, daughter of Georg Todd and Makecia Woodruff, escorted by Sam Williams; Senior Whitney Rawls, daughter of Mark and Tina Rawls, escorted by Evan Pugh; Ridley; Senior Ali Davis, daughter of Andrew and Laura Davis, who was escorted by Knox Davis; Sophomore Manning Boley, daughter of Michael and Missy Boley, who was escorted by Jarod Pugh. Knox Davis was absent from photo because he had to suit up for the game. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris Man Arrested for "Shake and Bake"; House Quarantined
Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested in his Highway 54 residence after members of the Metro Crime Unit found a “shake and bake” type of meth lab in his home.
Arrested was Rickie Wilson, 53, of 7030 Hwy. 54. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Metro Crime officers found the “shake and bake” lab inside the home while conducting a search of the premises and they seized several items including meth, marijuana, digital scales, pipes, camping fuel, cold packs, salt, tubing and other materials. The home also was placed under quarantine so that no one can enter it.
His bond was set at $25,000 and he is set to appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on Tuesday.
News from past weeks here.