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Reminder: Battle of PL Chili Cook-Off and Civil War Event This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Paris Landing Tourism League will hold the 3rd annual Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook Off and Civil War Living History Event this weekend Friday thru Sunday. There are vendor camps, civil war re-enactments, cannon firings, and much more. To enter the Chili Cook-off or for more information log onto www.visitparislanding.com.  The event is free to attend and parking is free also.

Extinguishers Used to Put out Fryer Grease Fire at McDonalds

Restaurant to Close Temporarily for Clean Up and Repair

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department used four extinguishers and minimal water from the roof down the pipe to put out a grease fire that occurred just before 5:30pm Thursday evening at Paris McDonald's.

Firefighters were on scene until shortly after 6pm and contained the damage to the fry cooker where the grease fire started. Smoke could be seen up and down Mineral Wells Avenue and caused traffic to slow in the area. No one was injured and McDonald's closed for about 3-4 hours while cleanup was completed Thursday evening.

A McDonald's representative said one fryer vat was lost in the blaze so they will not serve any nuggets, fish and crispy chicken products until the new one can be put in. The store will serve its french fries, burgers, breakfast items, and McCafe products. Quick action by employees resulted in minimum damage.

Planning Commission Approves Preliminary Site Plan for Fourteen Foods

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris explains the preliminary site plan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday night and approved a preliminary site plan for Fourteen Foods, of Minneapolis at the property located between Taco Bell and Murphy Oil on Mineral Wells Avenue. Fourteen foods is the parent company of Dairy Queen. The plan was also submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation and was approved as the developer is asking for review and direction prior to moving forward with the purchase and development of the site.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said TDOT approved drainage and suggested a turn lane be put in to help with turning into the restaurant. Planners approved the preliminary site plan after some discussion on traffic issues and other things. She said they have yet to close on the property and continue to proceed with possibly putting a restaurant there in the future.

Planners also approved a major site plan for the Inman Athletic Complex at Thursday night’s meeting.  

The plan, submitted by the Paris Special School District, is for property on Inman’s campus located at 400 Harrison Street. The proposed plan is for a field house that will be 80 by 120 ft, or 9600 square feet. The building will be located on the east side of the existing storm shelter on the campus. There is no additional parking required and setbacks are ready.  

Minor Site Plan for King and Thompson Approved

Paris, Tenn.- A minor site plan for King and Thompson Attorneys was approved by planners Thursday night as well. The property has been acquired from the City, adjacent to the property currently owned by King and Thompson at 416 W. Wood Street. The proposal is to develop a private parking area. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris explained that more specifically this property is located between their property and the alley running north and south on the West side of the Court Square.

The plan shows 6 diagonal parking spaces with the access to the alley that runs north and south behind the buildings on the west side of the court square. With regard to traffic flow, the spaces angled as proposed, the traffic would enter from West Wood Street’s end of the alley and exit either on Washington or Fentress Street.

The plan was approved with the stipulation that the parking spaces be comparable in size to the on-street parking spaces in the downtown area which are 10 ft. in width and 20 ft. in length.

A site revision plan for Abbott’s Printing, located on Abbot Lane, was approved by planners on Thursday night. The plan originally proposed three new buildings and a new access onto Fairgrounds Road. The revised site plan removes the two buildings to the north of the property and shifts the third building north. Additionally the building that is shifted is enlarged to be 4800 square feet. The drive off Abbott Lane would be widened to allow trucks and deliveries to the property. Drainage will not change and everything else was in order.

Planners Rezone B-3 Areas to B-1 On Memorial Drive

Paris, Tenn.- A rezoning request from Dr. Michael Boley at 224 Memorial Drive was also approved by the planning commission on Thursday night. Dr. Boley plans to expand his vet clinic and has acquired both 226 and 228 Memorial Drive in addition to his existing property, which is currently zoned B-3. Morris said the idea is to rezone the area to B-1, and discussion then started on how much of the area to rezone that because of potential development. The City Commission referred this to the planning commission last week.

Richard Edwards, vice chairman acting as chair in Rachel Terrel’s absence, said it appears we need to clean this up and get the entire area zoned as B-1. The decision is to rezone everything north of Fairview Street that is currently zoned B-3 to B-1.

Planners also approved a request to acquire undeveloped right of way at Edwards Street from John Culver. The owner regularly experiences people entering their wooded property adjacent to the railroad property at the end of the undeveloped right of way. The Kennan Amendments were attached, which allows the City to take control back if issues arise in the future.

Breaking: Grease Fire at McDonald's in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department is currently on the scene of what started as a grease fire inside at Paris McDonald's. As of just before 6pm, most of the fire is contained and the restaurant is currently closed for the time being as cleanup will soon begin.

Crosno Apprehended by Dep. Davis and Jenkins

Paris, Tenn.- A wanted man is in custody now after being tracked down by Dep. Brian Davis and Dep. Blake Jenkins on Wednesday. Both deputies went to Washington Court Apt. 12A looking for Jonathon Crosno, age 33, of 917 Dunlap Street. Crosno was wanted after a chase that involved Sgt. Lance Perry the last few days where Crosno managed to evade arrest.

Dep. Davis went to the front door and Dep. Jenkins went to the back of the building. Dep. Jenkins observed Crosno exit from a back window and began to run on foot. After a short foot chase, Crosno was apprehended. He was charged with two counts of evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, and reckless endangerment. Crosno was placed on $9500 bond.

Another arrest from Wednesday was Tyron Walters 48, of 2940 Manleyville Road. He was charged with DUI 1st offense, violation of implied consent, violation of the bumper law, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on suspended driver’s license.

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department investigated a break-in on Lone Oak Road. Items stolen included a change jar with about $600 in it, and several prescription pills. There are no suspects in the theft at this time.

Delta Regional Authority, State Investing $100M in West TN

Euro Tranciatura To Get $150K in DRA Funds

Nashville- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill, together with public and private partners, today announced nearly $100 million in new investments into strengthening infrastructure, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, and attracting new companies to West Tennessee. A full list of the investments is provided below.

The investments, a combination of the DRA’s 2016 economic development awards as well as state, local, and private resources, are expected to create and retain hundreds of local jobs, train workers, and support industries across the region.

“These investments help our region accomplish two critical goals: secure good-paying jobs today and make our part of the world more economically competitive in the future,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said. “We are making smart improvements to our region’s infrastructure and providing the workforce and technical training that small businesses need to grow. The future of West Tennessee is strong.”

“These funds will help empower communities to improve and grow, expanding services and programs to create more economic development opportunities, and leading us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Gov. Haslam said.

State:                           Tennessee
# of Projects:             11
DRA Resources:         $1,587,882
Leveraged Funds:      $97,986,852
Total Investment:      $99,574,734

“Over the past 16 years, Delta Regional Authority and its partners have improved countless lives by providing job opportunities for hardworking West Tennesseans,” said U.S. Senator Bob Corker. “I applaud DRA’s continued commitment to our state, and I am pleased this year’s investment of over $79 million will enhance infrastructure and help advance the Volunteer State’s economy by creating over 400 jobs and retaining over 1,600 jobs across eight cities.”

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said, “I’m pleased the Delta Regional Authority is awarding over $1.5 million in federal funding to help create jobs in Tennessee. These grants will help fund critical infrastructure and boost economic development in our state. This is good news for Tennessee and the entire eight-state delta region.”

U.S. Representative Steve Cohen said, “I am pleased that Delta Regional Authority is investing in infrastructure improvements in West Tennessee to help grow economic opportunity for small businesses. These new projects will help create and retain jobs, support local industries, and spur economic growth in Memphis and around the region.”


  1. Martin, TN: Staging Area to Serve MTD Products: The proposed project includes the construction of a staging area for large trucks waiting to unload at MTD products in Martin, TN.  The project will include adding more than 2,000 LF of road.  The project will create 150 jobs while aiding in the retention of 1,000 jobs. Total Investment: $30,650,000. DRA Investment: $150,000. Other Public Resources: $500,000.
  2. Memphis, TN: South Main Artspace Lofts Project: The South Main Artspace Lofts is a mixed-use affordable live/work housing and commercial project for low-income families that will providing workforce and economic development to revitalize the area. Total Investment: $17,652,768. DRA Investment: $150,000. Other Public Investment: $17,502,768.
  3. Paris, TN: Offsite Storage to Serve Euro Tranciatura Project: The proposed project includes the construction of a storage facility to house rolled steel, large wire rolls, and other manufacturing materials delivered by rail.  The project will create 150 jobs and retain 225 jobs. Total Investment: $12,842,000. DRA Investment: $150,000. Other Public Investment: $692,000.      
  4. Camden, TN: Jones Plastic Expansion-Industrial Access Road: The proposed project will include the construction of an industrial access road serving the new expansion of the Jones Plastic Products site in Camden, TN.  The project will create 25 new jobs and aid in the retention of 240 jobs. Total Investment: $3,525,000. DRA Investment: $150,000.00.  Other Public Investment: $150,000.
  5. Tiptonville, TN: Riverine Fisheries of the Port of Cates Landing Project: The proposed project would include the addition of a pretreatment facility to eliminate waste from fish processing before entering the sewer system.  The project will create 80 jobs while retaining 80 jobs. Total Investment: $9,990,000. DRA Investment: $80,000. Other Public Investment: $410,000.
  6. Benton County, TN: Western Branch Distribution Center Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee: A food recovery and distribution center will be constructed and staffed on property in the Benton County Industrial Park, providing hunger relief and economic impact to nine DRA counties in Tennessee.  The project will create 8 jobs while retaining 2 jobs. Total Investment: $3,752,700. DRA Investment: $150,000. Other Public Investment: $3,602,700.   
  7. Henderson, TN: Inside Out Dad/Responsible Mom Program: The Inside Out Dad/Responsible Mom project is a jail program designed to aid inmates in learning parenting skills and aiding in job placement once released. Total Investment: $43,063. DRA Investment: $38,063. Other Public Investment: $5,000.
  8. Hornbeak, TN: Hornbeak Emergency Operations Center: The proposed project includes the construction of an Emergency Response and Training Center.  The building will be approximately 7,730 sq ft. Total Investment: $680,244. DRA Investment: $250,000. Other Public Investment: $430,244.
  9. Henderson, TN: Water Line Extension: The City of Henderson andChester County proposed project will provide potable water to the Proctor Road area residents. This project would benefit 137 homes and 370 residents. Total Investment: $133,134. DRA Investment: $119,819. Other Public Resources: $13,315.
  10. Dyersburg, TN: Develey Mustard and Condiment Corporation: The project will provide water, sewer, and gas line materials for a construction project serving the Develey Mustard and Condiments Company.  The industry will create 150 new jobs. Total Investment: $20,452,000. DRA Investment: $200,000. Leveraged Public and Private Investments: $20,252,000.
  11. Minority and Women-Owned Strategic Growth Services: Project continuation with supplemental funding to increase minority business participation in procurement opportunities across the Delta region. This project also provides virtual training resources. Total Investment: $203,825. DRA Investment: $150,000. Leveraged Public and Private Investments: $53,825.

The investments are primarily made through the DRA States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, the agency’s main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, workforce development, small business and entrepreneurship, and health access projects in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. DRA coordinates directly with Tennessee’s three planning and development districts in the region for program funding implementation.

DRA leadership works closely with the governor of each state and his board designee to identify projects to receive SEDAP investments, which are aligned with state economic development goals. 

These federal investments require a minimal investment of state funds that can bring a large return in DRA and other agency funding and result in a great economic impact for the Delta region of Tennessee.

MSU Homecoming Planned for Oct. 27-29

Murray, Ky.- Homecoming is a chance for Racers near and far to relive the favorite memories of their alma mater. In commemoration of Murray State University history, Homecoming 2016 has been deemed Decades: Building Memories and will take place Oct. 27-29. 

With humble beginnings as a small picnic and football game in October of 1933, homecoming has become one of the largest events of the year that is full of Racer tradition and pride. This year marks several important anniversaries in Murray State history, including the 90th anniversary of the Murray State Alumni Association, the 30th reunion of the class of 1986 and more. 

“This year’s theme, Decades: Building Memories, encourages recollections of the past and building new memories for Racers,” said Jeanie Morgan, Student Government Association advisor. “The idea that ‘Homecoming is better than Christmas’ is something that I embrace each year. 

Homecoming is a time to reconnect with classmates, friends and those that have special memories at Murray State. Homecoming 2016 is especially exciting because it is SGA’s 80th anniversary.” 

The decades-themed weekend kicks off with A Taste of the Arts, an alumni dinner and auction dedicated to the arts at Murray State, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 in the CFSB Center’s Lower Lobby A and the Murray Room. 

On Oct. 28, homecoming-goers have the chance to get active with the Homecoming Run. Hosted by Campus Recreation, the 5K through campus will begin at the Wellness Center with registration at 4 p.m. After the race, several alumni reunions will be held on Friday evening at 6 p.m., including the class of 1966 Golden Anniversary Dinner and the 1986 Football Reunion. 

Following Racer tradition, the festivities continue on Oct. 29 with an annual favorite: the Homecoming Parade. Racers and the Murray community are invited to 15th and Main Streets at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy the decorative floats created by several Murray State student organizations. 

Tent City will follow the parade, bringing together alumni, student and Greek organizations and residential colleges inside the walls of Stewart Stadium. Over 50 tents will be on display, housing games, food and Racer gear. After Tent City comes to a close, Murray State royalty will grace Stewart Stadium’s field with the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen taking place at 2:45 p.m. To end the day, homecoming-goers can watch the Racers take on Tennessee State at 3 p.m.

Additional homecoming events include the School of Nursing Alumni Homecoming Meet and Greet, the Murray State Jazz Orchestra Swing Dance, the NPHC Homecoming Step Show and the baseball alumni game. Racers attending homecoming can visit murraystate.edu/homecoming for a full listing of weekend events and reunion schedules.

Jaycee Golf Tournament To Be Held Sat. Oct. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold their 20th Annual Jaycee Golf Tournament on Saturday October 22nd at the Paris Country Club. It is a 4 person scramble format with a shotgun start at 10am. Registration opens at 9am. Entry Fee is $300, or $280 if paid by Wednesday October 19th.

The fee includes green fee, golf cart, goodie bag, and lunch. Mulligans will be available for $20 per team or $5 per person. Joe Mahan Ford is sponsoring a hole in one contest where anyone that hits a hole in one will win a brand new vehicle from Joe Mahan Ford.

Prizes pay up to 4 places based on the number of teams. There is also a closest to the pin and longest drive contest. All money raised benefits the Jaycee’s Children’s Shopping Tour held before Christmas. Hole sponsorships are needed and are available for $100. Also items for goodie bags are needed as well.

Call Loria Plunk at 731-225-1897, Kelly Corbitt at 731-333-2551, or Jamie Fairbanks at 731-407-8689 for more information. The rain date for the event would be November 5th.

TNNWR to Host Astronomy Night on Saturday

Paris Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold an Astronomy Night this Saturday October 15th from 7-8pm. Everyone is invited to come out to see the full moon over the water from the back patio of the Refuge and discuss the night sky. Bob Vickers, President of the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomer’s Club will come with friends bringing their large telescopes to view the night sky.

The center will open at 6pm for those wishing to come early and explore the exhibits or just set in the rocking chair and watch the sunset. You are encouraged to bring your lawn chairs and even a picnic to view the night sky. The Refuge is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Reminder: Kiwanis Mexican Dinner Is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The 17th annual Paris Kiwanis Club Mexican Dinner will be held on Thursday October 13th at the Paris Convention Center, located behind the Quality Inn. It is dine in or carry out for lunch from 10:30am to 1:30pm and supper from 4-7pm. The proceeds benefits local organizations in Henry County. Tickets are $10 per person and are being sold by any Kiwanian or can be obtained by calling 642-8424.

UTM Fall Preview Days Oct. 29th and Nov. 12th

Martin, Tenn.- High school students and their families are always welcome on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. However, special Fall Preview Days are set aside to provide students an opportunity to speak with academic advisers, financial counselors and other campus resources in a low-stress environment. Two remaining Fall Preview Days will be held Oct. 29 and Nov. 12 this year.

Each day will begin with check-in at 9 a.m., followed by an official welcome at 9:30. A panel of current UT Martin students will answer questions and discuss the expectations of college life at 10, and participants will be able to visit academic departments starting at 10:45. The day will end with a full campus tour at 11:30.

Fall Preview Day is the ideal place to have questions answered about academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, student activities and residence life. There is no charge to attend, and parents, siblings and other visitors are welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure each student is able to visit areas of personal interest.

Register online at utm.edu/preview. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or email admitme@utm.edu.

Water Treatment Upgrades Included in Latest CDBG Grants

Nashville- The Paris Board of Public Utilities and City of Paris are the recipients of one of 69 Community Development Block Grants that were announced recently by Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd.

The CDBG is worth a total of $900K, with $525K being state funds and the local match being $375K. The BPU has sought several types of funding as the project is underway and continuing.

Inman Runners Do Well at TMSAA State Championship Meet

Emma Hill running for the Lady Bulldogs. (Kelley Lassiter photo)

Clarksville, Tenn.- Inman Middle School’s Cross Country team had two runners place well on Saturday at the Tennessee Middle Schools Athletic Association’s State Cross Country Championship. 8th grader Hunter Lawrence was 5th out of 82 runners after running the two mile race in 11:23. 7th grader Abby Taylor came in 8th out of 87 girls in the two mile race with a time of 13:01.

The Inman Lady Bulldogs team finished 6th out of 10 teams in the Single A division. Other runners that competed Saturday were Tucker Jones Emma Hill, Robert Henriquez, Mary Raye Smith, Amelia Hart, Raven Page, and Kailey Killen.

Highway Dept. To Close Perkins Road Thurs.

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Perkins Road in the Puryear Hazel area on Thursday October 13th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 4 tenths of a mile east of Old Paris Murray Road and the road will be open for afternoon traffic.

One Vehicle Accident Tues. Claims Life of Puryear Man

(photo by Nicki Cronkright)

Paris, Tenn.- A Puryear man was killed in a one vehicle accident on Hwy. 641 N. Tuesday afternoon, according to the fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Office in Jackson.

Dennis Daniels, age 49 of Puryear, was killed when his 2005 GMC Pickup Truck, travelling southbound on Hwy. 641, crossed into the northbound lane and continued to leave the roadway. When the vehicle left the roadway, it hit a tree and then overturned. The wreck caused traffic to back up for a time period Tuesday afternoon.

Trooper Josh Wade worked the accident scene.

Road Board Adopts Culvert Policy

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discuss the Culvert Policy Tues. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Board of commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday night and adopted a culvert policy contingent on checking to make sure all is right legally with the County Attorney.

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said he and the foreman set down and developed a policy that would be easy on citizens and the department. The policy basically says the landowner will contact the Henry County Highway Department to request a driveway connection to a county road and provide proof of land ownership.

The HCHD will then visit the location of the driveway to be installed and determine if a culvert is needed and if so the best location of the pipe. The HCHD will then issue the landowner a permit for the culvert with the diameter and length suggested. If the landowner purchases the properly sized culvert as recommended by HCHD the department will install the culvert. The department will also furnish granular to fill as required by each individual situation. Installation will be completed in a timely manner as workload permits.

If the landowner chooses to purchase a different sized culvert than what was recommended by HCHD, the department will not install and if it causes problems with flooding, etc., the department does have the right to come out and remove said culvert.

Chilcutt showed the board that both the landowner and HCHD representative would sign off on the connection permit and date when it was installed. There is no cost to the landowner for the inspection or permit.

In other business Tuesday evening, Chilcutt informed the board that the State Department of Transportation had finished safety improvements on Elkhorn Nobles Road and needed the Road Supervisor to sign off on the work and the county to take ownership back over.

Board member Marty Allison said the work really looked good as the state striped the road, put up new signs with reflectors on the signs, put reflectors on the roadway, repaired guardrails and more.

Board Chairman Bobby Milam said the state conducted a study a few years ago and because there had been a number of injury accidents and fatalities in the area, the State paid for all the repairs and reflectors to make the road safer for motorists. The only thing that wasn’t done that was discussed was a possible blinking light at the Elkhorn Road, Hwy. 79 intersection, but that could be looked at next time.

HCHD Looks to Pave 9 Miles of Road with State Aid Money

Road board members discuss using State Aid to pave roads. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday night’s Road Board meeting saw, Supervisor Richie Chilcutt report that state aid money should cover paving about 9 miles of roads at no cost to the department. He said the plan is to finished a section of Old Paris Murray Road, Osage Crossland Road, and if he can get it on the state aid approved road list, pave a section of Fairgrounds Road from the City Limit sign to Hwy. 218. Chilcutt said currently the road isn’t approved on the State Aid road list, but since it connects one state highway to another, he thinks he can get approval. Board members agreed that that road is heavily travelled especially during Fish Fry and Fair weeks.

The board discussed possibly looking at purchasing another boom mower to attach to the tractor. Chilcutt said he’d like to purchase it and use it this winter to keep right of ways clear and in the spring attach it to one of the other tractors because one of the current boom mowers is seeing its age. He also said the department is searching for a used flatbed truck as well.

The Road Board also learned that the department had received a notice to proceed from the State on an environmental engineering study as the state prepares to raise and pave a portion of Bobcat Den Road which leads to the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center. Chilcutt said the match is 80/20 with the state paying 80% and the Federal Government paying the local match of 20%. Chilcutt said the department would cut limbs, help supervise the work, but the state would do the majority of work. He reminded the board this is only in the infant stages and projected completion date is the year 2021.

TN Division Of Forestry: Practice Safe Debris Burning

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is observing National Fire Prevention Week by reminding citizens to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires.

National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 9. The official start of wildfire season in Tennessee is Oct. 15.

“It’s important, and required from October 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017, that citizens call for a burning permit and follow outdoor burning safety recommendations,” State Forester Jere Jeter said. “Throughout October and into November, the state is forecasted to experience above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation creating an expansion of drought now seen in southeast Tennessee. The permit system helps us communicate to the public when and where it is safe to burn and focuses attention on safety.”

The online burn permit system is free, fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to www.burnsafetn.org for approval. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and the online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply.

For a larger burn, apply for a free permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting www.burnsafetn.org. Henry County's Forestry Service phone number is 642-3808.

Burn permits are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.

To learn what materials may not be burned, check the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Open Burning Guidelines at https://tn.gov/environment/article/apc-open-burning.

Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, and you may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash awards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction. To report illegal burning, please call 1-888-891-TDEC.

Visit www.burnsafetn.org for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community. 

The Division of Forestry promotes the wise use of forest resources by assisting landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality and collecting forest inventory data. The Division also works to promote primary and secondary forest industries to stimulate the state’s economy. Visit http://www.tn.gov/agriculture/section/forests for more information.

Paris Police Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department took a report of theft from Hwy. 641 S. where 16 ft. car hauler was missing from the of front a business. The value of the car hauler is $1500 and there are no suspects.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a wall A/C Unit was stolen from a home on Hooper Street along with about 5 floor heaters. The value of the items is around $425 and there are no suspects.

Holley Carburetor Reunion Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Holley Carburetor Reunion will be held this Saturday October 15th at the Paris Civic Center, located on Volunteer Drive. It will be a Pot Luck meal from 11am to 1pm and all former employees or family of employees are invited to come, bring a dish, and enjoy the stories. For more information call Gloria Barnhill at 642-7266.

PLSP Holds Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Gollf Course

Buchanan, Tenn.- The golf course at Paris Landing State Park recently reopened after renovations, including the grassing of all 18 greens with Champion Bermuda grass, the building of six new tees and the enlargement of seven tees. Seven of the greens were re-contoured, adding some fun new challenges for visitors. These renovations add tremendous value to the Tennessee Trail of Golf, nine courses that offer exceptional golf experiences and natural beauty found only at Tennessee State Parks.

Leadership from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and community members gathered on Sept. 30 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony—including TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau and Director of Golf Operations for Tennessee State Parks Mike Nixon.

Pictured: L-R: Kevin Buie, Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce President-elect and Vice President of Organizational Development; David Salyers, West Tennessee River Basin Authority; Jeremy Stone, Chamber representative; Gary McEntire, Golf Course General Manager and Chamber President; Justin Oliver, Chamber representative; Keith Hickman, Golf Professionals Manager; Tony Lawrence, Chamber representative; TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau; Mike Nixon, Director of Golf Operations; David Hamilton, Chamber representative; Dwayne Hicks, Greens Superintendent; Nolan Poteete, Chamber representative; Park Ranger Joan Williams

Food Commodities to Be Distributed Oct. 18-20

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities to eligible area residents October 18, 19, and 20th. The food will be distributed at Central School, located at 55 Jones Bend Road between the hours of 8:30am and 1pm each day.

Seniors age 60 and older will come Tuesday October 18th. Everyone else with last names beginning with letters M-Z will come on Wednesday October 19th and last names beginning with letters A-L will come on Thursday October 20th.

Applicants must have their Pink Commodity Card. If you don’t have a card, you must sign up no later than Monday October 17th. They ask you not to line up cars before 8:30am and there is no need to come inside.

Eligibility will be based on total household income not in excess of the state established maximum percentage of the poverty line for the appropriate household size. Anyone receiving aid from one of the following programs is eligible for USDA commodities: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Families First, Supplement Security Income, Low Income Home Energy Assistance, or documented residence in public housing.

For more information call the Northwest Tennessee EDC at 642-3132 or visit the Henry County Service Center at Central School. 

Chamber's Small Bus. Expo To Be Held Oct. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Small Business Expo on Tuesday October 18th from 9am to 3pm at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The theme this year is “Small Business Superheroes” and booths will be decorated with the theme.

Beginning at 8am on the 18th, the Chamber Coffee will be held prior to the Small Business Expo.

Vendor applications are available at the chamber’s website, www.paristnchamber.com. For more information contact Monica Smith at 642-3431 or email monicasmith@paristnchamber.com.

17th Annual Kiwanis Mexican Dinner Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The 17th annual Paris Kiwanis Club Mexican Dinner will be held on Thursday October 13th at the Paris Convention Center, located behind the Quality Inn. It is dine in or carry out for lunch from 10:30am to 1:30pm and supper from 4-7pm. The proceeds benefits local organizations in Henry County. Tickets are $10 per person and are being sold by any Kiwanian or can be obtained by calling 642-8424.

Warrants Issued on Bryant After Chase Ends with Car Crash Last Week

Buchanan, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office detailed an incident that happened last week involving a chase, car crash, and warrants issued for a Henry County man.

The report stated that Sgt. Lance Perry observed a Chrysler Pacifica parked at the Dollar General Store on Hwy. 79N back on Tuesday October 4th and thought Eddie Ray Bryant, age 24, of 12 Morningside Village in Springville, was in the car. Sgt. Perry watched from a distance as another car pulled beside the Pacifica and finally observed Eddie Ray Bryant walking away from the front door of the store.

Sgt. Perry pulled into the store and Bryant took off running to the back of the store. Sgt. Perry advised the woman in the vehicle not to leave as he went around the back of the store searching for Bryant. Minutes later, Travis S. Etherton, age 36, of Moody Drive in New Concord, Ky.,  was seen jumping into the vehicle as Sgt. Perry came around and the vehicle pulled off.

Sgt. Perry ran to his patrol car and began to follow the vehicle, which was driving erratically down Hwy. 79 towards Stewart County, passing vehicles in the turning lane. The vehicle turned up Hwy. 119 and continued to drive recklessly as Sgt. Perry followed the vehicle down several backroads before the vehicle crashed. Bryant exited the vehicle and ran off. Deputies and K9s searched the area for hours but didn’t find Bryant. Warrants have been filed for his arrest and as of Monday morning he has yet to be apprehended.  

Two Arrested, Warrants Issued for a Third Man After Evading

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Perry was also involved in another chase over the weekend were two men were arrested and a third remains at large with warrants issued for his arrest, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

The report stated Sgt. Perry observed a white vehicle turn onto Old McKenzie Hwy and the driver appeared to try to hide his face from Sgt. Perry as they passed him. The vehicle had three occupants and Sgt. Perry turned around to get behind the vehicle. Minutes later, Sgt. Perry met the same vehicle and it turned down Spring Hill Road and didn’t stop at the stop sign. The vehicle began to drive recklessly and Sgt. Perry recognized the driver as Jonathon Crosno, 33, 102 Lorena Lane, who had some active warrants already.

As Sgt. Perry gained ground, the vehicle slowed down and the driver Crosno, and backseat passenger, identified later as John Bates, age 34, of 530 Kirks Trading Post Road, jumped from the moving vehicle and ran into the woods as the vehicle continued to roll and finally came to a stop in the grass.

Sgt. Perry found the third occupant in the vehicle still, Justin Carter, age 29, of 1107 Lone Oak Road. Carter was wanted for a violation of probation warrant and he was also charged with evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of schedule two as some meth was found on his person.

Dep. Brian Davis arrived to assist and he and Sgt. Perry went into the woods and found Bates hiding under some weeds. Bates was charged with evading.

Crosno was not found and warrants have been issued for reckless endangerment, felony evading, and driving on a revoked license.

Thefts Reported in the County

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from Normal Avenue. The report said the vacation home was entered via a window and the door was then kicked in. Tools, bed covers, and a skill saw were among the items stolen, valued at over $350. There are no suspects.

Dep. Jenkins is also investigating a theft from Hamilton Road where a red single axle trailer was stolen. The trailer is valued at $1K and there are no suspects.

Dep. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s office took a report of 100 hyrdocodone pills being stolen from a home on Rabbit Creek Road. There is a possible suspect and the value of the missing prescription medicine is $500.

Dinah Winders Races to 2nd Straight Cross County State Championship

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County’s Dinah Winders won the Tennessee Middle School Association State Cross Country Championship for the 2nd straight year Saturday after finishing 1st overall in the Class A Girls 2 mile race. Winders bested 86 other runners with a time of 12:24 to take the championship. Other HCMS runners did well also as Kaitlyn Napier and Brooklyn McClain both finished the race with good times.

Winders is a 7th grader at Lakewood Middle School and was named to the All-State Team.

In the Class A boys 2 mile race, Hayden Bostick finished 11th out of 82 runners with a time 11:47 and teammate Sam Bruce came in 12th at 11:49. Other finishers for the boys were Lance Adams, Masson Elliott, Gavin Faris, Will Wardlaw, and Collin Smith. The boy’s team placed 4th out of 9 teams.

Conyersville Road Closed Oct. 12th and Oct. 13th

Puryear, Tenn.- Conyersville Road in the Puryear area will be closed Tuesday, October 11th and Wednesday, October 12th for culvert replacement if weather permitted. Mt. Sinai Road may be used as an alternate route.

Conyersville Road will be open for evening traffic both Tuesday, October 11th and Wednesday, October 12th.

Paris Man Arrested for 2nd DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jim Hugh Simpson, age 48 of 1177 North Market St. of Paris, on Friday for driving under the influence and violation of implied consent.

Long heard over the scanner that a blue pickup on Hwy. 641 North heading southbound into Paris was swerving all over the road and a possible DWI was involved. Long heading northbound on North Market Street observed the pickup swerve down the road, Long then turned around to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle.

Long said that Simpson had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him and his speech was slurred. Long asked Simpson how much he had to drink and Simpson told Long that he had drank about a 12 pack of beer. Long asked Simpson to perform field sobriety tests and Simpson refused. Simpson was then arrested for DUI and was transported to the county jail.

At the jail, Long found that Simpson was convicted of a prior DUI on Dec. 28th 2015 in Montana. Due to the prior DUI offense, Simpson was charged with his 2nd DUI. Simpson was then placed on $6,000 bond.

October 11th Last Day to Register to Vote

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November Election is Tuesday, October 11th. You can register in person at the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex on Washington Street during their regular business hours. You may also fill out a voter registration application or check your registration status by going online to govoteTN.com.

Paris Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Brian Davis arrested Randy J. Mobley, age 30 of 1524 Old McKenzie Hwy of Paris, on Saturday for aggravated assault. Mobley was placed on $15,000 bond.

US Marshals Help Paris Police Arrest Carroll County Man

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to a call from a local motel on Friday in reference to the US Marshals being there, because of a suspect that the US Marshals had detained on active warrants the suspect had out of Carroll County.

When Forrest arrived on scene she spoke to the Marshals about the subject identified as Joshua Skipworth, age 22 of 478 Old State Route of McKenzie. Skipworth was detained by the US Marshals for three active felony warrants Skipworth had out of Carroll County.

The warrants were for aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated robbery. Skipworth was arrested and transported to the Jail without incident. Carroll County was advised of Skipworth’s arrest and they were arranging transport.

Battle of PL Chili Cook-Off, Civil War Event Oct. 14-16

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-off and Civil War Living History Event is set for October 14-16 at Paris Landing State Park. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism league and 5 chilis are already entered into the chili cook-off, which will be held on Saturday, October 15th near the pool area.

Entry fee for the Chili Cook-off is $25 and you may enter your chili with beans or chili without beans. Chili cookers must be set up by 9am Saturday and no pre-packaged seasoning is allowed. Meat must be cooked on site, canned beans are allowed, but must not be seasoned. Participants must provide one gallon of chili for judging purposes. Any heat source can be used except for open fires. Chili must have a name. Winners will be awarded a trophy and cash prizes.

In addition to the Chili Cook-off, the Battle of Paris Landing Event will start Friday October 14th at 10am with children’s programs, civil war demonstrations, and a program from local historian Larry Ray.

On Saturday October 15th, several vendors selling food, arts, relics, and more will be on hand. The Paris Landing Tourism league will sell chili, chili frito pies, and chili dogs. There will be Civil War re-enactor demonstrations for infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and period music throughout the day. There will be cannon firing every hour on the hour and a night firing of the cannons Saturday at dusk.

On Sunday, a Church Service will be held at the large pavilion with a message by Porters Battery’s Chaplin. From 9am to 4pm Sunday there will be more demonstrations as well, hay rides, and cannons fired every hour.

For more information log onto www.visitparislanding.com or call 731-363-4214. The event and parking is free to the public.

Hoof Beats of Hope Fall Festival Held Saturday

Cassie Walsh photos

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Hoof Beats of Hope, the therapeutic horseback riding program, is holding their annual Fall Festival today, October 8th at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.

Cassie Walsh photos

The pet show is at 1pm, results of the car show will be given at 2pm, and at 3pm there will bingo under the pavilion. There is also musical performances and concessions will be sold all day as well, money raised benefits Hoof Beats of Hope.

Cassie Walsh photos

There was 25 cars registered in today's car show. At the cake walk this morning all of the cakes were sold out, so it was a successful morning for the Hoof Beats of Hope. Kids games will be held throughout the day and the agility dog demonstrations started at Noon.

Highlights from Patriots Homecoming Win Over Dickson Co.

The 2016 Henry County Homecoming court. Pictured from left to right Bailey Armas, Ansley Cate, Kolby Nation, Tatiana Duffy, Tyler Allen, Kalyn Williams, Cole Culpepper, Olivia Boyd, Scott Gerrell, Calista Herrera, Sam Murphey, Samantha Wynn, Darren Russell, and Nia Russell.

Timothy Pharr photos

Olivia Boyd was named the 2016 Homecoming Queen and she was escorted by
Cole Culpepper.

Olivia Boyd and Cole Culpepper. (Timothy Pharr photos)

The Patriots led by Seniors Knox Davis, Aaron Thompson, Brandon Muench, Travis Northington, & Dylan Coleman take the field during Fridays homecoming game against Dickson County.

Timothy Pharr photos

#12 Seven Stewart returns a punt escorted by Knox Davis and Kadarius Freeman.

#12 Seven Stewart (Timothy Pharr photos)

#3 RB Lukas Reynolds attempts to pull away from Cole Martin.

#3 Lukas Reynolds (Timothy Pharr photos)

#2 QB Savon Stewart carries the ball against Dickson County.

#2 Savon Stewart (Timothy Pharr photos)

Patriots Get the Homecoming Win 63-43 Over Dickson Co.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots got the Homecoming win against their rival the Dickson County Cougars, winning Friday night’s game 63-43.

In the 1st quarter, Dickson County scored a touchdown and the point after was good. Henry County’s Lukas Reynolds rushes for the Patriot touchdown and the point after was good. The score at the end of the 1st was Henry County 7 Dickson County 7.

With 7:19 left in the 2nd quarter, Henry County’s Savon Stewart broke 3 tackles for the 38yd touchdown and the point after was good. Dickson County’s Trey Weismann returned the Patriot turnover for the 40yd touchdown and the point after was good.

At the 1:00 minute mark in the 2nd quarter, Patriot’s Savon Stewart rushed for the touchdown and the extra point was good. With 11 seconds left in the half Dickson county had a 66yd touchdown pass and the point after was good. The score at halftime was Henry County 21 Dickson County 21.

In the 3rd quarter, Patriot’s Lukas Reynolds rushed for the 8yd touchdown and the point after was good. Henry County recovers the onside kick and Savon Stewart rushed for the 42yd touchdown. And the extra point attempt was good. 

Dickson County kicked a 35yd field goal with 6:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Cougars Darian Burns ran it in for the Dickson County touchdown and the extra point was good. The score at the end of the 3rd quarter was the Patriot’s leading the Cougars 35-30.

With 11:02 to go in the 4th quarter, Henry Co. Savon Stewart ran for another Patriot touchdown and the extra point kick was good. With over 8 minutes left in the 4th Dickson Co. scored a 25yd touchdown and the point after was good.

Patriot’s Savon Stewart carried for a 63yd touchdown and the extra point kick was good. With 3:21 left in the game, Henry County’s Caleb McCutcheon ran it in for the Patriot touchdown and the point after was good. At the 1:26 mark in the 4th quarter, Dickson Co. scored a touchdown, but the 2pt conversion failed.

Henry County still led Dickson County 56-43. Henry County scored another touchdown and the final score was the Henry County Patriots victorious over the Dickson County Cougars 63-43.

The Patriots have a bye week next week, but the Henry County Patriots will return to football action when the Patriots play Brentwood at Brentwood on Friday, October 21st at 7pm.

Benton Co. Woman Arrested for Arson and Insurance Fraud

Wanda Hensley booking photo

Jackson, Tenn.- A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Tennessee Fire Investigative Services has resulted in the arrest of a Camden woman on charges of arson and insurance fraud.                                                             

At the request of 24th District Attorney General Matt Stowe, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the TFIS in investigating an early morning fire Thursday at a residence at 201 South Point Drive in Camden.

The Benton County Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. During the course of the investigation, multiple points of origin of the fire were discovered within the structure. The investigation further revealed that the homeowner, Wanda Hensley, was the individual responsible for that fire.

On Thursday, Hensley, 67, was arrested and charged with one count of Arson and one count of False or Fraudulent Insurance Claim. She was booked into the Benton County Jail, where she is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Tuesday is Deadline to Register to Vote in November Election

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November Election is quickly approaching. Tuesday October 11th is the last day to register to vote. You can register in person at the Henry County Election Commission Office, located inside the Courthouse Annex on Washington Street during their regular business hours. You may also fill out a voter registration application or check your registration status by going online to govoteTN.com.

Secretary of State Tre Hargett said in a press release, “we had tremendous success getting Tennesseans to register to or check their status during National Voter Registration month in September, and now the deadline is approaching. If you plan to vote in this presidential election your voter registration application must be received or postmarked by Tuesday.”

Early Voting will run Wednesday October 19th thru Thursday November 3rd and Election Day is Tuesday November 8th. Voters should bring valid photo identification with them for registration purposes and to vote.

Burn Permits Required Oct. 15th- May 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Forestry Tech Jason Waddell reminds citizens that burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire and from October 15th thru May 15th anyone starting an open-air fire must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by call your local forestry office 642-3808 or by going online at www.burnsafetn.org.

HC UT Extension Office Hosting Master Goat and Sheep Class

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office is hosting Master Meat Goat and Sheep Producer classes October 10th, 11th, 24th, and 27th and again November 1st. The classes will be held from 6-9:30pm at the UT Extension Office located at 1120 Tyson Avenue. The class on October 10th will be from 5:30-9:30pm. 

The cost for the class is $100 and training meets the requirements of the TN AG Enhancement Program. Topics covered will be management and marketing, reproduction and health, genetics and nutrition, forages and fencing, carcass quality, and predators and predation. This is a multi-county offered course so anyone in Henry, Houston, Stewart, Weakley, and Benton Counties may attend.

For questions or to register call 642-2941 or 931-232-5682. Graduates that meet the minimum Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Ag Enhancement Program requirements will qualify for 50% cost share on designated TAEP Grants. Space is limited to the first 40 people who sign up.


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