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

Murray State to Host Fourth Annual ROOTS Concert

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University's Department of History will present the fourth annual ROOTS concert Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30pm.

Slated to perform at this year's concert are nationally-acclaimed acts The Bankesters, The Giant City Slickers, and Terrapin Pond.

Each of the acts draws heavily on a bluegrass background, although The Giant City Slickers lean toward a Western swing / honky-tonk sound and Terrapin Pond incorporates garage rock and psychedelic elements into their music.

The concert is free and open to the public, and expected to last approximately two hours.

Downtown Paris Association Accepting Entries for Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.-
The Downtown Paris Association is now accepting entries for this year’s 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade on December 14th.

The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas” and churches, school groups, and other organizations are all invited to participate. Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray described the theme by saying, “Everyone has a cherished Christmas story. This is their chance to show it off in lights!”

Floats are welcome, but other options include tractors, golf carts, horses, bands and drill teams, or even pets.

Several awards will be presented including Best Decorated Float, Best Use of Theme, and Most Christmas Spirit, but the most prestigious, the Clark Griswold award, will be given to the best lighted entry. The honor is a nod to the classic comedy Christmas Vacation.

Applications and guidelines for entry in the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade are now available at www.visitdowntownparis.com
. Applications are due by December 10th.

Gas Board Discusses Contract Payments, Budget at Meeting

Paris, Tenn.-
The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met this week and approved payments of $119,940 to Revel Construction for their work on the main line extensions.

General Manager of the district Tae Eaton told board members that all work on the main line extensions should be completed by the end of October. Eaton said that with construction completed, they will be able to hook up new customers and have gas running to homes before winter weather sets in.

The board also approved paying James Plus & Associates $1968 for engineering work on the relocation of gas lines for the Highway 641 North widening project. Eaton also requested the board to approve a letter to TDOT requesting reimbursement for the money since the state was paying for the work utilities are doing for this widening project on 641 N.

Eaton requested permission from the board to waive service line fees for McCartney Produce to relocate to the industrial park spec building on highway 218. Eaton said McCartney was recently bought out and they have been thinking of relocating from their current building in downtown Paris. He said that they have discussed relocating to Alabama, New Johnsonville, and the industrial park here in Paris. The cost of the service line fee is around $425 and the board agreed the incentive was worth it to try to keep the jobs in Paris and Henry County.


Financials for the gas board for September are comparable to last year finishing this September with $124K. Year to date, the district is over $519K in the red, but Eaton reminded the board they always finish in the red during the summer and early fall months but will make money during the winter months so there was no concern.

Local Parks, Refuges to Reopen Following Government Shutdown

Paris, Tenn.- Several nearby national wildlife refuges and national parks are in the process of reopening after the partial government shutdown concluded October 16.

Land Between the Lakes will be fully reopened at noon Friday, Oct. 18. All LBL attractions, campgrounds, and other facilities will be accessible at that time.

All National Wildlife Refuges have now reopened as of October 17, including both Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuges. Offices and visitor centers are now accessible, and refuge roads, observation decks, and hiking trails normally open at this time of the season have been reopened.

All scheduled refuge hunts will resume as planned, and the LBL Tennessee Youth Quota Deer Hunt will be occurring as scheduled on Oct. 19 and 20; however, hunts that were cancelled due to the government shutdown will not be rescheduled.

For further information, contact Land Between the Lakes at 270-924-2000 or the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge at 731-642-2091.

Harrelson Elementary, Head Start Looking for Students

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Elementary School and the Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council Head Start Program are looking for 4 year olds for the 2014-2015 school year for the Harrelson Pre-K Head Start Center.

Those eligible must be 4 years old by August 15th, 2014.

Parents are invited to come and find out about the program Wednesday, October 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 at Harrelson Elementary School.

For more information, contact Karen Teem Family Advocate at 731-247-3182.

Henry County Genealogical Society to Meet Monday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.-
The Henry County Genealogical Society will meet at Lee Academy on Monday, October 21, at 4:30 PM. Beverly Wood is scheduled to present a program on the restoration and rededication of the stained glass windows at the First Presbyterian Church of Paris.

Ms. Wood as well as Stephanie Tayloe and Suzanne Richter will also speak about the six people that those windows memorialize.

HCSO Investigates Assault, Makes Several Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A woman was severely beaten Wednesday night on Highway 140 South near McKenzie, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

According to eyewitness accounts, the woman was walking to the store just past 7 PM last night when she was jumped and attacked by two black males.

She told responding officers she had never seen the men before and had no idea as to any sort of motive.

Local law enforcement is currently investigating the incident.

A man reported several forged checks which had been written on his account totalling $350, according to the Paris Police Department.

The complainant said he had been allowing a 26 year old woman to stay with him for the past several days as he’d felt sorry for her, and suspected her of forging the checks. However, he was unable to provide officers any details other than her first name, or any way to get in with contact her.

Recent arrests include:

Gerald Jackson, 48 of Cedar Street in Paris, arrested Thursday morning for breaking and entering and robbery after breaking into a man’s bedroom and stealing his wallet and approximately $200 after an altercation.

Jesse David Brinkley, 34 of Tanglewood Lane in Paris, arrested Thursday morning for a third offense of driving under the influence.

Chelsea Lancaster, 19 of Hutson Lane, arrested Wednesday morning for public intoxication.

Autism Awareness Fundraiser Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-
The Royal Arch Masons of Paris will have an Autism Awareness Fundraiser Saturday October 19th at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 4-8pm on Saturday with live entertainment by Rockabilly Country, food, drinks, and a bake sale.

BBQ plates are $10 per person and kids ages 10 and under eat for free. Autism Awareness Bracelets are available for purchase for $2.50 each or 3 for $5.00 but quantities are limited.

To donate, purchase a meal ticket, or for more information on the event, call William Umstead at 731-697-8321 or David Dabbs at 731-415-6769.

PSSD Approves Several Policy Changes at Wednesday Meeting

Paris, Tenn.-
The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Wednesday and approved a resolution relative to the distribution of public school funds.

Superintendent of the PSSD Mike Brown said when the legislature passed Public Chapter 305 last year it seemed harmless at the time, but some special school districts in other parts of the state have had some issues with some of the language.

Brown said other systems have run into issues where counties are doing one time non recurring expenditures and not sharing the property and sale taxes on those with the special school district. Brown said there have been no issues whatsoever with this locally with the PSSD but he thought it was still a good idea to pass the resolution supporting the Tennessee School Boards Association to work on changing some of the language in the bill.

Brown said citizens in special school districts pay a tax for the special school district but pay county taxes as well. So he feels, as do other special school district systems, that ‘dollars should follow students equally,’ in all cases when dealing with capital expenses and monies in the budget shared for education.

The board also approved some board policy changes dealing with asbestos management plans. This was recommended from the TSBA to include federal statutory requirements for all school districts to have an asbestos management plan for each school, including all buildings they lease, own, or otherwise use as school buildings. Brown said they will look at the plan each year during their facilities planning meeting.

HCHS Cross Country Team Competes at "Best of the West"

HCHS runner Kaity Beth James leads a group of runners at the "Best of the West" competition (Angela James photo).

Troy, Tenn.- Henry County's cross country teams competed in Troy at the “Best of the West” race and in the girls' 5K meter race, the HCHS Lady Patriots’ Kaity Beth James finished 4th overall with a time of 20:29. Hannah Barnhill came in 17th out of 91 runners and Stormie Bratschi finished 45th overall.

Javan Winders came in 1st place in the boys' 5K meter race setting a new course record with a time of 16 minutes flat. Austin Nance finished 25th out of 131 runners with and Harrison Robbins came in 30th and Nathan Condeelis finished 33rd. The boys team finished 4th out of 14 teams at the meet.

Both teams will travel to Hendersonville next week to compete in the TSSAA
Region 5AAA Cross Country Championships.

The top three teams and any individual that finishes in the top ten earn a trip to the state championships and November 2nd.

Budget Committee Approves Highway Dept. Revenue Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County budget committee met on Tuesday evening and approved all the items on their agenda. One of the resolutions passed was to increase revenue accounts in the highway department budget based on a recommendation from CTAS.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood told budget committee members that the highway department has seen continued decreases in their revenue and the state uses a 5 year average on road revenues to determine how much money the county gets from the state on the gasoline tax. Norwood said the revenue has gone down over the last few years and the department had given up 2 cents on their portion of the property tax rate a few years ago.

County Mayor Brent Greer said that reassessment a couple of years ago caused loss of revenue from property taxes across the board. The resolution that the budget committee passed moves $109,500 into revenue accounts for the highway department to help with their five year average in order to continue to receive more gasoline tax. That amount represents around 2 cents on the property tax rate and he told Norwood the highway department would have to work on their budget for the next fiscal year to try to come up with that money to show higher revenues.

The budget committee also approved resolutions moving money around in the general fund to help the health department purchase some equipment. The transfer moves $2000 from state contracts to equipment and the state did approve the decrease in contracts for the health department to purchase the equipment.

Other resolutions approved Tuesday night by the budget committee included transferring $4K in the sheriff’s department budget to complete the purchase of a motor vehicle and moving monies around in the general purpose school fund for grants received by the Henry County School System.

Highway Department Trying to Catch Up on Ditches, Culverts
Asking citizens to bear with them and hope for drier weather

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s road board meeting, a citizen of Countrywood Road was present and asked the board when they could come to take care of an issue where the ditch is continuing to wash out on the road when it rains and causes runoff in his property.

Board member Marty Allison explained that he had been to the area and didn’t see an easy fix to the problem. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood told the citizen that he would do his best to get crews to his area as soon as possible, but they are continuing to run behind because they’ve been having issues with culverts washing out, ditches clogging up and roads washing out all spring, summer, and now into the fall. Continuous rainfall this year has put the highway department behind on working on roads and Norwood asked all citizens who are having issues to bear with them and hope for a few days of dry weather.

The board spent some time Tuesday night discussing seeking bids for an excavator for the department to use for digging and clearing ditches, gathering brush and other jobs. Norwood said depending on the size, the price range is from $45K to $145K. The board wanted to make sure they got one big enough to do more than dig ditches, but still small enough for the dump truck to pull it on trailer to wherever they need it. Norwood said he would contact some companies and have them bring different sizes of excavators to the shop and let the department demo them and then seek bids.

The board also approved Norwood’s request to seek bids on a new ½ ton pickup truck to replace the 1989 truck. The old truck has over 200K miles.

Drug Arrests Made By Local Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department arrested Theodore Andrew Dubois, age 36 of 6100 highway 641 N. for possession of schedule two with intent and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dubois was placed on $25K bond.

Cpl. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a Cottage Grove man with drug possession and firearm possession after witnessing him speeding on Hwy. 54. Brandon R. Dowdy was stopped for speeding and then a search of the car found a 9mm Pistol and some Adderol pills. Dowdy was charged with simple possession of a schedule 2 and possession of a weapon.

Holder: Salvaging Materials Left to Owners of Property Not City
Issues With People Saying City Manager or Building Inspector Okayed Salvaging

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Manager Carl Holder issued a press release concerning people salvaging materials on private property claiming to have permission from him or city building inspector Mike Brown.

Holder wants to make sure citizens know neither he nor Brown can authorize the removal of any private property without a court order. Even when a structure is demolished, the city leaves it to the owners to sell off any materials or features before demolition.

Holder urges citizens that come in contact with anyone saying they have received permission to salvage property to get in touch with him or Brown by calling city hall. One of the most recent incidents involved a house in the Lee School District from which significant internal architectural features were removed.

Marching Patriots Compete At Union City

Union City, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots competed in Union City this past weekend at the Union City Invitational. Henry County won several awards in their including 1st place Field Commander, 1st place Color Guard, 1st place percussion, 1st place Band, 2nd place Field Commander in the division, 3rd place Color Guard in their division, 3rd place percussion in their division and 3rd place band in their division.

After enjoying fall break this week with no football games or competition scheduled, the Marching Patriots will have their special “Blackout” Show after the home game with Northeast on Friday October 25th. The stadium lights will be turned out and the band will perform with their instruments and uniforms glowing.

Great Central U.S. Shakeout Planned for Thursday

The map shows our area is very close to

the New Madrid Fault Line. Scientists

believe a major earthquake will occur in

this area within the next 50 years.

(Missouri Dept. of Public Safety map)

Memphis- Communities in ten states, including Tennessee, will simultaneously take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. Shake out earthquake drill at 10:17 this Thursday October 17th to practice the recommend response to earthquake shaking, or drop, cover, and hold on.

During this earthquake drill you should practice dropping to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table, or cover your head and neck with your arms, and hold on until the shaking stops.

Local schools are expected to take part in Thursday’s Great Central U.S. Shake out. Our area is near the New Madrid Fault line which has been a hotbed for earthquakes in the past, including a series of strong earthquakes in the early 1800s that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards and create Reelfoot Lake.

Scientists estimate that there is a 25 to 40% probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S., along the New Madrid Fault Line, in the next 50 years. The Shakeout is designed to help individuals, communities, schools, businesses and government agencies practice how to protect themselves and prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

The Shakeout is coordinated by TEMA, the central U.S. Earthquake Consortium, FEMA, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

March For Babies Event Raises Over $28K

Pictured above is Henry County ambassador for March of Dimes Ali Giesler is being pushed by her grandmother Kathy Taylor with her mother Christy Giesler to the left. (Photo Submitted by Donna Craig)

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual March for Babies was held on Saturday to help raise money for the March of Dimes. In conjunction with the March For Babies, the Run Baby Run 5K was also held early Saturday morning. Almost 60 runners competed in the Run Baby Run 5K and with registration fees for the 5K and the March for Babies over $28K was raised at the event to go towards March of Dimes. There is a yard sale planned for this upcoming weekend and hopes are to raise around $31K total when all money is counted.

Harrelson Pre-K Program Meeting To be Held Oct. 23rd

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Elementary School and Northwest Tennessee Head Start are looking for 4 year olds for the 14-15 school year for the Harrelson Pre-K Head Start Center. Children must be age 4 by August 15th. Interested parents can come find out about the program on Wednesday October 23rd from 12:30 to 1:30pm at Harrelson Elementary School at 143 Puryear Country Club Road in Puryear. For more information call 247-3182.

HCSO Investigating Homicide on Highway 140

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a homicide this morning where a Paris man was found dead on arrival by authorities at his residence. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Sgt. Ricky Wade responded to 3272 Highway 140 West on Sunday in reference to a possible dead on arrival call. Once Sgt. Wade arrived on scene he requested a death investigation to begin. William Victor Oliver, age 58, of that address was deceased when authorities arrived.

Belew said the body was sent for autopsy at the state medical examiner office in Nashville to help determine cause of death. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are continuing to investigate the situation. Belew said they still have a deputy on the scene and do have some leads they are currently following. The sheriff said they hope to release more details on the incident in the coming days.

The Henry County Sheriffs’ Office asks anyone that might have some information on this incident to call the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929 or the sheriff’s office at 642-1672.

Winders Brothers Take 1st and 2nd At Regional Championship Run

Titus Winders finishes first at the Regional Championship

in Memphis. (photo submitted by Lance Winders)

Memphis- Henry County Cross Country competed in the West Tennessee Cross Country Regional Championship for elementary and middle schools in Memphis this past weekend.

Henry County’s Titus Winders edged out his brother Silas Winders in the middle school boy’s 2 mile race in Memphis. Titus finished 1st overall with a time of 11:04 and Silas came in 2nd overall out of 163 runners with a  time of 11:38.

Other finishers for the boys were Garrett Robins who came in 17th with a time of 12:28, Murray Perkins finished with at time of 12:33 coming in 19th overall.

The boys team finished 2nd out of 14 teams, just eight points behind the 1st place team. The team qualified for state by finishing 2nd at the regional championships.

Dinah Winders finished 7th overall in the elementary girls 1 mile race out of 36 runners with a time of 6:49.

In the middle school girls 2 mile race Lexi Daniels and Ashley Wright both qualified for state by finishing well in the race. Lexi Daniels came in 14th out of 141 runners and Ashley Wright finished 26th overall, both with times less than 14 minutes.

Krider Idol Raises $3K for Youth for the Arts

Paris, Tenn.- Over $3,000 was raised for Youth for the Arts Scholarship during Saturday’s Krider Idol. There was a large crowd on hand and 24 competed for the Krider Idol crown.

Winners in the age 9-12 group were 1st place Meredith Roberson and 2nd place Izzy Arthurs. In the 13-18 age group Libby Caldwell won 1st place and Charlie Ryan took 2nd place. In the group category Jerry Gaylord and Lydia Shoemaker won 1st place and Maddie Parks, Gabrielle Lucas, and Katie Beecham won 2nd place.

Food Commodies Distributed Wednesday and Thursday

Those Receiving Commodities Must Bring Own Boxes

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest TN Economic Development Council will be distributing commodity foods on Wednesday and Thursday 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 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 Golf Tournament Set for This Coming Saturday
Money Raised Benefits Children's Shopping Event

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.

Seniors Win Second Annual Powder Puff Football Game

The Junior Team, in orange, prepares to run a play against Sophomore Team B (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School students held their second annual "Tackling for Cures" Powder Puff Football game to combat cancer and muscular dystrophy.

Proceeds from the game went to benefit the following charities:

Fight DMD, a charity aimed to research a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic wasting disease that affects approximately 1 in 3600 boys.

Caring Hearts Fund, established in 2010 to assist those in Henry County and the surrounding area who have been touched by cancer.

Never Quit Foundation, founded in memory of Lori Pearson to help local communities with out of pocket medical expenses due to cancer.

Four teams competed in the event: two sophomore teams, a junior class team, and a senior class team. The senior class team defeated sophomore team B for the win, although the sophomore team played in all 3 games defeating both sophomore team A and the junior class team.

Game 1: Sophomore Team B 14 - Sophomore Team A 6

Game 2: Sophomore Team B 14 - Junior Team 0

Game 3: Senior Team 14 - Sophomore Team B 6.

HCMC Diagnostic Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Pictured is the HCMC Diagnostic Center, which opened Oct. 8, 2012 (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center's Diagnostic Center celebrated its one year anniversary on Oct. 8, and has a great deal of success to celebrate in its first year of operation.

The facility has performed well over 28,000 procedures so far, and has hosted numerous events including the Mother's Day Mammothon and their Pamper Me Pink mammography event.

In its first year of operation, the Diagnostic Center has become one of the most decorated facilities in the nation, achieving accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Computer Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and digital mammography.

Imaging Economics also recently named the Diagnostic Center one of the best radiology facilities in the country for 2013.

Even with their incredible success, Director of Imaging Billie McKee thinks there is still plenty of room for growth and improvement. The facility's next goals are to achieve ACR accreditation in Ultrasound and become an ACR Imaging Center of Excellence by the end of next year.

According to McKee, "To achieve this goal is going to require a lot of hard work, attention to detail, and patient care. Currently, there are only 2 facilities nationwide with this accreditation, so it would be a huge honor for us if we are able to do so."

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and for every mammography appointment during October, patients will receive several goodies inclduding a pink tumbler and carnation, and will also be entered into a weekly prize drawing.

In addition, the Diagnostic Center will be holding a Pink is the New Black MAMMOthon event on October 17 and 18 -- women with appointments during these days will receive additional prizes as well as food and activities on these two extended-hour days. Appointments during the event are limited.

To schedule your imaging appointment, call (731) 644-8486, option 1.

Murray State University "Adventures" Seminar Continues Oct. 24

Dr. Tim Miller is currently serving as interim president of Murray State University.

Murray, Ky.- The third installment in Murray State University's seminar series "Adventures: Life and Its Experiences" will be presented Thursday, October 24th and will feature Dr. Tim Miller.

Dr. Miller is a professor emeritus of accounting at the university, and is currently serving as Murray State's interim president.

The seminar series allows students, faculty, alumni and the community to engage with speakers who have a wealth of academic and entrepreneurial experience. Speakers will discuss their experiences relating to both their successes and their challenges.

Dr. Miller's "Adventures" seminar will be held at 2:30 PM October 24th in the Freed Curd Auditorium in the Collins Center on the campus of Murray State University. The series is free of charge and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Drug Takeback and Shred Day a Huge Success

Sheriff Belew helps a local woman safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Henry County Prevention Coalition partnered with Kroger on October 12 for a document shred and prescription drug take-back day.

The departments had a commercial-grade mobile shredder on hand for documents and transported one of their prescription drug lockboxes for safe disposal of expired or otherwise unwanted medication.

According to Sheriff Belew, over 75 pounds of documents were shredded from individuals and local businesses in an effort to prevent identity theft, and thousands of bottles of prescription medication were stored for safe disposal.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office also provided free hot dogs, chips and drinks at the event.

Patriots Beat Clarksville High 31-14, Improve to 8-0

Chase Henderson breaks into open field (Tim Pharr photo).

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County was victorious on the road against Clarksville High School by a final margin of 31 to 14, despite several miscues and a stout Wildcat defense.


Clarksville High made three impressive red zone defensive stops early in the game, holding the Patriots to field goals, but once the offense managed to break through, Henry County’s win was never in doubt.


Chase Henderson had two touchdowns for the Patriots and Colton Randolph completed a pass to Brandon Donelson for another. Bryan Rammel completed four field goals on the night and earned WLZK's All-Temp Delivery of the Game honors.


The Patriots improve to 8-0 on the season with the win. They have a bye week next week and will host the Eagles of Clarksville Northeast on October 25th – kickoff will be at 7 PM at Patriot Stadium.

Cody Hunter and Nathaniel Godbott bring down a Clarksville wide receiver (Tim Pharr photo).

Operation: Deadly Mistake a Chilling Reminder of DUI Impact

Volunteers from various rescue and law enforcement agencies assess the scene of the mock accident (HCSO photos).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department partnered with the Henry County Prevention Coalition and several local organizations and law enforcement agencies to present Operation: Deadly Mistake at Henry County High School on Friday.

Operation: Deadly Mistake was a dramatic re-enactment of a car crash as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was intended to illustrate the grave potential consequences of that decision. Several HCHS students played victims in the re-enactment, and agencies such as the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Fire Department, Rescue Squad, county coroner, ambulance service, and Ridgeway and McAvoy Funeral Homes all played a part in the event.

According to Sheriff Belew, three of the student victims were pronounced dead; those students proceeded to read their own obituaries to the entire HCHS student body.

The student playing the driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, and a judge delivered a sobering explanation of the potential legal consequences of such a conviction.

The Sheriff's Department and Henry County Prevention Coalition hope the event will help HCHS students realize the severity of driving under the influence and keep intoxicated drivers off the roadways.

Victims played by HCHS students are either pronounced dead or tended to by law enforcement and rescue personnel.

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