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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

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Pats Travel to Brentwood Friday for Region Game

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is on the road for high school football action Friday night in a Region game against Brentwood. Kickoff is set for 7pm, with our broadcast starting at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. Also if you can’t make the trip and aren’t around a radio, listen to our online streaming at our website wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates apply.

Reminder: Spooktacular from Noon to 4pm Sat. Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Downtown Spooktacular will commence Saturday on the Court Square from Noon to 4pm. Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions as downtown merchants invite children into their stores for trick or treating.

You can visit the many vendor booths, have your face painted, play all kinds of games, and guess the weight of pumpkin patch Pete for a chance to win $100 in DPA bucks. There are also costume contests and a “Thriller Flash mob that will be held. Winners of the Scarecrows on the square will be announced at 3:50pm Saturday.

PHC Rescue Squad Offering Boating Safety Course Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Rescue Squad will host a boating safety course on Tuesday October 25th at their building, located on the Hwy. 218 bypass. The course will be taught by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Officer Joe Campbell. The event is free and open to the public.

923 Votes Cast Thursday During Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said 911 people came into the Elections Commission Office to vote on Thursday as extended hours until 7pm were offered. 12 more ballots arrived via the mail in the form of absentee ballots, making Thursday's total of 923 votes cast. So far in just two days of Early Voting, 1,839 votes have been cast.

Early Voting on Friday will run from 8:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturday it will be from 9am to 2pm.

Beer Board Suspends DG #4733 Beer License for 6 Months

Beer board members and City personnel listen to an owner of one of the store's who committed a violation. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Thursday evening and held violation hearings for four local businesses. The violations were all due to an undercover operation conducted by the Metro Crime Unit on the evening of September 3, 2016.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s and Metro Crime Unit discussed with City Attorney Fred McLean asking questions, the joint operation that the MCU, Paris Police, and HCSO conducted on September 3rd. Sgt. Myrick said that particular night 10 different businesses were checked using two undercover operatives, one female, one male, both at age 19. Sgt. Myrick said 7 stores in the City of Paris and 3 in the County did sell beer to a minor during the undercover operation.

Sgt. Myrick discusses the events of the undercover operation to the beer board.

Sgt. Myrick said the undercover operatives used their own Driver’s License and they were not altered at all. The operatives were told to attempt to purchase beer and if questioned about their age or refused sale, just to exit the store. If the sale of beer to the minor occurred they immediately brought it outside to the officer who was parked in the parking lot with them.

A beer regulation violation hearing for the Dollar General Store, at 2609 East Wood for its second violation since December of 2015 was held first. In the previous time, Dollar General chose to pay a fine instead of losing their beer license for 30 days at the first offense.

The beer board told the manager their training program had to be redesigned because it appears to not be working. Board chairman Ricky Searcy said “we have to send a message to quit selling alcohol to minors, and since this is the 2nd violation in under a year, I recommend suspending your beer license for six months.”

Board members Robert Sleadd and Bob Bowen agreed to the six month suspension and it goes into effect on October 27th, giving the store 7 days to clear out its inventory.

A violation hearing for the IGA Gas and Petroleum Store, located at 2603 East Wood Street, where a clerk sold beer to a minor, was also held Thursday night. An undercover operative working for the Metro Crime Unit went into the store on the evening of September 3, 2016, and was sold a six pack of beer.

The owner said there was an issue where the employee bypassed the system of keying in date of birth and allowed the sale of the beer to the minor. This was the first violation for IGA.

The option was given for a thirty day beer license suspension, or pay a $500 fine. The owner said he choose to pay the $500, and has to do so before October 27th

Another violation hearing for Patriot Express Mart, 1330 East Wood Street, was held as they also sold beer to a minor on an incident that occurred on September 3, 2016. Again an undercover operative, under the age of 21, for the MCU was able to purchase a six pack of beer. The board offered the store to pay the $500 fine or have their license suspended for 30 days. The store also agreed to pay the $500 fine within 7 days.

The final violation hearing was for Twice Daily, located at 2504 East Wood Street for the same evening. It was also the first offense for this establishment. The beer board gave the store the same option, in which they also choose to pay the $500 fine within 7 days.

The beer board also approved a request for a Class A Off premise beer permit for Debbie Inman at Twice Daily, located at 2504 East Wood Street. This request was due to a change in management.

Theft of Services, Shoes, and Stereos Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two cases of theft of services that have occurred where someone has stolen electricity. One of the cases occurred on Ben Smith Road, where the grandson of the homeowner went to check on the home and found garbage in the backyard and food in the refrigerator. He told his grandma it looked as if someone was living in the home, which she was just using for storage. BPU informed deputies that the power had been off since June of 2014, but investigation revealed that someone had wired around the meter and was stealing electric current.

Another incident where someone did the same thing to steal electric current was reported on Rolling Meadows Road as well.

Ptl. Dereck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department has issued a warrant for shoplifting on Matthew Freeland, age 22, of 409 East Ridge Road. The warrant was issued after Ptl. Greenhill observed surveillance video from Shoe Carnival showed Freeland get a new pair of shoes out of a box, put them on his feet, and leave his old shoes in the floor and walk out of the store. The value of the shoes stolen is about $65.

Ptl. Greenhill also took a report of theft from a pickup truck parked on North Brewer Street. The report said someone entered the unlocked truck and stole the JVC stereo and 5 inch speakers. Damage was also done to the dashboard during the theft.  

Yard Sale to Benefit Doghouse Rescue Will Be Held Friday

Paris, Tenn.- A yard sale to benefit the Doghouse Rescue program will be held on Friday October 21st from 7am to 5pm at the Whitlock Fire Station. The proceeds benefit food and other items to help care for animals at Doghouse Rescue.

Howl-O-Ween at Woodlands Nature Station This Saturday

LBL, Ky./TN- Trick or treat on the “wild side” at the 22nd Annual Howl-O-Ween program, Saturday, October 22, from 1-4:30pm at Woodlands Nature Station in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Tickets go on sale at 12pm and cost $5 per person ages 5 and up, free for ages 4 and under. Nature Station admission included with purchase. First tour leaves at 1pm; last tour leaves at 4pm.

“Howl-O-Ween is fun for kids of all ages. This event offers a great way for families to spend time together while enjoying a lighthearted outdoor experience,” says Monica Main, Nature Station Naturalist. “Costumed characters, like Otis the Bat, are nervously preparing for a ‘Nature’s Got Talent’ show. They need help deciding which skills they should show off to their friends.”

Nature Station guides take visitors on a ¼-mile woodland walk during this non-scary, daytime event all about animal talents. Kids can collect goodies along the way. Costumes are welcome and encouraged. Other activities include crafts, face painting, and learning about wildlife at Land Between the Lakes.

Fourth grade students can go to https://everykidinapark.gov/, get their free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free. For more information call 270-924-2299. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Photos available on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/albums.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic To be Offered Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department, Henry County EMA, TEMA, the Tennessee Department of Health, and other community partners are sponsoring a Drive thru free Flu Vaccination Clinic on Monday October 24th at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Vaccine quantities are limited and it will be first come first served and the event will be held rain or shine. Times of the drive thru free Flu Vaccination Clinic are from 11am to 1pm on Monday at the fairgrounds. For more information call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025.

Reminder: Paris Thunder Baseball Tryouts Sat. at McNeil Park

Paris, Tenn.- Tryouts for the Paris Thunder Baseball 9U and 12U teams for the upcoming Spring 2017 season will be held at McNeil Park this Saturday October 22nd at 9:30am. For more information visit the Paris Thunder Baseball Facebook page.

Enough Grace Ministries "Rest for Soul" Ladies Retreat is Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Enough Grace Ministries is hosting its 2nd Annual “Rest for the Soul” ladies retreat Friday and Saturday at Paris Landing Inn and Convention Center. Best Selling author Stormie Omartian will be the featured speaker. The speaker has authored the “Power of a Praying” series and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

Candise Farmer, founder of Enough Grace Ministries will be the host speaker and other speakers and worship leaders will be joining the platform as well. Girls ages 13-18 will be invited for a special mini-conference as well.

Complete retreat and registration information is online at rest4thesoul.com. Call 336-8727 for information as well. Seating is limited for the event.

Reminder: Relay Witches Ride Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 1st Annual Henry County Witches’ Ride will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Paris Association Spooktacular on Saturday October 22nd at 4pm. Entry fee is $25 per witch or $10 per witch for teams of 10 Witches or more. Event fee includes an event T-shirt and a wrist band for a chili supper to be held at First United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center after the Witches’ Ride.

Check in is at 2:30pm at FUMC and the Ride begins at 3:15pm. Everyone is encouraged to dress in the best Witch costume and bring a bicycle, golf cart, or broom to ride or walk around the court square during Spooktacular.

In addition to the Witches’ Ride, the chili supper will be held and an $8 donation to Relay will get you chili, dessert, and drink. For more information call Dana Allen at 336-3719 or Tracey Beasley at 225-1729.

Arts Council Seeks Singers for 49th Annual Comm. Christmas Concert

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites all singers to join in the creation of the 49th annual Community Christmas Concert that will be held Sunday December 4th at 3pm. The first rehearsal for the concert will be Thursday November 3rd at 7pm in the choir room at First Baptist Church in Paris. Performers of all talent from throughout the community are encouraged to participate.

After the initial meeting, rehearsals will be every Monday thru the month of November, ending with the performance on December 4th. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at 642-3955, email phcarts@gmail.com. More information is also on the Arts Council’s website at www.phcarts.com.

719 Vote on First Day of Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- If the turnout on the first day of Early Voting is any indication on the turnout for this Election, it could be a record breaker. 719 Henry Countians voted on Wednesday during the first day of Early Voting. Combined with absentee ballots, so far a total of 916 votes have been cast. Extended hours for Early Voting will be offered on Thursday it will be from 8:30am until 7pm. Early Voting continues until November 3rd.

Busy Start to Early Voting In Henry County

County Commissioners Kenneth Humphreys and James Travis were some of the voters in line around 10am Wednesday morning.

Paris, Tenn.- Lines formed as soon as Early Voting began Wednesday morning at 8:30am and were steady all morning so far. Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said as of right at 10am, 157 people had already cast their ballot. There are several machines set up at the Election Commission Office, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street, for Early Voting, but you may have to wait in line for very brief periods of time when crowds are large. Early Voting continues until 4:30pm on Wednesday.  (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Fox Caught on Avalon Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Animal Control Officer Mark Mead showed off a female fox caught in a trap on Avalon Street Wednesday morning. The trap had an apple in it and the fox came into eat and was caught. Mead will release the fox at the Wildlife Refuge. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Vanity Mirrors Stolen from Garage on Hwy 119

Paris, Tenn.- Two vanity mirrors were reported stolen from a home on Hwy 119, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The items were taken from the garage and were valued at $90.

TSSAA Classification Changes Coming Fall 2017

Nashville- The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has released its new classification for all sports that will begin in the fall of 2017. The classification is based on student enrollment, with football being broken down into 6 classes, with all other sports having 3 classes.

Henry County will remain in 5A for football, and 3A for all other sports. According to the numbers, the Patriots will likely remain in the same region with Clarksville High, Northeast, Northwest, West Creek, and Kenwood. Rossview, Dickson County, Brentwood, and Centennial, current Region opponents, will move up to 6A for next year.

Full Regions/Districts have not been set yet.

For the full breakdown of the changes to classification, visit TSSAA’s website at www.tssaa.org.

Inman's Season Comes to A Close With Semi-Final Loss

Coach Bob Marcum addresses the team after a tough loss to Martin.

Martin, Tenn.- The Inman Bulldogs were defeated 12-0 Tuesday night as they had a rough road to travel Tuesday night as they took on the Martin Panthers in Martin for the semi-final of the TMSAA football playoffs.  The Bulldogs only loss of the year had come earlier in the season to the Panthers in Paris. 

The game was close for the first half with neither team managing to advance very far before turning over on downs. The second half saw the Panthers recover an onside kick and take the ball a few plays later into the end zone for a six to nothing lead. The Bulldogs just couldn't get it on track and the Panthers scored another touchdown on a 60 yard run. 

PSSD Board Hears Updates on Rhea Construction

Ben Witt, of RossWitt, goes over the latest developments with construction at Rhea. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met in regular session Tuesday night and in about 9 minutes handled their October business. Ben Witt, of RossWitt, PLLC Architecture, gave updates on the Rhea Construction project as the weather has been very cooperative.

Witt said there have been several mason workers on the job and are really pushing the masonry work. He said we’re trying to get ahead of scheduled before winter weather sets in. Roof joists should be in soon and by November the shape of the roof should start to take place.

Witt said they are working on interior finishes with board member Amy Cathey and will finalize interior colors soon. They plan on putting out a kitchen equipment bid package at the first of the year.

Superintendent Mike Brown updated board on the Inman Athletic Building, which has been approved by the Paris Planning Commission to proceed. Brown said we are now waiting on approvals from the State Fire Marshall, and we hope to start actual construction work very soon.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards told board members about upcoming academies that board members must attend. He said there are some in Jackson coming up in January.

Part of the exterior wall at Rhea.

Small Business Expo Brings Out the Superheroes

Paris, Tenn.- A steady crowd flowed thru the annual Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo on Tuesday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Many businesses were featured and booths were decorated with the Superhero theme. Door prizes were given away and event goers collected cups, pens, notepads, and other items from the businesses that set up booths. (Photo Credit: Tim Alsobrooks)

Chamber Superheroes Recognized at Chamber Coffee

Commercial Bank was one of the "Superhereos" recognized

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday morning's Chamber Coffee was held at the Small Business Expo, which continues until 3pm Tuesday. The Chamber Recognized it's own Superheroes, since that is this year's theme for the expo.

“A superhero themed Small Business Expo is the right time and place to recognize several chamber members who go above and beyond with their support of our local Chamber,” according to Chamber President Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park. “A plaque can only begin to express our gratitude for their efforts.”

Henry County, the City of Paris, BPU, Henry County Medical Center, FirstBank and Commercial Bank were recognized as Gold Level Memberships and received a specially designed plaque denoting their contributions.

Pat Summitt Bequeathes $200K to UTM Women's Basketball

Martin, Tenn.- The late Pat Head Summitt (‘74) included the University of Tennessee at Martin in her estate plans with a $200,000 bequest to the women’s basketball program. The gift, announced during the Chancellor’s Brunch and Awards Program on Oct. 8, will establish the Pat Summitt Women’s Basketball Endowment at UT Martin. Summitt played basketball under coach Nadine Gearin from 1970-74 before receiving her degree and accepting a coaching position with the Lady Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She passed away June 16 at the age of 64. Pictured after the announcement are Bettye Giles, former UT Martin women’s athletics director, and Dr. Bob Smith, UT Martin interim chancellor.

"Early Voting" Continues in Statewide Student Mock Election

Nashville- "Early voting" is officially underway in Tennessee's first ever statewide Student Mock Election. Teachers from schools across the state were able to begin entering their results yesterday.

Results must be submitted by 4 p.m. CDT on Mock Election Day, Nov. 1. Mock presidential election results will be revealed Nov. 2, less than a week before the real general election.

There are currently more than 500 schools participating from 91 of the state's 95 counties, meaning an estimated 241,000 students are doing something most children can't: vote for president of the United States.

"Our response has been overwhelming. Educators from all across the state are excited about this program and I know students are eager to participate," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "Our hope is their interest in voting continues as they become young adults."

Students in preschool through high school from all public and private schools as well as home school associations in Tennessee can participate. Ballots letting students choose between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and all qualified independent presidential candidates were provided, but schools could conduct elections locally in different ways. The essay submission deadline is Nov. 4.

Students are also entering an essay contest to encourage them to be actively engaged citizens. Essays topics will be about voting and length requirements vary by grade level. Schools may submit two essays at each grade level. Winners from each level will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship worth $100, $250 or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol.

The program also offers lesson plans created by Tennessee teachers. The goal is to offer an easy way for teachers to incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum leading up to the Student Mock Election.

For more information on the essay contest, the Student Mock Election or lesson plans visit: sos.tn.gov/civics

Man Arrested for Drug Possession, Suspended DL

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derreck Greenhill of the Paris Police Department observed Timmy Olive, age 55, of 126 Broken Arrow Drive, driving around and confirmed thru dispatch that Olive’s license were still suspended. Ptl. Greenhill initiated a traffic stop and found a pipe beside the console that tested positive for meth. Olive was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a barn was broken into on Hwy. 119. A knife was used to carve into the door and pry the window open, causing an estimated $600 in damage. Several boxes were gone thru and it appears the only thing missing were three outdoor light fixtures.

Paris Thunder Baseball Tryouts Wed., Sat. for 9U and 12U

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Thunder 9U and 12U baseball tryouts for the upcoming 2017 season will be held at McNeil Park Wednesday at 5:30pm and this coming Saturday October 22nd at 9:30am. For any questions visit the Paris Thunder Baseball Facebook page.

County Moves Forward With Refinancing School Debt

HCSS Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton discusses the opportunity to refinance debt and save the county money. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Brian Norton was on hand to discuss building projects at Henry County High School and the possibility of refinancing some of the debt.

A joint meeting with the Commissioners and School Board was held several weeks ago as this process began, and a community input meeting was held at the end of September. At the October School Board meeting, the board agreed to move ahead on the project and attempt to secure funding for moving forward.

Monday night, Dr. Norton presented the commission with the idea of refinancing about $2M in current debt that will save about $135K in interest over the next 5-6 years.

County Mayor Brent Greer informed commissioners that the resolution to refinance would be brought to the November meeting and then in December they would approach the market and look for the best refinancing options.

The refinancing of the current debt wouldn’t alter the length of any debt, but Mayor Greer did say that most of the school system’s debt would be paid for in 2025, with the rest coming off in 2026.

After discussion on refinancing, Dr. Norton briefly discussed coming to the commission later for discussion on funding the High School project. Mayor Greer said those discussions on funding the project would begin at the first of the year, and the commission and school board could have a work session to determine the route to go.

Greer said, “any new debt we add, will require some additional funds be raised in one way or another. This would put about a 7-8 year burden on our taxpayers, but then it would come off the books.”

He added, “we want to be totally transparent with the public in this whole process as the commission, our constituents, and the school board have discussion about what is best for our students.”

The HCHS project includes new safety upgrades and renovations at the office area, relocation of all student services to the front part of the building, modernization of the library at the high school, replace windows and doors, a new gym floor and air conditioning at Gamlin Gymnasium, and improvements at the athletic complex. The overall cost to do everything is just under $10M.

Mayor Greer Receives Elected Official Award

Mayor Greer talks about county business at Monday's Comm. meeting. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- County Commissioner Paul Mathenia made it publicly known on Monday night that County Mayor Brent Greer received a very distinguished award at the County Officials Fall Conference in Nashville earlier this month. Greer was honored for his dedication and service as an elected official with the Robert M. Wormsley award that is given to one elected official each year in the state of Tennessee. Commissioner Mathenia said “it is a very big honor and Mayor Greer deserved it.”

Reminder: Small Bus. Expo is Tuesday 9am-3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Small Business Expo on Tuesday today 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.

HCHD to Close French Road

Mansfield, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close French Road in the Mansfield area on Tuesday for culvert replacement. The road will be open for Tuesday afternoon traffic.

HC Quarterback Club Boston Butts Ready for Pickup Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Quarterback Club is holding their annual Boston Butt sale and butts can be picked up this coming Thursday October 27th from 10am to 1pm at the Fieldhouse. If you haven’t ordered a Boston Butt and wish to do so, either contact any Coach, football player parent, or Quarterback Club member or post on the Henry County Quarterback Club’s Facebook page. The Boston Butts are $40 and this is a fundraiser for the Club.

HC Registers 726 New Voters Since August 5

Early Voting Starts Wednesday; Extended Times Offered

Paris, Tenn- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green reported that Henry County had 726 new voter registrations from August 5th thru October 13th, with over 200 of those just in the month of October alone. Green said as of last Friday, there are now 20,361 registered voters in Henry County, the highest number ever. Of those, 17,058 are active and 3,303 are inactive.

Green said any voter that is not sure or have had changes and not updated their registrations need to do that before Wednesday or come Early Vote and take care of it then. She reminds citizens lines will be long on Election Day and changes will take time and back up lines even more.

Early Voting runs Wednesday October 19th thru Thursday November 3rd. Early Voting hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to 2pm on two Saturdays October 22nd and 29th.  In addition, extended hours will be offered on Thursday October 20th and Thursday October 27th until 7pm. For any questions stop by the Election Commission Office at 213 West Washington Street inside the courthouse annex or call 642-0411.  

Man With Numerous Warrants Arrested at Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man who had numerous warrants at Ogburn Park over the weekend after Paris Police and the Sheriff’s Office received a tip that he would be there. Michael S. Salmon, age 42, of 824 Williams Street, was taken into custody and found to have a metal pill box on his person that contained some pills he couldn’t produce a prescription for. Salmon was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of forgery, stemming from warrants, and possession of schedule two drug.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for reckless endangerment on Shawn Nieves, age 22, of 542 East Washington Street after he appeared to have fired a gun in mid-air during an argument with another man over a cell phone. No one was injured and Nieves had left the scene when officers arrived.

Cpl. Wayne Fuqua cited a Camden juvenile into General Sessions Court after police broke up a party on Old Union Loop. The juvenile was found with a small baggie of marijuana. He was released to his parents.

Dep.James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a home on Robinson Drive this weekend. According to the report a 9MM semi-automatic handgun and $1158 was stolen from the home. Investigation is continuing.

Lt. Ricky Watson of the Metro Crime Unit charged Brian K. Eaton, age 35, of 9574 Hwy. 79N with possession  of schedule two, four, six, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fire Destroys Barn on Nobles Road

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded to a barn fire at 1240 Nobles Road on Sunday afternoon. The call was received around 3:45pm and fire fighters arrived to find the shed and about 1 acre of the surrounding field on fire. The shed had already caved in from the flames.

Owner Tommy Shankle explained that he had been mowing earlier and put the tractor and mower back in the barn and went inside. A passerby called the fire in a little while later.

PLVF Chief Reggie Coles said the exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined but it is believed to be accidental. Three trucks and seven firefighter were on scene for one hour. Damage is estimated at $30K. (Photos by Reggie Coles)

HC Fair Changing Dates Again

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Fair Board President Joan Williams said in a press release that, "After a successful 2016 Fair Week in September, we have began to plan for 2017. One of the first things we discussed is what we need to change, and what date/week to hold the fair."

Williams said after much deliberation, the Fair Board decided to move the fair up a couple weeks. The 2017 Henry County Fair will be held Monday August 28th thru Saturday September 2nd. This year the Fair began Saturday September 10th and ran thru the following Saturday September 17th. Next year's date will include Friday and Saturday  of Labor Day weekend.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Mid State Championship

Dickson, Tenn.- Henry County High School Cross Country competed in the Mid State Cross Country Conference Championship this past weekend and the men's team finished 8th out of 30 teams.

Titus Winders came in 5th in the Boys 5K with a time of 16:13, Silas Winders came in 18th at a time of 17:10. 211 runners competed in the race. Other Henry County runners included Cole Davis, Zach Cutright, Jarrett Hayes, Cooper Smith, Devin Pritchett, Ryan Patrum, Jesse Evans, Dylan Patrum, Josh Cutright, and Scott Wallett.

In the Girls 5K, Madison Aiosa finished in 24:02, good for 71st out of 154 runners and Madison Caldwell also competed in the race.

Both the Girls and Boys will compete in the Region 5-AAA Regional Championship on October 27th.

Dinah Winders Qualifies for State Championship Youth Race

Memphis, Tenn.- The Henry County Middle School teams ran in the West Tennessee Middle School Championships on Saturday and Dinah Winders finished 4th out of 163 runners in the Girls 2 Mile race with a time of 13:08. Her finish qualifies her to compete in the Knoxville Youth  Athletics State Championship this coming Saturday.

Other finishers Kaitlyn Napier, Brooklyn McClain, Taylor Berry, Kylie Guynn, and Lance Adams.

Chamber Recognizing "Superheroes" on Tuesday, Oct. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will recognize its own ‘superheroes’ at the Chamber Coffee, prior to the annual Small Business Expo this coming Tuesday. The Coffee begins at 8am, with the Small Business Expo running from 9am to 3pm at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

“A superhero themed Small Business Expo is the right time and place to recognize several chamber members who go above and beyond with their support of our local Chamber,” according to Chamber President Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park. “A plaque can only begin to express our gratitude for their efforts.”

Henry County, the City of Paris, BPU, Henry County Medical Center, FirstBank and Commercial Bank will all be recognized as Gold Level Memberships and will receive a specially designed plaque denoting their contributions.

Police Arrest Man for Multiple Counts of Theft and Forgery

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Michael S. Salmon, age 42, on Saturday for theft of property under $500, shoplifting, theft of property over $500, and two counts of forgery.

Salmon was placed on$50,000 bond.

Jaycee's Golf Tournament is this Saturday 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.

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 located at 55 Jones Bend Road.

Owensboro Man Arrested in Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Thomas F. Wachter, age 35 of 530 Carlton Drive of Owensboro, KY, on Friday for failure to appear. Wachter was placed on $10,000 bond.

Charlie Wynn Road to Be Closed Monday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Charlie Wynn Road in the Buchanan area on Monday October 17th for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The closure will be two tenths of a mile southwest of V. Williams Road.

Charlie Wynn Road will be opened for Monday afternoon traffic.

Civil War Event at Paris Landing State Park Oct. 15-16

Cassie Walsh photos

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Battle of Paris Landing Chili Cook-off and Civil War Living History Event on Saturday October 15th included, several vendors selling food, arts, relics, and more will be on hand.

 The Civil War re-enactor demonstrations included infantry, cavalry, and artillery, and period music happened throughout the day. There was also cannon firing every hour on the hour and a night firing of the cannons Saturday at dusk.

Cassie Walsh photos

The purpose of Saturday’s Civil War re-enactor demonstrations, was for re-enactors to educate people about the what it was like to live during the Civil War, while also giving people the chance to experience life during the war.

Cassie Walsh photos

During the Civil War women had to go back to the ways of their grandmother’s by weaving their own clothes because of the blockade from the North. The blockade blocked the South from receiving. Items like cotton were produced in the South, but were actually manufactured in the North.

Cassie Walsh photos

Civil War surgeon re-enactor, Tom Woods said, “During the first half of the Civil War it was a learning experience for doctors especially when it came to the dealing with the mass casualties of the war. And during the second half of the war surgery and medicine had become more efficient."

During the Civil War one of the innovations that came out of the war was the practice of surgery, which before this war doctors had practiced medicine but never actually performed surgery until now.

“Doctors were also able to perform amputations in 12 minutes and 75% of the men that were injured during the war survived their injuries despite doctors not practicing common things such as sterilization or even washing their hands or instruments doctors used in their surgeries,” Woods said.” Doctors would go from patient to patient on the battlefield and work for days and the doctor would have to cut his boots off, because their feet were swollen because they had worked continuously for days.”

Buchanan Man Arrested for Multiple Offenses

Chad Evans HCSO Booking photo

Paris, Tenn.- According to a police report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Chad Christopher Evans, age 36 of 307 Jackson St. of Paris, on Thursday for two counts of aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated criminal trespassing, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, resisting arrest and two failure to appear warrants.

Evans was placed on $13,000 bond.

Something Spooky Coming to the Oct. 22nd Spooktacular

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association Spooktacular is on Saturday, October 22nd, from noon to 4 pm on the Court Square.  At the event 17 booth partners will be lined up with games and prizes for everyone to enjoy. The Inman Middle School Band will perform and there will be a Thriller flash mob scene. 

The costume contests are for ages Birth to 3 years old, 4 to 7 years old, 8 to 11 years old, 12 to 14 years old, and a Family/Group Contest. Food will be provided by Perry's BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters.  There are no pets allowed at children events.

The DPA event is sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust, FirstBank, Carroll Bank & Trust, Security Bank, and Foundation Bank.

Ribbon Cutting at the Ole Kuntry Mall's New Location

Paris, Tenn.- Paris, Tenn.- The Ole Kuntry Mall now located in the Kroger Shopping Center had their Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Friday afternoon on October 14th. The Ole Kuntry Mall is now located at 1055 Mineral Wells Avenue, Suite 8.

Store Owner Richard Hooten and Chamber President Gary MacIntosh, had the honors of cutting the ribbon at the Ole Kuntry Mall's Friday opening at the stores new location, while other chamber members and vendors from the different shops in the mall looked on.

Tax Notices Mailed to Henry Countians

Henry County Trustee Randi French

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee Randi French wants everyone in Henry County to know that tax notices have been mailed out in Henry County. You should start to see your Real Property, Personal Property and Tax Relief notices hitting your mail box within the next few days. The taxes are now due and payable, with a deadline of Feb. 28, 2017.

The trustee's office encourages you to bring all notices in with you or put them with your payment when you drop them in the mail or the night deposit box. This allows them to get your payment in quickly so that you don’t have to wait and there is no confusion on which parcel you are paying on. 

As always they are accepting partial payments and are signing up those that are interested in taking advantage of their ACH bank draft.

Please read over your Tax Notices carefully as there is important information on the back of the notice about Tax Relief. Taxpayers can learn more about that program by visiting the office.

Payments for county taxes can be made during the trustee office’s regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is also a drop box for after-hours payments on the front of the building. The trustees office will also have a payment option as well as tax information and a place where you can make a copy of your tax bill or tax receipt on our website henrycountytrustee.com.

Payments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 776, Paris.

Please feel free call the Henry County Trustee's office with any questions or concerns at 731-642-6633.

Patriots Will Return to Football Action on October 21st

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriots have a bye this week, but the Henry County Patriots will return to football action when they face Brentwood at Brentwood on Friday, October 21st at 7pm.

Pregame starts at 6:30pm, and the game will start at 7pm next Friday. If you can’t make it listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 415-325-0723.

If you listen via your phone, just remember standard rates do apply.

First Relay Witches Ride Scheduled for Oct. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- The 1st Annual Henry County Witches’ Ride will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Paris Association Spooktacular on Saturday October 22nd at 4pm. Entry fee is $25 per witch or $10 per witch for teams of 10 Witches or more. Event fee includes an event T-shirt and a wrist band for a chili supper to be held at First United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center after the Witches’ Ride.

Check in is at 2:30pm at FUMC and the Ride begins at 3:15pm. Everyone is encouraged to dress in the best Witch costume and bring a bicycle, golf cart, or broom to ride or walk around the court square during Spooktacular.

In addition to the Witches’ Ride, the chili supper will be held and an $8 donation to Relay will get you chili, dessert, and drink. For more information call Dana Allen at 336-3719 or Tracey Beasley at 225-1729.


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