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

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Turkey Bowling a Huge Success

Henry County Patriots offensive coordinator Burt Snow and daughter Cullie team up to bowl a turkey at Thursday night's event (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-
The Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County enjoyed an impressive turnout at Thursday night’s Turkey Bowling event at Lakeway IGA.

Donors received three chances to bowl a frozen turkey down a Lakeway IGA aisle at a set of Coke bottle pins – everyone who hit a strike received a T-shirt courtesy of WMUF / WLZK / WRQR, and three strikes in a row earned a grocery gift certificate from Lakeway IGA.

A frozen turkey hurtles toward the Coke bottle pins on course for a strike (Alex AuBuchon photo).

All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Caring Hearts Fund, a local charity providing financial assistance to cancer patients in Henry, Stewart, Weakley, Benton and Carroll Counties. Caring Hearts provides assistance with medical bills, prescriptions, and transportation expenses to and from treatment.

Caring Hearts liaison Casey Brown said that this year’s Turkey Bowling event raised nearly $400 for the charity, up from $300 last year. Over 50 people participated in this year’s event.

County Coronor and locksmith Danny Tucker lines up his shot (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Pats Host Northeast Friday Night for Senior Night

Bring food items to the gate to donate to the Henry County Food Bank

Paris, Tenn.- It’s the last home game of the regular season Friday as Henry County will host Northeast on Senior Night. The kickoff for the game is 7pm and our broadcast will start at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming via our website at wmufradio.com.

The Family Resource Center Student Advisory Council is currently collecting food for the Paris Henry County Food Bank. Food items can be brought to the high school today or brought to the gate at the home football game tonight.

Examples of items needed are canned fruit, peanut butter, canned green beans, canned corn, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, tuna, ravioli, oatmeal, mac n cheese, box of crackers, a bag of rice or a bag of dried beans. The Student Advisory Council wants you to feed those in need in Henry County while supporting the Patriots Friday night.

Marching Patriots "Blackout Show" Tonight, Chili Supper Nov. 5th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots will perform their special Black Out show after the field is cleared Friday night after the Henry County- Northeast Football game at Patriot Stadium, so be sure to stick around after the game. The stadium lights will be turned out and the band will perform their routine with their uniforms and instruments glowing in the dark.

The Marching Patriots will also hold their annual all you can eat chili supper on Tuesday November 5th at First United Methodist Church. It’s $8 for all you can eat chili, hot dogs and trimmings or pimento cheese sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Lunch will be held from 11am to 2pm and dinner will be 4pm to 6:30pm. See any band member for tickets or purchase them at the door. Money raised by the chili supper will go towards the band’s trip in the spring.

HCMC a Counselor Organization for Affordable Care Act

Glitches with Marketplace website has caused several issues

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees for the Henry County Medical Center met on Thursday night and Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee told board members the hospital was approved to be a counselor organization to help citizens find about more information about their options on health insurance with the implementation of the Affordable Heath Care Act.

Gee said they have been getting steady calls about the federal exchange, but since the marketplace website has been having several glitches since it launched on October 1st, it has been a slow process to aid citizens with questions.

Reports from around the country have said the nation is facing a current ‘healthcare recession’ because cuts under the Affordable Care Act and insurance changes have health care to have the highest number of layoffs this year of any industry.

Search for CNO Ongoing; Physician Recruitment Continues

Paris, Tenn.- Gee updated the board on the search for the new Chief Nursing Officer. He said he had completed first round phone interviews and chosen three candidates to come and have on site interviews in the next couple of weeks. Gee plans to complete the interviews by the first week of November and then proceed with the process from there.

The medical center continues to try to recruit potential doctors in many different areas. Gee said that offers have been extended to a psychiatrist, orthopedic surgeon, and a medical pediatrician but none of the three have given their final decision to the medical center. Gee did point out that all the cardiologist have been their schedules here in Paris.

Two Men Arrested on Drug and Burglary Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged two men with drug charges after attempting to serve warrants on the men. The report stated that Sgt. Hall went to Reynolds Street to pursue the theft and burglary warrants on Johnny R. Pierce, age 49, of 1008 Reynolds Street and Nicky L. List, age 24, of the same address.

Pierce was found to have tin foil in his pocket that had a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle the two men were on was conducted and three hydrocodone pills were found that belonged to List.

Pierce was charged with simple possession of schedule two and three and for theft over $500 and burglary. He was placed on $10K bond. List was charged with simple possession of schedule two, burglary, and theft over $500 and was placed on $25K bond.

Another report at the sheriff's office stated a vehicle stolen from a Mill Creek Road residence was found earlier Thursday morning in a ditch in Calloway County. The 1998 Merc Station Wagon was reported missing Wednesday and police continue to investigate the theft.

Space Heater Starts Fire in a Bedroom on South Porter Street

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 110 S. Porter Street Wednesday afternoon around 3:30pm. Smoke filled the residence but the fire was contained to the bedroom and was caused by a space heater left on. The damage done to the bedroom was around $7K according to the report at the Paris Fire Department.

NWTF Annaul Jakes Day Will Be Saturday at Holley Fork
Free Event for Youth Hunters, Cash Prizes For Biggest Buck and Doe

Paris, Tenn.- The National Wildlife Turkey Federation will hold their annual Jakes Day Event this Saturday October 26th at Holley Fork Shooting Complex in Paris. The event will run from 8am to Noon and all young hunters eligible to be in the youth hunt are welcome to attend this free event.

There will be biggest buck and biggest doe contests with cash prizes awarded in each category. First place will win $150, 2nd place wins $100, and 3rd place wins $50.

All hunters will receive a free photo with their deer and lunch will be provided as well. In addition to hunting, events including an archery shoot, and BB gun shoot will be offered for youngsters. At 12:30pm, door prizes worth $1000 will be given away as well as a 20 gage youth shotgun. For more information on the event, contact Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew at 642-1672.

Reminder:FRC Student Advisory Council Having Food Bank Drive

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center Student Advisory Council is currently collecting food for the Paris Henry County Food Bank. Between now and this Friday night’s last home football game of the regular season food items can either be dropped off at the high school or brought to the gate at Friday night’s game.

Examples of items needed are canned fruit, peanut butter, canned green beans, canned corn, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, tuna, ravioli, oatmeal, mac n cheese, box of crackers, a bag of rice or a bag of dried beans. The Student Advisory Council wants you to feed those in need in Henry County while supporting the Patriots Friday night.

Cody Nance Sits in First Place on First Day of PBR Finals

Nance Rides bull, Roy, for 11 seconds

Nance rides Roy for 11 seconds and leads the PBR finals

in day 1 of competition. (photo courtesy of Nance's facebook page)

Las Vegas- Paris’s very own Cody Nance currently sets in first place in the Built Ford Tough Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Las Vegas. Nance scored 89 points in the first night of World Championships by riding the bull, Roy, for an impressive 11 seconds Wednesday night. Nance currently sits in seventh place in the world championship race. Nance took home $25K for winning the first night of the competition.

The PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will continue Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and the last day will be Sunday with action starting around noon. CBSsports Network will carry the action throughout the event. To follow Cody throughout the world Championships like his Facebook, Cody Nance, Professional Bull Rider, or visit www.pbr.com. 

Downtown Will be "Spooktacular" Saturday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Spooktacular will be a howling good time this Saturday afternoon from noon until 4pm in downtown Paris. Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, entertainment, contest with prizes, live music and concessions and downtown merchants invite children to trick or treat during Spooktacular which is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

Several different booths will be set up along the court square and the Inman Pep Band and Paris Henry County Middle School bands will perform during the afternoon of festivities. Event goers can guess the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete and the winner will receive $100 in DPA bucks. The DPA bucks can be used at any merchant who is a member of the DPA and will come just in time for the DPA’s Christmas Open House Weekend November 1-3.

Several booths will have concessions, downtown restaurants will be open, and Perry’s BBQ will be on site with great food as well. Henry County High School Madrigals will be in costumes and funny contests like the spooky sound effect competition and the Pet costume contest will go on as well during the afternoon. There will be broom races, monster mash limbo, creaking door contests, and lots more. For a complete schedule of events go to vistidowntownparis.com.

Inman Glow Run Set For Saturday Nov. 9th
Pre-Registration Due by Monday Oct. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School is having their first ever Glow-Run 5K and mile fun run on Saturday evening November 9th starting at 6pm. The mile run is limited to children ages 10 and under. The race will begin and end at Inman.

Pre-registration cost is $20 and must be turned in by Monday Ocotber 28th. Pre-registering is the only way a participant will be guaranteed a Glow Run T-Shirt. Late registration will be $25 and does not guarantee a shirt or glow “swag”. Registration begins at 5:30pm on the nigh of the race.

Awards will be given to the top 3 places in each age division and prizes will be awarded to brightest lit runner. There will be extra glow swag available to purchase prior to the race. Registration forms are available at Inman or via the Inman PAC Facebook page. For more information call Inman at 642-8131.

Turkey Bowling Starts at 4:30pm Thursday at Lakeway IGA

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF, WLZK, WRQR, and Lakeway IGA have once again teamed up to offer Turkey Bowling for Breast Cancer Awareness. The event will be at Lakeway IGA Thursday October 24th starting at 4:30pm. The registration is $5 for you to roll a frozen turkey down an aisle in the store. If you can get a strike knocking down all ten pins, you can win prizes such as radio station T-shirts, frozen turkeys, grocery gift certificates and more. All proceeds go the local Cancer Care Center and Caring Hearts Fund.

Preliminary Trial for Christina Radford To Be Held Wednesday

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The preliminary trial hearing for Christina D. Radford is scheduled for today at Carroll County General Sessions Court in Huntingdon. Radford is on trial for her involvement in arson of the Impressions Gift Shop in McKenzie. The store burned down in December of 2012 and the fire placed other businesses in jeopardy due to the locations of the businesses to Impressions. Radford is currently being held in Carroll County jail and a scheduled trial date will be set in General Sessions Court in Huntingdon today.

Dana Offering Reward in Theft of Computers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Division, is currently investigating a Burglary and Theft of three computers from Dana Corporation that occurred earlier in October.

Dana Corporation is offering a reward of $500 for any information that may lead to the arrest, conviction, and recovery of the computers. Anyone with information should call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929.

BPU Board Approves Water Treatment Plant Study

60 year old plant has some concerns with structural issues

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s Paris Board of Public Utilities, the board approved a water plant evaluation contract with Jacobs Engineering Group to help look at some issues and concerns surrounding the 60 year old water plant.

Terry Wimberly, director of water and wastewater operations at BPU, told the board that in 2002, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation did an evaluation study and all the recommendations have been completed from that. He said tens of thousands of dollars have been spent over the last ten years to improve the plant based on those recommendations.

Wimberly said they want to look ahead for the future of the water treatment plant and added they are ‘most concerned about structural issues going forward.’

He told board members they have some aging concrete in the aerators and have had a leak in the clear well, which is a concrete tank where treated water is stored, for many years.

While there are no storage or treatment issues, they feel like its time for a comprehensive study to be done in order to prepare for the future of how this aging structure will handle delivering water to the community. Wimberly said six different firms were sent requests for proposals and after meeting with all of them during tours of the plant, they recommended Jacobs Engineering group to do the evaluation study.

The firm is currently working with BPU on the 641 North utility relocation project and has worked in the past. The cost will be an hourly rate not to exceed $10K. General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said the comprehensive study will include seismic studies for the plant should a major earthquake occur.

BPU Closes on North Paris Substation Site

Land Donated behind Dollar General on 641 N.

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager of BPU John Etheridge told the board at their Tuesday meeting that Sam Ware, the owner of property behind the Dollar General Store on Highway 641 North, had donated ten acres behind the store to the BPU.

Etheridge said Ware needed to rid himself of the property and BPU needed some and it worked out very nicely. This will be the area where the new North Paris substation will be built. Once the substation is built and powered, it will allow some renovations to be done to the district substation on Rison Street and help with the load currently on the district substation.

Etheridge updated the board on some in house projects the BPU is working on. He said the new software conversion still has some issues to be worked out and it would be closer to December 1st before they completely convert to that instead of November 1st. Once that is done, customers will eventually have the option of pay as you go electricity. For example, that means they could buy $100 worth of it for example instead of getting it per month and having a large bill.

The renovations on the drive up kiosk area are nearly done. Etheridge said they will be doing some repainting around the front and put new lettering up. On the side they will have a new logo as well for the BPU. He said some things will also be done on the alley side of the BPU building including removing the current drop box that is there. Customers will be able to use a Kiosk that is outside for payments on the opposite side. Any customers that want to drop their payments off can still do so at various locations across the county including Lakeway IGA, Walmart, Kroger, and EW James and Sons Supermarket.

Sales Down Across the Board for BPU Departments

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU board approved financials for September which showed sales were down across the departments. In the electric department per unit sales were down 8.7% and year to date, the net income in electric is about $500K less. Etheridge said even though net income is down they are still in good shape because power cost is also down some and customers have more in their pockets because of lower bills due to moderate weather.

The first part of the fiscal year has seen decreased sales in water and wastewater as well for BPU. Year to date sales were down over 22% for water and almost 19% for wastewater. Wimberly and Etheridge forewarned board members at this rate the wastewater department could finish in the red in net income but cash position would still be ok.

The board also approved write offs for the first quarter of 2014 in the amount of $13,434.14. 

Issue of Posting Resolutions Early Comes up at County Comm.

Logistics Problems w/ Posting 10 days prior to meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Before any official business was handled at Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, the issue of posting the agenda and resolutions on the county’s website ten days prior to the meeting was addressed again.

Citizen Kurt Blackwood spoke during the citizen’s forum portion of the meeting saying he understood that posting some of the pages of resolutions and numbers might be a big issue, but he thought some of important changes, issues, and concerns perhaps could be posted.

County Mayor Brent Greer spoke briefly on the issue saying that there is some legislation that is proposed that would require certain steps for all government state and local to take regarding posting information before public meetings.

Greer said that the financial impact of having to do what is proposed would be huge to local governments. Greer told Blackwood and the commission that the media does a great job making sure local government in Henry County isn’t trying to slip anything in that citizen’s don’t know about.

But he added getting information posted ten days before the county commission meeting is difficult because the budget committee meets on the 2nd Monday of the month while the county commission meets on the third Monday and have been doing that for several years. The last day the agenda is left open for the county commission meeting is the Wednesday before the regular scheduled meeting.

Mayor Greer also said there is no IT person on staff for the county and a firm in Murray does the website work for the county so that also is an issue for getting immediate results of publishing things on the county website. The mayor said he would be happy to meet with Blackwood and other citizens who have expressed publishing items on the website ten days prior to the commission meeting and see what could be worked out, but unless commissioners wanted changes in how things work, they likely would try keep this issue from coming up again in future meetings.

Commission Presented With Plaque From Carl Perkins Center

This was presented to the commission by director of the center Catherine Herrera.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Also before business was taken care of Monday night, Catherine Herrera, county director at the Carl Perkins Center, thanked the commission for the work they have done for all the children in Henry County.

Herrera said the Carl Perkins Center’s office is running inside the Henry County
Communications Building downtown and they are working hard and will have their first fundraiser on Thursday November 7th. She said the club has taken over the Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Day and will have the Flapjacks Fundraiser for the Prevention of child abuse starting on November 7th at 6am at First United Methodist Church.

Herrera presented Mayor Greer with a framed certificate thanking the county commission for always going the extra mile for our kids in the county.

Resolution to Extend Constables' Term Approved by Commission

Paris, Tenn.- The county commission approved a resolution at the meeting Monday night to increase the term for constables from two years to four years. Mayor Greer said constables have to pay for all their ammo, uniforms, bond, and other things without being reimbursed from the county.

John Kryznski, president of the Tennessee Constables Association, and long time Henry County constable, spoke at the commission meeting saying moving the terms to four year terms would help constables with their cost on bonds, uniforms and such. Mayor Greer also said it would help the county cut down on election cost. The resolution must be passed on two consecutive votes of a two thirds majority vote by the commission. They passed it unanimously Monday night and will have to pass it again in November.

In other business, the commission passed a resolution to close the last 500 feet of the northwest end of Vickery Lane. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood told commissioners the road dead ends on some property and the owner wanted to put up a gate to his land there.

Commissioners also approved a resolution passing budget transfers and amendments approved by the budget committee last week as well as approving some old vehicles as surplus property at the sheriff’s office.

Jaycees Thank Community For Support Following Golf Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees annual golf tournament had a great turnout this past Saturday even with wet, cool weather. 43 door prizes were given away and 62 holes were sponsored in addition to Joe Mahan Ford sponsoring the Hole in One Car giveaway which no one managed to win.

Finishing first place this year was the team from Professional Office Furniture while Kroger took 2nd place, and 3rd place went to Commercial Bank. Tenth place winners were Martin Construction and all teams donated their winnings back to the children’s shopping tour.

Other winners at the event were Richard Fleenor winning the seniors longest drive contest, Justin Muller won the Men’s Longest Drive, Katie Beth Glover won the women’s longest drive, Ben Glover won the bucket hole, Tony McClain won closest to the line, Chris Mitchell took closest to the pin, and Adam Steedly won longest putt.

The Jaycees thank everyone in the community who donated, played, or supported them during the event because it wouldn’t be possible without community support.

Last Cruise In of the Season Set for Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-The last Downtown Paris Cruise In of the year will be held Tuesday at 5:30 around the court square in downtown Paris. Randy Allen, Mark Johnson, and Izzy Arthurs will perform live music during the event and door prizes will be given away. Downtown Merchants have been encouraged to stay open later on Tuesday evening to give patrons a chance to shop during the cruise in.

Titus Winders Wins TMSAA Cross Country State Championship
Breaks Course Record by 7 seconds

Titus Winders Holds the First Place Trophy after winning the state championship

meet in Knoxville this weekend. (cross country photo)

Knoxville, Tenn.- Henry County’s Titus Winders is the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Cross Country Champion after coming in 1st out of 259 runners in the Middle School State Championship 2 mile race in Knoxville on Saturday. Titus finished the 2 mile race in 11 minutes and 10 seconds and won by 12 seconds and broke the course record time by 7 seconds. Titus is the first boy from the West Tennessee Region to ever win the race and made his third straight all state team.

Other finishers in the race for Henry County were Silas Winders, who finished 24th with a time of 12:18, Murray Perkins, Garret Robbins, and Eric Wallett all finished under 14 minutes and Jonathan Alexander and Blake Mayros both finished at just over 15 minutes.

In the girls middle school race Lexi Daniels and Ashley Wright both competed and finished under 16 minutes for the race.

County’s Dinah Winders made the all state team for her 12th place finish out of 119 runners in the Elementary girls 1 mile race. Dinah’s time was 6:31 in the race. The high school state championships will be held November 2nd.

Sheriff Office's Continues to Investigate Last Weekends' Homicide

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the TBI and Sheriff’s Office is still conducting interviews and investigating the homicide that occurred on highway 140 over a week ago where William Victor Oliver was found deceased. Belew said there are some possible leads but no arrests have been made in the incident. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 642-1672.

Reminder: Harrelson Seeks Pre-K Students for 14-15 School Year

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.

Sheriff's Office, Police Dept Investigate Several Thefts

Paris, Tenn.-
The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating several burglaries and thefts.

The Police Department is investigating a burglary on Memorial Drive – the complainant reported the front door of his residence had been pried open with a screwdriver and lots of electronics and video game equipment had been stolen.

2 Xbox 360 consoles, 2 Playstation 3 consoles, 2 26” LCD TV’s and approximately 40 console games were stolen, totaling $4400 in value. The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.

A Springville man recently reported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office that his house was broken into and a 40” LCD television was stolen. Officers determined the burglar entered through a small window which had been left unlocked.

A Cottage Grove woman had her diamond wedding ring set stolen recently, according to Sheriff’s Office reports. The complainant had gone through a divorce a few months prior and was staying with friends at the time. The rings are valued at $2000.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating both of these thefts and has no suspects at this time.

A traffic stop also led to a drug arrest over the weekend. Corporal Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department stopped a red GMC truck after it left Daily’s with no headlights on after midnight and identified the driver, Gary Baker of Cooper Street, as a man he’d previously cited for driving on a suspended license. Whitaker verified his license was indeed suspended, placed Baker under arrest, and on searching his person and the vehicle, found 5.5 grams of marijuana and a syringe of methamphetamine. Baker was charged with possession of schedule II and schedule VI substances as well as driving on a suspended license.

Other recent arrests include:

John D. Walker, age 52 of McKenzie, charged with aggravated assault and currently being held on $100,000 bond.

Jeremy Page, age 36 of Wood Street in Paris, charged with possession of Schedule II with intent, simple possession of Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ken Steele, age 41 of Steele Road in Paris, also charged with possession of Schedule II with intent, simple possession of Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Lowe, age 23 of Whiskey Ridge Road in Paris, arrested on an active warrant for vandalism over $1000.

Jaycees Golf Tournament Goes On Despite Cold, Wet Weather

Joe Mahan Ford offered a brand new car for a hole-in-one at the tournament (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Jaycees held their 17th annual golf tournament on Saturday at Paris Country Club, and despite low temperatures and occasional rain there was an impressive turnout.

According to Jaycees chairman Brian Ray French, 14 teams of 4 registered for this year's tournament and 12 of those teams braved the conditions to play.

The tournament is the Jaycees' primary fundraiser for their annual Children's Shopping Tour, a charity event in which underprivileged children from Paris are taken shopping for holiday gifts. Jaycees president Lisa Stone said the Jaycees were able to take 92 kids shopping last year, and thanks to increased sponsorship and turnout at this year's tournament, they aim to take even more children this holiday season.

Chris Burton squares up a drive on Hole #1 (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Royal Arch Masons Raise Money for Autism Awareness

Rockabilly Country provided music for the Arch Masons' fundraiser Saturday night (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Royal Arch Masons of Paris held a benefit Saturday night in order to raise funds for those affected by autism in Henry County and the surrounding area.

The second annual Autism Awareness Benefit included a barbecue dinner and bake sale as well as live entertainment from Rockabilly Country.

Event coordinator William Umstead said the funds raised will be distributed largely to the Alpha & Omega Counseling Center in Paris for their work with autistic children, but funds will also be available to be distributed directly to local families.

According to Umstead, last year's event raised over $3,000 in order to help those affected by autism.

For more information or to find out how you can help, contact William Umstead at 731-697-8321.

Singers, Musicians Needed for Arts Council Christmas Concert

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Arts Council is currently looking for singers and musicians to participate in their 46th annual Christmas Concert. The Arts Council will have an open call for anyone interested in participating on Tuesday, October 29th at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church. People of all talent levels and any religious affiliation are welcome to participate in the performance.

The group will rehearse periodically throughout November, and will perform their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 3 PM at the First United Methodist Church.

This year's director, Peggy Williams, says the event will be "filled with the classic sacred music that makes the holiday a special time of year and evokes memories and reminds us of the reason for this season of joy".

Director Williams hopes to draw talent from the entire Paris and Henry County area for the concert.

The event is sponsored by several local churches including Christ Lutheran Church, Holy Cross Catholic Church, New Hope Baptist Church, Maplewood Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church. Security Bank is also sponsoring the event.

For more information or if your organization would like to help out, contact the Paris-Henry County Arts Council at 642-3955 or phcarts@gmail.com.

Family Resource Center Students Collecting Food Donations

Paris, Tenn.-
The Family Resource Center Student Advisory Council is currently collecting food for the Paris-Henry County Food Bank. Those wishing to donate can bring non-perishable items to the high school Monday through Friday next week, or to Patriot Stadium Friday night for the football game against Clarksville Northeast.

Specific items needed are: canned fruit, peanut butter, canned green beans, canned corn, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, tuna, ravioli, oatmeal, boxed crackers, macaroni and cheese, rice, dried beans, and bars of soap.

The Family Resource Center Student Advisory Council says, "Let's feed those in need in Henry County while we support our Patriots!"

Leadership Henry County Takes On Fourteen Students

Leadership Henry County members Justin Rawls, Tony Brown, Dustin Smith, Chuck Elizondo, Melanie Antonino, Rob Markum, Willie Huffman and Kevin Buie practice trust falls at their team building session (Jennifer Wheatley photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Fourteen class members are participating in Leadership Henry County, a community awareness and skill building program sponsored by the Chamber. It offers one-day classes to people who have demonstrated leadership potential. Each session is taught by a community leader.

The sessions include team building, government, education, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. Emory Bradley, Farm Bureau, is the program chair. Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker, is the vice president of Membership Development and Training for the Chamber. 

“Leadership Henry County is a staple for our organization and we are proud of our class,” according to Chamber President Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank. “They go on to WestStar, to the City and County Commissions and to our Board of Directors.”

The class includes:
Melanie Antonino, FirstBank;
Tony Brown, Board of Public Utilities;
Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success;
Greg Carter, Henry County Sheriff’s Department;
Chuck Elizondo, City of Paris Police Department;
Joshua Greer, Henry County Schools; David Hamilton, Henry County Alliance; Willie Huffman, Tennessee College of Applied Technology;
Robert Markum III, Paris Landing State Park;
Leatha McCroskey, Thunderbolt Broadcasting;
Justin Rawls, Commercial Bank and Trust Company;
Dustin Smith, Commercial Bank and Trust Company;
Jeremy Stone, Cowart Reese Sargent CPAs;
Roger Veazey, Henry County Medical Center.

Henry County Circuit Court Issues Jury Summons

Paris, Tenn.- The Circuit Court Clerk's Office has processed the November 2013 term Jury Summons for mailing. The mailing is comprised of 250 potential jurors to serve during the November - February jury term.

When someone receives a jury summons, they should complete the questionnaire and postcard enclosed in the mailing and return those as soon as possible using the postage paid envelope and postcard included.

If someone receives a jury summons by mistake due to an improperly addressed summons or due to a person having moved from an address, they should contact the Circuit Court Clerk's Office to resolve the situation.  It is important to respond in any circumstance due to the serious nature of the summons.

For any potential juror that may have a conflict or reason why they do not qualify to serve, there is a form titled, "Juror Eligibility Form," that they should complete along with the questionnaire and postcard and return.  All of these instructions are outlined in the juror summons mailing.

Common reasons that may prevent someone from serving include having moved out of Henry County, convicted of a felony, away serving active military duty, attending college full-time out of state, served recently on jury duty (last 24 months) and in some cases a citizen may have died since the pool listing of potential jurors was provided from the Department of Safety.  In all instances, the Circuit Court asks that someone respond on the potential jurors' behalf so that the judge may make a judgment as to what is appropriate for that person's circumstances and so they can update our records.  Ignoring or falsifying a jury service summons may result in civil penalties by the court.

Jury duty service in Henry County is typically light and citizens should not be alarmed when they receive notice but should complete the forms and return them by the deadline stated on the summons.

Please direct any questions to the Circuit Court Clerk's Office, (731) 642-0461.

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