From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon
Frozen Turkey Bowling Raises over $1K for Caring Hearts Fund
Tyler Brown takes aim at the 'pins' (otherwise known as pop bottles) as Lakeway IGA Manager Jeremy Lindsey looks on.
Paris, Tenn.- $1,036 was raised for breast cancer awareness and the Caring Hearts Fund of Henry County Thursday evening during the second annual turkey bowling event at Lakeway IGA. Those participants who bowled a strike won prizes including t-shirts from our radio stations. Casey Brown, liason for the Caring Hearts Fund, said it was another great turnout and we look forward to bowling again next October. The event was sponsored by Lakeway IGA and WMUF, WLZK, and WRQR.
Diagnostic Center Open To Patients, Open House Set
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Thursday night and administrator and CEO Tom Gee told the board that substantial completion of the diagnostic center has been signed off for the project. Gee said they began seeing patients on October 8 and four hundred were treated in the last week or so. A public open house is planned for November 11 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm as the Bethel University portion will be completed by then as well.
The pedestrian bridge construction is underway but completion will be delayed until steel can be fabricated in January. The stop light and intersection improvements at Tyson and Joy Streets are in the process but will be dependent on weather and asphalting conditions as we come into winter months.
The board also heard that physician recruitment is still going pretty well and they’ve had visits from Cardiologists in Jackson expressing interest in providing limited clinics in Paris. Gee explained that so far this was very preliminary and they continue to speak with St. Thomas regarding expanded coverage. Gee said the medical center is a bit concerned that the recent meningitis outbreak at St. Thomas could negatively affect the process.
A spine surgeon from Jackson also met with the medical center and is planning a limited specialty clinic at HCMC. Gee said we are hopeful this will result in some new services for the community as well.
The board also learned that a group has been meeting to develop data for the community health needs assessment. A survey of the community has been developed along with an extensive data source available through the website. The survey kicked off Tuesday at the Small Business Expo.
EMS Sees Increased Runs; Slight Price Increases in Offing
During the EMS board portion of the meeting, director of EMS Mike Shankle explained that run volume for EMS is up on average a couple of patients per day and out of town runs have increased as well. Shankle said they will have to look at ways in the future to help cut cost on out of town runs if they continue to increase.
Board members also heard that plans are to implement a slight price increase on ambulance services starting November 1st. Lisa Casteel, CFO of the medical center, said an 8-10% increase on some services would begin in November and its expected to increase revenues around $25,0000. She reminded board members it had been several years since a price increase.
Patriots Premier Monday 6-8 pm at Gamlin Gym
Paris, Tenn.- High School Basketball Season is just around the corner and on Monday October 29th, Henry County High School Patriot fans can come to Patriots Premier at Gamlin Gymnasium. Fans can meet the 2012-13 Patriots and Lady Patriot’s basketball teams on the first official day of practice from 6-8pm.
Admission is free and you can watch both teams practice, hear from the coaches, watch a red/blue inner squad scrimmage and stay for post activities. The first game of the season is November 13th and season tickets are on sale now at the high school.
Rusty Moore Memorial Golf Tourney to be Held Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The 6th annual Rusty Moore Memorial Golf Tournament will be held Saturday October 27th at Paris Landing State Park. It’s a four person scramble with a tee off at 8am. The entry fee is $200 per team and mulligans and red tees can be purchased for $5 each. First place team will win $1000 in cash and there are individual prizes as well for men and women. All proceeds benefit Henry County Relay for Life. For more information or to register call 731-231-1566.
Jaycees to Hold Terry Moon Benefit Set Nov. 2
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have a benefit lunch fundraiser for Terry Moon on Friday November 2nd from 10-2. It will be ribeye or chicken sandwich chips and drinks for $8. For questions or orders call 641-9415 or 693-9086.
Pre-orders are recommended and are due by Wednesday October 31st at 2pm. Walk-ins are welcomed but in limited quantities unless a pre-order has been made. You can pick up orders at the Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Road, and they will have a dine-in area. Delivery is available for orders of 5 or more, call 642-0478 for delivery.
Terry was diagnosed with a rare type of kidney cancer in April. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Terry and Judy to help off-set medical expenses incurred during continued treatments.
Henry County Historical Society to Meet Nov. 1
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will have its regular quarterly meeting at 6pm on Thursday November 1st at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. The program’s speaker will be Larry Ray on the history of local Confederate sniper Jack Hinson and his one man war near the Tennessee River. Annual dues of $5 are due and payable at the meeting.
A Visit to the Elections Commission
Paris, Tenn.-Plenty of hands were raised when Henry County Elections Administrator Darrin Thompson asked members of Cub Scouts Pack 28 if they knew what elections were during a tour Thursday evening. Thompson said he was contacted by Scout Leader Jess Hedges, who wanted to bring the "Tiger Cubs" to the elections commission office during the current early voting period for a tour. On Thursday, 590 people came into the election commission office to cast their ballots, bringing the total so far to over 5100. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Details of Nightclub Shooting Emerge During Hearing
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-Security was tight for the preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in Henry Co. General Sessions Court for the suspects in the shooting death of Eric Kinley of Paris at the Farenheit 101 nightclub in August.
All four of the suspects appeared in court: Jiles Yarbrough, 21, Huntingdon; Tevin Lumpkin, 20, of Milan; Cody Harmon, 23, of Lexington, all charged with first-degree murder; and Charles Liphford, 32, of Union City, charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon for allegedly brandishing a gun inside the nightclub after the shooting took place. .
Family and friends of the victim and of the defendants were present in the courtroom as Judge Vicki Snyder heard testimony from witnesses as well as pre-trial motions.
Liphford's attorney, Steve West had filed a motion to dismiss based on what he said was an immunity agreement for his client with the prosecuting attorney's office. After hearing arguments from both West and Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall, Snyder overruled the motion, ruling that her court had no authority to hear it; that it must be heard in circuit court.
Witnesses, including a co-owner of the nightclub, a TBI agent and a customer at the club that night testified as to what occurred the night that Kinley was shot.
During the course of the lengthy hearing, the surveillance video of the shooting from inside the nightclub was shown in court.
James Jackson, Jr., co-owner of the club testified about how many video cameras were in the club and what security measures were taken, noting that all customers were 'wanded' before entering the premises. He said 11 security personnel were on hand that evening, seven of whom were in uniform.
Hall asked how a weapon could have gotten into the club and he said he has been wracking his brain trying to determine that for himself and said the only thing he could figure was that the weapon was concealed in someone's crotch area of their pants when they entered the club.
He said the video shows Yarbrough and Lumpkin closest to the victim when he was shot and then shows them hugging each other and running out the door together. He said he also saw that for himself that night. The video was turned over to law enforcement, he said.
TBI Agent Joe Walker testified that he was called by Henry County Sheriff's Department Investigator Adam Jenkins to assist with the homicide that night and that he found Kinley deceased with four obvious bullet wounds, which were to the back left shoulder, back area and right hip.
He said two of the suspects were identified at the scene by a witness who knew both of them and those two were Lumpkin and Liphford. He said two other suspects were identified later that night and they were Harmon and Yabrough.
He said the video showed that Yarbrough, Lumpkin and Harmon confronted Kinley after Kinley was seen touching the hair of a girl who then went to Yarbrough and appeared to tell him about it. He said the video showed Lumpkin stepping back and pulling a gun from his waist and Kinley falling down the steps and dying.
Walker also said the video showed Lumpkin and Yarbrough running out immediately and that Harmon walked over to the body and then walked out with a girl. He said Liphford was not part of the confrontation, but that he re-entered the bar with a gun in his hand and then walked over to Kinley's body.
Attorneys appearing for the suspects at the hearing were Ben Dempsey for Yarbrough; Andy Clark for Lumpkin; Steve West for Harmon and Neal Thompson for Liphford.
The hearing started late due to the morning sessions going long and once it commenced, took a considerable amount of time as each attorney questioned each of the witnesses.
Metro Crime Unit Arrests Woman for Meth Manufacture
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that the Metro Crime, Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department searched a property at 40 Lakeview Court after officers received information about methamphetamine being made at the property.
Officers did located istems used in the manufacture meth process and did locate finished methamphetamine. Heather A. Nanney, of the address was charged with manufacture of meth and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The property was quarantined due to a threat to public safety and Nanney’s court date is set for November 6th.
Another report at ther sheriff's office stated a Pacific Diesel Generator valued at over $6200 and two Go-carts valued at $100 apiece were stolen from a home on Crossland Road. They have no suspects in the incident.
HC Adult Education GED Classes Start Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Adult Education has announced its next GED Class Rotation which starts next week. Each student will attend an orientation class prior to the appropriate leveled classes. Each class is designed personally for the student to address their specific needs and is held 8am to noon daily and 5-7pm on Tuesdays on Thursdays.
Day classes being this coming Monday October 29th and night classes will start on Tuesday November 6th. Call 642-8655 or come by the Henry County Adult Learning Center at 55 Jones Bend road for more information or to join up for the classes.
Refuge celebrates “Back to the Old 23rd”
Fundraiser for Mt. Zion Church to be Held Saturday
Mt. Zion Church, located in the 'Old 23rd'. (Photos by Shannon McFarlin)
By Joan Stephens, TNWR
Big Sandy, Tenn.- Nestled in a wilder part of Henry County stands an old historic church called Mt. Zion Church. Established in the 1850’s, the current building was built in 1897. A walk among the grounds gets you to humming the tune “Come to the Church in the Wildwood”. A step inside transfers you back to a time when life was simpler, harder, yet somehow more pure. You can almost see the congregation sitting there, ladies to one side and gentlemen on the other, listening to a fire and brimstone sermon delivered by a circuit rider preacher. No one worships there today, but oh what a connection it still has to the community, and what a great historic old place.
Mt. Zion Church was an active Baptist church at the old 23rd voting district up until the creation of Kentucky Lake and the refuge in 1945. The old church now stands as a unique part of refuge, which was instrumental in getting it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1974. However, over the years this church has fallen into disrepair and is in danger of ruin if steps towards restoration are not taken soon. The refuge, not having complete funds for this historic restoration have called upon the Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge to assist in getting community support for this effort. They are sponsoring the event as a community fundraiser for the church restoration work.
Therefore, on Saturday, October 27th from 12:00 – 5:30 pm, the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge would like to invite you to an old fashioned church style “picnic on the grounds” at the Mt. Zion Church on the Big Sandy Peninsula. The picnic will include a hog roast, hamburgers, hotdogs, lemonade and all the fixings. There will be a speaker, hayrides, horseshoes, pitching washers, bingo, making rag dolls, sack races and the like, all to save this old historic church.
This event will ask folks to donate $5.00/person and bring a side dish to share. The day will begin with a “Picnic on the Grounds” from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. A hog donated by Tosh Farms will be cooked slowly all night for the hog roast. The Friends of TNWR will also be providing hamburgers, hotdogs and lemonade. If you attend the picnic, the public is asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. The old fashioned style church picnic will be served outside along the sweeping lawn in front of the church. The servers for this picnic will be dressed in 1850’s costumes. Those attending the picnic will have plenty of time to explore the old church and the cemetery that lies beyond.
At 1:00 pm the featured speaker will be Larry Perry, author, historian who wrote the book “A Pictorial History of the Old 23rd District” which is a biography of the people and history of the Big Sandy Peninsula. After the speaker, the refuge will give a synopsis of report done by the National Park Service Historic Preservation Center in 2011. This is a detailed report of the current assessment, what needs to be done to the church and what it will cost to restore the structure. This fundraiser will be for the first and most important phase of the restoration that will keep the church from its current decline.
The afternoon will offer several concurrent activities from 2:00 – 5:00 pm in which the public can participate. Beginning at Mt. Zion church there will be hayrides interpretive hayrides led by Larry Perry. On the grounds will be many activities such as would happen at an old fashioned church gathering. The Friends video-taping and interviewing those folks that might remember stories of this unique place called the Old 23rd.
To get to the Big Sandy Peninsula, the public will need to take highway 69A from Camden or Paris to the town of Big Sandy. Take Lick Creek Road from Big Sandy driving north for 12 miles. Turn left onto gravel at the refuge entrance sign and drive north for 1.5 miles turning left at Mt. Zion church. For more information about this event or Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge please contact the Paris headquarters at 731-642-2091 or visit the refuge website at www.fws.gov/TennesseeRefuge.
Inside the historic church. (McFarlin photo).
DPA's SPOOK-Tacular Set Saturday in Paris
The annual Spook-tacular is a good time to dress up in costumes, like these band members did for the 2011 event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s annual Spook-tacular event will be held Saturday from noon to 4pm around the court square. Businesses and organizations will have booths set up on the court square with free crafts, entertainment, contest, prizes, live music, and food choices.
There will be a costume contest for kids, adults, and even pets. Downtown Merchants will be open for event goers to shop and all little ghouls and goblins can come into the merchants and trick or treat in their costume on Saturday.
Pumpkin Patch Pete will once again be around during SPOOK-tacular and event goers can guess his weight. The person with the closet guess will win $100 in DPA bucks, just in time for the DPA Christmas Open House weekend November 2-4. They are still accepting booths for SPOOK-tacular. For more information call 642-PARIS or log onto visitdowntownparis.com.
NWTF and Sheriff's Office Sponsor JAKES Day Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The National Wild Turkey Federation and Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Jakes Day this coming Saturday October 27th from 8am to 1pm at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex in Paris. You can check your deer in and enter the Big Buck/Big Doe contest. All deer must be field dressed and you can donate it to the sheriff’s department on site during the day.
Prizes include 1st place $150, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $50. Lunch will be provided and there will be several activities including archery, BB gun and still target activities and turkey calling contest for all Jakes until 1pm. There will be $1,000 dollars worth of door prizes to be given away at 1pm. Also during the day you will be able to receive a 5x7 photo of the hunter with their deer.
Kroger's Fall Bash Set Saturday 10-2
Paris, Tenn.- Kroger’s Fall Bash will be held Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Kroger. They will offer face painting, pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, and treats and prizes for the kids. The Paris Fire Department will be on hand to give safety tips for the Trick or Treaters and the Paris Police Department will be finger printing kids for their safety.
Henry County Early Voting Totals Nearing 4300 so Far
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting numbers continue to be good so far across the state and in Henry County that trend is holding true. 652 voted during early voting on Tuesday and as of mid morning Wednesday a total of 4270 had cast their ballot for the November 6th election. Early voting continues 8:30-5 each weekday except Thursday when they are open until 7pm. This coming Saturday October 27th early voting hours will be 9a-2p at the election commission office.
It's Always a Good Time to Adopt a Dog
Paris, Tenn.-County Mayor Brent Greer, right, pets Lulu while Sheriff Monte Belew and Reserve Officer Melissa Bomar look on Wednesday morning at the sheriff department's animal shelter on Jones Bend Rd. October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month and Belew said, "We just wanted to remind people and bring some awareness to our shelter." Bomar works at the shelter and is in charge of its Facebook page and the Petfinder services for it. "We have a lot of good dogs out here that need good homes," Belew said. Call the sheriff's department at 642-1672 for more information. (David Doyle photo).
"Small Business Goes Hollywood", Indeed!
All decked out in their "Hollywood"-style finery are (from left): Tim Lee, Starla Roberson and Larry Collums, all of whom work at Henry County Medical Center. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd turned out Tuesday for the annual Small Business Expo sponsored by the Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce. With its new venue at the Henry County Fairgrounds Event Center, some 1,000 people explored the expo, which this year had the theme, "Small Business Goes Hollywood." Many of the 55 vendors were all decked out in costume and utilized that theme for their booths. The expo also included outdoor attractions, with Wofford's Garden Center and the West Tennessee Motor Coach setting up outside.
Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley said attendance was steady all day long "and we heard a lot of good comments about our new venue."
In the Commercial Bank and Trust booth were Kathy Jones, left, and Laura Davis. (McFarlin photo).
Annual Turkey Bowling Event Set for Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The second annual Turkey Bowling For Breast Cancer Awareness event, sponsored By WMUF, WLZK, WRQR & Lakeway IGA will be held Thursday, October 25, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The event was a popular one last year and organizers decided it would be an annual occurrence. As it was last year, it will be located at Lakeway IGA on E. Wood St., Paris.
Participants bowl frozen turkeys down the aisles of the grocery store and all
proceeds go to the local Cancer Care Center Caring Hearts Fund.
For more info call Casey Brown, Liaison 731-644-3522 / 731-676-1759.
There is a $5 Registration fee and prizes include turkeys, grocery gift certificates, T-Shirts and more.
HCHS Basketball Season Tickets on Sale
Paris, Tenn.-Beginning this week, basketball season tickets are on sale. Reserved seats are $60, adult general admission seats are $60, and student general admission seats are $30. Basketball season begins on November 13 versus Camden.
You can purchase the tickets at the high school.
BPU Board Approves Audit; Discusses Loss of Water Issues
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors meeting, Winston Truitt of Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC was on hand to discuss the annual audit of the BPU. Truitt pointed out that the BPU’s cash position had come up quite nicely over the course of the last year as they set with roughly $4.2 million in cash.
Truitt had explained to the board around this time last year and reiterated again Tuesday that bad storms, whether thunderstorms or ice storms in the winter, can wreak havoc on utility poles and lines and systems can find themselves spending a lot of money very quickly for repairs. He said a good cash position is around 10% of what the utility spends with TVA and the BPU is in pretty good shape there.
Lots of discussion came from estimated increases in water loss, from leaks and other things, over the last several years as noted in the audit. Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly explained that they are paying attention, but BPU isn’t spending a load of time or money on water loss prevention tactics at the current time. He said if the trend continues to push 30%, which is sort of a state mandate for loss, they may have to get more more aggressive with time and money finding where water loss is occurring.
General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said since variable costs for water systems are so low they don’t put as much stock into preventing loss of water. Etheridge said purchasing tools to help find leaks and listen to pipes and the time put into that by staff would cost more in the long run than the actual loss of water through leaks and other problems.
Wimberly stated the water pipes are old and improvement to the Mineral Wells Main line and the installing of new meters next year will help with the water loss over the next couple of years. He said they will continue to monitor it in the future and the state is already discussing making systems pay more attention to it as well.
The board approved the audit, which Truitt said was clean with no findings and also approved ATA to do the 2013 year fiscal audit at a 3% increase from this year’s cost.
BPU Sees Decrease in Write-offs, Financials in Good Shape
Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s BPU board of directors meeting saw the board approve write-offs in the amount of just over $17,500 for the last quarter. The write offs were smaller than they have been in the past with the number of customers having to be written off just down by four from this same quarter last year.
The write offs were about $3300 less than the same time frame last year and it appears that the $300 deposits are helping reduce the write off amounts.
The board approved the purchase of digger derrick truck for the electric department. They bid out the truck and digger derrick equipment separately and seemed to get better prices. The low bid for the international brand truck was Tri-State International out of Murray for just under $79,000. The digger derrick apparatus low bid came in at $111,701 thru Terex Utilities out of White House Tennessee. The board approved both low bids.
General Manager of BPU John Etheridge explained that monthly financials showed a big net income in the electric department for September, but it was misleading because of the rate structure they currently use. Etheridge said the financials show they sold many more kilowatt hours than they bought. That will change the first real cold month and it will be the opposite. Etheridge reminded board members it’s the volatility of this demand/energy rate structure TVA uses now. Sales in the electric department were actually down, but cash position was good.
Sales were up in the water department about $29,000 year to date, around $4,000 for the month of September. Etheridge said low variable cost is helping gain some cash position here as well.
The waste water department experienced flat sales for the month but sales year to date are up about $20,000.
Etheridge explained to the board that bids for demolition of the building next door to BPU will be opened on November 15th and they are finally moving along on the project.
Hilliard is Player of the Week
Paris, Tenn.-Storme Hilliard was named Farm Bureau Player of the Week for the Henry County-Dickson Co. game last Friday night. With him are Farm Bureau Agent Glenn Lee, left, and William Russell. (HCHS photo).
Haunted House for Food Bank
Paris, Tenn.- "Recover from the Horror Haunted House" will be held at 125 Bucy Lane, Paris, on October 25-31 from 7pm - ?.
Cost: $10 or $8 if you bring two canned goods which will be donated to the local food bank.
Sugar Tree Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Patrolman Derek Colley arrested a Sugar Tree woman for criminal impersonation at Walmart while investigating another incident.
Ptl. Colley was doing a follow up on another case and talked with a passenger inside of a car who told him her name was Jessica Ooten. After a search of the car, Ptl. Colley found a Missouri driver’s license with a picture that matched the woman. The name on the license was Kelly Marie Robinson and she was immediately placed under arrest for criminal impersonation.
Robinson began cursing and yelling and alcohol was detected on her breath. Also a search of her purse revealed some marijuana in baggies along with a pipe. Robinson was charged with criminal impersonation, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, simple possession of schedule six and possession of drug paraphernalia.
PSSD Board Tours New Rhea Addition
Ben Witt, architect for the Rhea renovation
project shows off what will eventually become
the library after all phases are complete.
Board members Christy Minor and John Steele
(right) and Rhea Principal Scott Owens (left)
look on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Special School District board members had the opportunity to tour the new addition at Rhea Elementary on Monday night, prior to the October meeting of the board.
The addition is the first of three phases to renovate Rhea and this one involves closing in a courtyard to add more rooms to the building.
Maintenance Supervisor for the system and project manager Richie Chilcutt said the enclosure of the courtyard encompassed around 6,000 sq. feet. Ben Witt, of Ross-Witt Architectural firm discussed the enclosures and rooms as the board toured the building.
New rooms added included a reading center that will serve as an alternate cafeteria in the next phase when a new cafeteria is built, and eventually will be the Rhea Elementary Library.
A teacher’s workspace room also was added in the enclosure part. Rhea Principal Scott Owens explained to the board that the ‘war room’ would include white boards, bulletin boards, and students’ progress and teaching tools would be used and discussed.
The third large room included in this phase of the project was a music room. It has space for storing instruments, odd shaped walls and tops of storage rooms along with carpet and sound insulation material on the walls.
Witt talks about the music room to the board prior to Monday's meeting.
The carpet and odd shapes of the storage rooms in the background will
help with sound during music. (Alsobrooks photo)
Once the meeting started, board chairman Richard Edwards publicly thanked Ben Witt and Henson Construction for their hard work on the project which started at the end of May. Superintendent Mike Brown and Edwards also thanked Chilcutt for his hard work on the project.
PSSD Board Approves Board Policy Changes
Paris, Tenn.- During regular business at the board meeting, the board approved several board policies changes. Among those included some guidelines about social networking. Brown said basically these guidelines state that staff is prohibited from accessing personal social networking from school. Also they are prohibited from posting any information about students.
Board member Dr. Christy Minor also mentioned it might be a good idea for teachers not to post anything that a student might perceive as negative like if the teacher had a bad day. Dr. Minor did say all teachers she’s seen post anything on facebook usually are very positive comments about the school year. Brown said they would discuss these things with teachers.
Chairman of the board Richard Edwards made it publicly known that the PSSD board will review Mike Brown’s contract at the November board meeting. At least 15 days notice must be given by a school board before a superintendent’s contract gets reviewed and discussed at a board meeting.
GOP Dinner Set Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County GOP will hold a soup and sandwich dinner, silent auction and bake sale in conjunction with its meeting Thursday night, Oct. 25.
County Commissioner Gayle Griffith will be the speaker for the meeting that begins at 7 p.m. The dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with the auction at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $6.
The event will be at GOP headquarters, 318 Tyson Ave., Paris.
High Voter Turnout on Monday
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting numbers from Monday saw 627 people cast their ballot at the Election Commission Office. Early voting continues 8:30am to 5pm on Tuesday.
DPA's last Cruise-In of the Season Set for Tuesday Evening
The last Downtown Cruise In of the year is set for Tuesday evening at 5:30pm. All classic cars, trucks, and bikes are welcome. The group Trifecta will be performing and food will be available. The event is brought forth by the Downtown Paris Association.
Law Enforcement Conducts Unannounced Search at High School
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriffs Office and the Paris PD participated in a K9 search at Henry County High School. During the unannounced search contents of one vehicle yielded illegal pharmaceutical medication. A 17-year-old female was cited into Henry County Juvenile Court by Sgt Buford Taylor and released to a parent. Agencies participating in the search were HCSO with K9s Striker, Droid, & Casey. Paris Paris Police Department K9 units, & an agent from Union City Drug Task Force. (Sheriff's Department photo).
Jaycees Golf Tourney Raises $9,000 for Shopping Tour
Paris, Tenn.- An estimated $9,000 was raised for the children’s shopping tour at Saturday’s Paris Henry County Jaycees annual Golf tournament. The event had 58 Hole Sponors and 14 teams competing. Joe Mahan Ford sponsored the hole in one competition.
The winning teams were Professional Office Furniture 1st place, Representative Wirgau’s team in 2nd place, Holley Credit Union in 3rd place and Martin’s Construction finished 10th. All four prize winning teams donated their winnings back to the children’s shopping tour. The Jaycees thank all their sponors, the teams that played in the tournament, and the Paris Country Club for hosting it.
Krider Idol a Big Hit on Saturday, raises $3500
Paris, Tenn.- The 7th annual Krider Idol was held this past Saturday night and $3500 was raised for the Youth for the Arts Program. Founder of Youth for The Arts, Travis McLeese, said this was by the far the best show and best attended Krider Idol so far.
Cayley Hall won first place and Lydia Shoemaker won second place in the 13-18 year old division. In the 9-12 year old division Libby Caldwell took first and Izzy Arthurs 2nd. Charlie Raymer Brooke McCord won the group division. 22 youngsters performed during the event.
Sheriff's Office Looking for Suspects in county thefts
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate some thefts that occurred over the weekend. One hundred dollars in cash was stolen from a home on highway 641 North. The victim said she had a one hundred dollar bill laying on the table and noticed it missing after a couple of people that were there had left.
A yard statue valued at $70 was stolen from a home on Cates Road in Henry over the weekend. Police have no suspects in either incident
Early Voting Continues Until Nov. 1st
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting continues until 5pm at the Election Commission office, at the courthouse annex on Washington Street each day this week except Thursday when they will be open until 7pm. Early voting will also be held from 9-2 on Saturday. Numbers so far for early voting have been very good, setting records on the first two days. Numbers across the state have trended upward as well. Early voting continues until November 1st.
Bringing Home the Barrel Brings Happiness
Paris, Tenn.-Among those who got their photos taken with the victory barrel Friday night were Scott and Paula Owens and their sons, Nathaniel, a 7th grader on the Inman School football team; and Donovan, #72 on the Patriots' high school football team. Henry County defeated Dickson County Friday night and with that comes the honor of bringing home the victory barrel once again. (Tim Pharr photo).
Paris Police Busy With Drug, Alcohol Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were busy over the weekend with several incidents that resulted in arrests.
Officers were called to the Cato’s store parking lot on Mineral Wells
Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday on a report of a possibly intoxicated
person. Patrolman Jordan Klutts pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot
to observe her and saw a female climb into a vehicle through the rear
window. As he approached the car, he saw her sitting in the back seat
talking to herself. He asked her what she had taken and she said a
After he asked her to get out of the car, it took her several times to
get out before Klutts unlocked the door. As she exited, Klutts saw her
throw something on the passenger side and he saw half of a Xanax pill
lying on the floor. According to his report, she was unsteady on her
feet and slurring her words.
Klutts asked her if she had anything illegal in the car and she said
no. When he inventoried the items in the car he found a pill bottle
with the label off which contained eight Alprazolam pills.
Arrested was Amanda Reynolds, age 33 of 105 Mill Creek Rd., Puryear,
and charged with public intoxication and simple possession. Bond of
$500 was set.
At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to an
anonymous tip that drug activity may be occurring at 221 Patterson St.
She could smell marijuana coming from the door and she was given
permission to search the house. She found three pipes with residue,
two small bags of marijuana, rolling papers and digital scales.
Cited was Amanda Sablan, age 26, and Jamie Thomas, age 34, of that
address and they were both charged with simple possession and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
Paris Police were called to RJ’s Lounge where a large crowd was
outside screaming around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The owner told
Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker that a man had knocked down a woman while
fighting with another man. He told Whitaker that the perpetrator was in the parking lot of Mike's Mufflers.
Whitaker found Jeremy Smith, age 24, 610 N. Brewer St., sitting in his
car intoxicated and charged him with public intoxication. The victim
had a possible broken arm and was taken to the hospital by the EMS unit.
Customers Notified SuperD to Close; Transfers to Walgreens
Paris, Tenn.-Customers of the SuperD Drug Store on Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris were notified by mail on Saturday that the pharmacy will be closing
Wednesday, Oct. 24. According to the letter, Walgreens has acquired
all corporate SuperD Drugs Express stores.
The SuperD Drug Store has a lengthy history in Paris, with its
beginnings as Jim’s Pharmacy which then was acquired by SuperD. In
recent years, the SuperD chain built its new facility at its present
location at 1036 Mineral Wells Ave.
The letter to customers notified them that their pharmacy records
would be automatically transferred to the Walgreens Store at 102
Memorial Drive and that their prescription records would be available
to them the same day they are transferred, which will be on Wednesday.
The letter also notifies customers that they can fill their
prescriptions at any other Walgreens location. Walgreens is the
nation’s largest drugstore chain and it acquired all 144 SuperD stores
7Sisterz Holds Fall Festival
Paris, Tenn.-Mary Lacey of Paris, right, shares a laugh with Ruth Crane and Janice Crutcher, vendors at the annual 7Sisterz Fall Festival at the former Sunnyside one-room schoolhouse on County Home Rd. The former schoolhouse and grounds have been renovated into a gift shop and tool sheds that carry unique and Paris-themed items. A dozen vendors from all over the region displayed their goods at the festival and food was served. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Voting Continues to be High in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.-Voting records continue to be broken at the Henry County Elections Commission since the early voting period began last Wednesday.
Elections Administrator Darrin Thompson said 657 people voted on
Friday and 326 voted during the expanded Friday and Saturday hours.
Expanded hours during the early period are making it easier for people
to make it to the polling place. Early voting continues through Nov.
1 at the Elections Commission office on W. Washington St.
Patriots Defeat Cougars, 21-7; Victory Barrel Stays Here
Patriots bring the victory barrel back home. Ray Summers photo.
Dickson, Tenn.-After a bye week last week, the Henry Co. Patriots football team roared back into action Friday night with a 21-7 victory over arch rival Dickson Co. It was a hard-fought struggle in the game’s early rounds. There was no score in the game until 1 minute and 26 seconds to go before half-time, when Henry County scored its first touchdown.
The Cougars didn’t score until one minute left to go in the game. The Patriots’ victory dashes the Cougars’ hope for a perfect season; before last night’s game, the Cougars were 9-0 on the season. For the Patriots, the victory means that the victory barrel—the traditional symbol of their rivalry with Dickson County—will remain with Henry County.
For the season, Henry County is now 7-2, with one of those losses being in district action.
#34 Kyle McKee tackles a Dickson County runner. (Tim Pharr photo).
#8 Brandon Donaldson catches a touchdown pass. (Tim Pharr photo).
McKenzie Loses to Adamsville
McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels maintained their losing season with a 36-7 loss to Adamsville on the Rebels’ senior night.
Eight Arrested in Metro Crime Unit Bust
Paris, Tenn.-The Metro Crime Unit arrested eight people at a South College residence in Paris, charging all of them with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia upon execution of a search warrant.
Under the direction of Deputy Jamie Myrick, officers arrested all of them at 111 S. College St. Two of the individuals were listed as residents of that address: Amy Smith, age 25, and Jerry Dunlap, age 31. The others arrested were: Heather Horton, age 35 of 26 Mason Lane, Paris; James Harper, age 28 of 403-A Jackson St., Paris; Gary Sanders, age 25 of Paducah; Deggron Hayes, age 26 of 706 Williams St., Paris; Markia Patton, age 29 of 719 W. Blythe St, Paris; and Dorian Sanders, age 22 of 403-A Jackson St., Paris.
Bond for Smith and Horton was set at $750 each. For Harper, Gary Sanders, Hayes, Patton, Dorian Sanders and Dunlap, the bonds were set at $1,000 each.
Taking part in the arrests were Myrick, Lt. Scott Wyrick, and Sgt. Rodney Littleton, all of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, and Investigator Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department. Details of the drug bust were sketchy and more information on may be forthcoming later.
News from past weeks here.