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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

Pats Host Northwest in Last Reg. Season Game

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Northwest for the last game of the regular season on the gridiron Friday night at Patriot Stadium. The Patriots are 8-1 on the year and undefeated in Region play. They have earned the #1 seed for the TSSAA State football playoffs which begin next week and will get to host at least the first two rounds. Friday’s game begins at 7pm and if you can’t make it over you can listen on WLZK 94.1FM, via our website, wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Early Voting Totals Top 4K

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday was a busy day at the Election Commission office as 423 votes were cast during Early Voting. The total so far is now near 4100 votes. Early Voting continues at the Election Commission office 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday and 9am to Noon on Saturday until November 1st. Election Day is November 6th.

HCMC Receives Clean Opinion on Audit

Board members hear the audit report Thurs. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular October session Thursday night and heard from representatives of LBMC on the annual Audit report. Andrew Bissonnette and Laura McGregor gave an overview of the report. They told board members the medical center would be issued a clean opinion, meaning no major issues were found with the audit report.

McGregor said Patient AR did increase as a main result of increase of revenue and self-pay increased as well. From last year $2.6M decrease in equipment was realized mainly from depreciation. Long term debt also increased year over year from new bonds.

The medical center did increase revenue from last year’s audit and strategic price increases put in place last September help to drive that. Supply cost did decrease as a result of cost cutting measures.

Bissonnete did tell board members that coming soon they may have to include any leases on their balance sheets, which would impact how the balance sheets are figured, but that was still a little ways off.

HCMC Participating in Pilot Program for Behavioral Health

CEO Lisa Casteel talks about the pilot program. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- During her administrative report, CEO Lisa Casteel told the board that the medical center has been asked to join a pilot program for Telehealth in Behavioral Health Screening. She said it’s a joint effort to facilitate our patients in the Emergency room requiring Sheriff transport to other Mental Health facilities. Casteel said value gained is efficiencies in the upfront screening and knowledge of admission acceptance before transport, saving time for the patient transported to the right place and time by Sheriff’s Department.

The board also learned that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently finalized a rule that will establish more comprehensive healthcare price transparency rules for hospitals. In final rules hospitals will be required to publicize a list of their standard charges online in a machine readable format. It will go into effect January 1st.

Medical Center Scoring Well in Community Based Metrics

Billie McKee goes over the stats from several community based studies.

Paris, Tenn.- Human Resource director Billie McKee gave the HCMC board an update on building enduring relationships with consumers in the community presentation discussing several scorecard metrics. She went over the balanced scorecoard. She said the family and patient advisory council has been selected and started over the summer with a few things.

Chief Nursing Officer Neely Ashby talked about door to doc times, and said they are working on trying to work on improving that and everyone is getting engaged with the metrics and trying to improve.

McKee said inpatient customer service scores have shown improvement and she said, “this will only continue to improve with some of the policies and plans we’ve put in place.”

Overall things across the board seem to be trending upward for the medical center in regards to the community score metrics.

EMS Puts New Ambulance Into Service

Paris, Tenn.- In the EMS Board portion of the meeting, Director Twila Rose told the board the new ambulance had come in first of the month and received state inspection and was put on the road October 12th. Old Unit 37, a 2002 model, was hence taken out of service. Rose said they’ve tried to take it out of service for the last two years and finally were able to get the new one and do so.

Kustoff, Blackburn Visit Paris Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- U.S. Congressman David Kustoff, who is seeking re-election and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who is seeking the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Bob Corker, were both in Paris at Tom's on Thursday for a lunch stop. A good crowd was on hand and heard them speak on several different issues.

Man Arrested After Making Threats on Social Media to Judge Snyder

Paris, Tenn.- A man was arrested early Thursday morning after making death threats towards Henry County Judge Vicki Snyder via social media. A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said Sheriff Monte Belew had received a call about the death threats and the suspect was quickly identified as John W. Barrett, 47, of 224 Nance Circle.

Deputies responded and set up a security perimeter around Judge Snyder’s residence as another group of deputies formulated a plan to take the suspect into custody. After deputies arrived at the residence, Barrett was taken into custody without incident.

Barrett will appear in General Sessions court on October 30th and his bond was set at $100K. The Sheriff’s Office also thanks the Paris Police Department for their assistance in the incident.

BPU Crews Repair Utility Poles After Early Morning Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- BPU crews were out repairing some poles and wires after a car wreck on Lake St. early Thursday morning morning. (BPU photo)

Arrest Made in Obion Co. Homicide

Memphis- A joint investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Obion County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of a Union City man in connection to a homicide over the weekend.  

At the request of 27th District Attorney General Tommy Thomas, TBI Agents joined the investigation into the death of Pedro Ernesto Arriaga, shortly after Obion County deputies found the body of the 43-year-old in his home in the 5200 block of Ken-Tenn Highway in South Fulton. As Obion County detectives and TBI Special Agents gathered relevant information and interviews, TBI Special Agent/Forensic Scientists processed the scene to collect and document relevant evidence. The collective effort subsequently led to Thomas Christopher Morton (DOB 10-19-84) as the individual responsible for the crime.  

On Wednesday, authorities arrested Morton and charged him with one count of Criminal Homicide, one count of Especially Aggravated Robbery, and one count of Tampering with Evidence. At the time of this release, Morton was being held in the Obion County Jail without bond.

KSP Makes Drug Arrest After Pursuit in Marshall County

Calvert City, Ky.- Kentucky State Police Trooper Donald Bowman was on routine patrol in Marshall County on Interstate 69, when he attempted to stop a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle for a speeding violation.  The operator of the motorcycle, Roy N. Guill, 37 of Carrsville, KY, speed up and attempted to elude Trooper Bowman.  Guill was traveling westbound, and exited onto Interstate 24, traveling to US 62 and stopping on Lone Valley Road. 

Guill was taken into custody without incident and lodged into the Marshall County Jail. Guill was charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense greater than 2 grams of Methamphetamine, Speeding, Reckless Driving, Fleeing or Evading Police 1st Degree (motor Vehicle), Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree Police Officer, No motorcycle Operators license, failure to comply with the helmet law over 21 years of age, failure to produce Insurance card, Possession of Marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jakes Day Set for Saturday at Holley Fork

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office invites everyone to Jakes Day this Saturday October 27th from 8am to 1pm at Holly Fork Shooting Club on Hwy. 79. Deer check-in starts at 8am and events begin at 10am. There is a big buck and big doe contest 1st place is $150, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $50. Smallest deer prize of $50 is also available.

Three guns will be given away on the day as well. Events include BB Gun shoot, archery, still target, turkey calling contest, duck flush, 22 rifle balloon shoot for prizes. Trophies will be awarded in each category at 1pm.

A free framed picture of deer for all juvenile hunters will be available and over $2K worth of door prizes will be given away. The Sheriff’s Office will also provide free lunch and T-shirts. For more information call Sheriff Belew at 336-4699.

Reminder: Rest 4 the Soul Ladies Retreat this Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Enough Grace Ministries will host the Rest for the Soul Ladies’ Retreat October 26-27th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Sheila Walsh, and joining her on the platform is Enough Grace Ministries founder Candise Farmer, along with Paris-native Betsy Craig Caswell leading in worship. Breakout session leaders include: Danielle Bell, Leeba Curlin, and Dr. Joy Greene. Spoken For, a mini-conference for teen girls ages 13 and up, will be led by Lydia Shoemaker.

The keynote speaker Walsh, has sold more than 5 million books and is known as the encourager. She loves being a Bible teacher, making God’s Word practical, and sharing her own story of how God met her when she was at her lowest point and lifted her up again.

Farmer states, “we are anticipating much ministry as God uses Sheila during this weekend, we are hearing testimonies of women who have been impacted by Sheila’s ministry.”

The event again is set for October 26-27 at the Henry County Fairgrounds. All women are invited. More information can be found online at www.rest4thesoul.com.

Friendship Baptist Fall Festival Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Friendship Baptist Church will hold their Fall Festival this Saturday October 27th with a fish fry at 5pm and trunk or treat at 7pm. From 6-9pm there will be games, a cake walk, face painting, hay ride, bouncy house, and haunted trail. Everyone is invited.

HC QB Club Boston Butt Pickup is Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Quarterback Club's Boston Butt pickup is scheudled for Thursday October 25th 9am to 11:30am at the field house. There are still a few tickets available for the 4 to 5 point butts if you order Wedensday evening on the Club's Facebook page or contacting any Varsity Coach or player.

NNDDA Decoy School Being Hosted in HC this Week

Paris, Tenn.- The NNDDA (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association) is sponsoring a “Decoy” school this week that is being hosted here in Henry County. The School will be focusing on patrol tactics and bite work. 25 K-9’s and their handlers have come from all across the southern part of the United States to attend. K-9’s are an integral part of law enforcement that are utilized every day and Henry County is proud to be hosting such an event. (HCSO photo)

Voting Totals over 3600 Now

Paris, Tenn.- It was a little slower on Wednesday with Early  Voting at the Henry County Election Commission office with only 380 voters coming to cast their ballot. Totals so far however are still good as 3669 people have voted early. Early Voting continues until Nov. 1st.

KSP Arrests Graves Co. Man In Sexual Exploitation Incident

Graves County, Ky.- On October 23, 2018, at approximately 8:32 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Austin Freeman, 23, on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/ peace officer regarding sex offense.  

Freeman was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating and exchanging photographs and videos with juveniles online.   

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Symsonia on October 23, 2018. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.  

Freeman is currently charged with two counts of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor/ peace officer regarding sex offense. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the Graves County Detention Center.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Ashley Neumair of the Paris Police Dept. conducted a traffic stop along with Inv. Derrek Colley and after searching found several pieces of drug paraphernalia, some meth, and marijuana. The driver, Henry William Fisher 26 of Big Sandy, was charged with possession with intent of schedule two, simple possession of schedule 6 and simple possession of schedule 2, possession of drug paraphernalia. Fisher was placed on $7500 bond.

TBI Seeks Public Assistance in West TN Homicide Case

Union City, Tenn.- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Obion County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s assistance in the ongoing investigation into the death of a Union City man.  

On Saturday, authorities found the body of 43-year-old Pedro Ernesto Arriaga in his home in the 5200 block of Ken-Tenn Highway in South Fulton. Though autopsy results were pending at the time of this release, preliminary information suggested Arriaga died as a result of a homicide.  

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Obion County Sheriff’s Department at (731) 885-5832. Authorities are also requesting residents in the immediate area of Ken-Tenn Highway who have home surveillance cameras or trail cameras to call the TBI or the sheriff’s department, so those may be further examined to determine if they contain photographic or video evidence that may prove beneficial to the ongoing investigation.

U.S. Secret Service Agent and MSU Alum to Speak on Campus Fri. Oct. 26

Murray, Ky.-United States Secret Service Special Agent Mark Trout will speak at the Murray State University Carr Health Building on Friday, Oct. 26, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Trout, a native of southeast Missouri, is a 1997 graduate of Murray State’s criminal justice program. His lecture on Friday will highlight his experiences as a local police officer in Dexter, Missouri, as a special agent for investigations in San Jose, California, and as a special agent with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s detail in Washington, D.C. 

Dr. Paul Lucko, chair of the Department of Community Leadership and Human Services, is excited for his students to learn about internships, federal employment and how to become a Secret Service agent.
 
“Mark’s career illustrates the wide range of professional possibilities for our department’s graduates,” Lucko said. “He began his career as a local police officer in a small town and advanced to the highest level of law enforcement.”
 
The event, which is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Society, is free and open to the public. The lecture begins Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Carr Health 201 on the campus of Murray State University.
 
For more information about Trout’s presentation, please contact Lucko at plucko@murraystate.edu.

PPD Partners with THSO on Booze it and Lose It Campaign

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for Booze it and Lose it until October 27th surrounding Halloween. Booze it and lose it is a statewide campaign to increase impaired-driving enforcement and reduce fatal crashes.

Extra patrol officers will be looking for drunk driving offenders, speeding offenders, seatbelt violations, along with other traffic violations in an attempt to make this a safe start towards the Holiday season. The City of Paris Police Department will enforce these violations along with others through the end of the year.

The THSO provides grant funding to support the Paris Police Department increased enforcement efforts during Booze it and Lose it. For more information go online to www.tntrafficsafety.org.

TUMC Potato and Salad Bar Planned for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church will hold their Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon, Drink, and Dessert this Friday October 26th from 11am to 2pm. The church is located at 409 N. Wilson St. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Church, Paris Florist, and the Toggery. For more information call 363-3371.

PSSD BOE Discusses Inclement Weather, Calendar

Board chairman Richard Edwards leads discussion on inclement weather and how to make up days Tues. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session for October Tuesday night and discussed the inclement weather policy. The board had previously decided back in 2014 to not make up the first three days missed for weather events such as snow, etc in the wintertime, and then make up the rest by going on days like President's Day, etc. Board chairman Richard Edwards said, “I wanted to discuss this now before we start seeing that kind of weather and have a plan in place so parents, students, and everyone knows what’s going on. Whatever policy we make as a board we reserve the right to make changes to from time to time and we haven't looked at this in awhile.”

Edwards said we need some direction, but parents keep telling me, don’t go past Memorial Day. So if we try to adhere to that request and if we add days, it would be President’s Day, Good Friday, or Spring Break because we have no possibility of adding after Memorial Day this year the way the calendar falls.

Board member Bill Jelks said, “personally I think we need to be in school every day, is more than education for the child it’s the social interaction, its lunches, and a lot more. I think we need to do what is right for our PSSD stakeholders and our students and go 180 days.”

The board discussed how taking the full week of fall break in October sort of hinders the 2nd semester where more days are in the calendar and there is less leeway. Dr. Gerrell said we can always look at that when we begin to make out the calendar. Right now the calendar has 88 school days before Christmas Break and 92 after. Fall Break used to only be two days, but moved to a full week back in 2016 after the county and many other systems had done so.

Jelks said, “as a board of education, we need to change the narrative on how we deal with education and put 180 days on the calendar and go all 180 days and not worry about messing up vacations.” Board member Jon Davidson agreed.

Edwards said, “this was all about discussion, we don’t have to make any decision tonight, so let’s take these comments and come back in November and be ready to make a decision.”

Dr. Gerrell said she would have some possible calendars for the next school year prepared to look at, with scenarios with having less time at Fall Break, adding more days after Memorial Day, and other options.

Aiming Higher on Test Scores, Reducing Chronic Absenteeism Part of Instructional Goals for PSSD

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard and update on instructional goals for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday night as well. Supervisor of Instruction Joey Brush talked about moving up some of the goals on proficient testing in reading and math among other things. They are also working hard to decrease chronic absenteeism. Brush said they have gone to make house visits on some and that has helped. Also anyone that misses gets a phone call to see about them on days they miss. Dr. Gerrell said, “our team is working diligently to help curb absenteeism.”

The Rhea Construction project update was given by Jason Coffield saying there are a few tiny things that aren’t done and the roofing issue will be able to start sooner than December. All has been great, the sidewalks are a great addition and things look really nice.

The board approved a certificate of compliance for textbooks, something done every year saying the system will provide textbooks for the students. Dr. Gerrell said this year was science text buying and next year will be social studies.

PSSD Approves, Will Seek Child Nutrition Supervisor Position

Paris, Tenn.- The board decided it was a good idea to approve and move forward and seek a cafeteria supervisor position Tuesday night as well. Dr. Gerrell said she was seeing some signs of inefficiency because the PSSD doesn’t have a person leading the cafeterias day in and day out. Dr. Gerrell said the last time we had a position like this was in 2016 as she provided the board with job duties the person could help with.

She said we are feeding more and more students, and the cafeteria is our largest department behind teachers and we don’t have a department head. The position can be funded out of food service. Dr. Gerrell said our folks are doing great, we are getting great inspections, and everyone is working hard, but we still need a strong leader in the area.

The board was all in agreement that they should move forward and began to look for this position. Dr. Gerrell said she didn’t see any need to raise lunch prices again to fund this position and it will only improve the quality of the department.

Another Good Turnout for Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday saw 539 Henry County cast their votes at the Election Commission office during Early voting. Turnout for the election so far has been running good. Early Voting continues until Nov. 1st.

Family Unharmed in Henry Residential Fire Tuesday

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department was sent to a structure fire on Macedonia Road as three engines and 7 firefighters arrived on scene to find a mobile home with smoke coming out the doors. The firefighters made entry and extinguished a fire in the utility area, believed to be caused by an electrical issue in the dryer. Aside from smoke damage throughout more parts of the house, the majority of damage was contained to the utility room and appliances inside it. BPU and the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene as well to assist.

Dustin Odom, training officers for the HVFD said, "smoke alarms detected the fire early and allowed the family ample time to get out to safety." (HVFD photos)

E911 Board, City, County Look Ahead at Centralized Dispatching

Members of the 911 board along with City Manager Kim Foster, Mayor Carlton Gerrell, and Mayor Brent Greer discuss central dispatching Tues. morning. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A workshop was held Tuesday morning with County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, and City Manager Kim Foster along with members of the E-911 board to begin the process of looking at Centralized Dispatching for Henry County.

Paris Police Chief  Chuck Elizondo started the meeting off saying, “we feel the time is good to go to centralized dispatching, it’s a benefit to the community to streamline the process, we’ve traveled to Savanah and Dickson to see how they run on it and now its time to talk financial before we go any further.”

City Manager Kim Foster has talked with MTAS, Municipal Technical Advisory Service to see if they can help with a formula for moving forward with how to be financially fair to all parties involved.

County Mayor Brent Greer said, “I’m all in if it’s a better fit for the community, I’m not looking at cost shifting so to speak, but if it benefits our community let’s see what we can do.”

Sheriff Monte Belew said the advantage to Central Dispatch is to help streamline dispatch as sometimes when calls are transfers there is delay and even lost calls at times. He said, “being a dispatcher now, its much more complex and in-depth then it used to be, it’d be nice to have them all under one roof.”

Foster said they have a meeting scheduled for November 5th with MTAS and CTAS, the County Technical Advisory Service, on recommendations to where we should go with this move of centralizing dispatch. Foster said, “we need a picture of how this will look, how the employees will be impacted, how it will affect City and County budgets.”

The 911 board has already discussed possibly locating at the Communications building and moving the boardroom to another location. Belew said, “the financial side, for the employees as far as pay and insurance, that’s the biggest hurdle here, everything else can be worked out.”

 Chairman of the 911 Board John Etheridge said, the board has discussed many ideas and are open to many things, we just wanted to get the City and County input early in this process as we go along.

After more discussion, it was determined for Chief Elizondo and Sheriff Belew to get a model together of how they feel it should work and finalize some financial numbers for dispatch employees to see how they would be impacted moving from the County to the City plan or vice versa. They will discuss this more once the meeting with CTAS and MTAS is complete.

HCSO Investigating Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in on Hwy. 119 where a resident found his shop door open. Missing from the shop was two generators, several hand tools, and a table. The total value is around $1700 and there are no suspects at this time.

Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from Beechum Lane resident in Puryear. The report said the HVAC unit and all the duct work had been cut and stolen and the resident did give Sgt. Fuqua a possible suspect. The value of the unit and ductwork was around $8K.

Gettys Hired as New HCHS Tennis Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School has named Ed Gettys as the next varsity girls and boys tennis coach. Gettys has over 40 years of experience in the coaching field. He has been assistant coach for the Lady Patriots basketball team for four seasons and will continue in that role.

Gettys played tennis in college and coached tennis in the state of Alabama for 10 years, advancing three teams to top 6th within the state. Athletic Director Michael Poteete said of Gettys, "With Coach Gettys' experience, I feel that he will continue moving the tennis program forward this year." 

Casino Night Set for Oct. 27th as Healthcare Foundation Fundrasier

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation will host its fifth annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Paris Convention Center this Saturday Oct 27th from 6-11pm. This event gives all attendees the opportunity to enjoy an evening filled with the lights and excitement of Las Vegas without leaving Henry County.

The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation board members are planning an event that will give party-goers the chance to use “fun money” to play a variety of Las Vegas style games, including Black Jack, Slots, Craps and Roulette. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on extraordinary prizes in a silent auction.

Last year’s Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation raised over $13,000 to improve our growing cardiology services with upgraded processing software capabilities for our Nuclear Medicine machine. This was much needed thanks to the increased volumes this service has seen. The specialized software will help process Nuclear Stress test information in half the time it currently takes, assisting in improvement to workflow, patient wait times, and physician satisfaction.

On Saturday, October 27, from 6-11 p.m. at the Paris Convention Center, our community will come together to enjoy an evening of fun, food, and prizes along with a silent auction, all in the name of raising money to benefit much needed improvements in our Emergency Department at Henry County Medical Center.

Every year, our Emergency Department sees approximately 20,000 patients through its doors. Since the Emergency Department is our "front doors" to care, the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors decided to dedicate fundraising efforts to improving this area for our community. Improvements will include a new TV, new front doors, painting, new furniture, and other amenities that will help to make the area comfortable for our patients and their families.

To become a sponsor, purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Foundation at 731-644-8266 or by e-mail at tdaughrity@hcmc-tn.org. Tickets to the event are now online at www.hcmc-tn.org and are available at various locations throughout the community. Visit the medical center’s website for more information.

Chamber's Grub Club to Meet Wed. at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The next Grub Club at the Paris Henry County Chamber will be this Wednesday October 24th from Noon to 1pm. To RSVP email pariscoc@paristnchamber.com. Armand Hebert of Hebert Consulting will speak on taking a hard look at your business or career for 2019 and beyond.

530 total Votes Cast Monday

Paris, Tenn.- It was another great turnout Monday during Early Voting as 530 total votes were cast. Early Voting continues at the Henry County Election commission office Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon until November 1st. On that final day, the Early Voting will run until 5:30pm Nov. 1st only.

Grove Students Pledge to Graduate in 2022

cheerleaders hold the banner while Grove Principal Tim Mason speaks to the crowd

Paris, Tenn.- On Friday, October 19th, the students of E.W. Grove participated in a pep rally where they committed to graduate from high school in 2022. Mr. Tim Mason, principal at E.W. Grove, read the pledge to the students to kick off the pep rally. He explained each statement and how it pertained to their lives at that moment and in the future. His speech was inspirational, emphasizing student determination, effort, and hard work. Mr. Mason made it clear that difficulties would be faced in each of their lives along the way, but regardless of those hardships, students will pledge to attend and graduate from Henry County High school or another high school in the year 2022.

The pep rally ended with the E.W. Grove cheerleaders leading the banner, which was signed by each student during their lunch period, to the middle of the gymnasium floor. You could feel the motivation in the air as students cheered and clapped as the banner was presented by Mr. Mason. The teachers of E.W. Grove are incredibly proud of the Class of 2022, and they cannot wait to see this group of students walk across the stage on graduation night just as the classes before them have done. The signed banner will hang at Henry County High School to remind the students of this pledge to graduate. (Alex Cox story and photos)

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department was on routine patrol over the weekend and noticed expired tags on a Buick and made a traffic stop. The driver, Aron Brisendine, age 31 of Mississippi, came back having suspended driver’s license so Sgt. James, with assistance from Ptl. Amanda Neumair, begin to put her in handcuffs, but she started to pull away. Some meth was then found on her person.

K9 Drago was then used at the scene and alerted on a box found in the car. Brisendine was charged with driving on suspended driver’s license, simple possession of schedule 2, simple possession of schedule 6, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia after a search of the vehicle. She was placed on $2500 bond.

Trooper Dakota Jordan charged Terry Lee Buckingham, age 53, of Gasden, Tennessee with DUI 1st offense, and violation of open container law.

Other arrests include Duane J. Ewell, age 39, of 1175 Hwy. 641 St. for DUI and violation of implied consent, Lydia Cherl Spriko, 42, of 303 Curtis St., was charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $10K bond.

Man Arrested for Piracy Attempt at Parisian Theatre

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department charged Eleantay DeShay McClure, age 25, of 345 Harrison St., with unlawful operation of an audio/video recording device. McClure was placed on $750 bond. The charge comes from McClure unlawfully recording a movie inside the theatre at the Parisian Theatre over the weekend.

Thefts Investigated in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department took a report of a missing handgun from Walnut St. The report stated a sig sauer was stolen from the bedroom and there are no suspects at this time.

Lt. Clyde Sulcer of the Henry County Sheriff’s took a report of theft from a home where the screen was torn off the window and it was entered with a fixed blade knife valued at $20 stolen.

KSP Investigating Fire Deaths in Lyon County, KY

Kuttawa, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Post 1 received a 911 call at approximately 06:54 a.m. of a house fire on Stephens Road in Kuttawa.  A 27 year old male in the residence was able to get a two year old female out of the mobile home, but the fire was too intense for him to re-enter.  The male was transported to a local hospital, and then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for his injuries.  The two year old was treated on the scene by EMS and released to her grandfather.

A 29 year old female and an approximately 9 month old male, were not able to escape the residence. An autopsy will be scheduled for the female and infant to determine cause of death. Preliminary investigation indicates the fire originated in the living room.  The Kentucky State Fire Marshall’s Office and KSP investigators are conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Paris Landing Hosting Camp Crystal Lake Oct. 27th

Springville, Tenn.-Paris Landing State park is hosting Camp Crystal Lake October 27th from 7pm to 10pm at Camp Hazelwood located at 1145 Girl Scout Drive, Springville.

Come enjoy a night of Halloween fun such as Costume Contest, Halloween Crafts, trunk-or-treat put on by local businesses and first responders, Chili Cookout, and a screening of a Halloween movie.
There will also be haunted hikes at 7:15, 8:15, and 9:15 hosted by the Paris Landing Fire Department.

Tickets for the event are10 dollar for ages 10 and under and 15 dollars for ages 11 and up. For more information contact Park Ranger Regina Lowry at 731-641-4465 or email her at  regina.lowry@tn.gov. (Photo from Google)

Early Voting Going Strong in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting is going strong in Henry County as citizens cast their vote before the November 6th election day.

On Friday October 19, 665 residents voted, While on Saturday 180 cast their vote making the grand total of votes cast in the county 2,220. Last day to early vote in Tennessee is November first.  Early voting hours are 8:30 am until 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am until Noon on Saturdays. (Photo sos.tn.gov)

Inman TMSAA West Tenn Champs after Outstanding Football Season

Paris,Tenn- The Inman Middle School Bulldogs defeated Chickasaw Middle 26-20 Saturday afternoon at Barton Field giving them the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association West Tennessee Championship. Congrats to Inman on an outstanding year!!!!

Henry Fire Seeks Food Donations for Food Bank

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Fire Department is asking visitors to their Hunted House to help restock the local food bank. They are in need of non-perishable food items. They ask that you consider donating these food items when coming to our haunted house. If you would like to donate but don’t plan to attend the haunted house, then shoot them a message on Facebook and they try to send someone to pick it up.

The Henry Volunteer Fire Department Haunted House is set for Friday and Saturday October 26th and 27th. Then again from October 29-31st. The Haunted House will be from 6-9pm each night and cost is $5 and is for anyone ages 5 and up who aren’t scared.  Visitors will park at the Henry Civic Center at 55 Park Avenue and you will be taken to the secret location of the Haunted House via Hay Ride. Money raised benefits the Henry Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo Via Facebook Page)

5th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History

Bucanan, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Battle of Paris Landing Civil War Living History event continues today at Paris Landing State Park. The event is sponsored by the Paris Landing Tourism League. Today’s events include a morning church service at the large pavilion, the demonstrations, vendors, hay rides, period music, and cannon firing every hour. If you need more information about this event, visit their webpage www.visitparislanding.com.

DPA Spooktacular On the Court Square Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Lots of ghosts and other fun characters out to downtown Paris as the annual Downtown Paris Association’s 13th Annual Spooktacular took over the court square.

Lots of people dressed up as everything from a haunted crane machine to a family of deer and hunters. Booths setup by local vendors and businesses offered delicious goodies and fun games for kids and adults alike.

Also during the event, the winners of the Scarecrows on the Square were announced.

Most Original- Catfish Kitty by the Henry County Clerk’s Office

Best Constructed: Second Harvest Food Bank

Best in Show: Bird Nerd- Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge

Honorable Mention: Elf: KPAC

Patriots Defeat District Rivals in Clarksville

#5 Jayln Foster behind a block from #70 Nick Metzinger breaks free during the Patriots 37-13 victory over Northeast

#47 Mekhi Sanders with help from his friends brings down a Northeast runner.  

#88 Paul Atkins sacks the Northeast QB during Friday nights game

Clarksville, Tenn.- It was an eventful night of football in Clarksville as the Patriots beat their district rivals the Eagles of Clarksville North East 37-14.

Both teams went through the first quarter scoreless. It was the Patriots Joseph Travis with an 11 yard touchdown in 2nd quarter putting numbers on the board making it 6-0. Still holding off the Eagles, Darrius Stephens scored a 25 yard field goal making it 9-0 going into half time.

North East would not go scoreless in the 3rd as they scored first making the score 9-7. But with a little over 2mins left in the 3rd, Jaylin Foster ran in a 10 yard Touchdown and with the point after good, the score at the end of 3 was 16-7.

Henry County would score 3 more times in the 4th making the final score 37-14.

Scores From Around the Region

Thursday Play:

West Carroll beat South Fulton 42-8

Huntingdon defeated Middleton 57-20

In Friday Action:

Dresden Beat Gleason 61-8

Collinwood over Hollow Rock-Bruceton 27-22

McKenzie defeated Union City 31-14

Murray State University Offers Discount For Military Students

Murray, Kenn.- Murray State University is now offering a new pricing model that will support military students in earning their college degrees at little or no out-of-pocket cost.

The new initiative is available to service members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Murray State will now waive course fees, provide free textbooks and match remaining tuition costs not covered by the U.S. Department of Defense Military Tuition Assistance program. The new pricing model is offered for military students interested in pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University.

Students will have the flexibility of taking courses in the setting of their choice, including on Murray State’s main campus, on base at Fort Campbell or at any of the University’s regional campuses in Paducah, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Henderson. Select degree programs and course offerings are also available entirely online.

This new initiative is one of the many steps Murray State has taken to show support for service men and women. Additional offerings include in-state tuition rates, a veteran’s lounge, the Veteran Student Organization and school certifying officials serving as liaisons to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

Contact Judson Faust, coordinator for Veteran Military Student Success, at 270-809-5343 or jfaust@murraystate.edu for more information about the new tuition discount or to learn more visit murraystate.edu/militaryrate. (Photo by Murray State University)

Paris Christian Bookstore Holds Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- Owners of Paris Christian Bookstore Adam and Jennifer Barker welcomed Chamber members to the ribbon cutting Friday morning.

Ribbon Cutting Held at Golden Cypress

Paris, Tenn.- The Golden Cypress at 118 E. Wood St. in downtown Paris welcomed Chamber members to a ribbon cutting Friday morning. They will sell homemade jewelry and crafts. (David Jackson photos)

TN Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 3.6%

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today released new labor statistics that showed unemployment across Tennessee continued at near-historic low levels in September.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in September mirrored the August 2018 rate and is just 0.3 of a percentage point higher than Tennessee’s all-time low unemployment rate of 3.3 percent.

“For well over a year now Tennessee’s unemployment rate has reflected the state’s strong economy and our skilled workforce,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we make things, and employers know that we have a workforce ready for the needs of the manufacturing industry. That, plus our business-friendly environment, is attracting more and more new employers to the state, creating new job opportunities for our citizens.”

Tennessee employers added 8,600 nonfarm jobs between August and September, including 2,300 new positions in the manufacturing industry. Over the past 12 months, nonfarm employment has increased by 63,900 jobs.

“We have an unemployment rate that’s holding steady as many employers across the state continue to hire new employees,” said Phillips. “These are positive signs as we move into the last quarter of what has been a very good year for Tennessee’s economy.”

The seasonally adjusted United States unemployment rate dipped down to 3.7 percent, a 0.2 of a percentage point decrease from the August rate. In September 2017 the national rate was 4.2 percent.

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

HCHD Closing Country Club Road on Mon. Oct. 22

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Country Club Road on Monday October 22nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be one tenth of a mile south of Country Club Loop. Country Club Road to Shady Grove Road may be used as an alternate route. The road will be open for late afternoon traffic.

HC RFL Love Lights a Tree Planned for Nov. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay For Life Love Lights a Tree Ceremony is coming up on Friday evening November 2nd at 6pm as the Christmas Tree on the North Side of the Courthouse is lit. You can purchase a light for someone currently battling cancer or to remember someone for a minimum of $5. Names will be publicly read at the Tree lighting ceremony donations will continue thru the end of the year. Like the Henry County Relay for Life Facebook page for more information.

Coats For Kids Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Bethesda Church is sponsoring a Coats for Kids Drive through the Month of October. You can bring new or gently used coats of all sizes to Bass Reality at 104 Tyson Ave. You are asked to put the coats in a trash bag so they can be cleaned by Royal Cleaners.  Distribution of the coats will be at Bass Reality from 10 to Noon on November 3rd.

 

News from past weeks here.

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HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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