From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Revenue Department Seeks Payments of Mixed Drink Tax
Statute Hasn't Been Enforced Against Cities Across the State until now
Paris, Tenn.- At after all the business was conducted at the Paris City Commission meeting on Thursday night, city manager Carl Holder informed the commission of a couple of issues they will have to look at in the coming months.
One of the issues is that the department of revenue, which falls under the state comptroller’s office, is wanting to enforce a state statute against cities where 50% of the mixed drink taxes collected would go to education.
Holder said that counties across the state have already been giving 50% of their mixed drink tax to education, but cities across the state have not been doing that. Holder pointed out all the sudden now the department of revenue wants cities to not only start doing this on a yearly basis, but also pay what would have been due several years back.
City attorney Fred McLean along with the attorney’s from TML and MTAS have advised the city to set tight and not begin paying yet and see where this falls.
McLean said the department of revenue wants to go back and enforce this law possibility 20 years, but he is hoping for a more common sense approach and set a limit to how many years they will go back to collecting these proportions from the mixed drink tax. McLean said something like the state does for delinquent tax collections, which only goes back a maximum of six years.
Holder told commissioners depending on how long they are forced to go back on payments, it could cost the city some money for the back payments. But from now on, once they know this law is being enforced, Holder said they will plan for this portion of the mixed drink tax going to education. On average, yearly it would mean about $11-12K from the city's collection of mixed drink tax going to education. Holder said we intend to fully comply with this payment, when we find out exactly what its going to be.
City to Evaluate Changes to ISO Rating System
Commissioners also learned that ISO, the group that sets the city’s insurance rating for fire coverage, has done a major upgrade in their rating system. Holder said it’s the biggest change in the system since 1980 and the city is planning on doing some preliminary evaluations to see how it affects the city. Holder said we will have to see if we should protect staying a rating of 4, or see if its possible to spend a few dollars and upgrade to the city being rated a 3, which would save citizens money on their insurance. Holder said dropping to a 3 in ISO rating could save citizens and average of 2% on their premiums.
Holder then told commissioners the city likely to start getting pressured to move the district lines for the ESN 122 fire district. He said he was strongly against doing this and taking on more territory because the main concern should be the citizens of Paris. When it comes to mutual aid for fires, Holder said we always are good neighbors and help any other department that needs it.
Holder said there has been talk of a countywide fire department, where the city would be the main mutual aid coverage for all fires, but he again strongly opposed the idea of adding territory to the ESN 122 district.
Rezoning Requests Approved by Commission
Paris, Tenn.- More from the Paris City Commission on Thursday night saw the approval of on first reading of an ordinance to amend the municipal code by rezoning property on the 218 bypass from P-B to M-1. The property is an area where the BPU is looking to purchase and build a new electric warehouse. The request for rezoning would aid the BPU into construction of the warehouse quickly. The commission approved this on first reading and sent it to the planning commission when they meet next week for approval, before they will approve it again next month.
The commission also approved a resolution that authorized the mayor to sign an interlocal agreement with the Henry County Tourism Authority for a $50,000 loan at 0% for 5 years. Holder said the money will be used for renovation of certain structures at Camp Hazelwood as plans are to try to renovate it and continue to use it for the Every Child Outdoor program, Spirit of America and boys and girl scouts. The TRRA revenue stream will be pledged as collateral for the life of the loan.
In other business, commissioners approved an ordinance to amend the employee safety and health plan on 2nd reading, approved the stormwater ordinance as required by the MS-4 permit process on first reading, and approved a rezoning request from M-1 to P-B on highway 641 South just past the 218 bypass.
Huge Crowd for Patriots' Pep Rally and Parade
Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for a downtown Paris parade and pep rally for the 6-0 Henry County High School Patriots Thursday afternoon. Top photo shows the football team as it arrives on the courthouse lawn behind a sheriff's department motorcycle escort, while bottom photo shows the high school cheerleaders leading the crowd in supporting the team. Friday night is Homecoming and the Patriots face Springfield at home. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Toga! Toga! Toga!
Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Henry County High School Student Government showed their support for the team Thursday by wearing togas, including Carson Ray, left, and Austin Nance. Nance said they were preparing for Friday's Toga! Toga! event at the high school. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Meet The Henry County High School Homecoming Court
Paris, Tenn.-This year's Henry County High School Homecoming Court posed for a photo at the high school: from left,
Junior Bria Woodruff; Senior Ali Davis; Senior Camille Ridley; Senior Whitney Rawls; Sophomore Manning Boley. The Homecoming Queen will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Friday before the Patriots' football game. (HCHS photo).
Sheriff's Deputies Make Drug Arrests
Paris, Tenn.- A report a the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Deputy Stacey Bostwick responded to Clayton Town Road to a female armed with a knife who was waving it around. Brandi Bradford and her husband were in heated arguments once officers arrived, but she had put the knife down. Both admitted to having had meth earlier in the day. A bag of leafy green substance was found and Brandi Bradford was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and domestic assault.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office responded to the Lakewood Drive and Tamrworth Drive area where calls had come in that three men in a golf cart were bothering people. Once they arrived they noticed the men to have been drinking as beer cans were in the back of the golf cart. Police arrested Dewayne A. Wallace, of 35 Bellview Road in Springville for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Fire Prevention Day to Be Held Sunday at Pleasant Hill FD
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fire prevention day held at Pleasant Hill Community Fire Department on Reynoldsburg Road Sunday October 6th from 1-3pm. Everyone is invited to come hear live music and inflatables for the kids, an appearance by Smokey the Bear, coloring contests, free giveaways, free smoke detectors and food.
Childress Murder Case Bound Over to Circuit Court
John Eric Childress
Paris, Tenn.-At a hearing Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court, the first-degree murder case against John Eric Childress, 31, Camden, was bound over to the Circuit Court.
The case will be presented to the Henry County Grand Jury when it meets on November 4.
Childress is being held on $1 million bond in the Henry County Jail, charged with the murder of his father, Timothy Childress, 52, in his home at 11770 Hwy. 641S, in June. The scene of the homicide is near the Benton County line.
Childress is represented by Jeff Fagan of the county defender's office.
Cherry Jones to be Inducted in Theater Hall of Fame
Cherry Jones at a Paris appearance. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
New York City, New York--Paris Native Cherry Jones will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame along with other theatrical luminaries at a ceremony set for January 27, 2014, at the Gershwin Theatre.
The Theater Hall of Fame is located on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre and was founded in 1971 to honor Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater.
According to BroadwayWorld, to be eligible for induction, the theater professional must have given 25 years distinguished service to the American Theater and, at least, five major production credits on Broadway. The annual ballot is voted upon by over 350 members of the Theater Hall of Fame and the American Theater Critics Association. There are 10 categories and over 50 nominees from which to vote. The final eight nominees receiving the most votes are ratified for the annual induction.
Jones has won two Best Actress Tony Awards and appeared in numerous Broadway productions. Currently, she is receiving accolades for her performance as Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie" on Broadway.
TBI Arrests Two UT-Martin Students
Jackson, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Tuesday arrested two University of Tennessee at Martin students for sending a threatening message to a Facebook friend last month for harassing the victim, according to the TBI website.
Patrick Valdez, 18, and Erin Chism, 18, both of Martin, were both charged with one count of felony harassment and one count of felony conspiracy to commit harassment.
On Tuesday, the 27th Judicial District Attorney General requested the TBI investigate allegations that Valdez and Chism were behind threatening messages sent to a University of Tennessee Knoxville student via her Facebook page last month.
The TBI determined that Valdez wrote and produced a song that made reference to sexually assaulting and killing the victim, killing her family and burning their house down. Chism then friended the victim on Facebook and sent the song to her. Valdez had a previous relationship with the victim. The UT Martin Police Department and Knoxville Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Valdez and Chism were booked into the Weakley County Jail.
Reminder: Pep Rally/Parade Downtown Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-With Homecoming Week this week, a pep rally and parade will be held in downtown Paris at 4 p.m. Thursday (October 3) for the Henry County Patriots football team. The parade begins at the First United Methodist Church and moves around the courtsquare. The pep rally will begin after the parade and also will be held on the courtsquare.
The Patriots play Springfield Friday night at home.
Lady Patriot Golf Tournament Set for This Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Basketball team will host their annual golf tournament on Saturday October 5th to help raise money to buy uniforms, equipment, and other items that will help their program grow stronger.
The tournament is a 4 man scramble with a 8am start at the Paris Country Club on October 5th. There are many ways individuals and businesses can donate to help the team.
Team entry fee is $250 for the tournament. They will also sell hole sponsors for $100, full 50 inch TV ads for all home games for $200, and many options involving all of those items. For any questions contact Lady Patriot head coach Cliff Curd at 731-431-9306.
Covenant Ranch Ironman Fellowship Family Night Set Thursday
4th annual event promises fun for the whole family
Paris, Tenn.- Covenant Ranch on Highway 79 in Buchanan will have its 4th annual Ironman Fellowship Family Night and Cruise-in Thursday beginning at 5 pm. There will be a free meal at 7 pm with a Christian message to follow. There are fun activities planned for the entire family including inflatables, horse shoes, corn hole, hay rides, music, zip line, trap shooting and more. Also there will be several cars, trucks, and bikes at the cruise in. Call 642-2099 for more information.
Paris City Commission Meets Thursday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday at 6pm in the city hall courtroom. The agenda is rather short with items including the first reading of the stormwater ordinance and a rezoning request. The meeting is open to the public.
HCMC CareVan to Be At Farm Bureau Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center CareVan will be at the Henry County Farm Bureau from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. There will be free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressure checks available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a full lipid panel for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result and results will be available at the time of screening.
Oktoberfest is set for Saturday in New Location
John Weiher is a familiar sight at Oktoberfest. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Holy Cross Catholic Church will once again host its annual Oktoberfest all day Saturday, but in a different location. Historically, the event has been held on the church grounds, but the popularity of the event has been causing parking problems.
This year, the event will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The festival will be held from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Admission and parking are always free and proceeds go toward the church's community and church projects.
Hoofbeats of Hope will open the event with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. with the singing group Se7en.
Here is a list of the other entertainers: 11:30 a.m. The Shepherd Family; noon, Bethel University Bluegrass band; 2 p.m., Tabitha Myrick; 2:45 p.m. Point Pleasant Baptist Church puppets; 3:30 p.m. Little Mexican Latin Folklore; and 6 p.m. Young at Heart.
Other activities include a German or Mexican meal for $9; petty zoo, poney and donkey rides, inflatables, live auction, clowns, dunking booth, bake sale and more.
Rachel Ayers Celebrates 100th Soccer Goal
Paris, Tenn.-Rachel Ayers has celebrated her 100th soccer goal on the Henry County High School girls' soccer team. She was the only senior on the soccer team this year and last Thursday was senior night. She was accompanied by her parents Danny and Andrea Tucker and Steve & Teresa Ayers. Ayers has not decided where she would like to attend college next year, but she knows she wants to study something in the medical field. (Photo submitted by Pam McCord.)
Terry Knott Benefit is Friday; Order Deadline is Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Henry County Jaycees will be hosting a Ribeye or Chicken sandwich benefit with chips and a drink from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, to help raise money for Terry "TK" Knott and his family.
Kristian Elliott of the Jaycees said, " Many people know Terry as the Pepsi guy or have meet him out of the golf course a time or two. He is a very kind and giving person and the Jaycees are grateful to him for all he has done for us through the years with our events. Money raised from this benefit will go to help TK and his family with growing medical bills due to his recent illness. Please help us in supporting him through this benefit lunch."
Local delivery will be available for orders of 5 or more. Order Deadline: Thursday, Oct 3 at 5 pm. Limited Orders will be available the day of the Benefit.
Local Delivery available on orders of 5 or more placed by deadline.
Fax to 731-644-1143 or call
Cathey @ 731-693-9086 or Kelly @ 731-333-2551
Cooking provided by the Paris Henry County Jaycees
Community Invited to Bethel Homecoming Events This Week
McKenzie, Tenn. – The community is invited to Bethel University’s 2013 Homecoming events this week. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Tradition with a Twist.”
A Blessing of the Animals ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bethel Alumni Garden.
“This event is open to Bethel family and alumni and to the community as well,” said Myra Carlock, Director of Alumni and University Events. “This is an ancient and liturgical service where we commemorate the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his love for all of God’s creatures.”
According to Carlock, light refreshments will be available including refreshments provided by PetSmart for pets in attendance. Additionally, a photographer will be on hand for pictures. Those in attendance should remember to keep their pets on leashes and to bring carriers if necessary.
The Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament will be Friday, Oct. 4 at Carroll Lake Golf Club with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The shotgun start will be at 10 a.m.. The tournament is a 4-person scramble and is open to both alumni and community members. Entry fee is $55 per person or $220 per team and includes green fees, cart, lunch and prizes. To register for the tournament, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Monte Cunningham at 731-415-7735 or email@example.com.
Friday evening events for the community include An Evening with Renaissance at 8:30 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. This event is free.
There will also be a Bonfire and Spirit Rally at 8:30 p.m. in the parking area behind Wildcat Stadium. Join the Wildcat Marching Band, the Wildcat Cheerleaders, the Wildcat Football Team, alumni, faculty, staff and students in a revival of a special tradition. S’mores and hot chocolate will be served. This event is also free. A coffee house will be at the Daily Grind in the Marrs-Stockton Music Building (the old university center) at 10 p.m. on Friday evening. Patrons can showcase their talents through song or poem. For more information about the Coffee House, contact Rachel Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com or 731-614-1085.
Saturday morning events kick off with a Wildcat 5K Run sponsored by the Bethel Cross Country Team. The race will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is required as well as a $10 entry fee. Note: the first 15 registrants receive a Wildcat Run Kit.
The community can also enjoy the 2013 Bethel Homecoming Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Dale Kelley, Director of Athletics at Bethel, will be the Grand Marshal. For more information, contact Rachel Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Caleb Butler at email@example.com.
This year’s showcase pregame event is Tailgate Wildcat Style featuring Big Daddy’s BBQ beginning at noon in Wildcat Alley behind the Vera Low Center. Alumni and Friends are all invited. Season ticket holders can eat for free. All others can eat for $5 each. Other vendors will also be set up in Wildcat Alley during this time selling various items. Additional food vendors include: Broadway Brew, Woodstock Bakery from Jackson, the Hawg Country Cookers, Cajun Snocones, Pirate Pork, Krazy Wings and Daddy’s Lunchbox. Melrhea Creations will be twisting and selling balloons for children, and there will be a photo booth sponsored by Bethel University Academic Theatre.
There will also be an Ultimate Tailgate Competition from noon until 2. There will be three divisions for tailgating: Students, Alumni and Other (non-student, non-alumni). Prizes will be awarded to the top tailgater in each division. Reservations are required. Contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations and to receive a copy of the rules.
The 2013 Homecoming football game begins at 2 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium. The Wildcats will host the Bluefield Rams, and Homecoming Royalty, along with Alumni Award Winners and Athletic Hall of Fame winners will be recognized.
A Saturday evening performance by Renaissance will cap off the Bethel Homecoming experience. The show is free and will begin at 7 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium.
Other activities for community members on Saturday include a Kidzone with inflatables from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (located beside Wildcat Park Baseball Field) and the 3rd Annual Timmy Kilburn Shrimp Boil following a Softball Style Alumni Game. This will also be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
TRRA Board Approves Funding for Fishing Touranments in 2014
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met on Tuesday and approved funding two small FLW Walmart Bass Fishing League tournaments. One is scheduled for February 15th of next year and the other is a two day event in early September of next year. CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said the request for both was $1000 a piece and the review committee approved funding both tournaments in hopes of landing the large FLW tournament down the road.
The American Bass Anglers Association presented a request for funding of $12,000 for their Couples National Championship. This is a male/female team format and would be held in late September of 2014 for several days. Hamilton said they expect 100 boats, just as last year, but only 60 showed up.
Hamilton said the review committee suggested funded the tournament at $6K, and letting them know if 100 boats didn’t end up in the tournament, only paying them percentages of that $6K. He said, for example, if only 60 boats showed up instead of 100, we would fund 60% of $6K. The board agreed and approved the request of $6K to fund the Couples National Championship.
The board turned down one request from the International Federation of Black Bass Anglers for their National Black Bass Buddy Tournament Classic to be held in October of 2014. The request was for $8K and Hamilton said their application was incomplete. He also said he noticed on the group’s webpage they were advertising a tournament at a lake in Texas later this month and when he called down their to see the turnout, the Texas lake advised the group had no tournament filed for the time they advertised for.
Walker and Associates To Develop Strategies for Hazelwood
Firm that Brought us "Village of Paris" to work on long term plans for Hazelwood
Paris, Tenn.- County Mayor Brent Greer also told the TRRA board Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans for Camp Hazelwood. Greer said he had contacted Walker and Associations, the marketing and communications firm from Memphis the county used to come up with the Village of Paris branding several years ago, to come and take a look at Hazelwood. The group presented him a letter of some possibilities they saw at Hazelwood and he wanted to invite them to a TRRA meeting with the board and media to share some ideas and let a discussion be held.
Greer said the main goal is to continue to use the area for our youth in a camp setting. Walker suggested possible corporate and private sponsorships to eventually have a hotel and conference center in the area. Greer said once the board and media meets with Walker and Associates they will have to decide whether they will contract out their services or not to implement strategies to develop Hazelwood.
Mayor Greer also said he and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and David Hamilton have been invited to Hardemen County to tour Lone Oak Farms, the site the 4-H committee picked to present to the University of Tennessee for the new regional camp and conference center. Greer said we are going down with an open mind to see what they thought this place had that we did not have at Hazelwood.
Golf Teams Conclude Season at Regional Tournament
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County Men’s and Ladies Golf concluded their season Monday at the Regional Tournament at Swan Lake in Clarksville. In the men’s results, the Patriot golf team shot a 353, finishing 5th. Hendersonville won the regional with a 297, Clarksville shot a 309, and Station Camp shot a 327. Individual scores for the Patriots included Jamison Hayes and Hunter Bethune with an 84, Evan Todd with a 88 and Chase Hill shot a 97 for the tournament.
The Lady Patriot golf team finished 6th in the regional tournament with a 199. Rossview won the tournament with a 150, Station Camp shot a 160, and Clarksville High shot a 163. Individual scores for the ladies were Brittany Martin with a 93 and Madison Dillard with a 106.
All National Wildlife Refuges Closed Due to Government Shutdown
Paris, Tenn.- All National Wildlife Refuges including the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge are now closed due to government shutdown, according to local refuge officials.
The following closures and cancellations apply:
· All refuge offices and visitor centers will be closed.
· The permitted hunts will be canceled. The refuge will be closed to all public uses.
· All refuge boat ramps are closed and refuges are closed to all fishing.
· Refuge concessions including Mansard Island Marina and Cuba Landing Marina will close their boat ramps and marinas, other operations at these businesses will remain open.
· All refuge roads, observation decks, and hiking trails are closed to all access.
Persons interested in visiting national wildlife refuges or other federal facilities and lands are advised to continue to watch the news for further information.
Homecoming Week Activities Ongoing at High School
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School Assistant Football Coach James Counce III is showing his form during the car bashing activities sponsored by the Student Government during the noon hour every day this week during Homecoming Week. This Friday is Homecoming and the Patriots will play the Springfield Yellowjackets. (HCHS photo).
Homecoming Court Selected
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Homecoming Court has been selected and the Homecoming Queen will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Friday before the football game.
On the court are: Seniors Camille Ridley, Ali Davis, Whitney Rawls; Junior Bria Woodruff; and Sophomore Manning Boley.
Downtown Pep Rally/Parade Route Announced
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School officials have announced the route for Thursday night's parade through downtown Paris.
The parade begins at 4 p.m., starting at the First United Methodist Church parking lot on Market street, then moving downtown to the north side of the court square on Washington St. for the pep rally.
Vehicles can drive back to starting location at end of parade or find parking downtown for the pep rally that follows the parade.
Organizers are hoping for a big turnout from the public.
Lakewood Speech Team Competes in First Tourney of School Year
Paris, Tenn.-The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in its first tournament of the season Saturday at Portland High School in Portland, TN. The middle school team competed against 15 high schools from the Western and Mid-State and placed 10th overall with the following individuals placing in their events. This is how they placed: Natalie Clark - 6th place Original Oratory; Logan Lacy and Abigail Littrell - 2nd place Duet Acting; Billee Lassiter and Will Umbach - 3rd place Duet Acting; not advancing to the final round was Steele Schoeberl - 7th place Prose Interpretation. The team will be hosting their first middle school competition at Lakewood on November 2. They are coached by David Weatherly.
Paris Students Named McWherter Scholars at Bethel
Ashley Whitworth Kayla Busuito
McKenzie, TN –Bethel University students Ashley Whitworth of Paris, Kayla Busuito of Paris, Sarriah Johnson of Milan, Kenneth Ray of Huntingdon, and Caitlin Runions of Dyersburg, were recently awarded the McWherter Scholarship. Bethel had the maximum number of students who can be selected in one year.
The McWherter Scholars Program is designed as a student think tank to address issues and challenges related to West Tennessee. The program develops student leaders from West Tennessee counties and provides academic enrichment and scholarships for those selected.
For more on Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.
911 Board Meets in New Building for the First Time
Board members surround the table as director Mark Archer discusses things
Monday's board meeting. The emblem on the wall in the background was painted by Diane McCord. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 board met Monday evening in their newly renovated Henry County Communications Building in downtown Paris. The building has a boardroom, administrative offices for 911 Director Mark Archer, offices for Henry County Emergency Management Agency personnel, the Carl Perkins Center, and a state-of-the-art training room for different agencies to use.
Archer told board members that nearly all renovations are complete in the building and they’ve spent money wisely putting as much new technology into the building as possible for use by the different emergency service agencies of the county. In the event of a disaster such as weather like ice storms or tornados, the building will serve as the county’s Emergency Operations Center, or EOC.
TV Screens on the wall in the boardroom are tuned to up to date radar images of the state and region, board member Ray Norwood is pictured at the table. The building will serve as the EOC in emergencies such as weather events.
ReadyFox Introduced as new Staff Member to 911
Ready Fox shakes hands with board members Monday night. He will serve as the mascot for HC 911 and education of 911 to youngsters.
Paris, Tenn.- Archer told 911 board members Monday evening they are rolling out new materials like coloring books and magazines to help with their public awareness campaign and school education about using 911 properly. They will hand these items out at National Night Out Tuesday in downtown Paris and make presentations at schools to teach youngsters the proper use of 911.
Archer introduced new staffer, Ready Fox to the board as the main spokesman for 911 education for the youth of the area. Ready Fox will be on hand Tuesday at National Night Out and will make visits to the schools.
911 Board Discuss Redrawing Fire District Lines and Countywide FD
Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday’s 911 board meeting saw discussions center around the possibility of drawing new fire district lines. Archer said he’s met with the chiefs of departments and they’ve asked him to draw lines to see how everyone would be covered in the event of a fire and which other department would serve as quickest mutual aid.
The goal here is to get ISO insurance ratings down for county residents who live close to the ESN 122 district and get ratings down in the county as well making sure which departments know what areas they cover and who is first for mutual assistance.
Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams, who sets on the 911 board, said the best thing would be to move to a countywide department. There has been discussion along these lines over the years, and Williams said its going to take some hammering out with the county commission, city, county departments on what to do and what kind of fees to charge.
Williams said if there was a countywide department, the city of Paris fire department would just offer mutual aid to everyone because they are staffed fully and would be able to respond quicker than any other department, even ones that are closer to the area of the fire.
Archer said the goal is to get as many citizens near the Paris city limits into the ESN 122 Fire district as possible. This is just the start of the discussion of several decisions that must be made in order to get this right for everyone and see which way the county and city want to go with as far as departments go for fire coverage.
The 911 board also learned that state legislature is looking at possible fee restructuring for 911 fees. Cities and counties are pushing 911 districts to benefit from some of the funding. Archer told board members the most distressed 911 systems in the state are ones in which the 911 board pays the fees of dispatchers. In Henry County, the city of Paris pays dispatchers salaries and Archer says that is what lets us succeed as a system.
Sales Down in Electric and Water Departments for BPU
Customers reaping the benefits
Paris, Tenn.- A cooler, wetter summer has caused a drop in sales for the Paris Board of Public Utilities in both the electric and water departments. General Manger of BPU John Etheridge informed the board at the meeting Monday morning that sales in the electric department year to date for July and August were down 14% compared to last year and sales in the water department were down 11% year to date.
Etheridge said with the electric department even though sales are down, power costs for BPU are also down and the cash position is $160K better than last year. He said net income is down some as well, but overall things are ok and its good for our customers.
BPU Board Moves to Purchase Property for Warehouse
Paris, Tenn.0 In business Monday, the BPU board approved a recommendation from Etheridge to make an offer of $160K to purchase some property for the electric warehouse that will be built. Etheridge said there are a few things that needed to be done before it was official such as some zoning changes thru the planning commission, land surveys, and they had also put in a request for an easement on the sewer main.
The board also approved BPU to participate in TVPPA’s GENCO program which is a peak sharing electricity pilot that will last 14 months. BPU already participates with something similar in the water department and in GENCO, TVA will pay BPU to knock off some of their load during peak hours. Etheridge said there are no downsides to participating in the pilot.
BPU board members approved a couple of housekeeping issues as well Monday including adoption of a resolution from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for accounting procedures on the bond issuance costs.
Water and Wast Water Supervisor Terry Wimberly told the board he would bring them back some recommendations in October’s board meeting for a firm to do a 10 year study for the water treatment plant. Wimberly said they have completed all the improvements to the plant from the last study they had done and felt it was time to do another one. Requests for proposals had been sent out to the firm that did the last study and several other firms with expertise in that area.
Brodgon Retiring from BPU After 32 Years
Paris, Tenn.- General Manager John Etheridge publicly thanked Barry Brogdon at Monday’s meeting who was working his last day at BPU after 32 years of service. Brodgon served many capacities including the last four years as the director of electric operations and maintenance. Cole Edwards has been training and working closely with Brodgon and is now the director of electric operations at the BPU.
Reminder: National Night Out Scheduled 5:30-8:30pm Downtown
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the movie Casper will be shown free to the public Tuesday evening as local law enforcement and fire departments celebrate National Night Out on the court square in Paris. Activities run from 5:30-8:30 around the courthouse Tuesday evening. The Paris Police Department will give out Halloween Bags and book marks and offer popcorn, hotdogs, and drinks for a donation that will go to the Cop and Kid Christmas Shopping trip and DPA. Kroger in Paris and its manager Joe Turner has helped sponsor National Night Out this year.
Paris Police Looking for Suspect in Attempted Robbery
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still looking for a suspect in an attempted robbery that occurred on East Wood Street late Saturday night. The report said the woman was walking down East Wood near Lake Street and a man she described as a bald black man jumped out from the bushes and told her to give him everything she had. She attempted to run and he cut her wrist with a knife before she could get away. Paris Police have no suspects matching the description yet and continue to investigate the incident.
Another report at the Paris Police Department said a vehicle parked at the high school was entered and items were stolen this weekend. An ipod and a sound system was taken and the victim said there was no forced entry to the vehicle. The value of items was $750.
Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office are also investigating thefts from the weekend. A car parked at Meo Mio’s was entered and two debit cards was stolen from a woman’s wallet and $600 in cash was stolen from her luggage in the back floor board.
In a separate incident $700 worth of rings and $80 in cash was reported stolen from a Cottage Grove resident on Center School Road. A camper at Howell’s Resort was entered this weekend and two DVD players and some change were stolen from it. Police have no suspects.
James, Winders Compete in Memphis for HC Cross Country
Paris, Tenn.- Two of Henry County’s cross country runners competed this past weekend at the 25th Annual Frank Horton Invitational in Memphis. In the high school girls 5K varsity race, Lady Patriot runner Kaity Beth James finished 29th out of 168 runners with a time of 21:13. In the boys high school race Javan Winders came in 7th place out of 178 runners, finishing with a time of 16:12. The meet featured teams from all over the southeast and both runners for Henry County set personal record times. The high school and middle school cross country teams will compete this coming Saturday in Russellville, Ky.
Camden Church Destroyed by Early Morning Fire
House of The Lord Church on South Forrest Avenue in Camden was destroyed by an early-morning fire. According to WRJB-WFWL, the first call came into the city dispatch around 12:35 a.m. Sunday and the Camden Fire Department called for assistance from all county-wide fire departments. For many years, the building served as the Camden First Baptist Church before that congregation moved to its present location on Post Oak Ave. A WRJB-WFWL spokesperson said firefighters left around 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Photos supplied by WRJB-WFWL show the fire at its height, top, and the aftermath this morning.
HCMC to Moderate Marketplace Forum Monday
Paris, Tenn.-Remember Monday is the day that the Henry County Medical Center’s certified application counselors will be answering questions online about the new Health Exchange Marketplace beginning at noon.
Counselors will be available online via the hospital’s Facebook page. Be sure and like Henry County Medical Center on Facebook and log on today to ask questions in their marketplace discussion thread.
The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options. When you use the Marketplace, found at healthcare.gov, you'll fill out an application and see all the health plans available in your area.
If you can’t make the online discussion, but still have questions, contact Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant or Tina Umstead, LPN at (731) 644-8215. To read more publications and articles visit, https://www.healthcare.gov/ or go the hospital’s website, www.hcmc-tn.org, go to quick links and select Health Insurance Marketplace.
Scenes from Eye Full of Paris
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, top, was chillin' while grillin' at Saturday's Eye Full of Paris festivities in downtown Paris. Bottom, members of the Henry County High School Marching Band color guard relax for a moment after the full band performance for a large and appreciative crowd Saturday morning. More photos from the event are elsewhere on this website. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Bethel Renaissance Audition Days Set
Paris, Tenn.-Bethel University and the Renaissance Program invite you to its Homecoming 2013 Audition Day, Saturday Oct. 5. Bethel is asking the public to visit the campus, get your audition out of the way, and join the group for “An Evening with Renaissance,” the Homecoming Celebration Concert.
The concert will be at 7 p.m., in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. Audition slots are available from 1 until 4 p.m. Bethel Renaissance will also provide a complimentary meal for the family of those who audition in the Bethel University Cafeteria as well as complimentary tickets to the concert.
If you can’t make it for Homecoming, please note the other Audition Days: Nov. 2 from 1 until 4 p.m.; March 4, 2014 from 1 until 4 p.m.; and April 12, 2014 from 1 until 4 p.m.
Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, provides substantial scholarship money to students who have an interest in the performing arts. Like an athletic program, students in Renaissance can major in whatever they choose, but still have the opportunity to be onstage. Bethel believes that by providing students with a well-rounded education they have more opportunities for success in life.
For more information and to sign up for an audition time, please contact the Renaissance Office at (731) 393-0405.
Friday Night Lights
Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Henry County High School Patriots Marching Band serenade the fans with the Jackson 5 hit, "Give Me One More Chance" at Friday night's football game against Kenwood, top photo, while #4 Cody Hunter tackles a Kenwood receiver, bottom. (Tim Pharr photos).
A Perfect Day to Get an Eye Full
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Artists Gene McWherter and Ann Stapp, top, enjoy the open air and the sights of downtown Paris while painting during Saturday's Eye Full of Paris activities on the court square. Hundreds flocked downtown for the activities, art works, crafts, pottery and live music, such as Steve Short and Scott Myatt, bottom photo. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Chamber to Host Business Advice
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation for local novice entrepreneuers and existing business owners by Landy Fuqua from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She will offer free business advice from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Chamber office on E. Wood St.
Appointments for the presentation can be made by calling UT-Martin REED Center at 731-587-7333.
Fuqua has more than 20 years experience as an owner and operator of two Northwest Tennessee businesses, according to the Chamber. She also works at the UT Martin regional entrepreneuer and economic development center and is a certified business counselor at the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.
Henry County Defeats Kenwood, 59-22
#2 Chase Henderson breaks free for a 40-yard touchdown run. (Tim Pharr photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Big Red Machine continued its perfect season Friday night with a 59-22 victory over Kenwood High School at home. Henry County is now 6-0 on the season with three of its victories now in district play.
As has been the case in most of this season’s games, Henry County scored early and often, but the game was not without its tense moments, notably when Kenwood scored with a 99-yard touchdown return right before the half, narrowing the score to 31-22. Just prior to that, Henry County had scored with a 35-yard field goal by Brian Rammel.
Henry County will now face Springfield at home next Friday night, with game time again at 7 p.m.
#11 Jacob Croasman runs behind a block from #16 Nate Kendall. (Pharr photo).
News from past weeks here.