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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon

Police Continue Jewelry Investigation

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police continue to investigate the theft of jewelry and
furniture from a home on Edgewood St. Police were called to the home
on a report of several items of jewelry being taken from inside the
house sometime between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3. Several pieces of
furniture were taken from the garage, including a butcher block table
and four wooden chairs with hunter green legs. The furniture was taken
sometime on the weekend of Sept. 15.

The victim told police her boyfriend told her his son and friends were
coming over and for her to keep things secured. She said she refused
to let them come over. She called the station again to report that
they were at the house and refused to leave.

On the second occasion, three police officers went to the home and
found the son and two other people there. Under questioning, the son
said he did not take the jewelry. But the police report indicated he
was acting nervous and would not allow the officers to search his

Officers went to the two local pawn shops but were unable to locate
the jewelry. The jewelry taken from the home is worth $830 and the
furniture is worth $150.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Dave Wayne Smith, age 44 of
510 Harrison St., for public intoxication. Police were called to
Vernon Place on a report of a disturbance at 901 Minor St. Once there,
they found a male and female in the backyard and the male walked away
from them. According to the police report, Smith was unsteady on his
feet, was slurring his words and an odor of alcohol was apparent. He
was arrested and transported to jail.

Another Counterfeit Bill Reported

Paris, Tenn.-Another counterfeit bill was passed at Walmart Supercenter. Police
were called to the store on a report of a fake $5 bill being passed at
one of the registers overnight. Store personnel said they were unable
to identify the person who passed it, however. A $20 counterfeit bill
was passed at the store earlier late last month.

Powder Puff Raises $3,000; Checks To Be Presented Tonight

In the photo is the winning team and their coaches: Coaches - Matt Mann & Patrick Fagan;
Players, Rachel Ayers, Shelby Prosser, Whitney Rawls, La'Aniiah Sewood, Megan Aiosa, Brittany Martin, Jacelynne Owen, Alex Tyler, Gabrielle VanDyke, Kinsley Chandler, and Bailey Papszycki
. (Pam McCord photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Last Friday night the Henry County High School student government  hosted a Powder Puff football game as a charity event for the prevention and fight against breast cancer. There were over 500 in attendance and more than 100 students participated in the games with the juniors taking the trophy in a hard fought game against the seniors. Tonight, in honor of the Pink-Out Game, the student government will present checks to 3 local organizations to aid in the research and battle against breast cancer in our community. The event raised $3,000.

Beth Harwell Speaks at Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.-Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell spoke to the party faithful of the county's Republican Party Thursday night at a fundraiser for State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Paris). A good-sized crowd was on hand. (Submitted photo).

Commission Passes Yard Sale Ordinance with Amendments

Number of Yard Sales reduced from 6 to 4 per year allowed

Paris, Tenn.- The hot button issue about yard sales appeared to have flamed out as no citizen showed up at Thursday night’s Paris City commission meeting with concerns about it. It was up for 2nd reading, with a public hearing being held before the meeting Thursday night.

The commission made two amendments to the yard sale ordinance before passing it on 2nd and final reading. Commissioner Pete Lackey made a motion to change the number of yard sales allowed and consecutive days to four a year instead of six and four consecutive days per yard sale instead of three.

So as passed on 2nd reading, the ordinance allows four yard sales per 12 month period and each yard sale can be held for no longer than four consecutive days. The ordinance also requires registration for a yard sale to be held within the city limits. There is no fee required but anyone interested in having a yard sale needs to register either by coming in person or calling city hall or thru the city’s website, at www.paristn.gov. Fines of $50 per day going over the maximum allowed can be charged according to the ordinance as well. The ordinance goes into effect on November 1st.

The commission also passed on 2nd reading, an ordinance to increase water rates starting in July of 2013. This item has been discussed for the last several months and was passed by the Board of Public Utilities board of directors earlier in the year.

Commission Hears Updates on projects

Paris, Tenn.- In other news city manager Carl Holder updated the commission on the Bethel/Henry County Medical Center Project. He said patients would start being seen next week and the only issue continues to be the pedestrian bridge which is finally moving along. The only issue is with fabrication of the material at the mill in Chicago right now. A public grand opening will be held in November.

Holder also told the commission that an application for a Community Development Block Grant for sewer rehab work was turned down by the state. The criteria for those CDBG grants have changed and BPU General manager John Etheridge said our sewer system wouldn’t fit into the criteria and they would no longer be applying for CDBG grants. Holder told city commissioners that there are other avenues for these projects they would look into for the future.


TRRA Committee Approves Several Events for 2012 and Beyond

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met Thursday and went over several requests for events for the next couple of years.

The committee approved nearly $29,000 to held fund the Collegiate Bass Fishing tournament that will be held in April of 2013. CEO of the Alliance Larry Crawford told the committee that when this tournament was originally funded a few years ago, it was intent that Paris Landing would eventually become the home of the National Championship finals. He explained that the finals are under contract to be held in Florence, Alabama until 2017.

This request for funding was for an event that will be the last qualifier for college teams before the finals are held in Florence. In recent years, the tournament has been in June, but this will be moved up to April of 2013.

The TRRA committee also approved a request for funding of $4500 for the Strike King Lure Outdoor Writer’s Conference to be held October 14-17th of this year at the Fish Tale Lodge at Paris Landing. 25 outdoor writers from across the country will be on hand. The committee was in agreement that articles that have been published about fishing on Kentucky Lake by writers that attend this conference have held tremendous bang for the buck in the past.

The downtown Paris Association was awarded their request of $15,790 for two of their events, the Eye Full of Paris Weekend, which was last weekend, and Downtown Unwrapped, the series of events held in November and December. DPA president Kathy Ray told committee members that they were able to reduce their request amount thanks to sponsorships and partnering with Bethel on events such as Eye Full of Paris.

Last year the TRRA committee funded four total events, this year’s request of two events was a 44% overall reduction, and 16% on those two total events. The committee has been adamant on reducing request by 15% each year and the DPA’s request did fit under that criteria.

The board also decided to fund the Crappie USA Super Event in April of 2014. Crawford explained that the committee had already obligated over $72,000 for fishing event with Crappie USA later in October of 2013. The request was for $16,000 and the board decided to fund this at a 15% decrease at $13,600.

TRRA Declines Funding Proposed Boat Show at Paris Landing

Paris, Tenn.- A request from the Paris Landing Tourism League for $40,000 for a Boat and Outdoor Show to be held in February of 2013 was turned down by the committee at their meeting on Thursday. Crawford explained that this was a large amount of money for an event that has never been held and with similar shows that time of year in Nashville, Paducah, and Jackson, they were not sure it was something that would see return on the cost benefit analysis.

The committee also declined to fund a High School Fishing World Final tournament that would be held in the summer of 2013. The request was for $50,000 plus in kind labor of up to $15,000. Also the Sealy’s Big Bass Splash for 2013 had requested $24,000 from the TRRA, but staff recommendation was also to decline this request as well.

Other news from the TRRA committee included deferring a decision on funding a Cruzin at the Lake Car Show to be held in October of next year. The idea is a car show with live music and entertainment to be held at Paris Landing and requests for funding was $42,000. Laura Daughtery, who spoke on behalf of the event at the meeting, said the money would be used to bring in some members of well known rock and roll bands, and stage setup among other things. Crawford mentioned that they would look more into this and make decisions later on.

Board member Connie McSwain also briefly spoke on the continuing push
to try to get the Camp Tyson book published. The universities of
Vanderbilt, Georgia, and Kentucky were all sent inquiries, but each
the book did not fit into the types of books they publish now. The
University of Tennessee initially expressed interest, but also said it
did not fit their book list.

McSwain said that there is a publisher interested and their price is
500 books for $2500. McSwain said that an important marketing effort
to sell the books and book signings by Author Shannon McFarlin were
vital to getting some of the money back that will be put into getting
it published.

McFarlin said after the meeting that two publishers have expressed
interest, but she has narrowed it down to one publisher due to the
quality of their work and that it is located in Tennessee which would
make it easier for she and the publisher to work together.

Thefts, Vandalism Reported to Sheriff's Office

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that several items were stolen from a home on Buchanan Road recently. 12 T-posts, two steel markers, and other miscellaneous items were taken. There are no suspects and the value of the items is under $500.

A resident on Rowe School Road reported that their mailbox was vandalized last night as someone appeared to have driven by and knocked it off the post. The value of the mailbox is $50.

Other arrest include Jason Teague, of 816 Williams Street for driving on a suspended license and Cory A. Clayton, of 1220 Dunlap Street for simple possession of schedule six drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Oktoberfest Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The 30th annual Oktoberfest at Holy Cross Catholic Church will be held Saturday with plenty of activities and food at various venues on the grounds.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies by Kristies' Angels and horses and the West Tennessee guard. The event lasts until 6 p.m.

In the gymnasium, a bake sale, silent auction and German and Mexican meals will be served. Live entertainment will be performed under the pavillion. In the midway, there will be arts and crafts and numerous concessions, as well as a dunking booth. Beside the pavillion, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides and other activities for kids.

The following is the schedule for who will be getting dunked this year and when:

11:00 a.m. -- Michael Ramos, Paris Police Dept.
12 noon -- Monte Belew, Henry Co. Sheriff
1 p.m.-- Josh Frey, Paris Police Dept.
2 p.m. -- Fr. Kris Rusin, Holy Cross Pastor
3 p.m. -- Samantha Wood and Gwyneth Ridley
3:30 p.m. -- Fr. Kris Rusin
4 p.m. -- Ryan Mahan
4:30 p.m. -- Beau Taylor

For more information, check out Holy Cross' website at www.HolyCrossCatholicChurch.org/oktoberfest.html

Quota Conducts Auction, Plans Events

Geraldine Sykes, right, takes a bid, while Suzanne Richter waits with flowers. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session recently, the Paris Quota Club conducted an in-house auction, with Geraldine Sykes as auctioneer. Part of the proceeds from the auction will pay airfare, registration and hotel accommodations for Pat Bailey to attend the South Area Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in October. Interested members paid $5 and the winner’s name was drawn from those participating.

The club’s annual Hog Killing will be Tuesday, October 16 at Lee Academy Lunchroom. The Country Store will open at 5:30 pm and items should be priced. Members may drop off country store items after 3:30 pm that day. The potluck meal is at 6pm and members were reminded to bring a serving utensil along with their food. Members have been feeding their pigs all year and should bring them to the party for slaughter. Members and guests are also asked to dress for an old-fashioned hog killing and there will be prizes awarded for the best costumes.

Yard Sale Ordinance Hot Topic Item for City Commission Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session at 6pm tonight in the city hall courtroom for its regular October meeting. It appears to be a light agenda with the main item being the second reading of the yard sale ordinance and the 2nd reading on the proposed water rate increase starting July 1 of 2013. There will be public hearing on both ordinances at the start of the commission meeting.

Inaugural March of Dimes 5K set Oct. 13

Paris, Tenn.- An Inaugural March of Dimes 5K run will be held Saturday October 13 at the Paris Civic Center with the registration starting at 7am and the run at 8am. The Annual March for babies will follow at 10am. Prizes will be awarded in each age group and overall male and female. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. T-shirts are guaranteed to the first one hundred who register for the 5K run and the cost is $25 to register.

Eli McClure, son of Joseph and Amy McClure is the 2012 Henry County Ambassador for March of Dimes. For more information contact Danyel Harber at 642-5335 pr Donna Craig at 642-2412.

Blake Rader Benefit to be Held Saturday at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Benefit for Blake Rader this Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds Enoch Building beginning at 7am. Blake was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in the year and his family and friends in Paris want everyone to join team Blake and help raise money to offset the cost of treatments.

The benefit will have a garage sale, bake sale, handmade crafts, quilts, and furniture for sale, nice fall clothing, Team Blake T-shirts, and a fall festival for kids. All money raised will benefit Blake.

Paris Police Make DUI Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested for DUI recently, according to Paris Police Department reports.

Patrolman Jordan Klutts stopped a gold Chevrolet recently after the driver nearly caused an accident turning left off Tyson Avenue. Klutts smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and identified the driver as Endrea Ray, 26 of South College Street. Ray denied consuming any alcohol that day, but failed several of the standard field sobriety tests and denied consent to a blood draw after the Tennessee implied consent law was explained to her.

Ray was placed under arrest for her first DUI offense as well as violation of the implied consent law.

Other recent arrests include:
Ashley Anderson, 21 of India Road, arrested for DUI. Steven Pendlebury, 50 of Caledonia Street, arrested in the Henry County Jail for assault.

National Night Out is a Success

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins, right in top photo, takes time out for a hot dog during Tuesday night's National Night Out event in downtown Paris. A large crowd of children and adults gathered on the courthouse lawn for free hot dogs, popcorn and to watch the movie "Scooby Do". The event was part of a nationwide effort in crime prevention and to help strengthen neighborhood spirit.

Coordinating the event was the Paris Police and Fire Departments and the Downtown Paris Association. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, "We're very pleased. We had 180 hot dogs and we ran out of them pretty fast. We have a very good turnout. This was a trial run for us, but we'll probably do it again next year."

Kroger's donated the hot dogs and the Parisian Theater donated the popcorn. In bottom photo, Paris Fire Department personnel and City Economic Director Jennifer Morris place a tarp over a street light to make it easier for everyone to see the movie. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Monday is the Last Day to Register to Vote in November Election

Paris, Tenn.- The November Election is right around the corner and citizens who are not registered to vote yet have until Monday October 8th to do so. You can register in person at the Henry County Election Commission Office located in the courthouse annex on Washington Street or have it postmarked by October 8th. For questions about registering, you can call the election commission office at 642-0411. The Election Commission office will be open Monday for Columbus Day so citizens can come in that day and register if they need to.

WLZK Partnering Up with HCHS for Candidate Forum Oct. 9

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday October 9th, we will broadcast a candidate forum live from the Little Theatre at the High School at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. Candidates running in the Cottage Grove Mayor race, Paris City Commission, Henry County Commission 5th district, and 75th district have all been sent letters inviting them to participate in the forum. Each candidate will receive a two minute opening statement, be asked some questions, and have a two minute closing statement.

The questions have been submitted by David Huber’s class at Henry County High School as part of a service learning project and Candi Norwood’s class will be assisting us in putting on the broadcast and promoting the forum. Citizens can come to the forum at the Little Theatre at the high school and join us in person or can listen to the broadcast next Tuesday night on WLZK 94.1FM or online at wmufradio.com.

Hazel Day, Aurora Country Fest Set This Weekend

Hazel, Ky.-Two popular festivals will be held this weekend--Hazel Days and the Aurora Country Fest. Hazel Days begin Thursday night with a Walking Dead Haunted House from 6-10 p.m., with showings every Thursday-Saturday during the rest of the month. Admission is $10 adults and $6 children. The house is at 116 Meyers St.

A fish fry fundraiser will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hazel Baptist Church, with the Hazel's Got Talent show from 7-9 p.m. in downtown. Saturday is the big day, with the parade at 10 a.m., a car show in downtown and musical entertainment, kids' area, antique tractor show, cake walk, and food court all day.

New to Hazel Day this year will be a lawn mower derby. This will
take place at State Line Ranch & Home inside the TNT Arena at 2 p.m. on

This year’s 35th Annual Aurora Country Festival, to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5, 6 and 7, at Aurora, Ky., near KenLake Resort, will be hosted by Jonathan Aurora Action Committee

The Country Festival's parade will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. The Parade Staging Area; Kenlake Campground On Hwy 68 Off Hwy 80.

The festival will include live music and a huge flea market.

Preliminary Performers include Kathryn Steadman, Steve Reno Hawk, 27o north, Wolf Gap Ramblers, & Stars from Kentucky Opry.

Numerous vendors will be staged along Highway 68 throughout the Aurora community. There will be a craft fair, concessions and more.

Bloodmobiles in Paris Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-LifeLine bloodmobiles will be at First United Methodist Church from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4. When you donate blood, please bring a photo ID and a friend with you. Due to construction, everyone is asked to enter from the Christian Life Center on the east side.

HCMC CareVan to Hold Screenings, Flu Shots Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will hold a screening and Community Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday October 4th from 8:30am to 11:30am at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Poplar Street. They will also hold flu shots again from 3-5pm.

The blood pressure checks, blood glucose checks, and dexa heel scans will be free, total cholesterol will be $3, and lipid panels will be $10. Flu Shots will be $25 and HCMC will file your insurance for the flu shot. Also this year medicare is accepted for flu shots. A list of insurance companies that the medical center accepts will be available and if your insurance doesn’t pay you will receive a bill later. An eight hour fast is required in order to have the cholesterol and blood glucose screenings. For more information call 644-3463.

Several Weekend Thefts in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- There have been a rash of thefts in Henry County recently, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

A large black safe containing tens of thousands of dollars worth of rare coins, high-end watches, and other antique collectibles was stolen from a home on Tamworth Drive in Springville recently. Just a few of the items included in the safe are coins from the late 18th century, three antique Rolex watches, and a rare Tiffany belt buckle. The Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating and does have a suspect in that case.

A man on India Road in Paris had his black 1980 Honda motorcycle stolen over the weekend. He purchased the 750cc bike at a recent auction in Holliday, Tennessee and had been storing it under a tarp behind a shed on his property. The complainant has no suspects, but said he had shown the vehicle to several individuals interested in purchasing it recently. The Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating.

Several antique signs were stolen from a home on Main Street in Cottage Grove recently. Four antique Coca-Cola signs as well as a neon Open sign and an antique red top desk lamp were stolen from a closet in the home’s garage. The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating that incident.

Henry County Medical Center Raises Funds for March of Dimes

Chief Nursing Officer, Stephen O’Neal, center, is put in jail for the March of Dimes by Sheriff Monte Belew, left, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center partners participate in fundraising activities for March of Dimes each year to raise funds for saving babies. This year’s leader for the fundraising activities is Women's Center Director Rhonda Carnell.

The first competition was a cupcake bake-off and bake sale/crafts sale. The winners of the bake-off will be featured at A La Mode Cupcake Shop with all proceeds going to the March of Dimes. The date for this fundraiser is to be announced.

The winner of the best decorated cupcake, judged by the hospital’s Administrator, Tom Gee, was Teresa Wood, Supervisor for Environmental Services Department. Her “Little Minions” cupcakes really deserved the honor. The best tasting cupcake went to Christy Robertson with her “Coffee and Donuts” cupcake.

“We orchestrated four teams from our administrative and management,” said Carnell. “Team Lisa Casteel, CFO; Team Stephen O’Neal, CNO; Christy Roberson, Director of the Lab; and Team Stan Seay, Director of Plant Operations and Environmental Services have worked really hard to encourage the competition amongst staff.”

“The Team leader who raised the most money got to choose which Team Leader went to jail and the competition was tough,” she said.

Overall, HCMC donated over $2,500 during the March of Dimes week activities. Team Stephen O’Neal went to jail in support of the babies. Sheriff Monte Belew arrested the Chief Nursing Officer and O’Neal’s partners had to bail him out.

“I went to jail last year for the babies and again this year,” said O’Neal. “I’ll be happy to do so again in 2013 if it will help a baby.”

Chris Thile Wins MacArthur Grant

New York City, New York -Chris Thile  is among 23 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” one of the most coveted awards that artists can receive.

Thile is a Grammy-award winning mandolin player and founding member of the acoustic trio Nickelback. Born in California, Thile's family moved to Murray, Kentucky, in 1995, where his father was hired as music instrumental technican for the university. Thile now plays for the Punch Brothers.

The MacArthur grants are shielded in secrecy. Winners have no idea they’ve been nominated for the $500,000 awards until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous.

Thile is quoted in The New York Times saying that he ignored the repeated calls from the MacArthur Foundation personnel, thinking they were prank calls at first.



Unemployment Decreases Across State, Area Counties

Nashville, Tenn.-County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for August 2012, released recently, show the rate decreased in 90 counties, increased in two, and stayed the same in three. Locally, the trend continued, with unemployment decreased in Henry, Carroll, Benton, Weakley, and Obion Counties.

Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborForceEstimates_Aug12.pdf

Henry County's August rate is 10.1 percent, down from 10.8 in July. Benton County's rate is 10.1, down from 10.7 in July; and in Carroll, the rate is now 11 percent, down from 12 in July.

Obion County's unemployment rate is 14 percent, compared with 15.8 in July and Weakley's rate is 13.4, down from 15.9 in July.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August increased to 8.5 percent, up from the July revised rate of 8.4 percent. The national unemployment rate for August 2012 was 8.1 percent, 0.2 percentage point lower than the July rate.

The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.

Applications Accepted For Leadership Class

Paris, Tenn.-Applications are now being accepted for the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s 2012-13 Leadership Henry County class.

Leadership Henry County is a community awareness and skill building program sponsored by the Chamber. It offers eight one-day classes to people who have demonstrated leadership potential. Each session is taught by a community leader. The sessions include team building, government, education, healthcare, arts and history, tourism, agriculture and economic development. Emory Bradley, Farm Bureau, is the program chair. Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank, serves as co-chair.

“Leadership Henry County is a staple for our organization and we are proud of our graduates and their accomplishments,” according to Chamber President Jeff Seaton. “They go on to WestStar, to the City and County Commissions and to our Board of Directors.”

Cost is $325. For more information, call the Chamber office, 642.3431, or visit www.paristnchamber.com, for an online application.

Powder Puff Football Draws Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-With smiles on their faces, teams prepare a play at Friday's Powder Puff football game at Patriot Stadium. A large crowd was on hand for the event and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to 3 area organizations for the prevention of breast cancer at the next week's Pink-Out game. (Photo submitted by Melissia Maupin).


Henry County Health Department to Hold Mass Flu Clinic Oct. 8

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will be holding a mass flu vaccine clinic on Monday October 8th from 8am to 4:30pm. The clinic is designed to allow people to be able to get in and out quickly.

Flu shots and/or flu mist nasal spray vaccine will be provided during the vaccination clinic. Cost is $25 for flu shots and $13.70 for the FluMist. The cost of the vaccines will be charged on a sliding scale based on income. Payment can be made in the form of cash or check and Medicare and TennCare can be billed, but private insurance will not be billed.

Appointments must be scheduled for next Monday’s Flu Clinic at the Henry County Health Department so call 642-4025 to book your appointment. The Centers for Disease and Control recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get their yearly flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available because it takes about two weeks for your body to be protected after you get the vaccine.

Elderly patients, very young infants, and those who work around hospitals, schools, and public offices are more likely to get the flu.

Henry County Relay For Life Kickoff Set For Tonight

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life kick off will be held at 5:45 Tuesday evening at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Team captains, team members, and anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society, and fighting cancer is invited to attend. For more information contact Henry County Relay for life Chair Dana Allen at 642-0234 or 336-3719.

Free Movie, Hotdogs, Popcorn on Court House Lawn Tonight

Paris, Tenn.- Everyone is invited to enjoy National Night Out in Downtown Paris on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The event coincides with a nationwide effort in crime prevention and to help strengthen neighborhood spirit. The Paris Police Department will be grilling hot dogs and the Paris Fire Department will have some popcorn. Also the movie, Scooby Doo, will be shown on the court lawn as well.

HCSO, PPD Make Drug Arrests Over Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office made a variety of drug arrests over the weekend, according to reports.

A Paris Police Department officer stopped a white Cadillac recently after the driver almost struck the sidewalk on Harding Road. The driver, John Selby III, 23 of Post Oak Road, was asked to perform a field sobriety test and while Selby was removing his baseball cap so that his eyes could be examined, the officer noticed a gram of marijuana concealed in the headband of the cap. Selby was placed under arrest and charged with felony possession of a schedule VI substance due to two prior misdemeanor charges on his record.

Paul Olson, 47 of Highway 69 South, was stopped recently for reckless driving, and while Olson was looking for his vehicle’s registration, the officer noticed him hide a pink pill and a small wooden box inside a tool bag.

Olson consented to a search, and the officer discovered the pink pill to be an amphetamine pill, as well as several oxycontin and oxycodone tablets inside the box.

Olson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and taken to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Eye Full of Paris: A Time To Appreciate the Arts

Paris, Tenn.-Among the hundreds of people who enjoyed the multitude of artworks and crafts on the courtsquare Saturday at the annual Eye Full of Paris art festival were Rachel and Pat Terrell of Paris, above, who were perusing Grace Eckert's handmade scarves. (You can see Grace in background, left). In bottom photo, the Bethel University Renaissance bluegrass band offered some sweet sounds for the crowd. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Speaker Harwell To Visit Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives Beth Harwell
will speak at the Hampton Inn Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. Thursday
October 4. Free food and entertainment will be provided by State
Representative Tim Wirgau. For more information on the event call

Paris Man Caught 'Surfing'

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man found that it’s much better to stay inside your vehicle
while driving, even if you’re shooting your adventure for a music video, as he

Paris Police arrested Richard Thomas, Jr., age 30 of 4875 Briarpatch
Lake Rd. for reckless endangerment after Patrolman Mitchell Gallimore
caught him in the act of driving his SUV while standing on the running
board outside of the vehicle.

According to the police report, when Gallimore saw the vehicle it was
on Glenhaven turning toward Chickasaw. Gallimore said when Thomas saw
him activate his blue lights, he stopped and quickly got back in the
vehicle. Gallimore said there were four passengers in the SUV, one of
whom was a child in the back seat.

Gallimore said when he approached the vehicle, Thomas said he knew it
was stupid, but that he thought the car behind him was his brother
videotaping him ’surfing’ to include in a music video they were
making. When Gallimore checked with dispatch, he determined that
Thomas’ drivers’ license was suspended in Weakley Co.

The police report also indicated that a passenger said she was scared
and had been yelling at Thomas to stop. Thomas told Gallimore he heard
something but couldn’t hear what it was because of the wind. In
addition to reckless operation, Gallimore charged Thomas with driving
on a suspended license. Bond of $2500 was set.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested James Cate, age 51 of 908
Davidson St., Paris, for domestic assault. The victim told police when
Cate came home he was intoxicated and angry and shoved her. Police
determined that Cate was too intoxicated to be taken to jail and took
him to the hospital for evaluation.

Eye Full of Paris Draws Huge Crowds

Paris Artist Ann Stapp paints the hot dog vendor on the courtsquare during the art festival. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Eye Full of Paris arts festival grows bigger and bigger each year and this year was no exception, with crowds coming from all over the
region to view the wide array of art and crafts by potters, painters,
metalworkers, woodworkers, basket weavers and others on the court
square on Saturday. While perusing the crafts, the public could listen to a
selection of live music from various artists. The Eye Full of Paris weekend also included a wildlife art show Friday night at the Lee School for the Arts and will include a Downtown Churches Rejoice event Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church.

Woodworker Charles Weems of Trenton, right, was one of many vendors at the event. (McFarlin photo).

Jessica Edwards draws a lifesize Katie Grace Arnold. (McFarlin photo).

Perfect Weather Draws Crowd to Cottage Grove Fest

One of the more popular events was the cake walk. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-You could say the whole town turned out for the Cottage Grove Fall Festival Saturday--and then some. The festival began early with a city-wide yard sale that was held all day. The festival’s proceeds go toward the Hoofbeats of Hope Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, which also hosted the event. Activities included a car and motorcycle show, mini-parade, kids’ pet
show and cake walk.

Tammy Wood, center shows how to make Halloween decorations during the festival. (McFarlin photo).

Police Busy With Thefts, Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to the Pot of Gold pawn shop at 415 N. Market St. on a report of theft. According to the police report, a 2004
Evinrude 15 Horsepower motor was stolen out of a boat that had been
parked outside the store. The motor cost $9,000 and its identifying
information was logged into the NCIC computer bank.

In another incident, Paris Police were called to Wal-Mart Supercenter
on a report of a shoplifter. According to the report, a man tried to
leave the store with some cheese sticks and chicken tenders and he
tried to push the a store employee before running off.

Police Officers arrested Philip Bomar, age 20 of 218 Williams St.,
Paris. While walking out of the store with the officer, Bomar
reportedly told him he had some marijuana stuffed in his pants. The
officer did find 8 grams of marijuana and charged him with simple
possession and shoplifting.

In a separate incident, Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker observed a man
staggering on Hardy Street, falling into some trees, then into a power
pole. The man reportedly grabbed a guy wire and swung around on it.
Arrested for public intoxication was George Webb Jr., 55 of 210 Routon

McKenzie Beats Hollow Rock-Bruceton

McKenzie, Tenn.-In its game Friday night, the McKenzie Rebels beat Hollow Rock-Bruceton by a score of 35-26.

Grease Fire Extinguished

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters were called to 1850 Mulberry Cove around 5 p.m. Friday on a report of a grease fire at the home, which is owned by Phillip O'Daniel.

When firefighters arrived, they found the fire had been extinguished by a resident. Firemen checked the stove and house for safety and advised the owner to have the stove checked before resuming its use.

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