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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Hoops for Halos Game is Saturday, November 4th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots is hosting Easton’s Angels Hoops for Halos, charity alumni game, on Saturday, November 4th at the HCHS gym with the alumni game at 6pm and the game with the current Lady Patriots team will follow at 7:30pm.

Admission to the event cost $5 per person at the door and all proceeds will benefit Easton’s Angels, which is an organization that lends aid to families in Henry County that have fallen victim to life-altering illness.

Final Sparks Street Surviving the Holidays Event is Nov. 9th

Paris, Tenn.- The Sparks Street Church of Christ will be holding their final Surviving the Holidays a Grief Share Ministry on Thursday, November 9th at 10am at the church, which is located at 109 Sparks Street in Paris.

The Sparks Street Church of Christ wants to help the grieving in the community navigate the holiday season which will be flooded with memories of happier past celebrations. They will be offering the Surviving the Holidays seminar to help provide practical holiday coping strategies and hope for brighter days ahead.

All are welcome to attend this bible based no denominational seminar. For more information and to register please call Edward Howard at 731-407-4857.

Breakfast Fundraiser at Ann and Dave's for Veterans Christmas is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A breakfast and bake sale fundraiser to benefit Veterans Christmas will be held this Saturday November 4th from 6-11am at Ann and Dave’s Restaurant. Local business celebrities will be waiters and tips and money raised at the bake sale will go towards the cause.

Thrift Leads Field After Day 1 of FLW Costa Championship

Buchanan, Tenn.- Pro Bryan Thrift of North Carolina caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 8 ounces, Thursday to grab the early lead after Day One of the Costa Series Championship on Kentucky Lake. Thrift will bring a sizable 7-pound, 1-ounce, advantage into Day Two of the three-day event, hosted by Henry County Tourism Authority, that features anglers from across the world casting for a $95,000 prize package in the Pro Division, including a new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and automatic qualification to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup – the world championship of bass fishing.

For most of the pro field, Kentucky Lake fished tough. Only 30 anglers were able to bring a five-bass limit to the scale, and only two breached the 20-pound mark. Thrift’s day didn’t start strong, but he eventually got the right bites to rally ahead of the pack.

“It went a whole lot better than I thought it was going to go. Twenty pounds better,” said Thrift, the reigning 2017 FLW Tour Angler of the Year who qualified for the event through the FLW Series Southeastern Division. “I finally started getting a few bites mid-morning. My catches were scattered – one here, one there. I feel like I may have figured a little something out. I’m not totally convinced yet, but I feel like I’m close.”

Thrift fished on the southern end of the lake from Paris to New Johnsonville, and said that he caught his keepers on two different baits.

“The fish I caught today were from stuff I hadn’t fished in practice,” said Thrift. “I caught one keeper from a place I’d fished in practice, and after that it was a grind. I was legitimately worried about catching keepers – it was that tough.”

The top 10 boaters after Day One of competition on Kentucky Lake are:

               1st:          Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., five bass, 27-8      

               2nd:         Cameron Gautney, Muscle Shoals, Ala., five bass, 20-7              

               3rd:          Chad Foster, Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 19-13             

               4th:          Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., five bass, 18-4             

               5th:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 15-13      

               6th:          Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del., five bass, 15-8      

               7th:          Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich., five bass, 15-7      

               8th:          Dustin Smith, Grand Island, Fla., four bass, 15-3           

               9th:          Todd Hollowell, Fishers, Ind., five bass, 15-2   

               10th:        Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn., five bass, 14-15

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Competitors qualified for the Costa FLW Series Championship through five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – and an International division that features anglers from Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. The highest finishing pro from each U.S. division and the International division will qualify for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, along with the overall top five finishers not already selected as the highest finisher of a division. A total of 11 FLW Series boaters will advance to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup.

Candelight Open Houses Kickoff Downtown Upwrapped 2017

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association hosts Christmas Open Houses in historic downtown Paris this weekend kicking off Downtown Unwrapped 2017, a series of activities that runs from now until the last packaged is wrapped Christmas Eve.

Kathy Ray, DPA Executive Director, said, “we traditionally begin the holiday season with three days of beautiful open houses that combine the wonderful sights, sounds, founds, and aromas of the holiday season.”

More than a dozen downtown merchants will be open extended hours this weekend, by candlelight from 6-8pm Friday and Saturday and 1-5 Sunday afternoon. Shoppers will find refreshments, music, and great deals abound all over town.

Festivities begin with the First Presbyterian Church’s French Bazaar with food and craft items from 8am to 1pm. The evening includes the candlelight open houses and the Love Lights a Tree ceremony at 6pm Friday night, with the Inman Middle School Band performing.

Sunday the HCHS Madrigals will welcome the season by performing in various shops throughout the afternoon open houses 1-5pm. For more information on any events of the Downtown Upwrapped 2017 log onto www.visitdowntownparis.com.

Pats Host Ridgeway To Start TSSAA Playoffs Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County begins a quest for another state championship Friday night with a home game in the first round of the TSSAA playoffs. The Patriots will host Memphis Ridgeway at 7pm at Patriot Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game, listen to our broadcast beginning at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. You can also stream the game online via our website at wmufradio.com or listen on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply. From here on out, its win or go home in the playoffs. Good luck to the Big Red Friday night!

HCHS Marching Patriots Chili Supper Will Be Tues. Nov. 7

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band will hold their annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Tuesday November 7th. The chili supper will be from 11am to 2pm for lunch and 4:30pm to 7pm for supper and will be held at the First United Methodist Church.

The Marching Patriots are selling tickets in advance or at the door for $10 each. The ticket includes chili with all the fixings, pimento cheese sandwich or hot dog, homemade dessert, and drink. Many local merchants have donated items for the silent auction which ends at 7pm that night. See any Marching Patriot for tickets or purchase at the door. Money raised benefits the program.

Dr. Chuck and Pam Lyons Hosting National Romagnola Sale Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Outback Romagnola Ranch, owned by Chuck and Pam Lyons, will host the National Romagnola and Rom/Angus on Saturday November 4th beginning at noon.

Cattle can be previewed starting Friday and the event draws lots of people in the community, assisting in bringing in large tourism dollars. Cattle producers from across the United States will be in town buying and selling the Romagnola and Rom/Angus cattle.

The sale starts at noon on Saturday and lunch will be available for purchase beginning at 11am. The ranch is located at 8639 Hwy. 641 S. More information on the National Sale can be found at www.romagnola.net or visit the Outback Romagnola Facebook page.

City Finally Approves Food Truck Ordinace; No Language Added on Requirement of Moving Around

Brandy Valentine, owner of Mama's Kitchen Food Truck, expresses her concerns about making food trucks move at Thurs. Night's Comm. meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- After a few months of discussion, a finalized Food Truck ordinance was approved by the Paris City Commission at their November meeting on Thursday night.

City Manager Kim Foster said one of the big discussion items was whether or not to limit the length of time a food truck can be allowed to stay in one spot. She said after doing research, it was found not many cities have ordinances pertaining to food truck and those that do are metropolitan areas. Foster said, “we found no ordinances from other cities that limit the amount of time a food truck can stay parked on private property.”

Commissioners continued to discuss the issue of food trucks should remain mobile and asking what the difference is with allowing food trucks to stay in one place vs. the peddler ordinance passed a few months back.

City Attorney Fred McLean said the ordinance lays out the trucks must be able to move as a mobile vendor, but not requiring them to necessarily move around from point to point in town.

The Commission approved the small changes made to the Food Truck Ordinance and did not include any language limiting their time on private property.

City Begins Process of ADA Transition Plan Implementation

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved for the Mayor to sign contracts for the development of an ADA transition plan. City Manager Kim Foster said this is another step towards becoming compliant with the TDOT requirement of having a plan in place by December 2019. After receiving responses from two firms, the City chose TLM Associates to begin work on the transition plan. 

Retail Sales Continue Upward Trends

Finance Director Traci Shannon discusses retail sales. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon reported that retail sales continue to trend upward for the City as sales were up 6% for the month of August compared to August las year and fiscal year to date the sales are up 6.5% overall.

General Fund and Solid Waste expenses exceeded revenues in September and extra expenses in September included equipment that was purchased for the Street Department and Landfill. Also $152K went to the signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. Shannon reported a grant for the signalization project was recently received by the state and will reimburse the City for that.

Shannon told commissioners they mailed out 3700 ESN122 Fire Membership fees and about 50% have been collected which is the average they usually receive in September. She said the fiscal year usually ends with about 65% of the amount billed collected.

The City issued five new business license in September including one for Mousto Pasta Grill, a new restaurant, going into the old Lepanto building on Wood Street.

In other business, commissioners approved sending a rezoning request for Memorial Drive to the Planning Commission. The request is to rezone from B-3 to TRB, for residential.

Another rezoning request for property on Russell Street was also sent to the Planning Commission. The request here is to rezone the current vacant lot from M-2 to B-1 for potential development of a retail store.

City Approves BPU's Request for Wastewater Rate Increase

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission approved a request from BPU to raise wastewater rates effect July 1, 2019 and 2020. BPU GM Terry Wimberley explained this was part of the 5 year plan of raising rates to help fund improvements at the Wastewater Treatment plan to come in line with the Consent Order from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. This was approved by the BPU board last week.

City to Hold Dumpster Days in November for Community Clean Up

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over the status of various projects at the end of Thursday night’s City Commission meeting and said they have decided to do a “spin-off” project under the Preserve Paris plan called Dumpster Days, where the City will leave dumpster buggies in a pre-determined neighborhood over a weekend and come back Monday to clean them up. Foster said this gives residents a chance to get rid of things they may not have resources to get rid of in any other way. The City plans to do this in November and see how response is with it.

The energy efficiency project with Trane is continued and Foster said some small issues with the support equipment for the dehumidifier was found but Trane is working to resolve those Retrofit of more energy efficient equipment on city owned buildings is complete and phase 2 of the street light replacement began earlier this week.

Foster said demolitions picked back up in October as three were done with City resources. The demolition of the old USO building on Rison Street is about to begin as well.

Breakfast and Bake Sale to Benefit Veterans Christmas Sat. at Ann and Dave's

Paris, Tenn.- A breakfast and bake sale fundraiser to benefit Veterans Christmas will be held this Saturday November 4th from 6-11am at Ann and Dave’s Restaurant. Local business celebrities will be waiters and tips and money raised at the bake sale will go towards the cause.

Reminder: Job Fair Sat. 10-3 at Paris Convention Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Industrial Committee will host a Job Fair on Saturday November 4th from 10am to 3pm at the Conference Center at the Quality Inn in Paris. The event is free for any employer looking to fill open positions at their business.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Alliance, said they expect 300-400 people to attend the job fair looking for employment and the Job Fair is free to any local business who would like a table at the Job Fair.

The Industrial Committee will advertise the Job Fair in local media and in surrounding counties and everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for $500 cash. For more information on the Job Fair call 642-3431 and talk with Tara.

Light Agenda Awaits Paris City Comm. Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular session for November on Thursday night with what looks to be a light agenda. Discussion of the food truck ordinance, the beginning of the ADA transition plan, and a request from BPU to raise Wastewater Rates are the topics to be discussed. The City Commission will begin at 5pm in the City Hall courtroom and is open to the public.

Civil War Days Festivals at NBFSP and JSP This Weekend

New Johnsonville, Tenn.- Cannons will ring out along the Tennessee River in both Benton and Humphreys Counties to commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Johnsonville. The free Civil War Days festival will feature living history presenters, live musical performances, weaponry demonstrations and more at both Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park and Johnsonville State Park on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Both parks will feature period encampments – a Federal encampment at Johnsonville and a Confederate encampment at Nathan Bedford Forrest – complete with artillery, infantry and cavalry demonstrations. Festival foods will be available for purchase.

Event sponsors include the Tennessee Arts Commission, Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council, Chemours, Three Rivers Hospital, Greater Nashville Regional Council, Middle Tennessee Tourism Council, Humphreys County Tourism, Tennessee Valley Authority, Apex Bank, First Federal Bank, First Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park, Pebble Isle Marina, Friends of Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Camden/Benton County Chamber of Commerce and Benton County Tennessee River Resort District.

The Battle of Johnsonville occurred on Nov. 4, 1864 when troops under famed Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked the Union supply base at Johnsonville from the Benton County side of the river. This attack resulted in the near destruction of the Federal base of supplies at Johnsonville. The Battle of Johnsonville is the only historical event in the country to have two state parks dedicated to its remembrance. 

For more information, contact the Nathan Bedford Forrest park office at (731) 584-6356 or the Johnsonville park office at (931) 535-2789 or visit www.tnstateparks.com.

MSU To Host Fall Jazz Concert Nov. 7th

Murray, Ky.-On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the award-winning Jazz Orchestra at Murray State University, along with the University’s Jazz Band, will present the Fall Campus Concert. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium and is free to the public.

Throughout the concert, the Jazz Orchestra will play a versatile repertoire, including selections from Count Basie’s version of “Go Away, Little Girl,” Mark Taylor’s “Full Count,” Duke Ellington’s “Harlem Air Shaft,” Gordon Goodwin’s “Absoludicrous” and Mike Tomaro’s “Del Corazón.” Meanwhile, the Jazz Band will also be performing Basie’s “Shiny Stockings,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Another Song to Swing” and “Brass Machine.” 

In addition to the instrumental performances, two Murray State vocalists will take the stage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald who, along with Billie Holiday, became the initial standard for female vocalists. Melanie Davis, a senior from Mount Vernon, Indiana, will join the Jazz Orchestra for various vocal selections, including “Too Darn Hot,” written by Cole Porter and recorded by Fitzgerald, in addition to Billie Holiday’s “Travelin’ Light.” Then, in a performance with the Jazz Band, Kayla Marie Little, a junior from Murray, will perform Fitzgerald’s breakthrough hits: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” and “Bewitched,” a Rodgers and Hart classic.
The Murray State Gold and Blue Jazz Combos will then make appearances on the program as the Gold Combo performs Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father” and the Blue Combo performs Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia.” 
Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor of music, is the director of Murray State’s jazz studies program and conducts both the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Band with Jonathan Nash of Paris, Tennessee, serving as the graduate assistant director for the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Band. 
Under Hill’s leadership, the Murray State Jazz Orchestra has appeared by invitation at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic; appeared three times at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, garnering the award for Outstanding Big Band in addition to a number of soloist awards; and was invited to perform in February 2018 at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference hosted in Louisville. The group has also released three albums, one of which qualified for Grammy nomination. A fourth album consisting of holiday classics is now available and may be purchased at the concert for a suggested donation. 

USFWS Seeking Public Comment on Cross Creeks NWR

Dover, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment through November 27th on a draft Sport Hunting plan, environmental assessment, and compatibility determination for Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge in Dover.

The purpose of the draft Sport Hunting Plan is to update the 1984 Cross Creeks Sport Hunting Plan. The updated plan clarifies the inclusion of spring squirrel season, muzzleloader deer season, and the incidental take of coyote and beaver during any regularly sanctioned hunt on the Refuge.

The Service wants to know want the public thinks of the proposed refuge use. All comments received within 30 days following the date of this notice will be considered in finalizing the documents. For more information call 931-232-7477. To view a copy of the draft go to the refuge office located at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover. Draft documents can also be viewed at the Stewart County Public Library and Stewart County visitor’s center.

HC Historical Society To Hold Show and Tell Night Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will host “Show and Tell” night at 6pm on Thursday November 2nd at the Heritage Center. Members and the visiting public are invited to bring an item and share its history and glory.

David Webb, society president said, “our show and tells are one of the most enjoyable programs we offer, and we hope to make this an annual event.”

W.O. Inman’s typewriter on which the former county historian typed his manuscripts of Henry County history will be among the items presented, along with some of Inman’s original published and unpublished writings. Artifacts that once belonged to Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, will also be shown as well as photograph scrapbooks from Cottage Grove. Everyone is invited to attend.

Antioch Methodist Church 12th Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale Is Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Antioch United Methodist Church will hold their 12th annual Bazaar and bake sale, chili soup luncheon this Friday November 3rd. The bazaar and bake sale runs from 10am to 2pm and the luncheon, which includes chili or soup plus hot dog drink and dessert for only $7, will run from 11am to 1:30pm. The event will be held at First United Methodist Church, located at 101 E. Blythe Street in downtown Paris.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thur. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile is at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm on Thursday. All eligible donors are encouraged to come and give blood. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood. The donated blood helps patients in Henry County and other West Tennessee areas.

Paris Thunder Wins Think Pink Tournament

Cordova, Tenn.- The Paris 12U Thunder baseball team went 3-0-1 in the Think Pink Tournament this past weekend and were crowned champions of the tournament. Pictured L to R Front Row: Ethan Smith, Kenson Kyle, Ryan Bradley, and Jeremy Thornton. Second Row: Drew Ladd, Hayden Hixson, Carson Tucker, Hobby Griffin, and Ashton Kemp.

HCSO Last Turnip Green Giveaway of the Season is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will have a turnip green give-a-way this Friday, Nov 3rd starting at 9:00am. The give-a-way will be in the sheriff’s office parking lot, with the line-up starting at the back-gate entrance. All turnip greens will be cut and sacked for each person. The turnip greens will be given away on a first come first served basis. This will be the last give-a-way for turnip greens this year. 

Carl Perkins Center Pancake Fundraiser Is Thurs Nov. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold their 4th annual Pancake Fundraiser on Thursday November 2nd. They will serve all you can eat pancakes and sausage from 7am to 2pm at the First Baptist Church Orr Hall.

Tickets are $8, with children under 5 free, and can be purchased from any board member prior to the event. Tickets at the door will be $10.

The Center inherited the fundraiser from the Paris Kiwanis Club who ran it for many years to raise money and benefit the community. The Kiwanis Club donated their special pancake grill and “secret” recipe to the Center four years ago.

County Director for the Carl Perkins Center, Carly Wheat said, “we are excited to continue this tradition and fundraiser in Henry County for the children impacted by abuse. The center is blessed to be part of a community that works hard to continue providing child abuse prevention services to our families. All the services we provide are free to victims and their families and the money raised from this Pancake Fundraiser stays here in Henry County to ensure the continuance of those needed services.”

For more information on all the services the Center provides call 642-8455 or email cwheat@carlperkinscenter.org.

HCMC Receives "A" for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Grade

Paris, Tenn.- The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Henry County Medical Center was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.  This is a three-peat for HCMC and we are very proud to have this recognition again.

“The most meaningful word in our Mission Statement is to ‘Provide,’” said Lisa Casteel, CEO of Henry County Medical Center. “As an organization we are committed to ‘Provide’ our best to our patients, providers, and partners. It is an honor to receive this distinguished designation, an A for Hospital Safety.  Thank you and congratulations to all of our providers and partners for achieving this recognition.” 

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Henry County Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Henry County Medical Center’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. You can also go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org for more information.

Deadline is Nov. 3rd to Enter Bethel's Hendrix Scholarship Comp.

McKenzie, Tenn.- The deadline to compete for Bethel University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hendrix Scholarship, is this Friday November 3rd. The Hendrix Scholarship offers full tuition, room and board, for four years to one recipient per year. The scholarship is awarded following a two-day competition that includes both testing and interview rounds.

This year’s Hendrix Scholarship Competition is set for Friday and Saturday November 10th and 11th on Bethe’s McKenzie campus. The Henry Scholarship Competition is a premier scholarship program established in 1988 by Willard Hendrix of Nashville. The competition is for traditional undergraduate prospective students.

A student must be a high school senior with at least a 3.25 GPA and a 23/1050 or better ACT/SAT score to be considered for the competition. In addition to the winner earning a full tuition, room and board scholarship for four years, the runner-up will earn full tuition scholarship for four years, and all other competitors will be considered for Bethels’ remaining institutional grants.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA while in college to keep the scholarship. Students who qualify for a Bethel University staff waiver are no eligible to compete.

For more information about the Hendrix Scholarship Competition and to apply, contact the Office of Admissions at 844-Bethel-1 or email admissions@bethelu.edu. Information can also be found online at www.bethelu.edu/hendrix.

Love Lights a Tree Ceremony Set for 6pm Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for life invites everyone to the annual lighting of the tree and reading of names for Love Lights a Tree this Friday November 3rd at 6pm at the Henry County Courthouse. Anyone can purchase a gift of love in honor or memory of a special person in your life that has been affected by cancer to be placed on the Christmas tree.

The price is $5 for the light on the tree with money raised going to Henry County Relay for Life. For more information call Joyce Bass at 707-0506.

Arts Council Seeking Singers for Community Christmas Concert

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is seeking singers to join the choir for the 50th annual Community Christmas Concert that will be held Sunday December 3rd at 3pm at First United Methodist Church. This year’s concert will feature Handel’s Messiah and is being directed by Scott Shepherd. The first rehearsal will be this Thursday November 2nd from 7-8:30pm at First United Methodist Church. All singers in the community are invited to come to the rehearsal and join in. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955.

Henry County Takes a Stance Against Domestic Violence

A group photo of those who are working to put an end to domestic violence in our community. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Brancy Patton of WARP( Women and Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program) and Judge Vicki Snyder gathered as members of the HC Juvenile Court, Officers from the HCSO and members of WARP came together to take part in the “Take a Stance Against Domestic Violence” balloon release at the Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. The event was to bring awareness to October’s domestic violence awareness month.

Fighting to put an end to domestic violence throughout Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Patton spoke to the crowd and said, “We are releasing these purple balloons in honor of those who have experienced domestic violence, for those for continue experiencing domestic violence and the survivors.”

Brancy Patton taking about remember those affected by domestic violence. (Cassie Walsh photos)

 “Being in the juvenile court system, we want to stop the cycle of domestic violence. We often see kids in juvenile court who are in homes where domestic violence is present and in juvenile court we want to help those kids to prevent them from continuing the domestic violence cycle with their kids, “Judge Snyder said.

Judge Snyder also said that our law enforcement officers also take great risks when they go into a domestic violence situation, which can be often be very dangerous and we need to remember our officers and those who are trying to put an end to domestic violence.

Judge Vicki Snyder talks about the impact that domestic violence has on some of the juveniles she sees in her court. (Cassie Walsh photos)

In June of this year, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) formed the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice and Henry County Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder was  appointed to the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice to address issues like domestic violence which contributes to juveniles committing crimes.

The message of Tuesday’s “Take a Stance Against Domestic Violence” is to remember the victims and survivors of domestic violence and to take steps to preventing the future abuse from domestic violence.

Multiple Charges Brought After Man Found Passed Out in Car

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jacob Howington of the Paris Police Department responded to McDonald’s parking lot where employees said a man had been asleep in his vehicle for about two hours. Ptl. Howington found the car running with the lights and the driver passed out against the window.

The driver was identified as Austin Blake Goodrum, age 20, of 125 Henderson Drive and several pill bottles were found and no prescriptions were found along with syringes and handgun. Goodrum was charged with possession of schedule two with intent, simple possession of schedule VI, simple possession of schedule 2, simple possession of schedule 3, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Goodrum was placed on $10K bond.

In a separate incident, Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department charged David S. Brewer, 37, of 2160 Van Dyck Road, with simple possession of schedule 2, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a weapon as a felon. Brewer was placed on $7500 bond.

Chamber Coffee Held at Eiffel Gardens Assisted Living

Paris, Tenn.- The October Chamber Cofee was held Tuesday morning at Eiffel Gardens. A large crowd was on hand, some in Halloween Costumes. (Hope Marr photos)

House Donated to PLUS Endowment to Be Auctioned Off Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- PLUS Endowment, the 501 C-3 program that awards educational grants to teachers in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District, was recently donated a house that will be sold at public auction. Landmark Realty will conduct the “Absolute Auction” with all proceeds going to PLUS Endowment this Saturday November 4th at 1pm. The home is located at 117 N. Blakemore Street in Paris. For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the home prior to the sale call 642-0515.

KSP Arrests California Man for Arson at Local Church

Eddyville, Ky.- Kentucky State Police arrested a California man Monday afternoon, after finding him inside a local church attempting to set it on fire.  At approximately 4:30 p.m., Kentucky State Police Trooper Nathaniel Day responded to Macedonia Church in Lyon County to investigate reports of a suspicious person.  Upon the arrival of Trooper Day, along with an Eddyville PD Officer, the man was located inside the church.  

Preliminary investigation has shown the man had broken the front glass door, removed items from the church, and was in the process of attempting to set the church on fire as well as damaging property inside the church.  

Julio C. Chevesgarcia, age 24, of Pinon Hills, California, was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence, First Degree Criminal Mischief, Third Degree Burglary, Theft by Unlawful Taking Under $500, Public Intoxication, Attempted Second Degree Arson, 2 counts of Third Degree Assault on a Police Officer, and Resisting Arrest.  He was lodged in the McCracken County Jail.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Nathaniel Day. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

UTM Chooses Not to Outsource Facilities Management Services

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin is opting not to outsource its facilities management services. The decision comes following a campus visit by Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. (JLL), as a facilities management service provider recently contracted by the state of Tennessee.

In 2015, the University of Tennessee System was invited to participate in a process to identify possible opportunities to reduce costs for the operation of all state facilities including higher education. UT President Joe DiPietro asked the leadership of each campus to work with JLL to enable them to make proposals for facilities operations and determine what is in the best interests of the campus. Each campus will present their decision to the board of trustees at the UT Board of Trustees meeting Nov. 3 in Knoxville.

The master contract allows authorized entities such as University of Tennessee institutions to utilize the JLL contract, which primarily provides for custodial, grounds and repair and maintenance facilities management services using a cost-plus fees service model.

Following the site tour, JLL submitted a proposal for providing services to UT Martin with cost- reduction opportunities of $93,366 annually. Most projected savings were within the university’s housing auxiliary operations. Upon further examination of the proposal, it was determined that the estimated cost reduction in the JLL proposal would be less than $14,000 annually. The adjustment is due to the duplication of $80,000 in both the housing grounds and maintenance budgets when providing data to JLL.

The university is electing not to utilize JLL’s services because the adjusted proposed savings to UT Martin with the JLL contract are not significant. UT Martin will further increase savings and efficiencies in the physical plant and housing maintenance operations through incorporation of opportunities JLL outlined as observations and insights from its site tour.

UT Martin’s center locations in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville are not owned by the university and were not included in outsourcing considerations.

HCMC Welcomes Trick or Treaters to Diagnostic Center, Clinics

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center wants to sweeten this Halloween for you and your family by offering several opportunities to dress in your spooktacular best and visit our HCMC Services and Clinics today. 

Bring your kids by the HCMC Diagnostic Center to participate in the fun of trick or treating.  The partners at the Diagnostic Center will be dressing up as their favorite superheroes and passing out candy.  Feel free to stop by during normal business hours to participate in the fun, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additionally, you can visit several of our HCMC Clinics and enjoy trick or treating in a safe environment. The HCMC Kelley Clinic with the Center for Wellness & Rehab, Innovative Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and HCMC Surgical Specialists are welcoming visitors from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Also, HCMC Eagle Creek Clinic is decking out for the day with trick or treating from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Paris Women’s Center, Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN, and Transitions Health will be welcoming the little goblins from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts Building, Suites 103 and 104.  Stop by and enjoy the festivities at EMS and HCMC from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well.

After your evening of trick or treating, bring your candy to the HCMC Imaging Department and have it screened between 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.  During this time, candy will be x-rayed to make sure it is safe to eat.  Don’t worry kids, this won’t hurt the candy!

Once your child’s candy has been examined, be sure to set boundaries on an amount to be eaten over a period of many days. You can easily reach 100 calories with just one or two snack size treats.  Most candy has a long shelf-life, so put the sweets out of reach and limit candy to two pieces per day. Larger treats, such as full chocolate bars, can be cut into smaller pieces and frozen.

FLW Costa Series Championship Set for Nov. 2-4 on Ky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 200 of the top anglers in the world will be descending on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes later this week for the Costa FLW Series Championship November 2-4. The event is highlighted by a top prize of $95K in the pro division, including a new Ranger boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard. The top finisher also gets automatic entry into the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

Anglers will take off from Paris Landing Marina at 7:30am each day and weigh-ins will be held at 3:30pm each day as well and both are free and open to the public to view.

Competitors qualified for the Costa FLW Series Championship thru 5 U.S. Divisions and an International Division. The highest fishing pro from each U.S. division and from the International Division also qualify for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup.

For complete coverage visit www.FLWFishing.com and like them on Facebook  and follow FLW on Twitter as well.

Paris Police Out in Full Force for Halloween on Tues. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo reminds citizens Trick or Treating for Halloween will begin Tuesday night at dusk and the Paris Police Department will be out in full force to help make the event safe as possible and to remind drivers to be slow and careful.

Chief Elizondo said, “Halloween is a time of fun for so many, but others see it has as a time for vandalism and hurtful pranks that are never funny and are often illegal. The Paris Police Department will be looking for those that have the wrong idea on Halloween fun.”

Chief Elizondo said Trick or Treaters should always be in the company of a responsible adult if they are young children, walk on sidewalks, look both ways before crossing the street, wear light color or reflective type clothing, make sure costumes fit properly, carry a flashlight, visit homes with the porchlight on, stay in familiar neighborhoods, and never go into a stranger's house.

Homeowners should put up your animals out of harms way, clear your yard of ladders, flower pots, or anything that could trip youngsters, use battery powered outdoor lights and not open flames.

Drivers should avoid known congested residential areas, drive slow and watch for children running across the streets, keep lights on dim, and use common sense.

THP Report Released in Sunday's Motorcycle Accident

Paris, Tenn.- A 34 year old Paris man was severely injured late Sunday afternoon in a wreck involving the motorcycle he was riding near the intersection of Elkhorn Road and Hwy 79 N.

The accident report was released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol late Monday afternoon and said Justin Simmons, 34, of Paris was injured when another vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, came into his lane of travel. Simmons was traveling west and the Jeep Wrangler, driven by Katharina Taylor, age 32 of Puryear was attempting to travel east on Hwy 79 as she pulled out from Elkhorn Road into Simmons’ lane of traffic.

Simmons was thrown from the motorcycle and was eventually airlifted Sunday to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was listed in critical but stable condition Monday night.

The report from the THP doesn’t state if Taylor was injured or not, nor does it tell of any possible charges.

15 Year Old Juvenile Charged In School Social Media Threat

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated the Sheriff's Office has charged a 15 year old juvenile in connection with the social media post threatening a shooting at school.

Capt. Jenkins stated in the press release investigation started Sunday evening and continued thru Monday in reference to threats of violence towards the school system. A particular app, located in Saudi Arabia it hard for law enforcement to be able to obtain any records or use information simply due to the fact the records could have taken months to arrive.

Early Monday a suspect was obtained and later interviewed and given a polygraph and the 15 year old did confess to sending the message. He was charged for possession of a weapon on school property, as a knife was found on his person, hoax-threatening of school shooting and communicating a threat concerning a school employee.

The juvenile is being sent to a Rutherford County detention center until he appears in juvenile court. The HCSO, Henry County School System, and Paris Special School District worked hand in hand during the investigation and are proud to have it resolved so quickly. Extra deputies were called in to provide extra security at the schools while this was ongoing.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, "we are greatly appreciative of all the public support and alert to law enforcement of this dangerous situation.

Paris Landing Fire Dept. Extinquishes Vehicle Fire

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a car on fire in a driveway of a home on Joy Drive in Springville. Once they arrived, units found a 2006 Jeep Cherokee engulfed in flames. The owner stated he began to leave and then noticed the vehicle's engine was acting up and he could smell gasoline. He returned to his driveway and got out of the vehicle as the engine erupted into flames. A fuel leak is the expected cause and the vehicle was a total loss. The estimated value is around $5K. Paris Landing had one truck and 5 fire fighters on scene for about 45 minutes. (Reggie Coles photos)

Man Arrested on Warrants by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a man with active warrants and unlawful possession of a firearm after he first attempted to serve warrants on a man who ended up escaping and ramming a patrol car with his vehicle. The report stated that Cpl. Davis first went to Beach Lane to attempt to serve contempt of court violations on Eddie Bryant, age 25, of Sloan Road.

Cpl. Davis found Bryant in a vehicle with the doors locked and windows up. Lt. Lance Perry pulled assist and Bryant pulled away, striking Lt. Perry’s patrol car. Pursuit was started but Bryant escaped officers. The vehicle was found later at Bryant’s home on Sloan Road, but he wasn’t in it. Cpl. Davis went back to the home on Beach Lane and officers found Donald Ashby, age 36, of 219 Oliver Street, who had the active warrants and a gun in his possession. Ashby was duly charged.

Dr. Norton Releases Statement on Social Media Threat

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Brian Norton, Director of Henry County Schools, issued a press release Monday morning concerning a social media post declaring a potential school shooting that was made Sunday evening.

Dr. Norton said, the post did not reference a specific school nor was it possible to trace the anonymous post. Local law enforcement was notified and an investigation took place. The incident was deemed not credible. To ease the fears of the parents and students, we increased the presence of police officers at our schools Monday.

Dr. Norton said, “student safety is always a primary focus of our daily work and we know incidents like this are, unfortunately common. We want to encourage parents to maintain open communication with their children and share safety concerns with the appropriate school personnel and local law enforcement.”

KPAC Wins Four Star Award for Young Artists Program

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris won the Four Star Award from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for Excellence in Parks and Recreation for the KPAC Young Artists Summer 2017 programming.

KPACYA produced two theatrical programs over the summer “RATS! The Story of the Pied Piper” and “Singin in the Rain” along with offering music from The Lion King and other musicals in the Chorus.

Rhonda Stanton, KPAC Manager and Arts Programming Director stated, “it’s a tremendous blessing to have the support of the City of Paris to be able to offer quality arts programming to Paris and the surrounding area for our youth. Besides day to day operations for KPAC, I’m blessed to be able to dream up and enact arts programming idea and doubly-blessed that we have a talented staff to inspire and instruct our young folks.”

Henry Vol. Fire Dept. Hosting Haunted House Mon., Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Blazing Demons Haunted House Monday and Tuesday evening. The cost is $5 per person and will be at the Henry Civic Center from 5-9pm Monday October 30th and until 11pm on Halloween night. The $5 admission includes the haunted house and hayride there will also be food and drinks for sale as well.

HCHS Men's XC Team Prepares for State After Winning Region

Hendersonville- Henry County competed in the Region 5-3A Cross Country Championhips last Thursday and the men's team came away with the Region Championshp for the first time ever.

Official results showed Titus Winders win the Boy's 5K ahead of 122 other runners. Titus finished the race in 15:44. His brother Silas came in 2nd place at 15:48. Other Patriots finishing the race included Cole Davis, 8th at 17:06, Cooper Smith 15th with a time of 17:36, and Devin Pritchett, Jesse Evans, and Hunter Lawrence all finished with good times as well.

The men's team finished with a score of 74, besting Wilson Central's 79 and Mt. Juliet's 90. They will compete at Percy Warner Park in Nashville this coming Saturday for the State Championships.

One Person Severely Injured in Wreck on HWY 79 N on Sunday

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- One person was severely injured in a wreck involving an SUV and a motorcycle on HWY 79N near Elkhorn Road late on Sunday afternoon.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Paris-HC Rescue Squad, EMS and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene after a motorcycle and an SUV collided. The driver of the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to the Henry County Medical Center. Air Evac was called and they transported the motorcyclist to another hospital. The extent of the driver's injuries are unknown at this time.

No further information regarding the wreck was available as of press time. A full report will be released by the THP later.

Former HCHS Football Coach Counce Passed Away on Saturday

(Timothy Pharr photo)

Dyersburg, Tenn.- Coach James Counce, Jr. , age 68 of Dyersburg, formerly of Paris, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Tennova-Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. 

He was a long-time football coach in West TN, with his longest stints at Dyersburg and Henry Co. High Schools.  His overall coaching record was 235-95; the winningest football coach in the history of two programs (Dyersburg and Henry Co.), and assistant coach at MBA in 2007 when it won the Division II State Championship.  He had two perfect seasons and two 5A State Championships as head coach of Henry Co. (2011, 2014) and retired after the 2014 season. 

In 2017, Coach was elected to the TSSAA Hall of Fame. He was a member of West Dyersburg Church of Christ and was also a graduate of Murray State University. He loved his time on the rear deck of his house with a cup of coffee and enjoyed calm times with his family on the beach. Coach was an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman. 

Visitation will be begin Monday, October 30th at 4pm. at the West Dyersburg Church of Christ.  Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 31st at the West Dyersburg Church of Christ at 11am with interment to follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens in Union City. 

Full arrangements and obituary information are incomplete and will be announced later. 

Two Arrested for Possession of Meth

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Jesse Wells, age 18 of Vine Street of Chattanooga, and Jacob Fowler, age 19 of Enterprise Avenue, on Sunday for possession of meth. Fowler was also charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wells was placed on $10,000 bond and Fowler was placed on $7,500 bond.

Patriots vs Roadrunners in the First Round of the Playoffs on Friday

Paris, Tenn.- In the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, the Henry County Patriots will take on the Ridgeway Roadrunners at home on Friday, November 3rd at 7pm. The pregame show will begin on WLZK 94.1fm at 6:30pm.

Newburn Man Arrested for Evading Police

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Randy Thomas, age 40 of Sulpher Wells Academy Road of Newburn, for evading arrest and violation of probation.

Cpl. Jim Sanders and Deputy Watson responded to Sulpher Wells Academy Road in reference to a subject there that possibly had an active violation of probation warrant out of Henry County. When Officers arrived at the scene they went to the house and the subject identified as Thomas had attempted to evade police, but he was unsuccessful. Thomas was placed on a total of $12,676 bond.

Get Your Tickets to Brews, Blues and BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 11th

 Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their Brews, Blues & BBQ on Saturday, November 11th  from 6pm to 10pm at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The Brews include draft beer and a full bar. Entertainment will be provided by the band 24 Seven with Rockin’ Randall French and BBQ will be provided by Perry’s BBQ.

There will also be other fun happenings throughout the evening including chances to win a beautiful Paris queen-sized quilt, a Yeti cooler, a vintage Paris Monopoly Game, and other Paris items. There are also fun photo opportunities.

Tickets costs $25 for dinner and music. Tickets are available at the Downtown Paris Association Office located at 203 North Fentress Street in Paris and you can contact Kathy Ray, Executive Director of the DPA, at 731-653-7274, for more information.

Money raised at the event will benefit the Downtown Paris Association.

Buchanan Woman Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Cpl. Amanda Forrest arrested Margaret Hammond, age 53 of Hwy 140 East of Buchanan, for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hammond was placed on $2,500 bond.

Hitting a Bull's-eye as a Large Crowd of Youth Hunters Enjoy Jake's Day

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the National Wild Turkey Federation, TWRA, and Holly Fork Shooting Complex helped put on the annual Jake’s Day on Saturday as a dozens and dozens of kids of all ages got to take aim at targets while having fun at Saturday’s event.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

HC Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We have had a great crowd and the Tennessee Wildlife Turkey Federation along with the Sheriff’s Department and Holly Fork put on this event every year.”

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Jake’s Day was held in conjunction with the Youth Hunt on Saturday. At Jake’s Day, youth hunters got to enter the big Buck and big Doe contest and win $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd place in each category.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Youth hunters got to try their skill with BB gun shooting, archery, still target, calling contest, 5 Stand Shoot, and 22 Rifle Balloon Shoot for a Gun Giveaway as trophies were awarded to the top finishers in each category. All youth hunters will received a free framed picture of their deer and participants also got a free lunch and  T-shirt at Jake’s Day.

HCSO Helps Take Back Prescription Drugs on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday

HCSO Sgt. Kris Belote disposes of unused prescription medications. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office took part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday at Fred's in Paris, as people dropped off their expired or unused medication to be properly disposed of. The HCSO will be at Fred's in Paris until 4pm on Saturday, October 28th collecting prescription medications to be disposed of and they will also be giving away free medication lock boxes.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has a drug drop box located in the lobby at the office, which is located at 210 Forrest Heights in Paris. There is a second drop box location at the Paris Police Department located at 100 North Caldwell Street in Paris.

If you are unable to go and drop off your medications at one of the drug drop boxes the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will also respond to any citizens’ request to have medications disposed of. The HCSO will go to citizens’ homes on request and pick up the medication to properly dispose of the medication.For 24/7 prescription pickup assistance you can call 731-642-1672.

A woman asks about the drug drop box locations and about picking up unused or expired medications for those who can't go to one of those locations. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Sheriff’s Office will also respond to any citizens’ request to have medications disposed of by going to citizens’ homes on request and picking up the medication and disposing of the medication.

The drop box is part of the drug “take back” program which enabled persons that have unwanted, expired, or medications that are no longer needed, to be dropped into the drug drop box.  The purpose of the program is to reduce the amount of unwanted medications at citizens’ homes and for the Sheriff’s Office to dispose of the medications in a safe, environmentally friendly manner.

For more information you can visit the Henry County Prevention Coalition as hcpc38242@gmail.com, by calling 731-336-2250 or you can like their Facebook page.

Working Together to Escape Inman's Mad Scientist Escape Room

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a good start to the Inman PAC's Escape the Mad Scientist (Escape Room) Fundraiser​ on Saturday, October 28th as kids teamed up to see if they could escape the mad scientist's escape room. Inman's Escape Room will continue until 10pm at the Inman Middle School Cafeteria Entrance and tickets cost $15 per person.

Teams should consist of 6-12 people per team as the team will use their shared talents, logic skills, and wits together in order to figure out the clues in the 30-minute Escape Room.

At Inman’s Escape Room participants and their friends will find themselves at an abandoned research facility, years after a tragic epidemic killed thousands...The scientist in charge of saving humanity went mad and started performing wild experiments.

Forced to hide his evil experiments by the government, the doctor fled to his secret lab. You and your friends will find yourselves unwilling assistants to a mad man. To escape the lab, you must discover the secrets hidden within. Will you be able to escape the Mad Scientist?

City of Murray Lifts Boil Water Order

Murray, Ky.- According to a release from the City of Murray on Saturday, October 28th at 12:15pm the Division of Water has notified the Murray Water System that the boil water order has been lifted, effective immediately, for all customers in the System, including districts and customers of South 641 (Hazel), District 2 and Dexter/Almo Heights.

The test that was performed by the lab was a total coliform bacteria test and all sample test results were negative. Customers may now use water from the public water system without further treatment.

The release states that restaurants, health care facilities, and other similar entities should follow the specific recommendations provided by the Calloway County Health Department.

Patriots End the Regular Season Undefeated in Region 7-5A Action

#3 Lukas Reynolds becomes the HCHS regular season career rushing all time leader. (Timothy Pharr photos)

Clarksville, Tenn.- In the last regular season game the Henry County Patriots defeated the Region 7-5A rivals, the Clarksville Northwest Vikings on Friday winning 44-12.

With 4:28 left in the 1st quarter, the Patriots Lukas Reynolds had a 63yd rushing touchdown and the point after was good. At the 2:36 mark, Jailyn Robinson took it in for the 3yd Patriot touchdown and the point after attempt was good. With 1:49 left in the 1st quarter, Reece Veazey had a 5yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the 1st quarter, Henry County led Clarksville Northwest 21-0.

#7 Caleb McCutheon breaks away from a Northwest defender. Caleb moved into 4th place on the regular season career rushing list with the carry. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 7:30 left in the 2nd quarter, Caleb McCutcheon had a 6yd rushing Patriot touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The Patriots led the Vikings 28-0. At the 6:15 mark Jayln Foster had a 5yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. Henry County led Northwest 35-0. With 3:58 left in the 1st half the Patriots block the punt attempt from the end zone ending in a safety. Henry County led Clarksville Northwest 37-0.  

#5 Jayln Foster carries the ball during Friday nights 44-12 victory over Northwest. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 1:15 left in the 2nd quarter, Jayln Foster had an 11yd rushing Patriot touchdown and the point after attempt was good. At halftime the Patriots led the Vikings 44-0.  Neither team scored in the 3rd quarter as Henry County led Clarksville Northwest 44-0. With 7:12 in the 4th quarter, Northwest scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was no good as the Patriots led the Vikings 44-6. Northwest scored another touchdown, but the point after attempt was no good. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 44, Clarksville Northwest Vikings 12.

The Henry County Patriots are now 7-3 on the season and 6-0 in Region 7-5A action.

Two Men Arrested for Possession With Intent

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested two people on drug possession charges on after a routine traffic stop on Thursday.

Deputy Watson arrested Larenzo Higgs, age 26 of Browning Drive of Paris, and Lonzie Dunlap, age 26 of Glendale Street of Paris, for possession of a schedule VI substance with intent to deliver, manufacture or sell drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.  Higgs was also charged with driving on a revoked license.

In the report 13.77 grams of marijuana was found in a jar in the car and a juvenile in the car handed 18.94 grams of marijuana over to police. The juvenile was cited for possession of a schedule VI substance.

Higgs was placed on $7,500 bond and Dunlap was placed on $3,500 bond.  

Honoring Tom Gee for His Dedication and Hard Work at HCMC

City Mayor Carlton Gerrell and County Mayor Brent Greer presents Tom Gee with the proclamation stating that Oct. 27th, 2017 will be known as Tom H. Gee Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd of family members, friends, city officials, HCMC staff and members of the community came together on Friday afternoon to honor Tom Gee at his retirement celebration after serving at the Henry County Medical Center for over 25 years.

Lisa Casteel and Board Chairman Phil Wichlan thank Tom Gee for all of the dedication and work he has done at the HCMC. (Cassie Walsh photos)

City Mayor Carlton Gerrell awarded Gee with the Marquis de Paris Award in honor of all of the work and contributions Gee has made to the HCMC. County Mayor Brent Greer bestowed Henry County highest honor on Gee, by presenting him with the Loyal Patriot Award. Mayor Greer also gave Gee a proclamation stating that October 27, 2017 will now officially be known as Tom H. Gee Day.

City Mayor Carlton Gerrell presenting Tom Gee with the Marquis de Paris Award. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Tom Gee addressed the crowd and he said that the commitment and support of the community is the reason the HCMC has been able to grow and flourish while helping to provide local medical services for Henry Countians for years.

“The hospital has added so much since 1992, when the hospital was worth less than $20 million to now being worth $90 million in assets,” Gee said. “HCMC is in the top 10% in patient safety in the country…. It is the compassion, skill and professionalism that has made healthcare our calling and healthcare is where we can truly make a difference in the community.”

County Mayor Brent Greer presents Tom Gee with the Loyal Patriot Award. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Mayor Greer noted that the HCMC is the largest employer by far in Henry County and the associated medical services is such a boost to Henry County. Gee continued to thank all of his co-workers and all of those who have helped make HCMC what it is today, but everyone gathered at the event to thank Gee for all of his dedication to the HCMC and the services that the hospital has been able to provide thanks to work of Gee and the staff at HCMC.

Tom Gee speaking to the group about all that HCMC has been able to accomplish during the past 25 years. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Good Turnout for Trinity United's Potato and Salad Bar on Friday

(Nicki Cronkright photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There was a good turnout for the Trinity United Methodist Church's Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon. The Potato and Salad Bar Luncheon with drink and dessert will continue until 2pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church, which is located at 409 North Wilson Street in Paris.

(Nicki Cronkright photos)

All 95 Counties Sept. Unemployment Rates below 5%

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released County Unemployment rates for September on Thursday and for the first time ever all 95 counties have an unemployment rate at below 5%. September marks the 2nd consecutive month where the rate has decreased in all 95 counties as well.

Henry County’s unemployment rate comes in at 3.6%, down from 4.2% in August and down from last September’s rate of 6.2%. Of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 13,870, only about 500 were looking for a job in September with the rest employed.

Benton County’s September unemployment rate is 4.2% down from August’s rate of 5.1% and down from a year ago when it was 7.7%. Carroll County’s unemployment rate for this September was 4.1%, down from 4.9% in August and 7.1% last September.

In other counties in our area Houston County’s unemployment rate for September was 4.6%, Stewart County’s was 4.0% and Weakley County came in at 4.8%.

Bethel Renaissance Presents the Addams Family

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will present the highly acclaimed musical production, “The Addams Family” at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie with a show on Halloween night and the first two weekends in November.

The hilarious musical comedy will have you laughing, singing, and snapping thru the show as you see your favorite characters like Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, and more.

The Halloween night show will be at 9pm with a Costume contest during intermission so wear your best costume. Other shows are November 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th at 7pm with a 2pm Matinee on November 11th.

To purchase tickets visit, www.bethelrenaissance.com or call 352-6980. Tickets are also available for purchase at the office at 28 Lee Avenue in McKenzie during regular hours Monday thru Friday 9am to 4pm. The Bethel Performing Arts Center is located at 625 Stonewall Street North, across the street from the McKenzie Police and Fire Station.

Office on Aging Taking Trip to National Corvette Museum

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will be going to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky on Friday November 17th. The trip will leave from the Central Community Building at 7am and stop along for breakfast along the way to the museum.

The trip includes a tour of the museum and eating lunch in Bowling Green and a few stops for some Christmas shopping and the holiday seasons. Plans are to be back to Paris between 4-8pm Friday evening. The cost of the trip is $32 per person which includes the bus and entry to the Corvette Museum. Extra money is needed for food and shopping. For more information call 644-3193.  

PHC Industrial Comm. To Host Job Fair Nov. 4th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Industrial Committee will host a Job Fair on Saturday November 4th from 10am to 3pm at the Conference Center at the Quality Inn in Paris. The event is free for any employer looking to fill open positions at their business.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Alliance, said they expect 300-400 people to attend the job fair looking for employment and the Job Fair is free to any local business who would like a table at the Job Fair.

The Industrial Committee will advertise the Job Fair in local media and in surrounding counties and everyone who attends will be entered into a drawing for $500 cash. For more information on the Job Fair call 642-3431 and talk with Tara.


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