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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

 

Woodlands Nature Station Fall Fest is Nov. 5th

Land Between the Lakes KY/TN- The Woodlands Nature Station is hosting their Fall Fest on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm. The Nature Station admission is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under.

The Fall Fest features a variety of forest-themed programs including hayrides, live music, tree-themed crafts, a seasonal hike, and appearances by Smokey Bear.

“Bring the whole family, enjoy the fall season, and participate in a variety of family-friendly outdoor programs and activities,” says Aviva Yasgur, Naturalist at Woodlands Nature Station.

Hayrides are 40-minutes long, cost $2 per person, and leave regularly throughout the day. On these staff-led rides, participants will enjoy fun nature activities and great wildlife-viewing opportunities as they try to solve fall nature mysteries. For more information on the day’s activities, visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us/calendar/fall-fest/.

Here is a schedule of Saturday’s events: Fall Nature Craft: Print Making with Autumn Leaves, Make Your Own Paper, Natural Dyeing, Fall Mystery Hayrides all are from 10am to 4pm. You can also visit with Smokey throughout the day. And from 11am to 11:45am is Camo Critters.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy the Fall Music Concert: Brio String Ensemble (morning set) from 12pm to12:45pm, campfire songs are from 12:45pm to 1:30pm and from 1:30pm to 2:30pm you can enjoy the Forest Folklore Hike. The Fall Music Concert: Brio String Ensemble (afternoon set) is from 2pm to 2:45pm, the Puppet Show: The Lorax is from 3pm to 3:30pm. The eagle encounter is from 3:30pm to 3:50pm and the parade of raptors is at 4:30pm.  

Pats Open Playoffs on the Road at Brighton

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hits the Road for Round 1 of the TSSAA State Football playoffs. The Patriots battle Brighton at 7pm and its now win or go home the rest of the way. If you can’t make the trip to Brighton, our broadcast begins at 6:30pm Friday evening on WLZK 94.1FM. You can also stream the game online via our website at wmufradio.com and listen via your phones by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates apply.

Open Houses, Love Lights a Tree Planned for Fri. Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s Candlelight Christmas Open houses will light up the Court Square Friday and Saturday evening. Merchants will offer extended hours by candlelight from 6-8pm Friday and Saturday. Many of the merchants have special sales and refreshments.

Open Houses continue on Sunday 1-5pm. Musical entertainment by the Madrigals will be performing over the weekend as well getting you in the Christmas mood.

Relay for Life will hold its Love Lights a Tree Ceremony Friday November 4th at 6pm on courthouse lawn.

9th Annual Veterans Day Parade Will be Saturday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The 9th annual Veteran’s Day Parade will be held Saturday November 5th beginning at 10am. The lineup for the parade will start at 8:30am at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The parade route will leave the fairgrounds turn left on East Wood Street and travel west toward Volunteer Drive

For more information on the parade, contact Henry County Veterans Service Director Bob Nolan. W.C. Elkins, veteran of World War II, will be this year’s Grand Marshal.

Benefit Concert, Silent Auction for Doug Mosley Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- A benefit concert and silent auction for Doug Mosley is set for Friday November 4th from 6:30-8pm at Tennessee Valley Community Church, located at 2500 East Wood Street.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Duttons, featuring Marley Trosper and they will perform bluegrass gospel, old time hyms, and contemporary Christian music. There will also be a silent auction and bake sale.

Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Doug has lung cancer that has also entered his brain. He has been an educator in the community for many years. All proceeds will be gifted directly to his family to help with expenses associated with his care such as medical bills, travel for hospital stays, home improvements to accommodate his needs.

For more information contact Lorie Goodgine at 363-3245.

First Presbyterian Holiday Bazaar Friday 8am to 2pm

Paris, Tenn.- First Presbyterian Church, located at 105 S. Market St., will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar Friday November 4th from 8am to 2pm. There will be cakes, pies, cookies, soups, sides, casseroles, craft items, jewelry, cookbooks, stainless steel cutlery, Christmas decorations and more available for purchase.

KDFW and TWRA To Hold Asian Carp Blitz Nov. 8-10

Kentucky Lake- The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other state and federal agencies, working in cooperation with volunteers, commercial anglers and fish processors, are launching a “Carp Blitz” on Nov. 8-10 to help gauge the population of invasive Asian carp in Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

At least a dozen sampling crews will be netting, electrofishing and working with licensed commercial anglers to collect as many Asian carp as possible during this three-day period.

This very large effort is primarily a sampling or data collection exercise which, if deemed successful, will be repeated annually in order to provide relative abundance and population demographics of Asian carp in Kentucky and Barkley Lakes,” said Ron Brooks, fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

In 2013, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife sponsored Carp Madness, a first of its kind tournament for commercial anglers whose primarily goal was the thin the Asian carp population in the two western Kentucky lakes. It proved successful, as a handful of participants collected more than 83,000 pounds of Asian carp during the two-day tournament.

Brooks believes if weather conditions are good, the Carp Blitz effort will easily eclipse the Carp Madness tournament. State and federal fisheries crew will use electrofishing equipment to drive the wary Asian carp into the waiting nets of the commercial anglers.

“All Asian carp harvested will be donated to the commercial anglers assisting with this effort,” Brooks said. “Kentucky’s fish processing businesses will purchase all fish harvested.”

As part of the effort, researchers with Murray State University are working with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to tag fish with telemetry markers. This will allow researchers to discover the movement patterns and habitat use of Asian carp in Kentucky and Barkley lakes.

Over 8K Vote Early, Breaks 2008 Record

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said 8076 voted during the Early Voting period in Henry County. That breaks the Early Voting Record set back in the 2008 November Election, which was also a presidential Election year.

Thursday was the last day of Early Voting and 554 people came into the office and voted and 17 were received by mail. Polls at all precincts across the county will be open Tuesday from 7am to 7pm.

Reminder: HCJLA Trail Ride Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Livestock Association Annual Trail Ride will be Saturday, November 5th. The first ride will begin at 10am and lunch will be at noon, which is also when the door prizes will be given away. The second ride will be at 1:30pm. The event will take place at the Sutton Farm in Henry, TN which is located at 590 Perry School House Loop.

They ask everyone to wear bright colors, since this will be the first day of muzzle loader season. Coggins will be checked at the gate. The event cost $10 per person or $30 per car load, the cost includes lunch and door prizes.

Fire Damages Back Porch of County Home Road Residence

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire at 3524 County Home Road after neighbors saw smoke coming from the home. The back porch was on fire and the Paris Fire Department managed to extinguish the fire before it spread and kept the damage to the back porch. Sgt. Fuqua spoke to the home owners and they did advise they had grilled earlier and perhaps the fire started there.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Carols Lane had several items stolen over the past few weeks. A stihl 16” and 26” chainsaw was stolen along with two Igloo coolers. The total value of items is $1230.

Phyllis J. Griffith, of Dresden, was charged with assault, DUI, and driving on a suspended license. She was placed on $2500 bond.

City of Paris to Celebrate National Animal Shelter Week

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will celebrate National Animal Shelter Week next week by celebrating and recognizing our own local Animal Shelter on Thursday November 10th. Celebration will be held from 11am to 1pm and everyone is invited to come by the shelter, meet the residents, and consider adopting one of the animals.

Adoption fees will be waived during the event for anyone wishing to adopt an animal. The shelter is located at 445 Recycling Drive, just past the recycling center. You may access the shelter from East Wood Street next to Delta Contractors, or off Fairgrounds Road turning in front of Abbott’s Print Shop.

During the celebration on November 10th a container will be available to collect pet food donations and treats. Walmart, Kroger, Sav-A-Lot, and Lakeway IGA have already donated 250 pounds of dog and cat food.

The City also wants to hear stories from citizens about their shelter adopted pets. Share your stories and photos of your shelter adopted pet , between now and Nov. 10th, by emailing mstancook@cityofparistn.gov, with permission given to share the stories and photos on social media.

Paris Downtown Boxing to Present Havoc in Henry County Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Downtown Boxing will present the 2nd annual Havoc in Henry County on Saturday November 5th at the Central School Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road. The doors open at 4pm and bouts begin at 5pm. Admission is $7 and with children age 4 and under admitted for free. The event is sanctioned by USA Boxing. T-shirts will be sold at the event as well and money will benefit the Paris Downtown Boxing program.

Dr. Bobby Jones "Farewell to Paris" Concert Sat. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Bobby Jones’s “Farewell to Paris” concert will be this Saturday November 5th at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 6pm. The concert is a fundraiser for Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and tickets are $20. Call Katrina Teague for more information at 336-8899 for more information. This is Dr. Jones’s last concert.

First Presbyterian Holiday Bazaar Planned for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- First Presbyterian Church, located at 105 S. Market St., will hold their annual Holiday Bazaar Friday November 4th from 8am to 2pm. There will be cakes, pies, cookies, soups, sides, casseroles, craft items, jewelry, cookbooks, stainless steel cutlery, Christmas decorations and more available for purchase.

Promotion Ceremony Held at HCSO

Pictured L to R with the new ranks: Cpl. Brian Davis and Blake Jenkins, Sgt. Terry Williams, Lt. Lance Perry, Chief Dep. Damon Lowe, Capt. Adam Jenkins, Lt. Clyde Sulcer, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua, and new Dep. Dalton Watson. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A promotion ceremony was held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening involving several officers. Sheriff Monte Belew thanked all the officers and said, “this job is getting tougher and tougher everyday and its tough on your families, it’s not what you do, but it’s who you are, and I thank you for your dedication.”

Damon Lowe becomes the new Chief Dep. of the HCSO.

Capt. Damon Lowe was promoted to Chief Deputy. Former Chief Deputy Randy Gean retired at the end of September. Chief Deputy Lowe has served over 30 years in law enforcement.

Capt. Adam Jenkins shakes Chief Dep. Damon Lowe's hand.

Adam Jenkins will now move up in rank to Captain over patrol and the Criminal Investigation Division. Jenkins has worked at the Department since April of 2000. Most recently he served as an Investigator at the CID.

Lt. Scott Wyrick will move into the vacant position in the Criminal Investigation Division, as Jenkins moves to Captain. Lt. Wyrick will keep his rank and take on additional duties.

Other promotions in rank at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is as follows, Lance Perry will be the day shift Lieutenant and Clyde Sulcer will be the night shift Lieutenant. They will be on the road and have limited administrative duties.

Terry Williams and Wayne Fuqua will be promoted to Sergeants. Both will keep working with their respective K9s, Droid and Cisco. Also Wednesday night Brian Davis and Blake Jenkins were promoted to Corporals. Dalton Watson was added as a Deputy to the Sheriff’s Office patrol division.

Dalton Watson, holding his new born, was welcomed as the newest Deputy. He will begin Dec. 1.

Man Charged With Having Sex with Minor

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated that Jerold Julius Sisemore, age 59 of Paris, has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Capt. Damon Lowe said the arrest stems from an investigation from the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division and Tennessee Department of Children's Services. Investigation found that Sisemore had unlawful sexual contact with a female under the age of 13 in 2011 and 2012 at a Henry County residence. Sisemore is currenty being held on $250K bond pending arraignment in General Sessions court on Thursday.

Lifeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at First United Methodist Church on Thursday November 3rd from Noon to 6pm. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood if they can and there is a current special need for O negative and A negative donors. Be sure and take your photo ID with you when giving blood.

Early Voting Totals for Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- 384 more people came to the Election Commission Office to vote on Wednesday during Early Voting. Combined with 12 absentee ballots, a total of 396 votes were cast Wednesday. The total so far during the Early Voting period is now up to 7508. Thursday is the last day for Early Voting, you can do so from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Trump Wins TN Student Mock Election

Nashville- Tennessee students are now part of a major milestone after successfully voting in the first-ever statewide Student Mock Election.

Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States if Tennessee students were casting real ballots. 165,968 students representing 479 schools from 90 of the state's 95 counties participated.

"I'm thrilled that so many students and teachers from across our great state got behind this project with such passion," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett while announcing the results at Thurman Francis Arts Academy in Smyrna where the winner was decided by just four votes. "Hopefully giving civics such an important role in the classroom translates into engaged citizens who continue exercising their right to vote when they are old enough to vote in real elections."

This is how the votes break down across the state:

Donald J. Trump

Republican

88,208

53.1%

Hillary Clinton

Democratic

56,935

34.3%
Gary Johnson
Independent
8,374
5.0%

"Rocky" Roque De Le Fuente

Independent

3,888

2.3%
Jill Stein
Independent
3,800
2.3%

Alyson Kennedy

Independent

2,434

1.5%

Mike Smith

Independent

2,329

1.4%

 

TOTAL

165,968

100%

More in-depth results are available at here.

Students in preschool through high school from public and private schools as well as home school associations in Tennessee participated. Ballots let students choose between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and all qualified independent presidential candidates, but schools conducted elections locally in different ways.

"We want our students to learn how the real world works. Almost weekly, representative government is a topic of discussion in our history classes," said Linette McFarlin who teaches seventh and eighth grade social studies at Thurman Francis Arts Academy. "Voting is a privilege and an important responsibility of citizens of the United States. We want our students to know it is their civic duty."

Students are also entering an essay contest to encourage them to be actively engaged citizens. Essays topics will be about voting and length requirements vary by grade. Schools may submit two essays at each grade range. Winners from each range will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship worth $100, $250 or $500 in addition to a trip to the State Capitol. The essay submission deadline is Nov. 4.

The program also offers lesson plans created by Tennessee teachers. The goal is to offer an easy way for teachers to incorporate civic engagement and citizenship into their curriculum.

For more information on how students voted in the Student Mock Election, essay contest or lesson plans visit: sos.tn.gov/civics

Cabela's Crappie USA Tournament Draws Over 400 Anglers

Paris, Tenn.- 413 top anglers, from 18 different states were on hand this past weekend at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes for the 2016 Cabela's Crappie USA Tournament.

In the pro division, (pictured above) Kyle Schoenherr, of Oakdale, Ill., and Rodney Neuhaus of Hoyelton, Ill. took first place with a total weight of 21.58 pounds of fish. They won $1000 a Ranger, Mercury, and Minn Kota Boat Rig valued at $44K.

In the amateur division, (pictured below) Ronald Keel of Cedar Grove, Tenn., and Ronald Taylor of McKenzie grabbed first place with a total weight of 17 pounds and took home the boat rig package and $1000 in cash. For complete standings visit www.crappieusa.com.

Carl Perkins Center Pancake Fundraiser All Day Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold their 3rd Annual pancake fundraiser Thursday November 3rd from 7am to 6:30pm. The fundraiser is once again at First Baptist Church’s Orr Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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

Entertainment will be provided during the day beginning at 11am and lasting until 6:30pm. The meal includes pancakes, sausage, and drink. Money raised benefits the Center, which offers services such as victim advocacy, forensic interviews, evidence based parenting programs, and more.

Reminder: Community Christmas Concert Rehearsal Starts Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites all singers to join in the creation of the 49th annual Community Christmas Concert that will be held Sunday December 4th at 3pm. The first rehearsal for the concert will be Thursday November 3rd at 7pm in the choir room at First Baptist Church in Paris. Performers of all talent from throughout the community are encouraged to participate.

After the initial meeting, rehearsals will be every Monday thru the month of November, ending with the performance on December 4th. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at 642-3955, email phcarts@gmail.com. More information is also on the Arts Council’s website at www.phcarts.com.

Bethel U. Wind Ensemble Fall Concert Is Thursday Evening

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Wind Ensemble invites everyone to the 2016 Fall Concert at 7pm Thursday November 3rd. The concert is free and will be held at the Park Theatre in McKenzie.

Under the direction of D.J. Culp, Jr., the Wind Ensemble will be presenting selections from great composers. For more information on the Fall Concert call 352-6724.

Early Voting Totals Surpass 7100

Paris, Tenn.- 430 people cast their ballot on Tuesday during Early Voting. Of that number 397 came in person and 33 absentee ballots were mailed in. So far during Early Voting 7112 have voted. Early Voting continues until 4:30pm Wednesday and 8:30am to 4:30pm Thursday. Election Day is Tuesday November 8th.

Puryear Country Club Road Work Continues Thru Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is keeping Puryear Country Club Road closed thru Thursday November 3rd. Alternate routes to get to Harrelson School will be Hwy. 140 to Puryear, left on Hwy. 641, then onto Puryear Country Club Road.

Mineral Wells Section Blocked Wednesday Morning for Elec. Work

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will block lanes on Mineral Wells Avenue beginning at 5:30am on Wednesday morning as they do electric work to serve the new First Bank addition. Lane closures should be short and all work is expected to be complete by 8am Wednesday morning. Motorists should use caution and be prepared for short lane blockages during this time frame.

Residents Voice Concerns on Memorial Drive Rezoning

Resident Larry Elkins addresses the commission about concerns with the rezoning of Memorial. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for November Tuesday night and after a nearly 25 minute public hearing before the meeting and more discussion later in the meeting, they deferred a rezoning request from Dr. Michael Boley at 224 Memorial Drive, which is currently zoned B-3 and sent it back to the planning commission for further study.

The planning commission took this issue up last month and discussed additional properties in the area be included in the rezoning, going from B-3 to B-1. The recommendation includes all properties on the south side of Memorial Drive, beginning with the planned business properties closest to Hwy. 641 S., extending to Mineral Wells and down the east side to Fairview Street.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the planning commission may wish to explore the possibility of allowing a veterinary clinic as a “conditional use” as opposed to a “use by right.” In essence, Morris said certain conditions would be placed on a clinic with regard to outdoor activities or uses in conjunction with a vet clinic.

Morris discussed several of issues over concerns that have been raised. Setbacks were some of the concerns along with what type of businesses are allowed in a B-1. Some citizens were on hand at Tuesday’s meeting with questions about the proposed rezoning.

Citizen Larry Elkins, resident of Fairview Street, addressed the commission saying he sees no difference between the B-3 and B-1 zones. He said, “my property values have been destroyed after the planning commission allowed a muffler shop to go into the area and all the other businesses on Memorial Drive.”

He went on to say the issues with asphalt not holding water has really caused some issues at his residence. Another resident, James Hurst, of Fairview Street, talked about the flooding issues also, especially during heavy rains in short amount of times.

City Manager Kim Foster said, “we are more vigilant now as the laws require more than they did 20 plus years ago in regards to economic development. We try to make sure the area doesn’t become stagnant, and we want to make sure the businesses and homeowners co-exist. We are trying to find a happy medium to allow growth and keep the interest of our residents in mind as well.”

Foster said, “we know drainage issues are a major concern in that area and our City Building Inspector Mike Brown, will look at and we will also have other sets of eyes looking it over.”

Foster Recommends City Pull Out of Deal to Take Ownership of Hillcrest Cemetery

Jack Veazey, Jr. discusses the issue with Hillcrest Cemetery. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster recommended to commissioners that the City needs to step back from it's efforts to take ownership of HillCrest Cemetery after the City received a letter from Bill Looney, the largest percentage shareholder of the cemetery, threatening litigation if the City continued its path to take ownership.

Foster said, "we thought this was a done deal, but it is obvious there is issues with shareholders and the City should remove itself from the issue at this time. The state may be asked to intervene and we could pick up discussion about this at a later time."

Shareholder Jack Veazey, Jr., spoke and said he has been in discussion with the state and he is continuing to look for ways to resolve the issue. Commissioner Gayle Griffith asked if Veazey would continue to look after the upkeep of the cemetery, but Veazey said due to that letter threatening litigation, we will not be able to get ont he property and keep up maintenance at this time. Veazey did thank the Commission for all they did to try to take ownership of the cemetery.

Retail Sales Have Slight Uptick in August

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow informed Commissioners that August retail sales this year were 1.7% higher than last August and calendar year to date the city is still ahead by 2.93% in retail sales.

Pillow said expenditures exceeded revenues in the General Fund by over $39,400 in September. They are also ahead fiscal year to date by over $183K. September saw an extra expense in payroll due to it being a three pay period month.

Solid Waste revenues were ahead of expenditures by $27,846 and ahead fiscal year to date by $64,669.

Over $103K in ESN122 Fire Membership Fees have been collected by the city, which is a little over half of the total amount billed of $198,270. Pillow told commissioners, typically, the city collects about 65% of the amount billed by the fiscal year end.

The City of Paris hired six part time employees in September including three Civic Center lifeguards to replace those that left for college; one Civic Center Building Supervisor; a Parks Scorekeeper; and a KPAC Theatre Tech. One part-time KPAC employee voluntary quit. The City also issued eight business licenses in September.  

Write-offs Approved for Delinquent Tax Properties

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a recommendation from the Planning Commission to acquire property of the right of way past the paved portion of Edwards Street. The request is in accordance with the Municipal Code and the Keenan Amendments were included at the Planning Commission’s request.

The City Commission approved a request to write-off delinquent property tax in the amount of $5288. The properties did not get purchased through the delinquent tax sale and were transferred to the County. City Manager Kim Foster said the City worked with County Attorney Rob Whitfield to request from Chancellor McGee for a 30 day redemption period on the properties as they were high demolition priorities for the City. Foster said there will be additional requests to write-off in the coming months as additional redemption periods expire.

Signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Moving Along

Paris, Tenn.- Foster updated the commission on several projects including the signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. The City is awaiting the Notice to Proceed to construction, which should come at any time. Once that happens, the engineers on the project, TLM will coordinate a bid opening and submit bids. TDOT requires bids open no less than 21 days after the advertisement to bid publishes, so the bid opening would likely be after Thanksgiving.

Foster said the City plans to establish an entrance off the courtyard for Police Records. This would make it easier for citizens to access the records office without going all over the building.

Several applications have been received concerning the Home Grant and 13 applicants met with the grant coordinator on October 24th for application assistance.

The Downtown Paris Association has received the ABC grant and work will soon begin on Phase 3, “Windows of the West Alley,” part of the Back Alley Paris project.

Three more structures were demolished within the City during October, two with City resources. One more demolition is currently pending. The City will hold another community input meeting for Preserve Paris after the first of the year with the Third Clean Sweep day to occur in the Spring of 2017.

BPU Crews to Work on Traffic Light Loops Tues. Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will have one lane blocked at the Tyson Ave and East Wood St. intersection Tuesday starting at 5pm. BPU crews will also have one turning lane at Mineral Wells Ave and Tyson Ave blocked. This will be the turning lane on Mineral Wells that turns onto Tyson Ave towards Henry. BPU will be repairing traffic light loops. The BPU asks that you please use caution in those areas Tuesday night. Work will take place tonight from 5-10pm.

Red Cross, PFD to Install Smoke Alarms Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The American Red Cross will be teaming up with the Paris Fire Department for their Home Fire Campaign on Saturday, November 5th starting at 10:00 a.m. to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. The Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.

The Red Cross partners with fire departments and community groups across the country to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans. Joining the Red Cross here will be The Paris Fire Department and Paris First Baptist Church.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with  groups from across our community  to install smoke alarms,” said Heather Carbajal, Disaster Program Manager, Mid-West TN Chapter. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES Even as the Red Cross and other groups install smoke alarms in some neighborhoods, they are calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms.

If you would like smoke alarms installed in your home at no charge on Saturday, November 5th, please contact:  Heather Carbajal (Red Cross)  731-571-7140 or   Paris Fire Dept.at 731-642-1413.

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

  • If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
  • If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. Children can earn points and incentives in a fun, gaming environment while learning how to prevent a home fire and other emergencies in the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. The First Aid App has information on what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting 731-427-5543. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 66,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fires.

Deputies Investigate Thefts; Man Arrested on Warrants

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said over $4500 worth of items were stolen at a home on Conyersville Road in the last few days. Items missing include a neckless, gold chains, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, Kindle Fire, and a leaf blower. There are no suspects at this time and deputies continue to investigate.

Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigated thefts from two different residences Monday. A home on Beach Lane had a Vizio TV, DVD player, various hand tools, air compressors, and other items. The value of items missing is over $350.

Another report stated that a garage on Freeland Road was broken into with tools and other items missing. The value of the items is over $2K. Dep. Jenkins continues to investigate with no suspects at this time in either theft.

Dep. Blake Jenkins arrested Eddie Bryant on active warrants Monday. Bryant, 24, 369 Sloan Road, was charged with theft of property, facilitation of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, and evading arrest based on previous charges.

Another arrest from Monday is Billy W. Cole, age 61, of 50 Hill Road, for simple possession schedule VI.

The American Legion on Hwy. 69N, which has been vacant for some time, was broken into recently with damage done and some items missing according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. There are no suspects.

Trek For Troops Darkhorse Lodge Fundraiser This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd Annual Darkhorse Lodge Trek for Troops fundraising event will be Friday, November 4th through Sunday, November 6th. The Darkhorse Lodge of Paris is a nonprofit organization that will be a future retreat for combat veterans and their families to come and relax at no cost to them.

The Darkhorse Lodge is asking everyone to come out during the weekend of November 4th-6th and support their the Trek for Troops fundraising event by walking 100 miles to raise money for the Darkhorse Lodge and the veterans they serve.

You can find all the necessary paperwork for you or your team on the Darkhorse Lodge trek website, www.darkhorselodge.wix.com/trekfortroops. Every participant will get pledges ahead of time and collect the money once the walk is complete. Sponsors may pledge a set amount or an amount per mile, in increments of 25 cents.

On the weekend of the trek, they ask that participants of the Trek for Troops take a photo of you or your team and a sign showing what city and state you are walking in. You can send your photos to darkhorsetrek@gmail.com or you can post them on the Darkhorse Lodge Facebook page.

At last year’s Trek for Troops, the lodge had trekkers in 14 states and raised a total of $49,745.70 for the Darkhorse Lodge. Money raised at the Trek for Troops fundraiser weekend will be used for building the Darkhorse Lodge in Henry County.

November is No Fines Month at W.G. Rhea Library

Paris, Tenn.- November is No Fines Month at the W.G. Rhea Library, to show thanks for their customers. The library will also be accepting nice children’s books for the Community Book Boxes and plastic bags for Homeless Veterans and Disaster area sleeping bags project in lieu of fines.

The Library will also offer some classes in November. On Thursday November 3rd, a R.E.A.D.S. class will be held from 11:30am to 12:30pm and on Thursday November 10th an Intro to Windows Class will be held from 6-7pm and again on November 17th from 11:30am to 12:30pm. To sign up call the Library at 642-1702.

Antioch Methodist Church's Bizaar and Chili Luncheon is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Antioch Methodist Church will host their 11th Annual Bizaar and Chili Luncheon on Friday November 4th. The Bizaar will be from 9am to 2pm at First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Blythe Street. There will be assorted cakes, homemade jellies, and many more baked goods for sale. The Luncheon will be from 11am to 1:30pm and chili or vegetable soup will be served along with hot dogs, brownie and drink. Tickets are $6 available at the door or from a member of the Antioch Methodist women’s group.

Monday's Early Voting Numbers

Paris, Tenn.- 395 people came into the Election Commission Office to vote on Monday. Three more absentee ballots were received in the mail, for a total of 398 votes cast Monday. The total number of votes cast so far during Early Voting is 6682. Early Voting continues Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Come Trick Or Treat Until 5pm Mon. at the Library

Paris, Tenn.- The staff at the W.G. Rhea Library in Paris are decked out in their costumes and have all kinds of characters on display. Trick or Treaters are welcome until 5pm Monday. (Library photo)

Cisco Nabs Another: Man Arrested After Hiding in the Woods

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvis of the Paris Police Department was patrolling East Wood Street when he observed a Chevy S-10 pull out of a residence and travel east. As Ptl. Beauvis was attempting to run tags, he observed the truck run a stop sign at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Chickasaw and he activated his blue lights.

The truck didn’t stop and continued down India Road, then McIntosh, then Guthrie Road and eventually left the roadway off Guthrie and went into the woods coming to rest after hitting some trees. The driver, identified later as Jason Johnson, age 37, of 125 Gore Road in Puryear, climbed out of the driver’s window and fled into the woods. A passenger got out and surrendered to police and said he didn’t really know the driver, just asked for a ride to Murray when he saw him at the gas station.

Ptl. Jamie James and Cpl. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office joined the search in the woods, along with K9 Cisco. Cisco and the officers managed to track Johnson who was hiding in the woods. He was charged with felony evading, and driving without a license and placed on $5K bond.

Warrants Filed After Shots Fired Go Thru Apartment

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department has drawn warrants on Deshar Ray, age 26, for reckless endangerment after witnesses saw him leaving in a vehicle after shots were fired in the Harrison Street area. Officers were first called by a resident of the apartments who believed she heard four shots and one came thru her apartment. Ptl. Jackson and other officers arrived and did find some bullet holes in the walls.

Ptl. Jackson received information from two witnesses that Ray had been seen leaving the area after the shots in a white four door car. Later in the evening, Ray called dispatch and asked why the police wanted to speak to him. Ray eventually came and talked with Ptl. Jackson and other officers and came back again a 2nd time attempting to change his story. Due to the inconsistencies, Ptl. Jackson has issued the warrants for Ray’s arrest.  

Paris Landing Halloween Night Hike at 7pm on Halloween

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing State Park Halloween Night Hike will be Monday at 7pm. Everyone will meet at the conference center parking lot for this easy to moderate 3.2-mile night hike. They suggest everyone bring water, bug repellent and wear the appropriate clothing and closed toe shoes on the hike.

After the hike we will have a bonfire and roast marshmallows while our special guest, David Haggard tells some amazing ghost stories. Candy will also be handed out.

Police Investigating String of Car Burglaries Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department was busy investigating several car burglaries that occurred over the weekend.

According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Ptl. Jordan Klutts investigated an auto burglary at a home on Lankford Street on Saturday.

When Ptl. Klutts arrived at the scene the victim stated that sometime during the night someone had broken into his truck and stole several electronic devices valued at $485.

A report from the Paris Police Department stated that Paris Police Ptl. Dereck Greenhill investigated an auto burglary at a home on Betty Street in Paris on Saturday.

Ptl. Greenhill spoke to the victim who said sometime during the night someone broke into her car and ransacked all of the items in her car. The victim stated that a Garmin GPS was the only item missing from the vehicle valued at $160.

According to another report from the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Ptl. Jordan Klutts investigated another auto burglary in a separate incident that occurred on Saturday at a home on Byrd Road.

When Ptl. Klutts arrived at the scene he talked to the victim who stated that sometime during the night someone had broken into her car and stole a cell phone charger valued at $10.

Paris Police are still investigating this string of car burglaries that occurred on Saturday. No suspects were listed in the reports and police are still looking for the suspects.

HC Jr. Livestock Trail Ride is November 5th

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Junior Livestock Association Annual Trail Ride will be Saturday, November 5th. The first ride will begin at 10am and lunch will be at noon, which is also when the door prizes will be given away. The second ride will be at 1:30pm. The event will take place at the Sutton Farm in Henry, TN which is located at 590 Perry School House Loop.

They ask everyone to wear bright colors, since this will be the first day of muzzle loader season. Coggins will be checked at the gate. The event cost $10 per person or $30 per car load, the cost includes lunch and door prizes.

Paris Woman Arrested for 2nd DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Ptl. Amber Roaten arrested Cynthia Ann Kaczor, age 56 of 336 Edgewood Street of Paris, on Friday for driving under the influence 2nd offense.

Ptl. Roaten responded to a call about a woman driving a tan van that was in the drive thru of a fast food restaurant and the woman was possibly impaired. Roaten observed the woman pull out of the drive thru and park in front of a business, but the van was parked crooked.

Roaten made contact with the driver identified as Kaczor and when Roaten did a check of Kaczor’s license she found that Kaczor had prior DUI’s. Ptl. Roaten asked Kaczor to perform field sobriety test that Kaczor failed. Roaten then placed Kaczor under arrest and Kaczor did give Ptl. Roaten consent to search her vehicle.

Ptl. Roaten then found three pill bottles inside the vehicle all three prescriptions, one for Ativan and one for Xanax, had been filled three days prior. The Ativan was missing about 10 pills and the Xanax was missing about 45 pills.

Kaczor was placed on $2,500 bond.

Paris Police Arrest Man for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Thomas E. Toler, age 30 of 56 Herman Roger Road of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a suspended license, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

 Toler was placed on $5,000 bond.

62 Runners Competed in the Inman Glow Run Fundraiser


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The 5th Annual Inman Middle School Zombie Glow Run 5K and 1 mile fun run was Saturday October 29th at the school. Over 62 runners were at this year’s Inman Glow Run, which is down from previous years. This is the 3rd year for the glow run, but it is the 5th year that Inman has hosted a run.

All money raised from the event benefit the Inman Parent Action Committee, which pays for students to take end of the year field trips, honors banquet, teacher support and helps fund other student activities.

Early Voting Totals Reach Over 6,200

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said 282 people came into the Elections Commission Office to vote on Saturday. 12 more ballots arrived via the mail in the form of absentee ballots, making Saturday's total of 294 votes cast. So far in Early Voting, 6,284 votes have been cast.

Early Voting will run Monday thru Thursday of next week 8:30am to 4:30pm. Next Thursday November 3rd is the last day of Early Voting, which is done at the Election Commission Office, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street.

HC Boys Cross Country Team Qualifies for State

Hendersonville, Tenn- In the Region 5 AAA Cross Country Meet in Hendersonville, TN on October 27th, the boys team finished third out of fourteen teams and qualified for the state meet in Nashville on Saturday, November 5th for the second year in a row.

Titus Winders and Silas Winders made the All-Region Team by placing in the top ten.

Ninety-eight runners competed in the Boys 5K race, Titus Winders was the champion when he finished with a time of16:01, Silas Winders was 5th when he finished with a time of 16:29, Zach Cutright was 20th with a time of 17:47, Cooper Smith was 25th with a time of 17:54, Cole Douglas was 27th with a time of 17:57, Jarrett Hayes was 45th with a time of 18:40 and Devin Prichett was 52nd  with a time of 19:14.

There were 75 runners in the Girls 5K race and Madison Aiosa finished 23rd with a time of 22:59.

In the Boys JV Race, Ryan Partum finished with a time of 20.36, Jesse Evans finished with a time of 20:37, Dylan Patrum finished with a time of 24:40, Sam Gearin finished with a time of 24:52, Scott Wallett finished with a time of 32:32 and Josh Cutright finished with a time of 32:40.

Record Setting Day with Over 100 Kids Competing at Jakes Day


HC Sheriff Monte Belew talking to the competitors (Cassie Walsh pics)

Paris, Tenn.- This was the largest Jakes Day with between 115 to 120 kids competing in the big buck and big doe competitions. The big buck and big doe contest awarded places for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of the age group categories and the winners got a free framed picture of their deer and free mount donated by Head & Shoulders Taxidermy.

Henry County Sheriff Cpl. Terry Williams along with his K9, Droid and Sgt. Ricky Wade performed K9 demonstrations at Saturday’s Jake Day at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex on Hwy. 79 N.


HC Sheriff Cpl. Terry Williams and K9 Droid (Cassie Walsh pics)


Sgt. Ricky Wade plays the suspect as Droid awaits Cpl. Terry Williams commands during the K9 demonstrations. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Kids and adults were entertained by the K9 demonstrations that Cpl. Williams and K9 Droid showed them. Sgt. Wade played the suspect and the crowd was shown what Droid is trained to do when a suspect is fleeing the scene or trying to harm an officer.  


Droid taking down Sgt. Ricky Wade as Cpl. Terry Williams gives Droid commands during the Jakes Day K9 demonstrations. (Cassie Walsh pics)

There was also a turkey calling contest that eleven kids competed in. Rodney Littleton won 1st place, Aidan Swisher won 2nd place and Tyler Willis won 3rd place.


Aidan Swisher, Tyler Willis, Monte Belew and Rodney Littleton (Cassie Walsh pics)

Other events at Jakes Day included BB gun shoot, archery, still target, trap shoot, duck flush shoot and trophies were awarded in each category.


(Cassie Walsh pics)


(Cassie Walsh pics)

A free lunch was provided at the event and thousands of dollars worth of door prizes were given away to the kids who attended Saturday’s events.  The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the National Turkey Federation, TWRA, Kroger and Wendy’s sponsored this year’s Jakes Day.


HC Sheriff Monte Belew handing out trophys to the winners. (Cassie Walsh pics)

Cancer Benefit for Jenny Hastings a Success


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Cancer Benefit for Jenny Hastings and family on Saturday, October 29thwas a success. All of the items at the silent auction and bake sale were sold out. And over 120 sandwiches were sold at the benefit which raised approximately $600.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids also got to enjoy jump houses, face painting and fall festival games. There was also a car show that ran at the benefit.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

All of the money raised at the event goes to the Hastings family to help with medical expenses

Almost 6,000 Votes Have Been Cast in Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Administrator of Elections for Henry County DeLaina Green said 554 people came into the Elections Commission Office to vote on Friday. 11 more ballots arrived via the mail in the form of absentee ballots, making Friday's total of 565 votes cast. So far in Early Voting, 5,987 votes have been cast.

Early Voting continues on Saturday, October 29th from 9am to 2pm. Early Voting will also run Monday thru Thursday of next week 8:30am to 4:30pm. Next Thursday November 3rd is the last day of Early Voting, which is done at the Election Commission Office, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street.

Highlights from Patriots Last Regular Season Game vs Cougars

#8 Knox Davis brings down a Centennial runner.


Knox Davis (Timothy Pharr photos)

#16 Ethan Thompson hauls in a pass during Friday nights game.


Ethan Thompson (Timothy Pharr photos)

#96 Isaiah Johnson tackles a runner for a loss.


Isaiah Johnson (Timothy Pharr photos)

Patriots Lose to Cougars, But Will Face Brighton in the Playoffs

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hosted Centennial on Friday night for senior night and the last game of the regular season with playoff seeding on the line in this Region game. Henry County lost to Centennial 34-7, but the Patriots will be on the road next week when they play in the first round of the playoffs. The Patriots will play the Brighton Cardinals at Brighton on Friday, November 4th at 7pm.

In the 1st quarter, Centennial two touchdowns and the score at the end of the 1st quarter was Patriots 0 Cougars 14.

In the 2nd quarter, Patriots Donovan Teague scored on a 9yd touchdown pass from Savon Stewart. And the Cougars scored a touchdown. The score at halftime was Centennial leading Henry County 21-7.

In the 3rd quarter, Centennial scored a touchdown and the score at the end of the 3rd quarter was Cougars 28 Patriots 7.

And in the 4th quarter, Centennial scored a touchdown and the Patriots were shut out in the second half of the game. The final score was Patriots 7 Cougars 34.

The Henry County Patriots finished the regular season 5-4 overall and 5-2 in their region.

Henry Fire Department To Hold Haunted House Sat.-Mon.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department will hold its 1st Annual Haunted House at the Henry Civic Center, located at 95 Park Avenue, Saturday October 29th thru Halloween, Monday October 31st. The Haunted House will be 6-10pm each night and admission is $5 which includes a Hay Ride. There will also be music, games, and food each night so be sure and bring money for food and games. Money raised benefits the Henry Fire Department.

 

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