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HCHS Golf Holds Banquet
Pictured is the 2013 HCHS Golf Team (Amy Martin Photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Golf Banquet was held Thursday night at Brent Dial’s Barn. Senior awards went to Evan Todd, Brittany Martin, and Holly Dial.
The Newcomer awards went to Callie Pierce and Hunter Bethune. Evan Todd and Brittany Martin won the award for the lowest golf average for the season and academic awards went to Holly Dial and Ryan Mahan. The golf team is coach by Brian Whelp. The men’s team finished with a 9-2 record in 9 hole matches and the ladies team went 5-4 in 9 hole matches this year.
Golfers honored at Thursday's Banquet. (Amy Martin Photo)
Commissioners Urge Citizens to "Shop Local" During Christmas
Commissioner Carlton Gerrel talks about the "Be Local" campaign as Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Commissioner Gayle Griffith, who is wearing one of the red "Local" shirts that are currently on sale at the chamber of commerce office, listen. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Before they got into the business on the agenda Thursday night, Paris City Commissioners talked about the “Shop, Be, Eat, Live Local Campaign,” recently rolled out by the Chamber.
Commissioner Carlton Gerrell, who serves on the Be local committee, said the campaign is underway and he urged citizens to try to embrace the idea. Gerrell said my family’s goal this Christmas is to do all our shopping here in Paris and Henry County. He said this is a two fold process, to get the word out about the campaign and follow thru with it as much as possible. Gerrell encouraged everyone to buy local for Christmas, unless there is something you absolutely need to purchase that can’t be found in Henry County.
Gerrell and city manager Carl Holder also addressed the issue that some citizens have expressed concern with the city purchasing health insurance outside of the county, prior to this campaign rolling out. Gerrell said the city has the obligation to be good stewards of citizens’ tax dollars. Holder added that law requires the city to bid out certain items and it also requires them to take the lowest bid. Holder said by all means we will buy from local businesses anytime it is possible, but sometimes it just is not economically feasible or legal to do so.
Sales Tax Revenue Slips In August, Overall Revenue Still Up
City Fianance Director Kim Foster Goes over the Financials for the city as Adminstrative Assistant Willete Ray, to the left, and Commissioner Terry Fuller, behind on the right, listen to the report. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Kim Foster told commissioners that August sales tax revenue dipped about three and half percent, bucking the slightly upward trend it had been on for the last couple of months during the summer. Foster did say that overall revenue for the year was still up almost 10% year to date. Some of the reasons it is managing to be ahead of last year is because the city got a bigger portion of the state shared tax and ESN 122 fire fee collections have come in ahead of the pace of last year’s collections.
Foster said expenditures are right on track for the year and she hopes the “Shop Local” campaign raises the awareness of buying locally. Holder also said the liquor tax has been down as several cities around Paris, including McKenzie and Murray have recently opened liquor stores this year. Holder said traditionally liquor sales increase during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays so they’d look at how that might impact revenue later on.
Commission Approves Applying for Multi-Modal transportation Grant
Paris, Tenn.- The commission approved to apply for a Multi- Modal transportation Grant which was recently announced by the Federal Highway Administration. Holder said the thrust of the program is linking various forms of transportation, like autos, busses, walking, together. Funding is a 95%- 5% Federal, local match.
Holder said he has thought about several possible projects to use the grant for such as sidewalks from Market Street to Tyson Avenue, sidewalks from Dunlap/Veterans Intersection, or a sidewalk from Sparks Street to the Tyson Avenue/Mineral Wells Intersection.
Holder said he feels there are engineering issues with the grade at the Market to Tyson for a sidewalk installation project and it might get into a big economic venture for the city. Commissioner Terry Fuller said he thought if there was a way to work that area into a grant for sidewalks it would benefit citizens who walk it. Holder said if the city is approved for the grant, he would get it to commissioners to decide on which area to use it in.
Commissioners also approved updating the current mutual fire aid agreement with the city of Murray. The State Fire Marshall recommends mutual aid agreements be current within ten years and both departments desired to establish a new agreement.
During discussion of ongoing projects, Jennifer Morris, community development director, told the commission that they’ve hit a potential issue on purchasing right of ways for the next phase of the 218 bypass project. Morris said that in order to have the bid letting in February, they must have everything complete with preliminary items by December 4th. She said there are issues with design on the railroad property that impact the design of the bridge. The city, county, TDOT, and railroad are working together, but it could cause them to miss the December 4th deadline.
Holder Announces Personnel Changes in Parks Department
Paris, Tenn.- Holder updated the commission on some personnel changes in the Paris Parks and Recreation Department. Holder reported that longtime Parks Maintenance Supervisor Larry Brannon would be retiring soon and they anticipate filling that position internally.
Holder said this will create additional openings to be filled locally until an opening at the entry level will be created and need to be filled. Holder said he has decided to shift some of the records keeping functions of the Parks Maintenance Supervisor to the reactivated position of Parks/Civic Center Administrative Assistant. He said they will fund this position thru reductions in salary of new positions of permanent and part time positions.
Belmont Lodge, Colony Square Apartments Apply for $41M
City of Paris not financially liable or responsible as complexes look to renovate
Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting saw the commission approved a resolution regarding Belmont Lodge and Colony Square Apartments. City Manager Carl Holder explained that Belmont Lodge and Colony Square has requested to borrow $41.3M from the Health, Educational, and Housing Facilities Board and Sevier County.
The two complexes want to make some improvements and the Sevier County group will be the financial partner in their venture. Holder said the city has no fiscal liability or responsibility in this resolution whatsoever, but since the apartment complexes are located in Paris, the commission had to approve the resolution.
Inman Glow Run Starts at 6pm Saturday Evening
Pre-Registration at 5:30pm, runners still accepted
"Glow Runners" at event in Texas (LuAnne Taylor submitted photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School PAC committee is sponsoring their first ever 5K and 1 Mile Glow Run this Saturday November 9th. The race will start at 6pm at the Inman parking lot. You can still register for the race starting at 5:30pm on Saturday evening and there is a limited number of T-shirts still available. The cost to register is $25.
The 1 mile fun run is for children 12 and younger and parents may accompany their participating child. Medals will be given in their respective age category as well as overall female and male in the 5K division.
Participants are encouraged to come in their best glow apparel and the brightest runner will win a prize. Glow merchandise will be available for purchase before the race begins and photographer will take pictures that participants can purchase as well. For more information on the Inman Glow Run call 642-8131.
Reminder: Veterans Parade Set for Saturday at 10am
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 9th at 10am and everyone who wishes to participate can do so. Henry County Veterans Service Director Bob Nolan encourages anyone who wishes to be part of the Veterans Day Parade to contact the Veterans Service Office at 642-5055.
On parade day, staging will begin at 8:30am and start at 10am. Entries already confirmed for this year’s parade include the Henry County Marching Patriots, local law enforcement and fire department members, Cub Scout Troop 222, most of the Veterans organizations in the county, representatives from Fort Campbell and more.
This year’s Grand Marshal will be World War 2 veteran Johnny Gibson from Springville. The route for the parade will be the same as last year.
State Parks Free for Veterans on Monday Nov. 11th
Nashville- Tennessee State Parks, including Paris Landing State Park, will once again offer free admission to all Tennessee Veterans this coming Veterans Day, Monday November 11th.
That is in addition to the current veterans’ policies at state parks which include camping discounts within the system and is available each year from November 1 thru March 31st. It offers a 25% reduction off the standard nightly base rates. The discount is also available for Tennessee residents showing proof of prior military duty.
A special state park discount is also in place for active duty military personnel and members of the Tennessee National Guard. Disabled veterans are also eligible for the year round ADA discount that provides 25-50% discount for campsites.
To receive the free state parks benefits and extended discounts, veterans need to provide proof of residency with a Tennessee driver’s license, and proof of veterans status via the Certificate of Discharge or Veterans Administration benefit card.
Morningside Assisted Living Teams with Salvation Army Angel Tree
Paris, Tenn.- Morningside Assisted Living is partnering with the local Salvation Army Angel Tree program to help gather toys for Henry County’s angels. You can bring an unwrapped toy and place in the giant toy box at Morningside’s front office now thru December 12th. Toys may be dropped off from 7am to 8pm each week day. For more information call 644-9680.
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Site of the Year
Deb Snow accepts the plaque for Meals on Wheels being named
Volunteer Site of the year at the Annual Volunteer Center Appreciation
Luncheon. County Mayor Brent Greer and Volunteer Center Director
Galia Greer presented the award. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s Meals on Wheels program and Fred McLean were tabbed as the Volunteer Site and Person of the year respectively at the Paris Henry County Volunteer Center Annual Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday.
Paris City Manager Carl Holder served as Emcee and Larry Simmons, executive Pastor First Baptist Church, was the guest Speaker.
Simmons told the story of the Samaritan helping the Jew and likened that to Volunteers in Henry County, saying “you are the true neighbors of Henry County, with lots of compassion for your fellow citizens.”
County Mayor Brent Greer presented the Volunteer Site of the year award to Henry County’s Meals on Wheels program which was established in 1973 in Henry County, and was the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee.
Last year the Meals on Wheels program served Paris, Henry, and Puryear. 135 volunteers served 138 clients with over 23,600 instances. The food is provided by the Tennessee Human Resources Agency Nutrition Program.
Mayor Greer said Meals on Wheels, not only feeds several senior citizens, but provides them with daily contact they otherwise would not have. Meals on Wheels is coordinated by the Henry County Office on Aging with Anita Carroll at the city community building and Deb Snow at the Henry Nutrition site as coordinators of the event.
Fred McLean Honored With Volunteer of the Year Award
Works year round with Lakeway Kiwanis; Helping Hand Auctioneer
Fred McLean accepts the award for Volunteer of the year. Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Volunteer Center Director Galia Greer presented him the award.(Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe presented Fred McLean with the Volunteer of the year award. McLean, who is an attorney in Paris and serves as the city of Paris’s attorney, has also done lots of volunteer work thru two local organizations.
McLean works diligently with the Lakeway Kiwanis Club, helping with football games, concessions, Henry County Fair World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Special Olympics and the Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Paris Landing. He has served as club president and club member of the year three times.
McLean also is well known for his work with Helping Hand, serving as one of the main auctioneers during the event. He has worked with Helping Hand each year since 1988.
50 Receive President's Volunteer Service Award at Luncheon
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Volunteer Center honored 50 Volunteers with a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of sustained volunteer service in the community. The President’s Volunteer Service award winners were recognized. Those receiving a Bronze award had logged between 100 and 249 hours of volunteer service in 2012, Silver award winners had 250-499 hours, and Gold award winners had over 500 hours of Volunteer Service in Henry County last year.
Bronze award winners were: Barbara Hyde, Becki white, Carolyn Scarbrough, Charlene Carter, Delores Bass, Don Fodge, Dorris McCartharn, Elizabeth Watson, Gary Wallis, Henrietta Hill, Jackye Hohman, Jamie Fairbanks, Jan Woods, Jean Hessing, Jean Peterson, JoAnn Cox, Joetta Nance, Judith Welch, Leslie Bernard, Linley White, Luisa Guzman, Mary Hershey, Nancy Wells, Pat Blount, Stanley Leslie, Steve Chilcutt, Susie Ross, Wayne Webb, and Yancey Smith.
Silver Award winners were Beverly Rammel, Brandi Bowne, Don Wood, Glenda Haynes, Marie Allspach, Paul Russell, Stephanie Tayloe, Terri Miller, and Wanda Holder.
Gold Award winners were Bernice Pritchard, Bonnie McGrath, Carole Walsh, Diane Sundstrom, Donna Bell, Elaine Graff, Ginny Clark, Janice Williamson, Judy Travis, Linda Dunlap, and Rebecca Corbit.
The Paris Henry County Volunteer Center recorded 36,531 total volunteer hours in 2012. Carole Walsh logged the most hours in 2012, 1,875 volunteer hours. Galia Greer serves as the Volunteer Center Director.
Ramos, Coach Counce Honored at NW TN Football Officials Banquet
Senior Patriot Free Safety Justin Ramos and
Head Coach James Counce show off their plagues
after the Football Officials Banquet in Martin. (Tim Pharr photo)
Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Student Center Ballroom served as the site of the annual Northwest Tennessee Football Offiicals Banquet on Tuesday evening. Henry County’s Justin Ramos, son of Michael Ramos and Melissa Hollingsworth, was selected from a pool of students from 17 different schools in the area and was presented with a $1K scholarship. A panel of 16 retired educators from across Northwest Tennessee chose Ramos for the award.
Patriot Head Coach James Counce was also honored as the Co-Coach of the year for Class 4A and 5A. Coach Counce was awarded the coach of the year with Dyersburg Head Coach Bart Stowe.
Ramos accepts award Tuesday night. (Pharr photo)
Coach Counce speaks after receiving the Co-Coach of the
year award for NW TN. (Pharr Photo)
Paris Airborne Gymnastics Academy Competes At Opryland
Pictured L to R: Abbie Vegli, Abbey Watkins, Noe Wilkerson, Lauren Swisher, Eowyn Gesler, Lauren Dodd, Addyson Kemp, Ella Crichton, Katie Hughes, Callie Green, Mae Whitby, London Lampkins, and Head Coach Sara Bourdine. (DeLania Green photo)
Nashville- The Paris Airborne Gymnastics Academy competed this past Sunday at Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in the USAG 2013 Intrigue Invitational. The meet was a large one that started Friday and lasted until Sunday. Each girl who competed placed in the All-Arounds and on each apparatus.
All-Around scores were as follows for Paris AGA, Noe Wilkerson, 31.7, Abbey Watkins, 29.575, Allie Veglio 26.0, Lauren Swisher 34.375, Lauren Dodd 33.425, Eowyn Gesler 27.025, Ella Crichton 35.775, Addyson Kemp 31.5, Callie Green 35.325, Kate Hughes 33.8, Mae Whitby 31.675, Londyn Lampkins 31.65.
Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Dodge Facility at Peppers
Paris, Tenn.- Doug, Melissa, and Mark Peppers welcomed Chamber staff and members to their ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. The ribbon cutting was the new Dodge facility. (Chamber photo)
150 5th Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E. at PES
Pictured Left to right: Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker, Madeleine Griffey,
Daren Dare Mascot, Annie Kate Veazy, Ptl. Jordan Klutts (Paris Police photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department had 180 5th graders from Paris Elementary School graduate the DARE Program last Friday November 1st. Dare, or Drug Abuse Resistance and Education, is a drug prevention program in which uniformed police officers go into 5th grade classrooms to teach students the life skills they need to avoid involvement with drugs, alcohol, violence and gangs.
DARE was founded by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983. The program was so successful there it began spreading to other communities. Today, D.A.R.E. is taught in all 50 states and more than 300K classrooms across the country.
Flapjack Fundrasier to Benefit Carl Perkins Center On Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold its first annual Flapjack Fundraiser at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday November 7th from 6am to 7pm. Monies raised will go to the center. Cost is $8 for pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee. Kids ages 5 and under will eat for free.
Tickets are available now at Jack’s Java, Merisons, the Center inside the Henry County Communications Building, from any board member or at the door. Local musicians, including the Henry County Madrigals will perform music throughout the day as well.
The Carl Perkins Center inherited this fundraiser from the Paris Kiwanis who ran it for several years to benefit the community. The Kiwanis donated their pancake grill and their ‘secret’ recipe and will be helping during the day as well.
Students from Mr. Luker’s living skills class from Henry County High School will be working at the event as a service learning project and job shadowing program during the morning hours.
County Director, Catherine Herrera, said, “We are very excited to work with the Paris Kiwanis to have our first fundraiser in Henry County and are blessed to live in a county that works so hard for families.”
The Center is located inside the Henry County Communication Building on North Brewer Street. Services currently provided are victim advocacy, forensic interviews, evidence based national parenting programs, divorcing parent classes, a 24-hour crisis hotline, tutoring, abuse survivor support groups, and more.
Career Coach at WG Rhea Library Wed. 9:30-2:30
Paris, Tenn.- The Career Coach will be at the WG Rhea Public Library from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The Career Coach is a great tool to use to help search for jobs in the area.
Grand Jury Returns True Bills on all 27 Cases Heard Monday
John Eric Childress
Indicted by Grand Jury on 1st Degree Murder Charges
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday’s meeting of the Henry County Grand Jury, 27 cases were heard and the Grand Jury returned True Bills and indicted all 27 and charges will be brought forth on arraignment hearings next week.
The Grand Jury found enough evidence to return a True Bill on John Eric Childress for 1st degree murder charges. Childress is charged with the murder of his father Timothy Childress in an incident that occurred June 1st of this year.
The Grand Jury also determined there was enough evidence to return a True Bill
on Robert Earl Watts, who was charged with accessory after the fact in the Childress murder.
Another case that will be sent for arraignments hearings is Steven Wayne Pendlebury. The Grand Jury felt there was enough evidence to convict Pendlebury in the theft of property from earlier this year. The theft included two gun safes, 12 firearms, large amounts of ammo, knives, cameras, and more. Pendlebury was also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.
HCHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony Tues. at 7pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School National Honor Society induction ceremony will be held Tuesday at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and a light reception will follow the ceremony.
Jaycees Will Have Benefit for Yolanda Hayes Family This Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold a benefit luncheon for Yolanda “Yogi” Hayes, Friday November 8th from 10am to 2pm at their building on Industrial road. Hayes recently lost her battle with cancer. She graduated from Henry County High School in 1986 and had been secretary, clerk, youth leader, and Sunday school teacher for Mt. Zion Church.
The luncheon will be grilled Ribeye or Chicken Sandwich, chips, and drink for only $8. Delivery is available for 5 or more orders. Deadline for pre-orders is Thursday November 7th at 5pm and pre-orders are strongly encouraged. All money raised will go to the family.
Marching Patriots Take 3rd in Class AAA at Band Masters
Photo submitted by the Band after their competition in Memphis this past Saturday.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots Band took 3rd in class AAA with a rating of 89.125 points on Saturday at the Band Masters Competition in Memphis. The score was a 16 point improvement on their score last year. The band also took top percussion in class AAA and 5th overall, and jumped over 10 places higher than last year. The Marching Patriots finished 7th overall out of 28 of the top high school bands in the state. Congrats to the Band for their accomplishments.
Ducks Unlimited Membership Banquet Set for Nov. 16th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have their 2013 Membership Banquet on Saturday November 16th at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The doors open at 5:30 with dinner served at 7pm, and an auction at 7:30pm.
Costs to attend are as follows: $50 for single, $75 for couple, Greenwings are free with paying adults. Sponsorships prices are $250 single, $265 per couple, and $800 for a Corporate Table. The Corporate table for eight includes one sponsorship, 7 regular members, and each table will receive a 45 Quart Yeti Cooler.
The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s Waterfowl.
These habitats benefit other wildlife and people as well.
For more information concerning the Ducks Unlimited Banquet on November 16th call Bernie Sleadd at 336-0313 or Andy Collins at 641-9332.
Historical Society Will Hold Quarterly Meeting Thurs. Nov. 7th
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will have their regular quarterly meeting at 6pm Thursday November 7th at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. The program will be given by Keith Veltman on the life of Dr. Henrietta Veltman, Henry County’s “Lady Doctor”. She was a ground breaking figure for women in the filed of medicine and delivered over 5K babies buring her 50 years of practice. The society will also announced a partnership with Holley Credit Union during the meeting.
Annual dues of $5 are due and are payable at the meeting or can be mailed to Donna Winchester, treasurer, 715 Old Union Road, Paris, TN 38242.
Reminder: HCHS Band Chili Supper at FUMC Tuesday
Lunch Served 11-2, Supper 4-6:30
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots will hold their annual all you can eat chili supper on Tuesday November 5th at First United Methodist Church. It’s $8 for all you can eat chili, hot dogs and trimmings or pimento cheese sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Lunch will be held from 11am to 2pm and dinner will be 4pm to 6:30pm. See any band member for tickets or purchase them at the door. Money raised by the chili supper will go towards the band’s trip in the spring.
Warrants Issued in Three Auto Burglaries; One Home Burglary
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrick Greenhill of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for theft on Josh Sevieri after three vehicles and one home were burglarized over the weekend.
The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Greenhill had received a call of a family chasing a suspect down Greenwood Drive after seeing the suspect snooping around in their vehicles. The suspect fled toward Patriot Avenue on foot and the family lost him after a brief chase. The suspect dropped several items that he had apparently stolen form the vehicles.
After some more investigation, Greenhill noticed a Jeep Cherokee parked on the side of the road with the windows down. Inside the jeep, were several items including a GPS, cobra scanner, jewelry and other items. They ended up belonging to a home on East Blythe Street that had been burglarized earlier in the weekend.
Dispatch provided Ptl. Greenhill with the name and number of the owner of the jeep, who came to the scene after she advised she had no idea her vehicle was there. The owner of the jeep said that Josh Seiveri had been staying with her for a few weeks. Ptl. Greenhill advised her to have Seiveri contact Paris Police if he showed back up and warrants were issued for his arrest in these burglaries.
Woman Charged With Child Neglect
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Greenhill also charged a 22-year old Paris female with child neglect after responding to Curtis Street to a two year old walking around the street by himself. The child was found with a T-shirt, shorts, no shoes or socks late Saturday evening.
Neighbors pointed Ptl. Greenhill to 808 Curtis Street, because they thought the woman that lived there had a child about that age. He went to the door and Sarah Grace Cole came to the door and when he asked her if she had a child about two years old, she replied “I think so.” She informed him she had been in the bathroom the last twenty minutes when he asked her what she had been doing. Some marijuana shake was found after an odor of marijuana was detected. Cole was charged with child neglect.
Another report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Ryan French observed a silver vehicle run a stop sign at Harrison and Grove Street. An odor of marijuana was detected and neither the driver or the two passengers admitted to the marijuana being theirs. Pt. French cited all three with simple possession of schedule six. They were Jacob Fitzgerald, age 37, of 217 N. McDonald Street in Puryear, Crystal J. Somerville, age 37, of 1017 Madison Street, and Gerald Dolberry, age 26, of 615 Mandalay Road.
House Burns on Reynoldsburg Road Under Suspicious Circumstances
Mansfield, Tenn.- The Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 6358 Reynoldsburg Road just after 3 AM Saturday morning.
When firefighters arrived, the mobile home was completely engulfed in flames. The fire burned so intensely that metal had melted off the left end of the trailer. Mansfield Fire Department volunteers responded with two tankers along with another tanker from the Springville Volunteer Fire Department and had the blaze extinguished within three hours.
An eyewitness living nearby reported hearing a very loud explosion and seeing the sky light up; he raced to the scene and noticed that the back door of the home was ajar. The witness told investigators that the house had apparently been abandoned since October 27, when residents appeared to be loading up a truck with belongings and moving out of the home.
The exact cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Mansfield Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office. A representative of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department reported a distinct possibility of arson, but that the cause was still under investigation.
Youth for the Arts Veterans Day Celebration Monday Night at KPAC
Monday night at 7 PM, The Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s Youth for the Arts program will sponsor a Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
Ensembles scheduled to perform at Monday night’s event include the Henry County High School Madrigals, the Paris – Henry County Youth Orchestra, “Veazey’s Vocals”, and Paris Elementary School’s fifth grade strings students.
The winner of an essay contest on “What a Veteran Means to Me” between 5th graders at Lakewood Elementary School will be on hand to read his or her winning essay, and the celebration will also showcase artwork from 3rd and 4th graders at Paris Elementary School. Those students competed to design both the program covers for the event and bookmarks that will be given to veterans and their families.
The Youth for the Arts Veterans Day Celebration starts at 7 PM Monday night at Krider Performing Arts Center.
Great Music and Better Deals at Downtown Christmas Open Houses
The Henry County High School Madrigal choir performs at My Favorite Things during their Christmas Open House Sunday (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association kicked off their 2013 Christmas Unwrapped celebration with a weekend-long series of Open Houses, Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 8 and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
Clear skies and unseasonably warm weather drew large crowds to Court Square, and several local merchants offered great deals, refreshments and entertainment.
The Henry County High School Madrigals under the direction of Blair Chadwick were on hand and performed Christmas carols and other holiday music at all the participating businesses.
Maggie's had buy 1, get one half off on everything in the entire store, and on Sunday Elaine Conger, Josh Wade and Martin Paschall played everyone's favorite Christmas tunes in the store.
(from left) Jason Wade, Elaine Conger, and Martin Paschall played Christmas favorites Sunday at Maggie's (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Off the Square provided refreshments and gave away Christmas ornaments to shoppers.
Leach's Music hosted a live in-store performance from guitar instructor Christopher Schlegel and his son Ethan Saturday night.
Perkins' Drugs and Gifts featured Chuck Haney on soprano saxophone and Michael Gray on keyboard playing jazz renditions of classic Christmas songs.
The Toggery gave away their signature red apples to shoppers and have a variety of ongoing Christmas specials.
Jack Jones held a drawing for a large gift certificate, offered refreshments and had a basket of 50% off Christmas ornaments.
Next door, Jack's Java had Paris mugs and T-shirts 50% off.
Butler and Harber Shoes gave away a variety of door prizes and had a vast array of specials on Wrangler and Cowgirl Justice clothing, work boots, SAS shoes, and more.
Boutique MeriMac gave away a variety of door prizes including a Brighton watch, gold bracelet and boot socks.
The Felix antique shop offered 20% off everything in-store.
Murray McKenzie Jewelers offered Woodwick candles 30% off, serving pieces 50% off, and several other sales.
Several other downtown businesses participated in the Downtown Paris Association's Candlelight Christmas Open Houses Friday and Saturday night and Christmas Open House Sunday.
Michael Gray (keyboard) and Chuck Haney (soprano sax) played jazzed-up versions of Christmas tunes at Perkins Drugs and Gifts Sunday (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Krider Invitational Speech Tournament Hosts 15 Schools, 250 Students
Lakewood Middle School Sends Orator to Finals
Several members of the Henry County High School speech team tabulate results to determine who will compete in the final round of their events (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- This year's Krider Invitational Speech Tournament took place Saturday at Henry County High School, and 15 schools and approximately 250 students were on hand to compete in a wide variety of events.
As the host team, Henry County High School does not compete in the tournament; instead, the students are heavily involved in running the tournament, from tabulating competition results to helping competitors with directions and selling concessions.
The tournament is the primary annual fundraiser for the speech
team and proceeds go to help with students' travel expenses throughout the year.
The Krider Invitational Tournament is also unique among area speech tournaments in that the first-place winner in each event receives a $100 scholarship from the Paris Rotary Club. The Rotary Club granted $1000 in scholarship money this year.
Trophies for first through sixth place in each event were provided by Bethel University's Renaissance Program.
One local school that did compete in Saturday's tournament was Lakewood Middle School, the only participating school in the event with students younger than 9th grade.
Despite their age, Lakewood's speech team had plenty of success. Drew Culbreath made it to the final round of Original Oratory, where she placed sixth, and several other Lakewood students missed the final round by only one or two places.
The Henry County High School speech team will be competing next Saturday as they travel to Arlington High School.
Pictured is the Lakewood Middle School Speech Team with coach David Weatherly.
Drew Culbreath, center, finished sixth in Original Oratory (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Almost 200 Run in Tie Dye Run For Prevention Saturday
Many of the nearly 200 participants in Saturday's Tie Dye Run wore creative costumes (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition partnered with several local organizations yesterday to hold their first-ever Tie Dye Run for Prevention Saturday morning at Memorial Park.
The Tie Dye Run for Prevention was a 5K run organized by the Henry County Prevention Coalition and sponsored by several community organizations. According to Coalition director Josh Greer, 20 businesses and organizations sponsored the event and almost 200 runners signed up to participate, some from as far away as Nashville and Memphis.
The Paris Police Department blocked off portions of Volunteer and Wilson Drives for the run, which stretched from Memorial Park up to the High School and back through the walking trail.
The “Tie Dye” aspect of the Tie Dye run came from the various points along the route at which participants, who had all been given white T-shirts, were shot by volunteers with water guns filled with brightly colored water. By the time the runners made it to the finish line, they were all brightly decorated.
All funds raised went to benefit the Henry County High School’s Asset Team. The Asset Team plans to utilize the money to attend the Tennessee Teen Institute, a five-day youth leadership and substance abuse prevention conference at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville where they will participate in various leadership and team-building activities and create a prevention plan of their own to implement at Henry County High School.
By the time runners made it to the finish line, they found themselves brightly colored (Alex AuBuchon photo).
TSSAA Playoff Brackets Released, Several Area Teams In Action
Patriots Find a Familiar Foe for Game One
Hermitage, Tenn.- The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) has released the brackets for the state football playoffs, and several local teams have found themselves in the postseason.
After a 44 to 21 victory over Clarksville Northeast Friday night, Kenwood finds themselves facing the #1 overall Henry County Patriots in Game 1 of the Class 5A playoffs; meanwhile, Clarksville Northeast dropped all the way to a #7 seed.
Henry County and Kenwood played Week 5 of the regular season; Henry County
won 59 to 22.
Martin-Westview is a #2 seed in class 3A, they will host Jackson Central-Merry in Game 1.
Also in Class 3A, Camden earned a #4 seed and will host Mannassas for Game 1.
In Class 2A, Huntingdon earned a #2 seed and a bye for week 1, while Trenton Peabody will host Hillcrest in Game 1.
Despite McKenzie's 49-8 victory over West Carroll to end their regular season, the Rebels' 5 and 5 record wasn't quite enough to make the playoffs.
In Class 1A, Union City and Dresden both earned byes for week 1. Humboldt will host Lake County in Game One, with the winner traveling to Dresden for Game Two.
Gleason will head to Hollow Rock-Bruceton for Game One, with the winner of that contest heading to Union City for Game Two. This Game One matchup is a repeat of Friday night's contest; Hollow Rock-Bruceton won that game 29 to 21.
For more information on the Tennessee state football playoffs, head to tssaa.org.
Patriots Finish Undefeated Season With 34-18 Win Over West Creek
#17 Colton Randolph follows a great block from #58 Jeffrey Marshall (Tim Pharr photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots capped off their undefeated season and district championship with a 34 to 16 victory over the West Creek Coyotes.
Henry County could only manage a field goal out of their first offensive drive, but a fumbled West Creek punt set up a quick touchdown and an early lead for the Patriots.
Special teams proved to be an issue, as West Creek’s Deandre Young ran both a punt and a kickoff back for touchdowns, one at the end of the first quarter and one near the end of the game.
Matthew Counce and a host of Patriots bring down a West Creek runner (Tim Pharr photo).
However, a kickoff return of the Patriots’ own from Malcolm Benau as well as offensive production from Colton Randolph, Brandon Donaldson, Jeremiah Godbott and others and a strong team defensive effort led to the 34 to 16 victory.
The Henry County Patriots are the only undefeated team in Tennessee Class 5A and are the overall number 1 seed heading into the playoffs.
Game 1 of the playoffs against previous regular-season opponents and District 10-AAA rivals Kenwood will be held next Friday, November 8 at Patriot Stadium. Admission is $10 and kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM, with the Papa Johns Pregame Show on WLZK 94.1 FM starting at 6:30.
With this catch, Brandon Donaldson set the Henry County High School single-season record for pass receptions (Tim Pharr photo).
Love Lights A Tree a Moving Memorial
Each light on the tree is sponsored in honor or memory of someone affected by cancer (Donna Pierce photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life of Paris held their Love Lights a Tree event Friday evening on the Court Square downtown. Sponsors purchased lights on a large tree on Court Square either in honor of cancer survivors, or in memory of those who had lost their battles to the disease.
Relay for Life sponsor Joyce Bass read off all the names of those who were honored or memorialized in lights, and Dana Allen flipped the switch to light the tree. Inman Middle School’s band performed both before and after the event.
Sponsors can still purchase lights to honor or memorialize loved ones for $5 from now until Christmas by contacting Joyce Bass at 707-0506 or mailing a completed sponsorship form to Love Lights a Tree, P.O. Box 1505 Paris, TN 38242.
Before the tree was lit, Joyce Bass read aloud each name that the lights were either honoring or memorializing (Donna Pierce photo).
News from past weeks here.