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

County Board Hears About Common Core Curriculum

Dr. Renae Wade, left, and Betsy Allison, Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Supervisors, update the board on Common Core. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The bulk of Thursday night’s short Henry County Schools board of education meeting involved an update on the Common Core curriculum from Dr. Renea Wade and Betsy Allison, Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Supervisors.

Dr. Wade explained that whereas in the past, the curriculum was a mile wide and an inch deep, Common Core “makes our focus more narrow.”

From grade level to grade level, she said, “Everything has a progression to it” and students will be expected to really learn what is being taught and be able to communicate what they have learned.

With Common Core, she said, teachers and students “really focus on content. Common core is about what you know and you have to back up what you know.” She said it’s a more rigorous curriculum.

Board President Tom Beasley noted that the last curriculum standards change was supposed to be more rigorous and asked, “What’s the difference in this than the standards we had before?”

Complex text and academic language

Dr. Wade said, “We still teach the same math, for example, but in a more comprehensive manner.”

Director of Schools Sam Miles said, “Our big challenge in Henry County is that we are asking a lot of our teachers and the problem will be how to phase it in without overwhelming the teachers.”

Common Core is expected to put everyone in the country on the same page, according to Dr. Wade. “We have everyone on a level playing field so that if someone comes here from another state, they ready to start learning.”

Miles said Common Core is a great learning tool for teachers to apply.

Beasley noted that many in the public feel that schools today only care about test scores. “How do you answer that?” he asked. Dr. Wade said, “I tell them it’s all about learning.”

Our big enemy in education, Miles said, is time. “And with this we are going to expect more of our students and we are just going to have to be patient with it.”

The Henry County Schools website is being updated, but on the left side there is a link about Common Core so that the public can learn more about it.

In other business:

--Miles recognized the Family Resource Center and its Weekend Backpack program and Jackye Holman for receiving the Volunteer Site of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards at the annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon this week.

“You know what they do and they were recognized specifically for the backpack program.” Miles said. “This is something we really need and we always have to fight to continue funding for it and it looks like we’ll have to fight for it again this year. This award was a great honor for them; they do great work.”

--The board approved a request from Denton Jordan for designation of outdated equipment as surplus for sale.

--The board approved a resolution asking the state to pass its budget on time so that the district can receive all its funding.

At the close of the meeting, the board met in executive session. No board action was required after the private session.

Public Invited to HCMC/Bethel Campus Open Houses

Paris, Tenn.-The public is invited to the open house of the
Henry County Diagnostic Center as well as the Bethel University Paris Campus on Veterans' Day on Sunday, November 11, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at 302 Tyson Avenue.

The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting,
afterwhich the facilities will be open for tours. There will be
refreshments & giveaways.

Deputies Hunt Deer Thursday, TWRA Film Crew On Hand

Sgt. Eddie Crosser was one of the deputies who went hunting this moring. Deputy Brian Davis and Sheriff Belew looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- Some deputies at the Henry County Sheriffs Office spent part of the morning deer hunting, collecting deer meat for the Deputies for the Hungry Program and also taking part in the filming of Tennessee Wildside, a production put on by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the Deputies for the Hungry will once again be giving away deer meat to residents of Henry County on a first come first served basis starting in late December and throughout January. Today started the harvesting of the deer meat, which will be frozen and given away later this winter.

Sheriff Belew said instead of just have deputies hunt, they want to open it up this year to the entire community. “Any hunter that wants to donate their deer to the sheriff’s office can do so, all we ask is that you field dress it and bring it the same day you harvest it.”The HCSO will accept the deer the last two Saturdays and Sundays in November which are November 17 and 18 and again on the 24th and 25th and every Saturday and Sunday in December. Hunters can just bring the deer to the back area of the sheriff’s office and follow the signs on where to drop the deer off.

Sheriff Belew also said that trustees help with this process as they will be processing the deer meat once its brought in and some were doing that this morning at the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff also said that the deer meat will be given away to the public later this winter, but if anyone in the community knew of any families that need food on the table now to be sure and call the sheriff’s office at 642-1672 and let him know and they will deliver to those in the most need. Some of the meat will also be given to area food banks, churches, and other places.

Springville Fire Chief Files Theft Report on Missing Equipment

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriffs Office stated that the Springville Volunteer Fire Department’s chief had filed a report for theft of over two thousand dollars worth of equipment. The report stated that a member of the Springville Fire Department had several items including some boots, firehood, turnout bag, radios, and other things and hadn’t returned them to the department. This member hadn’t been to regular meetings or calls in about 7-8 months. The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate.

HCHS to Hold Veterans Program Friday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will also have a Veterans Day Program on Friday at 9:15am. All Veterans are invited to attend the program. The keynote speaker will be Chief Warrant Officer 2 Andy Clark, who recently returned from deployment in the Middle East with the Tennessee National Guard. There will be a special performance by the choir from Church in Paris.

HCHS DECA Club Sets Car Show Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s DECA club will have a car show and swap meet on Saturday November 10th behind Patriot Stadium from 9am to 2pm. They are trying to raise money to send competitors to regionals, state, and nationals.

Categories include classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hybrid cars, classic trucks, modern trucks, ugly trucks, ninja bikes, Harley and chopper style motorcycles, and cruise bikes. Entry fee is ten dollars in advance and $15 on Saturday. Admission to the event is free and donations to the DECA program will be accepted. They will have lunch for sale and the National Guard’s Rock Wall will be at the event for people to climb on and have fun as well. For more information or to enter your vehicle call Candi Norwood at the high school at 642-5232.

Eastwood Church of Christ Coat Drive Slated Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- East Wood Church of Christ is having a winter coat and household item giveaway this Saturday from 8am to noon. All types of winter coats and sizes will be given away as well as different household items. Anyone wishing to receive a coat must be present.

Thursday is $2 Movie Night at Parisian Theatre

Bring Non Perishable Food Items, get in for $2

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday night is $2 movie night at the Parisian Theatre. Bring two non perishable food items to help stock the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry and get into a movie for only $2. Items accepted include canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and strawberry or grape jam or jellies. Please make sure your food items are not out of date.

Holman, Weekend Backpack Program Get Top Volunteer Honors

Volunteer Center Director Galia Greer, left, presents Volunteer of the Year Award to Jackye Holman, while County Mayor Brent Greer looks on. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-Children and families--and their needs--were on
everyones' minds at the Paris-Henry County Volunteer Center annual
appreciation luncheon Wednesday as Jackye Holman of the Family
Resource Center was named Volunteer of the Year and the Weekend
Backpack Program was named Volunteer Site of the Year.

A huge round of applause--and even some standing ovation--greeted both
choices by the Volunteer Center board of directors.

Presenting the award for the Volunteer Site, Paris Mayor (and Grove
School Principal) Sam Tharpe said the Weekend Backpack program began
with the churches, got funding from more sources and found its way
back to local programs, where it is now supported by Helping Hand,
Project Roundup "and one very dedicated local business owner".

Under the program, 120 children a week receive food in their backpacks
that will help them--and often their families--not be hungry over the
weekend without the help of school breakfast and lunch programs.
Almost 500 pounds a month, over 4,000 bags of food a year are
provided, which takes 10-15 volunteers a week, as well as teachers who
discreetly put the bags in the kids' backpacks while they are out of
the room so that the children are not embarrassed. Jeremy Lindsey of
Lakeway IGA is dedicated to the program, Tharpe said, helping to keep
the costs down and forgoing profit on the food.

The Weekend Backpack Program is overseen by the Family Resource Program.

Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by County Mayor Brent Greer,
who said that Holman was described on her nomination as consistent,
remarkable, faithful, dependable, committed, ethical, competent,
efficnet, exceptional and deserving. Holman, he said, "has been doing
the same job at the same volunteer site for seventeen years, on the
same shift. That is not the behavior of someone who is seeking
recognition or attention. It is someone who is there to serve, to

Earlier in the program, Guest Speaker Jenna Goggins, pastor at First
Presbyterian Church in Paris, talked about what people think are on
their bucket lists and asked, "Isn't there a greater purpose for our
lives than ourselves? Maybe we were put on earth to bless other people
by showing compassion and sharing for one another."

When people serve others, as the county's volunteers do, she said,
they are achieving that greater purpose. "The great thing about
service," she said, "is that everyone can do it."

Paris City Manager Carl Holder said the county's 345 registered
volunteers worked 39,477 hours in 2011. He presented Volunteer Service
Awards to volunteers donating the most hours.

Greer presents Volunteer Site of the Year Award to Family Resource Center Directors Judy Goad and Becky Holland, as they are surrounded by volunteers. (McFarlin photo).

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Jenna Goggins gave an inspiring address. (McFarlin photo).

Veterans' Parade Set for Saturday; Entries Sought

Paris, Tenn.-With Veterans' Day this year falling on Sunday, November
11, the annual Henry County veterans' day parade will be held
Saturday, November 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at the county fairgrounds.
As always, the parade route will wind up East Wood Street to
Pennsylvania Avenue, then on to Chickasaw and back to the fairgrounds.

Thomas "Tim" Green of Springville will be the grand marshal of the
parade and he has had an illustrious career in the military. He joined
the Army in February 1943 at the age of 18 in Chicago. He received his
basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was assigned to C Battery AAA
Gun Battalion.

Green drove a truck with 90mm guns mounted on it, carrying ammunition,
gas, water, supplies and men in and around battle areas and later to
POW camps. He served in Northern France, the Rhineland and Africa,
where he spent over 14 months and drove 1,000 miles.

His foot was injured when his truck was shot at, but due to clerical
erros, he never received his Purple Heart. He did receive four
overseas service bars, the European African Middle Eastern Theater
Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and the WWII
victory medal.

He was discharged from the Army in February 1946 having attained the
rank of Corporal. He now lives in the Paris Landing area and is a
long-time member of both the AMVETS and American Legion.

Henry County Veterans' Service Officer Bob Nolan said entries for the
parade (floats, walking entries, etc) are still being accepted. He
said the entries do not have to be sponsored by veterans' groups. "I
think people think it's only veterans' groups we have in the parade,
but individuals and businesses can sponsor entries, too. Anyone who
appreciates the service of our veterans."

Call Nolan at 642-5055.

Kenny Presley Show to Benefit the Caring Hearts Fund

Tickets on Sale Now

Paris, TN – The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Caring Hearts Fund will benefit financially from the Kenny Presley Show set for Saturday, November 10.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts Center staring local entertainer Kenny Presley. The cost for the event is $18, and $3 from each ticket will go to the Caring Hearts Fund.

According to his web site www.presleylive.com, Kenny James Presley was born and grew up in Weakley County, where he started singing gospel music at the age of 7. He has always been fascinated by Elvis Presley. He started doing Elvis tributes at the age of eleven and found that it felt natural. What impressed him most of all about Elvis, was his warm gentle personality, his generosity and the love he had for all people. Also, he never forgot where he came from nor did he get away from his faith in God. If everyone had just a little of his respect, personality and compassion, this world would truly be a better place.

“There was only one Elvis Presley and I do enjoy helping to keep his wonderful memory alive,” Presley said.

For the most authentic tribute to the “King of Rock & Roll,” what could be better than a Presley? You’ll be amazed by Kenny Presley’s uncanny likeness to Elvis, as well as his voice, which is a spot on match to the King’s voice. Kenny has performed with members of the Jordanaires, Elvis Presley’s very own back up vocalists. Along with his “Elvis Experience” live show, Kenny also does other music.

Pre-admission tickets may be picked up at HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, Bryant’s tire and Alignment – Dresden, Commercial Bank, Cypress Bay Resort, Moon Jewelry, Anderson Eye Care and NAPA Auto Parts of Paris. Concessions will be provided by the Paris Soccer Club.

HCHS RedZone Broadcasting Team Parodies "Call Me Maybe"

Students and Residents of Eiffel Tower Assited Living Center Shoot Video

Recently, students of Henry County High School's RedZone Broadcasting Team partnered with the residents of Eiffel Gardens Assisted Living in Paris, TN to film a parody of "Call Me Maybe."  Patty Grantham, Activities Director at Eiffel Gardens, contacted the students' advisor Candi Norwood and the students took a film crew to the facility much to the delight of residents and students. The link to the youtube video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH6sNdcaZLM&feature=em-share_video_user

Wirgau Retains 75th District House Seat

Tim Wirgau, center (in white shirt), is congratulated by friends and family last night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-State Representative Tim Wirgau celebrated with a large number of his family and friends Tuesday night at the Henry County Fairgrounds with his re-election as State Representative for the 75th district. Wirgau won big, winning all three counties in the district and taking Henry County with just under 60% of the vote.

Wirgau finished with 7,374 votes and Steve Wright had 4,507 votes for 36.5%. James Hart ran as an independent and came in with 457 votes, or around 3.7%.

Wirgau said last night, "It's been a very humbling experience to be able to have the honor of serving people in this district. I don't think we've really done anything special. We just did what our constituents asked us to do. We've been responsive to their needs, returned phone calls, helped where we can help and led by example. And we plan to continue with that."

At a Democratic Party get-together at the Paris Convention Center, Wright said he has enjoyed the campaign, despite the loss. "We met a lot of nice people. We worked hard in the campaign and presented a message that we were there to help people, help the people of the 75th district be prosperous."

Wright said the loss does not discourage him, however. "We ran a clean campaign, we just ran on the issues and I really wouldn't do anything different."

With his wife Gail by his side, Wright speaks to supporters last night. (McFarlin photo).

Mike Waddey is New Cottage Grove Mayor

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Cottage Grove has a new mayor with the election of Mike Waddey, who took 55% of the vote with 33 votes. Councilwoman Dorothy Miller finished with 20 votes and incumbent Machell Operia had 7 votes for the seat.

Waddey said last night, "I would like to thank the citizens of Cottage Grove for giving me this honor. I am excited and humbled to be elected Cottage Grove's Mayor. Robin, myself, and our children have lived in Cottage Grove for 8 years and are proud to call it home. I am looking forward to sitting down with our city council to set an agenda that enables us to serve our citizens effectively through expanded service."

Free Turnip Greens Giveaway Today

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's office personnel were busy early this morning setting out fresh turnip greens to be given away today in the Kroger parking lot. The giveaway began at 8 a.m. and will continue until the greens are all gone. The greens are fresh from the sheriff's office inmate garden and amounts to some 200 pounds. This will be the last giveaway of the season. (Deputy Adam Jenkins photo).


Early Voting Turnout Exceeds Election Day Turnout by Over 2600

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Voters turned out early and in better numbers for the 2012 November Election with over 53% of registered voters casting their ballots. Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson said the 53% is both active and inactive voters. Those voters who are inactive are ones that haven’t cast a ballot in the past two elections. Thompson said if you just went with active voters, the turnout for Henry County is closer to about 70%.

Also Henry Countians also voted early in higher turnout than on election day, a shift from previous elections. In the past, election day turnout was usually 50-60% of the total voter turnout in Henry County, but this year early voting numbers bucked that trend.

Griffith Paces City Commission Race, Fuller Wins Seat Back

Waddey Wins Mayor of Cottage Grove, Carter 5th district County Commission, Justin Hughes Wins Puryear Alderman Seat

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- In local races in Henry County, Paris citizens voted for the incumbent Gayle Griffith and former commissioner Terry Fuller back on the Paris City Commission. Griffith took just under 33% of the vote with 1,562 votes. Terry Fuller also regained a seat on the commission after a brief absence. Fuller served on the commission before and was defeated in the last election. He won the second open seat Tuesday night with just under 28% of the vote, or 1,327. Robert Sleadd took 1,148 votes or 24% and Catherine Herrera finished with 724 votes or just over 15%.

5th district residents voted Greg Carter in for the County Commission by a margin of 992 votes over Torrance Atkinson who finished with 745 votes. This seat was left vacant after longtime commissioner Earl Anderson gave up the seat earlier this summer. Anderson passed away shortly afterwards after a long illness.

Cottage Grove has a new mayor after Mike Waddey took 55% of the vote in Cottage Grove with 33 votes. Dorothy Miller finished with 20 votes and incumbent Machell Operia had 7 votes for the seat.

In the only contested race for an alderman with a two year term in Puryar, Justin Hughes defeated Leo Huff by a margin of 165 to 71. Hughes took nearly 70% of the votes cast in Puryear.

Wirgau Retains Seat on 75th District, Henry County Goes for GOP

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau retained his seat in the 75th district winning all three counties in the district and taking Henry County with just under 60% of the vote. Wirgau finished with 7,374 votes and Steve Wright had 4,507 votes for 36.5%. James Hart ran as an independent and came in with 457 votes, or around 3.7%.

Henry County went for Republicans in other races at the national and state level. Over 64% of voters in Henry County picked Romeny and Ryan as the presidential ticket, nearly 68% voted Bob Corker as US Senate, 61% of Henry County voted for Stephen Fincher in the US House 8th district race and John Stevens, yet another republican took 56% of the vote in the Tennessee 24th district Senate race.

Non-Contested Races Garner Large Majority of Votes

There were several local races Tuesday with no opposed offices. In Puryear David Varner won the mayor seat with 220 votes or 97%, Verla Smith captured 99% of the vote for city recorder and Rebecaa Haynes and Bill Robinson won seats on the Puryear Alderman. Robinson had 180 votes to Haynes 152.

In Henry, Mayor Joe Qualls didn't have an opponent as he seeked re-election and won 94% of the vote with 110 votes cast for him. Henry also had two spots up on their board, but no one qualified to run for the seats. They will have to appoint someone at their November or December meeting.

Cottage Grove will have to do the same on their council because no one qualified for the fourth seat on that board. The three that did qualify for the alderman of Cottage Grove all received right at 30% of the vote with Melinda Thatcher taking 32 votes and Matthew McClure and John Weiher each getting 31 votes.

Polling Places Busy Today Around County

Paris, Tenn.-Poll workers help voters at Paris City Hall this morning as all 13 polling places in the county reported a steady stream of voters today. Henry Countians can vote in their polling places from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. We have the 13 polling places listed elsewhere on this page. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Grand Jury Indicts 52; First-Degree Murder Cases Included


                 Timothy Overcast                               Amanda Clayton

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Grand Jury has finished its all-day session and issued 52 indictments. Of those, 51 were bound over from General Sessions Court and one was a walk-in which can't be released until the person is arrested. One case was continued to a future grand jury and in one case, there was not enough evidence for an indictment, the grand jury felt.

All four of the suspects in the Farenheit 101 murder of Eric Kinley of Paris were indicted: Jiles Yarbrough, 21, of Huntingdon, first degree murder and aggravated assault; Cody Harmon, 23 of Lexington, Tenn. first degree murder and aggravated assault; Tevin Lumpkin, 20 of Milan, first degree murder; and Charles Liphford, 32, Union City, possession of a handgun while under the influence. The incident occured August 25, 2012 at the local nightclub.

Other indictments issued were:

TImothy William Overcast, 606 W. Wood St., Paris, aggravated child abuse; Overcast is charged with intentionally causing serious bodily harm to an eight-year-old, including broken tibia, knot on the head, and bite marks on the arm and cheek.

Robert Woodard, 2250 Reynoldsburg Rd., Paris, rape and incest;

Guy Karl Wiggins, 6104 Lower Big Sandy Rd., Big Sandy, voluntary manslaughter. He is charged with intentionally running over Richard Medlock with his car in June of 2011; Medlock died from his injuries on April 17, 2012.

Amanda Clayton, 105 Rison St., Paris, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment. She is charged with striking a pedestrian while she was driving the Northwest Tennessee Human Resources van and leaving the scene with the person injured on the street on August 7, 2012.

Curtis Ray Watson, 1204 Lincoln St., Paris, aggravated kidnapping. He is charged with kidnapping while in possession of a weapon.

David Roger O'Donnell, domestic assault and possession with intent to deliver and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.
Kevin Melton, reckless endangerment and two counts of possession.
Phillip Hutcherson, aggravated burglary, theft, burglary of a vehicle, driving while suspended and underage drinking involving an incident in July in Puryear.
Gary Edward Thompson, aggravated burglary, theft, burglary of a vehicle involving an incident in July in Puryear.
Justin Ryan Carter, aggravated burglary involving property on Chickasaw Rd.
Jerome Shanklin, burglary of a vehicle.
Michael Tharpe, burglary and coercion of a witness.
Jacob Scott, burglary of a building on West Wood St.
Tyler Reed Gross, theft of a golf cart.
Terry Lee Richards, evading arrest.
Dustin Kreitz, reckless endangerment.
Kenneth Gene List, theft of property.

As usual, a large number of indictments involved drug charges.


             Guy Wiggins                                                 Robert Dale Woodard

School Library Available for Learning Before and After School ol Library Available For Learning Before and After Schoo

Paris, Tenn.-The Library Media Center is available to students for before and after school hours for Peer- Tutoring, Compass Learning, Rosetta Stone, make-up tests/work, research, book checking in/out and class computer assignments.

Hours - 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. M, T, W, Th, F 3:15 - 4:30 p.m M, T, Th, F

Closed every Wednesday afternoon for WWE teachers' meetings.

Business Advice Seminar Set

Paris, Tenn.-Denny Sumner, University of Tennessee at Martin Regional Entrepreneur and Economic Development Center and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center small business specialist, will help aspiring
entrepreneurs and existing business owners with business advice from
9:00 am until noon, on Wednesday morning, November 7 2012, at the
Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris.
Denny Sumner recently joined the TSBDC after working more than 30
years in the banking industry as a commercial loan officer.
Additionally, Denny has taught several college classes in Finance and
Economics and is currently teaching Microeconomics at UT Martin.
Denny’s educational background includes an M.B.A. and two Bachelor of
Science degrees. He was born in Oklahoma but has lived and worked in
Birmingham, St. Louis, north Little Rock and Oklahoma City prior to
calling Tennessee home. He will be giving advice about business
planning, financing options, marketing, customer service, cash flow
and other issues. The consultations are one-on-one, confidential and
Appointments can be made by contacting the UT-Martin REED Center/TSBDC
at 731-587-7333. For additional services offered by the TSBDC, go to

Polls Open Across the County 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Team Election Coverage Begins at 6:30pm Tuesday on WLZK 94.1

Paris, Tenn.- Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm across Henry County today as Americans will be electing the next president in addition to local elections as well. Voters must vote at their precinct today and a complete list of precincts in Henry County is further down the page on our website.

We will broadcast complete election coverage for you starting at 6:30pm this evening on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com. Lance Pierce and Tim AlsobrooksI will be at the Election Commission office brining you results as they come in, John Etheridge and Andy Collins will be in the WLZK studios with totals and commentary.

Our team coverage also includes updates from Benton and Stewart County on the 75th district House of Representatives race throughout the night. Remember if you haven’t voted already, please be sure and do so before 7pm this evening, its your civic duty to vote.

Camp Hazelwood Holiday Event This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Camp Hazelwood Every Child Outdoor Center is welcoming everyone this weekend for the “Over the Hills and Through the Woods” Help the Holidays are coming event. There will be several activities to help you get a head start on activities to keep off the holiday pounds to cooking up a healthy holiday meal.

You will also find out what good habits to keep you healthy during Thanksgiving and Christmas. There will also be help with growing your on favorite herbs to help you cook your holiday dinners in the future.

The event is free and will run from 9-3 on Saturday November 10th and 1:30-5pm on Sunday November 11th. Space is limited to 40 people and the deadline to register is Tuesday. For more information call 642-3431. You can register for both days or just one.

HCHS Students Can Give Blood on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood services and Henry County High School will have a blood drive on Thursday November 8th from 9-3. Students who wish to donate blood must be 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds and have not taken antibiotics in the last 7 days before Thursday. Lifeline is the sole provider of blood to 17 counties in West Tennessee.

Officers Busy with Arrests over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Amanda J. Reynolds, age 33 of 901 Caledonia Street for DUI 1st offense, possession of schedule two drug, and possession of legend drug. Reynolds was placed on $3K bond.

Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged Ashley N. Woodruff, age 26, of 213 Johnson Street for driving on a suspended license 2nd offense over the weekend.

Other arrests include Ronald C. Parrish, age 34 of 350 Crutchfield Lane for revoked driver’s license, Elijah Wood, age 27, of 107 Ins Street for possession of schedule three with intent. Wood was placed on $15K bond.

A McKenzie man was arrested by Henry County authorities after dispatch was notified of him coming in from Weakley County. Otto Horton was charged with DUI 1st offence, no driver’s license, violation of open container law, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Paris Elks Lodge Offering Smoked Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elks Lodge is offering 7-8 lb. smoked turkey breast just in time for Thanksgiving. The price is $25 and you can pick them up on Wednesday Nov. 21st from 3-6pm at the Paris Elks Lodge at 550 Russell Street. All proceeds benefit local Elks charities. The Deadline to order the smoked turkey breast is Monday November 19th. Call 642-0153 for order. They need the number of turkey breast you need, your name and a contact phone number.

Courthouse Christmas Tree Lit Up For Season

Paris, Tenn.-The Christmas tree on the Henry County Courthouse lawn was lit up Friday night during the Love Lights a Tree ceremonies and will remain illuminated through the holiday season. Joyce Bass of Relay for Life, right, was one of the people reading names during the ceremony, which started off the weekend's downtown open houses. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Early Voting Totals 7,687; Polling Places Listed

Paris, Tenn.-Voters turned out in record numbers in Henry County to
cast their ballots during the early voting period. A steady (and often
crowded) stream of voters cast their ballots daily during the early
voting period, making for a grand total of 7,687. There often were lines at the
Election Commission office, but thanks to the extra voting machines
there, the waiting periods were fairly short.

For people who didn't vote early, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and
you must vote at your regular polling places. The following is a list
of the county's 13 polling places:.


94 S. Sycamore St.


6860 Church St.
Cottage Grove

55 Rabbit Creek Rd.


9300 Hwy. 79 S.

2545 Mansfield Rd.


4435 Hwy. 69 S.

4326 E. Antioch Rd.


105 Broadview Rd.

2200 India Rd.


215 Grove Blvd.

100 N. Caldwell St.


315 S. Wilson St.

312 S. Wilson St.

Grand Jury To Meet Monday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Grand Jury will be having a very busy--and probably lengthy day--on Monday, with 55 cases set to be presented. We will have a report on the grand jury indictments on Tuesday.

Injured Hawk Being Rehabilitated

Buchanan, Tenn.-Jack Fodrill, Raptor Rehabilitator of Paris Landing State Park, has a new patient. This 1 1/2 year-old hawk is making a temporary home at the park while Fodrill brings him back to health. The hawk was shot in the wing at Nathan Bedford State Forest. (Jack Fodrill photo).

Student Financial Aid Program Set

Paris, Tenn.-A student financial aid program will be presented by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation representative Stephen Moten at Henry County High School's Little Theater on November 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Parents/guardians and senior students are invited to attend to learn more about applying and paying for college or other post-secondary institution. You can also find out more information by visiting the following website:


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PD Makes Drug, Alcohol Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Thomas Johnson, 32 of 202 S. Blakemore St., was arrested for simple possession after Paris Police stopped the car he was riding in on Veterans Dr. for having a busted brake light.

Patrolman Amber Roaten said the driver and passengers appeared nervous and she was granted permission to search the car. She found two Adderall in the console and Johnson claimed possession.

She also cited the driver, Gary Byars, for the broken tail light.

Paris Police arrested Floyd Dumas, age 54, of 1040 Manley Street, Paris, for DUI 2nd offense after he was stopped for speeding Saturday around 1 a.m.. According to the report, there was an odor of alcohol and he was unsteady on his feet and he failed the field sobriety tests. According to the report, Dumas told officers he drank a half-pint of alcohol at home, went to a club, drank one beer, went back home and then back to the club and drank two more beers.


Theft Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police also are investigating the theft of a Troy-Built push mower from a back yard on Jackson Street on Saturday. The mower was valued at $370.

Chili Supper to Benefit Band

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Band will hold a chili supper and silent auction at the First United Methodist Church in Paris on Tuesday, November 6. There will be two different times you can eat, either for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or supper, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 and it’s all-you-can-eat chili, pimiento cheese sandwich or hot dog with all the fixings, plus homemade desserts and drinks. Tickets are available from any band member or at the door.

Pretty as a Picture (Window)

Paris, Tenn.-Pearl Davis of Paris was a living mannequin in the window at Jack's Java during the Christmas open houses Friday night in downtown Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Fatal Fire Victim Identified; Appears to be Accidental

Paris, Tenn.- Officials have released more  information on the fatal fire that occurred on Old McKenzie Highway Friday evening. Preliminary investigation by the State’s Bomb and Arson squad and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department indicates that the death was the result of an accidental fire.

The victim has been identified as Mark George, age 46 of 2012 Old
McKenzie Highway. Investigator David Doyle of the sheriff’s office
said George had moved here from Kentucky.

He said investigators worked most of the night to determine the cause
of the fire “and it appears to be accidental. It appears that nobody
set the fire.” Doyle said preliminary findings also point to an
electrical problem in the home.

Fatal Fire Is Investigated by State, Local Officials

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee State Bomb and Arson squad and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a fatal fire that occurred Friday evening at 2012 Old McKenzie Highway.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said late Friday night that one person was pronounced dead at the scene, but the name of the deceased could not be released pending notification of the next of kin.

The Paris Fire Department was called to a structure fire at that address at 5:35 p.m. and found smoke, but no fire coming from the home when they arrived, according to Assistant Fire Chief Randall Jones. With two pumpers and four firefighters, “the department was able to extinguish the fire” but remained at the scene until around 9:08 p.m., he said.

Belew said more information on the fire will be forthcoming later.

Patriots' Season Ends

Seniors lead the team onto the field at Crump Stadium Friday night. (Tim Pharr photos).

Memphis, Tenn.-The Henry County Patriots’ football season came to an end Friday night with its defeat to the Hamilton High School Wildcats in the first round of the District 5A playoffs. The final score was 22-20. As always, there was plenty of Patriots’ fan support at the game, which was played at Crump Arena in Memphis.

It was a slow-moving game, with neither team scoring through the first quarter. Henry County was ahead through much of the game, but a turnover in the last minutes was costly. The Patriots are the defending District 5A state champions and ends their season with eight wins, three losses.

#32 Keshon Love runs for a touchdown. (Pharr photo).

Hey! Wait a Minute! Two Santas?

Paris, Tenn.-Which one is the real Santa? At Friday night's Christmas open houses, the real Santa (on the right, top photo) was having fun with the public by pretending to be fake and then saying a big hello. The real Santa was stationed at The Iron Place on N. Poplar Street, while the Santa statue was in front of the Merle Norman store a few yards away. Large crowds were in downtown Paris for the official opening of the Christmas season, which continues through the weekend, with plenty of activities planned for Saturday night from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday afternoon 1-5. Activities include carriage rides, door prizes, and musical performances, such as the Inman Middle School band performing on the courthouse lawn, bottom photo. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

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