From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
LBL Photo Contest Entries Due December 3
Golden Pond, Ky. – Entries are now being accepted for the Fifth Annual Land Between The Lakes Photo Contest sponsored by the “Friends of LBL.” Cash prizes totaling $1,250 will be awarded in six categories. These categories are Mammals, Birds, Small Worlds, Habitats, Connecting People and Nature, and Digitally Enhanced photographs taken on and of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.
Register on line at www.lblphotocontest.org on or before Monday, December 3, 2012. At time of registration you will be prompted to pay the $20 registration fee. Photographers can enter up to 18 different photographs; three each in the six different categories for the $20 entry fee.
All proceeds from entry fees will benefit the “Friends of LBL.” Winners will be announced before Christmas. For contest information and to register, visit www.lblphotocontest.org.
Tennessee State Parks Announce Special Winter Rates
Nashville - Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for 360 villas and cabins, along with six state park inns from Nov. 15, 2012, through March 15, 2013. With a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee, families and groups seeking unique recreation opportunities and high-quality accommodations can find the perfect getaway – all at an exceptional value and a bit closer to home. Paris Landing State Park is included in the parks offering the discount.
With a Tennessee State Parks special winter discount, park visitors can stay at one of Tennessee’s six state park inns for $54.95 a night (excluding tax). The inn discount may be used seven days a week and applies to both individuals and groups. A 50 percent discount also is being offered for villas and cabins with a two-night minimum stay. The cabin discount is valid Sunday through Thursday only and some holiday weeks are not included. Discounts are based on availability and certain other restrictions may apply.
There is no coupon necessary for this special rate and patrons simply need to ask for the “Special Winter Promotion” when making a reservation. When making online reservations please ensure the available code for the special winter rate or cabin discount is applied. While reservations are not required, they are highly recommended to ensure availability.
Special winter rates are not valid with other discounts. For more information about the special promotion, please call the Tennessee State Parks information line at (615) 532-0001 or toll free at 1-888-867-2757. For additional information or to make online reservations, please visit the Tennessee State Parks website at www.tnstateparks.com.
Quota Club Meets; Pecans Still Available
President Janice Teas presents a gift to 23rd District Governor Geraldine Sykes. (Martha McFadden photo).
Paris, Tenn.-At this week's Quota Club meeting, Geraldine Sykes, Twenty-third District Governor, reported on the South Area Meeting which was held in San Antonio, Texas in October. Attending with Sykes were Mary Kathryn Moore, Teas and Pat Bailey. They learned about Best Ideas for Clubs; Best Ideas for Membership; Best Ideas for Service and Best Ideas for Fund Raising.
Sykes referred members to the Quota website for more information: www.quota.org. She also said that JQ was something everyone was talking about at the meeting. JQ is for Junior Quota Club and is up to each club to organize if they see the need.
Dates to remember are for the Twenty-third District Conference in West Memphis on April 19-20, 2013; the South Area Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 1-3, 2013 and International Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014. This will be the last District Conference and the South Area Meeting, due to the reorganization from Districts to Regions.
The theme at the South Area Meeting in San Antonio was “Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much”.
Sykes asked members present to fill out a short questionnaire on what they like best about the Paris Quota Club; what Quota needs more of; what Quota needs less of and any other comments they might wish to add. Questionnaires were not to be signed and were to be turned in to Teas, who will report on the answers at the next meeting.
Teas presented Sykes with a gift from the club which was a candle holder in the shape of a fish.
Jane Sinnema passed around a sign-up sheet for those wanting to participate in the Helping Hand meal for Quota’s Day in January, 2013.
Melanie Townsend announced that Quota’s Mental Health Committee will be serving Thanksgiving Lunch to the Outreach Center on Thursday, November 15th at 11 am. She also reminded members to bring purchased sweat suits for Western State Mental Hospital patients to the next meeting on November 28th. December 3rd is the date for wrapping gifts and preparing the Goodie Bags, which will take place at the First Presbyterian Church at 4 pm. The trip to Western for the Christmas Party is planned for December 4th, 2012.
Gina Olds announced that Quota’s annual Christmas Party will be on December 11 at 6:30 pm at Lee Academy Lunchroom.
Pecans can still be purchased from any Quotarian for $10 per one-pound bag. Pecan halves and pieces are available.
6th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Set for Dec. 15th
Theme this year is I'll Be Home for Christmas, Float entries being accepted
Paris, Tenn.- The sixth annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will once again take over downtown Paris on Saturday December 15th at 5:30pm and they are currently looking for entrants. This year’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will follow the new Christmas Festival that will run 3-5pm that afternoon.
The 2012 theme for the parade is “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and the National Guard 890th Engineer Company will serve as this year’s grand marshals. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and they encourage all organizations, neighborhoods, businesses, and churches to decorate anything from golf carts to floats to pets and come spread Christmas cheer throughout downtown.
Trophies for Best Decorated Float, Most Christmas Spirit, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor, Best Use of Theme, Cutest Christmas Critter, and Clark Griswold Award will be presented on the court lawn after the parade. The downtown festive shops will be open until 8pm on December 15th so event goers can finish up some Christmas shopping.
Entry Forms for the Holly Jolly Christmas parade are available at Paris City Hall, downtown shops, First Bank downtown, and online at visitdowntownparis.com.
Lioness Club's Annual Luncheon 11-1:30 on Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club will hold its annual fundraising luncheon Friday November 16th from 11am to 1:30pm at Ketchum Hall inside Grace Episcopal Church. The cost is $8 and includes homemade vegetable beef soup, homemade turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwich, dessert and drink.
Its all you can eat and carryouts are available. A country store will feature home baked goods and crafts. Tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds are used to purchase children’s eyeglasses and for sight conservation.
Tennessee's October Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly
Nashville- Tennessee Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development Karla Davis announced Thursday that Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October decreased from September by a tenth of a percent, down to 8.2%. The national unemployment rate for October 2012 was 7.9%, which actually grew a tenth of a percent since September.
The rate for October is the lowest in the state since June of this year and in the past year, the rate has declined from 8.9% to 8.2%, while the national rate has decline a full percentage point to 7.9%.
Some highlights of the report include total nonfarm employment increased 7500 jobs from September to October, with the biggest increases seen in leisure/hospitality and professional and business services. Areas that saw decline from September to October include government jobs and mining/logging/ and construction jobs.
Metro Crime Unit Makes Drug Arrests at Colony Square
Officers confiscate marijuana, parapheranlia, and
cash in Wednesday bust at Colony Square
Apartments in Paris. (Damon Lowe photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police department stated that officers arrested to Paris men on drugs and weapons charges at Colony Square Apartments.
A search warrant was executed at the home of Jonathan Travis. During the search officers located approximately four pounds of marijuana, digital scales, baggies and a loaded .45 caliber semi automatic pistol. Officers also discovered $148 in cash believed to be drug proceeds.
The marijuana was also believed to be packaged for re-sale and distribution. Travis was charged with possession of schedule six with the intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearm during the commission of a felony.
Also arrested was Stephen Fitzgerald and he was charged with simple possession of schedule six after officers located a small amount of marijuana on his person. Bond for Travis was set at $2500 and for Fitzgerald it was set at $1000. K9 Casey did assist in the search.
In a separate incident, the Metro Crime Unit arrested a Paducah man for possession of schedule six drug. Gary Sanders, of Paducah was charged by the Metro Crime Unit and placed $5000 bond.
Other arrests include Stephen L. Hilt, Jr., of 123 Grove Road in Puryear for domestic assault and aggravated burglary and Derrick D. Clark for simple possession of schedule six drug.
Good Food Brings Smile at Homemakers Holiday
Paris, Tenn.- Emma Kate Atkins (above) enjoys her loaf of bread at the HomeMakers Holiday event. It continues until 2pm on Thursday at the Enoch Buliding. (Chamber photo)
Extension Office to offer 'Dining with Diabetes Program'
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office will have a program designed for people with diabetes and their family members to help with managing diabetes. The program, “Dining with Diabetes” will be taught by Extension Director Michele Atkins and Tina Umstead, a chronic disease nurse case manager for the Henry County Medical Center Healthcare Foundation.
The classes will be held Monday mornings, starting this coming Monday November 19th, from 9-11am at the Extension Office. The classes will have tips to help manage diabetes, food demonstrations, and tasting of healthy feeds. Anyone with diabetes, their family members, caregivers, and support persons can enroll in the program. To enroll in the class call the Henry County Extension Office at 642-2941.
Cottage Grove Mayor, Council Sworn In
County Mayor Brent Greer swears in Mayor Waddey and council. Submitted photo
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- New Mayor Mike Waddey and the new Cottage Grove Legislative Council were sworn in by County Mayor Brent Greer prior to its meeting last night.
New officers in addition to Mayor Waddey are Alderman Melinda Thatcher, Matthew McClure and John Weiher, III. Past Mayor Machelle Operia then turned the meeting over to Mayor Mike Waddey.
Later in the meeting, John Weiher declared a vacancy on the board. Waddey read the charter information on a vacancy. Weiher also made the motion to
elect Sue Call, as the resident with the most write-in votes during
the recent election, for the 4 year term.
The floor was opened for other nominations, none were made. A unanimous vote approved the motion. The board then held a discussion about appointing a new vice-mayor. A motion was made to elect John Weiher, and Mr. Weiher withdrew as a selection and chose to elect Melinda Thatcher. She received a
City Recorder is a hired position according to the Cottage Grove
Charter, not an elected official as has been reported in some local media outlets.
Discussion was held about any changes residents needed to file through the Property Assessor office in Paris. The local office only handles mailing the tax notices and receiving payment.
Revenues of $4365.43 and expenses of $733.11, were reported and approved for October 2012.
Thatcher made the motion to change the monthly meeting time
from 6:30 pm to 6 pm. McClure seconded the motion.
Mayor Waddey swears in Sue Call as new council member.
Henry County Splits Games with Camden
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Camden on Tuesday night in the Hall of Fame Game to open the basketball season. The Lady Patriots lost to the Lady Lions 47-39 and the Patriots won their game against Camden 74-62. Henry County hosts Martin Westview on Thursday night.
Henry Board Remains the Same after Election
Henry, Tenn.- Familiar faces were sworn into the same seats Tuesday night at the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting. After winning his reelection bid, Mayor Joe Qualls was sworn in to serve another term. The city also had two alderman seats up but no one had qualified to run.
Rex Buford was awarded one of seats after he was elected as a write-in candidate last week and was duly sworn in. Mayor Qualls then said the other seat had to be appointed since no one qualified nor was elected via a write in.
Mayor Qualls had asked Alderman George Owens to stay on the board as long as his health would allow him to do so. Owens didn’t seek reelection because of health issues. But he did agree to stay on the board again as long as his health allowed him to do so. Owens was then sworn in.
Auditors Tell Henry they Must Depreciate Sewer
City previously told they could wait 7 years on depreciation
Henry, Tenn.- The board learned some unsettling news regarding depreciation of the city’s sewer system. Auditors revealed that in 2010 and 2011, the city didn’t account for sewer depreciation which cost about $61,000 extra each year. Alderman Faye Lowery had stated that the city was told during the construction of the sewer they wouldn’t have to worry about depreciation for 7 years. Sometime before 2010 laws changed and the city wasn’t notified.
Mayor Qualls painted a bleak picture for the budget process saying the city was going to have to figure out some way to pay for those deprecation cost. He said just figuring out some numbers right now, the city would likely have to increase rates $26 dollars on sewer to help pay for the depreciation. He said citizens in this city are already having a difficult time now.
Mayor Qualls told the board that a letter had already arrived from the state water and wastewater financing board declaring Henry as a distressed water system. They will meet later in the spring and if Henry doesn’t take necessary steps to stay out of the red in water and wastewater, the state will come in and set rates. Mayor Qualls asked board members to continue to think of things to help with the issue and alderman Lowry had contacted MTAS about it and rural development.
Henry Mulls Over City Hall Issues, Will take bids on garbage Service
If news from the sewer depreciation issue wasn’t enough stress on Henry, Mayor Qualls also informed the board that USDA rural development is continuing to push the city make city hall more handicap accessible, either with renovations or a new building. Qualls said they have mentioned low interest loans are available, but the city is basically ‘loaned out right now.’
The board mutually agreed to be thinking of things on this issue, but not worry too much until the state or federal government makes them take action. Unfortunately however as the federal government has spent money in Henry with loans and grants thru USDA, they will likely make the city become ADA compatible in the future at their city hall building.
The board also agreed to take bids on garbage service. Barker Brothers had been handling garbage pickup for several years, but other companies have expressed interest in become the city’s provider of the service. The board agreed to allow the mayor to seek out bids on service and open them at the December meeting.
Road Board Approves Bid for Metal Shop Building
Building to Repalce one Destroyed by Fire last month
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, the board approved a low bid from Robert W. Owens for a metal building to replace the one that burned in a fire last month. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said that the auditors were letting the department go aggressively after bids so they can get their shop building back in operation as soon as possible.
Bids came in from three different contractors on the proposed 40’ by 46 building with a 12’ by 40’ lean to shed. Chairman of the board Bobby Milam said the only specs were the size, it had to be metal, and insulated. Owens bid for the building came in at $39,448, just beating out Custom Metal Buildings bid by around $200.
The board went with Owens for being the low bid provided he can produce the required licenses and insurance, with the stipulation that if he couldn’t they would reject it and go with Custom Metal Building’s Bid. The project should only take about 10 days if the weather is good. The building will include two 14 foot roll up doors to only the department’s bigger equipment in to change oil and other maintenance.
In other business on Monday, chairman Milam asked board members to continue to mull over the road plan and try to get a finalized list by the January board meeting. Board member Marty Allison had discussed three roads in district three that he thought were in pretty good shape, and the money used there could be better used on roads in the county that were worse off. Milam said we will present a final list to Ray in January so he can get the dollar amount figured up and we will pass it in February.
Bethel To Present "The Miracle Worker" This Weekend
Paris Girl in Lead Role
HCHS Graduates Kelsey Collins, Allin Montford and Mary Grace Stockdale work on Costumes in preparation for upcoming show. (Travis McLeese photo).
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre program is announcing the upcoming performance of the classic play “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson. The play will be performed at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie, on November 15-18.
This play tells the gripping story of young Helen Keller, who upon contracting a major illness as an infant, became deaf and blind. Her family, unable to fully care for Helen, hired Annie Sullivan to teach Helen, in hopes of somehow reaching her. This powerful depiction of these important historical figures will challenge you and inspire you as you see the story of these amazing women come to life on the stage.
Kelsey Collins, a Junior English major from Paris, Tennessee will be playing the role of Helen Keller. “I've researched Helen and her family since I was a child and am amazed at the kind of wonderful person she became. Eventually, she was able to understand people by touching their vocal cords and she supported women's rights,” she said. “I'm honored to have this role to represent an amazing woman, I hope more than anything that I do it justice.” Collins is a former HCHS Madrigal, Speech Team Member and Thespian.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under. You can purchase yours by calling the Renaissance office at 731-393-0405. Show times are 7:00 pm on November 15th-17 th and 2:00pm on November 18th. “The Miracle Worker” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Henry County High School Basketball Season Kicks Off Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriot and Patriot basketball begins tonight as Camden comes calling to Gamlin Gym with the ladies tip off in the Hall of Fame game set for 6pm. The men will follow. Everyone is encouraged to wear their red and head out to support the men’s and women’s teams. If you can not make it to tonight’s game, listen starting with a 5:30pm pregame show on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com. Henry County will welcome Martin Westview to Gamlin Gym on Thursday night for another Hall of Fame Game.
Relay for Life Selling Tickets for Cooked Thanksgiving Meal
Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life is selling chances on a full Thanksgiving Meal. The meal includes a whole smoked turkey, dressing, green beans, sweet potato casserole, corn soufle’, cranberry sauce, a dozen rolls, dessert, and a gallon of sweet tea. Tickets are $1 each or you can get six tickets for $5. For more information or tickets call 644-8915. The drawing will be held on Monday November 19th and the meal will be delivered on Wednesday November 21st. The meal will serve about 8-10 people.
FCE Homemakers Holiday Event to be Held Wed. and Thurs.
In picture left to right: RoEllen Rushing, Virginia Allen, Joan Thompson, Lynn Toombs (Mrs. Claus), Mary Lynn Summers, Martha Barry, Nola Barrett, Bernice Pritchard. Michele Atkins photo.
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County FCE Clubs present the Homemakers Holiday on Wednesday November 14 from 3-6pm and Thursday Nov. 15 from 9am-2pm. The popular event will once again culminate from the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Admission is free and you can browse all the different handcrafted gifts, decorations, and baked goodies and casseroles.
On Thursday they will offer lunch from 11am to 1pm. Its only $5 and will be soup or chili with sandwich, dessert, and drink.
Downtown Parking Committee Hears Businesses' Concerns
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Downtown Parking Committee met on Monday afternoon and heard concerns from business owners about parking issues in downtown Paris.
Dr. Jeff Fletcher, DDS requested the committee to consider designated parking spaces in front of his dental office at 219 North Poplar Street. Dr. Fletcher said his main concern revolves around the two hour parking time limit that is currently in place. He said with dentistry, sometimes patients bring the whole family and it may take more than two hours for procedures. He also was concerned with making sure there was adequate access for his elderly patients.
Dr. Fletcher proposed that five spaces naturally situated around the building be designated as parking for dental patients. He also asked for some system to validate parking if a patient had to park elsewhere and was ticketed because of going over two hours. He even said he would purchase the designated parking signs.
The committee felt that signs that laid out designated parking are always a discouragement of others to park there. After more discussion, city manager Carl Holder said he and Dr. Fletcher would work out a situation where Fletcher would inform Holder of patients who might be at his office for over two hours. They decided to not erect any signs, but as long as Dr. Fletcher validates the procedure to the patient, that patient wouldn’t be fined for going over the two hour time limit.
In other business, the committee looked at a request from Randy Byrd, part owner of A La Mode Sweet Shop, to consider designated 15 minute parking spaces, where customers could run in and out of his business quickly to purchase things. His request was for at least three of these spaces per block in downtown.
The committee struck down the idea of having three per block, but then discussed the spaces marked with yellow X’s on the pavement that have signs in front of them labeled loading zones.
Jennifer Morris, community development director for the city, said those spaces are actually intended for people to park in and run in and out of stores quickly and conduct business, usually within a 15 minute time frame.
The committee suggested changing the signs to say 15 minute parking instead of loading zone. They agreed that the big yellow X and the loading zone probably discourage people to park in that spot. They didn’t agree to adding more per block however.
Paris Police Still Investigating Sunday Night Armed Robbery
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating an armed robbery that occurred Sunday night after 8pm in the parking lot of Trinity United Methodist Church located on Wilson Street.
The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Patrolman Nick Oatsvall spoke with the victim who stated he was at Billy Barnes’s house and Barnes asked for the victim to take him to see his girlfriend. The victim told Ptl. Oatsvall they drove to the Party Shop on Fairgrounds road and met with Barnes girlfriend, Barnes got out of the vehicle and was on the phone with someone.
Barnes then told the victim to drive to Trinity Church to meet up with someone else. Once at Trinity Church, the victim told Ptl. Oatsvall that four black males approached his vehicle, all with guns. Three of them had handguns and one had a pistol grip shotgun.
One of the men came to the driver’s side and pointed the gun at the victim and demanded money. The victim threw his wallet out the window and onto the ground. The four men and Barnes then got into a red four door car and drove off. The car also had a black female in it, according to the report. The victim told Ptl. Oatsvall one of the subjects he knew as ‘lil twenty’, but didn’t know the man’s real name.
Anyone with any information should call the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.
Grove School Honors Caldwell at Veterans Program
Veteran Bo Caldwell Speaks at Grove's Veterans Day Program. Yearbook Staff photo.
Paris, Tenn.- E. W. Grove students welcomed Veteran Bo Caldwell as guest speaker to a Veterans Program held today in the Grove gymnasium. Mr. Caldwell is a 1968 graduate of E.W. Grove School and a 1972 graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Mr. Caldwell served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1977 and earned the rank of Captain. Currently, Mr. Caldwell is a self-employed local businessman in Paris at DPC Incorporated, a computer software company.
At the beginning of the program, the Henry County Sheriff's Department Color Guard Lt. Steve Dean and Lt. Stan Pinson presented the colors. Grove students participated in the program by leading in the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and recognizing veterans in attendance--including several World War II, Vietnam, and Grove staff veterans. A student read a poem by Lillain Leader, entitled "In Remembrance," and students enjoyed a video presentation highlighting the quality characteristics of veterans. During his inspiring speech, Mr. Caldwell encouraged students to serve their country now as teenagers through local clubs and organizations. The program ended with closing remarks by principal Sam Tharpe and the retiring of the colors by the HCSD Color Guard.
Deputies Arrest Man on Felony Warrants out of Missouri
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that TBI called dispatch over the weekend to report that a man with felony warrants out of Missouri had attempted to purchase a firearm in Buchanan. Deputies arrested Randy L. Swiggert, age 35 of 701 Reynoldsburg, for being a fugitive from justice. The state of Missouri issued the warrant for failing to pay child support.
Other arrests over the weekend include Jeffery D. Lee, age 23, of 502 Harrison Lane for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest; Logan H. Harvey, age 21 for possession of schedule six drug, and Allison Taylor, age 24, of 208 Monroe Street for simple possession of schedule six and four drugs.
HCHS DECA Car Show Winners Announced
Cars line up for DECA Car Show held on Saturday. (Candi Norwood photo).
Congratulations to the winners of the DECA Fast and Free Veteran's Day Car Show:
Best Classic Car: Walt Peterson's 1955 Chevy BelAire Sedan
Best High School Student Vehicle: Bryan Rammel's 2009 Chevrolet Silverado
Best Interior: Dakota West's 1990 Ford Mustang
Best Modern Truck: Tim Harper's 1986 Ford F150
Best Sports Car: Barbara Water's 2010 Mazda Miata
Ugly Truck: Richard Routon's 1940 Desoto
Best Harley: Rusty Wiles' 2000 American Ironhouse
Best Muscle Car: Terry and Krist Sayles' 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Best Miscellaneous: Scott Kinnick's 1923 Ford T-Bucket
Best In Show (voted by attendees): Bobby Thompson 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
Henry County High School DECA would like to say THANK YOU to the TN National Guard for their partnership on this car show.
Winner of Best Modern Truck. (Norwood photo).
Bethel Campus/HCMC Diagnostic Center Ribbon Cutting
Representatives from Bethel and HCMC join city and chamber officials in the ceremony held Sunday. Photo Courtesy of the Chamber
Paris, Tenn.- A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house were held Sunday afternoon at the Henry County Medical Center Diagnostic Center and Bethel University Paris Campus. The community got a tour of the new facility and refreshments were available.
The Bethel/HCMC project is a prime example of an inter-organizational cooperation. Bethel University, HCMC, and the City of Paris as the chief financial partner came together to form a partnership resulting in a joint facility housing an outpatient imaging center and an educational facility specializing in the allied health sciences.
The Bethel University Paris Campus will give students the benefit of Bethel coursework minus the gas and commuting time. It will provide spillover classroom space for students taking classes towards a bachelor’s degree in business and will also serve as classroom space for high school honors and dual credit courses. The Paris campus will be the university’s first satellite campus to be equipped with resources that prepare students for health sciences jobs.
The HCMC diagnostic center has been open serving patients since October 8th. The ten thousand square foot facility integrates state of the art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Imaging services being offered include a 20 slice CAT scanner, a MRI Wide Bore for larger body types, two ultrasound machines and diagnostic radiology. There is also a designated women’s center offering digital mammography as well as Bone Densitometry and more.
More Scenes from Saturday's Veterans' Parade
These ladies have been in every one of the six local Veterans' Day parades. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Members of the VFW and Ladies of the VFW in their colorful float in Saturday's Veterans' Day parade. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Shop, Trailers Are Total Loss Following Mansfield Fire
Beecham shops and trailers destroyed by fire. (Cheryl Webb photo).
Mansfield, Tenn.-A shop and trailers belonging to Jason Beecham were a total loss due to a fire last night at 10115 Hwy 77. According to Assistant Mansfield Fire Chief Darren Webb, his shop was fully engulfed as well as several trailers containing furniture that he sells in his business when firefighters from the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department arrived. The shop and trailers were a total loss.
Mansfield dispatched 2 trucks and 10 firefighters, Webb said. They called Paris Fire Dept for additional water.The department was on the scene from 11:30 pm until 3:30 am then returned at 9 am when the fire rekindled. The State Division of Forestry was called for assistance due to a tree being caught on fire. The fire and forestry departments finally cleared scene at 11:45 am today.
Inman Students Donate to Animal Shelter
Paris, Tenn.-Inman Middle School's 7th and 8th grade Beta Students spent two weeks collecting dog food and a few other supplies for the Henry County
Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter. There are 115 students in the IMS
Beta Club. Melissa Bomar of the shelter, said, "Way to go ladies and gentlemen! Thanks to your donation we hope to be able to feed the dogs through most of the winter!" Top photo is members putting the donated food into the sheriff department vehicle. Bottom are members of the Beta Club.
(Melissa Bomar photos).
McCutchen is New Fort Donelson Superintendent
Atlanta, Ga.-- Brian Keith McCutchen took over responsibility as the new superintendent of Fort Donelson National Battlefield on October 21. He most recently served as superintendent of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, in Vincennes, Ind.
“We are very pleased that Brian is joining the Southeast Region family,” said David Vela, Southeast Regional Director. “He has a diverse record of professional experience in many of our historic parks. He is an avid student of American military history. That and his prior experiences as superintendent in two other parks will serve him and the Fort Donelson community very well.”
Fort Donelson National Battlefield preserves and protects natural and cultural resources associated with the 1862 Campaign for Forts Henry, Heiman, and Donelson. The park is located in Dover, Tennessee.
MSU Experiences a Two Percent Increase in Enrollment
While most universities are suffering from a loss in enrollment, preliminary figures for Fall 2012 show MSU up overall
Murray, Ky. — Increases in first-time freshmen and international students combined to raise Murray State University’s overall enrollment to an estimated 10,832 students, a growth of two percent. Together with the last two-years of increases, Murray’s numbers represent 7.5 percent rise in students enrolled since 2009/10. The university is at its highest enrollment ever.
“Obviously, this record enrollment is great news for Murray State and it validates the work we have invested in growing our campuses these past three years,” said Dr. Randy J. Dunn, Murray State president. "Excellence through quality is the ‘first among equals’ of our strategic imperatives that attract students and their families to MSU and we are going to keep demonstrating that value in new and powerful ways. We have much to be proud of this year. In addition to the largest freshman class in the history of the institution, we are celebrating both the 90th anniversary of our beloved university, and the completion of the largest capital campaign in our history - which raised over $71 million.”
Murray State’s Fall 2012 enrollment showed a very respectable 6.5 percent growth in freshmen and an 18 percent increase in International students across the board (freshman, transfer and graduate).
Car in High School Parking Lot Vandalized
Paris, Tenn.-A car left overnight in the Henry County High School parking lot was vandalized Saturday night. Paris Police were called to the scene by the vehicle's owner, who pointed out that the rear passenger side window had been broken out and a Pioneer CD player was stolen, covers on the rims of the tires were taken, the ignition was tampered with and someone attempted to open the trunk.
Police were able to lift a couple of partial prints.
Sunny Skies Bring Crowd to Veterans' Day Parade
No one was more enthusiastic than little Benjamin Ashburn, son of Colleen Ashburn of Paris, at Saturday's parade. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-Sunny skies and warm temperatures brought out a larger than usual crowd for the sixth annual Veterans’ Day parade Saturday morning.
Young and old, many with American flags waving, lined the parade
route. Grand Marshal Thomas “Tim” Green, a decorated WWII veteran,
presided over the parade which included the Henry County High School
Marching Patriots, playing patriotic music, several local veterans’
and boy scout troops, members of the Tennessee State guard. This year
there were even some non-veteran groups marching in the parade.
Ethel Rose Paschall knows how to dress for a Veterans' Day parade. (McFarlin photo).
Leading the way was the Tennessee State Guard. (McFarlin photo).
Tennessee State Parks Offer Special Discounts to Veterans
Nashville– Tennessee State Parks announced today its annual free
state parks day for all Tennessee veterans on Monday, Nov. 12,
offering one free night of camping and complimentary greens fees for
18 holes of golf with appropriate identification.
The free day on Nov. 12 is in addition to Tennessee State Parks’
current veterans’ policy, which includes a camping discount within the
state parks system and is available annually beginning November 1
through March 31, offering a 15 to 25 percent reduction off the
standard nightly base rates (depending on the type of site chosen).
This camping discount is available to Tennessee residents showing
proof of prior military duty.
A special state park discount also is in place for active duty
military personnel and members of the Tennessee National Guard. This
year-round discount is given to all U.S. military – regardless of
their branch of service or where they are stationed. Disabled
veterans also are eligible for the Tennessee State Parks year-round
ADA discount that provides a 25 to 50 percent discount for campsites.
For more information about Tennessee State Parks’ veterans and
military discounts, please visit
To receive the free state parks day benefits and extended discounts,
veterans need to provide proof of residency with a Tennessee driver's
license; and proof of veteran’s status, with a Certificate of
Discharge (DD214) or Veterans Administration benefit card.
LBL Offers Veterans Free Admission
Golden Pond, KY-- Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation
Area will join public lands across the nation in honoring veterans on
Veterans Day, Saturday-Monday, November 10-12, 2012, with free
admission or user fee waiver at designated facilities (other fees may
Land Between The Lakes will offer veterans, active and retired members
of the armed forces, and their families’ free admission (with military
ID) into The Homeplace, Elk & Bison Prairie, Woodlands Nature Station,
and Golden Pond Planetarium. Veterans may pick up their free entry
passes for the Elk & Bison Prairie at the Golden Pond Visitor Center
Nov. 10-12 from 9am-5pm. Also Nov. 10-12, Wranglers Campground will
issue a free daily horse trailer permit. A free vehicle permit will
be issued for Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area. Permits must be
issued on-site at Turkey Bay and are good Nov. 10-12, only.
Hopkins Surprised With Highest Local Honors on His Birthday
Paris, Tenn.- On his 80th birthday Friday, Charles Hopkins received the highest honors a citizen of Paris and Henry County, Tennessee, can receive. He is owner of The Toggery, the oldest business in Paris that still is in its original location, and Friday received the Marquis de Paris award and was named a Loyal Patriot of Henry Co. by Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and County Commissioner David Webb. Today also was proclaimed Charles Hopkins Day in Henry Co. "I was expecting a birthday party and cake today, but not this," a very happy Hopkins said. He is pictured with his wife, Edna, and his awards at his birthday party at The Toggery. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Old Tank Found in Ground During Pedestrian Bridge Project
Workers remove concrete from the old tank. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-You never know what you will find when you start digging. While
working on the pedestrian bridge that will connect Henry County
Medical Center with the new imaging center and Bethel Campus on Tyson
Ave., workers found an old fuel tank underground while they were
attempting to install the pilings for the bridge.
The large fuel tank had been filled with concrete and workers have
been working for two days pulling the concrete out of the huge hole it
has created in front of the hospital entrance, according to Hospital
Public Relations Coordinator Becky Hedges.
Hedges said it isn’t known yet how many years ago the tank was placed
underground in that location.
Springville Runaway Found in Pennsylvania
Springville, Tenn.-The Springville juvenile who stole his mother’s car and
ran off in it has been apprehended in Pennsylvania and has been cited
into Henry County Juvenile Court.
Henry County Sheriff’s deputies were notified on Thursday by his
mother that the 16-year-old had packed up his clothes, stolen an
undetermined amount of money from her and had taken her 2011 Ford
Taurus without permission from their Patrick Dr. home.
Deputies entered the information into the NCIC national database.
Investigator Gary Vandiver said deputies had a feeling that he might
be headed toward Pennsylvania and notified authorities there, which
led to him being picked up there. The family went to Pennsylvania to
pick up the boy and the vehicle.
Vandiver said the boy has been cited into juvenile court, charged with
theft and being a runaway.
Discover Myths and Legends at the Library
Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain is shown in front of the Tennessee Library and Archives traveling display currently at the library. It uncovers some interesting myths and legends of Tennessee. It includes stories from the Bell Witch--which has a Henry County connection--Casey Jones and David Crockett, whose son and family lived in the county.
The display will be up until November 16. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris PD Busy With Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Patrolman Amber Roaten stopped a vehicle on a traffic stop Thursday evening on Dunlap Street and in the process was given consent
to search the vehicle. She found a plastic baggie with a hard white
substance in a Tupperware container and it tested positive for crack
Arrested for simple possession was Rocky Hayes, age 46 of 1208 Lincoln
St. Bond of $600 was set.
Sara Antes, age 26 of 601 Memorial Drive was arrested
for assault following an incident in an apartment she shares with her
cousin. Paris Police responded to a call of an assault in progress
Thursday afternoon and found the victim lying on the floor with a cut
above her right eye. The Emergency Ambulance Service was called
because she had been unconscious before Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker
In the course of the investigation, it was determined that the cousins
were fighting over a bottle of vodka and that in the process of
someone else breaking up the fight, the victim hit her head on the
floor. Police determined that Antes was the primary aggressor.
In another incident, Brianna Howard, age 33 of Washington Court
Apartments, was charged with domestic assault after Paris Police were
called to the apartment and heard a report of Howard wielding a knife.
Police did find the victim cut, but Howard said she cut him with her
finger nail and bit him, but that she was using the knife to cut up
food. According to the police report, they were in a fight over
Paris Police were called to Wal-Mart Thursday afternoon on a report that
employees had a shoplifter in custody. Paris Police arrested Shauna
Mullins, age 33 of 418 Harrison St. and charged her with stealing $60
of merchandise which included three bottles of cologne, Velveeta
cheese and pudding.
In still another incident, Paris Police arrested Devin Pate, age 19 of
701 Powell Street and charged him with simple possession. He was
stopped on a traffic stop for driving without a seat belt and he gave
police consent to search. In the course of the search, Patrolman Jamie
James found marijuana in Pate’s sock.
News from past weeks here.