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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Lady Pats, Pats Travel to Obion Co. Sat. for Basketball

Obion, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Obion County Saturday evening for high school basketball action in another Hall of Champions game. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the trip, our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, and you can also listen via your phone by call 563-999-3349.

Entrants Needed for 11th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The 11th Annual Holly, Jolly Electric Christmas Parade is set for Saturday December 9th at 5pm in Downtown Paris and entrants are now being sought for the event. The parade will immediately follow the Downtown Christmas Festival.

Vickey Roberts, event chairman, said, “we’re so excited to be getting applications from folks who are lighting up floats, golf carts, ATVs, small tractors, commercial vehicles, and even marching units for this event. With minimal entry fee of only $10, everyone can join in on the fun!”

The DPA is encouraging businesses to enter floats this year to the parade and then park the float at their business if possible until the season is over.

Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor, Best Marching Unit, and coveted Clark Griswold Award for best knock your socks off lit up entry.

Applications and guidelines are available at the DPA office at 203 N. Fentress Street, at Paris City Hall, or online at www.visitdowntownparis.com. For more information call 731-653-PARIS.

Travis McLeese Named New Chamber Director

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce has named Paris native Travis McLeese as the new Executive Director. He will assume his new position on December 1.

“The Executive Committee and the entire Board of Directors is thrilled that Travis has accepted the position as Executive Director,” said Kevin Buie, President of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. “We are very fortunate to have Travis on board.  With his experience and his energy, we believe Travis will grow the Chamber and help us to expand the opportunities we provide our membership to nurture and grow their businesses. We couldn’t ask for a more qualified individual to help us lead this charge.  We are expecting great things from Travis.”

McLeese comes to the Chamber from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. He served as Associate Director for the University’s Renaissance Program for several years, overseeing all administrative responsibilities.

“Bethel is a special place to my family,” McLeese added.  “It is where I graduated, met my wife, made lifelong friends, and began my professional career. I hope to find more ways to connect our community with not only Bethel, but also the surrounding educational institutions.” 

A graduate of Bethel University, McLeese holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While studying at the University, he worked to bring the University and Henry County together for mutually beneficial projects. A “Go Green” entrepreneurial endeavor involving Lakewood Elementary School and Henry County, gave Sheriff Monte Belew the opportunity to teach students and inmates elements of the agricultural process. As a result of the project’s success in a national competition, the group was able to purchase a greenhouse for the Henry County Sheriff's Department allowing Belew to offer more opportunities for the community.

McLeese is currently on the Executive Board of the Downtown Paris Association. He is involved in the Christmas Parade, Eye Full of Paris Weekend, the Downtown Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Fundraiser and the Brew, Blues, and BBQ Fundraiser.  

“I have always been blessed to find myself surrounded by inspiring individuals,” said McLeese. “Through them I have learned integrity, developed a strong work ethic, and sharpened my focus. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work at the Chamber.”

While in High School, McLeese helped create Youth for the Arts, an organization under the umbrella of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. The organization has raised and awarded more than $50,000 to students and teachers to support their artistic endeavors. In 2008, he received the Governor’s Star Award for Community Service acknowledging his work with the Youth for the Arts Program. That same year he was awarded a Loyal Patriot Award.

Travis is married to Jessica Montoya McLeese, who serves as the Chorus Director at Inman Middle School. The couple has two children.

For more information about the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce or to learn about membership opportunities, call us today at 731-642-3431.

The mission of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in our community and promote the collective interest of the membership.

Pats Host Brighton In Round 3 of State Playoffs Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hosts Brighton in Round 3 of the TSSAA state football playoffs Friday night at Patriot Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7pm. If you can’t make it over to cheer on the Big Red, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates do apply. A win puts the Patriots in the semi-final round next week.

KPAC Presenting "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" on Nov. 18th

Paris, Tenn.- The KPAC Players will be bringing Charles Schulz’s beloved comic to life in their presentation of ”You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Saturday, November 18th at 7pm at KPAC, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive in  Paris.

Admission to the show is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. You can buy tickets in person at the Paris Civic Center with cash or a check, you can purchase tickets by phone at 800-838-3006 with a credit or debit card or you can purchase tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com with a cash or check.

If you have any questions please email kriderpac@gmail.com or call 731-644-2517.

Titus Winders to Join his Brother at USI Next Fall

Paris, Tenn.- Titus Winders singed his NLT on Wednesday to run at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN next year. He will join his brother Javan who is a sophomore this year on the team. The Eagles are currently ranked 5th in the nation and will be hosting the NCAA Div II National Championships this Saturday.

Titus is a three time TSSAA All-State runner in cross country and this years Large Division State Champion. He won back to back regional cross country championships. He is also a two time All-State runner in track. He was 2nd in the 3200 meter race last spring at the state meet.
He is the son of Lance and Stephanie Winders. They live in Mansfield, TN.

TDOT to Break Ground Fri. on Hwy 641 Widening Project

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Department of Transportation officials will join state and local leaders on Friday, November 17, 2017 to break ground on the SR 54 (US 641) project in Henry County.

The $26 million, 2.7-mile project includes widening from 2 lanes to 5 lanes from Rison Street to Smith Road. Construction is estimated to be complete November 2020.

Friday’s event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes.

HCSO Grilling for John Krezinski

Paris, Tenn.- With around 500 pre-orders sold, members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office and volutneers have been busy Thursday morning grilling ribeye, chicken, and bologna sandwiches to raise money for John Krezinski who is battling cancer. Walk up orders are being taken while supplies last or until 2pm Thursday at the fairgrounds. (Capt. Adam Jenkins photo)

Man Charged With Meth After Vehicle Crash

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department charged Nathan Robert Jordan, age 20, of Puryear with possession of schedule two with intent and unlawful drug paraphernalia Wednesday. The report at the Paris Police Department stated City units responded to a vehicle crash at Tyson and Veterans near the catfish.

Lt. Reed arrived to find a white truck had run off the road and into the chain link fence. As Lt. Reed was asking Jordan for his license, and noticed a syringe in plain view under the seat. Lt. Reed then placed Jordan under arrest for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. A search was conducted and some crystal meth was also found. Jordan was also charged with possession of scheduled two with intent. He performed well on all the tests and was not charged with DUI according to the report.

Another report at the Paris Police Department said an Omega Brand muzzleloader gun was stolen from the outside of a home on Irvine Street. The report said the owner went hunting that morning and came home and propped his gun up against the side of the house with intention of going hunting later in the day. When he went back outside later, the gun was missing. It was valued at $400 and there are no suspects at this time.

Jordan Eldridge, 29, of 90 Porter Switch Road was charged with DUI, simple possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia according to arrest sheets at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

MSU Offers New Deans Scholarship for Fall 2018 Students

Paris, Tenn.- Murray State University is adopting a new scholarship worth $1,500 per academic year for freshmen beginning in fall 2018. 

The Deans Scholarship is a new annual award for first-time freshmen who qualify. Recipients of the new scholarship will receive $750 for the fall and spring semesters, respectively, for four years or until their bachelor’s degree is completed — whichever occurs first. The scholarship is non-refundable and can be applied to direct costs, such as tuition, on-campus housing and meal plans. 
 
“Typically, students falling within the ACT and GPA ranges for this scholarship are leaders in high school and continue that leadership in college,” said Fred Dietz, associate vice president for enrollment management. “These students pursue numerous opportunities and we are seeking to reward them for their hard work.”
 
Incoming freshmen eligible for the Deans Scholarship must have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher in addition to an ACT composite score between 21 and 23 or an SAT score of 1060 to 1150. The student must also be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester at Murray State. For renewal, recipients are required to maintain a 3.2 cumulative college GPA and remain enrolled as full-time students, earning at least 24 credit hours within the academic year. Students must also attend required educational sessions.
 
Overall, Murray State offers several academic and competitive scholarships in addition to discounts and waivers each year, awarding an average of $5,573 per student. The University also awards competitive scholarships to prospective and current students who complete the Murray State General Scholarship Application. A variety of privately-funded scholarships are available as well through the Murray State University Foundation, and are part of the same online application. 
 
The Murray State General Scholarship Application can be accessed on Murray State’s myGate homepage and can be completed after the student is admitted and for each year they will be returning to Murray State. All applications must be completed and submitted by Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. There is also a June 1 deadline for non-traditional and graduate student specific scholarships. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive payment from any Murray State scholarship.

New Liason Helping Austin Peay Connect with TN Japanese Companies

Clarksville, Tenn.- Earlier this year, Yoshio Koyama, a retired businessman from Japan, set up his new office in Austin Peay State University’s Harned Hall. During the semester, he’s taught a few language and culture classes, but Koyama isn’t a college professor. He is a liaison provided to the University by The Japan Foundation, and for the next two years, he will work at forging relationships between Austin Peay and the Japanese businesses currently operating in Tennessee and Kentucky.

According to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Japan is Tennessee’s largest foreign investor, with 184 Japanese companies employing nearly 50,000 people in the state. The Asian nation has invested more than $17 billion in Tennessee, and several high-profile companies, such as Nissan North America Inc. and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operation, have opened corporate headquarters in the state.

“We were trying to figure out what is going on around us, how are we interacting with the different manufacturing industries and how do we build bridges between them and us,” Dr. David Rands, APSU associate professor of history and director of APSU’s Asian Studies program, said. “What are their needs and how do we meet those needs?”

Through his relationship with the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, Rands learned The Japan Foundation offers a highly competitive program that places six Japanese Outreach Initiative Coordinators in the United States each year. This year, those coordinators went to Michigan State University, Wake Forest University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Marshall University, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Austin Peay.

“The Japan Foundation is paying Mr. Koyama’s salary,” Rands said. “Most of these coordinators do outreach to high schools and the community, and he’s doing that too with Japanese culture classes on campus, but we’re trying to get one step beyond that and have Mr. Koyama work with bridging Japanese industry with the University.”

Last spring, Rands presented his proposal to The Japan Foundation, and that organization paired Austin Peay with Koyama, a coordinator with extensive business experience. Before joining the foundation, he worked for 25 years with JICA, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, traveling across the world on different business assignments. Koyama now lives on campus, and he has spent the last few weeks helping Rands develop a database on all the Japanese-owned businesses in Tennessee and Kentucky. They’ve also met with a few executives to find out their needs.

During those initial talks, Koyama and Rands discovered that many of these companies are unfamiliar with certain state initiatives, such as Tennessee Reconnect. That grant program, which covers tuition and mandatory fees in associate degree programs for adult learners without college degrees, could help these companies retain a highly educated workforce.

“In the labor pool for a lot of these companies, a lot is shift labor and they don’t have degrees,” Rands said. “How can we as a university reach out to those companies, partner with those companies to help their employees get back in school? Maybe that means we go to them and offer a class a week in their facility, helping those employees progress toward a degree.”

The University is still in the early stages of this project, but Rands is optimistic about its potential. With Austin Peay’s help, these companies, which have higher turnover rates in America as opposed to Japan, would have a resource for stabilizing their workforces. The partnership also could help the state in its efforts to have 55 percent of Tennesseans earn a college degree or certificate, while assisting the University in its strategic plan goal of enrolling 15,000 students by the year 2025.

Athena Delphian Bake Sale Begins at 11am Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Athena Delphian Bake sale will be held Friday November 18th on the courthouse lawn from 11am to 1pm or until sold out. There will be a great selection of homemade cakes, pies, breads, soups, and casseroles for sale.

KSP Seeks Public Help on Missing Paducah Woman

Paducah- Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s assistance locating Lori Peavy.  Ms. Peavy was last seen Wednesday around 3:00 p.m. in the Paducah, Kentucky area.  At the time of her last known sighting, Ms. Peavy was in the company of Billy Jo Williams.

Ms. Peavy is described as a 41 year old white female, with long light brown hair.  She is 5’04”, and weighs approximately 135 lbs.  

Mr. Williams is described as a 42 white male, with short dark hair and a receding hairline.  He is 5’09”, and weighs approximately 155 lbs.  Mr. Williams has multiple active warrants to include a felony indictment in Kentucky for Assault 2nd Degree.  He is to be considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Mr. Williams and Ms. Peavy have ties to several states to include Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana and Tennessee.

The Kentucky State Police are concerned for the safety of Ms. Peavy and requests anyone who may know her whereabouts to call immediately.

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

City of Paris Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th and reopen Monday November 27th. The Paris Civic Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and reopen on Friday November 24th at 6am.

The City Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday thru Saturday November 23-25 and will reopen Monday November 27th. The Landfill will be closed Thursday thru Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend as well, and reopen Monday the 27th.

The Paris Public Works Department will be closed November 23rd and 24th. Trash will be picked up Wednesday November 22nd for Wednesday and Thursday and all trash must be out by 7am Wednesday the 22nd. Public Works will open back up November 27th.

LBL Cub Scout Day is Saturday

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Woodlands Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes will host Cub Scout Day this Saturday November 18th from 10am-3pm. Hands-on activities based on honing survival skills and hiking strategies will help Cub Scouts earn belt loops for Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos.

Cub Scouts can come with their pack or individually with parents and are encouraged to bring friends. Plan to spend at least two hours to complete all activities. Most activities will be outdoors. General admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and $3 for ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. For more information log onto the official website, www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll free 1-800-525-7077.

Reminder: Lioness Club Soup and Sandwich Luncheon is Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club is hosting their Annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon on Friday, November 17th from 11am to 2:30pm at the First United Methodist Church.

The Soup and Sandwich Luncheon is all you can eat and includes: homemade vegetable soup with turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwiches, a drink and dessert. Tickets for the event cost $10 per person and take outs are also available. You can also shop at the Paris Lioness Club’s Country Store and Bake Shop for unique gifts. All of the proceeds will go towards sight conservation.

For more information about this event or the Paris Lioness Club please call President Mary Lodge at 731-644-1018.

Library Hosting 18 Local Authors Saturday for Meet and Greet

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host 18 Tennessee authors at a book signing/author meet and greet event this Saturday November 18th from 11am-1pm. Stop by and meet some local authors and get new reading materials or Christmas gifts. Refreshments will be served.

Man Charged With Public Intoxication, Other Charges Possible

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police responded to the loading dock area behind Burke’s Tuesday night after a woman had called saying she heard yelling from back there. Ptl. Jacob Howington found Justin Martin, 28, with listed address at 716 Memorial Drive and another man. The men said they were homeless and just sleeping on the dock and all was fine.

A couple hours later, another call came in for yelling in the same area and when Ptl. Howington arrived, he found Martin bleeding on his face and both men said Martin fell off the dock and hit the ground. Martin also admitted to drinking some alcohol.

Ptl. Howington took Martin to the ER to check on injuries and they stated his jaw was broke. He also charged Martin with public intoxication. The ER staff called Ptl. Howington back saying the other man was saying he was sexually assaulted by Martin. The man said Martin forced him to take his clothes off and perform sexual acts. Investigation is now continuing on possible sexual assault and battery charges for Martin.

Some arrests from overnight include Inv. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department charging Candace S. Steele,36, of 1655 Old Paris Murray Road, with simple possession of schedule 2. Another arrest was for Alyvia Parks, 18, of Guthrie Road, with DUI, possession of schedule 2, 4, and 6. Parks was placed on $1500 bond.

TVA Reports Strong Financial Position for FY 2017

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority today reported a net income of $685 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017, as compared to $1.2 billion for the prior year, on slightly higher revenues. The lower net income was largely driven by the additional $500 million contribution TVA elected to make to the retirement system.

TVA reported total operating revenues of $10.7 billion for the year ended September 30, 2017, up one percent from the prior year, primarily due to higher fuel cost recovery revenues. TVA’s power sales were down about two percent for the year, impacted by extremely mild weather that affected sales to local power companies. Fuel and purchased power expenses were $70 million, or about two percent, higher than the prior year, largely driven by higher prices for natural gas and lower hydroelectric production. 

“The prolonged warmer weather over the summer and fall, combined with our efforts to improve operational efficiency, created a level of strong performance by TVA employees that allowed us to accelerate our long-term financial plans,” said TVA Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. “As a result, we were able to provide low-cost power, carry out our responsibilities for stewardship and economic development, invest more than $2 billion in capital improvements to our system and still reduce our debt and financing obligations by nearly $200 million – the first year TVA has lowered debt levels since the implementation of the long-range financial plan in 2013.” This will help reduce interest expense going forward, which will assist with decreasing O&M in future years.

Total operating and maintenance expense was $520 million higher for the year ended September 30, 2017, as compared to the prior year. This was due to the additional pension contribution of $500 million, and higher planned nuclear outage expenses.  When excluding these items, operating and maintenance expense was lower in 2017 than the previous year. 

“Favorable results provided TVA the opportunity to make $800 million in total contributions to our retirement system in 2017,” said TVA Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “The additional funding has put us on a more confident path to fully fund the pension plan, and will help ensure the health of our retirement system for the future.” In 2017, TVA committed to contributing $300 million annually over 20 years to the pension fund.

Additional highlights of TVA’s fiscal year 2017 results include:

  • During 2017, TVA continued to move to a more balanced generating portfolio providing cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy. Besides two newly commercialized generating sources during the fiscal year - Watts Bar Nuclear Unit 2 and natural gas-fired Paradise Combined Cycle - the Allen Combined Cycle Plant began pre-commercial operation in September 2017. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.

  • TVA expanded its renewable energy supply by beginning to purchase power under a 75 MW contract for solar power from a facility in northern Alabama and also ventured into a one MW, self-constructed solar energy facility at its Allen site.  

  • Because of a strong financial position in 2017, helped by greater operating efficiencies, TVA was able to fund capital investments primarily from operating funds instead of increasing debt.

 

Selected Financial Data

For the Years Ended September 30

Sales, Revenues & Expenses

2017

2016

Sales (millions of kWh)

   152,362

    155,855

Operating Revenues ($ millions)

 $  10,739

 $   10,616

Fuel & Purchased Power

       3,160

        3,090

Total Operating & Maintenance

       3,362

        2,842

     Pension Cost / Contributions

      800

       275

     Outage O&M

      248

       190

     O&M excl. Pension & Outage

   2,314

    2,377

Interest Expense

       1,346

   1,136

Net Income

 $       685

 $     1,233

Net Cash Provided by / (Used in)

($ millions)

2017

2016

Operating Activities

 $    2,736

 $    3,042

Investing Activities

      (2,536)

      (3,113)

Financing Activities

         (200)

            71

Net Change in Cash & Cash Equivalents

            -  

            -  

Cottage Grove Holds Quick Nov. Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session for November on Tuesday night and learned BPU had reported that the protector screen on the emergency siren was damaged but has since been repaired and is working properly.

Mayor David Jackson gave a report about the Emergency Management meeting with Henry County officials and mentioned the north entry hall of the school, leading to the City Hall Office, has been cleaned. The council also decided to look into new blinds in the City Hall office.

Festival of Trees Applications Due Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will once again bring Festival of Trees, a Christmas Tree showcase, downtown and applications for this year’s event are due this Friday November 17th.

Applications are available at the DPA office, located at 203 N. Fentress St., as well as online at www.visitdowntownparis.com. Space is limited so only about 25 trees will be accepted.

Festival of Trees will once again be held at 110 West Washington Street on the court square. It will open December 5th at 8am with the Chamber Coffee. Awards include” Most Creative, Most Traditional, 1st-3rd places; Best Theme, Out of the Box, and Best of Show. The People’s Choice award will be awarded at the conclusion of the event on December 17th.

Hours to view Festival of Trees are Tuesday thru Friday 11am to 4pm. Saturdays 10-2 and Sundays 1-4pm. A dollar donation is requested from each visitor. Festival of Trees will run Dec. 5-17 and staffing will be overseen by the DPA. To volunteer call 653-7274.

Golf Banquet Held to Wrap up HCHS Golf Season

Front Row (L to R): JT Lagace, Jameson Robbins, Eli Ridgeway, Jack Foster, Bentley Irby, Annie Veazey, Sydney Williams, Raven Page, Rachel Mitchell. Back row: Chase Wyrick, Trent Nichols, Cameron May, Adam Rogers, Leah Bell, Victoria Thomas.

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Golf Teams held their 2017 banquet this week and honored different golfers. Adam Rogers, Cameron May, Trent Nichols, and Leah Bell were recognized with Senior Awards. Jack Foster and Bentley Irby won Newcomers of the Year.

Leah Bell and Eli Ridgeway took the Lowest Average Award, Cameron May and Rachel Mitchell took academic awards home. The team gave out plaques of appreciation to Security Bank, the Paris Country Club, and Paris Landing State Park. The golf teams are coached by Brian Welp.

PSSD Doing Well in Latest State Testing Data

Dr. Gerrell discusses the latest data from state testing. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met Tuesday night and heard a presentation of District and School data from the latest round of state testing.

Director of Schools Dr. Norma Gerrell went over the scores and in the value added category system wide the overall score was a 5, the highest possible score, showing the system is improving. She said there are specific areas that need improvement as well and we continue to work on that everyday with our teachers and staff.

Dr. Gerrell said we are scoring very well in achievement, but we’ve not yet figured out a way to score better in value added across the board, but we are working on it with other systems that have scored high in both.

Dr. Gerrell said we are doing very well in science, but those standards and tests will change in 2018-19. The PSSD is little ahead of the state average in math and a little behind in English Language Arts. Dr. Gerrell said, “I’m extremely pleased, our students are on track and our teachers are doing great.”

PSSD Board Hears Updates on Rhea Construction, Approves Change Order for Tile

Paris, Tenn.- Retired Superintendent Mike Brown, who continues to work on an extended contract with PSSD, gave an update on the Rhea Construction project. He said the weather has put us a little bit behind and 2/3 of the slab has been poured and the safe space cap will be poured next week, weather permitting.

Mr. Brown also said the carpet in the kindergarten hallway needs to be replaced and that is not in the original plans. Brown said we can remove the old carpet and the new price would be around $17K to tile the hallway. He said we can use savings from the FEMA Grants to pay for this. The board approved a motion for a change order to tile the hallway not to exceed $25K with total scope of that part of the project.

This is Phase 3 of the project, the anticipated final phase, which includes the cafeteria, kitchen, and storm shelter at Rhea. Target completion for this part of the project is August of 2018.

Board Agrees to Start with Morning Bus Monitors in January

Paris, Tenn.- In her report, Dr. Gerrell discussed the bus monitor issue again. She said currently 9 buses don’t have morning bus monitors and the cost to pay for this from January to May would be over $23K. Dr. Gerrell said they’ve received word that the BEP funds will be increased by $21K due to a miscalculation. She suggested they use that money and move forward with adding morning bus monitors.

Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray said, “I think adding the morning monitors would put our bus drivers at ease as they would only have to worry about driving, not if kids are sick or having any issues.”

Inman Roof Repairs Tops Maintenance Needs in PSSD 5 Year Plan

Paris, Tenn.- The board held another retreat discussing items on their 5 year plan. Director of Facilities Jason Coffield went over some of the top needs including roof repair at Inman over the kitchen area which has experienced some leaking. He said the biggest issues are were the hallway meets the gym as the seams on the black rubber roof are starting to wear out. He said, “this will be an issue if we neglect it too much longer, he said we need to do what we did over the gym already with the white roof that has newer technology.”

The board also discussed the debt service and what the board owes and when projected pay offs are. The bond for the Rhea project is the main issue and Budget Director Mandy Hudgins said we are trying to be aggressive and pay it off as soon as possible.

Hudgins told the board Paris Elementary will be paid off this year, a debt taken out around 20 years ago.

The board also learned health insurance costs to the system were not as bad as anticipated for the upcoming year after open enrollment. She said they were about $18K short, but at one time feared that could be as much as $150K short of the budget. Hudgins said BEP funds will increase in this area come January and the system will be reimbursed some of that amount.

Krezinski, Salvation Army Receive Top Volunteer Awards

Paris, Tenn.- A local organization dedicated to helping those in need and an extraordinary, long-time volunteer at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department were recognized at the annual Paris-Henry County Volunteer Center Annual Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, November 14 at the Lee Academy for the Arts. 

Volunteer Center Director, Tara Wilson presented the award for Volunteer Site of the Year to the Salvation Army, a local organization who has been grounded in Henry County for many years and is devoted to helping those less fortunate.

Sheriff Monte Belew presented John Krezinski with the Volunteer of the Year. He is a long-time volunteer at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department who has volunteered 40-60 hours per week for many years, John was described by Sheriff Belew as “the hardest working county employee in Henry County and doesn't get paid a dime. The Sheriff's Office couldn't do without him as he saves the county approximately $50,000 per year!”

According to Tara Wilson, “The hours these volunteers contribute are absolutely remarkable.  Their dedication to the organizations is very admirable.  Without the selfless contribution of their time and talents, many of the sites would be unable to continue providing such vital services to our community.” Volunteers within Paris and Henry County contributed approximately 40,000 hours of volunteer service in 2016. 

The Volunteer Center is a joint project of the City of Paris and Henry County, administered by the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee.

KSP Seek Public's Help in Finding Escapee from Marshall Co. Jail

Benton, Ky.- Kentucky State Police are looking for an escapee from Marshall County Jail.  On Monday, November 13, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. KSP Post 1 responded to Marshall County Jail for a report of an inmate escape.

Dakota W. Reeder, age 20, originally of Simpsonville, Kentucky left the Marshall County Class D Facility at just before 8:30 p.m.  He is a white male, 5’06”, 140 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, dark tennis shoes, and a black long sleeve shirt.  

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

Deer Causes Car Fire Tuesday Morning

(Reggie Coles photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department was dispatched to 13875 Hwy. 79 N for a car on fire at 5:30am Tuesday morning. Units found a 2014 Chevy Cruze engulfed in flames. The driver, Willie Owens of Jackson, stated he hit a deer and the car caught fire. It was a total loss estimated at $7K. Two trucks and 8 firefighters were on scene for about 1 hour. Mr. Owens was not hurt in the incident.

Seasonal Closures at NWR Begin Wednesday, Plenty Still Open

Springville, Tenn.- Beginning Wednesday November 15th, some areas of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge, will be seasonally closed to the public for the winter. These areas will be closed thru March 15th primarily to minimize disturbance to wintering waterfowl and nesting bald eagles that visit the area this time of year.

For great views of the lake, or for waterfowl and wildlife viewing opportunities, there are still some areas on both refuges open to daylight visitation during winter months.

At Cross Creeks NWR, the newly constructed visitor center located at 643 Wildlife Drive in Dover remains open 7am-3:30pm during weekdays. An excellent view looking down on the refuge is offered at this location from the visitor center from the adjacent observation deck.

On the Tennessee NWR in Springville, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive, the visitor center is open Monday thru Saturday 8-4.It has hands on exhibits, group tours, education programs, and more.

Other areas still open during the winter months include the Big Sandy Unit, the main road running thru the Big Sandy Peninsula remains open. Here is a great area to see bald eagles. At Britton Ford/Sulphur Wells, the observation deck extends visitors an outstanding view of the refuge waters and shorelines and woodlands. The Duck River Bottoms with the main road and Pintail Point observation deck is open year round.

For more information on the Tennessee NWR call 642-2091, for Cross Creeks call 931-232-7477. Websites for both are also available.

PSSD BOE Meets Tues. Night; Retreat Planned for More Discussion

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will hold their November meeting Tuesday night, a week earlier than normal time. The meeting is at 6:30pm at the Central Office and items on the agenda include a presentation of district and school data from latest state testing. After regular business, the board will go into a retreat to continue discussing the 5 year plan as they did last month.

HAVOC in Henry County Huge Success Again

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Downtown Boxing held the third annual Havoc In Henry County Boxing Tournament Saturday night. The tournament featured eighteen bouts with boxers from fifteen different clubs. These clubs came from six different states to participate. Coach Derik Moon said “there were four hundred in attendance not counting the boxers and coaches. We are very humbled and proud that our community came out to support us and enjoy a fun family event.”

Funds raised helps the Paris Downtown Boxing Club. (Miranda Moon photo)

UTM Empty Bowls Soup Luncheon Fundraiser is Nov. 18th

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts will host the 14th annual Empty Bowls Soup Lunch fundraiser from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Fine Arts Building’s Little Theatre. Proceeds from the event benefit the hunger relief efforts of We Care Inc. in Martin.

David McBeth, UT Martin professor of art, donates his time and the cost of materials to make bowls for the annual fundraiser. UT Martin students also help with meal preparations, serving and cleanup. Several of McBeth's students assist in making the bowls while students from across campus help glaze the bowls in the studio. The UT Martin Wesley Foundation is also a strong supporter and active participant in the Empty Bowls project.

For a $10 donation, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat soup lunch and take home one of McBeth’s handcrafted, standard-sized bowls. Larger bowls will have suggested donation values. A $5 donation is requested for those who only wish to eat, but UT Martin students can eat for free.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at 731-881-7400.

MSU "So Much Between" Art Exhibit on Display Nov. 17-Dec. 6

Murray, Ky.- The department of art and design at Murray State University presents “So Much Between,” a new exhibit featuring the work of Danielle Mužina and Ariel Lavery, on display in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery from Nov. 17 through Dec. 6.

“So Much Between” is a dialogue between two artists whose works use the language of the domestic sphere to muse on a vast landscape of discontents regarding identity and behavior from the personal to the national scale. Both Lavery and Mužina use their art to reflect on conditions of their respective childhoods and hint at the ways that familiar spaces can be much more than their objective structures. 
 
Mužina and Lavery work with multiple processes and formats, incorporating found objects and digital methods into two- and three-dimensional practices. The images, maps and direct experiences referenced are historical records of human observations that become enlivened and re-contextualized through the artists’ creations and conversations.
 
Mužina is an artist and educator from Cleveland, Ohio, who now works as an assistant professor of painting at Murray State and maintains strong connections to her family’s Croatian heritage. She first earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Ohio Wesleyan University before completing her master’s degree in studio art at Eastern Illinois University and her MFA in painting from Miami University. She has studied painting abroad at the Jerusalem Studio School in Italy, was part of Ohio Wesleyan’s New York Arts Program and was recently a resident artist at the Chautauqua School of Art in New York. Mužina has exhibited her work nationally and has received several grants and awards for her work in both painting and poetry. She currently lives and works in Murray and is looking forward to an upcoming residency at the Vermont Studio Center this winter.
 
Lavery graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in 2007 and received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. She has exhibited extensively around the country and has work in private collections in Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Colorado and Connecticut. She has also organized, curated and juried several exhibitions in Maine, Massachusetts and Tennessee in addition to being a member of COOP Gallery, a Nashville-based art collective. Lavery is a 2013 recipient of the Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which helped her develop a project based on the culture of Murray. In 2016, she was part of the inaugural class of artists participating in Nashville’s Metro Arts Learning Lab, which was funded by a National Endowment for the Arts initiative designed to aid artists in developing methods of civic engagement in their practice. Lavery currently serves as the assistant professor of sculpture at Watkins College of Art, Design and Film in Nashville.
 
“So Much Between,” featuring Mužina and Lavery’s work, will be on display in the Clara M. Eagle Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on Murray State’s campus. A meet and greet with the artists will take place during the opening Friday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bethel Dept. Of Music Presents Upcoming Concerts

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Division of Music will present several upcoming musical presentations. Each of these events is free and open to the public.

First, Sarah Katherine Fortson will present her Senior Voice Recital on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Odom Recital and Lecture Hall on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.

Second, a number of students will present their Jr./Sr. Project Performances on Thursday, Nov, 16. This event will also be held in Odom Recital and Lecture Hall and will begin at 7 p.m.

Finally, The Bethel Percussion Ensemble will present a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 21. This event will be held in the L.J. Turner Recital Hall in the Marrs-Stockton Music Building, and it will begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Keith Herris at herrisk@bethelu.edu.

Big Sandy Man Killed in Accident at PML

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated the Sheriff's Office, Rescue Squad, Paris Fire Department, and EMS responded to PML Monday afternoon to an accidental death.

Bobby Smith, 46 of Big Sandy, was pronounced dead at the scene and investigation revealed he had become entangled in a piece of industrial equipment.

The body will be sent for autopsy due to the tragic accident happening in the workplace. Sheriff Monte Belew said, "our prayers go out to the friends and family of Mr. Smith during this time."

Budget Committee Approves Adding School Bond to Budget

County Mayor Brent Greer informs the budget committee of upgrade in rating for the County to AA status. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session for November on Monday night and approved some budget transfers in the General purpose school fund, the biggest which set up a new special account for the bond issue on the High School Project.

The bond of over $8.8M was issued recently and the system budget director LonNita McDonald said she went ahead and set up the account so when bills start coming due, they can begin paying them.

Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said, “we are thankful to the budget committee, Mayor Greer, Pat, and the entire commission for all their work on this and we are ready to be diligent with the funds, but make sure we get top quality work as well.”

Dr. Norton said if all goes well, the project completion date is somewhere in the vicinity of May of 2019, or about 18-20 months from now.

Other transfers in the general purpose school fund included adding $599 for Plus Endowment Grant and adding CTE Grants in the amount of $107K.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer told budget committee members at the beginning of Monday’s meeting, “we beat expectations on the school bonds and our rating has moved up to AA, which is an upgrade for us.”

Mayor Greer said we went to the market at a good time and it shows 45% of debt will be paid off in 2023 and 100% of county debt would be paid off come 2029. The wheel tax is part of the funding for the school project and will come off July 1, 2025.

In other business Monday night, budget transfers were made in the General Purpose fund including moving money around in the Sheriff’s budget to accept the Governor’s Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $5K. Another $5K was noted in the budget as a donation receive by the Sheriff’s Department Animal Shelter.

The Budget committee also welcomed newest member Jack Veazey Monday night.

Paris PD Seeks Public Help with Missing Juvenile

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating a missing 17 year old female that had left home without consent of her guardian on November 7th.

Brooke McCartney was last seen Wednesday November 7th around 8-8:30pm. Family stated they had received a text on the 8th at 2:14pm stating she was going to eat with a family friend named Gina and she would be home that evening around 6pm. She was last seen wearing a red hoodie and black sweatpants. She has family in the Camden area and has been entered as a missing juvenile.

Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.

MCU Charges Two Puryear Residents with Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit has charged two Puryear residents with drug possession over the weekend. Thomas L. Kempainen, age 19 and Sarah Boyd, age 40, of 134 S. Sycamore Street were arrested and charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and placed on $1K bond each.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a man in Indianapolis called to report several items missing from his boat while he fished in a tournament last weekend in Henry County. The report said the GPS, fishing tackle, and several things valuing over $2600 were stolen. Deputies continue to search for suspects.

Another report of theft came from a home on Old McKenzie Hwy. where a three ton floor jack and computer scanner were stolen. Police have no suspects in this theft either.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County sheriff’s Office charged Justin Hughes, age 26, of Springville with aggravated assault, domestic assault, and resisting arrest over the weekend after he responded to an incident of a domestic. Hughes was determined to be a primary aggressor in the incident and refused to comply with Cpl. Jenkins.

Get Ready for Homemakers' Holiday on Wednesday and Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County FCE Clubs will be presenting Homemakers’ Holiday on Wednesday, November 15th from 3pm to 6pm and Thursday, November 16th from 9am to 2pm in the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds, which is located at 517 Royal Oak Drive in Paris.

Admission to Homemakers' Holiday is free. On Thursday only they will have the Nibbles Bar so stop by and try their delicious treats from 11am to 2pm and the cost for the Nibbles Bar is $5 per person.

TN Joins 24 Other States and Dissolves Deceptive Veterans' Charity

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery, III and law enforcement partners in 24 states announced a settlement with VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s termination.

In March 2017, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged thousands of deceptive solicitation violations against Vietnow, for misrepresenting its charitable programs to donors through misleading telemarketing solicitation scripts. In its most recent financial statement, VietNow reported raising nearly $2 million nationwide; only 5 percent of funds raised went to charitable programs. Attorneys general in multiple states soon began their own investigations of VietNow, which led to the present negotiated resolution.

“I hope this will serve as a warning to organizations that attempt to prey on the giving nature of Tennesseans,” Secretary Hargett said. “I am thankful for the swift action of the states that joined forces to put a stop to this organization’s deceitful solicitations.”

The settlement resolves the allegations and investigations by appointing a receiver to dissolve VietNow. VietNow’s directors and officers have already resigned or will resign in cooperation with the participating states, and the settlement requires their cooperation in investigations of the organization’s professional fundraisers. Upon dissolution, VietNow’s remaining funds will be paid to two well-respected veterans charities, Fisher House Foundation and Operation Homefront.

“An organization that takes advantage of well-meaning donors has no business operating,” said General Slatery. “This settlement ensures the generous donations made by Tennesseans will reach the veterans charities they intended to help.”

If you are aware of false, misleading or deceptive activity, please notify the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming at 1-800-861-7393 or (615) 741-2555. For more information on charitable organizations, donations and solicitations visit sos.tn.gov/charitable.

Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale this Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Fall Book Sale at the W.G. Rhea Public Library will run Tuesday thru Saturday this week in the meeting room and bookstore from 9-4 Tuesday thru Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday.

For current Friends of the Library members, all merchandise is 50% off. Non-members can save 25%. There will be select Children’s books in the meeting room that is part of the sale. Applications to become a Friends member will be on hand at the sale and you can receive the 50% discount.

Money raised from the Fall Sale along with everyday transactions at the Bookstore goes to support the Library. Recent money has helped pay for new tables and chairs in the refurbished meeting rooms and LED lighting in the bookstore, and funding for wi-fi hotspots at the Library. For more information on the Fall Book Sale call the Library at 642-1702.

Puryear Man Dead After Standoff With Police

Henry County, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, Nov. 12th Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with Calloway County units responded to a vehicle pursuit of Trevor Trull, age 33 of Puryear.

The incident began earlier in the day when Calloway County stopped a vehicle that Trull was a passenger in. The driver of that vehicle was detained by Calloway County, during this time Trull moved over to the driver’s seat and fled the scene.  Officers gave chase but eventually lost contact with the vehicle.

 Later, Calloway County responded to a call of a wreck. While investigating that call they discovered that the wrecked vehicle had also been stolen by Trull, during this time they spotted Trull in a third stolen vehicle. They later discovered that this vehicle was stolen from an elderly man who had been assaulted by Trull during the theft. The elderly man had to be taken to Calloway County Medical Center for treatment as a result. Calloway county gave chase to this vehicle but eventually lost contact near the Tennessee Kentucky state line.

After learning of the situation Sgt. Bryan Hall and Cpl. Brian Davis responded to the area. Cpl. Davis spotted the stolen vehicle at Shady Grove Market in Henry County. While the two were investigating the stolen vehicle, Trull had already made his way inside the business. Unknown to Sgt. Hall and Cpl. Davis, Trull had robbed the owner and had stolen two guns from the store. Trull then ran outside and stole a fourth car and fled north toward Kentucky.

Sgt. Hall and Cpl. Davis immediately pursued the vehicle. During the chase Trull held a gun out the window and fired shots. Calloway County units then rejoined the pursuit and were able to successfully deploy spike strips resulting in the vehicles tires being flattened. Trull then pulled into the driveway of a home in Calloway County.

Trull jumped out of the car and pointed his gun at Cpl. Davis who was forced to take cover. Trull then tried to break in to the home but was unsuccessful. The owners of the home, in fear for their safety, took shelter in an upstairs bedroom and had armed themselves.

During this time officers had surrounded the home. Trull then turned the gun on himself. Officers from both counties tried to reason with Trull in an effort to end the incident peacefully but Trull ignored officers and shot himself. EMS workers quickly arrived on scene but were unable to revive Trull. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sheriff Belew was quoted as saying “We are very happy that this extremely violent incident ended without any officers or innocent bystanders lives lost as well.”

Police Looking for Paris Man Who's Wanted After Evading Police and Causing Another Vehicle to Wreck on Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Police are still looking for Chad Evans, age 37 of Memorial Drive of Paris, who is wanted on multiple charges after evading police and causing another vehicle to wreck on Friday night.  

While on patrol, Cpl. Blake Jenkins observed Evans sitting in a car in a parking lot on HWY 69 South. Cpl. Jenkins did have prior knowledge that Evans had active warrants for violation of probation and when Cpl. Jenkins pulled into the parking lot Evans drove off and he refused to stop at any stop signs. Evans continued to evade police down HWY 69 South. As Evans tried to pass a semi on a curve another vehicle hit a ditch in order to avoid hitting Evans vehicle head on.

Police later called off the pursuit due to Evans’ reckless driving. Cpl. Jenkins is charging Evans with driving on a revoked license, felony evading arrest and felony reckless endangerment.

Benefit Lunch for Deputy Krezinski is Thursday, Pre-Orders are Due by Wednesday


Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is holding a Benefit Lunch for Deputy John Krezinski on Thursday, November 16th from 11am to 2pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

You will have a choice of a ribeye,chicken or grilled bologna sandwich with chips and a drink for $8. The HCSO will deliver 6 or more orders and you can fax orders to 641-6393 or email orders to adavis@henrycountysheriff.org. Please have pre-orders in by Wednesday, November 15th.

John Krezinski has volunteered as a Transport Deputy at the Henry County Sheriff's Office since 2006. Deputy Krezinski has  worked over 3,000 hours for the HCSO just this year. He volunteers his time to this county with absolutely no pay and he is a huge asset to to everyone at the HCSO. Deputy Krezinski has been recently diagnosed with his second round of cancer and he will begin chemo treatments soon.

The Henry County Sherriff’s Office is asking everyone in the community to come out on Thursday and buy a plate lunch in order to raise money to help take the burden of travel and medical costs off of Deputy Krezinski and his family as much as possible.  

Rockin' Out at the DPA's Brews, Blues and BBQ


Enjoying music from the band 24 Seven and Rockin’ Randall French at Brews, Blues & BBQ. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Large crowds came out to enjoy the Downtown Paris Association's Brews, Blues & BBQ on Saturday night.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Entertainment was provided by the band 24 Seven with Rockin’ Randall French, Perry's BBQ provided BBQ and there was plenty of brews that included draft beer and a full bar.


Getting platefuls of Perry's BBQ at Brews, Blues & BBQ. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Throughout the evening attendees got the chance to win a Paris queen-sized quilt, a Yeti cooler, a vintage Paris Monopoly Game, and other Paris items.

Money raised at the event benefited the Downtown Paris Association.

Havoc in Henry County Draws Large Crowd of Spectators on Saturday Night


(Kyle Cronkright photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd attended the Paris Downtown Boxing’s 3rd HAVOC in Henry County on Saturday night at Central School as the bleachers quickly filled up with spectators waiting to see the fights.


(Kyle Cronkright photos)

The event was a USA boxing sanctioned event and several bouts were planned.


(Kyle Cronkright photos)

Several Arrested for Alcohol Related Offenses

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Sgt. Forsythe arrested Harley Williams, age 20 of Lampkins Road of Cottage Grove, for driving under the influence. Williams was placed on $1,500 bond.

Trooper Tyler Milam arrested Ronald Gaskins, age 58 of Cedar Street of Cottage Grove, for driving under the influence. Gaskins was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Justin Martin, age 28 of Memorial Drive of Paris, for public intoxication. Martin was placed on $250 bond.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Theft

Gibson County, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brent Coffman arrested Jared Parks, age 33 of Cherry Avenue West of McKenzie, for two counts of theft of property. Parks was placed on $3,000 bond.

Songs of Thanks for Veterans on Veteran's Day


The crowd rises to salute the American flag. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd filled the seat of KPAC as the  Krider Performing Arts Center held a free concert on Saturday afternoon in honor of Veteran’s Day Celebration. The concert featured music by the Cumberland Winds Concert Band from Clarksville along with performances from the Lakewood Elementary School 3rd Grade Chorus led by Conductor Jenny Cooper.  


Lakewood Elementary School 3rd Grade Chorus led by Conductor Jenny Cooper singing patriotic songs thanking local veterans that were in the crowd. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The performances were filled with inspiring and patriotic music, ending with a salute to men and women from each branch of service. The Veteran’s Day Celebration concert at KPAC was a great reminder that veterans are patriots and heroes that answer the call and especially on Veteran’s Day we can all take a minute and salute and thank our veterans who protect and serve our country.


Cumberland Winds Concert Band from Clarksville performing some patriotic songs in honor of our veterans on Veteran's Day. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Veteran's Day Celebration featuring The Cumberland Winds was sponsored in memory of Marine PFC Earl W. Harris and the Henry County Sheriff's Office presented the Colors.

Showing Support for Our Veterans on Veterans Day


A soldier from the National Guard greets the crowd as several people thanked him for his service to our country. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Large crowds came out to show their support for our veterans and all of their sacrifices at the 10th Annual Henry County Veterans Day Parade which was held on Saturday on Veteran’s Day November 11th as first responders, veterans, the HCHS Marching Patriots, the National Guard and more marched in the Annual Veterans Day Parade.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Ann Smith, President and Chairman of the Veteran Service Committee for Henry County, said that this year’s parade is extra special since they moved the start time to 11am, so that the parade would fall  in line with the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, when Veteran’s Day originated. Smith said this year the parade had around 49  participants and over 20 veterans will be recognized in individual cars this year.


The Marching Patriots performing Patriotic songs at the 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

This year’s Grand Marshall of the Henry County Veteran’s Day Parade will be Georg Todd. Mr. Todd was born and raised in Henry County and graduated from Central School in 1965. Shortly after graduation from Vocational Tech in McKenzie, Todd was drafted into the United States Marine Corps.


Georg Todd waiving to the crowd of people who came out to show their support for our veterans. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Todd has been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 stars, Vietnam Campaign medal, Combat Action ribbon and Presidential unit citation, and awards in the Marines and Navy.

On Saturday, this Veterans Day we  should all thank, remember and honor our veterans, so if you see or know someone who is or has served in the military stop by and thank them for their service and all of the sacrifices they have made.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

Patriots Roll to the 3rd Round of the Playoffs With a Win Over Munford


#2 Savon Stewart behind blocks from #45 Caleb Orr and #7 Caleb McCutcheon carries the ball during Friday nights game with Munford.  (Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In the second round of the playoffs  the Henry County Patriots defeated the Munford Cougars at home on Friday winning 42-7.

The Henry County  Patriots advance to the 3rd round of the playoffs to play the Brighton Cardinals at home at 7pm on Friday, November 17th.

The pregame show will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1fm and on WMUF 104.7fm. You can also listen to the game online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

With 7:33 left in the 1st quarter, Gray Gardner had a 4yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. At the end of the 1st quarter,  Henry County led Munford 7-0.


#87 Sam Murphey with a 21 yard pass reception.  (Timothy Pharr photos)

At the 9:10 mark in the 2nd quarter, Gray Gardner had a 1yd rushing touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The Patriots led Munford 14-0.  With 7:01 left in the 2nd quarter, Caleb McCutcheon scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. Henry County led Munford 21-0. At 5:57 left in the 1st half, Munford scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good as the Patriots led Munford 21-7.

With 6 seconds left in the 2nd quarter QB Will Parrish threw an 11yd touchdown pass to Savon Stewart and the point after attempt was good. At halftime Henry County led Munford 28-7.  In the 3rd quarter, neither team scored as the score was Henry County 28, Munford 7.


#2 Savon Stewart hauls in a 11 yard touchdown pass. (Timothy Pharr photos)

In the 4th quarter, Will Parrish threw a 41yd touchdown pass to  Ethan Thompson and the point after attempt was good. At the 7:27 mark Henry County led Munford  35-7. With 1:18 left in the 4th quarter, Caleb McCutcheon scored a 10yd touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The final score was the Henry County Patriots 42, Munford Cougars 7.

The Henry County Patriots are now 9-3 on the season and 6-0 in Region 7-5A action.

Paris Woman Arrested for Criminally Negligent Homicide

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Brian Davis arrested Amy Floyd, age 49 of Birds Creek Road of Paris, for criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. Floyd was placed on $10,000 bond.  

Few People Arrested on Drug and Alcohol Related Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Detinee Tidwell, age 25 of Pleasant View Resort Road of Springville, for driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of legend drugs. Tidwell was placed on $1,500 bond for the DUI and possession charges.

At the jail, Deputy Staci Beecham charged Tidwell with contraband in a penal institution. Tidwell was placed on $3,000 bond for the contraband charge.

In another report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jacob Howingtown arrested Elizabeth Browning, age 32 of Halls Creek Road of Waverly, for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Browning was placed on $500 bond.

Upcoming Expansion at EuroTransciatura Means 40 Jobs

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission learned a planned addition at Eurotransciatura USA would eventually equal 40 jobs at the facility.

Euro plans to add a 51K sq. foot addition to the rear of their existing building, 2700 W. West Street, formerly Tecumseh. A representative from the company told planners the site plan would be finished in a week or two hopefully as they are aggressively working to get it done. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris told planning commission members they could call a special called meeting to approve the site plan and expedite the process if Euro gets it done before December’s scheduled planning commission meeting.

Planners also approved two new rezoning requests at their November meeting on Thursday night. A request from Mike Garner was approved at 246 Memorial Drive to go from B-1 to TRB or Transitional Residential Business. The property has a house which is used as a residence and the way it is currently zone a potential buyer who wanted the property to remain residential was unable to secure financing on it.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the question before the Planning commission is whether the City should force the commercialization of property in the area. Properties on the south side of Memorial Drive are zoned B-1 and properties on the north side from the cemetery to Glisson Road are zoned B-3. All of these properties face the same scenario as the property in question since they are still used as residential.

A TRB zone allows residential by right where it is strictly prohibited in a B-1 or B-3 zone. The planning commission decided to and send the request back to the City Commission for a public hearing prior to their December 7th meeting.

Planners also approved a rezoning request for Troy Crawford for property at 600 Russell Street from M-2 to B-1. Crawford was to develop the property for retail sales.

 

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