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159 5th Graders Graduate from D.A.R.E. Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- 159 5th graders from Paris and Henry County graduated from the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education program, or D.A.R.E., on Thursday at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Paris Police Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker and Ptl. Jordan Klutts are instructors for the program and Katlyn Overton, TN D.A.R.E. Officers Youth Advisory Board Member was the guest speaker.

 Essay winners were Taylor Waddell and Camron Foust. Pictured are Front Row: L to R: Taylor Waddell, Daren the DARE mascot, Camron Foust. Second Row: L to R: Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker DARE Instructor, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, City Manager Kim Foster, Ptl. Jordan Klutts DARE Instructor, and PES Principal Chip Gray. (Tammy Walker photo)

State Unemployment Rate at 4.8% for Oct.

Nashville- Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for October was a 4.8%, up from September’s rate of 4.6%. The National rate for October is 4.9%, down a tenth of a point from September.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.6% to 4.8%, while the national rate declined from 5.0% to 4.9%. The largest job increases from September to October were in leisure/hospitality, professional/business services, and education and health services. County unemployment numbers will be released next week.

City of Paris Announces Thanksgiving Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced its 2016 Thanksgiving Closings. The Paris Public Works Department will be closed Thursday and Friday November 24 and 25. On Wednesday the 23rd, PPW will pick up trash for Wednesday and Thursday, have it out by 7am. Public Works will reopen Monday November 28th at 7am.

The Paris Henry County Landfill will be closed Thursday thru Saturday for Thanksgiving week and reopen Monday the 28th at 7am.

The Animal Shelter will close Thursday thru Saturday and reopen the 28th at 11:30am.

Paris City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and reopen Monday at 7:30am.

The Paris Civic will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and reopen Friday Nov. 25th at 6am.  

Henry County Hosts Obion County Saturday for Basketball

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Obion County for basketball on Saturday evening in another Hall of Champions game at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Henry County is 1-0 on the young season after both the Ladies and Men won Tuesday night against Trenton Peabody.

If you can’t make it to Gamlin Gym, we will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM, stream it online at wmufradio.com, and you can listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates do apply. The pregame show starts at 5:30pm.

HCHD to Close West Antioch Road Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close West Antioch Road Monday November 21st for culvert replacement if weather conditions permit. The closure will be 6 tenths of a mile south of Old Tennessee Trail, which may be used as an alternate route. West Antioch could be open for late evening traffic, but the department might also have to keep it closed a little longer.

PHC Arts Council Plans Trivia Night Fundraiser Tues. Nov. 22

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will hold a Trivia Night on Tuesday November 22nd at Perrylodgic Brewing Company in Paris. Admission is $10 per player, and you can either bring your team of 6 or more, or teams will be assigned that evening.

Ribeye Sandwiches and other refreshments, including Perrylodgic Brews, will be served at 5:30pm, Trivia begins at 6:30pm. Money raised benefits the Paris Henry County Arts Council.

PHCPUD Passes Rigorous Inspection With Flying Colors

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of commissioners met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton explained the district passed their inspection with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority with flying colors and no violations, something other utility companies around the region haven’t been so lucky with.

Eaton said the TRA changed inspections from once every three years to once a year and he said, “in my opinion, they’re digging deep, they are trying to find out what systems are doing wrong, where you are committing violations.”

Eaton discussed this with the board over the summer and said the district was making preparations for their visit and the staff worked very hard to have PHCPUD ready for the visit. Eaton said he talked with other area districts who had already gone thru the system to know what to expect when the inspectors came. He said since the inspector was going thru paperwork, regulations, and leak information up to five years back, PHCPUD spent the summer fine tuning the information and paperwork, getting everything caught up and up to par ready for the inspection.

Eaton gave credit to his operations employees for doing the majority of the work to have the district ready. The inspector told Eaton after the inspection that he wished everyone was as prepared as Paris.

In action the board approved renewing the district’s general liability, umbrella, equipment, and commercial property insurance with White and Associates Insurance, Wimberley Agency. The cost for the year was $25,973 and Eaton said that is up a few hundred dollars, but the district added some new equipment this year.

The board also approved payments to James Plus and Associates in the amount of $8841, for professional engineering services for the main extension project and another $230 to McCarter and English for the ANR Rate Case proceeding. 

Natural Gas Safety Training Set for Nov. 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The District will host an event November 29th at the 911 Communications District building for first responders training for Natural Gas Safety. Eaton said he has sent out letters to all fire departments in the county along with the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He said it’s an outreach program that is a four hour class to get everyone on the same page as to what to do in the event of Natural Gas leaks. The class will provide four hours of continuing education credit for Fire Fighters and will discuss various issues on Natural Gas, Carbon Monoxide, the gas system, and real world scenario exercises. Any first responder interested in the class can call the office at 642-5635 for reservations.

Warm Fall Impacting PHCPUD Bottom Line

Paris, Tenn.- Financials were presented to the board and Eaton explained that the district was $692K in the red for October. He said that compared to being $568K in the red last year and $648K in the red two years ago. Eaton told board members this fall so far has been very warm, with October seeing only 50 heating degree days on average instead of 250 for most Octobers. Eaton said the long-term forecast calls for warmer than average weather to continue throughout November and into December, with colder than average weather predicted for January and February.

TVA Reports Record Net Income for FY 2016

Knoxville, Tenn.- Despite lower net power sales from extreme weather, reduced operating costs helped the Tennessee Valley Authority achieve its highest ever net income of $1.2 billion for fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2016, up $122 million from 2015.

“It is TVA’s mission of service that motivated us to improve our financial and operating performance as we focus on providing low cost, clean and reliable energy, environmental stewardship and economic development,” said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. “Through the dedication and strong performance of TVA’s employees, we were able to deliver on our mission of serving the people of the Tennessee Valley.”

In TVA’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today, TVA reported that sales of electricity decreased by 1.5 percent for the fiscal year, as compared to the prior year. The Tennessee Valley region experienced the second mildest winter of the last 55 years, only partially offset by the warmest summer of that same period.

Revenues from the sale of electricity decreased by $386 million in fiscal year 2016, as compared to the prior year, primarily due to lower fuel cost recovery revenues, as well as lower sales volume driven by weather.

“It was a strong year for TVA employees – they met goals and objectives and delivered results for the Tennessee Valley financially, operationally and in our relationships with customers and other stakeholders,” Johnson said. TVA’s strategic imperatives include maintaining low power rates, living within its means financially, meeting the reliability expectations of customers and being responsible stewards.

“In 2016, our fuel and purchased power costs were nearly a billion dollars less than in 2012,” Johnson said. “This was due primarily to the flexibility of our more diverse generating portfolio, lower gas prices and improved operating performance,” he said. “With the reduction of almost $800 million in O&M costs, TVA employees have reduced annual expenses by almost $1.8 billion dollars in the past three years.”

Total operating expenses declined in 2016 by $498 million, or 5.7 percent, versus 2015. Fuel and purchased power expense was $304 million below 2015 levels, down nearly 10 (9.8%)  percent. Operating and maintenance costs were essentially flat in 2016, as TVA was able to offset inflation and other cost pressures through greater efficiencies.

“TVA’s power rates have become more competitive year over year – for several years in a row – even as we have made necessary investments in the power system,” said TVA Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “Our total effective rate is lower today than it was five years ago, and we expect our rates to continue to be more competitive.”

As a wholly-owned government corporation, income from TVA’s operating activities is invested back into its power system. TVA invested almost $3 billion in the power system during 2016 while only raising debt by less than $100 million. These investments included clean air equipment at Gallatin (Tenn.) and Shawnee (Ky.) fossil plants; new natural gas plants at Paradise (Ky.) and Allen (Memphis); Watts Bar Unit 2 construction; Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant up-rates; and, investments in the transmission system.

TVA’s annual report also highlights the recent achievements of the completion of Watts Bar Unit 2 as the nation’s first new nuclear generation of the 21st  Century. The unit entered commercial operation in October.

Man Charged After Slicing Tires, Texting Threats

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Chad Lowery charged Donald Lee Hughes, age 48, of 243 Woodland Drive in Springville, with aggravated assault and vandalism after he sliced two of his neighbors tires and sent him threatening text messages. When talking to Hughes he was extremely intoxicated and admitted to taking hydrocodone pills. Hughes was placed on $10K bond.

Cpl. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of theft from a resident on Almon Cemetery Road where an 18 ft. trailer with two foot dove tail was stolen. The value of the trailer is $3500 and there are no suspects.

A home on Hwy. 69 N was broken into recently according to report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Dep. James Higgins took the report where two 55 inch TVs, total value of $700 were stolen. There are no suspects.

Bethel's "Flowers for Algernon" Shows Thurs. Thru Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre program presents “Flowers for Algernon,” the inspiring and compelling story of Charlie Gordon, a mentally handicapped young man who undergoes an experimental surgery to increase his brain function.

“Flowers for Algernon” will be presented at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie November 17th thru 20th. Thursday thru Saturday performances will be at 7pm and matinees are on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.

Bethel faculty, staff, and students receive free admission to any performance of their choice, just reserve your tickets thru the Renaissance Office by using your Bethel ID.

For more information or to order tickets call the Renaissance Office at 731-352-6980. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

New Times for Friday's Athena Delphian Bake Sale

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Club’s annual Fall Bake Sale is set for Friday November 18th from 11am to 1pm. The sale is on the Westside of the Courthouse Lawn and there is homemade cakes, pies, casseroles, soups, breads, and more. In case of rain, they will move the sale into The Johnson Agency on the court square.

The Bake Sale has changed its time this year, as it used to be held beginning at 8am. The Club made the change in order to be more convenient for working individuals and parents with morning carpool responsibilities.

Funds raised helps with scholarships for graduating seniors and to provide money to worthy organizations such as the Family Resource Center, W.G. Rhea Library, Henry County 4-H, and others.  

Bethel's Twinkle Ball Tickets on Sale Now

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Twinkle Ball will be held on Wednesday November 30th from 6-8pm in the Baker Fieldhouse Gymnasium on Bethel’s McKenzie campus.

The Twinkle Ball gives young girls and their mothers, or some other female close to the them, the chance to dress up and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the girliest ways imaginable. The theme this year is “Twinkle Has Visions of Sugarplums,” with most activities centered around things associated with the Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker.”

Tickets are $25 for a mother/daughter combo. Mothers with more than one daughter can purchase additional tickets for only $7 each. Tickets can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore, but must be purchased in advance by Monday November 28th. For more information about the Twinkle Ball, call the Bethel Bookstore at 731-352-4094 or 352-4090.

Set Free Ministries Seeking Volunteers to Help With Thanksgiving Meal

Paris, Tenn.- Set Free Ministries is seeking volunteers to help in their effort to serve Thanksgiving Meals to Widows, the homeless, and less fortunate on Thanksgiving Day at 1pm. Take Me Back Café has agreed to let Set Free Ministries use the restaurant to serve the meal from.

They are asking for volunteers to help serve and prepare the meal, they are also in need of veggies, dinner rolls, napkins, paper plates, and plastic utensils. If you can help drop off items at 304 West Washington Street or to volunteer your time in helping serving call 407-4611.

Office On Aging, TN S.H.I.P. Providing Counseling Wed., Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging and the Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or S.H.I.P., will offer free and objective counseling on Medicare and all related health insurance issues until 3pm Wednesday and again Thursday from 9am to 3pm. The counseling will be offered at Central Community Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road in room #6. Anyone who comes to the counseling is asked to bring their medication list and Medicare card. For more information call 642-2919.

Meeting Set to Discuss Artifical Turf Use at HCHS Nov. 29

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Facilities and Grounds Committee will host a community-wide public discussion meeting related to the use of artifical turf. Two expert consultants will be on hand to answer questions.

The discussion will be on Tuesday November 29th at 6pm at the HCHS Testing Center across from the Field House.

Big Sandy Woman Charged with Criminal Impersonation

Paris, Tenn.- A Big Sandy woman was charged with criminal impersonation by Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department after she refused to give her name and information on a traffic stop.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. McClure observed a vehicle travelling on Washington Street with very loud music and occupants not wearing their seat belts. He made a traffic stop and the front seat passenger was hesitant in providing a license and any information on who she was to Ptl. McClure.

He then advised her she could be placed under arrest and she gave a name which dispatch couldn’t provide any information under and a social security number that came back to a white male.

Sheriff Monte Belew and K-9 Si were called to the scene and Si gave a positive alert on the vehicle. During search, Ptl. McClure found an ID for the woman, Suzanne Tye, of Big Sandy. She was arrested for Criminal Impersonation, and dispatch revealed her to have an active violation of probation warrant out of Henry County. She was placed on an additional $3K bond. Tye also had a $5K bond in Henry County and held without bond in Benton County. The driver was cited for not wearing a seatbelt.

Man Arrested for Attempting to Steal Motorcycle

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police department stated that Ptl. Jeff Smith arrested Derrick L. Tyler, age 41 of Mansfield, for attempting to steal a motorcycle. The report said that he came to a residence on Walnut street and got on the motorcycle attempting to push it and get it going, he then knocked the motorcycle over causing it to strike another bike and cause some damage.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a storage building on North Market Street had the locks cut and over $3K worth of KISS memorabilia was stolen from it. There are no suspects at this time.

HCFCE to Hold Homemakers' Holiday on Thursday Nov. 17th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County FCE Clubs Homemakers' Holiday event will be held on Thursday, November 17th from 3 pm-6 pm and Friday, November 18th from 9 am-2 pm at the Enoch Building-Henry County Fairgrounds.

 Lunch will be served on Friday only from 11am to 1 pm. You can purchase soup or chili with sandwiches for $5 and admission is free. There will casseroles, baked goods, Christmas decor, and more for purchase.

PSSD Board Learns of Leadership Pipeline Program

Dr. Norma Gerrell discusses the PSSD Leadership Pipeline Program. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education held their regular November meeting on Tuesday night and heard a presentation from Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Norma Gerrell on the PSSD Leadership Pipeline.

Superintendent Mike Brown said this is a way to develop future leaders in the district from current teachers and he asked Dr. Gerrell to look into ways to improve their chances to succeed.

Dr. Gerrell said so far about 25 people are currently interested in the program and she presented the board with an outline on the program which include defining leadership, evaluation rubric, and leading and developing a TEAM and how to go thru critical conversations.

Dr. Gerrell said this is very intriguing and we are doing this with a minimum budget. Teachers from all three PSSD schools are represented in the group. She said after Christmas, the group will be defined and they will move forward with book studies and dive deeper into the program. Hopes are to keep building on this program as they grow in the future.

FOP Presents $750 Check to Weekend Backpack Program

Lynda Searcy accepts a check for $750 from the FOP as Ptl. Jordan Klutts and Chief Chuck Elizondo present the money. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, and Ptl. Jordan Klutts, representing the Fraternal Order of Police, was on hand and presented a $750 check to the system’s Weekend Backpack Program. Mrs. Lynda Searcy, who helps oversee the program thanked them for the donation and said it takes a great effort to pack the food and we are grateful to everyone that helps.

Inman Athletic Facility Awaiting Metal Building

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Facilities Jason Coffield updated the PSSD board on the Inman Athletic Building, saying the concrete slab is down and the building should come Friday. He said the plumbing is in, a data line is in, and electrical work and gas work is nearly complete. Coffield said weather permitting there should be a building there in about 3-4 weeks.

Work Progressing Quickly on Rhea Project

Paris, Tenn.- Cary Henson, of Henson Construction, went over the Rhea Construction progress with the board on Tuesday night. He said teachers met with crews to determine the particulars and furnishings for the classroom as the construction phase continues. The block is about 80% finished and should be through in a couple weeks. Trusses should be in the first few days of December and we will set those then. The project has moved along well thanks to no rain and everything is on schedule and budget.

PSSD Board Recognizes Eagle Scout for His Project

Damian discusses how he finished the sidewalk project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- 8th grader Damian Campos was recognized by the PSSD board at thir meeting Tuesday night for completing his Eagle Scout project. Damian said that he took on building a sidewalk for Inman Middle School. Damian said he had 10 helpers including digging, the City marked the gas tanks. The project took two days to complete and 153 service hours. The PSSD donated the concrete for the project and it was completed during Fall Break in October.

In action Tuesday night, the PSSD approved several new policies as recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association. Superintendent Mike Brown said these are basic and based on state rule changes mostly.

Chamber Accepting Applications for Next Executive Director

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are being accepted until November 30th for the next Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, following the unexpected resignation of former director Jennifer Wheatley last month. Wheatley had served as executive director for 16 years.

All candidates must have a college degree or equivalent and at least five year’s experience in a similar leadership role. The applicant must be a Henry County resident or be willing to relocate to Henry County within 6 months of hire date. The Chamber is an equal opportunity employer.

For consideration, submit a cover letter and resume electronically to the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, attention David Hamilton at dhamilton@paristnchamber.com. Deadline to apply is November 30. For more information about the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, visit the website at www.paristnchamber.com.

Antique Signs Stolen From W. Wood St. Residence

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are investigating the theft of some antique signs from a home on West Wood Street. The value of the signs is around $180. Police have no suspects at this time. A resident on Hwy. 77 in the county experience this same type of theft of vintage signs over the weekend, but Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office recovered the stolen signs Monday morning.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Trey D. Cowans, of 5200 Hwy. 79S, for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of schedule 6. Cowans was placed on $1K bond.

Other arrests include Robert D. Younger, age 55, of Cottage Grove, for theft of service.

HCHS Basketball Season Begins Tuesday at Home

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School basketball season begins on Tuesday with a home game in the Hall of Champions game against Trenton Peabody at 5:30pm. Season tickets are on sale now at the front office of Henry County High School for $55 for 14 home games.

If you can head over to Gamlin Gym the Lady Patriots and Patriots could use your support Tuesday evening. If you can’t make it we will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm. The girl’s game tips at 6pm. You can also listen online via streaming on our website at wmufradio.com.

Reminder: Nov. is No Fines Month at W.G. Rhea Library

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

Road Board Approves Utility Policy for Right of Ways

Road Board members discuss the Utility Installation Policy. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Highway Department Commission meeting, Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt presented a Utility Installation Policy to the Board on Monday night for their approval. He said, we have so many different people working in the county right of ways now, I thought we needed to have a uniform set of rules of how we expect them to conduct their business while working in the right of way.

Chilcutt said he took the policy from other county departments and it is for local utility and construction companies and any subcontractor that comes thru doing work on the right of ways.

He said, “having this in place safeguards us and gets everyone playing on the same set of rules. It lays out that we expect the right of ways to be put back in the same or better shape as when they started the work in them. With this if a subcontractor or someone leaves a mess, we have it in writing and can recoup money for fixing it”

Chilcutt said once our local utilities fill out the form they can keep it on file, and anyone who does work in the right of ways will be required to fill out the form.

Also on Monday night some concerned citizens from Mountain Road were on hand requesting the board to specify Mountain Road as a county road and get it on the county road map and ledger.

Citizens Larry and Doris Blackmon have lived on the road, which is in the McKenzie city limits, and said the county has tar and chipped and maintained the road for 20 years but it never was put on the county road map. Recently the Blackmons sold land to another family and they have had issues with someone blocking the road and not allowing access as they try to build their home.

Chilcutt explained he has talked with County Attorney Rob Whitfield and the process was being worked on to get Mountain Road grandfathered in added to the county road plan. The request has to have formal approval from the County Commission.

Chilcutt told the Road Board the pre-construction meeting for the new bridge on Henry Midway Road is set for Wednesday and also engineering requests have been sent out to fix issues with Bobcat Den Road.

Budget Committee Holds Quick November Meeting

Budget Committee members look over transfers in the County General Fund. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular November session on Monday evening at quickly handled the business on the agenda. The budget committee hadn’t had to hold a meeting since passing this current fiscal year’s budget back in June.

The budget committee approved a host of transfers in the County General Fund including $500 for the Election Commission Office. The request from Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green was to move the money from the Printing line item to Office Supplies Line item to cover cost of the November Election due to heavy turnout.

A transfer of $1200 in the Property Assessor budget was approved as well as repairs were needed on the County vehicle as new suspension, brakes, and tires had to be purchased.

A host of transfers were also approved in the Sheriff’s Office budget to move salaries around for recent promotions. Budget Director Amy Davis said there were no new money, it was just transferred around for certain salaries and positions as one position was added and one was eliminated.

The budget committee also approved a transfer request from the Henry County Highway Department to increase their budget by over $428K as the state aid grant for bridge repair was received. County Mayor Brent Greer said bridge contract and grant from TDOT was a 98% grant and 2% local match and would be very beneficial to the county.

Warrants Issued on Man After Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. David Beauvais has issued warrants on Terrell D. Cowans, age 41, of 634 Bolin Street, after a woman on Cooper Street explained Cowans appeared to steal items from her home.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated the woman hired Cowans to do some work for her, including repairing some rotten wood under her sink. She left him and went to her neighbors for about 20 minutes, returned and Cowans was gone. The lock on the woman’s bedroom door was tampered with and several items were stolen including a cell phone, watch, jewelry, clothes, shampoo and conditioner, and lotion.

Thefts Investigated in City, County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated a home on Hardy Street was burglarized when the door was pried open and several items were missing. Items stolen include a kitchen table and four chairs, a 70 inch TV, a Playstation 4 with five games, about 50 DVDs, a NEXT Mountain bike, a queen sized mattress, smoker, and a dog kennel. There are no suspects at this time.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Woodland Drive in Springville was broken into and several items were stolen including a 32 in TV, a GPS, a Playstation, and some food from the kitchen.

Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department charged Joseph B. Phillips, age 55, of 1103 Dunlap Street with DUI after responding to a report of a drunk driver at Twice Daily. Ptl. Jackson found the vehicle running and Phillips in the driver’s seat. Phillips admitted to drinking all day and refused a field sobriety test so Ptl. Jackson arrested him on scene.

HCHD to Close Vandyke Road Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Vandyke Road on Tuesday November 15th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 200 feet west of Hwy. 77 and the road will be open for Tuesday evening traffic.

Reminder: McDonald's Cares To Raise Funds for the Madrigals Monday

Paris, Tenn.- McDonalds in Paris will donate 20% of sales to the Henry County High School Madrigals on Monday November 14th from 4-7pm. McDonald’s Cares program sponsors the event and sales in the restaurant and thru the drive thru will benefit the Madrigals so make plans to eat supper there Monday.

Police Investigate Vandalism Reports at a Springville Home

Springville, Tenn.- According to two reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Terry Williams investigated vandalism at a home on Broadview Road in Springville on Saturday.

When Cpl. Williams spoke to the complainant he that he heard a noise outside and he went to check it out and that’s when he heard a diesel truck going down the road. The next morning the victim saw that the grill was overturned and his truck's windshield had been damaged.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall investigated another incident of vandalism at the same house on Broadview Road that occurred on Sunday. When Sgt. Hall arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim who stated that when he went hunting Sunday morning the victim saw that the grill had been turned over again, but when the victim returned to the house he saw that the storm window in the back of the house was broken.

Sgt. Hall did see a hand print on the grill, which appeared to be a child's hand print. This is an ongoing problem in the area and police are still looking for the suspects.

HCHD to Close Briarpatch Road Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Briarpatch Lake Road at the Hwy 140 N. intersection in Como on Monday November 14th for culvert replacement. The road will be open for evening traffic.

Police Investigate Thefts in Springville and Buchanan

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Terry Williams investigated a theft at a home on Woodland Dr. in Springville on Saturday.

Cpl. Williams spoke to the victim who stated that someone had entered his residence from the back door and stolen a TV, GPS and a PlayStation worth $750. The victim also told police that some food was missing from the residence and it looked like the beds had been slept in. The complainant told police that he had not been at the residence since the July 4th weekend. Police are still looking for the suspects.

Buchanan, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell investigated thefts at a home on Hwy. 140 East in Buchanan on Friday.

Sgt. Powell was dispatched to a home on Hwy. 140 East about a stolen vehicle. When Powell arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim’s brother who stated to police that his brother’s Mercury Sable was gone. The victim’s brother stated that he last saw the vehicle in the carport on Wednesday and he would come by the house to check in on things since his brother was currently in a nursing home.

When Sgt. Powell checked the property, he noticed that someone had gained entry into an old house behind the residence, but nothing was taken. There were two vehicles parked out back and both hoods on the vehicles had been opened and the car batteries had been removed.

Over $6240 worth of items were stolen from the home. Police are still looking for the suspects.

Police Arrest Paris Man on 5 Counts of Forgery

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Lance Perry arrested Michael S. Salmon, age 42 of 135 Hidden Acres Lot #10 of Paris, on Friday for five counts of forgery. Salmon was placed on $2,500 bond.

Inman PAC Holiday Market is Saturday from 10am to 4pm


(Cassie Walsh pic)

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Parent Action Committee is hosting a Holiday Market from 10am to 4pm Saturday November 12th at Inman School. Several booths from local small businesses and crafters will sell items that could help your with your Christmas shopping. For more information call 642-8131.

Fall Festival Tennis Play Day is Nov. 12th from 11am to 2pm


(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Northwest TN Racquet Club, under the direction of Coach Kirk and help from Ms. Linda, will be holding it’s Annual Fall Festival Tennis Play Day today Saturday, November 12th from 11am to 2pm at the Henry County High School.

The event is free to everyone and all of the equipment needed will be provided at the event. This is a fun day for families, friends, tennis players and beginners alike to come out and practice or learn some tennis skills, while socializing with everyone at the event. There will plenty of giveaways and if you want to bring a snack or a dish to the event you are more than welcome to.

Patriots vs Cougars Playoff Game Highlights

#7 Caleb McCutcheon plows over a Centennial defender.


Caleb McCutcheon (Timothy Pharr photos)

#35 Alex Coffield sacks the Centennial QB.


Alex Coffield (Timothy Pharr photos)

#72 Davy Harrod tackles a Centennial RB for a loss.


Davvy Harrod (Timothy Pharr photos)

Patriots Shut Out in the 2nd Round of the Playoffs

Franklin, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots traveled to Franklin to face the Centennial Cougars in Friday night’s game, where the Patriots were eliminated from playoff contention. The Henry County Patriots were shut out by the Centennial Cougars 21-0 in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

In the 1st quarter, Centennial scored two touchdowns. And neither team scored in the 2nd quarter and the score at the halftime, Patriots 0 Cougars 14.
The score at the end of the 3rd quarter remained the same with Centennial leading Henry County 14-0.

In the 4th quarter, the Cougars scored another touchdown. And the final score was the Centennial Cougars 21 and the Henry County Patriots 0.
The Henry County Patriots finished the season 6-5 overall and 5-2 in their region.

Veterans Honored at the Henry County Military Memorial


The Henry County Military Memorial Wall which currently honors 164 veterans that were killed during their military service. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Looking at the Henry County Military Memorial Wall remembering the Henry Countians that have served in the military. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Veterans who were killed in action and those who served in the military were honored at the Veteran’s Day Henry County Military Memorial Wall Ceremony at Weston Hall. The event was sponsored by the John Babb Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Captain Charles Barham Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century.


Retired US Army Staff Sergeant and Desert Storm veteran, Dorothy Cook, recites a military poem.(Cassie Walsh photo)

Retired US Army Staff Sergeant and Desert Storm veteran, Dorothy Cook, recited a military poem at the Henry County Military Memorial dedication. Staff Sgt. Cook said," When you see a veteran thank them for their service and tell them how you are proud that they served to keep you free."

Linda Dunlap, head of the Henry County Genealogy, said that they received Weston Hall a few years ago in July 2014 and they wanted to use the hall to honor and remember those who served in the military. Currently the walls have pictures and stories about those who served in the military from the Civil War through the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.


Linda Dunlap explaining the names of veterans on the HC Military Memorial.(Cassie Walsh pics)

Over 400 veterans are up on the wall but there is a plan to expand the memorial to cover the rest of Weston Hall with veterans who have served, because there are over 3,500 Henry County military veterans that are not on the wall. There is also an archive of stories and facts about those who have served in the military that everyone can visit and find out more about the Henry County veterans that served our country.


Linda Dunlap showing Henry Countians where the stories on the veterans honored on the HC Military Memorial are located. (Cassie Walsh pics)

If you know of a veteran who is not currently listed in the Henry County Military Memorial you can fill out a form and bring the veteran’s information to the Henry County Archive and Genealogy Library located in Weston Hall at 215 Grove Blvd in Paris, so they can add your veteran to the Henry County Military Memorial.

Keep Paris Henry County Beautiful Paper Shredding Event Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Keep Paris and Henry County Beautiful and the Tennessee Department of Transportation is sponsoring a Super Paper Shredder event on Tuesday November 15th. The event will be hosted by the Henry County Recycling Center, located at 450 Recycling Drive and will be held Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.

This is a great opportunity to destroy old files, personal documents, and unwanted junk mail. Stop identity theft by destroying old legal and financial records. For more information call 642-3162 or 642-5170.

HCHS Basketball Season Tickets on Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School basketball season begins on Tuesday November 15th with a home game in the Hall of Champions game against Trenton Peabody at 5:30pm. Season tickets are on sale now at the front office of Henry County High School for $55 for 14 home games.

HCHD to Host Ornament Contest for 4th and 5th Graders

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is hosting a Christmas ornament contest for 4th and 5th graders in Henry County. Ornaments should not be larger than 6” x 6” except a star, which can be 12” x 12”. Ornaments must be made out of recycled materials.

Ornaments are to be dropped off by Wednesday November 30th at the Henry County Highway Department office. The ornaments will be displayed on the Christmas Tree at the Highway Department and viewed December 5th thru 16th.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded for best recycled decorations. Items will be judged by the Henry County litter program. For more information on the contest call 642-3162.

 

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