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Henry County Patriots, Lady Patriots Sweep McKenzie

McKenzie, Tenn.- Henry County's Patriot and Lady Patriot basketball teams traveled to McKenzie for their third basketball contest of the season, and both teams came out with a win.

The Lady Patriots earned their first win of the season last night, battling back for a 48 to 40 victory over the Rebels.

The boys' team improves to 2 and 1 on the season with their 60 to 52 victory over McKenzie.

Both teams will be off next week for the Thanksgiving holiday but will be back in action Tuesday, December 3rd as the Patriots travel to Clarksville to take on Kenwood in their first district contest of the season.

Henry County Prevention Coalition Releases First Quarterly Report

Paris, Tenn.-
The Henry County Prevention Coalition recently released their first quarterly report, describing the organization and the efforts it has made to target underage binge drinking, tobacco use, and prescription drug abuse.

The Henry County Prevention Coalition, formerly the Henry County Drug Task Force, aims to develop partnerships with local organizations such as businesses, schools, medical organizations and local government as well as families and community members in order to address problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and other harmful behaviors.

Recently, the Henry County Prevention Coalition held a 5K run, the Tie-Dye Run for Prevention – nearly 200 runners participated and the money raised is being used to send Henry County students to the Tennessee Teen Institute for leadership and prevention training.

In October, the Prevention Coalition partnered with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for a Prescription Drug Take-Back – over 50 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription medication was reclaimed by the Sheriff’s Office for proper disposal in October.

The Prevention Coalition is also running advertising campaigns including Be A Parent, Not a Peer – an effort to encourage parents not to be complicit in potentially harmful behaviors.

The Henry County Prevention Coalition will hold their next meeting at noon on December 16th at the Paris Civic Center.

Robbery, Assault, Arson at Healthy Thyme Wednesday

Police tape blocks the entrance to Healthy Thyme after Wednesday night's robbery and attempted arson. Soot from the fire is visible on the "CLOSED" sign (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-
Three men robbed the Healthy Thyme at 803 E. Wood Street last night, assaulted and beat proprietor Joe Williams, and attempted to burn the business down, according to Paris Police Department and Paris Fire Department reports.

city units were dispatched to Healthy Thyme last night at approximately 6:20 in relation to a robbery in progress. Williams had told 911 dispatch that he was robbed and beaten by three black males wearing ski masks who he had seen fleeing the store. He also alerted 911 that he could smell gasoline and believed the building was on fire.

Officers observed Williams was badly beaten and had the word “FAG” written in black across his forehead.

Williams told officers that he was closing the business at around 5:45 when one of the assailants entered through the employee-only door, saying he was looking for something to help his sick daughter. While Williams was helping the potential customer, the man attacked him, joined shortly by two more men. Williams says while they were beating him, they repeatedly called him derogatory homophobic slurs like “fag” and “gay”.

The assailants stole $1500 from Healthy Thyme, both from the cash register and a safe that was open at the time as Williams was closing the store, and attempted to burn the building down with gasoline. Police recovered a gallon milk jug at the scene partially full of gas.


 Paris Fire Department responded at around the same time to extinguish the fire, which took less than an hour.

Estimated property losses due to the fire are $5000 along with $500 in store contents.

A K-9 unit, Sisco, was called in from the Henry County Sheriff's Department to attempt to track the suspects, but was unsuccessful.

The Paris Police Department and Fire Marshal are actively investigating the incident and have no suspects at this time. If you have any information that might aid their investigation, please contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.

Paris FFA Student Participates in National Convention

Melinda Perkins (left), led by advisor Laura Moss (right), participated in a national competition at this year's National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville, Ky.- Melinda Perkins of the Paris-Henry County Chapter of Future Farmers of America was one of 43 participants in the National FFA Job Interview Career Development Event, part of the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville.

Perkins, led by advisor Laura Moss, was awarded a silver emblem in the competition.

The job interview CDE is a competitive event in which participants prepare resumes, cover letters, and complete online applications, as well as participate in phone, one-on-one, and panel job interviews.

Perkins, a senior at Henry County High School, is currently serving as FFA Secretary for the State of Tennessee. She plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and major in Animal Science with a concentration in Animal Industries and Agricultural Communications.

Grove School Sponsors Canned Food Drive

Pictured are Koby Jones (L), Danielle Stafford (C) and Hannah Bethune (R) with the winning can display, "Mrs. Pac-Man" (Susan Burton photo).

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School recently sponsored a canned food drive as a service learning project for the Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

Students at Grove donated a total of 654 cans of food. Ms. Susan Woods' class donated the most cans, with 86, and Mrs. Janet Pearce's class won the best display of their cans of food, pictured above.

Gas Board Approves Pipe Relocation Project at Tuesday Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Gas Board met Tuesday afternoon in regular session to discuss several items including a line relocation project for the upcoming Hwy. 218 bypass, and a change order for the utility’s main line extension.


As discussed in Tuesday’s meeting, the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently revised their plans for the Hwy. 218 bypass. Original plans did not affect the gas utility, but would have required the relocation of water and fiber optic lines. The revised plans place an off-ramp directly in the path of a Public Utility District 6” high pressure line that will need to be relocated.


Board members approved a professional service agreement for $12,548.51 with James Plus and Associates to relocate the line. The utility district will be reimbursed for the full cost of the relocation by TDOT.


Also on the agenda was a change order for the utility district’s main extension project. Chairman Taye Eaton told board members that the extension itself was completed, but additional footage and boring was being put in place to increase capacity. Board members approved a $3,141 increase on the contract to accommodate the additional work, bringing the total cost of the main extension to $93,769.61.


The extension has greatly increased service capacity, according to Eaton, who told board members that 13 new service lines had been completed last month with applications received for 20 more.


The Henry County Public Utility District’s financials show an $88,000 net loss year-to-date, which Eaton said was an improvement of $8,000 over last year and $25,000 from two years ago. They currently serve 6,267 customers and sold over 33,000 decatherms of natural gas last month. The utility district runs a deficit until the winter months’ increased demand for natural gas each year.


Board members also discussed the utility district’s annual Christmas and Awards Banquet, which is scheduled for December 9th at Paris Country Club.

May Democratic Primary Announced for Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Election Commission recently announced that the Democratic Party of Henry County will hold a primary election on May 6, 2014.

The first date to pick up qualifying petitions for May's primary election is Friday, November 22nd. The qualifying deadline for the election is February 20, 2014.

The following county offices will be part of the May primary: Henry County Mayor, Henry County Sheriff, Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, Henry County Clerk, Henry County Trustee, Henry County Register of Deeds, and Henry County General Sessions Judge / Juvenile Judge.

General elections will be held for those offices on August 7th, 2014, coinciding with the state primary elections.

Municipal and state general elections will be held November 4th of next year.

If you have any questions about the upcoming primary, contact the Henry County Election Commission at 642-0411.

Important Deadlines Approaching for Health Insurance Enrollment

Paris, Tenn.- There are two important dates you need to remember if you plan to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and shop for health coverage for yourself and your family. Those dates are Dec. 15, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

In spite of the well-publicized problems with the government’s www.healthcare.gov website—the avenue most Americans who qualify will use to enroll in these insurance exchanges—deadlines for applying for coverage in the first year of the program remain in place at this point in time.

If you intend to enroll and want to have health coverage in place through the exchange beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the deadline for enrollment is Dec.15, 2013. If you want to get coverage any time in 2014, you must complete the enrollment and plan selection process by March 31, 2014. 

Given the experience to date with the enrollment process, you should not wait until the last minute to begin the enrollment process. In fact, we urge you to start the process before December 1 if you want to be covered on Jan. 1, 2014, and before the end of February 2014 if you want to have coverage that would begin any time between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.

Here are a few things you should know if you think you might be eligible to participate:

First, you must create an “account” on the Health Insurance Marketplace before you can shop the options that are available. Call 1-800-319-2596 or visit www.healthcare.gov/marketplace to begin the enrollment process. In order to complete that process, you will need to have three things handy: 1) your social security number and the social security numbers for all of the members of your household who will be covered under your policy; 2) W-2 forms or pay stubs for every member of your household who will be covered under your policy; and 3) policy numbers for any health insurance plans in which members of your household presently are enrolled.

Secondly, there may be financial aid available to you to help you afford premiums and co-pays, depending on your household income. However, some of the cost-sharing subsidies only are available under “silver level plans” so you will need to be sure you choose the plan that is right for you and your family.

Finally, you must pay the first month’s premium on the policy before it actually takes effect.

Tennesseans and their hospitals are funding this program as a result of the Affordable Care Act and substantial cuts to Medicare payments. So it only stands to reason that if you qualify for enrollment, you should check to see if you might benefit from getting your insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

If you are having trouble signing up, or don’t fully understand all your options, feel free to contact one of Henry County Medical Center’s HIM Certified Application Counselors, Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant or Tina Umstead, LPN at (731) 644-8215.  They would also be happy to provide you with handouts, brochures, and information that can assist you with the process.

Despite the early setbacks, we hope the Health Insurance Marketplace will lead to coverage for more people in this community who do not currently have a health plan.

State Report Card Revealed at PSSD Board Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The
school board for the Paris Special School District held their regular meeting Tuesday night to discuss several items including a presentation of the district’s State Report Card.

PSSD Supervisor of Instruction Leah Watkins presented an in-depth overview of the state report card for the 2012-2013 school year.

Watkins mentioned that although the PSSD met standards of improvement for the system as a whole (with the exception of 7th grade math), they failed to meet gap closure targets for African-American/Hispanic/Native American students and economically disadvantaged students in math and reading.

However, subgroups in all areas including students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students improved greatly, with the exception of African-American students in math and reading.

Watkins and PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown stressed massive improvement in sixth through eighth grade science and in meeting very lofty gap closure goals for students with disabilities, and highlighted student literacy as an area in need of future improvement.

Watkins emphasized that PSSD is currently implementing new strategies to address areas of needed improvement and build on previous success, including monitoring of teacher planning, individual tutoring in reading and math, some strategic movement of PSSD personnel, and implementation of the Common Core standard already adopted in 45 states including Tennessee.

W.G. Rhea teachers Ashley James and Amanda Neumair delivered a presentation to the board Tuesday night on the CHAMPS system of classroom management currently being implemented in their classrooms.

CHAMPS is an acronym for conversation, help, activity, movement, and participation, and is a proactive and positive method to establish standards of behavior for various classroom activities to minimize disruption and interruption.

James and Neumair produced a video with several of their students describing the method and how it positively impacts their classroom experience, and concluded their presentation with the video.

Also, the board discussed a modernization of the Paris Special School District logo to represent the entity on letterhead and other applications, and to print on a jacket that all PSSD members will receive as a Christmas gift this year.

The board voted to allow Amy Cathey and Superintendent Mike Brown to finalize the design of the logo.

The PSSD school board will not meet in December unless absolutely necessary; their next regular meeting is scheduled for January 21st at W.O. Inman Middle School.

FUMC Trivia Night Scheduled for Saturday Night
Proceeds to Benefit FUMC Youth Group

Paris, Tenn.- The First United Methodist Church of Paris has scheduled a trivia night this Saturday, November 23rd, at 6:30 in the Christian Life Center of FUMC.

Teams of up to 8 people are eligible to participate. Cost to participate in the event is $25 per team, or $5 for individuals.

Proceeds will benefit the youth group of First United Methodist Church, as they plan to have a block party in the near future.

For more information on the event, contact Craig Harrison at 336-2834.

Paris Lioness Club To Host Soup and Sandwich Luncheon Friday

Paris, Tenn.-
The Paris Lioness Club will hold their annual soup and sandwich luncheon this coming Friday from 11 to 1:30 at Ketchum Hall inside Grace Episcopal Church.

The Lioness Club will be serving homemade vegetable beef soup, turkey salad and pimento cheese sandwiches as well as drinks and desserts.

The all-you-care-to-eat luncheon is $8, and take-out orders will be available.

The Lioness Club will also have a country store set up with unique gift ideas for the holidays.

All proceeds go toward the Lioness Club’s efforts for sight conservation, including comprehensive eye screening at local schools as well as providing eyeglasses for economically disadvantaged children.

Henry County Relay for Life Receives Mid-South ACS Honors

Memphis- Henry County's Relay for Life was recently recognized by the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society as one of the most outstanding events in west Tennessee, at the annual West Tennessee Awards Ceremony held Saturday, November 16 in Memphis.

Henry County was ranked third among all counties in terms of funds raised during this year's event, raising a total of $138,715. The only west Tennessee counties that raised more funds were Dyer County with over $177,000 and Madison County with funds in excess of $300,000 raised.

Dana Allen, Relay for Life Chair for 2013, was also recognized at the event as the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society's Community Volunteer of the Year. She accepted the honor on behalf of the many outstanding Relay volunteers in Henry County and stated:

"Henry County is the most generous and caring community.  I'm so proud to be a Henry Countian and very proud to support Relay for Life.  The funds we raise support groundbreaking research all across the state of Tennessee, plus a variety of patient support services which are available in Henry County.  The discoveries made by American Cancer Society funded researchers are not only touching lives, but saving lives each and everyday! Many of them are our family members, friends, and neighbors right here at home."

For more information on American Cancer Society services, visit cancer.org

Airborne Gymnastics Place First Overall at Collierville Meet

Bottom row L-R: Noe Wilkerson, Lauren Dodd, Allie Veglio, Abbey Watkins.
Top row L-R: Coach Sara Burdoine, Ella Crichton, Kate Hughes, Mae Whitby, London Lampkins, Callie Green, Addyson Kemp.

Collierville, Tenn.- Airborne Gymnastics Academy sent 11 girls to Collierville Saturday to compete in the Shelly Allen Memorial Gymstars Classic.

Airborne placed first overall as a team, with all 11 gymnasts earning placements in the all-around competition.

Several gymnasts received special honors as well, including Ella Crichton for Best All Around, Addyson Kemp for Best Feet-Floor, and Callie Green for Best Vault.

Abbreviated results are as follows:

Group A:
Lauren Dodd, 2nd all-around, 1st bars, 2nd beam, 2nd floor.
Noe Wilkerson, 4th all-around, 1st beam, 3rd vault.
Abbey Watkins, 5th all-around, 3rd beam.
Allie Veglio, 6th all-around.

Group B:
Ella Crichton, 1st overall, 1st vault, 1st beam, 1st bars, 1st floor, Best All-Around
Addyson Kemp, 3rd overall, 3rd vault, 3rd bars, 3rd beam, 3rd floor, Best Feet-Floor

Callie Green, 1st overall, 1st vault, 1st bars, 1st beam, Best Vault
Kate Hughes, 2nd overall, 1st vault, 2nd bars, 1st floor.
Londyn Lampkins, 3rd overall, 3rd bars, 2nd floor.
Mae Whitby, 6th overall.

Level 5 gymnast Laura Waddey placed first on every apparatus. All other contestants competed at AGA Level 3.

Sheriff's Office, Police Department Investigate Thefts, Forgery

Paris, Tenn.- Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Monday in relation to theft and forgery of several checks from a closed account belonging to his ex-girlfriend.

William M. Bryson, 23 of Highway 218 in Paris was charged with three counts of forgery after he allegedly stole an old checkbook and driver's license from his ex-girlfriend and used the information to forge and cash checks.

The complainant was alerted to the activity when Bryson's mother called her asking about a returned check in Bryson's name for $250 on an account that had been closed in 2011.

Bryson confessed to taking the checkbook and successfully cashing three checks on the account, totaling $1150.

The Paris Police Department is currently investigating a theft at Loden Vision Services. On October 16th, a Loden Vision Center employee was terminated for habitually stealing gift cards and other items; no charges were filed.

Recently, other employees began noticing discrepancies in invoices completed by the former employee, including several accounts uncredited for payment.

Loden Vision Center staff were unable to locate the current month's statement book, and several patients have complained that they failed to receive credit for payments they had made.

Staff believe the former employee pocketed the money collected from the patients. $1,160 is currently unaccounted for.

The Paris Police Department is actively investigating the incident.

County Commission Forms Audit Committee, Presents Patriot Award

County Mayor Brent Greer reads a special resolution before presenting Linda Dunlap with the Loyal Patriot Award for her service with the Henry County Genealogical Society (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met Monday night and discussed a wide variety of items, including resolutions to allocate grant funding for several county departments, appoint someone to the Hospital Board, and establish an audit committee for Henry County.

The Commission also recognized Linda Dunlap for her years of service with the Henry County Genealogical Society and Henry County Archives. Linda Dunlap was presented with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of Henry County, and County Mayor Brent Greer declared November 18th Linda Dunlap Day.

The Henry County Commission agreed Monday night to form an independent Audit Committee after a recommendation from the Tennessee Comptroller and in an effort to increase transparency and accountability of public funds. The Audit Committee will consist of five members appointed by the County Commission.

To ensure the committee’s independence, no Audit Committee member may be an elected official, spouse of an elected official, or employee of Henry County, with the exception of members of the County Commission, Road Board and School Board. 

Initial members of the Audit Committee will serve staggered terms, so three of the appointees will serve a one year term and two will serve two year terms. Thereafter, all appointees will serve three year terms. Audit Committee members will be appointed at next month’s County Commission meeting.

The Henry County Commission unanimously appointed Troy Buttrey to the Hospital Board for a five-year term to expire in November 2018.

The commission approved a budget transfer request from the Election Commission of Henry County after they received a federal grant in the amount of $61,842 in order to purchase new voting machines. There was no county match for the grant.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office had a budget transfer approved Monday night after they received a $25,000 federal grant to be used for alcohol enforcement.

The Health Department was permitted to transfer $34,399.96 from their county savings account to the county budget in order to perform building maintenance and repair.

The commission also approved a $2,340 revenue increase for the Henry County Airport after they received an increase in annual grant funding. The Henry County General Purpose School Fund received an increase in revenue last night after commissioners approved a $19,212 budget transfer reflecting a federal grant for adult education services in Henry County as well as Benton and Carroll Counties.

Henry County’s constables also saw their term limits increase after a resolution unanimously passed to increase the term limit of the Office of Constable from two years to four years.

Reginald Caldwell was recognized at Monday night’s meeting for his promotion from Interim Director to Director of Henry County’s Office on Aging.

Also, Carlton Gerrell, Paris City Commissioner and chairman of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local program, was on hand to promote the support of local business during the holiday season.

Gerrell urged citizens to consider local businesses when shopping for holiday gifts, thereby keeping tax revenue within Henry County.

Each of the County Commissioners was given a Be Local T-shirt and posed for photos after the meeting. 

The County Commission will meet again on Monday, December 16th at 7 PM in the Henry County Courthouse.

The County Commission poses after Monday night's meeting with their Be Local T-shirts (Alex AuBuchon photo).

HCHS Coach Lance Winders Places 2nd in Road Race

Paris, Tenn.-
Lance Winders, head coach of the Henry County High School cross-country team, competed Sunday in the Chickasaw Chase 10 Miler at Chickasaw State Park in Henderson, Tenn.

Winders placed second overall in the race with a time of 1 hour and 27 seconds.

The race was part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour which, currently in its 35th year of operation, is the longest state parks running series in the country.

The next race in the TN State Parks Running Tour is the Bigfoot Scramble, Saturday, November 23rd at Standing Stone State Park in Hilham, Tenn.

Paris Landing State Park will host an 8 mile run as part of the tour on December 21st.

Paris Man Charged With Three Counts of Aggravated Burglary
Additional Theft and Fraud Charges Pending

Paris, Tenn.-
Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department responded Friday to a home invasion in progress on Smith Heights Road.

The complainant’s father-in-law was outside watching the property with a gun when officers arrived, and advised them that there was a broken window at the back of the house and pry marks on a door. He believed someone was inside.

Officers secured the perimeter and discovered Steven Miller, 23 of Chickasaw Road, hiding underneath the deck of a pool.

Miller advised deputies that there was someone else in the house, so a K-9 unit, Droid, was brought in to clear the residence. No accomplices were found.

Miller was charged with three counts of aggravated burglary, a class C felony, and was placed on $45,000 bond.

Miller then attempted to post his bond on a credit card belonging to Irice M. Jones, who reported the card missing since Wednesday along with a $1500 check. Jones told Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigators that Miller had been dating her granddaughter, and believes he stole the card and check during a disturbance at her home in the early morning hours Wednesday.

Miller is currently in custody at the Henry County Correctional Facility, and the case is still under active investigation.

Sheriff's Office Authorities Investigate Alleged Assault

Paris, Tenn.- A man involved in a wreck over the weekend is also under investigation after allegedly assaulting a tow truck driver, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.

Darrell Barnhill, 40 of Hickory Grove Cemetery Road, reported that he wrecked his truck after swerving to avoid a deer on Shady Grove Road.

Reports indicate he flipped his truck and damaged a section of fencing before driving the heavily damaged truck home. Barnhill was transported to HCMC without incident for treatment and agreed to pay for the damage to the fence.

Another report near the same time indicated that a tow truck driver was allegedly assaulted by Darrell Barnhill.

A written statement from the tow truck driver alleges that he saw a truck stopped on the side of the road. Once he approached the truck, it took off and began driving extremely erratically, swerving violently and attempting to run the tow driver off the road before suddenly stopping in front of him, forcing the tow driver to slam on the brakes.

The tow driver got out in an attempt to check on the other driver, at which point he alleges Darrell Barnhill jumped out of his truck and began repeatedly punching the man in the face.

Once the driver addressed Barnhill by name, he allegedly stopped and apologized, saying he wasn’t sure who it was.

Investigators are currently looking into the incident.

Barnhill was also arrested Saturday in an unrelated incident for vandalism in excess of $500.

Lakewood Speech Team Places 2nd Overall at Tournament

The Lakewood Middle School speech team shows off their hardware after an impressive performance at Brentwood Academy (photo provided by David Weatherly).

Brentwood, Tenn.-
Lakewood Middle School’s speech team traveled Brentwood Academy Middle School Saturday for the Lil Granny White Invitational Tournament, placing 2nd overall and sending 19 students to finals.

Individual finalists are as follows:

Humorous Interpretation

1st: Sylis Allen
2nd: Noah Hubert
5th: Paris Schoeberl

Dramatic Interpretation
2nd: Steele Schoeberl
5th: Abigail Littrell

Original Oratory
1st: Natalie Clark
2nd: Drew Culbreath

1st: Sylis Allen
5th: Billee Lassiter
6th: Natalie Rice

4th: Noah Hulbert
5th: Mandy Mercer

Impromptu Speaking
2nd: Natalie Rice
3rd: Jasmine Jones
4th: Natalie Clark
6th: Titus Winders

Duo Acting
2nd: Steele Schoeberl and Drew Culbreath
5th: Logan Lacy and Abigail Littrell
6th: Maura Horton and Jessica Whalen

Lakewood will be competing next at the Junior Hilltopper Invitational at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. on December 7th.

The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Patriots, Lady Patriots Defeated by Gibson County Saturday Night

Dyer, Tenn.- The Patriots and Lady Patriots basketball teams headed to Gibson County High School Saturday night to take on the Pioneers, and lost both contests.

The Lady Patriots were coming off a 53-17 loss at Martin-Westview on Thursday night marred by turnovers, and Saturday night's game against Gibson County was much the same story.

Henry County's girls turned the ball over nearly 30 times in their 59 to 27 loss to Gibson County, coached by former Henry County boys' basketball coach Mitch Wilkins.

Addie Cate led the way in scoring for the Lady Patriots with 12 points in Saturday night's contest.

The boys' game was much closer, with the Patriots and Pioneers trading the lead for much of the second half; however, foul trouble and some crucial free throws in the final stretch of the game secured Gibson County's 54 to 48 victory.

Conner Boley and Joseph Neumair led the Patriots in scoring Saturday night with 20 and 10 points respectively.

The Patriots drop to 1 and 1 on the season with the loss.

Both teams will be back in action next Thursday, November 21, as they travel to McKenzie to face off against the Rebels of McKenzie High School. Tip-off in the girls' game is set for 6 PM and the Paris Civic Center Pregame Show will start at 5:30 on WLZK 94.1 FM.

to Begin Limited Area Screenings Friday, Nov. 22

Pictured are Summer Crockett Moore, Paris native, producer and actress whose role in the film earned multiple awards, and Tony Glazer, writer and director of Junction.

Paris, Tenn.- Former Paris resident and film producer Summer Crockett Moore is bringing her latest project back home – the feature film Junction will be opening in limited theatrical release in Paris as well as Murray, Ky., Paducah, Ky., and Martin, Tenn. November 22.


Summer Crockett Moore is one of the film’s producers and also stars in the film. Junction features an award-winning cast including Oscar nominee Michael O’Keefe, 2 time Emmy winner Tom Pelphrey, and Anthony Rapp, best known for his role in the Tony award winning production Rent and subsequent film adaptation.

Junction is an action-packed thriller that takes place in an upscale neighborhood, where four strangers make a choice that threaten to change their lives as well as those of some not-so-innocent homeowners and a troubled police force forever. Each group is forced to make a decision that will send them all careening toward a deadly confrontation.

Junction is the feature film debut of award-winning playwright and short film director Tony Glazer. The film has opened to rave reviews at several festivals and won 17 awards, including Best in Show at The Indie Fest, Best Feature Film at LIIFE, and a special jury prize for Best Feature Film from the Soho International Film Festival.

Summer Crockett Moore received two awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, from The Indie Fest and the Long Island International Film Expo.

Junction will be screening Friday, November 22 through November 29th at the Parisian Theatre in Paris, as well as the Cine Theatre in Martin, Tenn. and the Cheri Cinema in Murray, Ky. There will also be a special screening Tuesday, November 26th at Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah, Ky.

HCMC Named One of Tennessee's Most Affordable Hospitals

Henry County Medical Center ranked 8th in affordability and 6th in patient satisfaction throughout Tennessee, according to a NerdWallet.com study (Photo provided by HCMC).

Paris, Tenn.- With Tennesee Governor Bill Haslam now questioning his decision to reject a state health insurance exchange and considering the possibility of Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Care Act changes could mean considerably more Tennesseans with health insurance coverage in the near future.

It’s good to know, then, that Henry County Medical Center in Paris ranks among the state’s most affordable hospitals, according to finance and investing website NerdWallet.com.

HCMC was ranked as the state’s eighth-most affordable hospital, with the sixth-highest satisfaction rating throughout Tennessee.

Tom Gee, HCMC CEO, said about the study, “We are pleased to see that we are one of the most affordable hospitals in Tennessee and ultimately in the nation. Many people do not realize the tremendous value rural hospitals provide in high quality care. HCMC as a community owned hospital strives to bring this value to our citizens every day.”


Also ranking highly in NerdWallet’s study was Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, ranking 3rd in Tennessee in affordability but with a slightly lower satisfaction score than HCMC.

For more information on the study, head to this article.

Also, for information regarding Henry County Medical Center’s services and costs based on payment options, contact the financial counselors in the HCMC Business Office at (731) 644-8637.

Some Area Teams Booted From Playoffs, Others Continue

Hermitage, Tenn.- Several area teams were in action tonight in the TSSAA football playoffs. For some teams, tonight marked the end of their football season, but others will continue on their journey toward a Blue Cross Bowl appearance.

In Class 1A, the Dresden Lions came off their bye week and were defeated by Humboldt 28-13.

Union City hosted Hollow Rock-Bruceton and defeated the Tigers 61 to 25.

Union City will host Humboldt in the quarterfinals next week.

In class 2A, Huntingdon came off their bye week to a 40 to 28 loss to Mitchell.

Trenton-Peabody lost 51-44 to Trinity Christian Academy.

In class 3A, Camden was defeated by Lewis County by a final score of 32-20.

Martin-Westview beat Hickman County 32-0 and will travel to Lewis County next Friday.

For more information on the TSSAA State Playoffs, head to www.tssaa.org.

Patriots Outlast Memphis East 17-14, Advance to TSSAA Rd. 3
Will Host Memphis Ridgeway in Quarterfinals

#7 Nathaniel Godbott and #4 Cody Hunter tackle a Memphis East runner. Henry County's defense was crucial in Friday night's win (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots survive and advance Friday night as they withstand a Memphis East rally and earn a 17-14 victory.

Henry County earned all of their points early in the first half, first on a Bryan Rammel field goal in the first quarter, then on a Brandon Donaldson TD reception from Colton Randolph and an interception returned for a touchdown by Dennis Tharpe, Jr. early in the 2nd quarter, giving the Patriots a 17 to nothing lead.

Chase Henderson, with a cast on his right hand, follows a block from #66 Drake Walker (Tim Pharr photo).

From then on, the game shifted to withstanding a Memphis East rally. A 36 yard touchdown pass at halftime cut the deficit to 17-7, and a commanding fourth quarter offensive drive capped off by a 1 yard TD rush brought the Mustangs within 3 with 7 minutes remaining.

The Patriots put on an incredible defensive performance to end the game, with pass deflections from Shontel Thompson and Justin Ramos and oustanding run defense from the entire defensive squad, and Memphis East's quarterback was sacked as time expired to secure the Patriots' victory.

Henry County will host Memphis Ridgeway next Friday night at Patriot Stadium for the TSSAA Class 5A Quarterfinals. Kickoff is at 7 PM and tickets will be $8. Radio coverage will start at 6:30 with the Papa Johns Pre-Game Show on WLZK 94.1 FM.

A replay of Friday night's broadcast is available here.

Colton Randolph attempts to outrun a Memphis East defender (Tim Pharr photo).

Overturned Truck Blocks Traffic At E. Wood St., Volunteer Dr.

A box truck blocked the E. Wood St. and Volunteer Dr. intersection for hours after a collision with a flatbed semi truck (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- A collision between two large trucks Friday afternoon at the intersection of Volunteer Drive and East Wood Street prompted a large response from several law enforcement and rescue agencies, and obstructed traffic for hours.

According to Patrolman Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department, the Budget box truck pictured above was traveling west on Wood Street and attempting to make a left onto Volunteer Drive; the driver had a green light but no turn arrow. Another driver in a flatbed semi truck (not pictured) was traveling east on Wood Street and struck the vehicle in the side, toppling it in the intersection.

No serious injuries were reported in the crash, but the obstruction prompted a response from the Paris Fire Department, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office, and City of Paris Public Works, all helping to redirect traffic and clear the roadway.

Planning Commission Approves Site Plans  for Peppers, Carroll Bank

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Planning Commission met Thursday evening and approved a site plan for Pepper’s Toyota to have access to the highway on East Wood Street. The planning commission had approved a plan in October for Pepper’s Toyota, but a new one was presented Thursday night that included an additional proposed driveway to access East Wood Street.

Currently, the only access was on Peppers Drive and TDOT had recently visited the site with staff and approved the request from Peppers so the planning commission agreed and approved it as well.

The planning commission also approved a site plan for Carroll Bank and Trust Company at the corner of Mineral Wells and Tyson Avenue. The property is where the old Dairy Queen used to stand.

The plan proposes a 6400 square foot building with 47 total parking spaces. It shows ingress and egress on to both Tyson and Mineral Wells. The plan includes a 26 ft. entrance at the south end of the property onto Mineral Wells. This should traffic concerns as it will be located away from the busy Mineral Wells, Tyson, Veterans Drive intersections.

Round 2 of TSSAA Playoffs Tonight Pats host Memphis East

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Memphis East in Round 2 of the TSSAA state football playoffs Friday night at 7pm. Head over to Patriot Stadium early this afternoon and tailgate and wear your red to support the Patriots as they try to advance in the tournament. Kickoff is set for 7pm and if you can’t make it out, remember you can hear all the action on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 6:30pm.

If you are away from your radio, you can stream the action online via our website at wmufradio.com. You can also like our WMUF/WLZK Facebook Page for updates throughout the game, and follow us on twitter @WMUF/WLZK.

Lady Pats, Pats Split at Westview to Open Basketball Season

Martin, Tenn.- Henry County opened the 2013-14 basketball season Thursday night in a Hall of Champions game at Martin Westview. The Lady Patriots lost to Westview 53-17 and the Patriots came from behind to win 34-33 against the chargers.

The Lady Patriots and Patriots Basketball teams will be in action again on Saturday night for a Hall of Champions game at Gibson County. The game will start at 6pm with the girls tipoff, followed by the men’s game. If you can’t make the trip, our broadcast will start at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com.

HC Board of Education Hears State Report Card Scores for System

System Scores Well in Acheivement and Value Added

Sam Miles, director of Henry County Schools, discusses the state

report card scores for the system as board chairman Tom Beasley,

in the fore front listens. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Board of Education meeting, Director of Schools Sam Miles and Supervisor of Instruction and Curriculum for elementary, Dr. Renea Wade, briefly discussed the state report card. Miles told board members the report card was just recently released and they didn’t have a detailed report, but the state department of education had posted everything online.

Miles said the composite score for growth for the Henry County School System in grades 3-12 was a 5 out of 5 in all four areas that they are measured in. Miles added, “We are extremely proud of those numbers representing our growth and its represents hard work and dedication by teachers and administration.

Dr. Wade showed a brief presentation on scores in achievement and valued added, or growth. The system scored  A’s in Math, Science, and Social Studies in achievement for 2013 testing last spring. The HCSS scored a B in Reading for achievement and Dr. Wade explained they were not high enough above the state average to get an A, but still scored well.

In valued added, the system scored A’s in Math, Reading, and Social Studies, and a B in Science. Miles told board members that they would present a fully detailed report on the state report card at the December board meeting.

Also during the director’s report, Miles told board members they are about to start working on developing a system to use for differentiated pay which will be implemented starting next budget year.

Miles said Tennessee School Board Association Policy now says teacher pay can not be based solely on years of service and degrees. All school systems in the state have to implement the differentiated pay scale, meaning teacher pay would be performance based.

Miles told board members that he is getting principals to pick some teachers to serve on a panel and open discussions on the issue will begin in the coming days and weeks. He said we will look at a system of pay that is equitable, fair, sustainable, and fits our culture. Miles expected it would be a couple of months before he brought back any recommendation to the board.

Mason Honored as TEL Trainer of the Year

Grove Librarian Amanda Mason talks to the board about the TN Electronice LIbrary after accepting the board's plague. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s Henry County School Board meeting included recognizing the Tennessee Electronic Library trainer of the year, Amanda Mason. Mrs. Mason is the librarian at Grove, and she was selected as the TEL trainer of the year by the state department. Director of schools Sam Miles said librarians are becoming more and more media specialists and they serve as a huge resource for teachers. Board chairman Tom Beasley presented Mrs. Mason with a plaque honoring her award.

School Board Hears Report on Plus Endowment

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard a report from Dr. Susan Burton about the Plus Endowment grants that were handed out this year to the schools in Henry County. Dr. Burton said most grants are for $500 and can be used for field trips, service learning projects related to what teachers are teaching students at the time.

In addition to that, this year for the first time, the William Atchison award was present to Henry School. This award honors Mr. Atchison, who got the Plus Endowment started several years ago and is for $2K. Henry will use it to host an activity called Home under the Dome. A giant inflatable dome that is a 3D Imax theatre will be set up inside, and students and teachers will rotate out to come and learn about different subjects under this apparatus. Some of the subjects that are available to learn about for students include science shows on planets, animals, the human body, history shows, and more.

Susan Hayes, who serves as chairman of the Plus Endowment, told board members that $22K was awarded to teachers in Henry County, both PSSD and HCSS, in 42 different grants.

Homemakers Holiday Has Plenty of Good Food, Decor
Event Continues Friday 9am to 2pm, Lunch from 11-1

Brownies, fudge, canned beans, pickles, white beans and cornbread, and casseroles were just a few of the food items that the FCE clubs hand for sale Thursday at the Enoch Building during the Homemakers Holiday. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A good crowd browsed the many different tables set up at the Henry County FCE Homemakers Holiday event on Thursday. The event will continue on Friday from 9am to 2pm and lunch will be served from 11 to 1 where you can get chili or soup and sandwich and drink for only $5. Event goers to the Homemakers Holiday can purchase homemade casseroles, candies, baked goods, Christmas décor and more.

Homemade picture frames, knitted items, and more are available for purchase at the

Homemakers Holiday at the Enoch Building at the Fairgrounds. Many on hand Thursday

were purchasing some items for possible Christmas gift ideas. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris Downtown Boxing Club Competes In Crossville

Pictured Left to Right: Jacob Crabtree, Cortavious Patton, Cam'ron Patton, Dillon French, Katie Crabtree (Miranda Moon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing club competed this past weekend in Crossville, Tennessee. Five of the fighters were pre-matched and the results are as follows:

Cam’ron Patton lost his bout by decision. Cortavious Patton lost in a bout against a fighter two years older then him, but he managed to go toe to toe with the older fighter.

Dillon French won by TKO/stoppage in the first round after knocking his opponent down for two standing 8 counts. Katie Crabtree lost to a young woman fighter from Crossville, but did well in the bout.

Jacob Crabtree lost by split decision in match that was a big crowd pleaser. A rematch is set to be had between Crabtree and his opponent in the future.

Paris Downtown Boxing will travel to La Vergne this coming Saturday for a tournament.

Lady Patriots, Patriots Open 2013-14 Basketball Season Thurs.

Martin, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball team will be in action tonight for the first time in the 2013-14 season in a Hall of Champions game at Martin Westview. The tip for the Lady Patriots game is 6:30pm, with men’s action to follow. If you can make it to the game, the teams would love your support. If you can’t get to Martin, tune into our broadcast on WZLK 94.1FM and streaming via our website at wmufradio.com, starting with the pregame show at 6pm. The teams will be on the road again Saturday night for another Hall of Champions Game at Gibson County.

FCE Clubs Annual Homemakers Holiday Will Be Thurs., Friday
Lunch Served Friday 11-1

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County FCE Clubs will hold their annual Homemakers Holiday Thursday November 14th from 3-6pm and Friday November 15th from 9am until 2pm. The Homemakers Holiday will once again be held at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Admission is free and there will be several different food items for available for purchase along with Christmas décor, baking ideas, and more. Lunch will be served on Friday from 11-1 for only $5 you can have soup or chilli and sandwiches.

McDonald's to Hold Burger Bash for Girl Scouts Thursday 4-7pm

Girl Scouts also collecting items to send to our troops overseas

Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s in Paris will hold a Burger Bash on Thursday November 14th from 4-7pm and 20% of all sales will go to the Henry County Girl Scouts. You can enter drawings to win Free Extra Value Meals from McDonald’s.

Citizens are also encouraged to help the Henry County Girl Scouts out with their “troop to troops” campaign where they are sending supplies to our military servicemen and women. The supplies will go to help the 212th Company National Guard from our area that is currently serving in Kuwait.

Items that can be shipped include deodorant, snacks like jelly beans, chewing gum, nuts, beef jerky and more, toothpastes and tooth brushes, DVD movies, boot socks, microwave popcorn, batteries, and much more. For a complete list of items that can be shipped, contact a girl scout.

Reminder: Ducks Unlimited Banquet To Be Held Saturday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will have their 2013 Membership Banquet on Saturday November 16th at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The doors open at 5:30 with dinner serve at 7pm, and an auction at 7:30pm.

Costs to attend are as follows: $50 for single, $75 for couple, Greenwings are free with paying adults. Sponsorships prices are $250 single, $265 per couple, and $800 for a Corporate Table. The Corporate table for eight includes one sponsorship, 7 regular members, and each table will receive a 45 Quart Yeti Cooler.

For more information concerning the Ducks Unlimited Banquet on November 16th call Bernie Sleadd at 336-0313 or Andy Collins at 641-9332.

Henry Moves Ahead with Pay Pal Account for Sewer Debt Paydown

Citizens Will Have Chance to Help Pay Debt for town

Paris, Tenn.- Alderman Roger Graham led discussion at Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of alderman meeting centered around the idea of creating a website and pay pal account where citizens of Henry could help pay for the debt from the sewer project that has hung over the town for years.

Graham introduced the board to Jarrod Bailey, who has agreed to help with setting up a website and pay pal account where citizens can go and give some money to help the town out of their debt.

Graham said “we have to get out to solve this problem, live or die, and it starts right here on this table.” He added, “we also need to put forth effort through the media and via social media to get the word out.”

Alderman Cindy Rainey asked if setting up this webpage and paypal account and accepting money was cleared with accounts and legal, in which city recorder Sonya Clayton verified it indeed was legal and ok to do so.

The cost of the webpage is $99 per year. Graham also expressed the need to purchase advertising in local media to help spread the word as well as a mailing campaign. The board voted to go ahead and pursue the project of setting up the pay pal system for citizens to give money when and if they can to help pay down the town’s debt.

In other business in Henry, the board approved Golden Rule of Milan’s bid for $4500 to fix the HVAC unit at the Civic Center.

Road Board Approves Bid For New Pickup Truck

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Henry County Road Board, the purchase of a new maintenance truck from James Corlew Chevrolet Cadillac of Clarksville for the amount of $18, 644. The board received three bids on the new truck after they sent out specs for it, and although James Corlew didn’t have the lowest price, they were awarded the bid.

Government entities are not required to always take the lowest bid if the committee can give reasons why they choose not to. In this case, the other two bids were from Joe Mahan Ford and from Golden Circle Ford in Jackson. The bid from Joe Mahan Ford was the lowest, coming in at $18,367. But the specs asked for a V8 engine, and the quote from Joe Mahan Ford was for a V6.

The Golden Circle Ford quote came in at $18,467. They didn’t give a delivery date, nor was their warranty as good as the one from James Corlew, which included 2 years worth of oil changes and inspections included in the price. The road board approved the James Corlew bid due to the company meeting all expectations and having a better warranty with the truck.

The board then discussed the possible purchase of an excavator for the highway department to use. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said some companies have brought excavators to the office the last few weeks for the crew to demonstrate. He said the workers seemed to really like the Kubota brand excavator and all it could do.

He explained to the board that using the excavator, crews could work circles around other equipment on certain jobs. Board member Marty Allison added that he thought the excavator would save the department time and money in the long run and be very beneficial for many different jobs.

Norwood said he would talk with dealers and the employees and come up with some specs for the excavators and bring to December’s board meeting.

Cottage Grove Council Hears Reports from Recyling Program Event

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and heard a report on the Recycling Program’s  Family Night that was held last month. Around 25 to 30 people came out for the event which included the viewing of the movie “Casper”. Event goers enjoyed hot chocolate and popcorn for free as well during the movie.

The council approved October’s financial report which included expenses of $624 and revenues of $1318. Also during the meeting, Mayor Mike Waddey suggested that the council go to Cottage Grove School and inspect a room for the use of city hall office and meetings. The council is looking for a room in the school closer to the entrance.

Budget Committee Approves Grants for Election, Sheriff, Airport

No New Monies Needed in Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met on Tuesday night in regular session, due to the Monday holiday, and approved everything on their agenda. The committee passed a resolution authorizing changes in the general fund where funds were transferred and some grants were accepted.

Part of the resolution acknowledged accepting $61,842 in state grants for the Henry County Election commission. County Mayor Brent Greer stated the money from the state will be used to purchase new voting machines for the upcoming 2014 election year. There is no local match for the grant.

A grant in the amount of $25K was accepted by the committee to go to the Sheriff’s Department. The grant is from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and will be used in alcohol enforcement campaigns. Sheriff Monte Belew said some of the money will go towards equipment such as detectors, flash lights, and highway safety vests among other things.

The resolution passed for transfers in the general fund included a grant of $2340 for the airport to be used for maintenance and repair. Another transfer was for the Health Department, who requested $34,399 from state revenue line item to be used in repair and maintenance. Mayor Greer said this money comes from a pool that collects every year when the county pays their annual payment to the state and can be used when needed. He said some of the repairs they plan to do include some roof work.

The budget committee also approved a resolution to amend funds in the general purpose school funds where some grant money was received in the amount of over $19K for the Adult Basic Education Program.

Audit Committee To Be Formed by County

Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the budget committee meeting, county mayor Brent Greer informed the board that he was going to recommend five people to the nominating committee on Monday night to help for the county audit committee. This was discussed a couple of months ago, as the state comptroller’s office has suggested to county governments to set up an audit committee.

Greer said the audit committee would meet with department heads after the county’s audit is returned and discuss any findings that come back in the audit.

The five people that will make up the committee is school board chairman, currently Tom Beasley, Road Board chairman, currently Bobby Milam, chairman of the budget committee, currently Kenneth Humphries, and citizens on the budget committee Steve Greer and Melanie Dodd. Once the full county commission approves the nominating committee’s recommended appointments, the new county audit committee will be formed as of the first of the new year.

Subway Employee Charged with Theft and False Report

Paris, Tenn.- Investigator Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department charged Tina Allen, of 1912 Swor Still Road in Buchanan, with theft over $1K and filing a false report, after an incident that occurred at Subway in Paris. Allen took money from the register and then called in a robbery at the store, but after investigating, the owner advised police it was Allen that took the money.

In a separate report, Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged Gary L. Tharpe, age 43, of 146 Warren Street with aggravated assault and kidnapping after he assaulted his girlfriend and locked her in the bathroom. The report stated Ptl. James responded to a home on Depot Street where the woman stated she and her boyfriend, Tharpe, got into an argument and he hit her in the face and held her down and choked her. The report said Tharpe then locked her in the bathroom so she would not call police and went to sleep.

The woman finally freed herself from the bathroom and called police. Tharpe managed to escape out the back door but he was later apprehended by Cp. Underwood and charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Harrelson School Honors Veterans During Ceremonies Monday

Harrelson's Chours top, and Band, bottom, sings Patriotic Songs during the Veteran's Day Ceremonies. (Photos submitted by Tom Sisco).

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson School honored some of Henry County’s Veterans during ceremonies on Monday. All grade levels were present to salute our past and present Veterans for their distinguished service which grants us safety and freedom. The Harrelson Chorus and Band performed Patriotic songs throughout the morning. Individual students participating in the ceremonies included Ean Bona, Pierce Rose, Hannah Hughes, NIa Jaco, Briar Ray, Maddie Rogers, Paige Conklin. Retired Navy Veteran Jerry Boyd served as the keynote speaker. (bottom photo)


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