From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Santa Arrives in Downtown Paris
Will Be In His Home on Courthouse Lawn Through December
Santa was mobbed as he arrived in downtown Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-As always, a large crowd of young and old was on hand Friday morning to greet Santa as he arrived in downtown Paris with Rudolph and his
elves for the traditional North Pole Family Fun Day.
Santa received plenty of hugs from children who were anxious to tell
him what they would like for Christmas as he made his way from the
Paris Fire Department’s big red fire engine to his house on the
Santa will be in his home through December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturdays and from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays. We have photos of Santa’s arrival on our website at wmufradio.com.
Aubrey Povlovich of Columbia, Tenn., readies her horse for the petting zoo at the North Pole Family Fun Day. (McFarlin photo).
Paris FD Extinguishes Huge Brush Fire
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department was called to a huge fire that scorched some two acres of land at 135 Donald Lane in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day. Assistant Fire Chief Randall Jones said the fire destroyed a wooded area near Old Paris-Murray Rd. The Forestry Department was
called to assist and Jones said thus far the cause of the fire is
undetermined, but the Forestry personnel were to go back to the scene
today to investigate further.
Jones said the wooded area was behind some houses, but the houses were
not threatened by the fire. The department dispatched two trucks and
four men to the fire, which began aound 3:45 p.m. The department
remained on the scene until 5:35 p.m.
PD Makes Disorderly Arrest at Wal-Mart
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to a very busy Wal-Mart Supercenter on a report of a theft. Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker located the complainant, who said her wallet was stolen while she was shopping. Wal-Mart personnel said there was no camera at the spot where the theft occurred and the woman reportedly became irate and began loudly cursing. Whitaker said he warned her to stop cursing in front of the very large crowd multiple times and that she walked away from him, uttering a loud profanity at him. At that point, he arrested Shenna Davis, age 18 of 506 Harrison St., Paris, for disorderly conduct. According to the police report, Davis told Whitaker she did not want a theft report filed.
Two Women Arrested for Personal, Public Safety
Paris, Tenn.-Paris City units were dispatched to GreenHill Rd. home on a report of an assault. When they got there they found a 60-year-old woman of that address highly intoxicated, according to the report. She told officers someone had assaulted her, but others at the house said she had become agitated and began throwing things around and fell and hit her face.
An emergency detention order was signed for her protection and she was taken to the Henry County Medical Center, but according to the police report, she became disorderly there and was then arrested and taken to jail on a charge of public intoxication.
In another incident, a Paris woman was arrested for public intoxication and taken to jail for her own safety after she tried to harm herself at her home and at the hospital.
Paris Police were called to a residence on Bell Ave. where a 30-year-old woman had barricaded herself in a bathroom. Her mother said the woman threatened to harm herself. Police were able to pry open the door and saw her cut her wrist with a razor. They pulled her arm and placed a towel around it and she agreed to go to the hospital.
At the emergency room, while nurses were out of the room, she grabbed scissors and began cutting herself again. She was placed under arrest and will be observed at the jail and evaluated before she is bonded out.
Allen Arrested on Warrant
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police went to 530 Harrison Lane to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on Dominique Allen of Paris. In the process, officers smelled marijuana coming from the apartment and saw Allen inside. He was placed under arrest, as was Greg Kendall, 20, 1450 N. Market St., for criminal trespass when it was determined Kendall had been banned from the property.
No DL Leads to Arrest
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Blake Jenkins observed a vehicle with no tail lights and stopped it at the intersection of Hwys. 54 and 218. Checking the ID of the driver, it was confirmed that he had no driver's license and that he was on state parole for burglary, kidnapping and rape and was supposed to be in his residence every night by 10 p.m. The arrest occured near midnight.
Arrested was Jackie McBee, age 60, 5925 Hwy. 69N.
Foggy, Foggy Thanksgiving Morning
Paris, Tenn.-Henry Countians woke up to the sight of heavy fog Thanksgiving morning. This scene was captured near the Cancer Care Center on Kelley Dr. in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Stove Fire Extinguished
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters were called to Grove Park Apartments at 345 Harrison St. around noon Thanksgiving Day to extinguish a stove fire. Three pumpers and six men responded to the fire call, which occured when on occupant of one of the apartments was cooking.
Assistant Fire Chief Randal Jones said an eye on the stove appeared to catch fire and the damage was confined to the stove. No one was injured and firemen stayed at the scene about 20 minutes to remove the smoke from the apartment.
Theft From Yard Reported
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of items from a yard on Elkhorn Rd. Stolen was a Titan airless paint sprayer and a four foot ladder.
Deputies Called to Domestic Dispute
Paris, Tenn.-Deputies were called to Pitbull Motorcycles on Hwy. 79N on a report that a couple was fighting in the parking lot. It was reported that the woman threw a rock at the man and walked off down the highway. When deputies stopped her on the road, she said the man hit her in the face and admitted she threw a rock at him. She was told not to go on the Pitbull property. No charges were filed due to lack of evidence.
Boaters Warned to Use Caution While Waterline Installed
View from Britton Ford hiking trail. USFWS photo
Springville, Tenn.-Boaters using the West Sandy Creek of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge are advised to use extreme caution while boating in the area beginning Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Springville Water District will begin the process of boring a four-inch waterline under this section of the lake to provide water to the new refuge offie and visitor center. The line will cross West Sandy Creek just upriver or west of the Britton Ford Boat Ramp on the refuge.
This line will allow the utility district the potential for extending water services in the future beyond the refuge boundary. The process will include a wire cable hung across the lake just five feet above the waterline and once the process begins, they will work continuously day and night to complete it. It will take several days to a week.
Refuge officers and contract workers will be onsite during some of the time to assit in warning boaters of the hazard. The cable will be marked, but the refuge advises boaters to avoid the area as much as possible during this time.
Boaters that launch at the Britton Ford Bot Ramp and head downstream, or east, will not be affected. For this reason, the boat ramp will remain open. The Refuge regrets the inconvenience to boaters during this time. For more information or to inquire when the boring process has been completed and the cable removed, call the Refuge office at 642-2091.
PD Receives $5,000 Grant
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department has received another Governors’ Highway Safety Office Grant in the amount of $ 5000.00. The grant is part of
the state’s “High Visibility Law Enforcement Campaign.”
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the grant will specifically be
used to pay for overtime for personnel that are utilized for the
Click-it-and-ticket, sobriety roadblocks and other efforts.
“Those efforts are so labour intensive,” Elizondo said. “You have to
have five people on the scene for those and we asked for the grant
strictly for compensation to try to keep the city’s costs down.”
Elizondo said the Paris department partners with the Governor’s
Highway Safety Office grant program to reduce D.U.I.’s, injury
accidents and fatal traffic accidents through extra traffic
Chain Reaction Damages Four Vehicles
Paris, Tenn.-Four vehicles were damaged Tuesday afternoon in the
Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot on Mineral Wells Ave. in a chain reaction triggered by a van experiencing brake problems.
Paris Police were called to the parking lot around 3:30 p.m. to
investigate the accident which was caused when a maroon mini-van
driven by a Buchanan man was attempting to pull out of a spot and
while backing, the brakes went out. The van struck an Acura and the
metal shopping cart carousel. The cart carousel then knocked into a
Kia and a Nissan.
According to the police report, no one was injured in the accident and
there were no citations issued.
Bethel University Presents Evening of Carols
McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University’s Department of Music will present “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in Bouldin Auditorium in the Dickey Fine Arts Building. Pre-service music will begin at 6:45. Lessons and Carols is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Keith Herris at email@example.com or at 731-352-4205.
Woman Steals Dropped Money
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police will issue an arrest warrant for Amanda Tallier, age 29 of 406 Porter Street, for theft after she admitted taking a $20 bill that had been dropped by someone in the Dollar Tree parking lot.
According to the police report, a man dropped the money and while two women were helping him pick it up, Tallier ran over and took the money. The women hollered at her and watched the van she was in go to the Wal-Mart parking lot.
Police were able to track her down in the store and at first she said she found the money, then admitted she took it.
Shoplifting Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-Two cases of shoplifting at Wal-Mart in Paris were reported.
Paris Police arrested Kelly Dunlap, age 22 of 2303 West Wood St., for shoplifting several items totalling $101, including a portable DVD player, and CD Visor organizer.
In the other incident, Police arrested Bobbie Register, age 43 of Okeechobee, Fla., for taking items totalling $70, including a Venus cart, book, gloves and cat treats.
PSSD Board of Education Extends Brown's Contract
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s meeting of the Paris Special School District Board of education, held at Inman Middle School, the board unanimously approved to extend Superintendant Mike Brown’s contract for three more years. The contract was set to expire in June of 2013 and Chairman of the PSSD board Richard Edwards said everyone agreed that he had done and is doing a great job for the system. Brown thanked the board for their vote of confidence in him and renewing the contract.
PSSD Board Sees Presentation on Inman STEM lab
Principal of Inman Jason Scarbrough introduced Brian Webb and Todd Latta who gave a presentation of the Inman STEM lab that was recently integrated this year using moneys in the textbook line item that didn’t have to be used this school year. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and students work thru 24 different modules during the school year in rotating schedules.
The modules tackle different areas such as Flight Technology were students build rockets, Engineering Towers, where students build towers out of basil wood and wood glue and then test them to see how man pounds of pressure they withstand. Other modules focus on things such as cell structure, applied physics, forensic science, genetics, and much more.
All students at Inman get a chance to go to the STEM lab rotating with PE days. Basically during the year students get 90 days of PE, 90 days of STEM lab work. Some students were on hand Tuesday night to demonstrate some of their work in the different STEM labs. Latta explained that it takes a student about eight days of class to complete each lab before moving to a different one.
Students enjoy the hands on activity, but are also required to answer research and challenge questions each class period. At the end of the lab, they are also tested on the skills they learned. Pitsco Education implemented the STEM labs Inman uses and technical support and customer service is top notch compared to the labs used in the past.
PSSD Scores Well on State Report Card
Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday night’s PSSD board meeting saw supervisor of instruction and curriculum Leah Watkins discuss the details of the state report card which was recently released.
She said as a system, the PSSD increased in achievement in all subject areas as well as in all value-added areas, which shows growth for students over one year. PSSD exceeded the state average in Math, Science, and Social Studies.
In the achievement section, Paris Elementary received A’s in Math, Social Students, and Science, and a B in Reading. In all subjects but math, Watkins reported that the actual score increased. Paris Elementary also increased a letter grade in value-added for math and reading, garnering an A in both. They received an A in value-added social studies and a B in valued added science, which both showed increases in score, just not a letter grade increase.
Inman Middle School received A’s in Math, Social Studies, and Science in the achievement category and a B in Reading. The A in Math was a letter grade increase from last year. In valued added area at Inman, Math increased a letter grade to C, Social Studies increased in score, but remained a C, and
Reading and Science both remained the same as last year.
Value-added is the growth a student should show over a one year period. Watkins and Superintendant Mike Brown said the letter grades can be deceiving because getting a C or D doesn’t mean they went back, it just means they didn’t grow as much. Both also stated the system is trending in the right direction.
Watkins stated the challenges lay in decreasing the gap in proficiency between minority subgroups as compared to proficiency as a whole for the system. Also decreases were seen in percentage of students with disabilities scoring proficient or advanced in reading and math cumulatively in grades 3-8.
Plans of action for the system include implementation of PSSD time, where they will use data and collaboration among teachers, increased instruction for students with disabilities, targeted tutoring, personnel additions; reorganization of reading intervention staff; and streamlining of intervention process for struggling students.
Break Coming at Good Time as Abscences Have Been on the Rise
Superintendant Mike Brown said that the Thanksgiving Break is coming at a good time for the system because they have seen absences increase recently. On Tuesday system wide about 80 students in the PSSD were out, which is about double a normal day. Brown said with the extended break for Thanksgiving, hopefully it will give sick students time to get healthy by Monday.
Jaycees Present Jammin for the Kids Dec. 1st
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will be sponsoring Jammin for the Kids on Saturday December 1st at 6pm at the Paris Moose Lodge. Performers this year will be Vince Dodd, Jimmy Stewart and Friends, Ray Lewis Band, Sproul Heights Band, and Silverside. Tickets are $10 and can be bought from any Paris Henry County Jaycee Member or the Mineral Wells Branch of Commercial Bank. For more information call 693-9086.
All money raised during Jammin for the Kids goes to the Jaycees Underprivileged Children’s Shopping Tour. The shopping will take place on Saturday December 8th and over 100 kids benefit from the Jaycees fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for this event.
Henry County Highway Department Holding Ornament Contest
5th and 6th graders welcome to make ornaments from recyclables
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department welcomes all 5th and 6th graders to enter into an ornament contest by making the ornaments out of recyclable materials. Ornaments must be no larger than 6x6, unless you make a star for the top of the tree, which is permitted to be 12x12.
Ornaments will be displayed on a decorated Christmas Tree at the Henry County Highway Department. Ornaments will be judged by employees for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places prices. Deadline to have your ornament in is December 3rd. Call the highway department at 642-3162 for more information.
McKenzie Schools Closed Due to Illness
McKenzie, Tenn.-Students and teachers in the McKenzie Special Schools district will have an extra long Thanksgiving holiday, with the district shut down today due to extreme illness.
Officials from the district decided to shut down the elementary, middle and high schools today (Tuesday) , which means instead of the holiday beginning Wednesday, it will start one day earlier because so many students and teachers are out sick with flu- like symptoms.
Officials said the virus has been going around for more than 3 weeks. Nearly 180 kids are out sick from the McKenzie School System and officials report there are so many teachers out sick it has been difficult to find enough substitute teachers to fill in for them.
1st Annual Santa Coming to Town at Bethel
McKenzie, Tenn - Bethel University's Office of Residence Life and Phi Delta Sigma fraternity will be presenting Santa's Coming to Town on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. Bring your children to the Bethel University Bookstore (across from Chick-fil-A) to take FREE pictures with Santa. For questions, please call 731-780-5129.
Library Closings Announced
Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library will be closed November 22, 23, and 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Library will close December 24, 25 and 26 for the Christmas holiday and closed on New Year’s Day.
Paris Landing, Other State Park Restaurants, Open Thanksgiving
Nashville, Tenn.- Tennessee State Parks’ eight restaurants will be open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast.
Thanksgiving turkey and all the traditional trimmings, along with an assortment of desserts, will be available beginning at 11 a.m. until closing at state park restaurants across Tennessee. Selections and prices will vary depending on location, ranging from $12.95 to $15.95 (excluding drink and gratuity). Group reservations are recommended.
The Tennessee State Park restaurants serving Thanksgiving Day dinner are:
Cumberland Mountain State Park . . . . . . . . . . . (931) 484-7186
David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg). . . . (931) 762-9541
Fall Creek Falls State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (423) 881-5241
Henry Horton State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (931) 364-8207
Montgomery Bell State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (615) 797-3101
Natchez Trace State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (731) 968-8176
Paris Landing State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (731) 641-4450
Pickwick Landing State Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (731) 689-3135
THP to be in Full Force for Thanksgiving Weekend
Nashville, Tenn. --- Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Colonel Tracy Trott are reminding citizens to expect a “No Refusal” and high-visibility, safe driving enforcement campaign during the 2012 Thanksgiving Holiday period. The “No Refusal” enforcement will begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 21 and end at midnight, Sunday, November 25.
The “No Refusal” law allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers. The goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways. The Thanksgiving Holiday marks the third “No Refusal” enforcement effort, following campaigns over the Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday periods.
“Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday travel season for millions of Americans. In Tennessee, State Troopers, prosecutors and judges in 16 counties across the state have joined together to ensure drunk drivers are removed from the roadways and travelers get to their destination safely. We thank both the local and state officials in advance for their participation in this effort,” Commissioner Gibbons said.
This targeted “No Refusal” enforcement will focus on 16 counties where impaired driving and fatal crashes have increased in 2012. Two counties from each of the eight THP Districts will participate, including Monroe and Sevier (Knoxville District); Franklin and Grundy (Chattanooga District); Davidson and Sumner (Nashville District); Shelby and Fayette (Memphis District); Cocke and Washington (Fall Branch District); Clay and Putnam (Cookeville District); Lawrence and Maury (Lawrenceburg District); and Chester and Weakley (Jackson District).
Nine people lost their lives on Tennessee roadways during last year’s Thanksgiving Day Holiday period. That is a decrease of 43.8 percent over the total from 2010 (16). One of the seven vehicle occupants killed during the 2011 Thanksgiving Holiday weekend was not wearing safety restraints. Almost half (44.4) percent of those killed were alcohol-related deaths.
AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. That compares with an increase of eight and six percent, respectively, in the last two years.
“We anticipate an increase in traffic through Tennessee during the holidays,” Colonel Trott said. “State Troopers will saturate the interstate systems and high-crash corridors and place an emphasis on impaired driving, seat belt usage and traffic law compliance. Our goal is to save lives.”
Although safety belt usage was measured at 83.7 percent in 2012, more than 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in Tennessee traffic crashes were not wearing a safety belt in 2011 (among known seatbelt usage).
In Tennessee, 53.5 percent of vehicular fatalities are from unrestrained vehicle occupants in 2012. Additionally, alcohol related crashes are on the rise in Tennessee. There have been over 5,000 alcohol crashes already this year. That’s an increase of 95 more impaired driving crashes (1.9%) than this time last year.
“Our statewide goal is to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal motor vehicle crashes throughout Tennessee,” Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole said. “We’ve significantly increased our efforts by partnering with local law enforcement agencies, as well as state officials during enforcement campaigns such as ‘No Refusal.’ Everyone’s participation is crucial for the success of this campaign.”
As of November 19, preliminary statistics indicate that 890 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2012, an increase of 50 deaths compared to 840 fatalities at this same time a year ago.
Statistics for the 2011 Thanksgiving Holiday period accompany this release, along with an attachment of sobriety and driver license checkpoints scheduled throughout the holiday weekend.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.
County Commission Approves Resolution to Refinance Debt
County to save almost $100K per year on debt schedule
Paris, Tenn.- During a pubic hearing prior to the Henry County Commission meeting on Monday night, representatives of Morgan Keegan and Raymond James Financial presented commissioners with information regarding how the county can save money and refinance the debt, without adding any years to the debt schedule.
Commissioners listened with earnest, as representatives of Morgan Keegan showed how the markets were very favorable right now for the county to refinance its debt and reduce the debt load by almost $100K a year.
The bond issue was for the Harrelson School note obtained in 2003 and for several capital outlay notes including Right of Way Utility Relocation projects and Solid Waste Bailer notes from 2008, Emergency Service Complex at Paris Landing from 2009, and the Energy Efficiency Project on county buildings in 2010.
Annual savings from the refinancing of the bond and capital outley notes are almost $99,000 per year and over $1.274 million for the life of the debt. County Mayor Brent Greer told commissioners they have watched the market with a tremendous amount of due diligence and have a great opportunity to reduce the debt.
During the commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to approve resolutions involving refinancing the debt for the county. The bond issuance was amended from $1.8 million to 1.6 million. The refinancing did not include the county’s plan to retro fit schools with tornado safe spaces as they haven’t bid that out yet, it will be part of another bond down the road.
Henry County Youth Recognized by Commission
Paris, Tenn.- The county commission also honored several youngsters Monday night including members of the No Fly Zone rookie skeet and trap shooting team. Coaches Ronnie Cole and Bill Neese along with youngsters Drew James, Stewart Archer, and Zack Cole received recognitions from county mayor Brent Greer and a standing ovation from the commission on winning the state rookie shooting championship and performing in the scholastic clay shooting national competition.
Another honor went to high school Kyler Ainley, who was recognized for his efforts playing football at Henry County, kicking the game winning field goal in December of last year in the state championship game, and winning in the state trap shooting championship.
Commission Approves Access Road Resolution for Allegro
Other action on Monday night at the Henry County Commission meeting saw the approval of a resolution to seek assistance from TDOT to construct an industrial access road for the benefit of Allegro Fine Foods, Inc., which is located on the highway 218 bypass.
County Mayor Brent Greer told the commission that Allegro is in the process of purchasing a building from PML which is located directly behind their current building and want to connect the two properties together with an access road.
The county plans to use some in-kind labor but this resolution asks TDOT to blacktop the road with funds set forth in the Industrial Highway Act of 1959 where TDOT can work with communities to provide these access roads to facilitate the development and expansion of industry.
The commission also approved resolutions from the nominating committee to appoint newly elected commissioner Greg Carter to various committees and boards, approved a quit claim request for a gravel road that turns off Point Pleasant Road and another quit claim for a portion of undeveloped property off Stephanie Lane.
Greer said that Allegro continues to expand their product line and will use the building they purchase for storage and when space is freed up in the current building, they could possibly expand the workforce again. The commission approved the resolution unanimously and hopes are to have the road finished by Spring.
Guns Stolen out of Safe from McKenzie Home
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a man on Cannon Store Road in McKenzie had five guns stolen from his residence recently. The report said that he went to open the safe he keeps the guns in and it wouldn’t open with the key. He had to pry the safe open and found that five guns were missing. The total value of the guns was undetermined but believed to be well over $1,000. Police have no suspects.
Cpl. Bryan Hall of the sheriff’s office arrested Douglas C. Peterson, age 50 of 8705 Highway 641 North in Puryear for DUI 1st offense, violation of the open container law, violation of the light law, and violation of the implied consent law.
DPA's North Pole Family Fun Day set for Friday 10am-2pm
Santa, Rudolph, and Elves Kick off Christmas Push In Downtown Paris
Paris, Tenn.- Santa, Rudolph and the elves roll into downtown Pairs on the big, red fire engine Friday morning at 10am kicking off the North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association in downtown Paris. There will be more than a dozen free activities for everyone and the fun last from 10am to 2pm.
Children can give the man in red their lists and purchase photos made with Santa by Project Graduation Elves. There will be trackless train rides, pony rides, petting zoo, and more on the courthouse lawn.
The 4-H club will have craft tables with make and take holiday goodies and you can also make Christmas Cards for soldiers, snow bowling activities, and face painting.
Every half hour starting at 10:30am Friday morning, members of the Henry County High School Speech Team will read the Polar Express at the Old Depot on Fentress Street, now home of Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service and youngsters will receive a free train whistle.
All activities are free, although some ask for small donations for their charitable activities. For more information on North Pole Family Fun Day and Downtown Unwrapped go to visitdowntownparis.com or call DPA president Kathy Ray at 642-8000.
UT Coach Derek Dooley Fired
Derek Dooley at Neyland Stadium. (UT Sports photo).
Knoxville, Tenn.-With one game left to play in the regular season, the University of Tennessee has fired Head Football Coach Derek Dooley.
Dooley was fired Sunday morning and will not coach the Volunteers' final game of the season at home against Kentucky on Nov. 24. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as the interim coach for that game.
Dooley said in a statement released by UT: "I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future. Although progress was not reflected in our record, I am proud of the strides we made to strengthen the foundation for future success in all areas of the program.
"During the last 34 months, I've given my all for Tennessee, and our family appreciates all this university and the Knoxville community has given us."
The UT athletics department held a news conference in mid-afternoon in Knoxville and officials said a search for a replacement will begin immediately.
UT Athletics Director Dave Hart said in a statement released by the University: "We very much appreciate the effort and energy that Derek Dooley and his staff have poured into our football program at the University of Tennessee. Derek and I met early this morning, and I informed him that I believed a change in leadership, despite the positive contributions he has made to the overall health of the program, was in the best long-term interests of Tennessee football. We will immediately begin the search for the best possible candidate to assume this leadership role."
The firing came following Saturday night's embarrassing 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt, a week after a 51-48 overtime loss to Missouri, and the team's losing season this year.
Holdsclaw Arrested For Assault
Chamique Holdsclaw during her appearance in Paris earlier this year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Atlanta, Ga.— A judge in Atlanta on Friday set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, who was in jail on assault and weapons charges, ESPN reported.
Holdsclaw was arrested for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony after the incident, in which she fired a shot into a car belonging to 29-year-old Jennifer Lacy, who plays for the Tulsa Shock. According to police, Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car’s windows. Holdsclaw was in custody at the Fulton County Jail.
Holdsclaw spoke at an event a few months ago in Paris. The event was sponsored by the local UT Tennessee alumni and Holdsclaw spoke about
her recurring battles with depression and her basketball career, which included her time on the Lady Vols when the team won three consecutive national championships.
According to ESPN, no one was injured in the assault. Holdsclaw was ordered to wear a monitoring device and have no contact with Lacy.
Wynn Takes Full Advantage of Healthy Walking Program
Ellen Wynn, HCMC Administrative Assistant to the Chief Nursing Officer, has walked 1,000 miles since joining the Healthy Henry County Walking Club, which began in the spring 2012.
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation utilized Delta Rural Health funding to establish a weekly walking club for Henry County. This club stemmed from the Walking with the Professional Sessions held each week during the 2011 Healthy Henry County and Mayors’ Health Challenge program.
There were many requests from Healthy Henry County participants to continue with a walking program for those months when Healthy Henry County wasn’t in place. Each member of the club was given a pedometer, a walking tips book, and tracking logs in which to keep track of the time they’ve spent walking or doing other exercise. Upon reaching certain goals, participants received a gift for each goal accomplished.
This week, Ellen Wynn surpassed 1,000 miles since the program started. For her efforts, she received a lunch bag with many great items to enjoy.
“I exercise at other times and places, too,” said Wynn. “But I enjoy the fellowship with people who are also dedicated to a healthy lifestyle who meet here on Wednesdays.”
The program encourages participants to keep their steps, miles, or exercise minutes each week and turn those in to receive recognition.
“Every person’s health goals are different,” said Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing for HCMC. “The walking club is one of the easiest, user-friendly ways to keep your personal records so that you can measure your accomplishments for yourself. We hope you can join us on any Wednesday at 12 Noon in the HCMC Front Lobby.”
PD Makes Several Drug and Alcohol Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department has been busy the last few days with several drug and alcohol arrests.
Police were called to the Wal-Mart parking lot around 6 p.m. Friday
after it was reported that a subject who appeared under the influence
was walking around the lot. Sgt. Michael Ramos found the subject
sitting in his car and appeared to be trying to find something inside
his vehicle. Ramos said he appeared fidgety, was making no sense when
he talked and was moving around excessively.
The subject gave permission for a patdown and Ramos found two small
plastic baggies of a white powder and two different types of pills.
The subject told Ramos the power was meth and the pills were oxycodone
Arrested was Craig Robbins, age 26 of Big Sandy, and charged with two
counts of possession with intent to sell and possession of unlawful
drug paraphernalia. In the course of the arrest, Ramos determined
Robbins was driving on a revoked license, so he also was charged with
that. Ramos seized $52 in cash and served him with notice that his
vehicle was being seized as well. While searching the car after the
arrest, Ramos also found a dirty syringe.
In another incident, two men were arrested after Patrolman Jeramye
Whitaker stopped their vehicle for window tint violation. Whitaker
could smell marijuana and arrested Jacob Capps, age 21 of 920 Riggins
St., for simple possession, and Minyard Ingrahm IV, age 20 of 205 Joe
St. for underage consumption.
Sgt. Michael Ramos observed a van with the brake light out around 1
a.m. Sunday and while following it saw that it made two stops on
Caledonia Street. He activated his lightsand stopped the vehicle.
According to Ramos, the driver was having trouble opening his window
and Ramos coul smell the odor of alcohol. The driver told him she had
drunk only two beers and failed a series of sobriety tests. While
placing her under arrest, Ramos said she almost fell.
Ramos also noted the passenger was intoxicated and in the process of
tryng to find someone sober to take him home, the passenger became
Arrested in the incident was the driver, Kathy Phillips, age 51 of
1103 Dunlap St., Paris; and the passenger, Joseph Phillips, age 51,
same address. She was charged with DUI and he was charged with public
intoxication. In the course of arresting the passenger, he claimed to
be having a heart attack and was taken to the emergency room by
ambulance and was released.
In another incident Paris Police conducted a 'knock and talk' at 1007
Madison Street at 11:30 p.m. and when Brandon Todd, age 31, of that
address, answered the door, they could smell marijuana in the house.
In he process of a search, they found a plastic container full of
marijuana, as well as one large bag and three small bags of marijuana,
$148 in cash and metal scales.
Todd was arrested for possession and the cash was seized.
Underage Drinking Arrests Made; Juvenile Taken to Hospital
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were called on Friday night on a tip that underage drinking was occurring at 304 N. College St. All city units responded and did find several people there drinking. They arrested Lucus Ingrahm, age 18, of that address, and Conte Johnson, age 18, of 2170 Old Paris-Murray Rd., and charged them with underage consumption.
In the bathroom, they found a juvenile female passed out and called her mother to the scene. The girl was taken to the Henry County Medical Center by the emergency ambulance and was cited into juvenile court.
Foulks Donate Ficus Tree to HCMC
Linda Foulks and Jackie Hoffman, HCMC Plant Operations. look over the Ficus Tree that Foulks donated to HCMC. (Becky Hedges photo).
Paris, Tenn. – Ed and Linda Foulks wanted to give something back to HCMC and donated a ficus tree for use at the hospital.
“When Linda Foulks called the HCMC Marketing Department to say she they had a large ficus tree that had outgrown the room in her house, we were pleased that she thought of donating it to the hospital,” Becky Hedges, Public Relations Coordinator, said.
She and her husband Ed delivered it and Jackie Hoffman from Plant Operations helped load it and bring it into the hospital. Hoffman thought it would look great in the foyer at the entrance so everyone could see it. “It will get plenty of light there, too,” he said.
Fire Causes Little Structural Damage, No Injuries
Paris, Tenn.-No one was injured and very little structural damage was caused to the Community Action Network at 1101 N. Market St. in Paris following a fire Friday afternoon. When the Paris Fire Department arrived at the scene, Sgt. Barry Farmer said a lot of fire and heavy smoke was evident, but it was quickly extinguished.
The cause of a fire was a large wood stove in the building that caught fire, Farmer said. The fire was contained to the south side of the building and it did cause smoke damage, but he said employees can still work in there.
Three trucks and six firefighters were called to the scene and stayed under an hour. The building is the former Plumley headquarters. Farmer said the gas company and Board of Public Utilities company were called, too. “We called them to cut off utilities in case the fire grew, but we were able to quickly extinguish it,” Farmer said.
Chamber to Sponsor Gingerbread Contest
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Gingerbread Contest with traditional, local landmark, youth and family project categories. All the components of each 2’ x 2’ entry must be edible. Cost to enter is $5. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, 12 December 2012. Complete rules and entry forms are available online at www.paristnchamber.com, www.paristn.gov and at the Chamber of Commerce office, Paris City Hall, Paris Civic Center and the Heritage Center.
Entries may be delivered to City Hall on Friday, December 14th, 9 am to 4 pm. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 15th following the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade in Downtown Paris. Entries will be displayed in local businesses until January 2, 2013.
Chamber Tourism Vice President Tony Lawrence said “This is a great activity for families, especially over the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope to see lots of creative entries, especially with the local landmark and family project categories.”
For more information, call the Chamber 731.642.3431.
"Trick or Treat" Defendant Apprehended in Dickson County
Paris, Tenn.-One of the local defendants who was sought in the Henry County Sheriff Department’s Operation Trick or Treat in October has been apprehended. Captain Damon Lowe said the man had fled and was arrested in Dickson County.
Arrested was Anthony Peters, 23, 2055 Old Paris-Murray Rd., Paris. He
is charged with one count of aggravated burglary, one count of theft
of property, one count of possession of a firearm during a felony and
one count of sale of marijuana, as well as bad check charges. Peters had failed to appear on previous charges and his bond in General Sessions Court was revoked. His bond on the new charges was set at $125,000.
Metro Crime Unit Arrests Three on Drug Charges
Edward Ray Terry Duncan Melissa Lavine
Paris, Tenn.- As often happens, a traffic stop turned into an arrest for drug
possession when a car was stopped on the Hwy 218 bypass on Thursday.
Details are a bit sketchy, but three Paris people were arrested by the
Metro Crime Unit following the stop.
Arrested were: Edward Elton Ray, 22, 1010 McSwain St., Paris; Terry
Duncan, 24, 312 Thompson St., Paris; and Melissa Lavine, age 21 of 774
India Rd., Paris. All three were charged with simple possession and
bonds of $2,000 each were set.
Involved in the arrest were Deputies Jamie Myrick, Rodney Littleton
and Lt. Scott Wyrick, and Paris Police Investigator Josh Frey.
Buchanan Woman Arrested for Public Intoxication
Paris, Tenn.-Deputies arrested a Buchanan area woman for
public intoxication when residents on Ash Dr. in Buchanan called
dispatch to report that someone was knocking on their back door and
would not leave.
Deputy Tyler Norris made contact with the woman and found her unsteady
on her feet with a strong odor of alcohol. The woman said she did not
know how she got there and could not give her address. She had no
shoes or jacket on.
Arrested was Beverly Hemminger, age 66 of 130 Dock Dr., Buchanan. Bond
of $250 was set.
Paris Police Make Drug Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Derrick Clark, 408 Brewer St., Paris, for simple possession. While on patrol, Paris Patrolman Jamie James observed Clark go into a known drug house on Greer Street and leave a few minutes later. When James stopped him, Clark reportedly began shaking and James asked him if he would take items out of his pockets. James said he observed Clark try to cup a bag in his hand and asked him what it was. Clark said it was nothing but a half ounce of marijuana.
Clark was arrested and bond of $1,000 was set.
Paris Police arrested two men following a traffic stop on Veterans Drive. Sgt. Michael Ramos observed a pickup truck driving southbound on Market Street with the brake light out and no one wearing seat belts. In the course of the stop, he reported that the driver and passenger's story for being in Paris didn't make any sense.
With consent to search, he found a pill bottle which contained Alprazolam. He arrested Brian Swearingen, age 32 of Camden, for simple possession. Swearingen told Ramos that he had just gone to Walgreen's to help a friend get his prescription filled and that the pill probably fell out into the car then.
Ramos and he went to the Paris address where the friend was and asked him if that was correct. The friend, Jason Rutkowski, age 38 of Hollow Rock said no. But Ramos found that there was an outstanding warrant for Rutkowski's arrest and arrested him, also.
News from past weeks here.