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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Elf on the Shelf Saturday at Lura Lee's

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will host Elf on the Shelf at Lura Lee’s of Paris this Saturday November 24th from Noon until 2pm. A Christmas tradition enjoyed by many families, Elf on the Shelf comes to life and you can take photos with the Elf during the event. The event is free and open to the public.

Two Carroll County Men Arrested on Possession and Theft Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Drew Autry, age 24 of Mixie, for theft of property and simple possession of a schedule II substance.

Ptl. Jeff Smith also arrested Stephen Milton, age 20 of Bruceton, for theft over $1,000 and possession of meth. Autry and Milton were each placed on $3,500 bond.

Trim a Tree for Wildlife at the Refuge is Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their Trim a Tree for Wildlife event tomorrow from 11am to 3pm at the Visitor Center, which is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

The “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” is an event that focuses on making Christmas ornaments out of things from nature as well as suggestions on how to trim your outdoor tree for wildlife at home. Admission to the event is free and the Refuge will have hot chocolate and tea cakes for snacking on by a cozy fireplace at the event. 

The Chilltonics will be in the auditorium performing at 11am and again at 1pm and of course  the wintering waterfowl are already beginning to arrive at the refuge and the ranger will be on hand near the back patio to point out any wildlife sightings you just don’t want to miss.

Big Sandy Woman Charged With Two Counts of Agg. Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Stacey Bratschi, age 36 of Big Sandy, for two counts of aggravated burglary. Bratschi was placed on $30,000 bond.

TN State Parks Hosting Day After Thanksgiving Hikes

Nashville- Tennessee State Parks will offer free, guided hikes at all 56 of its parks on Friday, Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. This is the fourth year for this event, and one in a series of five statewide ranger-led hikes throughout the year.

“There’s a national sentiment that getting outdoors to spend time with loved ones around the holidays is a wonderful way to reconnect and recharge,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “Tennessee State Parks aims to offer all Tennesseans the opportunity to get outdoors to engage in healthy, fun activities.”

All hikes will be guided by park rangers and will feature the best that Tennessee lands have to offer, ranging from hikes along historical and interpretive trails to stunning views of waterfalls, peaks and plateaus.

The hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some hikes will be approximately one mile in length, tailored for novice hikers, while others are lengthier, and geared toward more experienced hikers. For a more in-depth look at hikes in your area, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/after-thanksgiving-hikes.

Visitors are encouraged to share photos of their hike on social media with the hashtag #thankful4hiking.

Other statewide hikes Tennessee State Parks offers include First Day Hikes in January, Spring Hikes in March, National Trails Day in June, and National Public Lands Day in September.

Reminder: North Pole Family Fun Day Begins Fri. at 10am

Paris, Tenn.- Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the elves will roll into Downtown Paris at 10am Friday kicking off North Pole Family Fun Day, an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association, which will run from 10am to 2pm.

At the North Pole Family Fun Day, you can meet with Santa, you can make something at one of the free craft tables with "make and take" holiday goodies hosted by the 4-H Club and located outside stores throughout downtown, enjoy face painting inside Commercial Bank and Trust from 10am until noon and every half hour from 10:30am to 1:30pm, members of the HCHS Speech Team will read The Polar Express at Vicky Muzzall's Tax Service on Fentress Street. 

There will also be trackless train rides for adults and children, a petting zoo, and other games on the courthouse lawn, all courtesy of the Downtown Paris Association. The North Pole Family Fun Day is part of Downtown Unwrapped, a series of exciting holiday events in downtown Paris. The full schedule can be viewed at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.

Canned Food Drive Continues at Wellness Center

Paris, Tenn.- People struggle with hunger in every county in Tennessee and Henry County is no exception.  One in seven people in Tennessee struggle with hunger, and one in five children go to bed hungry every night.  The HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab wants to make a difference for those struggling with hunger in Henry County and is hosting a “We CAN Make a Difference” Food Drive during the entire month of November. The drive has raised over 200 items so far.

The community is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the HCMC Center for Wellness during business hours and drop them in the receptacle located in the Center.  All donations will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank. This time of year is especially difficult for those in hunger because of the holidays.

Items being collected include the following:

  • Canned and dry beans
  • Peanut butter or other nut butters
  • Shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
  • Canned vegetables with no or low-sodium
  • Low-sodium soups/pasta sauce
  • Chicken, beef, and vegetable broths & stocks
  • Brown rices, pasta or quinoa
  • Seeds and nuts, unsalted
  • Canned fruit in juice
  • Canned stews or tomatoes
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Canned tuna in water
  • Non-perishable staples for a Thanksgiving meal

“The therapists at the Center for Wellness & Rehab wanted to do something to support our community and the food drive seemed like a great opportunity to give back,” said Debbie Jelks, Director of Rehab Services at HCMC.  “We encourage everyone to contribute and make a difference to Henry Countians who are struggling to find their next meal.  Just drop your items off at the Center for Wellness & Rehab and we will get everything to Second Harvest.  Your donation is much appreciated!”

The HCMC Center for Wellness & Rehab is located in the HCMC Kelley Clinic at 1015 Kelley Drive.  For more information on how you can help, contact us at 731-642-2411.

HCHS Juniors Eligible for Calvin Coolidge Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.- Juniors at Henry County High School are eligible for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation Scholarship that is a full-ride covering a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge can be used by recipients at any accredited U.S. college or university. The main criterion for the Coolidge is academic merit and more information can be found at coolidgescholars.org.

Any junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2019 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident can apply. Applications are due by 5pm on January 24th, 2018.

First Baptist Holding Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The First Baptist Church is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 23rd from 11am to 1pm at the church, located at 313 N Poplar Street in Paris. So this Thursday, there will be no Patriots Kitchen held at Grace Episcopal Church.

DPA Seeks Volunteers for Holly, Jolly Christmas Parade

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association is seeking volunteers to help with the Holly, Jolly Electric Christmas Parade, which is set for December 9th at 5pm in downtown Paris. The DPA wants 10 volunteers to help with guiding entries where to park after dropping off participants and where to line up for the parade.

Volunteers are asked to be at the First United Methodist church parking lot by 4pm December 9th and plan on being there until at least 5:30pm. For more information or to sign up to help call Vickey Roberts at 336-0278 or email vickeyroberts@msn.com.

HC Splits With Northeast on the Road in District Basketball

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County split a pair of games in Clarksville against Northeast Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots steam rolled Northeast 78-16. Leading scorers were Caroline Singleton with 13 points and Ella Bomar scored 11 points. The Lady Pats are 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in District 10-AAA.

The Patriots lost to Northeast 80-63 in men's action. James King paced Henry County with 20 points and Evann Boley scored 14 in the loss. Henry County is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in District 10-AAA.

TN Economic Climate Sees Continued Growth

Nashville- Six years of year-over-year growth coupled with historically low unemployment rates indicate Tennessee’s economy won’t slow down anytime soon, according to a report released this week by the Secretary of State's office.

There were 9,326 new entity filings in the third quarter of 2017, representing a 4.8 percent increase compared to the same time last year. Initial filings have had positive year-over-year growth for 24 consecutive quarters. Domestic limited liability corporations (LLCs), which are up 12.4 percent this quarter, account for more than half of all new entity filings.

“Every quarter these reports confirm that Tennessee’s leaders have created a wonderful climate where businesses can thrive. Hopefully, this marked success attracts more businesses to call the Volunteer State home,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

The Tennessee Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators report is created to provide a periodic snapshot of the state’s economy based on a variety of information, including new business data from the Division of Business Services.

There were 25,242 dissolutions filed during the third quarter of 2017, representing a 7.5 percent increase compared to the same time last year. This is a common seasonal pattern as many entities are administratively dissolved in August for failing to file annual reports.

Among the state’s four largest counties, Shelby County experienced the largest year-over-year growth at 17.2 percent with 1,868 initial filings for the third quarter. Davidson County had 2,220 initial filings. Knox and Hamilton counties saw 791 and 635 filings respectively. The four counties account for 5,514 new entity filings during the third quarter, which is a 7.8 percent increase compared to the same time in 2016.

The state’s unemployment remains at a record-breaking 3 percent in October after first hitting the milestone in September. Tennessee’s unemployment rate is now well below the current national average of 4.1 percent.

The national economy grew 3 percent in the third quarter compared to the quarter before it thanks to more jobs, growing housing starts, declining auto sales and falling gas prices nationally.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Up at Walmart; Taking Gifts Until Dec. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program is in full swing with over 200 children in Henry County signed up to receive a gift this Christmas. The tree is set up at Walmart in the customer service area for those who want to sponsor a child. To sponsor, select an angel from the tree and shop for gifts and return them to Walmart by December 6th. For more information on the program call Misty Hassell at 336-3617.

HCSO Seeks Public's Help in Locating Steven Loines

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating Steven E. Loines as they ask for any leads or tips to his whereabouts.

A press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins stated Loines was involved in a vehicle pursuit in which he was a passenger several months ago. After the driver was apprehended, Loines fled the scene and was aware at the time that there were active warrants for his arrest.

Since that incident, Loines has missed several important events in which the Sheriff’s Office believe he would have made an attempt to contact family members about. Loines has been entered into NCIC as a missing person and the main goal of the investigation has shifted to trying to locate him and confirm his safety. As of yet, the HCSO has not been able to come up with any information on where he may be located.

Any tips or leads can be call into the Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Crime Tips Line at 642-0929.

Woman Charged with Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- Inv. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Ashley Lynn Garrison, of 706 Cooper St., with child abuse and neglect, simple possession of schedule two, and simple possession of schedule six. She was placed on $60K bond.

Another arrest from Monday was David Cavette, 181 Lipps Drive. Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office charged Cavette with criminal attempt to commit extortion. He was placed on $2500 bond.

TDOT To Halt Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Nashville- Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this busy travel holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017.  

“Over a million travelers in Tennessee are expected to drive to their holiday destinations this year,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This is the most traveled holiday of the year. Halting road work during this busy time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday. TDOT’s regional HELP Trucks will also be working throughout the holiday weekend to assist with incidents that may occur along the interstates.”  

While all lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in some construction zones. Long-term lane closures will also remain in place on some construction projects for motorists’ safety. Motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the posted speeds, especially in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and TDOT are partnering with law enforcement across the state for the I-40 Challenge, with the goal of having zero fatalities on the 455 miles of I-40 in Tennessee. On the peak travel days of Wednesday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 26th, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways.  

AAA predicts 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 3.3 percent over last year. Tennesseans make up 1.16 million of those travelers, with an estimated 1.1 million expected to travel by automobile.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel. As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination. Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.  

Local Students Participate in MSU Quad-State Festival

Murray, Ky.- Several students from Lakewood, Henry, and Harrelson participated in the 71st annual Murray State University Quad-State Middle School Band Festival on Monday. These students were selected out of over 1000 applications based on their musical skill level. The festival consisted of four bands where students rehearsed with some of the best music educators in the nation and then performed a concert in historic Lovett Auditorium Monday evening.

Students from Lakewood were Ella Seaton, Maddie McCarty, Myka Sifrit, Kerry Lambraia, Susan Chau, Taylor Norwood, Taylor Boase, adn Jack Kibber.

From Harrelson: Thomas Holcomb, Melinda Thornton, Jakob Mancell, Ryan Conklin, Sam Arnold, James Lacy, Braiden Newell, and Jackson Ball.

Henry students: Andrew Sutton, Jake Davis, Alexander Owen, Kayleigh Hilt, Tucker Frazier, and Dillon Allen.

Henry County Travels to Northeast for District Basketball Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Northeast Tuesday night for District 10-AAA high school basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com starting at 5:30pm. You can also listen via your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates apply.

Nearly $105K Comes in From Monday's Delinquent Tax Sale

County Mayor Brent Greer and County Attorney Rob Whitfield discuss the delinquent tax sale held Monday and what came from it. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for November Monday evening and County Attorney Rob Whitfield told the commission that nearly $105K of unaudited revenue was added from Monday’s delinquent tax sale. Whitfield said 139 parcels went to 48 private party buyers and nearly $105K was made. 91 parcels were struck off and could be resold by the county at a later date. Whitfield said, “this is a herculean effort and I’d like to thank the mayor, all courthouse staff, county trustee, and others who make it possible.”

The sale was for parcels that were delinquent thru 2015 taxes and were told they had to pay 2016 and 2017 taxes when they purchased the parcels. County Mayor Brent Greer said, “it is a monumental effort and I thank our attorney for his work as well, slowly but surely we are cleaning up the tax rolls and getting more properties back on there.”

In addition to approving budget transfers, commissioners approved a resolution accepting the $525K outlay note for the purchase of new patrol cars for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and putting on the remainder of the new roof at Central School.

Several quit claims were approved by the commission Monday evening including real estate located in the 7th Civil District and another for moving a road connection between Whitney Road and Popular Grove Road. Another quit claim was for property on Porter Switch Road.

Commissioners also approved recommendations from the nominating committee to appoint Commissioner David Webb to the Hospital board to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner James Travis who moved out of District 4 and had to give up his commission seat.

The commission also approved Melanie Dodd and Steve Greer to be appointed to the Audit Committee for a three year term for citizen at large positions. The two also serve on the budget committee as well.  

The County Commission also approved several vehicles as surplus for the Solid Waste Department Monday night that will be sold at the next vehicle sale the sheriff’s office has and approved a sale of delinquent tax property for $2,150, subject to the property being listed in the newspaper and someone raising the bid 10%.

TN River Longbeards Distributing Thanksgiving Dinners

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the TN River Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, met at Kroger Monday afternoon and with help from Kroger employees loaded up several boxes of frozen turkeys and the trimmings. The boxes will be distributed in the community to local families in need. (Tootie Stone photos)

Investigation Continues into Abandoned Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff's Office found a Lincoln Navigator parked on the road as he was doing patrol and checked to find it had been set on fire. The back seats were burnt but the fire had appeared to die out without causing too much damage. He found some information on who he thought was the owner and contacted a woman in Tupelo, Mississippi only to find she had sold the vehicle back in January of this year. The vehicle has not been reported stolen. Investigation is continuing.

Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department took a report of stolen chrome wheels with tires from a Routon Street residence. The wheels were on the property but not on the vehicle. The value of the tires was $2500, there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’’s Office charged Frederick Hall, 52 of 3703 Hwy. 79N with public intoxication. The report said he was laying in someone’s yard with his pants around his ankles and when Dep. Scott arrived, he found him in a similar position.

Issue at Puryear Substation Causes Mon. Morning Outage

Paris, Tenn.- An issue with the Puryear substation caused 1900 BPU customers to be without power around 3am Monday morning. Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards said the insulator broke at Puryear and they had to backfeed thru other substations. Crews were dispatched immediately on most power was restored within an hour. Edwards said crews would have the insulator repaired Monday and be back to normal feeds.

Winders Brothers Finish Well at Meet

Knoxville- Titus Winders won 1st place overall I the Hoka One Postal Nationals event in Knoxville this weekend. He finished the 3200 meter in 9:01. Silas Winders came in 4th at 9:15. 84 runners competed in the meet.

Lakewood MS Speech Team Does Well at Calloway Co. Tourney

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School speech team competed at Calloway County High School over the weekend and came back with several top finishes. The team took 11 students and placed in the following: Ella Seaton, 2nd in dramatic interpretation and 4th in Poetry; Taylor Boase, 4th in Original Oratory and 7th in Impromptu Speaking; Suzie Chau, 6th in Poetry, and Skylar Wilson, 8th in Prose.

Lakewood was the only Middle school competing against 5 high schools in the tournament. The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Several Arrested on Driving Related Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Christopher Barcio, age 34 of HWY 641 N. of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Barcio was placed on $1,500 bond.

Ptl. Carper also arrested Trevania Anderson, age 33 of N. Porter Street of  Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Anderson was placed on $800 bond and she also cited for a brake light violation.

In another report, Henry County Sheriff  Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Larry Todd, age 67 of Wynn Street Paris, for driving under the influence and violation of the open container law. Todd was placed on $1,500 bond.

Two Arrested for Contraband at the Jail

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Deputy Kyle Cronkright charged Danny Cowan, age 25 of Paris, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Cowan was placed on $10,000 bond.

In another report, Paris Police Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Christy Ward, age 36 of Paris, for failure to appear. Ward was placed on $1,000 bond. At the Jail Lt. Page also charged Ward with introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Ward was placed on $10,000 bond for the contraband charge.

Rhea Library Has Successful Day With Fall Book Sale and Author Signing

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- W.G. Rhea Public Library was filled with people, as Rhea Public Library held a book signing and author meet and greet on with 18 Tennessee authors on Saturday. Also on Saturday the library held their annual Fall Book Sale  and money raised at the Fall Sale along with everyday transactions at the Bookstore benefited the Library.  Money that the Library has recently raised  has helped pay for new tables and chairs in the refurbished meeting rooms and LED lighting in the bookstore, and funding for wi-fi hotspots at the Library.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Several Arrested on Driving Offenses, Including DUI and Driving on a Revoked License

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Ptl. Justin Harden arrested Jordan Eldridge, age 29 of Porter Switch Road of Paris, for DUI, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ptl. Harden was patrolling when he observed a vehicle going 41mph in a 30mph zone. Ptl. Harden then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he spoke to Eldridge who’s speech was slurred and he could smell alcohol on his breath. Ptl. Harden then searched Eldridge where he found 12.2 grams of marijuana and two glass pipes were also found in the car. Eldridge was arrested and placed on $1,600 bond.

Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Joshua Robbins, age 38 of Harrison Lane of Paris, for driving on a revoked license 2nd offense and failure to appear. Robbins was placed on $6,000 bond.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Daniel Kreitz, age 33 of Buchanan Resort Road of Buchanan, for driving on a revoked license. Kreitz was placed on $500 bond.

Deputy David Andrews arrested Larry Ogle, age 46 of North Fuller Street of Dresden, for driving on a revoked license. Ogle was placed on $500 bond.

Patriots Fall to Cardinals in 3rd Round of the Playoffs

#16 Ethan Thompson carries the ball during Friday nights game with Brighton.(Timothy Pharr photos)

Paris, Tenn.- In the third round of the playoffs  the Henry County Patriots lost to the Brighton Cardinals at home on Friday 34-31.

With 10:05 left in the 1st quarter, Brighton scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. Brighton led Henry County 7-0. At the 4:58 mark of the 1st quarter, Bailey Armas kicked a 39yd field goal as Brighton led Henry County 7-3. Bailey Armas kicked a 47yd field goal and the score at the end of the 1st quarter was Henry County 6, Brighton 7.

A host of Patriot defenders lead by #50 Grant Gardner bring down a Brighton runner.(Timothy Pharr photos)

With 9:58 left in the 2nd quarter, Caleb McCutcheon had a 10yd rushing TD as the Patriots led the Cardinals 13-7. Brighton then scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The Cardinals led the Patriots 14-13. With 6 seconds left in the 1st half Brighton scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. The Cardinals led the Patriots 21-13 going into halftime.

At the 9:19 mark in the 3rd quarter, Jayln Foster scored a 5yd touchdown and the 2 point conversion was good as the Patriots tied the game 21-21.  With 3:16 left in the 3rd quarter, Bailey Armas kicked a 27yd field goal. At the end of the 3rd quarter Henry County led Brighton 24-21.

#33 Donovan Teague carries the ball. (Timothy Pharr photos)

With 11:52 left in the game Brighton scored a touchdown, but the point after attempt failed. The Cardinals led the Patriots 27-24. At the 4:15 mark in the 4th quarter, the Cardinals scored a touchdown and the point after attempt was good. Brighton led Henry County 34-24. At 2:40 mark in the 4th quarter, Will Parrish threw an 18yd touchdown pass  Savon Stewart and the point after attempt was good. The final score was the  Brighton Cardinals 34, Henry County Patriots 31.

The Henry County Patriots are now 9-4 on the season and 6-0 in Region 7-5A action.

Hundreds Attend Lioness Club's Annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.-  It was a great turnout for the Paris Lioness Club’s Annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church on Friday as more than 150 people ate in and lots more took advantage of their takeout option. All of the proceeds will go towards site conservation. 

(Cassie Walsh photos)

State and Local Officials Holds Groundbreaking for 641 Widening Project

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Henry County, Tenn.-  Deputy Governor Jim Henry and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer joined by Representative Tim Wirgau, Senator John Stevens, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell and other local and state officials gathered in Paris on Friday morning to break ground on a project to widen SR 54 (US 641).

The $26 million, 2.7-mile project includes SR 54 (US 641) from two lanes to five lanes from near Rison Street to Smith Road. This project also includes a curb and gutter section throughout most of the nearly three miles. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2020.

“Providing more capacity along this corridor will improve safety and mobility in the immediate ares,” Deputy Governor Henry said. “It will also help the connectivity between Tennessee and Kentucky, which benefits the entire region.”

Deputy Governor Jim Henry speaking at the TDOT SR 54 groundbreaking project to widen 641. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The IMPROVE Act will fund the 10.9 miles from Smith Road to the Kentucky State Line. This project, and others from Henry County, can be found at https://www.tdot.tn.gov/projectneeds/spot#/

“With the additional funds from the IMPROVE Act, we were able to move forward with these improvements,” Commissioner Schroer added.”This is just the first in a series of improvement projects along this corridor."

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer speaking at the 641 groundbreaking. (Cassie Walsh photos)

For more information on the 1-40 widening and Casey Jones Project in Jackson, visit the project information page at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/topic/i-40-interchanges-jackson

In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112. TDOT doesn’t want to lose another member of the TDOT family, so motorists are asked to slow down and move over when TDOT construction is happening.

Five Injured in Friday Morning Wreck

(Reggie Coles photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At 7:30 Friday morning, Paris Landing Fire Dept, Henry County EMS, Henry County Sheriff’s Officers and TN Highway Patrol Officers were dispatched to a report of a two car accident at the intersection of Highway 79N and Elkhorn Nobles Road.

Arriving units found a red Chevrolet car in the median and a gray Jeep Cherokee on the side of the road both with multiple injuries.

A total of 3 ambulances were dispatched. Two adults and three children were transported to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Chief Reggie Coles of the Paris Landing Fire Department said, "It appeared the red car was pulling out onto 79 when the 2 vehicles collided.The highway was shut down briefly while the vehicles were removed and broken glass was washed off the highway. Paris Landing had 1 truck and 6 firefighters on the scene for 1 hour."

The THP has not released names of those injured and the extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

HCMC Hosts Youth Leadership Class

Paris, Tenn.- Twelve students from Henry County High School had a front row seat to the work culture at Henry County Medical Center during a visit from them as part of the Henry County Youth Leadership Program sponsored by the Paris and Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Eight employees ranging from information management to anesthesia spoke on their job at the hospital and their career journey. Speakers were:

  • Lisa Casteel, CEO
  • Marcus Richman, Healthcare Information Management
  • Josh Roberts, Director of Practice Management
  • Gunner Elliott, Administrative Intern
  • Eva Hardin, Chief CRNA
  • Melinda Knott, FNP
  • Suzie McFadden, RN, House Supervisor
  • Lyn Fry, RN , Information Technology
  • Alex Hilkey, MS, Marketing & Special Projects Coordinator

Henry County Medical Center hosted the Healthcare Day for students, beginning with a presentation by Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing & Public Relations and Lisa Casteel, CEO on marketing and social media in healthcare as well as how technology plays a very large role in caring and connecting patients in our community to healthcare. Daughrity later led them on a tour of the hospital and the Diagnostic Center.

These twelve students are part of the Youth Leadership of Henry County, a program led by the Chamber of Commerce that aims to give students an advanced look into several industries by touring businesses throughout the community. They attend a monthly, themed day during the school year.  This is the second year the chamber has provided this opportunity to juniors at Henry County High School.

Small Game Hunting Begins Dec. 1 at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- Small game hunting season opens at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area beginning December 1st. Season dates and regulations differ from state-wide dates and regulations. Hunters should be sure to check for details on the LBL Small Game and Waterfowl Hunting information sheet available online at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/outdoor-rec/hunting.

All hunters ages 16 and older must have a LBL Hunters Use Permit, an appropriate state license, and observe LBL’s regulations, applicable state laws regarding hunting zones, and Hunter safety requirements.

Small game hunters with dogs should be aware of information regarding LBL’s mid-January trapping season, also included in the small game publication. Night time coyote hunting is not permitted at LBL.

For more information visit the Golden Pond visitor’s center, or North and South welcome stations at LBL. Hunters can also call 1-800-525-7077 and follow the prompts for hunting information.

Entrants Needed for 11th Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade

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

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

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

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

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

Travis McLeese Named New Chamber Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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