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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


PLSP Presents Christmas By the Lake Friday Thru Sunday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Christmas by the Lake Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Friday November 25th the Sunday November 27th at Paris Landing Inn. The event times are 3-8pm on Friday, 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 641-4465.

Chamber Lights Up Eiffel Tower Tuesday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- A comany out of Jackson was in Paris on Tuesday evening to practice lighting up the Eiffel Tower with different colors. A special lighting ceremony for Christmas is planned for December 20th. The tower will now be able to be lit up in any color for any reason. The lighting of the tower has and will continue to be funded by private donations. (Kevin Buie photos)

Trooper Mounts Charges Man with Underage DUI After Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- Trooper Jason Mounts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol has charged Joseph Clayton McCord, age 18 of 1365 Hwy. 140 North, with underage DUI. The charges stem from a wreck that occurred on Tuesday evening. More information about the wreck was not available at this time.

Paris Fire Department Busy with Three Fires Wed. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department had a busy morning on Wednesday responding to three fires in the span of around 90 minutes. A garage fire occurred on Rachelle Lane around 8am, then a utility pole caught fire shortly after on Shady Grove Road when a transform blew.  A little later Wednesday morning a fire started in one of the rooms of Paris Healthcare. Residents were evacuated and the Fire Department responded to the scene. The scene at Paris Healthcare was cleared just after 10:30am Wednesday morning and one of the ballast seemed to be the issue. No injuries were reported in any of the fires.

Lakewood Speech Team Places 3rd In Bowling Green Comp.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team continued their season by competing at the Vette City Invitational in Bowling Green last weekend. The team placed 3rd overall against some of the top middle school teams in the state. The following individuals also placed:

Nadia McFadden, 3rd Place Declamation, Kevin Tyler 6th Place Declamation, Taylor Boase 4th Place Impromptu, Nadia McFadden 7th place Impromptu, James Weatherly 7th place HI/DI, Taylor Boase 4th place Storytelling, Faith Houston 7th place Storytelling,Haven Dunlap, 4th place poetry, Maura Horton, 7th place poetry, Zoe Pouilot, 4th place Prose, Ella Seaston 5th Place Prose, Skylar Wilson 6th Place Prose, and McKenna White 7th Place Prose.

The team is coached by David Weatherly.

Henry County Sweeps Stewart County in Basketball

Dover, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball teams were victorious in Dover on Tuesday night against Stewart County. The Lady Patriots won 52-27.Natiya Jumper was the leading scorer with 22 points. The Patriots defeated the Rebels in men's action 47-40, with Ty Cook pacing Henry County with 12 points. The Lady Patriots have started the season 3-0 and the Patriots are 2-1 on the young season.

HCMC BOT Hears Presentation on RIO Surgery Robot

Drs. Chandler and Cutright speak on surgeries with the RIO Robot. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Tuesday night and heard a presentation on the RIO Surgery Robot from Dr. Blake Chandler and Dr. Mark Cutright.

Dr. Chandler said we’ve grown our surgery by 73 new cases and increased the market share from 35 to 40%, both higher than they originally estimated. He said they’ve increased the total payments by over the last year as well. Hip and Knee Replacement growth has gone from 44 to 55% of market share. Dr. Chandler said our marketing has helped make our Robot much more successful than other hospitals that have robots as well. He concluded saying, “Statistics show that this has been a very successful program.”

Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel said that the program has been so successful, they’ve lowered the payback time from the purchase of the Robot from a little over 3 years to a little over 2 years.

Dr. Cutright said to continue to grow our market share with the RIO Robot, we must continue to market, continue to tell people about it. Also quality is very important as well, “I’d like to see us move towards becoming the joint center of excellence and in January we are going to go visit an area that is a Joint Center of Excellence to see how they achieved that status.”

Surgeons are about to start doing total knee replacements after the first of the year as well. The board plans on doing more speaking at Civic Groups about the robot.

Dr. Eugene Gulish talked about how technology has greatly improved the process in knee, hip, and orthopaedic surgeries. He said years ago these type of surgeries required at least a couple weeks stay in the hospital after surgery, now it’s more like a couple days of stay after the surgery. The traditional joint replacements are now lasting upwards of 20 and 30 years.

Dr. Eugene Gulish (far right) speaks about the RIO robot. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Dr. Gulish said, “the robot surgeries have been fun and it is amazing the precision of the robot.” He added, “we have to make sure we have excellent help, and if we are going to do these surgeries we have to find a way to compete with all area hospitals as far as nursing help.”

Dr. Gulish reflected on his 23 years in Henry County as he is set to retire next year. "It's been a joy, I have my children work with me, the patients have been great, and it will be hard to leave when the time comes, I've been invested in this community and love doing it all."

Dr. Heather Gladwell talked about working with the high school athletes. She said we offer free sports physicals to any student athlete, high school or middle school in any sport. It is labor intensive, but a great thing to offer for the community. Dr. Gladwell said the hospital provides physical trainers for our high school sports and we have a physician and trainer at the games all the time. Dr. Gladwell also works with Bethel athletes as well.

CEO and Hospital Administrator Tom Gee said" this is the lifeblood of our surgeries in this hospital and the biggest impact on keeping surgeries in our community and hospital."

HCMC Set to Welcome New Physicians First of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- In his administrative report, CEO Tom Gee said physician recruitment has continued and the hospital has finalized agreement with Dr. David Waters, a general surgeon from Knoxville to move to Paris in February. He will become the 5th General Surgeon and have his office in the Gulish building as we reform the use of that practice with Dr. Gulish’s retirement in January.

HCMC has also finalized agreement with Dr. Gerard Monette to bring him back to the Lake Haven as director of the gero-psych program. Dr. Monette has retired from the Martin Behavioral Unit, where he was very successful in the building of that program. He lives in Paris and was a former director of Lake Haven in the 1990s.

Success has also been achieved in recruiting an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who will join the hospital at the first of the year. Gee said they are changing the bylaws to allow this practitioner to admit patients to Lake Haven and to be supervised by Dr. Monette and Hamm. He said the evolving model for psych units is to have basic admitting staff of certified nurse practitioners under physician supervision. Estimation suggested it would take 60 plus years to train and educate enough psychiatrists to fill the needed slots nationwide and only if enough slots in medical schools and residency programs could be immediately expanded.

Hospital Working with Companies to Help Save on Cost

Paris, Tenn.- Gee discussed a cost savings program as the hospital continues to ferret out waste under the LEAN program and they are talking to some companies to help with the process. The hospital has one group doing a lighting study to see how much savings we can get by moving to LED lighting throughout the hospital. In addition, Trane can give HCMC opportunities to leverage these savings into infrastructure improvements in the mechanical systems which might be attractive to us in maintaining the buildings.

Another group, RVH Analytics, uses analytical information to identify waste and deviation from benchmarks on various costs within the facility. They would identify these costs and then help HCMC implement changes thru the LEAN teams and process improvements. Their fees would be paid for by the cost savings and they guarantee an amount of savings.

THA Awaiting News on Affordable Care Act

Paris, Tenn.- Gee informed the board that the Tennessee Hospital Association is evaluating the potential effect of the Presidential election on hospitals. Efforts to expand the Medicaid program are still moving forward but some legislators are asking to suspend that effort. Expectations are that the Affordable Care Act will at the very least be modified, if not repealed completely under the new President. Gee said they probably would not see the reimbursement cuts to hospitals under the ACA rollback.

Renovations of the 4th floor Lake Haven Unit has been completed and reequipping the area in anticipation of opening for patients will begin soon. Gee informed the board they have taken delivery of the new CT scanner which will be operational within the next week. The old MRI has been removed and the new one will be delivered around the first of the year.

Trustee's Office Closing at Noon Wednesday for Upgrades

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Trustee's Office will close at noon on Wednesday November 23rd for upgrades to the office. They will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving and reopen on Monday November 28th at 10am.

BPU Board Increases Maximum Loan Amounts for Heat Pumps

BPU board members discuss the Heat Pump Loans. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities board of directors met on Tuesday morning and approved adjusting the amount of maximum loans on the Heat Pump Program from $7500 to $8500. BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said currently the program offers a ten year loan for up to $7500 at 6% interest. He said it’s been a very positive program for our customers. Wimberley said they’ve found that with increased prices, $7500 wasn’t always completely paying for the equipment and installation.

Wyatt Glover, who oversees the program, suggested moving the maximum amount to $8500 would allow customers to have enough to pay for the equipment and service without having to seek a 2nd loan or going thru somewhere else. The payment amount for $8500 over 10 years at 6% would be $94.70 per month.

BPU Approves Agreement To Start Phase 2 Engieering Work on WTP

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU board approved a resolution agreement with Jacobs Engineering to begin Phase 2 engineering work on the Water Treatment Plant construction. Wimberley informed the board the money was approved in June in the form of a State Revolving Fund Loan of $500K. It was in place and this agreement was just formality.

Wimberley reported that this would be the last of the engineering dollars spent on the project and plans are to be thru with Phase 1 in the summer of 2017 and be ready to move into Phase 2 construction then. Wimberley told BPU board members that they are currently a year and half in of the three year rate increase plan for the Water Department and next month they would start looking at year 4 and 5 of rate increases, which they knew would be a distinct possibility. Wimberley said in order to be ready next summer for Phase 2, we have to begin preparing our rate structure for them to see for other funding possibilities. He added that after that 5 year rate increase plan is over, hopes are to have a good break without rate increases on customers for as long as possible.

Wimberley talked about the Electric rate structure with the BPU board on Tuesday as well, saying they had met with a rate consultant this week. He said, “we are healthy in the Electric Department right now and there is no need for any type of rate increase at least until October of 2017 and we are hoping to even stretch that into 2018.”

Consumption of electricity has decreased across the Valley, with LED lighting and more efficient heating and cooling playing a role as customers try to save electricity.

BPU Working with City, Trane on Energy Savings Program

Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the board meeting on Tuesday, Wimberley discussed BPU’s involvement with the City and Trane as Trane has offered a wholesale change out of all the City of Paris’s street lights to LED lights along with a replacement of a filter at the Civic Center’s pool. Wimberley said BPU has worked in conjunction with Trane and the City in an advisory role. The program would allow the City to pay for the work in the savings they realize in their Electricity bills. BPU’s plan was to change out street lights for LED over time as some have already been done. Wimberley said this would save the City a significant amount of money.

The BPU will host a Christmas Open House on Thursday December 22nd for its customers. Light refreshments will be served and free light bulbs will be given away.

HCSO Sends out Church Safety DVDs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has created a Church Safety DVD and sent a copy out to all churches in Henry County. Topics covered on the DVD include first aid and natural disaster safety, armed security, background checks, tithes and offerings, insurance, and being observant.

If your church hasn’t received the free DVD on Church Safety please contact Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew at 731-336-4699 or Chief Damon Lowe at 731-336-9382.

Sgt. Myrick Speaks at Pre-K Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office was the guest speaker for the Northwest Tennessee Head Start Pre-K Thanksgiving on Monday evening. He spoke on the importance of teaching children, even at a young age the dangers of drug use.

Set Free Ministries Seeking Volunteers to Help With Thanksgiving Meal

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

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

County Commission Approves Plan to Refinance Debt

Financial adviser Rick Delaney talks about refinance the county's debt. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday night and passed a resolution to refinance some debt from school bonds that will save the county over $118K in interest over the next ten years.

Rick Delaney, of Raymond James Financial, was on hand and said the opportunity to save on the interest rate is there and the plan is to use local banks if at all possible to refinance with. Delaney said this wouldn’t extend the debt any for the county and would be a prudent act, showing citizens the county is trying to do everything possible to save money, especially since new debt for upgrades at the school system could be coming. Current debt for the county should all be paid for in the year 2026.

HC Comm. Seeks Private Act for Nonpartisan Local Elections

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved a resolution Monday night seeking a private act to allow Henry County to hold nonpartisan elections for Henry County officials. County Mayor Brent Greer discussed the resolution, which seeks a private act to allow those seeking office in local elections to not have to declare a party or themselves independent.

The resolution states most Henry County Elected Officials have made it clear their political party affiliation has no bearing on their service to their constituents and political party affiliation, on the local government level, only divides the community instead of unifying it. Several other counties in our area have also or plan to pass similar resolutions seeking nonpartisan elections on the local level and it has been endorsed by the State Sheriff's Association. Mayor Greer said this would allow the county to do away with primaries in the Spring of Election years, which usually if not with a Presidential Primary year, costs the County about $30K.

County Comm. Joins Purchasing Cooperative

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the Purchasing Coop. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Commission also approved a resolution that authorizes participation in a local purchasing cooperative. The National Joint Powers Alliance is a national program that benefits counties, municipalities, school districts, and other government entities when it comes to purchasing power.

Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said other counties and municipalities around Henry County are participating in the purchasing coop and it he has several pieces of equipment he could buy from it now and save some money. Chilcutt said all government, and the school system can use the coop as well. Mayor Greer said, “this is just another tool to look at and purchasing can still be done with the same people we’ve been dealing with if that is a better deal.” Joining the coop has no cost for the county.

After suspending the rules at the end of the meeting, County Attorney Rob Whitfield asked commissioners to approve beginning the process of selling some parcels of property from the delinquent tax rolls. Whitfield said the law allows the county to offer parcels for purchase, but the county commission must approve those offering prices less than the delinquent tax owed. Three such properties fit the description and the county commission approved for County Attorney Whitfield to list this in the paper. The public now has 10 days to increase the offer by 10%, or the original request will be granted.

Commission Approves Building Monument for County Home Rd. Cemetery

Paris, Tenn.- County Mayor Brent Greer informed commissioners that a county cemetery on County Home Road was discovered with 58 people buried there. Mayor Greer said citizens Reed Shepard and Dillard Castleberry spent time this summer and fall cleaning up the cemetery and they also erected a white cross at the front of it.

There are no actual grave markers there, but Mayor Greer asked commissioners to approve the county spending about $2K to pour concrete on the grave site and erect a monument listing the names of the 58 people resting at the cemetery which they did. Mayor Greer publicly thanked Mr. Shepard and Castleberry, and the cemetery committee for work finding the names of who is buried there. He said they will get the monument up in the Spring.

In other action Monday night, commissioners approved budget transfers as approved by the budget committee last Monday, with no new money requested. The commission also passed a resolution to allow modifications of the county’s model debt policy and a resolution that accepts an extension of Sarver Road and Mitchell Lane into the County Road System.

West Antioch Road to Remain Closed Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will keep West Antioch Road closed the rest of the day Monday and until late afternoon on Tuesday November 22nd. The closure will be 6 tenths of a mile south of Old Tennessee Trail, which can be used as an alternate route.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree In Paducah Nov. 22nd

Paducah, Ky.- Paducah, Kentucky will welcome the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for a celebration on November 22 as the tree travels from the Payette National Forest in Idaho to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

For almost 50 years, the U.S. Forest Service has provided the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to the nation. Paducah’s proximity to two U.S. Forest Service units, the Shawnee National Forest and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, created the exciting opportunity to host the tree.

A free, family-friendly event will take place Tuesday, November 22, between 9 and 11 a.m. in Noble Park at the parking lot next to the baseball fields. People can sign the banner that travels with the National Tree. The banner will be displayed as part of the holiday exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Various activities will also commemorate the tree’s visit. These include a visit from Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, in addition to Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo opportunities with the official tree will be provided by the Forest Service, along with interpretive displays, nature stations and commemorative souvenirs. Holiday music will be provided by area schools.

Community and regional partners hosting the event include Choose Outdoors, Friends of Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Paducah Bank, Paducah Civic Beautification Board, Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, Paducah Parks Services, Paducah Power System, Shawnee National Forest and USDA Forest Service.

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage. In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide “The People’s Tree.”

This year’s 80–foot Engelmann Spruce will be cut on November 2 near McCall, Idaho and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition. Learn more and track the tree along its route at www.capitolchristmastree.com.

For more information on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree event in Paducah, contact Paducah Parks Services at (270) 444-8508.

TDOT To Halt Lane Closures 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 23, 2016 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2016.

“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 roadways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of Wednesday and Sunday.”

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 23rd and Sunday, November 27th, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles on I-40, along with increased law enforcement on all highways.

AAA predicts 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increase of 1 million travelers over last year.  Driving remains the most popular mode of travel for the holiday. An estimated 1,086,352 people are expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee. Nationwide, more than 89% of all travelers will drive to their destinations. 

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.

Thefts Investigated By Deputies

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a man who believed he saw his stolen pool cue at a local pawn shop. The alleged victim stated the pool cue was stolen about four months ago and this one at the pawn shop matched it. Investigation is continuing as no arrests have been made yet, there is a possible suspect however.

Dep. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Jared Cole, age 33, of 305 Rushing Road, with shoplifting. Cole was placed on $1K bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Jeff Smith charged Evelyn Stanford, age 53, of 522 Harrison Lane for assault over the weekend.

W.G. Rhea Library to Close Wed.-Fri for Thanksgiving

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed starting Wednesday November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Library will reopen on Saturday November 26th.

Reminder: Arts Council Trivia Night Fundraiser Tues.

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

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

Paris PD Arrest Ripley Man

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Tracy Taylor, age 48 of 3426 Coffee Shop Road of Ripley, on Sunday for driving on a revoked license.

Ptl. Carper noticed an SUV with a nonfunctioning headlight so Carper conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where he made contact with the driver identified as Taylor. After a driver’s license check, Ptl. Carper found that Taylor was driving on a revoked license and then he placed him under arrest.

Ptl. Carper then spoke to the other passengers in the vehicle where he found that Anthony McKinnis was found to have a warrant for theft out of Lauderdale County. Ptl. Carper then placed McKinnis under arrest.

Taylor was placed on $700 bond and McKinnis was being held awaiting extradition to Lauderdale County.

HC Sheriff's Office Investigate Theft and Burglary on Clifty Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy David Andrews Sr. investigated vandalism, a burglary and theft under $500 at a business on Clifty Road in Paris on Saturday.

Andrews was dispatched to the business on Clifty Road where he spoke to the victim who stated that two of her semi-trailers, a truck box and her storage building had been broken into. Items that were stolen from the storage unit included china, power tools and pocket knives. Police have no suspects in the case.

HCHD to Close West Antioch Road Monday

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

Henry County Victorious Over Obion County

Paris, Tenn.- On Saturday, the Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Obion County Lady Rebels 71-57 with Jumper leading the team with 18 points and the Henry County Patriots lost to the Obion County Rebels 42-36 with Chase Bell leading the team with 8 points.

The Lady Patriots are 2-0 and the Patriots are 1-1 on the season. Henry County will play Stewart County in Dover on Tuesday, November 22nd. Tuesday's game will not be broadcast on WLZK 94.1fm.

Tuesday's Henry County vs. Stewart County game will not be broadcast on WLZK 94.1fm. The next game that will be broadcast on WLZK will be the Patriots game against Dyer County on Tuesday, November 29th starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm.

Paris PD Investigate Theft at a Local Business

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos investigated a burglary at a business on Walnut Street on Thursday.  

 When Lt. Ramos arrived, he spoke to the victim who stated that sometime on Wednesday night someone had used a hammer to break the lock and then the suspect gained entry into the business where several electronics valued at $250 were stolen.  Police have no suspects in the case, but police are still looking for the suspects.

Police Arrest Man for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Jeremell R. Kinley, age 29 of 48 Liberty Ave, on Friday for driving on a revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest and resisting arrest. Kinley was placed on $1,000 bond.

McKenzie Man Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Harold James Botts, age 42 of 8511 Hwy. 140 S. of McKenzie, was arrested Wednesday for theft of property and theft of property over $1,000. Botts was placed on $15,000 bond.

Humboldt and Paris Man Arrested for Failure to Appear

Paris, Tenn.- Police busy with failure to appear warrants. According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Jeffery K. Lee, age 47 of 211 Cook Street of Paris, was arrested Friday in Knox County for failure to appear. Lee was placed on $7,500 bond.

In another report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Gary Carroll arrested Cory A. Clayton, age 35 of 912 Gasden Todd Levee Road of Humboldt, on Thursday for failure to appear. Clayton was placed on $25,000 bond.

HC Sheriff's Office Taking Donations for the Hungry Program

Paris, Tenn.- With the opening of deer rifle season this weekend, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all hunters of our Deputies for the Hungry program. 

If you would like to donate your deer to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry program, they can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office any time of the day and any day of the week. The deer will then be processed by some of our inmates and after the season we will donate all the meat to the citizens of Henry County.  The Henry County Sheriff's Office do ask that the deer be field dressed before drop off. 

Also, every time you donate a deer, your name will be put in a drawing at the end of the season for a deer rifle or muzzle loader donated by Kreg Kyle, County Commissioner and Jamie Orr, Financial Advisor.  So the more deer you donate the more chances you have to win!  Good luck to all the hunters this season and the HC Sheriff's Department hopes you can help them fill the freezer!

Lioness Club Luncheon Friday November 18th Until 2pm

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club is hosting their Annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon and shop their Country Store on Friday, November 18th from 11am to 2pm at Ketchum Hall located at Grace Episcopal Church at 103 S. Poplar Street in downtown Paris.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

The Lioness are serving homemade vegetable beef soup with turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwiches, a drink and dessert for $10 per person. You can eat in or take out. Tickets may be purchased in advance from any club member or you can purchase your tickets at the door. You can shop the Country Store for unique gifts for any occasion.All of the proceeds go toward sight conservation.

(Cassie Walsh photos)

Homemaker's Holiday Well Attended

(Cassie Walsh pics)

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

(Cassie Walsh pics)

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

City of Paris Announces Thanksgiving Closings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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