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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

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Henry County Speech Team to Host Krider Invitation Speech Tourney

240 students from region wil compete

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team will host its largest Krider Invitation Speech Tournament in recent memory Saturday at the high school. Competition begins at 8am in the morning among 14 schools which have entered 240 students in 10 different categories.

The Paris Rotary Club sponsors the event awarding $100 scholarship to all first place winners. Trophies for first through sixth place finishers will be provided by Renaissance Theatre Program at Bethel.

Schools from Tennessee and Kentucky will compete in Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, Public Forum Debate, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Prose, Poetry, and Storytelling.

The 40 member host team is not allowed to compete but will be timekeeping the rounds, tabulating results, and providing hospitality for the visiting students. Volunteers from within the community will assist with judging duties. The awards ceremony will take place at 4pm inside the Little Theatre.

Juanita Owens Wins Grizzlies Tickets From McDonald's

Paris, Tenn.- During the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo, everyone could register for a raffle of Memphis Grizzlies Tickets at the McDonald’s booth. All money raised from the raffle went to the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis. The winner of the Raffle was Juanita Owens of Paris, shown in the above photo. (McDonald's photo)

Pats Travel to West Creek for Regular Season Finale

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry
County travels to West Creek for the last game of the regular season this evening and kickoff is set for 7pm. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville tune in starting with the pregame show at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming via our website at wmufradio.com. The Patriots look to complete a perfect 10-0 season and get ready for the TSSAA state playoffs which will begin next Friday night.

Flapjack Fundrasier for Child Abuse To Be Nov. 7th
Replaces Former Kiwanis Pancake Supper Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold its first annual Flapjack Fundraiser at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday November 7th from 6am to 7pm. Monies raised will go to the center. Cost is $8 for pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee. Kids ages 5 and under will eat for free.

Tickets are available now at Jack’s Java, Merisons, the Center inside the Henry County Communications Building, from any board member or at the door. Local musicians, including the Henry County Madrigals will perform music throughout the day as well.

SNAP Reductions Go Into Effect Nov. 1

Nashville- The Federal Government’s short term inflation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP , also known to many as food stamps, benefit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has ended as of today, November 1st.

This will cause a reduction in the monthly amount for households across the nation receive the food stamp benefit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funds and oversees SNAP, estimates that a family of four receiving the maximum allotment which sees benefits reduced about 5.4%, or a decrease of about $36 per month.

The reduction marks the final phase out of federal stimulus funding administered by the Tennessee Department of Human Services connected with ARRA. This comes after the Federal Government’s annual cost-of-living adjustment increased benefits for recipients on October 1.

Henry County Veterans Day Parade Set for Saturday, November 9

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday November 9th at 10am and everyone who wishes to participate can do so. Henry County Veterans Service Director Bob Nolan encourages anyone who wishes to be part of the Veterans Day Parade to contact the Veterans Service Office at 642-5055.

On parade day, staging will begin at 8:30am and start at 10am. Entries already confirmed for this year’s parade include the Henry County Marching Patriots, local law enforcement and fire department members, Cub Scoot 222, most of the Veterans organizations in the county, representatives from Fort Campbell and more.

This year’s Grand Marshall will be World War 2 veteran Johnny Gibson from Springville. The route for the parade will be the same as last year.

Henry County Tie Dye Run for Prevention To Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The first ever “Tie Dye” Run for Prevention will be held this Saturday November 2nd beginning at 10am at Memorial Park in Paris. The event is being put on thru the Henry County Prevention Coalition and the money raised will help send Henry County Youth the Tennessee Teen Institute in Cookville. The Tennessee Teen Institute is a five day  camp to help provide education and training in youth development, leadership, and prevention in drugs and alcohol.

The 5K run can be ran as a team of four or an individual. Teams are encouraged to pick groovy sounding names such as Grateful Red and then they can run as a team all together during the race and finish togehter, or each person take so much distance. Cost to enter the race is $80 for a team of four or $25 for individuals. For more information contact Coalition Director Josh Greer at 642-9733 ext. 323 or email greerj@henryk12.net.

Christmas Open Houses Kick Off Holiday Shopping Season in Paris

Merchants Open Extended Hours Friday and Saturday Evening and Sun. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their Annual Christmas Open Houses Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in historic downtown Paris. DPA President, Kathy Ray said, “This is the first event of the Downtown Unwrapped 2013, a festive slate of activities that runs thru November and December until the last package is wrapped on Christmas Eve.

Ray added, “We traditionally begin the holiday season with three days of beautiful open houses that combine the wonderful sights, sounds, smells, and food of the holidays.”

Downtown Paris has a wide variety of merchants who will offer gift certificates for items ranging from manicures to diamond rings in addition to having everything from flowers to furniture, home décor, clothing, antiques, TVs, and more.

Events Start Friday with the First Presbyterian Church’s French Bazaar where delicious food and craft items can be purchased from 8am to 1pm. During the evening on Friday, all the downtown merchants will be open with festive decorations and candlelights from 6-8pm so shoppers can get a jump start on Christmas shopping.

The Inman Band will perform Christmas music before and after the Love Light’s a Tree Ceremony at 6pm and they will be selling baked goods and hot chocolate starting at 5pm Friday.

Saturday evening from 6-8pm Candlelight Open Houses will continue as merchants will be open extended hours.

Sunday, shoppers can continue to shop the Open houses as merchants will be open 1-5pm. Also Sunday afternoon the Madrigals will be strolling the courthouse lawn and signing Christmas favorites as well. For a full schedule of Downtown Un Wrapped 2013 go to vistidowntownparis.com.

Might Be a Stormy Halloween; Stay Safe If Trick Or Treating

Paris, Tenn.- Be sure to pay attention to the weather on this Halloween as we do have an elevated risk of strong to severe thunderstorms possible. Temperatures will be in the 70s and a cold front that will be passing through could cause storms that produce heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds. An isolated tornado is also possible. Keep tuned into our radio stations for updates should the weather conditions deteriorate today.

It could be a wet night for trick or treaters as well with a 60% chance of showers and maybe even a thunderstorm. Please be sure to be safe when going trick or treating. Trick or Treat in Groups, wear reflective clothing, and don’t eat candy until it’s inspected.

From 6 to 8pm this evening, you can take candy to Henry County Medical Center and the Imaging Department will X-ray it for you to make sure it is safe.

First Presbyterian To Hold Annual French Bazaar Friday 8-1

Paris, Tenn.- The annual First Presbyterian Church, on South Market Street in Paris, will hold their annual French Holiday Bazaar on Friday November 1st from 8am to 1pm. There will be cookies, cake, pies, bread, candies, cappuccino mix, soups, sides, casseroles, craft items, stainless steel cutlery, and Christmas Decorative Items.

"Shop, Eat, Be, Live Local" Campaign Kicked Off at SB Expo

Decorations at the booth dawn the

Be local T-shirt.(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s Small Business Expo, the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce had a booth that signifies the official launch of a new education campaign aimed to educate citizens to keep tax dollars in Paris and Henry County.

The chamber’s “Shop Local, Eat Local, Be Local, Live Local,” campaign kicked off at the expo, with giveaways of red cups with the logo and theme on them and selling ‘local’ red t-shirts to get the word out on this educational campaign.

In 2012, Henry County generated approximately $1.2M in sale taxes. Sales taxes make up around 10% of the county’s $11.7M budget. Half of the sales tax generated in the county goes toward education. Sales taxes generate over 11% of the nearly $37M budget of education in the county.

Sales tax revenue in the city of Paris totaled around $3.3M in 2012 which is 36% of the city’s $9M operating and maintenance budget. The remaining 64% of the city of Paris’s revenue comes from property taxes, business licenses, user fees, alcohol taxes, and other sources.

David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance, said in a press release issued by the Chamber, that $18M in Henry County goes toward education and most of the revenue comes from sales taxes and property taxes. Hamilton added that over $4M comes from the local option sales taxes so when citizens and people from other counties spend their dollars in Paris and Henry County, our children benefit greatly.

Chamber President Andrea Lamb stated in the press release we all know that small businesses are a core part of local economy and we want to support them. Lamb said that local businesses not only provide jobs, but also support youth sports and commit money and resources to community projects. Everyone in our community can choose to spend our money here, where it returns to us and keeps our property taxes low.

Be local T-shirts were on sale at the Expo Tuesday and will continue to be available for sale at the Chamber office during regular business hours. T-shirts are $10 and long sleeve shirts are $15.

The “Be Local” committee includes City Commissioner Carlton Gerrell, County Commissioner Marty Visser, Andrea Lamb, David Hamilton, Gary Benton, Micheal Williams, Jennifer Morris, Laura Doughtery, Tory Daughrity, and Mary Beth Pucket. The committee plans to continue this campaign to make everyone aware in the power of every local purchase to increase the strength and viability of the community.

Be local T-shirts on sale at the booth at the Small Business Expo. (Alsobrooks photo)

Despite Forecast for Rain And Storms, Paris to Trick or Treat Thurs.

Many indoor events at churches give chances for indoor activities on Halloween

Paris, Tenn.- Trick or Treaters in Paris and Henry County will be collecting their candy Thursday night on Halloween, even though rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast.

Some towns have decided to move their trick or treat dates, like Erin and Tennessee Ridge, both in Houston County, who will hold their trick or treating on Friday November 1st, because of rain and possible thunderstorms in the forecast.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said even though it may be wet, they want to celebrate Halloween on October 31st, as it traditionally is. There are several options for trick or treaters to stay dry including many trick or trunk or trunk and treat events at local churches.

Paris Lady Danger Soccer Sweeps 3 Games in Clarksville

Pictured above front row, kneeling, left to right: Audrey Jackson and Quinn Brewer Standing Left to Right: Armando Castro, Coach, Paris Schoeberl, Ava Kate Boma, Macey Dolliver, Emily Nanney, Carlee Vaughn, Abby Taylor, Leslie Green, Phoebe Odom, Isabella Owen, Campbell Grooms, Merrick Taylor, and Coach Jessica Riordan. (photo submited by Luannne Taylor)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lady Danger 04 soccer team went undefeated in the Queens City Classic hosted by the Royals Soccer Club this past weekend in Clarksville. In the first game the Lady Danger defeated Jackson 4-2 with Carlee Vaughn scoring three goals. In the second game, the Lady Danger won 2-0 and Vaughn scored both the goals. In the third game, the Lady Danger defeated the host Clarksville Lady Royals by a final of 3-2, with Leslie Green scoring all three goals.

Love Lights A Tree Set for Friday Night at 6pm On Courthouse Lawn

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual Love Lights a Tree event will be held on the courthouse lawn in downtown Paris at 6pm Friday November 1st to help kick off the Christmas Shopping Season. Love Lights a Tree is a way for you to have loved one’s name read at the ceremony, in memory of memorials, or in honor of. To purchase in memory or in honor of memorials call Joyce Bass at 707-0506 before Friday.

Henry County Relay for Life sponsors the event and Lights for the tree can be purchased up until Christmas. For more information contact Dana Allen, Henry County Relay for Life Chair at 336-3719.

Forestry Division Reminds You Burn Permits Are State Law

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Division of Forestry has announced that now thru May 15th, anyone starting an open-air fire must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the Forestry Office in the county in which the burning will occur. In Henry County, the Forestry office phone number is 642-3808. You can also go online to www.burnsafetn.org to get a permit.

Fall Back on Saturday Night as Daylight Savings Time Ends

Everywhere- Before you go to bed Saturday night be sure to set your clocks back one hour as Daylight Savings Time Ends. Also it is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector as well.

Small Business Expo Another Big Success

Several people visit the different booths which are decorated with Halloween

themes. Around 750 came thru the expo on Tuesday

(Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Steady foot traffic flowed throughout the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Tuesday during the Annual Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo.

Around 750 people visited the event center as the Small Business Expo went on from 8am to 3pm Tuesday. Event goers had a chance to visit 67 booths at the expo, showcasing various businesses in Paris and Henry County. Many booths had free items for folks to pick up like note pads, pens, and other items along with lots of candy.

The theme this year was ‘Spirited’ and the Events Center was filled with witches, ghouls, scarecrows and many other vendors dressed in Halloween costumes complete with cobwebs, bubbling concoctions, and scary music.

Eiffel Gardens, pictured above, won the best use of theme booth as they took on the Wizard of Oz persona, complete with a scarecrow, tin man, and the staff manning costumes straight out of the classic movie. They even had their own version of Toto sitting with them throughout the day.

This year’s small business expo also had a holiday baking demonstration by Kroger and Lakeway IGA and an afternoon modeling show presented by the Toggery, Boutique Marimac, and Maggie’s.

Kathleen Hamlin, pictured on left, and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, pictured on the right, model for Boutique Marimac and The Toggery respectively during the Fashion Show at the Small Business Expo. (Alsobrooks photo)

As people visited all the booths, they were invited to play a game and collect stamps. The sheet with stamps was then turned in and a grand prize drawing was held for a giant basket filled with several items donated from the different business that took part in the this year’s expo. Sherry Pioner; pictured below with Small business expo committee member Rena Barker, of Regions Bank; won the grand prize basket.

Chamber Photo

Executive director of the chamber, Jennifer Wheatley was pleased with the crowd that steadily flowed through the expo throughout the day. She said the Events Center is a great place to hold the expo and the committee did a great job once again this year coming up with a great theme and making sure it was another big success.

The Paris Family Chiropractic booth was very busy and visited by many who came to the expo on Tuesday as they were giving free 3 to 5 minute chair massages. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

CEO of the Alliance, David Hamilton, makes funny face for the camera as he models a leather jacket from the Toggery during the Fashion Show held at the Small Business Expo. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris Downtown Boxing Competes at Halloween Bash in Jackson

Memers of the Paris Downtown Boxing are posing after competing

this past Saturday in Jackson. Pictured are front row Cam'ron Patton.

2nd row left to right Katie Crabtree, Hayden Hixon, Chase Webb,

Jacob Crabtree. 3rd row Cortavious Patton, Peyton King,

Dillon French (Miranda Moon photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- Paris Downtown Boxing Gym attended the annual Halloween Bash held at Jackson’s Golden Gloves Arena. Paris Downtown Boxing was represented by five fighters on Saturday night.

Nine year old Cam’ron Patton was defeated in his premier fight by one point, but him and his opponent were later awarded junior bought of the night.

Jacob Crabtree, age 14, was defeated by a five year seasoned fighter but both were later recognized with Outstanding Boxer Awards.

Cortavious Patton, age 10, won a slugfest against  his opponent while thirteen year old Katie Crabtree lost a split decision against her opponent from Arkansas, but she was awarded female bought of the night.

Dillon French, age 14 won his match with two standing eight counts, which are scored the same as knockdowns.

Marching Patriots Take Several Awards From Choctaw Classic

Field commanders Justice Eyres and Gary Hooker. Band photo

Newbern, Tenn.- After a great performance in their “Black Out Show” Friday night, the Henry County Marching Patriots competed Saturday at the Choctaw Classic Invitational at Dyer County High School. In division, the Marching Patriots took 3rd place band, 2nd place color guard, 2nd place percussion, and 1st place field commander.

Overall HCHS took 2nd place Color Guard, 2nd place percussion 1st place field commander. The Marching Patriots will competed in the Band Masters Competition at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis this coming Saturday November 2nd.

Truitt Webb, Jasmine Al-Hammond Win at Pepsi Punt, Pass, Kick

Truitt Webb and Jasmine Al-Hammond both placed first

in their age groups at the Pepsi Punt, Pass, and

Kick Regional in Jackson. (Tony Lawrence photo)

Jackson, Tenn.- Four Paris youths competed this past Saturday at the Pepsi, Punt, Pass, and Kick regional in Jackson. Truitt Webb placed first in the 6-7 year old boys and Jasmine Al-Hammad placed first in the 12-13 year old girls. They will get to compete at LP Field on December 15th for the first place finish. Other competitors were Jayce Kendell in the 8-9 year olds and Hunter Lawrence in the 10-11 year olds.

Chamber's Business After Hours Held At Small Business Expo

Meo Mio's kept folks coming back for seconds Monday with great tasting Cajun food

that is the staple of the Buchanan Restaurant. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Several chamber members were on hand Monday evening at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. The events center is the site of Tuesday's Small Business Expo. Meo Mio's was at the business after hours and everyone enjoyed jambalya, red beans and rice, and gumbo. Everyone got a sneak peak at the decorated booths of several small businesses that will make up Tuesday's expo.

A good crowd enjoys some food and fellowship. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Small Business Expo Tuesday from 8am to 3pm at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgounds.

Over 65 booths will be set up showcasing various small businesses in Paris and Henry County and several will have door prizes, giveaways, candy, and more.

The theme for this year’s Small Business Expo is “Spirited” so many booths and participants will have the look and feel of Halloween. The Henry County Medical Center will offering blood pressure and blood sugar checks for free. Project Graduation will sell lunch at the event. There will be a holiday baking demonstration hosted by Kroger and Lakeway IGA at 10am and a fashion show hosted by the Toggery, Boutique MariMac, and Maggie’s in the afternoon.

We will have a remote live on WMUF 104.7FM from 10am to noon at the Small Business Expo Tuesday as well.

HCMC Offers Candy Exams, Trick or Treating on Thursday Evening

Partners dressed up in Wizard of Oz attire last year (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn.- With Halloween being Thursday, the Henry County Medical Center invites everyone to come to the Diagnostic Center between 6 to 8pm Thursday evening to not only trick or treat, but also have your candy examined for free to make sure its safe. Trick of treaters can come to the Diagnostic Center until 5pm and then bring your candy to the hospital from 6-8pm to X-ray it to see if its safe.

The partners at the Diagnostic Center will be dressing up in their costumes to get in the spirit of Halloween and will have candy available for those youngsters coming to trick or treat. Also any candy the youngsters have collected for the evening, can be placed under the X-rays and examined to make sure it is all safe to eat. And don’t worry kids, the X-rays will not hurt the candy.

HCMC reminds you once candy has been examined, be sure and set boundaries on an amount to be eaten over a period of the next several days. Many one or two snack size treats can be up to 100 calories or more. The good news is most candy has a very long shelf life so the sweet treats can be put out of reach and spread out over several days and weeks.

Rehearsal for Christmas Concert Tuesday Night at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is calling all singers this Tuesday evening for the first rehearsal of the 46th Annual Christmas Concert. The Arts Council is looking for choir members from all the local churches to be part of this community event. The rehearsal will take place Tuesday October 29th at 7pm at First United Methodist Church.

The Annual Christmas Concert, “Come to Bethlehem” will be directed by Peggy Williams. It will be a community chorus, with organ, woodwinds, strings, drama, and soloists. The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church on Sunday December 8th at 3pm.

Nance Places 5th in the World for PBR BFTS 2013 Season

Las Vegas- Henry County’s favorite professional bull rider, Cody Nance, wrapped up the Built Ford Tough Series PBR season this past weekend with the World Finals in Las Vegas by finishing 4th in the finals, and claiming 5th place in the World overall for the year.

Nance scored 345 points over the World Finals competition which ran from Wednesday thru Sunday, good enough for 4th, but shy of JB Mauney, of North Carolina, 546 points to win the championship.

During the 2013 season, Nance rode for over 8 seconds on bulls over 40% of the time. He had one series win during the 2013 season, 4 top five finishes and 6 top ten finishes. He finished with cash and prizes totaling almost $170K for the year.

PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series will now enjoy a short break and start the 2014 season in New York City on the first week in January. Congrats to Cody for another stellar season and we hope enjoys a short break before the 2014 season starts up.

Cross Country Competes at Regional Meet in Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed in the TSSAA Region 5 AAA Cross Country Meet in Hendersonville last week. In the girls 5K Meter Race, the team came in 8th place. Top finishers for the ladies were Kaity Beth James who came in 11th overall out of 86 runners with a time of just over 21 minutes. Hannah Barnhill finished the race in 23:19, good enough for a 31st place finish. Other runners for the ladies included Ali Davis with a time of 26:25, Stormie Bratschi with a time of 26:27 and Olivia Olson with a time of 34:26.

In the boys 5K Meter Race the team finished 7th overall. Javan Winders finished 4th out of 102 runners with a time of 16:16. Other finishers for the Patriot runners were Nathan Condeelis, 32nd overall with a  time of 18:26, Harrison Robinson, 49th overall with a time of 19:02, Austin Nance time of 19:11, Brian Susewit finished just under 20 minutes, Shaun Poole, just a few seconds over 20 minutes, and Wade McClure trailed Poole by less than ten seconds.

With the 4th place finish Javan Winders qualified for the State Championships in Nashville this coming Saturday November 2nd.

Winders Places 2nd in Road Race in Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet, Tenn.- Paris’s Lance Winders came in 2nd place in Mt. Juliet this weekend at the Halloween Hunt 5 miler. Winders finished with a time of 28:53. The race is part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour.

Woman Dies in House Fire Despite Heroic Rescue Effort
Sheriff Belew Praised Actions of Passerby Kevin Miles

Paris, Tenn.-
A house fire at 175 Henderson Lane Sunday morning claimed the life of the house’s owner Patsy Evans, despite a heroic rescue effort by passerby Kevin Miles to pull the woman from the home.

According to reports from the Paris Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Evans, age 66, was standing outside her home at 175 Henderson Lane talking to family when she noticed smoke billowing from the residence. She re-entered the home and was almost immediately overcome by smoke inhalation.

A passerby, Kevin Miles, pulled Evans from the home and she was treated by EMS personnel, but unfortunately Ms. Evans was pronounced dead on the scene by county coroner Danny Tucker.

Sheriff Monte Belew praised the heroic actions of Mr. Kevin Miles after his effort to rescue Evans from the home.

The Paris Fire Department received the call at 10:44 AM yesterday and upon arriving at 10:51, found the house completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the residence and had completely extinguished the fire by 11:48.

The home was a total loss – property losses are estimated at $75,000.

The Paris Fire Department also responded to a home fire Saturday afternoon at 80 Tanglewood Lane.

Personnel arrived on scene at 12:05 PM and were quickly able to extinguish the fire. Fortunately, no one was home, although the house was a total loss.

Paris Fire Department estimates the value of the property lost at around $20,000.

Spooktacular Draws Huge Crowds to Downtown Paris

Caleb Hartman (left), Ethan Schlegel (center) and Diego Felix (right) celebrate finishing third, second, and first respectively in the 6-12 year old division of the Spooktacular Costume Contest (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-
The Downtown Paris Association hosted Spooktacular, a Halloween carnival and costume contest Saturday afternoon from noon to four on the Court Square.

Eighteen different organizations set up booths, games and attractions for the event, from local businesses like Kroger, Merle Norman and Paris! Magazine to non-profit resources and government organizations such as the Paris Police Department, Real Hope Youth Center, T.A.R.P Center for Independent Living, Family Resource Center, and many more.

The Krider Performing Arts Center's Children's Theater had three booths set up at the event: two carnival games and a spooky photo booth.

Perry’s BBQ was on hand selling food, and the Inman Middle School Band sold hot dogs and drinks as well. The Inman band also performed at the event, just after noon.

In the newborn to 5 year old division, Eva Coleman (bottom left) placed third with her tree costume, Cole Berryman (bottom right) placed second as a robot, and Maddox, Miles and Milo Clark (top, partially obscured) won first place with their family take on Things 1 and 2 and Cat in the Hat (Alex AuBuchon photo).

The main attraction at Spooktacular was the costume contest – the Henry County High School Madrigals handled all the entry and adjudication for the contest which received well over 200 entries this year.

In the newborn to 5 year old division, Eva Coleman took third place, Cole and Josh Berryman took second, and Maddox, Miles and Milo Clark took first.

In the 6 to 12 year old division, Caleb Hartman placed third, Ethan Schlegel was second, and Diego Felix took first place.

And in the teen to adult division, Billy Black took third place, Jereamy Smith finished second and Richard Meredith took home a first place trophy.

The Downtown Paris Association themselves had a booth at the event where entrants could attempt to guess the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete, an enormous pumpkin.

The winner, who will be announced on Halloween, will receive $100 in DPA Bucks, redeemable at several participating merchants downtown.

In the teen and adult division of the costume contest, Billy Black (left) placed third with his Big Bad Wolf costume, Jereamy Smith (right) placed second as the Tin Man, and Richard Meredith (center) placed first as a scarecrow.

Inman Bulldogs Win TMSAA State Championship

The 2013 Inman Bulldogs show off their plaque for winning the West Tennessee Football Championship Saturday night at Inman School (Photo by WMUF / WLZK Sports Director Lance Pierce).


Paris, Tenn. -The Inman Bulldogs defeated Lester Middle School in Memphis on Saturday by a score of 36-0 to win the TMSAA West Tennessee State Championship. The team received a warm homecoming upon arriving at the school, as throngs of fans were on hand to greet the TMSAA West Tennessee champions.

Bob Markum, head coach of the Inman Bulldogs football team, will be a special guest on Monday night's sports show to discuss the victory and the Bulldogs' season.

Monday night's show will also be available on demand through the iTunes store or on our website. Links to the recordings are located at the top of the home page.


Fans eagerly await the arrival of the football team at Inman Middle School (Photo by WMUF / WLZK Sports Director Lance Pierce).

75 Children Participate in This Year's NWTF Jakes Day

Jakes Day participants show off their trophies and door prizes (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-
The National Wildlife Turkey Federation held their annual Jakes Day event yesterday at Holly Fork Shooting Complex just outside Paris. The event deliberately coincided with the state-wide youth deer hunt this weekend. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 registered deer to be weighed in at the event and competed in contests such as pellet gun shooting, archery, still-target rifle shooting, and trap shooting.

According to event coordinator Monte Belew, around 75 kids participated in this year’s Jakes Day event, and 30 deer were registered during the day.

Jakes Day personnel were assisted by members of the Bethel University shooting team, including the head coach of Bethel's archery program Brenda Valentine and Bethel junior and current women's USCAA national champion Katie Fladzinski.

In the Big Doe contest, Jackson McClain won $50 for third place with a 99 pound doe, and Rodney Littleton Jr. and Blake Frye tied for first, each weighing in a 108.8 pound doe. Littleton and Frye each received $125 for their entries.

In the Big Buck contest, Kaine Gallimore won third place and $50 with a 159.4 pound buck, Austin Lindsay took $100 for second with a 164.4 pound buck, and Will Overton’s 13 point, 189 pound buck earned him $150.

UNOFFICIAL results in other contests are as follows:

3rd: Sarah Orr 3rd: Paxton Bostwick 3rd: Justin Chesney
2nd: Colby Wallace 2nd: Briar Ray 2nd: Dustin Bowden
1st: Carson Summers 1st: Brady Cross 1st: Jimmy Hickel
Pellet Gun
3rd: Carter Cook 3rd: Victoria Thomas 3rd: Justin Chesney
2nd: Colby Wallace 2nd: Brady Cross 2nd: Jimmy Hickel
1st: Austin Anderson 1st: Kenneth Duncan 1st: Dustin Bowden

Trap Shoot
2nd: Sarah Orr 2nd: Caleb Orr
1st: Body Lassiter 1st: Jimmy Hickel

Still Target
3rd: T Chesney 3rd: Bradley Cross
2nd: Tyler Frost 2nd: Chris Reynolds
1st: Reese Killian 1st: Brian Ray

Reese Killian draws his bow in the archery portion of the Jakes Day event (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Patriots Win Thriller Against Northeast, Earn District Championship

Brandon Donaldson hauls in Colton Randolph's pass over a Northeast defender (Tim Pharr photos).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots rallied to win a dramatic 32 to 28 game against Clarksville Northeast last night at Patriot Stadium.

The Patriots started slow, gave up some explosive touchdown plays and found themselves facing an eleven point deficit at halftime, but several defensive plays including a Kyle McKee interception, a Tanner Beasley blocked punt, and a safety stopped Northeast’s scoring while Colton Randolph, Jeremiah Godbott, R’Tario Perkins and Bryan Rammel tacked on points for Henry County.

The Patriots finally gained their first lead of the game with just 3 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter and held on until time expired to win.

Shontel Thompson looks for a seam to advance the ball (Tim Pharr photos).

Henry County’s victory improves them to 9 and 0 on the regular season and earns them the District 10-AAA Championship title. They’ll head to West Creek next Friday for their final regular season game. If you can’t make the trip over to Clarksville, make sure to join us on WLZK, kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM and the Papa Johns Pregame Show starts at 6:30.

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Jeremiah Godbott cuts back inside following blocks from his offensive line (Tim Pharr photos).

Student Government Presents Money to Charities at Senior Night

Andy and Laura Davis with the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, Casey Brown with the Caring Hearts Fund, and Renea Lassiter as well as Kade, Konnor and Kaleb Pearson of the Never Quit Foundation accept donations from the HCHS Student Government (Tim Pharr photo).

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The Henry County High School student government presented funds raised at the 2nd annual Powder Puff Football Game to three regional charities at Senior Night Friday night.

Sophomore class representatives presented a check for $1000 to the Never Quit Foundation, founded in honor of the late Lori Pearson who lost a courageous battle with breast cancer in 2010. The organization assists cancer patients in Henry County and the surrounding area with out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance. Accepting on behalf of the Never Quit Foundation were Renea Lassiter as well as Lori Pearson's sons, Kade, Konnor and Kaleb.

Junior class officers presented a $1000 check to the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County. The Caring Hearts Fund helps cancer patients in Henry County and the surrounding 5 counties with treatment expenses, prescription costs, and transportation arrangement during their fight. Caring Hearts Fund liaison Casey Brown accepted the donation.

Senior class officers presented a $1000 check to the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, dedicated to funding a research department at Vanderbilt to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease affecting approximately 1 in 3600 boys.
Accepting on behalf of the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Foundation were Andy and Laura Davis, who have two younger cousins both battling Duchenne's.

Senior Night Festivities Include Blackout Band Performance

The HCHS Marching Band took the field after Friday night's game in a blacked out Patriot Stadium wearing glow-in-the-dark uniforms (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Friday night was Senior Night at Patriot Stadium, and several events took place took place to give the senior class a proper sendoff for the final home football game of the year.

All senior football players, managers, cheerleaders, band members and Madrigals were recognized on the field along with their parents.

And once the game had ended, the Henry County Marching Patriots treated fans to a unique blackout performance; all the lights were cut at Patriot Stadium and the band performed their field show with glow-in-the-dark uniforms and instruments.

The Marching Patriots will be holding a chili supper fundraiser November 5th at First United Methodist Church. All proceeds will support the band's trip in the spring.

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