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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin and intern Alex AuBuchon


Two Convenience Stores Hit by Burglars, Vandals

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating burglaries and vandalisms at two Paris convenience stores on Friday. The Maverick gas station at 302 Memorial Drive was ransacked sometime between closing at 11 p.m. Thursday and 4:15 a.m. Friday when the first employee arrived.

According to the police report, entry was accomplished through the air
return at the rear of the building. Both cash registers were damaged
and the money drawers removed. The safe had been tampered with,
exterior wires were cut as were the cables to the camera unit. The
recording unit was taken. As of the time the report was written, there
was no estimate on the amount of money that might have been taken or
the amount of damage. Police did take fingerprints at the scene.

When employees arrived at the Eagle Food Store at 907 E. Wood Street
at 7 a.m. Friday, they found the phone lines had been cut in the rear
of the building. Police reviewed the video surveillance tape and saw
two male subjects approach the building and cut the lines. According
to the report, both of their faces were covered and they were wearing
gloves. The tape showed that the incident occurred around 3 a.m. and
that the two walked toward Little General and then ran toward Lake
Street after cutting the lines.

Traffic Stop Ends With Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-As often happens, a traffic stop turned into an arrest as Paris Police stopped a Jeep SUV for a window tint violation on Tyson Ave. at noon

While checking the driver’s license, it was determined that he was
driving on a suspended license for failure to satisfy an earlier
citation in Henry County. Dispatch further determined that the driver
also had eight prior driving on suspension convictions from Henry,
Benton and Carroll Counties.

Police arrested Richard Fitzgerald, age 54 of 700 Cooper St., Paris,
and his vehicle was removed by a family member.


Yea! Daylight Savings Time Begins

It's almost time to “fall back” once again, and gain an extra hour of sleep.

Remember, Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday and that means
we all get an extra hour of sleep. At 2 am on Sunday morning you will move your clock back one hour.

As always, authorities urge everyone to take this opportunity to change the batteries in smoke alarms while they’re changing their clocks this weekend.

Publishers' Clearing House Scam Reported

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Carroll County Sheriff's Department want us to warn people of a scam that is underway in that county. Someone has been calling citizens representing themselves from Publisher's Clearing House and telling people they have won money. They then tell people that in order to receive their money, they need to go to Walmart and get a green dot card and load money on it and then call them back with the numbers from the card.

The McKenzie Police Department and sheriff's departments have received calls on it and they warn the public not to do what they are instructed to do because it is a scam.


City Commission Approves Hayes Contract for Joy Street Project

Commissioner Neil Buettner bid farewell to the panel, while (from left): Willette Ray, Kim Foster, Pete Lackey and Fred McLean look on. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Thursday night, the Paris City Commission approved contracting with the J.R. Hayes Co. of Paris for the upcoming Joy Street project. The contract was recommended by City Manager Carl Holder, who said it still needs to be approved by the state and that the state will be allocating additional monies to cover the costs.

The contract is for $560,558, and the Joy Street project entails reconfiguring the street and intersection for the Henry County Medical Center/Bethel campus project. Holder said the new street configuration will involve a T-intersection and signalization.

Mayor Sam Tharpe said, “I’m pleased we have a local person doing that project.” Holder reminded everyone that the open house for the new HCMC/Bethel project will be at 2:30 p.m. November 11.

Two items were referred to the regional planning commission which will meet next week. The first is a rezoning request from Randy Crowder for property located at the corner of Dale Street and Tyson Avenue. The property that fronts Tyson is zoned commercial and the adjacent property to the west is residential. Crowder has requested the city consider rezoning the property to planned business.

The second item is the recommendation from Holder that a process be established covering undeveloped alleys located between property owners involved with boundary disputes. More from the meeting will be on our website and afternoon news.

In other business:

-- The Commission made several appointments to boards during its Thursday night meeting. Mayor Sam Tharpe recommended—and the commission approved—the appointment of Norma Steele, Tracy Wilson and Jack Spencer to the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board to replace Gail Hudspeth, George Moore and Linda Gardner, whose terms expired. They are three-year terms.

The commission re-appointed Bill Jelks and George Combs, Jr. to the Board of Zoning Appeals, which also are three-year terms.

Terms on the Downtown Parking Committee also are due to expire this month. Members are Chip Anderson, Kathy Carney, Wanda French and Candise Wheat, with Finance Director Kim Foster serving as chairman. One appointment is to be made by the Chamber of Commerce, two by the Downtown Paris Association and two by the City Manager. The commission approved appointing Gaines Hedges to replace Wheat and other appointments will be made later.

--The commission approved hiring Mike McClure, who is now with Jacobs Engineering, to oversee the sewering project for Mockingbird Lane and installing water lines on Highway 79.

City Manager Carl Holder said Gresham Smith prepared the initial plans for the project, but that was when McClure worked for them. Since McClure moved to Jacobs, Gresham has little interest in the project. The commission authorized Mayor Sam Tharpe to sign a contract with Jacobs for project management and potential inspection as well.

Holder said that would produce savings of some $20,000 since the city would not have to pay travel time or travel expenses for an out-of-town inspector.

Thursday’s meeting was the last official meeting for Commissioner Neil Buettner. Buettner said it has been his privilege to serve Paris and said, “I want to say to the citizens of Paris how fortunate we are to live in a town like this. I love this town.”

Buettner praised Holder and Foster for their work and said he appreciates City Attorney Fred McLean for his legal expertise and sense of humor and appreciates Willette Ray for keeping everyone in line.

Christmas Lights Make Paris Ready for Weekend Open Houses

Paris, Tenn.-City workers have been busy installing Christmas lights in downtown Paris, to make the city ready for this weekend's Christmas open houses, a part of the annual Downtown Unwrapped event sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association. The complete list of activities and times is can be seen elsewhere on this page. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Stove Fire Causes Smoke Damage

Paris, Tenn.-Extensive smoke damage was caused to the interior of a home at 218 Llano St. in Paris after a pot was left on the stove. Firefighters were called to the home around 4:45 p.m. Thursday and when they arrived, Resident Pearline Travis had removed the pot from the home, but the house was full of smoke and smoke was visible outside.

Firefighters remained on the scene to ensure that there was no fire left in the house and found cabinets and the microwave badly burned. According to the fire department, the fire caused $3,000 damage in contents.

Pancake Batter Up! It's Kiwanis Pancake Day!

Paris, Tenn.-A large number of hungry patrons were on hand when the doors opened for the annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day this morning at First United Methodist Church in Paris. Top photo, Bob Nolan serves up the batter on the giant griddle while David Stone and Kreg Kyle look on. Bottom photo, Terry Fuller serves pancakes to patrons. Pancakes will be served until 8 p.m. and meals cost $7.


Paris FFA Members Help With Rally to Feed Hunger

Mavis Ward, Tommy Barrow and Ashton Thompson carefully measure dried vegetables and rice into a package during the Rally Against Hunger in Indianopolis, last week. Thirteen members of the chapter along with their advisors worked towards accomplishing a goal of preparing 1 million food packets to be donated to IN food banks. (Laura Moss photo).

Indianapolis, Ind. – Thirteen Paris Future Farmers of America (FFA) members and their advisors were part of more than 9,500 FFA members, advisors and guests that took part in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger last week in Indianapolis.

One million meals were packaged in just 20 hours, with half of the meals staying in the Indianapolis area and half going to Haiti. The Rally was a highlight of the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.
Working with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, FFA members from across the nation assembled meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition.

Members of the Paris FFA chapter that participated included Melinda Perkins, Savannah Rose, Mavis Ward, Emily Rose, Kinsey Kollmann, Ashton Thompson, Megan Aiosa, Jack Paschall, Brooke Williams, Austin Allison, Nick Siler along with Advisors Tommy Barrow and Laura Moss.
The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger was sponsored in part by Dow Agrosciences; Elanco; Farmers Feeding the World; Howard G. Buffett Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Monsanto; Tyson Foods, Inc.; American Family Insurance; Archer Daniels Midland Company; BKD CPAs and Advisors; Cargill; Hormel Foods Corporation and Pacers Sports & Entertainment as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Kinsey Kollmann seals a package of food to be donated to a Indiana food bank.

Child Injured with Liquid Fire; Man Arrested

                  Garron Crafton

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Deputies arrested a 29-year-old Springhill Rd. man and charged him with domestic assault and child abuse after an incident Wednesday night in which he is alleged to have thrown liquid fire on a child.

Garron Crafton of 1600 Springhill Rd., Paris, was arrested Thursday after a warrant had been issued for him after the incident. Sgt. David Powell and Deputy Terry Williams responded to the call, along with the Henry County Ambulance Service after dispatch received a 911 call. The mother of the child had called 911 to report that Crafton became angry at the boy, who had dumped some liquid fire out of a canister. According to the report, Crafton allegedly took the canister and threw it toward the child and the substance got on his leg. The child was taken to the Henry County Medical Center emergency room, where he was treated for first-degree burns on his leg and back.

Crafton allegedly ran into the woods and Williams and his K-9 Droid tracked him, but were unable to find him at that time.

While at the scene, the report states that the deputies began looking for other ingredients of meth, but were unable to find any. Metro Crime Unit members Sgt. Jamie Myrick, Lt. Scott Wyrick, and Sgt. Rodney Littleton made the arrest of Crafton the following day.

Animal Shelter in Need of Blankets

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department Animal Shelter is in desperate need of blankets for their dogs! The cold weather can be hard on them. If you have any old or torn sheets, blankets, or large towels the shelter would more than appreciate the donations! If you are unable to bring them to the shelter they would be happy to send someone to pick them up. The shelter is located at 622 Jones Bend Rd., at the location of the former Rolling Hills shelter. Phone number is 641-8090.

Aggravated Assault Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating an aggravated assault that occurred Wednesday afternoon on Brewer Street. According to the police report, the victim’s car had broken down on Greer Street and he was walking for help on Brewer when he was confronted by three black males who asked him why he was walking there.

The victim was knocked unconscious and had a swollen eye and his nose was bleeding and bent.

Juvenile Carries Weapons to School

Paris, Tenn.-A 14-year-old male was cited into Henry County Juvenile Court this week after he allegedly carried a weapon onto school grounds. According to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the boy admitted taking a knife and knuckles into Grove School because of a fight he was supposedly going to get into at school.

Drug Charges Filed

While serving felony drug warrants, Henry County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Jamie Myrick also arrested a Springville man on an additional drug charge. Monroe Shaw, 44, was arrested for simple possession as well as several warrants for sale of drugs.

According to Myrick’s report, he knocked on Shaw’s door, but saw him come to the door and walk away, refusing the open it. Entry was made into the house and a bag of a green substance was seen on a coffee table in plain view. According to the report, Shaw did claim ownership of it.

Paris Police Make DUI Arrest Following Accident

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a 56-year-old Paris man for DUI Wednesday night. Officers were called to Greenacres Dr. on a report of a wreck and found the driver Floyd Slaughter of 1909 Lone Oak Rd. According to the report, Slaughter said he had two beers and a shot and he failed field sobriety tests.

Slaughter was charged with DUI 1st offense and violation of the implied consent law. A bond of $1500 was set.


It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas in Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.-This weekend will be a busy one in downtown Paris as the Downtown Paris Association hosts Christmas Open Houses Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 2, 3 and 4. “This is the first event of Downtown
Unwrapped - 2012, a festive slate of activities that runs from early
November until the last package is wrapped on Christmas Eve,”
according to DPA President Kathy Ray. “We traditionally begin the
holiday season with three days of beautiful open houses that combine
the wonderful sights, sounds, foods and aromas of the holiday season.”
She also emphasized that open house specials and delicious
refreshments abound in more than a dozen stores.

With the new stores that have opened up in downtown recently, downtown
Paris offers everything from flowers to furniture, home decor to
delectable lunches, clothing to coffee and antiques to HD TVs.
Downtown merchants also offer gift certificates for items ranging from
manicures to diamond rings,” said Ray.

The festivities begin Friday morning with First Presbyterian Church’s
French Bazaar where delicious food and craft items can be purchased
from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. That evening, shoppers can browse through
downtown’s festive stores from 6 until 8 p.m. The Love Lights a Tree
ceremony takes place on the Court House lawn at 6 p.m. The Inman
School Band will perform holiday tunes before and after the ceremony.

They will also have a bake sale and hot chocolate beginning at 5 p.m.
Downtown visitors can enjoy wagon rides throughout the evening. On
Saturday, Candlelight Open House festivities are from 6– 8 p.m. and
the shops will be open throughout the day. There will be free Wagon
rides from 6 -8 p.m. On Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m., the open houses
continue and shoppers can listen to the Henry County High School
Madrigals performing in various shops throughout the afternoon.


Belew, Elizondo Issue Safety Tips for Fun, Safe Halloween

A large group of trick-or-treaters from the First Presbyterian Church pre-school visited First Bank this morning. The group also visited other downtown locations. (First Bank photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Today is Halloween and that means there will be a lot of ghosts, goblins and princesses out on the streets for trick or treating. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo have issued reminders to parents and children to make their day a fun, but safe one.

Elizondo said, “The Paris Police Department will be out in force in support of the safe and fun side of Halloween and will be on the lookout for those that have the wrong idea. We wish everyone a safe and fun Halloween.”

Belew urged adult supervision for children at all times and that trick-or-treaters only walk in well-lit areas. “Parents should carry flashlights and look over the candy before the children eat it,” Belew said.

“We want everyone to be safe and use common sense,” Belew said. Other tips:

Wear light and bright clothing so you will be seen. Reflective tape or clothing will help.
Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
Use face paints instead of hoods and mask.
Accept treats at the door and never go inside a strangers’ house.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol also plans for increased visibility and enforcement efforts on Halloween to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all Tennesseans.

Last year in Tennessee, no one was killed on Halloween between midnight, October 31, 2011, through 6 a.m., November 1, 2011. That compares to one person killed in one crash on Halloween during the same time period in 2010.
THP Colonel Tracy Trott said, “We will also be conducting increased patrols and using other enforcement techniques to look for aggressive or impaired drivers. Partygoers should plan ahead, designate a sober driver. Don’t make the poor decision to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Our goal is to keep children safe from those who blatantly disobey the law this Halloween,” he added.

First Bank employees all decked out for Halloween (from left): Angela Teague, Lisa Rhodes, Kathy Ray, Holly Jackson, and Darren Roberson.


Multiple Charges Filed in Gasoline Incident

Paris, Tenn.-More information has been released on an incident that we reported on our website yesterday that resulted in multiple charges against three individuals.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a 911 call from an individual on Springhill Rd. reporting that three people had poured gas on her and tried to light her on fire. Deputies began pursuit of Jeremy Taylor, 24, of Dover, and found him in his truck on Springhill Rd., where Taylor reportedly began increasing speed and drove erratically to evade arrest.

Deputies caught up to him in the rear parking lot at Clifty Farms on Hwy. 641S and blocked him in. According to the report, at that point, Taylor bolted from his truck and ran into the woods where Deputy Terry Williams and his K-9 Droid apprehended him.

According to the report, the 911 caller reported to deputies that Taylor had come to her house to pour gas on her brother for snitching and came at her with a can of gas and attempted to light her on fire. The report indicated that there was a strong smell of gasoline inside Taylor’s truck.

Charges filed against Taylor included aggravated assault, DUI 2nd offense, driving on a suspended license 3rd offense, felony evading, violation of implied consent. Bond of $30,000 was set and his truck was seized.

Two other people were arrested at the scene. Dana Holderfield, 28, 1610 Edgar Cemetery Rd., Paris, was arrested on five counts of delivery and sale of prescription and other drugs from arrest warrants, and Scotty Chadwick, 915 Dale Cemetery Rd., Buchanan, arrested for public intoxication.

Thursday is Last Day of Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.-Remember, Thursday, Nov. 1, is the last day of early voting and the Henry County Elections Commission will be open until 7 p.m. Elections Administrator Darrin Thompson said voters who don’t cast their ballots during the early voting period will have to vote on Election Day at their assigned polling places. Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 6, and hours of voting that day are from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Balloting continues to be high in the county, with a total 6,800 who have already cast ballots. Monday’s total was 425 and Tuesday was 395.

Early voting is at the courthouse annex, in the Elections Commission office on Washington St., Paris. We will publish a list of polling places for Election Day later.

Watch a Movie, Give to High School

Camden, Tenn.-The Birdsong drive-in and Henry County High School student government are working together on a fundraiser. For every single ticket bought Saturday, they are going to donate $2 and give the school 10% of the concessions. Anyone in the community can go and help us out. The money will be split between 10, 11, & 12 grades.

Birdsong is at 907 Shiloh Church Rd., Camden. Turn off of Hwy 641 onto Shiloh Church Rd., go two and a half miles, arrive at the location on the right.

FUMC Disc Golf Fundraiser Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The youth of the First United Methodist Church is hosting a disc golf tournament at the Eiffel Tower Park to benefit the fall mission. It will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the park, Saturday, Nov. 3. Entry fee is $25 per two-man team.


Traffic Stop Results in Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police stopped a vehicle for driving with broken tail lights on Monday and in the process of the stopped, noticed that the driver was shaking, breathing heavily and smelled of alcohol.

A call to dispatch determined that the driver, Michael Gallimore, 42 of Hargis Rd., Camden, was driving on a revoked license. Both he and his passenger, Rita Agostino, 43 of the same address, were asked to exit the vehicle.

The driver gave consent to search and police found a bag of meth in the vehicle. Both were charged with simple possession. At the jail, Gallimore reportedly told deputies that Agostino still owed him $50 for the meth they bought.

Bond for Gallimore was set at $7,500 and bond for her was set at $2,500.

Dogs Stolen

Paris, Tenn.-A man on Old McKenzie Highway reported that someone stole his two dogs. He said he woke up Oct. 30 and his dogs were gone and did not return that night.

One dog, a yellow lab named Stinky, had been chained up beside the house. The other, a fiest named Annie, who is pregnant, had been loose.

In The Path of Sandy

A huge billboard fell from the force of Sandy, damaging vehicles. (Joe Routon photo).

Haddonfield, N.J.-Former Parisian Joe Routon and his family spent a terrifying night last night, directly in the path of Superstorm Sandy and is thankful today that everyone is safe and sound.

Routon, a professional artist and photographer with close ties to Henry County, said after power was restored to his neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, "We're 60 miles from the beach where Sandy came ashore. Actually, the projected path for the hurricane literally came through our front yard."

It was a long and fearful night for the Routons as Sandy made landfall across New Jersey. "Needless to say," Routon said, "it was pretty terrifying. The rain pounded, and the wind sounded like a freight train. Fortunately, we escaped unscathed. No damage was done to our home or yard. Playing it safe, we put sand bags around our doors."

Routon has spent some time in the aftermath taking photos of damage to his neighborhood and said, "For hours we were among the 6,500,000 people who were without electricity." Power was restored in mid-afternoon Tuesday for their neighborhood.

A welcome sight: electric company crews begin the clean-up. (Routon photo).

November is "Forgiveness" Month at Library

Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library is thankful for all the patrons of the library, according to Library Director Connie McSwain. "To show that thankfulness during this month of Thanksgiving, the library will have November as the 'No Fines Month'," she said.

"Bring back those books that you have read and forgotten to return," McSwain said. "All lost books will still need to be paid for before checking out more materials."

"Home Sweet Home" Hosts Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.-The Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast on College Street hosted Tuesday morning's Chamber of Commerce breakfast. In photo, Vicky Roberts greets  Tommy Moody, while Gaines Hedges is in background. Roberts owns the bed and breakfast with her husband, Ed. (Chamber photo).


Puryear, Harrelson School Net $187,052 Safe Route Grant

By Shannon McFarlin

Puryear, Tenn.-Harrelson School Principal Beverly Fridy let out a happy whoop and holler Tuesday morning when she got word that the city of Puryear had  received a $187,052 Safe Routes to School grant to finance improvements at the school.

The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

"We have applied for those funds multiple times," Fridy said. "We've worked with the city and Stephanie Winders of the County Schools on this and I'm just tickled about it."

Dorothy and Noble Harrelson School will utilize the funds for sidewalk construction, crosswalks, and signage. Funds will also be used to provide educational programs that focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety and promotional activities to encourage walking and bicycling as a safe and healthy initiative. This multi-faceted project will provide opportunities to build partnerships with agencies seeking to encourage safety education and health initiatives.

Puryear Mayor Kenny Paschall said the plans are to be laid in next spring, with construction to begin in the summer. "This is really great," Paschall said. "We were just happy to be the conduit for this with the school because the city has to be the one that applies for these grants."

Paschall especially credited Karen Greer of the Northwest Development District in Martin. "She was the grant-writer and without her we wouldn't have gotten this."

Fridy said the grant will connect the school grounds with a subdivision located behind it to help children get to and from school. "That's the initial phase," she said. "We have a really nice playground that we've expandedand that is used by the community a lot, too. This will enhance that area, too, connecting it more with the community. This is just awesome."

The initial phase connects the playground area with Smith Street and Paschall said the second phase will connect it with the Jones Street area. "We'll have to apply for the second phase later," he said.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced that a total $1.8 million in grants has been awarded to 12 municipalities: the cities of Elkton, Etowah, Franklin, Meina, Milan, Morristown, Puryear, Watertown and the towns of Pleasant View and Livingston.

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

State Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden) and State Rep. Tim Wirgau (R-Buchanan) represent Henry County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Ray to Speak at Historical Society Meet

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Co. Historical Society will hold its regular quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Paris-Henry Co. Heritage Center. The program will be given by Larry Ray of Paris on the history of local Confederate sniper Jack Hinson and his one-man war near the Tennessee River. Ray writes regular features for Paris! magazine on the Civil War in Henry Co.

Dues of $5 are due and payable at the meeting.

Working on the Pedestrian Bridge

Paris, Tenn.-Workers have been hard at it in recent days, constructing the platforms for a pedestrian bridge over Tyson Ave. that will connect the new Henry County Medical Center imaging center and Bethel University Paris campus. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Chili Fundraiser Set

Paris, Tenn.-It's cool outside and chili sounds good. A Halloween Chili lunch fundraiser will be held at the Central Community Service building on Jones Bend Rd. Wednesday, Oct. 31. All proceeds go to benefit the Conger Senior Center, 10-2 p.m. $6.

Plates include Chili, corn chips, cheese, dessert, and bottled water

Drug Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. David Powell arrested two people in the rear parking lot behind Clifty Farms, charging them with multiple offenses.

Dana Holderfield, 28, 1610 Edgar Cemetery Rd., was charged with five counts of delivery/sale of prescription and other drugs and the sale of drugs. Scotty Chadwick, 915 Dale Cemetery Rd., Buchanan, was charged with public intoxication.

Bond for Holderfield was set at $125,000 and for Chadwick at $250.

Man Arrested Passed Out While Leaning

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Johnny Staggs, 52, 710 Morton, for public intoxication after they were called to the Natural Gas building on N. Highland St. on a report of a possible drunk person.

Sgt. Ean Reed found Staggs passed out while leaning on the building. According to the report, Staggs had trouble waking up and trouble standing and was confused. Bond was set at $250.


Trick or Treat!

"Operation Trick or Treat" Nets 34 Arrests

Chief Deputy Randy Gean escorts suspects into the Henry County Jail early this morning. (HCSO photo).

Paris, Tenn.-For 34 suspects, Halloween trick or treating came early this year as Henry County law enforcement officials conducted a drug roundup early Monday morning. “Operation Trick or Treat” was the name of the undercover operation led by officers from the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the wee hours.

Charges were filed against 34 suspects on 72 different cases and nine vehicles are scheduled to be seized. The arrests were the result of a six-month undercover operation in which suspects sold or delivered drugs to an undercover operative, according to Sheriff Monte Belew. In one incident, two suspects also sold a stolen handgun along with drugs.

Belew said 20 of the suspects have never been arrested on drug charges before, while 14 have.

Individual charges varied from the sale and delivery of marijuana to the sale and delivery of harder drugs, including cocaine, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, morphine and methadone.

Sheriff Monte Belew inventories items in a seized vehicle.

Early Voting Numbers High in State, County

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee voters have continued to show up in strong numbers as early voting continues and that trend is certainly the case in Henry County, as well.

More than 107,000 voters across the state
cast their ballots Friday, bringing the statewide total to 816,645
voters through the first eight days of the early voting period, according to Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
Statewide turnout continues to exceed comparable early voting numbers
for the 2008 November election.
“Voters across the state are making their voices heard at the polls,”

In Henry County, Elections Administrator Darrin Thompson said early voting totals continue to break records. Friday’s total was 487 and on Saturday, 208 people cast their early ballots, bringing the total for the county so far at 5,931.

The last day of early voting is this Thursday, Nov. 1. Hours at the election commission this week are 8:30-5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, with the office being open until 7 p.m. Thursday. In Henry County, early voting is conducted at the elections office in the courthouse annex on Washington St. in Paris.

"Bonehead Thing" Leads to Arrest

Buchanan, Tenn.-A Tennessee Ridge man admitted he did a “bonehead thing”, as he put it, after he was arrested for stealing large black mats from the Dry Dock Grill at 14120 Hwy. 79N in Buchanan.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Dry Dock on a report that the bartender saw someone take rubber floor mats from the bar area. Someone followed the suspect across the bridge to the Long Branch Saloon and the sheriff’s department notified the Stewart Co. sheriff’s office to be on the look-out. Deputies went to the Long Branch and found multiple black mats in the back of a pickup truck parked there.

Stewart Co. officers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were on the scene by that time and when they questioned the suspect, he said, “I did a bonehead thing” and admitting taking the mats. When asked what he was going to do with the mats, he said use them in his garage.

Arrested for felony theft was Lance Moore of Tennessee Ridge. Bond was set at $2,500 and the report indicated that he repeatedly apologized for the theft. The mats were valued at $640.

School Bus Assault Reported

Paris, Tenn.-A report of a Henry County High School student being assaulted on a local school bus was turned over to the sheriff department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and the School Resource officer. According to the report, the Henry County Medical Center emergency room reported treating the youth and he and his mother told deputies that a boy sitting behind him on the bus reached over a choked him to the point that he lost consciousness and fell out of his seat. He woke up on the bus floor with the bus driver tending to him.

Jaycees Golf Tourney Has Good Turnout

Winning team for Professional Office Furniture (from left): Adam Steedly, Mark Nichols, Dan Jackson, Paul Hessing. (Submitted photo).

Paris, Tenn.- For the recent 16th annual Paris-Henry County Jaycees golf tournament, 14 teams and 58 hole sponsors made it a success, with proceeds donated to local programs for underprivileged children.

First Place: Professional Office Furniture (LtoR: Adam Steedly, Mark Nichols, Dan Jackson, Paul Hessing)

Second Place: State Representive, Tim Wirgau's team (LtoR: Dave Wirgau, Chris Burton, Mike Dunaway, Paul Johnson)

Third Place: Holley Credit Union (LtoR: Van Bowden, Randall Neal, Terry Knott, Sean Goldman)

Assault Reported

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man declined to press charges against a man who he said assaulted him in the parking lot of the Dollar General store at 12494 Hwy. 79N on Sunday morning. The victim told deputies he was helping someone change a tire when a man came up behind him and began punching him. He said the attack was unprovoked and that he punched him in the eye and nose and that when he ran into the store for him, the man chased him.

When they ran into the store, the manager commanded the suspect to leave the premises. The suspect then ran into a blue pickup truck with 2 other individuals in it and took off. Witnesses were able to identify the man, who reportedly lives on Old Union Rd.


Getting into the Spirit of Halloween

Paris, Tenn.-Getting into the spirit of Halloween at Trolinger's over the weekend were employees Amy Crenshaw and Michael Trolinger. And by the way, Trolinger said with plenty of contact solution on his eyes, they really didn't hurt. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Fire Damages Roof to Henry Home

Henry, Tenn.-Damage to the roof of a home at 150 Mimosa St. in Henry was caused by an afternoon fire Friday, but Fire Chief Keith Qualls said
structurally the home is still sound.

“There was no damage to the inside,” Qualls said. “The fire was in the
rafters of the home. It’s a concrete house, with a concrete ceiling
and the fire started between the concrete and the metal roof.”

The home is owned by Fermand Torres and he was renting it out, Qualls
said. No one was injured.

The fire started around 2:45 p.m. and the Henry firefighters
called the Paris Fire Department to assist. Qualls said firefighters
stayed on the scene until around 5 p.m.

Spiderman To The Rescue

Paris, Tenn.-It was a really good thing that Spiderman was on hand Saturday because he was needed to hold down the music for the Inman Middle School band in the wind. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Pot-Of-Gold Burglary Thwarted

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to the Pot-of-Gold Pawn Shop on N. Market Street late Friday night when the burglar alarm there showed multiple
zones being affected. When officers arrived, they found the rear
roll-up door open to waist-high and a 4 x 4 post lying on the ground
which apparently had been used to pry open the door. Officers looked
through the store and found no one there and the owner said nothing
appeared to be missing, so the burglars apparently were surprised in
the act and ran off.

Spooktacular is a Spectacular (Spooktacular?) Success

Enjoying the day were (from left): Isis Dunlap, Veronica Long and Kaniya Adkinson. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-It was chilly, but the sun was shining all day and a large number of
ghosts and goblins--as well as assorted doggies dressed up in various
costumes--gathered for the annual Spooktacular event in downtown Paris
Saturday afternoon.

It was a day for tricking and treating as children were invited to go
to downtown merchants for candy. Meanwhile, on the court square, there
were a number of free games and contests ongoing, as well as
appropriate seasonal music performed by local school bands.

Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray said the event was a huge success. " The booth partners who were prepared for more people than last year still ran out of candy and several said it was a great day, bigger and better than last year. Thanks to a great job by the Christy Cross and the Madrigals, as our partner with this event, as well as all booth partners and attendees. Thanks to the City of Paris for helping with all the setup and cleanup."

Ray also thanked  Ted Neuman for providing Pumpkin Patch Pete and all the other pumpkins. The winner of the Guess Pumpkin Pete's Weight contest for $100 in DPA Bucks will be announced on Halloween, October 31.

Winners of contests:

Broom Races had several winners because there were many races.

Screaming Contest Winner was Samuel Kobe Spicer, age10

Monster Mash Limbo Contest Winner was Michael Frederick, age 4

Candy Corn Guess Winner was Austin Cromp, age 11

There were 181 in the costume contests.

Children Costume Contest Winners were:

Ages 5 and under 1st Place D J Stacey, 4months

2nd Place Carter Sipes, 9 months

3rd Place Kinzley O’Connor, one year

Ages 6 to 12:

1st Place Brevin, age 6 & Britian Hutson, age 10, mouse and mouse trap with cheese

2nd Place Jason Duluca, age 6, scary person

3rd Place Briana Kennison, age 6, Cowgirl with lights

Teen and Adult:

1st Place John Duluca, scary person

2nd Place Carol Butler and Jennifer Hutten, as Cotton Candy

3rd Place Frank Nelson as Big Foot

Pet Contest Winner was Roscoe Clifford, the Sheriff,  3 months, owned by Rose Riter Homay.

Harry the hairless Chinese Crescent was accompanied by Chase Flatt, the grim reaper, and Sarah Flatt, nurse. (McFarlin photo).

Looking pretty scary at the Caring Hearts Fund tent was Cynthia Wilson. (McFarlin photo).

Henry County To Play Hamilton in First Round of Playoffs

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association announced the brackets for the high school football playoffs Saturday and Henry County will face Hamilton in the first round. Henry County is a
number 5 seed in that quadrant, with Hamilton seeded number 4.
Hamilton is a Memphis school. The first round of the playoffs will be
played next Friday night. During the playoffs, kick-offs are at 7 p.m.

Patriots Win Big Over Rossview, Move on to Playoffs

#45 Michael Etheridge and #20 Jordan Mitchell tackle Rossview players. (Tim Pharr photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Patriots football team ended its regular season Friday night with a big win over Rossview by a score of 45-6. The Rossview Hawks scored first early in the first quarter, but after that it was all Henry County, with the Patriots scoring touchdown after touchdown.

With the win, the Patriots are 8-2 on the season, with only one of those losses being in district action. Going into the playoffs next week, the Patriots are ranked third in the district.

The Patriots won’t know who their first opponent is in the playoffs until Saturday, when the brackets are announced. They will be posted on the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association website at www.tssaa.org.

#32 Keshon Love breaks free from Rossview defenders. (Pharr photo).

#27 Gage Davis sacks Rossview quarterback. (Pharr photo).

McKenzie Ends Dismal Season With Loss

McKenzie, Tenn.-The McKenzie Rebels football team finished a dismal season with another loss Friday night, this one to West Carroll by a score of 21-14. This will be the first season since the year 2000 that the Rebels will not make it into the playoffs.

Missing Teen Found Safe

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew announced late Friday afternoon that the teenager who had been missing since 5 p.m. Thursday has been found safe and sound. Belew said Michael Ricker, age 17, was found when he came out onto a road near his home and was spotted by a family member.

An organized search had been underway for the teen since 9 p.m. Thursday, which involved over a dozen county rescue squad members, several deputies, seven horses teams, two K-9 teams, and an airplane piloted by Tommy Swor. The search had been called off for a few hours around 3 a.m., but picked up again early Friday morning.

Belew said the teen was located around 12:30 p.m. Friday and was checked out by the ambulance crew on hand. “They didn’t find anything wrong with him,” Belew said. The teen had run off into thick woods in the Hinchey Cemetery Rd. area after a dispute with a family member, Belew said.

“So we had a good ending there,” Belew said.

Marijuana Possession Arrest Made

Paris, Tenn.-A 21-year-old Paris man was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell after he was stopped by Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker for driving erratically at 1 a.m. Friday. According to the police report, Whitaker observed him crossing into other lanes on E. Wood Street. When Whitaker put on his emergency lights, the man kept driving until finally stopping in the Commercial Bank parking lot.

Whitaker said the man, Dexter Haynes of 103 Hidden Acres Rd. told officers they could not search his vehicle. By that time, Sgt. Michael Ramos and his K-9 Merlin had arrived and Merlin alerted positively to the vehicle.

During a subsequent search in the vehicle, officers found a large bag of marijuana and digital scales in the console where Merlin had indicated it was. The field weight of the marijuana was 112 grams.

Both Haynes and his passenger were detained initially, but Haynes said the marijuana was his and that his passenger was unaware of it.

Fight, Theft Leads To Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested Derricko Patton, age 25 of 303 Jenkins St., Paris, for public intoxication and criminal trespassing. Police were called to Harrison Meadows Apartments on a report of a fight in the parking lot.

Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker observe a male running toward the back of the apartments and found Patton, who emitted a strong odor of alcohol. Whitaker said they checked the banned list from the apartment complex and determined Patton had been banned from there on September 25 for one year.

In a pat-down of him, Whitaker found an empty vodka bottle in his rear pocket and according to the report, Patton admitted drinking most of it and several beers.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Terrell Cowan, age 37 of 634 Bolin Street, Paris, for theft. Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker observed him running through the Dollar General parking lot on Mineral Wells Ave. and saw him quickly get in a vehicle.

Dispatch confirmed that Cowan had a violation of probation warrant on him and when Whitaker performed a pat-down he found something shoved down in Cowan’s pants leg. He also found that the bottom of his pants were taped shut. Found inside his pants were 11 bags of detergent that had been stolen from Dollar General amounting to $49.

Shotguns, Rifles Stolen

Paris, Tenn.-A Memorial Drive man reported eight assorted shotguns and rifles were stolen from his shed. He told Paris Police that he last checked the shed a week ago and they were there. Missing are one muzzleloader rifle, one 12 guage pump, two Remington rifles, one antique Stevens rifle, and one antique Stevens shotgun pump.

Unruly Juvenile Cited

Paris, Tenn.-An unruly juvenile was cited into Henry County Juvenile Court by Paris Police after officers were called to Colony Square Apartments. The
girl’s foster parent said the 11-year-old struck her in the arm during
an argument and red marks were visible on the victim’s arm, according
to the police report.

The girl admitted hitting the foster parent and was cited.

Charges Amended For Murder Suspects; Cases Bound Over

Busy Grand Jury Ahead in Henry County


             Lumpkin                                                        Yarbrough


Paris, Tenn.-At the conclusion of a lengthy preliminary hearing in Henry County General Sessions Court Thursday afternoon, Judge Vicki Snyder bound over to the grand jury four suspects in the August shooting death at a local nightclub, but the charges for all were amended. Charges against three of the four were added to, while the charge against one of the suspects was lessened.

A companion article on the evidence and testimony presented during the hearing was posted earlier on our website and can be viewed below.

All four of the suspects appeared in court: Jiles Yarbrough, 21, of Huntingdon; Cody Harmon, 23 of Lexington, Tenn.; Tevin Lumpkin, 20 of Milan; and Charles Liphford, 32, Union City.

The charges for Yarbrough, Harmon and Tevin Lumpkin were added to by Snyder. Now, in addition to first-degree murder, all also are charged with criminal responsibility for the facilitation of first-degree murder.

Meanwhile, the charge against Liphford was lessened from unlawful carrying of a firearm to possession of a handfun while under the influence.

Bond for Yarbrough, Harmon and Lumpkin remains at $500,000. Bond for Liphford was reduced from $50,000 to $10,000.

The next grand jury will be convened on November 5 in Circuit Court. A Circuit Court spokesperson said 51 defendants already have been bound over for the grand jury, which will make for an especially busy session.


      Harmon                                                                Liphford             

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