From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Post-Conviction Relief Request Under Review
Paris, Tenn. — A request by Jefferson Lawton Freeman, 31, who is
serving a 15-year sentence for a reduced sentence of voluntary
manslaughter, for post-conviction relief was held over until January
10 in the Henry County Circuit Court.
Freeman had plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2010 slaying
of Fred French. The slaying followed an argument between the two men
during which Freeman, who also was charged with stealing from French,
had strangled him.
Through his attorney, Albert Wade, Freeman filed the motion for
relief, but it was extended until January upon agreement by the state
that the defense did not have enough time to review.
Rape, Child Abuse, Theft Cases Extended
Paris, Tenn.-In hearings Thursday in Henry County Circuit Court, other
cases that were extended until January 11:
Jimmy Douglas Dutton, charged with child abuse and neglect and attempt
to commit extortion.
William T. Bratton, two counts of statutory rape by an authority
figure. Dutton will be a witness in the Bratton cases. Bonds in both
cases earlier were set at $10,000 each. Dutton is represented by the
Public Defender, while Bratton is represented by Nathan Spencer.
Randall Dean Damesworth, charged with theft of property. His attorney
Paul Hutcherson has filed motions for a bill of particulars, request
for discovery and inspection and notice of intent to use evidencee
filed by the defense. Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing said
discovery in the case "is the size of a New York City phone book",
containing listings of transactions involving thousands of dollars,
which would take the defense some time to review.
Damesworth is owner of Mid-South Pest Control and was charged with
charging an elderly woman for transactions that did not occur.
McKenzie Man Arrested on Third DUI
Paris Police arrested a McKenzie man on DUI 3rd offense earlier this
week. According to the police report, Patrolman Derrek Colley was
called to West Wood St. on a report of a possible drunk driver. He
found a white Chevy truck with a four-wheeler on the back crossing the
center line several times. When he stopped the vehicle, the driver
smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech and Colley saw an open
beer can that had been poured on the back floor board.
After the driver failed sobriety tests, Colley arrested Michael Trull,
age 42 of 95 Whitt St., McKenzie. He had been previously arrested for
DUI in Carroll and Weakley Counties.
Breaking News: Tennessee Hires Butch Jones as new FB Coach
Knoxville- Multiple sources reported early Friday morning that the University of Tennessee has hired Butch Jones to be the next head coach of Volunteer Football. Jones, head coach currently of Cincinatti, accepted the job Friday morning after reportedly turning down a job to be the next coach at the University of Colorado.
Highway Department Ornament Winners Announced
Winners shown with ornaments and prizes (Highway Department photo)
Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the Henry County Highway Department ornament contest have been announced. First Place winner is Evan Tomlinson from Paris Elementary; Second Place is Gage Sherrod of Paris Elementary; and Third Place is Katelon Rushing of Inman School.
A total of 99 entries were received from Lakewood, Harrelson, Paris Elementary and Inman. The awards will be presented at the highway department Thursday afternoon. The ornaments will be on display on a Christmas tree at the highway department.
Road board chairman Bobby Milam will be taking the ornaments that were winners and an additional two he picked to the Tennessee State Fair Convention in Nashville next month and enter them into the state recycling contest.
Road Supervisor Ray Norwood presenting TV to 1st place winner
Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Still Seeking Entrants
Paris, Tenn.- The sixth annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will once again take over downtown Paris on Saturday December 15th at 5:30pm and they are currently looking for entrants. This year’s Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will follow the new Christmas Festival that will run 3-5pm that afternoon.
The 2012 theme for the parade is “I’ll be Christmas,” and the National Guard 890th Engineer Company will serve as this year’s grand marshals. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and they encourage all organizations, neighborhoods, businesses, and churches to decorate anything from golf carts to floats to pets and come spread Christmas cheer throughout downtown.
Trophies for Best Decorated Float, Most Christmas Spirit, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor, Best Use of Theme, Cutest Christmas Critter, and Clark Griswold Award will be presented on the court lawn after the parade. The downtown festive shops will be open until 8pm on December 15th so even goers can finish up some Christmas shopping.
Entry Forms for the Holly Jolly Christmas parade are available at Paris City Hall, downtown shops, First Bank downtown, and online at visitdowntownparis.com.
Christmas with Renaissance Shows This Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Tickets are still available for the final weekend of "Christmas with Renaissance" presented by the Bethel University Renaissance Program. Shows will take place Friday at 7:00 and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus at Bethel. The event showcases the Renaissance Choir, Vocal Authority, Renaissance Quartet and the newly formed Renaissance Revolution.
"The first weekend shows were to four sold out audiences, and we are looking forward to the same this weekend," added Travis McLeese, Director of Renaissance Relations. "This Bethel Holiday Tradition is fun for the whole family!"
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students and are available at the Bethel University Bookstore located in the Vera Low Student Enrichment Center. Group rates for 15 or more are available. For more information call 731-352-6445 or visit our website www.bethelu.edu.
"Over the River Race" Set for Saturday
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour this Saturday with the Over the River Race, planned at 11am at the Park. Special awards will be given to top finishers in male and female categories.
Meal tickets will be available for runners and their supporters, including drink and tax, for the buffet lunch at the Park Restaurant. Runners who have not already registered for the race can still do so the day of the event before 11am.
For more information or to volunteer to help work the race, call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.
Henry County Sheriff's Sergeant Arrested for Domestic Assualt
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew stated this morning that Sgt. Lester Riggins was arrested on Wednesday night for domestic assault and has been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation.
Sheriff Belew said around 6pm on Wednesday evening, dispatch received a call from the home of Sgt. Riggins on highway 77 involving a domestic assault situation. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office asked the Paris Police Department to respond, since the situation involved one of their men.
The Paris Police Department arrested Sgt. Lester Riggins and charged him with domestic assault. Riggins appeared in General Sessions court this morning and was arraigned. Sheriff Belew stated Sgt. Riggins has worked with the Sheriff’s Office for almost 19 years.
Candlelight Advent Walk Draws Crowd
Dr. John Dandridge, center, new pastor at Quinn Chapel, welcomes everyone to the church, with the church choir behind him.. In front row, left to right, are his wife Dr. Janie Dowdy-Dandridge, Dr. Rob Martin of First United Methodist Church and Rev. Jenna Goggins of First Presbyterian Church. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for the annual Candlelight Advent Walk held Wednesday evening in downtown Paris. The weather was much warmer than usual for the season, but the Christmas feeling was in evidence for the event, during which the public moves from church to church downtown , carrying candles and hearing musical selections and prayers.
This year, everyone sang a different verse of "Joy to the World" at each church, which included Quinn Chapel AME, First Baptist, Grace Episcopal, First Christian, First United Methodist and First Presbyterian.
The crowd was serenaded this year on their walk by the Bethel Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brian Thacker.
Rev. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church speaks to the crowd at his church, while the childrens' choir listens. The choir sang "Emmanuel". (McFarlin photo).
Inman Reindeer Run Registration Ongoing, Will Be Dec. 15th
Paris, Tenn.- Inman’s annual Reindeer Run will be held Saturday December 15th starting at 8am at Inman School. The annual event will be a 5K run and a 1 mile run or walk. Registration is $15 for adult, $10 for youth 12 and under.
Runners and walkers and encouraged to wear Santa hats, reindeer antlers, jingle bells and other Christmas attire to run in. For more information call Susie Anderson at 731-707-8534.
Supper with Santa set for Friday Evening at Rhea School
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea School’s Supper with Santa Festival will be held this Friday night December 7th from 5-8pm at the school. Santa and his elf will arrive at Rhea School at 5pm sharp on a fire truck.
The school is all decorated for the season and there are even lights on some of the decorated doors, as you can see on the photo above.
Everyone should enter at the front door of Rhea at 115 South Wilson Street. Activity tickets are available at the door for 50 cents each. Tickets are needed for children to get concessions and play games including cotton candy, cookie decorating, inflatable jumpers, photos with Santa, Face painting, silent auction and more.
You can also trade 5 Genreal Mills Boxtops Logos per child for 5 activity tickets, and save money. For more information regarding Supper with Santa, call Rhea School.
Christmas with the Madrigals Set Saturday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Christmas with the Madrigals will be Saturday December 8th at the Krider Performing Arts Center starting at 6pm. The event will feature the award winning group singing your favorite Christmas classics and some contemporary favorites.
Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased from any HCHS Madrigal or downtown Paris at Jack Jones or My Favorite Things. The Madrigals are also offering a bake sale featuring home made pies, cookies, and more.
Chamber's Gingerbread Contest Deadline is Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Gingerbread Contest this year with traditional, local landmark, youth, and family project categories. All the components of each two foot by two foot entry must be completely edible. The cost to enter is only $5 and the deadline to enter is Wednesday December 12th.
The complete rules and entry forms are available at the chamber’s website, paristnchamber.com or at the Chamber office, Paris City Hall, Heritage Center, and Paris Civic Center. Entries may be delivered to City Hall on Friday December 14th from 9am to 4pm. Winners will be announced Saturday December 15th following the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. Entries will then be displayed in Paris and Henry County Businesses through January 2, 2013. For more information on the Gingerbread contest call the chamber at 642-3431.
Tennessee River Trails Scenic Signs Are Up
Nashville, Tenn. — The Tennessee River Trails Association is pleased to announce that the directional signs for the trail, launched in November 2011 have been installed. The signs will lead the traveler through nine counties to historic sites and attractions along the Tennessee River Trails. The 11th of 16 self-guided trails in the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways program, the Tennessee River Trail travels 347 miles throughout Middle and West Tennessee.
The trail showcases the cultural gems discovered in Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Houston, Henry, Humphreys, Perry, Stewart and Wayne counties. Once on the trail, visitors traverse throughout historic towns such as Waverly, Linden and Paris. In the great outdoors, there’s canoeing along the Buffalo River, bird watching at a Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge unit and fishing at Paris Landing State Park.
Visit Fort Donelson National Battlefield near Dover and Shiloh National Military Park near Savannah, both sites of two important Civil War battles. From prehistoric river life to the Golden Age of Steamboats, experience the Tennessee River’s history at its namesake museum in Savannah.
For more information on the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways program or the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, see www.tnvacation.com, www.tntrailsandbyways.com ; and for more information about each county on the Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway see www.driveanddiscover.com
Students Showcased at Burger King Exhibit
Paris, Tenn.-Burger King in Paris is showcasing the art works of students in Art I classes at Henry County High School. The students represented are: Salvador Medina, Jesse Nolan, and Robbert Tuten. Burger King rotates local art works in the restaurant each month and January artists will be Grace Hassell, Jessica Thompson, and Katherine Sumners.
Tharpe Re-Elected Mayor of Paris by 3-2 Margin
Mayor Sam Tharpe
Paris, Tenn.- After newly-elected commissioner Terry Fuller and re-elected commissioner Gayle Griffith were sworn in at Tuesday night’s city commission meeting, the panel re-elected Sam Tharpe to serve as Mayor of Paris for another two years, but not unanimously.
Commissioner Pete Lackey made the motion. In the roll call vote that was tallied, Commissioners Griffith and Carlton Gerrell voted no on Tharpe’s reelection of mayor, while the other three commissioners voted yes, thus electing Tharpe.
Tharpe thanked the commissioners for allowing him to once again serve the city of Paris as mayor. He said even though there was a split he has heard concerns from all commissioners and knows that they will come together and work for the betterment of the city.
Griffith and Fuller sworn in Tuesday night. (Alsobrooks photo)
Commission Honors Paris Fire Fighter Tim Myrick
Holder Presents Myrick a resolution honoring his accomplishment.
Before the Commission dived into business at Tuesday night’s meeting, Mayor Sam Tharpe recognized Paris Fire Fighter Tim Myrick for a special accomplishment. Myrick recently was named as Valedictorian of the 2012 Basic Firefighting Class at the State Fire and Codes Academy. Paris Fire Chief Micheal Williams said to his knowledge no one in Paris had ever received such an honor and it was a vigorous few weeks of training.
Hazelwood Listening Session Planned for Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- The commission was informed at the meeting that there will be a listening session held by the West Tennessee 4-H Council next Tuesday at 10 a.m. December 11 at the Henry County UT Extension Office. The purpose of the session will allow Henry County residents to ask questions regarding the establishment of a West Tennessee 4-H camp at Hazelwood.
Holder gave a brief background saying that staff along with the county has been working on presenting Hazelwood as the site for this camp. Holder said the projected is estimated to be a $37.5 million dollar investment over a 5-6 year period with about 98% of those monies being 4-H dollars. The county and city will have minimal financial obligations.
Plans are to use the camp for 4-H during the summer, but also have it available for everyone else the rest of the year and it would also include a corporate training facility. Holder encouraged all commissioners and concerned citizens to attend the listening session next week, where a small presentation will be made.
Commission Hears Updates on Various Projects, Retail Sales
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder updated the commission on some ongoing projects Tuesday night. The pedestrian bridge across Tyson Avenue should be completed in early February as long as weather cooperates. Holder said Hayes Construction won the bid on the Tyson and Joy Street signalization project but they wanted to start in early spring due to weather.
Holder also said they have received notice to proceed on appraisals and purchases concerning the next leg of the 218 bypass project. Holder also said the engineer for the annexation projects suggested moving the bid date to late January, because they feel the job wouldn’t start until at least early March and they think bidders will up margin to cover possible price increases. This is not set in stone yet as Holder told commissioners early January bid letting would be better.
City Finance Director Kim Foster told commissioners that retail sales were bouncing back, being up 4% compared to year to date numbers. DPA president Kathy Ray, who was on hand at the meeting added that merchants said their sales had tripled on the weekend after Thanksgiving starting with the North Pole Family Fun day.
Holder informed commissioners that the city will be helping the Board of Public Utilities with demolition of the former Office Concepts Building which is next door to BPU. He agreed to help with debris removal contigent on the Public Works schedule of projects and the city will not charge for fill material that does not need to go into the landfill working face. Holder also said the city would pave the lot on the same basis they did for PSSD if it will save significant dollars. He said BPU General Manager John Etheridge and the board was very appreciative of the gesture from the city.
Reception Held For Buettner, Fuller
Mayor Sam Tharpe presents Neil Buettner
with a plaque at a reception held prior to the
city commission meeting as city manger
Carl Holder looks on. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Prior to Tuesday night’s Paris City Commission meeting a small reception was held at city hall in honor of Neil Buettner, who decided not to seek reelection and newly elected commissioners Gayle Griffith, who won his reelection bid, and Terry Fuller, who will serve once again as a commissioner for Paris. Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe presented Buttner with a plaque and thanked him for his dedication and service to the city of Paris. Buettner said he has enjoyed his time on the commission and is proud of the city of Paris.
City Manager Carl Holder welcomed Terry Fuller back to the commission at the reception. Fuller kept his speech brief, saying “I’m back,” and retiring to his seat.
City Manager Carl Holder welcomes Terry Fuller back
to a seat on the Paris Commission. (Alsobrooks photo)
State Park Workers' Newest Patient is Barred Owl
Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park Employee Rebecca Davenport is shown with an injured barred owl that is being nursed back to health by Jack Foddrill and state park workers at the raptor rehabilitation facility at the park. Foddrill said the owl was hit by a car and is suffering from a concussion. "We're trying to get him ready to release back into the wild," Foddrill said. (Jack Foddrill photo).
One-Car Crash Knocks Out Cable; Damages BPU Pole
Paris, Tenn.-A woman drove a car into a Board of Public Utilities pole at the corner of Ogburn and Manley Streets Monday night, disrupting Charter cable service for over an hour in the neighborhood. The BPU pole was damaged, but there was no disruption of electrical service, according to a BPU spokesperson. The driver was transported to the hospital following the accident, but no accident report was available this morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Banquet Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be celebrating Ducks Unlimited 75 th Anniversary and the Chapters own 40th Anniversary at its Annual Banquet being held Saturday 12/8/12 at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include an auction, silent auction, and a program recognizing the local chapters contributions over the years. Event Member Bernie Sleadd said the program is a trip down memory lane for local DU members and Committee members. Sleadd said the goal is to recognize our membership and committee members over the 40 year history.
The Paris – Henry County Chapter was founded in 1972, and was the 11th Chapter to be formed in the State Of Tennessee. DU is asking all former Committee members to help in this celebration. The highlight of the program will be the special recognition of Steve McCAdams, famed Waterfowl and Fishing guide.
Banquet tickets can be purchased ahead of time by contacting : Bernie Sleadd 731- 336-0313 or tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the event. Ticket prices: Single $50.00, Couple $75.00, Greenwing Free Admission with paying adult, Sponsor $250.00; Sponsor/Couple $275.00.
Annie Moses Band Tickets on Sale Now
Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are selling fast for the performance of the Annie Moses Band at KPAC later this month. The band will be backed up by the First Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra. The performances are at 5:30 and 8 p.m. December 20 and tickets are for sale now at KPAC.
Fort Donelson To Hold Reception for New Superintendent
Dover, TN: Brian McCutchen, Superintendent of Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery, arrived at Fort Donelson National Battlefield on October 21, 2012.
A reception will be held at the Dover Hotel, 101 Petty Street, Dover, on December 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the public to stop in and welcome Brian and his family to Fort Donelson.
McCutchen, 43, began his NPS career in 1992 as a preservation intern at Shiloh National Military Park while in college. McCutchen transferred to a park ranger/historian position at Arkansas Post National Memorial in 1999, documenting and mapping the post’s evolution from 1686 to the present day. In 2001, he moved to the Midwest Regional Office in Omaha to accept a position as a historian/architectural historian. In 2007, McCutchen became superintendent at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, near Stanton, N.D. McCutchen then became Superintendent of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in 2010. McCutchen is married to Sharon (Cummings), a native of Savannah, Tenn. They have an 8-year-old son, Noah.
A native of the St. Louis area, McCutchen earned both his bachelor of science in historic preservation in 1992 and his master’s degree in history-historic preservation in 1995 from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Any questions please call the headquarters at Fort Donelson National Battlefield at 931-232-5348.
Candle Light Advent Walk Set Wednesday in Downtown Paris
Paris, Tenn.- A downtown Paris Tradition that many look forward to, the Candelight Advent Walk, will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm and everyone is invited to attend. Worshippers will hear the message of Advent in the beautifully decorated churches and proceed by candelight through historic downtown Paris.
The service begins at Quinn Chapel AME church, located on Church Street. Event goers will then take a short walk to First Baptist Church on North Poplar street, then head to Grace Episcopal on South Poplar Street. The next stop is next door, First Christian Church and then across the street to First United Methodist Church. A reception will be held at the final stop, First Presbyterian Church on South Market Street. Vans will be available for those who don’t wish to walk.
Paris Commission to Meet Tuesday; Elect Mayor
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meets in regular session Tuesday at 6pm at the city hall courtroom with many things on the agenda, including the swearing in of newly elected commissioner Terry Fuller and Gayle Griffith, who won his re-election bid in November. After they are sworn in, the commissioners will elect the mayor amongst themselves.
Other items on the agenda include Recognition of firefighter Tim Myrick, a Hazelwood Listening Session, and more. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6pm.
Henry County Loses Two on the Road Monday Night
Newbern, Tenn.- Henry County lost both games on the road at Dyer County Monday night. The Lady Patriots were defeated by Dyer County 70-44. Hannah McFadden scored 14 points in the loss for Henry County. The Patriots lost to the Chocktaws 67-61. Brandon Donaldson paced the Pats with 20 points and Amari Cook chipped in 12. Henry County has two more games this week, on the road at Springfield on Friday night and at home against Murray High on Saturday.
Bethel's Fall Commencement Set For Saturday
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will hold their fall commencement on Saturday December 8th at 10am. The ceremony will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. The center is located on Wildcat Lane on the campus, near the football field.
Seating for commencement begins at 8:30am and the processional lineup will be at 9am. For more information about commencement call 352-4090.
F.O.P Holds Annual Cop and Kids Christmas Shopping Trip
Henry County Sheriff Belew and Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo look on as several youngsters check out with toys from the annual Shop with a Cop Christmas Shopping Trip. (Photo courtesy of Chief Elizondo)
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Chapter Lodge 17, children’s shopping tour was held this past Saturday. The chapter carried 152 underprivileged children Christmas shopping at 6am. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County High School Criminal Justice and DECA clubs participated.
The trip began at Henry County High School where the children grouped with a shopping guide and were bused to Walmart. Each child was allowed to spend $50 on Christmas presents for themselves. When the shoppers got back at the high school they received a stuffed animal of their choice. According to F.O.P. President Jim Hopper, the event was a great success and thanked all the groups and individuals who contributed with donations.
Thefts reported over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office told of thefts from the weekend. A home on Boatdock Road in Buchanan reported jewelry has come up missing for the past few weeks. In all over $1700 worth of jewelry is missing, but no forced entry was found and no guest has been in the house that would have taken it according to the victim. Police have no suspects at this time.
Another report stated that a home on highway 54 had their Barker Brother green trash can stolen sometime over the weekend. Its value is around $75 and police have no suspects.
Henry County Travels To Dyer County for Basketball Monday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is on the road tonight at Dyer County in high school basketball action. The tipoff for the Lady Patriots is 6pm, with men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the trip to Dyer County, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM or if your away from your radio or the listening area, stream the audio on our website at wmufradio.com. Tonight’s broadcast will begin airing at 5pm, with the Henry County Sports Show.
Lee School Art Bazaar Well-Attended
Paris, Tenn.-Plenty of people had the opportunity to view artworks and handicrafts by local artists at the Lee Academy bazaar Saturday--and buy some nice Christmas gifts in the process. Top photo, local potter Martin Paschall displays some of his wares. Bottom photo is a hand-painted ornament by local artist Ann Stapp. The ornaments took over two hours each for Stapp to paint and depicted Lee School. (Ray Harding photo).
Grand Marshals Named for Christmas Parade
212th Engineering Company will lead the parade
Paris, Tenn.- The 212th Engineering Company of the Tennessee Army National Guard and its members have been named Grand Marshals of the 2012 Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. The Downtown Paris Association sponsors the event, which takes place on Saturday, December 15 following the Downtown Christmas Festival.
“I’ll be Home for Christmas” is the theme, and it’s an appropriate one, according to Parade Committee Chair Jennifer Morris. “These men and women have given and given to our community and to our country. We are thrilled that they are home this year for Christmas.”
The theme takes on even greater significance because the troops will be soon be deployed. The 212th Engineer Company, with unit armories in Paris and Camden, will mobilize to Fort Bliss, TX in February 2013, according to Captain Susan Parker of the Tennessee Army National Guard. “From there, we will deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit specializes in the construction of buildings and facilities and will complete missions as required in Kuwait and Afghanistan.”
Members of the Army National Guard in Three High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) will join the Marching Patriot Band, floats, antique cars and of course, Santa in celebrating the Christmas season. The parade kicks off at 5:30 pm.
Entries are still being accepted for the parade. For more information call 731-644-4539 or 731-336-0278 or log on www.VisitDowntownParis.com.
A host of other holiday activities are coming up as part of Downtown Unwrapped 2012, according to Morris. Many are sponsored or co-sponsored by the DPA. Most events are free.
DUI, Public Intoxication Arrests Made
Paris, Tenn.-While Paris Patrolman Jordan Klutts was on patrol Friday night, he was stopped and told that a tall black male was walking behind houses on Jerome Drive. Klutts spotted the man pushing a bike and when the man saw him, he dropped the bike and ran, then hid in a bush.
Klutts found Michael Bobo, age 24, 2317 Lone Oak Dr. and asked what he was doing with the bike. Bobo said he got it from someone. Klutt was aware of who lived at that address and knew he owned bicycles and called him and described the bike to him. He was told who the bike belonged to.
Bobo was arrested for theft of property and bond was set at $550.
Paris Police were called to Harrison Meadow Apartments on a report that there was an odor of marijuana in the parking lot. While Patrolmen Jeramye Whitaker and Derrick Greenhill were speaking to people in the lot, Tarrance Hutcherson, age 31, of 518 Harrison Lane came up to them and started cursing. Whitaker told him to stop cursing and go back home, but Hutcherson reportedly kept cursing and the officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol.
Hutcherson was arrested for public intoxication.
Billie Bates, age 35 of 400 Buchanan Resort Rd., Springville, was arrested for DUI at Murphy’s convenience store at 1110 Mineral Wells Ave. Saturday night. Patrolman Ryan French responded to a call of a possible drunk person in the parking lot and found Bates in her car showing signs of intoxication. After she failed sobriety tests, she was arrested and bond was set at $650. Her car was released to a licensed driver.
Drivers Arrested on Revoked Licenses
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested John Griffis, age 23 of 310 Thompson St., for driving on a revoked license. Deputies spotting him
driving on College St. in Henry with a headlight out and in the course
of stopping him, determined that he license was revoked because of a
previous DUI charge.
Griffis’ mother was informed that if he was seen driving her car
again, the car would be seizable by the state since she was not aware
of his driving status.
In a similar incident, Paris Police stopped James Young, age 46 of Big
Sandy on a traffic stop for disobeying a signal. It was determined his
license was revoked due to a previous DUI charge. His vehicle also
belonged to his mother, who is in the hospital and the vehicle was not
seized. Young was taken to jail.
Tighter Security Measures in Place at City Hall
City Manager Carl Holder swipes his ID card for entrance into City Hall office areas. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-If you haven't been to Paris City Hall lately, you'll notice some big changes have taken place there.
Security measures are much tighter in the building, with limited
public access to most areas of the building. Locked doorways block off
all access points into the building, requiring the public to be
"buzzed-in" to certain areas of the building, and there even are areas
of the buildng that are locked off from each other (such as police and
fire departments). As always, if the public needs to talk to the Paris
Police Department, they can still use the 911/dispatch entrance on
But for all else, the public will need to use the front entrance and
will be "buzzed-in" to the other areas of the building. For example,
if they are in need of a copy of a police report, need to pay a ticket
or need to speak to a city hall employee, they will come in the front
entrance and speak to the ladies at the front desk first.
City Manager Carl Holder said many city halls have become more
security-conscious and said it has taken several months to fully
install the measures.
City Hall personnel all have ID cards around their necks that contain
the code which allows them to buzz themselves in and move freely about
the builing, he said. "But for almost all city business, the public
must use the front entrance," Holder said.
Patriots Fall to Dickson County
Paris, Tenn-The Patriots' boys and girls teams lost to Dickson County in Friday night action in basketball.
Score of the girls' game was Henry County 26-Dickson County 57, with Savannah Rose being the top scorer for the Patriots.
Score of the boys' game was Henry County 63-Dickson County 68, with Bo Donaldson the top scorer for the Patriots.
Ribbon-Cutting Opens Advance America Office
Paris, Tenn.-Tammy Petty cuts the ribbon for new Advance America office in the Kroger Shopping Center, assisted by (left to right) Scott Morrison, FirstBank; Chamber President Dr. Jeff Seaton; Robert Newcomb, FirstBank; Michelle Robbins, the Peddler; Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success; Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank; and Andrew Wheatley. (Paris-Henry County Chamber photo).
Huntingdon Loses to Gordonsville
Cookeville, Tenn.-In a heartbreaker, Huntingdon High School lost its bid to win the state Division 1 Class 1A title Friday morning by one point.
Huntingdon lost the game 21-20 to Gordonsville.
Springville Man Arrested Following Stabbing
Springville, Tenn.- A Springville man was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies Thursday night following a stabbing of another man at his residence.
His victim was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville
following the altercation.
Walter Davis, age 41 of 130 Lakeview Manor Rd., was arrested on a
charge of aggravated assault following the incident.
The victim of the stabbing, Robert R. Butler, age 34 of Paris, was
first transported from the scene in a private vehicle and then
airlifted to Vanderbilt. No condition report on Butler was available
from Vanderbilt, but his wounds reportedly are not life-threatening.
Davis was released from jail on payment of the $50,000 bond and is
scheduled to be arraigned in Henry County General Sessions Court on
Optimist Club Selling Christmas Trees
Chris Moody of the Optimist Club with one of the club's trees for sale. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris,Tenn.-The Paris Optimist Club is again selling Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes in the empty lot on E. Wood St. next to the former Paint
Plus store. If you stop by from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, call
731-695-4810 and someone will come shortly to wait on you.
The lot is manned from Friday through Sunday on these hours: 4-8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Breakfast With Santa Set in Henry
Henry, Tenn.-Henry School will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 8-10 a.m. Pancakes, Santa, Games, Face Painting, Book Fair & More. Breakfast is $6.00. You do not have to be a student at Henry School to attend. Lots of Holly Jolly Fun for All.
News from past weeks here.