From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Paris Landing State Park Hosts Business After Hours
Paris, Tenn.- Barbara Hamilton, Chamber President Andrea Lamb, and Robert Newcomb chat during the business after hours held at Paris Landing State Park. (Chamber photo)
Planning Commission Approves Plats, BPU proposal
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met on Thursday evening and approved a minor subdivision plat for Green Acres Drive. The plat was originally 2.55 acres but will be divided into two tracts, one at 1.75 acres, the other at .80 acres. Utilities are available from Green Acres Drive and everything else was in place, so planners approved the request.
Planning commission members also approved a site plan for the Board of Public Utilities for their office and warehouse on highway 218, where the new electric warehouse will be built. The proposal is for a three thousand square foot office/warehouse space with a pole yard, transformer pad, and a mechanic shop. The BPU plans to add an area to fuel trucks in the future as well. The entire development consists of 8 acres with two entrances onto highway 218 and a proposed 45 parking spaces.
Another site plan for Home Medical Products was approved by planners on Thursday night. The site plan proposes a 3600 acre building on 1.2 acres at the corner of Tyson and Dale Streets. Staff recommendation was to approve the site plan, once some landscaping issues are dealt with.
BPU Kiosk Now Offers Customers Easy Payment Methods
BPU customers can drive up to this kiosk on the outside of the BPU building in downtown Paris. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Customers of the Paris Board of Public Utilities now have an easier, more convenient way to pay their utility bills as the outside kiosk was officially launched on Thursday.
The kiosk allows customers to drive up and view and pay their bills with credit, debit, cash, or electronic check. Customers just need to have their bill or their BPU account number in order to get into the system and pay their bills.
Customers can scan their bill or type in their BPU account number to access their account.
Bills can be scanned and your customer information will pop up and allow you to pay your bill. Customers can also type in their account numbers to access their bills as well.
There is also a mini kiosk inside the front office at BPU, where customers can come inside and pay with credit or debit cards as well. Since this kiosk is now set up inside, credit and debit card payments of utility bills will be accepted at it and not taken at the counter in the front office. Customers can pay with cash or check at the front counter as always.
The inside kiosk allows BPU customers to pay their bills via credit or debit card.
McKenzie Rural King Set to Close In January
McKenize, Tenn.- Some upsetting news came in Thursday morning to McKenzie city officials and employees of Rural King in McKenzie. Officials from the Corporate Office of Rural King flew to McKenzie to announce the closing of the local store according to an official spokesperson at McKenzie City Hall.
The official at city hall in McKenzie advised that It was announced that December 24th will be the last day open for the store. It will close and then reopen for a few days after the holidays for a close out sale in early January. No reason was given as to why the Mattoon, Illinois based retailer was closing.
According to the spokesperson, it was noted that the McKenzie store was the smallest of the stores chain. Rural King opened in McKenzie in February of 1999 and was the first store in the state of Tennessee the spokesperson said.
HCBOE Has Quick December Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education had a very quick December meeting and approved a policy on 2nd reading that dealt with family and medical leave. The main change deals with allowing up to 15 days of leave for employees to spend time with a military family member who is on deployment.
The board also looked at a resolution involving energy use and conservation on first reading. The resolution lays out the framework of conserving energy without comprising the learning environment of the school system. The board will look at the resolution next month.
Director of schools Sam Miles also told the board that Verizon Wireless and the system has contracted a phone tower to be put on the high school campus to help improve phone reception in the area.
Police Chase, Fight with Citizen Lead to Two Arrests Wednesday
Left: Joseph Coleman, 38 of Memorial Drive in Paris, charged with felony evasion of arrest, aggravated assault, burglary and violation of probation.
Right: Sabrina Adams, 33 of Pinson Lane in Big Sandy, charged with felony evasion of arrest, possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal impersonation.
Paris, Tenn.- A police chase Wednesday afternoon and the heroic actions of a Paris citizen led to two arrests, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Officer Ricky Wade was on routine patrol Wednesday when he noticed Joseph Coleman, 38 of Memorial Drive, who had a warrant out for violation of parole. Coleman fled the scene, then stopped on a back road and fled on foot.
A female passenger attempted to flee as well but was apprehended by Wade; Sabrina Adams, age 33 of Big Sandy, gave a false name to officers and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and rolling papers. She was placed under arrest for criminal impersonation, possession of a schedule II substance and drug paraphernalia, and felony evasion of arrest.
Several other officers and a K9 unit arrived at the scene and attempted to search for Coleman, but were initially unsuccessful. After responding officers left the area, 911 dispatch received a call that a local man had Coleman hogtied at his residence. The homeowner stated that Coleman had been hiding in the trunk of a car; once the K9 unit was called off, Coleman jumped out armed with a shovel. Coleman, the homeowner, and his son struggled before Coleman was disarmed, subdued and hogtied.
Officers arrived on scene shortly after the 911 call and arrested Coleman for felony evasion of arrest, aggravated assault, burglary and violation of probation.
Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office praised the Paris resident, who wished to remain anonymous, for his heroic actions.
McIntosh Road Closed Monday for Culvert Replacement
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close McIntosh Road, northeast of Paris on Monday, December 16th for culvert replacement. The closure location is at 911, number 1801. Alternate routes are Guthrie Road and India Road.
McIntosh will be opened for Monday evening traffic.
500 Trout Stocked in Trout Pond Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Parks and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor Gary Paschall assists with the stocking of the trout pond Wednesday afternoon. The TWRA stocked 500 trout in the pond. (Tony Lawrence photo)
Downtown Christmas Festival 2-4 Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Christmas Festival will be held Saturday December 14th from 2-4pm as Santa rolls into downtown Paris for the last time before heading to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas Eve.
The Downtown Christmas Festival will feature live animals, trackless train rides, carriage rides, crafts, stories, and tasty treats as well as a visit from the jolly old elf.
Youngsters can have their photos made with Santa and stores downtown will be open for shopping while the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will have gaves, Paris! Magazine will help the youngsters make ornaments, and 4H will also have activities going on for them to take part in. The Reindeer goats will also be around Santa’s house on the courthouse lawn to visit with the children.
Monroe Robbins will read Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java and free hot chocolate will be provided by Jack’s Java to children. There will also be a white, horse drawn carriage available for free rides around downtown Paris.
The Paris Fire Department will have s’mores and the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will follow the Christmas Festival at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.
Henry County Travels to Camden Thurs. For Basketball
Camden, Tenn.- The Patriots and Lady Patriots Basketball teams are back in action Thursday on the road at Camden for a 6pm tipoff of the Ladies game. The men’s action will follow. If you can’t make the trip to Camden, be sure and listen to our broadcast starting at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.
Industrial Development Board Meets Friday at 8am
Paris, Tenn.- The Industrial Development Board of the city of Paris will meet in special called session on Friday December 13th at 8am at the city hall courtroom. The agenda item to be discussed is the consideration of a motion to convey certain personal property to Evergy, Inc. in accordance with an agreement of November 19th 2004 between the board and Evergy, Inc. The public is invited to attend.
Eagle Creek Armory Holds Ribbon Cutting
Paris, Tenn.- Chamber members were invited to Eagle Creek Armory recently for a ribbon cutting to welcome the business as a chamber member. (Chamber of Commerce photo)
Rhea School Supper With Santa Friday from 5-8pm
Fire Truck Will Bring Santa and Elf promptly at 5pm
Paris, Tenn.- WG Rhea School’s Supper with Santa Festival will also be held on Friday night from 5-8pm as Santa and his Elf will arrive at Rhea on the fire truck at 5pm. Visitors can enter at the front doors of Rhea and activity tickets will be on sale for 50 cents each. You can also trade 5 General Mills Box Tops Logos per child for 5 Activity Tickets, which is a savings of $2.50 per child.
There will be pizza, soda, cotton candy, popcorn, a bake sale, cakewalk, nail painting, penguin patch gift shoppe, auctions, tattoos, face painting, inflatables, ornament painting, and games. For more information call Rhea School.
Christmas With The Madrigals to be Held Saturday Evening
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Christmas with Madrigals Concert will be held on Saturday December 14th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the concert are $5.
The concert will feature current and former Madrigals and possible future Madrigals along with students across Henry County that made this year’s All West honor choir. The first part of the evening will feature solos, duets, and small groups performing Christmas music and the second half of the evening will feature music performed by the current Madrigals.
There will also be a bake sale going on at the concert, with proceeds benefiting the HCHS Madrigals Trip to perform in Chicago this spring. Tickets can be purchased from any Madrigal or at the door on Saturday evening.
Camden Man Killed In Veterans Drive Wreck Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Paris Police Department gave more details about the fatal accident that occurred on Veterans Drive Tuesday afternoon.
A call came into dispatch around 4:26pm Tuesday about a wreck on Veterans were the vehicle had flipped over and people had been ejected from the car.
The wreck occurred when a 2000 Chevy S10 Blazer was travelling southbound on Veterans Drive and ran off the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle overcorrected crossing back across the southbound travel lanes before hitting the guardrail. Once the vehicle struck the guardrail it became airborne ejecting both parties in the vehicle, before the vehicle came to rest in the northbound travel lanes.
One victim, Daniel Hall, age 36 of 50 Spirit Lane in Paris was taken to Henry County Medical Center before being airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital. Hall was listed in critical but stable condition this morning. The other victim was Nicholas Furr, age 34 of Camden and he was taken to Henry County Medical Center and later pronounced dead at the HCMC ER.
The crash is still under investigation by the Paris Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Henry Website, Facebook Working; Donations Now Accepted
City Seeks Help from Citizens to Help Pay down debt from sewer
Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s City of Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting, Alderman Roger Graham told the board the city’s website and paypal accounts had been set up and could start taking donations.
Graham has spearheaded this idea where citizens of Henry, and anyone else, can make donations when they can, to help the city of Henry pay down its debt caused from issues and litigation with the sewer system dating back several years.
Citizens can donate on the city’s website, henrytennessee.com by credit or debit card or thru a paypal account. Citizens can also take money or mail a check to Henry City Hall. The city has also set up a Facebook page.
Henry Decides to Reduce Hours For Non Department Head Employees
Henry, Tenn.- In business on Tuesday night, the board approved a recommendation from the mayor and department heads to implement reduction of hours for non department head employees beginning January 1.
Mayor Joe Qualls said we definitely do not want to do this, but due to revenues and tax collections being down the department heads and I met and discussed getting ahead of the curve on this issue.
The mayor told board members by reducing the number of hours of three of the six employees in Henry, those not department heads, they could save over $10,800 over the next 6 months. Mayor Qualls said unfortunately citizens will suffer as well as services will not be as good because the city is forced to cut employee hours.
Mayor Qualls said all the collections and revenues should be close to 50% in the budget this time of year and they are way down. He said it’s not just Henry that is facing down revenue and tax collections, many small towns across the nation are seeing some issues with revenue decreases so far this fiscal year.
The board approved the mayor’s recommendation and decided to look at things again in three months. Mayor Qualls said if revenues continue to fall this sharply the city may be faced with layoffs of employees.
The board did approve earlier in the meeting to give all city employees a $50 Christmas bonus.
Henry Seeks Sewer Operator
Henry, Tenn.- More from the city of Henry meeting on Tuesday night saw Mayor Joe Qualls inform alderman the city’s sewer operator would be retiring December 15th and they would have to hire another one within 30 days according to state statute. Qualls said they do have a possible replacement lined up, but that person still has to check on some things to see if they need to take the state certification test for sewer or not.
Public Works Director Ed Bush asked board members to go ahead and give authorization to be able to put out ads for the position should the replacement not pan out. Bush said the next state certification tests wouldn’t be until April. Bush himself would have to take the test as well in order to sign off on things involving the sewer as required by the state. Bush advised that they needed to be ready to seek a person to serve as sewer operator by their January board meeting. The board authorized the city to put ads out for a sewer operator should their possible replacement not pan out.
Water Tower Cleaning Due By April for Henry
Bush also told the Henry board to make plans to put out bids to have the water tanks cleaned. He said the tanks must be cleaned every five years as determined the state’s water and wastewater board. Bush said April will be 5 years so putting bids out in January and selecting the company to clean the tanks in February would give them time to get it completed by April. Bush advised it cost about $5K per tank last time to have them cleaned. The board also agreed to go ahead and put bids out for having the water tanks cleaned.
Mayor Joe Qualls asked alderman Faye Lowry to organize a fundraiser to help replace some of the tables and chairs at the Henry Civic Center. Qualls said inventory of the civic center showed several tables and chairs were missing from over a long period of time and its something that needs to be done. Lowry said from the last fundraiser which they bought new stoves for the civic center they had just over $214 to go towards new tables and chairs. They will have the fundraiser sometime in the early spring.
Recycling Program a Big Hit In Cottage Grove
65 pounds per person enrolled being recycled
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and Mayor Mike Waddey informed the council the city of Cottage Grove has placed 10th, unofficially, in Tennessee for the amount of recycling per person. The recycling program has recently been implemented and has really caught on.
Mayor Waddey said numbers show the city is recycling about 65 pounds per person enrolled in the program. Any Cottage Grove citizen that wants to enroll that has not should get in contact with the mayor or councilmen.
The November financial report included revenues of $4,239.66 and expenses of $30,252.99. The expenses included a yearly payment on the post office building principal. Melinda Thatcher made the motion to accept the report and Sue Call seconded the motion. The recycling program report included revenues of $367.50 and expenses of $55.00 for the year.
FOP Cops and Kids Shopping Trip Set for Saturday
Icy Weather Caused Last Saturday's Trip to Be Rescheduled
Paris, Tenn.- Due to last weekend’s icy road conditions, the Cops and Kids Shopping trip was rescheduled and will be held this Saturday morning December 14th at 7am.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo advises that children who are participating in the Cops and Kids shopping trip need to bring their FOP Cops and Kids authorization letter and be at Henry County High School by 7am Saturday morning.
This year the Fraternal Order of Police Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17 will carry 252 underprivileged children to go Christmas Shopping. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County High School clubs, and Knights of Columbus helped in the cause.
The students will be bussed from the high school to Walmart where they each will be allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents for themselves and when the get back to HCHS they will pick out a stuffed animal of their choice.
Festival of Trees Award Winners Announced
The WG Rhea Library's Tree was awarded Most Original
and was made of stacked books in the shape of
a tree. (Gary Benton Photo, yes Gary Benton)
Paris, Tenn.- The Festival of Trees opened up at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center Tuesday morning as the December Chamber Coffee was held.
The WG Rhea Public Library won the award for the most original tree as instead of a tree books were used and stacked up in a Christmas tree shape and decorations were put on it.
The Theme for this year’s Festival of Trees is just like the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, “A Storybook Christmas.” The Best Themed trees at the Festival of Trees were 1st place First United Methodist for the Nativity; 2nd place County Official’s tree with the story of the Fish Fry; and 3rd place for best themed was the Henry County High School Tree that was decorated for the State Championship.
The Henry County HIgh School Tree is decked outin State
Championship Ornaments. (Benton Photo)
Henry Elementary To Hold Pancake Supper With Santa Friday Night
Event Rescheduled Because of Last Weekend's Icy Weather
Paris, Tenn.- Henry Elementary will have their Pancake Supper with Santa on Friday December 13th. This was scheduled to be held last Saturday morning but was moved because of the icy weather.
The pancake supper with Santa will be held at Henry School from 6-8pm and all school age children are admitted free of charge. Adult admission is $6. The fee includes pancake supper, crafts, games, Christmas carols, and more.Christmas Carols will be sung by Pre-k thru 2nd grade students starting at 6:45pm. Santa will be available for pictures and the cost is only $3.
During the Pancake Supper with Santa the Henry Thrift Store will be located in the gym for a special Christmas Sale where you can fill a grocery bag for just $1. For more information call Henry Elementary.
Henry County Healthcare Center Celebrates 50 Years This Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Healthcare Center is celebrating their 50th anniversary this week and the public is invited to a free cookout on Wednesday December 11th from 11am to 1pm at Plumley Rehab, located on hospital circle behind the hospital. You can register for door prizes and receive a free gift.
Budget Committee Approves Transfers In Sheriff's Dept, School Fund
Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County Budget Committee approved the only two items on their agenda Monday night including one resolution amending funds in the General Fund from the sale of items at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Auction held last month.
The resolution called for increasing the revenue account by over $39K from the auction proceeds. The sheriff’s department will use the funds for law enforcement equipment, maintenance and repair of vehicles, and building improvements.
The other resolution approved by the budget committee was in the General Purpose School Fund. The school system had received a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission in the amount of just under $2K.
WG Rhea Library Hosts Sugar and Spice Gingerbread House Event
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will have a Sugar and Spice Family Gingerbread House Workshop Tuesday December 10th from 5-7pm. There is no charge, but you must register at the circulation desk by calling 642-1702.
Kids must bring an adult to help construct and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. WG Rhea Library also asks at least one store bought edible embellishment needs to be brought to share with the group. Items to bring include M & M’s, peppermint sticks, gum drops, shredded wheat cereal, teddy grahams, pretzels, licorice, fruit roll ups, red hots, wafers, mini marshmallows, gum, and more.
Reminder: Festival Of Trees Begins at Heritage Center Tuesday Chamber Coffee Kicks Off Event Tuesday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- The Festival of Trees will begin Tuesday at the Chamber Coffee which starts at 8am at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. Several businesses and organizations have set up trees and they will be on display from now until December 23rd. Viewing of the Festival of Trees is Tuesday thru Saturday from Noon until 5:30pm and Sundays 1-4pm. Donations of $1 are asked for to view the trees. Tuesday morning at the Chamber Coffee awards for Most Original and Best Theme will be given.
Jaycees Raise $1500 At Jammin 4 the Kids
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees held their Annual Jammin 4 the Kids event Saturday night at the Paris Moose Lodge. Despite the cold weather and icy conditions, a great crowd turned out and around $1500 was raised which will go towards the Jaycee’s Children’s Shopping tour this coming Saturday. The Jaycees thank everyone who came out to support this great cause.
A Pair of Basketball Games To Be Broadcast Tonight
Paris, Tenn.- Be sure and join us for the Henry County Sports Show at 5pm Monday evening on WLZK 94.1FM. We will look back at Friday night’s win over Knoxville West as the Patriots captured their 2nd 5A state title in three years. We will hear comments from Head Coach James Counce and wrap up the perfect 15-0 season for the Big Red.
The sports show will be broadcast from Gamlin Gym as Henry County will host Calloway County this evening for basketball action. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Head on over to Gamlin Gym and support the teams if you can, or just listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com.
Inman will host Lakewood in county wide basketball tonight and we will have the broadcast of that at 5:45 on WMUF 104.7FM, with the tip off of the girls game at 6pm.
Winders Competes In Winchester Race
Henry County’s Lance Winders ran in the Deer Trail 6 Mile Run at Tim’s Ford State Park in Winchester this weekend. Winders finished 2nd overall out of 108 runners in this weekend’s race with a time of 35:15. Winders is currently in first place overall in the 50 to 59 division of this year’s Tennessee State Parks Running Tour.
Harrelson Closed Monday; All Other HCSS Schools Open
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System announced Sunday evening that Harrelson School will be closed Monday due to a blown transformer causing a power outage at the school.
Henry and Lakewood Elementary Schools, E.W. Grove School, and Henry County High School will all be open in regular session on Monday.
Bus routes will run in the Harrelson area in order to serve E.W. Grove and Henry County High School students; please do not send Harrelson students on buses Monday morning.
Images from the 2013 Patriots State Championship Victory
R'Tario Perkins breaks away on his 63 yard touchdown run (Tim Pharr photo).
Colton Randolph looks for running room, evading a Knoxville West defender (Tim Pharr photo).
R'Tario Perkins muscles his way into the end zone for a Patriot touchdown (Tim Pharr photo).
Coach Paul Putman and several Henry County players charge the field in celebration, wearing their Blue Cross Bowl caps (Tim Pharr photo).
Henry County players and coaches hold their Blue Cross Bowl trophy aloft (Tim Pharr photo).
Jeremiah Godbott received offensive MVP honors for the State Championship game (Tim Pharr photo).
The Big Red Swarm sent an impressive contingent to Cookeville Friday night despite the rain and freezing weather (Tim Pharr photo).
Driver May Face Charges After Damaging Three Vehicles, Building
Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman may be facing charges after a wreck she caused on Tyson Avenue left three other cars and a building damaged.
According to accident reports at the Paris Police Department, Nicole Beale, age 40 of Paris, was driving north on Tyson Avenue in a 1999 Mercedes station wagon at an extremely high rate of speed when she left the roadway and ran onto the curb near the Henry County Medical Center.
Beale continued to drive until leaving the roadway completely at 206 Tyson Avenue, striking a parked car in the rear quarterpanel and continuing forward, hitting the Family Cash Advance building and another parked car in the driver's side door.
At this point, a witness reports Beale's car went airborne, striking a third parked car upon landing.
Three of the four cars involved in the incident were unable to operate. Beale was transported to Henry County Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries.
It is unknown at this time what charges Beale will potentially face.
Wreck Near Cottage Grove Sends Paris Man to Vanderbilt
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A Paris man was airlifted to Vanderbilt Sunday after being trapped in his car for an hour following an accident in the Cottage Grove area.
Austin Satterfield, age 18 of Paris, was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Lamkins Road, approximately two miles off Highway 69 North, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol dispatch.
He was airlifted to Vanderbilt with serious injuries, but as of 3 PM Sunday afternoon Vanderbilt reports Satterfield is in stable condition.
House Fire Leaves Puryear Family Homeless
Puryear, Tenn.- A fire in Puryear completely destroyed a home and left its residents with nothing on Saturday.
According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office dispatch, 911 received a call at approximately 11:30 Saturday morning reporting a home completely engulfed in flames on Rowe School Road in Puryear. The Puryear Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire. At the time of this article's publication, all attempts to contact the Puryear Fire Department have been unsuccessful.
Friends and family of the home's residents, Michael Roberts, his son Cody, and fiancee Brittany Kohler, are attempting to organize donations, which will be accepted at S&R Feed Store and Paris Veterinary Clinic.
Sheriff's Department, Police Department Investigate Theft
Paris, Tenn.- Both the Sheriff's Department and Paris Police Department are investigating recent thefts, according to reports.
Several tractor-trailer tires, valued well over $3,000, were stolen recently from Henry Farmers' Co-op. A Co-op employee found a tire in a ditch near the building and took inventory of their stock, finding nine other tires missing. They believe that thieves accessed the building over the past few nights via a drainage ditch and culvert underneath Wood Street to steal the tires, which total $3652 in value.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating this incident and has no suspects at this time.
According to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports, a hunting rifle was recently stolen from a vehicle in Paris. The complainant told officers that the rear driver's side window of his truck had been broken out and a hunting rifle he had put there the day before was missing.
The complainant found a railroad spike in the back seat of the truck, apparently used to break the window. He advised responding officers the rifle was completely hidden underneath a pile of clothes at the time of the theft.
Sheriff's Department investigators are looking in to the theft and have no suspects at this time.
Hazardous Road Conditions Lead to Over a Dozen Wrecks Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The impact of Friday’s severe winter weather was especially clear on Henry County’s roadways. The Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to 16 motor vehicle incidents related to icy and hazardous conditions Friday afternoon and evening, three of which occurred within Paris city limits.
Law enforcement themselves were not immune to the slippery conditions Friday – one of the first accidents reported that afternoon was a Sheriff’s deputy who collided with a guard rail on Highway 218 due to the slippery conditions, lightly damaging his patrol car.
One accident handled by the Tennessee Highway Patrol involved three vehicles on Highway 69 South – an injured motorist was treated by EMS.
Several vehicles ran into ditches after hitting icy patches throughout the county, and at least two vehicles were found overturned.
Despite the extremely hazardous driving conditions, the impact of Friday’s ice accumulation was much less severe than it could have been. Reports indicate that much of Henry County maintained power throughout the entire winter weather event, with only six localized and temporary power outages reported. Also, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported tree-related incidents were extremely minimal despite the ice accumulation.
Winter Weather Causes Several Closures, Cancellations
Paris, Tenn.- Several businesses and services remain closed after Friday's severe winter weather and ice accumulations.
The Mineral Wells branch of Commercial Bank and Trust is closed Saturday.
PML, Incorporated will remain closed until 9 PM Sunday.
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Paris has cancelled Saturday services and has also cancelled their Women's Tea scheduled for Sunday.
The Henry County Landfill is closed Saturday.
We will continue to provide updates on closures as Henry County may receive additional freezing rain and sleet Saturday night through Monday morning.
Patriots Win Second State Championship in Three Years
Cookeville, Tenn.- The 2013 Henry County Patriots football team braved freezing cold and rain Friday night to cap off an undefeated season with their second TSSAA 5A state championship in three years.
The Patriots defeated West High School in Knoxville in an incredibly close game by a final margin of 28 to 27.
West looked dominant early in the game, screaming out to a 14 to nothing lead in the first half and holding Henry County’s offense to one first down in the first quarter. West also forced an interception on the Patriots’ first real scoring opportunity near the end of the first half.
Henry County finally managed to get on the board with less than a minute left in the half, capitalizing on a West fumble; they quickly tied the game up in the third quarter on another Jeremiah Godbott TD.
The game turned into a slugfest at that point – R’Tario Perkins traded 60+ yard TD runs with Knoxville West before both teams settled in some on defense.
A missed extra point proved to spell the end for Knoxville West; Rammel missed a PAT for the Patriots but Perkins made up the difference with a 2 point conversion later in the game.
West missed a potentially game-tying extra point with 11:53 remaining in the contest; that one point margin held up until the end.
Make sure to tune in to the Henry County Sports Show Monday night on 94.1 FM WLZK for comments from head coach James Counce on Friday night’s Blue Cross Bowl game.
A replay of Friday night's Blue Cross Bowl radio broadcast on WLZK 94.1 FM is available here.
News from past weeks here.