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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin


Frosty Morning Makes Pretty Picture

Paris, Tenn.-There has been plenty of frost on the ground the last few mornings, which made for a pretty picture at the Paris City Cemetery early Thursday morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Robbery in Progress Call Results in Disorderly Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-A scary situation at a local restaurant resulted in disorderly conduct charges being filed against two Henry County men earlier this week.

Paris Police were called to the Huddle House restaurant around 9:30
p.m. Monday on a call of a robbery in progress. Dispatch informed
officers that the perpetrators had left the scene through the rear
exit and were heading toward India Rd. in a tan Lincoln with rims.

The police report was not released until Friday on the incident.

According to the police report, five men walked into Huddle House with
bandanas over their faces and an employee ran into the back and called
911. One of the men walked up to one of the employees and said, “Don’t
worry, nothing is going to happen here” and then the men got into a
confrontation with one of the customers and left.

By this time, all city and Henry County units were called to the scene
and officers caught up to the men on India Rd. The men said they did
not go to Huddle House for a robbery, they went there to have a fight
with someone.

Arrested for disorderly conduct were Billy Shields Wimberly, age 33 of
351 Buchanan Resort Rd., Springville; and Joshua Vaughn, age 19, of
280 Travis Rd., Paris.

Inmates Arrested After Fight

Paris, Tenn.-Two inmates at the Henry County Jail will most certainly have more time added to their sentences following a fight in the jail. Marlon
Taylor, 27, 886 David Street, McKenzie, and Monte Taylor, age 31 of
6370 Hwy. 641N, Puryear, were arrested for assault and bonds of $2,000
each were set.

Captain Damon Lowe of the sheriff’s department said both were arrested
for an assault on another prisoner.

Christmas Parade to be Broadcast on WMUF

Paris, Tenn.-Remember the Downtown Christmas Festival and Christmas parade in downtown Paris will be Saturday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The
parade itself begins at 5:30 p.m. and we will broadcast the action
live, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on WMUF 104.7. Awards given out for
parade entries include Clark Griswold, Golf Cart, Cutest Critter and
Best Decorated.

Items Stolen from Car

Paris, Tenn.-Several items were stolen from an unlocked car in the
Sav-A-Lot parking lot at 1039 Mineral Wells Ave. on Dec. 11. According
to the Paris Police, while a gold SUV was parked in the lot, items
totalling $629 were stolen from the vehicle. The items included Cds,
DVDs, a video game, overnight bag with clothes and make-up and small
air compression, as well as some cash. There are no suspects at this

Paris Police arrested Jessie Stewart, age 18 of 525 India Rd., for
shoplifting at Wal-Mart at 1210 Mineral Wells Ave. He was reportedly
attempting to take an air gun, air bb gun, candy bars and holster
totalling $142.

Henry County Receives Awards, Money, Recognition from TSSAA

Tim Mason and Mike Poteete hold up a banner that will

hang at Gamlin Gym (Susan Burton photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday night and athletic director Mike Poteete informed the board that Henry County had been recognized recently for some awards at the regional meeting of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

President of the Henry County Quarterback club Jon Davidson won the district 7 contributor of the year award for all his work with Patriot football and the quarterback club. Poteete said district 7 comprises of 29 high schools in the area and he said Davidson definitely contributes a lot to the program.

Poteete said HCHS won the AF Bridges Award for sportsmanship for the 2011-12 year, the second time in the last four years that Henry County has won the award. Poteete said this was a tribute to fans and players as its based on sportsmanship at events held throughout the year.

Also Henry County received $2500 from Blue Cross Blue Shield for finishing in the top five schools across the state for performance at sports. Schools earn points for how they compete, and of course winning the state football championship aided greatly in the high school winning the money.

Poteete then gave a brief description of how many students compete in sports in Henry County. He said at Grove and the High School there are 20 different sports teams and about 36% of the student body compete in sports. For the middle school aged sports, Henry County offers 16 different teams that students can play on and about 43% of the entire student population in the middle school ages compete in sports.

Director of Schools Sam Miles echoed Poteete’s statement of the awards and recognitions being a great reflection of the administrators, coaches, and students. Miles also added that the money won in the Blue Cross award shows how much fans of Henry County follow their teams.

HCSS Gets Safety Grant; Will Improve Security at High School

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Susan Burton informed the board that the system had been awarded a Safe and Supportive Schools grant in the amount of $20,000 that will go towards improvements in security around the high school. Burton said that the system received $10K late in the year last year and it rolled over.

After sitting down in discussion with students and receiving feedback from parents, they put together an action plan on what to use the funds for. The money will go to security cameras around the picnic tables near the cafeteria and the parking lot along with keypad entries to the front office area and E building.


Board Hears Updates on Evaluation Process

Affirms Personnel Decision Following Executive Session

Principal of Lakewood, Amy Veazy updated the board on the teacher/administration evaluation process that has been implemented. Veazy said that she was confident that all the changes that took place were for the better and she was confident that all teachers have embraced the evaluations and are continuing to work to improve overall. She went over some of the rubric and presented the board with some materials explaining in more detail the process. She said this semester alone that at Lakewood they have done over 130 evaluations.

The board went into executive session with attorneys for about 45 minutes to discuss a personnel matter where an employee, Stephen Geller had filed a complaint about being moved from an assistant principal at the high school because of his age. After meeting with attorneys, the board came out of recess and board member Jim McCampbell made a motion to affirm the November 16th personnel decision concerning Geller. The motion was seconded and voted in favor of unamiously. Geller had filed an age discrimination complaint against the system.

Schools to Dismiss Early Tuesday to Start Christmas Break

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will dismiss early for Christmas Break on Tuesday December 18th. Dismissal times will be 10:45am at Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood, 11:15 at Grove and 11:30am at Henry County High School.

The Paris Special School district will also have an abbrievated day on Tuesday the 18th. Their dismissal times are Rhea Elementary 10:30am, Paris Elementary 10:35 and Inman 10:45am.

Quarterback Club Selling Christmas Hams

The Henry County Quarterback Club is selling Christmas Hams for $35.00 will money raised benefiting the HCHS football team. The hams will be 5-6lb. Clifty Farm Spiral Glazed Ham and can be picked up on Thursday December 20th at the field house. Contact any HC Quarterback Club member or like their facebook page to order your ham.

Vandals at Work in City Cemetery Again: City Eyes Repairs

The top of this stone was knocked off by a heavy object. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Vandals have been up to their handiwork again recently, knocking over or destroying several gravestones in the historic Paris City Cemetery. In the latest incident, a few granite monuments were knocked off of their bases and the tops of a couple of stones were knocked off. Additionally, a ceramic vase that was placed on the grave of Peytonia Crockett Davis last summer was smashed. The vase was placed there when the David Crockett Descendants' organization came to Paris for a convention.

The cemetery was vandalized a couple years ago and in that incident, numerous stones were damaged, but were repaired through the city and employees at Paris Monument Works.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said there have been increased patrols at the cemetery. Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence said the city is looking at what repairs can be made.

This monument is one of a handful that was knocked off its base. (McFarlin photo).

A ceramic vase placed on Peytonia Crockett Davis' grave was smashed.

Paris Police Look into Several Reports of Thefts and Vandalisms

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department continues to investigate a series of vandalisms and thefts that have occurred over the past couple of nights. On Dunlap Street a window was broken at Henry County Monument works when someone thru a vase thru the window. Also a 5 by 8 trailer was missing from a carport a home on Dunlap Street. Its value was $600.

In other reports a storage shed was broken into on Ashli Lane were up to $500 in items were stolen including some Kitchen Aid mixers, and weather stripping was vandalized on a 2003 Pontiac at Harrison Lane in the last couple of days as well. Another report stated that a vehicle on Mineral Wells Avenue had over $600 worth of items stolen including CDs, DVDs, video games, medication, and cash. Police have no suspects in any of the incidents.

Some arrests from the past couple of nights include Ricky L. Martin, age 40 of 1710 Lumber Road in Henry for aggravated animal cruelty, Marrow Lynn McNeely, of Big Sandy, for aggravated burglary, and Joseph M. Skipworth, of McKenzie for delivery and sale of meth.

4th Annual Eiffel Tower Shoot-out to Feature Grove, HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots will be in action on Saturday as part of the 4th annual Eiffel Tower Shoot-out. Action will start at Saturday’s Eiffel Tower Shoot-out with Grove boys against Waverly at 2pm at Gamlin Gym. At 3:30pm, Waverly boys will face Obion County Boys. The Lady Patriots will then battle Waverly at 5pm and the nightcap will see the Patriots face off against Crockett County around 6:30pm. WZLK 94.1FM will broadcast the

Lady Patriots and Patriots games beginning with a 4:30pm pregame show.

There will be free admission for kids in grades K-8 when accompanied by a paying adult. Also at halftime of the Henry County games, the mascot for the Memphis Grizzlies, The Grizz, will be performing. This event was set up by former Henry County Patriot basketball player Tommy Fridy who current works with the Memphis Grizzilies along with the Henry County Sports Association.


Ashby Named Surgery Center Manager

Surgery Center Manager Neely Ashby. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center and Chief Nursing Officer Stephen O’Neal have announced that Neely Ashby is the Surgery Center Manager for the hospital.

“Neely has been performing as the Interim Manager for the past month, and I am excited for the opportunity to continue working with her,” O’Neal said.
This month, Neely celebrates her two-year anniversary working at the surgery center. She received her BSN from Murray State University and has lived in the Henry County community for the better part of 17 years.

She and her husband, Shane, have two sons; Gage and Regan.
“I am very excited about my new role and look forward to working with the community at our ambulatory surgery center,” said Ashby.

The HCMC Surgery Center is located at 1002 Cornerstone Drive in Paris. To reach the center, call 644-2150.

Bethel Wins First Place at Moot Court Challenge

Left to right are: Todd Rose, David Ivy, Sasha Arnold
and Nikki Barnhill of Paris, members of the first place Bethel team at TISL's
AMC3 competition. Other team members not pictured are Katie Pope and
Kelsie Wynn. (Bethel photo).

Nashville, Tenn. – Bethel University claimed first place among 28 other
schools at the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL)
Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3) Competition recently
held in Nashville. It was the first ever Bethel team to compete in the
competition, who bested Bryan College, Rhodes College and Vanderbilt
University in the final rounds.

Coached by Bethel University Assistant Professor of Criminal
Justice Todd Rose, the team consisted of Sasha Arnold, who served as
head lawyer, David Ivy and Nikki Barnhill of Paris, who argued opposing sides
of the case and Katie Pope and Kelsie Wynn, who aided the moot court
in writing their award winning brief and preparing the team for

According to Rose, the team was required to submit a written
brief and prepare arguments for both sides in a very complicated case.
“In preparation for the event, this team would often spend up to
20 hours a week practicing and preparing,” Rose said.
In all, 11 Bethel University students participated in the TISL
events at the State Capitol.

High School Sets Christmas Concert

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Christmas Band Concert is Dec 15 at noon at KPAC. Admission is free.

Henry Students Learn of Revolutionary Women

Henry, Tenn.-Darci Tucker, Legacy Program Director School of Global Studies from Bethel University, above, presented the play "Revolutionary Women" for 4th grade students at Henry School recently. She presented a one-woman play that explored the causes of the Revolution and women's contributions to the war effort and she portrayed different fictional characters. (Melissia Maupin photo).

A New Christmas Tradition in Paris: Downtown Christmas Festival

Festival to Prelude Holly Jolly Christmas Parade on Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A new tradition this year will commence Saturday in downtown Paris, as a prelude the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. The Downtown Paris Association will present the Christmas Festival from 3-5pm Saturday afternoon around the court square and it will feature live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, Christmas stories, tasty treats, and of course a visit from the jolly old elf, himself.

Santa and his elves will roll into the Christmas Festival and youngsters can have pictures made with Santa from Project Graduation Elves. Downtown stores will be open for shopping while the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will have games for children, Paris! Magazine will provide refreshments and help them make ornaments, and 4-H will help everyone make candy cane mice and angels

The downtown Christmas Festival will also have reindeer goats, a trackless train ride, balloon animals, and face painting from the Girl Scouts. Monroe Robbins will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java and free hot chocolate will be available for children at Jack’s Java. Other tasty treats around the court square include s’mores courtesy of the Paris Fire Department. The Christmas festival will end as the Holly Jolly Christmas parade gets set to begin at 5:30pm on Saturday.

Reminder: Inman's Reindeer Run Is Saturday Morning

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.


Television Ad Campaign Spotlights Paris

Paris, Tenn.-You may have seen the ads that have been running on WPSD-TV lately, spotlight the shopping opportunities available in downtown Paris. They show the beauty of the downtown area nd the unique shops that are in Paris.

Downtown Paris Association (DPA) President Kathy Ray said the advertising campaign was coordinated between the DPA and WPSD-TV in Paducah. "We were just excited that they wanted to put these together for us," Ray said. "The DPA brought everyone together, all the merchants and let them decide who wanted to be part of it."

The ads, Ray said, "turned out awesome. They're really good and can you imagine the exposure we're getting from them? WPSD is seen all over the region, in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, so all those people are seeing what we have to offer here."

The advertising campaign will run for 45 days, she said.


Warrants Served on McNeill Park Suspects


             Mason Acker                                             Robert Worrall

Paris, Tenn.-Warrants were served Monday afternoon on two men charged in the vandalism and thefts at a McNeill Park concession stand last summer.

Arrested were Robert Worrall, 19, 345 Harrison St., Paris, and Mason Acker, 20, McKenzie. The warrants were served on them by the Henry County Sheriff's Department at the Carroll County Jail.

The Paris Police Department had issued a press release late last month identifying the pair as suspects in the case. They are accused of stealing over $1,000 in items from the stand, including food and cash, and then spraying fire extinguishers throughout the facility.

Worrall was charged with two counts of vandalism and one count of theft. Acker was charged with one count of vandalism and one count of theft.

Bonds for both were set at $10,000 each.

Yard Stakes Available to Cottage Grove Residents

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At Tuesday's regular meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council, Mayor Mike Waddey presented yard stakes from the Henry County Sheriff's Department that can be used free of charge to citizens needing to mark the addresses of their property.

Councilman Matthew McClure offered to install signs for city residents that are unable to install them for themselves.

Late taxes for 2010 and 2011 and current taxes were discussed by council. Councilman John Weiher made a motion and Melinda Thatcher seconded it to give McClure permission to call for an appointment with the county property assessor's office to discuss questions on several properties.

Revenues of $5,060.46 and expenses of $31,399.49 were reported for November 2012.

Expenses reflect once-a-year payments to the Post Office building.

Mitchum Employees Hold Get-Together

Paris, Tenn.-A good time was had by all at last week's get-together of retired employees of the former Mitchum Cosmetics plant in Paris. The group has been meeting regularly in recent months at Tom's Restaurant. From left in foreground are: Jerry Owen, Phil Craig and Richard Shankle, obviously enjoying their conversation. (Brenda Owen photo).

Choral Department Free Concert Set Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Choral Department's Final Concert for the Fall  semester will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at First Baptist Church. It is a free concert and open to all.

The concert will involve the beginning Chorus, Honors group Concert Singers
and Madrigals.

Hazelwood Listening Session Well Attended

Site for 4-H camp expected to be presented to UT in mid April

Tim Smith goes over a presentation as he conducts the listening

session Tuesday. Several listening sessions will be had all over

West Tennessee in regards to the site for the re-establishment of a

regional 4-H camp. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn- Many local government officials, park officials, and citizens were on hand at the listening session concerning the re-establishment of a 4-H Camp in West Tennessee on Tuesday morning at the UT Extension Office. Hopes are Henry County’s Camp Hazelwood can be selected as the site for this camp.

Tim Smith, extension leader in Obion County was on hand and explained he has been hired to lead the process of finding the best place to acquire land for this proposed $37 million dollar project that includes a state of the art 4-H regional camp and a hotel and conference type facility that could be used for a multitude of events.

West Tennessee has been without a Regional 4-H Camp since the one in Milan closed in June of 2009. Smith said this has been the main reason that the number of children going to 4-H camps has decreased in the last few years because West Tennesseans would have to travel to Columbia for a camp.

Smith showed a video presentation detailing the process as the University of Tennessee has determined that building a regional 4-H camp in West Tennessee is a high priority.  

After explaining the process and the educational services the center will provide, Smith said some site characteristics include property encompassing between 200-400 acres, a large lake, feeling of seclusion and privacy, with a close access to healthcare services.

Henry County Makes a Pitch for Hazelwood

Towards the end of the session, City Manager Carl Holder briefly spoke on behalf of the county explaining that Hazelwood fits all the criteria including having 332 acres of land, 3700 feet of water frontage, established trails, rolling hills, a natural amphitheatre and more. Holder said Hazelwood already has facilities that can be used short-term while the construction is ongoing. Also he informed Smith that Henry County and the City of Paris is prepared to put in up to $150,000 towards improvements at the area. Others spoke up on behalf of the city and county including Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe, County Commissioners Dell Carter and Don Jones, and Mary Kate Ridgeway.

Smith said while Hazelwood is a beautiful place, many others just as beautiful are also being considered, but he wanted Henry County to know this was their 4-H camp, whether Hazelwood is chosen as the site or not. He said two things going against Hazelwood is that it has no attractive entrance or easy access road to the camp area and Henry County is on the northeastern corner of West Tennessee. Smith said that the good thing with Milan is that is was basically in the center of West Tennessee and that is important to the selection as well.

Hazelwood is one of a few areas in the region that have submitted interested in being the site for this proposed facility. Smith said the timeline of the process will be to conclude listening sessions in mid-January with all prospective sites, meet with specific community leaders of each site in mid-February, narrow down the list and then take a committee to each top area and grade on several points. Smith said he plans on presenting a site to UT in the spring of 2013.

Henry County Splits Games with Clarksville High

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Split games with Clarksville High Tuesday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots lost 29-25 to the Lady Wildcats. Hannah McFadden paced the Lady Patriots with 11 points. The Patriots defeated Clarksville High by a final of 65-40. Brandon Donaldson had 24 points to lead Henry County. The next games will be Friday night at Rossview and then again Saturday in the Eiffel Tower Shoot-out.

Henry Approves Construction Bid for More Sewer Work

Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting, the board accepted the construction bid for repairs and rehab on the city’s sewer system from Miller Contracting out of Huntingdon for $307,777. Bids were opened last week and Miller Contracting was the low bid of five that were sent in for the work. There were no bids from any Henry County contractors.

Henry Mayor Joe Qualls also gave the board an update on issues with the city’s ongoing sewer problems involving the fact that costs were not depreciated in 2010-11. The board discussed this in full detail last month were auditors revealed the bad news that the city would have to depreciate the sewer, even though at one point they were told it didn’t have to be done for 7 years.

Since the city now shows operations in the red they may have to appear in front of hearings of the state of Tennessee’s Water and Waste Water Financing Board in March. Qualls said a representative of the board and MTAS is meeting with them Wednesday to discuss plans of action.

The state of Tennessee will not let municipalities operate their water or waste water departments at a loss for a certain period of time and if it happens, they must show a plan of how to out of the red. If the city doesn’t take the necessary steps, the state will intervene and set rates themselves.

In other business on Tuesday the board opened two bids for garbage pickup services for next year. Freedom Waste Services out of Mayfield, Kentucky presented a bid of $11.75 for residential pickup services and Barker Brothers presented a bid for residential garbage pickup at $10.45. The board will approve one or the other at the January board meeting. The city is currently still under contract until the end of the year with Barker Brothers.

The board also approved giving city employees their annual Christmas Bonus at the meeting Tuesday night.

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Entries Being Accepted Til Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to enter a float into the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade has been extended until Friday. The theme this year is "Ill Be Home for Christmas" and everyone is encouraged to decorate anything from golf carts to floats to pets and more. Entry forms are available at Paris City Hall, downtown shops, FirstBank downtown and online at visitdowntownparis.com. The Holly Jolly Christmas Parade will be held Saturday evening staring at 5:30pm.

Camden Woman Arrested on theft, drug charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Camden woman was arrested on theft and drug charges after shop lifting from Dixieland Antiques. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that two white females had just left the store in a small tan pickup truck. Ptl. Ryan French spotted the vehicle on Tyson Avenue.

Theresa Taylor, age 25 of Camden was identified by police and an employee of the store said she was the one who stole from the store. Taylor also admitting to stealing and was charged with theft and after drug dogs alerted on the vehicle and paraphernalia was found, possession of drug paraphernalia. $279 was also seized as alleged drug proceeds.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that $500 worth of items including several knives were taken from a storage shed on Muzzal Street. The shed door was pried open and several items including the collection of knives were taken. Police have no suspects.

Yes, It Has Been Raining Lately

Paris, Tenn.-If you doubt whether it's been raining a lot the last few days, check out the flooding at McNeill Park on the west side of Paris. A pool has appeared near one of the park's baseball fields. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


McKenzie Fire Destroys Business

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Impressions Gift Shop at 23 Broadway in downtown McKenzie was destroyed by fire Monday night. A Fire Department spokesman said this morning the business is a total loss. "It's gutted on the inside, but the building is still standing," he said.

McKenzie Fire Department personnel were initially called to the scene on a report of smoke coming out of the building. Two pumpers, along with the city's new ladder truck, were used to battle the blaze. Fire personnel sprayed water on the top of the building from the ladder truck.

The spokesperson said water damage was caused to buildings on either side of the gift store.

Fire personnel stayed at the scene until around 11:30 p.m.

Sheriff's Office, Victim Offers Reward on Jewelry Theft

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office and victim are offering a reward of $3,000 for the return of jewelry or information that would lead to the return of the jewelry taken from a property near Buchanan.

Between December 7 and December 8 a person or persons took almost $7,000 in jewelry from a residence on Valley Oak Drive in the Buchanan area.
The jewelry ranges from wedding rings to diamond earrings and a pearl necklace, just to mention a few.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 731-642-0929 and all information can be private and you do not have to give your name to receive the reward.

Library To Show Free Christmas Movie

The W. G. Rhea Public Library will show the movie “Santa Paws 2” on Friday night, December 14 at 6:30pm in the main library. Popcorn will be served, but please bring your own drink and a blanket or pillow to sit on. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Haslam Announces State Will Not Run Healthcare Exchange

Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based healthcare exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. Haslam made the following statement on the issue:

“Tennessee faces a decision this week about health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m not a fan of the law. The more I know, the more harmful I think it will be for small businesses and costly for state governments and the federal government. It does nothing to address the cost of health care in our country. It only expands a broken system. That’s why I’ve opposed it from the beginning and had hoped we would be successful in court and at the ballot box this year.

“Now we’re faced with the fact that the law remains, and it requires every state to participate in an insurance exchange. Our decision is whether the state or federal government should run it, and the deadline for that decision is Friday.

“I’ve said that I think Tennessee could run a state exchange cheaper and better, and my natural inclination is to keep the federal government out of our business as much as possible. What our administration has been working to understand is whether we’d have the flexibility for it to be a true state-based exchange, how the data exchange would work, and if it would work.

“Since the presidential election, we’ve received 800-plus pages of draft rules from the federal government, some of which actually limit state decisions about running an exchange more than we expected.

“The Obama administration has set an aggressive timeline to implement exchanges, while there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the process will actually work. What has concerned me more and more is that they seem to be making this up as they go.

“In weighing all of the information we currently have, I informed the federal government today that Tennessee will not run a state-based exchange. If conditions warrant in the future and it makes sense at a later date for Tennessee to run the exchange, we would consider that as an option at the appropriate time".

It's Beginning to Look Like a Recyclable Christmas

Paris, Tenn.- Ornaments made from recyclable materials such as aluminum cans and plastic cups dorn the Christmas Tree in front of the Henry County Highway Deparment Offices on Cedar Street. The Highway Department, TDOT, and the Litter Program recently received 99 entries from 5th and 6th graders across the county making ornaments out of recyclable materials.(Tim Alsobrooks photos)


Road Board Hears Concerns at Monthly Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Commissioner Paul Neal was present at Monday night’s Highway Department meeting to discuss with the board about the possibility of lowering a culvert on his road, Eli Brown Road. Neal said that the road is in worse shape on the other side than his, but water was standing in and around the culvert. Neal told the road board he’d pay for the culvert to be lowered.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said it has been causing problems for awhile and they would put it on the work plan to try to ease the issue with water standing around the area.

Another citizen was on hand to ask the board about striping yellow lines and white lines on Jackson Drive. He said it was a safety issue and the board agreed. They decided to look at that in the near future as well.

In business Monday night, board chairman Bobby Milam reminded commissioners to continue to work on roads they want on the road plan and they would try to present it in January and finalize it by the February meeting.


Over the River Race Sees Largest Competition Ever

Overall Winner Shane Fossett (center) with Jennifer Hayden and Jeff Seaton (chamber photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Shane Fossett was the overall winner of the eight mile “Over the River” race held Saturday at Paris Landing State Park. The race has 160 participants, the largest crowd ever at the annual event. Other winners include Overall female Kirsten Sass and Overall Masters Male and Female Tom Deder and Sherri Nemeth.

Sponsors for the race include Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Paris Landing State Park, Bone and Joint Specialist, Lakeway IGA, Foundation Bank, McCartney Produce, and Charter.

Thefts Reported in County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that two boxes and two bags of jewelry were stolen from a home on Valley Oak Drive. Police continue to look for suspects but have none at this time. The value of the jewelry was just over $300.

Arrests over the weekend include Kartina D. Teague, age 46, of 6065 Reynoldsburg Road for DUI 1st offense, and violation of the implied consent, Jeffery Wayne Lewis, age 45 of 134 W. College Street for public intoxication, and possession of schedule three drug, and John D. Burns, age 35 of Camden, for possession of schedule three.


Free Flu Vaccines at Health Department While Supplies Last

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department along with all county health departments in the state are now offering flu vaccine to people of all ages at no cost to patients until the supplies of the vaccine are depleted. Seasonal influenza is now widespread in the Volunteer State and the department of health urges all Tennessee who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect themselves and those around them from the flu virus.

This year’s flu strain is a very bad one according to CDC reports and the many that have already had it. They expect it to be a bad year for the flu and it started back in November. The good news is they’ve managed to get the vaccine to match the strain so those who are getting the flu shots are avoiding the flu thus far.

The Henry County Health Department has a limited supply of the vaccine left, so anyone who wishes to get the free flu shot needs to call the Henry County Health Department at 642-4025. Once the vaccine runs out, it will be gone for the year.

House Fire Contained to Kitchen

Paris Firefighter Roger Clendenin, foreground, looks on as Firefighter Chris Fletcher watches smoke being extracted from the home. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department was called to a fire at 617 Ogburn St.
Saturday night. The fire was contained to the kitchen and was caused
when the cook stove caught the wall and cabinets on fire.

Smoke damage was reported in the home, which is owned by Nelda
Johnson. The home is insured. Personnel on three fire trucks were
called to the scene around 7:40 p.m. and stayed for an hour.

Rental Car Reported Stolen

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating the theft of a rented vehicle from Jean Street. The person who rented the car reported that she had left the
vehicle running in her driveway while she ran into her home to get her
purse. When she came back out, the car was gone. Police have no
suspects at this time.

City Cemetery Vandalism Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police also are investigating the vandalism of several
headstones in Paris City Cemetery. Several headstones have been
damaged by being pushed over or hit.The tops of a couple of headstones
have been struck with something and are lying on the ground.

Patriot Boys Win, Girls Lose

Paris, Tenn.-In Saturday night basketball action against Murray High School, the Henry County Patriots boys won their game, but the girls lost.

The boys' score was Henry County 74, Murray High 57, with Bo Donaldson the top scorer.

The girls' score was Henry County 23, Murray 63, with Savannah Rose the top scorer.

Henry Police Make Drug Arrest

Henry, Tenn.-Henry Police Chief David Andrews arrested Ricky Webb of 2941 Mansfield Rd., Mansfield, at a traffic stop on Hwy 79S Friday morning. Webb was charged with possession of Schedule IV drugs and possession of drug

Good Times at Supper for Santa

Paris, Tenn.-Emma Jane Murphey is getting her face painted, top, by Mary Kate Cepparulo at Friday night's Supper with Santa at Rhea School. A large crowd was on hand for the event. In bottom photo, Martez Washum shows his Mom, Itaska, the lollipop he won, while Emily Goetz looks on. More photos and a complete story about the event are elsewhere on this website. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Rain Holds Off For Successful Over the River Run

Runners make their way back over the Ned McWherter bridge into Paris Landing State Park. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Buchanan, Tenn.-The rain held off Saturday morning and the temperatures were unseasonably warm for the 5th annual Over the River Run at Paris
Landing State Park. Some 160 runners from all over the region,
including Kentucky and Alabama and including at least one canine, were
in the run.

The run’s course is particularly scenic, taking runners through the
park and over the Ned McWherter bridge and back. Sponsored by the
Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, it is part of the Tennessee
state Parks’ running tour, which has been ongoing for 35 years.

Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley said even though the local race is
only in its fifth year, it is poised to be the biggest in the tour.
“We’ve had a 20 percent gain in participation every year,” she said.

Lakewood Principal Mike Bell is local run director and 25 local
volunteers, plus the sheriff’s department and Paris Landing Fire
Department and ambulance service, helped with the race.

And they're off: the beginning of the race outside Paris Landing Inn. (McFarlin photo).

Supper With Santa Draws Large Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-When Santa Claus arrived at Friday night’s Supper with
Santa at Rhea Elementary School in Paris, he was mobbed like he was a
rock star. Santa arrived on a Paris Fire Department fire engine and
was greeted on arrival by Principal Scott Owens who showed him the
list of who’s been naughty this year had no names on it. A huge crowd was on hand for the event, which included games, inflatables, a silent auction, arts and crafts and several activities including a decorate-your-own Christmas cookie station.

Christine and Emma Kay Martin of Paris enjoy the cookies they decorated. (McFarlin photo).

Girls Win, Boys Lose to Springfield

Paris, Tenn.-At Friday night's Henry County Patriots' basketball games, the girls team came out ahead while the boys faltered in games against Springfield.

The final score of the girls game was Henry Co. 47, Springfield 38. Top scorer was Shelby Beloate, with 14 points.

Final score of the boys game was Henry County 55, Springfield 57. Top scorer for the Patriots was Bo Donaldson, with 22 points.


Driver Located in Field

Paris, Tenn.-Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Stan Pinson located a driver who was lost in a
field after she had been in an accident Thursday night on Henry-Mansfield Rd. Mary McDonald, age 57 of Huntingdon, was driving from
McKenzie to Huntingdon around 10 p.m. and came on Hwy. 79
through thick fog and wet roads and did not see the caution sign, ran into a ditch and into a cotton field.

When Pinson arrived at the scene, several people were looking for her
and Pinson heard her shouting and located her in the field. He escorted her through the field and  to the roadway. She declined to have an ambulance take her to the hospital and a friend took her home.

Belew's Puppy "Si" Will Soon Start Training as K-9

Sheriff Monte Belew with Si. (Debbie Mathis Barker photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department has a new mascot that is livening up the halls of the department. Sheriff Monte Belew's new lab puppy, Si is nine weeks old and makes a very frisky addition to the department.

Belew said he named him after "Uncle Si" on the "Duck Dynasty" show because that's one of his favorite characters. Si comes to the department with Belew most days and has his own bed and many toys in Belew's office.

Belew said Si will begin training in three to four months to become a drug dog. He said he purchased Si in Franklin, Ky. and that he has a good pedigree. "His parents were good drug and hunting dogs and I'm hoping he follows in their footsteps," he said.

Once he's trained, Si will take on much the same role as Belew's dog, Buddy, who is now retired from his K-9 duties. Belew used to take Buddy with him when he spoke to schools and other events and he said he hopes to do that with Si, too. "Si loves kids and people and they like him, too," Belew said.

Two Paris Women Arrested on Drug Charges


                 Ashley Walls                                    Phyllistyne Hilliard

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris women were arrested on felony drug charges at 1106 Travis St., Paris, by officers from the Metro Crime Unit on Thursday. A
search warrant was executed by the officers, who located a felony
amount of marijuana that was packaged for re-sale. Officers also
located digital scales and baggies used in the packaging of illegal

Arrested were: Ashley Wade, 27, of 39 Jeffrey Lane, and Phyllistyne
Hilliard, 35, of 1106 Travis. Wade was charged with possession of
Schedule VI drugs with intent to sell, possession of drug
paraphernalia and simple possession of Schedule III drugs. Hilliard
was charged with possession of Schedule VI with intent to sell and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the press release issued by the sheriff’s department,
Wade had the additional charges because Lortabs were located in her
possession for which she did not have a prescription.

Bonds for the women were set at $5,000 each. Officers involved in the
arrest were Sheriff’s Deputies Lt. Scott Wyrick, Sgt. Jamie Myrick, and
Sgt Rodney Littleton, and Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson. K-9 Merlin, who belongs to Paris Cpl. Michael Ramos, also was used.

Juvenile Arrested Following Fight

Paris, Tenn.-A 14-year-old Henry County High School student appears in juvenile court Friday following charges filed against him after a fight in the
high school parking lot earlier this week.

According to a press released issued by the sheriff’s department, the
male got into a heated argument with other students and pulled out a
knife and threatened the others. Another student, who was not involved
in the argument, was able to come up from behind him and take the
knife away. The aggressor did suffer minor injuries as a result of the
scuffle over the knife and the ambulance service was called to the
scene. He was transported to the hospital, where he was treated and
released to his parents.

School Resource Officer Sgt. Buford Taylor charged the juvenile with
aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on school property and
he was transported to the detention center in Dyersburg.

Cottage Grove Baptist Plans Live Nativity

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Baptist Church will hold a live nativity two nights next week. The nativity will be held at the church parking lot from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday nights and is free to the public.

Nightclub Murder Cases Passed to January 11

Paris, Tenn.-At hearings in Henry County Circuit Court
Thursday, Judge Parish granted extensions to file filed by the four
defendants in the nightclub murder in Paris last summer. More motions
in the cases of all four suspects--Jiles Yarbrough, 21, of
Huntingdon; Cody Harmon, 23 of Lexington, Tenn.; Tevin Lumpkin, 20 of
Milan; and Charles Liphford, 32, Union City--were passed on to January

All four suspects were in court. Both Yarbrough and Harmon are charged
with first Degree Murder and aggravated assault; Lumpkin is charged
with First Degree Murder; and Liphford is charged with possession of a
handfun while under the influence.

Yarbrough, Harmon and Lumpkin are being held at the Henry County Jail
on bonds of $500,000 each and appeared in court in handcuffs and leg
shackles. Liphford was released earlier on $10,000 bond.

Lumpkin is represented by Paris Attorney Andy Clark and had filed a
motion and brief to extend the motion-filing deadline and a motion for
prior authorization of expenses. Judge Parish granted the time
extension but told Clark to bolster re-file his motion on expenses
with more documentation.

District Attorney Beth Hall said discovery had been presented but said
the defendant's attorney had not had time to look over the materials.

Yarbrough had filed a motions for discovery and inspection, requesting
the right to file additional motions and to enlarge the scheduling
order. Judge Parish granted his motions. He is represented by Ben

Through his attorney Steve West, Harmon also filed motions for
discovery and inspection, which was granted by Parish.

Liphford's attorney, Neil Thompson of Paris, had earlier filed a
motion to suppress, which was passed on to January 11. His motions for
discovery and time extensions also were granted.

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