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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 4.8%

Nashville- Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Thursday the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for November was 4.8 percent, remaining the same as the revised October rate of 4.8 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for November was 4.6 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 5.6% to 4.8% while the national rate also declined from 5.0% to 4.6%. Total seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment decreased 2,800 jobs from October to November. The largest decreases occurred in leisure/hospitality, other services, & manufacturing. Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 55,600 jobs. The largest increases occurred in education/health services, professional/business services, & trade/transportation/utilities. County unemployment numbers for November will be released next week.

Henry County Hosts Milan Friday Night for Basketball

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Milan in non-district basketball at Gamlin Gym Friday night. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by men’s action. If you can’t make it to the game remember you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM beginning at 5:30pm. The game will also be streamed via our website at wmufradio.com and you can listen on your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates will apply.

Eiffel Tower Lighting Ceremony Will be Tuesday Dec. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Eiffel Tower Lighting Ceremony is set for Tuesday December 20th at 5:30pm to showcase the new lighting project of Paris’ signature landmark.

The lighting project has been an ongoing project of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce for the past several months. The lights are being paid for through a collaborative effort from the City of Paris, Board of Public Utilities, Henry County Tourism Authority, Chamber of Commerce, and multiple individual and corporate donors.

The lights are LED and can produce an unlimited number of colors and color options that can be changed to celebrate any holidays, special occasions, or specific needs. The lights will be controlled remotely and will even change or move to music if desired.

The official lighting ceremony will be 5:30pm Tuesday with a short presentation of donors, demonstration of many light colors that can be created, and a short performance from the Henry County Madrigals.

Beer Board Approves Permit for Walmart

Paris,Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Thursday night and approved a request for a new permit for Walmart for a Class A off premise permit. The permit was requested because of a change in management and Mark Edwards will be the Designee now.

Beer board members also listen to a brief presentation from Debbie Inman, Manager of Twice Daily, who informed the board in October that Twice Daily was making improvements to the system they used to monitor the sale of alcohol to minors. Twice Daily was fined back in October for sales to minors.

LBL Audubon Christmas Bird Count Set for Sat.

LBL, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes will host an Audubon Christmas Bird Count Event Saturday from 6am to 1:30pm. Birders nationwide participate in the annual Audubon Society bird count. Birders of all experience levels are asked to help. Registration is required and birders should meet at the Nature Station to begin the day. For more information or to sign up call 270-924-2299. Be sure and bring binoculars, field guides, and lunch and dress for the weather.

9th Annual Shiver on the River Set for New Year's Day

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 9th Annual Shiver on the River Chillin for the Children event is set for New Year’s Day at 1:30pm at Paris Landing State Park Marina’s boat ramp. A $25 donation includes a plunge, or wading into the Lake, a souvenir shirt, and lunch at Paris Landing State Park. This is a fundraiser for the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center.

Trophies are awarded for the individual and group that raises the most sponsorship money, and for the most outrageous costume.

Non-participant t-shirts will be available for a $25 donation. For more information about Shiver on the River call 731-333-1320 or visit www.shiverontheriver.com.

Arrests Made For Theft, Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.- . Stacey Bostwick charged Retha Jean Smith, 53, of Vandyke Road, with theft of property. Her bond was placed at $2500. Keith Earl Young, age 58, of 505 Diaper Street was placed on $10K bond and charged with contraband in a penal institution.

Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Robert Marcus Ford, age 26, of Mansfield, with resisting arrest, escape, simple possession of schedule two and was placed on $3500 bond. Ford was picked up on a failure to appear warrant.

Only A Few Days Left for Santa, Festival of Trees Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- There are just a few more days to enjoy Festival of Trees and Santa in the Gingerbread House in downtown Paris as this will be the last weekend for both.

The Festival of Trees is open Thursday and Friday from 11am to 5pm at 110 West Washington Street. Festival of Trees will also be open Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 1-4pm. A $1 donation is asked for to see the beautiful array of Festival of Trees. On Sunday, the People’s Choice award will be announced as Festival of Trees comes to a close.

Santa will be in his Gingerbread house for the last time this weekend before heading to the North Pole. Stop by and snap a picture with Santa from 10am to 2pm Saturday or 2-4pm on Sunday.

PLSP To Offer Breakfast With Santa Sat. Dec. 17th

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will host a breakfast with Santa this Saturday December 17th. Other events include a hayride, Christmas movie, and arts and crafts.

There are different packages available for $15 and $25 that include different events with Santa at Paris Landing State Park on Saturday, beginning with breakfast with Santa. For more information call 641-4311.

TN State Parks to Offer Free Hikes New Year's Eve, Day

Paris, Tenn.- Tennessee State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes at 55 parks beginning New Year’s Eve and going throughout New Year’s Day including two hikes at Paris Landing State Park. The newly constructed trail is an easy to moderate 3.2 mile hike and Paris Landing State Park is offering two times for the hike, 7am and 9am. You should wear appropriate clothes and closed toed shoes for the hike.

“Our First Day Hikes are our most popular guided event statewide,” said Dep. Commissioner for Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “It’s a great way to start your New Year’s Resolutions off right and see the wonder of our state during that time.”

For more information, including detailed regional listings, visit tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/first-day-hike.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar on Lung Cancer is Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will present a Lunch to Learn Seminar on Friday December 16th at Noon in classrooms 2 & 3. Lunch will be provided and available beginning at 11:30am. The event is free but everyone is asked to bring a gently used or new book to donate to the Children’s Library on 2 East.

Dr. Matthew Ninan, MD, of Nashville Lung Surgery, will be present to discuss the importance of lung cancer in its early stages. Lung Cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other form of cancer.

Seating is limited so you must pre-register at 731-644-3463 or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Reminder: Polar Express at Library Friday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library is hosting the Polar Express event on Friday, December 16th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the library located at 400 West Washington Street. The event is free and open to the public.

No reservations needed, but some activities are available while supplies last. Stop by the Rhea Library’s Polar Express event for train rides around town, crafts, a showing of the Polar Express, cookie decorating, reindeer games, see Santa and warm up with some hot cocoa and snacks. For more information about the event you can call the Rhea Library at 731-642-1702.

JSCC Holds Open House at Paris Site

Paris, Tenn.- Several people were on hand Wednesday afternoon at the Central Community Service Center for the Jackson State Community College Open house which continues until 7pm Wednesday. There were stations set up fo information on the upcoming courses that will be offered at JSCC when classes begin in January. The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting as well.

Cottage Grove Welcomes New Mayor, Council Members

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- At Tuesday night's Cottage Grove Legislative Council meeting on Tuesday new officials were sworn in. David Jackson became the new mayor and council members were Matthew McClure, John Weiher, III, and mother daughter combo Machelle Operia and Beth Adams.

McClure was nominated as Vice Mayor and financials were reported and the council learned that the retail property pavement was repaired and Wieher was reimbursed for supply cost.

Man Arrested At Local Restaurant for Agg. Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department charged Minyard D. Ingram the 4th, age 24, of 208 Joe Street, Apt. 10, with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon after an incident at Fresh Market this week.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated that an employee was outside cleaning floor mats and observed three vehicles pull into the employee parking lot area. He went over to ask what they were doing and a man, later found to be Ingram, told the employee to get back inside and reached into his car. The employee told Sgt. Long he saw a gun in Ingram’s hand.

When police found Ingram, he was sitting at the bar in the restaurant but had no gun on his person. Lt. Josh Frey had looked in the car that Ingram reached into and didn’t locate a gun, but found several .38 caliber bullets. Ptl. Derrek Colley did find a loaded .38 revolver in one of the other vehicles. Ingram was arrested.

Warrants Issued As Cowan Flees from Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven McClure has issued warrants for evading on Terrell D. Cowan, age 41, of 634 Bolin Street, after Cowan fled the scene from Ptl. McClure’s patrol car. The report at the Paris Police Department said Ptl. McClure noticed Cowan walking down Depot Street wearing a camouflage jacket and blue jeans and knew Cowan had active warrants on him. Ptl. McClure pulled his patrol car and called Cowan’s name, then Cowan fled thru the woods at North Porter and Wynn Street. Paris Police units came and searched the area but couldn’t find Cowan.

Other arrests from overnight include Christopher R. Allen, age 43, of Atlantic Avenue in Henry for unlawful possession of weapon, DUI 2nd offence, and driving on a revoked license 7th offence. Retha J. Smith, age 56, of 14 VanDyke Road in Henry, was charged with unlawful possession of weapon and possession of schedule 4.

Inman Chorus Concert Entertains Huge Crowd Tues. Night

Members of the 8th Grade Chorus Sing Tues. Night (Kim Patterson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus group performed their annual Christmas concert at KPAC on Tuesday night in front a large audience. The group is led by Chorus teacher Jessica McLeese, assisted by Josh Randle.

“This is by far the biggest group I have had in my 5 years at Inman,” said McLeese, in reference to the 297 members.

Paige Craig, 7th grader, sings a solo.

The Inman 6th grad started out the performance featuring 6 different Christmas songs including Holly Jolly Christmas and others. Accompanist for the concert was Amy Martin and featured singers were Emma Caldwell, Hudson Cepparulo, Phoebe Culpepper, Hayden Nixon, LIlie Hughes, Estrella Ibarra, Zamariyon Kendall, Emma Jane Murphey, Cam’ron Patton, Tremel Perry, Caris Roberson, Jasmyn Russell, Braden Tosh, Paul Tusa, Adi Vaughn, and Serena Webb.

The Inman 7th and 8th graders peformed next with a variety of songs including Santa Clause is coming to Town and Mary Did You Know. Soloists in the 7th and 8th grade group included Paige Craig, Ella Crichton, Averi Simmons, Hunter Miller, Sam Patterson, Mekhi Gray, Madelynn Smith, and Shelby Summers. The concert concluded with the chorus group leading the audience in singing of Christmas carols.

Jessica McLeese leads 6th grade chorus. (Kim Patterson photos)

Dyer County Sweeps Henry County Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County got swept by Dyer County in non district basketball action at Gamlin Gym Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots lost 63-51 and the Patriots lost 66-43 to Dyer County. Henry County is back in non district action Friday night at home against Milan.

Jackson State Comm. College Paris Open House Wed. 3-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Jackson State Community College is registering students for Spring term classes at the new Paris site and will hold an open house at the Central Community Service Center at 55 Jones Bend Road on Wednesday from 3-7pm. Faculty and representatives from admissions and financial aid will be on hand to discuss how you can take advantage of the courses and programs available in Paris.

At the open house, learn how to take advantage of Tennessee Promise and Reconnect Scholarships, high school dual-enrollment classes that allow you to earn college credit and get a head start on your college degree.

There will also be information on career ready degrees that can move you into a new career or advance in your current work.

For more information on the program visit www.jscc.edu or call 1-800-355-JSCC.

KPACYA Winter Workshop Auditions Fri., Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center young artists group will host a Winter Workshop auditions for ages 8-12 on Friday December 16th from 3-4:30pm or Saturday December 17th from 11:30am to 1pm. Ages 13-18 auditions will be Friday December 16th from 4:30 to 6pm or Saturday December 17th from 1-3pm.

The age 8-12 group will be performing “The Drum”, a mini-musical based on a Tale of Generosity, a wonderful folk tale from India. All students who register and audition will be included. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning January 3rd from 5:30-7pm. Performances are set for February 17th at 7pm and February 18th at 3pm. The cost to participate is $30.

For the 13-18 year old group, the performance will be “Sketches”, written and directed by Brooke McCord. There is only 10 roles in this play and it will be by auditions only, but there will also be numerous opportunities backstage for anyone not cast on stage. It is $30 to participate and Rehearsals begin Tuesdays and Thursdays on January 3rd from 6:30-8pm and Performances are February 17th at 7pm and February 18th at 3pm.

For more information on Winter Workshops visit www.kridercenter.com/kpacyoungartists.html.

North Poplar Neighborhood To Light Candles for Churches

Paris, Tenn.- The North Poplar neighborhood will honor Paris’s downtown Church services with luminaries Wednesday night. Everyone is invited to come see the street filled with hundreds of candles celebrating the Christmas season beginning at 5pm Wednesday.

Two Men Arrested on Warrants at Cooper St. Home

Paris Police have arrested two men on warrants charges, including one that had made a threat to officers. The report at the Paris Police Department said that Ptl. Jeff Smith, Lt. Tony Hutcherson, and Cpt. John Brewer went to 708 Cooper Street in an attempt to located Kambron Allen, who had active warrants for domestic assault. Allen had allegedly made threats towards law enforcement and anyone attempting to arrest him. He was thought to have weapons.

The woman at the residence let officers in and Allen was found in a side bedroom. He was charged with domestic assault. Also found at the home was Edward L.Ray, age 57, who had active warrants for violation of probation.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Hwy. 140 S. in Henry had two guns reported stolen. The value of the guns is over $250 and there are no suspects at this time.

Paris Police To Be Out in Full Force During Christmas, New Years

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to enhance drunk driving enforcement from December 15th to January 1st, surrounding the Holiday Season. The statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of a national mobilization to prevent drunk driving. Paris Police and other law enforcement will be out in full force over the holidays.

“We can’t stand to see this tragic loss of life again and again,” said Chief Chuck Elizondo. “The hardest part of the job is making that house call and telling a family that their loved one is gone because someone chose to drink and drive. That’s why, leading up to the holidays, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. Please find a safe and sober ride home.”

Increased state and local messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, aim to drastically reduce alcohol-impaired driving.

“This time last year, there were 223 lives lost to impaired-driving crashes across Tennessee,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Our partnership with local law enforcement is vital to combat drunk driving this holiday season.”

A single DUI conviction can cost an individual $5,000 or more, in addition to jail time. An offender could also be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment or to install an ignition interlock device inside his/her vehicle. Any penalty imposed by law pales in comparison to the injury or death of a loved one.

The THSO provides grant funding to support the Paris Police Departments efforts during the Booze It and Lose It holiday enforcement campaign. For more information about the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org or contact Arriale Tabson at Arriale.Tabson@TN.gov.

Tennessee Sites Added to National Register of Historic Places

Nashville- The Tennessee Historical Commission announced today the addition of four Tennessee sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

“The National Register is an honorary recognition for time-honored places that enrich our communities and make them unique,” said Patrick McIntyre, State Historic Preservation Officer and executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. “We hope this recognition helps generate and reinforce an appreciation for these special properties, so they can be retained for present and future generations of Tennesseans.”

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.  It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources.  The Tennessee Historical Commission, as the State Historic Preservation Office, administers the program in Tennessee.

Sites recently added to the National Register of Historic Places are:

House of David Recording Studio Complex

The House of David Recording Studio Complex is comprised of two former residences located on 16th Avenue South in Nashville. The complex is important as an example of an independent recording studio and offices that were once prominent on the city’s Music Row. Constructed in 1909 and 1913, the buildings were renovated into recording studios and offices by David Briggs in 1974. Briggs was a well-known session player, recording in Muscle Shoals and other venues, who decided to settle in Nashville. Opening his own offices, independent of the larger recording companies, provided him with more artistic control. While Music Row is notable for its role in country music, the House of David is an example of the variety of music that came out of Nashville. Artists from B.B. King to Carl Perkins recorded here.  Briggs’ operation was also a popular venue to record commercial jingles, further showing the diversity of sound that was recorded in the city. The listing of the House of David in the National Register is part of a larger project that examined Music Row buildings and history.

Giffin Grammar School

Located in the South Haven neighborhood of Knoxville, the Giffin Grammar School is a good example of a 1928 Colonial Revival school building that was expanded in 1950 with a large International Style-influenced design. The one-story with basement brick school was built in 1928. Designed by the Knoxville architectural firm of Barber and McMurray, the school had only five classrooms. The multi-pane double-hung wood windows and the oversize molded wood broken pediment, sometimes called swan’s neck, are prominent Colonial Revival details on the front of the building. Small additions were built onto the school as more space was needed, but it was not until the post-WWII years when the large modern addition was built. Designed by Knoxville architect Bruce McCarty and built in 1950, the two-story brick addition has the flat roof and large expanse of ribbon of windows that characterize the International style. When McCarty designed the addition he was with the firm of Rutherford and Painter and would later go on to found one of Knoxville’s more prominent architectural firms.

Marion Post No. 62

Marion Post No. 62 is South Pittsburg’s American Legion Clubhouse. Completed in 1926, the building has been used by the community for social activities in addition to its use by the Legion. The local library had rooms in the building and it was used for school classes. The 4-H Club, PTA, boy scouts, and WPA are a few of the organizations that held activities in the building. Designed by Chattanooga architect W.H. Sears, the form of the building is Egyptian Revival, of which there are few examples in the state. The Egyptian Revival influence is seen in smooth surface, monolithic façade, and prominent columns. The discovery of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb in the early 1920s sparked a short-lived interest in all things Egyptian, including building styles. Other architectural features of the building include Neoclassical and Craftsman elements. The paneled entry with its patterned transom and coffered ceiling and stonework reflect these other designs. 

Shults Grove Methodist Church

Shults Grove Methodist Church is located southwest of the community of Cosby, Sevier County, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The 1914 Gothic Revival church sits on a small hill and is surrounded by trees. Covered in weatherboard, the tall one-story church building is capped by a narrow bell tower on the gable front roof. A Gothic arch entry over the paneled door and Gothic arch windows with y-tracery grace the exterior of the building. The interior of the building is highlighted by its simple design and abundance of wood on the walls and ceiling. The church is a good example of a rural church design that was influenced by the popular Gothic Revival style.

Mark Johnson Hired as New Chamber Director

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met in special session and voted to hire Mark Johnson as the Chamber’s new executive director.

In a unanimous vote, the board elected Johnson after a search committee vetted 18 applicants and recommended him to the board.

Johnson, a fifth generation and life-long resident of Henry County, has many years of experience with the Chamber, having served on the board of directors from 1990-93 and serving as board president in 1994.

“Mark is keenly aware of the programs and services offered by the Chamber and we believe he has the experience to lead our Chamber in to the future,” said Chamber president Gary McEntire.

Johnson will be closing his real estate office by the end of the year, and he will begin his tenure as the executive director of the Chamber on Jan. 2, 2017.  He has been involved in the business community since 1984, when he joined Paris Realty Company as an affiliate broker.

“We are fortunate to find someone local with Mark’s experience and knowledge to provide the leadership to carry the Chamber forward,” Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell said.

Johnson has volunteered and served on various Chamber committees for many years and received the Chamber’s “Person of the Year Award” in 2015.

“Mark certainly exemplifies the fine qualities and business acumen to lead the Chamber and represent our community and I look forward to working closely with Mark to better our community,” Henry County Mayor Brent Greer added.

“It’s an honor for me to accept the executive director position for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce,” said Johnson, adding, “The success of our local businesses in Paris and Henry County is vital to the continued growth and prosperity of our community.”  “The opportunity for me to serve the Chamber of Commerce membership is a great responsibility and I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to take on that role.”

Johnson is married to Rosemarie “Rosie” Johnson and is father to four girls and grandfather to a grandson. His father, Jimmie Johnson, retired from many years in the real estate business in 2012.

Johnson succeeds Jennifer Wheatley, who resigned her position earlier this year after serving 16 years as the Chamber’s executive director.

Lakewood Speech Team Does Well At Laker Invitational

Murray, Ky.- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the Laker Middle School Invitational at Calloway Middle School in KY over the weekend and placed 1st overall as a team with the following students placing in their individual events;

James Weatherly - 1st place in Humorous Interpretation and 4th place in Duo Improv.

Kevin Tyler - 1st place in Declamation and 3rd in Oratory ; Ella Seaton - 1st place in Prose, 1st place in Poetry and 3rd in Impromptu; Zoe Pouliot - 2nd place in Prose and 2nd place in Poetry.

Faith Hutson - 2nd place in Storytelling, 6th place in Declamation and 4th place in Duo Improv;Nadia McFadden - 2nd place in Declamation, 6th place in Impromptu and 5th place in Duo Improv; Lynn Chau - 5th place in Poetry and 5th place in Duo Improv; Taylor Boase - 4th in Storytelling, 4th place in Impromptu and 6th place in Duo Improv.; Jack Kibbler - 5th in Prose and 6th place in Duo Improv;

Conner Clark - 6th place in Prose; Caden Elkins - 5th place in Storytelling

Haven Dunlap - 3rd place in Poetry; McKenna White - 5th place in Impromptu

Skyler Wilson - 4th place in Prose. The team will host their annual Eaglespeak Invitational on January 7th at Lakewood School. They are coached by David Weatherly.

Board Has Quick December Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department Commission met in quick session for December on Monday night. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt told the board the department is getting ready to shut down for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays but they have a busy spring ahead with many projects planned.

Chilcutt said the department will replace 12 culverts on Old Paris Murray Road before paving starts in the spring once they come back to work in January. He said the department will also install two small bridges and one culvert before repaving Osage Crossland Road and install one more culvert on Fairgrounds Road before repaving it as well.

Chilcutt reported that the department had purchased a new flatbed truck for the culvert crew and it came recently. He said weather this fall has been great so the department has managed to get a lot of work done on County Roads.

The board approved a budget transfer Monday night moving money around to take care of Worker’s Comp Insurance claims. The money was taken from the gasoline line item and doesn’t involve new money. The board also set the next 6 months’ worth of meetings for the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:30pm.

Murray State At Top Spot in Cabela's School of the Year Race

San Antonio- The Association of Collegiate Anglers has released the first rankings of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass

School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia race, and it comes as no surprise to college fishing fans to see some of the top fishing schools in the nation holding the top three spots. With over four months and 12 events now completed, the Murray State University bass team has taken an early lead in the season long quest to be crowned the best fishing team in the nation.  

The Murray State University Bass team has long been a contender since the beginning of the Cabela's School of the Year program, and by all accounts has always had their eye on winning the Cabela's School of the Year title.

Ryan Lancaster, President of the Murray State bass team, said, "Leading the Cabela's School of the Year points race this early in the year is surreal. Typically, we find ourselves somewhere between 15th and 25th in the race going into Christmas break. However, this fall we have been extremely fortunate and managed to put together some really high finishes. The Murray State Bass Anglers, as a whole, have fished extremely well this fall. We have been fortunate enough to win the last four sanctioned school-run tournaments that we have entered, including two on the same weekend. Now we move into Christmas break with momentum and high hopes to continue our winning streak into the spring season." 

When it comes to their successful season thus far, Lancaster attributes that to the growth of the team saying, “With our recent success in the past few Cabela’s School of the Year races, we have attracted high caliber anglers to our team. Last year, our team had approximately 47 members, however this year we are currently up to approximately 60 members. Our increase in membership has also brought a higher interest in traveling to fish collegiate tournaments. This enables us to send multiple boats to many different tournaments throughout the season, even if there are multiple tournaments scheduled on the same day. Also, being located next to Kentucky Lake has helped us become very versatile anglers, as you can be successful fishing multiple patterns on Kentucky Lake. We wouldn’t be near as competitive fishing collegiately if it weren’t for this lake that we still believe to be one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country.”

Murray State University Bass team knows that they still have a lot of work to put in the Spring, but they are focused and have only one goal in mind. “Our team goal year in and year out is to win Cabela’s School of the Year title. Although we have never been fortunate enough to win, our team has been close the past four years with two 4th place finishes, a 2nd place finish, and a 3rd place finish. It would mean the world to us to be able to finally win SOY. Our plan is to fish as many tournaments as we can in the spring season and continue our fall success into the spring. We are all extremely excited to see what the spring holds for our team and where we end up after the race ends June 30,” Lancaster said.

Sitting in second are the winners of this past year’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, the University of Auburn, and in third is two-time Cabela’s School of year winners, University of North Alabama. Both of these teams know how to win and have placed emphasis on winning the title.  

Paducah Man in Custody After Firing Shots at HC Home

Paris, Tenn.- A Paducah man is in jail in McCracken County, Kentucky after allegedly firing multiple gunshots at a home located at 201 State St. in Henry County according to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Austin L. Hayes, of Paducah, is being charged with four counts of Felony Reckless Endangerment after investigating by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office after receiving a call Friday night at 9pm of shots being fired at 201 State Street. Deputies arrived and found multiple gunshot holes in the front of the residence. The charges come from four people being inside the home when the shots were fired.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and Paducah Police Department and Hayes was apprehended Saturday evening in Paducah. Hayes is currently being held at the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and investigation is continuing.

Thefts, Drug Possession Charges Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a break in at Spirit Lane. Someone had broken thru the front door, punched several holes in the wall, and pulled the TV off the wall. There is a possible suspect.

Cpl. Jenkins also made an arrest of John Bates, age 34, of 318 Thompson Street as he was the passenger in a vehicle Cpl. Jenkins stopped because the driver had active violation of probation warrants. Bates also had warrants for failure to appear and once at the jail, Bates was found to have methamphetamine ice on his person. Bates was also charged with contraband in a penal institution.

Other arrests include Adam Franklin Kennedy, age 38, of 300 Morris Road, with aggravated burglary after attempting to enter an ex girlfriend’s house after being told not to be on the property.

Puryear Baptist Church Live Nativity This Week

Puryear, Tenn.- Puryear Baptist Church will hold its annual live Nativity Monday thru Friday evening this week from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The church is located on Hwy. 641 N. in Puryear and everyone is invited to drive by or park and come visit with church members as they portray the birth of Christ.

MCU and HCSO Arrest Buchanan Woman for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Jamie Myrick and the Metro Crime Unit arrested Terry Amanda Priddy, age 33 of 300 Eagle Creek Drive on Buchanan, on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule II substance with intent. Priddy was placed on $25,000 bond.

Lights, Camera Christmas at KPAC is Monday at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Elementary School Fifth Grade Christmas Program will be presenting the musical, "Lights!  Camera!  Christmas!" on Monday, December 12th at 6pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center, which is located at 650 Volunteer Drive. The musical is free and open to the public.

Arnold Charged With Theft of a Vehicle

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos charged Rodriguez A. Arnold, age 25 of 414 Harrison Street of Paris, on Friday with theft of property.

Lt. Ramos responded to a call on North Poplar Street on Friday in reference to a stolen vehicle. When Lt. Ramos arrived, he spoke to the victim who said that her boyfriend left the vehicle parked in the driveway and when she exited her house she observed her vehicle driving away.

The victim stated that she did not know Arnold and he did not have permission to take or drive the vehicle.  Lt. Ramos had arrested Arnold for driving on a revoked license earlier that day and he advised the victim that the vehicle had been placed on hold.

Arnold was still incarcerated at the HCSO at the time Lt. Ramos served a warrant for Arnold for theft over $1,000.

Barnett Road Closed Monday Until Further Notice

Henry, Tenn.- Barnett Road will be closed Monday, December 12th until further notice for bridge repair. Closure will be on the south end of Barnett Road off Henry Midway Road at the bridge. An alternate route will be to take the north end of Barnett Road.

Dolberry Arrested for First Degree Attempted Murder

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Gerald E. Dolberry, age 29 of 615 Mandalay Road of Paris, on Saturday for attempted first degree murder.

Lt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department issued warrants for Gerald E. Dolberrry earlier this week after Dolberry appeared to have fired a shot that barely missed a man’s leg in a confrontation Monday night on Washington Street.

Dolberry turned himself into the Henry County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday where he was placed on $200,000 bond.

IMS Middle School Christmas Concerts set for Dec. 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus Christmas Concerts will be on Tuesday, December 13th. The IMS Sixth Grade Chorus will perform their Christmas Concert at 6pm and the Seventh and Eighth Grades Combined Chorus will perform at 7pm. The concerts will be at Krider Performing Arts Center, on 650 Volunteer Drive. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Puryear Man Arrested for Rape

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department arrested Ryan Leslie Satterfield, age 20 of 2230 Hwy 140 West of Puryear, on Saturday for rape. Satterfield was placed on $150,000 bond.

Pats Beat Westview and Lady Pats Lose to Westview

Martin, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Westview Lady Chargers in Martin on Saturday night 49-35. The Lady Patriots are 7-2 on the season and 2-0 in district play. 

The Henry County Patriots defeated the Westview Chargers 65-63. The Patriots are on the season 5-3 and 1-1 in district play.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots will play the Dyer County Choctaws at home on Tuesday, December 13th. The pregame show starts at 5:30pm and the girls tip off at 6pm. You can listen to the game on WLZK 94.1fm, online at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723.

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Brings Holiday Joy to Paris

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Grand Marshalls News Channel 5 in Nashville’s General Manager Lyn Veazy Platinga and Meteorologist Lelan Statom. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Everyone came out and braced the cold on Saturday afternoon for the Downtown Christmas Festival and the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade. Grand Marshalls for Holly Jolly Christmas parade were News Channel 5 in Nashville’s General Manager Lyn Veazy Platinga, who is originally from Henry County, and Meteorologist Lelan Statom.

At the Downtown Christmas Festival kids got to enjoy pictures with Santa, making ornaments, the Christmas Sketch crawl, reindeer games, toss games sponsored by R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center, trackless train rides, and free hot chocolate and stories at Jack’s Java.

(Cassie Walsh photo)

The Paris Fire Department also cooked to s’mores that everyone enjoyed on a chilly Saturday. The Inman Youth Orchestra also performed at the festival.

The Paris Fire Department serving up s'mores at the Downtown Christmas Festival. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Holly Jolly Christmas Parade winners include: Dance Studio of Camden won the Most Christmas Spirit.

Dance Studio of Camden (Cassie Walsh photo)

Russwood Boys Youth won Best Religious Theme

Russwood Boys Youth (Cassie Walsh photo)

Mary Roth won Best Decorated Golf Cart

Mary Roth (Cassie Walsh photo)

Cottage Grove Fire Department won the Best Decorated Float

Cottage Grove Fire Department (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris Danger won the Best Marching/Walking Unit

Paris Danger (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris Elementary, Rhea Headstart and Harrelson won the Best Decorated Vehicle

Paris Elementary, Rhea Headstart and Harrelson (Cassie Walsh photo)

And the winner for the Clark Griswold Award for most lit entry was Miss Manas.

Miss Manas (Cassie Walsh photo)

News Channel 5 Lelan Statom Inspires Future Meterologists

News Channel 5 in Nashville’s General Manager Lyn Veazy Platinga and Meteorologist Lelan Statom (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- News Channel 5 in Nashville’s Meteorologist Lelan Statom conducted a Winter Weather Window on Saturday at White and Associates Insurance where he held a question and answer session before he and News Channel 5 in Nashville’s General Manager Lyn Veazy Platinga started the Holly Jolly Christmas parade as this year’s Grand Marshalls.

Statom was asked about why he became a meteorologist and he said that in college he started out as a communications major, but he also had a passion for meteorology. In college Statom found that meteorology is actually a science course and it is not in communications so he decided to combine his two passions into a career. Statom said, “Meterology was a passion of mine and I turned it into a career.”

News Channel 5 in Nashville Meteorologist Lelan Statom (Cassie Walsh photo)

Statom told kids that if they wanted to become a meteorologist then college generally takes 4 to 5 years to complete, but there are actually not a lot of schools that offer a meteorology program. Statom said a few schools in Tennessee like UT Martin and the University of Memphis that offer meteorology courses.

This will be Statom’s 24th year at Nashville’s News Channel 5 and Statom’s advice to future meteorologists and people interested in news and television is to start in a smaller city, learn all you can and perfect your talent so that you are better prepared to move up to a bigger station in a bigger city. “As a meteorologist, I talk in front of a green screen, what you see at home I see. There isn’t a teleprompter, we don’t have cue cards I just ad lib because it’s better to be conversational with the audience at home,” said Statom. Statom produces his weather segments each day when he gets up a 2am to go to the News Channel 5 station where he begins working on that day's forecast at 3:30am.

When asked about what was the hardest thing to predict as a meteorologist, Statom said,” Aside from severe weather the hardest weather to predict is snow. Sometimes we get it right and other times we don’t.”

Lakewood and Harrelson Boys Advance in River Conference

Paris, Tenn.- In Saturday’s River Conference Basketball Tournament, the Lakewood Lady Eagles faced Stewart County where they lost 35 to 24. The Stewart County Girls will now face the Harrelson Lady Hawks on Monday, December 12th at 5pm.  

The Lakewood Eagles defeated the Henry Pirates 44 to 28. The Lakewood Eagles advance to face the Stewart County Boys basketball team on Monday, December 12th at 6:15pm.

The Henry Lady Pirates lost to Houston County 41 to 19. Houston County now advances to play Camden on Monday, December 12th at 7:30pm.

And the Harrelson Hawks defeated Houston County 32 to 30. The Harrelson Hawks will play Camden on Monday, December 12th at 8:45pm.

All of the 2016 River Conference basketball games are being broadcast on WMUF 104.7fm.

BPU Crews Working to Repair Water Main Break on India Rd.

BPU crews working to repair water main on India Road. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- According to Terry Wimberley the BPU General Manager, BPU crews were working on Saturday morning to restore water after a water main broke on India Road.

Areas affected include Jackson Drive, Henderson Drive, Paul Drive and a portion of India Road. Wimberely said the water should be back on within the next two hours.

Henry County Defeats West Creek in District Action

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the West Creek Coyotes at home on Friday night 76-29. Elizabeth Wood led the Lady Patriots with 20 points followed by Natiya Jumper with 19 points, Gracie Osbourn had 14 points and Caroline Singleton had 11 points. The Lady Patriots are 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in district play. 

The Henry County Patriots defeated the West Creek Coyotes 78-57. Cole Culpepper led the Patriots with 12 points and Ty Cook had 11 points. The Patriots are on the season 4-3 and 1-1 in district play.

The Patriots and Lady Patriots will face the Westview Chargers in Martin on Saturday, December 10th. The pregame show starts at 5:30pm and the girls tip off at 6pm.

You can listen to Patriots and Lady Patriots play on WLZK, 94.1fm or online at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723.

Police Make Driving Related Arrests Over the Past Two Days

Paris, Tenn.- Police were busy over the past couple of days with driving on revoked license arrests. According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Jamie Myrick arrested Eric S. Adams, age 33 of 160 Brown Lane of Paris, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license. Adams was placed on $10,000 bond.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Rodriguez A. Arnold, age 25 of 414 Harrison Street of Paris, on Friday for driving on a revoked license. Arnold was placed on $2,000 bond.


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