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

Deputies Investigate Theft of BPU Services

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is investigating possible
tampering and theft of services from BPU at a small trailer park at
5814 Hwy. 69S. BPU employees were conducting equipment mapping at that
location and found that an electric meter had been removed from a
trailer and attached to another trailer after the electricity had been
shut off from the second trailer for non-payment in June. The incident
was referred to the sheriff department’s Criminal Investigation Unit.

While at the scene, deputies also noticed a cable splitter with cables
running to all three trailers and they contacted Comcast and advised

Paris Police Recover Stolen Mats

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were able to recover floor mats stolen from a vehicle at the Red Zone Car Wash at 2617 E. Wood St. A 65-year-old Brownsville
woman reported that she was using the last stall to clean the inside
of her car and had hung up the floor mats to dry when the mats were

Surveillance video showed a Chevy Blazer pull up and turn around, stop
and the driver walk over, take the mats and hand them into the
vehicle. The video showed the man to be a white male with long hair,
white sweat shirt and blue jeans.

Patrolman Amanda Forrest tracked the Blazer to an address at Chickasaw
Rd. and she and Patrolman Tony Elkins knocked at the door. When a man
came to the door he asked if this was about the floor mats and they
said yes. He said he thought they were abandoned. According to the
police report, Elkins told him the video showed that he didn’t appear
to think they had been abandoned when he took them. The victim did not
want to press charges and Elkins warned him of the charges that would
be filed if he did it again.

Lowe Speaks to Businesses on Fraud Prevention

Paris, Tenn.-Captain Damon Lowe from the Henry County Sheriff's Department discussed check washing, counterfeit money and credit card theft to a room full of local businesses and organizations at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Fraud Prevention seminar. (Chamber photo).

HCMC Scores Well on First Ever Value-Based Purchasing Report

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center board of trustees met on Thursday night and heard updates from Judy Farris on Value Based Purchasing in regards to Medicare reimbursement to hospitals based on performance. Farris explained that this idea came about first in 2005 as Congress discussed ways for hospitals to get payments based on performance outcomes. When the Accountable Care Act was passed in 2010 they begin the process of implementing ways to measure and take money from poor performing hospitals and give bonuses to top performers.

Farris said October 1st of this year was when the program went into effect. In laymen’s terms, hospitals are scored on several factors including mortality rates, length of stay, and more. In the first scoring which came out just this month, Henry County Medical Center scored a 65, which beat the Tennessee average score for hospitals of 51 and the national average of 55. Henry County managed to score in the range that will be awarded with a small bonus.

The program is very new and will constantly be expanding and changing what is measured over the next few years. The ways of scoring and comprehension is very complex as well. But for the first report, HCMC scored very well, according to the numbers Farris said.

Gee Lauds Work of HCMC Auxiliary

Paris, Tenn.- Hospital Administrator Tom Gee told board members during the Auxiliary Annual Report at Thursday's meeting that the group has done excellent work that often doesn’t get enough recognition. They increased sales by $50K this year and donated about $24K in services to the hospital. They just finished a fundraising project putting new equipment in the diagnostic center and are currently working on another one involving stroke related equipment. Gee said that the Auxiliary puts in about $10K worth of volunteer hours per year which equates to four full time employees.

HCMC Files Complaint with TennCare Bureau

More from Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustees meeting saw Administrator Tom Gee explain to board members that the hospital has received contract revisions for TennCare outpatient rates and would see some rate increases with Americhoice but also changes in contract language, which wasn’t suppose to be included. Blue Care told the medical center they were not getting any increase, even though they are paying less than Americhoice. Gee said they have filed a complaint with the state TennCare Bureau over the inconsistencies.

Gee also told the board that Governor Haslam announced he would defer a decision on State-run insurance exchange until December. Regardless of the decision there will be some type of exchange in Tennessee, but Gee informed the board that the greater issue is whether the Medicaid expansion population is accepted by Tennessee.

The Board of Trustees also learned that bridge work is continuing to connect the diagnostic center and main campus and the underground fuel tank that was found resulted in unexpected cost. Gee told the board that the final bridge span is set to be delivered by crane around January 7th and the bridge should be finalized in late January. Also he explained that the signalization project of Tyson and Joy Streets is dependent on weather, but the bids have been finalized.

Live Nativities Set for New Harmony, Puryear, Cottage Grove

Paris, Tenn.-Three live natvities are scheduled for December, with one set for this weekend.

The New Harmony Baptist Church will present its 15th annual live nativity this weekend, from Nov. 30-Dec. 2. It will be held at the church, located at 7060 Highway 69A east of Paris. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2.

Puryear Baptist Church at 10060 Highway 641N will hold its nativity every day from Dec. 17-21 from 6-8 p.m.

Cottage Grove Baptist Church will hold a drive-through live nativity
from 6-8 p.m. December 11-12. The church is located on the main thoroughfare through the town of Cottage Grove.
Officers Search for Suspects in Burglaries

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a home on Hidden Acres Road had items totaling in value of over $1400 stolen from their back yard. The items stolen included a gas grill, lawn chairs, and a picnic table. Police have no suspects and are still investigating.

Paris Police are investigating another dog theft. According to a police report, homeowners on Jackson Street reported their miniature Schnauzer was stolen from their back yard. The dog wasn’t tied up at the time and its value is around $500.

Some arrests in the last couple of days include Cory Allen Duffy, age 37 of 822 Lois Street for simple possession and casual exchange of schedule 2 and Christopher M. Owens, age 34, of 1408 West Wood Street for domestic assault.


Jammin' For Kids Set Saturday; Benefits Children Shopping Spree

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees present the annual Jammin for the Kids Saturday December 1 at the Paris Moose Lodge, starting at 6pm. Tickets are ten dollars and can be bought from any Jaycee or at the Mineral Wells Branch of Commercial Bank.

Performers for Jammin with the Kids are Vince Dodd, Jimmy Stewart and Friends, Ray Lewis Band, Sproul Heights Band and Silverside. All money raised during the event helps the underprivileged children’s shopping tour.

Each year the Jaycees take over 100 kids in the community shopping and give them $60 to spend at Walmart. For more information call 693-9086.

Huston Speaks at Quota Meet

Pastor Megan Huston speaks to Quota. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-At this week's meeting of the Paris Quota Club, Outgoing First Christian Church Minister Megan Huston spoke to the group about a female’s role in the ministry. Huston and her husband, Willie, have just recently moved to Bowling Green, Ky..

She said that any obstacle is an opportunity.  She said her challenge was not that she was female; but that she was 25 years of age and wondered what she would have to offer the people of the church and community.  She said she had been very graciously accepted both in church and community and had developed relationships that will last a lifetime.  She closed her program with a reading from  the book of Psalms.

Melanie Townsend reported that the Mental Health Committee served between 40 and 45 people at the Thanksgiving Lunch for the Outreach Center. Each Quotarian who helped serve received a bag with an ornament as a Thank You for the lunch. She also reminded members to bring the sweat suits that have been purchased for Western State Mental Hospital patients, as the committee will package them for delivery on Monday, December 3rd at 4pm at First Presbyterian Church. They will also be preparing the Goodie Bags that day for delivery at the annual party on December 4th.

Pat Bailey reminded members to turn in money for pecans and several members still have pecans for sale.

The club’s Christmas Party will be at 6:30pm on December 11 at Lee Academy Lunchroom and will cost $15 per plate.

Jane Sinnema reminded members that December 15th is the last day to pay the $15 for the Helping Hand meal for Quota’s day on January 10th, 2013. The meal will consist of two pork chops, two baked potatoes, slaw and rolls. Some meals will have desserts added and all will be auctioned on January 10th.
Conger reminded members that annual dues are due January 1st, 2013 and may be paid to Mary Kathryn Moore at any time; but must be paid by the program meeting in January.

Stewart County Schools Closed

Dover, Tenn. -- Another area school system has shut its doors due to illness. School officials in Stewart County have cancelled classes this week because a large number of students have been ill.

Director of the county schools Dr. Phillip Wallace said community health officials recommended closing the schools after numerous students have become sick with flu and stomach viruses.

Parents were notified of the closures by an automated call, and classes will resume on Monday.

McKenzie Schools also shut down before Thanksgiving due to widespead illnesses by students and teachers.

LBL Photo Contest Entries Due Dec. 3

Paris, Tenn.-Entries are now being accepted for the Fifth Annual Land Between The Lakes Photo Contest sponsored by the
“Friends of LBL.” Cash prizes totaling $1,250 will be awarded in six
categories. These categories are Mammals, Birds, Small Worlds,
Habitats, Connecting People and Nature, and Digitally Enhanced
photographs taken on and of Land Between The Lakes National Recreation

Register on line at www.lblphotocontest.org on or before Monday,
December 3, 2012. At time of registration you will be prompted to pay
the $20 registration fee. Photographers can enter up to 18 different
photographs; three each in the six different categories for the $20
entry fee.

All proceeds from entry fees will benefit the “Friends of LBL.”
Winners will be announced before Christmas. For contest information
and to register, visit www.lblphotocontest.org.

Ornaments for Highway Department Contest Due on Monday

All 5th and 6th Graders can enter contest, prizes awarded 1-3 places

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is holding a Christmas Ornament Contest. All 5th and 6th graders across the county can enter an ornament made out of recyclable materials such as aluminum, paper, plastic and other materials. Ornaments should be no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches, except a start that can be 12 by 12. Ornaments must be turned into the highway department office at 575 Cedar Street by Monday December 3rd.

Ornaments will be displayed on a decorated tree at the highway department during Christmas. They will be judged by employees and there will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The first place prize is a 26 inch Flat Screen Television, 2nd place is a $100 gift card to Walmart and 3rd place is a $50 gift card to Walmart. For more information call 642-3162.

"The Messiah" To Be Presented Sunday

Paris, Tenn.-"The Messiah" will be performed at the First Baptist Church in Paris at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2. The Community Choir presentation will be directed by Blair Chadwick, who also is the director of the Henry County High School Madrigals. Organist will be Amy Martin.

The program is free and open to the public.

Lee School Christmas Holiday Bazaar Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Christmas Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday December 1st from 9am to 4pm at the Lunchroom at Lee Academy for the Arts, located at Lee Street in Paris. Local artist in all mediums including oil, acrylics, china paintings, photography, jewelry, stained glass, needlework and pottery will be on display.

The R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will also being having a bake sale during the Christmas Holiday Bazaar at Lee Academy. 20% of all sales will go the scholarship fund.

E.W. Grove School Now Offering Tutoring in Many Subject Areas

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School is now offering before and after school tutoring for Grove Students in the areas of Algebra, Biology, Computer Applications and Computer Research, English, and Geometry. A full schedule of available tutoring opportunities can be accessed on the school website at www.henryk12.net/grove or by calling the Grove at 642-4586.

Liphford Files Motion to Suppress in Murder Case

            Charles Liphford

Paris, Tenn.-One of the defendants in the murder of Eric Kinley of Paris at a local nightclub this past summer has filed a motion in Henry County Circuit Court to suppress evidence.

Charles Liphford, 32, Milan, is one of four men charged in Kinley's murder back on August 25 at Farenheit 101 outside of Paris. The charges against Liphford were reduced to possession of a handgun while under the influence; he originally had been charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm.

Through his attorney Neil Thompson of Paris, Liphford has filed a motion to suppress evidence that he claims was obtained during an illegal interrogation.

Liphford's bond earlier was reduced from $50,00-$10,000 and he was released from Henry County Jail after posting bond.

The other three men charged in the murder still are in jail and all are charged with first-degree murder and criminal responsibility for facilitation of first-degree murder. They are Jiles Yarbrough, 21, Huntingdon; Tevin Lumpkin, 20, Milan; and Cody Harmon, 23, Lexington.

Yarbrough also has filed a motion asking for more time to answer charges in the case and Lumpkin has filed a motion requesting discovery.

The motions will be heard in the local courtroom on Dec. 6.

Countian Held in Attempted Child Rape

                   John Ramon

Paris, Tenn.-A 27-year-old Henry County man was arrested earlier this week on two counts of attempted rape of a child by the Henry County Sheriff's Department.

John P. Ramon of 155 Hill Rd., is being held in jail without bond on two counts of criminal attempt to commit rape of a child and with violation of an earlier sentence in Henry County Circuit Court.

According to Captain Damon Lowe of the sheriff's department, Ramon is charged with attempting to rape two children under the age of 13.

Ramon is being held in Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond. He will appear again in General Sessions Court on the attempted rape charges on Dec. 4. He will appear on the violation charge in Circuit Court on Dec. 6.

Warrants Issued in McNeill Park Burglary, Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police officers have issued arrest warrants on two men for last summer's burglary and vandalism at McNeill Park.

Investigators with the Paris Police obtained arrest warrants on Mason Aker, 20, McKenzie, and Robert Worrall, 19, Harrison Lane.

The two are accused of stealing items from McNeill Park, 1315 Edwards St., on May 24. During the burglary, the two are also alleged to have taken a fire extinguisher and sprayed it all over the building and cooking equipment in the consession stand, causing some $4,500 in damages.

Lee, Simoneau Sentenced

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Steve Lee, 59 of McKenzie and Leona Simoneau, 42, of McKenzie, who were both formerly with the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force were sentenced in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Lee was sentenced to 30 days in the Carroll County Jail and was allowed to serve the sentence on weekends. He will serve the remaining 11 months and 29 day sentence will on probation consecutively.

Simoneau will serve her sentence as well on weekends for 10days in the county jail on weekends and also 11 months 29 day sentence will be served on probation consecutively as well. One hundred hours of community service was also ordered for both Lee and Simoneau.

Weakley County Man Named State Forester

     Jere Jeter

Nashville– Gov. Bill Haslam and Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson today announced the appointment of veteran Division of Forestry employee Jere Jeter as State Forester and Assistant Commissioner. Jeter succeeds Steven Scott, who retired earlier this year after serving 10 years in the position.

“Jere has extensive natural resources management experience in both the private and public sectors that will serve our state well as we deal with important forest resource and protection issues, and I’m pleased to join Commissioner Johnson in making this announcement,” Haslam said.

As State Forester and Assistant Commissioner, Jeter is responsible for the administration of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry, which manages more than 166,000 acres of state-owned forests and has responsibility for wildfire prevention and suppression, reforestation, landowner assistance, forest health, urban forestry and forest inventory.

A native of Weakley County, Tenn., Jeter has been with the state Division of Forestry for more than 31 years. He first joined the agency in 1975 as an area forester serving McNairy and Hardeman counties. He also served as a staff forester working with wood-using industries. He has served as assistant state forester for the past 16 years, overseeing operations including equipment, property, budget and personnel management.

Jeter also has experience in the private sector managing operations of a hardwood lumber concentration and drying operation in Camden, Tenn. He has a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville after studying pre-forestry at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

BPU Board Okays Demolition Work on Adjacent Structure

Paris, Tenn.- During Tuesday’s board of directors meeting for the Paris Board of Public Utilities, General Manager John Etheridge explained that three bids had come in for the demolition of the building next door to BPU. The low bid was from BWY out of Dresden for just over $317,000. The bid includes a contingency fee of $50,000, which would be used in part, should something else be added during the demolition phase or found outside the scope of work.

Etheridge explained to the board that they plan on trying to reduce that cost as they look at aspects of the work they can do more economically. He told board members they had already taken out $12,000 in landscaping saying they could do that cheaper themselves. He said working with the city will also help reduce some cost hopefully. Etheridge said city manager Carl Holder and him have talked about the city and BPU working together on hauling off debris, paving and other things.

The board questioned about BWY having proper liability insurance as the process goes along. Thoughts were that when you get into demolishing a building that old, you never know what issues may come. They finally decided to approve BWY to do the demolition work contingent on the fact that they have proper liability insurance and that cost do not exceed $317,000.

Etheridge said hopes are to get the cost down to around $270-280,000 range if possible if they didn’t have to use part of the contingency money. The plans include a drive thru kiosk that would accept different forms of payment for BPU customers to pay their bills. Etheridge said the intention is to make the drive thru very customer friendly.

BPU Set to Relocate Utility Lines as Widening of 641 Commences

More from Tuesday’s BPU board meeting saw the board approve a contract with Jacobs Engineering of Nashville to provide professional engineering services for work associated with the relocation of water and waste water lines and facilities as the widening of highway 641 progresses.

Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly told the board that part of the first step of the process was to improve a firm to provide the engineering services through TDOT. Wimberly said the state will be reimbursing BPU for the relocation of the facilities but there are several steps that need to be done in order for that to happen. He said there will be some monies that BPU must come up with but it wouldn’t exceed five thousand dollars.

General Manager of BPU John Etheridge told the board the relocation of utility lines and this widening of 641 is a very big project. Electric Supervisor Barry Brogdon said another firm has been working on the study for the relocation of the electric lines as well and deadlines for paperwork and other things must be met in February of next year.

Financials Look Good for BPU So Far into Fiscal Year

Etheridge went over the financials for the BPU and all departments appear to be in pretty good shape so far into the fiscal year. Sales were up by $35K in year to date in the water department and net income was up around $31K for the year. In the wastewater department sales were also up about $30K year to date, but net income was actually down some. Etheridge said the wastewater department had some more expenses that has eroded some of the net income, but they were expected and budgeted for.

The electric department showed sales about equal for the same time last year and no unusual expenses. The net income showed a big increase, but it was because of the RUS loan dealing with the Bethel/HCMC project being shown in a particular line item. Etheridge said that swings in the purchased power will continue to skew the numbers during months when weather is more of a factor like during very cold months and very warm months.

Henry County Loses Both Games at West Creek

Clarksville, Tenn.- West Creek swept games from Henry County on Tuesday night in Clarksville. The Lady Patriots fell to West Creek 65-42. Leading scorers for the lady Pats included Natalie Applebaum with 10 points, Savannah Rose with 8, and Shelby Beloate with 6.

In men’s action, the Patriots lost a thriller 61-59 to West Creek. Leading scorers for the Pats were Amari Cook with 17 points, Brandon Donaldson with 15, and Jordan Hayes 13. Henry County will be at home Friday night to host Dickson County.

Belew: "No Bomb Threats Called to Henry County Courthouse"

29 Courthouses in state Receive Recorded Messages of Bombs in Buildings

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said that no phone calls were received in Henry County regarding bombs placed in the courthouse on Tuesday as had happened at 29 other courthouses in the state of Tennessee. The sheriff said that deputies did clear both the courthouse and courthouse annex and do a thorough search of the buildings just as a precaution after other courthouses around the area had received bomb threats on recorded messages. No suspicious packages were found. Sheriff Belew said they are continuing to work with the FBI and homeland security on the issue of were the bomb threats had come from.

Three Arrested on Burglary Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriffs Office arrested three people with the same last name on aggravated burglary and robbery charges early this morning. The incident report wasn’t available but the following were arrested Chris M. Hilt, age 28 of Highway 69 N. in Cottage Grove for aggravated burglary, criminal attempt to commit robbery; Toni D. Hilt, age 21 of 69 N. in Cottage Grove was charged with aggravated burglary; and Stephen L. Hilt, Sr., age 55, of 123 Grove Road in Puryear for aggravated burglary, criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery. Stephen Hilt, Sr.’s bond was placed at ten thousand dollars.

Ptl. Ryan French of the Paris Police Department arrested a woman on drug charges after a traffic stop. Melissa J. Haynes, age 46 of 5200 Hwy. 79 was charged with possession of schedule 2 with intent, possession of schedule 3 with intent, and driving on a suspended license.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Jermel Ramone Kinley, age 25 of 495 Draper Street in Paris for driving on a revoked license. Others arrested include Trent M. Townes, of McKenzie for possession of schedule six drug and two counts of possession of schedule two drug; and John P. Ramon, age 27, of 155 Hill Road for violation of sentence and criminal attempt to commit rape of a child.

Winners of Festival of Trees Announced at Chamber Coffee

First United Methodist Church took 3rd place (Kevin Buie photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Chamber Coffee was held Tuesday morning at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center as the Festival of Trees opened up for the Christmas Season. Winners of the competition were announced. Best decorated trees were 1st place Youth Villages, 2nd place Paris Magazine, and 3rd place First United Methodist Church. Paris Winery won for Most Original Tree.

Paris Winery's Tree was named Most Original (Buie photo)

You can view the Festival of Trees at the Heritage Center Tuesdays thru Saturdays from noon to 6pm and 1-4pm on Sundays until December 22nd. The cost to view the trees is only $1.

Owens Wins National Photography Contest

Paris, Tenn.-Jean Owens of Paris has won the 2012 Rural Photography Contest sponsored by Country magazine. The winning photo was one taken by Owens of Carson and Carrigan Tucker, brother and sister, as they were relaxing on a fishing trip. Counting the prize money she won for the semi-finals, she won a total $1,300. Owens thanked everyone who voted for her photograph in the contest. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Grill Fire Extinguished

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department was called to 804 Williams St. last night on a report of a grill on fire on a back porch. Firefighters only remained on the scene five minutes. According to Assistant Fire Chief Randall Jones, grease in the grill has caught fire at the home of Susan Blazek.

Chamber to Offer Free Fraud Prevention Seminar on Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will offer a free seminar for local businesses this Thursday on Fraud Prevention. The seminar will start at 10am and is free but reservations are required for seating purposes.

Captain Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will discuss counterfeit money, fake credit cards, stolen checks, and washed checks. Chamber president Jeff Seaton said “We are pleased to offer this to our local businesses as the Christmas season approaches. Captain Lowe will offer practical, useful advice and be available to answer questions.”

Anyone interested in attending the seminar on Thursday should call the chamber at 642-3431 to reserve your seat.

Deputies for the Hungry Program Already Processed 74 Deer

Hunters can donate deer every Sat. and Sun. in December

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said that so far the deputies for the hungry program has processed 74 deer which includes numbers from this past weekend and the youth hunt back earlier in the November. Hunters who wish to donate deer can do so any Saturday and Sunday in December. They just ask you to field dress the deer the day its harvested and bring it to the back parking lot of the Sheriff’s office. Signs will point you to the area you can drop the deer off.

The sheriff’s office will process the deer and freeze it. The deer meat will be given away on a first come first serve basis starting after the first of the year. For more information contact sheriff Belew at 642-1672.

Henry County Travels to West Creek for Basketball on Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hits the road Tuesday evening for basketball as they travel to Clarksville to face district foe West Creek. The game will tip at 6pm with the Lady Patriots and the Patriots will follow. Head over to Clarksville if you can to cheer the Big Red on. If you can’t make the trip listen to our broadcast starting at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com.

Burlgaries from Business, Homes, and Cars Keep Officers Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Two McKenzie men were arrested over the Thanksgiving weekend for breaking into the Higgs Restaurant building. According to the report at the Henry County’s Sheriff’s office, deputies saw a man, later identified as Matthew Bell, age 20 of McKenzie standing in the parking lot of Higgs and after asking him questions, Bell did admit to being there when his friend, Frank James Trojan, of McKenzie did break into the building.

A crowbar was found that was used to bust glass in the door and both men were arrested. Bell was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, possession of burglar tools and Trojan was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, and vandalism.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated a leaf blower and a rake valued at $150 was stolen from a home on Kentucky Lake Drive in Buchanan sometime over the weekend. The items were in the yard and the homeowner noticed them missing Sunday afternoon. Police have no suspects.

Two separate reports at the Paris Police Department told of two different burglaries from automobiles over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. One vehicle on Powell Street was broken into and almost $400 worth of items were taken including dual CD player, 12 inch speakers, amps, and assorted tools.

A woman visiting family from North Carolina also reported the theft of an Ipad from her car which was parked on Bucy Lane. The value of the iPad was around $900. Police have no suspects in either incident and continue to investigate.

Officers also arrested Micheal Reed Rose, age 61 of 4585 Reynoldsburg Road over the weekend for DUI 1st offense, and violation of implied consent.

Festival of Trees Opens Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association tree is all decorated and ready for the annual Festival of Trees, which opens Tuesday at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. The festival runs from Nov. 27-Dec. 22 and features a number of trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. The public is invited to view the trees and get into the holiday spirit in the decorated Heritage Center through the month, from noon until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $1 per person. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Nutcracker To Be Performed

Murray, Ky.-The Jackson Purchase Dance Company is presenting "The Nutcracker" at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 1 in Lovett Auditorium on the campus of Murray State University. It will follow the Annual Rotary Christmas Parade in Murray.  The 56 member cast is composed of local dancers and Murray State dancers.  Admission is $8 for Adults; Students under age 16, $6, children under three are free.  No reservations are needed.  Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.


Fire Ruled Accidental

Paris, Tenn.- Forestry Department Official Darren Webb of Mansfield has ruled accidental the fire that occurred to two acres of land at 135 Donald Lane just off of Old Paris-Murray Rd. A wooded area was scorched by a fire late afternoon on Thanksgiving Day as we first reported on Friday. The Paris
Fire Department extinguished the fire and the Forestry Department also
was called to the scene.

After investigation at the scene,  Webb said the fire was caused accidentally probably due to hunters in the area.

Business Management Calls PD When Drug Activity Suspected

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Paris Inn and Suites on a report that drug activity was may be occurring there. The management reported that cleaning personnel found a white powdery substance on the bathroom counter and found a safe under a bed. According to the police report, the room had been rented by the week for three weeks and that there was a lot of
suspicious activity there, with cars coming and going at all hours.

Patrolman Amanda Forrest called Investigator Josh Frey who said there
was not enough probable cause for officers to enter the room. The
manager offered to scoop up some of the white substance for police,
which he did and it did test positive for cocaine.

The management was told to contact the renter and advise him to get
his belongings. The manager also was told to fill out a no trespassing
directive against the renter.

Paris Police also are investigating a theft that occurred on Dale
Street. The homeowner said while he was taking his son to boot camp
someone entered the home and took a safe which contained $650 in cash
and medications.

Paris Police also arrested two Milan women for shoplifting from
Wal-Mart on Friday. Officers were called to the store and personnel
there reported that the two women had changed the price tags on
merchandise of clothing and tools that totalled $115.81. They paid
$23.77 for the items and tried to leave the store.

Arrested were Jacky and Mary Tucker, both aged 41 of Milan.

Christmas with Renaissance Tickets on Sale

McKenzie, Tenn.-Tickets are now on sale for the Annual “Christmas with Renaissance” presented by the Bethel University Renaissance Program.


Shows will take place at the Bethel Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2  at 2 p.m.  The following weekend shows will be in Bouldin Auditorium in the  Dickey Fine Arts Building Friday Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 


“The Annual “Christmas with Renaissance” is a concert that draws audience members from across the country” commented Rev. Peter Jeffrey, Executive Director of Renaissance.  “We will showcase every aspect of our exceptional program, and do it in the Christmas Spirit.”


Rev. Jeffrey also states that “this year’s Christmas with Renaissance” production is by far the best, most ambitious project we have ever attempted. It features all of the classic Christmas performances audiences have come to expect from Renaissance over the years, but also features the debut of “Renaissance Revolution!” a brand new ensemble that features a variety of percussion and orchestral instruments. This is one you absolutely do not want to miss.”


“Bethel Night” will be on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. All Bethel Students, Faculty and Staff will receive a free voucher when they show their Campus ID.  For a voucher reservation, please call the Bethel Bookstore. This will be the only show that Bethel employees and students will be admitted at no charge.


Tickets are $10 for Adults and $5 for Students and are available at the Bethel University Bookstore located in the Vera Low Student Enrichment Center. Group rates for 15 or more are available. It is suggested that you get your tickets in advance. Sold out crowds are anticipated. For more information call 731-352-6445 or visit our website www.bethelu.edu. Tickets will be sold at the mail room window before 3 p.m., during the week and 3 p.m. to closing in the store.



Bald Eagles at Fort Donelson at Work

Dover, Tenn.-The bald eagles at Fort Donelson have been busy readying their nest, as seen in these photos by Connie Wilson. Wilson said the eagles have been bringing in soft material, straw and grass for their nest, which is in a location where eagle-watchers can view them and take photos. The photos were shared with us by Fort Donelson.

Santa's Helpers Are Ready for Holiday Season

Paris, Tenn.-Arriving along with Santa Friday were his helpers, his elves and, of course, Rudolph. From right are: Arieal Davis, Rudolph (Ashleigh Smithers), Alyssa Wayne and Natasha Wade. Santa will be in his house on weekends through December until he has to leave on Christmas Eve for his journey around the world. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Henry County Unemployment Reaches 10 Percent Again

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County’s unemployment rate once again rose above 10 percent, according to the October statistics released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. According to the press release, Henry County’s rate was 10.2 during the month, an increase from 9.9 in September. Other nearby counties’ statistics were mixed. Carroll Co.’s unemployment increased to 11.1 percent from 10.6 percent; Stewart County increased to 9.5 percent from 8.5 percent. Weakley County’s unemployment decreased but is still high, at 12.5 percent, down from 13.2 percent. Benton County stayed unchanged at 9.4 percent.

Coasters, Drifters, Platters to Perform


Huntingdon, Tenn.-If you’re looking for good entertainment during the Christmas season, The Dixie will be welcoming back the Coasters and the Drifters and the Platters for performances on Saturday, December 8 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

The bands play rhythm and blues from the 50s and 60s, including the
hits Charlie Brown, Only You, Under The Boardwalk, The Great Pretender
and more.

Ticket price: $39/Adult - $35/Senior(+65)-Child(-12) (plus tax).

For more information contact The Dixie’s box office at 731-986-2100 or
order online at www.dixiepac.net.

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