From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Department of Labor Releases State Unemployment Data
Nashville - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released unemployment data for November, and the news was excellent for Tennesseans.
Unemployment for November was 8.1% of the workforce, a 0.4% drop from October and the single largest monthly decline since April 2010.
Tennessee's economy added 9,400 jobs last month, primarily in the hospitality and manufacturing industries. Nearly 40,000 new jobs have been created in Tennessee since the beginning of 2013.
However, Tennessee's unemployment rate still hovers well above the national average of 7.0% for the month of November.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is expected to release a more detailed report including county-specific data later this month.
Samantha Bevill Wins WMUF Christmas Bucks
Samantha Bevill won $1000 in Christmas Bucks redeemable at several local businesses.
Paris, Tenn.- WMUF / WLZK / WRQR's Christmas Radio Bucks giveaway came to a close this week, with Samantha Bevill winning $1000 in prize money redeemable at all participating merchants.
Bevill registered to win at S&R Feed Store Tack & More in Paris, and has reportedly already spent some of her winnings there.
Congratulations to Ms. Bevill, and thanks to all those who registered in this year's giveaway.
Also, a special thanks to all participating merchants.
TRRA Forms Henry County Tourism Authority
Accepts $50K Low Interest Revolving Loan thru City and Rural Development
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met Thursday and after approving funding for some upcoming events, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer announced the state finally granted the TRRA the right to be renamed as the Henry County Tourism Authority.
The name change is more significant than it sounds; with Mayor Greer pointing out it has taken them over a year to get the state to grant the status change. He noted that eventually the Henry County Tourism Authority can put these events on themselves and keep more of the money`, just like the Nashville Sports Council and Nashville Tourism Authority puts on events like the Music City Marathon..
Mayor Greer then informed the board that the city of Paris has worked to obtain a revolving loan/grant thru Rural Development and was going let the HCTA borrow $50K, basically at cost to the city, to make some improvements as Camp Hazelwood as the county seeks to go another route with that property after being passed over the Regional 4H camp earlier this fall.
The HCTA can pay the loan back over time and as it is paid back, the city gains some interest and the loan/grant revolves to let other entities or businesses borrow from the very low interest loan pool. Greer said the county will use in house workers and inmate workers to make repairs to all roofing of the buildings at Camp Hazelwood. The board approved authorizing Mayor Greer to move ahead in setting up a separate checking account for the HCTA and proceed with borrowing the $50K Rural Development low interest loan from the city of Paris.
TRRA Approves Funding First Ever KY Lake Triathlon
Paris, Tenn.- In action Thursday afternoon, the committee approved funding an event that could become a big attraction in a short amount of time due to the growing popularity of the event around the country. The first ever Kentucky Lake Triathlon will be held July 12, 2014 and after some discussion, the committee approved funding it for $12K based on 150 participants to the event. If there are less entries to the first ever Kentucky Lake Triathlon, the funding amount would be reduced by percentages based on the actual number of participants.
Clint Davis and Tony Lawrence are the local driving force behind the new attraction, which will be organized and marketed by Start2Finish, a well known management company for events like triathlons. Lawrence and Davis both reiterated the fact that having Start2Finish behind the event is what will draw the participants in. Also they suggested that triathlons usually draw more affluent participants, who usually have the funds to stay in the communities longer and spend more money shopping and eating out.
The event would be a one day event, but with starting in the early morning hours, its likely any participants that live away from the area, would book hotels and stay the night before. Lawrence also suggested that it could lead to more hotel stays as Paris Landing State Park has expressed interest in planning events around the triathlon.
Davis and Lawrence said it took them a couple of years to even get this far with putting on a triathlon at Kentucky Lake and they feel the event will only grow and could possibly become a premier attraction in the region within a few years.
Funding for Extreme Angler TV Show Approved for 2014
In other action Thursday afternoon, the TRRA committee approved funding $2500 to Krappie Kings TV, which is an extreme angler television production that airs on the Outdoor Channel and has an extensive social media push with Facebook and Twitter. The person behind Krappie Kings had requested $15K for the show, to be filmed in February 2014. The show not only includes catching fish in the area, but heading to a local eatery and showing ways to cook the fish you catch.
CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton told the board that an episode of the show was filmed at Reelfoot Lake and they seemed to have very positive feedback from it. Hamilton said the review committee thought funding it $2500 was worth trying it out at least once. The film producer suggested if its successful, he’d like to come back in the fall of 2014 for another show.
Cabela's Crappie USA Classic Coming Back to PLSP in 2016
Paris, Tenn.- The TRRA board also approved funding the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic at its full request amount, $72,500. It will be held in late October of 2016. Hamilton said this tournament is so popular we have to get it approved and on board years in advance. The group just held their 2013 classic at Paris Landing and Hamilton and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe, who sits on the TRRA board suggested it was definitely worth the full funding because of the return the county sees on all the anglers that come and prefish and stay during the event.
Other events the board approved funding for included: The Two Rivers Memorial Fishing Tournament, to be held June 2014. The request was for $3K and Hamilton said the review committee agreed to that if the event could produce 75 anglers, like they did last year when it was held at Paris Landing. If less than 75 anglers end up coming, the funded amount would be reduced some.
They also approved The Tennessee Bass Federation West Tennessee Championship to be held in October of 2014. The requested amount was $9K and the review committee suggested to fund that full request if the event produced 175 anglers. The coordinators of the event suggested 250 anglers would participate.
HCMC, THA Concerned With State Not Expanding Medicaid
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center board of trustees met in regular session on Thursday and CEO and Administrator Tom Gee told trustees that the Tennessee Hospital Association continues to be concerned about the lack of action by the state of Tennessee to expand the Medicaid program.
Gee said a grass roots effort is underway to help push the expansion of Medicaid, but politics seem to be against the expansion of it at least for now. In addition to this, Gee explained that the TennCare Bureau has submitted 2.5% cuts in hospitals in the proposed budget cuts requested by the governor for next year’s state budget.
THA has also submitted comments on the proposed new payment system for TennCare and it feels strongly if the Medicaid rolls are not expand, hospitals should not go forward with the payment program at this time.
Gee informed the board that the medical center will apply for the Medicare dependent project as they are eligible for additional funding on the cost reports due to reduction in volume during 2010 and 2011. The first year project with the Medicare dependent should provide around $1.1M in additional payments.
Trustees learned that the medical center continues to await a decision from a psychiatrist candidate. Gee said he continues to be concerned about the call coverage and income. As time goes on this becomes a concern about whether he will take the position, so the medical center continues to look for candidates.
Meetings have been scheduled with representatives from the Ascension and Vanderbilt health networks. Gee said the board and medical staff members should become familiar with what these groups are attempting to do in their respective programs and how the hospital might fit into each one.
Investigation is Ongoing for Cause of Last Week's Fire
Everything is boarded up at ReTale History after a fire gutted the building last Friday night. Cause of the fire is still being investigated. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Investigation is still ongoing in the fire that occurred last Friday night at Retale History, in downtown Paris. Chuck Wade, fire marshal with the Paris Fire Department, said they are continuing to investigate possible causes of the fire which burned the inside of the building that used to be home to Lewis and Williams Market. He said they are continuing to look at electrical issues among other things. The amount of damage done to the building is also undetermined at this time.
Drug Arrests Made in City, County
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department charged Minyard D. Ingram, the 4th, age 21, of 205 Joe Street, with possession of schedule two with intent, after a traffic stop Wednesday.
Ptl. Klutts saw the white ford mustang Ingram was driving with no taillights and conducted a traffic stop. A search of the vehicle found a white powder substance that test positive for cocaine inside a bag of cheetos in the car.
In addition to being charged with possession, $233 was and the mustang were seized as drug proceeds.
Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged Tammy K. Thompson, age 44, of 1009 Reynolds Street with DUI after conducting a traffic stop. An odor of alcohol was detected and her eyes were bloodshot. Sgt.
Ramos administered field sobriety tests, which were failed by Thompson.
Deputy Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office cited Wilson Conner Jeter, age 19, of 1307 Fox Chase Drive, with possession of schedule 6 after a traffic stop. The report said that he passed the vehicle that Jeter was in and saw someone point an index finger and thumb like a gun shape, towards the officer. Williams turned around and stopped the vehicle on Lone Oak. The K9 gave a positive hit on the vehicle and then it was search and the marijuana was found.
State Establishes Website to Help Tennesseans Get Health Insurance
Nashville- Time is running out on Tennesseans who wish to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace if they want to have insurance beginning on January 1. The deadline is this coming Monday, December 23rd, and with that deadline approaching, the state of Tennessee has created a website to help make things easier for people to get covered.
The website, www.getcoveredtenn.org, has been established by the state and it offers one-on-one assistance to help you plan and enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The website helps you find phone numbers and contacts of application counselors and navigators for each region of the state, comparison of plans, upcoming events in the area about the HIM and links to the government site to sign up, which is www.healthcare.gov.
HCMC Continues To Help People Seek Insurance Options
37 helped so far with options, only 1 person officially signed up via healthcare.gov
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center has been on board since day one and has helped 37 people so far get to know their options with insurance on the government website. Tina Umstead, LPN, HIM Certified Counselor said that only 1 person has officially signed up and received health insurance thru the marketplace via help from HCMC.
HCMC offers 6 HIM Certified Applications Counselors, and several setbacks and complications have occurred with the healthcare marketplace website, but the system is working better now.
For more information or to speak with a HIM Certified Applciation Counselor call 644-8215. They can set up a time for you to come and get assistance with signing up or provide you with brochures, handouts, and information that can assist you.
Paris Police Conducting Checkpoints Thru Jan. 6th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will be conducting safety and sobriety checkpoints this week thru January 6th. The checkpoints will be inside the city of Paris. They will be targeting impaired drivers and ensuring vehicle safety laws are met. All moving violations will be strictly enforced.
Henry County Hosts West Creek Thursday Night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host West Creek for District 10-AAA basketball this evening at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with the men to follow. This is a makeup game from December 6th. If you can’t make the game, listen to our broadcast starting at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming via our website, wmufradio.com.
212th Engineering Unit Returning Home Just in Time For Christmas
Paris, Tenn.- Around 140 soldiers from Paris and Camden that are part of the National Guard’s 212th Engineer Company, will return after a nearly one year deployment to the Middle East supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
The unit will arrive at the National Guard Armory in Paris sometime Saturday evening and will be escorted into town by deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The unit departed the Paris National Guard Armory in February for operations in the Middle East. They left from Jackson’s McKellar Sipes Regional Airport and had pre-deployment training in Fort Bliss, Texas in March. During the deployment the unit provided construction operations for coalition forces.
Since September 11, 2001, more than 28K Tennessee Army and Air National Guard personnel have deployed.
Healthcare Foundation Books are Fun Fair To be Held Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Healthcare Foundation will have a Books are Fun Fair at Henry County Medical Center on Friday December 20th from 7am to 4pm with over 250 great titles to choose from at great prices. These books will make a great gift idea for someone on your Christmas list.
The Book Fair will be held in the HCMC Classrooms 2 and 3, located on the ground floor of the hospital. Product categories include children’s story books, cookbooks, general interest, music collections, best sellers, and more.
A percentage of the sales will go to the Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation, which will celebrate 20 years in 2014. For more information call 644-8266.
Stone Completes LGLP Program thru UT
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee David Stone was among the 40 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the 20th annual Local Government Leadership Program (LGLP) hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.
UT Faculty, executives of state government, and private consultants led the intensive three day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, public sector services, strategic planning and management, ethics, and the state’s economy and infrastructure.
“LGLP gives elected officials and appointed government officials the opportunity to examine the best practices in leadership and to learn from their colleagues and counterparts across the state,” according to Dr. Gary Peevely, who directs the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.
Since its inception in 1991, more than 500 people have completed the LGLP. For more information on the program log onto www.leadership.tennessee.edu.
"Over the River Race" Will Be Sat. at 11am
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park is once again featured in the State Parks Running Tour, with the eight mile, “Over the River” race planned for 11am on Saturday December 21st at the Park.
Special awards will be given for top overall male and female runners.
Chamber President Andrea Lamb said, “Featuring our beautiful Paris Landing on the State Park Running Tour is a cooperative effort of the tour, Race Director Mike Bell, Paris Landing State Park, the Friends of Paris Landing State Park, and the chamber. We are especially grateful to our sponsor, Bone and Joint Specialists, for their generous support.”
For more information or to volunteer to help work the race, planned for this Saturday at 11am call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.
WG Rhea Library Polar Express Event Will Be Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library welcomes children to their Polar Express event on Friday December 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There will be train rides, movie showing of the Polar Express, crafts, Christmas Cookie Decorating, reindeer games, and Santa will be there as well. Call the Library to register at 642-1702.
Reminder: Festival of Trees Continues until Dec. 23rd
Paris, Tenn.- The Festival of Trees continues at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center until December 23rd. Several businesses and organizations have set up trees and they will be on display from now until December 23rd. Viewing of the Festival of Trees is Tuesday thru Saturday from Noon until 5:30pm and Sundays 1-4pm. Donations of $1 are asked for to view the trees.
207 Children Carried Christmas Shopping by F.O.P.
Several kids browse for presents at Paris Walmart Saturday morning as the F.O.P., HCHS DECA, and Criminal Justice Clubs, and the Knights of Columbus partnered up to take them shopping. (Chief Elizondo photo)
Paris, Tenn.- On Saturday, the Fraternal Order of Police, Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17, took 207 underprivileged children Christmas Shopping. Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County High School DECA and Criminal Justice Clubs, and the Knights of Columbus helped in this cause.
The shopping trip began at Henry County High School where the children grouped with a shopping guide and were bused to Wal-Mart.
Each child was allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents. When they returned to HCHS, they also received a stuffed animal of their choice. F.O.P. president and retired HCSO Lieutenant Jim Hopper wanted to say “Thank you to Paris and Henry County for your support and because of you 207 children will have a better a Christmas.”
Elves from HCHS DECA and Criminal Justice Club help with the shopping trip. (Chief Elizondo photo)
Lawrence, City of Paris Honored by Prevention Coalition
Tony Lawrence, accepts awards for himself and the city from Josh Greer, coalition director. Photo submitted by Josh Greer.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Prevention Coalition awarded Paris Parks Director Tony Lawrence with the Prevention Partner of the year on Monday. Lawrence was nominated for the award based on his contributions with the coalition. He plays a vital role by allowing the coalition to use meeting space at the Paris Civic Center. Lawrence also was a major player in the development and implementation of the Tie Dye Run for prevention.
The city of Paris was also nominated and warded for their help with the run. The city also allowed the coalition to use their facilities and police and city workers to help with the event and play a big role in prevention efforts.
Pats, Lady Pats Split Games with Westview
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Martin Westview on Monday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots lost to Westview by a final score of 58-28, but the Patriots rolled over the chargers by a final of 92-51. Blake Houston scored 21 points to lead the Patriots.
Henry County will host West Creek Thursday night at home with the ladies tip set for 6pm. This is a makeup game from December 6th, when the Patriots football team won the state championship. That night, Henry County was suppose to travel to West Creek. Thursday night’s game will be at home and then the game scheduled between the two teams on Tuesday January 21rst will be played at West Creek High School in Clarksville.
County Commission Has Quick December Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in quick regular December session Monday night and approved a resolution between the county and Government Services and Associates, LLC.
The resolution is for some work to be contracted out from the Henry County Assessor of Property Office as one of the employees in the office has recently suffered a life threatening illness and is on leave at the time.
Property assessor Charles VanDyke told commissioners instead of hiring someone, he would like to outsource the data entry duties on a temporary contractual basis to take effect January 1. VanDyke said its impossible to keep the personal property records since this employee will be on leave.
The contract can be cancelled at any time, when the employee returns to work, which VanDyck said could be at the end of January. He said at the present time, there is no need to move any money around in the property assessor's budget.
The commission also approved budget transfers approved last week by the budget committee and nominations from the nominating committee for the follow people to form the new Audit Committee: Tom Beasley, Bobby Milam, Melanie Dodd, Steve Greer, and Kenneth Humphries.
911 Board Discusses Future Funding of 911
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 board met on Monday evening and discussed the future change in 911 funding that is likely to come thru in the legislative session in the first half of 2014 and began in 2015.
Director of 911 Mark Archer explained that legislature, 911 districts, and telecommunications companies are all working together to determine a fixed fee for 911 fees as landline phones are continuing to die out and companies are using either wireless or VOIP systems. Archer said we do not know yet what that fee will be, but he figured somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.25. He said they determined it will not be any less than what districts received in 2012 from funds collected. Archer said for Henry County that was $485K.
Also along the lines of fees, Archer told the 911 board that the district will receive $29K in funds from a settlement with Charter and 911. Charter went from a hybrid phone system to VOIP without any warning, which caused districts to lose funding drastically. The courts ruled in favor of the 911 systems and the amounts were divided out proportionally.
Countywide Fire Department Becoming More Possible
Paris, Tenn.- The E911 board also discussed the redrawing of Fire District Lines and the possible move towards a countywide fire department. Archer said he is currently working on mapping out 5 miles from each department, as these district lines have been in place for a number of years.
Issues continue to come up with departments responding to certain areas that are in their district, even though another district may be closer by actual miles. EMA director Ron Watkins and Archer both suggested the probability of a countywide fire department is growing, but for now discussions are in the infancy stage.
Watkins said we have to educate the public on what it means to have a countywide fire plan before we can even think about going to the county commission to look at it further.
Archer said citizens need to know that although it will mean they would pay a fee for a countywide fire department, that amount would be dwarfed by the savings they will see on insurance premiums due to the fact that a county wide department will lower the ISO insurance rating.
911 Board Approves Purchase for CAD System at HCSO
Paris, Tenn.- The board approved the purchase of two CAD consoles for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office from AT and T in the amount of $26,626. Archer said they will use the $29K that will come from the Charter settlement to go ahead with the purchase.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the Paris Police Department has used CAD since 2002 and once that is installed at the sheriff’s office, the entire county will be on the same system which is a good thing. He said some of the employees at the sheriff’s office might be resistant of the system at first but once they get used to it, its’ great for compiling data and using during responders situations.
Sheriff Monte Belew said we’ve been using pen and paper forever and its working fine, but this system will get us up to par with the city and be good for everyone.
HCSS, PSSD Annouce Christmas Break Dismissal Times
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System has announced its Dismissal Times for Friday December 20th. Henry, Harrelson, and Lakewood will all dismiss at 10:45am on Friday morning. Grove will dismiss at 11:15am, and Henry County High School will dismiss at 11:30am. Students will be on Christmas break until Wednesday January 8th when they returned to school.
The Paris Special School District will dismiss schools on Friday as well for Christmas Break. Rhea School will dismiss at 10:30 Friday morning, Paris Elementary will dismiss at 10:35 and Inman Middle School will dismiss at 10:45 Friday morning. PSSD students will return to class on Tuesday January 7th.
Cottage Grove Live Nativity Tuesday and Wednesday Nights
This is one of the practices the Cottage Grove Baptist Church has held to get
ready for their Live Nativity in Cardinal Park this week. Photo by Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey.
Paris, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Baptist Church will present a live Nativity Tuesday and Wednesday night at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove. The live Nativity will run from 5:30 to 8pm both nights and anyone who wants to view it is welcome to just drive up and view it. The scene is made up of 25 members of the Cottage Grove Baptist Church and choir.
Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Winners Announced
BPU won the Clark Griswold Award with their lit up truck in the parade.
(Alex AuBuchon photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Winners of the Holly Jolly Christmas Parade were announced and the Paris Board of Public Utilities once again won the Clark Griswold award for best lit up entry at this year’s parade. Other winners include the best golf cart went to Donna Craig’s Frost the Snowman, best float went to the city of Paris’s Be Local Float, best Christmas Spirit went to A Place Called Home, and Russwood Baptist Church won the best theme, Storybook Christmas, with their float of the Nativity Scene.
HCHS Students Tour Nobel Automotive Industries
Paris, Tenn.- Students in STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, toured Nobel Automotive recently and are pictured above with Chris Cobb, Nobel's Plant manager. Cobb showed the students types of work that is related to their academic and career interests. (Susan Burton photo).
Lakewood Receives Playground Grant
Paris, Tenn.- In the picture above, pre-school teachers Kim Nance and Chrsity Hendricks hold a $750 check that will be used to maintain their students' playground. Lakewood Elementary recieved a Let's Play Maintenance Grant. The grant is made possible by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group as part of its Let's Play initiative. (Susan Burton photo)
Sheriff's Office, Police Department Investigate Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- Investigators with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Paris Police Department are investigating several thefts and break-ins, according to reports.
There have been multiple break-ins at a home on Highway 641 North in Puryear recently.
The complainants told Sheriff’s Department investigators they are renting the home and in the process of moving in, and at least twice in the past week, someone has entered the home and stolen items. There were no signs of forced entry and all doors were unlocked when the complainants returned home, so investigators suspect someone has a key to the residence.
Items stolen include an assortment of tools, a washer and dryer, a weed eater, kitchen items, and several other household items for a total value of over $1500.
A separate report at the same residence on Saturday indicated a lock was pried off and two basement windows were broken – several items in the basement were pushed over and displaced, but nothing was noticed missing.
The Sheriff’s Department does have a suspect in this case and is currently investigating.
A gun was stolen from a vehicle in Paris recently, according to Paris Police Department reports. The complainant advised officers that sometime in the past months, a Ruger LCP 380 handgun was stolen from the driver door panel of his SUV. The firearm was equipped with a laser sight and has a holster with a belt clip, and was stored with a loaded 6 round magazine.
Officers couldn’t find any signs of forced entry on the vehicle, and have no suspects at this time.
Paris Police Department officers are also investigating the theft of 4 wheels and tires from A-1 Auto Sales that occurred on Thursday. The wheels were stolen off a 1999 Crown Victoria and are valued at $1200.
Holiday Cheer at Christmas with the Madrigals Concert
The Madrigals were joined for two songs by several middle school and Grove students who auditioned for this year's All-Northwest Honor Choir (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Madrigals held their annual Christmas with the Madrigals concert at Krider Performing Arts Center Saturday night.
In the first half of the concert, several students performed Christmas-themed solos.
Mariah Smith singing Christina Perri’s “Something About December”.
Amanda Jones with a humorous rendition of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.
Ashley Hollingsworth performing “Where Are You, Christmas?” from the 2000 movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Kaity Beth James’ rendition of Francesca Battistelli’s “Be Born In Me”.
Brittany Martin with a stunning performance of the 1847 carol O Holy Night.
And the last-minute addition of Jenny Howard performing Becky Kelley’s hit “Where’s the Line to See Jesus?”
Director Blair Chadwick even got in on the act with a solo performance of You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch. Chadwick declined to bust a move or two during an instrumental interlude, though, quipping “I’m Baptist – we don’t dance.”
The second half of the concert was a more traditional performance, although the Madrigals were joined for two songs by students from Inman Middle School and E.W. Grove High School who auditioned for this year’s All-Northwest Tennessee Honor Choir, swelling the group to 40 members.
The Madrigal choir closed their concert with the traditional Blessing of Aaron; all alumni of the choir were invited to join in on stage, and several former students as well as former director Kenneth Humphreys joined this year’s choir in singing the blessing.
The concert was a fundraiser for the Madrigal organization; the majority of funds will be used for the choir’s trip to Chicago to compete in the 2014 Heritage Festival of Gold at Orchestra Hall.
The Madrigals performed several traditional Christmas songs in the second half of their concert (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Henry County, Inman Football Teams Take Part in Parade
The Inman Middle School football team, 2013 TMSAA West Tennessee Champions, take part in this year's parade (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association held their 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Saturday evening around Court Square in downtown Paris.
Several groups participated in the parade including both the Inman Middle School and Henry County High School championship football teams.
The entire Patriot football team and coaching staff brought up the rear of the parade, with their 2013 State Championship trophy in tow.
The Henry County Marching Patriots were also on hand performing Joy to the World in the parade.
Other participating groups included Russwood Baptist Church, who brought an entire live nativity scene as their float,
The Chamber of Commerce with a Be Local float,
The Downtown Paris Association, whose float included Mrs. Claus and a sign reading "Mrs. Santa Shops Downtown Paris",
The W.G. Rhea Library with several volunteers dressed as Christmas and storybook characters,
FirstBank, who brought along the Patriot mascot in a classic convertible,
And the Board of Public Utilities, who COVERED a bucket truck with festive LED lights and decorations.
The Downtown Paris Association will be awarding prizes for floats in several categories including the "Clark Griswold Award" for best lighted entry – we will provide that information as soon as it becomes available.
Kids started lining up after Santa went to his house on the court square. (Alex AuBuchon photo).
More Details from Friday Night's Poplar Street Fire
Several firefighters work to extinguish Friday night's Poplar St. fire (Tammie Garner photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Department officials issued a preliminary report Saturday on Friday night's fire that gutted a downtown building.
According to the report, 911 alerted the fire department at approximately 6:45 PM after a bystander reported the smoke to dispatch. When firefighters arrived less than a minute and a half later, they encountered heavy smoke pouring from all the building's second-story windows and a strong fire raging near the back door of the building on Ruff Street.
Firefighters on the scene called for backup; ultimately, five suppression engines including a ladder engine and 16 firefighters took part in extinguishing the fire.
Reports indicate that, due to the extent and severity of the blaze, firefighters were unable to safely combat the fire from inside the building, but managed to knock down and extinguish the fire with two 2.5" streams and a ladder unit pumping water into upper-story windows.
As of now, no appraisal has been performed to determine the extent of property and inventory loss; according to Paris Fire Department officials, fire marshal Chuck Wade is currently coordinating with insurance investigators.
The cause of ignition is still unknown and under investigation by the Paris Fire Department.
220 N. Poplar Street is most recognizable as the longtime home of Lewis and Williams Market, but is currently occupied by Retale History, an antiques store specializing in refinishing and repurposing vintage furniture and decor. You can see their website here or look them up on Pinterest or Facebook.
The Ruff St. entrance at the back of the building received the worst fire damage (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Twila Rose Promoted to HCMC EMS Director
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center recently announced the promotion of Twila Rose from Assistant Director to Director of Emergency Service at HCMC. Rose will take over for Mike Shankle, who recently retired after serving as EMS Director for 23 years.
Rose began her career at Henry County Medical Center as an EMT and dispatcher 22 years ago, and has seen several promotions from EMT-IV to paramedic to supervisor to assistant director, and now to EMS Director.
Ed Ledden, Director of Human Resources at HCMC, said "Twila has been a partner at Henry County Medical Center for over 22 years and has done an excellent job as the Interim Director.
I am excited about this promotion and I believe that Twila has the knowledge, ideas and goals to lead EMS in the rapidly changing times in the healthcare industry.”
As director of the Emergency Medical Service, Rose's job will entail overseeing all the activities of the EMS program, billing and budgeting, development and evaluation of policy and procedures, and ensuring that EMS maintains compliance with Medicare and TNCare regulations.
Patriots, Lady Patriots Sweep Springfield Friday Night
Springfield, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots took a long road trip last night to Springfield en route to a sweep of both Yellowjacket squads.
The Henry County girls jumped out to an early lead over Springfield and held on for a 35 to 29 victory. Top scorers for the Lady Patriots were Meredith Bullock with 12 points and Bria Woodruff with 9.
The boys' team also gained an early lead over the Yellowjackets, but the Patriots' offense began to bog down in the second half, allowing Springfield within 4 points at the end of the third quarter before closing out a 63 to 58 victory.
Brandon Donaldson scored 30 points for the Patriots.
Both the boys' and girls' basketball teams will be back in action Monday night as they host Martin-Westview in Gamlin Gymnasium. Tip-off for the girls' game is set for 6:00 with the boys' contest to follow, and our radio coverage will begin at 5:30 with the Paris Civic Center pre-game show on 94.1 FM WLZK and right here on our website.
BREAKING: Fire Damages Iconic Downtown Building
Firefighters spray water into second-story windows while fire rages near the back of the 200 N. Poplar building (Mechelle Robbins photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Dozens of firefighters responded to a blaze Friday evening at the former Lewis and Williams building at 220 North Poplar Street.
Officers at the scene indicated that 911 dispatch received a call at approximately 6:44 PM Friday reporting a fire at the Poplar St. building.
When Paris Fire Department units arrived moments later, they found smoke billowing from the front of the building and a serious fire raging inside.
Firefighters responded with five engines, including a ladder truck pumping water into third-story windows. They managed to keep the fire from spreading and as of 9 PM, the fire is very nearly extinguished.
220 North Poplar was the longtime home of Lewis and Williams Grocery, and most recently housed an antique store.
We will provide more details on the fire and the extent of the damage as they become available.
Firefighters attack the blaze from multiple angles (Mechelle Robbins photo).
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