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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Reporter Benita Evans

 

Board Of Public Utilities Board Of Directors Meeting Held Thursday

(Dylan P. photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors held their monthly meeting Thursday, December 20th. The 2018 fiscal year’s BPU Trust (Roundup) Audit was approved unanimously. This program allows residential customers to round up their monthly bill to the nearest dollar, with the difference going back into the community.  “It’s pennies out of our pockets for the greater good of the community,” said BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley. The average contribution was $6 per customer, with 82% of customers taking part in it and $90,525 going back into the community. 

The board then unanimously approved a motion to retain Alexander Thompson Arnold CPA’s auditing service for the fiscal year 2019 at a cost of $30,785. The board also unanimously approved a motion to approve a bid by Commercial Bank for the main electric general account for 2019, due to Commercial Bank offering the best interest rate out of all options. 

Wimberley then discussed BPU’s next public education cause, which is disposing properly of grease. Wimberley said that while it’s easy to monitor restaurants, it’s a totally different thing to tell people how to dispose of grease in their own private home. Grease clogs up pipes and leads to more work and repairs for BPU, which in turn can lead to more costs for the customer.  Wimberley said that informative flyers about the issue will be going out in the mail in February.

In other business, Wimberley was proud to announce that BPU had moved back into its renovated office this week. They were able to come in slightly under budget, so a few more minor improvements will be done, but Wimberley said he had zero doubt that the final tally would come in right at budget if not still a bit under.

The next board of directors meeting will be Tuesday, January 22, 2019.


Woman Charged With Stealing Truck Day After Release

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Jim Sanders responded to an address on Bonnie Lane in regards to a stolen vehicle.

Cpl. Sanders located the vehicle in question while in route and was able to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Bobbie Blundell, age 36 of Paris.

Blundell had just been released from the Henry County Jail on the 18th and the victim advised that she and Blundell were acquaintances and the vehicle had been stolen from her driveway.

Blundell was charged with theft of property and placed on $20,000 bond.


Thefts Continue Throughout Area

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Cpl. David Andrews took a report of stolen rings from a home in Henry.

The victim stated that she noticed some rings missing while she was getting ready for work. There were other items of value there weren’t stolen and it is possible that the jewelry was stolen while her family was out.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.


Bethel Earns 10-Year Reaffirmation Of Accreditation

McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University President Walter Butler announced on Wednesday that Bethel has earned its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The committee found Bethel in compliance and offered no further recommendations.

Reaccreditation is a multi-year process involving collaboration within the university’s three colleges, its employees and its students.

The university was reviewed by two committees: one off-site in November 2017, and one on-site campus visit in March 2018. The reviews were designed to assess the school’s ability to provide quality educational opportunities while aligning with the school’s mission. Accreditation allows Bethel University to participate in federal (title IV) and state financial aid programs.

Each institution seeking reaffirmation of accreditation is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP. The SACSCOC committee approved the university’s QEP without stipulation.

Dr. Walter Butler lauded the individuals and teams who worked to ensure the university’s successful outcome. “This has been a tireless effort by everyone at Bethel University,” Butler said. “Our graduates, students, and future alumni will benefit from our continuous focus on growth and improvement for years to come.”

To learn more about Bethel University, go to www.Bethelu.edu


LBL Trapping Permits Now Available

Tenn. and Ky. - Land Between the Lakes trapping permits are now available online or you can call 270-924-2065.

Trapping season is January 14th through the 27th, 2019. Kentucky Hunt Areas 2, 6, 7 and Tennessee Hunt Areas 11 and 13 will be open for trapping. Beaver trapping season is February 1st through the 28th in Kentucky and Tennessee in all hunt areas. Areas closed to hunting are also closed to trapping.

Trappers must possess a Land Between the Lakes Hunter Use Permit and appropriate state trapping license. Legal traps, sets, species, and limits must conform to state and federal regulations. All traps must bear the trapper’s name and address. Trappers are required to complete a report at the end of the season.

To find out more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-525-7077 or 270-924-2000.


UT Martin Office Closures Announced

Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin will close all administrative offices on December 24th through December 28th for the holiday season, and will be closed January 1st for New Year’s Day.

This applies to offices on the main campus and at the five additional centers. Offices will be open regular business hours on Monday, December 31st and reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 3rd.


Roaming Beet Box Officially Opens In Paris

Paris, Tenn. - The Roaming Beet Box opened to the public for the first time today. The new location is 206 B Tyson Avenue in Paris. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Owned by AJ and Sarah Wimberley, the Roaming Beet Box got its start in a little trailer, serving food all over North West Tennessee.

Items from the menu are Buddha Bowls, Pizza, Sandwiches and Gourmet Grilled Cheese.

For more information, or for catering options, please contact the Roaming Beet Box at 333-9129.


Lifeline Blood Services To Hold Blood Drive Day After Christmas

Paris, Tenn. - The next Blood Drive for Lifeline Blood Services will be held on Wednesday, December 26th at Henry County Medical Center. The blood drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Hotel Thefts Continue Around The Area

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Cpl. Amanda Forrest responded to a call of theft at the Quality Inn. The victim, a guest at the hotel stated that she received a call from the front desk stating they had found her wallet near the laundry room.

The victim noticed that her cash and room key were missing. She also realized that her wedding ring was missing from the room as well.

After speaking with her credit card company, the victim found out that her card had been used four times at a local department store.

Video surveillance is being reviewed and the investigation continues.


Inman Middle School Held Holiday Food Drive

Pictured are the winning class, Paris Police, Paris Public Works and Henry County Food Bank President, Carlton Gerrell. (Jason Scarbrough photo)

Paris, Tenn. - On Tuesday, December 18th, Inman Middle School of the Paris Special School District ended their Holiday Food Drive.

The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competed to see who could contribute the most food to the Paris-Henry County Food Bank and the school collected over 750 food items.

The top contributors were Mrs. Elizondo’s 6th grade class. They received a pizza party sponsored by the Paris Police Department and the food bank.


TDOT To Halt All Lane Closures For Holiday Travel

Tennessee - Road construction won’t delay travelers during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The Tennessee Department of Transportation is once again halting all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, December 21st until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

Workers may still be on-site in some construction zones and all drivers should obey all posted speed limit in particular construction areas. In 2016, the Tennessee Department of Transportation lost three workers in the line of duty. All three were struck by passing motorists. Those tragedies bring the total number of TDOT lives lost to 112.


PPD, HCSO Teaming Up with Booze It of Lose It for Extra Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office are increasing impaired driving enforcement during the Christmas season with extra enforcement from now until January 1st. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office’s statewide Booze It and Lose it campaign is partnering with both agencies as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.

Extra patrols will be conducted at peak times for DUI, speeding, and distracted driving. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “we want to make the public aware of this extra patrol and want everyone to have a safe Holiday Season.”

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “we will be conducting increased enforcement efforts to insure the safety of motorists on our roadways during this holiday season.”

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

The consequences of single DUI conviction for a first time offender in the State of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment and/or te installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle. 

The THSO provides grant funding to support local law enforcement. For more information on the THSO visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

WG Rhea Library’s Polar Express Set for Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- It's that time again... WG Rhea Library's annual Polar Express event will be Friday, December 21st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring your family for crafts, snacks, a movie, a train ride and a visit from Santa! This program is absolutely free and open to the public (no library card required). For more info call 731-642-1702 or see the WG Rhea Public Library on Facebook.

USFWS Refuge Visitors Center Closing for Christmas, New Year’s Holidays

Springville, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will close the refuge office and Visitor center Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Visitor Center will reopen for normal hours on December 26th. The refuge office and Visitor Center will also be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and reopen January 2nd for normal hours. For more information call 642-2091.

Nutcraker Coming to KPAC With Fri, Sat. Shows

Paris, Tenn.- Dancing Generation Studio will present “The Nutcracker” at the Krider Performing Arts Center Friday night at 7pm and Saturday for a 2pm matinee. Admission is $5 for ages 2-5 and $10 for children and adults. You can reserve your seating now at www.dancinggneterationstudios.com

 

WMUF Christmas Buck Winners Drawn

   

Paris, Tenn.- Congrats to the following for being drawn as our Christmas Bucks winners this year. Christy Callison won $600, Jamie Perkins won $400, and Becky Walker won $200. They will be able to spend the money in any of the participating sponsors locations.

Lakewood Teachers of the Year Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School Faculty recently voted for their two teachers of the year.Chosen in grades PreK-4 was Mrs.  Pam Young who teaches 4th grade math.  Chosen in grades 5-8 was Mrs. Addy Byars who teaches 8th grade ELA. Both teachers will now be in contention for HCSS teacher of the year. Each teacher received a $100 gift card from Wal-Mart.

Speaker Elect Casada and Rep. Griffey Organize Organize Asian Carp Forum for Thurs.

Nashville- Soon to be Tennessee’s next Speaker of the House Glen Casada will convene an open forum to discuss the invasive Asian Carp Thurs, Dec 20, at 12:45 pm at the Cordell Hull building (Conference room to be determined).   Several current and newly elected State Representatives will attend, including Representative Bruce Griffey who helped organize the event.

TWRA Commission Chair Kurt Holbert along with other TWRA Officials and experts will attend as well.  Speaker Elect Casada is also especially pleased that representatives from Tennessee’s Commercial and Sport Fishing Industry will be attending.  They are expected to provide much needed real world experiences they face dealing with the Asian Carp on Tennessee’s Rivers on a daily basis.   

Speaker Elect Casada is looking forward to hearing from all the various stakeholders on current issues and new developments.  Reauthorization of the Asian Carp Task Force will likely be discussed as well as possible legislative solutions to assist Tennessee’s commercial fishing industry in attacking and cutting down on the invasive species.  Many officials believe that Tennessee's commercial fishermen are the only real option to effectively address the Asian Carp problem.

Speaker Elect Casada wants all stakeholders to know he is aware of the seriousness of the problem and wants open lines of communications.  Speaker Elect Casada is holding the meeting prior to the start of the 111th Legislative Session to emphasize his desire to keep this problem on a front burner for wildlife management.

Speaker Elect Casada further stated: "I really appreciate Representative Bruce Griffey for bringing this very important issue to the forefront and to my attention.  I look forward to working with him on solving this problem."

Pictured in photo is Neil Matlock, a local commercial fisherman, holding a large Asian Carp recently caught locally.

Man Charged with DUI at Scene of Accident

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Ashley Neumair of the Paris Police Department responded to Lone Oak Road in reference to a single vehicle accident with a possible subject leaving the scene. Upon arrival, Neumair made contact with Jason Russell, 30 of Paris, who appeared to be slumped over in the driver seat. Russell fell out of the vehicle as he tried to exit and admitted to being under the influence. Russell was charged with driving under the influence and bond was set at $1,500.00.

FAFSA Frenzy Planned at HCHS Tues. 6-8pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Counseling Department will be hosting the second FAFSA Frenzy Filing Night Tuesday from 6-8pm in lab 69. There will be people on hand to answer questions and help file your student’s FAFSA. If you come to the event, bring your 2017 tax return, student’s 2017 tax return, social security numbers of each person, and or FSA ID information. To remain eligible for TN Promise, each student’s FAFSA must be submitted by Feb. 1st.

Historic Atkins Porter Neighborhood Annouces Christmas Light Winners

Paris, Tenn.- The Historic Atkins-Porter neighborhood boasts a great number of lighted homes which have been decorated with love this holiday season, and residents are inviting the community to come enjoy their gift of light, according to Rachel Terrell, president of the neighborhood association.

“This year’s event is the result of great dedication combined with thousands of lights,” said Terrell, who joined fellow HAPNA members to stroll through the neighborhood and present trophies on Sunday evening as part of the association’s annual lighting contest.

BEST PORCH was won by Laura Nash, who recently moved to Edgewood Street. “My fiancé, Trevor Cloar and I have been doing a lot of remodeling” she said. With classic, white lights and red velvet bows adorning the porch, it’s clear that Nash is devoted to her historic bungalow at 332 Edgewood.

BEST YARD was won by the Hoppers at 337 Edgewood Street. The decorators in the family are Chris and son, Payton, but Shannon and son, Dallas clearly enjoy the visual rewards. Along with hundreds of lights and candy canes, Santa will love the six-foot tall “Welcome” sign out front.

With other brightly lit, well-designed displays to their credit, Edgewood was named MOST APPEALING STREET, but these were not the only creative individuals in the neighborhood.

A few streets over, neighbor Phillip Weaver turned his family’s home at 403 Walnut into a brightly illuminated, Christmas postcard for his sons, Ryan and Hunter. “Phillip did it all,” said his wife, Nikki, who said she drove in from work after all the lights were up and “thought the house was on fire.” The heart of the display, which was chosen as BEST HOUSE, is Santa perched on top of the home. How did he figure out the secret to that trick? “Well, let’s just say that it helps if you have a satellite dish on your roof,” laughed Weaver.

The CLARK GRISWALD AWARD, a new trophy for 2018, was won by the Painter family on 206 Blakemore Street. Past winners, James and Heather, along with daughter Leighann pointed out decorations that were new this year, including Santa on a Harley, a rotating Christmas tree on the porch, a horse and sleigh, and more.

Another new award, BEST RELIGIOUS DECORATIONS was won by the Price family of 422 Whitehall Circle. While a silhouette of the nativity is projected onto the families’ double-front door, there are also myriad lights. “Probably around 10,000,” said Kevin, who has enjoyed stringing Christmas lights since he and his brothers decorated their family home in Jackson, TN. Now with his own family, Price, his wife, Kayla, their son, Brighton and daughter, Riley are carrying on the tradition.

By their own admission, Melvin and Patty Roney, recipients of the JUDGES’ FAVORITE award put a lot of time into their display. “We go all out for Halloween, but Christmas is Patty’s thing,” said Melvin. After the holidays last year, they went shopping and the result, which includes a hot air balloon and synchronized music, will tickle anyone who drives or strolls by 312 Head Street.

Along with Edgewood, streets that are especially merry include Dunlap, Jackson, Walnut, Blanton, Head and Whitehall. Members of the HAPNA Board of Directors were ineligible to win.



2018 Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association Christmas Lighting Contest winning addresses:

BEST PORCH - 332 Edgewood

BEST YARD - 337 Edgewood Street

BEST HOUSE - 403 Walnut Street

CLARK GRISWOLD AWARD – 206 Blakemore Street

BEST RELIGIOUS DECORATIONS – 422 Whitehall Circle

MOST APPEALING STREET - Edgewood

JUDGES’ FAVORITE – 312 Head Street

The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. For more information visit Atkins Porter Neighborhood on Facebook.

Henry School Supper With Santa Tuesday 5-7pm

Henry, Tenn.- Henry School will hold their Supper with Santa Tuesday December 18th beginning at 5pm. Admission is $5 for children 13 and up and $3.50 for ages 4-12. The event is free for ages 3 and under and cost is capped at $20 for family with parents and children. Admission gets you hot dog, chili, drink goodies, games, activities, and even photos with Santa.

Henry County Commission Approves $5K to Bring Fire Engine Home

County Commissioners approve moving money to give $5K to the Historical Soc. for the transport and restoration of the fire engine. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday night and approved a resolution to contribute $5K to the Henry County Historical Society to help with the transport of the 1927 La France Fire Engine. Commissioner David Webb discussed the issue in detail with the Paris City Commission earlier in the month, as a Fire Engine, originally belonging to the City of Paris has been found in Oregon and plans are to transport it back to Paris, restore it, and use it for tourism purposes such as parades and events in the county and other towns and for fire fighter funerals.

Webb said contributions have been great so far in raising money to get the 1927 engine back to Paris from Oregon. Plans are in place to have it here, restored, and operational by the Fish Fry Parade in April. Webb told the City Commission that the Historical Society planned to asked the county for up to another $5K in the next budget year if the contributions don’t equal enough needed.

In appointments to boards, James Travis was appointed to the hospital board to fill the unexpired term of David Webb. Jamey Tosh was also appointed to the Hospital board to fill the unexpired citizen at large term of James Travis. Nominating Committee Chairman David Webb explained this was because the bylaws of the medical center says only two county commissioners can serve and as he was the one who had served the least amount of time, he gave up the seat.

The Commission approved the adoption of the upgraded County and multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan. This is a house keeping issue that is done every 5 years or so. In addition to that, the county commission approved the local EMA plan. EMA Director Ron Watkins said this is done to help our school systems prepare for disasters and get grant money. The last update was done back in 2012.

The Commission also approved a resolution to sell certain delinquent tax property at reduced prices Monday night.

911 Board Hears Latest on Central Dispatch; Adding $40K to the radio project to Install Concrete Buildings

911 Board members look over financials Mon. evening. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 board met in regular session Monday afternoon and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo gave a report from the Central Dispatch Committee on moving to Centralized Dispatching. He said we met with CTAS and MTAS and were told what they needed from us and what the city and coutny needed to do moving forward with Centralized Dispatching. MTAS and CTAS has gathered information on the salary side and benefits and meetings with finance directors will be held soon as we move forward.

The Henry County Radio project was also discussed briefly Monday evening. 911 Director Mark Archer reminded the board that the request for proposal is almost ready to go out the door and will likely go out this week. The plan is to get the County’s Community Development Block Grant money this year and the City’s next year, then bring in all the other agencies.

Archer said we’ve had to put up a tower in Springville and may purchase a tower as well.

Earlier in the meeting, Archer discussed some excess funding from the state. He said we got back over $70K, which is much more than expected. He said the number of phones purchased helped that go up and it was a nice surprise, as usually that number is around $5K per year.

Archer then discussed funding for tower buildings at the end of the meeting Monday evening. He suggested using $40K of that excess $70K and pour some concrete slabs at tower sites and put generators with buildings at four sites as the radio project moves forward. Archer said by adding the concrete buildings, it would help stand up to weather and wear and they cost more than the metal buildings the county had planned to put on the sites. The board approved the request to use more funds.

Archer explained that ECATs has been installed It is a product from AT &T and lets you know all trunking is running and lets you know when there is problems.

Road name changes on Winding Way and Sycamore have been completed as upcoming subdivisions are being built in certain areas. It eliminated Sycamore Lane, which there was already a Sycamore out in the County. Archer said about 100 people would be moving into that area when it was completed.

IT Director Chad Howard talked about building a server with the QGIS Server Project. He had checked with other companies and realized it was something that could be done in house to save money. The server is very detailed and allows the district to address each apartment to be a point on the map, or each room at the schools to be a point on the map, which will help response times. Howard said QGIS allows us to have a shared server with all entities in the county like the BPU, Gas Company, etc. Henry County is the only county in the state that has this shared server. Every company controls only its data, and can’t manipulate the other points on the map.

The new website for Henry County 911 is nearly complete. Ryan Griffith, who completed the Chamber’s new website is working on the 911 website and it will look similar to the Chambers. Howard said hopefully within a few weeks if not sooner the website will be done.

Drugs, Alcohol Arrests Made Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Daniel Andres of the Paris Police Department was on general patrol when he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car directly in front of him.  Andres then conducted a traffic stop on Joy Street, where he made contact with Duke A. Ward, 19 of Cottage Grove.  A subsequent search turned up 5.3 grams of marijuana which were individually bagged in small amounts.  Over $1,200 in cash was found along with scales.  Ward was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture and bond was set at $3,500.

Sgt. Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance at a Madison Street residence.  Upon arrival, Underwood made contact with Jeffery Barlow, 30 of Paris.  Barlow stated that he had fired two shots into the ceiling in an attempt to get his girlfriend and her ex-boyfriend to leave.  Underwood then located a Glock .357 in the kitchen that was still loaded.  Barlow showed signs of obvious intoxication and admitted to drinking.  Sgt. Underwood placed Barlow under arrest for reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm while under the influence.  Bond was set at $5,000.

In other arrests, Logan Pierpoint, 23 of Big Sandy, was arrested for simple possession.  Jessica Gasche, 30 of Paris, was arrested for theft (greater than $1,000 but less than $10,000), simple possession, and unlawful drug paraphernalia.  Walker Mohon, 64 of Covington, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

Paris Police Make Drug Arrest at Local Motel

Paris, Tenn.- Paris police responded to a call to the Super 8 Motel on a suspicious activity. When officers arrived they found Destiny Scarborough sitting in the hall outside the room she had rented. According to the report, When asked why she was not inside, the woman responded that the others in the room kicked her out so they could “Crack”.

Officers then asked if they could search the room. Scarborough agreed and used the key to open the door, but it was locked from the inside. The occupants told officers they didn’t have clothes on. A few moments later a woman identified as Haylee Valentine opened the door. There were two men dressing when officer come into the room identified as Christopher Patterson and Daniel Wilson both from Mississippi.

After a search, officers found a green leafy substance, scales, and baggies. Upon further search, officers found a 40 Caliber pistol that Wilson claimed was his. They also found large sums of money. They all were arrested on drug charges and Scarborough had a warrant out for her.

When arriving at the HCSO the group was being processed for arrest when  a bag of what was identified as  methamphetamine fell out of Valentine’s pocket  All were charged with possession of Schedule 6 with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Wilson was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Scarborough was also charged with the warrant. Valentine was also charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution. Bail  and court date was set for all.

HCHD Closes Ratteree Rd. Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has closed Ratteree Road in the Cypress area Monday December 17th for culvert replacement. The closure will be two tenths of a mile south of Mills Lane and the road should be back open for early afternoon traffic.

PSSD Night, 8th Grade Night at Inman Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Bulldogs will host Martin Middle in basketball on Monday night with boys JV at 5, followed by girls and boys varsity. All Paris Special School District Students wearing a school T-shirt will get in free. Students under 6th grade must be accompanied by a guardian. Additionally 8th grade night will be held between the girls and boys varsity game.   

Paris-Henry County Band Perform Christmas Concert at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Paris-Henry County Community Band performed a Christmas concert at the Krider Preforming Arts Center Sunday afternoon. The band consists of Henry county residents interested in playing an instrument in a band once again. It is under the direction of R. Michael Holden, long time music instructor who has directed high school bands in Paris and Hollow Rock/Bruceton. The crowd was serenaded with traditional Christmas classics such as Silent Night and Joy to the World. And less know holiday favorites like Still, Still, Still, and Ukrainian Bell Carol.   

Paris Flutes: Veda Haney, Melinda Howard, and Amanda Visser

Paris Brass: Stephen Rowlett, Michael Holden, Kala Price, Ben Jakubowski, and David Stubblefield

Calloway County Couple Receives the 2018 Spotlight Alumni Award

Photo by MSU

The Hutson School of Agriculture at Murray State University recognized Craig and Joanna Carraway of Calloway County during Homecoming 2018 as the recipients of the third annual Spotlight Alumni Award.

The new award started two years ago as a way for the Hutson School of Agriculture to recognize graduates whose accomplishments deserve a personal spotlight. The 2018 award honors Murray State agriculture graduates Craig, ’97, and Joanna (Payne), ’06, Carraway for their professional success and personal story.

Craig and Joanna first met while working in agriculture retail. Soon after the couple married, they decided to establish a tobacco farm in Calloway County and created a list of their goals — both personally and professionally — as the farm continued to grow. Creating a farm that was financially secure became a lifestyle.

The couple’s faith was shaken, however, when Craig was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and given 14 months to get his affairs in order.

Now, two-and-a-half years later, Craig has undergone numerous surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy. He has remained strong in spite of it all and continues to look ahead with a positive outlook. The Carraway family has been the ultimate example of learning to refocus when plans leave your control.

That is why they are the 2018 Spotlight Alumni Award winners.

Pats Sweep Mustangs at Home

Paris, Tenn- Henry County Patriots swept Huntington Saturday night at home. Lady Patriots squeezed out a victory over the Mustangs 56-55. While the Patriots won 52-40.The Lady Patriots will play in the Westview Christmas Tournament December 27-29.The boys will play in the Stewart County Christmas Classic December 28 and 29.

"No Blue Christmas" A Huge Success

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Child Support office held their 3rd Annual “No Blue Christmas” at First United Methodist Church Saturday. The event provided toys to over 150 children ages 2-months to 18 years old. A total of 320 gifts were given to excited boys and girls from Henry County.  They also played games, had goodies to enjoy, and met with Santa.

Tennessee District Attorney Matt Stone was part of the event and told WMUF he enjoys doing this because of the smiles on the faces of the kids who receive these gifts. Stone, who serves Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry Counties, says this year's event was 5-times as big as the one last year. Before the doors were even open, there was a line of people waiting to take part in the event.   

 Over the past three years the office has been helped by surplus donations from other Toy Drives, but this year they did not receive those donations.

But thanks to the generous donations of many in the Henry County Community,there are several children that will have a special Christmas this year.

BPU Reopens Main Office Monday After Renovations

Paris, Tenn.-The Board of Public Utilities will reopen their main office Monday December 17 after several months of renovations. According to the press release, BPU will no longer operate out of their temporary office on the corner of E. Washington St. and N. Poplar. Instead, all payments and business will be done in the main office at 117 E. Washington Street.  In the released statement, the utility thanked customers for their understanding and employees for their hard work during the remodeling project. BPU states the remodeled office will meet changing needs and ensure many years of continued presence and support of Downtown Paris.

Patriots and Lady Patriots Victorious over Clarksville

Clarksville, Tenn.- Lady Patriots beat Clarksville 57-53  Friday night. Caroline Singleton and Kelly Chipmen were the top scorers of the night.  

The Patriots defeated Clarksville 75-58. Will Singleton and Semaj King lead the Patriots in scoring with 15 points apiece.

Henry County will play Saturday at home against Huntington. Airtime is at 5:30 on 94.1 WLZK. Tip-off is set  for 6.

KSP Looking for Fugitive that is Considered Armed and Dangerous

Hickory, Kenn.- Kentucky State Police are requesting assistance in locating a wanted person who is considered armed and dangerous. Kenneth Brian Fitzgerald, 31 of Marion, KY, is wanted by the Kentucky State Police for theft over $10,000 and by Kentucky Probation and Parole officers for absconding parole. Fitzgerald has a history of being armed and physically violent and should be considered dangerous. He should not be approached by the public.  He is believed to be staying in the border areas of Caldwell, Crittenden, Livingston, and Lyon Counties.  Fitzgerald is described as a white male, 5’10” tall and weighing approximately 190 lbs.  He has brown hair and brown eyes.   If you see Fitzgerald or know of his whereabouts, please call 911 or Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or toll free at 1-800-222-5555.  Callers may remain anonymous.

W.G. Rhea Elementry School Celebrated Supper With Santa

Santa with Tristan Ritter at the W.G. Rhea Elem. Santa Event

Heather Williams and her helpers served delicious made to order hot choclate to the crowd.

Paris., Tenn.- Face painting, games, bouncy houses,refreshments and of course jolly Saint Nick are what the kiddies, young and old, enjoyed during the W.G. Rhea Supper with Santa event Friday night. The night was a huge success despite the rainy, cold weather.

Ms. Jackie Bond supervising the ring toss game. Just one of several games attendees could win prizes.

Shayna and Lilly Page made pretty christmas ornaments with the help of Britney Cuddeford, Olivia Harper and Lauryn Russell.

Mockingbird Catering Chamber Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- Mockingbird Catering celebrated their Grand Opening/Open House/ Ribbon Cutting ceremony Friday afternoon. Several members of the the Chamber of Commerce and community were there to see the newly renovated building located in the Lakeway Shopping Center.

Photos by Angie Wainscott 

Photo by Gary Benton

Man Cited After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriffs office was on a patrol when he observed a car with only one operating tail light and a registration plate that did not much the actual vehicle.  Upon stopping the vehicle, Waldron made contact with the driver and two other occupants inside and detected a strong odor of marijuana.  The men admitted to smoking in the car earlier.  After checking identification, Waldron was advised that one of the passengers, Trevion Owens, 22 of Ripley, had an active warrant out of Dyer County.  Owens was placed under arrest and the two other men were removed from the car.  A search was performed, which turned up a small amount of marijuana.  Devin Pitts, 23 of Dyersburg, took ownership of the marijuana and was cited for driving without a license and simple possession of schedule VI. 

In other arrests, Edward Armstrong, 21 of Nashville, was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license.  Kane Ray, 29 of Paris, was arrested for aggravated burglary and theft of property over $10,000 but less than $60,000.  Bond was set at $10,000.

Rep. Griffey Meets with TDEC on Opp. Zones

Nashville- On Wednesday, December 12, Representative Bruce Griffey met with officials from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (“TDEC”) about how Opportunity Zones in Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties can be utilized to attract investment and grow job opportunities for the district.

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for which the Trump Administration advocated last year allow investors to re-invest their capital gains into ‘Qualified Opportunity Funds’ in exchange for 3 types of federal tax benefits: (1) temporary deferral, (2) a step-up in basis and (3) permanent exclusion on capital gains earned after the initial investment. The ‘Qualified Opportunity Funds’ can be used to invest in industrial development and retail development, among other things, in low-income communities,” explained Griffey.

“Three tracts – one in each of the 3 counties in our district – have been designated as an ‘Opportunity Zone’ for the investment of ‘Qualified Opportunity Funds’. The ‘Opportunity Zone’ in Henry County is located in the northeast part of the county by the lake at the Stewart County line. In Stewart County, the ‘Opportunity Zone’ is located in the southeast portion of the county by the Houston County line. In Benton County, the ‘Opportunity Zone’ has been designated in the southern portion of the county at the Decatur County line along the Interstate 40 corridor,” Griffey said.

“In short, if an investor, which can be an individual, a corporation, a partnership or a trust, wants to invest capital gains in one of these 3 zones for industrial development or retail development or other business development, then those invested capital gains will be exempt from federal taxation through the end of 2026 or when the investment is sold – whichever occurs first. Additionally, if the investment of the capital gains is held for 10 years, then any gains from it will be permanently exempt from federal taxation. Moreover, after 7 years, the initial investment will be discounted by up to 15% for tax purposes,” stated Griffey.

“With 3 different ‘Opportunity Zones’ designated by the State in our district, this is a newly created, advantageous financial benefit that we can offer to attract business and industry to our area, and there will be businesses looking for zones into which to invest. In fact, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin anticipates that approximately $100 billion in private capital will be invested into ‘Opportunity Zones’ across the United States. I’m very optimistic about how ‘Opportunity Funds’ can strengthen our district’s economy, and I am intent on continuing to do everything I possibly can to find ways to get more industry and jobs here,” Griffey concluded.

Attached is a map reflecting counties in District 75 with shaded areas reflecting the “Opportunity Zones”.

Applications Available Now for Citizens Police Academy

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are being sought as the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office have teamed up to bring the Citizens Police Academy back to Henry County. The Academy will begin in February and continue thru May for 10 weeks of bringing together the community and law enforcement. The Academy will be 10 weeks of intense training, excitement, and fun.

Anyone interested and can pass a background check, may pick up applications at Paris City Hall in the Records Division. The Applications must be filled out and returned to either the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff’s Office by January 10th, 2019. The Academy is just a small part of bringing together law enforcement and citizens and will be a learning experience for everyone. For questions contact Capt. Ricky Watson at the Paris Police Department or Sgt. Eddie Crosser at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

News from past weeks here.

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HCPC Stop Underage Drinking

Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church

Peppers

Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club

 

Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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