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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Patriots Seek 2nd State Championship in Three Years

Cookeville, Tenn.- Henry County plays Knoxville West Friday night in the BlueCross Bowl for the TSSAA 5A state championship. The Patriots look to keep a perfect season in tact and win their second state title in three year. The game will be played at Tucker Stadium, on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. For all of you planning on going, have a safe trip and pay attention to the winter weather that is in the area.


If you can’t make the game, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and online via our website at wmufradio.com. The pregame show will start at 6:30pm and the kickoff is set for 7pm, but could be pushed later if other games run long. Good luck to the Patriots Friday night in Cookeville.

PSSD and Henry County Cancel School for Friday

Both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District have decided to close schools on Friday due to the impending winter weather that will likely impact our area. The decision was made Thursday by both directors to go ahead and cancel school for Friday.

Other schools in our area that have already announced they will close Friday include Carroll, Benton, Houston, Stewart, Humphries, Dickson, and Montgomery.


Huge Turnout at Community Pep Rally Thursday Night



Henry County players threw dozens of miniature footballs into the crowd at Thursday night's pep rally (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Football fans packed Gamlin Gymnasium at Henry County High School Thursday night to send the Patriot football team off to their second TSSAA Blue Cross Bowl appearance in three years.


The Marching Patriots and cheerleaders were on hand to perform and entertain the crowd, and principal Lennies McFerren and head coach James Counce both addressed Thursday night's audience.

McFerren reminded the players, who occupied an entire side section of the gym's seating, that there were lots of high school teams who would love to be where the Patriots were, and to enjoy the moment.

Counce stressed how impressed he was with the Henry County community, saying that he had been continually asked in his recent interviews what makes the school "unique", and said it always came back to the incredible community support for Patriot football.

He also joked that "if you're looking for a long-winded speech, you're not gonna get it, because I'm tired and I want to go to bed" as Counce and the entire team has a long day ahead of them tomorrow.

The high school was selling tickets to Friday night's game at the rally; according to athletic director Michael Poteete, over 1200 tickets have been pre-sold as of Thursday night.

Representatives from Hulme's Sporting Goods and Abbotts Print Shop were also on hand at the rally selling t-shirts and hoodies in two different designs to commemorate Friday's state championship game.

Despite the threat of inclement winter weather, the Patriots are scheduled to play in Cookeville for the Blue Cross Bowl state championship title at 7 PM Friday night.



Head coach James Counce leads his team in a call-and-response at Thursday night's pep rally (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Commission Handles December Business Quickly Thursday Night

Mayor Sam Tharpe and Commissioner Carlton Gerrell scan their packets while city manager Carl Holder discusses items at Paris City Commission Meeting Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission meeting was a quick one Thursday night as commissioners approved everything on the agenda. Commissioners approved the rezoning request for property at Fairgrounds Road and Bell Avenue and sent it on to the Planning Commission for final approval.


The property was for the Paris Livestock business that suffered a fire a few years ago and the owner wanted to sell the 7.5 acre tract and the prospective buyer would like to develop the property with multiple residential units. The motion passed to rezone the property from M-1 to R-3.


In other business, commissioners approved authorizing the Mayor to sign the Notice of Intent permit concerning the MS-4 program and stormwater ordinance. City Manager Carl Holder said there is a large sum of money involved in the process, but it is something required by law and he would have more on costs later on.


Community Development Director Jennifer Morris updated the commission on the next leg of the highway 218 bypass project. She said due to some issues with TDOT and the railroad, they missed the December 4th deadline for purchases.


Even so however, Morris said they have not been thrown far behind because the deadline is now January 22nd and they will make it because the issues will be fixed. Morris said the bid letting will be in April and construction should begin in early summer of 2014.


Retail Sales Down over 3% for October, Revenues Still Up for Year



Finance director Kim Foster discusses October Financials. (Alsobrooks photo).

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Kim Foster told commissioners that even though retail sales have improved in October compared to September, the city is still considerably behind when compared to the same time frame last year, about 3% behind in fact.


Foster said property tax collections are sluggish, but revenues are 1.8% ahead of last fiscal year in the same time frame. She said they are making up the shortfall from local option sales taxes and property taxes by increases in ESN 122 fee collections and a larger proportion of state shared taxes.


Inman Basketball Game Postponed

Martin, Tenn.- Due to the threat of severe winter weather, Thursday night's basketball game between Inman Middle School and Martin Middle School in Martin, Tenn. has been postponed to a later date.

BlueCross BlueShield Holds Fan Face Off Texting Contest




Cookeville, Tenn.- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is once again sponsoring the Fan Face Off competition where fans from teams in the championship games can text their support of their team and win the school $1000. Henry County fans did this in huge numbers back in 2011, our last trip to the BlueCross Bowl and the high school won the $1000.

Patriot Fans Can text Bowl 9 to 37048 to show their support. Only one text message per mobile number is accepted and normal messaging and data rates will apply. Texts will be counted up until the final whistle at the game Friday night.

Festival of Trees Opens Up Tuesday December 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center and the Downtown Paris Association are partnering once again to present the Festival of Trees which will run December 10th thru December 23rd.

The theme this year, just like for the Holly Jolly Christmas parade, is a storybook Christmas. There is usually around 20 decorated trees from different businesses, groups, and organizations from around the community. You can also view mantles, fireplaces, and display cases for Christmas collectibles, entrances, and the stairway will all be decorated at the Heritage Center.

The Festival of Trees begins on Tuesday December 10th at the Chamber Coffee. Awards will be presented for the “Most Original” as well as first second and third place winners for the “Best Theme.”

Norma Steele, director of the Heritage Center said, there is still room for more businesses and organizations to put a tree in the Festival of Trees, but it must be up and decorated by Saturday afternoon. To enter the Festival Of Trees, a $25 fee is required by the Downtown Paris Association.

Hours to view the Festival of Trees Tuesday thru Saturday from Noon to 5:30pm and Sundays from 1 to 4pm and a one dollar donation is requested. The Heritage Center is located at 614 North Poplar Street.


West TN Motorcoach Opens Up 4th Fan Bus




Paris, Tenn.- A fourth fan bus has been added by West Tennessee MotorCoach to take fans to the state championship game on Friday. Three fan buses have already filled up as several who had planned to drive are now seeking bus seats.

The cost is $30 per person and does not include tickets to the game. You can pay by cash, check, or credit card. Deadline for payment of reservations is Thursday afternoon, but open seats will be sold in person at the office at 901 Industrial Road or by phone with credit card until noon tomorrow. Call 642-0860 for more information.

Tickets to the game can still be purchased at the high school during school hours today and Friday and at the community pep rally Thursday night at 6pm at HCHS Gamlin Gym.


BPU Gives Tips on Preparation for Ice

Paris, Tenn.- The weather forecast for the next few days includes low temperatures and a prediction of ice accumulations. This has potential for downed power lines and downed trees.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preparation for the ice from Cole Edwards, director of Electric Operations at BPU:             

  • Make sure you stay clear of all downed power lines and trees. Call the BPU to notify us of all downed lines.
  • Generator Use: As you see our crews pull up in your driveway, please notify them if you are using a generator.
  • Please install the generator with safety and install correctly. This will prevent back-feed onto the lines and increase the safety of our lineman.
  • BPU linemen are trained to look and be cautious of generators in use.
  • Please be patient with our guys as they will be working long hours and through the night. We know and will be working as safely and as quick to restore the power to Paris and Henry County.



BPU Gives Tips on Preparation for Frozen Pipes

The weather forecast for the next few days includes highs that are below freezing and lows in the single digits.  With extreme cold temperatures comes the possibility of frozen water pipes.

Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home:

             

  • Make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed
  • Disconnect garden hoses
  • Leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve.  If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage.

These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired. 

  

For any questions, please contact Terry Wimberley at 731-642-1322, ext. 149 


NWS Places Our Area Under Ice Storm Warning

Memphis, Tenn.- The National Weather Service in Memphis has placed our area under an Ice Storm Warning, effective from 6am to 6pm on Friday. The NWS says an arctic cold front will drop thru the midsouth late this afternoon and Thursday’s rain will change to freezing rain late tonight and into Friday morning.

Forecasts are calling for ice accumulations from .5 to .75 inches north of the I-40 corridor. Additional accumulations of snow and sleet from 2 to 7 inches could also fall later Friday when all precipitation turns to snow before it ends Friday night.


With ice accumulations possible of half an inch or more, tree limbs and power lines are likely to fall, causing widespread and prolonged power outages. Driving will also be dangerous and nearly impossible and forecasters urge motorists to use extreme caution and only travel if they have to.


A second round of winter weather appears to be likely late Saturday night and into Sunday with more accumulations of ice and snow expected. Please continue to monitor weather forecast and make preparations ahead of this impending winter storm.


Be prepared for lengthy power outages and if you must travel, be sure your vehicle has flashlights, some food and water, and blankets.

Christmas Bazaar At Lee Academy Postponed, Rescheduled

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the impending winter weather, Lee Academy for the Arts has decided to postpone their Christmas Bazaar which was set for this Saturday December 7th from 9am to 4pm. They have rescheduled it for December 14th from 9am to 4pm. The Christmas Bazaar will have a host of local artists selling their mediums including pottery, acrylics, oil paintings, baked goods, basket weaving and more.


Bloodmobile at FUMC 12-6 Thursday


Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm on Thursday December 5th and all eligible donors are encouraged to give blood. There is a current critical need for A negative, B negative, and O negative blood in West Tennessee so everyone who can give blood this week is urged to do so. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood.


City Commission Meeting One Hour Earlier Tonight


Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission is moving their regular December meeting time up one hour this Thursday night to start at 5pm instead of 6pm. It’s a light agenda on tap for the December meeting with discussions around worker’s compensation reform, rezoning request for property at Fairgrounds Road and Bell Avenue, and recodifying the Paris municipal code the main items on the agenda. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting is being moved up since the community wide pep rally for the Patriots football team will be held at 6pm Thursday night at the high school.


Advent Walk Draws Large Crowd On Warm December Night



Pews were all full at Quinn Chapel Wednesday, the first stop on the annual Candlelight Advent Walk. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- An unseasonably warm December night set the stage for a huge crowd to take part in the annual candlelight Advent walk throughout downtown Paris on Wednesday night.


The Advent walk started at Quinn Chapel AME Church and Elaine Conger, chairman of the Advent Walk committee and member of Grace Episcopal Church welcomed everyone out and advised ushers would led groups of twenty to each stop this evening. Conger said they were going to stand outside and truly embrace the Candlelight, thanks to the warmer weather.



Elaine Conger welcomes the crowd at the start of the Advent Walk.


Conger advised the standing room only crowd that any offerings collected during the advent walk would go to the Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance. Jim Twillbeck, told event goers the Ministerial Alliance helps citizens in our area whose lives have been upended by disasters and castatrophic losses. Twillbeck said the Alliance does great work, but due to the economy, funds are very low and encoura ged everyone to give if they could.


Rev. Dr. John Dandrige, of Quinn Chapel AME then led the bidding and the Lord’s Prayer. Music was then performed by the Henry County Percussion Ensemble, followed by the Quinn Chapel Choir, as groups were led to the next stop.


Churches visited during the Advent Walk on Wednesday were First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, and Grace Episcopal Church where a reception was held.



HCHS Percussion Ensemble perform "Prepare Ye the Way," as the crowd sings along.


Chamber Holds Open House and Tree Trimming



Connie McSwain, county commission

and director of the WG Rhea Library

places and ornament on the tree. (chamber photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Several different businesses and organizations are represented on the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Tree and many came back the Open House on Tuesday afternoon to view and place ornaments on the tree.


Above: The WMUF/WLZK ornament and a Shop Local Shirt, are just a few of the unique ornaments on the Chamber's Tree. Bottom: Wider view of the chamber's tree. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)




City of Puryear Cancels Tree Lighting Ceremony

Puryear, Tenn.- The city of Puryear has decided to cancel their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that was scheduled for Friday night December 6th due to the impending winter weather. The Puryear Lions Club had planned to have free hot dogs and drinks, but it will be cancelled this year because of the possible winter and will not be rescheduled.


EMA Watching Potential Winter Weather

Paris, Tenn.- In an email from Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins, the impact briefing from the National Weather Service is forecasting up to a half inch of ice possible with this event which starts late Thursday night and runs until Friday evening.

Another round of ice, snow, and sleet is possible Saturday night and Sunday. Also, rain amounts Thursday thru Sunday could equal around three inches, starting with all rain during the day on Thursday.


Rain and freezing temperatures are likely to cause hazardous road conditions as well as downed tree limbs and power lines. Flash flooding could be an issue as well starting Thursday.


EMA advises citizens to pay attention to forecast in the coming days and make preparations for the event.


BPU Taking ProActive Steps Ahead of Possible Winter Weather

Paris, Tenn.- General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said BPU is making preparations ahead of the possible winter weather headed to our area. Etheridge said he advised all crews to be ready this weekend should the ice began to cause problems. Etheridge has been proactive and went ahead and reserved a block of rooms at local hotels for out of town crews that can come in and help should conditions worsen with winter weather.


The forecast has placed our area under a winter weather watch on Friday from 9am to 9pm. Continue to pay attention to forecasts as Friday approaches and make plans in case an ice storm does occur.


Holly Jolly Christmas Parade Coming Up Dec. 14th

Entry Deadline is December 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade is just a few days away and applications are still being accepted to have an entry in the parade when it takes over the court square area on Saturday December 14th.


Floats are welcome as a entry, as well as golf carts, horses, bands, pets, and more. Churches, school groups, organizations, and others are invited to enter keeping in mind this year’s theme, “A Storybook Christmas.”


The parade will be the culmination of the Downtown Christmas Festival which runs from 2-4pm. The parade will start at 4:30pm.


Several awards will be presented such as Best Decorated Float, Best Decorated Golf Cart/Small Tractor, Best Use of Theme, Most Christmas Spirit, Cutest Christmas Critter, and the most prestigious of all awards, the Clark Griswold Award, given to the most lit entry.


Applications and guidelines for entries into the Holly Jolly Christmas parade are available at Paris City Hall or via the website visitdowntownparis.com. Applications are due by December 10th for questions call 336-0278, or 653-7274.


Henry School's Breakfast With Santa Is Saturday from 8-10am

Henry, Tenn.- Henry Elementary School will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday December 7th from 8am to 10am. All elementary school children are invited for free and adult admission is $6. There will be a pancake breakfast, crafts, games, Christmas Carols and Live Music, Face Painting and more.


PreK thru 2nd graders will sing Christmas Carols and pictures with Santa will be available for $3. There will be a 8th grade cake walk during Breakfast with Santa and tickets are only fifty cents and the Henry Thrift Store will be located in the gym for a special Christmas sale, fill a grocery bag full of items from the Henry Thrift store for just $1. Henry’s Christmas with Santa will be Saturday from 8-10am.


Jammin 4 the Kids Will Be Held Saturday at Moose Lodge

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have their annual Jammin 4 the Kids Benefit this Saturday December 7th at the Paris Moose Lodge on Dinkins Lane. The event is open to anyone age 21 and over will run from 7pm until 1am and performers include Vince Dodd, Jimmy Stewart and Sproul Heights Band. The admission is $10 and all money raised goes to benefit the underprivileged Children’s shopping tour and deserving family. For more information call 693-9086.


Schools To Dismiss Early Friday for State Championship Game


Paris, Tenn.- In order for students, staff, and parents to have adequate time to travel to Cookeville safely on Friday, the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District will dismiss schools early n Friday December 6th.

Dismissal times will be Harrelson, Henry, Lakewood at 11am, Rhea Elementary at 11:15am, Paris Elementary at 11:20am, Grove at 11:20am, Inman Middle at 11:30am, and Henry County High School at 11:40am. Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools prior to dismissal on Friday.

Tickets for the state championship game are on sale at Grove and Henry County High School for $12 per person. Tickets will also be sold on Thursday night at the Community Pep Rally which is set for 6pm at Gamlin Gym.


Middle School Band Students Compete in Honor Band Competition

Students picked from over 1K applicants


Murray, Ky.- Twelve Henry County Middle School students and eight Paris Special School District students participated in the 68th annual Quad State Middle School Band Festival held at Murray State University last week. These students were selected from over 1,000 applicants and students from the region to participate in this honor band festival.

The students spent the day working with guest conductors from across the country and had master classes with Murray State’s department of music faculty on their specific instrument. The students were set to perform but the weather cancelled the performance.

Students who competed from Paris and Henry County were from Lakewood Middle: Megan Bowden, Ayla Capps, Mitchell Casteel, Jennifer Hassell, Natalie Rice, and John Putman; from Harrelson: Hannah Hughes, Erin Ruggles, Bradley Johnson, and Paige Conklin; from Henry: Hannah Hopkins and Natalie Greer; from Inman: Micheal Bertouille, Seth Bucy, Ayshia Holton, Connor Mason, Hunter McGuire, Megan Richardson, Josh Safin, Luke Weatherly.


The Henry County Middle School bands are also selling fruit and the profits benefit the students at honor band competitions and equipment.

 

Henry Students Experience The Dome

Plus Endowment Grant Funded the experience



Photo shows some pre-schoolers entering the dome. Photo

submitted by Susan Burton.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry Elementary Students had the opportunity to watch a 3-D object travel through space or experience the effects of tornadoes and earthquakes inside the Dome IMAX theatre/planetarium. The Dome was at Henry on Monday and was made possible thru a William Atchison Plus Endowment grant.

School Counselor Regenda Lindsey, said “our teachers have chosen presentations that align with their curriculum and hope students will gain more understanding of the material through experience virtual presentations.


Teachers were able to choose from several presentations such as astronomy, physical science, space science, earth science, social studies, or biology. The dome is a 16 by 16 foot space with a 10 foot ceiling and allows 30-45 students to rotate through and view videos in a planetarium style theatre.



Candlelight Advent Walk Will Be Wednesday Evening


Paris, Tenn.- The annual Candlelight Advent Walk will be held on Wednesday evening December 4th beginning at 6:30pm and will help to usher in the Christmas season in Downtown Paris.


Worshippers will hear the message of Advent in a walking journey to seven locations while proceeding by candlelight through historic downtown Paris.


The service begins at Quinn Chapel AME church on Church Street at 6:30pm Wednesday. Participants in the Advent Walk will be guided to sit inside Quinn Chapel as groups begin their advent journey. Ushers will then assist dismissing groups of 20-25 people at a time where a designated leader will be waiting on them outside. Youth from Grace Episcopal will assist in the lighting of candles outside Quinn Chapel as groups begin their Advent journey.


Other stops include First Baptist, First Christian, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, and Grace Episcopal. A reception will be held at Grace Episcopal inside Ketchum Hall to complete the journey.


Music will be provided by Henry County High School Band and Choral Groups as well as participating Church Choir Groups. Everyone is welcome to participate in the Advent Walk.


PES Strings Concert Will be At KPAC Tues. Night
Other Events Planned Throughout December

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School has several events coming up in Decmeber where talented youth where sing and play music for your enjoyment. The PES Strings group will have their annual Strings Concert at 6pm Tuesday evening at KPAC. The event is free to the public. On Monday December 16th the 5th grade Christmas Concert will be held. There will be a 1:30pm School Performance and a concert at KPAC that night at 6pm. On Wednesday December 18th, the Veazey Vocals will perform at Eiffel Gardens at 10am.


Chamber Open House 2-4 Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas Open House from 2-4pm Tuesday December 3rd at the chamber office. The afternoon will include refreshments and member businesses are invited to bring an ornament to hang on the Chamber’s Christmas tree.

Chamber president, Andrea Lamb, of Commercial Bank, said “We hope everyone will stop by and visit and if you don’t have an ornament that represents your business or industry, we will write your company name on one while you are here.”


Henry County At Kenwood in Basketball Action Tuesday

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriots and Patriots basketball team will be on the road tonight against Kenwood in District 10-AAA action. The ladies game will tip at 6pm with the men’s action to follow. Head over to Clarksville and support the teams if you can, but always remember if you can’t make the trip, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm. If you are away from your radios, you can stream the game via our website, wmufradio.com.


The basketball game that was scheduled for Friday night at West Creek has been postponed, due to the Patriots playing in the TSSAA football state championship game. The game will be made up at a later date.


Information You May Need Concerning Events for State Championship Game


Paris, Tenn.- Many events are planned around the Patriots competing Friday night in the TSSAA state championship game in Cookeville. The game will be at 7pm Friday night and tickets will be $12. Anyone that is planning on going to the game needs to purchase their game ticket at Henry County High School during school hours this week.


President of the Henry County Quarterback Club Jon Davidson said its very important to purchase your game ticket at the high school, because the TSSAA will give a bigger portion of the gate back to Henry County based on the number of pre-sold tickets.

There will be a fan bus that will carry fans to the game. The cost to ride the bus there and back is $30 and that does not include your game ticket. Call West Tennessee Motorcoach at 642-0860 to reserve your seat on the fan bus.

The Henry County Quarterback Club is also seeking donations to help cover the expenses to get the team to and from Cookeville on Friday. The quarterback club put out a special request on their Facebook page seeking 250 Big Red Fans to pledge to donate $25 each to reach their goal. As of this morning, they are already over half way there and anyone can make a donation to help with expenses at any Commercial Bank location.

The Quarterback Club will will provide team transportation Friday, lunch in Nashville, facilities rental (NCAA compliance), pregame meal in Cookeville, and a postgame meal for the team, cheerleaders, and band in Cookeville following the game just as they did 2 years ago.

A community wide pep rally is scheduled for 6pm on Thursday evening at Henry County High School to help show your support for the Big Red. It is uncertain at this time whether the rally will be inside the gym or at the football field, and it will depend on the weather. Right now the forecast for Thursday evening is calling for rain, changing to winter mix.

Fans can also show up at 9am Friday morning and wish the Pats well for a big send off as they pull off from Henry County High School and head down Lone Oak towards 641 and eventually onto Interstate 40.

Friday night’s game will kick off at 7pm, with our pregame show starting at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming via our website at wmufradio.com. The Patriots will be the visiting team on Friday night and fans can sit in the East grandstands. The game will be televised on Nashville’s WUPX, My TV Network.

Buchanan Woman Tased, Charged with Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police Department responded to Volunteer Drive to a hit a run accident over the weekend. The report said an older model pick up truck left the scene and the driver eventually got out and ran on foot towards Maple Hill Road.

Sgt. Ramos caught up with the driver, later identified as Melinda J. Miller, age 38, of Buchanan and she began to run again, with Ramos telling her he would tase her if she didn’t stop. Miller finally quit running and placed her hand in her hoodie and refused to cooperate and lay on the ground and show Sgt. Ramos her hand. After multiple warnings, Miller was tased.

Miller continued to not cooperate and pulled one of the taser wires out of her body and began to run again. Sgt. Ramos took off after her and had to dry stun her until she finally was apprehended. Miller was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest, evading arrest, and simple possession of schedule six drug.

Cross Country Competes Over Thanksgiving Weekend


Camden, Tenn. and Charlotte, NC- Some Henry County Cross Country runners competed in some events over the Thanksgiving weekend. Silas Winders placed 2nd overall in the Turkey Trot in Camden with a time of 19:17. Silas, who is only 12 years old, came in 2nd out of 82 runners and it was his first ever 5K race.

Three more high school runners competed in the 35th Annual Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday. Titus Winders placed 12th overall in the 13-14 year old boys 3K race where 104 runners from 13 states across the south competed. He finished with a time of 10:10.

Javan Winders competed in the sophomore boys 5K race with 268 other runners. Javan finished the race in 16:10, placing 8th overall. He received a gold medal and earned First Team All South. He received another gold medal for being in the top five on the Tennessee team which won the battle between the states.

Lady Patriot runner Kaity Beth James competed in the Junior Girls 5K race and finished 57th out of 112 runners with a time of 20:39. All three of these runners had personal bet times in their competition.

Cross Country Coach Lance Winders placed 6th overall in the Masters 40 plus Men’s 5K race. The race had 73 runners and Winders finished in 17:28 and received a gold medal for placing in the top ten.

 

Christmas by the Lake Arts and Crafts Show Wrapping Up


Mark Parodi (pictured) and his wife Margot Sinti, from Fort Campbell, Ky. set up a booth for Handmade Art and Craft, offering authentic Peruvian hats, scarves, gourds, ornaments and jewelry (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park's Christmas by the Lake arts and crafts show wrapped up Sunday evening after three days at the State Park Inn.

Park ranger in charge of the craft show, Brandon Williams, was very pleased with the event. According to Williams, 25 vendors from the northwest Tennessee area and even as far as Nashville participated in this year's show, selling everything from personalized decals and license plates to handmade jewelry, jams and jellies, metal sculpture and furniture, and even authentic handmade Peruvian crafts.

While the vendor presence and items for sale at the craft show were excellent, vendors observed that the turnout for this year's event was significantly lower than expected, leaving some vendors to wonder if they will be back next year.

Proceeds from the vendor fees at the Christmas by the Lake Arts and Crafts Show go toward the Friends of Paris Landing State Park organization, a volunteer group that raises money for various park improvements.



Hall's Vinyl Graphics and Decals out of McKenzie, Tenn. offered custom vinyl decals and screenprinting, as well as rhinestone t-shirts and much more (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Only Two Drives Remaining in 2013 for Henry County Lifeline


Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Blood Services in Henry County is trying to reach their annual goal of 2,013 pints of blood donated this year, and there are only two public drives remaining to help them meet that quota.

One of those chances is this Thursday, Dec. 5 at First United Methodist Church from noon until 6 PM.

Lifeline needs 101 donors at this site to meet their goal, and there is currently a critical need for types O negative, A negative, and B negative blood.

Lifeline will be holding one more drive this year, on Dec. 31 at Henry County Medical Center.


Tennessee Fire Marshal Stresses Safe Heating this Winter

Nashville- Tennessee Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak recently released a statement urging Tennesseans to be extremely cautious when using alternate heat sources to heat homes this winter.

According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, Tennessee fire departments have responded to over 3,000 home structure fires involving heating equipment, resulting in 38 deaths and nearly 50 injuries as well as $31 million in direct property damage.

According to McPeak, "Cold weather months typically have higher numbers of accidental fire injuries and deaths due to alternate heat sources", such as wood stoves, fireplaces, and space heaters.

Here are a few tips from the Fire Marshal to prevent most heating-related fires:

-- Keep all flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment.

-- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

-- Make sure fireplaces have a sturdy screen to keep sparks from entering the room.

-- In fireplaces and wood stoves, use only dry, seasoned wood for fuel. Never burn garbage or use flammable liquids as a fire starter.

-- Never use your oven to heat your home.

-- Make sure to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

The Fire Marshal also advises to install smoke alarms on every level of your home and to test them monthly, and to develop an escape plan in the event of a home fire.


Mansfield Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Mansfield man was recently arrested and charged with cruelty to animals, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.

The Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a horse being mistreated near a barn in Mansfield; the horse was reportedly sick and unable to stand, but still alive.

Officer Tyler Norris responded and spoke with Mark Tharpe, age 51 of Mansfield, who said he had put the horse down not too long ago.

Norris found the animal lying dead on its own manure in a hole it had apparently dug with its hooves trying to stand. Reports indicate the horse had gone without food and water for quite some time.

Tharpe was arrested at the scene and is currently being held on $5000 bond.

A gun was recently stolen from an apartment on Routon Street, according to Paris Police Department reports.

The complainant indicated he came home after Thanksgiving to find his front door kicked in and a .50 caliber muzzleloader stolen from his residence.

The gun was a Knight .50 cal inline muzzleloader stored with at least 3 other weapons; however, none of the other firearms were touched.

The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the burglary.


October Unemployment Data Released
Henry and Nearby Counties Higher than State Average


Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released data on unemployment rates throughout the state of Tennessee, and there was little good news for the northwest Tennessee area.

Henry, Benton, Weakley and Carroll Counties all joined the 39% of state counties with an unemployment rate above 10% of the workforce.

Carroll County recorded the eighth highest unemployment rate in the state, at 11.8% unemployed.

Henry, Benton, and Weakley Counties weren't far behind that mark. Weakley County left 11.5% of its workforce unemployed in October, and Henry County's unemployment rate grew 0.2% last month to 11.0%.

Benton County's unemployment rate declined slightly last month, 0.1%, putting them at 10.7% unemployed.

Stewart and Houston Counties both boasted unemployment rates below 10% last month, at 9.5% and 9.2% respectively.

However, all of these rates are above the state average at 8.2%, which is itself well above the 7.0% national unemployment rate for October.

Williamson County boasted the lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee at 5.7%.

Blue Cross Bowl Schedule Set, Patriots and Union City Will Play

Cookeville, Tenn.- The Blue Cross Bowl State Championship games for Tennessee football have been set and scheduled, and two area teams will represent northwest Tennessee in their respective divisions.

Union City defeated Nashville Christian High School on the road last night and will play South Pittsburgh High School for the 1A State Championship.

Henry County moved past division rival Clarksville Northeast and will play West High School of Knoxville in the Blue Cross Bowl.

The full schedule of games at this year's Blue Cross Bowl is as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 5th at 3 PM: DII A

St. George's Independent School in Memphis vs. the Webb School of Knoxville
Thursday, Dec. 5th at 7 PM: DII AA
Ensworth School in Nashville vs. Memphis University School

Friday, Dec. 6th at 11 AM: A
Union City High School vs. South Pittsburgh High School
Friday, Dec. 6th at 3 PM: AAA
Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville vs. Alcoa High School
Friday, Dec. 6th at 7 PM: AAAAA
Henry County High School vs. West High School in Knoxville

Saturday, Dec. 7th at 11 AM: AA
Adamsville High School vs. Trousdale County High School
Saturday, Dec. 7th at 3 PM: AAAA
Giles County High School vs. Fulton High School
Saturday, Dec. 7th at 7 PM: AAAAAA
Hendersonville High School vs. Maryville High School

All games will be played at Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Tickets will be available for purchase from Henry County High School beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $12 and are good for one day's admission. The more tickets that are purchased at Henry County, the larger Henry County's percentage of the Blue Cross Bowl proceeds will be, so make sure to get your tickets from the high school!

If you can't make it out to Cookeville, all the games will be televised on several regional networks as well as streamed online by the TSSAA Network.

And, as always, you can listen to Henry County's game against Knoxville West on 94.1 FM WLZK and streaming online right here on our website.

Henry County Defeats Northeast En Route to Blue Cross Bowl


The Henry County Patriots stom through the banner onto the field at Northeast (Tim Pharr photo).

Clarksville
, Tenn.- Henry County traveled to face district rival Clarksville Northeast last night for the TSSAA Class 5A Semifinals, and won handily, by a final margin of 43 to 14.

 

Jeremiah Godbott played exceptionally well for the Patriots, scoring 3 touchdowns for Henry County, while his brother Nathanial and the entire Patriot defense held Northeast in check for much of the game. Henry County’s defense forced several turnovers and even managed a safety, sacking Eagles quarterback Montrell Pardue in the end zone with less than a minute to go in the game.

The game was not without its bizarre moments. At the conclusion of the regulation 20 minute halftime break, Clarksville Northeast had still not made it onto the field, so they were granted a 5 minute extension before finally receiving a team-wide delay of game penalty to start the second half.


Dennis Tharpe, Jr. tackles a Northeast runner with help from a host of Patriots (Tim Pharr photo).

Later in the game, in the middle of the 4th quarter, Henry County attempted a play that is almost never seen in modern football: the fair catch kick. Rules of football state that, immediately after a team has taken a fair catch on a kickoff or punt, they can elect to free kick (either drop kicked or placed on a tee) from that spot. The opposing team must line up ten yards beyond the spot of the ball. If the free kick attempt goes through the uprights, the kicking team is granted three points, similar to a field goal.

The last successful fair catch kick in the NFL was in 1976, although Phil Dawson of the San Francisco 49ers attempted and missed a 71 yard fair catch kick in September of this year.

Bryan Rammel attempted the fair catch kick for Henry County from 55 yards out and barely missed it; however, a false start penalty backed the team up 5 yards and Rammel was forced to rekick; he was unable to score from 60 yards.

An official in Friday night’s game was quoted as saying he’d been officiating high school football for 30 years and this was the first fair catch kick attempt he’d ever seen.

Henry County’s win puts them in their second Blue Cross Bowl appearance in three years. The Patriots will face the Rebels of West High School in Knoxville at 7 PM Friday, December 6th at Tucker Stadium of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville.

 

Friday night’s game will be televised on several regional stations, and you can listen to all the action just like always on WLZK 94.1 FM and our website at wmufradio.com. For more information on the Blue Cross Bowl, head to www.cookevillechampions.com.



Brandon Donaldson hauls in a touchdown grab from Colton Randolph (Tim Pharr photo).

Impressive Crowds Gather for North Pole Family Fun Day

Rudolph and Santa's Helpers pose for pictures outside Santa's House on the Court Square (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.-
The Downtown Paris Assocation continued their Downtown Unwrapped series of holiday events Friday with the North Pole Family Fun Day. 

The highlight of the North Pole Family Fun Day was the opening of Santa’s house – Santa and his helpers arrived via Paris Fire Department fire engine and lines to visit Santa stretched halfway around Court Square.

The event also featured a petting zoo with goats, pigs, and rabbits, as well as more exotic animals such as alpacas and several Patagonian maras. 

The Henry County 4-H Honor Club had several booths set up at which kids could learn to make their own Christmas ornaments and then take the finished product home with them. 

Project Graduation had a booth at the Family Fun Day offering photos with Santa to raise funds for this year’s graduating class. 

Commercial Bank also offered face painting inside their downtown branch. 

At Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service, located inside the historic Paris train depot, members of the Henry County High School speech team read The Polar Express to eager listeners every half hour. Vicki Muzzall also gave free train whistles to everyone who listened to a reading.  

Kathy Ray, president of the Downtown Paris Association, said she was extremely pleased with the fair weather for the event and even more impressed with the turnout. 

Santa’s House on the Court Square will be open every weekend until Christmas, Saturday from 10 AM til 2 PM, and Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. 

The next event on the DPA’s Downtown Unwrapped calendar is the candlelight advent walk, Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30. Worshippers are invited to participate in a candlelight walking tour to seven locations downtown, and hear the message of Advent.


Summer Crockett Moore and Tony Glazer, producer/actress and writer/director of the film Junction, enjoy the Family Fun Day petting zoo (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Christmas By the Lake Arts and Crafts To Be Held This Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will host its annual Christmas by the Lake Arts and Crafts Festival Friday thru Sunday at the state park. The event opens to everyone at 3pm Friday and run until 8pm Friday evening. It will also run 8-5 both Saturday and Sunday and several vendors will offer a large variety of arts and crafts that might be a perfect gift for someone on your list this year. For more information on the Christmas by the Lake Arts and Crafts Festival call 641-4465.

Chamber of Commerce Open House Set for Tuesday


Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Christmas Open House from 2-4pm Tuesday December 3rd at the chamber office. The afternoon will include refreshments and member businesses are invited to bring an ornament to hang on the Chamber’s Christmas tree.

Chamber president, Andrea Lamb, of Commercial Bank, said “We hope everyone will stop by and visit and if you don’t have an ornament that represents your business or industry, we will write your company name on one while you are here.”

New Harmony Baptist Church Live Nativity Scene Will Be Dec. 6-8


Paris, Tenn.- New Harmony Baptist Church will be presenting its 16th annual live nativity scene Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th.

The public is invited to come drive through the free event which will feature around a dozen scenes depicting life during the birth of Jesus.

New Harmony Baptist Church is located on Highway 69 south between Paris and Big Sandy.


Russwood Baptist Church To Hold Christmas Parade Dec. 7th

Springville, Tenn.- Russwood Baptist Church on Antioch Road in Springville is holding a Christmas parade on Saturday, December 7th at 5 PM. Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance.

 

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