From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Henry County Sports Association To Host Annual Travel Tournament Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sports Association is hosting its annual basketball travel tournament for grades 3 thru 12 Saturday March 22nd. There will be 38 teams play multiple games, nine of the teams are from Henry County. Games will be played at Gambin Gym at the high school, the high school Auxiliary gym, Grove’s Gym, Inman, Paris Civic Center, and Central School gym.
Games start at various times throughout the day Saturday, with ones at Gamlin Gym beginning at 9am Saturday and going until 6pm. Around 40 volunteers consisting of school administrators, community leaders, HCHS Lady Patriot basketball players, High School effort scholar athletes, and Henry County Sports Association members are working to make everything possible.
The Henry County Sports Association is a non-profit organization working to benefit all Henry County Sports and athletes.
Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner is March 25th
Paris, Tenn.- The Knights of Columbus will hold their Ravioli Lunch and Dinner benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic on Tuesday March 25. The meals will be served at Holy Cross Catholic Church Family Life Center. Lunch will be served from 11:30-1pm and dinner will be served 5:30-7pm. Take out is available and lunch delivery is available for 5 or more orders.
The meal includes ravioli with homemade sauce, salad, drink and dessert. Cost is $9 for single adult or $25 for a family meal. Children under 5 eat free. For delivery of lunch orders please call 642-0600.
February Gas Sales Push PCHPUD Into the Black
Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton told the board that gas sales for February were very good and it propelled the district into the black by $78K after being in the red for the last several months.
Eaton said at the same time last year they were still in the red about $55K and by the time the fiscal year ends, the could see some large net profits. The colder winter has played a role in the increased consumption of gas which means more sales.
Eaton said if things revenues and expenses continue like they are the board may want to look next month about possibly reducing rates for ratepayers to give a little of the profit back to Gas Company customers.
The board approved another partial payment to James Plus & Associaties for just over $7900 for relocation of gas lines on the highway 641 N. widening project.
The board also approved hiring Alexander Thompson Arnold, PLLC to conduct the annual audit again for 2014, and approved a Professional Engineering Service Contract with Energy Land and Infrastructure in the amount of $6500 to review the Distribution Integrity Management Plan, or DIMP. Eaton said DIMP is a federally mandated plan and it is already done and ready to turn in but they want a 2nd set of eyes to look it over to make sure things are correct before its turned in.
Wet Weather Causing Service Line Installation Delays
Eaton also reported to the gas board that they had 41 gas service lines on backlog they are trying to get thru in the coming weeks. He said the cold, wet weather has really put the crews behind on the service lines the last few months.
He also informed the board about a potential industrial customer that could possibly relocate to Paris that would be a big gas customer for the district. Not much information was able to be released on this topic at the current time.
Eaton said they are currently trying to buy gas and put it back in storage as the cold winter has caused them to dwindle the gas in storage down to about 3.25% capacity. He said if warmer weather holds the next few weeks, it will allow them to buy gas cheaper and put in storage for next winter. This allows customers to get the best rates during the winter months.
Patriots Blank Murray 3-0 for Third Straight Win
Murray, Ky.- Henry County has reeled off three wins in a row shutting out Murray Thursday night 3-0 on the road. Cody McSwain had three hits for the Patriots and Hunter Bethune pitched a complete game shutout, notching 5 Ks. Henry County will be back in district action Monday March 24th, when Kenwood makes at visit to Patriot Park.
Lady Patriots Shut Out Calloway County 1-0
The Lady Patriots Softball team defeated Calloway County Thursday 1-0 behind a complete game effort from Julie Medlock who also had 9 Ks.
Warrants Issued For Gas Drive Off Suspect
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department has drawn warrants for theft of gas on Nazih Nored, age 35, of 620 Cooper Street after it appears he has stolen gas twice within a few days from the Little General on North Market Street.
City units were dispatched to the store Wednesday evening and informed that the same person that stole gas back on March 15th had just driven off again without paying for the gas. Police gave a description of a red Sable to dispatch with the license place and it came back to a woman on Cooper Street.
Sgt. Ramos went to the residence and saw a car matching the description in the driveway and went to the door. The woman advised her boyfriend, Nazih Nored, had been driving the vehicle. Police searched the home and found a photo ID of Nored and took it to the convenience store employee who said that was the man who stole the gas. Police were still looking for Nored at this time.
Blaylock Nabbed After Evading Police For a Short Time
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office observed a white male walking down Harrison Street and identified him as Nicholas Pl. Blaylock, of Murray who had active warrants on him. Sgt. Perry pulled up beside Blaylock, who then took off running into the woods near the Harrison Meadows Apartment Complex. Perry then observed Blaylock run into an apartment.
Officers searched the area and finally found Blaylock hiding behind an A/C unit. Blaylock was charged with evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, and violation of probation.
HC Highway Department Closing Roads Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will be closing some roads on Monday for repair work. Elkhorn Road will be closed starting at 7am Monday March 24th until the afternoon hours for culvert replacement near Willow Oaks Drive.
Also on Monday thru Thursday March 27th, the Henry County Highway Department will close Kuykendall Road for bridge repair. The closure will be near Jones Mill Crossland Road.
WMUF/WLZK Teaming up with HCHS to Hold Candidate Forum
Event Will Be April 1st at Little Theatre
Paris, Tenn.- WMUF/WLZK will once again partner up with students from Henry County High School in a service learning project to present a candidate forum on Tuesday evening April 1st beginning at 5:30pm at the Little Theatre at the high school. Students in Ms. Pam McCord’s classes and Mr. David Huber’s classes are going to come up with questions that will be asked candidates who are running for election in the upcoming May 6th primary.
Letters have been sent to all candidates running for election from WMUF News Director Tim Alsobrooks inviting them to be at the forum. Each candidate will be given a two minute opening statement, followed by questions pertaining to the race, then a two minute closing statement. No candidates have seen nor will be allowed to see or know what the questions are prior to the forum.
The public is invited to attend the forum at the Little Theatre on April 1st. Students will be at the event serving as ushers showing the public to the theatre from the front entrance to HCHS. Also students will create a brochure that will be handed out detailing events of the evening. Some students in the media classes will help WMUF/WLZK put on the broadcast.
If you can’t make it to the forum, it will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm and it will also be available on our website at wmufradio.com.
Broadway At Lee Shows Saturday Evening, Sunday Afternoon
Paris, Tenn.- Two performances are set for this weekend for Broadway at Lee and tickets are on sale now for the program which includes great classic and popular Broadway tunes, great food, and great company.
There will be a dinner and great show at 6pm Saturday March 22nd and another performance with dessert and great show on Sunday March 23rd at 3pm at Lee Academy for the Arts. Tickets for Saturday’s dinner and show are $25, tickets for Sunday’s dessert and show are $15 and are on sale now at the Iron Place, Jack Jones, Merisons, and at the Arts Council Office at City Hall. For more information on Broadway at Lee, call the arts council at 642-3955 or visit the website, www.phcarts.com.
NW TN Kidz Outdoors to Hold Turkey Extravaganza
Huntingdon, Tenn.- Northwest Tennessee Kidz Outdoors, formerly Northwest Tennessee Kids Hunting for a Cure, will host a Turkey Extravaganza this Friday and Saturday March 21-22 at the Carroll County Civic Center.
There will be live and silent auctions and several vendors will be set up showcasing their merchandise. For more information on the event visit kidzoutdoors.org.
Pats Sweep Northwest, Start Season 2-0 in District Play
Clarksville, Tenn.- After winning a nailbiter Tuesday night at home, the Henry County Patriot Baseball team cruised at Northwest Wednesday by a final score of 10-0, completing the season sweep of the Vikings. Joseph Neumair had three hits, Ethan Berry drove in three runs, and Jared Pugh struck out 8 Vikings in 5 innings of work.
Lady Patriots Whip West Creek To Earn District Softball Win
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team defeated West Creek Wednesday evening 17-4 to get an early season district win. Celie Hudson had a complete game effort with 8 Ks and Kelli Jackson launched a homer for the Lady Pats.
Past Presidents Gather at Chamber Breakfast Wed. Morning
Former chamber presidents Bryan Irby, Jeff Mahan, and Butch Powers listen to updaes on events the chamber is involved in.
Paris, Tenn.- Past presidents of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce were invited to a Past President's breakfast Wednesday morning where they learned of upcoming events and activities the Chamber is involved in. (Photos by the Chamber)
Past Chamber President Gayle Griffith and President Elect Chip Anderson listen to the discussion.
HCMC To Hold March Madness Women's Event
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will host a March Madness “What Women Notice Event, Thursday March 20th from 5:30pm to 7pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will be a March Madness themed health fair with free gifts, booths with information, food from Cindy’s Catering, and March Madness themed games, as well as women friendly activities to get them out of the house while the men are watching the NCAA tournament Thursday.
Dr. Joe Mobley, the third, will speak on issues that matter to women, concerning things women notice about their men. Everyone is encouraged to wear your favorite college basketball team shirt and you can fill out brackets at the event with the winner who gets the most correctly winning a prize that will be mailed to you.
There will be door prizes from Hulme’s Sporting Goods, Hibbet Sports and Visa gift cards. The event if free, but you are asked to pre-register by calling 644-3463 or visiting www.hcmc-tn.org.
Broken Taillight Leads to Drug Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Police Department stated that Ptl. James stopped a car on South Market street for broken taillights and when he spoke to the driver and passenger, it appeared the passenger was apprehensive.
The report said the passenger, identified as Samantha Yerken, 22, of 518 Harrison Lane, told officers she had a license, just didn’t have them with her, without being asked. Ptl. James asked Yerken to exit the vehicle and she said, “no” and then a K9 was brought in and alerted on the car. The search found marijuana, pipes, and rolling papers. Yerken was charged with simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the light law, and violation of financial responsibility.
Inman Teachers Propose Dress Code For Next Year
Parents will Have Chance to Voice Their Opinions on the Dress Code
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and heard a proposal from Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough about a possible dress code at Inman next year.
Twenty-five teachers were present at the PSSD meeting in support of a dress code, which was the brainchild of a group of teachers at Inman. They presented the idea to Mr. Scarbrough and he brought it before the board on Tuesday night.
The basics of the dress code would be solid color pants for boys and girls including khaki, tan, gray, or navy and any solid color polo shirts. Girls would not be allowed to wear dresses, but could wear skirts, blouses, or slacks.
The proposed dress code would not allow jeans, except on certain Fridays for school ballgames. Students would not be allowed to wear shirts with logos or emblems, except their Inman Bulldog shirts like on ballgame days.
Scarbrough said he was going to get the word out to parents of Inman students about the proposed dress code from the teachers and let parents vote on what they want. Parents will be receiving information on the dress code specifics in letters that come home with students. Also the Inman School website will have information on the dress code and it will have spaces for parents to leave comments about the dress code in general, and each part of the proposed dress code such as the pants, shirts, and such.
The PSSD board took no action on the issue, and will discuss it more in April when they see how parents feel about the issue. Board chairman Richard Edwards said a decision on whether or not to go with the dress code needs to be made at the April meeting to allow enough time for parents to get the clothes ready for kids to begin wearing in the 2014-15 school year. Special School Districts in Trenton, Milan, and McKenzie have adopted a similar dress code policy.
PSSD Board Hears About Common Core
Paris, Tenn.- The board also set through a one hour presentation from Supervisor of Instruction Dr. Leah Watkins on Common Core. The basics of the presentation said the PSSD is already teaching common core standards, even though the legislature seems to want to put it off. Three teachers spoke highly of the common core teachings, after having apprehension about it to start with. Common Core standards main purpose is to have students on the same learning standards so when students move from another state they have basically been studying the same things.
PSSD Not To Make Up Days; Possibly Look at Way School Caldendar is Set Up
Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown told the board that even though the PSSD has missed 9 days for weather they are choosing to not make any up at the present time. Since the PSSD and the Henry County go 7 hours per day instead of 6 and a half, they are still able to get in 180 instructional days.
Brown did inform the board that for future years we may have to think about going past Memorial Day on the calendar to give more leeway and options in case we miss several days for weather reasons. Brown said they really hate to mess with Spring Break because so many trips are planned during that time and trying to finish the school year before Memorial Day is important, but does put restrictions if we miss for snow days. The PSSD board will go over the 2014-15 school calendars at the April Board meeting.
PSSD Board Recognizes Spelling Bee Winners
The PSSD board of education also recognized spelling bee winners. Both Annie Underwood at Paris Elementary and Delia McDevitt at Inman won their respective spelling bee and advanced to the regional competition in Jackson.
Murray State Wins Collegiate Fishing Open
Bethel Univ. Takes 2nd Place at Lake Chickamagua
Photo from Cabela's Press Release
Paris, Tenn.- The Association of Collegiate Anglers kicked off the 2014 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series in style with over 260 college anglers from over 60 schools attending the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open at Lake Chickamauga near Dayton, TN. The famed fishery played host to one the most unique formats in college fishing for this event which features a combined weight format between two boats and four anglers from the same school. Each boat weighed in their heaviest three fish limits daily and then combined their weight with their other boat's weights and the heaviest combined weight over two days is be used to crown the winner.
This event also featured nine of the top ten teams in the current Cabela's School of the Year race, making it arguably the toughest field yet to date this season. Playing host to the event was Dayton, TN who rolled out the red carpet for the college anglers with a registration banquet and assistance at the event.
"When you combine the best collegiate anglers, the hottest big bass lake in the country in the most angler friendly host city in America, you can't help but have a record breaking event. We had over 100 volunteers show up to provide these anglers the same VIP treatment that we give our professional anglers and I believe they were able to see why Dayton is called the "new bass fishing capitol of the south," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Rhea Economic Development and Tourism Council. "I can't thank our volunteers and our city & county officials enough along with TWRA for creating a one of a kind angling environment here in Dayton."
The college anglers did not disappoint nor did the lake, with numerous fish over 6 pounds hitting the scales and when the final weigh in wrapped up, it was Murray State's Team of Justin Graben, Dan Schult, Justin Bergen, Cody Santel that won the event edging out Bethel University and Auburn University who finished in second and third, respectively.
The Murray State Team reported that they had a shortened practice due to classes at the school on Wednesday as well as a club meeting on Wednesday night, thus arriving at the lake late in the early morning hours on Thursday. They rested at the boat ramp for a few hours before hitting the waters on the final official practice day.
"We knew everyone would be throwing an umbrella rig and didn't want to share water with those guys. Shallow fishing is all four of our strengths and from our knowledge and experience on the river we knew there would be some good fish pushed shallow so we looked for that type of water," stated Cody Santel of Murray State Bass Club. "Our three baits for the week were a jig, chatterbait, and a 2.5 squarebill. The crankbait caught the majority of our fish, and accounted for the 6 and 7 pounder myself and Berger weighed in. The key though to the chatterbait and crankbait bite was to reel as slowly as possible through the wood."
"We have some awesome anglers on the team this season, and a lot of us have had some great finishes in the past but it feels good to finally seal the deal with a major win. Our club is as strong as it has ever been, and we have a bunch of new freshman this year who can really fish and I'm excited to see how this year will play out. Murray State is definitely going to be a team to watch out for," Santel went on to say.
The Murray State Team feels that this win will be a huge momentum builder for the rest of the Association of Collegiate Angler events as well as move them into contention for the Cabela's School of the Year Race. All the team members wanted to thank all their families and sponsors and stated that without their help the team could never send as many teams to the event as we did. We have some great sponsors that help us out, but a special thanks to Wood Forrest Bank, John at Fisherman's Headquarters, Navionics, and Mr. Campisano.
The Bethel University bass team once again started out strong at a major collegiate event and have also moved into contention for a run at the Cabela's School of the Year title. The Bethel Team of Cody Ross, Dewey Sims, Zach Parker and Matthew Roberts were in first place after day one before slipping a little bit on day two which caused them to fall to second. Bethel, last year's BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship winners, reported using umbrella rigs on channel swings in the back of creeks as their primary tactic.
"We noticed in practice that if we fished parallel to the swings we would get better bites. We also figured out that if you threw the umbrella rig on fluorocarbon you would get more quality bites," Cody Ross of the Bethel Bass Team. The team went on to thank their parents for making it all possible as well as their sponsors Lews, Strike King, Car-Hart, Triton boats, and everyone else that supports the team. They are looking forward to the Cabela's Big Bass Bash in April as Kentucky Lake has been on fire lately and that event should be a great one for all the anglers.
WBFF Headquarters Grand Opening Sat. March 29th
61st Annual WBFF Set for April 21-27
The 61st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is drawing close and Saturday March 29th will be the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the WBFF Headquarters. Chris Martin, General Manager of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry invites everyone to the Grand Opening of Headquarters at 10am on March 29th. The Fish Fry Souvenir Book dedication and Grand Marshal of this year’s Grand Parade will be revealed.
The WBFF Headquarters is located between Tin Roof Tobacco and Revolving Door, and is provided by Dinkins Mobile Homes and Champion Homes. The location the Headquarters sets on is provided by Wyatt Owens.
Mike Shankle Receives Loyal Patriot Award
EMA Director Ron Watkins presents Mike Shankle with a picture frame with
a resolution and the Loyal Patriot Award. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Before business was handled at Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting Henry County Mayor Brent Greer read a proclamation honoring longtime Henry County EMS Director Mike Shankle for his many years of service involving the medical community and EMS. March 17th was also declared Mike Shankle Day in Henry County.
Mayor Greer and Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins presented Shankle with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest award given to a Henry County citizen.
Greer said Shankle was a driving force in improving Henry County’s EMS services and its because of him, we have one of the best in the state of Tennessee. Greer read a long resolution that listed several of Shankle’s accomplishments and then Ron Watkins presented Shankle with a large portrait with the Loyal Patriot award and resolution framed.
Shankle thanked everyone for the warm reception which included several EMS workers that were in attendance at the commission meeting. Shankle said its these emergency responders that deserve the awards, but I do appreciate it. Shankle’s wife Diane and his family was also in attendance for the honor.
Mayor Greer reads the proclamation declaring March 17th as Mike Shankle day
in Henry County. (Alsobrooks photo)
Commission, HCBOE Hear Plans on Harrelson, Henry Safe Space
Plans show the retrofit of hallways at Harrelson to make them tornado
safe. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- In a session prior to the commission meeting, members of the Henry County School Board along with commissioners heard a presentation from TLM representatives Buddy White and Jerry Hartsfield regarding the retrofitting of tornado safe spaces at Harrelson and Henry Schools and the proposed design of each project.
Director of Schools for Henry County, Sam Miles reminded the commission once this project was done every school in the county would have a tornado safe space.
TLM Reps showed the commission some drawings of the proposed retrofitting’s which mimic the retrofit of Lakewood that was one last summer. Harrelson will have three hallways retrofitted similar to Lakewood and Henry is a smaller project that will retrofit one main hallway with hardened walls and ceilings to make it tornado safe.
Hartsfield and White commended the school board and commission for taking steps to ensure every school is tornado safe. Hartsfield said “this is something to be proud of, when we first showed the Lakewood project to the state fire marshal it was the first of its kind, and now with the other two, they’ve already approved the project, and its something that is groundbreaking for not only the state but the southeast.”
Commission Approves Sheriff Belew's Request for Speed Limits at Resort Areas
The Henry County Commission approved a request from Sheriff Monte Belew to proceed with posting 35mph speed limit signs and slow moving vehicle signs in the Antioch Harbor, Buchanan Resort, and Country Junction areas of Henry County.
The Sheriff presented this to the Road Board last Monday night and said it was to help deter the traffic issues and wrecks involving young children in these areas with all the ATV, golf cart, side by sides, gators, and other types of vehicles that are common in these resort areas during the summer months.
Belew said this would just allow the Sheriff’s Department to enforce a law that’s already on the books about certain slow moving vehicles and allowing them on county roads as long as they are registered with a county clerk’s office, meet safety standards such as windshield, seatbelts, and working lights. Also the driver must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
County Clerk Donna Craig said the fee for tags, title, and license for these types of vehicles is $42.50 the first year and then a reduced rate each year after.
Belew said they will post signs tomorrow in these target areas and hand out flyers at area businesses to help get the word out to the community about the change that is coming this spring and summer. The sheriff said they will use a database to keep up with when they stop someone violating the new rules in the resort areas. He said, “we will issue warnings at first since this is a new law, but if we get the same person violating laws after a few times, citations will be issued.”
Commission Approves 1 Year Contract Extension With Barker Brothers for Garbage Pickup
In other business Monday night the commission approved a one year contract extension with Barker Brothers Waste Management for garbage pickup services for Henry County. The contract is for the same price as last year.
Commissioner Dan Paschal brought up that he shopped around and found there are other options than Barker Brothers and it might be time to bid out the contract for garbage service in Henry County instead of continuing to go with Barker Brothers. During the vote on extending the contract commissioners Paschal and David Webb voted no, but everyone else voted yes.
911 Fee Structure Could Change If Bill Passes Legislature
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 Board met on Monday night and director of Henry County 911 Mark Archer explained that some changes are coming at the state legislature to 911 in the coming months including increasing fees charged on all phones and the possible dissolving of the State 911 board.
Archer said a bill is being proposed that is likely to pass that will increase the 911 fees that are charged to citizens to $1.16 on all devices, whether it’s a landline or cell phone. Archer said this is in direct relation to the continuing loss of revenue as more and more people continue to drop landline phones and just go with cell phones as the primary source of communication.
Currently in Henry County citizens pay the following fees for 911: .53 cents for retail, .65 for landline, $2 for business phone, and $1 for cell phones. The bill proposed, which would go into effect January 1, 2015 if its passed would set fees at $1.15 per device. Phones that cost under $10 would not be charged the 911 fee, according to the new bill.
Archer said that some districts have increased their fees to the maximum charge of $3 and $1.50, and the bill was set to be revenue neutral so the money will be distributed to the different districts. Archer explained each district would get no less than they collected in fees in 2012. It should mean about $12K increase for Henry County 911.
Archer also told the 911 board that there is a push to dissolve the State 911 board’s structure. Currently 911 directors serve on the board and Archer was nominated to serve. But legislation is set to come before the general assembly on Wednesday of this week that would vacate directors filling the seats on the state 911 board and having 911 board members fill those slots.
Archer said he plans on being there Wednesday and encouraged board members to talk with state representatives and show their dissatisfaction with the decision to take people of expertise, such as directors of 911 district, off the state board.
The 911 board approved the purchase of upgrades to for computers and the Zetron radio upgrades in the amount of $15,768. The plan is for Areawide Communications to separate the CAD computers from radio and phone systems and allow updates and fixes to be done via satellite and internet.
Archer reported to the board that new computers had been installed at the Paris Police Department Dispatch and mobile laptop training session went well but they will have another session this week.
The board also passed a resolution honoring Mike Shankle for his year’s of service on the 911 board.
Paris Police Search for Two Men Involved in Assault
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were still on the lookout early Monday for two men who assaulted another man Sunday evening. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Nick Oatsvall responded to the Emergency Room where the victim was dropped off. The victim had bruises and cuts all over his body.
The victim said he got into a car with a man named Micheal Brooks, with an address listed as 37 Jeffery Lane. There was another man inside the car as well that Brooks said was Jason. They went to riding around and when they stopped, the victim got out of the car and was attacked by the two men. They asked him for his wallet, but he informed them he didn’t have it and told them it was in his hotel room.
The victim finally got away and when Ptl. Oatsvall took him to the hotel room he was staying at, the wallet, his iphone, and keys were all missing. Paris Police continue to investigate this incident.
50 Runners Compete in Lions Club's Outrun The Law 5K
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club’s first ever Outrun the Law 5K event was held this past Saturday and 13 runners were able to outrun Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew who finished in 2nd place in the 40-44 year old age group with a time of 26:10. They each received a special award.
The overall male winner for the event, which raises money for the Lion’s Club Scholarships for HCHS seniors, was Gideon Gielis who finished with a time of 19:57. The overall male masters (40+) winner was Rick Horiuchi, coming in with a time of 20:56.
For the females, the overall winner was Hannah Barnhill, coming in at the 23:13 mark and overall masters female winner was Sylvia Greer, who finished with a time of 27:20.
The event drew about 50 runners from West Tennessee and several deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office ran in the race as well.
Wimberley Campaign to Hosts Meet and Greets March 18th and 25th
Leisa Wimerley and granddaugher Adelyn
Puyear, Tenn.- The campaign to elect Leisa Hayes Wimberley as Henry County Trustee will hold a "Meet Your Candidate in Your Community" event Tuesday, March 18th in Puryear at the Puryear Community Center from 5-7 p.m.
The campaign will also hold another "Meet Your Candidate in Your Community" event in Henry for the Henry & Mansfield communities on Tuesday, March 25th at Henry Civic Center from 5 - 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Lloyd Lewis.
At both events Leisa Hayes Wimberley will be on hand to meet with supporters and discuss her campaign for Henry County Trustee. Guests will also be treated to a free dinner at both events. For more information about Leisa and her campaign for Henry County Trustee www.facebook.com/electleisahayeswimberley or http://www.electleisahayeswimberley.com/
Paris's Own Cody Nance Wins PBR Passport Invitational
Photo by Andy Watson, bullstockmedia.com, via the pbr.com website
Tacoma, Wash.- Cody Nance seemed to have to fight from behind all weekend in Tacoma at the PBR Passport Invitational, but when the final bull was ridden, he came out in first place, winning over $35K.
Nance scored 89.75 on the bull, New Holland PowerStar, which was the highest score for the weekend at the event. The Passport Invitational was the 11th stop of 27 events in the Built Ford Tough Series in the PBR this year.
Nance's first place finish in Tacoma belted him from 23rd to 16th in the overall world standings, with the next stop on th circuit scheduled for this coming weekend, March 21-22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
HCHS Track Competes at Kenwood
Lady Patriots, Kayla Osbron and Arizeth Hernandez compete Saturday at Kenwood. (Rod James photos)
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County Track competed at Kenwood this past Saturday at the 11th annual Early Bird Invitational.
Some of the individual stats for the meet are as follows: for the Lady Patriots Track Team, Kaity Beth James placed 3rd in the 1600 meters with a time of 5:59 and she also came in 7th place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:43.
For the Patriots, Javan Winders won the 1600 meters with a time of 4:35 and the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.
Nathan Condeelis placed 8th in the 3200 meters with a time of 11:33. Jarritt Beasley finished 8th in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet 6 inches and also placed 8th in the 100 meters with a time of 11:99.
Henry County will be back in Clarksville this coming Saturday March 22 at the Red Ribbon Run at West Creek High School.
Patriot runners, Ben Taylor and Scott Wallett, running during Saturday's event.
St. Paddy's Day Luncheon Monday at First Christian Church
Paris, Tenn.- First Christian Church will hold their St. Patty’s Day Luncheon Monday March 17th from 11-1 at the church, located at 101 S. Poplar Street. It’s a $10 donation and you can dine in or carry out. Menu for today’s lunch is Irish Baked Potato Bar, Shamrock Garden Salad, and Leprechaun Desserts and Drink. All proceeds benefit Hazlewood and the Every Child Outdoors Program.
Mike Wilson Support Rally Saturday, March 22
(Photo courtesy of the "Elect Mike Wilson - Henry County Circuit Court Clerk" Facebook page)
Paris, Tenn.- The campaign to re-elect Mike Wilson as Henry County Circuit Court Clerk will hold a support rally this Saturday, March 22nd at the former DMT Furniture location next to Promise Land Christian Bookstore on Hwy. 79.
Mike Wilson will be on hand to meet with supporters and discuss his run for a second term as Clerk, and guests will be treated to musical entertainment from Tabitha and Mark McWherter, Elaine Conger and others, as well as door prizes, a silent auction and an Easter basket giveaway.
Homemade cobbler and ice cream will be served courtesy of chef Aaron Dolberry, and there will be an inflatable and face painting available for small children.
The support rally will be held Saturday, March 22nd from 2 to 4 PM at the former DMT Furniture building.
Inman PAC Golf Tournament Set for May 3rd
Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Bulldogs Parent Action Committee is now accepting registrations for their first annual 4-person scramble golf tournament to be held Saturday, May 3.
The tournament will be held at the Paris Country Club and cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, third, and tenth place finishers, as well as additional prizes to be decided.
Also, a hole-in-one on Hole #4 of the course will win a car courtesy of Joe Mahan Ford.
The cost to register for a 4-person team is $240, or $60 per person, which will include lunch and golf cart rental as well as gifts and door prizes. No individual registration will be accepted.
Check-ins for the tournament will begin at 7:30 AM Saturday, March 3rd with a shotgun start promptly at 8 AM.
Lunch will be provided at the tournament by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and snacks and beverages including the famous Inman Bulldog will be available for purchase from IMS Concessions.
The deadline to register for the IMS PAC golf tournament is April 25th, but entrants are encouraged to register early in order to guarantee positions and golf carts will be available.
Registration can be completed by phone or e-mail or by picking up a registration form available at the Paris Country Club, Paris Landing Golf Course, or Tennessean Golf Club.
To register for the May 3rd tournament, for more information, or to sponsor a hole at the event, contact Leigh Nanney at 731-499-2929.
Bizarre Fire Results in Reckless Endangerment Charge
Paris, Tenn.- A Buchanan man was charged with reckless endangerment Friday after a house fire on Dunlap Street, according to Paris Police Department reports.
Fire units were dispatched to the Dunlap Street residence on a call of a house filled with smoke. Responders found a fire that had been intentionally set in a plastic bucket in the house’s basement.
Firefighters also found James Banks III, age 24 of Buchanan passed out on an inflatable raft on the stairs leading to the basement.
Paris Police Department officers were called in to speak with Banks, who woke up and said he had set the fire to keep warm.
Sgt. Reed of the PPD spoke with the homeowner, who stated Banks was her grandson and was staying with her, but they had recently been in an argument as Banks was intoxicated and belligerent.
The homeowner witnessed Banks leave the property, but he returned later that night and lit the fire in the basement ostensibly to keep warm; shortly thereafter, Banks passed out and left the fire unattended.
Due to his actions endangering the lives of both himself and the homeowner, Banks was charged with felony reckless endangerment with bond set at $2500. He will appear in General Sessions Court on March 25th.
Corker's "Senate At Your Service" Event Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will have staff members present at a “Senate at Your Service” event at the Henry County Courthouse Tuesday, March 18th.
The event is the first in a series of “Senate at Your Service” events and is an effort to provide transparency and access to Tennesseans unable to visit one of the senator’s six state offices.
Corker’s staff hopes to meet with local residents and potentially assist individuals experiencing problems with a federal agency.
According to a press release from Corker’s office, the senator has made access and assistance to his constituents a top priority. The office has responded to over two million constituents’ letters and helped nearly 24,000 Tennesseans resolve issues with the federal government.
Tuesday’s “Senate at Your Service” event will be held from 10am to 2pm in the basement conference room of the Henry County Courthouse and is free and open to the public.
January Unemployment Data Released; Henry County Rate Up
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released detailed unemployment data for the month of January, and the news wasn’t great for Henry or surrounding counties.
Henry County’s unemployment rate rose by 0.6% percent of the population in January, to 10.3% unemployed. This is still a significant improvement from the 12.2% unemployment rate in January one year ago.
Nearby counties’ unemployment outlooks were slightly worse.
Stewart County held the dubious honor of the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the state, with a steep 3.4% increase from December to January to 12% unemployed.
Carroll County had the eighth-highest unemployment rate in the state, with rates rising by 0.4% to 11.3% unemployed. This is still 2.5% less than January 2013’s rate of 13.8%.
Benton County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 10.1% in January, which is still down from last year’s 11.8% mark.
Houston County’s unemployment rate rose from December’s 8.7% to 9.5% in January.
Weakley County’s unemployment rate fell slightly from December to January, dropping them to 9.8% unemployed.
Each of these unemployment rates is significantly above the state average of 7.2% unemployed in January, which is itself higher than the national average of 6.6% unemployment.
Lego League, Movie Night at W.G. Rhea Library
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library’s Lego League will meet the 3rd Monday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Lego League meetings are set for Monday March 17th, April 21st, and May 19th. There will be no Lego League during the summer, but lego play times will be offered during the summer reading program.
Lego donations are needed at the libriary for lego league; anyone that can donate legos should bring them to the circulation desk.
Also, the W.G. Rhea Library will hold their Teen Movie Night Saturday, March 15th from 7-9:30pm. This weekend’s free teen movie shown will be The Book Thief. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.
News from past weeks here.