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

Paris Police, 911 Dispatch Release March Activity Report

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris 911 Dispatch and Paris Police Department have released a comprehensive report of activities for the month of March 2014.

911 Dispatch received a total of 1,524 911 calls last month; 952 of those were directed to the Paris Police Department, with 352 calls sent to EMS and another 75 calls handled by the Paris Fire Department.

Paris Police Department officers made 222 traffic stops in the month of March and worked 65 motor vehicle accidents, 10 of those involving injuries.

Officers responded to 43 security alarms.

207 parking tickets and 96 citations were issued by Paris Police Department officers, who also made 38 arrests in March; six of those arrests were for felony offenses.

Sheriff's Office Investigates ATV Theft

Springville, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a theft after an ATV was stolen from a Springville home Friday, according to HCSO reports.

The complainant advised Cpl. Forrest Kemp of the HCSO that his ATV had been stolen. He said the shed in which it was stored was locked when he went to bed at approximately 9 PM. His dog started barking at around midnight, and his wife said she heard something around the same time, but didn't see anything unusual.

The following morning, the complainant found one door of the shed standing open, with the other door pried from its hinges and lying on the ground. A dark blue 1988 Yamaha 4x4 ATV was missing, valued at approximately $1200.

Another ATV stored in the shed was untouched; the complainant said it runs, but the battery is dead, so it would have had to be pushed out.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time.

Collegiate Big Bass Bash This Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.- Kentucky Lake will be playing host this weekend to the Cabela’s Big Bass Bash collegiate bass fishing championship.

Murray State University, currently ranked 4th in the nation, and Bethel University, currently ranked 8th, will each have multiple teams in the tournament hoping to improve their standings along with nearly 200 collegiate anglers all registered to compete in this weekend’s tournament.

For live coverage, head to CollegiateBassChampionship.com.

Snyder Voter Appreciation Dinner Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder will be holding a voter appreciation dinner this coming Tuesday, April 8 from 5 to 8 PM at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert will be provided, and Vince Dodd and Friends will be playing live music at the event.

Judge Snyder aims to express her gratitude to Henry County voters for allowing her to serve as their judge for the past eight years, and hopes to “respectfully ask for their vote on May 6th and the opportunity to serve another term”.

Snyder is running unopposed in the May 6 county primary election.

Tomorrow's Hope To Hold 5K, Duathlon Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center will be holding a Race Like There’s No Tomorrow 5K and duathlon fundraiser next Saturday, April 12th, at Memorial Park.

Events will include a 5K run, 5K walk, duathlon, duathlon relay, and kids’ duathlon.

Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, overall male and female masters and grand masters winners, and to the top three finishers in a variety of age categories.

Also at the event will be food, live music, and inflatable jumpers for children.

Races start at 8 AM Saturday, and participants will also be able to register at the event starting at 7 for an increased fee.

In order to register early for the event, you can contact Tomorrow’s Hope at

731-642-0600, or send an email to kathyh05@msn.com.

City Commission Creates Job Description for Asst. City Manager

Foster to Serve As Asst. City Manager

City Attorney Fred McLean discusses the job duties ordinance for the assitant city manager as Kim Foster, Willete Ray, Carl Holder, and city commissioners listen. (Alex AuBuchon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met Thursday night in regular session, discussing several items of business ranging from a replacement plan for retiring City Manager Carl Holder to a right-of-way disagreement delaying the Highway 218 bypass project.


Finance Director Kim Foster opened business by relaying good news about the city's financial outlook. Revenues outpaced expenditures by over $200,000 in February, and retail profits in January were up 1.67% from January 2013.


Foster then became the center of the meeting's attention as commissioners debated adding an official job description for her new role as Assistant City Manager.


Holder told the board that Foster has already been involved in approximately half the City Manager's responsibilities as it is, and that in the new position, Foster would assist in the daily operation of city government and would act as City Manager in the absence of the current manager.


Commissioners approved of Foster's appointment, but expressed concern about establishing a precedent that a future Director of Finance may automatically be expected to act as Assistant City Manager.


Ultimately, the Commission approved a resolution to create two separate job descriptions, one for Director of Finance / City Recorder / Assistant City Manger, and another simply for Director of Finance / City Recorder.

Holder Gives Commission Timeline on City Manager Hiring Process

Current City Manager Carl Holder shared his plan for the commission to hire a replacement upon his retirement. Foster is in position to land the job; however, additional applicants may be reviewed with resumes to be received by October 31st and interviews to be held throughout the month of December. A new City Manager is estimated to be in place on March 2, 2015.


Commission Looks At Trash Collection Issues, MS-4 Permit

Commissioners approved an ordinance related to curbside trash collection as well at Thursday night's commission meeting. City staff have received several complaints recently about individuals who leave trash receptacles on the side of the road permanently, which this ordinance will address by requiring citizens to move receptacles to an appropriate location no more than 24 hours after trash pickup each week. Commissioner Pete Lackey mentioned a similar policy had passed recently in Dresden, and City Attorney Fred McLean is currently drafting the final form of the ordinance.


Carl Holder informed board members that they had some difficult decisions ahead of them regarding implementation of the state-mandated MS-4 program, which must be almost completely in place by the end of the upcoming budget year. Holder favored re-establishing the position of City Engineer, a personnel cost of over $80,000 but a potential cost offset between $80,000 and $100,000.


Other options included hiring part-time help addressing ordinances and shifting MS-4 work onto the Codes Department; these were viewed less favorably.


Holder also addressed ongoing issues related to the Highway 218 Bypass project, which has stalled amid legal issues between the railroad and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. According to Holder and MacLean, both the City of Paris and the railroad are ready to begin work, but the state and railroad are involved in a dispute over right-of-way acquisitions dating back to the mid-1800s. Also, utilities providers are trying to find less costly solutions to moving utility lines based on revisions to the bypass plan.

Commissioners also approved an ordinance change related to the Planning Commission. In 2007, a change in statute forced the Planning Commission to expand to eight members. With an impending resignation, the commission was given the opportunity to reduce membership back to seven members, at least one of whom must live in the Urban Boundary Area.

Hwy. 218 Bypass Issues Remain Unresolved

Paris, Tenn.- Holder also addressed ongoing issues related to the Highway 218 Bypass project, which has stalled amid legal issues between the railroad and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. According to Holder and McLean, both the City of Paris and the railroad are ready to begin work, but the state and railroad are involved in a dispute over right-of-way acquisitions dating back to the mid-1800s. Also, utilities providers are trying to find less costly solutions to moving utility lines based on revisions to the bypass plan.

Artist Showcase Reception Will Be Sunday at 2pm

Paris, Tenn.- The 29th annual Artists Showcase will be on display staring this coming Sunday April 6th at the WG Rhea Public Library and there will be an awards presentation and public reception at 2pm Sunday afternoon at the Library. The Artists showcase will run during the Library’s regular hours from April 6th thru May 2nd.

Racers Win collegeinsider.com Tournament Championship

Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Racer basketball team can add a banner that declares them a tournament champion next season. The Racers defeated Yale 65-57 at the CFSB Center on Thursday night to win the CIT Championship. MSU was one of 32 non BCS schools to compete in the post season tournament.

Citizens Can Review History Textbooks April 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The public will have a chance to review social studies textbooks that will be used by the Henry County School System on Thursday April 10th from 3:30-4:30pm in the board room at Grove Tower, located at 217 Grove Blvd.

Patriots Fall to Bulldogs 8-4 on the Diamond

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County battled back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4 thru 5 innings Tuesday, but Milan broke thru with 4 runs in the top of the 6th and ended up with the 8-4 victory.

Hunter Bethune started on the mound for Henry County and pitched well, giving up four runs. Ethan Berry came in and worked some good innings but a couple of hit batsmen got him in trouble in the 6th when Milan scored four times.

The Patriots hit into a couple of rally killing double plays earlier in the game that could have made it more interesting. Henry County falls to 8-5 on the season after dropping their third straight game. They play McKenzie at home Saturday afternoon, then play Springfield on the road Monday and at home Tuesday of next week.

Lady Patriots Softball Loses to Waverly

Waverly, Tenn.- Henry County Lady Patriot Softball lost on the road to Waverly Thursday afternoon 7-2. Julie Medlock pitched a complete game and Ashley Underwood hit a solo home run in the loss.

Lightning Strike Causes Small Fire Inside Freeland Rd. Home

Buchanan, Tenn.- Lightning did cause small fire when it struck a house on Freeland Road and came thru the electric into the dryer. Tammy Hinson, Assistant Fire Chief at Paris Landing Fire Department said when the lightning hit the dryer, it caught a trash can on fire that was next to the dryer. Homeowners had the fire extinguished by the time Paris Landing Fire got to the scene, but the homeowners asked them to double check everything, Damage was very minimal.

Inman Tornado Safe Space Open 7pm-2am Due to Threat of Storms

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the threat of severe weather this afternoon and evening, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the Sheriff’s Office and Henry County Emergency Management Agency will open up the Inman Middle School Tornado Safe Space from 7pm to 2am Thursday evening.

Belew said there will be a deputy on sight at the tornado safe space and any citizen can come take advantage of the shelter being open.

Henry County EMA director Ron Watkins said we are only opening one shelter at this time because we have a low risk of tornados with the system that is moving thru. Watkins said the main threat with storms will be damaging straight line winds, heavy rainfall, and hail. Watkins did add that we can’t completely rule out tornados, but for now the risk for our area is low.

Watkins said right now, forecasts are calling for a few thunderstorms this afternoon, some which could be severe, but the best chance for severe weather with damaging straight line winds will be after dark, anywhere from around 9 to after midnight.

Wednesday evening, Henry County did get put under a tornado warning for a brief time and Watkins said the Cottage Grove siren was activated. There have been no major reports for damage as mostly rain and spectacular cloud to ground lightning was the biggest threats Wednesday.

Deadlines Approaching for May 6th Primary

Paris, Tenn.- The May 6th primary is approaching and Henry County citizens should be mindful of a couple of dates. Thursday at Noon is the last day to qualify to be on the ballot. The last day to register to vote in the May 6th primary is this coming Monday April 7th. You can register at the Election Commission office, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street in downtown paris.

The early voting period for the May 6th primary will be April 16th thru May 1st. You can early vote at the Election Commission Office Only during Early Voting from 8:30am to 4:30pm during the week and 9am to Noon on Saturdays during the time frame. The Election Commission Office will be closed on Friday April 18th in observance of Good Friday.

Many Citizens Could Qualify to Vote Via Absentee Ballot

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson advised that absentee ballots had gone out last week and there are many citizens who could take advantage of the absentee ballot, especially if they aren’t able to come out and vote during early voting or Election Day.

There are many reasons the state accepts legally for a citizen to vote with an absentee ballot. They include: being over 60 years of age, being on the permanent absentee voting register, being outside of the county during all hours of early voting and on Election Day, enrolled as a full time student, being disabled and polling place is inaccessible, residents of Nursing Homes, being hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled, being a caretaker of a person that is hospitalized, ill, or physically disabled, being a candidate, being on state or federal jury duty, serving as an election official on Election Day, having a Commercial Driver’s License, CDL, and being out of the county during Early Voting and on Election Day.

For more information to see if you are eligible to vote via absentee ballot, contact the Henry County Election Commission Office at 642-0411.

Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Thursday Noon to 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm. It’s the annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, where citizens can declare their allegiance to their either the Paris Police Department, Paris Fire Department, or Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The department that recruits the most blood donors will win a plaque. All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood and be sure and bring a photo ID with you.

Athena Delphians To Hold Spring Bazaar Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Athena Delphian Club of Paris is holding a Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale Saturday April 5th in the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Club members will be selling upscale resale items and baked good from 8am to 5pm. Proceeds of the sale are returned to the community as donations to various charitable organizations. For more information call 363-7108. Donated items can be taken to the Enoch Building.

Harrelson Band Students Meet Composer

Photo by Harrelson Band Director Chris Watson


Puryear, Tenn.- Band students at Harrelson School had a unique experience on Tuesday. The students had the opportunity to meet and work with the composer of a piece of music they are working on in class. John Fannin composed Semper Melior which is Latin for Always Better. John Fannin is the Assistant Director of Bands at Murray State University. Fannin answered questions from the students about how he begins to compose a piece of a music and also gave the students performance advice. 

Candidate Forum Replay is Available Now

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew Talks during last night's canidate forum. (Alex AuBuchon photos)

Candidate for Trustee L to R: Cindy Hopkins, Randi Allen French and Leisa Wimberley chat during an intermission at the forum.

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday Night's Candidate Forum was well attended in person and listened to by several as canidates for the upcoming primary were welcomed. The forum was a service learning project with students from Mrs. Pam McCord's and Mr. David Huber's classes and WMUF/WLZK. Students came up with questions, helped put on the broadcast, made brochures, and kept time during the event. If you missed the broadcast, click at the lenght at the top of the page to hear the forum.

Candidates for Circuit Court Clerk L to R: Daniel Powell, Lisa Wade, and Mike Wilson.

Allegro Relay for Life To Hold Upcoming Events

Paris, Tenn.- The Allegro Relay for Life Team will hold a cooking for cure event Friday April 4th at the Save-A-Lot parking lot. All monies raised benefits the American Cancer Society. They will have a variety of choices including Rib Eye Sandwich and Chips for $6, BBQ sandwich and chips for $3, Hot Dog and Chips for $3, or a 1lb BBQ pack for $8. They will be cooking Friday from 10:30am until 5pm or while supplies last.

On Saturday April 5th, the Allegro Relay Team will hold a Yard sale at the Old Allegro Building at the corner of Highway 641 and Fairview Street. The yard sale will be 7am to 12pm and refreshments will be available.

$5 Masquerade Jewelry Sale Thurs and Fri. at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- A $5 Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Sale will be held Thursday April 3rd from 7am to 7pm and Friday April 4th from 7am to 3pm at the Henry County Medical Center Ground Floor Rooms 2 and 3. Everything is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Henry County Medical Center Auxiliary. Cash and Credit Card are accepted during the sale.

Alleged Gunman On Murray State Campus Tuesday Night Prompts Lockdown

Murray, Ky.- Authorities had someone in custody late Tuesday night after an alleged sighting of a man with a gun on Murray State's campus caused a lockdown just after 7:30pm.

Campus Police say they began receiving calls after 7:30pm about a man with a long gun roaming near Franklin Residential College on the main campus of MSU.

The Paducah Sun is reporting that someone was placed in custody about 11:30pm and the lockdown had been cancelled about 11pm.

The lockdown including the CFSB center, where Murray was hosting Pacific in the semifinals of the CIT Tournament. We will have more information on this developing story Wednesday.

Murray State Makes CIT Finals, Will Play Yale

Murray, Ky.- While the NCAA tournament is the "Big Dance," there are other postseason tournaments in college basketball in March and Murray State has made it to the finals of the collegeinsider.com tournament after beating Pacific 98-75 at the CFSB Center Tuesday night. The Racers will now face Yale in the championship game.

Murray State will host the championship game on Thursday night April 3rd at 7pm. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The collegeinsider.com tournament is in its 6th year, and is comprised of non BCS schools. The tournament is made up of 32 teams, and games are played on campus sites.

Thursday at Noon is Qualifying Deadline For August Election

Races Assured For County Commission districts 1, 2, and 5

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday at noon is the deadline to qualify for the August 7th election and more candidates have recently qualified for their respective offices and races for a few seats are assured at the August Election.

For county commission district 1, those who have qualified as of Tuesday were incumbent Wes Bradley, and Don Jones along with newcomers to the scene Randy Gean, chief deputy at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Jeremie Schultz, and Micheal J. White.  One others person has picked up papers but haven’t turned them in yet: Tommy Kesterson. Dan Paschal, who has served for a number of years is not seeking re-election.

In district two for county commission, those who have qualified are all three incumbents Kreg Kyle, Paul Neal, and Bobby Freeman. Also turning in qualifying papers for district two commission is Kert Blackwood, assuring a race in district 2 as well, as voters will choose three to serve on the commission.

Qualifying for district three county commission for the August election are all three incumbents Paul Mathenia, Martin Visser, and Monte Starks.

In district four, incumbents Dell Carter, James Travis, and Kenneth Humphreys have qualified to run.

A race is assured in district five county commission as incumbents Greg Carter, Connie McSwain, and David Webb have all qualified for re-election and Torrance Atkinson has also qualified to run for a seat on the commission. Voters will vote for three in the August Election.  

Jon Christopher Coley has qualified to run for district two constable at the August election. Incumbent John Krezinski, and Rocky Menard have both picked up papers but have yet to turn them back in as of Tuesday.

Only one person each has qualified in the following races: District One constable: Jason McCord, District Three Constable: Charles Jacques; District Four Constable: Neely Owens and District 5 constable James Chappell.

Other Henry Countians qualifying for respective seats in the upcoming election are as follows: Christi Cross has qualified to run for Republican State Executive Committee Woman; Marty Allison has qualified to run for re-election for Road Board district 3; Doug Braden has qualified to run for County School Board district two; for spots on the Paris Special School District Board Bill Jelks, Amy Cathey, and Kim Foster have all qualified to run for re-election; Tim Wirgau has qualified to run for re-election for the 75th district Tennessee House of Representatives; and Wes Bradley has qualified to run for U.S. House of Representatives 8th district.

Patriots Lose in Extra Innings At Clarksville High

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County scored first Tuesday night in Clarksville, but the Wildcats scored the last run, in the bottom of the 8th to win 3-2. Left handed hurler for the Patriots Jared Pugh pitched 7.1 innings and had 9 Ks in the loss Tuesday night. Evan Pugh had two hits for the Patriots in the loss. Henry County is now 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in the district. The Patriots are scheduled to play Milan on Thursday at home with first pitch at 5pm.

Lady Patriots Softball Defeats Clarksville

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Clarksville 4-0 on Tuesday night behind a complete game effort from Lady Patriot hurler Celie Hudson. Hudson had 7 Ks on the night. The Lady Patriots were defeated in district action Monday night at Kenwood by a final score of 3-2.

Paris Police Investigate Soda Machine Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is continuing to investigate some vandalism to soda machines from two different places that occurred overnight. A Pepsi Machine at the Colony Square Apartments Complex on Highway 641 South had the dollar bill collection part knocked out and cash taken from inside the machine. In a separate report a coke machine at Tri County Medicine on Jim Adams Drive had the dollar bill collector and money box removed. It was undetermined how much money was taken from either machine and police continue to investigate with no suspects at this time.

Paris Police are also looking for suspects in a theft from Radio Shack that occurred Monday. The report said three black females came into the store Monday afternoon and stole a set of Skull Candy Headphones and a JBL Micro Portable Speaker both valued at $40 apiece. The video surveillance at the store did catch the females in the act of stealing, but as of now they couldn’t be identified.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a man who had been staying at a home on Old Paris Murray Road had a match box car collection, two digital cameras, and a dremmel tool set stolen recently. The value of the items is around $500 police have no suspects. The report did say there have been movers in the house recently as the owners are moving.

Candidate Forum Is Tuesday Night at Little Theatre

HCHS and WMUF/WLZK Team Up for Service Learning Project

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 have come up with questions that will be asked candidates who are running for election this year.

Students will also serve as ushers escorting the public who chooses to attend the even in person from the front of Henry County High School to the Little Theatre. 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.

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.

If you can’t make it to the forum on Tuesday night, it will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm and it will also be available on our website at wmufradio.com.

Chamber Golf Tournament Set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and local staffing company Hamilton Ryker, will put on their annual Chamber Golf Tournament this Friday April 4th at the Tennessean Golf Club.

The tournament is a four person scramble format, which lunch served at 12 Noon and tee off will be afterwards. The steak lunch is provided by Kroger and will be cooked by the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Tosh Farms. Cost for teams is $250 and prizes include a vehicle from Joe Mahan Ford for a designated hole in one.

For more information on the Golf Tournament call the Chamber at 642-3431.

HCMC Health Screenings at Farm Bureau Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will offer free health screeings at Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 N. Market Street on Thursday April 3rd from 8:30am to 11:30am. Screenings will be inside the building and free finger stick blood sugar and blood pressure checks will be available. Also finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a full lipid panel for $10. Fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Wildcats Halt Patriots 7 game Win Streak

Paris, Tenn.- Clarksville High's stud ace Donnie Everett lived up to all the hype and pitched 5 scoreless innings as Clarksville High defeated Henry County 10-0 on the diamond Monday night.

Everett, who has verbally committed to Vanderbilt, reached 94 mph on the Juggs Gun frequently and had a breaking ball that kept most hitters guessing throughout the night.

Patriot hurler Drake Walker gave up 6 runs in the first inning then settled down most of the rest of the way, but the Patriots bats couldn't get anything going against Everett.

It was the Patriots first loss in their last 7 games and the first district loss on the season. Henry County will try to exact revenge against the Wildcats Tuesday night in Clarksville. Jared Pugh will take the mound for Henry County.

Local Law Enforcement Busy over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derek Colley of the Paris Police Department went to the scene of an accident over the weekend where on person had driven off. After searching, Ptl. Colley finally apprehended Richard L. Fitzgerald, of 700 Cooper Street. Fitzgerald had 13 prior convictions of driving on a revoked license. Ptl. Colley charged Fitzgerald with driving on revoked 14th offence and leaving the scene of an accident.

In a separate report, Ptl. Colley observed a car back into another vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and then began to drive off. He activated the blue lights and pulled the car over. He noticed the drive, identified as Diane Tomlin, 42, of 5814 Highway 69 S and noticed she appeared to be under the influence. Tomlin failed several field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI and at the jail when a bottle of pills were found on her person, introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

In another incident, Paris Police Ptl. Eric Long arrested April D. Brozyna, 33, of Camden for shoplifting, reckless driving, and felony evading. She was placed on $15K bond.

Deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are still looking for suspects in a couple of thefts that occurred over the weekend. One was the theft of a laptop and two track phones from a home on East Antioch Road and the other was the theft of two guns from a Hagler Ridge Road residence.

Javan Winders Competes In Benton, KY

Benton, Ky.- Henry County’s Javan Winders competed Saturday at the 18th Annual Invitational of the South Meet at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. Javan came in 2nd overall in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:59 in brutal conditions of cold, wet, windy, weather. The finish put Javan #1 in the region in the 3200 meters, he is also ranked #1 in the 1600 meters. He was the only member of the HCHS track team to compete because of Spring Break.

Metro Crime Unit Makes Yet Another Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit along with the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office was responsible for yet another Henry County drug arrest Friday.

Officers from each department executed a search warrant at a home on Rison Street, recovering four grams of marijuana and paraphernalia and arresting Toby Joe Hicks of Riggins Street, who officers learned was a fugitive from justice in Dallas.

Hicks was charged with possession of a schedule VI substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on his unspecified outstanding warrant in Dallas.

Primary resident Marlon Ward of Rison Street was not at home when the warrant was executed, but will be cited for simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

This arrest comes off the heels of a large methamphetamine bust Thursday, and the recovery of approximately 40 pounds of marijuana in a bust last weekend.

Cottage Grove Holds Community Fundraiser for Brent Davis, DCI

Brent Davis represents the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps with a t-shirt (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove native and HCHS sophomore Brent Davis is a remarkable euphonium player. So much so, in fact, that after attending an audition camp with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in Nashville, Davis was asked to join and march with the corps this summer.

Davis spoke with Cottage Grove Mayor and pastor Mike Waddey about possible plans to fund his involvement, and Waddey quickly organized a community spaghetti supper to benefit the cause at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church.

The community pitched in to a huge degree, with attendance and donations from community members and from Cottage Grove Methodist Church, Cottage Grove Baptist Church, Olive Branch Methodist Church, and Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Live entertainment was provided by the Charles Ross family from Gleason, Tenn.

According to Mike Waddey, the event raised approximately $2,750 for Davis; $1200 of that will go toward this year's fees and the remainder will be placed in a trust for use if Davis decides to pursue drum corps again.

The Music City Drum and Bugle Corps will begin their training camp in late June before embarking on a 16-show tour throughout the Midwest in July and early August.

More information on the corps can be found at musiccitydrumcorps.org

Champion of Champions Barbecue Tournament is In the Books

Cody Archie (L) accepts his $1,000 prize for Grand Champion of the tournament for Lulu's BBQ of East Prairie, Mo. (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Despite cold, windy and rainy conditions at the Henry County Fairgrounds, a large crowd was on hand for the results of the Tennessee BBQ Association’s first annual Champion of Champions tournament.

17 teams competed in this weekend’s tournament, some of whom came from as far off as Missouri and Alabama. In order to qualify for the invitational tournament, each team had to place in the top 5 of a TBA-sanctioned event last year. 

The event was adjudicated by a panel of 24 judges, ranging from KCBS certified judges from across the Southeast to local individuals judging their first barbecue competition. 

Two Henry County teams competed in the Champion of Champions tournament, the Trolingers-sponsored Ash Kickers, and Grillin & Chillin, who have placed well in several area tournaments. 

The inaugural Grand Champion of the Champion of Champions tournament was Lulu’s, headed by Cody Archie of East Prairie, Mo. Archie was awarded $1000 plus a custom grill trophy for his first place finish. 

The reserve champion this year was 901Q, headed by Chris Ball of Memphis. Ball took home $500 and a large cast iron trophy. 

The Tennessee Barbecue Association also raffled off a Green Mountain Grills pellet cooker valued at over $400; Henry Countian Marshall Helms took the grill home. 

The TBA plans to come back to Henry County in August for a barbecue tournament in conjunction with the Henry County Fair; organizers hope to have around 50 teams competing in that event. 

Full results of the inaugural Champion of Champions tournament are as follows:  

Grand Champion

Lulu’s BBQ (East Prairie, Mo.) 

Reserve Champion

901Q (Memphis) 

Chicken

3rd – TN Double D’s (Clarksville, Tenn.)

2nd – Hawg County Cookers (McKenzie, Tenn.)

1st – Grillin’ & Chillin’ (Paris, Tenn.) 

Ribs

3rd – 901Q (Memphis)

2nd – Lulu’s BBQ (East Prairie, Mo.)

1st – Smoke Company (East Prairie, Mo.) 

Pork

3rd – Ash Kickers (Paris, Tenn.)

2nd – Smoke Company (East Prairie, Mo.)

1st – Double A’s (Dickson, Tenn.) 

Brisket

3rd – Double A’s (Dickson, Tenn.)

2nd – Lulu’s BBQ (East Prairie, Mo.)

1st – Hawg County Cookers (McKenzie, Tenn.)

Grillin' & Chillin' of Paris accepts their award for first place chicken entry at Saturday's tournament (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Lakewood Speech Team Wins Sweepstakes at St. Mary's

Lakewood's speech team celebrates after their sweepstakes win (Photo provided by David Weatherly).

Memphis- The Lakewood Middle School Speech Team competed in the St. Mary’s Episcopal School Middle School Invitational over the weekend and placed 1st overall out of 7 middle schools from the Memphis area.

The following students from the team placed in their individual events:

Steele Schoeberl – 1st in Prose and 1st in Duet Acting

Paris Schoeberl – 1st in Humorous Interp and 3rd in Poetry

Nadia McFadden - 3rd in Storytelling

Noah Hulbert – 1st in Dramatic Interp and 2nd in Prose

Sylis Alen – 2nd in Poetry and 2nd in Audition Monologue

Natalie Clark – 1st in TV Broadcasting

Drew Culbreath – 3rd in TV Broadcasting and 1st in Duet Acting

Casey Burkhart – 5th in Storytelling

The team, under the direction of Mr. David Weatherly, is now focusing on fundraising for a trip to the National Tournament, which is coming up this summer in Overland Park, KS.

World's Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters Officially Opens

Hostess Princess Tiffany Bennett cuts the ribbon at the headquarters with help from (from L) First Maid Alex Reagor, Fourth Maid Madeline Hosford, Second Maid Addi Cate, and Third Maid Rachel Wilson. Carlton Gerrell and Monte Starks hold the ribbon while (from L) Tim Wirgau, Loria Plunk, Cathey Williams, Patrick Cooper, Brent Greer, David Webb and others look on (Jennifer Wheatley photo).

Paris, Tenn.- A capacity crowd was on hand at the grand opening of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry Headquarters; literally a capacity crowd as the Jaycees were unable to fit anyone else inside the building and held the ceremony outside.

 

This year’s Jaycees Assistant General Manager Patrick Cooper opened the event introducing members of the 2014 Board of Directors, this year’s General Manager Chris Martin, and thanking several WBFF supporters, including county mayor Brent Greer and city mayor Sam Tharpe,

 

2014 Treasurer Loria Plunk honors longtime Jaycee Monte Starks with the dedication of this year's souvenir book (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Treasurer Loria Plunk then presented the book dedication to 27 year TVA employee, longtime Jaycee, Rescue Squad member, Elk and HCSO reserve deputy Monte Wilson Starks.

 

Starks spoke fondly of his years of service with the Fish Fry, having served twice as General Manager and for several years as the Rodeo Chair.

 

Secretary Cathey Williams then introduced this year’s Fish Fry Grand Marshal, Cody Nance.

 

Nance has been a highly successful bull rider since high school, winning the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association State Championship his senior year.

 

Nance has since gone on to pursue a career as a PBR touring pro, with 5 wins, 16 top 5 finishes, 32 top 10 finishes, and a 5th place finish overall in the world standings last year.

 

Nance has moved back to Paris with wife Jordan and two children, Addie Jewell and Wyatt Wes.

 

Nance is currently competing at the Table Mountain Casino Invitational in Fresno, Calif., so wife Jordan spoke on his behalf. She said Cody was deeply humbled by the honor and that the entire family is very excited.

 

Fish Fry events will kick off Saturday, April 19th with the Hushpuppy Dash 5K at Henry County High School, and a horse and mule farm pull as well as a demolition derby at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Jordan Nance speaks to a sizable crowd at Fish Fry Headquarters along with daughter Addie Jewell Nance (Alex AuBuchon photo).

 

 

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