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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin

Sobriety Checkpoints Conducted

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department has made numerous arrests over the Memorial Day weekend, with the help of sobriety check-points they have set up at various spots I the county. The sheriff's department worked together with Kentucky police officials at roadblocks Friday night on the state line at Hazel and made several DUI arrests there.

Heat Doesn't Keep Crowds From Big Sandy Festival

Retired Paris Police Officer Bill Bussey proudly displayed his car at the car show. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Big Sandy, Tenn.-Despite the heat, a large crowd was on hand for the Big Sandy Spring Festival Friday night and Saturday. The highlight of Saturday was the parade, which was filled with fancy floats, a marching band and fancy cars. The annual car show this year was dedicated to Zach French, the Henry County High School senior who was killed in a car accident recently. French had been an avid participant in the car shows over the years.

The day-long activities included a Friends of the Library book sale, an Indian artifacts show, flea market, horseshoe tournament and Great Pretenders show.

As always, many Henry Countians were on hand for the festival and car show.

Members of the Tennessee state guard at attention before the flag ceremony was performed and taps played.

The car show was dedicated to the late Zach French.

LBL Annual Pass Offered To Military

Golden Pond, Ky.-As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support our nation’s service members and their families, Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is participating in the new annual pass to active duty service members and their dependents. Active duty service men and women can obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass. The Military Pass grants free access to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation in the coming years.

Land Between The Lakes accepts the Military Pass for free admission to The Homeplace, Golden Pond Planetarium, and Woodlands Nature Station. The Military Pass will admit the pass holder plus three other individuals free of charge to these facilities. Free admission will not be granted during any special event by using the Military Pass.

Land Between The Lakes will have the passes available at Golden Pond Visitor Center and North and South Welcome Stations. Current identification for active duty military or active duty dependent status will be required to be issued a pass and identification may be required when the Military Pass is used. All branches of service are included in this Military Pass program including Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves.

In addition to Land Between The Lakes, the pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees. Land Between The Lakes offers free admission to the National Recreation Area. For more information on the pass, please visit: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.

Elections Officials Explain Voter ID Law

Paris, Tenn.-State Elections Coordinator Mark Goins, left, explains the new voter ID law to several people  on hand for a town hall meeting Thursday night at the Paris Civic Center. Standing to the right were Henry County Elections Director Darrin Thompson and Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who also spoke along with State Rep. Tim Wirgau and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe. The new law went into effect January 1 and officials explained citizens can use a drivers' license, U.S. passport, military ID, state-issued gun permits and any other photo IDs issued by the federal or state government. They told the crowd that expired driver's licenses can be used, also. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

McNeill Park Concession Stand Trashed, Burglarized

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a burglary and vandalism at a concession stand at McNeill Park which caused some $3,000 worth of damage. When employees arrived at the park Thursday morning, they found a significant amount of damage at one of the stands and called police.

Patrolman Amber Roaten said she found a park bench had been pulled next to the stand and all of the windows had been broken out. Inside, someone had set off two fire extinguishers and there was white dust all over the interior. Damage had been done to a steel door and siding on the outside of the stand.

In the upstairs, someone had set off another fire extinguisher and dust was all over the roof and upstairs portion.

Additionally, a money box containing $300 was stolen and $800 worth of food and candy was stolen. In all, the concession stand's operator is estimating another $2,000 in damage was caused to the building and equipment and said it may be a larger amount than that as they begin repairs. He said that most of the cooking materials and machinery will have to be replaced due to the fire extinguisher dust.

Paris Police will be placing the park area on extra patrols.

Henry County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary and theft from Cherokee Hills near Buchanan. Deputies found that someone had busted windows out of door doors and pried the tin to a sliding door to gain entry. However, the burglars were not able to get into the building, but instead reached through one of the broken windows and took 30 chainsaw blades. The burglars also took two bicycles that had been in front of the business.

Deputies are looking for someone whose description was given by a witness who saw a suspicious vehicle there earlier that day.

Paris Police had a report of a fight at Vernon Place on Minor Street and were on the look-out for a red truck. The truck was spotted and eventually stopped on W. Blythe Street, where officers noted that the driver was bloody and had a bruised face. Dustin Riggs of McEwen, Tenn., was arrested and placed in jail.

Youth Steals Beer

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a 19-year-old Paris man for stealing beer from a local gas station and convenience store. Police were alerted by a private citizen that a man had put some beers down his pants and walked out of the Murphy Oil station at 1110 Mineral Wells Ave.

The citizen gave a description of the man and his car, and he was tracked down by Patrolman Jamie James. In the process of questioning him, James read him his Miranda rights and the man confessed to sticking two Budweisers down his pants and stealing them.

Jacob Willoughby, age 19, 1808 Lone Oak Dr., was arrested for underage possession and theft. Bond of $2,000 was set.

Quota Club Hands Out Scholarships

From left: Emily Revel, Andrew Bigham, Megan Meketi, Jeanna Crowder, Donna Winders, Brea Schoubye and Bruce Hooper. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Guests of the Quota Club at its meeting this week were  seven scholarship recipients and their guests. Brenda Hosford, member of the Scholarship Committee presented each recipient to the group and each recipient in turn  thanked the club for their scholarships and spoke briefly about their future plans.

Recipients were Megan Meketi (daughter of LuJan Meketi) with her grandmother, Martha Simpson; Bruce Hooper with his mother, Faye Hooper; Andrew Bigham with his mother, Pam Bigham; Jeanna Crowder with her mother, Barbara Crowder, grandmother and two friends; Brea Schoubye with her mother, Yvonne Schoubye, her grandmother and her sister; Emily Revel with her mother, Jenniffer Revel and Donna Winders with her husband, Lee.

Bigham and Crowder received the Paul Meals medical scholarships. Each scholarship was $1,000.

Winners Of "Name The Robot" Announced

Dr. Paul Weick with the winning students. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn.– To kick off National Hospital, Nursing Home and Nurses Week, Henry County Medical Center hosted a reception for the public to meet the new da Vinci robot.

In addition to the coffee, the winners of the “Name the Robot” contest were announced. Since Henry County Medical Center is Partners in Education with Inman Middle School, the Healthcare Week committee decided to ask those students to name the da Vinci Surgical Robot and write a story about how they chose the name. Of all the entries, "Spike" was chosen as the name for the robot.

“We received 27 entries,”  Stephen O’Neal, Chief Nursing Officer and chairman of the healthcare week committee, said. “There were some very excellent stories, too, and the decision was not easy.”


The committee really liked the stories submitted for ‘Octoclaw’, Einstein’, Ser Piero’, Ralph and RD123 as well as Spike. Many of the stories were so well written that the committee had a real challenge. But, ultimately, the name selected was “Spike”. 

The winners or the contest were Mrs. Reynolds’ 6th grade class students Shelby Butler, Tayrianna Evans, Christian Brockman, Lindsey Coumbe, and Haley Barker. On Friday, May 4, administrative staff and managers presented the classroom a $100 award to use to benefit the entire class.
These students also had the opportunity to attend the breakfast with their teacher and actually touch the robot and ask questions with the surgeons who utilize the robot.

County Unemployment Shows Area Decrease

Nashville- County Unemployment rates for April 2012 were released on Thursday and the rates decreased in 84 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. The rate increased in 5 counties and remained the same in six. Williamson County registered the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.3%. Scott County came in with the highest unemployment rate at 15.4%. The April county unemployment rates are greater than 5% but less than 10% in 73 counties and over 10% but less than 20% in the other 22 counties.

Henry County’s unemployment rate for April came in at 9.4%, which equates to 1,270 people being out of work in Henry County. The estimated labor force for Henry County is 13,500. This April’s rate of 9.4% is down from 10.1% from March and also down from 11.4% in April of 2011.

Benton County has an estimated labor force of 7,120 and in April, 680 people were looking for a job. That equals an unemployment rate of 9.5%, which is down .4% from March’s rate of 9.9% in Benton County. That rate is also down from the rate in April of 2011 which came in at 11.4%

Carroll County’s unemployment rate for this April registered at 9.6%, meaning 1330 people of the estimated labor force of 13,890 were unemployed. The rate is down from 10.4% in March and also down from 11.7% in April of 2011.

Premier Nissan Holding a Fan Drive

Paris, Tenn.- Premier Nissan in Paris is holding a fan drive thru the end of the month. They are asking any citizen to donate your older box fans to help senior citizens and those less fortunate during the hot summer. They want to reach their goal of filling up 2-3 Nissan Titan truckbeds. The fans collected will be distributed by the Office on Aging. Bring your donated box fan to Premier Nissan located on highway 77 or call 642-0601 for more information.

Henry County Farmers Market Opens Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open for the first time this season Friday at 3pm at the Fairgrounds. They will have tomatoes, squash, greenbeans, peppers, peaches, and onions available. More dates and times for the Farmer’s Market will be announced when more produce becomes available on a consistent basis.

Quinn Chapel's 60th annual pancake breakfast to be Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold its 60th annual Pancake breakfast on Saturday at the church located at 218 Church Street in Paris. The breakfast will start at 7am and go until everything is sold out. The menu consist of pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee, and milk. The cost is six dollars for adults and three dollars for children under 13. They offer dine-in, carry out, and delivery. For delivery call 642-8445.

Areas Locally Being Reserved For 400-Mile Sale

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County and Paris will have a unique opportunity next week Thursday May 31st to Sunday June 3rd, when the 400-mile yard sale swings through our area for the first time.

Two areas locally are being reserved for yard sale participants and Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Director Jennifer Wheatley is asking participants to register their sale ahead of time. Organizers would like to know how many sales are planned in Henry County for a couple of reasons: the more yard sales there are here the better our chances of being included in the 400-mile sale next year and it will help organizers arrange the local sales.

The 400-mile sale travels through Kentucky on Highway 68 and into Tennessee on Hwy. 641, which will bring it through Hazel, Puryear and Paris. People who live along 641 will naturally place their yard sales there, but those who also want to have a yard sale and do not live on the highway can put their sales at two locations: the manufactured HOMES parking lot on N. Market St. and around the courtsquare in Paris.

"The people at the manufactured HOMES company were gracious in letting us use that parking lot and it's a huge area for us to have," Wheatley said. The organizers have told the local Chamber that 'bundling' the yard sales into one or two main areas would be recommended.

"The fewer times that travelers have to stop at each yard sale, the better, Wheatley said. "Travelers look for areas where they can stop and go to several sales at the same time." Another spot in the county that is being reserved for multiple sales is the Subway parking lot in Puryear.

Locally, the 400-mile sale is being sponsored by the Chamber, the Downtown Paris Association and the Henry County Alliance.

"This is a big deal for our county," Wheatley said, "and we'd for it to be as successful as it can be so we can participate again next year."

Anyone wanting to have a yard sale is asked to register online at 400mile.com. Anyone seeking a spot locally can call the Chamber office at 642-3431. "We'll do everything we can to accomodate everyone," Wheatley said.

Veterans Get In Free To TN Sports Hall of Fame Memorial Day Weekend

Nashville-- The Tennessee Sports Hall of fame will honor veterans this Memorial Day weekend but letting them and their families come in free of charge. The Sports Hall of Fame is located inside Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville and its open all weekend from 10 am to 5 pm. The normal admission charge is only three dollars, but Friday through Monday, veterans and families can get in at no charge. Call 615-242-4750 for more information.

Office on Aging Expo Attracts Large Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-With the aroma of hamburgers and hot dogs grilling, a large crowd was drawn to the courthouse lawn Wednesday for the first annual Henry County Office on Aging expo. The office on aging conducted all its activities on the courtlawn to demonstrate how much they do and how much fun they have doing it. Top photo shows Carlton Gerrell from Tennessee Valley Community Church grilling burgers and hot dogs and bottom photo is April Perry of the NW Tenn Economic Development office, one of several vendors on hand. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Handicapped Ramps Being Installed At City Hall

Paris, Tenn.-Paris City Manager Carl Holder, left, talks things over with city workers who have been busy the past couple of weeks installing two new handicapped ramps to city hall. The ramps are located on the front and side of the building. City Hall already had a ramp in the back, plus a couple of other doors that were accessible, but Holder said this will ensure that the building is accessible to everyone. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Installing Emergency Fiber Optics 

Paris, Tenn.-Employees with Jones Communications were busy Wednesday installing fiber optics which will connect Paris city hall, the Henry County sheriff's office and the future location for the 911 center on Brewer Street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Memorial Day Program Set For Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will have a Memorial Day program starting at 8  am Monday on the steps and lawn of the Henry County Courthouse and everyone is welcome to attend. The Tennessee State Guard will present the colors and Navy Captain Debra McGuire will say a prayer.

Glenn Fowler will lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance and the HCHS Madrigals will lead in singing the National Anthem, and Commanders from

Veterans Organizations will present the laying of the wreath for all of our fallen soldiers. The Tennessee State Guard will have a Memorial Service.

Also the Firing Team and Flag Fold will be presented and Ann Smith will present closing remakrs.

Ed Smith will perform "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.

Other activities on Memorial Day include a 10 am Fun Run at VFW post 1889, a Three Bell ceremony honoring our fallen Veterans and Auxiliary Personnel and a two mile run. For more information contact the Veterans Service Office, located inside the basement of the Henry County Courthouse, 642-5055.

Fundraiser Planned For Predators Travel Team

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Predators Travel Baseball Team ages nine and under has won three tournaments and have a chance to go to the World Series in Kingsport. They are asking for the public’s help in raising money to take the trip. They are having a carwash and cookout Saturday June 2nd, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Napa Auto Parts in Paris.

They will also raffle off a 12 gauge shotgun worth $1,000 on that day. All donations are appreciated and accepted. The World Series starts on July 4th and is a five day tournament. Call Marty Valentine at 336-9317 for more information.

Thefts Reported Across County

Paris, Tenn.- Officer James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriffs Department responded to a call a home on Henry Midway Road regarding a break in at the residence. The owner reportedly left at approximately 7:30 pm to pick up his wife and around 8:23 received a phone call from a family member stating that the alarm system was going off at the residence.


Upon returning home, the resident and his wife noticed that several rooms had been rummaged through but nothing was taken. After further investigation, the owner noticed that a gun display case was forced open and two guns removed; a Smith & Wesson 10 shot semi automatic hand gun long with 3 loaded 10 round magazines and a Ruger rifle with 1 loaded 10 round magazine and a loaded 50 round drum. The estimated value of the items is $650.00

Sgt. Forrest also responded to another break in at 211 Pete Valentine Road at which the home owner stated a 30-30 Marlin had been taken from his resident by a family member without permission but was returned. Upon further investigation the owner also report missing from a gun cabinet a 303 Marlin, a 38 Ruby. 357 Rossi, and a 12 gauge black shot gun were all missing. The owner does not know when the guns taken.

The Paris Police Department responded to a burglary complaint from 550 Russell Street in Paris. Someone broke out the driver’s side window of a 1970 Eagle International Motor Home and entered the vehicle. The windshield also was damaged. The furniture in the motor home was turned over and a shelf was destroyed. Nothing appeared missing from the vehicle. An estimated value of the damages was stated to be $1000.00

A resident at 719 Caledonia reported to the Paris Police Department that a 18” 21 speed bicycle had been stolen from her front yard. Estimated value of the bike is $88.00

In other news, Jennifer Lee Jeffrey, 29 of 740 Cypress Road Buchanan was arrested for Theft of property. Her bond was placed at $3000.

HCMC's 2013 FY budget: 1% pay raise, cuts, slight profit margin

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Medical Center board of trustees met on Tuesday evening and the board was presented with budgets for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1st. Finance Director  Lisa Casteel presented the budgets for each entity of the medical center.

The board of trustees learned that the overall budget included a cost of living adjustment of 1%. It included continuing education, training, and a basic flatlined growth across the board. Casteel did say some growth was expected for the 2013 fiscal year with the acquisition of the surgery center, in psychiatric with increased volumes at Lake Haven, and in neurology.

Administrator and CEO of the hospital Tom Gee said the budget includes the slight pay increase, but also includes some further cuts and reductions to try to improve the hospital’s bottom line, which has been struggling the last few years. Gee said we may have to look at cuts in salaries and workforce throughout the year in order to meet their goals. The medical center budget includes finishing June 30th, 2013 with a profit margin of slightly above 1%.

Imaging Center Progressing After More Soil Issues

During his administrative comments, Gee told the board that the medical center is continuing to progress with their portion of the imaging center and have caught up some with the Bethel portion of the project. They have been delayed by weather and just in April, another issue with soil and rock where an additional 28 thousand dollars had to be spent to hopefully fix the soil issues.

Gee said a meeting is set for Wednesday regarding getting approval from TDOT for airspace concerning the pedestrian bridge. Paris City Manager Carl Holder will be attending on the half of the city, hospital, and Bethel.

Bids for the Joy Street signalization project are set to be let next week and awarded by the first of July. Once awarded, construction for that project will take in the neighborhood of 45-60 days.

The medical center will be meeting with vendors on furniture and equipment for the center. Plans are to began moving into the facility 10-15 days into September and have an open house around the first of October.

HCMC likely to oppose Huntingdon's bid for psych unit

Gee also informed the board of trustees that Baptist Hospital in Huntingdon had applied for a certificate of need to build a 12 bed geropsych unit. Gee said with Henry County’s unit underutilized and having one in Martin, the building of another in the area seems underwarranted. Gee told board members they would oppose the proposed certificate of need.

Gee also said they should be receiving some fund from the Medicare lawsuit in the next few weeks. He said the amount is uncertain but its somewhere between 400 and 700 thousand dollars. Gee also explained that the hospital is expecting to certify their electronic medical records with the federal government. Once that is done, they can book first year stimulus funds from the government for getting that done and it should bring in about $1.5 million.

Pickin' Party Music Festival To Feature Paris Entertainers

Golden Pond, Ky.- Musicians and music lovers from all over the mid-South are tuning up for the annual Pickin' Party Old-Time Music Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area.

Favorite local Storytellers, Robert Valentine of Paris and Jamie Futrell, will emcee the event. The two-day event, May 26 and 27, includes music workshops, jamming sessions, energized performances of old-time fiddle and banjo, singing, and bluegrass music, all for visitors to enjoy. Join us as we welcome back old favorites like folk musician Mark Dvorak and old-time string band the Dixie Volunteers.

Other musicians include Dan Knowles of Paris –renowned claw hammer banjo player, Bawn in the Mash of Paducah, Common Thread, Big Auger, Red River Breeze, and Nathan Blake Lynn. You can bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle, or harmonica and join in on the fun during daily open-mic sessions, or sit and play beneath the shade trees among fellow pickers and visitors.

See how traditional musical instruments are made. At the Double Pen House, visit Kelly and Susan Amsden who are keeping the traditional sound of the hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and other hand-crafted instruments alive for future generations. At the Tool Barn, Mike Holmes, who learned furniture making from his grandfather, creates hand-carved mandolins. Enjoy mini-workshops throughout the weekend. Susan and Kelly Amsden will teach a beginner’s Mountain Dulcimer workshop at 1:30pm and Hammered Dulcimer at 3pm, both Saturday and Sunday. Dan Knowles will teach a beginner’s Claw Hammer Banjo workshop at 3pm on Saturday.

Throughout the day, stroll through the historic buildings, fields and gardens, and talk with the 1850 farm family as they go about their daily chores. The Homeplace includes 16 historic log structures furnished in the style of the mid-19th century. Children’s activities of the 1850s will take place at 1pm and 3pm throughout the weekend. Interpreters in period clothing will help bring the site to life.

The event is scheduled from 10am to 7pm, Saturday, May 26, and 11am to 6pm, Sunday, May 27. Saturday’s admission is $6 ages 13 and up, $4 ages 5-12, and free for ages 4 and under. Sunday’s admission is $5 ages 13 and up, $3 ages 5-12, and free for 4 and under. Admission includes same day admission to The Homeplace. Festival foods and ice-cold drinks will be available for purchase In the event of rain, bring lawn chairs, ground blankets, picnic baskets, and umbrellas.

Kriesky Crowned Queen For The Day

Joy Kriesky, right, reads to children while Shelby Beloate, far right, looks on.

Paris, Tenn.-Joy Kriesky of Paris looked right at home Saturday with a crown atop her head. Kriesky is a long-time supporter of the W.G. Rhea Library and a favorite of many in Henry County and it was only fitting that she was honored at the third annual Fancy Nancy tea party.

Librarian Connie McSwain and others at the library go all out for the tea parties, which involve giving little girls a day of luxury. The girls, from ages 5-8, get to dress up and put on makeup as well as take a limo ride to the Greystone for a fancy tea.

This year, Kriesky and Tennessee Iris Festival Territorial Queen Shelby Beloate of Paris, also crowed the young ladies.

Triton Tourney Registration Now Open

Buchanan, Tenn.-Former Parisian Tom Moody will have a scholarship bearing his name at this year’s Triton Boats bass tournament at Kentucky Lake.

The 13th annual Triton Owners Tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake, June 1st – 2nd from Paris Landing State Park. Triton owners are encouraged to register now.

“Our owners say this is the best tournament they have ever fished,”  Earl Bentz, Triton Founder, said. “This is a great opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie with fellow Triton owners and talk with the staff that make the boats that take America fishing.”

Triton is excited to announce the introduction of the Tom Moody Scholarship opportunity for the highest youth angler finisher, ages 16-19. This scholarship opportunity is for $5,000 each year at Bethel University. Along with the scholarship, the lucky angler will be awarded a spot on the Bethel University fishing team during their collegiate career.

 Entry into the Tom Moody Scholarship can be completed at the time of registration for the Triton Owners Tournament. The registration fee for the Triton Owners Tournament is $200 and the Tom Moody Scholarship opportunity is included for eligible participants as part of your tournament registration. If you miss the online registration you will be able to register on site at Paris Landing on May 31, 2012.

*For more information about the Triton Owners Tournament and the rules visit www.tritonboats.com/triton_owners__home.aspx

Davenport Earns Auxiliary Scholarship

Pictured in center is Jessica Davenport, with Carnell Browning, left, Davenport’s grandmother Janice Fleetwood, Sierra Tyler, and Marjorie Blackwood. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn– Henry County Medical Center’ Volunteer Auxiliary awarded one of its scholarships of $2,000 to HCHS Senior Jessica Davenport.

Davenport is planning a career in nursing. “My desire has always been to help people,” Davenport said. “This is what attracted me to the healthcare field and this is what motivates and propels me to become a registered nurse.”

Davenport is deciding on her university of choice for a registered nursing degree.

During high school, she was actively involved with HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and won several honors in regional and state concepts of healthcare competitions.

Last year, the HCMC Auxiliary gave seven scholarships to either graduating seniors or those who are furthering an education in the healthcare field.

BPU Board Okays Recoup Of Unclaimed Deposits

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager of BPU John Etheridge went over the current financials for the electric, water, and wastewater department.

Etheridge said that in the electric department, although sales are down around $270,000 from year to date numbers last year, the continue to have a good net income because of the wholesale rate structure they are on now. Etheridge said its very possible to have losses in May and June and things can change quickly with hot weather like what is expected this coming weekend. He said we will have to watch our power loads with the hot weather coming in, as these rates can be volatile during high peak energy demands.

Etheridge said the Water and Wastewater departments both had positive net incomes for April and sales for both were up around $10,000-11,000 from this time last year. Sales are up primarily because its been warm and dry for the last two or three months.

The BPU board passed a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting which allows them to collect some unclaimed deposits that former customers didn’t claim. Etheridge said they send those unclaimed deposits to the state after attempts to get them back to that former customer. After a period of time, the state allows utility districts to reclaim those. They had to have the board’s approval and it would mean an additional four thousand dollars would be coming back to the BPU.

BPU board discusses budgets for new fiscal year

Paris, Tenn.- At their Tuesday meeting, the BPU board also began discussion of the budgets for each department for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1. When looking overall at costs, Etheridge explained to board members that medical costs and insurance was hitting them with a 29% increase. He said they went to work and with reduction of benefits and other things that got that increase down to single digits. He said they had company wide meetings with employees and everyone seems to be ok with proposed changes to save money on the increased cost.

One thing that the BPU will start this next year is a consult a doc program. Beverly Underwood explained to the board that this is a hotline that employees can call and speak with a real doctor and discuss issues such as sinus infections, strep throat and other minor issues. The doctor can write them a prescription from the diagnosis. She explained this saves the employee from having to use copays on a office visit and missed time from work.

Etheridge said this would only be for minor infections, colds, and such and does cost some money for the BPU to start. He said it’s a year by year basis so at the end of the next fiscal year they will look back to see any benefits of the program.

BPU board handed budgets for all departments, no proposed rate increases to customers

Paris, Tenn.- At their Tuesday meeting, the BPU board also began discussion of the budgets for each department for the upcoming fiscal year which starts July 1. When looking overall at costs, Etheridge explained to board members that medical costs and insurance was hitting them with a 29% increase. He said they went to work and with reduction of benefits and other things that got that increase down to single digits. He said they had company wide meetings with employees and everyone seems to be ok with proposed changes to save money on the increased cost.

One thing that the BPU will start this next year is a consult a doc program. Beverly Underwood explained to the board that this is a hotline that employees can call and speak with a real doctor and discuss issues such as sinus infections, strep throat and other minor issues. The doctor can write them a prescription from the diagnosis. She explained this saves the employee from having to use copays on a office visit and missed time from work.

Etheridge said this would only be for minor infections, colds, and such and does cost some money for the BPU to start. He said it’s a year by year basis so at the end of the next fiscal year they will look back to see any benefits of the program.

Etheridge presented the board with what he called a break even budget for the electric department. He explained that while they wouldn’t be building much cash with the current budget it was presented with no rate increase for customers. Etheridge said that they will be receiving some cash flow from fiber optics usage increases and FEMA money recouped from last springs storms, to help pay for some of their capital projects.

The Electric Department budget includes money moved around to rent a bucket truck and chipper to tackle some of the weeds and vegetation that has really grown up around the lines. Electric Supervisor Barry Brogdon said that they usually purchase roundup and other chemicals and spray from the truck, but in part due to an abnormally warm, early, spring, vegetation is starting to be a problem.

They will have a couple of college or high school students work a few days a week and go around spraying and cutting down some of the weeds and vegetation. They usually spend 25-30 thousand dollars each summer to kill it with spraying from the truck, but that money will be redirected to hiring some youth help part time and renting the truck and chipper to battle it more directly.

The electric department budget also included the purchase of three pickups and a digger derrick truck, along with the cost of putting GPS devices on all the new narrow bandwith radios. Brodgon said its more cost efficient now with that new narrow bandwith to put GPS on the radios to be able to get a real-time reading of where trucks are at all times.

BPU board eyes possible move to automated metering for water readings

In discussion of the water department budget for the 2013 fiscal year, Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly told board members if any time is good to move towards automated metering readings in the water department, that time might be the present.

Three hundred thousand dollars is in the 2013 budget to get that process started. It will eventually be a 900 thousand to one million dollar capital expense, but Wimberly said the payback now is 6-7 years, where before it was closer to 9 years. Etheridge told board members he was comfortable spending that 300K and then in July of 2013 getting a ten year capital outlay note for the remainder of the project. At that time, a 7% rate increase would likely be asked for to help BPU pay for the upgrade. Across the board, that increase on an 11 dollars flat charge would equate to about 77 cents.

Wimberly said these AMRs, instead of AMIs the electric department uses to read their meters electronically at the office, will be in the trucks. He said with these he could read the five thousand water meters across the county by driving by them via GPS and radio signal. A task that usually takes moving around labor in departments and several days, could be done in jus two days.

Wimberly suggested that new meters would likely generate about 3% more revenue, as these older meters they currently have are very slow and more water is likely getting used than what they are reading.

Wimberly also said that by January 4th of 2014, meters that are made of lead will no longer be able to be placed in the ground, because of pending federal regulation. He said that costs about 8-10 dollars more per non-lead made meter, for around 40-50 thousand more dollars.

Board members mulled the idea of possible legislation later on that would require the lead meters to be yanked out anyway, and many figured that spending the extra 40-50 thousand in the next year or so, would be better than having to deal with that issue should it pass years down the road.

The board asked Wimberly to get more solid numbers on the non-lead meters and their cost. They then said if its around that 40-50K range to go ahead and add it in the budget. The board could have another workshop on the budget in June if the meter costs is a big difference, if not, they will likely just wait to the June regular board meeting and pass it then.

Office on Aging to Hold Expo Wednesday on Courthouse Lawn

Paris, Tenn.- The Conger Senior Citizen Center along with the Office on Aging will have their first Senior Expo Wednesday from 10 am to 2pm on the Court Square in downtown Paris. The Conger Senior Citizen Center will conduct their weekly activities on the court square Wednesday to show the community all the fun things they participate in as well as provide information on how to join in on the day to day fun. Many partners and vendors will be present to offer information on their organizations. They will also be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers and everyone is invited to attend.

Springville man arrested for child abuse, domestic assault

Springville, Tenn.- Deputy James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s office arrested Bradley Sellers, age 37 of 165 Blackberry Lane in Springville for child abuse and domestic assault. The incident report stated that his wife and 12 year old son arrived home and the wife noticed he was drinking. She poured out the remaining six pack beer, Sellers then became irate and started to yell at both of them.

The report said that the 12 year old son tried to call 911 and Sellers grabbed and twisted his arm. He later pushed the boy down, and when he did the boy’s head hit the edge of a counter. Sellers also got physical with his wife. As the wife and son tried to leave, Sellers threw knives out the door into the yard. Officers responded to the scene shortly and made entry into the house and handcuffed him.

Other arrests include Daniel A. Tyler, age 18 of 1042 Manley Street with possession of a weapon on school property and Melissa A Smothers, 32, of 3710 highway 77 for possession of schedule two and schedule three with intent.

Rosie Baker Scholarship Awarded To Davenport, Kirkpatrick

Pictured left to right: Rosie Baker’s husband, Nathan; Jennifer French, HCMC Home Health & Hospice; Baker’s sister Roxanne Hendrix; Baker’s father Quentin Martin and Becky Allen, HCMC Home Health & Hospice stand behind them as Baker’s daughter, Hannah Peppers, presents scholarships to Jessica Davenport and Jenna Kirkpatrick (facing Peppers). HCMC photo.

Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice has announced that Henry County High School Seniors Jessica Davenport and Jenna Kirkpatrick were selected as the Rosie Baker Scholarship winners this year. Each scholarship is for $1,000 for higher education in the medical field.

Kirkpatrick is going to U.T. Martin for nursing and Davenport is undecided about her college choice at this time, but will be studying nursing. Hannah Peppers, Baker’s daughter, Nathan Baker (husband), Quentin Martin (father) and Roxanne Hendricks (sister) presented the scholarships.

HCMC Home Health and Hospice raises funds all year for this scholarship with the help of Baker’s family members. Activities include the Rosie Baker Benefit Bash and Rosie Baker Flag Football. Baker was a former employee of HCMC Home Health and Hospice who lost her battle with cancer. The scholarships awarded each year are in memory of Baker and her dedication to healthcare in the community.

Big Sandy Spring Festival This Weekend

Car Show To Be Dedicated To Zach French

Big Sandy, Tenn.-The annual Big Sandy Spring Festival will be held this weekend with its usual patriotic theme. And there will be two items of note this year: the car show will be dedicated to the late Zach French, a senior at Henry County High School who was killed in a car wreck recently, and the Friends of the Library book sale will return this year. French was involved with the car show in past years.

The festival begins Friday night with gospel singing at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday events include: 10 a.m. grand parade; 11:30 a.m. musical entertainment; 12:30 p.m. horseshoe tourney; 2 p.m., bingo; more music at 2:30 p.m., with the Tennessee River Band performing at 5 p.m. and the Great Pretenders' show at 8 p.m.

All activities are either downtown or at the park and free shuttle service will be available. A flea market will be held at the park, as will a show of Indian artifacts. A cash draw will be held at the Chamber tent all weekend.

The car show is held all day Saturday downtown and registration will be held from 8 a.m.-noon.

Three Ordered To Pay Restitution, Perform Community Service

Paris, Tenn.- At a specially-called hearing Monday morning in General Sessions Court, three members of the Henry County High School senior class were ordered to pay restition and perform community service for their part in a senior prank last week.

Judge Vicki Snyder placed the three on a "diversion contract" which was formulated with the assistance of the district attorney's office. The three are Najee Ray, Shaquille Allen and Brett Dowdy, all aged 18. All three appeared at the hearing.

Under terms of the "diversion contract", the three will pay varying amount of restitution by November 15, 2012, and shall perform 50 hours of community service each by that same date. All three also were ordered to appear at the next court date of November 15, 2012, unless they can show proof that the terms of the contract have been completed or that they can show proof they are full-time students.

All three were ordered to pay court costs and have no future contact with the high school building during the duration of the diversion contract period. Upon proof that the terms of the contract have been met, it appears that the case may be dismissed. Without proof that the contract terms have been met, the three risk arrest.

Specifically, Allen was ordered to pay restitution of $440, Dowdy $370 and Ray $70. In an earlier press released issued by the Henry County Sheriff's Office on the incident, it was estimated by County Schools Maintenance Supervisor John Akers that the three had done $1,850 worth of damage during the prank.

Appearing for the state in the case was Assistant District Attorney Scott Rich.

McLeese Named Wirgau Campaign Manager

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau has announced Travis McLeese of Paris as his Campaign Manager for the 2012 Race. McLeese has been helping Wirgau on local issues since December, but the official position opened after the just-past legislative session ended.

“Tim and I have a lot in common,”  McLeese said. “Most importantly he is a family man who believes in God. His constitutional beliefs are well rooted in the Bible. He will do what ever it takes to make a difference in his community. It didn’t take long for me to realize this is how I wanted to start my political career,” he said

McLeese recently was graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. Since his graduation from Henry County High School, he has been involved with numerous local non-profits and community development projects. He recently took the position of Director of Public Relations and Recruiting for the Bethel University Renaissance Program, a job which he will continue.

“Bringing Travis onto the campaign team is a major step in the right direction,”Wirgau said. “His ability to communicate with the folks in our District as well as his creativity make him a tremendous asset.”

To contact Travis regarding the campaign, you can email him at travismcleese@gmail.com

Rotary Club Presents $5K Scholarship to Randi Wiles

Paris, Tenn.- Randi Wiles who was awarded the Richardson Family Henry County Educational Scholarship last week at the Rotary club is pictured above after accepting the award. On the left is Jeff Mahan, club president. On the right is Dr. Bobby Richardson representing the Richardson family. Amount was $5,000. Randi will be a sophomore at UTC majoring in nursing next fall.

County Commission Handles Business in Under 15 Minutes

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission handled everything on their agenda Monday evening in under fifteen minutes, passing budget transfers and agreeing to enter into another contract with the litter grant.

The budget transfers all dealt with moves approved last Monday night during a lengthy budget committee meeting. The litter contract is something done about this time every year regarding the purpose of TDOT making grants to counties for the purpose of funding programs for the collection of litter and trash along county, state, and interstate highways.

Secretary of State Hargett, Rep. Wirgau To Hold Town Hall

Paris, Tenn.- Secretary of State Tre Hargett will join Representative Tim Wirgau, Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson, and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe for a town hall meeting regarding the state’s new photo identification law for voters. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:30pm on Thursday May 24th at the Paris Civic Center, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

The new law went into effect on January 1st that requires voters to show valid photo identification in order to cast their ballots in the elections.

Representative Tim Wirgau said “its extremely important we get the word out to Tennesseans about the requirements of our new photo ID law which will be an important tool to combating voter fraud. I hope this forum will clear up any questions Henry County residents might have regarding the law.”

WG Rhea Library to host Kindle information session

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will hold a class in “Making your Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch Work for you.” The class will be Wednesday May 23rd from 10am to 12:30pm in the library computer lab. The limit is ten people and its free to the public. Call the library at 642-1702 to register.

Thefts, vandalism reported across city, county from weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A Puryear resident reported to the Henry County Sheriffs Office that when she returned home around 3pm, that the glass in one door and one window had been broken at the back of her residence. Damage was estimated at $ 800.00

Paris Police Officer Amanda Forrest responded to a call at the corner of Blythe and North Brewer that someone had cut all 4 tires on a vehicle that had been parked there while the owner was at RJ’s. The owner of the vehicle reported that she was at RJ’s for a few hours and when she tried to leave, she noticed that all 4 tires had 4 to 6 inch cuts. There was no estimate given on the cost of the tires.

A man on Cedar Street in Paris reported to Ptl. Roaten that 3 of the vehicles parked in his drive way had been broken into. He noticed the side door of 2 of the vehicles were open and had been gone through but nothing was reported missing. He reported that the third vehicle was also broken into and $110.00 in cash had been taken out of the glove box. All 3 vehicles were unlocked at the time of the incident.

A resident on Mandalay Road in Paris reported to the Paris Police Department that during the overnight hours, someone broke out the back window of her vehicle. She stated that nothing was reported missing.

Light agenda on Tap for Tonight's County Commission

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session Monday evening at the county courthouse at 7pm. There’s not much on the agenda except for resolutions concerning budget transfers made last week by the budget committee and consideration of a resolution to enter into a litter grant contract with the State for the upcoming fiscal year. The meeting is open to the public.

Quebe Sisters Draw A Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-A large and enthusiastic crowd was entertained Saturday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center by the talented Quebe Sisters and their band, which performs a lively style of western swing and country music. In top photo, the girls Grace, Sophia and Hilda fiddle away, while bottom photo are the girls with guitarist Joey McKenzie and bassist Drew Phelps. (Jean Owens photos).

Wounded Warriors Enjoy Fishing At Kentucky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.-Members of the 101st Airborne in Clarksville and other members of the military participated in Saturday’s 3rd annual Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park. It was a day-long event and members of the 101st said how much they appreciated the chance to get away for a peaceful day of fishing. Part of the activities included a fishing tournament for children and the TVA donated the fishing poles pictured above. The tournament benefited the Wounded Warrior program and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. (Jennifer Wheatley photo).

Murray Man Ends Up With No Car, Ticket

Paris, Tenn.-A Murray man who drove into Paris with an open container of beer in his car ended up being arrested and having his vehicle seized when he was stopped by Patrolman Amber Roaten. Roaten observed the driver was not wearing a seat belt and stopped him on N. Poplar Street. She then noticed the open container in his car and recognized him as having his license suspended earlier due to DUI.

After the dispatcher confirmed the suspension was still in effect, Roaten arrested Tracy Fisher, age 38 of Murray.

In another incident, Paris Police are investigating the theft of fishing rods and reels out of a boat parked in a driveway on Rison street. The stolen goods totalled $595.

Police found one of the long poles stolen in a vacant lot across the street from the residence. The victim was advised to check at the local pawn shops for the equipment.

A Perfect Day For Puryear Day

Beth Taylor was the grand marshal of the parade, riding in a train replica built by Warren Sykes. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A good time was had by all at the Puryear Day celebration Saturday, from the morning grand parade to the day-long entertainment and games, capped off by free birthday cake, hamburgers and hot dogs.

Former Harrelson Principal Beth Taylor was grand marshal of the parade and Christina Hutson, with a float shaped like a space ship, won the mayor’s trophy. Other parade winners were: floats: first place, Christina Hutson; second, Malorie Hutson; and third place, Puryear United Methodist Church.

Walking groups: first place, Puryear Baptist Church; second place, Boy Scout Troop 226; and third place, the bicycle group led by Jimmie Harrison. Of the horse groups, first place was won by Karen Skaggs; second place, Ricky Johnson and third place, Andrew Paschall. In the auto category, winners were Jaden Kibbler, first place; Wes Bradley, second; and David Paschall, third.

As always the parade was lively and colorful, from the flag bearers at the front to the floats prepared by various school, church and civic groups.

Henry County officials wave to the crowd.

Iris Festival Territorial Queen Shelby Beloate of Paris finds a comfy seat.

The Mayor's Trophy went to Christina Hutson and her space ship.

Hart Wins Chain Saw

Puryear, Tenn.-Ted Hart poses with his new chain saw, courtesy of the Middleton Lumber Co. of Puryear, whose representative Ricky Middleton was on hand for the presentation after Hart guessed the weight of a huge piece of lumber at Puryear Day. Hart came closest to the weight, with surprisingly close guess of 6,100 pounds. The actual weight of the log was 6,142 pounds. (Wanda Gallimore photo).

2012 Henry County High School Class Is Graduated

The Henry County High School Class of 2012 was graduated Friday night with the usual pomp and circumstances, but also with poignant moments. While the class had its shared moments of joy, notably winning the state football championship, it also had shared moments of grief, which included the recent death of classmate Zach French in a car accident. To remember French, a seat with French’s cap and gown was kept empty for him, with a wreath purchased by the senior class.

Student speakers at the ceremony were: Valedictorian Julia Reimold, Salutatorian Brooke Rose, Honorable Mention Kaitlyn Evans, Class President Alex Hartsell, and Class Vice President Eric Ofinowitz.

Amid the speeches from students and school officials, a highlight of the evening was watching Conner Smith, who was seriously injured in a car crash earlier this year, walk on his own power through the line to receive his diploma. Smith received a standing ovation and there were plenty of tears shed for his achievement.

Dairy Product Recall For West Tennessee Announced

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture in cooperation with Rock Springs Dairy of Bradford, Tenn., is announcing a recall of quart and half gallon Whole Creamline Milk. As a precaution, the company is voluntarily recalling the product because of incomplete pasteurization. The problem was discovered through TDA’s routine sampling and testing program for food and dairy products.

The product is believed to have been distributed to approximately 17 stores in West Tennessee, including a couple in Henry County.

Product Description: Whole Creamline MilkGlass Quart or ½ Gallon BottlesExpiration Dates: 5/25/12 – 6/1/12Quart UPC Code: 5342500302½ Gallon UPC Code: 5342500301Plant # 47-170, with Red cap on top.

Company officials are in the process of contacting all stores that carry this product. Consumers who have bought this product should not consume it, but return it to the store for a full refund. No illnesses have been associated with the use of the recalled product at this time. For more information, consumers can call Rock Springs Dairy at 731-225-7459 or 731-514-8432.

 Cottage Grove Red White & Blue Pageant Winners Announced


Miss Cottage Grove Whitney Kaminski. (Submitted photos).

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The following is a list of winners of the recent Cottage Grove Red White and Blue pageant held at the auditorium at Harrelson School in Puryear.

Boys 1-2 year old--- King, Justin Price, son of Benny & Judy Price
Boys 3-4 year old---King Slayden Hosford, son of Jay Hosford & Nicole Holt
Girls Birth to 11 Months--- Sophie Staggs, daughter of Junior & Katie Staggs.
Girls 1-2 year old --- First Maid Ella Hutson, daughter of Syd & Mallorie Hutson, Queen Harlee Rae Merrell, daughter of Mike & Crystal Merrell, Second Maid Laney Boyd, daughter of Brandon & Alice Boyd
Girls 3-4 year old---First Maid Danilyn Fletcher, daughter of Danny & Brandi Fletcher, Queen Lauren Chandler, daughter of Mike & Teresa Chandler, Second Maid Kyleigh Vogl, daughter of Adam & Mary Vogl
Girls 5-7 year old---First Maid McKinley Boyd, daughter of Jeremiah & Kimberly Boyd, Queen Erika Wilson, daughter of Jeffery & Ashley Wilson, Second Maid, Tori Grace Fletcher,daughter of Danny & Brandi Fletcher
Girls 8-10 year old--- First Maid, Elizabeth Leanne Wilson, daughter of Jeffrey & Ashley Wilson,Queen Kaylee Elizabeth Haas, daughter of Brandon & Alice Boyd & Jason Haas, Second Maid Kassity Bechard, daughter of Brandy Newell
Girls 11-13 year old---Queen Kaylynn Lacy, daughter of Tim & Mary Lynn Lacy
Miss Cottage Grove--Queen Whitney Kaminski, daughter of Carolyn Kaminski and Pat Kaminski
Mrs. Cottage Grove---Queen Mary Elizabeth McLeod, daughter of Forrest & Sarah Gray

Mrs. Cottage Grove Mary Elizabeth McLeod

Three Seniors Cited into court for High School Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.-Three Henry County High School seniors—two of whom were star players on the Patriots’ state champion football team—will appear in Henry County General Sessions Court Monday morning on vandalism charges.

The three—Najee Ray, 18, Shaquille Allen, 18, and Brett Dowdy, 18—were cited into court following an unauthorized ‘senior prank’ at the high school on Sunday. Ray was the team quarterback.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Monte Belew, the three were charged due to video evidence or self-confessions. Other persons were interviewed, but not prosecuted, due to lack of evidence, according to the release.

Police officers responded to the prank and found some 80 students of all ages, ranging from eighth to 12th grades in the school. Damage to the school consisted of spray painting of walls, doors, cameras and broken ceiling tiles, according to Belew.

Damage was estimated at approximately $1,850 by the high school maintenance supervisor John Akers. "Any other disciplinary action is being handled by the school system," according to the press release.

"Any future activity of this type will not be tolerated," Belew said in the release, noting "this was not an approved event by the school system."

Grove Students Learn About Careers

The Animal Doctor, Dr. Michael Boley, shows students how to check out the teeth of TIny Tina, a miniature horse. (Shannon McFarlin photo). e Animal Doctor, Dr. Michael Boley, shows students how to check out the teeth of miniature horse Tiny Tina.

Paris, Tenn.-Whether it be nursing, selling cars, law enforcement--or checking out a horse's teeth--students at Grove Middle School on Thursday learning all about their future job opportunities during Career Day.

A large number of local employers, including the city of Paris, county sheriff's department, Animal Doctor Dr. Michael Boley, Henry County Medical Center, Premier Nissan, Bethel and University of Tennessee at Martin, were on hand to discuss--and in some cases, demonstrate--what they do for a living for the students.

Henry County Medical Center Nurse Jackie Wyatt speaks to students. (McFarlin photo).

How many young people can fit in a car from Premier Nissan? Apparently, quite a few. (McFarlin photo).

Ogburn Park Altercation Nets Citation

Paris, Tenn.-A juvenile male was arrested after an altercation with a female at Ogburn Park. Paris Police were called to the park on a report of one black male and two white males in an altercation. En route, they were told that the men had left the park. Once at the park, officers found a young woman bleeding from her mouth and missing a tooth. She told officers that a male had arrived at the park and accused her of throwing rocks at another girl. She said he punched her at that time. She said she went to her nearby home and told her mother, who then confronted the male. Officers issued a juvenile petition for the male and cited him into court on the matter.

Paris Police are investigating an unusual break-in that occurred on Edgewood St. Residents came home from work and found that someone had broken into their back door and apparently rented a pornographic movie from Charter cable and was watching it on their television set in the living room. When the residents came home around 5 p.m., the movie was still playing on the t.v. When contacted, Charter told officers that the movie had been rented around 3:30 p.m. Police will conducted extra patrol in that area for the next two weeks.

Charles Robert Bazzell, 205 Ben Smith Rd., Paris, was arrested for aggravated burglary, theft of property and violation of the sex offender registry after he allegedly broke into his father's home and stole a television set and two guns. $50,000 bond was set.

The Metro Crime Unit arrested Cheryl Holder, 615 Clifty Rd., Paris, for simple possession and disorderly conduct at the Eagle convenience store on E. Wood St. She also had outstanding warrants from Carroll Co. for criminal trespass and vandalism.


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