From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Relay for Life Will Be June 13th in Henry County
Paris, Tenn.- The 2014 Henry County Relay for Life event will be held Friday, June 13th at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 6:30, with the annual survivor lap and several special guest appearances. Luminaries are also on sale, which will be placed around the Relay for Life track in honor of those who have survived cancer, those who are currently battling cancer, and to memorialize those who lost their battle with the disease.
Luminaries may be purchased for $5 from any Relay for Life committee member, team member, or at Farm Bureau Insurance on Poplar Street. Luminary bags will display the name of the individual honored or memorialized, but plain bags are also available at the Farm Bureau office to decorate in whatever way the purchaser chooses.
Also, the annual Relay for Life Survivor’s Dinner will be held this coming Saturday, June 7th in the Commercial Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
All area cancer survivors are welcome to attend the dinner, with food provided by the Paris Elks Lodge and entertainment from Judy and the Guys.
Casting for Cure Fishing Rodeo Is Set for Saturday
McKenzie, Tenn.- The 14th annual Steve McCadams “Casting for a Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held this coming Saturday, June 7th at Carroll Lake.
Girls and boys up to age 15 are invited to participate in the free event, which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Prizes such as plaques and bicycles will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in four separate age brackets – 5 and under, 6 to 9, 11 to 12, and 13 to 15. Participants are encouraged to arrive early; registration will be held onsite from 7 to 9 AM with fishing from 9 to 11 AM.
Loaner rods and reels will be available courtesy of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency so that everyone will have a chance to fish, but bait and tackle must be provided. Concessions will also be available at the rodeo courtesy of the Carroll County North Relay for Life teams. The event is scheduled to coincide with National Fishing Week throughout the country as well as Free Fishing Day in Tennessee.
For additional information on the fishing rodeo, call 731-642-0360 or visit www.stevemccadams.com.
"Books are Fun" Book Fair At HCMC on Friday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center has scheduled a “Books are Fun” Book Fair in Classrooms 2 and 3 in the Terrace level of the hospital Friday, June 6th from 7 AM to 4 PM.
The fair will feature over 250 first-run, top quality books from some of the world’s leading publishers, ranging from children’s books to New York Times bestsellers, educational products and much more.
There are plenty of great gift ideas for both graduates and dads, with Father’s Day approaching.
Proceeds from the book fair will benefit the Henry County Healthcare Foundation.
HCSS To Participate in Summer Food Service Program
Free Meals Available to All Kids 18 and Under
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. The program begins Monday June 2nd and runs until August 1st with no feeding the week of July 4th.
Meals will be provided to all children age 18 and under without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Anyone age 18 or younger may take part in the free meals. Meals must be consumed on the premises and no takeouts are allowed.
Meals will be available at the following sites and times: Henry County High School for breakfast from 8am to 9:30am and lunch from 11-12:30pm; the Church of the living God, for lunch from 11:30-12:30; Central School from 12-1pm for lunch; Cottage Grove Baptist Church for lunch, from 12:15pm to 1:15pm; and Harrison Meadows, located at 430 Harrison Lane, from 12-12:30 for lunch.
PHCPUD Approves 14-15 FY Budget
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and approved the proposed budget for the upcoming 2014-15 Fiscal Year which begins July 1st.
General Manager of the district Tae Eaton said overall the budget was increased about 2.93% from last year and the most significant portion of the increase is for upcoming capital projects.
Eaton explained the district will be extending main lines in seven areas of the county and will be using of the profits they encountered this year to pay for the extensions of the main lines.
Eaton said many of the new customers in these areas have requested gas lines are switching from propane, which they have been using. During this past winter, which was extremely cold, propane shortages were commonplace in most of our area. Eaton said that has led many people to lean towards abandoning propane and switching to natural gas.
Areas the main line extensions will reach include highway 77, Wilson Parker Road areas, State Line and Wilson Road, Sycamore, FoxFire, and Friendship Roads, Rocky Ridge, Diggs Road and the Highway 218 bypass, and the Swan Bay Estates areas.
Gas Company Budget Includes new NGV Vehicle
Paris, Tenn.- Eaton also said the budget includes a new meter reading truck that will be powered by Natural Gas, a new ditch witch plow as well. Eaton told commissioners they are going to wrap the new NGV truck at First Signs in Jackson.
Eaton also said money is in the budget for next year to move ahead with a system to control the main station remotely from the office and warehouse. He said the system is known as SCADA can help the district with employee productivity.
Eaton said now someone has to drive to the main metering station and use a wrench to turn the amount of flow on the main lines up or down. With SCADA, they will be able to control temperature and flow from the office. Eaton said we will start next year with the main station and add parts each year after that until the entire system can be controlled remotely.
HCSO To Be Enrollment Site for TDOT's Yellow Dot Program
Sheriff Monte Belew assists his mother, Jackie, with sticking the Yellow Dot on the back of her vehicle. (Tammie Garner photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office this morning as Sheriff Monte Belew introduced the Yellow Dot Program.
Belew said, “the Sheriff’s Office and the T.A.R.P. Center on Mineral Wells Avenue, are liaisons for this program, which is ran thru the Tennessee Department of Transportation.”
The Yellow Dot Program is designed to provide first responders medical information in the event of an emergency on Tennessee Roadways. The information can mean the difference in life and death, during the critical ‘golden hour’ following a wreck.
Sheriff Belew said once responders see the Yellow Dot, which is placed on the back window of the vehicle on the driver’s side, they will know the driver’s medical information is in the glove box.
Jackie Belew, Monte's mom, signs her name on her picture
that is included in the packet of information. (Garner photo)
The program is encouraged with senior citizens in mind, but could benefit anyone. People who participate in the Yellow Dot Program can either go to the sheriff’s office or T.A.R.P Center as a secondary location to participate in the program, which is free to anyone. A photo will be taken of the individual and then they will fill out pertinent information that will be placed in the glove box.
Sheriff Belew said citizens Ray and Judy Hooper brought the idea to his attention and he decided the sheriff’s office would be a distribution site for the Yellow Dot Program. Families should have information filled out for each family member that rides in the vehicle, but can still just have one Yellow Dot on the back of the vehicle.
The program is relatively new and citizens can visit the TDOT website to learn more about the Yellow Dot Program.
This is the information First Responders will seek once they see at Yellow Dot. (Garner Photo)
Making Miracles Happen 5K is Saturday at 8am
Paris, Tenn.- The First Annual “Making Miracles Happen” 5K Color Run/Walk will be held on Saturday at Memorial Park and proceeds benefit Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital.
Registration will be at 7am and the race begins at 8am on Saturday. Registration is $25 with any children under six participating for free. For more information call 336-7575.
Breakfast for Babies is Saturday at Ann and Dave's
Tips and Portion of Breakfast Proceeds go to March for Babies Campaign
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Breakfast for Babies will be held on Saturday May 31st from 6-11am at Ann and Dave’s Kitchen, located at 2613 East Wood Street. The Breakfast for Babies is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, March of Babies Campaign.
Several local celebrity waiters and waitress, such as elected officials and more, will be on hand to wait tables and will donate all of their tips to the March for Babies Campaign. Also a portion of proceeds from breakfast at Ann and Dave’s will be donated to the campaign as well. A bake sale will also be going on out front Saturday morning.
Swifty's Gas Station Runs of Gas Wednesday, Closed for Good
Paris, Tenn.- A local favorite among motorists is now officially closed for good as of Wednesday evening. Swifty Gas Station on Mineral Wells Avenue ran out of gas about 6pm on Wednesday night and is closing forever as the chain of stations nationwide will all be shutting down. There is no word yet as to what, if anything will be built on the property.
Lunch to Learn Seminar at HCMC is Friday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will have a lunch to learn seminar on Friday May 30th at Noon in classrooms 2 and 3. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30 on Friday.
The topics covered will be about imaging screenings that are important for your health and Graham Roberts, MD of Radiology will lead the seminar. He will discuss risk factors for lung cancer, stroke, and heart disease along with what vascular screenings can show and why and when you should have them done.
The lunch to learn seminar is free but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 644-3463 or register online at www.hcmc-tn.org.
Antioch Methodist Church To Have Book and Bake Sale Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- Antioch Methodist Church will have a Books and Baked Goods Sale May 31st from 9am to 3pm. There will be a huge selection of paperback and hard cover books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs and all will be at bargain prices. There will be several baked goodies for sale as well at the event. The church is located on Highway 79N turn onto East Antioch Road for three and 1/3 miles.
Predators Win Jackson Baseball Tourney
Jackson, Tenn.- Predators Baseball 11U AA went undefeated this past weekend (5-0) to win First Place in the Johnsonville Sausage Memorial Magic baseball tournament at the Jackson Sportsplex in Jackson, TN.
Pictured are Front Row: Kaine Gallimore, Rodney Littleton Jr., Cale Ellis, Matthew Parker. Back Row: Janson Cook, Rylan Perry, Kenneth Ray Duncan, Connor Andrews, Mathis Hutson, Cayden Chambers. Coaches: Clint Ellis, Gervis Gallimore, Lance Perry, and Chris Hutson. (Photo provided by Jennifer Perry)
HC Highway Department Closes Mason Lake Rd.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has closed Mason Lake Road for bridge repair. The road, located in the Puryear and Hazel area will remain closed until June 5th. Motorists should take alternate routes.
DPA's First Cruise In Draws Crowd
Several types of cars lined around the courthouse Tuesday at the cruise in. (Kathy Ray photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Despite the congestion with the semi tire that caused Market Street to be shut down Tuesday afternoon, crowds gathered for the first DPA Cruise In of the Summer. DPA President Kathy Ray said Perry's BBQ served some food and several classic and muscle cars were on display. The DPA's Cruise Ins will be the 4th Tuesday of the month until October in downtown Paris. There will be food and music and admission to the public is always free.
Deputies Investigate County Thefts
Paris, Tenn - Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriffs department responded to a call form 370 Sandy Circle in Big Sandy in regards to a theft of property. The home owner, Nathan Vick of Newbern Tn stated that he is in the process of remodelling and upon returning to the home, he noticed that the copper tubing from an air conditioning unit had been stolen and the front glass door of the residence had been busted out, with a rock on the front porch. This case is still under investigation.
A call came into the Paris Police department and when officers arrived at 1900 South Bell Avenue in Pars, officers spoke with Chris Duke who stated that his Rand McNally T-120 GPS unit with a 7” screen had been stolen from his truck. He stated that the truck was locked but there was no visible damage and the value was placed at $499.00
Fishery Meeting Set For Thursday Evening
Paris, Tenn - Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are among those who will be attending a public meeting organized by interested Kentucky Lake crappie fishermen. The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 29th beginning at 7 pm in the Enoch building at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris.
Semi Tire Catches Fire, Shuts Down Market Street
Tammie Garner Photo
Paris, Tenn.- A tire on a tractor trailer blew and caught fire as the semi headed down Market Street earlier Tuesday afternoon. Paris Police and other agencies were at the scene and Market Street from Wood to Washington, the west side of the court square, was shut down for a few hours on Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries or major damage in the incident.
BPU Board Discusses Proposed Budgets for FY 15
No Rate Increases For Electric, Water, or Wastewater
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met Tuesday and briefly discussed the proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
General Manager of BPU John Etheridge went over highlights of the budget with the board, who agreed to look over it for a month and approve it formally at June’s BPU meeting.
Etheridge said the budgets do have some capital expenditures, but most are involved with infrastructure improvements. Budgets also included a one and a half percent raise for all BPU employees.
Etheridge said with cash positions and net incomes in pretty good shape in all departments, there was no need for any rate increases for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1st. Etheridge went on to say that looking into the future, unless something unforeseen happens, the electric department could be ok with no rate increase until 2017. He said waste water rate increases would have to be looked at and a water rate increase would likely be coming in the not to distant future.
The budgets proposed did show the water and waste water departments finishing in the red at the end of next year. Terry Wimberley, director of water and waste water operations, said the last increase in rates for wastewater was in 2010 and with some capital improvements coming they could indeed finish in the red. Etheridge said doing that one year just means you get a letter from the state. The state doesn’t take action until the third year in a row when utilities stay in the red.
More highlights of the budget include getting ready for pay as you go electricity this coming fall; finishing the North Paris Substation by the end of the year; and continuing work on the electric warehouse. Labor estimates in all departments were budgeted at or below this year’s levels, according to Etheridge.
In other business on Tuesday, the BPU board approved to go ahead and put in two eight thousand gallon fuel tanks at the electric warehouse as construction continues. The low bid was from Rebel Services, LLC out of Mississippi for just over $94K. One tank will be used for gasoline, one be used for diesel fuel.
Cole Edwards, Supervisor of Electric Operations, said, “from an operational and efficiency standpoint, it’s better to go ahead and bid these tanks and put them in now, it will cost more now, but in the long run, should save money and time for our guys filling up their tanks.”
BPU Customers Have Several Ways to Pay Bills
The Kiosk on the west side of the BPU Offices is one of many ways customers can pay bills. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- General Manager of BPU, John Etheridge, explained to board members at the meeting on Tuesday, that customers have several ways and methods to pay their bills, as the drop box in the alleyway is being closed up.
BPU drop boxes are located at EW James and Sons Supermarket, Kroger, Lakeway IGA, and Walmart in the customer service desk area. He said they pick up from the drop boxes each weekday, and credit customers from the night before with the payment.
The Kiosk, on the west side of the BPU building is also fully operational and will take cash payments with no fee charge. Etheridge said customer who pay at the Kiosk, must have their bill to scan, but they can insert cash to pay once it’s scanned. Customers can also pay by credit or debit cards at the kiosk but it does charge a fee. When scanning your bill and paying at the Kiosk, it is tied directly into the system and updates your bill automatically.
The following banks also accept BPU payments on or before your due date: Security Bank, Foundation Bank, and First Bank. Etheridge also said that he is considering a possible BPU drop box in the downtown park area near the mailboxes that customers can drive up too and drop payments there.
BPU Board Approves Property Exchange
Paris, Tenn.- In action Tuesday, BPU board members approved a property easement exchange with property that the North Paris Substation is being built on. Etheridge informed the board that Sam Ware, owner of the Dollar Store in that area on Highway 641 North gave BPU 11 acres of property a few months back. Since then, they have cut and sold the timber and cleared off about an acre they need around the eventual substation.
He said that the other acreage has a spring that feeds into a pond on adjoining property belonging to citizen Dean Howd, who expressed interesting in the property.
Howd and BPU worked out a deal where the BPU would give him the remaining acreage that is landlocked and not needed if he would grant them a 120 foot by 470 easement. The BPU board approved the exchanged subject to all legal documentation being finished and approved from the planning commission and city commission.
DPA's First Cruise In Set for Tuesday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association's first Downtown Cruise In will be at 5:30pm tonight on the East Side of the Court Square. Perry's BBQ and Cajun Snoball will be selling food and treats and there will be music as well. Everyone is welcome to attend the cruise in.
Arts Council Seeks Artists for Arts Round the Square
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is seeking artists or crafters for the annual Arts Round the Square which is set for Saturday September 27th in downtown Paris. Entry forms and rules can be found on the Arts Council’s website at www.phcarts.com. Forms can also be obtained at the Arts Council office in Paris City Hall. There are awards for winners in each category. For more information contact the Arts Council at 642-3955.
Trail Life USA Honors Veterans This Memorial Day
Members of Henry County's Trail Life USA troop place American flags at the graves of deceased veterans as a Memorial Day service project (Photo provided by Trail Life USA - Henry County).
Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Tennessee Valley Community Church have started an official chartered troop for Trail Life USA.
Trail Life USA is a specifically Christian adventure, character development and leadership program for young men, similar in many respects to the Boy Scouts.
The organization was founded last year after the Boy Scouts changed their national policy to allow openly gay youth to participate.
Boys and young men age 5 to 25 of all religious beliefs are eligible to join the program.
The troop recently held one of their first service projects over Memorial Day weekend. Members traveled to Hillcrest Cemetery, where they placed American flags at the graves of all veterans buried in the cemetery in recognition of their service.
For more information on the Trail Life troop, call 693-3333.
Two Arrested on Firearm, Marijuana Charges
Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department, and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant at a home on Dunlap Street in Paris on May 20th, according to a recent press release.
Upon searching the home, officers located a felony amount of marijuana hidden in a baby formula container. Officers also recovered digital scales and packaging material for resale of marijuana.
K-9 unit “Si” assisted officers in the search.
A loaded 9MM handgun was also recovered from the residence, which was found to have been stolen out of Henry County.
The residents of the home, Marquice Tharpe and Andrea Tharpe, were charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Andrea Tharpe was also charged with possession of a handgun as a convicted felon.
Further charges are pending due to a small child being present in the home at the time the marijuana and handgun were present.
This case is still under investigation by the Metro Crime Unit.
HCSO Investigates Rash of Mailbox Vandalism
Paris, Tenn.- Several mailboxes have been vandalized in the Henry County area recently, particularly on Van Dyke Road, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Four mailboxes on Van Dyke Road were damaged or destroyed between Friday and Saturday night, and one may have been stolen.
Also, a mailbox on Petti John Creek Road in Henry was knocked down on Saturday night. The complainant told dispatchers that he happened to locate the cast iron mailbox approximately 5 miles from his house.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating these instances of vandalism and has no suspects at this time.
Mailbox vandalism CAN carry a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years in prison.
Wal-Mart Employee Accused of Stealing Over $5000 in Items
Paris, Tenn.- Warrants have been issued for the arrest of a Wal-Mart employee after she recently admitted shoplifting over $5,000 worth of merchandise over the past year, according to Paris Police Department reports.
Loss prevention employee Angela Rodriguez told PPD employees that former Wal-Mart employee Tomika Reddick admitted to stealing between $30 and $50 in food and clothing two to three times a week, amounting to $5200 in the past year.
A warrant has been issued for Reddick’s arrest for theft greater than $1000.
Paris Police Department Investigates Purse Theft
Paris, Tenn.- A woman’s purse was stolen from her cart Saturday at Save-a-Lot Grocery in Paris, according to Paris Police Department reports.
The complainant left the store and forgot her purse in her cart. Upon realizing that she forgot her purse, she returned to the store where a customer told her a white male had taken her purse and was seen getting into a dark green late-90s Chevy Camaro.
The purse contained eight assorted credit cards, a driver’s license, social security card, and $150 cash.
The Save-a-Lot manager on duty said the man in question never actually came inside the store but had been seen standing near the cart return area.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time.
Winders Finishes 8th in State Championship
Javan Winders crosses the finish line in the TSSAA D-1 AAA State Championship 1600 meter run 8th overall (Photo provided by Lance Winders).
Murfreesboro, Tenn.- Javan Winders, sophomore on the Henry County High School track and field team, competed Friday in the TSSAA Track and Field State Championships in the 1600 meter run.
Winders finished 8th overall out of 16 competitors in the event with a time of 4:25. Among the competitors in the 1600 meter state championship event, Javan was the only sophomore.
Unemployment Rates Fall in All 95 Tennessee Counties
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released unemployment data for the month of April, and unemployment rates fell in every single one of the 95 counties in Tennessee.
Henry County’s unemployment rate fell all the way to 7.7% in April, down from 9.5% in March and 10% in April 2013.
Benton County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.2% in April, down 1.4% from March’s 9.6% rate.
Carroll County had 8.5% unemployment in April, all the way down from 10.3% in March.
Weakley County’s unemployment rate was 8.1% in April – down from 9.6% in March.
Stewart County saw a 2.7% drop in unemployment from March to April, from 10.5% to 7.8% unemployed.
Houston County’s unemployment rate in April fell to 7.9%, from 9.4% in March.
Each of these unemployment rates, however, is higher than both the state and national unemployment averages of 6.3%.
Chamber Seeks Nominees for Business of the Year
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Business of the Year, which will be recognized at the Chamber membership banquet in June.
Chamber members are encouraged to nominate either themselves or another business using a form available online at www.paristnchamber.com.
According to Chamber president Andrea Lamb, “Anyone may submit a nomination. Just tell the Chamber WHY you’re nominating this business – the history of the business, its contributions to our community, extraordinary customer service, dedication, innovation or entrepreneurial spirit.”
Candidates for Chamber Business of the Year must be a member of the Chamber of Commerce and have been in business for at least three years.
They must also demonstrate a commitment to ethical business practices, community leadership and involvement, extraordinary customer service, and must maintain a rewarding workplace environment.
Nominations for Business of the Year must be submitted by Saturday, May 31 in order to be considered.
For more information, contact the Chamber at 642-3431.
HCSO, PPD Police Roadways Memorial Day Weekend
Both the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office plan to use roadblocks like this one at the intersection of Hwy 218 and Hwy 69 S to target impaired motorists and ensure driver safety this Memorial Day weekend (Photo provided by Cpt. Damon Lowe)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Paris Police Department will be out in full force establishing road blocks and policing traffic all Memorial Day weekend.
Cpt. Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement officers are specifically looking for impaired drivers and traffic violations to help ensure the safety of motorists the holiday weekend.
According to Captain Lowe, “We’ll be having extra people working all weekend on the roads, and they’ll be all over the county.”
Memorial Day weekend is the third-most dangerous holiday for motorists in the United States, behind New Year’s and the Fourth of July. Chances of an accident increase by approximately 22 percent during the Memorial Day weekend, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.
Bethel Puts Two in Top Ten of Bass Championship
Florence, Ala.- Hundreds of the top collegiate bass fishermen in the country headed to Florence, Alabama this weekend for the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, including several teams from Bethel University.
Bethel ended up with two teams placing inside the top 10 in the tournament – Cody Ross and Dewey Swims finished fifth for the Wildcats, and Zach Parker and Matthew Roberts finished eighth.
Dalton Wilson and Randall Morris, also of Bethel, finished 13th in a tournament which featured over 160 teams of fishermen.
Taking top honors in the tournament were a duo from the University of Georgia, narrowly trailed by teams from Tennessee Tech and the University of North Alabama.
Paris Landing Residents to Receive Free Smoke Alarms
Paris Landing, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department have teamed up to offer free smoke alarms to citizens in the Paris Landing area.
The smoke alarms have a ten year lithium battery. They must be installed by fire fighters or police officers in homes they are given to.
Any citizen in the area interested in a free smoke alarm call the Investigator David Doyle at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or Lt. Woody Case of the Paris Landing Fire Department at 644-9360.
Local Water Services Receive Fluoridation Awards
Paris, Tenn.- The U. S. Centers for Disease and Prevention recently presented Water Fluoridation Awards to 103 community water systems across Tennessee, and three water systems in Henry County were all recognized.
The Paris Board of Public Utilities, Puryear Water, and Henry Water systems were all given Fluoridation Awards for maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout 2012.
Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is safe and effective for preventing tooth decay. Tennessee was one of 32 states to have community water systems earning awards this year.
Research shows that every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in costs for future dental treatment. Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century. Nearly 73.9%, or 204 Million people in the U.S., are served by community water systems with fluoridated tap water.
CDC research also shows people in communities with fluoridated water have about 25% fewer cavities over their lifetime.
Patriot Pride FB Camp to Be Held June 9-11
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriot Pride Football Camp will be held June 9-11 for grades 1st thru 8th. Times of the camp will be 9am to 11am.
Registration will be at Patriot Stadium and cost is $50 before June 1st and $60 on and after June 1st. Players will be divided into age groups based on upcoming school year.
There will be speed and agility tests and the kids will be able to meet current Patriot Football players. Each participant in the camp will receive a T-shirt and coach’s will give comments and recommendations to help make them better football players.
Topics discussed during the camp will include basic football fundamentals, position coaching, health and nutrition, and keeping your body in football shape.
Participants should wear tennis shoes and bring cleats if possible. Water will be provided throughout camp. For more information email coach James Counce at firstname.lastname@example.org or Coach John Harrison at email@example.com.
6th Annual Hope and Opportunity Golf Tourney is June 7th
Paris, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Hope and Opportunity Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday June 7th at the Tennessean Golf Course in Springville. Player registration is $60 per player for teams of four and includes cart, all green fees, and lunch. Check-in will begin at 7am with the shotgun start at 8am.
The lowest scoring team will receive $1000 and proceeds will benefit the R.E.A.L Hope Youth Center. For more information call the Tennessean Golf Club at 642-7271.
Farmers Market Permits Available Now at UT Extension Office
Paris, Tenn.- Permits for the 2014 Henry County Farmer’s Market are now available at the Henry County UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris. Office hours are from 8-12 and 1pm to 4:30pm. The permit is $35 and checks should be made out to the Henry County Fair.
Hours for the Farmer’s Market this spring and summer will be Tuesdays and Fridays 3pm until sell out. There will be some special market days in downtown Paris and additional locations with dates and time announced later dependent on participation. For more information call the Extension office at 642-2941.
News from past weeks here.