From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Planning Commission Approves BPU Subdivision Plan
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission met on Thursday and approved a minor subdivision plan for the Board of Public Utilities as they are dividing property for a 10.49 acre tract into two tracts.
This is due to the fact that BPU was given some land as the are building the
North Paris substation and they were approached by a neighbor property owner about wanting some land to reach his spring. The planning commission approved the request from BPU as long contingent on some paperwork being completed.
The planning commission also approved a minor subdivision for David Travis on Green Hill Drive. The plan asked to create a 1.52 acre lot from a larger tract of over 53 acres.
Planners also approved a site plan for Tanner Farms, located on Commerce Street in the Jim Adams Office Park. The plan is for an insurance agency office to be located at the rear of Paris Pediatrics on Jim Adams Drive.
The site plan proposes for over 3500 square feet on a .709 acre lot with 24 total parking spaces. Ingress/egress are adequate and a 10 foot storm sewer easement is noted on the north side of the tract.
Reminder Passport to Paris Is Sat. As DPW Continues
Paris, Tenn.- Saturday June 14th, will close out Downtown Paris Week and will culminate with food, fashion, and fun at the Greystone Ballroom. At 10:30am and 1:15pm, participants’ passports take them to healthier living with seminars on women’s health from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Heather Gladwell and Urologist Dr. Joe Mobley III.
Then from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, there will be lunch by
Paulette’s, wine tasting by Paris Winery, and a fashion show from six downtown clothiers including The Toggery, Off the Square, Maggies, Herron and Wills, Boutique MariMac, and Queens of Paris. Also DPA vendors will sell their wares in the lobby of the Greystone.
Passports will be $15 and include everything mentioned above. They are available at the DPA office, 203 N. Fentress Street, or participating fashion show shops. The event is co-sponsored by the Henry County Medical Center and is a fundraiser for the DPA.
Downtown Paris Week caps off as Extra Value Days continue Saturday and free carriage rides will be offered by Commercial Bank, First Bank, and Security Bank. Rides will depart from the corner of Washington and Poplar between 2 and 4pm.
TRRA Committee Approves Funding for Crappie Masters National Championship
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met on Thursday afternoon and approved a recommendation from staff to fund the Crappie Masters National Championship at $70K. CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said this is a big event and they had requested funding at $75K. Hamilton told the board that after review, they thought funding at $70K based on 175 boats showing up was a good amount to fund.
Hamilton said it would bring 300-400 people and these types of tournaments give us more bang for the buck so to speak. The Crappie Masters event will be televised giving more exposure to the area.
Boss Hoss Rally Approved at Same Amount as Last Year
Paris, Tenn.- The TRRA committee approved staff’s recommendation of funding $23K for the Boss Hoss Rally and Mid South Motorcycle Festival. The event has came to Paris Landing State Park several years, and Hamilton said they had requested $43K as they wanted to expand the event with more entertainment and add a 5K run. Hamilton said if anything, we should be taking their funding down some since they’ve been here so many years.
Hamilton said the review committee suggested funding the Boss Hoss Rally at the same amount as last year which was $23K. The Rally is set for September 18-20 of this year.
The TRRA Committee approved to fully fund the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Senior Regional Tournament at their request of $12K. Hamilton said the committee received two requests from ABA and they thought this tournament was the better fit for more financial return. The funding of $12K is based on the tournament having at least 125 boats.
The ABA Weekend Bass Senior Regional Tournament will be giving away two Triton Boats during their event which is planned for the first or second weekend in October of 2015. Hamilton said this also gives the area added value because ABA will do a ½ page ad and story on Henry County in their ABA magazine.
TRRA Committee Funds Car Show at Reduced Amount
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee turned down a request from Street Dynamics Car Show for funding of $22,900 for their event which is set for August 1st thru 3rd of this year during their meeting Thursday afternoon. Instead, the committee approved funding $15K for the event.
CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said the group expected double attendance from last year, which was the first year it was held. The car show was held at the Quality Inn last year and will be this year as well, according to the paperwork they filed with the TRRA, although Hamilton said they had talked about possibly moving it to Paris Landing.
The TRRA committee decided not to fund a request from Enough Grace Ministries for a Ladies Retreat set for October 24-25 at Paris Landing State Park. The group plans on anywhere from four to six hundred people attending and had reserved 75 rooms at the State Park Inn. Hamilton said they decided not to fund this event, since it was its inaugural year, but encouraged them to come back next year after they see how the turnout is this year.
Kiwanis Arts and Crafts, Strike King Writer's Conf. Fully Funded by TRRA
Paris, Tenn.- The TRRA committee approved funding the full requested amount of $4250 for the Kiwanis Club’s Arts and Crafts Festival which will be held September 6-7 at Paris Landing State Park. The event drew around 20K spectators last year and is a popular attraction with residents and visitors from out of state.
The Strike King Writer’s Conference was also funded at their full requested amount of $6500. It will be held October 5-8 and outdoor writers and top bass fishermen will be in the area. Hamilton said this is basically a great advertising opportunity for Paris and Henry County as we get stories and interviews with these top anglers on how great it is to fish on Kentucky Lake.
Venue Change: Farmers Market to Be at UT Extension Office Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer's Market, orginally set to be at the fairgrounds on Friday, will be held at the UT Extension Office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue, beginning at 3pm Friday June 13th. With Henry County Relay for Life at the Fairgrounds on Friday, the Extension Office decied to move the location for this week. Future farmers markets will be held at the fairgrounds on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm until produce is sold out.
Deer Breaks Into High School
Paris, Tenn - Officers from the Henry County Sheriffs department responded to a call from the Janitorial supervisor at Henry County High School Upon arrival, officers were informed that a deer had entered the building after striking and breaking the window between A and B building. The deer had a small gash on its right shoulder but nothing critical. Officers were able to round the deer up and get it out of the school. Plywood was placed over the broken window until repairs could be made.
Man Arrested After High Speed Chase
Paris, Tenn - Earlier this week, a call came from Benton County to the sheriffs department in regards to a motor vehicle theft. Benton County advised the sheriffs department that a 2007 Nissan Frontier was heading towards Henry County. Officer Brian Davis met the vehicle on highway 218 in Henry county but lost sight while having to turn around. A little while later dispatch received a call from Benton County that they were in pursuit of the stolen vehicle on 641 heading back to Henry County. Officers located the vehicle and while in chase, Richard L. Watson of 3215 Old Union Road, lost control of the vehicle and causing it to wreck into a guardrail at 641 and Manleyville Road. Watson was taken into custody without incident and charged with evading arrest. THP charged Watson for driving on revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident when Watson struck another vehicle while evading.
Theft Reported From Wynn Street
Paris, Tenn - A resident on Wynn street reported to the Paris Police department in regards to a theft from an auto. The homeowner stated that a 1997 Dodge Stratus had been parked in his back yard for approximately 2 weeks while he was making repairs to it for a friend. The homeowner stated that he believes the incident happen on Tuesday evening when his dog began barking in the middle of the night. The drivers side window had been broken out with stereo equipment missing. The owner of the vehicle was notified by police and he estimated value of the missing equipment was placed at over $1200.
Meet the Fishing Pros Night at TVCC June 21st
Paris, Tenn.- Fishing professionals Mark Rose, Scott Martin, Jay Yelas, Greg Bohannan, and Glenn Chappelear will share their faith, stories about bass fishing, and tips to improve your personal fishing success on Saturday June 21st at Tennessee Valley Community Church.
The meet the pros night is in conjunction with the Ledge Quest Walmart FLW Fishing Tournament that Paris Landing State Park will host June 26-29.
The FLW tournament is always a big deal and the public will be invited to weigh ins at Walmart Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the tournament.
The Meet the Fishing Pros night at TVCC will start at 6pm and everyone is invited. There will be free food while it lasts and you can register to win prizes donated by local retailers and regional suppliers. For more information call the TVCC office at 641-8822.
HC Farmer's Market Opens Up Friday for First Time
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will open for the first time this season on Friday June 13th. The Farmer’s Market will be open from 3pm until all sold out at the pavilion at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There will be a great selection of Blackberries, strawberries, Bell Peppers, Banana Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Cabbage, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, and Cucumbers.
HC Relay for Life Set for Friday Night
Opening Ceremonies Begin at 6:30pm
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will be held Friday night June 13th at the Henry County Fairgrounds and there will once again be a host of activities, lots of great food, and plenty to do throughout the night.
Gates will open at the Henry County Fairgrounds at 4pm Friday. In case of rain, or bad weather, campsites will be moved into the Commercial Building.
Registration and the silent auction will begin at 4pm Friday. The silent auction will continue until 9:45pm and there is a lot of items at the silent auction donated from area businesses and more.
At 6:30pm, Opening Ceremonies will begin with the prayer, pledge of allegiance, and National Anthem. The Survivors Lap will then commence, honoring cancer survivors.
New this year, immediately following the survivors lap is a First Responders Lap, honoring the emergency responders. After that the Henry County Patriot 5A State Championship Football Team and Coach Counce will be recognized.
At 10pm, the Remember Ceremony, Luminary Walk, and presentation of the empty chair will be held. At 10:30pm, the song, “Do You Remember?” will be performed by Tabitha and Mark McWherter and Jeremiah Cole. The song was recorded by Blake Shelton and co-written by Henry County’s own Will Gray.
At 11pm, it’s the all request hour, where a $1 donation can get you a song requested. Music will continue all night with bands starting at 7pm and then again DJs playing music throughout the evening.
There will be activities all evening long and contest like PJ contest, best bed head and more. Relay will conclude with the Fight Back Ceremony, closing remarks, and presentation of team awards at 5am Saturday morning.
At Relay for Life this year there are 12 different team campsites set up and there will be lots of great treats and food choices for event goers to choose from. The campsites will be decorated as scenes from Elvis Movies as this year’s theme is Blues, Moves, and Cures.
Just a few of the food items include grilled burgers and hotdogs, nachos, BBQ bologna, Ribeye Steak sandwiches, Muffaletta sandwiches, fried Oreos, funnel cakes, taco salads, and more. Dana’s Relay for Life Team will have breakfast available after 3am with pancakes and bacon.
There will be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained this year as well including bouncers, face painting, and for the first time this year a Bubble Tent.
City Commission Sets Public Hearing June 25th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 12 Noon Wednesday June 25th in the City Hall Courtroom. The purpose of the public hearing is for citizens to make comments on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year and proposed tax rate of 71 cents per $100 of assessed property. The commission will vote on those issues after the public hearing.
Rally For Randi Event Draws Huge Crowd
Paris, Tenn.- The "Rally for Randi" campaign rally for Trustee Candidate Randi Allen French drew a huge crowd of supporters Tuesday night. The event was held over at the Fairgrounds and whole hog bbq and trimmings were served. There was a bake sale and live entertainment as well. Randi Allen French will face off against independent candidate Cindy Hart Hopkins in the August Election. (Photos submitted by campaign)
Henry Approves Continuation Budget to Continue to Operate
Cheryl Allen Photo
Henry, Tenn.- On Tuesday evening Mayor Joe Qualls and the Henry Aldermen met for their regular monthly meeting. Mayor Qualls informed the board that the Budget resolution was not ready yet, so he suggested the board pass a continuation budget, to allow the city to operate into the new fiscal year, which begins July 1st. They will continue to work on the budget and pass it later on.
During the public comments Mr. Michael Gross expressed his thoughts on how the town of Henry could generate money by having a liquor store in the city legalizing the sale of liquor and beer. Gross suggested “that if the city leverage per sale 3% on beer and 5% on alcohol that could be a way to generate revenue.
“This has been brought up before several times and was voted down” Mayor Qualls stated. “There are state law for churches and schools” Alderman Faye Lowery added during discussion. There are 2 restaurants that could sell liquor and even stay open later” stated Mr. Gross and “there is talk about raising water bills but no talk on how to fix the issue”.
Alderman Carl Koch then discussed some issues the fire department is having with equipment.
“One of the fire trucks had failed the state pumping test of pumping 1000 gal per minute and now the Henry Fire department is having to replace the truck and within the next week to 10 days this will be done” said Alderman Carl Koch, who is also a member of the fire department “and it will take every dime the fire dept has to purchase this truck stated Koch. Alderman Lowery asked, “How many active members are in fire department?” Koch stated “16 active, 17 counting Chief Keith Qualls.
In other business Tuesday night at Henry, Mayor Qualls informed the board that he misspoke in the last meeting by saying “only city wheel tax could be used as for street repair, and didn’t know it could be used in general fund…..that is what the county done paying for the jail, and I wanted to make it clear” stated Mayor Qualls.
Alderman Faye Lowery asked if the city could borrow or rent Speed monitoring signs that say how fast drivers are going on Atlantic Avenue and Lumber Road after several complaints were made about speeders. City Recorder, Sonya Clayton informed the board that the city already owns one.
Henry Police Officer Michael Gertsch stated “that it is on loan as of now to the City of Puryear and that Police Chief David Andrews would be the one to answer any questions and concerns about that, and he is on vacation”.
In new business, while discussing the 2014 Audit, Mayor Qualls said “it looked good, there are findings, but they always have findings” and the board approved the audit.
No Quorum In Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday night in regular session for June, but there was no quorum. There is no word on whether the meeting will be rescheduled.
Walking Tours of Paris Highlight Wednesday during DPW
Paris, Tenn.- During Downtown Paris Week, Wednesday June 11th, will be Heritage Day as Ray Harding will lead Free Walking tours of Downtown Paris at 11am and Noon beginning outside Jack Jones Flowers. Also the Heritage Center will be open starting at 10am and the exhibit “Downtown Paris History” will show vintage photos.
Music on The Square Well Attended Tuesday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The skies cleared and the humidity dropped just in time for Music on the Square Tuesday night, part of Downtown Paris Week. A good sized crowd brought their lawn chairs and enjoyed the sounds of the Chill Tonics, a band consisting of Bob Darby, Bo Caldwell, and Irving Dutton. (Kathy Ray Photos)
City Commission Passes 8 Cent Property Tax Hike
2nd and Final Reading Will Be in Late June
The City Commission discusses property tax increases at Tuesday's Commission meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met Tuesday night and approved an 8 cent property tax increase and the budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year on first reading. The commission will meet again in June to pass it for 2nd and final reading. Only Mayor Sam Tharpe voted against the budget and tax increase.
The tax rate will be increased to 71 cents per $100 of assessed property. The current tax rate was 65 cents coming into the year, but reappraisal actually caused the rate to fall to 63 cents as the fiscal year comes to an end. So the tax hike is 8 cents total, but only 6 cents higher than the rate for this year before reappraisal.
Commissioners discussed the property tax increase back in May at a budget hearing meeting saying although its never popular, sometimes in order to continue to provide services, a property tax increase was needed.
City Manager Carl Holder explained to commissioners in May four cents would balance the budget, since one penny brings about $17K in additional revenue.
Commissioners however wanted to make sure there was a little more cushion and discussed a local option sales tax increase as well, but that will have to be put on a referendum before voters.
The proposed budget also included increased fees at the Paris Civic Center of 10% across the board among other things as well. It also includes both expenditures and revenues from the state mandated MS-4 permit requirements the city is currently in the process of implementing.
Additional Library Funding Not In City Budget
Martha Sanders speaks to the Paris City Commission Tuesday Night about the Library's request for funds and the importance of the Library to the community. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A few employees and supporters of the WG Rhea Public Library were on hand Tuesday night at the Paris City Commission meeting as well. The Library has requested some additional funds from the city and county. The extra funds are wanted for employee raises, which they didn’t get last year and a one and a half positions for a technology supervisor.
Martha Sanders, retired director of the Family Resource Center and secretary of
Library board, gave detailed information on what the library has done for the community with free entertainment, education, and more. She also said in the last few years, the Library has raised $168K on their own to pay for upgrades such as a roof, computer lab, tile, and upgrades of the HVAC system which will be installed next week.
The city and county fund the library equally but no decision was made by the city Tuesday night to increase the library funding. The county has not made that decision so far either.
City to Pay $115K in Past Mixed Drink Taxes to Schools
Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Tuesday night the Paris City Commission approved a recommendation from Holder to pay $115K to the school systems for past payment on Mixed Drink Taxes.
This is legislation that has recently come about as the State Comptroller discovered most cities have not been distributing the Mixed Drink Tax to School Systems as required by law. The law requires cities and school systems to negotiate an agreement by September 1st or face the probability of paying one half of the collections for the last 15 years which would be over $157K.
Holder said in preliminary discussions, the school systems have agreed to the $115K for ten years of back payments, spread out over 5 years of budgets for the city. Holder said the school systems are giving up about $42K and agreeing to spread the payments over 5 years, which is good for the city. That $115K is a combination for both the PSSD and Henry County School System, each system will receive a percentage based on number of students.
Finance director Kim Foster said, “both directors came in with an open mind about the situation with mixed drink taxes and wanted to do want was best for the community.”
Retail Sales Fall to More Expected Levels
Paris, Tenn.- Finance director Kim Foster explained to the commission Tuesday night that retail sales fell back to a more expected level, but were still ahead of last year by 1.44% for April. That brings totals for the first quarter of the calendar year for the city to being 3.43% ahead of last year at the same time frame.
Foster said the city continues to run ahead of budget in both revenues and expenditures, and as expected the expenditures are running ahead of revenues.
She said we should see a pretty big boost to revenues in May when business tax collections come in from the state.
Foster also added, “we are still waiting to receive our last payment from the State on the Joy Street signalization project, and it could come in any day.”
Options for City Hall Renovations Discussed Tues. Night
Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Manager Carl Holder told commissioners Tuesday that after meeting with Cary Henson of Henson Construction, some renovation of city hall is a necessity.
Holder said there are several options to consider, but there are some issues with the HVAC distribution that needs to be addressed. Also, city hall needs some updates on aesthetics, to install or upgrade bathrooms to become ADA compliant, and stain the exterior of the building. All these are considered in what Holder is calling Option I of possible city hall renovations.
Option II includes nicer finishes inside and outside, improved front area of city hall, and more, which is a more expensive.
Option III is an addition to the front of city hall that would create additional space and lengthen the functionality of the building. Proposed costs of the addition are $2.9M and Holder said the next step in seeing about going with Option III is looking for a potential bond issue and more financing options.
Commissioners Gayle Griffith and Carlton Gerrell both agreed that space is an issue and after wanting a new building at first, costs were just too high. Commissioner Gerrell said by making additions and improvements it will add value and much needed space to the building and it’s like can be extended.
Commissioners gave the go ahead go Holder to continue to seek bond issues and other funding options for option III and bring back to the commission later on.
Benefit Ride for Jesse Dean Planned for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a benefit ride for Jesse Dean on Saturday June 14th leaving from Guns and Gear at 3530 Hwy 79N at 12 Noon. Registration is $15 per bike or vehicle and registration will be from 10:30am to 12pm on Saturday.
Jesse has been diagnosed with cancer throughout his body and all money raised at this event will go to Jesse and his family to help with medical expenses.
The ride will end at the National Guard Armory in Paris at approximately 3pm where everyone is invited to stay for food, music, and door prizes.
Bikes and vehicles are welcome for the event.
Guns and Gear of Paris has donated a .22 rifle including scope and a brick of ammo to be raffled off. You can purchase raffle tickets for $5 or 5 for $20. For more information on the benefit ride for Jesse Dean call Shane Blaski at 363-1880 or Mickey Belyew at 336-6333.
Road Board Approves Materials Bids
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Highway Department board meeting, the board accepted material bids for the upcoming fiscal year.
Only one bid came in for treated lumber, from Timber Bridge of Kentucky so the road board did not accept the bid and will purchase on an as needed basis.
Other bids were awarded to the following: Dixie Culvert won the metal pipe bid, Winn Materials of Clarksville won the bid for limestone, M & M Gravel in Big Sandy won the chert and gravel bid, J.R. Hayes Construction won the bid for bank gravel.
Brehm Striping Company, Inc., of Eddyville, Kentucky won the Painted paving markings bid; Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions of Parson won the liquid asphalt; Darmon Trucking, of Counce, Tennessee won the liquid asphalt mix only bid.
Other bids went to Murray Paving Inc, and Delta Contracting Company in Paris, for patching materials; J.R. Hayes Construction won the tar and chip paving bid; and Delta also won the State Aid paving and county road paving bid.
Proposed County Budget Includes No Tax Increase
Wholesale Beer Sales Take Big Hit This Fiscal Year
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met on Monday night and received the proposed budget for the upcoming 2014-15 fiscal year.
County Mayor Brent Greer said at the present time, no department is asking for any tax increase, therefore the county isn’t seeking a property tax increase either. That could change as the budget process continues, but its unlikely.
Mayor Greer said also the proposed budget doesn’t include a Cost of Living Adjustment for County employees either, but he said as the budget process continues, if there is any way to add that in he will try to do so.
The budget will use about $314K from unappropriated funds to balance the upcoming budget. Mayor Greer said he is comfortable with doing that this year, but it’s something that can’t be done every year without consequences. The county recently paid for the storm safe shelter upgrades at the schools with cash and Greer said they plan to pay cash on part of the upcoming capital projects.
The budget committee set some dates as the budget process continues. They will have budget hearings with some of the departments such as the school system, solid waste, and highway on June 24th.
Greer also advised that he plans on asking the county commission next Monday night to set a special budget meeting of the county commission on July 14th to approve the budget on first reading, then set the regular July commission meeting for July 28th to have time to publish the budget and then pass on 2nd reading that night.
Greer did tell budget committee members that the county lost over $150K in wholesale beer tax this, mostly because of Murray becoming ‘wet’ in July of 2013. Greer said Mac’s in Puryear, saw the biggest hit in beer sales, losing several thousand in the first month alone after Murray passed the new ordinance.
Budget Committee Approves Budget Transfers
Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Budget Committee meeting saw the committee approve several transfers in the General Fund to help line up some numbers as the fiscal year comes to a close June 30th.
Money was moved around in the Health Department budget for continuing maintenance on the building. County director Tracy Byrd said they are trying to replace the old tile with new tile at the Health Department and have been doing it in phases. She said they plan to be completely finished in another year or so with replacing the tile.
Byrd also said if they have some extra money they will probably purchase some cabinets with locks that are needed to keep certain supplies locked up. Byrd and County Mayor Brent Greer also discussed how a cabinet donation from ICI, a local maker of office furniture in Paris, helped saved the county a considerable amount. Byrd said she has nominated ICI for a PAL award with the Tennessee Public Health Association and they would know something around September. Byrd said the donation of the cabinets saved about $14K in work and materials
The budget committee also approved budget transfers in the trustee offices for the hiring of two part time personnel to work 20 hours or less each. This was due to Leisa Wimberley’s resignation at the end of May.
The budget committee approved moving over $6K from unappropriated fund balance to help pay for any autopsy’s until the budget year begins. County budget director Pat Hollingsworth said this a shot in the dark and would pay for about 3 more autopsy if needed the rest of June.
The budget committee also approved the transfer of $4300 from the Solid Waste unappropriated fund balance to pay for gasoline and freight expenses for the remainder of the fiscal year. Solid Waste Director, Ron Watkins said he hates to use fund balance but he didn’t have money anywhere else. The reason for the transfer if for increased gasoline cost and the money needed to ship cardboard to New Johnsonville to add revenue to the budget for solid waste.
DPA Week Continues, Tues. is Music on the Square
Paris, Tenn.- Downtown Paris Week continues and Tuesday June 10th, will be Music on the Square Day during Downtown Paris Week, with bluegrass, gospel, and country music on the east side of the courthouse lawn. The Chill Tonics, a band made up of Bo Caldwell, Bob Darby, and Irving Dutton, will perform from 5:30-7:30pm on the court square and Perry’ BBQ will be on site with delicious food.
In case of rain, the Music on the Square will be moved inside to the Fellowship Hall at First Christian Church.
40 Golfers Participate in Hope and Opportunity Tournament
Linley White Photo
Springville, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Hope and Opportunity Golf Tournament to Benefit Real Hope Youth Center was held on Saturday and over 40 golfers met at the Tennessean Golf Course to show their support for the kids.
The winning team (pictured above) was sponsored by Tennessee Valley Community Church and included Steve Gallimore, Jeff Buie, Stephen Gallimore II, and Michael Baytes. They won $1K.
Paris Police Investigating Robbery on West Wood St.
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of Henry Farmer’s Coop Sunday evening. The report said a woman was walking in the area after 8pm Sunday when a burnt orange SUV drove up beside her.
The woman said the driver opened the passenger side door and grabbed her by the shirt tail. During the struggle to get away, the man did manage to take $50 that was in the woman’s pocket.
The SUV then U-turned in the parking lot and headed back towards the court square with the passenger door still open. The driver was described as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s. If you this vehicle or have any information contact the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.
Thefts Reported; Drug Arrests Made Over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating some thefts that occurred over the weekend. A home on Vandyke Road had two gas tanks stolen out of a boat on the property. The value of the stolen tanks is about $160.
Another report stated a home on Vaughn Road had some angle irons and two 50 pound boxes of welding rods stolen from the bed of a truck. Police have no suspects and continue to investigate.
Sgt. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a McKenzie man for possession of drug paraphernalia after a routine traffic stop Friday night. Sgt. Wade stopped the vehicle because the light on the license plate had gone out and the man in the car, John M. Snead of McKenzie, refused consent to search.
K9 Stryker then was ran around the car and indicated on the driver’s door of the vehicle. A pipe with marijuana residue was found inside Snead’s pocket. Snead was also caught chewing on a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
Ptl. Mitch Gallimore of the Paris Police Department arrested two people on aggravated burglary charges over the weekend. Justin P. McElroy, 32, of Masnfield and Tonya Wallace, 37, of 806 Caledonia Road, were both charged with aggravated burglary and placed on $10K bond.
Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department recently charged Justin R. Carter, age 26, of 1107 Lone Oak Road with promotion of manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and vandalism under $500. Carter was placed on $35K bond.
Fight Like a Champion Benefit Set for June 20th
Paris, Tenn.- Organizers are getting ready for the Fight Like a Champion benefit for Patriot football coach James Counce, Jr. There will be ribeye sandwiches, chips, and drink for only $8 and the event will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday June 20th from 10:30am to 2pm.
Counce, Jr., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and is undergoing chemo treatments, traveling back and forth to Jackson.
There will be delivery available for the ribeye sandwiches for orders of five or more and the orders can be faxed to 644-1202. Plans are to also have a bake sale at the event, so anyone who would like to donate a bake sale item should bring it to the fairgrounds on June 20th by 10am. Pre-orders for ribeye sandwiches are due by June 13th.
For more information like the Counce fundraiser page that is set up on Facebook or email email@example.com.
Downtown Paris Week Continues, Monday is Dine Downtown Day
Paris, Tenn.- Monday June 9th, is Dine Downtown Day, as Downtown Paris Week continues, where patrons can eat either snacks or full meals and register to win $25 in Downtown Paris Bucks. Restaurants downtown include A La Mode Sweet Shoppe; Golden Dragon, Jack’s Java, Paulette’s Perry’s BBQ, or Take Me Back Café. For more information on the activies centered around Downtown Paris Week, see the story below on our website, or go to visitdowntownparis.com.
Paris Police Investigate Possible Break In Attempt at Subway
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police continue to investigate a possible attempted break in at Subway on Tyson Avenue that occurred over the weekend. The incident sheet said there was damage to the rear door and the front lock when employees arrived in the morning for work. Entry was not made and investigation is continuing.
In a separate incident, Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged three people with possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop for expired tags. During the traffic stop, K9 Herrum did give a positive alert on the driver’s side door. A syringe was found during a search of the car and since none of the occupants would admit to it being theirs, all three were charged with possession.
Charged were Mitzie L. Eckenrode, 41, of 102 Fairview Street; Lisa Ventrice, 29, of Manley Street, and Ronald Hart, 53, of Springville.
Rally For Randi Campaign Rally Set for June 10th
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a “Rally for Randi” campaign rally for Randi Allen French on Tuesday June 10th from 5-8pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. French is running for Henry County Trustee against Cindy Hart Hopkins in the August Election.
The event will include Whole Hog BBQ, chips and drink, a bake sale and cake auction and free musical entertainment by Mark and Tabitha McWherter, Tuffy Craig, Vince Dodd, Jeremiah Cole, Danny Conger, Kevin Ray, Danny Cawthon and John Robbins.
Large Crowd On Hand at RFL Survivor Dinner
HC RFL Committee and Team Volunteers (Greg Pierce photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand Saturday night for the Relay for Life Annual Survivor Dinner. Relay Committee Members and Team Members served survivors and their guest a delicious meal prepared by the Paris Elks Lodge. Music provided by Judy and The Guys included songs by Elvis, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.
Relay for Life Event Chair Molly Jackson was pleased with the turnout despite the weather, as storm watches, warnings and a flash flood watch was issued during the evening. She presented several lucky survivors with door prizes courtesy of Ala Mode Sweet Shoppe. Jackson stated, "We are honored to be here each year recognizing our survivors. The hugs and appreciation they show our volunteers is so touching. They are hope and the reason we Relay. These special people remind us that it's not over and we must continue to Relay until we finish the fight!"
Henry County Relay for Life is set for Friday night June 13th rain or shine. If bad weather is in the forecast they will move to the commercial building at the fairgrounds.
Judy Wynn, of Judy and the Guys, performs at the Survivor Dinner. (Dana Allen photo)
Coordinated School Health Promotes Quitting Smoking
Paris, Tenn.- Coordinated School Health wants students and parents to be smoke free and recently issued a press release from on studies from the American Lung Association.
According to the National Cancer Institute, second hand smoke contains more than 4K chemicals and at least 250 of those are known to be harmful and 50 are known to cause cancer.
Other interesting facts from the study about second hand smoke from the American Lung Association include: second hand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in children; second hand smoke causes about 3400 lung cancer deaths and over 46K heart disease deaths in the United States each year.
The study also shows that second hand smoke is especially harmful to young children. It’s responsible for over 150K lower respiratory tract infections in infants and children under 18 months of age, resulting in over 7500 hospitalizations each year and has caused about 430 SIDS deaths in the U.S. each year.
125 Take Refuge in Inman Tornado Storm Shelter
Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff Monte Belew said about 125 people took cover in the Inman Tornado Safe Shelter Saturday as storms barelled thru. The sheriff said about 25 people locally came to the shelter while another 100 came from spectators at softball games at McNeil Park.
Deputy Rodney Littleton was at McNeil and led the spectators, most from out of town, to Inman.
Sheriff Belew said it was the most ever in the storm shelter since its been built and things went fine. He also said there hadn't been any damage reported from the storms so far.
Obion County Tornado Prompts Opening of Inman Storm Shelter
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins has informed WMUF/WLZK that a tornado has touched down in Obion County and caused some injuries. Watkins said the tornado is tracking towards Henry County.
The weather has prompted officials to go ahead an open up the Inman Tornado Shelter for any citizen that might want to use it. Please pay attention to the weather over the next hour or so and if conditions worsen be prepared to take action.
Overall Winners of Tower Tri Event
Overall Sr. Girl
1. Makenna Reilly, age 12, 29:28
2. Emma Hill, 12, 29:31
3. Lucy Rutherford, 12, 29:46
Overall Intermediate Girl
1. Nicole Caruso, 10, 15:29
2. Maya Reilly, 9, 17:02
3. Sophia Harvey, 11, 17:12
Overall Senior Boy
1. Cole Davis, 13, 26:07
2. Zachary Skillman, 13, 27:22
3. Rylan Perry, 12, 29:04
Overall Intermediate Boy
1. Rowan Brown, 11, 14:52
2. Hunter Lawrence, 11, 15:14
3. Wellington McKinney, 11, 15:17
Full results and times can be found at the following link http://www.besttimescct.com/results/TowerTri14.txt
Tower Tri Event Another Success
Cole Davis, a member of the Paris Tri Club, comes in first overall at Saturday's Tower Tri in the Senior Division (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Overcast skies and a slight breeze made the weather just about perfect for the over 120 youngsters that competed in the 4th Annual Paris Tower Tri on Saturday at Eiffel Tower Park.
Event organizers were very pleased with the turnout, and Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks Director, said the Tower Tri has grown every year and is becoming a destination across the state and region for young boys and girls who are competing in the growing sport of triathlon races.
Intermediate Division members of the Paris Tri Club cheer on their senior division teammates who started the event Saturday with a 200 yard swim. (Alsobrooks photo)
The kids were broken into three different age categories: Senior Division, ages 12-14; Intermediate Division, ages 9-11; and Junior Division for ages 8 and under. Each group had to swim, bike, and run a set distance and each were individually timed.
Cam Collins, of Paris, (foreground) comes from the pool to jump on his bike for the bike portion of the event. Many volunteers helped at the Tower Tri. (Alsobrooks photo)
In the boys Senior Division, Paris’s very own Cole Davis finished with an unofficial time of 26:10 to take overall first place. The Paris Tri Team had several finish in the top 8 in the Senior Division boys including: Rylan Perry, 3rd overall with an unofficial time of 29:13; Keaton McFarland 6th overall with a time of 31:44 and Craig Anderson 8th overall in the senior division boys with a time of 35:42.
In the girls Senior Division, Makenna Reilly of Madison, Tennessee and Paris’s Emma Hill finished tied 1st overall with an unofficial time of 29:32.
These two ladies are racing towards their bike after finishing the swimming portion of the race on Saturday. (Alsobrooks photo).
MW Animal Clinic Facebook Auction for Elizabeth Cronin Continues Until 9am Monday
Paris, Tenn.- Support continues to pour in for Henry County’s Elizabeth Cronin as she continues to undergo chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. Several events have already been held to help raise money for the efforts and Mineral Wells Animal Clinic has jumped in as well.
Until 9am Monday morning, you can like, if you haven’t done so already, the Mineral Wells Animal Clinic Facebook page, where they are having an Elizabeth Cronin Supper and Dessert Auction.
The auction started at midnight this past Wednesday and has already been deemed a success, but you can still go and bid on items until Monday morning at 9am. If you win a bid, you must pick up your winnings by no later than 5pm this coming Monday June 9th.
Donations for baked goods and other food items will still be accepted before the clinic closes Saturday.
For more information on the Mineral Wells Animal Clinic Facebook Auction for Elizabeth Cronin like them on Facebook or call the office at 642-5699. Remember the bidding for the auction ends at 9am Monday morning. A few hundred dollars had already been raised as of Friday morning.
Hope Ministries Bass Tourney Is June 21st
New Johnsonville, Tenn.- The 5th annual Hope Center Ministries Bass Tournament will be held at Pebble Isle Marina in New Johnsonville on Saturday June 21st. Price to enter the tourney is $150 per boat and $160 after 5pm June 20th.
It’s a buddy tournament and only fish measuring 15 inches will be weighed. There is a big fish pot for $10 per boat as well. There is over $10K in guaranteed cash prizes incluing $5K for 1st place and $250 for 10th place.
For more information register online at www.hopecenterbasstournament.com or call Jay Marlar at 931-622-0228.
Participants Needed for Focus Group Study
Paris, Tenn.- Focus Group participants are needed for a study on Tuesday June 17th at the Paris Quality Inn, Sky Vue Meeting Room. The session will be from 5:30-6:45pm.
The focus group seeks men and women ages 40 plus. The person must live in Henry County and have a heart condition or family history of heart issues.
This is not a sales presentation; it will be conducted for Research purposes only. Participants will listen to a short presentation and provide input and opinions. Each participant will receive $30.
To see if you are eligible to participate in the focus group study, call Younger Associates at 1-800-748-2087 and ask for Robin.
Summer Reading Program Registration Begins Monday
Paris, Tenn.- Summer’s here and the WG Rhea Public Library wants to make sure students keep sharp, so they will once again have their summer reading program this year. Registration begins June 9th and will continue thru June 30th.
The first day to check out books will be June 20th. It was originally scheduled to be June 16th, but due to the Library closing from the 16-19th they pushed it back.
Several events are planned in the Library’s Summer Reading program including the Dome Theatre, mobile digital theatre on Friday June 20th, Magic School Bus on Monday June 23rd, movies and popcorn on several days, and Mr. Bond the Science Guy on Wednesday July 2nd.
For more information on the Library’s Summer Reading Program which kicks off June 16th, register in person at the circulation desk. Some of the events do require a pre-registration to take part in so call the library for more information or like the WG Rhea Library’s Facebook page.
Teams Sought for HC Fair BBQ Cook Off
Paris, Tenn.- The 4th Annual Henry County Fair BBQ Cook Off will be held on Friday and Saturday August 1st and 2nd and teams are invited to enter the contest for chances to win cash prizes. Entry fee is $100 per team, whether entering one event or all events and teams must be registered by Friday July 25th.
Contest categories include whole beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder/Boston Butts, chicken, dessert, and chef’s choice, which is defined as any variety of meat except those listed above, so it could be turkey, fish, and bacon wrapped items are allowed.
All meat must be inspected before cooking and in original store wrapping in a cooler, maintained at 40 degrees or below. Chicken and chef’s choice entries may be marinated Friday prior to cooking but will still be inspected. After cooking, competition meat should be maintained at 140 degrees or higher and in a covered container.
Each category will pay three places and receive trophies. The Grand Champion will win $1000 and a Trophy and Reserve Champion will take home $500 and a trophy. Winners will be announced at 3pm on Saturday August 2nd.
For more information on the Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff, to register your team, or see the official rules, contact Bobby or Donna Milam with the Fair Board at 336-1966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
64th Annual Chamber Banquet Is June 26th
Pianist and Vocalist Micah Snow To Perform
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 64th Annual Membership Banquet on Thursday June 26th at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Pianist and vocalist Micah Snow will perform. Snow is a member of Nashville’s Downtown Band and entertains throughout the Southeast.
The Chamber’s Business of the Year and Person of the Year Awards will be presented along with the installation of officers and graduation of the Henry County Leadership Class. An award for Conservationist of the Year will also be given.
Banquet chairman, Robert Newcomb, of First Bank, said, “We will celebrate our community achievements, hear great music and welcome our new Chamber president.”
Tickets for the Chamber banquet are $25 each or a table of six is $140. For more information call the chamber at 642-3431.
DPA's 3rd Annual Downtown Paris Week is June 8-14
Paris, Tenn.- Downtown Paris Week will be held Sunday June 8 thru Saturday June 14th and there will be plenty of events and festivities for everyone.
The Downtown Paris Association started celebrating Downtown Paris Week a couple of years ago as a week to commemorate all that downtown Paris has to offer.
On Sunday June 8th, DPA invites the community to come worship at one of the six historic downtown churches: First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, and Quinn Chapel.
Monday June 9th, is Dine Downtown Day where patrons can eat either snacks or full meals and register to win $25 in Downtown Paris Bucks. Restaurants downtown include A La Mode Sweet Shoppe; Golden Dragon, Jack’s Java, Paulette’s Perry’s BBQ, or Take Me Back Café.
Tuesday June 10th, will be Music on the Square Day, with bluegrass, gospel, and country music on the east side of the courthouse lawn. The Chill Tonics, a band made up of Bo Caldwell, Bob Darby, and Irving Dutton, will perform from 5:30-7:30pm on the court square and Perry’ BBQ will be on site with delicious food.
Wednesday June 11th, will be Heritage Day as Ray Harding will lead Free Walking tours of Downtown Paris at 11am and Noon beginning outside Jack Jones Flowers. Also the Heritage Center will be open starting at 10am and the exhibit “Downtown Paris History” will show vintage photos and other historic documents.
Thursday June 12th, will be Songwriters on the Square, as local musicians will play from 6-8:30pm that evening with favorite tunes they’ve written. Perry’s BBQ will sell BBQ, sides, and drinks, be sure and bring your own lawn chair.
Friday June 13th, will be hailed as Government Day and Downtown Extra Value Days. This is a tip of the hat to government workers who serve the community. In addition, many merchants will offer sales throughout the weekend, just in time for Fathers Day which is June 15th.
Saturday June 14th, will close out Downtown Paris Week and will culminate with food, fashion, and fun at the Greystone Ballroom. At 10:30am and 1:15pm, participants passports take them to healthier living with seminars on women’s health from Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Heather Gladwell and Urologist Dr. Joe Mobley III.
Then from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, there will be lunch by Paulette’s, wine tasting by Paris Winery, and a fashion show form six downtown clothiers including The Toggery, Off the Square, Maggies, Herron and Wills, Boutique MariMac, and Queens of Paris. Also DPA vendors will sell their wares in the lobby of the Greystone.
Passports will be $15 and include everything mentioned above. They are available at the DPA office, 203 N. Fentress Street, or participating fashion show shops. The event is co-sponsored by the Henry County Medical Center and is a fundraiser for the DPA.
Downtown Paris Week caps off as Extra Value Days continue Saturday and free carriage rides will be offered by Commercial Bank, First Bank, and Security Bank. Rides will depart from the corner of Washington and Poplar between 2 and 4pm.
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.
News from past weeks here.