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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson

 

Archery Day at the Refuge On Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event focusing on archery at the new Visitor Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville Saturday June 18th from 10am to 3pm. It will consist of instructions on beginning archery, a practice archery range, demonstrations on making your own bows, and identification of local mammals. A challenge 3D safari course will also be available to participants feeling adventurous.

The event is free to the public and the refuge will provide all equipment for the day and asks that no personal archery equipment be used during the event.

The unveiling of the refuge’s new hiking trail that leads from the Visitor Center and follows the shoreline will be held Saturday also. The trail is about a half mile along the shore and hosts an amazing array of wildlife and birds. The new trail will be used for environmental education instruction during student field trips and refuge events. The trail is yet unnamed and the public is invited to help give it a name by placing a name in the suggestion box at the event.

For more information on the events at the Refuge Visitor Center call 642-2091 or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/tennessee.

Free Blueberry Smoothies At Farmer's Market Friday at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Downtown Farmer’s Market opens at 3pm Friday afternoon at the corner of Ruff and Market Street. Vendors will be on hand and several vegetables and fruits will be for sale such as tomatoes, blueberries, squash, potatoes, green beans, local honey and canola, and more. Also from 3-4pm on Fridays come by the Farmer’s Market and enjoy a free blueberry smoothie and giveaways thanks to a grant from the UT Extension Office.

6th Annual BBQ Cook Set for Aug. 5-6

Paris, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Off is coming August 5th and 6th and teams must be registered by no later than July 15th. The entry fee is $160 and covers any and all categories. The Cook off will be held at the Mule Barn, located at 600 Scarbrough Lane.

Proceeds from the BBQ Cook will benefit the Henry County Food Bank. Event organizer Donna Milam said last year the event donated over 40 pounds of canned food items from the teams along with entry fee monetary donations.

Milam said so far 20 BBQ teams have already registered and there is room for about 10-12 more at the Mule Barn.

Contest categories include Pork Ribs (no country style), Pork Shoulder/Boston Butts, Chicken, and Ribeye. Each category will pay out four places $200 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, $100 for 3rd, and $75 for 4th. The Grand Champion Cooking Team will win $1000 and a Trophy and the Reserve Champion will win $500 and a Trophy.

The schedule for judging the meats on Saturday August 6th will be Ribeye turned in at 11am, Chicken at Noon, Ribs and 1pm, and Shoulder at 2pm. Awards will be announced at 4pm or sooner.

All meat must be inspected before cooking and in a cooler maintained at 40 degrees or cooler. Meat may be trimmed but no pre-marinated or seasoning prior to cooking. After cooking, competition meat should be maintained at 140 degrees or higher and in a covered container.

On Friday night August 5th, teams have an option of competing in the Dwayne Byard Pitmaster Challenge for an additional $10 entry fee. You will be given two main ingredients that must be used in preparing a dish for judges. A trophy and cash will be given to the winner.

Also Friday night, the Old Spirits will entertain with live music from 8pm to midnight. There will be a $2 cover charge for the public and concessions will be sold at Friday night’s events.

The event is put on by the Henry County Tennessee BBQ Association and sponsorships are appreciated. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1000.

Teams interested in competing can email applications and payment to Henry County BBQ Attn: Donna Milam 1615 Oak Grove Road South Springville, TN 38256. For more information contact Donna at dmilam64@yahoo.com or call or text at 336-1966.

BPU Plans Water Main Repair Friday Morning On East Wood

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be repairing a water main Friday morning on East Wood Street near Peppers Automotive. Crews will be on scene around 8am Friday morning and water will be shut off for approximately four hours beginning around 8:30am.

Water customers affected by the outage include those on East Wood Street from Delta Contracting to the Loft and those on Lakeway Circle as well. BPU apologizes for the inconvenience and reminds motorists to use caution when traveling East Wood in that particular area Friday morning.

Man Charged With Agg. Child Abuse and Neglect

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man in in custody on aggravated child abuse and neglect charges for choking his son while trying to discipline him, causing bruising and redness to his neck.

According to a press release from Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department, David S. Stepp, age 27, Hwy. 641 S., was arrested as the Paris Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, Department of Children's Services, and patrol units made the investigation.

Stepp's charges stem from Tuesday night when he attempted to discipline his 5 year old son and grabbed the young boy's neck. Stepp was placed on $100K bond and is scheduled to be in court on Tuesday for arraignment. The child is in the care of his mother and receiveing assistance from DCS.

Transportation Coalition: TN Roads Need More Funds

Tia, with the TN Infrastructure Alliance, discusses some of the issues with lack of funding for state highways and transportation in general. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce hosted an information session for the Tennessee Transportation Coalition on Thursday morning where Tia, from the Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance, gave a presentation on needs for more funding for the state’s roadways.

The presentation gave several reasons behind why the state of Tennessee had to find ways to increase money going towards its highways including safety, economic growth, and system expansion.

She said congestion and gridlock is very bad on most of the interstates, especially around the bigger cities and it’s only going to continue to get worse unless we make some improvements to the current roads and infrastructure system. By the year 2040, freight traffic is supposed to expand by an additional two million people.

70% of fatalities in the state occur on two lane roads due to shoulder issues and road development mostly. Tia said Tennessee is the 13th worst state in the nation when it comes to road safety and some projects that could help aren’t getting done because of lack of funding.

Currently roads are funded thru registration from vehicles and the state fuel tax which is 21.4 cents, the same since 1989. Tennessee has the 3rd lowest Transportation spending per capita at $326, while the National Average is $621.

In Henry County alone there are currently $16.4M worth of road projects on backlog that have been approved by legislation but haven’t been done because of lack of funding. There is $29.6M in new requests for road projects in Henry County.

County Mayor Brent Greer attended the meeting and expressed his concern going forward with funding issues. He said, “something is going to have to be done for our roads, and I realize the urban areas get the attention, but rural counties like ours are truly suffering and something has to be done.”

More information on the statistics and figures about funding for roads in Tennessee can be found at www.transportationcoalitiontn.org.

Several Henry Countians Make MSU Deans List

Paris, Tenn.- Murray State University has announced its Dean’s List recipients for the Spring 2016 semester. The list recognizes the academic accomplishments of the University’s undergraduate students. Dr. Renea Duncan, acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs said, “We take great pride in our students’ academic achievements. This recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Henry County residents that made the Dean’s List at MSU for the Spring 2016 Semester include: Brooke Elizabeth Smith, Cottage Grove, Jordan K. Wilbanks, Henry; from Paris: Ashely Christian Belew, Andrew Dylan Bigham, Joshua Cambridge, Brandi Ramae Gooch, Kaylee Nichole Houston, John Jarrett Kinsland, Garrett Michael Land, Casey Sean Lee, Cassie Lynn Lee, Tyler Demetricus Long, Cynthia Margaret Mercado, Jacob C. Odom, Bailey Elizabeth Papszycki, Mariah Elizabeth Smith, Rhonda Blasingame Walp, Jasmine M. Young; from Puryear: Caleb Jay Brannon, Brianna M. Bryson, Logan Matthew Burchett, Cain Allen Bynum, Justice Anne Eyres, Selena Brooke McCord, Robert Charles Samuelson, and Alathea C. Sellars.

Chamber's Membership Banquet Will be Next Week

Paris Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 66th Annual Membership Banquet on Friday June 24th at 6pm and this year’s theme is “There’s No Place I’d Rather Be.” The banquet will be held at the Event Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The Chamber’s Business of the Year and Person of the Year awards will be presented along with the installation of officers. Gary McEntire, Paris Landing State Park, will receive his red jacket as he becomes the new Chamber president.

Current Chamber president Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks and Recreation, will deliver his remarks on the past year and said, “we will also debut the new community video that includes our dance sequence shot at Eiffel Tower Park.”

Tickets are $25 each or a table of six for $140. Call the Chamber at 642-3431 to purchase tickets.

Bethel's Jr. PA Day Will Be June 25th

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Physician Assistant Program will hold its annual Junior Physician Assistant Day on Saturday June 25th from 10am to 1pm at the Bethel PA Program Building across from Henry County Medical Center.

Children will have the opportunity to explore ambulances and fire trucks, learn about 911, and get their photos made with Doc McStuffins. They can also take part in a teddy bear clinic and each child will receive a stethoscope and other takeaways.

Tickets for the Junior Physician Assistant Day are only $10 at the door and proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There is a maximum charge of only $20 for a family, so if you have more than two kids, you still will just pay $20.

For more information about Junior PA Day call 775-378-7236.

Son of AmVets to Hold Hog Roast June 26th

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Sons of Amvets and AmVets Post 45 will host a Hog Roast Sunday June 26th from Noon to 4pm. Plates are $9 and to go boxes are available. Beverages will be available and there will be karaoke by Bill “Cowboy” Dunkin and Arlene. To order a whole Boston Butt to go the price is $30 and must be done in advance. Call 642-8690 for more information. The AmVets Post 45 is located at 14365 Hwy. 79 N.

Fundraising Yard Sale For Dog House Rescue This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fund raising yard sale June 17-18 starting at 8am at the Whitlock Fire Station on Whitlock Road. All proceeds go toward the Dog House Rescue. They will be accepting pet supply donations as well.

Cody McSwain Wins MVP of West TN All Star Game

Jackson, Tenn.- Henry County's Cody McSwain was named the Most Valuable Player in the West Tennessee High School All Star Baseball game. McSwain played right field and went 3 for 5 at the plate with two singles, a homer, and 4 RBIs. The Gray team Cody was on won 12-7.

McSwain played baseball at Henry County all four years and just recently graduated in May. Monday of this week he committed to play baseball for Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.

Ribbon Cutting Held at New Lake Haven Unit

Paris, Tenn.- Several local officials, chamber members, and hospital staff were on hand at the Ribbon Cutting for the new Geriatric area at Lake Haven. (Chamber Photo)

Transportation Coalition to Be at Chamber Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Transportation Coalition of Tennessee will be at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Thursday June 16th at 10am to discuss the transportation infrastructure funding dilemma in Tennessee.

The Transportation Coalition was created to educate the public and state legislators as it seeks an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees. The coalition aims to recruit other interested parties to join in seeking a comprehensive funding solution to maintain and expand Tennessee’s critical transportation system.

Participants in the coalition include businesses, citizens, community leaders, public officials, and organizations that are interested in continuing Tennessee transportation infrastructure for the long haul.

Tennessee is a pay as you go state, with transportation project funded primarily by state and federal fuel tax revenues. The dollars are apportioned for the state and local projects, which include maintenance, repair, and new construction.

For more information visit www.transportationcoalitiontn.org.

Sportsmans Lounge to Host Benefit for Cindy Loines Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Sportsman Lounge, located at 1247 East Wood Street, will hold a benefit supper for Cindy Loines this Saturday June 18th. Chicken Plates are $10 and Rib Plates are $15. The event starts at 5pm and there will be a silent auction at 7pm. For more information or to donate call Stacy at 931-305-3554 or Mike at 731-336-8567.

Man Cited For Drugs After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Zachariah Carper was patrolling and observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign. After a traffic stop and search in which a bottle of pills were found, the driver, John Marcus Green, age 28, of 1955 County Home Road, was cited for simple possession of schedule two and simple possession of schedule four along with the traffic violation.

HCSO Offers Reward on Buchanan Thefts

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction to the person or person responsible for breaking into several unlocked vehicles in the Buchanan Resort area over the past couple of weeks.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the sheriff’s office and you can remain anonymous if you choose. Call 642-1672 or the tip line to remain anonymous at 642-0929.

Cannon Store Road Closed For Repairs Wednesday

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Cannon Store Road in Henry Wednesday June 15th for culvert replacement. The closure will be 7 tenths of a mile west of Hwy. 140 South. The road should be open for evening traffic.

TDEC Hosts Public Meeting for Bass, Crappie Advisory

TDEC rep. Greg Denton speaking to the crowd. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Several residents attended a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Henry County Fairgrounds as Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation discussed the reasoning behind the precautionary fish consumption advisory that was issued Monday.

TDEC spokesman Greg Denton led a presentation saying the department was back with results from three questions asked by citizens at the last public meeting back in February. Those questions were  about mercury levels in the largemouth bass in the mainstream Tennessee River at Paris Landing State Park; levels in crappie and redear sunfish in the Big Sandy Embayment; and levels in large mouth bass, crappie, and sunfish in the West Sandy Dewatering area, known to locals as Springville bottoms.

graph showing findings of mercury levels in large mouth bass

Denton said after 6 total trips in the areas they finally caught enough fish to sample and test. The conclusions were the largemouth bass in the mainstream river and the crappie, bluegill, sunfish at the Big Sandy Embayment were all ok and fell well below the .3 Mercury trigger level.

The levels in both largemouth bass and black crappie at the Springville Bottoms however, did test above the .3 Mercury level in the fish tissue, according to the testing.

Denton said average in the largemouth bass in the Springville Bottoms was around .4 to .5 mercury trigger levels and in black crappie, the amounts varied per size of the fish, but the longer the crappie, the more mercury levels they seemed to have coming from the Springville Bottoms. Denton said Tennessee fishing regulations require fisherman to only keep crappie 10 inches or longer and those fish tested for higher mercury levels.

Denton continued saying after finding these results, TDEC decided to issue the Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisory for bass and crappie from the Springville Bottom. He went on to state that means “we think it’s advisable for people to catch and release these type of fish; avoiding eating for children, or women who are nursing or pregnant; all others should limit consumption to one meal per month.

Bar graph showing mercury levels of black crappie in Springville Bottoms.

Denton said in 35 years of testing fish for mercury levels in Tennessee waters this is the first time crappie has been above the .3 trigger point. He said it’s not likely killing the fish and there is no evidence of historical mercury discharge in the area. In TDEC’s best judgement, the mercury levels in the fish comes from the air thru the burning of coal.

Crowd listens to the presentation Tues. Night.

Produce and More at Downtown Farmer's Market

(Tim Alsobrooks Photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association, City of Paris, and Henry County Fair Association have combined efforts to once again bring the Farmer's Market downtown this summer and it opened at 3pm Tuesday with several vendors and lots of goodies on display.

It was hot and humid, but several ventured out and scooped up different kinds of produce and other items. The produce will vary throughout the summer, depending on what is growing and picked at that time. Tuesday's Farmer's Market had red and green tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, squash, cabbage, strawberries, blueberries, green onions, local honey, creamed honey, local canola, and more.

The Farmer's Market is located at the corner of Ruff and Market Street, across the street from Perry's BBQ and will be open at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays until produce sells out.

Employee Charged After Stealing over $43K from HCMC

Tammy Ditto (HCSO Inmate Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A former partner in the Henry County Medical Center Business Office has been charged with theft after she appears to have stolen $43,667 from HCMC over a two year period.

Tammy Ditto, age 46, was charged by the Paris Police Department Criminal Investigative Division and Sgt. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff's Office. She was placed on $50K bond and will appear in General Session Court June 21st.

Business Office personnel noticed the the theft in the department and HCMC began working with the Paris Police Department. Ditto was terminated immediately upon discovery of the theft and audits of the affected accounts were completed.

No patients will be affected by the theft and HCMC will be filing liability insurance to cover the stolen funds. New protocols and processes are now in place to ensure this type of theft doesn't happen again at HCMC.

Community Job Fair Well Attended

(Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- 20 different employers were on hand at the community job fair held at the Quality Inn Convention Center on Tuesday that runs until 2pm. Job seekers from Henry and the surrounding counties were coming in since the job fair opened at 10am Tuesday morning.

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology set up a bank of computers for job seekers to fill out online applications and search. The job fair was hosted by Benton Weatherford Broadcasting WMUF, WLZK, WRQR, the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Ryker, Manpower, and Express Employment.

Farmer's Market Opens Downtown Tuesday at 3pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm Tuesday as the City of Paris, Henry County Fair Association, and Downtown Paris Association cooperate to once again bring it downtown this summer. The Farmer’s Market will be at the corner of Ruff Street and North Market Street. The corner parking lot will be available for Farmer’s Market Vendors only on Tuesdays and Fridays but the adjacent city lot to the west will be available for customers.

The market will operate at 3pm Tuesdays and Fridays for 8 weeks or so and go each day until produce sells out. 18 vendors are currently signed up to participate in this year’s farmer’s market.

New this year on Fridays, a grant with the UT Extension Service will allow for the “Farmers Market Fresh” program. Every Friday from 3 to 4pm there will be free blueberry smoothies given away. Vegetable brushes, peelers, colanders, and tote bags will be given away as well. The Farmer’s Market Fresh program also gets kids involved as they can mark challenge cards when they have purchased, tasted, or prepared a certain fruit or vegetable. Once the challenge card is completed, they can bring it back for a prize box.

If you would like to participate in the Farmer’s Market as a vendor call the DPA office at 731-653-7274.

BPU Linemen Do Well at Lineman Rodeo

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo was held this past weekend at Paris Landing State Park and the Board of Public Utilities not only hosted the event but had several lineman compete.

Darin Parker won 3rd place in the Fuse Replacement Event, Ben White took 2nd overall in the Individual Journeyman Competition, and Brian Horton was 4th overall in the Individual Journeyman Competition. There were 33 Journeyman lineman. Nashville Electric System took the Overall 3 man team award.

Cole Edwards, BPU’s Director of Electric Operations, was presented the Gene Adams Memorial Award for being the host utility.

TDEC; TWRA Public Sessions Set for Tues. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- Representatives with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be on hand at 6pm Tuesday at the Henry County Fairgrounds to answer questions about Monday’s Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisory for bass and crappie in the Springville Bottoms area.

Eric Ward, Deputy Communications Director for TDEC, stated that, “TWRA was already holding a meeting at 7pm on June 14th to gather input on fishing regulations and since we figured many of those would be interested in the announcement of the fish consumption advisory, we asked TWRA if we could hold a question and answer session.”

TWRA’s input meeting will begin at 7pm. Ward also said TDEC would likely hold another public meeting about the advisory at a later date.

Reminder: Job Fair Tuesday 10am-2pm

Paris, Tenn.- Benton Weatherford Broadcasting, WMUF, WLZK, WRQR, the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Ryker, Express Employment, and Manpower will host a community job fair on Tuesday June 14th from 10am to 2pm. The job fair will be held at the Paris Convention Center behind the Quality Inn.

County Comm. to Receive Proposed Budget with No Tax Increase

Mayor Greer, Budget director Pat Hollingsworth, and budget committee member Kenneth Humphreys look over proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- After an afternoon of budget hearings and an hour and 15 minute budget committee meeting on Monday, a proposed budget for the 2016-17 Fiscal Year is ready to present on first reading to the full Henry County Commission when they meet next Monday night. The budget includes a 2 and a half percent Cost of Living Adjustment for County employees and will be presented without the need for a property tax increase. The current tax rate is $2.06 per $100 of assessed property.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer told the Henry County Budget Committee at the end of a lengthy day and meeting Monday evening, he thought this budget was comfortable and overall the county is in a good position. Mayor Greer said, “to have a perfect budget we could really use another 4-5 cents on the tax rate, but there is no need to put that burden on our citizens this year. If revenues fall or we have some major issues in the next couple years we might need a small increase, but I don’t foresee anything major anytime soon.”

Some of the highlights of the proposed budget include $131K in new money for capital projects. Some of those projects include over $13K for improvements at the airport, $4K in improvements to the clock tower at the Henry County Courthouse, $15K for new pews in the juvenile courtroom, $10K for patrol cars for the sheriff’s office and $5K for a drone to be used for searches, $5K for a new handicap entrance at Westin Hall, and $32,500 for a recycling grant.

In the General Fund, the proposed budget suggests balancing would require use of $358,424 from fund balance, although Mayor Greer told budget committee members he seriously doubted it would be that much. The General Fund uses gets 51 cents of the $2.06 property tax. A penny on the property tax represents about $58K.

The Highway Fund receives about 24 cents of the tax rate, Solid Waste 6 cents, and Debt Service 4 cents. The General Purpose School fund gets the majority of the tax rate at $1.21.

The budget committee approved the proposed budget to send to the full county commission for first reading next week. If they approve it next week, it is possible they will meet again before June 30th to approve on 2nd reading.

Budget Committee Cleans Up Current Budget

Paris, Tenn.- Before they discussed and approved the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year on Monday night, the Henry County Budget Committee had to deal with final touches to the current year budget at their meeting Monday night.

Tidying up the line items for the year saw budget committee members approve using $14,300 from unappropriated fund balance. Some of the transfers included $9100 for replacement of the A/C unit at the UT Extension and Driver’s License Office. Mayor Greer said the 22 year old unit went out and cost $18K plus but the City of Paris pays half on that.

Budget transfers were also approved in the Solid Waste Department, Drug Fund, Highway Department Fund, and General Purpose School Fund with no new money needed. Henry County School System Budget Director LonNita McDonald did advise of a Safe Schools Grant for the system, she said it is in the amount of over $16K and is for cameras and security measures on buses among other things.

The budget committee also approved housekeeping type resolutions to clean up balance sheet line items in the capital projects fund, General Fund, and drug fund. County Mayor Brent Greer said these relate to the restitution owed to the county from cash shortages in the Sheriff’s Office during the David Bumpus administration. The county did get around $95K back in that but auditors suggest removing the line item from the balance sheet to clean things up. No actual money will be moved, just the line items.

Audit Committee Approves Internal Control Policies

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Audit Committee met on Monday afternoon and approved a housekeeping issue from the State Comptroller’s Office for all departments at the county government level to have Internal Control Policy and Procedures in place. The State Comptroller had asked for city and county governments to have these in place by July 1.

Springville Woman Charged With Child Abuse After Children Test Positive for Meth

Springville, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff's Office went to a home on Blackberry Lane in Springville to serve warrants on Tara Woodard, age 29.

Sgt. Lance Perry charged Woodard with two counts of child abuse and neglect after an investigation by the Paris Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division where her two kids, age 3 and 4, tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamines. The children were tested by hair follice tests.

Woodard was placed on $50K bond will appear in General Sessions Court Tuesday.

Open House for New Lake Haven Unit Set for Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased and excited to announce the grand opening of its newest addition, the Geriatric Unit of Lake Haven Behavioral Center.  The grand opening and ribbon cutting are set for Tuesday, June 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Paris and Henry County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the ribbon cutting at 3 p.m.  Refreshments will be served and tours of the new unit will be given.

Lake Haven Behavioral Center is dedicated to serving the mental health needs of adults and geriatric clients.  The new unit is a 10 bed unit designed to meet the specific needs of the geriatric population. 

Although dementia mainly affects older, people, it is not a normal part of aging.  Dementia is a syndrome caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform every day activities.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80% of cases, and nearly one in every $5 spent by Medicare is on people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. 

Some geriatric psychiatric symptoms that may qualify for help from the new Geriatric Unit at Lake Haven Behavioral Center include:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting others
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep or eating disturbances
  • Inability to care for self
  • Psychosis
  • Decreased energy

For more information on the new unit dedicated to geriatric patients, call us today at 731-644-8420 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Paris Downtown Boxing Cleans House at National Championship Tourney

Front: L to R- Elijah Wellington, Demarccus Patton, Katie Crabtree; Back L to R- Jacob Crabtree, Coach Derik Moon, Cam'ron Patton, Cortvious Patton, Clinton Phifer

Hot Springs, Ark.- Seven licensed fighters of the Paris Downtown Boxing club traveled to the Title National Tournament in Hot Springs this past weekend and they brought home 5 National Championships.

The team competed in nine fights at the four day event and brought home 5 National Championship Belts and Coach Derik Moon said, "We are very proud of each of our boxers and their willingness and ability to fight opponents with more experience and bouts, our kids won't turn down any fight."

Two sets of siblings, Jacob and Katie Crabtree and Cam'ron and Cortavious Patton are National Champs. The team will travel to Dallas at the end of the June to compete in the Junior Olympics.

Precautionary Consumption Advisory Issued For Springville Bottom for Bass and Crappie

Nashville.- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today issued a precautionary fish consumption advisory for bass and crappie species in Springville Bottom due to high levels of mercury revealed in sampling data. Springville Bottom is a waterfowl management area adjacent to the Big Sandy embayment.

“Children and nursing or pregnant mothers should avoid eating crappie or bass from Springville Bottom in any amount, and everyone else should limit consumption to one meal per month,” TDEC Deputy Commissioner Shari Meghreblian said. “Catch and release fishing, boating, swimming, or drinking treated water in this area poses no additional risk.”

Other fish species tested for mercury in Springville Bottom included redear sunfish (shellcrackers) and bluegill. Although the documented levels in both redear sunfish and bluegill in this area were high compared to other areas in the state, average concentrations of mercury were below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s trigger point, thus not included in the advisory.

Following the issuance of the Big Sandy embayment advisory for bass species in January, TDEC held a public meeting to collect feedback. Area residents requested that the department also investigate mercury levels in bass and crappie in the dewatering area of West Sandy Creek, known locally as Springville Bottom. Locals also requested that TDEC determine the status of largemouth bass in the mainstem Tennessee River near Paris Landing and other fish species in the Big Sandy embayment.

After all requested testing was complete, data results were analyzed and indicated that largemouth bass in the mainstem Tennessee River near Paris Landing were well below the trigger point for mercury. Additional data collected in the Big Sandy embayment, which included black and white crappie, redear sunfish (shellcrackers) and bluegill, were also well below the mercury trigger used to issue advisories.

“We’re very thankful to the citizens of Paris and area residents for expressing their concerns to us in the January meeting,” Meghreblian added. “While we received good news at two of the locations, the data clearly indicated the need to issue a precautionary advisory for Springville Bottom.”  

The Springville Bottom advisory is precautionary, just like the advisory previously issued for the Big Sandy embayment. But unlike the Big Sandy embayment advisory, which is only for bass, the Springville Bottom advisory is for both bass and crappie species. Signs will be posted at significant public access points around the Springville Bottom.

“There are no known discharge points in the area contributing to the high levels of mercury in crappie or bass,” said Tisha Calabrese-Benton, director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources. “The cause is likely due to atmospheric deposition, but we will continue to evaluate all factors that could potentially attribute to the elevated levels we’re seeing. In the meantime, we hope this advisory will help the citizens of Paris make informed decisions about the fish they consume.”

The precautionary fish consumption advisory was issued shortly after fish tissue data was acquired and analyzed by TDEC. The advisory is unrelated to an upcoming public meeting to be held by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) on June 14, where the agency plans to gather input from interested parties on fishing regulations.

“There has been a considerable interest in changing fishing regulations, such as creel or length limits,” TWRA Chief of Environmental Services Dave McKinney said. “While our agency works with TDEC on contaminants in fish tissues statewide, Tuesday’s public meeting is not intended to focus on the precautionary advisory.”

TDEC representatives will be available to answer questions specific to the advisory at 6 p.m. on June 14 at the Fairgrounds. This meeting will precede TWRA’s public meeting held at 7 p.m.

Law Enformcement Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants on Teri L. Priddy, age 33, of 235 Guthrie Road for aggravated burglary, theft over $1K, and vandalism after she and another man entered a home on Eagle Creek Road and stole several items.

The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Lowery was originally dispatched to the address as Priddy wanted to evict the person living in there. Dep. Lowery informed her of the procedures to follow for evicting someone.

Later in the day, Dep. Lowery was back at the residence and noticed a black pickup truck in the driveway. He noticed Priddy coming out the back door and asked why she was coming out the back and she advised she has screwed the front door shut to keep the alleged tenant out. Another white male came out of the home while Dep. Lowery was talking with Priddy and was carrying something. Dep. Lowery went to his patrol car and Priddy and man got in the truck and left towards Hwy.79.

After speaking with the alleged tenant, it turned out Priddy was trespassing and had broken in and stole several items including ammo, trail camera, cordless drills, and other items. Dep. Lowery called Priddy and she did admit to taking an item but wouldn’t reveal who the man was with her. Dep. Lowery informed Priddy she would be charged with theft.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office observed a Ford Taurus run a stop light at South Poplar Street and Wood Street. He ran a check thru dispatch after the traffic stop and the driver, Wrangler Ward, age 25, of 389 Crutchfield Lane, came back with revoked driver’s license.

During search a smoking pipe was found on Ward’s person and Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department, who assisted with the stop, noticed he was chewing something and told him to open his mouth and spit it out. It turned out to be a leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana. Ward was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with driving on revoked.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Friendship Road was broken into sometime since the first of June as the door appeared to be kicked in. Items stolen include two large flat screen TVs, a 12 gauge and a 20 gauge shotgun, totaling around $2500. There are no suspects at this time.

Heritage Center Quilt Show Begins June 14

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will be hosting a quilt show beginning June 14th and running thru July 2nd. There will be a large variety of handmade quilts from Paris and surrounding areas on display. Admission is free and the exhibit will be during the Heritage Center’s regular hours Tuesday thru Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. The quilt show is sponsored by Henry County Monument Works and Security Bank and Trust Company.

Domestic Call Leads To Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Patrolman Roaten responded to a Domestic Dispute. Upon arriving, Deputy Myrick was already on scene with Melissa Higgs, age 28 of Paris, on the front porch. Patrolman Roaten went inside the trailer to talk to Dorian Sanders, age 26 of Paris, both subjects stating it was a just a verbal altercation.

While outside and upon the entrance of the trailer Ptl. Roaten could smell a strong odor of marijuana. Ptl. Roaten spoke to Melissa Higgs and she stated she was the only one on the lease, and she gave consent to search the trailer and signed a permission to search form due to the heavy odor of marijuana. While searching Cpl. Whitaker found a set of digital scales and three glass mason jars on top of the refrigerator and a box a baggies on the kitchen counter.

While searching the master bedroom, a false dresser drawer was found and behind it two grocery bags were located filled with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The approximate field weight of the substance was 1546 grams or 3.4 pounds. The substance was bagged in three separate Ziploc bags, roughly one pound in each bag, with an additional grocery bag which had loose large buds in it the approximately weighed 186 grams.

Melissa Higgs and Dorian Sanders were both mirandized, with Higgs stating that the marijuana was not hers, with Sanders stating that he wanted to speak to his attorney. Both subjects were placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Schedule VI with Intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. When Sanders found out that Higgs was also being arrested, he gave a spontaneous utterance that he wanted to claim the marijuana as his, and it didn’t belong to Higgs.

Both subjects were transported to HCSO with their bond set at $2,500, $80 in cash (4-$20) was seized from Sanders as possible drug proceeds and a notice or property seizure was filled out. Sanders refused to sign the form but was given his copy.

Relay For Life Event Updates

Survivors Line Up For A Lap     (photos by Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- Relay For Life raised over $80k with funds still being turned in and verified. Top fund raising teams: 1. Dana Corp 2. First United Methodist Church 3. Bass/Lipford. Elaine Martin and Elizabeth Craig were awarded the Rosie Baker - Founder of Relay Award for their continuing support and efforts. We couldn't Relay each year without these two amazing ladies.

The Steigleiter Team Spirit Award also went to First United Methodist Church. There are several awards that are yet to be handed out and will be given at the annual Relay wrap up event. The date and place is to be determined.

Honorary Caregivers Lap

Most luminaries was Dana Corp, 2nd place Bass/Lipford team, 3rd place HCMC, Best desert Dana Corp for deep fried honey buns, best entree Jaycees for chili cheese dog. Best overall went to Bass/Lipford. Our own Tim Alsobrooks was the Voice of the Relay For Life.

Relay For Life Rookie Team went to Elizabeth's Cancer Crushers. Team Captain is cancer survivor Elizabeth Cronin. The Relay Hero Award was given to the Henry County Sheriff's Department. Each year the department provides security, grills for the Relay or does the Jail & Bail; providing inmates for manual labor during the Relay event.

Balloon Release

Splash And Dash Held For The First Time At Eiffel Park

(photos by Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- The heat held off long enough for the first Splash and Dash held at Eiffel Tower Park Saturday morning. With just around 30 youths participating, it was a great turnout with plenty of community support cheering on the swimmers and runners. A group from Memphis brought the timing gear, which consisted of ankle bracelets and timer pads to help keep track of everyone’s time. Lifeguards were used as backup staff to make sure everyone participating was set with their correct time.

The 11 – 15 age group started off with a 200 yard swim, making laps in the Eiffel Tower Park pool then sprinted over to their shoes to make a 2k run, which is roughly 1.2 miles. The 7 – 10 age group followed after the older group with a 100 yard pool swim and a 1k, or .6 mile run; with a timer set as they got into the pool, one after the swim, a timer at the beginning of the run and a timer at the end of the run.

The support from the community will surely keep this event going, after doing away with the bicycle leg of the race; this is focused on the swimming and running aspects of a triathlon. These events are such a great motivator for the youths of today, getting the younger generation outside exercising and having fun in the sun.

11 - 15 Male Results:

1 Hunter Lawrence                   11:29 (Paris)

2 Conner Ford                          12:35 (Lakeland)

3 Tyler King                               14:18 (Murray)

4 Caleb Cain                             14:20 (Paris)

5 Wyatt Sanders                       14:33 (Paducah)

6 Will Wardlaw                          14:37 (Paris)

7 Ian Eastridge                          14:39 (Dover)

8 Ethan Ford                             16:20 (Lakeland)

9 Fisher Lawrence                    18:03 (Paris)

10 Garrett Maria                        18:47 (Dover)

11 Paul Tusa                              19:07 (Henry)

12 Carson Summers                 19:21 (Paris)

 

11 - 15 Female Results:

1 Emma Hill                                13:20 (Paris)

2 Sara Mathis                             13:49 (Paris)

3 Amelia Hart                             14:18 (Paris)

4 Charlotte Coulston                 15:07 (Paris)

5 Abby Ballard                           15:25 (White House)

6 Madilynn Angell-Tuck             17:09 (White House)

 

7 - 10 Male Results:

1 Bennett Cain                           7:44 (Paris)

2 Cael Mathis                             8:45 (Paris)

3 Eli Eastridge                           9:13 (Dover)

4 Wyatt Forbess                        9:40 (Huntingdon)

5 Jamerson McClain                10:29 (Paris)

6 James Coulsten                     12:14 (Paris)

 

7 – 10 Female Results:

1 Audrey Hill                               7:57 (Paris)

2 Ella Mathis                               8:45 (Paris)

3 Olivia Hart                                9:20 (Paris)

4 Madison Maria                        9:40 (Dover)

5 Amelia Nothham                    10:18 (Paris)

6 Cali Bohannon                       12:35 (Clarksville)

7 Katie Eastridge                      15:15 (Dover)

Relay For Life Kept Fairgrounds Full Until Midnight

(photos by Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- Hot humid weather didn't deter the large amount of people that came out for the relay for life either it be survivors, caregiver’s, vendors, family, and friends of survivors. The Relay started off with an Invocation by Dusty Tuders, the Youth Minister of Springhill Baptist Church. Boy Scout Troop 28 did the Presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem was sung by Joslyn Ellis who was feeling under the weather, but was still able to sing beautifully for such a great cause.

A survivor’s walk followed in the opening celebration ceremony with an honorary lap by first responders and caregivers. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office also made a lap with John Krasinski, all followed up by a balloon release. The sponsors and team captains were all called up front in recognition by the Relay For Life for all that they do to help out. The Committee Introduction was a heartfelt moment with each member giving the reasons why they Relay. Joyce Bass stated that she relays for her father and for everyone in the fight against cancer. All donations and support Henry County gives makes all the difference no matter how big or small. Each committee member having family, friends, or themselves that had been diagnosed with cancer makes them fight that much harder for a cure.

Lawnmasters had a large purple HOPE sign that was signed in chalk by anyone that had attended in memory or for people diagnosed with cancer. Totals from the Relay For Life held Friday night will be posted as they come in.

UPDATE: Relay For Life raised over $80k with funds still being turned in and verified. Top fund raising teams: 1. Dana Corp 2. First United Methodist Church 3. Bass Lipford Elaine Martin and Elizabeth Craig were awarded the Rosie Baker - Founder of Relay Award for their continuing support and efforts.

We couldn't Relay each year without these two amazing ladies. The Steigleiter Team Spirit Award also went to First United Methodist Church.
There are several awards that are yet to be handed out and will be given at our annual wrap up event. The date and place is to be determined.

Most luminarias was Dana Corp 2nd place Bass/Lipford team 3rd place HCMC Best desert Dana Corp for deep fried honey buns, best entree Jaycees for chili cheese dog. Best overall good went to Bass/Lipford. Our own Tim Alsobrooks was the Voice of the Relay For Life.

Road Closure Due To Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- Weather permitting; Hastings Lane in the Mansfield area will be closed Monday, June 13th for culvert replacement. The road will be inaccessible as the closure will be at the intersection of Hwy 77 and Hastings Lane. The road will be open for afternoon traffic.

19th Annual Lineman Rodeo Kicks Off At Paris Landing

(photos by Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- Hundreds showed up in the warm beautiful weather Friday afternoon to kick off the 19th annual BPU Lineman Rodeo, with Ally French singing the national anthem. The Lineman Rodeo started off as a training and safety program, it was designed so lineman from different areas could train together and network with linemen from other states.


"Storms over brother... Rest easy" in memory of the lives and contributions of Tennessee valley lineman.

Raymond Barnes spoke during the opening ceremony stating he was proud of Henry County for all the support and showing up. The main objective of the Lineman Rodeo is safety first and a proper training aspect is what this is all about. These drills are usually done in storms and horrible weather and not in this nice weather. There was a moment of silence for the fallen lineman that made the ultimate sacrifice working to keep the power on for the public anywhere from houses to hospitals. This is the first time the BPU Lineman Rodeo is in Henry County, so it's a great time to get out and support our local Lineman; the event will go on through the evening and start back up Saturday morning at Paris Landing.

Lineman from all over showed up in attendance from Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Alabama, and Ohio just to name a few for support, training, and competing in each event for the 19th annual lineman rodeo at Paris landing. Dedicated practice poles were set up for lineman for before the rodeo started off and in between events. Local Food Trucks with over a dozen different vendors are set up to make this not just a great competition but a family oriented atmosphere. A designated Kid Zone is set up with many different activities for children of all ages to play and have fun at.

Events:
Individual journeyman transformer arrested c/o

Senior/apprentice fused cutout relocation

Sen/app pole top pin insulator c/o

Sen/app fuse replacement

Sen/app/team/ind journeyman hurtman rescue

Individual journeyman dual-voltage transformer c/o

Team 4KV dead-end transfer

Team obstacle course

Community Job Fair Planned for Tues. June 14th

Paris, Tenn.- Benton Weatherford Broadcasting, WMUF, WLZK, WRQR, the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Ryker, Express Employment, and Manpower will host a community job fair on Tuesday June 14th from 10am to 2pm. The job fair will be held at the Paris Convention Center behind the Quality Inn.

Several local businesses have already signed up to participate and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology will provide a bank of computers to allow applicants to submit online applications for jobs onsite at the job fair.

Gary Benton, General Manager of Benton Weatherford Broadcasting said, “we are organizing this as a community service, local employers may reserve a table to meet applicants and there are no fees.”

 

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