From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Friends of TNWR To Hold Canoeing Event on Saturday
Dover, Tenn.- The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to a free Canoeing and Kayaking event on Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge Saturday June 21st from 9am to Noon. Canoes and Kayaks will be provided, along with paddles and adult life preservers.
There is no prior canoeing and kayaking experience necessary and bottle water will be available. Participants need to be prepared for sun exposure and wear shoes that can get wet. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Space is limited, RSVP by calling the refuge office at 642-2091. Participants will meet at the Cross Creeks NWR office at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover.
Bake Sale to Benefit Geri Boyd is Saturday at Kroger
Paris, Tenn.- Family and friends of Geri(Gary) Grooms Boyd will hold a benefit bake sale on Saturday June 21st in the Kroger Shopping Center Parking Lot beginning at 9am. Any and all donated goods are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Geri was the victim of a devastating house fire earlier this year.
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.
Family Life Policy Update Draws Controversy
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School Board met in regular session Thursday to discuss several items, including a proposed policy change to the Family Life Education curriculum.
The Henry County Board of Education has been required by the State of Tennessee to devise and implement a family life education program due to the county teen pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 per 1000. In fact, Henry County’s teen pregnancy rate has increased dramatically in the past few years, from 14.2 in 2010 to 32 in 2012 (the most recent data available).
Due to the extremely high rate, educators have proposed replacing the school system’s abstinence-only education policy with a policy that promotes and encourages abstinence while providing students with knowledge regarding contraceptives.
The proposed policy shift drew the ire of several community members, who voiced their displeasure in the citizen’s forum of Thursday’s meeting. Anita Ostrom of the Kurt Ostrom Counseling Center and Thrift Store asked the board to call upon their “excellent moral integrity” and “prayerfully consider” the decision.
Jane Poe, stenographer for Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center, read a lengthy and impassioned letter from Kathy Ham concerning the policy change.
Retiree Larry Miller also voiced his opposition to the change.
According to Henry County Safety and Wellness Coordinator Stephanie Winders and family nurse practitioner Rina Prosser, however, the proposed policy change is much less dramatic than opponents seem to believe.
The recommended policy is still centered around abstinence, and encourages abstinence as the only 100% effective form of birth control and STI prevention. However, students will also be provided with knowledge regarding pregnancy, STIs, healthy relationships, and contraception as a means to protect against unwanted pregnancy and STI / STDs.
Parents will also be given the opportunity to preview ALL materials used in the curriculum at least thirty days prior to instruction, and may excuse their child if they so choose. Excused students will be allowed to complete alternate assignments without penalty.
The Board will vote on the adoption of a new Family Life Education policy at next month’s meeting.
Family Resource Center Breaks Records
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education also reviewed the Family Resource Center’s annual report at Thursday’s meeting.
The Family Resource Center’s ten programs had a record-breaking year, thanks to massive support from the school system, volunteers, and the community at large.
2691 students were served by the Family Resource Center’s various programs, by a team of 125 volunteers.
The center was able to provide case management to 277 HCSS students, resulting in an 84% improvement in attendance and an 80% improvement in grades.
Food bank services were provided for 1400 students, by far the largest single program the FRC offers.
On average, students involved in FRC programs saw an 80% improvement in grades and an 84% improvement in attendance.
Other items discussed at Thursday’s board meeting included the possibility of AdvancEd accreditation for the Henry County School System.
Director Sam Miles informed the board that AdvancEd accreditation would be an extremely valuable asset for Henry County High School in particular, as several colleges now look to high schools’ accreditation statuses.
The accreditation is a voluntary measure, and Miles informed the board that a letter of interest has been submitted and the school system will soon host a review committee from AdvancEd.
The Board of Education did not set a firm date for their next meeting, but tentatively proposed July 17th and 18th.
MCU Arrests Two For Drug Possession in Henry
Paris, Tenn.- A press relase from Sgt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant on Mark I Drive in Henry on Thursday morning.
During the search, officers found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a .22 caliber gun. Arrested in the home were David Odonnell, 25 and Amanda Lauritzen, 26.
Odonnell was charged with possession of schedule 6, possession of drug parapheranlia, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is a convicted felon and further charges are pending. Odonnell was placed on $3K bond.
Lauritzen was charged with possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia and was placed on $1500 bond.
Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corp In Town to Practice
Tables, Equipment, Water Coolers, and more come of the Truck to help the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps with their routine and keeping them hydrated.
Paris, Tenn.- The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps is in Paris and were unloading their equipment getting ready to practice their routine at Henry County High School Thursday morning. Citizens can go and watch their practice this afternoon before leaving for competition in Illinois. (Photos by Alex AuBuchon)
Lots of instruments and equipment was unloading as members of Spirit of Atlanta arrived at HCHS Thursday morning.
Two charter buses brought members of the Drum and Bugle Corps to HCHS.
Deputies Perform CPR to Inmate Who Suffered Heart Attack
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriffs department states that on June 17th 2014, while doing a routine security check of the jail, officers of the Henry County Sheriffs Office found inmate Darrell Crocker unresponsive in his cell. Officers immediately administered the AED machine and performed CPR until EMS could arrive.
Officers performing CPR were Sgt. Rob Camper, Cpl. Janna Alexander, and Cpl Daniel Powell. Once EMS arrived, they stabilized Crocker and transported him to the Henry County Medical Center where he was later flown out by helicopter to St. Thomas.
Paris Police Warns of Phone Scam
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department received information on Wednesday afternoon from a local citizen about a new style or type of telephone fraud from a local citizen of the City of Paris today about a new style or type of telephone fraud.
The new scam suspects claim to represent the IRS. Our local citizen reported that his family received 2 calls in the last 2 days from a 202 area code, the callers claim to be from the IRS and claim to be collecting taxes. The suspects threatened to have the Paris citizen’s arrested and jailed if they failed to pay money or if they failed to return the suspects calls.
According to IRS sources, a person will never be asked to pay a tax debt with a credit or gift card over the phone.
The police department continues to urge all citizens to be on the alert for any calls from any unknown persons wanting money any amount. These calls are scams and money once paid or sent if lost. Never give out your personnel information or account/credit card information over the telephone or on any umknown web sites. Your security matters to us..
The Paris Police Department thanks the local citizen who called us which enabled us to put out this alert to the other citizens of Paris/Henry County, stated Lt. Tom Lankford.
One Killed, Two Injured in Wednesday Afternoon Wreck
Buchanan, Tenn.- A two vehicle wreck on Highway 119 in Buchanan Wednesday afternoon caused a Nashville man to lose his life and injured two other people.
According to the fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Trooper Adam Prince, Thomas Shacklett, 73, of Nashville was killed at the intersection of highway 119 and Riverwood Drive just after 3pm Wednesday afternoon.
Shacklett’s wife Anne Shacklett was injured in the collision. Also injured was the driver of the second vehicle, Molly Dillon, 25, of New Concord, Kentucky.
The report said the vehicle driven by Thomas Shacklett, a 2003 Chevy Trail Blazer was eastbound on Riverwood Drive. The vehicle driven by Molly Dillon, a 2008 Dodge 2500 pulling a horse trailer was southbound on highway 119. The Chevy Trail Blazer failed to stop at the intersection of Riverwood and 119 and pulled out into the path of Dillon, driving the truck and trailer.
Both women injured were taken for further treatment. Anne Shacklett was air lifted to Vanderbilt from Paris Landing State Park and Molly Dillon was taken by ambulance to Henry County Medical Center. There is no word this morning on their condition.
Emergency responders were on the scene for nearly two hours Wednesday afternoon and had shut down part of Highway 119 for a short time.
PHC Healthcare Foundation to Hold Summer Camp Next Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation and Henry County Medical Center will have a 85210 Every Day Summer Camp June 23-27 at Atkins Porter Gym in Paris from Noon until 3pm each day.
Lunch will be provided by the Summer Feeding Program and the camp runs from 1-3pm each day during the week.
The summer camp is designed to teach children about the importance of nutrition, sleep, and exercise to their health with fun activities such as exercise, games, interactive learning and pamphlets.
The 8-5-2-1-0 represents guiding principals to better overall health. Basically it means you should get 8 hours of sleep or more each night, eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, only have 2 or less hours of screen time each day on electronic devices such as TVs, computers, ipads, etc., have 1 or more hours of physical activities per day, and consume 0 sugary drinks, drink lots of water and low fat milk.
The 85210 Every Day, Summer Camp is open to the first 30 elementary or middle school students and the application can be found at the medical center’s website, www.hcmc-tn.org. Campers should wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes each day and they are encouraged to bring a water bottle.
Casey's General Store to Open at 5am Thursday
Hours will be 5am to Midnight Every Day
Made to order subs are one of the many food choices that Casey's General Store will offer to patrons. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- It's not just another gas station. Casey's General Store is set to open up at 5am on Thursday, and there has been some excitement in the community about the selection of food that will be available for customers.
The building is finished, the gas pumps are in, and on Wednesday at lunch time employees were having a trial run at the made to order sub line while representatives from Casey's, vendors, some lucky folks who happened to walk in accidentally were the lucky recipients of some food.
The Paris store will be open 5am to midnight, 7 days a week, and has items your traditional convenience store has like soft drinks, snacks, gas, and much more.
Donuts will be made fresh daily at Casey's. The store opens at 5am. (Alsobrooks photo)
The Paris Casey's has a large selection on their menu. At breakfast, choices include biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, hashbrowns, breakfast sandwiches, and sausage, bacon, or vegetarian breakfast pizza, sold whole or by the slice. Casey's makes everything fresh each day, including donuts, sold in a variety of flavors by the single, half dozen, or dozen.
The rest of the day, patrons of Casey's in Paris, can get subs made to order with a large selection from classic subs, premium subs like bbq chicken and turkey clubs, and specialty subs like the meatball or Italian.
Trial runs were held as employees prepared subs fresh made to order for each other and vendors that stopped by around lunchtime Wednesday. (Alsobrooks photo)
Casey's also has sandwiches like breaded pork or chicken, sausage sandwich, cheeseburgers, and pasta. There are several appetizers like popcorn chicken, mini pizza bites, buffalo wings and bacon and cheese wedgie fries.
The pizza at Casey's is sold whole or by the slice and includes made to order pizzas with toppings of your choice and specialty pizzas like the buffalo chicken and taco pizza.
The Paris store will be managed by David Tobias, who said "We are really excited to be opening up and to be here in Paris. We will run the store at a high quality from the ingredients in the food, the customer service, and employees."
Casey's is located at 1002 Mineral Wells Avenue and the phone number to call in orders is 642-4570.
Pizza by the slice will be available for purchase for breakfast and lunch at Casey's. (Alsobrooks photo)
Bond Revoked on Guy Biggs; Back in Jail
Paris, Tenn.- Guy Biggs, who was arrested earlier this spring on criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, was found in violation of his bond and judge Vicki Snyder revoked the bond which sent Biggs back to jail.
Biggs was supposed to have no contact with Joyce Biggs, who was also charged with attempt to commit first degree murder or Jason Owen, who was originally charged after an incident occurred at the Biggs's residence back in April.
Captain Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said that Deputies learned that Biggs was found at Joyce Biggs's home and went to apprehend him. Biggs is now in jail and is now being held without bond.
Pacific Industries To Construct Manufacturing Plant in Jackson
Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Create 190 New Jobs
Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Pacific Industries officials today announced the automotive parts manufacturer will construct and operate a new manufacturing plant in Jackson, Tennessee. Plans include the creation of 190 new jobs over the initial five years of operations and a substantial investment in connection with the development and construction of the new facility, which will primarily manufacture metal-stamping products for the automotive industry.
“I want to thank Pacific Industries for choosing to locate their first manufacturing facility in the Southeast in Jackson, and I appreciate the high quality jobs they are creating in Madison County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee has a strong global presence in automotive manufacturing, further strengthened by this new investment, and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 place in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“Tennessee is ranked the No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength. We’ve earned our top spot not only because of the major automotive manufacturers that call our state home, but also as a result of our robust automotive supplier network that supports this industry, allowing for continued expansion in our state,” Hagerty said. “I want to welcome Pacific Industries to Tennessee and I appreciate the valuable jobs their investment will create in Madison County. I look forward to their continued presence and further growth in Tennessee.”
The planned Pacific facility in Jackson will be engaged in automotive metal stamping and welding operations. Groundbreaking on the new plant is planned for late summer of 2014, with completion of the new plant tentatively scheduled for late spring/early summer 2015. Operations and productions are slated to begin in late summer of 2015.
“Pacific’s choice further validates that Jackson, Tennessee is one of the premier locations in the country for Japanese owned automotive suppliers,” Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said. “Our existing industry base grows even stronger today as we welcome Pacific Industries and its entire team to Jackson.”
“Teamwork and slowly building a close relationship with Pacific’s site selection team has enabled us to announce new jobs and capital investment for our community,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. “Jackson is now home to seven Japanese companies who enjoy both the strong pro-business environment and exceptional cultural amenities.”
“TVA and Jackson Energy Authority congratulate Pacific on its decision to locate in Jackson,” TVA senior vice president of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Our partnership with the state of Tennessee, the Jackson Chamber, city of Jackson and Madison County officials helps companies like Pacific to invest and grow. The result is that the entire community ultimately benefits from the influx of new quality jobs.”
Pacific appreciates the support and cooperation they have received from the state of Tennessee, the city of Jackson, Madison County, the Jackson Chamber, the Jackson Energy Authority, and the Tennessee Valley Authority for making their investment in Tennessee possible.
To remain competitive, Pacific places a large focus on leading the way for innovations in technology and manufacturing. Pacific’s objectives are not only to manufacture high-quality reliable products, but also to protect the global environment, grow globally, and contribute to the development of local communities.
In addition to providing innovative and high-quality products to customers, Pacific also pledges to value its employees and provide a workplace where employees enjoy their work and can thrive professionally as members of the Pacific family. Pacific is also committed to contributing to society, locally and globally, and confirming their role as the provider of quality products in an environmentally conscious way.
Pacific was founded in Japan in 1930 and has become an industry leader in the production of tire valves, automotive stamping, plastic molding, TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), and control devices for air conditioners and electronics. The consolidated Pacific entities now employ over 3,000 people globally and have operations in Japan (including worldwide headquarters), United States, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Belgium, and China.
Some of Pacific’s global customers include Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to name a few.
For additional information concerning the Company and/or the project, please visit Pacific’s website at http://www.pacific-ind.co.jp/eng/
Man Arrested for Drugs at Local Motel
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police charged Tommie O. Blackman, 38, of 921 Dunlap Street, with two counts of possession of schedule two and possession of schedule six after responding to Super 8 motel after management informed dispatch that there was strong marijuana odor coming from the 2nd floor. Sgt. Tony Elkins was the first on scene and was informed that the strongest smell seemed to be coming from room 221, where Tommie Blackman was staying.
Sgt. Elkins and Ptl. Eric Long then went up to the room and began knocking on the door. No one answered, then Blackman had started up the steps, seen the officers, and went back down the steps. They went after Blackman and followed him back into his motel room where a green leafy substance was found floating in the toilet.
A search of Blackman’s person found over $1200 in his pocket and when asked if he had a job, Blackman told officers he didn’t. Another guest of the motel told officers they observed Blackman place something under the shed at the motel and once officers went there, they found a red case with white substance and green leafy substance in it.
Blackman was arrested and the cash was seized.
Thefts Reported In County
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a couple of thefts in the past couple of days. Deputy Blake Jenkins went to Gibson Drive where someone had a drill and other tools stolen. The value was $450.
Sgt. Ricky Wade responded to Bethesda Road were someone broke into the house and stole a laptop computer. There are no suspects in either incident.
FUMC To Host Trivia Night This Saturday at 7pm
Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church will hold a Team Trivia night this Saturday June 21st at 7pm at the Christian Life Center. Teams of 8 will compete in 8 rounds of Trivia. There will be refreshments available and proceeds raised will go to the assist the Mission Trip to Haiti. Cost to enter is $5 per player. You can show up with your own team or come and be put with a team. For more information call 336-2834.
Friends of Arts to Hold Information Meeting Tues. June 24th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be holding an informational meeting for their, “Friends of Arts” Program on Tuesday June 24th at 6pm at Paris City Hall. If you are interested in supporting the Arts or love being part of the visual and performing arts you are encouraged to attend. The Arts Council is seeking volunteers to help with upcoming events and activities or to help in the Arts Council office.
Swor Family's 40th Reunion to Be Held At PLSP This Weekend
Buchanan, Tenn.- The National Association of Swor Families, or NASF, was formed 40 years ago and held its first annual reunion and Paris Landing State Park. The Swor Family Reunion will once again take place at Paris Landing State Park Inn June 19-22 as family members from all over the country will make the trek to Buchanan.
Each year the NASF has met in different areas of the country but have returned almost every other year to Henry County. President of the NASF Ryan Kendall, of Charleston, South Carolina said, “We’re excited to be assembling at Paris Landing on this our 40th year of existence. The festivities are open for all local family members to attend and they are encouraged to participate.”
Activities begin on Thursday June 19th with an early bird Ice Cream Social hosted by Tommy and Jan Swor of Paris. The social will be held at the First Nazarene Church on the 218 bypass in Paris at 6pm. No reservations are needed and Swor descendants are invited to come and enjoy.
Friday activities include a charter bus trip to Discovery Park in Union City. Bus and ticket to Discovery Park is $30 per person. The bus will leave at 7am and return at 5pm. Reservations need to be made by calling David Jackson at 336-8744.
Saturday, family members are invited to visit local areas of interest to the Swor family and the annual business meeting will be held at the Inn starting at 4pm. The night will included a catered meal at the Inn and entertainment from Larry Hare of Jackson, a noted civil war buff and Nathan Bedford Forest impersonator. Tickets for the meal and entertainment are $25.
Sunday morning, Swor family members will assemble for a Dutch treat breakfast at the Inn and short devotional service before departure. The breakfast will start at 7am.
For more information on the Swor Family’s 40th Reunion at Paris Landing State Park call David Jackson at 336-8744.
Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corp Delayed, Won't Arrive in Paris Until Late Wednesday Night
Photo provided by the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps
Atlanta- The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps will be staying in Paris and rehearsing at Henry County High School but they have been delayed and will not get into Paris until near midnight on Wednesday night.
Spirit of Atlanta is one of 22 World Class (formerly Division 1) drum corps competing each year in a summer season culminating in the DCI World Championships.
Spirit was supposed to be in town early Wednesday and practice all day Wednesday and Thursday morning. Now with the delay, they will only be practicing at the practice field and soccer field on Thursday before leaving for competition in Illinois. Anyone can still go over the Henry County High School and watch the competition.
Paris Predators 11U Baseball Teams Wins Another Tourney
Jackson, Tenn.- Predators Baseball 11U went undefeated this past weekend to take 1st place in the Reggi's BBQ June Thunder AA/AAA tournament at the Jackson Sportsplex. This is the 3rd tournament win for the team this season and they are ranked #1 in Tennessee West for Power Rating according to USSSA.com.
Players are: Front Row: Matthew Parker, Cale Ellis, Rodney Littleton Jr., Rylan Perry, Kaine Gallimore Back Row: Mathis Hutson, Connor Andrews, Kenneth Ray Duncan, Janson Cook, and Cayden Chambers. (Photo submitted by Jennifer Perry)
Perry Charged with Criminal Attempt to Committ Murder
Paris, Tenn.- Investigator Greg Underwood of the Paris Police Department has charged Scotty Chase Perry, 21, of 380 Poplar Grove Road, with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder. The arrest comes from investigation by the Paris Police Department where Perry was in a car accident on Tyson Avenue.
According to the report at the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Derek Colley responded to the scene and was alerted of gun shots in the area. Perry was seen running down Tyson and was finally apprehended. He was immediately charged with driving while restricted. A gun was found along with two empty cartridges of ammo, which caused Inv. Underwood to open up the investigation.
Perry crashed into a pole and guy wire on Tyson Avenue near the Paris Fire Station there. The charge of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder came from Perry firing shots in the direction of witness to the wreck.
Bethel Junior Physician Assistant Day July 19th
Paris, Tenn.- Families are invited to join Bethel University for their Junior Physician Assistant Day, held July 19 at the Bethel Physician Assistant Building, 302B Tyson Avenue.
Activities will include stuffed animal repair, ambulance and fire truck exploration, 911 for Kids, relay races and more.
Snacks will be served and participants will receive their very own stethoscope.
The event will be held July 19 from 9 AM to noon at the Bethel Physician Assistant Building, across from Henry County Medical Center. Cost is $10 per child, ages 2 to 10.
Mason Lake Road Now Open
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County HIghway Department has finished bridge repair on Mason Lake Road and the opened the road back up to traffic as of Tuesday morning.
Home Sweet Home Recognized for Outstanding Customer Service By TRTA
Paris, Tenn.- Four businesses, including Paris’s Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast, have been recognized for extraordinary service to visitors by the Heritage Tourism Working Group of the Tennessee River Trails Association.
Mystery shoppers recently went to counties in West and Middle Tennessee along the Tennessee River Trail Scenic byway region and helped to choose the winners.
Rose Owens, resident innkeeper of Home Sweet Home, won the grand prize of $50 gift certificate to use the services of any Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce member.
Executive director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley and Chamber President Andrea Lamb both recently served on the mystery shopping Tourism Working Group and went to a nearby community to eat, spend the night, and shop, just as someone did when coming to Paris and Henry County.
Other winners in the region of $25 gift certificates included McKell’s House of Style in Parson, Emeralds Restaurant in Waynesboro, and TDOT Ferry Crossing first mate Justin Lane at the Benton-Houston Ferry.
Criteria used by the Heritage Tourism Working Group to select winners and runners up included a warm welcome, interest in engaging with the visitor and making personalized recommendations for a good local visit, and “sending forward” the visitor by recommending other businesses.
Counties participating are Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Perry, Stewart, and Wayne.
The mission of the Tennessee River Trails Association is to develop a driving trail system that will enhance recreation and tourism in middle and west Tennessee counties bordering the Tennessee River. For more information on the TRTA, visit www.driveanddiscover.com.
County Commission Approves Continuation Budget
Expects to Pass Budget In July With No Tax Increase
County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the budget process as County Attorney Rob Whitfield looks on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met on Monday night and approved a resolution to operate on a continuing budget past June 30th. This is something done in June every year, to give the county a chance to see final fiscal year budget numbers in early July and be able to better assess the upcoming Fiscal Year 14-15 budget. It allows the county and all departments to continue to pay bills and operate past July 1st.
The commission also decided to call a special budget meeting on Monday July 14th at 7pm to discuss budget items farther and pass the budget on first reading.
County Mayor Brent Greer said by doing this it gives ten days to publish the budget and allow the public to make comments. The commission then voted to have their regular July commission meeting on Monday night July 28th, the fourth Monday instead of the third, to pass the budget on 2nd and final reading then. For now, the county is not planning on seeking a property tax increase for the new budget.
In other business the County Commission approved donations to Non Profit organizations on second reading. The amount is the same as last year, just over $100K. The money is spread out among 18 non profit organizations in Paris and Henry County including all the volunteer county fire departments.
Budget resolutions approved by the budget committee were approved Monday night at the county commission meeting. The commission also suspended the rules and added two more resolutions that didn’t come before the budget committee earlier this month.
One of those resolutions was to move $800 from travel to part time personnel in the County Trustee office. Mayor Greer said this was to help cover the cost of vacation for one employee as two temporary employees were hired after Leisa Wimberley resigned at the end of May.
The other resolution was for the Property Assessor office. An employee there has had bad health for some time and will not be coming back to work. The money was moved from deputy salary to contracts with private agencies as the county had to hire some part time help from a firm experienced with property assessment to fill in this year. The amount transferred is $2500.
Paris Tri Club Excels in Nashville Event
Nashville- The Paris Tri Club competed in the Nashvilel Kids Tri this past weekend and had a great team performance. Individual finishes at the meet included Cole Davis, 1st place 13 year old boys, Emma Hill, 3rd place 12 year old girls, Hunter Lawrence, first place 11 year old boys, Kylee Perry, 2nd place 8 year old girls, Audrey Hill, 1st place 7 year old girls, and Turner McSwain, 1st place 6 year old boys. Pictured above is:
back row Emma Hill, Hunter Lawrence, Cole Davis, Rylan Perry and Gunner Jones Front Row Fisher Lawrence, Turner McSwain, Audrey Hill and Kylee Perry. (Photo by Tony Lawrence)
Thefts Reported across the County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said a home on Log Cabin Road was burglarized over the weekend and damaged was caused when the vandals left water running in the kitchen and flooded the home.
Several items were stolen including the sink from the bathroom, a telephone, wash stand, twin stroller, and antique dressers. The value of items missing was over $1K and the amount of damage was unknown. Police have no suspects.
Another burglary was reported on Clifty Road over the weekend where over $1500 worth of items was stolen. Some of the items taken included a 22 and a 42 inch television, a blue ray DVD player, an Xbox 360, some pistols, a rifle, and a knife. Police have no suspects in this burglary either.
Farmer's Market Open Tuesday, Friday in Different Locales
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open on Tuesday and Friday this week, but in two different locations. On Tuesday, the Farmer’s Market will open at 3pm at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
On Friday, due to the already scheduled Fight Like a Champion Fundraiser event for James Counce, Jr., the Farmers Market will be at the UT Extension Office starting at 3pm.
Some of the items at this week’s farmer’s market includes blackberries, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, yellow squash, and onions.
Deputy Avoids Wrong-Way Collision, Makes DUI Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Stacy Bostwick narrowly avoided a head-on collision with a driver on the wrong side of Highway 79N Friday night, resulting in a DUI arrest, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Bostwick was en route to another call when a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on Highway 79N approached at an extremely high rate of speed, nearly striking his patrol unit head-on.
Bostwick was forced to swerve to avoid the car, briefly losing control and ending up on the opposite side of the highway. He then began pursuit, chasing the wrong-way driver 2 miles down the highway and passing six wrong-way signs before the car finally stopped.
Bostwick then made contact with the driver, Teresa Allen, age 41 of Hollow Rock, Tenn., who allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsure where she had been that night.
Allen was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which she failed, and was promptly arrested for her first offense of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment.
She also refused to submit a blood sample, and was thus charged with violation of Tennessee’s implied consent law.
Allen was held on $2500 bond and will appear in General Sessions Court on June 24.
PPD Issues Warrant for Shoplifting Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Paris man after a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart Friday.
Security video at Wal-Mart shows a man, identified as Jeffrey B. Snider, age 29 of Walton Circle, walking into the store, picking up a stainless steel trash can, scanning it at the self checkout, and leaving without paying for the item.
The trash can was valued at $70. A warrant has been issued for Snider’s arrest.
Thousands in Copper Wiring Stolen from Storage Building
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of copper electrical wiring stolen from a storage building on Rison Street, according to PPD reports.
The complainant in the case said the building was used for storage for Paris Building Supply. He noticed the building had lost power on Monday, June 9, and believed it to be due to the recent storms in the area. After BPU informed the complainant that power was being delivered to the building, he noticed several wires that had been cut and a ladder inside the building that did not belong there.
The complainant believes that a thief or thieves entered the building through the rear door and stole approximately $5,000 in copper wiring.
PPD is currently investigating the theft and has no suspects at this time. Patrols have been increased in the area.
Vehicle Stolen from A-1 Auto Sales
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently investigating the theft of a Chrysler 300 from A-1 Auto Sales and Wrecker in Paris, according to PPD reports.
A-1 employees stated that early Friday morning, a man came in wanting to test drive a white 2000 Chrysler 300 sedan that A-1 had for sale. The dealership was very busy at the time, and failed to receive any identification for the driver before giving him the keys.
The man said he’d be right back and that his Ford Ranger was parked outside.
Later in the day, employees realized the man hadn’t come back and there was no Ranger in sight.
The thief was described as a white male, approximately 5’9”, 150lb, with glasses and a scruffy goatee. The vehicle bore dealer license plate 37189-D.
PPD has entered the vehicle into the NCIC database and is currently investigating.
Winders Clan Places Highly in Metropolis Race
Metropolis, Ill.- Henry County High School Track and Field and Cross-Country coach Lance Winders and his sons, Javan and Titus Winders, competed in the Super Man 4-Miler as part of the Superman Festival in Metropolis Thursday.
Javan, fresh off an appearance in the TSSAA state championships, finished first overall out of a field of 231 runners with a time of 20:58.
Lance Winders finished third overall and first in the masters’ division with a time of 22:49.
Titus Winders finished fifth overall and first in the 14 and under age group with a time of 23:11.
MSU Bass Anglers Reeling In Wins
Murray, Ky.- The Murray State University Bass Anglers Club has been reeling in wins throughout the year in their fishing tournaments.
In 2004, Bass Anglers was founded as a club at Murray State. The club provides college students with the opportunity to fish in invitational and nationally recognized tournaments.
MSU bass anglers Seth Brock and Lance Freeman won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on the Mississippi River May 30th and 31st with five bass weighing 10 pounds and 13 ounces
Their win earned $2,000 for the MSU Bass Anglers Club and qualified them for the 2014 Central Conference Invitational tournament on Kentucky Lake.
“I fish Kentucky Lake just about every day,” Freeman said. “Our whole reason to come and fish this tournament was to qualify for the Invitational. It was just a pure blessing to win. Kentucky Lake can be white hot in the fall. The Invitational could be absolutely wide open.”
Teammates Justin Berger and Cody Santel qualified for the Invitational earlier this year.
Teams from the Murray State University bass club have now won the past two Central Conference tournaments.
Additionally, Murray anglers won Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing BoatUS at
Lake Chickamauga near Dayton, Tenn.
Members of the MSU Bass Anglers Club hail from Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Ohio and Missouri.
Justin Berger of Freeburg, Ill., was just elected president of the 2014-15 Murray State Bass Anglers. “I am blessed to have this opportunity and cannot wait to start getting everything rolling for this next year,” Freeburg said. “With the help of a great group of guys and fishermen that will serve on the board with me, we will watch this club grow even bigger and better over the next few years.”
The team adviser is Jim Carter, vice president for institutional advancement.
Winners Announced in Dine Downtown Event
Paris, Tenn.- According to the Downtown Paris Association, winners have been announced in their Dine Downtown Monday event.
Receiving gift certificates will be:
George "Tink" Combs, for dining at Perry's BBQ.
Trey Gerrell, for dining at the Golden Dragon.
Missy Klutts, for dining at Paulette's.
And WMUF's news director Tim Alsobrooks for dining at Take Me Back Café.
Winners can pick up their gift certificates at the Downtown Paris Association office at 203 N. Fentress St. in the Vicky Muzzall Tax Service building.
TDH Confirms First Tennessee Chikungunya Case
The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the first case of chikungunya in Tennessee. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory results show a resident of Madison County tested positive for the virus. TDH is reminding Tennesseans of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves from bites from mosquitoes that may spread this and other viruses such as West Nile and La Crosse.
Multiple people from Tennessee and other states who recently traveled to the Caribbean now have symptoms of the illness. Chikungunya is now widespread in the Caribbean, with more than 100,000 suspected cases reported. Right now, there is no evidence of transmission of chikungunya in Tennessee, so people most at risk are those returning from travel to the Caribbean.
“At this time there is no vaccine against chikungunya, so the only way to contain its spread is to prevent mosquito bites,” said State Epidemiologist Tim Jones, MD. “Chikungunya is spread by mosquitoes that feed during the day and are found in abundance in Tennessee”.
Chikungunya is transmitted by daytime- biting mosquitoes. People who get chikungunya often have a sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, nausea, sensitivity to light, vomiting, rash and severe joint pain. Fever and joint pain are the most common symptoms, and most infected people feel better within a week. However, in some, the joint pain may persist for months.
Symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of another disease spread by mosquitoes recently seen in the United States called dengue. Anyone with these symptoms should consult his or her health care provider and let the provider know if you have recently traveled abroad.
People at risk for more serious effects from chikungunya include newborns, those over age 65 and those with health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure. While there is no medicine to treat or cure the infection, rest, fluids to prevent dehydration and medicines like acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain are helpful. Fortunately, once a person has been infected with chikungunya, they are likely to be protected from future infections, and the disease rarely results in death.
Laboratory testing is commercially available. TDH urges healthcare providers to contact their local health department to report cases. TDH also cautions all residents, particularly those who travel abroad, to increase their efforts to prevent mosquito bites.
For more information about the chikungunya virus, go to www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/.
Murray State Finishes Best Overall in Chainless Challenge
Murray, Ky.- A team of Murray State engineers recently competed in the Parker Chainless Challenge in Irvine, Calif., a hydraulic bicycle design competition, and placed in almost every category, finishing best overall.
The team won first place in a variety of categories including Manufacturability and Workmanship, Best Sprint, and Efficiency, and placed in several others.
The competition challenges engineering and engineering technology students to develop a bicycle using safe hydraulic fluid without any direct drive mechanisms. The bicycle should also be able to conserve energy to use during difficult (uphill) motion and must be able to start and stop safely under the rider's own power.
The Murray State Chainless Challenge team consisted of students
Bryan McCoil, Dustin Patton, Colby White, Mohanad “Moe” Maghrabi and Mike Kozlowski with advisors
Dr. James Benson and Dr. Sanjeevi Chitikeshi, both professors of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Murray State.
Spirit of Atlanta Drum Corps Rehearsing at HCHS
Paris, Tenn.- The Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps will be staying in Paris and rehearsing at Henry County High School Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19.
Spirit of Atlanta is one of 22 World Class (formerly Division 1) drum corps competing each year in a summer season culminating in the DCI World Championships.
Anyone interested will be able to watch the corps rehearse all day Wednesday and Thursday morning, free of charge -- they will use the practice field and soccer field at Henry County High School.
Nearly $90,000 Raised at 2014 Relay for Life
The Relay for Life track was ringed with luminaries honoring or memorializing those who have battled cancer (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- This year's Relay for Life event was graced by great weather and an even better turnout, with tons of events throughout the night and $89,786 was raised for cancer research, education and advocacy.
The Relay track was lit up throughout the night with over 1300 luminaries, each honoring or memorializing an area individual who either survived, is currently fighting, or lost their battle with cancer.
There was something for everyone at this year's Relay -- in addition to a wide variety of music, games and contests, kids were able to play on several inflatables provided by teams such as Dana, Alpha and Omega Counseling, and the First United Methodist Church.
The Junior Relay Committee also had a huge bubble tent, powered by fire truck, that was a great success with kids of all ages.
The Dana Corporation Relay for Life Team took the lion's share of awards this year, winning Best Team Theme and the Chris Steigleiter Spirit Award as well as raising $21,438 -- by far the most of any Relay for Life team this year.
Dana Corporation's Relay for Life team won several awards including the Chris Steigleiter Team Spirit Award (Alex AuBuchon photo).
A full list of awards from this year's event is as follows:
Top Fundraising Teams:
1st: Dana Corporation -- $21,438
2nd: First United Methodist Church -- $15,827
3rd: Allegro -- $7,321
Most Luminaries Sold:
1st: Bass Lipford
3rd: First United Methodist Church
Best Team Theme:
1st: Dana Corporation
3rd: Paris - Henry County Jaycees
1st: Lawnmasters -- BBQ, fried pies, chicken, deep fried oreos
2nd: Henry County Educators -- nachos
3rd: Cajun Snoball -- Frito pies, nachos and Cajun Snoballs
Rookie Team of the Year:
Paris - Henry County Jaycees
Best Teamwork Award:
Chris Steigleiter Team Spirit Award:
Rosie Baker Spirit Award:
2014 Relay for Life Hero:
The Junior Relay Committee's bubble tent was a huge hit with kids both young and old (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Great Weather, Huge Crowds Kick Off 2014 Relay for Life
Dozens of area cancer survivors take part in the ceremonial Survivors' Lap to kick off the 2014 Relay for Life (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- A cloudless sky and moderate temperatures at the Henry County Fairgrounds provided the perfect backdrop for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Henry County Relay for Life.
Over a dozen teams have organized to fundraise and compete, well over 100 cancer survivors participated in the opening ceremonies, and a huge crowd of supporters was on hand as this year's Relay for Life event got underway.
After a brief introductory message from 2014 Relay chairperson Molly Comer Jackson explaining Relay for Life's mission as a fundraiser for cancer research, education and advocacy, over 100 cancer survivors took to the track for the traditional first lap.
Immediately following the Survivor's Lap was a First Responder's Lap honoring the emergency professionals of Henry County, who Jackson referred to as "often the first line of offense for cancer patients in our area".
Several of Henry County's First Responders took a lap around the Relay for Life track immediately following the Survivors' Lap (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Then, members of the 2013 State Championship Henry County Patriot football team took to the track in honor of Coach James Counce, Jr., recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Counce was unable to attend, but several family members were on hand to cheer on the team.
The 2014 Relay for Life event will continue until 5 AM Saturday morning, with tons of events including live music, several contests and award presentations, a silent auction, and much more.
Also, over a dozen vendors are set up to sell a wide variety of food and other merchandise with all proceeds going toward Relay for Life.
The Relay for Life Silent Auction featured hundreds of items including this water feature (Alex AuBuchon photo).
HCSO Investigator Recovers Stolen Jewelry, Makes Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Investigator David Doyle of the Henry County Sheriff's Office recently assisted the Benton County Sheriff's Department in recovering a large amount of jewelry stolen from a Henry County residence earlier this week, according to a HCSO press release.
Benton County investigators received a tip that a residence on Ball Park Road in Big Sandy likely contained stolen property; investigators were given consent to search and recovered several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry that had been stolen from a Henry County residence on Wednesday, June 11.
Joshua Michael Albritton, age 28, was arrested at the address on charges of aggravated burglary and theft of property exceeding $10,000.
Both Benton County and Henry County investigators continue to actively work the case in order to recover more stolen items, including several firearms believed to have been taken along with the recovered jewelry.
Doyle has also issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert Blake Carson, age 28 in conjunction with the theft on charges of aggravated burglary and theft of property exceeding $10,000. Carson was last seen around noon Thursday in the Big Sandy area, possibly in a gray/brown 2000 4-door Jeep bearing Tennessee plate number 494-XHD.
Those with information regarding Carson's whereabouts are urged to contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 731-642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline at 731-642-0929.
City of Paris Reminds Citizens of Proper Trash Can Placement
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris recently issued a reminder of the ordinance, passed May 1, that specifies proper and improper procedures for trash can placement for the city's curbside refuse pickup program.
The ordinance specifies that trash cans may not be placed on the curb more than 24 hours before pickup, and must be returned to a location either within or immediately adjacent to the principal structure on the property no more than 24 hours after trash pickup.
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.
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.
News from past weeks here.