Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held their 64th Annual Membership Banquet Thursday night and Carlton Gerrell was announced as the Chamber’s Person of the Year.
The 2013 person of the year, Kathy Ray, highlight some of Carlton’s many activities he is involved in such as the Food Bank, Boy Scouts, Tennessee Valley Community Church’s Executive Pastor, Paris City Commissioner, and chairman of the Be Local Committee.
Michael Murphy of Clifty Farms Country Hams had the honor of presenting the 2014 business of the year to Tim Boyd and PMB Services. Clifty Farms was the 2013 business of the year.
Tim Boyd spoke briefly and thanked everyone for voting PMB Services as the business of the year and said he was just like a bus driver and he had a great team of employees behind him to get the job done.
For the first time ever, the Conservationists of the year was awarded at the Chamber Banquet. This award goes out to companies and families, who exhibit conservation or farming type skills, honor the rich tradition of agriculture that Henry County has. Story Farms won the Conversation of the Year for 2014.
The 2014 Leadership Henry County was recognized and included Melanie Antonino, Tony Brown, Kevin Buie, Greg Carter, Chuck Elizondo, Dustin Smith, Jeremy Stone, Roger Veazey, David Hamilton, Willie Huffman, Rob Markum, Leatha McCroskey, and Justin Rawls.
Towards the end of the evening, Outgoing Chamber President Andrea Lamb and Executive Director of the Chamber Jennifer Wheatley did a year in review of the top ten things that made the Chamber great in 2013, with the Be Local Committee implementation selected as number one.
Lamb then made remarks on her year as president before handing the red jacket over to this year’s president, Chip Anderson. Anderson spoke about letting the chamber work for its membership and making it the best it can be.
The chamber banquet was catered by Perry’s BBQ and former WMUF weekend news director Micah Snow provided entertainment.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 9 year old all stars will kick off district tournament at McNeil Park Friday night at 6pm against Benton County. Pictured in the photo are Front Row L to R: Jackson Ridgeway, Andrew Gant, Devin Wofford, Gavin Lindsey, Jackson Hayes, and Isaiah McDonald. Back Row L to R: Peyton Charles, Sam Umbach, Thomas Conroy, Drew Beaver, Hudson Cepparulo, and Parker Allison. Third Row: Coaches Tommy Hayes, Dock McDonald, and Ricky Wofford.
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department responded to Morningside of Paris in reference to missing medication and while searching a vehicle, found some marijuana. The owner of the vehicle, Samantha Napier, 30, of Springville was issued a citation for simple possession of schedule 4, according to the report at the Paris Police Department.
Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department charged Denzel Fuller, 21, of 518 Harrison Lane, with marijuana possession after a routine traffic stop Wednesday. The report said that he pulled Fuller’s vehicle over because of a taillight not working. Dispatch advised that Fuller had active warrants on him. A search of the vehicle found a bag of marijuana. Fuller was charged with simple possession of schedule 6, driving on suspended driver’s license, and violation of probation.
Buchanan, Tenn.- Around 300 of the best bass anglers in the country have hit the waters of Kentucky Lake this morning as the Ledge Quest FLW Tour will run Thursday thru Sunday. Bass fishing pros and co-anglers will be competing for awards of up to $125K in the pro division and up to $25K in the co-angler division.
Anglers did some pre-fishing earlier this week and now its an all out battle the next four days for top cash and prizes. This event is also a the 6th and final stop in the FLW Tour regular season before the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be decided in the FLW championship in South Carolina in August.
FLW is very fan friendly and interactive and fishing fans can come to the weigh-ins each day. Thursday and Friday, weigh-ins will be at Paris Landing beginning at 2:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, the weigh-ins will move to the Paris Walmart at 4pm where the FLW Expo will be going on. The FLW Expo will be held prior to the weigh-ins both Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 4pm. The FLW Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, Chevy Truck Tour, interactive games, meeting pro anglers, Kidz Zone and more. Sponsors of the FLW Tour will have booths set up and be giving away several items.
At 3pm on Sunday, country music star Michael Ray will perform at free live concert at the Walmart Weigh-In Stage at Paris Landing.
The three commissions present: Mayor Sam Tharpe, and commissioners Terry Fuller and Gayle Griffith voted to approve the tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
It’s the first property tax increase for Paris citizens in over two decades and because of recent dwindling revenues, commissioners felt it was needed to continue to operate the city and provide services.
Mayor Sam Tharpe had made a motion to include a 2% cost of living adjustment in the budget for city employees instead of the 1.4% that was discussed and was factored into the budget. The motion died on the table for lack of a 2nd.
Burger Bash to Benefit Library Will be 4-7pm Thurs.
Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s of Paris will hold a Burger Bash on Thursday from 4-7pm to help raise money for the W.G. Rhea Public Library. Stop by McDonald’s for supper on Thursday and a portion of the proceeds during that timeframe will benefit the Friends of the Library.
Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and County Maor Brent Greer present Alex McKinstry with Marquis de Paris and Loyal Patriot awards after Alex gave the city of Paris his model of the Palace of Versailles. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- A press conference was held Wednesday morning at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce where a young Pennsylvania man had made a model of the Palace of Versailles and wanted to present it to Paris and Henry County.
Alex McKinstry, a 20 year old diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and his mother and father Jon and Betty, were welcomed to the chamber Wednesday morning by City Manager Carl Holder, Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe, and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer among others.
Alex’s mother Betty had been in contact with city manager Carl Holder about Alex’s desire to do a project on the Palace of Versailles and wanting to give it to Paris, Tennessee.
Alex and his family are from Johnstown, PA and arrived in Paris Tuesday. They plan to see some of the sites of Paris such as the replica Eiffel Tower at Eiffel Tower Park.
Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer accepted the model and thanked Alex for his hard work and donating it to the city.
Mayor Tharpe then presented Alex with the Marquis de Paris Award and Mayor Greer gave him the Loyal Patriot Award. Both awards are high esteem honors given to citizens for hard work, service, loyalty, and dedication to the city and county.
City Manager Carl Holder explained it is currently undecided where the model of the Palace of Versailles will be permanently placed within the city.
A close up view of the model. (Alsobrooks photo)
Man Charged With Reckless Endangerment
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated officers responded to 8499 Jones Bend Road to shots being fired and a possible domestic situation in progress.
The woman told deputies that her husband had came and wanted to get back together; the couple is in the process of separation. She told him they weren’t getting back together and he went into the house. Later, the woman and another man that was at the house said they heard gun shots.
Police attempted to get the man, Marquis L. Hilliard, to come out of the home but he didn’t. Henry County Sheriff’s Monte Belew came to the scene and used a patrol car’s P.A. system to tell Hilliard to come out. After about 10 minutes he finally did and was arrested. He was charged with reckless endangerment and after finding Xanax pills, possession of drugs.
Deputy Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has drawn warrants for theft on Madison Trull after an incident where items were stolen at his mother’s residence on County Home Road. About $5K worth of rings and other jewellery and a .38 pistol had been taken. Trull has no listed address but is believed to be in the Paris area.
Goode Family Fundraiser To Be Held Sat. at Central School
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Goode Family Fundraiser on Saturday June 28th beginning at 11am at the Central School Building Cafeteria on Jones Bend Road. There will be BBQ plates, BBQ by the pound and all the fixings.
The family recently lost a 3rd family member to cancer. Any donations are accepted and you can donate to the Goode Family Account at First Bank.
Patriot Football Team to Hold Car Wash Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriot Football team will have a car wash fundraiser on Saturday at Shine Your Ride in Paris. All donations are accepted and proceeds go to the Patriot Football Team. The car wash will be from 8am to 2pm this Saturday June 28th.
PSSD Board Approves Participating in Buying Cooperatives
PSSD Board members listen as Superintendent Mike Brown discusses the Buy Board purchasing Cooperative. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting, board members approved a couple of resolutions that should save the system some money when it comes to purchasing large items and food.
Superintendent of PSSD Mike Brown discussed the system's ability to participate in the National Purchasing Cooperative known as Buy Board. Brown said the Tennessee School Boards Association supports Buy Board and by agreeing to participate in it, the PSSD can look at several things from paper to school buses and buy from the cooperative, which would save the system money, especially on big purchases.
Brown said the PSSD will still use local vendors on as many things as possible and there is no cost for the system to participate in Buy Board, so the board members approved participation in the coop.
The board also approved a resolution to participate in another purchasing group that specifically relates to food purchases. Brown said that the group, HPS, offers systems the ability to purchase in large bulk with other schools, hospitals, and agencies to get food even cheaper than by purchasing in bulk by themselves. Brown said nothing will change as far as where the PSSD gets its food, but by participating in HPS the system could potentially save about $14K a year in food purchasing costs.
PSSD, City Agree on Mixed Drink Tax Payments
Paris, Tenn.- PSSD board members approved a settlement agreement with the city of Paris on back payments from the Mixed Drink Tax. As the Paris City Commission discussed in their monthly meetings the last few months and approved earlier in June, the comptroller found that several cities have not paid their portion of mixed drink tax to schools dating back 15 years.
After meeting with city manager Carl Holder, Brown informed that an agreement was reached that would not wreck the city’s budget for one year and would get the PSSD the payments owed over a five year period. The amount, once completely paid, would be about $33K for the back pay. Starting July 1st, the city will pay the mixed drink tax portion to the schools annually and that amount is around $4K a year.
PSSD Approves MOU with Battelle For Kids
Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board also approved a memorandum of understanding with Battelle for Kids which is an organization that had garnered a large grant with the state during Race to The Top and has a vast research and material database to help school systems improve learning and student achievement.
Brown said with this agreement, at no cost to the system, a representative with Battelle for Kids would be available to offer services for 15 days in the upcoming school year. The agreement also gives the PSSD free access to the materials and resources that can be used to enhance the learning experience for students.
Brown said he feels this is a very valuable tool to be at the disposal of the PSSD and using BFK can help the PSSD with RTI and assessment in the upcoming school year. Brown added, “to have this representative and the access to the materials for no cost, is a great asset to the system.”
The agreement with BFK will be for one year and again is at no cost to the PSSD.
In other business on Tuesday night the PSSD board approved several TSBA recommended policy changes for the system; approved a contract for 3 years at a cost of $6K with TSBA for Policy Maintenance and Online Services, approved a continuation budget to operate on after July 1st until the FY 14-15 budget can be approved in July or August, and heard Superintendent Mike Brown announce personnel changes that included Sandra Paschal being named as Rhea Assistant Principal and Melissa Ridgeway as Paris Elementary Guidance Counselor, which allows David Kibbler to now be full time Asst. Principal at PES.
BPU Board Approves Budgets for FY 14-15
No Rate Increases for Any Department
Paris, Tenn.- At the lengthy regular June meeting of the Paris Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors Tuesday morning, the Budget for the 14-15 Fiscal Year was approved and customers will not have to worry about any rate increases in electric, water, or wastewater for the next year.
General Manager of BPU John Etheridge told board members cash position has been good in all departments, even though costs have increased some. Etheridge said the three areas that have dominated budget discussions between departments this spring have been work force, technology, and infrastructure.
Etheridge said BPU has replaced over half of the work force in the last seven years, as former employees have retired and younger employees have been hired. Etheridge said it has costs us some extra training, but our department heads have made good hires that will be good for BPU for years to come.
Etheridge also said technology upgrades and improvements have increased revenue for BPU, but cost some money to put in. Those include AMR, AMI metering, Fiber, and coming this fall and in the 14-15 budget will be pay as you go electricity.
Another area that will impact this year’s budget and those for a couple years down the road is needed improvements to BPU’s aging infrastructure. Processes have already started with building the North Paris Substation and once that is complete, a rehab of the District Substation is planned. Also the Electric Warehouse construction is underway and will be complete in the 14-15 Fiscal Year.
In the electric department budget, Supervisor of electric operations Cole Edwards said the main impacts on the budget are the renovation of the district substation and building of the North Paris Substation. He said they are also putting in regulators at the Henry substation this upcoming year. He said we have tried to do this at all our substations a little at a time and after Henry, we will just have a couple left to do. Edwards also said they are in need of a new bucket truck to replace the one bought back in 2003.
In the water department, Terry Wimberley, director for Water and Wastewater Operations, explained that the big budget item is painting the Volunteer Drive Water Tank. He said an inspection was done in the spring of this year and they need to get it repainted before the next inspection in 5 years. Wimberley said they will have to do some lead abatement and the cost is a little higher, estimated at $325K. Wimberley told the board with other costs looming down the road for the water treatment plant, we thought it was best to get the painting of the Volunteer tank done in this upcoming budget year.
Sewer Rehab is the big ticket item in the FY 14-15 Waste Water budget. Etheridge told board members Tuesday that we have 7 collection basins and all of them are aging. The BPU recently did rehab to parts of the Lone Oak Basin and monies are in the budget to do more to one area in the upcoming year. Wimberley said they have put $300K in for sewer rehab and part of that will be for some engineering studies to see which part of the BPU’s sewer system would benefit from rehab and give a better return on the investment. Etheridge told the board we need to continue to do little bit of sewer rehab every other year or so in order to not get too far before with problems with the aging system.
BPU Lineman Do Well At Lineman Rodeo
Henry County to Host Lineman Rodeo in 2016
Bowling Green, Ky.- Six of BPU’s Lineman recently competed in the 17th Annual Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo which was held in Bowling Green, Ky, June 6-7 and did well events.
A Lineman Rodeo is where lineman and apprentices compete in events that recognizes and rewards safety, skill, and knowledge in their field. BPU General Manager John Etheridge said this is basically like continued training, and with all the new, younger guys we have hired recently its good for helping to hone and develop their skills and good for camaraderie as well.
Jerry Hunt took 2nd place overall in the Senior Division, which is for lineman age 45 and older. Hunt also won in some individual events.
In the individual journeyman event, two of BPU’s guys, Darin Parker and Ben White, had perfect scores and when combined with time finished 4th and 5th respectively.
Three BPU employees competed in the Apprentice competition at the Lineman Rodeo. Randall French took 3rd place overall in the Apprentice division. Also competing and doing well were Josh French and Josh Christensen.
Paris and Henry County will be the host of the Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo in 2016 and Edwards said it would likely bring upwards of 500 people to the area for a few days. Etheridge said the TRRA has already given $10K to help promote and put on the event.
BPU Board to Decide on Future of Water Treatment Plant in July
Paris, Tenn.- More from Tuesday’s lengthy BPU board meeting centered on the beginning of discussions of what direction to go with improvements to the Water Treatment Plant.
The structure, which is around 60 years old, recently was evaluated by engineers and it was determined that it was likely to not make it through an earthquake of medium to large magnitude.
BPU Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberley said the full study is in and they lined out some options going forward. Wimberley told the board we can rehab the current structure, reinforcing it to current seismic standards.
Option two is to build a new plant, with the same processes and techniques used at the plant currently
Option three is to build a new plant, and upgrade the processes, technology, and techniques to create a smaller footprint for the plant.
Wimberley said he plans on bringing back a recommendation to the BPU board at the July meeting. He said this will not impact the 14-15 budget, but will impact the 15-16 budget, but we need to know the direction to go in so we can start the process of seeking out funding agencies and types of funding.
The BPU is set to apply for Community Development Block Grants on behalf of the city and county in February of 2015. Other funding avenues include bonds, municipal pools, and possible rate increases in the water department down the road.
GM John Etheridge said while not having to raise water rates in the upcoming year, down the road it’s a definite possibility to help pay for much needed infrastructure improvements such as the water plant. Etheridge said BPU customer’s average about $45 for combined water and sewer bill currently while the state average is $75. He said we definitely will not get near that $75 average but some increase to rates could be needed in water in the next year or two.
10 Year Old All Star Team Ready for District Tourney
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 9-10 Year Old Stars will begin play in the district tournament in Paris on Friday night. Members of the team are pictured above Back Row L to R: Lewis Hudson, Wade Tucker, Reese Killion, Luke Jackson, Caleb Gill, John Carter Olive. Front Row L to R: Colby Searcy, Cameron Collins, Matt Parrish, Lane Townsend, Parker Harrison, and Charlie Davis. The team is being coached by Andy Collins, Clint Davis, and Corey Searcy.
TN National Guard Earthquake Excercise Goes Well
Nashville- Soldiers, Airmen and civilian emergency response personnel throughout the state concluded the TNCAT14 Exercise on June 20, simulating the Tennessee Military Department's response to a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid Fault.
On 16 June, a simulated 7.7 magnitude earthquake scenario was declared, setting into action requests for military support requests from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA,) as local authorities in areas across the seismic zone began to test the capabilities of the Military Department. Soldiers and Airman of the Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee State Guard rapidly began to meet the challenges, providing numerous levels of assistance in simulated impacted areas from west to east Tennessee conducting numerous support missions.
“This capstone exercise provided an excellent opportunity to illustrate the interoperability of all the elements that comprise the Tennessee Military Department,” said Brig. Gen. Don Johnson, Assistant Adjutant General, Tennessee Air National Guard. “I am very pleased with the ability of the state’s emergency operations center to communicate with the Air Wings’ command and control centers across the state.” Johnson stated although inevitably there are issues exposed in exercises, those lessons learned are critical to ensure they are considered and dealt with prior to an actual emergency event.
Brig. Gen. Terry Ethridge, Director of the Tennessee Guard’s Joint Staff, reiterated, “TNCAT14 was a highly successful operation demonstrating the seamless spirit within all elements of the Tennessee Military Department.” Ethridge noted a key element tested during the operation was stressing lines of communication to their maximum and said that, “no communication failures occurred among military units due to the numerous redundant systems now available in the state. In an actual emergency, lines of communication, cellular towers and various systems are expected to experience serious degradation. Yet during the exercise, the ability to communicate was maintained at optimal levels to ensure critical response missions were accomplished.” Ethridge noted there are elements in the response that will need to be assessed and improved, yet, “the TNCAT14 exercise tested a very robust response plan and validated major elements that would prove to be vital in a real world situation.”
The Tennessee National Guard, in conjunction with the Tennessee State Guard, commanded by Brig. Gen. (TN) Kenneth Takasaki played an integral role with their Soldiers providing communication support and placing personnel in various staging locations across the state to assist in the Tennessee National Guard Emergency Response Plan, a series of specific requirements integrated with the statewide Tennessee Emergency Management Plan. The use of the Tennessee State Guard, whose members are strictly volunteers, was unprecedented and Guard leadership praised the professionalism and value added by these personnel.
“We spend a lot of time on deliberate planning and working through multiple scenarios and then develop the best response for each event, “said Col. Robert Covert, the J-3, Operations Director for the Tennessee National Guard. “By having a deliberate plan, it allows us to excel at crisis/emergency planning. It is easier to adjust a plan to fit the unknown events that arise than it is to start from scratch each time,” said Covert.
Overall, Tennessee’s Military Department leadership expressed how successful and invaluable the exercise was for all involved. Using lessons learned from the capstone the Guard is now better prepared to assist fellow citizens during times of crises.
911 Board Approves 14-15 Budget
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 board met in regular session Monday night and approved the upcoming budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year which will include more concrete funding thanks to Governor Bill Haslam signing the new 911 Bill this year.
Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer discussed the probability of this bill passing a few months ago and with its passage, each district will have more uniform monies coming in from the state and customers will have a more uniform 911 fee.
Archer said Henry County should see about $438K in baseline revenue with payments from the state coming every other month. The law goes into effect on January 1st and the first payment to Henry County should come in February. The bill lays out specific fees for businesses and individuals for cell phones and landlines. Part of the reason the bill was brought up was because of the eroding revenues from landlines each district is seeing.
The budget includes $20K for a few new laptops for the sheriff’s office and fire department. These are the laptops that responders can have in the vehicle with them to help them see exactly where calls are coming from.
Archer also said he plans to install wireless access points at the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s office and it is in the budget for the upcoming year. Archer said these wireless access points will allow any downloads to the GIS Mapping he does to update automatically at the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He said once an officers drives near that access point with the laptop in their vehicle, it will show an automatic update as well.
Equipment Upgraded at PPD, HCSO and Working Great
Paris, Tenn.- In other business Monday night, the 911 board approved some housekeeping items including adjustments to the 13-14 Fiscal Year Budget moving monies around in certain line items.
Archer updated the board on the installation of some new equipment throughout the district including the new CAD and two new Weather computers at the Paris Police Department. He said the old weather computers were about 9 or 10 years old and these replacements were needed and were working very well.
At the sheriff’s office, new CAD was working great as well and Sheriff Monte Belew said it allows officers and dispatch to go back and trace thing and really was an improvement on the old system. The sheriff’s office now also has school cameras set up where dispatch and the laptop in Capt. Damon Lowe’s office can monitor the city schools.
Bone Marrow Registry Drive To Be Held July 17th
Paris, Tenn.- 911 Board member and EMS Director Twila Rose gave the board an update on former EMS director Mike Shankle. She said his spirits are high and he is still waiting on a bone marrow transplant. He can’t have visitors because his immune system isn’t working to its full potential during the process of doctor visits and more.
Rose then told the board EMS is trying to push an event that is very important to the community that will be held July 17th at the Fairgrounds. She said they will have a Bone Marrow Registry Drive where anyone can come and get swabbed to see what type of bone marrow they have. Rose said bone marrow transplants required an exact match and numbers indicate that getting an exact match is like winning the lottery, the odds are very slim.
She said the more people we have come and get swabbed, the more chances that different people in the community and state will find a match.
At the event at the Henry County Fairgrounds on July 17th from 4-8pm, there will be a Carmack’s Fish Fry and the cost is $10 per plate. Tickets are being sold at the Henry County Medical Center Gift Shop, Arrowhead Home Sales, and at the Fairground the night of the event. The money that is raised from the fish plates, and T-shirt sales that will be held at the event, go to Bone Marrow Bank, to help recoup costs of having the swabs. The Bone Marrow Registry Drive is not for one or two specific people, but a community effort to help find more bone marrow matches for the thousands around the country that need bone marrow transplants.
Anyone can come to the fairgrounds on that day and have their mouth swabbed four times to learn what type of bone marrow they have. They are asked some questions, and then they are done with the process. Again the event will be held July 17th from 4-8pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. <
Henry County 8 Year Old All Stars Win District Championship
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 8 year old all stars won the Cal Ripken Southeast district championship Sunday afternoon in Huntingdon. The team beat McKenzie 16 to 7, beat Huntingdon 9 to 5 on Saturday, and then on Sunday defeated Huntingdon again 6 to 2. The team will begin play in the state tournament Friday June 27th in Humboldt. (Jess Hedges Photo)
Woman Charged with Assault After Trying to Hit Man with Car
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department responded to Jim Adams Drive over the weekend after he received word from Ptl. Eric Long, who was working at the theatre that a woman appeared to have tried to run a car up on a sidewalk and hit a man walking down the sidewalk.
Ptl. Colley stopped the car and talked with the driver, Shelby Mahr, 23, of Camden. Mahr advised that her and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument and she was just trying to talk to him and get him back in the car.
When Ptl. Colley talked with the boyfriend, he advised that he got out of the car to calm himself down and she drove the car towards him trying to hit him.
Mahr was charged with aggravated assault and after a check thru dispatch revealed her driver’s license was revoked and she was charged with driving on revoked license as well.
Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that an apartment on Manley Street was burglarized in the last few days. The resident said she was out of town and came back Sunday evening to find lots of clothes, stereo equipment, textbooks, and other things missing. The total value of items stolen was around $1500. She said there was no forced entry and she suspected her boyfriend could have used his key and came in and taken the items. Police are still investigating the incident.
Man Driving Golf Cart Charged W/ DUI
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Cpl. Jim Sanders was on patrol and observed a golf cart driving down Lakeview Drive in a hazardous manner. When he stopped the golf cart, the driver, identified as Ty Ray Harden, of Drummonds, Tennessee, smelled strongly of alcohol.
Cpl. Sanders proceeded to being DUI tests and Harden told him, “what’s the point you got me,” and was arrested. Harden was charged with DUI 3rd offense and Driving on a Revoked License 3rd offense.
The Sheriff’s Office also took more theft reports from the weekend. A home on Shady Grove Road was broken into and over $2K worth of items were stolen including a Washer and Dryer, Carpet Shampooer, Coffee Pot, Antique Wood Burner Stove, and more.
A Poulan Pro Lawn Tractor was stolen from a home on Hwy. 69N. The value of the mower was $1800. Police have no suspects in either theft.
Cindy Hart Hopkins to Host Meet and Greet Tues.
Henry, Tenn.- Independent candidate for Trustee Cindy Hart Hopkins will host a meet the candidate event at the Henry Civic Center on Tuesday June 24th from 5-7:30pm. There will be free food and drinks. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Unoccupied Buchanan Home Destroyed by Fire
Paris Landing Firefighters douse the home at 290 Log Cabin Road with water. The home was a total loss. (Reggie Coles photo)
Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Fighters responded to 290 Log Cabin Road Saturday morning to a report of a fully involved structure fire. The home was unoccupied and fully engulfed in flames when units arrived on scene. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, but the home was ruled a total loss. Damage is estimated at $35K.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and investigation is still ongoing. The home is owned by Marilyn Kendall and no one was living in the home at the present time. Three trucks and 12 firefighters were on scene for about two hours Saturday morning.
Drug-Addled Man Runs Naked Down Highway
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police units were dispatched to Highway 69 N on Friday evening after receiving complaints of a man running naked down the highway, according to reports.
Officers were unable to locate the subject, but dispatch received a call shortly thereafter from citizen Michael Taylor that he had picked the man up and had him in the bed of a pickup truck at McNeil Park.
Officers then arrived and spoke to the man, Robert Todd Cannon, age 33 of Mansfield, who was extremely paranoid and incoherent, according to PPD reports. He admitted to having smoked both methamphetamine and “bath salts” approximately two days prior.
Cannon was placed under arrest for public intoxication for his own safety.
HCSO Investigates Wide Variety of Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a wide variety of thefts that have occurred throughout the county recently, according to reports.
A PlayStation 4 gaming console and several video games were stolen from a home on Highway 79S Saturday.
The complainant stated that he had several friends over throughout Friday night and Saturday morning, and later that morning realized that his PS4 and several games were missing.
He was unable to provide investigators with a full list of guests for the evening, but did inform investigators of three suspects that he believed were acting suspicious.
The stolen items totalled approximately $1,000 in value.
Officers are also investigating the theft of two 10 foot gates stolen Saturday from a property in Mansfield, and have no suspects at this time.
A Poulan Pro lawn tractor, valued at $1800, was stolen from a home on Highway 69N Friday.
A Kawasaki Mule was stolen from a home in Buchanan on Sunday, according to reports. The complainant stated that the padlock on his shed door was cut off and a 2-seater Mule and two wooden ramps were stolen.
$750 in cash and some medication was stolen from a Puryear home over the weekend after a pool party, according to reports.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating each of these thefts and has no suspects at this time.
Man Arrested for DUI at Corbin’s Corner
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Saturday to Corbin’s Corner in response to an altercation, according to reports.
Upon arriving, he found Stephen Brisendine, age 33 of Murray, passed out at the wheel of a red truck, with the keys in the ignition and the motor still warm.
Scott asked Brisendine how the truck had gotten there, to which Brisendine responded that he had driven it.
He was asked to exit the vehicle to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was placed under arrest for his second offense of driving under the influence.
Brisendine also refused to submit to a blood draw, which is mandatory for repeat DUI offenders, so he was charged with violation of Tennessee’s implied consent law and had his truck seized. Brisendine will appear in General Sessions Court on June 24th.
Paris and Kentucky Lake To Host FLW Tour
Paris, Tenn.- Paris and Kentucky Lake will play host to the sixth and final regular-season event of the Walmart FLW Tour this weekend, featuring the best of the best in bass fishing.
The Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake, presented by Evinrude and hosted by the Henry County Alliance, will run from Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29, with Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins at the Paris Walmart on Mineral Wells Avenue.
A full field of professional anglers will be vying for cash prizes of up to $125,000, as well as the opportunity to qualify for this year’s Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, scheduled this year for August 14-17 in Columbia, S.C.
In addition to all the fishing action, fans can also explore the FLW Expo at Walmart Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 PM, which will feature Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to meet and talk with professional fishermen, win prizes from various sponsors, and much more.
There will also be a free concert from country musician Michael Ray on Sunday at 3 PM on the Walmart weigh-in stage.
For more information on the FLW Tour event, visit www.FLWoutdoors.com.
OB/GYN Meet and Greet Set for Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be hosting a meet and greet Thursday, June 26th in the HCMC Atrium for the region’s two OB/GYNs.
Lakesha Crigler, MD, OB/GYN of Signature OB/GYN and Dennis J. Wieck, MD, OB/GYN of the Paris Women’s Center will both be on hand for guests to get to know them and answer any questions they might have.
Lunch will also be provided at the event.
The OB/GYN Meet and Greet will be held Thursday, June 26 from noon to 1:30 PM in the HCMC Atrium, between the hospital and medical arts building.
Big Week Planned for Library Summer Reading Program
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library has several events planned for next week as part of its Summer Reading Program.
On Monday, June 23 from 10 to 11 AM, children age 5 through 12 are invited to participate in a screening of The Magic School Bus and a coordinating craft project in the Children’s Room.
On Wednesday, June 25 from 10 to 11 AM, ventriloquist Jill Thatcher will be performing in the main room of the library for all ages.
Thursday, June 26 from 10 to 11 AM, Kasey Pierpoint will host a Children’s Spanish Story Hour in the Children’s Room for kids under 10 years old.
And on Friday, June 27, the library will be screening two movies, with free popcorn provided. From 10 to 11:30 AM, Ice Age will be played in the Children’s Room, and Avatar will be played from 6 to 9 PM in the Teen Room of the library.
Tennessee Unemployment Rises Slightly in May
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently released preliminary unemployment data for the month of May, and the average state unemployment rate is 6.4% -- a 0.1% uptick from April.
This slight rise comes on the heels of several months of continuous and dramatic drops in both the state and national unemployment rate. In fact, over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate has dropped two whole percentage points, from 8.4% to 6.4%.
Tennessee's economy added approximately 57,000 jobs in the past year, with the largest increases concentrated in professional / business services, leisure and hospitality, and transportation / utilities.
A more detailed report covering all Tennessee counties will be released soon.
Burnett Receives AMT Distinguished Achievement Award
Kay Burnett, HCMC medical technologist, is set to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Medical Techonologists.
Rosemont, Ill.- Kay Burnett, a medical technologist at Henry County Medical Center, received a major honor from the American Medical Technologists.
Burnett has been awarded the AMT Distinguished Achievement Award, which will be presented at AMT’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on July 9, 2014.
The Distinguished Achievement Award is in recognition of outstanding activity and service to AMT and its members at the state level.
Kay M. Burnett was certified by AMT in 1999. She currently serves as the Vice President and Medical Laboratory Professionals Week Coordinator of the Tennessee State Society and previously served as a board member. She has won the state Merit Award in 2013 and Silver Lens Award in 2012.
Kay earned an associate degree from Paducah Community College, Bachelor of Science from Murray State University and a Medical Technology Certificate from St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
American Medical Technologists is a nationally and internationally recognized certification agency for allied health professionals. In existence since 1939, AMT is also a membership association, providing continuing education and other services to over 50,000 members.
Henry County 8yo All-Stars Dominate Bruceton
Carter Hedges gets a hit in Thursday night's win over Bruceton (Photo provided by Jess Hedges).
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County's 8 year old All-Star baseball team put on a dominating performance in Thursday night's game against Bruceton, winning by a final score of 27 to 1.
The team will continue play Friday night in the Cal Ripken District Tournament, facing off against McKenzie.
News from past weeks here.