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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

HCMC Recognized for Strides in Infant Health

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center was recently recognized by the Tennessee Hospital Association’s (THA) Tennessee Center for Patient Safety for its leadership in reducing the number of babies electively born prematurely. Waiting until the full term allows for better growth and development of vital organs such as the brain, lungs and liver. 

 

The HCMC Women’s Center successfully met its goal of decreasing the number of babies delivered electively between 37 to 39 weeks to 5 percent or less and has maintained this goal for six consecutive months. This dramatically increases the chances for good physical and developmental health of babies and allows for better health and safety of the mother.

 

HCMC is part of a statewide Healthy Tennessee Babies Are Worth the Wait initiative to increase awareness of the benefits of full-term delivery. This initiative has been recognized nationally as an example of successful collaboration in patient safety.  In May 2012, nearly 16 percent of all premature Tennessee deliveries were elective procedures. Today, that number has been reduced by almost 85 percent.

Several Events Planned for Saturday Around Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Saturday is full of events around Paris and Henry County for you to get out and take part of.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration and Fundraiser will be at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday July 19th starting at 11am. Everyone is invited as celebration of the 24th anniversary of signing the act will go on.

Events will be held outside and indoors at the commercial building at the fairgrounds. There will be bingo, cakewalks, car show, motorcycle ride, games, vendor booths, and more.

The T.A.R.P. Motocycle/Car Ride and show Freedom Ride will be part of the event on July 19th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The ride will start and end at the Fairgrounds on Saturday. Registration will be at 8am, Ride is at 9am. It is a $10 entry fee for ride and show, $10 per extra rider and fees include coffee and donuts at registration and lunch.

There will be People’s Choice trophies for best of show motorcycle and best of show car. Call T.A.R.P for more information at 644-0026.

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitors Center will be held from 10am to 4pm Saturday at the center, located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. There will be plenty of activities and events to open the center and everyone is welcome to attend. The Boy Scouts of America will sell BBQ sandwiches, chips, and drink for $6.

The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Water Fun Run will be held Saturday. Players must collect stamps at area resorts, be check into Paris Landing Marina by 4pm, and the best hand wins $1000. Registration packets are $20 today at the chamber office, $25 on Saturday at area marinas.

The Paris Henry County Heritage Center's Historic Home Tour will be held Saturday, July 19th from 1-4pm. 

A reception and tour of Cavitt Place will be held from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on 614 N. Poplar St. in Paris.  Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Herron and Wills, Maggie's, Merison's and the Heritage Center.

Henry County Youth Football signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center Saturday July 19th and Saturday August 2nd from 10am to Noon. Youth cheerleader signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon the following Saturdays July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd.

 

Early Voting Begins Friday, Runs Thru Aug. 2nd

Big Ballot Awaits Voters this Election

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting begins Friday at the Henry County Election Commission Office located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street. Voters in Henry County will have a large ballot to decided on as the August 7th Election draws near. Early voting will be 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Election Commission Office each weekday and 9am to Noon on Saturdays. There will be one day of extended hours, Thursday July 31st from 8am to 7pm.

The ballot will include all the offices from the May democratic primary, but only the office of Trustee has two opponents. Voters will also vote for Circuit Court, Chancellor, Attorney General, Public Defender, and all five districts of the Henry County Commission.

Three seats in each district of the county commission are up for grabs but only the incumbents are seeking reelection in district three and four. Voters will have to decide three candidates from five in district one, three from four running in districts two and five.

Henry County voters must decide for one person out of three candidates running for constable in district two as well. Other offices on the ballot but are all unopposed include road board commissioners district one and three, constables in all other districts, Henry County School Board districts two and four and Paris Special School District board.

The August Election will also be the state primary for the offices of governor, US Senate, US House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, and State Committee Persons.

Reminder: ADA Celebration Fundraiser to be Held Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration and Fundraiser will be at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday July 19th starting at 11am. Everyone is invited as celebration of the 24th anniversary of signing the act will go on.

Events will be held outside and indoors at the commercial building at the fairgrounds. There will be bingo, cakewalks, car show, motorcycle ride, games,

vendors booths, and more.

Money raised benefits T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue. For more information call 644-0026.

The T.A.R.P. Motocycle/Car Ride and show Freedom Ride will be part of the event on July 19th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The ride will start and end at the Fairgrounds on Saturday. Registration will be at 8am, Ride is at 9am. It is a $10 entry fee for ride and show, $10 per extra rider and fees include coffee and donuts at registration and lunch.

There will be People’s Choice trophies for best of show motorcycle and best of show car. Call T.A.R.P for more information at 644-0026.

Bone Marrow Registry Drive and Benefit Fish Fry Held Thurs.

Pete and Amy Piskos and Inman principal Jason Scarbrough filled out registration forms prior to having the mouths swabbed at Thursday Bone Marrow Registry Drive. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Remember a Bone Marrow Registry Drive and Carmack’s Fish Barn Fish Fry will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 4-8pm Thursday. A fish plate is $10 and tickets are available at the Henry County Medical Center Gift Shop, Arrowhead Home Sales, and at the Fairgrounds during the event. Money raised goes to deletebloodcancer.org.

Each year thousands of people who need bone marrow transplants search for matches and this registry drive is to increase the number of donors and hopefully help those in the area and the country who are in need of a transplant.

To donate to the Bone Marrow Registry Drive, just have your mouth swabbed and fill out registration forms.

EMS Director Twila Rose said that about 160 people had came to the Henry County Medical Center earlier in the day Thursday and gotten swabbed to be on the Bone Marrow registry and McKenzie Medical Center had about 60 people on Wednesday. About 200 fish plate tickets were sold raising money for deletebloodcancer.org.

School Board Approves Family Life Education Policy

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s quick meeting of the Henry County Board of Education, the board adopted the changes to the Family Life Education Policy on 2nd and final reading.

Coordinated School Health director Stephanie Winders went over the changes with the board. She reminded them that Henry County has the 9th highest teen pregnancy rate in the state. Winders also said these guidelines were not developed by her or her staff, but a group of the community including parents, students, and a other members of the health council.

She advised the board that abstinence would still be the main focus of the family life education along with age appropriate education on contraceptives. Parents would have the option of having their child opt out of the class. The board passed the policy changes on 2nd reading with board member Rod Frey voting no.

Reminder: Chamber's Water Run is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Water Run is set for this Saturday July 19th and registration packets are available now at the Chamber of Commerce. Cheeseburger in Paris-dise is the theme of the Water Run for this year players will compete for $1000.

Registration forms are $20 now and $25 on the day of the event. Players will travel Kentucky Lake collecting stamps at participating resorts including Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Leatherwood Resort, Cypress Bay, and Paris Landing State Park Marina. A Fun Run Pontoon will be travelling the water during the day where players can collect an extra stamp.

Cards will be dealt at Paris Landing State Park Marina based on the number of stamps collected and the best poker hand wins $1000. Players must be check in dock at the marina at Paris Landing by 4pm. For more information on the Water Run call the chamber at 642-3431.

Bassmaster High School Championship Continues on Ky Lake

Bethel Offering $40K worth of Scholarships

Buchanan, Tenn.- Kentucky Lake will host its 2nd day of the inaugural Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Carhartt on Thursday as 58 teams have been brought to Paris Landing.

The competition started Wednesday on Kentucky Lake and weighs in Thursday will be held at Paris Landing State Park at 1:45pm. After Thursday’s weigh-ins the field will be cut in half to 29 teams and then the top ten will finish out the tournament on Saturday. Friday and Saturday weigh-ins will be held at Bethel University. All weigh-ins are open to the public.

High School Anglers are competing for more than $66K in scholarship awards. B.A.S.S. is contributing $17K, sponsors will provide just over $9K, and $40K in scholarships will be awarded from Bethel University.

Bethel will offer scholarships to the highest fishing junior or senior team at the championship this weekend. Each of the two anglers will receive $5K per year if they enroll at Bethel University.

Garry Mason, head coach of Bethel’s bass fishing team and executive director of Northwest Tennessee Tourism, said “Bethel is the first college in America to award scholarships for collegiate bass fishing, and we’re excited to offer a chance for high school anglers to attend Bethel University and be a part of our bass fishing program.”

To keep up with the High School B.A.S.S. program visit bassmaster.com/highschool or like them on Facebook.

Heritage Center's Historic Home Tour is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center's Historic Home Tour will be held Saturday, July 19th from 1-4pm. The tour will feature the Home of Jim and Fiona Jackson, the Home of Alvin and Margie Shankle, the Home of Ed and Vickey Roberts, and the Home of Robert and Melony Whitfield. 

A reception and tour of Cavitt Place will be held from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. on 614 N. Poplar St. in Paris.  Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Herron and Wills, Maggie's, Merison's and the Heritage Center. For more information, please call the Heritage Center at 731-642-1030. This is a fundraiser for the Heritage Center.

Bruceton Woman Arrested for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police charged a Bruceton woman with theft and methamphetamine possession after responding to Burke’s Outlet on a call from the loss prevention manager.

The report said that since October of 2013, management said that an employee Brandy Eighner, 22, of Bruceton had been making fraud refunds and keeping the cash herself. From October to July, she had stolen $7,650. She was arrested and taken to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and during the booking process, a white powder was found in her purse. Eighner was charged with theft and embezzlement, simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed on $7500 bond and has a court date for July 22nd.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Highway 69N had all the copper and electrical wiring ripped out of the walls and ceilings. The home was basically empty but over $4K in damage was done with broken windows, doors, and such and over $1200 of copper was stolen. Police have no suspects.

Arrested overnight was Justin L. Hughes, 24, of Springville for possession of schedule two with intent, possession of schedule 6, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hughes was placed on $2500 bond.

HC Youth Football, Cheerleading Signups Next Three Saturdays

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Football signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center Saturday July 19th and Saturday August 2nd from 10am to Noon. Youth cheerleader signups will be held at the Paris Civic Center from 10am to Noon the following Saturdays July 19th, July 26th, and August 2nd.

PSSD Approves GAP Coverage for Employees

PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown discuss budget items at Tuesday's meeting. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting the board listened to a presentation on benefits for PSSD employees.

Mike Ankrum, from Five Points Benefits, discussed with the board on Limited PPO with Gap Coverage.  Ankrum explained that it is a Premium Subsidy managed and policed by the IRS. During the presentation Ankrum explained that different options were available to the PSSD employees, meanwhile offering better benefits to the employees as well.

Ankrum also explained that 49 school districts are being represented by this insurance now for health care and premium and Gap Premiums with 14 different carriers. This insurance would be offered to those employees of the school system that acquire 30+ hours per week that are full time.

School board member Christy Minor voiced her concern stating “Gap is not fair to employees if hospitals and medical clinics do not accept Gap coverage. Ankrum explained that hospitals and clinics were open to the Gap coverage, and if need be, would be explained to the clinics and hospitals how the Gap program works.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards stated that several of the board members met on June 4th along with Mike Ankrum who explained in detail how the program works. Edwards stated that at the meeting, they “hashed it out and felt it was needed to be the best route to go”.

Employees will be educated on the new program that will go into effect January 1st 2015.  A recommendation was made, and the board approved that Limited PPO along with Gap Coverage. After the approval was made, Chairman Edwards stated to Mike Ankrum that he “appreciated the time and hard work that you put into this presentation, as well as the explanations that you brought to the board”.

PSSD Board Hears Bullying Reports from Last Year

Paris, Tenn.- The board reviewed the Bullying and Harassment for the previous school year with a total of 13 cases of Bullying reported in 2013/14 school year, 13 cases that were investigated. There were 2 cases of bullying involving race, color, or national group, and 1 involving sex or gender-based discrimination.

Board member Robert Sleadd reported that the cases of bullying were 17 in the prior school year, and that hope this school year will be lowered even more.  Superintendent Mike Brown informed the board that it is required to announce and present to the board the Bullying and Harassment Reports each year.

In other business, the PSSD board approved the contract with HCMC for Physical Therapy services. Superintendent Mike Brown explained to the board that this must be done yearly.

PSSD Student Registration is Aug. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent of the PSSD Mike Brown told board members at their meeting Tuesday night, that Registration for students new to the school system will be held on August 1st from 8am – 11 am at the school where the grade level is located.

Returning students should receive a phone call from teachers between July 28 and July 31.

Parent Night will be held on August 4th from 5pm-6pm for grades 1st and 2nd at Rhea school and for Kindergarten will be August 4th from 8am to 9 am.

Paris Elementary School Parent night will be August 4th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for all grades and Parent night at Inman is August 5th from 5pm to 6:30 pm for all grades.

Brown requested that all parents attend Parent Night so they as well can meet the teachers and get acquainted with what their child will be experiencing this school year.

Rhea Meals to Be Offer vs. Serve Starting this Fall

Paris, Tenn.- In the superintendent’s report, Mike Brown informed the board that at Rhea School will now have Offer v. Serve at meals. He explained that in the past, it was serve automatically, but now it will be offered. Before, students were given a plate without the option of choosing but now students will now get to choose from fruits, vegetables, meats, and breads up to 5 items. Students must take at least 3 items offered to them. Brown stated, “This will cut down on food waste at Rhea school, as it has at other schools in the system”.

Brown also gave staffing updates to the board explaining the new hires to the school system. New hires that will be at Inman will be 8th grade Math, Teresa Baker, who was teaching at Huntingdon; Kyla Parker, 7th grade science, who came from Milan; and Ed Niehneighbor 8th grade Social Studies and Boys Basketball from Memphis.


Budget Committee Sends Budget to Full Commission

No Property Tax Increase, No COLA for County Employees

Budget committe members (Foreground) Kenneth Humphreys, Terry Evans, Commission Monte Starks, and Bobby Freeman listen as County Mayor Brent Greer (background) discusses the budget. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in special called session Monday night and were given the proposed budget for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year which started July 1st, after the budget committee met prior to the special called meeting and approved to present the budget to the full commission.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer went over details of the proposed budget with the budget committee in length and again with the full commission later in the evening.

Mayor Greer said due to a healthy fund balance, he felt they were in position to present a budget that required no property tax increase this year. Greer said “we can do this without issue this year, but I want to make sure you are all aware of the issues with revenue that we will likely be facing next year and the following years.

Greer told commissioners and budget committee members that the big decrease in beer sales tax among other things have caused some concern with revenue. Certain departments could use a penny or two on the tax rate, and the school system has already informed us about challenges they will be facing next year.

Mayor Greer suggested “that once elections are over, we all sit down, the county commission, budget committee, road board, and school board and have a joint session to discuss the budget in the upcoming year and issues with revenue.

This proposed budget however could go along with no tax increase as the mayor said they plan to use excess of $365K from fund balance to balance the budget. Of that $365K, Mayor Greer said $100K was going to the capital project account to purchase some new patrol cars for the Sheriff’s Office.

Mayor Greer said one downside about this proposed budget is that a Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA, for county employees is not included. He said the state mandates the salaries for elected officials and they received a raise this year but will not next year. Mayor Greer hopes are next year’s budget will be able to support raises for county employees.

The budget, with current property tax rate of $2.19, will be published on Tuesday as required by law and give citizens 10 days to comment on the budget. The Henry County Commission will meet again on Monday night July 28th in regular session to pass the budget on final reading.

Road Board Seeks "Happy Medium" in Quit Claim Surveying

County Attorney Rob Whitfield discusses Quit Claim surveys with the Road Board Monday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At the Henry County Road Board meeting on Monday night, County Attorney Rob Whitfield was on hand and discussed with the board the idea of seeking surveyors on quit claims in the future.

Whitfield discussed the same issues a couple of months ago at a county commission meeting, saying requiring survey when seeking a quit claim, will give the county more legal standing, should any issues arise on who owns what road in the future.

Whitfield said that general descriptions are what have been used for many years, but in court, those could call issues. Requiring a survey from the person who is seeking the quit claim, will the county firm legal definition of where the boundary actually is.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said, “I understand you wanting to make sure there is a legal defining of where a road belongs, but we just don’t want to discourage people from taking quit claims due to the fact and cost of having a survey done. Norwood added that some of the roads that are usually quit claimed hasn’t been worked on by the county in years and once its quit claim, the owner begins to pay property taxes, which generates revenue in the county.

More discussion continued until Road Board Chairman Bobby Milam explained to County Attorney Whitfield, “we’re looking for a happy medium, and would suggest that surveys be required on an as needed basis.”

Milam said that if both property owners can agree on the exact boundary, he didn’t want to require a survey and cause someone to back out of seeking the quit claim. Milam then said if there are issues with defining a true boundary, then they would require a survey to be completed.

Whitfield told the road board if they wanted to make it more lenient that was certainly possible, but he would have to go back into the minutes of the county commission meeting and see exactly what they proposed to do regarding the requirement of surveys on quit claims and get back with Norwood and the board.

Gum Springs Road Closed Monday

Paris, Tenn.- Gum Springs Road will be closed beginning Monday, July 14 for bridge repair approximately one mile south of Highway 54.

The alternate route is Brown Road to Palestine Road.

Security Bank HCHS Golf Fundraiser a Success

(L-R) Chase Hill, Jamison Hayes, Will Sleadd and Hunter Bethune won last weekend's HCHS Golf Fundraiser tournament at Paris Country Club (Photo provided by coach Brian Welp).

Paris, Tenn.- The Security Bank and Trust Company HCHS Golf Fundraiser tournament was held last weekend at Paris Country Club.

15 teams of 4 participated in the tournament, with all proceeds going to benefit the Henry County High School boys' and girls' golf teams.

In addition, the top 3 teams donated their tournament winnings back to the golf program.

The tournament was won by a team of 4 boys currently playing on the HCHS golf team -- Chase Hill, Jamison Hayes, Will Sleadd and Hunter Bethune were sponsored by Ralph and Debbie Dillard and took top honors in the fundraising tournament.

Henry Board to Meet at 7pm Tuesday

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman will hold a special called meeting on Tuesday July 15th at 7pm. Items on the agenda will be the 2nd reading of the Water and Sewer Rate Ordinance and the 1st Reading of the 2014-15 Budget. The meeting is open to the public.

Keep the Connection Holds Ribbon Cutting

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting last week at Keep the Connection, welcoming them as a new member to the chamber. Debbie Madden Gray cuts the ribbon as chamber members and friends look on. Keep the Connection will hold infant massage therapy classes.(Chamber photo)

UT Martin Summer Orientation Set for July 18th

Martin, Tenn.- The final Summer Orientation and Registration program for incoming University of Tennessee Martin freshmen will be this Friday July 18th. Registration will begin at 8:30am in the Boling University Center followed by a welcome at 8:30 and informational session at 9am.

Students must have applied for admission and received a tentative or final acceptance letter to attend. For more information call the UT Martin Office of Admissions at 1-800-829-UTM1.

Bethel University Summer Commencement is Aug. 2

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will hold its Summer 2014 Commencement services Saturday August 2nd on the McKenzie campus in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena. Approximately 250 students are scheduled to earn degrees. Commencement services for those receiving undergraduate degrees will be at 10am, and commencement for those receiving graduate degrees will be at 2pm.

County Commission Special Called Session Tonight at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in special session at 7pm Monday night to receive the 2014-15 budget along with a recommendation from the budget committee on how to proceed with the budget. During budget hearings this spring and early summer, there has been no talk of any property tax increases for county residents. The County Commission will meet again on Monday July 28th for their regular July meeting and approve the budget and handle other business. Both meetings are open to the public.

House Burns in Springville Sunday

 

Springville, Tenn.- According to a report from Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles, a house burned to the ground in Springville early Sunday morning.

 

At approximately 1 AM, Paris Landing firefighters responded to a structure fire on East Antioch Road in Springville. First responders found an empty house completely engulfed in flames.

 

14 firefighters with 6 engines worked to extinguish the fire for two full hours, but the property was deemed a total loss.

 

No one was living in the house at the time, and damage is estimated at approximately $10,000.

 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

HCSO Deputy Makes Drug Arrest

 

Paris, Tenn.- A 26 year old Springville man was arrested for possession of multiple controlled substances Saturday, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

 

Deputy Stacey Bostwick was at Daily’s where he observed a man sitting in his vehicle at a gas pump for an unusually long time. As Bostwick approached, he noticed the driver attempt to conceal something in his pants.

 

While speaking with the driver, identified as Casey Hillard, age 26 of Springville, Bostwick noticed a cellophane wrapper on the passenger seat of the vehicle coated in a white powder residue.

 

Hillard gave Bostwick permission to search the vehicle as well as his person, and Bostwick recovered a metal pipe and small bag of marijuana as well as two 5mg methadone pills and a straw also coated in white powder residue.

 

Hillard was arrested for possession of Schedule II and Schedule VI substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.

Laptop and Pistol Stolen from Vehicle

 

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigators are currently looking into the theft of a laptop and pistol from a vehicle parked on Sunnyside Drive in Paris, according to reports.

 

The items were stolen from a vehicle parked outside the home, according to the complainant, who believes the theft occurred Wednesday night, July 9.

 

Whoever stole the items left the car passenger door ajar and glove box open.

 

The items stolen were an IBM ThinkPad valued at $300 and a Davis .22 caliber handgun valued at $100.

 

HCSO officers are currently investigating and have no suspects at this time.

Paris Landing Triathlon Draws Nearly 200 Entries

Jarred Thweatt of Memphis crosses the finish line first in Saturday's triathlon (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Buchanan, Tenn.- The first-ever Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon was held Saturday morning at Paris Landing State Park, drawing nearly 200 competitors from across Tennessee and as far off as Florida, Ohio, and Texas.

 

The event was managed by Start2Finish Events, a Memphis-based company, and was organized by the Paris Landing State Park, Tennessee River Resort Act committee, Henry County Alliance and the Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Bone and Joint Specialists sponsored the race.

 

According to Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence, these organizations had been trying to organize a triathlon at Paris Landing for several years, but struggled to find the right company to run the event. Both he and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley were extremely complimentary of Start2Finish, saying the race had been organized and run without a hitch.

 

The crux of Saturday's triathlon was a 14-mile bike ride across the Ned McWherter Bridge to Highway 232 and Old Tennessee 76 (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Three kids involved in the Paris Tri Club competed in Saturday’s triathlon. Cole Davis, Hunter Lawrence and Emma Hill each completed the full duration of the race, a 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike ride, and 3 mile run. Davis finished in the top 25 overall, with a time of 1:15:35.

 

Jarred Thweatt of Memphis won Saturday’s triathlon with a time of 1:03:05 in his first visit to Paris Landing. Thweatt said he ran the event because of his familiarity with Start2Finish, who he says “put on the best races in the country, bar none.” He was also highly complimentary of the Paris Landing State Park course and facilities.

 

Event organizers were extremely pleased with the race turnout, and plan to make the Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon an annual event.

Several triathlon contestants make their way out of Kentucky Lake after a 500 meter swim (Alex AuBuchon photo).  

Bethel Junior Physician Assistant Day July 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program will hold a Junior Physician Assistant Day for children age 2 to 10 on Saturday, July 19th at the Bethel Physician Assistant Building across from HCMC.

Participants will perform checkups and repairs on stuffed animals, explore an ambulance and fire truck, get their very own stethoscope and much more.

Admission is $10 per child and tickets are available for purchase at the Bethel University bookstore as well as the Paris - Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Bethel's Junior Physician Assistant Day will take place Saturday, July 19th from 9 AM to noon at the Bethel Physician Asisstant Building at 302B Tyson Avenue across from the hospital.

Patriots Season Tickets Available Now

Paris, Tenn.- The 2014 Henry County High School Patriot football season is only a month away, and season tickets are now available.

Season ticket holders will receive admission to all six 2014 regular-season home games in a reserved section of Patriot Stadium as well as special access parking in the lot behind the stadium.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in the front office of Henry County High School, or by calling 642-5232.

Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Opens Sat. July 19

Springville, Tenn.- The brand-new Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center will hold a grand opening from 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, July 19th.

Representatives from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge will be on hand for the opening ceremonies and to celebrate the occasion.

Several local clubs and organizations are partnering with the refuge for the grand opening, including Paris Landing State Park, Land Between the Lakes, the Boy Scouts, the Camden Garden Club, and many others.


The public is invited to come tour the nearly 12,500 square foot visitor's center and various exhibits which highlight the area's unique wildlife resources as well as the mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge.

Also available for touring is the John T. Taylor Environmental Education WIng, which features a classroom and auditorium. The wing honors the former refuge manager for 20 years of dedication and hard work caring for the wildlife resources of the refuge.

There will also be a wide variety of activities on the center's lawn throughout the day. Animals such as a bald eagle, hawks, owls, snakes and turtles will be available for viewing. There will also be an archery range, several nature crafts, a lesson on local mammal and track identification, and children's nature games.

A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase from the Boy Scouts of America.

The headquarters and visitor center were planned in 2009 thanks to a $7.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and feature administrative space for the wildlife refuge as well as a variety of educational exhibits and classrooms as well as the Blue Heron Book Store, a nature bookstore whose proceeds will go toward the refuge.

Starting July 21st, the visitor center will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM, free of charge. The environmental education wing will also offer free field trip and program opportunities to school groups visiting the refuge.

The Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville, off Oak Grove Road. Opening ceremonies on Saturday will begin at 10 AM with the grand opening celebration to last until 4 PM.

Paris Firefighter Killed in Car Accident Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry man and a Paris firefighter lost his life in car accident on Macedonia Road Thursday night. Jeff Hamlin, 49, of Henry was traveling south bound on Macedonia Road Thursday night around 9:30pm. The fatality report from Tennessee Highway Patrol Dispatch stated the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and hit a tree.

Bone Marrow Registry Drive Set Wed, Thurs

Paris, Tenn.- Delete Blood Cancer, McKenzie Medical Center, and Henry County Medical Center will hold a Bone Marrow Donor Drive July 16-17 and everyone is encouraged to come and get swabbed to see if your bone marrow might help someone in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.

Studies show that 70% of those in need can not find a donor match within their families and are turning to the National Registry for a life saving match. Two Paris residents, Mike Shankle and Tom Papszykci both recently were diagnosed with forms of blood cancer in 2013.

Citizens are asked to come to one of three events and have your mouth swabbed to see if you might be a match for someone in need.

On Wednesday July 16th from 10am to 2pm, McKenzie Medical Center at 205 Hospital Drive in McKenzie will have the Bone Marrow Registry Drive.

Two opportunities to get swabbed will be held Thursday July 17th in Henry County. From 11am to 3pm citizens can come by the Henry County Medical Center Atrium.

Then from 4-8pm on Thursday July 17th, there will be a Carmack’s Fish Barn benefit Fish Fry at the Henry County Fair Grounds. Tickets for the fish fry can be purchased at Medical Center gift shop, Arrowhead Home Sales or at Commercial Bank on Mineral Wells. Plates will sell for $10 with proceeds benefiting Delete Blood Cancer.

Each year, 14K people must search for an unrelated donor match and only four out of ten patients are lucky enough to find a match and receive a transplant. Registering as a potential donor is simple and quick, it only involves completing a mouth swab and registration form. Healthy people between the ages of 18 and 55 who meet the requirements are eligible to register. For more information visit deletebloodcancer.org.

Candidate Forum Set for Tues. July 15th at 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF/WLZK will host a candidate forum on Tuesday July 15th at the Little Theatre at Henry County High School. The forum will begin at 5:30 Tuesday night and will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com.

Citizens are invited to attend the forum in person as well on Tuesday night.

Candidates with opposition in the following races have been sent letters inviting them to participate: Constables district two, Trustee, County Commission District 1, District 2, and District 5.

Candidates will be given a two minute opening statement, then asked a series of questions, then given a two minute closing statement. Again if you can’t come to the forum, listen to the broadcast staring at 5:30pm Tuesday night on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.

TBI Charges Teenager With Perry Co. National Guard Shooting

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Lobelville teenager in connection to a deadly shooting at the Perry County National Guard Armory.

At the request of District Attorney General Kim Helper, TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the shooting of 45-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden, which occurred at approximately 4:30 on the afternoon of July 9th. During the course of the investigation, Special Agents, along with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, FBI, ATF, TWRA and THP, developed information which led to the arrest of 15-year-old Christopher C. Farrar. Investigators determined Farrar gained access to the Armory and fired several shots, one of which hit Braden, who later died at Perry County Medical Center. At this point, the exact circumstances of the shooting and its motive remain part of the active investigation.

On Wednesday night, Farrar was taken into custody from his family’s home on Depriest Bend Drive without incident. Early this morning, he was charged with one count of Criminal Homicide. At the time of this release, he was being held without bond in the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Water Run T-shirts Available Now

Goody bags to the First 200 Players

Paris, Tenn.- Kayla Simpson and Holly Todd show off the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce's Water Run and goody bag items that is available for the first 200 players to purchase registration packets for the Water Run at the Chamber Office. T-shirt will be sold for $12. The shirt has the Water Run's theme of "Cheeseburger in Paris-dise". The Water Run is set for July 19th and registration packets are $20. Packets sold on the day of the Water Run will be $25. Call the Chamber at 642-3431 for more information.

Thefts Reported In County, City

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a woman on Lankford Road has had several items stolen in the last few weeks. She told officers she believed a man she knew had taken one of garage door openers and was coming in and taking items and replacing some of them with older, broken items.

The report said that several items including a clothes line, popcorn popper, popcorn, cash, juice and water glasses, vacuum cleaner, utensils, sewing machine, and more were taken. Police continue to investigate.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated 4 guns valued at $1K were stolen from a home on Guthrie Road. There was no forced entry and police have no suspects.

Casting For A Cure Fishing Rodeo Rescheduled for July 19th

McKenzie City Park Pond Will Host Event This Year

McKenzie, Tenn.- Last month’s flooding and devastation at Carroll Lake caused postponement of the annual Steve McCadams “Casting For A Cure” Kids Fishing Rodeo and when the lake lost all its water it appeared the event might not happen.

Thanks to the extended hand of assistance from McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, the rodeo, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will now take place on the morning of Saturday, July 19th at McKenzie City Park pond. It’s free and open to youngsters ages 15 and under. Registration will be held on-site at The Barn, located adjacent to the pond, from 8-9 a.m. Only kids ages 9 and under will fish from 9-10 a.m.; ages 10 through 15 will fish from 10-11 a.m. Weigh-in and awards will begin immediately thereafter.

"The City of McKenzie welcomes the opportunity to host “Casting For A Cure" Kids Fishing Rodeo,” said Mayor Holland. “We have a great park with lots of activities including our playground, skateboard park and disc golf course, and we extend a hearty welcome to all kids and parents to come ready to enjoy a great day. We look forward to making sure everyone enjoys this fun and memorable event which focuses on the hope of finding a cure which will save the lives of so many. "

Kids are asked to bring their own bait and tackle. Concessions will be available on-site.

“I very much appreciate the City of McKenzie and Mayor Holland helping salvage this event as I wanted to keep it alive on behalf of the kids and ACS,” said host Steve McCadams. “We were all set to go last month when the flood came and wrecked our plans. I know a lot of kids and parents were disappointed. I was too!”

“The upcoming rodeo may be a bit smaller than our Carroll Lake event but we’ll do our best to put some big smiles on small faces nonetheless,” stated McCadams. “Thanks to donors who open their hearts and pocket books several door prizes will be given away.”

To support the rodeo and ACS or for more information contact Steve McCadams at (731)-642-0360 or email stevemc@charter.net.

HC Fair Set for Aug 1-9; Booth Space Available

Paris, Tenn.- The 2014 Henry County Fair will be held August 1-9th at the Henry County Fair Grounds. The Henry County Fair is award winning at always a big event drawing around 40K people each year. Any businesses or groups interested in having booth space inside the Events Center should contact Larry Ray at 642-1833 to reserve your spot.

This year’s Fair book is out and available for pick up now. The 2014 Fair Book is dedicated to the late Larry Crawford, who served many years on the fair as well as with several other organizations.

The Henry County Fair will kick off on Friday night August 1st with the 4th annual BBQ cook off. That will continue into Saturday with awards being presented at 3pm.

Other highlights of this year’s Fair schedule include pay one price nights with $10 Admission Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and the livestock auction and woolies revue on Thursday of Fair week. Fair books are available at UT Extension office and throughout businesses in Paris and Henry County.

 

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