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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin

Gas Board Cost-Cutting Helps Offset Dismal Sales

Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met earlier this week and told the board that the district was starting about $146,000 in the red to begin the year. That is a more than the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year when they were about $92,000 in the red.

General Manager Tae Eaton said the fact that we basically had no winter this year put a big hit on sales and most districts in the area and even throughout the country are seeing similar numbers.

Eaton said that when all numbers are settled they would likely finish around $8300 in the red, which is much better than the near $100,000 they had originally thought several months ago. Eaton said some cost cutting measures and maturing of CDs has really helped them slice that deficit.

Eaton told board members that Alexander Thompson Arnold had completed the annual audit report last week. He said there were no findings and it was a clean audit and the board should get some copies in the next week or ten days.

The board learned that no violations were found in the Hazel Gas System after the Kentucky Public Service department did their annual inspection. Eaton reminded the board this will be the last inspection from the state of Kentucky as they have agreed to let the state of Tennessee take over the inspections of the Hazel Gas System starting next year. Eaton said this will save the public utility district lots of paperwork.

Highway Department To Close Jackson Drive Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Jackson Drive on Monday July 23rd from 7am to 4pm. Jackson Drive will be closed from India Road. Motorists should take alternate routes.


Registration for Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Ongoing

Paris, Tenn.- Registration is still ongoing for the All you can eat downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show set for next Saturday July 28th from 3-6pm. The youth for the arts and Downtown Paris Association will benefit from the Ice Cream Social.

Over 20 ice cream booths are already confirmed for the event with home made ice cream, snow cones, milk shakes, and more cool treats on the menu for everyone to enjoy. There will be inflatable jumpers for the kids and a rock wall. Over 50 cars are already registered for the car show as well.

Event goers will need a wrist band in order to taste test the ice cream and play on the jumpers and rock wall. Wrist bands are five dollars for children 12 and under and $10 for adults. There will also be a frozen T-shirt contest.

Entry forms are available at downtown First Bank, Paris City Hall, and the chamber of commerce. For more information call DPA president Kathy Ray at 642-8000 or visit www.visitdowntownparis.com or phcarts.com. Car enthusiast for the car show can contact Vicky Muzzall at 642-8900.


Historical Marking Ceremony Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Captain Charles Barham Chapter of the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century and the Colonel Gideon Macon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists invite the public to a historical marking ceremony on the Henry County Courthouse lawn at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21.

The marker and speakers will present a history of the county.

Chick-fil-A Opens on Bethel University Campus

Bethel President Bob Prosser lead the ribbon-cutting. (Bethel photo).

McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University welcomed Chick-fil-A to campus as it celebrated its grand opening on Thursday, July 19 in its new home in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on the school’s McKenzie campus. Bethel administration, faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to watch the ribbon cutting and to be some of the restaurant’s first customers.

“We are thrilled that Bethel has Chick-fil-A,” McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland said. “Having such a facility strengthens the relationship the city of McKenzie has with Bethel.”

Claiming the first Chick-fil-A meal purchased was Bethel student Anna Cary of McKenzie. “It’s awesome that we have a chick-fil-A on our campus,” Cary said. “It’s my favorite restaurant ever!”

Community member Ruth Webb brought her granddaughter, Morgan, and friend Leslie. “We sometimes go to Jackson just to eat Chick-fil-A,” Webb said. “And when we go shopping in Jackson, we always get Chick-fil-A. The crinkle fries are the best. We are just so excited it is here now.”

Tasha Woodall brought her family from nearby Huntingdon, which is about 10 miles away for the grand opening. “It’s going to be nice to be just fifteen minutes from a Chick-fil-A,” she said.
Bethel students Jovana Petrovic and Jessica Quinn are both excited as well. They will not only have a new restaurant on campus, but they also have new jobs at Chick-fil-A.

Restaurant hours for Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday. Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University features in-restaurant dining for approximately 75 and take out and is open to students and the public. The local menu features the original chicken sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, salads, nuggets, and waffle fries, as well as Chick-fil-A's famous hand-squeezed lemonade.

Bethel student Ana Cary made the first purchase.

Task Force Trial Set September

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A visiting Carroll Co. Circuit Court Judge denied requests for pre-trial diversion from former 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Steve Lee and former Administrative Assistant Leona Simoneau at a motions hearing earlier this week and sentenced a third defendant in the case.

Visiting Judge W.B. Avery set September 10 as the date for entering other pleas or beginning the trial in Carroll Co.

At the hearing a guilty plea from Michael Stephen Lee, son of Steve Lee, for theft of government-owned property under $500, Judge Avery sentenced the younger Lee to 11 months and 29 days of probation.

Representing Steve Lee, Attorney Matt Maddox argued for pre-trial diversion, saying his client showed a lapse in judgment but did not steal property. He acknowledged that Lee did not perform adequately in keeping track of task force inventory.

The elder Lee and Simoneau were implicated following an investigation by the state comptroller's office that discovered missing funds during an audit. There also were charges of misuse of seized items by members of the task force. Similar charges were filed in Henry Co.

According to the McKenzie Banner, Attorney Taylor, representing Simoneau, said during the hearing, "Flying Hank Williams to a Henry County football game isn't the bet use of a drug task force helicopter, but there is a big difference between someone flying a celebrity to a game in a drug task force helicopter and that of consistently allowing property to be taken and sold. Mr. Lee and Ms. Simoneau were kind of like foxes in charge of looking over the hen house."

Bethel University Summer Commencement is August 4

McKenzie, Tenn– Bethel University will hold its Summer 2012 Commencement on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena at the school’s McKenzie campus.

Approximately 250 students are scheduled to graduate.
Seating for Commencement will begin at 1 p.m. and the processional lineup (for both students and faculty) will also be at 1 p.m. Guest entrance is through the main doors of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment adjacent to Crisp Arena and graduate entrance will be through the main doors of Crisp Arena.

For more information about Bethel University’s Summer 2012 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

Early Voting continues, over 400 have cast ballots so far

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting is continuing until July 28th for the August 2nd election. You can go to the Election Commission Office from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday and from 9am to 12 noon on Saturdays. Voters can’t go to their precincts during early voting, just to the election commission office. On Wednesday 83 Henry Countians cast their ballot, bringing the total so far to 412.

Patriot Football Season Tickets on Sale Monday

Paris, Tenn.- High School Football season is just around the corner and Patriot fans who want to renew their seats at Patriot Stadium from last season may do so starting on Monday. Fans who want to renew season tickets should call the Henry County High School Office at 642-5232 beginning on Monday morning. Tickets are $40 and Athletic Director Mike Poteete said fans are encouraged to renew tickets as soon as possible.

Paris Police Department to conduct safety checkpoints thru July 29th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department will be conducting Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints starting July 19th thru Sunday July 29th in or near the city of Paris. The checkpoints will be targeting impaired driers and to ensure all vehicle safety laws are met. All moving violations will be strictly enforced.

4-H fundraiser Saturday at the H-F Coop

Paris, Tenn.- Four Henry County 4-H members have qualified to attend the Southern Regional Horse Show in Perry, Georgia. They will hold a car wash fundraiser this Saturday July 21st from 9am until noon at the Henry Farmer’s Coop, located at 1211 West Wood Street in Paris. The four young ladies each earned top 10 wins at the state level to qualify among the 50 exhibitors chosen to represent Tennessee 4-H at the show. For more information call 642-2941.

Boy Scout Troop 22 to hold Car Wash

Boy Scout Troup 22 will be having a car wash, bake sale, and cookout this Saturday July 21st starting at 8am at Advanced Auto Parts on Mineral Wells Avenue. Please come out and support the Boy Scouts.

Holdslaw Speaks To UT Alumni

Holdsclaw makes the audience laugh during her presentation. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-In a presentation laced with both humor and pathos, former Lady Vols standout and pro basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw appeared at Wednesday's meeting of local UT Alumni and discussed her early life, rise to athletic prominence and struggles with depression along the way.

Before and after the luncheon presentation--which was held at the Lee Academy for the Arts Lunchroom--Holdsclaw spent time posing for photos and autographing items. Her presentation was predominantly a give-and-take question-and-answer session with the audience.

Holdsclaw has written an autobiography, "Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot After Shot" and she touched on highlights from the book: how she overcome a rough family life, thanks to her grandmother's influence and care, and the influence that legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt has had on her life.

She said when Summitt first came to her home in Queens to discuss Holdsclaw coming to UT, Holdsclaw's qestion to her was, "How many minutes will I play?" She said Summitt told her, "The only thing I can promise you is that you will graduate with a degree. At that point, the discussion was between her and my grandmother. My grandmother said, 'I can trust you with her'."

Summitt motivated her not only on the court but in life, she said, and said she was crushed when she learned about Summitt's own ongoing battle with early onset Alzheimer's. "I was just frozen thinking that this woman who built this legacy, this woman may not remember all of this that she has achieved," Holdsclaw said. "That hurt my heart so bad."

Earlier in the session, it was announced that a statue of Summitt will be unveiled on the University of Tennesse-Martin during Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 6. Summitt was a student and basketball player at UT-Martin.

Vicki Boyd takes a photo of Holdsclaw with Meredith Boyd and Carlene Wheatly, while husband Tim Boyd looks on.

Watkins Wins 2nd In State Essay Contest

Paris, Tenn.- Alexus (Lexie) Watkins presents her essay at the DARE conference at Paris Landing State Park on July 12. TDOA D.A.R.E. President Greg Hill is in the background. Lexie won second in the State of Tennessee essay contest. She is the daughter of Buck and Leah Watkins of Cottage Grove and attends Paris Elementary. (Kim Smith photo).

Shady Grove Association Annual Meet Set

Paris, Tenn.-The Shady Grove Cemetery Association annual meeting will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the cemetery. All interested persons with loved ones at Shady Grove are asked to attend or contributions may be mailed to treasurer Carolyn Nored - Jim Merrell Road, Paris,Tn 38242

or call 642-4675.

On Sunday July 22, the annual homecoming at Shady Grove Baptist Church celedrating 188 years will be held. Former Pastor Brother Steve Davis will preach at 11 am followed by noon meal and afternoon singing with The Group Blessed and Pat Martin. Everyone is invited.

Shady Grove Revival will be Monday July 23 through Friday July 27 with Bro. Ray Whitlow of McDavid Grove bringing the message each night at 7:00 pm. Please join us and invite friends and family for a specisl blessing.

Registration Packets Still Available for Water Run

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run will be held this Saturday July 21st on Kentucky Lake and registration packets are available now at the office located on East Wood Street. Players pay $20 each prior to the event or $25 the day of the event to collect stamps at the area resorts.

Participating resorts include Mansard Island, Fat Daddy’s, Breakers Marina, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Bay, Leatherwood, and Paris Landing State Park. Players can collect one stamp each from these resorts and one stamp from either of two fun run party pontoons out on the water that day.

There is a possibility for players to collect nine stamps during the fun run from the resorts and one of the party pontoons. Each stamp you get is good for one card. This year players will also have a chance at the last minute to buy a stamp for ten dollars before you go get your cards. Players must pay in cash for the possible 10th stamp at the last minute.

The best poker hand of five cards wins $1000. All watercraft are invited to play and everyone must check in to Paris Landing by 4pm. The chamber also needs a few more volunteers to work the Water Run this Saturday so if you can help call 642-3431 or stop by the chamber for more information.

2nd Annual Tower Triathlon set for July 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd annual Paris Tower Triathlon will be held on Saturday July 28th beginning at 7:15 am at Eiffel Tower Park in Paris. The triathlon is open for boys and girls ages 7-14 and is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race consisting of swimming, biking, and running.

Kids ages 7-10 will swim 100 yards, bike 3 miles and run a half mile while the 11-14 year olds will swim 200 yards, bike 6 miles and run 1 mile. Every participant will receive a T-shirt and a medal upon crossing the finish line. Placement prizes are also awarded to the top three girls and top three boys in each age division.

To find out more or to register for the event log onto the website at www.towertri.racesonline.com or call Parks Director Tony Lawrence at 644-2517. You can pre-register for only $25 dollars by this Friday July 20th.

Rowlett Pleads Guilty To Theft, Sentenced To Probation

Paris, Tenn.- At a hearing in Henry County General Sessions Court Tuesday, former Paris City Recorder Lisa Rowlett pleaded guilty to two charges of misdemeanor theft and received a suspended two-year jail sentence.

Rowlett had initially been charged with two counts of felony theft and two counts of violation of the bad check law following an investigation into alleged misuse of city funds. Rowlett was relieved of her position in the wake of the investigation.

The bad check law charges were dismissed and the felony theft charges were decreased to misdemeanor theft at the hearing.

Judge Vicki Snyder initially sentenced Rowlett to serve 11 months and 29 days in jail for each theft charge. Those sentences were suspended and Rowlett was placed on probation for some two years upon agreement she will pay fines and costs that total $7,615.87 and $440.50 on the other.

At the time of the investigation, City Manager Carl Holder said it involved "various instances of malfeasance and misappropriation of city funds."

Chick-fil-A Grand Opening At Bethel Is Thursday

McKenzie, Tenn– Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University will have its grand opening on the Bethel University McKenzie campus this Thursday, July 19 at 10 a.m. The restaurant will be located in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Wildcat Lane just off of University Drive.

Restaurant hours are set at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday. Chick-fil-A @ Bethel University will feature in-restaurant dining for approximately 75 and take out and is open to students and the public. The local menu will feature the original chicken sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, salads, nuggets, and waffle fries, as well as Chick-fil-A's famous hand-squeezed lemonade.

Henry County 10 year old All Stars Are Cal Ripken State Champs

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Henry County Ten Year Old All Star team defeated Decatur County on Tuesday to win the Cal Ripken Baseball State Champtionship. The team will move on to play in the southeast regionals later in July in North Carolina. Front row: Cole Davis, Eli Ridgeway, Wesley Bomar, Ethan Thompson, Paul D Atkins, 2nd row: Owen Webb, Paxton Pierpoint, Chase Wyrick, Cooper Smith, Will Parrish, Harrison Cook, Samari Rack back row Coaches Clint Davis, Tracy Tharpe and Lance Smtih Photo by Angie Ridgeway.


PSSD Personnel Moves Put Familiar Faces in New Places

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District board of education meeting, some personnel changes were made placing some familiar faces in different positions. Superintendant of the PSSD Mike Brown made reference to a couple of changes including publicly announcing the resignation of Dr. Norma Gerrell from the position of supervisor of instruction and federal programs.

Brown announced that Dr. Gerrell resigned to take a position with the state department of education working out of the Martin office. Brown then announced that principal of Paris Elementary Lea Watkins was going to be taking over in the supervisor of instruction and federal programs.

In doing so, a principal position needed to be filled so Brown explained to the board that assistant principal of Paris Elementary Howard McGill had agreed to come out of semi-retirement and work full time as the principal of Paris Elementary. McGill has been with the system for a number of years as principal and the past few years working a 120 day contract as assistant principal. McGill will be principal of PES for one year.

Brown and later in the meeting chairman of the board Richard Edwards thanked both Watkins and McGill for taking on their new positions. Both said with McGill coming back full time as principal for a year, it helps keep stability at Paris Elementary because the teachers and staff were already used to him.

Watkins told board members she was excited for the opportunity to be in her new position and loved the idea of working with teachers to help with issues in the classroom. McGill thanked the board for their vote of confidence and also said the decision was an easy because of the great staff at Paris Elementary.

In other personnel moves, Diana Edwards was announced as the new secretary to the board. She fills a spot at central office left by Ms. Peggy Crownover retiring. Brown also gave an update on Rhea Elementary Principal Scott Owens who had some surgery this summer. Brown said Owens was feeling better and was waiting on some check ups in the next few days. Brown said Owens will not likely be back at full time when school starts, but assistant principal at Rhea Gerald Howard is ready to step in and work more until Owens is able to resume full time duties.

PSSD Board Hears Construction Updates; Discusses Budget

The PSSD board also heard from Cary Henson, of Henson Construction on construction project updates. He said the handicap ramp at Inman is still not completely finished as they are waiting on rails to be finished along with painting and carpet to be laid. Plans are to have that complete done late next week.

Henson also said construction with the canopy enclosure at Rhea fell a little behind schedule as they were waiting for delivery of some studs. Masonary work and duct work has progress and hopes are lots of progress will be made before school starts. Completion of this phase of the Rhea renovation project should be mid to late September.

Brown presented the board with items of note that will be included in the budget for the 2013 fiscal year. Brown told the board they increased the budget by 10K dollars to add a worker to help in daycare which has been running full. Monies have also been included to add $200 in longevity pay for the first year and $50 per year after that for teachers for teachers.

Other expenditures in the budget include a three percent cost of living raise for all employees, with the local cost being just under $180K; monies for health insurance increases in January, a new spec

PSSD Registration Phone Calls Start on Monday

PSSD Superintendant Mike Brown reminded the board that any returning students to the Paris Special School District do not have to come to a formal registration and teachers will begin calling parents and students on Monday to update any information. Registration for new students to the PSSD and all Kindergarten students will be on August 2nd from 8-11am. No buses will run on that day. All students will report for an abbreviated day on August 6th with dismissal sometime after lunch and complete full day on August 7th.

TRRA Board Approves Funding Boss Hoss, Eiffel Tower events

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act committee met on Tuesday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce and approved requests for funding for several upcoming events later this year. CEO of the Alliance Larry Crawford reminded the board that part of the agreement to fund these events is that the groups eventually ask for less funds and hopefully become self sustaining in the future. With that being said, Crawford told the TRRA board that staff was recommending 15% cuts in all requests made.

The first request the board looked at was for $32 thousand dollars from the Boss Hoss National Motorcycle Rally which has been held the last few years at Paris Lading. This year’s event is set for September 20-22 and Crawford said since 2007, the TRRA board had dispersed over $127 thousand to this event. The group had already reserved 125 rooms at Paris Landing for their event.

County Mayor Brent Greer, chair of the TRRA board, said the request for funds was mostly to increase the entertainment they offer for their members. Crawford said the tax benefits of the event was about 45 cents per dollar and staff recommending funding with a 15% cut, equal to $27,200 dollars. The board approved that amount.

The board did agree to fully fund one request, for the Eiffel Tower Shootout, scheduled for Saturday December 15th. Chad Cox, new Patriot Basketball Coach Mike Greer and new assistant coach Wes Malone were on hand at the meeting to show support for the event. Cox explained that the decided to make the event a one day event for this year and bring in teams that are closer to the area including Obion County, Waverly, and Crocket County teams.

The event will also include a middle school three point shooting contest and a half court shot for five thousand dollars to help bring out people to the event. The group held a two day tournament last year and had requested $75 hundred dollars. This year they only request $4000. Staff had recommending the 15% reduction and to approve $3400 for the Eiffel Tower Shootout.

Board member and county commissioner James Travis expressed his interest in seeing this tournament grow and he said brining in teams closer to the area might help with that. He suggested they go ahead and fund the full $4K and the board approved his recommendation.

Mayor Greer suggested to Cox that the group work with area merchants to include some coupons in the program that might entice even-goers to shop downtown for Christmas Presents after their team is done playing.


TRRA Says Yes to Many Other Requests; No to two fish tourneys

Paris, Tenn.- In other business the TRAA board approved funding of the Kiwanis Arts and Crafts Festival at $4,250. They requested $5,000 for the event which will be held September 7-8 at Paris Landing State Park. The event drew about 20 thousand last year.

The board approved funding the Tower Triathlon, which is set for July 28th at its full request of $3100. The event was funded at $4,000 last year, so they decreased their request by 31% and the board approved. Last year, 74 racers from around the region turned out for the event.

$1700 was approved for the Henry County Jr. Livestock trail rides for the fall and spring event. The group had requested $3,000, but Crawford informed board members that they funded $2,000 last year. With cutting that 15%, the board approved $1700.

Two requests for approval of funding was turned down by the board at Tuesday’s meeting. One was for the TWRF Fishing Tournament which requested $10K. Crawford said the group funded this in 2010 and no application was received as of Monday. Crawford said he thought it might be better for the county to get behind the Wounded Warrior Fishing Tourney which the TWRF also puts on instead of this one. In addition to that, the
TRRA board had decided to only fund three fishing tourneys a year, and have already done so this year.

The other request turned down was for the Anheuser Busch Employee Fishing Tournament. Crawford informed members that only 55 people were scheduled to attend the event set for next April. Their request was $4000.

Puryear Man Arrested--For 17th Time Since 2000

Puryear, Tenn.-A Puryear man who already had been arrested 16 times since 2000, was arrested for burglary and theft  from a residence on Rice Humphreys Rd in the Puryear area.

Reported stolen from the residence and out buildings, was property valued at over $10,000.

Sheriff's Department Investigator David Doyle arrested David Charnock,  32 yrs old  and charged him with the crime of burglary and theft of property over $10,000. Charnock’s bond has been set at $10,000 and he has a court date for Thursday July 19th 2012 at 9:00 am in the Henry County General Sessions Court.

Sheriff Monte Belew said he was pleased to have an arrest made in this incident and to have recovered some of the property reported stolen, but there were additional cases yet to be solved.

Belew added that his department still has a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the other recent thefts in the county.

Belew noted that this was the 17th arrest in Henry County of Charnock since the year 2000.

Investigator Doyle did recover some of the property stolen from the theft and the investigation is still ongoing in attempt to locate the remainder of the stolen items.

Again, anyone with information on this theft or any other crimes in Henry County is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 731-642-1672 or the Henry County Hot Line at 731-642-0929.

New Student Registration Set August 3

Paris, Tenn.-On August 3, the Henry County School System will offer a new student registration between 8 a.m. and 11a.m. A child is considered a new student if he/she was not enrolled in Henry County High, Grove, Lakewood, Harrelson , or Henry Schools in the 2011-2012 school year. No buses will run this day and parents/guardians may come to the school their child will attend without an appointment during those hours.The first full day of school for all Henry County School System students will be August 6. Buses will run on this day.

Metro Crime Unit Confiscates Marijuana, Drug Proceeds

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Deputy Cpl. Jamie Myrick is shown with marijuana, scales and alleged drug proceeds confiscated from a home at 15 Casey Lane in Paris. Arrested was Howard Cowan, Jr. of Paris. According to Paris Police Investigator Ricky Watson, the arrest followed a search warrant that was implemented by the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police and Sheriff's Department. (Sheriff Department photo).

10 year old all stars defeat Newbern, qualify for SE Regionals

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Ten year old all stars defeated Newbern 13-1 last night in tournament action and will play Decatur County in Huntingdon tonight at 6pm. Go out and support the team if you can. With the win last night the ten year old all stars qualify for a trip to the Southeast Regionals in North Carolina later in the month.

Holdsclaw To Appear Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-Former Lady Vols standout Chamique Holdsclaw will appear at an event sponsored by the local UT Alumni Association Wednesday at the Lee Academy for the Arts. Holdsclaw will speak about her life and struggles as she battled depression during her college and professional basketball careers. The appearance begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lee Lunchroom.

CNBC Ranks Tennessee 4th in “America’s Top States for Transportation and Infrastructure"

Nashville, Tenn. –For the third year in a row, Tennessee’s transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to CNBC’s 2012 study “America’s Top States for Business.” According to the report, Tennessee ranks fourth best in America in the category of “Transportation and Infrastructure,” and is the only state topping the list that has no transportation debt.

Many states across the nation carry transportation debt, and must allocate a large portion of their funds to interest payments.

“This is significant as we are the only top-ranked state without any transportation debt,” according toTennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer. “The next state on the list without debt was ranked 19th. Tennessee is a ‘pay as you go’ state and TDOT will continue to do our part in upholding Governor Haslam’s vision of running an effective and efficient government.”


Quota Hears Of Rezoning

Paris, Tenn.-At a recent meeting, the local Quota organization learned that Quota International, Inc voted to re-zone Quota Districts at the recent International Convention that was held in Hawaii. Paris has been in District 23 along with other clubs from Tennessee and Arkansas and will now be in Region 9. There will be 16 clubs in Region 9 from Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.

Members voted to give their annual contribution to the Girl Scouts and a thank you note was read from Paris Henry County Arts Council for a recent contribution. Paris Quota also contributed toward the Infant Hearing Screening machine at Henry County Medical Center.

Quota will host the birthday party at Henry County Nursing Home at 10am on July 24 and the Mental Health Committee will have a meeting at 5pm at First Presbyterian Church on the 24th to plan the year’s activities.

The club will host the Patriot Kitchen at the Episcopal Church’s Keenan Hall on October 18th and January 31, 2013.

Pam Conger announced that the club has received nice Thank You notes from all of the recent scholarship recipients.

Members use their Kroger gift cards as one of the club’s fundraisers. Dr. Elizabeth Craig announced that she has received notification that Kroger will be changing the way they are doing this; so members are urged to spend down their cards and wait to add money until further notification. This program will work off the regular Kroger card and will be easier to use.
Connie Garrett announced that she is working with the Parisian Movie Theatre to select a suitable movie for the annual “Girls’ Night Out”.

Commission Recesses Until Thursday for Budget approval

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday evening but recessed before approving the tax rate and budget for the 2013 fiscal year until Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm. County Mayor Brent Greer informed commissioners that the actual budget didn’t get published until July 9th so the full ten days hasn’t passed yet so they can’t pass the tax rate and budget.

When the commission convenes Thursday afternoon they will likely pass the budget that includes a tax rate of two dollars and 19 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed property. That number is the same rate as last year, so citizens are not seeing a tax rate increase.

Several Appointments to Boards, Committees Made Monday

In action before recessing last night, county mayor Brent Greer presented commissioners with a letter of resignation from commissioner Earl Anderson and his family, as his health continues to be poor. Citizens of the fifth district will vote to replace Anderson in the November election. Any citizen of the fifth district that wants to run will have to qualify by noon on August 16th.

With Commissioner Anderson’s resignation Chairman of the nominating committee David Webb presented asked for a suspension of the rules to consider appointments to boards and committees left vacant by the resignation. He and commissioner Connie McSwain caucused and appointed themselves to the following board Webb will fill the term on the airport board, beer board, courthouse committee, and industrial relations committee.

McSwain will fill the vacancy on the TRRA board, solid waste board, and policies and procedures committee. The person who wins the seat in November will then be assigned to these committees.

The commission approved other appointments last night as well including Danny Tucker to serve as county coroner, ML Bailey to serve as assistant county coroner, and Dr. Scott Portis to serve as assistant medical examiner for the county.

Commission OKs Creation of Tourism Development Authority 

Board to give flexibility to what TRRA board already does

Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting saw commissioner approve public chapter 846 which basically allows for the formation of the Tourism Development Board. County Mayor Brent Greer said that the law passed by legislature allows this board to have different flexibility to put on events to support tourism in the county.

The board will basically be the same as the Tennessee River Resort Act committee which handles the TRRA monies that come in and also uses that money to promote tourism and put on events such as fishing tournaments in the county. Mayor Greer just said the tourism development authority board allows them to do more with certain properties that the TRRA board can’t deal with now, in hopes of brining in more tourism dollars. The board will work with the chamber, city, and county on projects and tourism events.

In other action Monday, the commission approved the non profit contributions on second and final reading. The amount for 2012-13 fiscal year is $104,540 which helps fund all volunteer fire departments and 15 other civic groups throughout the county. Groups getting the most money include over 31 thousand to the county’s volunteer fire departments, ten thousand dollars to the Heritage Center, and Community Developmental Services, and six thousand dollars apiece to the Henry County Soccer, KY Lake ASA softball, Fair Association, and Henry County Youth Baseball.


Sheriff's Office Offering $1000 Reward for Info on Recent Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- The Sheriff’s Office is offering a $1000 reward for any information concerning thefts in the areas of Jones Mill, Cottage Grove, and Country Junction during the week of July 9th. For information concerning the thefts call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Sheriff’s Office Hot Line at 642-0929.

Sheriff's Deputies Busy with Thefts, BUIs, Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Several thefts were reported across the county from the weekend including the theft of two dogs from a locked in front porch sometime Sunday. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a boxer and Antonin valued at over $4300 were taken from the locked in porch. The victims said there was no forced entry and the gate locks from the inside. Police have no suspects so far in the dog theft.

A business on highway 69 North also was burglarized over the weekend. Deputy Blake Jenkins went to the scene and found that the office and cabinets had been gone thru. Items missing include bank bags, two hundred dollars in cash, over $150 in checks, a 42 inch TV, a glock 17 9mm pistol, and over one thousand feet in copper wire. The value of items was not listed and police continue to investigate the incident.

A home on Terrapin Creek Road had a 3500 watt power generator and a 22 rifle stolen from it over the weekend. Also some vehicles on Kuykendall Road had a metallic purse, wallet, bank cards, blank checks, Oakley Brand Glasses, and change stolen from them. There are no suspects in either of these thefts.

Some arrests from the weekend include Markia Deonte Patton, age 25 of 719 West Blythe Street for DUI 1st, Rock A. Foster, age 32 of Springville, for driving on revoked license, DUI, possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia; Carrie Jo Matzin, age 42, of 959 Old Paris Murray Road for simple possession of schedule 4, 6, and drug paraphernalia, David Allen Wells, age 43 of Trimble, Tenn., for BUI, violation of implied consent, and violation of the vessel light law, and Samuel Patrick Lashlee, 51 of Dickson, for BUI, violation of implied consent, and violation of the vessel registration and vessel light laws.


Mansfield Man Killed In Wreck

Paris, Tenn.-A 65-year-old Mansfield man was killed and a Paris man is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center following a two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 641 S Saturday afternoon.

Roger E. Baker, 65, Mansfield, was killed in the accident. Listed in critical but stable condition at the hospital Sunday afternoon is Jerry W. Moody, 41, Paris.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Baker was southbound in his 2009 Ford Ranger pickup when preliminary indications are that he crossed the center-line and crossed into the path of the 2008 Ford SUV driven by Moody, causing a head-on collision. Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The accident report indicated that Baker was not wearing a seat belt, but that Moody was wearing his.

The investigation was conducted by Trooper Shane Steele.

The accident happened some six miles outside of Paris near the former Halfway Point Market.


Child Abduction Report Proves False

Paris, Tenn.-A report of a child abduction in the Countrywood subdivision thankfully proved false Saturday night.

Henry County sheriff's deputies were called to the subdivision on the report that an adult had taken a young child into the woods. A perimeter was set up and deputies were dispatched to search the area.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua said Sunday morning, "What we had to go on was the word of some younger children who had seen an adult grab a young child and go into the woods. The kids didn't know who the adult was, so they panicked."

As it turned out, it was a grandparent who had taken the child into the woods to look for a lost dog, he said.

Stolen Car Retrieved, Man Arrested

Paris, Tenn.-A McKenzie man was arrested for stealing his friend's car and items from the car following an incident Friday night.

Paris Police were called to 414 Harrison Lane on a report that a white 1997 white Nissan Altima had been stolen. The victim said someone had slept on the couch of the home over night and when they woke up, the car, three cell phones, car keys and a purse were missing.

The vehicle was found at 10 a.m. Saturday morning on Mockingbird Lane in Henry and, based on witness reports, Paris Police tracked the perpetrator to a home on Lipps Dr.

Paris Police arrested Brandon Odom, 19 of McKenzie, after finding the car keys in his shoes. The car stereo had been stolen from the car and paneling ripped out.

In a separate incident, Paris Police said a man on Dunlap St. reported his trailer missing Friday night. The victim said he saw it Thursday night when he was mowing grass, but it was now missing. It is a black 1993 Taylor tilt trailer worth $600.

Hospital Auxiliary Officers Installed

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary installed its 2012-2013 officers during a recent meeting, Officers are (left to right): President Holly Ledden, Vice President Judith Welch, Historian Joetta Nance, Secretary Mary Newson, Treasurer Joan Shankle, and Chaplain Laverne Crowley.

Volunteer Coordinator Becky Hedges, arranged for each volunteer officer to receive a red rose as part of their induction as a new lead officer. Volunteers are a vital part of Henry County Medical Center with more than 50 volunteers currently serving across the organization.

Youth For Arts Grants Handed Out

Paris, Tenn.-The Youth for the Arts board of the Paris-Henry Co. Arts Council met this week and awarded arts scholarships for the summer of 2012. The board awarded six individuals a total of $1,500. The students will use them for arts activities such as drum, pianio, dance and violin lessons.

The recipients are: Anna Divito, Michael Quinn, Jeremiah Quinn,Chelsea Griffin, Brian Johnson, and Bradley Johnson.


Rains Bring Rainbows To Area

Paris, Tenn.-The good downpours we have been experiencing have also brought beautiful rainbows, such as this one captured by Elmina Yoder near 54 Lawn and Garden.

HCHS Squad Brings Home Trophies

The cheerleading squad was all smiles. In the foreground, left to right: Shannon Evans, Kaitie Maupin, Shelby Marie Prosser and erica Nicole Little. (Melissia Maupin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School cheerleading squad has even more to cheer about today, after they took home several trophies from the Universal Cheerleading Association Camp held at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

The girls and their coaches were at the camp all week and on the last day, all the squads compete for awards. In the Varsity Division, they won 1st place in cheer, 3rd place in dance, Superior Squad Award, 2 Spirit Sticks, 1st Place in the Dance Off, and the Top Banana Award, which is a best overall squad award for the entire week.

Two cheerleaders were selected as All American Cheerleaders: Chesney Buttrey & Grace Hassell. Also, the mascot, Savannah Walker, won a Superior Award, Spirit Award & Camp Champ Award.

Squad members are: Seniors; Chesney Buttrey, Shannon Evans, Jenny Grace Reed, Alyssa Wayne, & Darian French. Juniors; Camille Ridley, Gabby Clark, Erica Little, Shelby Prosser & Jessica Lieberman. Sophomores; Keeley Gregory, Grace Hassell, Kaitie Maupin, Lexi Bond, Kristen Chenoweth, Madison Lovelace & Brooke Johnson. Mascot, Savannah Walker. Coaches are Kristy Buttrey & Kaylee Clark.

The whole gang with their trophies. (Melissia Maupin photo)

Early Voting Totals Reported

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson has given us the early voting totals so far. On Friday, the first day of early voting, the total number casting their votes was 143 and on Saturday, it was 18. Early voting continues through July 28 at the elections commission office in the courthouse annex.

North Carolina Angler Wins LBAA Tourney

Buchanan, Tenn.-Monica Altman of North Carolina charged from eighth to win the 2012 LBAA Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament at Paris Landing State Park Friday. Her two-day total was 30.13-pounds which included the ProAngler Legend Big Bass Award winning bass which weighed 6.32-pounds. Others in the top seven: 2) Dianna Clark 29.46, 3) Lisa Johnson 28.53, 4) Pam Martin-Wells 27.96, 5) Lynda Gessner 26.41, 6) Kim Bain-Moore 24.54, 7) Patti Campbell 23.73. The Ladies Bass Anglers Association made Fish Tail Lodge their headquarters while here. (LBAA photo).

Registration Open For Water Fun Run

Paris, Tenn.-“Flip Flops and Bikini Tops” is the theme of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run, scheduled for on July 21st on Kentucky Lake. Registration is ongoing now for teams and participants for the fun run. Sponsoring resorts include Fat Daddy’s, Breakers Marina, Mansard Island Resort, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort/Redneck Island, Paris Landing State Park Marina, Leatherwood Resort and Cypress Bay Resort.

Players pay $20 each or $25 on the day of the event to collect stamps at the sponsoring resorts. Five stops are required, but up to eight are available. Cards will be dealt at the end based on the number of stamps collected. The best hand will win $1000 cash.

Two “Fun Run Pontoons,” will be traveling the water during the day. All watercraft are invited to participate. All players must be checked in the dock at the marina at Paris Landing State Park by 4 pm on July 21st.

Call the Chamber office at 642.3431 for more information.

Eagle Scout Project Beautifies Local Parks

The Atkins-Porter Dog Park now has two signs, thanks to the work of Scott Gerrell, right. He is pictured with Parks Department Director Tony Lawrence. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-More new signs have been placed in the Paris city parks thanks to an Eagle Scout project by 13-year-old Scott Gerrell. Gerrell is in Boy Scout Troop 28 and is working toward earning his status as an Eagle Scout, which requires community service.

Gerrell has completed five new signs: two for the Atkins-Porter dog park, one at the Washington Courts park, one at the Porter Courts park and a fifth at Eiffel Tower II. With the city parks department furnishing the boards, Gerrell said the project—which included him installing the signs at the parks—took about two days.

For his community service, he followed in the footsteps of his big brother, Trey, who also constructed signs for several parks a few years ago in order to achieve his Eagle Scout status.

Both Gerrells are the sons of Carlton and Norma Gerrell of Paris.

Early Voting Starts Slow

Paris, Tenn.-The steady rain may be to blame for the slow start to early voting Friday morning. Elections Commission employee Delaina Green (behind desk) said a handful of voters were trickling into the Henry County Elections Commission office by mid-morning. Early voting begins today and will run through July 28. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. The elections commission is in the courthouse annex. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Johnson Leads After LBAA First Day at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-The 2012 Lady Bass Anglers Association Larry Shaffer Memorial Tournament concludes today at Paris Landing State Park. The results after Day 1 on Thursday: 1) Lisa Johnson 16.17, (shown in picture), 2) Dianna Clark 15.73, 3) Pam Martin-Wells 14.23, 4) Lynda Gessner 12.99, 5) Judith Hart 12.93, 6) Patti Campbell 12.75, 7) Pam Ridgle 12.36. (LBAA photo).

Landmark Church Vandalized

Paris, Tenn.-The Old Landmark Church at 605 Powell St. in Paris was vandalized and items stolen from it during the day Thursday.

According to the police report, someone took the air conditioner out of the window of the sanctuary and entered the building, taking a CD player, some $150 out of change jars and a CD case with 12 CDs.

Church members had been to the church at 6:30 a.m. and everything was o.k., but when they returned later that day, they noticed the break-in. Paris Police found the air conditioner and CD player across the street in the woods. Police do have a couple of suspects in mind.

Man Arrested For Domestic Assault

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man is in custody for domestic assault after a Paris Police officer witnessed him striking a woman at the Cherokee Plains Trailer Park. Police were called to the scene on a report of a dispute and pulled in in time to see Larry Levord Raines, 46, 2317 Lone Oak Rd., strike a woman. According to the report, the woman fell to the ground and started to cry.

In the process of arresting Raines, Patrolman Tony Elkins called for back-up when Raines became belligerent. Raines yelled that he would kick in the police car window and Elkins warned him he would spray him with a chemical spray if he did. Raines did kick the window and Elkins did spray him.

In another incident, Paris Police arrested Kristi Lackey, 30 of 281 Buchanan Resort Rd., for theft from Burke's Department Store. Lackey was an employee of the store and admitted taking a total $809.37 from the cash register since April.

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