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

Hutcherson Arrested Following Chase

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail after he ran when law enforcement officers attempted to arrest him on a probation violation charge.

Phillip Hutcherson, age 20 of 706 Cooper St., was charged with evading arrest, escape and violation of probation. The Henry County Metro Crime Unit was attempting to arrest him at Paris Inn and Suites when Hutcherson reportedly took off running behind the motel. Henry County Sheriff's deputies and Paris Police apprehended Hutcherson behind the motel complex after a chase on foot and by car.


Semi Trailer and Truck Destroyed by Fire

Springville, Tenn.-The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department is still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a semi-truck and trailer parked behind Pitbull Motorcycle Lifts at 9070 Hwy 79 N in Springville early Friday morning.

Firefighter Tammy Hinson said the department received the call around 11:45 p.m. from a passerby and by the time firefighters arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed. She said the trailer and semi were parked right up behind the shop and that the trailer started fire first and spread to the truck, destroying both. Hinson said, “The fire was very large when we arrived.”

She said the truck and trailer belonged to the owner of Pitbull, who said he was inside the shop welding and did not realize the fire was ongoing outside. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the building.

The trailer held equipment and tires and the owner estimated his loss at $75,000, she said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for approximately two hours, according to Hinson.


Vandalism is Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies also are investigating vandalism to a Toyota SUV parked in a carport on Stateline Rd. According to the report, the owner of the SUV reported he had parked the vehicle in the carport next to the house and found a Chrome grill logo, two plastic covers from the front bumper and plastic faring to the bumper were taken off the vehicle.

June County Unemployment Numbers High in Area

Rates from May increases in 91 of 95 counties

Nashville- County Unemployment numbers for June were released Thursday and the unemployment rate has increased since May’s numbers were released in all the counties in our listening area.

County’s June unemployment rate came in the highest in the area and is the 9th highest in the state at 12.6%. Of Carroll County’s estimated labor force of 13,920 about 1,750 of them were looking for work in June. The rate of 12.6% is up .6% from May’s rate of 12.0% and up a percent and a half from June 2012’s rate of 11.1%.

County’s unemployment rate for June came in at 11.2% which is up .4% from May’s rate and up 1.1% from June 2012’s rate. Numbers equate to 1,540 of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 13,770 were without a job last month.

Benton County also had a unemployment rate of 11.2% for June. Of the 6900 estimated work force in Benton County 6120 were working while 780 were looking for work in June. The rate is up .4% from May and up .8% from June of last year.

The press release from the department of labor and workforce development said the rate increased in June in 91 of the Volunteer State’s 95 counties. Williamson County had the lowest rate at 6.1% and Scott County continues to have the highest rate at 18.1%.

Gas Board Gets Good Audit Report from Regulatory Authority

Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met last week and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board that the Tennessee Regulatory Authority did the annual inspection and found no violations. Eaton also told board members the annual audit has been completed and it should be available in a report in 30 days. The district had a clean audit with no findings.

Eaton went over the financials and said the district finished June $107K in the red, which was normal during the summer months. He said they were better than last June when they were over $143K in the red.

He informed the board that gas prices are relatively low right now so they are purchasing gas to put in storage before winter time comes. Currently, the district has almost 34% of gas in storage and Eaton said they plan to get up to 90% as soon as possible. This will help rate payers by being able to keep rates low during the winter months.

The gas board approved the district to be a buyer in the upcoming livestock saleat the Henry County Fair and approved paying James Plus and Associates $26,854 for the engineering design of the 14 sections of the main extension.

Puryear Woman Charged With Filing False Report

Puryear, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Kristina P. Allen, 23, of 10280 Highway 641 N,  with filing a false report, vandalism, and misuse of 911 Wednesday after she told officers she wasinvolved in a hit and run.

The report stated that Deputy Jenkins and Sgt. Dennis Vaughn responded to the call where Allen said a red truck had hit her and drove off. After some investigation it was revealed Allen had run off the road and knocked over two mailboxes and hit a fire hydrant up the road. Allen said she lied about getting hit by the truck because she didn’t have anything but liability insurance.

Metro Crime Unit Makes Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit charged Randall E. Williams, with an address at the Super 8 Motel, with driving on a suspended license, simple possession of schedule two, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams was placed on $2500 bond.

In a separate incident, the Metro Crime Unit charged Danny J. Trotter, age 38, of Harmon Cemetery Road with simple possession of schedule two, possession of drug paraphernalia, and fugitive from justice out of Kentucky. Trotter was placed on $3K bond.

Ptl. Derek Colley of the Paris Police Department has filed warrants for felony evading on Keith Lynn, age 42, of 1136 N. Market Street. Ptl. Colley responded to a domestic assault call at that address and found that Lynn had left in a red van. He later made contact with the van and activated his blue lights. The van didn’t pull over and speed up. The chase continued until the van struck a tree on Veterans Drive.

Ice Cream, Antique Cars To Fill Court Square Saturday Afternoon
WMUF/WLZK Sponsors Frozen T-Shirt Contest

Casey Brown gets encouragement from her son, Tyler, during the ice cream eating contest last year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The All You Can Eat, Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show will be held from 3-6 p.m. this Saturday July 27. It’s a day full of ice cream classic cars, crazy contests and games and clowns.

A minimum of $10 buys an adult ticket and $5 for children’s ticket for all you can eat ice cream. Classic and antique car owners can also enter by purchasing a $10 bracelet.

This will be the fourth year for the event and Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray said the ice cream stays cold thanks to Lakeway IGA sponsoring the freezer truck.

Homemade ice cream is encouraged but not essential and ticket holders will get to taste test all different kinds of cold, creamy desserts this year.

There will be awards for Best Theme, Best Ice Cream, and Best of Show along with a People’s Choice trophy for their favorite car. People will cast votes for their favorite car with 25 cent votes.

Event goers can also take part in contests throughout the day including a child’s ice cream eating contest at 3:30pm, adults ice cream eating contest at 4:15 and a frozen T-shirt contest, sponsored by WMUF/WLZK at 5pm.

All competitions have a $5 entry and money raised during the Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show will benefit the DPA and Caring Hearts Fund.

The National Guard will have their rock climbing wall and there will be inflatable jumpers and the Oogie and Oogls Piddlepop clowns will be on hand as well all afternoon.

Tickets are available from booth sponsors and on site during the event and several area businesses and organizations have already signed up. For more information go to visitdowntownparis.com or contact DPA President Kathy Ray at 642-8000. DPA will also announce the themes for this coming year’s Christmas Parade, Gingerbread House Contest, and Festival of Trees to give everyone time to prepare ideas. The ice cream social once again runs 3-6 this Saturday on the court square in Paris.

Roberts Hired as Director of Physician Practice Management

Joshua Roberts at his desk. (HCMC photo).


Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Joshua Roberts has been selected as Director of Physician Practice Management at Henry County Medical Center.

“As changes in healthcare continue, more and more physicians are seeking employment with hospitals rather than operating their own practices,” Tom Gee, Chief Executive Office of Henry County Medical Center, said. ”Joshua’s position is a response to the need for hospitals to manage these practices effectively. We are excited to have Joshua permanently on board to help us accomplish this task.”

Roberts is originally from Murray, KY and a graduate of Calloway County High School. He attended the University of Kentucky, graduating Summa Cum Laude with his BA in Modern European History. He then went on to Vanderbilt University and received his Masters of Arts in Modern European History, along with his Doctorate in Philosophy. He then went to Bethel University and received his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration.

As part of his MBA education, Roberts has spent several months at HCMC completing his Administrative Internship/Fellowship. With completion in summer 2013, Roberts was an excellent choice for the Director of Physician Practice Management.

“It is an interesting time in healthcare and I hope that everyone at HCMC and in the community is as excited as I am about the opportunities to bring local and national healthcare outcomes in line with other leading nations of the world,”

Roberts said. “To make this happen, we will all have to keep an open mind and focus on the big picture to move healthcare forward.”

Roberts and his wife Stephanie have a son named Carter and a daughter named Scarlett.

Free Concert Part of Bargain Highway This Year

Camden, Tenn.-Organizers of the Bargain Highway--an annual yard sale extravaganza that goes from Big Sandy to Camden every Labor Day weekend--announced Wednesday that it will include a free concert this year.

The Camden-Benton Co. Chamber of Commerce announced that David Ball and the Playboys will perform a free concert from 4-8 p.m. August 31 on the courtsquare in Camden. Other acts will also be on hand.

The Chamber is still registering yard sales, fundraisers, etc. on the Bargain Highway Map. This will ensure that your location is a designated location to register for the $1000 give away.

For $25 you can have your location noted on the map as well as have a 20 word classified on what you will have at your sale. Last day to register your location with the Chamber will be August 9. Call 584-8395 to reserve your spot.

Paris Upward Flag Football Holding Signups Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Upward Flag Football signups will be held Saturday July 27th from 9am to noon at First Baptist Church. Come to the Brewer Street Entrance at the church. All players should plan to attend one of two scheduled evaluation days between 8-11am on Saturday August 3rd or Saturday August 10th. Evaluations should take about 20 minutes.

HCHS Adding More Reserved Seats at Patriot Stadium

120 Reserved Seats to Be Added This Season

More reserved seating will be added for Patriot football this year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will be offering more reserved seating for Patriot football games starting this year. The school is adding an additional 120 seats for the games. The seats will be located on the left and right sides of the existing reserved seats and will consist of the top five rows under the pressbox with 12 seats available on each row.

Reserved ticket holders who had a reserved seat from last year will have first choice to the new reserved seats. They will have until August 2nd to make their choice and after that deadline available seats will be sold. There is a current waiting list for seats that was requested from last year and this year and if you wish to purchase reserved seats call 642 5232 to have your name put on the list.

The new reserved seats will not have backs on them until the third home game this year, scheduled for Friday September 27th. The cost of the new reserved seats are same at $40.

HCHS is asking that reserve ticket holders try to come to the games in one vehicle if it’s a family to provide adequate parking for all football games. Henry County will open the season at home against Liberty on Friday night August 23rd. Other home games this year include Ridgeway on September 13th, Kenwood on September 27th, Springfield October 4th, and Northeast on October 25th.

McSwain Hands Over Presidency of Healthcare Foundation

Connie McSwain accepts a plaque honoring her service from HCMC CEO Tom Gee. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn.– It was business as usual during the annual meeting of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inc. held on July 19, 2013, with one exception. This meeting served as the last Connie McSwain would preside over as President.

“We very much appreciate the leadership of our Foundation by Connie McSwain,” according toTom Gee, Chief Executive Office of Henry County Medical Center. “It is because of committed people like Connie that we are able to bring about the benefits the Foundation provides to our community.”

This year was McSwain’s first year serving as President, and sixth year on the Foundation board. Due to bylaw requirements of members, each member can only serve two three-year terms, which means McSwain must step down from the board, relinquishing her presidency.

“I have served on a lot of boards, with a lot of different programs,”  McSwain said in her closing comments. “But this board has done a lot of great things, and it has been my honor to serve as President, and I know this board will continue to do great things.”

Grove School Open House Set

Paris, Tenn.-E.W. Grove School would like to invite all incoming freshmen and parents to a Back to School Open House at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 6.

Open House will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session on policies, procedures, and how to prepare for the first day of school. Attendees can then take a tour of the school and become familiar with programs offered at E.W. Grove School. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents.

For more information, call E.W. Grove School at 642-4586 or access the school’s website at www.henryk12.net/grove.

Local Citizens Sought for Cancer Research Project

Murray, Ky. – Residents between the ages of 30 and 65 and who have never been diagnosed with cancer can make their mark on cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The opportunity for local residents in Calloway County and surrounding areas to enroll in CPS-3 on Sept. 19-21, 2013, is being made possible in partnership with Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

This cancer study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Eligible participants can go online to www.cps3murrayhospital.org to schedule and secure a date and time to enroll. At that time, the participant must complete a comprehensive health history survey. Then at their scheduled appointment, they will fill out a quality control information form, have their waist measured and have a small blood sample drawn by a phlebotomist.

Upon completion of this process, the Society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys for updated participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. Previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I and CPS-II) confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.

For more information, visit cancer.org/cps3 or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

BPU Board Hears Financials For FY 13

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager John Etheridge reviewed the financials for the fiscal year which ended June 30th.

In the electric department, the year ended with just a few more customers than the previous year as Etheridge pointed out it was basically flat. He went on to say that is not a bad thing though as some utilities in the region are seeing the number of customers they have shrink. The electric department increased its cash position by $413K during the year getting closer to that amount auditors suggested the keep for storms and emergency situation. Etheridge said we aren’t were they want us to be yet, but better than we were a couple of years ago.

Both the water and wastewater departments also had good years with the water seeing sales increases for the year of $13K and wastewater seeing a $44K increase. They ended the year in the black which keeps BPU from getting a letter from the state board.

Etheridge said they are starting to build a little cash in the wastewater department and will likely take on a rehab project in the current fiscal year while they have some good cash position.

The board accepted write offs for the last quarter in the amount of $19,957. Etheridge said for the year, the total writeoffs was very good showing the proactive efforts of the office staff in continuing to collect debt.

The BPU board also approved the BPU to participate in the TML Risk Management Pool and being able to take part in the program TML offers to its partners for safety grants. The board also approved TML’s as the low bidder for the business insurance.

Water and Wastewater Supervisor Terry Wimberly reported to the board that they only have about 600 water meters left to change and the whole system will be automated. Wimberly said the whole process is running smoothly and they are reading meters thru AMI now.

HC BOE Holds Quick Regular Meeting During Annual Retreat

Paris, Tenn.- At a short Henry County Board of Education meeting Monday afternoon at Paris Landing State Park chairman of the board Tom Beasley presented the annual director’s evaluation.

Beasley said director of schools for Henry County Sam Miles had scored a 4.5 on a 5 point scale in the five areas of evaluation overall. The areas include board relationship, community relationship, staff relationship, facilities and finance, and student achievement. Miles also scored a 2.9 on a 3 point scale for annual objectives on the report. Beasley said that the board agreed that Miles has been doing a great job for the system.

Also at the board meeting, Miles updated the board on the recent delay in the Affordable Healthcare Act as penalties will not start until 2015 instead of 2014. Miles said the school system is moving forward with plans to level the cost of insurance for all employees and a committee would be formed to discuss insurance options as we move forward with the implementation of the act in the future.

The board met briefly in regular session as they continued their annual retreat at Paris Landing where several topics and issues were discussed.

Chairs Are Not Just for Sitting; Fundraiser Gearing Up

Casey Brown readies a chair for the upcoming event. Chair was donated by Meggen Strickland. (Tory Daughrity photo).


Paris, Tenn. – The Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the Cancer Care Center of Henry County are gearing up for the second annual “Chairs That Care” Auction and Social. With the success of last year’s auction far exceeding expectations, this year’s auction is already shaping up to be bigger and better.

“Before last year’s auction we had a goal of about 30 chairs because we didn’t know what to expect,” according to Casey Brown, Caring Hearts Fund Liaison and Cancer Care Center employee. “We ended up with over 70 chairs and raising over $3,600. We have set this year’s goal for over 100 chairs and are well on our way to meeting that goal.”

This year’s Auction and Social will be held Saturday, August 3 at the Paris Winery, with events starting at 4 p.m. and concluding around 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 and include a free wine tasting, drinks and hor d’oeuvres, musical entertainment by Trifekta featuring Mark McWherter, Tabitha Myrick and Jim Merrell, along with the silent and live auction of the donated chairs made by community members. Tickets can be purchased at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County, the HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop and My Favorite Things.

“Chairs that Care” came about as a way to raise funds for the Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. Local artists and supporters can create one-of-a-kind chair masterpieces to be auctioned off in the silent auction and live auction. This fund assists patients with a financial need to pay for medications, transportation, premiums and co-pays while having treatment in Henry County at either the Cancer Care Center of HCMC Outpatient Chemotherapy.

“The money brought in by this auction stays right here in Henry County,” Brown said. “To be able to help people that need a way to get to treatment or to pay for prescriptions or even to pay for co-payments or premiums so that treatment can be gotten--that is what this project is really all about.”

Individual chairs will be on display at various locations prior to the live and silent auction event as well as available for viewing on the HCMC website: www.hcmc-tn.org. Completed chairs can be dropped off at the Cancer Care Center weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Paris Soccer Club Last Signups Set for Saturday At Hulmes

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Soccer Club will hold its last registration on Saturday July 27th at Hulmes Sporting Goods starting at 9am. The cost is $40 with a $5 discount on multiple siblings. Players must be at least 4 years old by July 31st to play on the team. Interested parents need to call or text the Soccer Club number at 333-9464. Registrations must be in by July 31st to avoid a late fee.

Quail Forever Organizational Meeting Set

Paris, Tenn.-Landowners, sportsmen, and conservationists are invited to anorganizational meeting for a local chapter of Quail Forever. Quail numbers are drastically decreasing in America and we can work together to stop this decline.  Quail Forever is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to quail and other wildlife habitat restoration and management.  Any and all monies raised locally stay in the community to benefit our wildlife and mentoring our youth. 


Andy Edwards, Regional Representative for Quail Forever, will speak to the group regarding starting a Quail Forever Chapter.  Brittany Viers, Quail Forever Farm Bill Biologist, will discuss quail habitat needs and how to improve our land for wildlife.  Ron Harrison, Henry County NRCS District Conservationist, will discuss available State and Federal Wildlife programs.


The first organizational meeting will be held Thursday, August 1 at the UT Extension Office Meeting Room located at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris.  The meeting will start promptly at 6 pm

Quail Forever is involved with education programs, a national seed program, and provides publications four times/year for members to share conservation news. 

Annual Dem Party Picnic is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Henry County Democratic Party and Democratic WOmen Picnic will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 27,  at the Enoch Building at the County Fairgrounds.

This year's meal will be pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixin's for $10. Members are encouraged to bring desserts to serve and to be auctioned.

State Begins Online Pre-Registration for Veteran Burials


Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.

Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations. In many cases, family members are unable to locate the veteran’s discharge papers which must be used to determine eligibility. The process to request and receive the appropriate discharge papers as well as determine eligibility can take several days or weeks.

“Our goal is to do all we can to assist and support veterans and their families,” Haslam said. “This online resource is a proactive and efficient way to offer them assistance before they face a crisis situation when delays can add to the trauma of loss.”

Veterans and their families can complete the online form which is submitted securely to their preferred state veterans cemetery, then mail their discharge papers to complete the application process. Cemetery personnel will use the discharge papers to confirm burial eligibility and will mail a formal response to the veteran or dependent within four to six weeks. Documentation will be archived digitally to ensure authorized cemetery staff can quickly access the information when the veteran or relative passes away to provide immediate assistance. The process does not reserve a specific plot, but will ensure the eligibility process is completed before time of death.

The Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs manages and maintains four state veterans cemeteries to include two in Knoxville, one in Nashville and one in Memphis. The department is in the planning process for two new state veterans cemeteries to include one in south west Tennessee and in the upper Cumberland region to ensure there is a cemetery within in a 75 mile radius of Tennessee’s veterans.

For more information regarding pre-registration for burial at the State Veterans Cemeteries visit http://www.tn.gov/veteran/burial_elg.shtml.

Retirees Inquire About Henry County In Large Numbers

Over 8500 Visitors to retiretennessee.com look into Henry County

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Alliance CEO, David Hamilton, issued a press release recently that solidifies the fact that Henry County is becoming more and more popular with retirees.

A recent report from Retire Tennessee showed that Henry County received over 8500 inquiries from individuals interested in learning more about Henry County as a place to retire.

Galia Greer, local coordinator for Retire Tennessee in Henry County, said “Our quality of life, medical services, low cost of living, and four seasons are qualities most retirees look for when deciding where to retire,”

The report said the Retire Tennessee site had over 733K hits and Henry County had over 6700 unique visitors to its relocation/retirement section located on the State’s Retire Tennessee website. Henry County received the most inquiries from residents of Illinois, Michigan, and Florida followed by New York, California, and Texas.

The press release also stated that Tennessee was recently named the “Best Place to Retire in the United States” by Bankrate.com. The Volunteer state grabbed top honors because of its low cost of living, good access to medical care and mild to warmer climate.

Hamilton, who took over as CEO of the Alliance July 1st, said “retiree recruitment is one of the areas of focus in our overall economic development strategy. Industrial recruitment, existing industry services, tourism, and retail recruitment are very important parts of our local economic development efforts.

For more information on the Retire Tennessee report, visit the website, retiretennessee.org.

WG Rhea Library to Hold Countdown to Kindergarten Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will hold an early literacy program Saturday July 27th from 10 am to Noon. The program, called Countdown to Kindergarten, is designed to get families interacting with one another in ways that are fun and effective in improving early literacy skills. Countdown to Kindergarten is free and open to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, preschool teachers, and other caregivers. There are no reservations required.

At the program they will take a school bus tour, get child ID kits from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, walk to the Paris Fire Department and see the fire engines, and meet Smokey the Bear. Immunization and school physician information along with what documents are needed to register for school will be on hand as well. The first 40 kids will receive free school supply kits. Call the library at 642-1702 for more information.

Man Arrested For Theft, Evading Behind Murphy's Gas Station

Paris, Tenn.- Charges are pending on Christerfer Haynes, age 26, of 103 Hidden Acres for theft of merchandise and evading arrest after he stole an HP computer from Walmart this weekend. A report at the Paris Police said that Walmart Loss Prevention reported a man stealing a computer valued near $500 from the store and leaving in a silver car. Later in the day, the man came back and was seen running from Walmart towards Taco Bell.

Ptl. Mitch Gallimore was at Murphy’s when dispatch put the call over the radios and he began to go towards the back of Murphy’s towards Taco Bell and saw Haynes running towards his direction. Ptl. Gallimore advised Haynes to stop or he would use his taser. Haynes continued to run and went behind the dumpster at Murphy’s. Haynes was then cornered by Gallimore and Ptl. Stalls who had pulled into Murphy’s to assist in the call.

Haynes was warned repeatedly to get on the ground and he was finally tased. He was taken back to Walmart where the manager did say he was the man that stole the computer earlier in the day.

Paris Police are also still investigating an incident where a Ruger 9mm was stolen from a home on Sproul Heights Road. The victim said his 14 year old stepson had gone to a party, came back home and left again. Police spoke with the juvenile who said he had gotten into a car with some people who threatened him to give them something or they would get him. The juvenile ran into the home, got the gun, and give it to one of the people in the car. Police cited the step son for theft of property and have charges pending on the other three individuals.

T.A.R.P. Event Winners Announced

A steady crowd admired the classic motorcycles and cars on display at the ADA anniversary event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Donna Shields of Paris was honored as TARP Volunteer of the Year at Saturday's celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act anniversaty at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event was sponsored by the local TARP Center for Independent Living.

TARP Assistant Director Marianne Dale said it was difficult to keep track of how many people attended their event because so many were coming and going all day, but they calculated at least 300 people were in attendance.

The event included a myriad of activities, which were held both inside and outside at the Henry County Fairgrounds, including bingo, line dancing, cake walk, pick-up ducks, bouncy house, buggy rides and more. A motorcycle run and cycle and car show were other highlights.

There also was a display of local emergency services vehicles from the sheriff's office, ambulance and fire department.

Dale said Best of Show winners in the contests were: Walt Peterson of Paris won the best car for his 1955 Chevrolet two-door sedan. Jackie Owen of Paris won for best motorcycle for a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner.


Bond Wins $1000 Grand Prize at Fun Run

Grand prize winner Cindy Bond, center, receives her 'big check' from Tony Lawrence, left, and Chamber Director Jennifer Wheatley. (Photo submitted by Larry Ray).


Paris, Tenn. This year's Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Fun Run was another success. “Motorboating” was the theme and resorts sponsoring this year’s events include Fat Daddy’s, Breakers Marina, Mansard Island, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park Marina, Leatherwood Resort, and Cypress Bay.

Grand prize winner for having the best hand this year was Cindy Bond of Germantown. The Bonds are friends of Kathy and Larry Ray and plan to retire here in a few years. She won with four eights and an Ace.

Her ticket was the number 88 and Kathy Ray said she joked before the event that she already had a pair of eights.


Bernice Hart Fundraiser Set

Paris, Tenn.-A fundraiser for Bernice Hart of Paris will be held Friday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Rd. Bernice has been struggling with complications due to cancer and is now in the ICU at Centennial Hospital at Nashville.

They will be serving grilled steak or chicken sandwiches, chips and drink for $8. You can fax your orders to 731-644-1143. Deadline for pre-orders is Thursday at 2 p.m. Delivery is available for order of five or more.


Project Graduation Meeting is Monday

Paris, Tenn.-The 2014 Henry County High School Project Graduation meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 at the high school cafeteria.


TARP Event, Cycle and Car Show Draws Crowds

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Jeff Smith, at right, looks over one of the sweet rides on display at the annual anniversary celebration for the Americans with Disabilities Act Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Actually, the car is a 1955 Chevy owned by Walt Peterson of Paris, which won Best of Show. Smith was one of the police escorts for the motorcyclists who displayed their vehicles at the event. The event was sponsored by the local TARP Center for Independent Living. Activities were both inside and outside,  activities including bingo, line dancing, cake walk, pick-up ducks, bouncy house and more. There also was a display of local emergency services vehicles from the sheriff's office, ambulance and fire department. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Buchanan Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-A Buchanan man was arrested on several charges following a traffic stop on Hwy 79 N. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Williams stopped Alan Suffern, age 56 of 1860 Swor Still Rd., for having a headlight out. According to the report, Suffern appeared nervous and consented to a search.

Williams’ K-9 Droid made a positive hit on the right side of the car and according to the report, Suffern told Williams he did have marijuana in a purse in the trunk. In the search, Williams also found drug paraphernalia.

Suffern was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession and improper headlights.


Search for Hendley Continues

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County law enforcement continues its search for Michael Hendley, age 30 of 5200 Hwy 79S, who has been missing for some three weeks now. Sheriff’s Department Captain Damon Lowe said, “It’s still a very active and open investigation,” noting that officers and K-9s continue to search the Old Springville Rd. area where his car was found. Lowe said on a recent day, “We had eight handlers and eight K-9s out looking.”

Meanwhile, posters of the missing man have been circulated throughout the county by family and friends.


Two-Vehicle Accident Causes Injury, Traffic Snarl

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Jim Sanders helps direct traffice Friday afternoon at a two-vehicle accident in front of Enoch's Auto Sales on E. Wood Street. One person was transported to Henry County Medical Center following the accident. Traffic was snarled for some time as sheriff's deputies, Paris Police officers and EMS personnel directed traffic and worked the scene. The accident was caused when two SUVs, one towing a pontoon boat, collided. The accident report was not complete Friday afternoon and more information will be released when available. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Family Dog is Shot on Elkhorn Road

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the shooting of a family dog on Elkhorn Rd. this week. A neighbor called the dog’s owner to report that it appeared the dog had been hit by a car and was lying in the yard not moving. The dog’s owner found the dog covered in blood with a bullet hole near the spine. After treating the dog, a local veterinarian determined the dog was paralyzed and it had to be put to sleep.

The dog was a black Labrador retriever, a hunting dog, valued at $6500.


Youth Scholarships Awarded, Conger Music Production Set

Cast of the upcoming production: from left, Olivia Perry, Michael Keenan, Krislen Sherrill and Imari Thompson. (Conger Studio photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Arts Council Youth For the Arts Committee has announced the Spring 2013 Scholarship award winners: Imari Thompson, Autumn Price and Winifred Jones are the three young artists who will be receiving financial assistance to continue their growth in the arts.

Youth For the Arts has announced two group winners: The Conger Music Studio for their production of “ I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and a gift of over $6000 to the Henry County High School Band to help purchase equipment, instruments and uniforms for those students unable to afford the cost of being in the band.

Arts Council Director Kat Tolley said Youth for the Arts has spent over $15,000 in the last 12 months to offer need based scholarships for aspiring young artists. She said, “It is just one of many ways Paris Henry County Arts Council supports and promotes the arts and artists of our great community.”

The Conger Music Studio production is coming in late July and early August. Its production of “I love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is a humorous and touching musical about love, marriage and relationships.

A dinner theater production of the show is Saturday, July 27 and August 10. A dessert matinee is available, Sunday, July 28 and August 11 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for dinner, dessert and the show, or $15 for dessert and matinee.

For tickets, contact the arts council office at city hall, 642-3955.


13-Year-Old All-Stars Win Silver Medals

Humboldt, Tenn.-The Henry County 13-Year-Old All-Stars won silver medals in the state Cal Ripken League championship game last night against Lexington. The county team lost by 10-1 against Lexington. (Ray Summers photo).


King Arrested on Kidnapping, Trespass Charges

Paris, Tenn.-Jeffery W. King, 50, of Huntingdon was arrested this week at a business on Highway 79 near McKenzie by Deputy Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department.

King was arrested on multiple charges that include kidnapping after he allegedly intimidated a family in their home Wednesday night in Henry County. He also was charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of criminal trespass.

According to the report by Williams, officers received a call from the homeowner shortly after 8 p.m. saying King had entered the home east of Buchanan and put residents in the home in fear for their lives.

King’s bond was set at $250,000. He was to appear yesterday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

McFerron Arrested on Drug, Suspension Charges

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Laquan McFerron, age 19, of 110A McDaniel Ave., Paris, on several charges after he was stopped for driving on a suspended license. Deputy Jamie Myrick noticed McFerron driving and knew there was an active warrant on him for the license charge. Upon stopping him McFerron consented to a search and Myrick found a bag of leafy green substance in the car.

McFerron was arrested for simple possession, plus two charges of driving on a suspended license.


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