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WMUF/WLZK News                                                                          

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


Tour de Paris Landing Saturday Results:

Paris, Tenn.-Results of Saturday's 45-mile leg of the Tour de Paris Landing bicycling event are listed here:


The bicycling event will continue Sunday with a longer leg of the race. An article about the event is elsewhere on our website.


Back 2 School Bash Raises Funds for Band

The HCHS drum line performed.

Paris, Tenn.-The drums beat and the flags twirled at McDonald’s restaurant Thursday in Paris. The event was a Back 2 School Bash hosted by McDonald’s in which sales made that evening were donated to the HCHS band boosters.

Coca-Cola was generous and donated a bike and some other goodies that were given away during the event and school supplies were collected and donated to the Family Resource Center.

“We were approached by the booster club to host a fundraising event back in June, and worked together with representatives from coke and the booster club to make this a great way to kick off the school year,” according to Shelli Perry with McWorth Management Company, which owns and operates the McDonald’s restaurant in Paris.

“We make donations and host events throughout the year that directly benefit local schools and school organizations,” Perry said, “between August 2012 and August 2013, we have donated just over $3000 to benefit these groups in Henry County.”

The Back 2 School Bash raised $650 for the HCHS Band Boosters. “We want to thank everyone who came out and supported the band and HCHS band boosters, “ according to Elaine Conger Co-President of the Booster Club. The money raised from the event will go toward the purchase of new uniforms for the color guard.


Henry County Fair 2013: Friday's Activities

Paris, Tenn.- Friday is loaded with lots of events and activities at the Henry County fair with the Century Farms Picnic starting at 11:30 am as farms in the county that have been in operation 100 years are honored. The Henry County Retiree afternoon and ice cream social will be at 2 pm, Old Country Store opens from 4-8 pm Friday. At 5:30 pm, you can pay $10 gate admission that allows you ride all the carnival rides and take part in activities during the evening. There is a Cobbler Contest at 5:30pm, Vegetable Critter Contest, Carnival opens at 6pm, Lego Building Contest at 5:45pm, Commercial Beef show at 6pm, Magician Jerry White performs on the stage at 6:30pm, tractor pull at 7pm, and another cash give away at 8pm. Due to Henry County Fair Events today the Farmer's Market will move its location from the fairgrounds to the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church. The farmers market will be open at 3 pm and the products available include seasonable fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local farm raised pork, beef, poultry and brown eggs.


Livestock Sale Showcases Youth's Hard Work

35 Steer, 53 Hogs Shown during annual event at Fair

Helping out earlier in the day at the Junior Market hog show were Deputy Sgt. Brian Hall and Sheriff Monte Belew. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Jr. Livestock sale, Deanna Schoolfield’s steer was named grand champion and Lakeway IGA bought the steer at a price of $3.50 per pound. The steer weighed in at 1,270 pounds making the purchase price, $4,445.

Collin Howd’s steer was the Reserve Champion and was purchased for $2.50 per pound by Mineral Wells Animal Clinic for a total purchase price of $3100.

Shelby Beloate ahd the Grand Champion Born and Bred Steer and it weighed in a 1,050 pounds. The steer was sold to Doug Taylor at a price of $3.00 per pound, totaling $3150.

The Reserve Champion Born and Bred steer was sold to Minnie Lou Perkins at $4.50 per pound, total purchase price of $5265. The steer belonged to Melinda Perkins.

In all, 35 steer were shown and sold at the Livestock Auction.

The Jr. Market Hog sale had 53 entries and the hog belonging to Bryan Valentine was named Grand Champion. It sold at a price of $6.75 per pound to Clark and Cox, for a total price of $1984.50.

The Reserve Champion Hog was raised by Jamison Hayes and sold to Henry County Medical Center for a price of $1347.50, or $5.50 per pound.

Dylan Patrum’s hog was named Grand Champion Born and Bred and sodl at $4.00 per pound to WMUF. The total purchase pirce was $1,140.

Diana Sullivan’s hog was named Reserve Champion Born and Bred and sold to Tosh Farms for $3.00 per pound, or a total price of $774.

Natalie Clark’s lamb was named overall Grand Champion Thursday night and was purchased for $10 per pound by Clark and Cox, total price $1,150.

Overall Reserve Champion Lamb belonged to Murray Perkins. His lamb sold to Perkins Drugs for a total of $2,146, or a price of $14.50 per pound.

Henry Farmers Coop bought the Bred and Born Grand Champion lamb at a price of $12 per pound, or total price of $1,164. Kara Barnhart raised the Bred and Born champion lamb.

Reserve Bred and Born Lamb was raised by Ashley Koch and it sold to Wells Tractor for a price of $10.50 per pound, or total price of $1,207.50.

The top three goat’s sold at the livestock auction on Thursday were as follows. The Overall Grand Champion and Born and Bred Grand Champion goat belonged to Anna DiVito. Her goat sold to Houston Smith Group at a price of $9 per pound or total of $891. Bently Irby’s goat sold at $15.50 per pound to Wells Tractor for a total of $1069.50 and Ella Bomar’s goat sold to BPU at $11 per pound or $649.


Corn on the Cob Contest Crowns King

Alvin Travis, right, was declared winner of the contest after an eat-off with Deputy Derrico Hornbuckle. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Fair's 2nd annual Corn on the Cob contest was another success Thursday night, with two tables full of people eager for a chance to munch on fresh corn and win bragging rights for another year.

Just like last year, there was a tie and an eat-off was required to declare the winner. The tie developed between Sheriff's Deputy Derrico Hornbuckle and Alvin Travis, and in the end Travis was declared the winner, winning a Henry County Fair t-shirt and a full belly.


Pet Talent Show Set Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County's Got Talent--Pet Version--contest will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds in the pavillion area.

Categories are: Most Obedient, Terrific Pet Tricks, Most Original Costume, Best Kid/Team, Best Vocal Performance, Best Tail Wag, and Best of Show.

Pets and owners can sign up at the contest.


Woolies Revue Winners Listed

Anna DiVito of Paris, center, was winner of Woolies Revue Junior High Division Thursday night at the fairgrounds. From left are second place Natalie Clark; DiVito; and third place Sydney Wyatt. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Winners of the Woolies Revue at the Henry County Fair were:

Junior High Division: first, Anna DiVito; second, Natalie Clark; third, Sydney Wyatt.

Junior Division: first, Kara Grace Barnhart; second, Alyssa Wade; third, Leah Sutton.

Primary Division: first, Paris Schoeberl; second, McKenna Thrower; third, Braden Clair Denman.


Map of Saturday's Tour de Paris Bike Race

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Paris Tourism Leage released a map of the route of this weekend's Tour de Paris Landing bicycle race. For more information on the race, see our story elsewhere on this website.


Deputies Investigate Theft

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the theft of several items from a home on Oak Grove Rd.

According to the police report, the resident returned home at the end of the day to find the glass in the back door broken out and several items missing. Deputies also found a tool to cut off tree limbs on the ground by the back door and also found where tires from a vehicle had spun out on the wet grass.

Among the missing items are a laptop computer, jar with change and game boxes. Deputies spoke with some witnesses at a nearby business who told them of seeing two men in a vehicle near the house.


Women Arrested on Possession; Man Nabbed for Trespassing

Paris, Tenn.-Two Puryear women were arrested by Paris Police on possession charges after they were arrested at a local gas station on Tyson Avenue.

According to the police report, officers were called there on a report of a possible drunk driver in the parking lot. They found the driver who said her vehicle wouldn’t crank and she was asking others for help.

Upon consent to search, officers found a half cigar on the console and a field test tested positive for marijuana. Both women told officers they do not do drugs.

Arrested on charges of simple possession were: Kristina Allen, 23, 10280 Hwy. 641 N., Puryear; and Elizabeth Gualtieri, 25, Jones Street, Puryear. Bonds of $1,000 were set.

Paris Police were called to the McDonald’s parking lot on a report that someone was asleep on a bench behind the restaurant. Police determined the man had already been banned from the property and arrested Jeffrey Dale Lee, age 23 of 502 Harrison Lane of Paris.

Planning Commission Tables Issues After Long Discussion

Bed and Breakfast, Group Home Issues To Be Brought Back Next Month

Paris, Tenn.- After much discussion on two items of old business on Thursday night the Paris Regional Planning Commission tabled the items for more information until next month.

One issue is that the planning commission has an application request for a group home for drug and alcohol recovery on Aden Street. The current ordinance prohibits a group home of this sort in R-1 zoned district. City Attorney Fred McLean told the planning commission the issue was whether or not state or federal laws trump the local laws and would cause the city issues if they denied the request and followed their ordinance. The issue was tabled until next month to allow the city attorney to gather more information.

The other issue tabled dealt with Bed and Breakfast being addressed in the Table of Uses. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris told the commission that B and B are not addressed in the table of uses and it needs to be. Discussion centered around what zones to allow a Bed and Breakfast in and they originally thought all residential areas except those zoned R-1 for single family dwellings.

Board member Rachel Terrell brought up the idea of what about some of these nice historic homes in these R-1 areas that would make nice Bed and Breakfasts should someone choose to purchase the home and go that route. She said she would rather it become a Bed and Breakfast then to see it run down.

City Manager Carl Holder then suggested to designated special historical districts in R-1 areas and only allow Bed and Breakfast in those specially marked historical districts in the R-1, and in all other residential areas.

The planning commission agreed to that suggested and tabled the issue to allow time for historical districts to be named and recognized within the city.

In other business Thursday night the planning commission also approved a site plan for Allen Properties to construct a 30 by 160ft. building on their existing property at the corner of Fairgrounds and Industrial Road. There is currently an existing commercial building on the property and all qualifications were met so the commission approved the request.

The Fair Through a Child's Eyes

Paris, Tenn.-Little Emsley Sherrod and her father, Colby Sherrod, shared a special moment at the Henry County Fair Thursday morning at the goat pen. Her mother, Julie, said it was their daughter's first fair and she was fascinated with all the animals. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris Police Investigate Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are continuing to investigate a theft at Harrison Lane where two CD players valued at $100 each were stolen. The victim told police that the back door appeared to be kicked in while she was gone for a short time. There are no suspects at this time.

Arrests overnight include Christopher M. Woods, age 32, of Camden for theft of property and burglary and Marcus Q. Brown, age 36, 408 Dale Street for violation of supervision and violation of the sex offender registry.

Back to School Burger Bash Set for 4-8 pm Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Band Boosters and McDonald’s will host a Back to School Burger Bash on Thursday August 8 from 4-8 pm at the Paris McDonald’s. Twenty percent of the sales will be donated to the HCHS Marching Patriot Color Guard.

During the burger bash, kids can register to win one of two great prizes- backpack full of school supplies or a mountain bike donated by Coca-Cola. Bring a school supply item to donate to the family resource center and receive a coupon for a free ice cream sundae. Teachers in grades kindergarten through 5th grade can come during the event and register to win lunch for your class. The Marching Patriot Drum Line and Color Guard will perform at 6 pm.

Highway Department To Close Part of Guthrie Road Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close a portion of Guthrie Road on Monday for culvert replacement. The portion closed will be from 911 to 1015 Guthrie and Jackson Drive to India Road and McIntosh Road will be the alternate route. The portion of Guthrie Road will be back open for evening traffic weather permitting.


Getting Ready for the Junior Hog Show

Paris, Tenn.-Two young ladies who will be especially busy Thursday are Hannah Hutson, at left, and Hailey Maddox, who will be showing their hogs in the Junior Market Hog Show this morning. The young ladies were at work getting their hogs ready yesterday at the fairgrounds. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Volunteers Make the Fair Go Round

Paris, Tenn.-Volunteers work especially hard during fair week, in a number of capacities. Wednesday morning numerous volunteers were busy in the Enoch Building, as flower arrangements were being accepted. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


2nd Annual Big Bass Splash Set for Aug. 17-18 at PLSP
Amateur Anglers Can Fish from a Boat or the Bank to Win Cash Prizes

Buchanan, Tenn.- There are over $85K in guaranteed cash and prizes on the line August 17-18 as the 2nd annual Big Bass Splash takes over the waters and shores around Paris Landing State Park. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House and McDonald’s select charities. 1st place overall will win a 2013 Triton 18XS boat. The boat is powered by Mercury and equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Navionics, Power Pole, Hydrowave, Healthy Battery and Tournament Saver pro.

Amateur anglers will compete either in boats or from the shore from 6am to 2pm both days of the event. Five places will be in cash every hour of the tournament with the heaviest bass caught winning $500, 2nd Heaviest $400, 3rd $300, 4th, $200, and 5th Heaviest each hour winning $150.

Also each day of the event the first contestant that weighs in the first 4 pound bass will win $1000 in cash. There will also be drawings for prizes including a Polaris Sportsman 400 4-wheeler and other prizes.

Child anglers ages 12 and under may participate in the Little Anglers Division and win Academy Sports and Outdoors Gift Cards and ribbons for catching fish.

Registration fees to participate in the tournament will be $135 for one day or $185 for both days. Registration will take place at the state Park from noon to 8pm on Friday August 16th and each morning of the event from 5-6am.

There will be free music and entertainment during the event and spectators can also win prizes from surprise drawings on Sunday. For more information on this year’s Big Bass Splash visit sealyoutdoors.com or call 1-888-698-2591. You can also follow the event on twitter and facebook.

HCMC Junior Volunteer Program Concludes for Summer

Lauren Gilbreth speaks with Charles Dyer, Pharmacist. Gilbreth volunteered in the pharmacy this summer for Dyer. (HCMC photo).

Paris, Tenn.– A wise man once said, “Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” This statement has never been truer than at Henry County Medical Center this summer with the Junior Volunteer program, according to hospital officials.

With 11 participants this summer, the Junior Volunteers contributed 859 total hours of service. Spread throughout the hospital, the Junior Volunteers worked in many different areas, which included:

• Deborah Beasley – 118 hours in Plant Operations, Materials Management, Women’s Center, and HCHC Business Office
• Taylor Bush – 164 hours in 3rd Tower and Outpatient Surgery
• Chase Craig – 54 hours in the Education Department and Plant Operations
• Lauren Gilbreth – 54 hours in the Pharmacy
• Chandan Jayne – 131 hours in Materials Management, Plant Operations, 3rd tower and the Education Department
• Alex Reagor – 33 hours in Quality and Case Management
• Stephanie Rushing – 63 hours in Outpatient Surgery, HCHC Plumley Rehab and Materials Management
• Alex Scott – 24 hours in the HCHC Business Office

• Shania Teague – 58 hours in HCHC Plumley Rehab, HIM, Marketing Department and HCHC Business Office
• Chelsey Washum – 108 hours in HCHC Plumley Rehab, 2nd East and 3rd Tower
• Rachel Wilson – 52 hours in Outpatient Surgery and 3rd Tower

“Our Jr Volunteers have been invaluable this summer,” according to Wendy Barnhart, Manager of Outpatient Services. “The young ladies I had the pleasure of working with completed all tasks assigned and searched out additional responsibilities, and did it all with a cheerful disposition. I hope they have benefited from their experience with us as we have with them.”

The Jr Volunteer program is open to teens age 14-18 with a ‘C’ or better GPA. This year’s program started in June and concluded at the end of July. This experience taught the teens how to work within a healthcare organization, along with teaching them to take responsibility for their own actions.
“I really enjoyed the people I got to work with, getting to know them and the experiences they shared with me will last a lifetime,” Chase Craig, Junior Volunteer said.

The Junior Volunteer program will happen again next summer, so make your plans to participate now. If you are interested in volunteering at HCMC or have questions about it, contact Tim Stark at 731-644-8267.


Chamber Coffee at Fair is Well-Attended

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce coffee was held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning and gave members the opportunity to look over the exhibits in the Enoch Building.

Cookouts to be Held at Fair This Week

Paris, Tenn.-The first of three cook-outs will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Wednesday. Wednesday's cook-out is sponsored by Hoofbeats of Hope and they will serve cajun chicken, drink, dessert and sides for $10. They will begin serving at 4 p.m.

On Thursday night, the Henry County Livestock Assn. will serve ribeye and pork chops and that will begin around 5 or 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the Junior Livestock group will serve ribs and that begins around 11 a.m.

Most of the dinners are in the $10 range.

WLZK to Broadcast Live from Fair

Paris, Tenn.-WLZK will be broadcasting live from the Henry County Fairgrounds from 4-6 p.m. tonight. WLZK is at 94.1 on your radio dial.

Schoeberl Wins Cash Giveaway

Paris, Tenn.-Mitzi Schoeberl of Buchanan won Tuesday night's cash giveaway at the Henry County Fair. She won $2,000. The next cash giveaway will be held Friday night at 8 p.m.


Enjoying The Fair

Paris, Tenn.-Deb Ellis, River and Crystal King, all of Paris, have been among the big crowds enjoying the Midway at the Henry County Fair this week. All three were riding on the merry-go-round. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Nightclub Murder Trial Set for October

             Tevin Lumpkin

Paris, Tenn.-Three days have been set aside in Henry County Circuit Court for the murder trial for Tevin D. "Jay" Lumpkin, 21, of Milan, one of four defendants who were charged in connection with the fatal shooting at a former Paris nightclub last year. The trial is set to begin Monday, October 14, which is Columbus Day, and the rest of the courthouse will be closed for the federal holiday. 

Lumpkin is still being held in the Henry County Jail on $500,000 bond. The other defendants are Jiles Yarbrough, 22, Huntingdon, and Cody Harmon, 24, of Lexington. They also are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Eric Kinley of Paris, who was killed at the age of 42 in the nightclub. 

A lesser charge of possession of a handgun while under the influence was filed against Charles Vonjay Liphford, 32 of Huntingdon. He is free on bond. 

The next hearing set in the local court for Harmon and Yarbrough is scheduled for November 12.

Second Domino's Robbery Defendant Sentenced to Jail

      Chappell Dain Cissell

Paris, Tenn. -Chappell Dain Cissell, Shady Grove Rd., of Paris was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections for his part in the armed robbery of the Domino's Pizza on Tyson Ave., after the charge against him was amended to facilitation to commit aggravated robbery. He originally was charged with aggravated robbery. He was sentenced by Henry County Circuit Judge Donald Parish.

He will serve six months on that charge and the balance will be served on supervised probation.

That sentence will run concurrently to a probation violation charge for which he received 180 days in jail. He received credit on both charges for 135 days he already has served in jail.

One of his co-defendants David Ingram, 20, whose last known address was 321 Walnut St., Paris, was earlier sentenced to serve four years in the Department of Corrections, with one year of continuous confinement and the balance in community corrections.

Three men were arrested for the robbery in March of this year. The third man was Kyle Riley, 24 of Gleason, who is being held in another county on other charges, according to law enforcement officials.

Sexual Battery, Burglary Nets Jail Time

Paris, Tenn.-Two other local defendants were sentenced to jail in Henry County Circuit Court Monday.

--On an amended charge of attempted sexual battery, Terry Reed Lewis was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections. He will serve 60 days and the balance will be on supervised probation. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. The original charge was aggravated sexual battery.

--David Paul Lovett Jr. was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections on a charge of aggravated burglary. He was given credit for 63 days already spent in jail and ordered to pay restitution to the victim.


Bike Event Coming to Paris Landing This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-“Come Play With Us” is the motto of the Paris Landing Tourism League, and Sara Jo Sutherland, president, has planned a big event to encourage a whole new group of folks to discover all the recreational opportunities of our community.

The Tour de Paris Landing, a bicycle road race planned for August 10 and 11, will feature a 45 mile competition on Saturday, an 85 mile trek on Sunday and will cover Henry and Stewart Counties. Lane closures (none scheduled to exceed ten minutes) should be expected on Saturday and Sunday.  

Each day’s event begins at 8 am and will be concluded by 10:30 am on Saturday and noon on Sunday. Finish line supporters are encouraged to be at the park by 11 am.

Awards will be presented at 3 pm on Sunday at the Paris Landing State Park amphitheater.

Nine 5 – 9 person teams, from Georgia, Colorado, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida, are confirmed. They will be accompanied by family members, mechanics and supporters. Almost 100 other local and regional cyclists will be joining the competition.
Everyone is invited to cheer on the competitors on Sunday, anywhere along the route that is safe. Food vendors will be at Paris Landing State Park, along with entertainment, the group Q&A, at the amphitheater, from 11 am to 5 pm. Spectators are welcome at the park and may use the parking lots at JR Hayes Construction, Promise Land Christian Book Store, DMT Furniture and Matt’s Pub.

A kids zone jumper will be sponsored by McDonald's and various outdoor activities by the Paris Landing State Park. Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to allow kids to explore the fire trucks and learn fire safety.

Local sponsors are Foundation Bank, Joe Mahan Ford, Lakeview Grocery, Lakeview Grill, Paris Landing Motel, Pepsi, Dexter Advertising, Griffey Clinic, West Tennessee Chiropractic, McDonald's of Paris, Moody Realty, Joe & Jerry's and Matt’s Pub.

Event support will be provided by HCMC ambulance service, Henry County Sheriff's office, Stewart County Sheriff's office, City of Dover, City of Paris and the Henry County Alliance.

USA Cycling will sanction Tour de Paris Landing. It is comprised of over 2,500 clubs and teams; and 70,800 licensees which include officials, coaches, mechanics, race directors, and competitive cyclists of all ages and abilities across all five disciplines of the sport. (The five disciplines of bicycling are road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross.)

Brent Greer, Henry County Mayor and chairman of the Henry County Alliance, said, “TRRA was a major funding entity for this event. It is part of our overall mission to bring a diversified tourism economy to Henry County.”

Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Competes at World Championships
Katie Crabtree Wins Title Belt

Members of the Paris Downtown Boxing Gym at their trip to the Ringside World Championships in Missouri. From Left to right : Clinton Phifer, Cortavious Patton, Katie Crabtree, coach Derik Moon. Bottom Row: Jacob Crabtree (Miranda Moon photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Gym recently attended the 2013 Ringside World Championships in Independence, Missouri from July 31st thru August 3rd. Four fighters ages 10-20 represented Paris and Katie Crabtree brought the Wold Championship belt for her age and weight division back home. Katie is in the novice division for 13-14 year olds.

Katie won the 2nd round and World Championship when the opponent’s coach threw in the towel.

In the Novice Boys 13-14 age, 101 pound division, Jacob Crabtree won his first bought. In the Novice Boys 9-10, 110 pound division, Cortavious Patton was an uncontested champion. Paris’s Clinton Phifer competed in the Men’s Open ages 19-40 year old division and lost in the first bought. Phifer was a crowd pleaser however and returned at the officials request on the last day of the tournament and won a match.

Derik Moon is coach of the Paris Downtown Boxing Gym team and can be reached at 336-1411 and they have a facebook page and website at downtownparisboxing.com.


Adams Wins First Cash Giveaway

Paris, Tenn.-Dakota Adams of Paris, at right, was one of the happiest people at the Henry County Fair last night, after his name was called as the winner of the fair's first cash giveway. Fair Official Leon Rogers is looking over Adams' winning ticket after his name was called. Adams won $2,000. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Behind the Scenes at the Fairest of the Fair Pageant

Mother Suzi McFadden helps her daughter Hannah with her makeup backstage before the pageant. Hannah McFadden won last night's Fairest of the Fair contest and will reign over the fair this week. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Fairest of the Fair contestants wait nervously backstage for the pageant to begin with their mothers and hairstylists.

Contestants wait for their grand entrance in the hallway at the Commercial Building.


Democratic Women, Party to Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The monthly meeting of the Henry County Democratic Women will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at city hall. Speaker will be former County Democratic Chair Bennie Akers. The membership of the Democratic Party will meet at 7 p.m.


Fairest of the Fair: It's Queen Hannah McFadden

From left: Third Maid Erica Nicole Little; First Maid Alexandria Reagor; Queen Hannah McFadden; Second Maid Ali Davis and Fourth Maid Madeline Hosford. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand Monday night to see Hannah McFadden crowned as this year's Fairest of the Fair. McFadden broke down and cried as she realized she had been chosen to reign over the 2013 Henry County Fair. Her court is: First Maid Alexandria Reager, 16, daughter of Susan Reagor and Eddie Reagor; Second Maid Ali Davis, 17, daughter of Andrew and Laura Davis; Third Maid Erica Nicole Little, 18, daughter of Eric and Lisa Little; and Fourth Maid Madeline Hosford, 16, daughter of Amanda Hosford. All of the young ladies are from Paris.

Chosen Miss Photogenic was Alexandria Reagor.

Outgoing Shelby Beloate was emotional as she talked about her time as last year's Fairest of the Fair. She told this year's court: "I know you will represent the fair well and be prepared for an amazing week."

A total of 10 young ladies were in the pageant.


Amber Scott Crowned Miss Teen

From left: First Maid Haley Madison Lovelace, Miss Teen Amber Scott, and Second Maid Kallie Searcy. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Amber Scott, 14-year-old daughter of Greg Scott and Allison Evans, was crowned Miss Teen at the Henry County Fair Monday night. Selected as First Maid was Haley Madison Lovelace, 15, daughter of Heath and Teresa Lovelace; and Second Maid was Kallie Searcy, 13, daughter of Corey and Demetria Searcy. All of them are from Paris.

Chosen as Miss Photogenic was Caitlyn Powell, 15, daughter of Chris and Jennifer Powell.

A total of 15 young ladies were in the pageant.

'Chairs That Care' Bigger and Better Than Last Year

Paris, Tenn.- Over $3600 was raised at this year’s Chairs that Care Chair Auction and Social for the Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation. The event was held at the Paris Winery and Trifekta provided entertainment. Casey Brown, of the Caring Hearts Fund, said that there were 74 chairs and a bigger crowd this year and they were able to raise more money than last year. She said they are looking forward to doing it again next year and anyone can donate chairs anytime. Call 644-3522 for more information.

Pats Have Scrimmages This Week as Football Season Nears

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Patriot Football is right around the corner and the Pats have three scrimmages this week. They will play at Barton Field Tuesday night against former district foe and rival Dickson County at 6:30pm.  The 9th grade squad will play at 3:30pm on Tuesday at Milan. The Patriots will also play on Friday night at 6:30pm at MBA. The Pats will compete at home in the Pepsi Mid America Challenge on August 16th and the first regular season game will be Friday August 23rd at Liberty Tech.

Reminder: Grove Open House Set for Tuesday Night

Incoming Freshmen and Parents Welcome

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.

Henry County Fair August 3-10, 2013: Tuesday's Activities

Paris, Tenn.- It’s pay one price night again Tuesday at the Henry County Fair. Gate admission is $10 and that let’s you ride all the rides you want at the carnival and take part in all the activities at the fair. Events Tuesday include the Old Country Store from 4-8pm, carnival opens at 6pm, more pageants start at 6:30pm, mud races at 7pm, and the 2nd cash give away will be at the arena at 8pm.

Explosion Calls Firemen Back to Caldwell Street Fire Scene

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters were called back to the scene of the fire at 305 N. Caldwell Street a little after noon after an explosion occurred in the smoldering rubble, top photo. Hot spots were still evident this morning at the scene of the two-story structure (with basement). Bottom photo shows Paris Firefighters battling the blaze around 2 a.m. today. (Photos submitted by Jeffrey Pentecost).


Vacant Home on N. Caldwell St. Destroyed by Fire

There were still hot spots at the remains of this vacant house on Caldwell St.

Monday morning. Paris Fire Dept. had blocked off part of the road and continues

to keep a close eye on it. (Tim Alsobrooks Photos)

Paris Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department is continuing to keep a close eye on a fire at 305 N. Caldwell Street that started sometime around midnight Monday morning. The house, which is vacant, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene just a couple minutes after the call came in. Fire Chief Micheal Williams said it was mostly used as storage and they have part of the road blocked off as the fire continued to burn mid morning on Monday. Estimated valued of contents of the home is around $20K. The cause of the fire is unknown and investigation is continuing.

Part of the road was blocked off Monday on N. Caldwell as the fire continues to burn in spots.

Paris Police Investigate Possible Assault

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amanda Forrest of the Paris Police Department responded to Manley Street after a man called saying it appears his neighbor had been assaulted. Ptl. Forrest went to find the woman disoriented and blood on the floor and bedspread. She told Ptl. Forrest someone must have come in late at night and assaulted her. There was no forced entry and the only thing they could find missing was a half bottle of Loritabs. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.

Drug arrests over the weekend included Kera M. Freeman, age 35, of 3563 Old McKenzie Highway for simple possession of schedule 6, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication. Freeman was placed on $2K bond. Also arrested for drug charges was Micheal A. McClellan, age 25, of 4870 Elkhorn, for simple possession of schedule 6 with intent and he was placed on $6K bond.

Ten to Compete for Fairest of the Fair

Paris, Tenn.-Nine young ladies will compete for the annual Fairest of the Fair title at the Henry County Fair this year.

The Fairest of the Fair pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Commercial Building at the fairgrounds, preceded by the Miss Teen contest. The Fairest of the Fair and her court will preside over the fair's activities this week.

Young ladies who will be competing in the contest are: Hannah McFadden, Erica Little, Alyssa Wayne, Grace Hassell, Madeline Hosford, Gabrielle Clark, Lillie Akers, Rachel Wilson, Alex Reagor, Ali Davis. Davis was the 2013 Hostess Princess for the World's Biggest Fish Fry and Hannah McFadden and Rachel Wilson were on the court.

BBQ Cook Off Winners Listed

On hand for this year's event was the Tennessee BBQ Association, which co-sanctioned the event. In photo are the Association's Co-Founder Keith Brawner and his wife, Lisa, of Springville. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Here is the complete list of winners from Saturday's BBQ Cook Off. A separate story on the contest itself is below.

Winning Grand Champion this year was the Ash Kickers of Paris, while the Peoples' Choice was Pork Paramedics of Bumpus Mills.

Other winners are: Sauce category: first, Big B's BBQ, Springfield; second, Pork Paramedics; third, Charcoal Cowboys, Franklin.

Chef's Choice: first, Charcoal Cowboys; second, Double A's BBQ, Cumberland Furnace; third, Martin Healthcare, Martin.

Chicken: first, Bubba's BBQ, Trenton; second, Ash Kickers; and third, Charcoal Cowboys.

Ribs: first, Double A's BBQ; second, Charcoal Cowboys; third, Bubba's BBQ.

Shoulder: first, The Smoke Company, Missouri; second, Charcoal Cowboys; and third, Hawg County Cookers of McKenzie.

Brisket: first, 2 Mighty Swine Fellas, Gallatin, Tenn.; second, Hawg County Cookers, McKenzie; and third, Pirate Pokr, Mckenzie.


BBQ Cook Off Kicks Off This Year's Fair in Style

Ash Kickers Wins Grand Champion


Watching over their brisket, shoulder and ribs from the Smoke Signals' team of Paris are Reggie Thompson, Corey Searcy and Pat Parks. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.- A heavy downpour Saturday morning didn’t deter the participants in the BBQ Cook Off that kicked off this year’s Henry County Fair. Twenty-five teams from both the local and regional area kept right on cooking ribs, brisket, shoulders and other barbecued delicacies all night and into the morning.

The aroma from the Henry County Fairgrounds was inviting and the rain stopped just in time for the teams to finish their BBQ and for the public to arrive to sample and vote for their favorites.

This year’s Grand Champion was Ash Kickers from Paris and the Peoples’ Choice team was the Pork Paramedics from Bumpus Mills. Winners were judged in several categories, including sauce, chef’s choice, chicken, ribs, shoulder and brisket. The complete list of winners will be published later today.

Event Chairperson Donna Milam praised all the teams. “We’ve got great local teams, the Smoke Signals, the Henry Farmers’ Coop, the Ash Kickers and the Custom Cookers, and we have other teams from all over, including Franklin, Dickson, Clarksville and we’ve got a team from Southhaven, Miss. Our special guest, Colby Archie, pitmaster from the Smoke Company, came all the way from Missouri.”

The teams took the downpour in stride, she said. “They’re so used to Mother Nature. That’s why they literally call this a sport, not just a pastime. Everyone can cook when the sun in shining, but it takes talent to do it when the weather is not good.”

A good crowd was on hand Friday night at the fairgrounds for a performance by the band Leavin’ Sunday from Gleason. The band’s music and the crowd gave a lot of encouragement to the teams, Milam said, and kicked off that event just right.

The event was co-sanctioned by the Tennessee BBQ Association, which is headquartered in Springville. Co-Founder Keith Brawner had a team at the cook off, too, and said by co-sanctioning the event, the association was able to bring in 10-15 extra teams to the contest.

“We have 22 of our members here today,” Brawner said, “and since we’ve been here we’ve signed five new members.”

The goal of the organization is to promote local BBQ competitions, he said, noting that BBQ is becoming the next big thing on national television. He said his organization also will be co-sanctioning the Boss Hoss Rally at Paris Landing in September.

Brian Ray French and Monte Starks of the Ash Kickers' team of Paris. (McFarlin photo).

Project Graduation Meeting Set Monday

Paris, Tenn.-Project Graduation will hold its next meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, August 5, at the Henry County High School cafeteria to finalize plans for upcoming events in August.


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