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


Radford Arson Hearing Postponed Again

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The  Carroll County General Sessions hearing on arson charges filed against Christien D. Radford of Paris scheduled for Friday were postponed.

This marks the third time a scheduled hearing on the charge has been postponed. No reason was given for the delay and the hearing was not reset.

Radford was the owner/operator of Impressions Gifts in McKenzie and was charged with the fire which destroyed the business in December 2012.


Bawn in the Mash to Appear at Big Bash Splash

Buchanan, Tenn.-There will be all day entertainment--not to mention good fishing--at the Big Bash Splash today at Paris Landing State Park. The two-day tournament runs from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Sunday with cash awarded at the top of the hour all day to the biggest fish caught that hour. Spectators are invited to watch the weigh-ins. A total of $85,000 will be given away during the event.

In addition, there will be food vendors, commercial vendors and music for the general public and participants. The tournament benefits Ronald McDonald Houses in both Nashville and Memphis and donations will be accepted during the tournament.

Shelli Perry of McWorth Management in Paris said, “Both Ronald McDonald Houses have offered help and support to many local families and we are hoping to give back to them with the proceeds of this event.”

Our radio stations will be on the air live from the event from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on our stations WLZK at 94.1, WRQR at 97.5 and at AM 1000.

And there also is plenty of good musical entertainment during the afternoon and evening. Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Bethel Renaissance will be entertaining with their gospel group, followed by their blue grass group.

And, at 7 p.m., Bawn in the Mash will be performing. Bawn in the Mash is a popular group from Paducah with a large local following. They will present their show, which they describe as too funky for country, too bluegrass for rock n’ roll. And you might just see local musicians on the stage with them, as well.

The events are free to the public. Bring your lawn chairs, blanket and friends.

Metro Crime Unit Makes Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Two Paris men were arrested following a search warrant executed by the Metro Crime Unit at 526 Pitt Street. Upon entering the home, officers found crack cocaine in the pants pocket of Jackie Tharpe, age 61, of that address, and he was arrested for simple possession.

During a search of the home, officers found marijuna, crack cocaine, razor blades with cocaine residue, and several baggies with the corners cut out. Those items were found in the living room and kitchen.

Christopher Kinley, age 29 of that address, was arrested and charged with simple possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.


Farmers Market Back on Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmers Market is back on its regular schedule, 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at the fairgrounds. Now available: Purple hull peas, Flippins peaches and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local farm raised pork, beef, poultry, and brown eggs.


Vandalism, Endangerment Arrest Made

Paris, Tenn. The Henry County Sheriff's Department arrested Jason L. Quinn, age 25, of 3875 Henry Midway Road for reckless endangerment, theft, and vandalism following an incident this week on Hwy 54.

According to the report, officers were called about a stolen vehicle and upon arrival, the victim said while driving on the highway, a verbal dispute began with Quinn during which he took control of the vehicle after the victim jumped out.

According to the report, he continued driving down Alexander Rd. and when she located the vehicle, it had been backed into a gate and a large amount of damage had been done to the vehicle's interior.


Golf Team Results Released

Paris, Tenn.-Results of the Henry County High School golf teams matches against Rossview have been released. The boys team lost to Rossview by a score of 196-165, while the girls team won by a score of 95-74.

For the boys top scorers were Jamison Hayes with 38; Evan Todd and Chase Hill tied at 41 and Will Sleadd and Hunter Bethune tied at 45. For the girls Brittany Martin scored 44, while Holly Dial scored 51


Lakewood Tornado Retrofit Finished Just Before School Started

A Hallway at Lakewood completely Retrofitted and

Tornado Safe. Photo Submitted by Principal Amy Veazey.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met at Lakewood on Thursday and after the meeting, with some county commissioners that were on hand, toured the completed retrofit of the tornado safe space that was done over the summer.

Maintenance Supervisor John Akers said the project went well and they are pleased with the results. There are still a few minor things to finish up cosmetically, but the state fire marshal signed off on the plans just in time for school to start up this week.

The three hallways at Lakewood were retrofitted with tornado safe walls this summer. Lakewood was the first part of a series of projects to get all three elementary schools in the county retrofitted with tornado safe spaces.

Akers gave the parameters to the board, stating A Hallway is over 1800 square feet and has space for 361 bodies and two wheelchairs. B Hallway is 1,386 square feet and can hold 271 bodies and two wheel chairs and C Hallway is 1,375 square feet and can accommodate 269 bodies and two wheel chairs.

HC BOE Hears FRC Annual Report
Center serves numerous students in variety of ways

Paris, Tenn.- Also at Thursday’s board meeting, Becky Holland presented the board with the annual report for the Family Resource Center. She said the main goal of the FRC was to identify kids that are at risk and do case management. In the past school year, they received 249 referrals for students. Of those 45% were for school readiness and academic reasons, 38% were basic needs like housing, and 22% were medical reasons.

The PALs program, which deals with mentoring students served 129 students last school year and the Weekend Backpack program served 140 students per week. The Weekend backpack program receives community donations and increased its effectiveness and number of students from previous years. It is completed with help of 32 volunteers.

also said the FRC’s Teen Pregnancy program served 16 students last year. Here they would meet with students who were either pregnant or already young mothers and help them with things that might obstruct getting their education. The program helped increase attendance 81% with pregnant teens in the system.

said the back to school blast held last week was a tremendous success as 493 students were served in four hours with back to school supplies. The FRC also served 68 families last year with some type of financial assistance.

Board Chairman and Miles to Discuss New Contract
Contract for Director will be brought to board next month

At Thursday night’s Henry County Board of Education meeting, chairman of the board Tom Beasley asked for the board’s approval to allow himself and director of schools for Henry County Sam Miles to discuss a new contract. Beasley said the current contract is set to expire in March of 2014 and they have had talks about possibly tendering a new contract to go until June 30th, 2015 for Miles to continue as director. The board approved the request and the contract discussion will be brought up at September’s board meeting.

Miles also discussed that he has met with School Resources Officers and asked them to do safety audits of the schools they serve and report back any areas or issues they see.

Miles told board members that the system plans to reintroduce and retrain employees on the Olweus Bullying program. The program was implemented a few years ago and Miles said the system needed to freshen up and retrain teams at each school. He said they must have a certified trainer of the Olweus program to come and do the training and he would present a plan to them next month.

The board also was presented with several policy changes including allowing home school students to participate in the system’s athletic programs. The system’s current policy is to not allow home school students to be a part of an athletic team, but this past year the state legislature said systems would follow the rules of their athletic association governing body.

Brian Norton, new assistant director for the school system, said since we are members of the TSSAA, then we must follow their lead. The TSSAA does allow home schooled students to participate as long as they meet ten guidelines, including being registered with the Henry County System by August 1st. Other guidelines include upholding academic standards. The board will look at this policy in more detail next month.

Registration for Big Bass Splash Goes Noon to 8pm Friday at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- Registration will go from Noon to 8pm Friday for anyone would like to participate in the 2nd Annual Big Bass Splash on the shores and waters of Kentucky Lake which will run from 6am to 2pm both Saturday and Sunday. 

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 until 8pm tonight and each morning of the event from 5-6am.

There are over $85K in guaranteed cash and prizes on the line and 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 who 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.

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.

Warrants Issued For Mansfield Couple

Drug and Theft Charges Pending

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated the Metro Crime Unit, Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Department and K9 Herum Executed a search warrant at 3050 Vale Road in Mansfield Wednesday and found a felony amount of cocaine and prescription pills that were packaged for resale.

Officers also found digital scales used for weighing narcotics, several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise that included two flat screen tvs and numerous DVDs. Two bullet proof vests were also located at the residence and they are believed to be stolen.

The home owners, Harry T. McNeal, aka T-Mac, and his wife Tessa McNeal were not present at the time the search warrant was executed and warrants for felony drug charges, drug paraphernalia, and felony theft charges are pending.

Officers with the Puryear Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol all assisted with the search and investigation.

Chamber to Host Employment Law Seminar Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce will host a 2013 Employment Law Update Seminar on Tuesday August 20th from 9am to 12:45pm at the Chamber office. The seminar is presented to chamber members at no cost by Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves and Jones PLLC and the chamber.

At the seminar, chamber members can get updates on worker’s compensation laws, documentation, equal employment opportunity, and more. Anyone interested in attending the seminar needs to pre-register by calling the chamber office at 642-3431 or via email at pariscoc@paristnchamber.com.

Wheelchair Basketball Game to Raise Money for Project Graduation

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Project Graduation 2014 will have a local celebrity wheelchair basketball game this Saturday night at 7pm at Gamlin Gymnasium at the high school.

The money raised will go towards 2014 Seniors Project Graduation. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Concessions will also be available and there will be a silent auction with items donated from area businesses.

Some of the local celebrities that will play in the wheelchair basketball game are Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, HCHS boys basketball coach Pete Angelos,  Grove Basketball Coach Roddy Adkisson, Henry County Dare Officer Bruce Alexander, HCHS girls basketball coach Cliff Curd, and several members of the sheriff’s office.

Healthcare Foundation Awarded $500,000 Grant


Paris, Tenn. – The Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Delta States Rural Development Network. The Delta States group awarded a total 12 grants to various agencies.

Rural health organizations in eight states of the Delta region have been awarded the federal funds to address chronic diseases that disproportionately affect the region. Nearly $5.4 million announced by Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary K. Wakefield will be used to improve outcomes in the prevention and care of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Through the Delta States Rural Development Grant Program, local health providers will work together across counties and parishes to implement programs targeting these chronic conditions. The programs will focus on strengthening knowledge and changing attitudes toward health risk and disease management. 

Locally, the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation will be working with LeBonheur Community Health and Wellbeing as a primary partner as well as UT Extension and other partners throughout West TN to provide services. One new element to the program this next three years is Community Education and Outreach with a marketing campaign as well as classes and curriculum on the evidence-based program 5-2-1-0.


“We are thrilled to be working with LeBonheur Community Health and Wellbeing as well as our other partners again on this wonderful grant,” according to Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC and the Project Manager for the grant. “This is the second time we have been awarded the grant as the lead agency and we are very excited to expand our scope of services.”

In Henry County, the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation provides both Chronic Disease Case Management and Pharmacy Assistance to patients. Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant, and Tina Umstead, LPN Nurse Case Manager along with dedicated nurses and staff at HCMC provide the programs to patients who qualify.

Through the pharmacy assistance program, patients can purchase medication at a reduced cost or no cost at all. Through the monitoring of medication, we provide assistance to patients with their medication needs and monitor medication intake to insure that patients are following the guidelines that primary care providers prescribe. In the summer of 2011, Henry County Healthcare Foundation reached the $1 million dollar mark on free medications to people of Henry County and surrounding areas.

“I work as a liaison between the patient, Primary Care Physicians and Drug Manufactures to get medications at no cost for those who do not have prescription coverage insurance,” Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant said. “The goal of this program to help individuals manage their health and at the same time cut down on hospital admits for those that don't have insurance.”

The Chronic Disease Management Program is a free program that allows people to receive one on one counseling, attend classes to help them better understand their disease process and manage their chronic conditions. Also, with this program the participants are offered a free screening to check their Blood Sugar, Hemoglobin A1C, Lipid Panel, and Blood Pressure. The screening itself is especially beneficial to those who have no insurance or very little income, because they could not afford this testing on a normal basis. These test help to show if a person's chronic conditions are being managed appropriately by diet and exercise, medications, or both. These services combined help people stay healthier and reduce their risk of further complications, which helps reduce recurrent hospital admissions.

“As the Chronic Disease nurse case manager it was exciting to know we had received the Delta Grant again,” said Tina Umstead, LPN. “The grant will not only allow participating patients to continue with the program but also allow for us to enroll new patients. The grant will also help us to provide more services in Henry County and expand our coverage to Benton and Carroll counties to people who may or may not have the ability to afford testing, medications and other resources.”

The Healthcare Foundation also offers chronic disease prevention classes like Cardiac Rehab Nutrition, Shopping Smart, Journey for Control of Diabetes, Living Well with Chronic Conditions, and Take Control of Your Diabetes classes. New to this grant cycle will be Freedom from Smoking Cessation classes that will be offered. The Chronic Disease Management program also offers monthly screenings and individual screenings.

Renaissance Theatre to Present "Doubt"

McKenzie, Tenn.-The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will be presenting a production of the award-winning play "Doubt" in September. The play was written by John Patrick Shanley. Paris Actress Cherry Jones was awarded one of her Best Actress Tony Awards for her performance as Sister Aloysius in the play.

The cast is: Sister Aloysius: Faye Taylor; Father Fynn: Jamie Sullivan; Sister James: Chelsea Fuller and Mrs. Muller: Alexis Ward of Paris.

This production will be directed by Travis McLeese of Paris, who is the director of Renaissance.

The performances are: September 13 & 14 7:00 pm at Bethel Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10. All Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students receive free admission with Bethel ID.

For more information contact the Renaissance Office at 731-393-0405.


Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Fest This Weekend


McKenzie, Tenn.-The first annual Southern Fried Food and Sweet Tea Festival will be held Friday and Saturday in downtown McKenzie and it will include food, music and sweet tea.

Two full days of activities will begin Friday with a community pep rally for the McKenzie Rebels as they travel to Huntingdon for its annual jamboree. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Bethel Renaissance Vocal Authority, followed by more music. Saturday events include entertainment beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a cow dressing contest at 1 p.m. Arts and crafts will be on University Drive and contests include a canine radar run and skillet tossing.

Football Jamboree Planned For Friday Night

Patriots and Other Area Teams to Scrimmage Each Other

Paris, Tenn.- Pepsi Mid America and the Henry County Quarterback Club present the 2013 Pepsi Mid America Football Challenge Friday night at Patriot Stadium as high school football season draws near. Scrimmages scheduled for the evening include Martin Westview vs.  Lexington at 6pm, Obion County vs. Henry County at 7pm, Dresden vs. Milan at 8pm, and Trenton Peabody vs. South Gibson at 9pm.

Tickets for the Football challenge will be sold exclusively at Patriot Stadium on game night for $6. One ticket is good for the entire session of games and children ages 5 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Parking lots on Henry County High School campus will be open on game night for fans to access with exception for the lot between the school and field house. For more information on the Pepsi Mid America Football challenge to be held at Patriot Stadium Friday night call Henry County High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete.

The first regular season game for the Patriots will be next Friday night August 23rd at home against Liberty. WLZK 94.1FM will once again be your home for Henry County Sports as we will broadcast all games for Patriot Football starting with the pregame show at 6:30pm each Friday. All regular season games this year will begin at 7pm not 7:30pm as in the past.

Reception for New Alliance CEO Hamilton Set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Boards of Directors for the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Henry County Alliance will serve as hosts for a reception to welcome new Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton to the community on Thursday August 15th from 2-4pm. The reception will be at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 2508 East Wood Street.

“David is an asset to both our community and our organization,” according to chamber president Andrea Lamb, We hope everyone will come out and meet and greet David and welcome him to the community.”

The Henry County Alliance is a cooperative agreement between the city of Paris, County of Henry, and Chamber to improve economic viability of our community.

Habitat Yard Sale Planned August 24th

Paris, Tenn.- Habitat for Humanity of Paris-Henry County will be holding a huge yard sale on Saturday August 24th at the Christian Life Center at the First United Methodist Church of Paris. It will start at 7am and last until 3pm. There will be cabinets, paint, painting supplies, and much more.

Flashing Lights Activated at Tyson Avenue Intersection

Paris, Tenn.-Motorists in Paris are seeing something new this week with the activation of flashing traffic lights at the Tyson Avenue/Joy Street intersection. The traffic lights were recently installed and will be fully activated next week. A seven-day period of flashing is required to alert motorists to the change at the intersection. Matt Hayes of JR Hayes and Co. said his crews still must perform more striping on the Joy Street side of the intersection before the project is complete. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


New Photography Club Seeks Members

Paris, Tenn.-Attention All Photographers: the first meeting of the Paris Photography Club will meet at 6 p.m.  Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Lee Academy for the Arts. The meeting is organizational and will include electing a president and deciding which night to meet for future sessions. to set up a President and we can decide that night what day will be the best for most.

The meeting will be held in Room 8 at Lee School.


Radford Hearing Set to Begin Friday

  Christien Radford

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Arson charges against Christien D. Radford of Paris are scheduled to be heard in General Sessions Court in Huntingdon at 9 a.m. Friday, August 16.

Radford was the owner/operator of Impressions Gifts in McKenzie and was charged with the fire which destroyed the business in December 2012.

A co -defendant, Spencer Underwood, age 23, also of Paris, also was charged with arson, but his case is not on the docket Friday.

The Radford hearing has been postponed twice already.

The two were arrested April 15 by Investigator Steve McClure of the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Puryear Conducts Routine Session

Puryear, Tenn.-The Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen held a short and sweet session Tuesday night. Water Superintendent Ricky Hughes reported that the water tank had been inspected and the inspection report will be presented to the city in the coming weeks.

Both the police and fire departments reported that they are operating smoothly.


Bethel Renaissance to Hold Free Concert this Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University’s Renaissance Performing Arts Group will hold a free community concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 on the green space by Laughlin Gazebo on the Bethel campus.

The concert is part of Bethel’s Freshman Orientation and is an annual event to kick off the fall semester. It is also a part of the City of McKenzie’s First Annual Southern Fried Foods and Sweet Tea Festival. Those who come to the concert should bring lawn chairs. A fireworks show by High Tech Special Effects will take place at the end of the concert.

The Renaissance program at Bethel University is a unique, high energy extracurricular program designed to offer substantial scholarships to performers, as well as to give them the opportunity to perform all over the world. Consisting of three core programs-Vocal, Theatrical, and Instrumental, Renaissance attracts a wide variety of talented students.

For more information about Renaissance’s Aug. 17 concert, contact Debra Noble at 731-393-0405 or at nobled@bethelu.edu.

Paris Tri Club Competes in Two Meets

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Tri Club competed in two separate events over the weekend: Hendersonville Kids Tri and Iron kids qualifier in Springfield Mo.


Hendersonville Kids Tri Results:

Cole Davis 2nd overall ages 12 -15 yrs old
Charlie Davis 3 rd place boys 9 yrs old
Abby Taylor 2nd place girls 9 yr old

Springfield Mo. Iron kids Results:

Paris Tri Club had six competitors that qualified for the Iron Kids Nation Championships in Des Moines Ia.

Some participants had previously qualified this bring the total up to nine racers qualified for the event on August 31.
Audrey Hill 1st place girls 6 yr old
Craig Anderson 8th pace boys 11 yr old
Emma Hill 3rd place girls 11 yr old
Syndney Anderson 2 place girls 8 yr old
Hunter Lawrence 3rd place boys 10 yrs old
Fisher Lawrence 6th place boys 8 yrs old.

Top ten finish gets a qualifying spot in Des Moines Ia National Championship.

Henry Board Discusses Alderman Lowery's Proposals
Alderman Wants to Implement things to Cut in Budget

Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting, an item on the agenda that had been tabled for a couple of months due to Alderman Faye Lowery being absent from meetings, was brought up and discussed for several minutes.

The item was a list of proposals from Lowery on ways to cut back in the budget. Items that had the most discussion included an idea she had to cut one thousand man hours from employees to help save on payroll. Lowery said every business and industry is having to cut and the city of Henry could find ways for everyone to chip in and cut some and it not hurt anyone to much.

Mayor Joe Qualls told commissioners he was in city hall everyday and saw the job the city employees do on a daily basis. He said paperwork and documentation alone keep them busy.

City Recorder Sonya Clayton, Public Works Director Ed Bush, and Henry Chief of Police David Andrews gave examples of how the increase of work load, just in paperwork alone, keeps them busy and cutting their hours would basically mean some things would not get done.

Another point brought up by Lowery dealt with the assertion that some employees that do not live in the city drive the vehicles home. Lowery said several citizens have questioned and complained why this happens. Mayor Qualls said that Bush is allowed to drive the truck home because he is on call 24/7 and he opted to be able to drive the vehicle home instead of a salary increase.

Lowery also said looking at not paying insurance and housing for the Henry Fire Department would save money. Mayor Qualls and Alderman Cindy Rainey disagreed saying by having a community fire department citizens save money on homeowner’s insurance due to the lower ISO rating.

The board took no actions on the proposals but will continue to look into them and other ways to save the taxpayers money.

Henry Board Accepts Alderman Owens' Resignation

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry board also voted to accept a formal resignation from Alderman George Owens whose declining health will not allow him to continue on the board. Mayor Qualls said the city must appoint someone to fill the vacant seat within thirty days.

Mayor Qualls said any interested citizen who wants to be on the board should submit a letter to city hall by September 3rd stating why they would like to serve. The board will appoint someone, if they get any applications, at the September board meeting.

In other business, Mayor Joe Qualls told alderman Tuesday night that the Industrial board has met with Alliance CEO David Hamilton about interest in finding industry to move into the old Mark I building. Qualls said that Bret Lyons has purchased the building and still plans to move a metal fabrication and production facility into sometime soon. Lyons told the mayor he was behind his original schedule because of dealing with a death in the family recently.

Public Works Director Ed Bush told alderman that the water audit was done Tuesday and the lead and copper sampling had been completed for the most part as required by TDEC. He said the rain has thrown them behind on mowing and bush hogging but they will pick back up as soon as it dries out some.

No Quorum at CG

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Legislative Council did not hold its regular meeting Tuesday night, due to there being no quorum of members present. The next meeting will be held in September.

No Truth to Rumors that Hendley Found

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said there is no truth to the rumors that are circulating that a missing Paris man had been found in Kentucky Lake.

Michael Hendley, 30, 5200 Hwy 79S, has been missing since early July. Henry County law enforcement, as well as equine teams and K-9s have conducted extensive searches in the area of Old Springville Rd. where Hendley's car was found.

Belew said the sheriff's office continues to follow up on leads "and we continue to be hopeful."

Paris Fire Department Demonstrates Importance of Sprinklers
Department Received Grant to Put on Live Education Demonstration

The room on the left had no sprinkler while the one on the right did and

had very little damage. (Paris Fire Department photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department received a $1,000 stipend early this year to help them conduct live educational demonstrations on the importance of sprinkler systems in homes. The grant is from a Fire and Prevention Safety Grant through FEMA and only 25 departments in the state received the grant.

The money was used to put on a live burn demonstration last week at the Henry County Fair. Two 8X8 rooms were set up with furniture, computers, and household items; one with a sprinkler, one without.

The unsprinkled room took one minute and 41 seconds to flashover and burned another two minutes before the fire could be extinguished. The sprinkled room saw the smoke alarm sound in 14 seconds after the smoke started and in 21 seconds the sprinkler activated, controlled and extinguished the fire.

Fir fighters extinguish the blaze in the room set up without sprinklers.

Thefts Reported in City and County

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department continues to investigate a string of thefts that occurred Monday. Four different reports told of thefts that occurred in the city with two coming on Franklin Drive, one on Wynn Street, and one on Minor Street.

One of the thefts on Franklin Drive was from a vehicle where a GPS unit valued at $120 was stolen out of a car. The other theft from Franklin was a bicycle from a front porch. The bike was valued at $108.

The home on Wynn Street had a red pit bull stolen valued at $200 and a the home on Minor Street reported three rolls of copper wire valued at $100 each stolen from it. Police have no suspects in any of the thefts.

Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are also investigating a theft that occurred in Henry on Atlantic Avenue. The victim said they are in the process of moving into the home and while gone to get another load, someone entered the home on Atlantic Avenue by forcing open the back door. Stolen from inside was a painting of Mary praying, several DVDs, an antique table, and a steam cleaner. The valued of items missing is over $4K. Police have no suspects.

Henry County Historical Society to Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will meet on Thursday August 15th at 6pm at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center. Henry County Archivist Stephanie Tayloe will present a program on her Routon relatives in conjunction with an exhibit of paintings and artifacts on one of the county’s pioneer families.

Society members and visitors will view the December 19, 1956 “This is your Life” television episode featuring artist, florist, and humanitarian “Miss Pearl” Routon. Among her many accomplishments was her successful lobbing effort to have the state legislature name the Iris as Tennessee’s official state flower. The honorary Tennessee Colonel also owned the largest greenhouse complex between Memphis and Nashville.

In addition, the Henry County Historical Soceity will view an exhibit from 152 postcards recently donated to the museum. The postcards, originally amassed by former Paris resident, George E. Webb, Jr., is one of two or three of the most significant collections of Henry County postcards in existence. It contains images of Paris, Springville, Buchanan, Paris Landing, and Camp Tyson.

Wet Weather Wreaking Havoc on County Roads

Paris, Tenn.- Road board chairman Bobby Milam asks citizens in Henry County who are having issues on their roads to ‘please have patience,’ as crews are working hard to fix problems caused by a very wet summer. Milam said we’re spending time not only fixing problems caused by the rain, but also trying to salvage some work we’ve done this spring and summer and when you get four inches of rain in an hour no road can handle that.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood took notes as commissioners told him of issues citizens have reported with roads in their areas, most of that coming before the heavy rains we received during the day and evening Monday.

Milam said the main problem right now is we need a stretch of dry weather to even begin fixing some of the issues. Norwood also reported the striping machine has arrived the board approved the purchase for earlier this summer, but the weather has been too wet to even began training on it, little on actually striping roads.

Carevan to Be at Paris Landing Community Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Care Van will be at the Paris Landing Community Center, located on highway 79 from 8:30am to 10:30am on Tuesday August 13th to offer free health screenings. The screening will take place inside the Community Center. Free finger stick blood sugars and blood pressure checks will be available. Finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 and full lipid panel test will be offered for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for accurate results.

Boys Found Safe

Whitlock, Tenn.- Two little boys who had been missing this afternoon in the Whitlock area have been found safe and sound, according to Sheriff's Deputy Jim Higgins. According to sheriff's deputies, it was feared the little boys, aged 12 and 13 had fallen into the creek. Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Wade had been searching for him on kayaks and other deputies were looking through the area on foot when they received word that the boys had made their way back home.

Holder: No Traffic Enforcement Cameras on New Traffic Signals
Tyson/Joy Intersection traffic signals to be activated Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder has issued a press release to help clear up some questions about the new traffic signals at the intersection of Tyson Avenue and Joy Street.

Several citizens have asked about the cameras that are attached to the top of the traffic poles and whether or not they are traffic enforcement cameras. The press release states that these are not for traffic enforcement, such as some neighboring cities have installed. The Paris City Commission rejected this concept months ago.

The cameras atop the poles at this intersection are merely traffic control sensors to serve in detecting traffic patterns and changing the signalization accordingly.

Many streets in Paris have subsurface traffic controls that serve the same type purpose as the cameras on top of the poles at the Tyson Avenue and Joy Street Intersection.

City Manager Carl Holder says plans are to activate the traffic signals at the intersection on Tuesday August 13th and a 7 day period of “on notice flashing” will be followed by full activation next week.

Rainy Days and Mondays

Paris, Tenn.- Heavy rains have fell most of the morning on Monday and reports of water ponding on roadways were common. This is the creek beside the WMUF studios at 110 India Road already coming out of its banks. Forecasts call for more rain throughout the day and night with some chances of rain Tuesday and Tuesday night as well. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Paris Police Department Destroy 80 Pounds of Drugs

Department's Drug Take Back Program Receives 55 Pounds of Drugs

Paris Police Officers Amanda Forrest and Eric Long prepare

drugs for destruction. Paris Police photo.

Paris, Tenn.- Officers from the Paris Police Department recently destroyed eighty pounds of drugs and drug paraphernalia that citizens have been dropping off at the drug drop in city hall.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said in a press release that 55 pounds of drugs, largely prescription medication, were received through the department’s Drug Take Back Program. The other 25 pounds that were destroyed recently were seized from drug arrests by officers.

The Paris Police Department Drug Take Back Program has been a huge success since its implementation in October of 2011. “In addition to the environmental concern of improper drug disposal, keeping expired or unused medication in the house can be dangerous,” Chief Elizondo said. “Curious teens or youths could find pill bottles and ingest the contents. We have also seen incidents where seniors have taken family members prescription medication by mistake and had to be hospitalized.”

Chief Elizondo added, “Prescription medication is also attract to burglars who often break into homes and businesses in search of items to support drug habits.”

Citizens can discard out of date drugs anytime at Paris City Hall, where the entrance to the dispatch is across the street from the WG Rhea Library. Items accepted in the Drug Drop box are prescription medication, other drugs, over the counter medications, veterinary medications, medicated ointments and lotions, liquid medications in a glass or leak proof container.

The drug drop box program does not accept needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, hydrogen peroxide, empty containers, or business waste. For more information on the program call the Paris Police Department at 642-2424.

Metro Crime Unit Exceutes Busy this Weekend with Drug Searches

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit with assistance from the Henry County Sheriffs Office Paris Police Department, Henry Police Department, and Puryear Police Department executed a search warrant at the home of Christopher A. Skeen, 119 Cypress Road in Buchanan Friday night.

The search revealed approximately 39.9 grams of marijuana, digital scales, items used for packaging and various paraphernalia used to smoke marijuana. Officers also recovered 8 firearms from the residence. Skeen was not home at the time of the search but was contacted by phone by law enforcement and was advised to turn himself in to the sheriff’s department.

The Metro Crime Unit along with the Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police, and Henry Police also conducted a search warrant at 1175 Highway 641 S. on Saturday night. During the search officers found marijuana, scales, and methadone, and drug paraphernalia. Arrested were Nicholas Tozzi, charged with possession of schedule 6 with intent, possession of drug parapheranalia; Cody Beechum, charged with simple possession of schedule 6, schedule 2, and drug paraphernalia; and Whitni Cheyenee Quinn, charged with possession of schedule 2 and drug paraphernalia. All three have court dates of August 13th.

Another Successful County Fair Concludes

One last chance for walking the Midway last night. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-There are plenty of very tired people in Henry County now that another successful county fair has concluded. Saturday began with a downpour, but the rain held off the rest of the day, making for a large audience at the demolition derby that always ends the annual event.

Fair President Deneicia Gregson said this year’s fair “went relatively smoothly. We’ve had good attendance and we were pretty lucky with the weather. That humidity the last couple of days hurt us.”

Attendance actually seemed up a little from last year, she said. New events this year that will be built on for next year will include the Little Britches rodeo and the Mud Bog. “We had good attendance for the rodeo and the kids enjoyed it,” she said, “and we had a real crowd here Wednesday night for the Mud Bog and that will continue to grow.”


Trey Jones of Puryear gets his steer ready for the Junior Market Steer show Thursday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Even Queen Hannah McFadden got into the spirit of the corn-on-the-cob eating contest last week. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Pets Strut Their Stuff at Talent Contest

Esther won Best of Show. She is owned by Rachael Smetak. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County’s Got Talent--Pet Version--went on Saturday morning at the fairgrounds, despite the heavy rainfall, but it was moved indoors to the Commercial Building.

The number of contestants was down from previous years because of the rain, but what was lacked in number, was made up for in enthusiasm.

Esther, the friendly white lab owned by Rachael Smetak took Best of Show and won second place for costume; second place in tricks and second in tail wagging.

Other winners were: Daisy, the little Boston terrier, owned by Jordan Counce, won first in costume, first in vocalizing and fifth in tail wagging.

Trip the black lab, owned by Michael Holden won first in tricks. Woody the Irish Setter, owned by Daniel Watkins won second in most obedient, third in tricks and third in tail wagging.

Jake the lab, owned by Kelli Zwayer won most obedient and fourth in tail wagging. And Molly the pomeranian, owned by Shannon McFarlin, came in first as the best tail wagger.


Getting ready for her entrance was Daisy, being held by Donna Counts. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris Police Make Arrest Following Search

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for criminal trespass after a search of an apartment at Washington Courts. Paris Officers  accompanied Agent Joe Frey of the West Tennessee Probation and Patrole office on a search of a residence at Washington Courts, responding to a complaint someone there was selling drugs.

The man's girlfriend told officers he wasn't there, but a search of the premises located him hiding in the bathroom.

Arrested was Moriel Harris Jr., 19, 1450 N. Market St.

Henry County Fair Results


Fairest of the Fair Hannah McFadden and her court watch the young ladies competing in the Woolies Revue Junior Division: (from left) Leah Sutton, Kara Grace Barnhart and Alyssa Wade. Kara Grace came in first, with Alyssa second and Leah third. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Commercial Building Booth Awards for 2013

Most Entertaining: St. John's Security Systems

Best Theme: Commercial Bank and Trust Company

Poeple's Choice: Henry County Medical Center

President's Award: Henry County Farm Bureau

Wool and Woolies Revue

Primary Division: Paris Schoeberl, first McKenna Thrower, second, Braden Claire Denman, third

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

Junior High: Anna Divito, first, Natalie Clark, second, Sydney Wyatt, third

Kiddie Tractor Pull

0 to 3 age: Miles Latta, first, Jack Schultz, second,

4 to 5 age; Karamaneah Norwood, first, Dallas Bomar, second, James Schultz , third

6 to 7 age: Charlotte Schultz, first, Emma Grace Dotson, second, Marley Kate Latta, third

8 to 10 age: Will Norwood, First, James Lacy, second, Eric Taylor, third

Stick Horse Event

Timed Ride: Division 1: Keegan Carter, first, Andra Vick, second,

Division 2: Emma Kate Atkins, First, Emma Grace Dotson, Second, Cavin Carol, third

Division 3: Brileigh Hayes, First, Paris Schoeberl, second, John Thomas Atkins, third

Barrel Race: Division 1: Miles Latta, first, Emerson Vick, second, Keegan Carter, third

Division 2: Emma Grace Dotson, first, Cavin Carol, second, Emma Kate Atkins, third

Division 3: Paris Schoeberl, first, Brileigh Hayes, second, Marly Kate Latta, third

Mud Bog on Wednesday Night:

Super Stock: Jerry Carter, Tennessee Ridge, First, Jerry Carter, TR, second, Presley Smith, Waverly, third

Altered Stock: Doug Hepp, Dover, First, Jessi Brown, Waverly, second, Jerry Carter, TR third

Timed: Steven Fitzhugh, Dover, first, Shane Biggs, Tennessee Ridge, Second, Wesley Patrick, Waverly, third

Deep Pit Timed: Garry Barrett, Dover, first, Zack Morrow, Dover, second


More Corn, Please!

Paris, Tenn.-Alex Bomar serves more corn on the cob to contestants during Thursday night's second annual corn eating contest, as Pam Martin, Larry Ray and Donna Craig of the fair look on. A story on the contest is elsewhere on our website. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


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