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

Kidd Still Being Sought

Paris, Tenn.-The Puryear woman who was set to begin trial on animal cruelty charges in Henry County Circuit Court last month is still being sought and the Henry County Sheriff's Office is still seeking the public's help on locating her.

Cheryl Kidd, 69, 1749 Perkins Rd., was a no-show at her trial in mid-July at the local court. She had been arrested earlier this year and charged with animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large after deputies found dozens of small breed dogs at her home without adequate water, food or shelter.

The dogs were seized and taken to the Henry County Sheriff's Office animal shelter, where they await adoption. Many of the dogs are still being housed at the shelter and some are being housed at foster homes, according to Sheriff Monte Belew.

Belew and Captain Damon Lowe said the sheriff's office believes that Kidd is out of state now. "We are still looking for her and when we locate her, we will pick her up," Lowe said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 642-1672.

Belew said, "We really can't wait to get this case over so that we can get these dogs into good homes."

Paris Native Wyndell Watkins to Appear on Travel Channel Show

Episode to air tonight at 7pm on Travel Channel

Paris, Tenn.- Paris native Wyndell Watkins will appear as a guest expert on the Boston Strangler in an episode of the Travel Channel’s Mysteries of the Museum tonight at 7pm. The episode will focus on the examination of a weapon that belonged to a secret network of spies operating on American soil, a bag owned by a pioneering journalist, and switchblade that all traced back to the notorius killer in Boston during the 1960s.

Watkins, a graduate of Henry County High School in 1970, briefly worked with the FBI until joining the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. In his more than 26 years of service he was chief of Detectives, director of internal affairs, and was the commander of the homicide and sex offence branches. In addition, chief Watkins was the commander of the three Federal Task Forces on crime.

Watkins currently serves as the Southeast Regional director, office of Emergency Response and Recovery. He is responsible for all security disciplines, emergency management, continuity of operations and more for General Services Administration facilities in 11 states in the region including Tennessee.

Pastor Ragland to Speak in Washington

Washington, D.C. - Former Paris Minister Rev. Lawrence Ragland will be a guest preacher at a local church in Washington,DC, this weekend, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

He was invited to preach by Nation Capital Baptist State Convention President Dr. Eric Barksdale. Ragland, the 2009 National Justice Sunday Commissioner for the King Holiday, also preached in Washington, DC the weekend of President Barach Obama first inauguration in 2009.

Rev. Ragland now lives in Jackson and preached at Progressive Baptist Church in Paris.


Bob Eubanks' "Not So Newlywed Game" to Appear at Dixie

Huntingdon, Tenn.- – Bob Eubanks in the Not So Newlywed Game will be at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts & Academic Enrichment Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 7.

The evening will be patterned after the original 1960’s television game using four married couples selected randomly from the audience. Eubanks narrates  clips from the show’s past during the first segment and concludes the last part of the show with a half-hour version of the “live” Not So Newlywed Game.

The Newlywed Game was ranked as one of the top three daytime game and prime time shows for five consecutive years, producing over 2000 episodes.

Grand prize furnished by Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa and consolation prizes will also be awarded. Tickets are $25/person plus tax. Please visit www.dixiepac.net or call 731-986-2100 for tickets or more information. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission


Bethel Nursing Class Achieves 100 Pass Rate

McKenzie, Tenn. – Nursing students in Bethel University’s graduating class of 2013 have received a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX), which measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse, according to Mary Bess Griffith, Director of Nursing at Bethel.

The overall pass rate for first-time, U.S. educated nursing students who took the examination in 2013 is 90 percent, according to information provided on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

“The 100 percent pass rate our students have achieved is a result of the dedication of all faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences and Nursing who are involved in the education of these students,” said Griffith. “It is also a direct reflection of the hard work of our students.”

Bethel University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and also an online completion RN to BSN for students with an associate degree in nursing or diploma. The nursing program prepares graduates for entry-level registered nurse positions in primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings and for entry into advanced degree programs in nursing.

The four-year nursing program course of study includes two years to complete academic pre-requisites and two years to complete nursing courses. Each nursing course encompasses a variety of clinical experiences which require the student nurse to give competent care in area hospitals, nursing homes, and other community health care agencies.

For more information about Bethel University’s nursing program or about all programs at Bethel, go to www.bethelu.edu.

PHC Public Utility District Wins Safety Award for 4th Year in a Row

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met on Tuesday afternoon and General Manager Tae Eaton informed the board that the district had won a 2013 Safety Award from the American Public Gas Association.

Eaton said this is the 4th year in a row for Paris Henry County Public Utility District had won the Safety Award from the APGA. He told board members this was a testament to the hard work the employees of the system do on a daily basis to maintain safety around natural gas.

In business on Tuesday the board approved the purchase of a new dump truck from Golden Circle in Jackson in the amount of $47,463 who was the low bidder. Eaton said the current dump truck is a 1977 model and its becoming more difficult to get parts for it so a new one is badly needed.

The gas board learned that Revel Construction had began the process of installing new gas main extensions on Monday. They are starting in the Old Paris Murray Road and Mount Pleasant Road area. Eaton said just off the Mt. Pleasant area they have 7 new applications for natural gas.

Eaton told the board that financials for this time of year were comparable to last year coming in at a loss of $253K this year, while being in the red $242K last year. Eaton said those numbers are normal for the summer months.

The district is currently around 50% capacity in gas storage and Eaton told board members that will continue to buy gas to stockpile for the coming winter months. He said currently gas is around $3.65, but he hopes in September to lock in some for around $3.55 and get the capacity up to around 85% or more.

HCMC to Celebrate 60th Anniversary Next Week

Reception Planned for 2-4pm Wed. August 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will mark its 60th anniversary serving this area during next week providing unique opportunities to celebrate the achievements of the past and look forward to the future in these ever changing times of healthcare.

There will be many events going on this week with the main community event set for Wednesday August 28th, which marks the day the hospital was dedicated and opened 60 years ago. There will be an Anniversary Reception Wednesday from 2-4pm in the Cafeteria and the community is invited to come and celebrate with cake and punch.

“Henry County Medical Center has seen many changes over the last 60 years, from name changes and expansions to advances in technology as well as computerization,” according to director of Marketing and Public Relations Tory Daughrity. She went on to add, “but the core mission of HCMC has always stayed the same, to provide the highest quality and affordable healthcare services and education to the citizens of Henry and the surrounding counties.”

HCMC has encouraged departments and staff to submit ‘Then and Now’ display boards to be featured at the Anniversary Reception. The boards will represent various milestones in the history of the organization and various departments, with special emphasis on what the departments were like in 1953 when the medical center first opened and what they are like in 2013.

The community can also help out with this historic event as the hospital turns 60 next week. HCMC is asking citizens to submit baby photos of anyone born from August 28th, 1953 to August 27th 1954, the first year of the hospital being open. Be sure to include your name, date of birth, and physician and submit photos by this Friday. For more information on the 60th Anniversary of the HCMC call 644-8267.

Routon Family Art Show Held Over This Week at Heritage Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center has had great response to the Routon Family Art Show that has been on display. Heritage Center Director Norma Steele said over 300 people have attended the exhibit during the two weeks its been on display.

Steele said they will be able to keep the Routon Family Art Show open thru the rest of this week during regular hours, which are 10-4 Tuesdays thru Fridays and 10-2 Saturdays. This Thursday, the Heritage Center will be open until 7pm for anyone who hasn’t gotten a chance to come by to do so. Steele said the Heritage Center also would like to invite other families to consider having a “Family Heritage” exhibit on display to show your family history. Call the Heritage Center at 642-1030 for more information.

Health Department Addition Moving Along

Paris, Tenn.-Progress is being made in the small addition being constructed at the Henry County Health Department headquarters on Joy Street. The small addition will be an educational classroom where WIC, nutrition and other classes can be held. It also will contain a demonstration kitchen station for food safety programs. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


First Annual Rusty Relics Set in Hazel

Hazel, Ky.-The merchants of Hazel, Ky. will be hosting the first annual Rusty Relics Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 24. The day will including sidewalk sales, refreshments, drawings for prizes and face painting.


Quota Welcomes New Member

Susan Pemberton, center, is welcomed to Quota by Stephanie Tayloe, right, who sponsored her. (Photo submitted by Martha McFadden).


Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota Club welcomed new member Susan Pemberton to its August meeting and members celebrated their membership anniversaries: Linda Foulks – 1 year; Jackie Jones – 1 year; Val Routon- 1 year and Martha Simpson- 5 years; for a total of 8 years of service.

Club members voted to donate to Oktoberfest and Emily Walker and Brenda Hosford will choose where to contribute the April – May and June Pocket change.

Cheryl Wilson reminded members to continue to feed their pigs for the October 16 Hog Killing party at the home of Melanie and Tommy Townsend.

President Teas reminded members of the South Area Meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi in November.

2013-2014 club yearbooks are still available for $5 each.

Preschool Story Hours Resume

Paris, tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library preschool story hours will resume Thursday, September 5, in the library children’s room. Story hours are from  10am to 11am. Children who are lap sit to five years old can attend.

Library Director Connie McSwain also reminded everyone that now that school has begun, it is time to locate your library cards, update library cards, and most important to get a library card, if you do not have one already. Be ready for those school papers and to use the “READS” program for free e-books. A library card is mandatory! The first card is free!

When an adult brings a child in for a first time library card OR a child brings an adult in for a first time card, they both will be registered for a $25 Wal Mart gift card to be given away on October 1. The register dates are from September 2 through September 30.

PSSD Board Officially Approves 2013-14 Budget

1% Bonus for Certified Employees, $200 bonus for Support Staff Included

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District met on Tuesday and officially approved the 2013-14 budget for the system. They have discussed aspects of the budget the last couple of months but had to wait until the county commission approved the county budget last month before officially approving one for the PSSD.

PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown told the board highlights of the budget include a 1% bonus for certified employees and a $200 bonus for all support staff. The system will also use around $524K from fund balance to pay off the Paris Elementary Addition in this budget year, which will save $84K by paying it off early.

The purchase of a new school bus is included in the 13-14 budget at a cost of $105,873 and numbers also show an increase in health insurance cost of just over $21K. Brown said that represents a 5.6% increase in health insurance premium but only covers half a year, because the increase takes effect in January.

Brown also told board members the state has divided up $8M in First to the Top monies and the PSSD will receive an extra $24,579 in additional funds. This is the 4th and final year of First to the Top money and Brown said we had already absorbed costs associated with First to the Top funds preparing to phase those out, but this additional money will be used to maintain what the system has already done.

New teachers in the system were introduced at Tuesday night’s board meeting and a small reception was held before business was conducted. Each principal recognized the new teachers at each school.

New teachers at Rhea Elementary for this year include Sarah Milam in Kindergarten and Amber Wood and Ashley James both teaching 2nd grade. At Paris Elementary Kristen Nickell will be the new resource teacher, Susanne Collins and Olivia Smith are joining PES as 4th grade teachers, and Courtney Harrison will teach strings part time at PES and part time at Inman. Inman also welcomed new teacher Brent Harris in 8th grade.

Brown Tells Board Its Been a Good Start to School Year

Paris, Tenn.- More from the PSSD board meeting Tuesday night saw Superintendent Mike Brown report that the new school year was off to a great start so far and enrollment was up. Brown said that 1,707 students are enrolled K thru 8, which is 39 more students than the system had in May to end the school year with. There are also 73 students in the PreK program.

The board learned the weekend backpack program was going to get started this weekend and will serve 201 students. That number is broken down into 130 Kindergartners and 71 PreK students. All students who are on free lunch with the system in these age groups are served by the program. Brown said that they are going to look as the year goes along to see how donations and contributions come in and possibly expand the program to 1st graders if funds allow.

Patriots, Lady Pats Golf Teams Win Matches at Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School men’s golf team improved to 4-0 on the young season winning at Paris Landing State Park Tuesday afternoon against some non district opponents. The Patriots shot a 172 overall which bested McKenzie’s 178. Camden finished with a 189 and Huntingdon shot a 218.

Individual scores for the Patriots were Evan Todd 36, Jamison Hayes 44, Will Sleadd 46, and Hunter Bethune shot a 46.

In ladies golf action the Lady Patriot Golf team won the match against McKenzie with a 95. McKenzie shot a 113. Individual scores for the ladies included Brittany Martin with a 46 and Holly Dial with a 49. The Lady Pats are now 1-1 on the season.

Lakewood Elementary Named One of State's Top Schools

Reward Schools in 52 districts across the state

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced 169 schools as the 2012-13 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for annual growth and the top 5 percent for academic achievement.

The Reward Schools span 52 districts across the state and include 70 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.

On the list is Lakewood Elementary, noted for excellence in performance. Henry County Schools Director Sam Miles said Tuesday morning,

"All of our schools have shown growth and achievement in student learning and this reflects how remarkable our educators, students, and staff are in Henry County. Lakewood Elementary School is a Reward School for the second year in a row, which makes the award quite exceptional. We're proud of all of our schools in Henry County."

“Tennessee continues to set the standard in education reform as we maintain our focus on high levels of achievement and continuous growth,” Haslam said at an event held at Percy Priest Elementary, recognized for its overall academic achievement. “Our Reward Schools have proven that all students can learn and grow even though their starting lines may be different, a critical part of our effort to prepare our students for the jobs available in the marketplace now and in the future. We are incredibly grateful for the teachers and staff at each of these schools and excited to recognize their efforts on behalf of Tennessee students.”

Tennessee has set out to become the fastest-improving educational system in the country by raising student performance each year. For the second year, the state has recognized Tennessee schools that have shown the most progress year-over-year alongside the schools with the highest achievement scores on statewide tests.

This year’s list recognizes 70 schools for overall academic achievement, and 83 schools for annual value-added growth. The list also names 16 schools that earned both designations, rising to the top 5 percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement.

The 2012-13 Reward Schools made these impressive accomplishments during a year when Tennessee saw consistent gains on the statewide Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. As schools across the state made improvements and reached higher levels of proficiency, the 169 Reward Schools led the way.

Because Tennessee’s accountability system rewards growth and recognizes schools’ varying baselines, every school in the state can strive for the Reward Schools designation.

“We believe that all students deserve strong schools where they can grow to high levels of achievement,” Huffman said. “At the beginning of each year, every school in this state should know that they have a shot at becoming a Reward School.”


HCMC Chosen as One of the Best Radiology Facilities in the Nation

Paris, TN – Imaging Economics has named the Henry County Medical Center Diagnostic Center one of the best Radiology Facilities for 2013.

“I am so proud of this recognition for our facility. It’s an honor and a testament to what a great commitment HCMC has to serving the needs of our community,” Director of Imaging Billie McKee said.  “I must also recognize the wonderful and caring partners I am so fortunate to work with every day, without them we would just have another pretty building.”

The HCMC Diagnostic Center is a comprehensive, freestanding diagnostic imaging center that offers Pre Admission Testing services for surgery patients, including EKG and Lab services. For patients and physicians, they deliver quality diagnostic imaging that’s convenient and simple. Imaging services that are offered include a 20-slice CAT scanner, a 1.5T MRI Wide Bore (specifically for larger body types), two Ultrasound machines and Diagnostic Radiology. The Diagnostic Center was recently accredited by the American College of Radiology in both CAT scan and MRI.

Conducting over 60,000 exams per year, they are also home to one of the premier women’s center for digital mammography as well as Bone Densitometry. The Digital Mammography unit is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and has been chosen as a “pink ribbon facility.” Another feature of the diagnostic center is that ladies’ visiting the center will be offered individual dressing rooms located within the women’s center for privacy and comfort. Offering this type of advanced technology and service is what made the HCMC Diagnostic Center stand out as one of the best in the nation.

“We’re very proud of our new Diagnostic Center and unique partnership we have with Bethel University,” HCMC Administrator Tom Gee. “This facility’s innovative design brings convenient and state-of-the-art outpatient care to our community which is second to none and we are now being recognized for it by Imaging Economics.”

The Diagnostic Center is conveniently located on Tyson Avenue directly across from the hospital. They can schedule outpatient exams for Ultrasound, Digital Mammography, Bone Densitometry, CAT scan, MRI and some diagnostic procedures. If you can benefit from any of these services, let them help schedule you an appointment today by calling (731) 644-8480.


Ribeye Benefit for Hearing, Sight Projects

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Lions Club will have a Ribeye Sandwich Fundraiser on Friday August 23rd from 10am to 2pm at the Mineral Wells Branch of Commercial Bank. The benefit will provide funding for local sight and hearing projects in Henry County.

The fundraiser will replace the annual White Cane Days the Paris Lions Club had done in the past. The cost is $8 for ribeye sandwich, chips, and drink. Deliveries are available for orders of five or more and order deadline is Thursday August 22nd at 4pm. Call Andy Collins at 641-9322 for more information.

GOP to Meet Thursday Night

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County GOP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22, at the Henry County Courthouse Chancery courtroom (main floor). Henry County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson had been scheduled to be speaker, but due to a death in the family he will be unable to attend. GOP officials said they will try to schedule another speaker.

Mark Calendars for College and Career Night  at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.-For students and parents who want to learn more about careers and education opportunities, Henry County High School is hosting a College and Career Night in the Commons Area from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 10.

School Counselor Stephanie Coleman explained, “This is an informal come and go event. Parents and students will be able to meet with representatives of a variety of universities, technical institutes, culinary schools, and other colleges located throughout Tennessee and the southeast. We want to offer a chance for our high school students to gather information about their future college and career goals.”

For more information, you may contact the school counseling office at 642-5232.

County Commission Recognizes Circuit Court Clerk Employees

Mike Wilson                 Amanda Smith

Paris, Tenn.- The regular August meeting of the Henry County commission on Monday was a short one as the only item of business on the agenda wasbasically a house keeping item that is passed every year.

Once the new budget passes, the commission always passes a resolution to authorize funds for capital outlay notes they will look at for the upcoming fiscal year.

Monday night commissioners approved a resolution to authorize the sale and payment of capital outley notes not to exceed $155,199 for the 13-14 Fiscal year. Capital Projects in the upcoming year include purchases of motor vehicles, law enforcement equipment, data processing purchases and airport and building improvements.

In other business Monday night, County Mayor Brent Greer recognized employees at the circuit court office for their work in seeking out Felony Indictment Reimbursement monies. Deputy Clerks at the Circuit Court are Amanda Smith 1st deputy, Jo Houston 2nd deputy, and Becky Myrick 3rd deputy.

Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said that when he took office in 2010 the office had already been collecting these monies, but after attended a conference at the Department of Corrections, they learned of a more streamlined way to file for the funds. A short time later, Wilson took two of this deputy clerks to the DOC to learn more and since then they have refocused our attention and process to be more efficient about collection of the Felony reimbursements.

The monies are collected within the Circuit Court Clerk’s office as part of this program made available by the DOC. Monies are eligible to be recouped by a county with a circuit court for fees that are charged involving cases where someone is charged with a felony. Fees might include boarding of prisoners, mental evaluations, and transportation, among others.

Due to the work of the deputy clerks to target these monies, the Henry County Circuit Clerk Office collected over $84K in the 12-13 fiscal year from these felony indictments. That number is up from just under $60K collected in 11-12 and under $16K collected in 10-11.

Jo Houston                      Becky Myrick

City, County Thefts Still Being Investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating a theft that occurred on Reynolds Street over the weekend. The victim said that around $300 cash, a laptop, and was stolen and the person she suspected was leaving the scene in a white Impala with North Carolina tags. Ptl. Nick Oatsvall made contact with the vehicle later on and found one of the occupants had $247 in cash. The cash was taken and kept as evidence. No laptop was found in the vehicle and investigation is continuing in the incident.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated a 20 Horsepower mariner motor was stolen off a boat on Walnut Street. Police have no suspects in this theft.

Several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office told of thefts around the county this weekend. A $3500 4-wheeler was stolen from a home on Reynoldsburg Road and in a separate incident a burglary at a garage on Pleasant Grove Road occurred where several items were stolen off of a boat that was parked in the garage.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated a  Cadenhead Drive resident reported $500 cash and Smith and Wesson .38 caliber pistol was taken. Warrants have been issued in this incident on the suspect.

A resident of Radford Lake Road reported that someone she was letting stay with her had left and stolen her TV, valued at $400. Deputies are still investigating this theft as well.

Former Henry Alderman Owens Dies at 71

Henry, Tenn.- Longtime Henry Alderman George Owens, 71, passed away last week after continual battle with sickness the past several months. Trinity Funeral home is handling his arrangements and visitation will be Tuesday 11-1 at the Henry Community Pentecostal Church of God and Christ and the service will be at 1pm Tuesday. Owens served on the Henry Board for many years and just last week the board had accepted his resignation. Owens worked as a Heavy Equipment operator for many years for various companies.

9.08 Pound Bass Wins for Waverly Man

Phil Cannady of Waverly holds his trophy aloft at the conclusion of the tournament. He won the 2013 Triton boat also pictured. (Shelli Perry photo).

Buchanan, Tenn.-A 9.08 pound bass made Phil Cannady of Waverly the overall winner of the Big Bass Splash over the weekend. The two-day event was held at Paris Landing State Park and sponsored by McDonald's and Sealy's Outdoors.

Despite on-and-off rainfalls through the weekend, the event was a 'huge success', according to Shelli Perry of McWorth Management in Paris. "We grew the event from 198 last year in entries to 546 this year. I can't remember how many states were represented. It was awesome," she said.

Saturday's planned concerts were a wash-out due to heavy rainpours in the lake area. The Bethel Renaissance group took to the stage but shortly were forced to quit due to rain and the appearance by Bawn in the Mash was cancelled.

But the rainfall did not dampen the spirits of the 500-plus fishermen who came from all over the region for the tournament and the prospect of cash prizes for winning the largest fish each hour of the two-day event.


Tournament Final Results

1st Place Philip Cannady Waverly, TN 9.08 2013 Triton 18XS Powered by Mercury
2nd Place Kevin Hilliard Hollow Rock, TN 8.13 $2,500.00
3rd Place Archie Wilson Corryton, TN 7.46 $2,000.00
4th Place Michael Prince Camden, TN 7.02 $1,500.00
5th Place Randy Flowers Terre Haute, IN 7.00 $1,000.00
Drawing #1 Kelly Walker Union City, Tn $200 Academy Card
Drawing #2 Ron Schweitzer Burlington, KY $200 Academy Card
Drawing #3 Terry Pratt Russellville, KY $200 Academy Card
Drawing #4 Kevin Shaw Dickson, TN $200 Academy Card
Drawing #5 Archie Wilson Jr Corryton, TN $200 Academy Card
Elimination Jeffery Archie Paris, TN Polaris ATV
Open Kelly Walker Union City, TN $1,000 Cash
Saturday Landon Grider Scottsboro, AL 4.00 $1,000
Sunday Kirk Adams Wartburg, TN 4.00 $1,000
Day 1 - # Bass= 164 Day 1 - Weight= 615.64
Day 2 - # Bass= 154 Day 2 - Weight= 916.77
TOTAL - # Bass = 318 TOTAL - Weight = 1532.41

Little Anglers Division Results

1st Tyler)Phillips Clarksville TN 3.50 $75)Academy
2nd Adrian)Hale Murray KY 2.18 $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy
1st Alex)Wallace Buchanan TN 0.17 $75)Academy
2nd Joe)Clayton Buchanan TN 0.13 $50)Academy
3rd Shane)Wallace Buchanan TN 0.09 $25)Academy
1st N/A NA $75)Academy
2nd N/A NA $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy
1st N/A N/A $75)Academy
2nd N/A NA $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy
1st Ryle)Miller Jackson MO 1.99 $75)Academy
2nd Gavin)Ogden Union)City TN 1.49 $50)Academy
3rd Josh)Everets Dover TN 1.46 $25)Academy
1st Jayden)Butler Clarksville TN 0.30 $75)Academy
2nd N/A NA $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy
1st Collin)Whitehead Puryear TN 2.85 $75)Academy
2nd Parker)Ferguson Hornbeak TN 1.56 $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy
1st N/A N/A $75)Academy
2nd N/A NA $50)Academy
3rd N/A NA $25)Academy


Oh, No, You Don't!

Buchanan, Tenn.-Photographer Richard Graves of Buchanan said there is a new sheriff in town near his home--and a very protective one at that. Graves photographed the osprey chasing a bigger blue heron away from its nesting area.


"Bruno" Has Permanent Home at Paris Landing Raptor Rehab

Buchanan, Tenn.-Angie Case holds the newest resident at the Paris Landing Raptor Rehabilitation Center. "Bruno" is a Great Horned Owl and was injured when he fell from his nest. According to Jack Foddrill, who operates the center, Bruno has a wing injury that makes him unable to be released. Case has been working with the birds at the center for 15 years and she also is a dispatcher at the Paris Police Department. (Photo submitted by Jack Foddrill).


Deadline for Fall Photo Contest Nears

Paris, Tenn.-The deadline for the 2013 Fall Photo Contest sponsored by the Paris Landing State Park and Friends of Paris Landing is coming up. The contest is open to all amateur photographers of all ages, but the photos must have been taken at the Paris Landing park.

There are several categories including wildlife, plant life and scenery and photos will be accepted anytime from September 1 through October 15. Prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. November 17 at the Paris Landing Inn and winners’ photos will be displayed at the Inn.

Inn Manager Gary McIntire said the contest has grown in popularity, with 150 entries being submitted last year. People needing more information and entry forms can call McIntire at 641-4450.

Henry County Receives $47,574 in State Funds

Nashville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Education announced Friday it will grant $8 million in state Race to the Top funds to districts that agree to implement specific initiatives that advance the core purpose of Tennessee’s First to the Top plan.

The money will be awarded to 83 districts that have chosen to participate in the First to the Top Scope of Work Supplemental Fund. These districts serve more than half of all students in the state.

Henry County Schools Spokesperson Susan Burton said the county schools will be receiving $47,574 from the program. " We will be using it for teacher stipends as we continue to implement Common Core State Standards," she said.

In order to opt in to the First to the Top Supplemental Fund, districts chose to implement at least one innovative program or strategy in three categories: Teacher evaluation, implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and student assignment. These areas reflect priorities of the state’s original Race to the Top grant, and the districts’ selections will take effect during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. For a complete list of district options, please see the attached overview.

“We felt this Race to the Top money would best serve the students of Tennessee at the district level, and we’re excited to see so many districts take advantage of this opportunity,” Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said. “These funds will allow more resources to be spent on these critical areas across the state.”

Participating districts have chosen strategies like conducting the February writing assessments online in grades 3-11, using student surveys to count for 5 percent of a teacher’s evaluation score, and using two observers for at least one of a teacher’s mandatory observations.

Tennessee’s initial $501 million Race to the Top award divided the grant between districts and the state. The $8 million Scope of Work Supplemental Fund comes directly from the state’s Race to the Top portion.

The 2013-14 school year marks the last of the state’s four-year First to the Top grant. Additional information about the First to the Top program is available online here.

For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at (615) 532-7817 or Kelli.Gauthier@tn.gov.


Theft from BPU Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating the theft of three Stihl chainsaws stolen off of two BPU trucks parked at 301 S. Caldwell St. It is suspected that the suspects jumped over a fence with the equipment after the theft.


Traffic Stop Results in Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a McKenzie man on a drug charge after he was stopped on N. Market St. for a traffic violation. Christopher Martin, 26, was arrested for simple possession, seat belt violation and lack of insurance.

The officers noticed he was shaking and nervous, according to the report, and first asked him if he had anything illegal and Martin said no. They then asked him if he had any weapons and he then told them he had Xanax in his back pocket.


Big Bass Splash First Day Results Announced; Continues Sunday

Buchanan, Tenn.-There are a lot of very happy fisherman in Henry County and surrounding areas today after winning cash for catching the biggest fish every hour during today's Big Bass Splash at Paris Landing State Park. The event was sponsored by McDonald's and Sealy Outdoors. Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald's Houses in Nashville and Memphis.

The event will continue from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Here are Day 1 results and cash prizes:

Day 1 Results

1st Brett Bell Scottsboro AL 5.23 $500
2nd David Young Mayfield KY 4.05 $400
3rd Jay Sehi Clarksville TN 3.80 $300
4th Todd Phillips Clarksville TN 3.59 $200
5th Patrick Ross McKenzie TN 3.17 $150
7-8 HOUR
1st David Fields Murray KY 6.28 $500
2nd Chuck Stallard Louisville KY 4.97 $400
3rd Randy Scott Paris TN 4.80 $300
4th Cully Nelson Scottsboro AL 4.08 $200
5th Frank Fisher Clarksville TN 3.99 $150
Bonus Hour Henry Clary Buchanan TN 3.77 $100
Bonus Hour Jerry McClarren Washington IN 3.40 $75
8-9 HOUR
Bonus Shirt Kevin Hilliard Hollow Rock TN 8.13 $500
1st Kevin Hilliard Hollow Rock TN 8.13 $500
2nd Clinton Stuard Clarksville TN 5.44 $400
3rd Wes Hudson Big Sandy TN 4.95 $300
4th Bobby Boyd Pikeville KY 4.89 $200
5th Tom Whiles Alexandria KY 4.85 $150
9-10 HOUR
1st Phil Cannady Waverly TN 9.08 $500
2nd Archie Wilson Corryton TN 7.46 $400
3rd Timothy Metz Erlarnger KY 4.92 $300
4th Luke Budde Waterloo IL 4.41 $200
5th Micah Smith Tennessee Ridge TN 4.03 $150
Bonus Hour Cully Nelson Scottsboro AL 3.71 $100
Bonus Hour Rick Simpson Clarksville TN 3.21 $75
10-11 HOUR
1st Joe Anderson McKenzie TN 6.63 $500
2nd Donnie Prince Lawrenceburg TN 5.65 $400
3rd Tony Holladay Huntingdon TN 4.87 $300
4th Steve Castleberry Hampshire TN 4.37 $200
5th Reed Bladwin Adams TN 4.30 $150
11-12 HOUR
1st Randy Flowers Terre Haute IN 7.00 $500
2nd Larry Dunlap Paris TN 5.56 $400
3rd Jason Potts Dickson TN 5.20 $300
4th Shannon Moats Clarksville TN 5.00 $200
5th Ron Smith Walton KY 4.63 $150
Bonus Hour Bart Shutz Evansville IN 4.28 $100
Bonus Hour John Curtis Waverly TN 3.87 $75
12-1 HOUR
Bonus Shirt NA NA NA NA $500
1st Michael Prince Columbia TN 7.02 $500
2nd Michael Adcock Charlotte TN 6.86 $400
3rd James Lee Poplar Bluff MO 6.76 $300
4th Keith Arnold Gleason TN 6.66 $200
5th Ron Smith Walton KY 6.02 $150
1-2 HOUR
1st Kevin Tidwell Bon Aqua TN 6.40 $500
2nd Albert McCall Cheraw SC 5.87 $400
3rd Jeary Wheeler Batesville AR 5.49 $300
4th Thomas Kiethley Mt Juilet TN 5.22 $200
5th David Young Mayfield KY 4.67 $150
Bonus Hour Cy Duvall Corydon IN 4.54 $100
Bonus Hour Justin Thurmond Buchanan TN 4.54 $75


Local Students Begin Nursing Program at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.-Students beginning the Bethel University nursing program this fall gathered for orientation this week. They included (back row l to r): Heather Merrell of Buchanan; Cassandra Laws of Trezevant; Cayla Busuito of Paris; Alex Bearden of Trussville, Ala.; Rachael Perrault of Clarksville; Hannah Potts of Henry; Morgan Gilliam of McKenzie; Jimmie Walker of Bartlett; Lesley Medlin of Camden; and Austen D...aniels of Buchanan; (front row l to r): Ndidi Umezinwa of Newark, N.J.; Kaitlin Wood of Dyersburg; Anna Bullard of Counce; Sarah Mann of McKenzie; Shelby Harris of Camden; Amalia Aguirre of Alamo; Teresa Farmer of Bruceton; Victoria Dowd of Eagleville; Deanna Irvin of Ashland City; Melissa Wyatt of Camden; Kyle Trent of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; Brittany Reeder of Hollow Rock; and Christopher Yeater of Newbern. (Bethel photo).


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