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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Early Voting Totals Surpass 3K

Paris, Tenn.- Early voting totals from Thursday saw 354 people come to the Election Commission Office and early vote, several taking advantage of the extended hours past 5pm Thursday evening. That brings the Early Voting total so far to 3125. Early voting continues Friday 8:30 to 4:30 and Saturday 9am to Noon. After Saturday, you will only be able to vote on Election Day, which is Thursday August 7th from 7am to 7pm at your precinct.

BBQ Cookoff, Bull Riding Highlight Start of HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- BBQ Cooking teams from the state and region will fill the Henry County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon for the 4th Annual BBQ Cookoff. Teams will begin cooking Friday afternoon and the public is invited to come after 5pm and meet and greet with the cookers, some who are local, some who are from different parts of the southeast.

The public is invited again on Saturday to come back to the fairgrounds and meet with the cookers and get pointers on cooking. There will be vendors on hand selling BBQ sauce and other products as well on Saturday. Parking and admission is free at the fairgrounds.

The public will also have the chance to purchase championship BBQ from Big Ed’s Concession Stand at the Fairgrounds both Friday and Saturday. They will be serving BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, Rib sandwiches, and BBQ nachos.

In addition to the Henry County Fair BBQ Cookoff there are some other events that get going this weekend as the Henry County Fair kicks off. On Saturday night at 7pm, there will be bull riding and barrel racing. Admission is $10 to see the event. On Sunday, the Baby Barnyard pageants will be held beginning at 1:30pm at the commercial building. The first night of the carnival will be Monday night at 6pm. Continue to listen to our radio stations for fair updates all next week.

HC PreSchool to Conduct Screenings Starting Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Beginning August 12th the preschool program of the Henry County School System will conduct screenings for the 2014-15 School year. Preschoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills.

Parents of children ages 3, 4, and 5 living in Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood school district are asked to call the school to schedule an appointment for their preschooler to be screened. Call Harrelson at 247-3152, Henry at 243-7114 or Lakewood at 644-1600. These services are free of charge and provided by the Henry County School System.

Burger Bash Monday for Marching Patriots

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a Burger Bash to Benefit the Henry County High School Marching Patriots on Monday August 4th from 4-7pm. 20% of sales during that time will be donated to the Henry County High School Band. Eat supper on Monday at McDonald’s and show your support for the Marching Patriots.   

PSSD Begins School Aug. 7th, HCSS Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- Students in the Paris Special School District will begin class next week and the Henry County School System will follow the week after.

PSSD students have an abbreviated day Thursday August 7th with Rhea dismissing at 12:30pm, Paris Elementary at 12:35, and Inman at 12:45pm on that day. The First full day of school for the PSSD is Friday August 8th.

The Henry County School System will have their first full day of school on Tuesday August 12th. Grove’s Open House will be Tuesday August 5th at 6pm. For more information on your school’s registration process call the school office.

PES PTO Wants Your Boxtops

After collecting boxtops and reaching their goal, the Paris Elementary Kids Club had a party with PLSP ranger Gina Lowry as a guest. (Kim Patterson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- With the start of school near, Paris Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, or PTO is gearing up for many activities throughout the year.

The Boxtops for Education is a great program that has been embraced by the PES PTO and a great way to earn extra money for school projects, according to PES PTO Secretary Kim Patterson.

This summer the Paris Elementary Kids’ Club accepted a mission to collect Boxtops for Education and they were rewarded for meeting their goals with a party and special guest Gina Lowry, a ranger a Paris Landing State Park.

Patterson said, “The theme of our summer program was Mission Possible and the kids became Boxtop Detectives by searching their cabinets to find Boxtops for education coupons on packages of General Mills products.”

Paris Elementary School receives 10 cents for every Boxtop coupon that is turned in and several products have bonus boxtops from time to time.

Patterson said the PES PTO welcomes the community to get involved in the project. It’s a great way to turn your garbage into something that will enrich a child’s life. To send in Boxtops to PES mail them to Paris Elementary PTO, Attention Boxtop Committee, 650 B Volunteer Drive Paris, TN 38242.

Reminder: Farmer's Market Changes Venue Due to HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Henry County Farmer’s Market will change locations the next few days due to the fair. Due to Henry County Fair events beginning August 1st, the Henry County Farmer's Market will move from the Fairgrounds to the UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue.

The market will be open at that location starting at 3 PM on Friday, August 1st, Tuesday, August 5th, and Friday, August 8th.

Starting August 12th, the farmer's market will move back to the fairgrounds where it will be held Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 PM until produce is sold out.

Drug Arrests, Misuse of 911 Reported by Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a chevy impala on 641 N as the vehicle was doing 58 mph in a 40mph zone. The driver, Brandon Smith, 23, of Dexter, Kentucky was very nervous when talking with Sgt. Myrick. Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department and his K9 Kenzie came to aid and Kenzie alerted on the door.

A search of the car was conducted and two pipes, rolling papers, and two grams of marijuana were found. Smith was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Montavious Finch, 22, of Park Village, called 911 and reported his wife was burning his clothes. Investigation revealed that Shermaine Finch had burned Montavious’s clothes and put a picture of them on Facebook. Montavious Finch was charged with misuse of 911 and Shermaine Finch was cited for vandalism.

A home on Atchinson Road reported theft of a laptop computer, cell phone and men’s watch. The value of the items was over $2200. Police do have a possible suspect.

A PSI Pressure washer was stolen from a home on Reynoldsburg Road. The value of the items is $400 and police have no suspects so far in the theft.

Some arrests in the last few days include Blake Roberts, 18, 2485 Swor Road for four counts of theft; Andrew P. Adams, 19, 2485 Swor Road for four counts of theft, both were placed on $15K bond.

John Wesley Arnold, 36, of Dresden, was charged with theft and vandalism and placed on $100K bond.

Extended Hours Thursday for Henry County Early Voting

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting is winding down but hours are extended Thursday until 7pm in Henry County to allow more citizens to come and vote after work. Early voting numbers have been strong so far during the period and will continue until 7pm Thursday, 8:30am to 4:30pm Friday, and 9am to noon on Saturday. Election Day is Thursday August 7th and precincts around the county will be open from 7am to 7pm. Absentee ballots must be received on or before August 7th.

Chamber of Commerce Begins 12@12 Luncheons

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris - Henry County Chamber of Commerce has begun the 12@12 series of monthly membership luncheons, with twelve members of the Chamber of Commerce sharing lunch at the Chamber office on East Wood Street in Paris in order to discuss the organization and its community impact with Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley.


The first installment of the 12@12 meetings included Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker and Vice President of the Chamber’s Membership Development and Training; Willie Huffman, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology; Scott Morrison, FirstBank; Jonathan Bell, FirstBank; Kathy Ray, Downtown Paris Association; Mark Archer, Henry County 911; David Hamilton, Henry County Alliance;  and Alex AuBuchon, WMUF Radio. Technology assistance was provided by Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success. The format included an overview of the Chamber’s current program of work and structure and open discussion on development and improvements.


Chamber President Chip Anderson, Bone and Joint Specialists, said, “Hearing from our members is vitally important and a luncheon provides a casual forum for input and discussion.” Topics from the first event included Chamber coffees, community luncheons and the potential uses of a welcoming committee.


The next 12@12 luncheon will be at noon on August 20th at the Chamber of Commerce office. For more information, call the Chamber at 731-642-3431.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Anesthesia Seminar August 13


Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is hosting a Lunch to Learn seminar on Wednesday, August 13 at noon in HCMC Classrooms 1 and 2.


The seminar will cover the ins and outs of anesthesia, and will feature regional director of CRNA services Jeffrey A. Epley and Eva Hardin of Northstar Anesthesia discussing topics such as the history of anesthesia, basic types of anesthesia (general, spinal, epidural, peripheral nerve blocks), and chronic pain management, as well as what patients should expect before, during, and after receiving anesthesia.


The seminar is completely free of charge, and lunch will be provided. Speakers will begin at noon, and lunch will be available at 11:30 AM.


Those wanting to attend the seminar must pre-register by calling the HCMC Find Line at 644-3463 or by registering online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Tennessee Passes Law to Combat Opiate Overdoses

Nashville– The Tennessee Department of Health’s Vital Statistics office today released data on 2013 drug overdose deaths in the state. The 1,166 fatalities last year is a marked increase from 1,094 overdose deaths in 2012. In each of the last two years, more people died from drug overdoses in Tennessee than either motor vehicle accidents or homicides / suicides.

Effective July 1, 2014, a licensed healthcare practitioner in Tennessee can prescribe naloxone to a person at risk of experiencing an overdose or to a family member, friend or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of experiencing an opiate-related overdose.

“Injectable naloxone is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and has been used by emergency responders for years,” Dreyzehner said. “Thanks to an act of our state legislature this past session, this life-saving ‘overdose antidote’ is now more accessible to save lives and can prevent a mistake from being deadly or give more people a second chance at recovery instead of death. In addition to the FDA-approved injectable version there is a nasal spray version that may be preferable for some.”

According to a February 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, naloxone use was associated with more than 10,000 opioid overdose rescues that otherwise might have been overdose deaths. E. Doug Varney, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, hopes the drug will save lives across Tennessee.

“The abuse of prescription drugs, specifically opioids, is an epidemic in Tennessee, with disastrous and severe consequences to Tennesseans of every age,” Varney said. “This high number of overdose deaths can be prevented if we all work together and fight this deadly epidemic. Please join Governor Haslam, Commissioner Dreyzehner, other state leaders and myself as we find a ‘Prescription for Success’ to prevent and treat this deadly epidemic.”

When a healthcare provider writes a prescription for naloxone, he or she can provide instructions on how the medication should be used. Instructions may vary, depending on the type of system (injectable or nasal spray) or by the supplier of the medication.

In all cases when naloxone is administered, it’s important to call 911 as quickly as possible because naloxone provides only temporary reversal of an overdose. When first responders arrive, they should be informed naloxone has been administered and they should be given the empty syringe or nasal spray device. This will help greatly with their life-saving efforts.

For more information about naloxone, visit the American Public Health Association website: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2661437/

BBQ Cook-off Kicks Off Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The fourth annual Henry County Fair Barbecue Cookoff will be held Friday and Saturday at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

24 teams from across the region and the country will compete to cook the best beef brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken, as well as a variety of meat of their choosing and a dessert.

The event is a Tennessee Barbecue Association sanctioned qualifier for the 2nd annual TBA State Championship. The first annual TBA State Championship was held in March of this year at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Judging will be held for the chef's choice entree, chicken, and dessert Friday evening. Ribs, shoulder, and brisket will be judged mid-day Saturday.

The Grand Champion of this weekend's event will receive $1000 with $500 for the runner-up. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each category.

The competition is open to the public and free of charge, with food available for purchase from separate vendors. Unfortunately, due to health regulations, the public is not allowed to purchase food from competing barbecue teams.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds on Saturday at 3 PM.

Camper Stolen from Little Eagle RV Park

Buchanan, Tenn.- A camper trailer was stolen early Tuesday morning from Little Eagle RV Park, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.

The facility has video evidence of the 21 foot Fun Finder camper trailer valued just under $11,000 being taken from Little Eagle's consignment lot.

Officers are currently reviewing evidence and have no suspects at this time.

Active Shooter Drills for SROs, Other Law Enforcement

Officers used airsoft pistols in their active shooter training to allow for live fire exercises (Photo provided by HCSO).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officers along with other law enforcement officers from several departments took part in active shooter training Monday and Tuesday.

The training was held at Paris Elementary School and allowed officers to participate in mock scenarios responding to the threat of a gunman in a school or other building.

All resource officers in Paris and Henry County's schools participated in the exercises, as well as officers from the Paris Police Department, road officers with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, and personnel from the Board of Parole and Probation, Clarksville Police Department, Memphis Police Department, Dyersburg Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

The training was provided by ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) and was offered free of charge to all officers involved.

A group of officers prepare to safely clear a room during a live fire exercise (Photo provided by HCSO).

Time to Clean Out Henry County's Attic

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Public Records Commission met at the courthouse Tuesday to discuss the possible transfer of public documents from the attic of the courthouse to the Henry County Archive and Genealogical Library, located in Grove's Weston Hall, for safe keeping.

The commission elected the following officers: David Webb, chairman; Brent Greer, vice chairman; and Connie McSwain, secretary.

Circuit and General Sessions Court Clerk Mike Wilson said there were a variety of circuit and criminal court records, including ledger books and receipts, which need to be moved to free up space in the courthouse for active records that are more likely to be accessed by his staff.

Wilson stated that the attic was not an appropriate place to store public records, some of which date back to 1866. There are no temperature or humidity controls in this portion of the courthouse, and that is causing important documents to deteriorate. He said some of the bindings of ledger books have fallen off. The sheer weight of the records, including 40 file cabinets directly over the heads of office workers below, added to his concern.

Chairman Webb voiced additional worry over the possible loss of records if a fire or other natural disaster were to strike the vulnerable 118-year old courthouse with its wooden beams and floors. He felt the county archives were safer for document storage, especially those of historical value. Weston Hall’s interior construction is mainly blocked and poured concrete.

Commission members lauded Archivist Stephanie Tayloe, Linda Dunlap, and the volunteers at the archives. Tayloe described herself and her fellow workers as “glorified file clerks” for county offices. Among the most recently completed tasks were processing records of divorce cases from 1821 through 1986.

Archival personnel help preserve the records and make them available to the public. Some records, such as those dealing with mental health, juvenile court, and adoptions, are sealed by court order. The documents at the archives are cleaned, repaired, stored in acid-free file folders and boxes, indexed, and microfilmed. Copies of microfilm are stored in multiple locations, including the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.

A subcommittee was formed that consists of Wilson, Tayloe, Linda Dunlap, Vicky Snider, and Pam Martin with Webb as an ex officio member. This committee will determine what specific records should be kept or destroyed. Records required by law to be saved, along with those of historical value, will be moved to the archives. County maintenance workers and jail inmates will provide labor once the removal process begins.

Mayor Greer reported that $10,000 was included in the 2014-2015 budget to help preserve the county records. Dunlap reported over $9,000 was spent on the archives in 2013; over $7000 has already been expended this year.

Committee members also voiced concern over the sheer amount of unused office furniture and junk that has continually piled up in the courthouse attic and the third floor of the annex. Greer explained that there is a procedure for declaring items as surplus property so the items can be sold or destroyed.

The subcommittee will meet in the courthouse's Jury Room Monday, August 4th.

Farmer's Market Changing Venues

Paris, Tenn.- Due to Henry County Fair events beginning August 1st, the Henry County Farmer's Market will move from the Fairgrounds to the UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue.

The market will be open at that location starting at 3 PM on Friday, August 1st, Tuesday, August 5th, and Friday, August 8th.

Starting August 12th, the farmer's market will move back to the fairgrounds where it will be held Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 PM until produce is sold out.

Guthrie Road Accident Leads to DUI Arrest


Paris, Tenn.- A one-vehicle accident on Guthrie Road early Tuesday morning led to a DUI arrest, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.


Deputy James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a 911 report of an accident on Guthrie Road near the Old Paris Murray Road intersection. While en route, dispatch informed Higgins that a man hit a tree but was able to get his car out of a ditch and drive off.


A witness said the car appeared to be overheating as it traveled toward Paris on McIntosh Road.


Higgins made contact with the vehicle as it came to a stop in the middle of the roadway on McIntosh Road, steam pouring from the engine compartment.


The driver, identified as Robert M. Hudson, age 51 of Guthrie Road, exited his vehicle and walked toward Higgins’ patrol car; he was very unsteady on his feet and nearly fell twice.


Higgins asked Hudson if he had been in an accident; he replied that he hadn’t, despite the major damage to his vehicle’s left passenger door, roof, windshield, and left front quarterpanel.


When asked where he was going, Hudson replied that he was headed home. Higgins then informed Hudson that he had passed his house approximately two miles back.


Higgins administered a series of field sobriety tests, which Hudson failed, and he was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Hudson’s first offense.


Hudson did consent to a non-mandatory blood draw.

Puryear Woman Arrested After Nearly Striking Policeman


Paris, Tenn.- A Puryear woman was arrested for driving under the influence recently after nearly colliding with a police vehicle, according to Paris Police Department reports.


Jamie James of the PPD was on patrol on Wood Street when a car exiting Fentress Street pulled out in front of him at a high rate of speed; James was forced to slam his brakes to avoid a collision.


James performed an immediate traffic stop, and noticed a strong smell of alcohol upon making contact with the driver, Courtland Collums, age 22 of Puryear.


Collums failed multiple field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.


She was also charged with a violation of implied consent after refusing a mandatory blood draw.


Collums was booked under $1500 bond and will appear in court on August 26.

UT Martin Bass Team Places 17th in Nation

Dylan Powley of Paris, Tenn. is a fifth year senior in marketing at the University of Tennessee at Martin and is the president of the university's bass fishing club (Photo provided by UT-Martin).

Martin, Tenn.- Three-peat fame is often reserved for sports teams that win consecutive championships. But the UT Martin bass anglers have achieved a significant three-peat of their own as the team earned their third consecutive top-25 Association of Collegiate Anglers national ranking, posted at collegiatebasschampionship.com. The team finished 17th, following a team-best 10th place finish in 2013 and 22nd place finish in 2012.

Nearby Bethel University and Murray State University both finished in the top 5 of this year’s Collegiate Anglers rankings, in 3rd and 4th place respectively. However, unlike Bethel and Murray State, UT Martin’s fishing team is completely student-directed and doesn’t even have a coach, just a faculty advisor.

Dylan Powley, a fifth year senior marketing major from Paris and team president of the UT Martin bass fishing club, is pleased with the recently completed season, but he wants more when the team hits the college bass fishing circuit for his final year. Moving up is a challenge as competition increases among the more than 200 college teams listed in this year’s final rankings.

Bass fishing is a club sport at UT Martin and depends on sponsorships, donations and university support to compete. Although fall tournaments are available for competition, college bass fishing’s main tournament schedule that most affects national rankings begins in the spring and continues through June.

Top events happen in three main series: the FLW, the Association of Collegiate Anglers and the College Bassmaster. The ACA runs the team rankings, but all three college fishing circuits figure into the final point totals.

National rankings are determined by 30 events. Teams earn a point for each boat they finish ahead of in a tournament, while some events award double points. The UT Martin team’s first major tournament last spring was March 14-15 at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn. The team didn’t finish high in the tournament standings, but Powley said the event set the tone for “(grinding) out finishes” in later competition.

Three months and five tournaments later, Powley and teammate Colin Bennett, a senior engineering student from Gleason, finished 75th out of more than 100 boats in the 2014 Carhartt College Bass Wild Card tournament at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Although not the finish they wanted, the team managed enough points to secure a top-25 national ranking.

Highlights happened along the tournament trail, including the team’s winning its first collegiate bass tournament championship March 29 at the Tennessee Collegiate Bass Fishing Trail on Kentucky Lake. Powley and Hayden Smith, a sophomore engineering major from Dickson, won the tournament with a total catch of 18.5 pounds. “It really wasn't a big tournament, but that was probably the best moment,” Powley said.

Another highlight came May 22-23 during the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake near Florence, Ala. Miranda Carlton, one of two female team members, qualified to fish and was the only female to compete out of 170 teams. Carlton, a sophomore natural resources management major from Greenbrier, fished with veteran team member Ryan Lackey, a graduate student from Parsons, and their boat earned valuable points in the tournament.

Looking ahead to his final season, Powley is optimistic about the team’s prospects for improving its national ranking. Key graduations from the previous team included 2013 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Grayson Smith. Losing this kind of experience led to a younger roster for 2013-14 and heavier reliance on less-experienced team members.

“I was surprised. Usually freshmen, we get about two or three (on the roster) a year,” Powley said. “But we’ve got six or seven that really have stuck with it and seem very interested and are taking steps to become better fishermen and really get involved with the club. I think it’s headed in a good direction.”

Powley is seeing college fishing become more competitive, with freshmen team members at larger schools entering the sport with more experience and making an immediate impact. “In theory, I would only expect us to be better,” he said about the upcoming season, adding, “It only takes one or two (freshmen) though to really jumpstart a program or give it a new boost of energy.” The team will also seek to increase sponsorships and fish more tournaments to improve point totals with the goal to achieve the team’s best finish ever.

Powley sees his years of involvement with the bass fishing team as an entryway into the outdoors industry. He comes from a family that fishes; his older brother works for Strike King Lure Co. and had an opportunity to pursue fishing professionally. “I definitely want to get into the outdoor industry through this,” he said. “I feel like I made some connections.”

In the meantime, look for Dylan Powley and other bass angler team members to staff a booth Aug. 25 at the annual Student Organization Fair in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. The event welcomes back students on the first day of fall classes and showcases opportunities for campus involvement. The team will be looking for a few good men and women to take college bass fishing to the next level at UT Martin.

Air Conditioner Fire at Quality Inn Monday

Multiple engines responded to a small fire at Quality Inn Monday afternoon (Photo provided by Mechelle Robbins).

Paris, Tenn.- Firefighters and other rescue personnel responded to Quality Inn on East Wood St. Monday afternoon after an air conditioning unit caught fire.

The unit was located at the back of the hotel's fitness center. The Paris Fire Department received the call at 4:52 PM and were greeted by heavy smoke upon arrival two minutes later.

Two engines and a ladder truck responded, manned by six firefighters. The fire was extinguished at 5:02 PM with the scene cleared shortly thereafter, at 5:17.

The destroyed air conditioning unit was valued at $1,000. There were no reported injuries.

County Commission Approves Budget, Sets Tax Rate

Paris, Tenn.- At a brief meeting Monday night, the Henry County Commission unanimously passed the annual county budget and county property tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.

As we reported last month, this year's county budget does not include a tax increase; however, over $300,000 was taken from the county's unallocated funds to balance the 2014-2015 budget.

County Mayor Brent Greer commented during last month's meeting that he is comfortable using those funds this year, but it is not a measure the county can rely on year after year without significant consequences.

Though very brief, Monday's county commission meeting was never actually adjourned. Due to the upcoming county general election in which there are several contested commission seats, Greer suggested that the commission take a recess rather than adjourning. This gives them an opportunity to briefly reconvene in order to train any new commissioners.

Barring an early reconvention, the County Commission will conclude this session and begin their next session on Monday, August 25.

Big Bass Splash Set for August 16, 17

Buchanan, Tenn.- Preparations are now underway for the annual McDonald's Big Bass Splash presented by Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S., to be held Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17.

Organizers are guaranteeing $100,000 in cash and prizes with the first place angler winning a lavishly equipped 2014 Triton 18XS bass boat.

Five places will be paid in cash each hour of each tournament day beginning for the five single heaviest bass weighed in. In addition, all contestants are eligible to win a 2014 Polaris Sportsman 400 from Polaris of Benton in the famous "Elimination Drawing".

Children age twelve and under may participate in the Little Anglers Division and win Academy Outdoors gift cards and ribbons for their winning catches of bass, catfish, crappie or perch.

Registration will be at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN from 12 Noon - 8 PM on Friday, August 15. Registration will continue each morning from 5 AM until 6 AM each day of the tournament.

Tournament entry fees are $160 for one day and $210 for two days. The Little Anglers Division entry fee is $10 per Day.

For more information on this year’s Big Bass Splash, head to www.sealyoutdoors.com

Sheriff's Office Offers Reward in ATV Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office announced today that a $500 reward will be offered for information related to ATV thefts near the Halfway Market on Highway 641 South.

The reward will be issued for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Officers are currently investigating two separate incidents of ATV theft, at 11760 Highway 641 South and at 95 Pleasant Hill Road.

Anyone with any information on these thefts is invited to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672.

Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

Nashville- Tennessee's annual Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school shopping will run from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3.

State sales taxes (and local sales taxes where applicable) will be suspended on clothing $100 or less per item, school and art supplies $100 or less per item, and computers priced at $1500 or less.

While geared toward back-to-school shoppers, anyone in Tennessee can take advantage of the tax breaks.

For more specific information on what is and isn't tax exempt this coming weekend, head to www.tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday

THP Accepting Applications for New Cadet Class

Nashville- The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recently announced that it will soon open the application process for a new trooper cadet class slated to begin February 1, 2015.  Applications will be accepted online only from Wednesday, July 30 through Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  

All applicants must apply online through the Tennessee Department of Human Resources at agency.governmentjobs.com/tennessee. Once approved by the Department of Human Resources, applicants will be notified of their qualification status. There is no longer an examination portion to qualify for the State Trooper position.

Individuals interested in applying for the position of state trooper must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. citizen, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Two years of college or military or previous law enforcement experience is preferred. Applicants with felony convictions will not be considered. 

Following the passage of the Tennessee Excellence, Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act, the hiring method for becoming a state trooper has been revised to incorporate an interview process that tests the applicant’s knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies. As a result, selected applicants will be required to successfully pass the physical agility test prior to being admitted for an interview.  THP anticipates the agility test and interview appointments to begin September 3, 2014.     

If hired, individuals must obtain a valid Tennessee driver license and are required to successfully complete a level II background investigation, which includes a credit check and polygraph test.  Recruits must also pass a psychological and medical examination, including a drug screening.

There are currently 884 authorized commissioned officer positions within the THP.  Trooper recruits will be assigned to vacant positions across the state upon graduation.  The starting salary for a cadet during training is $2,679 per month.  Upon graduation and commissioning as a Tennessee state trooper, the salary will increase to $2,965 per month and includes other benefits such as a paid pension plan, low cost health insurance, and paid holidays.  Uniforms, equipment and patrol vehicles are also provided by the THP.  With regular pay increases, a trooper can earn $52,872 per year after 10 years of service under the current pay structure. Trooper cadet training will last 20 weeks.

For additional information on becoming a Tennessee state trooper, visit the Department of Safety and Homeland Security website at www.tn.gov/safety/thp/school.shtml.     

HCSO, Henry Police Arrest Two for Aggravated Stalking

Jason Raspberry (L) and Angela Fourman (R) were arrested for aggravated stalking recently after making nearly two dozen death threats toward a Henry man (Photos provided by HCSO).

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with both the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Henry Police Department arrested two Paris individuals for aggravated stalking recently, according to reports.

Officer Gertch of the Henry Police Department was contacted by a man who said there were two people coming to his Henry residence to shoot him.

Over the course of an hour, the complainant received 22 calls from Jason Raspberry, age 39 of Highway 69S in Paris and Angela Fourman, age 39 of Walnut Street making various threats on his life, including that they would "blow [his] head off and bury [him] where no one will find [him]." During one of these calls, Officer Gertch spoke to Raspberry and identified himself as a police officer; Raspberry said he would kill him also.

Both the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department issued BOLO alerts for Raspberry and Fourman; they were found in a vehicle behind Huddle House and arrested.

Both were charged with aggravated stalking and Raspberry was also charged with simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Officers are currently searching Raspberry's phone for additional evidence.

Paris Police Investigate Multiple Thefts at Same Residence

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Paris Police Department are currently investigating multiple thefts from a home on Chickasaw Road, according to reports.

The complainant initially contacted the PPD Friday, June 25 after a push mower, gas cans, and various tools were stolen from his carport.

The very next day, he called officers saying "They got me again". A shed in the home's backyard was broken into, with the latch and lock pried off, and a 4500 watt McCollough generator valued at $700 was stolen. The complainant had written his name on the generator in permanent marker.

The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and has no suspects at this time.

Paris Man Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a recent press release, officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested a Paris man on felony drug and evading arrest charges.

While on patrol, Metro Crime Unit officers observed Charles Dustin Williams, a.k.a "Paul Wall" in a vehicle at a Paris hotel. Officers had active warrants on Williams and attempted to make contact with the man in order to arrest him.

As officers approached, Williams ran through the parking lot and began evading arrest. Officers chased Williams on foot and eventually apprehended the man.

During the pursuit, officers observed Williams drop a plastic bag containing a felony amount of methamphetamine. After he was placed under arrest, officers located another bag on Williams' person, also containing a felony amount of methamphetamine along with a digital scale, believed to be used to weigh narcotics for resale.

Williams was transported to the Henry County Correctional Facility without incident and is being held under $125,000 bond.

Huge Turnout for DPA Ice Cream Social


The Comer Farms adult ice cream eating contest drew a huge crowd Saturday (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Warm weather and sunny skies Saturday afternoon provided the perfect environment for the Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show.


Over a thousand eventgoers packed the Paris Court Square along with 18 booths dispensing all-you-can-eat ice cream and 74 entries in the antique car show and competition.


Car entries ranged from 1940’s trucks to ‘70s and ‘80s muscle cars and everything in between.


This 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster coupe named "Sweet Pea" and owned by Bob Milam of Buchanan, Tenn. won the People's Choice Award of the antique car show (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Other activities at the Ice Cream Social included a kids’ and an adults’ ice cream eating contest sponsored by Comer Farms, in which participants tried to eat a half-gallon of ice cream as quickly as possible.


WMUF / WLZK / WRQR also sponsored a frozen T-shirt contest for both kids and adults where participants raced to thaw out a rolled-up and frozen solid T-shirt and put it on. Cash prizes, as well as the unfrozen T-shirts, were awarded to the top three finishers in each contest.


Countless gallons of homemade ice cream were dispensed by the booths at the Ice Cream Social – booth sponsors included the Henry County Medical Center, Paris – Henry County Arts Council, REAL Hope Youth Center, Paris Police Department, and several others.


There were also inflatables for the kids, a DARE mascot and 911 Fox mascot roaming around, and tons of other activities to keep everyone occupied throughout the three-hour event.

Winners of the various contests held at Saturday's Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show are as follows:

Best In Show

City of Paris booth -- "Frozen"

Best Ice Cream

R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center -- homemade watermelon sorbet

Best Booth Theme

Henry County Medical Center -- Monkeyin' Around with banana ice cream

People's Choice Antique Car

1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster Coupe, "Sweet Pea", owned by Bob Milam of Buchanan, Tenn.

Runner-up: 1962 Chevrolet pickup owned by Eddie Wilson

Youth Ice Cream Eating Contest

Rosemary Butler

Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest

Grant Guinn

Youth Frozen T-Shirt Contest

1st: William Bailey

2nd: John McConnell

3rd: Will Walker

Adult Frozen T-Shirt Contest

1st: Angel Schnepper

2nd: Samantha Daciolas

3rd: Meagan Hart


R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center's homemade watermelon sorbet was voted Best Ice Cream at Saturday's Ice Cream Social (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Dr. T.D. Stubblefield Holds Book Signing at Jack’s Java


Dr. Thomas D. Stubblefield signs a copy of his book, Sacred Seed and Daily Bread, at Saturday's event (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Native Henry Countian and renowned pastor Dr. Thomas D. Stubblefield held a book signing for the release of Sacred Seed, Living Bread Saturday at Jack’s Java in Paris.


Turnout for the two-hour signing event was impressive; Stubblefield joked that he was getting writer’s cramp after signing so many copies.


Sacred Seed, Living Bread is Stubblefield’s first book, and is a collection of articles relating passages in scripture to everyday life events and personal challenges. Stubblefield said that he has heard several readers of the book use it as a daily devotional, and some pastors use articles in the book as jumping-off points for their own sermons.


He said that his second book, another reflection on scripture, is already in the works and should be finished by the end of the year.


Stubblefield was born and raised in Henry County and attended Central High School for three years; when schools consolidated in 1969, he was elected president of the inaugural graduating class of Henry County High School. He received a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Theological Seminary and has served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Mo. for 14 years.


During his brief stay in Paris, Stubblefield was invited by Pastor Kenneth Humphreys to deliver guest sermons at Cedar Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Cottage Grove, Tenn.


Copies of Sacred Seed, Living Bread are available for purchase through Amazon or Mira Digital Publishing.

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