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

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

Don't let the rain get you down! The Henry County Fair kicks off today, with the BBQ cook-off public judging at 12:30 p.m. Come on out and sample the BBQ that has been cooking all night at the fairgrounds pavilion. Two dozen cookers have been going all night and the fairgrounds smells good today! Public tasting costs $5. The bull riding will be tonight at 7 p.m. in the arena.


Scholes Speaks at Quota Club Meet

            Gerry Scholes


Paris, Tenn.- Gerry Scholes was the featured speaker at this week's meeting of the Paris Quota Club. She spoke about interior design and how she became interested. She moved to Paris, from Texas to take care of her mother and after her mother passed away, she purchased Maggies, where she sells antiques and flax clothing. Antique dealers love flax clothing and there was no place to purchase that type of clothing near Paris, she said.

She had retired from teaching and pursued her interest in antiques. She has also taught classes in antiquing and has taken classes in design. While in Texas, she was a buyer for Friday’s Restaurants décor and also decorated homes of Texas Rangers players. She explained the process of color trends and designs.

Her husband, Randy, sells wall coverings and she said that clothing color trends are reflected in wall and décor items. She had several handouts for members regarding colors being chosen and marketed. She said that gray will be big this fall and blue in the next 2 years. Colors that will be marketed are decided 2 to 3 years in advance by a large group of people consisting of representatives from all areas; from paint to cars, etc. Computer aided designs are now used for patterns.

Peggy Adams reminded everyone of the club’s annual Hog Killing at the home of Melanie and Tommy Townsend on October 15.

Mary Kathryn Moore thanked those who helped with the recent Patriot’s Kitchen.

Teas, Becki White and Martha Simpson reported that they had a nice birthday party for residents at Henry County Nursing Home.

2013-2014 club yearbooks were available for $5.00 each at the Quota Club program meeting at noon on July 24, at the Lee Academy Lunchroom. 


Library Awarded New Computer from State

Audrey Badgett tries out the new computer at the library. (Photo submitted by Kayla Nation).


Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Governor’s Children’s Cabinet has awarded 137 children’s computers to public libraries and family childcare programs across Tennessee, including one to the W.G. Rhea Public Library in Paris.

The AWE Early Literacy Stations feature more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas all focused on supporting early learning in children. These educational programs use engaging graphics to draw young children to learning.

Childrens' Room Librarian Kayla Nation of Paris said, "This is a huge thing for us to get one of these. The new computer has a touch screen, a color-coded keyboard and state of the art games on it. It's just really cool." She said the computer is valued at $4500.


Governor Haslam said, “Giving a child the necessary building blocks to learn to read is critical to a child’s education and future success, and it is exciting that so many communities across Tennessee took advantage of this opportunity."

Computer station recipients were chosen through a competitive process run jointly by the Children’s Cabinet, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and the state Department of Human Services. Computer award recipients demonstrated a commitment to promoting early literacy and engagement of families.

“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.” according to First Lady Christy Haslam. “We are excited to provide these valuable tools to boost early literacy in communities across Tennessee”.

Fair Pageant Deadline Extended

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Fair is seeking a few more young ladies and girls to be in this year’s pageants. Linda Mangrum is in charge of the pageants this year and said the deadlines are being extended to allow more participants to enroll.

The pageants will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, with the Fairest of the Fair and Miss Teen pageants being held Monday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. The remainder of the pageants, which includes the Junior Queen, Junior Miss and Miss Pre-Teen, will be held Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All of the pageants will be held at the Commercial Building on the fairgrounds.

Fair board phone number is 642-1833 or you can contact Linda Mangrum at 731-707-0226.

Reward Offered in Burglary

Paris, Tenn.-A "substantial reward" is being offered following a break-in and burglary at a home on Old Union Rd. Henry County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the burglary of television sets and guns at the home.

It is the policy of WMUF/WLZK to not publish the names of victims. However, according to the sheriff's office, the homeowner of the burglarized home is requesting that his name be published.

The burglary happened at the home of Mike Poteete while residents were out of the house and neighbors told deputies they did not notice anything at the house.

Missing items include several television sets and guns valued at around $3,500.

Entry was gained from a side entrance  and a tennis shoe foot print was found on the floor and a partial palm print also was found. Guns missing include an old model Browning shotgun Sweet 16 A5 with wood stock and forearm; a Browning BPS 12 guage shotgun; and a Winchester lever action 3030 rifle with wood stock and forearm and deer scenes on both sides and a black Tasco scope.

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


Beer License Approved

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Beer Board met Thursday evening and approved a beer license for Russell's One Stop/Midway Bar & Grill. Formerly known as Midway Truck Stop, the establishment is at 11661 Hwy. 641 S., Springville. with new Owner Russell Downing.

The board approved a license with both on and off premises consumption.

Car Fire Extinguished

Paris, Tenn.-A car fire at the Wal-Mart Shopping Center parking lot Thursday was extinguished with the combined efforts of the owner and bystanders and the Paris Fire Department.

When the Fire Department arrived, the 1993 Chevy had been partially extinguished by the owner and bystanders and the fire department finished it. The car is owned by a Dover resident.

City Commission Sees No Need for Ordinance on Pseudoephedrine

Chief Elizondo says local pharamacies are Policing themselves

Paris, Tenn.- After listening to discussion from City Manager Carl Holder and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo on Thursday evening, the city commission decided not to take any action on a possible ordinance for banning pseudoephedrine based medicines in the city of Paris.

Some cities across the state, including Martin, have already implemented or are very close to approving such an ordinance to help fight the meth problem in their areas. But Holder explained to the commission on Thursday, the DEA suggests small operations of meth labs contribute very little to the overall problem as around 80% of the active ingredients come to the U.S. from Mexico. Holder said, “we are really fooling ourselves if we think this ordinance will make a major impact.”

Holder said downsides include the extra burden it puts on pharmacies and the public. Anyone who is suffering from a cold, sinus, or allergies would have to obtain a prescription for medicine they currently don’t have to now if an ordinance of this nature was passed. Pseudoephedrine is a common ingredient in medicines like Advil Cold and Sinus that can be purchased over the counter now without obtaining prescriptions or visiting a doctor.

Chief Elizondo told commissioners he had done some research and of four pharmacies in Paris they only average selling one box of medicine containing pseudoephedrine per day with the most of three boxes sold. He also said our pharmacies do not sell the drug to out of town people. The chief also said a new drug, Nexafed is available and contains pseudoephedrine, which gives relief to symptoms of colds and sinus but can not be cooked down into methamphetamine.

Commission Adopts Amendments to Sign Ordinance

Paris, Tenn.- At their regular meeting on Thursday, the Paris City Commission also approved an amendment to the sign ordinance prepared by city attorney Fred McClean in regards to allowing signage for out parcels in a shopping center.

The issue came up back in May, when Jeff Foster, owner of Eats and Treats, had requested the commission to allow him to have a sign for his building. Eats and Treats is located in the front part of the Kroger parking lot, a separate parcel from the rest of the businesses in the strip mall there.

Foster had requested a sign to be placed out near the road to let customers know he was open and the current sign ordinance regulations would not allow that. The planning commission approved the amendment as prepared by the city attorney a few weeks ago and the commission made final approval Thursday night to allow outparcels in a shopping center to have one sign for their business.

Commission Approves Purchase of Used Trackhoe

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder brought a budget revision to commissioners for discussion about the purchase of a trackhoe for the city. Holder said that over the years the city has rented a trackhoe but as the need to lay out a 5-7 year plan for drainage improvements is looming, occasional landfill needs, and use for demolition of dilapidated structures, it is likely best to purchase a trackhoe instead of continuing to rent.

Holder told commissioners the cost of a good used trackhoe will run between $100K to $120K but would be better than continual renting of one for the foreseeable future. Commissioner Terry Fuller questioned whether upkeep on a used one wouldn’t be more than just buying a new trackhoe. Holder said a new one would cost around or over $200K. He continued by saying if we had a need for one everyday, then a new one would probably be the better option, but there wouldn’t be a need all the time, so he felt a used one would be best. The commission authorized Holder to advertise for bids for a used trackhoe.

In other business on Thursday commissioners learned from finance director Kim Foster that retail sales are bouncing back. Foster stated they are still below last year but slightly better and levels showed a 4% increase from retail sales in 2011. She said it appears more and more like 2012 was an anomaly and very good year.

The commission also approved a motion to ratify the mayor’s execution of a deed to Bethel and signing of all proper documents. The city and Bethel have a 15 year rental agreement for the diagnostic facility but Bethel has requested to exercise their option to purchase the structure. The mayor’s action will deed the property to Bethel. The payoff amount was over $6.5M and the pay off for the city to the Pool will be just under $6.2M. The overall cost of the project which was cooperation of the city, medical center and Bethel is $11.9M.

Paris Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker along with other officers from the Paris Police Department and Metro Crime Unit went to serve a search warrant on Spruce Street on Bobby J. Patton, age 46. No one was at the residence and police began the search and found a metal crack pipe, broken glass crack pipe, two baggies with residue and some other drug paraphernalia.

Patton walked up to the residence while officers were there and took them to more paraphernalia. Patton was charged with simple possession of schedule two drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office told of thefts in the county. Two sections of a grain bin that has not been assembled yet were stolen form a Cottage Grove farm on Barnett Road. Also 100 foot of rebar was taken. The value of items missing is almost $4K.

Another theft report came from Rowe School Road where a flat screen tv and laptop computer were stolen along with some medications. There was no forced entry to the home, but the back gate to the back yard was open. Deputies continue to investigate both thefts with no suspects.

Paris Tri Club Does Well In Paducah

Members of the Paris Tri Club after competing in Paducah July 20. Luanne Taylor photo.

Paducah, Ky.- Eight members of the local Paris Tri Club, under the direction of Tony Lawrence, recently competed in the Paducah Pediatrics Triatholn on July 20th. Winners in their respective age groups were Cole Davis 1st and Craig Anderson 4th, in the 11-12 boys. Caleb Cain came in 5th in 9-10 boys Bennett Cain took 3rd in the 7-8 boys, Emma Hill and Abby Taylor took 1st and 2nd respectively in the 9-10 girls and in the 7-8 girls Sydney Anderson took 1st and Audrey Hill grabbed 3rd place.

The youngsters competed with swim distances of 100-200 meters, bicycle distance of 2-4 miles and running distances from .5 to 1 mile.

Magnolia Downs Power Lines

Paris, Tenn.-Numerous households were without power for some two hours Wednesday night when half of a giant magnolia tree at the corner of Ogburn and Park Streets fell on power lines. Personnel with the Board of Public Utilities brought two bucket trucks and gingerly worked to remove the tree and its branches from the lines. The tree is at least 75 years old. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Tennessee Tax Holiday is This Weekend

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less. These items are exempt from state and local sales tax in Tennessee during the holiday. Local governments are held harmless and are reimbursed lost sales tax revenues by the state.

Any individual can make a tax-free purchase during the holiday. However, items purchased for use by a trade or business are not exempt. Online purchases and purchases made via email or phone within the state are also covered.

BBQ Cook-Off Expands with More Teams, Concert

Paris, Tenn.-The third annual BBQ Cookoff--the event that will kickoff this year's Henry County Fair-- will be bigger than before, with 27 confirmed teams and a free concert.

Event Chairperson Donna Milam is very excited about the response to the contest this year, noting that there are 11 more teams set to participate than last year. The teams represent local, regional and national competitors, she said.

The cookoff begins Friday night and continues into the morning Saturday, all at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

A special guest Friday night will be Colby Archie, National Pitmaster Competitor.

The event kicks off with the first turn at 7 p.m. Friday. The free concert, featuring Leavin' Sunday will begin at 8 p.m. under the pavillion. Milam said audience members will need to bring a lawn chair.

The BBQ teams will be cooking at the fairgrounds all night and the Saturday judging for the People's Choice Award will be at 12:30 p.m..

A $5 ticket can be purchased to judge 1 category (pork butts). Public sampling will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Commercial Building. FFA will be providing concessions at Big Eds Friday & Saturday for the general public.

Local School Systems Do Well On Most Recent Test Data

Nashville- The Department of Education issued a news release stating scores increased for the majority of districts in nearly every subject area as the recent testing results were released. Both the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District excelled in the latest report.

Henry County School System See Larges Gains in 3rd Grade Reading

The Henry County School System showed strong gains in growth and achievement areas as the recent statewide assessments were released by the Tennessee Department of Education.

In achievement data for 12-13 school year, Henry County School System met state goals in every subject in all schools in the county. In the elementary schools, the greatest achievement gain was made in 3rd grade reading/language arts with a 17.3% increase in the percentage of students scoring proficient and advanced. Students also tested better in third grade math, 7th grade reading/language arts, 7th grade math, and composite 3-8th grade reading/language arts and math achievement.

Henry County High School Students showed equally impressive gains as well with scores in Algebra I increasing over 6% for one year and 22% for a three year period. HCHS students also made gains in English 10 and 11 Biology, Algebra 2, and US History.

The report shows the system also closed achievement gaps found in key subgroups and made substantially more progress than the standard academic growth in grades 4-8 in mathematics and reading/language arts.

The system did miss the gap closure targets for students with disabilities in some subject areas and a continued but strengthened focus will be made to close that gap.

PSSD Closes Achievement Gap with Students with Disabilities

The Paris Special School District excelled in several areas as well with latest TCAP Test Results and AMO Data. PSSD met all achievement targets for the 12-13 school year and showed improvement in overall achievement.

In regards to gap closure targets, PSSD showed tremendous success in decreasing the Gap of students with disabilities to ‘all students.’ The gap closure was at 19.3% and closed to 14.1% with the latest test results.

The PSSD saw achievement increases in all subject areas at all grade levels. 3rd thru 8th grade reading/language arts gained over 3%, math gain 3% as well. Some of the biggest gains in achievement for the PSSD were in 3rd grade reading/language arts with over a 13% growth, 3rd grade math saw over 14% growth,

Dr. Leah Watkins, supervisor of instruction, curriculum and federal programs stated the PSSD is pleased with our increases in achievement as well as Gap reduction for students with disabilities. Dr. Watkins said during the 11-12 school year our students with disabilities subgroup was an area we needed to focus and we made the intended growth in the area. She said areas of focus for the upcoming school year will be achievement in 7th grade math, gap closure target for minority students vs. all students and gap closure target for economically disadvantage students vs. all students, and achievement of our minority students.

LIfeline Bloodmobile at FUMC Thursday Noon-6pm

Critical Need for O, A, and B negatives

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will visit the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm and they are asking all eligible donors to give blood. There is a current special need for O negative, B negative, and A negative donors. If you have any of these types of blood or know a family member or friend who does remind them about this Thursday’s blood drive. Be sure and bring a photo ID when you come to give blood. It takes about 500 pints of blood a week to meet needs of West Tennessee hospitals.

Paris Juvenile Cited into Court on Weapons Charges


SRO Supervisor Lt. Calvin Dumas, left, and Sheriff Monte Belew look over the fake weapon. (Deputy Gary Vandiver photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A 13-year-old Paris youth has been cited into Henry County Juvenile Court for brandishing what was believed to be a real weapon on the grounds of Paris Elementary School.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said the incident began Sunday when a Paris school teacher saw two juveniles on the playground at Paris Elementary and a short time later saw one of the juveniles peer into a window of the school with what appear to be a pistol in his hand.

Paris Police responded, but the suspects had left the area and were not located. Upon further investigation, the county's School Resource Officer Supervisor Lt. Calvin Dumas and SRO Sgt. Eddie Crosser were able to identify the youth who was holding what appeared to be the weapon by looking at a surveillance video.

The youth was cited into court on charges of carrying a weapon on school property and disorderly conduct.

Belew said after the suspect was in custody, the weapon was recovered at his residence. The weapon turned out to be a plastic gun but Belew said the fake was very realistic, made to look like a Smith and Wesson handgun.

A portion of the gun was made to be pink to allow it to be recognized as a toy, but Belew said the youth had colored the pink portion with black marker to make it appear like a real weapon.

Belew said that presented a potentially dangerous situation if law enforcement had responded because from 10 yards away, they would not have been able to tell it was a toy. "If law enforcement officials had seen it in that situation they would have believed it to be a real weapon," Belew said.

The sheriff also said it is his hope that the juvenile court officials will be able to curb his behavior and "put him back on the right track."


Golf Tourney Benefits Lee Academy

Paris, Tenn.-Nine teams of golfers hit the links at Paris Landing State Park Golf Course over the weekend at a fund-raising benefit for the Lee Academy for the Arts. There were four golfers on each team. Photo submitted by Jean Owens shows tourney winners gathered after the event.


Farmers Market Venue Changed

Paris, Tenn.- Due to Fair events the Farmers Market will be on the parking lot of the First Methodist church one block south of the downtown square at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, Tuesday, August 6, and Friday, August 9.

Now available: Flippins peaches and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, local farm raised pork, beef, poultry, and brown eggs

Truck Overturns on Hwy 79

McKenzie, Tenn.-A truck overturned under the overpass at Hwys. 22 and 79S near McKenzie early this morning, spreading the truck's load of grain over the roadway. The truck is from Spain Brothers in Gleason. (Photo submitted by Travis McLeese).


TRRA Committee Approves FLW Tournament for Next May

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met at the Paris-Henry County Chamber  office Tuesday afternoon and approved funding in the amount of $35K for the FLW Outdoors fishing tournament scheduled for May 8-11 2014 at Paris Landing.

CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton said that the FLW group had a conflict at another site where they were going to hold this tournament and asked to come to Paris Landing because of the success they had here a few years ago.

There had already been a fishing tournament scheduled for Austin Peay State University for the weekend, but they agreed to move to the next weekend.

The FLW Outdoors tournament will bring in 155 boats, which will have two anglers each and over 325 guests along with the NBC outdoors TV crew and families of the anglers. The estimated economic impact will be around $1M.

The FLW will have pre fishing for three days then start the tournament on Thursday. Weigh-ins will be held at Paris Landing on Thursday and Friday, then move to Walmart on Saturday and Sunday.

Hamilton pointed out to the committee the FLW tournament will have the activities and giveaways in the Walmart parking lot just as they did last time on the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend.

Lifeline Bloodmobile to Visit FUMC Thursday August 1

Current Special Need for O, B, and A negative Blood types

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will visit the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm and they are asking all eligible donors to give blood. There is a current special need for O negative, B negative, and A negative donors. If you have any of these types of blood or know a family member or friend who does remind them about this Thursday’s blood drive. Be sure and bring a photo ID when you come to give blood. It takes about 500 pints of blood a week to meet needs of West Tennessee hospitals.

Paris Man Arrested for Shooting at McKenzie Police

McKenzie,Tenn.-Two McKenzie police officers came under fire near the Bethel campus on Friday and a Paris man has been arrested in the case.

According to a news release issued by the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Billy King and Lorrie Mulligan stopped a vehicle on Bethel Court when someone fired multiple shots at them from a vacant residence about 50 yards away. One bullet struck and shattered the right front passenger window of Officer King’s patrol car, according to the release.

During a search of the area, evidence was recovered from the front lawn of the vacant residence. The evidence indicated from where the shooter had fired multiple shots from a handgun.

McKenzie officers were able to track down information following interviews with witnesses and their information indicated that Quenton D'Angelo Bowden was responsible for the shooting. With assistance from Henry County Sheriff's officers and their K9s and the Paris Police Department, Bowden was located at a residence on Mandalay Dr. in Paris and taken into custody about 6 a.m. Saturday.

Bowden, 21, was charged with two counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder and bond was set at $50,000. He remains in the Carroll County Jail.

No one was injured in the incident. Bethel University, with only limited summer occupancy, was placed on lock down during the incident.

Officers with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office also assisted in the investigation, according to the McKenzie Banner.

Other suspects may be charged as new information becomes available.


Trailer, Pickup Quarantined after Meth Lab Found

              Bryan Coleman

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested after an active meth lab was found in the shed in which he was hiding at a property at 6145 Hwy 69N in the Osage community. The arrest was conducted Friday night by a joint operation of the Metro Crime Unit, Meth Task Force, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department and Henry Police Department.

According to Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office, officers were serving an order of protection on someone believed to be staying at that address when they found Bryan Coleman, 38, whose last address was Fairview Dr., Paris, in a shed with an active meth lab inside.

Myrick said officers recovered gasing bottles, tubing, containers, Coleman fuel, chemicals, funnels, coffee filters and a large shake and bake bottle full of sludge (meth residue).

Coleman was charged with manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond.

The property where the meth lab was located, including a trailer, pickup truck and shed, has been quarantined.

Myrick said a woman and children living in the trailer were asked to leave because of the quarantine and the Department of Childrens' Services is investigating.

Bethel U to Hold Summer Commencements Saturday
Reception for President Emeritus Robert Prosser Also Held Sat.

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Summer 2013 Commencement will be this Saturday August 3 in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp Arena on Wildcat Lane on the school’s McKenzie campus. The Rev. Elton C. Hall, Sr., moderator of the general assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in America will be the keynote speaker.

Students receiving graduate degrees will take part in a 10am ceremony, while those receiving undergraduate degrees will take part in a 2pm ceremony on Saturday. Seating will begin at 9am for morning commencement and 1pm for afternoon commencement.

University will also have a retirement reception for President Emeritus Dr. Robert Prosser between the ceremonies from 11:30am to 1pm in the Bethel Board Room of the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment. For more information about commencement call 352-4090.

NW Utility District Awarded $500,000 for

From left: Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode, State Rep. Tim Wirgau, County Mayor Brent Greer, and Chairman of NWHUD board Dale O'Daniel at Monday's check presentation. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County and state officials  were on hand at the courthouse Monday for a presentation of a total $500,000 to the Northwest Henry Utility District for tank repairs and upgrades to the water system.

Development State Director Bobby Goode and Chairman of the board at Northwest Henry Utility District Dale O’Daniel joined County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris City Manager Carl Holder, State Representative Tim Wirgau and representatives from other elected officials for the announcement.

NWHUD was awarded at $327K low interest loan from USDA and a $178K grant to perform repairs the 150 thousand gallon water tank and replace and upgrade the booster pump station to keep continuous clean drinking water flowing safely to communities like Cottage Grove, Hico, Osage and others in the northwestern part of Henry County.

Goode said, “Safe reliable water is vital to the future of every healthy community and making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for improved public safety and sustainable economic growth in this area for the next generation.”

Bob Saffin, of TLM Associations, the engineering firm that will work on the project, said they will be doing some rehab working to the booster station located on Rison street including control system upgrades and other improvements in the first phase of the project. Saffin said the plans will be submitted to rural development within 30 days and they will likely get started in a couple of months.

The next phase of the project will be repainting and repairs and the tank in Osage. The entire project should be complete by late spring or early summer in 2014. The upgrades will continue to provide uninterrupted service to the 461 users of the Northwest Henry Utility system.

USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, home ownership and affordable rental housing to improve the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5M Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities by investing over $3.3B into local economies.

Henry County Rescue Squad Sponsors Farm Rescue Class

Mansfield, Tenn.-The Norwood Farm in Mansfield was the site of this year's farm equipment and machinery rescue class sponsored by the Henry County Rescue Squad over the weekend. A large contingent of local first-responders were on hand for the class, hosted by Don, Carol, Grant and Crystal Norwood. Instructors were Rusty Williams, Johnny Tummins, and James Grisswell. (Photo submitted by Sheila Bucy Ferguson).


County Commission Reconvenes Recessed Session to Pass Budget

No Tax Increase for County Residents

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission reconvened a recessed session Monday night to pass the budget on 2nd and final reading. The budget includes a 2% raise for county employees and the tax rate will remain the same as last year at $2.19 per $100 of assessed property. The tax rate breaks down with the general fund getting 57 cents, debt service 4.5 cents, highway fund gets 26 cents, 5 cents goes to solid waste and $1.27 goes to the education funds.


Weekend Dinner Theater Well-Received

Paris, Tenn.-There were kudos all around from the audience for the weekend dinner theater presentation of “I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at the Lee Academy for the Arts. From left are the star players of the show: Olivia Perry, Imari Thompson, Krislen Sherrill and Michael Keenan. The show was directed by Elaine Conger of Paris. (Photo submitted by Jean Owens).


Vengeance Wins
10U Dawg Daze Girls Softball Tournament

Pictured above are:
front row left to right- Elizabeth Cronin, Haily Wood, Mary Raye Smith, Bentley Irby, Abby Gilstrap, Shelby Summers back row left to right- Kinsley Nichols, Avery Cox, Alyson Smith, Camille Travis, Blair Putman. Chad Cox, Dwight Gilstrap, Dan Nichols, and Paul Putman coached the team( not pictured). (Tim Pharr photo)

Paris, Tenn.- McNeil Park was the host of the 10U Dawg Daze girls softball tournament this weekend and Paris's Vengeance team came out with the championship. These ladies went 6-1 in the tourney and won the championship game 6-1 behind Alyson Smith who had 12 strikeouts in the game.

This team is a local team and competed with other teams from Tennessee and a team from Illinois. McNeil Park also hosted the 8U, 14U, and 16U tournaments, overall around 20 teams were competing for the weekend.

The Vengeance will hold tryouts for the fall on August 24th at 2pm at McNeil Park for anyone that is interested.

Law Enforcement Busy over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged Justice Mitchell, age 19, of 6000 Buchanan Road with underage consumption over the weekend after finding Mitchell with alcohol in the Swiss Villa parking lot.

Sgt. Ramos had responded to Super 8 in reference to drug activity going on there. He went to room 202 and found a large group of people and could smell marijuana. No one was arrested or charged, but a couple of people who were not guests of the hotel were asked to leave.

While there, Sgt. Ramos saw two cars pull up in the Swiss Villa Inn and went to see if there was any drug activity and thus charged Mitchell with underage consumption after finding him there.

Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate some weekend thefts from around the county. One report stated that a home on Shady Grove Road was broken into as the back door was pried open. A $600 flat screen television was missing from the home but nothing else of value appeared to be messed with.

Another report said that a garage on Old Paris Murray Road had several speakers and a CD player stolen from a couple of vehicles inside of the garage. Police have no suspects at this time.

$400 worth of damage was done to a camper trailer parked on highway 140 S. when a window was broken on it. The owner didn’t find anything missing at this time and wasn’t sure if entry was made or not.

Perfect Day for Ice Cream, Cars, and Fellowship


Winners of the best theme was the Carl Perkins-Exchange Club booth: left to right, Caroline and Calista Herrera and Monica Stepp. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Paris, Tenn.-Perfect weather and huge crowds made for a perfect afternoon for the annual Downtown Paris Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show Saturday.

Downtown Paris Association President Kathy Ray said the event was a huge success, aided by the beautiful weather. “We had one of the largest crowds ever,” she said.

The event has become a favorite event for people in the area, as it affords the public the chance to sample as many different types of ice cream as they can all afternoon, including many that are homemade, as well as peruse a wide variety of classic cars and trucks. In addition, there were clowns, kiddie jumpers and the National Guard rock wall for kids to enjoy.

There also was plenty of good old-fashioned fellowship.

Proceeds benefited both the DPA and the Caring Hearts Fund this year. Casey Brown of the Caring Hearts Fund also was pleased with the event. “We had 20 booths set up with ice cream this year and everyone is just really enjoying themselves,” Brown said.

There were several contests during the day and the winners were:

Winner of the Youth ice cream eating contest was Dixie Mezina of Puryear and the winner of the adult eating contest was Terry Pinkston.

The frozen t-shirt contests were sponsored by WMUF/WLZK. Winners of the Youth contest were: 1st place Avery McKee 2nd Meredith Roberson 3rd Kaden Martin.

Winners of the Adult frozen t-shirt contest were: 1st place Zack Ayers 2nd Brian Susewitt 3rd Tanya Rogers

This year’s winner of the Peoples Choice Award for their favorite car was Bill Bussey with his 1940 Chevrolet.

Best Ice Cream was Paris Realty with their homemade chocolate ice cream.

Best Theme was Carl Perkins Center with their theme of “Go the extra mile.”

Best in Show winner this year was Henry County Medical Center booth with the theme of “Crushing Cancer”.

Ray said it also was announced that the theme for the Downtown Christmas Parade for this year will be “A Storybook Christmas”.


Dixie Mezina of Puryear is pleased right moments after winning the youth ice cream eating contest, although she did say she was feeling some brain freeze. (McFarlin photo).


David Stone, right, one of the ice cream judges, takes a sample from Tom and Kim Chavez at the REAL Hope booth. (McFarlin photo).


Georg Todd of Paris spruces up his reconditioned 1967 Chevy before Saturday's contest. His truck originally was white--with some rust--but was redone by the French brothers of Puryear. (McFarlin photo).


Counting Down to Kindergarten

Paris, Tenn.-W.G.Rhea Library Director Connie McSwain (right, in green shirt) shows kids the proper way to cross a busy street as children and their mothers return to the library after a tour of the Paris Fire Department across the street Saturday at the Counting Down to Kindergarten event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Jail Contraband Draws Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-An inmate at the Henry County Jail was charged with having contraband in a penal institution following an accident in which an illegal drug was found in his possession. Kenneth Jones of Clarksville was charged and moved to administrative segregation and received a disciplinary write-up.

According to Cpl. Brian Bennett, Bennett was passing out medications to inmates and had opened the cells. Jones walked back upstairs but Bennett saw him bend over and pick something off the ground.

Bennett said he called Jones back and Jones reluctantly walked back at which point officers found a substance wrapped in a piece of paper in Jones’ possesion. A field test determined the substance was Ecstasy.

According to the report, Jones was read his Miranda rights, but refused to speak without an attorney. He will appear in General Sessions Court.

Jailhouse Fight

Paris, Tenn.- women were charged with assault following a fight. Arrested were Joann Portune of 172 Indian Mound; Tiffany Buell of 975 Broadview, Springville; and Kelly Dunlap of 2303 W. Wood Street.

Bonds of $2000 each were placed on all three.

Items from Rental Store Pawned

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Rent One on a report that someone had tried to pawn a Playstation 3 and a 40 inch Toshiba television that had been rented there. Cash America Pawn personnel said the items were there but the store had already closed for the day.


Trailer Vandalism Reported

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office is investigating vandalism to a trailer behind the Rainbow Club on Highway 69S in Paris, early Friday morning.

According to the report, roommates living in the trailer became angry with each other in an argument over loud music. One of the men took a four-way wrench and busted the glass in the trailer door and threw rocks at it, leaving the scene in a black Jeep.

Tyson-Joy Street Signalization Project One Step Closer

Personnel with Stansell Electric Co. in Nashville were busy Friday sorting wiring for the new traffic light. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The long-awaited traffic light at the intersection of Joy and Tyson Streets in Paris is now closer to reality. Personnel with the Stansell Electric Company out of Nashville have been busy installing the frame for the new traffic light that will traverse the intersection in front of Henry County Medical Center.

Personnel said Friday the signalization will be complete in some two weeks. They said once the signals are installed, they have to flash red for seven days so that drivers become accustomed to it, after which the signals will be operational.

The total project also involved re-aligning the intersection and contractor for it is J.R. Hayes Construction Co. of Paris. Matt Hayes of Hayes Construction said the intersection realignment is pretty much complete and just requires more asphalt and striping.

He said the whole project should be complete and open to drivers in some four weeks.


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