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

Quota Club Celebrates Anniversaries

Paris, Tenn.-Quotarians met at noon on September 11th at Lee Academy Lunchroom and paused a moment prior to lunch to remember those serving our country and the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Quota Anniversaries are: Joni Hofmeyer – 5 years; Mary Kathryn Moore – 22 years and Jane Wilson – 2 years; for a total of 29 years of service.

Brenda Hosford and Emily Walker chose to donate the April, May and June Pocket Change to the Family Resource Center. Martha McFadden and Dolores Harvie will choose the recipient of the July, August and September Pocket Change.

Pecans will be ordered soon and they will sell for $10 for a one-pound bag again this year; so contact your favorite Quotarian to get your pecan halves and/or pecan pieces reserved.

Melanie Townsend invited members to her home on October 15 for the club’s annual Hog Killing Party. It will begin at 5:30 with a Country Store and a potluck dinner at 6pm. Townsend said that this is to be a “family affair”. There will be a wiener roast for children; so she asked that members come dressed in their best hog killing outfit; bring their favorite dish, a country store item to sell and all family members.

The next meeting will be an in-house auction on September 25 at Lee Academy Lunchroom and members are asked to bring auction items. Geraldine Sykes will be the auctioneer.

Drug Arrest Made at Grove School

Paris, Tenn.-An 18-year-old Paris youth was arrested on drug charges at Grove School Thursday by School Resource Officer Lt. Calvin Dumas of the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

While investigating a report of a theft at the school, Lt. Dumas made contact Anthony Campbell. Campbell was enrolled in the MAPS program at Grove and was a student in the class where the theft occurred.

During the investigation, Campbell was found with 15 Ritalin, a schedule II drug, in his pocket. The pills were wrapped in a plastic baggie.

Campbell was charged with Possession of Schedule II drugs and processed at the Henry County Jail. A bond of $600 was issued by the Circuit Court Clerk. He has a court date of Oct 10 in General Sessions Court.

High School To Offer Dual Credit Algebra and Trig Classes

HCHS Pilot Program for Free Statewide Dual Credit Class

Betsy Allison, curriculum supervisor,

tells the board about the dual credit

pilot progam. (Tim Alsobrooks Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At a lengthy Henry County Board of Education meeting on Thursday night, supervisor of curriculum and instruction for grades 9-12 Betsy Allison informed the board that Henry County High School was becoming a pilot program for dual credit algebra and trigonometry. Allison informed the board that the state was offering statewide dual credit in the two subjects, free of charge to students.

She said every student in the class will take a challenge exam at the end of the course and if they score 75% or higher they will receive college credit in the class.

Allison and Dr. Renea Wade, supervisor of curriculum for grades K-8 discussed some of the updates with common core curriculum. Teachers have spent part of their summer going to training in both math and English language arts to help move their ways of teaching towards common core standards.

The two spoke of constructive response, where formats of assessment tests are moving away from multiple choices to more writing assessment.

Director of Henry County Schools, Sam Miles said, “this is the biggest instruction change in Henry County in many years and we are asking a lot from our teachers.” Miles reiterated the fact that the state has changed the standards three times in six years and our teachers have made the commitment to go to training during the summer and change the way they teach and we will try to support everything they need and do to make them and our students succeed.

Board Votes to Pay 50% Insurance, End Retirement Ins. Benefits

In other business the board approved a recommendation from Miles concerning the health insurance for the system. Miles explained that the backlash from the Affordable Health Care Act has caused them to relook at how to budget health insurance. Miles said rates have increased 15% in the last couple of year and with the rising cost they were going to have to take some measures to secure their finances in the future for the system and employees.

Miles suggested the board approved his recommendation to pay 50% of the health insurance cost when it comes down in January and employees pay the other half. Miles said they will roll out a rate schedule for all employees and set down with them in October to see who all picks the insurance.

The other big issue is paying health insurance of employees once they retire from the system. They had continued to pay health insurance for retirees, but Miles says with the uncertainty of healthcare now and in the future it wasn’t feasible to continue to do so. He asked the board to approved another recommendation to rescind retirement benefits as far as health insurance is concerned starting this year. The board approved Miles’s request for both recommendations.

Family Life Curriculum Approved by HCBOE

More from the school board meeting saw the board approve the Family Life Curriculum to be taught in the middle school aged classrooms. Dr. Renea Wade explained that the state mandates that if a percentage of a school system’s girls ages 15-17 is above 19.5% that must teach the curriculum. Dr. Wade informed the board numbers are behind in the stats released, but 2011 numbers show that 25.9% of girls in the Henry County School System ages 15-17 were pregnant. She explained to the board it was the same curriculum they had been teaching and while they had seen a drop in the number of pregnancies the last couple of reports, this one had gone back up.

First Reading of Interscholastic Athletic Policy Change Held

State Law changes will allow home school students to take part in sports

Asst. Director Brian Norton goes over changes in policies Thurs. night

Paris, Tenn.- After approving several policies on 2nd reading they had discussed in full detail in August and again Thursday night, Brian Norton, assistant director of the system, presented them one on first reading to mull over for a month. Norton brought forth the Interscholastic Athletics policy that strikes the ‘full time enrollment requirement’ from the policy involve who can compete in athletics. Basically, this is a law from the state to allow home school students to participate in school sports.

Norton told board members he knew the policy of the Henry County board of education was to not allow home school students to participate, but the state law was changing that. There are some guidelines that a home school student must comply with in order to play sports such as registering with the school system by August 1st of that school year, providing their own insurance, and keeping up grades. The board will have to decided whether or not to pass this policy change at the October board meeting.

Hendley Investigation Still Active

 Michael Hendley

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office is still actively investigating the disappearance of Michael Hendley, 30, of 5200 Hwy 79S. Hendley was last seen the afternoon of July 4 after making statements to witnesses that made them believe he was going to harm himself, according to Capt. Damon Lowe.

Lowe said the sheriff's office wanted the public to be aware that the case is still active. Hendley was seen at his home shortly after noon on July 4 and around JB Express Mart on Hwy 218 and Hwy 69S around 1 p.m.

Hendley then reportedly left a residence in the Scenic Hills area off of Hwy 218 in late afternoon. Hendley's white 1992 F250 pickup truck was found parked on Old Springville School Rd. near Winsett Rd. on the night of July 4, Lowe said. This is also near the residence of a Hendley relative.

An intensive search was conducted of the area by the sheriff's department deputies, K-9 units, and its equestrian unit, Henry County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol and its helicopter and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, along with numerous volunteers.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call Investigator Gary Vandiver at 731-642-1672

Hendley is 5'4", 190 pounds, with blue eyes, strawberry blonde hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a dark grey shirt, blue jeans and a blue Nike hat.


Registration Open for Homework Workshop

Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library is hosting a free, hands-on homework workshop for parents, grandparents and guardians of K-12 age students. The workshop will introduce the Tennessee Electric Library, a free on line resource, as a way to help children with homework and other important learning needs.

The workshop will be held at the library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, September 23. Call the library at 642-1702 to reserve your place. Seating is limited to the first 15 participants.

Paris Police Seek Suspects in Break-In

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating a break-in to Eastside Market on Washington Street that occurred in the early hours of the morning Wednesday. Police were called to the scene when employees found the front window busted out and items strewn about inside. The employee told police she wasn’t sure how much was missing from the store. Police found energy drinks all over the floor and the shelving in the energy drink cooler was broken.

A witness told the employee that she had seen five teenage boys running from the store around 2am but couldn’t give a detailed description of any of the boys.

Renaissance Production of "Doubt" is This Weekend

Alexis Ward of Paris, right, plays Mrs. Muller, while Faye Taylor portrays Sister Aloysius. (Photo submitted by Travis McLeese).


McKenzie, Tenn.-The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is set to present the award winning play “Doubt” A Parable, written by John Patrick Stanley at 7 p.m. September 13 & 14 at the Bethel Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for Doubt are $10. All Bethel Faculty, Staff and Students receive free admission with Bethel ID. For more information or to reserve your tickets contact the Renaissance Office at 731-393-0405.

Noon on Square to Feature Wire and Wood

Paris, Tenn.-This Friday's Noon on the Square will feature the band, "Wire and Wood". Noon on the Square is held every Friday during September on the court square. Sack lunches are provided by Project Graduation. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers fresh off the grill will be served this week. The event is sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust.

Softball Tourney to Benefit Beth Boren

Paris, Tenn.-A co-ed softball tournament to benefit 14-year-old cancer patient Beth Boren will be held noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at McNeill Park in Paris.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said she is battling cancer and needs everyone's support. Fifteen teams will be competing to raise funds and the teams will be made up of law enforcement, churches and other groups. Anyone who wants to sponsor a team can call David Page at 336-0591.

"Come out and share the fun and food for donations to help this young lady," Elizondo said.

East Wood Church of Christ to Offer Free Car Seat Checks

Paris, Tenn.- The East Wood Church of Christ will have a free car seat checkup from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday September 14 at the church, located at 800 East Wood Street in Paris. CPS certified techs will be inspecting and installing child seats properly.

Over 80% of child safety seats are installed and/or used incorrectly. Car crashes are the #1 killer of kids ages 1-13 in the United Stated and proper use of child restraints can reduce the risk of death and serious injury by 70%.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be on hand to answer any questions and refreshments will be available.

AmVets Post 45 to Hold Indoor Yard Sale

Paris, Tenn.- The AmVets Post 45 will hold an indoor yard sale at their post on highway 79 in Buchanan from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday September 14. Donations are accepted and the yard sale will have something for everyone. For more information call Ray Hill at 271-436-6398.

Covenant Ranch Golf Outing Set for Friday
3rd Annual Mulligan 2 Man at TN Golf Club

Paris, Tenn.- The Covenant Ranch will host the 3rd annual Mulligan 2 Man golf tournament on Friday September 13 at the Tennessee Golf Club.

The format is a two person scramble and one free mulligan will be available every hole. Entry fee is $130 per team or $65 individual and the fee includes lunch. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and one other flighted team. There will be a silent auction and a Ruger 30-06 rifle raffle at the event as well.

The first place team will win $500 and there will be a putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive wards as well. The putting contest will begin at 11:30am Friday morning and the lunch, rules, and message will be at noon with the shotgun start at 1pm. For more information call Covenant Ranch at 642-2099 and all proceeds benefit the ranch.

BPU to Flush Water Lines Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of September 16. Customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. Please check for discoloration prior to doing any laundry during the week of the 16. BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Terry Wimberly said if discoloration occurs, run water through a faucet for several minutes and the water should return to normal in a short amount of time. If problems continue call BPU at 642-1322 and press extension 9.

Krider Idol Auditions To Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Auditions for the 8th Annual Krider Idol will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday September 14 in Mrs. Minette Veazey’s classroom at Paris Elementary School. Krider Idol is the primary fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund and students ages 9-18 are invited to come to the stage and compete for the crown of Krider Idol for this year. There is also a group category for two or more performers. For more information contact Mrs. Veazey at 642-3675.

The 8th annual Krider Idol is set for Saturday October 12 at KPAC. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Arts Council Office, Paris Elementary School, Henry County High School or from board member and Art Teacher at HCHS Greg Chandler. The show will begin at 7pm.

Heritage Center to Host Pot Luck Dinner Membership Drive
Bring a Dish on Sept. 24 at 6pm, Everyone Welcome

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will hold a membership drive potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday September 24 on the grounds of the center. The Heritage Center will provide fried chicken and bbq and have drinks. Everyone is invited and there is no cost, but you are asked to bring a dish to the dinner. Come enjoy a large variety of food, fellowship, and learn more about the Heritage Center. Call 642-1030 for more information.

City to Crack Down on Posting of Illegal Signs

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Manager Carl Holder  announced today that the city is cracking down on the posting of illegal signs, especially on city property, directional or traffic signs, and utility posts.

Holder said, “I am reasonably certain the vast majority of our citizens are aware that you should not post or attach signs of any type to a public post, like a stop sign, or a utility post, which is a violation of a state statute as well as a local ordinance. Unfortunately person often interpret someone else’s inappropriate acts as licenses for their own misconduct. We will remove the illegally posted signs with city forces on a daily basis, particularly close to the weekend, when there normally is an increase in numbers.”

Holder added, “we urge all citizens to comply to help improve the overall appearance of our community.”

Henry County Genealogic Society To Meet Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Genealogical Society will have its annual membership banquet Thursday night at 6pm at Tom’s Pizza and it will be a dutch treat.

Guest speaker will be Larry Ray, who will speak on the Battle of Paris. Ray has written numerous articles about the battles of Paris, Fort Henry, and Fort Heiman.

All members of the genealogical society are encouraged to attend and any interested guests are also welcome. For more information call Jamie Weatherly at 642-1406.

New Alderman Appointed In Henry

Roger Graham to fill vacant seat

Roger Graham shakes Mayor Joe Qualls' hand after being sworn

in Thursday night as Alderman Rex Buford looks on.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman met on Tuesday night and approved a resolution appointing Roger Graham to the vacant alderman seat. Last month, the board accepted the resignation of former Alderman George Owens, who passed away just a few days after the August board meeting.

The board said last month anyone in the city interested in serving on the board should submit a letter to them. Graham was the only one to do so and his appointment was unanimously approved.
He will serve until the November 2014 election.

The board also voted to advertise for bids for a new central heat and air unit for the Henry Civic Center. The unit went out and they’ve had experts look at it and suggest a new one is needed. The current unit is a 5 ton gas heat, electric air and it was 16 years old.

During the approval of the minutes at Tuesday night’s meeting, Alderman Faye Lowry expressed to the board she felt the minutes from August’s meeting had a lot left out regarding her opinions on what to do to save money in the budget. She said she presented a lot of facts, math, and figures that the minutes didn’t show. When Mayor Qualls asked for approval of the minutes, Lowry voted no, all other alderman voted to approve them.

Henry Pioneer Day Set for Sept. 21st

Henry, Tenn.- The city of Henry is gearing up for its annual Pioneer Day which will be Saturday September 21st. This year’s grand marshal for the Pioneer Day parade will be Cheryl and Dannie Allen, of Henry. The parade will line up at Henry School at 9am, the parade begins at 10am. The book dedication, bingo, and cakewalk will be held at 11am.

Other events include cornhole competition, car show, and dunking booths with members of the Henry Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office.


Hazel Council Eyes Jackie DeShannon Invite

Hazel, Ky-At Hazel's City Council meeting, council eyed the possibility of inviting Hazel Native Jackie DeShannon back to town for the 2014 Hazel Day Celebration.

Singer/songwriter Jackie DeShannon, who is best known for co-writing and singing the song “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and recording the first and most popular version of “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” was briefly discussed as a possible grand marshal of the 2014 celebration.

Joe Thompson told council how to contact her family to make the preliminary overtures to her.

This year's Hazel Day will be held Sept. 21, with the parade at 10 a.m.

CG Council Eyes Community Picnic, Movie Night

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, the Cottage Grove Legislative Council had a busy agenda since there was no meeting in August due to lack of quorum.

Revenues for July 2013 were $8,789.40 and expenses were $4,558.73. Melinda Thatcher made the motion to accept the financial report and Sue Call seconded the motion. The August financial report showed revenues of $4,212.64 and expenses of $2,257.54. John Weiher made the motion to accept the financial report and Sue Call seconded the motion.

Council discussed late property taxes, with eight properties from 2011 being delinquent. Seventeen properties are listed as late for 2012.

The recycling committee efforts were discussed and future plans were discussed for a community picnic and movie night at the park.


Registration Still Open for Library Events

Paris, Tenn.-Registration is still open for two upcoming events for children at the W.G.Rhea Library.

The Handy Manny event is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, for boys ages 4-8. Each boy must be accompanied by an adult male. There will be donkey rides, campfire cookout, horse races and barrel racing. Cookout will be hot dogs, tortillas, beans and drink. Each boy receives a cowboy hat, bandana, "boot" drink holder, their very own stick horse and of course a "Cowboy" book to take home.

The Stuffed Animal "Sleepover" will be held Friday, Sept. 20. Children come to the library that night at 7 p.m. wearing their pjs and with their stuffed animals. After a bedtime story and snack, the children go home but their stuffed animals spend the night at the library. Children pick up their stuffed animals the next morning at 9 a.m. and have donuts and drink.

The activities are free. To register, call the library at 642-1702, extension 0.


Murray State Again Ranked As One of Best Schools in U.S.

Murray, Ky. – For 23 straight years Murray State University  has been recognized by U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges as one of the top schools in the country. The 2014 rankings have just been released and list Murray State at eighth place among the top public regional universities in the South.

Murray has consistently been the top-ranked public regional university in Kentucky in the Regional Universities-South category, which contains both private and public schools, and is the only public Kentucky university to make the top 25 this year.

MSU’s overall scoring shows it to be the 14th top public regional university in the nation.

“Once again, these well-respected rankings from U.S.News & World Report highlight the excellence and value of an education at Murray State University,” according to Interim President Dr. Tim Miller. “The fact that Murray State has been recognized by U.S.News as one of its ‘Best Colleges’ for 23 consecutive years is an affirmation of the continued quality the university offers its students. National rankings such as these, year after year, clearly demonstrate the commitment at this university to providing an education that brings a top-notch return on investment to graduates. At Murray State, we are proud of the outstanding faculty, staff and students who make these rankings possible.”


Henry County Democratic Women to Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Paris City Hall. Reginald Caldwell of Paris will speak about the Office on Aging.

Please note that there will be no meeting this week for the Henry County

Democratic Democratic Party, per County Chairman Wes Bradley.

HC Golf Hosts Dickson County at PLSP

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Golf Team welcomed Dickson County to Paris Landing State Park Monday evening for a match. In men’s action, Dickson County defeated the Patriots shooting a 150 to the Patriots 165. Individual scores for Henry County were Jamison Hayes with a 39, Evan Todd with a 40, Chase Hill with a 43, and Hunter Bethune with a 43.

In girls action Henry County shot a 92, but was bested by Dickson County’s 84. Brittany Martin shot a 45 for the Lady Pats and Holly Dial shot a 47.

HCMC Teams Up with Bethel to Provide Athletic Trainers

  Michael Harris

Paris, Tenn.-With the school year underway, so has the athletic season for the local schools and Henry County Medical Center has once again teamed up with Bethel University to provide our local schools with Certified Athletic Trainers.

Through its partnership with the Bethel University Athletic Department, HCMC’s Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation will provide certified athletic trainers at all athletic events.

The athletic services are offered for schools in the Henry County School System, and starting this year, HCMC will provide sideline support for the Paris Special School District Middle School teams.

This partnership includes a team physician that is on the sidelines at every football game, both home and away, along with practices and other sporting events. During the fall and most of the winter, a trainer is on the high school campus in the afternoon where they are available for several sporting practices.

“Having an athletic trainer at these sporting events provides preventive medical care to our athletes, as well as them having immediate medical care ready following any incident or injury on the field of play,” according to Debbie W. Jelks, Physical Therapist, and Pediatric Certified Specialist at the Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation.

Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is trying to mandate that all high schools in the state have an athletic trainer on the field during all games. This is due to the number of athletes that have experienced injuries, illnesses or life altering events that could have been lessened or prevented with trained professionals on site.

HCMC has been a frontrunner in the care for young athletes for some time now, offering this service independently starting in 1999 with Certified Athletic Trainer Michael Harris . Harris has continued his work with the program and in 2010 Bethel University was added as a partner.

For more information about the athletic training program or to learn more about our rehabilitation services, contact HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehab at 731-642-2411.

Local Quail Forever to Meet Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-A leadership committee meeting for the Quail Forever Kentucky Lake chapter will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the UT Extension building, 1120 Tyson Ave.According to Steve McCadams, t he chapter invites interested persons to join them as they formulate a committee to plan and organize activities for the future.

Another  meeting to form a local chapter will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 26, at the same location. 


Tyree Speaks on Bib Program at Rotary Club

Paris, Tenn.-Former Henry Countian Judy Tyree models a bib which states
"Read to me so I can learn", one of the bibs that are provided to newborns at Henry County Medical Center, thanks to the Paris Rotary Club. The bib program is one of the literacy programs sponsored by Rotary and Tyree spoke to the group last week. (Photo submitted by Linley White).

Bike Ride Across West Tennessee Set

Nashville— Bicycle enthusiasts across the state are preparing for the annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, which will kick off its 24th year with a seven-day excursion beginning Sept. 14, showcasing West Tennessee’s beautiful landscapes.

Originating at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park in Millington, this year’s route will feature the incredible diversity of West Tennessee. Surrounded by the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, the terrain is flatter than the eastern parts of the state.

“Highlighting West Tennessee this year, BRAT participants will experience flatter terrain than in previous years,” Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee Director Ryan Forbess said. “However, some hilly terrain does exist, especially along the bluffs. In terms of effort level, the 2013 BRAT will include a balance of some long-distance rides and some shorter distance days.”

The event will begin with check-in at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. On Sunday, riders will be introduced to the route with a scenic ride to Fort Pillow State Park. Riders will camp overnight at four Tennessee State Parks along the route, including Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Fort Pillow State Park, Natchez Trace State Park and Chickasaw State Park. The daily mileage will range from 50-85 miles, with approximately 380-450 total miles for the seven-day ride. The cost of the seven-day ride is $400.

The 24th Annual Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee is sponsored by Tennessee State Parks, REI, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, OS Performance Nutrition, New Belgium Brewing, Clif Bar and Company and MoonPie.

For registration information or more details about the 2013 Bicycle Ride Across Tennessee, please visit the main webpage at http://thebrat.org. Riders with questions are encouraged to contact Ryan Forbess via e-mail at Ryan.Forbess@tn.gov.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session Monday night and approved a resolution for transfers in the general fund to accept insurance monies from the theft by former clerk Deanna Treece, who is being adjudicated in Henry County Circuit Court. The unappropriated fund balance was increased by over $55,000 to cover the cost of the audit and shortage of funds caused by Treece’s actions.

Also for the general fund, $9600 was approved in other state grants line items to cover costs of the State Emergency Management Conference that was held at Paris Landing this summer. The state helped the county fund the conference by reimbursing this money.

Another grant for $200,000 was also approved for more improvements at the Henry County airport.

In the drug fund, budget committee members approved moving $7,000 from unappropriated fund balance to cover confidential drug enforcement and other charges. A memo from the sheriff said the transfer was needed for drug education and drug enforcement at the sheriff’s department.

A resolution for transfers in the general purpose school fund was also approved with no new money needed here.

County Mayor Greer Seeks to Form Audit Committee

Paris, Tenn.- At the end of the budget committee meeting on Monday night, County Mayor Brent Greer discussed briefly the desire to form an audit committee that would meet at least once a year when the county audit was released and meet with department heads if need be should any findings come out of the audit. Mayor Greer said the state comptrollers office is encouraging counties to have an audit committee in place and the county can no longer receive 3-star status if they choose not to have one.

Greer said he would like the vice chair of the budget committee, which is currently commissioner Kenneth Humphries, and citizen members Steve Greer and Melody Dodd to set on the audit committee. He also thought the road board chairman and school board chairman should set on the committee. He told budget committee members he would bring them a resolution next meeting. The people choosen would have to be approved by the comptrollers office before the budget committee could present it to the full county commission.

Highway Department Saves Money By Renting Striping Machine

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Highway Board (road board) meeting, the board learned that representatives from Huggs Equipment in Ohio had rented the highway department a striping machine and come down to teach employees how to use it. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said the machine saved the department about $100 per mile, maybe even a little more, versus contracting the striping out to someone else.

Norwood said the machine worked great only issues were keeping drivers out of the painted lines long enough for the to dry. Chairman of the board Bobby Milam said we know now this is an option to rent a machine again in the future since buying one is still very expensive. Norwood said they striped about 34 miles of roads in the county including Jackson, Guthrie, India, Cowpath, Hays Store, Cypress, and other roads.

also told the board if they can get a stretch of dry weather over the next couple of months they plan to get some hot mix and fix some of the roads where they have cut on this summer for roots and other things. He said we have reallyhad to cut on a bunch of roads this summer and I’d like to make sure we get them fixed before winter sets in. The department still has some roots to take care of that are growing into the roadway on India road and others. They have also cut a lot of limbs from hanging over roads this summer.

In action last night the board voted to send a recommendation to the county commission to abandon and old road bed on property owned by Gerald Boyd known as Vickery Lane.

Law Enforcement Busy over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Brandy R. McCartney, of 745 Lewis Lane with aggravated assault and felony vandalism over the weekend after McCartney threw a brick at a car and hit another women with a shovel. The incident occurred on Moody’s Lane and after the women had been arguing McCartney had thrown a brick at the other woman’s car and then hit her with a shovel.

Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police department arrested Shaunna L.Sandoval, age 33, of 1147 Chickasaw for DUI 1st offense, violation of implied consent, simple possession of schedule two, and possession of schedule four with intent. Police responded to Kroger to where Sandoval sitting in a pickup truck acting strange. Search of the truck and her person revealed the drugs and she was arrested.

A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a garage on Reynoldsburg Road had several items taken out of it this weekend. The victim gave possible suspects to police. Stolen items include a Husqvarna Chainsaw, weed eater, air compressor, and a 5 gallon gas can. Total value of the items were almost $700
Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for crossing the fog line on Veterans Drive. Alcohol was detected and the driver, identified as Judith Ann Ristucci, age 44 of 809 Memorial Drive, was given a sobriety test which she passed. A search however showed two hydrocodone pills in her wallet. She was charged with simple possession of schedule three drug.

HC Cross Country Competes at Beech Invitational

Hendersonville, Tenn.- Henry County Cross Country competed in Hendersonville this past weekend at the Beech Invitational Cross Country Meet. In the high school girls 5K the Lady Patriot runners finished 11th out of 17 teams and Kaity Beth James came in 13th place overall with a time of 21:52.

Other times for some of the lady Patriots were Hannah Barnhill with a time of 23:59, Ali Davis finished with a time of 30:11, Stormie Bratschi finished at 31:57, and Olivia Olson came in with a time of 37:01.

For the high school boys, Javan Winders finished 5th overall out of 157 runners with a time of 16:59. Other times for the men include Nathan Condeelis at 20:13, Harrison Robinson with a 20:16, Shaun Poole with a 20:43, Brian Susewitt with a 20:45, Austin Nance finished at 21:58 and Wade McClure came in at 25:38.
The Patriot runners came in 15th overall out of 21 teams.

County middle school runners also did very well at the Beech Invitational. Titus Winders was the overall champion for the middle school level finishing the 5K in 9:20 beating out 105 other runners. Silas Winders finished 6th overall with a 10:14, Garret Robbins came in 14th overall with a time of 10:35. Other finishes included Murray Perkins at 10:53, Johnathan Alexander at 11:31, Eric Wallett at 11:32, and Blake Mayros at 12:18. Henry County will run this upcoming weekend in Murray at the Calloway County Invitational.

Huge Crowd Turns Out For PL Arts & Crafts Festival

Buchanan, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand over the weekend for the Paris Landing Arts and Crafts Festival, with thousands at the event to see over 100 vendors with a large assortment of crafts, art works and food. Top photo shows Diane McCord of Paris talking to a customer in her booth for her craft business Odd Fodder. Bottom photo is LaBriska Blow, right, of Camden, describing one of her craft items. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Tennessee Walking Men Visit Henry County

The Tennessee Walking Men bid adieu to the Fish Tale Lodge at Buchanan Saturday morning. (Sharon Seaton photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee Walking Men made a visit to Henry County over the weekend, visiting Paris businesses, enjoying the scenery and enjoying the hospitality of the Fish Tale Lodge.

The Tennessee Walking Men are three young men who are walking across the state for personal discovery. They are Matt Cottam of Memphis; Michael Meredith of Murfreesboro; and Tim Duggan of Nashville. They said they want to see parts of the state they haven’t seen and meet people in the places they normally drive past on the interstate.

They are documenting what they see and have a Facebook page where you can see the photos they took while in Henry County. They left Memphis about two weeks ago and have walked more than 150 miles so far. Eventually, the trio will make it to Mountain City.

Sunday morning they set out for Dover but didn’t have time for the arts and crafts fair at Paris Landing State Park because as they pointed out, they still have about a thousand miles of walking to do.


Big Crowd for First Noon on Square of Season

Paris, Tenn.-A big crowd was on hand for Friday's Noon on the Square, with the Ray Lewis band performing. And of course, another attraction were the grilled hot dogs, thanks to Project Graduation. In photo, manning the cooker are (from left) Mike Beddies, Charles Wade and James Hrachovina. The Noon on the Square events are held each Friday during September and are sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


David Clendenin, Well-Known Musician, Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Well-known Musician David Clendenin, 73, of Paris died at his home Friday. Clendenin played with Carl Perkins for eight years, with five trips to Europe during that time. He played with Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Mann, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis, and Willie Nelson. He also played with numerous Henry Countians for all types of ceremonies and events.  Clendenin used the stage name "David Sea" in his professional career and many Henry Countians have his special guitar picks that he engraved with his name.

McEvoy Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery. The full obituary is on our obituaries page.


Punt, Pass and Kick Set

Paris, Tenn.-An NFL / Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick event will be held at noon Saturday, September 21 at Barton Field, according to Paris Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence.

What to bring: Copy of birth certificate, no cleats. The event is for age groups" 6 to 15 years old. Kids will throw, punt and kick off a tee.

For more in formation contact Tony Lawrence at 644-2517 or show up Barton Field that day.


BPU Meets in Special Session

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting Thursday afternoon in special session, the Paris Board of Public Utilities approved two resolutions: opening a checking account with First Tennessee Bank National Association and the second, opening an account with National Financial Services.

Local banks had expressed no interest in investing the money. The bond sale money will be deposited at First Tennessee and National Financial Services would sweep that account to make the investments in brokered certificates of deposit, according to board secretary Gini Roberts. Each individual CD would be under the FDIC limit so there would be no risk to the BPU.

As with all other BPU accounts, withdrawals will require two signatures and those approved as signatories are Board Chair David Flowers, BPU General Manager John Etheridge, General Manager; Secretary/Treasurer Roberts and Business Manager Beverly Underwood.

Quota Celebrates 53rd Birthday

At Quota meeting, from left: Martha Simpson, Kayla Nation, Connie McSwain and Jane Sinneman. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Quota Club celebrated its 53rd birthday August 27. Paris Quota was organized in 1960 with 25 members, all of whom are now deceased. Bethel Williams is the longest standing member with 49 years of service; having joined in 1964.

Guest speakers for Wednesday’s meeting were Connie McSwain and Kayla Nation from W.G. Rhea Library. McSwain reported that there were 300 children in the library at one time during the summer.

They introduced their new slogan at the library “We Geek You”. They said that “Geek” is a verb and it means something you are passionate about.

The library is not contained within 4 walls – they reach out in the community. The library currently has 26,000 library card users and Quota’s own Donna Winders is president of the Friends of the Library.

Some of the programs the library sponsors are: “Imagination Library”, “Library Lego League on the 2nd Monday from 3:30-4:30. The library has 3 different sizes of Legos for this project, with over 50 kids enrolled. The library sponsors “Fancy Nancy” for the girls and “Hanny Manny” (with a Rodeo theme) for boys – ages 4-8. They will sponsor a “Stuffed Animal Sleepover” on September 20 for stuffed animals only.

They sponsor a “Young Entrepreneurs” group, which currently has 3 boys. The sponsor an “Operation Respect” which has a song to go along with the program – “Don’t Laugh at Me”. They work with the Family Resource Center on the “Back To School Blast” and the “PAL Program”. They work with the Henry County Health Council on teen pregnancies and they have the Tennessee Electric Library. At the end of their program, they had a “Quota Geeks” board for members to sign what they Geek. Quota’s Corresponding Secretary, Martha Simpson, wrote that she Geeks “Life”.

Brenda Hosford reminded everyone of the October 15 Hog Killing at Melanie and Tommy Townsend’s house and asked that everyone feed their pigs and come to the party dressed to “Kill Hogs”.

Patriots' Fans Pumped Up

Paris, Tenn.-Fans of the Henry County Patriots are pumped up for the current football season and looking forward to next Friday's home game against Memphis Ridgeway. Tim Pharr took this photo at Friday night's game, of #8 Brandon Donaldson coming down with a touchdown reception against Clarksville Northwest.


Local Teams Do Well at Wingfoot Classic

Jamison Hayes won the event. (Brian Welp photos).

Union City, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Golf Team did well at the Wingfoot Classic. Jamison Hayes came in first, with an 18-hole total 74 points, winning the event. The girls team came in second place in their event. Results: Girls Team  Brittany Martin- 87Holly Dial- 96;   Boys Team (3rd place finish, 334); Jamison Hayes- 74 (1st place individual) Evan Todd- 84Chase Hill- 85Hunter Bethune- 91.

Girls Team: from left, Liz Burton, Madison Dillard, Brittany Martin, Holly Dial.


Patriots Beat Northwest 41-6

Number 87 Blake Fry catches a pass for a touchdown. (Tim Pharr photos).


Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Big Red Machine travelled to Clarksville Friday night and dominated Northwest, coming away with a final score of 41-6. The Patriots scored early and often, with Colton Randolph throwing for two touchdowns.

The Patriots showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and are now 3 and 0 on the season.

Next Friday night the team will have its second home game of the season, hosting Memphis Ridgeway, with kick-off again at 7 p.m.

The Patriots are off to a great start this season, beating Liberty by a score of 40-21 the first game, followed by the big win over Beech by 41-20.

Number 18 Justin Ramos returns an interception. (Pharr photo).


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