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


Group Home Request Withdrawn

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission on Thursday night were notified that a request for group housing that a local man had planned to locate at 314 Aden Street in Paris has been withdrawn.

A Springville man had told city planners he intended to locate a group home there to help women recover from alcohol abuse. A petition of neighbors against the group home had been circulated and presented to city officials, citing a lack of zoning that would allow such a facility to locate there.

Paris Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said Friday that although the request for this group home has been withdrawn, the city will still be working on how to deal with such requests in the future. “We still need to deal with that, to make sure we are correct in our zoning ordinances in those cases to make sure we are not violating the Fair Housing laws,” she said.

The panel again deferred discussion of the table of uses governing group housing and bed and breakfast facilities for a later date.

In other business at the planning commission meeting, the panel also approved a site plan for Grace Crossing Apartments. The apartment complex will be located along Jim Adams Drive, on land between Pine Ridge Apartments and The Parisian movie theater.

According to the description, the complex will include six two-story buildings with eight apartments in each. The complex also will include a community and office building and playground and recreational area.

The complex is designed mainly for young adults and families. Pine Ridge Apartments, to which it will be adjacent, is designed for senior housing.

According to the site plan, a street will be constructed to connect Commerce Street and Enterprise street, which is at a cul-de-sac behind the Social Security Administration Office.

Additionally, the panel approved a site plan for an addition to the Peppers Automotive Chrysler building that will reportedly eventually be used as a Toyota dealership. Peppers Automotive is located on Hwy. 79 N right outside of Paris.

A minor subdivision plat was also approved for the Arrowhead subdivision on Fairgrounds Rd. According to the description, Bob and Linda Cathey are turning the subdivision over to a homeowners’ association that is forming there.

Henry County Comes Out on Top Over Rossview, 29-27

#55 Matthew Counce and #34 Kyle McKee tackle Rossview Quarterback Charles Talleyrand for a safety. The two points were the margin of victory. (Tim Pharr photos).

Clarksville, Tenn.-In the pouring rain Friday night, the Henry County Big Red Machine continued its perfect season with a hard-fought 29-27 victory over Rossview in Clarksville.

The Patriots met its first real test with the Rossview Hawks. The Patriots scored first and maintained a 20-0 lead for most of the first half, but Rossview came alive in the third quarter, putting points on the board to match Henry County’s touchdowns.

The Henry County team is now 5-0 on the season, with two district victories now under its belt. The Patriots face Kenwood at home next Friday night.

#56 Griffin Wood with help from #72 Donovan Owens tackles a Rossview runner. (Pharr photo).


McKenzie Game Postponed

McKenzie, Tenn.-The game between McKenzie and Gleason was postponed Friday night, due to rain. The game will be played Saturday night.

Boss Hoss Roars into Henry County

Donna Kingston and her dog Harley of St. Louis (left) and Myrna Sandefur and her dog Scrappy of Copper Canyon, Texas, were among the Boss Hoss faithful who have been to the local rally before. They said they have become friends because of the local rally. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Paris, Tenn.-Downtown Paris was extra crowded Friday morning as 110 Boss Hoss motorcycles roared into the courtsquare to allow everyone in town for the Noon on the Square event to view their elaborate vehicles and get to know the motorcyclists.

For the fourth year in a row, the Boss Hoss National Rally and Mid-South Motorcycle Rally has been held at Paris Landing State Park and they come from far and wide, many returning every year. A look at the license plates showed cycles from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, and other states.

Boss Hoss Spokesperson Doug Zaricor said Friday, "We always have a big time here. You have a great community to allow us to come here every year. Everyone here is easy to work with; we've never had any issues."

During the Boss Hoss Rally, he said, they also will hold a dice run, poke run and another bike and trike show at Paris Landing Saturday. In addition, a BBQ contest will be held at the state park with 14 teams from all over the region.

Colorful 'bikes and trikes' decorated the courtsquare. (McFarlin photo).


Robert and Janice Chenowith (in white t-shirts) arrived in their vehicle during Friday's bike and trike show on the courtsquare. (McFarlin photo).


Getting a Look at Federal Junior Stamp Prints

Paris, Tenn.-Little Beckett Buffington gets a closer look at her favorite print from the winners of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest on display at the W.G. Rhea Library Thursday. With her is her grandmother, Debbie Carothers. The contest is sponsored every year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Gas Board Hears Updates on Gas Main Extension Projects

Applications already coming in for more service lines

Paris, Tenn.- At the regular monthly meeting of the board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District, general manager Tae Eaton told the board that 3 of the 9 projects of gas main line extensions were complete, being on Mt. Pleasant, Old Springville, and Shady Grove Roads. Eaton said they are getting weekly reports from the projects and have already had 10 applications for service line off the Mt. Pleasant extensions.

The board approved paying Revel Construction their work on the main line extensions in the amount of $11,464 and also paying the 5% retainage fee to Natural Gas Piping Company in the amount of $13,722.

The gas board also approved paying for a new copier and printer from RJ Young based on state contract pricing. Eaton said they had budgeted for a new copier/printer because they new the current one was on its last legs. The price will be between $16-19K depending on the model they choose to go with.

In other business the board approving getting flu shots for all their employees in the next couple of weeks and received the final audit report from Alexander, Thompson, Arnold, PLLC.

Eaton told the board they are continuing to buy gas while prices are low because with an expected cold winter prices could go up. Eaton said that by purchasing the gas now and getting their storage full, it will protect rate payers this winter against volatile pricing.

Eaton pointed out to the board that the district was in the red in August over $395K this year, compared to about $384K last year at this time. He said there are on real concerns as the summer months are not good financially and he feels by the end of winter they will be in the black.

WG Rhea Library to Hold Handy Manny Program Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will have a Handy Manny Goes Country program for boys ages 4-8 this Saturday September 21 from 10am to noon at the library. They will have real donkey rides, calf roping, barrel racing, crafts, hot dogs cooked over the campfire, baked beans, and more. Each boy will receive a cowboy hat, bandana, boot drink holder, their very own stick horse, and a Cowboy book to take home. The program is free but boys must be accompanied by an adult male.

Boss Hoss Motorcyle Rally Takes over PLSP Through Saturday

Buchanan, Tenn.- The 14th annual Boss Hoss National Rally and Mid South Motorcycle Festival will once again be held from Thursday through Saturday at Paris Landing State Park.

There will be thousands of dollars in prizes given away as money raised will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. One lucky event goer will win a 2013 Boss Hoss Trike as the event draws to a close Saturday evening.

There are several opportunities for the public to view the bikes and take demo rides starting Thursday from noon to 4pm and vendors will be open and free to the public as well. From to 7-9 Thursday night there will be a Meet and Greet and the Tommy Aker’s Band will peform at the Boss Hoss Lounge from 7-11pm Thursday night.

On Friday, there will be factory demo rides from 9-4, with a break at lunch as the bikes roll into downtown Paris as part of the Noon on the Square festitives. There will be a bike and trike show and awards. Also Friday there will be a $1000 Dice Run after Noon on the Square. Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks will play at 7pm Friday night at the Boss Hoss Lounge.

Saturday’s events at the Boss Hoss Rally include demo rides from 8-4, vendors from 8-5:30 with the Paris Landing Tourism League “Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cookoff Competition from 9-5. There will be a $1500 Poker run Saturday afternoon, another band performing and the drawing for the Boss Hoss Trike at 10:15pm Saturday night. For more information visit the Boss Hoss website.


Noon on Square Features Midnight Flyer

Paris, Tenn.-This Friday's Noon on the Square will feature the band Midnight Flyer and Project Graduation will be serving ribeye sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers. It will be especially crowded this week, with the Boss Hoss bikes coming into town in mid-morning.

Commercial Bank and Trust sponsors the Noon on the Square events, held every Friday in September.

R.E.A.L. Hope Youth 5K To Be Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center will hold a 5K run family fun walk this Saturday September 21st at 10am at the Paris Civic Center. The race will start at the Civic Center, go down Patriot Drive to Wilson Street around Rhea Elementary and the high school and back up Patriot Drive.

Awards will be given in the 5K race for top 3 in kids gropus, 18-25 age group, 26-40 age group, and 41 and up group. Entry fee is $20 and T-shirts can be purchased at the race for $10 while supplies last. All money raised benefits the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. Donations will also be accepted.

Tennessee to Offer 2nd High School Equivalency Test In 2014

HiSET to be offered in addition to newly revised GED beginning in January

Nashville- Tennessee recently adopted one more high school equivalency test that citizens could take instead of the revised GED. Beginning at the first of the year in 2014, out of school youth and adults who are pursuing high school equivalency credential will have another test option to improve their earnings potential.

Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by Educational Testin Services called HiSET.

The Volunteer State is one of several states that are adopting the new test due to changes in the GED exam. Beginning in January of 2014, the new GED test will only be offered via computer. The HiSET alternative test will allow either computer or paper based testing. Passing either test will lead toa high school equivalency diploma issued by the state of Tennessee and accepted nationally.

Like the GED test, the HiSET exam will measure a student’s knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies and will be significantly aligned with Common Core State Standards.

Tennesseans who have passed some but not all parts of the GED have only the remainder of 2013 to earn their high school credential under the current test structure. All partial scores will no longer be valid after January 1, 2014.

Last year over 10K Tennesseans earned GED diplomas, but Tennessee still has more than 930K adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent. Statistics show that those who have a high school diploma credential earn $181 more weekly than those without. For more information on taking high school equivalency tests call the Adult Education Division of the Department of Labor at 1-800-531-1515 or visit tn.gov/labor and follow the links.

Burger Bash To Benefit HCHS Golf Thursday from 4-7 at McDonalds

Paris, Tenn.- McDonalds in Paris will have a Burger Bash on Thursday September 19th from 4-7pm to benefit the Henry County High School Golf teams. During this time McDonalds will donate 20% of its sales to the golf team so have supper and support the Patriots golf team Thursday evening from 4-7pm.

Special Area Teachers, Students 'Show Out' for PSSD Board

Students Lead Demonstrations On What They are Learning at PES

Students in string perform a piece for board members and parents Tuesday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Students are learning much more than reading, writing, and arithmetic these days and that was obvious at Tuesday night’s Paris Special School District board of Education meeting. The meeting was held at Paris Elementary and principal of PES Chip Gray told the board that the special area teachers and some students had prepared some demonstrations for them to showcase all they do during the school year.

Izzy Arthurs performs a song on guitar for the board.

Librarian Marissa Elliott and some students showed the board the self check in and check out procedures at the library at Paris Elementary. Ms. Elliott said 4th and 5th graders can come into the library even if she is busy with another class and do their on check in and out of books.

The board then went to the strings class taught by Ms. Harrison and Stubblefield. Several students performed a piece for the board and some parents on hand at the board meeting Tuesday night. Ms. Harrison said the students will travel to Murray State University on October 25th for the MSU quad state string festival.

The PSSD board also saw art projects, demonstrations in gym from students, and demonstrations of canoeing and snorkeling the pool. The board thanked Mr. Gray and all the special area teachers and students who demonstrated what they learned at the board meeting last night.

Students are learning snorkling and canoeing in the pool at PES.

PSSD Board Approves Safety Plan, Extended Contracts

Paris, Tenn.- In business Tuesday night the PSSD board approved the SAVE Act Compliance Package. Sherry Wagner informed board members she had worked on the plan and updated names of personnel and a few other things. The plan is the basic safety and emergency plan for the schools to follow in event of emergency. The board approved it and it will now be submitted to the state department.

Dr. Leah Watkins, supervisor of instruction for the PSSD, presented the board with the extended contract plan. This includes positions such as webmaster, tutors, tech coaches, enrichment, homework help and more. Dr. Watkins said the funding had been cut by 25% at the state level, so the system was going to have to put in some local funds to make sure all the contracts were paid for the year. Total cost was just over $30K, local monies used by the system was over $3600.


Hazel Day to Include Cook-Off, Parade, 5K, Cycles and More

Hazel, Ky.-Hazel Day 2013 is Saturday and there will be plenty of activities for people of all ages, with lots of new events this year. Hazel Day activities will include the parade, a 5K run, a burger cook-off, motorcycle show and plenty of food and games for the kids.

The Pre-Celebration begins on Friday, with a burger cook-off. Set up begins at 5:30 p.m. and judging is at 7 p.m. $20 entry fee and competitors are vying for CASH. The band Last Call will perform beginning at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, the Hazel Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. Brooks "Hoot" Gibson will posthumously be awarded Grand Marshal.

The car show begins at 8:30 and goes until 11 a.m. The Killer Clown 5k begins at 8 am with registration starting at 7. Pancake breakfast at the Hazel United Methodist church is served from 8-10. Cake walk will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., petting zoo from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., dunking booth from noon-3 p.m. There also is a motorcycle show sponsored by the Red Hands club.

The Hazel Women's Club will host a car show and there will be a Hazel Day Scavenger Hunt. Plus, State Line will hold a Junior Rodeo.

There will be bouncers, face painting, a bubble pool and corn hole at the kids area by the Baptist church. Several food and crafts vendors will be set up as well. And, the many Hazel merchants will be having great sales on Saturday. Visit the Hazel Celebration website at www.hazelcelebration.wix.com/hazel.


Dover Teen Injured by Car on MSU Campus

Murray, KY. — A teenager from Dover was injured and taken to a hospital after being struck by a car on the Murray State University campus. According to an article in The Stewart-Houston County Times, the teen was crossing a crosswalk on campus.

Murray police also told WPSD-TV in Paducah that a car struck 18-year-old Jamie Delany. Police said Alicia Woods, 28, of Murray was driving the car at about noon when the accident occurred.

Delany was taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital. There is no word on her condition or whether any charges will be filed.

Henry Pioneer Day Coming Up This Saturday

Henry, Tenn.- The city of Henry is gearing up for their annual Pioneer Day which will be held Saturday September 21st. This year’s grand marshals for the Pioneer Day parade will be Cheryl and Dannie Allen of Henry.

The parade will line up at Henry School at 9am and will begin 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.

HCHS Golf Team Splits Results Against Calloway County

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County faced off against Calloway County in golf on Monday night at Paris Landing. The men’s team defeated Calloway County by 3 strokes 164 to 167. Individual scores for the Patriots were Evan Todd with a 39, Hunter Bethune with a 39, Jamison Hayes shot a 40 and Will Sleadd and Chase Hill both shot a 46.

The Lady Patriots lost to Calloway County as they shot an 88 on the day while Calloway County shot a 74. Individual scores for the Lady Pats were Brittany Martin with a 42 and Holly Dial with a 46.

Punt, Pass, and Kick Contest at Barton Field Saturday

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.

Participants should bring a copy of birth certificate, no cleats. The event is for children between the ages of 6 and 15. Kids will throw, punt and kick off a tee. For more in formation, contact Tony Lawrence at 644-2517 or show up at Barton Field on the day of the event.


Sheriff's Deputies Make Weekend Arrest; Search for Suspects

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s deputies charged Cassie Harrison of 325 Jackson Drive with aggravated assault after she was observed holding a knife and threatening people over the weekend. Deputies went to Howell’s Resort after complaints had come in about Harrison’s actions. Witness said she was threatening to stab several people at the resort and deputies made the arrest.

Police are still looking for suspects in a couple thefts around the county. One occurred on Port Road where two shotguns were stolen from a home. The other theft occurred on Maple Street in Henry where a frying pan and box of towels were stolen.


HC Sports Assoc. Gives Money to Ky Lake Softball to Compete

Chad Cox presents league director Corbin Combs a check to help

with expenses. (HCSA photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to competing a few weeks ago in Gallatin for the state softball tournament, the Henry County Sports Association gave Ky Lake Softball $1500 to help with expenses for the trip. It was a successful trip to Gallatin for Henry County as the 10u and 12u teams won the staet tournament and the 16u came in 2nd place.

Henry County EMS Plays in Benefit for Hooten Family

Pictured are the team members who participated for Henry County EMS, Front row, left to right: Madison Horan, Tim Hester, Courtland Hester, Steven Cooke, April Todd, Rachel Noles. Back row, left to right: Daniel Sipes, Patrick Petronico, Doug Brockman, Julie Doster, Russell Nolees
(HCMC photo).

Camden, Tenn.– The weather was hot, the grass was green, and the softballs were flying over the weekend at the Benton County Industrial Park. The softball tournament to benefit Danny Hooten took place and one of the participants in the tournament was the Henry County EMS.

Danny Hooten was injured while mowing his lawn when a 60 foot tree fell on top of him, crushing his spinal cord and ending his 33-year-long career as a paramedic.

“Danny was a paramedic for over 30 years who sustained an injury that left him paralyzed,” according to Twila Rose, Assistant Director of Emergency Services. “Anytime we get the opportunity to go out in the community and help one of our own, we try to do it.”

The tournament was a huge success this year, with 21 teams participating and over $10,000 raised. Team members who participated for Henry County EMS were: Tim Hester, Daniel Sipes, Steven Cooke, Patrick Petronico, Russell Noles, Julie Doster, April Todd, Rachel Noles, Doug Brockman, Courtland Hester, Madison Horan, and Greg Clark.

For more information on how you can help the Hooten family, email HelpDannyHooten@gmail.com. Additionally, an account has also been set up at the Bank of Camden under Danny Hooten for anyone wanting to donate.


TWR Closes Honey Point Ferry Road; Vandalism Cited

Paris, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is announcing its decision to close a seasonal access route to the upper Duck River Bottoms through Honey Point Ferry Road as of Monday, September 16th. Refuge visitors to this area will still be able to drive to all parts of the Bottoms that are normally open, such as Gaynor Slough and Waverly Pump Station, however instead of coming in from Honey Point Ferry Road, they will access these areas from the main entrance off Refuge Lane and up Lawrence Creek Road.

This decision was made after repeated vandalism of structures throughout the Duck River Bottoms area, the most recent of which caused more than $8,000 worth of damage to refuge signs. The entire refuge has always been a day use only facility, therefore is closed at night. In the Duck River Bottoms area, there is an automatic gate at the main entrance that closes at dark and opens at dawn. However the vandalism usually occurs at night and vandals enter through their only access point off Honey Point Ferry Road. The refuge simply cannot afford to keep this access route open any longer.

According to the TWR press release, "The refuge realizes that this will have an impact on refuge visitors and regrets the inconvenience especially to our local refuge neighbors. However, a central access point that is controlled is the best way to secure structures within the Duck River Bottoms area."

There will be a few weekends where exceptions will be made for the 2013 refuge deer hunts only. During the youth hunt (Oct. 5-6); primitive weapons hunt (Oct. 12-13); and two quota hunts (Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 8-10) the gate will remain open. In the future, this gate will remain permanently closed, even during the hunt season.

For questions or more information, please contact the Refuge Headquarters in Paris at 731-642-2091.


Registration Open for Hogwarts Halloween

Paris, Tenn.-W.G. Rhea Library is hosting a Hogwarts Halloween Party for kids in grades 4-8 on Saturday, October 5. Registration is now open for the event, which will be held from 6-9 p.m.

There will be wand making, a horcrux hunt, potion mixing, refreshments and a viewing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. Register for the free event by calling the Library at 642-1702 ext. 0.

County Commission Makes Quick Work of Monthly Meeting
Citizen Addresses Commission About Posting Info 10 days ahead of time

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission rolled thru a short agenda quickly on Monday night at the regular September meeting. Prior to going thru the items of the agenda, commissioners received a copy of a sample resolution from Puryear citizen Jeremie Schultz. Schultz’s resolution basically laid out that the agenda and resolutions for the month’s regular county commission meeting be posted at least ten days prior to the meeting so citizens could have a chance to talk to their commissioners about any issues before they vote on it.

The commission approved several items surplus property from the sheriffs office as it was determined they are no longer in need of them. Items included a tractor, truck, and scoop loader among others.

The commission also approved budget transfers as recommended by the budget committee, who met and approved them last week.

Several appointments to boards were also made Monday night including mayor Brent Greer as chairman of the commission, Paul Neal as vice chairman of the commission, Mayor Greer to the board of health, Paul Mathenia to the tourism committee, and Greer to the Veterans Service Committee.

Also Ralph Anderson was appointed to the Solid Waste Regional board as a citizen at large and two county commissioners were also appointed to the board, Greg Carter and Marty Visser.

Tennessee Celebrates Imagination Library Week

Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library along with libraries across Tennessee are celebrating this week as Imagination Library Week in the Volunteer State. Country Music Legend Dolly Parton’s Imagination library has delivered 18.5 million books to children across Tennessee since 2004 and over 215K children in Tennessee under the age of 5 currently receive high quality, age appropriate books delivered to their homes each month at no cost to the family.

Citizens are encouraged to help celebrate Imagination Library Week this week by attending a local event, making sure the children in your life are signed up, or making a donation to make sure the program continues for years to come.

Tennessee is the only state to have the Imagination Library in every county and available to all its children under the age of 5 years old. Research shows that having books in the home and reading aloud to children are both strongly related to academic achievement in life later on. For more information on the Imagination Library in Henry County call the WG Rhea Public Library or visit governorsfoundation.org.

Law Enforcement Makes Arrests over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol this weekend and observed a vehicle he thought might have Dustin A. Kreitz, of Puryear, inside it. Kreitz was wanted on active warrants. After following the vehicle for a short time, Kreitz did jump out of the vehicle when it stopped.

Deputy Jenkins gave a short chase, but Kreitz was able to get away at the time. Later in the night, a tip was called in that Kreitz was staying at the Fish Tale Lodge. Deputy Jenkins went to the hotel and apprehended Kreitz. He was charged with evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia after a pipe was found on his person.

Ptl. Nick Oatsvall of the Paris Police department pulled over a vehicle for expired tags and ended up making an arrest this weekend. An odor of marijuana was detected as Ptl. Oatsvall talked with Cheryl Hughes, age 61, of 112 N. Irvine Street. Marijuana was found on Hughes and she was charged with driving on revoked, simple possession of schedule six, and drug paraphernalia.

Saturday Fire at Child Support Center Causes It to Close this Week

Huntingdon Office Fielding Calls until Paris office reopens next Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The child support office, located at 101 West Blythe Street in Paris had a fire at the building over the weekend and they will be closed for the rest of the week and re-open on Monday September 23rd. Anyone that might have any questions or need services can call the Huntingdon office this week at 731-986-2233.

Henry County Cross Country Competes in Murray

Murray, Ky.- Henry County Cross Country competed in the Calloway County Cross Country Invitational this past Saturday in Murray. In the girls elementary 2000 meters race Dinah Winders, 4th grader at Lakewood, won the race with a time of 8:48. In the boys elementary 2000 meter race Marshall McClure, 2nd grader at Harrelson, finished in 12:06, good enough for 2nd place overall.

For the middle school 4000 meter race there were 47 runners and Henry County’s Lexi Daniels finished 4th overall with a time of 18:08 and Ashley Wright came in 6th overall with a 18:12.

60 total runners competed in the boys middle school 4000 meterl race and
Henry County had 8 runners to run the race. The team placed 3rd out of 5 teams and Titus Winders finished 1st overall in the race with a time of 14:20, setting a new course record. Silas Winders came in 5th overall with a 15:27. Other places for Henry County runners were Garrett Robbins 19th, Murray Perkins 20th, Eric Wallett 24th, Jonathan Alexander 41st, Blake Mayros 47th, and Nelson Denman 56th overall.

Kaity Beth James finished 7th overall in the high school girls 5000 meter race with a time of 21:28. Other finishers for the Lady Patriots were Ali Davis 87th, Stormie Bratschi 102nd, and Olivia Olson 109th.

Javan Winders won 1st place overall in the high school 5000 meter race in Murray on Saturay. Javan’s time of 16:25 set a new course record. Other finishers include Natah Condeelis 42nd, Harrison Robbins 46th, Austin Nance 48th, Brian Susewit 62nd, Shaun Poole 69th, Scott Wallett 93rd, Wade McClue 97th, and Randy Allen 105th. Henry County placed 7th as a team in the race.

Patriot runners Javan Winders and Kaity Beth James are now both ranked in the top 10 in Region 5AAA. Henry County will compete in Paducah this coming weekend.

Veterans' Drivers Licenses Are Now Available

     Replica of the new veterans' licenses.


Nashville, Tenn.- Tennessee State Officials today announced that honorably discharged veterans may now visit any driver services center in the state to obtain a specially designated veteran driver license or photo identification card.

Legislation authorizing the state to publically recognize veterans’ military service was passed in 2011. The veteran designation could not be offered, however, until the latest redesign of driver licenses and photo ID cards. A newly designed card and a new process called “central issuance,” in which driver licenses and photo ID cards are mailed to citizens from a central location, are now being used in all driver services centers.

“We know that veterans have waited a long time for this special recognition. It is the least we can do to honor their service to our state and country,” State Department of Safety Director Gibbons said. “We are pleased to now be able to offer this designation to any honorably discharged veteran who presents the proper discharge form,” he added.

“To be recognized by the state through this new veteran designated driver license or ID is incredibly important to those who served our country,” Gibbons said. “This new ID will also be a source of convenience for veterans who do not typically carry their discharge papers with them everywhere they go to prove their veteran status.”

Veterans must visit a driver services center and present a certified or original copy of their discharge papers, to receive the special designation on a driver license or photo ID card. If the license or card is a renewal or duplicate of a non-commercial driver license, veterans may also visit one of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s county clerk partners.

The standard state issuance or renewal fees apply for the transaction. If it is not time to renew a driver license or photo ID, veterans may get a duplicate to replace a current non-commercial license or ID for $8 for the first duplicate and $12 for a second duplicate.

Visit www.tn.gov/safety for a list of driver services centers and county clerk partners offering this service.


Chancellor Harmon Dies

Savannah, Tenn.-24th Judicial District Chancellor Ron Harmon of Savannah died Saturday after a bout with cancer. Harmon's district covers Henry, Carroll, Benton, and Decatur Counties.

After 25 years in private practice, Harmon became chancellor in 1998. He is best known for presiding over aspects of the case of Mary Winkler of Selmer, who was accused of shooting her preacher husband in 2006.

Shackleford Funeral Home in Selmer is handling funeral arrangements, which are incomplete as of Sunday.


Kidd Refuses to Sign Extradition Papers

Paris, Tenn.-In a follow-up to a case that has received a lot of attention locally, especially from the county’s many animal lovers, Cheryl Kidd of Puryear, who is in custody in Metropolis, Illinois, is refusing to sign the waiver agreement that would return her to Henry County to face charges of animal cruelty.

Kidd is being held in Metropolis without bond. She had been on the run since her trial date back in July of this year. On the day of her scheduled trial in Henry County Circuit Court, she notified the court she was in the hospital in Paducah. A few days later, she sent by fax a letter saying she knew she had missed the court date and hoped everyone would forgive her.

Kidd was arrested last week at Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis. Henry County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to confirm Kidd was in Illinois and staying at the casino and notified authorities of her outstanding warrants.

Kidd was to stand trial for her charges of animal cruelty and allowing animals to run at large. She Kidd did not show up for her trial date and Judge Donald Parrish issued a capias for her arrest and also ordered she was to be held without bond upon her arrest.

Kidd will now face the original animal cruelty charges in addition to the new charge of not appearing for her trial.

Before Kidd can be returned to Henry County she was to appear before a judge in Illinois and will have to sign a waiver agreeing to return to Tennessee to answer to the charges. Capt. Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff’s department is investigating what avenues they can now explore to have her returned to Henry County.

Earlier this year, deputies were called to her rural Puryear home and found dozens of dogs living in unsanitary conditions, with no clean water or shelter. The dogs were seized and have been living at the sheriff’s office animal shelter. A waiting list of prospective owners has been waiting to adopt the animals, pending the outcome of the court case.


Noon on Square Draws Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-There was another large crowd for Friday's Noon on the Square event, with Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish, right in top photo, with Court Bailiff Rudy Davis, among those enjoying the burgers and music. In bottom photo, Wire and Wind performs a sound check before its performance, with (from left) Mark McWherter, Russ Wimberley, Danny Conger and Jeremiah Cole. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Library Board to Meet

Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. September 17, in the Genealogy Room of the Library.


Patriots Look Ahead to Rossview

Paris, Tenn.-#14 Dennis Tharpe Jr. tackles a Ridgeway receiver during Friday's game. Henry County is now 4-0 on the season and faces Rossview Sept. 20. (Tim Pharr photo).


Henry County Golf Team Loses to Camden & McKenzie

Camden, Tenn.-The Henry County Golf did not fare well in recent action against McKenzie and Camden. Here are the scores:


Henry County 166

McKenzie 177

Camden 183

Evan Todd- 39

Jamison Hayes- 40

Chase Hill- 41

Will Sleadd- 46


Henry County 97

McKenzie 106

Madison Dillard- 48

Holly Dial- 49


Patriots Add Another Victory to Season, 32-22 over Ridgeway

#9 Jeremiah Godbott breaks free behind a block from #70  Jaye Gore. (Tim Pharr photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Before a packed stadium at home, the Henry County Big Red Machine put another one in the win column Friday night with a 32-22 victory over Memphis Ridgeway.

The Ridgeway Roadrunners scored first, which was followed quickly by Henry County, and by midway through the second quarter, there was no doubt that the Patriots would again come out on top.

As always, several Patriots stepped up with big plays, including a key 32-yard field goal in the sourth quarter by kicker Brian Rammel. The Patriots are now 4-0 on the season.

The Patriots will be on the road next Friday night again, this time traveling to Rossview. Game time is 7 p.m.

#20 Jordan Mitchell and #18 Justin Ramos bring down a Ridgeway receiver. (Pharr photo).


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