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

Carroll County Unemployment Remains High; Henry Drops Slightly

Nashville, Tenn.-While the unemployment rate in the surrounding counties of Carroll and Weakley remains among the highest in the state, Henry County's jobless rate has dropped slightly during August, according to the latest non-seasonally adjusted unemployment date released by state officials.

Both Carroll and Weakley Counties are on the list of the 10 highest unemployment rates in the state, with Weakley listed as third highest at 13.1 percent and Carroll County as sixth highest in Tennessee, at 12.1 percent.

Good news is that both of those counties' unemployment rates did drop, with Weakley posting 14.5 percent in July and Carroll posting 12.5 percent then.

Meanwhile, in Henry County, unemployment was at 10.8 percent in August, down slightly from 11 percent in July.

In neighboring Benton County, the rate of unemployment was 10.9 in August, up from 10.5 percent in July.

The unemployment rates for Henry, Carroll, Benton and Weakley Counties are all higher than both the state and national rates of 8.3 percent and 7.3 percent, however.

Of all the counties surrounding ours, the lowest is Stewart with 8.3 percent in August, down from 9.6 percent in July.


Quota Club Holds Auction

Geraldine Sykes, right, takes a bid on a coconut cake held up by Suzanne Richter, middle, as Peggy Owen waits with another item. (Martha McFadden photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The Quota Club held an in-house auction at its meeting September 25 in the Lee Academy Lunchroom. Geraldine Sykes was auctioneer and sold lots of items, which included mums, cakes, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations and a variety of other items. This is one of the club’s annual fund raisers.

Martha Smith reminded members about the upcoming Hog Killing event at the home of Melanie and Tommy Townsend on October 15. She had a sign-up sheet for those who plan to attend. Smith also reminded everyone to feed their pigs, as this is also a fundraiser for the club. Country Store items may be dropped off at Janice Teas house up until noon on the 15th. The Country Store opens at 5:30 and dinner is at 6 pm. There will be prizes for the best dressed.

There was also a sign-up sheet for Flu Shots. A Perkins Drug pharmacist will be available at the end of the October 9th meeting to give Flu Shots and members planning to get the shot were asked to bring their medicare or insurance card with them to the meeting.

Pecans are being ordered and should arrive after the first of November.

First Round of Punt, Pass & Kick Held

Paris, Tenn.- The Parks department sponsored the NFL Punt Pass and Kick event at Barton Field on Saturday Sept. 21. This is the first round of the competition, next round will be announced in the up coming weeks. Winners of win the next round will be at Titans stadium competing later on in the year. First place finnisher move on to the next round. Top photo are winners in the eight to nine year old boys division: first Jayce Kendall (right), second Brice Donaldson and third, Bryan Mosely.


HCMC Approved to Train Counselors for Health Exchange
Medical Center to Hold Facebook Discussion Thread Monday at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustees meeting, CEO and administrator of the hospital Tom Gee told the board the medical center had been approved as one of the first hospitals in the state to train certified application counselors for the health exchange in Tennessee. They have also submitted a grant application from the Tennessee Hospital Association to help implement on site sign ups of patients to enter into the exchanges.

This coming Monday September 30th, beginning at noon, the medical center’s certified application counselors will be answering questions online via the HCMC Facebook page. Be sure and like Henry County Medical Center on Facebook and log on Monday starting at noon to ask questions in their Health exchange marketplace discussion thread.

The Marketplace is a new way to find quality health coverage. It can help if you don’t have coverage now or if you have it but want to look at other options.  When you use the Marketplace, found at healthcare.gov, you'll fill out an application and see all the health plans available in your area.

If you can’t make the online discussion, but still have questions, contact
Amy Odom, Pharmacy Assistant or Tina Umstead, LPN at (731) 644-8215.  To read more publications and articles visit, https://www.healthcare.gov/ or go the hospital’s website, www.hcmc-tn.org, go to quick links and select Health Insurance Marketplace.

Trustees Approve Annual Audit for HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- Also Thursday night representatives of LBMC were on hand to go over the annual audit for the medical center.

They gave a clean opinion of the audit and said there were no issues, as always, with working with medical center staff. The audit showed the medical center was down over $1M in total net from last year. Representatives told the board that the hospital was not alone in its financial struggles as all hospitals they have done audits for are struggling and Henry County is in better shape than many others. They said things are really tough on the industry right now and it will likely be another tumultuous year for hospitals financially.

Cost Reductions for Medical Center Beginning to Show in Financials

More from the medical center board of trustee’s meeting on Thursday night saw administrator and CEO Tom Gee say the initial rounds of cuts have been implemented by the hospital and are beginning to show up on the financial reports.

CFO Lisa Casteel and Gee both said some of the impacts were reduced vacation time for employees, which have showed up already on financials. More impact will be seen after October when staff reductions and other things have been in place. Gee reminded the board that although it’s a tough time financially for the medical center, hospitals in the Mountain State Alliance and Vanderbilt recently announced more layoffs, so in all the hospital isn’t in bad a shape as other rural medical centers around the country.

The board learned that the most recent strength index from THA was released and HCMC continues to be in the top quartile of all rural hospitals with the overall rank of 83 percentile. Financially Henry County ranks 76th percentile and Gee said improvements could be made in quality and customer services were ranks are closer to the average.

It was also officially announced at Thursday night’s board of trustee’s meeting that current Chief Nursing Officer for HCMC will be leaving at the end of October to take another position elsewhere. Gee thanked him for his service and told the board that he has engaged a search firm to began to look for candidates and have a list of potential first round interviews next week.

Man Arrested After Ramming his Truck into a Van

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police arrested Shannon M. Reaves, age 41 of Guthrie Road, after an incident that occurred Wednesday. Ptl. Amber Roaten responded to Boyce Street after a call came in that shots were fired. She found three people standing outside and found out that Shannon Reaves drove his truck into his wife’s van with her and two others standing near it. Reaves was apprehended and charged with aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment.

Lady Patriots Basketball Team To Hold Golf Tourney Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriot Basketball team will host their annual golf tournament on Saturday October 5th to help raise money to buy uniforms, equipment, and other items that will help their program grow stronger.

The tournament is a 4 man scramble with a 8am start at the Paris Country Club on October 5th. There are many ways individuals and businesses can donated to help the team.

Team entry fee is $250 for the tournament. They will also sell hole sponsors for $100, full 50 inch TV ads for all home games for $200, and many options involving all of those items. For any questions contact Lady Patriot head coach Cliff Curd at 731-431-9306.

Ali Giesler is Henry County Ambassador for March of Dimes 2013


Little Ali Giesler with her new physical therapy chair. (March of Dimes photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Little Ali Giesler has been named the Henry County Ambassador for the March of Dimes for 2013. She is the daughter of Christy Giesler, who provided information on her birth to the local March of Dimes volunteers who released this article about the little girl:

"On May 3, 2012, Ali Giesler was born 10 weeks premature weighing three pounds and one ounce.

"Christy had been through a traumatic pregnancy from day one but had received all the necessary prenatal care. Her scheduled delivery date was July 10, 2012. She was hospitalized at 28 weeks and diagnosed with placental abruption. She lost most of the amniotic fluid, which put her into hard labor and resulted in Ali being born prematurely on May 3rd, 2012. Ali was immediately taken to the NICU where she was put on a ventilator and other machines to regulate her breathing and heart rate. Ali lost down to two pounds and 10 ounces. She was kept on the oxygen until she was discharged from the hospital on July 6, 2012.

"We had many ups and downs during the 2 months and 3 days she was in the NICU. She developed late onset GBS and then Meningitis twice. Ali went through several rounds of antibiotics, blood transfusions and at least 7 spinal taps. But, she was a trooper and hung in there until I could bring her home,"  Christy said. "She is growing and gaining weight now and we could not be happier with her progress." Since coming home, Ali has suffered a few complications of prematurity such as enlarged ventricles and seizures. These events have in turn led to the discovery of brain damage which was most likely caused by the Meningitis. The extent of Ali's brain damage is unknown but she continues to thrive in all aspects of growing and learning."

Giesler and her family are grateful to the March of Dimes for its commitment to healthy babies. "I don't know where our little girl would be now if it weren't for all of the help and resources that God and the March of Dimes has provided. My hope is that more families can be helped and experience the same way our lives have been touched," she said. "Ali is my miracle baby."

The Giesler family would like to encourage each family in Paris and Henry County to participate in this year's March for Babies which will take place on October 12, 2013, at the Paris Civic Center. Giesler said, "We need your help to raise money to help other families have healthy and full term babies."

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes Web site at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish Web site at nacersano.org.

Upcoming events:

--Cookout at Mineral Wells Avenue FirstBank location on October 3rd from 11am to 1pm. For more information call 731-641-6400.

--Run Baby Run-Paris 5K at Paris Civic Center on October 12, 2013, registration begins at 7am with run/walk beginning promptly at 8am. This is a certified course with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places being awarded in each age category as well as Overall Male and Female. For registration form please contact Donna Craig at 731-693-0050 or Danyel Harber at 731-642-5335 or visit link at http://docs.com/@danyel.harber. The March for Babies celebration will follow the 5K at 10am…also at Paris Civic Center.

--Huge Bi-Annual Yard Sale (all proceeds benefit March of Dimes) on Fri-Sat October 18-19 at 345 Paul Drive (off of Jackson Drive) Paris, TN.

National Night Out Set for Tuesday, October 1 in Downtown Paris

Paris, TN –The Paris Police, Paris Fire Department, Henry County E911, Henry County EMA and Downtown Paris Association, will join cities nationwide for the 30th annual National Night Out (NNO), a crime and prevention event, on Tuesday, October 1, in downtown Paris. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on the court square and will feature a free outdoor movie, hot dogs and popcorn.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in, local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and to send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out Downtown will provide a Free outdoor movie, “Casper”. Hot dogs will be grilled by the Paris Fire Departments and popcorn will be available for donations benefiting local law enforcement Cops and Kids program. DPA will be selling drinks for the event.

Public Safety and Service information will be handed out by Enhanced 911 Director Mark Archer and EMA Director Ron Watkins. The Police Department will be handing out Halloween safety information and crime prevention booklets

National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in giving crime and drugs a going away party.

National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Paris Police Department, Downtown Paris Association, Henry County EMA and Henry County Enhanced 911.

Noon on Square Features McDaniel Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The last Noon on the Square of the season will be held Friday, featuring the music of John Austin McDaniel. The event will be held at the court square in downtown Paris. Sack lunches will be sold by Project Graduation beginning at 11 a.m., with music beginning at noon. Water is provided by the Downtown Paris Association. The event is sponsored by the Commercial Bank and Trust Co.


Paris Tri Club Brings Home Medals

Memphis, Tenn.-The Paris Tri club had another great showing at a competition in Memphis this week. The Memphis Thunder Racing Kids Triathlon had seven kids from Paris compete Sunday, September 23. Pictured are first row Audrey Hill, 1st place 6 yrs girls; Abby Taylor 1st place 9 yr girls; Taylor Dunagan 5th place 10 yr girls; Charlie Davis 8th Place 9yr boys; Austin 3rd Place 10 yr boys; Back row Emma Hill 1st place 11yr girls, Grace Pendelton 1st place 12 yr girls; Cole Davis 2nd place 12 yr boys.

TBI Releases Report on Domestic Violence

Number of Offences have decreased the last three years

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently released the domestic violence report for years 2010-12 and the study shows a 3.4% decrease over the period.

There was a .4% drop from 10-11 and a 2.9% drop from 11 to 12. The study concludes the majority of victims in domestic violence cases were female at nearly 72%, outnumbering male victims nearly 3 to 1. A total of over 25 thousand juveniles were reported as victims and account for nearly 10 percent of all victims.

The offences analysed for the study included murder, kidnapping and  abduction, forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, aggravated assault, simple assault, stalking, incest, and statutory rape. Simple assault was the number one offence at 69.2% of all domestic violence.

Some quick facts from the study that was recently released include homicides determined to be the result of domestic violence decreased nearly 22% with 80 reported in 2012 compared to 92 in 2010.

The greatest year to year percentage change was identified as the offense of incest, which increased by almost 86% from 2011 to 2012. To view the entire report visit tbi.tn.gov and follow the links.

KPAC Plans Show for Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Krider Performing Arts Center will host a show called “Relive the Legends” on Saturday at 7:30pm. David Church and Terri Lisa will be performing songs from the legends of country music like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline and more. Tickets are $25 for reserved seats and $20 general admission. Tickets are available at the Hampton Inn, Merisons, Leach’s Music, and will be sold at the door.

HC Airport to Host Young Eagles Flight Rally Saturday

Area Youth have chance for free airplane ride

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Airport will host a Young Eagles Flight Rally Saturday beginning at 10am and area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance for a free airplane flight.

The rally is part of the Experimental Aircraft Association, or EAA, Young Eagles Program, created in 1992 to get youngsters interested in aviation. Since the program was launched volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 18 million kids who reside in more than 90 countries.

Free airplane rides are just part of the rally as the EAA hopes to build relationships between the pilots and youngsters. Pilots will be explaining more about their airplanes at the event and allow event goers to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure safety is the primary concern before each flight.

After their flight, each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle. Their name will then be entered into the “World’s Largest Logbook” which is on permanent display at the EAA Air Adventure Musuem in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The youngsters will also receive a Pilot’s Flight Log Book and, for those ages 13 and older, a free coupon for a complete on line flight training course.

Since each pilot volunteers their time, this event is free of charge. Those attending are asked to come with parents or legal guardian to register for their flight. Flights begin at 10am and registration closes at noon. The EAA chapter will also sell burgers, hot dogs, and drinks as a fundraiser. For more information visit www.eaa.org or call Tony Graziano at 644-1508. The website for the young eagles is youngeagles.org. In case of rain, the rally will be rescheduled for Oct. 5th.

Run Baby Run 5K will be October 12th

Paris, Tenn.- The 2nd annual March of Dimes Run Baby Run 5K will be held Saturday October 12th beginning at 8am. The race will be held at the Paris Civic Center and registration will begin at 7am.

The Annual March for Babies will follow at 10am on the 12th. Medals will be awarded for the top finishes in each age group and overall male and female runners. All proceeds raised will benefit the March of Dimes.

After the race there will be food, games, music, and more. For more information call Donna Craig at 642-2412.

Drug Roundup Nets 41 Arrests, 72 Charges

"Operation Broken Arrow" Increases Jail Population

Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the sheriff's office arrest a defendant on Travis Street early this morning. (HCSO photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Dozens of people in Henry County had an early wake-up call this morning when officers from the Metro Crime Unit performed a drug round-up which will continue through the day today.

The round-up included officers from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department, Puryear Police, Henry Police, 24th Judicial District, TBI, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Corrections, and began around 5 a.m. Officers also seized five vehicles from defendants.

The round-up will net 41 arrests and a total of 72 charges in all, Belew said, and is the result of an eight-month undercover opration. The arrests are spread out across Henry County, he said.

The Metro Crime Unit deserves 'an atta-boy' on the operation, Belew said. "This is the result of a lot of hard work, a lot of man hours by the drug unit. The jail population is on the rise today, but that's what it's there for."


Sheriff Belew and Lt. John Brewer of the Paris Police Department escort a defendant into a police van.


Homecoming Parade Planned Downtown October 3

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County High School Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally is being planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in downtown Paris.  Deadline for turning in entry to join in the parade is Thursday, Oct. 3, the same day as the parade.

 If you are interested in sponsoring your organization, club, or group in the parade, please contact If you need additional information, please contact Lisa Fitzsimmons fitzsimmonsl@henryk12.net or Pam McCord at mccordp@henryk12.net or call the school at 644-3205.

The Henry CountyPatriots will be playing against the Springfield Yellowjackets on Friday, October 4, at Patriot Stadium.

Organizers said each entry must abide by the following:
• Decorations must be secure so they do not blow away or detach
• Banners should be displayed in good taste without degrading comments
• Floats must have a sign clearly indicating sponsoring organization
• No objects or candy can be thrown from any of the entries
• All riders must stay on the float at all times until the end of the parade route

Dance Classes to Open Next Week

        Rebecca Evans

Paris, Tenn.-Youngsters who have the urge to dance are in luck, with the opening of a local branch of the Murray Dance Centre in Paris next Week.

Under the direction of owner/dance instructor Rebecca Evans, the studio will be offering dance lessons at the Paris Civic Center. The first class will begin at 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

Evans said once a large enough group of students enrolls, a second class will be offered during November. At first, the local class will go by the name Murray Dance Centre, too, but will change to Reign Academy in November, she said.

For the month of October, she said, ballet and jazz will be offered, utilizing the large exercise room at the Civic Center. "At first, we'll be concentrating on our floor work and dancing across the room."

Evans has a wealth of experience in dance, having been dancing since she was seven years old. "I've done a lot of studio work, competitive dancing, choreography, cheer and that includes at the college level," she said. Evans also serves as the choreographer for the Market House Theatre in Paducah.

The Murray Dance Studio is at 200 N. 4th Street in downtown Murray and has been open for one year. However, Evans has three years' teaching experience under her belt.

She said she decided to open classes in Paris because several of her students travel from Paris to her class. "I thought this would make it easier for my Paris students, but thought there would be interest from others here, too," she said.

"What I'm really interested in is providing local dance students with more opportunities than I had," Evans said, noting that with her regional dance connections, her studio will provide workshops for local students from Chicago dancers.

Dance is an important outlet for youngsters, she said, as a means of building self-esteem and confidence, as well as balance and grace.

Classes will be available for youngsters ages 3-18, she said.

Evans said she is interested in starting adult classes in November, which would probably be offering every other week. "I'm really interested in offering Irish step dance locally," she said. In addition to jazz, ballet and Irish step dance, Evans can teacher tap and modern dance.

Anyone interested in the classes can contact the Civic Center to sign up at 644-2517 or call Evans at 270-210-0053.


Mason Awarded Trainer of Year Award

Paris, Tenn.-Amanda Mason, right,  Librarian at E.W. Grove School, has been awarded “TEL Trainer of the Year “. TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Department of State, Tre Hargett, Secretary of State. Her award was presented at the Nashville Public Library on September 20. The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a virtual library that you can access from your home pc, your school library computer lab, or your iPhone. Due to Amanda’s knowledge of the profession and a reputation for outstanding practice, she has been invited to work on a committee creating curriculum for teachers and administrators in Tennessee Universities. The committee would like new administrators and teachers to know what they should expect from their librarians and how to use them as an effective part of the instructional program. She represented Tennessee’s school librarians this summer when she spoke to stakeholders, administrators and librarians from around the state at Montgomery Bell State Park. TEL’s website is www.tntel.info. To request training for your community organization or business, contact Amanda Mason at masona@henryk12.net


Quail Forever Chapter Meets Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-Efforts to form a new regional chapter of Quail Forever are making progress. Local Outdoorsman Steve McCadams said, "They need your help to get the idea off the ground so if you are interested in joining this important conservation group where some good fellowship will blend with several different activities for youth and adults then plan to attend Thursday night’s meeting", set for 6 p.m. at the Henry County UT Extension Service office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue.

HCHS Golf Advances To Regionals Next Week

The men's golf team, left to right Chase Hill, Jamison Hayes

Evan Todd, Hunter Bethune, Will Sleadd

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County Golf competed in the District 10AAA tournament Monday at Swan Lake in Clarksville. The Patriot Golf Team finished 2nd in the tournament after shooting a 332. Only Clarksville High did better, finishing with a 300. Rossview came in 3rd with a 366 and Springfield had a 426.

Individual scores for the Patriots were Evan Todd who finished as a 2nd place medalist with a score of 71. Jamison Hayes finished 5th place in the district tournament as he shot a 79. Chase Hill shot a 90 and Will Sleadd shot a 92.

The Lady Patriots golf team shot a 194, finishing in 3rd place behind Rossview and Clarksville High who both shot a 156, with Rossview winning a playoff. Brittany Martin shot a 91 for the Lady Patriots and Madison Dillard shot a 103. Both the Lady Patriots and Patriots qualified for the Regional Tournament which will be held Monday September 30th at Swan Lake.

Child Services Office Remains Closed Until Oct. 1

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Child Support Office will remain closed until October 1st after a fire damaged some of the building a couple of weekends ago. Citizens can now call the office for assistance at 644-9191, but will not be able to go for services until October 1st.

Project Graduation, Boss Hoss Raise Money for Shriners' Hospital

Paris, Tenn.-Project Graduation 2014 teamed up over the weekend with the Boss Hoss National Rally to raise $860 for the Shriners Hospital for Children. At Friday's Noon on the Square, Project Graduation sold bandanas for $15. In photo, Henry County Senior Ammie Gilliam, left, presents a 'big check' to the Al Chyma Shriners Lodge personnel from Memphis, and Terri Andrews, Developmental Officer from the Shriners Hospitals for Children in St. Louis.

Dora Warner said, "Project Graduation would like to thank the Downtown Paris Association, Boss Hoss, Al Chyma, Hulmes Sporting Goods and everyone that bought a bandana."

Central Services Building Closed Today, Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.-The Central Service Center will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week due to a water leak. Therefore REAL Hope Youth Center will be closed and staff at REAL Hope apologize for the inconvenience. Classes will resume Thursday.


Office on Aging Spaghetti Lunch Cancelled Today; Rescheduled

Paris, Tenn.-The Office on Aging was scheduled to hold a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser on Tuesday, September 24, at its office at the Central Services Building. The event has been cancelled due to a water main break at the location.

The Fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, September 27. Tickets for the event already purchased will  be honored. 

EyeFull of Paris Weekend To Be Held Friday and Saturday
Events Kick off Friday with Noon on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday in and around downtown Paris and fans of music and visual arts will be able to see plenty of festivities. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and kicks off Friday with Noon on the Square.

John Austin McDaniel will perform country music on the stage during Noon on the square from noon to 1pm Friday. Project graduation will sell lunch hot off the grill and DPA will sell soft drinks.

Downtown merchants will have Eye Full of Paris sales all Friday and Saturday. DPA president Kathy Ray said many of the shops have online virtual tours available at the website shopmainstreets.com/states/tenneseee.

On Saturday Arts Round the Square will run from 9am to 4pm and the courthouse lawn will be full of artists showcasing their wares from pottery, wood worker, painters, glass works, and more. There will be plenty of concessions available as well.

A downtown sketch crawl is set for 10am Saturday at which participants will meet on the north side of the courthouse with pencil, paper, or sketch pad. Everyone draws for 30 minutes then shifts to a different side of the courthouse and starts over. At noon, photos will be taken of the sketches for the DPA. The event is free and open to all ages and ability levels.

Arts round the square will have the Kidzone Live stage again and youngsters can enjoy this interactive area and music will be performed throughout the day.

At 6pm Saturday, everyone is encouraged to grab a blanket or lawn chair and head to the Paris Winery and the band Risky Business will perform and Ruggeros Bistro will be open for hungry patrons as they enjoy music and wine tasting.

For more information on the Eye Full of Paris weekend go to visitdowntownparis.com.

Downtown Cruise In Set for Tonight at 5:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- The September downtown Paris cruise in will be held this evening starting at 5:30pm around the courthouse lawn. Several downtown merchants have decided to stay open until 7pm Tuesday so you can do some showing during the car show. Zack Hogan will be the live entertainment and there will prizes for cars in the show. Perry’s BBQ will offer BBQ sandwiches for sale and Cajun Snoballs will be on hand as well.

Heritage Center's Membership Picnic Tonight at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will have a membership drive banquet/picnic on the grounds of the center Tuesday at 6pm. The Heritage Center will provide bbq and fried chicken and drinks. Everyone is invited, and there is no cost, but you are asked to bring a dish. Come join the food, fellowship and learn more about becoming a member or volunteer at the Heritage Center. Call 642-1030 for more information.

Paris Police Make Drug and DUI Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Micheal Ramos of the Paris Police department arrested a South Carolina man for DUI and drug possession this weekend. Glen Edward Waldrop was charged with simple possession of schedule three and four and DUI after Sgt. Ramos searched the vehicle.

Cpl. Jeremy Whitaker arrested Jeremy Herndon of 706 Mandalay Road for possession of schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $5K bond.

Big Crowds Saturday at Henry's Pioneer Day

Cheryl and Dannie Allen were grand marshalls for the parade, pictured here

with grandson Siris.

Henry Tenn.- The town of Henry was a buzz on Saturday as their annual Pioneer festivities were held. A large crowd was in attendance with the annual parade, which had several different area fire departments who joined in. Grand Marshalls of this year’s parade were Cheryl and Dannie Allen, of Henry.

There were several entries in the car/truck/motorcycle show. First place was awarded to Charlie Hayden from Huntingdon with his 1924 Model T Ford Touring Truck. 2nd place went to Tony Gallimore of Henry with his 1977 Chevy Pro Street and 3rd place was taken by Jackie Owen of Paris with his 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner motorcycle.

Henry County Marching Patriots Compete at UT Martin

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriot had their first competition of the season at UT Martin on Saturday and came away with some trophies. The band won 1st place percussion, 2nd place in Class, and 5th place overall. The Marching Patriot’s next competition will be Saturday at Liberty Tech in Jackson and the community is invited to come out and see the show.

Cross Country Does Well In Paducah

Paducah, Ky.- Henry County Cross Country competed at the St. Mary High School “Viking” Cross Country Invitational in Paducah this weekend. Some results included Dinah Winders taking 1st place in the elementary mile run with a time of 7 minutes flat. Dinah competed with 76 other runners in this race.

In the girls middle school 4000 meter race Lexi Daniels finished 8th and Ashley Wright came in 11th and in the boys 4000 meter the team came in 5th place.
Individual finishes include Titus Winders 2nd, Silas Winders 13th, Garret Robinson 27th, Murray Perkins 30th, Eric Wallett 42nd. There were 135 runners in the boys middle school race.

In the girls high school 5000 meters, Kaity Beth James finished 4th out of 107 runners with a time of 21:27. Other finishes for the Lady Patriots were Hannah Barnhill in 5th with a time of 23:09.

Javan Winders won the boys high school 5000 meters with a time of 16:35, beating out 143 other runners. Other finishers for the boys were Nathan Condeelis with a time of 19:32 and Harrison Robbins finished with a time of 19:41.

Laura Nash: First Henry County Drum Major at MSU

Laura Nash on the Murray State campus. (Submitted photos).

Murray, Ky.- Laura Nash of Paris has been named one of three drum majors for the Murray State University Racer Band, the first Henry Countian to be named to that honor.

She is already familiar with the position of drum major, having served in that capacity at Henry County High School in her junior and senior years, but serving as drum major for a college band is whole new territory, she said.

The audition process was quite arduous, involving conducting a short selection from memory that was written by Racer Band Director John Fannin. Nash said, “Everyone who auditions with the same piece so the judges can make things as fair as possible and also be able to better compare the candidates to one another.”

Each candidate auditions individually in front of the director, the percussion staff, any graduating drum majors, and occasionally the Racer Band president, she said. The audition process also includes a short interview during which questions are asked by various staff members.

Nash said, “Aside from conducting the prepared piece from memory, candidates also have to clap tempos from memory to demonstrate their knowledge of timing because that's a very important part of a drum majors job.” Nash auditioned with 10-12 other people.

As a drum major, probably the biggest job is to serve as the ‘face’ of the Racer Band. The Racer Band is the largest student organization on campus, with 269 members this year. Drum majors keep the band’s excitement up, she said, and represent the Racer Band positively on campus and within the community. Nash said the job brings a lot of responsibilities, such as taking attendance and working behind the scenes to help the director and band members.

“It’s a very big job,” Nash said, “but it’s one that I’ve aspired to have for a long time and I am incredibly honored to have been chosen for it.”

Nash’ two co-drum majors this year are senior music education major, Haley Harrington. from Princeton, Ky, and fifth year senior music business major, Jamie Wilson, from Loan Oak, Ky.

Nash’s brother, Jonathan was a Racer Band member, too and is now a high school band director in Crittenden County, Ky. Her parents are David and Tonya Nash.


Laura Nash with her parents, Tonya and David Nash.


Paris Photography Club Forms

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Photography Club will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday night, Sept 26 at the Lee Academy for the Arts, Room 8. Organizers said they will hand out membership forms and make decisions for the club, such as which night to meet and whether to charge membership dues.

County GOP to Meet

The Henry County Republican Party will host two guest speakers at our meeting on Thursday, Sept. 26th at 7:00 P M in the Chancery Court room on the main floor of the Henry County Court House.

The first will be State Senator Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet. Senator Beavers has served in the House from 1995-2002 and in the Senate from 2003 until the present. Among her many positions of service on committees is her tenure as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The senator will focus her remarks toward important legislation in the upcoming session of the legislature.

Also, Henry County Elections Commission Administrator Darrin Thompson will speak on the possible implementation of caucuses for the coming election cycle as opposed to primaries for local elections.


McKenzie Beats Gleason

McKenzie, Tenn.-In a game postponed from Friday night due to heavy rainfall, the McKenzie Rebels beat Gleason Saturday night by a score of 23-8.


Perfect Day for a Parade

Hazel, Ky.-The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department and the Puryear Mayor's replica of the Andy of Mayberry police car come into view at the Hazel Day grand parade Saturday. It was a perfect day as hundreds flocked to Hazel for the annual Hazel Day celebration, which included many activities, including the parade, car show, motorcycle show, pancake breakfast, live music, burger cook-off, scavenger hunt, junior rodeo, and kids' games. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


A VERY Rainy Victory

#17 Colton Randolph carries the ball during heavy rainfall Friday night at the Henry County Patriots--Rossview game in Clarksville. The Patriots prevailed, 29-27, and now play Kenwood at home this Friday, Sept. 27. (Tim Pharr photo).


Rhea School To Hold Book Fair This Week

Rhea Principal Scott Owens welcomes everyone to the fall cookout. (Kim Patterson photos).

Paris, Tenn.- Rhea School held its first big event of the year Friday, with its fall cookout and the kick off to its annual book fair. Kim Patterson of the PTO said, "We had a great first day of our book fair, and we would love to invite the public to come visit our fair next week." The fair will have an Egyptian theme this year: "Reading Oasis, A Cool Place to Read Hot Books."

The fair is open Monday, September 23 through Thursday, September 26
from 7:30 am-5:30 pm.

PE Teacher Steve Springer walks like an Egyptian. (Kim Patterson photo).


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