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WMUF/WLZK News                                                                          

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


Gream Sentenced for Attempting to Run Over Sheriff

            Brandon Gream

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man who had been arrested earlier this year after trying to run over Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew with a stolen truck pleaded guilty in Henry County Circuit Court to charges of aggravated assault and violation of the sex offender registry.

Brandon Lee Gream had been arrested in February after the incident. On the aggravated assault charge, Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish sentenced Bream to three years in the Department of Corrections as a Range 1 offender, for which he will serve 270 days.

On the sex offender registry violation, Gream was sentenced to serve one year in the DOC and fined $350.

Both of the sentences are to be served concurrently and the balance will be served on supervised probation. Gream was given credit for 59 days already served in jail.

Gream was accused of trying to run down Belew when the sheriff and other officers were searching for the stolen truck in a logging road near Henry.

Officers were in the process of setting up a roadblock and were trying to stop the truck as it sped down the logging road. When officers spotted the truck, Belew identified himself and ordered the driver to stop, but the driver reportedly sped up, driving toward Belew, who was forced to jump out of the way of the truck.

Beer Board Approves Permit

During its meeting Thursday night, the Henry County Beer Board approved a beer license for The Rainbow Club at 1835 Hwy 69A S, Paris. The establishment, owned by Roxann Green, changed its name to The Rainbow Club from Rainbow Club. The business was approved for on and off premises consumption.

City Commission Accepts Petitions From Aden St. Residents

Citizens on Aden St. concerned about possibility of a group home coming

Marc Wiggins addresses the commission Thursday night.
(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.-At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, citizen Marc Wiggins, representing several of his neighbors on Aden Street voicing objection to a possible proposed group home for those recovering from drug and alcohol addition.

Wiggins said the group is not in objection to the group home as far as what good it will do for the community, but are opposed to it locating in an area zone R-1, such as Aden Street.

The commission voted to receive and file the petition which had several signatures of citizens in the area opposing the proposed group home. City Manager Carl Holder explained that the current ordinance does not allow this type of group home in R-1 or R-2 areas and it would take a complete change in the ordinance for it to become a reality to actually be built in an area like Aden Street.

The issue is currently being looked at by the city attorney to make sure they are not breaking any laws by not abiding to having the group home in the area. The planning commission will also look at ordinances involving the issue.

Retail Sales Hit 5 Year Low in June

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Kim Foster informed the commission that retail sales for June were down and actually represent a five year low compared to the same time frame. She said overall revenues as a whole are up slightly compared to last year.

Expenses came in a little higher than normal, but Foster said that is due to department heads making some catch up purchases once the new fiscal year started. Foster said, “we asked them to hold off on purchases the last few months of the fiscal year which ended in June, so once the new budget was approved, they purchased some items they have been needing, showing increases in expenses.

Foster also reported ESN 122 renewal notices were sent out last Thursday and they already have collected over $33K in the fees and had received lots of positive feedback from citizens about it as well.

City Receives Official Notice About Stormwater Monitoring

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting included an explanation from city manager Carl Holder that the city has received official notification that we must obtain permits relating to stormwater system identification and monitoring. The first step will be to complete an 18 page Notice of Intent to apply for the permit.

Holder said staff, working with MTAS, has determined there is no need to hire an engineering firm for the first part of the process, but one will likely be needed later on. The deadline to comply with the Notice of Intent is late December and Holder said the commission will have to approve something later on this year.

In other business the commission gave Mayor Sam Tharpe authorization to document items related to a portion of the city cemetery lot that was found to be owned by the county.

The county agreed to donate the property and Holder said they need to subdivide the property. Also there is an aging structure that the owner has agreed to sell to the city for $3,000. Holder said they want to tear it done and use the enlarged area for material storage for the public works department. Staff recommended the purchase of the property, clean up both parcels, fence the area and maintain it and the commission approved the request.

The commission also approved a parking agreement with Steven Scott, owner of Take Me Back Café concerning the parking lot directly in front of city hall. Holder said Scott doesn’t mind if anyone conducting business at city hall uses it, especially in the evening hours for meetings and such, whereas the previous owner had. In the agreement, the city will maintain the lot, mow the grass, pick up limbs, and patch potholes in exchange for designating areas for city hall business use. The city will pay $1 per year for the agreement.

Solemn Procession for Jimmy Chandler

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Firefighters and Bagpiper Ed Smith line up for the formal procession for the late Jimmy Chandler of Paris, who died Sunday. Chandler was a long-time veteran of both the Paris Fire Department and Paris Police Department. His funeral was this morning at Ridgeway Funeral Home. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Treece Pleads No Contest to Theft, Official Misconduct

            Deanna Treece

Paris, Tenn.-At a hearing Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court, Deanna Treece of Springville pleaded no contest to charges of theft and official misconduct and a negotiated plea agreement was reached.

Treece was arrested last year and charged with stealing $29,291.10 from the General Sessions Court where she had worked for 13 years as a bookkeeper and civil process clerk.

District Attorney Hansel McCadams Wednesday told Judge Donald Parish that Treece employed a "swapping checks for cash scheme" to accomplish the ongoing thefts.

According to the negotiated plea agreement, on count one (theft of property), Treece will be sentenced to three years as a range one offender with no fine imposed; and for count two (official misconduct) will be sentenced to one year as a range one offender with no fine imposed.

Judge Parish said those sentences will be run concurrently. He also ordered that the sentences be suspended with a maximum of 90 days to be served in confinement and the balance to be serve in a community corrections program.

Also as part of the agreement, Treece was ordered to reimburse the county $500 for the county's out-of-pocket expense not covered by insurance and she will waive her right to appeal the outcome of the sentence.

The sentencing hearing was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 12. Appearing for the state in addition to McCadams was Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing. Treece appeared with her attorney Robert Hawley.

Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said this morning that the audit expenses involved in the case totalled $26,304 and that the county's insurance covered that and the amount stolen.


Sheriff's Office Launches Gun Safety Program

Sgt. Bruce Alexander (left) and Sheriff Monte Belew talk things over with Eddie the Eagle. (Henry County Sheriff's Office photo).


Paris, Tenn.-With the help of a grant from the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Henry County Sheriff's Office is launching a gun safety program directed at educating children in what to do when they are around guns.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the program will be kicked off at the NRA banquet Saturday night at which the sheriff's office will be discussing the program and handing out free gun locks.

The program uses the Eddie the Eagle mascot as a means of communicating to children a four-step message. "If your child sees a gun we want them to do four things," Belew said. "Number one, stop. Number two, don't touch. Number three, leave the area. Number four, tell an adult."

Belew said Eddie the Eagle and deputies will appear periodically at local schools to make presentations.

Free gun locks also are available to the public at the sheriff's office, Belew said. "So we invite everyone to stop by at our office to pick one up."


HCHS Speech Team to Hold Fundraiser in Little Theatre Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team is staging an alumni variety show this Saturday night September 7th at 7pm in the Little Theatre at the high school. The show will benefit their upcoming fall break trip to New York City. During their trip, 10 members of the cast will see Cherry Jones in the Broadway Production of the Tennessee Williams classic “Glass Menagerie” along with a broadway musical and tour of the city.

Since the cost of the trip requires some fundraising they have decided to hold a “Night of 1000 Still Shining Stars” Saturday night that will feature alumni standouts and current members of the speech and drama program. They will perform well known musical numbers with alive combo and several award winning scenes.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and $4 for kids under 12. Tickets are on sale from speech team members or can be purchased at the door. There will also be a silent auction with items from Martin Paschall and Cherry Jones. Donations will also be accepted to help cover costs associated with the trip.

Arts and Crafts Fair this Weekend

Buchanan, Tenn.-The annual Paris Landing Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8 at Paris Landing State Park. Hundreds of artists, artisans and vendors will be on hand for the event, sponsored by Paris-Lakeway Kiwanis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


HC Schools $1500 Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Paris,Tenn.– Henry County Schools recently received a $1500 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Organization to support its literacy programs. Specifically, the grant will help provide resources for third grade students to improve their literacy skills.

“Youth literacy grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are awarded at the beginning of the academic year to help make a distinct impact on the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve education and enhance literacy,” according to Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others and it’s exciting to see the real difference literacy and learning makes in people’s lives.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $84.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and a complete list of grant recipients, please visit www.dgliteracy.org.

Cancer Study to Be Held at MCCH Sept. 19-21
Area Citizens Invited to Take Part in Historic Study

Murray, Ky.- The American Cancer Society is bringing a once in a lifetime event to Murray Calloway County Hospital and citizens in Henry County can be a part of it. Cancer Prevention Study 3 will be held September 19th thru 21st and its an opportunity for citizens to participate in the most important cancer research program of our time.

Past studies have confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer, the connection between obesity and cancer, and the importance of women’s annual screenings like pap and mammograms.

Anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never had cancer and are willing to take part in a 20 to 30 year study can join this CPS3 to be held at Murray Calloway County Hospital.

If you are interested in taking part in the study, you are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.cps3murrayhospital.org. From there select a time and date that best suits your schedule. Signing up requires a one time, in-person visit to: read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, get a waist measurement, and give a small non fasting blood sample, similar to a routine doctor visit.

Participants will also complete a more detailed health history survey at home and will receive periodic follow up surveys in the future that researchers will use to look for more clues to cancer’s causes. For more information visit cancer.org/cps3 or call toll free 1-888-604-5888.

Annual Noon on the Square Kicks Off this Friday

September Tradition in Downtown Paris Each Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the Square will kick off in downtown Paris this Friday from noon to 1pm. Noon on the square has been a September tradition for many years as workers and citizens meet on the square for fun and fellowship each Friday in September.

This week, the Ray Lewis Band will perform country, classic rock and blues on the court square and Henry County High School Project Graduation will set grilled quarter pound hotdogs with chips and dessert for $5. They will have bottled water for $1 and the Downtown Paris Association will sell soft drinks.


Sheriff's Office to Hand Out Free Produce

Paris, Tenn.-With produce grown by the two inmate gardens this year, the Henry County Sheriff's Office will be handing out free produce beginning at 7 a.m. Friday at the Kroger parking lot on Mineral Wells Ave.


Cheryl Kidd Apprehended in Illinois

Metropolis, Ill.-Cheryl Kidd of Puryear is now in custody in Metropolis Illinois and being held there without bond, according to Henry County Sheriff Captain Damon Lowe.

Kidd has been on the run since her trial date back in July of this year. On the day of the trial Kidd notified the court she was in the hospital in Paducah KY for a few hours. A few days later, she sent by fax a letter saying she knew she had missed her court date and hoped everyone would forgive her.

Kidd was arrested Wednesday morning at Harrah’s Casino in Metropolis. Henry County 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 in Henry County Circuit Court on July 17.

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 will appear before a judge in Illinois and will have to sign a waiver agreeing to return to Tennessee to answer to the charges.

Henry Fire Department Accepts $2500 Check From Woodmen

Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls, Ron Wyatt, and Tony Boyd of Woodmen of the

world are pictured above with the check. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Henry, Tenn.- At the monthly meeting of the Henry Volunteer Fire Department, Tony Boyd of Woodman of the World presented Fire Chief Keith Qualls and Ronald Wyatt a check in the amount of $2500.

Also during the presentation LaDonna Bailey was awarded a plaque for her dedication and hard work on the upcoming Pioneer celebration that will be held September 21 in Henry.

Traffic Lights at Tyson Ave./Joy St. Intersection Fully Operational

New traffic lights are now fully operational. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.- The long-awaited traffic lights at the intersection of Tyson Ave. and Joy Street are now fully operational. The project has been ongoing for several months and the traffic lights were operational Tuesday afternoon after a period of blinking yellow lights for the past two weeks.

Matt Hayes of Hayes Construction said workmen are finishing up striping along Joy Street this morning and the intersection will now be open to traffic.

At the crosswalks on either side of Tyson Ave., the light poles are equipped with push buttons that allow pedestrians to control traffic when they want to cross the Tyson Ave. Pedestrians also can use the pedestrian bridge that now spans Tyson Ave. from the Henry County Medical Center to the Paris campus of Bethel University.

Hayes also said the Paris Fire Department facility at that intersection is equipped with an interior button that will allow firemen to turn the traffic lights on red when they are entering the intersection on a fire call.

Pedestrians wishing to cross Tyson Ave. can use the push buttons on the light poles.

Hardeman County Farm Chosen As Site for 4-H Camp
Camp Hazelwood, Carroll County Sites Other Finalists

Paris, Tenn.- Lone Oak Farms in Hardeman County has been tentatively chosen as the site for the West Tennessee 4-H Camp and Conference Center beating out a site in Carroll County and Henry County’s Camp Hazelwood in the final three of 19 possible locations in the region.

Carl Holder, city manager of Paris and head of the Hazelwood marketing committee, led a press conference Tuesday along with County Mayor Brent Greer and Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe to reveal they received word earlier in the day that Hazelwood had not been chosen as the primary site for what could have been a $37 and a half million dollar investment in the community.

Holder said the loss of the investment and economic impact was a crushing blow but the psychological loss to so many who are deeply invested in both 4-H and the youth of the region was also enormous. Holder said he feels the committee left no stone unturned trying to sell Hazelwood as the best spot for the proposed facility.

Holder, and both mayors, said they wanted to thank everyone who has been a part of the effort, from those who pledged money, helped assemble presentations, spoke on behalf of Hazelwood at the community listening session in July, and every citizen who did whatever they could to help the process along.

In an email from Ben West, Western Regional Director and Professor for the University of Tennessee, who was part of the site selection committee, said Lone Oaks Farm has extensive development already complete, including all site preparation, infrastructure, landscaping, recreational facilities, meeting facilities and more. The email said an operation at this location could be up and running relatively quickly, compared to if Carroll County or Camp Hazelwood was chosen were more work to prepare would have to be done.

The ultimate decision will be up to the University of Tennessee board of trustees, likely to come in October or November. Holder said it seemed to him the committee did a good job of keeping politics out of the process. Mayors Tharpe and Greer both said they were extremely proud of how this community came together for the project.

Holder: Ready to Move on To Plan B for Hazelwood
Hopes are to Develop Hazelwood into a youth camp

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s press conference on Hazelwood not being chosen as the spot for the proposed West Tennessee 4-H Camp and Conference center, Carl Holder said it was time to ‘lick our wounds’ and move on to Plan B. Holder and both mayors Brent Greer and Sam Tharpe, explained the opportunities at Hazelwood are endless and the plan is to develop it as a family-oriented, youth camp in a natural setting.

Mayor Greer said they are seeking public and private partnerships to go ahead with the plan to develop Hazelwood into the family-oriented youth camp. The every child outdoor programs that have been held at Hazelwood have been very successful and plans are to make sure those continue along with exploring other possibilities.

Mayor Tharpe said that Hazelwood is a tremendous educational center and the school systems and youth of the city and county are benefiting from it.

Holder said the state has already offered to enter into a 25 year lease with the property. Holder said that a stipulation tied to the land and area must be used for an educational and recreational setting and can not be developed privately.

Mayor Greer said once we see what is brought to the table with public and private partnerships we can develop a better timeline and plan for Hazelwood.

More from this will come to develop over the next few weeks as Mayor Greer said monies raised for this 4-H proposed site will go towards other developments with the site.

Paris Tri Club Does Well at National Meet

Des Moines, Iowa- The Paris Tri Club ended its successful season in Des Moines Iowa on Saturday, August 31. With over 1,400 kids quailing from 32 different states, the Paris Tri Club had a great showing at the national event.
With most age groups having several people from different states offing a best of the best type race across the nation our group finnished above expectations.
In photo are: front row,  Emma Hill 21st, Fisher Lawrence 71st, Sydney Anderson 25th, Kylee Perry 13th, Audrey Hill 2nd. Back Row:
Cole Davis 23rd, Rylan Perry 46, Gracie Pendelton 2nd (Christiana, TN), Hunter Lawrence 9th, Craig Anderson 46. Tony Lawrence of the Paris Parks and Recreation Department said, "We look forward to making this an annual event with more kids qualifying and attending next year.

Patriot Classic Golf Tournament Held At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.- Henry County hosted the Patriot Classic Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Paris Landing. The Lady Patriots came in 5th place shotting a 190 on the day. Milan shot a 157 to win the girls tournament. Individual scores for the Lady Patriots were Brittany Martin 90 and Madison Dillard shot a 100.

In boys action, USJ shot a 310 to win the tournament. Henry County finished 6th place in the tournament with a 338. Individual scores for the Patriots were Evan Todd with a 76, Jamison Hayes with a 80, Hunter Bethune with a 90, and Chase Hill with a 92.

HCHS Cross Country Competes in Rome, GA

Kaity Beth James (runner 645) finished with a 22:18 in the 5K race.

Rome, GA- The Henry County Cross Country team competed in Rome, Georgia this past Saturday at the Berry College High School Cross Country Invitational. It was one of the largest races in the southeast with several top Georgia and Alabama teams competing with over 1600 runners in total for the competition.

Kaity Beth James ran a season best of 22:18 in the girls 5K race for Henry County. She finished 92nd overall in a field of 305 runners.

In the boys 5K race Javan Winders ran a season best of 17:01 and finished 25th overall in a field of 332 runners.

Coaches Lance Winders and Rod James ran in the open 5K race that saw 278 runners compete. Winders came in 9th overall with an 18:12 and James was 146th overall with a time of 25:04.

Traffic Lights at Tyson/Joy To Be Operational Tues. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- Motorists traveling on Tyson Avenue this afternoon should be ready for a full working traffic light at the Tyson and Joy Street intersection. Matt Hayes of Hayes construction said this morning that final striping of Joy would be completed and the lights were to be fully functional sometime this afternoon. Cars traveling on Tyson have been warned by a blinking yellow light for the last few weeks and as of this afternoon it will be a fully operational traffic light.

Drug Arrests Dominate Holiday Weekend Police Reports

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department arrested two Carroll County residents for drugs at a local motel over the weekend. Monika Leigh Perry, age 31, of Bruceton was charged with schedule 6 with intent and possession of possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Roger Lynn Prater, age 34 of Huntingdon was charged with possession schedule 6 with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other Arrests this weekend include Michelle A. Lawson, of Michgian, for shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule three and four and simple possession of schedule two, Gregory Eric Cothron, of Springfield, for DUI, no Driver’s licence, violation of the registration law and financial responsibility law.

Vegetable Giveaway Set for Friday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be giving away a variety of vegetables this Friday morning at Kroger on Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris this Friday September 6th starting at 7am until the produce is gone. The produce has been grown by inmates at two farms in the county this summer.

There will be tomatoes, squash, banana peppers, and cucumbers while supplies last at Kroger Friday morning.

Rockabilly Legend Carl Man to Appear at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for an appearance by Rockabilly Legend Carl Mann at the Krider Performing Arts Center this weekend. Mann will perform at KPAC at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door and at Merison’s Furniture and Leach‘s Music. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Mann is a 2006 Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee who will be familiar to many in Henry and Carroll County. He was born near Huntingdon and grew up immersed in music, singing in church at the age of 9 and later on the local radio talent shows.

Influenced by artists such as Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams, Hank Snow and Carl Smith, Mann, he released his first single on Jaxon Records, "Gonna Rock and Roll Tonight." He was later signed with Sun Records by the legendary Sam Phillips, and soon after Sun released Mann's rockabilly version of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa."

After many years of successful music-making in both the US and Europe, he took a break to work in the local family lumber business. Mann came out of music retirement in 2005, once again bringing rockabilly sounds to life and fans to their feet.

Citizens Police Academy Accepting Applications

Chief Deputy Randy Gean looks over the shoulders of Sheriff Monte Belew and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo as they review paperwork for the Academy.

Paris, Tenn.- Applications are currently available at the Paris Police Department, Paris city hall, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office for a Citizens Police Academy that will be conducted over a 10 week period starting September 17th.

WMUF/WLZK published an article about the Academy early last week and Sheriff Belew and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo are wanting to remind the public about the program.

The cost is $30 and will include a T-shirt and class size is limited to the 25 participants. Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said applicants will be chosen based on the applications and back ground check, just as they do when hiring a police officer and he encourages anyone interested to apply early.

Class for the citizen’s police academy will be held on Tuesdays at 6pm for ten weeks, except on week 3 which will be held Saturday morning at the firing range. The first class will be held at the jail and then locations of each class after that will be announced during class.

Chief Elizondo said the purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to open lines of communication between the community and officers to see all the different aspects of the job that officers take on each day. Citizens who are accepted into the Citizen’s Police Academy will see different tasks officers handle such as court cases, traffic stop demos, school resource, and more.

Applications will be accepted until 25 participants are selected. Call the Paris Police Department of Henry County Sheriff’s Office for more information.

Retired Policeman, Fireman Jimmy Chandler Dies

Paris, Tenn.-Jimmy Chandler, 77, of Paris, died Sunday morning at his home. He worked 25 years for the city of Paris, as a policeman, fireman and meter patrolman. As a firefighter, he rescued a six-year-old girl from a burning home on Porter Street.

His funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Ridgeway Funeral Home, with burial in Walker Cemetery.

His full obituary is published on our obituaries page.


'We ID in HC" Reminds Permit Holders to be Vigilant

Checking out the new "We ID in HC" decals are (from left): Investigator Adam Jenkins, Capt. Damon Lowe and Investigator David Doyle of the Henry County Sheriff's Department.

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said throughout September the Henry County Sheriff’s Department will be placing the spotlight on the county’s convenience stores, restaurants and bars to emphasize to them the need to keep vigilant in keeping minors from drinking in their establishments.

September, Belew said, is “Compliance Month” and reminds permit holders that there will be periodic checks made at their establishments throughout the month.

The sheriff’s department, along with the Henry County Prevention Coalition and Kroger, hosted a get-together for 52 permit holders and educated them in changes in state law and in things to look for to keep them from being fooled by fake IDS.

Sheriff’s deputies handed out tools they can use to recognize the fake IDS, he said, including cards that can be placed over driver’s licenses that can highlight areas that should be looked at more carefully. The cards, Belew said, can assist business owners in telling whether or not IDS are fake or real.

They also handed out decals that state “We ID In HC” to remind people coming to local establishments that they will be subject to carding to make sure they are old enough to purchase or consume alcohol before entering the establishment.

“We want to remind any permit holders that they must be vigilant in this,” Belew said. “Selling beer to minors is a growing problem and there are consequences of violating this law.”


Kuppiecakes Bakery Fulfills a Dream--in the Sweetest Way

Michelle and David Powell behind the counter of goodies at Kuppiecakes. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Inside Kuppiecakes Bakery and More, you see trays of colorful and delicious cupcakes, pies, cakes, brownies, cookies and bread.

But for Michelle and David Powell, it's the fulfillment of a dream. Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff's Department said it was important to him to help his wife live out the dream she has had for years.

"It's always been her dream to have her own bakery," Powell said. "She loves to bake. Her mother taught her a lot about it over the years and she's baked at different places around Paris. It's just a passion she has."

The Powells initially opened Kuppiecakes in the former Paris Deli location on Dunlap Street, but two weeks ago, they moved into a smaller, more intimate location on Mineral Wells Ave.

That turned out to be a good move. With the visibility that Mineral Wells Ave. affords, "we've had a lot more business here," Powell said.

Kuppiecakes on Saturday held a grand opening, complete with balloons, jumpers, and plenty of sweet things to eat.

Powell said his wife is expanding her offerings to include various types of bread, from yeast rolls to jalapeno bread, to buttery pull apart bread. "She's also going to be starting to bake Italian and garlic bread." The jalapeno bread, he said, has become one of the favorites of their customers.

Over the winter months, she may even begin making soups or chili to go with the bread, he said.

"She's just a very talented baker," Powell said. "She can bake anything and it's all good."

Michelle can also whip up pies and specialty cakes for customers, he said. There are plenty of photos of her creations on the Kuppiecakes Facebook page, too. Kuppiecakes is located at 1042 Mineral Wells Ave. Phone number 642-4350.

Four Cardiologists Join HCMC Staff

Paris, Tenn.-Saint Thomas Heart in Nashville has announced the addition of four physicians to the cardiology staff at Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tenn.

Mark Aaron, M. Andrew Morse, Kyle Stribling, and Stephen Fahrig have joined the medical staff, beginning September 1.

“Henry County Medical Center is excited about the opportunity to have increased cardiology coverage by Saint Thomas Heart doctors in our community,” according to CEO Thomas Gee. “This will allow us to give patients access to an excellent cardiologist of their choice right here in our community without having to travel to Nashville."

The new physicians will join Physicians Bjarki Olafson, David Gibson, and Vafa C. Mansouri, who have an established presence in the Paris community.

“Saint Thomas Heart remains committed to expanding access to our cardiac specialists in Paris, Tenn., and the surrounding communities,” according to Janet White, CEO of Saint Thomas Heart. “With the additions of these four cardiologists, we are furthering our commitment to serve Henry County and the surrounding area through increased access to advanced heart care.”

Nature Abounds on Kentucky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.-Photographer Richard Graves has a front-row seat near his home on Kentucky Lake to view--and photograph--scenes of nature that many don't get to see close-up. Here, a green heron that Graves has named Geraldo, makes a snack of a threadfin shad.


Childress Hearing Continued

         John Eric Childress

Paris, Tenn.-The hearing for John Eric Childress, 31, of 314 High Lander Rd., Camden, was continued until October 1 in Henry County General Sessions Court. Childress is being held in the local jail on $1 million bond on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his father, Timothy Childress, age 52, at his home on Hwy 641S in early June.

Childress earlier was declared competent to stand trial and has been assigned to Public Defender Jeff Fagan.

Also scheduled to appear on October 1 in General Sessions Court is Robert Earl Watts, age 55 of 115 Rushing Rd., who was charged with being an accessory after the fact in the Childress case.

Watts was released on his own recognizance.


Youth Engagement Summit Held

HCHS Students participate in the Power of 5 activity; there is strength in having at least five people you can trust and talk to when needing encouragement or support. (Susan Burton photo).

By Aubrey Buttrey, 10th grade student at HCHS

Paris, Tenn.- Last week, 30 Henry County High School student leaders from diverse student groups were selected to participate in the Youth Engagement Summit.

This program was a day-long interactive leadership event that allowed students to discuss and get involved with decisions being made for their school. Students participated in various activities and discussions from topics such as recognizing and stopping bullying to becoming a voice and leader for their school.

This enlightening program helped many students gain a better perspective on how to achieve unity and pride in the school climate. The students will meet during the school year to formulate action plans to improve the school and make it a more comfortable and welcoming place.

Henry County Schools Official Susan Burton added that representatives from Nashville Stars conducted the summit and Vanderbilt University had a representative there.


The Youth Engagement Summit helps young people focus on what they can do to positively impact their school climate. Funding is being received from the Tennessee Department of Education Safe and Supportive Schools grant project.

Patriots Defeat Beech 41-20

#17 Colton Randolph turns a corner in a three-yard touchdown against Beech. (Tim Pharr photos).


Hendersonville, Tenn.-You could hear the horns honking on the vehicles of Henry County Patriots’ fans all the way home from Hendersonville after Patriots 41-20 victory over Beech Friday night.

The Beech Buchaneers are the defending state champion in 5A, the same title held by Henry County the year before and the game was a huge one for both teams. 

The talented Henry County team scored early and often with everybody on the team contributing to the victory.

Beech  played Friday night without its star player, Jalen Hurd, who also is one of the stars of high school football statewide. Hurd, a running back, will miss the rest of the season after a shoulder injury.

Henry County is now 2-0 on its season, having beat Liberty last week. Next Friday night, the Patriots travel to Clarksville to play Northwest.


#99 Bryan Rammel connects on a 42-yard field goal. #11 Jacob Croasman is the holder. (Pharr photo).

Rebels Beat Golden Tornadoes

Union City, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels won their game handily, by a score of 35-14, with the Golden Tornadoes committing seven fumbles during the game.


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