From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Hit And Run Leaves Vehicles Heavily Damaged
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a 28-year-old Paris man for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after he plowed through three vehicles parked in front of Peppers' Automotive on East Wood St. around 1 a.m. Friday night.
A witness called police to tell them he saw a white Nissan Pathfinder squealing its tires in front of Daily's and a short time later heard the sound of a crash. The witness told officers he saw the car pulled off the road on Peppers dr. and a heavy set white male get out of the vehicle.
Police found the car unoccupied with heavy damage in front and the airbag deployedm with blood on it. They also found three vehicles damaged in front of Peppers--a Red 2012 Dodge Ram truck, a white 2011 Dodge Charger, both of which had heavy damage, and a silver 2012 Dodge Ram, which had minor damages.
Patrolman Amber Roaten began looking for the suspect and saw a man fitting that description walking toward her through a field. She said he had a bloody head and admitted he had been driving the vehicle. She asked him how much he had to drink and he said "Enough".
During a sobriety test, the suspect became uncooperative and belligerent, as he was at the emergency room when officers attempted to draw blood. Police arrested Gilbert Ybarra, age 28, of 1705 India Rd.
Paris PD Investigate Theft
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a possible theft of money and other items from an outpatient at Henry County Medical Center.
According to the police report, the victim said she had been preparing for outpatient surgery at the hospital and gave her personal items to a nurse. After the surgery, several items were missing from her purse, including $40 cash, a debit card, credit card, check book, driver's license and social security card.
The report indicated that police officers called the hospital to inquire about the theft, but their phone calls were not returned. In the interim, the victim called police to report that someone had used her credit card at a local establishment.
In another incident, Paris Police arrested Ronald Teague, age 52 of 816 Williams st., Paris, for theft of several items from Wal-Mart. According to the report, police were called to the store on the report of the thefts and were shown a surveillance tape of the incident. When Teague was tracked down, the report indicated he was still wearing the same clothes he was wearing on the tape and that he was still in possession of the steaks that were stolen. In all, stolen from the store were steaks, a pack of bacon, one 18-pack of Bud Lite and detergent, totalling $60.16.
In another report, Patrolman Amber Roaten arrested John J. Nelson, age 40 of 223 E. Main St., Puryear on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and window tint violation. Roaten initially stopped him for having a dark window tint and in the process of a consensual search of the vehicle, found a pipe in the ashtray with marijuana residue.
Farmers' Market Moved Friday
Paris, Tenn.-Due to Relay for Life being held at the Fairgrounds today, Farmers Market will be held at 3 p.m. in front of the Extension office at 1120 Tyson Avenue in Paris.
Bethel's Ward Signs With Mets
Bethel's Gary Ward. (Bethel photo).
McKenzie, Tenn. -Bethel University pitcher Gary Ward was drafted by the New York Mets in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball draft. He was the 650th overall pick in the draft. The 6'1 195 junior lefty from Chesapeake, Virginia was 8-1 this past season with the Wildcats.
Ward was # 1 in the NAIA in strikeouts per innings with 13.2 per game. He was 3rd in the nation in total strikeouts with 122. He had five complete games with three shutouts and an ERA of 1.95.
Bethel Head Coach Rusty Thompson commented on the announcement. "We are ecstatic to see Gary rewarded for his hard work and effort. He is as deserving as any player in the nation. At the same time we are saddened he may not be back with us next year but we are grateful and proud he was a Wildcat this past season." Thompson added, "Other than his ability, he is such a strong competitor and understands the game so well. He is as coachable as any player we have ever had here at Bethel. He is truly a ‘ballplayer'. We wish him the very best."
Ward joins three other former Wildcats with professional baseball opportunities since 2007. Drew Hayes is pitching at the Double A level for the Cincinnati Reds. Jonathan Keck is at the Double A level in the Kansas City Royals organization. Jonathan Deberry is currently on the Wildcat coaching staff after a stint in the San Francisco Giants organization. Ironically, Ward played at the same Chesapeake High School (Hickory) as did Mets current star David Wright.
City OKs Budget, Tax Rate on First Reading
No New Tax Increase
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, the commission approved on first reading the FY 2013 budget ordinance and also approved the tax rate of 65 cents per $100 of assessed property, meaning there is no tax increase for Paris residents.
The commission will meet again at 6 pm on June 25 for further review, if need be on the budget, and to pass it on second and final reading. The budget is about $2 1/2 million less than the current year and City Manager Carl Holder said that was because they are spending less on the Bethel project in the next fiscal year.
He also reminded commissioners and everyone on hand, the city is not paying for the Bethel portion of the project, money will be coming back to the city in the form of lease payments and such.
The FY 2013 budget includes an estimated 4.5% increase in the local option sales tax over this year, and $275,000 to purchase the last leg of right of ways for the Hwy. 218 bypass project. Holder informed the commission that they are reaccumulating in the budget and overall will balance it with a surplus of about $50,000. Again this budget was passed on first reading, and will have a public hearing prior at the meeting on June 25th, before its passed on 2nd reading. Changes could be made on it at that time, or it could be passed as is.
The tax rate again will remain the same for citizens of Paris, 65 cents. There hasn’t been a tax increase in the city in around 20 years.
More from Thursday night’s city commission meeting saw Mayor Sam Tharpe read a proclamation recognizing next week as downtown Paris week. Many events are going on surrounding the inaugural event and they are posted elsewhere on our website.
Commission Approves FY 2011 audit; Rezoning Requests
Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s city commission meeting saw Mayor Sam Tharpe read a proclamation recognizing next week as downtown Paris week. Many events are going on surrounding the inaugural event and they are posted elsewhere on our website.
In other business on Thursday night, the commission approved the FY 2011 audit. Holder said in a memo to commissioners that it reflects the good work of all department heads in executing their fiscal responsibilities under the previous bad conditions and the new front office in striving to clean up a bad circumstance. Holder said they managed to produce a general fund surplus of $285,000 dollars. Major expenses in the year included $1.1m for the Bethel project and about $500,000 for the downtown TVA park.
The audit also revealed a cash surplus in the Solid Waste Fund. The only issues were 11 findings, of which seven have already been corrected. Holder said the others are being worked on now to try to find solutions.
In other business the commission approved a couple of rezoning requests on first reading and sent them on to the planning commission for review.
One dealt with a rezoning request from Lonny Noble regarding property he owns in an area between Lone Oak and Harding Road. He is requesting the property to be rezoned to R-3 Medium density, instead of the current R-1. Community Development director Jennifer Morris said he has been building nice affordable housing and he wants to extend more off the Foxfire subdivision, which requires a higher density.
The other rezoning request approved on first reading and sent to the planning commission was for property located at 340 Fairgrounds road. This request is to change the zone from R-1, which is single family residential, to R-2, which also allows duplexes.
Henry County 4-H Livestock Judging Team Wins State Title
From left to right are Neal Schrick, Professor and Department Head, UT Animal Science; Jim Neel, UT Extension livestock specialist (donor); Brooke Smith; Keith Harrison, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (donor); Savannah Rose; Charles Hoard, Tennessee Cattlemen's Association (donor); Brooke Rose; Darrell Ailshie, Tennessee Livestock Producers (donor); Melinda Perkins; and Phyllis Ferguson, Tennessee Pork Producers Association (donor).
Murfreesboro, Tenn.-Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for four young ladies from Henry County 4-H after winning the title of State Champion Livestock Team at Middle Tennessee State University on June 5th. Team members Brooke Rose, Brooke Smith, Melinda Perkins and Savannah Rose are still in shock after learning that they beat their nearest competition by more than 50 points.
“Winning this contest is proof that once you put your mind to something, you can achieve your goals” beamed an exuberant Savannah Rose. Her sister, Brooke, also had an amazing day of judging.
Brooke was crowned the overall High Individual of the contest as well as being the High Scorer in Oral Reasons and Cattle.
The road to winning this contest has been one that the team members will all agree has been long and at times tedious. They have had to study the correct conformation of beef cattle, sheep, swine and goats as well as learning how to defend their placing by giving oral reasons.
Oral reasons are usually a judging competitors’ least favorite part of judging but this part of the competition gives 4-H members valuable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. They learn to think on their feet and then in rational, species specific terminology, tell the judge why their placing of the class was correct.
The team members had to judge 8 classes of animals, and then give 4 sets of reasons on Tuesday. They earned the spot to judge after winning the regional contest earlier this spring and then competed against the top 4 teams from East, Middle and West TN at the State Contest.
The ladies now set their sights toward the next hurdle, the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Held in Louisville, Kentucky at the North American International Livestock Expo, the team will compete against the top teams from all over the nation.
Lucky for this team, National Competition is nothing new to them.
After placing 3rd in the State Contest last year, the team traveled to the American Royal in Kansas City, MO to compete in their first national 4-H contest. This was after Brooke Rose, Brooke Smith and Melinda had competed at the National FFA Livestock Evaluation Contest in October 2011.
The team has been coached by Stacy Foy, Extension Agent and Traci Middleton, 4-H Alumni. They would like to thank the farmers who have been gracious enough to allow them to have practices at their farms and for the community for its continued support.
Paris Police Investigate Break-Ins, Vandalism in Paris
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police department is still investigating a break in and theft from Bass Realty Company. The report said that someone used a fire extinguisher to bust out glass in the back and enter the business through the window. Stolen from the business was two laptops, one of them was valued at $750 and an older .357 magnum and some ammunition. Police are still looking for suspects in the incident.
Police also are looking into an incident at Mike's Mufflers on W. Blythe St., in which someone had done damage to the coke machine that sits in front of the office. The dollar bill portion of the machine was severely damaged and some of the pieces of machine were laying around the ground.
Ptl. Dereck Greenhill arrested William Earl Wilson, Jr., age 25 of 705 Mandalay Road for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Ptl. Greenhill had been on patrol and noticed Wilson and another man sitting in a parked car. He turned around to see if the car was broken into or if anything was wrong. He smelled marijuana and upon searching, found a pipe on Wilson.
Paris Police also arrested Thomas L. Burgess, age 47 of 830 Forsythe Road for public intoxication for trying to drive off from Fresh Market after becoming drunk.
Henry County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Teams Win at State
Left to right, front row: Emily Rose and Melinda Perkins
In back: Mavis Ward, Brooke Rose, Brigitte Passmann, Brooke Williams, Ashton Thompson and Jack Paschall. (Photo submitted).
Paris,Tenn.-For the second year in a row, Henry County 4-Hers have won the State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition. What also makes this win special was the fact that the second place team was also made up of members from Henry County 4-H.
Team members Brooke Rose, Ashton Thompson, Mavis Ward and Jack Paschall will be traveling to the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY this coming November to compete at the National Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest. This is after the team placed first on June 1 at the June Dairy Month Kick Off in Nashville, TN.
Melinda Perkins, Emily Rose, Brooke Williams and Brigitte Passmann were the state runners up this year and are anxiously looking forward to winning their title of state champions next year.
Dairy Quiz bowl is a competition in which students learn many aspects of the dairy industry and how they pertain to a farmer’s ability to keep his or her cattle healthy, productive and sustainable. The students have learned the basics of genetics, the reproductive cycle of cattle and how to recognize sickness and effectively treat an animal.
The most popular subject for this year’s teams has been the dairy products. Different types of cheeses, calorie contents and portion sizes are engrained into their memories forever.
In addition to being a member of the Quiz Bowl Team, Brigitte Passmann was honored for her role as the June Dairy Month Chairman for Henry County. She has planned several activities for the month of June to help celebrate the hardworking dairy farmers of our county.
If you are interested in learning more about joining the Dairy Quiz Bowl team next year or want to know more about the planned June Dairy Month Activities, please contact the Henry County Extension Office at 731-642-2941.
Tickets On Sale Now For "Chairs That Care"
This is one of the chairs that will be up for auction: a chair decorated by the Lakewood Middle School gifted department. (Leigh Anne Durham photo).
Paris, Tenn.-The Caring Hearts Fund has once again come up with a unique and distinctive new social event. Called "Chairs that Care", it is a chair auction and social to benefit the fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation.
The goal of the event is to have a variety of chairs to auction off both live and silent. Casey Brown said, "We are seeking interested folks to paint, decorate, redo, embellish, or create their own chairs" for the event, as well.
"We will provide chairs for those who want to paint or decorate on availability. We hope to have chairs for every personality," she said. "Individual chairs will be on display at various locations prior to the live and silent auction event as well as being available for viewing on the HCMC website www.hcmc-tn.org."
To view all of the chairs at one time, the public is asked to attend the festive Chairs that Care Auction and Social where all of the chairs will be sold either by live or silent auction. "You can bid on a unique piece of art that has been dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients who are receiving treatment at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County or at HCMC," Brown said. "Each attendee can select a People’s Choice Award winner who will receive a monetary prize."
The event will take place at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center on N. Poplar St. on Saturday, June 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the Cancer Care Center of Henry County, the HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop and My Favorite Things. If you are interested in donating a chair or in using your artistic talent to paint or decorate a chair, please call Casey Brown at the Cancer Care Center at 644-3522 for more information.
Downtown Paris Week Kicks Off Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will celebrate this first ever Downtown Paris Week starting Sunday June 10th and going thru Saturday June 16th. The weeklong celebration is designed to make locals aware of what many call “the crown jewel” of Paris, and these seven days will focus attention on everything that those in the downtown footprint have to offer.
Sunday June 10th is Worship Downtown Day. It’s a day to celebrate the 8 vibrant churches of downtown Paris and everyone is invited to attend Grace Episcopal, Quinn Chapel AME, First Baptist, First Christian, Freedom Fellowship, First United Methodist, or First United Pentecostal. Several of these churches have been around since the mid-eighteen hundreds.
Monday June 11th is dine downtown day, where citizens are encouraged to eat downtown in one of the many downtown restaurants which include Pi Pizza, Paulettes, NYC Hotdogs, Take Me Back Café, Golden Dragon, and Hoofman’s BBQ. Each and every one of these are open on Mondays and if you eat at one of these diners you can be eligible to win $100 in DPA bucks, which can be used at downtown merchants.
Tuesday is Drive-In Downtown Day, with classic cars filling up the court square at 5:30 that evening. Food and drinks will be available on the court square that evening.
Wednesday is Downtown Professional and Government Services Day. It’s a day to salute businesses and government workers and places that keep the community going.
Thursday of next week will be Heritage Day with Ray Harding hosting two 30-minute tours that feature some of Downtown Paris’s historic tales. The tours are free and begin at 11am and noon from Jack’s Java. The Henry County Heritage Center is open from 10am to 4pm and will have Civil War and Camp Tyson displays. Thursday evening, the east side of the court house lawn will have folk music from the group Jackson Purchase starting at 6:30pm. Downtown merchants will be open till 8pm Thursday while the entertainment goes on.
Friday June 15th is the day for merchants to shine as Sidewalk Sales will be abundant around the court square. Shoppers are encouraged to come see the sales and remember that June 17th is Fathers Day so you can check out the specials and register for in store prizes during Friday.
Saturday June 16th closes out Downtown Paris week and the Farmers Market will be open at 9am on the court lawn with many fruits and vegetables available. Sidewalk sales will continue at local merchants.
For more information on Downtown Paris week which runs from June 10th thru 16th call DPA president Kathy Ray at 642-8000 or go to visitdowntownparis.com.
City Commission Meets Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday night at 6 pm at city hall. There are three public hearings schedules at the beginning of the meeting for the budget amendment ordinance, rezoning request for 1517 N. Market, and FY 2013 budget reading. Items on the agenda include some rezoing request and first reading of the budget. The meeting is open to the public.
Combined '71 and '72 reunion planned
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School classes of 1971 and 72 are having a combined reunion on June 15th and 16th. Class of 71 members should contact Mike Holden for more information at 642-2646.
Paris Tri Team Performs Well At Nashville Kids Event
Nashville, Tenn.-The Paris Tri Team participated in the Nashville Kids Tri on Sunday June 3 at Centennial Park. There were 628 participants which made it one of the top ten largest in the country. Thirteen kids participated from Paris.
Pictured are, front row Abby Taylor, Abby Gilstrap, Emma Hill, Fisher Lawrence, Charlie Davis, Caleb Cain. Back row; Hunter Lawrence, Rylan Perry, Keaton McFarland, Izzy Aurthers and Cole Davis. Not pictures were Austin and Taylor Dunagan. Coaches are in the back: Tony Lawrence and Corey Cain.
Cole Davis won first in the 11 yr old boys, Emma Hill won first in 10 year old girls, Rylan Perry was 3rd in 10yr old boys and Abbey Taylor was 3rd in 8 yr old girls. Photo was taken by Jennifer Hill.
Puryear Board Sets Budget Workshop
Puryear, Tenn.-The Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen have set a budget workshop for 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at city hall. Mayor Kenny Paschall said a special-called meeting will be held June 29, at which the budget will be presented for approval. That meeting will begin at 10 a.m., also at city hall, and will be preceded by an open forum at 9:30 a.m.
At the board's Tuesday night meeting, Paschall thanked city employees for their work on cleaning up after last week's storms that tore through Puryear. The fire and police departments did a good job of handling the storm calls and helping clean up the damage, Paschall said, noting the help of the county sheriff's department and Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
Paschall also said the 400-mile yard sale which went through Puryear on Hwy. 641 was a success, bringing many people through the town. He thanked the Chamber of Commerce and participants for their help with it.
Free Lunches For Cottage Grove Students
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Thanks to the Henry County Schools, Cottage Grove students can receiving free hot lunches all Summer long at Cottage Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The lunches are served at noon each week day, beginning this week.
Grove Rocks! Set Next Week
Paris, Tenn.-E.W. Grove School will host Grove Rocks!, a freshman orientation program, on Thursday, June 14th. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to attend. Girls will attend from 8-11 am, and Boys will attend from 12-3 pm. Students should be dropped off and picked up at the school's Main Office entrance. Please contact E.W. Grove School at 642-4586 for more information.
Dr. Richardson Receives Preceptor Of Year Award
Dr. Robert “Bo” Richardson, III, and Dr. Susan Jacob, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences College of Nursing in Memphis. (HCMC photo).
Paris, TN – Dr. Bo Richardson, III, a hospitalist at Henry County Medical Center, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice (DPN) Clinical Preceptor Award.
The award was presented to Dr. Richardson by Dr. Susan Jacob, Interim Dean of the College of Nursing at a banquet held on May 18. It represents acclamation from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences College of Nursing.
Richardson is an Acute Clinical Assessment Preceptor for doctor of Nursing Practice students in the acute care setting. A 1991 graduate of the UTHSC College of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at UTSC and served the program as Chief Resident in 1994-1995. He has been board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1995.
Fee Waiver Day Saturday At LBL
GOLDEN POND, KY –To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will be waiving fees at participating day-use facilities on Saturday, June 9. General admission to Woodlands Nature Station, The Homeplace, Elk & Bison Prairie, and the 1pm Golden Pond Planetarium show will be free. Wranglers Campground will also be waiving day-use riding fees.
“We want to take this opportunity to give back to our communities and encourage everyone to come outside and play in America’s Great Outdoors!” said LBL Customer Service Manager, Brian Beisel.
The US Forest Service is participating in the fee waiver day along with the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. To find out more information, visit www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org, and be on the lookout for other fee waiver days in September to celebrate National Public Lands Day and in November in honor of Veterans Day.
Henry County Relay for Life Set for Friday night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s Relay for Life will be held Friday night into Saturday morning. The gates will open at 4pm at the fairgrounds and survivor registration begins then as well. The band, Them People, will perform starting at 5pm as everyone is welcomed to the event and the opening ceremonies will get going at 6pm.
Carlton Gerrell, city commissioner and representative from TVCC will give the prayer starting off the opening ceremonies. The boy scouts will lead in the pledge of allegiance, and the National Anthem will be sung by Scott Gerrell. Mike Wilson will have the survivor introduction and the survivor lap will then commence.
There are many things planned thru out the evening including a silent auction, great pretenders show, live auction, and then the Luminaria Ceremony will start at 10pm. Susan Jones and Vicky Snyder will read the names.
Starting at 11pm, there will be Zumba, a wet t-shirt contest will follow at midnight, digital scavenger hunt at 1am, purple fashion show at 1:45am, musical chairs at 2:30, grapefruit polo at 3:15, dance relay at 4am, and the closing ceremonies will start at 5am Saturday morning.
So far, 14 campsites have signed up and many food items will be available to choose from including nachos with chili and cheese, BBQ Bologna, watermelon, BBQ pies, ribeye steak sandwichs, walking tacos, polish sausage and more. For more information on relay or to sign up to help or have a campsite, call Joyce Bass at 707-0506.
HCSS Food Services Hosting Summer Feeding Program
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System Food Services Program is sponsoring a summer feeding program which started this week and runs thru July 27th at Henry Elementary and Henry County High School. Any child age 18 and under can eat breakfast, which is served at the high school only from 7am to 8:30am and/or lunch served at both schools from 11am to 12:30pm for no cost.
Adults may also eat for only $3.00. Anyone may participate and summer groups such as Bible Schools and Summer programs are encouraged to participate. For more information call Karen Wilson at 642-7956.
Gov. Haslam Signs Legislation for Reduced Sales Tax on Food
Bill is first step in two year reduction of sales tax on food to 5%
Whitwell, Tenn.- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the food tax reduction bill into law on Monday as the first step in a two year effort to reduce sales tax on groceries is now official. Gov. Haslam traveled to Marion County and signed the legislation at a local grocery store to reduce the state portion of the sales tax on groceries from 5.5% to 5.25%.
Haslam said we are focused on making state government more efficient and more effective while reducing the cost to taxpayers. The sales tax on food touches all Tennesseans, and this is an effort to lower the burden. I applaud the general assembly for passing this legislation this year.
The bill was one of three tax cuts passed by the governor. It will be a two year process with the tax being 5.25% starting July 1st and then dropping to 5% even July 1 of 2013. The reduced tax rate does not apply to prepared foods such as a meal at a restaurant, candy, alcoholic beverages or tobacco.
Tools Stolen From Unlocked Vehicle
Paris, Tenn.- A vehicle parked on Walnut Street was entered and a black tool bag with several assorted hand tools was stolen, according to a report from the Paris Police Department. The value of the items was around $500. Police have no suspects.
Some arrests from overnight include Terry Lynn Stone, age 57, of 174 N. Washington for DUI 1st, and driving on a suspended license and John Micheal Seaman, age 44, of 208 Maple for driving on a suspended and simple possession of schedule two drug.
Cancer Survivors' Dinner Draws Crowd
Paris, Tenn.-Alonna Tosh, center, hands out a door prize during Saturday evening's survivors' dinner at the county fairgrounds. Rosh is survivors' chairman for Henry County Relay for Life, which is gearing up for the annual all-night Relay for Life event this Friday night. Relay Chairperson Joyce Bass said the dinner was well-attended with survivors and their families. Numerous activities already are planned for Friday's event, she said, and anyone who wants to set up a campsite can still do so by calling 1-731-707-0506.
Henry County School Board Conducts Unpublicized Budget Meeting Prior to Special Called Meeting Tuesday
Did they violate the sunshine law? County attorney says no
Paris, Tenn.- At a special called meeting on Tuesday, the Henry County Board of education went over a proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year. The meeting, scheduled to start at noon, didn’t commence until nearly twenty minutes after that, as a budget committee meeting was already in progress prior to the meeting, which was not publicized nor was the media given access to.
The budget committee meeting consisted of Director of School Sam Miles along with four members of the current five member school board, who are elected officials. There was no notice given of this budget committee meeting. County attorney Lee Greer said he didn’t think what they did is a violation of the state's sunshine law, which requires open meetings with elected officials.
The law has provisions that state in Tennessee Code Annotated Title 8 Chapter 44: "The General Assembly hereby declares it to be the policy of this State that the formation of public policy and decisions is public business and shall not be conducted in secret."
The law also states “any meeting is open when it consists of two or more members of a governing body empowered to deliberate toward a decision or a group making recommendations to a governing body,” according to a story published in The Tennessean regarding the issue in March of 2007. There are also provisions regarding having 'pre-meetings' before meetings and then deciding on business in the meeting without discussion or deliberation. You can decide whether or not you think the law was violated.
Once the publicized special called meeting started, Miles discussed some of the budget issues and challenges with the board. He said the education reform that the state and nation are currently undergoing will continue to impact the budget in the coming years.
Other challenges that are impacting the budget include a decrease in the student population across the system for two years in a row, which directly affects funding, big increases to line items like fuel, to the tune of 150 thousand dollars, general insurance at 7.8% and workers comp insurance which increased 21.5%.
Miles said the budget includes continuing funding technology upgrades throughout the system and adding two staff members in needed areas while incurring a slight reduction in staff in parts where student interest has waned.
The budget had an expected shortfall in revenue of $534 thousand and Miles explained they plan on using some leftover federal funds that haven’t been used and around $234 thousand in reserve funds to help balance the budget. The board did pass the budget and also passed several budget transfers to true up line items as the fiscal year is coming to a close.
Third Person Arrested In Big Sandy Woman's Beating
Big Sandy, Tenn.-A third person has been arrested in the savage beating of a Big Sandy woman--and it's the woman's 16-year-old grandson. Bonnie Nelson, 68, was beaten and left for dead following a home invasion late last week. Nelson has been in critical condition at the Vanderbilt Medical Center trauma center in Nashville since the incident.
Arrested were Jonathan Blake Robertson, 18, Mitchell Hatch, 22, and the 16-year-old grandson of the victim. All three will be arraigned in Benton County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
HCMC Auxiliary Awards Scholarships
Left to right are: Carnell Browning, Mike, Pam and Trevor Wallace, Marjorie Blackwood, Tammy, Zachery, Larry Bell and Barbara Skelley. (HCMC photo).
Paris, Tenn. Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary awarded two more of its scholarships of $2,000 to HCHS Seniors, Zachery Bell and Trevor Wallace.
Trevor Wallace, son of Mike and Pam Wallace ranks 38 in his class of 346. He plans to attend Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis to become a Radiologist.
Zachery Bell ranked 41 in the class and plans to enroll in the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in biology/pre-med.
A third student, Jessica Davenport also received a $2,000 and plans to become a registered nurse.
Last year, the HCMC Auxiliary gave seven scholarships to either graduating seniors or those who are furthering an education in the healthcare field.
Dr. Williams Joins East Wood Clinic
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center is welcoming its newest physician to the area. Dr. Richard Larry Williams is a Gastroenterologist who is practicing at East Wood Clinic in Paris.
Dr. Williams was born in Bemis, TN, just outside Jackson. He graduated from Southside High School and attended Union University in Jackson. Williams attended medical school at the University Of Memphis College Of Medicine, graduating in 1968.
Dr. Williams and his wife live in Jackson. He sees patients in the East Wood Clinic on Thursday of each week. “I appreciate the opportunity to see patients here in Paris and I look forward to serving patients at the East Wood Clinic location,” he said.
TDOT and THP Prepare for 2012 Bonnaroo Festival
Nashville,Tenn.-– For over a decade, the Middle Tennessee city of Manchester in Coffee County has hosted one of the most popular live music events in the country - the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival is a four-day, multi-stage music festival held on a 700-acre farm. Thousands of people from all over the country make the yearly trip to attend the festival, and Manchester becomes their temporary home for several days in June. As in years past, over 80,000 music lovers are expected to attend this year’s festival, which kicks off Thursday night, June 7, and winds down Sunday night, June 10.
With 80,000 festival-goers converging at an old farm site in Coffee County, the area in and around Manchester always sees increased traffic traffic throughout the festival. As Manchester prepares to welcome a multitude of visitors, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Highway Patrol are gearing up for the extra traffic expected in the area. TDOT and the THP are working closely with the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and festival promoters to keep traffic moving on I-24 while also getting Bonnaroo attendees to their destinations.
This year, Bonnaroo will open its gates on Wednesday evening June 6 at 7:00 p.m. CDT to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds. Historically, the longest delays for arriving attendees have occurred from 4:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, so festival promoters have implemented the new plan this year in hopes of alleviating some of the congestion. State Troopers will be on the job 24 hours a day beginning Wednesday night, patrolling on the ground and by air. THP helicopters will assist in relaying important information to marked patrol cars and motorcycles on the ground.
TDOT HELP units will assist with traffic management during the festival and will aid any motorists who require assistance. Also, for the first time, the speed limit on I-24 in the festival area will be reduced to 55 mph for the duration of the festival.
During the festival motorists should call 511 from any mobile or land line phone for traffic updates or visit the TDOT website atwww.tn.gov/tdot where they can also find information on alternate routes.
Lightning strike burns down barn in Henry
Lightning struck this barn on Atlantic Ave. in Henry, causing it to catch fire and burn down. Cheryl Allen photo.
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department responded to a barn structure fire on Atlantic Ave around 8:00pm Sunday evening. Witnesses reported that the barn was struck by lightning during the storm that was moving through the area. The structure was a total loss and the fire department was on the scene for approximately 1 hour.
Two men arrested in Big Sandy for assault
Big Sandy, Tenn.-A Big Sandy woman is in critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville following a beating in her home. The Benton County Sheriff's Department has identified and arrested two men who they believe are responsible for it. The Sheriff's Department arrested and charged Jonathan Blake Robertson, 18, and Mitchell Bryant Hatch, 22, with attempted first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.
WBBJ-TV in Jackson has reported that a family member found Bonnie Nelson early Friday morning in her Big Sandy home. Reports show Nelson had been beaten and was covered in her own blood. Officials believe she had been there since Thursday night.
Neighbors said Nelson was surprised when she caught the alleged intruders in her home. According to officials, after Nelson caught the men, officials said they attacked her.
Thefts, drug arrests keep officers busy over weekend
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated garage on Cypress Road was broken into with a VCR, radio, and electric chain saw stolen from it. Police have no suspects so far.
The metro crime unit charged Marcel L. Wilkins, age 18, of 1018 Reynolds Road with possession of schedule six drug with intent and domestic assault.
Other arrests include Jeffery Lee, age 45, of 211 Cook Street for evading arrest; Robert L. Williams, age 32, of 1023 Depot Street, for felony evading and driving on a suspended license, and Robert D. Spicer, of 385 Crutchfield Lane for possession of schedule six with intent.
P-HC Jaycee Banquet held Saturday evening
This year's GM of the Fish Fry Mickey Eaton (background at podium) recognizes the WBFF board for the next year which will be the 60th WBFF. From left to right Brian Ray French, Jaycee president this year, Loria Plunk, treasurer for WBFF board, Stephanie Cooper, secretary WBFF board, Patrick Cooper, Assitant GM, and Andrea Lamb, General Manager of 60th annual WBFF.
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees held their annual banquet on Saturday night giving out Jaycee awards and welcoming the new President and board of directors along with the new WBFF board, as plans for next year’s Fish Fry will shortly get started. Outgoing President of the Jaycees Cathey Williams welcomed everyone and thanked them for all their hard work and dedication for all the many events the Jaycees put on each year.
She told the numbers of money raised at all the benefit luncheons, the children’s shopping tour, snow flake pageant and of course the culmination of all their hard work with this past April’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry.
During the evening, several awards were given out to Jaycee members recognizing them for all their hard work. Some award winners included Andrea Lamb for Jaycee of the year, the top award a Jaycee can give another. Cathey Williams presented her with the award. This year’s General Manager of the Fish Fry, Mickey Eaton also presented Lamb an award for Key Person of the year, as he did for Chris Martin.
Other winners of awards included MVP’s Ben Taylor, Stephanie Cooper, Krisitian Elliott, and Jana Stubblefield and new Jaycee of the year went to Kayla Vassar. Josh Tayor won the Guppie award and Loria Plunk was given an award from Cathey Williams for always having the right answer to any question.
GM of the Fish Fry Mickey Eaton thanked everyone for all their hard work during the Fish Fry this year. He said there’s no way he could have done anything without the whole team and all their help. He also thanked Mayor Sam Tharpe, for all the city and county does for the Fish Fry. Mayor Tharpe briefly spoke saying that all the work the Jaycees do not only during fish fry, but throughout the year is immeasurable for our community and to keep on doing what your doing.
Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe, standing next to his wife Gayle, speaks at Saturday night's Jaycee Banquet.
Brian Ray French is the incoming president of the Jaycees and he was recognized along with his board, Mickey Eaton, chapter Management and community development Stephanie Cooper, individual and membership development, Cathey Williams, secretary, and Jana Stubblefield, treasurer.
Brian Ray French is sworn in as 2012-13 Jaycee President by Loria Plunk as Mickey Eaton looks on.
Andrea Lamb will be the General Manager of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry in 2013. Her new board members were announced as well Patrick Cooper, Assistant General Manager, Stephanie Cooper, Secretary, and Loria Plunk as Treasurer. This upcoming World’s Biggest Fish Fry will be the 60th annual, and plans are will get going soon to make it a memorable one.
The 2012-13 Jaycee Board from left to right Cathey Williams, Jana Stubblefield, Mickey Eaton, and Stephanie Cooper.
McKenzie Relay for life a big success
By: Cheryl Allen
McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie Middle School was the host for the North Carroll Relay for Life on Friday night. Circling the football field were approximately 20 different campsites all with their own theme for fighting Cancer. Jonathan McDowell and the Hillbilly Band and The Derek Fields Band kept everyone in music while the events were getting started.
Mayor Jill Holland welcomed everyone to the Relay for Life event and expressed how blessed she was to be part of such a wonderful event and was so proud to be part of a town to represent such a great cause. Bro Dennis Trull held the opening prayer and the Presentation of State and National Flag was done by the McKenzie Elementary Boy Scouts with the National Anthem being sung by Ms. Angie Bruce.
As the night progressed, the Luminaries were lit and reverenced was paid to those who had lost the battle of cancer and to the ones who still continue to fight. The releasing of the balloons was, as always a beautiful thing to observe. God’s Property Youth Choir and Praise Team, Bethany Ellis and the Webb Brothers entertained the crowd with music that was not only comforting during such a wonderful event, but was very spirit filled.
Every booth had a different variety of foods to choose from, from cotton candy, to pizza, to Chicken Salad sandwiches, to taco in a bag, to frozen ice cream, Prime Rib sandwiches, to carnival food to chili pies and chili dogs. There were games offered at many booths, spin the wheel, bow and arrow archery as well as face paintings to bouncy houses, a dunking booth which was very popular and Pick a Penguin, Pick a prize pool game and a cake walk.
During the night different games were played by all the campsites beginning with the most favorite, The Womanless Beauty Review. There were “women” from many different occupations throughout McKenzie participating. Policeman, firefighter and a paramedic, and a home health worker, were some of the most popular throughout the pageant, with the winner being Mr. Brad Jackson of Ascera Care of McKenzie.
The games consisted of Line Dancing, Family Feud, a Frozen T-shirt Relay, and Mega Bubble, Suck it up. Besides the Womanless Beauty Review, the next most popular seemed to be the Lip Sync contest, with WHDM’s Jacob Allen winning that category for his team.
The total raised for the night was $33,707.62, with the Department of Human Services winning the Best Campsite for raising $7,718.62. Our very own WHDM won the trophy for Best Cancer Awareness Presentation.
Paris Police make arrest for theft, drug possession at Walmart
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Mitch Gallimore of the Paris Police Department responded to a theft at Walmart Friday where the suspect had put on a pair of shoes that were on the shelf and replaced them with the shoes he wore into the store. Walmart’s theft prevention officer had Claibourn T. Richardson, age 18, of 1835 Rabbit Creek Road in custody when Ptl. Gallimore arrived.
During a search of Richardson’s person, some pills were found wrapped up in a wrapper of a cigarette pack. Richardson was charged with theft and simple possession of schedule four drug. He was placed on $2K bond and has a court date set for next week.
Paris Police also charged Steve J. Patton, age 47 of 514 Wynn Street with public intoxication. They received a call of a man who was drunk around the courthouse Friday afternoon. Officers found Patton and went up to him and immediately were able to tell he was intoxicated.
A house on Pine Ridge was also broken into in the past couple of days. No one lived at the home, but had left several things there. The report at the Paris Police department said entry was made thru the back door and several items were taken included a fridge, stove, log chains, and several tools. The value of the items stolen is over $300. Police have no suspects in the incident.
Signs, Signs, Everywhere are signs: Of a great Saturday in Paris
The temperature reads 67 degrees at the Commercial Bank Mineral Wells Branch around 10am Saturday. Last weekend about the same time we were up in the 80s on the way to the mid 90s for highs. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Whether it was temperature readings, yard sale signs, car wash signs, or even lower gas prices. It seemed evident that many signs pointed to a great day in Paris on Saturday. The Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Club was having a car wash, at one area, the Paris Predators Travel Baseball Team at another. Combined with the 400 mile sale, the commute on this Saturday morning was a little more congested than normal. A bright blue sky, cooler weather, and prices dropping to close to $3 at the gas pump didn't hurt either.
Yard Sales a plenty in downtown Paris along 641 N.
Kathy has her sale set up in front of the old City Gymnasium. She was eager to sell out Saturday morning to go up the route to find some bargains of her own. (Tim Alsobrooks photos.)
Paris,Tenn.- Sunshine and cooler temperatures, in addition to more people being off work Saturday helped to increase the number of yard sales from the court square up highway 641 North. Traffic up and down 641 North on Saturday morning was a little more congested than usual as many more yard sales have popped up on the 400 mile sale route that runs from Paris to Murray on 641 North and joins with the original route on Kentucky Highway 68/80.
This was a good sized sale in along Market Street in downtown Paris and lots were out seeking bargains Saturday morning.
There were multi party yard sales, single sales, and everything in between at homes, businesses, and parking lots up and down the highway. The sale continues thru Sunday. Visit 400mile.com for more information and too see parts of the route and items available.
Terrace Woods gets into the yard sale act with some items out in front of the office of the hotel.
This yard sale is a little farther away from downtown, but still lots of items and plenty of people stopped looking around on a gorgeous day.
Coordinated School Health urges teens to look for summer work
Paris, Tenn.- With school out for the summer, coordinated school health encourages teens to look into getting a summer time or part time job. Its important to students who are the proper age to get a job to have their own spending money, plus it teaches valuable life lessons and responsibility that will only help down the road in life.
Coordinated School health reminds teens that getting a job can be tough, because of competition from other high school and college students, retirees, and those who are unemployed. Its important not to get discouraged if you don’t land a job immediately because its likely not a rejection of you, just that employers need someone with more experience.
Volunteering is a great way to get a job for the summer, even though you aren’t earning a pay check. Volunteer work earns you a reputation as a go-getter and it makes people familiar with you and your willingness to work, which bodes well down the road. Ideas for volunteer work include veterinarians, babysitting for friends and neighbors, and many others.
Coordinated School health reminds our teens that most paying jobs require you to be 15 or 16, with some exceptions like yard work, running errands, and baby-sitting allowing younger teens to get work for pay. If your hiring yourself out for yard work or baby sitting start cheap your first year and as you add experience increase your fees.
Fast Food restaurants are where the most opportunity lies as they will often hire people with no experience. Some of them even offer college scholarship for hardworking student employees.
Coordinated School health says to fill out several applications. Be honest and clear and watch for spelling errors. Be prepared with personal references, names and phones numbers. Dress appropriately when going into a business to put in an application as first impressions count. For any questions or comments call 644-3916.
LBL volunteer saves Eaglets life
Golden Pond, Ky.- On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, the Wildlife Department at Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area received a call from Ray Stainfield, one of their dedicated volunteers who monitors many of LBL’s eagle nests. While monitoring the Duncan Bay area, Stainfield discovered that the eagle nest had fallen to the ground since his last visit.
In checking the area, he found a nestling on the ground that still needed 2 to 3 more weeks of development before it could fly. With the help of Kentucky State wildlife officials, the Forest Service determined that the eaglet would be too vulnerable to predators and not able to survive.
It needed to be rescued. Curtis Fowler, a wildlife manager at Land Between The Lakes, worked with Woodlands Nature Station staff, Brooke Gilley and Shannon Brockway, plus volunteer Ray Stainfield, to capture the scared eaglet.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources coordinated the transfer of the eaglet to a wildlife rehabilitator near Louisville, KY. If the young eagle survives, it will be brought back to Land Between The Lakes and released near Duncan Bay again.
Steve McCadams "Casting for a Cure" set for June 9th
McKenzie, Tenn.- The 13th annual Steve McCadams “Casting for Cure” Kids fishing rodeo returns to Carroll Lake next Saturday June 9th for a fun filled morning where even little fish bring big smiles.
Girls and boys ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the Free event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year Steve teams up with the TWRA.
More than 37 hundred kids from five states have been introduced to the great sport of fishing since the rodoes conception. Special plaques and bikes will be awarded to kids catching the most and biggest fish in four age brackets. Age brackets will be 5 and under, 6-9, 11-12, and 13-15.
Participants are asked to arrive early and check-in at the registration tent where each contestant will receive a bag of goodies. Onsite registration will be from 7-9am on Saturday with the competition running from 9-11am except for the young age bracket of 5 and under who will just fish for one hour and weigh in at 10am.
Loaner rods will be available courtesy of TWRA so every kid will have a chance to fish. However, kids are encouraged to bring their own bait and tackle. Some bait and terminal tackle will be for sale onsite during the fishing rodeo.
The event will coincide with National Fishing Week across America and June 9th is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. Carroll Lake is located on highway 22 one mile east of McKenzie. For more information on the Kids Fishing Rodeo visit www.stevemccadams.com or call 642-0360.
Paris Downtown Boxing Gym Club holding car wash Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Gym is trying to raise money to go to competition over the course of the next couple of months. They will have some regional competition in Memphis later in June and Nationals will be in Kansas City in July. To help raise money, they will be having a car wash at Auto Zone in Paris starting at 9am on Saturday. Any donations will be accepted and appreciated.
Farmers Market back open Friday at 3pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will be open for today at 3pm at the Fairgrounds. They will have tomatoes, squash, greenbeans, peppers, peaches, and onions available. More dates and times for the Farmer’s Market will be announced when more produce becomes available on a consistent basis.
641 N. sprinkled with yard sales, more expected to join party over the weekend
Paris, Tenn.- There was a couple yard sales along the newest route for the 400 mile sale, stretching from just north of the Terrace Woods Travel Lodge in Paris, to the streets of Hazel. Expected rain on Thursday has likely hampered many in deciding whether or not to put their stuff out. It's likely that several others will join the track over the weekend as the weather improves with sunny skies and cooler temperatures. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
TN Dept. of Health urges tobacco users to use quitline for help in quitting smoking
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Health encourages Tennessee who use tobacco to take part in World No Tobacco Day which is today by calling the Quitline and starting on a journey to a tobacco free life. The Tennessee Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW provides free personalized, confidential counseling to help each caller set a plan for quitting use of cigarettes or other tobacco products. Residents can also visit tnquitline.com for help in quitting.
According to the World Health Organization, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly six million people each year and is also responsible for the deaths of more than a half million people who die from exposure to second hand smoke. In Tennessee, heart disease is the leading cause of death and cancer and stroke rank in the top five. Tobacco is a contributing factor in all these illnesses. Smoking causes death to nearly 97 hundred Tennesseans each year.
Research shows it takes most smokers at least seven attempts to successfully quit smoking. Many Quitline clients say their quit coach was a huge factor in their success.
Paris Predators Baseball team fundraiser set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Predators travel baseball team will be having a carwash and cookout this Saturday June 2nd from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Napa Auto Parts in Paris. The team has won three tournaments and has a chance to go to the World Series in Kingsport, Tennessee. The World Series will start July 4th and it’s a 5-day tournament.
Also during the car wash and cookout on Saturday they will be raffling off a 12 gauge shotgun worth one thousand dollars. For more information contact Marty Valentine at 336-9317.
Still spots left for 400 mile yard sale, weather will improve after Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the 400 mile yard sale has begun today. Weather might be an issue for some setting up as we do have storms and rain moving into the area this afternoon. However Friday thru Sunday the forecast calls for mostly sunny and cooler on Friday and Saturday.
There are still a few spots available if you want to set up for the weekend. Call the chamber at 642-3431 or Jennifer Morris at city hall. Visit 400mile.com for more information, the items at different spots and to list your items. The sale runs thru Sunday and strechtes up and down highway 641 and connects to Kentucky highway 68/80.
Heritage Center's Grapes and Gourmet set for Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will have its 12th annual Grapes and Gourmet wine tasting and auction this Saturday June 2nd on the lawn of the historic Cavitt Place, home of the Heritage Center. The tasting and silent auction starts at 6pm, with a live auction to follow at 7pm. A wide range of summertime varietals will be featured alongside a gourmet tasting dinner. Specialty wines and spirits will be auctioned off.
Tickets are only $25 and proceeds will benefit the museums restoration fund. For more information or to reserve tickets call the Heritage Center at 64-1030.
Triton Owners Tourney to award scholarship this year
Paris Landing, Tenn.- The 13th annual Triton Owners Tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake June 1st and 2nd with anglers starting from Paris Landing State Park. This year, Triton is excited to announce that former Parisian Tom Moody will have a scholarship bearing his name at this year’s Triton’s Boat tourney.
The Tom Moody Scholarship will be awarded to the highest youth angler finisher, between the ages of 16-19. The scholarship opportunity is for $5,000 each year at Bethel University. Along with winning the scholarship money, the top finishing youth angler will be awarded a spot on the Bethel University fishing team during their collegiate career.
Triton Founder Earl Bentz said “We are incredibly excited to offer this scholarship for young anglers. Tom served Triton Boats for many years and we want to forever remember his dedication to the work he did with Triton and his community. Tom spent much of his free time on Kentucky Lake, he had a passion for fishing and introducing it to younger generations.”
Entry into the Tom Moody Scholarship can be completed at the time of registration for the Triton Owners Tournament. The registration fee for the tournament is $200 and the Tom Moody Scholarship opportunity is included for eligible participants ages 16-19. For more information visit tritonboats.com and follow the links.
Girls Night Out at Library informative and entertaining
Paris, Tenn.- The Girls Night Out program that was held at the WG Rhea Library over the past few weeks was a big hit for a few ladies. Each Monday night for many weeks, the ladies met for dinner and to discuss several topics such as fixing a flat tire, with Mike's Mufflers to skin and nail care, to STDs, and more. The girls also took a trip to the Salvation Army to learn how to shop smartly.
Pictures below are courtesy of Library director Connie McSwain:
Olivia Wilson and Breanna Blakemore
were instructed by Derek Melton of Mike's Muffler of how to change a flat
tire during the W. G. Rhea Public Library's "Girls Night Out". This program
is for young ladies from the ages of twelve to seventeen where they
experience knowledge to help them grow in self -esteem and safety. The
program ran for four Monday nights with dinner provided by Paris Magazine
and an informative program to follow.
Hair care seems to be the topic covered here, during Girls Night Out at the WG Rhea Library.
Paris Police arrest man for assault, drug charges
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Adrian Herrod, of Willowbrook Drive was arrested after an incident where he chased and hit his wife and son with a tennis racket. The report said officers went out on a domestic call and found a window broken. The wife explained that she had seen some marijuana and pills fall out of Adrian’s pocket and she hid them from him. He was intoxicated on drugs and alcohol and became irate.
She showed officers the drugs and Herrod was arrested for two counts of aggravated domestic assault, simple possession of schedule 6 and simple possession of schedule four.
Ptl. Amber Roaten and Ptl. Jordan Klutts are looking into an incident were some glock magazines and metal tubes were found in a vehicle. Ptl. Roaten had observed a dark colored two door car speeding down Hardy Street. She got behind the car and noticed it run a stop sign so she activated her lights and pulled it over.
There was a driver and two passengers inside. During a search, four black glock magazines and two metal tubes were found rolled up in a towel. They belonged to one of the passengers who said he bought the magazines for $150 earlier in the day and the tubes were given to him for free, he wasn’t sure what they were for and really didn’t want them.
Police took the evidence as are continuing to investigate. They did inform the passenger that if the tubes were found to be silencers, a warrant would be drawn for his arrest.
400 mile yard sale starts on Thursday
Bargain seekers should plan ahead for the 4-day 400 mile yard sale that will include highway 641 from Murray to Paris, for the first time ever. The 400 mile yard sale has been a staple in Kentucky for many years and now the route has been expanded.
The Eggners Ferry Bridge has reopened to give great access to cover the sale and the weather will cool down after some rain moves out of the area on Thursday. For more information on the sale, visit 400mile.com. The sale runs from Thursday thru Sunday.
Benefit lunch for Charlotte Loines to be held Friday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will have a benefit lunch for Charlotte Loines on Friday from 10am to 2pm at the Jaycee Building on Industrial Road. Charlotte is a Harrelson teacher who is currently fighting cancer. All money raised will benefit her hospital bills.
You can get steak or chicken sandwich with chips and drink for only eight dollars. The pre-order deadline is noon on Thursday, and it’s the only way to guarantee a meal. Walk up orders are accepted while supplies last. Call Cathey Williams at 693-9086 for more information.
DARE graduates getting a pool party on Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office have joined forces to provide 2012 DARE graduates with a pool party. The fifth grade DARE graduates will be treated to food, drinks, swimming, and other entertainment this Thursday May 31st from 6-8pm at Eiffel Tower Park Pool. For more information contact the Paris Police Department or Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Dana expands operations in Paris, 49 new jobs on the way
Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced late Tuesday that Dana Holding Corporation has decided to expand its Paris manufacturing operation, creating 49 new full time jobs in the process. The expansion represents $3.8 million investment.
Dana currently employs around 500 at the plant, and this new expansion will add 49 more full time jobs, at a time when many are looking for work.
Bill Hagerty, ECD Commissioner said “I congratulate Dana on its latest expansion and thank them for the continued commitment they are making in Henry County.”
Dana is a leading automotive supplier of axle, driveshaft, and structural, sealing and thermal-management products, whose customer base includes virtually every major vehicle producer in the world. The Ohio based company operates more than 90 major facilities in 26 countries and ships original equipment and aftermarket products to customers in more than 125 countries.
In the press release from ECD, president of Dana’s Power Technologies Group, Dwayne Matthews said “Our customers continue to develop higher performing engines of the same or reduced size that generate more power, often using less fuel. These engines require more advanced sealing and thermal-management technologies, and our Paris operation has been a leader in sealing products since the 1960s.”
“With support from state, county, and city leaders, the new equipment and jobs in Paris will allow our local team for the first time to expand beyond sealing products to thermal solutions, Matthews stated.”
Job seekers should visit www.dana.com to apply to any opening at Dana.
Afternoon storms knock down trees, power lines in Puryear
Puryear, Tenn.- Although the rain was much needed and welcomed, things got a bit hairy in Puryear Tuesday afternoon as some thunderstorms with heavy winds brought down tree limbs, tore off shingles, and knocked down power lines in the area. Conyersville Road and Main Street in Puryear seemed to get the brunt of the damage. Road crews and deputies with the sheriff's office were out with chainsaws clearing roads. Part of 641 North was blocked for a short time. Photos below submitted by Stephanie Gallimore Zuckschwerdth.
This photo (above) is of Conyersville Road. Trees were downed and power lines came with it after Tuesday's storm.
Below is a picture of Spanky's Restaurant Sign, knocked down by high winds.
Ramps nearing completion at city hall
Paris, Tenn.- Crews having been working on completing ramps on the side entrance of city hall (also Paris Police entrance) and the front. Starting the day Tuesday, things were getting closer to completion. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).
Tip leads officers to meth manufacture operation
Paris, Tenn.- A press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s stated officers performed a knock and talk at 808 Pettijohn Creek Road in Henry after a tip that a meth lab was being operated at the residence. During their search, officers found methamphetamine and components used in the meth manufacture process.
Metro Crime Unit Officers and West Tennessee Meth Task Force did assist with the removal of toxic chemicals. John William Forrest, of 808 Pettijohn Creek Road was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal attempt to commit aggravated child abuse due to an infant child living in the home where the meth was being manufactured. The property was placed under quarantine and the Department of Children Services is assisting with the investigation.
Local law enforcement busy over holiday weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to Replogle Flooring on highway 79 south in Henry for a break in. The back door was damaged and entry was made to the business. The file cabinets were bent up and locks broken, and desks were ransacked in the area. It didn't appear asa much was missing, but just under two thousand dollars in damage was reported. Police are still looking for possible suspects. Mangement did inform them that an employee was recently terminated and he was very irate about the issue.
Sgt. Michael Ramos of the Paris Police Department charged a Sharon man with possession of marijuana after stopping a vehicle leaving from a vacant home on Wynn Street. The report stated that Sgt. Ramos got behind the car that pulled out of the vacant home’s driveway and after noticed the brake light was out, activated his blue lights and pulled the car over.
He found a driver and two passengers, and asked the driver what she was doing in the area and she stating picking them up. He informed her that the house beside her was known for drug activity. After a search of the car and the passengers, one of them, Jordyn T. White, of Sharon was found to have baggies with marijuana on his person. White was charged with possession of marijuana with intent.
The Metro Crime Unit charged two people with drug related offenses over the long holiday weekend. Steven Thomas Miller, of highway 77 was charged with driving on a revoked driver’s license, simple possession of schedule six, simple possession of schedule four, and simple possession of schedule two drug. Miller was placed on five thousand dollar bond.
James Larz Lemonds, of 345 Harrison Lane was charged by the MCU with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule six, and was placed on $500 bond.
Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department charged Johnathon M. Owen, of 705 Spruce Street with simple possession of schedule two, three, and four drugs over the weekend.
TWRA officers arrested two boaters for BUI charges on the lake this Memorial Day Weekend. Jeft T. Woodruff, age 29 of Old Paris Murray Road was charged with BUI, violation of implied consent, and driving without lights after sunset and Benjamin McGee Francis, of Clarksville was charged with BUI.
Farmers Market now open Tuesdays and Fridays at 3pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Farmer’s Market will now be open at 3pm on Tuesdays and Friday at the fairgrounds. Today there will be blackberries, plums, and squash. On Friday, there will be cabbage, tomatoes, squash, green beans, peppers, peaches, and onions available.
Three Graduate From Patrol Academy
Josh Wade Adam Prince Josh Page
Nashville, Tenn.-Three former Henry County police officers were graduated Friday from the Tennessee Highway Patrol Academy. Josh Wade, Josh Page and Adam Prince were among the newest class of 44 state troopers to take their oath of office at a Nashville church.
Both Wade and Page were deputies at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department. Wade has been assigned to the patrol’s Jackson district, while Page will be working at the Nashville district. Adam Prince was a patrolman at the Paris Police Department and he will be working in the Jackson district.
The fathers of Wade and Page also are deputies at the sheriff’s department.
They have spent the past 18 weeks undergoing extensive law enforcement instruction at the department's Training Center. The more than 890 hours of classroom training included criminal and constitutional law, patrol procedures, professional ethical conduct, crash investigation and firearms. The new graduates will now advance to a maximum of 12 weeks of field training.
"The Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers' Creed says ‘Many are called, but few are chosen'," Gov. Haslam said. "Thousands applied after the announcement was made of a new trooper cadet class. The 44 cadets who are here with us this morning are those chosen few. You have firmly applied yourselves through 18 weeks of training and are now part of the elite group of law enforcement officers known as the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Congratulations."
The Trooper Cadet Class began on January 22 with 54 cadets. The 44 graduating cadets include 19 with previous law enforcement experience and 16 former military members. Two cadets are female.
"I am proud of these men and women and the commitment they have already made during their training to serve in the community," Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. "Tennessee State Troopers act as more than just law enforcement officers on our highways. They are servants of the people. I am honored to call the 44 before us today, the newest members of Tennessee's finest."
Memorial Day Service Attracts Large Crowd
Col. James Harding, left, of Huntingdon was speaker at Monday's Memorial Day service. Seated are post commanders, from left: Darwin Webster, VGW Post 1889; David Meketi, American Legion Post 89; Ricky Wilson, American Legion Post 164; Glenn Fowler, Amvets Post 45; David Holt, DAV. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand for Monday morning’s Memorial Day service on the Henry County Courthouse lawn.
Decorated retired pilot Col. James Harding of Huntingdon was speaker, noting the solemn occasion of the day. "I'm so very proud of these people and what they have done for us in these wars," Harding said, speaking of the country's fallen soldiers.
"This is the greatest country in the world because ordinary men with extraordinary ideas put together a Constitution and Declaration of Independence that have stood the test of time," he said. The U.S. Constitution, Harding said, "is a wonderful concept that has worked through the ages and will continue to work--if we let it."
The Tennessee State Guard conducted a service for fallen soldiers and the Henry County High School Madrigals sang the national anthem. The program was closed with ‘taps’ performed by a state guard bugler and “Amazing Grace” performed by Ed Smith on the bagpipes, a flag-folding ceremony and a three-gun salute by the guard.
Ed Smith played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes. (McFarlin photo).
Members of the Tennessee state guard fold the flag. (McFarlin photo).
Busy, Hot Holiday Weekend Comes To End
Paris, Tenn.-Despite the heat, the local area--especially around Kentucky Lake--was a busy place over the holiday weekend. At Paris Landing State Park, top photo, boaters anxious to get in and out of the water crowded the marina, while bottom photo shows a sampling of swimmers trying to get relief from the heat. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Fire Destroys Reynoldsburg Road Home
Fire engulfes the Reynoldsburg Rd. home. (Cheryl Webb photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Fire destroyed a home at 7945 Reynoldsburg Rd. Sunday morning. The one-story vinyl home is owned by Steve and Rhonda Green and was deemed a total loss.
Cheryl Webb, secretary-treasurer of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department said 11 firefighters from that department battled the blaze, assisted by the Paris Fire Department and Sandy River department in Benton County.
Two of the Mansfield firemen saw the blaze from a nearby road and were working on it when the dispatch was called.
Cause of the fire has not been determined, she said.
Webb said the Midway Café donated cases of water and snacks to the firemen, who were on the scene for several hours. "We really want to thank them for that," she said.
Firemen were on the scene from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then returned later in the afternoon when the fire rekindled.
A fireman enters the home. (Cheryl Webb photo).
Pawn Shop Employee Investigated
Paris, Tenn.-A former employee of Pyramid Pawn shop at 314 Tyson Ave. is under suspicion of stealing money and merchandise from the store. According to Paris Police, an audit of the store’s books found $1,516.92 in merchandise not accounted for and included over 222 video games and 48 DVD movies.
Managers at the store investigated and found that one of the employees had made double invoices on the items. When the employee was called in to the office, she admitted taking the money and was fired.
Sgt. Tony Elkins asked the managers for hard copies of the invoices and when he returned to the store Friday, the managers said they also had video surveillance tape of the employee removing the merchandise from the display case and going to the cash register, filling out invoices as if the items were purchased at the store and taking money out of the cash register and putting it in her pocket.
The investigation continues and the former employee has not yet been formally charged.
A/C Stolen From Window
Paris, Tenn.-It’s a sad state of affairs when someone steals another person’s air conditioner, while the victim is in the hospital. That’s what happened at a trailer park on Lone Oak Road in Paris a few days ago. Someone broke into the victim’s bedroom and stole the air conditioner, an 1850 BTU Frigidaire air conditioner worth $450.
In another incident, residents of a home on Ellis Street in Paris reported the theft of a motorcycle from their garage, which is attached to their home. The 2006 Yamaha 650 V-Star motorcycle is black and blue in color and missing a windshield.
News from past weeks here.