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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Police searching for Henry man wanted on felony drug charges stemming from the "gang saturation"

Paris, Tenn.- Police arrested one woman and are still looking for a Henry man wanted on multiple charges related to the gang saturation that was conducted back on August 1.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick and Paris Police Investigator Derrek Colley and PPD Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Megan Thompson, 29, of 450 Kirks Trading Post Road of Buchanan on Friday for theft of property over $1,000, but less than $10,000.

The Metro Crime Unit is also searching for Jermel Kinley of Henry who is wanted on felony drug charges stemming from the “gang saturation” that was conducted in Henry County back on Aug. 1. Kinley is wanted for sale and delivery of a schedule II substance (methamphetamine), felony theft, felony evading and reckless endangerment.

According to a press release from the Metro Crime Unit, officers are looking for Kinley who is wanted on multiple charges. On Friday, officers with the MCU attempted to stop a stolen 2007 Chevy Monte Carlo that was being driven by Kinley. Kinley along with his passenger, identified as Thompson, did evade police before crashing the stolen vehicle on Popular Street.

Kinley then evaded on foot. Officers did take Thompson into custody who was then charged with theft. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department assisted in the search for Kinley, but they were unable to locate him.

Kinley along with several other suspects in Henry County currently have active warrants and pending charges resulting from the “gang saturation” in which numerous agencies from West Tennessee, including the 24th Judicial “Gang Task Force” conducted in Henry County.

Thompson’s bond was set at $3,500. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Escaped inmate Curtis Ray Watson captured, HCSO assists in search


Curtis Ray Watson is captured by police on Sunday. (Sheriff Monte Belew photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Henning, Tenn.- Escaped inmate and murder suspect Curtis Ray Watson, 44, was captured on Sunday morning, five days after he escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said that the HCSO had been pursuing a lot of avenues in Henry County.

"We were concerned that he might be trying to come back to Henry County," said Belew. "Last night they had a positive sighting down there. We decided to bring both our bloodhounds down there."

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office team went down to Henning to assist in the search for Watson. Belew said that after another credible sighting on Sunday morning the HCSO team was on the "perimeter helping push... the subject popped out about 500 yards in front of us into a bean field and a Tennessee Department of Corrections employee took him into custody.”


(Sheriff Monte Belew photos)

A team of six from Henry County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Henning early on Sunday morning after police confirmed a credible sighting of Watson. Belew said that the HCSO sent down two bloodhounds, Rowdy and Adora, who are both experienced trackers. Rowdy's handler is Cpl. Stacey Bostwick and Adora's handler is Sgt. Wayne Fuqua.

“We’re thankful and glad that he is in custody, where he needs to be," said Belew. "For all of the Lauderdale County residents, as well as Henry County residents, we know he's where he belongs."

A massive manhunt was ongoing since Wednesday for Watson, who is accused of killing TDOC Administrator Debra Johnson before his escape.

HCSO joins in search for escaped inmate Ray Curtis Watson

By Shannon McFarlin
Henning, Tenn.–A team of six from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, including Sheriff Monte Belew and the department’s two bloodhounds, have joined the search for Escapee Curtis Ray Watson in Henning.

Watson escaped from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary on Wednesday and is accused of the murder of prison administrator prison administrator Debra Johnson.

Belew told WENK/WTPR early this morning the team was on the way to Henning and will be staying there the next few days until he is in custody. “We hope today is the day he is caught,” Belew said.

The two bloodhounds that are with the team are Rowdy, whose handler is Cpl. Stacey Bostwick; and Adora, whose handler is Sgt. Wayne Fuqua. Both Adora and Rowdy are experienced trackers.

Curtis Ray Watson, age 44, has ties to both Henry and Carroll Counties. Watson was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted of especially aggravated kidnapping in Henry County in 2012. He was also arrested by Paris Police on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated rape. He also was sentenced to 10 years in state prison after an aggravated child abuse in Carroll County.

The Tennessee Department of Correction posted photos this morning showing a confirmed sighting of Watson overnight on a carport in Henning.

Smash and crash at the demolition derby


One of the competitors gets stuck after being knocked over one of the barriers around the arena by number 35, who would go on to win that heat. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair ended with good old fashion smashing and crashing at the demolition derby on Saturday night as the grandstands were filled with people in attendance.


(Cassie Walsh photos)

HCHS Fishing team comes in 2nd place at Bassmaster High School National Championship


Photo from Kandi Ellis. Shows Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County Fishing team during the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

Buchanan, Tenn. - The team of Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County High School’s Fishing team were edged out of winning the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Saturday as the HCHS team came home with second place.

Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith completed a wire-to-wire win on Saturday to secure their second consecutive victory in the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.


Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith of Briarwood Christian School out of Alabama go wire-to-wire to win back-to-back Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Championships at Kentucky Lake out of Paris, Tenn., with a total of 50 pounds, 1 ounce. Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

The duo, representing Briarwood Christian School of Birmingham, Ala., caught a three-day total of 15 bass that weighed 50 pounds, 1 ounce to earn a landmark win on Kentucky Lake here in the northwest corner of the Volunteer State.

The victory marks the first time a high school duo repeated as national champion.

The winners earned a $4,500 a scholarship, which will go toward their college education. Morris, 18, recently graduated from Briarwood and will compete for the University of Montevallo (Ala.) bass fishing team. Smith, 17, is a rising senior at Briarwood.

Morris and Smith staked an early lead in this year’s championship. Their limit of five bass on Thursday that weighed 19-11 was the heaviest of the tournament, and it gave them a lead of almost 2 pounds on the 300-boat field. They followed with an equally sound 17-11 limit on Friday which increased their margin to more than 4 pounds.

Morris and Smith came back to the pack on Saturday with a limit that weighed 12-11. Things could have been much worse for them, however, as they didn’t complete their limit until there was only 15 minutes of fishing time remaining. That followed the same anxiety-building pattern the duo faced all week, though late bites each day carried them to the championship.

“We had three fish at 10 o’clock today, which was better than the first three days,” Morris said. “So we thought we were making some progress. Tucker caught our fourth fish about an hour later, but then it just shut down completely.”

To catch their fifth keeper, Morris and Smith moved to an area with moving current. The change of scenery was key, and with only minutes to go, Morris caught the team’s fifth bass — a 3-pounder he boated with a 3/8-ounce jig (green pumpkin with a black/blue trailer). A moment later, Smith caught another bass that gave the team its only upgrade of the day.

“It wasn’t much of a cull, but it eased our nerves a little bit,” Smith said.

The Briarwood team certainly needed those final strikes, because Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod of Tennessee’s Henry County High were ready to apply pressure at the scales. The locals caught the big bag on Saturday, a 15-4 limit, that left them a mere 1-12 out of first place in the final standings.

Morris and Smith spent most of the week fishing in the back of the same creek they mastered en route to the 2018 title. They threw dark-colored jigs and chatterbaits and caught their best bass in water as shallow as 2 feet. They worked the creek banks incessantly, trying to excite bites. There weren’t many of them this week, but Morris and Smith eventually found the right ones.

“We weren’t going to leave anything out there,” Smith said. “If we were going to finish second, we weren’t going down without a fight.”

Kentucky Lake was difficult on anglers this week. Only four of the final 12 teams caught limits Saturday, and three of the 12 didn’t catch a weighable fish. On Friday, 129 duos failed to weigh a fish, and on Thursday, 97 teams zeroed.

While many teams struggled, Ellis and Sherrod used their knowledge of the lake to amass 48-5 over three days. They weighed the heaviest bags on both Friday and Saturday.

Rounding out the top five teams are Tyler Finley and Hunter Jones, Mount Pleasant (Tenn.), third, 41-10; Christopher Capdeboscq and Sam Acosta, Northlake Christian School (La.), fourth, 37-14; and Daelyn Whaley and Lilly Smith, Abbeville High(S.C.), fifth, 32-8.

B.A.S.S. awarded nearly $24,000 in college scholarships to the Top 12 teams in the championship. In addition, Bethel University offered more than $500,000 in total scholarship money to the top 24 anglers should they decide to fish at the school located in nearby McKenzie, Tenn.

Taj White and Ethan Ryan of the Arizona High School B.A.S.S. Nation won $875 in scholarship money for catching the Big Bass of the Tournament – a 6-14 largemouth they weighed Thursday.

Morris and Smith were awarded an additional $875 in scholarship funds for having the Big Bag of the Tournament. The money was originally awarded to Hunter Owens, a Natchitoches Central High School student (La.) who was part of the tandem that finished fourth in last year’s high school championship.

Owens was killed in a car accident earlier this year and B.A.S.S. wanted to award the unused scholarship to a deserving team. It was decided before the 2019 championship to present the money to the duo with the heaviest bag this week on Kentucky Lake.

The Carroll County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority, Henry County (Tenn.) and Bethel University hosted the championship.

Bidding high at country ham sale helps bring in over $32,000


Clay Durham on the center of the stage shows off his ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair was busy again on Saturday as more than $32,000 was raised at the country ham sale.

Sixty-seven kids sold their hams at the sale on Saturday as a total of $32,350 was raised. The results of the sale are as follows:


Grand champion Remi Gardner shows her ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • The overall grand champion was Remi Gardner, the daughter of Tas and Beverly Gardner, who sold her ham to Tosh Pork for $600. The overall total for the grand champion was raised by $400 from the Young Farmers and Ranchers Association for a grand total of $1,000.
  • The reserve grand champion was Jaden Kibbler, parents are David and Denay Kibbler, who sold his ham for $550 to Bearing and Supply.
  • The senior high reserve champion was Lexi Daniels, parents are Steve and Pam Daniels, who sold her ham for $525 to Carol and Scott Berryman.
  • The junior high reserve champion was Jack Kibbler, parents are David and Denay Kibbler, who sold his ham for $400 to Tosh Pork.
  • The junior champion was Killian Snow, parents are Bert and Lori Snow, who sold his ham for $475 to Paint Plus Flooring.
  • The junior reserve champion was Allie Paschall, parents are Alan and Amanda Paschall, who sold her ham for $400 to Ronnie Bates Farms plus an additional $200 bringing her total to $600.


Reserve grand champion Jaden Kibbler shows off his ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • Emily Lemonds, parents are Jeremy and Andrea Lemonds, ham sold for $375 to Scott and Carol Berryman.
  • Griffin Parrish Gordon, parents are Danny and SuzAnne Gordon, ham sold for $400 to Martha Parrish.
  • Silas Winders, parents are Lance and Stephanie Winders, ham sold for $400 to Brian and Kim Foster.
  • Clay Durham, parents are Steve and Leigh Anne Durham, ham sold for $400 to Henry County Farm Bureau.
  • Elijah Bruce, parents are Brandon and Jenny Bruce, ham sold for $425 to Tim Boyd.
  • Chloe McElroy, parents are John and Gracian McElroy, ham sold for $525 to Rex Carter.
  • Dinah Winders, parents are Lance and Stephanie Winders, ham sold for $400 to Landmark Realty.
  • Landon Thrower, parent is Heather Thrower, ham sold for $600 to Don Jones.
  • Brady Cox, parents are Stacey and Ginger Cox, ham sold for $375 to Greer and Wade.
  • Bennett Cain, parents are Corey and Melody Cain, ham sold for $475 to Russ Orr.
  • Marley Latta, parents are Todd and Tiffany Latta, ham sold for $550 to the World’s Biggest Fish Fry.
  • McKinley Snow, parents are Bert and Lori Snow, ham sold for $425 to Lakeway IGA.


Lexi Daniels, the senior high reserve champion, shows off her ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • Dallas Craig, parents are Tuffy and Donna Craig, ham sold for $650 to Leon Rogers.
  • Bailey Barker, parents are Jeffrey and Rena Barker, ham sold for $600 to Darrell Barker.
  • Katie Bullion, parents are David and Rebecca Bullion, ham sold for $400 to Carol and Scott Berryman.
  • Emma Collins, parents are Genawae and Michael Collins, ham sold for $400 to Greer and Wade.
  • Ben Murphey, parents are Michael and Susannah Murphey, ham sold for $575 to Beth Murphey.
  • Eden Bruce, parents are Brandon and Jenny Bruce, ham sold for $375 to the WBFF.
  • Paige Craig, parents are Tuffy and Donna Craig, ham sold for $675 to Leon Rogers.
  • Samuel Bruce, parents are Brandon and Jenny Bruce, ham sold for $375 to Southern Concrete.
  • Cylie Parrish, parent is Martha Parrish, ham sold for $400 to Steve and Landra Sanders.
  • Davy Harrod, parent is Beth Harrod, ham sold for $400 to Jane Murphey.
  • Anna Daigle, parents are Andy and Shannon Daigle, ham sold for $450 to Milam Farms.
  • Annie Grace Snow, parents are Bert and Lori Snow, ham sold for $500 to Tim Boyd.
  • Emma Jane Murphey, parents are Michael and Susannah Murphey, ham sold for $475 to Bearing and Supply.
  • Silas Smith, parents are Johnathan and Krisitina Smith, ham sold for $375 to Jerry and Janet Bomar.
  • Anne Claire Collins, parents are Andy and Susanne Collins, ham sold for $500 to Jamie Orr.


Jack Kibbler, the junior high reserve champion, shows off his ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • Alyssa Mellon, parent is Carrie Mellon, ham sold for $650 to Commercial Bank.
  • Craig Anderson, parents are Chip and Karen Anderson, ham sold for $575 to Security Bank.
  • Kelli Chipman, parents are Don and Nicole Chipman, ham sold for $550 to C&G Underground.
  • Curtis Sykes, parent is Tom Sykes, ham sold for $500 to Paint Plus Flooring.
  • Eva Lemonds, parents are Jeremy and Andrea Lemonds, ham sold for $375 Landmark Realty.
  • Marshall McClure, parents are Matthew and Kasey McClure, ham sold for $400 to Board of Public Utilities.
  • Cameron Collins, parents are Andy and Susanne Collins, ham sold for $550 to Jerry and Janet Bomar.
  • Hunter Webb, parents are Darren and Cheryl Webb, ham sold for $375 to Rosh Pork.
  • Gail Ellis, parents are Willia and Shawna Ellis, ham sold for $375 to Security Bank and Trust.
  • Carson Greene, parents are Jeremy and Amanda Greene, ham sold for $400 to Andy and Suzanne Collins.
  • Piper Miles, parents are Kevin and Jaie Miles, ham sold for $725 to Triple C Consturction.


The Jr. champion Killian Snow shows off his ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • Lee Hayes, parents are Matt and Stacy Hayes, ham sold for $750 to his grandparents Jerry Hayes.
  • Rafe Howard, parents are Lisa and William Howard, ham sold for $425 to Tim Miles.
  • John Thomas Atkins, parents are Craig and Michele Atkins, ham sold for $425 to Carol and Scott Berryman.
  • Jackson Ridgeway, parents are John Penn and Melissa Ridgeway, ham sold for $550 to Larry Sprouts.
  • Ruby McClure, parents are Matthew and Kasey McClure, ham sold for $500 to Dale and Connie Bell.
  • Christine Martin, parents are Pam and Chris Martin, ham sold for $975 to Indoor Comfort.
  • Hunter Miller, parents are George and Miranda Miller, ham sold for $400 to his parents, George and Miranda Miller.
  • Jesse Harrod, parent is Beth Harrod, ham sold for $425 to Michael and Suzanna Murphey.
  • Jacob Paschall, parents are Clint and Kelly Paschall, ham sold for $425 to his grandparents Roy and Ann Paschall.
  • Stella Hart, parents are Jessica Sutton and Tony Hart, ham sold for $400 to Scott and Carol Berryman.
  • Kyleigh Miller, parents are George and Miranda Miller, ham sold for $400 to BPU.
  • Gavin Paschall, parents are Clint and Kelly Paschall, ham sold for $425 to Security Bank and Trust.
  • Courtney Rhodes, parents are Samantha Camper and Dustin Hillard, ham sold for $400 to the WBFF.


Allie Paschall, the Junior reserve champion, shows her ham at the country ham sale at the Henry County Fair on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

  • Brooke Blankenship, parents are Becky and Dennis Wilson, ham sold for $450 to Bearing and Supply.
  • Easton Blankenship, parents are Becky and Dennis Wilson, ham sold for $500 to Tosh Pork.
  • Emma Kate Atkins, parents are Craig and Michele Atkins, ham sold for $475 to Lakeway IGA.
  • Aiden Harrod, parent is Beth Harrod, ham sold for $425 to Jane Murphey.
  • Christian Patton, parents are Michael and Rose Patton, ham sold for $400 to Tosh Pork.
  • Noah Harber, parents are Paul and Danyel Harber, ham sold for $550 to Commercial Bank.
  • Janna Harrod, parent is Beth Harrod, ham sold for $425 to Jane Murphey.
  • Jackson Webb, parents are Darren and Cheryl Webb, ham sold for $400 to Tosh Pork.
  • Bennett Cain, parents are Corey and Melody Cain, ham sold for $450 to Scott and Carol Berryman.
  • Abby Smith, parents are James and Tas Smith, ham sold for $450 to Tim Boyd.

Police make several arrests that include rape, reckless endangerment and evading

Henry County, Tenn.- A Cottage Grove man was arrested on statuary rape charge on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Tyler Middleton, 27, of 1105 McClure Road of Cottage Grove for aggravated statuary rape. Middleton’s bond was set at $80,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Robert Baker, 73, of 800 Elkhorn Nobles Road of Paris on Saturday for aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. Baker’s bond was set at $15,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick arrested Kenneth O’Daniel, 52, of 55 Hidden Acres Road of Paris on Friday for simple possession of a schedule II substance and two counts of failure to appear. O’Daniel’s bond was set at $11,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. He will also appear Friday in Henry County Circuit Court on one of the failure to appear charges.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins arrested Crystal Mayo, 44, of 2590 Old Union Road of Paris on Saturday for evading arrest and violation of probation. Mayo’s bond was set at $2,000 on the evading charge. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court on the evading charge. She is also scheduled to appear Friday in Henry County Circuit Court.

Hitting the right target at Shoot Out with the Sheriff


From left, retired Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Williams and Sheriff Monte Belew shoot Annie Oakley as the rest of the shooters wait for their chance to shoot.(Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- Shoot Out with the Sheriff saw another successful year on Saturday as fifty-six kids and their parents came out to Holly Fork Shooting Complex, where the kids got to shoot various fun games from duck flush and around the world to Annie Oakley.


Evan Bevill (front, right shooting) shoots around the world as the rest of the shooters wait their turn to see who will shoot the best and win a gift certificate to Hulme’s Sporting Goods. (Cassie Walsh photo)

In addition to shooting, kids also got the chance to win gift certificates to Hulme’s Sporting Goods. The event was sponsored by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tosh Farms and Edward Farms.

HCSO, PPD partner with THSO for "Booze It, Lose It" campaign beginning Friday, Aug. 16th

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department will be partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety office (THSO) for its “Booze It and Lose It” campaign going on from Friday, Aug. 16th to Monday, Sept. 2nd surrounding the Labor Day holiday. This initiative coincides with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization to increase impaired-driving enforcement nationwide.

“The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting increased enforcement efforts to insure the safety of motorists on our roadways,” said Sheriff Monte Belew.

The Paris Police Department will also be conducting extra patrols to include enforcement directed in protecting the citizens of Paris and Henry County by locating and prosecuting those for driving drunk and distracted driving. The PPD will also be focusing on other areas of infractions such as seatbelts and speeding.

“Please help in our effort to make the beginning of this holiday season a happy and safe one,” said PPD Chief Chuck Elizondo. “By not drinking and driving or any of the above listed infractions.”

Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year.

The consequences of a single DUI conviction for a first-time offender in the state of Tennessee may include costly fines, court costs, legal fees, jail time, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, and/or the installation of an ignition interlock device in his/her vehicle.

The THSO provides grant funding to support to both the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Police Department’s increased enforcement efforts during the Booze It and Lose It campaign. For more information about the THSO, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

Henry County Fishing team in second place on Day 2 of High School Championship


Photo from Kandi Ellis. Shows Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County Fishing team during the tournament.

By David Jackson
Buchanan, Tenn.- The second day of the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors saw the team of Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod from Henry County jump to second position with just one day remaining.  Mercedes and Gage caught the 5 fish limit on Thursday weighing 13-13 to trail the leaders Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith of Briarwood Christian School who had a 5 limit weight of 19-11 to lead all teams.

Henry County's Ellis and Sherrod bounced back with a 19-4 weigh in to make the top 12 teams that will compete Saturday on Kentucky Lake for the National Championship. The 19-4 added to the day one catch gives them a total of 33 lbs. 1 oz. while Morris and Smith lead with 37 lbs. 6 oz.

A total of 252 teams have been competing for the National Championship, but only 12 teams remain.

Defending champions maintain lead on Day 2 of High School Championship


Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith of Briarwood Christian School out of Alabama maintain the lead on Day 2 at the 2019 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Championship at Kentucky Lake out of Paris, Tenn., with a total of 37 pounds, 6 ounces. Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Two hurdles cleared and only one more to go for Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith at the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The tournament’s defending champions maintained their lead on the 300-team field by catching a limit of five bass Friday that weighed 17 pounds, 11 ounces. That gave them a two-day total of 37-6, which is more than 4 pounds heavier than their nearest challenger for the championship.

Morris and Smith are representing Briarwood Christian School, which is located in Birmingham, Ala.  Morris, 18, recently graduated from the school, and Smith, 17, is a rising senior.

Though they stayed atop the leaderboard, Morris and Smith struggled again on Friday to find keeper bites.

They had only one bass in the live well at 11 a.m., which had them concerned. They aren’t alone, as Kentucky Lake has been difficult for many teams to read this week. On Friday, 129 duos failed to weigh a fish, and on Thursday, 97 teams met a similar fate.

Morris and Smith caught their fifth keeper just before 3 p.m. Friday and headed to Paris Landing State Park for weigh-in, confident they had enough to hang onto the lead.

“We were pretty relaxed this morning, just wanting to go out and have fun,” Morris said. “But we were boat 300 today, so I had some butterflies waiting to go. When we didn’t get a bite until 10:30 a.m., I was like ‘Oh no.’ We wound up only getting a bite like every two hours.”

“You try not to think about it. You just have to go out and fish,” Smith said.

The duo is hoping to catch a limit much earlier on Saturday, but they’re prepared for another day of hard work to keep their lead and win consecutive national titles.

“We’ve just got to keep grinding,” Morris said. “We’ll keep the trolling motor in the water.”

Smith said they encountered some angling pressure on Friday, but that’s shouldn’t be the case on Saturday with the field cut to 12 after the Day 2 weigh-in.

“It’s a new day,” Smith said.

While some teams have fought to figure out Kentucky Lake, Mercedes Ellis and Gage Sherrod are not one of them.

Ellis and Sherrod, who attend Henry County (Tenn.) High School just a few miles down U.S. 79 from Paris Landing State Park, caught a 19-4 limit on Friday, which was the heaviest of the day. Their two-day total of 33-1 has them in second place overall.

The locals focused on brush piles through the first two days of the tournament and plan to do so again with a championship in their sights.

“We know a ton of spots here,” Sherrod said. “Every day we’ve fished in practice and in the tournament, we’ve averaged about 16 or 17 pounds. When you have all these people from around the country, some of them get on the fish more than others. We know the bites will be slow, but we know the fish are there and we know how to catch them. We just have to stay patient.”

Ellis had the big bass of the day – a 6-5 kicker she pulled from a pocket that had sticks to provide structure and a ditch draining into it.

“Everyone definitely heard me (yelling) when I caught it,” Ellis said. “There was a lot of excitement.”

Daelyn Whaley and Lilly Smith from Abbeville (S.C.) High are in third place with 32-8 over two days. They are fishing shallow water; a strength they learned at home.

Whaley and Smith struggled, too, on Friday morning, but their favorite spot turned on again around noon, and they soon had a limit in the livewell.

“It’s the spot, but it’s the presentation, too,” Whaley said of her team’s success. “We don’t fish offshore. Even if they’re catching offshore, we don’t like to. We’re doing what we like to do, and that helps a lot. Also, we had to push and work our way in there. It’s hard work, but it’s been worth it.”

Whaley has fished in four consecutive national championships and she’s now made the top 12 in three of those years, and with three different partners, to boot.

Smith said she thinks a national title is possible.

“We could have kept catching them today, but we didn’t to pressure them too bad,” Smith said. “When we thought we had enough to qualify for (Saturday,) we decided to leave some for tomorrow.”

Each of the 300 teams competing in the championship qualified via four different Bassmaster High School Series events this year or their respective state team trails.

A total of $22,000 in scholarship awards will be split among the Top 12 teams in the championship. The winning duo will earn a $4,500 gift that will help fund each angler’s college education.

Taj White and Ethan Ryan of the Arizona high School B.A.S.S. Nation still lead for Big Bass of the Tournament with the 6-14 largemouth they caught Thursday.

The third and final day of competition will begin with a 6 a.m. CT take-off from Paris Landing State Park. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m., also from the state park.

The Carroll County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority, Henry County (Tenn.) and Bethel University are hosting the event.

Paris man arrested for sale of methamphetamine

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for the sale of methamphetamine on Thursday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jamie Myrick with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Reginald Wiseman, 47, of 708 Cooper St. of Paris for the sale of a schedule II substance (meth). Wiseman’s bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Police investigate two separate incidents of vandalism

Henry County, Tenn.- Police are investigating two separate cases of vandalism where the ignition switch on two vehicles had been damaged earlier in the week.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry responded to a home on Megan Lane in Paris on Wednesday in reference to vandalism of a vehicle.

Perry spoke to the owner of a 2001 GMC, who stated that someone had busted out the ignition switch in the GMC. The victim told police that they had been out of town for a month and a few days after she returned home she found the damage to the vehicle. The case has since been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.

In a separate incident, Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Barton responded to Church Street in Cottage Grove in reference to vandalism of a motorcycle. The victim told police that someone had cut the ignition switch off of her 2002 Harley Davidson Sportster sometime between the date of July 4- Aug. 4.

Police investigating items that were stolen from a Paris home

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Andrews took a report of burglary and theft of several items that had been stolen from home on Porter Switch Road in Paris on Tuesday.

When Andrews spoke to the owner he stated that a man and woman had been staying at the home for the last four months and the victim asked both people to move out of the home after he found several items missing from the home. Items that were missing included, a large chain hoist valued at $1,500, a Dewalt brand Miter box valued at $480 and two canvas tents valued at $1,265.  The owner stated that the subjects entered a storage building and had taken the items.

Officers did contact local pawn shops to see if they could locate the stolen items. Police were able to recover the chain hoist that was stolen from the victim. Two people of interest were named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

HCHD Closing a Portion of India Rd. Monday Aug. 12th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close India Road beginning at 8am Monday August 12th for culvert replacement. Due to the difficulty of the project, the road will be closed for two or three days and possibly more if inclement weather hits.

The last accessible road for motorists travelling from Paris will be Henderson Lane with the last accessible address being #525. For motorists travelling from Shady Grove Road, the last accessible road will be Fieldstone Drive and the last accessible address being house #730.

Friday Fair Events

Paris, Tenn.- Friday’s activities at the Henry County Fair include adult and youth exhibits open for viewing until 9pm; retiree afternoon and ice cream social at 2pm; commercial exhibits from 5-9pm, kids gardening activities from 6-7pm; a variety of music performed by Dutton and Friends at the Commercial Building stage at 7pm; butter making for the kids at 7pm; painting at the fair, for $5 at 7pm as well.

The USA Pullers Tractor Pull will be at the arena at 7pm with admission being $10 to anyone over the age of 6. There will be a cash give-away at 8:30pm at the arena on Friday night as well.

Saturday Fair Events

Paris, Tenn.- Saturday’s events at the Henry County Fair include a shootout with the Sheriff at Holly Forks Shooting Complex as you can challenge the sheriff in competition from 8am to Noon; beef cattle show at 9am; blacksmith association demonstrations under the pavilion from 9am to 1pm; Antique Tractor Show and judging from 9am to Noon under the pavilion; the Country Ham Sale is at 1pm; Kids demo derby at 6pm, and the main demolition derby at 7pm with $10 admission. Saturday also has a cash giveaway at 8:30pm at the arena.

Season Tix on Sale; Patriots Have 5 Home Games

Paris, Tenn.- Season football tickets for Henry County High School Patriot Football games are on sale now at the HCHS main office. You can renew your tickets from 9am to 2pm Monday thru Friday for $45 for the year.

The Patriots open the road at Haywood County on August 23rd, travel to Beech on August 30th. The first home game is Friday September 6th against Dyer County. The Patriots are home the next week September 13th against Brentwood. September 20th the Pats travel to Clarksville High before returning home for games against Kenwood and Germantown. October 11th will be at West Creek, the open week is the 18th, Northeast is at home on the 25th and November 1st wraps up the season at Northwest.

Livestock Auction Culminates Huge Thurs. Night at the Fair

Sarah Cate Orr with her Grand Champion Steer (Shanon McFarlin photos)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris,  Tenn.- It was a big night at the Henry County Fair Thursday night and cooler temperatures brought out a large crowd for the annual Junior Livestock Sale.

Jackie Hamilton (picture below) was the auctioneer for his 55th year. He said he started at the age of 15, just auctioneering the hog show “and they just kept adding more and more and finally, I was doing all of them.” Tucker Kail took over at the mid-way point for Hamilton, who said Kail is learning the ropes.

In the Junior Market Goat Sale:

Overall Grand Champion & Bred & Born Grand Champion was shown by Brooklyn Koch, daughter of Dusten and Crystal Koch. It was bought at $2.50 a pound by K And J Slaughterhouse. Overall Reserve Champion and Bred & Born Grand Champ also was shown by Brooklyn Koch and it was bought at $2.50 a pound by John and Priscilla Sutton.

In the Junior Steer Sale:

Grand Champion was shown by Sarah Cate Orr, daughter of Jamie and Scarlett Orr, bought for $5 a pound by Pioneer Portable Buildings.

Reserve Champion was shown by Addison Delaney, daughter of Scott and Heather Delaney, sold for $3 a pound to Scott and Carol Berryman.

Grand Champion Bred and Born shown by Britian Hutson, son of Joey and Christina Hutson, bought for $3 a pound by Paris Natural Gas.

Reserve Champion Bred and Born shown by Rush Cox, son of Chad and Maria Cox, sold for $3 to Coleman Tractor.

Junior Market Hog Sale:

Grand Champion shown by Bryleigh Hayes, daughter of Chuck and Cheri Hayes, $5.50 a pound, Tosh Farms.

Reserve Champion, Pearl Davis, daughter of Stan and Brittany Davis, $3.50 a pound, Tosh Farms.

Grand Champion Bred and Born, Katelyn Koch, Dusten and Crystal Koch, $3.75 to BPU.

Reserve Champion Bred and Born, Sidney Heath, daughter of Shane and Melody Heath, $2.75 a pound, B & J Equipment.

Junior Market Lamb Sale:

Overall Grand Champion, Makenzy Cox, daughter of Jeremy and Kasey Cox.

Overall Reserve Champ, Charlotte Schultz, daughter of Jeremie and Molly Schultz.

Bred and Born Grand Champion, Savannah Kate Staggs, daughter of Junior and Katie Staggs.

Earlier in the evening, winners of the Woolies Revue were named:

  1. Eva Coleman, 8, Paris, daughter of Josh and Erin Coleman.
  2. Macie Ruth James, 7, daughter of Jamie and Ashley James.
  3. Landry Kate Flowers, 5, daughter of Lydia Flowers.

Alabama Team Leads After Day 1 of High School Championship on Ky Lake

Buchanan, Tenn.- Excuse Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith if they had a case of déjà vu on Thursday at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

After all, they’ve led this tournament before.

Morris and Smith, the defending high school national champions, caught a five-bass limit Thursday that weighed 19 pounds, 11 ounces. That gave the duo from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., nearly a 2-pound lead in the tournament being held this week on Kentucky Lake.

A whopping 300 teams from 243 different high schools are competing in the three-day championship. They represent 40 different states and one Canadian province.

None of the teams were as impressive as Morris and Smith on Thursday. But still, the leaders said they struggled to pinpoint bass on Kentucky Lake. They weren’t alone, as 97 of the 300 teams didn’t catch a weighable fish.

“We only had six bites today, but I guess they were the right ones,” Morris said. “We got our sixth bite at 1 o’clock, and we had to weigh-in at 2.”

Morris and Smith buzzed shorelines all day, hoping to spark the bass into action. It was a frantic pace, they said, but it paid off at the scales. The biggest bass in their bag weighed 5-12, and the other four fish averaged more than 3 pounds apiece.

“We were fishing shallow,” said Smith, who caught the 5-12 kicker. “I saw it from about 10 feet away ... I thought it might be a carp, but if it was a bass, I knew it was a big one.”

The 19-11 total was heavier than any bag Morris and Smith caught on their way to last year’s title. Their best bag in the 2018 tournament weighed 18-9, and they totaled 50-2 over three days to earn the win.

“This takes a lot of pressure off,” Smith said of taking an early lead. “We caught 16-10 last year on Day 1 and were in fifth place.”

Morris and Smith said they’ll stick to their game plan Friday. It’s worked for two consecutive years, so why not?

“That’s all we can do, is just go fishing,’ Morris said. “And we’ll keep doing what we do best. It’s gotten us the right bites so far.”

Daelyn Whaley and Lilly Smith of Abbeville (S.C.) High School are in second place with five bass weighing 17-15. The girls thought their bag weighed less, so they were pleasantly surprised by their Day 1 total.

Whaley caught a 5-9 bass that anchored the Abbeville catch.

“I skipped up under a hanging limb,” Whaley said. “I saw him swim out and when I set the hook, I saw his big head. I said, ‘Get the net!’ and it swam right into it.”

Whaley’s first cousin, Carter McNeil of Bethel University, teamed with Cole Floyd to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops last week on Lake Chickamauga, also in Tennessee.

Rounding out the Top 5 teams on Thursday were Lake Norsworthy and William Burt of the Brandon Bulldog Bass Club (Miss.), third, 15-4; Tyler Finley and Hunter Jones, Mount Pleasant (Tenn.), fourth, 15-2; Alex Curington and Bre Arnold, Good Hope Fishing Team (Ala.), fifth, 14-4.

Each of the 300 teams competing in the championship qualified via four different Bassmaster High School Series events this year or their respective state team trails.

A total of $22,000 in scholarship awards will be split among the Top 12 teams in the championship. The winning duo will earn a $4,500 gift that will help fund each angler’s college education.

Taj White and Ethan Ryan of the Arizona high School B.A.S.S. Nation only weighed one bass Thursday, but it was the heaviest of the day. Their 6-14 largemouth puts them in 62nd place overall.

Friday’s competition will begin with a 6 a.m. CT takeoff from Paris Landing State Park. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m., also from the state park. The field will be trimmed to the Top 12 teams after Friday’s weigh-in is complete.

The Carroll County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority, Henry County (Tenn.) and Bethel University are hosting the event.         
                       

County schools to offer art/ag classes at all three middle schools


(Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System Board of Education met Thursday night where the board approved to add an art/ag teacher at Lakewood School in an effort to promote art/ag classes across all three middle school.

The board approved to add a new art/ag teacher position at Lakewood School.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity,” said Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins. “I’m so impressed with our administrative team and how they have jumped at a new opportunity and taken this and rolled with it. To discuss offering ag at each of our middle schools and we’ll have the opportunity to have an active FFA organization at the middle school level.”

With the addition of the position of an art/ag teacher at Lakewood School, all three middle schools will offer art/ag. Watkins said that with the addition of the art teacher at Lakewood it would allow the school system to offer an art 1 credit at all three middle schools in eighth grade students that will count towards high school credit, which allows them to pursue additional courses when they get to high school.

“By adding this position to Lakewood School we will be able to offer both of these program at all three of our middle schools,” said Director of Schools Dr. Watkins. “We have existing personnel at Henry and Harrelson that will be able to rework their schedules so that they will be able to offer both art and ag at the schools.”

In other business, the board tabled a discussion about two options for retaining Rob Whitfield as the county school board attorney. The discussion came about when Whitfield approached Jill Coker, board chairman, and Dr. Watkins about increasing the compensation he receives from the board.

Coker stated that Whitfield has said that there hasn’t been a compensation increase for the board attorney in the five years he has served in that position. Whitfield currently receives $1,800 in compensation in. The first option stated that the board would pay a $3,000 retainer to Whitfield, where he would continue to attend monthly board meetings and handle small matters from time to time, which would be included in that fee.

Coker said that the second option that was discussed decreasing Whitfield’s workload instead of increasing his compensation. The second option would focus on decreasing Whitfield’s workload by not requiring him to attend the monthly board meetings and he would only attend meetings on an as needed basis and would continue his current pay of $1,800 annually.

“Any work including his meeting attendance would be billed against that ($1,800 retainer) and if we depleted that by the end of the year, Rob would bill us for services rendered,” said Coker.

The board voted to table the discussion in order to read over each option more carefully to see what the best option would be for the school board.

County school board welcomes student rep, discusses R2BR at Henry and artificial turf at HCHS


Photo: Carson Nelson (left) sits next to board member Tom Beasley as HCHS principal Dr. Michele Webb announced that Nelson would serve as the new student representative on the school board. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School principal Dr. Michele Webb announced to the Henry County BOE on Thursday night that the student representative for 2019-20 school year would be Carson Nelson.

Nelson has served a student ambassador during his sophomore, junior and senior year. He has also been active in the Speech team. Webb said that a total of three equally qualified students applied for the position of student representative. Nelson is the third student to serve as a student representative on the board.

In other business, Henry Elementary School principal David Kibbler and Valerie Godina spoke to the board about the Read to be Ready camp that was held at Henry this year. Last month Lakewood and Harrelson spoke about how the R2BR camp was successful at each of their schools.

“This is the third year that we’ve gotten to do program,” said Kibbler. “It’s been very successful all three years that we’ve had the program.”

Godina said that the kids got to make peach preserves and homemade soap and churn butter. She said that the kids found that the camp was pretty enjoyable and fascinating. Students got to take home 25 books to take home over the four week camp. Henry had 30 campers and the school average 24-25 students that attended each day of the camp.

Godina said that the fact that student also received breakfast and lunch was also a big draw for the camp.

“There is some potential that this grant money that was used for the program might go away,” said Director of Schools Dr. Watkins. “We see great value in it. If you know any influential people please let them know how important this program (Read to be Ready) is.”

Director’s report:
“Ms. Amy Veazey and I went to the fair and it’s amazing to see the work and effort these kids and parents have put in at the fair this year,” said Watkins. “We’ve had a great start to the school year… everyone’s doing a great job.”

Board member Josh Frey asked if the board had gone down to see about looking at the artificial turf at Dyersburg High School. Dr. Watkins said that she, Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete, HCHS football coach James Counce Jr. and Maintenance supervisor John Akers traveled to Dyersburg to look at the artificial turf.

Watkins said that turf technology has come a long way and that Dyersburg installed the turf about 7 years ago and it “still looks amazing.”

“I looked for the wear and tear on the field and you couldn’t see it,” said Watkins. “I was very pleased. The turf was surprisingly flexible and soft… it had some cushion to.”

She said that the coach in Dyersburg said that they host over 350 events a year from band and soccer events to middle school games. Watkins also said that they check the turf and do a GMax test to make sure that checks to make sure turf has the same give and bounce back in order to maintain a safe environment for the students.

“Their coach said that the injury rate has reduced as a result of having the turf,” said Watkins.

The next Henry County School System Board of Education meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 at HCHS.

Watkins also announced that there will be a Paris-Henry County community forum meeting on Sept. 24 from 5-8:30 p.m. at Paris Elementary. It will be a community input gathering events with topics including education, workforce development and more.

Planning Commission Approves Official Splash Pad Site Plan

Planning Commission members look at the official plan for the Splash pad. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission officially approved the site plan for the development of the Eiffel Tower Splash Pad at their meeting on Thursday evening. In previous months, the Planning Commission had reviewed a conceptual site plan as a prerequisite to executing a contract with the State of Tennessee. Since then, engineers have completed a complete site plan which planners were presented with prior to Thursday night’s meeting.

City Manager Kim Foster said there’s been lots of work and some minor changes on the plans over time, but these are fully approved and drawn and we are now ready to proceed once they are formally approved.

In other business Thursday night, planners approved a site plan revision for Campbell Therapy Campbell Therapy plans to add an additional 7 parking spaces with a total of 200 sq. ft. in each space as required by Zoning Ordinance. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the City recommended approval upon a minor subdivision plan to move the property line to get all the parking spots in and paving for parking spots must be done within one year.

Planners Approve Medical Office, Conveience Store Site Plans

Paris, Tenn.- Planning Commission members also reviewed and approved a site plan for Dr. Russell Boyd to put in a Medical Office at 239 Tyson Avenue. It will be an addition to the former dental office of Dr. Ted Callicott. The building site is located between Dr. Boyd’s existing office and HCMC. The plan call so 1,148 sq. feet addition to the existing 913 sq. ft. of the current building. The proposed total would be 2,061 sq. ft. Staff recommended the plat be approved contingent that the sewer line doesn’t belong to the City of BPU and any issues would be the property owners. Also the dumpster pad with existing asphalt height is fine, but it also becomes the sole property of the owner for any future issues.

The Chris Willoughby complete site plan for his shop on Manley St. was presented for review and approval Thursday night after a variance was granted in July by the BZA and many questions were asked. The proposal is for a 2,045 Sq. ft. building with 8 parking spaces. Planners granted approval.

Another site plan for Patel Convenience Store was approved for property on Hwy. 69. The site was revised to accommodate utilities that were found to be located on the property and the owner agreed to work with BPU to relocate the water line to revert back to one of the earlier site plans. This new plan is also better suited for the original setbacks. 

BZA Board Approves Special Use Permit

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the Planning commission meeting on Thursday night, the Board of Zoning Appeals met and approved a special use permit for Cottage Grove Christian School to operate at Lee Academy for the Arts, at 402 Lee St., in Paris.

This is required by Paris Zoning Ordinance as any new or relocating school must submit an application to the BZA. Since Lee Academy has always been used as a school in the past, there were no additional requirements needed and the BZA granted the request.

Reynoldsburg Rd. Home Heavily Damaged in Fire

Paris, Tenn.- A Reynoldsburg Rd. house was heavily damaged by fire and Paris firefighters were called to the scene twice Thursday when the fire rekindled.

Upon arrival at 1615 Reynoldsburg Rd. at 9:45 a.m., firefighters found smoke coming from the attic. According to the report, firefighters performed an interior offensive attack, extinguished the fire and ventilated the structure.

No one was injured.

It was reported to firefighters that workers were doing electrical work at the time of the fire.

Firefighters were called back to the scene at 3:05 p.m. and found that the fire had followed a wire further into the attic. The fire was again extinguished and Paris Board of Public Utilities shut off the power to the home.

The property is owned by Christine Townsend. Losses to the property were estimated at $10,000 and to contents of $2,000.

Local Law Enforcement Helping TDOC and TBI in Watson Search

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Deputy Damon Lowe of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said the HCSO is working closely with the Tennessee Department of Corrections and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as the search for escapee from Henning,Curtis Ray Watson continues. Chief Lowe said "we are working hand in hand with TDOC and TBI and we are asking all citizens to keep aware of their surroundings and if they see something contact law enforcement."

The TBI issued a blue alert on Watson Wednesday after he escaped from the West TN State Pen. He is a person of interest in connection with the death of a TDOC employee August 7th. Watson has ties in Carroll and Henry County.

Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson had been fielding calls asking about previous charges in Henry County and he released the documents from Watson being charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, his plea, and judgement from December 3rd, 2012.

Watson at the time was accussed of knowingly confining his wife against her liberty using an aluminum baseball bat, leading to the especially aggravated kidnapping charge. This occurred in Henry County in July of 2012. Assistant DA Paul Hessing, brought forth the charges.

Drug Paraphernalia Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on drug paraphernalia charges on Tuesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Clyde Sulcer arrested Travious Etheridge, 22,  and Eric Paschall, 30, both of 370 Vale Road of Mansfield at the Henry County Jail on Tuesday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Paschall’s bond was set at $1,000 and Etheridge’s bond was set at $2,500. Etheridge and Paschall were each scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Hayley French arrested David South, 20, of Greenfield on Wednesday for burglary. South’s bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson arrested Latasha Peek, 30, of Blountsville, Ala. on Wednesday as a fugitive from justice for violation of probation charge out of Cullman County, Ala. Peek’s bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Cpl. Jeff Smith arrested Blair Rowe, 24, of Olive Branch, Miss. on Tuesday for public intoxication. Rowe’s bond was set at $500. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

FLBA Members Do Well at National Conference

San Antonio, Tx..- Thirteen Henry County Future Business Leaders of America members attended the 2019 National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, along with 20,000 students, advisers, and guests from all over the United States and abroad.  The following students competed in a variety of business and finance-related presentation and objective events.

Nathan Beasley and Lilly Underwood, Public Service Announcement
Macie Brush and Annie Underwood, Emerging Business Issues
Lexi Daniels and Winnie Jones, Public Service Announcement  
Braden Denman, Introduction to FBLA  
Robert Kenworthy, Global Business  
Bella Lowrance and Ben McCormick, Business Plan
Bella Lowrance, Kashaina Nucum, and Blake Yearry, Community Service Project
Kashaina Nucum, Business Calculations
Kevin Tyler, Computer Problem Solving
Blake Yearry, Sports Management

Students prepare each school year for competitive events and advance through  Locals, Regionals, and State.  When placing at State, students are invited to compete at Nationals which is located in a different city each year.  Kashaina Nucum placed 3rd in the nation this year in Business Calculations and was awarded $100 prize money.  

Public and their Pets Invited to Dog Park Check Presentation Aug. 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Recently the announcement was made through social media that the City of Paris had received a $25,000 grant through the Tennessee Dog Park Dash funded by the Boyd Foundation. This grant program funds numerous communities across the state to develop and improve dog parks. 

The City of Paris has been informed that Randy Boyd will be in West Tennessee on August 22. He will be visiting the Atkins Porter Dog Park at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 22 to present the City of Paris with the check award.

Since the pet lovers in our community were so instrumental in their social media campaign to win this award, the City is inviting and encouraging everyone to be at the Atkins Porter Dog Park to celebrate this occasion.  Everyone and their dog are invited but you don’t have to have a dog to join in the celebration.  The City of Paris hopes to see everyone at the Dog Park! In the event of rain the festivities will be moved inside the Atkins Porter Recreation Building.

Reminder: Talent Show Tonight at HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a talent show at this year’s Henry County Fair, held Thursday night August 8th at 7pm at the Commercial Building stage. There are two age categories 11 and under and ages 12 to 19. First Place winners receive $75, 2nd Place $50, and 3rd place receives $25. Contestants must register prior to 7pm August 8th. More information is in the Fair Book.

HCHS Speech Team Holding Corn Hole Tourney Aug. 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The HCHS Speech Team will host a Corn Hole Tournament in the auxillary gym at Henry County High School on Saturday August 10th at 10am to raise money for this year’s travel expenses.

Anyone who would like to sponsor the upcoming corn-hole tournament will have their name on a sign at the gym for a $50 donation. For $100 donation, you get the sign plus free entry into the Cornhole tournament. A total of $500 in prize money will be awarded. Forms are available on the HCHS website or in the front office. Cost of registration is $30 for each two man team and if you can pre-register by August 8th with money turned in. Registration will also open at 9:30am on the morning of the tournament.

Pet Show Draws Large Crowd at HC Fair Wednesday Evening

Rep. Bruce Griffey an family with their Great Danes at the Pet Show Wed. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- A huge crowd was at the Henry County Fairgrounds Wednesday night for the annual Pet Show, which drew some 50 entries. Pets of all types, sizes and temperaments competed in a variety of categories—dogs, a steer, a piglet, guinea pig, goat, and even a cat. This year’s show was held at the outdoor pavilion on the fairgrounds.

Mike Wilson was again Emcee of the event and kept the evening moving. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and his K9 Si gave a short demonstration during the ‘working dog’ segment of the program.

Best of Show winners were: Moose Aiosa (adult) and Ruby Hellman (child).

The Food Truck Rodeo also brought out crowds, with several area food trucks serving up menus with a variety of food choices. One food truck even served alligator tacos.

Veronica Steer’s Sunbow Jerseys were honored as Farm Family of the Day

The Farm Family of the Day honored Wednesday was the Veronica Steer Family with Sunbow Jerseys, who set up a display near the pet show.

The For Heaven’s Sake gospel group entertained in the Commercial Building, where exhibits opened. The Country Store also opened up Wednesday, serving good baked goods, cornbread and more.

TBI Issues Reports on Hate Crimes, Crimes Against Officers

Nashville- TBI recently released its annual Hate Crime & Violence impacting Law Enforcement Officers. Among the findings of the report, “Tennessee Hate Crime 2018” the study showed overall the number of incidents indicated as bias-motivated increased by 1.0%. Property-crime related offenses accounted for 24.9%, with the remainder of bias-motivated crimes being those designated as being Crimes against Persons.

Assault offenses were the most frequently reported bias-motivated offenses in 2018. Race/ethnicity/ancestry bias was the most frequently reported known bias in 2018 at 55.6% with anti-Black/African-American comprising 31.6% of the total reported number of hate crimes.

The study titled, “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2018, reported a total of 2,313 LEOKA victims across Tennessee last year. The number of reported LEOKA offenses increased by 27.6% from 2015 to 2018 according to the report. Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense at 55.8%.

TBI Director David Rausch said, “our combined efforts have resulted in a successful program that continues to give our state helpful insight on the volume and nature of crime.”

Both reports are available for review and download on the TBI’s website at www.tn.gov/tbi and by following the appropriate links.

Animals Take Center Stage Thursday at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Animals take center stage at many of Thursday’s Henry County Fair events. Weigh-ins begin at 7:30am for steer and the hog show is a 9am, followed by the Goat Show at 11am and the Old Country Store opens at 11am. The Rotary Club will hold their weekly meeting at Noon Thursday at the Fair.

Thursday afternoon’s events include the lamb and steer show, commercial exhibits open from 5-9pm, the Woolies revue is at 6pm, there’s a talent show at 7pm at the Commercial Building, and the evening concludes with the Jr. Livestock Sale at 7pm with goats, steers, hogs, and lambs the order of the sale. We will broadcast the sale on WLZK 94.1FM.

BZA, Planning Commission to Meet Thurs. 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission meet in regular session Thursday night at the City Hall Courtroom. The BZA board will look to grant a special use permit for Cottage Grove Christian School at 402 Lee St., as the school has relocated to Lee Academy for the Arts. A public notice was posted and property owners within 300 ft. were notified by mail.

The Planning Commission will look at several site plans including moving forward with the Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park. The meetings are open to the public.

Ohio Team Wins Jr. High Bass Fishing Championship

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Mike Abbott and Braden McNamara were the second-best junior team in Ohio this year, but they were unbeatable in the Bassmaster Junior Championship (BJC), which concluded here on Wednesday.

Abbott and McNamara caught a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreation Lake (Tenn.). That was 9 ounces more than North Carolina’s Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond, who had the lead after Day 1 and finished second overall with 19-10.

Abbott and McNamara both are 14 and will start high school in a few weeks. They are members of Hartley’s Hawgs, the team sponsored by longtime pro and Ohio resident Charlie Hartley.

It was the third time Abbott qualified for the Junior Championship, and the second for McNamara. They hadn’t fished together at nationals previously, but they teamed-up for the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship, where they finished in second place and earned their berth in the BJC.

“This is our last year to be able to fish Juniors,” McNamara said. “We just wanted to end on a bang.”

That they did.

Abbott and McNamara caught an 11-0 limit on Day 1, which was good enough for second place, but left them a full 3-4 behind Alexander and Hammond. The Ohio tandem remained steady with a 9-3 sack on Wednesday, and they assumed the hot seats about midway through the final weigh-in.

Alexander and Hammond were the last team to weigh on Wednesday, and they had only 5-6 in their sack, which allowed Abbott and McNamara to vault past them for the championship.

“These guys picked the spot we were going to fish when we were sitting in the garage 500 miles from here,” said Brian McNamara, Braden’s dad and the duo’s boat captain this week. “It’s the same spot we fished both days of this tournament. It was a 100-yard ditch. I have no idea how they came up with it, but it worked.”

The spot proved itself in practice when Abbott caught a 10-pounder. But after drawing boat number 52 (in a 62-boat field) to begin Day 1, the boys were concerned another team would beat them to their spot of choice.

None did, however, and Team Ohio went to work — McNamara with a Bass Pro Shops 1/4-ounce tungsten finesse jig with a YUM Christie Craw trailer, and Abbott with a similar custom jig. They caught a limit early on Day 1, with McNamara’s 4-10 anchoring the bag.

The bite was more difficult Wednesday, with Abbott and McNamara catching only seven or eight keepers. McNamara also was without the jig he used Tuesday, after the knot slipped during a cast and the lure sank to the bottom of the lake.

“That kind of hurt,” he said. “I had just tied it on and it just fell off.”

So, McNamara threw a custom jig on Wednesday instead, and Abbott chose a Strike King Bitsy Flip, also with the Christie Craw trailer. The combination worked, and they were able to catch enough to win the Championship.

“I was hoping and praying (on the way here,) thinking what this would be like,” McNamara said. “It’s amazing.” Abbott agreed.

“Having a trophy that says ‘National Champion’ is incredible,” Abbott said. “It took me three years to figure this lake out. I’m glad I finally did.”

Abbott and McNamara won a $2,000 scholarship that will be dedicated to their college education. Alexander and Hammond, both 13 and heading into the eighth grade, won a $1,000 scholarship for finishing second. They fish with the Rowan County (N.C.) junior team.

Ryder Krueger and Carson Yero of the Myakka City Junior Bassmasters (Fla.)  finished third with 17-14 over two days. The 13-year-old eighth graders also weighed the heaviest bass of the tournament – a 9-0 lunker that sent parents and fans at Wednesday’s weigh-in scrambling for their cellphones.

Krueger caught the bass on a Strike King Rage Tail Space Monkey at about 8:30 a.m. It accounted for more than half of their two-day weight.

“I cast out and it thumped (my lure) really hard. I set the hook on it and it jumped two times. I knew it was a good one.”

“Once I saw it, I knew I had to get the net,” Yero said. “We were full of excitement.”

In all, 32 states and Canada were represented at the BJC. Teams qualified for the tournament via their individual state championship events.

The Carroll County (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce, Bethel University and the Henry County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority hosted the Bassmaster Junior Championship.

TBI Issues Blue Alert for Curtis Ray Watson

(TBI photo)

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a Blue Alert for Curtis Ray Watson. Watson is listed as a person of interest in the homicide of a Tennessee Department of Correction employee on August 7th and is an escapee of the West TN State Penitentiary in Henning. Watson should be considered extremely dangerous. Anyone with information on Watson should call the TBI at 1-800-TBI Find.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation began issuing Blue Alerts on July 1, 2011 as established by TCA 38-6-122, which required the agency to develop a system for the rapid dissemination of information to the public to assist in apprehending violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers in the line of duty or to aid in locating a missing officer where foul play is involved. The program uses the statewide infrastructure of the existing AMBER Alert system to push out critical information to citizens to assist in locating a missing child who is in imminent danger.

HCHD Closes Portion of Rowe School Road in Emergency 

Update: Rowe School Road is now back open.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has close Rowe School Road at House number 3313 Wednesday morning for some emergency culvert repair. The road will be open again later Wednesday afternoon.

Murray State Sees Increase in Private Giving

The Office of Development at Murray State University reports a significant increase in private giving over the last year. With new gifts and pledges from over 5,000 donors, more than $9.1 million was raised from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. This includes the establishment of a scholarship in honor of Preston Cope, the late Marshall County school shooting victim. Pictured from left-right, front row: Teresa Cope, Maddox Cope and Brian Cope.Pictured from left-right, back row: Director of Development, College of Education and Human Services and University Libraries, Melanie Brooks; President of the Murray State University Foundation, Dr. David Durr; Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson; Executive Director of Development, Tina Bernot; Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Dr. David Whaley.

Murray, Ky.- The Office of Development at Murray State University reports a significant increase in private giving over the last year. With new gifts and pledges from over 5,000 donors, more than $9.1 million was raised from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, reflecting a 133 percent increase from the previous fiscal year, in which $3.9 million was raised. 

"I'm regularly amazed at the tremendous generosity of our alumni and friends,” said Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “This past year, we received the largest amount of donations since 2012 to support our students through scholarships, academic programs, athletics and WKMS, among other areas. We are extremely grateful for the unwavering support of those who truly love and support the University.”

The Office of Development builds relationships and generates resources that advance the mission of Murray State by seeking to cultivate a culture of philanthropy that engages the entire campus community. The office facilitates private financial support from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations for institutional priorities as outlined through the University’s strategic planning process. 

Last fall, a major estate gift of more than $2.5 million from Bill and Louise Hatley provided a new scholarship endowment to benefit educational opportunities for industrial and engineering technology students. This major gift set the pace for a strong year of support — the best since the last comprehensive University capital campaign.

“We have a great development team and the support of the entire campus for the work we do to enhance programs and support our students,” said Tina Bernot, executive director of development. “Our donors are encouraged by the many positive changes happening at Murray State and want to be a part of the positive momentum on campus.” 

To make a gift to benefit programs and students at Murray State University, visit murraystate.edu/giving or call the Office of Development at 270-809-3001. 

Paris HC Community Band to Perform Free Concert at Fair Sat. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Community Band Performance will be Saturday August 10th at 7pm at the Commercial Event. The band is under the direction of Michael Holden and the event is free to the public.

HC Fair Hosts Chamber Coffee Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand Wednesday morning at the Enoch Building as the Henry County Fair hosted the August Chamber Coffee. Fair representatives welcomed everyone and President John Perkins thanked the Chamber for holding their banquet and the Chamber Coffee at the Fairgrounds. (David Jackson photos)

Two Farms Added to Century Farms at HC Fair

Denecia Gregson presents the Adams Family with a plaque and gifts for being added to the HC Century Farms.

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Two more Century Farm families were welcomed into the fold Tuesday night at the annual Century Farms Picnic at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

The Adams Farm and the Howard-Dodd Farm were added to the already lengthy list of Henry County farms that have been owned and farmed by the same family for at least 100 years. Henry County now has 32 Century Farms.

The families were on hand for the event and to see their names added to the Century Farms plaque in the commercial building.

A large number of families whose farms already have been added to the Century Farms list were at the picnic. Amy Hastings of the University of Tennessee Extension Service was the speaker. Miss D’s Kitchen catered the meal.

The primary focus of the Century Farms program is to continue honoring and recognizing the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Since its inception, the statewide and ongoing program has more than 1800 certified farms.

The Howard Dodd Family honored on Tues. as a Century Farm in HC.

Ky Lake Hosting High School National Bass Fishing Championship Thurs.- Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Three hundred high school teams are expected to compete on Kentucky Lake starting Thursday and going thru Saturday, Aug. 8-10 for the high school championship bass fishing crown. Each two-angler team is accompanied by a coach who runs the boat and can give advice on fishing techniques and patterns.

Student anglers qualify for the championship through four High School Opens.

“They are the best of the best among 13,000 high school B.A.S.S. members representing more than 1,300 high school fishing clubs nationwide,” Weldon said. “In addition to the 900 anglers and coaches, we expect at least 2,000 family members and friends in attendance, cheering on their favorite teams.”

“We are thrilled to once again host the High School National Championship here in Henry County at beautiful Kentucky Lake,” said Tara Wilson, administrative coordinator, Henry County Tourism Authority. “We welcome all the anglers and their families to our community and wish them all the best of luck!” The public is invited to weigh-ins at 2pm each day at the marina at PLSP.

Bethel Director of Athletics Dale Kelley added, “We are honored as a school and county to be involved and serve as hosts. It provides an opportunity for both Bethel and Carroll County to make a difference and be a part of something special. This introduces so many people to our great lakes and, of course, our university. We wish everyone much success and a safe week here in West Tennessee.”

The High School Series debuted in 2013 and has grown immensely since its inception. The program emphasizes sportsmanship, academics and a conservation ethic while giving young anglers a chance to improve and test their fishing skills in competition among their peers.

Another fast-growing tournament program is the Junior Bassmaster Division, which will field up to 50 teams in that group’s championship  which started Tuesday and finishes up on Wednesday at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake. As in the high school competitions, they will compete as two-angler teams accompanied by a coach.

“We are excited to welcome the young anglers and their families to Carroll County and west Tennessee,” said Brad Hurley, President of Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. “This is our sixth year to be a host, and our enthusiasm for the Bassmaster Junior National Championship is only growing. Clearly the championship is putting the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake on the radar of many fishermen.”

North Carolina Anglers Lead Day 1 of Jr. High Bass Championship

Carroll County, Tenn.- Hunter Alexander and Hayden Hammond learned how to fish on a handful of the nation’s best bass lakes in their home state of North Carolina. But on Tuesday in the 2019 Bassmaster Junior Championship, their talents took center stage in Tennessee.

The 13-year olds caught a limit of five bass that weighed 14 pounds, 4 ounces to take the Day 1 lead on Carroll County (Tenn.) 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake.

In all, 62 teams from 32 states and Canada qualified for the two-day Championship by way of their individual state events.

Alexander and Hammond won the junior state title on Jordan Lake to reach the Championship, and their bag on Tuesday was anchored by a 6-9 largemouth that was the heaviest bass of the day. Alexander’s catch came mid-morning after he and his partner caught a series of bass too short to keep.

 “I told (Hayden) I had a bite, and it’s a big one,” Alexander said. He was fishing deep water with a Carolina rig.

It wasn’t a personal best for Alexander, but it certainly brought a smile to his face Tuesday. The incoming eighth-graders fish for the Rowan County junior team in North Carolina, and they cut their teeth chasing big bass on big-name fisheries such as High Rock Lake and Lake Norman.

Carroll County’s 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake has been known to produce a few sizable bass in previous junior championships, as well. And on Tuesday, it was Alexander’s turn to boat one. The 6-9 was one of only nine keepers they caught, however.

“They fished hard and they didn’t get frustrated when they didn’t have many fish in the boat,” said Todd Hammond, who is the team’s boat captain and Hayden’s dad. “They didn’t have but one or two (fish in the livewell) early this morning, but they grinded through it and fished hard. They didn’t quit, and that means a lot.”

Hayden said the key to success on Wednesday could be to avoid Tuesday’s early drought.

“We want to get a limit first,” he said. “Then we’ll probably go out deeper and try to find a big bite.”

Mike Abbott and Braden McNamara are in second place with a limit that weighed 11-0. The Ohio-based Hartley’s Hogs duo briefly had the big bass of the day, but were surpassed by the tournament leaders only moments later.

Keaton Bassham and Huntley York of Arkansas’ Bass Open are in third with 10-15, and Bo Hollen and Ari Clark of West Virginia’s Mon Valley Bassmasters are fourth with a limit of 9-7.

Hollen caught a 4-10 bass on Tuesday that was a personal best. He and Clark are both 9 and entering the fourth grade. Dustin Hollen, Bo’s dad and the team’s boat captain, said the youngsters are competitors with a focus that belies their age.

“They haven’t fished in many tournaments, but back home, they’re always fishing in the pond or in the creek. They see these older boys they’re up against, but they put their heads down and caught fish,” Dustin said.

Abigail Panak and Rhiauna Switzer of Oklahoma’s Pretty Water Junior Bass Club are in fifth place with five bass totaling 8-12. More than half of that weight came on the 4-9 bass that buoyed their bag.

The young competitors will take-off Wednesday at 6 a.m. CT from the launch at Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake. Weigh-in will be held again at 1:30 p.m. near the town square at 19463 W. Main St. in downtown Huntingdon.

The winning duo will receive a $2,000 scholarship that will be dedicated to their college education. The second-place team will win a $1,000 scholarship. The team that catches the heaviest bass after the two days of competition will win a $250 scholarship.

The Carroll County (Tenn.) Chamber of Commerce, Bethel University and the Henry County (Tenn.) Tourism Authority are hosting the championships in Huntingdon this week.

Wednesday at the HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is a busy day at the Henry County Fair with the Chamber Coffee at 8am, viewing of adult and youth exhibits all day, the Old Country Store opens at 11am. There’s a Children’s Garden Event at 4pm; Commercial Exhibits open 5-9pm, there will be a Food Truck Rodeo beginning at 5:30pm.

The Veronica Steer Family if the Farm Family of the Day, the West Tennessee Players Resource will pick at Big Ed’s at 6pm, the Pet Show is 6:30pm, and For Heaven’s Sake, a Gospel Group will perform a free concert at 7pm at the stage.

Fall Softball Signups Aug. 10th, 17th at Hulme's

Paris, Tenn.- Fall softball signups will be held Saturday August 10th and Saturday August 17th from 10am to 2pm each day. The signups are at Hulme's Sporting Goods, on Hwy. 641 South.

Gov. Bill Lee Reappoints Henry Countian Jennifer Coleman to Council on Developmental Disabilities

Nashville- Governor Bill Lee has reappointed Henry County resident Jennifer Coleman to a second three-year term on the Council on Developmental Disabilities, representing the Northwest Development District.

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a state government agency that works to bring positive change to the disability services system in Tennessee.  

“I have been honored to be a part of the Council these past three years,” Coleman said. “I am thrilled to continue that work for another term. So many good things are happening, especially as the Council focuses on reaching rural areas like ours with disability resources and information. I will be working hard to continue opening more doors for people with disabilities right here in our community.”

Coleman lives in Paris and works as a nurse practitioner at Henry County Medical Center in Paris. She has a Master of Science in Nursing from Austin Peay State University. Coleman has a young son with Down syndrome and volunteers with area Down syndrome agencies and activities.

Coleman will continue to meet with the full Council on Development Disabilities quarterly in Nashville and will serve as a representative in the local community. Her role connects the Council’s statewide work to the needs in Henry and surrounding counties. The Council on Developmental Disabilities’ work includes improving disability policies and practices, educating policymakers and the public, and partnering with public and private organizations to drive progress for people with disabilities.

“Our agency is unique in state government, because we’re here specifically to change the system, and because we are directly connected to the needs of local disability communities through our Council members,” said Executive Director Wanda Willis. “Jennifer Coleman has been a tremendous asset to the Council, particularly in helping us reach rural communities with disability resources. Her guiding perspective will continue to be invaluable.”

Paris Karate "Kata Thon" Raises over $1800 for St. Judes

Paris, Tenn.- The children classes at Paris Karate have completed their annual fund raiser for St. Jude Children's Hospital. This year Paris Karate held a "Kata Thon".

The "Kata thon" was a week long event, July 15-20, where the student performed "kata", the preset routines of karate techniques. Sponsors donated money for each kata performed.

The theme for this year's "Kata Thon" was "Children Helping Children". Students that participated in this fund raiser helped children at St. Jude while they benefited from practicing their karate skills.

St. Jude is the nation's leading research hospital that treats catastrophic childhood diseases such as cancer. Families are not charged for this expensive treatment and the primary source of funding is from contributions.

328 kata were performed in class and 705 outside class during the event with 116 students participating in the event. Gail Ellis, a Brown Belt, did the most, doing 660 kata at home during the week, setting a new record.

Aubrey Thomasson raised the most money for St. Jude, bringing in $350. For a listing of students with sponsors and the amounts raised, see below.

A total of $1872.65 was raised and sent to St. Jude.

Aubrey Thomasson $350.00
Adam Elliott $194.65
Caleb Roaten $175.00
Nova Lyons $152.00
Gail Ellis $141.00
Easton Phillips $110.00
Wyatt Crawford $150.00
Graysen Crawford $150.00
Sadie Perry $60.00
Jackson Blackwell $50.00
Jameson Kelly $50.00
Karson Wood $20.00
Laine Veliz $20.00
Makenzie Briley $20.00
Ryan Renkel $5.00
Misc online $225.00

Burglary in Springville Investigated

Springville, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson responded to a home on Russwood Drive in Springville on Sunday in reference to an aggravated burglary.

The owner told police that he received a call from neighbor who told him that he noticed the lights were on inside of his home. The homeowner stated that when he went inside the home he noticed that two light fixtures, valued at $250, were stolen and replaced with other light fixtures.

The owner also told police that a 20 gauge single shot shotgun, valued at $150, was missing from a closet in one of the bedrooms. Other items that were missing included several items of jewelry including 5-6 state title and championship softball rings and other items of gold jewelry valued at around $1,000.

Officers did not find any signs of forced entry into the home. Three people of interest were mentioned, but no arrests have been made.

Reminder: Health Screening set for Tuesday, Aug. 6th

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at Sparks Street Church of Christ, at 109 Sparks St. in Paris, on Tuesday, Aug. 6th from 8:30am to 10:30am. There will be free finger stick blood sugar checks, free blood pressure checks, and free osteoporosis screenings.

Finger stick total cholesterol and full lipid panel tests will be offered for $10. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for most accurate results.

For more information, please contact Lori Laser, RN BSN Community Educator at 644-8269.

Tuesday's Fair Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday’s events at this year’s Henry County Fair include viewing of the adult and youth exhibits from 1-8pm, the Century Farm Picnic at 4:30pm; WTPR pickin’ at the Fair at 6pm.

At the arena, there will be a Kiddie Tractor Pull, and power wheels race and the corn hole tournament will go on at the Pavilion. The Don Jones Family will be recognized as the Farm Family of the Day on Tuesday at 6pm.

Other events Tuesday at the Fair include painting for $5, cookie stacking, a free event for the youngsters at 7pm; and the Commercial Building will host a Dance for $5 admission with the Ray Lewis Band performing.

Fair's Royalty Reviews are crowned on Monday


Pictured from left, third maid Roezona Godbott, 2019 Henry County Fairest of the Fair Victoria Grace Owen, 2019 Miss Tennessee Volunteer Kerri Arnold, first maid Sarah Cate Orr and second maid Lexi Daniels.  (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- Pageants continued on Monday night at the Henry County Fair as Little Miss, Jr. Miss and Miss Pre-Teen were crowned during the Royalty Reviews. Miss Tennessee Volunteer 2019 Kerri Arnold from Holladay was the emcee for the pageants.


Pictured from left, second maid Aubrey Brockwell, Little Miss Landry Kate Flowers and first maid Katherine Elizabeth Binkley. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Five contestants competed in the 2019 Henry County Little Miss pageant. Little Miss was Landry Kate Flowers, she is the daughter of Lydia Flowers of Paris. First maid was Katherine Elizabeth Binkley, she is the daughter of Angela and Michael Binkley of Puryear. Second maid was Aubrey Brockwell, she is the daughter of Christian and Adam Brockwell of Paris.


All five contestants in the Little Miss pageant at the Henry County Fair on Monday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Eight contestants competed in the 2019 Henry County Junior Miss pageant.


Pictured from left, first maid Addy May Wade, Junior Miss Kinsley Grace Wilson and second maid Maggie Fowlkes. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Junior Miss was Kinsley Grace Wilson, she is the daughter of Sara Wilson and Kelsey Robinson of McKenzie on the Henry County side. First maid was Addy May Wade, she is the daughter of Hunter Wade and Heather Holt of Paris. Second maid was Maggie Fowlkes, she is the daughter of Clint and Kim Fowlkes of Paris.


All eight contestants in the Junior Miss pageant at the Henry County Fair on Monday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

This year’s Henry County Fair Miss Pre-Teen was Madeline Gottshall, she is the daughter of Megan and Todd Gottshall of McKenzie.


Miss Pre-Teen Madeline Gotshall.  (Cassie Walsh photo)

Raining money, money, money at the Fair


Chris Beloate of Puryear won $151 during Monday night's cash give-a-way at the the Henry County Fair. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Five people got the chance to try their hand at catching as much money as they could at the cash give-a-way at the Henry County Fair on Monday night.Kelly Sue Gerling, Todd Gotshall, Chris Beloate, Lydia Flowers and Heather Norris all got the chance to win handfuls of cash during the give-a-way.

Enjoying classic cars, music at the Fair


(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Several people came out and enjoyed looking at the various classic cars and trucks that were on display at the Henry County Fair on Monday night. The band Stronghold performed during the cruise-in that was held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday.

Man Charged with DUI

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Ricky Teague, 48, of 9 Hillcrest Circle of Paris for DUI. Teague’s bond was set at $1,500.

Waldron was on patrol near Highway 79 North when he observed a Toyota Tacoma traveling southbound at a high rate of speed. Waldron did confirm with his radar that the vehicle was traveling 93 mph in a 65 mph zone. Waldron then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where he spoke to the driver of the vehicle identified as Teague.

While speaking with Teague, Waldron did smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Teague. When Teague was asked if he had been drinking and he stated to police that he had two or three beers. Teague was asked to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. Teague was then arrested and charged with DUI first offense. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Murray man was arrested on assault charges on Sunday.

Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Barton arrested Eric Johnson, 34, of Murray for simple assault. Johnson’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Monday's Fair Schedule

Paris, Tenn.- Events Monday at the Henry County Fair include a Classic Cars and Trucks show from 6-8pm with the group Stronghold performing classic rock and country tunes. The Arts Council will hold a Trivia night at the Fair in the Community Building, the pickin at the fair will be at Big Ed’s with West Tennessee Player’s Resource group playing tunes.

Pageants start at 6:30pm Monday evening and will include the Little Miss, Jr. Miss, and Miss Preteen. The pageants are $5 admission and they will be held at the commercial building stage. Kevin Bomar’s family will be recognized as the Farm Family of the day at 6pm at the Commercial Building. Immediately after the pageants there will be a Cash giveaway.

Daycare Students Learn About Recycling

Paris, Tenn.- Keep Paris/Henry County Beautiful staff member Patricia Byars recently read the book, "Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash", to a group of children at JuJu’s Daycare along with leading them through a crafty activity of making flowers out of recyclable egg cartons. If you have a group of little ones and would be interested in participating in similar activities, call 642-3162.

It's hummingbird time at the Refuge on Saturday, Aug. 10th

Springville, Tenn.-  The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will hold a Hummingbird Banding Event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, August 10th at the refuge Visitor Center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. Banding will take place on the center's back patio, when there are birds available.

Federally Licensed Master Bander Cynthia Routledge of Southeast Avian Research in Clarksville, will present a program on hummingbirds at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. Routledge will also return to lead the banding demonstrations.

 Using specially designed tools, Routledge will band each captured hummingbird with a band that has a number that will be unique to that individual bird, much like a “bird social security number.” She will then take a series of additional measurements to determine the age and sex of the hummingbird and then the bird will be released. 

All of these measurements will be carefully recorded and all the information will be turned in to the Bird Banding Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, the central database for all North American bird banding information.  Researchers, such as Routledge, have gained valuable insight and information about the lives and habits of hummingbirds through banding such as migration routes, longevity, nesting habits, population trends, the effects of habitat loss and a warming world. 

The day will include fun for the whole family as arts and crafts, and other activities for children will occur throughout the event. This year out on the back patio, kids of all ages just might get “banded” as well in an effort to explain how banding works.

 In addition, the refuge will have a large obstacle course called “Bird Hurdles” for children to experience what birds go through during migration.This event is very “family friendly” and kids may be “captured and banded” as a demonstration of this survey process.       

During lunchtime, the Friends of Tennessee NWR will be have lunch meals and drinks available for sale on center's back patio. All proceeds will benefit hosting future environmental education programs for the public.

For more information about this or other refuge programs, call 731-642-2091. The entrance to the Visitor’s Center is always free and open to the public.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary set to hold sock hop on Aug. 30th

Buchanan, Tenn.- The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will hold a sock hop on Friday, Aug. 30th at the AMVETS Post 45, located at 14365 Hwy 79 in Buchanan.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will include burgers and fries and desserts for a cost of $9 per person. Music will follow at 7 p.m. and will cost $4 per person for music only. Music and karaoke will be donated by Tom Evans.

There will also be costume prizes along with door prizes at the event.

The event will help raise funds for the Henry County children’s Christmas party.

 

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