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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

TARP celebrates the Americans With Disabilities Act

Jack Spencer received the Advocate of the Year by the Paris TARP program at their Ice Cream Social on Saturday. (Photo by Cheryl Wilson)

By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.- At Saturday’s celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Jack Spencer was awarded Advocate of the Year by the Paris TARP program. CVS Pharmacy was given the award for being most ADA accessible.

A silent auction and ice cream social was held and $1,800 was raised for the program. The event was held at the Paris 5 & 10 in downtown Paris.

Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson and TARP Director Denise Wardle serve ice cream to Office on Aging Director Reginald Caldwell at Saturday’s Celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act in downtown Paris. The ice cream social features Sweet Jordan’s ice cream and dozens of items were donated for the silent auction. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Certificates of appreciation also were given by the TARP Board to members: Jerry Stephenson, Zora Adams, Reggie Caldwell, Adrienne Wade, David Harts, Hayes Otello, Don DeVaul, Buffy Brooks, Tom Krebs, Misty Foster and Joyce Ray.

TARP Director Denise Wardle also was given a certificate from the staff.

One arrested for intoxication, another on a driving offense

Henry County, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for intoxication on Saturday.

Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Evan Ellis, 21, of 2375 Van Dyke Road of Paris on Saturday for public intoxication. Ellis’ bond was set at $300. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Kentucky woman was arrested on a driving offense on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Michele Chandler, 43, of Hazel, Ky. for driving on a suspended license. Chandler’s bond was set at $500 and she is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Karate holding St. Jude "Kata Thon" July 15-20

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Karate Instructor Rick Conger recently announced that the children classes at Paris Karate have once again been chosen to participate in the St. Jude "Kata Thon" event which helps raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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.

The "Kata Thon" is a week-long event that will be held on Monday, July 15-Saturday, July 20th. At the “Kata Thon” the student performs kata, the preset routines of karate techniques, keeping count of the number they perform. Sponsors donate money for each kata performed or may give a basic donation.

The theme for this year's "Kata Thon" is "Children Helping Children". Students are urged to participate in this fundraiser to help children at St. Jude while they benefit from practicing their karate skills.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor a student at Paris Karate and has not been contacted, you can contact Rick Conger at Paris Karate at 642-7425 or pariskarate@bellsouth.net. Sponsors may also visit the St. Jude page at www.pariskarate.com and link to St. Jude's website to make an online donation.

Police investigate stolen pontoon boat

Mansfield, Tenn.- Police are investigating a pontoon boat that was stolen from a Mansfield home over the past few days.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Andrews spoke to the owner on Saturday who stated that he had been informed that his stolen 1986 Aquadeck pontoon boat valued $1,100 had been spotted on the lake. The owner stated that he believed a man that he knew had recently stolen the boat from his barn.

The boat was entered into NCIC and the case has since been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

Enjoying friendly competition at Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon

Heather Perkins (in front) from Eads, TN leads to competors during the bike portion of the Olympic Triathlon. Perkins finished in first place in the Overall Female Olympic Triathlon with an overall time of 2:41:59.63. (Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh
Springville, Tenn.- A total of 189 triathletes competed in the Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon that was held at Paris Landing State Park on Saturday. Out of 189 triathletes 175 finished the race.

Triathletes that competed in the Olympic portion swam 1500 meters, had a 24 mile bike ride and ran 6.2 mile. Triathletes who competed in the sprint portion swam 500 meters, biked 14 miles, and ran 3.1 miles.

The Olympic triathletes start off the race with a 1500 meter swim before taking a 24 mile bike ride and running 6.2 mile. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The top five in the overall males and females Sprint triathlon and the top five overall males and females in the Olympic triathlon are listed as follows.

Overall Male Sprint Triathlon:
1st place: Dale Sanford from Germantown finished with a time of 1:03:33.26.
2nd place: Cole Davis from Paris finished with a time of 1:06:28.33.
3rd place: Ryan Beaird from Murray, Ky. Finished with a time 1:07:59.08.
4th place: Jon Tate from Nashville finished with a time of 1:09:23.84.
5th place: Ladell Geroge from Germantown finished with a time of 1:09:27.72.

Overall Female Sprint Triathlon:
1st place: Hillary Blackburn from Nashville finished with a time of 1:22:33.11.
2nd place: Megan Clegg from Clarksville finished with a time of 1:22:35.33.
3rd place: Tami Anderson from Dresden finished with a time of 1:23:14.53.
4th place: Heather Nichols from Collierville finished with a time of 1:23:59.65.
5th place: Alli Miller from Dover finished with a time of 1:27:26.90.

Overall Male Olympic Triathlon:
1st place: Jordan Green from Morgantown, Ky. finished with a time of 2:05:37.09.    2nd place: Matthew Bartsch from Evansville, IN finished with a time of 2:14:05.66.
3rd place: Ben Dixon from Eads finished with a time of 2:16:51.82.
4th place: Todd Perkins from Eads finished with a time of 2:17:17.11.
5th place: Jacob Meuth from Saint Peters, MO finished with a time of 2:19:06.41.    

Jamie Bailey (front, left) from Memphis leads Austin Clark (right) from Milan during the bike portion of the Olympic Triathlon. Bailey finished in 2nd place in the Overall Female Olympic Triathlon with an overall time of 2:47:55:41. Clark finished in 3rd place in the Male Olympic Triathlon Age Group 30-34 with a time of 2:49:30.82. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Overall Female Olympic Triathlon
1st place: Heather Perkins from Eads finished with a time of   2:41:59.63.
2nd place: Jamie Bailey from Memphis finished with a time of 2:47:55.41.
3rd place: Rebecca Parshall from Atlanta, GA finished with a time of 3:00:28.60.
4th place: Renee Sutton from Camden finished with a time of 3:14:01.25.   
5th place: Christine Bertz from Memphis finished with a time of 3:35:41.43.

A complete list of winners can be found at https://paristntri.racesonline.com/results.

Paris man arrested for animal cruelty after beagle puppy found in dumpster

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty after a beagle puppy was found inside of a plastic bag that was in a dumpster near downtown Paris.

Stan Wilson, 60, 244 Old Union Loop Rd. of Paris was arrested on Friday for aggravated animal cruelty.

According to a press release from Paris Police Captain Ricky Watson, officers took a complaint on July 8 of a beagle puppy which had been put into a plastic bag and was thrown into a dumpster in the downtown area on July 3.

Watson said this was not the first time that the complainants had found a puppy in a plastic bag in their dumpster, but it was the first time they found one still alive.

Watson’s report stated that the puppy was taken to a local veterinary clinic to be treated, but the puppy passed away a short time later. During the investigation, it was determined that the puppy was put there by Wilson.

“Mr. Wilson does raise beagle puppies and all of his other animals were in good shape and healthy,” Watson said.

Wilson turned himself into the Henry County Jail on Friday, where he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Wilson’s bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday, July 16th in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Middle Tennessee Pet Expo happening Saturday, Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Middle Tennessee Pet Expo is being held from 10 a.m.- 5p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14 at the Henry County Fairgrounds, located at 517 Royal Oak Drive in Paris.

Admission to the pet expo is $2 per person.

Police investigate burglary, vandalism at Springville home

Springville, Tenn.- Police are investigating burglary and vandalism that took place at a home on Tamworth Drive in Springville on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker and Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Sanders responded to the residence after a neighbor reported to police that he saw a light inside of the house. When Whitaker and Sanders arrived at the house they found that a window had been broken and the back door had been pried open.

Officers noted that the homeowner was not at the home at the time of the break in. Police are still investigating the case.

Farmer's market has a good turnout on Friday

A good crowd of people came out to shop for local produce, honey and more at the Henry County Farmer's Market on Friday. (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Crowds of people came out and supported local farmers while they shopped for produce, local honey and more at the Henry County Farmer’s Market on Friday. The Henry County Farmer's Market will be open at 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Chamber's Water Run Set for July 20th on Ky Lake

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce has their annual Water Fun Run planned for Saturday July 20th. All watercraft are welcome to attend and play for the best poker hand and a chance to win some cash. Watercraft will travel to area resorts to collect stamps which will be turned in for cards and the best poker hand each hour wins.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Chamber Office at 2508 East Wood Street. Area participating resorts are Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan Resort, Sunset Bay Marina, Pleasant View Resort, Brownfield Riverside Resort, The Breakers, Leatherwood Resort and Marina, and Fat Daddy’s. For more information on the Fun Run call the Chamber at 642-3431 or visit the website www.paristnchamber.com.

Fun Run Volunteer Meeting Set for Thurs. July 18th 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Water Fun Run is a huge event that takes 50-60 Volunteers to pull off. There will be a Volunteer meeting at 6pm Thursday July 18th at the Chamber to better explain what volunteers will do and anyone interested can come to the meeting.

Man Charged with Burglary

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on burglary and vandalism charges on Thursday. Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Deshar Patton, age 28 of 303 Jenkins St. of Paris for aggravated burglary and vandalism. Patton’s bond was set at $20,000.

Heritage Center Plans Lunch to Learn Friday July 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will host a Lunch and Learn at Cavitt Place on Friday July 19th beginning at Noon. The guest speaker is Specialist Jane-Coleman Cottone, Historic Preservation Specialist, Certified Local Government Program, with the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The Lunch and Learn will discuss the history of historic preservation and Cottone will explain how it started with ladies’ societies preserving important landmarks like Mount Vernon. Since then it has evolved into a more grassroots process to protect whole neighborhoods of ordinary, vernacular architecture.

To reserve a seat for the lunch and learn planned for July 19th call 642-1030.

ADA Celebration and Ride Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- In honor of the American’s With Disabilities Act signed in July 1990, there will be a ADA celebration ride starting around 10am on Saturday from the Cricket Wireless Store in the Kroger Shopping Center. All powerchair and mobility scooter users, along with regular wheelchair users, are welcome to participate. Everyone can begin gathering around 9:30am and there will be small groups leave out beginning at 10am.

The ride will continue to the Henry County Courthouse. Also planned Saturday is an Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction at the Paris 5 and 10 Event Center downtown from 11am to 2pm. Sweet Jordan’s Ice Cream will free to all who come out. For more information call Jack Spencer at 731-227-1193 or T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living at 644-0026.

City Commission Learns About Upcoming Projects

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris’ Splash Pad project is moving along, with the contract approved and a meeting set for next week with involved engineers.

City Manager Kim Foster told the city commission at its Thursday evening meeting that the word of the contract was received this week. The project, which will be built at Eiffel Tower Park, is on schedule for spring 2020 completion, she said.

A Tourism Enhancement Grant in the amount of $43,203 also has been received for upgrades to the city’s Eiffel Tower. Foster said the total project cost will be $56,164 with the Henry County Tourism Authority providing approximately $6,500 of the required matching funds.

She said the Public Works Department will be assisting with sidewalk improvements and small stage additions. She said interpretive signage also will be designed to encourage patrons to visit other areas of the city while they are in Paris.

Meanwhile, the city’s project to provide sidewalks along Wilson Street and Patriot Avenue is progressing. Foster said preliminary design continues and city staff met with the engineer July 2 and walked the area to review the plans. “We will be meeting again July 19 with both school directors to further review the plans,” she said.

--The commission stood up and applauded the job that Paris-Henry Co. Chamber Director Travis McLeese did on last week’s Tennessee River Jam.  He said the event exceeded the expectations of organizers in terms of numbers of people who attended. He said the economic impact for Henry Co. is estimated at $1M.

In other business:

--The city commission forwarded a request from Tim Wigrau to rezone his property at 130 Abbott Lane to the planning commission. He is requesting it be rezoned from Planned Industrial to Planned Business. He is planning to develop a portion of his property for an assisted living facility.

--Upon recommendation of the planning commission, the city approved a request from Larry Bolding to allow him to acquire the dead end right of way at 109 Irish Street.

--Also on recommendation of the planning commission, the city approved rezoning property at the corner of West Wood and N. Irvine Street from commercial to residential. Yvonnia Williamson is requesting the zoning change to move a manufactured home on the property.

--The city referred a request for rezoning at 102 Fairview to the planning commission. Janet French wants it rezoned from R-1-M to commercial.

Over $9600 Raised for Fallen Metro PD Officer Thurs.

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Tosh Farms raised a whopping $9,626 today at the benefit for fallen Nashville Metro Police Officer John Anderson. And more donations are still coming in.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the department will present the check at the Metro Police Department in Nashville on Monday. “We’re going to go to roll call for Officer Anderson’s shift and present it to his fellow officers,” Belew said. The money was raised for Officer Anderson’s 18-month-old child.

The sheriff’s office and Tosh Farms held a benefit today at the Henry Co. Fairgrounds, grilling and selling sandwiches, chips and drinks and Belew said, “We are so thankful to the people of Henry County for all your pre-orders and your extra donations. We had people who gave more than the cost of the meals and some people who just brought money and didn’t even get a sandwich.”

Belew said, “We had no idea we would raise this much. We just couldn’t believe it. And we really want to thank Tosh Farms. We could not have done it without them.”

TN Bankers Association Elects New Leadership

Nashville- Mott Ford, chairman and CEO of Commercial Bank & Trust Co. in Memphis, was installed as chairman of the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) during ceremonies at the organization’s recent 129th Annual Meeting. More than 600 members of the financial services industry and related businesses attended the convention.

As Chairman and CEO, Ford is responsible for the strategic and operating initiatives for Commercial Bank and Trust Company, an institution with banking operations in Memphis, Paris, Union City, and Jackson. Ford currently serves on the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve as well as on several nonprofit boards in the Memphis area.

Ford accepted the chairman’s gavel from John Muse, chairman, president and CEO of Farmers State Bank in Mountain City, who served as TBA chairman for 2018-2019. Muse will remain a member of the Association’s board of directors for the next three years to help ensure continuity of leadership.

Delegates from TBA-member institutions elect new executive officers and new board members each year during the annual convention, with members receiving one vote per charter. Executive officers elected for 2019–2020 are:

• Chairman—R. Molitor Ford, Jr., chairman and CEO, Commercial Bank & Trust Co., Memphis • Chairman-elect—Chris Holmes, president and CEO, FirstBank, Nashville • Vice Chairman—Allen McClary, president and CEO, UBank, Jellico

In addition to the executive officers, TBA members elected one new director from each of the three grand divisions of the state.

Directors serve three-year terms on the TBA board. New directors are: • East Tennessee—Chris White, president and CEO, Peoples Bank of East Tennessee, Madisonville • Middle Tennessee—Mark Hayes, chairman and CEO, First National Bank of Pulaski, Pulaski • West Tennessee—Randy Huffstetler, CEO, Greenfield Banking Company, Greenfield

The bankers join existing board members to guide the Association for the next year.

Sheriff's Office Busy with Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A Springville woman was arrested on multiple drug charges on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Sanders arrested Juliana D. Patton, 41, of 245 Patrick Drive of Springville for possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patton’s bond was set at $2,500. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, a Paris woman was arrested on trespassing charges on Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Cpl. Forrest Kemp arrested Shaunna Crawford, 38, of 507 W. Blythe St. of Paris for criminal trespass. Crawford’s bond was set at $250. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Puryear woman was arrested on multiple animal cruelty charges on Monday.

Kayla Watkins, 29, of 13375 Old Paris Murray Road of Puryear for felony aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts of cruelty to animals. Watkins’ bond was set at $2,500. She was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

5th Annual Sons of AmVets Poker Run Planned for Sat. July 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Sons of AmVets and AmVets Post 45 will hold their 5th Annual Poker Run this Saturday July 13th. Proceeds raised benefits the 21 MC Adopt a Vet Program. Entry Fee is $10 a hand and all the hands you want. Payout is $100. Sign up is 10:30am and the ride leaves at Noon. Everyone is welcome. The ride starts at the post located at 14335 Hwy. 79 N. at Paris Landing. Call Doc T at 336-3822 for more information.

HCSO Gives Two Men Life Saving Awards for Helping Save a Man Who Fell into the Water

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew & Chief Deputy Damon Lowe present life saving awards to Fred Reed and Bobby Hilliard for their life saving measures when a man fell into the water off a dock into KY lake and was drowning. They jumped in and provided help to the man until paramedics and HCSO arrived.

HCSO Gives Merit Award to Man and His Kids for Helping Find a 7 Year Old

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Damon Lowe presented Josh Cambridge and his children Lyza, Halle, and Josie for their help in locating a 7 year old child that had wandered 4 miles away from her house and was lost. The HCSO and THP had initiated a ground and air search. The Cambridge family joined in and found the young girl and took her home safely. (HCSO photo)

APSU Awarded $100K Grant to Host Veterans' Reconnect Conference in Oct.

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recently awarded Austin Peay State University a $100,000 grant to host a two-day Veterans’ Reconnect Conference on the University’s campus. The conference, “Bridging the Gaps: Tennessee Institutions Leading the Change for Military/Veteran Transition,” will take place Oct. 14-15 at the University’s Morgan University Center. The event will bring in academic leaders from across Middle and West Tennessee to provide attendees with resources and training for supporting military-affiliated students on their campuses.

Austin Peay won the competitive grant by pooling its military resources to develop a meaningful event that will help individuals successfully transition from the military into institutions of higher learning. Nakutis, a retired lieutenant colonel, and Scott Brower, a retired brigadier general and APSU military adviser in residence, led the effort to develop the conference.

Austin Peay is the ideal location for the conference because the Clarksville university is the state’s largest provider of higher education to military-affiliated students, with at least 2,659 enrolled students having a military connection in the fall of 2018. Last September, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to create the William E. & Sadako S. Newton Military Family Resource Center, which will have the potential to house several of the University’s existing academic and support programs in one location, including the Military Student Center, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ VetSuccess on Campus office and enrollment management support offices.

Last year, retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, former deputy commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations for the U.S. Marine Corps, was named vice president for external affairs at Austin Peay, and Brower, former deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, joined the University’s senior leadership team as the institution’s first military adviser in residence.

The University also offers academic programs and classes at its Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell. Active-duty military service members, veterans and civilians can earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree through 7 1/2-week courses at the center, allowing them to achieve their academic objectives faster than during traditional 16-week semesters.

More information on the THEC conference, which is still in the planning phase, will be released closer to the October event.

Reminder: Youth Football Signups Set for July 13th and 27th

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Youth Football will be holding Football signups for ages 9-12 year olds on Saturday July 13th and Saturday July 27th. The signups will be at the Paris Civic Center from 9am to 11am each day. Players must be 9 years old by September 1st and weigh more than 70 pounds.  First Year Players must provide a copy of their birth certificate.

LBL Reopens Popular Campground After June Storm Cleanup

Golden Pond, Ky.- U.S. Forest Service officials Wednesday restore operations to a popular Land Between the Lakes campground in Trigg County earlier closed in the wake of a June 21 storm.

High winds and a possible tornado caused extensive damage to Energy Lake Campground as weekend campers prepared for dinner. Forest Service staff evacuated the near capacity campground as trees and debris fell on power lines and blocked roads. No injuries were reported but the campground sustained significant damage that caused its prolonged closure. The Energy Lake Campground returns to normal operation Wed. July 10th.

Taylor Bay Campground and Star Camp remain closed as the Forest Service continues to remove debris and cut dangerous snagged trees.

The Forest Service reminds visitors that Heat Advisories will force the closure of some activities.

For more information call 800-525-7077 option 8.

To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1.800.525.7077 or 270.924.2000.

New R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center Ex. Director and Pr. Coordinator Announced

Pictured L to R; Linley and Becki White, retiring Directors of R.E.A.L. Hope, Carl Anderson new Director, and Kelli Bratton, new Coordinator.

Paris, Tenn.- The Executive Board of REAL Hope Youth Center located in Paris/Henry County is pleased to announce the hiring of the Center's new Executive Director, Carl Anderson and Program Coordinator, Kelli Bratton.

Steve Gallimore, Board chairman commented, “As we begin our 10th year, we've seen great results in scholastic improvements and community involvement of those who attend our Youth Center. When we interviewed Carl and Kelli, the Board realized what a great opportunity we had to further enrich an already great program. We wholeheartedly welcome them to REAL Hope Youth Center.”

As Executive Director, Carl's most valuable trait is his genuine compassion for children. Carl brings management and supervisory skills along with his desire to be a liaison between the Center and the schools. His most recent work experience was at Rhea Elementary School in Paris as an Education Assistant and Carl is also a mentor in the Paris Optimist Club.

As Program Coordinator, Kelli's strengths include her passion and advocacy for children. Kelli is strong in organizational and administrative skills and brings a comprehensive academic background.

The Executive Board of REAL Hope Youth Center is excited for Carl and Kelli to partner and share in their vision to forward our after school enrichment program and the benefits it brings to the youth of the community of Paris and Henry County.

Love's Facility to Open in Milan; 80 Jobs to Be Created

Milan, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Love’s Travel Stops officials announced today that the company will invest $8.8 million and establish a tire retread and distribution facility in Milan.

Love’s, which operates more than 490 locations and 330 Love’s Truck Tire Care centers and Speedco locations across the U.S., plans to create up to 80 jobs at the Milan facility.  

Located at 1091 Kefauver Drive, the new facility will be the largest of its kind for Love ’s, totaling 200,000 square feet. Through Love’s Truck Tire Care and Speedco, Love’s offers heavy-duty tire care, light mechanical services, commercial truck oil changes and roadside assistance for professional drivers.   

Since 2015, TNECD has supported nine economic development projects in Gibson County. These projects represent nearly 2,400 job commitments and approximately $415 million in private capital investment.

Gov. Lee said, "“I’m committed to making rural Tennessee a place where private industry invests and creates jobs. This sizable investment by Love’s in Gibson County is an encouraging sign, and I look forward to the many ways these new jobs will strengthen the economy in Milan and improve the lives of our residents.”

Cottage Grove Legislative Council Holds Quick July Session

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session Tuesday evening and adjusted the General Fund Budget to reflect $4500 on emergency repair spent on the HVAC unit for the retail building when the air went out.

Councillman John Weiher announced last week's Freedom Festival was another successfull event with huge crowds and fun had by everyone.

Councilman Matthew McClure made a motion to advertise bids for yard maintenance for the yard area by the Post Office building and area to the front of the former bank building. Bids will be accepted until August 1st.

The Council also decided to take bids for the retail building, located at 7030 Main St. until July 31st. Interested parties may make inquiries to Cottage Grove Mayor David Jackson.

Machelle Operia is the contact for the clear bags for recycling. Rolls of bags are $10 each, citizens can call 782-3252 for more information.

Canoeing and Kayaking at Cross Creeks This Saturday

Dover, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge welcomes everyone to a free canoeing and kayaking event to be held this Saturday July 13th at Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge from 9am to Noon.

It is an easy paddle and will be led by the refuge manager and will start on Long Creek, located in Stewart County. The area is packed with wildlife and interesting features and a favorite with small boaters due to its natural beauty. Birds are plentiful including Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Green Herons, and occasional bald eagles.

A limited number of free canoes and kayaks will be available along with paddles and life preservers. No prior experience is necessary, but participants need to prep for sun exposure and wear shoes and things that can get wet. Please bring water to drink, sun screen, and wear a hat. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

All participants must met at the refuge office, 643 Wildlife Road in Dover by 9am Saturday. Call to reserve your spot at 731-642-2091.

HCMC Health Screenings At Farm Bureau Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at the Henry County Farm Bureau Office, at 406 N. Poplar St. this Thursday July 11th 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.

Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser Planned Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- A spaghetti supper benefit is set for this Saturday July 13th at Friendship Baptist Church, located at 1385 Friendship Road in Buchanan. The event is for John Lambert and begins at 4:30pm with donations accepted for spaghetti plates. There will also be a silent auction and live gospel music with the Fairview Quartet, One Faith, and the King’s Crusaders. Money raised will help with medical expenses as Lambert is fighting a rare form of cancer.

BPU Holds Energy Savers Workshop at PLSC

Paris, Tenn.- BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood talked with about 15 citizens Tuesday during the latest BPU Energy Savers Workshop at the Paris Landing Senior Citizen Center about ways to save money on their monthly bills. All partcipants received an energy saving took kit valued at $20. To get Barry to speak to your club or charge contact Megan Hart at 642-1322 ext. 175. (BPU photo)

Heat Advisories In Effect Thru Wednesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- A heat advisory has been placed on our listening area for the next couple of days. Tempertaures will climb to the low 90s with heat index values climbing between 103 and 109 the next two days. Please  pay attention to the heat and drink plenty of water, wear light colored clothing outside, and take breaks. Also make sure to check on neighbors and give pets plenty of cool water to drink and shade to get into. Humidities will fall off Thursday and Friday, before it begins to build again over the weekend and next week.

Theft of Storage Unit Probed

Paris, Tenn.- Several items were reported stolen from a storage unit in the last couple of days. Dep. Hayley French of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report where the man said he had cut the lock and entered the unit to find items missing. Things missing included a stainless steel refrigerator valued at $2K, a jewelry box valued at $1K that contained some assorted jewelry, a Fender guitar, Ninentendo Wii, assorted video games and dishes, and other items. The total value of items reported missing was nearly $5K. The investigation is still ongoing.

Fundraiser Planned for Fallen Metro Nashville Officer Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Tosh Farms will be teaming up to hold a Fundraiser to help the family of a fallen Metro Nashville Police Office.

Officer John Anderson, was killed in the line of duty on July 4th, and the fundraiser will be a pork tenderloin or grilled chicken sandwich. It will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds under the pavilion and will run from 11am to 2pm this Thurs. July 11th.

Sandwich, chips, and drink will be $8. All money raised will go Anderson’s 18 month old son. “This is a tragic loss for law enforcement,” said Sheriff Monte Belew. “We want to support our brothers and sisters in law enforcement by having this fundraiser and hopefully raising some money that will help Officer Anderson’s family during these trying times.”

Anderson was killed July 4th when his cruiser was struck. The 17-year old girl has been charged with vehicular homicide. Call in pre-orders to Amy Davis at 363-4445 or email adavis@henrycountysheriff.org.

HCSO Produce Giveway Planned for Wed.

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office along with the Inmate Garden Crew will be giving away more produce this Wednesday July 10th at 3pm. The location for the giveaway is at the Security Bank Parking lot on Highway 79N near East Antioch Rd. Produce given away will include: Cabbage, Squash and Cantaloupe.

Budget Committee Receives Budget; Hosp. Chooses Year to Year Plan on Ambulance Request

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Budget Committee meeting, members were presented the proposed budget for the upcoming 2019-20 fiscal year that had some pieces not plugged in yet, but it is a workable budget that keeps the County in good shape.

The budget calls for no new property tax increase on Henry County citizens and includes a 2% cost of living raise for county employees. There are no major capital expenses outside of the realm of normal ones for vehicles, etc.

The budget also includes a $200K impact payment from the state of Tennessee in regards to loss of revenue not having the Inn up and running at Paris Landing State Park, the 2nd straight year for this type of payment to the County.

The $180K for a ambulance purchase wasn't included in the budget at this time, but it doesn't mean the County isn't going to help the HCMC in this later this fall.

The budget committee heard from HCMC CEO Lisa Casteel as the Hospital has changed their request on payment for ambulances and has agreed to come back on a year to year basis and make request instead of a 5 year committment. Casteel will make a presentation to the full commission in September to purchase one ambulance. Mayor Greer said, “I’ve mapped out a way for us to be able to use a $20K grant from USDA-RD to go towards that purchase and some money from debt services can be used from fund balance later in the year for the purchase, so no extra taxpayer money would be needed.”

The County commission will receive the budget next Monday night and reconvene July 30th to approve it or amend it.

Unresponsive Man Found Near Road, Dies of Natural Causes

Paris, Tenn.- A man found unresponsive near Eli Brown Road before 6am this morning has passed away due to natural causes, according to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

Around 5:41am Monday July 8th, EMS and Sheriff's Deputies responded to call of a man that was unresponsive near the road at Eli Brown Road. Dep. Gary Carroll assisted EMS in administering CPR to the man, identified as Russell Newman, 55, of 2244 Old State Route 76, as they transported him to the HCMC ER.

Once at the medical center, Newman passed away from what is believed to be natural causes. There were no signs of foul play nor anything to indicate Newman had suffered any exterior trauma. The Henry County Sheriff's Office sends our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Newman at this time.

Final Softball Tryouts Planned for This Thursday July 11th

Paris, Tenn.- Lady Patriot Softball Head Coach Renea Lassiter said due to some scheduling conflicts, the last softball tryout day will be this coming Thursday July 11th at the HCHS softball field. Tryouts will be from 9am to 10:30am.

West TN Legal Services Offering Free Legal Clinic Wednesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging will offer free legal advice for TN residents who are eligible for services at low or no income thru the West Tennessee Legal Services.

Attorneys will volunteer their time and expertise to offer Free Legal advice this Wednesday July 10th from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Citizens will hear advice with legal issues such as landlord/tenant, mortgage issues, family law, benefits, power of attorney, simple wills, or other civil legal issues.

Pre-registration is not required, but highly encouraged. Contact West TN Legal Services to complete an application over the phone at 731-423-0616 or go online at www.wtls.org before coming to the clinic on Wednesday. If you do call, tell the paralegal that you are calling to take part in the Legal Clinic at 55 Jones Bend Road on Wednesday.

TN State Library and Archives Hosting History on State Capitol Building Sat.

Nashville- Tennesseans take great pride in their magnificent State Capitol building. Architecturally, it is one of America’s premier statehouses and still the working home of state government. Its builders believed in the classical ideal of a democracy informed by learning and saw themselves as the heirs to that tradition. They sought to embody lofty aspirations in this public structure.

On Saturday, July 13, the Tennessee State Library & Archives will host a free workshop entitled “Grounded in Tradition: The Tennessee State Capitol” by Assistant State Archivist Dr. Wayne Moore.

Hear the stories of those who labored on the Capitol, from the unpaid prisoners to William Strickland himself, from 19th century African American stonecutters and Irish masons to the 21st century Rock City crews. These and other new facts about the Capitol emerge from the wealth of records at the State Library & Archives.

Dr. Wayne Moore has employed these original sources and images from the collections of the Library & Archives to write a new history of Tennessee’s finest historic building.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, July 13, in the Library & Archives auditorium. The Library & Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available around the Library & Archives building. 

Although the workshop is free and open to the public, registration is required due to limited seating. To make a reservation, visit https://groundedintradition.eventbrite.com.

Paris Rotary Club Wins First Ever Civic Club Blood Drive

People from different clubs giving blood last week. (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The first Lifeline Blood Drive “Civic Club Challenge” held last Monday at Joe Mahan Ford in Paris saw 51 units of blood collected.  According to Cherie Parker, Lifeline Blood Donor Public Relations Director, “We are really excited with the turnout from the local civic groups for our first Civic Club Challenge in Paris. Summer time is a very busy time for people and we certainly appreciate everyone who turned out to give blood.” 

According to Parker, the Paris Rotary Club won this first-time event. Individuals can still give blood during the summer collections and be registered to win a new Ford Fiesta from Joe Mahan Ford.

Just a reminder the Bloodmobile Unit will be at the First United Methodist Church in Paris this Thursday from 12 until 6.   

Rep. Griffey Meets with Officials to Help with Delays at PLSP Inn, Another Meeting Set this Week

Paris, Tenn.- Last week, TN State Representative Bruce Griffey met in Nashville with members of the State Building Commission, the Comptroller's office, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer's office in an effort to prevent delays with respect to the re-construction of the Inn at Paris Landing State Park.

"I was against the demolition of the Paris Landing Inn for a number of reasons. I had concerns about the cost of the project to taxpayers with respect to construction versus renovation as well as the loss of revenue to the surrounding counties, the negative financial impact on nearby businesses and the loss of jobs to district residents. Additionally, I had concerns about the small size of the proposed new Inn and the ability to attract revenue generating conferences to Paris Landing with the available rooms cut in half. I made numerous efforts to fight the demolition, encouraging renovation over reconstruction. I wrote and met with Bill Lee about it. I even made a proposal to then Deputy Governor Jim Henry and then Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill (who was subsequently fired) to construct the new Inn at a different site on the park property and continue operating the existing Inn while the new facility was under construction. It would have prevented county revenue losses and job losses," stated Griffey.

"However, despite my pleas otherwise, the project was put into place before I became State Representative and we now have a demolished Inn, and I want to do everything in my power to move this project forward as quickly as possible and avoid delays, which will inevitably equate to financial loss to the counties and local businesses. Luckily, Governor Lee has approved additional funding to add 25 more rooms to the new Inn - bringing the total number of rooms from 65 to 90 - which will assist in attracting small conferences to our area and bringing in more revenue to the counties in the district and perhaps employing additional individuals. However, we cannot afford delays with the reconstruction process.

The situation at the construction site is such that, due to local soil conditions and weather conditions, if foundation dirt work is not completed before the weather hits in November/ December, the entire project could get delayed 6 to 9 months which could cost the State and local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars. For all of these reasons, I requested and conducted a meeting in Nashville last week with members of the State Building Commission to ensure that they are aware of my concerns, appreciate the importance to our district of keeping this project on track and will provide assistance in avoiding delays," explained Griffey.

Another meeting is scheduled again next week in Nashville between Representative Griffey, the State architect and the contractor to see what can be done to accelerate the project.

Two men arrested on driving offenses, another for public intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- Two men were arrested on driving related offenses over the weekend.

Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Billy Allred, 29, of 1110 Brown St. of Paris on Saturday for driving on a suspended license and lack of financial responsibility. Allred’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

 Paris Police Ptl. Chad Andrews arrested Christian M. Workman, 22, of Huntingdon on Sunday for driving on a suspended license. Workman’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In another incident, a Paris man was arrested for public intoxication over the weekend.

Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Anderson Johnson, 45, of 104 N. Porter St. of Paris on Sunday for public intoxication. Johnson’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

BPU Energy Savers Workshop being held on Tuesday

BPU General Manger Terry Wimberley and BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood talk at Neighborhood Energy Savers workshop that was held back in May. (BPU Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be offering free Neighborhood Energy Savers workshops beginning in July for area neighborhoods and community groups. Workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 11 a.m. at the Paris Landing Senior Center and at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19th at the Puryear Community Center.

Through these workshops, BPU representatives will present easy and accessible ways to take control of your energy and water use.

During the workshop, BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood will give demonstrations and answer questions related to improving the energy efficiency of your home. Attendees will leave the workshop with a game plan for getting and keeping their home in tip top shape, while saving money in the process.

BPU has partnered with the Paris Lowe’s to provide attendees with Free Energy Saving Toolkits at the conclusion of the presentation (limit 1 per household).

“As your public utility provider, we take seriously the role of helping customers use our services wisely,” BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said. “BPU understands the desire of each customer to use less of what we sell and through these workshops, that is exactly what we are hoping to help our customers do.  BPU is making a conscious effort to be your trusted utility advisor.”

Workshops are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. If you would like more information or are interested in having a workshop held in your community, church or local organization contact Meagan Hart at mhart@parisbpu.org or 731-642-1322.

Back to School Bash set for Sat. July 20th at the Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Trinity United Methodist Church and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office “The Shed” along with many other churches and groups will be holding its third annual Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 20th from 10 a.m.- noon at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Backpacks and school supplies will be available while supplies last. Families can enjoy hotdogs, live music, games, haircuts and much more at the Back to School Bash.


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