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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Back to School Bash helps hundreds

Trinity UMC volunteers handed out hundreds of backpacks.

By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.--Hundreds were on hand for Saturday's 3rd annual Back to School Bash at the Henry County Fairgrounds organized by The Shed and Trinity United Methodist Church.

Organizer Michelle Brewer said long lines were already forming at 8:30 a.m., hours before the 10 a.m. start for the event. Dozens of vendors, including churches, schools, businesses, Henry Co. Sheriff's Office, Paris Police, Paris Fire Department and more handed out free school supplies and hosted games.

Organizer Michele Brewer gives a hand to Captain Steve Dean Sr. at the grill

The Dutton family performed live music for everyone. The sheriff's office grilled hundreds of free hot dogs for everyone and handed out free chips and drinks, too. Hairdressers were busy giving free haircuts to kids. Brewer said, "This is our third year and it's definitely our biggest one yet" and thanked all the sponsors, volunteers and donors.

No one injured in Cypress Bay boat fire

Photo by Reggie Coles

Buchanan, Tenn.- No one was injured after a boat caught fire in Cypress Bay on Saturday.

At approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Paris Landing Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a boat on fire in Cypress Bay in the vicinity of 140 Cypress Heights Lane.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they found a 30' Cabin Cruiser drifting in the bay with light smoke coming from the engine compartment. Bystanders stated that everyone was off the boat and had left the scene in another boat.

With assistance from the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad and Calloway County Fire Rescue, the fire was extinguished and the boat was towed to shore.

The exact cause has not been determined but appears accidental. Damage is estimated at $5,000. Paris Landing Fire Chief Reggie Coles said that the owner of the boat identified as Brian Johnson of Dover could not be reached.

Paris Landing had 3 trucks and 8 firefighters on the scene for 1 1/2 hours. Paris Henry County Rescue Squad had 2 boats and 5 personnel on the scene while Calloway County Fire Rescue had 3 boats and 8 personnel on the scene.

No injuries reported after Saturday morning plane accident

Paris, Tenn.- No one was injured after a single engine plane had to make a soft landing in a corn field early on Saturday morning.

According to a press release from Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua, at 10:46 a.m. on Saturday a single engine plane (Cessna 150) had to make a soft landing in a corn field off of Cope Looney Road just south of Paris. The two pilots identified as Tyler Kuykendall and Jerome George were not injured in the accident, but the plane did sustain a significant amount of damage.

According to the report, George told officers that he was in the process of purchasing the plane and had hired Kuykendall to fly with him. The two pilots stated that they had been taking off and landing in a grass runway that wasn’t too far from the crash site. The two pilots told officers that this was the third time that they had taken off from the runway on Saturday.

The pilots stated that the third time they took off the plane didn’t have enough power to gain altitude. Kuykendall then said that he tried everything he could and had to set the plane down in a corn field. George told officers that the plane wasn’t gaining speed at the accident and had to be set down in the corn field.

The FAA was contacted about the accident and they will be conducting an investigation into the accident.

Getting ready for Scoop-tacular fun at the 10th annual DPA Ice Cream Social, Antique Car and Tractor Show

Paris, Tenn.- The 10th Annual Ice Cream Social & Antique Car & Tractor Show will fill historic downtown Paris from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association and will benefit both the DPA and Plus Endowment.

“This has become an end-of-summer tradition that folks of all ages look forward to,” said DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “Everyone with an event wristband can enjoy free ice cream from each booth, a “KidsZone” area with fun activities with face painting, and crazy contests; it's definitely the coolest fundraiser around, no pun intended.” Wristbands are available for a minimum donation of $10 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased from the DPA, members of Plus Endowment, ice cream booth partners, and at the event.

For a donation of $5, you can get in some fun contests that will begin at 4:30 p.m. The Kids Ice Cream Eating Contest will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the Adults Ice Cream Eating Contest will be held at 5 p.m. Both ice cream eating contests are sponsored by Comer Farms.

Then after eating ice cream enjoy some cooling off with the Kids Frozen T-Shirt Contest that will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Adults Frozen T-Shirt Contest will follow at 6 p.m. Both frozen t-shirt contests are sponsored by WMUF/WLZK/WRQR.

There are more than 18 booths at this year’s Ice Cream Social from homemade ice cream will be homemade to store bought ice cream there will be something for everyone. Some will partner with other organizations.  Some will be single scoopers. Some will win valuable prize. Some will be satisfied with their scoop-tacular memories.

Awards will be presented for the Best Ice Cream, the Best Theme, and Best of Show. At the end of the afternoon, lots of fun will have been had, lots of ice cream will have been eaten and lots of money will have been raised.

The Antique Car Show brings vehicles in from four states and there will be 80 to 90 classic cars, according to Kathy Ray. Registration is a minimum donation of $10 which includes an event wristband.

“Votes (25 cent donations) are tallied throughout the event,” said Ray. “At 6:30 pm the car and tractor with the most votes will each win a Peoples' Choice Award Trophy. The Antique Tractor Show is relatively new to the event.

Last year brought out several tractors and Ray said they hope to showcase more this year.  Registration process is the same as the Car Show. 

Lady Luck was on Sonny Forbess' side as he wins the 3pm poker run at Chamber's Water Fun Run

Sonja Byrd (right) deals the winning royal flush of hearts for Sonny Forbess of Munford, who ended up winning the $500 prize in the 3pm group. (Cassie Walsh pics)

By Cassie Walsh
Buchanan, Tenn.- Hundreds and hundreds of people came out and braved the heat so that they could see if they could win the $500 prize at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Water Fun Run. Prizes were given out for the 3pm, 4pm and 5pm groups of poker players.

Hundreds of people came out to the Chamber's Water Fun Run in order to see if they would be the lucky one to win the $500 prize for their group. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The winner of the three o’clock hour was Sonny Forbess of Munford who beat out all the other hands with his royal flush. Forbess’ wife, Lisa said that they have been coming to the Water Fun Run for several years and this was the first time either of them won the $500 prize.

Paris-HC Chamber of Commerce President John Etheridge presents $500 to Sonny and Lisa Forbess after Sonny won the 3pm poker run on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

History lovers enjoy Friday's Lunch & Learn

Paris, Tenn.- Jane Coleman-Cottone, Historic Preservation Specialist for the Tennessee Historic Commission, spoke to an audience of history lovers at Friday's Lunch & Learn event at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center. She shared the history of historic preservation, explaining that it started with ladies societies preserving landmarks and has evolved into grassroots organizations protecting whole neighborhoods. 

Police arrest man with heroin after routine traffic stop

Henry County, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on drug possession charges on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins arrested Brandon Blankenship, 26, of West Wood St. of Paris for simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jenkins and THP Trooper Sgt. Caleb Cooper responded to a parking lot near Reynoldsburg Road in reference to a subject who was using a needle. When officers arrived at the scene they saw a vehicle that was driving at a high rate of speed. Officers then conducted a traffic stop of that vehicle where they made contact with the driver who gave police permission to search the car.

Police spoke to a passenger in the vehicle, identified as Blakenship, if he had anything illegal on him, which is when he told officers he “may” have a needle on him. Officers found a loaded syringe on Blakenship and a baggie that contained approximately 0.5 grams of heroin. Blankenship was then charged with the following offenses.

Blankenship’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry arrested Bradley Clark, 36, of 7405 Rabbit Creek Road of Buchanan on Thursday for driving on a suspended license. Clark’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Meet the Patriots set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County community is once again getting ready to gear up for the Henry County High School Patriot Football season. This Thursday, July 25th come out for the 2nd Annual Meet the Patriots Tailgate, which will be held at Patriot Stadium.

Tailgating will begin at 5 p.m., meet the Patriots will be held at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. the Patriots will hold a football practice.

Friends, family, and fans are encouraged to come out and show your support for your favorite Patriot players, cheerleaders, and coaches. Several supportive businesses from around town have committed to participate in tailgating, along with other die-hard HC fans and supporters.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to bring a jersey or shirt, hat or football (or grab a FREE poster featuring this year's seniors and football schedule) so that you can get autographs and take photos with their favorite Patriot.

Paris Swim Team holding tryouts on Aug. 27 for winter 2019-20 season

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Swim Team will be holding tryouts for the 2019-20 winter season for swimmers ages 5-18 on Tuesday, Aug. 27 between 3-5 p.m. at the Paris Civic Center pool.

Swimmers ages 8 and under must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke unassisted. Swimmers ages 9 and up must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle and backstroke unassisted.

State Unemployment Rate Remains Low

Nashville- Unemployment across Tennessee remains near its historic low, despite a slight increase to 3.4 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

June’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up 0.1 of a percentage point when comparing it to the previous month.

Year-to-year, unemployment is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the June 2018 rate.

Even with a minor uptick in unemployment, Tennessee employers continue to add thousands of new workers to their payrolls. Total nonfarm employment increased by 9,600 jobs between May and June of this year. The durable goods manufacturing, administrative/support/waste services and health care/social assistance sectors experienced the largest increases.

“Creating new jobs for Tennesseans is a top priority,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “Companies continue to show they have confidence in our state’s economy and in Tennessee’s workforce by adding nearly 10,000 jobs in June and that’s impressive.”

Between June 2018 and June 2019, Tennessee saw nonfarm employment grow by 52,100 jobs in every corner of the state. Employers in the leisure/hospitality, trade/transportation/utilities and manufacturing sectors are responsible for creating the highest number of new jobs over the last year.

Across the United States, seasonally adjusted unemployment also increased in June. The national rate grew by 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.7 percent.

TDLWD offers a complete analysis of Tennessee’s June 2019 unemployment data here.

The state of Tennessee makes a wide range of job search assistance available through its workforce development website, www.Jobs4TN.gov. Job seekers can find nearly 200,000 current job openings, free online resume assistance, job interview advice and other services when they visit the site.

Law Enforcement Busy with Alcohol Related Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were charged with alcohol-related offenses over the past few days. Paris Police Ptl. Jonathan Baxter arrested James Brooks, 24, of 37 Jeffery Lane of Paris on Wednesday for driving under the influence. Brooks’ bond was set at $1,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey arrested Alena Thompson, 41, of 104 N. Porter St. of Paris on Thursday for public intoxication. Thompson’s bond was set at $500. She was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, police responded to a home on Old Paris Murray Road to take a report of theft of several items.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy James Cole spoke to the victim on Wednesday who stated that when she got back from vacation on Saturday she found that several items, including a Playstation 4 and Playstation 4 games had been stolen. The items were valued at more than $400. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

Planning Commission Approves Motorcycle Accessories Shop

LI Smith Engineer Nathan Grasfeder shows plans Willoughby has for the Manley St. property (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- After lengthy discussion at the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, a variance was approved of the required setbacks at 901 and 903 Manley Streets for property on which Chris Willoughby plans to locate a motorcycle accessories business.

Neighbors of the property spoke out against having the business in a residential area due to increased traffic flow in the neighborhood and potential for more noise. They also noted that children play in that neighborhood and with the business proposed for a dead-in street, there will be little access to and from the business.

Richard Gallimore of 812 Manley Street said it’s a quiet neighborhood that kids can walk down it now without problem. “We’re concerned about the noise during business hours. We oppose it.” Another neighbor said if he had to, he would get a petition started and everyone in the neighborhood would sign it.

Willoughby said earlier in the meeting he had spoken to the neighbors and they did not object to the business. He said he wants to improve the appearance of the neighborhood and will be tearing down one house that burned and wants to make the existing home “look like a brand new commercial building. I want to make it look good. That’s what I’m after.”

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris noted the property owner is proposing to construct an addition on the house that is located closest to Tyson Avenue. She noted even with the combination of both lots there is very little buildable area due to the fact that the properties are surrounded by a right of way on each property line.

The original lots in this area were decreased due to the widening of Hwy 79 several years ago, she said. At that time the City zoned this property along will all properties that front Tyson to a commercial zone. For the property owner to develop this property an excessive amount of variances must be granted for this property to be developed, she said.

In other business:

–The board approved a rezoning Request at 130 Abbott’s Lane from Planned Industrial to Planned Business which will allow the construction of an assisted living facility.

Background & Analysis provided by city staff: This is a 5.10 acre tract located between Fairground Road/the Railroad, Abbott’s Lane and Recycling Drive. Owner Tim Wirgau has requested this tract be rezoned from PM (Planned Industrial) to PB (Planned Business). Wirgau wishes to locate an assisted living facility on the vacant portion of his tract. Additionally, Wirgau plans to divide the portion of the property to be used for the assisted living facility from the existing 5.10 acres. This property is surrounded by Planned Industrial and Planned Business.

–The board approved a rezoning request at 102 Fairview Street from R-I-M to TRB.

Background & Analysis from city staff: “Janet French has an option to purchase property located at 102 Fairview Street. Ms. French is requesting the property be rezoned from the current R-1-M (Single Family Medium Residential) to a commercial district. The City Commission has referred this request to the Planning Commission for review and recommendation. In reviewing the area overall it does appear that this end of Fairview Street seems to consist of commercial or institutional/religious uses.

“Should the Planning Commission choose to rezone this property you may wish to consider the TRB Transitional Residential Business District. This somewhat limits some of the uses that would otherwise be allowed if it were to be rezoned to the adjacent B-3 General Business District. The TRB District would lessen the impact on the existing residential uses.”

–The board approved a zoning ordinance amendment governing home occupations, which has been discussed at prior meetings. In making the motion to approve, Board Member Charlie West said, “This is a recurring theme here and I think the staff has done their due diligence” in drafting the amendment.

ABC Board Approves New Beer Permits

McClennan answers questions from beer board members. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved three beer permits –one involving a change in management at Kroger, another for change in ownership at the Family Fun Center and a third for a new downtown nightclub.

Now that long-time Kroger Manager Joe Turner has transferred to the Murray store, Chris Langley is the new manager and with new management, a new beer permit is required.

Langley told the board he has worked at numerous Kroger locations and was Assistant Manager under Turner at the Paris store.

Donald Finch is the new owner at the Family Fun Center at 1118 N. Market Street and told the board he has never managed a business that served alcohol before but knew the rules that govern serving alcohol.

Marcuc Lorenzo McClennan requested a beer permit for The Location at 222 W. Wood St. which he said he wants to have a lounge atmosphere with a “nice, friendly environment”.

Board Member James Smith noted that the background check on McClennan showed a few arrests and asked McClennan how he planned to operate the business. “Everything must be above board. I plan to keep everything above board”.

All three permits were approved.

A beer permit had been requested for The House, a new restaurant 105 S. Brewer, but the designee was not at the meeting and it was not acted upon.

HC Quarterback Club addresses school board about opening talks to installing artificial turf at HCHS

Andy Collins (right) from the Henry County Quarterback Club addressed the Henry County Board of Education at Thursday's meeting to see about closing the gap in funding for installing artificial turf at HCHS. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met Thursday where the board welcomed Henry County School System’s new director Dr. Leah Watkins and discussed many topics from gaining more information about installing artificial turf at HCHS, hearing updates on the Family Resource Center and summer reading program along with updates on the construction projects that are happening at HCHS.

One item on the agenda included hearing from HCHS football Coach James Counce and Andy Collins about the high school taking the next steps in either installing an artificial turf or replacing the current turf with natural turf again.

Andy Collins from the Henry County Quarterback Club said that the club, which is a non-profit, has raised more than $470,000 from fundraising efforts. Collins said that those funds were raised to go towards installing artificial turf at HCHS. He said that the Quarterback Club has been in contact with a couple of companies who said that the preliminary costs for the artificial turf installation at HCHS would cost anywhere from $691,000 to $700,000.

“We have a gap in our funding, we have not sought out a lot of individual donations,” said Collins. “Right now we’re looking at finding a way to close that gap the funding we have.”

Collins and Counce both emphasized how installing the artificial turf would not only hold up better against wear and tear, but if HCHS had artificial turf the school system could charge for events like music festivals or other sporting events to be held there. Collins said that the HC Quarterback Club looked at Dyersburg, who had installed artificial turf. It was noted that since Dyersburg installed artificial turf, the school has been able to rent the stadium for events to be held there and in turn it has generated over $1 million in revenue.

Collins said that the HC Quarterback Club was looking for feedback from the school board to see about taking the next steps into closing the gap in the funding for the artificial turf. He said that he wanted the school board to consider the advantages that the artificial turf could generate for the school.

Counce also told the board that something needs to be done with the field and both men said that there are a lot of drainage issues by the field that need to be addressed no matter whether the school board decides to replace the turf with natural turf or install artificial turf.

Collins said that the natural turf has 12-15 year shelf life depending on how well it’s maintained. He said that the school system budgets around $28,000 for turf maintenance, so over 12 years that would be around $336,000 that could be used towards the project. Counce said that if they did install the artificial turf, he would handle the maintenance of the field.

“Practice field takes a pretty good beating and we need to do something with the field. This is not a war on natural turf… turf gets wrecked a lot more than using artificial turf,” said Collins. “If we installed this, we have to use this not just for football but for other sports like softball, baseball, soccer, etc. The use of the artificial turf would have to be scheduled well and the concessions side could off-set some of the costs associated with installing the artificial turf.”

“We not here asking for money, we are taking about accruing the money that would be used for regular maintenance of the field (natural turf) and putting that money towards installing the artificial turf,” said Collins. “Teams would pay money to play on the artificial turf, because there isn’t the wear and tear on it like a natural turf field would have.”

Money that the Henry County Quarterback Club was raised based on installing artificial turf and will not be used to pay for the replacement of the field with natural turf. Collins said the $700,000 would paid by private donors through the Henry County Quarterback Club so there wouldn’t any taxpayer money being used for it.

Counce said that it would cost replacing the turf with natural turf again would cost between $100,000-$120,000 and those funds would have to be paid for with taxpayer money.

Both men said that the usability of the having a field that had artificial turf would allow the school to host more events, which would also bring in revenue.

“We need the big picture before we commit to either decision, whether we go with replacing what we already have with natural turf,” said Collins.

“We ask a lot of our taxpayers and this is something we can do to make our school better without asking more from our taxpayers,” said board member Josh Frey.

Frey suggested that they go to Dyersburg to see their artificial turf since, Dyersburg was the model that Henry County had been looking at. The school board said that they would be open to finding out more about the advantages of installing artificial turf vs. replacing the natural turf again.

Family Resource Center updates HCBOE, gears up for Back to School Blast

Becky Holland director of the Family Resource Center talks to the HC BOE about all of the work the center has been doing along with what they are doing to prepare for the July 25 Back to School Blast. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.-  At Thursday’s Henry County School System BOE, Family Resource Center DIrector Becky Holland updated the board about the Family Resource Center, which recently celebrated their 25th anniversary.

Holland said that this year was the first time they had medical referrals, which really helped. She said that one example of the medical referrals that worked included when the center made referrals for several Lakewood students who had failed vision and 92% of those students were prescribed eye glasses.

Holland said that the FRC in 2018-19 helped 375 students and saw an  attendance rate of 71.2% with an 81.4% improvement in academics of students. She said the center not only helped students needs in academia and attendance, but they also help with students basic needs. The basic needs that the center helped including helping the family meet the needs of the child from helping pay for hygiene, electric bills, rent, clothing and more items that directly went to benefit the child and the family.

Holland said the center is 100% community served program and their Helping Hand and weekend backpack programs are in healthy states. She said the FRC had taken in $186,794.53 for the 2018-19 year from various partnerships and collaborations like the Salvation Army, Project Roundup from BPU, Helping Hand, and various churches and foundations. Those funds helped with volunteers for the weekend backpack program, Christmas food baskets and more.

“We’d like to see improvement in student attendance,” said Holland. “We’re very blessed in Henry County… being able to have the support we have to provide all that we can.”

Holland said that this year, they packed 407 grade appropriate school bags, which is all community funded. Holland said that she wanted to clarify some confusion about the Family Resource Center’s Back to School Blast and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department The Shed’s Back to School Bash.

Holland said that the Family Resource Center’s Back to School Blast that will be held on Thursday, July 25th gives school supplies to both county and city children and they are still taking applications for the Back to School Blast.

County Schools Read to Be Ready Program highlights learning in new ways

The Henry County BOE listens to the updates from the Read to Be Ready programs at Henry, Harrelson and Lakewood Elementary Schools along with hearing updates about how construction is progressing at HCHS. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- The Read to Be Ready programs for the Henry County School System updated the board of education about how successful the program was for this summer.

Harrelson Principal Maria Cox along with teachers from Henry and Lakewood spoke to the board about the school system’s Read to Be Ready program.

Lakewood, Henry and Harrelson all participated in this year’s Read to Be Ready program that served rising first and second grade students. Harrelson students got the chance to explored Paris and Henry County. Students got to enjoy writing poems and other various. They also got to make things compost soup to show kids that they can use things again in another beneficial way. Students also got to make candles, soups and more items that they could use at home.

Henry Elementary School had 18 students that participated in the program, where each student got the chance to pick twenty-four books per child to take home that the child wanted and they felt connected too. Tactile and sensory aspects of the program helped students connect more with the books they were reading, which also helped students become excited about reading and learning.

Lakewood students learned about agriculture, had a weather week, learned about recycling. Teachers said that their goal was to help those students enjoy reading, while also helping them grow at the same time. On average the program had a 1 to 6 teacher-student ratio.

“You can see tonight all of the joy not just in our students, but in our teachers as well,” said HC Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins. “It’s important to know how the Read to Be Ready program impacts our students in the summer and how that carries over when our students head back to school. It’s a wonderful program.”

Statistics for all Read to Be Ready programs at Henry, Harrelson and Lakewood included high student attendance rates, and improved accuracy and reading confidence in the students. 90.8% student attendance. Comparing stats, students accuracy increased from 77.2% to 84.8%, motivation increased from 80.8 to 83.7 and confidence in reading increased from 79% to 80%. The program also helped students become more confident in reading out loud which increased from 71.8 to 78%.

Students in all three programs got to take various field trips to places like Land Between the Lakes and the W.G. Rhea Public Library along with taking home several books for the students to keep at home.

Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins said that the Read to Be Ready Program is funded through a grant from the state, but funding at the state level was cut for the program. Watkins emphasized how the program has had a positive impact on not just the students, but the teachers as well. Teachers stated that the funds for the R2BR program funded around $1,000 per student.

Facilities update:
Maintenance supervisor John Akers told the board that the construction projects at HCHS are moving along. He said that progress on the spring sports building, which will be used for baseball, softball and soccer, is moving along. Akers said that the first soccer game is going to held during the second week of August and crews are hoping to have the building completed by the second week of August so that the soccer team can get in there.
The roof and walls are up in the band building and plans are to have the steel erection for the fieldhouse completed by Friday. The fieldhouse will be entirely painted red. Akers said that the front entrance is currently not tied in to the existing building yet, but they hope to have the front entrance tied in to the high school by the middle of next week.

Director’s report:
“Thank you all for being here. It’s been a good week and I’m excited to see what we get to accomplish this year. It is so good to be home.” said Watkins. “First day of school is August 2nd. We will be participating next Saturday, July 27th from 4-6:30 at the Downtown Paris Association’s Ice Cream Social.”

In other business, Susan Burton announced that the pre-kindergarten program received the five-year grant in the amount of $110,000, which is down from $145,000 but Burton said they can still pay the salaries for the program with the grant monies.

Betsy Allison, Director of Grades 9-12 Career and Technical Education, also announced at the board meeting that the school system received $83,000 in grant funding. Around $10,000 from the grant will be used for STEM in the middle schools, another $23,000 will be used for the renovation and development of a mobile STEM lab, $15,000 will be used for student certifications and $35,000 will be used for health science and STEM equipment.

Several Arrested for Drug Possession by Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Multiple people were arrested on drug charges over the past few days.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Watson arrested Barton Grande, 45, of 180 Dale Road of Paris for possession of a schedule II substance with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a VI substance. Grande’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry arrested Christina Barker, 32, of Dresden for possession of drug paraphernalia. Perry also arrested Brandon Baker, 22, of Jackson for criminal impersonation.

Barker’s bond was set at $2,500 and Baker’s bond was set at $2,000. They are both scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Sgt. Greg Underwood arrested Anderson Johnson, 45, of 104 North Porter St. of Paris on Wednesday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson’s bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Buchanan man was arrested on multiple assault charges on Tuesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Sydney Cannon, 23, of 130 Dock Drive of Buchanan for three counts of assault and disorderly conduct. Cannon’s bond was set at $10,000. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

The Shed Back to School Event Set for Saturday

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.

Pet Show Planned Again at HC Fair Aug. 7th

Paris, Tenn- Mineral Wells Animal Clinic will once again sponsor a pet show at the upcoming Henry County Fair. The Pet show will move back out of the livestock barn and under the large pavilion. The Pet show is planned for Wednesday August 7th with registration at 5:30pm and the show at 6:30pm.

Categories include most original costume, best trick or talent, most mysterious heritage, best obedience, biggest and smallest pet, best tail wag, working class dog, best child/animal team, and Best in Show. Participants can enter any number of categories.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Program Planned Sat. at LBL's Golden Pond Planeterium

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invite everyone to join us at “One Small Step,” a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, 10 am to 10 pm, on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond, Kentucky, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

It has been fifty years since NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke to our nation and the world: “That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed. Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.” The Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory will celebrate this human accomplishment and look forward to a Mars landing with special programming throughout the day, which includes:

Visitor Center/Planetarium celebration 10 am - 4 pm

Activities for children: “Make your own moon” at the craft table.

Apollo 11 documentaries and news reels running intermittently in the

planetarium theater. Various progressive Saturn V rocket models, including 40-inch Saturn V Lego model and Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Lego model.

Planetarium Shows 10 am - 4 pm

$6 ages 13 and up;$3.50 ages 5 -12; free ages 4 and under

Laser Legends of the Night Sky

Wildest Weather in the Solar System - made possible by Murray State University's Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering, and TechnologyBack to the Moon for Good - made possible by CFSB EXPLORE - made possible by area chapters of Rotary International District 6710From Earth to the Universe Earth, Moon & Sun Firefall

Laser Shows, all seats $8

Laser Zeppelin, 5:30 pm

Laser Beatles, 7 pm

Wildest Weather in the Solar System, 8 pm

Observatory celebration 4 pm - 10 pm

Solar viewing through various telescopes, equipped with safe solar filters

Observatory open, hosted by West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers

Historical timeline display of Moon landing

Summer Star Party after dark, weather permitting Featuring Jupiter and Saturn

Planetarium Manager Bill Futrell said “We are happy and honored to celebrate this all-important, pivotal moment in human history.  It’s an opportunity to meet real astronomers and participate in special activities and programs unlike anything else in the region. We will honor the half million men and women who worked on the Apollo program. Their hard work and dedication led to this great triumph of the human spirit.”

Reminder: Water Fun Run Volunteer Meeting at Chamber Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Water Fun Run is a huge event that takes 50-60 Volunteers to pull off and its planned for this Saturday July 20th. 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. The Chamber will provide supper for those who attend.

Paris Awarded $25K Dog Park Grant

Paris City Manager Kim Foster cheers as the announcement is made, while her mother Barbara McDavid, City employees MJ Stancook, Traci Shannon, and Atkins-Porter Neighborhood residents Susan and Bob Burton and their dogs react, too. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- A crowd of humans and canines let out ‘yippies’ and barks as it was announced Wednesday afternoon that the city of Paris will receive a $25,000 grant for improvements at the Atkins-Porter Dog Park. A group of city officials as well as canines and their owners who use the dog park gathered at Paris City Hall for the announcement this afternoon.

The grant is from the Randy Boyd Foundation’s Dog Park Dash program and will be used to purchase several items needed at the park, including more water fountains for dogs and humans, a water mister and shade covers that will straddle the fencing at the park.

Randy Boyd and his wife made the live stream announcement on Facebook and it was shown at City Hall.

Other local towns in our area receiving $25,000 grants for dog parks include Trenton and Gleason. The $100,000 grants will be given to the cities of Columbia and Cookeville.

City officials have been asking everyone to flood social media with #dogparkdash #ParisTn in a post on Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets. The dogparkdash organization kept track of any posts that include the hashtag and location to keep track of how much community support there was.

BPU GM Terry Wimberley Installed as TEMPA President

BPU General Manager, Terry Wimberley being passed the TMEPA President’s gavel by 2018-2019 TMEPA President, Brian Taylor, from CDE LightBand, Clarksville.

Nashville- BPU General Manager, Terry Wimberley, was installed as the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) President. TMEPA’s primary role is advocating to the Tennessee General Assembly and other state leaders on behalf of the state’s municipal electric utilities and the other services they provide such as broadband, water and wastewater service. Wimberley will serve a one-year term and will serve the following year as Past President.

“I’m excited for the upcoming year at TMEPA,” said Wimberley. “I look forward to supporting and working for the good of all our members as we provide valuable services in our respective communities. This role also gives me a voice and allows me to play a role at the state level in issues that might affect our utility or our customers.”

TMEPA lobbies on issues to protect utility ratepayers and their pocketbooks. TMEPA serves as a resource to its members in a wide variety of ways to help them better serve their ratepayers, which includes hosting meetings and conferences across the state and throughout the year to share best practices and enhance a utility’s ability to serve their community.

“We are excited for Terry to be the President of the TMEPA Board of Directors,” said Brian Solsbee, TMEPA Executive Director. “He has been an instrumental board member and has helped us implement our new strategic plan.  He is the perfect fit at a time when we are broadening support to multi utility systems with lobbying support for water, wastewater, and broadband.”

Wimberley began his service to the TMEPA Board of Directors in 2017 where he served as Secretary-Treasurer until 2018. This past year Wimberley served as Vice President of TMEPA under President, Brian Taylor, from CDE LightBand, Clarksville.

UTM Receives Positive Marks at Mid-Term Accrediting Review

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin recently received official notice of a positive accreditation mid-term review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the university’s primary accrediting body.

“Every person in every unit of our campus has contributed in some way to this critical work to clear these standards and to prepare our fifth-year report,” said UT Martin Chancellor Keith Carver in a message to the campus. “UT Martin is an exceptional university. … The feedback we received from SACSCOC demonstrates UT Martin has progressed and transformed its assessment protocols to become a more innovative and responsive campus.”

UT Martin experienced difficulties with the accreditation process in 2015 after being put on probation for issues related to the documentation of program assessment strategies. Now, Carver says the campus has established a thriving culture of assessment in all areas and uses research-based feedback to improve university processes and curricula.

University accreditation is re-evaluated every 10 years, and the fifth-year report is a mid-cycle progress report designed to catch problem areas in the early stages. Of the 22 standards addressed in this report, SACSCOC asked for additional information in two areas, both of which had incomplete information at the time the report was submitted. No other problem areas were identified. SACSCOC also cleared the university of all concerns found in the previous 10-year review.

For more information on the university’s accreditation process or reports, contact the Office of Accreditation and Assessment at 731-881-7477.

HC Clerk Donna Craig Announces New App for Vehicle Registration

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Clerk, Donna Craig would like the public to know, Keeping track of your vehicle's registration has never been easier! The Auto Assistant app provides instant access to present an electronic copy of your vehicle's registration without having to shuffle through your glove box.

Auto Assistant provides you with the ability to manage all of your vehicle's registration needs in one location. Easily renew your registration, view your current registration, and receive notifications before your vehicle's registration expires. You can also view an electronic proof of insurance along with your vehicle recalls.

Features include: Present electronic proof of registration, Verify Insurance ,Vehicle Recall Information, Receive notifications of upcoming vehicle renewals, Organize all of your vehicle's registrations in one place, Renew your registration with ease Save multiple vehicles. For more information visit henrycountyclerktn.com. Download the Auto Assistant App for free today on your phone or tablet.

Reminder: 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.

PSSD BOE Approves 2019-20 Budget

Board members look over the proposed budget (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education discussed and approved the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year Tuesday night at their meeting. The budget includes a 1% raise factored in at $120K and and 1.5% bonus, which cost the system $180K from their fund balance.

Other items in the budget for the new fiscal year include a bus lift for $40K and $100K in additional technology funds.

The system has two less teachers with benefits this year and they have forgone purchasing a bus. The system also received an additional $29K in BEP funds from the state. Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell also assured board members that if the State doesn’t come thru with funds for the Read to Be Ready program, the PSSD will be able to fund it this year as well.

Around 340 Students Served this Past Year with Weekend Backpack Program at Rhea Pre-K Thru 2nd Grade

Ms. Palmer discusses the program and how many students benefit from it.

Paris, Tenn.- PSSD Board members also heard a presentation on the backpack program Tuesday night at their monthly meeting. The program sends snacks home in student’s backpacks and the donations come from around the county in forms of money, time, and other donations.

Ms. Allison Palmer showed off the bag they send home on Fridays to every student PreK thru 2nd graders who are on free and reduced lunch. Palmer said parents can forgo the food for their students if they wish but around 340 students in these grades currently receive the food. Monies from BPU Roundup, Helping Hand, Rotary Club, HCMC, and local churches help pay for the food and volunteers help pack the bags. Lakeway IGA delivers the food on Wednesdays and it is packed and sent home on Fridays.

Board chairman Richard Edwards, who volunteers to pack the bags, said it everything is ready, it doesn’t take us long, and I know these kids that are getting these bags would be upset if they didn’t get their goodies.

Each bag is about $2.85 and the system spent about $25K for the weekend backpack program this year, from donations and money raised throughout various programs.

Pssd Board member Troy Barrow looks over a sample bag of food that goes into the backpacks on Fridays.

PSSD BOE Hears Bullying Report, Approves Physical Therapy and CSH Contract and Budget

Paris, Tenn.- In an annual bullying report, something that must be done for the state each July, the board learned there was one event for the school year that just completed that qualified for a bullying scenario.

In a housekeeping measure the PSSD BOE, approved a contract with HCMC for Physical Therapy services and approved the Coordinated School Health Budget and application for 2019-20. Sherry Wagner told board members there were no changes in expense to the physical therapy contract. Board member Bill Jelks abstained from voting.

For the coordinated school health budget, $82K in grant monies were received and Wagner said this year we added 400 flu shots for students. Wagner said there are plans in the works this year to add 3rd graders to the weekend backpack program thru work with the Paris Rotary Club.

New Student Registration for PSSD is July 26th 8am to Noon

Paris, Tenn.- In her superintendent report, Dr. Gerrell said we had visitors to in-service as Benton County teachers came to collaborate ideas and they received a nice letter from Benton County thanking the PSSD for their professionalism.

She said even with the heavy rains we’ve had, the new work with sealing and roofing, we’ve had no issues with leaking and everything looks great at Paris Elementary.

New student registration for Paris Special School District students will be July 26th from 8am until Noon. Dr. Gerrell said, some who have moved into the area over the summer have already registered with their schools and that will continue at schools July 26th.

Dr. Gerrell Receives Rave Reviews on Evaluation

Paris, Tenn.- Chairman Richard Edwards went over the forms from board members on evaluations of Dr. Gerrell. Edwards said there were a wide range of topics that related to her job such as staff development, relationship with board, community, etc. After tallying the scores, 1-5, with 3 being meets expectations and 5 being excels. The overall average for Dr. Gerrell was just under 4.5, which is great. He said, “Norma and I went over all that this morning, and she has worked hard for our system and we appreciate the job Dr. Gerrell has done.”

Dr. Gerrell said, "its a pleasure to work for the PSSD."

HCSO Conducts Active Shooter Drills at Lakewood

Paris, Tenn.- Continuing training is vital to being successful and members of the Henry County Sheriff's Office were conducting active shooter drills at Lakeway School on Tuesday.

Chief Damon Lowe said, "this is something we try to do when school is out for summer and Christmas breaks and other times of the year to keep officers ready and familiarized with the schools and possibilities of what could happen in an active shooting situation."

Members of the group usually include victims, the shooter or shooters, and members of the responding officers trying to quell or diffuse the situation. They will be back at Lakewood Wednesday afternoon as well for more active shooter drills.

23 Year Old Killed in Car Wreck Tues. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- A young Camden woman was killed in a one vehicle accident Tuesday morning when the vehicle she was driving down Hwy. 641 S. and went off the roadway into a drainage ditch. According to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The vehicle hit a culvert and went airborne and finally came down on its roof facing Hwy. 641. Kelsey J. Yates, age 23 of Camden, was identified as the fatality by the THP. She worked as an EMS worker for Paris and Henry County.

K9 Xoey and Dep. French Get First Drug Hit

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Thanks to a newly-certified K9, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Paris Police Department ‘put a dent’ in the drug operation of two local ‘major distributors’.

Xoey, the Belgian Malinois K9 handled by Deputy Hayley French, made her first drug hit Monday and it was a big one.

Deputy Sgt. Jamie Myrick said Xoey “was the key to the whole thing. Hayley has been working on this case for months and it all came together Monday. But Xoey was the ticket that got us this far.”

Arrested were Korey Rick, age 26, and Brooke Myers, age 22, both of 2008 Red Oak Drive, Paris. Both are charged with possession with intent to deliver, engaging in a criminal conspiracy to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Each are being held on $25,000 bonds.

When all was said and done, deputies and police officers seized three vehicles, 100s of vape cartridges containing THC, $13,503, and 10-12 pounds of marijuana.

The first to be arrested was Myers during a traffic stop by Myrick, French and Xoey on Poplar Street. Xoey alerted to the smell coming from the vehicle and they found two large mail boxes containing smaller boxes with packaged high grade marijuana as well as some 150 vape cartridges containing THC.

Meanwhile, Paris Police Investigators Jeramye Whitaker and Derek Colley obtained a search warrant for 2008 Red Oak Dr. where they found several other unopened postal boxes containing small packages of marijuana, a cooler filled with vape cartridges containing THC, $13,010 banded up in a Crown Royal bag, plus more a few hundred more dollars found separately.

Rick was arrested at the Red Oak residence. Two vehicles at that home were seized and the vehicle Myers was driving was seized.

Myrick pointed out that in 2018, Rick was arrested in possession of 10 pounds of marijuana, THC pens, THC wax and other items at the Red Oak Dr. residence by Deputy Dalton Watson, Deputy William Whitaker, Sgt. Blake Jenkins and Paris Patrolman Daniel Andres. Myrick noted that neighbors of the Red Oak Dr. residence have complained of the traffic at that address.

Also on hand for the press conference held Tuesday morning at the Henry Co. Sheriff’s Office were Sheriff Monte Belew and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo.

HCSO Makes Check Presentation For Fallen Metro PD in Nashville

Nashville- Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and a contingent of deputies and officers presented a check for $10,481 to the family of fallen Metro Nashville Officer John Anderson in Nashville Monday.

A total $9,600 was raised at a benefit last week hosted by the sheriff's office and Tosh Farms and according to Chief Deputy Damon Lowe, "More was added to it, so it came to a grand total of $10,481".

Belew, Lowe, Captain Adam Jenkins, Captain Steve Dean, Sgt. Bryan Hall and Kitchen Manager Cliff Barker made a presentation at Officer Anderson's shift roll call and with Nashville Chief Steve Anderson.

Lowe said they local contingent also met with Officer Anderson's parents who he said were emotional when they presented the check to them.

HCHS Seeks Artifacts for 50th Anniversary Celebration

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School will observe its 50th Anniversary September 27th thru 29th with many great events planned for the Happy 50th birthday weekend. Several classes plan to tailgate prior to the 7:30pm kickoff for the homecoming football game Friday evening Sept. 27th with special recognitions taking place during the game.

The HCHS All Classes Alumni Gala, an open event to all HCHS alumni, educators, and guests, will be Saturday September 28th at the fairgrounds with doors opening at 5pm, dinner and program at 6pm, and dancing afterwards. Tickets are $25 per person and available at the main office of HCHS from 8am to 2pm. Only 400 tickets will be available for the event.

At an open house on Sunday September 29th from 2-4pm, the Little Theatre will be renamed the Linda Wilson Miller Theater. A time capsule will be buried at 3pm and tours of the building will be available.

HCHS principal Michele Webb said, “HCHS is looking for people to loan us artifacts, including uniforms, jackets, shirts, pennants, photos, representing all decades of the schools’ history for exhibit. In addition, our 50th anniversary committee welcomes ideas of items to be placed in the time capsule that will be opened as part of the school’s centennial in 2069.

Commissioner Wes Bradley Honored for Service

State Rep. Bruce Griffey presents Comm. Wes Bradley with a State Resolution for his years of service to the HCSO. (McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Commissioner Wes Bradley was honored Monday night with the presentation of a State Resolution honoring him upon his retirement from the County Sheriff’s Office after 24 years.

The resolution was presented by State Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, at the county commission meeting.

Bradley was visibly surprised by the honor and said after the resolution was read by Griffey, “I appreciate this so much. I was not expecting this.”

The resolution notes that Bradley began working for the sheriff’s office in March of 1995, first as a jailer. In his years with the department, he worked as a dispatcher, patrol officer and warrant officer. The resolution said Bradley is “blessed with a loving and supportive family” and that he will be spending his free time with family, working on his farm and his garden.

Bradley is not retiring from his post on the county commission, where he represents the first district.

Commissioners Receive Budget, Will Vote on it July 30th

Lisa Casteel, CEO of HCMC, speaks to the County Comm. Mon. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission recessed its meeting Monday night and will resume July 30 for action on the 2019-2020 budget. The budget was presented to the full commission by County Mayor Brent Greer with a summary that showed there will be no new property taxes in the new budget, which will also include a two percent cost of living raise for county employees.

The total $155,097,320 budget includes a general fund of $12,235,817. The tax rate required for the total budget is $2.091, which is the same as last year.

Other categories in the budget are: debt service fund, $2,979,217; drug control fund, $30,450; Education Funds, $35,221,035; Education Capital Projects, zero; General Capital Projects, $251,258; Highway Fund, $$6,598,024; Medical Center, $99,115,593, and Solid Waste, $665,926.

Greer noted, “I’m proud that we have such a large amount of funds for education. I think that speaks well for our community.”

Newly-hired County Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins was on hand for the meeting to introduce herself to the commissioners.

Henry Co. Medical Center CEO Lisa Casteel was also at the meeting to provide an overview of hospital activities. Greer said she also will be attending a work session in September to discuss the need for a new ambulance at the hospital.

Casteel told the commission that the hospital is growing, noting it added 9-10 physicians this year and is in the process of hiring a pulmonologist. “You saw on the budget that the Medical Center Fund is close to $100 M”, she said, noting that admissions, surgeries and other key areas are much higher at the local hospital than the median for hospitals their size.

“We have our work cut out for us. We’re not perfect by any means,” she said, “but we’re turning things around.”

Greer said at last week’s budget committee meeting that he will be applying for a $20,000 grant from the USDA to go toward the purchase of a new ambulance for the hospital, along with money from debt service, and that no extra taxpayer money will be needed.

Deputies Investigate ATV Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Police are investigating the theft of an ATV that was stolen from a Sarver Drive home in Springville.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll spoke to the owner on Saturday who stated that when he woke up on Saturday morning his Mule ATV, valued at $2,000, had been stolen from his shop.

Officers spoke to a neighbor who stated that at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, he heard kids laughing and being loud outside. The neighbor told police that shortly after he heard the kids, he then heard the ATV start up and take off down the road. The owner said the ATV was camo, green and black with wooden railings on the bed and mud tires on the back. Police are still looking for the suspects.

HAPNA Event Postponed Tues; Will Reschedule

Young or old, its important to conserve energy, HAPNA will bring a presentation to their meeting Tues. Night. (HAPNA photo)

Paris, Tenn.- With temps topping 90 for the remainder of the summer, many Henry Countians have one eye on their thermostat and one eye on their utility bill. That’s why the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association (HAPNA) was planning on hosting an energy advisor from eScore at their upcoming meeting this Tuesday July 16th at 7pm at the Bethel Univ. Paris Campus.

The guest speaker from eScore, an energy education initiative brought to the community by the BPU had an emergency come up and won't be there Tuesday night. HAPNA board member Susan Jones said the evente will be rescheduled.

The Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 organization dedicated to preserving the history, integrity, safety and sense of community of the Atkins-Porter neighborhood. For more information visit Atkins Porter Neighborhood on Facebook.

County Comm. Set for Quick July Meeting Mon. at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session for July on Monday night at 5pm at the Courthouse. The 2019-20 Budget will be passed out to commissioners for the first time and they will reconvene at the end of the month to approve the budget. State Representative Bruce Griffey will also be on hand this evening for a presentation to the commission as well.

Paris man wanted for VOP arrested on additional charge

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man wanted on a violation of probation charge was arrested on additional charge of evading on Saturday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Parrish Wilkins, 31, of 201 N. Poplar St. of Paris for evading and violation of probation out of General Sessions Court. Wilkins’ bond on the evading charge was set at $2,500 and $14,751.80 on the VOP charge. He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Paris man was arrested for a driving charge on Sunday.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Christopher Fey, 33, of 345 Harrison St. of Paris for driving on a suspended license. Fey’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

HCHS Bella Voce' auditions set for Monday, July 22

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s new choral director Deanna Cook wanted to announce that auditions for the group Bella Voce’ will be held on Monday, July 22. Students will be required to prepare and sing one art song. The student may arrange to have a piano accompanist them if they wish. Cook said that due to the short time frame, a recording or acapella will also be fine.

Bella Voce' is an auditioned women's choral group that meets during 4th block Semester 1 and sings at various outside of school events throughout the school year. The group is open to grades 10-12. Please note that though student schedules will be picked up starting this next week, schedules will be adjusted after tryouts to reflect students who will be in Bella Voce' this next school year.

If you are interested in auditioning, please send an email to cookd@henryk12.net.Make sure to include the following information: your name, song selected, will you have an accompanist, and whether you want to audition in the morning or afternoon.

Cook said that she will begin scheduling auditions by Saturday, July 20th, so if you are interested in auditioning make sure to send an email by Friday night, July 19th. Auditions should take no longer than 15 minutes.

BPU to hold energy savers workshop on Friday in Puryear

BPU Energy Advisor Barry Flood talked with more than a dozen people at last week's workshop. (BPU photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities will be holding their next Neighborhood Energy Savers workshop 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

News from past weeks here.


Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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