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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Cuteness all around at Baby Barnyard reviews on Sunday


Pictured from left for the girls 0-6 month old pageant, first maid Ember Rose C. Robbins, queen Olive Mae Hornbrook and second maid Eva Carter. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh

Paris, Tenn.- On Sunday afternoon, the king and queen and their courts for the 2019 Henry County Fairest of the Fair Baby Barnyard Reviews were named.

The 0-6 month old queen was Olive Mae Hornbrook, she is the daughter of Alaina and Jacob Hornbrook of Buchanan.First maid was Ember Rose C. Robbins, she is the daughter of Colt and Kaley Robbins of Puryear. Second maid was Eva Carter, she is the daughter of Melinda Jones and Josh Carter of Paris.


Pictured from left for 0-6 month old boys pageant, first page Harrison Trout, king Owen Krause and second page Maddox Lynn Brogdon. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 0-6 month old king was Owen Krause, he is the son of Eddie and Keila Krause of Paris. First page was Harrison Trout, he is the son of Brandon and Pamela Trout of Cottage Grove. Second page was Maddox Lynn Brogdon, he is the son of Jaryn Flood and Weston Brogdon of Paris.


Pictured from left for the 7-11 month old girls pageant, first maid Lainey Matheny and queen Caroline Ray Bruce. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 7-11 month old queen was Caroline Ray Bruce, the daughter of Justin and Morgan Bruce of Paris. First maid for 7-11 month old girls was Lainey Matheny, the daughter of Adam and Ashley Matheny.


Pictured from left for the 7-11 month old boys pageant, first page Joe Douglass and king Marshall Thomas Madden. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 7-11 month old king Marshall Thomas Madden, he is the son of Dillon and Rachael Madden of Paris. First page was Joe Douglass, he is the son of Jeremy and Tiffany Douglass of Paris.


Pictured from left for the 12-17 month old girls pageant, first maid Oakleigh Gregson, queen Scarlett Staggs and second maid Harlow Jo’Lee Melton. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 12-17 month old queen was Scarlett Staggs, she is the daughter of Junior and Katie Staggs of Paris. First maid was Oakleigh Gregson, she is the daughter of Benji and Amber Gregson of Paris. Second maid was Harlow Jo’Lee Melton, she is the daughter of Haley Banks of Paris.


Pictured from left for the 18-23 month old girls pageant, first maid Scarlett Trout, queen Lydia Grace Watson and second maid Karis Laine Stutzman. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 18-23 month old queen Lydia Grace Watson, she is the daughter of Dalton and Lacy Watson. First maid was Scarlett Trout, she is the daughter of Brandon and Pamela Trout of Cottage Grove. Second maid was Karis Laine Stutzman, she is the daughter of Justin and Cortney Stutzman.


The 18-23 month old king was Mazi McKinnie. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 18-23 month old king was Mazi McKinnie, he is the son of Star Williams and Tamarius McKinnie of Paris.


Pictured from left for the 2-year-old girls pageant, first maid Kaila Wimberly, queen Andi Leigh Wade and second maid Clara Ann Allen. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 2-year-old queen was Andi Leigh Wade, she is the daughter of Hunter and Amber Wade of Paris. First maid was Kaila Wimberly, she is the daughter of Antonio Manzi and Jessica Kinley. Second maid was Clara Ann Allen, she is the daughter of Shelby and Tyler Allen of Henry.


Pictured from left for the 2-year-old boys pageant, first page Declan Jace Brown, king, Jackson Williams and second page Noah Lee Watson. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 2-year-old king was Jackson Williams, he is the son of Michael and Amy Williams of Paris. First page was Declan Jace Brown, he is the son of M.D. “Codee” Ingram and Ashley Brown of Paris. Second page was Noah Lee Watson, the son of Dalton and Lacy Watson of Paris.


Pictured from left for the 3-year-old girls pageant, first maid Abbey Grace Eason, queen Emery Lynn Brown and second maid Jasmine Olivia Freeland. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 3-year-old queen was Emery Lynn Brown, she is the daughter of Phillip and Rikkilynn Brown of Paris. First maid was Abbey Grace Eason, she is the daughter of John and Alyssa Eason of Paris. Second maid was Jasmine Olivia Freeland, she is the daughter of Brant Jason Freeland.


Pictured from left for the 3-year-old boys pageant, first page Cooper Matheny and king Khaza McKinnie. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The 3-year-old king was Khaza McKinnie, he is the son of Star Williams and Tamarius McKinnie of Paris. First page was Cooper Matheny, he is the son of Adam and Ashley Matheny of Paris.

Young grill masters take over the Henry County Fair


Eleven-year-old Cailie Hernandez grills up some chicken at the 4-H youth grilling competition on Sunday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Fifteen contestants entered the 4-H youth grilling competition at the 2019 Henry County Fair that was held at the Fairgrounds on Sunday. Kids got to enter two of five categories that included beef, pork, poultry, lamb and open class. Contestants were judged on their recipe, taste, appearance, their fire building skills since they have to use charcoal and their food and fire safety skills.

Victoria Grace Owen named Fairest of the Fair, Taylor French named Miss Teen


Pictured from left, third maid Roezona Godbott, first maid Sarah Cate Orr, Fairest of the Fair Victoria Grace Owen and second maid Lexi Daniels. (Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh

Paris, Tenn.- Pageants were all abound at the Henry County Fair on Saturday night as a new Fairest of the Fair and Miss Teen were crowned. Seven contestants competed in the 2019 Henry County Fairest of the Fair Pageant.


2018 Fairest of the Fair Alyssa Wade crowns Victoria Grace Owen as the 2019 Fairest of the Fair. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The 2019 Henry County Fairest of the Fair was Victoria Grace Owen, she is the 17-year-old daughter of Jeremy and Jennifer Owen of Paris. First maid was Sarah Cate Orr, she is the 16-year-old daughter of Jamie and Scarlet Orr of Puryear. Second maid was Lexi Daniels, she is the 18-year-old daughter of Steve and Pam Daniels of Buchanan.Third maid was Roezona Godbott, she is the 18-year-old daughter of Greg and Valerie Godbott of Paris.


All seven contestants who competed in the 2019 Henry County Fairest of the Fair pageant. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Pictured from left, first maid, Bryleigh Cate Hayes, Miss Teen Taylor French and second maid Tatiana Sperber. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Seven contestants competed in the 2019 Henry County Miss Teen Pageant. This year’s Henry County Miss Teen was Taylor French, she is the daughter of Josh and Julie French of Paris. First maid was Bryleigh Cate Hayes, she is the daughter of Chuck and Cheri Hayes of Paris. Second maid was Tatiana Sperber, she is the daughter of Justin and Debbie Spencer of Paris.


Shows all seven contestants who competed in the 2019 Henry County Miss Teen pageant. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Henry County Fair will continue on Sunday, Aug. 4th at the Fairgrounds with pageants and grilling set to begin in the afternoon. The Baby Barnyard Pageants will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday on the Commercial Building Stage. Admission to the pageants is $5. The 4-H Youth Grilling Competition will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Henry County Fairgrounds pavilion.

Bethel University wins Bassmaster College National Championship


Photo by Dalton Tumblin/B.A.S.S.: Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd of Bethel University win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Chickamauga out of Dayton, Tenn., with a total of 59 pounds, 11 ounces.

Dayton, Tenn.- Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd of Bethel University were stuck in second place for the first two days of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.

But during Saturday’s final round, they seized the spotlight and scored a come-from-behind victory on Lake Chickamauga.

McNeil and Floyd caught a five-bass limit Saturday that weighed 16 pounds, 3 ounces. That was their lightest bag of the week by nearly 5 pounds, but it gave them a 59-11 total, which was enough to sneak past Bryan College’s Cole Sands and Conner Dimauro for the title.

Sands and Dimauro led the first two days before slipping into second place with weights of 14-4 Saturday and 58-8 for the tournament.

McNeil and Floyd, who won a regular-season event on Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake earlier this year, collected $5,000 for the Bethel fishing team with the victory at Chickamauga, including $2,500 from B.A.S.S. and $2,500 from Carhartt. The Top 12 teams split a total purse of $24,000.

The victors jumped into the title fray with 22-6 Thursday, followed by a 21-2 limit a day later. While those weights positioned them for a shot at a championship, it was a spot on Chickamauga they didn’t fish until Saturday morning that proved to be the difference between winners and runners-up.

“If we don’t stop there this morning, we probably don’t win,” Floyd said. “Just the way it was laid out was good. It was the same depth we had been fishing (about 6 to 8 feet), but there was current there that came into play. There was grass. That place was the highlight of the tournament.”

McNeil and Floyd located their newfound water late Friday and headed their first thing Saturday. They quickly boated five keeper bass, using a Texas-rigged Zoom Ol’ Monster in plum and tequila sunrise colors.
They said those same worms were effective Thursday. But on Friday, a white and chartreuse spinnerbait was what the bass were biting.

McNeil said being in second place until the final weigh-in took the pressure off him and Floyd.

“Sometimes it’s easier being in second,” McNeil said. “You sleep a little better at night. You know you have nothing to lose.”

For Sands and Dimauro, however, second place was a disappointing end to what had been a phenomenal first two days.

The tandem from Bryan College, located in Dayton just a few blocks from Lake Chickamauga, jumped to the lead Thursday with a tournament-best bag of 24-9. They followed with a limit of 19-11 a day later, but their Saturday weight slipped like most of the 12 teams who made the cut.

The Bryan duo was gracious in defeat.

“It’s been an awesome week, but (McNeil and Floyd) deserve this,” Sands told the crowd gathered at Saturday’s weigh-in.

“A big shout out to those guys,” Dimauro added. “If we’re going to lose to anyone, it’s gonna’ be those guys. They’re the best in the game.”

The victory capped a fantastic week for Bethel, which is located in McKenzie, Tenn., about 250 miles west of Dayton.

McNeil and Floyd’s victory marked consecutive years that Bethel anglers won the College Series national title. Cody Huff and Garrett Enders won in 2018, and they finished third this week at Chickamauga with a three-day total of 55-2.

Also, Bethel’s KJ Queen and Dax Ewart were announced as winners of the Series’ Team of the Year for finishing first in the 2019 points standings.

The Top 4 teams in the championship (eight anglers in all) advanced to the Bassmaster College Classic Bracket event, which will be held Aug. 27-29 at Watts Bar Lake, also in Tennessee. They will compete individually in a head-to-head format with a berth in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville going to the winning angler.

McNeil and Floyd fished in the 2017 Classic Bracket, and Huff and Enders competed in the 2018 event. It will be the first College Classic Bracket for the Sands/Dimauro team, as well as for Tyler Christy and Trey Schroeder of Illinois’ McKendree University, who finished fourth at Chickamauga this week. They were in 12th place heading into the final round, but jumped into the Final Four with an 18-7 limit that was the heaviest of the day.

Michigan State angler Riley Welch, who competed alone in the championship, won the Carhartt Big Bass Award and a $500 gift card for the 9-14 lunker he caught Friday. Sands and Dimauro’s 24-9 limit Thursday earned them the Bass Pro Big Bag Award and a $250 gift certificate.

A total of 116 teams from 62 schools competed in the Championship. Bryan College, the City of Dayton and Fish Dayton hosted the event.

Murray man arrested for sale, delivery of meth

Paris, Tenn.- A Murray man was arrested on sale and delivery of methamphetamine charges on Friday.

Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Derell Ward, 34, of Murray on Friday for sale and delivery of a schedule II substance. Ward’s bond was set at $100,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, a Paris woman was arrested on a driving related offense on Thursday.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Kelli Bratton, 38, of 1450 N. Market St. of Paris for driving on a suspended license. Bratton’s bond was set at $500. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Police recover stolen vehicle that was abandoned in a corn field

Buchanan, Tenn.- Police recovered a stolen truck early on Friday morning after the truck was reported stolen from a Clayton Town Road home late on Thursday evening.

According to a report from Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from the owner of the vehicle who stated that when she came home on at around 8 p.m. on Thursday she found that her gold Ford Ranger truck had been stolen. The owner told police that a man she knew might have taken the vehicle.

Later on that night, the Tennessee Highway Patrol notified the Sheriff’s Office that they saw a Ford Ranger that matched the stolen vehicle’s description turn onto Carl Chandler Road. Bostwick and troopers from the THP did locate the stolen truck abandoned in a corn field. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been made.

Extrication training takes over the Paris-Henry Co. Rescue Squad


Members of the Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad, that were being re-certified, work on stabilizing a vehicle during extrication certification training as TARS instructor David Tuck (left, standing behind the vehicle) from the Benton County Rescue Squad advises and monitors the team. During the training, Rescue Squad members being re-certified were not only required to work on stabilizing the vehicle, but they had to do it without spilling any of the water that was put in a glass that was on top of the car. (Cassie Walsh photo)

By Cassie Walsh
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Rescue Squad held an extrication certification training on Saturday. The Rescue Squad was split up into multiple groups that included those that were getting re-certified and those who were being trained in basic extraction.

David Tuck an instructor from the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and a member of the Benton County Rescue Squad led the extrication training which focused on teaching the rescue squad members about scene safety and advances in vehicles and air bags. The training also gave members the chance to get field experience in extrication of different accident scenarios that the rescue squad may face when they are called to an accident scene. The purpose of the training was to help members find the safest, easiest and quickest way to extricate someone out of a vehicle after a wreck.

Certification and re-certification training included stabilizing the scene and car, protecting the patient, breaking glass to make entry into the car and using a sawzall or the jaws of life to cut through the metal in the car to gain entry so they can get the patient out safely.


Paris-Henry Co. Rescue Squad members from the Puryear and Henry County Fire Departments work on receiving their extrication certification. One group uses the jaws of life and the other group works on stabilizing a vehicle that flipped upside down, before breaking glass to gain entry to the inside of the car during extrication certification training. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Rescue Squad re-certifies every two years, but Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad Second Lieutenant Carol Tedford said that the rescue squad does this type of training at least once a year.

“Certification is every two years, but we prefer to do certification training every year. It keeps us up to date on the latest techniques and it helps keep everyone up to date on their skill set,” said Tedford. "A lot of people may not know it, but everyone on the Rescue Squad is a volunteer. We don't get paid for doing this and for us it's something we're called to do to help serve those in our community."

According to rescue squad members, this year they have around 43 members in the Rescue Squad.Paris-HC Rescue Squad members that were re-certifying on Saturday included rescue squad Capt. Monte Starks, 1st Lt. George Eddie Haynes, 2nd Lt. Carol Tedford, Danny Tucker, Bill Merrell, Grant Roach and Dennis Robertson.


Paris-Henry Co. Rescue Squad members from the Puryear and Henry County Fire Departments work on receiving their extrication certification. One group uses the jaws of life and the other group works on stabilizing a vehicle that flipped upside down, before breaking glass to gain entry to the inside of the car during extrication certification training.(Cassie Walsh photo)

Tedford said that the training and the tools they have at the rescue squad wouldn’t be possible without the donations from the residents of Henry County. She said that Henry County has always been great at supporting the rescue squad and donations to the rescue squad were outstanding and it just lets them know how much the community supports them.

Members of the Paris-HC Rescue Squad said that they are all thankful that the community has always been supportive and the donations that the community sends to the rescue squad help fund all of the services that the rescue squad provides to the community.

Two arrested for evading, after one flees across Hwy. 79

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on evading charges on Wednesday after a man wanted on active warrants led police on a foot chase across Highway 79 North in Paris.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins arrested Antonio Rulford, 21, of 318 Dale St. of Paris for violation of probation, a domestic assault warrant and a charge of evading arrest. Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll also arrested Tabitha Constantine, 26, of 1576 Old McKenzie Highway of Paris for evading arrest.

Carroll was on routine patrol on Wednesday when he noticed Rulford traveling on East Wood Street in a vehicle that was driven by Constantine. Carroll had prior knowledge that Rulford had a felony warrant and a domestic assault warrant out for his arrest. Carroll then attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the vehicle continued heading down Hwy. 79 North. Carroll saw that the car was attempting to stop in the back parking lot of a business near Lakeway Circle, so Carroll pulled his patrol car up to the passenger side door knowing that Rulford had a history of evading arrest.

When Carroll pulled up beside the car, Constantine moved her car forward multiple times to avoid having the passenger side door blocked by Carroll’s patrol car. At that time, Rulford was able to evade from the car. Rulford led police on a foot chase several miles where he ran through the woods behind the business, across Highway 79 where he then ran through a cemetery before being taken into custody.

Rulford’s bond was set at $10,000 for the evading and domestic assault charges. He was held without bond on the VOP charge. Constantine’s bond was set at $2,500. They were both scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court. Rulford will appear Friday, Aug. 16th in Henry County Circuit Court on the VOP charge.

In an unrelated incident, Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Travis Anthony, 54, of 721 W. Blythe St. of Paris on Thursday as a fugitive from justice. Anthony’s bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Health Screening set for Tuesday, Aug. 6th

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

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

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

Farmer's Market wraps up as Henry County Fair Week begins


Cassie Walsh photo: A couple of people get corn at one of the booths during the last day of the Henry County Farmer's Market on Friday.

Paris, Tenn.- Several people came out and supported local farmers while they shopped for produce, local honey and more on the last day of the Henry County Farmer’s Market on Friday, Aug 2nd. Since the Henry County Fair begins on Saturday, Aug. 3rd, Friday, Aug. 2nd. will be the last day that the Farmer's Market will be open. The Farmer’s Market will be open from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday.

Fifteen people arrested after police conduct a saturation in high crime areas throughout the county


Photo: From left, Bobby Gene Madding, Victor Tyrone Sims and Jeffery Garvin Townsend were three of the fifteen people that were arrested in the saturation that police conducted on Thursday night.

By Cassie Walsh
Henry County, Tenn.- More than a dozen people were arrested on Thursday night after multiple agencies from local, state and the federal level conducted a saturation in Henry County on Thursday night to combat crime throughout the county.

The saturation was organized by Special Agent Joe Walker with the 24th Judicial District Gang Task Force. Walker retired from TBI and almost immediately he started working on the Gang Task Force.

“We worked aggressive traffic enforcement in conjunction with checking a a lot of people that were on probation or parole…. working aggressively in our higher crime areas,” said Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.

The operation started at 1 p.m. and ended at 10 p.m. on Thursday. Sheriff Belew and Paris Police Department Chief Chuck Elizondo said that several cases are still ongoing and further charges of felony drug and weapons charges will be pending in some of the cases.

“The gang activity is rampant and we try to keep it under control here in Henry County, but they move from county to county. We try to keep a thumb on it and a big saturation like that it helps and we’re working on combating the issues,” said Chief Elizondo.

“We had a lot of various agencies that came together and helped us work Paris Henry County last night and we would like to say thank you to all those agencies,” said Sheriff Belew.

In addition to the fifteen people that were arrested on various charges, the Tennessee Highway Patrol issued 28 citations with 24 contacts. During the operation two weapons and approximately a half pound of ice and several small amounts of marijuana was seized by police on Thursday. Chief Elizondo and Sheriff Belew said that further investigation will lead to additional charges and more arrests in the future.

“Since the task force has been formed we will be doing more of these saturations more frequently,” said Sheriff Belew. “We will also be going to other counties to assist them as well. We’re all on the same team… they helped us so we’re going to help them.”

Those arrested in the operation during Tennessee Department of Corrections Home Compliance checks were:

• Jordan Wayne Berry, 23, arrested for simple possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Edricco Lamont Patton, 43, arrested for simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

• Steven Terrance Russell, 42, arrested for simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of a weapon.

• David Grant McManis, 27, arrested for simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Victor Tyrone Sims, 28, arrested for possession of a weapon and violation of parole for aggravated assault.

• Ashley Brooke Crank, 25, arrested for possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. (arrested at the residence with Berry, not under the TDOC supervision).

• Harrison Leftwich Fisher, 24, arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Other arrests:

• Harley Renae Williams, 22, arrested for driving on a revoked license, possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Bobby Gene Madding, 39, arrested under the TDOC for simple possession of a schedule II substance, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Audrey Burns, 44, arrested for registration violation, violation of financial responsibility law and driving on a revoked license.

• Jeffrey D. Teague, 30, arrested for simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

• Kenneth Wharton, 49, arrested for driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Wayne Anthony Travis, 54, arrested for violation of probation.

• Bobby Joe Patton, 52, arrested for sale of a schedule II controlled substance in a school zone.

• Jeffery Garvin Townsend, 59, arrested on a federal warrant for a felon in possession of weapons.

Agencies that participated were the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, 24th Judicial District Gang Task Force, Tennessee Department of Corrections-Office of Investigations and Compliance, Tennessee Department of Corrections-Community Supervision, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway patrol, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Police Department- Gang Unit, McKenzie Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshal’s Service.

Asian Carp RoundTable Discussion Held Fri. Morning

By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.- The growing Asian Carp problem in area waterways was on everyone’s minds at a roundtable discussion Friday morning involving Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), State Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris), Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell, Paris City Manager Kim Foster, TWRA Officials, UTM Director of Research Charley Deal and local processors and commercial fishermen.

The session was held at the North American Caviar company on Barnhill Road in Paris, which is a licensed wholesale fish and caviar dealer and an Asian Carp processing and packaging plant.

North American Caviar is owned by Clay Young, Christel Linsman Young and Kenneth Linsman, all of whom were at the session, along with several of the local commercial fishermen who work with them.

Young provided Blackburn with background on the company, which until a few months ago averaged 40,000-50,000 pounds a month of Asian Carp, but with their new contracts, are now at 112,000 pounds in June and 198,000 pounds of Asian Carp in July.

Young told Blackburn and the other officials, “We’re at our max now”. For the company to expand as needed to help combat the Asian Carp problem will take additional equipment and parking lot expansion. “It was o.k. when we just had boats and trucks coming in here,” Young said, but as they’ve expanded, they’re seeing a lot more 18-wheeler semis used for the business.

Local fishermen, including Neil Matlock, told a similar story. Matlock has been a commercial fisherman for six years and said his equipment also is at capacity now. “Our boat isn’t set up to handle the Asian Carp. They’re very dangerous fish. We work late and early mornings and you can’t see them coming. They tear your boat apart.”

Matlock said more incentives are needed for area fishermen to get more interested.

TWRA Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss said, “Commercial fishing is the most efficient way to get the fish out of the water but we also try to contain them with a barrier system.” He said there are 15 commercial fishing operations on Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake now.

Gerrell said it is frustrating for local officials to see the attention for combating Asian Carp going to the Great Lakes area. “Henry County is 35th in the state in tourism dollars. That’s how important tourism is to us. We lost three major tournaments that went to East Tennessee instead of here” which cost the local economy thousands of dollars, he said.

Local Outdoor Writer Steve McCadams, who has a regular program on WENK/WTPR, said, “Asian Carp is the great unwanted guest to the party. Tourism is a big industry here and Asian Carp is hitting a big blow to us. It has hurt us dramatically. Bad news travels fast and local fishermen are getting a lot of bad news as to the Asian Carp we have here.”

McCadams told Blackburn that the federal government “needs to give these guys more tools and more incentives” to combat the problem.

Blackburn said, “It looks like getting the resources to your fishermen in a cost-efficient way is Item No. 1 and you need incentives. And need to be looking at opportunity zones, Rural Development and grants.”

Young said with more incentives his company could be expanded and hire even more employees than it has now. “The market is there,” he said. “We just have to have structure.”

Beasley Antenna Holding Food Drive for Weekend Backpack program

Paris, Tenn.- Beasley Antenna & Satellite is hosting a food drive during the month of August to benefit the Weekend Backpack Food Program sponsored by the Family Resource Center. This program feeds 230 students each week in the Henry County School System and is solely funded through private individual donations. This pack of food helps the student maintain nutrition from the time they leave school on Friday until they come back on Monday.

Items needed for the Weekend Backpack Food Program are: *Individual small boxes of cereal; *Individual containers of applesauce or diced peaches; *Individual packs of cheese & crackers; Pop tarts; *Pop top cans of Chef; Boyardee Ravioli or Spaghetti O's; *Individual boxes of Raisins.

On August 10th, we will be hosting a multi family yard sale with a portion of the proceeds going toward the Weekend Backpack Food Program.

Donations for the food drive can be dropped off Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm and on Saturday 8 am - 12 noon. For more information, contact Tracey Beasley @ 642-4077.

HCHS Speech Team Holding Corn Hole Tourney Aug. 10th

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

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

Sgt. Bruce Alexander, Sgt. Jordan Klutts Elected as President, Treasurer of TN D.A.R.E. Officers Association

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s office is proud to announce that Lakewood SRO and D.A.R.E instructor Sgt. Bruce Alexander has been re-elected to his third term as President of the Tennessee Dare Officers Association! Sgt. Alexander is very active in dare and has been the county’s instructor for the past 12 years. We would also like to congratulate Paris Police Department Sgt. Jordan Klutts who was elected as Treasurer for the association.

Pats to Scrimmage Milan Friday; Season Tix On Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will scrimmage Milan in football at home at Patriot Stadium Friday night. Admission is free. The freshmen will play at 5pm and the varsity at 6pm.

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

Historical Society Learns About Old 23rd District

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- It felt like a real Homecoming at Thursday night’s meeting of the Henry County Historical Society as the Old 23rd District was the topic and a large gathering of family members were among those in attendance.

Featured speaker was Susan “Ski” Witzofski, who spoke on the history of the Old 23rd, the area near Big Sandy which became part of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge system after the creation of Kentucky Lake in 1945.

Witzofski is retired from TVA and Vice President of the Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge.

Using photographs that were compiled by the late Larry Perry, who wrote a pictorial history of the Old 23rd, she took the audience on a tour of the old homes, stores and schools that used to populate the area. Brochures have been compiled for a self-guided tour of the Old 23rd by Friends Volunteer Linda Fields.

The Mt. Zion Church building erected in 1897 is the only structure still standing.

Historical Society President David Webb announced that a steering committee has already been formed to begin planning the coming Bicentennials of Henry County (2021) and the city of Paris (2023).

TN Arts Commission Grant Received by City for Next Alley Painting

DPA Ex. Director Kathy Ray informs the commission another grant has been received for Alleywork. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

By Tim Alsobrooks

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session for August on Thursday and Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray informed the commission that a grant with the TN Arts Commission had been received to work on a mural for the North Alley which will feature Dr. Grove and his contributions to Henry County. Ray said she met with representatives of the Tennessee Arts Commission this week and took them around to see where the work would be done. The back alley Paris project has received around $30K from the TN Arts Commission for the work on the alleyways the last several years.

City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on various projects thru a status sheet included in the agenda, including the Splash Pad. She said the City had made a lot of progress as the designer had met with them and nailed down several details. TDEC approval will now be sought and a building package will be ready by the end of August.

The Rison Street Bridge Replacement is ongoing as well and Foster explained that the City has completed an application for a locally managed project. As soon as a contract is received from TDOT, the City can proceed with the Notice to Proceed and begin the NEPA phase.

Retail Sales Stay Positive

Commissioners Sam Tharpe and Gayle Griffith listen as finance reports are discussed. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Shannon updated commissioners on the financials Thursday nigh saying May reflected a 2.75% increase in retail sales tax compared to last year. The City remains ahead of fiscal year to date by 1.08%.

The City’s General Fund revenues were ahead of expenditures for the month of June. Shannon said they finished the fiscal year in good shape and ahead by 2.92% with both revenues and expenditures coming under budget for June. Sanitation and the Landfill also finished ahead at the end of the fiscal year.

The City has issued 11 business licenses in June as well.

Commissioners approved a resolution to participate in the Partners in Safety Grant for the Paris Police Department. The grant is a $2K value with a 50/50 match.

Commissioners Approve Rezoning Requests

Paris, Tenn.- The commission approved some rezoning requests including one for Janet French at 102 Fairview St. Her request is to rezone from current R-1 residential to Commercial Zone and Transitional Residential Business or TRB with the intention being an accounting office.

Commissioners also approved a rezoning request from Tim Wirgau to rezone property at 130 Abbott Lane from planned Industrial to planned business. Wirgau plans to develop this portion of the property into an assisted living facility. The Planning Commission has approved the request.

Another request for rezoning for property located at West Wood and Irvine Street was approved Thursday night. The property owner wants to rezone from Commercial to Residential to allow a manufactured home on the property.

Board Appointments Approved by City Commission

Paris, Tenn.- Board appointments were made by commissioners Thursday night including the following: Richard Edwards to continue to serve on the Planning Commission and BZA until 2022; David Webb to continue on the Historic Zoning Board until 2024; Jamison Townsend to continue to serve on the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals until 2022; Denise Wardle and Matt Wermer on the Americans with Disabilities Advisory Board until 2022; and Dr. Norma Gerrell on the Library Board.

The City Commission approved write-off requests of $128 from Chancery Court in uncollectible property taxes.

Jagr is the New K9 Officer at Henry County Sheriff Office

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Cpl. Dalton Watson introduces Jagr as the newest K9, bringing the total K9 fleet up to 8 at HCSO. Jagr was acquired for free from Boston after a smaller department in that area disbanded their K9 department. HCSO was able to get Jagr thru contacts made at some of the previous K9 events hosted at Paris Landing and in Paris. The Henry County Sheriff's Office welcomes Jagr aboard as he still has many good service years left. (HCSO photos)

Baby shower goes well at Ogburn Park


Health Educator Rachel Matlock signs people up as they arrive at the event.

By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.--A large crowd was on hand for Thursday morning's "Baby Shower" celebration organized by the Henry County Health Department at Ogburn Park in Paris. All moms-to-be, breastfeeding moms, and baby caregivers were invited and the festivities included plenty of giveaways, door prizes, Rollin' Snow shaved ice, fruit slices and more.


Henry County Sheriff Chief Deputy Damon Lowe and Sheriff's Sgt. John McElroy hand out free produce.

Numerous vendors from various organizations including the Extension office, Carl Perkins Center, WIC, and Youth Villages were also on hand. The Henry County Sheriff's Office also gave away bags filled with fresh tomatoes from the inmate garden. Health Educator Rachel Matlock said the event usually is held at the health department and this is the first year for it to be held outdoors. "We have a lot more people this year, so I think we'll do this again," she said.

Submissions Open for 5th Annual Wildlife and Landscape Photo Contest

Nashville- Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to conserving the state’s wildlife and natural resources, is now accepting photo submissions for its 5th annual Tennessee wildlife and landscape photo contest. 

Photographers—from amateurs to professionals—are encouraged to submit up to 20 of their best images of Tennessee’s wildlife and, for the first time, landscapes. Submissions can be made from Aug. 1 through Aug. 31 at tnwf.org/PhotoContest.

A panel of judges will select the best photos to be featured in the Federation’s 2020 calendar and across the Federation’s digital platforms. Winners will also receive a variety of prizes including gift cards, Federation apparel, a  YETI cooler and Patagonia duffle bag. 

"Tennessee has so much to offer it’s impossible for one person to see and capture it all,” said Kendall McCarter, chief development officer for Tennessee Wildlife Federation. “That’s why getting to share our diverse wildlife and habitats through the photography of those who love it most is one of the highlights of the year.”

The deadline to submit photos is 11:59 p.m. CT Aug. 31. Voting for the People’s Choice winner will be open for the public on Sept. 5. 

For more information and official contest rules visit tnwf.org/PhotoContest.

Public Intoxication, Drug Paraphernalia Possession Lead Arrest Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on drug paraphernalia charges.

Paris Police Ptl. Jonathan Baxter arrested Timothy Berry, 46, of 1202 Lone Oak Road of Paris on Wednesday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Berry’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, two people were arrested on public intoxication charges on Wednesday.

Paris Police Cpl. Jeff Smith arrested Terry Somerville, 50, of 320 Cherry St. of Paris for public intoxication. Somerville’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Katelyn Isbell, 24, of Sharon for public intoxication. Isbell’s bond was set at $250. She is scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

HC Fair Begins Saturday With Pageants, Horse Show, and More

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fair gets underway Saturday with a week full of events for the entire family to participate in at the Fairgrounds. There will be no carnival for this year’s event as schedule conflicts wouldn’t work out for the carnival to be here.

Saturday the Fairest of the Fair and Miss Teen Pageants will be held at the Commercial Building beginning at 6:30pm with the admission $5. The Baby Barnyard Revues are Sunday at 1:30pm with $5 admission to the commercial building.

The fair also offers free events for youth including a Horse Show at the Henry County Saddle Club at 6pm Saturday and a Youth Grilling Competition 2-4pm Sunday at the Pavilion. Pick up a fair book for details on all events. 

Henry County Historical Society holding meeting on Thursday


Susan "Ski" Witzofski will be the featured speaker at the Henry County Historical Society's regular meeting on Thursday.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society's will hold their regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 1st at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, 614 N. Poplar St. in Paris. The program for Thursday’s meeting will be about the Old 23rd District and the speaker for the program will be Susan "Ski" Witzofski, retired from TVA and Vice President of the Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge.


The Big Sandy Peninsula includes the 1897 Mt. Zion Church building that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Much of the former Henry County 23rd voting district became part of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge system after the creation of Kentucky Lake in 1945. The Big Sandy Peninsula includes the 1897 Mt. Zion Church building that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Members and visitors are encouraged to bring photographs, artifacts, memories, and stories from the Old 23rd to share. The society will elect its officers for the 2019-20 year, and $10 annual membership dues will be collected at the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend.

Reminder: Health Dept. plans baby shower on Thursday at Ogburn Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department will be celebrating national breastfeeding month with a baby shower celebration that will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 1st at the Ogburn Park pavilion.

All moms to be, breastfeeding moms, baby caregivers and their partners are welcomed to attend. You can enjoy giveaways, door prizes and more at the event. Rollin’ Snow will also be giving away free shaved ice to the first 25 people. 

BPU Installs Self-supporting Pole on Rison St.

Paris, Tenn.- Service Electric crews installed a new 60’ utility pole at the corner of Rison and Market St. in Paris today.  The new pole is part of the Hwy. 641 Expansion Project and is the first self-supporting pole on the Paris Board of Public Utilities system. The self-supporting pole has 6.5’ diameter base with a 43’ deep concrete foundation. All utility relocation as part of the 641 Expansion Project is paid for by The Tennessee Department of Transportation. (Meagan Hart photo). 

Reward Increased to $10K on Farm Equipment Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office said the $5K reward that was offered by Tosh Farms on information on vandalism to farm equipment has now been increased to $10K. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929.

MSU Offers New Programs for 2019 Academic Year

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University has introduced new programs in culture and language studies, human services and cybersecurity management.

These new programs, which will be offered beginning fall 2019, reflect the University’s commitment to providing modern courses that incorporate real-world experience to ensure students are prepared for the workforce.

Murray State will offer bachelor’s degrees in culture and languages as well as human services, with the latter offered as an online degree. The University will also offer cybersecurity as a bachelor’s degree for undergraduate students of the new Center for Computer and Information Technology.

The University’s new academic offerings are joined by a transformation of the Murray State Center for Telecommunications Systems Management, now known as the Center for Computer and Information Technology. The University’s new Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders will begin seeing patients in the fall.

“These programs and centers are continued evidence of the faculty’s commitment to innovation and progress on behalf of the students and families of Murray State and the region it serves,” said Dr. Mark Arant, Murray State provost.

HCSS Pre-School Program Conducting Screenings Fri. Aug. 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The PreSchool Program of the Henry County School System will conduct screenings for the 2019-20 school year beginning Friday August 2nd. Preschoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills.

Parents of children ages 3, 4, and 5 living in the Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood School District are asked to call the school to schedule an appointment for their preschooler to be screened.

For Harrelson, call Gay Gore at 247-3152; for Henry call Maureen Boyd at 243-7114; and for Lakewood call Amanda Mason at 644-1600. The services are provided free of charge by the HCSS.

KSP Warns of Scam in Mayfield Area

Mayfield, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police Post 1 in Mayfield has received reports of a scam occurring in our post area. The scammers are calling people listed on the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry and telling them they are non-compliant.  The scammers are asking the victims go to a local store and buy gift cards.  If you receive a call like this, do not give the caller any information or payment over the phone and do not call the number they provide you.  If you have been targeted like this contact your local law enforcement agency.  You can also contact the gift card company and let them know the card was used in a scam.  For my information on scams, people can visit the Federal Trade Commission website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

Bethel, Freed-Hardeman, and Martin Methodist Join New Conference

McKenzie, Tenn.- During a joint press conference at the Jackson Chamber Boardroom in Jackson, Tennessee, the presidents of Bethel University, Freed-Hardeman University and Martin Methodist College announced their schools’ transfers to the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Teams will first compete in their new conference in the 2020-21 academic year.

“It is not often that you have a chance to simultaneously welcome three new conference members who have the outstanding commitment to academic and athletic excellence that Bethel University, Freed-Hardeman University and Martin Methodist College do,” stated Eric Ward, Mid-South Conference Commissioner. He said, “On behalf of the Mid-South Conference presidents and athletic directors, I thank Presidents Walter Butler, David Shannon and Mark Labranche for sharing our vision and for their belief in our mission. Our conference leadership believes that the Mid-South is one of the NAIA’s premier conferences; the addition of these three outstanding institutions lends even more credence to that assertion.”

Ward added, “Our athletic directors are looking forward to working side-by-side with fellow ADs Jeff Bain, Dale Kelley and Mike McCutchen to create extremely meaningful and memorable experiences for all of our student-athletes. Mid-South Conference regular season competition in every sport will be rigorous, and our conference championship events will be amazing. As iron sharpens iron, our teams who earn the right to participate in the NAIA postseason will be well prepared for national championship caliber competition.”

In discussing the move, Dr. Walter Butler, president of Bethel University, said, “Rivalries are very important in sports. We are thrilled to be moving all of our NAIA sports to the Mid-South Conference, along with two long-time friends, Martin Methodist College and Freed-Hardeman University. As we all join Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and others in the conference, these rivalries will be great for our athletes and fans. We have missed these rivalries and are so excited to compete again with our neighboring schools, as well as the entire Mid-South Conference.”

Freed-Hardeman President David Shannon added, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Bethel and Martin Methodist to make this announcement today. By joining Cumberland and the other universities, we will play more conference games in areas where we have large numbers of prospective students, alumni and friends. While we are grateful for our good experience in the American Midwest Conference, we are excited that these rivalries and post-season tournaments will be more accessible to our fan base. Ultimately we want to offer a tremendous intercollegiate athletic experience to our student athletes. We look forward to developing them through the stability and strength of the Mid-South Conference.”

Martin Methodist President Mark LaBranche reinforced the other presidents’ sentiments, as he said, “Martin Methodist College is excited to renew some traditional rivalries that we know will lead to additional fan support. The coordinated move of our three colleges will also benefit Martin Methodist College students by requiring less time on the road. The opportunity for junior varsity competition is another great advantage to our joining the Mid-South Conference.”

Bethel and Martin Methodist will join the MSC after six years with the Southern States Conference, and FHU will be moving on after six years in the American Midwest Conference. This move puts four former TranSouth Conference rivals (these three and Cumberland University who moved to MSC in 2012) back in the same conference. The MSC has discussed plans to create northern and southern divisions; FHU, Bethel, Cumberland and Martin Methodist would be in the Southern Division.

Cumberland University President Paul Stumb commented on sharing a conference with Bethel, FHU and Martin Methodist again. He said, “We are so excited to welcome these three in-state, local schools into the Mid-South Conference. This will foster healthy competition between natural rivals because of their close geographic proximity.”

The Mid-South Conference was formed in 1995 to serve as the competitive base for the institutions’ athletic programs. The conference's broad-based athletic competition for men and women offers championships in 29 sports.

The Mid-South Conference has enjoyed a prosperous growth since its inception with eight charter members in 1995. Nine full members and 25 affiliate members now call the Mid-South Conference home. The full members include Campbellsville University, Cumberland University, University of the Cumberlands, Georgetown College, Life University, Lindsey Wilson College, University of Pikeville, Shawnee State University and Thomas More University.

On the field, the Mid-South Conference’s rich championship tradition includes 21 NAIA National Championships. Off the field, the MSC celebrates its student-athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom and within their community with its Champions of Character initiative.

The Mid-South Conference office is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. More information about the MSC is available at mid-southconference.org, and additional details about Bethel, FHU and Martin Methodist may be found at bethelu.edu, fhu.edu and martinmethodist.edu.

Groundbreaking for New Paris Landing Inn Set for Nov.

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer announced at Monday night’s County Commission meeting that ground-breaking for the new Paris Landing Inn will occur in November and it is hoped Governor Bill Lee will be on hand.

With the state’s announcement in June that an additional 25 rooms will be added to the new Inn, Greer said, “Everything is moving positively and it looks like the Inn will be open for business” in the Spring of 2021.

Greer said he met recently with state building commission officers and said the new architectural renderings (which were published on our website last week) “look very good. This has been a real battle for our community but it will be a positive thing in the end.”

The former Inn was demolished to make way for a more modern, but smaller Inn at Paris Landing State Park.

At a short but busy session, the commission also approved a PILOT agreement for Dana Sealing Products Co., okayed the county budget and acknowledged receipt of the $425,000 Capital Outlay note for funding the county’s Emergency Radio Project and to renovate Weston Hall for the County Elections Office. Monday night's meeting was recessed from last week's session.

The PILOT agreement (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) with Dana to expand its operations and make a capital investment of $10M or less for industrial equipment. Greer said the equipment will be used to make batteries for electric cars. “This is a fine corporation, and this will ensure they will be here for years to come,” Greer said. The agreement is for seven years and Dana agrees to maintain its work force of 552 jobs.

The total $155,097,320 budget approved by the commission includes a general fund of $12,235,817. The tax rate is $2.091, which is the same as last year. The budget also includes a $200,000 impact payment from the state for the loss of revenue from not having the Paris Landing Inn in operation. This is the second straight year for that payment to the county.

The budget includes a two percent cost of living raise for county employees.

Greer also reported that all five local banks bid on the $425,000 Capital Outlay note for the county’s Emergency Radio Project and the renovation of Weston Hall. He said the winning bid was from Commercial Bank and Trust at 2.55 percent. Greer said, “We really appreciate that all the banks bid on it and we had said we would only do the project is the rate was less than 3 percent, so that was good. This is positive for the community. It’s a fair interest rate.”

Renovations of Weston Hall for the county Elections Office will begin in the next week to 10 days, he said.

Passing Motorists Helps Driver Escape Log truck Fire

Reggie Coles photos

Buchanan, Tenn.- At 12:30 pm Tuesday, Paris Landing Fire Department and Henry County Sheriff's officers were dispatched to the vicinity of 15000 Highway 79 N in Buchanan for a report of a log truck on fire.  Arriving units found a semi truck with a load of logs on the trailer, the cab of the truck was totally engulfed in flames. 

The driver Mr. Thurman Atkins stated he was driving and heard a popping sound and pulled over to see what was wrong.  As he came to a stop the engine compartment erupted in flames and quickly spread into the cab.  A passing motorist stopped and helped the driver escape from the truck.  The truck is owned by Mike Baker Trucking of Salem, Indiana.  A fuel leak is the suspected cause. 

Damage is estimated at $50,000.00. Paris Landing had 2 trucks and 8 firefighters on the scene for 1 hour. Paris Fire Department sent 1 truck and 2 personnel for mutual aid.  Paris Landing State Park Rangers were also on the scene.

Emergency responders did work and reroute traffic during the incident.

Grants Available thru Forestry for Volunteer Fire Dept.

Nashville.- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry will be providing access to federal grant funding for communities and volunteer fire departments to be better equipped for wildfire.  

Communities who have developed or are in the process of developing a Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP) will be eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program. The 100% reimbursement grant offers up to $20,000 in funding for communities to implement wildfire prevention practices and community education projects in their CWPP.  

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance program provided $279,763 in 2018 to assist in the development of 15 new Community Wildfire Protection Plans, implement projects to reduce dense, hazardous flammable vegetation, and facilitate best practices for Tennessee Fire Adapted Communities. These knowledgeable and engaged communities work to lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to safely accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape.                                   

Fire departments serving communities with populations of 10,000 or less are eligible for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program. This is a 50% reimbursement grant for qualifying wildland fire equipment and supplies totaling $1,000 to $6,000. The program supported volunteer fire departments across the state last year with more than 100 grants totaling $259,000.  

“These programs help communities protect life and property,” State Forester David Arnold said. “With defensible space around homes and well-equipped fire departments, citizens may be able to sleep a little easier knowing their community is prepared for wildfire.”

Applications for the Hazard Mitigation Grant will open August 5, 2019 and end September 20, 2019. Applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program will open August 5, 2019 and end September 13, 2019.  

Both applications must be submitted to the Assistant District Forester in the applicants’ area. For more information, visit http://www.burnsafetn.org.

HCMC Hosts July Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- Lisa Casteel addressed chamber coffee attendees this morning noting different areas of growth in the hospital. New service line Pulmonology. Birthing will deliver 600 babies this year. Orthopedic specialist is our leading department. Surveys tell us people use our hospital because we are feel at home.

Man Charged with Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll arrested Kody Kimble, 29, of 50 Hwy. 410 South of Paris on Sunday for theft of property over $10,000. Kimble’s bond was set at $20,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Sgt. Eric Long arrested Jessica Randoll, 31, of 750 Mt. Pleasant Freeland Road of Buchanan on Monday for driving on a suspended license. Randoll’s bond was set at $500. She is scheduled Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. 

Bethel Univ. Summer Commencement Is Sat. Aug. 3rd

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in McKenzie.

Dr. Brock Martin will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Martin was born in McKenzie, TN and attended Bethel College from 2003-2006 and was a member of the Men’s Basketball team. He completed is a graduate of Logan University in Chesterfield, MO in 2008, attained his doctorate degree at Logan College of Chiropractic and in 2018 he completed the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician program allowing him to join a group of less than 5% of his chiropractic peers with this certification.

Dr. Martin’s awards and honors include “2016 Rising Chiropractor of the Year” for the Tennessee Chiropractic Association, Jackson Sun’s “40 under 40,” 2016 WestStar Leadership Program graduate, and a 2019 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy graduate. In 2016, Dr. Martin was appointed to the Bethel University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Martin stays heavily involved within the local community serving the Huntingdon Industrial Board as Treasurer, the Carroll County United Way Board, and current President of the Huntingdon Lions Club, a Tennessee Promise Mentor, serves on the Alumni Council for WestStar, and a volunteer referee for Upward Basketball.

Dr. Martin serves his local and state health care community as a member of the Carroll County Health Council, the Tennessee Chiropractic Association as Chairman of the Opioid Task force and member of the Government Relations Committee. He has Staff Privileges at Henry County Medical Center and is an Adjunct Professor for Logan University. Dr. Martin will become President of the Tennessee Chiropractic Association in January which serves as the governing voice for the 2,100 physicians across the state.

Bethel has played an integral part in Dr. Martin’s life. His mother and father, Barry and Connie Martin, are both Bethel College graduates from the class of 1976. His two younger sisters are both Bethel Alums, with Anna Martin Kilburn graduating in 2009 with a BS in Nursing and Paige Martin graduating in 2013 with a BS in Human Services. Dr. Brock has served as the Chiropractic Physician to the Athletic Department for the past several seasons and has donated back countless services and time to his University in this manner. His office has routinely allowed preceptors from Bethel University’s Athletic Training program. He and his wife have welcomed numerous PA students and Pre-Professional Health Studies students to shadow and intern through their office over the years.

Dr. Brock Martin and his wife, Dr. Krista Martin have own Southern Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Huntingdon, TN. He and Krista reside in Huntingdon with their 3 year-old son, Steele Kurtz Martin.

President Walter Butler stated, “We are honored to have Dr. Brock Martin as our summer commencement speaker here at Bethel. He and his family are long-time friends and supporters of our Bethel community. His service to West TN, the state and his medical colleagues is such a testament to Brock’s servant-leadership.”

Seating for graduation services will begin one hour prior to service time. Graduates with questions should contact their specific school’s registrar. For all other general questions, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at carlockm@bethelu.edu.

TN and Cross Creeks NWR Quota Hunt Applications Due Aug. 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to remind hunters that the deadline to apply for both Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) is fast approaching.  Hunters have until midnight on August 1st to apply online at the respective refuge websites:  Tennessee NWR at  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee or Cross Creeks NWR at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Cross_Creeks.  Refuge hunt brochures may also be downloaded on the websites as well.

All hunters must apply for quota hunts online at the individual refuge websites. Tennessee and Cross Creeks quota hunts are two separate lottery draws. A company named RecAccess is being used to conduct these lottery quota hunt draws for each refuge.  Hunters must initially sign-up for an account with RecAccess and be assigned a RecAccess Identification (or RAID) Number before applying the first time. The Tennessee NWR sign-up web address is: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Tennessee The Cross Creeks NWR sign-up web address is: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Cross_Creeks. Hunters will only have to do this once and can use their account numbers for successive years or at other refuges that use RecAccess. Hunters can immediately sign-up for this free account number by going to the refuge websites. The quota hunt application deadline is midnight on August 1st.  When applying for the individual refuge quota hunts, hunters will be charged a $5.00 application fee collected by RecAccess for administering the drawing. There are no refunds on application fees.

All quota and non-quota hunters, age 17 and older, must purchase a Refuge Annual Hunting Permit at a fee of $15.00.   This permit allows you to hunt on both Cross Creeks and Tennessee NWR.  Hunters can purchase these permits through TWRA licensing agents, online at gooutdoorstennessee.com, or on the TWRA mobile app. To purchase a permit through a licensing agent, it might be helpful to know the permit code of “064” for a TNWR/Cross Creeks permit.  Youth hunters age 16 and under do not need an Annual Hunting Permit, however the adult supervising them during the hunt is required to have one. 

For more information on the refuge hunt program, please contact the Paris refuge headquarters at 731-642-2091.

DUI Arrests Made Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Police arrested multiple people on DUI charges over the weekend.  

TWRA Officer Evan Gaskins arrested Samuel Leonard II, 47, of Camden on Saturday for boating under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, reckless or negligent operation of a boat and violation of the navigation light requirement law. Leonard II’s bond was set at $7,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested Cynthia Dunlap, 55, of Nashville on Saturday for DUI and driving without a license. Dunlap’s bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Phillip Steele arrested Patricia Nichols, 34, of Waverly on Saturday for DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Nichols’ bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

THP Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Hayden Walker, 21, of 1950 Mason Lake Road of Puryear on Sunday for DUI. Walker’s bond was set at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Paris man was also arrested for public intoxication over the weekend.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Kenneth Wallace, 36, of 303 Virginia St. of Paris on Saturday for public intoxication. Wallace’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

MSU Fall Registration Still Open Ahead of Classes Beginning Aug. 20th

Murray, Ky.- Registration for the fall 2019 semester at Murray State University remains open for prospective students ahead of classes beginning Aug. 20.

Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The University also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible higher education experience to accommodate any schedule.

Prospective students are encouraged to visit murraystate.edu/myopportunity for general information about Murray State, to schedule a campus visit and apply for admission. For a complete list of academic programs, please visit murraystate.edu/programs.

Students looking to transfer to Murray State for the fall 2019 semester are encouraged to visit murraystate.edu/transfer. Admission staff are available to discuss credit hour transfer, scholarship information and more at 270-809-3350 or msu.transfercenter@murraystate.edu.

For admitted undergraduate and transfer students, one remaining Summer Orientation session will take place on Aug. 1. Summer Orientation allows admitted students to register for classes, meet faculty, staff and fellow Racers and receive information about housing, dining, financial aid, scholarships and more. Admitted students can learn more about Summer Orientation at murraystate.edu/summero and register for the final session by calling 270-809-2896. 

Momentum continues at the University as the previous seven Summer Orientation sessions have been attended by many admitted students and families, dating back to the first session held in April. The University just completed an eight-day, nine-stop tour of Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the Racers Roadshow event, which included many newly-admitted students and prospective students in addition to alumni and supporters of the University. 

“It’s important to convey that there is still time for individuals to join the Racer family and make plans in applying for admission this coming fall semester,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “We understand that for some students and their families, the decision on attending college takes time and can extend into the summer months. This is an exciting time at our institution with continued new academic programs to build on our national reputation, residence hall renovations and the construction of new dining venues such as Chick-fil-A and Einstein Bros. Bagels to open this fall, as well as the creation of a new green space on campus, Woods Park.

“We believe in the high-impact, high-value, total college experience offered at Murray State, and are looking forward to a tremendous academic year beginning in August.”

For those seeking a graduate degree, Murray State offers programs ranging from master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees to certifications and more. Earning an advanced degree is simpler than ever at the University; classes are offered both on campus and online, accommodating any schedule. 

Murray State offers a wide variety of practical graduate degrees, including master’s degrees in agriculture, business administration, history, information systems, occupational safety and health, education and more. Doctoral degrees include a Doctor of Nursing Practice, education in P-20 and community leadership and a Doctor of Arts in English pedagogy and technology. Visit murraystate.edu/graduate for more information on graduate programs or to apply.

Multiple drug arrests made over the weekend

Henry County, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on drug charges after police found a container of meth in a Puryear home on Saturday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. David Andrews arrested April Kennedy, 35, and Shawn Freeland, 27, both of 6370 Hwy. 641 N. of Puryear for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Andrews responded to a 911 call at 6370 Hwy. 641 North in Puryear in reference to a woman who stated that her boyfriend was trying to burn the house down. When officers arrived at the scene, they did not find any evidence that there was a fire or that a fire had been started. Andrews then spoke with the caller, identified as Kennedy, who stated that there were people in her home and in the woods outside of the home.

Officers asked Kennedy if she wanted them to check the home to make sure the people had left and Kennedy told officers yes. Officers also asked Freeland who lives at the home if they could search the home and Freeland gave police consent to search the home. When officers were checking the home they found a container in plain view, which contained approximately 2 grams of meth. The value of the meth was estimated at $200. 

Kennedy’s bond was set at $55,000 and Freeland’s bond was set at $25,000. They are both scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry arrested Amy Hill, 37, of Dresden on Friday for simple possession of a schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hill’s bond was set at $2,500. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Dana Holderfield, 34, of 1610 Edgar Cemetery Road of Paris on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Holderfield’s bond was set at $2,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream and a dance off with a shark and Pikachu at the DPA's 10th Annual Ice Cream Social


Holly Spencer in the shark outfit with TVCC and Noah Winegar in the Pikachu costume decided to have a dance-off at the annual DPA's Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- There were plenty of spoons, ice cream, games, inflatables, contests and more at the Downtown Paris Association’s 10th Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show on Saturday.


Molly Comer Jackson (right) and her parents from left Teresa and Bob Comer present the kids ice cream eating contest prize to Kamari Ray (center) who won this year's contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The winner of the kids ice cream eating contest was Kamari Ray. The winner of the adults ice cream eating contest was Jonathan Tull from Paris. Both winners received a prize from Comer Farms, who sponsored the ice cream eating contests.


Molly Comer Jackson (right) and her parents from left Teresa and Bob Comer present the adults ice cream eating contest prize to Jonathan Tull of Paris (center) who won this year's contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)


Several of the kids try getting their frozen t-shirt open during the WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and our parent company Forever Communications at the kids frozen t-shirt contest on Saturday.

The winners for the kids frozen t-shirt contest were Jax Tull who won 1st place, Gabe Jordan won 2nd place and Rylan Mitchell won 3rd place.


Kids frozen t-shirt contest winners were from left, 1st place Jax Tull, 2nd place Gabe Jordan and 3rd place Rylan Mitchell. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The winners for the adults frozen t-shirt contest were Nate Case who won 1st place, Tyler Walker won 2nd place and Blake Morgan won 3rd place.


Adults frozen t-shirt contest winners were from left, 1st place Nate Case, 2nd place Tyler Walker and 3rd place Blake Morgan. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Gift cards in the amounts of $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place were awarded to both the kids and adults frozen t-shirt contest winners. The kids won a gift card to McDonald’s, while the adults won a gift card for Lakeway IGA. Both frozen t-shirt contests were sponsored by WMUF/WLZK/WRQR and our parent company Forever Communications.


Getting in line to get some ice cream at the Henry County Medical Center booth at the 10th Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show. (Cassie Walsh photo)

The Downtown Paris Association also handed out several awards at the annual ice cream social and antique car and tractor show.


Best Ice Cream was the Rob Minton Agency who won with their peanut butter banana ice cream. (Cassie Walsh photo)


The Best Theme went to Tennessee Valley Community Church for their shark theme.(Cassie Walsh photo)


Best in Show went to the Historic Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association.(Cassie Walsh photo)


Peoples' Choice Award trophy for the best antique car went to Bob Milam for his 1953 Ford custom.(Cassie Walsh photo)


Peoples' Choice Award trophy for best tractor went to Keston Thrower. (Cassie Walsh photo)

All of the proceeds for Saturday’s DPA 10th Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car and Tractor Show benefited the DPA and Plus Endowment.

Two arrested for DUI, others arrested on driving and assault charges

Henry County, Tenn.- Police arrested two people for driving under the influence over the past few days.

Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Larry McGuire, 62, of Yuma on Saturday for DUI. McGuire’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Byars also arrested Seth Cole, 21, of 5285 E. Antioch Road of Springville on Friday for DUI and violation of the open container law. Cole’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested James Singleton, 43, of 595 Rison St. of Paris on Friday for assault. Singleton’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Brandon Steele arrested Jonathon Jones, 35, of 824 Williams St. of Paris on Friday for driving on a suspended license. Jones’ bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Danger 10 Girls Soccer holding carwash Aug. 3

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Danger 10 girls soccer team will be having a carwash at Carroll Bank and Trust on Mineral Wells Ave. in Paris on Saturday, Aug. 3rd from 10am to 2pm.

Get your tickets to see Jim Stafford on Aug. 17 at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy for the Arts is bringing Jim Stafford of “Spiders and Snakes” fame direct from Branson to the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC) in Paris for a concert that will be held on Saturday, August 17th, at 7:30PM.

General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at door while VIP Meet and Greet tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

Tickets are available in Paris at Lura Lee’s, The Iron Place, Merison’s and Commercial Bank East Wood Branch. On-line tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Jim Stafford’s appearance is being provided in part by Platinum Sponsors Coleman & Townsend Optometrists and Forever Communications. Commercial Bank is providing Gold Sponsor support.

Get your spoons ready for DPA's 10th annual Ice Cream Social, Antique Car and Tractor show on Saturday


DPA photo

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association’s 10th Annual Ice Cream Social & Antique Car & Tractor Show will fill historic downtown Paris from 4-6:30 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 Forever Communications.

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.

Man arrested on aggravated burglary charges

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man wanted on burglary charges was arrested on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Jim Sanders charged Michael Pittman, 44, of 407 Lankford Road of Paris on Friday for a warrant for aggravated burglary and failure to appear. Pittman’s bond was set at $20,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson arrested Brian Kennon, 43, of 2270 Hwy. 69 South of Paris on Thursday for felony theft of property. Kennon’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Davis arrested Danika Edmonson, 39, of McKenzie on Friday on charges of harassment. Edmonson’s bond was set at $750. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

American Legion Post 89 holding pork tenderloin dinner on Aug. 2

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville, will be holding a dinner starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2nd. The dinner will include breaded pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, biscuit, dessert and a drink for $10.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sons of the American Legion’s yearly charitable contributions.

County Schools holding preschool screening on Friday

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will be conducting screenings beginning on Friday, August 2nd for the 2019-2020 school year for the preschool program.

Preschoolers will be screened to detect difficulties in speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive skills. Parents of children ages 3,4 and 5 living in the Harrelson, Henry, or Lakewood school district are asked to call the school to schedule an appointment for their preschooler to be screened.

To schedule an appointment for Harrelson please call Gay Gore at 247-3152, for Henry please call Maureen Boyd at 243-7114 and for Lakewood please call Amanda Mason at 644-1600.

These services are provided free of charge by the Henry County School System.

HCMC Celebrates A Year of Positive Growth

Paris, Tenn.- There was no “magic fairy dust” or “magic wand” at the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night, but there sure was a lot of celebrating the success of 20 months of hard work and growth as Lisa Casteel, CEO, shared with board members the results of the fiscal year 2019. 

After two years of millions in losses, HCMC reported a positive bottom line of just over $10,000 consolidated for the year end.  By believing in ourselves and growing forward by touching every service line, growing them, and adding new ones, HCMC Administration, Management, and Staff have accomplished no small feat of transforming the bottom line of the organization, working hard to provide healthcare to our community so patient, families, and staff could stay right here at home for care. 

By focusing on not just growth, put people and investing in ourselves, our organization has accomplished our mission to provide with trust, integrity, and leadership, truly believing and embracing that we could grow forward as an organization. 

“News Channel 5 recently came to our facility to interview us about how we are still here as a rural facility while other facilities are no longer,” said Casteel.  “The common thread throughout the interviews from the reporter was that patients, families, and staff from front line to the top including myself believe this is home and we continue to work to keep it our home for healthcare.”

Casteel discussed the many initiatives around the success of the last 20 months including pay raises for staff, rounding, purchase of equipment so staff can do their jobs effectively, recruiting physicians, education of staff, and doing this with a focus on quality.  Volumes helped to drive the improvement with many departments helping that growth like The Women’s Center, Surgery, DME, Home Health and Skilled Care. 

Casteel also discussed our physician recruitment needs, announcing the addition of an OB/GYN to our organization arriving sometime in the late fall.  She also reviewed the balanced scorecard and our outstanding results with only two areas in the red and one in the yellow.  Our growth and value areas saw green and blue across the board and overall our indicators were excellent showing the dedication and hard work of everyone at HCMC.

Dale Guffey, CFO, presented the total financial picture of the organization addressing the outstanding year and the huge growth achieved throughout the organization.  Guffey also presented the investments and debt report to the board.  Bad debt of $647,769 was approved and capital purchases of $449,972 were approved, with $300,000 of it going towards the cath lab build out.  Additionally, the construction of the stereotactic room was included in this, a service for breast biopsy that has been suspended since January until state approvals were in place to begin this build. 

Billie McKee, CHRO, gave her report on community, discussing our patient satisfaction scores as well as our patient and family advisory council, ED employee and physician engagement, and other initiatives focused around people.  The goals under the community pillar were all obtained.

The Summer Junior Volunteer Program will celebrate its conclusion tomorrow and Ben McCormick, a Senior at Henry County High School, presented to the board about his summer volunteer experience and being an administrative intern under Casteel.  This summer, 20 students took advantage of the program.

Other people recognized during the meeting included Rhonda Crossett, Director of Women’s Services for her Department Director of the Quarter recognition given to her at the Department Director’s meeting, Kelly Winston, Executive Assistant, receiving her Certified Healthcare Administrative Professional certification, and Jess Joiner, HR intern this summer, graduating and obtaining a job at the Med in Memphis in the HR department.

The Board of Trustees meeting was adjourned and the EMS Board meeting was called to order where Guffey presented the financial statements with a year-end loss of $784,000.  Twila Rose, EMS Director, reported it had been a tough year in many respects with employee losses and retirements.  But on the positive side, Rose reported that response time was at 7 minutes, 47 seconds, which was a minute decrease from the year before and much better than state and national averages.  The department had 6,158 calls during the year with a reduction of runs to Nashville.  She reported that they are already looking at some new projects for this next year to continue to improve.

“I am very excited about our future,” said Rose.  “We hired three people today and have more interviews scheduled with paramedics and EMTs who want to come to work here because of the good things they have heard about us.”

Kreg Kyle, Board of Trustees members discussed the visits from the commissioners and asked how the request for a new ambulance was going.  Casteel reported about the visits to the county commission and that she along with physicians and staff will be at the September meeting to discuss the state of healthcare in Henry County.

To learn more about the growth at Henry County Medical Center, the community is invited to attend the July Chamber Coffee on Tuesday, July 30 at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria. 

HCHD Closing Roads Next Week for Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is closing a couple of roads on Monday for culvert replacement. Macedonia Road will be closed beginning on Monday morning July 29th. The closure is six tenths of a mile northeast of Eli Brown Road. Perry School House Road, Perry School House Loop, and Eli Brown Road can be used as alternate routes. Macedonia Road will be closed until further notice.

Also on Monday, the Highway Department will be closing Carlton Drive, which connects to Alman Cemetery Road for culvert replacement. The road will be back open for late afternoon traffic.

HCHS FB Season Tix On Sale at Main Office for $45

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

Law Enforcement Busy With Multiple Incidents

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested on multiple counts of child abuse and neglect after a welfare check by police found that six children were left at home alone.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Melissa Cavey, 30, of 103 Hidden Acres Lot #10 of Paris on Wednesday for six counts of child abuse and neglect.  

Whitaker was dispatched to the Hidden Acres home to make a welfare check at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday. When he arrived at the scene he found six children ranging in ages 1-12 were left at home alone. When Whitaker spoke with three of the children they told officers that Cavey wasn't home much and left the older children to take care of the younger kids. The children also told police that when Cavey was home she would beat them. Whitaker notice bruises on one of the younger kids and saw that five of the kids had to sleep on the floor or couch, because the children didn't have bruises. Whitaker and Sheriff's Deputy James Cole later arrested Cavey and charged her with six counts of child abuse and neglect.

Cavey’s bond was set at $10,000. She was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Blake Jenkins arrested John Solberg, 39, of Big Sandy on Wednesday for reckless endangerment, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license third offense. Solberg’s bond was set at $15,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Tedrick Hughes, 22, of Big Sandy on Wednesday as a fugitive from justice out of Calloway County. Hughes’ bond was set at $5,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

County Unemployment Rates Show Uptick in June

Nashville- Data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) indicates unemployment increased in Tennessee’s 95 counties during June 2019.

Sixty-one counties have unemployment rates below 5 percent, while 34 counties now have unemployment rates at, or above, 5 percent.

“No one likes to see unemployment increase in every county across the state,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “But the rates typically increase this time of year because we see a lot of seasonal unemployment during the summer months, mostly because school is not in session.”

In our listening area, Carroll County’s unemployment rate is one of the ten highest in the state now at 6.0%. Numbers show that rate is an increase of 4.6% from May and from 5.8% in June of last year.736 people in Carroll County, out of an estimated workforce of 12,274, were looking for work in June.

Henry County’s June unemployment rate came in at 4.5% up from May’s rate of 3.6% but still slightly below June 2018’s rate of 4.6%. Out of 14,820 estimated labor force in Henry County, 666 were looking for work in June.

Benton County’s rate for June was 5.6% exactly the same as a year ago in June. The rate was up from 3.9% in May.

Houston County’s June unemployment rate came in at 5.5% up a percent a and half from May’s 4.0% but down from last June’s rate of 6.4%.

Stewart County saw an unemployment rate of 5.3% for this June which is up from 4.2% in May, but still down from 5.9% in June 2018.

Weakley County had a 4.9% unemployment rate this June which is up from May’s rate of 3.4% and the same as June’s rate of 4.9% a year ago.

Red Sand Project Ceremony Set for July 30th at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Health Department, WRAP, Carl Perkins Center, and our District Attorney’s office will be holding a brief Red Sand Project ceremony on July 30th at noon in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Week in Tennessee. Come participate in pouring your own red sand (provided) in honor of human trafficking victims. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Griffey will also be providing a short address about the impact of human trafficking in our area and state. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Red Sand Project is an interactive art exhibition designed to raise awareness of human trafficking. By spreading red sand in concrete cracks, the project brings attention to those who have fallen through the cracks in society. 

Showing Big Red pride at Meet the Patriots Tailgate


Sophomores Hunter McElroy (front, left), Norman Clark (left, middle) and George O'Neal (back, left) from the HCHS Patriots football team sign autographs for Jace Hendricks (front,right) and Jude Hendricks (back, right) at the Meet the Patriots Tailgate. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County community came out to show their Big Red pride at the 2nd Annual Meet the Patriots Tailgate that was held on Thursday.Friends, family, and fans got to come out and meet and show their support for their favorite Patriot players, cheerleaders, and coaches.



Members of the Henry County Patriots Football freshmen sign autographs and meet with the community at the 2nd annual Meet the Patriots Tailgate. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Coach James Counce Jr. said that the team is getting ready to gear up for the football season and the first scrimmage will be held on the first half day of school. The first scrimmage will be held against Milan at Patriot Stadium on Friday, Aug. 2 with freshmen playing at 5 p.m. and varsity playing at 6 p.m.

Large Crowd Attends FRC Back to School Blast

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- A huge crowd was on hand Thursday morning for the Family Resource Center's Back to School Blast and some 400 kids received free backpacks and school supplies for the coming school year. Family Resource Center Director Becky Holland said this was the program's biggest year, with 26 vendors were on hand with giveaways, including service organizations, churches, Henry Co. Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, TWRA, Paris Fire Department, Henry County 911, Henry County Extension Service, UT Martin, Henry County Schools, TCAT and more. An Air Evac helicopter landed on the front lawn and children and families were given tours of the chopper. In photos, 911 Director Mark Archer hands out wristbands and other items; Paris Fire Captain Chris Fletcher and Firefighter Tucker Kail enjoy handing out fire hats and other goodies and Extension Director Michele Atkins provides information.

HCSS Awarded Portion of $3.7M in College and Career Readiness Fund

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Education is pleased to announce that 96 school districts across the state have been awarded a total of $3.7 million to support the implementation of high-quality career-focused programs and instruction for Tennessee students. The Henry County School System is one of the lucky recipients. 

Funds from the Perkins Reserve Consolidated Grant are awarded annually to districts to start and improve career and technical education (CTE) programs, with priority givento rural areas of the state and areas with a large number of CTE students.  More than three-million dollars from the grant wil be awarded to districts to support programs focusing on the following needs:

  • Creating new middle school CTE and career exploration programs
  • Purchasing industry-grade equipment for fields including advanced manufacturing, health science, and STEM
  • Supporting instructor licensure and testing site accreditation to assist with the the attainment of industry-recognized certifications
  • Providing financial assistance to students to defray the cost of certification exams
  • Developing occupational teacher mentorship programs

TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn says, “It’s important that Tennessee students not only get a quality education, but that education culminates in a meaningful and rewarding career for each and every student.  By allocating money to CTE programs, we’re providing local districts with the resources they need to ensure all students are able to successfully continue in college, career and technical programs that feed directly into their chosen careers.”

“Ensuring students have the skills and resources needed to succeed is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I believe that high schools need to look different and offer students multiple pathways to success and these grants will allow local districts to do just that.”  

HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary Awards Leah Bell Scholarship

Pictured from left to right: Dan Bundy, HCMC Auxiliary; Leah Bell, Scholarship Recipient; Mary Lou Walker, HCMC Auxiliary. Bell received this year’s HCMC Auxiliary Continuing Education Scholarship.(HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a previous HCMC Auxiliary scholarship recipient who is continuing to pursue a degree in the medical field at their June meeting.

The recipient Leah Carol Bell was a graduate from Henry County High School. Bell is the daughter of Jerry and Tamara Bell. Bell received the HCMC Auxiliary Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year. She will be returning to Murray State University, pursuing a degree in nursing for the 2019-2020 school year.

“We are pleased to continue support Leah as she pursues a degree in nursing,” said Mary Lou Walker,, HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary member. “We are excited to see Leah complete her goals and to serve in such an important role in the medical field.”

The Volunteer Auxiliary at Henry County Medical Center is comprised of nearly 50 volunteers that serve across the organization. Auxiliary volunteers offer their time, talent and dedication throughout the hospital in patient care and clerical settings. Our volunteers come from unique backgrounds and share the common interest in helping others.

For more information about the HCMC Volunteer Auxiliary and their scholarship opportunities, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org, or give our volunteer coordinator a call at 731-644-8266.

Paris Police Investigate Stolen Bike

Paris, Tenn.- Police investigated a bicycle that was stolen from a business earlier this week.

Paris Police Lt. Tony Elkins responded to a local business in downtown Paris on Tuesday in reference the theft of an employee’s bicycle.

When police talked with the victim who stated that he had parked his Huffy mountain bike, valued at $100, outside the business. The victim told police that the last time he saw the bike was around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. The business checked video surveillance of the area at the time of the theft and the video showed a tall, slender black male had left on the bike.

Paris Special School District Important Information for Start of the Year

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Speical School District has announced some times and dates for the upcoming start to the new school year. New student registration will be held at each school in the system this Friday July 26th from 8:30am-11:30am. The First Day of School for the PSSD is August 2nd as an abbrievated day and a full day Monday August 5th.

Parent Orientations are set at Rhea School for Thursday August 1st for 1st and 2nd grade. 1st grade will be held at 5:30pm and 2nd grade at 6:30pm. Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be held Friday August 2nd at 8:30am.

Parent Orientation for Paris Elementary School will be July 29th. Times will be 5pm for 3rd grade, and 6:30pm for 4th and 5th grade.

A parent open house is set for Tuesday July 30th at Inman Middle School from 4:30pm-6pm.

Burp and Slurp Shrimp Boil for HC Relay Set August 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life is planning its first ever Shrimp Boil on Saturday August 3rd at the Paris Winery to help raise money in the fight against Cancer. The Boil, Bands, and Brews Slurp and Burp begins at 5pm August 3rd at the Paris Winery with tickets being $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Arrowhead Home Sales, Beasley’s Antenna and Satellite, Hulme’s Sporting Goods, or any committee member.

The meal includes shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, sausage, and drink. Bring extra money for beer or wine sales and Burp and Slurp T-shirts which are $15 apiece. The Old Spirits will provide live music during the evening. Event goers need to bring a blanket or their own lawn chair to enjoy the event.

For more information call Relay Chairman David “Tater” Hayes at 336-8958, Treasurer Loria Plunk at 731-225-1897, or Secretary Debra Stoope at 731-336-5923.

TN Sales Tax Weekend Begins Midnight Friday

Nashville- The Tennessee Tax Free holiday begins at midnight Friday and continues until 11:59pm Sunday as shoppers can purchase certain clothing, school supplies, and computers tax-free. Clothing priced at $100 or less per item, including shoes, school supplies prices at $100 or less per item, such as backpacks, textbooks, notebooks, and lunch boxes, and computers priced at $1500 or less per item including desktops, laptops, etc.

Purchases include those made in-store, over the phone, or online as long as it is ordered and paid for this weekend, even if it’s not delivered for a few days or weeks.

Cottage Grove Christian School Accepting Student Applications

Paris, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Christian School, a K-12 non-denominational Christian School and member of the Association of Christian Schools International is relocating to Paris! The school is now located at the historic Lee Academy for the Arts in Paris, TN, and is changing its name to Weston Classical School.  

Applications for students kindergarten through 2nd grade are currently being accepted. Classes begin August 21.  There’s still plenty of time to enroll but space is limited.  Please call 731-697-9052 for more information or to set up an interview.

Shady Grove Cemetery Meeting Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Annual cemetery meeting for Shady Grove Cemetery will be held at 10am on Saturday July 27th at the cemetery. All interested persons are invited to attend. If you can’t make it send donations to Carolyn Nored at 975 Jim Merrell Road, Paris, TN 38242.

Reward Offered in Vandalism Case

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on a vandalism case from June where farm equipment belonging to Tosh Farms that was parked on Van Dyck Rd. Tosh Farms is now offering a $5K reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the vandalism. Anyone with any information should contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or the Tipline at 642-0929.

Mayor Greer, Rep. Griffey Meet in Nashville About Accelerated Paris Landing Inn Schedule

Nashville- State Representative Bruce Griffey and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer met in Nashville again this week with Commissioner Christi Branscom of the Tennessee Department of General Services, officials with Doster Construction (the contractor for the new Paris Landing State Park Inn), the architect for the project Patrick Neuber, members of the State Building Commission, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Treasurer David Lillard, TN Comptroller Justin Wilson and officials with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to make sure the construction timeline for the new Inn was being pushed forward rather than delayed.

Design plans and schematic drawings were reviewed for the additional 25 rooms added to the project to bring the room total from 65 to 90 rooms. The current status of the project was reviewed along with actions taken to accelerate the construction schedule. "Unfortunately, there have been delays with the project as a result of PCB remediation - essentially environmental cleanup resulting from the demolition.

Prior to the meetings I organized in Nashville, the anticipated opening date of the new Inn was August 2021. However, as a result of these meetings and my push to expedite construction of the new Inn, a new, accelerated construction schedule is now in place with the opening pushed up to April 2021 just in time for the World's Biggest Fish Fry. I am pleased that state officials are listening, being responsive and prioritizing this important project vital to the economy of District 75. Foundation dirt work is expected to begin this week with an official groundbreaking ceremony in November," explained Griffey. "Although I was against demolition of the old Inn, favoring renovation for a number of reasons, the reality is that we now have an empty hole in the ground and I am determined to do anything and everything I can do to get the new Inn erected and opened as quickly as possible. I intend to keep pushing to try and keep this project on track," stated Griffey.

Judge Carma McGee Sworn In as Member TN Court of Appeals

Nashville- Judge Carma Dennis McGee was publicly sworn in as a member of one of Tennessee’s highest courts Friday in Savannah at an investiture.  

Judge McGee, a former 24th Judicial District chancellor, was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Bill Lee to fill the seat of former Judge Brandon Gibson. Judge Gibson stepped down from the Court earlier this year to become a senior adviser to Governor Lee.

A graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Judge McGee worked in private practice for 15 years before she became a chancellor. She was appointed to the 24th Judicial District Chancery Court by Governor Bill Haslam in 2014 and won election to a full term on that court later that year.

Governor Lee swore in Judge McGee in the auditorium of Hardin County High School in Savannah. Numerous judges, state leaders, friends, and family were in attendance for the event.

“I am proud of who you are,” Governor Lee said during the ceremony. “I’m proud of the leadership that you have shown. I am proud of the conservative values that you hold, and I’m proud to appoint you as the next judge for the Court of Appeals in the Western Section.”

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page, a fellow West Tennessean and longtime friend of Judge McGee, noted that Judge McGee is now the fifth woman ever to sit on the Court of Appeals.

“She has important shoes to fill,” he said. “I am thrilled to say that for the first time in the history of the Court of Appeals she is not filling the shoes of a man, but the shoes of a woman, Judge Gibson.”

Justice Page also remarked on the extensive process that Judge McGee had to go through in order to attain her new position, which is a highly sought after one. He pointed out that of the 23,000 lawyers or so in Tennessee, less than 1,000 become judges. Of those judges, only 29 sit at the appellate level.

Judge McGee was one of 14 who applied to the seat on the Court of Appeals. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments chose three of those applicants to present to the governor. Out of those three, Governor Lee selected Judge McGee. Judge McGee then had to be confirmed by the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate. She was confirmed unanimously, as Justice Page highlighted.

“I am confident that Judge McGee will have a long career in our appellate courts,” Justice Page said.

Some of Judge McGee’s new colleagues on the Court of Appeals were also in attendance, including Judge Kenny Armstrong, Judge Arnold B. Goldin, and Judge J. Steven Stafford. Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge John Everett Williams was also there.

“On behalf of Chief Judge Swiney and the other members of the Tennessee Court of Appeals we want to formally welcome Judge McGee as a member of this court,” Judge Stafford said. “The Court of Appeals has a rich history of judicial excellence and it’s our belief that Judge McGee will only add to that standard.”

Judge Goldin spoke of what Judge McGee’s presence would add to the Court.

“We’re delighted to have a full complement now,” he said. “It definitely makes a difference, and she’s so highly qualified we’re just delighted to have her.”

When it was Judge McGee’s turn to speak, she devoted most of her time to words of gratitude for the many people who helped her reach this point in her career.

First, she thanked Governor Lee for the opportunity and said she was “honored by the faith you have placed in me.” She also thanked members of the General Assembly, including Senator Dolores R. Gresham, for their support.

Judge McGee also had kind words for Justice Page and Judge Stafford.

“Both of these judges have been very helpful to me throughout the process and throughout my entire career,” she said. “I have looked up to both of them. Thank you for all of the wisdom you have shared, all of the questions you have answered, and for being here today.”

Some of the most heartfelt words were reserved for her family. She expressed appreciation to her husband and kids for their steadfast support both when she was an attorney and when she was campaigning for office.

“They’ve been to a lot of fish fries and barbecues and pancake breakfasts and have walked in a lot of parades,” she said. “So I thank them for that and their tireless efforts on my behalf.”

She also paid special tribute to her parents, reflecting notably on the influence of her father, who passed away last year.

“There is probably no other one earthly person that was more instrumental in my success throughout my life than my father was,” she said. “He taught me from a young age that just good enough is not good enough. He instilled in me that desire to go above and beyond and to always give your 100 percent best at everything. And I would not be here today without his and my mother’s guidance and the lessons that they taught me throughout my life.”

Other words of thanks went to her staff, members of the Hardin County Bar, friends, and other judges who had traveled to Savannah for the ceremony. She emphasized how she has been embraced by the Tennessee judiciary since the years of her first appointment.

“When I was first appointed 2014 and went to what’s called the Judicial Academy, some of the older judges at that time said, Welcome to the Judicial Conference, it is truly a family,” she said. “At that time I really did not understand what that meant. But through these last five years I have come to understand. I am privileged to count many of you as my friends and for that I am grateful and thank you all for being here to share this time today.”

Finally, Judge McGee spoke to the role that faith has played in her career, thanking God for getting her to where she is now.

“Lastly, and most importantly, I thank God for His blessings and for this opportunity,” she said. “As I stand before you today I can say without a doubt that my cup truly runneth over. To he to whom much is given, much is also required. I pray that God will grant me the wisdom to be a faithful steward over the responsibilities that He has entrusted to me.”

Reminder: Meet the Patriots Tailgate 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.

Local HC Leaders Graduate from WestStar Leadership

             

Martin, Tenn.- Travis McLeese and John Penn Ridgeway, both of Henry County, graduated from the WestStar Leadership Program’s class of 2019 during the organization’s annual graduation ceremony and reception June 25 in Jackson.

McLeese, executive director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Downtown Paris Association Executive Board, the Paris-Henry County Healthcare Foundation and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth board, among other positions. He is also the recipient of the Governor’s Star Award for Community Service and Henry County’s Loyal Patriot Award for his work with the Youth for the Arts Program.

Ridgeway, vice president of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie, serves on the Northwest Tennessee Workforce board, the Tennessee Board of Regents Council on Buyers and the SkillsUSA Tennessee Postsecondary Advisory board, among other positions. He is also a recipient of the Oscar Owen Rotarian of the Year Award, was listed in the Jackson Sun 40 Under 40 Class of 2016, and received the SkillsUSA Tennessee Postsecondary Adviser Award, among other recognitions. Ridgeway is a graduate of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Leadership Academy.

McLeese and Ridgeway joined 28 other participants from 15 counties at a series of seminars held through June that focused on topics such as economic development, public policy, education and technology.

The WestStar Leadership Program was founded at UT Martin in 1989 and is the state’s oldest and largest regional leadership program with 856 graduates. The program equips regional leaders with new skills and knowledge designed to impact the educational, economic and social development of West Tennessee. The program also provides members with a growing network of community-minded people committed to serving the area. Dr. Charley Deal serves as WestStar executive director.

For more information about the WestStar Leadership Program, contact Virginia Grimes, program coordinator, at 731-881-7298.

School Times Announced for HCSS For Upcoming School Year

Paris, Tenn.- The first day of school is an abbreviated day on Friday, August 2, 2019. Buses will run.

D & N Harrelson; Henry; and Lakewood Schools will begin at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 10:30 a.m.

E. W. Grove School will begin at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 11:10 a.m.

Henry County High School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 11:20 a.m.

The first full day of school is on Monday, August 5, 2019. Buses will run and free breakfast will be served to all students. Lunch will be served.

D & N Harrelson; Henry; and Lakewood Schools will begin at 7:30 and dismiss at 2:30 p.m.

E. W. Grove will begin at 7:50 a.m. and dismiss at 3:05 p.m.

Henry County High School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 3:15.

HCMC Hosting Stewart County Health Expo Friday

Dover, Tenn.- For the 3rd straight year, the Henry County Medical Center will be hosting the Stewart County Health Expo at the Stewart County Visitor’s Center Friday July 26th from 8:30am to 11am. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be door prizes, snacks, education, and screenings for blood pressures, blood sugars, cholesterol lipid panel, weight and body mass index, osteoporosis, and balance checks.

Information will be provided by physician practices, pharmacy assistance, the Healthcare Center, Chronic disease management, and other service lines associated with HCMC.

Participants are asked to fast for 8 hours prior to the health screenings if they plan to participate in blood sugar checks or cholesterol lipid panel.

For more information on the Stewart County Health Expo call 6444-3463 or go online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Grove, HCHS Plan Open Houses Before School Starts

Paris, Tenn.- School gets started next week in Henry County and Grove and HCHS have planned open houses ahead of the new school year.

E.W. Grove School would like to invite all incoming freshmen and parents to a Back to School Open House on Tuesday, July 30st at 6:00 P.M.

Open House will begin in the Grove gym with an informational session on policies, procedures, and how to prepare for the first day of school. Attendees can then take a tour and become familiar with E.W. Grove School. Attendance is highly encouraged for all incoming students and their parents.

For more information, call E.W. Grove School at 642-4586.

An open house will be held Thursday August 1st from 5-6:30pm at Henry County High School. Rising 10th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend. Parent information sessions, especially for rising 10th grade and transfer students and parents will be available in the Little Theatre at 5pm and 5:45pm. Upperclassmen are welcome to come and find their classrooms at the Open House as well.

The first day of school in the Henry County School System is Friday August 2nd for half day with the first full day being Monday August 5th.

Hunter's Safety Course Planned at SpringHill Baptist Church

Paris, Tenn.- A Hunter’s Safety Class will be held July 25th, 26th, 29th and 30th at Springhill Baptist Church, located at 1301 SpringHill Road. You must attend the class each night from 6-9pm. You must be 9 years old to take the class and you can register for the class at tnwildlife.org and click on the hunting link. For questions call 1-615-308-5775.

Dr. Harper Completes Successful 100th Surgery at HCMC

Dr. Harper with the daVinci Robert. (HCMC photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Over the last decade, robotic surgery has been increasingly utilized at large medical centers to provide a more minimally invasive approach to a variety of surgeries. Henry County Medical Center is among those hospitals offering robotic surgery for OB/GYN, urology, and general surgery.  On Monday, July 8, Jason Harper, MD, General Surgeon with Paris Surgical Specialists completed his 100th robotic surgery case utilizing the da Vinci Robotic System.

Betty Larson, of Big Sandy, TN came in that Monday morning for Dr. Harper to perform a colectomy using the da Vinci robot. Surgeons using da Vinci technology may be able to remove part of or your entire colon through a few small incisions.

During robotic surgery, Dr. Harper sits at a console next to the patient and operates using tiny, wristed instruments. The da Vinci system translates every hand movement Dr. Harper makes in real time with precision and accuracy meaning less invasive surgical outcomes for patients who have surgery in this manner.

 “I have seen a positive effect since beginning to utilize robotic assisted surgery in colon and rectal surgery, antireflux surgery and hernia repair,” said Dr. Harper.  “I am proud to be a part of robotics at HCMC and I look forward to employing robotic technology and techniques to improve patient outcomes moving toward the future.”

Dr. Harper sees patients at Paris Surgical Specialists and practices surgery at Henry County Medical Center. He earned his Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis and completed a five year Residency in General Surgery. In addition, he completed a one year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Tennessee with special training in advanced laparoscopic surgery techniques. Dr. Harper is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

To learn more about Dr. Harper, be sure to go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org and view his provider profile.  To make an appointment with Dr. Harper at Paris Surgical Specialists, call 731-644-3211.

TBI Charges Another in Kirby Wallace Manhunt Incident

Stewart County- An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Stewart County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of a Woodlawn man on charges of accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence.  

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on September 23, 2018, TBI Agents and Sheriffs’ deputies began investigating a homicide that had occurred that day on Rorie Hollow Road in Indian Mound. During the course of that investigation, Agents developed information that identified David Dover as an individual who was responsible for serving as an accessory after the fact, and fabricating or tampering with evidence.  

On Monday, Agents arrested David Lee Dover (DOB 11/27/1992), and charged him with one count of Fabricating/ Tampering with Evidence and one count of Accessory After the Fact. He was booked into the Stewart County Jail. Bond has not currently been set pending a hearing.

Murphey Installed to BPU Board, Gini Roberts Honored for Service

Michael Murphey joins the BPU Board of Directors (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Two milestones were recognized Tuesday at the Paris Board of Public Utilities –the board welcomed new member Michael Murphey and said farewell to Gini Roberts as the board’s secretary-treasurer.

Murphey is replacing long-time board member Dr. John van Dyck, who retired from the board June 30. Murphey was appointed by the city of Paris to a four-year term on the BPU board.

Murphey said, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve with you. Clifty Farms represents a significant user and I’m very familiar with working with utilities, but I have a lot to learn and I hope I can contribute to the board.”

Board President David Flowers told Murphey, “I feel you will contribute.” Flowers noted that Murphey’s years of business management and leadership experience will be a true asset to the board.

Roberts is retiring as secretary-treasurer, but will stay on at BPU for another year. She has been with BPU for 38 years and served as secretary-treasurer for 15 years. BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley said, “Gini has served the board with great professionalism and distinction. I appreciate her ability to keep our board environment organized and running smoothly. Her contributions will be missed.”

Roberts was presented with a plaque and a reception was held after the meeting.

With a new member coming on board and the secretary-treasurer retiring, a reorganization of the board was in order, with David Flowers re-elected Board Chairman; Ralph Anderson re-elected Vice Chairman and Bethany Edwards named secretary-treasurer. Edwards has been in training with Roberts for several months.

Wimberley reported good news in the end-of-year financial statements for all three departments.

The electric department showed a rare positive net income for June although June “is typically a tough month,” Wimberley said. “We ended the year in a very good place on the electrical side”, with net income of $139,478 for June and end-of-year net income of $1.34M.

The water and wastewater departments also finished strong, with $566,778 end-of-year net income in water and $365,837 in wastewater.

In other business:

--Wimberley updated the board on the continuing review of whether BPU will be entering the broadband business. A draft of the Broadband Business Plan is being finalized and when board members have had time to review it, the board may send the plan to the state comptroller for review. A presentation to the board on the plan is tentatively set for Sept. 24.

--Wimberley also reported on the ‘imperfect storm’ which occurred the weekend of June 21, noting that the total cost of the storm was $245,000, which included materials, labor, overhead and contracted help.

BPU Board of Directors Chairman David Flowers thanks Gini Roberts for her years of service.

Tickets Still Available for Whispering Bill Anderson Fri. at KPAC

Paris, Tenn.- Tickets are still available for Country Music Legend and Hall of Famer “Whispering” Bill Anderson as he is in concert Friday Night at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6pm and concert begins at 7pm.

Best known for hit songs like “Po’ Folks,” “Mama Sang a Song,” “The Tips of My Fingers,” and “Still,” Bill has a soft vocal style that’s instantly recognizable. He has released 40 studio albums and has celebrated 7 number 1 singles. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Country Music Hall of Fame. He is the only known songwriter to achieve an entry on the country charts for 7 consecutive decades and was the first recipient of the BMI Icon Award.

General admission seating is $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Premier seating is $45 advance or $50 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Merison’s Value Furniture, 202 Memorial Drive, and the Paris Civic Center, 650 Volunteer Drive. Tickets may also be ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Law Enforcement Busy With Multiple Incidents

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on drug paraphernalia charges after a wanted man in two counties flees from police.

Paris Police Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Craig Shank, 35, of 65 Shankle Road of Puryear and Ashley Weaver, 27, of 20 India Road of Paris on Sunday for possession of drug paraphernalia. Shank was also charged with failure to appear out of Carroll County and Benton County. 

The Paris Police Department received a call from the McKenzie Police Department about a suspect, identified as Shank, who was wanted out of Carroll and Benton Counties may have been at a home in Paris. McKenzie Police Officer Dalton Raspberry told the PPD that they received information that Shank was at a residence on North Bell Street in Paris. 

After receiving the information, Paris Police officers set up units outside of the residence to wait for Shank. While Ramos and PPD Ptl. Dereck Greenhill were waiting for Shank, they observed a subject walking in the driveway of the residence and when officers attempted to make contact with the subject he took off running.

Ramos and K-9 Kenzee searched the area and were able to find Shank in a shed at a home on India Road. Shank was then arrested and charged with the outstanding warrants. Shank told officers that Weaver who he had been in contact with had an outstanding warrant. A warrants check of Weaver showed a pickup mittimus out of Henry County.

When officers spoke the homeowner, she told police that she belived Shank might have hidden something in her shed. The homeowner gave officers permission to search the shed where they later found two glass pipes with residue on them. Weaver and Shank both admitted to police that they had been in the shed, but they denied ownership of the unlawful drug paraphernalia. They were both arrested and charged.

Shank’s bond was set at $7,500 and Weaver’s bond was set at $1,000. They are both scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, Paris Police Investigator Derrek Colley with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Jerry Dunlap, 37, of 301 S. Brewer St. of Paris on Monday with possession of a schedule II substance with intent, resisting arrest and domestic assault. Dunlap’s bond was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Chad Andrews arrested Jeremy Gilson, 35, of 1205 Lone Oak Road of Paris on Sunday for driving on a suspended license. Gilson’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Sgt. Jamie James arrested William Moran, 31, of Clarksville on Sunday for theft of property. Moran’s bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

911 Board Finishes Year in Black; Approves New Budget

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday’s Henry County E-911 Board meeting, board members approved some line item adjustments to close out this current budget year and also approved a budget for the 2019-20 year.

E-911 Director Mark Archer said there were no big issues in the moving of line items as it was a housekeeping measure. Archer then went over June’s financials which included monies for the new website in the amount of $3K and $5K for equipment refurbishes.

The board decided earlier in the year to increase in the line item 4215 by $40K to help go towards the County Radio Project. This was done earlier in the year as the board gave a total of $290K for the radio project, action Monday just showed this in the line item adjustment as it increased the budget by $40K for the year.

Archer said excess funding to the tune of $70K from the state helped the district finish well ahead of budget for the fiscal year which just ended June 30th. Charter also was required by the state to give 911 districts money as well due to improper payments in the past. The district finished over $74K in the black.

The board also discussed and approved the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The overall budget showed the district building its fund balance thanks to depreciation and state funds. Archer said over $22K in maintenance was added on this budget from CAD and Ztron maintenance agreements.

Equipment purchases for the upcoming year include $26K for dispatch software for the HCSO and PPD to be able to talk to the new system. Another $4K for network radio, and a little more for switches were included in the presented budget as well.

Archer said the district is very up to date and on the leading edge with technology as far as equipment goes.

School Systems Upgrading Phone Lines for 911 Safety Measures

Paris, Tenn.- The board discussed some upgrades needed for school system 911 technology. Archer said both the County and PSSD are working on phone system upgrades which will allow dispatch to see which room a 911 call comes from if made at one of our schools. Paris Elementary has made the necessary upgrades and Inman and Rhea will follow suit once school is going and should be ready by the 1st of September.

IT Director for 911 Chad Howard also talked with HCSS's technology supervisor Denton Jordan and he said the county will need to make a few small purchases but would do so to get their phones ready to where dispatch can see exactly were calls are coming from inside the building.

Archer said making Cell phone 911 calls from inside the schools works good right now even with metal buildings and roofs causing some hindrance. He said, “we’ve made a lot of progress, but there are still some things to do and we will get it up and running smooth.”

Archer said he presented the resolution the board had passed opposing increasing 911 fees to the state. He said currently no 911 districts are in the red and I don’t see legislatures passing an increase on Tennessee taxpayers with the financial shape they’re all in right now. Archer said no other county opposed the increase in fees thru a resolution.

In other action, the board declared the 911 phone system as surplus as the new components from Ztron replaced them.

500 Without Power Briefly After Storm

Paris, Tenn.- A storm with some wind, heavy rain, and lightning rolled thru Henry County Monday afternoon and caused a limb to fall on the primary substation and knocked power out for about 500 BPU customers for a short time Monday afternoon. Cole Edwards, Director of Electric Operations, said crews quickly found the issue and got the power back up.

County Clerk's Office Now Renewing Gun Permits

County Clerk Donna Craig with her husband Tuffy, who renewed his gun permit in the County Clerk's office Monday. (County Clerk photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has recently added the Henry County Clerk as an issuance partner for renewals of handgun carry permits.

The Henry County Clerk’s office is located at 101 West Washington Street, Suite 102 in Paris Tennessee.

These services are currently offered on Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Clerk’s office does not issue renewals during the lunch hours.

The new renewal services being offered are a result of Public Chapter 109 being passed by the General Assembly this past legislative session.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in being able to offer this convenient service.  It will be very helpful for handgun carry permit holders in this county to be able to renew here in our office,” said Henry County Clerk Donna Craig.

Craig added, “We actually issued our first handgun renewal permit today to my husband Tuffy Craig. We are excited to offer this service to our customers.”

State law allows a $4.00 administrative fee to be added by the Clerk’s office in addition to the cost of the renewed handgun carry permit.    

Paris Fire Department Extinguishes Car Fire Sun. Afternoon

Paris, Tenn.- Firefighters were able to extinguish Sunday afternoon car fire.

According to a report from the Paris Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to 215 Old McKenzie Highway in reference to a car fire that occurred shortly after 3:40 p.m. on Sunday. When units arrived at the scene they found a car engulfed. The car was close to a camper that was parked nearby, but firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire before the camper sustained any damage.

The owner of the car was listed as Brady Bratton. According to the report, Bratton had told firefighters that he was trying to remove gas from the gas tank at the time of the fire, so that the he could take the car to be salvaged.

The property was listed at $500 with contents listed as $100. Losses from the fire were estimated at $300 for the property and $100 for the contents.

In unrelated incidents, a Paris man was arrested for public intoxication on Friday.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Kortney Taylor, 35, of 216 Mason Lane of Paris for public intoxication. Taylor’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Police are investigating a vehicle that was stolen from a Puryear home on Hwy. 641 North on Thursday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker spoke to the homeowner who stated that she had left her vehicle at her residence and when she returned home a few days later she found valued at $1,000 had missing. The owner also stated that she had several items in the car that totaled $2,500 at the time of theft.

TN Wars Commission Accepting Grant Applications

Nashville- The Tennessee Wars Commission has announced that they will begin accepting grant applications on September 1, 2019, for the Tennessee Wars Commission Grant Fund (TWCGF).

The Tennessee Wars Commission Grant Fund, which this year consists of $100,000.00, provides funding for the protection and interpretation of Tennessee’s historic military sites ranging from the French and Indian War through the American Civil War era. Last year the Tennessee Wars Commission awarded $115,610.00 to four successful applicants, for projects including interpretive signage and graphic displays, expanded living history programs, and for the purchase of replica Civil War-era artillery.

Since 1994, this grant program has funded over one hundred different projects preserving, protecting, and interpreting the military heritage of Tennessee and Tennesseans. “The Wars Commission grant fund is an opportunity for Tennessee communities to enhance their war-related sites through the acquisition, preservation, interpretation, and archaeology, of sites and structures related to the various wars, furthering our collective knowledge of these historical sites and events,” said Wars Commission Program Director, Nina Scall. While matching funding is not mandatory for the TWCGF, it is highly encouraged.

The grant application is completely digital, streamlining the process and shortening processing times. Interested parties can visit https://tdec.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp to create an account and complete their grant application.

Completed applications for the grant program must be submitted by November 15, 2019.

Questions regarding the grant process can be directed to Nina Scall, Director of Programs for the Tennessee Wars Commission: 

Nina.Scall@tn.gov

615-770-1095

2941 Lebanon Pike

Nashville, TN 37214

4th Annual UTM End of Summer Bash Event Planned Fri. July 26th

Martin, Tenn.- Rising high school seniors from across the region are invited to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin’s fourth-annual End of Summer Bash from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., July 26, on the main campus.

Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Boling University Center, and campus tours will follow an official welcome. A party including refreshments, team and individual activities, and displays from various campus departments and social organizations will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Those who have already attended a campus tour are welcome to arrive for the party at 12:30. Parking will be available in front of the Boling University Center and across the road near Pacer Pond.

For more information, visit utm.edu/summerbash, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020 or admitme@utm.edu.

Talent Show Set for Aug. 8th at HC Fair

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

Metro Crime Unit makes three drug arrests

Paris, Tenn.- A Detroit man was arrested on multiple drug possession charges along with being a fugitive on Friday.

Paris Police Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the Metro Crime Unit arrested Dantavais Davis, 34, of Detroit, Michigan for possession of a schedule I and schedule II substance with intent, no license and as a fugitive from another state. Davis’ bond was set at $160,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, Investigator Jeramye Whitaker with the MCU also arrested David Carper, 43, of 822 Lois St. of Paris and Shirley Overby, 59, of 711 Gwen St. of Paris on Friday with possession of drug paraphernalia. Carper was also charged with simple possession of a schedule II substance.

Carper’s bond was set at $1,500 and Overby’s bond was set at $2,000. They are both scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Back to School Blast, Safe Kids Day set for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center is still taking applications for their Back to School Blast that will be held from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the center located in Central School at 55 Jones Bend Road Extended in Paris. To apply, please call 642-2938.

Income eligible families will receive free backpacks and school supplies. There will also be 25 local resources on hand with lots of free items that will be given away. 

Henry County Medical Center and the Family Resource Center will also help students prepare to go back-to-school, by providing the community an opportunity to celebrate children, prevent injuries and save lives at the 3rd Annual Safe Kids Day that will be held during the Back to School Blast.

The event will feature giveaways and door prizes including car seats and more.  Enjoy free popcorn, and water provided by Pepsi. Stop by and see an Air Evac Helicopter, HCMC ambulance, fire truck and a TWRA boat.

Have your child’s spine checked for scoliosis by HCMC’s Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation. Learn safety tips and how to keep your kids safe during the summer months and school year.  Participants include HCMC, Paris Police and Fire, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Prevention Coalition, Air Evac, Henry County Health Department, Paris Pediatrics, Tennessee Highway Patrol, LeBonheur Community Outreach, TWRA, BPU, Henry County Carl Perkins Center, and Henry County Emergency Communications/911.

The event is brought to you by Safe Kids West TN, Henry County Medical Center, the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Paris Pediatrics, Pepsi, and the Henry County Family Resource Center along with participants above.

Create a My High 5 Checklist

In honor of Safe Kids Day, we are encouraging parents to create a My High 5 checklist with five safety tips they select to do. Of course, everyone has different safety priorities based on the ages and stages of their children, so My High 5 makes it easy to pick the action items that work best for each family.

Preventable injuries, like car crashes, drowning, fire, burns and falls, are the leading killer of kids in the U.S. But by providing support and education to families, Safe Kids Worldwide has helped prevent more than 200,000 of these tragedies from happening.

For more information, call our Find Line at 731-644-3463 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

Holy Cross holding caregiver support meetings, next meeting is Mon. July 22nd

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church is holding a caregiver support group meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, July 22 at the church, located at 1210 E. Wood St. in Paris.

The meeting will be held in the downstairs conference room, near the park in the back. Meetings will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.

For more information, please contact Lisa Davis at 770-833-9866.

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