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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Henry man arrested on multiple counts of reckless endangerment

Henry County, Tenn.- A Henry man was arrested on multiple charges of reckless endangerment and assault on Saturday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Barton arrested David Quinn, 30, of 336 Mockingbird Ave. of Henry for two counts of reckless endangerment, aggravated domestic assault and domestic assault. Quinn’s bond was set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson arrested James Singleton, 43, of 595 Rison St. of Paris on Friday for driving on a suspended license. Singleton’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Register by Thursday to compete in Saturday's Paris Landing Sprint, Olympic triathlon

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon will be held on Saturday, July 13th at Paris Landing State Park with the race set to begin at 7 a.m.

For competitors, the Olympic portion will include a 1500 meters swim, a 24 mile bike ride and 6.2 mile run. The sprint portion will include swimming 500 meters, biking 14 miles, and running 3.1miles.

Prices are $90 for Olympic, $75 for Sprint and other prices for teams and combos. Prices will increase after Sunday, July 7th and again on race day. Mail in registration has already closed, but you can still register online for the race until Thursday, July 11th. To register, go online to paristntri.racesonline.com/register.

Triathletes can pick up their race packets on Friday, July 12th from 4-6 p.m. at the Park Office or Saturday, July 13th from 5-6:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will be scheduled for 10 a.m. Finisher medals will be awarded to all participants. It is an excellent course for beginners and veteran triathletes and there will be souvenir t-shirts available.

The race could be rescheduled due to the high water levels at the park.

Tickets for Marty Haggard performance on Saturday are still on sale

Paris, Tenn.- There is still time to get your tickets to see Marty Haggard perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

General seating admission costs $25. You can purchase tickets at the Paris Civic Center, you can call 800-838-3006 or you can purchase tickets online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4211380.

Marty Haggard, the oldest son of the legendary Merle Haggard, as he pays tribute to his dad through stories and songs. Marty calls his dad the greatest singer/songwriter in music history. He will share stories of the past, while growing up by his dad's side as he was writing and recording these great country music songs.

He will also share a few of his original songs. Marty has had his own accomplished career, performing country music for forty years, but his love for his dad's music inspired him to begin a tribute show to his dad, which he began performing in Branson, Missouri in 2010 before taking the show on the road. 

K-9 Droid makes his debut as grand marshal of the Buchanan Resort 4th of July Golf Cart Parade

Retired Henry County Sheriff's Office K-9 Droid waits to make his debut as the grand marshal of the Buchanan Resort Golf Cart Parade on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Retired Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Williams (front, right) and K-9 Droid get ready for the Buchanan Resort July Fourth Golf Cart Parade.(Cassie Walsh photos)

By Cassie Walsh

Buchanan, Tenn.- The streets of Buchanan Resort were lined with people and golf carts as they awaited the Buchanan Resort Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade on Friday. This year retired Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Williams and his K-9 Droid were the grand marshal. More than two dozen golf carts participated in the parade.

Over thirty golf carts line up for the Buchanan Resort Golf Cart Parade on Friday.(Cassie Walsh photos)

Getting ready to have some fun at the Buchanan Resort Golf Cart Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Jackson woman arrested for criminal impersonation, Paris man arrested for trespassing

Henry County, Tenn.- A Jackson woman was arrested for criminal impersonation on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Hayley French arrested Koren Mitchem, 41, of Jackson for criminal impersonation. Mitchem’s bond was set at $5,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In another incident, a Paris man was charged with trespassing on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwisk arrested Michael Reinhard II, 29, 1195 Hwy. 69 North of Paris for criminal trespass. Reinhard’s bond was set at $1,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Community Health Screening set for Thurs. July 11th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will be holding a community health screening event on Thursday, July 11th from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Henry County Farm Bureau, located at 406 North Poplar Street in Paris.

Free finger stick blood sugar, blood pressure and osteoporosis screening will be available. Total cholesterol and lipid panel test will cost $10.

Results will be available at the time of the screening. Fasting for 8 hours is required for the most accurate results.

For more information about the event contact, Lori Laser, RN, BSN Community Educator, at 731-644-8269.

Two arrested on driving related offenses

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Ptl. Jonathan Baxter arrested Karen Odom, 56, of Big Sandy for driving on a suspended license on Thursday.

Baxter was on routine patrol on East Wood Street when he observed a 2008 Ford Shelby traveling 54mph in a 40mph zone. Baxter conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle where he spoke to the driver identified as Odom. Dispatch ran Odom’s information, which came back as suspended out of Henry County.

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

In an unrelated incident, Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry arrested Joe Thomas, 31, of 412 Antioch Harbor Road of Springville on Tuesday for driving on a suspended license. Thomas’ bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Three people arrested on theft charges

Henry County, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski arrested Joseph Ethier, 37, of Murray on Wednesday at the Calloway County Jail for theft of property over $2,500 relating to a case in Henry County. Ethier’s bond was set at $5,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Wyrick arrested Tiffany Stavely, 29, of Tennessee Ridge on Tuesday for theft of property. Stavely’s bond was set at $3,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Davis arrested Susan Smith, 57, of 907 John Lee Drive of Paris on Wednesday for theft of services. Smith’s bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Back to School Blast set for Thurs. July 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center is 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. Henry County Medical Center will also be providing their safe kids day. There will also be 25 local resources on hand with lots of free items that will be given away.  

One arrested on drug charges, another arrested on driving offense

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested on numerous drug charges earlier this week.

Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Kasey Crosno, 25, of 501 Winding Way of Paris on Tuesday for public intoxication, simple possession of a schedule III substance and simple possession of a schedule IV substance. Crosno’s bond was set at $1,500. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

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

Paris Police Sgt. Greg Underwood arrested Anthony Wallace, 51, of 44 Shell Academy Road of Paris for driving on a suspended license. Wallace’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Fireworks light up the 4th of July night sky in Henry County

Fireworks light up the night sky as the Fourth of July Fireworks show took place at Paris Landing State Park. A view from the water shows how spectacular the fireworks looked. (Kathy Ray photo)

Henry County, Tenn.- Thank you to Downtown Paris Association's Executive Director Kathy Ray for taking photos of the fireworks show at Paris Landing State Park. Thank you to David Jackson for submitting photos of the fireworks show at the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival.

Fireworks light up the sky at the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival. (David Jackson photo)

Weakley Co. man arrested for rape, others arrested for sexual battery and child abuse

Weakley Co., Tenn.-A Weakley County man was arrested on Tuesday at the Weakley County Jail on a warrant charge for rape relating to an incident that occurred in Henry County.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski arrested Austin M. Rayburn, 20, of Dresden for rape of a child. Rayburn’s bond was set at $100,000. He is scheduled to appear Monday in Henry County Circuit Court.

Obion County, Tenn.- An Obion County man was arrested for sexual battery relating to an incident that occurred in Henry County.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy John Krezinski also arrested Andrew R. Parker, 30, of Troy on Tuesday at the Obion County Jail for two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Parker’s bond was set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear Monday in Henry County Circuit Court.

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris woman was arrested on child abuse charges on Tuesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Dalton Watson arrested Kimberley J. Agent, 34, of 414 Harrison Lane of Paris for aggravated child abuse and neglect. Agent’s bond was set at $25,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Reminder: American Legion Post 89 holding Swap meet Show, Shine Saturday

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion Post 89, located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville, will hold a Swap Meet Show and Shine this Saturday, July 6th. The event was originally scheduled to take place back in June, but it had to be postponed due to weather.

Registration will be held from 10am to noon, blessing of the bikes will be at 1 p.m., people’s choice voting will run from noon to 1:30pm and winners will be announced at 2pm.

The entry fee is $10 and there will be four classes that will include Custom, Dresser, Trike, and Vintage. You can also bring items that are bike related to sell at the swap meet.

For more information on the bike show call 644-1675. For information on the Swap Meet or to save a booth space call 642-8785. For questions about general information you can email, ALRPost89@yahoo.com.

Weekend Warriors donates over $1,450 to Freedom Festival

(David Jackson photo)

By David Jackson

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Weekend Warriors donated a total of $1,460 to the Cottage Grove Freedom Festival on Thursday.

Independence Day celebrations in McKenzie goes to the kids, dogs

Fourth of July celebration goes to Puppy the dog as she and her owners Angela and Tommie Joe Dailey are ready to make her parade debut at McKenzie Freedom Fest children’s parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Photo/story by Cassie Walsh
McKenzie, Tenn.—Children and dogs dressed up in their most patriotic costumes as the children’s parade kicked off the McKenzie Freedom Fest activities on Thursday.

From left, sisters Vera and Hazel Tippitt enjoy their ride around the children’s parade at the McKenzie Freedom Fest on Thursday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The McKenzie Freedom Festival will be held at McKenzie City Park, where food vendors will be set up at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Freedom Fest opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. and the winners of the children’s parade, yard of the month and best decorated window being announced.

From left, Angela Dailey and Tommie Joe Dailey walk with their dog, Puppy, as she enjoys the McKenzie Freedom Fest children’s Parade. (Cassie Walsh photos)

The Legends will perform at 7 p.m. and fireworks will be at dusk. The taps and closing ceremonies will wrap up Freedom Fest at 9:15 p.m.

Swim beach closes ahead of Fourth of July Fireworks show at PLSP

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Fireworks will wrap up the festivities this Fourth of July at Paris Landing State Park as the Jaycees will be putting on the fireworks show at around 9 p.m. In the photo, caution tape is wrapped around the swim beach that closed at 2 p.m. on Thursday as preparations for the fireworks began.

Cottage Grove kicks off Freedom Festival with parade

Oak Hill Union Church float.

Story, photos by Shannon McFarlin
Cottage Grove, Tenn.--The Cottage Grove Methodist Church float had a different look this year, which brought them an award for Best Float in the Cottage Grove Freedom Fest on Thursday, July 4th. And, best of all, church members always hand out free water to everyone along the parade route.

A large crowd was on hand this year for the parade and morning activities, which included the cake walk, games, Fire Department photo booth. Afternoon and evening activities will include bingo, karaoke, live music, and fireworks. The International Firehouse Kitchen will serve food all day.  

Cottage Grove Methodist Church won best float.

Parade winners: Most Patriotic float--American Heroes: Avengers; Best Float--Cottage Grove Methodist Church; Best Of Parade--American Heroes: Avengers.

Most Patriotic American Heroes: Avengers float.

UTM Still Offering July SOAR Sessions

Martin, Tenn.- Students planning to be freshmen at the University of Tennessee at Martin during the fall 2019 semester have two remaining opportunities to attend Summer Orientation and Registration this year. Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., July 12 and 22, in the UT Martin Boling University Center. Students attending classes at all UT Martin center locations are required to attend SOAR on the main campus.

Students must have received an official acceptance letter from UT Martin to attend orientation. Registration $45 per student and $20 for each additional guest, including parents, guardians, siblings and friends. No tuition or fee payments are due until the start of the fall semester.

Orientation begins with check-in and an administrative fair, and an official welcome will begin at 9. Break-out sessions discussing Greek life, student organizations, choosing a major and preparing for academic success will be held later in the morning.

Additional sessions on the transition to college, housing and meal plans, travel-study and study-abroad opportunities will follow lunch in the Skyhawk Dining Hall. Students will then meet with a faculty advisor to register for classes.

Visit utm.edu/soar to register.

Special orientation sessions for transfer and adult students will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., July 19. Special interest sessions on similar topics will be held from 9-10:30 a.m., and academic advising with faculty advisors will begin at 10:45. Optional campus tours will leave the Boling University Center at 1 p.m. Attendance at in-person orientation is optional for transfer and adult students, and there is no cost to attend. Visit utm.edu/transferorientation to register. For more information or registration assistance, contact the UT Martin Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 731-881-7020.

Hunters Can Apply Thru July 31st for Quota Deer Hunts at LBL

Paris, Tenn.- Hunters can apply for firearm quota deer hunts at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area July 1-31. Potential applicants can apply at https://lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/. Application fees are $5 online.

Quota deer hunt dates for 2019-2020 season at Land Between the Lakes:

Kentucky:  Youth Quota Hunt | Oct 26-27 | Age 15 and younger

Adult Quota Hunt | Nov 23-24

Tennessee: Youth Quota Hunt | Oct 19-20 | Age 6-16

Adult Quota Hunts | Nov 15-16 and Nov 30-Dec 1

Quota hunts provide unique recreational opportunities within the region and help maintain a healthy deer population. Land Between the Lakes features both adult and youth quota deer hunts.

All hunters, must carry on their person the following items: Land Between the Lakes Quota Hunt Permit, appropriate state hunting license, deer permit, and hunter safety card as required by state regulations.

Youth hunters must possess a state-approved hunter safety card. Youth not required to have a hunter safety card must carry a signed safety verification form available on the Land Between the Lakes website. An adult over the age of 21 must accompany and supervise each youth.

For more hunting information, visit https://landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/outdoor-rec/hunting/

Mr. Bond the Science Guy Entertains at Summer Reading

Paris, Tenn.- Back by popular demand as usual, Mr. Bond the Science Guy was entertaining as always Wednesday morning as part of the W.G. Rhea Public Library's Summer Reading Program. Kayla Nation, Children's and Young Adult Librarian, said an estimated 75 showed up Wednesday for Mr. Bond.

Nation said over 1000 people showed up for the June events alone for the SRP and nearly 300 signed up which is an increase of the last few years. The SRP wraps up on July 12th.

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibitted in Paris City Limits

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo reminds citizens that Paris Municipal codes prohibit storage, possession, use, or discharge of any fireworks is expressly prohibited within the corporate limits of the City of Paris, Tennessee.

Violators will be cited and fireworks will be seized.

Fair Book Dedicated to Jeremy Lindsay

Paris, Tenn.- The 2019 Henry County Fair Book is being dedicated to a man who fair officials say always goes the extra mile: Lakeway IGA Manager Jeremy Lindsay.

Fair officials presented Lindsay with the dedication Tuesday night and said, “He is a wonderful boss in fact his employees feel more like family. He has donated to numerous fundraisers, tailgates, sports teams, schools. Here are just a few: Henry County Fishing team, Henry County Soccer, Henry County Youth Baseball Association, Henry County High School tailgates, Lakewood school and Lakewood PTO, sponsored World’s Biggest Fish Fry floats, Henry County Fair, and Helping Hand just to name a few.”

The 2019 Henry Co. Fair will be held August 3-10 and the fair books will be available to the public in a couple of weeks.

Lindsay began his work career with Parker Farms, then became a stocker at Jim Adams IGA, next working at E W James IGA, working his way up to night manager.  He worked at the Tennessean Golf Course before becoming the Assistant Manager at the Paris Save-A-Lot and then was the Save- A-Lot Manager in Mayfield.

In May 2005 he opened Lakeway IGA, a locally owned and operated grocery store with deep roots in Henry County. The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce named Lakeway IGA the 2018 Business of the year.

He also serves on the board of Real Hope Youth Center and is a former board member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Henry County Youth Baseball Association.

Jeremy was born December 1, 1976, grew up in Paris and Henry County, graduating from Henry County High School in 1995.   On September 6, 2003 he married Kristan Phillips.  They have two children, Gavin and Ryne.  He is the son of Brenda and Don Parker and Gary and Diane Lindsey.

When Jeremy has free time he spends it with his family at the lake or camping at Piney.  Jeremy is a long time Chicago Cubs fan.

Public Intoxication Arrest Made

Paris, Tenn.- Two women were arrested for public intoxication over the past few days. Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Kristan Fryhover, 25, of 2557 Herrondale West Road of Henry on Monday for public intoxication. 

Whitaker was dispatched to Hill Road in reference to someone who had stated that they had wrecked their car. When Whitaker arrived at the scene, he found a car was in the trees and the driver identified as Fryhover was standing next to the vehicle. When Whitaker spoke with Fryhover he noticed that her speech was slurred and she appeared to be under the influence. 

Fryhover was then charged with the following offense and her  bond was set at $1,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker also arrested Sheba Fantozzi, 57, of McKenzie on Sunday for public intoxication. Fantozzi’s bond was set at $500.

Whitaker was dispatched to Hwy. 79 South in regards to a woman who was laying on the side of the highway. Whitaker spoke to the woman identified as Fantozzi, who stated that she had taken some medication and was attempting to walk back to McKenzie. Fantozzi was then charged with the following offense. 

She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. 

A Dresden woman was arrested multiple possession charges over the weekend.

Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Amy Hill, 37, of Dresden on Sunday for criminal trespass, simple possession of a schedule VI substance and simple possession of a schedule IV substance. Hill’s bond was set at $1,500. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Fireworks Display Part of Several Events at PLSP for 4th of July

Buchanan, Tenn.- Fireworks will culminate a day of activities at Paris Landing State park this Fourth of July holiday with the Jaycees putting on the fireworks show at around 9pm. During the day there will be two food vendors, a beer tent, DJ with music, and more. The swim beach will close at 2pm July 4th to begin prepping the area for the Fireworks. High water may cause the swim beach to close earlier than 2pm.

The day begins with crafts at the aviary beginning at 10am Thursday for $1 you can do facepainting from 1-2pm and from 2:30pm-3:30pm you can make a wreath for $5.

Ranger Amy O’Brien will lead campground games from 12-1:30pm such kickball, SPUD, Water balloon and other water games. No charge for the games. Several other activities round out the weekend at the Paris Landing State Park just search the web for upcoming events.

Road Construction Won't Slow July 4th Travelers in TN

Nashville- Road construction won’t slow motorists across Tennessee over the July 4th holiday.  The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 8th to provide maximum roadway capacity for holiday travelers.

“It is estimated that 985,000 motorists will travel Tennessee’s interstates and state routes this July 4th holiday,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said. “To help motorists reach their destinations safely and without unnecessary delays, we are suspending lane closures during this holiday travel time.”

Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects.  While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers may be on site in construction zones and reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect.  Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of $250 to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.

AAA projects a record breaking 48.9 million Americans will travel this Independence Day weekend, a 4.1% increase from last year. An estimated 985,000 Tennesseans will travel during the holiday, with an estimated 892,000 driving to their destinations.

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

HCYFB Signups Planned July 13th and 27th

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

Paris DT Boxing Brings Home Gold, Silver in 48th Jr. Olympics

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Downtown Boxing Club brought home the gold and silver from the 48th annual Junior Olympics tournament.

Cam’ron Patton was awarded the Gold Medal, while Demarccus Patton won silver.

The Junior Olympics tournament was held in Madison, Wisconsin this year, with more than 350 boxers from 14 regions participating.

Both of the Patton’s have been competing for several years for the Paris Club and have brought home a lot of hardware from the regional and national tournaments in which they have competed.

But this time, Cam’ron is the first Junior Olympic Gold Medalist boxer in Henry County.

Three boxers from the Paris Club qualified for the nationals by advancing through the state and regional levels: Cam’ron and Demarccus Patton, along with Jaylen Cadet.

Cadet started competing recently and Miranda Moon of the Paris Club said, “It’s just really remarkable that he advanced and did so well so early. He’s a straight A student and a cello player for Inman and that takes a lot of his time, too.”

The Paris Club has competed all over the country, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, and more.

Cam’ron Patton is the 14-year-old son of Fran Patton. Demarccus Patton is the 11-year-old son of Fran Patton and Nick Howard.

Jaylen Cadet is 12 and the son of Shannon Cadet.

Cadet fought in the Intermediate 110 Class, while Demarccus fought in the Bantam 125 Class and Cam’ron was in the Junior 176 Class.

Coach Derik Moon said, “I’m proud of the hard work and dedication of our boxers. Someone recently commented to us that there is no boxing season. These kids work out and home their skills 52 weeks a year. Our kids don’t play boxing, they live it.”

The Paris Downtown Boxing Club is located at 207 E. Wood Street and is open Monday through Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. They have classes for all age groups.

Rescue Squad Preps for Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Some will be enjoying the 4th of July with family and friends while others like, the Paris Henry County Rescue Squad, will be on call in case of unforeseen incidents arise. Several members of the squad spent Tuesday cleaning up the station and equipment in preparation for their presence at the fireworks display at Paris Landing Thursday night. (David Jackson photo)

HCSO Seeks to Expand its SRO Program; Taking Applications

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is opening up applications for a new School Resource Officer Reserve Deputy Program. Currently HCSO has 9 full time SRO Deputies and 15 SRO Reserve Deputies. HCSO is looking to expand this with another 20 SRO Reserves. Anyone wishing to apply can do so by picking up an application at the Sheriff’s Office at 210 Forrest Heights.

In 2018, the HCSO began utilizing the reserve deputies as additional SROs and the feedback and response was so great they’ve now decided to further the program and will be offering new applications the first ever reserve deputy training that is specifically geared towards SRO duties and school safety.

Sgt. Eddie Crosser and Sgt. Buford Taylor put the 120 hour long program together and it has since been approved by the state. Classes will be held mainly on Tuesday and Thursday nights, however, there will be some Saturday classes. Qualifications for applicants include that they: must be a U.S. Citizen, be over 21 years old, have no criminal record, be drug free, have a valid driver’s license, have high school diploma or GED, have good character and standing in the community, and most importantly have a desire to make schools safer for the kids.

Prior law enforcement or military experience isn’t required but helpful. The new SROs will not replace the current SROs, just be in addition to them by each volunteering 8 hours per month. Sheriff Monte Belew estimates this saving the county about $50K a year.

Sheriff Belew said, “Our number one emphasis is school safety, we are excited for this new reserve program and are now looking for some good men and women to join us.”

Director of Henry County Schools Dr. Leah Watkins said, “I’m excited to see this partnership continue to grow and be at the forefront of school safety.

BPU Lineman Do Well at Lineman Rodeo

Pictured are BPU Linemen (From left) Ben White, Darin Parker, Josef Neumair and Mike McSwain with their awards from the Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo. 

Paris, Tenn.- All though their time at the 22nd Annual Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo was cut short, BPU Lineman still managed to earn eight awards at this year’s event held in Lenoir City on June 21 and 22. The annual event draws teams from utilities across the Tennessee Valley to compete in a variety of events over the course of the two days. This year, BPU crews only competed in events Friday afternoon and then came home Friday night to help restore power to Henry County after storms caused widespread outages.

Apprentice Linemen Tyler Frey and Josef Neumair along with Journeyman Linemen Ben White, Darin Parker, Randall French, Gatlin Primrose and Mike McSwain represented BPU at this year’s competition. Events are split into 4 categories: apprentice, journeyman, senior (age 45 and above) and team. The events BPU linemen competed in are areas they have experience performing in day-to-day duties.

Monday, July 1, Kari Crouse with the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and Raymond Barnes, Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo, came to Paris to present the BPU lineman with their awards since they were unable to attend the awards presentation on the 22nd. Barnes and Crouse both commended BPU on not only their performance at the event, but also their dedication and service to their community.

Darin Parker brought home four awards in the senior category including: 1st place in Hurtman Rescue, 3rd place in Fuse Replacement, 3rd place in B-1 Tie-In and 2nd place in the Overall Senior Competition. Additionally, Ben White earned 3rd place in the Journeyman Alley Arm Insulator Change-Out and 2nd place in the Journeyman Fuse Replacement events. In the Journeyman Egg Climb event, Mike McSwain placed 3rd and in the Apprentice Written Test, Tyler Frey placed 3rd.

“I am incredibly proud of our guys” said Cole Edwards, BPU Director of Engineering and Operations. “They train for this, they love competing and it is nice seeing our guys earn much deserved state and even national recognition for their skills.”

The Tennessee Valley Lineman’s Rodeo brings together linemen from seven states for a competition designed to test linemen on their safety skills and technical training through a variety of contests. These contests include a simulation that tests their ability to safely rescue an injured colleague, and their ability to safely and rapidly climb to the top of a utility pole, as well as several other events that test critical skills related to their jobs. Linemen undergo years of extensive safety and technical training to become qualified to perform these critical jobs. BPU linemen perform their work in a wide variety of challenging conditions, such as rain storms, intense heat, strong winds and even snow.

HCSO Giving Away Produce Wed. July 3rd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office has been growing produce in their inmate garden and will be giving some away this Wednesday. The first of the two giveaways will be on Mineral Wells Avenue in the Kroger Shopping Center from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. The 2nd giveaway will be at the Puryear Community Center from 4-5pm Wednesday. Anyone wishing to enjoy some fresh produce should stop by and get some while supplies last.

More State Laws That Went Into Effect July 1st

Nashville- Besides the Hands Free TN law, several new public chapters or state laws went into effect Monday July 1st. House Bill 283 increases penalties for a conviction of aggravated rape of a child to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The conviction used to carry penalties of 15-60 years.

House Bill 909 creates the elderly and vulnerable adult protection act of 2019. The law creates new offenses for knowingly abusing, neglecting, or sexually exploiting an elderly or vulnerable adult. Additionally, it expands the definition of neglect to include the failure of a caregiver to make a reasonable effort to protect an elderly or vulnerable adult form abuse or sexual exploitation.

House Bill 665 authorizes healthcare professionals, including physicians, or other license, registered, accredited, or certified healthcare practitioners to accept goods for services as payment in direct exchange of barter for healthcare services if the patient is not covered by an insurance provider.

City, County Announce July 4th Holiday Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced its July 4th closings. The Public Works Department will be closed Thursday July 4th and sanitation routes for Thursday will run on Friday July 5th.

The landfill will be closed Thursday July 4th and will reopen Friday at 7am. The Animal Shelter will be closed Thursday July 4th and reopen at 11:30am on Friday. City Hall will close Thursday July 4th and reopen Friday at 7:30am. The Civic Center will close on July 4th and reopen at 6am on Thursday July 5th. The Eiffel Tower Pool will be open July 4th from 10am to 3pm.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer announced last week the County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday July 4th and 5th. This includes the Courthouse, Annex, and all government offices.

Upcoming Schedule for WG Rhea Public Library's Summer Reading Program

Paris, Tenn.- Upcoming schedule of events for the Summer Reading program at the W.G. Rhea Public Library includes Mr. Bond the Science Guy at 10am this Wednesday July 3rd. Monday July 8th is the last day to check out books and from 10am to 2pm on July 8th its open Lego Free Play. Tuesday July 9th is the last day to record books. Thursday July 11th there will be a Discovery Park NASA Ambassador at 10:30am.

The Summer Reading program will close Friday July 12th from 2-4pm and there will be a cosmic skating party at Paris on Wheels. Free entry just bring money for your own concession.

Blood drive at Joe Mahan Ford goes well on Monday, July 1st

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Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Rotary Club challenged local civic organizations to come out and donate blood at the Lifeline Blood Mobile blood drive being held at Joe Mahan Ford. The blood drive is going on at Joe Mahan Ford in Paris on until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 1st. A good crowd of people came out to donate blood at Monday's blood drive.

Those who donate blood during the months of June, July and August will be entered to win a 2019 Ford Fiesta donated by Joe Mahan Ford. You must be 18 years of age or older to win.

HCSO Makes Arrests on Driving Offenses

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

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Chelsey Brotherton, 44, of Huntingdon on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Brotherton’s bond was set at $500. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Sarah L. Perry-Jackson, 37, of 159 Cole Fairway on Sunday for driving on a revoked license. Jackson’s bond was set at $500. Jackson was also issued a citation for violation of the light law. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

TVA Releases Final Integrated Resource Plan

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority released its final Integrated Resource Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement on Friday that evaluates options to meet the region’s power generation needs over the next 20 years.

Under development since February 2018, TVA’s IRP is a power planning roadmap that examines a variety of economic, regulatory and market-driven scenarios and strategies – both within and outside TVA’s control – to help TVA respond to changing energy demands while continuing to provide reliable power at the lowest possible cost.

“The 2019 IRP emphasizes the importance of flexibility in our generation in response to the changing energy marketplace,” said Laura Campbell, TVA vice president of Enterprise Planning. “TVA looked at a wide range of possible futures, and flexibility is important in every case to ensure a reliable power supply.”

TVA is updating its 2015 IRP due to continuing dramatic changes in the utility industry. Such changes include abundant, lower-cost natural gas, decreased cost of renewable generation, and increased focus on energy conservation efforts. 

The final IRP and its associated Environmental Impact Statement are available to the public at www.tva.com/irp.

In addition to the IRP and EIS, TVA has posted an official Recommendation that will go to a board vote at the August 22 meeting. Once the board votes, TVA will post a Record of Decision to officially close out the 2019 IRP process.

The IRP study demonstrates that TVA will continue to provide low-cost, reliable and clean electricity into the future and that resource additions will build on TVA’s existing diverse asset portfolio. IRP study results show:

  • There is a need for new capacity in all scenarios to replace expiring or retiring capacity.

  • Solar expansion plays a substantial role in all futures.

  • Gas, storage and demand response additions provide reliability and/or flexibility.

  • No baseload resources (designed to operate around the clock) are added, highlighting the need for operational flexibility in the resource portfolio.

  • Additional coal retirements occur in certain futures.

  • Energy efficiency levels depend on market depth and cost-competitiveness.

  • Wind could play a role if it becomes cost-competitive.

  • In all cases, TVA will continue to provide for economic growth in the Tennessee Valley.

TVA hosted public meetings throughout the process in three states and seven locations including Memphis, Knoxville, Huntsville and Bowling Green. Public engagement also included webinars, social media and online resources.  

“We really appreciate the level of involvement we’ve had from the public to develop the IRP,” said Joe Hoagland, TVA vice president, Enterprise Relations. “We received over 1,200 comments from the public and had wonderful engagement from a broad group of stakeholders from all seven states and diverse backgrounds and expertise.”

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments, with economic development and job creation.


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