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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


City, County Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.-Police are investigating the theft of a sign valued at several hundred dollars that was stolen from business’ parking lot located near Golf Drive in Paris.

Paris Police Ptl. Dereck Greenhill took a report of theft of a portable letter sign that was taken from the parking lot of a local business near Golf Lane in Paris on Saturday. Greenhill spoke to the owner of the sign who stated someone had stolen his portable letter sign valued at $600. Police are still investigating the case.

Police are investigating a theft that occurred at a home on Keck Lane in Buchanan on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua spoke to the owner who stated that someone who stolen several hundreds of dollars in cash and some medications from her home. A person of interest was named in the report, but no arrests have been.

Severe Weather Prompts Closures at LBL

Golden Pond, Ky.- The U.S. Forest Service continues to assist visitors and address hazards created by downed trees and power lines blown over at Land Between the Lakes in a Friday storm.

Forest Service crews began accessing damages at 7 p.m. Friday as a southeast moving storm brought high winds, lightening and heavy rains Friday evening. Land Between the Lakes staff ask people to postpone visits to the area while crews locate and clear hazards.

"We have crews working all across Land Between the Lakes that continue to find new hazards and we need the public to avoid the area while we locate and address safety concerns," said Tina Tilly, U.S. Forest Service area manager. "We know people want to come out and enjoy this beautiful place. Right now, we need time to find and address hazards. Safety is our priority."

The most extensive damage is in the northern portions of Land Between the Lakes. Most of the Kentucky portion is without power and could remain without power for an extended time. Many campgrounds are without power and are now closed until further notice while crews secure downed power lines and remove trees. The Forest Service continues to find structures damaged in the storm.

Forest Service crews are highly trained at felling hazardous trees and ask the public to avoid trees snagged and ready to fall. The Forest Service reminds the public that it is extremely dangerous to approach downed or damaged power lines. Do not attempt to clear debris from any power line. All power lines should be treated as energized and deadly.
For more information call Chris Joyner, public affairs officer, at 270-350-3693.

HCTA Board Approves Requested Funds for Two Crappie Events in 2020

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority board met Monday morning and approved items on their agenda including a Crappie USA Super Event and Crappie USA Mega Bucks event. The Crappie USA Super Event, which includes high school teams fishing to win scholarships will be held in March of 2020 at Paris Landing. The program will include two days of high school teams and two days of crappie tournaments where anglers from 13 states vie for the championship.

Funds requested for the Crappie USA Super Event was $25K which the HCTA funded in full.

Another Crappie USA Mega Bucks Event requested and was approved for $35K. The original dates requested where for March of 2020, but they may move it further into the summer months. It is a two day crappie tournament with anglers from several states.

The Kiwanis Arts and Crafts festival, planned for September, requested and received $1500 from the HCTA, an amount that was comparable with the last several years.

The Committee heard a report from Chamber Director Travis McLeese on the upcoming TN River Jam Music Festival coming up this Friday-Sunday. He said it has grown and exceeded expectations with tickets purchased online from 10 states as far away as Texas and Wisconsin. The festival will include 22 artists, 12 events, and 7 venues across the City and County. For more information about the Festival go online at tnriverjam.com.

The Committee heard from City Manager Kim Foster told the HCTA of the Tourism Enhancement Grant for $43K the city had just received. County Commissioner Drew Williams also spoke about how well the Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting team had done in Nashville bringing back 40 trophies, which is the most ever.

Closure of Rabbit Creek Road Moved to Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department was set to close Rabbit Creek Road Monday for culvert replacement but due to the rainy weather they have rescheduled the work for Tuesday June 25th.

Man arrested for vehicular assault

Paris, Tenn.- A Springville man was arrested on multiple charges including vehicular assault on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Cronkright charged Bruce L. Robinson, 56, of 845 Broadview Road of Springville for vehicular assault and four counts of reckless endangerment. Robinson’s bond set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Sept. 3, 2019, in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Get your helmets ready for Paris Tri Club Bike and Hike on June 27

Springville, Tenn.- The Paris Tri Club will be hosting a Friends & Family Bike & Hike from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. Everyone is invited to join the club for a day of biking, hiking, sight seeing and more at the Britton Ford Visitor’s center at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville.

The Friends and Family Bike and Hike day will include a six-mile bike trip and two mile hike on the Britton Ford Trail. Helmets are required.

RSVPs not required, but appreciated. For more information please contact Jess Hart at 731-514-3896.

Several people arrested on alcohol related offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Mounts arrested James Fanning Jr., 62, of 1107 Guthrie Road of Paris on Saturday for DUI and violation of the implied consent law. Fanning’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Seth Cole, 21, of 5285 East Antioch Road of Springville on Saturday for public intoxication. Cole’s bond was set at $250. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Paris Police Ptl. Ashley Neumair arrested Eric Zikmund, 38, of 407 Irvine St. of Paris on Saturday for public intoxication. Zikmund’s bond was set at $500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Finding the deals and treasures at lee Academy yard sale

Paris, Tenn.- Even with the storm that moved through Paris Saturday morning, the Lee Academy for the Arts Yard and Bake Sale was a success. In fact, organizers said a large crowd was on hand when the doors opened at 8 a.m., which was at the height of the storm. There were bargains galore, with a variety of goods such as books, clothing, furniture, baked goods and canned goods for sale, as well as sandwiches provided by Perry’s BBQ. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Palestine UMC VBS will be Wednesday-Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Palestine United Methodist Church, 4059 Palestine Road in Paris, will hold vacation bible school from Wednesday, June 26- Saturday, June 29. Bible school will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday, vacation bible school will be held from 3-5 p.m. with a luau cookout to follow.

All ages are encouraged to attend vacation bible school and this year’s theme will be surf shack “Catching the wave of God’s amazing love.” The mission of vacation bible school 2019 will be to support Project Bridge, through the donation of school supplies.

If you are able, you are encouraged to bring a few school supplies during one night of vacation bible school. If the church reaches its goal, the kids will be able to throw water balloons at selected staff members.

For more information please contact, Nikki Klopfenstein at 363-1663 to pre-register for a free t-shirt. The church will provide transportation as needed.

Bystanders intervene in assault, results in Paris man arrested for attempted 2nd degree murder

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on an attempted second-degree murder charge after he stabbed another man at a local bar and grill on Saturday morning.

Paris Police Ptl. David Beauvais arrested Jason Raspberry, 43, of 502 Harrison Lane of Paris for attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and domestic assault.

Beauvais was dispatched to a local bar and grill early on Saturday morning in regards to an assault with a knife. When he arrived at the scene, several witnesses pointed to the car that Raspberry had gotten into and the vehicle was attempting to leave when Beauvais pulled up behind it.

While speaking with the passengers in the vehicle, the suspect involved in the incident later identified as Raspberry, became uncooperative. Police detained Raspberry so that they could talk with witnesses. Officers also smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Raspberry.

Witnesses told officers that Raspberry became confrontational with a woman and another man outside the bar and grill. The victim got in his truck with the woman and he was attempting to leave when his truck stalled. One of the female passengers inside of the victim’s truck told officers that when the victim's truck stalled she saw Raspberry run towards the truck with a knife, where he began to stab the victim multiple times. The victim held up his hand to protect himself from the attack.

Two bystanders observed the assault and they were able to pull Raspberry off of the other man and they were able to get Raspberry to drop the knife. Beauvais’ report stated that the victim did sustain several lacerations on his hand. Raspberry was taken into custody and charged with the following offenses.

Raspberry’s bond was set at $150,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Inspiring future doctors and nurses at Bethel's Jr. Physician Day

Bethel Physician Assistant student Ryan Volk (right) helps Briley House (left) listen to his heart at Bethel's Jr. Assistant Day on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Despite a rainy start to Saturday, kids and their families came out and enjoyed the festivities as Bethel University Physician Assistant program held its Junior Physician Day on Saturday.

Allyson Atkins (left, in the purple shirt) and Briley House (right, in the pink shirt) race against each other at the physician assistant relay course as they try to help their PA get dressed the fastest. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Kids got the chance to make their own ID badges, learn CPR and first aid, go on a scavenger hunt, compete in physician assistant relays to see who can dress the physician assistant faster and get creative by tracing their bodies and placing where they think their organs are located.

Paris Landing Sprint and Olympic Triathlon set for July 13

Buchanan, 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.

To register, go online to paristntri.racesonline.com/register. 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 will close on Thursday, July 4th and online registration closes on Thursday, July 11th.

Triathletes can pick up their race packets on Friday, July 12th from 4-6 p.m. at the Park Office or they can pick them up on the day of the race on Saturday, July 13th from 5-6:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.

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.

No major injuries reported in Henry County after Friday night storm

Henry County, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office reported that there was some minor damage due to Friday night's storm. The Sheriff's Office reported that damage from last night's storm included downed power lines, downed trees and tree limbs.

The Sheriff's Office reported that there were a couple of wrecks caused by Friday night's storm, but no major injuries were reported due to the storm.

BPU crews are still working on restoring all power to the rest of their customers as of 10:30 a.m. there are still more than 2600 customers that are without power.

Crowds come out to get fresh produce, local honey and more at Farmer's market

A line of people browse a selection of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and more at the Kennedy Farms booth at the Henry County Farmer's Market on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

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

Multiple people arrested for DUI since Thursday

Henry County, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick arrested Jeremy Villarreal, 42, of 6705 Church St. of Paris on Thursday for DUI and violation of the open container law. Villarreal’s bond was set at $1,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Amber Nelson, 30, of 304 Lake St. of Paris on Thursday for DUI and driving on a suspended license. Nelson’s bond was set at $2,000. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.          

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Mason Pyrdom, 18, of Martin for DUI on Friday. Pyrdom was also given a warning citation for expired registration. Pyrdom’s bond was set at $1,200. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Getting ready for fun at Back to School Bash on July 20

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

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

Two people arrested on driving related offenses

Henry County, Tenn.- Two people were arrested on driving offenses on Friday.

Paris Police Capt. John Brewer arrested Justin Tharpe, 32, of 426 Harrison Lane of Paris for driving on a suspended license third offense. Tharpe’s bond was set at $2,000. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Camden man was arrested for joyriding on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy William Whitaker arrested Thomas Troutt, 23, of Camden for joyriding. Troutt’s bond was set at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Motorcycle accident victim identified as missing Paris man

Weakley County, Tenn.–A Paris man who was missing since Saturday, June 15 was found deceased in a deep ditch in Weakley County on Thursday. He had wrecked his motorcycle and was discovered by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.

David Shipton, Jr., age 50, of 5192 Hwy. 190 of Paris, was found near the 11 mile marker on State Highway 89 between Dresden and Sharon.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Captain Randall McGowan said the wreck was discovered shortly after noon on Thursday, June 20 when the pilot in the THP helicopter thought he observed a motorcycle in a deep ditch.

The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office had been notified that Shipley was missing on Tuesday and had asked for the THP helicopter’s assistance after cell phone records showed the last time the victim’s cell phone hit a phone tower was somewhere southwest of Dresden.

McGowan said it is believed the accident happened sometime in the early morning of Saturday, June 15, and is being investigated by the THP.

Police looking for Huntingdon man

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Law Enforcement from the northwest Tennessee area is asking for help from the public in locating 32 year old Billy Andrew Smothers from the Huntingdon Tennessee area.

Smothers has active arrest warrants from Carroll County Tennessee for stealing a vehicle and an active federal arrest warrant. Smothers is a person of interest in cases in Weakley County Tennessee involving a residential break in and gun theft, the theft of a vehicle from a car dealership in Martin Tennessee and the theft of a goose-neck trailer from Dresden Tennessee.

Smothers is also a person of interest in Henry County Tennessee for the theft of a vehicle and a cattle trailer.

Anyone with information about Smothers location is asked to call the Weakley County Sheriff's office at 731-364-5454 , the Carroll County Sheriff's Office at 731-986-8947 or the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 731-642-1672

HC CASA Boston Butt Sale Ongoing; Pickup is July 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is holding their Boston Butts Fundraiser just in time for the 4th of July. The ordering window is until June 30th. Price is $40 and pickup date is Tuesday July 2nd from 3-6pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The Butts will be prepared by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Call 363-7940 to purchase tickets or message the Henry County CASA Facebook page.

Man Charged With Fugitive of Justice

Paris, Tenn.- A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. John Andrews charged Jonathan L. Blanton, 34, of 1490 Hwy. 69 South of Paris as a fugitive from justice. Blanton’s bond was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In unrelated incidents, a Puryear man was arrested on burglary charges on Wednesday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron arrested James T. Binkley, 42, of 970 Wyninger Road of Puryear for burglary. He was also charged with harassment relating to a text message he sent to a woman stating that if she did not continue paying for the storage locker that had his belongings in it, Binkley said that he would burn her house down. Binkley’s bond was set at $10,000. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In a separate incident, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Wade arrested Logan James, 19, of 120 Bobby Lane of Paris for felony evading, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license. James’ bond was set at $2,500. He was scheduled to appear Thursday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Healthcare Foundation Hosting DrumFIT Camp June 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will host a DrumFIT Day Camp on Friday June 28th at Atkins Porter Gym from 11am to 3pm. The camp is a health initiative that encourages children to find fun in exercising to promote healthier, fit families. DrumFIT is a high energy exercise routine featuring yoga balls drum sticks and music.

Students ages 1st thru 5th grade are invited to rock out at the camp which will serve free lunch to participants. The lunch is provided by the Summer Feeding program.

The camp will teach you and your family five simple steps to work towards achieving a healthier, active lifestyle:

Get 8 hours of sleep each night, consume 5 or more fruits and veggies per day, limit the family’s recreational screen time to two hours per day, engage in one hour of physical activity per day, and consume 0 sugary beverages, drink more water and low-fat milk.

To learn more about DrumFIT go the medical center’s website at www.hcmc-tn.org. You can also sign up for the camp there. You can also call to learn more about opportunities at 644-8215. Deadline to sign up for the camp is June 27th.

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