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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin

This is your news break for Monday, March 26, 2012


Fugitive Shot In Martin Remains Critical

Martin, Tenn.-A fugitive who was shot by the U.S. Marshal's Service Thursday in downtown Martin is in critical condition. 

According to information provided by the Martin Police Department, officers with the U.S. Marshal Service were in pursuit of the alleged fugitive, identified as 44-year-old Marcus Dwayne Thompson of Texas.

Thompson reportedly attempted to assault a marshal with his vehicle and marshals reportedly fired at least three shots at the suspect. 

Thompson reportedly kept driving his SUV and struck a bystander's vehicle.
Martin Police officers assisted in the pursuit, which ended at a house in the 100 block of Church Street.

Thompson was taken into custody at the scene before being treated by Weakley County Ambulance Service personnel and members of the Martin Fire Department. He was transported by ambulance to Volunteer Community Hospital, where he reportedly remains in critical condition.

Thompson was convicted in Texas in 2002 of indecency with child sexual contact and ordered to serve two years.

Thefts Reported At Fast Food Parking Lot

Paris, Tenn.-A rash of car break-ins were reported at the McDonald’s parking lot in Paris Thursday and Paris Police are still investigating the incidents. All occurred in the morning and most involved unlocked cars.

A variety of items were stolen from the cars. An employee’s car parked in the back lot was broken into and stolen was a Nook reader worth $250, a CD case containing 400 CDs valued at $5,600 and a cell phone. While Paris Police were at the scene of one break-in, they had reports of two others at the same time. In one, an MP3 player with camera and a wallet with debit cards and driver’s license were stolen. In another a plastic tote with cleaning supplies was stolen and in the fourth, nothing was taken.


FD Controls Anhydrous Leak

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department was called to property owned by the Henry Farmer's Coop on a call of hazardous material leaking. A leak of anhydrous ammonia was reported behind the old Holley building on Hwy 69N.

When units arrived, they identified a small leak from one of three nurse tanks parked in the rear lot. A two-man crew donned scuba outfits and approached the tank, tightening the valve and installing a cap on the connector, stopping the leak.

Shooting Death Reported

Paris, Tenn.-In a press release issued this morning, the Henry County Sheriff's Department reported a shooting death at a York Drive residence. Deputies were called to the home around 10:20 a.m. Thursday and found Brian M. Klein, 31, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Klein was pronounced dead at the scene and the press release said there was no evidence of foul play.

Funeral arrangements are in the charge of Ridgeway Funeral Home and Klein's obituary is published on our obituaries page.

Jackson Company To Add 95 Jobs

Jackson, Tenn.-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with representatives from Armstrong World Industries, Inc. today announced the company plans to add an additional 95 jobs to its Jackson, Tenn. facility with the addition of a third production shift targeted for completion by the end of May.

“We’re working to create the best environment for creating jobs, and our Jobs4TN strategy focuses on expanding existing businesses in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Armstrong’s decision to expand in Jackson is great news for Jackson and West Tennessee, and I appreciate the company’s investment in our state.”

“Time and time again, we see that existing Tennessee businesses are the major job creators for our state,” Hagerty said. “My thanks to Armstrong for the additional jobs they will create in Tennessee.”

“Like other businesses, we adjusted our manufacturing footprint to coincide with the downturn in the economy and significant drop in demand over the last four years,” Brent Hayman, Armstrong Jackson plant manager, said. “Now we’re seeing some demand return, and as a result, we’re adding shifts in certain facilities like Jackson to fill our customer’s needs. We are excited about the additional jobs we can bring to Jackson, and we look forward to continued success and partnership with the community.”

“Armstrong’s expansion is affirmation that Jackson is a good place to do business,” Jimmy Harris, Madison County mayor, said. “We appreciate Armstrong for the strong commitment they have made to maintain a business climate that fosters growth.”

“Jackson continues to improve thanks in large part to our existing industries like Armstrong,” Jerry Gist, Jackson mayor, said. “We are pleased to be able to announce new jobs, and with Armstrong’s expansion, 95 jobs will be added to Jackson’s growing business community.”

Interested applicants should apply in person at the Tennessee Career Center located at 362 Carriage House Drive, Jackson, Tenn. Positions include maintenance, saw operators and lumber grading.

About Armstrong

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets. Based in Lancaster, Pa., Armstrong operates 32 plants in eight countries with approximately 9,100 employees worldwide. The Jackson facility is located at 154 Rosedale Street.

HCMC Board of Trustees OKs Pedestrian Bridge Across Tyson

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday evening and approved a recommendation by administration to go ahead with the construction of the pedestrian bridge across Tyson Avenue to connect the medical center and hospital/Bethel University joint imaging center, which currently is under construction.

Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee informed the board that the City and Bethel are ready to move ahead with the project and a USDA rural development grant will be the source of funding to construct the bridge. The medical center will be responsible for a $15,000 closing fee, but the loan is interest free for ten years.

The cost is divided between the medical center and Bethel, with the hospital paying 28% and Bethel the other 72%. The medical center will pay out over 242 thousand dollars for the pedestrian bridge over the course of ten years, coming out to over 24 thousand dollars a year for ten years.

Gee said it’s a great opportunity to get the bridge built with Bethel paying for the majority of it. Reasons given for the importance of the pedestrian bridge include: the bridge will allow students and staff to move between the two facilities more feasibly; the bridge is a safe option for staff and students and reduces walking by about half; the bridge will encourage the students and staff in the imaging center to walk over to eat in the hospital cafeteria, which in turn will add to the revenues generated there. Bethel estimates having forty to eighty staff in the new portion per day with up to 200 students.

The bridge also provides a chance for future development in the area around the imaging center and campus of the medical center. Gee also said there will not be another opportunity to get the bridge constructed at this cost and having Bethel pay for the majority of it was a win-win situation. The board agreed and voted to approve the recommendation to go ahead with the process of securing the USDA rural development loan and construct the pedestrian bridge.

Construction progressing with Bethel Project; deficit reduction working

More from Thursday night’s hospital board of trustees meeting saw Administrator and CEO Tom Gee also explain to the board that the construction is accelerating at the Imaging Center/Bethel Project, thanks to placing the rock foundation placed in the soil to deal with the wet conditions they have been experiencing for several weeks now. Steel on the lobby and imaging center has been erected and hopes are to still have the project completed by sometime in September.

Gee also told the board that the proactive steps they decided to take a couple of months ago to reduce the deficit seem to be working. An active census, reducing costs, and staff all operating below budget at the current time have allowed them to get closer to what they want to see on the bottom line.

There were positive steps reported to the board on the Medicare reimbursement and on recruitment as well. Gee said that Medicare has released the SSI percentages which has been a hold-up for settling cost reports for past years. This will be helpful in getting these finalized and helping the medical center to file for additional Medicare Dependent Hospital funds due to reduced census.

In physician recruitment, Gee said on the cardiology front they met this week with Janet White, Vice President for St. Thomas Heart, regarding their assistance in getting fulltime cardiology coverage. She seems committed to helping us make this happen.

Gee also spoke with Dr. Crenshaw from Jackson General about their interest in coming to Paris. I told him he has a significant barrier in the East Wood Clinic using them due to past experiences.


Farmers Markets Boot Camps scheduled for next week across the state

Nashville- Tennessee farmers, farmers market managers, vendors and board members can enlist in one of several new “boot camps” across the state March 26-28. The farmers market boot camps will focus on merchandising and effect displays, food safety issues and regulations, good agricultural practices, and sales tax exemptions and requirements.

The boot camps will be conducted by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and UT Extension offices. Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, said when you finish the boot camp you will be prepared to have a successful experience with your farmers market when the produce gets here this spring and summer.

The programs are free of charge, but pre-registration is required, and must be made five days prior to the scheduled session. Registrations can be made via the phone or email. You can email and must include participant name, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and total number planning to attend. To register by phone call 931-486-2777. Sessions will be cancelled if an ample number of pre-registrations are not secured.

A meal will be provided free of charge as part of the event as well. The first boot camp will be Monday March 26th, noon to 4:30pm in Morristown. The second boot camp will be held Tuesday March 27th in Athens from 9am to 1:30pm, and in Manchester on Tuesday from 4pm-8:30pm. The final farmers market boot camp will be in Jackson on Wednesday March 28th from 10am-2:30pm. For a complete listing of farmers markets visit the TDA Market Development website,


NCAA Tourney Sweet 16 action back on tonight

The NCAA tournament tips back off tonight with action in the round of the Sweet 16. There will be four games tonight, four Friday, then two games each Saturday and Sunday as we whittle down to the final four Sunday afternoon. Tonight’s matchups include Syracuse vs. Wisconsin, with a 6:15pm tip on CBS, Louisville vs. Michigan State with a 6:47pm tip on TBS, Cincinnati vs. Ohio State, scheduled around 8:45 on CBS, and Florida vs. Marquette on TBS around 9:17pm. All coverage will once again be broadcast on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 all weekend long.


Learning About History Resources

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class learned about the historical resources available to the public Wednesday. In top photo, the class listened to County Archivist Stephanie Tayloe tell them about the genealogical and history resources available in the W.G. Rhea Library's genealogy room. Later in the afternoon, the class visited the county archives in the Central Services building for a tour conducted by Linda Dunlap. From left: Tayloe, Norma Steele, Carrie Charles, Mitzi Hammond, Kimberly Patterson, Alta Lambert, Bethany Edwards, City Treasurer Kim Foster, and County Trustee David Stone. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

A Good Time For Sprucing Up

Paris, Tenn.-Workers with the Wade Dortch company took advantage of pleasant weather Wednesday to spruce up the branches on several trees on the courthouse lawn. Manning the controls was James Lindsey, while workers in the bucket were Robert "Tiny" Pilcher and Andy Taylor. The courthouse's new maintenance man, Richard Wyatt, was mowing the lawn at the same time. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Chamber to Offer Legal Issues Seminar

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will offer a legal issues training seminar for employers from 9 am to 12:45 pm on Wednesday, March 28, at the Chamber office, 2508 East Wood Street, Paris. Topics to be covered will include Worker’s Comp Updates; ADAAA/GINA/Work Comp Interaction; and an EEOC Overview.

The seminar, conducted by the Wimberley Lawson law firm, is free. Reservations are required. Call the Chamber at 642-3431.

Paris FD Extinguishes Brush Pile

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department was called to a controlled burn on the property of Jenna Goggins on Highwood Circle Wednesday night. What began as a brush fire became fairly large and the fire department was called to extinguish the blaze.

Three trucks were utilized in the call. There was no damage to nearby structures.

Warm Winter Affects Local Gas District Bottom Line

Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the Paris Henry County Public Utility district met on Tuesday on general manager Tae Eaton told the board that sales and net profit for the district was down pretty significantly so far for the fiscal year. Eaton said the reason is because of the very warm winter the area experienced this year. He said the winter was one of the warmest on records, and it did cause sales of gas to drop drastically, compared to the last couple of years, which were much colder winters.

Eaton told the board that most utility districts are in the same shape, some much worse due to a warmer winter. The board agreed that you can’t control the weather and didn’t see any major issues with have a ‘down year’ in sales and profit.

The board approved a contract to use Collection Management Services, Inc. for collection of bad debt. The company is based out of Union City and Jackson, and charges 33% of what they collect.

Eaton also told the board that all of the government related regulations and reports had been completed. Several different reports are required at the federal level along with the state level in Tennessee and Kentucky. All the forms were sent via a hard copy and also they have converted them to an electronic version as well.

Eaton also discussed an amendment to a bill that will come before the legislature dealing with the county mayor appointing new board members to utility districts that serves multiple counties.

The bill, if passed, would require the gas company to notify rate payers if a spot on the board comes up, and give them a chance to submit names of qualified people to the office. The board would then submit three names to the county mayor to fill a vacant spot if necessary.

Eaton also invited board members to a reception honoring Ronnie Green, who has retired from the company after serving as operations supervisor many years. The reception will be March 29th 3-4pm.


HCMC Affords Many Volunteer Opportunities

HCMC Auxiliary members (from left) Faye Bennett and Ann Patterson in the Pink Petal Gift Shop. (HCMC photo).


Paris, Tenn. – As health care providers get ready to celebrate Healthcare Volunteer week next month, Henry County Medical Center is recognizing its volunteers and the many opportunities that the hospital provides for volunteers--even for teenagers.

“I am convinced that HCMC has the best hospital Auxiliary group in West Tennessee,” according to Becky Hedges, Volunteer Coordinator for the hospital. “We’ve been to many regional meetings together and our people stand out clearly in comparison with other organizations’. We are always looking for new recruits in our volunteer program. As people retire at a younger age these days, we have lots of meaningful opportunities for them to volunteer, too.”

The HCMC Auxiliary meets every fourth Wednesday of most months and people are welcome to visit and see if there is something interesting they would like to do. The meetings start at 11:45 in classrooms two and three in the education department. Membership cost is $3.00 annually.

The complex issues facing Medical Centers today have made the role of the volunteer increasingly important. More than ever, Medical Centers need individuals who can cope with the subtleties and complexities of the Medical Center environment. There is a complex community where doctors, nurses, engineers, dietitians, housekeepers and others fuse the differing worlds of medical technology and human experience. We need the help of many people, including the Volunteer. Planning and teamwork are key ingredients to the Medical Center’s success.

HCMC volunteers work Monday through Friday and are required to work 10 hours per month. There are many jobs within the organization that volunteers can do.  HCMC has two information desks where volunteers are asked to be able to escort patients and families to different departments in the hospital and to assist those needing wheelchairs. Because giving directions is so important, individuals are required to know where every department is located throughout the organization. The current volunteer in this position is there to train anyone who wishes to serve in this capacity.

Another daily service is offering patients and visitors juice and coffee from the refreshment cart. This duty includes delivering mail to patient rooms. The job requires that the volunteer is able to distinguish whether or not the patient can receive juice per physician orders or if the patient has any dietary requirements. All volunteers go through an extensive training period and do not begin to work alone until he or she is confident.

HCMC Volunteers have two annual fundraisers. Jewelry sales are conducted in the spring and in the fall. The next Masquerade Jewelry Sale is April 5-6 beginning at 7 a.m. in the Learning Center, Rooms 2 and 3. The remainder of their money comes from sales in the Pink Petal Gift Shop. The gift shop is manned solely by Auxilians and the money raised is given back to the community through student scholarships and many important purchases of non-budgeted items for the medical center.

Other departments where volunteers are needed are Imaging, Cancer Care Center, and Pharmacy, Public Relations, Medical Records and other opportunities as needs arise. There will soon be a need for volunteers at the new Imaging Center located across from HCMC on Tyson Avenue.

The ladies of the auxiliary have been known for years as “The Pink Ladies” because of the cherry pink smocks they wear. Now; however, not only ladies volunteer, but we welcome men into our volunteer group as well and they wear burgundy red smocks.

If you would like to join this very contemporary group of volunteers at HCMC, please call Hedges at 644-8267.

Another volunteer opportunity at HCMC is for teens age 14 – 18 with a ‘C’ or better GPA. This program, called the Junior Volunteer Program, will kick off this year on May 24 at 5 p.m. with a meeting here in the hospital’s education department, Rooms 2 and 3. Teens must come to this meeting with a parent or guardian to gain information about the program and to get an application form. Applications will be returned to the same rooms on Tuesday, May 29 at 9 a.m.

On this day, teens will receive a mandatory TB skin test and photos for their badges. We will have an orientation for them that morning as well and we will tour the hospital and its adjoining service areas. Teens must then return to the hospital on Friday, June 1 to have their TB tests.

"Lunch And Literature" Event Set For Library

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea Library will sponsor a "Lunch and Literature" event Saturday, March 24. A lunch of lasagna, salad, drink and homemade cookies will be served from 11:30-noon for a $5 donation.

Local authors will speak after the lunch and be available to chat about their books. To be on hand will be Authors Lt. Colonel Tom McKenney and Michael Freeland and possibly Chris Evans, author of "South of the Mouth of Sandy".

Doyle French Benefit Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A benefit for Doyle French will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 23. Ribeye or chicken sandwiches, chips and drink for $8 will be available for pickup at the Jaycee Building at 880 Industrial Rd. For delivery and pre-orders fax 731-642-0478 with form. Pre orders are due by the end of the day Wednesday.

French was diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis in February. He is the husband of Cindy French and the father of Brian Ray and Josh French. All proceeds go toward helping with medical expenses. The lunch is sponsored by the Paris-Henry Co. Jaycees.

PSSD board approves calendar, small change to PT Conference date

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met on Tuesday evening and approved the school calendar for the 2012-13 school year. Superintendant of the PSSD Mike Brown informed the board that a survey of teachers found a slight majority wanted a later date for Parent-Teacher conferences, so the original calendar had October 5th as Parent Teacher Conference day.

Brown said that those who wanted a later date, just felt it gave them more time to truly gage how students were doing. The other group who wanted it to stay the same, around the third Friday in September, said they wanted to get it done earlier in the year to identify potential issues with students.

Principals from all three schools were on hand and gave insight as well, suggesting that those first few weeks of school are when teachers really get to know their students. They said if it was later, they would let their teachers know to make it a point that if an issue does develop with a student, they would be in contact with the parent sooner.

After more discussion, the board decided to split the difference, and go with September 28th as parent teacher conference in the PSSD. That is a week later than this year’s date, but a week earlier than the Oct. 5th proposed date.

The parent teacher conference was about the only difference in the PSSD calendar and the one passed by the Henry County School board last week. The county schools will do their parent teacher conferences in the evening and not do a full day for that. The county schools also have a fair day, where there is no school for students. The PSSD doesn’t have a fair day, but do allow for students who have fair duties to be an excused absence with proof they are competing in the fair.

Other important dates on the calendar for the PSSD system for the 12-13 school year include Fall Break October 11-12, Christmas Break December 19th thru January 2nd, MLK day January 21, Presidents Day February 18th, and spring break March 25-29th. Spring break is also a week earlier, coinciding with Good Friday and Easter weekend, which come in late March next year. The TCAP testing window will be April 29th thru May 3rd next year and the last full day for students is May 17th.

PSSD receiving extra revenue from property, sales tax

At their meeting Tuesday evening, the Paris Special School District board of education, learned from Superintendent Mike Brown, that they had received an adjustment from the Trustee’s office for revenues from property tax and sales tax. Brown said so far for the year, PSSD had received an additional 63 thousand in property tax revenue and over 28 thousand more in sale tax revenue.

Added to what hopes to be around 70 thousand in extra BEP funds by the end of the fiscal year, Brown told board members that they could end the year with upwards of 163 thousand more in revenue than they had projected for the fiscal year.

Brown also reported the system would receive an additional $543 dollars from TVA in regards to the Inman parking lot project where they are going to install new LED lights. Brown said the project, which is projected to cost around 13 thousand dollars, would allow require about three thousand in local monies thanks to grant money obtained for energy efficiency improvements.

The board approved the five year plan for the system at Tuesday’s board meeting. He told them he is bringing representatives from Henson Construction to April’s board meeting for some options on renovations to Rhea Elementary. Brown noted that that was a concern in the five year plan, and next month Henson will be on hand to discuss some options they have as to renovating Rhea, with exception to the Pre-K and Kindergarten wing, which of course are the newest.

Brown said the idea is to do that in several phases over a three to four year period.

The board also heard from Reverend Kenneth Humphries, applauding the system and board’s efforts of making Martin Luther King Day a huge success this year. Reverend Humphries was speaking on behalf of the Paris Henry County Ministerial Association, saying they were very pleased with the essays from students and all that the system did to promote the day and its heritage.

The board also recognized Delia McDivitt, a school spelling bee winner from Paris Elementary. Superintendant Mike Brown presented her with a Wal-mart gift card for her efforts. She went on to compete at the regional level in Jackson. The Inman spelling bee winner, Tia McKesson, wasn’t able to be at the board meeting but was also recognized.


HCHS DECA students compete at state competition in Nashville

DECA Competitors: Mitch Stockdale, Braden Roney,Chris Jones, Nathan Hart, Patrick Martino, Mariah Purcell, Jarod Hernandez, Caity Purcell, Marissa Slaughter, Kelsey Kowalchuk, Russell Milam, Sara Williamson, Aundrea Beasley (Candi Norwood photo)

Nashville- Henry County High School DECA sent nineteen students to state competition March 15 - 17 at Opryland Hotel in Nashville.  Students were tested in marketing, business, and finance and competed in role plays. Judges were business professionals in the specific competition subject matter from all over the state.

Two students, Patrick Martino and Nathan Hart, pictured above, placed in Financial Services Team and will compete in the national competition April 28 - May 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Both seniors, Hart is the son of Barry and Ronda Hart of Paris and Martino is the son of Frank and Kim Martino of Springville. Traveling with the students were DECA advisors Coach Brian Welp and Candi Norwood.


Kickstands Up For A Cure This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-The Jackson/Madison county Relay for Life will be coming through Paris and stopping at Ann & Daves for lunch Saturday, March 24.

Henry County Relay for Life Chair Joyce Bass said, `We can join in with them here and ride the rest of the route back to Jackson, to Bumpus Harley, they have a battle of the Bands going, carnival and other entertainment.`

Meanwhile, there will be a bake sale ongoing at Ann and Dave`s to benefit Relay. ``We need lots of baked items, craft items, etc. and also workers to help out. All proceeds goes toward Relay For Life. Also, Ann is donating her profits that day to us and the waitresses are donating their tips. Spread the word, tell your family and friends to come out and support our efforts. They can picked up a homemade item and go inside and enjoy a great meal,`` Bass said.

Bass said, ``So far the word is there are already 100 people signed up to start out in Jackson. We are going to need all the help and support that is out there.``

Registration Open For Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library will offer the third class for beginner computer users on March 27-29 from 10am to noon. Call Shelton at the Library number 642-1702 to register. Only twelve slots available. Call to reserve a spot. Please be prepared to attend the class in its entirety.

Time For A Walk!

Paris, Tenn.-Just a reminder – the Healthy Henry County Walking Club will be meeting tomorrow at 12 Noon, rain or shine, to walk – wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes! The group always meets at Henry County Medical Center.

Those who are already registered, be sure to bring your weekly logs for the give-away and for us to keep up with what your mileage is so you can work towards prizes.

For those of you who aren’t signed up, but want to join, you can do so at any time. Just show up before 12 Noon tomorrow to get your materials and FREE pedometer.


Bethel University Renaissance Theatre to Present "Carousel"


McKenzie, TN – The Bethel University Renaissance Theatre will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31 at The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon,TN.

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is centered around Billy Bigelow, a man desperately intent upon providing a decent life for hisfamily, who is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there'. Allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. 


Performance times for Carousel are Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Reserved ticket seating is $15 and is available at the Dixie Box Office. To purchase tickets, call731-986-2100 or purchase them online at

For more information about Renaissance Theatrecontact Brian Hill at 731-393-0405, ext. 204 or at

Dockery Speaks To Grove Students


Paris, Tenn.- Dr. David S. Dockery, Union University President, spoke with all ninth grade students at E. W. Grove School on Monday. "Dream beyond your experiences!", Dockery said, encouraging students to seek educational opportunities after high school, whether it be in a community college, public institution, private, or religious-affiliated universities. Union University is a four-year, liberal arts, Christian university located in Jackson, Tennessee. Several Union alumni from Henry County came to support Dockery and to answer student questions. Pictured with student Kellen Robbins are, from left, Dr. Fred Shakelford, Doug Braden, Dr. Trent Bullock, Dockery speaking with Principal Sam Tharpe, back to camera, and the Union University representative, Will Brantley. (Susan Burton photo).

Great Pretenders Nets $4,500 For Healthcare Foundation

From left, Alex French, Krislen Sherill and Lydia Shoemaker as The Supremes in the 2012 Great Pretenders Fundraiser. (HCMC photo)

Paris, Tenn – The Krider Performing Arts Center was packed for two evenings this year for the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation’s annual Great Pretenders show.

Morgan Entertainment produced the show with a lot of help from KPAC friends, Healthcare Foundation board members, HCMC partners, and the whole community. The event featured a large variety of acts, both live and lip synced, that even included the HCHS cheerleaders and youth from the community.

The two performances generated a net of $4,500 to the Healthcare Foundation, which will be used for community health needs, needs of HCMC, as well as funding for the $6,000, four year Plumley scholarship awarded each year to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career in the medical field.

“We appreciate everyone who helped with this project this year from those who sold tickets, to those who participated or attended the show, as well as those who worked as ushers, worked concessions or made baked goods for the concessions,” according toTory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC. “This is always a big production that involves lots of dedicated people. We are appreciative of everyone and every business that supported this fundraiser.”

A great hit this year was the high school football players and cheerleaders who performed “Summer Nights” from the musical, “Grease”. Tabitha Myrick, a hospital partner, and Friends who sang live songs were also popular.

“It’s often hard to tell who is really singing and who is lip syncing, the acts are so professionally performed,” Daughrity said. “I really believe that the show has improved over the past three years and can’t wait to see the participation next year. Look for us again in March 2013.”

How bout a mixed drink with your BBQ?; Allegro expands product line

By Tim Alsobrooks

This is one of seven shakers that will contain all the ingredients you need to make a flavored martini, except the alcohol. Allegro announced its expansion of product to include shakers like this and buckets with ingredients to mix cocktail drinks with. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A walk-through press conference was held at Allegro Fine Foods Monday morning where it was announced by President John Fuquay that Allegro has started the manufacturing of cocktail drink mixes. On hand during the press conference were Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Chamber President Butch Powers, CEO of the Alliance Larry Crawford, and Paris City Manager Carl Holder.

Fuquay explained that a company in Texas, 4 Blue Palms, has contracted with Allegro to be the manufacturer of drink mixes. The mixes will be in buckets that include the various mixers in liquid form powder, all the consumer has to do is add the alcohol. In addition to the buckets, there are shakers that will include the mix for martinis as well, all you have to do is add liquor and ice, and shake and pour from the container you purchase it in.

There will be five flavors in the bucket for mixed drinks; Blue Hawaiian, Pina Colado, Mojito, Margarita, and Strawberry Margarita. The shaker will include seven different flavors, all in the martini family such as appletini, lemon drop martini and more.

During a walk thru of the plant, located on highway 218, Fuquay explained to community leaders on hand that plans are to add a third production line anchored by the drink mixes. Due to the expansion of product, Allegro has already hired 12 new employees in the last couple of weeks and may add some more seasonal employees this summer when high school and college students are needing some part time work.

Workers at Allegro are piecing together the buckets that the liquids and powder to make mixed drinks like strawberry margaritas will go into. The pouches will be poured, filled, and sealed with a new technology and piece of equipment at the plant.

Fuquay also took the walk-thru out back, to where an addition is currently being added to the back of the existing building. He said, “the third production line will go out here temporarily as soon as the addition is built, and remain here during their busy summer grilling season. The third production line will be moved during their slower times around Christmas to its permanent home on one of the right wings of the building. The new addition will then become active maintenance. Fuqua said the addition would likely be ready no later than mid-April.

One of the two product lines in operation at Allegro, bottling marinades and BBQ sauces. A third production line should be running by mid-April.

CEO of the Alliance Larry Crawford said some local incentives have been brought forth to help Allegro with the product and building expansion. Plans are also in the work to put in a new cut thru road in the back part of the building, located on the 218 bypass toward the PML distribution center area. The land has already been leased. This will help with lack of parking, and shave time from having to delivery and stock items at their old building and going to and from there.

Allegro currently employs about 70 people at their plant and manufactures and bottles about 11 different marinades and sauces. The drink mix line is projected to add about one million units to their production line per year.

County Commission Welcomes Boy Scouts; OKs resolution supporting Family Resource Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session Monday evening and welcomed several members of the Boy Scout Troop 28 to the meeting. They were there trying to earn a merit badge for citizenship. In action on Monday, the commission passed a resolution supporting the restoration of funding for the Family Resource Center, which benefits students in both the PSSD and Henry County School System.

The state has basically cut the funding for the Family Resource Center programs in the state budget. Last year just under $30,000 came from the state to fund the program, but the county and citizens make matching contributions to the tune of over $45 thousand dollars.

Some of the programs the Family Resource Center provides are the weekend backpack program, tutoring and mentoring, school supplies, and more. The resolution passed last night is a plea to the senator and state representative for the area to make every effort that this funding be placed back in the state budget. Many counties around the state are passing similar resolutions.

In other action Monday night the commission approved several items surplus property in three different departments. One baler at the Recycling Center was approved for surplus for the solid waste department. Solid Waste director Ron Watkins said it didn’t work anymore and it was going to be sent to another county, who would have to spend money to get it running.

Other items approved as surplus include a 2002 Chevy Tracker in the Property Assessor office and seven different vehicles in the sheriff’s office. Many of these vehicles are crown victorias ranging from a 97 model to a 06 model. Chief Deputy Randy Gean advised to the commission a public auction will be held at the sheriff’s office on Saturday April 7th.

911 board Declares  Surplus from Purchase of New Building

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met on Monday evening and discussed some issues with the purchase of the Reeves Drapery Building last month. 911 director Mark Archer explained that during some exploring of the building, they found some planks on the floor that covered a basement. They removed the planks and found a concrete walled in basement.

Inside the basement and throughout the building, Archer told board members that several interesting items were found including some shopping carts, clothes racks, glass containers, some 1940s and 50s fans, and other items.

The board decided to declare all the items found as surplus and run ads for them, giving the public a chance to bid on them. Chairman of the board John Etheridge also told Archer that if any other government entity in the county can use any of the items to go ahead and let them have it.

The board also gave Archer opportunity to look for local architects in order to fix up the new building. Archer said since the building is over five thousand square feet, they have to have an architect to oversee the renovations to the building. He will bring back more information on this later on.

Plans are for EMA to move into the building with the 911 administrative offices at the Reeves building. Also plans are to have training rooms in the new building for emergency responders and have a room for Carl Perkins center to have meeting and other things.

Archer also told board members that 911 received over $36,000 had been received from the settlement with AT and T. This is where AT and T under paid fees to several 911 districts and decided to settle instead of going thru numerous suits and paying fees. The board also approved for the state 911 attorney to work out a settlement with Charter, who had over charged about 19 or 20 911 districts in the state. Archer said the amount from Charter would be over four thousand dollars.


Vandalism, drug arrests across county this weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office said that city units notified the county that there was a white Mustang and another vehicle in road rage and traveling almost 100 mph. The vehicle was clocked headed toward Tyson avenue traveling at 60 mph. Once the vehicle was stopped the driver, later identified as Anothony Irvin, age 59 of Selmer, was noticed to be messing with something in his back seat.

Officers noticed that there was a Mossberg 12 gauge in the back along with pistol grips. Irvin was arrested for unlawful possession of weapon.

Another report from the sheriff’s office said that items were stolen from a truck parked at the Hollywood Lounge on highway 641 South. Someone threw a beer bottle at the truck and broke out the back window. Stolen from inside the truck was two deWalt Drills, some drill bits, and other items valued at over five hundred dollars.

Henry interim police chief David Andrews arrested a woman at her home for meth manufacture. Arrested was Carmen Elizabeth Beane, age 46, of 150 Taylor Lane for possession of schedule two drug, drug paraphernalia, and promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine.

County Commission meets Monday night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session this evening at the courthouse at 7pm. Items on the agenda include the consideration of resolutions to approval the sale of surplus property in the Property Assessor office, Sheriff’s Office, and Solid Waste Department. The commission will also consider budget transfers, approving the bond for the budget director, and consider a resolution to support the restoration of funding for the Family Resource Center. The meeting is open to the public.

Paris PD Busy With Arrests

Paris Police were busy over the weekend on a variety of calls that resulted in several arrests.

Police arrested a mother for allegedly trying to hit her son with a truck. Patrolman Jeffrey Smith responded to a call from a witness who said a woman was trying to run over a male with a truck in Hospital Circle. When Smith caught up with the truck at the Knights’ Inn parking lot, he found Teresa Youngblood, age 40, 409 Tyson Ave. upset and he asked her what was going on. Youngblood told him she was tired of dealing with her son and that she had kicked him out of the truck for cussing at her. She said she wasn’t trying to run him over, just scare him.

After questioning her son, who said he did fear for his safety, Smith cited Youngblood for aggravated domestic assault.

Patrolman Derrek Colley observed an SUV with no brake lights on Hwy. 641 S and when he stopped the car, he noted the smell of alcohol on the driver. The driver agreed to a sobriety test and in the process of frisking him, Colley found a baggie of marijuana in his pocket.

Randy Travis, age 45, of 345 Harrison Lane, passed the sobriety test but was arrested for simple possession.

Patrolman Amber Roaten observed a car on Memorial Drive driving with a headlight out and attempted to stop the car. Even after she activated her lights and sirens, the car took awhile to pull over. Roaten noticed five people in the car acting nervous and she was granted permission to search the vehicle. She found a syringe on the person of Billie Denise Bates, age 34, 711 Gwen St., and the syringe did test positive for cocaine.

Bates was arrested for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

A suspect turned into a victim after she was released from jail. A Harrison St. woman reported that while she was being arrested, she laid $115 on her bed and when she got home after being released from jail, the money was missing.

The arresting officer confirmed seeing the victim place the money on her bed.

Patrolman Steve McClure asked the neighbor if she had seen anything and she said that two men had tried to break in next door. McClure said there would be extra patrols at Harrison Meadows for the next two weeks.

Murray State Loses Bid To Reach Sweet Sixteen

Marquette forward Jae Crowder, front, battles Murray State forward Ivan Aska (42) for a rebound. (AP Photo).

Louisville, Ky.-Murray State University's hopes of making its first trip to the sweet sixteen came to an end Saturday afternoon with a 62-53 loss to No. 3 seed Marquette.

The game was fast-paced, with each team trading points until the Marquette Golden Eagles went on a run late in the second half.

Isaiah Canaan had 16 points and six rebounds for the No. 6-seeded Racers and Ed Daniels was a rebound king of the game.

Plenty of Racers fans made the three and a half hour drive for the game, and Kentucky fans, who were in the stadium early for Saturday night's Kentucky game, helped cheer the Racers on.

Wanna Be In A Flash Mob For REAL Hope?

Paris, Tenn.-REAL Hope Director Catherine Herrera is asking everyone to be a part of Henry County’s first Flash Mob (for all ages)! The first practice will be at Dad's Docks on Monday the 19th at 6 P.M. The flash mob will be performed during the REAL Fun Weekend April 13-15 .

If you’re not familiar with the term flash mob, it is when a group of people assemble—usually suddenly in a public place—and perform an intricate dance or other activity. Herrera said it promises to be a fun activity, from the practices to the actual performance.

Tickets are already on sale for the REAL Fun Weekend. Presale tickets are $12 for a fullday of fun with lots of extras like treasure hunts and door prizes.

Ticket locations are at Lakeway IGA, the Chamber of Commerce office, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, Foundation Bank, and at REAL Hope, which is located in the Central Services building on Jones Bend Road.
Herrera said you can also call 333-1320 for more info.

Cross Country Added As High School Sport

Paris, Tenn.-At a Friday afternoon meeting of the Henry County Schools board of education, the board approved cross country as a new sport for the high school and approved the 2012-2013 school year calendar.

Adding cross country to the list of high school sports was at the request of Athletic Director Mike Poteete. Lance Winders, who has been coaching a middle school team this year, will be the high school coach.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said Winders is highly motivated to start the program and that the cost will be minimal, less than $4,000. “We used to have a cross country team here,” Miles said, “and Lance believes we can build up another one.”

The 2012-2013 school year will begin August 6 and Dr. Stacy Byrd told the board that moving the date back will allow the school to offer 90-day semesters. The last day of school will be a half-day on May 20.

Other key dates on the new calendar are fall break, October 11-12; Thanksgiving break, Nov. 21-23; a Christmas break beginning Dec. 18 (half day) and ending when students return Jan. 3 and spring break the last week of March. Fish Fry day will be April 26 and fair day is August 9.

In other business, Dr. Kenneth Humphreys, speaking on behalf of the Paris-Henry County Ministerial Alliance, thanked the school for its efforts to make this year's Martin Luther King Day event "a huge success."

The event was enjoyed by the entire community, with sermons, essays, a march, breakfast and other activities that were for all ages. The essay contest provided students with the opportunity to enhance their writing and oratorial skills, he said, adding that he hoped the district continued to support the national holiday with activities that "recognize the greatness of diversity of our cultures."

The board approved two field trips, one for the Madrigals and the other for the band. Madrigals Director Brian Chadwick said the Madrigals will again be participating in the Festival of Gold at New York City, as well as stopping at West Liberty University for a clinic. He said the group already has had clinics with Austin Peay, Union and UT-Martin this year.

Band Director Mike Nelson said his group will be performing in Washington, D.C., and will be able to visit various memorials and historic sites while they are there.

Miles reported that the district has purchased three new buses, full-size, 56-passenger, complete with surveillance cameras and air conditioning. "The money was already in the budget and we got a good deal, so that will give us extra money in our budget that we can use for other things."

PD Arrests Third Person In Armed Robbery

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a third person in the armed robbery at Ogburn Park that we reported to you on Thursday. In all, two men and one woman, have been arrested for the Wednesday night robbery of a man at gunpoint.

Charged with aggravated robbery were Dominique Allen, 21, of 407 N. Caldwell, and Terry Duncan, 23 of 1010 McSwain. Charged later was Enmeka Ray, 21, 506 Harrison St., for giving false reports to authorities.

The police report indicates that Ray was riding with the victim, from wom $1,760 was stolen, and gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

Duncan was arrested at his home and Allen was arrested at a Head Street residence. Ray's bond was set at $7,500. You can read more on the story in our Thursday article and photos elsewhere on this website.

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