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

"Silly" Wins Catfish Race Title for DPA

Paris, Tenn.-Thanks to the expert handling of "Silly", the catfish, by Denise Barnhill, the Downtown Paris Association won first place in the 25th annual catfish races on the courthouse lawn. The event raises money for the Literacy Council. (Larry Ray photo).

Third Person Arrested For Meth Lab

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have arrested a third person in last week's Metro Crime Unit search of a local mobile home. Ronnie Barnhart, 716 Memorial Dr., Lot 9, Paris, was arrested in connection with the meth lab found in a mobile home at that address.

Barnhart was placed on $25,000 bond and his court date is May 1.

Earlier, Pamela Barnhart, 52, of that address, was charged with manufacture of meth and marijuana and Terry Swigert, 31, 701 Reynoldsburg Rd., was charged with manufacture of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.


2012 Grand Parade Sure Was Grand

The hit of the parade were this year's grand marshals: the state champion Henry County Patriots' football team. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-It’s the day every year when most everything in Paris, Tennessee, shuts down: the schools, stores, even the county and city governments. It’s the day of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry grand parade and it went off without a hitch. Some 50,000 people from all over lined the parade route Friday morning and were entertained by beautiful floats and good music from nine high school bands.

Standing ovations and applause greeted the State 5-A Football Champion Henry County High School Patriots and their coach, James Counce, which were the grand marshals of the parade. Counce said that being from Henry County, he especially appreciated that honor.

Governor Bill Haslam, who had arrived in Paris by state helicopter, walked the parade route and stopped for a few minutes to speak with us before hurrying back to Nashville for continuing budget debates in the General Assembly. State Rep. Tim Wirgau, who also walked the route, returned to the capitol with him.

The General Manager’s Choice for best float this year was the fish fry Junior King and Queen Clubhouse Cuties. Other first place winners were: Most Original Float was won by the Downtown Paris Association; Best Club or Church Float went to Point Pleasant Baptist Church. Most Beautiful Float was won by the fish fry Tiny Tots Bubble Gum Cuties and the Best Out of Town Float was called “It’s a Girl Thing”, sponsored by parents of the Junior Miss Gleason.

After the parade, trophies were handed out at the bandmaster’s luncheon at the fairgrounds for the best marching bands. In the senior division, winners were first place, Glencliff High School; second, McKenzie high school, and third, McEwen. Winning best color guard and drum major was McKenzie High School. And winner of the senior division, white class, was Middleton High School.

For more photos, click on the fish fry link at the top of the page.

Governor Bill Haslam stopped for a few moments to talk to officers of the Paris-Henry County Jaycees, sponsors of the fish fry every year. From left, former General Manager David Stone, Assistant General Manager Andrea Lamb, and Current General Manager Mickey Eaton.

Alissa and Addison Deeter of Paris were getting a kick out of the parade.

Parade To Be Aired On Channel 11

People who did not have the opportunity to come to the parade or who want to relive it can view it on WLJT Channel 11 at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, or at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Stolen Wallets Retrieved

Paris, Tenn.-Quick work by Paris Police resulted in two local handymen getting their stolen wallets back. Patrolman Dick Greenhill and Sgt. Michael Ramos were flagged down by two men near the intersection of Marilyn St. and Lone Oak Rd. The men told the officers they had been working at a nearby residence and someone took their wallets out of their truck and ran off. Both described him as a black man wearing a light blue shirt and carrying a toy jeep.

Patrolman Amber Roaten observed a subject carrying a toy jeep but not wearing the light blue shirt and stopped him. In the course of interrogation, the man admitted taking the wallets and showed them where he had hidden them in a tree on Lone Oak Rd. Searching his back pack, officers also found a GPS unit that he said his sister gave him, but which were determined to have been stolen from Belmont St.

Police arrested Moriel Harris, age 18, 1107 East Wood St. and charged him with theft.

People Still Honest

Paris, Tenn.-It is good to find out there still are honest people out there. Three juveniles flagged down Patrolman Jordan Klutts on Lee Street and showed him a ring they had found on the street. According to the report, the gold ring has a large diamond with four smaller diamonds. It was placed in the locker at the police station until its owner can be found.

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

Officers noted that a temporary tag on the back window of a van had been altered and stopped the vehicle driven by Donna Lockhart, age 35 of 1136 N. Market St., Paris.

While speaking to her, they determined the tag, which was altered with white-out and black marker, had expired and that she had no insurance. While citing her for that, officers recognized her from a Wynn St. address where drug activity occurs and Patrolman Jamie James and his K-9 Herrum were called. The K-9 alerted to her vehicle and a legend drug was found. In the process of booking her into jail, a coffee filter which tested positive for meth was found in a baggy hidden in her pants. She was cited for possession of a legend drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vandalism Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case of vandalism at the former Old Halfway Market on Hwy. 641 S. According to the owner, someone hooked two air conditioning units to a vehicle and dragged them down the road. Both were found, one as far away as a mile down the road. The owner said he believes the perpetrator was someone with whom he is having a dispute and who drives a gold truck.

Witnesses told deputies they saw a gold truck drive behind the store and they heard loud banging and then the truck drove off.


TBI Releases Crime Stats for 2011, Overall Drop in Crime 

Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the Crime in Tennessee 2011 report last week and it showed a 1.7% decrease in overall crimes reported in Tennessee in 2011 compared with 2010. This is the third year in a row that reported offenses decreased when compared to the previous year.

Of the offenses reported the largest majority were committed against property at more than 58%, down 2.5% from 2010. Crimes against persons also decreased around 2%, but crimes against society increased 3%.

Overall however, the state has seen crime drop a total of 4.6% since 2009.

One statistic that is alarming however in the Volunteer State is the number of murders increased 4% in 2011, after significant decrease from 09 to 2010. Almost 57% of the 2011 murder victims knew their offenders.

A total of 26,340 people were arrested for DUI in 2011, that’s an increase from 24,154 arrested in 2010.

Domestic Violence offenses made up more than 52% of all crimes against persons in 2011, while more than 46% of crimes against person offenses were cleared by arrest of exceptional means.

71% of the over 401 thousand people arrested in 2010 were male, while 29% were female. Juveniles comprised 8.9% of total arrest, a number that is down from 2010. 51% of robbery offenses involved a handgun and nearly 28% occurred at a residence. Also nearly 35% of all drug/narcotic violations were among 18-24 year olds.


Happy Hush Puppies! Fish Tent Opens

Jeff Hamlin gets ready to chow down on a tasty plate of fish. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd was on hand Wednesday afternoon for the opening of the fish tent for the 59th annual World's Biggest Fish Fry. 728 plates were served Wednesday night, that number was up from last year by a significant amount. Hostess Princess Katelyn Hamlin officially opened the tent by tossing two hush puppies to her parents, Jeff and Kathleen Hamlin.

The Paris-Henry Co. Jaycees, which sponsors the event every year, were busy hours before cooking all the food for the all-you-can-eat plates, which includes catfish, slaw, hush puppies, beans, fries, and drink.

Former Fish Fry General Manager Tater Hayes said, "The Jaycees are the greatest volunteer group ever. We couldn't do it without you."

More photos from last night's event are on our special fish fry page, with the link at the top of the website.

Tater Hayes displays the giant ball of foil collected every year of the fish fry by the Jaycees and volunteers who help with the cooking. (McFarlin photo).

The Hostess Princess court helps serve fish dinners. From left: Shelby Beloate, Hannah McFadden, Kaylee Clark, Rachel Edwards and Katelyn Hamlin. (McFarlin photo).

Helping to toss the hush puppies in corn meal are: from left, Robert Albrecht, Clayton Miller-Webb, Tyler Cox and Kenzie Williams. (McFarlin photo).

Up On The Roof: Rhea Principal Reads To Students

Principal Scott Owens thrilled the students by reading on the roof. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Rhea Principal Scott Owens read the last chapter of the book, "The Principal On The Roof" from--where else?--the roof of the school Thursday morning as students gathered for the school's annual kindergarten fish fry parade.

Owens told the students that the Parent Teacher Organization had given him a choice between reading on the roof or kissing a pig and he chose the former option. Rhea students and parents have read a total 588,512 books this year, the most since 2003.

A large crowd of parents also were on hand for the parade and field day for students, a highlight of the Rhea calendar.

Students from Mrs. Grant's class show how to grow into first grade. (McFarlin photo).

DPA Float Sure To Please

Students Jesse Cramer, Matt Mullins and Autin Hrachovina at work on the float (Kathy Ray photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A highlight of this year's World's Biggest Fish Fry grand parade is sure to be the Downtown Paris Association's (DPA) new float, which will become a permanent fixture for the DPA and represents a lot of hard work by the Henry County High School auto mechanics class.

According to DPA President Kathy Ray, " The float conception started with a sketch by Joe Snow about two years ago. Under the direction of Rusty Wiles and students from the Henry County High School Auto Mechanics Class, the DPA will be beautifully represented in the parade."

The DPA float will depict downtown Paris, with the storefronts around the courtsquare, the Heritage Center, W.G. Rhea Library and an Eiffel Tower--all built by the class--will be displayed.

Ray said, "While there were six students who lead the building group, other students were constantly asking to help with the float."

The DPA float also is scheduled to go to the Strawberry Festival in Humboldt and maybe the Iris Festival in Dresden, she said. "We want to be in as many festivals as we can to show off our beautiful Float and create interest in Downtown Paris. Many thanks to Joe Mahan Ford for providing the beautiful truck to pull the Float in the Parade," she said, adding, "We hope everyone is as excited about our float as we are."

The main crew that worked on the float. From left, Nate Allen, Ryan Meredit, Chris Smith, Matt Mullins, Jesse Cramer and Austin Hrachovina. (Kathy Ray photo).

Williams Lake Closed Until Fishing Rodeo

Paris, Tenn.-Williams Lake will be closed until Saturday's junior fishing rodeo and sheriff's deputies will be enforcing it. The fishing rodeo will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Lift-athon scheduled at Patriot Stadium Thursday starting at 6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot football team will be doing a lift-athon starting at 6pm at Patriot Stadium. Patriot players have been taking pledges from fans for the amount of weight they’ll lift during the event. The players will have 40 yard dashes, pro agilities, dead lifts, and maxing out on weights. Everyone is invited to show up and watch. Donations are accepted as well and money raised helps the football team.

In addition to the lift-athon, some NFL players will be on hand with Got Hands? University, which is an offensive skill football camp. The camp will be scheduled for to be at the high all weekend. Former NFL players Joe Horn and Corey Harris have committed to be in town for the event. The Got Hands clinic is for players in grades 6-12, who play quarterback, running back, wide receive, tight end, linebacker, and defensive back.

Got Hands is currently having the “Best Hands” challenge, looking for the top prospects that are looking to improve their recruitment interest and options at the collegiate level. They will choose the best 30 athletes from each region in Tennessee. For more information on registration and the camp, visit ugothands.com or call 615-941-5606.


Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes and Pina Coladas, Oh My!

Audrey Nunn of Clarksville displays the refreshing non-alcoholic pina coladas being offered this year. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Henry Countians must be craving a carnival. Just a few minutes after the carnival for the 59th annual World's Biggest Fish Fry opened Tuesday night, long lines for tickets to the rides were already evident.

Chilly morning temperatures gave way to pleasantly warm weather by afternoon, which contributed to the large first-night crowds.

Vendors with Belle City Amusements are offering the usual assortment of corn dogs, funnel cakes, lemonade shake-ups, pizza and other usual carnival food, but have an interesting selection of other offerings, including shrimp and chicken on-a-stick and non-alcoholic pina coladas served in pineapple halves.

The Hostess Princess court will be performing the ceremonial tossing of the first fish fry at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the fish tent and WMUF radio personalities will be on hand for a remote from the fairgrounds from 4-6 p.m.

Long lines were already in evidence as soon as the carnival opened.

Phil Colwell of Trezavant shows the proper way to use clackers.

BPU Board quickly approves items on agenda

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the BPU met on Tuesday afternoon and heard from general manager John Etheridge stated he is still the process of analyzing different wholesale choices to make the best decision for the BPU. He informed the board that bid specs for the demolitions of the building next door to BPU along with budgets for the upcoming new fiscal year woul be presented next month. An automatic meter reading system for the water department and an engineering study in the electric department are two items to be included in the budget next year.

The board also heard the financials and approved the write offs for the third quarter in the amount of $15,681, which is lower than the same time frame last year. Etheridge said that warmer weather and the increase in deposits as two possiblities to why it was lower this year.

Hospital Board Hears  IT upgrades Status

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees for the Henry County Medical Center met in regular session Tuesday evening and heard from Information Technology Director Pam Ridley on the status of the IT upgrades the medical center started implementing back in 2007.

Ridley explained that since going live with McKesson in June of 2007, they have added some things to the overall plan, but are still managing to stay under the projected budget. So far, they have spent around $6.8 million on IT upgrades during this five year period, which comes in over $400,000 lower than McKesson projected the budget for them so far. Ridley said they have spent a little more in maintenance than projected, spending $2.5 million over the course of time, instead of $2.1 million, but the additions they’ve added are where the extra money is coming in.

The medical center also seems to be in the top 13% for hospitals across the nation as far where they are in the IT upgrades process. She said they are staying above the median and mean nationwide, and especially for hospitals there size.

She went over some of the parameters the programs set, and the medical center was well above each one. She did tell the board however those parameters get tougher in phase two, which is the step they are beginning to enter now. Ridley said that they are working hard and meeting and exceeding goals and will continue to do so.

Medical Center to Receive Funds from Class Action Lawsuit

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday evening’s medical center board of trustees meeting, administrator and CEO Tom Gee, explained to board members that Henry County Medical Center participated in a class action lawsuit with a number of other Tennessee hospitals regarding under payment of Medicare funds for hospitals with large Medicaid and indigent patients between 2007 and 2011.

The group which included a couple thousand hospitals across the nation, won that settlement and Gee said the medical center would be receiving funds by June 30th of this year. He said the funds will be significant, likely between the neighborhood of $400,000 and $700,000 and would greatly help out the hospitals’ bottom line.

Gee also reported that the steel is erected for the imaging center and brick is going up on the Bethel portion. Most of the issues now continue to revolve around the governmental approve for the air space for the pedestrian bridge and the timing of construction for the signalization project of Tyson and Joy Street. Gee said city officials are continuing to discuss the issues with their contacts at TDOT.

Hospital to Implement Staff Trial Wellness and Fitness Program

Gee said the medical center has begun the implementation of a trial program to encourage employee fitness and wellness activities. Partners who participate will be eligible for discounts on their health insurance. Points can be earned for fitness classes, sports participation, health education classes, and prevention screenings. He said they currently allow staff to use the cardiac rehab workout equipment after hours and they may look at doing more with the wellness center equipment down the road to make it easier for staff to use.

In other business, significant progress has been made in working towards the reductions of year to date losses. Gee told the board they have had better than expected admissions and have Medicare settlements and stimulus funds expected by the end of the year. He said they have scheduled meetings with the employed physicians to discuss the profitability of their practices to move them towards specific performance goals.


The Carnival Is In Town!

Paris, Tenn.-Audrey Nunn of Clarksville, was busy Tuesday morning setting up the colorful balls that will be given away to winners of a fishing game as the carnival opens tonight for the World's Biggest Fish Fry. Belle City Amusements and Casey's Rides have been arriving the last few days at the county fairgrounds and today the workers were in full swing making their final preparations. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. from April 24-26; from 11 a.m. to midnight on April 27-28 and on Sunday, April 29, from 1-6 p.m. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Foddrill Honored By Tennessee Legislators

Buchanan, Tenn.-Long-time Animal Rehabilitator Jack Foddrill was honored by the Tennessee Legislator for his efforts at the Paris Landing State Park in a House Resolution introduced by State Rep. Tim Wirgau, R-Paris. Wirgau presented the resolution to Foddrill at Paris Landing recently. 

In the resolution, Wirgau noted that Foddrill  is in his sixteenth year of
volunteerism as a leader of the Interpretive Raptor Program conducted at the park.

"Mr. Foddrill has given his time and energies to help with the care,
rehabilitation, and release of numerous raptors that have been injured or have otherwise become debilitated in and around the park," Wirgau wrote, noting that Foddrill is "a gentleman who is extremely patient and empathetic with all injured birds in his care, he always makes sure his charges receive proper veterinary assessment, diagnosis,
and treatment. Mr. Foddrill has often been known to come to the park as many as three times per day to ensure that the therapeutic regiment of every bird is followed. This volunteer service is a major part of his life, the raptors are his passion, and his countless acts of compassion and
love for these birds of prey are without peer".

Art Walk Locations Listed

Paris, Tenn.-The following list represents the Art Walk Artists and Locations for Saturday, April 28 from 10 to 2 in downtown Paris. The Art Walk will be held in conjunction with other downtown activities that are happening with the World's Biggest Fish Fry downtown on Saturday morning, including the small fry parade and catfish races.

1. Iron Place--Lisa Baechtle

2. Maggie's--Gene Snowden

3. Herron & Wills--David Carrico

4. Butler & Harber--Harry Burton

5. Antiques on the Square--Doreen Bates

6. The Toggery--Ken Alexander

7. Jack Jones--Feliz Griffin

8. Paris on the Square--Jennifer Corley

9. Moon's Jewelry--Sandee Green

10. La Belle Chiffon--Robyn Neubauer

11. Leigh Nants--Jennifer Wright

12. Leach's Music--Donna Revelee

Paris Winery Concert Series Begins Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Winery begins its “Concert In The Vineyards” season Saturday night,April28th from 6 -10 PM with “Sally & The Sass Daddy’s!” The bands signature sounds include jazz, R & B, and old standards.

The “Concert In The Vineyards” series are always easy listening music and held monthly April through October on the beautiful Venetian inspired grounds at Paris Winery.

Ruggero’s Italian Bistro at Paris Winery will be open late and will be serving “Italian Fare” foods and beer. Receive a free gold rimmed glass with your first beer purchase (while supplies last)

Folks are invited to bring out their picnic basket, stemware, favorite lawn chair and a friend. The wine tasting bar, Restaurant, wine and gift shop are open so please don’t bring in any other alcohol, pets or grills.
There is no charge for the concert and no reservations are required.
Paris Winery is located at 2982 Harvey Bowden Rd. in Paris and is open daily from 10:00-6:00, Friday & Saturday 10:00-8:00 and Sundays 12:00-6:00 PM. For more info call (731)644-9500 or visit ParisWinery.com

Arrests Made for Traffic Violations

Paris, Tenn.- Arrests from the last couple of days include Adrian R. Florence, of 346 Harrison Street for driving on a suspended license, 13th offense. Florence was stopped for not wearing his seatbelt and a check through dispatch revealed 12 previous violations.

Also arrested was Charles Dale Renschler, Jr, of Puryear, for DUI 2nd offense.


No Charges In Pedestrian Incident

Paris, Tenn.-No charges have been filed in the incident that occurred Monday morning in which a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in downtown Paris.

According to the Paris police report,  the vehicle was turning right onto Washington Street from North Market. At that time, a man and woman were crossing the road, and the car ran into them, knocking the woman down, causing her to hit her head on the pavement. She was taken to the Henry County Medical Center for treatment.


Page Sentenced to 6 years, No Probation

       Jeffery Dean Page

Paris, Tenn.-For his role in the death of one child and injuries to another in a go-cart accident in 2010, Jeffrey Dean Page was sentenced Monday to serve six years in jail. Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish revoked his bond, which meant that Page was taken immediately to jail.  

Additionally, Judge Parish did not provide alternative sentencing, meaning Page will not eligible for early release and probation.He also revoked Page's driver's license for six years.  

Earlier this year, Page, 50, of 3100 Old McKenzie Highway, Paris, was convicted by a local jury of vehicular homicide in the death of five-year-old McGuire Bowden, and aggravated assault and assault for injuries to Page's three-year-old niece and Bowden.

On the vehicular homicide conviction, Judge Parish sentenced Page to six years in jail and certified him as a Range One offender. On the aggravated assault charge, he was sentenced to four years in jail and on the assault charge, he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail. Judge Parish ordered the sentences be served concurrently, which means they will total six years.

At the sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall argued passionately for Page to receive the maximum sentence for the offenses and that any sentences be served consecutively, not concurrently.  

Several people were on hand to testify as character witnesses for Page, including the minister of Springhill Baptist Church, who acknowledged that Page began attending there after the incident, but who said that Page had changed because of the events. Also testifying for Page was Bob Swayne of Paris, who said that Page had worked for him over the years. Several members of the church were in the courtroom for Page.

Page told the court that he apologized for his part in the boy's death and said that the little boy "did not die in vain because he saved a life", referring to his own life, and said that he has changed since the accident. He also said that the boy's father, Tip Bowden, has forgiven him.

Page's assertion that the boy did not die in vain because he saved Page's life drew a sharp rebuke from Hall. Judge Parish told Page that his own behavior was the reason for the accident, citing the use of marijuana and drinking by he, Bowden, and Page's son, Chris, before the go-cart accident. The judge also told Bowden that he bears some blame for the death of his son. Bowden was in the courtroom, but did not speak.

Rescue Squad Pulls Woman from Big Sandy River

Springville, Tenn.- The Henry County Rescue Squad responded to the Big Sandy River on a call in which a woman couldn't climb up the bank after falling into the water.

Sheriff Monte Belew said she was fishing and stumbled into the water. After a few attempts trying to get back up the bank, 911 was called. She was pulled to safety once the rescue squad arrived. No further information is available at this time.

Two  Thefts  at Same Residence Leads To Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that twice over the weekend they responded to a home on VanDyke Road in reference to thefts occurring. On Friday, the victim explained that several guns were stolen from the home. Three valued at $400, one at $350, and one at $450. The report also said that $350 dollars in cash was stolen out of his wallet and another $450 in coins was taken.

Just two days later, officers were back at that residence, this time, in reference to a credit card and a 2005 Ford F150 that was missing. The victim told police that David Robbins and Tina Branum live in a camper next to his house and help him watch over things. Sometime late Saturday night, Tina left in the homeowner’s truck, and returned later with another person in it. The victim took the person back home and told Tina not to drive the truck again.

After she returned, he noticed the truck, valued at over $11,000 was missing again along with a credit card. He quickly found out that  she had charged over $1,000 on the card.

The truck was later found by Patrolman Jerayme Whitaker of the Paris Police Department at 303 Jenkins Street and found Alexis Mockabee, of that address to be in possession of the vehicle. Mockabee said Branum left the truck there and said she would return in a few minutes. Whitaker eventually charged Mockabee with possession of stolen property, and after a search, charged her with possession of schedule two and schedule 6 with intent. More investigation on this incident will be coming the next few days.

Guthire Road fire caused by items left on the stove

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire department responded to a fire at 4080 Guthrie Road Sunday afternoon. The complaint card at the sheriff's office said something was left on the stove that caused a fire in the kitchen. It was extinguished quickly, with just some smoke damaged left behind.

Cherry Jones visits REAL Hope Youth Center

Paris, Tenn.-The children at the REAL Hope Youth Center had the surprise of their young lives when Tony and Emmy-Award winning actress Cherry Jones dropped by the center to announce their fish story winners late last week. REAL Hope Director Catherine Herrera said, "The kids are still talking about it." A Paris native, Jones is in town for the World's Biggest Fish Fry. (REAL Hope photo).

Chase With Machete Yields Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-A Morton Street man was arrested by Paris Police after he allegedly chased another man with a machete. Patrolman Jordan Klutts was called to 710 Morton Street on a report of an assault. Johnny Staggs said he had been in an argument his roommate who said he wanted to fight and that he grabbed a machete and told him he did not want to fight.
However, the victim and another witness said Staggs had pulled a machete from under the couch and chased the victim with it in the course of an argument. Staggs said he threw the machete in a gully afterward, but police could not find it.

Staggs was arrested for aggravated assault and a bond of $5,000 was set.

Stepfather Turns Son In For Marijuana

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to a N. Market Street home on a report of found marijuana. A resident at the home said his step-son was acting suspiciously and went into his bedroom, so the stepfather said he went outside and looked in the window and watched his step-son take a marijuana out of a bag.

The stepfather said he took the marijuana from him and called police because he didn’t want it in his house. Police did find a bag with 1.2 grams of marijuana in it and confiscated it and cited the juvenile into court on a charge of simple possession.

Hushpuppy Dash Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.-We have some more information on the Hushpuppy 5K Dash on Saturday. Chairperson Kristian Elliot said 55 people participated in the event, which kicked off World’s Biggest Fish Fry week. 1st place and Overall Male winner went to Zach Phifer, age 18 , with a time of 18.57. Overall Female winner was Hannah Barnhill, 13 of Paris with a time of 24.23

Safe and Healthy Henry Day Draws Crowd

Teacher Amy McCord takes photo of students Anahi Hernandez and Luke Prosser with Smokey the Bear. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Henry, Tenn.-Despite chilly temperatures Saturday, a large crowd of excited students and their parents attended the first-ever Safe and Healthy Henry Day, held at Henry Elementary School. There was plenty for everyone to do while there, with numerous booths set up by various state and local agencies, such as the Henry County Health Department, Sheriff’s Department, the TennCares, county extension office, Family Resource Center, Henry County Schools and the litter and recycling office.

Plus, the Henry and Mansfield Fire Departments, Forestry Service, county rescue squad, the sheriff department’s drug awareness trailer and all their equipment were on hand for students to learn about and tour. Especially popular were the highway department’s crash dummies, who warned everyone of the dangers of distracted driving, Smokey the Bear, who came along with the Forestry Department, and Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K-9 Cisco, who was a hit with everyone.

Students came away from the event with plenty of freebies, as well as more knowledge about health and safety. The event was paid for by a grant acquired by Henry School faculty.

Deputy Wayne Fuqua and Cisco were popular at the Henry event.(McFarlin photo).

Barbara Kelly of the health department tells students about healthy living. (McFarlin photo).

Mules Aplenty At Fish Fry Event

Paris, Tenn.-Cold weather couldn't keep people away from the county fairgrounds Saturday morning for the first event of this week's World's Biggest Fish Fry, the horse and mule pule. There were good-sized crowds for the other preliminary fish fry events Saturday, including the 5K Hushpuppy Dash at the high school and the Demolition derby at the fairgrounds. In photo, Leroy Moon, foreground, prepares his animals for one of their pulls. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


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