From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
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.
Bark!! Dog Park Officially Opens
Paris, Tenn.-The city of Paris' new dog park is officially open for business and city and Chamber dignitaries--and a few dogs--gathered at the park for Friday morning's ribbon-cutting. Parks Director Tony Lawrence noted that the park is already a popular location for dogs and their owners, who have been utilizing it for the past few weeks as it was being completed. The park is located behind the Atkins-Porter recreational center on Highland St. From left, Clint Davis, Kim Foster, Carl Holder, former Mayor David Travis, Gayle Griffith, Carlton Gerrell, Butch Powers and Lawrence. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Fisk Jubilee, Madrigals Combine For Thrilling Evening
The Madrigals and Fisk Jubilee Singers join voices. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris,Tenn.-The audience rose for several standing ovations during Thursday night's combined performance of the famed Fisk Jubilee Singers of Nashville and the Henry County High School Madrigals. The Madrigals were one of two high school musical groups to be selected to work with the Fisk singers and Madrigals Director Blair Chadwick told the crowd at the First United Methodist Church how honored he and the singers were for the experience. Soloists from the Madrigals during the evening of spirituals were Jessica Alexander, Shelby Gilstrap, Brittney Noble, Caleb Grissom, Cody Smither and Alexis Ward.
Nathan Shoemaker, on bongos, accompanies his fellow Madrigals on a song from Ghana"Mawu Nye Lolo", in honor of Jubilee Director Dr. Paul Dwami Bio, right. At left is Madrigals Director Blair Chadwick.
TDOT Sending "HELP" Trucks to Bristol For Race
Bristol, Tenn.-The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will be sending special “HELP” to the Tri-Cities this weekend to assist with the heavy traffic expected in conjunction with NASCAR events at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18.
Four lime-yellow HELP trucks from Knoxville will patrol the area, assisting with incidents in an effort to keep traffic moving. The trucks are four-wheel drive and equipped with push bumpers, top-mounted arrow boards, emergency work lights, air compressors, and others tools. Operators can perform a variety of functions from clearing a stalled car off the roadway to changing a flat tire.
“TDOT HELP truck operators are trained emergency medical responders, and they do a terrific job assisting travelers on our roadways,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “With large numbers of motorists heading to East Tennessee this weekend, we are happy to be able to provide HELP truck services in the Bristol area.”
Knoxville’s 13 HELP truck drivers assisted more than 18,000 motorists last year alone. In addition to Knoxville, TDOT has HELP truck programs in Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis.
Other traffic control measures being taken by TDOT from March 17 through March 18 include:
For post-race traffic traveling from the Tri-Cities area to Knoxville, one westbound I-40 lane will be closed in Jefferson County at the I-40/I-81 interchange to allow two lanes to flow from I-81 to Knoxville. Portable message boards will be used to advise motorists of these lane changes.
TDOT will suspend all construction projects that restrict traffic in East Tennessee from Saturday, March 17 until Monday, March 19.
State Unemployment Rates Released; Increases in 91 Counties
Nashville- County unemployment rates for January 2012 were released late Thursday by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The unemployment rate in January increased in 91 of the state’s 95 counties and decreased in three. It remained the same from December of 2011 in one county.
Williamson and Knox Counties came in with the state’s lowest unemployment rates while Scott and Obion Counties came in with the two highest rates.
Rates for counties in our listening area are like this. In Henry County, the January unemployment rate came in at 11.8%, up from 10.8% in December of 2011. That equates to 1,610 of the county’s 13,640 estimated labor force being out of work. The rate is still down 1.4% from January of 2011 numbers.
Benton County saw its rate increase 1.3% from December to January, coming in at 10.9%. That is also still down 2.5% from the rate of 13.3% in January of 2011. 780 people in Benton County were without work, the labor force is estimated at over 72 hundred.
Carroll County has an estimated labor force of 13,910, and of those 1,620 were without work in January. That equates to a unemployment rate of 11.6%, up .5% from December’s rate. That number is down 2.0% from where it was a year ago.
TBI Accepting Applications for Citizen's Academy
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now accepting applications for the 2012 TBI Citizens’ Academy. It’s open to Tennessee residents interested in learning more about the state’s lead investigative law enforcement agency.
The four week academy is schedule for May 1-22 at TBI headquarters in Nashville. It will offer citizens a look at TBI’s work, ranging from its investigations of crime scenes, cyber crime, tracking terrorism information and other aspects or criminal activity in Tennessee.
Classes will be held for three hours one night a week. The Academy is designed to develop a better understanding and awareness in the community of TBI through a first hand look at the Bureau and its responsibilities across the state. Due to limited classroom size, the Academy is limited to only 15 citizens.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the Academy. They must be 21 years of age or older, have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations, be physically able to meet training requirements, must attend one night per week for a three hour session and one Saturday for firearms training with a minimum of 90% attendance, must sign all waivers and agreements, and applicants are accepted pending a background investigation and approval by the TBI director.
To apply, residents should fill out the application located on the TBI website, at www.tbi.tn.gov and submit it by April 10th to the address on the application.
Relay for life event set for Saturday night
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a live concert for the cure benefiting Relay for life on Saturday from 7-11pm at the Paris Convention Center. Tickets are ten dollars at the door and all money raised benefits Henry County Relay for Life. The band Country with a Kick will be the entertainment.
Friday's NCAA tourney lineup
The NCAA tourney kicks off again around 11:15 Friday morning with Cincinnati and Texas starting things off on CBS. Other early games Friday include North Carolina State and San Diego State at 11:40 on truTV, Alabama vs. Creighton at 12:40pm on TBS, Virginia vs. Florida around 1:10 on TNT, and Belmont Georgetown at 2:10 on truTV.
Murray State won its game against Colorado State Thursday morning and will face 3rd-ranked Marquette Saturday at 4:15 p.m. on CBS.
WRQR 97.5FM/AM 1000 will also has complete coverage of the NCAA tournament today and all weekend long.
MSU Student Dies In Jump From Fine Arts Building
Marshall Shank, graduate student from Owensboro, Ky., Jordan Mitchell, junior from Irvington, Ky., and Bryce Norris, graduate student from Salisbury, Ky., react to the news this morning and stop for a moment with other students and faculty to pray. Photo courtesy of Allie Douglass/The Murray State News
Murray, Ky.-The Murray State News is reporting that campus and city emergency services have responded to an incident in which the body of a student was found after allegedly jumping or falling out of a window in the Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, which is several stories high.
According to the latest from The Murray State News, the University has released the following information: the student's name is Jacob Derting, 21, junior from Bardstown, Ky. Initial investigation by the Murray State Police and the Calloway County Coroner's office indicates the incident is an apparent suicide.
The Murray State campus is shut down for the rest of the day and students have been sent emails with information on counselors available to them.
The Murray State Police have blocked a section of the mall area leading to the zen garden where the body was found. Several administrators and a detective are on site.
The Price Doyle Fine Arts building is at left in photo. (MSU photo).
Paris Police Arrest Two in Armed Robbery
Dominique Allen Terry Duncan
Paris, Tenn.- Two young Paris men were arrested Wednesday by Paris Police in connection with an armed robbery at Ogburn Park in which an undisclosed amount of money was taken. At the time of the robbery there were at three suspects involved. Two of the suspects were arrested a short time later at different locations inside the city limits.
Arrested were Terry Duncan, age 23, of 1010 McSwain Street for aggravated robbery, and simple possession of schedule six drug and Dominique Allen, 21, of 407 North Caldwell Street for aggravated robbery. Both were placed on $10,000 bonds and other arrests are pending.
PSSD closes schools Friday due to rampant illness and flu
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District has decided to close schools on Friday due to the flu and other illness which have hit the system. A press release from PSSD director of Schools Mike Brown says Rhea Elementary has been hit especially hard with the illness. Brown said it seemed to have peaked last Friday and has slowly declined since that point. However absentees remain higher than normal and finding enough highly qualified substitute teachers is a concern.
In an effort to slow down the spread of the flu and other illnesses and to help the students and staff get healthy enough to return to school, the PSSD will close schools Friday. Schools will reopen on regular schedule Monday March 19th.
Sheriff's Department Hosts K-9 Training This Week
Tim Dolack of the Martin Police Department and his dog "Sam", foreground, and Ryan Dickson of the Carroll County Police Department with "Kisa" working their dogs at Tennessee Technology. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Police officers and K-9s were all over Henry County High School and Tennessee Technology Wednesday as part of a week-long training that is being hosted by the Henry County Sheriff's Department. And at least three arrests have resulted.
Law enforcement officers and their dogs from the area are participating in the training, which is being overseen by Cpl. Ricky Wade. "They're all here for 40 hours of non-stop training with us," Sheriff Monte Belew said, "and them being here offers us a large amount of K-9 search teams, so we're giving them the opportunity for on-the-job training at the high school and Tennessee Tech ."
By mid-morning, at least one arrest had occurred at the high school, when a K-9 alerted to a student vehicle in the parking lot and Belew said marijuana was found in the vehicle.
Two more arrests resulted at Tennessee Tech: Jarad Fenstermaker, Henry-Mansfield Rd., was cited on drug and drug paraphernalia charges after a K-9 alerted to his car in the parking lot. Drugs were found in the car and a later search of his home resulted in the paraphernalia being found.
A third arrest from the search at Tennessee Tech is pending.
Teaming Up For Lifeline "Battle Of The Badges"
From left, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, Paris Fire Chief Michael Williams, and Sheriff Monte Belew with the poster for the upcoming "Battle of the Badges". (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Department, Paris Police Department and Paris Fire Department--along with the county's volunteer fire departments--will be joining forces in a friendly competition to give blood for the Lifeline Blood Service.
The "Battle of the Badges" will be held from 12-6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the First United Methodist Church community blood drive. Each participant will receive a free "Battle of the Badges" t-shirt and the department with the most participants will receive a plaque.
Cottage Grove Retains Incorporation Status
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Residents in Cottage Grove can rest easy knowing a bill has been passed to allow their city to continue to do its bookkeeping the way they are accustomed to.
If thebill had not passed the city would have had to hire a Community Municipal Officer or lose their incorporated status, which would result in an abrupt increase in taxes.
"This bill saves taxpayer dollars, streamlines government,and helps Cottage Grove operate more efficiently," according to State Representative Tim Wirgau. "A more customer friendly and efficient government, from the top down, is what I ran on and I am glad I could bring this legislation forward as one cog in the wheel of progress this year."
Cottage Grove Mayor Machelle Operia said, "I am especially grateful for this bill because we, the citizens of Cottage Grove, simply can not afford to hire anyone." The bill passed the State House of Representatives with a unanimous vote. The bill goes into effect within 10 days.
HCMC Begins Breastfeeding Classes
Certified Lactation Counselor Angie Natero will provide instruction.
Paris, TN – Breastfeeding is hard work and Henry County Medical Center’s Bright Beginnings Program wants to provide education and support to its mothers who plan or who are currently breastfeeding.
Perhaps you are trying to decide whether or not you will breastfeed or perhaps you are having issues as a new mom with breastfeeding. If so, please join our weekly class for those who are interested in breastfeeding or who are currently breastfeeding newborn babies or babies up to one year of age. The goal is for you and your baby to be successful at breastfeeding.
Meetings will occur in the HCMC classroom 2 every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and will last approximately one hour.
Taught by certified Lactation Counselor, Angie Natero, RN, each session will focus on a specific topic related to breastfeeding, but topics will be open to the needs of the participants and questions are welcome.
Each class is FREE to moms who have delivered at HCMC within the last year or who are currently expecting and scheduled to deliver at HCMC. There will be a $10 charge per class for other participants.
For more information, call (731) 644-8521 and leave a message and a nurse will return your call or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.
Civic Center To Offer Swim Lessons
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Civic Center will offer Red Cross Level 1 swimming lessons from April 2-6. Classes are from 5:15-6 pm. Cost is $35. To sign up, call 644-2517 or contact Amanda at 336-0744. Early sign-up and payment will ensure your spot.
What you will learn:
? Enter and exit water safely
? Open eyes under water, pick up submerged object
? Swim on front and back using arm and leg action
? Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
? Float on front and back
? Follow basic water safety rules
? Exhale underwater through mouth and nose
? Explore arm and hand movement
County Trustee, City Finance Director Offer Tax Relief Workshop
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee David Stone and City of Paris Finance Director Kim Foster will be offering a Property Tax relief workshop on Monday March 19th in the conference room of city hall from 9am to 11am. Eligibility requirements are to be 65 years of age or 100% disabled and have a 2010 combined income not to exceed $26,830. That amount includes social security.
In order to apply, be sure to bring social security cards, Medicare Cards, driver’s license and proof of all 2010 income. Henry County residents may qualify for up to 172 dollars in property tax relief and residents who pay city taxes may qualify for up to $41.
One hundred percent service connected disabled veterans may qualify for up to just over 12 hundred dollars toward Henry County Property Taxes and up to 286 dollars in the city of Paris. The income limit does not apply to veterans. The deadline to apply for 2011 Property Tax relief in the state of Tennessee is Thursday April 5th.
Stone said, “Our goal is to reach out to all residents of Henry County and make sure that everyone qualifies for this great program and is made aware of, and applies for the credit before the deadline. It’s an honor to work with Ms. Foster and display how city and county governments can work together for the good of the people.”
Foster added “I am pleased to be working with the Trustee’s office in this endeavor. The number one goal of both of our offices is to serve the individuals in the community to the best of our ability and we will continue to look for ways in which our offices can do things cooperatively to benefit our citizens.
The workshop for tax relief again will be held Monday March 19th from 9-11am at the conference room of Paris city hall. Call city hall or the trustees office for more information.
Let the Madness Begin: Murray State leads off NCAA tourney coverage
Nationwide- March Madness really gets going today with nearly 12 hours of college basketball as the NCAA tournament goes on. Teams in action today include Murray State vs. Colorado State around 11:15pm on CBS, Harvard vs. Vanderbilt about 3:40pm on TNT, Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky at 5:50pm on TBS. All games will once again be broadcast on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 and WHDM AM 1440 and 98.9FM.
Racer Watch Party Set For Thursday
Racers field questions from the press at the NCAA Tournament. MSU photo.
Murray, Ky.-A Racer Watch Party will be held Thursday morning at the CFSB Center as 6th-ranked Murray State faces 11th-ranked Colorado State.
The MSU Alumni Association, Athletics, and the Office of Communication will be hosting a Racer Watch Party in the Murray Room of the CFSB Center. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m. (CST) and concessions will be available. Door prizes will be given away during the game.
Game time for the Racers is set for 11:15 a.m. (CST). This game will be televised on CBS and will be played in Louisville.
The winner of the MSU/CSU game will meet Saturday against the winner of No. 3 Marquette vs. BYU. The MSU Alumni Association, Athletics, and the Office of Communication will host another watch party on Saturday, March 17th, in the Murray Room (contingent on winning Thursday). Check back later for more details for Saturday's Racer Watch Party.
Long-Time Library Director Franklyn Thompson Dies
Franklyn Thompson and his wife, Patsy.
Paris, Tenn.-Long-time W.G.Rhea Public Library Director Franklyn Thompson has died. Thompson was director from 1980-1993 and had the distinction of being the library's first male director.
The childrens' room at the library is named in his honor.
Current Library Director Connie McSwain said this morning, "He put his heart and soul into this library. He left us with a good legacy and he will be missed."
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sulphur Well Church of Christ in Springville. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
Thompson's obituary is on our obituaries page.
50th Annual Irish Celebration Ongoing In Erin
Erin, Tenn.- The 50th annual St. Patricks Day Celebration in Erin, Tennessee will culminate with the grand parade starting at 11am at Houston County Middle School on Saturday. The carnival is also in town through the weekend. Wear your green and head on over to celebrate.
Believe for Connor Benefit Set Saturday morning
Paris, Tenn.- There will be a believe for Connor Benefit held at the Kroger in Paris on Saturday starting at 10am. Ribeye Sandwiches will be on sell for 8 dollars. Connor Smith is a senior at Henry County High School and was critically injured in a car accident. All money raised will go to help Connor.
New Councilmember Sworn In At CG
Cottage Grove,Tenn.-Mayor Machelle Operia swore in new council member Melinda Thatcher during a short Cottage Grove Legislative Council Tuesday night.
More details were discussed about the plans for the Red, White and Blue pageant.The council discussed the proposed 2012-2013 budget. Revenues of $1044.05 and expenses of $937.38 were reported for February 2012.
Patriots baseball team beats Murray 10-0 to open season
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriot baseball team won 10-0 over Murray to start the baseball season Tuesday night. Their next game will be 4:30pm on Thursday at Camden.
Democratic Women to meet Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will meet this week, at 6 p.m. Thursday, at Ann and Dave's Restaurant. Speakers at the meeting will be Chairpersons for the upcoming Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women convention: Patsy Johnson, Madison County Democratic Women Pat Lewis, McNairy County Democratic Women
Henry board quickly handles business Tuesday night
Henry, Tenn.- Things were short and sweet at Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting as the business on the agenda was handled in about 12 minutes. Mayor Joe Qualls told the board the issue with the purchase of two newer year model police cars from a place in Arkansas has been a bit of a hassle. Henry’s interim police chief David Andrews talked to the board about the issue of their aging fleet in February and the board gave him permission to go ahead and purchase two newer year model patrol cars.
The board had to call a special meeting later in February because the company wouldn’t allow payments to be deferred. At that time, the board decided to get some options with banks. At Tuesday’s meeting Mayor Qualls informed the board that there’s $10,000 in the general fund and $11,000in CDs they could use to buy the cars outright and not worry with financing. The board agreed in order to save interest and fees, to use money from the general fund and cash in the CD. Qualls told them they would put the older patrol cars and some seized cars up for sale as surplus property and start putting that money back in CDs when it came in.
City recorder Sonya Clayton advised the board that TML was going to let the city divide up the 19 thousand dollar increase in their worker’s comp insurance over the course of the year. She said the first payment was just over five thousand dollars. The big increase stems from the accident involving police chief Mark Herndon several months back.
In other action, the board tabled an issue regarding having a Spring clean up day. In the past, a huge dumpster was brought to city hall and citizens could bring items and dump it in there over a weekend. Mayor Qualls and alderman Faye Lowry both talked about how some parts of the city needed some cleaning. The only issue was the cost went up significantly last year to have the dumpster there. The board finally decided to table the issue, and allow Clayton to gather prices to make sure it was in the budget.
Police chief David Andrews also told board members he would contact the highway department towards the end of the month to see about having inmates with the litter crew come to Henry and pick up some of the trash.
Mitch Wilkins resigns as HCHS basketball coach
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School principal Lennis McFerrin confirmed to WMUF/WLZK news that Patriot boys basketball coach Mitch Wilkins has resigned from the position of basketball coach as of this morning. More details will be added if and when they become available.
Henry County Airport Receives Grant
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Henry County Airport has received a $25,000 grant--one of 17 airports in the state to receive a total of $16 M worth of grants from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
The grants are available through TDOT's aeronatics division. The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's diverse public aviation system.
The local grant will finance replacement of a rotating beacon at the airport. State monies involved totals $22,500 and local funds will be $2,500.
Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.
St. Patty's Day Luncheon Set
Paris, Tenn.-The annual St. Patty's Day Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the First Christian Church at 101 S. Poplar St. in downtown Paris.
The luncheon includes the famous baked potato bar with all the fixin's and other goodies, including desert. Cost is $8.
Fisk Jubilee Singers Tickets Still Available
Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are still available for this Thursday night's performance of the Fisk Jubilee Singers with the Henry County Madrigals. The performance is at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
Tickets are $10 for balcony seats and $15 for floor seats and are available at the high school. The event is sponsored by the Paris-Henry Co. Arts Council.
Scammer Collecting $$$ as HCMC Rep
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center has been alerted to a possible scammer going door to door in neighborhoods, collecting funds on behalf of HCMC for “Pennies for Patients”. HCMC wants to alert the community that this is not a program that HCMC has been or is even collecting funds for at this time.
The scammer, who was reported collecting funds this past Friday, is an African American female, who was wearing a medical center jacket, carrying a collection box, and asking for funds for pennies for patients. The scammer didn’t identify herself and had no identification except for the HCMC jacket.
Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the hospital, Tory Daughrity said HCMC would not go door to door collecting funds. “Most of our fundraising efforts are under the Healthcare Foundation umbrella and would be highly advertised so the community would know what we are doing and why we are raising money. Those who were raising funds for projects would identify themselves.”
HCMC encourages anyone who is approached by this scammer to immediately contact the Paris Police Department or the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and would also discourage anyone from giving money to the patient. For more information or to find out legitimate fundraisers going on at HCMC, contact 644-8266.
Forsythe Rd. Residents Present Petition to Road Board
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night's Henry County Road Board meeting, a petition was presented to the board from a representative of citizens on Forsythe Road. The petition was asking for speed limits signs to be posted on the road. The highway department doesn't set speed limits on county roads, it is up to the citizens on that particular road to get one. Everyone who lives on the road has to sign a petition, then present it to the road board.
Member Bobby Milam voted to accept the petition and present it to the county commission for their approval, when they meet next Monday night.
Budget Committee Hears Several Requests
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met on Monday evening and looked at several amendment requests as the end of the fiscal year continues to draw near. In the general fund, the committee passed resolutions to transfer monies around in the sheriff’s office, health department, and airport.
Airport Manager Don Davenport requested his transfer to install security lights in several hangers. Some of them are replacements of older lights, while others are new to some hangers and said that the amount should finish the fiscal year on maintenance, barring unforeseen circumstances.
Also in the general fund, the budget committee approved accepting some revenue on behalf of the Carroll Henry County Railroad Authority for disaster relief funds.
Other transfers approved by the budget committee included a request from Trustee David Stone to send two of the employees in the trustees office to attend Local Government Resource Training. Stone’s letter to the committee discussed how for the 2012 tax year, trustees will be receiving new software packages and that will change how the trustee’s office conducts it daily banking operations and tax collections. The resource training will address the changes in the software. No new money was asked for here.
County Clerk Donna Craig did ask for some new money from unappropriated fund balance in the amount of $2700 for some part time personnel. The request was due to multiple medical emergency situations and extended absence by personnel in the office. One of the clerks will need to be out of office due to family illness and another will be out for extended time due to an accident. Both employees will be using accrued sick time, thereof Craig asked for some additional money to fund a part time position until the end of April.
More action from the budget committee meeting Monday evening saw committee members approve requests in the solid waste fund to take over 18 thousand dollars from the unappropriated fund balance in order to purchase more gasoline and to do some maintenance and repair on a couple of the trucks. Solid Waste director Ron Watkins said he needed the money in gasoline, because the increase of fuel has wreaked havoc on that budget line item.
Committee members also approved request of transfers in the drug control fund and the general purpose school fund. The request from the school fund completes the Grove project, return the excess from the retainage account and close the fund. Also the state increased grant money in the coordinated school health area, which added over 61 hundred dollars to that line item.
USDA $$ Helps Springville/Sandy Springs Water Project
Springville, Tenn.-USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Bobby Goode and Springville Utility District (SUD) Board President Denise Evans were joined Friday by other state and local officials to break ground on the $4,198,000 project that will soon supply safe, reliable drinking water to more of southeastern Henry County.
"Safe, reliable drinking water is vital to the future of every healthy community," according toGoode."Making these infrastructure investments puts people to work now and it lays the foundation for sustainable growth in these communities through the next generation."
RD assistance includes a grant of $1,925,500 and a low interest infrastructure loan of $863,000. Other funding partners include the Environmental Protection Agency that provided a $500,000 grant and the Delta Regional Commission that provided a $200,000 grant. SUD is investing $304,500 and Sandy Beach Water Association $405,000.
According to SUD officials water service for this area would be too expensive and unsustainable for residents without the federal grant assistance.
Sandy Beach Water Association (SBWA) presently draws water for its customers from Kentucky Lake through a dedicated intake line. The water is treated and distributed to the residents. According to Sandy Beach officials, the State has given notice that because of changing conditions in the lake, SBWA's permit to take water from the lake will not be renewed and the residents will no longer have a public water source. Longstanding groundwater issues make individual private wells unreliable and subject to periodic contamination in this area.
Nearly 30 miles of new distribution lines will provide water to about 1,300 homes and businesses in the Springville area. The new transmission main will also make it possible for SUD to add a supply line to the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Educational Center located across West Sandy Creek. This main line extension will open up the potential for future extensions to supply households in the surrounding area.
"The mayor and the Henry County Commission have for many years worked to bring clean, healthy and abundant water to this area," Evans said.. "With the help of Rural Development and State and federal agencies we finally have the opportunity to provide that water to our residents."
Others participating in the event included Sen. Lamar Alexander's Field Representative Matt Varino, Rep. Stephen Fincher's Field Representative Scott Golden, Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, Delta Regional Authority Alternate Federal Co-Chairman Michael Marshall, State Sen. Roy Herron, State Rep. Tim Wirgau, Northwest TN Development District Executive Director John Bucy, Henry County Chamber Administrative Assistant Galia Greer, and USDA RD Area Director Harriet Cannon and staff Brenda Horner.
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training and first responder facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year the agency assisted tens of thousands of Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $737 million through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in northwest Tennessee contact the Rural Development Area Office in Union City at 731-885-6480 ext. 4, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1497 or visit us online atwww.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
Thefts reported, drug arrest made over weekend
Paris, Tenn.- A couple of thefts were reported to the Henry County Sheriffs office over the weekend. One was a vehicle that was broken into on Townsend Road where a GPS unit, a brief case with important papers, and some prescription medication was stolen. Also sugar was poured into the gas tank.
The other incident occurred on Hidden Acres road were someone entered the home and moved two swords that were hanging on the wall to behind the couch, unloaded two BB guns, moved some bows that were in one room to the kitchen, went thru several drawers, and locked the victim’s dog in the bathroom. Police have no suspects in either incident so far and continue to investigate.
Arrests from the weekend include Gregory Marquis Kendall, age 19 and Jordan D. Henry, age 20 both with simple possession and underage consumption; Ricky Calhoun Micheal, Springville, for DUI 1rst offense, leaving the scene, failure to given immediate notice of an accident; Bryan W. Smith, of Puryear, for DUI 1st offense.
Project Graduation meets tonight
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Project Graduation will be meeting this evening at 6:30 in the Commons Area of the high school. All seniors and parents are encouraged to attend. Information on the next fundraiser will be given out at the meeting.
Paris Man Killed In Four-Wheeler Accident
Paris, Tenn.-A 32-year-old Paris man was killed Saturday evening in a four-wheeler accident that occurred on Macedonia Rd. Jason Craig Evans of 66 Jeffreys Cove, Paris, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner M.L. Bailey.
According to Deputy Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Evans and others were riding four-wheelers all day at 2735 Macedonia Rd. Witnesses told Hall that Evans came out of the woods at a high-rate of speed and apparently lost control, striking a tree.
When Hall arrived at the scene, county EMS personnel were working to resuscitate Evans, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Evans was transported to McEvoy Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday and burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kinslee Jean Evans Trust Fund c/o Holley Credit Union, P.O. Box 398, Paris, Tenn., 38242.
Murray State Racers Go Dancing
Murray, Ky.-The NCAA brackets have been selected and 6th-seeded Murray State will face 11th-seeded Colorado State in its first game of the tournament on Thursday. That game will be played in Louisville. Murray State is playing in the West Region.
Youth for the Arts Grants Awarded
Paris, Tenn.-Paris and Henry County students of all ages have the opportunity to be exposed to many types of arts through school programs, community events, highly qualified private instructors, and local non-profit organizations.
In 2006, due to the vision of one area student, the Youth for the Arts Board was founded in collaboration with the Paris Henry County Arts Council to support and develop meaningful activities for Paris and Henry County’s youth. The board consists of 7 teachers and 5 students working together to engage youth in learning more about the arts, empowering them to grow as individuals and providing them opportunities for self-expression.
In 2011 the board adopted a grant program which would fund private lessons, materials, instruments, and camps for students, teachers, and organizations who wished to explore the opportunities that the arts provide. The grant is awarded 3 times throughout the year with the intent to support students in their artistic endeavors who otherwise, would not be able to explore their full potential as an artist.
This Spring the board awarded $9,552.73 to 15 recipients. The recipients for Spring 2012, in no particular order, are: Jakob Womack, Music City Drum and Bugle Corps; HCHS Band, Marimba for percussion section; Charlie Raymer, Piano lessons; Dakota Noble, Piano lessons; Rhea School, Art classes for 2 weeks; Krislen Sherrill, New York Theatre Camp; Bradley Johnson, Piano lessons; Brian Johnson, Piano lessons; Lauren Young, HCHS Band trip; Wesley Williams, HCHS Band trip; Hailey Frizzell, HCHS Band trip; Anna DiVito, Theatre Camp and Piano lessons; Shylamar Haley, Piano lessons; Lydia Shoemaker, Vocal Motion tuition; and Adam Dellinger, Camp Renaissance.
The newest program started by the Youth for the Arts board is the YFTA Fundraiser featuring the Renaissance Choir from Bethel University. The concert consists of a performance by the Renaissance Choir, a combined performance with a community youth choir, and an Art Gallery that will illuminate the art of Henry County’s youth. This year’s concert will be April 14th with the Art Show starting at 6pm and the concert starting at 7pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.
For more information on the Paris Henry County Arts Council, Youth for the Arts Board, or the YFTA Fundraiser with Renaissance Choir visit www.phcarts.com or contact the Arts Council office (731)642-3955.
Paris PD Makes DUI, Drugs, Shoplifting Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were dispatched on a call of a reckless driver weaving in traffic coming into Paris on 641S. Police caught up with the driver, identified as John Galindo, age 55 of 50 Boehms St., Springville, on Memorial Drive.
Police noticed him move toward the passenger floor and observed a smell of alcohol. Galindo first told officers it was the smell of his cough drop and then confessed to drinking a couple beers. Police found a half-full 24 ounce beer on the floor of the car.
He was arrested for DUI second offense, his vehicle was seized and General Sessions Court Judge Vicki Snyder set a bond of $12,500 and ordered him not to drive until his court date March 13.
Paris Police also arrested Gary Ross Ward, age 20 of 1202 Lone Oak Rd., Saturday night on charges of underage consumption and simple possession when a car in which he was a passenger was stopped on a light violation on East Wood St.
Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker observed that Ward appeared very intoxicated and while placing him under arrest on the underage consumption charge, Ward told him that he had pills. Whitaker found an oxycodone and clonazepam on Ward.
Officers were called to Wal-Mart on a report of shoplifting and arrested two women--Michelle Caperelli, 39, 208 Pinetree Rd., Buchanan; and Rhonda Lynn Hart, 42, Bruceton--for leaving the store with over $200 in merchandise. The merchandise was found in shopping bags in the bed of their truck.
Haslam: Republican Values Are Working
Governor Haslam speaks at Saturday's banquet. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Buchanan, Tenn.-An enthusiastic crowd greeted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam at Saturday night’s Governor’s Appreciation Banquet. A large crowd of the Republican Party faithful were on hand for the evening’s festivities, which were held at the Don Ridgeway Convention Center at Paris Landing State Park.
Haslam told the crowd his administration has had a good record in the 14 months since he took office, citing strides in balancing the budget, education, lowering unemployment and establishing a good environment for business.
He asked the crowd how much the state budget was and someone in the audience shouted, “Way too much.” Haslam agreed, noting that it was $32 billion. “But guess what?,” he said, “Before I took office it was $1 billion more, so we’ve been doing what we’re supposed to do, which is shrink the budget.”
Echoing comments made earlier in the evening by U.S. Senator Stephen Fincher about the core values of conservatives, Haslam said, “What we believe is that government doesn’t create jobs; individuals do and the government sets up the environment to do that. Our unemployment rate is now lower than the national average,” he said, “and more people have jobs here now than in the previous four years.”
Fincher introduced the governor and spoke of the core values of Republicans and conservatives. “If you believe in big government, high taxes and having less of your money, you need to vote for the President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and on and on,” Fincher said, “but if you want more of your money and if you want to be able to put your kids through school, vote for the Republican Party because that’s what we stand for.”
State Representative Tim Wirgau of Paris also spoke at the banquet and the Henry County Madrigals presented patriotic songs.
Governor Haslam and Rep. Stephen Fincher talk things over during dinner.
News from past weeks here.