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

Officers Busy With Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-A Spring Hill Rd. woman was arrested by Paris Police after she allegedly assaulted her former boyfriend and tried to hit him with her vehicle. Crystal Somerville, age 36 of 1600 Spring Hill Rd., was charged with aggravated domestic assault. Police observed the injuries on the victim and spoke to a witness.

Paris Police were called to the scene of another domestic incident which resulted in Willis Overby, age 38, of 1250 Guthrie Rd. being arrested for domestic assault after he allegedly kicked and punched a woman at a friend’s house.

A call of a suspicious person resulted in an arrest for drug charges. County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Sanders was called to the vicinity of Elkhorn and Allman Cemetery Rd. after a caller reported a suspicious person sitting in the roadway.

When Sanders arrived, Paris Patrolman Lt. John Brewer was already at the scene and told Sanders the person appeared intoxicated and lost. Ricky Allen, age 57 of 140 Jack Younger Rd., was arrested and charged with possession of schedule drugs after officers found pill bottles full of prescription medications. The medications belonged to someone else, however.

Home Burglary Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on Whitehead Rd. which had been burglarized. The family left their residence in the morning and when they returned in the evening, they found that someone had been in the home and several items were in disarray or missing.

They reported they had left the back door of their garage unlocked and one of their garage doors open. Among items missing was a Polaris 4-wheeler, a muzzleloader rifle, a black safe with money inside and several pieces of sporting goods equipment. All told, the stolen items totaled some $3,000. The theft is still under investigation.

City Commission hears updates on various projects

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday evening and city Manager Carl Holder updated the commission on the Bethel/Henry County Medical Center project. Holder said that so far they’ve managed to catch up on work after missing so much time due to rainy weather in late December and January. The only real issue left unresolved is waiting on the approval for airspace for the pedestrian bridge across Tyson Avenue.

Holder and a representative from A2H, the engineering firm working on the project will attend a May 23rd hearing to formally get approval for the airspace. Holder said hopes are that the airspace will be granted and the bridge can finally be constructed.

The commission also learned that bids will be let on the proposed signalization project with Tyson Ave. and Joy St. in June. Plans are for the bid to be accepted in July and the street work hopefully will be done at the same time the Bethel project is completed, if not the signalization as well. The schedule is still mid to late September for the completion of the Bethel project.

The commission also approved a request from the city manager to accept an informal agreement between the city and the Board of Public Utilities in regarding charges on the sewer rate. As discussed last month, for the past 18 years, the BPU has charged 12 cents per thousand gallons on the sewer rate which was remitted to the city to help defray the cost of building new sewer lines in newly annexed areas.

Accountants for both BPU and the city have deemed these payments inappropriate under new interpretation of regulations. BPU offered to administratively create an in lieu of tax payment as allowed by statute and to pay the city from the Water and Sewer funds an amount equal to what would have been collected with the 12 cent surcharge. The intent is to hold the city harmless from loss of revenue.

City looks at perpetual yard sale issues

At Thursday night’s city commission meeting, the commission heard discussions regarding ongoing or perpetual yard sales. City Manager Carl Holder explained that at the current time they are unable to respond to complaints from citizens about the yard sales.

He said the events will continue to be a problem until we have a policy in place that will allow some regulation of the issue. Holder said they’ve researched several municipalities regulations to consider how to deal with the program.

One method that seemed to be the most used was to limit the number of yard sales at a particular address within a 12 month period. A suggestion to enforce the method would require the party to register with the City prior to the yard sale date. More on this issue will be discussed later on.

The commission approved a rezoning request on First Reading regarding property located at 1517 North Market Street. Ware Property, who is the preferred developer for the Dollar General Stores in West Tennessee.

Sam Ware, of Ware Property, has an option to purchase the property at 1517 North Market Street for development. At the time, the property has a single dwelling, however, it is zoned residential mobile home. His request is to change it to B-1 which will allow retail. The commission decided to send this to the planning commission for recommendation and they will approve it if need be on second reading down the road.

City Finance director Kim Foster updated the board on financials for the city. Revenues and expenditures remain in line with expectations and retail sales finished over eight and a half percent up from the same month last year.


McKenzie Man Arrested with Assault on Officer Charges

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Eddie Forrest arrested Jeffery A. Jones, age 54, of 20 Cannon Road in McKenzie, after he assaulted his father and also took a swing at Sgt. Forrest. The call came in where Jones had been into an argument with his father and brother about his drinking. They tried to hide the whiskey bottle and Jones then assaulted his father.

When Sgt. Forrest arrived, he talked with the father, then went to the back bedroom to speak with Jeffery Jones. As the two were talking, Jones attempted to light a cigarette. Sgt. Forrest asked him not light it right now, a few times. Then Sgt. Forrest took the lighter away and Jones took a swing at Forrest. Forrest spun him around and threw him on the bed and cuffed him. While leading him to the patrol car, he found some marijuana in his pocket. Jones was charged with domestic assault, assault on an officer, and possession of marijuana.

Warrants have also been issued for Dale and Clint Fischer, of 100 Graceland road after an incident that occurred on highway 69A yesterday. The report at the sheriff’s office stated that an open 911 line led officers to the area, where Shawn Largent was hit with a shovel by Clint Fischer, and also hit by Dale Fischer. Largent did have an abrasion over his left eye.

Paris Police Looking for Wallet Thief

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are also still looking for a woman who took a wallet out of a truck parked at McDonald’s. The victim told Ptl. Mitch Gallimore that a girl that they thought was Jennifer Lee asked for a ride. She then climbed into the truck to use the phone. She left and the victim noticed his, wallet, which was on the dash board was missing. The wallet had several hundred dollars in it. When he tried to confront the girl, she took off running. Ptl. Gallimore has had no luck in making contact with Lee yet either. This incident is still under investigation.


Lake Cafe: Bagels, Pita, Gyros And More

Cook Mike Vallejo and Employee Tim Marshall at the new Lake Cafe. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Buchanan, Tenn.-A new eatery has opened by the lake and it offers a variety of tasty goodies that are different from any other local restaurant.

Lake Cafe at 6425 E. Antioch Rd., opened in April and already is shaping up to be a go-to spot for people looking for both healthy salads and sandwiches and more hearty fare.

Owners Christian and Judy Marshall opened the Lake Cafe in the building that formerly housed Mr. Garfield's BBQ. Christian said part of his impetus was wanting to find a good cup of coffee and not having to pay a ton of money for it. To that end, the cafe offers coffee for 93 cents, so that with tax, the customer only has to pay $1.

But more than that, the Marshalls wanted to offer the lake area (and beyond) a diverse mix of food options, from the traditional BLTs, BBQ, and subs, to things that are different for this area: gyros, pita, chili dog foot longs, a wide variety of salads, toasted bagels, philly cheese steak, and reuben sandwiches.

Cook Mike Vallejo, who has had a wide range of restaurant experience, said, "We like to do things differently here. We're always evolving."

Vallejo makes homemade soup every day, from potatoe, chicken noodle, clam chowder (offered on Fridays), cheese and broccoli, and can pretty much whip up whatever the customers want. "We have a lot of salads that are already made and ready for people, but we can make pretty much whatever they want," he said.

And the newest item on the menu is the Rye Willie, a grilled cheddar with hot roast beef sandwich, that was made up on the spot. "We ran out of reubens and our customer wanted something with roast beef, so we made that up for him and decided to put it on the menu," he said.

Bagels and bagel sandwiches are on the menu (try the bagel with cream cheese and cucumber slices) as is homemade lemonade.

Cookies are baked fresh every day and the restaurant also sells IttiBitz ice cream. Call-in orders can be made ahead by calling 731-277-7575.

FBLA Members Do Well At Conference

Paris, Tenn.-Thirty-five students representing E. W. Grove School and Henry County High School competed at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga, TN.

Students competed in business-related events addressing performance and objective standards for the Business Technology area of concentration.

The following students have the opportunity to advance to the National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, TX.:

Brigitte Passman, Job Interview, 1st Place; Katie Drummond, Job Interview, 2nd Place; Patrick Martino, Client Service, 1st Place; Eric Ofinowicz, Free Enterprise, 2nd Place; Business Communication, 4th Place; Patrick Fagan and Heath Hosford, Management Decision Making (team), 4th Place; Andrea Fuller, Freddie Williams, Paul Putman, and Angela Yearry advise the FBLA chapters.

Mobile Nation Opens Paris Store

WMUF/WLZK To Have Remotes Friday, Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-MobileNation Wireless Savings Club, the first-ever savings club exclusively for wireless phone service, has announced a new full-service retail store opening in Paris, TN, located at 1023 Mineral Wells Avenue in the Paris Square Shopping Center.

WMUF Radio Personalities Lance Pierce and Susan Bray will anchor our remote broadcasts from the new store on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, they will be there from 4-6 p.m. and will air on WMUF 104.7 and on Saturday will be there from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on WLZK 94.1.

The new store, which opened on April 23rd, will serve Paris and surrounding areas, further expanding the company’s reach into northwestern Tennessee. This full service location offers the complete lineup of MobileNation phones, calling plans, accessories, and member support.
“We are thrilled by this opportunity to move into Paris and offer our innovative approach to wireless phone service,” said Matt Owens, vice-president of marketing for MobileNation. “We are committed to providing our members with significant savings on their wireless bill every month and we look forward to sharing those savings with the people of Paris and surrounding areas.”
MobileNation is the first-ever savings club for wireless service and, like other direct-to-consumer savings clubs, focuses on keeping prices low for its members and offering additional discounts with outside companies. The company chose Central and West Tennessee and Western Kentucky to be the first market in the nation to receive its innovative wholesale approach to wireless cell phone services.
MobileNation owns and operates its own state-of-the-art high-speed wireless network within Tennessee and Kentucky. This owned-and-operated network serves the majority of MobileNation members’ usage. When members do happen to travel outside of their network, they are covered coast to coast through partnerships the company has with numerous regional and national wireless
carriers. This assures that their members have the same level of high-quality network service at home or nationwide without the worry of roaming charges or hidden fees.
The new Paris store is now open at 1023 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris. In addition, two stores are located in Jackson at 1923 Emporium Drive and 2162 South Highland Avenue, one in Dyersburg at 490 U.S. Highway 51, one in Humboldt at 2439 North Central Avenue, and one in Milan at 15303 South First Street. They are also opening their first Kentucky-based retail store in Paducah in the coming weeks. All stores are open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 7 PM.

McKenzie Purchases RR Depot

McKenzie, Tenn.-The city of McKenzie has purchased the historic railroad depot in the downtown area, along with adjacent green space and and empty lot across the street. The new purchases, made by the McKenzie Industrial Board, will be part of the city's planned historic revitalization of the downtown area. The former Park Theater is also a part of the new re-development.

The depot and adjacent properties were purchased for $108,000.

Brummitt, McKenzie Funeral Homes Merge

McKenzie, Tenn.-Effective May 1, two long-time McKenzie Funeral Homes--Brummitt and McKenzie Funeral Home--have merged under the new name Brummitt-McKenzie Funeral Home.

The homes will operate out of the current McKenzie Funeral Home location on Cedar Avenue. The former Brummitt location on Magnolia St. will now be closed, according to an article in The McKenzie Banner.

The merged funeral home is owned by West Tennessee Funeral Associates, LLC.


Section of I-24 Closed in Downtown Nashville This Weekend

Nashville, TN –Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews will close a three mile section of I-24 near downtown Nashville this weekend for a major bridge rehabilitation project over Main and Woodland Streets.

I-24 eastbound and westbound will be closed from the I-24/I-65 split north of downtown to the I-24/I-40 split east of downtown beginning Friday May 4th, at 9:00 p.m. The interstate will open no later than Monday May 7th, at 5:00 a.m.

In addition, Main Street and Woodland Street, from South 5th Street to Interstate Drive, will be closed to perform bridge repairs. Detours will be in place.

Tomorrow's Hope Spring Fling Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Center will have its Spring Fling Walk for Life on Saturday May 5 in downtown Paris. The city will close off Brewer to Ruff Streets for the event. The walk starts at noon at the center. Other events surrounding the Walk will include dunk a sheriff, a priest, and a lawyer, as Sheriff Monte Belew, Richard Bates, Mike Mogera, Jack Pressey, and Albert Wade will be in the dunking booth starting at noon and going throughout the day.

There will be lots of entertainment with the 6th hour starting things off at 11:30am, the Madrigals will perform at 12:30pm, the Inman Youth Choir will entertain at 1pm, First Baptist Church Choir at 1:30pm, the Lakewood Youth Choir at 2pm, the Point Pleasant Puppets at 2:30pm, and other open entertainment beginning at 3pm.

The sheriff’s office will have their drug trailer and drug dogs and there will be a fire truck with lots of goodies for the kids, and a 911 phone booth to teach kids how to use 911. Other activities includes visits from Oogie and Oogls the clows with Piddle Pop Balloon Fun, snow cones, bake sale, bouncers, an ice cream truck and a tour of the center.

Large Quantity Of Marijuana Seized

Henry County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Wyrick shows some of the 22 marijuna plants seized. (Sheriff's Office photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Puryear Police Department conducted a consensual search Tuesday of a home on Hwy 79 South.

During the search officers located a large indoor marijuana grow operation that consisted of 22 marijuana plants, lights, fans, timers, and cooling system.

Officers arrested 29-year-old Richard Odom Jr. of that address.  Odom was charged with Possession of Sch. VI (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was set a court date of May 5th, 2012 and was given a $7,500.00 bond.

             Richard Odom Jr.

TDOT, THP implementing strategies to reduce fatalies on TN roads

Nashville- The state of Tennessee is seeing a dramatic increase in traffic fatalities so far in 2012. Preliminary reports show that 288 people have died on Tennessee roads from Jan. 1st thru April 27th, up by 27 deaths from the same time in 2011.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will begin running a daily roadway fatality count on overhead Dynamic Message Signs in the state’s urban areas, along with targeted safety messages reminded motorists to wear seatbelts, obey the speed limit, and not to text and drive.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will also be out in full force working to reduce fatalities. THP has instituted large scale seat belt enforcement efforts in each district in conjunction with increased DUI enforcement efforts.

TDOT is also using preliminary crash data to determine where roadway safety improvements can be made. This includes installing additional rumble strips that alter drivers when they leave the travel lane, and the addition of reflective raised pavement markers that increase visibility. They are also working with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a program that identifies locations where multiple fatal crashes have occurred.

There were 16 more fatalities in January of this year compared to last year. In the month of March alone there were 104 fatalities across the state, compared to 80 in March of 2011. April so far has seen 30 fewer fatalities than last year.

Lunch to learn seminar planned for Friday at HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will have a women’s Health event on Friday at noon in classrooms two and three. Dr. Pam Evans, will speak on topics centering around this week being National Women’s Health Week. She will discuss new advance in robotic procedures, comparison of robotic hysterectomy to traditional approaches, and who is a candidate for this type of surgery. The seminar is free and lunch is provided. You must pre-register by calling 644-3463 or on the website, hcmc-tn.org.

Tayloe Is Named Quotarian Of The Year 

Stephanie Tayloe, right, receives honor from Jane Sinnema, left, with her mother, Val Routon, in middle. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Stephanie Tayloe was named Quotarian of the Year at the April 25 Quota meeting at Lee Academy. She was presented the traditional Quota necklace and a book will be donated to Rhea Library in her honor.

Quota President Jane Sinnema praised Tayloe for giving of her time and talents, both visibly and behind the scenes. Later in the meeting, Tayloe was installed as Vice-President for the 2012-2013 club year.

MSU Racers Visit Harrelson

Puryear, Tenn.-Murray State Racers basketball stars Ed Daniel and Donte Poole are shown moving through a crowd of students at Harrelson School last week. Several Racers visited Harrelson as part of the school's TCAP preparation week. Principal Beverly Fridy invited the team as a motivational activity for TCAP, the state assessments for grades 3-8. The students were able to meet the players and participate in basketball drills with them. The players explained that it takes hard work, practice, and commitment to be successful in the game of basketball as well as academically. Students were encouraged to do well in the classroom by studying, eating well , getting plenty of sleep, and exercising regularly. (Susan Burton photo).

Spring Showcase Set This Weekend

Front row, Left to right: Kassie Hudgins, Charlie Raymer, Derrick Crutchfield; middle, Erin Ruggles, Audrey Sinclair, Abby Webb; back, Fairlight Atkins, Hailey Bennett, Rylee VanDerpool, Alyvia Bishop. (Genie Montford photo).


Paris, Tenn.-The KPAC Children's Theater will be presenting its Spring Showcase this Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 at 3 p.m. at The Krider Performing Arts Center on Volunteer Drive. The cast of eleven 4-8 year olds will perform, 'The Three Little Pigs', and the cast of thirty 9-18 year olds will perform 'Charlie Lovett's Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood'.

Tickets are $8.00 for General Admission, $5 for Students, $5 for Seniors 55+, $10.00 for Reserved Seating. Tickets are available from any cast member, at the Civic Center, and at the Door. Box office will open one hour before the show and seating will begin a half hour before the show.

The production is Directed by Genie Montford, Choreographed by Allin Montford and Assisted by Jason Wade and Mary Grace Stockdale. Questions, please call Genie at 731-363-4668.

Garden Tour Set Sunday

Paris, Tenn.-Three local gardens will be on display at the spring Garden Tour sponsored by the Athena Delphian Club this Sunday, May 6, from 3-5:30 p.m.

To be on the tour are the gardens of Jimmy and Peggy Williams, 1315 Blythe St.; Gaines and Becky Hedges, 311 Head St.; and Pat and Rachel Terrell, 317 Walnut St., all in Paris.

Tickets are available at Maggie's, The Iron Place, Jack Jones, Wooford's Nursery, all in Paris, and Rolling Hills Nursgery in Murray.

Rosie Baker Flag Tourney Set

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Medical Center’s Home Health and Hospice will again host the Women’s Flag Football Tournament on Saturday, May 5, at the Eiffel Tower Park, in memory of Rosie Baker. The money raised will be used for scholarships for continued education in the healthcare field.

In addition to the Flag Football Tournament, HCMC Home Health and Hospice will be hosting a Schwan’s fundraiser. To be a part of the Schwan’s benefit, orders must be made at the Eiffel Tower Park between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Pre-orders and gift cards are available up to two days prior to the game by calling 1-888-724-9267 or by going online to www.schwansfundraiser.com. Enter the campaign number 39287 and fill in the form with the food items. You may pick up preordered items at the game.

A catalog is available at Home Health and Hospice, 311 E. Wood St., in the Marketing Department at HCMC or online at schwans.com.

 Rosie Baker was an employee of HCMC Home Health and Hospice when she passed away. She was a founder of Relay for Life in Henry County and supported it until her death. HCMC Home Health and Hospice has been raising money in her name for scholarships for 7 years now.

For more information about the scholarships or fundraisers, call HCMC Home Health and Hospice at 642-7600.

Wounded Warrior Registrations Being Accepted

Buchanan, Tenn.- --- Registration is still being accepted for the Third Annual Wounded Warrior Bass Tournament to be held at Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake, Saturday, May 19.

The tournament format will be a 3-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize of $2,500. The top 10 finishers will receive prize money.

The cost of the tournament is $110 per boat and those who register by the end of the day on May 1 will receive a free T-shirt. (Cost of the tournament is $120 per boat after May 1).

The tournament benefits the Wounded Warrior Program and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency serves as one of the sponsors of the event.

To register for the event or for more information, go to the Foundation website at www.twrf.net or contact Bill Terry at (615) 878-5099 or by email: billterry@bellsouth.net


Spring Gathering Set For Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The annual Spring Gathering will be held Friday at the Christian Life Center at Paris First United Methodist Church. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $8 which includes a hot lunch with Chicken Casserole, Green Beans, Spinach Salad, Rolls and Dessert. Bake sale and plant sale with annuals and perennials. Carry outs and delivery are available. Call FUMC @ 642-4764.

Throughout lunch, quilts from past to present will be showcased. Proceeds go toward United Methodist Women's charitable projects throughout the year.

Veterans Outreach Program Set May 9

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Veterans Service Office, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, neighboring county service officers, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be conducting a Veterans outreach to assist Veterans, dependents, and survivors.

The Veterans Outreach is for all veterans living in Benton, Carroll, Weakley, and Henry Counties, and will be held on Wednesday May 9th from 10am to 2pm at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

At the outreach, there will be free service in filing claims for disability comepensation, Agent Orange, Veterans exposed to radiation, and Non-Service Connected Pension. Also at the outreach, people can receive information on benefits for Burial at the Veterans Cemetery, healthcare, survivors, Ex-POWs, and more.

Free food and refreshments will also be available during the Veterans Outreach. This is a free service Veterans living in the area, who may be entitled to benefits and are not aware of it. For more information call Henry County Veterans Service Director Bob Nolan at 642-5055.

National Day of Prayer Program Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The National Day of Prayer will be observed with a program staring at noon Thursday at the Henry County Courthouse. The event will be emceed by Fred Shackleford, of Spring Hill Church. Paris City Manager Carl Holder will give the pledge of allegiance, and Jennifer Paschall will led the singing of the national anthem.

There will then be several prayers, led by different people. James Foxx will lead the first prayer, giving thanks for our ability to pray. Former County Executive Jimmy Turner will pray for our government and our leaders; Dr. Joe Turner, of New Harmony, will pray for our churches; Vietnam Veteran Bob Martin will pray for our military.

Praying for family will be Brandon Bruce, Roger Banks of VanDyck Church of Christ will pray for education; Pastor at First Christian Church Jenna Goggins will pray for the media, and Johnathon Smith of Fairview Baptist will pray for the economy and our businesses.

Everyone is invited to attend the National Day of Prayer service at the courthouse, which starts at noon.

Suspects Sought in Tyson Avenue break-ins

A sign on the door of the UPS Store let customers know Monday they were closed because of being broken into. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still investigating two burglaries that are very similar to ones that occurred many months ago to other businesses on Tyson Avenue. Two reports at the Paris Police Department tell of officers investigating a break in at the UPS store on Tyson Avenue and Allstate Insurance, which is right next door.

The first report said that a hole had been cut in the side of the UPS building and several items were taken. Two HP computers, valued at $1800 dollars a piece were stolen, along with $40 in stamps, and $300 in cash from the register.

Ptl. Amanda Forrest’s report also said that several items of mail were opened, all the telephone lines, internet, and cable lines were cut and a hole was cut in the bathroom that leads to Allstate Insurance.

The other report said that all the phone lines, internet, and cable lines were cut at Allstate Insurance as well. The only thing reported missing from that business, was some cash that was kept in the cash drawer.

These burglaries mimic ones that occurred many months ago on Tyson Avenue where Cash Express and Subway were burglarized, with holes being cut in the building, and all the phone lines cut as well. Police aren’t sure yet whether the incidents are related.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Stalking

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to Barrington Lane, where a woman was saying a man was stalking her. The report said the woman reported a man drove up to her while she was out working in the yard earlier in April and take pictures. When she screamed at him, he drove off, but then turned around came back and parked across the street and continued to take pictures. He finally drove off.

The woman told Deputy Jenkins that she didn’t see the vehicle or the man again until Monday, when she and her husband were driving in Paris. They pulled up next to him and asked him if he was the one who took pictures of her days back. He said yes, and that he takes pictures of many people. The woman did manage to get the tag off the vehicle’s license plate. Investigation is still ongoing, no arrests have been made yet.

Gas Board Hears Financials, Approves Engineering Fees

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of commissioners met in regular session Monday and General Manager Tae Eaton said it appears the district will finish the current fiscal year, which ends June 30th, in the red. They currently set about $174,000 in the red for the year and don’t have sales volume, since spring and summer are here, to make up that big of a difference.

Eaton said its due to the area having its 4th warmest winter on record, and reported that Paris Henry County is not alone. He said a little over 80% of the gas systems in the area will finish the current fiscal year in the red.

Eaton said they currently have over 47% capacity of gas in storage, and they usually are down around 25%. He said if they have more than 20% by the end of May, they will have to pay a small penalty. He told the board he plans to try to sell some of the gas. Again, the extra is because of not using as much this winter.

The board approved the district to sponsor the 2012 PIPE program at Paris Landing State Park for later this year. Its something they have done the last several years and it’s a safety conference of sorts where contractors, emergency service workers, and others from Benton, Henry, Carroll, and Weakley Counties are invited.

The board also approved to pay Stigall Engineering fees of just over $13K dollars for the ANR Tap Station Upgrade and approved the general manager to hire some high school and college students as part time help this summer. They will work on line maintenance such as mowing grass, cutting weeds, and other things.

Mike Greer Hired as New Patriots Basketball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Mike Greer has been named as the new head coach for the Henry County Patriots basketball team. Greer was one of several candidates who applied for the position. He currently is at West Carroll. We will try to have more on this on the Henry County Sports Show, which airs at 5 pm Mondays on WLZK 94.1FM.

2012 a good year for the Worlds Biggest Fish Fry

Paris, Tenn.- It looks like the 2012 Worlds Biggest Fish Fry had good numbers across the board. For the most part, the weather cooperated and people from Henry County and all over came out in full force. Just a little over seven thousand fish plates were served from the Fish Tent, from Wednesday thru Saturday. That number is up slightly from last year.

There were three good nights for the rodeo as well during this year’s Fish Fry. Chairperson Monte Starks said that even with some rain moving in Friday, the crowds were good. Really good crowds showed up Thursday and Saturday night, pushing the total numbers up from 2011 as well. The carnival also had better numbers than last year, as several afternoon rainstorms last year caused the crowds to disperse early at times. For complete coverage and photos of the Fish Fry, click on the link at the top of the page, and view more stories farther down the main page.

Sheriff Deputies Respond to Thefts, Vandalism Across County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Elkhorn Road was burglarized when someone made entry thru the back window, apparently removing the air conditioning unit to get access inside. Stolen from the home was three different shotguns, two valued at $500 and one at $600, a battery charger valued at $100, and a 32 inch LED TV valued at over $400. Police do have a possible suspect.

They also have a suspect in some vandalism that occurred at the Midway Café on highway 641 South. Sometime during the weekend, someone hooked up something to two air conditioning units and drove off dragging the units. One unit was found on French Road, the other on Reynoldsburg Road. The value of the units is at least $5500 a piece.

Another report at the sheriff’s office stated that a man living on Dale Cemetary Road returned home to find his recliner sitting in the front yard. He found the rear door open and a Marlin 22 Mag scoped rifle valued at $400 missing from the house. Police are still looking for suspects.

FCCLA Wins Awards At State

Nashville, Tenn.-Five members of E.W. Grove's FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) attended the state leadership conference earlier this month at the Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville and did very well.

Narivera Taylor competed in the Chapter Showcase Manual event. This event recognizes chapters that develop and implement a well-balanced program of work and promote FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations and skills to the community. Participants must prepare a manual and an oral presentation. Narivera received a silver award and place 3rd in the Junior level of this event.

Brittany Brown, Lexi Bond, and Kristen Chenoweth competed in the Life Event Planning event. This event recognizes participants who apply skills learned in Family and Consumer Sciences courses to manage the costs of an event. An event is defined here as any upcoming occasion that will bring changes and/or new experiences and accompanying financial challenges. Participants select an upcoming event in their lives, determine the amount they can budget for the event, and prepare in advance an event portfolio. At the event site, participants present the portfolio to the evaluators.

This team also received a silver award and placed 3rd in the Junior level of this event.

Evening of Chocolate Delight Set

Paris, Tenn.-Join the Inman Middle School Strings for an Evening of Chocolate Delight on Tuesday, May 1, at the school gym. Area vendors will serve up everything chocolate as the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation raises money for the purchase of a newborn hearing screener for the Women's Center.

Ticket holders can stroll through each booth and gather their chocloate delights to enjoy there or take home. They will receive a to-go container to carry with them. Bottled water will be served.

Vendors include Kroger, Lakeway IGA, McDonald's, My Favorite Things, Pris Donuts, Sally Lane's Fidalgo Bay Coffee, Subway and more.

Tickets are $10. The event is 5-7 p.m. and includes a silent auction.

Spaces Left In Girls' Night Out

Paris, Tenn.-There are still some spaces open for Girls’ Night Out at the Library. A different event will be held each night starting on April 30, May 7, May 14 and May21 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm with dinner served at 6:45pm. Reservations are needed so plenty can be prepared for dinner. Dinner on April 30 will be pizza! Call the Library at 642-1702.

Carnival Worker Arrested

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Washington Courts where an intoxicated carnival worker from the fish fry was found sitting on the porch of one of the apartments. Police arrested Jeffrey Marshall, age 37 of Gibsonville, North Carolina, for public intoxication.

Student Angler Tourney Set For Murray

Murray, Ky. — Murray State University is partnering with The Bass Federation, FLW and the Bluegrass State Games in hosting the 2012 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Kentucky High School Fishing State Championship. The tournament, which is open to all Kentucky high school students (ninth through 12th grades) who are Student Angler Federation members, is set for Saturday, May 5, on Kentucky Lake.

Check-in and on-site registration will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, May 4, with a rules briefing at 6:30 p.m. in Murray State’s Curris Center.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced in February the addition of bass fishing as a high school varsity sport-activity.

The lakes area and Murray State have already played host to numerous high school fishing tournaments, including last year’s Murray State High School Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake, an event that drew 88 teams representing more than 50 Kentucky high schools.

This year’s state championship tourney is a two-person team event. Multiple teams representing the same school are encouraged. Teams are urged to register online at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid late onsite registration fees.

Murray State’s partnership in this tournament is one of a number of events hosted in conjunction with FLW. In 2011, the university was the site of weigh-ins and other activities of the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship that was held on Kentucky Lake. Filmed on the lake and at MSU’s CFSB Center, the tournament was featured on “FLW Outdoors” on the Versus channel.

Perfect Last Day for 2012 WBFF

Most Original Float in the small fry parade went to the 'Eat Mor Catfish' float manned by Jack and Jude Hendricks. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Perfect weather blessed the last day of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, with crowds of happy people on hand for all the events and attractions, including the small fry parade, catfish races and junior fishing rodeo. A long line of hungry folks were waiting for the fish tent to open in the morning and the fish tent stayed busy the rest of the day, while the crowds at the fairgrounds kept the carnival and vendors at the arts and crafts festival busy, too.

An Art Walk around the courtsquare involving over a dozen artists drew crowds, as well.

Many proud parents and spectators lined the court square to applaud the 13 creative entries in the small fry parade this year, with awards going to: Best Decorated Bike, first place, Carson Dempsey, second place, James Lacy. Best Character, first place Drew Weatherly and Londyn Raines, second place, Griffin and Gavin Strang.

Most Original Float, first, Jack and Jude Hendricks, second, Drew Weatherly and Londyn raines; and third, the Hutson kids. Best Decorated float went to, first, Griffin and Gavin Strang; second,m Drew Weatherly and Londyn Raines, and third, the Hutson kids.

Best Marching Unit was won by First Presbyterian Church, second, Joyland, third, the Henry Co. Girl Scouts. Coolest pet was won by Noah Valentine and his dog, Lucy.

Other photos can be found on the fish fry link on the top of the page.

Noah Valentine and Lucy won for Coolest Pet. (McFarlin photo).

Jenny Corley was one of several artists on the Art Walk around the courtsquare.

"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).

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