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


Racer Fans Invited To 'Dance Party' On Selection Sunday

The Racers celebrated their OVC Championship last week.

Murray, Ky..- Murray State athletics is inviting all fans to help the Racers celebrate their 15th NCAA Tournament selection at the 2012 Racer Dance Party Sunday, March 11, at Racer Arena.

Doors to the festivities will open at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free. Stampede members who wear this year's shirt will be allowed in at 3:15 p.m. All fans are encouraged to wear gold and bring signs for the festivities.

Murray State players and coaches will be available from 3:30-4:30 for autographs and pictures. Children who collected Racer Bucks throughout the season can redeem for prizes if they did not do so at the final home game.

The Racer Band will be on hand, playing everyone's favorite game-day songs, with appearances by Dunker, Air Dunker, the Racer Girls and cheerleaders.

Fans will have opportunities to purchase their favorite Racer gear from the University Store, and will have a chance to win prizes through give aways and contests.

At 5 p.m., the NCAA Tournament selection show on CBS will be broadcast as the Racers will learn their opponent and seeding for their second round game.

Public Invited To Racer Scrimmage

Murray, Ky.-Murray State Basketball fans will get a special opportunity to see the Racers scrimmage and then get autographs from the NCAA Tournament bound squad Saturday at the CFSB Center.

Fans are invited to come out to the CFSB Center Saturday at 11 a.m. for this free event. The team will go through a short warm up and then scrimmage starting at 11:45 a.m. At approximately 12:30 p.m., fans will have the chance to meet the team and get autographs.

Haslam In Paris Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.-Governor Bill Haslam will appear at the Governor's Appreciation banquet sponsored by the Henry County Republican Party on Saturday at the Paris Landing Convention Center.

The evening begins will a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with dinner and program from 6:30-9 p.m. The governor is expected to speak around 8 p.m.

Mark Twain Tonight! Tickets On Sale

Huntingdon, Tenn.-A living, breathing American masterpiece! It is, quite simply, one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theatre. Nearly 50 years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theatre and introduced the world to a man they'd never forget. The actor was Hal Holbrook. The man was Mark Twain.

Theater-lovers will have another chance to see Holbrook, husband of the late Dixie Carter, as Mark Twain once again at The Dixie Theater for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $30 per person for the April 6 and 7 performances that begin at 7:30 p.m.

"An Evening with Hal Holbrook" special fund-raising reception will be held at 8 p.m.  the same evenings. Donations are $100 per person and includes opportunities to meet and have your photos taken with the actor. All proceeds go toward events and educational opportunities provided by The Dixie.

Tickets for both the performance of “Mark Twain Tonight!” and the Hal Holbrook Fundraising Reception will go on sale at The Dixie Monday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. Mark your calendar because these tickets will go fast!

Clinic Sustains Damage

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating damage to a clinic on N. Market Street which apparently was caused by a hit and run accident.

The incident apparently occured overnight Tuesday and was reported to police Wednesday morning. It appeared that a vehicle had struck the railing on the northside of Carty Clinics, causing a large piece of concrete to fall off and go into the basement window. Approximately $1,300 damage was caused.


Paris Police Make Arrests

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police made several arrests on a variety of charges the past few days.

Responding to a call of a suspicious person, Paris Police arrested George Sturdivant, 49, 104 Crestview, and found him to be unsteady on his feet and smelling of alcohol. He was arrested for public intoxication.

Anthony Willoughby, age 28, 352 Sparks St., Paris, was arrested for public intoxication after police were called to that residence on a disturbance call.

Responding to a call of a fight in progress at 110 Greenacres Dr., police found two sisters fighting and after questioning the two and witnesses, they arrested Rebecca Siler, 30 of that address for domestic assault.

Paris Police were called to Wal-Mart twice in recent days on shoplifting calls.

They arrested Chardon Atkins, 25 Pitt Street, Paris, for stealing clothing valued at $47. They also arrested Jon Tacchia, 55, of 3399 Clayton Town Rd., Buchanan, for theft over $500 from the store.

Drug arrests were also made recently. Candice Garner, 622 Powell St., was arrested for delivering marijuana and a $10,000 bond was set. Chauncey Cowan, 504 Pitt St., Paris, was charged with two counts sale of drugs and $15,000 bond was set.


Teams Sought For BBQ Cook-Off

Paris, Tenn.-The first annual Jim Guinn/CDS Charity Barbeque Cookoff will be Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Cherokee Hills near Paris Landing, TN. Judging at 4PM with prizes awarded at 5PM. Teams are needed. Entry fee is $100. For details, rules, how to enter contact June at 731-697-0083 or Cynthia at 731-571-1649. This is a fundraiser for Community Developmental Services, INC> in Martin, TN, serving the Intellectually Disabled in Henry, Carroll, Weakley, Obion and Lake Counties.


Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday

Daylights Savings Time Begins this Sunday morning so be sure and set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night. It's also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.


August Election Deadline Nears; Wright Picks Up Papers

       Steve Wright

Paris, Tenn.- One of the elections for 2012 is behind us but two more are coming later this year and deadlines to qualify for those are approaching even quicker. The next election will be held on Thursday August 2nd which will be the county general election and state primary.

Offices up for grabs in the August election include U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, State Senator, and State Representative for the state primary. These seats are currently held by Bob Corker, Stephen Fincher, Roy Herron, who is retiring from his spot, and Tim Wirgau.

The only person so far to pick up papers in the Henry County Election Commission is Steve Wright to run against Wirgau for the State Representative spot.

Local offices up for grabs in August include Road Board Chairman. Ronald Brown is retiring this year and will not seek re-election. Two citizens have already picked up papers, Bobby Milam and Hugh Tyler.

All five spots are up for grabs on the road board as well. Picking up papers so far are incumbent Cody Craig for district 1, Marty Allison and Rain Hicks for district 3, incumbents Keith Hopkins, and Vic Mallard, for districts 4 and 5 respectively. No one has picked up papers yet for district two on the road board.

Four sports on the Paris Special School District Board are up for grabs in August. Picking up papers so far are Richard Edwards, Robert Sleadd, Christy Minor, and John Steele.

For the Henry County School board districts 1, 3, and 5 will hold elections in August. Picking up papers so far are Rod Frey in district 1, incumbents Tom Beasley and Robert Sleadd, in districts 3 and 5.

Also up for grabs in August will be three seats on the county commission, all in district 3. So far no one has picked up papers to qualify for these seats.

Citizens have less than a month now to pick up papers and get the proper signatures and get them turned back in to the election commission. All papers are due by Thursday April 5th at noon.

Refuge Discovery Series set for Tuesday March 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a Refuge Discovery Series Program dedicated to Bluebirds on Tuesday March 13th at the Paris office located at 3006 Dinkins Lane. The event will start at 6:30pm and you can come and hear Mitz Bailey talk about this beautiful bird, their conservation needs and how you can help.

Stick around to learn how to build your very own bluebird box and hear the best tips on how to place them in your yard. As with all Refuge Discovery Programs, they are free and open to the public. This is an excellent opportunity for families or those groups working with children. Free door prizes of posters and wildlife guides will be given away to all participants.


West Carroll PTO hosts pageant on Saturday

Atwood, Tenn.- The West Carroll Elementary School PTO is sponsoring the 32nd annual West Tennessee Beauty Pageant on March 10th in West Carroll High School cafetorium starting at 1pm with registration starting at noon. The entry fee is $25 at the door with sibling discounts available. The admission to the pageant is only five dollars.

Age groups for boys range from birth to 2 years and for girls range from birth to 21 years. Trophies will be awarded for King, Queen, 1rst, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places. For more information call 731-669-3851.


Thefts reported in the county

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Jack Younger Lane was entered with a Sony DVD player and a 220 volt space heater stolen from it. There was forced entry but police have no suspects in the incident so far.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a Bronze Military Bronze Grave marker was taken from a grave at Union Grove Cemetery. The marker was taken to Copeland Metals, where the owner obtained the ID of the person who turned it in. Police are still investigating.

Chauncey M. Cowan, age 27, of 504 Pitt Street was arrested and charged with sale of schedule of two and six drug.

Heavy rains today, tonight; another round Saturday-Mon. night

Paris, Tenn.- Be mindful of the weather the next few days as a low pressure system is setting up in the southeast part of the country that is bringing in abundant moisture in from the Gulf, which has already resulted in heavy rains Thursday. Heavy rains will continue thru tonight and after a slight break Friday and Saturday, another round of rains will start Saturday night and last thru Monday night.

The possibility exists for 2-3 inches of rain throughout this evening and then several more inches with the next round later this weekend. This will likely cause small streams and ditches to flood, especially in flood prone areas. Keep up with the latest forecast and remember to use caution when driving in flood prone areas.


TBI charges Houston County Dentist with unlawful dispensing of prescriptions

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested an Erin dentist on Wednesday after he was indicted by the Houston County Jury on March 5th for illegally prescribing controlled substances.

Dr. John S. Paffrath, age 56, of 71 East Market Street, in Erin was charged in the indictments with four counts of unlawful dispensing of prescriptions. TBI opened a case on Paffrath in June of 2011 after being requested by the 23rd Judicial District Attorney’s General Office to investigate allegations against him.

Between January 2011 and July 2011, Paffrath prescribed at least four patients scheduled drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, xanax and valium without seeing the patients in his office. He prescribed the medications in quantities inconsistent with therapeutic necessity and for medical complaints outside his area of expertise. Paffrath works as a dentist at the Hilcrest Dental Clinic on East Main Street in Erin. Paffrath was booked into the Houston County Jail on 10 thousand dollars.

Runway for a Cure Fashion Show set for Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for life has its big night in June, but many activities take place all year in order to raise money for the fight against cancer. On Friday at the Henry County Fairgrounds, there will be a Spring Fashion show including Prom Fashions. Runway for Cure will start at 5:30pm Friday evening with a silent auction and hors d’ourvres served. There will be local vendor display booths and entertainment by DJ Landon.

At 7pm, the Fashion Show will start with fashions presented by The Closet, Leigh Nants, La Belle Chiffon, and Schemes and Themes. Tickets for the event are 15 dollars each or two for 25 dollars. Tickets are available at The Closet, Schemes and Themes, Leigh Nants, La Belle Chiffon, Southside Café, and any relay committee member. All money raised benefits Relay for Life.


SEC Tourney starts Thursday; WRQR 97.5 will broadcast games

New Orleans- The SEC men’s basketball tournament starts just after noon Thursday in New Orleans Arena. Games include LSU vs. Arkansas, Alabama vs. South Carolina, Ole Miss vs. Auburn, and Mississippi State vs. Georgia. Winners of these games will face Kentucky, Florida, Tennessee, and Vandy respectively during Friday’s matchups. We will broadcast the entire SEC men’s tournament starting around noon today and all weekend on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000. The games will also be broadcast on WHDM 98.9 and 1440 AM in McKenzie.


Puttin' A Ring On It!

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Patriots' football players Caleb Counce, left, and Andrew Jelks show off their state championship rings that were presented to the team at a ceremony Tuesday at the high school. The presentations were made by the Quarterback Club. The football team is still basking in the glow of winning the state 5A championship title earlier this year. (Susan Burton photo).

Tickets Still Available For Conger Show

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are still on sale for "Larry and Elaine Conger Unplugged" music show set for Saturday night. Tickets are $10 and the show will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lee Academy for the Arts.

Learning About Bluebirds

Paris, Tenn.-The Friends of Tennessee NWR will host a Refuge Discovery Series Program dedicated to Bluebirds on Tuesday, March13 at the Paris office at 6:30 pm. Come hear Mitz Bailey talk about these beautiful bird, their conservation needs and how you can help. Stay to build your very own bluebird box and hear the best tips on how to place them in your yard. As with all Refuge Discovery Series programs, it is free and open to the public. This is an excellent program for families, or those groups working with children.

Free door prizes of posters and wildlifeguides to all participants.

Eating Pasta For A Good Cause

Paris, Tenn.-The Lee Academy for the Arts will host a pasta luncheon Friday, March 9 at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center in Downtown, Paris. The meal will be spaghetti, salad, rolls, drink and dessert and will be available from 11am to 1:30 pm. for dine in, carry outs, or delivery with a minimum of six prepaid orders. Diners will be entertained with a spring fashion show courtesy of Maggies. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased from any Academy board member, Maggies in Downtown Paris or Merison’s - Endless Possibilities for Your Home on Memorial Drive.

This event is a fundraiser to support the operations of Lee Academy for the Arts. Academy President Sandee Green explained, “Any time you have a building over 100 years old, there will always be some issues that need to be taken care of. Because we have so many classes going on now, we have a much higher operation cost.”


HCMC starts up Henry County Walking Club

Paris, Tenn.- Starting March 7th, the Henry County Medical Center is offering a Free Walking Club to get in shape for the summer. Every Wednesday at noon, the Healthy Henry County Walking Club will meet with staff in the Front Lobby for a 20 minute walk, rain or shine.

Participants who sign up for the walking club will receive a free pedometer and the opportunity to win great prizes like cups, mugs, gift card, exercise equipment, and t-shirts based on points earned.

Initial sign ups will be today, March 7th, but participants can join the program at any time. Be sure and join the club each Wednesday at noon at the front lobby rain or shine.

Local Farmer Wins Money for HC Fair

Paris, Tenn.- Larry Gregson of Paris, along with a representative of the Monsanto Fund, presented a check Tuesday night to the Henry County Fair after being selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win 25 hundred dollars their favorite local nonprofit organization. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund. Gregson designated the Henry County Fair to receive the award.

The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than 3.1 million dollars in local communities. Farmers from 39 states, could win $2500 for their favorite community nonprofit. Nearly 60 thousand farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designated to benefit nonprofit groups such as Ag youth, schools, and other civic organizations.

Norwood wins re-election bid for Road Supervisor

Paris, Tenn.- Incumbent Ray Norwood won his bid for re-election as Henry County Road Supervisor on Tuesday night by taking 1,132 votes, which equates to just over 68 percent. Norwood defeated challenger Steve Kuykendall in the race for road supervisor, as Kuykendall grabbed 523 votes, or 31.6 percent of the vote.

Charles Van Dyke took just shy of 100% of the vote in the race for county Assessor of property. Van Dyke was running unopposed and grabbed 1,280 of the 1,288 votes cast in this race across the county.

Final Results: Henry County picks Santorum in Republican Primary

Paris, Tenn.- The local Republican presidential primary displayed that Henry County agreed with the state of Tennessee, electing Rick Santorum as the candidate to face off with Barack Obama in November. Santorum finished with 951 votes in Henry County, just shy of 40 percent of the total votes cast. Mitt Romney took 615 votes, or just under 26%, Newt Gingrich came in third with 584 votes, or nearly 25%, and Ron Paul finished with 200 votes, just shy of 9%.

Total turnout for the primary was 4,073 voters, with almost 24 hundred of those voting on Election Day and just under 17 hundred voting via Early Voting or Absentee ballot. The voter turnout equates to about 17.2% of the registered voters in Henry County.

Norwood Takes Early Lead; Santorum Ahead In County

Elections Commissioner Darrin Thompson, left, posts early voting results as Henry County Democratic Party Chairman John Thomas and Jerry Mustain look on. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-In the county's only contest, Henry County Road Supervisor Ray Norwood took an early lead over political newcomer Steve Kuykendall in the early voting and the precinct totals that have been released so far at the Henry County Elections Commission office.

As precinct totals are released, they will be reported on our website.

In early voting results: voters cast 608 votes for Norwood, with Kuykendall receiving 248.

County Property Assessor Charles VanDyke received 683 votes. He is running unopposed.

In the Republican presidential primary, Rick Santorum was running ahead of the pack in early voting results, with 392 votes. Other totals are: Mitt Romney, 201; Gingrich, 160; and Ron Paul, 59.

In the Democratic presidential primary, President Barack Obama received 443 early votes in the county during the early voting period.

Santorum Wins Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn: Rick Santorum won the Tennessee primary, the Associated Press is projecting, as was predicted in a conservative state that has showed  a comfortable lead over likely second-place finisher Mitt Romney.

The winner was projected based on exit polls, with precinct results just starting to come in after polls closed at 7 p.m. Central Time.

Santorum was popular with social conservatives in the state, while Romney had the endorsement of Gov. Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and much of the state’s GOP establishment. Gingrich, from neighboring Georgia, made a campaign stop in Nashville the week before the primary, but was not much of a factor.

Page Found Guilty Of Vehicular Homicide

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County Circuit Court Jury found Jeffrey Dean Page guilty of vehicular homicide and two lesser included offenses following a week-long trial.

Page, 50, Old McKenzie Highway, Henry, was charged with vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated child neglect following a go-cart accident in March 2010 in which a child was killed and another child injured at his home.

Following several hours of deliberations on Saturday night and Monday morning, the jury found Page guilty of vehicular homicide; not guilty of aggravated child neglect, but guilty of the lesser included charge of aggravated assault; and not guilty of aggravated child neglect, but guilty of a lesser included charge of assault.

Judge Donald Parish set sentencing in the case for April 23.

During the course of the trial, Assistant District Attorney Beth Hall presented evidence that Page had been drinking and smoking marijuana in the hours before the accident and that safety measures were not followed in taking the children on the go-carts which were driven by he and his son, Chris.

Page's attorney Daniel Taylor argued that the incident was accidental and not intentional.

WMUF covered the trial and other articles are elsewhere on our website.

Grand Jury Indicts 34


           Scotty Chase Perry                                    Anthony Willoughby, Jr.

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-A Henry County Grand Jury issued 34 indictments at an all-day session Monday, with charges ranging from criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, aggravated assault (against a police officer), unlawful sexual contact with children, and vehicular assault with a golf cart. As usual, the bulk of the indictments involved drug and alcohol cases.

Scotty Chase Perry, W. Blythe St., Paris, was charged with criminal attempt to commit first degree murder. Perry is charged with stabbing a Dunlap St. man multiple times last December.

Anthony Brock Willoughby, Jr., 352 Sparks St., Paris, was charged with aggravated assault and evading arrest. He is charged with fleeing from Deputy Wayne Fuqua and striking the driver's side door of Paris Patrolman Amber Roaten's patrol car in November.

Jeremy Drew Raymer, 105 Routon Truck Stop Rd., Henry, unlawful sexual contact with a child under 13.

Johnny Gale Carter, 175 Hilltop Rd., Springville, vehicular assault and DUI. Carter is charged with driving a golf cart while drunk and striking a female pedestrian on Dog Lane, Springville.

Tiffany April Buell, 1034 Manley St., Paris, aggravated child neglect for having meth and meth precursors around children.

Jeffrey Phillip Manns, 1202 Lone Oak Rd., aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13.

Michael Thomas, 1610 Jim Hunt Rd., Cottage Grove, sexual battery by an authority figure involving a child between 13-18.

Dallas Richard Myers, Jr., violation of community supervision.

Edward Morales, Jr., violation of sex offender registry, possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia.

Melissa Ann Prince, theft and aggravated burglary, charged with stealing a four-wheeler and trailer.

Linda Houston and Jason Neal Hargrove, both of Murray, charged with aggravated burglary at Mammy's and Pappy's bed and breakfast in Springville.

Jonathan William Backer, aggravated burglary of a Puryear home.

Dexter Andre Williams, aggravated burglary of a Depot St. garage.

Mickey Lynn Holladay, theft of a boat.

Veronica Leigh Meredith, theft of guns from a Buchanan home.

James Entrekin, theft of utilities.

Wayne Anthony Travis, 21 counts of passing worthless checks.

James Owen, DUI, no license, no seat belt, no insurance, open container, driving on wrong side of road, and following too closely.
Joshua Blankenship, DUI.

Indictments for various drug charges were issued against: Diane Elaine brown, Donald Gallimore, Stephanie Jeanette Reynolds, todd Allen Carter, Marcus Olive, William Roy Kirkpatrick, Tammy Jean Thompson, Clint Dexter Raymer, Danny Joe Trotter, Terry Joe Swigert, Larry Gene Black, Justin Jerard Long.


       Johnny Gale Carter                                   Jeffrey Phillip Manns


Polls Open From 7 to 7 Tuesday, Grove Voters Will Not Vote in Weston Hall

Paris, Tenn.- Polls will be open across Henry County from 7am to 7pm today for the Presidential Preference Primary. Voters in Henry County will have the opportunity to vote for property assessor and vote in the race for Road Supervisor between incumbent Ray Norwood and Steve Kukyendall. Citizens who are registered to vote need to remember to bring a photo ID with them with they go and vote day, whether it be driver’s license, military ID, or other.

All polls close at 7pm, so be sure and make plans to get to your polling precinct before then. The weather should be great with sunshine and highs in the mid 60s. Those citizens who vote in the Grove precinct, instead of voting in Weston Hall as you’ve done for a number of years, the voting will be in  the new addition in the lobby of the new gym.

For all the results of tonight’s local elections, follow on our website, wmufradio.com, starting after 7pm as we give you vote tallies from each precinct. We will also have a full report on the election on Wednesday morning’s newscast.

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