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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Nicki Marr

 


TN National Wildlife Refuge Center Closed On July 29th & 30th

Springville, Tenn. - The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge announces the new refuge Visitor Center will need to close down temporarily on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29th and 30th, to pave Wildlife Drive, which accesses the center.

The Visitor Center will reopen as normal, beginning Friday, July 31st, at 8 a.m.

For any questions, or more information, pleace contact the refuge headquarters office at 731-642-2091.


BPU Board Of Directors Approve Re-appointment, Write-Offs

John Ethridge discusses financial statements at the BPU Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. (Nicki Marr photo)

Paris, Tenn. - BPU Board of Directors met Tuesday morning, as  June 30th marked the end of the fiscal year and the first order of business was the action of the city commission in the  re-appointment of John Van Dyck to the BPU Board for another four-year term, which was approved.

Reorganization of the board was next on the agenda, and a motion and second to make no changes were given. Chairman of the Board, David Flowers, Ralph Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Board, and Gini Roberts, Secretary/Treasurer.

Review of financial statements and statistical reports were reviewed and approved. Reviews showed all departments, to be in the positive and on budget.

Approval was considered for the write-off of delinquent accounts (charged off from mid-Feb to mid-May) a total of 95 customers. This number is down from 139. The total amount of write-offs were $22,663.66 However, further collection efforts have reduced that figure to approximately $20,975.00

An update on the water plant project timetable was given. The SRF Loan will close in August. Projected completion date for the project is November of 2016.

Utility Service & Maintenance, Incorporated, based in St. Louis, Missouri, gave a low bid of $76,254.53 plus $900 per each mobilization between the US&M office to the job site. The bid is for the painting of nine substation transformers and the galvanized steel structure at the district substation. In depth research revealed experience and knowledge in this field and the motion was approved.

Also approved on the agenda was the amendment to the BPU internal purchasing guidelines.

Approval of the purchase of Board of Public Utilities business insurance from September 2015 to August 2016 was granted. TML will continue to provide this service, a $20,000 increase will be incurred, but this is standard for additional coverage that was added.

Approval of motion authorizing the Paris BPU to participate in the TML Risk Management Pool Safety Partners Loss Control Matching Grant Program was given. Training of this nature allows equipment to be earned for participating.

In other business, and conclusion, approximately 300 customers have taken advantage of the pre-pay services offered.


Paris Woman Arrested On Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, stated that the MCU, Lt. Ricky Watson and Chief David Andrews, conducted a traffic stop on Memorial Drive for the driver not wearing a seatbelt.

A rear passenger, Crystal Lacy, age 34, of 3563 Old McKenzie Highway, was known to have active arrest warrants and asked to step from the vehicle and taken into custody.

Lacy’s purse was searched and approximately 2.1 grams of methamphetamine ice in 3 separate baggies were located, along with a small bag of marijuana. Officers also discovered digital scales and numerous empty baggies, used for packing drugs. Officers also seized $245 in drug proceeds.

Two needles were also located, one of which had been used.

Lacy was transported to Henry County Jail and upon being searched, 1 ½ wafers of methadone were found in her undergarment.

Lacy was charged with possession of a schedule II drug with intent, simple possession of a schedule VI drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lacy’s bond was set at $30,000.


Burglaries Continue Throughout The Area

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to a burglary call at 5390 Foundry Hill Road, in Paris.

The resident said that the break-in occurred sometime between 10 p.m. on July 26th and 8:30 a.m. on July 27th, while he was at work.

The resident stated that someone had kicked in two doors of the home and had stolen several items from the bedroom and a few from the living room.

Items stolen were an Xbox One, 22 bolt action rifle, 60” Vizio television, a Predator guitar, 2 rings, motorcycle helmet and several dvds.

Items were valued at $2100 and no arrests have been made at this time.

Henry, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, stated that a break-in was reported at 2415 Herrondale W, in Henry.

The home was entered through an unlocked door and a wooden, locked drawer was damaged with a pry tool.

Contents of the drawer were 2 coffee cans filled with change, and totaling approximately $200. Also taken from the drawer were prescriptions, including Neurontin, Tramodol 50 mg, Hydrocodone 7.5 mg and Toradol.

Value of the items stolen were listed at $280. No arrests have been made.


Paris Man Arrested On Several Outstanding Warrants

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Dereck Greenhill observed Brian M. Long, of 418 Harrison Lane, on the corner of Greer and Brewer Streets, while on routine patrol.

Ptl. Greenhill checked with dispatch and was advised Long had outstanding warrants for Theft over $500 and carrying or possession of a weapon.

Long was taken into custody, without incident and transported to the Henry County Jail, where he was placed on $100,000 bond.


Woodlands Nature Station At LBL Hosts Hummingbird Festival

Golden Pond, KY., - Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd, is the Hummingbirds and Habitat Festival at the Woodland’s Nature Station at LBL.

August is Hummingbird Month. Join the fun with programs, games, crafts, obstacle course, art, and more. $7 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5 -12, and ages 4 and under are free.

Reservations are required, but Have Dinner with the Hummingbirds is also on the schedule. Dinner, program, and demonstration included. The cost is $25 per person. This event will take place on Friday, July 31st and spots fill up quickly. For reservations, call 270-924-2020.


Bethel University Hosts Lights|Camera|Fashion On Campus

McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University hosted the Lights|Camera|Fashion program on its McKenzie campus, Tuesday, July 21st.

Lights|Camera|Fashion, owned and produced by FrozenZen Photography and My Best Friend Jenna Boutique, is much more amazing than an amazing Prom Runway Fashion Show. It is a yearlong program focused on enriching the lives of Tenneessee’s young women and is dedicated to raising funds for the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.   

In the Spring, hundreds of girls from high schools throughout Tennessee apply to be part of the Lights|Camera|Fashion Model Program with a limited number selected to participate. During their year in the program, these high school junior and senior girls receive instruction on modeling, walking the runway, posing for the camera, applying makeup and raising philanthropic funds. They participate in the FrozenZen Photography fashion shoots modeling the latest designer gowns from My Best Friend Jenna Boutique.

This unique experience culminates in a dazzling Prom Runway Fashion Show patterned after New York Fashion Week. This Lights|Camera|Fashion Prom Runway Fashion Show is the largest of its kind in the nation, and it is the only one focused entirely on Junior and Senior High School students. Bethel University will be a Premiere Sponsor of the 2016 show, scheduled for January 30, 2016.

Participants in the Lights|Camera|Fashion learn runway modeling during the July 21st workshop held at Bethel. (Bethel photo)


Power Outages Around Town After Mobile Home Hits Lines

Paris, Tenn. - BPU and telecommunications companies were on scene, after a truck driver drove a modular home through several low hanging wires, including a power line, just before Noon on Monday.

Several stop lights, businesses and homes remain without power and according to BPU, could remain without power for up to 3 to 4 hours.

Traffic on North Market Street is being rerouted and BPU are aware of the outages. Crews are working diligently to restore power and thank you for your patience during this time.

(Tammie Garner photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)


Police Investigating Stabbing At Home In Springville

Springville, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputies responded to 195 Howell Loop Road, in Springville, in regards to a stabbing.

Deputies found the victim on the couch with a  3 to 4 inch laceration to the cheek/chin area. The laceration was approximately a ¼ inch deep.

The victim stated that he heard a car pull up, and when he went to the door he was rushed by 4 men wearing masks. He stated that all the men appeared to be white males.

The victim stated he struggled with two of the men in the kitchen and then the other two dragged him to the living room.

The victim also stated that the masked men were making remarks about his gang tattoos and they were going to rid him of them, by cutting them off. He stated that after they cut his face, they took off running.

The victim advised the men left in what appeared to be an older, police style white, Crown Victoria, with black rims.

Police are still investigating.

In an unrelated incident, a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Ronald Carl Johnson II, age 43, of 5420 Hwy 69 S, in Paris, was arrested after he was pulled over for operating a vehicle on East Wood Street that had a left tail light and brake light out.

A check revealed Johnson’s license was suspended for failure to appear. He was transported to the Henry County Jail without incident and placed on $500 bond.


Harrelson School Plans Back To School Night On August 3rd

Paris, Tenn. - Harrelson School will be having Back-To-School Night on Monday, August 3rd, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to come out and meet your child’s teacher, get important information for the upcoming school year and receive an ice cream treat.


Louisiana Tactics Win Costa Bassmasters

Overall winners Alex Heintze and Justin Watts (Bassmasters photo)

McKenzie, Tenn - The Henry County Tourism Authority, along with Bassmaster, Bethel University, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, teamed together to bring back to Northwest Tennessee the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.

The national championship was held on Kentucky Lake, July 22nd -25th, in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Bassmaster National Championship, which was held on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake in Huntingdon, on July 24th and 25th.

From day 1 of the competition, Justin Watts and Alex Heintze led the tournament, using tactics from living in Louisiana and fishing in the shallow waters of the bayous.

According to Bassmaster.com, Alex Heintze stated, “We didn’t come here to fish the ledges so we committed to fishing shallow”. With the water at a high level during the tournament, this played a big factor throughout the days of fishing.

The final ranking is as follows:

                                                                             Fish      Wgt.

1. Alex Heintze - Justing Watts                           15         66-0

2. Braden Blanchard - Cade Fortenberry           15        51-51

3. Lucas Lindsay- Logan Parks                          14         48-0

4. Hunter Silverstrim - Nathaniel Burris               15         45-12

5. Hunter Bouldin - Samuel Vandagrif                 14         44 -10

Over 167 (137 high school teams and 30 Junior High school Teams) school teams were competing for the $94,000 in prizes and scholarship, along with an opportunity to compete in Tulsa Oklahoma in the 2016 Geico Bassmaster Classic.

Each team consisted of 2 anglers, and 1 coach per team. The tournament began with Registration on July 21st at Bethel University in McKenzie, and the first two days of fishing was held on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing.

Thursday, was a day off for those who made the cut to move onto the next phase. Friday, fishing was moved to the Carroll County 1000 Acre Lake in Huntingdon, then Saturday, the tournament resumed back to Paris Landing.

Working together, The Henry County Tourism Authority, along with Bassmaster, Bethel University, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce worked to present this tournament resulting in a great success.


Point Pleasant Baptist Church To Hold Victory Day Celebration

Paris, Tenn. - Point Pleasant Baptist Church is hosting a Victory Day Celebration, on Friday, July 31st. It is an event for all women.

Food and registration begin at 5 p.m. and praise and worship begin at 6:15 p.m.

There will be 2 guest speakers. The speakers are Debra McGuire, a retired Naval Chaplain, and Coleen Twilbeck. Special music will be provided by Tina Jungers.

The event usually lasts about 4 hours. Information may also be obtained on the event’s facebook page, Victory Woman’s Day of Rejoicing.


Non-Working Headlight Leads To Arrest For Deadly Weapon

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a routine traffic stop was initiated at Pocket’s on Tyson Avenue, for a non-working taillight.

Although the driver, identified as Bradley K. Douglas, age 40, of 5645 Elkhorn Road, was issued a warning citation, dispatch advised an outstanding warrant for theft.

Douglas was taken into custody and a search of his persons revealed a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver in his right front pocket. Douglas did not have a valid gun permit.

Douglas was charged with possession of a deadly weapon and also on the outstanding warrant. His bond was set at $2500.


$1600 Worth Of Items Stolen From Home On Old Union Road

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Chad Lowery responded to a burglary call at 1190 Old Union Road, in Paris.

The resident left for work at 8 a.m. and returned home around 4:30 p.m., the back door had been kicked in.

A 42” Samsung television, 12 gauge Winchester pump shotgun, 12 gauge Remington Wingmaster, 50 cal. Knight Muzzleloader, and SKS assault rifle 30 round clip/black telescoping stock were stolen.

The value of items listed at the time of the report were $1600. Police are still investigating and no arrests have been made at this time.


Jr. Livestock Association Buyer's Meet And Greet To Be Held July 27th

Paris, Tenn. - Everyone is invited to a Buyer’s Meet and Greet sponsored by the Henry County Jr. Livestock Association and Exhibitors.

The Buyer’s Meet and Greet will be held on Monday July 27th, at 6pm, at the Enoch Building and is come and go.

For more information, call Patty Jones at 247-3209.

The Henry County Livestock sale will be Thursday August 6th beginning at 7pm, part of the Henry County Fair which runs August 3rd - 8th.


Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Membership Of JD Distributors

Paris, Tenn. - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the membership of JD Distributors, in the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

The office supplier, printer, and janitorial supplier has been doing business in Henry County for 16 years.

Lucas Flood (red shirt, center) and Jimmy Flood (blue shirt with scissors) celebrate the membership of JD Distributors in the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting. (Chamber photo)


6th Annual Ice Cream Social And Car Show Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - The 6th Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show was held Saturday, in Downtown Paris. The event benefited the Downtown Paris Association and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center.

Sunshine and a cool breeze paired perfectly with ice cream and fun. This is the main fundraiser for the DPA and helps them put on all free events throughout the year. In 2014, the DPA hosted 121 events.

WMUF/WLZK/WRQR sponsored the frozen t-shirt contest. In the 12 & under competition, Brian Tower took 1st Place. Brian also won the children’s ice cream eating contest. Aniya Fitzgerald took 2nd place and Andrea Lovett took the 3rd place prize.

In the 12 & over contest, Aidan Pierce took 1st place, Scott Henderson took 2nd place and Patrick Lucas took 3rd place.

Cash prizes were awarded to all frozen t-shirt contest winners.

The Best In Show winner for the 6th Annual Ice Cream Social and Car Show went to Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association.

Best Ice Cream went to Tennessee Valley Community Church.

Best Theme was awarded to Henry County Medical Center.

Youth Ice Cream Eating Contest winner was Brian Tower. Adult Ice Cream Eating Contest winner was Trevor McKinney.

The People’s Choice Award for the Classic Car went to Hannah Barnhill’s 1948 Plymouth truck.

Brian Tower, Aniya Fitzgerald, and Andrea Lovett took the prizes for the childrens frozen tshirt contest. (Nicki Marr photo)

Aidan Pierce, Scott Henderson, and Patrick Lucas won the adult frozen tshirt contest. (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)


June 2015 County Unemployment Rates Released Thursday

Tennessee - County unemployment rates for June 2015, were released on Thursday, show that rates increased in 94 counties and decreased in one.

Davidson County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in June at 4.9 percent, up from 4.5 percent in May. Knox County was 5.4 percent in June, up from 4.7 the previous month. The Hamilton County June rate was 6.1 percent, up from 5.5 in May. Shelby County was 7.3 percent in June, up from 6.7 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 5.7 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the May revised rate of 5.8 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 5.3 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the prior month.


Non-Working Passenger Headlight Leads To Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Frankie Scott performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle on 79 North, for a vehicle with a passenger headlight not working.

Upon speaking with the driver, identified as Brandon M. Todd, age 34, of 111 Wynn Street, it was revealed that Todd’s license was suspended for failure to satisfy.

Todd was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Jail, where he was place on $500 bond.

In an unrelated incident, a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Michael T. Evans, of 606 East Wood Street, was charged by Deputy James Higgins with possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation and driving on revoked.


Quota Deer Hunt Application Deadline Reminder

Paris, Tenn. - Hunters wanting to hunt during the 2015 Quota Deer Hunt at LBL must apply by July 31st.

To submit applications by July 31st, hunters can apply online, 24/7, at www.landbetweenthelakes.us and click on the quota hunt application link. Additionally, hunters can call 270-924-2065, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application fee is $5 online, or $7 over the phone.

Quota hunts provide unique recreational opportunities within the region and help maintain a healthy deer population. Deer harvested on LBL are bonus deer and do not count toward statewide bag limits.

All quota hunt permits will be for one deer, either sex. There is a one (1) antlered buck limit on LBL, per hunter taken during the quota hunt and archery seasons.

On or after August 25th, applicants can visit www.landbetweenthelakes.us and go to the quota application hunt link to see if they were drawn.  

 

War Of 1812 Traveling Exhibit Comes To Heritage Center

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit on the War of 1812 – “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812.” This is a Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibit, which will be on display at the Heritage Center from July 31st – September 12th.

There will be a grand opening reception held at the Heritage Center on Sunday, August 2nd, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. The parking lot is behind the Heritage Center off Highway 641 North.

During the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson defeated the British forces at the Battle of New Orleans. Our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, was written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore Harbor, while watching our flag wave over Fort McHenry. As the British burned our capitol, Washington, D.C., First Lady Dolly Madison rescued the famous portrait of George Washington from the White House to carry with her to safety.


Paris Man Arrested On Several Charges After Resisting

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Frankie Scott responded to a 911 call at 125 Palestine Road of subject on the front porch, intoxicated, and banging on doors, windows and his wife’s car.

Upon arrival, both Deputy Scott and Sgt. Wade observed the subject digging in his pockets. When they started towards the subject, he took out brass knuckles and put them on and encouraged a fight.

Deputy Scott deployed his taser to subdue the subject and while he was lying on the porch, he was told to put his hands behind his back and the subject refused. After resisting for several minutes, the subject was placed in handcuffs and transported to the Henry County Jail without incident.

The subject, identified as Ralph C. Hastings, age 28, of 125 Palestine Road, was charged with Public intoxication, prohibited weapon, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Hastings was placed on $15,000 bond.


Miss Tennessee Hosts Fish Fry Benefiting Arthritis Foundation

Paris, Tenn. - Miss Tennessee 2015, Hannah Robison hosted a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation, on Thursday evening. The event was held at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Fish dinners were served and live music was provided by Josh McKee.

Miss Tennessee greets her guests at the Fish Fry Benefit on Thursday night. (Nicki Marr photo)

Josh McKee provided live music fo the benefit on Thursday night. (Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)


Kinley Charged with Cocaine Possession by MCU

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit charged Christopher Kinley, age 31, of 526 Pitts Street, with possession of cocaine, crack cocaine, with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver, possession of marijuana, and driving without a license after stopped his vehicle Thursday.

The Metro Crime Unit was watching a residence on Sparks Street and observed Kinley driving and stopped his vehicle. The press release said Kinley refused to allow officers to search his vehicle after he was arrested for driving without a license, so Sgt. Ricky Wade and K9 Nitro were called to the scene. Nitro did alert to the presence of narcotics and after a search officers found over an ounce of powder cocaine and crack cocaine packaged in two separte baggies. A small amount of marijauna was also packaged with the cocaine. Kinley was placed on $100K bond. Officers with the Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest.

Construction for OR-7 At HCMC Nearing Completion

Paris, Tenn - The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met on Thursday night and learned from Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee that work is nearly complete on the recovery room and board members were allowed to see it after the board meeting. Damage from the sewer line break has been completed and things are running normal again in the cafeteria.

Gee said roofing continues on the main hospital area and he said they are continuing to find a number of issues that need repair including the guy wires for the main radio tower. Gee said the work is getting done and it is expensive, but it is something that is necessary to do.

Gee also told the board that they have had a change in Medicare intermediary for Tennessee from Cahaba to Anthem a Blue Cross plan. He said that could delay the payment for refiling of cost reports that the medical center is expecting payment by this time. They are attempting to find out which group is responsible for resolving the issue.

HCMC Could Land New Psychiatrist Soon

Paris, Tenn - Physician Recruitment has been going well for HCMC and board members learned Thursday that there was a successful visit with a psychiatrist during the last month and they hope to sign him shortly. Gee said they will have to determine a start time and office location and hopefully he will start by late September.

A meeting was held recently with employed physicians and advanced practice providers to orient them to the hospital’s expectations and plans for future relationships. Gee said this was a good opportunity for them to learn about the initiatives and get to know one another and begin to envision some type of governance structure for these fragmented practices.

The final hospitalist slot will be filled later this week with the start of Dr. Nelson Smith. The board also learned that recent hire Dr. Locus, the new OB physician, will be reviewed by the State Licensing Board.

HCHS Season FB Tickets On Sale Now

Paris, Tenn - Henry County High School Season Football tickets are on sale starting from 8am to 2pm at HCHS. The cost is $50 for 6 home games in 2015. Anyone interested in renewing last year’s season tickets should call 642-5232 and if you have questions ask Judy Henson. Anyone who is planning on not renewing their season tickets from last year is urged to call as well so they can release those tickets to people on the waiting list.

Farmer’s Market Opens at 3pm Friday Downtown

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris and Downtown Paris Association has the Farmer’s Market downtown Friday at 3pm. Produce available on Friday includes corn, green beans, purple hull peas, tomatoes, all kinds of peppers, cucumbers, okra, squash, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, honey, sour dough bread, banana nut bread, zucchini bread, and homemade cookies and pies. The Farmer’s Market is downtown each Tuesday and Friday at 3pm at the corner of Market and Ruff Streets.

Warrants Issued for Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants for theft on William Earl Wilson, Jr. after an incident occurred where it appears Wilson stole money from a woman.

The report said that Sgt. Frey pulled over a vehicle after dispatch said a woman called and said she was on the court square following someone in a vehicle who just stole money from her. As Sgt. Frey arrived, he noticed the subjects in the first car stuffing something into the glove box. Sgt. Frey noticed there was $115 dollars in the glove box and when speaking to the victim, she said that Wilson had flagged her down on Caldwell Street wanting a cigarette and when he leaned into the car to get the cigarette he also grabbed her purse and took $115. The woman’s description of the array of bills adding up to $115 closely matched the bills found in the glove box.

Sgt. Frey took the money and gave Wilson a receipt as the investigation was continuing. Wilson said that the money was his he had earned. After speaking to Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing and getting the ok, Sgt. Frey did issue the warrants for Wilson for theft.

Deputy Frankie Scott of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a stolen trail camera on Earl Harris Road. The report said the victim had put up a camera to catch who was coming into his land thru the gate and messing with the horses. The camera had caught pictures of a white mustang entering thru the gate earlier in the week and when the victim went back to check the camera on Wednesday it was gone. Police continue to investigate.

A report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Whitlock Paris Road had its carport door glass shattered from a ceramic frog that was sitting outside that was picked up and used to bust the glass. It appears entry wasn’t made into the carport as nothing was missing but the estimated damage is $400.

Dr. George Humphreys to Speak at JPHS Meeting On Sat.

Murray, Ky.- The Jackson Purchase Historical Society will welcome historian and educator Dr. George Humphreys at their quarterly meeting at 10:30am on Saturday July 25th at their meeting in Murray. The meeting will be held in room 115 of Wilson Hall on the MSU campus.

The topic Dr. Humphreys will speak on is “A Visual Perspective on Western Kentucky in 20th Century.” The meeting is open to the public but seating is limited.

Through maps and photos collected from his research, Dr. Humphreys will provide a quick overview of the important role of the region in Kentucky politics.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase in 1818. It is especially interested in history of Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River along with Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry Counties in Tennessee. You can like the Jackson Purchase Historical Society on Facebook or visit their website at jacksonpurchasehistory.org.

Reminder: DPA Ice Cream Social Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 6th Annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show is Saturday July 25th from 4-7pm in downtown Paris and will benefit the Downtown Paris Association and the R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. Executive Director of the DPA Kathy Ray said they are still seeking individuals, businesses, and civic groups who would like to set up a booth for the event and to sell wristbands.

Wristbands are $10 and children under 12 can get a $5 wristband, which allows them to taste all the ice cream they want at the Ice Cream Social. This is the main fundraiser for the DPA and helps them put on all the free events they do throughout the year. In 2014, the DPA hosted 121 events.

Any financial support is tax deductible and Ray said if you can’t have a booth space, sponsoring events is also a way to give. For more information call the DPA at 731-653-7274 or go by the Office at 203 N. Fentress St. or go online to visitdowntownparis.com.

To purchase tickets for the Ice Cream Social go to the DPA Office, participating sponsors and at the event.

Louisiana Team Leads First Day of Bassmaster HS Championship

(Bassmaster photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- After one day of fishing the team of Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of Livingston Parish Bassmasters out of Denham Springs, Louisiana lead the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Fishing National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.

Heintze and Watts turned in a maximum of 5 fish and the total weight was 20 pounds and 10 ounces, enough to be atop the leaderboard after day 1. The top ten in the field are all within about 5 pounds of each other after the first day of fishing. The entire field will be back on Kentucky Lake Thursday for Day 2 of fishing.

Gas Board Approves Staying With Health Ins. Provider

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District board of commissioners met on Tuesday and approved staying with the same type of health insurance policy thru Cary Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield effective Sept. 1 of this year.

Alan Cary, of Cary Insurance, was on hand at the board meeting and discussed that last year the board managed to see a 3.8% decrease but this year they would be seeing an increase in health insurance premiums of 15.8%. Cary said that basically every company starts off with a 9% increase and then other factors including demographics of the company are put into place. Cary said another big issue helping to increase rates is the Affordable Care Act.

Cary then explained that the Public Utility District will be able to keep their current healthcare package this year and next year without having to comply with the Affordable Care Act, but come Sept. 1, 2017, the company will have to change their plan and comply with the ACA. Cary said by that date, unless something happens after a new president takes office after the 2016 Election, all companies will have to be operating under the ACA. He said while the ACA has helped some individuals when it comes to insurance costs it has had a negative effect on about 98% of the businesses and companies he has dealings with.

 In other business the Gas Board approved allowing the general manager to accept the low bid for the main line extension projects for the 2015-16 fiscal year. General Manager Tae Eaton said the bids will come in a few days and they will go with the lowest bidder. He said he didn’t want to have to wait for three weeks for the next board meeting so he asked board members to approve the low bidder now. He said 5 potential vendors are bidding and the costs could range between $40K and $70K and that is budgeted for the year.

The board also approved the low bidder on 4 inch pipe, wire, tape, tees, and valve. The amount was $21,775 from Consolidated Pipe.

PHCPUD One of 9 Districts to Earn SOAR Award from APGA

Paris, Tenn.- Also during the Gas Board meeting the board learned that the Paris Henry County Public Utility District will be recognized at the American Public Gas Association annual meeting for being one of 9 districts out of 700 APGA members to receive the SOAR award. The award is for operational excellence and stands for System Operational Achievement Recognition. A press release from the APGA states that a forward thinking natural gas utility constantly thrives to improve its operating capabilities, overcome challenges, and adapt to its changing environment.

APGA President and CEO Bert Kalisch remarked that, “Paris Henry County Public Utility District was highly rated in all four areas that are required of SOAR. PHCPUD consistently demonstrates a commitment to providing Natural Gas safely and efficiently to all those in their community and as such, serves as a model for all other natural gas utilities in the country.”

General Manager Tae Eaton said this shows the quality of work our employees turn in every day and it’s a testament to them. He said to be chosen as only one of 9 to receive the SOAR award is a huge accomplishment. The district will be recognized at the APGA National Conference in Broomfield, Colorado on July 29th.

Bassmaster High School National Championship Underway

Participants in the High School National Championship stand for the National Anthem Wed. Morning as they launch at Paris Landing State Park. (Photo courtesy of Bassmaster.com)

Buchanan, Tenn.- High School anglers hit the water of Kentucky Lake on Wednesday morning as part of the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.

The National Championship will be held on Kentucky Lake July 22-25 and the Jr. Bassmaster National Championship will be held on Carroll County's 1000 Acre Lake July 24-25. The event is being hosted by the Henry County Tourism Authority, Bethel University, and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

Weigh Ins will be at Paris Landing State Park at 1:45pm Wednesday and Thursday, downtown on the square in Huntingdon at 2:30pm Friday, and at Bethel University on Saturday at 2pm.

Competition will see the full field of High School anglers competing Wednesday and Thursday on Kentucky Lake and then the top 10 get a day of Friday while the remainder of the Top 50 move to the Carroll County Lake to compete in a one day last chance shootout for two more spots in the national championship field. On Saturday the top 12 will be back on Kentucky Lake to compete for the crown of High School National Champions.

Theft From Grave investigated

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of some items from a grave in the Olive Branch Cemetery. The report said a mother went to visit her son's grave and found that a Rebel Flag, duck call and key chain with rebel flag emblems on them had been stolen from the gravesite in the last few days. There are no suspects at this time.

FOP Donates $500 to Inman for School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Fraternal Order of Police members Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker left, and Officer Jordan Klutts right, presented a check to Guidance Counselor Amy Vance and Inman Middle School Principal Jason Scarbrough.  The $500 donation will be used to buy school supplies for underprivileged children. (PPD photo)

Dr. George Humphreys To Speak at Jackson Historical Society Meeting July 25

Murray, Ky.- The Jackson Purchase Historical Society will welcome historian and educator Dr. George Humphreys at their quarterly meeting at 10:30am on Saturday July 25th at their meeting in Murray. The meeting will be held in room 115 of Wilson Hall on the MSU campus.

The topic Dr. Humphreys will speak on is “A Visual Perspective on Western Kentucky in 20th Century.” The meeting is open to the public but seating is limited.

Through maps and photos collected from his research, Dr. Humphreys will provide a quick overview of the important role of the region in Kentucky politics.

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society was founded in 1958 to promote interest, study, and preservation of the regional history of the territory encompassed in the Chickasaw Purchase in 1818. It is especially interested in history of Kentucky counties west of the Tennessee River along with Lake, Obion, Weakley, and Henry Counties in Tennessee. You can like the Jackson Purchase Historical Society on Facebook or visit their website at jacksonpurchasehistory.org.

UTM To Hold End of Summer Bash July 31st

Martin, Tenn.- High school students from all areas are invited to the University of Tennessee at Martin’s End of Summer Bash on July 31. Festivities will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by a campus tour.

Refreshments and entertainment will be set up in the quad from 3-5 p.m., where attendees will be able to interact with other potential students and speak with representatives from the five UT Martin colleges and various academic programs.

Interested students may register at www.utm.edu/summerbash. There is no charge to attend this event.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.

HCHD to Close Hayes Road In Cottage Grove Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will cose Hayes Road in Cottage Grove for culvert replacement on Thursday July 23rd. The closure will be one tenth of a mile north of the Grainger Road intersection. The road should be open for afternoon traffic and in case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed and rescheduled.

PSSD to Introduce Foreign Language Courses This School Year

Dr. Leah Watkins discusses the implementation of foreign language courses that will start this year at the PSSD. ( Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday night and introduced the board to a new initiative that will take place this school year where up to 80% of the entire PSSD student body will be able to get foreign language courses. Superintendent Mike Brown said he was very excited about the ability to offer these foreign language courses and over the course of their PSSD careers, students will be able to learn Spanish, French, German, Latin, and Mandarin Chinese.

Dr. Leah Watkins, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, went over the implementation of the foreign language courses. The courses will be taught via online software the system has purchased from Middlebury College. Students will work thru the self-pace program at intervention times all student go thru and at extra time at the library or even at their homes. Students will progress as their ability progresses and the courses are not graded nor count towards credit.

Dr. Watkins said the system wanted to implement foreign language courses because research shows achievement gaps are minimized for students who learn a foreign language. Also research suggests that it enriches a student’s cognitive development, and increases their awareness of culture trends.

Dr. Watkins said there will be a three year implementation of the Foreign Language Courses at the PSSD and the first year all grade levels will focus on Spanish. 80% of students in the system will have guaranteed exposure at least one day per week plus extra time when possible. Dr. Watkins urged the fact that the foreign language courses will not impact core instructional time.

Summer Reading, STEM Camps Went Well This Summer

Rhea Asst. Principal Sandra Paschall talks about the Summer Reading Program that started this summer for PSSD students. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Other new initiatives for the system were presented that had taken place already this summer as well. Superintendent Mike Brown went over some new initiatives for the system and went over the Summer Reading Program that began this summer. The program is called MyON Reading Program. Rhea Assistant Principal Sandra Paschall went over the program.

She said they opened up the library from 3-5:30pm every Tuesday and volunteers and parents were a huge part of the program. As incentive for the older students, there was a competition where every two hours a student read, their name would be put into a drawing for an electronic device. There will be one device per grade level at KPAC on August 5th. Paschall said about 50 students are eligible after putting in the reading times.

Brown said the other initiative put in place this summer was the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or STEM Academy camp, that was held this summer. Dr. Leah Watkins said 32 student came to the Math and Science STEM camp. Students gave up a week of their summer to come to STEM camps and one of the teachers who was involved, Ms. Goodman, said it was a great week as students learned viscosity, did experiments, and much more. A video was shown highlighting the STEM camp’s week of festivities.

Brown said we will review the STEM Camp and revamp going into next year. The camp was held last week from 9-2 each day and lunch was provided for students at no charge.

PSSD Board Could Add Extra Days Before Memorial Day in 2016

Paris, Tenn.- Detailed and lengthy Discussion of the school make up policy was held Tuesday night at the PSSD meeting. Last year, the board removed the must be finished with school by Memorial Day and made the policy allow to mid year changes. Board chairman Richard Edwards said I feel like we need to have a plan and let the public know about it instead of having to come out with something in February or March.

He said we don’t have many options for make up days other than adding days to the end of the school year or taking days from Spring Break in extreme situations.

Board member John Steele said we bank 13 days by going an extra half hour each day and he feels like if we have extreme weather that takes away school days, we should just use those 13 days we are given and not make any up.

Board member Bill Jelks said he felt like it was a disservice to our parents and children in the PSSD to not be able to make up some days. He said the extra 30 minutes was taken not to bank snow days but to give extra instruction time for our students to improve.

This coming year, there will be a full week after the scheduled end of school on May 21 and Memorial Day on May 30th. But the calendar will not always allow that option.  

After much discussion, the board decided to have the extra week between the end of school in May of 2016 and Memorial as their first option to make up excessive snow days that could be missed. The board did agree to not make up the first three days missed at all for weather, and add up to 5 days to the calendar if more than three days are missed. Brown said this allows parents and teachers to know that the last week of May could be used for make up days and vacations should be scheduled after Memorial Day if at all possible. Each year they will look at the calendar and adjust if need be.

Board Approves Differentiated Pay Plan for the Year

Paris, Ten.- Dr. Leah Watkins, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, talked about the differentiated pay plan for the upcoming year. She said they have budgeted $10,500 for the pay structure which pays teachers a $1K stipend to put in extra time into one of many after school positions. Those positions include reading parent involvement lead teacher, math RTI Lead Teacher at Rhea, Literacy Teacher at PES, Writing Teacher at PES, Technology Integration Lead Teacher at Inman, and a Data/RTI Lead Teacher at Inman. Dr. Watkins said some of these positions are new and some are ones that they had last year. She said we still have $4500 to be assigned to different areas.

The 2015-16 Budget was discussed by board members on Tuesday night. Some of the highlights of the budget included a 3% across the board raise, which would cost the system over $284K. The budget would also include a 1% bonus to all staff that would come right before Christmas break, a new bus at a cost of $108K, and monies set aside to payoff debt and design phase costs during the Rhea Project timeline at costs of $515K and $508K.

The budget includes an increase in state BEP of $193K, with $186K being set aside for salary increases. The system will also see added benefit from the sales tax increase that voters approved to start July 1 should add about $250K to the budget although those funds won’t start coming in until September. The formal approval of the budget will come at the August board meeting.

PSSD Board Sales Two Buses to Benton County

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved the sale of two buses to the Benton County School System. Brown said the PSSD hasn’t used them in a couple of years and each has about 138K miles on them. They are 78 passenger buses that aren’t really large enough to use on the routes for the system. The board approved the sale of the two buses for $2500 apiece to the Benton County School System.

Board members also approved the guidelines to proceed with the next phase of the Rhea Elementary project. On Sept. 1 of this year, they will pay off the 2015-16 and 2016-17 PreK Building debt and Superintendent Mike Brown said that would save the system over $21K. The design phase of the Rhea Project will be from September until February 2016.

In January of next year, they will petition the state legislature for approval to issue bonds for construction and remodelling of schools. The project will be bid in February or March of 2016, and bids on bonds for construction will be in April. Construction will begin in as soon as school is out in May of 2016.

HCSO Releases Stats from 3rd Week of Heat is On Campaign

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriffs’ Office released statistics from the third week of the “Heat is On” traffic enforcement campaign. During the last week there were two DUI arrests, 9 charges of driving on revoked/suspended, 15 for violation of financial responsibility, 14 for seat belt violation, 12 for light law violation, 49 speeding tickets issued, 14 for failure to stop at stop signs, 1 for improper passing and the move over law, and two for failure to signal. The campaign continues throughout July.

Arrests from the last couple of days include Lisa M. Ventrice, age 31, of 4575 Vandyck Road for possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on revoked license; Jessica Faye Turner, of Henry Mansfield Road, for driving on revoked driver’s license, violation of seatbelt law, violation of registration, and financial responsibility; and Tracy Lee Waiter, age 47, of 9240 Hwy. 79 N. for kidnapping, reckless endangerment, and domestic assault.

Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting Team Excels at Nationals

Sparta, Ill.- The Henry County No Fly Zone Shooting Team competed in Sparta, Illinois this past weekend at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex and came away with some impressive hardware winning National Championships for Varsity Individual Female, Intermediate Advanced Individual Male, and Varsity Team Skeet competitions. It was the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships and over 2300 shooters from all over the country competed.

In the skeet discipline, the team of Drew James, Stuart Archer, and Bryce Townsend won 1st place in the Intermediate Advance Team Skeet. Also taking 1st place in Varsity Team Skeet were Hunter Fletcher, Caleb Orr, and Briar Ray. Stuart Archer grabbed 1st place in Intermediate Advanced Individual Male Skeet and Skye McClain won 1st in the Varsity Individual Female Skeet.

Also in skeet the Rookie Team of Dalton Dodd, Evan Bevill, and Will Overton took 2nd place and the Jr. Varsity Team of Gray Gardner, Scott Hicks, and Aaron Conrad also took 2nd place. Finishing 2nd for Jr. Varsity Individual Male was Aaron Conrad, Shelby Summers finished 3rd in Intermediate Individual Female, and Kenzie Williams grabbed 3rd in Jr. Varsity Individual Female.

Other top finishers include Skye McClain, 3rd place Varsity Individual Female in Sporting Clays and 4th place Rookie Team in Sporting Clays went to the team of Dalton Dodd, Evan Bevill and Will Overton.

In trap, the Rookie team of Dalton Dodd, Will Overton, Evan Bevill, Wade Tucker, and Parker Dyche finished 4th and in Double Trap Kenzie Williams won 3rd place in Jr. Varsity Individual Female. The No Fly Zone Varsity Team won 2nd place in High Over All which is combined scores in top skeet, trap, and sporting clay targets.

The team is coached by Bill Neese, Drew Williams, Jamie Orr, and Hansel McCadams and practice in the Holley Fork Shooting complex.

July 20th Declared As Hannah Robison Day

Paris, Tenn. - A reception to recognize and honor Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison was held Monday evening after the Henry County Commission meeting.

State Representative Tim Wirgau, presented Hannah with a letter, on behalf of Govenor Haslam, thanking her for her outstanding service to the community, as well as recognize her for her outstanding achievements.

County Mayor Brent Greer presented Hannah with the Loyal Patriot award, again acknowledging her for her accomplishments and dedication. July 20th was also declared Hannah Robison day.

(Nicki Marr photo)


County Commission Has Quick July Meeting

Paris, Tenn. - At the regular July session of the Henry County Commission held on Monday night, commissioners set the rules of procedure for conducting a special election in August to fill the unexpired term of Robert Sleadd on the Henry County Board of Education. The election will be held at the August Commission meeting. Anyone interested can turn in a resume for review by the Henry County Commission and Henry County School Board. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority vote of (8) County Commissioners.

Commissioners also approved a resolution to set the rate for garbage collection for county residents using Republic Services. Rates per household will be $16.98 per month.

(Nicki Marr photo)


Darrin Thompson Resigns As Administrator of Elections

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will soon be searching for a new Administrator of Elections as Darrin Thompson turned in his resignation to the Election Commission at a special called meeting on Monday afternoon.

Thompson told WMUF/WLZK news over the phone that he would continue in the position until August 30th. He has served as Henry County Administrator of Elections since 2009.

The Election Commission will now be charged with finding a replacement.

Jr. Livestock Association Buyer's Meet And Greet To Be Held July 27th

Paris, Tenn. - Everyone is invited to a Buyer’s Meet and Greet sponsored by the Henry County Jr. Livestock Association and Exhibitors. The Buyer’s Meet and Greet will be held on Monday July 27th at 6pm at the Enoch Building and is come and go. For more information call Patty Jones at 247-3209. The Henry County Livestock sale will be Thursday August 6th beginning at 7pm, part of the Henry County Fair which runs August 3-8th.


Semi Crashes Near Tosh Farms on Hwy. 79

Henry, Tenn.- The driver of  semi from Doyle Sims & Sons Trucking Company of Gleason avoided injury on Monday morning after crashing his truck into a large ditch area on the side of the highway near Tosh Farms in Henry.

According to Deputy Haley Ramos of the Henry County Sheriffs department, the driver Bobby Bowers informed her that while traveling down Hwy 79 towards McKenzie, the front end began to shake and became uncontrollable, with the semi coming to a stop in the kudzu along the highway. Dep. Ramos said the trucking company is normally hauling sand, but the trailer was empty on Monday morning. (Cheryl Allen Photo)

Thefts, Break-Ins Investigated by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a storage unit in the Lakeway Circle area had the lock cut and some items stolen over the weekend. The items missing included two vacuum cleaners and a box with important papers and documents. The values of the vacuums were about $10 apiece Police have no suspects at this time.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that Quinn Chapel AME Church on East Church Street, sustained damaged to the door frame at the rear of the building when it appears someone broke into the church. There was a footprint on the door near the knob and the frame and door was damaged. Nothing appeared to be missing or messed with inside the church. Police continue to investigate the incident.

Arrests over the weekend include Shelia M. Stone, age 52, of 230 Volunteer Drive Lot 1, with three counts of theft of property and Scott Andrew Ryan, age 40, of 45 Taylor Lane with DUI 1st offense.

Shady Grove Cemetery Assoc. to Meet Saturday July 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Shady Grove Cemetery Association meeting will be Saturday July 25th at the Memory Garden in Shady Grove Cemetery on Shady Grove Road. All persons with family or friends buried in the cemetery are encouraged to attend. If you can’t attend you may send donations for the upkeep of the cemetery to the association c/o Carolyn Nored. The meeting will be at 10am. Call Carolyn Nored for more information at 642-4000.

Chamber's Water Run Winners

Paris, Tenn.- The annual Chamber of Commerce Water Run was held this past Saturday and between 350 and 400 players roamed the waters of Kentucky Lake looking for stamps to try to get the best hand at three different times. Executive Director of the Chamber Jennifer Wheatley said, "the three different rounds at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm, were a great change this year. We had three different people win $500 and there were no long lines as players were spaced out more."

Winner of the 2pm round was Shelia O'Brien. She is pictured with PLSP Gary McEntire, who is chamber president elect and Vice President of Organizational Development.

Winner of the 3pm round was Josh Poe, pictured with The Johnson's Agency's Mark Johnson.

Winner of the 4pm round was Logan Flood, pictured with Vice President of Tourism Development for the Chamber Michele Atkins, of UT Extension. (Chamber photos)

Dr. Locus Joins HCMC Medical Staff

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce that Paul Locus, MD, OB/GYN, has joined the medical staff and will begin seeing patients in August at his practice, Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN located at East Wood Clinic.

Dr. Locus graduated from Texas Christian University, with a degree in Biology and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Locus is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in practice for 26 years in Texas.

Dr. Locus most recently taught obstetrics and gynecology to family medicine residents in Southwest Houston while maintaining a private practice environment for his patients.  He believes that his teaching experience has enhanced his ability to provide care, requiring current and comprehensive understanding in order to teach the practice of medicine to other doctors.

“When I began my career in the 1980s, there wasn’t a lot of research on women’s health and this population appeared greatly underserved, so I wanted to make a difference to this segment of the population,” said Dr. Locus.  “I felt I could be most impactful by teaching and training other physicians in the field of OB/GYN, helping them to understand the most important parts of medicine, listening and understanding their patients’ needs.  Developing relationships with your patients is vital in understanding and educating them on options for their care.”

Dr. Locus and his wife, Kathy feel comfortable in small towns and have already settled in to the Paris lifestyle.   They have four kids scattered across the Southeast; three girls and one boy all in their twenties. All three girls are either teachers or working on their doctorate to become professors. Their son is in the Navy and serves on a nuclear submarine. Kathy attended medical school, but opted to stay at home to raise her four children.  In his spare time, Dr. Locus enjoys art projects such as oil painting, wood sculpting, home projects, sports and exercise. He and his wife enjoy hiking together and keeping up with their children and grandchildren.

Dr. Locus’ philosophy of care is to establish a relationship with patients prior to making decisions for their care.  Initially, he talks with the patient before the examination, and then allows her to prepare for the examination and then returns to talk with her after the examination.  He values listening and understanding the patient’s needs and then educating the patient on all options prior to assisting the patient in deciding what options are the best.

Dr. Locus will be seeing patients at his clinic, Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN, located at East Wood Clinic in August.  Dr. Locus will begin taking appointments starting August 10.  To make an appointment, call 731-641-8720.

Winders Wins At Greenfield Race

Greenfield, Tenn.- Henry County's Lance Winders took 1st place at the Greenfield Advancement Association's Annual 5K Run held this past weekend. Lance's time was 18:26.

UT Martin Students Travel to Japan

Five senior students from the University of Tennessee at Martin traveled to Japan June 26-July 5 as part of an international experience with the Ned Ray McWherter Institute of Collaboration and Innovation. Pictured at the base of Mt. Fuji are Maryanna McClure, an animal science major from Dyersburg; Caroline Parish, a political science major from Huntingdon; Chase Haynes, a chemistry major from Columbia; and John Sellers, a psychology student from Henderson. Not pictured is Summer Bradley, an art education major from Medina. (UTM Photo)

Martin, Tenn.- Five senior students from the University of Tennessee at Martin traveled to Japan June 26-July 5 as part of an international experience with the Ned Ray McWherter Institute of Collaboration and Innovation. Summer Bradley, an art education major from Medina; Chase Haynes, a chemistry major from Columbia; Maryanna McClure, an animal science major from Dyersburg; Caroline Parish, a political science major from Huntingdon; and John Sellers, a psychology student from Henderson, participated in the experience.

The McWherter Institute seeks to foster a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship among UT Martin students and residents of Northwest Tennessee. Student “innovators” participate in travel opportunities through the institute to strengthen their ability to adapt to unfamiliar situations and widen their perspective of the global marketplace. This was the group’s first international trip, following a domestic experience in New York City in March.

“The overall purpose of the trip was to put us in situations which were unfamiliar and to teach us to overcome such obstacles. Every situation we were placed in was relatable to some type of business-related problem,” said Haynes. While on the trip, the students were “expected to gain knowledge about how other countries, such as Japan, participate in business, how they use innovation in their daily lives and how our cultures differ,” said Parish. The students were able to visit significant tourist sites as well as meet with local business leaders and ambassadors, including Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan.

“In our briefing with her (Kennedy), we were able to have one-on-on conversations to tell her about the McWherter Institute and what we as individuals are doing to impact the economic growth of West Tennessee,” said Parish. “It was an honor to meet someone that represents our country at such a high level,” added McClure. “I enjoyed being able to represent the institute and our university to someone that represents such a historic family in our nation.”

The group also participated in a city-wide activity in Tokyo designed by trip leaders Tom Hyde, UT Martin alum and president of Mr. Japanese Bilingual Recruiters, and Ashton Jennings, interim director of the McWherter Institute. “We spent 100 hours in program design to expose (the students) to the widest array of circumstances that would challenge them while simultaneously educating, entertaining and instilling confidence in them,” said Hyde.

The students were given a list of locations and specific items to find and photograph without the use of electronic resources. McClure recalls being surprised by the willingness of the local citizens to help the students on their quest. “There were many bows of respect and everyone was willing to help, even if they didn’t speak English. …Two girls walked us from the train station to our destination, even though it was out of their way,” she said.

The group also climbed Mt. Fuji and attended a reception for UT Martin alumni living in Japan. Hyde estimates there are close to 2,000 alumni in the country, including those who participated in an international exchange program.

“This experience showed us as innovators that there are different ways to run things; there are different places to station businesses,” said Bradley. “The world is much bigger than West Tennessee. We now have connections halfway across the world.”

“International travel forces the curious student to see the world from a different perspective,” explained Hyde. “Whether it is from a cultural, political or even religious perspective, the ability to understand differences will enhance global awareness and ultimately lessen international conflict.”

Ten UT Martin students are selected each year to participate in the McWherter Institute, which hopes to incorporate further international travel into the program’s curriculum. For more information on the institute or how to apply, contact Jennings at 731-881-3620 or by email at gjennin4@utm.edu. Information is also available online at http://www.utm.edu/departments/nrmi/index.php.

Shots Fired Into Residence On Dunlap Street

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jeff Smith responded to a call of shots fired at 1002 Dunlap Street. While en route, a second call was received of shots fired near Dunlap and Harrison Streets.

Upon arrival, witnesses were standing near 6 shell casings on the sidewalk that were left behind by the shooter. The casings were from a 380.

After a thorough investigation of the perimeter, it was determined that 5 shots were fired into 1002 Dunlap Street. One shot penetrated the outside wall of the home and traveled into the living room area.

Witnesses stated that the target is believed to be someone staying at the residence. A woman and her four children were home at the time of the incident.

Witnesses also stated that they observed a white, small 4 door sedan speeding away from the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made at this time.


Tragic Golf Cart Accident Leads To Death Of Milan Man

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry County EMS responded to a 911 call of a golf cart accident in Hidden Creek Campground.

Upon arrival, it was determined that while Theron “Tim” Hicks, age 61, of 130 Cherry Drive, in Gleason, was operating the golf cart, he hit a dip in the gravel and Tony Michael Crocker, age 54, of Milan, fell from a standing position on the back of the golf cart. He struck his head on the gravel and obtained a serious head injury.

There was no indication that the golf cart was being operated in any reckless manner and no indication that this was anything other than a tragic accident.

Crocker was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by Air Evac, where he succumbed to his injuries.

At the scene, it was determined that alcohol was involved and Theron “Tim” Hicks was charged with Driving Under the Influence and placed on $3000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.


Paris Soccer Club Fall Registration Going On Now

Paris, Tenn. - Paris Soccer Club fall registration is going on now. Online registration is available 24/7 at parissoccer.org

The last chance to register is at Hulmes, next Saturday, July 25th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

No sign ups will be accepted after July 25th.


Police Investigating Drugging Of Local Man

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, stated that Deputy Frankie Scott responded to a call at Henry County Medical Center of a man who believed he was drugged by his ex-girlfriend.

The man stated he went to his ex girlfriends house to weed eat. While he was inside, he noticed a full bottle of Xanax. He stated the ex girlfriend asked if he would sell them for her, to which he stated that he would not.

He went outside to weed eat and while he was doing so, was brought a glass of lemonade. He said that he noticed while he was drinking it that it tasted funny.

When he went back inside after finishing, he noticed that the bottle of Xanax was almost empty. He then left and went to the store. While at the store, he began to feel funny and left to go home.

When he arrived home, he passed out and fell into the closet. EMS was called and he was transported to the Henry County Medical Center E.R. He did test positive for Benzos.

The report was turned over to investigators who are following up and actively investigating this matter.


Police Make Several DUI Arrests Over The Weekend

Paris, Tenn. - According to a several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Theron M. Hicks, of 130 Cherry Drive, in Gleason was charged with DUI by Cpl. Jim Sanders. His bond was set at $3000.

James Melvin Elkins, of 1628 East Church Street, in Union City, was charged with DUI, his bond was placed at $1500.

 Scott Andrew Ryan of 45 Taylor Lane, in Henry, was charged with DUI, by Sgt. Josh Frey, his bond was set at $1000.

Freddie L. Wheatley, of 1300 Douglas Drive, in Camden, was charged with DUI and his bond was set at $1500.

Meranda Dean Barnes, of 704 Hurricane Landing Road, in Stewart, was charged with DUI 2nd offense and failure to change address on driver’s license. Her bond was set at $7500.


Chamber's Water Fun Run Held Saturday

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held it's annual Water Fun Run on Saturday. This year's theme was "That's the Way I Lake It."

Players paid $20 in advance, $25 the day of, and collected stamps at area resorts. Five stops were required and cards were dealt based on the number of stamps collected. The best hand dealt at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. won $500.

The 2 p.m. winner of the $500 was Shelia O'Bryant.

Sponsoring resorts this year included Fat Daddy’s, Mansard Island Resort, Buchanan Resort, Pleasant View Resort, Cypress Springs, Pairs Landing State Park, Leatherwood Resort, Breakers Marina, and Cypress Bay Resort.

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)

(Nicki Marr photo)


Back To School Information For Henry County Grades 9 - 12

Paris, Tenn. - Registration for students that are NEW to the Henry County School System will be on Wednesday, August 5th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following items will need to be brought to the school you are attending: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Immunization Record, and Proof of Address.

E.W. Grove School, 9th Grade open house will be held in the Grove Gym at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th. Students will receive their schedules, meet school administrators and their teachers and take a tour of the building.

School supply lists will vary according to specific content courses. Students will receive supply lists from individual teachers on the first day of school.

Henry County High School students can access their schedules via the online StudentVue Portal beginning Monday, July 27th.

The counseling office will be open to distribute paper copies of schedules and complete requests for schedule changes on these days: Monday, July 27th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, July 28th, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. All requests for schedule changes must be completed during these times. Requests will not be processed once school starts.

Open house for 10th graders and any student new to HCHS will be held in the main gym at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3rd. Students will meet teachers and administrators and be able to take a tour of the building.

Students are to be in their Homeroom by 8 a.m. on August 7th. Homerooms are listed on the student schedules and will be posted on both the main lobby doors and the E building doors on Monday, July 27th.

PSSD Releases Info About School Registration

Paris, Tenn.- The start of school is just around the corner and 2015-16 Paris Special School District Registration for anyone that has not registered or previously enrolled in grades K-8 in the PSSD will be Friday July 31st from 8-11am for grades K-2 at W.G. Rhea School, grades 3-5 at Paris Elementary, and grades 6-8 at Inman Middle School.

Parents of any PSSD student that is returning to school this year will be contacted by classroom teachers between the dates of July 27 and 30th to register by phone. If you do not receive a phone call from your child’s teacher, you must register at the your child’s school on Friday July 31st.

Parent Orientation will be held on Monday August 3rd from 8-9am for Rhea Kindergarten and from 5-6pm for Rhea 1st and 2nd graders. Paris Elementary Parent Orientation will be Monday August 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm and for Inman it will be Tuesday August 4th from 5-6:30pm for grades 6-8th.

Friday August 7th will be an abbreviated day for all PSSD students. Schedule on that day is as follows: Rhea- 7:45am to 12:30pm, PES from 7:50am to 12:35pm, and Inman from 8am to 12:45pm and lunches will be served. The first full day of class is Monday August 10th.

 

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