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WMUF/WLZK News                                                               

From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens


Unemployment Steadily Getting Better for Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development have released preliminary unemployment numbers for the state during the month of October. The rate was at 7.3% in September. The state department reports a decrease in unemployment, putting the rate at 7.1% for October. The national unemployment rate is at 5.8% for the month. Over the year, Tennessee’s unemployment has gone down one whole percentage point from 8.1%. It is estimated that 7,900 jobs were created in Tennessee throughout October.

Free Arts & Crafts Event at Wildlife Refuge

Springville, Tenn. - The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge announces their first ever “Trim a Tree for Wildlife” event that will take place on Saturday, November 29th. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the public is invited to the new visitor center at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville to see some exhibits and take part in crafts. Crafts include ornament owls from pine cones and snowmen made from tree slices. The ornaments and crafts make for great Christmas gifts and some can even benefit your backyard animals! The event is free to the public.

The center will be closed at noon on the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. It will be closed each holiday and will reopen the Friday after each holiday.

DPA Candlelight Advent Walk Set for December 3rd

Paris, Tenn. - The Downtown Paris Association is hosting the Candlelight Advent Walk on Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Worshipers will get a chance to hear the message of Advent throughout decorated churches along historic downtown and progress by candlelight. Rhonda Stanton, chair of the 2014 Advent Walk Committee says “it’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy their meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian town square while visiting with our friends and neighbors.” The event begins at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street and the final stop will be at First United Methodist on East Blythe Street. There are 6 local church stops altogether. A van will be available for those who do not wish to walk.

For more information, log on to www.VisitDowntownParis.co

Playoffs End after Hard Fought Season of Patriot Football

Paris, Tenn. - The Ridgeway Roadrunners came to play ball when Earl Harrison carried a touchdown from 65-yards at the start of the first quarter. With 4 minutes left, Chase Henderson of Henry County evened the score on a 3-yard touchdown run. Earl Harrison of Ridgeway scores on a 59-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes in the quarter. After a Patriot fumble, Ridgeway scored again. By the end of the first quarter, Ridgeway lead the score 21-7.

At the start of the second, the Patriots picked up two safety points on a bad snap in punt formation from Ridgeway, putting the score at 21-9. Harrison struck again from 41-yards out, making the halftime score at 28-9 Ridgeway.

#97 Gunner Osbron & #4 Cody Hunter attempt to bring down the Ridgeway runner.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

The Patriots returned from halftime ready to redeem the game as Jeremiah Godbott scored on a 38-yard touchdown run only 7 minutes into the third quarter. Ridgeway scored on a 62-yard middle screen, putting them in the lead 35-16.

#9 Jeremiah Godbott breaks free for a 38 yard touchdown run during Fridays game against Ridgeway.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

Ridgeway solidified their win in the fourth quarter when Braxton Conard scored on a 13-yard touchdown run. Chase Henderson closes the ballgame with a long touchdown run late into the 4th quarter. Ridgeway defeated Henry County 48-23.

Child Abuse & Neglect Arrest

Paris, Tenn. - Steven Pendleburg, age 31, and Vicky Beadley, age 27, of Old McKenzie Highway in Paris were arrested on Thursday for Aggravated child abuse and neglect. The charge is considered a class A felony. The Henry County Sheriff’s office reports that the crime took place on November 5th. Pendleburg and Beadley were arrested and placed on a $100,000 bond by Judge Snyder.

Drug Bust on Lone Oak Road

Paris, Tenn. - On Thursday, Paris Police responded to a drug tip on Lone Oak Road. Officers made contact with Steven Perkins. Perkins indicated that he did not consent to his home being searched. Officers noticed marijuana seeds on a table and were able to obtain a search warrant. Officers found a small bag of marijuana in a bedroom and other drug paraphernalia. Perkins, age 19, was arrested at his residence and placed on a $1,000 bond.

Upcoming Events at Land Between the Lakes

Paris, Tenn. - Monthly programs at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area continues on Saturday with a celebration of Cub Scout Day from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Woodworking will take place from 10 a.m. until noon. There will also be a candle making workshop from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and a laser music show at 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Land Between the Lakes is hosting a Christmas Tea from 1 p.m. until 3.

Patriot Golf Banquet Held Earlier this Month

Paris, Tenn.- The Golf Banquet was held on November 11th at the Paris Country Club. Senior awards went to Liz Burton, Jamison Hayes, Chase Hill, Will Sleadd, Scot Bizeau, and Ryan Mahan.

Lowest average award winners were Jamison Hayes and Madison Dillard. Newcomer of the year awards went to Jacob Watkins and Leah Bell and Academic Awards went to Ryan Mahan and Callie Pierce. The team is pictured above front row- Will Sleadd, Jamison Hayes, Jacob Watkins, Madison Dillard, Liz Burton, Callie Pierce, Leah Bell, Ethan Taylor, Back Row: Scott Bizeau, Ryan Mahan, Cole Culpepper, Hunter Bethune, Chase Hill, Adam Rogers, Cameron May, and Brady Mustain. (Sandra Sleadd photo)

CVS Pharmacy Going Up Quick

Paris, Tenn.- Workers were busy Thursday finishing the parking lot and hanging the sign at CVS Pharmacy, located at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Mineral Wells Avenue. The store is expected to be completed in the next week or so, with stocking taking around three to four weeks. It could be open around Christmas or just after the first of the year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Pats Seek to Avenge Early Season Loss to Ridgeway

Memphis- Henry County travels to Memphis Friday night for a rematch with Ridgeway in Round 3 of the TSSAA state football playoffs. The game will be played at Crump Field in Memphis, with kick off set for 7pm.

Ridgeway handed the Patriots one of their only two losses back in August in Paris at Patriot Stadium. The Patriots look to get revenge and with a win head to the semifinals next week. If you can’t make the trip to Memphis to cheer the Big Red on, listen beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming on our website at wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates will apply. 

Fans Can Park at Methodist Hosp. Parking Garage Fri. Night

Memphis, Tenn.- Henry County Athletic Director Mike Poteete said that fans driving to Memphis can park in the Methodist Hospital Parking garage starting at 6:20pm Friday night for free. The parking garage is near Crump Field.

Patriots Sweep Basketball Games from McKenzie

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County swept a pair of games against McKenzie in basketball action on Thursday night at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots beat McKenzie 49-17 and the Patriots won 47-35. Henry County now has some time off with during Thanksgiving and will play at home against district rival Kenwood on Tuesday December 2nd.

Beer Board Hears Three Permit Violations

Beer Board chairman Ricky Searcy (Middle blue shirt) talks to some of the employees on beer permit violations Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Three local businesses had to go in front of the city of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Thursday night for violations of selling beer to a minor under the age of 21.

City attorney Fred McLean led the proceedings, first interviewing Sgt. Michelle Brewer of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office who said that Sheriff Monte Belew had assigned her and correctional officer William Whitaker the task of picking ten businesses that sold beer in Henry County and go inside trying to see if they would sell beer to a minor and if they were compliant with their beer permit. Officer Whitaker, who is currently age 18, served as the person buying the beer, wearing street clothes and the two were riding in an unmarked vehicle.

Sgt. Brewer said Officer Whitaker was given cash from the drug control fund and all paperwork was filled out properly. He was told to go inside the stores pick up a six pack and go to the counter to pay for it. If the store clerk asked for his ID, he was to show it to them, if not he was not to offer it to them.

The Beer Board gave the strictest penalty to Fuel Pro 1008 Tyson Avenue, and permit holder Arti Sukhadia. The employee that was working on the day of the violation was on hand, but the permit holder was not, although a certified letter was sent to her as well as the employee who sold the beer to a minor.

Officer Whitaker went inside and the clerk did not check the ID and sold him the beer. Board members discussed the penalty, as this was Fuel Pro’s 2nd offense. Board member Beth Belew said she has heard several complaints on the business selling to minors. Board chairman Ricky Searcy reminded the board that they are only deciding on his violation. The board decided to give the permit holder the option of either having the permit suspended 14 days or paying a $1000 fine. City Manager Carl Holder will send the permit holder a letter informing them of the decision since they didn’t show up to the violation hearings.

Another hearing for was Eagle Food Stores, located at 907 East Wood Street in Paris. Officer Whitaker advised that went in, took the beer to the counter and was asked for ID. The clerk looked at the ID and continued to proceed with selling the beer to him anyway. Since it was the first violation against Eagle Food Stores, the beer board gave the permit holder the option of having their permit suspended for 7 days for paying the $500 fine by December 1st. The permit holder chose to pay the fine.

The Beer Board heard violations against Smoke Shack, located at 1055 Mineral Wells Avenue for selling beer to a minor. Officer Whitaker said the clerk did not ask for ID and sold him the beer. The owner and permit holder told the beer board he has a strict policy and if you sell to a minor, you lose your job, and the employee had been terminated after the offense. The board gave the permit holder the same option of 7 days suspension or $500 fine and he chose to pay the fine.

Two On Premise Beer Permits Approved Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- In other action the beer board also approved two on premise beer permits Thursday night. One of the permits approved was for Siu Fan Cheung at Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant at 1021 Mineral Wells Avenue. This was the first time the restaurant had applied for a beer permit. The board advised them to train all employees and check IDs for everyone to avoid a hearing. The other beer permit approved was for Claudette Lindahl, for the Paris Moose Lodge at 3003 Dinkins Lane. This was not a new permit, just changing the permit holder.

Good Crowd Visits Homemakers Holiday Event

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand for lunch at the Enoch Building at the Henry County FCE Homemakers Holiday Event. The event was held 3-6pm Wednesday and Thursday 9-2. Several handmade crafts, casseroles, homemade desserts, and more. The event is a staple in Paris and Henry County held usually right before Thanksgiving every year. (Tammie Garner photo)


PHC Youth Orchestra/Madrigals to Hold Winter Concert Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Youth Orchestra and the Madrigals will perform a Winter Holiday Concert at First Baptist Church Thursday November 20th at 7pm. There will also be a fundraising bake sale in conjunction with the concert.

Bethel U. To Present Lessons and Carols Nov. 25th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Department of Music will present the traditional Lessons and Carols service on Tuesday November 25th at 11am and again at 7pm in the Bouldin Auditorium inside of the Dickey Fine Arts Building.

The service will feature Bethel University Singers and Chamber Choir singing seasonal music, including one of the modern era’s most celebrated Christmas choral works—Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham. The Chamber Choir will sing Pange Lingua by Gyorgy Orban and students, teachers, and faculty will read scripture that tell the Christmas story with readings from the Old and New testaments.

Lessons and Carols was first presented at King’s College in Cambridge, England in 1918. Although it has gone some minor revisions, today it still features the reading of 9 lessons, congregational singing, and choral anthems.

Woman Arrested for Drug Charges After Home Search

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Michael Ramos and Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department went to an apartment at 706 Mandalay Road on a drug tip and cited the resident, Virginia Angell, 52, of the address, for two counts of simple possession of schedule 4 and schedule 6 along with possession of drug paraphernalia. During a search marijuana and two pills that she couldn’t produce a prescription for were found.

Deputy Tyler Norris of Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The driver, Brian J. Swearingen, 34, of Camden was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

PLFP Responds to Structure Fire Wed. Night

Buchanan, Tenn.- Paris Landing Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 400 Buchanan Road after 10:30pm on Wednesday night. There was no electricity and no one was living at the residence at the time of the fire.

North Pole Family Fun Day Is Nov. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Thanksgiving is next week, and Christmas is just barely a month away and after you’ve stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving meals, kick off the dash to Christmas in downtown Paris Friday November 28th with the North Pole Family Fun Day, sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.

Santa, Rudolph, and the elves roll in at 10am that morning on the Paris Fire Department’s Fire Truck and that ushers in a day of fun, free activities for youngsters until 2pm.

In an exclusive satellite interview with Santa from the North Pole he said, “I can’t wait to see all the good little boys and girls in Henry County.” Santa, Rudolph, and the elves will take residence in the Gingerbread House on the courthouse lawn and visit with kids throughout the event on the 28th. Henry County High School Band Boosters will be on hand for photos with Santa.

The 4-H club will host a “make and take’ goodie table, with event goers can make their own goodies and take home. Commercial Bank will host a face painting station, where kiddos can have their face painted from 10am until Noon.

Members of the HCHS Speech Team will read the Polar Express at the Old Depot on Fentress Street, now home of Vicky Muzzall’s Tax Service. Miss Vicky will also give away free whistles to all the youngsters who come to hear the Polar Express story.

The North Pole Family Fun Day also has trackless train rides, sponsored by Dr. Blake Chandler of the West Tennessee Bone and Joint Clinic, a petting zoo and pony rides courtesy of the DPA, and much more. For a complete schedule of events for the North Pole Family Fun Day and any event in the  2014 Downtown Unwrapped Series of events this season, log onto the website, visitdowntownparis.com.

Vaughn Appointed as Jury Foreperson by Circuit Court

Paris, Tenn.- Judge Donald E. Parish, Circuit Court Judge, Twenty-fourth Judicial District, Henry County, announces the appointment of Robert D. Vaughn, of 437 Whitehall Circle, Paris, Tennessee to serve as the regular Henry County Grand Jury Foreperson, also commonly known as Foreman of the Grand Jury, for a two year term.

Vaughn graduated from UT Martin in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree and from UT Memphis in 1978 where he completed his Master of Science degree in social work.

Vaughn is the executive director of Carey Counseling Center, Incorporated, of Paris and has served in that capacity for thirty years. His wife Donna, is the director of the Pre-kindergarten program for the Paris Special School System. 

Vaughn follows William ‘Bo’ Caldwell of Paris who completed a four year appointment as foreman.  Caldwell commented, “I enjoyed my time as grand jury foreman and am glad to see others serve in this important role.” Judge Donald Parish stated, “I appreciate the service of Mr. Caldwell to the community for the last four years and am looking forward to working with Robert Vaughn in this capacity.” 

The Henry County Grand Jury recently met on Monday, November 3, 2010 and will meet again on Monday, March 2, 2015.


Bethel Great, Former NBA Player to Be Honored Nov. 24th

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Basketball fans have a unique opportunity to meet and greet Bethel Hall of Famer and former NBA player Joe Reaves as he returns to McKenzie Monday November 24th for a reception.

Reaves is the only Bethel athlete to have ever been drafted into the NBA as he was drafted in the third round in 1973 by the Phoenix Suns. He was inducted into the Bethel’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bethel President Walter Butler said, “we are very excited that Joe is coming to campus for a visit and it gives us a chance to celebrate his accomplishments, and it gives our basketball fans a chance to hear about his time in the NBA.”

The reception to honor Reaves will be held in the Student Activities Room in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment during the break between the men’s and women’s basketball games at Crisp Arena Monday November 24th. Bethel hosts Freed-Hardeman with the ladies tip at 6pm, the men’s tip will be around 8pm. Reaves will be honored on court during the halftime of the men’s game. For more information call 352-6405.

WRAP Fundraiser and Awareness Event Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Women and Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program, or WRAP, will hold a fundraiser and Awareness Event on Saturday November 22nd at the Central School Building on Jones Bend Road.

Chili will be served and you can purchase a bowl of chili, chips or crackers, and drink for only $5. There will be children’s activities from 3-4pm, an auction from 4-5pm, music by Mike Anthony and The Classics from 7-10:30pm. Admission to the dance is $6 per person or $10 per couple and $1 per child. Money raised benefit rape assistance.

PSSD Sees Growth in Achievement, Value Added on State Report Card

Dr. Leah Watkins discusses the state report card at the PSSD Board meeting Tues. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of education met at Paris Elementary for their November board meeting and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Leah Watkins gave a presentation on the state report card. 

Dr. Watkins said hard work from teachers and students was paying off as several gains were seen in different subject areas in both achievement and also in value added.

One of the biggest improvements was in literacy composite scores. Literacy composite for the system was a score of 1 last year and it was up to a 5 this year. Several categories increased and she said we can be very proud of that. Improvements in achievement were gained in science, social studies, and reading, all showing growth in value added. The system actually improved a letter grade in some subject areas as well.  

Dr. Watkins said even with positive scores and growth there are still some areas to focus on. Gap targets, growth in literacy and science achievement in grades 3-5, and value added in 6-8 math and reading among other things.

There were system wide increases in 3-8 math, reading, and social studies and achievement targets in various grades and subject areas, which she said were strength indicators for the PSSD.

She assured board members there are already steps in place to help scores improve even more. They are targeting student needs through more tutoring, interventions, and general instruction. Other efforts include: teacher collaboration, system wide focus on writing to support literacy, and focus on quality feedback and teacher observations.

In addition to hearing about the report card, Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough reported on the Middle Level Education Conference that was attended earlier in the month. He said he asked his staff about some of the sessions and he briefly discussed them with the board. He said the conference covered a very broad spectrum and administrators and staff came away with a great knowledge and ideas from the different sessions they went to.

One of the sessions included how to conquer boredom in the classroom at the Middle School Level and keep students engaged in learning. The system closed on November 7th to allow staff to go to the conference and learn new networking and ideas as it was held in Nashville this year.

PSSD Board Treated to PES Strings Performance

The 5th Grade Strings Students perform under Gioia Fazzini for board members and parents on Tuesday night at PES. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board enjoyed a performance by the PES Strings Students under the direction of Gioia Fazzini. She began playing violin in the very first strings class at PES in 1995. She studied under Joe Routon. The 5th grade class performed two songs for the board and parents who were on hand Tuesday night.

Also at Tuesday night's meeting, PES Principal Chip Gray introduced teacher, Jessica Hart, who also discussed a program where students have created a PES Newspaper called Paw Prints that students are really excited about. Its Paris Elementary's Advanced Student Education, or P.E.A.S.E. Ms. Hart said they will print Paw Prints once a month and it includes news going on at Paris Elementary.

This is the student newspaper designed by PES P.E.A.S.E students. (Alsobrooks photo)

Patriots-Ridgeway Game to Be Played at Crump Stadium

Memphis- Henry County will be on the road this Friday night in Round 3 of the Playoffs and it was announced Tuesday morning the game against Ridgeway will be played at Crump Stadium, originally built in Memphis in 1934. The stadium is located near Methodist Hospital in Memphis. The kickoff is set for 7pm, our broadcast will begin at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online via our website, wmufradio.com.  

Highway Dept. To Close Harvey Bowden Road Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Harvey Bowden Road Wednesday for culvert replacement. Alternate routes are highway 641 and Reynoldsburg Road. The road will be back open for Wednesday evening traffic.

UT Martin To Discontinue Equestrian After 15-16 School Year

Martin, Tenn.- University of Tennessee at Martin officials met with the Skyhawk equestrian team on Sunday, Nov. 16 to notify them that the 2015-16 academic year would be their last year of varsity competition.


“This was a very difficult decision for our university but upcoming changes within the NCAA necessitated this move,” UT Martin athletics director Julio Freire said. “We have to be proactive in protecting our Division-I status within the NCAA. Moving forward, we will honor the scholarship of each equestrian student-athlete through their fourth academic year.”


UT Martin athletics department participates in the NCAA at the Division-I level and sponsors the minimum number of sports (14) to remain at this level. UT Martin officially added equestrian in 2005 as an NCAA-recognized emerging sport, which means the sport has 10 years to accumulate 40 school-sponsored teams. Only two universities (Southern Methodist in 2009, Baylor in 2006) have officially added equestrian since the Skyhawks joined, bringing the current list of teams to 21. Kansas State officially discontinued equestrian in October of this year.


“In anticipation of the Committee on Women’s Athletics’ recommended legislation, we believe that at this time it is in our university’s best interest to discontinue equestrian from our list of sponsored sports after the 2015-2016 academic year,” Freire said. “This move has been resisted for over a half a year but unfortunately it is time to act. We just do not believe that there is a realistic path to add enough schools to achieve sustainability as a fully recognized NCAA championship sport.”


UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and the university leadership team are working with Freire and other athletics administrators to formalize the plans related to UT Martin’s next women’s varsity athletic team, which will begin competition in the 2016-17 academic year.


“Our equestrian team has the very best student-athletes who represent UT Martin academically, athletically and socially,” Freire said. “They represent everything that is good and right within intercollegiate athletics. I’d like to thank the coaches and student-athletes who have made this program one of our finest here at UT Martin. A special thank you goes out to head coach Meghan Corvin, who started the program and kept it running smoothly. She is a wonderful mentor and we would never have reached the heights we did without her leadership and guidance.”

TBI Crime Lab Receives Accredidation

Nashville- After a lengthy assessment by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors’ Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained new accreditations for its forensic facilities in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

For the first time, TBI’s facilities are now internationally accredited in Breath Alcohol Calibration and as a testing facility, TBI has upgraded its accreditation as a testing laboratory from “Legacy” to “International,” which now includes Crime Scene Processing. The upgrade signifies the highest-possible accreditation available to forensic laboratories and is the culmination of years of effort and planning on the part of TBI’s Forensic Services Division.

“These are no small accomplishments,” said Dan Royse, Assistant Director of Forensic Services. “They convey to the public a measure of assurance that the quality of work that we produce is second to none.”

The accreditation process involved a detailed application, followed by a thorough, impartial review of documentation, along with a comprehensive on-site evaluation of TBI personnel, facilities, and all aspects of the laboratory’s operations. All TBI laboratories were previously accredited in the disciplines of Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biology. The Memphis Regional Crime Laboratory and Nashville Crime Laboratory also hold accreditation in Firearms Toolmarks. In addition, the Nashville Crime Laboratory also holds accreditation for Latent Prints and Trace Evidence.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of the dedicated staff in our Forensic Services Division,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “These recognitions continue to demonstrate our commitment, as the state’s lead law enforcement agency, to accuracy in the testing of evidence and its role in furthering justice.”

ASCLD/LAB is a not-for-profit corporation specializing in the accreditation of public and private crime laboratories, and is the oldest, most prestigious and most well-known of all accrediting bodies. TBI has been ASCLD/LAB accredited since 1994.

Paris Lioness Club's Soup and Sandwich Luncheon is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lioness Club will hold its annual Soup and Sandwich Luncheon this Friday November 21st from 11am to 1:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church’s Ketchum Hall. The cost is $8 for homemade vegetable beef soup and homemade turkey salad or pimento cheese sandwich, drink, and dessert.

Its all you can eat and carryouts are available. In addition to the Soup and Sandwich Luncheon, there will be a country store inside Ketchum Hall  with home baked goods and crafts. Tickets may be purchased from any Lioness member or at the door. All proceeds are used to purchase children’s eyeglasses and for sight conservation.

Homemakers Holiday To Be Held Wed-Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County FCE Clubs will present the Homemakers Holiday this Wednesday and Thursday at the Enoch building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. There is plenty of homemade baked goods, casseroles, canned items, handmade gifts, decorating ideas and more to help to your Thanksgiving and Christmas plans and festivities this year.

The event is free and will be held Wednesday from 3-6pm and from 9-2 on Thursday.

Winders Brothers Run in Post Season Time Trials

Brentwood, Tenn.- Javan and Titus Winders competed at Brentwood High School this past weekend in some post season time trials. Out of 38 runners, Javan finished 6th overall with a time of 9:27 in the two mile run, and Titus came in 19th with a time of 10:12. Silas Winders also ran in a 1 mile time trial and finished with a time of 5:12.

County Commission Has Quick November Meeting

Mayor Brent Greer talks about the Sales Tax Referendum commissioners will vote on in December and January. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The November meeting of the Henry County Commission was short and sweet on Monday night as commissioners ran thru the short agenda in about 11 minutes.

Prior to the meeting in commissioners comments, Commissioner David Webb said the portrait of Pearl Routon had been hung in the hallway at the courthouse this past Saturday. He said the painting was donated by artists Joe Routon, Jr., Pearl’s grandson and it was unveiled at her former home Saturday before a crowd of about 50-60 people.

The portrait of Pearl Routon now hangs in the courthouse. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Commissioner Webb said three more paintings of Henry Countians are in the works and will be in the hallway eventually at the courthouse. Those are of Dr. Mordecai Johnson, former educator and pastor that become the first black president of Howard University; Howell Jackson, who served on the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court; and Christine Reynolds, who became the first female cabinet member.

In business commissioners approved resolutions for budget transfers as approved by the budget committee last week and also approved bonds for road commissioners and constables. Commissioners also reappointed Phil Wichlan to the hospital board for a 5 year term.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer reminded commissioners that at December’s meeting, they will look at passing a resolution to send a sales tax referendum to voters next spring on increasing the local option sales tax. The resolution has to pass two consecutive meetings of the county commission, before making it on the ballot in the spring. The estimated cost of a special election will be about $18K.

Mayor Greer said he plans on holding a public hearing prior to the December and January meetings of the county commission and he and Paris City Manager Carl Holder plan to meet with media prior to that to discuss the topic further.

Bethel Christmas With Renaissance Set for This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University’s “Christmas with Renaissance” is an annual celebration that showcases the talents of the Renaissance Program at the school and performances are set for November 21-23rd at the Dickey Fine Arts Building on campus in McKenzie.

Shows will begin at 7pm Friday and Saturday night and there will be a matinee show at 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Renaissance office, located at 28 Lee Avenue in McKenzie Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.

Bethel Faculty, staff, and students receive free tickets but you must reserve those in advance by emailing April Dodd, coordinator, at dodda@bethelu.edu and they will be available the night of the performance.

TVA Reports Highest Net Income Since 2010

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority reported Monday more than $11 billion in operating revenues in fiscal 2014, resulting in $469 million in net income. TVA overcame a 2.4 percent decline in total sales to record its highest net income year since 2010.

“We had a strong financial year in 2014 highlighted by further improvements in TVA’s operating and maintenance costs, an area we have been acutely focused on over the last two years,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said.           

“We have taken considerable strides in our efforts to reduce our controllable costs, our O&M costs, to align with our revenue and growth expectations for the future,” he added.  

TVA continued to make investments in its asset portfolio in fiscal year 2014, while also reducing debt using both cash on hand and cash from operations.

“The work we have done the last two years allowed us to continue to make substantial investments that support a reliable, well-balanced asset portfolio while reducing our total debt and obligations” Said Chief Financial Officer, John Thomas. 

Sales to local power companies were moderately higher in 2014 as compared with 2013, as weather favorably impacted retail demand, particularly in the polar vortex last winter. This increase was also due to some underlying economic activity and a modest general rate increase. Growth in sales to local power companies partially offset lower sales to directly served industrial customers, as TVA saw the final year-over-year impact from the loss of U.S. Enrichment Corp.’s operations in Paducah, Ky., formerly TVA’s largest directly served customer.Total revenues advanced nearly 2 percent in 2014 compared with the prior year.

The increase was primarily due to higher base revenues attributable to more sales volume to local power companies and a non-fuel base rate increase that became effective Oct. 1, 2013. Somewhat offsetting the increase were lower fuel revenues resulting from the decrease in sales to directly served industries.

Fuel expense decreased $90 million in 2014 compared with 2013 primarily due to the timing of TVA’s fuel cost recovery mechanism and a reduction in sales volume, but was somewhat offset by higher purchased power costs in 2014.Operating and maintenance expense decreased $87 million in 2014 compared to 2013, largely due a $122 million decrease related to TVA’s costs savings initiatives.  

TVA reported net income of $469 million in fiscal year 2014, $198 more than last year, on $11.1 billion in operating revenues for fiscal 2014, compared with net income of $271 million on $11.0 billion in revenues last year.

Early Season Snowfall Greets Monday Morning Commute

The grass outside of WMUF studios Monday morning. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Even though the calendar still says fall, our area was hit with a dose of winter weather early Monday morning as snowfall fell, coating the ground, cars, and rooftops. The snow caused school delays on the other side of the Tennessee River in Houston, Stewart, and Montgomery Counties as well as Benton County.

The snow is out of the area, but bitterly cold air has filtered in behind the system and temperatures Monday night will drop into the mid teens, with wind chill factors in the single digits. Tuesday’s highs may not get out of the 20s. A slow warm up starts Wednesday as temperatures will climb into the mid 40s and forecast calls for 60s by Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend of Patriot Basketball

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Patriot basketball was in full swing on Saturday as the women’s and men’s teams played 2 games each. The lady Patriots barely fell to the Union City Golden Tornados in the first game 57-53. Union City defeated the men’s team in game 2 with 63-38.


In game three, the lady Patriots fell to Liberty High 56-51. The men pulled off a win against Jackson Central-Merry High School in the final game 78-57.

Thompson Brings Home Silver Emblem from FFA Convention

Louisville, Ky. - The Paris FFA Chapter recently participated in the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky. Ashton Thompson, representing the Paris FFA chapter was one of 28 competing in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Handlers’ Activity. Thompson was awarded a Silver emblem in the event.

Thompson pictured with her advisor, Laura Moss.

(National FFA Photo)

Drive-by Shooting Reported in Buchanan

Paris, Tenn. - Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports a shooting into the side of a home on Otts Road in Buchanan on Saturday. The homeowner heard a gun shot Friday afternoon around 7 p.m. When the victim went to check out the sound, he noticed a car driving by very slowly. The next day, the complainant noticed two small holes in the side of his home appearing to be from a bullet. The house is under extra patrol.

Ongoing Investigation in Property Theft

Paris, Tenn. - Saturday, a report was filed with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office regarding a theft of property on Shady Grove Road in Puryear. The homeowner heard a noise behind an old house used for storage and found a man loading up items from the house and loading them onto a trailer. When the victim approached the suspect, he fled the scene in his truck. The truck is reported as ford and maroon in color with Weakley County tags. Among the stolen items were a old freezer, a pink metal table, metal roofing, several metal tubs, and several metal barrels. If you have any information, contact the HCSO at 731-642-1672

A Great Day for Chili & Civil War Living History

Paris, Tenn. - The first annual Battle of Paris Landing & Civil War Living History Event and Chili Cook-off took place on Saturday. Sarah Sutherland, President of the Paris Landing Tourism League, says she was pleased with the turnout considering the cold temperatures.

Men and women dressed in authentic Civil War clothing for the event.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The judges chose winners based upon 3 categories: aroma, consistency, and taste. Among the judges was our very own News Director, Tim Alsobrooks, who says he looks for a distinct chili-taste in a winner. Ashley Threatt, another judge at the event, says she prefers meat and spice in a winning chili recipe.

The judges starting the chili-tasting at the first annual Paris Landing Chili Cook Off and Civil War Living History Weekend.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The winners of the Chili Cook-off

1) Dish Pan Delight

2) Forests Fartless Chili

3) A-Bowl-A-Chili

4) Good Time Charlies

WMUF news spoke with one of the vendors Tommy Rieben, who came to the event to showcase his wooden statues. Among the art was a life size confederate solider. Rieben says it took only 2-3 days to complete the statue. It was crafted 6 years ago out of paulownia wood because it does not rot and termites will not eat away at it. Some of Rieben’s work has been featured in museums, including a cedar replica of Elvis Presley.

Rieben is not in business today due to arthritis, but he enjoys Civil War History and showcasing his work of 25 years.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

A shot was fired from an authentic Civil War cannon every hour at the event. An Infantry and Calvary station was set up for people to see an authentic campground that one might have seen during the Civil War.

Upon command, every hour on the hour a shot was fired from the cannon from the Civil War era.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

An authentic look at the Calvary at the Civil War history event.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

On Sunday, there will be Civil War Re-enactment demonstrations from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. A story telling will take place at 10 a.m. by Civil War historian, Larry Ray.

Sutherland says the tourism league is considering holding the event in mid October next year.

Mayfield Man Arrested for Impaired Driving in Paris

Paris, Tenn. - Charles Nesler, age 32, of Mayfield, Kentucky was arrested for his first D.U.I. and violating the open container law, reports the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Nesler was clocked at going 67 in a 55 mile zone. Officers detected an odor of alcohol upon stopping Nesler. Several empty beer cans were spotted as well as two cans full of alcohol sitting up in the vehicle. He was unable to pass the field sobriety tests and arrested for driving under the influence. Nesler’s B.A.C was at .124%.

Human Trafficking in Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with local law enforcement across the state acted on 4 search warrants on small Tennessee businesses on Wednesday. The TBI’s efforts were to combat organized prostitution and human trafficking. The investigation lead to one arrest and two business closures. The searches included businesses in Crossville, Rockwood, Athens, and Smyrna.

Patriots Defeat Trojans in Second Round of TSSAA Playoffs

Paris, Tenn. - Friday night’s second round of TSSAA playoffs was off to a slow start as Henry County and Millington High both came up empty by the end of the 1st quarter.

The Millington Trojans were first to make it to the scoreboard after a 18-yard touchdown pass from Kip Flemming with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Chase Henderson of Henry County punched it in from 5 out, tying the ballgame. With 1:20 before halftime, Jacob Croasman snuck it in from 1-yard out, leading the Trojans 12-6. The Patriots picked up a safety to close out the first half when the Millington snap went out of the back of the end zone. The halftime score was 14-6.

#6 R'Tario Perkins cuts back against the Millington defender.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

Going into the 3rd quarter, Jeremiah Godbott scored a 1-yard touchdown with a good extra point. Henry County maintained the lead by the end of the quarter, 24-6.

#5 Shontel Thompson breaks up a pass in the end zone during the Patriots 26-16 victory over Millington.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

Two safety calls were made 7 minutes into the 4th quarter, bringing the score to 26-9. With 4:13 left, Millington shakes up the final quarter by scoring on a 80-yard pass. Henry County won 26-16.

#97 Gunner Osbron, #45 Trey Etheridge, and #7 Areyon Autman destroy the Millington QB.

(Tim Pharr Photo)

The Patriots will travel to Memphis to face-off against Ridgeway High next Friday for the 3rd round of TSSAA state playoffs. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

$8,000 Bond After Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn. - Ralph Hastings, age 27, of Hidden Acres Road in Paris was arrested on Thursday with multiple charges, reports the Paris Police Department. Sergeant Josh Fry stopped Hastings on East Wood Street for traveling 12 mph over the speed limit. Hastings indicated that he did not have a driver’s license or proof of insurance due to a prior charge of driving under the influence. Hastings failed field sobriety tasks and was arrested for his third D.U.I. and driving on a revoked license. After a blood test was conducted, Hastings was also charged with implied consent. Judge Vickie Snyder placed him on an $8,000 bond.

Camden Man Arrested for Criminal Trespassing

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Jason Sparks, age 36, of Kennon Road in Camden. Sergeant Bryan Hall of the HCSO apprehended Sparks for criminal trespassing on Friday. Sparks was placed under arrest on a $250 bond.

Attempted Shoplifting at Wal-Mart

Paris, Tenn. - On Thursday, Paris police responded to a call at Wal-Mart on 1210 Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris. Upon arrival, prevention personnel had Derick Morgan in custody for attempting to steal merchandise at an estimated value of $302.89. The items included a bag of deer corn and 13 boxes of shotgun shells. William Christian of Wal-Mart was able to retrieve all of the items. Morgan, age 26, of Rabbit Creek Road in Buchanan was arrested for theft of property.

Deadline Dec. 5th For Arts Council TPAC Trip

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council is taking a trip to TPAC to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat in 2015. The deadline to purchase tickets is December 5th. The cost is $85 per person which includes ticket to the play and coach bus ride to and from Nashville. Call the Arts Council if interested at 642-3955.

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