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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

 

 

Work Begins on Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- Work on the Splash Pad project at Eiffel Tower Park has begun. Workers for Subcontractor Bubba Johnson of Jackson have begun moving dirt to level it out after which the water lines will begin to be installed. NSITE of Milan was selected by the city as site development coordinator for the project. The Splash Pad is being constructed next to the pool area at the park. Projections are to complete the project by Memorial Day 2020. (Shannon McFarlin photo).  

Grove Names Player of the Month for September

Paris, Tenn.- Norman Duncan is the Coke Zero Player of the Month for September.

Norman has lead our Grove freshman football team to a 5 and 2 record.  He played quarterback, free safety, and handled the kicking duties for our team.  He rushed for several hundred yards and 7 touchdowns and threw 5 touchdown passes on offense.

Norman has excelled athletically on the football field and exhibited outstanding leadership qualities both on and off the field as well.  He currently has a 3.75 GPA.

Norman was nominated for the award by Coach Steve Summers.

HC GOP To Caucus Thursday Evening for Chancellor at Civic Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County GOP will be holding a Delegate Convention/Caucus for the 24th District Chancellor position at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 17, at the Paris Civic Center. The purpose of this convention/caucus will be to select the delegates from Henry County who will be attending the Chancellor caucus later.

Attendees are asked to come 30 minutes early to check in. The Paris Civic Center is on Volunteer Drive. Based on past election totals, Henry County is eligible for 95 delegates.

According to Henry County GOP Chairman Tess Robbins, delegates must be bona fide Republicans with ID.

Two candidates for the Chancellor's position so far are Paris Attorney Vicky Hoover and Assistant District Attorney for the 24th District Vance Dennis of Savannah.

Individuals that promise to attend the District Convention on Saturday, November 23rd but cannot attend the Henry County GOP Convention on October 17, are asked to email your name, address, phone number and your promise to attend the November 23rd District Convention by midnight October 16th  to: hcgopcaucus@gmail.com.

A time and location for the District Convention coming up on Saturday, November 23 has not been determined.

Great American Shakeout Planned Oct. 17th

Memphis, Tenn.-Did you know earthquakes can occur anywhere, but most quakes in this country happen in Alaska and California? Are you aware 45 states and territories in the United States are at risk of earthquakes? The most earthquake-prone areas include Charleston, South Carolina, eastern Massachusetts, the St. Lawrence River area and the central Mississippi River Valley. Tennessee is also considered a high-risk earthquake area.

Because so much of the country is at risk, we all should take part in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill this Thursday, Oct. 17, and join millions of people who will practice earthquake safety during the drill. The American Red Cross urges everyone to practice what to do if an earthquake occurs.
“The potential for seismic activity in East Tennessee pales in comparison to the potential for it on the western side of the state, where much stronger quakes occur in the New Madrid region,” said Joel Sullivan, Regional Executive for the American Red Cross of Tennessee. “Tennessee is deemed as one of the 16 states at highest risk for an earthquake, so it is important to take note, and be prepared if one hits the Volunteer State.”

Tennessee has recorded four "significant" earthquakes in the past 25 years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Two of them were this year. Tennessee had 301 quakes in 2018, the highest amount in the past 25 years, according to USGS data.

Earthquakes strike suddenly, without warning and can occur at any time of the year, day or night. During an earthquake, do not try to move around. Drop, cover and hold on. Try to protect your head and torso. If you are sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise drop wherever you are.
• If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

• If you are inside, stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. When it is, use stairs rather than the elevator in case there are aftershocks, power outages or other damage.
• If you are outside, find a clear spot (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights) and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops.
• If you are in a vehicle, pull over to a clear location and stop. Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible. Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Then, drive carefully, avoiding bridges and ramps that may have been damaged.
• If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes or cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris. Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.

Download the free Red Cross First Aid App for instant access to expert first aid advice right at your fingertips. Use the free app Emergency for tips on what to do before during and after an earthquake and other disasters.. Find these and all of the Red Cross apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

Woman Arrested for Meth Charges by HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. William Whitaker arrested Emily K. Broomfleet, 38, of 506 Brown Rd. for sale of schedule II controlled substance. She was placed on $10K when arrested at her home recently.

DPA's Spooktacular to Fill Downtown Square Noon to 3pm Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 14th Annual Downtown Paris Association Spooktacular is set for this Saturday October 19th on the court square from Noon to 3pm. Organizations and businesses will provide free crafts, games, entertainment, contests with prizes, live music and concessions and the downtown merchants invite children to stop by trick or treat in the their stores in costumer during the annual event.

DPA booth partners will provide games and activities. Guess the weight of Pumpkin Patch Pete win $100 in DPA bucks for Christmas Open House Weekend. Perry’s BBQ will be on the square serving BBQ.

Winners of scarecrows on the square People’s Choice awards will be announced at Spooktacular at 3pm. Spooktacular is free fun for the whole family. Just bring some concession and vendor money.

There will be live music on the court square, costume contests divided into age categories then the family group theme contest set at 2:30pm, open for everyone.

HCMC Auxiliary Masquerade Jewelry Sale This Thurs., Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Masquerade Experience the Frenzy Jewelry and Accessories Sale” will be back and better than ever with a two day buying event at Henry County Medical Center this Thursday and Friday October 17th and 18th.

The company only caters to hospital auxiliary groups across the south and they are experts at showcasing large volumes of accessories, making a win-win proposal to all involved. There will be many new items in stock included purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves, and more. The sale includes key chains, sports memorabilia, and more.

This event is a primary fundraiser each year and in years past over $4K has been made at each sale,” Tory Daughrity said, Director of Marketing. “This helps the HCMC Auxiliary give more than one scholarship each academic year.”

The sale is set for Classrooms 2 and 3, 7am to 7pm Thursday the 17th and 7am to 3pm Friday the 18th. Checks, cash, and credit cards are accepted and 20% of sales go to the auxiliary.

Highway Dept. Closing Hallum Rd. Wed. for Culvert Repairs

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Hallum Road in Henry, near the Carroll County line, will be closed on Wednesday October 16th for culvert replacement. The road will be back open for late afternoon traffic. 

Paris Police Busy Over the Weekend with Alcohol Arrests, Shoplifting

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Paris Police Department responded to a call of assault at Memorial Dr. in Paris over the weekend. Upon arriving at the scene, officers were informed there was no assault, only that the 2 brothers had been fighting due to being intoxicated.

The elder brother had bought alcohol for 2 minors, his brother and a friend. The elder brother was arrested for Contributing to the Delinquency of a minor, younger brother, age 18, was arrested for Underage Consumption, and the friend, age 18, was passed out on the couch and incoherent, so he was transported to the Henry County Medical Center ER.

PPD officers also responded to a Shoplifting call at Walmart of Paris on Friday. The Loss Prevention Associate had taken 2 girls into custody. The girls had placed a total amount of $222.52 worth of merchandise into a plastic tub and clothes hamper, with price stickers on them of $1.14 each. The girls proceeded to the self check out lane and purchased $222.52 worth of merchandise for the amount of $2.50. Both were arrested on charges of Shoplifting and Theft.

Reminder: Burn Permits Required Until May 15th

Paris, Tenn.- Just a Reminder Folks! To keep our community safe, burn permits for outdoor burning are required statewide until May 15th. You can get your Free Burn Permit online at www.BurnSafeTN.org

Marching Patriots Excel in Choctaw Invitational

Dyer County, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriot band competed in the Choctaw Classic in Dyer County over the weekend and do really well in the classifications and competition.

The Marching Patriots were the overall Grand Champions on the day, the top honor of any event. Henry County also received 1st Place Class E ;1st Place Class E – Field Commanders; 1st Place Class E – Percussion; 2nd Place Class E – Color Guard; 1st Place Large Division; 1st Place Large Division – Field Commanders; 1st Place Large Division – Percussion; 2nd Place Large Division – Color Guard.

HCSO Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s office responded to a call at Little Benton Rd. of Mansfield. The owner of the home stated he believes someone came onto his property in the night and stole some tools of his valued at about $100.00, there was also an attempt to steal his 4 wheeler as the ignition had been punched, valued at $20.00. The owner has identified a possible suspect.

HCSO also responded to a call on Saturday of an unknown vehicle and passed out person in the driveway of a home on HWY 641 Nth of Paris. When officers arrived on the scene, they approached a 2016 white Nissan Versa with a white male sitting in the car while the engine was running. The subject was identified as Brian Odom. Odom was unsure of his whereabouts and could only respond that he was in Henry County. Officers suspected Odom was under the influence of some kind due to his confusion. As officers were speaking with Odom a red pouch with medical needles was on the front passenger seat in plain view. The pouch contained; 5 needles, a small brown bottle with 2 small rocks, another small container with 1 small rock, and 2 small plastic bags with white residue on them. The rocks weighing .23grams and .05 grams are believed to be methamphetamine. Odom was arrested for possession of schedule II drugs and paraphernalia.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAVY VETERANS!

Anapolis, MD.- The United States Navy celebrated it’s 244th birthday on Sunday. Founded on Oct. 13th 1775, the Navy decribes itself as the “largest, most advanced, and most lethal fighting force the world has ever known”. Our U.S. Navy is the largest naval force in the world. The branch says it has more than 330,000 active duty personnel and and additional 100,000 on ready- reserve. Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Gilday stated: “ As we celebrate across the fleet, we renew our commitment to be ready; to remember those who forged our legacy, and to honor our families and loved ones who stand beside us”

KOA Hosting Kooky, Spooky Halloween This Sat. 4-7pm

Buchanana, Tenn.- The Paris Landing KOA is holding an event that will be open to all campers as well as the public. Next Saturday Oct. 19th from 4pm til 7pm there will be Ghoulish Games, a Creepy Costume Contest, Monstrous Mini Golf, Trick or Treating and much more. The Paris Landing KOA is located at 6290 E. Antioch Rd. in Buchanan.

McSwain Rd. Home Destroyed in Fire Saturday

Saturday afternoon around 230pm there was a tremendous house fire at 780 Booth McSwain Rd. in Oakland. The home of Mr. Pete Mitchell burned completely today due to a propane tank. The Oakland Fire Department called in the assistance of Paris Fire Department to contain the inferno. Once the blaze had burned down, a cellar nozzle was used to shoot water into the basement as the fire was still burning below. The fire in the basement burned for some time. Our condolences to Mr. Mitchell on the loss of his home.

Atkins-Porter Fall Festival Well Attended Saturday

 Paris, Tenn.–The weather was crisp and perfect and hundreds turned out for the Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Fall Festival Saturday. There was plenty to do, including a cake walk with Emcee Mike Wilson, story time with the W.G. Rhea Library, face, pumpkin and rock-painting, arts and crafts, sampling fresh-pressed apple cider from Jesse Yoder, touring the Air Evac and Vanderbilt helicopters, K9 demos by Sheriff Monte Belew and Si, Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and Adora and Deputy Hayley French and Xoe, tours of the Paris Fire Trucks and Henry County ambulance, Birds of Prey from Paris Landing State Park and more. In photos, Elata tries on a Paris fire hat with her Dad Doug Matlock; Grant Roach gets to know Albert the snake while Gina Lowry of Paris Landing State Park looks on; Jesse Yoder presses fresh cider; Deputy Hayley French with Xoe. (Shannon McFarlin photos).  

October Hearing Scheduled for Animal Abuse Legislation

Paris, Tenn.- House Bill 852, also known as the TN PAWS ACT, has been set for a hearing on Monday, October 14th at 1pm in downtown Nashville. The sponsor of the bill, Representative Bruce Griffey, is encouraging all to attend the public hearing if they want to see Tennessee’s laws changed to provide more appropriate justice for abused animals. Griffey was inspired to write the bill based upon his experiences as a prosecutor representing the Animal Rescue Corps (“ARC”) in last year’s “Noah’s Ark” case in Carroll County. It is not uncommon for people charged with animal abuse to receive a suspended jail sentence and serve no jail time. This bill would change that and create mandatory sentences and fines that are not currently in place. The fines would go to animal shelters, humane societies, and animal rescue organizations.

 A couple of things the TN PAWS Act seeks to change are:

Increasing the penalty for aggravated animal cruelty, animal fighting, and bestiality from a Class E Felony to a Class C Felony.

Requiring individuals convicted of sex crimes against animals to register on the sex offender list.

Preventing convicted animal abusers from owning an animal or residing in a home where an animal is present. These are just some of the changes the bill outlines.

Grant for Automated External Defibrillators

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is excited to announce that they have received a grant from Walmart and their Giving Program in the amount of $4000.00. This grant will make it possible to purchase four Automated External Defibrillators (A.E.D.'s).

The Paris Police Department has four patrol shifts. This grant will make it so each shift has an available AED 24/7 should the need arise. All of the Department's patrol officers have been trained to use the AED's and the potential to save lives has increased tremendously. A Big Thank You Paris Walmart and the Walmart Giving Program for partnering with our local police department to make these life saving devices available to our community.

The Henry County Patriots Dominate West Creek Coyotes

Paris, Tenn.- Numerous touchdowns won the game for Henry County with a final score of 52-6. Jayln Foster began the domination with a touchdown in the 1st quarter. Henry County’s record is 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the region.

Raising Awareness about Teenage Vaping and E-Cigarette use.

Sgt. David Powell, School Resource Officer for Henry County High School, met with Boy Scout leaders last night at their monthly meeting, to educate about the dangers of teenage vaping and e-cigarette use. The school confiscated over 100 vapes last year from students. In 2018, 3.6 million high school and middle school students described themselves as active e-cigarette users.E-cigarette use among high schoolers last year surged 78% from the prior year, according to a national survey.

The FDA did not gain regulatory power over e-cigs until 2016. Many popular brands launched prior to that, including market leader JUUL, and are currently for sale despite FDA authorization. The liquid cartridges contain many harmful chemicals including but not limited to: formaldehyde, low levels of toxins, and even minute particles of metal. The “latest and greatest” product, JUUL, has been called the “ iphone of e-cigarettes” and can contain 0.7 ml per pod which is the equivalent to 1 pack of cigarettes. A total of 6mg is lethal to a child and slows brain growth significantly in teenagers.

Several states have already banned vaping and e-cigarette use due to an outbreak of vaping related lung illnesses and deaths. Nothing has been proven so far that vaping is the cause.

The FDA has given manufacturers until May 2020 to apply for authorization, if they cannot prove their products are appropriate for the protection of public health, they could be removed from the market.

Henry County Special Olympics at the Family Fun Center in Paris

Paris, Tenn.–It was a big day–and a fun day–today for Henry County Special Olympics at the Family Fun Center bowling alley in Paris. This is the 45th year that the local schools have conducted the Special Olympics Bowling Event. Coordinator Jammie Adkisson said 87 athletes participated from all of the schools in the Henry County and Paris school systems. Numerous teachers, teaching assistants, central office staff, parents and peer buddies also were on hand to assist and cheer them on. After the event, lunches were provided by McDonald’s in Paris. In photo, Jacob Pinson is assisted by High School Peer Buddies Nelson Denman (at left) and Xylan Harris. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Wilson, Potts Caught Friday Morning in Mississippi

Corinth, MS.- Thanks to an alert citizen who recognized their license plate number, law enforcement in Corinth, Mississippi, arrested a Paris man who had been placed on the TBI’s Most Wanted List and his companion, who also was wanted on a warrant issued by Paris Police.

Paris Police Sgt Jordan Klutts told WMUF that Rodney Wilson and Shelby Potts were taken into custody early this morning. He said a 911 caller notified dispatch that their vehicle was right in front of theirs.

Both will be extradited to Henry County in the next few days. Klutts said, "the call came in here around 1:30am that Corinth police had the two in custody."

An alert for Wilson and Potts was issued Thursday with a description of the vehicle they were driving. Wilson was considered armed and dangerous.

As reported earlier, Wilson was wanted by the Paris Police Department and the TBI for Attempted Second Degree Murder, three counts of Reckless Endangerment, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon following an incident in Paris on Monday afternoon.

Shelby Potts was wanted by Paris Police on a related count of Accessory After the Fact.

A reward was being offered for information leading to Wilson’s arrest.

Sonny Melton Family Presents HCBOE With $30K Check

Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins and Board Chair Jill Coker hug members of the Melton family during the check presentation(Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the late Sonny Melton’s family presented a check for $30,077 to the Henry County Schools board of education Thursday night to be used for safety measures for students in the district in his memory.

Presenting the check was his widow Heather Melton and parents Susan, James and Janie Melton, representing the Sonny Melton Living the Dream Foundation.

Melton was killed October 1, 2017, in the mass shooting in Las Vegas. He died shielding his wife, Heather, from the bullets that killed 58 and wounded hundreds who were attending a music festival that night.

In her presentation, Heather Melton noted Thursday night was “just days away from the second anniversary of the worst day of my life.” She said Sonny loved not only the Big Sandy community where he was raised but the Henry County community where he worked as a nurse at the hospital.

When the family started the Sonny Melton Living the Dream Foundation, they knew they wanted to use the foundation to help people and did so last year by helping several families over Christmas, she said.

Over time, the family still didn’t know how to use the money being raised. She said she left the television on and woke up to gunfire from the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla. “and I knew then what Sonny would want” and that was to use the money for school safety.

Monies collected for the Foundation “will be dedicated to protecting our children. It’s a sad time in our country when we have to do things to protect our children in school.” The money donated to the county school district will be used to employ safety measures in every school, starting with Lakewood, she said. “Henry County citizens should really be thankful to the people who have donated” to the Foundation, noting that the Foundation matches the donations.

Thursday night’s meeting was a busy and lengthy one, with several presentations during the session, which was held at Grove School.

–Jayme Nance presented GEM of the Year recognition to Annette Frampton, custodian at Harrelson School; and Gem of the Quarter recognitions to Daryl House of Grove, Sherry Hilliard of the high school and Maria Gonzales of Henry.

–Students Alexander Elliott, Barrett Watkins and Emma Jane Murphey presented robots they constructed, along with STEM Teacher Tim Burkhart. Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins steered the robots around the floor herself.

–Teachers Alex Cox and Karen Dukes, along with Student Sydney Cooter presented information on the AVID college readiness program.

–Grove Assistant Principal Lisa Wyatt and Rachel Petty updated the board on the Intervention program.

–Mattix Sorensen presented the flag at the beginning of the meeting for the Pledge of Allegiance.

–District Maintenance Supervisor John Akers provided an update on ongoing building projects.

Planning Commission Approves Fellowship Hall Site Plan; Defers ATM

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in regular session for October on Thursday evening, the Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission approved the site plan for Bridge of Hope Church which plans to add an 8K sq.ft. Fellowship hall on the east side of the existing property. There will be 35K sq. Ft. Of disturbance to the property and it currently has 63 parking spaces as with the new plan calling for 83 spaces with an additional area and space for 18 more parking spaces in the future.

SSR Engineers issued some details of the proposal dealing with grading, a washout pad, and adding a silt fence to the project. A few other recommendations and updates were mentioned as well. 

In other business, Planners discussed the site plan for taking out the walk-in ATM of Commercial Bank and Trust at Hwy. 54 at the old Coop and Mr. Tire location. The plan included removal of the walk-in ATM and relocating it somewhat, moving it closer to Hwy. 54 and creating a drive thru ATM. After discussion, it was determined a variance was needed to make the plan fall under all guidelines. The planning commission will pick it back up at November’s meeting.  

Grilling for Mary's Kids Sees Big Turnout

Jamie Tosh, Tosh Farms lifts the grill to check on the steak and chicken. (Kristinia Dufresne photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The scent of grilled steak and chicken was in the air at Henry County Fairgrounds on Thursday. Tosh Farms of Henry, Tn and HCSO teamed up with board members of Mary’s Kids, a non-profit organization, to raise money for Christmas presents for the underprivileged children of the Henry School District, that aren’t eligible for  other Christmas programs.

The Henry School staff works with Cynthia Humphreys of Mary’s Kids to identify the children most in need at this time of year. This program has been in place for more than 10years. Last year, Mary’s Kids, were able to provide a Christmas party and presents for 69 children. This year they hope to provide for anywhere between 50-70 children. 

Tosh Farms of Henry supports Mary’s Kids each year and many of the officers of our own HCSO including Sheriff Monte Belew, were on hand to help with the grilling and other aspects of the fundraiser. Ace’s Pizza of Paris sent pizzas for the workers of the event to show their support. 

There was immense support from the community of Henry at the event. West Tennessee Public Utility District workers came out for lunch, as well as many locals and even a personal friend, of board member William(Jr.) Milam, submarine veteran, Jim Cooper, of Lexington, KY ,came out to support this Wonderful cause.  

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