From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
New Software Updates Nearly Complete for Juvenile Court
Bulk of Funding Coming from the State for Upgrades
Paris, Tenn.- A project that has been ongoing at the Henry County Juvenile Court offices is nearly complete which involves new software that offers much more ability to manage the juvenile court and clerk’s data and day to day duties.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said he and Judge Snyder are extremely proud of the new software, and they were able to put the software in with the bulk of the funding coming from the state of Tennessee. The software also has the latest in financial compliance and bookkeeping which is an added bonus.
HC Soil Conservation District to Have Trees For Sale This Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Soil Conservation District will have trees for sale at the USDA Farm Service Center at 408 N. Market Street in Pairs this week. They have a large variety of ornamental, shade and fruit trees, shrubs, Knockout roses, blueberries and grape vines will be available. Sizes and prices will vary. Additional information is available at www.henrycountyscd.org.
Paris Police Investigate Local Business Fraud Accusation
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is currently investigating accusations of debit card fraud at Tin Roof Tobacco in Paris, according to police reports.
The complainant, who has been a customer at Tin Roof for quite some time, said he recently noticed several fraudulent charges on his bank statement. Upon closer examination, the complainant realized his debit card had been charged twice for every purchase he made at Tin Roof Tobacco, from June 2013 to February 24th of this year.
The Paris Police Department is currently investigating and no charges have been filed at this time.
Henry County Sheriff's Office Investigating Several Thefts
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has been busy investigating several recent thefts.
A golf cart was stolen from a home in Springville on Saturday. The complainant advised officers that his cart had been chained to a boat at his residence; the chain appeared to have been cut with bolt cutters. The golf cart is a green 1997 EZ-GO with some damage near the front right tire. The cart is valued at $1500.
A Puryear home was broken into recently, with several items stolen. The complainant reported Saturday that he returned home to find his garage door forced open and several items missing, including a small safe, a Kawasaki 4-wheeler, two 12 gauge shotguns and a Savage rifle. Total value of the missing items is over $4500.
Another home was burglarized Friday on Edgar Cemetery Road in Paris. The homeowner had been away for several days and returned to find the back door of the house pried open and several items missing, including a collection of knives and a collection of belt buckles.
Finally, a pair of 12” subwoofers, an amplifier and speaker enclosure were stolen from a vehicle on Cardinal Cove in Paris on Thursday. A neighbor stated he saw a man, approximately six feet tall and weighing 200 pounds, drive up in a grey SUV and approach the vehicle, but was unsure if he removed anything.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating each of these thefts and has no suspects in any case at this time.
Hundreds of Pancakes Served at Saturday's Show Hope Event
Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey's seven children organized, promoted, and operated Saturday's fundraiser (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey and his family held a pancake supper fundraiser for Show Hope Saturday night at the Western District Baptist Association.
The event was extremely well-attended and also featured a bake sale and silent auction featuring items donated from both individuals and local businesses.
Waddey said he and his wife Robin originally envisioned the event as a service learning project for their seven children, who he says put in the vast majority of the work organizing, promoting, and operating the fundraiser.
Show Hope is a charity organization founded by Christian singer-songwriter and Paducah native Steven Curtis Chapman that works to connect orphaned children with potential adoptive parents by offering monetary grants to help with the high costs of adoption.
Waddey said he initially became involved with the organization as he himself was adopted, and was very familiar with the high costs associated with the adoption process.
Several members of the Paris community volunteered to help out with the event, including Sheriff Monte Belew and Chief Deputy Randy Gean of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to funds raised through the pancake supper and silent auction, individuals also had the opportunity to donate directly to Show Hope via a website link.
As of publication time, the Waddeys didn’t have an exact fundraising total, but it seems likely that they will surpass their $1,000 goal.
Due to the community interest and the success of the pancake supper, the Waddey family is considering making it an annual event.
Saturday evening's Pancake Supper packed the Western District Baptist Association for two and a half hours (Alex AuBuchon photo).
BPU to Flush Hydrants Week of March 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants from Monday, March 10th to Friday, March 14th. The BPU had planned to flush hydrants this past week, but inclement weather and cold temperatures forced them to postpone.
As a result of the flushing, Paris residents may notice air in their water lines or a discoloration of water. Make sure to check for water discoloration before doing laundry, and if any of these problems occur, just run water through a faucet for a few minutes. The water should return to normal in a short amount of time.
If you encounter continuing problems with your water, contact BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations, Terry Wimberley at 642-1322 ext. 149.
Runway for a Cure Fights Cancer With Clothes
Honorary event co-chairs Barbara Roberts and Debrah Stoope show off the latest fashions from Boutique MariMac (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life organization held their annual Runway for a Cure fashion show and silent auction Friday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
Dozens of models of all ages, some of whom were cancer survivors themselves, showed off spring and summer looks from a variety of local boutiques, including Boutique MariMac, J’Adore, Jewelz and Strutt ‘n Stuff, Off the Square,
Sunshine Boutique, and prom and pageant dresses from Queens of Paris.
Hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction were also available in the Krider Performing Arts Center lobby.
Henry County Medical Center Director of Imaging Billie McKee emceed the event alongside Physician Liaison and Marketing Coordinator Leah Rogers.
Runway for a Cure also featured two honorary Relay for Life co-chairs, both with long histories battling cancer in Henry County.
Barbara Roberts was named honorary co-chair due to her work with the Ed Roberts Cancer Survivor Dinner in honor of her late husband Ed Roberts, who lost his battle with leukaemia, and for her own courageous battle with breast cancer.
Also an honorary co-chair of Runway for a Cure was Debra Stoope, who was instrumental in establishing Henry County’s Relay for Life organization alongside Rosie Martin Baker and Gary Powley.
Organizers were unsure of the exact amount of funds this year’s Runway for a Cure raised for Relay for Life, but the event has historically brought in over $1,000.
Queens of Paris showed off several prom and pageant gowns at this year's Runway for a Cure (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Daniel Powell Holds Meet the Candidate Fundraiser
Paris, Tenn.- Daniel Powell, one of the Democratic candidates in this year’s election for Henry County Circuit Court Clerk, held a Meet the Candidate dinner and fundraising event last night at the Greystone ballroom in Paris.
The event was well-attended by community members including Henry County Democratic Party chairman Wes Bradley, who delivered an invocation before dinner.
Bradley did not comment on Powell’s candidacy so as to remain impartial, but did say that there are some fantastic candidates on the Democratic ticket for the Circuit Court Clerk office this year.
Powell is a Cottage Grove native and currently a correctional officer with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He will contend with Lisa Wade and incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson in the May 6th county primary election.
Commission Plans Process to Hire Next City Manager
Foster Is A Candidate for the Job
Mayor Sam Tharpe listens while City Manager Carl Holder discusses ideas on his retirement and hiring of a new city manager. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe opened up Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting with discussion about the steps the commission needs to begin taking to have someone ready to take over as Paris City Manager when current city manager Carl Holder retires next year.
Holder officially announced he would be retiring July 1, 2015, but his actual last day he is planning to work is May 1, 2015, and use accrued vacation time for the rest of the time.
Holder spoke to the commission and informed them he felt that current Finance Director Kim Foster would be a great fit as the next city manager of Paris, and its time to start getting her trained in all aspects of city government.
Each commissioner than briefly spoke on the process and Terry Fuller stated he didn’t want the city to up end in a mess again and not have someone ready to take over as city manager. Fuller said,” I firmly believe we should hire and growth from within, so I think we should give Mr. Holder the latitude to be involved with the process of helping find the right city manager before he retires.” Fuller added, “Carl Holder is one of the best city manager’s in the state of Tennessee, and it would be a crime if we didn’t utilize his knowledge in this process.”
Holder told commissioners Foster was very eager to learn all aspects of the job and having her as an assistant city manager would be the way to get in trained on all aspects of city government.
Commissioners requested Holder come back at April’s meeting with a job description for an assistant city manager and a city manager to let them mull it over. Also commissioners wanted a timeline to follow, of how the training would go and the process of looking at hiring outside and what steps to follow in that situation.
Foster spoke and told the commission, “I understand and respect the commissions’ decisions to take this process slow and look at all possible issues. At the same time, I feel this is a tremendous opportunity for me and I am very interested. I’ve been fortunate to have a mentor like Carl, and it allowed me to be better at my job, more quickly. I would like to serve as assistant city manager and learn about more areas of government that I normally don’t get involved with and to be considered as a possible hire when the city manager position comes up.”
Retail Sales Set Records for December
Finance director Kim Foster discusses the retail sales in December while
Willete Ray, administrative assitant and city attorney Fred McLean listen. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- During the business portion of the Paris City Commission meeting, Foster informed the commission that the city finished 2013 on a high note with the largest retail sales number in history for Paris. She said we were almost 2% ahead of December 2012 and over $6M more in sales than November 2013.
Foster said overall, the city finished the year about 2% behind 2012, but made up considerable ground in the last quarter where they finished 1.35% ahead of fourth quarter sales in 2012.
The commission and Foster agreed that the chamber’s Shop Local campaign seemed to give citizens the mindset to try to keep Christmas shopping in Paris and Henry County and that may have lead to the big jump in sales. Foster said forecast for Tennessee for the remainder of 2014 show slight economic growth and she said hopefully Paris falls in line with that prediction.
City Election Will Be November 4th
Three Seats Up For Grabs
Paris, Tenn.-Commissioners voted to go ahead and set the city’s election along with the November 4th, general election. City Attorney Fred McLean advised that they have to officially get on the ballot by passing a resolution that they will hold their elections in November. He reminded commissioners they changed the date a few years back in order to have a bigger turnout on election because it coincided with the general election and to save the city money on election costs.
This November three seats will be up for grabs on the Paris City Commission, those currently belonging to Sam Tharpe, Pete Lackey, and Carlton Gerrell. The first day to pick up qualifying papers for the November Election is May 23, the last day to turn those papers back in is August 21st at noon.
News from past weeks here.