From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Ground Breaking Ceremony Held For Carroll Bank and Trust
Photo and Story by Cheryl Allen
Paris, Tenn - A beautiful morning was the setting for the ground breaking, and the Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce who was pleased to host the event for the location of the new Carroll Bank and Trust that will be erected on the space of the old Dairy Queen property at the corner of Hwy 79 and Mineral
Wells Avenue in Paris.
The new 7,000 foot building is being erected by Barger Construction, and project manager is Randy Clement. Van Vinson, will be on-site manager of the project. Paris native, Justin Oliver, City President, stated at the ground breaking, “ I am excited to be back in Paris and being able to have this new opportunity to help citizens in Paris and Henry County with their banking needs. I am excited to be able to work with others in the corporate community to show support to Paris and surrounding areas”.
Those in attendance were Mike Carey, CEO and Bank President of CB & T, Kathy Ray of the DPA in Paris, Andrea Lamb, President of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Chamber Dan Jackson. Joyce Crocker and Amy Carter of the Huntingdon Branch of Carroll Bank & Trust were in attendance as well.
Carroll Bank Trust has locations in McLemoresville, Huntingdon, McKenzie, Camden, Milan, Bradford and soon to be in Paris.
Former City Manager, Commissioner George Moore Passes Away
Paris, Tenn.- George T. Moore, former city commissioner and city manager for Paris passed away on Thursday. Moore served ten years as a Paris City Commissioner and two stints as City Manager. Moore served a two year term as City Manager, then another short term as interim city manager just a few years ago.
Holder Expresses Concern With Safety at Area Parks
Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Carl Holder today on behalf of the City Commission expressed concern regarding Sunday’s incident at Ogburn Park, where three people were shot. While not commenting on the ongoing investigation, Holder stated that the Commission is deeply concerned that we take additional measures to insure the safety of citizens using public parks.
Holder encouraged anyone with firsthand knowledge of the incident to contact the Paris Police Department. “The Department can only do so much. As citizens we must take some responsibility”.
Holder furthered stated that he had met with Police Chief Elizondo to discuss possible additional measures in park areas with higher incidences of crime.
Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the investigation is ongoing in the incident, but no parties have been very cooperative so far.
Metro Crime Unit Makes Marijuana Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested Montavious Finch at 403 East Ridge Road Wednesday after they went there to serve a search warrant. Finch admitted to having marijuana and officers did find some on his person. Finch was charged with simple possession of schedule 6 drug.
In a separate incidet, Sheriff’s deputy Blake Jenkins took a report of a theft on Replogle Road where the renter took two freezers, two tiger dolls, two rugs, and a bath and beauty collection. There are no suspects at this time.
Hushpuppy Dash, Mule Pull, Derby Kick of WBFF on Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Events centered around the 61st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry kicks off Saturday with the Hushpuppy Dash 5K Run at Henry County High School at 8am. Entry fee on Saturday is $20 and registration begins at 7am.
Other events Saturday include the Horse and Mule Pull at the Fairgrounds at 10am, with the weigh-ins from 7-9am. Admission to the Horse and Mule Pull is $5; the Demolition Derby will start at 7pm at the arena, the admission is only $10.
Paris Moose Lodge To Sponsor Child ID Event at WBFF Arts and Crafts
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Moose Lodge will hold a Free Child Identification Event at the World’s Biggest Fish Fry at the arts and crafts exhibits inside the Enoch Building. Times for the Free Child Identification event will be Thursday April 24th from 5-8pm, Friday April 25th from Noon to 6pm, and Saturday April 26th from 1-7pm.
The event will allow parents to have their children electronically finger printed, photographs and records of pertinent information about your child and it will all be burnt to a CD for you to store for safe keeping. In the event, your child ever becomes missing, the CD can be given to law enforcement for immediate airing on local media, radio, and shared with other law enforcement agencies in the area. For more information on this event call 644-3364.
Highway Department To Close Lakeview Drive on Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Lakeview Drive in the Pine Point area on Monday April 21st for culvert replacement. The closure will be between Lakeview Cove and Lakeview Court. The road will be open for afternoon traffic. There is no alternate route.
Be Local Scavenger Hunt Ongoing Thru May 10th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local Committee’s Scavenger Hunt was launched this week and will continue over the next four weeks. Players will be able to collect clues for four weeks in different businesses and turn in the completed answer sheet to the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce by 4:30 pm on May 13 for a chance to win $1000. The winner will be drawn from all the correct submitted entries on Friday, May 16th.
This weeks clues are at Moon Jewelry and Repair, the Board of Public Utilities, Hulme Sporting Goods, Dodd’s Country Store and B and G Equipment.
Week 2, April 21 – 26, players must visit The Toggery, Joe Mahan Ford, Maggie’s, Home Sweet Home Bed and Breakfast and Lakeway IGA.
Week 3, April 28 – May 3, clues will be at My Favorite Things, K and B Supplies for Success, Butler and Harber, Boyd’s and Merison’s.
Week 4, May 5 – 10, stops will include the Iron Place, Great Wall Buffet, A la Mode Sweet Shoppe, Tomorrow’s Hope Thrift Store and Street Dynamics.
The player sheets, complete rules and list of stops are available at the Chamber’s website, www.paristnchamber.com.
Reminder: Jazz Up Your Library Event Will Be Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Friends of the W.G. Rhea Library will hold their Jazz Up the Library Dinner and Book Sale Thursday April 17th from 5:30-7pm at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Donations of $15 are requested and tickets are available at the Library Bookstore or Friends of the Library Board member. There will be no tickets sold at the door.
At Thursday’s dinner and book sale Cindy’s Catering will provide the meal consisting of lasagne, salad, drink, and dessert and the HCHS Jazz Band will provide entertainment.
After the brief meeting and dinner, you will get a chance to buy books at the
Book Sale Preview. Call the library for more information on the event.
Patriots Win Thriller at Home Against Northeast
Paris, Tenn.- In a game that had a postseason feel on a chilly April night, Henry County held on to defeat Northeast 7-6 in District 10-AAA baseball action on Wednesday night.
Northeast jumped ahead 3-0 after their half of the first, but the Patriots came right back in the bottom of the first with two runs of their own. The game was back and forth, with Northeast leaving the tying run at third as the final out was caught by third baseman Cody McSwain.
Hunter Bethune started the game and pitched 5 strong innings, Drake Walker closed out the last two innings.
RBIs came from Walker, Tyler Bomar, and Evan Pugh in the back and forth affair at Patriot Park. The win over a very good Northeast team puts the Patriots at 12-7 on the year.
Henry County plays Dresden Thursday night in a varisty only contest. First pitch is set for 5pm, our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starts at 4:30pm with the pregame show.
227 Cast Ballots on First Day of Early Voting
Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson said 227 people came to the Election Commission Office Wednesday and cast their votes for the upcoming May 6th primary. Thompson said total votes cast so far with absentee ballots included is 269. Early Voting will continue until May 1st.
HCHS Junior Jesse Hudgins Selected to West Point's SLE
Paris, Tenn. - Jesse Hudgins, a junior at Henry County High School and son of Crhis and Mandy Hudgins, has been selected to be among 1K attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) in June.
More than 5K juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess Hall, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision making in their eduation, careers, lives, and in general.
All SLE attendees participate in virtual reality war simulation, and military and physical fitness training. In addition, each students selects three of the 15 workshops that are offered. Hudgins has selected Physics, Chemistry and Life Science, and Civil and Mechanical Engineering as his three workshops for the seminar which will be held June 7th thru 13th.
The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federally funded undergraduate college located about 50 miles north of New York City.
Easter Egg Hunt Set for 10am Saturday at Ogburn Park
Paris, Tenn.- The 29th Annual WMUF/WLZK Peddler Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10am Saturday at Ogburn Park. Kids ages 0-10 can hunt during the Easter Egg Hunt, but must have a hunting license. Hunting license can be picked up at various sponsors and the hunting license's are free.
HCHS Jazz Ensemble To Perform Saturday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Jazz and Percussion Ensembles invites the public to their concert Saturday April 19th at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The HCHS Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Percussion Ensemble will perform along with the Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Admission is free to the public and music by great artists like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Herbie Hancock, The Jackson 5, and many more will be performed.
Quota Club Bake Sale Planned for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Quota Club of Paris will hold a bake sale Saturday April 19th from 8am to noon at the Mineral Wells Branch of Commercial Bank. They will have pies, cakes, cobblers, cookies, and other Easter treats for purchase. Proceeds go to scholarships for area students.
Northeast Edges Henry County 4-3 on the Diamond
Clarksville, Tenn.- Northeast scored a run in the bottom of the 6th inning Tuesday night to defeat Henry County 4-3 in district 10-AAA action. Henry County jumped out to 3-0 lead but Northeast scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, inning and then the eventual winning run in the 5th.
Patriot southpaw Jared Pugh pitched 6 innings and notched 8Ks in the loss. He also drove in two of the three Patriot runs.
The Patriots are back in action Wednesday evening against Northeast at home with varsity game set for 6:30pm. We will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM staring with a 6pm pregame show.
Huntingdon Police Charge Henry Countians With Theft
Huntingdon, Tenn.- A call came into the Huntingdon Police department from a local retailer in regards to a theft. Upon arrival officers spoke with the store loss prevention officer who stated he had one subject in custody, Robby A. Cole of Hwy 119 apt. 2 in Buchanan, and another subject had ran on foot from the store.
A short time later, Cody G. Beecham of Old State Route 76 in Henry was discovered at a local convenience store. Both suspects were taken into custody. Working together, both subjects admitted to taking an Ozark rechargeable flashlight. Both were charged with Theft under $500.
Another incident of theft was also reported at the same retail location, Mrs. Linda Sharon Prokop of Hudson Street in Paris was held by store security until officers arrived. Loss prevention informed officers of the Huntingdon Police department that Mrs. Prokop did steal items in value of $329.46. Prokop was transported to the Carroll County corrections and charged with theft under $500.
Inman Dress Code Revisions Requested by PSSD Board
PSSD board members discuss the proposed Inman Dress Code in deatil Tuesday
night at the meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- After much discussion on Tuesday night, the Paris Special School District Board of Education asked Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough to make some revisions on the proposed dress code for Inman and bring it back to the board for a recommendation.
PSSD board chairman Richard Edwards opened the discussion about the proposed policy, which was brought up at March’s board meeting. Edwards said he and the rest of the board has had a chance to talk with parents, teachers, and other community members about the proposed dress code and several thoughts and opinions were shared, but one that came up time and time again questioned why blue jeans weren’t allowed in the proposed policy.
Scarbrough was asked by board member Robert Sleadd if he would make changes or revisions now after the comments and he said that he would indeed want some revisions. Scarbrough said some of the issues that parents have brought up in our survey included why the policy didn’t allow sweaters or jackets, jeans, and flip flops to be a part of it. He told the board the intent of the staff was to be consistent with a dress code, and some things students are wearing now really aren’t appropriate.
Edwards chimed in saying, “whatever we do, proper fitting is the key to a dress code, being khakis, jeans, or whatever.” That basically means they should not be too small or too big for the students and be in good repair with no holes in them.
Board members questioned why the dress code discouraged sweaters, jackets, and such, saying that if students are uncomfortable with temperatures, it would hinder their learning. Some teachers from Inman that were present spoke up and said it’s because of the different varieties of sweaters and jackets and the distraction they cause. Scarbrough added staff wanted to avoid the heavy looking coats and trench type coats, for safety reasons. One teacher suggested if these types of apparel are allowed, to make sure the jackets, sweaters, etc. have to be a solid color, with no designs, logos, or other features.
Scarbrough told the board he was surprised at the negative comments received in the dress code the wide spectrum that was seen from feelings from parents. He said “several said they loved the idea, then many said we don’t want our kids in uniforms.”
Discussion continued until chairman Edwards suggested that Scarbrough meet with staff, go over revisions, and then present a policy back to the board to discuss. Superintendent Mike Brown said, if need be, the board can have a special called meeting to discuss and possibly approve a dress code for Inman later in April or before the May board meeting.
PSSD Board Approves Cross Country, Speech Teams At Inman
Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough
discusses cross country and
speechas extra curricular
activities at Inman next year. (Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- PSSD board members approved a recommendation from Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough Tuesday night to begin the process of establishing a speech team and cross country team at Inman for the upcoming school year.
Scarbrough said in a poll with current 6th and 7th graders 135 students at Inman were interested in learning more about being on an Inman Cross Country Team and 69 students were interested in learning more about competing in speech competitions.
Board members liked the idea of both cross country and speech and Scarbrough advised the cost in startup for both would be minimal. He said we would probably have cross country uniforms and we might need a collection of works in the library for the speech team, but costs wouldn’t be too bad.
When asked which grades would compete, Scarbrough said 7th and 8th graders would compete for cross country and speech. He said he would check with other area schools and see if they allow 6th graders to compete in speech and if so he would be open to allow 6th graders to be on the speech team. For cross country, only 7th and 8th graders would be allowed to be on the team.
Scarbrough said no coaches for either speech or cross country are lined up yet, but he felt they would be able to find someone to volunteer and coach both. He said Lance Winders, who coaches the county’s middle and high school track and cross country teams is willing to help with the setup and throughout getting Inman started. Also Linda Miller, at HCHS, showed great interested in doing what she could to help with the speech team.
PSSD Board Approves 2014-15 Calendar
Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board also approved Superintendent Mike Brown’s proposed calendar for the 2014-15 school year. Brown said we worked with the county and made sure all major breaks aligned like fall break, Christmas break, Spring Break, and Thanksgiving.
Important dates for the PSSD 2014-15 calendar include a start date of half a day on August 7th, Fall Break October 16-17, Thanksgiving break will be November 26-28th, Christmas Break December 20th-January 2nd, and Spring Break March 30th thru April 3rd. The TCAP testing window is from April 13th
The board then had a brief discussion about the policy of ending the school year before Memorial Day. Board member Kim Foster said, “I feel we box ourselves in by saying we will not go to school after Memorial Day and if we miss school for bad weather, there isn’t much time to make up days we miss.”
Board member Amy Cathey said she thought adding more time after Memorial Day didn’t seem to be worth the effort because students and teachers both are ready to be out for summer break by then, and it is tougher to keep kids motivated.
Superintendent Mike Brown said the system missed 9 days this year because of weather and the idea of ended the year before Memorial Day does hinder them from getting those days back in. He suggested the board take a month to think about which direction they’d like to go with future calendars and maybe discuss it next month.
April Food Commodity Distribution Is Wednesday, Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Northwest TN Economic Development Council will have their monthly commodity foods distribution Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to 1pm at the Central Community Building, located at 55 Jones Bend Road in Paris.
People with last names that begin with letters L-Z can come pick up foods on Wednesday and last names that begin with letters A-K can come on Thursday.
Everyone picking up commodities must have a green card and Tuesday at 3pm is the last day applications for the April distributions will be taken. Anyone picking up food commodities is asked to bring their own packing boxes or containers to place the food in.
For more information contact April Perry at 642-3132.
Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department charged Stacie L. Tharpe, 37, of 921 Dunlap Street for tampering with evidence, simple possession of schedule three and four, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop Monday. Ptl. Roaten saw Tharpe in a vehicle and knew there were active warrants so she made the traffic stop. Tharpe was placed on $5K bond.
A washer/dryer valued at over $500 among other things were stolen from a storage building on highway 79 North, according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The lock was cut off the unit and police have no suspects at this time.
Budget Committee Approves Transfers
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session Monday and approved the two items on their agenda.
The budget committee approved moving $8K from unappropriated fund balance to the maintenance and repair line item in the general administration fund for some unexpected repairs. The transmission went out in the county’s truck in addition to some other maintenance work needed. Also the elevator in the courthouse had some issues with a part that broke and needed to be fixed.
Just over $6100 was moved from unappropriated fund balance in the business director’s line item in the Sheriff’s Office. The transfer was necessary because both the new business director, Amy Davis, and former business director Patricia Byars were both working and paid during a two week training period. Byars also had some accrued annual leave time that she received.
The budget committee also accepted over $15K in grants from Homeland Security to Henry County EMA; transfers in the trustee’s office for hardware support ; and maintenance at the county airport.
Several transfers were made in the highway department fund in the salaries line items. The transfers were from salary adjustments due to personnel changes and cross training at the highway department. Also some transfers were due to overtime put in by highway department employees during the last few rounds of winter weather that impacted the area.
Reminder: Fish Tale Stories Due Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Library will be entering a Fish in the annual Catfish Races on Saturday April 26th during World’s Biggest Fish Fry Week and they are asking the public to help by writing a story that can be included with the fish that enters the races. The deadline to enter the Fish Tales for the Friends of the Library’s Catfish is Wednesday April 16th. You can turn your fish tale into the circulation desk or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winning entry will receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card and the winner will be announced April 21st.
Road Board Hears Citizens' Requests
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, the board listened to some requests from citizens from three different areas.
A couple who lived in the Countrywood Subdivision was on hand and requested the board quit claim a section of Willow Oaks Drive to them, since they’ve been killing weeds, mowing it, and maintaining it for the last several years.
The couple uses the Willow Oaks drive to access the larger portion of their garage and they would like to put a private drive sign up to keep cars from turning down the road and having to turn around in their driveway, and many times getting stuck when it’s wet like it has been this spring.
The previous occupants of the home were offered the portion of the drive but declined it several years back. The current owners said they have no problem with adjoining lot owners using it to access their property, they’re just trying to keep other motorists from continuously driving and turning around on it.
After discussion, the board advised the couple to get signatures from adjoining home owners agreeing to the quit claim and bring it back to the board next month.
A man living in Moon’s Subdivision requested the Road Board to quit claim him a 125 foot section off of Patrick Drive. The lots were owned by him and noone else used the property and the county hasn’t done maintenance to it in years. The board voted to recommend to the county commission this section of Patrick Drive be quit claimed.
Another man, living on Wilson Parker Road, came to the board to explain that a culvert the highway department installed in 2010 was about 8-10 inches to high and wasn’t helped to drain water properly and he is continuing to have issues with it cutting into his field and property. Chairman of the Road Board Bobby Milam, advised board member Kyle Norwood to take a look at the area since it was in his district and get back to the board next month.
In business Monday night, the Road Board rejected bids sent in for the trailer to haul the excavator they purchased a couple of months ago. One bid was sent in by fax on Monday morning, so they rejected it for not being a sealed bid. The other bid was rejected for lack of other bids and the board wanting to sure up the specs. They will research the specs and identify exactly what they want and rebid the trailer for a third time, with hopes to make a decision at the May board meeting.
Early Voting Starts Wed., Runs Thru May 1st
Election Commission Office Only 8:30-4:30 M-F, 9-12 Saturdays
Paris, Tenn.- Early voting for the May 6th primary will begin Wednesday April 16th and run until May 1st at the Henry County Election Commission Office only, located inside the courthouse annex on Washington Street. Early voting will run weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm and from 9am to Noon on Saturdays during the early voting period. The Election Commission office will be closed this coming Friday April 18th in observance of Good Friday.
Landfill to Hold Free Dumping Day Sat. April 19th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Landfill will hold a free dumping day on Saturday April 19th. Brush, demolition debris, and yard trimmings must be separated from solid waste. No construction waste or household garbage should be included.
The Landfill will be open from 7am to 3:30pm, with no admittance nto the landfill after 3pm. All vehicles shall have contents securely covered, tarped, chained, roped, or otherwise secured or confined. For more information call the Landfill at 644-1737.
No New Info in Ogburn Park Shootings
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said this morning there are no new leads in the incident that occurred just before 6pm Sunday at Ogburn Park in which three people where shot, with one being airlifted to Vanderbilt.
Chief Elizondo said anyone who was in the area that has information on the shooting is urged to contact the Paris Police Department. Our original story is posted below.
Major Shift in First Degree Murder Investigation
Charges Dropped against Jason Owen, Filed Against Guy and Joyce Biggs
Guy Biggs Joyce Biggs
Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff Monte Belew, Captain Damon Lowe, and lead investigator David Doyle told media outlets Monday morning due to new evidence in an April 8th attempted murder, charges have been dropped against the original suspect Jason D. Owen and filed against the original victims, Guy and Joyce Biggs.
On the night of April 8th, 2014, the Henry County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call from Joyce Biggs stating her husband had been shot and the gunman had fled their home on foot.
Biggs clearly identified the gunman as Jason D Owen and described what he was wearing and what he was most likely driving, even though neither she nor her husband ever heard or saw a vehicle on the night in question.
Joyce Biggs had this information available as investigators learned Biggs had just ended a seven-month affair with Owen.
Even after Owens was arrested for first-degree murder, the Sheriff's Office continued their investigation into the incident.
According to investigators, new evidence in the case proves that Owens was drawn into the house by Joyce and Guy Biggs in a calculated murder plot which did not turn out as intended.
Investigators are not sure who actually shot Guy Biggs on April 8th, but Sheriff Belew stated at the press conference this morning, "we can probably narrow it down to one or two people."
Charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, criminal attempt of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated burglary against Jason D Owen, 38 of 607 Park Street will be dropped Tuesday in General Sessions Court. Owen was released on bond after his bond was reduced from $500,000 to $50,000 Friday.
Guy Biggs, 36 of 100 Swan Bay Estates, and Joyce Biggs, 24 of 100 Swan Bay Estates, are currently being held on $500,000 bond on charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder and filing false reports. They are also due Tuesday in General Sessions Court.
Investigation into the case is ongoing, with the TBI Crime Laboratory analyzing evidence and HCSO investigators working to strengthen their case.
Ogburn Park Shooting Leaves Three Injured
Paris Police Search for Two Suspects in White Dodge Challenger
An ambulance and several police cars can be seen at the Ogburn Park pavillion moments after the shooting (Photo provided by an eyewitness).
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County EMS responded Sunday afternoon at approximately 5:45 PM to a shooting at Ogburn Park.
Three individuals were injured; one has been airlifted to Vanderbilt with a gunshot wound near an artery in the leg.
Another victim was treated and has been released from Henry County Medical Center; the third victim remains at HCMC in stable condition.
The Paris Police Department has two suspects in the shooting; they are believed to be in a white 2013 Dodge Challenger with red racing stripes. The vehicle has Davidson County plates and the assailants are believed to be traveling back to Nashville.
The two suspects are to be considered armed and dangerous.
Eyewitness accounts indicate the vehicle targeted by police had been at the park much of the afternoon; however, a white 4-door sedan pulled up moments before the shooting.
Eyewitnesses also believe there were two guns fired, due to distinctive gunshot sounds.
A large section of Ogburn Park has been cordoned off with police tape and is an active crime scene.
We will provide more information as this story develops.
20 Grams of Marijuana Recovered in DUI Traffic Stop Friday
Paris, Tenn.- Three arrests were made and 20 grams of marijuana were recovered in a DUI traffic stop on Washington Street Friday night, according to Paris Police Department reports.
Patrolman Jamie James stopped a 2001 Ford Taurus Friday night after it ran the stop light at the intersection of Washington and Market Streets. James made contact with the driver, Kyle Benefiel, age 30 of Murray, and two passengers, Anthony Foggin, age 24 of Murray and Charles Caldwell, age 51 of Murray.
While James was speaking with Benefiel, he noticed signs of intoxication as well as an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Benefiel was asked to perform a field sobriety check, which he failed.
He was placed under arrest for his second offense DUI as well as violation of implied consent and running a red light, and Ptl. James prepared to sieze the vehicle.
Both passengers were asked to step out of the vehicle and were checked for weapons; officers found a set of digital scales coated in marijuana residue on Foggin, and a glass pipe fell out of Caldwell's pocket as he stepped out of the vehicle.
Officers then searched the car, finding 4 bags with approximately 20 grams of marijuana. Foggin stated both the scales and marijuana were his; he was charged with possession of a Schedule VI substance with intent to distribute.
Caldwell was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Benefiel is being held on $10,000 bond; Caldwell's bond was set at $1500. Both men are due in court Tuesday, April 15.
Foggin's bond was set at $1,000; he is due in court May 8.
The Ford Taurus was transported to the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
Warrants Issued for Animal Cruelty Arrest
Henry, Tenn.- Two dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions at a Henry home recently and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the man responsible, according to Henry County Sheriff's Office reports.
Deputy Frankie Scott executed a search warrant at a home on Railroad Avenue in Henry recently. He found two dogs kept in a very small homemade pen behind the house, comprised of several bricks stacked in front of a wire cage with a plastic lid over the top. Both dogs were covered in mud and fecal matter and had no access to food and water.
The animals were transported to the Henry County Animal Shelter, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Donnie Hutcherson, age 27 of Railroad Avenue in Henry, on charges of animal cruelty.
Other recent arrests include:
- Blake Swayne, age 26 of Springville, Tenn., arrested Sunday for aggravated kidnapping.
- Hagen Little, age 18 of Martin, Tenn., arrested Saturday for DUI first offense, underage consumption of alcohol, simple possession of a schedule VI substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Christy Lamb, age 38 of Cottage Grove, Tenn., arrested Friday for public intoxication, simple possession of a Schedule II substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, then arrested again at the jail Friday for possession of contraband in a penal institution and assaulting a correctional officer.
Murray State's 56th Annual All Campus Sing This Wednesday
Sigma Sigma Sigma performed a flight attendant-themed collection of songs at last year's ACS event (Photo provided by Emily Clark).
Murray, Ky.- Students from 22 campus organizations, ranging from fraternities and sororities to residential colleges and other student groups will gather on the steps of Lovett Auditorium Wednesday afternoon for Murray State's 56th annual All Campus Sing (ACS) event.
ACS is hosted by the women's music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota and is a group singing competition for a wide variety of student organizations.
In addition to several divisional and overall awards, groups will also compete for a Spirit Award, based on how many musical instruments each team donated during the event's instrument drive as well as the amount of money collected during the "change wars" the week prior to ACS.
This year's ACS director Anne Pritchett and chair assistant Gabrielle Wibbenmeyer, both music education majors, will award a Director's Choice Award based on their preference.
A Spectator's Choice Award will also issued based on audience votes compiled through the use of Twitter hashtags during the performance. Each group's hashtag will be displayed while they perform.
Murray State's newly chosen President-Elect, Dr. Robert Davies, will also be in attendance Wednesday on his first visit to campus since being unanimously voted the university's 13th president. You can view the full schedule for Davies' campus visit HERE.
All Campus Sing will start Wednesday at 3 PM on the steps of Lovett Auditorium at Murray State University. The event is free and open to the public, and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for seating.
Those who can't make it to Murray can view the performance live via the Murray State University website, or on demand after the event.
All proceeds from All Campus Sing as well as the instruments collected during the ACS instrument drive will go to benefit People to People, a philanthropic organization dedicated to providing music education, assistance and encouragement to schools, music organizations and musicians both throughout the country and worldwide.
Adam Wilkey (L) and Shawn Webb (R) perfom a duet during Alpha Sigma Phi's Beach Boys-themed show. The fraternity was named top fraternity at last year's ACS (Photo provided by Emily Clark).
More Information on Saturday's Ammonia Spill
Firefighter Wayne Pond with the Paris Landing Fire Department stands by as one of the overturned ammonia tanks leaks vapor (Photo provided by Fire Chief Reggie Coles)
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department has provided more information on Saturday's anhydrous ammonia tank rollover and spill that prompted a brief closure of Hwy 79N Saturday afternoon.
The Paris Landing Fire Department responded via 911 dispatch to a report of an ammonia tank on fire at the intersection of Log Cabin Road and Hwy 79N. When crews arrived, the fire had self-extinguished but one of the tanks had been damaged and leaked approximately 500 gallons of ammonia in vapor form.
The tanks were being pulled by a tractor driven by Jake Wilson of Wilson Farms; after the tractor had turned onto Hwy 79N, the right wheel bearing on one of the tractors siezed and overheated causing a brief fire. The wheel then fell off, causing the two tanks to overturn.
The highway and surrounding roads were closed and traffic was diverted until the tanks could be safely removed from the roadway.
The Paris Landing Fire Department had four trucks and eight firemen on scene, along with several units from the Henry County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Henry County Emergency Management Agency, Henry County EMS, and the Paris - Henry County Rescue Squad.
One Paris Landing firefighter sustained minor injuries when the prevailing wind shifted and he inhaled ammonia vapor. He was evaluated on scene by EMS and returned to duty.
The Paris Landing Fire Department also responded to a small brush fire Saturday night on Highway 79 near Richardson's Body Shop. Responders found evidence that someone had been shooting fireworks nearby.
Impressive Turnout at "We Want Wade" Rally
Hundreds of supporters packed the Enoch Building Saturday for the "We Want Wade" rally (Photo provided by Lisa Wade).
Paris, Tenn.- Lisa Wade, candidate for Circuit Court Clerk in the upcoming county primary, had over 300 supporters attend her "We Want Wade" rally Saturday night at the Enoch Building of the Henry County Fairgrounds.
All supporters received a free barbeque meal and enjoyed live music from Vince Dodd, Tabitha and Mark McWherter, and even a couple of songs from Wade herself.
Guest speakers at the event were local pastor Wilma Pearson and Mike Beddies, owner of Dexter Advertising in Paris.
The rally also featured a silent auction and bake sale, featuring items donated from local businesses.
Ann Smith and Dale Routen also accepted a donation collected on behalf of the local Veteran's Association at the event.
Wade's rally also featured a silent auction with items donated from several local businesses (Photo provided by Lisa Wade).
Huge Turnout for Darren Webb 808 Benefit
Hundreds gathered in the Henry Civic Center to show their support for Darren Webb (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Henry, Tenn.- Hundreds of friends, family members and community supporters gathered Saturday afternoon at the Henry Civic Center for a massive benefit and fundraiser for Mansfield Assistant Fire Chief Darren Webb.
Those that gathered to voice their support for Webb, who suffered serious injuries after falling over 30 feet from a tree last month, also enjoyed a barbecue lunch, live music from two groups, and a live auction by Beecham Auction.
Items in Saturday's auction were donated both from individuals and local businesses such as the Henry Trading Post, Tosh Farms, Hulmes Sporting Goods and several more.
Exact fundraising totals were not available at the time of publication, but the Webb family estimates well over $5,000 was raised between barbecue and auction sales; all proceeds will go toward Darren Webb's medical expenses.
Several supporters signed fire hoses for Darren at the event (Alex AuBuchon photo).
First Annual Carl Perkins Center Crappie Fundraiser a Success
Tommy Crane (L) and Doug Muench (R) won first place at the inaugural crappie tournament. They donated their $500 in winnings back to the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (Alex AuBuchon photo).
Buchanan, Tenn.- 36 teams of crappie fishermen from all across West Tennessee gathered on Kentucky Lake Saturday for the inaugural Carl Perkins Center - Tosh Farm Annual Crappie Tournament.
The tournament was a fundraising effort for the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, an organization that provides support to families in dealing with and preventing child abuse in West Tennessee.
Cash prizes were awarded to several places in the tournament, along with a separate prize for the largest single fish of the day and hundreds of door prizes for both fishermen and spectators from a variety of fishing manufacturers.
Tommy Crane and Doug Muench took top honors with the highest total weight across their 7 fish limit; the pair won plaques and a prize pack, as well as $500 which they donated back to the Carl Perkins Center.
Jason Almand (L) and Mike Jackson show off the largest fish of the tournament, a 2.38lb crappie (Alex AuBuchon photo).
The largest single fish of the tournament was a 2.38lb crappie caught by Jason Almand and Mike Jackson; they donated their $250 prize back to the Carl Perkins Center as well.
Ms. Ascenith Luker's Henry County High School Life Skills Class participated in the tournament as well; students in the life skills class held a separate tournament among themselves as a service learning and outreach project in order to learn fishing and safety skills as well as how to organize a tournament.
Students in the class learned everything from how to obtain a fishing license to how to bait a hook, as well as several water survival skills.
The winner of the Life Skills Class tournament was Booker Williams, who also won a full-day guided fishing tour from David Jones as a door prize.
Exact fundraising totals were unavailable at the time of publication, but the Carl Perkins Center raised at least $3500 at the tournament this weekend.
Booker Williams won the HCHS Life Skills Class tournament held in conjunction with Saturday's tournament (Photo provided by Ascenith Luker).
Hwy 79S Closed Briefly Saturday Due To Ammonia Spill
Rescue workers wait for a venting anhydrous ammonia tank to stabilize before clearing the roadway (Photo provided by HCEMA Director Ron Watkins).
Buchanan, Tenn.- Crews were forced to close both northbound lanes of Highway 79 near Log Cabin Road Saturday afternoon after a pickup truck pulling two 1000 gallon tanks of anhydrous ammonia lost the tanks in the roadway.
Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins said the spill occurred at approximately 11:45 AM, when the truck turned from Log Cabin Road onto the highway; it's assumed that a broken wheel bearing on the trailer caused the spill.
Several departments responded to the scene, including the Paris Landing Fire Deparment, Henry County Sheriff's Department, Henry County Rescue Squad, Henry County Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Highway Patrol.
One of the tanks did rupture during the spill, venting approximately 500 gallons of ammonia before crews were able to clear the highway. Sheriff Belew commented that it was fortunate there was a strong breeze on scene, otherwise the toxic gas could easily have created a dangerous situation.
There were no injuries in either the accident or cleanup; emergency management crews were able to clear and reopen the highway in approximately 90 minutes.
Reminder: Carl Perkins Crappie Tournament Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is partnering with Tosh Farms to hold their annual crappie tournament fundraiser Saturday at Paris Landing.
36 teams from a 150 mile radius have signed up to participate in the tournament and will be competing for a total prize pool of $1,000 as well as other prizes from manufacturers like Southern Pro, Minn-Kota, Mossback and many more.
Security Bank and Trust Company is also sponsoring a $250 prize for the single biggest fish of the tournament.
Weigh-in will be held at 4 PM Saturday at the Paris Landing Marina.
Reward Offered for Information Regarding Bethesda Vandals
Paris, Tenn.- Sheriff Monte Belew announced Friday afternoon that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Wednesday’s Bethesda United Methodist Church vandalism.
Several Sheriff’s Department officers responded Wednesday to the church, which had been robbed and heavily vandalized. Collection jars were emptied and several pews and other furniture inside the sanctuary were overturned. The church building itself also sustained substantial damage.
According to Sheriff Belew, HCSO officers as well as Henry County Correctional Facility inmates pitched in alongside the Bethesda United Methodist congregation to clean up and repair the facility, and Bethesda does plan to hold its regular church service on Sunday morning.
Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or the Henry County Hotline at 642-0929.
Etheridge Warns BPU Customers of Possible Scam
General Manager of the Paris Board of Public Utilities John Etheridge informed media outlets Friday that someone posing as BPU has made several calls to BPU customers recently.
The caller has threatened cancellation of services due to overdue bills and is asking for credit card information.
Etheridge said the BPU is not calling customers and asking for credit card information. He said other utilities companies in the area have had similar issues and now it appears to have hit Paris.
Etheridge urged citizens to not give credit card information to anyone posing as BPU, and reminded customers that a BPU employee will never ask for credit card information over the phone.
News from past weeks here.