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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens

Reminder: Micah Fuqua Benefit is Friday

Pre-order Deadline is Thursday at Noon

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fund raiser for Micah Fuqua on Friday October 24th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10am to 2pm and Ribeye or chicken sandwiches, chips, and drink will be $8. You can purchase your sandwich on site at the door and pay or you can pre-order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 and ask for Amy. Deliveries will be made on orders of 5 or more. Deadline for pre-orders and deliveries is Thursday at Noon.

Micah is the 14 year old son of Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Fuqua is the handler of K9 Cisco.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently travelling to Maryland to see a specialist in the field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with medical and travel expenses.


Tom McKenney Book Signing is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association invites everyone to a book signing at Jack’s Java on Thursday October 23rd from 2-4pm. Author Lt. Colonel Tom McKinney, author of the award winning book, Jack Hinson’s One Man War will be signing two of his books. As co-author, he will also be signing The Sniper Anthology, which includes the story of Bert Kemp, marksman of Henry County and master sniper of World War II.

Early Voting Totals From Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday was a good day for early voters to turn out at the Election Commission office as 254 people came to cast their ballot. That brings the total so far since Early Voting began last week to 1352. Early Voting continues 8:30 to 4:30 weekdays and will be held this Saturday 9am to Noon.

Gov. Haslam Visits Paris and Tours HCMC

Gov. Haslam talks with Wirgau supporters after touring HCMC. (Travis McLeese photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Governor Bill Haslam visited Paris on Tuesday and toured the Henry County Medical Center with administration and elected officials including State Representative Tim Wirgau.

"It's important for the folks in Nashville and across the state, to see the work that is being done in our District. We have one of the few, if not only, successful county owned medical centers around," Wirgau said.

HCMC CEO and Hospital Administrator Tom Gee provided Gov. Haslam will updates on all the medical center is doing and a brief history of the medical center. Haslam was taken on a tour and met with staff and patients then met with local Wirgau supporters at Paulette's Restaurant.

Inman Loses in West TN Middle School Semifinals

Martin, Tenn.- Inman Middle School lost in the semifinals of the West Tennessee Championship Tuesday night by a final score of 32-16 to Martin Middle. The Bulldogs, who were defending champions, had a 16-0 lead after the first quarter, but Martin Middle scored 32 unanswered to win the game and move to the championship game.

PSSD Board Hears Update on Taking it to the Streets

Scott Owens, Rhea Principal, talks about Rhea's Taking it to the Streets at Tuesday night's PSSD board meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School district board of education met at Rhea Elementary on Tuesday night and they saw a presentation of Rhea’s Taking it to the Streets which included a power point presentation, some speakers, and interaction with questions from board members.

Taking it to the Streets began with a vision from Rhea principal Scott Owens as a way to get out to the community and interact with students. He said its important for students to see teachers and administrators dressed down and having fun with them in the community and away from the classroom setting and it also gives teachers a different view of students away from school as well.

The program usually goes to different neighborhoods and includes grilled hot dogs, a presentation, and free books donated from the W.G. Rhea Public Library. The program’s main focus is to get children and their parents reading more and interacting with each other and their community.

Elder James Travis was on hand at the board meeting and after being part of several of the Taking it to the Streets events he spoke highly of it. “Relationships matter, and coming to different neighborhoods and getting to see teachers in a different setting is important to these kids,” he said.

The Taking it to the Streets will take a break during the winter months with colder weather and the time change and pick back up in March.

Security Upgrades Planned for PES, Rhea

PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown discsses the security upgrades planned for Rhea and PES.

Paris Tenn.- During his report at Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Mike Brown told the board the system is about to go thru some upgrades in security at Paris Elementary and at Rhea Elementary. Brown said they will replicate the front entrance at PES about 15 feet inside the building. Visitors will enter the enclosed glass area inside, much like they do now at Inman, where someone in the office can see them and buzz them in.

At Rhea, visitors already enter into the building and then into the office. A buzzer will be added to let them in the hallway once they check in. Brown said the upgrades in security would start in the next couple of weeks and cost about $13K. He said they will use the $9K plus in the safety grant for upgrades in security. He said these upgrades are coming from recommendations from School Resources Officers and a safety consultant that visited the schools last year.

PSSD Board Approves Teachers for Tenure

Paris, Tenn.- The board approved some teachers for tenure at Tuesday night’s board meeting. This was the first group of tenured teachers approved by the PSSD board since the law changed in 2011 from 3 to 5 years. Teachers approved for tenure were Whitney Buckelew Brian Webb, Jonathan Lankford, Alicia Jones, and Kelly McEntire.

Small Business Expo Draws Large Crowd Tuesday

Crowds browse thru the several booths at this year's Small Business Expo (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Perrylodgic Brewing had just crafted Root Beer on hand for visitors to their booth on Tuesday.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Small Business Expo on Tuesday at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds and a large number of citizens came to see the over 50 businesses on hand.

The theme this year was The Price is Always Right and businesses were encouraged to decorate their booths with game show themes. An impartial, secret judge was asked to pick the best use of theme and it was awarded to Foundation Bank for their Punch board and decorated booth.  

Foundation Bank had the punch board as part of their theme decorations. They won the best use of theme for this year.

HCHS students in the Culinary Arts and FBLA prepare chicken salad to sell for lunch at the Expo.

Si, Sheriff Monte Belew's K9, lays down for a break after meeting and greeting event goers that stopped by the Sheriff's Office booth at the Expo.

Vale Fire Dept., Two Trucks Damaged in Fire

Fire trucks respond to Vale Fire Department Monday afternoon. (Kenny Summers photo)

Vale, Tenn.- Carroll County Authorities are continuing to investigate a fire that damaged the Vale Fire Department and two fire trucks. Investigation is continuing into the incident. A fire department in Bruceton was damaged by fire nearly two months ago.

Parent Teacher Conferences for Grove, HCHS Set

Paris, Tenn.- Parent teacher conferences will be held at E.W. Grove on Thursday October 23rd from 3:30-6:30pm and at Henry County High School on Tuesday October 28th from 4-7pm. Any parents interested in talking with their children’s teachers are encouraged to attend the conference. Call your child’s school for more information.

Marching Patriots Make Finals at Festival of Champions

Murray, Ky.- The Henry County High School Marching Patriots competed in their 4th competition on Saturday and for the 1st time in several years made the finals at Festival of Champions at Murray State. In the preliminary round, the Marching Patriots placed 3rd in Class 5-A and qualified for finals. In finals they placed 7th overall.

Sheriff's Office to Sponsor Annual Jakes Day Oct. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring their annual Jakes Day Big Buck and Big Doe Contest this Saturday October 25th at Holly Fork Shooting Complex.

Cash prizes will be given to top three deer in each category 1st place wins $150 2nd place wins $100 and 3rd place wins $50. Free photos will be given with each deer check in during the event. Other activities include duck flush, steel targets, B.B. guns, and archery shoots. Trophies will be awarded in each age division.

The event runs from 8am to Noon on the 25th with door prizes given out at noon and free lunch for everyone. For more information contact Sheriff Monte Belew at 642-1672.

Harrelson Head Start To Have Signs Ups Wed. Oct. 22nd

Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson Head Start Program will collect names for enrollment in the 2015-16 school year at Harrelson on Wednesday October 22nd between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Parents can drop by the school or call 247-3182 during that time. Children must be age 4 by August 15th, 2015 in order to enroll in Head Start next year.

Library to Offer Basic Computer Classes

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a basic computer class at the Lab from 5-7pm on Friday October 24th and again on Wednesday October 29th. Classes are free to the public, but reservation is required and only twelve spaces are available for each day. You may bring your own laptops or use the library computers. Call 642-1702 to register.

Chamber After Hours Held Monday Night, SBE Is Tuesday

Testing out the Henry County Game that will be played throughout the day at the expo Tuesday are Chamber President Chip Anderson, Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton Ryker, and Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- Monday night the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce held their Business After Hours at the Events Center at the Fairgrounds, which is the site of Tuesday's Small Business Expo. Meo Mio's provided jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo while Perrylodgic Brewing had samples of two of their brews on tap. The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo is going on Tuesday at the Events Center at the Henry County Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is the Price is Always Right and booths will display game show type themes. The event is free and runs from 8am to 3pm with lunch available for purchase on site. Henry County Culinary Arts Students will be preparing and selling breakfast and lunch at the event.

Meo Mio's offered gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya on Tuesday. (Alsobrooks photo)

Randall Perry and Johnathon Lodge had samples of the brews for people to try at the Business After Hours Monday night. Perrylodgic Brewing is expected to open in Paris sometime in November. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Early Vote Totals Nearing 1100 so Far

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting totals for Monday saw 233 people cast their ballot at the Election Commission office. That brings the total so far for this Early Voting period to 1098. Early Voting continues 8:30am to 4:30pm weekdays and 9am to noon on Saturdays until October 30th.

County Commission Quickly Runs Thru October Agenda

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission dispatched of their October agenda pretty quickly on Monday night. Commissioners approved two resolutions, the first which authorized changes in the general fund to increase the revenue account in the amount of $235K.

This action stems from the decision commissioners made last month to seek capital project loans and purchase patrol cars as Sheriff Monte Belew discussed over a period of time. County Mayor Brent Greer said the interest rate they were aiming for was 1.5%, but they managed to get the two year loan for .99% interest. The vehicles will be purchased locally.

The second resolution approved was a request that Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly restore funding to the West Tennessee River Basin Authority, which serves Henry and 19 other counties.

Mayor Greer said that $650K in non recurring funding was taken from the West Tennessee River Basin Authority this year and it was only funded with what each county could provide. The WTRBA does tremendous work with drainage issues from both the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers in West Tennessee. The resolution passed by commissioners Monday night, joins the other counties in the area asking for the general assembly to not only restore the funding, but make it a reoccurring fund for the future.

County, City, School Boards to Hold Work Session Nov. 6th

Discussions of Special Election for Sales Tax Referendum in 2015 To Be Held

Paris, Tenn.- Mayor Greer also informed commissioners on Monday night, the county commission, city commission, Paris Special School District, and Henry County Board of Education are going to hold a join work session Thursday November 6th at 7pm at Paris City Hall to discuss the possibility of considering a sales tax referendum through a special called election for the spring of 2015. Greer said they would be discussing funding issues and our combined approach in addressing the matters.

4 Year Old Killed by Accidental Gun Shot

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning stated that just before 9pm on Friday October 17th, the Sheriff’s office had received a 911 call of a 4 year old that had been shot a residence on Mt. Pleasant Freeland Road in Buchanan. Investigator David Doyle arrived on scene and spoke to the father who had been home at the time of the shooting. It was determined through investigation the 4 year old was able to gain access to a loaded handgun without her father realizing it and then the child was able to fire the gun. The child was struck by a single gunshot and pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Danny Tucker.

Winders Duo Does Well at State Championship Meet

Silas Winders holds his trophy and certificate after coming in 2nd place. (Lance Winders photo).

Knoxville- Some young Henry County runners competed in the Elementary School and Middle School Cross Country State Championships in Knoxville this weekend.

Silas Winders came in 2nd place overall out of 317 runners in the Middle School Varsity two mile race. Silas’s time of 11:27 ranks 4th fastest on all time State meet list, his older brother Titus holds the record at 11:10. Silas was named to the All State Middle School Cross Country Team.

Competing for Henry County on the Middle School Varsity Girls two mile race was Lexi Daniels and Brooklyn McClain. They ran against 270 other girls in the competition and ran well but didn’t get a top finish.

In the Elementary School Varsity two mile race Henry County’s Dinah Winders came in 4th overall out of 124 runners with a time of 6:08. She was named to the All State Elementary Cross Country Team.

Dinah Winders coming downt the stretch in her race on Saturday. (Lance Winders photo)

Two Mexican Restaurants Broken Into Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn- The Paris Police Department is investigating a couple of break ins to Mexican Restaurants that occurred over the weekend. One report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Dereck Greenhill responded to Lalo’s Mexican Restaurant on East Wood Street in reference to a burglary. A window was busted out with a large rock and entry was gained and money was taken from the cash register. The owner was unable to determine how much money was taken.

Another report stated Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker responded to El Vaquero Mexican Restaurant on Spruce Street in reference to an attempted burglary. The windows and doors were busted with large rocks. The owner said the security system was out of service at the time and was not able to pick up anything on the break in. Nothing appeared to be missing at the time of the report.

HCSO Investigating Storage Building Fire on Woodbird Place

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a fire that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning. The report at the sheriff’s office stated that a storage building on Woodbird Place Road was on fire before 4am and the Oakland Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze. The storage building was valued at $6K and the contents inside value at $9K. The investigation is ongoing.

Portion of Old Paris Murray Road Closed Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is closing Old Paris and Murray Road Monday October 20th, four tenths of a mile Northeast of Highway 641 for culvert replacement. Alternate routes for motorists traveling from the northeast is Guthrie Road, Chapel Hill Road, New Bethel Church Road, Vaughn Road, and Tanglewood Lane. The road will be open for Monday evening traffic.

Theft at Quality Inn

Paris, Tenn. - A theft in excess of $13,500 was reported at the Quality Inn on Saturday. The victim parked a trailer as well as a recreational vehicle at the hotel. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, both were reported stolen. The trailer was unlocked and unhooked from the victim's truck. Both VIN numbers have been entered into the NCIC. The trailer is described as 6 x 10 in size and black in color with a fold down gate and wood floor. The RV is red and black in color and is a Polaris Razor.

Henry Teenager Charged with Simple Possession

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department reports the arrest of Trey Cowans, age 19, of Roplogle Road in Henry. Cowans was stopped for not wearing a seatbelt by officer Roaten of the Paris Police Department. Upon stopping Cowans, Roaten detected an odor of marijuana. After searching the vehicle, a cigarillo with marijuana had been found. Cowans was charged with simple possession and given a seatbelt citation.

Clarksville Woman Driving on Suspended License

Paris, Tenn. - Coraindia Shakeenab, age 59, of Birch Road in Clarksville was charged with driving on a suspended license. Shakeenab was pulled over for speeding on Highway 79 South by Officer Haley Ramos.

D.U.I & Evading Police

Paris, Tenn. - Tina Flood, age 52, of River Oaks Drive in Springville, was arrested for driving under the influence on Saturday. Flood was also charged for evading policy by Deputy Wayne Fuqua.

Multiple Arrests for FTA

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff's Department reports three arrests for failure to appear. Donald Ashby, age 33, of Elkhorn Nobles Road in Paris was arrested for failure to appear for jail time by Stacy Bostwick of the HCSO.

Matthew Pollock, age 30, of State Route 183 in Troy, was arrested for failure to appear in court and places on a $1,000 bond.

Also, Joshua Lowe, age 24, of Whiskey Ridge Road in Paris, was charged for failing to appear for a class E. Sgt. Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff's Office conducted the arrest.

Ribbon Cutting for Clean Air Systems

Paris, Tenn. - The Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Clean Air Systems, located at 212 North Poplar Street in Paris. The ceremony will be held on Friday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. You may RSVP for bus transportation at 731-642-3431.

Update on Early Voting

Paris, Tenn. - Early voting on Saturday totaled 76 votes. This brings the total early vote county to 865. Early voting will continue until October 30th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. On October 30th, the Henry County Election Commission will be accepting votes from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Slight Improvement in Unemployment

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a slightly lower unemployment rate for the month of September. In the month of August, Tennessee’s unemployment was 7.4 percent, while September’s preliminary number is 7.3. This is a result of 7,200 jobs being created in the month of August.  This unemployment rate for the U.S. is at 6.1 percent for the month of August.

Upcoming Police Check Point

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department will be conducting a check point in the back parking lot of the Henry County Health Department on October 22nd from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The checkpoint will check for infant and child car seats. The 911 fox and the Paris Fire Department’s Fire Safe House will be there for helpful information for children and their parents.

Public Intoxication on North Market Street

Paris, Tenn. - William Collins, age 39, of Highway 79 South in Paris, was charged with Public Intoxication on Friday. Collins was arrested on North Market Street and place on a $200 bond.

Another Case of Vandalism in Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - Stephen Hilt, age 33, of Cope Looney Road in Paris, was arrested for vandalism. Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department conducted the arrest and placed Hilt on a $500 bond.

Driving on Revoked License

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of Kenneth New, age 44, of Highway 436 in McKenzie. New was arrested for driving on a revoked license and placed on a $100 bond.

Vandalism Charge in Paris

Paris, Tenn. - Korey Rick, age 21, of Park Street in Paris was charged with Vandalism in excess of $1,000. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rick and placed him on a $5,000 bond.

Theft at Burkes Outlet

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department reports the arrest of Amanda Reynolds, age 35, of Mill Creek Road in Puryear. Officer’s found a stolen blue dress from Burke’s outlet valued at $14.99 as well as a prescription drug in her ashtray. Reynolds was charged with simple possession and shoplifting.

"Spooktacular" coming to Downtown

Paris, Tenn. - The Downtown Paris Association's 9th annual downtown Spooktacular will be held at the Henry County Court House lawn on Saturday, October 25th. Free crafts, entertainment, contests, live music and concessions will take place from noon until 4:00 p.m. Downtown merchants will be open regular buisness hours and invites children to come into the stores with costumes and trick or treat.

Several booths will be set up along the court square including a Birds of Prey & Halloween Owl booth hosted by the Paris Landing State Park, a children’s theater with two spooky booths, a slide of terror, Putt-Putt hosted by the First Christian Church, and a tractor hunt hosted by the Henry County Young Farmers and Ranchers. The Paris Photography Club will take photos for $5 each and DPA's famous Pumpkin Patch Pete will be on hand and you can try to guess his weight and win $100 in DPA bucks. The winnner will be announced on Halloween Day and receive the prize just in time for the Christmas Open House Weekend, which is set for November 7-9.

Other events include broom races, the Monster Mash Limbo, and creaking door contests. Food will include Perry’s BBQ and the Inman Band Boosters.

Adults and pets are welcome to dress up as well during Spooktacular and there will be costume contests for pets, ages 0-5, ages 6-12, ages teens to adult, and group themes.

There is still time for groups or businesses who would like to participate in the DPA Spooktacular to get a booth. Call Spook Meister Rick Conger at 642-7425 or DPA president Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 for more information. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Early Voting Continues in Henry County

Paris, Tenn. - Early Voting continues in Henry County. A total of 789 votes have been cast, with 268 votes being cast on Friday. Early voting continues until October 30th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. On October 30th, the Henry County Election commission office will accept voting from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Micah Fuqua Benefit is Friday Oct. 24th

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a fund raiser for Micah Fuqua on Friday October 24th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 10am to 2pm and Ribeye or chicken sandwiches, chips, and drink will be $8. You can purchase your sandwich on site at the door and pay or you can pre-order by calling the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 and ask for Amy. Deliveries will be made on orders of 5 or more.

Micah is the 14 year old son of Deputy Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Fuqua is the handler of K9 Cisco.

Micah has been diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) and is currently travelling to Maryland to see a specialist in the field. All donations will help the Fuqua family with medical and travel expenses.

MSU to Present 68th Quad State String Festival Oct. 24th

Murray, Ky.- The 68th annual Quad State String Festival, hosted by the string unit of Murray State University’s department of music, culminates in a concert featuring the Murray State orchestra and four school-age student orchestras on Friday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium.

A longstanding musical tradition in Murray, the festival will be attended by a 400 string students from five states for the all-day event. The students will gather to rehearse, attend a master class and perform.

This year’s guest conductors include Dr. Yeong Su Kim, conductor of The Washington Korean Symphony in Washington, D.C.; Pam Wilensky, chair of the fine arts department and director of orchestras at Central High School in Memphis, Tenn.; Steve Schaffner, conductor of the Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra; and Dennis Johnson, associate professor of music and director of bands and orchestras at Murray State.

In addition to the concerts by Murray State’s and the four Quad State String Festival student orchestras on Friday, there will be a Showcase Concert featuring Murray State string faculty, Dr. Sue-Jean Park on violin and Jinhee Han on the cello.Vincent Frittelli, retired professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will also hold a master class.

The Showcase Concert will be held at Lovett Auditorium at 1 p.m. and the master class will be held in Farrell Hall in the Doyle Fine Arts Center at 1:40 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

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