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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh



Quota Club Awards Eight, $1K Scholarships

Paris, Tenn.- At their meeting this week the Paris Quota Club presented eight $1K scholarships to three high school graduates and five returning college students.

Those graduating seniors receiving scholarships were Savannah Hunt, Blake Kennedy, and Chase Wyrick. Returning college students receiving scholarships were Julia Hendrix, Hunter Lacy, Nathan Robertson, Brianna Ross, and Laynee Thornton.

Ross was unable to attend due to clinicals, but had sent a letter to be read and Thornton was on a mission trip to Honduras.

Each student was introduced by a member of scholarship committee and was asked to come to the microphone and thanked Quota for the scholarships.

The committee looks at GPA, ACT scores, organizations the student is involved with at school, community involvement, working part time, and reference letters. The scholarships are funded thru fundraisers Quota does throughout the year including selling Lunch at Noon on the Square in September, pecans sales, the Easter Bake Sale, and Ladies Night out.

3rd Annual Darkhorse Lodge Benefit Lemonade Stand to be Held Memorial Day

Paris, Tenn.- The 3rd Annual Darkhorse Lodge Benefit Lemonade Stand will be held this Memorial Day Monday May 27th at Trolingers BBQ, located at 2305 East Wood St. 8am to 5pm.

The last two years Allie and Brycen’s Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand has been well attended. This year once again there will be fresh homemade lemonade, and baked goods available for purchase. Money raised benefits the Darkhorse Lodge, a retreat for Veterans.

If you can’t make it to Allie and Brycen’s Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand Memorial Day and would like to make a donation contact Jana Ferguson at janaferguson@ymail.com or call 731-363-5602.

Rockin' Randall French To Perform for Tuesday's DPA Cruise-In

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association will hold their May Cruise-in, this coming Tuesday May 28th from 5:30pm-7pm on the court square in Paris. All classic cars are welcome and owners of the classic cars can register to win prizes donated by DPA supporters. Prizes are awarded every 15 minutes. Perry’s BBQ will be serving BBQ sandwiches, drinks, and more. May’s Cruise-in will feature the music of Rockin’ Randall French, sponsored by BPU.

Reminder: Quinn Chapel's annual pancake breakfast is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Men's Club of Quinn Chapel AME Church will hold its 67th annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at the church located at 218 E. Church St. in Paris.

Breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage or bacon, milk, orange juice or coffee. The cost is $8 per person or $4 for children 13 and under. Tickets for the breakfast will be available at the door.

The breakfast is dine-in, carry-out or delivery. For delivery, please call 642-8445.

TN National Wildlife Refuge Hosting Amphibian Event Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge invites you to Amphibian Fun and Fairy Houses this Saturday May 25th at 1pm at the Refuge Visitor Center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The program is free to the public and runs from 1 to 2:30pm

Brittany Smith will give a short, child friendly program on local amphibians with a short walk to search for specimens along the Nature Discovery Trail. Participants will get practical experience on where to look for and how to identify a few amphibians in your back yard. Afterwards, they will be construction “fairy houses” to place outside for amphibians for easier viewing. Any children who wish, we invite them to come dressed as a fairy or an amphibian for the program.

In addition, the refuge will have their popular “Refuge Discovery Backpacks” and activity booklets to check out so kids can earn Jr. Refuge Manager Badges. The backpacks contain items such as butterfly net, fish net, binoculars, bug viewers, insect collectors, magnifying glasses and filed guides. Young participants that complete at least six activities will be sworn in by staff as official Jr. Refuge Managers receiving a badge and certificate. Call 642-2091 for more information.

City of Paris Announces Memorial Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday on Monday May 27th. City Hall will be closed with all emergency services being on regular schedule. The City of Paris Public Works Department is closed Monday May 27th and sanitation routes for Monday and Tuesday will be ran on Tuesday May 28th, be sure and have trash out by 7am.

The Landfill will be closed Monday and the Animal Shelter will also be closed. Both reopen Tuesday. The Civic Center will also close Monday and reopen Tuesday.

The Gerald Howard Municipal Pool opens this weekend as well. Hours this weekend are Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 1-6pm and 10am to 6pm Monday for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Service Planned at 8am Monday at Courthouse; Georg Todd Guest Speaker

Paris, Tenn.- A Memorial Day Service and program will be held on Memorial Day Monday May 27th at 8am at the Henry County Courthouse. Guest speaker of the program will be Georg Todd, veteran and silver star recipient. Ann Smith will deliver opening and closing remarks, Max Beidler will lead the march on colors, Randy Odom will give the opening prayer, and Edith Garner will lead in Patriotic Music.

Veterans Organizations will lay the wreaths and the TN State Guard will present military honors.  Everyone is invited to attend the program on Memorial Day.

Henry Receives Donation to Art Department

Henry, Tenn.- The Paris Sherwin Williams store recently donated paint, stain stripper, drop cloths, paint rollers, and various other items to Henry School. Henry's Art teacher, Val Godina worked and Henry County Board Member, Rod Frey, secured this donation for use with Henry School's outdoor classroom. Henry School is blessed by local businesses that are always willing to help out!

Pictured are from left David Kibbler, Principal; students, Destany Allen, Caden Carper, and Jake Davis; Art teacher, Val Godina; Social Studies teacher, Flynn Watson; and board member Rod Frey. (Val Godina photo)

Harrelson Receives Donation to Art Department

Puryear, Tenn.- The Paris, TN Sherwin Williams store and Winchester Paints, have donated over 150 gallons of paint and various supplies such as paint and stain stripper, tape, drop cloths, and stain to the Harrelson art department. Pictures are Principal Maria Cox, Sherwin Williams manager Hunter Fry, and Art Teacher Traci Shankle. The school and school system are thankful for the donations! (Susan Burton photos)

HCMC Donates to Animal Shelter

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center recently made some donations to the Animal Shelter. (HCMC photos)

KSP Arrests Murray Man on Sexual Exploitation Charges

Murray, Ky.- On May 22, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Corey Ray Hubbs, 51, on charges related to distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Hubbs was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing files of child sexual exploitation online.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Murray on May 22, 2019. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Hubbs is currently charged with twenty-two counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. He was lodged in the Calloway County Jail.

Bona Resigns as Patriot Baseball Coach

Paris, Tenn.- Head Coach of the Henry County Patriot Baseball team Benji Bona has decided to leave the position after submitting his resignation on Tuesday. The Patriots came off a great year with 22 wins and a deep run in the District Tournament. The position will be posted on the school's website and the search for a new coach will begin immediately.

UTM Kids College Runs June 10-14 at Main Campus

Martin, Tenn.- Parents of children entering kindergarten through fifth grade can register their children for Kid College held June 10-14 on the University of Tennessee at Martin’s main campus. Registration is $30 per class, per child, with a maximum of five classes per child. The first class block begins at 9 a.m., and final pick-up is at 3 p.m. Individual schedules will vary based on class selection.

Some courses have individual supply fees which must be paid directly to the course instructor on the first day of class. The initial registration fee includes a Kid College T-shirt, and all students are encouraged to wear their T-shirts on Wednesday for picture day. Children who will attend Kid College all day must bring a lunch from home.

Class choices for children entering kindergarten through second grade include disc golf, science lab, kids in the kitchen, bowling, mission to mars, basketball and painting, among others. Options for children entering third through fifth grades include adventures in engineering, animal careers, karate, yoga, violin, mission to mars, science lab, painting and soccer, among others. A full list of available courses can be found on the Kid College website at utm.edu/kidcollege.

Parents will be sent an email June 5 containing each child’s class schedule, supply fees and other important information. Please contact UT Martin outreach at 731-881-7104 if you do not receive this email.

Kid College activities will also be held June 3-7 at the UT Martin Somerville Center, June 24-27 at the Parsons Center and June 24-28 at the McNairy County Center/Selmer.

Visit utm.edu/kidcollege to register online, see a complete list of course options and find extended information for parents. For assistance or more information, contact UT Martin outreach at 731-881-7104.

KSP Charges Caldwell Co. Man with Child Sexual Exploitation

Princeton, Ky.- On May 21, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Stephen Crocker, 24, on charges related to child sexual exploitation.

Crocker was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online and the distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.
The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Princeton on May 21, 2019. Equipment used to facilitate the crime was seized and taken to KSP’s forensic laboratory for examination. The investigation is ongoing.
Crocker is currently charged with thirteen counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor 1st offense and one count of prohibited use of electronic means to procure a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Crocker was lodged in the Caldwell County Detention Center.

Public Notice Posted on FEMA, TEMA Websites Regarding Severe Weather

Nashville- A public notice has been posted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency websites regarding the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred in Tennessee February 19 to March 30, 2019.

The public notice is posted at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/notices/dr-4427-tn-public-notice-001 and https://www.tn.gov/TEMA.

This public notice addresses the agency’s intention to reimburse eligible applicants for costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides in the following Tennessee counties: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Decatur, Dekalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lake, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, McNairy, Moore, Morgan, Obion, Overton, Perry, Rhea, Roane, Robertson, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, and Wayne.

This notice describes proposed activities that may affect historic properties and activities and critical actions that may affect wetlands and floodplains.

This may be the only public notice given regarding these FEMA actions. Questions should be directed to FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Comments should be sent in writing to Chelsea Klein, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, at Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region IV Office, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30341, within 30 days of the date of this notice.

Wesley Bomar Signs with UTM to Play Baseball

Paris, Tenn.- Recently graduated HCHS baseball standout Wesley Bomar signed with UT Martin to continue his career on the diamond next spring.

44th Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival Set for Friday, Sat.

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The 44th Annual Big Sandy Spring Festival is set for this coming weekend Friday and Saturday May 24-25 around the City Park and other areas. This year’s theme is “Reaching New Heights.”

Friday evening the carnival will be going and its $10 bracelets for unlimited rides and the Tommy Akers Band and Risky Business will perform music free for the public to enjoy.

Saturday’s events include a car show with registration at 8am; parade at 10am; tractor show from 10:30am to 1pm; mobile retro arcades, free to the public from 10:30am to 4:30pm; petting zoo and pony rides, free from 10:30am to 6pm.

There’s musical entertainment starting at 10:30am as Kinsey Rose performs and then again at 6pm and Johnny Mac and the Heart Attacks.

Other events Saturday include the carnival again, all rides you want for $10; horseshoe tournament, Doug the Magician, Bingo, and Hot Air Balloon rides for $20 per person. Fireworks light up the night sky at 9:30pm. There will be plenty of food vendors on site for the event as well.

Summer School/ Credit Recovery Available Beginning May 28th

Paris, Tenn.- Students looking for summer school or credit recovery from this school year will be able to register and start classes on Tuesday May 28th. Classes will run thru June 24th and will be held at Lab 69 at Henry County High School. You are asked to enter and leave thru E building doors across from the fieldhouse.

Two-hour sessions are available and if seating permits you may stay for up to three sessions. Times are 8am to 10am, 10am to Noon, and Noon to 2pm. To receive credit, you must have a minimum of 40 seat hours and pass the class to receive credit.

There is no cost as summer school is offered for free. Courses available include English I, II, III, and IV; Bridge Math, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Precal, Calculus; Biology I, Chemistry I, and Physical Science; World History, US History, Economics, Government, Wellness, PE, Foreign Language: Spanish/French/German and Personal Finance.

Students are responsible for their own transportation. Free breakfast and lunch will be served from 7:30am to 8:30am for breakfast and 11am to 12:30pm for lunch. These do not count as seat hours. Contact the High School for more information on the Credit Recovery and Summer School.

HCMC Women's Center Grows Forward with Two New Nurse Practitioners


Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of two nurse practitioners to the Paris Women’s Center, continuing to grow forward in obstetrics and gynecologic services in West TN.  Melissa Youree, APRN, BC and Rachel Holmes, FNP – C have both recently joined Paris Women’s Center and are available to see patients.

Melissa Youree, APRN, BC comes to HCMC and Paris Women’s Center from Union City, TN where she worked in women’s health for 16 years.  Youree graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of TN Martin, beginning her career in Martin, TN working labor and delivery. Later on in her career, she attended Murray State University where she received her Masters of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner.  She has always been involved with women’s health and has a true passion for it.

She is originally from Hickman, KY and has always enjoyed the lake life, so she is very excited to be close to the lakes by coming to this area.  She is very excited to join Paris Women’s Center and being a part of women’s lives during a very special time in their lives.  Youree has always heard wonderful things about HCMC and Paris Women’s Center about the outstanding quality they provide and she looks forward to continuing the tradition of great care in her practice.

“At Paris Women’s Center, you are not a number, but an individual, and it comes down to quality and taking the time to give the one-on-one care to the patients,” said Youree.  “Knowing you are being heard and validated is a true passion for me and I am so glad I can carry on that legacy at HCMC and Paris Women’s Center.”

Rachel Holmes, FNP-C, is originally from Huntingdon, TN and went to University of TN at Martin where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Union University in Jackson, TN.  During her career, she has worked in home health and hospice, labor and delivery, as well as with Dr. Evans in Jackson, TN.  Knowing the amazing care that Dr. Evans provides, Holmes wanted to join her at Paris Women’s Center.

Since she was very young, Holmes wanted to work with babies, so being involved in women’s health is exactly where she wants to be.  Her husband is a critical care paramedic and she has three children, Maddox, Miller, and Maley.  Her boys play baseball so they love to be at the park.  Holmes is very crafty and she enjoys painting and is a part time florist.

“It has been an awesome experience working at Paris Women’s Center so far,” said Holmes.  “I have worked with Dr. Evans in the past and I have gotten to know Dr. Whitfield, and they are both excellent physicians and care tremendously for their patients.  The entire staff is excellent to work with.”

“Paris Women’s Center is very important to our area,” said Holmes.  “There are so many women that don’t have access to close healthcare in the small towns near here, so HCMC and Paris Women’s Center is very essential to their health.  It is an asset to the community and region we serve.”

HCMC Paris Women’s Center provides comprehensive treatment and routine care for women of all ages and in all stages of life.   Drs. Evans and Whitfield along with Nurse Practitioners Kristian Elliott, Melissa Youree, and Rachel Holmes believe in patient education promoting a proactive approach to good health and preventative care.  Paris Women’s Center is located in the HCMC Medical Arts Building, 300 Hospital Circle, Suites 101-104.  HCMC Paris Women’s Center takes most insurances including TennCare. 

For more information about the providers at Paris Women’s Center, please visit our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or give us a call at 731-644-8225.  Appointments can be made by calling or online at www.hcmc-tn.org.

City Commission Holds Budget Workshop

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission, City manager Kim Foster and staff, and department heads held a budget workshop Tuesday to discuss the budget for the upcoming new fiscal year which will be presented for first reading at the June 6th Commission meeting. The Commission will seek a 4 cent property tax increase beginning July 1st. Foster said the main reason for the needed property tax increase is the erosion of sales tax revenue which is due at least in part to an increase in purchases online.

The budget represents a 3% cost of living adjustment for City employees, a 9.5% increase in healthcare premiums, an increase of $100K in asphalt and paving line items.

Foster reminded commissioners that the budget also includes several projects including the Splash Pad, sidewalks in HCHS and Rhea areas of the City, new signalization downtown, Rison St. Bridge replacement, upgrades and ADA accessibility around the Eiffel Tower, and some smaller grant related projects.

The budget will dip into fund balance about $40K as the City plans to pay off a capital outlay note a little early. The fund balance sits at $3.6M and Foster said it was perfectly fine to dip into a bit to pay off debt a little earlier.

Three Charged After Search Warrant Executed on Carter Rd.

Paris, Tenn.- A search warrant executed by the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Monday at 112 Carter Rd. led to the arrest of three people for drug possession. Officers located approximately 15 grams of heroin, bagged for resale and approximately 3.4 grams of cocaine.

Also located were digital scales, grinders, and pipes that are used to weigh and use narcotics, a loaded 40 caliber handgun was also in the home and $563 in cash was seized as suspected drug proceeds.

Charged in the incident were Eugene Bressanelli, Garrett Vinson, and Tabitha Coyne with possession of schedule I and II drug with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vinson was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bressanlli and Coyne’s bond was set at $50K and Vinson’s bond was set at $75K.

Columbus Replica Ships On their Way to Paris Landing

The replica ships heading from the Tombigbee Waterway Tuesday morning. (Columbus Ships Facebook page photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- After multiple attempts to get here the last couple of weeks, the Columbus Replica ships, Nina and Pinta, have finally cleared the Tombigbee Waterway in Alabama and Mississippi and are on their way up the Tennessee River towards Buchanan. The ships should arrive Wednesday and will open for tours Thursday May 23d and remain docked at Marker 66 at Paris Landing until May 29th, according to their website, ninapinta.com.

The hours are 9am to 6pm for tours at a cost of $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors age 60 and older, $6.50 ages 5-15, and kids under 4 getting in for free. More information can be found on Columbus Ships Facebook page or thenina.com.

HCHD Closing Guthrie Road Wed. if Weather Allows

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Guthrie Road, weather permitting, this Wednesday May 22nd for culvert replacement. The closure will be 2 tenths of a mile southeast of Chapel Hill Road. The road will be open for early evening traffic.

PSSD BOE Sees Artwork from 1st Graders; Approves Rhea Paving Bid

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met for May at W.G. Rhea Elementary School on Monday evening. The board was treated to artwork from a Plus Endowment Grant. The two students on hand to describe their work were twins, Olive and Evan Barnett, both 1st graders.

The board accepted the low bid from K & K paving of Paris for fixing potholes, resealing and restriping all of Rhea Elementary's parking lot area. The bid came in at $30,074 beating a company from Murray and Milan who presented higher bids. The board didn't have to formerly approve the bids as they were including in money left from the construction budget.

The board also voted to keep the same officers: Board Chairman Richard Edwards, VIce Chairman Bill Jelks, and Secretary Amy Cathey.

County Commissioners See Presentations on Library, Heritage Center

County Commissioner Drew Williams looks over an old photo collage of the Courthouse which is on display at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session for May on Monday evening and watched presentations from Kathy Collins, Director of the Library and Suzy Herron, Director of the Heritage Center. 10 of the 15 commissioners were present as some had taken the trip to Gatlinburg already for the TN County Services meeting and conference.

Collins started off the presentation by saying, your library is a whole lot more than just books these days. She said to keep up with ever changing technology, we have become very hands on with electronic media and adjust to new technology as it continues to come out.

Library Director Kathy Collins showing off the playway views which can be checked out, coming with pre-loaded content for younger folks.

Collins passed around several items to the commission to see such as the Launchpads, which are pre-loaded with content like ACT prep and other items. The playway views are very popular among young children, a handheld device that is preloaded with videos and games to teach educational material to the youngsters. All these type items can be checked out at the library just like books.

Commissioners approving business Monday night.

The library is offering classes in Engineering, Coding, and Robotics along with several computer classes each month. County Mayor Brent Greer said our library brings up several opportunities for our seniors and youth to become more knowledgeable. He said, “one of our biggest challenges is educating a workforce for all available jobs and tools and classes at the library will continue to be a tremendous help.”

Suzy Herron, Director of the Heritage Center spoke about the County’s living history museum and said Cavitt Place is “where we bring life to the past.”

She said their displays and exhibits always have a military presence ranging from Civil war times to World War II and how those times of strife impacted Henry County. Herron also said the lunch to learn events have been great including the one held earlier this month dealing with the bloody Monday shootings involving former TN Governor Porter’s children.

Herron said donations from the community help add to the exhibits at the center and the whole building is like a work of art. She encouraged commissioners and the community to remember the Center for hosting parties and events and come by and see all they have.

In action Monday evening, Commissioners appointed Gary Benton to serve on the Henry County Planning Commission to fill the four year term ending January 2023. Mary Nell Grooms waas appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals to fill the 3 year term which ends March 2022. Commissioners also appointed as Ricky Stafford Assistant Death Investigator for Henry County at Monday’s commission meeting. They also approved budget transfers as approved by the budget committee last week.

Suzy Herron of the PHCHC talking about their Lunch to Learn events.

BPU Having Contractors Inspect Poles Over the Coming Weeks

Paris, Tenn.- Osmose Utilities Service Inc., a contractor working for BPU, will be working to inspect, test and treat wood utility poles within the BPU service area. Workers are expected to begin inspecting poles around May 21, 2019 and will be in the area for the next several weeks.

“BPU is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable utility services to the residents of Paris and Henry County,” said Cole Edwards, BPU Director of Engineering. “The purpose of this program is to inspect and treat poles on a cyclical basis. We hope to prolong the life of existing poles by applying decay-preventing treatments and replacing those poles that are no longer safe enough to leave in operation.”

Osmose workers can be identified by the hard hats and brightly colored safety vest they wear. They will also carry laminated ID badges and their vehicles will be marked with magnetic signs. To properly inspect poles, Osmose workers will need full access to poles which could lie on private property. Customers who have concerns about the legitimacy of workers on their property are engorged to contact BPU at 731-642-1322 for more information. 

No Road Construction Delays Planned for Memorial Day Travel

Nashville- Motorists won’t be delayed by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 24 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.  

“Suspending construction-related lane closures during the busy Memorial Day weekend will lessen congestion and delays on Tennessee’s major highways,” said Commissioner Clay Bright.  “We want to do our part to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend and keep traffic flowing as smoothly and efficiently as possible.”  

Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects.  Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.   

"Our primary goal is to honor this Memorial Day weekend by reducing the number of crashes and traffic fatalities across Tennessee,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long said. “We continue to see an increase in distracted driving crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities. We hope that drivers will make safe choices when traveling on our roadways. State Troopers will do their best to enforce the traffic laws and keep all Tennesseans safe.”  

AAA estimates nearly 43 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day holiday, 3.6% more than last year. Over 863,000 Tennesseans plan to travel, with more than 752,000 driving to their Memorial Day destinations.  

From your desktop or mobile device, get the latest construction activity and live streaming SmartWay traffic cameras at www.TNSmartWay.com/Traffic. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TN511 for statewide travel.  As always, drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools wisely and Know Before You Go! by checking travel conditions before leaving for your destination.  Drivers should never tweet, text or talk on a cell phone while behind the wheel.

Shepherd's Table Meal Planned Tuesday at Huntingdon First Presbyterian Church

Huntingdon, Tenn.- Everyone is invited to share a meal at The Shepherd's Table.  This Community Kitchen was created by the volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon.  More than 70 guests were served at last month's supper. The warmer months are proving to be a more needful time for a community kitchen like The Shepherd's Table.

They will be hosting their next supper on Tuesday, May 21st,, in the Fellowship Hall located at 19835 E. Main Street, in Huntingdon. Dining will begin promptly at 5 pm and the kitchen will remain open until 6:45pm. Anyone hungry or seeking fellowship for supper is invited.

Attending The Shepherd's Table is like visiting your favorite casual restaurant in town. You are greeted at the door by a host and seated at a table. A server will bring you a drink and take your order. Your food is served to you hot and fresh from the kitchen. There is also a crew of volunteers to help with clean up when you are finished.

Committee Chairman, David Ray Carter, says a big thank you to all that assist The Shepherd's Table each month. “I invite you to get on our calendar to help volunteer in the future. What a blessing it is to serve.”

Between the generous donations and what the committee spends each month, each meal costs approximately $100. If you would like to sponsor a meal or give a donation of any amount please contact The Shepherd's Table by calling The First Presbyterian Church of Huntingdon at (731) 986-5642. If no answer, please leave a message, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Or please feel free to attend one of our suppers.

The Shepherd's Table will have supper every third Tuesday of the month. The following supper has been planned for June 18th, at the First Presbyterian Church Of Huntingdon.

Benton Co. woman arrested on multiple drug charges

Buchanan, Tenn.- A Benton County woman was arrested on multiple drug charges after trying to avoid police on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. Lance Perry arrested Amelia Shroats, age 35, of Big Sandy for possession of a schedule II substance with intent, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. She was also arrested on three active warrants for violation of probation, mittimus and failure to appear.

Perry was on patrol when he observed a black Toyota Camry repeatedly driving around the area near Log Cabin Road and Hwy. 79 North. Perry noticed that the vehicle had pulled into a driveway near Savannah Drive, so he pulled up to the vehicle to see if the occupants needed any help.

Perry spoke to the driver, identified as Shroats, and asked her if the reason she was driving around the area was an attempt to avoid Perry noticing that the registration on the vehicle had expired. Shroats admitted to police that she had tried avoiding them and she also stated that she didn’t have a valid driver’s license.

Perry asked Shroats if she had anything illegal on her, which is when she handed police a glass pipe that was believed to have been used for smoking meth. Perry questioned the passenger in the vehicle and officers did not find anything illegal on the passenger.

Perry asked the passenger for consent to search the vehicle since it belonged to him and the passenger gave police the consent. Police searched the vehicle where they found a digital scale and three hypodermic needles, one of which contained a liquid believed to contain meth. Shroats admitted to police that the items did belong to her.

Shroats’ bond was set at $28,000 and she is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Police arrest two people on DUI charges over the weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend.

Paris Police Ptl. Zachariah Carper arrested Bruce L. Scarbrough, 43, of 3303 Hwy. 79 N. of Paris on Saturday for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and as a fugitive from justice.

Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Waldron also charged Scarbrough with DUI, driving on a suspended license and violation of the implied consent law.

Scarbrough’s bond was set at $7,500 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

In an unrelated incident, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Daryl Veliz arrested Frank Soliz, 34, of 4490 Hwy. 77 of Paris on Sunday for DUI.

Soliz’s bond was set at $2,500 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Commercial Bank wins Cow Patty Poop-Aroma, Donates Winnings Back to Project Bridge

The band Stainless performs at the Cow Patty Poop-Aroma on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Cow Patty Poop-Aroma event was held Saturday at the Atkins Porter gym and dog park. A total of 158 squares were sold at the event as people tried to win the $1,500 prize. Well the cow pooped on the square purchase by Commercial Bank and Trust Company and after winning the $1,500 prize Commercial Bank then donated the prize money back to Project Bridge to help fund the program.

More than $15,000 was raised from the sale of the Cow Patty Poop-Aroma squares and more than $1,000 worth of tickets were sold at the event to participate in the various events around the fundraiser.

All of the funds from the Cow Patty Poop-Aroma fundraiser benefited Project Bridge an organization designed to help Henry County kids build relationships with rising first-third graders and their families by bridging the gap between the end of school in the spring and the next school year.

Project Bridge is a project of nineteen Henry County United Methodist Churches, spearheaded by Pastor Leah Howe (Puryear and Buchanan UMCs) and Jane Etheridge of Paris First UMC, who are working together to accomplish outreach, evangelism and community impact through work with children and partners.

Project Bridge aims to improve reading and retention skills for rising first-third graders through a six-week program. Participants will use resources from Reading A-Z in addition to utilizing the program Love in a Big World. Project Bridge has hired three interns Mia Scott, Shelby Campbell and Faith Foutch who will be helping with the various age groups and various other volunteers will be helping with Project Bridge.

Van drivers and monitors will be available to pick up students each morning of the program. Lunch will be provided to the participants through a partnership with the school system.

Project Bridge will be held June 17- July 26 on Monday – Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 North Wilson St. in Paris.

The budget for this year’s budget for Project Bridge is $22,050. Money raised from the fundraiser on Saturday not only hopes to improve reading and retention skills in the children, but Project Bridge is also looking to send each child home with a series of books.

If you are interested in helping with Project Bridge either financially or by volunteering, please contact Trinity United at 642-3427 or email tumc@trinityumc.us.

Drug, driving offenses keeps law enforcement busy

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on drug and driving charges on Friday.

Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Watson arrested James D. Meadows III, 31, of 123 Dudley St. of Paris for resisting arrest, possession of a schedule II substance with intent, tampering with or fabricating evidence and a registration violation.

Meadows III bond was set at $20,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

A Georgia man was arrested for on multiple charges including driving under the influence on Thursday.

Paris Police Ptl. Dereck Greenhill arrested Anthony Cole, 33, of Ringgold, Ga. for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cole’s bond was set at $3,500. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

Hollow Rock man arrested on multiple charges

Henry County, Tenn.- A Hollow Rock man was arrested on multiple driving offenses on Saturday.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mariah Harden arrested Timothy Ruth, 49, of Hollow Rock on Saturday for DUI first offense, felony tampering with evidence, possession of a handgun while intoxicated and violation of the implied consent law and open container law.

Ruth’s bond was set at $7,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

W.G. Rhea Library board's next meeting is Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library board will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21st at the W.G. Rhea Public Library Meeting Room located at 400 W. Washington St. Paris, TN.

For more information, please call 642-1702.

HCHS Class of 2019 Told to Never Give Up Trying to Succeed

HCHS Class of 2019 Valedictorian Kester Nucum talks to his classmates about never giving up. (Photos by Cassie Walsh)

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 295 students from the Class of 2019 took part in the 50th graduation ceremony at Henry County High School on Friday night.

Class of 2019 valedictorian Kester Nucum spoke to his classmates at graduation on Friday as he told his classmates that the future is bright for the Class of 2019. Nucum said that some of class of 2019 will go on to continue their education, others will enter the workplace and some will join the military, but in any case their class includes future engineers, educators, farmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs… as well as mothers, fathers husbands and wives.

“Some of us will stay in Henry County, and others will spread throughout the nation and even the world,” said Nucum. “Regardless of where life takes each of us in the future, we are all called to find our vocation in life.”

He read a quote from St. Catherine of Siena who said, “If you are what you should be, then you will set the whole world on fire,” with the purpose of the quote hoping to inspire his classmates to strive to be the best person they can be and serve others.

“Regardless of where we will go or what we will do, we are all called to serve others and to serve God, to spread light in a world filled with darkness,” said Nucum. “Your vocation in life is when you use those God-given talents not to solely benefit yourself, but to serve others with love and joy, and this service can be in a job, a family, an organization or a community.”

Salutatorian Delia McDevitt speaks to her peers about how they are all unique.

Salutatorian Delia McDevitt also echoed Nucum’s well wishes for the Class of 2019.

“Take a look at your friends and family in the stands, as well as your peers sitting around you. So many people have guided you along this journey,” said McDevitt. “And I encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the bonds you have created with them.”

She said that some of her peers will go to college, others will learn a trade and some of them may not know what the future holds, but that is okay.

“Although the future may seem daunting… remember that every single one of you are capable and deserving,” said McDevitt. “Remember that you are intelligent. You are bold. And most importantly, you are uniquely you. You made it here and you can make it anywhere.”

Logan Lacy who was named the Class of 2019’s honorable mention also spoke to the graduates and those in attendance. He asked his classmates to reflect on their journey to graduation night.

HCHS Class of 2019 Honorable Mention Logan Lacy talks to his classmates about how integrity is the key to success.

“Talent, potential and achievement radiate from our graduating class,” said Lacy. “However, the story does not end now as we walk away from Patriot Stadium for the last time as Henry County High School students; it is the awakening of a brand new beginning for each of us. Personal integrity is the key to success.”

HCHS Class of 2019 class president Caroline Gurton also spoke at graduation as she reminded everyone how many obstacles and fears they had conquered in order to get to this moment on graduation night.

HCHS Class of 2019 class president Caroline Gurton tells her classmates about how much each one of them has overcome many things in order to get to graduation night

“One thing I have always seen in this class is our support for one another, and that we have grown together through every season, good or bad,” said Gurton.

All four graduates joined in saying that no matter what happens after graduation the most important thing is to kind and mindful to other people and never give up trying to succeed.

HCHS Class of 2019 awarded nearly $3.8 million in scholarships

HCHS Class of 2019 celebrate at graduation on Friday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At graduation on Friday, Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton spoke at the 50th graduation ceremony where he spoke to the graduates about life being similar to the T.V. show Survivor.

“#HCHS success. Just like the show Survivor you have to outwit, outplay and outlast. It’s going to be up to you to seek opportunities and learn to grow,” said Norton.

“Don’t let your first failed test in college or your first failed relationship cause you to quit. You have to continue to outwit by finding other solutions.”

Norton went on to tell the graduates that often times the greatest opponent a person faces is ourselves.

“We can get outplayed by ourselves. You must realize our greatest opponent is often ourselves, so that you can be better tomorrow than you were today,” said Norton. “Those who stayed the course have outlasted just like in Survivor: Age of Extinction, you must realize how strong you are take what you learned at the Paris Special School District and the Henry County School System and use it to never to learning and growing.”

Also speaking at graduation was HCHS Principal Dr. Michele Webb who said that the Class of 2019 holds a special and unique meaning to her since it was the first class she has had all four years of high school when she also served as their assistant principal at Grove.

“You are special to me and unique and several ways… you are unique and kind and you as the 50th class of Henry County High School are becoming alumni of a school that has been around for fifty years,” said Webb. “I believe many of you entered this school exciting to become patriots, just as the HCHS Class of 1969 was.”

Webb went on to say that each student is unique in their own way as well as a class as a whole. She said that she was proud that all of the students graduating with the Class of 2019 had grown into mature young ladies and gentlemen right before her eyes.

“I want each of you to use your own uniqueness to change to world,” said Webb.

Webb went on to tell the graduates that each graduate will also receive a UMatter personalized card that includes five characteristics about each individual student. Webb said that all of the teachers and faculty collected words and phrases and then came up with five characteristics that described how unique each student is.

In addition to the HCHS Class of 2019 graduation on Friday, the Henry County High School counseling department also announced that this year’s class received $3,798,317 in scholarships, not including the monies they will receive from Tennessee Promise, to continue their education according to information that was submitted by the graduates.

Webb said that out of the 295 graduating seniors 150 students are Tennessee Promise eligible, 81 students achieved membership at the ACT Benchmark Club and 21 students achieved membership into the ACT 30 Plus Club, which was a record for HCHS.

She said that 263 students plan to attend a post-secondary institution, including 57 students who plan on attending the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and 82 who planned to attend a community college. Webb also said that nine students plan to serve our country in the military.

Man arrested after Leading Police on a High-Speed Chase

Springville, Tenn.- A Paris man was arrested on multiple charges on Friday after leading police on a high-speed chase with speeds reaching over 90 mph.

Henry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Davis arrested Steven Miller, 29, of 103 N. Highland St. of Paris for evading arrest and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to a report from Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Carroll, he was on patrol near India Road and Hwy. 79 North when he saw that a gray Chrysler had not come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Carroll began to follow the vehicle, driven by Miller, which is when Miller began changing lanes.

Carroll asked dispatch to run the vehicle’s tags, which is when he discovered that the tags had been reported stolen out of Martin. Carroll attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, but Miller continued to evade police reaching speeds over 90 mph on Nobles Road.

Carroll continued to pursue the vehicle. Once Carroll caught up with the vehicle he noticed that the vehicle had crashed and the driver had fled the scene.

Officers searched the area for the driver, but they were unable to locate him. Officers did locate a wallet that had Miller’s identification in it lying outside of the driver’s side door where the car had crashed. Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua and K-9 Adora searched the area, but they did not find Miller. In addition to the to the tags coming back as stolen from Martin, police also found that the vehicle that Miller had been driving was reported stolen out of Calloway County, Ky.

Police then issued warrants for Miller’s arrest and Calloway County took over the investigation into the stolen vehicle that Miller had been driving.

Miller’s bond was set at $6,000 and he is scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court.

State Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.2% Setting Record

Paris, Tenn.- For the third consecutive month, Tennessee’s preliminary statewide unemployment rate for April 2019 remains at the all-time low of 3.2 percent, according to data released today by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).

Tennessee first set its all-time low unemployment rate in February and it has remained at a seasonally adjusted 3.2 percent each month since establishing the record. Over the last 12 months, unemployment across the state dropped by 0.4 of a percentage point when compared to data from April 2018.

“The latest unemployment numbers demonstrate consistent economic stability,” said TDLWD Commissioner Jeff McCord. “We have not experienced much movement in unemployment for nearly two years. And that’s really good news.

Tennessee employers added 5,000 new nonfarm jobs between March and April. The professional/business services sector experienced the biggest increase, adding 2,600 positions. The leisure and hospitality sector was close behind with 2,400 new jobs added during April.

Between April 2018 and April 2019, Tennessee gained an estimated 51,600 new nonfarm jobs.

The April preliminary unemployment rate for the United States stands at 3.6 percent, which is 0.2 of a percentage point lower than March’s national rate.

The statewide and national unemployment rates are seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

Tennesseans searching for new employment can log on to Jobs4TN.gov, the state’s workforce development website. It has over 150,000 active job listings, as well as free online resume assistance, job interview skills training, and other best practices to help with job searching.

HCHD Closing Roads Mon., Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close McIntosh Road in the India Community for culvert replace on Monday May 20th, weather permitting. The closure will be six tenths of a mile northwest of India Road. The road will be open by Noon.

The HCHD will also close the south entrance to Ross Road in the Henry-McKenzie area on Tuesday May 21st for culvert replacement. The entrance will be back open by noon on Tuesday, weather permitting.

Gerald Howard Pool Opens May 25th; Passes Available

Paris, Tenn.- Swimming season is upon us and the Gerald Howard Pool at Eiffel Tower Park will be opening Saturday May 25th. The pool will be open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday and 1-6pm on Sundays. Remember the Triple Tower Plunge Slide is part of the pool now and will mean lots of fun this summer.

Admission is $6 per day. Children 3 and under are free, seniors and military are $5 per day. Season passes are available $90 per individual, $200 for family of 5 of less, $225 for family of 6 or more. The phone number at the pool is 644-2698.

HCHS Little Kickers Soccer Camp Set June 3-6

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Little Kickers Soccer Camp will be held June 3-6 at the soccer fields at HCHS. 3 and 4 year olds will have camp from 6:30-7:30pm each night and 5 and 6 year olds will be held from 7:30-8:30pm each night.

The camp is put on by Coach Thomas Klingenberg and the Lady Patriots Soccer team. The focus of the training is to instill a passion for soccer with a positive learning environment. Young players will learn fundamentals of soccer and participate in small sided games.

All campers will receive a T-shirt and each will need to bring a soccer ball, shin guards, cleats or tennis shoes, and a water bottle or sports drink. Registration form and release and waiver of liability form must be completed along with check made out to HCHS Lady Patriots Soccer. The cost of the camp is $55.

All forms and payments must be received by May 25th. Mail to HCHS Little Kickers Soccer Camp Attn: Thomas Klingenberg 1424 Valleywood Dr., Paris, TN 38242. For questions or forms call 901-490-2523 or email klingenbergt@henryk12.net.

Reminder: BPU Energy Saver Workshops Held Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) will be offering free Neighborhood Energy Savers workshops in May for area neighborhoods and community groups.

This Thursday, May 23, 2019 the second workshop will take place at the Central School Building from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Workshops are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to get in front of the warmer weather and learn what to do now to save yourself time and money later! No RSVP is required, but you may contact us for more information at mhart@parisbpu.org or 731-642-1322.


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