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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks         

Weekend News Director Blake Stevens

 

Historic Low Number of Fire-Related Deaths in the State

Nashville, Tenn. - Fewer accidental fire-related deaths occurred in 2014 than any other year in Tennessee history. Fire records indicate 72 accidental fire deaths in the state throughout 2014, compared to 98 in 2013. That is a 27% decrease from the year before and a 51% decrease from 2003.

 

Tennessee has had one of the highest fire mortality rates in the United States. The cause of the positive change in fire fatalities is believed to be more awareness of fires, fewer structure fires, more smoke alarms, and outreach from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.      

                                                      

The main cause of fires in Tennessee is cooking-related. THE SFMO encourages all Tennesseans to practice safe cooking habits. Based on reports from more than 700 fire departments across the state, there were over 400 less structure fires in 2014 than the previous year. Compared to 2011, there were over 1,200 fewer fires.

Final fire fatality figures for 2014 are still pending.

SIMA Sends Winter Weather Tips to West Tennessee

Milwaukee, Wisc. - The Snow and Ice Management Association have revealed a few tips for surviving winter weather this season.

The first of four tips is to wear the right shoes. It is best if the shoe has a flat bottom and visible heavy tread.

Next, be prepared. You are encourages to have an ice scraper as well as a brush inside your vehicle. Being prepared also means having a full tank of gas and checking tire pressure, battery levels, and oil. It is also important to charge your mobile phone before leaving your home. A winter car kit including kitty litter, a blanket, water, and a shovel could be helpful.

Tip #3 is to slow down. The chance of sliding increases when you have less time to stop.

Lastly, be informed on the weather conditions. Know local road hazards before heading out. These tips were released due to the two back-to-back snow and ice storms that hit the East Coast and Mid-West regions of the country affecting winter weather in our area.

For more information on how to stay safe during sleet, ice, and snow you can log onto SIMA.org.

175 Families Benefit from Local Food Bank

Paris, Tenn. - The Second Harvest Food Bank along with the Antioch United Methodist Church, the Paris Landing Fire Department, and the Paris Landing Senior Citizens Center distributed food to 175 families on Saturday.

(PLFD Photo)

(PLFD Photo)

It is estimated that the food weighed around 28,000 pounds.

Six UTM Students to Attend Super Bowl

Martin, Tenn. - Six lucky students from the University of Tennessee at Martin have been chosen to work hospitality events at both the Pro and Super Bowls at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The group will be the 10th group selected out of UT Martin’s sport business program.

Pictured (l-r) are Courtney Caton, a sophomore from Huntingdon; Ross Landreth, a senior from Selmer; Ian McGrew, a senior from Troy; Davis; Dakota Shanes, a sophomore from Bon Aqua; Jamison Matney, a senior from Bon Aqua; and Rachel Robison, a senior from Springville. Caton, Robison and Shanes are marketing majors, while Landreth, Matney and McGrew are sport business majors.

(UTM Photo)

The students will facilitate pre-game events, fan activity, and post-game hospitality. They will also work with the leader of the event, Dexter Davis, a UTM professor with managing player appearances at the Super Bowl. This job includes helping out with the arrival and departure and coordinating autograph signings and escorting of the players around the venue.

The six were required to submit a resume and cover letter to Davis and they conducted a formal interview with him. Davis says he treats the application like a real job because of the opportunity that the NFL will bring.

Computer Workshop on January 30th

Paris, Tenn. - The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an educational workshop from West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications next Friday, January 30th. The workshop will offer expert advice on virus-causing programs including malware and spyware and what to do if your computer becomes infected. The group will also discuss ways to increase technical security for small businesses. If interested in attending, you are asked to RSVP with Jennifer Brake at 615-428-8618 or by email at Jennifer@reedpublicrelations.com.

Unemployment Continues to Drop in Tennessee


Nashville, Tenn. - Burns Phillips, the Commissioner of Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development reports a third consecutive decrease in the unemployment percentage for the state. The unemployment rate for December is at 6.6%, compared to November which was 6.8%. Nationally, the unemployment percentage is at 5.6, which has also decreased from last month.

Overall, the state has dropped an entire point in unemployment from last year. This is due to the creation of 66,200 non-farming jobs in the sectors of business, trade, mining, utilities and construction.

Henry Man Arrested on $20,000 Bond

Paris, Tenn. - On Friday, officers from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dossie Melton, age 53, of Lumber Road in Henry. Melton was reportedly arrested on Deer Haven Lane for criminal trespassing as well as driving on a revoked license. His bond was placed at $20,000 and his court date is scheduled for January 27th.

Wirgau, Stevens See Insure TN as First Big Issue to Tackle

Rep. Wirgau and Sen. Stevens answer questions during the Chamber's Legislative Luncheon. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- State Representative Tim Wirgau and State Senator John Stevens were guest speakers at a Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon on Friday and both thought Governor Haslam's plan to expand insurance options for Tennesseans was a very important issue that would be tackled first when they go back in session.

Rep. Wirgau, who is staring his 5th year as a representative serving Henry, Benton, and Stewart Counties, handed out slips for the large crowd that was on hand at Lee Academy for the Luncheon. The slips asked if the person thought the state should vote for or against the Insure Tennessee plan.

This is the slip Rep. Wirgau passed out to the crowd to gather their thoughts on the Insure TN plan and take back with him with the session starts up. (Alsobrooks photo)

Wirgau said,"my job is to represent you, it's not about Tim Wirgau, it's about the constituents and what is best for the people I serve."

Rep. Tim Wirgau discusses the Insure TN Plan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Wirgau said the Governor's health plan is a chance for the state to capture some money that is leaving Tennessee and to help those who will meet the federal poverty guidelines for vouchers to purchase health insurance. Wirgau said the governor has called a special session for February 2nd to begin discussion on the Insure Tennessee plan.

Wirgau also talked about the committees he serves on which include being newly elected to the chairman of the local government committee. He said it was an honor to be elected chairman of that because local government means so much to him. Wirgau will also serve on the health committee, fiscal review committee, and business and utilities committee.

Senator John Stevens, (R-Huntingdon), also felt that the Governor's Health plan was key issue going forward. He said he has some questions that he has raised as they go forward to make sure the longterm financial health of the state is considered as well as the health of our citizens.

Sen. John Stevens speaks on the need to reduce state prisoners in our local jails. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Stevens said, "it seems like when we as state legislators negotiate with the Federal Government, they change their minds and leave us out to dry on things."

In addition to Insure Tennessee, Stevens said he'd like to see the state crack down on our crime and drug addiction issues that are effecting our local jails. Stevens said, "we need to seek longer sentences and when it comes to drug addictions, get these people help and assistance they need to kick the habits." He added, "we have to try to reduce the state prison populations in our local jails."

Stevens serves on the 24th district in the State Senate, representing Henry, Carroll, Benton, Weakley, Obion, and Gibson counties. He serves on the Ways and Means Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Both Stevens and Wirgau then talked and answered some questions from the crowd. They said that a gas tax bill has not come before them yet after U.S. Senator Bob Corker, (R-TN), had brought up the issue a few weeks ago. Wirgau said, "it has not come before us yet, but I'd rather see it happen at a state level than a federal level so we can control the dollars and we know there are road projects that need to be done."

CEO of the Henry County Alliance told Chamber members on hand the chamber plans to hold another legislative session at the end of the term.

Some of those in the crowd included Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Jamey Tosh, of Tosh Farms, County Commissioner Kreg Kyle, and Chief Randy Gean. (Alsobrooks photo)


Casteel Speaks to HC Leadership Class

Paris, Tenn.- Lisa Casteel, CFO of the Henry County Medical Center and former Chamber board member, shared an overview of HCMC and the healthcare industry with members of the Leadership Henry County Class this week. (Chamber photo)

Wheatley Visits Tour Bus Expo Selling Henry County

St. Louis- Executive Director of the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wheatley recently worked the American Bus Association Marketplace, which is the largest US Tour bus show. Wheatley was there to sell the Henry County region as a destination for this tour buses in the future.

The show was held in St. Louis, and the format allows for destinations to have prescheduled appointments with tour bus operators. Wheatley met with organizations from Pennsylvania, Iowa, Virginia, South Dakota, Kentucky, Georgia, and Tennessee, as well as national and regional media outlets.

The effort was funded by the Lakes Region Coalition, a partnership of tourism organizations in Kentucky and Tennessee that surround Land Between the Lakes.


PHC Arts Councils Presents Love and Laughs Feb. 14

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents an evening of “Love and Laughs” with comedian Larry Weaver at the Paris Landing Conference Center on Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14th. Tickets are $15 each and they do offer some package deals with Paris Landing State Park for dinner and an overnight stay.

Any business or individual that is interested in being a sponsor may do so as well and get a VIP table for 8, special VIP up front seating, and acknowledgement in printed and radio ads for the event for only $400. It is tax deductible for personal or business. For more information on the night of “Love and Laughs” call the Arts Council at 642-3955 or visit the website at www.phcarts.com.

Update: Wynn St. Home Destroyed by Fire Thurs. Night

This is the scene Fri. morning after a fire destroyed this home at 402 Wynn Street. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Multiple agencies were on the scene of a house fire at 402 Wynn Street for a few hours Thursday night. The call came in just after 9:30pm and once the first units of the Paris Fire Department arrived the structure was fully involved. More details on the fire will be released today.

Breaking News: Crews On Scene of Wynn St. Fire

Paris, Tenn.- Multiple agencies responded to 402 Wynn Street after 9:30pm Thursday night to a structure fire that was fully involved and as of 10:15pm they remain on the scene extinguishing the blaze. Police have the road blocked off and the Paris Fire Department is on scene battling the blaze on a crowded street. Details are not currently available at this time. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)


Citizens Can Review Proposed Standards Online

Anyone can go view the proposed standards for next year and this is the presentation presented by Dr. Wade to the HC BOE. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday night and heard from Supervisors of Curriculum and Instruction Betsy Allison and Dr. Renea Wade on the Tennessee Standards Review, which are now available online for any citizen to look over and make comments on.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said there has to be a decision on what the template will be for teaching subjects across the board for K thru 12th grade for next year and this review website is going to shape those templates.

Governor Haslam has taken steps to have the proposed standards posted on the internet and any citizen can go online and see the proposed standards that could be taught next year. Miles said these are not common core, but they are similar, but it is Tennessee standards, called Tennessee Ready. Comments online will be taken into consideration later this spring to see what standards teachers will teach next school year.

Allison said the government has put a hold on the common core standards so to speak and the state has ramped up their own standard assessment. The focus is on English Language Arts and Math standards with over 1100 individual content standards for English and over 900 individual content standards for Math. She said we have always had standard assessments every so many years, but the difference now is teachers and parents and all citizens can look at proposed standards.

Dr. Wade said you can Google Tennessee Standards Review to get to the page where the proposed standards are published. There is a link to Governor Haslam’s overview of the review of the standards. She then showed the board how to navigate over the website and look at some of the proposed standards. She said you can choose to keep the standard as is, look at standard to be moved to a different grade, standard needs to be rewritten, or choose that students do not need to be taught that standard.

Parents, citizens, teachers, and board members have until the spring to visit the Tennessee Standards Review site and make comments, before Governor Haslam and his education team looks at this issue closer to determine next school year’s standards. Miles said these standards are much more rigorous than anything we’ve been used to. He said it’s a huge leap in what we are asking students to do and we are going to try to keep the board up to date on the trouble spots as these assessments are approved going forward.  

Director of Schools Sam Miles discusses the issues around the new curriculum standards that will be coming next year. (Alsobrooks photos)


Mayors Greer, Gerrell Make Pitch for Sales Tax Referendum to School Board

County Mayor Brent Greer and Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell show a presentation on the benefits of a sales tax incrase to the school board Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- County Mayor Brent Greer Paris City mayor Carlton Gerrell were on hand at Thursday night’s school board meeting and spoke again in favor of the sales tax referendum that will come in front of voters in March. Mayor Gerrell gave a presentation on what a half percent increase on the sales tax will do for the county which includes avoid a property tax increases, supports school systems, and targets not only Henry Countians, but also anyone from outside of the county that shops in the county.

Mayor Gerrell said the loss of over $315K in revenue from beer sales has hurt the city and county thanks to neighboring communities passing beer and liquor sales laws in recent months and years. He also went over some of the cuts that have been made, the cost of technology upgrades, and more.

Gerrell said the half percent sales tax increase should generate $1.8M annually. He said in order to match the money coming in to the schools over a 17 cent property tax hike would be required.

Gerrell said reducing employees and services are one of the few ways to come about the revenue needed if a sales tax increase doesn’t pass. Mayor Greer said by state statute 50% of the money generated goes to our schools from a tax increase. Greer said we have a chance to bring almost $1M into our school system with this half percent increase in sales tax. He said this investment will help protect our children for years and if the education community doesn’t get behind the the referendum there is little chance of it passing.

Gerrell was at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce earlier in the day on Thursday, making the same presentation to the chamber board on the sales tax referendum.  


Board Hears Updates on Family Resource Center

Becky Holland gives a report on a great school year so far for the FRC as board members look on. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- The board also heard a presentation from Becky Holland and Judy Goad on the Family Resource Center and how it has been an extraordinary year so far. 288 students have been served by the Family Resource Center so far this school year, from August until now, with initial reasons ranging from basic needs, medical or medication needs, and financial assistance. That number already exceeds last year’s totals.

The Family Resource Center also had nearly 1300 parent involvement contacts ranging from school and home visits to meetings and contact via the phone.

The Family Resource Center is also involved with the Weekend Backpack program which has served 160 students per week this year and had 30 volunteers. The program is completely community funded. Over 1100 have been helped by the FRC’s involvement in donating food items to the Henry County Food Bank.

Several different programs under the FRC have been well received, none better than the Back to School School Supply Drive held in July where over 527 students were assisted. The FRC also helped with Christmas projects, the student advisory council, and financial assistance. Holland said this is the first year in 22 years that the FRC didn’t solicit funds by mail because the community has been so giving they had everything they needed this year as donations of money and items had rolled in.

Director of Schools Sam Miles said the funding with the state legislature is always an issue every year when it comes to keeping the FRC going. Miles said we go and beg every year they keep the funding because of the difference it makes with some students in our system. He encouraged board members to talk with representatives in support of FRC.


Patriot Pride Design Students Recognized at Board Meeting

The board looks at the posters, decals, and more the new machine can make. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Dr. Susan Burton recognized the Patriot Pride Design students and showed off the system’s Christmas card that was sent out.  Angela Yeary and Greg Chandler are the sponsors of the Patriot Pride Design team. Dr. Burton said the school climate grant also purchased a machine to help make posters, bumper stickers, decals, license plates, and more.


HCSS Receives Clean Audit of After School Programs

Dr. Burton also updated the boards on a recent audit on the system’s after school programs. She said the state was recently audited on after school programs and other grants and several findings. The state came to visit all the programs in the HCSS and was very complimentary of the programs and found no findings or issues with how the programs are ran by the system. Funding is based on how many students stay in the programs for 30 days or more. Some of the programs after school are tutoring, cooking classes, archery, ACT prep, guitar lessons, and more. Everything is free of charge to the students.


Retirement Reception Held for Nursing Supervisor Wendy Collins

Wendy Collins, (far right) is greeted by family and friends during a retirement reception on Thurday. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Prior to the meeting, the system held a retirement reception for Wendy Collins who is retiring after around ten years of being the system’s Nursing Supervisor.

During the school board meeting, Miles said she was always focused on the needs of children and there is more to our nursing programs than you can imagine. Nurse Collins said the board has created a great working environment for the nursing program in the schools. She then introduced the board to Melissa Hollingsworth, who will take over as the Nursing Supervisor.  

Melissa Hollingsworth(standing) talks about working with Wendy Collins and now taking over for her saying it will be hard shoes to fill. (Alsobrooks photo)


Hatch, Alexander Introduce Bill to Repeal Individual Mandate

Washington, D.C.- Today, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), along with 20 other senators, introduced the American Liberty Restoration Act, S. 203, a bill that repeals Obamacare’s individual insurance mandate. 

“Forcing Americans to purchase insurance goes against our nation’s history of individual liberty. This legislation strikes Obamacare’s individual mandate and restores the freedoms outlined in the Constitution.  Washington should continue to work towards finding a way to equip patients with the tools needed to obtain access to health insurance, but not in a way that attacks the spirit of the Constitution and our treasured history of limited government,” said Hatch.

“How can we continue to enforce the individual mandate when the law doesn’t clearly ensure that millions of Americans are allowed to receive subsidies to help cover the cost? How can we enforce it when Obamacare outlaws plans that fit family budgets?  Millions more Americans are in for sticker shock when they see how much they owe the IRS in April because of Obamacare. We need to focus on making health care plans affordable to Americans,” said Alexander.

The American Liberty Restoration Act would strike provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requiring individuals to purchase health insurance.  The individual insurance mandate in PPACA went into effect in 2014.  

For the 2014 tax filing season, individuals who did not purchase health insurance will face a fine of $95 or 1% of their income, whichever is more.  For the 2015 tax filing season, that penalty will increase to $325 or 2% of their income, whichever is more. 

Cosponsors of the bill include: Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)


Arrests Made for Public Intoxication, Drug Possession

Paris, Tenn.-Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department responded to Fuel Pro on Tyson Avenue in reference to a male subject in the back of the parking lot waiving a gun into the air. Ptl. Colley arrived and talked with the man, Geraldo G. Torres, age 36, of 305 S. Brewer Street. Torres denied having a weapon, but during a search of his vehicle, a .380 was found in the console. Torres was charged with public intoxication, and possession of handgun while intoxicated.

An arrest sheet at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Metro Crime Unit arrested James Austin Travis, age 24, of 2237 India Road, for evading arrest, possession of schedule 6 with intent, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Travis was placed on $2500.


Cash Missing From West Creek High School Booster Club

Nashville- An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has revealed a number of concerns related to the West Creek High School Coyote Cheer Booster Club (CCBC). West Creek High School is part of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

Investigators found that the booster club had a cash shortage of at least $1,699 and had questionable expenses totaling $56,458.

The cash shortage stemmed from various fundraisers in which the money collected was not reconciled with the amounts that should have been collected based on the cost and sales price of the items sold. The CCBC’s lack of accounting records also made it impossible to determine if all collections were deposited into the CCBC bank account.

The questionable expenses related to the CCBC not following its bylaws requiring accurate records of club meetings, reviewing bills, approving disbursements, and ensuring that collections were appropriately documented in the accounting records.

The CCBC ceased operations on July 31, 2014. The Comptroller’s findings and recommendations have been reviewed with the district attorney general for the Nineteenth Judicial District.

“Booster clubs are non-profit groups led by parent volunteers who raise money in support of school organizations,” said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. “These groups are required to follow a financial policy that provides basic checks and balances to reduce the risks of fraud and theft.”

To view the investigation online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/ia/

If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse of public money in Tennessee, call the Comptroller’s toll-free hotline at (800) 232-5454, or file a report online at: www.comptroller.tn.gov/hotline. Follow us on twitter @TNCOT


Sulphur Wells Wild Game Supper is Sat. Night

Springville, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Sulphur Well Church Wild Game Supper will be held this Saturday January 24th beginning at 6pm at the church building, located at 1760 Oak Grove Road South, in Springville.

Come and enjoy a delicious free meal with a variety of Wild Game Dishes that have been prepared by some of Henry County’s most talented hunters, trappers, and fisherman. In the past, the menu included gator, snakes, wild turkey, and much more.

Seating is limited and donations are accepted and will go to the Henry County Food Bank. There will also be live music and entertainment.


HCSS To Host Retire Reception for Wendy Collins Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System invites everyone to a retirement reception for director of Nursing for the system, Wendy Collins, age Thursday January 22nd from 3-4:30pm at Central Office Board Room on Grove Blvd. The event is come and go and the Henry County School Board meeting starts at 5pm Thursday night.


Deadline to Enter Hostess Princess Pageant is Fri. Jan. 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to enter the 2015 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Pageant is coming up Friday January 23rd. Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 20 and primary resident of Henry County. The cost to enter is $30. The Hostess Princess Pageant will be held on January 31st at KPAC at 7pm.

For more information call or text Jana Stubblefield at 336-4340 or Kristian Elliott at 676-2992. Other pageants will be held the following weekend February 7th and 8th with deadlines to enter those being January 31st. All pageants forms are available on our website, wmufradio.com.


Ky Lake Beekeepers to Meet Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Kentucky Lake Beekeepers Association will host a short course for new beekeepers Saturday January 24th at the Farm Bureau Office at 406 North Poplar St. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non members, which includes a one year membership into the association. There will be a box lunch and door prizes will be awarded. Registration starts at 8am. For more information call James Hinton at 363-3523 or email KentuckyLakeBeekeepers@gmail.com.


Henry County Sweeps West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County swept a pair of games at West Creek on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots won their game over West Creek by a final score of 58-35 and the Patriots won 52-43. Henry County will host district foe Northeast Friday night at Gamlin Gym.  

UT Martin Annouces UT Martin Advantage Initiative

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin announced a new initiative Jan. 20 called the “UT Martin Advantage” to complement the recently-enacted Tennessee Promise legislation.

A major component of the UT Martin Advantage plan is the introduction of a new scholarship. Students who enter the university in their freshman year and continue to meet requirements for the Tennessee Hope Lottery Scholarship will be eligible to receive the UT Martin Advantage Scholarship beginning in their sophomore year. This will take effect beginning in the fall 2015 semester.

The initiative also includes the launch of a new website built to show prospective students the long-term advantages of attending a four-year university and participating in the total collegiate experience.

At UT Martin, students have access to award-winning faculty members; hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom; international travel study opportunities; and a variety of campus activities and organizations often not present on community college campuses.

“We believe that many students benefit from attending a four-year university,” said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. “The UT Martin Advantage Scholarship provides more students with the opportunity to pursue the total collegiate experience."

For more information, visit the new website at http://www.utm.edu/advantage/.

State Fire Marshall: Manufactured Housing Fires Among Deadliest in Tennessee

Nashville- Manufactured houses are the scenes of relatively few fires every year in Tennessee, but those fires are among the deadliest, causing a disproportionate number of fire-related deaths.

Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office officials are urging residents of manufactured homes – also known as mobile homes or trailers – to practice fire safety all year round.

Currently, Tennessee has more than 250,000 manufactured homes. According to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System (TFIRS ), fire departments responded to 1,969 fires in manufactured homes during 2009-2013. Those fires killed 64, injured 71 civilians and caused $32.9 million in direct property damage.

While manufactured housing accounted for only 5.25 percent of all total structure fires during that period, fires in manufactured housing caused 14.58 percent of all structure fire deaths.

“Fires move quicker in smaller spaces, leaving occupants with less time to escape. This is why it is crucial to have working smoke alarms installed in all homes,” said Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “Be prepared and have a plan of escape. And make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.”    

If you’re buying or renting a manufactured home, make sure you keep fire safety in mind. By following a few tips and knowing the facts and safety requirements for manufactured homes, you can help keep your family safe.  

Safety Tips 

    • Choose a manufactured home built after June 15, 1976, that has the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) label certifying that the home meets the minimum safety standards.

    • Keep gasoline, charcoal lighter and other flammable liquids locked in an outdoor shed. Never store items under your manufactured home. Store firewood away from the home.

    • Install skirting material to keep leaves and other debris and combustible items from blowing under your manufactured home where it could easily catch fire and spread into the home. 

    • Be sure your manufactured home has enough smoke alarms. If your home does not have smoke alarms in or near every sleeping room and in or near the family/living area(s), immediately install new alarms and fresh batteries to protect these rooms.

    • For the best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.

    • Have a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room and an outside meeting place. Make sure all ways out of the home are cleared of clutter and easy to use. Practice your fire escape plan with every member of the household at least twice a year.

    • If smoke alarms sound often when cooking, consider moving the alarm further from the kitchen area or install a photoelectric type alarm which is less sensitive to cooking.

    • If your smoke alarm is older than 10 years, replace it, as its lifespan has been exceeded.

    • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

    • Consider having a licensed electrician inspect the electrical system in your manufactured home to be sure it is safe and meets applicable National Electrical Code® requirements.

    • Never add too many plugs to outlets, extension cords or electrical circuits. If the circuit breaker trips or fuses blow, call a licensed electrician to check your system.
    • Have smokers smoke outside the home. Provide large, non-tip ashtrays and empty them frequently. Douse butts with water before throwing them away.

    • Do not smoke in bed or in a chair in which you are prone to fall asleep.
    • Keep space heaters and candles at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Turn off portable space heaters and blow out candles before falling asleep or when leaving a room.

    • When considering a new manufactured home, ask if residential sprinklers are available as an option. For additional information on manufactured homes, contact the Tennessee Housing Association at 615-256-4733.

PSSD Board Hears From Parent Concerning 6th Graders Competing in Sports

Ginger Foster speaks to the PSSD Board cocerning allowing 6th graders to compete in sports on Tuesday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris,Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and listened to a parent as she requested to the board consider a change in its policy for allowing 6th grade students to compete in sports at Inman.

Ginger Foster, had requested time at the board meeting, and has a daughter coming into the 6th grade at Inman in August. She wanted to propose the question to the board to consider allowing the 6th graders to participate in sports. She said she understands the issues about the transition, but feels that sports would help those students be better students.

Foster said school sports teach discipline, work ethic, team building, and more. She said 6th graders are allowed to be managers for the teams and put in as much time as 7th and 8th graders. She ended by thanking the board for the time they put in for the system and students and asked them to consider changing the policy in the future.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards said one of the duties of the school board is to adopt, revise, or change policies and some are adopted by the state and can’t be changed. He said when it comes to changing policies; “we do that on recommendations from the Superintendent after he gets recommendations from principals, athletic directors and others involved.”

Edwards said there has not been any recommendation to change that policy so far and we have never changed a policy that was not recommended by the Superintendent. Edwards said we have to remember that the decisions we make on the board is what is best for all the kids in county, not just what may be best for a few.

PSSD Board Hears Presentation on IMS Speech, Cross Country

Bella Lawrence reads a prose piece from the play "Our Town" as board members Robert Sleadd and Bill Jelks look on. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board also saw presentations from the Inman Middle School Cross Country and Speech Team. Coach Kelly Lassiter spoke on the Cross Country team and said it has been great for the students at Inman. She said it was a great first year,

There were four seventh graders and ten eight graders. The team competed in 7 meets and two members qualified for the state meet. Coach Lassiter said cross country allows students who haven’t necessarily found success in other sports to have success in cross country.

Some members of the Inman Middle School speech team also gave a quick presentation. Bella Lawerence, 8th grader at Inman read a piece from the play “Our Town.” Dakota Morris presented a poetry reading to the board as well. The Speech team is coached by Kelly McEntire and Brent Harris.

Dakota Morris reads a poem at the board meeting. (Alsobrooks photo)


PSSD Board Recognized As School Board Appreciation Week Nears

Paris, Tenn.- More from the Paris Special School District Board of Education meeting Tuesday night saw Superintendent Mike Brown discuss the probability of a local option sales tax referendum that will come before voters this spring. He told the board that a presentation on the sales tax and what it means to the PSSD would be made at February’s board meeting.

Brown also thanked the board for all their work as next week is Tennessee School Board Appreciation Week. The board was presented with gifts from the system and some students had drawn portraits of board members and watched a video that students from all schools of the system had made for the board.

Chairman Richard Edwards reminded board members that all elected officials have to file a statement of disclosure by January 31rst.


Henry County Voters To Decide on Sales Tax Increase

Commissioners cast their vote for the referendum Tues. Night (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Voters in Henry County will have a decision to make in a couple months: whether or not to raise the local option sales tax from 2.25% to 2.75%. This comes after the Henry County commission approved a resolution on 2nd reading authorizing a referendum to come before voters on the issue.

After passing with three dissenting votes in December, the resolution was brought up for 2nd reading again Tuesday night at the county commission meeting and once again, the same three county commissioners, Wes Bradley, Greg Carter, and Bobby Freeman voted against the referendum along with commissioner Paul Neal who also voted against it. The resolution to call for the referendum still passed 11-4.  

If passed by a voting majority, the local option sales tax would increase on purchases in Paris and Henry County from 2.25% to 2.75%, which is the maximum amount the state allows local districts to obtain.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer talked about the need for more revenue during a public hearing held prior to the beginning of the county commission meeting. He said all the cuts have basically already come and any more cuts to help with revenue would have to be with personnel.

Paris City Manager Carl Holder spoke briefly saying the city of Paris will pass two resolutions at their February meeting. One of the resolutions will be in support of the sales tax referendum and the other will be to roll back the 8 cent property tax hike they passed at the beginning of this fiscal year.

Henry County Administrator of Elections Darrin Thompson said the referendum had to be held within 60 days of Tuesday night’s meeting, setting the election sometime in March.

Commission Approves Fast Track Grant for McCartney

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Tuesday night, commissioners approved a resolution authorizing the county to submit an application a Fast Track infrastructure grant that will be used to help build the new building for McCartney Produce. The application is for funds in the amount of $189,922. The grant requires a local match of $33,528 which McCartney Produce agreed to pay.  

The county commission also approved a resolution opting out of the building codes for single and two family dwellings that was set in the Tennessee Clean Energy Future Act of 2009, approved appointments to boards that were approved by the nominating committee and budget transfers approved by the budget committee.


Hardee's Site Plan Work Started with Demolition of Swifty's

Paris, Tenn.- It won't be long now. Demolition started on Tuesday at Swifty's on Mineral Wells Avenue and in a matter of months the next building erected will be a Hardee's Restaurant. Plans are for Hardee's to open later this spring. (Tim Alsobrooks Photos)

Drug Arrests Made; Business Broken Into

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker observed a Chevy Lumina run the stop sign at Curtis and Cooper Street and observed the driver throw a plastic bag out the window into a yard on Curtis Street. Cpl. Whitaker advised Ptl. Amber Roaten to pull the car over as he got out of his patrol unit to get the bag that had been thrown out.

The driver, Reginald D. McClendon, age 37, of 303 Virginia Street, was charged with possession of schedule two with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver after hydrocodone was found in the bag he threw out the window.

Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office  stopped a vehicle for a head light violation on Hwy. 69 and after a search recovered a small bag of marijuana from inside the car. Ryan Belasic, age 19, of 212 N. Wilson Street was charged with simple possession of schedule 6.

Another report at the Paris Police Department stated that a business on West Washington Street was burglarized in the past few days as pry marks were found on the door with damage to the hinges. Stolen from the businesses was a ceramic spit toon and two other containers full of change. The owner estimates there was between $55 and $100 in change stolen. Police have no suspects and continue to investigate.

FRC PAL Program Seeks Volunteers

Paris, Tenn.- The Family Resource Center’s Positive Adult Leadership or P.A.L. program is seeking volunteers for thirty minutes one day per week. Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood Schools are all seeking volunteers in the P.A.L. program to read to children, listen to children read to them, be a classroom helper, and help with homework.

The volunteers can work during the school day or during after school programs. Call 642-2938 for more information.

Bethel to Host Information Session Tues. 4-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Bethel University will hold an information session at the Paris campus on Tyson Avenue from 4-6pm Tuesday. For more information call Toni Bowden at 363-8233.

LBL to Host Fort Henry Anniversary Event Feb. 7th

Grand Rivers, Ky.- Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area will hold the 153rd Fort Henry Anniversary Program and Walk on Saturday February 7th at The Homeplace.

Local history about the Civil War in the area will be presented from 1-2:30pm that afternoon and then a guided quarter mile walk follows the program from 3-4pm at the Fort Henry Trail parking area. The walk will be weather dependent. Registration and full deposit of $5 for adults and $3 for children is required.

Historian Susan “Ski” Witzofsky will set the stage for war “Between the Rivers” as Confederate forces occupied Fort Henry in February 1862 as Federal forces moved up the Tennessee River. Event goers will be able to relive Fort Henry’s construction, legacy, and battle 153 years later. They will be able to relive the siege with a guided walk along the Fort Henry trails and confederate berms.

For more information on the Fort Henry Anniversary and Walk or to reserve your spot for the event on February 7th call 270-924-2020.

Local Option Sales Tax Tops County Comm. Agenda Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- With the Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday, the Henry County Commission will meet in regular session for January on Tuesday night at 7pm at the courthouse. At 6:45pm, there will be a public hearing for any citizens to come and make comments about the proposed sales tax referendum, where the proposal is raise the local option sales tax.

Items on the agenda Tuesday night include the 2nd reading of the proposed sales tax referendum. In December, the motion passed by a wide margin with three dissenting votes, Commissioners Greg Carter, Wes Bradley, and Bobby Freeman. If the motion passes Tuesday night on 2nd reading, the referendum to raise the local option sales tax a half percent will be brought before voters in a special election later this spring. The estimated cost of the special election for the county is around $18K.

Nice Weather for MLK Events on Monday

Walking to the Courthouse in Celebration of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(Cheryl Allen photo)

Paris, Tenn - With Monday January 19th being Martin Luther King Jr Day, the Paris Henry County Ministerial Alliance held their Annual Prayer Breakfast Program at Central School located on Jones Bend Road in Paris, beginning at 8 am with a large crowd in attendance.

Pastor Andre’ Richardson welcomed those in attendance with special recognition given to local government and Paris Police Departments. Richardson stated that “he was very pleased with the crowd that was in attendance and when it came time to pull out more tables and chairs it made his heart happy that so many were supportive of this special day”.

Richardson stated how proud he was at all the youth and younger children in attendance and that all the parents, grandparents who made the special effort for those to attend shows to the community that our generation does have compassion for our youth being educated on events such as this on the memorious day. 

Pastor Otto Duncan former Pastor of Quinn Chapel Baptist Church lead the blessing of the breakfast for the approximately 175-200 in attendance. Paris Mayor Carlton Gerrell welcomed those as well in attendance and stated that with a room full of people from every walks of life coming together, the title of this years service “Rise Up, Restore the Dream” was well supported in Paris and Henry County. 

Natalie Porter, Carroll County Register of Deeds, guest speaker at Prayer Breakfast. (Cheryl Allen photo)

Natalie Porter, Carroll County Register of Deeds was the opening speaker for the event, speaking of her experiences leading to her position in Carroll County. Porter stated that “if you want your community to change, you have to be engaged within your community, and stand up for what you believe in”. She commented that this is definetly shown this morning. She went on to say that how she was blessed to be voted at the Carroll County Register of Deeds and without the support of her mother, Verdie McCollough, who supported her on her endeavors to run for such an office.

Porter went on to say that documents were located in her office that date back to the 1800,s as to where people were sold as property, and that she came across them after taking the position of Register of Deeds. “In that time period, it was not unusual for people to be on a Register of Deeds”. In her closing remarks, Porter addressed the audience in saying, “know who you are and whose you been”. 

“We are to put on the role and how we made it over, if we don’t pass on the information on how it was years passed, how will other generations know?”. “Believe for a purpose, and drive for that purpose” stated Natalie Porter. 

Those in attendance were blessed with a rendition from Mt. Zion Baptist Church Praise Ander in a Praise Dance Ministry.  (Cheryl Allen photo)

Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Bertha Taylor  spoke on her 50 year journey to her position as county clerk. She stated that her journey to the courthouse began with H.I. Seigel in Trezevant where she began her working career in 1950, and in 1964 she was hired, her being one of three other women. In 1977, she became a full time worker at the Court House in Huntingdon bing the 1st black woman to be hired at the courthouse.

Carroll County Circuit Court Clerk Bertha Taylor (Cheryl Allen photo)

Taylor stated that her journey was a waiting process, “like Sarah, she had to wait, Daniel, he had to wait while in the lions den, and Joseph he had to wait to be a prince” her journey, like theirs, she had to wait. In 2006, she was elected to the position of County Circuit Court Clerk and has held the position for 3 relected terms, and is proud of the position that she holds and how far women have come in our society as a whole.  

Pastor Richardson, stated “ Women, are on the move becoming more leaders of today in our communties, and these have been great, motivational messages coming from 2 very successful ladies within the government system”. At the close of the Prayer Breakfast, Pastor Richardson invited all those in attendance to meet with him and other dignataries at Mt. Zion Baptist Church located at 304 Rison Street for the walk to the Courthouse. He stated, “God is shining down on us today, and we will meet and walk together under the blessing of the warmer sunshine weather,  uniting as one within our community”.

A large crowd was in attendance to walk from Mt Zion Baptist Church to the courthouse as the group was escorted by both the Henry County Sheriffs Office as well as the Paris Police Department.  

Thefts Reported Throughout County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that $4500 was stolen from a home on Turkey Lane over the weekend. There was no forced entry and the money was kept in a specific place. Police have no suspects and are continuing to investigate.

Another report at the Sheriff’s Office stated a generator was reported missing Guthrie Road. Police have no suspects.

MLK Memorial Service Held Sunday at Progressive Baptist

Blake Stevens photo

Paris, Tenn.- The Progressive Baptist Church on Rison Street in Paris hosted their annual Martin Luther King memorial service on Sunday at 6 p.m. The night included readings of essays written by local students from Paris and Henry schools.

John Paul Tyler, representing the 6th-8th grade category and Sophie Harrison, who represented the 3rd-5th grade submissions read aloud Sunday night. Many of the essays will be read today at 10 a.m. at the court house following the Prayer Breakfast.

The keynote speaker of the event was state representative Johnny W. Shaw, who represents district 80 in the state legislature. Shaw will begin his 7th term this month. He is the first African American to represent a rural West Tennessee district since reconstruction. 

UT Martin Gets Dept. Of Education Approval on Master's Program on Educational Leadership

Martin, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Education recently elevated the University of Tennessee at Martin’s online master’s degree program in educational leadership to full approval status after the program met or exceeded expectations on all review indicators.

Students wishing to earn a Master of Science in Education, with a major in educational leadership, must have already received a bachelor’s degree, hold a valid teaching license and have a minimum of three years of successful work experience in the education field. Obtaining a master’s degree allows candidates to complete licensure requirements for an instructional leadership license – beginner (ILL-B).

The master’s degree program includes a three-hour course in models of instruction, curriculum development and advanced teaching; 27 hours of leadership concentration coursework; and a three-hour course in clinical supervision. All coursework is accessible online.

Teachers who already hold master’s degrees but wish to pursue the additional endorsement in educational leadership must meet the university’s requirements for conditional or non-conditional admission and complete 24 hours of coursework.

All students wishing to be recommended for the ILL-B must also pass the Educational Testing Service’s Praxis school leadership series, “School Leaders Licensure Assessment.” A final portfolio project is also required.

Obtaining an ILL-B is vital for those who wish to pursue careers as school principals, assistant principals or supervisors of instruction.

This approval follows the university’s receiving Tennessee’s only U.S. Department of Education teacher education grant in 2014, which totaled $3.3 million.

UT Martin is accredited by the Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. UT Martin's education curriculum is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation (CAEP).

For more information, contact the Department of Educational Studies at 731-881-7128 or email Kristy Crawford, coordinator, at kcrawford@utm.edu. 

MSU Soybean Promotion Day is Tues.

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture and the Kentucky Soybean Board will host the 11th annual Soybean Promotion Day on Tuesday, Jan. 20. The event will be held in the Murray Room, located inside the CFSB Center on MSU’s campus. Admission is free and reservations are required.

Event registration on Jan. 20 will begin at 4 p.m. Seminars and discussions start at 4:30 p.m. with featured speakers John McGillicuddy and Dr. Jay Lehr. A sponsored dinner will be held at 6 p.m.

McGillicuddy is an independent agronomist, and contracts with Wyffels Hybrids, Peterson Farms Seeds and other independent seed companies, providing technical support to their sales staffs. Previously, he worked with American Agrisurance (AmAg), then the largest crop insurance company in the U.S. He also serves farmer clients in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, and is a Certified Crop Adviser in Iowa.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, McGillicuddy has been employed for 35 years in hybrid and fertility research, field agronomy, technical support and weed science. He has worked with a number of companies and organizations including American Cyanamid, Bayer Crop Science, NC+ Hybrids, Wyffels Seed, Monsanto, Wilbur Ellis, Boeing Aerospace, the Independent Professional Seedsman Association, USDA/NRCS and the NASA Satellite Remote Sensing Center.

Lehr is an economist and futurist. He received an engineering degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. in a combined program of water resources, environmental science and agricultural economics from the University of Arizona.

He taught at both the University of Arizona and Ohio State University, and was later executive director of the National Ground Water Association and the Association for Ground Water Scientists and Engineers. He started Environmental Education Enterprises, a company specializing in training through high-level technical short courses for environmental scientists and engineers across the United States and Canada.

In 2008, Lehr was named chief hydro-geologist for Earth Water Global, one of the largest providers of water supply projects throughout the world. Lehr has testified before Congress and consulted with nearly every agency of the federal government as well as many foreign countries.

Lehr is also the science director of the Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank supported by contributions by individuals, foundations and corporations, and a senior scientist with Environmental Education Enterprises in Ohio.

Community Reception to Promote Civil War Exhibit

Paris, Tenn. - On Sunday, the Paris Henry County Heritage Center hosted a community reception from 2-4 p.m. The event was held to promote the Tennessee State Museum’s “Common People in Uncommon Times,” a travelling exhibit that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The exhibit highlights the Civil War experience in Tennessee.  

Just a few items on display at the exhibit.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The United Daughters of the Confederacy of Paris sponsored the reception by wearing period costumes and sharing Civil War history as well as personal stories from their family who had served in the War.

 

Mary Catherine Haymes Routon in character as Ma Routon, the most charitable woman in Routon.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

Patricia Glenn sharing her family's role in the Civil War. Glenn is a proud member of the Paris Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

(Blake Stevens Photo)

The exhibit will be at the Heritage Center until March 28th. Admission is free during the Center’s regular business hours from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. This exhibit is sponsored by the Henry County Tourism Authority.

Fraudulent Claim of Publishers Clearing House Prize

Paris, Tenn. - A 69-year-old Paris man reported fraudulent claims to Paris Police on Thursday. The victim was contacted by a man named David from Publishers Clearing House claiming that he had won $885,000 and a new Chevy truck. The alleged Clearing House representative told the victim that he needed to send $500 to process the winnings. The victim sent $300 to Washington, D.C. He was then informed that he would be required to pay taxes on his winnings, so he sent $1,700. The victim then sent $50 to Jamaica and $1,554 to D.C. The victim has not received the money or truck that was promised at the time of the report.

Theft Reported on Jackson Street in Paris

Paris, Tenn. - A theft of property was reported to the Paris Police Department on Thursday. An apartment on Jackson Street in Paris was invaded in the afternoon, according to the report. The victim was at work at the time of the crime. His girlfriend was also out of the home. The items included a 36” Emerson TV as well as an X-box One. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $700. There are no suspects at this time.

Active Meth Lab Busted on Shadow Lane in Paris

Paris, Tenn. - An active meth lab was located on Shadow Lane in Paris on Friday. Officers from the metro crime unit, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Paris, Puryear, and Henry Police Departments found three “shake and bake” meth lab bottles and three duffle bags containing meth making materials. Among the materials were liquid fire, Coleman fuel, coffee filters, ammonia nitrate, and pill grinders. Drug paraphernalia and finished methamphetamine were also found.

(HCSO Photo)

Tracy Norwood and Haley Lowe were arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver methamphetamine. Their bonds were set at $75,000.

(HCSO Photo)

The home was quarantined due to the safety hazards associated with a meth lab being inside. The Tennessee meth task force responded to clean up the house.

Three Arrested for Aggravated Burglary on Dunlap Street

Paris, Tenn. - Three were arrested on Thursday for aggravated burglary by the Paris Police Department. Dispatch was notified that three suspects entered the backdoor of a home on Dunlap Street in Paris. When officers responded, they noticed the rear door being opened. Sgt. Reed and Officers James and French located the suspects in the attic above the second floor of the home.

Those charged were identified as Heather Bradley, age 43, of Hill Road in Paris, Jon Merritt, age 49, of Dunlap Street, and Jake Robinson, age 21, also of Dunlap Street. The three were charged with aggravated burglary. Mike Wilson set their bond at $2,500 each. Their court date is scheduled for January 20th.

Public Hearing Session Set for Comments on Sign Ordinance

Paris, Tenn.- After some discussion on the sign ordinance again at Thursday night's meeting, the planning commission took the advice of city attorney Fred McLean and decided to set a public hearing on the sign ordinance prior to February's Planning commission meeting.

The issue has been discussed for months and planner Rachel Terrell had started off discussion about putting together a group to discuss issue that included people in the sign industry, realty industry, and others.

McLean suggested the planning commission, "take their medicine" and just set a meeting to let anyone who had issues with the sign ordinance to come and air them out. McLean said, "we've hashed out and discussed this sign ordinance for months, let's just set this meeting and give all citizens a chance to voice concerns and then put a stake in the heart of this thing."

The meeting will be from 4-6pm on Thursday February 12th, the night of February's planning commission meeting. All citizens are invited to come and make comments or voice concerns about the sign ordinance. Planners will then take everything and try to make a complete decision on the sign ordinance at the March meeting.

HC Genealogical Society to Meet Jan. 19th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Genealogical Society will have its first quarterly meeting on Monday January 19th. The board will meet at 4pm and the program begins at 4:30pm at Lee School.

The Program will be “Henry County Historic Cemeteries.” Charlene Carter will speak on Shiloh Cemetery, Bettye Carter and Susan Stewart will speak on Palestine Cemetery, and Suzanne Richter will speak on Kendall-Wynn Cemetery.

All members and any interested visitors are welcome to attend.

Carl Perkins Center Is Jan. 2015 Volunteer Site of the Month

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Volunteer Center, which operates under the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, announced Monday morning, that starting in 2015 the Volunteer Center will sponsor a Volunteer site of the month in attempts to aid the site with community awareness and supplies if needed.

The January 2015 Volunteer Site of the month is the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, which has recently expanded to be able to conduct forensic interviews.

The center serves Henry and Benton County and every child that goes through an interview is given a stuffed animal. The Center can always use new or gently loved stuffed animals. If you would like to donate a stuffed animal, bring it by the Chamber Office during January and it will be given to the Carl Perkins Center. Call the Chamber at 642-3431 for more information.

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