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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


State Legislature Has Some Movement on Insure TN

Board members discuss issues with budgeting regarding Medicare at Tuesday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustee’s meeting CEO and Administrator Tom Gee explained that the state legislature has set up a committee to try to modify Insure Tennessee so some type of action can be taken on it when the next session gets back to work. Gee said we won’t know for sure what will happen for weeks or months down the road but at least there is some movement on the issue.

Gee told trustees that the hospital will continue to see declining reimbursements in TennCare and Medicare until something like Insure Tennessee comes into effect. The declining reimbursements are creating havoc with the budget process for the medical center as they are only expecting a 1% increase in Medicare and no increase in TennCare. Gee said the nursing home is working with an outside group on their coding to improve reimbursement there. It appears to be possible that some funds could be recouped here.

Trustees Welcome New CNO to HCMC

Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, RN, listens as CEO Tom Gee goes over his report at Tuesday's HCMC board of trustees meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The board welcomed Dr. Cynthia Whitaker, R.N., as the hospital’s new Chief Nursing Officer. She began her duties on May 16th with HCMC. Gee said we are pleased to have someone of her knowledge and experience base in the organization. Dr. Whitaker spoke of her life and career, being born in Nebraska and starting in healthcare in community hospitals in Nebraska. She most recently worked in a large healthcare system in the Seattle area. She said, “I was very grateful to this position and get back to community based healthcare.”

Gero-Psych Unit Construction Complete

Paris, Tenn.- The HCMC board of trustees learned at Tuesday night’s meeting that construction on the gero-psych unit on 3 West was completed and a tour was given after the meeting. The final clinic survey was completed Tuesday and they can see patients this week.

Gee told board members that earlier in May the medical center held an awards reception that recognized 100 partners with over 1200 years of experience. Dianna Bevill, Director of Surgical Services was named Manager of the Year and Jo Ann Hoffman, purchasing agent, was named partner of the year.

EMS Budget Approved for FY 16-17

Paris, Tenn.- In the quarterly EMS Board meeting on Tuesday night, EMS Director Twila Rose said three paramedics will be newly certified in critical care as they are finishing school the next couple of weeks. Rose said this means they will be with us for at least two years. This fall, more paramedics will apply for an accelerated training and certification school. Henry County Medical Center will have the most trained and certified paramedics in Critical Care of anyone in West Tennessee and even the Nashville area.

The new ambulance has been ordered and should be here by the end of September and should be in use two or three weeks later. She said even with LifeFlight and AirEvac the ambulances continue to make almost as many trips to Nashville and the surrounding areas.

CFO Lisa Casteel said currently EMS is setting in the red, which is not abnormal and bad debt is a major issue once again. She said they will work with the collection agency to try to see what opportunities are available to collect some of that.

The board approved the EMS budget for the upcoming Fiscal Year which begins July 1st. The budget shows an estimated loss over $300K. There is no price increase proposed at this time for use of EMS as the survey of surrounding agencies showed HCMC is in line or just a little higher than other EMS agencies. Casteel said a price increase wouldn’t really generate extra revenue for us right now.

Gee said we are going to have to have some honest discussion in the near future with the county on what is the role of the community in supporting EMS service vs. the role of the hospital in supporting and subsidizing ambulance services. Gee said the EMS losses are becoming a real burden on the hospital. Most counties in the state subsidize their ambulance service, while HCMC is the lone hospital in the region that does.

Casteel said since 2005, HCMC has subsidized over $4M to EMS, an average of about $350K per year.

HCMC Earns ACR Accreditation

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Diagnostic Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement. .

“This is accreditation reaffirms the dedication and commitment to excellence by the partners and physicians at our facility” says Billie McKee, Director of Imaging. The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services

The Henry County Diagnostic Center is a 10,000 square foot facility which integrates state-of-the-art technology with convenience, comfort and communication to ensure that patients have the best experience possible. This technically advanced Imaging facility is a place where our exceptional Radiologists read images from the most advanced digital imaging equipment available. This means that images are viewed electronically rather than on traditional film.

Digital imaging provides clearer, more detailed images. Patients are now able to have their outpatient exams done in a timely manner with easy access thanks to a patient drop off and close parking.

Services offered at the facility include:

• CT Scan


• Ultrasound

• Diagnostic X-Ray

• EKGs

• Laboratory

• Pre-admission Testing

• Specialized Women’s Imaging

• Diagnostic Mammography

• Screening Mammography

• Breast Ultrasound

• CAD: Computer-aided

• Bone Densitometry Detection

The Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, The Joint Commission, and certified by the FDA. All Radiologists are board certified by the American College of Radiology.

Paris Police Charge Woman with Agg. Rape

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated that Paris Police have charged Shelia Caldwell Howard with aggravated rape, two counts of solicitation of a minor to observe sexual conduct, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on or about April 18th when Howard did have sexual penetration with a mentally challenged 14 year old male in the presence of a 10 year old child.

The press release said that Howard did allow the two children to watch sexually explicit video while allegedly giving them cigarettes and alcohol. Lt. Watson said other charges are pending as the investigation continues. Howard is currently being held on $250K bond with a court date of June 6th.

PLSP Pool Opens for Summer

Lifeguards for this year at PLSP are Front row, left-right: Kylie Underwood, Hannah Nichols, Katlyn Killion, Brandy Wolfe Back row, left-right: Conner Boley, Nate Hart, CJ Smith, Sam Sulcer, Adam Bell (PLSP photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- The pool at Paris Landing State Park opened for the 2016 season on May 28. Hours of operation are 11:30am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $4 per person ages three years and older.

Pool passes are available for $115 per family and $55 per individual. Swimming lessons are available June 7-June 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

The cost is $50 per child, $90 for two children from the same household, $25 per child with a pool pass, and $45 for two children from the same household with a pool pass.

Water aerobics are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 21-July 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The cost is $32 per person and $16 per person with a pool pass. Pre-registration is required for swimming lessons and water aerobics.

The pool is available for rent for $100 for two hours and $45 for an additional hour. Contact the park office at (731) 642-0118 to register for swimming lessons, water aerobics or pool rental.

There is a public swimming area on Kentucky Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty however it is a protected swimming area, with a picnic area and restrooms nearby. The pool closes on July 31. The swim beach will be temporarily closed on July 4 in the early afternoon to allow for preparation for the fireworks display at 9 p.m.

Law Enforcement Has Busy Holiday Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Chad Lowery of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Daniel R. Herndon, age 71 of 311 Hackberry Lane for criminal trespass and unlawful possession of a weapon, after an incident where Herndon was found by his neighbors, outside with his pants down, defecating on their cabin.

According to the report, the homeowners pulled up and saw Herndon with his pants down and noticed he was defecating on their lawn and cabin. He noticed them pull up and ran into the woods. Dep. Lowery responded and learned that Herndon appeared to move a propane tank from the grill and also eat a burger off the grill. Herndon admitted to be a felon and gave consent to search his home. Two guns were found inside the home, thus the unlawful weapon possession charge.

Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged James Anthony Turner, age 59, of 13450 Old Paris Murray Road with two counts of aggravated assault and domestic violence after an incident in which he pointed a handgun as his wife and son. Officers arrived at the scene and after confrontations with others, Turner turned himself into police.

Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department charged a Dover woman with prescription drug fraud after she tried to obtain a prescription refill of oxycodone for a man who is deceased. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Smith went to Perkins Drugs after Jennifer Cobb, age 33, of Dover, attempted to get a refill for a man whom she said she gets his medicine all the time. A call of the doctor who prescribed the pills informed pharmacists that the man was deceased. Cobb was placed on $7500 bond.

Other arrests from the holiday weekend include Dustin G. Irby, age 30, of Greenfield, for driving on suspended license, and possession of schedule 6, Logan Ryan Batte, age 22 of Bruceton, for reckless endangerment, felony evading, DUI, and violation of implied consent; Batte was placed on $10K bond; and Mitchell A. Claunch, age 55, of Florida, for public intoxication.

Allie's Lemonade Stand Raises Nearly $1600 For Darkhorse Lodge

Paris, Tenn.- Allie Carter spent Memorial Day raising money by selling lemonade and other goodies to benefit the Darkhorse Lodge.

Allie, with the help of her friends and family, raised $1579.70 on Memorial Day at her stand.

The Darkhorse Lodge is a retreat for Combat Veterans of all military branches. Vets received free lemonade at Allie's stand on Monday. Allie is pictured above with Kirk Catherwood, who will help run the Darkhorse Lodge.

Follow Up For the Dana Relay For Life Yard Sale

Paris, Tenn.- Marsha Carlton stated, "after the last long four days, flooding thunderstorms, sweat, fussing, tension, pain, tears, more sweating, tiredness, and frustration...we take great pride in announcing that the Dana Corporation Relay for Life yard sale raised $4,778.45. It took an army to pull this off. We had obstacles, but we overcame them.

We appreciate the hundreds that came and supported us. Whether buying treasures or just making donations, we could have not done this without you. We have made new friends, seen ol friends, even seen relatives that came in from out of town. We heard cancer stories, shed some tears with cancer survivors and hugged folks we had never seen before.

This, to say the least, has been a very heartwarming experience, again this year. To all that came out and helped, you are SO appreciated!! Thanks for all your hard work!"

Man Charged With Marijuana In Paris

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, units were dispatched to the North Market area on account of someone looking through vehicles, the caller advised that the suspect had taken off towards the court square. Sgt. Reed arrived and observed a person matching the description the caller had called in. Sgt. Reed made contact with the subject Ozell Macklin Jr. age 34 of Paris and advised him the reason for the stop.

Macklin was patted down for weapons because he became very confrontational and quickly reached into his pockets and pulled a pocket knife and threw it on the ground stating that was all he had on his person. Sgt. Reed could tell there were several items in Macklin's pockets and cargo pockets, Ptl. James and Ptl. Beauvis were there as backup officers and numerous attempts were made to get Macklin to comply with the pat down. Sgt. Reed grabbed Macklin by the left wrist and James grabbed him by the right wrist and placed him in handcuffs due to his resistance and demeanor, for his safety and the officers safety.

During the search a baggie of marijuana was felt in Macklins cargo pocket and a skull marijuana grinder found in another pocket. Macklin was charged with Simple Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. Macklin did have a failure to answer summons on his driving history and was transported to HCSO. At the jail Macklin was argumentative with the corrections officers and was placed into the restrain chair. Macklin was jailed with a $2000 bond, the marijaunaa was field tested and weighed, with a field weight of 5 grams.

Lemonade Stand At Trolingers To Benefit Darkhorse Lodge

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Eight year old Allie Carter held an Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand on Memorial Day to help raise funds for the Darkhorse Lodge. According to her mother, Allie has a strong desire to honor our nation’s past and present heroes at any chance and she will have old fashioned homemade lemonade for sale for $1 at Trolingers until 3pm.

Monetary donations will be accepted as well. 100% of proceeds will go to the Darkhorse Lodge, which will be a retreat for combat veterans of all branches. The Darkhorse Lodge’s Mission is honoring our nation’s heros by providing a peaceful atmosphere for combat veterans to enjoy rest, relaxation and recreation. The Darkhorse Lodge will not cost Vets anything. Any veteran or active military personnel will receive free lemonade on Memorial Day from Allie’s stand.

Memorial Day Ceremony Held At Court Square

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The beautiful weather brought a crowd of just around 100 people out to the court square for the remembrance of the POWs on Memorial Day. The Commanders throughout Paris took the stage up front to each make a speech. The HCHS Madrigals sang two beautiful songs for the Memorial Day event. Elmer Scott Welsh, a highly decorated bomber pilot from the 379th and a veteran from WW2 made a speech about how a strong military is essential to keeping our freedom. Starting with the first war with the British to win our freedom to D-Day, they’re great examples of our strong willed army.

A POW flag was raised by Ms. Woods and a wreath ceremony was presented. Afterwards a recreated military funeral took over showing the meticulous work put into one; no part of it was rushed and made sure to be done right. All was done in remembrance of our POWs.

The Opening Remarks were by Ann Smith, March on Colors by Rich Eckenrode, Opening Prayer by Debra McGuire, Pledge of Allegiance by Glenn Taylor, with the Madrigals singing the Patriotic Music. Post Commanders from Paris; Disabled American Veterans David Holt, Commander of Amvets Post 45 Rich Eckenrode, Commander of VFW Post 1889 Dale Routon, Commander of American Legions Post 89 Leo Horne, Henry County Service Officer Bobby Nolan.

LBL Hosting National Get Out Doors Day

Paris, Tenn.- The Land Between The Lakes Woodlands Nature Center will be waiving admission fees Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, in honor of National Get Outdoors Day. The Nature Station is open 10am-5pm.

Come experience native gardens and rescued animals in the Nature Station’s backyard. Visitors may observe snapping turtles during creature feature programs from 11:30am-12pm.

Discover the “Jedi” skills of Mother Nature’s finest students during May the Forest Be With You programs from 2:30-3:15pm. Watch the Parade of Raptors at 4:30pm, as staff escort the owls and hawk to their night time enclosures. Additional animal programs take place throughout the day.

The Nature Station’s experienced naturalists also offer a guided sunset canoe trip , from 6-8:30pm. Those interested will paddle a scenic bay in search of wildlife. Pre-registration required. Call 270-924-2020 to make reservations, $25 per canoe.

TSSAA State Track Final Finishes Up

Paris, Tenn.- The results from the TSSAA State Track and field Championships finished up with Javan Winders finishing third overall in the 1600 meter race with 4:15 and fourth overall in the 800 meter race with 1:56. Titus Winders finished 6th overall in the 3200 meter race with 9:38. With both making the All-State Team there were 16 runners in every final.

Park Pools Opened For Summer Fun

(photo Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn,- The Eiffel Tower Park opened up for the summer this Saturday. The hours are from 10am - 6pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm - 6pm on Sunday. The Paris Landing Pool also opened up for the summer, so be sure to take all your family and friends out to cool off and have some summer fun.

National Trail Day Set For June 4th

Paris, Tenn,- Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 4.
The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and much more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged back country trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone.

“Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country and you won’t be disappointed at any one of our state parks,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill. “From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail.”

This event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Tennessee State Parks will also host a photo contest on National Trails Day. Hikers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #findyourtrailTN. Submissions are required to incorporate the National Trails Day sticker, which will be available to hikers at all Tennessee State Parks for no charge on June 4 while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and food, and wear long pants and appropriate footwear. To find a hike near you, visit http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-event-cards/national-trail-day.

Erratic Driving Leads To Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Tyrail Jackson was patrolling Mineral Wells when he observed a 1999 gold Chevy Lumina leaving McDonald's. The vehicle crossed all 5 lanes and cut off Ptl. Jackson in his lane causing him to brake to avoid a collision.

At that time Ptl. Jackson made a stop on the vehicle in Wendy's parking lot. When contact was made with the driver Brad Stacy Langley age 47 of Gleason, Ptl. Jackson ran his license. His license came back revoked out of Weakley county TN. Langley was convicted of a DUI second offense on October 7th, 2015 and revocation notice was sent out October 14th, 2015.

At that time Langley was arrested for driving on on suspended. After arresting Langley was asked if he owned the vehicle. Langley stated that one of his friends paid for the vehicle in an agreement that Langley pays his debt. He stated the friend had gave him the title and it was in the the vehicle but we were unable to find it. At that time Langley was transported to HCSO without incident. Langley's bond was set at $200 and is to appear in general secession court on May 31st.

41st Big Sandy Spring Festival Brings Great Crowd

(photos Barron Robinson)

Big Sandy, Tenn.- The 41st Big Sandy Spring festival Friday and Saturday brought hundreds of people with the great weather over the weekend. Over 200 vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles were entered into the car show. The festival included a parade, petting zoo, carnival rides, food, vendors, and games. With five different bands and fireworks culminating the two day event that were enjoyed by all who attended.

Dana Relay For Life Team Holding Yard Sale Through Sunday

(Barron Robinson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Dana Relay For Life is holding a yard sale from Friday until Sunday at the VFW Post 1889 on Hwy 79. The proceeds benefit and go to the Relay For Life and to help find a cure. The annual huge yard sale starts at 6am each morning through Sunday. There are books, toys, name brand clothes for $2 and under, home décor glassware, pictures, handbags and much more.

This is the largest fundraiser held by Dana for Relay For Life each year. During the set up on Thursday over 50 families donated towards the yard sale. Marsha Carlton who is heading this event stated that they raised $400 from people just stopping by shopping and donating to the Relay For Life.

During this yard sale Dana and the Relay For Life team is also taking in canned food donations which will weigh down the luminaries for the Night of Relay Walk that is going to be held on June 10th.

Class Of '76 To Hold Organization Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1976 will hold another reunion organization meeting on Tuesday June 7th. The meeting will be held at the Henry County Communication Center at 6pm. All 1976 grads are encouraged to attend.

CHAMPION A Cause With Color 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk

Paris, Tenn.- First United Methodist Church in Paris is sponsoring the “Champion a Cause with Color” 5K and 1 mile color run/walk on Saturday June 4th to raise funds for Relay for Life and combat Malaria in Africa.

The run will be held at Eiffel Tower Park and registration opens at 7am on race day. At 7:30am, local fitness instructors will help walkers and runners warm up with Refit and Zumba dances. The 5K run/walk will begin at 8am and the 1-mile run starts at 8:15am. There will be an end of the race party at 9:15am.

Participants will walk thru bursts of color along the course and the t-shirt will become an attraction at the end of the race. Participants may want to wear eye protection and bring something to protect your car’s interior for after the race.

Register before May 29th to save money and guarantee a T-shirt. Cost is $25 per person before May 29th with the cost increasing to $35 per person on and after May 29th. Registration forms are available at FUMC office and Paris Family Chiropractic. Online registration can be found at www.GetMeRegistered.com/Championacauserun.

Splash and Dash Set for June 11th at Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department is teaming up with USA Triathlon for the Splash and Dash at Eiffel Tower Park on Saturday June 11th. The cost is $25 for USAT members and $35 for non USAT members.

The event will be held entirely within Eiffel Tower Park and will have chip timing and participant medals. Top 3 racers in each age group will also get an additional prize.

Racers 7-10 years old will swim 100 meters and run 1K, or 6 tenths of a mile. Racers age 11-15 will swim 200 meters and run 2K, or 1.2 miles.

For more information on Splash and Dash call Parks Director Tony Lawrence at 644-2517. Participants can register online at parissplashanddash.racesonline.com.

HCHS Class of 1990 To Hold Mini Reunion June 4 at PLSP

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1990 will hold a mini reunion June 4th at 6pm at Paris Landing Inn Restaurant. No advance reservations required adults and children welcome. Email hchs1990@yahoo.com the number who plan to attend to give the restaurant an estimate to the number of people. It’s pay at the door for the all you can eat buffet which is $12.95 per person with children ages 6-12 half price. The class of 1990 will hold mini reunion’s each year the first Saturday in June until the 30th reunion in 2020.


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