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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks


UT System to Permanently Fund UT Promise Program

Knoxville- The University of Tennessee System will officially started a campaign to permanently fund the UT Promise Scholarship during the inter-system football game between the UT Knoxville Volunteers and the UT Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday.

The $100 million endowment campaign has already raised $17.5 million since March of this year. UT Promise scholarships will be awarded to qualified students across the UT System beginning with the fall 2020 semester, and the system will cover the cost until the endowment is fully funded.

UT Promise, unveiled in March by UT System Interim President Randy Boyd, is a last-dollar scholarship program that guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students with a family household income of less than $50,000 annually. This scholarship will be applied after other financial aid – including Pell Grants, Hope Scholarships and other institutional awards – is received by students attending UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, UT Martin and the UT Health Science Center.

Students must qualify for the Hope Scholarship and meet the academic qualifications for the institution to which they have applied in order to be eligible for this new scholarship. Students will also be matched with volunteer mentors and must complete eight hours of service each semester to help ensure success.

While 46 percent of students in the UT System graduate without debt, the goal of UT Promise is to make higher education even more accessible and affordable for Tennessee students. UT Promise will welcome its first class in the fall of 2020, and the program will include those students who were already enrolled in college when the program begins.

“UT wants to ensure that Tennessee residents can achieve their dreams with college degrees,” said Boyd. “We want to ease the financial burden for the state’s middle and working-class families, as we know education is the route to change lives, which then change communities and the state.”

In addition to money raised through the campaign, proceeds from the sale of the Eugenia Williams house in Knoxville will go into the endowment, which will be formally known as the UT Promise Dr. David Hitt Williams Endowment in honor of Eugenia Williams’ father, whose will gave the house and acreage on the Tennessee River to the university upon his daughter’s death.

UT Promise is another tool the university is using to help the state’s Drive to 55 workforce development initiative, which aims to have 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by 2025.

For more information or to make a donation to the UT Promise endowment campaign, visit

HCMC, Women's Center Offering: Living Your Best Life Event Tues. Sept. 17

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and HCMC Women’s Center invite all ladies to “Living your Best Life” on Tuesday September 17th from 5:30pm to 8pm at the Paris Convention Center.

Admission fee is $5, proceeds will go to the Women’s Center. Tickets are available at My Favorite Things, Iron Place, Maggies, Bo and Co, the Pink Petal Gift Shop inside HCMC, and online at

The ticket includes a meal, swag bag, and special gift for Spirit of Women members along with much more. The event includes learning about self-care, and how to de-stress and relax. Speakers include Melissa Neal, with Relevate Health Group, Dr. Lisa Piercey, TN Commissioner of Health, and Brittney Green, Easton’s Angels.

HCHS Seniors and Parents: Sept. 16-18 is College Application and Expiration Days

Paris, Tenn.- In a letter emailed to parents, Henry County High School Guidance Counselor Becky Bullion, reminds parents and seniors that September 16-18th is College Application and Exploration week. She has several things planned to help seniors apply for colleges and universities as many of them waive their application fee this week to celebrate the College Application and Exploration week.

Bullion is asking students to sign an “I applied” banner at lunch on Monday if they’ve already applied at a college or university. There will be daily games and trivia and prizes for seniors during the week as well. Tuesday a student with join with one of the counselors and tweet their picture saying where they’ve applied. If they get accepted later on, the student is eligible for a drawing to win a $25 gift card.  On Wednesday, students are asked to wear their College T-shirts of schools they’ve either applied to or been accepted at. Teachers are encouraged to wear their alma mater shirts as well.

Patriots Beat Brentwood Friday Night 21-14

The Henry County Patriots welcomed always formidable Brentwood High into Paris and Patriot Stadium for a non-Region Game Friday night. The Bruins scored first on a 5 yard touchdown run with 5:04 remaining in the 1st quarter.  The Patriots answered on a 7 yard touchdown run by Jamarcus Johnson with: 33 seconds left in the 1st quarter.  Henry County would score again on a blocked punt recovered in the end zone by Da’Qwon Kendall with 3:38 left in the 2nd quarter to go in at halftime leading 14-7.    

Brentwood would tie the game at 14 all in the 3rd quarter with a touchdown run from 1 yard out but Henry County would take the lead for good at the 9:14 mark in the 4th quarter on a Jayden Kendall 1 yard touchdown run to go up 21-14.   

Henry County 2-2 (1-0) is on the road next Friday September 20th as they travel to Clarksville High and do battle with the Wildcats in a Region contest. They return home on Sept. 27th for Homecoming against Kenwood.

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #76 Jackson Boyd brings down the Brentwood QB

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #8 Joseph Travis carries the ball behind blocks from #47 Mekhi Sanders and an unidentified HCHS player

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #5 Jayln Foster eludes a Brentwood defender

KPAC Hosting Inspirational Play “Love Ain’t Supposed to Hurt” Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The inspirational play by Tammy McKeithen, “Love Ain’t Supposed to Hurt” will be shown Saturday evening at 6pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Doors open at 5:30pm, general admission seating is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Imari’s Hair Studio and Perry’s BBQ.

The play addresses domestic violence and the audience will be captivated and won’t get to look the other way. The regional playwright, from Clarksville, frames the topic as to educate and empower change through faith and action.

FAFSA Info Night to Be Held at HCHS Tuesday Sept. 17th

Paris, Tenn.- Parents of seniors at Henry County High School who need help with filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid, or FAFSA can come to FAFSA night, Tuesday September 17th, at the E Building Testing Center beginning at 5:30pm. Jo Wallace, TCAT McKenzie Financial Aid supervisor will be the guest speaker helping with filling out the form to help secure loans and grants for students who will be entering colleges and universities next fall.

Wallace will let you know about the importance of the FAFSA, all info needed to successfully file, and can answer any questions you may have. The FAFSA opens on October 1st. Refreshments will be served Tuesday evening at the event.

Remember before filling out the FAFSA you need your social security number, driver’s license number, records of investments, Federal Student Aid Pin number, bank statements, tax information, and records of untaxed income.

Good Crowd on Hand Friday for 2nd NOTS Despite Hot Weather

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Sheriff’s Captain Adam Jenkins delivers more grilled bologna to Elizabeth Craig and Suzanne Richter of the Paris Quota Club at Friday’s Noon on the Square in downtown Paris. Paris Quota Club served grilled bologna, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, chips and cookies while the sheriff’s office volunteered at the grill. The Ray Lewis Band performed for the second Noon on the Square of the season, sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust. The Legends Band will perform at the next Noon on the Square, Friday, September 20. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Barrs Chapel Church to Hold Family and Friends Day This Sunday Sept. 15

Barrs Chapel Church located at 5560 Briarpatch Lake Road near Como will have a Friends and Family Day this Sunday September 15th.  Sunday School will start at 10am with Rev. Larry D. McCutcheon speaking at the 11am service.  Lunch will be served from 12:45 pm until 1:45 pm then at 2 pm special guest Rev. Chris Johnson , choir and congregation of Greater Enion Baptist Church in McKenzie will conduct services.

HCHS Still Collecting Items for Exhibit Showcasing 50 Years

Henry County Schools Federal Programs Director Dr. Susan Burton, High School Teacher Dr. David Webb, Curriculum Director Betsy Allison and High School Principal Dr. Michele Webb look over items that have been donated for an historical exhibit on the 50-year history of the high school. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School is collecting items for an historical exhibit on the 50-year history of the high school.

Items that have already been donated were on display at Thursday night’s meeting of the Henry County board of education, which was held at the high school.

David Webb said they are looking for mementos and artifacts that can be donated and/or loaned to them for a display to be used at the 50th anniversary celebration the weekend of September 27-29.

The exhibit will be part of the open house scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 29 at the school. The Linda Wilson Miller Theater dedication will take place at 2 p.m. and a time capsule will be buried at 3 p.m.

Webb said the artifacts that will be used for the display can include scrapbooks, important awards, letter jackets, uniforms, pennants, pictures, newspaper clippings, shirts, caps, etc. Some of the items, such as championship and class rings—will be placed in locked exhibit cases while on display.

You may drop off the items at the main office of the high school which is now located across from the football fieldhouse behind the school. For more info, call Webb at or 731 336-8920.

City to Hold Two Public Input Meetings Monday on TDOT Grant

Paris, Tenn.- Public input meetings will be held at noon and 5:30 p.m. Monday, September 16th, at Paris City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the city of Paris' intent to submit an application for a FY2019 TDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant, identifying community needs, and how the funds can be used.

Paris City Manager Kim Foster noted the window has opened for the 2020 round of the TDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant.

This grant is an 80/20 match, highly competitive, she said. The proposed project would include construction of a sidewalk from East Wood Street at the Chickasaw/Fairgrounds Road intersection, to run along Fairgrounds Road to Royal Oak, and then turn down Royal Oak and run all the way to Lone Oak Road. The public is urged to attend.

Wildlife Refuge Hosting Monarchs, Bees, Pollinators Event Sat.

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge invites everyone to come and join them for their “Monarchs, Bees, and Pollinator Events from 10am to 3pm this Saturday September 14th at the refuge visitor center located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville. The day will feature speakers and activities that focus on the Monarch butterfly, other butterflies, bees, insect pollinators, and enhancing their habits.

Partner organization assisting with day include the Friends of Tennessee NWR, Quail Forever, and the Ky Lake Beekeepers Association. There will be a series of speakers and the day includes activities for the family on the back patio. A demonstration bee hive and beekeeping equipment will be on hand provided by the Ky Lake Beekeepers Association. Quail Forever will show participants their adjacent pollinator plot. The day also includes a tour of the refuge’s new demonstration pollinator patch where live Monarch caterpillars, butterflies, and native plants are easy to see.

The Friends of TNWR will have children’s crafts and will be showing children how to plant milkweed seeds. Free milkweed seeds will be available for attending.

The Refuge holds monthly free programs that attempt to connect people with nature. For more information on this event or upcoming events call 642-2091 or visit or like TNNWR on Facebook.

Pats Host Brentwood in Non-Region Action Fri. Night

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is back at home Friday night for football as Brentwood comes to Patriot Stadium. Kick off is set for 7pm and hot and humid weather has settled in over the area and will be present at gametime Friday night. The Patriots are coming off a win over Dyer County last week. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at, or via your phone by calling 518-896-1349 and pressing option 1 for Henry County Sports. Just remember standard rates will apply.

HC BOE Holds Lengthy Sept. Meeting at HCHS

HCHS Principal Dr. Michelle Webb talks about the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Thursdays Board meeting (Shannon McFarlin photo)

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- At a busy and lengthy meeting Thursday night, the Henry County Schools board of education heard an update on plans for the High School’s 50th anniversary celebration, re-elected officers, heard reports on the inclusion of ag and art classes in the middle schools and discussed the latest data reports from the State Department of Education.

At the meeting’s outset, Jill Coker was reelected Board Chairman and Jim McCampbell was elected Vice Chairman. In re-electing Coker, Board Member Rod Frey said, “Jill had a hard last year as chair and she’s done a fantastic job in my opinion. We haven’t made it easy on her and she deserves a year without controversy.”

High School Principal Michele Webb updated the board on the progress of plans for the 50th Anniversary Celebration which will be held the weekend of September 27-29. It will include a tailgate party before the football game Friday, September 27, a HCHS All Classes Alumni Gala the evening of Saturday, September 28; and an open house the afternoon of Sunday, September 29 and that will include the Little Theater Renaming Ceremony, Tim Capsule Burial and tours of the building.

Memorabilia is being collected for displays that will be at the open house.

Items are also being collected for the time capsule that will be buried and Webb said it’s a large vault so it will be able to hold several items. Items already donated included a letter jacket and a tile from the former high school gym floor.

Webb and student representatives Carson Nelson, Katie Coffield, Garrett Rogers, and Alyssa Mellon  said there has been a lot of interest in the celebration and alumni are signing up for the various activities. Webb noted that 10 former classes have already signed up to participate in the tailgate and Band Director Richard Graves said 50 former band members already have signed up to participate in band activities for that weekend.

“We hope you all join us for a fun weekend,” Webb said.

--Curriculum Director Betsy Allison reported on how excited teachers are that ag and art are now available in all K-8 schools in the system. She noted that the agriculture programs in the schools “have exploded and now we’re going to add the middle schools. It’s so exciting for us.” Harrelson has already signed up 32 students; 27 at Henry School and Lakewood is still in recruitment.

Allison said a Community Advisory Council has been set up and includes Chair Emory Bradley, Travis McLeese, Ty Wilson and Tracy Middleton.

Rod Frey noted, “Our ag programs have put Henry County on the map.”

FFA Advisor Laura Moss said, “We have amazing kids in our ag program and there’s only 13 chartered middle schools in Tennessee which makes us really excited. I want you to know how much of an impact it has on us and our students.”

With that in mind FFA Officers Taylor Dunagan, Kara Barnhart and Britain Hutson presented honorary degrees to school board members. The degrees were embossed on wood plaques which also were decorated with outlines of Henry County with each board member’s name. The plaques were prepared by FFA Advisor Ryan Inman.

--Director of Schools Dr Leah Watkins updated the board on results of the latest data reports from the State Department of Education. She said Henry Co. Schools is at Level 3 and she said that is a good solid rating for the district. The reported also showed improvement in third grade reading and Henry County was one of three districts in NW Tennessee showing growth in 3-8th grade math.

In other business:

--Board Attorney Rob Whitfield’s contract was renewed.

--District Maintenance Supervisor John Akers and contractors reported on the various district building projects.

--Dr. Watkins said that Webb and Grove Principal Tim Mason were selected to participate in the Rural Principals’ Network.

Eiffel Tower Project Finishing Up

Paris, Tenn.- -Paris Public Works crews were busy Wednesday putting the finishing touches on the new sidewalks at the Eiffel Tower, as the upgrade project nears completion. The last part of the project will be installation of stairs to the mini-stage and that should be finished in the next few days.

The project is being financed with a Tourism Enhancement grant and includes a circular sidewalk around the Eiffel Tower, sidewalks that are ADA compliance on both sides of the Eiffel Tower and a mini-stage that can be used for speakers or small groups of performers. Interpretive signage also will be installed that will encourage patrons to visit other landmarks of the city.

The materials are coordinated with those that will be used for the Splash Pad which is being installed near the public swimming pool at Eiffel Tower Park. (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Gina Olds Crowned Quotarian of the Year at Wed. Meeting

Gina and husband Chris (Martha McFadden photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club met this week and Gina Olds was crowned as the 2018-19 Quotarian of the Year. The committee consisted of Susan Richter, Linda Foulks, and Brenda Hosford and they presented Olds with a crown, pendant, and a dozen red roses. Gina's husband Chris was present for the crowning presentation.

Quotarian Jackie Jones installed the 2019-2020 club officers, using the "Rainbow" theme. Each incoming officers received a bag tied with a ribbon that is the color of the rainbow. Incoming officers are President Kayal Nation, President-Elect Elizabeth Craig, VP- Jill Snow, Recording Secretary Martha McFadden, Corresponding Secretary- Linda Foulks and Directors- Donna Dinders, DeLaina Green, Carman Wright, Leisa Wimberley and Cheryl Wilson.

Nation appointed Geraldine Sykes as Parliamentarian and Carol Mannon as Assistant Tresurer. Nation's theme for the 2019-2020 club year is "Rainbow."

The club will provide hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and grilled bologna, along with chips and cookies for $5 at Noon on the Square September 13th and 27th. Quota will also sponsor a membership brunch at Noon on September 18th in Room 8 at Lee Academy.

2019-20 Officers for Paris Quota.

Henry County Finishes 2nd in District Golf Matchup

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County men’s and women’s golf teams competed in District 10-AAA action against Clarksville, Rossview, and Springfield. The Patriots finished 2nd with a 186, behind Clarksville High’s 167. Rossview finished with a 199 and Springfield finished with a 217.

Individually Jack Foster and Jackson Hayes shot a 44. Jackson Ridgeway shot a 46, and Dalton Dodd finished with a 52.

In Women’s action, Clarksville High won the match with a 74, Henry County finished with a 94, and Springfield finished with a 124. Individually Bentley Irby finished with a 45 and Mary Allison Griffey shot a 49.

Puryear Cub Scouts Pack #226 Holding Fundraiser for HCSO Animal Shelter Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Puryear Cub Scouts Pack #226 will be teaming up with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter in a “Scouting for a Paws Cause” this Saturday September 14th from 1-4pm at Eiffel Tower Park.

The event is free and dogs will be available for adoption on site. There will be raffles for gift certificates from local businesses. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew will be on hand for a demonstration with his K9 Si around 1pm. There will be grilled hot dogs and drinks for sale as the Henry County Sheriff’s Office grilling team will be on hand. Event goers can also donate pet supplies, pet food, and money. All items donated and money raised will benefit the Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.

Sparks St. Church Hosting Song Fest Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Sparks St. Church of Christ will be hosting its annual Song Fest on Saturday September 14th from 4pm until 8pm. Everyone is invited to come enjoy Acapella Singing at its best.

Young Eagles Offering Free Plane Rides this Saturday at HC Airport

Paris, Tenn.- Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 734 will be offering FREE airplane rides to area youth ages 8-17 Saturday, September 14 at the Paris-Henry County Airport.  The kids will tour Paris from the sky.  These free flights are part of the EAA’s Young Eagles program designed to interest young people in aviation.

Volunteer pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) have introduced more than two million youth to aviation through free flights since 1992.  The local chapter has flown over 2,000 smiling kids.  The free flights are just the start of what the Young Eagles program offers.  The EAA also has aviation camps, workshops, and scholarships for youngsters interested in aviation.  It all starts with a Young Eagles flight and a big smile.

The Young Eagles rally on September 14 will be at the Paris-Henry County Airport just north of Paris on highway 69 near the 218 intersection.  Registration and flights will be between 9 am and 1 pm.  Prospective Young Eagles should be from eight through 17 years old and will need a parent or legal guardian to sign the registration form (the adult will not be flying).  Each young person will receive a certificate making them an official Young Eagle.  They will be given a log book of their own with this flight already entered and room for more.  Additional information is available on Chapter 734’s website at

UT Extension Office Offering Baby Sitting Workshop Sept. 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The UT Extension Office will offer a babysitting workshop for any 12-14 year old who is just starting to babysit and would like to learn more. The workshop is Friday September 20th from 9am to 2pm at the office, located at 1120 Tyson Avenue.

There will be lots of hands on activity and fun will take place as well as learning about the dos and don’ts of babysitting, first aid, safe sleep, and other topics. The class is $10, includes lunch and materials and is limited to 25 people. To register, call 642-2941 by Thursday September 19th.

WG Rhea Library Upcoming September Programs

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will hold the following programs during September. On Monday Sept. 16th, from 6-7pm come make Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs. Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm are tech Tuesdays. Wednesday September 18th is Story Hour at 10:30am and the 25th will be a walk to the Paris Fire Department for story hour at 10:30am. For more information on the programs call the Library at 642-1702.

Local Emergency Responders Honored at HCHS 9/11 Program Wed.

A large group of Henry County emergency responders were on hand (Susan Burton photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A large group of EMS, EMTs, firefighters, police officers, rescue squad members and other first responders were welcomed to Henry County High School Wednesday morning for the HCHS Criminal Justice group's salute to emergency responders on the anniversary of September 11th. The ceremony began with the HCSO honor presenting the colors and the Madgrials singing the National Anthem.

Craig Peevyhouse, who has served as chaplain at HCMC and first responder for 30 years in Henry County was the guest speaker and he reminded folks to never forget the images of that day when our nation was attacked and even in the most dire of times, there were men and women running into the buildings, into the danger to try to help their fellow humans. He said that was the definition of every day heros, what our local responders do each and every day.

Vince Dodd, the HCHS Madrigals, under Ms. Cook, and a percussionist from Mr. Graves HCHS band peformed Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" for the group signalizing their willingness to push forward in times of need to serve their community. Peevyhouse encouraged students to always push thru their fears and be like those responding to situations at 9/11 and what our local responders do every day.

The responders were treated to refreshments after the ceremony.

Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department talks with some HCHS students after the ceremony. (Susan Burton photo)

Jordan St. John Honored as "Hometown Hero"

Paris, Tenn.- Jordan St. John was honored Tuesday evening with the Modern Woodmen of the World “Hometown Hero” Award.

Officials with the local group went to Sweet Jordan’s Ice Cream Shoppe to present the award to him. He received $100 to go toward the local charity of his choice and he chose “Friends of Sweet Jordan’s”.

St. John is the inspiration for Sweet Jordan’s which is the only business for miles around that employs special needs personnel. He was born with Down Syndrome and is the son of Brad and Tommie St. John, who opened Sweet Jordan’s two years ago.

In photo with him are: from left, Tim Jordan with Modern Woodmen; Jordan St. John, Chloe and Mark Kurtz with Paris First United Penecostal Church. (Tommie St. John photo).

Friends of LBL Invites Everyone to Quilting Bee This Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky.- The Friends of Land Between the Lakes invite everyone to enjoy “Quilts, Coverlets and Comforters: Keeping Warm in the 1850s” at the Homeplace 1850s Working Farm, 4512 The Trace, Dover, Tennessee 37058, inside Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019, from 10 am - 3 pm. Programs included with general admission; ages 13 and up $5, ages 5-12 $3, and ages 4 and under free.

Discover the rich textile traditions of an 1850 farm as you explore the bed coverings that kept a farm family warm at night. From quilting bees, weaving looms and knitting needles, farm women made a wide variety of bed coverings with homegrown fibers.

Step back in time and join the quilting bee and learn the difference between a quilt, coverlet and comforter. Our treasured 1850 era and reproduced quilts and coverlets will be on display in the parlor. Children can learn to weave a 'paper' blanket and the whole family can explore the fifteen historic buildings and meet the heritage breed farm animals.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a weekend of quilting fun on the farm.

Not interested in quilting? Join the men as they demonstrate the trades of the time.

Programming includes: Trapping Dinner - 10 am - 12 pm - From snares to rabbit boxes, come learn about the different methods for getting wild game in the 1850s. Forging the Past: A Farm Blacksmith Shop - 1 - 3 pm - A blacksmith shop on the farm in 1850 provided the farmer with a means to make and repair his farming tools.

Fourth grade students can go to to receive a free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free. For more information, call the Homeplace at 931.232.6457.  

Cottage Grove Council Purchases Fixtures, Will Seek to Lease Retail Building

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Legislative Council met for September regular session Tuesday night and approved paying Carl Wood $18K for the retail store fixutres. The Council also voted to put a new ad in the paper and accept bids to lease the store again.

Henry County Splits with McKenzie in Golf

Dalton Dodd getting ready for a long drive. (Coach Welp photo)

McKenzie, Tenn.- Henry County Men’s and Women’s Golf competed at McKenzie on Tuesday. In the men’s matchup, the Patriots bested McKenzie 172 to 179. Individually, Jackson Hayes shot a 42, Jack Foster a 43, Dalton Dodd, a 44, and Jackson Ridgeway a 50.

For the Ladies, McKenzie won the match with a 79 compared to 102 from Henry County. The Lady Patriots individually saw Bentley Irby shoot a 50 and Mary Alison Griffey a 52.

Sweet Jordan's Expanding with Laundry Service Company

Paris, Tenn.- The message of Sweet Jordan’s will soon be reaching even farther.

Sweet Jordan’s Ice Cream Shoppe and Coffee Co. is the only spot for miles around that employs staff with special needs and is one of the very few places in the local area where special needs employees can be placed by area employment agencies.

Sweet Jordan’s was the brainchild of Brad and Tommie St. John, whose son Jordan was born with Down Syndrome. Jordan is the “Sweet Jordan” for whom the Ice Cream Shoppe and Coffee Co. was named. Since opening two years ago, it  has become a favorite spot for young and old in Paris and from miles around, with its comfy surroundings and its wide variety of ice cream, baked goods and coffees.

Sweet Jordan’s will soon expand to offer a laundry service, also manned by special needs teams.

Tommie St. John said the idea of expanding with an additional business came to her after a couple of bad days. “I had two people come in on a Monday and two more come in on a Tuesday and they all had special needs and they all needed jobs. I just had to tell them we had no more room at either the bakery or the coffee shop. But I was so upset about that. I just couldn’t stand turning them away. I literally sat in my house that Wednesday morning doing my devotional and the spirit of God said, ‘It doesn’t just have to be about cookies, ice cream and coffee.’”

St. John said, “I just thought, ‘That’s the answer!’ We can do other things with Sweet Jordan’s, too!”

Sweet Jordan’s already employs 30 people with special needs and with the laundry service expects to be able to employ between 12 and 15 more people.

She got the idea of opening a laundry service while watching the special needs team members folding the napkins and wash cloths used by Sweet Jordan’s. “They are so precise and are so proud of doing a good job and it’s already part of their training, I started thinking about expanding on that idea,” she said.

The laundry service business will be opening just a short walk in the same shopping mall where Sweet Jordan’s is located at 849 Volunteer Dr. in Paris.

A phone call to building owner Wyatt Owens led her to believe further that she was on the right track. “I asked Wyatt whether he had any more space (in the shopping mall) and he said, ‘Suite 5 is open right now’. I walked down to Suite 5 and it’s just perfect for what we need. It couldn’t be more perfect. It hasn’t needed much remodeling at all.”

The business will be equipped with four washers and eight dryers. A reception area in the front will welcome customers and St. John has already mapped out how the business will operate. She said special needs team members already work about four-hour shifts two or three days a week and that will continue with the new business.

“I really do believe that God is working through Sweet Jordan’s”, St. John said. As word has gotten around, “We’ve already gotten so many applications from people wanting to work for the laundry service. This community has really embraced what we’re doing here. If more people would just realize how awesome they are as workers they would be hired more. We’re just trying to get that word out so more people understand that. They have so much to offer if they’re just given the opportunity.”

St. John said when she posted on Facebook, asking for public feedback on the idea of a laundry service at Sweet Jordan’s, “198,000 people were reached in that first 48 hours. That shows you how much people care.” In addition to plenty of feedback from families with special needs, there also has been positive feedback from people eager for a laundry service in Paris, she said.

People with special needs children and grandchildren come to Sweet Jordan’s from all over the country. “We’ve had people drive all the way from Virginia, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Texas. They are just amazed at what they see here and it gives them hope,” she said.

Sweet Jordan’s is planning to expand to other locations, namely Jackson and Union City, and is working with organizations at both cities on it. “I believe there will be other Sweet Jordan’s in other locations. It’s just a matter of God’s timing, not ours,” she said.

They are hoping the laundry business will be open by the third week of October, she said.

Applications for Scarecrows on the Square Available Now

Paris, Tenn.- The Downtown Paris Association invites individuals, groups, businesses, and schools to participate in the Scarecrows on the Square event. Fees are $15 and proceeds benefit the DPA. The DPA encourages you to be environmentally conscious and recycle items to fit with the theme of your scarecrow if possible.

Applications are at the DPA office, at 203 N. Fentress St. Scarecrows are to be finished and set up around the courthouse Monday September 30th thru Friday October 4th between 10am and 3pm. Call the DPA office at 731-653-7274 to schedule a time to set up your scarecrow in its designated location on the square. Applications are due by September 24th at the DPA office.

Scarecrows will be judged the 2nd week of October and winners will be announced at Spooktacular, set for Saturday October 19th. All scarecrows must be removed by October 30th.

Any signage about the scarecrow may be 1’ by 1 and ½ ‘ and you may name your scarecrow. No ads on the sign. Framework measurement may not exceed a five foot cross with shoulder width of two feet.

Cash prizes will be awarded for People’s choice, Most Original, Best Constructed, and Best in Show.

Some tips in construction of your scarecrow include spray Scotch Guard on inside and outside to avoid mildew, use weather resistant materials, sew on its to help keep them together since the scarecrow will be outside, pvc, wood, and other materials are good ideas to use.

Ray Lewis Band to Perform Friday for Noon on the Square

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank Sponsored Noon on the square continues this Friday and every Friday in September from 11:30am to 1pm with live music, food, and fellowship. This Friday, September 13th, the Ray Lewis Band will perform great music from rock and country genres. The Paris Quota Club will be selling a lunch consisting of cheeseburgers, burgers, grilled bologna and chips. The Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks for $1.

HCMC Releases Statement on Tuesday's Small Fire

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center acted quickly and appropriately to a small fire that began on the roof Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries and no damage to the building, only damage to a vehicle in the Physician Parking Lot located in the back of the hospital.

According to Lisa Casteel, Chief Executive Officer, HCMC was undergoing some roof repairs at the facility.  The crew was using a torch on some roof materials and the materials became too hot.  To ensure there was no damage to the building or roof, the crew pushed the materials off the roof onto the ground.  With it being so dry, grass in the parking lot caught on fire from the materials.  Thankfully, staff and a physician, Dr. Ray Compton, responded quickly and effectively, putting the fire out immediately and containing the situation.

“We are so thankful for our staff and Dr. Compton for their quick thinking and action in the situation,” said Casteel.  “We are also appreciative to the fire department for responding and ensuring everything was okay with our facility and the area.  The only damage reported is that a car in the parking lot.  We train for fires and we are so glad that everyone responded appropriately to the situation and that there were no injuries, internal damage, or smoke damage.”

Plant Operations Director, Rob Smith, will continue to monitor the situation and will ensure that all appropriate follow ups and measures are completed related to this incident. 

To learn more about Henry County Medical Center, go to our website at

Small Roof Fire Extinguished atop HCMC

Paris, Tenn.- A small fire on the roof of Henry County Medical Center was quickly extinguished by the Paris Fire Department Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters and Paris Police were dispatched to the hospital around 3:30 p.m. and firemen said they could see blue-black smoke coming from the roof. Firefighters told WENK/WTPR that the fire appeared to have been caused when workmen were steaming the rubber roof. (Shannon McFarlin photo).  

Inman Middle School Teacher Participates in WestTeach Program

Martin, Tenn.- Carrie Jones, an agriculture and science teacher at Inman Middle School, is a member of the second WestTeach class, sponsored by the University of Tennessee at Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program. Jones is one of 22 educators from across the region to participate in the 2019-20 program, which seeks to connect West Tennessee’s teachers with the region’s communities and industries and give them increased insight into the economic needs and opportunities of the area.

The program, founded in 2018, provides professional development for participants over a five-month period. Program sessions are held across West Tennessee, and topics include West Tennessee Agriculture (held Aug. 26 in Martin), entrepreneurship in West Tennessee (held Aug. 27 in Union City), the humanity of leadership (Sept. 24 in Jackson), partnerships for economic development (Oct. 29 in Dyersburg) and industry tours (Nov. 26 in Covington and Brownsville).

All applicants were nominated by their principal and the director or superintendent of schools. Selection is based on leadership achievements and the potential to contribute to the region’s education system. One teacher per school district is selected with no more than 30 members per class.

For more information, contact Virginia Grimes, WestStar program coordinator, at 731-881-7298 or email

UTM Receives High Accolodes; Top in South, Nursing

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin claimed several top spots in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report college rankings released earlier this month. UT Martin is the top-ranked public Tennessee institution on the lists of top regional universities in the south, best universities for veterans in the south, best-value universities in the south and regional universities for social mobility in the south.

When both public and private institutions are considered, UT Martin is tied for 12th-place among top regional public institutions in the south, tied for 16th-place among the best universities for veterans, and tied for 28th-place among all regional southern universities. UT Martin is also ranked 39th among the best-value institutions in the south and 36th among universities for social mobility. This last category is a new ranking that measures how well a school helps Pell Grant-eligible students graduate and progress into the work force.

The Princeton Review has also included UT Martin among the best southeastern colleges for the 17th consecutive year, and Washington Monthly ranks UT Martin 31st in their “Best Bang for the Buck” category for southern schools. UT Martin is the top-ranked public institution in Tennessee on this list.

“UT Martin strives to be a premier regional university, and rankings such as those published by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review only confirm what we already know – that UT Martin’s high-quality, affordable degree programs prepare our students to be successful in the professional world,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor.

The UT Martin Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is tied for the top bachelor’s degree in nursing in the country, according to UT Martin is among 13 universities to have received a perfect score in this ranking, which considers multiple years of data from the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses.

UT Martin’s selection of online programs also received high praise over the summer. UT Martin’s online offerings as a whole are listed third on’s list of the most affordable online colleges, and the master’s degree in education with a major in school counseling ranks 17th among’s list of the best online degrees in this field. UT Martin is only the second Tennessee institution on this particular list, trailing behind Vanderbilt University in second place.

The bachelor’s degree program in business administration is ranked 22nd overall and first in Tennessee on’s list of the top-value business administration online degree programs in 2019.

The Master of Business Administration degree has earned a place in two separate rankings for value and quality. The program is ranked fifth among the best online MBA degree programs in Tennessee by and 32nd overall (first in Tennessee) among’s list of the most affordable online MBA programs in the nation.

“Whether you choose to earn your degree online or on campus, you are sure to receive the highest quality instruction and education anywhere,” said Carver. “Each and every degree program offered at UT Martin is designed to give students the knowledge and experience they need to graduate and enter their respective professions with confidence.”

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615 or UT Martin Online at 731-881-7021.

Road Board, Parks Board, Hold Quick Sept. Meetings

Paris, Tenn.- Both the Henry County Highway Department Commission and Paris Parks and Recreation Board met on Monday and held quick sessions with not much business to discuss.

Bushhogging and potholes were discussed again in detail at the Road Board meeting as they've continued to battle that all summer. Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt said crews are continuously working on potholes and bushhogging and will do so as long as the weather cooperates. The board approved wages and expenses and the 30 day work plan which included some repairs to certain roads along with the bushhogging and pothole work.

The Parks Board discussed the Splash Pad and Parks Director Tony Lawrence gave the board the latest updates as the City Commission received last week.

The board was also updated on some various projects including the equipment was ordered for the dog park after winning the $25K grant last month,

The Parks Board learned that 80 kids competed on the Paris Swim team, a big increase the last couple years and 20 are on the HCHS team. LED lighting is ordered for Eiffel Tower Park and an extension of 4 feet will make the Christmas tree at the downtown fountain park bigger this season.

March 3rd 2020 Set as Presidential and Local Primary

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Meeting Monday night, the Henry County Election Commission officially called for the March 3, 2020 President and Local Primary Election, reviewed the 2020 Election calendar and approved new voter registrations.

Election Administrator Delaina Green told the commission that the Henry County Democratic Party has called for a primary, while the Republican Party has called for a caucus again for the next election.

According to the calendar distributed by Green, the first date for candidates to pick up petitions for the March 3 election is October 15, 2019 and the qualifying date is noon, December 12, 2019. Last date to register to vote in that election is February 5, 2020. Early voting will be from February 12-February 25, 2020.

Offices to be elected at the March 3 Election are: Chancellor, Constable District 4 (unexpired term), President and Delegates; Property Assessor; Road Board Commission Chairman; Road Board Commission Districts 2 and 5, District 4 (unexpired); Superintendent of Roads.

In other business, Green updated the commission on the progress of the move by the Elections Office to a new location in Weston Hall. Work continues on the move, which involves remodeling office space on the main floor of Weston Hall to create a larger workspace for the Elections Commission. WENK/WTPR published an article on the project Monday morning.

The Election Commission currently is in the courthouse annex on Washington Street and will be moving into its new quarters by late fall.

The Election Commission is conducting Voting 101 free programs every Monday this month for National Voter Registration Month. The programs are on a different topic each night, at 5 p.m., at the County 911 Building on Brewer St.

First Voting 101 Class Held Mon. Evening

Shannon McFarlin Photo

Paris, Tenn.- A sparse crowd was on hand for Monday night’s first session of Voting 101 sponsored by the Henry County Election Commission. The programs are free to the public and conducted every Monday night in September by Election Administrator Delaina Green. On Monday night, Green covered Voter Registration and other topics will be September 16, Candidates; September 23, Voting Equipment; and September 30, Elections.

Green explained how the public can register to vote and where, noting that local voter registration locations besides her office includes the W.G. Rhea Library, Henry Co. High School, County Clerk’s Office, Department of Safety, the Social Security office, County Health Department, and TARP office.

Green also discussed voter registration eligibility, reasons for voter expungement and other registration-related issues.

The sessions are being held from 5-6 p.m. at the Henry County 911 Building on N. Brewer Street in Paris.

Fun at the PES Fall Kickoff

Paris, Tenn.- Noah Lassiter seems to be enjoying giving a pie in the face to Teacher Greg Lassiter, who just happens to be his Dad, at Friday’s Fall Kickoff at Paris Elementary School Festival. The pie-in-the-face booth seemed to be a highlight for the event, which included a lot of games and good food to raise money for the school. Other teachers in the photo who also were good sports were Susannah Murphey and Dustrin Smith. (PES photo).  

KSP Seeks Public's Help in Locating Stolen Equipment

Fancy Farm, Ky.- The Kentucky State Police is seeking the public’s assistance locating farm equipment stolen out of Carlisle County between September 8th at approximately 9:00p.m. and September 9th at 8:00a.m.  Trooper Dunn reports that a 2016 John Deer UTV and approximately $8,000.00 in tools was stolen from a farming operation, off State Route 80 close to the Graves County line.  

The investigation is continuing by Trooper Jay Dunn. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.  Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

Election Commission Gearing Up For Move To Weston Hall

By: Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- Big changes are coming to the Henry County Election Commission and Administrator Delaina Green can’t wait.

As approved by the Henry County Commission in March, the Election Commission is moving to Weston Hall and it will mean a much-needed expansion of workspace for the Election office. “I’m so excited, I just can’t wait,” Green said on a recent tour of the new facility.

Space concerns have been on the front-burner for the Election Commission for several years, with very little work and storage space available to the commission at its present location in the courthouse annex on W. Washington St.

“It’s important to us to have the space we need,” Green said, and noted that an important result of the move will be increased voter privacy. “We’re so cramped for space now, we do not meet the professional requirements for voter privacy at this point,” she told commissioners.

Extensive remodeling at Weston Hall is needed for the move and County Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Charles and a crew have been working hard on the project. Because the County Archives and Airborne Gymnastics are also located in Weston Hall, the crew has been working at night and early mornings so as not to interfere with them.

Charles now has the new walls enclosed which will give him more flexibility for his work schedule. “We can work in here now more during the day and get more done faster,” Charles said.

The Election Commission currently has 900 square feet of workspace at its present location and with the move, will be expanding to 2,200 square feet.

With the move, the front door of the Election Commission will be at the original entrance of Weston Hall and it will mean approximately 10 new parking spots for the public. Near the new entrance, there will be two new restrooms installed and the expanded space will include a conference room for meetings, an office for Green (which she currently does not have), much more space for storage of election machines and equipment and less cramped space for voters.

“There will be much better flow for everything we need,” Green said. “We’ll finally have the space to do the things we need to do.”

As a local history buff, Charles has been enjoying learning more about the Weston Hall building itself while working on the project. “It’s interesting to see how this building was constructed. There’s 16-inch thick concrete ceilings and I’ve been able to learn about the changes in the building’s electrical systems over the years just by working on this. I’ve pulled out 400 wires from the ceiling. A lot of this is painstaking and you have to be really careful, but it’s interesting to do,” Charles said.

Charles estimated the project should be complete by late fall.

Bethel Nursing Program Ranked No. 2 in State

McKenzie, Tenn.- President Walter Butler is pleased to announce that Bethel University’s College of Health Sciences School of Nursing RN Program has been named #2 in the state of Tennessee by reported, “The guidelines in the Affordable Care Act require registered nurses to be health leaders and provide health prevention to the masses. Registered nurses are encouraged to pursue higher education to meet the challenges of the complex and evolving healthcare system. The new responsibilities of nurses are challenging but can present wonderful opportunities and rewards.”

Tennessee has 44 RN nursing programs, Bethel University is ranked #2 in the state. The rankings are based on the average NCLEX passing rates over a period of three years, tuition cost, accreditation, program offerings, retention and graduation rate. Bethel’s average score for first-time pass rate is 98.52%. The Tennessee average rate is 88.77%. The national average is 87.22%.

Dr. Jenny Webb, Director of Nursing at Bethel, was pleased but not surprised about the ranking. She stated, “Our Bethel University faculty and staff work incredibly hard to help our students achieve their highest potential. We pride ourselves on thinking outside of the box and coming up with creative ways to enhance our students’ learning experiences. We are a small program which allows us to work closely with our nursing students to ensure they develop the essential clinical reasoning skills needed to be excellent at what they do. Our graduates are well prepared to practice as registered nurses in a variety of healthcare settings. Additionally, Bethel nursing graduates have exceptional placement rates at hospitals throughout Tennessee.”

Further, Dr. Joseph Hames, M.D. added, “As Vice President and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Bethel University, I am extremely proud of the performance of our BSN graduates. They have a reputation for excellence and are eagerly recruited by hospitals throughout Tennessee. I would encourage anyone who is contemplating nursing as a profession and interested in learning in a Christian environment to apply to our Bethel program.”

Bethel University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church located in McKenzie, TN offering both on-campus and online courses.

For more information about Bethel University School of Nursing, go to or call 731.352.4000. For this ranking go to

Huge Turnout for Relay for Life Saturday

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- -Funds are still coming in and final tallies have yet to be made, but preliminary calculations show Henry County Relay for Life has raised just short of $55,600 with more funds expected over the next few days.

Relay raised some $11,000 just on Saturday night which saw the revitalized event draw hundreds to downtown Paris for an hours-long celebration.

Relay Spokesperson Debra Stoope heaped praise on the Relay committee and volunteers for their hard work which resulted in a huge success with plenty of activities, including a Kids' Zone, games, more campsites, live music and performances and great atmosphere as the annual event--including the Survivors' Dinner--was moved downtown.

Stoope said, "Let me just say that our goal this year when David 'Tater' Hayes took the helm, was to 'Make Relay for Life Great Again' here in Henry County.  The Committee followed his lead and began the grueling task of righting this ship."

Stoope said, "We had over twice as many teams and campsites as the previous year.  The Survivors Dinner, hosted for the 18th year by Paris Elks Lodge #816, was awesome.  We fed over 200 survivors and guests a wonderful meal and then for the most part all of them proceeded to the court square to participate in the Survivors Lap."

"I can not thank everyone enough for the overwhelming response to this event," she said. "We had some awesome talent come out and volunteer their time for us.  The music filled the air and everyone enjoyed the so much improved atmosphere."

Spirit Award (most money raised by a team) went to the First United Methodist Church - Team Captain- Elizabeth Craig

Rookie Team of the Year went to Hulme's Sporting Goods  Team Captain - Lisa Dolliver

Stoope proudly accepted the Gary Powley Award, named for the late former WTPR News Director Gary Powley, who was heavily involved with Relay each year.

Lisa Dolliver received the Rosie Baker Award.

Tater Hayes presented Loria Plunk with a new award, The Above & Beyond Award, Stoope said.

Stoope gave special thanks to Greg Gregory for the sound set up and the screen showing the stage on the opposite side of the courthouse.

"Dylan Powley was a new, refreshing addition to the emcee position.  I know Gary and Rosie were looing down on us and smiling," Stoope said.

There was just something I can't describe that made last night the best Relay in years, Stoope said. "Sometimes you just have to make changes to improve.  Again, thank you all that had anything to do with last night, as Tater said, see you all back here next year.  Catch the Relay Fever!!!!!!"

Awards were as follows:

Best Entrée

1st Place- Jaycees
2nd Place - Henry County Sheriff's Department
3rd Place _ K & B Supplies

Best Dessert

1st Place - Hulme's Sporting Goods
2nd Place - 1st Methodist Church
3rd Place - Team Winn

Best Campsite

1st Place - Jaycees
2nd Place - K & B Supplies
3rd Place - Beasley's Satellite & TV

HCHS Criminal Justice Students To Honor Local Emergency Responders at 9/11 Program Wed.

Paris, Tenn.- On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Henry County High School Criminal Justice Students would like to invite all Emergency responders to a program in your honor celebrating your dedication and service to our community. We will have a flag presentation by the HCSO honor guard and the madrigals will perform. Mr. Craig Peevyhouse will be speaking. The program will begin at 11:00 and will be followed by refreshments at 11:30. We encourage all emergency responders to attend on or off duty.

Forbes Recognizes MSU Again For "America's Best Colleges"

Murray, Ky.- Forbes Magazine has recognized Murray State University on its “America’s Best Colleges” list for 2019. This marks the 12th consecutive year the University has been included on the prestigious list since its inception.

The rankings are based on several categories, including on-time graduation rate, academic success, student satisfaction, alumni salary and student loan debt. 

Murray State, located in western Kentucky, offers 143 academic programs within six diverse colleges for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to achieve their personal and professional aspirations. Students come from 46 countries and 45 states.

Based on recent University reports, 69 percent of Murray State graduates are employed within three months, and 23 percent of graduates continued their education within three months of graduation.

With personalized class sizes and nearly 180 student organizations on campus, Murray State students find countless opportunities for a high-impact, high-quality and best-value education. 

“Forbes’ recognition of Murray State University, now for the 12th consecutive year, indicates that students can immerse themselves in an opportunity-rich living and learning community that is both engaging and empowering, and upon graduation, can pursue excellence in their chosen career path,”  said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “We’re particularly proud of how this methodology affirms the high-value, high-quality educational experience that our institution has provided for nearly 100 years.” 

Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The University also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible higher education experience to accommodate any schedule.

Huge Turnout for Arts and Crafts Fair at PL; Continues Sunday 10-5

Buchanan, Tenn.- One hundred vendors, 11 food trucks and perfect weather combined for a huge crowd at the annual Paris Landing Arts & Crafts Festival sponsored each year by the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club. Handcrafted vendors of all varieties filled the park and the festival this year also included bouncy houses, more kids' games and more food trucks serving up a wide variety of good food. In photos, Amy O'Brien of the Paris Landing State Park oversees kids' crafts; Cash Caldwell of Cash's Wood Fired Pizza speaks to the crowds in line in the food truck area; Paris Artist Dianne Carlisle helps customers select from her handmade jewelry. The arts and crafts festival continues Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Rep. Griffey Introduces Rural Caucus at Legislature

Nashville- TN State Representative Bruce Griffey organized and just held the first meeting in Nashville of the "Rural Caucus" at the state legislature, inviting both Republican and Democrat members of the Tennessee House of Representatives interested in issues related to rural districts. Griffey explained the concept behind forming the Rural Caucus, stating that "There are bi-partisan issues and challenges unique to the rural districts of the state, and the general idea of the Rural Caucus is to get legislators on both sides of the aisle who represent rural districts together, discuss rural legislative issues, and hopefully advance legislation beneficial to rural counties by bringing a bigger voice to the House chamber for rural districts."

"One issue that is particularly important to me in my rural district is economic development, and, in order to address this issue, I have been researching how much money the TN Economic and Development Commission (ECD) has historically been spending as well as where and on what. For the past four years, it appears ECD has spent approximately $21.5 Billion dollars to attract/promote new business development. Of that $21.5 Billion, approximately $14 Billion was spent in 17 urban counties and $7.5 Billion went to 67 rural counties," Griffey explained. "This needs to change asap, and I am already in the process of drafting legislation to sponsor and introduce next session to essentially flip the allocation of ECD dollars so more businesses are encouraged and more motivated to move to rural areas in Tennessee. If the representatives of the rural districts stick together, we can make it happen," Griffey stated.

Roughly three dozen legislators attended the meeting to join the Rural Caucus. "We plan to meet monthly, and get a consensus on 5 to 10 agenda items to take into the upcoming legislative session to specifically help rural districts. Other agenda items discussed at the initial Rural Caucus meeting included how best to get surplus tax dollars back into the hands of taxpayers. We had a $636.1 Million surplus for the just completed 2018-2019 fiscal year. This means that we overtaxed Tennesseans to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. We need to correct this, and one proposal I made at the meeting was to eliminate tax on food in Tennessee," said Griffey.

Other agenda items discussed included rural broadband, the prioritization and acceleration of road and infrastructure projects in rural counties and rural hospitals and health care options.

Great Crowd on Hand for First Noon on the Square Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Little Emilee Combs gets to know Punkin at Friday's Noon on the Square in downtown Paris. Punkin was getting a comfortable view of the event thanks to owner Jill McLean. Emilee is the granddaughter of George and Daphne Combs. A large crowd was on hand for the first Noon of the Square of the season, with the Fajita Bros performing and Perry's BBQ serving barbecue meals. In other photos, Commercial Bank & Trust Vice President Sam McDaniel welcomes everyone; and the crew from the Henry County Schools works the Downtown Paris Association table. Director of Schools Dr. Leah Watkins and the principals of the county schools volunteered to help with handing out the soft drinks and water. (Shannon McFarlin photos).  

Man Charged After Allegedly Starting Fire in a Yard

Paris, Tenn.- A Paris man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly entered a home on North Poplar Street without permission and then started a fire in their yard.

Andre Easley, age 54, of 717 Caledonia St., was arrested by Paris Police after he was found on Irvine Street.

According to the report, Easley entered the home to get some tea and the homeowners tried to get him off the property, but he allegedly grabbed one by the hair and dragged her off the porch. He also reportedly started a fire in the yard.

Bond was set at $20,000.

Patriots Finally Play at Home, Beat Dyer County 48-14

The Henry County Patriots finally got to play football in front of their home crowd Friday night as Dyer County came calling to Patriot Stadium. The Pats beat the Choctaws in impressive fashion 48-14. Henry County's Jayln Foster and Jayden Kendall each had two rushing touchdowns for the Big Red while Quarterback Ryan Damron threw for three touchdowns to Jawon Odoms (59 yards), Mekhi Sanders (8 yards) and Damian Rushing (57 yards) in the victory.    

Henry County 1-2 (1-0) is at home again next Friday night September 13th as Brentwood travels to Paris for a battle on the gridiron.

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #1 Jawon Odoms on his way with a 59 yard touchdown reception.


Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #88 Paul D. Atkins brings down a Dyer County runner.

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #3 Jayden Kendall with a block from #5 Jayln Foster scores on a 10 yard touchdown run.

Voting 101 Classes to be Held Mondays in Sept. 5-6pm

Election 2020 is fast approaching and as Henry County Elections Administrator Delaina Green said, “It’s going to be huge.”

With that in mind, the Henry County Elections Commission is hosting Voting 101 classes starting Monday, September 5. Green will present five informative classes that are free and open to the public. They will be held from 5-6 p.m. each Monday in September at the Henry County 911 Building on Brewer Street.

Each week is a different topic, including voter registration, voting equipment, offices and candidates. Green also will be making presentations to the community and at the high school as the 2020 Election draws near. Anyone with questions can call the commission at 731-642-0411 or go online at

Reminder: PSSD 100 Year Celebration Exhibit Opens Sunday at Heritage Center

There will be a dessert reception to kick off the 100 year celebration of the Paris Special School District this Sunday September 8th from 2-3pm at the Plumley Center, on the grounds of Cavitt Place and the Paris Henry County Heritage Center.

The exhibit will be housed in the Plumley Center beginning Sunday and throughout the month of September. It is comprehensive, authentic, and offers a complete view of the PSSD throughout its 100 years. The dessert reception will be held at the house after the exhibit opens at 2pm.

College and Career Fair Set for Tuesday at HCHS; Students Can Register Online to Help Maximize Exposure

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County High School will host a College and Career Fair this coming Tuesday September 10th from 6-8pm in the Atrium of E Building. Invitations were sent out for over 130 Colleges, Universities, Military Branches, and businesses.

There will also be some presentations during the event on financial aid and FAFSA. To maximum student’s time at the College and Career Fair, students must register online at From there Click on the Students Register now button, the state (Tennessee), and complete the form. Print or save the barcode on your phone to be able to use it for the event.

Reminder: Relay for Life Planned on Court Square Saturday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for life is set for Saturday evening around the court square with the Survivor Dinner being held at 4pm Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Survivors will then head over to the courtsquare and there will be vans to transport any that can’t make the walk.

The booths will open at 5pm with plenty of food available for purchase such as cobblers, grilled hot dogs, burgers, bologna, fried oreos, walking tacos, fried green tomatoes, fried jalapeno poppers, and fried pickles, BBQ plates, Nachos, and more. In addition, Jack’s Java will be open with goodies for sale and Rollin Sno and Cajun Snowball will have snowcones and other items.

The Tennessee vs. BYU football game will be shown at Relay as the setup will be on the square to be able to watch the game.

The survivor lap will start at 6pm, the kids zone will have all kinds of activities for the kids. They can enter the zone for $5 and they’ll need some extra money for the dunking booth if they want to dunk someone. Inman Principal Jason Scarbrough, Tater Hayes, and others have agreed to be in the dunking booth.

Musical entertainment for the night includes Martin Paschall at 7pm, Shiloh at 7:30pm, the Duttons at 8:15pm, luminaries will be from 9-9:30pm, Tabitha Lee will perform at 9:30pm, and the West Tennessee Players Resource Group will pick and grin at 10:30pm.

With the event being downtown, several businesses have decided to stay open extend hours on Saturday including Jack's Java, the Iron Place, Lura Lee's, Southern Roots Boutique, The Toggery at Bo and Co. and My Favorite Things.

Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 Holding a Car Wash Fundraiser Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Ladies Auxiliary at American Legion Post 89 will hold a Car Wash this Saturday September 7th beginning at 9am. The wash will be at the Post, located at 4326 E. Antioch Road in Springville. Proceeds goes to supply Christmas Care Packages for local veterans in need.

Pats Get First 2019 Home Football Game Friday Night Against Dyer Co.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County gets its first home game of the 2019 High School Football season Friday evening as the Patriots will welcome Dyer County to Patriot Stadium. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming on our website at, or on your phone by calling the number posted on our website at, just remember standard rates do apply.  

HCHS Golf Competes at Union City Tournament

Union City, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots and Patriots golf team traveled to Union City Thursday for golf. The Lady Patriots won the tournament with a 176 besting Gibson County at 207, Union City at 224, and Trenton at 275. Individually, Bentley Irby was the 2nd Place finisher with a 87. Mary Alison Griffey shot an 89, and Annie Veazey and Raven Page finished with a 91.

The Patriots shot a 376 on the day in boys action. Union City won the Tournament with a 343, Gibson County shot a 355, and South Fulton finished with a 466. Individually for Henry County Dalton Dodd shot a 89, Jackson Ridgeway 94, Jackson Hayes 95, and Jack Foster, 98.

City Commission Approves ADA Plan, Hires Splash Pad Designer

Travis Martin of TLM Assoc. shows the ADA plan to the commission (McFarlin photo)

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.- At a very busy session Thursday night, the Paris City Commission adopted the completed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plan for the city which TLM Associates Engineer Travis Martin said will put Paris “ahead of the curve and you should be proud of that. Paris will probably be the first city in West Tennessee to have a completed plan.”

The city also approved the low bidder, NSITE of Milan, as site development coordinator for the Splash Pad project for Eiffel Tower Park and approved application for a grant to construct sidewalks from East Wood Street to Fairgrounds Road to Royal Oak and Lone Oak Roads which would provide a “much-needed safe path” of sidewalks in the Henry County Fairgrounds area, City Manager Kim Foster said.

On the ADA project, Martin provided an overview of the process, noting that the completed plan is over 1,500 pages. The process began by setting goals and included identifying a comprehensive list of barriers, public outreach, encouraged public participation and issued a realistic schedule for the project.

Martin and Foster said it was quite an undertaking, since everything owned by the city had to be evaluated and that included eight buildings, 10 parks, 22 miles of sidewalks, 150 to 200 unsignalized intersections and 24 signalized intersections.

The finished product is a 30-year plan but Foster noted it is not a plan that will just be placed on a shelf. “The law says you have to have a plan on how to fix these things and we will be showing we’re working on the plan,” she said.

The city and TLM opened bids for the Splash Pad Wednesday and Martin noted the low bid from NSITE was 10 percent higher than what was budgeted for the project. But he noted that the budget was developed in March 2018 and the prices of concrete are higher across the board for such projects. Martin recommended NSITE be selected, noting that “If I could have hand-picked anyone in West Tennessee for this project, it would have been them.”

Foster noted, “No one had a crystal ball telling us the price of concrete would go up by that much and that’s the lion’s share of this increase.”

On the sidewalks project, Foster noted the window has opened for the 2020 round of the TDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant.

This grant is an 80/20 match, highly competitive, she said. The project which would include construction of a sidewalk from East Wood Street at the Chickasaw/Fairgrounds Road intersection, to run along Fairgrounds Road to Royal Oak, and then turn down Royal Oak and run all the way to Lone Oak Road.

Foster said, “This would add a much-needed safe path from East Wood and surrounding roads to the Henry County Fairgrounds. As you know, this area is extremely congested with pedestrian traffic during major events like the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Fair week and many other events held at the fairgrounds. It would also tie into our current project of sidewalks along Wilson and Patriot and ultimately provide a safe pedestrian path from East Wood Street through dense residential neighborhoods, past four schools, and connect to Mineral Wells, our most busy retail hub.”

Foster said the city staff feels that the time is right to attempt this project and add a safe pedestrian walkway in this area.

Martin said TDOT likes to see projects that are built on projects already being developed. “It’s a very good project,” Martin said. “It hits on all the areas TDOT likes to see.”

Martin said it would be announced next summer whether Paris receives the grant and if Paris is approved, it won’t be started until 2021.

In other business:

--The commission approved a rezoning request from Tim Wirgau for his property at 130 Abbott Lane. He requested to rezone from from PM (Planned Industrial) to PB (Planned Business). Wirgau plans to develop a portion of his property for an assisted living facility.

--The commission approved a rezoning request from Janet French for property at 102 Fairview Street. Ms. French is requesting the property be rezoned from the current R-1-M (Single Family Medium Residential) to a commercial zone.

--BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley updated the commission on the current water and wastewater projects.

Rep. Griffey Honors Dispatcher, Officer of the Year

Officer Dean, Jr. and Dispatcher Stone honored by Rep. Griffey (Shannon McFarlin photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Officer and Dispatcher of the Year were honored by State Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris) at Thursday evening's City Commission meeting. Griffey presented General Assembly proclamations to Paris Police Officer of the Year Patrolman Steve Dean Jr. and Dispatcher of the Year Heather Stone. Both were congratulated on meritorious service, integrity and professionalism in their positions with the Paris Police Department.

City Manager Kim Foster noted that has compiled a list of the safest cities in Tennessee and Paris is 20th in Tennessee. Foster noted, "It's due to individuals like these and our Chief and Police Department that we're ranked 20th."

Both Dean and Stone were honored in May during a presentation at Paris City Hall.

Reminder: Fajita Brothers Kick Off Noon on the Square Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Remember Noon on the square kicks off Friday at 11:30am, sponsored by Commercial Bank and Trust company. The Fajita Brothers will play music and Perry’s BBQ will be selling food. The Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks for a $1 donation. Noon on the square continues each Friday in September with music, food, and fellowship.

More Tennesseans Deploy for Hurricane Dorian Ravaged Areas

Nashville- The State of Tennessee is sending critical emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas today and tomorrow in preparation for Hurricane Dorian’s coastal impact.  

A 30-member nurse strike team from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) leaves today for Raleigh, North Carolina, to provide medical care to Hurricane Dorian survivors.  The team includes 25 nurses and five emergency response coordinators (ERC) from TDH locations across the state. ERCs will provide logistical and communication support to allow the nurses to focus on nursing.  

A five-person incident management team (IMT) will deploy Friday to Columbia, South Carolina to assist local and state logistics and response efforts.  The IMT includes four staff members from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and one emergency manager from Moore County.  

These teams join the 129 ambulance, swift-water rescue, and emergency management personnel who deployed into the southeast last weekend and earlier this week to support emergency response efforts for Hurricane Dorian.  

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is coordinating Tennessee’s Hurricane Dorian deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation’s state-to-state mutual aid system.  

Hurricane Dorian is off Florida’s Atlantic coast, moving north and is a Category 3 hurricane with 115 mph maximum sustained winds.  Dorian spent 48 hours over the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane, killing 21 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

PES Fall Kickoff Planned For Friday at 4:30pm

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary’s annual Fall Kickoff is Friday, September 6, starting at 4:30 and ending at 7:30pm. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to purchasing sunshades for the PES playground.

There will be plenty of activities at the Fall Kickoff, including a bouncy house, DJ Mr. Good News will be playing music throughout the event, tons of games, Sweet Jordan’s will have a booth set up serving ice cream and cookies, and there will be a Book Swap, pizza, etc.

A highlight will be the Pie in the Face booth. For $5 the kids will get the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of a teacher or administrator.

Kids can purchase tickets for 50 cents each and use the tickets for games and snacks. PES shirts will be available for purchase at the event as well.

City Commission to Meet Thurs. at 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session for September at 5pm Thursday in the City Hall Courtroom. Items on the agenda include service resolutions from Rep. Bruce Griffey, presentation of the ADA transition plan, project updates from BPU, and approval of the Splash Plad developer. The meeting is open to the public.

Henry School Gets Visit from Education Commissioner

Henry, Tenn.- Tennessee Education Commissioner, Dr. Penny Schwinn stopped by Henry in her quest to visit every school district in the state within her first year in office.

Commissioner Schwinn had the opportunity to visit several classrooms while on campus. While in the classrooms, she was able to speak with the students and teachers in an effort to better understand the needs of TN schools.

In addition to talking to students, Dr. Schwinn also took part in classroom lessons in Ms. Chari Fleener's kindergarten classroom, Ms. Colleen Twilbeck's 3rd-grade classroom, and Ms. Val Godina's Art classroom.

Friends of NWR Photo Contest Applications Being Sought

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting their sixth Annual Photography Contest. The contest is hosted by the Friends Group in sponsorship with Dr. Danny Kimberlin and Dr. Gene Gulish to help raise awareness of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and the many photo opportunities that it offers. No entry fee is required, however proceeds from any donations received from the entrants will be used by the Friends Group to assist with funding of projects and activities that take place on the refuge, such bringing field trips to the refuge, trail projects and providing free events to the public.

The digital entries will be accepted through Oct. 2, 2019 until 4PM and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Visitor’s Center, located at 1371 Wildlife Dr., Springville, TN  38256. The digital files can be sent by email to . Winners will be announced at a reception to be held at the Visitor’s Center on Saturday, Nov. 02, 2019 at 2:00 pm.   

There will be no entry fee but any donations will be accepted. There will be an adult category and a youth category for photographers under 18. Cash prizes paid out are $50 for 1st Place in each category and $100 for Best of Show. 

Entry forms may be picked up at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center or downloaded at: or

In addition, you may have a copy sent to you by contacting Jean Owens at 731-697-4334 or

Grove Class of 1969 Holding 50th Class Reunion Sept. 14th

Paris, Tenn.- The Grove Class of 1969 will hold its 50 year class reunion on September 14th from 6-10pm at Lee Academy for the Arts. This was the last graduating class a Grove. The class does have the opportunity to tour Grove Tower at 2pm on September 14th. Late reservations for the reunion may be made to Kay Foust at 336-4524 and tickets cost $20 apiece.

Lifeline Bloodmobile At FUMC Noon to 6pm Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from Noon to 6pm Thursday and always the first Thursday of the month. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when giving blood. Giving thru lifeline helps patients in West Tennessee, including Paris and Henry County. All types of blood are needed.

Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock Named Eastern Division Facility of Year

left to right, are:  Forrest Preston, Life Care founder and chairman; Jennifer Solomon, Eastern Division vice president; Dareth Davis, Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock executive director; Cathy Murray, Life Care chief operating officer; and Beecher Hunter, Life Care president.

Bruceton, Tenn.- On Aug. 26, Life Care Centers of America presented Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock, Tennessee, with the Facility of the Year Award for its Eastern Division.

The award was presented during the company’s annual management meeting at its headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee. It recognized the facility as the premier location in the division, which includes 39 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Criteria for this award include excellent customer service, a strong activities department, an active volunteer program and involvement in the community.

Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock, under the leadership of Executive Director Dareth Davis, was praised for its positive annual survey results, low turnover and 100-percent customer satisfaction rating. A few unique things that the facility offers are an annual rehab reunion for former patients who have returned home after therapy, as well as community involvement with the local Lions Club and a local youth group.

“We congratulate Dareth and her team of associates who, together, have developed such a strong facility,” said Beecher Hunter, Life Care president. “This staff sets the bar for excellence in performance among all nursing centers. The residents and rehab patients at Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock are the real winners as they benefit from the works of love performed by the team every day.”

Life Care Center of Bruceton-Hollow Rock, located at 105 Rowland Ave., is one of 27 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. It manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit

Dyersburg Woman Wins Lifeline Blood Car Give-Away

Photo: Joe and Jeff Mahan posed in May with the 2019 Ford Fiesta to be given away, along with Cherie Parker and Tammy Hurst from LIFELINE. (David Jackson photo).

Paris, Tenn.- LIFELINE Blood Services has announced that Jennifer Ozment of Dyersburg is the winner of the 2019 Ford Fiesta donated by Joe Mahan Ford of Paris.

A blood drive promotion was ongoing all summer in which blood donors would register to receive the new car.

LIFELINE officials said Ozment will officially receive the car later this month at a special presentation at Joe Mahan Ford. “Thank you to ALL who donated blood during this summer promotion. Lives were saved because of you”, they said.

Gov. Lee Declares Sept. College Savings Month; 3 Scholarships to Be Given Away

Nashville- Governor Bill Lee has issued a proclamation declaring September as College Savings Month in Tennessee. To celebrate, State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. and the TNStars College Savings 529 Program are giving away three $529 scholarships this month.

The College Savings Month Proclamation states that the national student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion. One way families can help avoid this student loan debt is by opening a 529 college savings account. The TNStars College Savings 529 Program was created to encourage Tennessee families to save and invest for the future cost of higher education in a tax-advantaged way. Families can open an account with as little as $25 to start.

Research shows that students with dedicated savings for college are approximately seven times more likely to attend college than children with no dedicated account. TNStars offers quality investment options at a low cost, so families can save more money for college. Even small, consistent contributions to a 529 account can make a big impact over time.

"It's important to start saving early, so that compounding interest works for you rather than against you with student loans," said Treasurer Lillard. Money invested in a TNStars account grows tax-free when used for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, room and board, books, computers and more.

Tennessee residents age 21 and older can enter the scholarship giveaway online at on behalf of a child 15 or under, now through September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced on October 1st, and scholarship money will be deposited to a TNStars account.

TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury. To learn more about TNStars or to open an account, visit

MSU Telecomm. Program Receives Homeland Security Designation

Murray, Ky.- The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security have designated Murray State’s Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) program as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through 2024. 

“This is a prestigious national recognition for our cybersecurity area,” said Dr. Danny Claiborne, Institute of Engineering department chair. “Our faculty worked diligently to complete an outstanding proposal, assessment and portfolio under the leadership of Dr. Abdul Yarali and the writing team of Dr. Randall Joyce and Brandon Dixon.”

Institutions are chosen and accredited based on their degree programs and alignment to specific cybersecurity-related curriculum knowledge units, validated by subject matter experts in the field. This designation plays an important role in addressing a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and highlights the importance of higher education in defending America’s cyberspace.  Graduates from CAE-CDE designated programs are equipped with the skills to help protect national security information systems, commercial networks, and critical information infrastructure in the private and public sectors.

“I am very pleased that our undergraduate cybersecurity curriculum was recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security,” said Dr. Abdul Yarali, TSM program coordinator. “This designation will set us apart in relation to other cybersecurity programs throughout the nation.”

“The cybersecurity field is one of the fastest-growing and adapting fields in both the public and commercial sectors of industry,” said TSM program alumnus and Microsoft senior security consultant Hunter Evans. “I am overwhelmed with pride for my alma mater as this is a very exciting time to be involved in the age of information technology and cybersecurity.”

The CAE-CDE designation will allow the TSM/cybersecurity program to continue its focus on providing experiential hands-on training in a real world environment to become professionals with cybersecurity expertise. This designation also makes students eligible for special research grants and scholarships.

DPA Cruise-In Well Attended Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- After missing last Tuesday due to rain, several car owners and the public itself showed up in force for Tuesday's Cruise-in. Perry's BBQ sold supper to event goers and musical entertianment was provided by a couple of members of the Band 24/7. The last DPA cruise-in of the season will be scheduled for the 4th Tueday in September. (Brian Harris photos)

UTM Social Work Program Reaccredited For Next 8 Years

Martin, Tenn.- The Council on Social Work Education has reaffirmed accreditation of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s social work program for the next eight years following a site visit in December. The program first became externally accredited in 1974 and has successfully completed each reaccreditation cycle since that time.

The program began on the UT Martin main campus in 1970 and expanded to provide the full curriculum at UT Martin’s five centers in 2008. The Council on Social Work Education is a national association of social work education programs that works to ensure and enhance the quality of social work education by maintaining accreditation standards for both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

UT Martin’s social work program is housed within the Department of Behavioral Sciences in the College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences. For more information, visit or contact the department at 731-881-7576.

Downtown Paris Tradition Returns: Noon on the Square Begins Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Commercial Bank sponsored Noon on the Square, a September tradition in downtown Paris, will officially kick off this Friday September 6th. Each Friday from 11:30am to 1pm Noon on the Square will continue with musical entertainment and food and fellowship on the court square.

This year’s lineup is as follows: Friday September 6th the Fajita Brothers will entertain; September 13th the Ray Lewis Band; September 20th the Legends; and John Austin McDaniel will round out the entertainment on the last day, Friday September 27th.

Perry’s BBQ and the Paris Quota Club will alternate selling food each Friday during Noon on the Square. Perry’s BBQ will sell BBQ sandwiches, BBQ nachos and such on the first and third Friday while the Quota Club will sell grilled burgers, grilled bologna, and cookies this year on the 2nd and 4th. The Downtown Paris Association will sell drinks for a $1 donation, which helps fund Christmas lights for the Festival of Trees.

2nd Annual Stewart Co. Business Expo Planned for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The second annual Stewart County Business EXPO will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the Stewart County Visitor Center in Dover.

The EXPO is geared to host locally-owned businesses and organizations to showcase the services they provide to the community and region. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a local small business attorney and a local business owner also will provide insight during a one-hour open forum set for noon to 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Stewart County Chamber of Commerce.

Man Attempts to Evade Police, Tracked Down by Rowdy

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Matthew T. Hamilton, 37, 218 Wilson St., was apprehended after a pursuit that began on Hwy. 79. Cpl. Stacey Bostwick saw a vehicle quickly cross Hwy. 79 from Van Dyke Road without stopping and began to follow it. As Bostwick turned down Routon Truck Stop Road, vehicle began driving more recklessly and drove through a yard, jumped a ditch and crossed railroad tracks on Cates Road.

Bostwick caught up to the vehicle as it slowed to a stop at the intersection of Steele Road and Hwy. 79. Bostwick turned on his blue lights and saw things being thrown from the vehicle. The driver then tried to jump out as the car was going 15 mph as he backed out onto Lumber Road, Hamilton fell on his jump out attempt and was run over by the rear end of the vehicle. He managed to get up and run into the woods.

K9 Rowdy joined the search and helped track Hamilton down in a wooded area and he was arrested. Hamilton was charged with evading arrest, reckless driving, and driving on suspended or revoked license.

August Cruise-in From Last Week Being Held Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The August DPA cruise-in that was scheduled for last week will be held Tuesday on the court square from 5:30pm until 7pm. Some members of the band 24/7 will perform music. Food will be sold by Perry’s BBQ and all classic cars and trucks are welcome. Classic car owners will be eligible to win door prizes that have been donated from DPA members and those will be given away every 15 minutes. The final cruise-in of the season will be September 24th.

No Major Injuries in Monday Evening Wreck

Buchanan, Tenn.- Several people appeared to avoid major injuries Monday evening when a two vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 79N and Buchanan Road where one vehicle had overturned.

Paris Landing Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said, EMS, PLFD, the Henry County Sheriff's Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the accident around 6:30pm Monday evening. Dispatch revealed the call said there was an overturned vehicle and possible injuries.

Arriving units found a black Toyota car sitting in the intersection with major front end damage and a gray GMC pickup truck overturned in the intersection.  All occupants of were out of both vehicles.  No one was taken to the hospital. Paris Landing Fire was on the scene approximately 2 hours with 1 truck and 6 firefighters. (Reggie Coles photos)

MSU Registration for Fall 2020 Now Open

Murray, Ky.- Registration for the fall 2020 semester at Murray State University is open as future Racers can apply today for admission.

Murray State offers on-campus courses at its main Murray location as well as five regional campuses and educational presences in Paducah, Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Fort Campbell. The University also offers many degrees and classes entirely online, providing a flexible higher education experience to accommodate any schedule.
With the application for fall 2020 open, the University continues to invest in an enhanced Murray campus, coupled with new academic programs and student life initiatives.

Additions to campus include new nationally-recognized dining chains such as Einstein Bros. Bagels, which opened earlier this month inside Waterfield Library. Chick-fil-A will open this fall inside the Curris Center as plans move forward with the introduction of Steak ‘n Shake and Starbucks.

The University looks to build on its positive momentum over the past academic year, including significant growth in several key fall 2019 enrollment categories, new and innovative academic programs, and recognition from national publications such as Forbes and Washington Monthly.
Based on recent University data, this year’s entering freshman class of 1,420 students indicates a significant increase of 7.7 percent, as of Aug. 27, 2019, from the fall 2018 freshman class. The number of new graduate students and new transfer students also reflect major increases from the previous fall of 11.2 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, as of Aug. 27, 2019.

New academic programs at Murray State include specializations in game development, civil and sustainability engineering and unmanned aerial systems, as well as the new Center for Computer and Information Technology.
As of fall 2019, the University offers 143 academic programs and more than 173 student organizations, encompassing a variety of shared academic and personal interests.

The University’s recent success has made waves in the media. Forbes named Murray State in its “America’s Best Colleges” list for the 12th consecutive year while Washington Monthly named Murray State a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ in its 2019 rankings. Campus organizations and faculty members have earned national media interest as well. Biology professor Dr. Laura Sullivan-Beckers and her daughter, Sylvie, have been profiled by NBC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Inside Edition,” Better Homes and Gardens and others after the pair discovered a new insect species while gardening. The Murray State University Bass Anglers fishing team took home the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship earlier this summer, making a name for themselves in the sporting world.

Murray State invites prospective students interested in becoming a #FutureRacer to visit for general information about the University, to schedule a campus visit and apply for admission. For a complete list of academic programs, please visit
Students looking to transfer to Murray State for the fall 2020 semester are encouraged to visit Admission staff are available to discuss credit hour transfer, scholarship information and more at 270-809-3350 or

For those seeking a graduate degree, Murray State offers programs ranging from master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees to certifications and more. Earning an advanced degree is simpler than ever at the University; classes are offered both on campus and online, accommodating any schedule.

Murray State offers a wide variety of practical graduate degrees, including master’s degrees in agriculture, business administration, history, information systems, occupational safety and health, education and more. Doctoral degrees include a Doctor of Nursing Practice, education in P-20 and community leadership and a Doctor of Arts in English pedagogy and technology. Visit for more information on graduate programs or to apply.

PSSD 100 Year Celebration Exhibit Opens Sunday at Heritage Center

Paris, Tenn.- There will be a dessert reception to kick off the 100 year celebration of the Paris Special School District this Sunday September 8th from 2-3pm at the Plumley Center, on the grounds of Cavitt Place and the Paris Henry County Heritage Center.

The exhibit will be housed in the Plumley Center beginning Sunday and throughout the month of September. It is comprehensive, authentic, and offers a complete view of the PSSD throughout its 100 years. The dessert reception will be held at the house after the exhibit opens at 2pm.

Sweet Jordan's Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Paris, Tenn.- The bluegrass band University Drive was one of several bands performing all day at Sweet Jordan’s Ice Cream Shoppe in Paris to celebrate their second anniversary. A large crowd was on hand for the celebration, which included free hot dogs grilled by Sgt. Bryan Hall and Clif Barker from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, ice cream (of course), face painting, bouncy houses and more. Sweet Jordan’s is the only spot for miles around that employs staff with special needs.(Shannon McFarlin photos).  

New Locations, Date, Other Changes Coming to Relay for Life

Paris, Tenn.- There are big changes to the Henry County Relay for Life this year and it represents a lot of work on the part of the organizers.

For the first time in its history, everything will be moved to downtown Paris and it will be held on a Saturday night instead of the traditional Friday. And it will be held in the fall rather than in the middle of summer in hopes for cooler weather.

The Relay for Life is set for next weekend--Saturday, September 7 and the theme for this year's event will be a Tailgate Party with the spotlight on Henry County versus Cancer. A lot of man (and woman) hours have gone into the planning for the event.

Organizer Debra Stoope told WENK/WTPR there will be a lot of new attractions for the event this year, which will feature live music all evening, the Henry County High School drum line, a big screen T.V. with the University of Tennessee football game playing, 13 campsites with a large variety of good food, and a Kid Zone with pony rides, dunking booth, bouncy houses and more.

For the first time, the Survivors' Dinner will be held the same day as Relay, set at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Paris. "It's open to all cancer survivors and their guests, but they have to call or text us by Monday if they're planning to attend," Stoope said. You can call her at 731 336 5923 by Monday, September 2 to reserve your spot. Doors open at 4, with the dinner served at 4:30 p.m.

After dinner, vans and golf carts will be available to transport survivors the two or three blocks to the event, which will be set up around the court square.

Campsites will be open around the court square beginning around 5-5:30 p.m. The Kid Zone will operate from 6:30-9 p.m. and will cost $5 (one-time cost for the whole evening).

Welcoming ceremonies begin at 6 p.m., with the Henry County High School Madrigals performing the national anthem, with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Sheriff's Office presenting the colors.

The lead lap for survivors will begin after the welcoming ceremonies, with the High School Drum Line at the front of the lead lap. Laps will be made around the courthouse.

Dancers from local dance studios will perform from 6:30-7 p.m., followed by Martin Paschall from 7-7:30 p.m., the band Shiloh from 7:30-8:15, the Duttons from 8:15-9 p.m., and Tabitha and Friends beginning at 9:30 p.m. Luminarias will be lit up around 9 p.m.

Stoope said awards will be presented at 11:30 p.m., and the event will be shut down at midnight.

Photo of Survivors' Lap from 2018 Relay. (Photo by Shannon McFarlin).

New Sign Depicting "the Lodge" up at Paris Landing State Park

Buchanan, Tenn.- It will be called The Lodge at Paris Landing State Park when it’s completed in 2021. That’s the new name for the former Paris Landing Inn that is being replaced and modernized at the state park in Buchanan. Signs have been appearing at the state park as grading work continues at the site and state officials say the project is on target for the spring 2021 completion. As previously reported, the total number of rooms to be constructed at the Lodge is 90, which is up from 65 that state officials had originally planned. Doster Construction of Franklin are the general contractors and Goodwyn Mills and Cawood of Nashville are the architect/engineers for the project. (Shannon McFarlin photo).  

Bethel Univ. Announces Scholarship Winner

McKenzie, Tenn.- President Walter Butler is pleased to announce that the College of Arts and Sciences 2019-2020 recipient of The Hutchins Scholar Award is McKenzie, Tennessee resident Mr. Jack Surber.

The Hutchins Scholar Award was established by Bethel in 1976 to honor the generosity and Christian ideals of George & Lottie Mae Hutchins of Marshall, Texas. The award is presented each year to the rising Bethel senior who has met the criteria and characteristics established including achieving the highest academic average, a belief in Christ, an outstanding mind, a tremendous work ethic, devotion to family, and service to others. The recipient is granted full tuition for each semester of his or her senior year and $500.

In establishing this $375,000 endowed trust fund, Mr. and Mrs. Hutchins said:

“Our supreme interest in life has been religious and humanitarian. We have regarded such advantages, opportunities, and possessions as were ours as a trust from God, to be administered in a spirit of responsibility and helpfulness…We wish for this instrument to speak for God, for Jesus Christ, and for the cause of Christianity, which we have sought to serve in sincerity and truth. Because He has done so much for us and through us, we wish to live on in His service herein below long after our spirit has gone to dwell with Him forever.”

Recipient Jack Surber is a member of the Bethel University baseball team, a representative for the Association of Student Athletes, and a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie, Tennessee. Jack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Surber.

Mrs. Cindy Mallard, Vice President of the College of Arts and Sciences, stated, “Mr. Surber began his college career at Bethel University while attending McKenzie High School through our Dual Enrollment program. We are honored that he chose Bethel to further both his academic and his career goals. With a balanced approach to academic studies and extracurricular activities, it is evident that Mr. Surber is not only an excellent student but a multitalented individual. I sincerely look forward to hearing about his future successes at Bethel and beyond. “

For more information about Bethel University, go to or call 731.352.4000.

TEMA Sending Teams to Florida Helping With Dorian Response

Nashville- The State of Tennessee deployed multiple first responder teams to Florida today to support ongoing life-safety readiness and response efforts for the eventual landfall of Hurricane Dorian next week.

Multiple teams  from around Tennessee, comprised of 121 emergency response personnel specializing in fuel support, medical care, urban search and rescue, and swift-water rescue are mobilizing to support Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian making landfall.  The team breakdowns are as follows:

  • An ambulance strike team of 48 emergency medical services personnel from the counties of, Anderson, Benton, Blount, Cheatham, Claiborne, Grainger, Green, Hamilton, Hardeman, Madison, Metro Nashville/Davidson, Montgomery, Sullivan, Sumner, and Weakley, and the cities of Bartlett and Germantown in Shelby County;

  • An urban search and rescue team of 35 personnel with Tennessee Task Force 2; 

  • A swift-water rescue team of 37 personnel from fire departments in Dickson, Madison, Shelby, and Williamson counties, and the cities of Ashland City in Dickson County and LaVergne in Rutherford County; and,

  • One staff member from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs who will support Florida’s fuel operations during the emergency.

The teams will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. for further mission orders from Florida emergency officials. 

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) is coordinating Tennessee’s Hurricane Dorian deployments through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the nation’s state-to-state mutual aid system.

TEMA and its partners are monitoring the track of the hurricane to ensure that Tennessee is prepared to respond here or to help our neighbors should the storm’s track change.

TN State Parks Hosting Volunteer Events During Sept.

Tennessee State Parks will host volunteer events in September as part of First Lady Maria Lee’s Monthly Service Challenge through her Tennessee Serves initiative.

“There are many ways to serve, and our parks are providing great ways to participate in this effort,” First Lady Lee said. “We are grateful to all Tennesseans who are putting their time and energy into serving others.”

“We appreciate the first lady’s commitment to service and we are eager to do our part,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “Tennessee is the Volunteer State, and there are a lot of opportunities to serve in Tennessee State Parks.”

Individual parks will host service opportunities for all ages and skill levels. Those may include activities such as landscaping, invasive plant removal, litter pickup, and trail maintenance.

In May, the first lady launched Tennessee Serves to encourage Tennesseans to serve one another and volunteer in their communities. The three-part initiative includes serving Tennesseans across the state with a special focus on distressed counties; highlighting people and organizations already making a difference; and mobilizing Tennesseans to meet community needs. Each month, the first lady announces a new service challenge as motivation for Tennesseans to serve their neighbors in different ways.

For more information about plans at Tennessee State Parks visit

For more information about the first lady’s Tennessee Serves program, please visit

HCSO, Tosh Farms Plan Dove Hunt Fundraiser Sept. 7th

Tosh Farms and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will hold their First Annual Dove Hunt at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex on Saturday September 7th as a fundraiser for the Henry County No Fly Zone youth shooting team. Entry fee is $100 per station, two gun limit. Fee includes lunch at 11am, shooting games at Noon, and the Dove Hunt at 1pm. For more information call Sheriff Monte Belew at 336-4699 or Jamie Orr at 641-1724.

Reminder: City of Paris Announces Labor Day Closings

The City of Paris has announced Labor Day Closings for next Monday September 2nd. All emergency services will be on regular schedule as City Hall will be closed. The City of Paris Public Works Department will be closed Labor Day, so Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes next week will run Tuesday September 3rd.

The Landfill will be closed Monday for Labor as will the Animal Shelter, and Paris Civic Center. All will reopen Tuesday for regular business.

Pats Lose In a Heartbreaker On the Road At Beech 22-20

The Henry County Patriot football team faced their 2nd straight tough road challenge Friday evening and left Hendersonville with a heartbreaking loss to Beech by a final score of 22-20.  The hard fought contest came down to a game winning field goal for the Patriots with :01 second on the clock.  The kick wound up missing wide right.

The Patriots (0-2) finally get a home game next Friday September 7th as Henry County hosts Dyer County for a Region game at Patriot Stadium.

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #29 Wyatt Hollingsworth slams a Beech runner.


Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #48 Jermarcus Johnson fakes out a Beech defender

Photo by Tim Pharr

Henry County's #8 Joseph Travis brings down a Beech runner

HCHS Still Seeking Items for Time Capusle, 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Many around the area are gearing up for the 50th Anniversary Celebration for Henry County High School planned September 27th thru 29th. Events will begin Friday September 27th with a huge tailgate before that evening’s homecoming football game against Kenwood.

Saturday September 28th, there will be a HCHS all classes Alumni gala. The event will be held at the Commercial Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event is for all alumni, educators, and guests. The doors open at 5pm, dinner is at 6pm, and tickets are $25 and are available in the HCHS office.

Sunday September 27th, there will be an Open House held at HCHS from 2-4pm. The Little Theatre will be rename for Linda Miller at 2pm, a time capule burial, and tours of the building and 50th Anniversary exhibit.

HCHS is still looking for people to loan artifacts such as uniforms, pennants, photos, etc. to be part of the exhibit and placed in the time capsule that will be opened as part of the centennial in 2069.

For more information like the Henry County High School Paris Tennessee Facebook page or call the HCHS front office at 642-5232.

Hemp Outreach Workshop Planned in Jackson Sept. 12th

Tennessee State University will hold a Hemp Outreach Workshop at the West TN Research and Education Center in Jackson at 605 Airways Blvd. on Thursday September 12th from 9am to 5pm. The College of Agriculture cooperative extension program will put on the event. The workshop will have guest speakers from USDA on Programs and Services and topics include the New Farm Bill, Hemp Production, and Vegetable Production.

The workshop is free and you must register to attend by September 6th. To register call William Taylor at 731-286-7821. 

New Transportation Format for Lakewood Afternoon Pickup Starts Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- Lakewood School will be implementing a change in the Afternoon Pickup traffic flow beginning the day after Labor Day, Tuesday September 3rd. A ltter and map was sent home to parents this week explaining the changes. Lakewood asks for parents’ patience during the transition, which was based on feedback from a survey completed by parents and teachers last spring.

News from past weeks here.


Tennessee Valley Community Churcy

Paris Country Club

ReMax Realty

Tennessee Valleyn Communityn Church


Henry County Mobile Alerts

WMUF Country Coupon Club


Joe Mahan Ford

Patriots Football

First United Methodist Church

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