From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Weekend News Director Nicki Marr
Man Nabbed After Short Chase
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Dep. Blake Jenkins and Sgt. Lance Perry were attempting to serve a warrant at 400 Buchanan Resort Road and a male subject took off running out the back door. After a brief foot chase the subject, Eddie R. Bryant, 23, of 369 Sloan Road was apprehended. Bryant was charged with violation of probation, evading arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia after a crack pipe was found in this pocket upon search.
A Troybilt mulcher was stolen from an unlocked shed on Sloan Road. Deputies are continuing to search with no suspects at this time. Another car was broken into on Robert Scott Lane over the holiday weekend and a Garmin GPS along with 200 CDs were taken.
Arrests include Bobby Lee Fegurson, age 47, of 315 Point Pleasant Road for violation of the sex offender registry, and Walter Crawford Flowers, age 38, of 7025 Reynoldsburg Road for vandalism and domestic assault.
Jammin 4 the Kids Will be Sat. Dec. 5th
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Jaycees will hold their annual Jammin 4 the Kids this Saturday December 5th to raise money for the annual kids Christmas Shopping tour. The event will be held at the Paris Moose Lodge from 7pm to 2am and will feature music from Vince Dodd, Jimmy and Ricky Stewart with other members of TR Crooks, the Old Spirits, and the Dirty Scouts.
Tickets are only $10 there will be auctions and a 50/50 drawing and other surprises. Must be 21 years of age to attend. For more information call 693-9086.
Qualifying Deadline Nears for March 1st Primary
Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to qualify to run in the March 1st 2016 Primary is quickly approaching as it is set for Noon on Thursday December 10th. The only two local offices up for election in Henry County in March is the Highway Supervisor and County Property Assessor.
Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green said this past Wednesday November 25th was the deadline for anyone interested in Highway Supervisor to certify with the TN Highway Officials Board and since that deadline has passed no one else can qualify for that position.
The three candidates that have picked up qualifying papers for that possession all managed to get paperwork submitted to the TN Highway Officials Board before the deadline. Richie Chilcut and Steve Kuykendall have both qualified with the state board and Brian Solowey is on the agenda with the board when they meet this week.
As far as qualifying locally, Chilcut and Solowey have both returned their petitions with the proper amount of signatures to the Henry County Election Commission Office but Kuykendall has yet to do so but has until the December 10th deadline.
For the office of property assessor, incumbent Charles Vandyke as qualified to seek re-election. Catherine Herrera has picked up qualifying papers but has yet to turn them back in and has until the deadline to do so.
Voters will also be voting in the Presidential Preference Primary on March 1 in Tennessee along with several other southern states in what has been dubbed as the “SEC” primary. Other Elections in 2016 will be the County General and State Primary in August and the State General, Presidential, and municipal elections for Paris, Henry, Cottage Grove, and Puryear in November.
HC Hosts Dyer County on the Hardwood Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Dyer County in non district basketball action on Tuesday at Gamily Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm with the men’s action to follow. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com starting at 5:30pm. You can also listen via your phones by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates will apply.
Rhea 2nd Graders Present "A Broadway Christmas" Tues. Night
Paris, Tenn.- Rhea Elementary School 2nd graders will present “A Broadway Christmas” on Tuesday Dec. 1st at 6 and 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. The event is free and everyone is invited.
HCSO Reminds Citizens to Lock Vehicles
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is reminding all citizens that locking the doors on your vehicles can help prevent theft. The Sheriff's Office says you shouldn't leave any valuables in the vehicles especially without locking the vehicle.
Deputies are currently investigating a string of car break ins and in each case the vehicle was left unlocked.
During this holiday period, gifts are often left in the vehicles and are an easy target for thieves. To avoid losing your property, please remove your merchandise from your vehicle and/or make sure you have all the car doors locked.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to have a safe and Merry Christmas and reminds you, should you see something, say something.
You can call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office number at 731-642-1672 to report any suspicious activity.
Man Killed by Tractor Trailer Early Monday Morning
Paris, Tenn.- A 20 year old Paris man was killed early Monday morning from injuries suffered when he appeared to intentionally run out in front of a tractor trailer on Hwy. 79 S. The report by Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said that dispatch received a call where a man, later identified as Christopher D. Owen, age 20, of 136 Eiffel Tower Lane, was struck by a tractor trailer and the man appeared to have jumped the guard rail and ran into the truck’s lane of travel.
The report stated at first investigation, the act did appear to be intentional and the tractor trailer was going at a rate of speed posted on the highway but couldn’t stop in time once the man entered the lane of travel. A note was later recovered in the man’s wallet saying the act was intentional. The first call came in around 3:15am Monday and the road was closed for some time during investigation of the incident. The report said that he was transported by ambulance to the Henry County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paris Police, and Henry County Rescue Squad.
Deputies Investigating Numerous Thefts from Vehicles
Paris, Tenn.- Several reports of burglaries from vehicles were investigated by deputies of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Two vehicles parked on a carport at a home on Hwy. 77 were burglarized with items such as ball caps, loose change, duck calls, carhart jacket, and other items valued at $400 were stolen.
A couple of residences on Roberson Scott Lane reported thefts from vehicles over the weekend as well with items stolen including gas, jackets, cash and change, and more.
Other vehicles across the county parked at Jefferys Cove, Browning Drive, and other locations were also entered with various items being taken as well. Deputies continue to investigate the string of burglaries.
A home on Hwy. 69 N. was also broken into over the holiday weekend when residents came home and found the door opened and the garage forced open. The house was ransacked and two bottles of prescription medications were stolen.
Arrested over the weekend include Charles W. Carter 3rd, of 5200 Hwy. 79 S. for driving on revoked, possession of schedule two, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on $15K bond. Davonte Davon Davis, age 18, of 209 Jenkins St. was charged with vehicle burglary and placed on $3500 bond.
Winders Family Does Well in Foot Locker Championship
Charlotte, NC- The Winders Family competed in the Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Silas Winders came in 1st overall in the 13-14 year old 5K race with at time of 17:04. Lance Winders came in 7th overall with time of 18:03 in the Men’s Masters race.
Also competing were Javan, Titus, and Dinah Winders in their respective age groups. Lance and Slias both made First Team All South for top ten finishes.
The 212th Engineer Company To Hold Christmas Dinner For Retired Members
Paris, Tenn. - The Commander of the 212th Engineer Company in Paris, would like to invite all retired members to join them on December 6th at 11 a.m. for their Christmas Dinner.
All retired members and guests are asked to RSVP by November 30th by calling 731-644-7370.
Reminder: Benefit For Jennifer Andres To Be Held Dec 5th
Paris, Tenn. - A benefit for Jennifer Andres will be held on Saturday, December 5th, at the First United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 101 East Blythe Street.
Jennifer is 33 years old and the fiancé of Chris Lee. She is the mother of five children, ages ranging from 3 to 13 years old. She is currently fighting cervical cancer for the second time since 2014. Jennifer has been through chemo and radiation and is now also experiencing kidney failure.
Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or hot dog with chips and a drink will be for sale for $6.
Events include bouncy houses, face painting, games for the kids, a cake walk and silent auction.
If you would like to donate any items for the silent auction or baked goods for the cake walk, please contact Lauren Wilson at 731-363-1610, Kelly Corbitt at 731-333-2551, or Carla Goodman at 731-336-9832.
Items can be picked up if need be and it is requested that all donated items for the auction or cake walk be done by December 3rd.
UT Martin Dept Of Music Presents Music Benefit Concert
Martin, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Music presents HOLIDAY, a music benefit concert on Sunday, December 6th at 3 p.m.
The concert will take place at the Harriet Fulton Theatre Fine Arts Building. Adults are $10, Ages 6 - 11 are $5 and Children under 6 are Free.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by contacting Sherry Adams at 731-881-7402.
Advanced pricing is also available.
The performance will be recorded and broadcast on WLJT and other affiliate public television stations.
The concert features New Pacer Singers, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Ensembles, University Singers, Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble.
Single Vehicle Accident Leads To Discovery Of Stolen Car
Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, dispatch received a call of a vehicle accident (vehicle in a ditch) on Hwy 54, west of the 218 Bypass. No injuries were reported at the time of the initial call.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Adam Prince arrived on scene and while questioning the driver, he fled the scene. The subject ran West onto Old McKenzie Highway and the subject was lost in the woods.
Deputy Bostwick and his K-9 partner were called to the scene, with no avail.
The owner of the vehicle, when contacted via telephone was unaware the vehicle was missing and advised that it was parked in the detached carport with the keys in the ignition.
The vehicle was towed to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and was impounded for processing. Police are still investigating.
Paris, Tenn. - In an unrelated incident, an arrest report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that Deputy Frankie Scott arrested Charles W. Carter III, of 5200 Hwy 79 S, in Big Sandy. Carter was charged with driving on revoked, possession of a schedule II drug and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Carter was placed on $15,000 bond.
Downtown Christmas Festival Scheduled December 12th
Paris, Tenn. - Santa rolls in for the Christmas Festival in Downtown Paris on Saturday, December 12th, and he’s bringing a sleigh load of friends. “The Downtown Christmas Festival” runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. around the Court Square and features live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats, as well as a visit from the jolly old elf.
“I’ll roll in with Mrs. Claus, my elves, and Rudolph.” said Santa. While they’re visiting with me, the youngsters can have their photos made by my Band Booster Elves, but that’s just the beginning of the fun,” he said.
For those who need a break from the chilly weather, one of Santa’s favorite fellows, Monroe Robbins, will be reading Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java and free hot chocolate will also be available for children at Jack’s Java.
Other tasty treats around the square that evening include s’mores, courtesy of the Paris Fire Department. The Festival will be followed by the Christmas Parade at 5 pm.
For more information on the Downtown Paris Association or Downtown Christmas Festival, contact Kathy Ray at 731-653-7274 or visit online at www.visitDowntownParis.com
Shelby County D.A. To Address Fall Graduating Class
Martin, Tenn. - Amy Weirich, Shelby County district attorney, will address the fall 2015 graduating class at the University of Tennessee at Martin during commencement exercises Dec. 12 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.
Weirich, a Germantown native, earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Martin in 1987 and went on to complete a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
She joined the district attorney’s office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor and handled many high-profile criminal cases. She was also chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and division leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in criminal court.
Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Weirich as Shelby County district attorney in January 2011, after which she was officially elected in August 2012 to complete the final two years of her predecessor’s term. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term in August 2014 and is the first woman to hold this position in Shelby County.
She helped create the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which is the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity. Her office also sponsors the annual “Do the Write Thing” anti-violence essay contest for students, runs the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program and created Lives Worth Saving, a prostitution-diversion program with Calvary Episcopal Church and other nonprofit organizations.
Weirich serves on a variety of boards and commissions, and her office has been listed among the top-50 workplaces in Shelby County by the Commercial Appeal.
The entire commencement program, including Weirich’s addess, can be seen via a live webcast starting at 11 a.m. at www.utm.edu. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.
Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney (UT Martin photo)
Puryear Man Arrested After Witnesses Observe Burglary
Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Jeffrey Smith responded to a vehicle burglary at 311 East Wood Street.
Ptl. Smith made contact with a witness who stated that the suspect, a black male with a striped shirt, opened the front door to the vehicle, grabbed something and started walking with another male.
Patrolman Amanda Forrest made contact with the two subjects in front of the church on Blythe Street, while Ptl. Smith inventoried the car with the owner, who advised her purse was missing.
Ptl. Forrest located the purse near the steps of the funeral home and a pill bottle next to a tree where she made contact with the males.
Davonte Davis, age 18, of 209 N Cherry Street was taken into custody, transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on $3500 bond. The other male subject was listed as a juvenile.
Yes, Virginia The Musical Presented December 4th and 5th
Paris, Tenn. - Yes, Virginia the Musical will be presented Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th at 7 p.m. at the Krider Performing Arts, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.
Developed by Macy’s, this musical is based on the true story of Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter in 1897 to The New York Sun asking if Santa Claus is real.
This is a must-see to start the holiday season. Tickets are available at the Paris Civic Center. Adults are $10 and children/students are $5.
Eiffel Tower Re-dedication To Be Held December 12th
Paris, Tenn. - The Eiffel Tower Re-dedication will be held on Saturday, December 12th at 2 p.m. at Eiffel Tower Park, located at 1020 Maurice Fields Drive.
Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison will unveil the plaque honoring Lowe’s of Paris for re-bricking the tower and making a photo platform for pictures.
TN Wildlife Refuge To Host Woodlands Nature Station
Springville, Tenn. - The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge hosts Woodlands Nature Station from Land Between the Lakes on Saturday, December 5th, beginning at 1 p.m.
The Refuge is located at 1371 Wildlife Drive.
Woodlands Nature Station from LBL will do a live animal program at the new visitor center. Local animals will be up close, such as opossum, snakes, owls, turtles and more.
As always, the programs and entrance to the new visitors center are free to all guests.
Santa And All His Helpers Have Arrived In Paris
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W.G. Rhea Public Library To Host Gingerbread House Class
Paris, Tenn. - The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a gingerbread house class on Tuesday, December 1st, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 400 West Washington Street, in Paris.
For more information call 731-642-1702.
Rhea Elementary School's Supper With Santa Scheduled
Paris, Tenn. - Rhea Elementary School’s Supper with Santa will be held on Friday, December 11th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enter at the front doors of Rhea School, 115 South Wilson Street and activity tickets are available at the door, for 50 cents each, or you can trade 5 General Mills Box Top Logos per child for 5 activity tickets.
Activities and Concessions include games, where every child wins a prize, inflatable bouncers, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, cakewalk, hair salon, nail painting, special memories auction, pizza, soda, cotton candy, popcorn, bake sale, mohawks, face painting and photo booth.
Santa and his Elf will arrive at Rhea School at 5 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Jenny Hutson, Publicity for Supper With Santa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 731-363-2467, or Emily Daniel at email@example.com or 731-363-0013.
Paris, Tenn. - Rhea Elementary School’s 2nd Grade Program presents “A Broadway Christmas” on Tuesday, December 1st, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. The program will take place at Krider Performing Arts, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.
This event is free to everyone.
Paris-Henry County Youth Orchestra Presents Winter Concert
Paris, Tenn. - Enjoy an evening of music as the Paris-Henry County Youth Orchestra presents their Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 1st, at 7 p.m.
The concert will be held at First Baptist Church in Paris.
Admission is a $5 donation that will be used to help fund scholarships. Attendees will be treated to a night of festive music while helping support the arts of Paris-Henry County.
Bethel's "Christmas With Renaissance" Tickets On Sale Now
McKenzie, Tenn. - Bethel University “Christmas with Renaissance” tickets are on sale now for shows December 4th at 7pm, December 5th at 2pm and 7pm, and December 6th at 2pm.
Christmas with Renaissance is an annual celebration that takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey, while showcasing all aspects of the Renaissance Performing Arts program, including the Renaissance Choir, Quartet, Vocal Authority, Theatre, Bluegrass band, and Regiment.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. You can also purchase “Christmas with Renaissance” CDs and DVDs. For more information call 731-352-6980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Harmony Baptist Church Presents 18th Annual Live Nativity
Paris, Tenn. - New Harmony Baptist Church in Paris will host the 18th Annual Live Nativity on December 4th – 6th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Drive through a trail of luminaries and view the living scenes depicting the birth of Christ.
New Harmony Baptist Church is located at 7050 Hwy. 69 South, 5 miles from Hwy. 218 Bypass.
Call 731-593-5276 for more information.
W.G. Rhea Public Library To Host Job Skill Computer Classes
Paris, Tenn. - The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host a free Excel II computer class on Wednesday, December 9th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab.
Registration is required and space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 731-642-1702.
The W.G. Rhea Public Library will also host a free computer class for job and workplace skills among other career research to be held Wednesday, December 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library computer lab.
Registration is required and limited space is also available for this class. Call the library to register for this class as well, at 731-642-1702.
HCYP Sponsoring Back Pack Program Food Drive
The Henry County Young Professionals Group is sponsoring a food drive for the Weekend Back Pack programs of Henry County. These programs help make sure children in the community have food over the weekend and when school isn’t going on.
The HCYP is asking for any donation to help get extra food to send home with students during the long Christmas break that is coming in December. The group will set up several drop off locations throughout Paris including Joe Mahan Ford, Williams Insurance Group, Paris PI Office, Chamber of Commerce, Flex Fitness, and Boyd’s until December 7th and they will donate items on December 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Items such as individual cereal boxes, peanut butter crackers, pop tarts, raisin boxes, applesauce cups, diced peach cups, pop top raviolis, and other items.
Ed Roberts Dinner For Cancer Survivors Set For December 4th
Paris, Tenn. - The event will be held this year at the Fairview Baptist Church (across from Lowe's) in Paris, on Friday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at the event will be Wire and Wood.
This event was established by the late Ed Roberts in the basement of the HCMC Cancer Center in 1989 with only a few dollars and 20 guests. The event was then taken over by his wife Barbara after his passing, until it merged with the Caring Hearts Fund of Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. Having now grown to over 300 guests, the event has been hosted at numerous locations throughout Henry County.
The Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation is a local fund that provides financial assistance for co-pays, insurance premiums, medications and transportation to those cancer patients whom are undergoing cancer treatment at the local Cancer Care Center Henry County and Outpatient Chemotherapy Department and Henry County Medical Center.
If you are interested in attending the meal or making a donation, please contact the Cancer Care Center at 731-644-3522.
Candlelight Advent Walk Heralds The Season
Paris, Tenn. - The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season on Wednesday evening, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches then proceed by candlelight through the historic downtown area.
The service begins at First Presbyterian Church (South Market Street). Then proceed to First United Methodist Church (East Blythe Street), then on to First Christian Church (South Poplar Street), and then staying on Poplar Street to Grace Episcopal and Ketchum Hall.
Worshipers will then head through sparkling downtown Paris to First Baptist Church at 313 North Poplar Street, and finally arriving at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street, who will also host a reception after the service. A van is available for those who are unable or who do not wish to walk.
Participating churches and the DPA sponsor the annual event. For more information on Christmas Events downtown, log on to www.VisitDowntownParis.com
Over the River Race Planned for Dec. 12th
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park will once again be featured in the State Parks Running Tour with the 8 mile “Over the River” race planned for 11am on Saturday December 12th.
Special awards will be given for top overall male and female in the race that spans the park and a trek across the Ned McWherter Bridge.
Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “featuring our beautiful Paris Landing on the State Park Running Tour is a cooperative effort of the tour, Race Director Mike Bell, Paris Landing State Park, Friends of Paris Landing, and the Chamber of Commerce. We are especially grateful for the volunteers who help with the race.
For more information or to volunteer to help work the race call the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 642-3431.
News from past weeks here.