From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Weekend News Director Blake Stevens
PSSD Board Hears Presentation on State Achievement Data
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District board of education met on Tuesday and Dr Leah Watkins, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, presented the state achievement data for the 2013-14 school year for the PSSD.
She said only three districts received exemplary status and the PSSD achieved intermediate status. Dr. Watkins said that is an improvement as the district had been in need of subgroup improvements in previous years.
Dr. Watkins shared with the board that the district had met all accountability for reading language arts and math. The PSSD also met GAP closure targets for many subgroups this past school year. Two areas the system didn’t meet gap closure targets included economically disadvantaged vs. non economically disadvantaged students in math and students with disabilities vs. Nonstudents with disabilities in reading and math. Dr. Watkins said we are already working on ways to improve the scores in these areas.
Some highlights from the data includes the PSSD scoring 26th in state for percentage of students scoring Proficient and Advanced with nearly 61%. The system also scored 38th in Reading and Language Arts, 26th in social studies, and with over 78% the PSSD is 10th in the state in Science with students scoring Proficient and Advanced.
Dr. Watkins concluded her presentation saying, “we are very proud of our teachers and students for both their growth and achievement on TCAP last year and the systems and strategies put in place over previous years have positively impacted student test results.”
Brown Updates PSSD Board on Weekend Backpack Program
Paris, Tenn.- In his report, Superintendent Mike Brown updated the board on the weekend backpack program. He said that currently 198 PreK and Kindergarten students are currently served throughout the PSSD with the weekend backpack program where snacks are placed in students backpacks for the weekend.
Brown said the price of the weekend backpacks had been $2.57 per person, but cost has increased to $2.85 per person. Brown said in order to keep cost down, they have taken out one of the Hi-C drinks from the package.
Brown said with the increased price, it may hinder the system from expanding to other grades in the short term, but they still plan on expanding in weekend backpack program in the long term. He said they continue to receive a ton of support from groups and individuals in the community with the backpack program.
Two Charged With Possession After Calling About Threats to Family
Paris, Tenn.- Two people were charged with drug possession after deputies responded to a Jackson Drive residence Monday. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated that deputies Clyde Sulcer, Stacey Bostwick, and Brian Bennett responded to the home when the resident called and said people were threatening him and his family.
When deputies arrived, a woman identified as Felicia Johnson was out on the porch and shortly after the man who called, Jason Creasy, 35, of 448 Jackson Drive, appeared in bed room window then busted the window out with a hammer, scattering glass on the deputies.
Creasy came out and was placed under arrest for reckless endangerment. A search of the home provided two bags of white crystals and two glass pipes in plain sight.
Deputies then dealt with Heather Walters, age 27, of 448 Jackson Drive, who was holding two children and said that eight people were under the home tearing the under pinning from the trailer. Two deputies went and searched the entire home for intruders or other people but found none. Deputy Sulcer went to arrest Walters after telling her she was charged with simple possession and she refused to put the children down.
Fearing for the safety of the children, Deputy Sulcer began to attempt to pull her hands away and finally she did let go of the children. During the struggle with her however, Deputy Sulcer did receive a minor cut on the side of his head.
Jason Creasy, was charged with reckless endangerment, child endangerment, simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of schedule six, and placed on $5K bond. Heather Walters was charged with resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, child endangerment, simple possession of schedule two and six and placed on $5K bond.
Over 30 Resumes Received For Paris City Manager Position
Four Candidates, Including Foster are Local
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the City of Paris stated that the search for replacement for retiring city manager Carl Holder is progressing with over 30 applications received so far. Holder stated the city will continue to receive resumes through the end of September and then begin evaluating them for consideration.
Of the 30 resumes, four candidates are local, including current Assistant City Manager Kim Foster. Holder said the next step in the process is for the Commission to agree on a method for narrowing the field of candidates.
Henry County 9-1-1 is Working Fine In Case of Emergencies Dial It
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County 911 director Mark Archer issued a press release concerning Monday's TEMA alert for West Tennessee counties to use alternate 911 when calling for emergencies. Archer said as of this morning, Henry County 911 is functioning properly and citizens are advised to dial 911 in the event of an emergency, not the alternate number that was given. Archer said the problem so far with cellular calls being misrouted to 911 centers has been isolated to equipment in Memphis and telecommunication providers are working to resolve the problem.
Lady Patriots, Patriots Golf Teams Qualify for Regionals
Patriots golf team after placing 2nd in district tournament.
(Coach Brian Whelp photo)
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County's boys and girls golf teams competed in the district tournament at Swan Lake on Monday and both finished in the top three which advances them to next week’s Regional Tournament in Hendersonville.
In men’s action, Henry County finished 2nd with a 367. Clarksville High won the tournament with a
315 and Rossview came in third with a 378. Individual scores for Henry County include Chase Hill with a 88, Hunter Bethune shot a 89, Will Sleadd with a 91 and Jacob Watkins shot a 99.
For the Lady Patriots, Henry County finished third in the district. Rossview won the tournament by shooting a 149, Clarksville High finished 2nd with a 152 and Henry County shot a 194 for third place. Individual scores for the Lady Patriots were Leah Bell with a 93 and Callie Pierce with a 101. Both teams will compete in the Regionals at Country Hills in Hendersonville Monday September 22.
County Commission Approves Plan of Purchasing Patrol Cars
Sheriff Monte Belew and Captain Damon Lowe present their plan on patrol car purchasing.
(Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met Monday night and after Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Capt. Damon Lowe presented an idea to commissioners about purchasing patrol cars they decided to go ahead with the plan to purchase 15 new cars over the next three years.
Belew told the commission, just as he did at last week’s budget committee meeting, that previously the Sheriff’s Office has bought used cars from the Missouri Highway Patrol and a company in Arkansas. The patrol cars would always have over 55K miles and cost the department maintenance cost of near $4500 over the life of that vehicle.
After briefly looking at leasing patrol cars and discussing it with County Mayor Brent Greer, Sheriff Belew said Mayor Greer suggested looking at purchasing new vehicles.
Sheriff Belew and Capt. Lowe told commissioners by purchasing through a local bank they could get around 1.5% interest and over three years would be able to purchase 15 new patrol cars. They would use the $110K in the current capital projects budget this year and then have payments of just over $114K in year two and three and no payment in a fourth year, when they are usually purchasing vehicles.
By going this route with purchasing patrol cars the savings would be $60K for both new equipment and maintenance along over the three year period, and an additional $30K in savings on interest rates of buying new versus leasing the patrol cars.
In addition to the savings, Capt. Lowe said they would be able to save on fuel cost with the newer cars getting about 24 mpg compared to 14 mpg the current fleet gets. Also when it was time to surplus excess cars, they would bring more money back.
Mayor Greer was in support of the plan and said by not having to use a $114K capital payment in the fourth year it would free the budget up some for other purchases during those times.
The commission then approved the mayor to seek out a capital outlay note in the amount of $235K to pay the last two years of the three year payment plan for the purchase of new patrol cars.
Mayor Greer Updates Commission on 218 Bypass Project
Mayor Greer discusses the 218 bypass project as County Attorney Rob Whitfield looks over the agenda.
(Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, County Mayor Brent Greer gave a brief update on the highway 218 bypass. He said that relocations of gas and utility lines have been ongoing and it looks like the state has set a October or November bid letting. If that proceeds as schedules Mayor Greer said we should start to see work in the spring of 2015.
He said they will start on the 641 North part and work their way back to highway 69. Greer said once complete, highway 641 North will be completed connected to highway 641 south on the west side of Paris. He said all it will leave is from 641 to 79 on the east side of town. Mayor Greer then said, “I have no idea when that part of the bypass will be looked at, but I just know this half section has taken 22 years to complete, so we will just have to see.”
Commission Approves Surplus Property, Nominations
Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday night’s Henry County Commission meeting saw commissioners approve the Sheriff’s Department to sale surplus property. The property is a servicing platform they had purchased from the Federal government and after using it at least a year they have the ability to sale it.
The commission also approved appointments from the nominating committee which included putting newly elected commissioner Randy Gean on all of the committees that former commissioner Dan Paschall served on.
TEMA Issues Wireless Emergency Alert Numbers
Nashville- The Tennessee Emergency Communications Board and the Tennessee
Emergency Management Agency have issued a series of Wireless Emergency Alerts for several
West Tennessee counties due to a disruption of routing for cellular calls to 9-1-1 centers for
When using a cell phone during an emergency when in affected counties, the public should use
a 10-digit phone number to reach a local 9-1-1 center.
“Local 9-1-1 center directors requested the state alert the public to the disruption and provide
alternate numbers to contact emergency services,” said Curtis Sutton, executive director of the
Tennessee Emergency Communications Board. “The 911 centers are still functioning, but we
need the public to use the alternative numbers to ensure help is received as quickly as possible
until this disruption is resolved.”
The current list of affected counties and their 10-digit phone numbers are as follows:
Benton (731) 279-4280 Haywood (731) 772-1215
Chester (731) 989-2787 Henderson (731) 425-6202
Crockett (731) 696-2104 Henry (731) 642-2424
Decatur (731) 852-3911 Madison (731) 424-9677
Dyer (731) 285-4019 McNairy (731) 645-3406
Fayette (901) 465-3456 Obion (731) 885-3316
Gibson (731) 562-8176 Weakley (731) 364-5454
Hardeman (731) 658-5101 Shelby (901) 543-6333
Hardin (731) 925-9007
People traveling in West Tennessee may receive multiple Wireless Emergency Messages on
their cell phones as they enter new counties.
“The state, local government and the private sector telecommunications providers are working
with our partners to mitigate any disruption to the public and hope to quickly restore norma
services,” said David Purkey, Deputy Commissioner of TEMA and Homeland Security Advisor.
Three Members of Paris Tri Qualify for 2015 Ironkids Event
Alpharetta, Ga.- The Paris Tri Club had three racers compete an Ironkids qualifier and each did exceptionally well in the event. Turner McSwain finished 1st in the 6 year old boys category, Audrey Hill finished 1st in 7 year old girls, and Emma Hill finished 6th in 6 year old girls. All three qualified for next year's Ironkids event since they finished in the top 15 of their age group. Over 1000 kids competed in Alpharetta this pas weekend at the event. (Photo sent by Tony Lawrence)
Paris Police Investigate Theft
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a resident of Blythe street had been gone for about three weeks and came back to find over $500 worth of items missing. A 32 inch TV, all the food in the freezer, and bottles of wine and vodka were missing. The report said the home owner did have someone over cutting the yard and taking care of some animals while she had been gone. Police continue to investigate.
HC and Inman Cross Country Compete in Murray
Austin Nance running in the High School meet. (Lance Winders photo)
Murray, Ky.- The Inman and Henry County Middle School teams competed in the Calloway County Invitational on Saturday. Inman earned 3rd place in the 4K team race. Eight grader Cole Davis led the team with a third place finish in 15:39. Other top finishers for the Bulldogs were Jarrett Hayes, 13th, with a time of 17:04 and Harrison Cook clocked in at 17:33 good for 20th overall.
Henry County Middle Silas Winders was first overall in the 4Kl out of 53 runners with a time of 14:56. In the girls middle school race Lexi Daniels for HC Middle finished 2nd overall with a time of 17:18.
Lakewood Elementeray 5th grader Dinah Winders finished the Elementary 2K race in first place out of 26 girls.
Austin Nance was the only Henry County High School Cross Country runner to compete in Murray. He finished 20th overall out of 78 runners in the Boys HS 5K with a time of 18:47.
Marching Patriots Do Well in Martin Comp
Martin, Tenn.- The Henry County Marching Patriots Band had their first competition of the season Saturday at Martin and took 2nd place overall in Class AAA for the bands that competed. The Marching Patriots also placed 2nd in Percussion and 2nd in Color Guard. The Patriots will perform this Saturday at the Marching Patriot Invitational held at Patriot Stadium, but will not compete due to them hosting the event.
Family Weekend at MSU Set for Sept. 26-28th
Murray, Ky.- Students and their family members can feel right at home during Murray State University’s upcoming Family Weekend starting Friday, Sept. 26. There will be a wide range of events all weekend sure to cater to everyone in the family.
Family Weekend is a free event held by Murray State to encourage family members to be involved with their students on campus. MSU’s first home game will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to join in on tailgating before the game. Each family can reserve up to six tickets when they register for Family Weekend online.
Registering for Family Weekend is simple. Online registration is open until Friday, Sept. 19; walk-up registrations will be accepted during Family Weekend. Registration for each family is $10, which includes access to the Welcome Reception Friday evening, lunch and dinner on Saturday, brunch on Sunday and tickets to the MSU football game against Jacksonville State University.
For the complete schedule of events and more information on Murray State’s Family Weekend, go online at www.murraystate.edu/FamilyWeekend.
Missing Jewelry in Henry
Henry, Tenn. - A homeowner on Gilkey Road in Henry reported to the Henry County Sheriff's Office that her 3 Karat diamond ring valued at $6,000 is missing. She spoke with her ex-husband and believes that he does not have the jewelry in question. The case is still under investigation.
Fraudulent Use of Credit Card
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Police Department confirms that Joseph Phillips, 53, of Dunlap Street in Paris reported fraudulent use of his credit card on Friday. Patrolman Eric Long responded and was told that the card was used 3 times in Illinois, twice at Walgreens and once at a shell station. Phillips told Long that he hasn’t been to Illinois in a long time and that the card is still in his possession.
PES Fall Kickoff Festival
Paris, Tenn. - The Paris Elementary School Fall Kickoff Festival is set for Friday, September 19th from 4:30 to 7:00 PM. Each ticket costs 50 cents for the games, activities, and food. Any child under the age of 15 can trade 5 boxtops for education for 5 tickets. Activities include inflatable jumpers, a sewer plunge, corn hole, ladder golf, and a book swap. Concessions include cotton candy, papa john’s pizza, popcorn, and cotton candy. Fun for the whole family at the Fall Kickoff Festival this Friday!
Book of Phillipians Play
Paris, Tenn. - The West Wood Pentecostal Church of God on 1788 West Wood Street in Paris is hosting a dramatization of the book of Phillipians – Paul (the prisoner) next Sunday, September 21st. The public is encouraged to attend. A love offering will be taken. For more information, contact Joe Page, Pastor, at 731-986-5316.
Eye Full of Paris September 26th-28th
Paris, Tenn. - The annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend in historic downtown Pairs will take place on September 26th-28th. Six events will take place over the three day weekend. Noon on the square will open the event with the music of John Austin McDaniel on the courthouse lawn free of charge. The weekend continues on Friday evening with the Tennessee Fine Arts League’s art show, sale and reception from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. This showcase will be at the Lee Academy of the Arts on Lee Street. Come on out and enjoy an eye full of Paris!
Henry County Marching Patriots Invitational
Paris, Tenn - The Henry County Marching Patriots Invitational is set for Saturday, September 20th at Patriot Stadium. Gates are set to open at 2:30 PM and admission is 7 dollars at the door. Children under the age of 6 are free. 19 High School Bands from across the Southeast are expected to attend. An exhibition performance by the Murray State Racer Band will also take place. Fun for all ages Concessions will be served. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Boss Hoss Rally September 18-20 At Paris Landing Park
Paris, Tenn - The 15th Annual Boss Hoss Rally & Mid-South Motorcycle Festival will be held at Paris Landing State Park beginning Thursday, September 18th through Saturday, September 20th. This three day event will begin with a Meet & Greet and a performance by “The Ray Lewis Band” at the Boss Hoss Lounge. On Friday, the annual motorcycle parade will depart at 1030 from Paris Landing making their way to court square downtown for Noon on the square with a performance by “The Barons.” The festival will wrap up on Saturday with events including The Hoss 5K, the “Boss Hoss Burnout BBQ Cook-Off Competition, and “The Allen Warren Band” performing at the Boss Hoss lounge at 6 PM.
Pioneer Day Saturday in Henry
Henry, Tenn - Saturday, The Henry Volunteer Fire department and the town of Henry will be celebrating their annual Pioneer Day event. Located at the civic center on Park Drive in Henry, there will be a blacksmith demonstration, food, a fireman’s hose and bouncy houses for the kids, and a mechanical bull. At 7 PM there will a horse show. A wrestling match will take place at the civic center. Bell time is 730. For more information on this event, contact Joe Collins at 731-336-1726.
Public Intoxication Leads to Arrest at Fuel Pro
Paris, Tenn - According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Dave Smith, 45, of Harrison Lane in Paris, has been charged with public intoxication. Smith was arrested at Fuel Pro on Tyson Avenue. When Sgt. Josh Fry spoke with Smith, he detected an odor of alcohol. Smith stated that had drank two quarts of beer. Smith was then transported to the Henry County jail.
Drug Fraud Reported at Walgreens
Paris, Tenn - A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated that Kimberly Gremore, 49, of North Market Street of Paris, has been charged with drug fraud. Officers responded to a call to Walgreens on Memorial Drive and upon arrival Gremore was arrested by Patrolman Jeff Smith for Drug Fraud which is a class E felony.
Henry County Defeated by Memphis Ridgeway
Chase Henderson keeps his string of 100 yard rushing games. He has over 100 yds rushing in all of the Patriots games this year. (Tim Pharr photo)
Paris, Tenn. -It was cool and brisk last night as the Henry County Patriots hosted the Memphis Ridgeway Roadrunners in football action at Patriot Stadium. The Patriots and Roadrunners were in a defensive battle as the first half ended in a scorless tie. The only action of the first half came when Ridgeway attempted to score a touchdown but the pass was ruled incomplete because the receiver was out of bounds.
Cody Hunter and friends crush a Memphis Ridgeway runner. (Tim Pharr photo
The Patriots got on the scoreboard first in the third quarter with a Gage Hanely 29 yard field goal putting Henry County up 3-0. Ridgeway answered by scoring 2 quick touchdown midway thru the 3rd quarter leading the Patriots by a score of 14-3.
Gage Hainley with a hold from Jacob Croasmun kicks a 29 yard field goal to put the Patriots ahead 3-0 early in the 3rd quarter against Memphis Ridgeway. (Tim Pharr photo)
Then late into the fourth quarter, Chase Henderson rushed for two touchdowns but both 2 point conversions were no good and Henry County led by a score of 15-14. With 8.7 seconds remaining in the game, Ridgeway scored on a pass play, making the final score 22-15 Ridgeway.
Next Friday night Henry County will be back in District 10-AAA competition facing Rossview at Patriot Stadium. You can hear all the action on 94.1 FM WLZK, on wmufradio.com and on your phone by calling 415-325-0723 (charges may apply). The Papa Johns Pre-Game show beginning at 6:30pm and kickoff at 7PM.
Possession & Drug Paraphernalia
Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s office confirms that Billy Cole, 59, of Main Street in Puryear was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as well as theft of property. Cole was placed under arrest with a 2,000 dollar bond.
Reports of Theft Around the County
Paris, Tenn. - Sarah Pettigrew of Springville Road in Paris has been charged with theft or property and vandalism of a Lakewood storage building. Bill Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s office arrested the woman and she was placed on a 10,000 dollar bond.
Dallas Hudspeth, 20, and Brandy Kilburn, 19, of Campbell Road in Henry were both charged with theft of property and placed under arrest with a 500 dollar bond.
Second attempt at Dollar General Theft
Paris, Tenn. - Sgt. Michael Ramos responded to a call at Dollar General on North Market Street. Kristi Barcio of Big Sandy was reported concealing various items on her person. When she was approached by officers, she began throwing the items out of her purse. The items were valued at 25 dollars and 67 cents. She was charged with shoplifting. The manager confirms that the store has had run-ins with Barcio previously.
DUI and Implied Consent
Paris, Tenn. - Stephen Scott, 46, of Davison Drive in Paris, was charged with a DUI and implied consent. Scott was pulled over after reportedly driving 55 in a 40. When officers approached him he appeared unsteady and smelled of alcohol. Scott agreed to a sobriety test but did not consent to giving blood after the charging officer read the Tennessee Implied Consent Form. He is placed on a 500 dollar bond.
Preminition Rocks Court Square
(Cheryl Allen photo)
Paris, Tenn - The court square in Paris was rocking to the old time rock and roll of the group Premonition on Friday at noon on the square. One could not ask for better weather, with a nice breeze, a great crowd showed up for the second Friday of the event that is put on by Commercial Bank & Trust.
The Project Graduation for the 2015 graduating class were selling hamburgers and hotdogs, as well as the Downtown Business Association selling drinks, If you were unable to come out to Noon on the Square, you still have 2 more chances.
Next Friday at noon the Baron Band will be playing for your enjoyment, and be sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets, and spend your lunch hour with Noon on the Square in Paris.
Patton Gets Federal Indictments After 3 Year Operation
Sheriff Monte Belew and Sgt. Jamie Myrick escort Markia Patton to the patrol car in front of the court house this morning. (Inv. Adam Jenkins photo)
Paris, Tenn.- Working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was able to get repeat offender Markia Patton federally indicted on two charges Friday morning.
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said Patton was showing up for court Friday morning on previous charges including the aggravated assault charge from the April Ogburn Park shooting incident when officers had planned to arrest Patton. Belew said Patton seemed to think something was up and left the courthouse. Sgt. Jamie Myrick said, “we followed Patton and took him into custody at a barber shop on North Poplar Street..”
The investigation has been ongoing for about three years and due to his career crimes, Patton will be federally indicted on drug trafficking and felony possession of firearms in drug trafficking. Patton is currently in jail at Henry County awaiting pickup by U.S. Marshals and then he will be taken to Jackson.
Belew said, “this investigation is a prime example of the working with other agencies to get career criminals off the street and get them federally indicted where the sentences will be longer and stiffer than at the local level. We will continue to target these career criminals to make Henry County a safer place.”
Sgt. Jamie Myrick said, “Patton has been a long term nuisance for years and after he has accumulated numerous charges we were able to get these Federal indictments and he is in jail awaiting transport by U.S. Marshals.”
Sgt. Myrick said some of the connections to crimes with Patton included four pounds of marijuana and an SKS assault weapon. They were linked to Patton thru DNA and fingerprints.
Sgt. Myrick said, “we will continue to take on these career criminals and there are some more in Henry County now we are investigating and are working to get federal indictments on them as well.”
Patton will be taken to Jackson and await hearings in the U.S. District Court next week.
News from past weeks here.