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Monday, July 27, 2015 

Chattanooga Memorial Continues To Grow

Chattanooga, Tenn.-The memorial for the four service members who were shot in Chattanooga on July 16 continues to grow, with people from all over the country leaving mementoes at both the recruiting center and the Naval Marine Reserve Center. Terry and Mitzi Hailey of Union City visited Chattanooga over the weekend and Mitzi took photos at the sites, including this one at the recruiting center, where the city has placed a large tent over the growing memorial. Terry Hailey is WENK/WTPR General Manager. (Mitzi Hailey photo).

Tyler Cox Wins At Camden
Tyler Cox, right, and his father, Michael. (Photo courtesy of
Tyler Cox).

Camden, Tenn.-Tyler Cox of Paris won the E-Mod race at Camden Speedway over the weekend, continuing a season that has included another win at Lexington Speedway and top three finishes in the area racing circuit.

This is only the third year for Cox to be racing and he said, “I can’t thank my sponsors enough for helping me out and a big thank you goes out to my Dad.”

In his Camden win, Cox was driving a Bandit Open Wheel Modified and was competing in a field of eight.

This is Cox’ first win at Camden after winning his first-ever feature at the Lexington Speedway earlier this year. 

Cox has finished in the top three in competitions every other weekend and is leading in points at Lexington and second in points at Camden.

Martin Police Department Promotes Four

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police Chief Don Teal announced the promotions of four officers at a recent departmental meeting.

Officer Phillip Fuqua was promoted to the rank of Administrative Captain. Fuqua has 14 years of service, all with the Martin Police Department.

Officer Mike Wenz was promoted to the rank of Patrol Lieutenant. Officer Wenz has nine years of service with the Martin Police and worked for the University of Tennessee at Martin police department prior to his service with the city department.

Officers Marty McClure and Brad Cook were promoted to the ranks of Patrol Sergeant. McClure has 16 years of service and Cook has nine years.

Altercation Draws Aggravated Assault Arrest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication following an altercation in the parking lot of a local bar at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Arrested was Richard Turnbow, age 30 of 2810 Lynn St.

Union City Officer Timothy Kirby saw the altercation in the parking lot at the Snack Shop on E. Main St. and said people came running saying someone had a knife.

Kirby saw Turnbow involved and said he had just dealt with Turnbow 30 minutes before at the Bottom’s Up and that he immediately put him in the back of the patrol car.

Witnesses said Turnbow had a knife and was threatening people with it and had thrown it in the trash when police arrived.

According to the police report, Turnbow became irate and was kicking the inside of the patrol car door and Kirby took him to the Obion County Jail. Other officers recovered the knife from the trash.
Quota Members Hear About Henry County Upcoming Fair

Deneicia Gregson, center, talks about the fair while Quota member Martha Smith and her granddaughter Emma Grace Dotson, listen. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-With the Henry County Fair 2015 just around the corner, Fair Treasurer Deneicia Gregson spoke to the Paris Quota Club this week, informing them of all the events coming this year.

In addition to the Fairest of the Fair contest, there will be Dairy Shows, Livestock Shows, Jr Livestock Show, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull and much more. The FCE club, Master Gardeners and Garden Clubs help a lot during fair week. 

Gregson passed out fair books for those who had not gotten one. The fair is August 3-8, 2015 and this year’s theme is “Sew It, Grow It, Show It”. She said there is something for everyone at the fair and urged everyone to participate in some way; either by attending and/or by entering hand made and/or home grown items in the exhibits. 

She said every night except Thursday night will be a “Pay One Price” night. Pay $10 and do anything you wish from riding carnival rides to attending special events. On Thursday night, there is no admission at the gate. 

She said that the 2012 Henry County Fair won Best Fair in the State that year. Our fair is judged on number of entries, number of livestock, cleanliness and other things. Gregson and her granddaughter, Emma Grace Dotson, have been working all summer on youth entries and she has several.

Jane Sinnema reminded members of the annual birthday party for residents of Henry County Nursing Home to be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. President Stephanie Tayloe reminded members of pecans and cookbooks that still need to be sold, that club yearbooks are still available for $5 each and that Geraldine Sykes has tickets for the handmade quilt.

Suspects In Residential Burglary Arrested

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Both suspects in a burglary of a residence on July 14 have been apprehended by Union City Police.

Vernon Cotton, age 20, of 509 Melrose St., Union City, and Antwon Cotton, age 22 of 618 N. Second St., were arrested and charged with burglary of a residence at 1326 High St.

According to the police report, four residents arrived home at 1:30 a.m. to find their back door forced open and two black males already in the house. They said they immediately recognized one of the men because they had gone to school with him and the suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at them.

The residents ran out of the house and saw the two suspects run out and jump over a fence. Stolen items included golf clubs, LED television, an Xbox, MacBook Pro Computer, Vizio television, Acer laptop and some $300 in cash.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Huge Crowds At Ice Cream Social

The Atkins Porter Neighborhood Association booth won Best of Show. From left are Susan Jones, Kelli Zwayer, Annette Douglas and Sally Jones. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand for the 6th annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show in downtown Paris Saturday. Several booths serving ice cream (much of it home made) were dotted around the court square, not to mention the popular deep-fried oreos from the Trinity United Methodist Church. 

When not partaking of good ice cream--much of it home-made--there were plenty of childrens’ games to play, antique cars to peruse and just good old-fashioned socializing to enjoy.

Downtown Paris Association (DPA) Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “What an awesome event. Great weather. Great booth partners. Delicious ice cream. Great quality classic cars. The hardest working group of volunteers ever.”

The Atkins-Porter Neighborhood Association booth was named Best in Show, while Henry County Medical Center’s booth was named best theme. The Tennessee Valley Community Church had the best ice cream, according to the judges.

Winners of the ice cream eating contests were: Brian Tower in the kids’ contest and Trevor McKinney in the adult contest. Winners of the frozen t-shirt contest was Brian Tower in the youth category and Aidan Pierce in adult.

 People’s Choice Award for the classic Car: Hannah Barnhill’s 1948 Plymouth Truck.

This is how you dress for an ice cream social: from left, Diana Ross, John Vasadi and 
Jenny Ross, all of Big Sandy. (McFarlin photo).

Brian Tower of Paris won both the youth ice-cream eating and
frozen t-shirt contests. (McFarlin photos).

Trevor McKinney won the adult ice-cream eating contest. (McFarlin

ABC Board Approves Permit For Store

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in short session Friday, the Paris Alcohol Beverage Control Board  approved a beer permit for the Abarrotes Lucero Mexican grocery store which is moving to a new location at 902 E. Wood St. (former Consolidated Insurance Co. office). The store is presently located on Tyson Ave.

Abarrotes Lucero was approved for a Class A (off premises) permit.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Unemployment Increases In Our Area

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-County unemployment rates for June 2015 were released today and show that rates increased in 94 counties and decreased in only one.

In our area, Henry County showed the lowest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent, which increased from 6.6 percent in May.

Elsewhere in our area, Weakley County showed an 8.1 percent unemployment rate, up from 7.3 percent; Stewart County showed 8.4 percent, up from 7.5 percent; Benton County showed 8.5 percent, which is up from 7.8 percent in May; Obion County showed 9.1 percent unemployment, up from 8.9 percent and Carroll County showed 9.1 percent, up from 8.7.

Obion and Carroll County remain at the top of the list of counties with highest unemployment in the state, with Obion ranked 88th and Carroll ranked 86th.

Davidson County posted the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate in June at 4.9 percent, up from 4.5 percent in May. Knox County was 5.4 percent in June, up from 4.7 the previous month. The Hamilton County June rate was 6.1 percent, up from 5.5 in May.

At the other side of that ledger, Shelby County was 7.3 percent in June, up from 6.7 percent the previous month.

Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for June was 5.7 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the May revised rate of 5.8 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 5.3 percent, two-tenths of one percentage point lower than the prior month.

Career Coach To Be In Camden

Camden, Tenn.- The West Tennessee Career Coach will be on-site at the Benton County Courthouse July 27th from 10 am until noon. Career Specialists will be available to help people create resumes and register with, where there are more than 90,000 jobs available. If you are interested in obtaining your high school equivalency diploma or interested in other training opportunities, information is available on the coach.

Friday, July 24, 2015 

Miss Tennessee Arthritis Fundraiser A Success

Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison behind the scenes at last night's fundraiser with County Mayor Brent Greer and other city and county officials who helped with the fundraiser. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Robison).

Paris, Tenn.-With help from a lot of her friends, Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison raised between $2500-$3000 for Arthritis research at a fundraiser Thursday night at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Robison thanked everyone who helped with the fundraiser, which included Henry County Mayor Brent Greer, county and city officials who helped with preparing and frying the fish for the dinner.

Robison said Friday morning she has raised a total of $20,000 for Arthritis research. Her platform as Miss Tennessee is “Campaign Against Pain: Arthritis Awareness”.

Live music was provided by Josh McKee and Robison spoke about what her year as Miss Tennessee will entail. Robison will compete in Miss America in September.

Photo: Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison behind the scenes at last night's fundraiser with County Mayor Brent Greer and other city and county officials who helped with the fundraiser.

Louisiana Pair Maintains Lead In Tournament

Fans from Louisiana are making their feelings known as two teams from their
state command the top spots. (Bassmaster photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-With two days of fishing under their belts, Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of Livingston Parish in Louisiana maintain their lead in the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship with 43 pounds, 14 ounces.

The national tournament is being held on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park. Today, the attention turns to the Junior High National Tournament, which will be held at the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake.

Then it will be back to Paris Landing Saturday for the finals of the high school tourney, with weigh-ins in the afternoon at Bethel University in Mc Kenzie.

In second place with 34 pounds 7 ounces at the High School Tournament are Cole Moore and Casey of Anacoco High School in Port Arthur, La.

Bassmaster officials said Heintze and Watts are winning by going against the textbook summertime tactic for which Kentucky Lake is known.

“Kentucky Lake is the number one ledge fishing lake in the nation,” according to Heintze, age 16, a junior from Baton Rouge. “That’s what just about everyone else is doing this week.” But the two are fishing the channels, which is what they’re used to back home.

“We had our limit today and yesterday by 9:30 a.m.,” Heintze said. “We haven’t even been to any of the other areas.”

Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton said 134 teams representing 37 states and Ontario are competing in the tournament, the highest number for a Bass master high school national tournament.

Teams are competing for $75,000 in scholarships and prizes. Schools participating in the B.A.S.S. Nation High School Nation program were eligible to qualify two-angler teams to the championship. Teams also qualified through B.A.S.S. regional events and sanctioned affiliate tournament trails.

High school championship week includes the B.A.S.S. Youth Nation Junior Championship. Today and Saturday, the 26 teams compete on Carroll County 1000 Recreational Lake. Today the weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Huntingdon.. The main campus of Bethel University hosts the final championship weigh-in on Saturday.

Hosts are Paris-Henry County, Carroll County, Northwest Tennessee Tourism and Bethel University.

Bybee BBQ Treats Fire & Rescue To Family Night

Air Evac personnel provided tours during the Family Night. (Walter Smothers photo).

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Fire and Rescue Squad held a Fireman and Family Night this week at Fire Station 3 in Huntingdon. Fire and Rescue personnel brought foods and desserts from home while the main course of Bar-B-Que was provided compliments of Max Bybee, owner of Big Max Bar-B-Que in Huntingdon. 

According to Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, Bybee had requested that he be allowed to make the donation as his appreciation for the outstanding job the firemen did in saving his business earlier this year from a fire in his cooking building. 

A total of 64 fire and rescue members, their families, and town aldermen enjoyed the meal and fellowship. Several people competed in friendly games of cornhole. The highlight of the evening was being joined by members of Air Evac who flew their helicopter in from Paris and set down in the field east of the station house. 

The Air Evac pilots and paramedic mingled with the families and enjoyed the meal with us, and then later gave tours of the helicopter, explaining the different pieces of equipment associated with the aircraft. 

Ice Cream Social Contest Schedule

Paris, Tenn.-The contest schedule has been announced for Saturday’s Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show in downtown Paris.

The event begins at 4 p.m., later than it has previous years, to take advantage of more afternoon shade on the court square.

The kids’ ice cream eating contest will be held at 4:15 p.m., with the adults’ ice cream eating contest at 5:15 p.m. The kids’ frozen t-shirt contest will be held at 6 p.m., with the adults’ frozen shirt contest at 6:30 p.m.

The event will benefit the REAL Hope Youth Center and Downtown Paris Association. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. 

Several local vendors with ice cream (even some that is homemade) will be set up around the court square. Patrons can eat all the ice cream they want and enjoy the antique car show. 

Tickets available from any participating booth partners or at DPA office, 203 N. Fentress St., Paris.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015 

Paris Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

Deputy Jamie Myrick, front, displays drugs found in search,
while Deputy Ricky Wade and K9 Nitro look on. (HCSO photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A 31-year-old Paris man was arrested on felony drug charges after quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana were found in his car by Henry County Metro Crime officers.

Christopher Kinley of 526 Pitt St. was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and driving without a license Thursday during a traffic stop.

He is being held in the Henry County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

According to the press release issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Metro officers were watching a Sparks Street residence when they made contact with Kinley on a traffic stop. 

Kinley refused to allow them to search his vehicle, at which point Deputy Ricky Wade and his K9 Nitro arrived. Nitro alerted positive to the presence of drugs in the car and the vehicle was searched.

According to the release, two separate baggies of powder cocaine and crack cocaine were found and marijuana was found in a package with cocaine.

Deputies and Paris Police Officers assisted in the arrest.

     Christopher Kinley

Webb Sentenced To 40 Years For Rape Of Child

Camden, Tenn.-A 25-year-old Camden man was sentenced to the maximum 40 years after his conviction of rape of a child.

Brian Lee Webb was sentenced today in Benton County Circuit Court by Judge Creed McGinley. Webb had been found guilty by a Benton County jury in June.

McGinley indicated at sentencing that Webb’s criminal history justified the maximum sentence.

Assistant District Attorney General Bruce Griffey, along with Assistant District Attorney Carthel Smith prosecuted the case.

In a press release, District Attorney Matt Stowe said he could not be happier about the sentence and was pleased with the hard work of his prosecutors.

Stowe thanked Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher and his deputies and Camden Police Chief George Smith and his officers.

Stowe said, "These types of cases cannot be prosecuted without close coordination and a team effort by everyone involved."

Vanderbilt LifeFlight Debuts New Airplane

Nashville, Tenn.- Vanderbilt LifeFlight is adding a new airplane that will provide emergency medical transportation for infants, children and adults located essentially anywhere in the U.S. 

The airplane is owned and operated by Air Methods, with all medical care provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center staff and faculty. 

The Pilatus PC-12 turbo prop, based at Nashville International Airport, is slightly larger than the program’s previous airplane. Vanderbilt LifeFlight has been providing long-range emergency airplane service since 2004. 

The types of patients transported on the airplane reflect Vanderbilt's unique services, and allow LifeFlight program to respond appropriately. The airplane brings highly specialized care provided by the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt University Medical Center directly to the patient. 

The airplane transports all ages of critically ill patients including transplant recipients, burn victims, neonate and pediatric critical care patients. The plane has a range of 1,742 miles and can cruise at speeds approaching 300 mph.

LifeFlight has located a headquarters at Henry County Airport.

Perfect Backdrop

Buchanan, Tenn.-The beautiful Ned McWherter bridge over Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park is the perfect backdrop to this week’s 2015 Bassmaster High School and Junior High National Championship tournaments. Actually, it’s a perfect backdrop any day for people wanting to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery. (Charlie Allen photo).

Rain Delays Day 2 Of Bassmaster High School Tourney

The team from Livingston Parish in Louisiana won Day 1 of the tourney. (Bassmasters
Buchanan, Tenn.-With heavy rainfall this morning, the start of today’s competition of the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship at Paris Landing State Park was delayed by 90 minutes.

The tournament began Wednesday and Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of the Livingston Parish in Louisiana took the Day 1 lead in the championship with 20 pounds, 10 ounces.

A total of 142 teams from all over the country are competing in the high school tournament, with 28 more signed up for the Junior Championship which begins later this week. The teams hail from 37 of the 50 states.

Teams are competing for $75,000 in scholarships and prizes.  


Reminder: Ice Cream Social Is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-Reminder: The sixth annual Ice Cream Social and Antique Car Show will be held this weekend in downtown Paris.

The event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 25 and will benefit the REAL Hope Youth Center and Downtown Paris Association. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. 

Several local vendors with ice cream (even some that is homemade) will be set up around the court square. Patrons can eat all the ice cream they want and enjoy the antique car show. 

Contests will be held during the afternoon to see who can eat the most ice cream. 

Tickets available from any participating booth partners or at DPA office, 203 N. Fentress St., Paris. 

For more info on tickets, antique car registration or hosting an ice-cream booth, go by DPA office, call 731-653-7274 or visit 

Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground For New Lake Barkley Bridge

Cadiz, Ky. – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, flanked by state and local leaders, today ceremonially broke ground for a new bridge on Lake Barkley – the second of the much-anticipated twin Lake Bridges in the tourism-rich Jackson Purchase of western Kentucky.
“This is a great day that has been a long time in coming,” Gov. Beshear said. “Modern bridges for both Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake have been badly needed for many years. For the residents of our Lakes region and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who are drawn every year to Land Between The Lakes, our two new bridges offer a vast improvement in traveling safety and convenience.”

Construction of the new Lake Barkley bridge, a $128.3 million project, will result in a modern, four-lane bridge to carry U.S. 68/KY 80 and serve as the eastern entrance to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. The contractor is PCL Civil Construction, of Denver.

The new bridge will replace the Henry Lawrence Memorial Bridge, a narrow, two-lane bridge built in 1932 that long ago ceased to meet design standards for modern volumes and types of traffic, including recreational vehicles and freight carriers. The new bridge, which will feature a basket-handle arch design, will have four travel lanes, each 11 feet wide, plus 4-foot shoulders and a 10-foot pedestrian-bicycle path.

The larger Lake Bridges Project also includes replacement of the Eggners Ferry Bridge on Kentucky Lake – a near twin of the Henry Lawrence Memorial. Construction of the new Kentucky Lake bridge is already underway. Gov. Beshear broke ground for it in September 2014.

In the Lake Barkley area, the project will widen approximately 1.5 miles of U.S. 68/KY 80 from two lanes to four lanes from just west of Lake Barkley to just east of the lake. In the Kentucky Lake region, approximately 2 miles of U.S. 68/KY 80 is being widened from two lanes to four lanes from Aurora, in Marshall County on the western shore, to just east of Kentucky Lake, where the project will connect to the four-lane roadway that runs through Land Between The Lakes.

Once completed, the Lake Bridges Project will provide a continuous, four-lane route from Aurora to Cadiz, crossing both lakes and Land Between The Lakes. It will eventually be part of a four-lane corridor from Mayfield to Bowling Green.

The new Lake Barkley bridge is expected to be open to traffic by October 2017. The new Kentucky Lake bridge, is expected to be ready for traffic in December 2015, with completion in 2016. Additional information on the Lake Bridges project can be found at

 Young Artists To Perform “Shrek the Musical Jr.”

Paris, Tenn.--The Krider Performing Arts Center Young Artists Theater will present
“Shrek the Musical, Jr.” this weekend at KPAC on Volunteer Drive in Paris.

The musical will be presented Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25, at 7 p.m. both nights.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, from any cast member or at the Paris Civic Center.  Reserved seating is $10. General admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children (3 and over) and students.

Soccer Team Car Wash

Paris, Tenn.-The Lady Patriots soccer team will be washing cars and selling grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, & BBQ bologna to raise much needed funds for their upcoming season at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at Joe and Jerry’s Car Care on Mineral Wells Ave., Paris.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wimberley Hired As Paris Housing Director

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Paris, Tenn.--Leisa Hayes Wimberley of Paris has been named the new director of the Paris Housing Authority. Wimberley is currently Occupancy Clerk at the Housing Authority and prior to that was a long-time Deputy at the Henry County Trustees’ Office. 

Wimberley will replace the retiring Jerry Hamlin, who has worked in public housing for 31 years. Hamlin has worked 13 years as Paris Housing Authority Director, before which she was the director of the McKenzie Housing Authority.
Wimberley said, “I’m real excited. I have a lot to learn, but I’m ready to get into it.” Wimberley said, “I have big shoes to fill”, noting the good jobs performed in that position by her predecessors Hamlin and Roland Parkhill.

Hamlin said earlier that her retirement is effective September 30.

Wimberley was hired Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Housing Authority board. A total of six candidates applied for the post, but one candidate, Michael Bishop of Franklin, took himself out of the running to accept another job.

The remaining candidates were: Catherine Herrera, former director of the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and the REAL Hope Center; Stephanie Atkinson of Paris; Brian Harris of Martin and Gregory Perry, an attorney from Memphis. 
The Paris Housing Authority oversees three apartment complexes: Vernon Place, Washington Courts and Morningside Village, with a total of 196 units. 

Alcohol Beverage Control Board Meet Reset

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Alcohol Beverage Control Board could not meet today, due to lack of quorum. The meeting has been rescheduled for noon Friday, at Paris City Hall.

The board will consider a new request from Abarrotes Lucero Mexican grocery store which is moving to a new location at 902 E. Wood St. (former Consolidated Insurance Co. office). The store is presently located on Tyson Ave.

Abarrotes Lucero is seeking a Class A (off premises) permit.

Bassmaster High School Tourney Begins Today
Huge Economic Impact For Henry County

Teams headed out early this morning at Paris Landing. (Bassmaster photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-High School fishermen from all over the country were up and ready to fish before the sun was up this morning for the first day of the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship at Paris Landing State Park.

Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton estimated the tournament, which also includes the Junior Bassmaster Championship, will bring in some $500,000 to Henry County.

“This is a real good tournament for us,” Hamilton said. “We have 142 high school teams and they’re from all over the country. As far away as Washington State and actually, there’s a team from Toronto, Canada, here, too. Last year we had 60 teams. So, it’s grown that much in just one year. It’s even bigger than we anticipated it would be. It’s unreal.”

The first two days of the tournament (today and Thursday) will be held at Paris Landing and then the junior teams begin competing at Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake on Friday. Weigh-ins will be held at 1:45 p.m. today and Thursday at Paris Landing.

Then it’s back to Paris Landing for the finals Saturday, with weigh-ins at Bethel University.

“Just about every motel room in Henry County is booked right now,” Hamilton said. “And this is a real family affair. Whole families are traveling with their kids here for this tournament.”

The junior tournament itself has 28 teams, he said.

The families started arriving last Friday and many will be staying in the area through Sunday, Hamilton said.

Henry County No Fly Zone Wins National Titles

The skeet team with Coach Bill Neese at left and Coach Drew Williams, right.
(Photo provided by Jamie Orr).

Sparta, Illinois--The Henry County No Fly Zone Sports Shooting Team showed they do know how to shoot at the national championships held in Sparta, Ill.

Both the intermediate-advanced skeet squad and the varsity skeet squad won national titles during competition at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex in Sparta.

Rookie and Intermediate Entry Trap Coach Jamie Orr said the Rookie team took second in skeet; fourth in trap and fourth in sporting clays. The Junior Varsity team won second in skeet.

Around 2300 shooters from all over the U.S. competed in the national contest. 

No Fly Zone Coaches are: Skeet Varsity, JV and Intermediate Advanced - Bill Neese;
Skeet Rookie and Intermediate Entry and all Sporting Clays- Drew Williams; Rookie and Intermediate Entry Trap - Jamie Orr; and Varsity Trap - Hansel McAdams; Head Coach - Drew Williams.

Dyersburg Man In Critical Condition After Wreck

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A Dyersburg man is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center this morning after what Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield called “just a horrific crash” Tuesday afternoon in Union City.

Freddie B. Wood, age 45, was driving eastbound on W. Reelfoot Ave. around 2:30 p.m. when he crossed over all seven lanes of the roadway, struck a flower bed at the edge of Reelfoot, and then went airborne. Wood’s vehicle crashed into a parked car at Allen’s Wrecker Service.

Barfield said, “We aren’t sure yet what caused him to cross over the lanes. We’re still investigating that.”

Wood was airlifted from the scene and transported to Vanderbilt.

The Union City Police, Union City Fire Department and EMS all responded to the crash scene, Barfield said.

Farmers’ Markets Bring Fresh Produce To Area

The Northwest Tennessee Beekeepers' Association sells honey at the Dresden
Farmers' Market. (Dresden Farmers' Market photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

People hankering some good locally-grown produce have several locations from which to choose in our area, with Farmers’ Markets setting up several times a week in Paris, Union City and Dresden.

The Henry County Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Paris in the parking lot at the corner of Ruff and Market Streets. Hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until sold out.

Produce for Friday includes corn, green beans, purple hull peas, tomatoes, all kinds of peppers, cucumbers, okra, squash, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, honey, sour dough bread, banana nut bread, zucchini bread, homemade cookies and pies.  

The Obion County Farmers’ Market is set up three days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. and on Saturdays beginning at 7 a.m. The market is at 214 E. Church St., Union City.

The Dresden Farmers’ Market is held at the special pavilion at Terry Oliver Plaza and sets up from 2-6 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. Vendors there include Earth’s Bounty; Willow Pond Dairy Goats; Northwest Tennessee Beekeepers Association, West Levee Veggies; Quinn Family Farms; Holt Family Farms, Ogg Farms, Utopia Farm; Cowen Blackberry Farm and more.

City, County Provide Incentives For New Industry

Union City, Tenn.-A new industry is planning to locate in Union City and it could men some 200 much-needed jobs for the Obion County area.

Both the Union City City Commission and the Obion County Commission this week have approved financial packages for the new industry, which will be locating in the former Lennox building on Reelfoot Avenue.

City Council Tuesday night authorized expenses for $350,000 as an incentive for the industry. The city and county are jointly offering $2,000 per job. Additionally, the city will pay an additional $150,000 to help with the building purchase.

The city and county also approved a 10-year tax abatement for the industry. 

At Monday’s county commission meeting, Bedford Dunavant of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Board and City Economic Development Director Lindsay Frilling said they are excited about the new industry.

Frilling said local officials have been working on bringing the industry to Union City and that production jobs there will pay some $12 an hour. 

In other business at the city council meeting, the city extended its contract with Red River Waste by five years and reduced residential garbage rates for Union City residents by $5 a month effective with September’s bill. There also will be a $2.66 per month decrease on the commercial garbage rate.

Council also voted to resurface the tennis courts at Union City Middle School. The Union City School Board will pay half the cost.

FOP Donates $500 For School Supplies

Paris, Tenn.-The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Tuesday presented a $500 donation to Inman School to be used for school supplies for underprivileged children. In photo, FOP Members Paris Corporal Jeramye Whitaker, left, and Officer Jordan Klutts, right, presented the check to Guidance Counselor Amy Vance and Inman School Principal Jason Scarbrough. (Photo by Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo).

Murray Man Charged with Wanton Endangerment

Murray, Ky.-A Murray man poured gasoline throughout a trailer and barricaded himself inside, drawing response from the Murray Police, Calloway Co. Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police, Murray Fire Department and Murray-Calloway Co. EMS Tuesday afternoon.

At 1:15 p.m. MPD officers responded to the Riviera Courts mobile home park in Murray for a report of a man attempting to light a mobile home on fire.

Upon arrival, officers encountered Jimmy Williams, 43, of Murray. Williams had barricaded himself in the trailer and poured fuel throughout the residence. After speaking to Williams for nearly an hour, officers were able to take him in to custody without the trailer being ignited or anyone being harmed by him.

Williams was charged with Wanton Endangerment and lodged at the Calloway County Jail.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 

PSSD Staff To Receive Raises, Bonuses 
Foreign Languages To Be Offered K-8

Board Members (left to right) Bill Jelks, Richard Edwards, Missy Klutts and Amy Cathey look over papers at Tuesday night's lengthy meeting. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Looking ahead to approving the Fiscal 2016 budget next month, Paris Special Schools District Director of Schools Mike Brown said all staff will receive a three percent raise, as well as a one percent bonus right before Christmas.

In answer to a question from Board President at Tuesday night’s lengthy meeting, Brown emphasized that the raise and bonus will be applied for both certified and non-certified personnel.

Edwards said he was glad to hear that. “The last couple years we haven’t been able to do much in that category, so I’m glad we’re to the point where we can do that across-the-board.”

Also to be included in the budget is purchase of a new bus for $108,000; Pre-Kindergarten loan payoff totalling $206,215 and the Paris Elementary School loan payoff from debt service of $515,366. Paying off the loans early will save the district some $50,000, Brown said.

The budget also will include $508,366 for the first six months of the design phase for the upcoming Rhea School building renovation project, which was approved earlier in the meeting by the board.

Under the Rhea project timelines, Brown will be petitioning state legislators Rep. Tim Wirgau and Sen. John Stephens in January 2016 for approval to issue bonds for the construction and remodelling project. Bids will be issued for construction in April and bond bids will be accepted in the summer of 2016, with construction to begin at the end of the school year.

Brown said, “I’m very comfortable with this timeline.”

The budget approved next month will be retroactive to July 1.

Brown announced the district will fulfill another of his personal goals for the system when it begins teaching foreign language studies for K-8 students next school year.

“At least 80 percent of the students will be receiving the foreign language studies”, Brown said, which will include Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and Latin.

Brown said the program will be offered online and can be performed at home, too.
His other goals have also been achieved: the summer reading program offered this past summer and enrichment programs for accelerated students.

Supervisor of Instruction Leah Watkins said, “This is an outstanding opportunity for our students.” The first year the district will provide Spanish to all grades and some students can move ahead at own pace.

Teacher Sandra Paschall reported on the summer reading program and several other teachers provided information on the enrichment program, which was held last week.

Following a lengthy discussion, it was decided that if any make-up days are necessary next school year they will not be made up during spring break, but instead would be utilized before Memorial Day.

Riders And Rockabilly Fish Fry Set This Weekend

Chad Karnes and The Missing Fifth will be one of the bands performing this weekend.

Union City, Tenn.-   Discovery Park of America is hosting the Riders and Rockabilly Fish Fry from 5-9 p.m. July 24th and 25th at the Train Depot on the grounds at Discovery Park. 

This is the final event of the month-long Rider’s and Rockabilly Music Festival throughout West Tennessee.   Admission is free and there will be live music, giant water slides, a fun kids’ train and a festive fish fry both evenings.  

The fish dinner will be prepared by Reelfoot Lake’s Blue Bank Restaurant.  Adult dinners are $10 plus tax and children’s dinners are $5 plus tax.  

Admission to the event itself is free, so everyone can bring their own bag chair and come out to the park and enjoy the music, even if they don’t want to eat. Adult and regular beverages will be available at the train, and there will be a Shaved Ice truck on sight for people who are hot and thirsty.

Friday evening, Rockabilly music will set the tone at the Train Depot until 6:30, when Bullet Town takes the stage.  Saturday evening, live music will begin at 5 p.m. with Boomer Nation playing until 6 and then Chad Karnes and the Missing Fifth will begin at 6:30 and play until 9.  The fish fry will begin at 5 p.m. both evenings.

 Discovery Park CEO Jim Rippy said, “Our employees are so excited about this event. We think it is going to be one of the most fun, family oriented events we have had, since so much of it is free.  Free entrance, free music, free water slides and train rides for the kids and a very reasonable fish dinner if someone wants to come for the evening an eat while they are here.  

Discovery Park of America is a 50-acre park that has changed the landscape of Northwest, Tennessee.  The park features a majestic and artfully designed iconic building called Discovery Center housing 70,000 square feet of exhibits focused on space, science, military, history and fun.  Entrepreneur and philanthropist Robert Kirkland and his wife Jenny donated more than 142 million dollars to build and provide operating capital for Discovery Park.  To find out more about the park, visit the website at and for more information about the regional festivals, visit  

Miss Tennessee To Hold Arthritis Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan will be holding a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Robison’s platform as Miss Tennessee is “Campaign Against Pain: Arthritis Awareness”.

She will give a short speech on what her year as Miss Tennessee will entail and will sign autographed photographs. Live music provided by Josh McKee and fish dinners will be served.

Minimum donations of $10 and all proceeds raised will be given to the Arthritis Foundation.

Tickets are available at the Henry County Courthouse, Paris-Henry Co. Chamber of Commerce, Sally Lane’s Candy Farm, Abbotts Print Shop, Boutique MariMac; Buchanan Resort and The Breakers Marina.

Man With Paris Roots Dies In Police Custody

Memphis, Tenn.-A Memphis man who died in police custody in Southaven Saturday night has Paris roots.

Troy Goode, age 30, died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in DeSoto, two hours after being detained by the Southaven Police Department, according to several Memphis-area media outlets.

Goode is the son of Nikki Charlton Goode of Paris.

Goode was arrested after he and his wife, Kelli, were leaving a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven. The family attorney, Tim Edwards, told WMC Memphis 5 that Goode was intoxicated and his wife was driving when he began acting erratically and exited the vehicle.

Edwards said a passerby called police, who took Goode into custody after reportedly hog-tying him and placing him face down on a stretcher. Edwards said Goode had asthma and told police he was having trouble breathing.

Chief Tom Long of the Southaven Police Department told WMC that when his officers arrived on scene, they were told Goode was having an "alleged LSD overdose."
"The officers on scene and ambulance personnel and hospital personnel felt like the information of the alleged overdose fit the protocol that they were seeing of his actions," Long said.

A video of the arrest reportedly was posted on Youtube by a Memphis attorney

Titan Tire Ag Day Set For Saturday

Union City, Tenn. - Titan Tire Corporation will be hosting Titan Tire Ag Day at the company's Union City facility all day Saturday, July 25. The event is open to the public and will feature a tire auction, live music, food, vendors and a ride 'n' drive. 

Titan Tire will have selected agriculture and light construction tires available for purchase during the one-day event at "Event Special" prices.

All proceeds from the tire auction and food sales will go directly to regional student FFA chapters, including Obion County High School (Troy, Tenn.); South Fulton High School (South Fulton, Tenn.); Dresden High School (Dresden, TN); Lake County High School ( Tiptonville, TN); Westview High School (Martin, Tenn.); Fulton County High School (Hickman, Ky.); Dyer County High School (Newbern, Tenn.); and Hickman County High School (Clinton, Ky.).

Ride 'n' Drive - Event-goers will get the opportunity to test-drive Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires® on equipment including tractors, combines and sprayers. 
Tire auction - Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 event-goers can place bids on tires for everything from skid steers and backhoes to implements, tractors and combines. The highest bids win the tires, and all proceeds are split equally among the local FFA chapters. 
Tent sale - A selection of Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires will be for sale at special event pricing, and event-goers can purchase through their authorized Titan or Goodyear Farm Tire dealer.

The event will run 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Titan Tire facility grounds located at 3260 Goodyear Plant Rd in Union City.

For more information about the event or for vendor inquiries, contact Holly Turner at 731-446-7295.

Each year, Titan donates thousands of tires and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for local chapters of the FFA - a national organization that focuses on education and hands-on training for students in preparation for a career in agriculture.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Robison Presented With Loyal Patriot Award
With Proclamations From Governor, House Of Representatives

State Rep. Tim Wirgau reads the proclamations from the governor and House to Robison while County Mayor Brent Greer looks on at right. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan was awarded the Loyal Patriot Award Monday night, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Henry Countian.

Robison, 21, was crowned Miss Tennessee June 20 in Jackson and will compete in the Miss America contest in September. She is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

At a public reception held at the Henry County Courthouse, Robison also received two proclamations read by State Rep. Tim Wirgau--one of which was issued by Governor Bill Haslam and the other by the House of Representatives--and a proclamation issued by the Henry County Commissioners which was read by County Mayor Brent Greer.

In presenting the county’s honors to Robison, Greer said, “Hannah has brought great pride to all of our citizens. She is being honored for her positive representative of Henry County.”

Wirgau said he always is proud to represent Henry County and is “even more so honored that one of our very own has been honored with the title of Miss Tennessee. She exemplifies the leadership of our youth that we have here in Henry County.”

The reception followed the Henry County Commission meeting and was attended by all the county commissioners and a majority of city of Paris officials, as well as Chamber representatives, members of the public, friends and family. 

Robison thanked everyone for the honors and encouraged everyone to attend the Miss Tennessee Fundraiser that she will be hosting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds to raise funds for Arthritis research. Her Miss Tennessee platform is “Campaign Against Pain: Arthritis Awareness”.

Robison greets Charles and Edna Hopkins and Kim Dyer Wilson at the reception. (McFarlin photo).

Thompson Resigns As Henry County Elections Director

Darrin Thompson, left, announces his pending resignation while board members (left to right) Sylvia Humphreys, Lorri Dalton, Sabra Fuller and Chair Steve Goggins look on. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Elections Commission Director Darrin Thompson Monday afternoon announced his resignation to accept another position.

Thompson’s resignation was accepted with regret by the elections board at its regular meeting.

Thompson said he was resigning “after much thought and prayer”. He said serving as elections director “has been fun, a learning experience. The election business is definitely not one you walk into every day and it has opened doors for me. And this is a door that I think I have to walk through.”

His resignation is effective August 30 and he will begin his new job the first of September. Thompson will be staying in Paris.

During the discussion about the process that will be followed to replace Thompson, Board President Steve Goggins asked Deputy Delaina Green if she “would be willing to serve if called upon” and Green said yes.

Goggins said the board can either appoint someone to the position or open the position up for resumes. A special meeting was set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30 to discuss what process will be followed.

Thompson said, “I’m hoping for a smooth transition, which we haven’t had here the last couple of times.”

Political party affiliation is not part of the selection process, Thompson said.

Thompson has been director since June 1, 2009.

Goggins told Thompson, “We will miss you.”

Board Member Lorri Dalton said, “I’ve found you very knowledgeable and I’ve very impressed with the knowledge you have.”

Thompson noted that 2016 is a presidential year and that the new director will be very busy right away.

Earlier in the session, Goggins was reelected chairman and Sylvia Humphreys was reelected secretary.

Procedures To Replace Sleadd Set

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting in short session Monday night, the Henry County Commissioners set the procedure for conducting a special election to fill the vacancy left on the Henry County school board by Robert Sleadd.

Sleadd resigned from the board last month to accept a job out-of-state. Sleadd earlier had resigned from the Paris Special Schools board of education and the Paris City Commission.

The commissioners decided an election will be held at the August meeting of the commission. County Mayor Brent Greer said anyone interested in serving on the county school board should contact the county schools office or Greer’s office at the courthouse.

In other business, the commission also authorized a new garbage pickup contract between the county and Republic Services, which will run until June 30, 2016. Under the contract, the residential rate per household will be $16.98.

Nine Arrested On Drug Charges In Weakley County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office executed two search warrants in Martin today which resulted in the arrest of nine area people on drug charges.

Deputies executed a search warrant at 109 Willow Lane in Martin which resulted in 20 year old Ryan K. McCann being cited into General Sessions Court on a possession of marijuana charge. 

Deputies also executed a search warrant at 289 Hwy 431 apartment number 78 west of Martin and recovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be the schedule 2 drug Ecstasy.

Arrested there were Madison Shaye Davidson, age 19, of 289 Hwy 431 charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale and possession of drug paraphernalia; 
22-year-old Dylan Taylor Vandyke of 289 Hwy 431 charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale and possession of drug paraphernalia; 23-year-old Kyle Ray Carter of 289 Hwy 431 was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale
and possession of drug paraphernalia and 19 year old John Garrett Sanderson of 289 Hwy 431 was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale , possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule 2 ecstasy.

Additionally, four other people found at the house were given misdemeanor citations into
general sessions court on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The are: Briar Dawson, age 20 of Union City; Brittany Poston, age 20, of Martin; Seth Turrentine, age 18 of Troy and Randy Armstrong, age 20 of Erwin.

For The Birds

Buchanan, Tenn.-Among the bluebirds that can be seen populating the Henry County area right now are the Indigo Bunting and the Blue Grosebeak. Photographer Richard Graves of Buchanan shared a photo of a vivid Indigo Bunting he spotted near his home. 

Milan Man Dies After Golf Cart Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-A Milan man died after he fell off a golf cart at Hidden Creek Campground in Springville over the weekend.

Tony Michael Crocker, age 54 of Milan, died at Vanderbilt Medical Center following the accident.

Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Henry County EMS responded to a 911 call of a golf cart accident on Friday night, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Crocker reportedly had been standing on the back of a golf cart operated by Theron “Tim” Hicks, age 61, of 130 Cherry Drive, Gleason, when the cart hit a dip in the gravel. When Crocker fell, he struck his head on the gravel and suffered a serious head injury.
Crocker was transported to Vanderbilt by the Air Evac air ambulance.

Deputies charged Hicks with DUI and he was placed on $3000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.

Hidden Creek Campground is located on W. Antioch Rd.

Huntingdon House Fire Being Investigated

A 1984 Cadillac with a full tank of gas was parked in the attached carport. (Photo courtesy of Walter Smothers).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Huntingdon Fire and Rescue Department is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Huntingdon Saturday evening. 

According to Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, the fire department received a 911 call reporting a house on fire at 262 Mays Ave., followed by other calls reporting explosions heard from the house.

Firemen arrived on the scene at 7:14 p.m. to find the house engulfed in flames and began laying hoses to the nearest fire hydrant, Smothers said. After the fire was extinguished and it was noticed that brick on the north end of the home appeared to have been blown off and blackened by the flames or explosion. 

No one was injured in the blaze.

The owner of the residence, Gary Roberts, said he was mowing the front yard and noticed the smoke coming from the back of the house but had no idea as to the cause of the fire. 

A 1984 Cadillac with a full tank of gas parked in the attached carport was destroyed in the blaze.

Smothers thanked the following for their assistance: Carroll County Volunteer District Fire Companies 10 and 14, County EMS managers Janice Newman and Terry Bradshaw, and Baptist EMS. 

Paris Police Investigate Shots Fired Into Residence

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a report of shots fired into a Dunlap Street residence over the weekend.

A woman and four children were inside the residence when at least one shot travelled into the living room area. Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson said this morning no one was hurt in the incident.

Watson said investigators believe that the target is someone who was staying at the house.

According to the report, the department received two calls of shots fired at 1002 Dunlap Street. The second call was received while Patrolman Jeff Smith was en route to the scene. 

Witnesses told police they saw a white, four-door sedan speeding from the scene, which is near the intersection of Dunlap and Harrison Streets, Watson said.

The police report indicates that five shots were fired into the residence. At least six shell casings from a .380 pistol were found outside the house, near the roadway, according to Watson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Paris Police at 731-642-2424.


Three $500 Winners At Fun Run

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing Inn Manager Gary McEntire congratulates Sheila O’Brien on winning $500 in the weekend’s Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Fun Run. Other $500 winners were Josh Poe and Logan Flood. Over 300 participated in the event on Saturday. More information and another photo from the event were posted on Saturday. (Chamber photo).

21 Teams Confirmed For Henry County BBQ Contest 

Paris, Tenn.-Organizer Donna Milam said there are now 21 confirmed teams for the upcoming 5th Annual Henry County BBQ Cook Out Contest. The contest will be held July 31 and August 1 at the Mule Barn at 600 Scarbrough Lane, Buchanan. The contest will be held separately from the Henry County Fair this year.

Milam said there are four spots left for interested teams. Deadline is July 24.

Confirmed teams so far: Bubba's BBQ(Billy Hill), Grilling and Chilling, Double A's BBQ, Two Little Pigs, Blue Springs BBQ, Tennessee MOJO, Big Tasty BBQ, Rub it till it Smokes, Big B's BBQ, Smoke'm if U Got'm, Boom Boom Que, Wolf Candy BBQ , Pig Out BBQ, Heavy D Smokers, Tuscumba River BBQ, Bubba's BBQ (Tommy Raburn), The Spice is Right, Tennessee Double Ds, Heavenly Manna BBQ, Big Bottom Grilling, Ash Kickers.

The schedule for this year’s event begins on Friday at 6 p.m., when all cooks will be registered on site. Milam said Friday night will be a time for everyone to kick back and have fun, with a fish dinner at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be with all the trimmings for sponsors and judges Teams welcome to attend, $8 per person.

A live band will perform at 8 p.m. and vendors will be setting up to share their product lines.

The cooks will do their magic on their BBQ overnight, for judging and nibbling on Saturday, August 1.

For entry forms and rules, contact Milam at or 336-1966. Bring canned foods to donate to the Henry County Food Bank.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fiery Crash Kills Driver, Injures Two In Stolen Truck

Water Valley, Ky. – A 44-year-old Water Valley, Ky., man was killed and a 21-old-man was seriously injured in a fiery one-vehicle wreck involving a stolen truck Saturday night. A second passenger ran from the scene and was later transported to a Memphis hospital with his injuries.

The accident occurred on KY 94 near Water Valley in Graves County.

The Kentucky State Police was called to the scene and upon initial investigation, Phillip C. Bynum, 44 of Water Valley, KY was operating a 2001 Chevrolet pick-up, traveling west on KY 94. For an unknown reason, Bynum failed to stop at the intersection.

The vehicle went off the roadway and struck a residence, where it caught fire. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene by the Graves County Coroner’s Office.

Zachary L. Bynum, 21 of Water Valley, KY was a passenger and was air lifted to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO for his injuries. A second passenger, Nathan K. Buchanan, 19 of Hickman, KY fled the scene on foot. Buchanan was later transported to The Med in Memphis, TN for his injuries.

During the collision investigation, KSP discovered the pickup truck had been stolen earlier in the night.

Kentucky State Police was assisted at the scene by the Graves County Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Hickman County Sheriff’s Department, Graves County Coroner’s Office, Mayfield Graves EMS, Hickman County EMS, Tri-City EMS, Water Valley Fire Department, Wingo Fire Department, Graves Fire Rescue, and Hickman County Rescue Department. Trooper Paul Hale is continuing the collision investigation and the stolen vehicle investigation is ongoing by Trooper Johnson Gordon.

The Place To Be

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park was a busy place to be this weekend. With the swimming beaches and fishing piers open now that water has receded enough to utilize them, large crowds of people (and Canadian geese) were enjoying what Kentucky Lake has to offer. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Abarrotes Lucero Moving; Seeks Beer Permit

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Alcohol Beverage Control Board will meet at noon Wednesday, July 22, at city hall.

The board will consider a new request from Abarrotes Lucero Mexican grocery store which is moving to a new location at 902 E. Wood St. (former Consolidated Insurance Co. office). The store is presently located on Tyson Ave.

Abarrotes Lucero is seeking a Class A (off premises) permit.

Jackson State To Offer Classes In Paris, Dresden

Jackson, Tenn.-Students interested in attending Jackson State Community College will have more options this fall. The College will offer classes in Paris, Dresden and Bolivar, according to a press release from JSCC. The College already has satellite locations in Humboldt, Lexington and Savannah.

"The decision to convert the new locations to a 'full service' facility will be dependent upon how well they are utilized," according to Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Bailey.

In Dresden, classes will be held at the Adult Education Center. An open house at the Dresden location is planned for Thursday, July 30.

In Paris, classes will be held at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology across the street from Henry County High School.
Anyone interested in applying to JSCC and registering for classes at any of these locations is encouraged to contact the admissions office at 800-355-JSCC or on the web at

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Over 300 Participate In Chamber Fun Run

Paul Puckett, Chamber President Tony Lawrence and Tony Wheatley draw cards for participants in today's fun run. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The temperature may have been sweltering but hundreds of people found a way to stay cool on Kentucky Lake for the annual Water Fun Run sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Saturday. According to Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley, some 325 people participated this year.

The theme this year was “That’s The Way I Lake It”. The fun run utilized a new format this year which eliminated long lines at the end of the day and handed out three $500 prizes. Wheatley said, “We got a lot of positive feedback from people on that.”

Participating resorts are The Breakers, Buchanan Resort, Fat Daddy's, Leatherwood, Cypress Bay, Cypress Springs, Paris Landing State Park, Mansard Island and Pleasant View.

Paris Soccer Club Registration

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Soccer Club fall registration is going on now. Online registration is available 24/7 at Club representatives will be at Hulmes Sporting Goods again next Saturday July 25 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

No sign ups will be accepted after July 25, according to Jess Hedges.

Little General Donates To Backpack Program

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County School System Family Resource Center Director Becky Holland and Social Worker Judy Goad, both in center, receive a $1000 donation to the center's Weekend Backpack Food Program from the manager and employees of Little General Patriot Corner convenience store in Paris. (Family Resource Center photo).


Obstetrician Opens Paris Practice

Paris, TN Henry County Medical Center has announced that Dr. Paul Locus, OB/GYN, has joined the medical staff and will begin seeing patients in August at his practice, Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN located at East Wood Clinic.

Dr. Locus graduated from Texas Christian University, with a degree in Biology and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas. Dr. Locus is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in practice for 26 years in Texas.

Dr. Locus most recently taught obstetrics and gynecology to family medicine residents in Southwest Houston while maintaining a private practice environment for his patients.

Dr. Locus and his wife, Kathy feel comfortable in small towns and have already settled in to the Paris lifestyle. They have four kids scattered across the Southeast; three girls and one boy all in their twenties.

Dr. Locus will be seeing patients at his clinic, Tennessee Highlands OB/GYN, located at East Wood Clinic in August. Dr. Locus will begin taking appointments starting August 10. To make an appointment, call 731-641-8720.

Statewide Veteran Event Set Tuesday

Clarksville, Tenn. – The first statewide Veteran Higher Education Event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Wilma Rudolph Center in Clarksville.  

Representatives from more than 40 campuses from across the state will offer information about resources and services available to assist potential student veterans, service members and dependents with accessing educational benefits during their pursuit of a college degree. This one stop shop event will help prospective students to get the information they need to decide which campus is best suited for their future professional career goals.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Highways for Heroes Mobile Unit will also offer veteran designated driver license issuance as well as commercial driver licenses for eligible veterans and service members.  

Representatives from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) as well as Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) programs will also participate to connect veterans with educational benefits and information. 

 Veterans will need to bring their DD-214’s to begin the process to apply for educational benefits. 

PSSD Back-To-School Information

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Special Schools District officials have released information for students as the first day of school approaches. The first full day of class is Monday August 10.

2015-2016 PSSD Registration for anyone that has not registered or previously enrolled in grades K-8 in the district will be Friday July 31 from 8-11am for grades K-2 at W.G. Rhea School, grades 3-5 at Paris Elementary, and grades 6-8 at Inman Middle School.

Parents of any PSSD student that is returning to school this year will be contacted by classroom teachers between the dates of July 27 and 30 to register by phone, according to the press release. If you do not receive a phone call from your child’s teacher, you must register at the your child’s school on Friday July 31.

Parent Orientation will be held on Monday August 3 from 8-9am for Rhea Kindergarten and from 5-6 pm for Rhea 1st and 2nd graders. Paris Elementary Parent Orientation will be Monday August 3rd from 6:30-7:30 pm and for Inman it will be Tuesday August 4th from 5-6:30pm for grades 6-8th.

Friday August 7th will be an abbreviated day for all PSSD students. The schedule for that day is : Rhea- 7:45am to 12:30 pm, PES from 7:50 am to 12:35 pm, and Inman from 8 am to 12:45 pm Lunches will be served. 

Henry County Back-To-School Information

Registration for students NEW to the
Henry County School System
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (9am – 3pm)
Bring the following to the school that you will be attending
Birth Certificate
Social Security Card
Immunization Record
Proof of Address
Harrelson School ~ 247-3152
Henry Elementary School ~ 243-7114
Lakewood Elementary and Middle Schools ~ 644-1600
E.W. Grove School ~ 642-4586
Henry County High School ~ 642-5232

Back to School Information for Grades 9 – 12 in Henry County
E.W. Grove School – 9th Grade

· Open House will be held in the Grove Gym at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th. Students will receive their schedules, meet school administrators and their teachers and take a tour of the building.

· School supply lists will vary according to specific content courses. Students will receive supply lists from individual teachers on the first day of school.
Henry County High School

· Schedule Release Dates: Students can access their schedules via the online StudentVue Portal beginning Monday, July 27th.

· The counseling office will be open to distribute paper copies of schedules and complete requests for schedule changes on these days: Monday, July 27th, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and Tuesday, July 28th, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. All requests for schedule changes must be completed during these times. Requests will not be processed once school starts.

· Open House for 10th Graders and any student new to HCHS will be held in the main Gym at 6:00 pm on Monday, August 3rd. Students will meet teachers and administrators and be able to take a tour of the building.

· School supply lists will vary according to specific content courses. Students will receive supply lists from individual teachers on the first day of school.

· Students must be in their Homeroom by 8:00 am on August 7th. Homerooms are listed on student schedules and will be posted on both the main lobby doors and the E building doors on Monday, July 27th.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Weakley County Deputies, DEA Arrest Two In Martin


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-With assistance from the DEA Task Force in Memphis, investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office Thursday night executed a search warrant on a home near Martin which resulted in one arrest, the recovery of crystal meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and seizure of two semi-automatic pistols, one of which was stolen.

The DEA agents also were assisting in a traffic stop which resulted in another drug arrest in which meth and marijuana also was found.

According to a press release from Weakley County Sheriff Capt. Randall McGowan, the search was conducted at 8:30 p.m. last night at 220 Jowers Circle west of Martin.

Arrested during the search was was Julian Acosta Rodriguez, age 39, of the Jowers Circle address. Rodriguez is being held without bond.

Arrested during the traffic stop was Kayla Nicole Copeland, age 27, of Eunice Street in Martin. Copeland’s bond is set at $2,500.

During the search nearly six ounces of crystal methamphetamine was recovered along with digital scales and 12 grams of marijuana (one half ounce). Investigators also recovered two semi automatic pistols one of which was reported stolen in Toledo, Ohio, on July 22 of 2014, McGowan said.

Investigators also seized $4300 cash from the house along with a 2002 BMW 325i and other electronic items believed purchased with profits from the sale of methamphetamine.

Rodriguez is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of the
stolen firearm.

Copeland was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to resale and possession of marijuana following the traffic stop by investigators from the Weakley County Sheriff's Department. Copeland , who was in possession of seven grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana was also charged with driving on a suspended drivers license and failure to signal for a turn.

Agents from the D.E.A. task force in Memphis assisted the sheriff's department in the cases.

Service To Be Held For Chattanooga Victims Tonight

Chattanooga, Tenn.-Sen. Lamar Alexander will be giving remarks at the memorial service for the Chattanooga shooting victims with other Tennessee elected officials this evening. 

The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. EST at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  

Alexander has issued this statement: “Heartbreaking is the only word to describe what happened in Chattanooga on Thursday. Heartbreaking for the lives who were lost, heartbreaking for the families involved, heartbreaking for the Chattanooga community. And it is heartbreaking to think that we have individuals in our society, whether they are in Charleston or Chattanooga, who think that there is some purpose in randomly taking the lives of others.” 

Sunset Over Swayne's Point

Springville, Tenn.-The days are muggy, but the nights give way to beautiful sunsets. Charlie Allen captured this striking sunset over Swayne’s Point near the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge in Springville.

County To Set Procedure For Sleadd Replacement;
Reception To Honor Robison

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Commission on Monday night will set rules for consideration of a special election at a future commission meeting for a replacement for Robert Sleadd on the county school board.

The replacement will fill Sleadd's unexpired term.

Monday's meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the courthouse and will be routine. It will be followed by a reception honoring Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Paris, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A presentation will be made at 5:45 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.

Hinson Fundraiser A "Huge Success"

Paris, Tenn.-The fundraiser for Paris Landing Assistant Fire Chief Tammy Hinson was a 'huge success', according to Fire Chief Reggie Coles, with $15,000 raised.

Hinson has worked for the department for 25 years and also has worked for the Henry County EMS. She suffered an injury a little over a year ago and has faced multiple infections, hospitalization and surgery.

A fund-raiser was held for Hinson at Matt's Pub over the weekend that featured a fish fry and live entertainment.

A GoFundMe campaign also has been set up to help Hinson with medical expenses.

Telethon Of Stars To Change Its Format This Year

Paducah, Tenn.-The 59th Annual Telethon of Stars will be stepping out on November 14 with new look and format.

For the past 58 years, the annual WPSD Lions Club Telethon of Stars has been a two-day, 15-hour event, but this year the Telethon becomes "The Telethon of Stars Celebration Concert," a one-day, 4-hour event.

The "Celebration Concert" will air on WPSD Local 6 in prime time from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, and will also be streamed live on the Internet.  It will feature entertainment for the whole family presented at Paducah's Carson Center. The event is designed to raise awareness for the centers that serve the needs of handicapped children and adults in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Missouri. In addition, there will be a pre-taped, 2-hour Gospel Music Concert on Sunday, November 15, from 6 to 8 a.m.

Bill Evans, Vice President of News & Operations at WPSD Local 6, reinforces the station's commitment to the "Telethon of Stars Celebration Concert" and says, "WPSD Local 6 is excited to continue our relationship with the Lion's Club and the four development centers the Telethon of Stars serves."

"The change in format is designed to allow communities that support the Telethon to actually enjoy the great benefits of the Telethon of Stars--enjoying live music at a family friendly concert, at a family friendly time with a chance to meet the stars after the concert."

High School Students Invited To UTM "Bash" 

Martin, Tenn. – High school students from all areas are invited to the University of Tennessee at Martin’s End of Summer Bash on July 31. Festivities will begin with check-in at 1 p.m. in the Boling University Center, followed by a campus tour.

Refreshments and entertainment will be set up in the quad from 3-5 p.m., where attendees will be able to interact with other potential students and speak with representatives from the five UT Martin colleges and various academic programs.

Interested students may register at There is no charge to attend this event.

For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Admissions at 731-881-7020.

Union City Man Arrested On Aggravated Assault Charge

Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after he reportedly threatened his girlfriend with a knife.

Michael Sneed of 511 N. Home St. was arrested by police after his girlfriend reported he has threatened her with a pocket knife and then a large knife. According to the police report, the victim’s statement was videotaped with the use of the officers’ body camera.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Arrests Made In Mugging Of HCMC Employee

Paris Police released a surveillance photo of those involved in the mugging and injury of an HCMC employee and seek the public's help in identification.

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-An 18-year-old Paris man has been arrested for the mugging of an employee in the parking lot of the Henry County Medical Center earlier this month.

Paris Police arrested Devonte Davis of Crestview Manor today. Police have also arrested two male juveniles.

According to Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson, a total of six people were involved in the incident, in which an elderly female was robbed of her purse and all of its contents. The victim suffered injuries to her arm and leg. The attack occurred in the early morning hours of July 1.

Paris Police released a surveillance photo of the group and asked the public’s help in identifying others in the photo. Watson said the investigation continues and additional arrests are pending.

Davis is being held in the Henry County Jail on $50,000 bond. He will appear in Henry County General Sessions Court on July 21. The arrested juveniles will appear on Juvenile Court August 12 and were released to their parents.

Anyone with information is asked to call Watson at 721-642-2424.

There’s A New Eiffel Tower In Town

City of Paris crews install the new Eiffel Tower in front of the library earlier this week. (City of Paris photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Paris, Tenn.-Paris has a new Eiffel Tower and this one will ‘unlock your love’.

The new 14-foot Paris landmark stands in front of the W.G. Rhea Library and was built by students from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in McKenzie and put together on site by city of Paris employees. The American flag that sits atop the new tower was donated by McEvoy Funeral Home.

Library Director Connie McSwain calls it “a true community project”. The official ‘unveiling’ will be held in the near future.

The Eiffel Tower will be the integral part of an ongoing fund-raising project for the library called “Locks of Love”, McSwain said, based on the locks that symbolize love on the Seine River at that other Paris: you know, the one in France.
McSwain said, “In Paris, France there is a program were people may purchase a lock then take a boat ride to the river lock on the Seine River. When they reach the water lock, they place their lock on to symbolize ‘locking their love forever‘. They then throw the key into the river. The library loves stories and this was such a good one that we decided to bring a part of it to share with the people of Paris and our visitors.”

According to McSwain, several months ago the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in McKenzie, agreed to take on the project of building the Eiffel Tower for the library

“This tower is to be yet another downtown attraction and a fundraiser for the library,” she said. Locks will be made available to purchase in the library to “lock your love” and will be locked onto the fence surrounding the tower.

McSwain said the locks not yet available, but coming soon.

TCAT “used this as a teaching tool which was good for the school and for the library,” she said. “The school did hours of research on the tower in France not only about the architecture, but also the history of the tower. During their research, they decided that the tower needed to be fourteen feet in order to be to scale.” 

McSwain said the library requested help from the City of Paris to install the tower. “Dale O’Daniel and his crew were so supportive and such a great help,” McSwain said. “We could never have done it without their help and knowledge. Many thanks to the City of Paris for their support.”

TCAT Director Dr. Brad White and Assistant Director John Penn Ridgeway of Paris, along with Welding Instructor Jimmy Kee spearheaded the project for the library. James Tucker, machine tool instructor and Kila Palmer, maintenance, joined in to help the students, Keeanu Cox, Donald Pitman and Mike Ogden, accomplish it. Steve Franton helped the library procure the metal needed and Jason Martin provided the powder coating to help better preserve the tower for years to come, she said.

“This was a true community project,“ McSwain said. “We hope our community and our visitors enjoy this addition to downtown.”

Obion County School Board Meet Rescheduled

Union City, Tenn.-The regular monthly Board meeting scheduled for August 3rd has been rescheduled 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30th\ in the South Fulton Elementary School library. A discussion of painting the flag on the sign at Obion County Central High School will be included in the agenda.

There will not be an orientation meeting prior to this Board meeting.

The meeting is open to the public.

Area Students Awarded UTM Ag Scholarships

A new scholarship established by UT Martin alum and Obion County native Martha Edinger honors her parents, Carolyn and Kenneth Coleman (center). The scholarship is for agriculture students who come from family farm backgrounds. Jameson Smith of Crockett County (left) and Zac Morgan (right),  of Weakley County, are the first to receive the scholarship.


Martin, Tenn. — Martha Edinger remembers the challenges of working her way through the University of Tennessee at Martin and law school. The retired attorney and Obion County native now helps ease the financial burden of college for agriculture students who come from family farm backgrounds. 

Jameson Smith, senior agriculture business major from Crockett County, and Zac Morgan, sophomore agriculture business major from Weakley County, are the first to receive the Kenneth and Carolyn Coleman Scholarship, which is named for Martha’s parents. 

Kenneth and Carolyn were raised in Tennessee and Missouri respectively and met near Detroit. He wanted to return to Tennessee and farm, and after losing his job in Michigan, the couple bought a farm in Obion County where they lived, worked and raised four children over 57 years. 

The home place is bordered by this year’s corn crop and includes neatly maintained buildings that house an antique tractor collection, advertising memorabilia, antique toys and other museum-worthy treasures gathered over the years. 

Martha attended Obion County Central High School, graduated in 1984 with a history degree from UT Martin and then earned her law degree in 1987 from the University of Tulsa. Now retired from family law practice, Martha’s upbringing and path to success inspired her to help today’s UT Martin students. “I got my degree from UTM and promised myself that if I was ever in a position to start a scholarship in my parents’ honor, I would do so,” she said. 

She and her husband, Sandy, also started a scholarship in his parents’ honor at Stetson University in Florida. 

“When I went to school, I worked and paid my way through and took out student loans,” she remembered. “I want to help some of these younger people so they don’t have to worry so much and that they can enjoy college more by not having to be so worried about money all the time, because I stayed worried about money a lot when I was in school.” She laughs now about the financial challenges, but she and her husband are serious about helping students. 
Sandy is a retired banker whose father was in the military. The Stetson University scholarship benefits members of the military who want to attend college. “It was really a fulfilling thing for us to do this (set up scholarships) for both schools, so we’re pretty happy about it,” he said. 

Jameson Smith was not raised on a farm but helped a relative farm, which included everything from cutting and hauling hay to tending different row crops. The scholarship comes at an important time for the Crockett County native. “It allows me to continue my education,” he said. “Any other student in school, they know the financial load can be hard at times to continue to go through school, just with all the tuition and books and all that, and it just allows me to continue my dream of getting a degree at UT Martin.” His career goals include working for a company that allows him to pursue sales or marketing. 

Zac Morgan’s family owns a farm where they raise a few hogs but mostly grow soybeans, wheat and corn. “Coming from a farm background, I know that some years, especially if you’re putting somebody through college, your income isn’t necessarily guaranteed, depending on crop prices and whether or not your crop gets damaged in the field, or so many variables going into it,” he said. “The fact that somebody wants to give students money who want to pursue a degree … means a lot to me.” Zac is interested in agricultural sales but has also considered becoming an agriculture loan officer at a bank. 

Martha and Sandy now split their time living in Nashville and Sarasota, Fla. They also share their generosity with two universities to help students like Jameson and Zac concentrate more on college and spend a little less time worrying about paying for a college education. 

Friends Of Refuge Photo Contest Nears

Jean Owens of Paris won last year's Best In Show.

Springville, Tenn.-The Friends of Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting its second annual “Wildlife Awaits” Photography Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Friends Group, 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. 

Proceeds from the entry fees are used by the Friends Group to assist with funding of projects and activities that take place on the refuge, such as trail projects, Discovery Series events and awarding grants for busing students to the refuge for field trips. 

Entries will be accepted from August 1 through September 15 and can be hand delivered or mailed to the Visitor’s Center located at 1371 Wildlife Dr., Springville, TN. Winners will be announced at a reception to be held in conjunction with the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuges 70th Anniversary Celebration on Sat., Oct. 17, 2015. 

There is a $20 entry fee for up to 15 entries in five categories. There will be a separate youth category and participants under 18 are free. Prizes paid out are $50 (1st Place); $30 (2nd Place); $20 (3rd Place) in each category and $100 for Best of Show.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Visitor’s Center or downloaded at or In addition, you may have a copy sent to you by contacting Vickie Miller at 731-247-3288 or

Holden To Perform At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Musician Michael Holden will perform at Saturday night’s Concert in the Park at Paris Landing State Park. The concerts are held at the pavilion from 7-9 p.m. each weekend in the summer. Bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on.

MSU Scholarship Honors Historian Barton

Don Sparks (left), former superintendent of the Mayfield Independent School District, and Jim Baker, a member of the MHS Alumni Association, presented $50,000 collected from friends and family of the late Lon Carter Barton by the Mayfield High School Alumni Association to Murray State University. The donation will establish the Lon Carter Barton Scholarship.

Murray, Ky. — Residents of the Jackson Purchase area of far western Kentucky with even a glancing interest in local history have probably heard the name of Lon Carter Barton. Barton, who resided in Mayfield from the time of his birth in 1925 until his death at the age of 80, is best known for his unofficial role of historian for Graves County and the Purchase region.

Barton’s love of history was evidenced early on by his study at Murray State University and later in his role as an educator in Mayfield. 

Fittingly, a fund collection that was started several years ago by the Mayfield High School Alumni Association to honor Barton is being transferred to Murray State to assist qualified students in obtaining a higher education. The MHS Alumni Association presented a check for $50,000 to Murray State to establish the Lon Carter Barton Scholarship.

Recipients of the new scholarship, which will be awarded for the first time in the 2016-17 academic year, must be full-time freshman students at Murray State or another accredited college or university, and graduates of Mayfield High School. Students who choose to attend a school other than Murray State University must still apply for the scholarship through MSU.

Family and friends of Barton began the fundraising effort to memorialize Barton’s loving spirit and his dream of assisting Mayfield students in the attainment of an education that will prepare them for a career in journalism, English or history. Barton, himself, earned a degree in English and history, with an emphasis on journalism, from Murray State in 1949. He began his long teaching career at Mayfield High School a year later in both history and journalism classrooms.

Barton’s time in the classroom was interrupted for a year in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also served in the Kentucky legislature during the late 1950s and early 1960s, but he always kept up with his teaching.

On the side, Barton pursued his love of history by authoring numerous articles in The Kentucky Encyclopedia about Mayfield, Graves County and West Kentucky, and was particularly interested in the Civil War era in the Jackson Purchase. He narrated a two-part documentary, A Historical Tour of Mayfield.

Barton also researched and wrote about the “KITTY League,” a Class D Minor League baseball circuit in Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee that was active off and on from 1903 through 1955. “KITTY” was a riff off the initials of the three states. The Mayfield Clothiers was one of three teams from Graves County that played in the league. The team was affiliated at different times with major league teams including the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Browns and Brooklyn Dodgers, and won the minor league title in 1936 and 1950.

Barton was an only child and never married. He died at his 150-year-old family home — the second oldest house in Mayfield — on March 28, 2006.

Anyone wishing to donate to this scholarship can contact Jamie Haynes in the office of development by telephone at 1.877.282.0033 or 270.809.3737 or by emailing her at Donations can also be made by mailing a check made out to the MSU Foundation (please write the name of the scholarship in the memo line) and sending it to MSU Foundation, c/o 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071. Online gifts can be made at

Victim Denies Being Stabbed

Union City, Tenn.-Because of an uncooperative victim and witnesses, Union City Police say they won’t be investigating a reported stabbing any further.

An anonymous caller reported someone had been stabbed in front of East Gate Apartments on Nash St. and the victim already was taken to the emergency room. The caller also said the person who did the stabbing was driving a gray Impala and went into the apartments. Police could not find the car.

Officers went to the Baptist Memorial Hospital emergency room and looked for a stabbing victim. They found a Union City man who had a small injury, apparently from being cut, but he denied being stabbed. The two women who drove him to the ER also said they did not see anything.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 

Paris Landing Beaches, Piers Now Open

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park Superintendent Joan Williams announced today that the swim beach is now back open.

The beach, which is located near the pavillion, has been closed since last week due to high water caused by the recent heavy rains. The beach was closed due to public safety concerns.

Williams said the fishing piers, which have been underwater, also are now open.

Paris Man Nabbed By U.S. Marshals On Attempted Murder Charge
Second Man Also Arrested In Case

          Mario Threatt                                                  Israel Patton

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Memphis, Tenn.-A Paris man was apprehended on a charge of attempted second degree murder today in Memphis by U.S. Marshals.

Mario Threatt, age 24, of 409 Wynn St. was apprehended by officers working with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force out of Jackson early this morning, according to Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson. Threatt is originally from Memphis, Watson said.

Another man, Israel Patton, age 50, of 509 Wynn St., was arrested July 9 by Paris Police and charged with attempted second degree murder in the case. 

Threatt was charged with criminal attempt to commit second degree murder on arrest warrants drawn up by Watson.

Threatt was taken into custody by Agent Joe Frye and other Us Marshals.

Threatt was wanted for the July 4 assault and stabbing on Wynn Street that left Marcus Long in critical condition. During the assault Long received approximately eight stab wounds to the back, chest, and ear that required him to be sent to Nashville for treatment.  

Watson said a third arrest has been made in the case: Gloria Ann Patton, also of 409 Wynn Street, for filing a false police report “after she made statements to law enforcement knowing that the statements were false with the intent to hinder the apprehension of another suspected of the crime.” 

Both she and Israel Patton appeared in Henry County General Sessions Court on their charges July 14.


Henry-Carroll Counties Team Up For Bassmaster Championship

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Tourism Authority, along with Bassmaster, Bethel University, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, have teamed together to bring back to Northwest Tennessee the 2015 Costa Bassmaster High School Championship presented by TNT Fireworks. Events will be held at both Paris Landing State Park and the Carroll County 1000-Acre Recreational Lake.

The national championship will be held on Kentucky Lake next week, from July 22-25, in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Bassmaster National Championship, which will be held on Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake, on July 24-25.

“This is truly a prime example of regionalism,” Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said.  
“Opportunities to have real regional partnerships are few, thus we are excited to be working with Bassmaster, Bethel University and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce on this event.”

“Our High School program continues to grow at an exponential rate,” according to Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. High School tournament manager.  “We expect a considerably larger field in this year’s championship.  And, when you add in ESPNU cameras and the fact that we’re fishing one of the best lakes in the country, it should be a really exciting event.

“We are thrilled to host the Costa Bassmaster High School Championship presented by TNT Fireworks at Paris Landing on beautiful Kentucky Lake,” said David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Tourism Authority.   “Kentucky Lake is one of the top lakes for bass fishing, and these high school anglers are excited to return to Kentucky Lake to compete for the national championship title.”

Competition begins Wednesday, July 22, with the full field of anglers fishing the first two days.

On July 24, the Top 10 will take the day off while the remainder of the Top 50 moves over to the Carroll County 1000 Acre Recreational Lake to compete in a one-day last chance shootout for two more spots back in the national championship field.  The last-chance weigh-in will be held in downtown Huntingdon, Tennessee.

On July 25, the newly appointed Top 12 will compete on Kentucky Lake to crown the 
2015 Costa Bassmaster High School national champions.  The final day championship weigh-in will take place at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee.

“There is no question the Costa Bassmaster High School Tournament would not be
returning if not for hard work of all involved in 2014 Tournament “according to Carroll County Mayor Kenny McBride, “We are extremely excited that Bassmaster has added the new Junior Bassmaster Championship.”  

“Bethel University is a proud supporter of young people and bass fishing is no stranger to 
Bethel University Athletics,”  Bethel Athletic Director Dale Kelley said. “Partnership is the reason this event is returning to Northwest Tennessee.  Kelley also praised the TN 
Department of Tourism and Northwest TN Tourism Council for their assistance.

If you have questions concerning the Tournament, please contact David Hamilton at Henry County Tourism Authority at (731-642-3431) or Brad Hurley at the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce at (731-986-4664.)

LBL Cancels Pisgah Bay Project

Golden Pond, Ky.– Officials at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area announced they have cancelled the controversial Pisgah Bay Project as initially proposed. 

Originally, plans called for efforts to improve forest health and to restore the oak-hickory and Shortleaf Pine in the Pisgah Bay Area in Lyon County, Kentucky. 

The Forest Service and LBL had proposed commercial logging at the site, drawing protests by environmental groups and the public.

“This move is all about our desire to work with members of the public on the future of our National Recreation Area,” according to Tina Tilley, Area Supervisor for the Forest Service unit. “We plan to spend time collaborating with our communities on how better to meet our mission.”

According to Tilley, the Forest Service will likely consider moving forward on smaller, more defined projects in the area to continue to meet their mission after collaborating with the public. Some of the projects being considered include replacing culverts, while improving conditions on approximately 31.7 miles of Forest Service roads; rerouting of approximately 2.7 miles of the North/South Trail to stop degradation of the landscape; and incorporating road access to a backcountry campsite area.

Popular trails and recreation areas lie within the 5,160 acres of the originally proposed project area. These include the North/South Trail, Hillman Ferry Campground, Hillman Heritage National Recreation Trail, Star Camp, Pisgah Point, Birmingham Ferry, backcountry camping areas, and Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway. 

Approximately 1,400 acres of the Pisgah Bay Area suffered major damage in the 2009 ice storm. The Forest Service will continue to monitor and evaluate these affected tree stands carefully for signs of disease or insect infestation. If action needs to be taken in the future, they will engage the public before any project is proposed.

For complete information on the proposed project, go to and scroll down to subhead “Cancelled.” 

Fundraiser For All Stars Set Friday

Paris, Tenn.-A fundraiser for the West Tennessee State Champion 10-Year-Old All Stars from Henry County will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 17, at Lakeway IGA on E. Wood St., Paris.

Funds are being raised to send the team to Glen Allen, Va. 

Ribeye or chicken sandwiches will be served with chips and drink for $8. To pre-order call 336-6876. Deliveries on orders of five or more.


Fulton Sheriff Office K9 Dies

Hickman, Ky.-The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office announced last night that its K9 Kwinta died from what appeared to be heat exhaustion Tuesday.
"With great sadness, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office suffered a sudden and unexpected loss of one of our own. K9 Kwinta died of what appeared to be heat exhaustion today,” according to the press release.

"K9 Kwinta was a five year old Belgian Malinois when she started her service with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on 09/09/2013. Throughout her career she assisted in countless narcotic investigations not only with the Fulton County Sheriff Department but other local agencies. K9 Kwinta was a tremendous asset to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.”

“Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to: The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office; PO Box 7; Hickman, KY 42050.

Confederate Flag Debate Continues 

Union City, Tenn.-The debate over painting over the Confederate flag on a sign in front of Obion County Central High School continued at a special meeting of the district school board Tuesday night.

Director of Schools Russ Davis allowed the flag to be painted over two weeks ago, prompting a rally of supporters for the flag to remain on the sign and a public apology issued last week by Davis. 

The sign commemorates the 1986 state basketball championship team from the school. The Confederate flag has since been re-painted onto the sign, reportedly by a student.

Tuesday night’s special meeting was called to review the district budget and Chairman Brian Rainey said the discussion on the issue could not be held by law since it was not initially on the agenda.

Board Member David Lamb kept pushing for Davis to apologize to board members for not discussing the issue with them before allowing the flag to be painted over. Lamb also insisted that the issue to be discussed at a future meeting.

Rainey said he would either call another special meeting or the issue would be discussed at its regular meeting August 3.

New Street Lights Installed At Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Members of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council heard Tuesday night that all new street lights have been installed and repairs made around town.  

Treasurer Carolyn Kaminski reported on the financial report: Income was reported as $4,618.52 and expenses were $2,775.27. 

Councilman Matthew McClure said he still needs to paint trim around the file room doors at council chambers. John Weiher reported the new sign he had ordered for the entry door will be installed by next month. He also said he would get an outside sign installed.

Dorothy Miller asked about the progress of several items she had brought before the committee last month. She brought pictures of the drainage problem on her property and asked about the tree overgrowth on Cedar, Main and Church streets.

It was approved to add Dorothy Miller and Larry Neimi to the new recycling committee. 

John Weiher will be the contact person to discuss the new contract with Boyds for the retail building.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015 

Carroll Bank & Trust Grand Opening Held

Bank President Mike Cary, right, welcomes everyone as Chamber President
Tony Lawrence looks on. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The new Carroll Bank & Trust branch in Paris held its grand opening Tuesday morning in grand style, with a ribbon-cutting, giveaways and lunch served to the large crowd that was on hand for the event. The new bank is located at the corner of Tyson and Mineral Wells Avenues.

Bank President Mike Cary said, “We’re excited to be in Paris. There’s a lot going on up and down Mineral Wells. We saw this parcel a few years ago and thought it would be a great location for a bank.”

Cary thanked everyone, from the city of Paris to the contractors to the employees.

Paris-Henry County Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “We’re tickled to have you here” and lauded the impressive facilities at the bank, which includes a large meeting room.

Bank City President Justin Oliver of Paris said, “We’re glad to be here. It’s good to see CB&T locating in this community.”

Bank City President Justin Oliver, left in red shirt, cuts the ribbon. (McFarlin photo).

Four Arrested On Drug Charges In Sharon Search

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Sharon, Tenn.-Four people were arrested at a Sharon residence on drug charges by Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday morning.

According to Captain Randall McGowan, deputies executed a search warrant at 5433 Old Hwy. 54 and recovered growing marijuana plants, marijuana packaged for resale and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The four arrested were:

Kolby Harrison McCord, age 19,  charged with possession of marijuana with intent to resale 

Dakota Austin White, age 19, charged with manufacture of marijuana

Morgan D. Eskew, age 19, charged with simple possession of marijuana

Dukhi Sulaiman Dukhi Aljuraysi, age 26, charged with simple possession of marijuana.

All used 5433 Old Hwy. 54 as their address.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, bond had not been set for the four.


Paris Landing Beaches Closed To Public

Yellow safety tape marks off the piers at Paris Landing State Park. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-Paris Landing State Park Superintendent Joan Williams said she hopes the beaches at the park can re-open in the next couple of days, but for right now they will remain closed to swimmers due to high water.

The beach near the pavilion is roped off with yellow safety tape and signs tell swimmers that the beach is closed.

“We have to be especially careful with that beach because there is a concrete wall there and the water is so high right now people can’t see the concrete wall and the drop off right there,” Williams said.

The piers in the state park also are underwater and are marked off with yellow safety tape as well. The water is so high throughout the park that swimming areas have been created where none existed around beach areas.

The high water experienced by the park “is strictly caused by the excessive rains we’ve had,” Williams said.

At its highest, the water in the park has been at 362.5 feet, she said. “I looked at it last night and it was 360.6 feet, so it is coming down. I’m really hoping we can reopen the beaches in the next few days.”

Martin Man Charged With Resisting Arrest, Intoxication

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-A 52-year-old Martin man was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication early Tuesday morning after Martin Police received a call of a burglary in progress at the Old Lindell Street Grill.

Kelvin Turner is being held at the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office.
Police received the call a little after midnight of a burglary at the restaurant and were given a description of a black male riding a dark bike, wearing stone wash pants, yellow shirt, dark hat and with a camouflage bag.

Officers made contact with him and told him to stop, but Turner reportedly rode his bike around an officer and took off onto Jackson St. and into the woods.

According to the police report, Weakley Co. Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Turner lying in a yard in New Street around 1:56 a.m. and found his bag and bike in the woods. The bag was full of cigarette and cigar packs, over the counter pills and other items.

Turner complained of back pain associated with his arrest and he was taken to the emergency room at Volunteer Community Hospital for treatment. 
Meanwhile, officers at the Old Lindell Street Grill reported that the back door was ajar and two windows broken out. Cost of the windows is $500 and cost of missing merchandise is $270.

Registration Open For Big Bass Splash

Buchanan, Tenn.-Registration is open for the annual Big Bass Splash tournament set for August 14-16 at Paris Landing State Park.

The tournament is presented by Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S. and $100,000 is uaranteed in cash & prizes with the 1st Place Overall winning a 2015 Triton 189 TRX powered by Mercury Marine, equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance Electronics, Power Pole and Navionics.

Five places will be paid in cash each hour of each tournament day beginning with the 7-8 a.m. hour and continuing through the 1-2 PM hour for the five single heaviest bass weighed in. 

Contestant(s) weighing in the first 3.00/4.00 exact weight bass each day of the tournament will win $1,000. In addition, all contestants are eligible to win a 2015 Polaris Sportsman 400 from Polaris of Benton in the famous “Elimination Drawing”.

Enter by the “Early Bird” Deadline, July 31 and be eligible to win one of five $200 Academy Sports + Outdoors Gift Cards.

Children ages twelve and under may participate in the Little Anglers Division and win Academy gift cards and ribbons for their winning catches of bass, catfish, crappie or perch.
Registration is now open online for the Big Bass Splash® Presented by Sealy Outdoors and B.A.S.S. benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To enter, visit 

Onsite Registration will be at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN from 12 Noon- 8 PM on Friday, August 14. Registration will continue each morning from 5 AM until 6 AM on days of the tournament. Tournament Entry Fees are $160 for One Day and $210 for Two Days: Little Anglers Division entry fee is $10 per day.

All participants and spectators ages 18 years of age and up can get in on prizes. Come out to the tournament site, enjoy the festivities and get your free ticket for the Surprise Drawing beginning at 12 Noon Sunday, August 16th.

The Big Bass Splash Sponsors include Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Minn Kota, Lowrance, Okuma, Power Pole, TH Marine, River2Sea, Navionics, Vicious Fishing, The Original Rod Sox, Vicious Vision, Texas Fish & Game, Stewart County, Henry County Tourism Authority and Fish Tale Lodge.

For more information go to, call 888.698.2591 or stop by your local Academy Sports + Outdoors store for an official entry form. Follow us on

Dual Enrollment Offered At Bethel

Incoming Bethel freshmen Maddie Kate Coffey of South Fulton, Ashley Mitchell of Greenfield and Mitchell Lunn of McKenzie. (Bethel photo).

McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University’s Dual Enrollment Program is approaching its third year. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for the same course.

Tina Hodges, Dean of Enrollment for Bethel’s College of Arts and Sciences, said this year’s program for this fall is triple what it was last year.

According to Craig Lunn, Director of Dual Enrollment and Operations for the School of Education, the focus of academic success is starting earlier and earlier for high schoolers.
“Dual enrollment exposes students to rigorous classes that prepare them for college success,” Lunn said. “It also builds their confidence for moving on to the college level.”
Lunn also pointed out that dual enrollment speeds a student’s way to an affordable degree.

“The costs for taking a dual enrollment class are significantly lower than a traditional college level class,” Lunn said. “The cost for our courses is $498, but the end total is determined by grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship. With grant eligibility and the Bethel Dual Scholarship, the student may not have any out of pocket costs for tuition – only a book fee if applicable.”

According to Lunn, even though some courses may require a book charge, the book is included with online courses at no additional charge.

Lunn encourages parents and students to contact the dual enrollment staff to help determine the final cost of tuition. Lunn said that Bethel offers both online and in the classroom classes at participating high schools.

“Some of the courses we offer include English, Algebra, Public Speaking, History and Psychology,” he said.

Free School Supplies Applications  

Paris, Tenn.-The Family Resource Center located at 55 Jones Bend Road Ext., Paris, will still be accepting applications for free school supplies and backpacks. Deadline is July 27 from 9 am to 1 pm.  
Families must bring proof of income and meet eligibility requirements.  Call 642-2938 for more information.

ADA Celebration Set For Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The TARP Center for Independent Living will hold a 25th Anniversary Celebration for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Henry County Fairgrounds. TARP stands for Training, Advocacy, Referral and Peer Support.

Events will include: bingo, a cake auction, motorcycle and car show and much more. Food will be provided. For additional information, please contact the center at 73-644-0026

Police Investigate Theft From Union City Hospital 

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a burglary of change from a vending machine at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

According to the police report, the theft occurred in the first floor vending room between midnight and 1 a.m. The representative from Coca-Cola in Union City said the machine was totalled and it costs $2,500.

A total of $80 in coins was taken from the machine.

AYSO Soccer Registration Next Week

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Sign-up now in Carroll County for AYSO Region 1077 Soccer. AYSO has been the first name in youth soccer since 1964. Every child plays at least 50% of every game. 

Registration is for boys and girls ages 4 to 18 who want to learn and play soccer. Dates, times and locations for Registration: 

MON July 20th Huntingdon City Hall 5 PM – 7 PM; 
TUE July 21st Hollow Rock City Hall 5 PM – 7 PM; 
MON July 27th Trezevant Senior Citizens Ctr 5 PM – 7 PM; 
TUES July 28th Clarksburg School Library 5 PM – 7 PM; 
THUR July 30th McKenzie City Hall 5 PM – 7 PM; 
SAT August 1st Huntingdon City Hall 10 AM – 1 PM. 

The cost for Fall season is $50 per child and includes insurance, uniform, magazine, & more. Please log onto to pre-register your child and come to one of the sign ups listed above with registration fee and information sheet. For Complete Registration Information, visit or call 731-415-9390

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