Monday, December 9, 2013
"Paschall's Magical Christmas" Opens For the Season in Hazel
Paschall's Magical Christmas is all lit up for the season. (Photo courtesy of Murray Ledger & Times).
Hazel, Ky.-Once again, Paschall’s Magical Christmas has opened for the season with its huge display that draws visitors from far and wide. Barbara and John Paschall begin weeks ahead of time to put up the 70,000 computerized lights that are in sync with Christmas music.
The display is located at 404 State St in Hazel and runs Sunday through Thursday 5 - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 until 10 p.m. The display is located right on the state line and is one block from 641N.
The massive display takes up the Paschall’s front and side yards and the Paschalls try to bring new creations into the display each year.
The “Tree of Hope” will be on display this year, in which visitors can buy a flag to put in the display for a $5 donation to recognize a loved one who has won or lost their battle with cancer. Last year the display netted some $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
Once again, the Paschalls are collecting canned goods for the Murray Need Line at the display, too.
HCHC to Celebrate 50 Years with Events This Week
Paris, Tenn. – Henry County Healthcare Center will celebrate a milestone on Monday, December 9 – 50 years of service to the Henry County community. To recognize this exciting anniversary, HCHC will host two events open to the community.
On Monday, December 9, join HCHC staff for a celebration reception in the Plumley Rehabilitation lobby from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. HCHC will serve cake and punch and give away their new, 50th anniversary bags to the community in attendance. Door prizes will also be given away at the event.
Additionally, on Wednesday, December 11, join the HCHC staff again in the Plumley Rehabilitation lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free cookout event. The 50th anniversary bags will also be available and door prizes awarded including tickets to the new Hobbitt movie on December 19 at 6:30 p.m.
HCHC staff also plan to deliver anniversary cookies to various patients at HCMC during the week. Visitors to HCHC are welcome to tour the facility during the events and to check out our new Stroke Rehabilitation program at HCHC.
For more information on the anniversary activities call 731-644-3863 or call the Healthcare Center at 731-642-5700.
Santa Claus Confirms He Will Be at Santa’s Village
Martin, Tenn. – For the past 28 years, Santa Claus has made the trek to Martin and enjoyed his stay at Santa’s Village. This year will be no different. The big man in the red suit confirmed he will be here for Santa’s Village, Dec. 12-15, at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex.
“I love talking to children and being myself around them,” Claus said. “I want to spread good cheer.”
Santa said he has always asked children what they want for Christmas. “Sometimes they just nod their head, and I ask them to tell me one thing they want.”
A couple of years ago during the Friday preview day, two first-graders, about 20 minutes apart, asked Santa for something real simple.
“They wanted Bibles,” Claus said. “It just about brought tears to my eyes. And I have heard everything. A year ago, a young man in his early twenties didn’t know if he wanted to see me or not. He finally came up to me and asked for a new pair of blue jeans …
“I had a little girl sit in my lap not long ago and all she wanted was her daddy to come home for Christmas from Afghanistan.”
Santa Claus did cry. He said, “We will see what we can do.”
As the little girl walked away, Santa grabbed a candy cane and got up out of his chair. He walked toward the little girl and said, “Here is a candy cane for your daddy. Give it to him with a big hug and tell him I said thank you for what he does.”
Santa said he has heard some great stories with some simple wishes and the only thing he can say is, “We will see if we can make that happen.”
Santa Claus knows he has some non believers, but he is quicker than a ho-ho-ho. “I am real.”
Santa’s Village is slated for 6-9 p.m., Dec. 12-13; all day Dec. 14 and from 1-5 p.m., Dec. 15. Santa and the enchanted forest will be at the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex on the UT Martin campus.
Gingerbread House Workshop on Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.-A Sugar and Spice Family Gingerbread House Workshop will be held from 5-7 p.m. December 10 at the W.G. Rhea Library. The event is free.
Register at the circulation desk or call the contact number 642-1702. Kids must bring an adult to help construct and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. Please bring at least one store bought edible embellishment to share with the group.
Free Drama Workshop Offered at The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center has announced the return of The Dixie Youth Theater classes to begin in January. The Center will kick start the semester with a free drama workshop Thursday, December 19, at 5 p.m.
Children in grades K-12th are invited. The workshop will include improvisation, stage etiquette, interpretive play and should last about an hour. The classes will be taught by Stephen and Brittney Williams. For more information, call 731-986-2100. RSVP by December 20. You can also email email@example.com.
Land Between The Lakes Re-Opens
Golden Pond, Ky.~Land Between The Lakes reopened on Monday, December 9. Christmas tree permits will be available as planned at the Administrative Office from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday.
Many back roads at Land Between The Lakes received little to no sunlight due to tree coverage. Visitors are asked to use caution while driving, as patches of ice still exist in these areas.
Democrat Women To Meet
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will hold its annual installation ceremony at its meeting this month. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Tom’s Steak House.
Glenda Carter, West Tennessee Vice President for the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women will install officers for 2014.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Cottage Grove Man in Stable Condition Following Wreck
Cottage Grove, Tenn.-A young Cottage Grove man is in stable condition in the trauma unit of Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville today after he was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident.
Austin Satterfield, 18, of Cottage Grove, was driving a pickup truck on Lampkins Rd. outside of Cottage Grove Sunday morning when the truck reportedly overturned. The young man was in his vehicle for an hour before he was found and reportedly is suffering from a collapsed lung and head injury.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident and local emergency medical personnel responded. Because of the hazardous road conditions Sunday morning, emergency personnel were hampered in getting to the vehicle for a time.
Ice Storm is For the Birds
Paris, Tenn.-The remnants of Saturday night's freezing rain remain on a bird feeder on Park Street in Paris Sunday morning, and trees, bushes and the eaves of roofs also are encased in ice. It may be pretty to look at, but the ice storms over Friday and Saturday night have made travel hazardous, with numerous wrecks reported in our local area. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Two Found Dead After Big Sandy Fire
By Shannon McFarlin
WENK/WTPR News Director
Big Sandy, Tenn.-Two people were found dead Saturday morning in the charred remains of a fire that destroyed a mobile home overnight Saturday.
According to both Benton County Sheriff Tony King and Big Sandy Fire Chief Larry Waters, the fire occurred overnight but no one was aware of it until a neighbor found the fire had happened Saturday morning.
"I know it sounds odd," King said, "but it's a remote country road, a gravel road, with just a few trailer homes on it and the neighbors aren't close by, so no one even knew there had been a fire during the night".
Fire Chief Waters said the landlord found the aftermath of the fire Saturday morning when he dropped by and called 911. "It had completely burned up by the time we were called," Waters said, "It wasn't even burning anymore. The fire had completely gone out."
King said it appears the victims were adults, but authorities aren't ready to release any identifications. "We know who lived there, but we can't be sure that is who was in the trailer when the fire started," he said. The remains have been sent to the Tennessee Medical Examiner's office for identification, he said.
The investigation is continuing into the fire, with help from the sheriff's investigators, Big Sandy Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's arson investigators, King said.
"It's just a tragic accident," King said. "At least we're hoping we find out that's all it was."
Family Homeless After Fire Destroys Home
Puryear, Tenn.-A family lost everything they owned in a fire Saturday morning at their home on Rowe School Road. A collection is being organized for the family to meet their immediate needs.
Puryear Fire Chief John Wolters said the fire was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the one-story frame home around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, He said the home was 100 years old.
Wolters said everyone got out of the home safely. Puryear Volunteer Firemen were assisted by the Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department, he said, and stayed on the scene until 4:30 p.m. He said the fire flamed up once and firefighters returned to damp it out again.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, he said, and an investigation continues.
Residents of the home were Michael Roberts, son Cody and fiancée Brittney Kohler.
Friends of the family are organizing a collection of items for them. Items can be taken to S&R Feed Store Tack and More at 45 Muzzall St. (off of Hwy. 79N) and the Paris Veterinary Clinic on Hwy. 79N.
Friends report that Kohler wears a size 12 pant, large shirt, size 10 shoes and medium to large women's scrubs for work. Roberts wears large shirt, 34-35 pants and size nine shoes. Cody wears a boy's size 12 pants and size four shoes.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Crowds Greet Patriots' to Celebrate at Patriot Stadium
Mike Wilson of Paris took the photos of the football team celebrating with the state title trophy at Patriot Stadium early Saturday morning when the team returned.
Paris, Tenn.-There are many weary and bleary-eyed Henry Countians today, hoarse (and maybe even still cold) from a long day of traveling in bitter cold and dangerous driving conditions to cheer on their Henry County Patriots' football team, which late Friday night won the State Class 5A Championship in Cookeville. In a hard-fought battle that went down to the final seconds of the match, the Patriots defeated Knoxville West by a score of 28-27.
When the team buses and caravan of fans arrived back in Henry County early Saturday morning, they were greeted by hundreds of fans waiting for them in Patriot Stadium. With the gold trophy in hand, the Patriots football team, coaches and fans passed the trophy around and posed with it for photographs.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office escorted the team and caravan to and from the game and were aided along the way by other local law enforcement departments and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Two band buses returned earlier in the evening after two students became ill. We posted a story about the band buses' return with our Friday stories.
Patriots' Coach James Counce said after the game, "It was a great game with two great teams." It is Henry County's second state title in three years.
Nativity at New Harmony on for Tonight
Paris, Tenn.-The 'live' nativity at New Harmony Baptist Church, 7050 Hwy 69s, Paris, will take place as planned tonight, Saturday, December 7, from 6-9 p.m.
Church officials said, “We invite you to experience the story of Christmas from the comfort of your warm car and without charge. You will be blessed!”
A decision about Sunday’s production will be made by noon tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 8 depending on weather conditions at that time. A similar message will be sent at that time. Weather permitting it will be presented.
Further questions may be asked by calling the church today at 731-593-5276.
LBL Major Roadway May Open Monday
Golden Pond, Ky.-The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area anticipates opening Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway on Monday, December 9. Other Forest Service system roads will potentially remain hazardous for driving due to icy conditions.
Management will re-evaluate conditions on Monday to decide when facilities can re-open to the public. Visitors are urged to use caution when traveling through Land Between The Lakes. If planning to visit a facility, call to check conditions first.
Shoplifting Spurs Arrests
Union City, Tenn.-A Hickman, Ky., man was arrested by the Union City Police after he collided into another vehicle while trying to elude officers who were trying to arrest him on a shoplifting charge.
The police were called to Wal-Mart on the report of a shoplifter and were in the process of apprehending him in the parking lot when he ran into his car, drove through the lot without his lights on and crashed into a pickup truck which was travelling westbound on W. Reelfoot Ave. The perpetrator then continued on westbound himself. He was finally tracked down in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on West Reelfoot.
Arrested was Whitney Hendrix, 29, 1106 4th St., Hickman, on charges of shoplifting and leaving the scene of an accident. In the shoplifting incident, he was charged with stealing $144 worth of electronic items.
Henry County Proud of State Champs
Memories by Moe Photography created the photo commemorating the 2013 State Champion Patriots.
Paris, Tenn.-Plenty of Henry Countians have a lot to be proud of today and many have taken to creating photographic images to commemorate the Patriots' state title win, including Memories by Moe Photography in top photo. Bottom photo, taken by Jon Davidson at the game in Cookeville, shows the enthusiastic and large crowd of Henry Countians at the game.
Festival of Trees Opens Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Festival of Trees opens Tuesday, December 10, at the Paris Henry County Heritage Center and will be available for viewing there until December 23. It is co-sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.
The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas”. DPA President Kathy Ray said there will be some 20 decorated trees from businesses, groups and organizations in the community. Decorations also will fill mantles, fireplaces, display cases, as well as the grand stairway at the entrance.
The Festival of Trees begins on Tuesday with the Chamber Coffee. Awards will be presented for the “Most Original” as well as first second and third place winners for the “Best Theme.”
The Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Saturday each week from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers from the DPA will man the event. The Heritage Center is located at 614 North Poplar Street.
HCMC Offers Online Records Access
Paris, Tenn – Henry County Medical Center is now offering patients instant access to their health information at any time. Officials say the opportunity is now offered through the use of a secure internet portal. Using this portal, patients will be able to access your health information online.
Director of Information Systems Pam Ridley said, “All you need to activate this service is a valid email address. You will then be able to access information from your visit or hospital stay including allergies, procedures, lab and radiology results, vitals, and more—all in one place.”
“As part of our movement to a complete electronic medical record and to meet governmental requirements, HCMC is pleased to be able to offer this service to our patients through the RelayHealth online patient portal,” she said. “Patients will be able to access their medical records following their visits at HCMC with a valid e-mail address.”
Getting access to your medical records is a very simple process that begins when you register at HCMC. During the registration process, you will be asked to provide a valid email address, which upon discharge from the hospital, you will receive an email with a link to Patient Portal. Open the email and click to launch the online Patient Portal, where you will be prompted to enter you date of birth to confirm your identity.
Once your identity has been confirmed, you will be prompted to verify your demographic information, create a User ID, and add security questions. Once you have done this simple process, your online Patient Portal will be complete and ready to access your health information in a secure format.
This new service adds to the online capabilities at HCMC including online bill pay as well as online pre-registration for outpatient services and procedures. For more information on the patient portal or other online services, call the HCMC Find Line at 731-644-3463.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Union City Tornadoes Win State Football 1A Trophy
Cookeville, Tenn.-The Union City Golden Tornadoes won their second State Football 1A title Friday morning, defeating South Pittsburg by a score of 23-14. The team is pictured with the trophy after their victory. (Robin Francis photo).
Update: Band Buses Arrived Home Safely Around 7:30 p.m.
Henry County Band Buses on Way Home
Paris, Tenn.-Two buses containing the Henry County High School Marching Patriots Band are returning home to Paris because students became ill on the trip to Cookeville.
Becky Davenport, a chaperone on the trip, said that combined with the delay in the Henry County-Knoxville West game would have delayed the time the band buses arrived back home to past 2 a.m. and made the trip home even more hazardous.
The band should arrive at the Henry County High School parking lot by 7:30 p.m., she said.
The Band Directors will stay at the school until all kids are picked up. “The Band Directors will stay at the school until all kids are picked up. Some parents may be on the Fan Bus and some that are in the county right now may not be able to get to town,” she said. The Band Directors will keep the kids until morning if need be, when their parents can pick them up, she said.
Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies are meeting the buses on Hwy. 641 “to get us home safe,” she said.
Davenport said the students are fine and watching a Batman movie and having a ball.
“Henry County should be thankful for our Band Director and his Assistants. Talk about dedication . Bottom line is, we are fine and believe it or not having a pretty good time!!”
All the chaperones are willing to take the kids home with them, if need be, she said.
McWherter Bridge Hazardous
Dover, Tenn.-The Dover Police Department is warning motorists that the Ned McWherter Bridge over the Tennessee River is very hazardous at this time. Police officials say, "The bridge is not closed but we do not recommend anyone to be out on the roads unless it is emergency. The roads are very hazardous at this time."
Meanwhile, in Clarksville, the 101st Airborne Division Parkway Bridge over Wilma Rudolph Boulevard has been closed by Clarksville Police due to icing. Traffic is being redirected.
Bethel Graduation Postponed
McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel University's Fall 2013 graduation scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, December 7, has been postponed due to icy weather conditions. It will be rescheduled and an announcement will be made in early January regarding the new date.
New Harmony Nativity Cancelled for Tonight; Weekend Unsure
Paris, Tenn.-The New Harmony Baptist Church Live Nativity program has been cancelled for tonight.
The programs for both Saturday and Sunday evenings are still scheduled, but organizers will decide if they go forward with them, pending weather considerations.
Cops For Kids Shopping Trip Postponed
Paris, Tenn.-The Cops For Kids Christmas Shopping Trip that had been scheduled for Saturday morning has been postponed until Saturday, December 14.
Shelters On Standby
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County EMA Director Ron Watkins said First United Methodist Church in Paris has taken delivery of 50 additional cots and have shelter managers on standby, if needed. First Baptist Church in Paris on standby as is Inman Safe Area at Inman School in Paris.
In Cottage Grove, Mayor Mike Waddey said First Baptist Church is available as a warming center and a shelter, if needed.
Scenes from the Caravan to Cookeville
On the road to Cookeville, Tenn.-Our listeners (and readers) are sharing photos with us of the Henry County Patriots' caravan to the Class 5A state finals. Top photo shared by Melissia Maupin shows Henry County Cheerleaders traveling in style in a limo, thanks to a donation from a cheerleader parent. Among those in the limo are: Kaitie Maupin, Staci Ridley, Rita Prosser, Shelby Prosser, Pam McCord, Misty Hassell, Ally Bland and Teresa Lovelace. Bottom photo by Jon Davidson shows the help the caravan is getting along the way from law enforcement. In photo, the caravan was traveling through Benton Co. and receiving help from the Benton County sheriff's office.
Roll, Red, Roll: Cheering the Patriots to State Final
Player Griffin Wood thanks the crowd for its support at Thursday night's pep rally. Players took turns speaking to the crowd. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-A large, enthusiastic crowd filled the Henry County High School gymnasium Thursday night for a rousing community pep rally to cheer the team to its Class 5A state final match Friday.
With the cheerleaders cheering and band playing, fans of the Henry County Patriots showed the football team their support. High School Principal Lennis McFerrin said, “A lot of teams wish they were sitting where you are now. Thanks to these guys (the football team), you are.”
Speaking to the team, McFerrin said, “You will never forget this for your whole lives. This shows you how much people here love you: even with the weather we’re going to have, all these people are going to travel to the game and it’s because of you that they are.”
Head Football Coach James Counce said, “People ask me what is special about Henry County. I tell them, we have one high school and we all believe in each other. This is the greatest place in the world. We love it and we love Henry County football.”
The players threw red footballs into the crowd at the end of the rally.
Football players huddle at the end of the pep rally, while Head Football Coach James Counce looks on. (McFarlin photo).
Head Patriots' Football Coach James Counce addresses the crowd. (McFarlin photo).
Henry County Sheriff Units Escorting Team
Paris, Tenn.-In a telephone interview with Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew around 9:15 a.m. today, Belew said the sheriff’s office is escorting the team and band buses to the state championship game today. The Henry County Patriots play at 7 p.m. tonight against Knoxville West in Cookeville.
The team buses left this morning around 9 a.m. from Henry County High School and the caravan had made it to 641S by Camden during the interview. He said, “The roads are pretty good so far, but freezing rain is beginning to fall and it’s inevitable we’re going to have ice on the roads soon.”
The band buses will be leaving at 10:30 a.m. and the sheriff’s department will be escorting them, as well.
Belew said, “Myself and one other unit will be going with everyone all the way and we’ll be escorting them back later tonight, as well.”
Henry County Sheriff’s Office on Standby, Ready to Help
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is on standby and is ready to assist citizens in the county during the forecasted ice storm, according to Sheriff Monte Belew.
Belew said, “If we do have power outages, I would urge our citizens to be neighbourly and good Henry Countians and remember to check on the elderly and anyone in urgent need of medical attention.”
The sheriff’s department is going door-to-door in many areas of the county and Belew said, “We’ll be more than happy to do welfare checks on people and check on property. We are working with the Henry County EMA and anyone needing transportation to a shelter, we can do that.”
Capt. Damon Lowe has placed the entire department on standby to serve its citizens, Belew said. “We can have a big force ready when people need us.”
The roads are becoming slicker “as we speak”, Belew said. “Be especially careful of black ice, invisible ice, and drivers need to drive extremely slow and a further distance from the other cars.”
Belew advised everyone to stay indoors if possible during the forecasted storm. “The best thing to do is stay off the roads if you can. And if you do have to be on the roads, make sure you have an emergency pack with flashlights, blankets, food, with you.”
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office can be contacted at 731-642-1672.
Murray State Main Campus Closes
Murray, Ky. — The main Murray State University campus will close at 10:30 a.m. today (Friday, Dec. 6). This includes all classes and administrative offices. Students who had classes scheduled for this afternoon and need information for final exams next week should contact their professors by email or other means.
Also, the MSU Paducah, Hopkinsville and Henderson Regional Campuses remain closed today; MSU classes at Madisonville Regional Campus are cancelled for the day.
For continued updates, check Murray State’s online platforms (website, Facebook and Twitter) atwww.murraystate.edu, www.facebook.com/murraystateuniversity and /twitter.com/murraystateuniv.
W.G. Rhea Library to Close Today, Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library will close at 11am on Friday, December 6 and will be closed all day Saturday, Dec 7 due to inclement weather.
MSU Libraries Giving Out Books Across Region
Murray, Ky. — Murray State University Libraries is helping children in the region by putting on the 2013 Book Bonanza on Monday, Dec. 9.
The MSU Library has more than 2,000 new children’s books for all ages and wants to give them to local schools and children in need. Invitations were sent to local school districts to invite 16 students, grades K-12, to pick out 200 books for their school libraries. The books will be packed and loaded that same day for the students to take them back. Additionally, Murray State is providing up to $200 toward transportation costs and the office of regional outreach will provide a boxed lunch for everyone attending.
The event begins at 10 a.m. and book “shopping” will begin 10:30 a.m. After students have the opportunity to pick out the books they would like for their school, the group will break for lunch and take a tour of MSU’s campus, weather permitting. Finally at 2 p.m., after each student has received their MSU gift bag, the groups will go back home to share all the new literature they picked out.
For more information on the Book Bonanza event, contact Erin Passmore firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Murray State Libraries at 270.809.2230.
Big Sandy Christmas Parade Postponed
Big Sandy, Tenn.-The annual Big Sandy Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of the impending winter storm warning.
Big Sandy Chamber president Dennis Watson said that a decision on when the parade would be held would be made soon.
Access Roads to LBL are Closed
Golden Pond,Ky— Due to inclement weather moving into the area, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area all major access roads to the National Recreation Area, including Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, were closed late Thursday.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be maintaining US68/KY80 to the best of its ability throughout these winter storms. The public should use caution on all roadways, as icy conditions may exist.
“Following today’s Paducah Weather Service briefing, and consulting with both the Kentucky and Tennessee transportation departments, we have decided to close Woodlands Trace and other accesses to Land Between The Lakes at 5pm today,” according to Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor, Tina Tilley. She said, “We fear that with hazardous conditions predicted and limited mobile telephone coverage, individuals could easily get stranded within Land Between The Lakes. We ask that drivers respect the barricades.”
Officials with the Forest Service plan to open Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and other roads as soon as it is safe to travel.
For updated information, check our official website at www.lbl.org – Alerts & Notices Page, follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or @LandBtwnLakes, or check with your local media.
Murray State Paducah Campus Closed, All Other MSU Campuses Open
Murray, Ky. -- The Murray State University Paducah Regional Campus will be closed today due to weather conditions. At this time, ALL other MSU campuses WILL be operating on their regular schedules today.
Union City City Hall, Obion Offices Closed
Union City, Tenn.-In Union City, City Hall and all non-essential city services are closed today. The Obion County Courthouse is also closed, along with the Obion County Health Department.
Paris-Henry County Landfill to Close Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-Paris City Hall officials have announced this morning that the Paris-Henry Co. Landfill will be closed Saturday.
Fan Buses to Depart Earlier Today
Paris, Tenn.-Due to the possibility of travel problems this afternoon, the fan buses to Cookeville will depart at 11 a.m. for the Henry County Patriots state title game later tonight.
Buses will arrive at the tennis courts at Henry County High School at 10:30 to begin loading.
The fan buses are available through West Tennessee Motorcoach. A fourth fan bus was added due to overwhelming interest in the game.
A few seats are still available for $30. Call 642-0860 or stop by the office at 901 Industrial Rd. to pay before 10 a.m.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Bethel University to Close Friday
McKenzie, Tenn.-Bethel's College of Arts and Sciences will be closed Friday, Dec. 6 due to the weather forecast. Offices on the McKenzie campus will also be closed. College of Arts and Sciences exams scheduled for tonight (Thursday, Dec. 5) will continue as planned. Exams scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, will be rescheduled.
At this time, graduation ceremonies are still scheduled for 10:00 and 2:00 this Saturday, Dec. 7. Check Bethel's weather hotline at 731-352-6450 for further updates.
Murray State Campus to Close Early Tonight
Murray, Ky. — As a precautionary measure, all Murray State University classes scheduled for today, Thursday, Dec. 5, at all campuses (main Murray campus, and the MSU Henderson, Madisonville, Ft. Campbell, Paducah and Hopkinsville sites) will adjourn by 8 p.m. (or before) this evening.
The MSU Library will also close this evening at 8 p.m. to allow staff and students to safely arrive home.
The Wellness Center will also close tonight at 8 p.m. and will not open before 8 a.m. in the morning (all times are CST – Central Standard Time).
At this point no impact on Friday, Dec. 6, course offerings has been determined. However, in order to assure the continued safety of all students, staff, faculty, and especially commuters, precaution should be taken on classes tomorrow (Friday) should we incur significant inclement weather overnight. Should we encounter such, we would ask that each faculty, staff and student use their own judgment as to their ability to travel to any of our campus locations.
A decision for next week’s final exam schedule has not been made. Please be aware that if we experience more inclement weather, the decision to adjust Monday’s final exam schedule will be made by Sunday at 3 p.m. (CST). Please check official university platforms (website, Facebook, Twitter and general news outlets) for updated information.
For further information on main and regional campus operations for Friday, Dec. 6, please stay tuned to MSU email or official news outlets including our official university Facebook page (www.facebook.com/murraystateuniversity) and our Twitter account (twitter.com/murraystateuniv).
Area Under Winter, Ice Storm Warnings
Our entire area is currently under a winter storm warning that is calling for accumulations of freezing rain and sleet. An Ice Storm warning is in effect for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The Winter Storm Warning for northwest Tennessee is in effect from midnight Thursday to 6 pm Friday and calls for snow, sleet and ice accumulations. The Weather Channel prepared this graphic to show areas at highest risk for power outages, due to accumulation of ice on power poles.
Government officials in our area have been holding emergency meetings to map out how each city is preparing for the coming storm. Schools, offices and events have already begun to be cancelled. Earlier today, we posted articles on events cancelled and/or rescheduled, as well as tips for winter weather preparedness.
More Shelters On Standby in Henry County
In the latest update from Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins, Watkins indicates more shelters are on standby in Henry County, if needed.
Here is Watkins' update: "Timeline indicates icing may start as early as 12 a.m. tonight/6 a.m. Friday Morning through 6 p.m. Friday with sleet/snow following up to 1/2 inch on top of ice. Ice accumulation has been updated to 1/2 to 1 inch of ice.
Two River Red Cross is coordinating shelters for Henry County. They have First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church on standby for community shelters along with Inman Tornado Safe area if needed. Cottage Grove Baptist Church has agreed to open if needed as well. Emergency Management Office will advise when to open shelters.
Travel will be hazardous tonight into tomorrow night and the weekend and motorist should stay off the roadways to prevent accidents or getting stranded. Emergency responders may have a reduced response time to reach those in need due to hazardous travel conditions during this event. Be aware and slow down for there could be falling tree limbs and downed power lines.
Residents should prepare for possible power outages and falling temperatures. Use caution if operating generators. Use only outside. Use caution using alternate heat sources such as fire places, kerosene heaters, space heaters. Monitor local radio and NOAA Weather Radio for information. Other information may be obtained through social media on Facebook, Twitter or Alert FM receivers and smartphone apps from Henry County EMA."
Noel Night in Martin Rescheduled
Martin, Tenn.-Organizers of the Noel Night that was scheduled for Saturday, December 7, have rescheduled the event to Friday, December 20, due to the coming winter storm.
Organizers of the event issued a press release saying the decision was made in the best interest of citizens’ safety.
The rescheduled event will include Santa Claus, horse and carriage rides and caroling and will be held from 5-8 p.m.
Union City Police Release More Information on Missing Man Case
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police have released more details on the discovery of the body of Jeff Bannister, who had been missing since November 30. According to the press release, the body was found by an employee of a local concrete plant. The body was located in a ditch which was partially filled with water adjacent to the plant property.
The body was transported to Memphis for autopsy.
The police department was assisted by both local and state law enforcement agencies, members of the Obion and Dyer County Rescue squads, members of the fire department and citizens who provided support with aerial search, canine search and the use of other needed equipment.
The press release said, “The department is saddened by the outcome of the search but wants to express our gratitude as well as that of the family for all the hard work and countless hours that were spent in bringing this to a conclusion.”
More information is contained with articles posted earlier on this website.
Large Crowd on Hand for Advent Walk
Rev. John Dandridge of Quinn Chapel AME leads the crowd in prayer. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-With unseasonably warm temperatures Wednesday night, a large crowd was on hand for the annual Advent Walk in downtown Paris. First stop for the event was Quinn Chapel AME Church and attendees walk to all the downtown churches, where they listen to music and short sermons. This was the first year to involve music students from Henry County High School and Event Co-Coordinator Elaine Conger said, “They did greater than a fabulous job. From the Madrigals to the Chamber Music and Percussion Ensemble students, quality music was heard throughout downtown Paris.” The event is sponsored each year by churches in the Paris-Henry County Ministerial Alliance and the Downtown Paris Association.
The Henry County High School Percussion Ensemble performs. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Body of Missing Man Found
Union City, Tenn.-After a five-day search, the body of a missing Union City man has been found.
The Union City Police Department confirmed that the body of Jeffrey Bannister, age 42, was found Wednesday afternoon at the concrete material plant on barnham Road.
Union City Police said the cause of death has not been determined at this time, but the body will be transported to Memphis for an autopsy.
Bannister has been the subject of an intensive search since late Saturday night. Law enforcement officers, Obion County Rescue Squad members, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Aviation helicopter and K-9 Units were involved in the search, which included dragging a pond.
Bannister was last seen November 30 at approximately 7 p.m. in the Mosswood Drive area, near his home.
Cpl. Brian Bennett Given Medal of Valor
Captain Damon Lowe congratulates Cpl. Brian Bennett on his Medal of Valor award.
Paris, Tenn.-Awards were presented to deputies and employees of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at its annual Christmas party at the Henry County Fairgrounds this week.
Presented the Medal of Valor was Cpl. Brian Bennett, who Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew credited with apprehending a murder suspect.
Named Officer of the Year was Deputy Wayne Fuqua, who works with his K-9 officer Sisco. Named School Resource Officer of the Year was Sgt. Buford Taylor, who works at the Henry County High School.
The Dispatcher of the Year award was given to Keith Fertig and the Correctional Officer of the Year was Sgt. Jerry Wilson. Named Administrator of the Year was Patricia Byars.
Life-saving Awards were presented to Deputy Milt Webb and Jail Nurse Debbie Wiles.
Reserve deputies given community service awards were Jamie Orr, Steve Thomas, OC Nichols, Chad Howard and Derrico Hornbuckle.
Hearing Set for Former Pastor Charged With Murder Plot
Former Union City Pastor Edward Mallonee
Union City, Tenn.-A hearing has been set in Obion County Circuit Court Friday morning in the case of a former Union City minister who has been charged in a plot to kill his wife.
Edward Paul “Eddie” Mallonee, 54, was indicted in June by an Obion County Grand Jury and charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempt to commit first-degree murder and facilitation to commit murder.
Indicted along with Mallonee was Shelley Moran, 40, on charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. She has been described as Mallonee’s former girlfriend and a former member of his congregation. The pair reportedly had plotted to poison Mallonee’s wife on a mission trip overseas. The investigation occurred over 2011 and 2012.
Both pleaded not guilty. Mallonee served as pastor of the 2nd Baptist church in Union City from 1997 until February of 2013.
Mallonnee’s hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Rural Ministries Weather Information Released
Obion, Tenn.-Weather conditions for the Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) area are uncertain for Friday and Saturday (Dec. 6-7), and maybe part of Sunday (Dec. 8). The forecast is for rain/sleet/ice.
Since RRM is in the midst of setting up its annual Christmas Toy Store and is receiving toy and food deliveries this week, RRM officials want to ask all who are traveling to its offices, to please phone the office before traveling to make sure we are open.
Call throughout the day on Friday and until noon on Saturday. If there is no answer, bad weather has caused the office to shut down.
If it shuts down, you may deliver toys and food on Monday or Tuesday (Dec. 9-10), but please call Monday morning to confirm it is open.
Phone numbers are 731-538-9970 and 731-538-3900 and 731-538-9973.
Volunteers are still needed to set up the toy store this week and to work during the toy store next week. Contact Susan Dozier at any of the above phone numbers if you or your group would like to help with this vital ministry.
Helpful Tips Issued by Paris BPU
Paris, Tenn.-The weather forecast for the next few days includes low temperatures and a prediction of ice accumulations. This has potential for downed power lines and downed trees. Paris Board of Public Utilities Director of Electric Operations Cole Edwards has released these helpful hints:
· Make sure you stay clear of all downed power lines and trees. Call the BPU to notify us of all downed lines.
· Generator Use: As you see our crews pull up in your driveway, please notify them if you are using a generator.
· Please install the generator with safety and install correctly. This will prevent back-feed onto the lines and increase the safety of our lineman.
· BPU linemen are trained to look and be cautious of generators in use.
· Please be patient with our guys as they will be working long hours and through the night. We know and will be working as safely and as quick to restore the power to Paris and Henry County.
Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
Paris, Tenn.-The weather forecast for the next few days includes highs that are below freezing and lows in the single digits. With extreme cold temperatures comes the possibility of frozen water pipes.
Here are helpful hints as you think of preventing frozen water pipes in your home, as released by Paris BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Terry Wimberley:
· Make sure the foundation to your house or mobile home is air-tight and that foundation vents are closed
· Disconnect garden hoses
· Leave a small stream of hot and cold water running from an inside faucet (when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit)
· Make sure you and your family know the location of your home’s water shut-off valve. If a pipe bursts, shutting off the water promptly can help minimize damage.
These extra precautions will far outweigh the inconvenience of frozen pipes and the cost of having burst pipes repaired.
Puryear Lighting Ceremony Cancelled
Puryear, Tenn.-The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that had been scheduled for the city of Puryear on Friday night has been cancelled, due to impending bad weather. The Puryear Lions Club has not rescheduled the event.
Henry County Circuit Court to Remain Open
Paris, Tenn.-While other businesses and offices are closing Friday for the state football championship, the Henry County Circuit Court Clerk's Offices will be open as usual from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson said, “We have some circuit court scheduled and other business on that day that would prohibit closing. We don't want anyone to misunderstand and not show up for court because of other closings. Inclement weather would be the only reason we would close early.”
Lee Bazaar Rescheduled
Paris, Tenn.-Due to the impending bad weather, the Lee Academy for the Arts Holiday Bazaar has been rescheduled. It will be held next Saturday, December 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jammin’ For The Kids
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Jaycees will hold Jammin’ for the Kids at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Paris Moose Lodge, 3003 Dinkins Lane (behind Ann and Dave’s in the Lakeway shopping center).
Admission is $10 and proceeds will go toward the Jaycees’ underprivileged kids Christmas shopping event. Entertainers include Vince Dodd, Jimmy Stewart, Ishmael and the Sproul Heights Band.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Search Continues for Missing UC Man
Union City, Tenn.-The search continues for a 42-year-old Union City man missing since Saturday.
Jeffrey Allen Bannister was last seen near his home in the Mosswood Dr. area around 7 p.m. Saturday.
The search has included dredging a pond near Todd Rd. and searches with use of a helicopter and K-9s. Union City Police and the Obion County Rescue Squad have conducted the searches.
Union City Police Chief Perry Barfield said Monday that Bannister’s cell phone was found broken in half in railroad tracks in the northern section of Union City and they found his box of cigarettes. They also searched ditches along the tracks, but found no further sign of him.
Bannister had been arrested Saturday night in Martin on alcohol and drug charges, but was released on bond.
He is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes.
Predicted Winter Storm Prompts LBL to Close for Visitor Safety
Golden Pond, Ky.-Due to inclement weather moving into the region, Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will close all facilities by 5pm Thursday, December 5. All visitors will be asked to leave, including campers in backcountry areas.
Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails will close at 5pm, Wednesday, December 4.
Land Between The Lakes is in the process of notifying individuals that their camping and other program reservations are cancelled for this weekend.
Closed facilities and activities include:
Backcountry and Self-Service Camping
Brandon Spring Group Center
Golden Pond Planetarium and Observatory
Golden Pond Target Range
Golden Pond Visitor Center
Trails and Scenic Roadways
Turkey Bay OHV Area - closes Wednesday
According to Tina Tilley, Land Between The Lakes Area Supervisor, "The safest decision is to close Land Between The Lakes due to hazardous road conditions with freezing rain, sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures predicted for our area. When conditions allow, we will reopen."
Fulton County to Hold Emergency Preparedness Meet
Hickman, Ky.-The Fulton County Office of Emergency Management has called a meeting for 10 a.m. Thursday in the county’s fiscal court room to update county agencies on the preparations being made for the forecasted ice storm.
“This will be an opportunity for each agency to update everyone on the plans they have made and to identify gaps that may exist,” according to Director Hugh Caldwell.
Shelters on Standby for Potential Winter Storm
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins issued a warning for citizens to be prepare for “a possible significant weather event” beginning Thursday evening into Friday evening. The timing of the forecasted storm could not be any worse, with local high school football fans set to travel to Cookeville for the state football championship games on Friday.
Watkins said up to one-half inch of ice is possible with the event and three inches of rain is possible through Sunday evening with freezing rain forecasted again on Sunday.
He said the Two Rivers Red Cross has a shelter location at First Baptist Church in Paris on standby if needed and Paris Special Schools District Director Mike Brown said the storm/emergency shelter at Inman school also is available to house dislocated people in case of power outages, etc.
Watkins said rain and freezing temperatures will likely cause hazardous road conditions as well as tree limbs in roadways and on power lines. Flash flooding also may pose hazardous conditions.
Still Time to Enter Holly Jolly Christmas Parade
Free carriage rides will be featured at this year's Downtown Christmas Festival. (DPA photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Entries for the 7th annual Holly Jolly Christmas Parade are being accepted until Tuesday, December 10. The theme this year is “A Storybook Christmas” and the Downtown Paris Association asks that Santas not be on parade entries since the DPA will be hosting Santa’s appearance in the parade.
The parade will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, and will be held following the Downtown Paris Christmas Festival, which will be held from 2-4 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded in several categories, including the Clark Griswold Award. Entries can include trailers, golf carts, cars, floats, walkers and pets.
Free carriage rides are being included in the festival this year, as well as arts and crafts and games, Reindeer goats, S’mores from the Paris Fire Department, Christmas stories at Jack’s Java, the trackless train and more.
UC Council Hears Properties Report
Union City, Tenn.-At its regular meeting Monday night, the Union City City Council heard from Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire on properties now owned by the county due to recent tax sales.
The county wanted to give those properties to the city which would mean the city would be responsible for maintenance. The city declined ownership of the properties, but did charge off mowing that the city had done at the properties.
The city is prohibited by state law from forgiving taxes on the properties. Council also renewed the health insurance program for employees with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee. It was reported the cost actually went down .25 percent.
Council also approved a resolution to support the Union City School System to encourage amending state law relative to the distribution of public school funds and appointed Grant Blair to the city’s parks and cemeteries board.
Community Christmas Concert Sunday
Paris, Tenn.-The 46th annual Paris-Henry County Community Christmas concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at First United Methodist Church. The concert is free and is directed by Peggy Williams.
In addition to singing, the concert will include the annual performance by the hand bells carolers.
Santa is Coming to Discovery Park
Union City, Tenn.-Santa Claus will be coming to Discovery Park of America three Sundays through December.
Children (and adults) can visit will Santa in the First Bank Childrens’ Gallery inside the park from 1-4 p.m. on December 8, 15 and 22.
Once inside the park, there is no additional charge to see Santa.
Two Arrested in Burglary Attempts
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police arrested two young men following burglary attempts at two convenience stores/service stations Monday night.
The first call came from the Sudden Service Store, at which a glass breaking alarm went out. Police found the front glass broken out and a chunk of asphalt in front of the door.
With the manager, a surveillance video was shown showing two black males threw the asphalt at the door three times and kicked the door four times between 9:39-9:50 p.m. One was wearing a gray hoodie, black pants, white tennis shoes and purple backpack. The other was wearing a black sweatshirt, light blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.
Shortly after that, a call from the Little General on NW Main St. came in that glass had been shattered there. The surveillance video showed the same two males shattering that glass.
Police apprehended the two: Anthony Harris of 625 N. First St., Union City; and Tyrelle Jones of 604 Pierce St., Union City. Harris was charged with burglary and Jones was issued a juvenile petition for burglary.
Burger Bash Set at McDonald’s
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Quota will hold a Burger Bash from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, December 5, at McDonald’s restaurant. Twenty percent of all sales go toward the Quota Scholarship Fund.
Stewart-Houston Industrial Board Eyes Deadline
Cumberland City, Tenn.-Members of the Stewart-Houston County Industrial Development Board are becoming impatient with construction of a 'spec' building in the industrial park before a January 31 deadline. At its last meeting, board members heard an update from Project Manager Jimmy Highers, who said Contractor Pride Concrete and Construction of Erin, had finished items on a final 'punch list' of tasks, but a few minor jobs still remain to be done.
Highers told board members that Pride Concrete is disputing some of the remaining jobs, claiming the company is not responsible for them.
The Stewart-Houston Times reported that Board Member Marty Grasty said, “In my notes for the August meeting, I have that the building was supposed to be finished in September. Here it is the end of November, and it’s still not finished.”
The board voted to have Highers send Pride a letter to finish the project by Dec. 17, which is the board’s next meeting, and to remind owner Matthew Pride that the construction has exceeded the 180-day contract, which also calls for a $400 per day penalty for each day beyond the 180 days, according to the newspaper.
What concerns the board is a Jan. 31 deadline from TVA to close out the $550,000 loan for the project. They had already been granted an extension on closing the loan because of delays.
“This needs to be done by Jan. 15,” Board chairman Cass Rye said. “We shouldn’t have to get anywhere near the Jan. 31 deadline.”
TVA is supplying a major portion of funding for the project with the $550,000 loan, which is a 10-year note. Additional funding is coming from the state via a $413,600 infrastructure grant, and the park board is adding $285,000, which includes the match for the grant. Another $250,0000 is being borrowed from the Bank of Dover, according to the newspaper.
Bethel Fall Commencement is Saturday
McKenzie, Tenn. – More than 500 students are scheduled to graduate at Bethel University’s Fall 2013 Commencement, which will be Saturday, Dec. 7, with two commencement services.
The Rev. Leonard Turner, minister of the Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Knoxville,Tenn., will be the Commencement speaker.
All those earning an undergraduate degree will graduate at 10 a.m., with seating beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the processional lineup for both students and faculty beginning at 9 a.m. All students earning a graduate degree will graduate at a 2 p.m., ceremony with seating beginning at 12:30 p.m., and the processional lineup beginning at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena in the Vera Low Center for Student Enrichment on Wildcat Lane on the McKenzie campus.
For more information about Bethel University’s Fall 2013 Commencement, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at email@example.com.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Junior Staggs Wins State Bid Calling Title
Junior Staggs with his winning plaque. (Submitted photo).
Nashville, Tenn.-Auctioneer Junior Staggs of Puryear recently won the title of 2014 Tennessee State Bid Calling Champion at competition during the Tennessee Auctioneer’s Association Winter Convention in Nashville.
Staggs is an auctioneer with Doug Taylor Auction Service.
Staggs said, “This is a milestone moment in my career as an auctioneer. It is an honor to have been chosen by some of the greatest in the industry to represent Tennessee and the Tennessee Auctioneers Association.”
Thirteen of the state’s top bid calling auctioneers competed and were judged on their presentation, chant, voice timbre, body language, interview answers and other performance elements of effective auctioneering. Since the competition was created, Tennessee champions have been considered by industry professionals to be the best bid-calling auctioneers in the region.
As Champion, Staggs received a $500 cash award, trophy plaque, VIP passes to a Mecum Collector Car Auction and paid entry fee into the International Auctioneer Championship, where he will represent the state of Tennessee at next year’s National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show in Louisville.
In 2005, while attending the University of Tennessee-Martin, Staggs started working part-time at Doug Taylor Auction Service, as a member of the auction prep staff. In August 2007, he attended Nashville Auction School and was elected class president.
He has since become a licensed Tennessee auctioneer as well as Affiliate Real Estate Broker, having conducted over 200 personal property, real estate and charity auctions throughout West and Middle Tennessee.
Human Remains Found in Houston County
Erin, Tenn.-Human remains have been found in a remote, densely-wooded area of Houston County and Houston County Sheriff Darrell Allison declined to speculate whether the remains are those of Leamon Luffman, who has been missing since October 7.
The remains were found Thanksgiving Day and have been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) lab in Nashville. Allison has said that it could take several weeks for identification of the remains.
The remains reportedly extensively decomposed.
Luffman is 65 and is Houston County's only open missing person case.
The discovery was made by a hunter in the wooded area off of Hwy. 231, also known as McEwen Highway. The area in which the remains were found are a hunting reserve and Luffman's home is two miles north of where the remains were found.
Henry County Schools, PSSD to Dismiss Early Friday
Paris, Tenn.-In order that students, staff, and parents can have adequate time to safely travel to Cookeville to support the HCHS Patriot Football Team, the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District will dismiss early on Friday, December 6.
Dismissal times are as follows:
Harrelson 11:00 am
Henry 11:00 am
Lakewood 11:00 am
Rhea Elementary 11:15 am
Paris Elementary 11:20 am
Grove 11:20 am
Inman Middle 11:30 am
HCHS 11:40 am
Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools.
"Roll, Red, Roll" Graphic Spotlights Patriots' Championship Rings
Paris, Tenn.-Puryear Photographer Lisa Green designed the "Roll, Red, Roll" graphic above as part of a senior class photography session. "The hand and ring belong to Sam McCadams," she said. "I had never seen one of the championship rings and I figured others probably hadn't either." The Henry County Patriots won the state football championship in 2011 and are going for their second win on Friday at 7 p.m.
State Title Games to Air on Television, Online
Cookeville, Tenn.-Fans of the Henry County Patriots and the Union City Golden Tornadoes who are unable to attend the state championship games later this week in person will still be able to watch the games.
All the 2013 BlueCross Bowl Football state championship games will be aired on several television stations across the state and the games can be viewed on the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association website.
Unlike previous years, WLJT-TV in Martin will not be airing the games locally. WLJT General Manager and CEO Monica Reese Cochran said, “No, we will not be covering the TSSAA games. This was a decision made by Play On Sports that produces for TSSAA, not WLJT’s decision. I want everyone to realize that. We are just as disappointed as everyone else is about not being able to cover them.“
Games will be broadcast on the following network affiliates across Tennessee:
Nashville – WUXP (MyNetwork) / WNAB (CW)
Memphis – WLMT (CW) / WPXX (MyNetwork) / WPTY (ABC)
Knoxville – MyVLT (MyNetwork)
Chattanooga – WFLI (CW) / MyTV Chattanooga (MyNetwork) / WDSI (FOX)
Tri-Cities – WAPK (MyNetwork)
Jackson – WJKT (FOX) / JEA Cable
The TSSAA website is at http://www.tssaa.org. The link to view the games can be found on the home page on the “TSSAA Network” logo. There is a fee to view the games of $10 for a 24-hour pass.
Both the Golden Tornadoes and the Patriots play on Friday, December 6. The Golden Tornadoes play at 11 a.m. and the Patriots play at 7 p.m.
Henry Students Go "Under the Dome"
Pre-Schoolers enter the dome at Henry School. (Photo submitted by Susan Burton.)
Henry, Tenn.- Thanks to a Plus Endowment grant, Henry Elementary students Monday had a unique opportunity to experience 3-D travel through space and the effects of tornadoes and earthquakes inside a Dome IMAX theatre/planetarium that was set up at the school.
School Counselor Regena Lindsey said, “The Dome presentations encourage reading, research, the use of math and writing skills.” Linsey was the recipient of a William Atchison Plus Endowment grant that funded the Dome.
"Our teachers have chosen presentations that align with their curriculum and hope that students will gain more understanding of the material through experiencing the virtual presentations,” she said.
Teachers were able to choose from several presentations that take students on a journey in Astronomy, Physical Science, Space Science, Earth Science, Social Studies, or Biology. The Dome is a 16' x 16' space with a 10' ceiling and allows 30-45 students to rotate through and view videos in a planetarium-style theatre.
Optimist Christmas Tree Sale Discontinued
Paris, Tenn.-For the first time in several years, there will be no Optimist Club Christmas Tree sales this year. According to a club spokesperson, the annual sale was discontinued this year due to declining sales over recent years.
Meetings on New Director to be Held December 19
Union City, Tenn.-With the recent resignation of Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, the County Board of Education has set a series of meetings for December 16 to seek input from community members, personnel and school officials on what type of candidate they are looking for in the next school director.
Huss began a new job as Director of Business Affairs for Bethel University in McKenzie on December 1.
Obion County Assistant Director of Schools Nancy Hamilton said she and Assistant Director Dale Hollowell will share duties as co-directors until a permanent director can be hired.
Hamilton said the Tennessee School Boards Association will be helping in the search process. “We haven’t decided on the timeline, but we do hope to have a permanent director hired by April,” she said.
Christmas Bazaar to Feature Works of Local Artists
Paris, Tenn.-A Christmas Bazaar will be held at the Lee Academy for the Arts on Saturday, December 7. The bazaar will benefit the scholarship program at the Lee Academy.
Hours for the bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it will be held in the lunchroom at Lee. The bazaar will feature artwork by local artists in a variety of media, such as oils, acrylics, China painting, jewelry, photography, stained glass, needlework, pottery and basket weaving. There also will be baked goods for sale.
For more information call Sandee Green at 731-644-2056.
Monday, December 2, 2013
One Injured in Accident
Union City, Tenn.-At least one person was injured in an accident earlier today in which a car reportedly drove through a guardrail on Hwy. 22 east of Union City and possibly into the Obion River.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. and involved an injury, but could not say how serious the injury was. The dispatcher did say the injured party was transported by helicopter to Baptist Memorial Hospital.
The dispatcher at the Obion County Sheriff’s Office would not comment on the accident.
Henry County Patriots’ Pep Rally, Send-Off Set
Henry County Patriots' huddle and referees do the same before the state quarterfinals' game at Patriot Stadium against Memphis Ridgeway two weeks ago. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-Fans of the Henry County Patriots will have opportunities this week to show the team their support. The Patriots will compete for the State Class 5A Football Championship at 7 p.m. at Cookeville. The Patriots’, which have a perfect season and are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 5A, will play Knoxville West.
Henry County High School Athletic Director Mike Poteete said a community-wide rally has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school. The weather will dictate whether the rally is held inside or outside. The high school band and cheerleaders will be at the rally.
A send-off for the team will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at the high school. Poteete said the band and student body will be outside the high school to help send off the team.
Tickets for the State Championship game in Cookeville will be available at Henry County High School beginning Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. School officials and the Quarterback Club ask that if you plan to attend, please purchase your tickets from the school since the Henry County High School program gets a larger share for all pre-solds, Admission tickets are $12 each.
Union City High School Sets Pep Rally for Golden Tornadoes
Union City, Tenn.-A pep rally will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday for the Union City High School Golden Tornadoes as they prepare for their State Football Championship match in Class 1A. The Golden Tornadoes will play at 11 a.m. Friday in Cookeville against South Pittsburgh.
The pep rally will be held in the high school gym and will be followed by a send-off as the team leaves at 10:30 a.m.
Mansfield Man Charged with Animal Cruelty
Mansfield, Tenn.-A 51-year-old Mansfield man has been charged with animal cruelty after he reportedly allowed a horse to die.
Mark Tharpe of 3445 Vale Rd., was arrested late last week by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the horse was found starved to death, lying in its own feces, in a barn on Vale Rd. Belew said Tharpe was supposed to be caring for the animal for someone else and that he told deputies he had put the horse down, but no signs of bullet holes were found on the animal.
Belew said, “It appears he had not fed or given the horse water and that the horse suffered for a significant amount of time.”
The investigation is ongoing, with assistance from the Henry County University of Tennessee Extension office. Tharpe was released from jail with payment of the $5,000 bond and will appear in court Dec. 3.
Woman Charged with Leaving Scene, Other Charges
Paris, Tenn.-A rural Buchanan woman was arrested over the weekend on multiple charges after she reportedly left the scene of an accident on foot to evade arrest.
According to the police report, Sgt. Michael Ramos was called to the scene on Volunteer Dr. and caught up with the driver. She began to run away again and Sgt. Ramos told her he would use the taser on her if she didn’t stop.
The woman continued being uncooperative, at which point Sgt. Ramos did use the taser on her, after which she pulled one of the taser wires out of her body and began to run again.
Arrested was Melinda J. Miller, 38, 165 Carl Chandler Rd., Buchanan. She is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, evading arrest, resisting arrest, simple possession, driving on a revoked license and failure to show proof of insurance.
UC Police Looking for Missing Man
Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in finding a missing person.
Jeffrey Allen Bannister, 42, was last seen around 7 p.m. Saturday, November 30 in the area of Mosswood Drive in Union City. He is white, 6 feet, weighing 190 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing an OD green jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the police department at 731-885-1515.
No Change in Juvenile Judge Position
Union City, Tenn.-Obion County Mayor Benny McGuire said there will be no change in the position held by Juvenile Judge Sammy Nailing Jr.
He said the commission has been discussing the matter recently, but no action will be taken. He said confusion arose surrounding the wording of state legislation governing the pay afforded juvenile judges and the commission will be working to pass new legislation to clarify the issue.
He said the legislation as worded now indicates that juvenile judges will receive a minimum $20,000 a year with an additional $20,000 on top of that. “We already knew the minimum pay was $20,000, but you can read into it the way it’s worded now that you’re supposed to pay the judges another $20,000.”
The commission is hopeful the legislation would be amended in January or February, he said, and the commission will bring the matter up again after that.
Union City, Tenn.-A bicyclist was injured and taken to the local emergency room following a collision with a vehicle Friday in the area of West Reelfoot Ave. and Everett Street. No condition report is available.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle said she was attempting a turn when the bicycle suddenly appeared in front of her. Witnesses corroborated her account. Another driver came forward and told officers that the bicyclist did the same thing to her a few moments before but she was able to avoid a collision.
Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating a break-in at the Uptown North Convenience Store in Union City on Friday. According to the police report, an anonymous caller reported the door was busted and police found that the glass door was busted in when they arrived at the scene.
The owner reported the store had been closed for a month and when he surveyed the scene he reported beer, cigarettes and candy was taken.
Wednesday's Candlelight Advent Walk Ushers in Season
Paris, Tenn.-The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. December 4. Worshippers will hear the message of Advent in a walking journey to seven locations while proceeding by candlelight through the historic downtown area.
“This is a unique and wonderful way to usher in the Advent Season,” according to Elaine Conger, Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church who chairs the 2013 Advent Walk Committee. “It’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian downtown while embarking on a reverent Advent Journey. Music will be provided by the Henry County High School Band and Choral groups as well as participating Church Choir groups.”
The service begins at Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street at 6:30 pm. Participants will be guided to sit inside Quinn Chapel for a brief welcome and instructions before embarking on their Advent Journey. The ushers will assist in dismissing people 20-25 at a time where a designated leader will be waiting on them outside.
Youth from Grace Episcopal will assist in the lighting of candles outside Quinn Chapel as groups begin their Advent journey. The Advent Walk includes seven stations from Quinn Chapel, First Baptist Church, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, and Grace Episcopal Church. A reception will be held at the final stop, Grace Episcopal Church, in Ketchum Hall.
Murray Festival of Lights Begins
Murray, Ky.-The popular--and colorful--Festival of Lights in Murray opened Sunday at the Murray-Calloway County Central Park. The event continues through December 29 and is open from 5-10 p.m. each day. Admission is with cash donations or canned goods.
LBL Accepting Camping Applications
Golden Pond, Ky.-Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area is now accepting applications for the 2014 seasonal camping program.
There are a total of 114 campsites in the seasonal camping program available for two to nine months at Hillman Ferry, Piney, and Wranglers campgrounds. Fenton, Cravens Bay, Taylor Bay, and Redd Hollow campgrounds have a total of 32 short-term (one to six months) sites available.
Hillman Ferry and Piney
Completed applications due: January 3
Drawing for campsites: January 11
Piney: 9am at Brandon Spring Group Center
Hillman Ferry: 1pm at Grand Rivers Community Center
Wranglers and Backcountry
Completed applications due: January 10
Drawing for campsites: January 18
Both drawings at Administrative Office,
100 Van Morgan Drive, Golden Pond, KY
The selection process for seasonal site reservations is designed to allow for the maximum amount of participation in the program. All applicants must be present during the selection process, and payment is required in full upon site selection.
For complete details on camping regulations, information regarding the seasonal campsites and the application process, or to download an application, visit www.lbl.org, or contact LBL’s Customer Service Department at 270-924-2044.