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Monday, February 10, 2017

TCAT Doors Being Kept Locked Today


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) in Paris is keeping its doors locked today as an extra level of security for students there.

TCAT Director Brad White told WENK/WTPR this morning that the doors are being kept locked “as a precautionary measure”, due to an incident involving students that occurred recently.

“There have been no incidents here and hopefully there won’t be,” White said. “We’re just watching all the entrances and keeping watch over who comes in to the building.”

White said it is unclear how long the doors will be kept locked. “It may be just today; it may be tomorrow. We don’t know yet.”


Parent-Teacher Conference Times Changed

Paris, Tenn.-Parent-Teacher Conference times for both E.W. Grove School and HenryCounty High School will be from 12 - 6 pm on Tuesday, February 21

Parent High School 201 (for sophomore parents) and 301 (for junior parents) at HCHS will begin at 5pm. Please note that these times have been adjusted. The time adjustments have been made so Patriot fans can travel to Clarksville for the 7:30 p.m.District Championship game at Northwest between the Lady Patriots and Rossview.

Arts Council Moves To Lee Academy


Arts Council Director Amy Jones. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—In her second year as Executive Director of the Paris-Henry County Arts Council, Amy Jones said her major focus is on consolidating the efforts of local arts programs.

The Arts Council’s move to the Lee Academy for the Arts has been a big part of accomplishing that goal, she said.

“What we want to do is work together with the other arts programs in Henry County and having our office in this building has really helped with that,” Jones said.

For several years, the Arts Council office had been located at Paris City Hall. Jones said, “We really appreciated all that the city of Paris did for us, allowing us to have our office there. We were already thinking we needed to consolidate and the city needed that space, so this move just makes so much sense.”

Jones said she spoke to Lee Academy board members about how to accomplish more coordination between the programs and they agreed, offering an office in the historic two-story former Lee School.

“It has really helped us to partner with the Lee Academy more directly,” she said. “And it has really helped me being here, where there are artistic programs and classes going on all the time. The Arts Council is really making a lot of good contacts being here. It’s really helped communicating between the programs.”

Jones, who is from Louisville, Ky., lives in Paris with her husband, Leland, and four children. She and her husband met at Murray State and she has past experience as stage manager at Ballet Memphis and the Arkansas Childen’s Theater in Little Rock.

The Arts Council can be contacted by calling 642 -3955.


Martin Man Cited For Gun Discharge

MartinTenn.—A Martin man will appear in court this week on charges of reckless endangerment charge and discharging a handgun within the city limits after an incident at his apartment Friday night.

Martin Police responded to 528 Ellis St., Apt. 1124 on a gunshot call around 8:30 p.m. Friday. It was determined a handgun had been discharged when Lamont Harris, age 24, of Martin, had picked up his Glock 9mm handgun from a bar in the kitchen and pulled the trigger.

The round passed through his own exterior wall, through the wall of the adjacent apartment, through the headboard of a bed, through a dresser on the opposite side of the room, through an interior wall and in to a closet.  The spent round was located in the closet floor. 

Captain Phillip Fuqua said, “No one was harmed during the incident, but initially, Mr. Harris did hide his weapon under his mattress and told officers that he did not know anything about the incident.  After further investigation, Mr. Harris did admit to firing the shot and completed a written statement explaining the event.”


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Investigation Ongoing After Fatal Shooting

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—An investigation is ongoing into the shooting death of a Henry County man Friday night.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Jonathan Tyson Goodlow was killed during an altercation at a home at 75 Turkey Lane around 10:45 p.m. Friday.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to that residence by 911, with the caller saying that an intruder had been shot.

According to the press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies found Goodlow dead at the scene and that a resident, John Marcus Green, had shot him.

Upon preliminary investigation, it was determined by the Criminal Investigation Unit that Goodlow found his estranged wife’s vehicle there due to a tracking device placed on her car by a third party. Goodlow approached the car and retrieved the tracking device, then went to the front door, according to the press release.

At that time, the press release states, Goodlow allegedly forced his way into the home and during a struggle with his estranged wife and Green, he was shot by Green.

County Coroner Danny Tucker declared Goodlow deceased. Chief Deputy Damon Lowe said the deputies were assisted at the scene by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Rescue Squad.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The sheriff’s office is in continuous contact with the District Attorney’s office and once all the evidence has been filed, it will be turned over to the DA’s office.

Shooting Info To Be Released Today

ParisTenn.—Information on a shooting that occurred Friday night on Turkey Lane in Henry County will be released later today by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Monte Belew said Saturday night there is no suspect at large and no arrests have been made in the shooting.

The shooting occurred near Hwy. 218.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Helping Hand Grand Total Now $257,056

Framed autographed Marcus Mariota jersey was donated by Air Evac for today's auction. (Helping Hand photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.—With a week and a half left to go in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction, the grand total raised is now at $257,056.

Saturday’s total raised was $6,393, including the $861 raised during a silent auction. Items today were donated by the Henry County Medical Center employyes, auxiliary, Healthcare Center, EMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.

A highlight of Saturday’s auction was the sale of a framed Marcus Mariota jersey donated by Air Evac. The jersey was sold for $400 to Chris Martin.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Next week’s schedule is:

Monday’s items will be donated by Point Pleasant Baptist Church, 4-H Clubs of Henry County, Henry County No Fly Zone, Eiffel Gardens and HCHS Madrigals.

Tuesday: Paris City employees, Como community BPU, Project Help.

Wednesday: VanDyke/ROuton communities; VanDyke Church of Christ and Spring Hill Baptist Church.

Thursday: Maplewood Baptist Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Peppers Automotive.

Friday: Springville community, Paris Healthcare, Henry County Republic Party and Women, Doghouse Rescue.

Saturday: Tennessee Valley Community Church.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.
Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.

Huge Crowd Turns Out For Mt. Zion Benefit

ParisTenn.—A huge crowd was on hand today for the Mt. Zion Baptist Church fundraiser held at TrinityUnited Methodist Church in Paris. Good music, good food and plenty of activities kept everyone busy all day. With the building in disrepair, the Mt. Zion congregation has been unable to meet in its church for some time and they are raising funds to build a new church. In photos, everyone enjoys music, while bottom photo, Reggie Caldwell shows the autographed football from Vanderbilt Head Football Coach Derek Mason, courtesy of Bill and Andrew Jelks. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

HCMC Interviews Casteel For CEO Position

ParisTenn.-At a special meeting, the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees interviewed Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel for the position of Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Current CEO Thomas Gee will retire in October after 25 years of service to the hospital.

Gee was unable to attend the meeting, but provided a letter of support for Casteel that Board Chair Phil Wichlan shared with the group. The interview process, which lasted about 1 ˝ hours, gave Casteel the opportunity to discuss her leadership qualities and vision for HCMC.

 According to Director of Marketing Tory Daughrity, Casteel has served the hospital as Chief Financial Officer for 11 years. She is a 1989 graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor in business administration and earned her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care administration in 2014 from BethelUniversity.

She worked as a CPA for Deloitte and Touche in Memphis, for KPMG in Nashville and Shreveport, and as controller and compliance officer for Gateway Health System in Clarksville.

According to Daughrity, the Board of Trustees hopes to have a decision at the next board meeting, set for Thursday, February 23.


Register Now For Free Trees

ParisTenn.-Register now for free trees for next week’s 100K Tree Day and pledge to plant yours on February 25.

The Tennessee Environmental Council will be providing bare-root tree seedlings at no cost to participants—although donations are encouraged. All you have to do is agree to pick them up Friday, February 24, and plant them on Saturday, February 25.

The Henry County pickup site for trees will be at the Paris Civic Center parking lot on Volunteer Drive.

For more information and to register for trees go to:

Friday, February 17, 2017

Helping Hand Total Now $250,659


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


ParisTenn.- The grand total raised so far in the Helping Hand Radio Auction has now reached $250,659, with the $2,893 raised today by the REAL Hope Youth Center, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, Henry County Prevention Coalition, St. John’s CDS and Literacy Council.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Saturday will be a big day, with items donated by the Henry County Medical Center employees, auxiliary, Healthcare CenterEMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.

Next week will be the last full week in the Helping Hand auction. 

The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.

Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.

Sgt. Cagle Honored On Retirement


Sgt. Cagle, left, accepts plaque from Chief Elizondo. (PPD photo).

ParisTenn.-Retiring Paris Police Sgt. Gerry Cagle was honored at a reception Friday after a lifetime of law enforcement in Henry County—34 years, seven months, to be exact.

Gagle worked seven years with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, beginning in 1982, and was hired in 1990 by the Paris Police Department by former Chief Richard Dunlap, where he has stayed for 27 years and one month.

At the reception, held at Paris City Hall, Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said Cagle has worked as a deputy, patrolman, patrol corporal and patrol sergeant, working six yeas as a Paris Special Schools District DARE Officer.

Elizondo presented Cagle with a plaque, as well as a ‘retirement badge’. Cagle said he plans to enjoy retirement with his wife of 17 years, Juanita, and his twin, Terry, who is also retiring as a jailer from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.


Huntingdon Woman Faces Drug Charges


HuntingdonTenn.—A Huntingdon woman was arrested on multiple drug charges Thursday after Huntingdon Police officers executed a search warrant at 159 Williams Street.

Arrested was Beverly Cole, age 44, charged with several counts of manufacturing/delivery/selling and possessing narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigator Joey Hedge obtained the warrant after being informed of a high volume of traffic in and out of the residence.

During the search, officers found 7.4 grams of ice or crystal meth, five grams of cocaine, oxycodone pills, Xanax pills, pipes, spoons, scales and other paraphernalia.

Cole is free after posting on the $10,000 bond. She will be arraigned February 22.


Five Area Hunters Lose Licenses For One Year

Two Others Waive Preliminary Hearing


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.—Five hunters lost their hunting privileges as a result of an order handed down in Henry County General Sessions Court Thursday, with two more opting for another hearing in the local Circuit Court in the future.

Five hunters—one of whom is the Benton County Director of Schools—appeared for their preliminary hearing Thursday. They were charged with exceeding their daily bag limit of ducks, specifically illegal taking, possessing and destroying of wildlife.

The five were: Mark Florence, Camden (Benton County Director of Schools), Jake Ballard Lumpkin, Camden; Timothy Sanders, Springville; Kody Owen, Gleason, and Gary Troutt, Camden.

The two who waived their right to a preliminary hearing and are seeking a hearing in Circuit Court are Andrew Troutt, who owns the land where the hunting took place and Allen Douglas of Camden.

The charges against the five were brought by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), with Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing representing the TWRA. The seven hunters were all represented by Attorney Neil Thompson of Paris.

According to Greg Barker of the TWRA, all seven were hunting in an area off of Little Benton Rd. along the Big Sandy River in Henry County.

He said Andrew Troutt also is charged with baiting.

Under the order, the case was continued for a year and Florence, Lumpkin, Sanders, Owen and Gary Troutt lost their hunting licenses for a year and fined a total of $485 ($200 fine and $285 court costs). The five still do have their fishing privileges.



Louisiana Hunter Loses Privileges For Two Years

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

ParisTenn.-A hunter from Louisiana lost his hunting license for two years after being found guilty of killing deer over the legal limit in Henry County General Sessions Court Thursday.

William Hunter Benton of St. FrancisvilleLa., was sentenced by Judge Vicki Snyder to a fine of $350 ($50 for each of the seven deer killed); $285 in court costs and ordered that he lose his hunting privileges for two years. Benton also paid restitution of $1500 to TWRA.

TWRA Officer Greg Barker said Benton was charged with five counts of illegal taking and possession of deer, hunting without a license and not wearing blaze orange.

He said it is important to note that when someone loses their hunting license in Tennessee, they automatically lose it in 45 other states at the same time, due to the Wildlife Violator Compact that TWRA belongs to.

Benton was caught with the deer in his truck while hunting on Little Benton Rd. in Henry County.

First-Ever National Signing Day Held At TCAT


Instructor Ricky French and Counselor Hallie Blount watch as HCHS Senior Ricky French signs his letter of intent for collision repair. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.—The first-ever National Signing Day was held Thursday at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Paris, with 23 high school students from Henry, Benton, and Carroll Counties signing letters of intent to attend college classes at TCAT in several fields of study.

The students, parents, guidance counsellors and instructors attended the ceremony at TCAT, located on Wilson St. in Paris, and a live feed of the signings were televised at other TCAT locations. A live feed of the ceremony was televised at other TCAT locations and 40 technical institutions around the country hosted ceremonies tied together with live, nationwide simulcasts.

Words of encouragement were presented by Paris-Henry County Chamber Director Mark Johnson and Henry County High School Principal Michele Webb.

Webb told the crowd, “I’m excited that we now have signing days for academics, much like we do for athletics.” She noted, “This is the third year that students from Henry County High School have been able to attend classes at TCAT” and get a head start on their college education.

The event is posted on youtube at:

Students signed their letters of intent to pursue coursework in cosmetology, collision repair, early childhood education, practical nursing, health information management, industrial maintenance, machine tool, motorcycle and ATV repair, welding and other fields.


As HCHS Principal Michele Webb and Counselors Jackie Gardner and Hallie Blount look on, Henry County High School Student Tyrell Teague signs his letter of intent. (McFarlin photo).

Henry County Industries Create 107 New Jobs

Paris, Tenn.--Existing industries in Henry County invested more than $19 million in new equipment and facility upgrades and added 107 new jobs to Henry County’s economy during the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, according to statistics released by the Henry County Alliance. 

The number of jobs increased from 1,658 full-time company positions to 1,765, according to Alliance CEO David Hamilton.

 “70% of the new jobs created in manufacturing come from local industry expansions,” Hamilton said. “We are fortunate to have strong, growing industries in Henry County and supporting our existing industries is our number one priority.”

These job growth figures only include manufacturing jobs and do not take into account the new jobs created in the retail, medical and commercial business sectors.  “We have seen growth in our retail, medical and commercial sectors as well,” Hamilton said. 

The most recent unemployment figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows Henry County’s unemployment rate is 6.7%, a 1.9% decrease from the same period a year ago.  There are 13,970 people in Henry County’s labor force, 13,040 people are employed and 930 people remain unemployed.

 “We are working hard to create opportunities for the 930 people still unemployed in HenryCounty,” Hamilton stated.


Couple Robbed At Gunpoint In Their Home

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are seeking two suspects in the aggravated armed robbery which injured two people at a Union City residence early this morning.

According to the police report, two black males with masks on forcibly entered a home at 516 N. Dobbins St. and robbed a man and woman at gunpoint. The suspects struck both in the head with their guns, causing minor injuries.

Stolen was $200 in cash and a cell phone.

Judge Issues Decision In Criminal Sentencing

Paris, Tenn.–  Following a lengthy hearing held last week in Henry County Circuit Court regarding the effects of a new law concerning criminal sentencing, Judge Donald Parish has issued his decision.

Defendants Victor Sims and A. B. Price, both of Paris, intend to plead guilty to pending charges pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement with the sentence to be served partly in jail but with the remainder served on supervised probation.

According to a press release from Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson, the cases presented similar legal issues arising as a result of changes in Tennessee sentencing and probation statutes which became effective January 1.  The collective effect of the statutes was to transfer from the trial judge to a probation officer the power to sanction a probationer for the violation of the most commonly disobeyed conditions of probation – like illegal drug use. Judges routinely impose restrictions or conditions on probationers at the time of sentencing.

In a 44- page Order filed February 16, Judge Parish clarified some parts of the new statutes. The Judge decided that the legislature could not transfer the authority to make probation violation decisions from a court to a probation officer because those decisions were exclusively the duty of a judge, according to the Tennessee constitution. 

Judge Parish also concluded that an attempt to sanction a probationer from an alleged violation of probation, which involved a significant impact on their life, like being ordered to mental health treatment, required advance notice to the probationer and a fair hearing of the circumstances by a judge before the action could be taken, unless the action was knowingly agreed to by the probationer.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paris PD Seeks Help To ID Suspect

Paris, Tenn.—The Paris Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman in the surveillance photo.

Lt. Ricky Watson said the woman is the alleged suspect in a crime which occurred at a local store over the past week. As the photo indicates, the crime was committed at the Fred's Discount Store on Volunteer Drive.

If you have any information please contact Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker @ 731-641-1437 or Lt. Watson @ 731-641-1478.

Skyhawks To Play Season Opener At UC

Union CityTenn.--The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team will play its season opener this weekend at L.H. Ladd Field in Union City. Renovations are still ongoing at Skyhawk Field in Martin.

The team will host Mid-American Conference foe Buffalo.

The season begins with a 2 p.m. first pitch time on both Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18, followed by a 12 p.m. start time on Sunday, Feb. 19.

UT Martin will head into its third season under the direction of head coach Rick Robinson The Skyhawks return 13 players while adding 19 newcomers in 2017.  


Curd Named Coach Of Year

ParisTenn.—Henry County High School Girls Basketball Coach Cliff Curd has been named the 10AAA Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year and four of his players were named to the All-District Team.

Henry County High School Girls’ Basketball Players named to the team are: Gracie Osbon, Natiya Jumper, Emily Gilstrap and Elizabeth Wood.

The 2017 Girls’ Basketball All-District Team Recognition ceremony will take place at Tuesday, February 21, at the conclusion of the championship game at 7:30 p.m. at NorthwestHigh School in Clarksville.

Lee Academy Seeks Program Director

ParisTenn.-The Lee Academy for the Arts is now accepting resumes for the position of Director of Programs and Events.

The position is part-time, at 15 hours per week. The Director of Programs and Events would be responsible for the operational success of Lee Academy. Specifically, duties would include development of creative academic classes, programs, workshops and community events; oversee the website and social media promoting the Lee Academy; and issue press releases.

Interested persons should send their resumes to Lee Academy for the Arts, P.O.Box 667,ParisTenn.38242.

The Lee Academy for the Arts is located at 402 Lee Street in Paris, and is located in the renovated historic former Lee School.


UTM Program To Assist Future Teachers


Clifford Jones (right) is shown assisting a local student during one of the University of Tennessee at Martin’s summer STEM camps. Jones is an educational studies major from Memphis.

MartinTenn. – A program which provides tuition assistance, room and board for future teachers will begin at The University of Tennessee at Martin beginning with the fall 2017 semester.

UT Martin will be home to an official branch of the “Call me MiSTER” program. Applications are being accepted and will be considered until the program is full.

The “Call me MiSTER” program, originally founded at Clemson University in 2000, is a leadership program that seeks to provide future teachers from diverse backgrounds with the tools and support needed to pursue successful careers in elementary and middle schools across the nation.

“MiSTER” stands for “Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models,” and the program is geared toward future teachers from under-served, socioeconomically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. Program participants are provided with UT Martin tuition assistance and room and board.

Applicants must be Tennessee residents and be accepted to UT Martin and enrolled to study early childhood education, special education or middle grades education. Students must also have a composite ACT score of at least 21, be eligible for the Tennessee Hope Scholarship Program and complete an application process.

MiSTER Scholars are required to live on campus with fellow program participants as part of the “Call Me MiSTER” living-learning community and maintain a minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a full-time course load. Program graduates are also required to teach one year in a Tennessee public school for each year of assistance provided by the “Call Me MiSTER” program.

UT Martin is the first and only chartered provider of the “Call me MiSTER” program in Tennessee. A complete list of required application materials can be found at

For more information, contact the UT Martin College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences at 731-881-7125 or by email at


Two South Fulton Men Face Child Sex Charges

Union CityTenn.—Two South Fulton men are in the Obion County Jail on charges of rape and sexual abuse of children—involving separate cases.

Sidney Houston Tripp, age 39, is charged with rape of a child, while John Seth Bailey, age 49, was arrested on 10 felony counts charging him with sexual abuse of a child.

Tripp was extradited from Kentucky after being arrested by the Fulton County Police on the rape charge. In the Obion County indictment, Tripp is charged with knowingly and unlawfully having sex with a child less than 13 in June 2015.

A $50,000 bond was set in his case.

Bailey is charged with 10 felony counts, stating that he “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly engaged in sexual abuse of a child” between April and September of 2016. Specifically, he is charged with felony rape, aggravated statutory rape and sexual battery.

His bond also is set at $50,000.


Helping Hand Grand Total Now $239,070


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


ParisTenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now $239,070, with the $3,519 raised Tuesday by the Sunnyside/Country Wood area, Scenic Hills/Castleton Cove, Henry County Food Bank, Extendicare and Ladies With SWAG.

The Helping Hand Radio Auction annually raises funds for a long list of local non-profit organizations. Dozens and dozens of volunteers, along with local clubs and organizations pitch in to raise the funds. The auction will run through March 1.

Wednesday’s items will be donated by Paris Landing and resort areas, Country Club Estates/Nelson/Shady Grove, Salvation Army and Friends of McNeill Park.

Thursday’s items will be donated by the Elkhorn community, Friends of the Wildlife Refuge, CHHAMPS, and Henry Farmers Co-op.

Friday’s items will be donated by the REAL Hope Youth Center, World’s Biggest Fish Fry, HC Prevention Coalition, St. John’s CDS, and Literacy Council.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the Henry County Medical Center employyes, auxiliary, Healthcare CenterEMS, Home Health, and other areas of the hospital.
The Helping Hand Radio Auction is broadcast live every weekday and Saturday on WTPR-AM 710. The auctions begin at 12:30 p.m. on weekdays and at noon on Saturdays.
You can see photos of items to be auctioned off every day at the Henry County Helping Hand, Inc. Facebook page.
Or you can watch the action in person at the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds.
Auction phone is 644-1695.


Former Samburg Clerk Charged With Theft

Union CityTenn.-A former Samburg City Recorder has been arrested on a charge of felony theft, charged with stealing $31,759 from the city during her tenure there.

Mary Ann Swain, age 54, now living in UnionMo., appeared before Obion County Judge Jeff Parham for her arraignment Tuesday.

Swain had turned herself in to Obion County authorities and posted the $5,000 bond set in her case.

According to the indictment, Swain illegally obtained the funds from the city between July 1, 2012, and October 31, 2014.

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