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Thursday, December 10, 2015


Victims, Citizens Can Now Track Inmates In All 95 Counties


Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson


Nashville, Tenn.-The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association has announced a program that can track the status of inmates in the county jails in all 95 counties.


The program is called Tennessee SAVIN and through it, inmates throughout Tennessee are registered.


Carroll County Sheriff Andy Dickson is the SAVIN Program Committee Chairman.


The purpose of the Tennessee SAVIN program is to increase the safety of victims of crime, law enforcement, criminal justice personnel and the general public by providing access to timely information concerning the custody status of offenders in county jails. Victims and other concerned citizens can register anonymously by telephone (1-888-868-4631) or register at the website to be notified in the event of an offender’s release, transfer or escape. 


Tennessee SAVIN provides an optional process and more timely access to offender information from participating county correctional facilities. According to the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, what makes it special is the automatic notification feature. As long as you’ve got a telephone or a computer, you can receive an automated alert anytime of the day or night anywhere-at home or your workplace and up to five contact numbers can be entered. That kind of information could provide protection that is critically important to anyone who’s concerned about the whereabouts of any offender. However, victims should not rely solely on this system for all notification purposes.


Citizens calling 1-888-868-4631 are asked to provide an offender’s name and/or booking number which they can obtain from their local county jail or correctional facility. After the system has provided the relevant offender custody information, it asks the caller if they would like to register to be automatically notified when that offender is released or transferred and what manner of notification they prefer. Those choosing to register provide a phone number, and a four-digit personal identification number (PIN), which they will later use to confirm the notification calls or to cancel any future calls if needed. Live operator assistance is available round-the-clock for callers who have questions or require additional help. General information is in both Spanish and English and interpreters are available in many languages.


The VINE system is provided by a sole source provider, Appriss. The TSA Staff and SAVIN Governing Council, which is comprised of sheriffs representing all regions of the state, have been working hard toward implementing and promoting this service to the public.


Citizens locating an offender and/or registering via the internet access the information through www.vinelink.com and simply click on the State of Tennessee on the Vine map and follow the instructions given.


TNSAVIN brochures and posters are also available to the public in Spanish and English. For information contact Gary Cordell, SAVIN Program Coordinator, at 615-547-0112.


Dyersburg American Legion Shut Down As Nuisance


Dyersburg, Tenn.-Dyersburg City Workers have padlocked the American Legion Post 191 shut following a court order from Judge Lee Moore declaring it a public nuisance.


Dyersburg Police Officers explained the court order to Post Commander Terry Bonner before it was padlocked.


District Attorney General Phil Bivens requested the order, filing a petition for abatement of a nuisance, defined in part as "any place in or upon which unlawful gambling, quarrelling, drunkenness, fighting, or breaches of the peace are carried or permitted." 


Since 2009, the Dyersburg Police Department has reportedly received 157 calls from the public regarding the American Legion Post, for reasons including fighting, disorderly conduct, weapons possession and illegal gambling.


The court order shutting down the facility is temporary and will remain closed at least until a hearing Tuesday, December 15.. The court order was posted on the front door of the American Legion.



Christmas Spirit Through Stained Glass



Paris, Tenn.-In addition to the beautiful and impressive trees at this year’s Festival of Trees on display at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, visitors can view another impressive sight: several stained glass pieces that decorate the new entrance of the Heritage Center. The stained glass pieces were hand-made by Interim Director Sandee Green. The Festival of Trees will be on display through December 20. (Shannon McFarlin photo).




MSU Professor Receives Patent For Fog Device



Murray, Ky.-A Murray State professor has secured a patent for a device used to see through fog, a device which everyone in our area could have really used this morning.


Associate Professor of Computer Science Bob Pilgrim said the invention could be used for safety purposes in multiple industries.


Pilgrim said he got the idea for the device in the early 90s when he was walking his dog and taking pictures on a foggy morning. When he added a certain filter to the lens, he noted he could see notably better through the fot.


According to Pilgrim, water in the form of fog doesn’t block a whole view, but is actually just reflecting the light. He said the brightness of the light is the reason people can’t see through fog. Pilgrim’s device limits the wavelength to water absorption bands.


After using a spectrometer to determine the band limit of water, Pilgrim began to use block filters to experiment with cameras to determine specific measurements.

Now, with the patent, Pilgrim believes his device could make a difference in more than one industry.


Pilgrim said the device could have a large impact on hunting and safety. Another possibility he sees for the future of the device as a commercial product is a heads-up display on the dashboard of a car. The device would be mounted on the windshield with a one-to-one picture display on the inside of the car for more safety on the roads.



Chimes For Charity Raises $20,700 So Far


Union City, Tenn.-After its two-night Chimes for Charity radio-thon on our radio station, the annual charity raised some $20,700, part way toward its goal of $55,000. Chimes for Charity is an annual fundraising effort sponsored by the Jaycees and Jaycettes in Obion County.


The group already took dozens of children on a shopping trip to Wal-Mart and on Christmas Eve will be delivering baskets of food and gifts to needy families in Obion County.


The Jaycees and Jaycettes will be soliciting for more donations from businesses and individuals to raise the rest of the money for its goal.


Donations be submitted at the Justin Shaw Shelter Insurance office on Reelfoot Avenue, or by mail at P.O. Box 166 in Union City.



High School Class Tours Downtown Paris



Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Travel & Tourism class came downtown this morning for a historic tour. Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy ray thanked Teacher Brian Welp and the students. (DPA photo).



 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Surveillance Photos Released From Break-In


                                          


Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police have released surveillance photos of two suspects who broke into the Soleil Garden Center in Union City and tried to steal gas.


The two unsuccessfully tried to steal gas from one of the trucks parked inside the facility on Nailing Drive in Union City.


According to the police report, the suspects entered the facility at 10 p.m. and left around midnight Friday night. They cut a 50 foot garden hose and tried to siphon gas from trucks but the hose was too big. They went through two trucks, broke an interior light and stole latex gloves.


If anyone has information on these two, they are asked to call the Union City Police Department.



Air Evac Permanent Headquarters Almost Ready



Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Construction of the Air Evac’s permanent base at the Henry County Airport is moving ahead swiftly, so much so that the crew should be working from their new headquarters in two weeks, according to Airport Manager Don Davenport. Construction of the new hangar is complete and crews are currently working on wiring it now, he said. The new living quarters, top photo, is in place and also should be ready in two weeks. The new hangar and living quarters is located near the entrance of the airport on Hwy. 69N. (Charlie Allen photo).


Henry Woman Dies In Wreck


Paris, Tenn.-A 35-year-old Henry woman died as a result of a one-vehicle accident in Henry County Monday.

Kristi Townsend Allen died Monday in the emergency room at Henry County Medical Center where she was taken after the accident.


According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report of the accident, Allen was southbound on Old Union Road and struck a tree with her pickup truck when she was negotiating a curve.


Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday December 10, at McEvoy Funeral Home with Gary Collier officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery.


Visitation is 4 - 7 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Thursday.


She was born in Murray, to the late Barbany Ann Evans and Jeff (Rhonda) Townsend, Paris. 


Survived by her husband: Christopher Allen, Henry, TN; daughters: Alexis Ann Marie Gouge, Paris, TN, Destany Lynn Hope Allen, Henry, TN; son: Fabian Kane Lee Gouge, Paris, TN; sisters: Misti Townsend, Paris, TN, Stacey French, Rutherford, TN; brother: Bryce Townsend, Paris, TN; special grandmother: Christine W. Townsend, Paris, TN; cousins and special friends: B.J. Evans, Wanda Gouge, James Gouge and Tony Stepp.



Football Team, Santa Make Family Reading Night Special



Union City, Tenn.-The Union City High School Golden Tornado football players gave the kids at Union City Elementary a real treat last night, reading Christmas stories to them at the PTO’s Family Reading Night. Santa was there, too, of course, and the school’s two choirs, Chorus Kids and Voices, performed. Free cocoa, cookies, crafts and pictures with Santa filled out the evening. (Mandy Hinson photo).


Christmas Festival, Sketch Crawl, Parade On Tap Saturday


Paris Board of Public Utilities all lit up at last year's parade. (Shannon

McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Saturday will be a festive day in downtown Paris, with the Christmas Festival, Sketch Crawl and Holly Jolly Electric Parade happening back-to-back.


Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and the Elves will roll in for the Christmas Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. around the court square. The festival will feature live animals, trackless train rides, crafts, stories and tasty treats.


Downtown stores will be open, REAL Hope will have games, Paris! Magazine will provide refreshments and help children make Christmas ornaments and the local 4H will make ornaments such as handprint Santas. The reindeer goats also will make an appearance.


Monroe Robbins also will read Christmas stories inside Jack’s Java, where free hot chocolate will be available.


The Paris Fire Department also will be making s’mores on the courthouse lawn.


The Sketch Crawl will be held from 3-4 p.m. The biannual event is part of the festival and is open to anyone who enjoys drawing. There will be plenty to draw and participants are asked to bring their pen and paper and folding chair.


“We begin on the north side of the court house, across from the Golden Dragon Restaurant and sketch whatever turns our fancy, that's within our vision,” according to Ann Stapp, who will be leading the crawl. “After 30 minutes, we move to the next side. If you can only participate for a half-hour or an hour, that's fine, too.”


After the event, participants are welcome to join Stapp for a Dutch treat snack at the Golden Dragon. “It's a nice time for folks to share their work with the group if they'd like. With the artists' permission, I photograph the sketches for the DPA. They post it on their Facebook page  and www.VisitDowntownParis.com to highlight the artists' work and to encourage others to join us at our Spring sketch crawl.”


The Holly Jolly parade will commence at 5 p.m.



Shelby County DA To Speak At UTM Commencement



Martin, Tenn. – Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich will address the fall 2015 graduating class at the University of Tennessee at Martin during commencement exercises Dec. 12 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center. 


Weirich is an alumnus of UT Martin and is the first woman to serve as Shelby County District Attorney.


Weirich, a Germantown native, earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Martin in 1987 and went on to complete a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.


She joined the district attorney’s office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor and handled many high-profile criminal cases.  Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Weirich as Shelby County district attorney in January 2011, after which she was officially elected in August 2012 to complete the final two years of her predecessor’s term. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term in August 2014 and is the first woman to hold this position in Shelby County.

 

The entire commencement program, including Weirich’s addess, can be seen via a live webcast starting at 11 a.m. at www.utm.edu. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.



 

History Of Christmas Carols On Tap At Discovery Park



UTM music majors Jacie Pride and Bridget Huenefeld practice for their upcoming solos as presenters during Discovery Park of America’s Family Education Series program called, “Laughing all the Way.”


 

Union City, Tenn.- Discovery Park of America will host a musical trip through the history of the Christmas Carol during a concert Saturday morning and afternoon. It is titled “Laughing All The Way” and will be a combination of singers, string players and keyboard artists.


Martin Kane will present players from UTM’s Choral program. “Essentially, our guests will learn about 1,700 years of Christmas in 45 minutes,” Kane explained. It also will include a sing-a-long


It will be performed at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12th in the ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall at Discovery Park.  It is free with park admission.  


There may be additional performers, but to date, in addition to Kane, Discovery Park is expecting Jacie Pride, Bridget Huenefeld, Kaitlyn Austin, Rebekah Mansfield, John-Alex Warner, Grant Cacy, Wesley Sliger, Hector Ramirez, Daniel Guill and Dairus Taylor from the UTM Choral Program.  The Fieser Family Strings and Micah Barnes are on tap for strings.  The pianists are Ashley Coulson and John-Alex Warner. 


 December is packed with fun things to do at Discovery Park.  For a complete list, visit the website at www.discoveryparkofamerica.com and click on the Calendar.  Discovery Park is located at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, TN.  The park is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is a unique blend of history, science, architecture, art and fun.  



Quota Hears About Imagination Library 


Donna Winders speaking at Quota. (Martha McFadden photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Quotarian Donna Winders, who is Coordinator for Imagination Library since 1995, presented the program at the Quota meeting at Lee Academy Lunchroom. She said that Imagination Library was started in Tennessee by Dolly Parton, so that every child under the age of 5 in Sevier County would receive a book in the mail each month. 

Currently, all counties in Tennessee are involved in the program. The program came to Henry County in 2003 through a grant. In February, 2005, the first book order was issued (285 books). It costs $24 per year for a child to receive books and is mostly funded by donations. They get the word out to Pre-Schools and Head Start Programs and the first book that a child receives is “The Little Engine That Could”. 


Everyone qualifies and books are age appropriate. For example; Kindergarten children receive a book about going to Kindergarten. Books are addressed to the child and they receive one a month. Research shows that Imagination Library children are more advanced in Kindergarten than those who didn’t have them. Investing in Imagination Library invests in our community. Donations may be made to Imagination Library, P.O. Box 642, Paris, TN 38242 and any amount is accepted.


Members of the Mental Health Committee will make the trip to Western State Mental Hospital in Bolivar, TN on December 9th for the annual patient Christmas Party. 


The club Christmas Party will be on December 10th at Lee Academy Lunchroom with an “Around the World at Christmas” theme.


There are still pecans available for $10 per bag from any Quotarian.


Regional Director, Carol Patin, is selling Quota blankets for $28 and if anyone is interested, Janice Teas is taking orders.


The next regular meeting will be on January 13th, at which time members may bring their items to donate to Quota’s Helping Hand Day on January 14th, 2016. Members will also answer phones and take bids on that Thursday.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015


Burglary Arrest Made Following Foot Chase


        Sylvester Crayton


Martin, Tenn.-One suspect in a series of burglaries was caught in the act and another remains at large following a foot chase by Martin Police Monday evening.


Arrested was Sylvester Crayton, age 49 of Martin. He was charged with resisting arrest and other charges are pending.


The incident began around 9:30 p.m. when Ptl. Garrett Grady and Sgt. Brad Cook were on foot patrol in the area of Barnett St. in reference to several recently reported vehicle burglaries.  


Martin Police Capt. Phillip Fuqua said descriptions of two suspects had been given to the officers earlier that day by a couple of the burglary victims.  While on foot patrol, the officers observed two subjects matching those descriptions walking south near the address of 107 Barnett St. 


Sgt. Cook observed one of the subjects attempting to open the door on a vehicle parked in the driveway at this residence.  The subjects began to run after seeing a marked police car driving north on Mayes St.  


At this time, Sgt. Cook and Ptl. Grady shined the subjects with flashlights, announced that they were police officers and for the subjects to stop.  Both subjects continued to run east across McCombs St.  One of the subjects finally stopped and was ordered to get on the ground.  The subject did not comply and had to be physically subdued.  


This subject was identified as Crayton. The other subject remains at large and was not identified by the officers.  The investigation of this incident is still ongoing.


Lowe Presented Loyal Patriot Award For Career Of Service

Sheriff’s Office Presents Awards


Capt. Damon Lowe, right, accepts honors from Sheriff Monte Belew, left, and Lt. Scott

Wyrick. (Adam Jenkins photo).


Paris, Tenn.-At the Henry County Sheriff’s Office annual awards ceremony Monday night, Capt Damon Lowe was honoured for his 30 years of service with the sheriff’s office with the Loyal Patriot Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Henry Countian for his lifetime of service with the sheriff’s office. County Mayor Brent Greer also presented proclamation from County Mayor Brent Greer declaring December 7 as “Damon Lowe Day”. The proclamation honors Lowe as having the longest contiguous service in local law enforcement.


The sheriff’s office also presented gifts to Lowe for his service. The awards ceremony was held at the Henry County Fairgrounds.


Also honored last night were Deputy Terry Williams as Patrol Officer of the Year; Sgt. Daniel Powell as Corrections Officer of the Year; Deputy Jeff Smith as Student Resource Officer of the Year; and Tina Hale as Dispatcher of the Year.


Life Saving Awards also were presented to Deputy Wayne Fuqua and K9 Cisco for finding an autistic boy who was lost; Deputy Blake Jenkins for rescuing children from a hot car; Reserve Deputy Bob Kenworthy for administering CPR to a child; and Business Director Amy Davis for saving a man’s life while she was off duty by administering the Heimlich maneuver.


Deputy Terry Williams, center, was presented with Officer of the Year. (Adam Jenkins photo).


Annual Festival Of Trees Opens


Linda Fields, volunteer at the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge, and Tammy Walker of the Paris Police Department look over the Refuge tree. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center is aglow with the Christmas spirit as the annual Festival of Trees opened this morning. Eighteen trees are decorated in unique styles and awards were presented by the Downtown Paris Association at the Paris-Henry County Chamber Coffee.


Winning Most Original Tree was the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, which constructed a tree from sets used in plays at KPAC. Most Traditional Tree was won by Youth Villages.


Best Decorated Tree was won by the Friends of the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge which decorated a large tree with wildlife items. Winning second place in that category was Commercial Bank & Trust for its “Prayers for Paris” tree and third place was awarded to the Paris Police Department for its tree, which spotlights the history of the police department in words and photos.


People’s Choice can be voted on by the public anytime while the Festival of Trees is ongoing, from today through December 20 at the Heritage Center.


Interim Heritage Center Director Sandee Green and Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence make announcements. (McFarlin photo).


Chimes For Charity Begins



Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Chorus Kids sing Monday night at First Baptist Church in Union City on the first night of the annual Chimes for Charity event. A total $14,047 was raised last night and the event runs tonight and tomorrow from 6-7:30 p.m. It airs live on WENK AM 1240. Chimes for Charity raised $43,047 last year and has set a goal of $55,000 for this year. (Brent Hinson photo).




225 Kids Treated To Shopping Spree


Local law enforcement helpers during shopping spree. (Chuck Elizondo photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-A total of 225 underprivileged children were treated to a shopping spree Saturday, thanks to the F.O.P. Tennessee-Kentucky Lake Lodge 17, the Henry County Young Professionals, Knights of Columbus and Henry County High School students and guidance counselors.


FOP President and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said the shopping trip began at the high school, where the children were teamed with a shopping guide. Everyone then went to Wal Mart together for their shopping spree.


Because of the large amount of donations, each child was allowed to spend $75 on Christmas presents. When they returned to the high school, they also received more gifts: a stuffed animal for the girls and a match box car for the boys, along with other goodies.

Participating in the shopping spree were officers from the Paris Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County High School DECA class, HCHS Criminal Justice Class, the Young Professionals, K of C, and the guidance counselors.


Elizondo thanked the community for its generosity. “Because of your generosity”, he said, “225 children will have a better Christmas.”


Henry County Sheriff's Office Lt. Scott Wyrick at shopping spree. (Chuck Elizondo

photo).




Employers Offering 120 Jobs At Job Fair



Martin, Tenn. --Job seekers will have the opportunity to find employment at a Goodwill Solutions Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Martin City Hall. At least six employers will be offering 120 jobs.


Employers include Hamilton Ryker, Manpower, Tyson, and Job World. Jobs include welder, forklift operators, assembly, machine operators and more, with pay up to $14 an hour.



Driver Uninjured After Truck Erupts In Flames


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Springville, Tenn.-A driver was uninjured but his truck was destroyed when it started on fire on Hwy. 79N Monday afternoon.


Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said his department was dispatched to 8345 Highway 79 North at Bargain Place Used Cars at 3:30 p.m. on a report of a truck on fire.


Coles said arriving units found a Ford Ranger pickup truck in the parking lot engulfed in flames. Owner Donovan Beechum of Springville said he was driving and felt something hot near his legs and pulled in at the car lot to check. As he exited the vehicle the engine compartment erupted in flames. 


The truck is valued at $8000 and was a total loss. A fuel leak is the suspected cause. Two trucks and five firefighters were on the scene about 30 minutes.  


Rhea Supper With Santa Is Friday



Paris, Tenn.-Rhea School will host its annual Supper With Santa from 5-8 p.m. Friday, December 11 at Rhea School on Wilson St. in Paris.

Santa Claus and one of his elves will arrive at the school at 5 p.m.. Activity tickets are available at the door for 50 cents each. Activities and concessions include photos with Santa, games, bouncers, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, cakewalk, hair salon, nail painting, Special Memories auction, bake sale, face painting, photo booth, with pizza, popcorn, soda and cotton candy for sale.



Madrigals Christmas Concert Is Saturday



Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Madrigals will be featured  Saturday evening December 12 at the annual “Christmas With the Madrigals” event. The sixteen member choral group will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. at KPAC in Paris. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from any Madrigal or at the door. A group of 3rd -5th grade Madrigal Pals will also be performing. The community is invited to enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Christmas season with this year’s Madrigals.


UTM Santa’s Village Opens This Week



Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin will host the 31st annual Santa’s Village holiday celebration Dec. 10-13 in the Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex in Martin. Approximately 305,728 people have attended the event to date, and more than $1,145,136 in food and toy donations have been distributed to needy area residents over the past three decades.


The doors will be open from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 10-11; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Dec. 12; and 1-5 p.m., Dec. 13. Admission is a suggested donation of nonperishable foods and/or new toys worth at least $5. The event will feature the “enchanted forest,” MTD model train display, amusement rides, vendor booths and (weather permitting) wagon rides on Friday through Sunday. Local entertainment and a petting farm will add to the festivities. 


“Santa’s Village is a wonderful, family-oriented holiday event, and we encourage people to come out and visit. We give special thanks to the sponsors and volunteers who contribute time and money to the event,” said Kim Kirby, Martin Parks and Recreation Department program director.


The university and the city of Martin co-sponsor the event annually. Additional sponsors to date include Zaxby’s, Casey’s General Store, Simmons Bank, MTD Products and Savant Learning Systems. 


There will not be a professional photographer this year, so visitors are encouraged to bring personal cameras to document visits with Santa.


For more information about Santa’s Village, contact the Martin Parks and Recreation Department at 731-587-6784.



Martin Man Charged After Striking Pedestrian


Martin, Tenn.-A 28-year-old Dyersburg man sustained minor injuries when he was struck by a car Friday afternoon in Martin. 


At 11:02 am, Ptl. Aaron Gallimore of the Martin Police Department responded to University St. in the area of the University of Tennessee at Martin in reference to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.  Upon arrival, it was determined that a blue 2000 Toyota Avalon being driven by Abdalmajed M. Alsaif, 26 of Martin was headed west on University St. and failed to yield at the crosswalk.  The vehicle struck Willis as he was walking across University St. in the crosswalk.  The crash caused Willis to be spun around and to fall to the ground.


Willis received minor injuries and was checked out medically at the Volunteer Community Hospital and later released.  The driver of the vehicle, Mr. Alsaif, was issued a criminal summons for No Driver’s License, No Insurance, and Expired Tags.   


 HCMC Gift Shop Open House 


Paris, Tenn – Need the perfect Christmas gift for a friend or family member? Want to pick up some awesome stocking stuffers or even some new ornaments for your Christmas tree? Stop by the Henry County Medical Center Pink Petal Gift Shop for its Holiday Open House on Friday, December 11.


From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pink Petal Gift Shop will be holding its open house with all the new items that have arrived just in time for the holiday season. Enjoy free gift wrapping, register for door prizes, snack on some refreshments, and support the Volunteer Auxiliary at HCMC. All money raised in the gift shop, goes to serve the needs of Henry County Medical Center as well as provide scholarships and financial assistance. 

“Our volunteers have some new items to showcase this season in the gift shop including a new selection of frames, ornaments, Tennessee merchandise, and much more,” according to Meagan Hart, Volunteer Coordinator at HCMC. “Be sure to stop by and get that perfect gift for those still left on your Christmas list.”


The Pink Petal is located on the main floor of the hospital just past registration and is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The gift shop has a large selection of gifts that will brighten the day of your favorite patient. 


Monday, December 7, 2015


Elections Commission Approves Candidates For March Primary

Welcomes Deputy Administrator Kim Jenkins


Election Commission members Lorri Dalton, Sylvia Humphreys and Steve Goggans

review new voter registrations while Administrator DeLaina Green (seated) looks

on. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-During a busy meeting of the Henry County Elections Commission Monday evening, members approved the list of certified candidates who will be on the ballot at the March primary for the offices of County Road Supervisor and County Property Assessor. Qualifying deadline for the two positions is Thursday, December 10, but because five petitions were taken out and five applications returned for the positions, no more candidates are expected.


The commission also accepted the resignation of Sabra Fuller and welcomed potential new member Bennie Akers. And, the board welcomed new Deputy Administrator Kim Jenkins.


Certified candidates who will be on the ballot for the March 1 primary are:


Road Supervisor: Richie Chilcutt, Steve Kuykendall and Brian Solowey. All of their applications have been certified by the Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board. 


Property Assessor: Incumbent Charles VanDyck and Catherine Herrera.


Both Chilcutt and Kuykendall are running as Republicans, so the March 1 primary will decide the Republican candidate and that person will be running against Solowey in August, since Solowey is running as an Independent.


VanDyke is running as a Democrat and Herrera as a Republican for the assessor’s position.


Last day to register to vote in the March primary is February 1. 


Fuller earlier announced she would be resigning as a member of the commission, due to a conflict with her membership on the county property assessor’s board. Elections Administrator DeLaina Green said membership on the county assessor’s board is a paid position “so Sabra had to choose between the two.”


The Democratic Party has nominated Bennie Akers to fill her position. Akers is a former Henry County Commissioner and former Chair of the County Democratic Party.  


Green said Akers has not been officially confirmed by the State Election Commission, but that is expected shortly. Akers was at the meeting to observe. 


In other business:


Green said the State Election Commission has reviewed and approved the redesign of ballot bags used throughout the state. The bags used at the last election were flawed. Green said the discussion is still open as to cost and at whose expense. 


Green said reorganization of the back room at the elections office is progressing. She said the remodel was paid for by the county through capital projects at a cost of $600, compared to the original quote of $2600.


Kim Jenkins of Puryear is the new Deputy Administrator. (McFarlin photo).



Robison Family To Be Holly Jolly Parade Grand Marshals

Holder, Lakewood School To Be Honored


The Robison family at the Miss America pageant earlier this

year: from left, Rusty, Pam, Hannah, Leah and Rachel. (Photo

courtesy of Pam Robison).


Paris, Tenn. – Honorees for the upcoming Holly Jolly Electric Christmas Parade in downtown Paris have been announced: Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison and her family have been named the Grand Marshals; Carl Holder has been chosen DPA Ambassador and Lakewood has been selected as the featured school. 


The ninth annual event, sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association (DPA) begins at 5:00 pm, Saturday, December 12, immediately following the Downtown Paris Christmas Festival.

“We are thrilled that Miss Tennessee and her family will be here to share in this magical event,” said Parade Committee Member Jennifer Morris. “It makes us so happy and proud to welcome Hannah home for the holidays.”


In addition to Miss Tennessee Hannah, the Robison family includes her parents Pam and Rusty, Rachel and Leah.


Former Paris City Manager Carl Holder also will be honored at the parade, according to DPA Executive Director Kathy Ray. “Along with his unwavering support for this group, Carl was instrumental in helping get the Henry County Farmers Market up and running downtown this summer,” she said. “We couldn’t have done it without him.”


There is a new parade tradition this year, according to Parade Committee Member Susan Jones. “We are so proud of our outstanding schools, their administrations, faculties, support staffs and students that we decided to begin honoring a different school every year. We are excited to name Lakewood as our 2015 School Star,” Jones said.


The Marching Patriot Band will kick off the event, which will be bigger than ever. “The entries have been rolling in,” according to Parade Committee Member Vickey Roberts, “but there is always room for one more, right up until parade day.” Santa, his elves and Rudolph will provide the exciting finish to the festivities as they roll in on the big, red, fire truck. 


Trophies are awarded for the following categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Religious Theme, Best Decorated Vehicle, Best Decorated Float, Best Marching/Walking Unit, Best Decorated Golf Cart or Small Tractor and the coveted Clark Griswold Award for the best lit entry. 


Entry forms are available online at www.VisitDowntownParis.com or by calling the DPA office at 653- PARIS (7274). More information is available by calling the Downtown Paris Association at 653- PARIS (7274), emailing Kathy Ray at downtownparis@outlook.com or going online at www.VisitDowntownParis.com.



Dyer County Sex Offender Arrested In Martin


                William Vaughn


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Martin, Tenn.-A Dyer County sex offender was arrested in Martin following a domestic dispute. He will be arraigned today in Weakley County General Sessions Court.


Arrested was William A. Vaughn, age 25, of Halls. He was charged with cutting off his GPS monitor and leaving Dyer Co. without filing proper notification required by the sex offender registry.


According to Martin Police Capt. Phillip Fuqua, police were called to 6 Hillsboro St. in reference to a domestic dispute. During that investigation, contact was made with Vaughn.  Later that day, it was discovered that Vaughn was an absconded sex offender from Dyer County.  


Contact was made with Dyer County and they advised that Vaughn had cut off a GPS monitor and left the county without filing the proper notification that is required by his sex offender registration.  Officers from Martin Police Department took the offender in to custody and he was arrested on a warrant from Dyer County.  Vaughn will be arraigned in Weakley County on 12/07/2015 in General Sessions Court.



Martin Woman Charged With Child Neglect


               Rebecca Bowers


Martin, Tenn.-Officers of the Martin Police Department arrested Rebekah L. Bowers, age 29 of Martin on a charge of Non-Violent Child Abuse and Neglect following an investigation.  It was determined by Lt. James Hatler that Bowers left her residence while her nine month old child was sleeping. The child was left at the residence unattended while Bowers walked to another location in town.  Department of Children Services also assisted in the investigation.  Bowers will be arraigned on today in Weakley County General Sessions Court.



McCartney Produce Nearing Completion



Paris, Tenn.-Work on the new McCartney Produce headquarters is coming along, with plans to move into the new facility by mid-January. The company is moving from downtown Paris facility, where it has been located for decades, to its new headquarters in the Paris Industrial Park off of Hwy. 218 S. The new facility will be larger, with some 53,000 square foot of space, and its location will allow for expansion. (Charlie Allen photo).



Trout Stocking In Area Ponds This Week


 


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will be conducting its winter trout stocking in area ponds beginning this week. According to the schedule, trout will be stocked in the Paris Eiffel Tower Park II, McKenzie City Park, Union City Reelfoot Packing Site and the Martin City Pond on Wednesday, December 9. A trout fishing license is required at all the stocked locations. Photo shows the trout fishing pond at Eiffel Tower Park II in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).



Two TCAT Students Arrested On Drug Charges


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR


Paris, Tenn.-Two students at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology were arrested on drug charges after a search was conducted at the facility and in its parking lot.


Arrested were Brandon Broussard, age 20, of Springville; and Wesley Jenkins, age 19 of Camden. Broussard was charged with possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and Jenkins was charged with possession of a Schedule VI drug.


According to a press release issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were requested to conduct a search by TCAT staff.


At TCAT, Captain Damon Lowe, Sgt. Ricky Wade and his K-9 Nitro arrived at the classroom and Wade and Nitro worked around the students’ belongings. Nitro indicted an area where Broussard was seated.


Broussard was then escorted to his vehicle in the parking lot. He declined consent to search his vehicle. Sgt. Wade then took Nitro around the vehicle, where the K9 alerted on the driver’s side. A search was then conducted of the vehicle where rolling papers, baggies with residue and a homemade pipe with burnt residue was found. Capt. Lowe said a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle as well.


A further search revealed a grinder and pipe in the garbage can where Broussard was in the shop. 


Meanwhile, a second search of the parking lot resulted in Nitro alerting to Jenkins’ vehicle and the driver’s side of his car. In a search of his vehicle, a small container with marijuana roaches was found in the door panel, as well as a cigarette box with more roaches and a small amount of green leafy material was found in the rear passenger compartment.


Both Broussard and Jenkins were released on $250 bond.


Five ATVs Stolen From Abernathy’s


Union City, Tenn.-Five ATVs worth $30,000 were stolen from Abernathy’s ATV dealership at 1704 West Main St. in Union City early Friday morning. This is the second time that ATVs have been stolen from Abernathy’s since October.


The video surveillance tapes show the thieves entering the facility at 2 a.m. and exiting at 2:50 a.m. They cut the fence in the southeast corner behind the dealership to enter.


Stolen was a 2016 Polaris ATV, A 2013 Yamaha ATV, 2015 Polaris with camo, 2014 Kawasaki ATV and a 2011 Honda ATV.



Robison To Appear At Eiffel Rededication



Paris, Tenn.-Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison of Buchanan will be among the speakers at the rededication of the Eiffel Tower, scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, December 12, at Eiffel Tower Park.


Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Lawrence said “We want to unveil the plaque formally thanking Lowe’s for the tremendous gift of labor and materials they donated to the re-bricking of the Eiffel Tower base and the building of the photo platforms.”


“We celebrate loving where we live,” Lowe’s store manager Brody Hemingway said. “Helping with the restoration of such an iconic representative of Paris and Henry County was a natural fit for our Lowe’s Heroes Project selection. The Lowe’s employees who donated their time knew they were contributing to their community’s quality of life.”


Joining Miss Tennessee will be Lawrence, Hemingway, Paris City Mayor Carlton Gerrell and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer.


The event is free and open to the public.



Thieves Try To Siphon Gas


Union City, Tenn.-Thieves unsuccessfully tried to steal gas from the Soleil Garden Center on Nailing Dr. in Union City Friday night.


According to the police report, the suspects entered the facility at 10 p.m. and left around midnight. They cut a 50 foot garden hose and tried to siphon gas from trucks but the hose was too big. They went through two trucks, broke an interior light and stole latex gloves.



Camden City Truck Stolen


Camden, Tenn.-A city of Camden water department truck was stolen Sunday and the city is asking the public’s help in finding it.


The truck is a 2009 white Ford and has the water department logo on the doors and government plates. Contact the Camden Police Department at 731-584-4622 with any information concerning the vehicle or the person or persons involved in taking the vehicle. 



Aggravated Assault Arrest Follows Fight


Union City, Tenn.-A Union City man was arrested for aggravated assault Friday after he was involved in an altercation with a man from whom he stole a vehicle earlier in the day.


Nicholas Shroads of 3864 Ken-Tenn Rd., was being treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital for head injuries and will be taken to jail after he is treated.


A Union City man first reported that Shroads stole his vehicle. Police were later called back to the scene after Shroads and the other man had a fight. The other man said when Shroads brought his car back, he told him the cops were on the way and Shroads pulled out a large camo hunting knife. The other man punched him three times and Shroads was knocked out, hitting his head on the pavement.



Sunday, December 6, 2015


Getting In Christmas Spirit At Lee Academy



Paris, Tenn.-A large crowd enjoyed live musical entertainment from Dan Knowles (standing, with banjo) of Paris, and Anna and Jon Eaton of McKenzie, top photo, during Saturday’s annual Christmas Bazaar at the Lee Academy for the Arts. Andrea McFarland, bottom photo, built her first gingerbread house during the gingerbread competition. Local artists displayed their works during the bazaar, from paintings to pottery to jewellery, and other activities were held during the event, including gingerbread cookie decorating. (Shannon McFarlin photos).



Pink Out Wednesdays And Tree Of Hope


Paris, Tenn. – The HCMC Diagnostic Center is recognizing those who have been affected by Breast Cancer with a tree that is celebrating life and the importance of early detection with a “tree of hope.” 


For a $5 donation, anyone can purchase a ribbon In Honor (Light Pink) of or In Memory (Hot Pink) of Someone With Breast Cancer and receive a HCMC Breast Cancer Awareness Christmas Ornament for the donation. 


The ornaments have been a big hit, with the campaign beginning in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ending with New Year’s. All proceeds will go towards the Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation Mammography Fund. This fund is available to those women and men who cannot afford a screening mammogram and meet certain criteria, working with the Henry County Health Department to distribute the mammograms.


Also during the month of December, HCMC Diagnostic Center will be showing the power of pink with Pink Out Wednesday, where the community is encouraged to wear pink to show support for the women in their lives. Additionally, on each Wednesday in December, all women having a mammogram will receive a free gift for having their mammogram during Pink Out Wednesdays. 


Two Special Pink Out Wednesdays will focus on relieving stress during the holidays and getting educated on the importance of mammogram. On Wednesday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Diagnostic Center, women can enjoy a Power of Pink Out Brunch with refreshments, crafting for the holidays, and tips on relieving stress during the holidays. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP to the HCMC FindLine at 731-644-3463.


On Wednesday, December 16 be sure to swing through the HCMC front circle for our Power of Pink Drive Thru for You drive-through breakfast stand from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. where women are invited to pick up a free, healthy breakfast along with information on self-examinations and digital mammography services. 


Call 731-644-8233 for more information on donating to the Tree of Hope and Pink Out Wednesdays.



Saturday, December 5, 2015


90-Pound Catfish Caught In Stewart County


Tyler Schmid proudly holds onto the 90 pound catfish he caught. (Courtesy Tyler

Schmid).


Dover, Tenn.-A Hickman County man reeled in the catch of a lifetime and fortunately for him, he has photographic evidence that it is not just a ‘fish story’.


Tyler Schmid of Centerville pulled in a 90-pound blue catfish from the Cumberland River in Stewart Co. on Black Friday. Schmid was fishing with his buddy Dave Plowman and they had started to give up from a slow fishing day when his fight with the huge catfish began.


Schmid told The Stewart Houston Times that he finally landed it after a 10 minute battle. He said he and Plowman were at their favorite fishing hole and he used a 50 pound test line to land the fish. He said he was still sore three days later.


The fish measured 51 inches in length and 37 inches around. Schmid’s fish was close to being as large as the 112-pound state record blue catfish caught on the Cumberland River in the summer of 1998 by Robert Lewis.


With a GoPro camera on his head, he videotaped the whole thing and posed for a few photos afterward. With his photographic evidence in hand, he then released the fish back into the water, he said.


The catch is just shy of the state record for blue catfish caught in Tennessee. That record is held by Robert E. Lewis, who caught a 112-pound blue cat back in 1998.



UTM Team Wins Big At State Contest

Pictured in the replica of Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter’s office located in the university’s Paul Meek Library (l-r) are Marabeth Kennedy of Franklin who was elected secretary of state; John Domanski of Dickson who was elected to serve as the 2016 TISL governor; and Jordan Long of Martin who will serve as speaker pro tem of the senate.

 

Martin, Tenn. – Twenty-four students from the University of Tennessee at Martin traveled to the 46th general assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature on with a reputation to defend. They returned with a record-breaking number of awards and three new state offices, including the 2016 TISL governor’s seat.

The TISL delegation meets year-round to prepare for the annual assembly, held at the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville. There are two parts to each meeting: the general assembly, a four-day mock legislature during which students serve as legislatures, lobbyists and members of the media; and the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge.

The 2015 UT Martin student delegation was recognized as the Best Overall Delegation for the first time in TISL history, and also received the Best House Delegation Award. UT Martin students also hold three of the nine state offices for the second year in a row, making this the fifth consecutive year UT Martin has held at least one seat on the state executive council.

John Domanski, a senior political science major from Dickson, was elected to serve as the 2016 TISL governor. He is the second UT Martin student in two years and the third student ever to fill this position. The first was Roy Herron (D-Tenn.), who won the seat in 1974 and has spent a total of 26 years in state office.
Jordan Long, a freshman political science major from Martin, will serve as speaker pro tem of the senate. Three of the last four secretaries of state and speaker pro tems have been from UT Martin.

Katelin Brown, a junior political science major from Dresden, led the Best Lobbying Firm, which included Tanner Bell, a sophomore accounting major from Martin, as lobbyist.

Breydon Horton, a freshman communications major from Camden, received a coveted Carlisle Award, TISL’s oldest and most prestigious award named in honor of TISL’s founder, Dr. Douglas Carlisle. Ten senators and representatives receive this award each year as chosen by the organization’s executive council.

For more information on TISL or how to become part of next year’s delegation, contact Baxter at 731-881-7367 or by email at cbaxter@utm.edu, or Starling at 731-881-7305 or by email at astarlin@utm.edu.



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