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Friday, February 5, 2016


Huge Crowd For Deer Meat Giveaway

 

Paris, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand Friday morning for the deer meat giveaway at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Over 100 cars came through the line, with deputies giving away close to 5,000 pounds of deer meat. There were so many cars, in fact, that the giveaway started a bit early because the cars were lined up all the way from the sheriff’s office on Forrest Heights and way past West Wood Street, blocking traffic. Dan Hill was the winner of the Ruger 270 rifle donated by Jamie Orr of Edward Jones. The giveaway was a project of Deputies for the Hungry. In top photo, Sheriff Monte Belew helps give away free deer meat and bottom, Belew, Orr and Deputy John McElroy. (Henry County Sheriff’s Office photos).

 



Goodwill Donations Needed In Wake Of Winter Storm



Last week’s winter storm, which brought one of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade to much of Middle and West Tennessee, also put a chill on donations to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

Thus far in January, donations have declined by about 14 percent compared to last year. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s store funds its mission of providing education, training and employment to people across 48 Tennessee counties. Last year, Goodwill assisted 36,081 people in their search for work. Of those, 15,412 found a job.

“We are hoping our generous donors will help us make up for those lost days now,” according to Scott Crites, Goodwill’s director of donations.

Goodwill’s retail sales also have been affected by last weeks’ storm, as many customers were snowed in and could not travel to shop.

“Some of our stores were also forced to close temporarily,” said David Jenkins, vice president of retail. “Our stores are back to normal operations this week and loaded with great merchandise at great prices. This is good news for our treasure-seeking shoppers.”

Tennesseans can make an immediate impact by donating gently used clothing, shoes, household goods and accessories and shopping in Goodwill’s stores. The locations and hours of Goodwill’s 75-plus Donations Express Centers and 36 stores can be found at www.giveit2goodwill.org.


CPR Class To Be Offered

 

Paris, Tenn.-A CPR training class will be offered at Henry County High School from 3:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 9.

The class is open to all students, parents and staff. To sign up, call 644-3205.

The class is free, although it costs $5 to receive your certification card.

 

Tickets Available For Love & Laughter Event


Paris, Tenn.-Are you looking for love and laughter in Paris with someone special this Valentine’s Day? Then plan to attend the Paris Henry County Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Love & Laughter event at the Paris Convention Center on Saturday, February 13. The evening begins with a social time at 5:30 with the Paris Winery, followed by a catered meal by Show Thyme Catering with dinner music provided by the Shepherd Family, then the evening is finished with a family friendly comedy show by David Ferrell. Purchase your tickets today at the downtown branches of Commercial Bank, Security Bank, Foundation Bank on East Wood, and at Boutique MariMac, My Favorite Things, and The Iron Place. Dinner and show tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per person. Thank you to our Silver Sponsors, Commercial Bank, Foundation Bank, and Security Bank and our Bronze Sponsors, Boutique MariMac, Holley Credit Union, and My Favorite Things. The Arts Council is looking forward to spending an entertaining evening with you. For more information contact the Arts Council Office at (731) 642-3955 or visit our website www.phcarts.com.



Thursday, February 4, 2016


Signals At Adams/Volunteer Drive Intersection Move Forward

"Preserve Paris" Project Initiated


Heritage Center Board Chairman David Webb addresses the city commission. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-Installation of stop lights at the intersection of Jim Adams and Volunteer Drives has moved one step ahead, with authorization by Paris City Commission for Mayor Carlton Gerrell to sign a contract for that project. City Manager Kim Foster said the next step is to move forward with the contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), which should be received within the next few days. 


Foster said the city will be using its STP (Surface Transportation Program) funds for the signalization.


Also at Thursday night’s meeting, commissioners learned that the city has been approached by USDA Rural Development to serve as one of three pilot communities for a neighborhood preservation project.


The project will be called Preserve Paris and it seeks to revitalize, preserve and clean up local neighborhoods. A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, at city hall to seek input from citizens on the project, which is scheduled to begin later this year.


Foster said, “The project will combine various funding and municipal resources as well as community involvement to address neighborhood needs. We are excited to be one of the first communities to participate in this pilot program, but it means we need to select a neighborhood and gather some data on what citizens view as priorities.”


Foster anticipates the first projects will be exterior improvements to individual homes in a three to five block radius off a main road combined with municipal projects such as sidewalks. One of the first tasks will be to identify a starting place and listen to what citizens feel would be most beneficial, she said.


Paris-Henry County Chamber President Tony Lawrence said, “Wherever this project starts, it is good for all of us.”


In a presentation before the commission, Paris-Henry County Heritage Center Board Chairman David Webb requested that the city apply for historic preservation grants to help restore Cavitt Place to its original 1916 appearance. Cavitt Place is headquarters for the Heritage Center and the mansion is 100 years old this year. Cavitt Place is on the National Register of Historic Places.


“We want to celebrate by repairing and restoring the building, creating new public spaces and installing new exhibits,” Webb said. The board has approved restoration projects as repairing doors and windows, replacing broken tiles, repairing a leaking chimney and cleaning and repairing the original wooden floors. Bids have also been sought for painting the exterior and interior of the center.

The Heritage Center also plans to acquire more museum cases and significantly expand the exhibits onto the second floor of the building.


Approached by two different agencies because of our history and performance in the past in the arena of home rehabilitation


Northwest Development District wants to apply for the HOME grant program this year. They approached city because city of Paris scores well and has shown prior commitment to housing-related needs. The grant would allow the district to make home repairs to homeowners meeting the eligibility requirements which includes income limits. This grant program could be used city-wide as opposed to the CDBG program which is limited to certain targeted areas.


Grant application deadline is in March.


In other business:


City commission approved a certificate of compliance for Piyush Patel as new owner of Westwood Wines and Liquor. The required background investigation has been completed by the Paris Police Department and there are no findings.



Springville Repair Shop Destroyed In Fire


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Springville, Tenn.-A small repair shop on Elkhorn Rd. was completely destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.


Thompson’s Automotive at 10870 Elkhorn Rd., was a total loss in a fire which was sparked by mechanical work at the shop.


Springville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Billy Unrah said Thursday night that the shop was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and was still going strong two hours later. The fire began between 2:30 and 3 p.m., he said. 


Unrah said the shop consisted of three bays and a lean-to, all of which was destroyed along with several cars and a tractor which were being worked on. Unrah said the repairman on duty said he was working on a car and had heated something up to work on it. “He said a spark hit the ground and made a trail to the oil barrels. He said when it hit the oil barrels, it was all over.”


Mutual aid was received from the Big Sandy and Oakland Fire Departments, Unrah said. The repairman said he inhaled some smoke and inhaled some fire extinguisher spray when he was trying to put out the fire and Unrah told him to be sure and go to the emergency room to be checked out.



Activitist Martin Luther King III To Appear At MSU Monday

Murray, Ky.-Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King III will be the featured speaker at this year’s Presidential Lecture Series at Murray State University. King is the son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King and was president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Realizing The Dream, Inc.

King’s lecture will be held at 8 p.m. at Lovett Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

“We’re pleased to host this annual event for the Murray State campus and our greater community,” MSU President Dr. Robert Davies said. “This event will be the perfect capstone to our 60th anniversary celebration of desegregation on our campus.”

King will be giving a 45-minute presentation entitled “Continuing The Legacy: The Civil Rights Struggles of the 21st Century”, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.

Murray State’s Presidential Lecture Series is renowned for bringing in internationally and nationally-known speakers

The Presidential Lecture series began in 2005 to commemorate the 50-year Anniversary of Desegregation of Murray State. The first speaker to be featured was Nobel Peace Prize winner and key player in the struggle to end segregation in South Africa, F. W. de Klerk. Other featured speakers include Lech Walesa, Benazir Bhutto, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dr. Richard Allen Smith, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ben Stein, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Spike Lee, Bill Nye, and Chuck Todd.  

 

TDEC Calls Meeting On Bass Advisories

Paris, Tenn.-    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a public meeting Monday night at Paris Landing State Park to discuss the recent advisory on eating bass on Kentucky Lake on Monday.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Paris Landing Inn.

WENK/WTPR published an article on January 28 about signs that have begun appearing along the Big Sandy Basin area of Kentucky Lake which warn the public of “certain contaminants at levels thought to increase the risk of cancer or other serious illness in humans” in bass found in the Kentucky Reservoir.


Although not stated specifically on the signs, the signs pertain to mercury levels and have been placed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

 

 Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival Is This Weekend

Tiptonville, Tenn.-The 12th Annual Reelfoot Lake Eagle Festival is this weekend, running from Friday through Sunday. Currently, there are 35 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles at Reelfoot Lake and more will come as the weather gets colder.
The festival’s events include Eagle tours, Bird of Prey shows, art and photo contests, sunrise photography tours, children’s activities and plenty of vendors including local artists, potters and crafters.

Visit here for more info: http://reelfoottourism.com/reelfootlake/

Reelfoot Lake is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and has long been a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts and photographer’s. Formed by the great earthquakes of 1811-1812 the Lake covers approximately 18,000 acres and has an abundance of wildlife, birds and beautiful scenery. The Lake’s unique atmosphere is truly one of Tennessee’s most valuable hidden treasures. Annually, thousands of visitors discover Reelfoot Lake for the first time. Many return again and again to enjoy its pristine waters, colorful scenery and relaxing atmosphere.

Reelfoot Lake is located in the Northwest corner of Tennessee and three miles from the Mississippi River.

 

D’Carrious Stephens Signs With UTM
18 Players Total Sign With UTM

D'Carrious Stephens signs, along with Union City Coach Darren Bowling. (UCHS photo).

Martin, Tenn. – In conjunction with National Signing Day, University of Tennessee at Martin head football coach Jason Simpson announced the signings of 18 players at a press conference in the Bob Carroll Football Building this afternoon. Included with the 18 is D’Carrious Stephens of Union City.


“This is my 11th recruiting class, and over the years we have probably signed about 250 kids,” said Simpson. “With this class, I’m just as excited as the first. These kids fit our culture, they are great students and great players.” 


The aforementioned 18 players, in addition to seven signees who joined the program on Mid-Year Signing Day in December, were highlighted in short video clips with analysis from Simpson at the press conference.


Overall, Simpson and his staff added 14 players on offense, 10 players on defense and one specialist. The UT Martin coaching staff signed 16 high schoolers and a pair of junior college commitments to make up the decorated class. The Skyhawks signed eight players from the state of Tennessee, five players from Florida, three players from Alabama and two players from Mississippi. Signees also hailed from the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, and Ohio.


The winningest active coach in the Ohio Valley Conference, Simpson boasts a 65-49 record in his Skyhawk tenure and has posted a .646 winning percentage in OVC games (51-28). The Skyhawks are coming of a 7-4 season while finishing 6-2 in league play, marking the fourth consecutive season that UT Martin finished in the OVC’s top three teams in the final standings.

 

Helping Hand Total Now $140,534

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now at $140,534, with the $6,608 raised Wednesday by the Mansfield community, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Lutheran and the Carl Perkins Center.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.
Thursday’s items will be donated by the Buchanan community, Lakewood Beta Club, Henry County Democratic Women, Community Action Network and Plus Endowment.

Friday’s items will be donated by Holy Cross Catholic Church, Chapel Hill/Guthrie Rd., Last Mango in Paris and TARP Center for Independent Living.
The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.



Murray High Player Signs With Duke

Murray, Ky.-Wednesday was national signing day and Murray High defensive end James Hornbuckle-Smith, known as “Tre” has officially signed with the Duke Blue Devils. Hornbuckle-Smith has been a standout on the Murray High team.

 

UC Police, U.S. Marshals Nab Milan Man

Union City, Tenn.-A Milan man is in the Gibson County Jail today after he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and the Union City Police at Eastgate Village Apartments in Union City.

Kenneth D’Shawn Cook was apprehended on an arrest warrant out of Gibson County following a home invasion in Medina January 27.

 

Hudspeth Wins Obion County Bee

Union City, Tenn.-A Lake Road Elementary School student has won the Obion County Spelling Bee.

Jacob Hudspeth is the 8th grade son of Mack and Michelle Hudspeth. He will represent Obion County in the Midsouth Spelling Bee in Memphis in March.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Judge Orders Psychiatric Examination Of Fields


          James "Frog" Fields


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-Henry County General Sessions Court Judge Vicki Snyder ordered a forensic psychiatric examination of a man charged with aggravated animal cruelty before the case against him moves forward.

James Robert “Frog” Fields, age 51, of Puryear, is still being held at the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond, charged with aggravated animal cruelty after he stabbed a cat belonging to his former housemate.

The cat was treated for its wounds at The Animal Doctor in Paris and was able to go home late last week.

Fields is a convicted felon, having been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the murder of Mark Stewart of Manleyville. Stewart was killed in May 2010. Fields originally was charged with second degree murder in the death of Stewart. He was sentenced to an 11 year sentence, with 45 percent to be served in jail.

Fields was released from jail in May of 2015 and relatives of the victim have been upset that they were not informed that Fields was released from jail.

At Fields’ first hearing, Public Defender Jeff Fagan was appointed to represent him.

A status hearing in the case is set for March 1.

 

Martin Landmark Heavily Damaged In Fire


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Martin, Tenn.-A Martin landmark will take time to rebuild following a fire Tuesday night.

Damron’s BBQ and Meat Company at 935 Main St., will be closed for an indefinite period of time after last night’s fire.

Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers said the building is still structurally sound but did sustain major damage. “There’s no plans from the business owner right now on what he plans to do,” Summers said. “He’s still trying to wrap his mind around what happened.”

When the fire department arrived on the scene around 6:45 p.m., Summers said, “There was heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof area above the kitchen. Our guys started setting up operations, including the ladder truck and we were able to contain the fire to the rear of the building, where the BBQ pit is.”

There is heavy smoke and water damage throughout the building, he said, and there was fire damage to the kitchen area.”

Cause of the fire is still being determined. Summers said three trucks, including the ladder truck, and 19 firefighters were on the scene.

“It really is too bad,” Summers said. “It’s a real iconic place in Martin.”

 

 

Fort Henry Anniversary Commemoration Set



Land Between The Lakes– The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living HistoryMuseum in Land Between The Lakes and Fort Donelson National Battlefield are partnering to remember the 154th Anniversary of the Battle at Fort Henry with a program and walk on Saturday, February 6. 
A program about local Civil War history will be presented from 1-2:30 pm at the Homeplace. A guided ¼ mile walk follows the program from 3-4 pm at the Fort Henry Trailparking area. Participants will drive and meet at the Fort Henry Trail. The walk is weather dependent.


Registration and full deposit for the day is required: $5/adults and $3/children. Call 270-924-2020 to make your reservation. Interpretive Center and gift shop will be open for this program; farm site will be closed. Doors open at 12:30 pm.


Invited historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, sets the stage for war “Between the Rivers.” In February of 1862, Confederate forces occupied Fort Henry as federal forces moved up theTennessee River. The program will cover Fort Henry’s construction, battle, and legacy 154 years later. Individuals can relive the siege with a guided walk along the Fort Henry Trailsand Confederate fortifications.


Fort Donelson National Battlefield will also host a Walk at Fort Heiman the same day from 10-11am. Meet park staff and volunteers for a brief walk around the historic features at FortHeiman. For more information, contact 931-232-5706 x110 or visit www.nps.gov/fodo. Program is weather dependent.

 

Honor A Vet With Your Vote

Nashville, Tennessee – In 2016, Tennessee will play a bigger role than ever before in deciding who will be the next president of the United States.

That’s why Secretary of State Tre Hargett is urging Tennesseans to dedicate their vote this election season to those who are serving or have served our country through the Honor Vote Program.

“The men and women of the U.S. military ensure our freedom and democracy, allowing us to cast a ballot each Election Day. It’s important we honor those who protect that right,” Secretary Hargett said.

The free program allows registered Tennessee voters to dedicate their vote to a U.S. veteran or active duty military member by visiting GoVoteTN.com/honor. The dedication will be posted on the official Honor Vote List as well as the Honor Vote Twitter account: @tnhonorvote. Voters can also share their dedication on their own Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts using ‪#‎GoVoteTN.

The Division of Elections will send a packet to each participant with an official Honor Vote button and Voter Information Guide. Voters are encouraged to wear the newly redesigned button and vote early or on Election Day in honor of the veteran or service member they are honoring.

 

Free Movies Slated For February At Library

Paris, Tenn.-To honor Black History Month, W.G. Rhea Public Library will be showing movies each Monday night in February beginning at 5:30 p.m. The entire community is encouraged and invited to attend. Contact the library at 642-1702 for more information.

This is the lineup: “Freedom” shown February 8; “Captive Heart” on February 15; “The Courage To Love” February 22 and “The Journey of August King” February 29.

 

Weakley County Scam Alert


Paris, Tenn.-A Weakley County Tennessee resident received a phone call from a telephone number that showed on caller I.D. she was receiving a call from "tax authority".

The caller told the resident she was behind on her property taxes and her house was going to be sold to pay the taxes.

Weakley County Sheriff’s Capt. Randall McGowan said, “If you get a call like this do not give out any personal information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, 
checking account numbers or credit card numbers. If you think you are behind on property tax payments simply hang up and call the Weakley County Trustee at 364-3643.”


Stewart County Schools Closed Due To Road Damage

Dover, Tenn.-Due to last night's severe storms, many gravel and secondary roads in Stewart County have become damaged. Some are impassable at this point, according to Stewart County officials.

The county road deparrtment needs time to repair these roads in order to make them safe for travel. As a result, Stewart County Schools will be closed, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 due to damaged roads.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Trinity UMC Has Found New Temporary Home

Trinity UMC members will begin meeting at this site on Sunday as a temporary home. (Kayla Nation photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.- Trinity United Methodist Church has found a new temporary home.

Starting with services this Sunday, church members will begin meeting in the former Full Gospel Christian Fellowship Church on Hwy. 79S. The church building is located between Turner’s Landscaping and Henry County Propane.

The historic Trinity United Methodist Church building on Wilson Street in Paris was destroyed by fire in April of last year. For the past several months, church members have been meeting at the Holly Forks Shooting Range building on Hwy. 79N as a temporary home.

Meanwhile, ground-breaking for the new permanent church building, to be located on the same site on Wilson St., will be held soon. WENK/WTPR published an article several weeks ago announcing the architectural drawings for the new church.

Through fund-raisers and donations, Trinity UMC members worked hard since the fire to be able to build a new church home.


Henry County Shelters To Open This Afternoon
County Schools To Dismiss Hour Early

Paris, Tenn.-Due to the forecast of a severe weather event this afternoon, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office will b opening tornado shelters across the county.

Henry County Schools also announced district schools will dismiss an hour early.

The shelters will be open at 4 p.m. and will remain open until the storms move out of the area. According to Henry County Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Watkins, the storms are forecasted to be out of the area after 7 p.m. Watkins said the storm event should occur in several waves.
Shelters that will be open are: Inman School, Paris; Harrelson School, Puryear; Lakewood School, Buchanan; and Henry School, Henry.

The shelters will be manned by School Resource Officers from the sheriff’s office. Citizens planning to use shelters should bring a chair, water, any snacks, and a charged cell phone for their use.


Stowe: Tennessee Laws Need To Be Strenghtened

          James "Frog" Fields

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-In response to community outrage following the stabbing in late January of a cat by a felon who was out of jail following his conviction in a local murder case, District Attorney Matt Stowe said his office will “prosecute the case the best we can with the laws we have.”

He also said his office is looking at Tennessee’s new animal abuse laws when prosecuting the case but said current animal cruelty laws also need to be strengthened.

James Robert “Frog” Fields, age 51, of Puryear, is still being held at the Henry County Jail on $15,000 bond, charged with aggravated animal cruelty after he stabbed a cat belonging to his former housemate.

The cat was treated for its wounds at The Animal Doctor in Paris and was able to go home late last week.

Members of the public have been upset that Fields had been released in May 2015 after serving time in jail for the death of Mark Stewart of Manleyville, who was killed in May of 2010. Fields had been arrested in that case and was originally charged with second degree murder in the death of Stewart. He was arrested along with Judith Fields and both were convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

Fields was sentenced to an 11 year sentence with 45 percent to be served in jail. Judith Fields was sentenced to serve five years.

Family members of the victim also are upset that they were not informed that Fields had been released from jail.

Stowe told WENK/WTPR exclusively that, “On behalf of law enforcement, we are as disturbed by this situation as are other members of our community. We are going to prosecute the case the best we can with the laws we have. But we'll prosecute him in the courtroom, not the media (even, if not especially, in the social media).”

Stowe was not the district attorney when the Fields case was prosecuted and said this case highlights a ‘huge’ problem with Tennessee homicide laws. “With the exception of first degree murder, our penalties for homicides are insufficient to deter crime. It's the main reason our violent crime rate is so high. Our penalties for second degree murder and manslaughter are so low that even if we can get 12 citizens to unanimously agree someone is guilty, it's a miracle if they actually serve more than a decade in prison. I'm working very hard with the District Attorney General's Conference and the legislature to increase penalties for homicides and attempted homicides.”


The nation and Tennessee “also need to strengthen our animal cruelty laws,” Stowe said, “and I am in touch with the U.S. Humane Society and other groups concerning this. But at the moment, our more pressing concern is that even if this had been a person he'd stabbed instead of a cat, he'd mostly likely be back on the streets before the end of my term, even if he'd been successfully convicted and the judge had thrown "the book" at him.

“I put "the book" in quotes because our state laws are so lax in terms of punishment that it's really more apt to refer to a judge as throwing "the pamphlet" or "the brochure" at the defendant,” Stowe said.

Fields will have his second appearance in Henry County General Sessions Court on the animal abuse charge today.

 

 

Poe To Run For State Representative; Public Meeting Set

 

              James Poe

Paris, Tenn.-James Poe of Springville has thrown his hat into the ring to run for State Representative for the 75th District and a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 4 at the Paris Civic Center at which the public can meet Poe and hear about his platform.

 

The meeting is hosted by the exploratory committee for Poe’s candidacy. The 75th District represents Benton, Henry and Stewart Counties.  

Poe is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy. He served in the military for 30 years, 27 of which were spent as Chaplain for the Navy and Marine Corps. Since retirement he has been involved with international Chaplain Support groups. He currently raises cattle in Springville.

 

Sheriff’s Office Deer Meat Giveaway Is Friday


 

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and its Deputies For The Hungry program will be giving away free deer meat to the public on Friday morning.

The giveaway will begin at 9 a.m. at the sheriff’s office on Forrest Heights in Paris.

Capt. Damon Lowe said local deer hunters really came through for the program this year, which will be giving away 5,000 pounds of deer meat.

 

 

Reward Offered In Armed Robbery

South Fulton, Tenn.-A local business has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects responsible for a recent armed robbery in South Fulton which resulted in an employee of a convenience store being shot.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Agency has offered a $500 reward in the robbery, which occurred January 24 at the Tobacco Outlet store in South Fulton. As the armed suspects entered the store—both wearing masks—one of the suspects raised his gun and shot an employee in the leg before leaving the store with the cash register.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the South Fulton Police or Crimestoppers at 885-TIPS.

 

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Out Of Service


Hickman, Ky.-Due to mechanical issues, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry is again closed. According to the ferry’s Facebook post, repairs are expected to take a day or two.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry connects Hickman, Ky., and Dorena, Mo., and is used by hundreds of commuters daily.
  

Helping Hand Total Now $130,988

Paris, Tenn.-  The grand total raised in the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now at $130,988, with the $3,115 raised Monday by New Harmony Baptist Church, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, Sparks Street Church of Christ, HCHS Band Boosters and HCHS Color Guard.


The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

 

Tuesday’s items will be donated by the New Boston community, Johnson Chapel, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Joe Mahan Ford.

Wednesday’s items will be donated by the Mansfield community, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Lutheran and Carl Perkins Center.
 

The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.

 

 

Quota Installs New Members


From left, Cheryl Wilson, Susan Pemberton, Denise Evans, Jen Snow, Leah Watkins and Mary Kathryn Moore. (Martha McFadden photo).

 

Paris, Tenn.-New members were installed at the Paris Quota’s recent meeting at the Lee Academy Lunchroom. Cheryl Wilson installed three new members: Denise Evans and Jen Snow, sponsored by Susan Pemberton; and Leah Watkins, sponsored by Mary Kathryn Moore. Each new member received a gift bag containing a ceramic pig. Members put twenty-five cents per week in their pig and this is their donation for the club’s annual Hog Killing party.


Angie Dotson, nurse for Dr. Kyle Stephens at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, presented a very interesting program on bones and osteoporosis. She said that there are 206 bones in the adult body; however babies are born with 270 bones, which later fuse to 206. We have 26 bones in the foot and ankle and 54 bones in the hand and wrist. She said that everyone needs to drink milk, leave off caffeine and sodas and do weight bearing exercises to keep bones strong. She also said that most people don’t get enough calcium and a recommended dose is 1,200 mg per day plus 600-800 national units of vitamin D along with the calcium. She said that women are at a higher risk for osteoporosis and if they have a family history of osteoporosis, they need to talk to their doctor about a bone scan. Men can also have osteoporosis. She asked the group several questions and Moore won a t-shirt for giving the most answers.


Melanie Townsend reminded members about the upcoming Evening of Chocolate to be held on February 9th, 2016. Proceeds go to help indigent women get mammograms.


Suzanne Richter announced that scholarship applications will be available at the Henry County High School Counseling Office, on the district website (henryk12.net), Moody Realty and on facebook. April 11, 2016 is the deadline to turn in applications.
The next meeting will be February 10th, 2016.



Monday, February 1, 2016


Election Commission Prepares For Upcoming Election

Director of Elections DeLaina Green, left, watches as members and party chairs inspect voting machine tapes and ballot bags. From left, Green, Republican Party Chair Garry Phillips, Democratic Party Chair Reggie Caldwell, Commissioners Steve Goggans, Sylvia Humphreys, Lorri Dalton and Deputy Director Kim Jenkins. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Meeting for the last time before early voting begins for the March 1 election, members of the Henry County Election Commission Monday learned that the total of registered voters in the county is at 19,459, as of Monday’s voter registration deadline.

Director of Elections DeLaina Green said Monday, the last day for voter registration, was especially busy, with 54 people registering before the deadline.

Of the total of registered voters, the number of active voters is 15,827, with the total of inactive voters at 3,632. Green explained that inactive voters are those who have not voted for two November presidential elections, a four-year period. In order to be purged, voters have to miss a total of four November elections.

Main purpose for Monday’s meeting was for commissioners to inspect voting machine zero tapes and lock the election day ballot bags (tapes are calibrated to the zero mark before each election).

Present for the meeting and the inspection were the chairmen of the county’s two political parties: Democratic Party Chair Reggie Caldwell and Republican Party Chair Garry Phillips. Green said by law, the election commission must invited the party chairpersons for the inspection of the voting machine tapes and locking of the ballot bags.

Early voting starts next week, Wednesday, February 10, and goes through February 23. Early voting is at the commission office at the courthouse annex on Washington St. Hours will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until noon Saturdays.

Green reported that nursing home early voting will be tomorrow and Wednesday, February 2 and 3. She said for the first time ever, a voting machine will be taken to the nursing homes. Absentee voting deputies will be going to the Henry County Jail February 23 to assist any absentee voter. Seventeen inmates are eligible to vote, but as of Monday, none had returned a request to vote at the jail.

Appointments of election day poll workers is complete, with 58 appointed and assigned and six on reserve, if needed. Poll workers’ instruction and training will be held during February.

A Microvote representative was at the elections office in January and programmed the early voting and election day machines. Jerry Berry (Republican) and Bob Hehn (Democrat), machine technicians, were at the office January 19 and tested all the machines.


Republican Party Chair Garry Phillips, left, and Democratic Party Chair Reggie Caldwell inspect voting machine tapes. (McFarlin photo).


Fincher Won’t Seek Re-election

Washington, Tenn.-In a surprise announcement, Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump, Tennessee, said today he will not seek another term on Capital Hill. Fincher has served three terms.

Fincher issued a statement saying, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of West Tennessee, but I never intended to become a career politician. The last six years have been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am honored to have been given the chance to serve. I will be returning to Frog Jump and my family and business, but intend to stay involved to the extent I can. I want to thank every citizen of the 8th district for the privilege to serve.”


Air Evac All Settled In

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Air Evac air ambulance is all settled into its newly-built headquarters at the Paris-Henry County Airport. The Air Evac headquarters is manned 24 hours a day and is located near Hwy. 69 on the airport grounds. (Charlie Allen photo).


Couple Charged In Crime Spree With Stolen Credit Card

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-A couple is charged with numerous counts after a spree in which they used a Fulton woman’s credit card to steal items from several Union City businesses and then fled police, throwing receipts, the credit card and other items from their car window as they were pursued by police.

Brandon Shipp of 303 Willow St., South Fulton, is in the Obion County Jail, charged with theft over $1,000, fraudulent use of a credit card, identify theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft, and tampering with evidence.

His accomplice, Britney Mosley of 201 7th St., Fulton, Ky., is still being sought.

Union City Police were called by the Fulton Police Department on a report of a stolen credit card from a woman who resides on Third St. in Fulton, Ky. The card was used at numerous businesses to steal a long list of items: hair extensions and hair glue from J&B Beauty Supply; clothing and a Kitchen Aid mixer from Wal-Mart; two pairs of shoes from Hibbett’s Sporting Goods; purses and jewelry from Steve’s Jewelers.

After all that, the suspects apparently got hungry and attempted to use the stolen card at Taco Bell, which is where Union City Police caught up with them.

 The victim was on the phone with her credit card company while the suspects were at Taco Bell and the card company told her that someone had just tried to use her card at the restaurant while they were speaking.

 Union City Police arrived at Taco Bell and were told the couple had left when they saw police pull up. Police chased their red Pontiac Grand Am but lost them on West ReelfootAve., catching up with them awhile later as the suspects were speeding and throwing items out of the car.

Shipp and Mosley were stopped at the Sav-A-Lot parking lot and police located the debit card, the victim’s Social Security card, and numerous receipts on the roadway.

Mosley told officers that Shipp had told her that he had come into a lot of money but she didn’t know the credit card was stolen. Police allowed her to leave. However, a witness later told police that Mosley was throwing items out of the car, too, and that the suspects almost hit her car as they were being pursued.

A warrant was then issued for Mosley.

According to the police report, surveillance video from Wal-Mart shows the couple using the card and signing the victim’s name to receipts.

 

Goodwill Donations Needed In Wake Of Winter Storm

Last week’s winter storm, which brought one of the heaviest snowfalls in a decade to much of Middle and West Tennessee, also put a chill on donations to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.

Thus far in January, donations have declined by about 14 percent compared to last year. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s store funds its mission of providing education, training and employment to people across 48 Tennessee counties. Last year, Goodwill assisted 36,081 people in their search for work. Of those, 15,412 found a job.

“We are hoping our generous donors will help us make up for those lost days now,” according to Scott Crites, Goodwill’s director of donations.

Goodwill’s retail sales also have been affected by last weeks’ storm, as many customers were snowed in and could not travel to shop.

“Some of our stores were also forced to close temporarily,” said David Jenkins, vice president of retail. “Our stores are back to normal operations this week and loaded with great merchandise at great prices. This is good news for our treasure-seeking shoppers.”

Tennesseans can make an immediate impact by donating gently used clothing, shoes, household goods and accessories and shopping in Goodwill’s stores.  The locations and hours of Goodwill’s 75-plus Donations Express Centers and 36 stores can be found at giveit2goodwill.org.

 

Kentucky Governor Proposes 641 Widening

Frankfort, Ky.-Governor Matt Bevin has submitted his 2016-2022 “Recommended Highway Plan” to the Kentucky General Assembly which includes a proposal for expanding Hwy. 641 to four lanes from Murray to the Tennessee State Line at Hazel.

The plan, if enacted, includes $6B in state and federal funds to address transportation needs in Kentucky. The plan also includes improvements along the 1-69 corridor in western Kentucky.

 

Tickets On Sale For Evening Of Chocolate Delight

Paris, Tenn – Join the HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation for an evening of Chocolate Heaven as area vendors serve up everything chocolate to raise funds for those who need a screening mammogram and cannot afford them.

An Evening of Chocolate Delight will be held on Tuesday, February 9, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Inman Middle School Gym.  Ticket holders will be able to stroll through each booth and gather their chocolate delights to enjoy with friends at the event or to take home (all ticket holders will receive a to-go container for collecting their goodies). Bottled water will be served as well as some chocolate drinks by some of the vendors. 

The Inman Middle School Strings Program will be the entertainment for the evening as well as a silent auction of wonderful items that one and all can bid on.  Door prizes will also be awarded.   

Cost for a ticket is $10 and tickets are available from HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council Members, HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, Iron Place, My Favorite Things, and Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets are limited to 225 guests and once they are gone, there are no more.  Walk ups will only be available if all the tickets are not sold.

The sponsors of this event are the Quota International - Paris, Paris-Henry County Healthcare Foundation, Inman Middle School and the HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council.

“We are very excited to offer this event to the community again that will help us raise money for those who need a screening mammogram and cannot afford one,” according to Tory Daughrity, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at HCMC.  “HCMC works with the Health Department to identify those that really need a mammogram once the state funding is tapped out.  We are very glad to work with Inman, our Partner in Education, and all of us can’t wait to try all of the chocolate goodies that will be available.  We are very excited this year because we have nearly 20 vendors providing chocolate goodies!”

HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council will again have their chocolate fountains to dip goodies in!  The list of amazing chocolate desserts and drinks is long, so come out and enjoy.  Door prizes will be awarded, the Inman Strings will perform, and there will be a silent auction.

For more information about the event or tickets, contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266.

To learn more about the event, call the Find Line at 731-644-3463 or go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

 


Sunday, January 31, 2016


Fire Damages Sulphur Well Church

Sheriff Monte Belew, right, and Paris Landing Firefighters Jonathan and Rebecca Flood, center, survey damage in the church. (Reggie Coles photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-A food warmer is the suspected cause of a fire which damaged the lobby area at the Sulphur Well Church of Christ Sunday morning.

Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department Chief Reggie Coles said his department was called to the church at 1760 Oak Grove Rd. S, at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of smoke and sprinklers running. The Henry County Sheriff’s office also was called to the scene.

“Arriving units found smoke and water in the lobby of the church with a small amount of fire present,” he said.  “A water line in the ceiling above the fire had broken and partially extinguished the fire prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.”

One of the church members, Jennifer Carroll, arrived early at the church and found the  smoke and water when she opened the doors, Coles said. A food warmer is the suspected cause. 

Damage is estimated at $25,000.  Two trucks and 10 firefighters were on the scene about 2 hours. 


Horse Perishes Despite Valiant Rescue Effort

 

     --- (Henry County Sheriff's Office photo)

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Despite valiant efforts to rescue a 35-year-old horse from a pond Friday evening, the family pet had to be put to sleep when its body temperature had become too low during the ordeal.

A family horse at 3540 Copper Springs Rd. had become mired in the mud in a pond and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, several deputies, the Henry County Rescue Squad, members of the Springville Volunteer Fire Department and staff with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency responded to the call.

The horse’s owner, Robbyn Starnes, thanked everyone who helped. “I was in awe of what everyone did. They sacrificed themselves to rescue our horse. None of them thought about themselves,” she said.

The horse, whose name was Bombala, was stuck up to its neck and was experiencing labored breathing when help arrived at the pond. Belew said, “She was down in the pond and we all got down in the pond with it. We were able to get a fire hose wrapped around the horse’s belly and front legs and just with sheer manpower, we were able to pull her to semi-dry ground.”

While Dr. Clint Young from Mineral Wells Animal Clinic in Paris was on the way, Belew said, “We put dry blankets on her and were massaging her to bring her temperature up. We were feeding her oats and she was actually eating the oats when the vet arrived.”

In consultation with the owners, Belew said, “due to the horse’s low body temperature and age, the veterinarian decided it would be best to put the horse to sleep.”

“It was a great team effort,” Belew said. “There were a lot of neighbors there trying to help, too. Our hearts were breaking that we lost her, but everyone gave 100 percent.”

Starnes said Dr. Young “stayed with us through the whole process. He just went so far for us. He was absolutely phenomenal. Even after she was put to sleep, he helped us find a spot where she could be buried and covered her with a blanket. I looked over and he was kneeling on the ground, just sobbing. I just really wanted to thank him.”

Belew said Deputies David Andrews, Jim Sanders, Chad Lowry, and Stacey Bostwick responded from his department.

Starnes said, “We were overwhelmed by what everyone did for us. I feel so lucky to have people like this in our community.”

 

Helping Hand Total Now $127,873

 

Auctioneer Cindy Snyder, at microphone, during Saturday afternoon's Helping Hand activities. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s educational community came through in a big way during two auctions Saturday, raising a total $11,198 for the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction. The grand total raised is now at $127,873. Amounts raised Saturday were $7,291 during the day auction and $3,907 during the evening auction.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

Monday’s items will be donated by New Harmony Baptist Church, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, Sparks Street Church of Christ, HCHS Band Boosters and HCHS Color Guard.


The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.


Despite Fire, Sulphur Well Church Services On

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Springville, Tenn.-Church will still be held in the old auditorium following a minor fire at the Sulphur Well Church of Christ overnight.

The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department was called to the fire this morning and no one was present in the church at the time. The fire was contained to the lobby and there is considerable smoke damage and smoke still in that section.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said this morning the sheriff’s office also responded to the scene. “The fire was actually partially extinguished when the water line broke,” he said.

No classes will be held at the church today, but worship will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the old (upstairs auditorium). The new building is not accessible right now.

 

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Tori Starks Crowned 2016 Hostess Princess

Hostess Princess Tori Starks is crowned by the 2015 Hostess Princess Grace Hassell. (McFarlin photo).


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-And your 2016 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess is Tori Starks.

An emotional Tori Starks was crowned Hostess Princess Saturday night before a huge audience at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

Starks, age 16, is the daughter of Monte and Jennifer Starks, and will preside over this year’s fish fry. Starks was crowned by the 2015 Hostess Princess Grace Hassell.

Her court is:

First Maid Jayne Nance, age 17, daughter of Jerry and Tami Nance.

Second Maid Aleece Marie Passman, age 18, daughter of Gary and Tina Passman.

Third Maid Victoria Page, age 17, daughter of Jeff Page and Terri Clark.

Fourth Maid Madison Lovelace, age 18, daughter of Heath and Teresa Lovelace.

The Hostess Princess event capped off a day of pageants at KPAC.

Other pageant winners today:

Miss Teen

Miss Teen Alyssa Wade, daughter of Al and Renea Wade; First Maid Jessica Whalen, daughter of Lori and Tim Whalen; Second Maid Julia Dye, daughter of Anisha Page and Brad Dye; Third Maid Ansley Cate, daughter of Tom and Becky Cate; Fourth Maid Caroline Singleton, daughter of Marty and Sheri Singleton.

Miss Pre Teen

Miss PreTeen Kamryn Hendon, daughter of Travis Hendon and Whitney Fortenberry; First Maid Bryleigh Hayes, daughter of Chuck and Chri Hayes; Second Maid Cassadi Evans, daughter of Matt and Allison Evans; Third Maid Adilynn Vaughn, daughter of Dennis and Angie Vaughn; Fourth Maid Maddie Ellis, daughter of Traci and Mitch Ellis.

Junior Queen

Junior Queen Katie Barnett, daughter of Dwayne and Laura Barnett; First Maid Eva Marie Lemonds, daughter of Jeremy and Andrea Lemonds; Second Maid Marley Edwards, daughter of Jessica Edwards; Third Maid Kaylee Brewer, daughter of david and Beth Brewer; Fourth Maid Katelyn Richardson, daughter of Lisa Richardson and Jody Rayburn.

Little Miss

Little Miss Eden Bruce, daughter of Brandon and Jenny Bruce; First Maid Addison Lee, daughter of Lucas Lee and Elizabeth Cope; Second Maid Kyleigh Vogl, daughter of Adam and Mary Vogl; Third Maid Charlotte McCuiston, daughter of Jason and Kendra McCuiston; Fourth Maid Sarah Dodd, daughter of Nathan Dodd, Kayla Lee, and Kelly Brumett.

Tiny Tot

Princess McKennon Miles, daughter of David and Ashley Miles; First Maid Bostyn Bobo, daughter of Nikki Bobo and Major Topps; Second Maid Addyson Littleton, daughter of Amber Ham and Jeremy Littleton; Third Maid Madaley Alexi Norris, daughter of Heather and Hunter Norris; Fourth Maid Roarie Beecham, daughter of Brian and Stephanie Beecham.

The remainder of the pageants will be held Sunday.

Hostess Princess Tori Starks and her court. From left, Third Maid Victoria Page; First Maid Jayna Nance; Starks, Second Maid Aleece Passman and Fourth Maid Madison Lovelace. (McFarlin photo).

 

Hudson Receives Golden Football From NFL

Paris, Tenn.-As the NFL marks the 50th Super Bowl this season, the league is celebrating the players and coaches of the past 49 Super Bowls and their high schools and communities that have positively impacted the game. The NFL congratulates Henry County High School into the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll community. As a member, a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson is sent to the high school of every player or head coach who was on an active roster in a Super Bowl.

John Hudson, a graduate of Henry County High School, member of the 2000 World Champion Baltimore Ravens, and present Henry County High School teacher and coach, was sent a Golden Football. The football will be on display in the lobby of the HCHS.

The high school will also receive an NFL Character Education Curriculum and is eligible to apply for a grant from the NFL Foundation to help support the school's football program. 

 

Helping Hand Total Now $116,675

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now at 116,675, with the $8,327 raised Friday by the Clifty Community, Clifty Village, Rescue Squad, Dialysis Clinic and Relay for Life.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the county’s educators at both an afternoon and evening auction.

Monday’s items will be donated by New Harmony Baptist Church, the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center, Sparks Street Church of Christ, HCHS Band Boosters and HCHS Color Guard.


The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.


UTM Singers To Perform With Jackson Symphony

Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s University Singers ensemble will perform as the featured guest choir during the Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s performance “An Evening with Anthony Kearns” at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13. The show will be held at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

The concert will feature tenor Anthony Kearns, a member of The Irish Tenors, in a performance of opera classics, American standards and... traditional Irish songs. His selections will include Kitty of Coleraine, Shenandoah, Nearer My God to Thee, Danny Boy and God Bless America.

The University Singers will also present several popular pieces accompanied by the orchestra.

Event tickets are available online at thejacksonsymphony.org and may also be purchased over the phone by calling the box office at 731-427-6440. The box office opens at 6 p.m. before each performance, and remaining tickets may be purchased before the show.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Simmons, associate professor of music and ensemble conductor, at 731-881-7412 or by email at marks@utm.edu.


Friday, January 29, 2016


Smith Sentenced To Three Year Term In Arson Case


 

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director


Paris, Tenn.-A former Paris business owner was sentenced to a three year jail term today following his October 2015 conviction of attempted arson.


Joe Smith, age 57, of 5750 Hwy. 69A, was sentenced by Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish to serve in this way: one year in the Henry County Jail, followed by two years on probation with the Community Corrections program.


Smith was convicted at an October jury trial of attempted arson for his part in the fire that destroyed his former business, Smith’s Tire Barn in February of 2014. The business had been located on Hwy. 79.

This morning’s sentencing hearing included testimony from three witnesses, including Smith’s father and daughter.


Both Smith’s father, Clarence Smith, and his daughter, Angela Herrera, testified that it would cause undue hardship on the family if Smith was sentenced to a jail term.


Clarence Smith testified to the financial problems that his son has had since the tire barn burned down. He said his son had trouble finding work after his conviction and only worked a couple months for a Camden construction company.


His father said he has helped his son out financially since the conviction and now owns the property where his son lives on 69A. He also said he and his wife spent their savings to purchase the Smith Tire Barn property after the fire and were finally able to sell it for far less than it was worth. He also said he and his wife paid the $75,000 cash bond to get him released from jail.


Clarence Smith testified that his son is a hard worker. “He’s worked hard all his life, six days a week of hard work.” He also said Joe Smith’s wife is disabled and takes care of her and their small children still at home. If he was incarcerated, he testified, “I don’t see how they could handle it. I don’t see how they would get by. Joe is holding it all together.”


Herrera testified that her father was a good father and took care of the family. She also said her stepmother is disabled and that her father takes care of the household.


Before Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing elicited testimony from a witness who had expensive items that were destroyed from being stored in the storage facility adjacent to the tire barn, Smith’s attorney Chad Cox objected to the testimony.


Cox objected, noting that no evidence involving damage to items in the storage facility had been brought out at trial. Hessing argued that the case law cited by Cox did not apply.


The witness, Fred Eichler Jr. of Paris, testified mainly about the destruction of his 1957 Chevy classic car and how much the car was worth.


After a short recess, Judge Parish ruled that Smith was unable to pay restitution and was not responsible to any third parties.


Two other people were convicted in the case. William Tomlin was sentenced to four years supervised probation after he pleaded guilty of arson. Diane Tomlin was sentenced to three years supervised probation after she pleaded guilty to criminal facilitation.

 


Paris Couple Arrested On Drug Charges

            


By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Paris couple on drug charges and seized their car following a search Thursday evening on Tyson Ave.

Arrested were Stephen Fitzgerald, age 31, and Latasha Carter, age 25, both of 700 Cooper St. Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and manufacture. Both were taken to the Henry County Jail on $7.500 bond.

Paris Patrolman Tyrail Jackson stopped their car on Tyson Ave. after noticing a broken headlight. When the car stopped, Jackson said, a black male fled on foot from the car and went behind Cash America.

Jackson ordered the driver, Fitzgerald, and Carter from the vehicle and asked who the man was who jumped out. Fitzgerald said he did not know; that they had picked him up at Maverick’s and were just dropping him office.

Jackson requested permission to search the vehicle, which was denied by Fitzgerald. Patrolman Jamie James took his K9 Herrum around the car and Herrum alerted to the back driver’s side.

Sgt. Ean Reed began the search of the vehicle and found an open grocery bag with 1.4 grams of marijuana inside; a brown bag with another grocery bag inside with 227.5 grams of marijuana inside. According to the police report, Fitzgerald said that was his and that he wanted a lawyer.

Further search found a Crown Royal bag with three bags inside containing 19.1 grams of marijuana, a grinder, a scale and clear baggies inside.


Weekend Fish Fry Pageant Schedule

Paris, Tenn.-With last Saturday’s weather cancellation of the World’s Biggest Fish Fry pageants, all of the pageants now will be held over one weekend instead of two. Here is the pageant schedule, with all to be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.

Saturday:

  Tiny Tot 10 am (ages 4 – 5 )

  Little Miss 11 am (ages 6- 7)

  Junior Queen 2 pm (ages 8-9)

  Miss Pre-Teen 4 pm (ages 10-12)

  Miss Teen 5:30 pm (ages 13 – 15)

  Hostess Princess 7:30 pm (ages 16-20)

Sunday:

  Little Prince and Princess 1:30 pm Birth to 6 months; 2 pm 7-11 months; 2:30 pm 1 year; 3 pm 2 year and 3:30 pm 3 years (girls only)

 

Office On Aging Plans Trip To Civil Rights Museum

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Office on Aging is again hosting a bus trip to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, in late February. This is the site at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was killed on April 4, 1968. The museum has undergone a $27.5 million renovation that was completed in 2014.  

The cost for this trip will be $25 for a senior citizen, $26 if you are not a senior citizen. A senior citizen is classified as 55 years old and older. The local Office on Aging has qualified for the group rate for admission to the museum. The admission cost to the museum is $11 -Senior Citizen and $13 -Adults. The office will be paying for ½ of the bus fare.

Date of the trip will be Friday, February 26. It will leave from the Central Community Building 55 Jones Bend Rd Extended around 7:30 a.m. It will stop in Brownville for breakfast. The tour of the museum is 11 a.m. Lunch/dinner in Memphis, after the tour. The bus should be back later that evening.

If you interested in going with Office on Aging, you can either contact Reginald Caldwell, Director at 731-642-2919 or Barbara Pearson, Senior Center Coordinator at 731-644-3193. The last day for sign-up will be February 20.

 

Helping Hand Total Now $108,348

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is now at $108,348, with the $3,533 raised Wednesday by the Puryear community, Harrelson Beta Club, E.W. James and Sons, Office on Aging and Northwest Nutrition.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

Friday’s items will be donated by the Clifty Community, Clifty Village, Rescue Squad, Dialysis Clinic and Relay for Life.

Saturday’s items will be donated by the county’s educators at both an afternoon and evening auction.


The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.


Cracker Barrel To Locate In Mayfield

Mayfield, Ky.Graves County and Mayfield officials broke ground for the new Cracker Barrel Thursday. The restaurant will be located on Hwy. 45 N in Mayfield.

Cracker Barrel officials credited a Facebook campaign started by the Mayfield community last spring with helping to recruit the restaurant and country store to locate in Mayfield.

The restaurant will be opening in the summer and will produce some 130 new jobs.

 


Thursday, January 28, 2016


Signs Warn Of Elevated Mercury Levels At Big Sandy Basin

Officials Say Signs Are Merely Precautionary

Signs have begun appearing locally. (Photo by Jim Perry)

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Big Sandy, Tenn.-Signs have begun appearing along the Big Sandy Basin area of Kentucky Lake which warn the public of “certain contaminants at levels thought to increase the risk of cancer or other serious illness in humans” in bass found in the Kentucky Reservoir.

Although not stated specifically on the signs, the signs pertain to mercury levels and have been placed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Henry County Alliance CEO David Hamilton and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer met with officials from TDEC’s Jackson field office and were told that the signs are required by law and are merely precautionary.

The warning does not apply to any other fish except bass, Hamilton said.

According to a press advisory issued by TDEC, the Big Sandy River and its embayment on Kentucky Reservoir was recently added to Tennessee’s list of precautionary fish advisories. The advisory does not caution the public about wading or swimming; only eating bass.

“The advisory is a result of fish tissue levels of mercury that exceed the trigger point of 0.3 parts per million, and is only in effect for species of bass. The Big Sandy River is in Henry, Benton, Carroll, and Henderson counties of West Tennessee,” according to the press release.

Hamilton said TDEC officials explained to he and Greer that they perform testing annually all over the state and if mercury levels in bass reach a certain level, they are required to post the signs.

“They told us unofficially that it’s not a big issue,” Hamilton said. “The level they detected is so small that you would have to eat bass every day for several years and you might have enough to create a problem.”

Hamilton said TDEC officials said they were planning a public meeting locally to allay the fears of the public. “We certainly hope they will because we’d like them to get the message out,” Hamilton said.

TDEC Regional Director Rudy Collins in Jackson was not available for comment, but the press release quotes TDEC Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian as saying, “The new Big Sandy advisory is for the river in its entirety, including its embayment on the Tennessee River. Mercury levels in Tennessee River fish (Kentucky Reservoir) are lower and the lake is not included in the advisory. Additionally, the advisory is limited to bass species such as largemouth and spotted bass. Popular gamefish such as crappie and bluegill are not included in the advisory as mercury levels in these fish tend to be much lower statewide.”

Unlike ‘do not consume’ advisories that warn the general population to avoid eating fish from a particular body of water altogether,” Dr. Megreblian said, “precautionary fish consumption advisories are specifically directed to sensitive populations such as children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and those who may eat fish very frequently from the same body of water. Children and pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid eating fish covered by the advisory. All others are cautioned to limit consumption to one meal per month.” 

According to the press release, “There is no known direct discharge of mercury into the Big Sandy River. Atmospheric deposition accumulated in sediment is considered the most likely origin of the mercury in the fish. Tributaries of the Big Sandy River tend to be small and as they are unlikely to contain a significant fishery, they have not been tested and are not included in the advisory. The waters adjacent to Paris Landing State Park plus the nearby Eagle Creek embayment are connected to the Tennessee River rather than Big Sandy embayment and are not included in the advisory.”

In 2007 and again in 2009, the department issued new mercury advisories in Tennessee based on a more stringent EPA trigger point recommended to states. At that time, TDEC identified additional sites where more data was needed. One of these sites was Big Sandy River, and in 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014, TDEC collected additional fish tissue samples.

The risk, however, is confined to the consumption of fish. Swimming and wading in these waters or catching and releasing fish are activities that do not expose the public to an increased risk from mercury.

TDEC has posted signs at primary public access points and will continue to communicate information about the fishing advisories.

For a complete listing of Tennessee’s current fishing advisories and additional information about the advisory issuance process, visit:http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/environment/attachments/water_fish-advisories.pdf

 

Voter Registration Deadline Is Monday

Nashville, Tennessee –– Tennesseans who want to vote in the March 1 presidential preference primary, or “SEC Primary,” must register to vote by Monday, February 1, 2016. This election cycle the Volunteer State will join six other Southern states on March 1 to help decide who could be the next president of the United States.

"It's important to ensure you are properly registered now so there won't be any surprises during early voting or on Election Day," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said.

Early voting begins Wednesday, February 10 and runs Mondays through Saturdays until Tuesday, February 23. Election Day is Tuesday, March 1. Note some counties will be closed on Monday, February 15 for Presidents Day.

Hargett is urging voters to take advantage of early voting if possible because of unpredictable winter weather and an incredibly long ballot.

"When you consider the number of presidential candidates as well as the number of delegates, some voters across the state will have many choices," Hargett said.

Tennessee’s 95 counties conduct early voting at their local election commission offices or at another location designated by the election commission. Some counties also offer early voting at satellite locations. For early voting locations, hours and sample ballots, contact your local election office. Contact information for election offices can be found at: http://tnsos.org/elections/election_commissions.php.

Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid state or federal photo identification with them to the polls. For information about what types of ID are acceptable, visit GoVoteTN.com or call toll free 1-877-850-4959.

Voters can also download the GoVoteTN app, available in the App Store or Google Play, to view voter-specific information when searching by name or address. Voters can find early voting and Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see their elected officials, districts and county election commission information as well as access online election results through the application.


Vital Farms Looking To Locate Farms In Henry County Area

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Alliance and the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee are hosting an informational meeting for area farmers who would like to learn more about Vital Farms Pasture-Raised Egg programs. The meeting will be held at the office of the Henry County Farm Bureau, 406 N. Poplar Street in Paris. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 4, and will feature a presentation by Terry Osborne with Vital Farms. Dennis Yoder, area representative for Vital Farms will also be in attendance.

Vital Farms is working to locate 50-100 pasture-raised egg farms in Henry and surrounding counties in Tennessee and southwest Kentucky. Vital Farms produce pasture-raised USDA Certified Organic eggs under the brands Vital Farms and Pasture Verde.

“This is a great opportunity for area farmers to supplement their farm income,” according to David Hamilton, CEO Henry County Alliance.

 

UTM Equestrian Program Seeks Donations To Keep NCAA Status

Martin, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin equestrian program is actively seeking financial contributions to help the team remain at NCAA varsity status beyond the 2015-16 academic year.

UT Martin officials announced in November 2014 that the Skyhawk equestrian program would be discontinued as a varsity sport based on the NCAA’s decision to remove Equestrian from the emerging sport list. This decision would take effect after the spring of 2016 unless funding could be procured to sustain the program. Each student-athlete’s scholarship at UT Martin would be honored through their fourth academic year.

The UT Martin equestrian program was established in 2006 and quickly became a competitive sport with the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA). The team has been seeded to participate in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship every year since the team’s transition to varsity status with placings in the top-10.

UT Martin equestrian boasts the only NCAA equestrian program in the state of Tennessee. Equestrian events include Hunter Seat Equitation on the Flat, Over Fences, Western Horsemanship and Reining.

Alumni, parents and friends have been very supportive of the fundraising effort. Skyhawk equestrian has established a goal of $600,000 raised in cash by June 1, 2016. This would allow the equestrian program to remain as a varsity sport at UT Martin for 2016-17 and 2017-18.

In addition to the $600,000, a campaign has also been launched to raise $6 million by June 1, 2018 in the form of an endowment that can sustain the program for years to come.

For more information on how to donate to UT Martin equestrian, visitwww.utmforever.com/equestrian.

 

 

Pageants, Game Supper, Frozen Activities Set Saturday

 

Three events that had been scheduled for last Saturday were postponed to Saturday, January 30, due to last weekend’s snow storm.

--The World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Originally set for 7 p.m., the pageant now is set for 7:30 p.m. to accommodate all the other pageants that will be held, too.

--The always popular 8th annual Sulphur Well Wild Game Supper will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Sulphur Well Church of Christ at 1760 Oak Grove Rd., Springville.

Hunters and cooks from the church have been very busy preparing a long list of mouth-watering wild game dishes for the free dinner. As always, there also will be live entertainment and music at the event.

--You don’t have to dress-up like Elsa, Anna or Olaf to attend the Discovery Park of America’s upcoming Family Education Series program, “The Science of Frozen,” but it might make it even more fun. On Saturday, January 30, the movie Frozen will set the stage for the Education Department at Discovery Park of America as they present “The Science of Frozen” at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 in the Life Enrichment Center. The program is free, but does not include park admission.

 

Two Men Charged With Aggravated Burglaries In UC

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Two men are incarcerated in the Obion County Jail today, charged with aggravated burglary for separate incidents of breaking into homes in Union City.

Police were called to 1025 Summer St. by a residential burglary alarm and found David Polk of 717 S. Sunswept Dr., Union City, hiding in thick brush outside of the home.

Polk did flee, but was caught on the 1000 block of East Florida after a foot pursuit. According to the police report, Polk did admit the forcible entry of the home. It was determined he entered the home through a cut window screen in the back.

Marcus Taylor of 403 S. 6th St., Union City, also was arrested for aggravated burglary after he was identified as the suspect who was found on someone’s back porch at 1319 Church St.

The resident heard a noise and found Taylor on the porch trying to make entry into the rest of the house. When the resident hollered, Taylor ran off. Taylor was identified through a photo line-up.


Night Of Harry Potter Set For Library

Paris, Tenn.-Do you love Harry Potter? W.G. Rhea Library in Paris has an evening for you.

Harry Potter Book Night is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 4, and will include a costume contest, wand-making, potion-making and a special showing of "Magic Beyond The Words: The J.K. Rowling Story".

Registration is required. Call 642-1702.

Helping Hand Total Now $104,853

Paris, Tenn.- The grand total raised by the annual Helping Hand Radio Auction is $104,853, with $3,195 raised Wednesday by the Jones Mill/Hico community, Morningside of Paris, Henry County Youth Orchestra, Tennessee River Fine Arts League and Kroger.

The annual auction began January 11 and goes through March 2. It raises thousands of dollars each year for local organizations and charities.

Thursday’s items will be donated by the Puryear community, Harrelson Beta Club, E.W. James and Sons, Office on Aging and Northwest Nutrition.

Friday’s items will be donated by the Clifty Community, Clifty Village, Rescue Squad, Dialysis Clinic and Relay for Life.
The auction is broadcast daily over WTPR-AM 710 at 12:30 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays at noon. Evening auctions are aired on KQ105.5. Auction phone is 644-1695. Office phone is 644-1833.

 

4-H Public Speaking Judges Needed

Paris, Tenn.-On Monday, February 8th at Inman School, beginning at 6 p.m., approximately 20 judges will be needed for about an hour for the Henry County 4-H public speaking contest. If anyone would like to volunteer, please call 642-2941 and just request to be a judge for the public speaking contest.

 

UC Police Investigate Car Break-Ins

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are busy investigating car break-ins.

A truck on Armstrong Blvd. was broken into overnight and stolen was a Browning duffle tackle bag containing $1600 worth of lures and reels. A check also was stolen, but the owner placed a stop payment on it.

A couple on Stonewall Ave. reported that both of their vehicles were broken into overnight. A Taurus semi-automatic handgun was stolen from one vehicle and a bracelet stolen from the other.







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