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Thursday, July 30 , 2015 

Lane Arrested In Martin

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Christopher Lane, who was wanted by authorities for the break-in and theft from an elderly woman’s home in Martin, was arrested today.

Investigator Randall McGowan said Lane was arrested without incident at a motel in Martin by sheriff’s investigators.

Updated: Body Of Skyleigh Pool Found

Wickliffe, Ky.--The Kentucky State Police has issued an update on the discovery of Skyleigh Pool’s body in Ballard County, Ky. today. According to the KSP, the little girl’s body was found in a pond about a quarter mile from her residence. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday in Louisville.

Detective John Sims, is conducting a death investigation, and no foul play is suspected at this time. KSP was assisted by numerous agencies from KY, TN and IL in the search. 

The little girl, who had special needs and was nonverbal, was reported missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Earlier today, authorities had asked for volunteers to help search for the girl, who had been missing since Wednesday afternoon. She was last seen on County Farm Rd.  

A Beautiful Reflection

Paris, Tenn.-With a clear sky and shining sun, the trees surrounding Williams Lake in Paris were reflected perfectly in the water Wednesday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paulette’s Restaurant To Close

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris dining institution will soon be closing its doors.

Paulette Steele of Paulette’s of Paris announced on her Facebook page Wednesday that she will be closing the business on August 14.

Paulette’s is a popular destination for the lunch crowd and is well-known for its chicken salad and menu items that you don’t find in many other area restaurants. Each day, there are specials that can include quiche, unique sandwiches, homemade soups and a wide array of salads featuring fruit and vegetables. For example, Wednesday’s special included a spring mix salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, cucumbers, avocado, feta and walnuts or the spinach club with ham, turkey, cheddar, tomato, bacon, egg and cucumbers.

In her Facebook posting, Steele said, “It has been the great pleasure to have been in Paris all these years. I am very grateful for your support. It is time for me to move on in my life. Having the store has been very important to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Steele asked that customers redeem their gift certificates before the restaurant closes. It is located at 200 S. Market St. and is open from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Volunteers Sought To Help Search For Missing Girl

Wickliffe, Ky.-Ballard County authorities are now asking for volunteers to help search for Skyleigh Pool, a developmentally challenged eight-year-old who has been missing for 16 hours now.

The little girl has developmental delays and is nonverbal. She is described as white, 4 feet 7 inches tall, 47 pounds, brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on County Farm Rd. in Ballard County, wearing a black and white t-shirt with a flower pattern and blue jean shorts. She was not wearing shoes.

If you want to help search for Skyleigh Pool, go to County Farm Rd in Ballard County. There you will be asked to sign up and be given instructions on where they need you to search.  

Officials issued a Golden Alert D for the little girl who was reported missing at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

It is crucial she is located as soon as possible.  If you see a child fitting this description, please call the Kentucky State Police at 270-856-3721 or local law authorities. 

Union City Woman Dies In Crash

Eastview, Tenn.-A Union City woman was killed in a head-on collision in McNairy County Wednesday afternoon.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is reporting that Gwen Wright of Union City was killed when the Ford Fusion she was driving crossed a turn lane on Highway 45 and struck a tractor-trailer head-on. The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near Eastview.

Wright was wearing a seat belt and the truck driver was not injured.

Escaped Inmate Captured In Murray

Murray, Ky.-The man who escaped from the Northwest Tennessee Correctional Complex in Tiptonville earlier this week has been captured in Murray.

Richard Roberts, 36, reportedly walked away while on a work assignment outside the prison, where he was incarcerated for theft of property.

Roberts was taken into custody by Kentucky authorities at a motel in Murray along with his girlfriend. Both were booked into the Calloway County Jail and will be extradited to Tennessee. 

Roberts has been charged with felony escape and his girlfriend, Rachel McMillan, will be charged with facilitation of his escape.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 

Foundation Bank, Farmers Bank Merger Cancelled

Woodland Mills, Tenn.-The expected merger of The Farmers Bank in Woodland Mills and Foundation Bank has been cancelled.

According to a press release issued by Farmers Bank, over the weekend, Foundation bank was unable to verify certain merger requirements with The Farmers Bank necessary to consummate the merger transaction. The Boards of Directors of The Farmers Bank and the ownership of Foundation Bank mutually agreed to cancel the proposed merger of the two institutions. 

Both parties agreed that it was in the best interests of both institutions and their customers to cancel the merger and continue business as two separate institutions.

The Farmers Bank remains open for business with new banking hours of Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bank will be closed on Saturdays.

Both Foundation Bank and The Farmers Bank are working together to ensure all outstanding Foundation Bank checks written by Farmers Bank customers are honoured.

Foundation Bank, a division of McKenzie Banking Co., is a trade name that McKenzie Banking Co. uses in five of its six West Tennessee markets. The Farmers Bank has been serving Obion County, Tenn., and Fulton County, Ky. For over 104 years.

Man Sought In Burglary Of Elderly Woman’s Home

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a man who broke into an elderly woman’s home and stole money, jewellery and medications.

The sheriff’s office is seeking Christopher Lane, age 25, of Martin. Investigators recovered some of the stolen items from a residence where Lane was staying.

Lane is accused of breaking into the home of an 83-year-old woman on Old Troy Rd. and stealing some $4,000 cash, jewellery and medications on July 21.

Warrants have been drawn charging Lane with aggravated burglary and theft of over $1,000. 

According to Investigator Randall McGowan, Lane is believed to be in the Martin area. Anyone who knows where he is hiding is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 731-364-5454 and ask for McGowan.

Dorena-Hickman Ferry Reopens

Hickman, Ky.-The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has reopened after being closed due to high water. The ferry is one of the few remaining riverboat ferries in the U.S. and the only operating ferry that crosses the Mississippi River between Missouri and Kentucky.

The ferry opens at seven a m on its regular summer schedule. Please call 1-731-693-0210 or check out the Dorena-Hickman Ferry Facebook page for the latest updates.

Weakley County Sheriff Receives Raise

Martin, Tenn.-Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson--the longest-serving sheriff in Tennessee--will be getting an immediate raise.

Wilson has served as sheriff for 33 years, beginning in 1982.

At a meeting Tuesday night, commissioners indicated the raise was long overdue, since Wilson works with few breaks since he also works with the county jail workhouse. Wilson received a boost to his salary by 10 percent, which is almost $8,000.

In other business during last night’s meeting, the commission set the property tax rate for Weakley Co. at $2.13 on each $100 of taxable property.

County Mayor Jake Bynum presented a plaque of appreciation to retiring Administrator of Elections Barbara Castleman.

Alexander Elected State DARE President

New State DARE President Bruce Alexander displays new car designs and plaque 
while Sheriff Monte Belew looks on, at rear. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s Office DARE Officer Bruce Alexander has been elected State DARE President. And, his DARE vehicle will be sporting sharp new designs.

Alexander has been DARE officer since 2008 and has worked for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office since 1992.  He said he has been on the State DARE board for four years and is “excited” about being president.

“I’m anxious,” Alexander said. “I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited about it.” Alexander said he will serve as president for a two-year term.

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “We’re really honoured to have the state president as one of our very own. He’s done an excellent job as DARE Officer and we’re very proud of him.” Alexander is full-time School Resource Officer at Lakewood and is DARE officer for all the county schools: Henry, Harrelson and Lakewood. He also is in charge of the Eddie Eagle gun safety program and assists the Paris Police with DARE programs.

The staff at Signs and Trophy Express affixed the new designs to the DARE vehicle. Alexander said there were four or five designs from which to choose and he asked the kids to choose. “We had a bunch of the DARE kids at the Vacation Bible School at Maplewood Church and I asked them which one they liked best. And I went with what the kids wanted,” he said.

Alexander said there are between 75-100 DARE officers in Tennessee.

Paris Man Injured In Wreck During Storm

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was injured when the motorcycle he was driving struck a downed tree limb on India Rd. during last night’s storm.

Jason Corbin was transported to the Henry County Medical Center emergency room with minor injuries by the County EMS around 8 p.m. last night.

His 2014 Honda motorcycle received extensive damage.

Hibbetts Sport To Locate In Camden

Camden, Tenn. – Hibbett Sporting Goods, the national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Ala., has announced it will be locating a new store in Camden.

Hibbett Sports plans to open the new location this fall near the former Wal-Mart building. The store anticipates employing eight full and part-time team members. Currently Hibbett has 63 locations in the state of Tennessee alone.

Benton County Chamber officials announced today they received notice from Hibbett today. “We have been working with Hibbett Sport since October of last year. It gives us a great sense of pride knowing that we assisted in locating a retail store such as Hibbett Sport here in Camden,” they said.

Hibbett is a fast-growing operator of over 1,000 full-line sporting goods stores in small tomid-sized markets, predominantly in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Hibbett Sports stores offer a large selection of quality branded athletic equipment, footwear and apparel, with a focus on knowledgeable, friendly customer service and providing customers with information they can't always get at other stores selling
sporting goods. 

Hibbett Sports has a long history of focusing on the needs of local teams and leagues, with a variety of services to meet the needs of coaches and players alike. Hibbett is the only sporting goods chain committed to serving small and mid-size markets. This strategy has proved to be a successful one for Hibbett as the company continues to expand its number of stores across the U.S.

Goodwill Offers Back-To-School Bargains

Union City, Tenn.— Obion County parents don’t have to wait for the state’s tax-free weekend to save money on back-to-school apparel for students. School starts in Obion County on Thursday, Aug. 6. 

“Every weekend — and weekday for that matter — is tax-free when you shop for clothes and shoes at Goodwill,” according to Retail District Manager Jennifer Martin, referring to a statewide tax exemption on the sale of used garments. 

Moreover, Goodwill’s low prices mean parents can purchase three or more outfits for what they might spend on one elsewhere, she said. 

The not-for-profit’s 35 retail stores in Middle and West Tennessee, including the one in Union City, are stocked with many of the items students need to meet standard attire requirements, such as collared or Polo-style shirts in many shades like navy and white, and skirts and slacks in khaki, black and other colors. 

“We have a wide variety of kids’ clothes from kindergarten to high school age in all sizes, colors and brands,” Martin said.

The regular price for children’s clothing in sizes 2T to 6X is $2.49 per piece, while clothing for older students’ sizes 7-16 is $3.49 per item. 

The stores also offer belts, ties and backpacks and other gear for students. Many items such as these will be sold tax-free at Goodwill during the state’s Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 7-9.

Goodwill’s daily and monthly sales can greatly compound customers’ savings. Everything in Goodwill’s stores (excluding drinks) will be half price Saturday, Aug. 1, during our monthly storewide first-Saturday sale. These other specials also can help parents and students save:

Every day: 50 percent off the Color of the Week.
Every Wednesday and Sunday: 99 cents for Color of the Week clothing 
Every Monday, $5 off any purchase of $25 or more.
Shoppers can save even more by signing up for a Goodwill Rewards card and by following Goodwill on Facebook for notification of other special offers. 

College students also can find clothing, furniture and electronics at Goodwill to suit their needs, Martin said. She added that, in August, Goodwill stores will begin stocking the fall and winter clothing — including sweaters, jackets and coats — which will benefit students of all ages.

“Don’t forget to bring your donations to Goodwill when you come to shop,” she said. “By clearing the clutter and giving what you no longer need, you help Goodwill’s mission of providing job training and employment opportunities to people struggling to find work.”

Goodwill stores are open 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. 

Theft From Truck Quickly Thwarted

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Union City, Tenn.-Thanks to the victim writing down a license plate number, a Union City man was quickly apprehended for stealing from the victim’s pickup truck while parked at the Wal-Mart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Charles Franz III, age 54 of 1011 Nevel St., Union City, was arrested for theft.

According to the police report, the victim saw Franz taking a plasma cutter from the bed of his truck and began running toward the truck and yelling for him to stop.

Franz threw the plasma cutter into his back seat, jumped into his red Suburban and took off fast, according to the report. The victim got a description of Franz’ vehicle and his license plate number for police, who apprehended Franz shortly thereafter.

The $2,000 plasma cutter was recovered and returned to the victim.

Hummingbird Festival This Weekend

Golden Pond, Ky.– The Woodlands Nature Station will host its annual Hummingbird Festival Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, from 10 am-4 pm. Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration peaks for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in August. Admission to this special event is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.
“A large number of hummingbirds stop here on their journey south to Mexico and Central America,” according to Nature Station Lead Naturalist, John Pollpeter. “Up to 200 hummingbirds might visit our feeders in a single day. The festival provides a fun atmosphere for people to see and learn about these powerful birds.”
Highlights include hummingbird banding demonstrations, a wildlife art show, staff-led programs, a native plant sale, live animal encounters, local wildlife experts, and activities for kids. Food prepared by the cooks at Brandon Spring Group Center will be available for purchase. 
Weekend events at Nature Station include: 
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2
11am, 1pm, 3pm Hummingbirds 101
· Saturday, August 1
12pm Benefits of Backyard Bats
2pm Attracting Butterflies
· Sunday, August 2
12pm Attracting Songbirds to the Backyard
2pm A Place for Pollinators
Other special activities focusing on hummingbirds will be presented all month at the Nature Station. Check the calendar for more information.

Union City Man Arrested For Sexual Battery

Union City, Tenn.-A 63-year-old Union City man was arrested for sexual battery after a complaint from residents of a home on Royal St.

Arrested was Ernest Crumble of 521 Nash St. According to the police report, Crumble was accused of unlawful sexual contact with a 19-year-old female.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 

BPU Water Treatment Plant Timeline Set

General Manager John Etheridge, second from right, gives reports
while (from left) Director of Electrical Department Cole Edwards, 
Secretary-Treasurer Gini Roberts and Board Member John VanDyck 
listen. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn--Meeting Tuesday, the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) set the timeline for construction of the new water treatment plant and hired a St. Louis company to paint transformers and a galvanized steel structure in the utility district.

The “active phase” of the water treatment plant project will begin when the loan is closed in August and Assistant General Manager Terry Wimberley said the “first thing we’ll do is reimburse ourselves for the cash paid for engineering we’ve had done since the beginning and replenish the cash we’ve used all along.”

Rehab of the water tank on Volunteer Drive will be done by January and demolition of the existing plant will be performed in December, with completion of the new plant by November of 2016, Wimberley said.

“We’re already doing preparation work down at the old warehouse, taking down the chain link fences and using what we can as salvage,” Wimberley said. “The fuel tanks also have already been sold.”

The city of Paris closed down Caldwell Street and it has been fenced off “to facilitate easier demolition and grading,” he said.

BPU General Manager John Etheridge noted that surveillance cameras are set up and the water tank looks down over the area “so we have eyes on it--the area is being watched as we continue this process.”

The board approved the low bid from Utility Service and Maintenance, Inc. of St. Louis for $76,254.53, plus $900 per each mobilization between its office to the local job site for the painting of nine substation transformers and the galvanized steel structure at the district substation.

Etheridge said transformers are getting rust on them “and it’s more economical to get them all done at this time.” Both Etheridge and Director of Engineering Jeff Thompson said the job of painting those facilities is becoming so specialized it was difficult to find companies to bid on the job. Only one other company bid on it.

In other business:

--The board reappointed the same officers: Chairman David Flowers; Vice Chair Ralph Anderson and Secretary/Treasurer Gini Roberts

--John VanDyck was reappointed to the board.

Governor Launches Statewide Transportation Discussion
To Visit 15 Cities, Including Union City

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that he will be traveling the state with Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer over the next six weeks to discuss the state’s transportation and infrastructure needs relating to the functionality and capacity of Tennessee’s state roads and highways, safety issues around roads and bridges, and the impact infrastructure has on economic development efforts in urban and rural communities. 

He will be holding meetings in 15 cities throughout August and early September in Memphis, Clarksville, Union City, Jackson, Nashville, Franklin, Kingsport, Greeneville, Shelbyville, Murfreesboro, Crossville, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Lenoir City and Knoxville. Participants will include state legislators, mayors, local elected officials, business leaders, chamber of commerce executives, and local infrastructure officials.

“Tennessee’s transportation and infrastructure system always ranks at or near the top when compared to the rest of the country,” Haslam said. “We have no transportation debt, and we do a great job maintaining our roads, but we know we have challenges on the horizon.

“We know that we can’t depend on the federal government to be the funding partner that it once was. We also know that as our infrastructure ages, maintenance becomes more important and more expensive. And we know that maintaining our roads is only part of the equation. Right now we have a multi-billion dollar backlog of highway projects across this state that address key access, safety and economic development issues and that’s only going to grow.” 
“TDOT is responsible for taking care of the assets we already have, for implementing current projects in the most cost-effective way, and for planning for the state’s infrastructure needs of the future,” Schroer said. “In putting together a long range plan, we look to Tennessee communities to help prioritize these projects to make sure we’re addressing evolving traffic patterns, population growth, safety issues, and the many other things that impact our infrastructure. These conversations are invaluable to the process.” 

The first meeting will be held Wednesday, August 5 in Memphis at the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

War Of 1812 Exhibit Opens On Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris-Henry County Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit on the War of 1812 called “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812”.

The traveling exhibit will be on display at the Heritage Center beginning this Friday, July 31 through September 12. A grand opening reception will be held from 24 p.m. Sunday, August 2. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Admission and parking are free. The Heritage Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. 

State Party Chair To Speak To County GOP

Paris, Tenn.-Tennessee State Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes will be the speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Henry County Republican Party. Haynes is the State Representative from Knoxville and was elected Party Chair in April.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at the Henry County Courthouse.


“Back To School Blast” Is Thursday;
Free School Supplies Provided

Paris, Tenn.-The Family Resource Center will host the annual “Back To School Blast” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the Central Services Building at 55 Jones Bend Rd. in Paris.

Director Becky Holland estimates that some 500 children will be in attendance at the event, which each year provides free supplies and materials to students.

Holland said 27 vendors will have booths set up, including Henry County Medical Center, Henry County Schools nutrition and health, the County Health Department, W.G. Rhea Library and the Imagination Library and Friends of the Library, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Carey Counseling. The library booths have free childrens’ books to pass out.

Holland said students can still pre-register for the event by calling 642-2938.

Obion Fair Entry Day Is Saturday

Union City, Tenn.-The Obion County Fair will be held August 10-15 and the first entry day for the fair will be held Saturday, August 1.

Adult entries in the categories of art, canning, photography and sewing, hobbies and crafts and senior citizens hobbies and crafts will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Domestic Arts Building.

Junior entries in the categories of art, canning, crafts and photography will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Junior Exhibits Building.
Fair books are available at the fair board office, Obion Co. Public Library and Obion Co. Extension Office.

Two Free Lectures From State Library

Nashville, Tenn.-On Saturday, August 1st from 9:30 - 11 a.m., Tennessee State Library and Archives presents Victorian photography expert Lynda Massey for a lecture entitled, "Finding Your Ancestors Through 19th Century Photography." Massey's presentation will focus on Victorian era photography, and how you can identify long lost ancestors through images of period clothing, hair styles, facial hair, and even through details left behind by the photographers themselves.

On Saturday, August 15th from 1:30 - 3 p.m., in conjunction with TSLA's historic map collection exhibit, we invite you to attend an engaging lecture by Murray Hudson, owner and proprietor of Antiquarian Books, Maps, Prints, & Globes, as he shares his knowledge about Tennessee cartography. Hudson will explore the history of map making across the entire state of Tennessee, from the early colonial borders, to the "Lost State of Franklin," to Cherokee and Chickasaw territory, and all points in between.

Guests interested in attending these lectures are encouraged to register online through Eventbrite, as the number of seats is limited. Parking is available in the front, on the side, and in back of the Library and Archives building. Patrons may register by visiting the following websites:

Saturday, August 1st, "Finding Your Ancestors Through 19th Century Photography," presented by Lynda Massey:
Saturday, August 15th, "The Evolution of Tennessee's Borders in Maps," presented by Murray Hudson:

For more information, please contact TSLA's Public Services at (615) 741-2764 or by email at:

Car Ends Up On Hood Of Another Car

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating an accident Monday afternoon in which one car ended up on the hood of a second car.

According to the police report, a 2006 Chevy driven by William Ursery, age 37, of Troy, was driving westbound on E. Reelfoot Ave., approaching the intersection with South First St. when a 2011 Chevy Cruze driven by Jackson Siples, age 73 of 1806 E. Vine St., Union City reportedly drove through the light. 

According to the report, Siples pulled in front of Ursery and Ursery’s car collided with it, driving onto the hood. When officers arrived, Ursery had pulled his car off the hood.

Siples was transported to the Baptist Memorial Hospital emergency room, complaining of neck pains.

Manpower Hiring Event Set Wednesday

Martin, Tenn.-Manpower will hold a hiring event at the Weldon Public Library in Martin from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday. Manpower is seeking to hire over 20 machine operators, forklift, general labour, material handler and cycle counter positions in Martin, Sharon, Union City and Trenton.

Pay rate is $7.25-$12 per hour based on experience. Bring your resume, photo ID, social security card and come prepared to interview.

Monday, July 27, 2015 

Martin McDonald’s Remodeling Underway 

Martin, Tenn.- The McDonald’s restaurant located at 801 University St. will remain open July 27th through August 17th while several contemporary changes are being designed to enhance the customer experience. 

Highlights of the redesigned restaurant include: a new exterior, landscaping that compliments the community and a double-lane drive-thru. Employees at the Martin McDonald’s location are eager for the changes, as well. All employees will remain employed during remodeling.  

“McDonald’s is changing with the times to give our customers a dining experience that’s more inviting,”  according to Owner/Operator Kristine Kenworthy. “I owe my success as a local business owner to the people of Martin. And I consider it a privilege to serve my customers quality food in a clean and welcoming environment.”   

General Manager Zac Schmitz said, “We are excited about the changes and working in a more modern-looking restaurant. We hope our customers enjoy it too.” 

“As a local business, we were proud to work with other companies in our area to complete restaurant redesign,” said Kenworthy. “At McDonald’s, we take great pride in supporting the economy by investing in local businesses.”  

Martin will be the fourth McDonald’s under McWorth Management Company to be redesigned with a double-lane drive-thru. Camden, Paris and Union City will also be getting a double-lane drive-thru in the near future.  

Refuge Visitor Center To Close Temporarily

Springville, Tenn.-Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge have announced the new refuge Visitor Center will need to close down temporarily on Wednesday and Thursday, July 29-30, to pave Wildlife Drive accessing the center. 

The Visitor Center will reopen as normal beginning on Friday July 31st at 8  am. Officials said, "We regret this inconvenience to the public". For more information please contact the refuge headquarters office at 731-642-2091.

Power Pole Knocked Down; Traffic Diverted

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Traffic has been restored, as well as electrical power, on the north side of Paris after a tractor-trailer knocked down an electrical pole earlier this afternoon. 

According to Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, the semi pulling a mobile home took down a power pole near the Terrace Woods Mobile Home Park on North Market St. “and it made a major mess”, knocking out power to that side of town and blocking traffic.

Elizondo said traffic was diverted to Poplar Street while the pole was being repaired. He said, “The power was even off at city hall. The 911 dispatch wasn’t affected because we have a generator for that, but everything else at city hall was off.”

Paris Board of Public Utilities General Manager John Etheridge said power was restored around 3 p.m., including traffic signals. He said the power pole that was taken down included a lot of wiring, including AT&T, whose workers were still on the scene late this afternoon.

Residents Escape Fire At E. Wood St. Home
Family Pet Perishes

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A home on East Wood Street received heavy smoke damage following an early-morning fire Sunday morning. A family pet died in the fire and one of the residents required treatment at the local hospital.

According to the Paris Fire Department, firefighters responded to the fire call at 603 E. Wood St. and found family members waiting outside. Flames were coming from the back of the home and firefighters located the family dog in the front room. Attempts by firefighters to revive the dog were unsuccessful, according to the report.

Homeowner Clarence Robertson required oxygen and was treated at the emergency room at Henry County Medical Center.

Firefighters estimated damage to the home at $25,000. According to the report, family members were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors in the home.

Chattanooga Memorial Continues To Grow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Police Department Promotes Four

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

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

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

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

Altercation Draws Aggravated Assault Arrest

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suspects In Residential Burglary Arrested

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Huge Crowds At Ice Cream Social

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABC Board Approves Permit For Store

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

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Unemployment Increases In Our Area

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career Coach To Be In Camden

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

Friday, July 24, 2015 

Miss Tennessee Arthritis Fundraiser A Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louisiana Pair Maintains Lead In Tournament

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bybee BBQ Treats Fire & Rescue To Family Night

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

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

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

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

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

Ice Cream Social Contest Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015 

Paris Man Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deputies and Paris Police Officers assisted in the arrest.

     Christopher Kinley

Webb Sentenced To 40 Years For Rape Of Child

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vanderbilt LifeFlight Debuts New Airplane

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

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

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

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

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

LifeFlight has located a headquarters at Henry County Airport.

Perfect Backdrop

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

Rain Delays Day 2 Of Bassmaster High School Tourney

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

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

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

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


Reminder: Ice Cream Social Is Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground For New Lake Barkley Bridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Young Artists To Perform “Shrek the Musical Jr.”

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

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

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

Soccer Team Car Wash

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wimberley Hired As Paris Housing Director

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

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

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

Hamlin said earlier that her retirement is effective September 30.

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

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

Alcohol Beverage Control Board Meet Reset

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

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

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

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

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

The junior tournament itself has 28 teams, he said.

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

Henry County No Fly Zone Wins National Titles

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dyersburg Man In Critical Condition After Wreck

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

Wood was airlifted from the scene and transported to Vanderbilt.

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

Farmers’ Markets Bring Fresh Produce To Area

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

City, County Provide Incentives For New Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOP Donates $500 For School Supplies

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

Murray Man Charged with Wanton Endangerment

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 

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

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riders And Rockabilly Fish Fry Set This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss Tennessee To Hold Arthritis Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

Man With Paris Roots Dies In Police Custody

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

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

Goode is the son of Nikki Charlton Goode of Paris.

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

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

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

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

Titan Tire Ag Day Set For Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 20, 2015

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

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thompson Resigns As Henry County Elections Director

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thompson has been director since June 1, 2009.

Goggins told Thompson, “We will miss you.”

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

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

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

Procedures To Replace Sleadd Set

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

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

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

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

Nine Arrested On Drug Charges In Weakley County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

For The Birds

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

Milan Man Dies After Golf Cart Accident

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

Hidden Creek Campground is located on W. Antioch Rd.

Huntingdon House Fire Being Investigated

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

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

No one was injured in the blaze.

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

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

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

Paris Police Investigate Shots Fired Into Residence

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Three $500 Winners At Fun Run

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

21 Teams Confirmed For Henry County BBQ Contest 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, July 7, 2015 

Indictments Handed Down For Assaults On Officers

          Brandon Gream                                             Robert Andrew Jenkins

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Two men were indicted by a Henry County Grand Jury Monday for aggravated automobile assaults on local police officers.

It was a long day for grand jurors and court staff, with the grand jury session lasting from early morning until 5:30 p.m. A total 32 indictments were presented and 32 were handed out.

The two are: Brandon Gream, 34, 3563 Old McKenzie Rd., indicted for aggravated assault with an automobile on Deputy Milton Webb; and Robert Andrew Jenkins, age 30 of Veterans’ Drive, indicted for aggravated assault with an automobile on Paris Police Sgt. Josh Frey and Patrolman Derek Colley.

Gream was indicted for an incident in February in which he led several county deputies and Sheriff Monte Belew on a high-speed chase over several Paris city streets and county roads. 

The incident began when deputies attempted to serve as arrest warrant on Gream for violation of the sex offender registry and Gream took off. Gream drove off on N. Market, Guthrie Rd., Old Paris-Murray Rd. and several city streets including Poplar, Washington, Mineral Wells, Blythe, Dunlap, Veterans Drive and Memorial Dr. Officers placed spikes on the road but Gream drove around them. 

At one point, Gream deliberately slammed on the brakes, causing Deputy Milton Webb to crash his cruiser into the rear of Gream’s car.

This is the second time was charged with assaulting officers with a vehicle. The first incident occurred in 2011 and also involved deputies.

Jenkins was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, one count evading arrest and one count of driving on a revoked license.

In that case, Frey and Colley were attempting to serve a warrant issued out of Nashville on Jenkins at a local car wash and Jenkins took off, trying to run down the officers. The incident happened in June of 2015.

Other indictments issued:

Steven Pendlebury, age 32 of 907 Caledonia St., Paris, indicted on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

John Farmer, theft of property for stealing guns, fine China, cash and coins from a local residence.

Vernon Evans, theft of property for stealing cash and coins from a local residence.

As always, the bulk of the indictments are for drug charges and DUIs.

Sprint Triathlon Set This Weekend At Paris Landing

Buchanan, Tenn.-The second annual Paris Landing Sprint Triathlon, a 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run event, will begin at 7 am on Saturday, July 11, at Paris Landing State Park.

Event coordinator Tony Lawrence said “The Sprint Tri was a big success last year, with over 200 participating, and we are pleased that our numbers are even higher this year. Everyone enjoyed working with Start2Finish and loved the venue at Paris Landing State Park, plus the catfish lunch cooked by Mayor Brent Greer.” Lawrence is the director of Paris Parks and Recreation and Chamber President.

Lawrence said the special "Top 50" Finisher Medals for those finishing in the top 50, and regular finisher medals to all finishers will be back this year, along with the souvenir race shirts.

Chamber Vice President of Tourism Development, Michele Atkins said “The Chamber is so pleased to sponsor the Tri and grateful for the support from the Henry County Tourism Authority. It is a great event, a course suitable for beginners and experts, all right here at Paris Landing State Park.”

Registration is available at

Two Steal From Tip Jar, Washing Machines

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police are investigating incidents of individuals stealing from a tip jar at a restaurant and from washing machines at a Union City Laundromat.

On Sunday, a man reportedly entered the Oya House at 1700 W Reelfoot Ave., and stole money from the tip jar that was for an Hibachi cook. 

According to the police report, a white male concealed the jar under his shirt, went into the bathroom, took the money and left the jar. Police said this is not the first time for the suspect to do this. There is video, but it is difficult to see his face.

The other incident occurred on Monday at Speed Wash Laundry in Union City. A male came in the rear in a red shirt and ball cap, went over to the security camera, jumped up and pushed the camera down.

Wearing gloves, he went to four machines, pulled out a key and took all the change out of them. Then he said he had to go; he had others to do.

He was reportedly driving an older model maroon car.

Union City Farmers’ Market Opens

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Farmers’ Market is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 a.m. at 214 E. Church St., Union City.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Two Sheriff’s Produce Giveaways Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.The Henry County Sheriff’s Office will be holding two free produce give-aways Tuesday, July 7; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

The first is from 8-10 a.m. or until all produce is gone at the VFW on Hwy 79 across from Lakeway IGA. The second giveaway will be held from 3-5 p.m. or until all produce is gone at JB’s gas station at Hwy 69A and 218 Bypass.  

The produce is from the two inmate gardens at the Henry County Jail.

How Much Mileage You Get With This Baby?

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-Billy Nance of Paris shows Lucien Thomas of Paris his 1928 Model A Roadster at today's Cottage Grove Freedom Festival. Nance said it has four cylinders and can go 50 mph 'wide open'.  The full story and more photos from the Cottage Grove Festival were published Saturday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris Stabbing Is Investigated

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police released more information on a stabbing that happened over the weekend in the Hardy/Irvine Street area of Paris.

A 39-year-old man was found at 711 Hardy St., covered in blood and suffering from several puncture wounds. The victim, Marcus Long, was lying on the living room floor. The victim is from 511 Irvine Street and according to the resident of the Hardy Street home, he came in her back door, calling her name and collapsed.

When Henry County EMS and Paris Police arrived, the victim was breathing but unresponsive.

Due to the severity of his injuries, according to the police report, Patrolman Derek Colley drove the ambulance while EMS staff treated the victim inside the ambulance.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Josh Frey followed a blood trail from the Hardy Street home to Wynn Street and found witnesses who said there was an argument involving several people in front of 508 Wynn St.

At that point, another bloody man was being asked to exit a home on Wynn St.

WENK/WTPR reported on this portion of the incident on Sunday, when Jeremy Villarreal, age 38, of 511 Irvine St., ended up being arrested for disorderly conduct after he became belligerent and abusive with police and ambulance workers who were trying to help him.

Villarreal refused orders to place his hands behind his back and lie face down. Patrolman Kyle Belyew applied a 1-2 second burst of Freeze and the man complied. He was transported to jail.

This Is How You Do It

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-These kids in Cottage Grove had it all figured out. The best way is to sit on the parade route with your plastic bags at the ready for all the candy thrown from the floats. They were under the watchful eye of Shannon Casey. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

TVA Clears Johnsonville Steam Supply Project

New Johnsonville, Tenn. – An environmental review by the Tennessee Valley Authority has concluded there will be no significant environmental impacts with construction and operation of a heat recovery steam generator located at TVA’s Johnsonville plant site. The generator will provide steam for cogeneration use after the coal plant closes in late 2017.

The review considered the environmental effects of two alternatives: A) take no action or B) add a heat recovery steam generator that would take heat from an existing gas turbine and convert it to steam for an offsite customer.

A nearby factory, which makes titanium dioxide for the coatings, paper and plastics industries, has long relied on byproduct steam from the Johnsonville power plant. It is a cogeneration relationship unique among TVA’s coal plants.

But with TVA retiring the last of Johnsonville’s 10 coal units by the end of 2017 under a clean-air agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency, a new steam source had to be found.

TVA proposed to continue providing steam by constructing and operating a heat recovery steam generator integrated into one of 20 gas-fired combustion turbines that will continue to make electricity at the Johnsonville site.

The environmental review determined the proposed location would provide important benefits by using existing, previously constructed assets and previously disturbed lands, thereby minimizing environmental impacts.

State Prepares For Possible Avian Flu Outbreak

Nashville, Tenn.— The ongoing high path avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak is now considered one of the most costly animal health disasters in American history. As a precaution, a State Veterinarian’s Order has been issued requiring that effective August 1, all out of state birds transported to Tennessee must have proof of a negative AI test within 21 days of movement or National Poultry Improvement Plan AI Clean certification.
Although HPAI has not been detected in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is taking steps to prepare. Three staff members recently returned from Minnesota where they used their skills to assist with the efforts to stop the spread of the illness. 

Veterinary medical officer Dr. Doug Balthaser and animal health technicians Wes Montooth and Marshall LaFever spent three weeks in Willmar, Minn. That location is central to an area coping with HPAI. The three learned aspects of the logistical response and gained valuable experience in the field. 

Dr. Balthaser worked as a liaison between state and federal officials and producers to complete inspections and assist with paperwork. “The magnitude of this outbreak becomes clear when you consider the area where the virus has spread,” Dr. Balthaser said. “You have cases 30 miles south of Willmar all the way up to northern Minnesota.”

Montooth and LaFever collected samples from poultry in the affected area. They covered thousands of miles to test multiple backyard flocks. “They hit the ground running with backyard surveillance testing and really did Tennessee proud,” Dr. Jacob Davis with USDA APHIS said. “They became my ‘go-to’ team when something needed to be done. I would be glad to work with them any time.”

Lessons learned in Minnesota will be critical in the event that HPAI is reported in Tennessee. Officials believe water fowl migrating south from Canada are the source for HPAI. This strain is not known to be communicable to humans and is not posing a threat to the food supply. However, it is deadly for domesticated fowl. HPAI has been reported in 21 states, affecting more than 48 million domesticated birds. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa have declared states of emergency. 

The State Veterinarian and staff are focused on animal health and disease prevention. Each year, the Kord Animal Health lab tests approximately 22,000 samples from poultry for avian flu. Additionally, the U.S. Wildlife Services conducts testing on waterfowl. We will continue surveillance and will consider increasing monitoring and sampling as required.

If avian flu is detected, Tennessee has prepared a multi-agency response plan which includes quarantine, testing, disposal, cleaning, disinfection and monitoring in affected areas.

Sunday, July 5, 2015 

Two People Drown On Local Lakes Saturday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Two people drowned on local lakes Saturday, casting a pall over the Fourth of July holiday.

The victim of the first drowning was a 44-year-old California woman who fell into Kentucky Lake in the Cypress Creek area Saturday afternoon. The victim of the second drowning was a 31-year-old Hopkinsville man. He drowned late Saturday night in Lake Barkley in Stewart County.

The first victim was Melina Thornhill of San Francisco. The second victim was Antonio Webb of Hopkinsville.

In the first incident, according to TWRA District 12 Boating Officer Joe Campbell, Thornhill was sitting on a float in the water with several other people who were on boats tied together when “suddenly she went under the water.”

Campbell said bystanders dove in and were able to bring her to surface and began administering CPR. They placed her on a pontoon and met the Henry County Emergency Ambulance at Cypress Bay.

The victim was then taken to Henry County Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Campbell said she was not wearing a life jacket.

Campbell said the accident happened in Kentucky waters and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife personnel are investigating it.

Campbell said the TWRA appreciates the cooperation of the Henry County Rescue Squad, EMS and Paris Landing personnel, as well as the bystanders who helped recover the victim and administered CPR.

The second incident occurred at 10:07 p.m. Saturday night on Lake Barkley in Stewart County. The victim and another individual were on a boat at the Bumpus Mills marina. Campbell said the boat was already tied inside the slip, but the men were moving something from one boat to the other and when the boats separated, Webb fell in.

The Stewart County Fire and Rescue Squad recovered the body at 3 a.m. this morning.

Campbell said the body has been sent to the Medical Examiner in Nashville to determine what might have contributed to the accident.

TWRA is investigating the second drowning, he said.

Campbell reminded the public to always wear their life jackets when around the water.

Dollar Store Employee Assaulted

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-An employee of the Dollar Store at 1420 W. Wood St. in Paris was assaulted by a customer Friday night.

According to the police report, a customer was trying to pull her the 19-year old female store employee into the bathroom at the store. She was able to get away from him and call the assistant manager.

The customer is a white male in his 40s, gray/brown hair with a receding hairline driving a Nissan Titan.

According to the report, the customer came in with his teenage son and was acting strangely, walking the aisles looking to see if anyone else was there. When anyone came in the store, he left. When it was empty, he asked to go to the bathroom twice and then asked the employee to show him where it was.

When she did so, he tried to pull her in with him. She called the assistant manager.

Then the customer asked where the beer was and asked the employee to show him. When she refused, he became verbally abusive. He then paid for the beer and then came back to buy a coke.

The employee said she looked at his ID for the beer, but did not remember his name.

Injured Paris Man Arrested For Disorderly Conduct

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris Policeman used a burst of Freeze to subdue a Paris man who was fighting ambulance and police as they tried to place him in an ambulance.

Police were called to 511 Irvine St., at 2 a.m. Saturday on a call that the EMS was en route to a call of a man bleeding.

They found Jeremy Villarreal, age 38 of that address, bleeding and belligerent and refused help and became verbally abusive.

Police told him to place his hands behind his back and lie face down, which he refused to do several times.

Patrolman Kyle Beleyew applied a 1-2-second burst of Freeze and the man complied.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Drowning Reported At Cypress Bay

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.--The July 4th holiday took on a somber tone today with the report of a woman drowning Saturday afternoon in Kentucky Lake.

According to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, the unidentified woman is reportedly from out of town and was visiting friends in the Cypress Bay area when the incident occurred.

Belew said the woman’s body was recovered by the Henry County Rescue Squad and taken to Henry County Medical Center.  

The incident occurred on Houseboat Cove in the Cypress Bay area, which Belew said is in Kentucky waters. “Kentucky authorities will be investigating it.”

A spokesperson with the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife agency confirmed late Saturday afternoon that its agents are investigating. 

More details will be published as they are available. Our server was down Saturday afternoon and evening and this story could not be posted on our website. However, it was posted on our two Facebook pages Saturday afternoon at WENK/WTPR and KF99-KQ105.

Cottage Grove Celebrates Holiday In Style

Best of Parade by Brodie Warbritton honored local farmers. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-A huge crowd was on hand for Saturday’s 40th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival. As always, the morning parade is the highlight of the festival, and festivities continued until after dark for the fireworks display.

The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the event every year and the morning’s parade Grand Marshal was the late Fireman David Lampkins. He was honoured with a tribute with his photo, boots and uniform displayed on the Cottage Grove fire truck.

Parade winners were: Best of Parade, Brodie Warbritton and his float spotlighting local farmers with the slogan, “We Farm, You Eat”; Best Float was Dallas and Dakota Abels duking it out as Tom and Jerry on a picnic float; and Most Patriotic was the Donovan Bradley and a decorated go-cart.

Activities continued throughout the day with the Country Store open, games, arts and crafts, hay rides, bingo, archery shoot, giveaways, live music from the Great River Road Band, and the evening fireworks.

The Air Evac air ambulance landed in Cardinal Park during the parade and is giving tours of one of its helicopters. 

Tom and Jerry, otherwise known as Dallas and Dakota Abels, won Best Float. (McFarlin photo).

A tribute to the late Firefighter David Lampkins was displayed on the fire truck at the beginning of the parade. (McFarlin photo).

Kicking Off The Holiday With Golf Cart Parade

Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison poses with Molly and Maggie Robinson of Martin. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-People from all over the state were on hand for the annual Buchanan Resort Golf Cart parade this year. This year, everyone got an extra special treat seeing Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison home for the holiday weekend and most everyone wanted their pictures taken with her. Robison's parents, Rusty and Pam Robison, own Buchanan Resort. She was crowned Miss Tennessee June 20 and will compete in the Miss America pageant on September 13.

Best of Show this year was won by the family of Pattye Kelley of Dyersburg, which included a birthday cake for America, a little Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg Address and little Statue of Liberty. Second Place Most Original was won by Jeff McClung and family of Whitehouse; First Place Junior won by Connie and David King family of Clarksville and Second Place Junior by the family of Jennifer Chastain of Guthrie, Ky. 

Former Henry County Clerk all dolled up for the holiday. (McFarlin photo).

Best of Show winners: the Pattye Kelley family of Dyersburg. (McFarlin photo).

KSP Identifies Woman Who Left Suspicious Package 

Murray, Ky-The Kentucky State Police have identified a 46 year female from Marshall County as the person responsible for leaving a suspicious package on Chestnut Road, in front of the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office, in Murray on July 1. 

Through the investigation Troopers were able to determine her identity. During her interview on July 2, it was determined the female was in need of mental health treatment and she was transported to a local mental health facility where she remains. 

No charges have been filed against the female. Trooper Brian Hill continues the investigation. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Remembering Eaker's Café

Paris, Tenn.-Now that the former Eaker's Café has been torn down, we thought our readers would like to take a stroll down memory lane and recall how the popular restaurant looked in its early days. Located on 69S, Eaker's was one of Henry County's hot spots, popular for its food and hospitality. In this photo, Eaker's still had gas pumps in front and had a separate building to sell live fish and 'sporting goods'. In recent years, it has been called Cookie's Family Diner. After two fires in a year, the building was torn down last week.

Farmers Market Comes To Downtown Paris

Paris, Tenn.-The City of Paris and the Downtown Paris Association are cooperating to bring the Farmers Market to downtown Paris. 

The location will be at the parking at the intersection of Ruff Street and N. Market St. The corner parking lot will be available for Farmers Market vendors only, but the adjacent City lot to the immediate west will be available for customer parking.

The market was approved last night by the Paris City Commission.

The Market will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until the produce is sold out. The opening date is Tuesday, July 7th and will operate through the current growing season.

Downtown Paris Association Executive Director Kathy Ray said, “We are very happy to be able to bring the Market to Downtown, and we appreciate the city’s assistance.”

Carl Holder, Farmers Market Project Coordinator for the DPA said “We appreciate the assistance of the UT Extension Service in helping line up vendors as well as advising us in general how to get the market up and running with a good chance for success. We really hope the change of venue will improve opportunities for vendors and the buying public”.

Up until now, the Farmer’s Market has been located at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Hank Williams’ Movie Release Date Announced

Cherry Jones photo by Roddy McDowell

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Nashville, Tenn.-The release date for the new movie based on the life of Hank Williams Sr. has been announced.

"I Saw The Light" is coming to theaters Nov. 27. 

The movie has roots in Henry County, with Cherry Jones of Paris portraying the mother of the music legend. Additionally, Hank Williams Jr. makes his home in Buchanan. Rodney Crowell was musical director for the film and he has family roots in the Buchanan area, as well.

Tom Hiddleston, who was in “The Avengers“ and “Thor“ stars as Williams.

Jones described her appearance in the movie as “an itty bitty part” and said all her filming was done in Louisiana. Parts of the movie were filmed in middle Tennessee and Hiddleston spent a month in month in the Nashville area living with Crowell preparing his musical voice for the role.

The movie also stars Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’ first wife, Audrey.

Accident Details, Victims' Names Released  

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Union City, Tenn.-The Union City Police Department has released more details and the names of those injured in a one-vehicle accident Thursday in which the car involved flipped over and down an overpass embankment.

August Crystal, age 47, of Troy, was airlifted to The Med in Memphis with head injuries. He was a passenger in the car driven by his sister, Helen Martin, age 56, also of Troy.

Crystal is listed in fair condition today at The Med.

Patrolman Chris Cummings said Crystal was sitting in the back seat unrestrained when the accident occurred around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Martin was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City.

Cummings said the car was southbound on Hwy. 51 and went off the roadway as it approached the bridge over Barham Rd. The car went into the median, hit a grass slope and went airborne.

The air ambulance landed in the nearby industrial park and ambulance personnel transported Crystal from the accident scene to the helicopter for transport to The Med.

Cummings said the accident is still being investigated.

Refuge Road Closures Announced
Springville, Tenn.-The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for road improvement projects at the Duck River Bottoms area beginning on July 6th and continuing until this fall. 

During this time Haul Road leading to the Duck River sub-headquarters will be temporarily closed to public traffic. This will include the temporary closing of Pintail Point Observation Deck and public access to the subheadquarters office.

The refuge regrets the inconvenience to visitors and will strive to keep road closures brief. Please call the refuge office at 731-642-2091 for updated information on these area road closures.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

City Approves Helicopter Landing Zone Ordinance

HCMC Administrator Tom Gee, standing, addresses the city commission. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-With one dissenting vote, the Paris City Commission Thursday night approved an ordinance governing helicopter landing zones in the city limits.

The vote followed lengthy discussion at the meeting and other lengthy discussions at previous meetings.

City Manager Kim Foster said the proposed ordinance was revised to include a definition of ‘helistop’ which city officials felt better described what the Henry County Medical Center already offers.

Two air ambulance companies are locating temporary and/or perhaps permanent headquarters at the Henry County Airport. Air Evac, which has already established a customer base in the local area for several years, has already set up temporary headquarters at the airport and is looking for permanent headquarters closer to the hospital. Vanderbilt Lifeflight will be establishing a headquarters at the airport in August.

As approved by the commission, a helistop would “provide a minimal service landing pad facility for landing and takeoff of helicopters used to board or discharge passengers or cargo. For hospitals this equates to patients and/or organs or critical supplies. A helistop shall not include refuelling, maintenance or repair facilities. Tiedown facilities may be available so that a single helicopter may be stored on the landing pad.”

The sticking point of discussion was the choice in the last sentence between ‘may’ or ‘shall not’. Voting no on the ordinance was Commissioner Gayle Griffith.

HCMC Administrator Tom Gee said he would prefer as little restriction as could be for hospital operation. He repeated his contention that no helicopter would stay on the pad longer than would be necessary, but said helicopters often must be there for extended periods while patients are being stabilized.

Gee said anything that the hospital can do to decrease the response time and save a person’s life is what the hospital wants to do. “We would like for the city to help us be a viable operation. We really don’t want our hands tied from the least response time.”

Gee also said he doesn’t see why it would be a problem to have a helicopter on the paid, at the ready for emergency calls anyway.

Mayor Carlton Gerrell said, “All the people who have contacted me on this issue, except just a few who live near the hospitral, have said they want it to sit on the pad for quicker service. I’ve asked others to come to the meetings and say what they feel, but nobody who is for it will come and talk. This is not about services, it’s about what is best for citizens. On the whole, people want it as fast as it can be done when they need help.”

In other business:

--The city approved a move of the Farmer’s Market to the downtown parking lot at Ruff and Market Streets. The Farmer’s Market will be there Tuesday and Friday afternoons, as it is now at the fairgrounds.

--Parks and Recreation Director Tony Lawrence reported on activities in his department. “On any given evening, McNeill Park is the busiest place in Paris,” he said. “And we’ve had tournaments there every weekend this summer”

The Tower Triathlon earlier this month had 93 participants, with only 18 of those being from Paris. The rest were from all over the state and Paducah.

Civic Center utilization is up, with numbers high for all activities, especially Silver Sneakers and water aerobics, he said. Rentals of facilities also is up, with the Civic Center, Atkins-Porter Recreation Center, park pavillions, and the Gerald Howard Pool being booked solidly.

Lawrence complimented Rhonda Stanton of KPAC for all the events, plays and programs held there on a continuing basis.

--Citizen Ray Hooper complimented the people who work at the city animal shelter. He said, “It’s one of the cleanest facilities I think you’ll ever find.”

Decatur Co. Clerk Staff Resigns Over Court Decision

Decaturville, Tenn.-Three employees at the Decatur County Clerk’s Office have resigned rather than issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

According to The Tennessean, Clerk Gwen Pope and Deputy Clerks Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler have all announced they are resigning because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow same-sex marriages.

They said that decision clashes with their religious beliefs and their resignations are effective July 14.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said earlier that the state would follow the Supreme Court’s decision.

Drew Baker of the Tennessee Equality Project told The Tennessean that Decatur Co. is the only county in the state that has said it won’t issue same-sex licenses.

Man Seriously Hurt In Union City Wreck

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.--A man was airlifted from the scene of an accident on Hwy. 51 in Union City this morning after the car he was in flipped over and down an overpass embankment.

A woman in the car was also injured and reportedly transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City.

Details of the wreck are sketchy since the police report was not completed Thursday afternoon, but officers from the police and fire departments reported that the car flipped over from the overpass and landed behind Titan Tire on Everett Blvd.

Fire Chief Alan Herbenhahn said, “Our guys stabilized the male victim before he was airlifted.”

The air ambulance landed in the nearby industrial park and ambulance personnel transported him there for transport to an area hospital.

With the police report not being complete, the identities of the couple in the accident were not yet available.

Big Sandy Man Eludes Henry County Deputies

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff’s deputies and two K-9s spent over three and a half hours Wednesday night searching in the woods for a man wanted on warrants out of Benton and Henry County, but were unable to take him into custody.

In response to a report of a reckless drive on Hwy. 54, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper realized that Christopher Cutting of Big Sandy had active warrants on him. 

According to Sheriff’s Capt. Damon Lowe, Cutting ran out of his car and took off, running into the woods.

Several deputies, including Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his K9 Cisco and Deputy Terry Williams and his K9 Droid searched the area for several hours to no avail.

A clerk at Benton County General Sessions Court said an active warrant is out on Cutting for probation violation. An active warrant is also out on him for probation violation in Henry County.

 Pick Me! Pick Me!

Paris, Tenn.--Mr. Bond The Science Guy had a lot of volunteers from which to choose during his program at the W.G. Rhea Library Wednesday. The popular Mr. Bond conducts experiments to entertain and educate the young people--and their parents--who always crowd the library when he appears during the summer reading program. In bottom photo, Mr. Bond shows how to use nail polish remover to shred styrofoam cups. The last summer reading program will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, with pizza and an animal presentation. (Photos by Shannon McFarlin)

Peppers Automotive Group Donates To Relay  

Paris, Tenn.-The Peppers Toyota, Chevrolet, and Dodge Automotive Groups collectively held a benefit for Relay for Life of Henry County. Peppers donated 
$50 for each car sold during the month of May to Relay for Life. Tuesday, checks totaling $9,350.00 were presented in front of Peppers Toyota. 

“We cannot thank everyone at Peppers Automotive Group enough for their generous support.”, according to Molly Jackson, Relay for Life Event Chair.

Daron Harrison with Peppers said, “Peppers is pleased to support Relay for Life of Henry County. We hope to continue and grow this event next year.”

On hand for the check presentation were from left, Dana Allen, Relay for Life of Henry County’s Publicity Chair, Donna Stines, American Cancer Society, Daron Harrison representative of Peppers Automotive Group, Molly Jackson, Relay for Life of Henry County’s Event Chair, and Arielle White, American Cancer Society. (Tammy Beasley photo).

KSP Investigates Suspicious Package in Murray

Murray, Ky. Kentucky State Police received a call from Calloway County Dispatch at 5:20 p.m. July 1 of a suspicious package on Chestnut Road, in front of the United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office, in Murray, KY.    

Kentucky State Police and Murray Police Department officers secured the area while the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit examined the package and its contents.  Inside the package was political propaganda and other similar items about recent government actions.  It is the believed the package was intentionally placed in front of United States Marine Corps Recruiting Office to create public panic.  

The package and its contents were collected to undergo further examination by the Kentucky State Police.   

Traffic disruption was minimal and easily rerouted.  As a precautionary measure, only one business was asked to close early due to its close proximity.   Other businesses were already closed or were asked to keep customers inside and away from direct line of site of the package. 

Assisting the Kentucky State Police was, Kentucky State Police Hazardous Device Unit, Paducah Bomb Squad, and Murray Police Department.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to contact the Kentucky State Police as 270-856-3721. 

Mahan Recognizes Cox For Company Service

Paris, Tenn.-Jeff Mahan, Joe Mahan Ford, recognized Andy Cox and his twenty-five years of service to the company during Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce coffee at the facility, which was recently recognized as Business of the Year by the Chamber.

Office On Aging Trip Plans Graceland Trip

Paris, Tenn.--The Henry County Office on Aging will celebrate Elvis Month during August with a trip to Graceland in Memphis.

The date for the trip is August 27, and the bus will leave from the Central Community Building at 7 a.m.

According to Office on Aging Director Reggie Caldwell, the group will stop on Brownsville for breakfast and the tour of Graceland begins at 10:30 a.m. Tours last two and a half hours. After the tour, the group will eat in Memphis for lunch and then return to Paris.

Cost of the trip is $38.50 per person for the cost of admission and bus fare.

Caldwell said the tour is a Platinum Tour, which includes everything at Graceland except the tours of the airplanes.

Deadline is Friday, August 21, to sign up for the trip. For more information, see Caldwell or Senior Center Coordinator Barbara Pearson or call 642-2010 or 644-3193.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 

Martin PD Identifies Wal-Mart Suspects

Martin, Tenn.-Martin Police have identified both individuals involved in the felony theft at Wal Mart on June 15 and one of the suspects has been arrested, according to Police Chief Don Teal.

Arrested is: 21 year old Marquisetin D. Williams of 212 Gurley Drive in Dyersburg.  Warrants have been issued for David L. Ray Sr. of 1411 Todd Ave. Dyersburg. 

After releasing photos of the two individuals and vehicle they were driving, the Martin Police Department was provided information through Crime Stoppers and along with corroborating information from the Dyersburg Police Department which led to the identification of the two individuals.  

At the time of the theft, Teal said, “The individuals remained in the store for approximately 45 minutes. While inside the store the two individuals took two desktop HP computers, two Vizio, 32” televisions, and an undetermined number of Clear talk cell phones. In obtaining the Clear talk cell phones one of the individuals was able to manipulate the security feature of the display to be able to remove the items,” Teal said.

The individuals then made their exit out of a fire exit door located on the east side of the building near the automotive center.

“Fabricated Testimony” Draws New Charges For Biggs

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-New charges have been added to the list of charges already filed against Guy L. Biggs, who currently is awaiting sentencing for attempted second degree murder in Henry County Circuit Court. 

But this time, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Investigator David Doyle, the new charges against Biggs “are an example of the Stolen Valor claims that occur throughout this country.”

New charges of aggravated perjury and tampering or fabricating evidence were filed today by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the 24th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

According to Doyle, the new charges stem from testimony presented by Biggs during the criminal trial in March. Biggs had been on trial for attempted first degree murder and filing a false report. After a four-day trial, Biggs was found guilty of the lesser charge of Attempted Second Degree Murder.

During the trial, Biggs had testified under oath that he had an extensive military history with “extraordinary training, experience and commendations”, Doyle said. After the trial, according to Doyle, “It was determined his trial testimony was materially false and he in fact did not have the military credentials to which he had testified.”

Biggs also filed with the Henry County Court a falsified military document to support the experience, training and commendations to which he had falsely testified, Doyle said.

Sentencing for Biggs has now been re-set for July 13, at which time prosecutors will present evidence to the court regarding Biggs’ testimony and the new charges. Biggs, who is being held in state prison awaiting sentencing, will be served the new warrants and will be arraigned on them at a later date.

Doyle said the sheriff’s office and District Attorney’s office “intend on prosecuting Guy Biggs for his actions to the fullest extent of the law”.

LBL To Host Old-Fashioned July 4th

Golden Pond, Ky.– People wanting a more traditional celebration on the Fourth of July, will find one full of historical fun at the Homeplace 1850’s Working Farm and Living History Museum in Land Between The Lakes. 

Celebrate Independence Day from 1-4pm on Saturday, July 4th, with races, skillet tossing, horse shoes, old-time music, toys, and games. Special guest, Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay, portrayed by George McGee, will entertain visitors with antics of 1850’s politics. Admission is $5 ages 13 and up; $3 ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under, and includes all the day’s activities and programs.

The Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities fund the Henry Clay program. 

“On July 4th, the whole family can step back-in-time at the Homeplace and learn the history behind the most important holiday as celebrated in the 1850s,” according to Ellen Bravard, Interpreter at the Homeplace. “Relive a time of political speeches and community-wide picnics. We welcome everyone to join us under the shade trees, have a cool slice of watermelon, and lend a hand making ice cream using a recipe from The Homeplace History and Receipt Book. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to make a day of it.”

The Homeplace 1850’s Farm represents a two-generation farm. Visitors see interpreters in period clothing going about their daily chores. Artifacts, restored historic structures, and traditional seasonal activities take visitors back in time to relive history before the Civil War.

Women Charged With Meth Possession

Trenton, Tenn.-Two local area women were arrested on drug charges last week by the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force in connection with a meth operation.

Arrested were Laurent Luther, age 30, of Springville; and Goldie Hairrell, age 39, of Cedar Grove.

According to a news release, the two women were arrested when officers found them sitting in a car in Trenton and a K9 officer indicated a positive response to a search outside the car.

Officers then searched the car and found paraphernalia used to smoke meth and a substance which they believed to be meth underneath a seat, according to the release.
Police also found $7,416 in the car.

Both Hairrell and Luther were charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bonds of $20,000 each were set for them. Both women will appear in Gibson County General Sessions Court in Trenton.

Fireworks Prohibited In Paris City Limits

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo has reminded the public that fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Paris.

According to Municipal Code 7-401:, “The manufacture, distribution, sale, storage, possession, use, or discharge of any fireworks is expressly prohibited within the corporate limits of the City of Paris, Tennessee.”

Violators will be cited and fireworks will be seized, Elizondo said.

Paris Youth Football Sign-Ups

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Youth football league is holding sign-ups at the Paris Civic Center: July 11th - 9:30 a.m. -noon  and July 18th - 9:30 a.m.-noon

Try outs will be at Barton Field 9:45 a.m. August 15th  

Cost $40.00 per Participant. Must be 9-12 yrs. as of Sept 1st. Nine year olds must weigh 70lbs.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 

Paris Hardee’s Opens Wednesday

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-You can expect a crowd when the long-awaited Hardee’s Restaurant opens at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The new Hardee’s Restaurant is located on Mineral Wells Ave. and management has been shifting into high gear the last couple of weeks, with employee training and practice runs inside the restaurant and at the drive-through window.

Staff was putting last-minute touches on the outdoor landscaping Tuesday evening.

After tomorrow, the restaurant will be open 24 hours a day and offers a menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items, from biscuit sandwiches to charbroiled burgers and grilled pork chops.

County Commission Approves Budget, Tax Rate

Henry County Commissioners zipped through tonight's recessed session. (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Commission held a record-setting meeting Tuesday night: record-setting for its length, which was only seven minutes.

The commission adopted the Fiscal 2016 budget and the certified property tax rate of $2.06, which decreased from $2.17 after county reappraisal. The budget includes a 2.4 percent cost of living raise for employees across-the-board. The meeting was recessed from last week’s regular meeting.

The county general fund totals $11,337,314, with other categories which includes law enforcement at $4.6M; and non-profit organizations at $97,375. 

Seventeen non-profit organizations receive funds, including the county’s volunteer fire departments, Aspell Recovery Center; St. John’s Community Development Services; Henry County Fair Association; Henry County Youth Baseball; JACOA (council on alcoholism); Kentucky Lake Girls Assn. Lee School Assn. Paris-Henry County Arts Council, Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad; Paris-Henry County Heritage Center; Paris Soccer; Tenn Technology Center, TARP, Carl Perkins Center, Sisters With A Goal and Habitat for Humanity.

Benton County Men Convicted Of Child Rape
Big Sandy Man Sentenced To 35 Years


                 Brian Webb                                                    David Corbitt

Camden, Tenn.-A Benton County Jury on Monday convicted Brian Lee Webb, age 25, of Camden, of one count of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault. The charges involved a minor less than eight years of age.

Assistant District Attorney General Bruce Griffey, along with Assistant District Attorney General Carthel Smith prosecuted the case before Circuit Court Judge C. Creed McGinley.

Webb’s sentencing is set for July 23.

Webb is the second child rapist prosecuted by Griffey in this term of Court. David Alan Corbitt of Big Sandy, Tennessee was convicted of rape of a child on May 26th, and sentenced June 26, to thirty-five (35) years -in the State Penitentiary by Judge McGinley. Corbitt will not be released from prison until the year 2050.

District Attorney General Matthew F. Stowe expressed his sincere thanks to Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher his deputies and staff as well as Camden Police Chief George Smith, his officers and staff. Chief Investigator Bryant Allen with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office investigated, arrested and charged David Alan Corbitt.

Chief Investigator Alex Latimer with the Camden Police Department investigated, arrested and charged Webb. Stowe said both organizations were instrumental in removing these child predators/rapist from the Benton County, Camden, Tennessee area for many years. Stowe again reiterated his policy that elevates these types of cases to the highest of priorities. Stowe cautioned anyone committing this horrible crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and his Assistants will seek maximum punishment allowed by law in all cases.

Any further inquiries can directed to General Stowe’s Office at 731-986-5031.

Thile Set To Become Host Of “Prairie Home”

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

St. Paul, Minn.-As Garrison Keillor, the long-time host of “A Prairie Home Companion” continues easing into retirement, it has been announced that Chris Thile of Murray will slowly take over the helm of the show.  

Thile is a frequent guest on the show and has substituted for Keillor twice during the 2015 season.

Thile is an internationally-known mandolin virtuoso and began his career with the band Nickel Creek. He then joined The Punch Brothers. He is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow.

In 1995, the Thile family moved to Murray, Kentucky where Chris' father Scott Thile accepted a position at Murray State University as a musical instrument technician.

Keillor and his character Guy Noir will continue to be heard on radios across the nation. He will reportedly co-host “Prairie Home” while Thile learns the ropes, eventually turning it over to Thile at some point in 2016.

“Chris is my man, and I’m eager to stay home and read books,” Keillor recently told The Berkshire Eagle.

“A Prairie Home Companion” is a live variety show that began in 1974. It is usually broadcast from Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Suspects Turn Themselves In

Union City, Tenn.-The two young men who had been sought by Union City Police for their involvement in a shooting last week have turned themselves in.

After pictures of the two were publicized by area news agencies, including WENK/WTPR, both Reshun Moses, age 19, and Malik Garrett, age 18, both of Dyersburg, turned themselves in to Union City Police yesterday. Both are lodged at the Obion County Jail.

They were wanted on charges in connection with shooting injuries suffered by two 15-year-old girls at an early-morning party in Union City.

Fireworks, Parades And More For 4th of July

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director
Fourth of July is almost here and that means celebrations, parades and fireworks all over our area.

From Cottage Grove to Union City to Paris Landing, there will be fireworks on Saturday, July 4, to ring in the celebration of our nation’s founding.

The 40th Annual Cottage Grove Freedom Festival will be held Saturday with the traditional parade beginning at 10 a.m. Grand Marshal is in memory of Firefighter David Lampkins, who died a few weeks ago. Prizes will be awarded for Best of Parade, Best Float and Most Patriotic.

At 10:30, the ice cream and burgers are served, with hay rides, the cake walk, arts and crafts booths, the country store, and games. Under the guidance of Tammy Wood, the country store features games and homemade, homegrown and canned farm goods.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the turkey/trap shoot is held, with archery at 1 p.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the quarter pitching game will be held, from noon to 2 p.m. is the auction, 3-4 p.m. bingo.

The country ham giveaway is at 6 p.m., live music from the Great River Road Band begins at 6 p.m. and more games and drawings will be held until 9 p.m. when the fireworks display begins.

For further information, contact John Weiher at 782-3657, Larry Neimi at 782-3559, or Tammy Wood at 336-4163.

Discovery Park in Union City will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with free entrance after 5 p.m. There will be rides, live music by several bands, live historians strolling the grounds and a huge fireworks display at 9 p.m.

At Paris Landing State Park, fireworks begin at dark in the swimming area by the pavillion. The fireworks display is sponsored by the World’s Biggest Fish Fry committee.

Here are a few other nearby locations and events featuring fireworks.  
Bee Spring Lodge
Where: 573 Bee Spring Road, Benton, KY 42025
When: June 27th at dusk 
Calvert City Ameribration
Where: City Hall, 861 5th Street, Calvert City, KY 42029
When: July 4th at dusk 
Freedom Fest
Where: Court Square in Murray, KY 42071
When: July 4th at 9:30pm – Visible from Highway 641N near Kroger and Central Park 
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
Where: 113 Administration Drive, Gilbertsville, KY 42044
When: July 4th at dusk from the Old Beach 
Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Where: 3500 State Park Road, Cadiz, KY 42211
When: July 3rd off the Beach Boat Dock 
Moors Resort & Marina
Where: 570 Moors Road, Gilbertsville, KY 42044
When: July 3rd at dusk (very limited parking available)

Broadway Singers Fundraiser Set Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-A fundraiser for the Henry County High School Travel Speech Team and Youth Orchestra will be held Thursday.

The Broadway Singers will present “Thank God for Music. Thank God for Country” at the First Baptist Church in Paris at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Tickets for dinner and concert $25 on sale at Merisons, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, The Iron Place.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Henry County Arson Suspect Caught In Obion County

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.-Arson suspect Jesse Maynard of Big Sandy was arrested by Obion County law officials near Hornbeak when the vehicle in which he was a passenger had car trouble.

Maynard, age 23, of 352 Rample Creek Rd., Big Sandy, was wanted for setting fire to two cars the morning of June 24 at 260 Nobles Rd., Buchanan, around 7 a.m. in the morning.

Obion County Chief Deputy Kent Treece said Maynard “was in a vehicle with another individual that had car trouble while travelling through Hornbeak. The vehicle had the road blocked and a deputy and the Hornbeak Police officer went to check on the car.”

The driver did not have a license “and when they checked Maynard, they found that he was wanted in Henry County,” Treece said. “He was arrested and held at our jail until Henry County came and picked him up.“

At the time of last week’s arson, Henry County Sheriff’s Captain Damon Lowe said   witnesses saw a male exiting a black Ford pick-up, put a chain around his hand and walk to a vehicle and pour gas on it, then set it on fire. 

Two vehicles ended up being destroyed by fire, when the blaze spread to another vehicle.

UC Police Seek Individuals Following Shooting

          Reshun Moses                                  Malik Garrett

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Union City, Tenn.-Union City Police have issued warrants for two individuals wanted in connection with the shooting incident at an after-hours party in Union City on Sunday, June 21, which resulted in injuries to two 15-year-old girls.

Warrants have been issued for Reshun Moses, age 20, of Dyersburg, on charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault; and Malik Garrett, age 18 of Dyersburg, for knowingly keeping or maintaining a building for the purpose of using marijuana, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police were called to 202 Railroad Rd. on a report of gun shots around midnight. According to the police report, the building was being rented for a party and shots were fired outside.

The two girls were shot and injured with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Union City Police are asking anyone with information on the subjects’ whereabouts to contact the police department at 731-885-1515 or Crime Stoppers 731-885-TIPS (8477).

"Mimosa Trail" Graces Kentucky Lake Area

Buchanan, Tenn.-Thanks to the late Christine Reynolds of Paris, the first cabinet member in Tennessee, the beautiful mimosas are a common sight around Paris Landing State Park and Hwy. 79N. Reynolds is responsible for “The Mimosa Trail” along the highway from Paris to the state park. In photo, mimosas frame the view of the Ned Ray McWherter bridge at the park. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Crash Victim’s Condition Is Upgraded

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR

Henry, Tenn.-The condition of the motorcycle driver who was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center following a crash Saturday morning has been upgraded to critical but stable.

William Buie of Paris was southbound on Hwy. 79 near Henry when the accident happened. A car reportedly pulled out from Pioneer Rd. and collided with Buie. Buie suffered multiple injuries and the Air Evac helicopter landed on the highway to make the transfer to Vanderbilt.

As we reported in earlier articles, the driver of the second car was treated at the scene by Henry County EMS.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Mounts investigated the accident, but has been unavailable for comment for a full report of the accident.

Rural Ministries Raising Money For School Supplies

Obion, Tenn.-Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) is collecting school supplies now through July 10 for low-income families it serves in Northwest Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky.

The agency of the Memphis Conference of the United Methodist Church, which offers many services, will distribute school supplies this year July 14 through Aug. 13.
"We encourage your church, small group or Sunday School class to take on a service project by collecting supplies for these children," according Rural Ministries’ Rev. Robert Craig.

Last year he said the agency helped 612 children with school supplies.

Craig said there are many reasons parents and guardians of their service area need help with school supplies. “Summer utility bills, rent, groceries and the need for school clothing greatly limit resources families have during this time of the year,” he explained.
School supplies needed are listed below or RRM is happy to receive funds to purchase supplies. 

Supplies may be delivered to RRM at 6923 Minnick-Elbridge Road in Obion, Tenn. OR to the Memphis Conference office at 24 Corporate Blvd., in Jackson, Tenn.

For more information about school supply collections, contact RRM at (731) 538-9970. For more information about RRM, visit

A partial list of school supplies includes: notebook binders, backpacks, big pink erasers, composition notebooks, ear phones, dry-erase markers, plastic folders, Kleenex, nap mats, pencil boxes, pens, pencils, coloring pencils, hand sanitizers, post-it notes, flash drives, etc. For the complete list, see the Reelfoot Rural Ministries’ website or Facebook page.

Donations Sought For Funeral, Child Care Expenses For Family

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director 

Martin, Tenn.-Friends of the family involved with last week's murder/suicide in Weakley County have established a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for funeral expenses and care of the children left without a mother.

Alexandrea Bevis, age 27, was shot several times and killed by her husband while their children were on the front porch. Alexandrea's mother carried the children to safety.

Alexandrea's husband, James Bevis, age 32, killed himself in the house following a stand-off with local law enforcement.

Alexandrea's parents are now raising the children. Friends of the family have posted information of the GoFundMe website: "I am raising money for a dear couple whom now will be taking care of their two small grandchildren. There are also expenses for the funeral of their daughter whose life...was cut short. This was a tragic loss and the children are now without a mother."

The link for the GoFundMe page is:

UT Approves Lowest Tuition Increase in 30 Years

Martin, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved the lowest tuition percentage increase in more than 30 years during its annual meeting June 25 in Knoxville. Undergraduate tuition will increase by 3 percent at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin as part of the $2.13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016. The increase is effective for the 2015 fall semester. 

The last time all three campuses increased tuition for undergraduates by 3 percent was in 1983-84. UT Knoxville and UT Martin increased tuition by 3 percent in 1997.

UT Martin instate tuition and mandatory fees will now cost undergraduate students an additional $302 annually, which includes a student-supported $50 per semester activity fee for athletics. New tuition and fees will be $4,163 per semester or $8,326 for a full academic year. Full-time undergraduate enrollment is a minimum of 12 credit hours. 

Tuition and mandatory fees for instate graduate students will increase $340 per semester for a total of $4,824 per semester. Graduate students will pay a total of $9,648 per academic year starting this fall. Full-time graduate enrollment is nine hours per semester.

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 24 for the main campus and UT Martin centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley and Selmer. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2015 Fair Book Dedicated To Late Jerry Lemonds

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Paris, Tenn.--Life is often bittersweet and one such example is this year’s Henry County Fair Book dedication.

The 2015 Fair Book is dedicated to Farmer and Fair Volunteer Jerry Lemonds. The dedication was presented to him on May 9 and Lemonds died the day after.

Long-time Fair Board Member Deneicia Gregson said, “Sometimes in life you are lucky to know a truly one-of-a-kind good guy. Jerry E. Lemonds is just that type of person and we were proud to dedicate the 2015 Fair Catalogue to him. We know there will never be another like him. God threw the mold away.”

Lemonds was born in 1962, to the late Ernest and Marsceale McDaniel Lemonds. His brother, Tommy, lives in Paris.

Lemonds was a cattle farmer and owner/operator of Lemonds Lime Service. Gregson said he loved the life of farming.

“Jerry volunteered at the fair for many years,” she said. “He enjoyed the Junior Livestock Day and the Demolition Derby the most.”

The fair this year will be held August 3-8. The fair books are being distributed to local banks and businesses and also can be picked up at the UT Extension Service office on Hwy. 79S.

Now This Is The Life

Buchanan, Tenn.-A fisherman just takes it easy, along with some fowl friends, at Paris Landing State Park Saturday afternoon. Weather was perfect for being outdoors and the park was busy with fishermen, boaters, and picnickers. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

MSU Appoints New Director Of Libraries

Murray, Ky.-Murray State University has announced Ashley Ireland has accepted an offer to serve as the dean of University Libraries, pending approval from the board of regents during its August meeting. Ireland replaces Dr. Adam Murray, effective July 1,

as she transitions from her current position as director of user and instruction services in the University Libraries, which she has held since 2012.

Ireland received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology as an honors graduate from Murray State University in 2005. She then continued her education receiving a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2007. She returned to Murray State University in 2008 where she assumed an assistant professor role as a reference librarian and library liaison to the Hutson School of Agriculture and the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Awarded in 2013 as an outstanding researcher for the University Libraries, Ireland was later promoted to an associate professor role in 2014. She has represented Murray State at several competitive and intensive professional development opportunities, as noted by the Association of College and Research Libraries' Immersion Program in 2010. Utilizing her multiple talents with research and library initiatives, Ireland led Murray State University's team in the Assessment in Action project that recognized the retention efforts the library provides to our students. She has also been asked to chair national committees in her discipline.


Belew, Lowe Speak About Scams

Sheriff Monte Belew speaks to Quota. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Captain Damon Lowe spoke to the Paris Quota Club about scams at its recent meeting. Belew’s mother, Jackie, and Chief Deputy Randy Gean were guests for the meeting, which was held at Lee Academy of the Arts.

Belew told about the check scam and the grandparents scam and how to avoid being a victim. Belew said “If it sounds too good to be true; it is. No one is going to send you a check in the mail when you have not entered a contest or played the lottery.”

Lowe told about the IRS scam and the phone spoof scam. Lowe said that IRS will not call and ask for information and if you get a phone call that you dont know the number; dont answer. Also, if you get a phone call showing your own number; dont answer.

2015-16 club yearbooks are available for $5 each and Geraldine Sykes has tickets for the handmade quilt that was donated by Wanda Hughes. Jane Sinnema told that the club will sponsor a birthday party at Henry County Nursing Home at the end of July.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Late Firefighter Commemorated At Ceremony
Firefighters' Prayer Adorns Memorial

Plaque and commemorative bench at the entrance of Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department (McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Buchanan, Tenn.-Family members and firefighter friends of the late Firefighter Jimmy Conger were present Saturday afternoon for a ceremony at the Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department honouring his service.

Conger was killed in the line of duty for the department in 1976. Chief Reggie Coles said Conger was killed in the first structure fire the department ever had. The location of the fire was the former Eagle Gift Shop located where Hooks and Horns is now situated on Hwy. 79.

A decorative commemorative bench was presented by the fire department in Conger’s memory and now has a permanent spot near the flagpoles at the entrance of the fire department on Hwy. 79.

The bench has a concrete plaque with Conger’s name and the date of his death inscribed. The bench is inscribed with “The Firefighter’s Prayer” which reads:

The Firefighter's Prayer 
When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late 
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout, 
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out. 
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life; 
Please bless with your protecting hand 
my children and my wife.

Motorcycle Driver Critical Following Wreck

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Henry, Tenn.-The driver of the motorcycle who was airlifted following a collision with a car this morning is in critical condition in Vanderbilt Medical Center.

William Buie of Paris was southbound on Hwy. 79 when the accident happened. A car reportedly collided with Buie at Pioneer Rd. The driver of the car was treated at the scene by Henry County EMS.

The Air Evac helicopter landed on the highway to make the transfer of the victim to Vanderbilt.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Mounts investigated the accident. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m.

Collegiate Big Bass Bash To Be Held At Paris Landing 2016

San Antonio, Texas-The Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series has announced that the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley will be held on March 11-13, 2016 on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee. 

The 2015 event, which brought 300 anglers to the Paris Landing area last year to compete in the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley, featured over $25,000 in prizes and giveaways and the 2016 collegiate event promises to be even bigger.

"We look forward to going to Paris Landing and Kentucky Lake every year because this is one of those lakes that is just absolutely incredible when it comes to largemouth and smallmouth fishing," according to Wade Middleton, Director of the Association of Collegiate Anglers and President of CarecoTV. "In the big bass format where even a two pound fish can earn a check, anglers have the chance to win in eight possible weigh ins and just one cast can win the whole event and the college anglers know that, therefore they travel from many states to fish this event."

Due to the diverse format of the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley, anglers mark this event on their calendars as a "can't-miss" tournament. Over twenty states were represented by over ninety colleges in the 2015 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley to get the chance to raise a Kentucky Lake giant above their heads on the stage and earn thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. 

So mark your calendar this year for March 11-13, 2016 for the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Cabela's at Kentucky Lake's Paris Landing!
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Canning Classes To Be Offered

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Extension Office will offer Canning College 101 in July and registration is open now.
The classes will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 and Thursday, July 23, at the extension office. The classes cost $40 for one class or $65 for both.
They will be taught by Family and Consumer Science specialist Michele Atkins. 
Space is limited, so call 642-2941 to register.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Names, Details On Murder-Suicide Released

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-The Weakley County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on the murder-suicide that occurred earlier today near Martin, including the names of the deceased.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Alexandrea Bevis, age 27, and James C. Bevis, age 32.

Weakley County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Bevis’ home at 950 Hwy. 431 between Martin and the Obion Co. line around 12 p.m. today. A 911 caller reported a woman had been shock by her husband near the back of the house and that the husband had then gone into the residence and that he was still armed.

Deputies arrived at 12:04 p.m. Captain Randall McGowan of the sheriff’s office said after attempts to contact the husband by phone failed, tear gas was fired into the house. Deputies entered the home and found the husband had killed himself with the same 9mm handgun he used to kill his wife.

Mrs. Bevis had been shot several times, McGowan said.

Two small children were on the front porch at the time of the shooting, but were carried to safety by Alexandrea Bevis’ mother before the deputies arrived.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Martin Police who provided officers to help with entry into the home, as well as the Weakley Co. Medical Emergency Medical Services, Martin Fire Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

“Pastor Protection Act” Proposed By Terry, Holt After SC Ruling

              Rep. Andy Holt                                             Rep. Bryan Terry

Nashville, Tenn.— On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of gay marriage. In reaction to that decision, Tennessee State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) announced that he is working to draft the “Tennessee Pastor Protection Act” along with State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) as the primary co-sponsor.
“It comes as no surprise that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage. I have had multiple constituents concerned with how the ruling may impact their church and their religious beliefs. If the issue is truly about equality of civil liberties and benefits, then this ruling should have minimal legal impact on churches,” said Terry. “However, if the issue and the cause is about redefining marriage to require others to change their deeply held religious beliefs, then the concerns of many will be valid.”

The bill will be designed to protect all religious clergy from performing same sex marriages, as well as, providing legal protection from being forced to perform same sex marriages on church property. 

“To my friends of faith, to those who endear the principles of social conservatism, and to those who ascribe to the original intent of the ‪Tenth Amendment, we must never give up,” declared Holt. “The Court has made it clear that they have no intention to uphold the principles of separation of power. It's more important now than ever that we stand and resist the abuse of our own government and that is exactly what I plan to do by lobbying for the Pastor Protection Act with Rep. Terry.” 

Holt says he has no plans to recognize the Court’s ruling as being valid. “God is the ultimate Supreme Court and he has spoken. Marriage is between one man, and one woman,” said Holt. 

Terry worries that the ruling will set off a chain reaction in judicial activism. 
“The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. Article 1 Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution states that personal freedom of religion is protected and that no human authority can interfere in the rights of conscience,” noted Terry. “Under normal circumstances, I would expect the Court to honor the Constitution of the United States and Tennessee, but, as recently confirmed by activist judges, we no longer are under normal circumstances.”

Two Dead In Weakley County Murder-Suicide

By Shannon McFarlin WENK/WTPR News Director

Martin, Tenn.-Weakley Co. Sheriff Mike Wilson confirmed to WENK/WTPR this afternoon that two people are dead as a result of a murder-suicide that happened earlier this afternoon near Martin.

Wilson said the sheriff’s office was called to the scene at a home on Hwy. 431 right outside of Martin around 12:30 p.m. “When we arrived, we found the wife deceased,” Wilson said. “The husband was in the house and we tried to make contact with him, but he did not respond. When we went in, we found him dead of a gunshot wound.”

Wilson said the names of the deceased will be released shortly in a press release.

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